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See detailZur diatopischen Gliederung des alltagssprachlichen Wortgebrauchs
Möller, Robert ULg

in Zeitschrift für Dialektologie und Linguistik (2003), 70

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See detailCalculation of the scattering coefficient of a sine-shaped surface by solving the Helmholtz integral
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg; De Geetere, L.; Vermeir, G.

in Proceedings of the Institute of Acoustics (2003), 25(5), 67-74

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See detailReduced Cell Turnover In Bovine Leukemia Virus-Infected, Persistently Lymphocytotic Cattle
Debacq, C.; Asquith, B.; Reichert, M. et al

in Journal of Virology (2003), 77(24),

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See detailBinding and migration across fibronectin and VCAM-1 of cycling hematopoietic progenitor cells.
Gothot, André ULg; Giet, Olivier ULg; Huygen, Sandra et al

in Leukemia & Lymphoma (2003), 44(8), 1379-83

Using different experimental approaches, it has been established that transplantability of hematopoietic/stem progenitor cells is ineffective during transit through the cell cycle. Although primitive stem ... [more ▼]

Using different experimental approaches, it has been established that transplantability of hematopoietic/stem progenitor cells is ineffective during transit through the cell cycle. Although primitive stem cells are responsive to mitogenic stimulation in optimized ex vivo conditions, defective engraftment of generated cells may limit their detection in standard transplantation models as well as their use in clinical cell therapy. The activation level of adhesion receptors is modulated by stimulation of cytokine receptors via "inside-out" signaling. This prompted us to study the interactions of progenitor cells with fibronectin (Fn) in different phases of the cell cycle. We first demonstrated that adhesion to Fn was stimulated in S/G2 + M as compared to G0/G1, in ex vivo cultured CD34+ cells, with a predominant usage of very late antigen (VLA)-5 over that of VLA-4. We next determined that maximal Fn binding in active phases of the cell cycle limited cell motility toward stromal cell-conditioned medium. It was also observed that VLA-4 and VLA-5 ability to mediate adhesion or migration varied independently during cell cycle transit. Finally, in synchronized progenitor cells executing a first cell cycle ex vivo, a reversible increase in Fn binding was associated with a reversible decrease in adhesion to vascular cell-adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1. Overall, these observations suggest that defective engraftment of cycling stem/progenitor cells may result, at least in part, from abnormal trafficking related to changes in the activation level of adhesion receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailKCNQ2 and KCNQ3 potassium channel genes in benign familial neonatal convulsions: expansion of the functional and mutation spectrum.
Singh, Nanda A; Westenskow, Peter; Charlier, Carole ULg et al

in Brain : A Journal of Neurology (2003), 126(Pt 12), 2726-37

Benign familial neonatal convulsions (BFNC) is a rare autosomal dominant generalized epilepsy of the newborn infant. Seizures occur repeatedly in the first days of life and remit by approximately 4 months ... [more ▼]

Benign familial neonatal convulsions (BFNC) is a rare autosomal dominant generalized epilepsy of the newborn infant. Seizures occur repeatedly in the first days of life and remit by approximately 4 months of age. Previously our laboratory cloned two novel potassium channel genes, KCNQ2 and KCNQ3, and showed that they are mutated in patients with BFNC. In this report, we characterize the breakpoints of a previously reported interstitial deletion in the KCNQ2 gene and show that only KCNQ2 is deleted. We identify 11 novel mutations in KCNQ2 and one novel mutation in the KCNQ3 potassium channel genes. In one family, the phenotype extends beyond neonatal seizures and includes rolandic seizures, and a subset of families has onset of seizures in infancy. In the Xenopus oocyte expression system, we characterize five KCNQ2 and one KCNQ3 disease-causing mutations. These mutations cause a variable loss of function, and selective effects on the biophysical properties of KCNQ2/KCNQ3 heteromultimeric channels. We report here the first dominant negative mutation in KCNQ2 that has a phenotype of neonatal seizures without permanent clinical CNS impairment. [less ▲]

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See detailLeçons de l’éphémère. La Cour d’arbitrage et le "Renouveau’ électoral" – La Cour d’arbitrage et la suspension
Rosoux, Géraldine ULg

in Revue Belge de Droit Constitutionnel (2003)

The articles analyzes the electoral reform of 2003 and points out the competence of the Belgian constitutional Court to suspend legislative norms.

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See detailComparison of aquifer vulnerability assessment techniques. Application to the Neblon river basin (Belgium)
Gogu, Radu Constantin; Hallet, Vincent; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Environmental Geology (2003), 44(8), 881-892

Five different methods for assessing intrinsic aquifer vulnerability were tested in a case study and their results compared. The test area was a slightly karstified district in the Condroz region of ... [more ▼]

Five different methods for assessing intrinsic aquifer vulnerability were tested in a case study and their results compared. The test area was a slightly karstified district in the Condroz region of Belgium. The basin covers about 65 km(2) and the karst aquifer provides a water-supply of about 28,000 m(3)d(-1). The methods tested were: EPIK (Doerfliger et al. 1999), DRASTIC (Aller et al.1987), 'German method' (von Hoyer and Sofner 1998), GOD (Foster 1987) and ISIS (Civita and De Regibus 1995). The results are compared and critically examined. From the analysis, it seems that reducing the number of parameters is unsatisfactory, due to the variety of geological conditions. The various methods produce very different results at any given site. As only physically-based methods can be checked for their reliability, it is clear that future vulnerability mapping techniques must incorporate such methods. [less ▲]

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See detailThe HBZ factor of human T-cell leukemia virus type I dimerizes with transcription factors JunB and c-Jun and modulates their transcriptional activity.
Basbous, Jihane; Arpin, Charlotte; Gaudray, Gilles ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(44), 43620-7

The human T-cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-I)-encoded Tax protein activates transcription from the viral promoter via association with the cellular basic leucine zipper factor cAMP-response element ... [more ▼]

The human T-cell leukemia virus type I (HTLV-I)-encoded Tax protein activates transcription from the viral promoter via association with the cellular basic leucine zipper factor cAMP-response element-binding protein-2. Tax is also able to induce cellular transformation of T lymphocytes probably by modulating transcriptional activity of cellular factors, including nuclear factor-kappaB, E2F, activator protein-1 (AP-1), and p53. Recently, we characterized in HTLV-I-infected cells the presence of a novel viral protein, HBZ, encoded by the complementary strand of the HTLV-I RNA genome (Gaudray, G., Gachon, F., Basbous, J., Biard-Piechaczyk, M., Devaux, C., and Mesnard, J.-M. (2002) J. Virol. 76, 12813-12822). HBZ is a nuclear basic leucine zipper protein that down-regulates Tax-dependent viral transcription by inhibiting the binding of cAMP-response element-binding protein-2 to the HTLV-I promoter. In searching for other cellular targets of HBZ, we identified two members of the Jun family, JunB and c-Jun. Co-immunoprecipitation and cellular colocalization confirmed that HBZ interacts in vivo with JunB and c-Jun. When transiently introduced into CEM cells with a reporter gene containing the AP-1 site from the collagenase promoter, HBZ suppressed transactivation by c-Jun. On the other hand, the combination of HBZ with Jun-B had higher transcriptional activity than JunB alone. Consistent with the structure of its basic domain, we demonstrate that HBZ decreases the DNA-binding activity of c-Jun and JunB. Last, we show that c-Jun is no longer capable of activating the basal expression of the HTLV-I promoter in the presence of HBZ in vivo. Our results support the hypothesis that HBZ could be a negative modulator of the Tax effect by controlling Tax expression at the transcriptional level and by attenuating activation of AP-1 by Tax. [less ▲]

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See detailIndo-iranien *aruna
Swennen, Philippe ULg

in Journal Asiatique (2003), 291

In sanskrit, aruna- means "red, pink". In Avestan, occidental scholars translate auruna by "wild". Nothing explains this paradox between two words whose etymological equivalence is obvious. A precise ... [more ▼]

In sanskrit, aruna- means "red, pink". In Avestan, occidental scholars translate auruna by "wild". Nothing explains this paradox between two words whose etymological equivalence is obvious. A precise reading of the Rig-Vedic stanzas shows that the feminine form of this adjective always qualifies the Dawn. This systematic use modified the meaning of the adjective. Beyond its chromatic value, it indicates in the Rigvedic poetries the intermediate time linking day and night. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptive latitudinal trends in the mandible shape of Apodemus wood mice
Renaud, S.; Michaux, Johan ULg

in Journal of Biogeography (2003), 30(10), 1617-1628

Aim Size and shape of the mandible are investigated across the latitudinal range of the European wood mouse ( Apodemus sylvaticus), in order to address the relative importance of genetic structure ... [more ▼]

Aim Size and shape of the mandible are investigated across the latitudinal range of the European wood mouse ( Apodemus sylvaticus), in order to address the relative importance of genetic structure, insularity, and geographical gradient in patterning morphological variation. Results are compared with those on two Asiatic species of wood mice, A. argenteus and A. speciosus. Location The European wood mouse is sampled by a set of trapping localities including both, islands and mainland populations, as well as the four genetic groups identified in previous studies. The localities cover a latitudinal gradient from 55 degreesN to 36 degreesN. Methods Different Fourier methods are applied to the outlines of mandibles and their results compared in the case of A. sylvaticus. All provide similar results and allow a quantification of the size and shape variations across the geographical range of the European wood mouse. Using the method allowing for the best reduction of the informative data set, a comparison of the European wood mouse with the two Asiatic species was performed. Results Within the European wood mouse A. sylvaticus, a strong latitudinal gradient in mandible shape overrides the influence of insularity and genetic structure. Yet, random morphological divergence in insular conditions can be identified as a secondary process of shape differentiation. Size displays no obvious pattern of variation, neither with insularity or latitude. A comparison with two other species of wood mice suggests that a similar latitudinal gradient in mandible shape exists in different species, mandibles being flatter in the north and wider in the south. Main conclusion The latitudinal gradient in mandible shape observed in the three species of wood mice is interpreted as an intraspecific adaptive response to gradual changes in feeding behaviour. [less ▲]

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See detailConditions for elasto-plastic strain localization in unsaturated soils
Charlier, Robert ULg; Baltov, A.; Datcheva, Maria et al

in Journal of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics (2003), 33(3), 101-118

The necessary and sufficient conditions for elasto-plastic strain localization initiation in unsaturated soli massifs are proposed. Unsaturated behaviour is described unsing net stress and suction as ... [more ▼]

The necessary and sufficient conditions for elasto-plastic strain localization initiation in unsaturated soli massifs are proposed. Unsaturated behaviour is described unsing net stress and suction as independent stress variables and modifying the basic constitutive surface parameters and hardening rules to consider the role of suction. The process is accepted to be static isothermal. The conception that the localization band initiates due to loss of stability of deformation process is used. In that case, the rates of process measures bifurcate. A special example is given to illustrate the application of the obtained conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailRevisiting The Ramachandran Plot: Hard-Sphere Repulsion, Electrostatics, And H-Bonding In The Alpha-Helix
Ho, Bk.; Thomas, Annick ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (2003), 12(11), 2508-22

What determines the shape of the allowed regions in the Ramachandran plot? Although Ramachandran explained these regions in terms of 1-4 hard-sphere repulsions, there are discrepancies with the data where ... [more ▼]

What determines the shape of the allowed regions in the Ramachandran plot? Although Ramachandran explained these regions in terms of 1-4 hard-sphere repulsions, there are discrepancies with the data where, in particular, the alphaR, alphaL, and beta-strand regions are diagonal. The alphaR-region also varies along the alpha-helix where it is constrained at the center and the amino terminus but diffuse at the carboxyl terminus. By analyzing a high-resolution database of protein structures, we find that certain 1-4 hard-sphere repulsions in the standard steric map of Ramachandran do not affect the statistical distributions. By ignoring these steric clashes (NH(i+1) and O(i-1)C), we identify a revised set of steric clashes (CbetaO, O(i-1)N(i+1), CbetaN(i+1), O(i-1)Cbeta, and O(i-1)O) that produce a better match with the data. We also find that the strictly forbidden region in the Ramachandran plot is excluded by multiple steric clashes, whereas the outlier region is excluded by only one significant steric clash. However, steric clashes alone do not account for the diagonal regions. Using electrostatics to analyze the conformational dependence of specific interatomic interactions, we find that the diagonal shape of the alphaR and alphaL-regions also depends on the optimization of the NH(i+1) and O(i-1)C interactions, and the diagonal beta-strand region is due to the alignment of the CO and NH dipoles. Finally, we reproduce the variation of the Ramachandran plot along the alpha-helix in a simple model that uses only H-bonding constraints. This allows us to rationalize the difference between the amino terminus and the carboxyl terminus of the alpha-helix in terms of backbone entropy. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Mamluk Documents of the Venetian State Archives : Handlist
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in Quaderni di Studi Arabi (2003), 20-21

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See detailNote sur le picard ingrinker, incrinki, etc.
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Linguistique picarde (2003), 43(165-66), 4-9

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See detailCensure et stéréotype. Structures du sens commun journalistique
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (2003), 97-99

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See detailSapling diversity in canopy gaps in an Ecuadorian rain forest.
Salvador-Van Eysenrode, D; Bogaert, Jan ULg; Zak-Mnacek, V et al

in Forest Science (2003), 49(6), 909-917

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See detailRheumatoid hand joint synovitis: gray-scale and power Doppler US quantifications following anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha treatment: pilot study
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg; Marcelis, Stefaan et al

in Radiology (2003), 229(2), 562-569

PURPOSE: To evaluate by using B-mode and power Doppler ultrasonography (US) and clinical assessment the response of hand joint synovitis in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to treatment with ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: To evaluate by using B-mode and power Doppler ultrasonography (US) and clinical assessment the response of hand joint synovitis in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis (RA) to treatment with the anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha agent infliximab. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Wrists, metacarpophalangeal (MCP) joints, and proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints in 11 patients with active RA were assessed before and 6 weeks after three infliximab infusions. US assessment was performed at a single site in the MCP and PIP joints and at two sites (radiocarpal and intercarpal) in the wrists. Twenty measurements were performed in the wrists; 110 measurements, in the MCP joints; and 103 measurements, in the PIP joints. Two wrists and seven PIP joints were excluded owing to complete joint destruction. US parameters (synovial thickness, number of US-positive joints [ie, with synovial thickness > or = 1 mm], cumulative synovial thickness index, and presence of Doppler signal) and clinical parameters (swollen joint count) were independently assessed and compared with baseline values by using the McNemar chi2 and paired Student t tests. RESULTS: After infliximab treatment, there was a significant decrease in the mean numbers of swollen and US-positive joints and in the cumulative synovial thickness (P <.05). The mean synovial thickness decreased in all joints swollen at baseline and in the MCP and PIP joints not swollen at baseline (P <.01). Change from baseline cumulative synovial thickness correlated significantly with change in disease activity score (r = 0.69, P <.05). The number of positive Doppler US signals decreased significantly (in 13 US-positive joints at baseline, in five after treatment; P <.05). CONCLUSION: US is a feasible imaging modality for measurement of the response of RA small-joint synovitis to therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de Reliques et châsses de la collégiale de Soignies
George, Philippe ULg

in Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique (2003)

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See detailApolipoprotein L-I is the trypanosome lytic factor of human serum.
Vanhamme, Luc; Paturiaux-Hanocq, Francoise; Poelvoorde, Philippe et al

in Nature (2003), 422(6927), 83-7

Human sleeping sickness in east Africa is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense. The basis of this pathology is the resistance of these parasites to lysis by normal human serum (NHS ... [more ▼]

Human sleeping sickness in east Africa is caused by the parasite Trypanosoma brucei rhodesiense. The basis of this pathology is the resistance of these parasites to lysis by normal human serum (NHS). Resistance to NHS is conferred by a gene that encodes a truncated form of the variant surface glycoprotein termed serum resistance associated protein (SRA). We show that SRA is a lysosomal protein, and that the amino-terminal alpha-helix of SRA is responsible for resistance to NHS. This domain interacts strongly with a carboxy-terminal alpha-helix of the human-specific serum protein apolipoprotein L-I (apoL-I). Depleting NHS of apoL-I, by incubation with SRA or anti-apoL-I, led to the complete loss of trypanolytic activity. Addition of native or recombinant apoL-I either to apoL-I-depleted NHS or to fetal calf serum induced lysis of NHS-sensitive, but not NHS-resistant, trypanosomes. Confocal microscopy demonstrated that apoL-I is taken up through the endocytic pathway into the lysosome. We propose that apoL-I is the trypanosome lytic factor of NHS, and that SRA confers resistance to lysis by interaction with apoL-I in the lysosome. [less ▲]

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See detailImiquimod-responsive basal cell carcinomas and factor XIIIa-enriched dendrocytes.
Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Clinical & Experimental Dermatology (2003), 28 Suppl 1

Dermal dendrocytes (DDs) are dendritic cells that exhibit immunoreactivity for factor XIIIa, and are frequently found in conjunction with basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). Imiquimod was applied to 12 ... [more ▼]

Dermal dendrocytes (DDs) are dendritic cells that exhibit immunoreactivity for factor XIIIa, and are frequently found in conjunction with basal cell carcinomas (BCCs). Imiquimod was applied to 12 superficial BCCs every 3 days for 8 weeks. One week after completion of treatment, seven lesions appeared to have resolved, while five displayed evidence of residual BCC. Prior to initiation of treatment, the seven imiquimod-responsive BCCs were surrounded by numerous DDs, whereas the five imiquimod-resistant BCCs had fewer DDs next to them at the time of entry into the study. It appears that the pretreatment density in DDs may affect the efficacy of imiquimod in eradicating skin tumours. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of blood pepsinogen as a biomarker of the integrity of the porcine gastric mucosa. 2. Measurements of blood pepsinogen and its usefull in the detection of gastric diseases
Banga-Mboko, Henri; Godeau, Jean-Marie ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(2, APR-MAY), 95-104

Pepsinogen is one component of the gastric juice which participes in the digestion. This macromolecule enters the blood circulation in a small measurable quantities in healthy subjects. Therefore, blood ... [more ▼]

Pepsinogen is one component of the gastric juice which participes in the digestion. This macromolecule enters the blood circulation in a small measurable quantities in healthy subjects. Therefore, blood pepsinogen is claimed to be an indicator of the integrity of the gastric mucosa. This paper was written to review the use of porcine in the diagnostic of stomach ulcers and Hyostrongylus rubidus infection. The methods of measurement of blood pepsinogen and the diagnostic values are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailBiogeographical Observations On Four Scolytids (Coleoptera, Scolytidae) And One Lymexylonid (Coleoptera, Lymexylonidae) In Wallonia (Southern Belgium)
Henin, Jm.; Huart, O.; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Belgian Journal of Zoology (2003), 133(2), 175-180

Following a very sudden, early and deep frost at the end of autumn 1998, the availability of weakened trees (mainly beech trees) reached very high levels in Southern Belgium in the spring of 1999 ... [more ▼]

Following a very sudden, early and deep frost at the end of autumn 1998, the availability of weakened trees (mainly beech trees) reached very high levels in Southern Belgium in the spring of 1999. Consequently, the ambrosia beetles Trypodendron domesticum L. and T. signatum (Fabricius) (Coleoptera, Scolytidae) initiated outbreaks and, in 2000 and 2001, they heavily contributed to the depreciation of nearly 1,600,000 m3 of stem volume (to upper limit girth of 22 cm) in the natural regions of “Ardenne” and “Belgian Lorraine”. Because of the lack of biogeographical data on both insects, of their conspicuous aggressiveness towards apparently healthy trees and of the economic importance of the beech wood chain in Belgium, a large-scale survey was undertaken in 2001, in order to outline the range of both ambrosia beetles in Wallonia. To this effect, a network of 172 traps baited with ethanol was set up, attempting to cover the Walloon beech forest as representatively as possible. Two other scolytids and one lymexylonid were also frequently caught, which made it possible to outline their regional distribution too. Although the damage was limited to the Ardenne and Belgian Lorraine, T. domesticum and T. signatum are widespread throughout Wallonia. We discuss these results, their long-term validity, the secondary pest status of these insects and the need for a permanent monitoring of the major forest pest species and diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailIncidence and survival rate of women with cervical cancer in the Greater Amsterdam area.
BULK, Saskia ULg; Visser, O.; Rozendaal, L. et al

in British journal of cancer (2003), 89(5), 834-9

To evaluate the effect of population-based cervical cancer screening on the occurrence of cervical cancer in The Netherlands, we investigated the incidence and survival of cervical cancer registered by a ... [more ▼]

To evaluate the effect of population-based cervical cancer screening on the occurrence of cervical cancer in The Netherlands, we investigated the incidence and survival of cervical cancer registered by a cancer registry in the Greater Amsterdam area. The incidence rate of squamous cell carcinoma decreased significantly from 9.2/100,000 women in 1988 to 5.9/100,000 in 2000 (P<0.001). The incidence rate of adenocarcinomas remained stable. After adjustment for age, stage and lymph node involvement, the relative risk of death was 1.6 times higher for patients with adenocarcinomas than for patients with squamous cell carcinoma (95% CI 1.2-2.1). The decreased survival was related to histological type, as the effect remained significant after correction for confounding factors. Over time, the prognosis of women with squamous cell carcinoma improved significantly. No significant change was observed for women diagnosed with adenocarcinoma. These results suggest that the screening programme in The Netherlands as executed in the Greater Amsterdam area is associated with a decreased incidence and increased survival of patients with squamous cell carcinoma, but fails to detect (pre)malignant lesions of adenocarcinoma. Since more than 92% of adenocarcinomas and its precursors contain high-risk HPV, adding HPV testing to cytologic screening might improve the present screening programme in detecting adenocarcinoma and its precursor lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailTraitement de données volumineuses par ensemble d'arbres aléatoires
Geurts, Pierre ULg

in Revue des nouvelles technologies de l'information, Numéro spécial entreposage et fouille de données (2003), 1

Cet article présente une nouvelle méthode d'apprentissage ba-sée sur un ensemble d'arbres de décision. Par opposition à la méthode traditionnelle d'induction, les arbres de l'ensemble sont construits en ... [more ▼]

Cet article présente une nouvelle méthode d'apprentissage ba-sée sur un ensemble d'arbres de décision. Par opposition à la méthode traditionnelle d'induction, les arbres de l'ensemble sont construits en choisissant les tests durant le développement de manière complètement aléatoire. Cette méthode est comparée aux arbres de décision et au bagging sur plusieurs problèmes de classification. Grâce aux choix aléatoires des tests, les temps de calcul de cet algorithme sont comparables à ceux des arbres traditionnels. Dans le même temps, la méthode se révèle beaucoup plus précise que les arbres et souvent significativement meilleure que le bagging. Ces caractéristiques rendent cette méthode particulièrement adaptée pour le traitement de bases de données volumineuses. [less ▲]

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See detailMarine mammals from Northeast Atlantic: relationship between their trophic status as determined by delta C-13 and delta N-15 measurements and their trace metal concentrations
Das, Krishna ULg; Beans, Cristina; Holsbeek, Ludo et al

in Marine Environmental Research (2003), 56(3),

The relationship between trophic position through delta(13)C and delta(15)N and trace metal concentrations (Zn, Cd, Cu and Hg) was investigated in the tissues of six marine mammal species from the ... [more ▼]

The relationship between trophic position through delta(13)C and delta(15)N and trace metal concentrations (Zn, Cd, Cu and Hg) was investigated in the tissues of six marine mammal species from the Northeast Atlantic: striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba, common dolphin, Delphinus delphis. Atlantic white-sided dolphin Lagenorhynchus acutus, harbour porpoise Phocoena phocoena, white beaked-dolphin Lagenorhynchus albirostris, grey seal Halichoerus grypus stranded on French Channel and Irish coasts. White-beaked dolphins, harbour porpoises, white-sided dolphins, common and striped dolphins display the same relative and decreasing trophic position, as measured by delta(15)N values, along both the Irish and French channel coasts, reflecting conservative trophic habits between these two places. Hepatic and renal Cd concentrations were significantly correlated to muscle delta(13)C and delta(15)N values while Hg, Zn and Cu did not. These results suggest that Cd accumulation is partly linked to the diet while other factors Such as age or body condition might explain Hg, Zn or Cu variability in marine mammals. Combined stable isotope and trace metal analyses appear to be useful tools for the study of marine mammal ecology. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression in an msb3msb4 yeast mutant of 2 human homologues of the yeast MSB3 MSB4 genes: RN-tre and Tre2 oncogene
Bizimungu, Christelle; Burny, Arsène; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Yeast (Chichester, England) (2003), 20(S1),

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See detailPhysiology of reproduction and endocrinology in cervids. A review
Drion, Pierre ULg; Hanzen, Christian ULg; Wirth, Delphine - in memoriam et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(5), 291-313

Knowledge about cervids are rapidly growing. This work aims to present the more recent scientific information on reproductive physiology and endocrinology of the cervids: anatomy of the genital tract ... [more ▼]

Knowledge about cervids are rapidly growing. This work aims to present the more recent scientific information on reproductive physiology and endocrinology of the cervids: anatomy of the genital tract, length of breeding season, parameters and endocrinology of the reproductive cycle, endocrinology of pregnancy. It also aims to highlight differences between cervids and domestic ruminants such as embryonic diapause observed in Capreolus capreolus. [less ▲]

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See detailA note on the age of radioactive tracers
Delhez, Eric ULg; Deleersnijder, Eric; Mouchet, Anne ULg et al

in Journal of Marine Systems (2003), 38(3-4), 277-286

wThe age of a water mass is often estimated experimentally using the radio-age computed from the distribution of a radioactive tracer (radiocarbon, helium-tritium). Deleersnijder et al. [J. Mar. Syst. 28 ... [more ▼]

wThe age of a water mass is often estimated experimentally using the radio-age computed from the distribution of a radioactive tracer (radiocarbon, helium-tritium). Deleersnijder et al. [J. Mar. Syst. 28 (2001) 229.] have shown that the radio-age underestimates the age of the water and is larger than the age of the radioactive tracer used for its evaluation. This result is generalized here to radio-ages computed from the ratio of two radioactive tracers. The differences between the different ages are also studied analytically and numerically as functions of the decay rate of the radioactive tracers. For small decay rates, the difference between the age of the water mass and the radio-age is shown to be proportional to the decay rate. It depends also on the level of mixing in the system; even radioactive tracers with small decay rates can provide poor estimates of the age of the water mass in a strongly diffusive flow. For small half lives, both the radio-age and the age of radioactive tracers decrease as the inverse of the square root of the decay rate. The same analysis applies to some extent to the estimates of the age of a water mass from stable tracers with known time dependent sources (e.g. chloroflurocarbons). (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPolitiques foncières et mécanismes fonciers en Wallonie : objectifs politiques, outils juridiques et mise en œuvre
Dubois, O.; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

in Ruimte & Planning (2003), (4), 265-283

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See detailL’herpèsvirus bovin 4
Markine-Goriaynoff, N.; Minner, F.; De Fays, K. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(4), 215-247

Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) belongs to the Herpesviridae family, Gammaherpesvirinae subfamily, Rhadinovirus genus like human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8), the causative agent of Kaposi's sarcoma. BoHV-4 has a ... [more ▼]

Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) belongs to the Herpesviridae family, Gammaherpesvirinae subfamily, Rhadinovirus genus like human herpesvirus 8 (HHV-8), the causative agent of Kaposi's sarcoma. BoHV-4 has a worldwide distribution in the cattle population. It has been isolated from cattle showing various clinical signs as well as from healthy cattle. The interest of the scientific community for BoHV-4 is explained by two reasons. Firstly, BoHV-4 represents an homologous virus/host species model to study the biology of gammaherpesviruses. Secondly, the use of BoHV-4 as a recombinant vector for expression both in vitro and in vivo has been proposed. For these reasons, a considerable amount of data has been collected on this virus. In the present paper, the authors will present a general overview of the literature published on this virus addressing clinical, epidemiological and fundamental aspects of BoHV-4. Finally, in the light of their recent phylogenetic data, the authors will discuss the origin and the host species of BoHV-4 leading to the conclusion that this virus should be considered as a virus of the African buffalo rather than cattle. [less ▲]

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See detailLe catastérisme chez Homère. Le cas d'Orion
Renaud, Jean-Michel ULg

in Gaia. Revue interdisciplinaire sur la Grèce archaïque (2003), 7

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See detailTrois nouveaux indices de réalisme dans l'auto-évaluation des performances
Leclercq, Dieudonné ULg; Poumay, Marianne ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2003), 15-16

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See detailToward a better control of internal structure and external morphology of mesoporous silicas synthesized using a nonionic surfactant
Léonard, Alexandre ULg; Blin, J. L.; Robert, M. et al

in Langmuir (2003), 19(13), 5484-5490

Mesoporous silicas with controlled morphologies have been synthesized using decaoxyethylene cetyl ether [C 16(EO) 10] as a surfactant (10 wt % in aqueous solution). A large series of characterization ... [more ▼]

Mesoporous silicas with controlled morphologies have been synthesized using decaoxyethylene cetyl ether [C 16(EO) 10] as a surfactant (10 wt % in aqueous solution). A large series of characterization results (SEM, TEM, XRD, and nitrogen adsorption-desorption analysis) have demonstrated how the surfactant/silica molar ratio as well as hydrothermal treatment conditions can drastically influence not only the regular organization of the compounds on the nanometer scale but also the morphogenesis of the particles at the micrometer level. High loadings of a silica precursor yield highly structured mesoporous compounds with a morphology of ropes, gyroids and toroids whereas an increase of the surfactant/silica molar ratio results in spherical materials with a disordered channel array. A phase transition from hexagonal to disordered structure and then again to a regular hexagonal array with increasing gel heating temperature from 40 to 80°C has been evidenced. [less ▲]

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See detailRecognizing and interpreting the fossils of early eukaryotes
Javaux, Emmanuelle ULg; Knoll, A. H.; Walter, M.

in Origins of Life & Evolution of the Biosphere (2003), 33(1), 75-94

Using molecular sequence data, biologists can generate hypotheses of protistan phylogeny and divergence times. Fossils, however, provide our only direct constraints on the timing and environmental context ... [more ▼]

Using molecular sequence data, biologists can generate hypotheses of protistan phylogeny and divergence times. Fossils, however, provide our only direct constraints on the timing and environmental context of early eukaryotic diversification. For this reason, recognition of eukaryotic fossils in Proterozoic rocks is key to the integration of geological and comparative biological perspectives on protistan evolution. Microfossils preserved in shales of the ca. 1500 Ma Roper Group, northern Australia, display characters that ally them to the Eucarya, but, at present, attribution to any particular protistan clade is uncertain. Continuing research on wall ultrastructure and microchemistry promises new insights into the nature and systematic relationships of early eukaryotic fossils. [less ▲]

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See detailFlow cytometric cerebrospinal fluid analysis in children
Häusler, M.; Sellhaus, B.; Schweizer, K. et al

in Pathology Research and Practice (2003), 199(10), 667-675

Flow cytometry (FC) is of increasing importance for the analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) lymphocytes because of its ability to detect a large spectrum of cellular characteristics (granularity, volume ... [more ▼]

Flow cytometry (FC) is of increasing importance for the analysis of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) lymphocytes because of its ability to detect a large spectrum of cellular characteristics (granularity, volume, surface antigen expression) even in small amounts of cells. Data on CSF FC in children are very limited. Here, we summarize our 3-year experience of CSF FC routinely performed in pediatric patients with assumed inflammatory central nervous system (CNS) disease. Among 109 samples sent for analysis, flow cytometric detection of major leukocyte subsets was possible in 78% (85 out of 109), which exceeds the 31% rate of our retrospective microscopic pediatric control group. Apart from physiologic lymphocytes (100%) or monocytes (48%), 11 out of these 85 samples showed granulocytes, two showed proliferated monocytes, and nine displayed proliferated lymphocytes. In most children, the proliferated lymphocytes consisted of a polyclonal population of CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. Compared with literature data, eight children showed abnormally composed lymphocyte subsets (surface antigen expression) within the main lymphocyte population. However, none of these changes was specific for distinct diseases or allowed a distinction between patients with and without primary inflammatory processes. These data suggest that CSF FC may be the most effective modality to differentiate major CSF leukocyte subsets. At present, further differentiation of distinct cell populations, such as proliferated lymphocytes, is of limited clinical impact. This may, however, gain increasing interest in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnosis and monitoring of pregnancy in sheep: reality and perspectives
El Amiri, Bouchra; Karen, Aly; Cognié, Yves et al

in Productions Animales (2003), 16(2), 79-90

The present review aims at presenting different methods for pregnancy diagnosis. Since these methods are to be used in the herds, precocity, sensitivity, specificity, accuracy to predict pregnant and non ... [more ▼]

The present review aims at presenting different methods for pregnancy diagnosis. Since these methods are to be used in the herds, precocity, sensitivity, specificity, accuracy to predict pregnant and non-pregnant ewes, and the possibility to determine fetal numbers are carefully analysed. The progesterone assay is accurate as early as day 17th after fecundation; but the fertilization day must be precisely known. The pregnancy specific or associated glycoproteins (PSPB/PAG) assay is highly sensitive and specific at day 22 in blood and at day 32 in milk samples. However, this assay does not allow to predict the fetal number. The ultrasonography B-mode used on 30 days of gestation gives very good or excellent performance in terms of sensitivity and specificity depending on the practitioner. The method is also able to predict the real time fetal number. [less ▲]

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See detailJansénisme et monachisme féminin aux pays de Liège et de Luxembourg
Henneau, Marie-Elisabeth ULg

in Chroniques de Port-Royal (2003), 52

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See detailField-dependent vortex pinning strength in a periodic array of antidots
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Raedts, S.; Lange et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2003), 67(6),

We explore the dynamic response of vortex lines in a Pb thin film with a periodic array of antidots by means of ac-susceptibility measurements. For low drive field amplitudes, within the Campbell regime ... [more ▼]

We explore the dynamic response of vortex lines in a Pb thin film with a periodic array of antidots by means of ac-susceptibility measurements. For low drive field amplitudes, within the Campbell regime, vortex motion is of intravalley type and the penetration depth is related to the curvature of the pinning potential well alpha. For dc fields below the first matching field H-1, alpha reaches its highest value associated with a Mott insulator like phase where vortex lines are strongly localized at the pinning sites. For H-1<H-dc<H-2, the response is mainly due to the interstitial vortices and α drops to smaller values as expected for this metallic like regime. Strikingly, for H-2<H-dc<H-3, we observe that α reduces further down. However, for H-3<H-dc<H-4, a reentrance in the pinning strength is observed, due to a specific configuration of the flux-line lattice which strongly restricts the mobility of vortices. We present a possible explanation for the measured α(H-dc) dependence based on the different flux-line lattice configurations. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial distribution and morphological characteristics of the trunk lateral line neuromasts of the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax, L.; Teleostei, Serranidae).
Faucher, Karine ULg; Aubert, Anne; Lagardère, Jean-Paul

in Brain, Behavior & Evolution (2003), 62(4), 223-32

The morphology and spatial distribution of the different types of neuromasts encountered on the trunk lateral line of the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) were examined using scanning electron microscopy ... [more ▼]

The morphology and spatial distribution of the different types of neuromasts encountered on the trunk lateral line of the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) were examined using scanning electron microscopy. The sea bass trunk lateral line exhibits a complete straight pattern. In their basic features, the two types of neuromasts present, canal and superficial, resemble what has been described in other fishes. They are similar in their general cellular organization but differ in sizes, and shapes, as well as in the densities and lengths of their hair bundles. However, the sea bass trunk lateral line distinguishes itself in several ways. For instance, the pores of the canal segments are partially obstructed due to the overlap of scales throughout the trunk. Moreover, based on the density and length of the hair bundles, two distinct areas, central and peripheral, could be distinguished within the maculae of canal neuromasts. Their cupulae are also peculiar as they possess two wing-like extensions and that their central core appears to be organized in layers instead of columns. In addition, the superficial neuromasts, up to 6 per scale, are either round or elliptical and seem to be distributed serendipitously. Finally, within the maculae of both types of neuromasts, a significant number of hair bundles do not follow the two-directional polarity pattern usually described. Although some hypotheses are proposed, the influence of these characteristics in terms of signal encoding and fish behavior is yet to be understood. [less ▲]

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See detailvaria
Martiniello, Marco ULg; Guillon, Michelle

in Revue Européenne des Migrations Internationales (2003), 19(1),

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See detailEffect of polystyrene particles on lung mirovascular permeability in isolated perfused rabbit lungs : role of size and surface proporties
Hamoir, J.; Nemmar, A.; Halloy, D. et al

in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (2003), 190

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See detailMathematical modelling and design of an advanced once-through heat recovery steam generator
Dumont, Marie-Noëlle ULg; Heyen, Georges ULg

in Computer Aided Chemical Engineering (2003), 14

The once-through heat recovery steam generator design is ideally matched to very high temperature and pressure, well into the supercritical range. Moreover this type of previous termboilernext term is ... [more ▼]

The once-through heat recovery steam generator design is ideally matched to very high temperature and pressure, well into the supercritical range. Moreover this type of previous termboilernext term is structurally simpler than a conventional one, since no drum is required. A specific mathematical model has been developed. Thermodynamic model has been implemented to suit very high pressure (up to 240 bar), sub- and supercritical steam properties. We illustrate the model use with a 180 bar once-through previous termboilernext term (OTB). [less ▲]

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See detailSpontaneous zygogenesis in Escherichia coli, a form of true sexuality in prokaryotes.
Gratia, Jean*-Pierre; Thiry, Marc ULg

in Microbiology (2003), 149(Pt 9), 2571-84

A new type of mating, differing from classic conjugation and previously observed in a certain strain of Escherichia coli K-12, has also been found in strains derived from ordinary F- cells of E. coli K-12 ... [more ▼]

A new type of mating, differing from classic conjugation and previously observed in a certain strain of Escherichia coli K-12, has also been found in strains derived from ordinary F- cells of E. coli K-12 exposed to an exogenous factor originating in an E. coli clinical isolate. Immunofluorescence and electron microscopy after single and double labelling of DNA were used to produce evidence in favour of a novel mating mechanism by cell contact at the poles of the bacterial rod. These findings are supported by genetic analyses indicating complete genetic mixing. Unstable complementing diploids were formed, which throw off phenotypically haploid cells, of which some showed a parental phenotype and some were true genetic recombinants. Recombination was observed even when one parent was a UV-inactivated F- RecA- strain. The name 'spontaneous zygogenesis' (Z-mating, for short) is proposed for this kind of mating. [less ▲]

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See detailPlmA, a new member of the GntR family, has plasmid maintenance functions in Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120
Lee, M. H.; Scherer, K.; Rigali, Sébastien ULg et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (2003), 185(15), 4315-4325

The filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena (Nostoc) sp. strain PCC 7120 maintains a genome that is divided into a 6.4-Mb chromosome, three large plasmids of more that 100 kb, two medium-sized plasmids of 55 ... [more ▼]

The filamentous cyanobacterium Anabaena (Nostoc) sp. strain PCC 7120 maintains a genome that is divided into a 6.4-Mb chromosome, three large plasmids of more that 100 kb, two medium-sized plasmids of 55 and 40 kb, and a 5.5-kb plasmid. Plasmid copy number can be dynamic in some cyanobacterial species, and the genes that regulate this process have not been characterized. Here we show that mutations in an open reading frame, all1076, reduce the numbers of copies per chromosome of several plasmids. In a mutant strain, plasmids pCC7120delta and pCC7120zeta are both reduced to less than 50% of their wild-type levels. The exogenous pDU1-based plasmid pAM1691 is reduced to less than 25% of its wild-type level, and the plasmid is rapidly lost. The peptide encoded by all1076 shows similarity to members of the GntR family of transcriptional regulators. Phylogenetic analysis reveals a new domain topology within the GntR family. PlmA homologs, all coming from cyanobacterial species, form a new subfamily that is distinct from the previously identified subfamilies. The all1076 locus, named plmA, regulates plasmid maintenance functions in Anabaena sp. strain PCC 7120. [less ▲]

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See detailPropriétés des merrains affinés dans une solution d’enzymes naturels et destinés à la tonnellerie
Jourez, Benoît ULg; Charron, Stéphane; Hebert, Jacques ULg

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

Properties of shooks ageing by a treatment in a solution of natural enzymes. A speeding up of the ageing of shooks is possible by a treatment with a solution of natural enzymes. However its repercussion ... [more ▼]

Properties of shooks ageing by a treatment in a solution of natural enzymes. A speeding up of the ageing of shooks is possible by a treatment with a solution of natural enzymes. However its repercussion on physical, mechanical characteristics of wood and on its absorption potential of an hydro-alcoholic solution must be tested. Normalized samples have been extracted from 150 shooks selected on a ring width criteria from three cooperages located on different supplying area in France. The three factors cooperage, ring width class and treatment are used for statistical analysis. The cooperage factor, reflection of the supply area of each of them, affect the young modulus and the modulus of rupture in static bending but not the other characteristics. The improvement of the wood properties is closely linked to the ring width increaseof the samples. The enzymatic treatment has no significant effect on physical and mechanical characteristics of oak wood, except on the hardness and, to a lesser extent, on the absorption potential. Considering the absence of negative effect on characteristics of shooks and the positive contribution of enzymatic treatment on their ageing, this treatment could bring a very interesting economical alternative permitting to avoid long lasting storage of the shooks before assembly. [less ▲]

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See detailPour que le peuple lise : un siècle de lutte inachevée
Francis, Frédéric ULg

in Les Cahiers d’Education permanente (2003), 19

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See detailAlong or across front ocean survey strategy? The estimation of quasi-geostrophic vertical velocities and temperature fluxes
Rixen, Michel; Allen, J. T.; Pollard, R. T. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2003), 30(5), 61-68

In a companion paper we have shown that at the mesoscale, the unusual across front sampling strategy (AL) is more accurate than the usual across front sampling strategy (AC) on hydrographic and bio ... [more ▼]

In a companion paper we have shown that at the mesoscale, the unusual across front sampling strategy (AL) is more accurate than the usual across front sampling strategy (AC) on hydrographic and bio-chemical properties when the front is sufficiently developed. The cruise design based on the optimal reconstruction of the density fields does however not imply that derived variables like quasi-geostrophic (QG) vertical velocities and temperature fluxes also exhibit minimal associated errors. Here we present results of optimized sampling strategies for diagnostic QG vertical velocities (wQG) and temperature fluxes (θQG) derived from the omega equation. Results are illustrated in the same framework, for the Iceland-Faroes oceanic frontal area and for a control model and reveal that at these spatio-temporal scales, the unusual AL may also provide better estimations of vertical velocities and temperature fluxes compared to the classic AC, especially when the front is sufficiently developed. [less ▲]

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See detailReich-Ranicki und die ‚Erotik'. In: Das Internet-Portal Marcel Reich-Ranicki
Pontzen, Alexandra ULg

in Literaturkritik.de (2003)

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See detailQuels rôles et quelle formation pour les tuteurs intervenant dans des dispositifs de formation à distance ?
Denis, Brigitte ULg

in Distances et Savoirs (2003), 1(1), 19-46

Cet article traite de la formation de « tuteurs en ligne », c’est-à-dire intervenant dans un dispositif de formation à distance. Après avoir situé le tuteur parmi les autres acteurs d’un tel dispositif ... [more ▼]

Cet article traite de la formation de « tuteurs en ligne », c’est-à-dire intervenant dans un dispositif de formation à distance. Après avoir situé le tuteur parmi les autres acteurs d’un tel dispositif, l’auteur envisage différentes fonctions tutorales et un profil d’intervention à relativiser selon le type de dispositif de formation envisagé. Il présente ensuite une série de compétences nécessaires pour devenir tuteur à distance ainsi que diverses expériences de formation de tuteurs. Il propose sept étapes de formation allant du vécu d’une expérience d’apprentissage à distance par le futur tuteur jusqu’à la régulation de ses interventions. Cet article traite de la formation de « tuteurs en ligne », c’est-à-dire intervenant dans un dispositif de formation à distance. Après avoir situé le tuteur parmi les autres acteurs d’un tel dispositif, l’auteur envisage différentes fonctions tutorales et un profil d’intervention à relativiser selon le type de dispositif de formation envisagé. Il présente ensuite une série de compétences nécessaires pour devenir tuteur à distance ainsi que diverses expériences de formation de tuteurs. Il propose sept étapes de formation allant du vécu d’une expérience d’apprentissage à distance par le futur tuteur jusqu’à la régulation de ses interventions. [less ▲]

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See detailNéron et la magie
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (2003), 62

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See detailIncreased electron donor and electron acceptor characters enhance the adhesion between oil droplets and cells of Yarrowia lipolytica as evaluated by a new cytometric assay
Aguedo, Mario ULg; Waché, Y.; Mazoyer, V. et al

in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (2003), 51(10), 3007-3011

The adhesion of methyl ricinoleate droplets to cells of the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica was investigated. A new cytometric method, relying on the double staining of fatty globules with Nile Red and of cells ... [more ▼]

The adhesion of methyl ricinoleate droplets to cells of the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica was investigated. A new cytometric method, relying on the double staining of fatty globules with Nile Red and of cells with Calcofluor, enabled us to quantify methyl ricinoleate droplet adhesion to cells precultured on a hydrophilic or on a hydrophobic carbon source. In this last case, droplet adsorption was enhanced and a MATS (microbial adhesion to solvents) test revealed that this increase was due to Lewis acid-base interactions and not to an increase in the hydrophobic properties of the cell surface. These preliminary results demonstrate that the developed cytometric method is promising for various applications concerning the study of interactions between microorganisms and an emulsified hydrophobic substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression In A Rabgap Yeast Mutant Of Two Human Homologues, One Of Which Is An Oncogene
Bizimungu, C.; De Neve, N.; Burny, A. et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2003), 310(2),

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See detailRooting blockage in the tobacco rac mutant occurs at the initiation phase, and induces diversion to xylem differentiation
Faivre-Rampant, Odile; D'Angeli, S.; Falasca, G. et al

in Plant Biosystems (2003), 137(2), 163-174

The rac mutant of Nicotiana tabacum L. cv. Xanthii is impaired in adventitious root formation. The objective of the present study was to determine whether or not the root induction phase occurs in the rac ... [more ▼]

The rac mutant of Nicotiana tabacum L. cv. Xanthii is impaired in adventitious root formation. The objective of the present study was to determine whether or not the root induction phase occurs in the rac mutant, and if so, to determine what causes the induced cells to become incapable of organising root primordia. To this end, rac and wild-type shoots were cultured in vitro for 7 days under conditions suitable for obtaining roots in the wild-type (i.e., exposure to 5 muM indole-3-butyric acid for 4 h, and then transfer to hormone-free medium), and then histologically and biochemically analysed during culture. The variations in peroxidase activity, and in cellular levels of auxins and polyamines revealed that the induction phase occurs in rac shoots, although it lasts longer than in the wild-type ones. Furthermore, both auxin and polyamines were consistently higher in rac shoots compared to the wild-type. After induction, auxin and putrescine levels abruptly decreased in the wild-type shoots, whereas they decreased much more slowly in the rac mutant. The histological analysis of the wild-type shoots showed that the abrupt decrease in auxin and polyamine levels were correlated with a normal initiation phase. In fact, wild-type shoots showed cell divisions in the procambium already at day 2, resulting in the formation of root primordia at day 4, and in root emergence between days 5 and 7. In rac shoots, despite the fact that the procambium cells were activated to undergo cell division, the initiation phase was highly perturbed, and the procambial cells developed tracheary elements instead of adventitious roots. The different morphogenic responses of the two genotypes are discussed in the light of the differences in auxin content after the induction phase. [less ▲]

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See detailCreolization in Robert Antoni's Blessed Is the Fruit: A Linguistic Analysis
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Matatu : Journal for African Culture and Society (2003), 27-28

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See detailVariations at different spatial scales of Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile beds; effects on the physico-chemical parameters of the sediment
Gobert, Sylvie ULg; Kyramarios, Michael; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

in Oceanologica Acta (2003), 26(2), 199-207

The biometric parameters (shoot density, length and width of leaves, leaf and epiphyte biomasses, leaf surface) of the P. oceanica meadow present a significant spatial variability at the mesoscale level ... [more ▼]

The biometric parameters (shoot density, length and width of leaves, leaf and epiphyte biomasses, leaf surface) of the P. oceanica meadow present a significant spatial variability at the mesoscale level (100 m2). All the parameters studied, excepting the number of leaves, decrease according to the depth. The horizontal spatial variations (centrifuge and centripetal distributions) reach a maximum in the shallower areas. The analysis of the microstructures (m2) of the meadow has not allowed a relationship to be established between the spatial variations of the biometric parameters and the environmental factors in the sediment (pH, water and organic matter content, red-ox potential, nutrient content). The heterogeneity of the meadow in the Revellata Bay quite probably results from the internal shoot and rhyzome growth dynamics. <br />On the other hand, it appears that the presence of the prairie modifies the physical-chemical characteristics of the sediment. In fact, the sandy patches present different physical-chemical characteristics: lower organic matter, different granulometric and much higher interstitial water nutrient levels, as well as a higher pH and oxydo-reduction potential. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulation of hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha protein level during hypoxic conditions by the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase/Akt/glycogen synthase kinase 3beta pathway in HepG2 cells.
Mottet, Denis ULg; Dumont, Valery; Deccache, Yann et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(33), 31277-85

Hypoxia initiates an intracellular signaling pathway leading to the activation of the transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1). HIF-1 activity is regulated through different mechanisms ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia initiates an intracellular signaling pathway leading to the activation of the transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1). HIF-1 activity is regulated through different mechanisms involving stabilization of HIF-1alpha, phosphorylations, modifications of redox conditions, and interactions with coactivators. However, it appears that some of these steps can be cell type-specific. Among them, the involvement of the phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathway in the regulation of HIF-1 by hypoxia remains controversial. Here, we investigated the activation state of PI3K/Akt/glycogen synthase kinase 3beta (GSK3beta) in HepG2 cells. Increasing incubation times in hypoxia dramatically decreased both the phosphorylation of Akt and the inhibiting phosphorylation of GSK3beta. The PI3K/Akt pathway was necessary for HIF-1alpha stabilization early during hypoxia. Indeed, its inhibition was sufficient to decrease HIF-1alpha protein level after 5-h incubation in hypoxia. However, longer exposure (16 h) in hypoxia resulted in a decreased HIF-1alpha protein level compared with early exposure (5 h). At that time, Akt was no longer present or active, which resulted in a decrease in the inhibiting phosphorylation of GSK3beta on Ser-9 and hence in an increased GSK3beta activity. GSK3 inhibition reverted the effect of prolonged hypoxia on HIF-1alpha protein level; more stabilized HIF-1alpha was observed as well as increased HIF-1 transcriptional activity. Thus, a prolonged hypoxia activates GSK3beta, which results in decreased HIF-1alpha accumulation. In conclusion, hypoxia induced a biphasic effect on HIF-1alpha stabilization with accumulation in early hypoxia, which depends on an active PI3K/Akt pathway and an inactive GSK3beta, whereas prolonged hypoxia results in the inactivation of Akt and activation of GSK3beta, which then down-regulates the HIF-1 activity through down-regulation of HIF-1alpha accumulation. [less ▲]

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See detailProcessing by proprotein convertases is required for glypican-3 modulation of cell survival, Wnt signaling, and gastrulation movements.
De Cat, Bart; Muyldermans, Sin*-Ya; Coomans, Christien et al

in Journal of Cell Biology (2003), 163(3), 625-35

Glypican (GPC)-3 inhibits cell proliferation and regulates cell survival during development. This action is demonstrated by GPC3 loss-of-function mutations in humans and mice. Here, we show that the GPC3 ... [more ▼]

Glypican (GPC)-3 inhibits cell proliferation and regulates cell survival during development. This action is demonstrated by GPC3 loss-of-function mutations in humans and mice. Here, we show that the GPC3 core protein is processed by a furinlike convertase. This processing is essential for GPC3 modulating Wnt signaling and cell survival in vitro and for supporting embryonic cell movements in zebrafish. The processed GPC3 core protein is necessary and sufficient for the cell-specific induction of apoptosis, but in vitro effects on canonical and noncanonical Wnt signaling additionally require substitution of the core protein with heparan sulfate. Wnt 5A physically associates only with processed GPC3, and only a form of GPC3 that can be processed by a convertase is able to rescue epiboly and convergence/extension movements in GPC3 morphant embryos. Our data imply that the Simpson-Golabi-Behmel syndrome may in part result from a loss of GPC3 controls on Wnt signaling, and suggest that this function requires the cooperation of both the protein and the heparan sulfate moieties of the proteoglycan. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of technological and organoleptic properties of beef Longissimus thoracis from near-infrared reflectance and transmission spectra
Leroy, Bernadette ULg; Lambotte, S.; Dotreppe, Olivier ULg et al

in Meat Science (2003), 66(1), 45-54

Technological and organoleptic properties of beef cuts were predicted by near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. Spectra were collected on 189 beef Longissimus thoracis muscle samples using, transmission (NIRT ... [more ▼]

Technological and organoleptic properties of beef cuts were predicted by near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy. Spectra were collected on 189 beef Longissimus thoracis muscle samples using, transmission (NIRT) and reflectance with a probe. Quality assessment and NIR recordings were performed on sliced loin after 2 and 8 days ageing. Partial least squares regression yielded determination coefficients of cross-validation (R-cv(2)) of 0.12-0.25 for the prediction of Warner-Bratzler Peak Shear Force in reflectance and 0.15-0.41 in transmission. Higher R-cv(2) were obtained for L* parameter (0.83-0.85), a* (0.39-0.49) and b* (0.73-0.75) with reflectance. Predictions of drip loss and cooking loss were less accurate with a R-cv(2) range of 0.38 to 0.54 and 0.25 to 0.47, respectively. The NIR spectra collected on fresh meat show good potential to predict CIE L* and b* parameters in reflectance mode. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMycoplasma bovis : synthèse des connaissances actuelles
Thomas, Anne; Mainil, Jacques ULg; Linden, Annick ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(1, FEB-MAR), 23-39

Mycoplasmas frequently infect cattle. Amongst them, M. Bovis is the most pathogenic species in countries free from contagious bovine pleuropneumonia because it is responsible for bronchopneumonia ... [more ▼]

Mycoplasmas frequently infect cattle. Amongst them, M. Bovis is the most pathogenic species in countries free from contagious bovine pleuropneumonia because it is responsible for bronchopneumonia, arthritis and mastitis, and is thus associated with strong economic losses. Several studies have shown the frequency of M. bovis in Europe and the spread of antibiotic-resistant strains. Considering the absence of vaccine in Europe, it is essential to understand this bacteria in order to control the infection in cattle. In this context, this paper aims at summarizing the current knowledge about M. bovis. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiscale texture characterization of wastewater sludges dried in a convective rig
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Pirard, René ULg et al

in Drying Technology (2003), 21(8), 1507-1526

Secondary sludges from two different wastewater treatment plants are conditioned and dewatered in the same way before drying in a lab-scale convective rig at the same operating conditions. Several ... [more ▼]

Secondary sludges from two different wastewater treatment plants are conditioned and dewatered in the same way before drying in a lab-scale convective rig at the same operating conditions. Several techniques are used to characterize the texture of the dried materials over a wide range of scales from nm up to mm. Texture and porosity of the dried products are studied by SEM imaging, nitrogen absorption isotherms (0.5 < d(p) < 50 nm), mercury porosimetry (7.5 nm < d(p) < 150 mum) and X-ray microtomography (spatial resolution= 41 mum). The image analysis of cross-sections reconstructed by microtomography also allows following shrinkage and textural evolution during drying. [less ▲]

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See detail1s2s2p(2)3s 6P - 1s2p(3)3s 6S° transitions in OIV
Lin, B.; Berry, H. G.; Shibata, T. et al

in Physical Review. A (2003), 67

The energies and lifetimes of doubly excited sextet states of boron-like O IV, F V, and Ne VI are calculated with the multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock approach, including QED and higher-order corrections ... [more ▼]

The energies and lifetimes of doubly excited sextet states of boron-like O IV, F V, and Ne VI are calculated with the multiconfiguration Hartree-Fock approach, including QED and higher-order corrections, and also with the multiconfiguration Dirac-Fock GRASP code. The wavelengths and transition rates of electric-dipole transitions from the inner-shell excited terms 1s2s2p23s 6P–1s2p33s 6So are investigated by beam-foil spectroscopy in the XUV spectral region. The predicted transition wavelengths agree with the experiment. The higherorder corrections, fine structures, and spectrum with high wavelength resolution are found to be critically important in these comparisons. Nine new lines have been identified. The ground sextet states of boronlike atoms are metastable and well above several ionization levels. These are possible candidates for XUV and soft x-ray lasers. [less ▲]

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See detailL'éloge de la folie en hôpital de jour: présent du passé et perspectives
Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg

in Revue des Hôpitaux de Jour Psychiatriques et des Thérapies Institutionnelles (2003)

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See detailIntensive conventional chemotherapy (ACVBP regimen) compared with standard CHOP for poor-prognosis aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma
Tilly, Hervé; Lepage, Eric; Coiffier, Bertrand et al

in Blood (2003), 102(13), 4284-4289

We conducted a randomized trial to compare the intensive conventional chemotherapy regimen ACVBP (doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, vindesine, bleomycin, prednisone) with standard CHOP (cyclophosphamide ... [more ▼]

We conducted a randomized trial to compare the intensive conventional chemotherapy regimen ACVBP (doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, vindesine, bleomycin, prednisone) with standard CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) in previously untreated patients with poor-risk aggressive lymphoma. Patients aged 61 to 69 years who had aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma with at least one prognostic factor of the age-adjusted international prognostic index (IPI) were included. ACVBP consisted of an induction phase of intensified chemotherapy and central nervous system (CNS) prophylaxis followed by a sequential consolidation phase. Of the 708 patients registered for the study, 635 were eligible. The rate of complete response was 58% in the ACVBP group and 56% in the CHOP group (P =.5). Treatment-related death occurred in 13% of the ACVBP group and 7% of the CHOP group (P =.014). At 5 years, the event-free survival was 39% in the ACVBP group and 29% in the CHOP group (P =.005). The overall survival was significantly longer for patients treated with ACVBP, at 5 years it was 46% compared with 38% for patients treated with CHOP (P =.036). CNS progressions or relapses were more frequent in the CHOP group (P =.004). Despite higher toxicity, the ACVBP regimen, used as first-line treatment for patients with poor-risk aggressive lymphoma, is superior to standard CHOP with regard to both event-free survival and overall survival. (C) 2003 by The American Society of Hematology. [less ▲]

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See detailGolden shares, droit des sociétés et marché intérieur
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Cahiers de Droit Européen (2003)

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See detailHDAC7, a thymus-specific class II histone deacetylase, regulates Nur77 transcription and TCR-mediated apoptosis.
Dequiedt, Franck ULg; Kasler, Herbert; Fischle, Wolfgang et al

in Immunity (2003), 18(5), 687-98

We report that HDAC7, a class II histone deacetylase, is highly expressed in CD4(+)CD8(+) double-positive thymocytes. HDAC7 inhibits the expression of Nur77, an orphan receptor involved in apoptosis and ... [more ▼]

We report that HDAC7, a class II histone deacetylase, is highly expressed in CD4(+)CD8(+) double-positive thymocytes. HDAC7 inhibits the expression of Nur77, an orphan receptor involved in apoptosis and negative selection, via the transcription factor MEF2D. HDAC7 is exported from the nucleus during T cell receptor activation, leading to Nur77 expression. A triple HDAC7 mutant (S155A, S318A, S448A) is not exported from the nucleus in response to TCR activation and suppresses TCR-mediated apoptosis. Conversely, a fusion of HDAC7 to the transcriptional activator VP16 activates Nur77 expression. Inhibition of HDAC7 expression by RNA interference causes increased apoptosis in response to TCR activation. These observations define HDAC7 as a regulator of Nur77 and apoptosis in developing thymocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification On Commercialized Products Of Aflp Markers Able To Discriminate Slow- From Fast-Growing Chicken Strains
Fumiere, Olivier; Dubois, Marc; Gregoire, Dimitrie et al

in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (2003), 51(5), 1115-1119

The European chicken meat market is characterized by numerous quality marks: “Label de Qualité Wallon” in Belgium, “Label Rouge” in France, denominations of geographical origin, organic agriculture, etc ... [more ▼]

The European chicken meat market is characterized by numerous quality marks: “Label de Qualité Wallon” in Belgium, “Label Rouge” in France, denominations of geographical origin, organic agriculture, etc. Most of those certified productions have specifications requiring the use of slow-growing chicken strains. The amplified fragment length polymorphism (AFLP) technique has been used to search molecular markers able to discriminate slow-growing chicken strains from fast-growing ones and to authenticate certified products. Two pairs of restriction enzymes (EcoRI/MseI and EcoRI/TaqI) and 121 selective primer combinations were tested on individual DNA samples from chicken products essentially in carcass form that were ascribed as belonging to either slow- or fast-growing strains. Within the resulting fingerprints, two fragments were identified as type−strains specific markers. One primer combination gives a band (333 bp) that is specific for slow-growing chickens, and another primer pair generates a band (372 bp) that was found to be characteristic of fast-growing chickens. The two markers were isolated, cloned, and sequenced. The effectiveness and the specificity of the two interesting determinants were assessed on individuals of two well-known strains (ISA 657 and Cobb 500) and on commercialized products coming from various origins. [less ▲]

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See detailLes mycoplasmes respiratoires bovins: prévalence et propriétés de cyto-adhésion
Thomas, A.; Dizier, Isabelle ULg; SACHSE, K. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2003), 147(4), 267-272

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See detailFactor-XIIIa-positive dendrocytes in drug-induced toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyell's syndrome): paradoxical activation in skin and rarefaction in lymph nodes.
Paquet, Philippe ULg; Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2003), 206(4), 374-8

BACKGROUND: Drug-induced toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) is a rare life-threatening disease characterized by the extensive destruction of the epidermis contrasting with the discreteness of lymphoid cell ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Drug-induced toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) is a rare life-threatening disease characterized by the extensive destruction of the epidermis contrasting with the discreteness of lymphoid cell infiltration. The precise pathomechanism of the disease remains unclear. METHODS: Skin specimens and peripheral and thoracic lymph nodes (LNs) were collected from 2 TEN patients. They were examined by conventional histology and immunohistochemistry using antibodies directed to factor XIIIa (dermal dendrocytes), CD1a (Langerhans cells), CD15 (granulocytes), CD20 (B lymphocytes), CD45RO (activated T lymphocytes), CD68 (macrophages) and the proliferation marker Ki-67. LNs from patients with mycosis fungoides, from subjects dead from acute cardiac failure or traumatic injuries, as well as metastasis-free sentinel LNs of cutaneous melanoma served as positive and negative controls. RESULTS: TEN LNs showed absence of germinal centers but a moderate hyperplasia of the paracortical T cell zone. Immunohistochemistry did not reveal any distinctive aspect in LN cellular densities between TEN and other control conditions except for the factor-XIIIa+ dendritic cells which were dramatically reduced in numbers in TEN LNs. This rarefaction in LNs contrasted with the great number of these cells in the skin of the same patients. CONCLUSION: The structure of TEN LNs rules out the involvement of an antibody-mediated response. As dendritic factor-XIIIa+ cells are involved in most cutaneous T-cell-mediated responses, their depletion in TEN LNs could explain the sparse lymphoid cell infiltrate in lesional TEN skin. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiology, clinical presentation and diagnostic strategy of gastro-esophageal reflux
Louis, Edouard ULg

in Acta Endoscopica (2003), 33

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See detailMinitransplants: allogeneic stem cell transplantation with reduced toxicity.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2003), 58(1), 37-45

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is used for the treatment of selected hematological malignancies. Its curative potential is based on two very different mechanisms, involving the ... [more ▼]

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is used for the treatment of selected hematological malignancies. Its curative potential is based on two very different mechanisms, involving the conditioning regimen and the graft-versus-host reactions, respectively. The high-dose chemo-radiotherapy conditioning regimen is aimed at destroying tumor cells, ablating the host immune system (to prevent rejection) and eliminating the host bone marrow (to "make space" for donor stem cells). However, the definitive eradication of tumor cells is also largely mediated by an immune-mediated destruction of malignant cells by donor lymphocytes termed graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) or graft-versus-tumor (GVT) effect. However, because of its toxicity, conventional allogeneic HSCT is restricted to younger (< 55 years) and fitter patients. These observations led several groups to set up new (less toxic) transplant protocols based on a two step approach: first the use of immunosuppressive (but nonmyeloablative) conditioning regimens providing sufficient immunosuppression to achieve engraftment of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells and, in a second step, destruction of malignant cells by the GVL effect. These transplants are called nonmyeloablative HSCT or reduced-conditioning HSCT or minitransplants. Preliminary results show that minitransplants are feasible with a relatively low transplant-related mortality (TRM) even in patients up to 70 years. In addition, strong anti-tumor responses are observed in several hematological malignancies as well as in some patients with renal cell carcinoma. As the benefits of minitransplants over alternative forms of treatment remain to be demonstrated, this strategy should be restricted to patients included in clinical trials. [less ▲]

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See detailDe Cheddar- en Creswell-spitsen van Zeijen (Dr.): ‘projectielen’ of ‘messen’?
Rots, Veerle ULg; Stapert, Dick; Johanssen, Lykke

in Paleo-Aktueel (2003), 13

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See detailPET scan imaging in oncology.
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Hustinx, Roland ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg et al

in European Journal of Cancer (2003), 39(11), 1525-34

With the emergence of positron emission tomography (PET) from research laboratories into routine clinical use, it is important to redefine the most appropriate use of each imaging technique. The aim of ... [more ▼]

With the emergence of positron emission tomography (PET) from research laboratories into routine clinical use, it is important to redefine the most appropriate use of each imaging technique. The aim of this review article is to show the potential of PET in oncology. We discuss the most promising indications and the perspectives for the future. We will also point out the shortcomings and the important questions to be answered before fully considering PET as a necessary tool in the day-to-day practice of oncology. Although many studies have documented the high accuracy of 18F-FDG PET for the detection and staging of malignant tumours and for the monitoring of therapy results in these patients, it is very important to assess the impact of the technique on patient outcome and to show cost-effectiveness from the societal viewpoint. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of medical specialist' locus of control on communication skills in oncological interviews
Libert, Y.; Janne, P.; Razavi, D. et al

in British Journal of Cancer (2003), 88

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See detailThe Acyclic Nucleoside Phosphonate Analogues, Adefovir, Tenofovir And Pmedap, Efficiently Eliminate Banana Streak Virus From Banana (Musa Spp.)
Helliot, B.; Panis, B.; Frison, E. et al

in Antiviral Research (2003), 59(2), 121-126

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See detailHydrodynamique et morphologie d'une bactérie filamenteuse dans un fermenteur à cuve agitée
Groslambert, Sylvie ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Crine, Michel ULg

in Tribune de l'Eau (La) (2003), 56(622), 58-64

Afin d'étudier l'influence de l'hydrodynamique sur une bactérie filamenteuse, Actinomadura R39, nous l'avons cultivée dans un fermenteur de laboratoire de 5 litres à cuve agitée en faisant varier les ... [more ▼]

Afin d'étudier l'influence de l'hydrodynamique sur une bactérie filamenteuse, Actinomadura R39, nous l'avons cultivée dans un fermenteur de laboratoire de 5 litres à cuve agitée en faisant varier les conditions d'agitation. Les variables sont la vitesse de rotation et le type de mobile utilisé: turbines Rushton ou Intermig. Les deux mobiles se distinguent par leur géométrie et par les schémas d'écoulement qu'ils induisent dans la cuve. L'influence de l'hydrodynamique sur Actinomadura R39 est quantifiée par l'évolution de sa morphologie. Cette dernière est estimée par analyse d'images sur des échantillons prélevés lors des cultures. Parallèlement, nous avons caractérisé l'hydrodynamique du fermenteur dans un milieu artificiel reproduisant la rhéologie des fermentations en mesurant la puissance dissipée et en effectuant des essais de traceurs. Ces derniers sont utilisés pour la modélisation du fermenteur par un modèle compartimenté et le calcul du temps de mélange. Nous avons pu ainsi mettre en relation les modifications de la morphologie et des grandeurs caractérisant les écoulements dans le fermenteur. L'existence de corrélations entre les paramètres du modèle et la morphologie a également permis une validation de la signification physique de ce modèle. [less ▲]

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See detailAstronomes célèbres et astronomes moins connus ... (1) William Herschel
Biémont, Emile ULg

in Galactée (2003), 34

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See detailPluralité de débiteurs, solidarité-sûreté et sûretés personnelles en matière de crédit à la consommation
Biquet, Christine ULg

in Journal des Juges de Paix = Tijdschrift van de Vrederecters (2003)

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See detailAstronomes célèbres et astronomes moins connus ... (3) Hipparque
Biémont, Emile ULg

in Galactée (2003), 35

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See detailCompte rendu d’Adrienne et Luc Fontainas, et Émile Van Balberghe, Publications de la Librairie Deman. Bibliographie
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2003)

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See detailAllons-nous mourir bronzés ou ostéomalaciques? Le dilemme de la protection solaire entre Charybde et Scylla
Uhoda, I.; Crestey, M.; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(5), 307-9

Sun is at the origin of life. It can also be responsible for death. In the past decades cutaneous melanoma killed more and more young adults. Currently, the disease still progresses in the population, but ... [more ▼]

Sun is at the origin of life. It can also be responsible for death. In the past decades cutaneous melanoma killed more and more young adults. Currently, the disease still progresses in the population, but survival increases hopefully. Sun is pointed out as the main culprit. Hence, protection against harmful effects of ultraviolets is mandatory. However, preventive measures to be taken generate heated scientific argument. Sunlight exposure particularly in moderation is indeed necessary for health through vitamin D3 synthesis and psychological effects on wellbeing. Vitamin D3 provides numerous biological effects, particularly on bone calcification and also by inhibiting proliferation and migration of malignant cells including melanoma cells. Hence, we are facing the dilemma between too much and too little ultraviolet light exposure. Anyway, one cannot advocate that people lie in the sun until they burn or until they turn a rich brown complexion. [less ▲]

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See detailFungal lectin, XCL, is internalized via clathrin-dependent endocytosis and facilitates uptake of other molecules.
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Marty-Detraves, Claire; Poincloux, Renaud et al

in European Journal of Cell Biology (2003), 82(10), 515-22

The lectin isolated from Xerocomus chrysenteron (XCL) displays a toxic activity towards insects. In order to assess its possible mode of action and to gather useful data for its potential use in insect ... [more ▼]

The lectin isolated from Xerocomus chrysenteron (XCL) displays a toxic activity towards insects. In order to assess its possible mode of action and to gather useful data for its potential use in insect-resistant transgenic plants, we investigated the effects of XCL at the cellular level. Immunofluorescence microscopy studies revealed that XCL is rapidly internalized into small endocytic vesicles that further coalesce in the perinuclear region. We show that XCL is endocytosed by the clathrin-dependent pathway, and is delivered to late endosome/lysosome compartments. The internalization of XCL seems to be general since it occurs in different cell types such as insect (SF9) or mammalian (NIH-3T3 and Hela) cell lines. In the presence of XCL, the uptake of GFP and BSA is greatly enhanced, demonstrating that XCL facilitates endocytosis. Thus, XCL could serve as a delivery agent to facilitate the endocytosis of proteins that do not enter the cell alone. [less ▲]

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See detailNéoplasie endocrinienne multiple de type 1 : De la clinique au gène
Betea, Daniela ULg; Valdes Socin, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; Vanbellinghen, Jean-François ULg et al

in Feuillets de Biologie (2003), 44(250), 39-48

La Néoplasie Endocrinienne Multiple de type 1 (NEM 1), syndrome génétique à transmission autosomique dominante, est caractérisée principalement par l'atteinte des parathyroïdes, du tractus gastro-entéro ... [more ▼]

La Néoplasie Endocrinienne Multiple de type 1 (NEM 1), syndrome génétique à transmission autosomique dominante, est caractérisée principalement par l'atteinte des parathyroïdes, du tractus gastro-entéro-pancréatique et de l'antéhypophyse. Les manifestations cliniques de ce syndrome sont polymorphes. En fonction de l'organe affecté elles peuvent se manifester par l'hypersécrétion hormonale, par un syndrome de masse dû à la taille tumorale, ou parfois par l'apparition d'un cancer. Le gène responsable de la NEM 1 a été identifié sur le chromosome 11, locus 11q13. Il s'agit d'un gène supresseur de tumeur qui code pour une protéine dénommée ménine. Dans cet article nous aborderons les aspects cliniques et génétiques typiques de cette affection. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of reimbursement criteria on the appropriateness of 'statin' prescribing.
Autier, Philippe; Creplet, Jean; Vansant, Greet et al

in European Journal of Cardiovascular Prevention & Rehabilitation (2003), 10(6), 456-62

BACKGROUND: In Belgium, regulations restrict the reimbursement of statins to patients with total serum cholesterol above 250 mg/dl (6.41 mmol/l) after a three-month lipid-lowering diet. We investigated ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In Belgium, regulations restrict the reimbursement of statins to patients with total serum cholesterol above 250 mg/dl (6.41 mmol/l) after a three-month lipid-lowering diet. We investigated the possible impact of these regulations on characteristics of Belgian patients receiving a lipid-lowering drug. DESIGN: From 1998 to 2000, standard questionnaires on coronary risk factors and treatments with lipid-lowering drugs were completed by 301 GPs sampled at random in the 11 Belgian Provinces. Questionnaires had to be completed for 18 consecutive patients 35 years old or more attending GPs' practices, irrespective of the underlying motive for attendance. RESULTS: Of the 5511 patients included in the study, 1519 (28%) had established coronary disease or diabetes mellitus, or > or = 2 non-cholesterol coronary risk factors. Most (70%) of these patients were not treated with a lipid-lowering drug. Only 22% of patients with established coronary disease, 10% of patients with diabetes mellitus and 9% of patients with > or = 2 coronary risk factors were treated with a statin. Fifty-nine percent of fibrate users and 50% of statin users had a pre-treatment cholesterol level above 250 mg/dl, but had no or only one non-cholesterol coronary risk factor. CONCLUSIONS: In Belgium, the majority of patients at higher risk of coronary event do not benefit from lipid-lowering drugs, particularly the statins. In contrast, one of two statin users and three of five fibrate users should probably not receive the drug prescribed. Regulation based on blood cholesterol level encourages the overlooking of other risk factors relevant for selecting patients having the greatest chance to benefit from statin treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailAstronomes célèbres et astronomes moins connus ... (2) Les Cassini
Biémont, Emile ULg

in Galactée (2003), 35

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See detailDysphagia Caused by Ventricular Pseudoaneurysm
Noukoua, C. T.; NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg; Biquet, J. F. et al

in JBR-BTR : Journal Belge de Radiologie - Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Radiologie (2003), 86(3, May-Jun), 168-9

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See detailSkin weathering: the face at the interface.
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2003), 207(3), 248-50

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See detailL'image du mois. Un chancre mou.
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(2), 64-6

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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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See detailResource partitioning in two heterochronic populations of Greek Alpine newts, Triturus alpestris veluchiensis
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Schabetsberger, R.

in Acta Oecologica: International Journal of Ecology (2003), 24(1), 55-64

Current ecological models suggest that the maintenance of trophic polymorphisms is favoured by a different resource use in alternative morphs. Facultative paedomorphosis in newts is an example of ... [more ▼]

Current ecological models suggest that the maintenance of trophic polymorphisms is favoured by a different resource use in alternative morphs. Facultative paedomorphosis in newts is an example of phenotypic variation as paedomorphs retain morphological larval traits, such as gills and gill slits. The aim of this study was to find out whether heterochronic morphs occupy particular micro-habitats and focus on specific prey items. Resource partitioning was found between morphs. It concerns mainly food selection with paedomorphs preying more on plankton and less on terrestrial invertebrates than metamorphs. Some habitat specializations were also found with metamorphs being more abundant at the water surface than paedomorphs. Diel variation in habitat use of the two different morphs was minimal. Polymorphism allows Alpine newts to exploit the different resources in the lakes in order to minimize intraspecific competition, but the extent of resource partitioning depends on habitat characteristics. (C) 2003 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailClonal chromosome aberrations in Philadelphia-negative cells from chronic myelocytic leukemia patients treated with imatinib mesylate: report of two cases.
Herens, Christian ULg; Baron, Frédéric ULg; Croisiau, Christiane et al

in Cancer Genetics & Cytogenetics (2003), 147(1), 78-80

Imatinib mesylate (tested as STI571), an abl kinase inhibitor, induces sustained, complete hematologic and cytogenetic responses in chronic myelocytic leukemia (CML) patients; however, emergence of clonal ... [more ▼]

Imatinib mesylate (tested as STI571), an abl kinase inhibitor, induces sustained, complete hematologic and cytogenetic responses in chronic myelocytic leukemia (CML) patients; however, emergence of clonal chromosomal aberrations in Philadelphia-negative (Ph-) cells during treatment has been reported. We describe two CML patients in chronic phase who presented with complete cytogenetic responses during imatinib mesylate therapy but developed new clonal chromosomal rearrangements in Ph- cells. The first patient presented with a duplication of chromosome 1, dup(1)(q21q42), and the second showed two new clonal aberrations consisting of inv(1)(q12q32) and del(7)(q22) in the same clone. [less ▲]

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in Chronique de l'Archéologie Wallonne (2003), 11

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See detailQuestions à propos du délit d’obstacle à la surveillance en droit belge
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in Revue Trimestrielle des Droits de l'Homme (2003)

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See detailDynamics of PCB transfer from mother to pup during lactation in UK grey seals Halichoerus grypus: differences in PCB profile between compartments of transfer and changes during the lactation period
Debier, Cathy; Pomeroy, Paddy P.; Dupont, Cédric et al

in Marine Ecology-Progress Series (2003), 247

The composition of the PCB mixture which is transferred from mother to pup in grey seals Halichoerus grypus throughout lactation was measured in the successive compartments of transfer: maternal blubber ... [more ▼]

The composition of the PCB mixture which is transferred from mother to pup in grey seals Halichoerus grypus throughout lactation was measured in the successive compartments of transfer: maternal blubber, maternal serum, milk and pup serum. Mother-pup pairs were captured regularly between birth and weaning on the Isle of May, Scotland. The PCB profiles of the different compartments of transfer consisted mainly of congeners 153, 138, 180, 187, 170 and 101, which made up 85% of the total PCB burden. Outer blubber contained higher relative concentrations (R-153) Of hepta-, octa-, and nona-chlorinated congeners (higher chlorinated congeners) than inner blubber, at both early (less than or equal to 5 d) and late (greater than or equal to 11 d) lactation. There was no change in the composition of the outer blubber layer between early and late lactation, while in the inner blubber, there was a slight increase in the R153 of higher chlorinated congeners at late lactation. In maternal serum, profiles changed towards having a higher proportion of higher chlorinated congeners as lactation progressed, but in milk, the PCB pattern stayed constant throughout lactation. Surprisingly, in pup serum profiles also changed towards higher R153 of higher chlorinated congeners at late lactation compared to early lactation, which was different to the pattern observed in milk. In all body compartments, higher proportions of higher chlorinated congeners were associated with higher concentrations of total PCBs. Maternal blubber and pup serum contained a higher R153 of higher chlorinated congeners than milk and, to a lesser extent, maternal serum. Thus biomagnification of the higher chlorinated congeners was recorded in pup serum. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrastructural Changes Associated With Cryopreservation Of Banana (Musa Spp.) Highly Proliferating Meristems
Helliot, B.; Swennen, R.; Poumay, Y. et al

in Plant Cell Reports (2003), 21(7), 690-698

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See detailLe Rôle des antioxydants dans la prise en charge des maladies articulaires.
Mathy-Hartert, M.; Burton, S.; Deby-Dupont, G. et al

in Dieta (2003), 33

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