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See detailLong-term effects of glucosamine sulphate on osteoarthritis progression: a randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trial
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Deroisy, Rita ULg; Rovati, Lucio C et al

in Lancet (2001), 357

BACKGROUND: Treatment of osteoarthritis is usually limited to short-term symptom control. We assessed the effects of the specific drug glucosamine sulphate on the long-term progression of osteoarthritis ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Treatment of osteoarthritis is usually limited to short-term symptom control. We assessed the effects of the specific drug glucosamine sulphate on the long-term progression of osteoarthritis joint structure changes and symptoms. METHODS: We did a randomised, double-blind placebo controlled trial, in which 212 patients with knee osteoarthritis were randomly assigned 1500 mg sulphate oral glucosamine or placebo once daily for 3 years. Weightbearing, anteroposterior radiographs of each knee in full extension were taken at enrolment and after 1 and 3 years. Mean joint-space width of the medial compartment of the tibiofemoral joint was assessed by digital image analysis, whereas minimum joint-space width--ie, at the narrowest point--was measured by visual inspection with a magnifying lens. Symptoms were scored by the Western Ontario and McMaster Universities (WOMAC) osteoarthritis index. FINDINGS: The 106 patients on placebo had a progressive joint-space narrowing, with a mean joint-space loss after 3 years of -0.31 mm (95% CI -0.48 to -0.13). There was no significant joint-space loss in the 106 patients on glucosamine sulphate: -0.06 mm (-0.22 to 0.09). Similar results were reported with minimum joint-space narrowing. As assessed by WOMAC scores, symptoms worsened slightly in patients on placebo compared with the improvement observed after treatment with glucosamine sulphate. There were no differences in safety or reasons for early withdrawal between the treatment and placebo groups. INTERPRETATION: The long-term combined structure-modifying and symptom-modifying effects of gluosamine sulphate suggest that it could be a disease modifying agent in osteoarthritis. [less ▲]

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See detailDermatite actinique chronique severe traitee par ciclosporine: 2 cas
Paquet, Philippe ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Annales de Dermatologie et de Vénéréologie (2001), 128(1), 42-5

INTRODUCTION: The treatment of the severe forms of photodermatoses often requires potent systemic immunosuppressive drugs. We report two patients suffering from severe photodermatitis successfully treated ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: The treatment of the severe forms of photodermatoses often requires potent systemic immunosuppressive drugs. We report two patients suffering from severe photodermatitis successfully treated with oral cyclosporine. CASES REPORT: A 58-year-old man developed severe pruritic eczematous reactions for several years on light-exposed and light-protected skin following each sun exposure. A 66-year-old man showed similar lesions restricted to the head and neck. The clinical presentation and evolution as well as histologic, immunohistologic, allergologic and photobiologic assessments suggested the diagnosis of actinic reticuloid and persistent light reactivity, respectively. The lesions of both patients did not respond to a high dose regimen of systemic corticosteroids (methylprednisolone 1 mg/kg/day) for several weeks. The severity of cutaneous lesions and pruritus required another potent immunosuppressive treatment. Oral cyclosporine at the maximum daily dose of 4 mg/kg was given for three months. A rapid improvement of the pruritus and skin lesions occurred in the two patients, without significant side-effect. The first patient experienced recurrent lesions after termination of cyclosporine treatment during summer time. The other patient did not develop new skin eruption for 3 years after stopping the initial treatment with cyclosporine. DISCUSSION: Low-dose oral cyclosporine is a quick-acting and well tolerated symptomatic treatment of severe photodermatoses resistant to other systemic immunosuppressive drugs. However, therapeutic results do not consistently exhibit long-standing remanent effect. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of High Doses of Oral Risedronate (20 Mg/Day) on Serum Parathyroid Hormone Levels and Urinary Collagen Cross-Link Excretion in Postmenopausal Women with Spinal Osteoporosis
Zegels, Brigitte ULg; Eastell, R.; Russell, R. G. et al

in BONE (2001), 28(1), 108-12

The present study describes the biological effects of risedronate, a pyridinyl bisphosphonate, on bone and assesses the safety and tolerability of risedronate when given at high doses, with or without ... [more ▼]

The present study describes the biological effects of risedronate, a pyridinyl bisphosphonate, on bone and assesses the safety and tolerability of risedronate when given at high doses, with or without calcium, to postmenopausal women with spinal osteoporosis. This single-center descriptive, double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized, parallel group study included 32 postmenopausal white women with at least one radiographically confirmed vertebral compression fracture. Patients were randomized to one of four different dose regimen groups: (i) R-P, risedronate 20 mg/day for 14 days, followed by placebo for 42 days; (ii) R-CP-P, risedronate 20 mg/day for 14 days, followed by elemental calcium 1000 mg/day and placebo for 14 days, then by placebo for 28 days; (iii) R-CP-R-CP, risedronate 20 mg/day for 7 days, followed by elemental calcium 1000 mg/day and placebo for 21 days, then risedronate 20 mg/day for 7 days, and finally elemental calcium 1000 mg/day and placebo for 21 days; and (iv) P, placebo for 56 days. The biological response was investigated by measuring serum calcium, parathyroid hormone (PTH), and 2 h urinary pyridinoline/creatinine (Pyr/Cr) and deoxypyridinoline/creatinine (DPyr/Cr) ratios at baseline and at days 3, 7, 14, 21, 28, 35, 42, 49, 56, and 84. Overall, there were no consistent trends observed between the active group and placebo for serum calcium. In groups R-P, R-CP-P, and R-CP-R-CP, mean serum PTH levels were elevated above baseline values for the entire 56 day treatment period and remained elevated, although to a lesser extent, at the day 84 follow-up visit. The effect of calcium supplementation on PTH was variable. Urinary Pyr/Cr and DPyr/Cr ratios were decreased from baseline over the entire study period in all groups receiving risedronate. The maximum observed percent decreases from baseline for Pyr/Cr and DPyr/Cr were -46.9% and -58.8%, respectively, at day 49 in the R-CP-R-CP group. In conclusion, risedronate given orally at a dose of 20 mg/day, continuously for 7 or 14 days, resulted in the expected biological response in osteoporotic women. The time course of changes in PTH levels following cessation of dosing was unaffected by calcium supplementation. There was no evidence of a PTH-mediated rebound in bone resorption following cessation of therapy. Furthermore, based on collagen cross-link data, patients did not show an excessive reduction in bone turnover. [less ▲]

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See detailManagement of Difficult Intubation
Janssens, Marc ULg; Hartstein, Gary ULg

in European Journal of Anaesthesiology (2001), 18(1), 3-12

Appropriate airway management is an essential part of the anaesthetist's role. Difficult intubation, which can now be quantified using the 'Intubation Difficulty Scale', should be anticipated whenever ... [more ▼]

Appropriate airway management is an essential part of the anaesthetist's role. Difficult intubation, which can now be quantified using the 'Intubation Difficulty Scale', should be anticipated whenever possible. A strategy needs to be developed in order to anticipate problems. The first part of this paper reviews the different factors that contribute to make intubation and/or ventilation difficult. Problems with intubation (or ventilation of the lungs) can be caused by abnormal laryngeal structures (e.g. tumour, stenosis), or by difficulty in seeing the glottis. The clinical history will usually help identify the former problem, while physical examination of the airway is required to reveal either disproportion between the various structures of the airway (e.g. tongue, larynx), and/or difficulties in aligning the oral, pharyngeal, and laryngeal axes. The different techniques used to diagnose these problems are described. The second part of this paper summarizes the algorithms used by the anaesthetist when management of the airway is found difficult. Three situations are considered: (a) anticipated difficult intubation, for which awake fibreoptic intubation would appear to be the technique of choice in the majority of cases, (b) unforeseen difficult intubation in a patient whose lungs can be ventilated; here, various techniques for control of the airway will be briefly described, and (c) both tracheal intubation and lung ventilation are impossible; this is a life-threatening emergency, for which three solutions are proposed. These include use of the laryngeal mask airway, the Combitube, or transtracheal ventilation. These situations will be analysed with the aim of proposing management strategies that always guarantee the safety of the patient. [less ▲]

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See detailTherapeutic Drug Monitoring of Azathioprine and 6-Mercaptopurine Metabolites in Crohn Disease
Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Desager, J. P.; Horsmans, Y. et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Gastroenterology (2001), 36(1), 71-6

BACKGROUND: 6-Mercaptopurine (6-MP) and its prodrug azathioprine (AZA) have proven efficacy in the treatment of Crohn disease (CD). The immunosuppressive properties of AZA/6-MP are mediated by the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: 6-Mercaptopurine (6-MP) and its prodrug azathioprine (AZA) have proven efficacy in the treatment of Crohn disease (CD). The immunosuppressive properties of AZA/6-MP are mediated by the intracellular metabolism of 6-MP into its active metabolites, 6-thioguanine nucleotides (6TGN) and 6methylmercaptopurine (6-MMP). Preliminary studies have suggested that the red blood cell concentration of 6TGN (RBC 6TGN) is a potential guide to therapy. The aims of the study were to evaluate the RBC 6TGN concentrations in adult patients with CD under long-term AZA/6-MP therapy and to correlate it with response to treatment and haematological parameters. METHODS: Twenty-eight CD patients treated for at least 3 months with AZA/6-MP were prospectively studied. Patients were separated into three main groups: group 1 (n = 19), corresponding to quiescent CD receiving AZA (dose: 2.05 +/- 0.4 mg/kg/day for a mean of 28.6 +/- 25 months) or 6-MP (dose: 1.4 +/- 01 mg/kg/day for a mean of 7.5 +/- 3.5 months) alone; group 2 (n = 6), corresponding to quiescent CD treated by AZA (dose: 2.14 +/- 0.5 mg/kg/day for a mean of 29.5 +/- 22 months) with oral steroids; and group 3 (n = 3), corresponding to active CD on AZA (dose: 1.94 +/- 0.6 mg/kg/day for a mean of 31.3 +/- 35 months) as the only treatment. An assessment was also made by merging groups 1 and 2 forming a larger group of patients (n = 25) defined by clinical remission and groups 2 and 3 forming a larger group of patients (n = 9), non-complete responders with AZA/6-MP alone. Crohn disease index activity (CDAI), blood samples for full blood count and differential white cell count and measurement of RBC 6TGN and 6-MMP concentrations were evaluated at inclusion and at 6 months (n = 17). RBC 6TGN were measured using high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) on heparinized blood. RESULTS: The baseline characteristics of the three groups of patients were similar. There was no significant difference among the three groups of patients regarding the dose and the duration of immunosuppressive treatment. There was no significant difference between groups according to various parameters tested. Particularly, the median RBC 6TGN concentration at inclusion was similar in the three groups of patients (166 (105-688), 183 (90-261) and 160 (52-194) pmol/8 x 10(8) RBC, respectively). The majority of patients had no detectable level of 6-MMP metabolite, except for 3 patients. There was also no difference between merging groups. Furthermore, there was no significant correlation between RBC 6TGN concentrations and the various biological parameters tested except for the mean erythrocyte volume. At 6 months, all patients of group 1 remained in remission and median RBC 6TGN concentration remained stable. No side effects were observed. CONCLUSIONS: There is, contrary to preliminary studies, a broad overlap in RBC 6TGN levels as well as for haematological parameters in patients in remission or not and responders or not to AZA/6-MP therapy. This suggests, beside a variability in the metabolism of these drugs, the existence of complex mechanisms of action. Nevertheless, beside the use of RBC 6TGN determination to confirm compliance to therapy, this dosage could be useful in non-responding patients, allowing, in absence of leukopenia, to increase the dose of AZA/6-MP safely. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-Gaussian electrical fluctuations in a quasi-2d packing of metallic beads
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (2001), 53(2), 197-201

The electrical properties of a two-dimensional packing of metallic beads are studied. Small mechanical perturbations of the packing lead to giant voltage fluctuations. Fluctuations are found to be non ... [more ▼]

The electrical properties of a two-dimensional packing of metallic beads are studied. Small mechanical perturbations of the packing lead to giant voltage fluctuations. Fluctuations are found to be non-Gaussian and seem to belong to Levy stable distributions. Anticorrelations have been also found for the sign of these fluctuations. [less ▲]

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See detailFractionated irradiation combined with carbogen breathing and nicotinamide of two human glioblastomas grafted in nude mice
SUN, Lin-Quan; BUCHEGGER, Franz; COUCKE, Philippe ULg et al

in Radiation Research (2001), 155(1),

This study addressed the potential radiosensitizing effect of nicotinamide and/or carbogen on human glioblastoma xenografts in nude mice. U-87MG and LN-Z308 tumors were irradiated with either 20 fractions ... [more ▼]

This study addressed the potential radiosensitizing effect of nicotinamide and/or carbogen on human glioblastoma xenografts in nude mice. U-87MG and LN-Z308 tumors were irradiated with either 20 fractions over 12 days or 5 fractions over 5 days in air-breathing mice, mice injected with nicotinamide, mice breathing carbogen, or mice receiving nicotinamide plus carbogen. The responses to treatment were assessed using local control and moist desquamation. In U-87MG tumors, the enhancement ratios (ERs) at the radiation dose required to produce local tumor control in 50% of the treated mice (TCD50) with nicotinamide and/or carbogen ranged from 1.13 to 1.24 for irradiation in 20 fractions over 12 days. In LN-Z308 tumors, the ERs at the TCD50 with nicotinamide and/or carbogen ranged from 1.22 to 1.40 for irradiation in 5 fractions over 5 days and from 1.11 to 1.30 in 20 fractions over 12 days, respectively. Skin injury was slightly enhanced, with ERs ranged from 1.06 to 1.15 when radiation was combined with carbogen and/or nicotinamide. Thus carbogen and nicotinamide can slightly improve the radiation response of human glioblastoma xenografts. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Intoxication aigue au methanol
Brasseur, Edmond ULg; Lemineur, T.; Leonard, Philippe ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(1), 7-10

We report a fatal methanol intoxication and discuss its physiopathology, diagnosis and treatment.

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See detailIntervalle entre vêlage chez la vache Borgou au Benin
Adamou-N'Diaye, M.; Ogodija, O. J.; Gbangboche, A. B. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145(2), 130-136

This retrospective study has been carry out in the Monastery bovine exploitation of Kokoubou (department of Borgou in Benin). Data were collected and analysed from individual cow records of 1967 to 1989 ... [more ▼]

This retrospective study has been carry out in the Monastery bovine exploitation of Kokoubou (department of Borgou in Benin). Data were collected and analysed from individual cow records of 1967 to 1989. It concerned 150 Borgou cows and 838 calving intervals. The following parameters have been determined: monthly frequency of calving and calving interval. Monthly frequencies of calving are not regrouped in rainy season. Calving intervals have decreased with lactation numbers, while the season presents no effect. [less ▲]

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See detailLes configurations de risques comme approche de la résilience dans une étude longitudinale
Boët, S.; Born, Michel ULg

in Revue Québécoise de Psychologie (2001), 22(1), 93-116

Cette recherche s'inscrit dans le cadre d'une étude longitudinale des facteurs de risque et de protection en délinquance juvénile. Nous avons observé les pratiques éducatives de la mère ainsi que le ... [more ▼]

Cette recherche s'inscrit dans le cadre d'une étude longitudinale des facteurs de risque et de protection en délinquance juvénile. Nous avons observé les pratiques éducatives de la mère ainsi que le comportement de l'enfant de sa naissance à cinq ans. Nous avons pu mettre en évidence quatre configurations de risque familial qui s'avèrent contenir nombre des enfants les plus turbulents de notre échantillon. Cependant, ces configurations rassemblent aussi des enfants qui ne manifestent aucun trouble comportemental, ce sont des enfants que nous considérons comme résilients. [less ▲]

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See detailIron microbial communities in Belgian Frasnian carbonate mounds
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; De Ridder, C.; Mamet, B. et al

in Facies (2001), 44

The Belgian Frasnian carbonate mounds occur in three stratigraphic levels in an overall backstepping succession. Petit-Mont and Arche Members form the famous red and grey “marble” exploited for ornamental ... [more ▼]

The Belgian Frasnian carbonate mounds occur in three stratigraphic levels in an overall backstepping succession. Petit-Mont and Arche Members form the famous red and grey “marble” exploited for ornamental stone since Roman times. The evolution and distribution of the facies in the mounds is thought to be associated with ecologic evolution and relative sea-level fluctuations. Iron oxides exist in five forms in the Frasnian mounds; four are undoubtedly endobiotic organized structures: (1) microstromatolites and associated forms (blisters, veils...), possibly organized in “endostromatolites”; (2) hematitic coccoids and (3) non dichotomic filaments. The filaments resemble iron bacteria of the Sphaerotilus- Leptothrix "group"; (4) networks of dichotomic filaments ascribable to fungi; (5) a red ferruginous pigment dispersed in the calcareous matrix whose distribution is related to the mound facies type. The endobiotic forms developed during the edification of the mounds, before cementation by fibrous calcite. The microbial precipitation of iron took place as long as the developing mounds were bathed by water impoverished in oxygen. [less ▲]

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See detailLe travailleur adoptant
Kefer, Fabienne ULg; Barth, D.

in Actualités du Droit (2001)

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See detailReclamation of lead/zinc processing wastes at Kabwe, Zambia: A phytogeochemical approach
Leteinturier, B.; Laroche, J.; Matera, J. et al

in South African Journal of Science (2001), 97(11-12), 624-627

The lead/zinc mining industry of Kabwe (Central Province of Zambia), in operation from 1906 to 1994, generated metalliferous slag heaps covering an area of over 75 ha. The slag heaps are responsible for ... [more ▼]

The lead/zinc mining industry of Kabwe (Central Province of Zambia), in operation from 1906 to 1994, generated metalliferous slag heaps covering an area of over 75 ha. The slag heaps are responsible for aerosol emissions with a high heavy metal content over the mine townships of Kasanda and Chowa, resulting in health risks for the local population. In this phytogeochemical investigation, soil samples showed very high lead, zinc and copper concentrations in topsoil. Plant surveys identified 39 taxa, including several tropical and metalloresistant weeds. We concluded that phytostabilization was the only suitable management method for the area. Plant species recommended for phytostabilization are Indigofera spicata, Melinis repens, Cynodon dactylon, Aristida adscencionis and Pennisetum setaceum. [less ▲]

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See detailUtilisation des gènes à effet majeur en sélection laitière. Un exemple: le gène Pit-1
Renaville, Robert ULg; Parmentier, Isabelle; Fontaine, Sandrine et al

in Les Elevages belges (2001), 4

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See detailElaboration d'une batterie d'évaluation des fonctions cognitives de sujets âgés porteurs d'un syndrome de Down
Georges, M.; Théwis, B.; Van der Linden, Martial ULg et al

in Revue de Neuropsychologie (2001), 11

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See detailEstimation of shortening rate since late Pleistocene in the Aksu area on the southern flank of the Tianshan
Wang, X.; Jia, C. Z.; Hubert, Aurelia ULg et al

in Science in China. Series D : Earth Sciences (2001), 44

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See detailNotes sur la présence d'Indra dans le panthéon ârya
Swennen, Philippe ULg

in Studi Epigrafici e Linguistici sul Vicino Oriente Antico (2001), 18

The indo-iranian use of the compound adjective skt. haryaçva op. zariasba suggests that the god Indra was already known in the common ârya pantheon.

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See detailLa gestion des données dans le système SAS sous Windows v6.12
Fonton, N. H.; Claustriaux, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Notes de biométrie et d'informatique (2001), 1

The management of data is one of the major difficulties of the users in the SAS system. The note presents the procedures of data management after a brief summary on the organization and creation of data ... [more ▼]

The management of data is one of the major difficulties of the users in the SAS system. The note presents the procedures of data management after a brief summary on the organization and creation of data. Some procedures for statistics analysis are also presented. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneity of (co)variance components for Jersey type traits
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Dusseldorf, T.; Wiggans, G. R. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2001), 84

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See detailTremblement essentiel: diagnostic différentiel et traitement
DELVAUX, Valérie ULg; MAERTENS DE NOORDHOUT, Alain ULg

in Médecine et Hygiène (2001), 59

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See detailDissemination of Catabolic Plasmids among Desiccation-Tolerant Bacteria in Soil Microcosms
Weekers, Frederic; Rodriguez, Christian; Jacques, Philippe ULg et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2001), 91-93(Spring), 219-32

The dissemination of catabolic plasmids was compared to bioaugmentation by strain inoculation in microcosm experiments. When Rhodococcus erythropolis strain T902, bearing a plasmid with trichloroethene ... [more ▼]

The dissemination of catabolic plasmids was compared to bioaugmentation by strain inoculation in microcosm experiments. When Rhodococcus erythropolis strain T902, bearing a plasmid with trichloroethene and isopropylbenzene degradation pathways, was used as the inoculum, no transconjugant was isolated but the strain remained in the soil. This plasmid had a narrow host range. Pseudomonas putida strain C8S3 was used as the inoculum in a second approach. It bore a broad host range conjugative plasmid harboring a natural transposon, RP4::Tn4371, responsible for biphenyl and 4-chlorobiphenyl degradation pathways. The inoculating population slowly decreased from its original level (10(6) colony-forming units [CFU]/g of dry soil) to approx 3 x 10(2) CFU/g of dry soil after 3 wk. Transconjugant populations degrading biphenyl appeared in constant humidity soil (up to 2 x 10(3) CFU/g) and desiccating soil (up to 10(4) CFU/g). The feasibility of plasmid dissemination as a bioaugmentation technique was demonstrated in desiccating soils. The ecologic significance of desiccation in bioaugmentation was demonstrated: it upset the microbial ecology and the development of transconjugants. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of β-Oxidation Enzymes in γ-Decalactone Production by the Yeast Yarrowia lipolytica
Waché, Y.; Aguedo, Mario ULg; Choquet, A. et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2001), 67(12), 5700-5704

Some microorganisms can transform methyl ricinoleate into γ-decalactone, a valuable aroma compound, but yields of the bioconversion are low due to (i) incomplete conversion of ricinoleate (C18) to the C10 ... [more ▼]

Some microorganisms can transform methyl ricinoleate into γ-decalactone, a valuable aroma compound, but yields of the bioconversion are low due to (i) incomplete conversion of ricinoleate (C18) to the C10 precursor of γ-decalactone, (ii) accumulation of other lactones (3-hydroxy-γ-decalactone and 2- and 3-decen-4-olide), and (iii) γ-decalactone reconsumption. We evaluated acyl coenzyme A (acyl-CoA) oxidase activity (encoded by the POX1 through POX5 genes) in Yarrowia lipolytica in lactone accumulation and γ-decalactone reconsumption in POX mutants. Mutants with no acyl-CoA oxidase activity could not reconsume γ-decalactone, and mutants with a disruption of pox3, which encodes the short-chain acyl-CoA oxidase, reconsumed it more slowly. 3-Hydroxy-γ-decalactone accumulation during transformation of methyl ricinoleate suggests that, in wild-type strains, β-oxidation is controlled by 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase. In mutants with low acyl-CoA oxidase activity, however, the acyl-CoA oxidase controls the β-oxidation flux. We also identified mutant strains that produced 26 times more γ-decalactone than the wild-type parents. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of culture conditions on lipopeptide production by Bacillus subtilis
Akpa, E.; Jacques, Philippe ULg; Wathelet, Bernard ULg et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2001), 91-3

Bacillus subtilis produces various families of lipopeptides with different homologous compounds. To produce "new molecules" with improved activities and to select strains that produced a reduced number of ... [more ▼]

Bacillus subtilis produces various families of lipopeptides with different homologous compounds. To produce "new molecules" with improved activities and to select strains that produced a reduced number of homologs or isomers, we studied the effects of different media on the nature of the synthesis of fatty; acid chains for each lipopeptide family. This study focused on two B. subtilis strains cultivated in flasks. Optimized medium for lipopeptide production and Landy medium modified by replacing glutamic acid with other alpha -amino acids were used. We found that the intensity of production of homologous compounds depends on the strain and the culture medium. Analysis of these lipopeptides by high-performance liquid chromatography showed that the strain R. subtilis NT02 yielded various homologous compounds when cultivated in Landy medium (L-Glu), but primarily one homologous product in hi,oh relative amounts when cultivated in the optimized medium. Mass spectrometric analysis and determination of the amino acid composition of this molecule enabled us to identify it as Bacillomycine L c15. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges in lipoxygenase and hydroperoxide decomposition activity in tissues cultures of soybean
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Mouttalib, A.; Billo, D. et al

in Journal of Plant Physiology (2001), 158(7), 953-955

Glycine max L. tissue cultures were initiated on different media supplemented with appropriate plant growth regulators that specifically induce the formation of callus, root, or shoot primordia ... [more ▼]

Glycine max L. tissue cultures were initiated on different media supplemented with appropriate plant growth regulators that specifically induce the formation of callus, root, or shoot primordia. Exogenously applied hormones resulted in important changes in both Lox and HPO decomposition activity. Lox activity was higher in extracts from tissues cultured in medium supplemented with NAA or 2,4-D, while a lowest activity was recorded in extracts from cultures treated with BA. 13-HPOD was cleaved by all tested extracts, while 13-HPOT and 9-HPOD were cleaved exclusively by extracts from tissues cultured in the presence of BA. [less ▲]

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See detailIrradiation du petit bassin et fonction ano-rectale.
Gervaz, P; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Gillet, M

in Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique (2001), 25

Le traitement adjuvant des cancers du rectum a pour buts de stériliser la maladie résiduelle infra-clinique et d’améliorer le contrôle local. Depuis plus de 20 ans, des milliers de malades ont été inclus ... [more ▼]

Le traitement adjuvant des cancers du rectum a pour buts de stériliser la maladie résiduelle infra-clinique et d’améliorer le contrôle local. Depuis plus de 20 ans, des milliers de malades ont été inclus dans des études randomisées, visant d’abord à mettre en évidence un gain de survie et une réduction des récidives loco-régionales, en relation avec la radiothérapie pré- ou postopératoire, combinée ou non à la chimiothérapie. Les conséquences en termes de qualité de vie de ces traitements ont pourtant été peu étudiées, et la tolérance fonctionnelle du néo-rectum et de l’appareil sphinctérien à la radiothérapie restent mal connues [1]. Les difficultés liées à l’étude des effets de l’irradiation sur les tissus normaux, ainsi que la variabilité inter-individuelle de la réponse à la radiothérapie, s’ajoutent et rendent le sujet plus complexe encore. Les radiothérapeutes adaptent leur technique afin de réduire autant que possible la dose administrée aux tissus normaux avoisinant la tumeur. Dans le cas de l’irradiation du petit bassin, c’est l’intestin grêle qui a longtemps été considéré comme la structure à risque de complications, alors que l’atteinte du sphincter anal était rarement mentionnée [2]. Malgré les répercussions importantes de la dysfonction ano-rectale sur la qualité de vie des malades, l’atteinte du sphincter anal par la radiothérapie est restée un aspect négligé du traitement adjuvant des cancers du petit bassin [3]. Cet article a pour but, à travers une revue de la littérature, de mettre en évidence les effets qualitatifs et quantitatifs de la radiothérapie sur la fonction du sphincter anal, ainsi que de proposer une modification de la technique actuelle d’irradiation des cancers du bas rectum. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociations between casein haplotypes and first lactation milk production traits in Finnish Ayrshire cows
Ikonen, T.; Bovenhuis, H.; Ojala, M. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2001), 84(2), 507-514

The objective of this study was to estimate the effects of ß--casein (CN) haplotypes on first-lactation milk production traits. The ß--CN haplotypes were deduced using information on ß- and -CN genotypes ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to estimate the effects of ß--casein (CN) haplotypes on first-lactation milk production traits. The ß--CN haplotypes were deduced using information on ß- and -CN genotypes of cows and their sires for 16,973 Finnish Ayrshire cows that had at least nine paternal half sibs. Effects of CN haplotypes on milk production traits were estimated for one haplotype at a time using an animal model, which included the fixed effects for calving year and month, age at calving, days open, ß-lactoglobulin, and a ß--CN haplotype. Differences in milk production traits were also estimated between haplotype combinations A1A+A2B and A1B+A2A within ß--CN genotype A1A2AB and between combinations A1E+A2A and A1A+A2E within genotype A1A2AE. The ß--CN haplotypes A2A and A2B were associated with high milk and protein yields and low fat content, and those that included the ß-CN A1 allele were associated with low yields and high fat content. Protein content was affected by the -CN locus; haplotype A1B was associated with high protein content and A1E was with low protein content. The haplotype combination A1A+A2B was associated with 140 kg more milk yield (P = 0.045) and 0.03 percentage units less protein content (P = 0.055) than combination A1B+A2A, and combination A1A+A2E showed 0.02 percentage units greater protein content (P = 0.098) than A1E+A2A. These results indicate that genes linked to the CN loci contribute to the variation in milk yield and protein content. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Remplacement complet de l'aorte ascendante et de la crosse aortique dans un cas de dissection aortique chronique
DURIEUX, Rodolphe ULg; RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; GRENADE, Thierry ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(3), 140-3

We report the case of a patient who developed an evolutive chronic aortic dissection after ascending aorta replacement for acute type A aortic dissection. Owing to the development of severe aortic ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a patient who developed an evolutive chronic aortic dissection after ascending aorta replacement for acute type A aortic dissection. Owing to the development of severe aortic regurgitation, aortic root pseudoaneurysm and aneurysmal dilatation of the arch and descending aorta, reoperation was adviced. Reoperation included Cabrol modification of the Bentall operation and aortic arch replacement with elephant trunk performed under deep hypothermic circulatory arrest. The incidence of late aneurysmal formation in type 1 aortic dissection has been reported to be 30%. Close postoperative follow-up of the aortic diameter is necessary to detect a critical dilatation and to permit elective reoperation. [less ▲]

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See detailFaut-il bannir l’épicéa au nom de la gestion durable ?
Claessens, Hugues ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2001), 49-50

L'épicéa (Picea abies (L.) Karst.), introduit en 1810 dans la sylviculture belge, est devenu en un siècle la première essence du pays, couvrant près de 200 000 ha et participant largement au développement ... [more ▼]

L'épicéa (Picea abies (L.) Karst.), introduit en 1810 dans la sylviculture belge, est devenu en un siècle la première essence du pays, couvrant près de 200 000 ha et participant largement au développement socio-économique des régions rurales du pays et en particulier de l'Ardenne. Mais pour des raisons liées à la mauvaise décomposition de sa fane et à son ombrage, sa culture en futaie pure équienne dense remplit mal les fonctions écologiques de la forêt. Dans toute l'Europe occidentale, confrontée à ce même problème, naît alors une polémique entre les milieux écologistes et les sylviculteurs de l'épicéa : la culture de l'épicéa peut-elle s'envisager dans le cadre de la gestion durable? Dans ce contexte, cette réflexion s'appuie sur les études scientifiques de l'impact de la pessière sur l'environnement ainsi que sur les recherches en matière de sylvicultures alternatives pour montrer qu'une sylviculture raisonnée de l'épicéa, dans les conditions qui lui conviennent, est compatible avec la gestion durable, mais aura probablement comme conséquence une diminution de la surface de la pessière. Afin d'ancrer, notre réflexion sur des études concrètes, notre démonstration fait référence à la pessière belge. [less ▲]

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See detailDie endoluminale, kardiovaskuläre Radiotherapie:ein neuer Standard
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Ciernik, I-F

in Praxis (2001), 90

The treatment for cardiovascular disease, especially the treatment of coronary stenosis, has been continously improving during the last decades. Routine use of angioplasty was improved by the use of ... [more ▼]

The treatment for cardiovascular disease, especially the treatment of coronary stenosis, has been continously improving during the last decades. Routine use of angioplasty was improved by the use of coronary stenting further reducing cardiac morbidity. However, the incidence of restenosis after cardiovascular angioplasty remains high. The restenosis process is mainly explained by neo-intimal proliferation. Therefore, the utility of ionizing radiation has been systematically investigated in order to reduce proliferation of the neointimal tissue. Radiation therapy turns out to be a very efficient approach in reducing the rate of both de novo lesions as well as of instant restenosis. Recent clinical data from randomized trials confirm the utility of intracoronary radiation therapy and change the treatment standards in interventional cardiology. [less ▲]

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See detailReduced gating of middle-latency auditory evoked potentials (P50) in migraine patients: another indication of abnormal sensory processing?
Ambrosini, A.; De Pasqua, Victor ULg; Afra, J. et al

in Neuroscience Letters (2001), 306(1-2), 132-4

Habituation of cortical evoked responses to repetitive stimuli is reduced in migraine between attacks. To explore another aspect of information processing, we measured auditory sensory gating. The ... [more ▼]

Habituation of cortical evoked responses to repetitive stimuli is reduced in migraine between attacks. To explore another aspect of information processing, we measured auditory sensory gating. The amplitude of the P50 response to the second of two homologous stimuli was significantly less reduced in migraineurs than in healthy volunteers. This lack of auditory sensory gating may be due to a hypofunction of monoaminergic subcortico-cortical pathways, which is also supposed to cause the interictal deficit of cortical habituation to repetitive stimuli. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of G1.2/G2.2 and Sydney IVF cleavage/blastocyst sequential media for the culture of human embryos: a prospective, randomized, comparative study.
Van Langendonckt, Anne; Demylle, Dominique; Wyns, Christine et al

in Fertility and Sterility (2001), 76(5), 1023-31

Objective: To compare two commercially available sequential media, G1.2/G2.2 and Sydney IVF cleavage/blastocyst media, as supports for human embryo culture. Design: Prospective randomized study. Setting ... [more ▼]

Objective: To compare two commercially available sequential media, G1.2/G2.2 and Sydney IVF cleavage/blastocyst media, as supports for human embryo culture. Design: Prospective randomized study. Setting: University-based IVF clinic. Patient(s): Two hundred forty-nine patients undergoing IVF treatment for the first or second time, randomly allocated at the time of oocyte retrieval, to either culture in G1.2/G2.2 or Sydney IVF media. Intervention(s): Oocyte recovery, IVF or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, embryo culture, transfer on day 3 or day 5/6. Main Outcome Measure(s): Developmental stage on day 3, blastocyst rate, pregnancy outcome as assessed by βhCG positive test, implantation rates, and ongoing pregnancies. Result(s): Embryos cultured in G1.2/G2.2 media displayed a faster kinetics of cleavage, compaction, blastulation, and hatching, but a lower day 3 embryo quality than those grown in Sydney IVF media. For patients with at least five embryos, G1.2/G2.2 media yielded higher implantation rates (26.2%) in our day 3 embryo transfer program when compared to Sydney IVF medium (15.5%), whereas similar implantation rates were obtained for day 5/6 embryo transfer for both media (43.1% and 36.1%, respectively). Conclusion(s): In our day 3 embryo transfer program, G1.2/G2.2 media were superior to Sydney IVF media, whereas both media yielded similar outcomes in our blastocyst transfer program. [less ▲]

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See detailL'Ecole du dos
Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg; Henrotin, Yves ULg; DEFAWEUX, Michel ULg et al

in Bulletin d'Education du Patient à sa Maladie (2001), 20

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See detailChromogenic detection of aminoglycoside phosphotransferases.
Amoroso, Ana Maria ULg; Gutkind, G. O.

in Methods in molecular medicine (2001), 48

Acquired resistance to aminoglycosides is most frequently due to the presence of the so-called aminoglycoside modifying enzymes (AGME) (1) able to catalyze one or more of three general reactions: N ... [more ▼]

Acquired resistance to aminoglycosides is most frequently due to the presence of the so-called aminoglycoside modifying enzymes (AGME) (1) able to catalyze one or more of three general reactions: N-acetylation, O-nucleotidylation and O-phosphorylation (2). Although resistance phenotype (to different (substrate or not for enzymatic modification) may serve as an approach for identifying actual enzymes present in a given isolate (3), results can be obscured or confusing, particularly when several different enzymes (4) (even, isoenzymes with different affinities) are superimposing their action in a single microorganism with potential "permeability" or target alterations. Thus, identification of the AGME content of a given strain also requires screening at the DNA level using probes specific to all the known AGME (5). However, the complete set of probes is available only to a few laboratories around the world, making surveillance for the appearance of novel enzymes, or the unlikely evolution of those already known, a relatively nonfeasible goal, as search for new enzymes may begin only after failing to hybridize to all known probes. [less ▲]

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See detailNouveaux éclaircissements sur la vie et l'œuvre d'Antoine Galland (1646-1715)
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in Journal Asiatique (2001), 289

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See detailAn improved weighting method with multibounds formulation and convex programming for multicriteria structural optimization
Zhang, W. H.; Domaszewski, M.; Fleury, Claude ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2001), 52(9), 889-902

This paper presents an improved weighting method for multicriteria structural optimization. By introducing artificial design variables, here called as multibounds formulation (MBF), we demonstrate ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an improved weighting method for multicriteria structural optimization. By introducing artificial design variables, here called as multibounds formulation (MBF), we demonstrate mathematically that the weighting combination of criteria can be transformed into a simplified problem with a linear objective function. This is a unified formulation for one criterion and multicriteria problems. Due to the uncoupling of involved criteria after the transformation, the extension and the adaptation of monotonic approximation-based convex programming methods such as the convex linearization (CONLIN) or the method of moving asymptotes (MMA)are made possible to solve multicriteria problems as efficiently as for one criterion problems. In this work, a multicriteria optimization tool is developed by integrating the multibounds formulation with the CONLIN optimizer and the ABAQUS finite element analysis system. Some numerical examples are taken into account to show the efficiency of this approach. [less ▲]

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See detailSémiologie cardiaque dans l’espèce équine. 2- L’auscultation.
Amory, Hélène ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2001)

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See detailNew Chinese Migrants in Europe : The case of the Chinese community in Hungary
Florence, Eric ULg

in Nationalism & Ethnic Politics (2001), Vol. 7(Issue 1),

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See detailLes tourbières analysées en profondeur par le radar de subsurface.
Wastiaux, C; Halleux, L; Schumacker, R et al

in Hautes Fagnes (2001), 243

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See detailIntracellular pH-dependent efflux of the fluorescent probe pyranine in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica
Aguedo, Mario ULg; Waché, Y.; Belin, J.-M.

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (2001), 200(2), 185-189

8-Hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid (pyranine) can be used as a vital intracellular pH (pHi) indicator. In the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica, a partial efflux of the probe was detected by using the pH ... [more ▼]

8-Hydroxypyrene-1,3,6-trisulfonic acid (pyranine) can be used as a vital intracellular pH (pHi) indicator. In the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica, a partial efflux of the probe was detected by using the pH-independent wavelength of 415 nm. A simplified correction of the fluorescent signals was applied, enabling to show for this species a good near-neutral pHi maintenance capacity in a pH 3.9 medium. Octanoic acid, which is known to have toxic effects on yeast, decreased the pHi and increased the 260-nm-absorbing compounds leakage. However, this acid inhibited the fluorescent probe efflux linearly with its concentration suggesting a pHi-dependent efflux of pyranine from cells. © 2001 Federation of European Microbiological Societies. [less ▲]

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See detailSecret professionnel, confidentialité et juriste d'entreprise : la nouvelle donne
Thirion, Nicolas ULg; Benoit-Moury, Anne

in Journal des Tribunaux (2001)

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See detailAPRIL IN CHICAGO
Sacré, Robert ULg

in Soul Bag (2001), (163), 50

The Center for Black Music Research sur le web . Scènes du blues et du gospel

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See detailLes régimes d’épargne protéique dans le traitement de l’obésité
PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg

in Nutrition Clinique et Metabolisme (2001), 15

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See detailLe transsexualisme et l'anorexie mentale : emprise et tyrannie de la subjectivité : approches méthodologiques
Mormont, Christian ULg; Frankignoul, A.; Michel, Aude

in Pratiques psychologiques (2001), (3), 25-36

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See detailCentral amplification of somatosensory inputs: an evoked potentials study
DIVE, Dominique ULg; Schmetz, E.; Polis, M. et al

in Journal of Neurology (2001)

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See detailLe médicament parmi les thérapies relationnelles : Enquête et réflexions.
David, Claire; WAUTHY, Jacques ULg; Vaulet, Véronique et al

in Revue des Hôpitaux de Jour Psychiatriques et des Thérapies Institutionnelles (2001)

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See detail“Dismembered Histories: Slavery and Silence in Dennis Scott’s An Echo in the Bone and Ina Césaire’s Mémoires d’Isles.”
Bada, Valérie ULg

in Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association (2001)

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See detailFlow interruption effects on intake rate and rill erosion in two soils
Sirjacobs, Damien ULg; Shainberg, Itzhak; Rapp, Ido et al

in Soil Science Society of America Journal (2001), 65

Efficiency of surface irrigation is often low because of poor infiltration uniformity, resulting from relatively long periods of infiltration at the upstream end and short periods of infiltration at the ... [more ▼]

Efficiency of surface irrigation is often low because of poor infiltration uniformity, resulting from relatively long periods of infiltration at the upstream end and short periods of infiltration at the downstream end of the field. Surge irrigation, the intermittent supply of water to furrows, generally reduces soil intake rate (IR) and improves moisture uniformity over the entire field. However, IR reduction varies from one irrigation scheme to another, depends on soil and water properties, and is difficult to predict. A laboratory study using miniflumes was designed to investigate the effect of interrupted flow on IR and soil loss from short rills. Two soils differing in their textures, a silt loam (Calcic Haploxeralf) derived from loess and a clay soil (Typic Haploxerert), were studied. Intake rate in the clay soil was greater than that in the silt loam. Therefore, different inflow rates were applied to the two soils to achieve similar runoff flow rates from the two soils. Cumulative infiltration decreased from 646 mL in continuous flow to 539 mL in interrupted flow for the silt loam and from 1142 to 1068 mL in the clay soil. Interrupted flow also reduced cumulative soil loss by 84% in the clay soil but had only a small effect on soil loss from the silt loam. However, when flow rate was increased from 80 to 320 mL min−1, interrupted flow reduced soil loss in the silt loam as much as in the clay soil. Consolidation of the soil surface and formation of cohesive forces between soil particles of the silt loam with unstable structure during flow interruption was suggested as the explanation for the effect of flow interruption on intake rate and soil detachment. These results need to be verified in field experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailNucleon nucleon scattering in a chiral constituent quark model
Bartz, Daniel ULg; Stancu, Floarea ULg

in Physical Review. C : Nuclear Physics (2001), C63

We study the nucleon-nucleon interaction in a chiral constituent quark model by using the resonating group method, convenient for treating the interaction between composite particles. The calculated phase ... [more ▼]

We study the nucleon-nucleon interaction in a chiral constituent quark model by using the resonating group method, convenient for treating the interaction between composite particles. The calculated phase shifts for the $^3S_1$ and $^1S_0$ channels show the presence of a strong repulsive core due to the combined effect of the quark interchange and the spin-flavour structure of the effective quark-quark interaction. Such a symmetry structure stems from the pseudoscalar meson exchange between the quarks and is a consequence of the spontaneous breaking of the chiral symmetry. We perform single and coupled channel calculations and show the role of coupling of the $\Delta\Delta$ and hidden color $CC$ channels on the behaviour of the phase shifts. [less ▲]

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See detailApport de la tomographie par émission de positons pour la détection des tumeurs primitives lors de la découverte de métastases
Albérini, Jean-Louis; Belhocine, Tarik; Daenen, Frédéric ULg et al

in Bulletin du Cancer (2001), 88(5), 518-519

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See detailThe short-range baryon baryon interaction in a chiral constituent quark model
Stancu, Floarea ULg; Glozman, Ya. L.

in Nuclear Physics A (2001), A683

The previous analysis of the short-range $NN$ repulsion originating from the Goldstone boson exchange hyperfine interaction between constituent quarks is revisited. We study in which respects the ... [more ▼]

The previous analysis of the short-range $NN$ repulsion originating from the Goldstone boson exchange hyperfine interaction between constituent quarks is revisited. We study in which respects the repulsion depends on the radial form of the spin-spin quark-quark force. We show that while the radial form affects the structure of the 6Q wave function, the short-range repulsion in the $NN$ system persists in any case. We extend our analysis to other $YN$ and $YY$ (flavor octet-octet) systems and demonstrate that the flavor-spin hyperfine interaction implies a short-range repulsion in these B=2 systems as well. [less ▲]

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See detailContrôle pharmacologique de l’hyperglycémie postprandiale
SCHEEN, André ULg; JANDRAIN, Bernard ULg; PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (2001), 59

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See detailnote sous J. P. Beveren, 7 avril 1998
Langenaken, Evelyne ULg

in Actualités du droit (2001), 2

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See detailThe Insulin-Sensitive Side of SHIP2
Schurmans, Stéphane ULg

in TheScientificWorldJournal (2001), 1

A substantial and increasing proportion of death and disability in the EU (and elsewhere) is attributable to diseases associated with insulin resistance (i.e., decreased insulin sensitivity). Beside type ... [more ▼]

A substantial and increasing proportion of death and disability in the EU (and elsewhere) is attributable to diseases associated with insulin resistance (i.e., decreased insulin sensitivity). Beside type II diabetes, other diseases like obesity, hypertension, atherosclerosis, hyperlipidaemia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and acromegaly are indeed associated with insulin resistance [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse sociologique de la gestion des services de police, pour une compréhension par le jeu autour des règles
Schoenaers, Frédéric ULg

in Gestion : Revue Internationale de Gestion (2001), 25(4), 45-55

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See detailA simple tool to identify asian women at increased risk of osteoporosis.
Koh, L K; Sedrine, W B; Torralba, T P et al

in Osteoporosis International (2001), 12(8), 699-705

Patients with low bone mineral density (BMD) have a high risk of future fractures, and should be actively considered for treatment to reduce their risk. However, BMD measurements are not widely available ... [more ▼]

Patients with low bone mineral density (BMD) have a high risk of future fractures, and should be actively considered for treatment to reduce their risk. However, BMD measurements are not widely available in some communities, because of cost and lack of equipment. Simple questionnaires have been designed to help target high-risk women for BMD measurements, thereby avoiding the cost of measuring women at low risk. However, such tools have previously focused on evaluation of non-Asian women. We collected information about numerous risk factors from postmenopausal Asian women in eight countries in Asia using questionnaires, and evaluated the ability of these risk factors to identify women with osteoporosis as defined by femoral neck BMD T-scores < or =-2.5. Multiple variable regression analysis and item reduction yielded a final tool based on only age and body weight. This risk index had a sensitivity of 91% and specificity of 45%, with an area under the curve of 0.79. Previously published risk indices based on larger numbers of variables performed similarly well in this Asian population. Large differences in risk were identified using our index to create three categories: 61% of the high-risk women had osteoporosis, compared with only 15% and 3% of the intermediate- and low-risk women, respectively. The low-risk group represented 40% of all women, for whom BMD measurements are probably not needed unless important risk factors, such as prior nonviolent fracture or corticosteroid use, are present. An existing population-based sample of postmenopausal Japanese women was used to validate our index. In this sample of Japanese women the sensitivity was 98% and specificity was 29%; the low-risk category, for whom BMD is probably unnecessary, represented 25% of all women. We conclude that our index performed well for classifying the risk of osteoporosis among postmenopausal Asian women and applying it would result in more prudent use of BMD technology. [less ▲]

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See detailLa protection et la gestion du patrimoine biologique
Dufrêne, Marc ULg

in Bulletin de la Commission royale des Monuments, Sites et Fouilles (2001), 17

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See detailMeningeal inflammatory pseudotumour: a case report.
Gollogly, L.; Sadzot, Bernard ULg; Lejeune, Jean-Luc ULg et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2001), 101(2), 116-20

We report the case of a meningeal inflammatory pseudotumour occurring in a 23-year-old male presenting with focal seizures and headaches. Brain imaging techniques showed a 3.5 cm left parietal meningeal ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a meningeal inflammatory pseudotumour occurring in a 23-year-old male presenting with focal seizures and headaches. Brain imaging techniques showed a 3.5 cm left parietal meningeal tumour. Histology of the surgical specimen showed a dense lymphoid infiltrate permeating the dura mater and leptomeninges, consisting of a predominant polyclonal B cell population as confirmed by immunophenotyping and genotyping. Cultures of serum, CSF, and surgical specimen were negative and there was no serological evidence of a systemic dysimmune disease. The postoperative course was complicated by an episode of brain oedema resolving under steroid therapy. The patient, free from all medication, is asymptomatic at 3 years of follow-up. We discuss previously published cases and the nosology of intracranial inflammatory pseudotumours. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis Of The Chromosome Sequence Of The Legume Symbiont Sinorhizobium Meliloti Strain 1021
Capela, Delphine; Barloy-Hubler, Frédérique; Gouzy, Jérôme et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2001), 98(17),

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Maladie de Von Hippel-Lindau.
Gaspar, Y.; de Leval, Jean ULg; Quatresooz, Pascale ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(2), 68-71

VHL disease is a rare genetical disease with a poor long-term prognosis. Clinical features include retineous angiomas, CNS hemangioblastomas, pheochromocytomas and renal cysts. Renal cysts are bilateral ... [more ▼]

VHL disease is a rare genetical disease with a poor long-term prognosis. Clinical features include retineous angiomas, CNS hemangioblastomas, pheochromocytomas and renal cysts. Renal cysts are bilateral and frequently lead to malignant transformation. Surgical treatment of renal cysts is preferably delayed until a minimum of 3 cm diameter has been reached. Treatment has to be as conservative as possible, knowing that uni- or bilateral nephrectomy often has to be carried out later. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the exact solutions of the Lipkin-Meshkov-Glick model
Debergh, N.; Stancu, Floarea ULg

in Journal of Physics : A Mathematical & General (2001), A34

We present the many-particle Hamiltonian model of Lipkin, Meshkov and Glick in the context of deformed polynomial algebras and show that its exact solutions can be easily and naturally obtained within ... [more ▼]

We present the many-particle Hamiltonian model of Lipkin, Meshkov and Glick in the context of deformed polynomial algebras and show that its exact solutions can be easily and naturally obtained within this formalism. The Hamiltonian matrix of each $j$ multiplet can be split into two submatrices associated to two distinct irreps of the deformed algebra. Their invariant subspaces correspond to even and odd numbers of particle-hole excitations. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of molecular tools to enhance antagonistics activity of yeasts against postharvest diseases of apples
Jijakli, Haissam ULg; De Clercq, Deborah; Cognet, Stéphane et al

in Phytopathology (2001), 91(6 (supplément)), 154

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See detailProper orthogonal decomposition for model updating of non-linear mechanical systems
Lenaerts, V.; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2001), 15(1)

Proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), also known as Karhunen}Loeve (K}L) decomposition, is emerging as a useful experimental tool in dynamics and vibrations. The POD is a means of extracting spatial ... [more ▼]

Proper orthogonal decomposition (POD), also known as Karhunen}Loeve (K}L) decomposition, is emerging as a useful experimental tool in dynamics and vibrations. The POD is a means of extracting spatial information from a set of time-series data available on a domain. The use of (K}L) transform is of great help in non-linear settings where traditional linear techniques such as modal-testing and power-spectrum analyses cannot be applied. These decomposition can be used as an orthogonal basis for e$cient representation of the ensemble. The POM have been interpreted mainly as empirical system modes and the application of POD to measured displacements of a discrete structure with a known mass matrix leads to an estimation of the normal modes. We investigate the use of the proper orthogonal modes of displacements for the identi"cation of parameters of non-linear dynamical structures with an optimisation procedure based on the di!erence between the experimental and simulated POM. A numerical example of a beam with a local non-linear component will illustrate the method. (C) 2001 Academic Press [less ▲]

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See detailLe fédéralisme budgétaire : mode d'emploi
Husson, Jean-François ULg

in Reflets et Perspectives de la Vie Economique (2001), XL(3), 176

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See detailHistologic localization of PLAG1 (pleomorphic adenoma gene 1) in pleomorphic adenoma of the salivary gland: cytogenetic evidence of common origin of phenotypically diverse cells.
Debiec-Rychter, M.; Van Valckenborgh, I.; Van den Broeck, C. et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (2001), 81(9), 1289-97

Pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1), a zinc finger transcription factor gene, is consistently rearranged and overexpressed in human pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands with 8q12 translocations. In ... [more ▼]

Pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1), a zinc finger transcription factor gene, is consistently rearranged and overexpressed in human pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands with 8q12 translocations. In this report, we describe the immunohistochemical localization of PLAG1 protein in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary gland and corresponding normal tissue, in relation to cytokeratin, vimentin, and BCL-2 expression. Normal salivary gland tissue was not immunoreactive for PLAG1. In primary pleomorphic adenomas, cells strongly immunoreactive for PLAG1 were detected in the outer layer of tubulo-ductal structures, which are thought to be the origin of cells with bi-directional, epithelial, and mesenchymal phenotypes. In contrast, epithelial cells with abundant cytokeratin in the inner tubulo-ductal structures only sporadically expressed PLAG1. BCL-2 immunoreactivity was found mainly in the cells surrounding the tubulo-ductal structures and in the solid undifferentiated cellular masses, within the areas that had moderate PLAG1 immunoreactivity. The variability of PLAG1 expression in neoplastic cells seemed to reflect the morphologic heterogeneity that correlated with the stage of differentiation of the tumor cells. Immunohistochemical/cytogenetic evaluation of two pleomorphic adenomas with t(3;8)(p21;q12) or t(5;8)(p13;q12) translocations demonstrated the clonal nature of immunophenotypically diverse cells. This finding confirms the theory that pleomorphic adenoma cells share a common single-cell origin, most likely from the epithelial progenitor basal duct cells. [less ▲]

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See detailStand der osteoporose-Therapie. Ein Medizinischer Skandal
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in MMW Fortschritte der Medizin (2001), 143(14), 43

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See detailIpriflavone in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis: a randomized controlled trial.
Alexandersen, P; Toussaint, André ULg; Christiansen, C et al

in JAMA : Journal of the American Medical Association (2001), 285(11), 1482-8

CONTEXT: Data on the efficacy and safety of ipriflavone for prevention of postmenopausal bone loss are conflicting. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of oral ipriflavone on prevention of ... [more ▼]

CONTEXT: Data on the efficacy and safety of ipriflavone for prevention of postmenopausal bone loss are conflicting. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of oral ipriflavone on prevention of postmenopausal bone loss and to assess the safety profile of long-term treatment with ipriflavone in postmenopausal osteoporotic women. DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 4-year study conducted in 4 centers in Belgium, Denmark, and Italy from August 1994 to July 1998. PARTICIPANTS: Four hundred seventy-four postmenopausal white women, aged 45 to 75 years, with bone mineral densities (BMDs) of less than 0.86 g/cm(2). INTERVENTIONS: Patients were randomly assigned to receive ipriflavone, 200 mg 3 times per day (n = 234), or placebo (n = 240); all received 500 mg/d of calcium. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Efficacy measures included spine, hip, and forearm BMD and biochemical markers of bone resorption (urinary hydroxyproline corrected for creatinine and urinary CrossLaps [Osteometer Biotech, Herlev, Denmark] corrected for creatinine), assessed every 6 months. Laboratory safety measures and adverse events were recorded every 3 months. RESULTS: Based on intent-to-treat analysis, after 36 months of treatment, the annual percentage change from baseline in BMD of the lumbar spine for ipriflavone vs placebo (0.1% [95% confidence interval (CI), -7.9% to 8.1%] vs 0.8% [95% CI, -9.1% to 10.7%]; P =.14), or in any of the other sites measured, did not differ significantly between groups. The response in biochemical markers was also similar between groups (eg, for hydroxyproline corrected for creatinine, 20.13 mg/g [95% CI, 18.85-21.41 mg/g] vs 20.67 mg/g [95% CI, 19.41-21.92 mg/g]; P =.96); urinary CrossLaps corrected for creatinine, 268 mg/mol (95% CI, 249-288 mg/mol) vs 268 mg/mol (95% CI, 254-282 mg/mol); P =.81. The number of women with new vertebral fracture was identical or nearly so in the 2 groups at all time points. Lymphocyte concentrations decreased significantly (500/microL (0.5 x 10(9)/L]) in women treated with ipriflavone. Thirty-one women (13.2%) in the ipriflavone group developed subclinical lymphocytopenia, of whom 29 developed it during ipriflavone treatment. Of these, 15 (52%) of 29 had recovered spontaneously by 1 year and 22 (81%) of 29 by 2 years. CONCLUSIONS: Our data indicate that ipriflavone does not prevent bone loss or affect biochemical markers of bone metabolism. Additionally, ipriflavone induces lymphocytopenia in a significant number of women. [less ▲]

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See detailQualité des soins et qualité de vie des enfants atteients de pathologies anorectales et de leurs familles
Noirhomme-Renard, Florence ULg

in Bulletin d'Education du Patient à sa Maladie (2001)

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See detailMultifocal motor and sensory neuropathy following whiplash injury
DIVE, Dominique ULg; NOEZ, Stéphanie ULg; ISERENTANT, Cynthia ULg et al

in Journal of Neurology (2001)

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See detailEffect of risedronate on the risk of hip fracture in elderly women. Hip Intervention Program Study Group.
McClung, M R; Geusens, P; Miller, P D et al

in New England Journal of Medicine [=NEJM] (2001), 344(5), 333-40

BACKGROUND: Risedronate increases bone mineral density in elderly women, but whether it prevents hip fracture is not known. METHODS: We studied 5445 women 70 to 79 years old who had osteoporosis ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Risedronate increases bone mineral density in elderly women, but whether it prevents hip fracture is not known. METHODS: We studied 5445 women 70 to 79 years old who had osteoporosis (indicated by a T score for bone mineral density at the femoral neck that was more than 4 SD below the mean peak value in young adults [-4] or lower than -3 plus a nonskeletal risk factor for hip fracture, such as poor gait or a propensity to fall) and 3886 women at least 80 years old who had at least one nonskeletal risk factor for hip fracture or low bone mineral density at the femoral neck (T score, lower than -4 or lower than -3 plus a hip-axis length of 11.1 cm or greater). The women were randomly assigned to receive treatment with oral risedronate (2.5 or 5.0 mg daily) or placebo for three years. The primary end point was the occurrence of hip fracture. RESULTS: Overall, the incidence of hip fracture among all the women assigned to risedronate was 2.8 percent, as compared with 3.9 percent among those assigned to placebo (relative risk, 0.7; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.6 to 0.9; P=0.02). In the group of women with osteoporosis (those 70 to 79 years old), the incidence of hip fracture among those assigned to risedronate was 1.9 percent, as compared with 3.2 percent among those assigned to placebo (relative risk, 0.6; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.4 to 0.9; P=0.009). In the group of women selected primarily on the basis of nonskeletal risk factors (those at least 80 years of age), the incidence of hip fracture was 4.2 percent among those assigned to risedronate and 5.1 percent among those assigned to placebo (P=0.35). CONCLUSIONS: Risedronate significantly reduces the risk of hip fracture among elderly women with confirmed osteoporosis but not among elderly women selected primarily on the basis of risk factors other than low bone mineral density. [less ▲]

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See detailNew species of the lichen genus Menegazzia in New Guinea
James, Peter W.; Aptroot, André; Diederich, Paul et al

in Bibiotheca Lichenologica (2001), 78

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See detailPrésentation de la recherche sur le logement urbain wallon.
Frankignoulle, Pierre ULg; Dawance, Sophie ULg; Malherbe, Alain

in Cahiers de l'Urbanisme (Les) (2001), 37

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See detailModelling of friction and wear for designing cryogenic valves
Bozet, Jean-Luc ULg

in Tribology International (2001), 34(4), 207-215

From a tribological point of view, the selection of materials for seals for valves of cryogenic rocket engines is a critical issue for the designer. Due to the lack of comprehensive information on this ... [more ▼]

From a tribological point of view, the selection of materials for seals for valves of cryogenic rocket engines is a critical issue for the designer. Due to the lack of comprehensive information on this topic. data have been obtained in the framework of research programmes. In the first step, two polymers potentially usable for sealing cryogenic fluids were identified, They were submitted to general test conditions to gain some fundamental understanding of their tribological behaviour when immersed in a cryogenic fluid. This fundamental understanding proved to be helpful for an efficient technical approach. This approach with the test conditions as close as possible to those met in real valves has been used in the second step. In order to obtain the best information with the minimum number of tests, the statistical method of Doehlert has been adopted. The use of such a method led to the construction of surface response for modelling friction and wear. These surfaces and their associated equation are directly and easily usable by the designer, This way of treating technical tribological problem is illustrated by an example. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSurvival, gap formation and recovery dynamics in grassland ecosystems exposed to heat extremes: the role of species richness.
Van Peer, L; Nijs, I; Bogaert, Jan ULg et al

in Ecosystems (2001), 4(8), 797-806

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See detailL'élevage du "mouton de case" : aspects techniques, socio-économiques et perspectives d'amélioration au Yatenga (Burkina Faso)
Hamidou, B.; Ilboudo, J.-B.; Ouedraogo, M. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2001), 5(4), 201-208

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See detailReply to Letter to the Editor
PITCHOT, William ULg; ANSSEAU, Marc ULg

in Psychoneuroendocrinology (2001)

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See detailGilbert Boss : la fin de l'ordre économique
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (2001), 81-92-93

L'ouvrage propose une transformation radicale des valeurs pour quitter l'ordre marchand. S'il partage des intuitions avec la vision marxiste, il s'en écarte aussi radicalement par son élitisme parfois ... [more ▼]

L'ouvrage propose une transformation radicale des valeurs pour quitter l'ordre marchand. S'il partage des intuitions avec la vision marxiste, il s'en écarte aussi radicalement par son élitisme parfois presque anti-démocratique. On pourrait parler à propos de Gilbert Boss, de socialisme conservateur aristocratique. Une utopie décapante mais pas forcément séduisante. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modelling of coupled transient phenomena
Charlier, Robert ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

in Revue Française de Génie Civil (2001), 5(6), 719-743

The basic phenomena involved in thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in geomaterials have been described in the 1st chapter. The equations describing these phenomena are non-linear differential equations ... [more ▼]

The basic phenomena involved in thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in geomaterials have been described in the 1st chapter. The equations describing these phenomena are non-linear differential equations. Their solution can generally only be approximated thanks to numerical methods. This is the main subject of the present chapter. First the type of problems and the set of equations to be solved will be shortly recalled. Emphasis will be given on the non-linear contributions. In a second section, the mostly developed numerical method, i.e. the finite difference and the finite element methods will be discussed under the light of the problems to be treated. The iterative techniques allowing the solution of non linear equations will be described. A third section will be dedicated to the coupling terms and to their modelling. The question that rises then is How to model efficiently problems, which may differ highly from, the point of view of the time and length scales? [less ▲]

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See detailA simple clinical tool to identify Asian women with osteoporosis
Lou, SQ; Koh, L; Yang, BY et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2001), 28(S63), 26

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See detailWHO Collaborating Centre consensus meeting on anti-cytokine therapy in rheumatoid arthritis
Emery, P.; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Appelboom, T. et al

in Rheumatology (2001), 40(6), 699-702

Severe adult rheumatoid arthritis is a cause of progressive disability and increased mortality across Europe. A cure for the disease remains elusive, but control of symptoms and maintenance of individual ... [more ▼]

Severe adult rheumatoid arthritis is a cause of progressive disability and increased mortality across Europe. A cure for the disease remains elusive, but control of symptoms and maintenance of individual independence is possible. Anti-cytokine therapies offer a new approach to disease management. They are effective after the failure of full doses of methotrexate, and are at least as effective as methotrexate in retarding the progression of radiological changes. Until more is known about the long-term safety and efficacy of these drugs they should be reserved for patients with severe disease who are progressing despite adequate doses of methotrexate or other disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs. They should be continued until therapeutic failure or intolerance. A comprehensive health economic evaluation is needed to optimally direct the use of these drugs. This should be undertaken when long-term safety and efficacy studies are completed. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Brassicaceae secondary metabolites on the Glutathione S-transferase activity from Episyrphus balteatus De Geer (Diptera: Syrphidae)
Vanhaelen, N.; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg

in Pesticide Biochemistry & Physiology (2001), 71(3), 170-177

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See detailComparison of basic density and longitudinal shrinkage in tension wood and opposite wood in young stems of Poplar (P. euramericana cv “ Ghoy ”) when subjected to a gravitational stimulus
Jourez, Benoît ULg; Riboux, Alain; Leclercq, André

in Canadian Journal of Forest Research = Journal Canadien de la Recherche Forestière (2001), 31(10), 1676-1683

In a green house, under controlled conditions, young shoots, taken from poplar cuttings (P. euramericana cv “ Ghoy ”), were artificially inclined in order to quantify the modifications of physical ... [more ▼]

In a green house, under controlled conditions, young shoots, taken from poplar cuttings (P. euramericana cv “ Ghoy ”), were artificially inclined in order to quantify the modifications of physical properties induced by a gravitational stimulus. At the end of the growing season, basic density and longitudinal shrinkage were measured on very small samples taken from pure tension wood tissue observed on the upper face of the inclined axis and compared with opposite wood tissue, free of gelatinous fibers, developed on the opposite lower face. In a second step, shoots bend at two different lean intensities were analyzed. On young poplar wood, gravitational stimulus was found to have a significant effect on physical properties. Relations between basic density and longitudinal shrinkage are different depending on the types of wood considered. Shrinkage appears more sensitive to lean intensity in the range considered here [less ▲]

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See detailOnychomycosis and Other Superficial Fungal Infections of the Foot in the Elderly: A Pan-European Survey
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 202(3), 220-4

BACKGROUND: The escalating ageing population in the western world has led to an increased incidence of superficial fungal infections. The most common infections include onychomycosis, tinea pedis and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The escalating ageing population in the western world has led to an increased incidence of superficial fungal infections. The most common infections include onychomycosis, tinea pedis and tinea cruris. With the increasing life expectancy, the prevalence of onychomycosis and other superficial fungal infections is likely to increase further without adequate prevention and treatment. Objective: To study the prevalence of foot mycoses in Europe. METHOD: The Achilles project represents a survey of 90,085 subjects from 16 European countries. RESULTS: Approximately half of the total screened population had evidence of fungal foot infection, with tinea pedis and onychomycosis affecting one quarter of these individuals. Advancing age showed an unfavourable effect on the prevalence of these infections. CONCLUSION: As the number of aged people in developed countries continues to increase, skin diseases will constitute a greater pharmaco-economic concern of worldwide healthcare. Better recognition by clinicians and patients of mycotic foot disease will help prevent direct morbidity and further complications. [less ▲]

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See detailPalynology and sedimentology of laminites and tillites from the latest Famennian of the Parnaíba Basin, Brazil.
Streel, Maurice ULg; Caputo, M.V.; Loboziak, S et al

in Geologica Belgica (2001), 3(1-2), 87-96

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See detailDiagnostic et suivi d'une large fistule porto-cave intrahepatique chez un nouveau-ne.
NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg; Khamis, J.; Langhendries, J. P. et al

in Journal de Radiologie (2001), 82(11), 1642-4

Portocaval fistulas are rare and only exceptionally discovered in newborns. We report the case of a large portocaval fistula associated with portal hypoperfusion detected at Doppler US imaging in an ... [more ▼]

Portocaval fistulas are rare and only exceptionally discovered in newborns. We report the case of a large portocaval fistula associated with portal hypoperfusion detected at Doppler US imaging in an otherwise asymptomatic 5 week old infant. The patient remained asymptomatic over the following two years. At that time, preoperative angiogram showed a normal portal venous system and the fistula was surgically closed. Postoperative US showed a normal and patent portal system, without evidence of portal hypertension. [less ▲]

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