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See detailIn vitro culture of immature embryos of Phaseolus polyanthus Greenm. and Phaseolus vulgaris L.
Toussaint, André ULg; Clément, F.; Mergeai, Guy ULg et al

in Annual Report of the Bean Improvment Cooperative (2002), 45

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See detailAssesment of the situation, three years later, on 'the Belgian Dioxin Crisis'. Probable impact on the health of the Belgian population
Focant, Jean-François ULg; Pirard, Catherine ULg; Douny, Caroline ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(6, DEC-JAN), 321-327

In January 1999, Belgium encounters an accidental contamination of the food chain, which was named "the Belgian Dioxin Crisis". The aim of the present review is to estimate the impact of this crisis on ... [more ▼]

In January 1999, Belgium encounters an accidental contamination of the food chain, which was named "the Belgian Dioxin Crisis". The aim of the present review is to estimate the impact of this crisis on public health. Currently, it does not really exist any exhaustive epidemiological study. Various scientific studies actually report somewhat conflicting results. As an example, concerning the population living in Wallonia, recorded dioxin levels are not higher than background levels reported for other industrialized countries, despite the 1999 "dioxin crisis". Conversely, based on levels measured in foodstuffs collected by the end of the crisis period, the dioxin body burden of potential consumers would have increased in the range of 40 to 75 %. The real impact of this crisis on consumers' health could thus only be estimated through well structured epidemiological campaigns. [less ▲]

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See detailLa conformation bouchère des agneaux. Etude d'après la variabilité génétique entre races
Laville, E.; Bouix, J.; Sayd, T. et al

in INRA Productions Animales (2002), 15(1), 53-66

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See detailQualité et action publique
Mormont, Marc ULg

in Pyramides (2002), 5

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See detailStudy of the role of ionogenic amino-acid residues in catalytic activity of thiamine triphosphatase from bovine kidney by means of chemical modification
Makarchikov, Alexander F; Luchko, A. A.; Bettendorff, Lucien ULg et al

in News of Biomedical Sciences (2002), 3

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See detailL'intensité des soins en gériatrie : élaboration d'un document de réflexion
Petermans, Jean ULg

in Revue Médicale de Bruxelles (2002), 23

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See detailExpression of the zinc finger Egr1 gene during zebrafish embryonic development
Close, Renaud; Toro, Sabrina; Martial, Joseph ULg et al

in Mechanisms of Development (2002), 118(1-2), 269-72

Egr1 is a highly conserved zinc finger protein which plays important roles in many aspects of vertebrate development and in the adult. The cDNA coding for zebrafish Egr1 was obtained and its expression ... [more ▼]

Egr1 is a highly conserved zinc finger protein which plays important roles in many aspects of vertebrate development and in the adult. The cDNA coding for zebrafish Egr1 was obtained and its expression pattern was examined during zebrafish embryogenesis using whole-mount in situ hybridization. Egr1 mRNA is first detected in adaxial cells in the presomitic mesoderm between 11 and 20 h post-fertilization (hpf), spanning the 4-24 somite stages. Later, Egr1 expression is observed only in specific brain areas, starting at 21 hpf and subsequently increasing in distinct domains of the central nervous system, e.g. in the telencephalon, diencephalon and hypothalamus. Between 24 and 48 hpf, Egr1 is expressed in specific domains of the hypothalamus, mesencephalon, tegmentum, pharynx, retina, otic vesicle and heart. [less ▲]

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See detailOxygen consumption and electron spin resonance studies of free radical production by alveolar cells exposed to anoxia: inhibiting effects of the antibiotic ceftazidime.
Mouithys-mickalad, A.; Mathy-hartert, M.; Du, G. et al

in Redox Report : Communications in Free Radical Research (2002), 7(2), 85-94

By EPR spectroscopy, we investigated free radical production by cultured human alveolar cells subjected to anoxia/re-oxygenation (A/R), and tested the effects of ceftazidime, an antibiotic previously ... [more ▼]

By EPR spectroscopy, we investigated free radical production by cultured human alveolar cells subjected to anoxia/re-oxygenation (A/R), and tested the effects of ceftazidime, an antibiotic previously demonstrated to possess antioxidant properties. Two A/R models were performed on type II pneumocytes (A549 cell line), either on cells attached to culture dishes (monolayer A/R model; 3.5 h of anoxia, 30 min of re-oxygenation) or after cell detachment (suspension A/R model; 1 h of anoxia, 10 min of re-oxygenation). Ceftazidime and selective inhibitors (SOD, Tiron, L-NMMA) were added before anoxia. Free radical production was assessed by the EPR spin trapping technique. Oxygen consumption was monitored, in parallel with EPR studies, in the suspension A/R model. The production of free radical species was demonstrated by the generation of PBN-radical adducts: (a(N) = 15.2 G) in the monolayer A/R model and a six-line EPR spectrum (a(N) = 15.7 G and a(H) = 2.7 G) in the suspension A/R model. A kinetic study performed by oximetry, in parallel with EPR spectroscopy, demonstrated marked alterations of the cell respiratory function and that the free radical production started during anoxia and increased during re-oxygenation. In the suspension A/R model, the amplitude of EPR spectra were decreased upon the addition of 200 U/ml SOD (37% inhibition), 0.1 mM Tiron (67% inhibition) and 1 mM L-NMMA (43% inhibition). Addition of 1 mM ceftazidime decreased the amplitude of EPR spectra (37% inhibition) in both A/R models. Complementary in vitro EPR studies demonstrated that CAZ scavenged the hydroxyl radical (produced by the Fenton reaction). The protective effect of ceftazidime in the cell model could thus be linked to its ability to scavenge superoxide anions, nitrogen-derived species and hydroxyl radicals. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of ocean model ventilation with CFC-11: comparison of 13 global ocean models
Dutay, J.-C.; Bullister, J. L.; Doney, S. C. et al

in Ocean Modelling (2002), 4(2), 89-120

We compared the 13 models participating in the Ocean Carbon Model Intercomparison Project (OCMIP) with regards to their skill in matching observed distributions of CFC-11. This analysis characterizes the ... [more ▼]

We compared the 13 models participating in the Ocean Carbon Model Intercomparison Project (OCMIP) with regards to their skill in matching observed distributions of CFC-11. This analysis characterizes the abilities of these models to ventilate the ocean on timescales relevant for anthropogenic CO2 uptake. We found a large range in the modeled global inventory (+/- 30\%), mainly due to differences in ventilation from the high latitudes. In the Southern Ocean, models differ particularly in the longitudinal distribution of the CFC uptake in the intermediate water, whereas the latitudinal distribution is mainly controlled by the subgrid-scale parameterization. Models with isopycnal diffusion and eddy-induced velocity parameterization produce more realistic intermediate water ventilation. Deep and bottom water ventilation also varies substantially between the models. Models coupled to a sea-ice model systematically provide more realistic AABW formation source region; however these same models also largely overestimate AABW ventilation if no specific parameterization of brine rejection during sea-ice formation is included. In the North Pacific Ocean, all models exhibit a systematic large underestimation of the CFC uptake in the thermocline of the subtropical gyre, while no systematic difference toward the observations is found in the subpolar gyre. In the North Atlantic Ocean, the CFC uptake is globally underestimated in subsurface. In the deep ocean, all but the adjoint model, failed to produce the two recently ventilated branches observed in the North Atlantic Deep Water (NADW). Furthermore, simulated transport in the Deep Western Boundary Current (DWBC) is too sluggish in all but the isopycnal model, where it is too rapid. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailRestorative Justice: Activities and expectations at European LEvel
Lauwaert, Katrien ULg; Aertsen, Ivo

in Era Forum : Scripta Iuris Europaei (2002)

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See detailStatut et tendances des effectifs d’éléphants dans les aires protégées de l’Est du Burkina Faso
Bouché, Philippe ULg; Lungren, Clark; Ouédraogo, Léonard

in Pachyderm (2002), 32

Le Burkina Faso abrite l’effectif d’éléphants de savane le plus important de toute l’Afrique de l’Ouest, là où cette espèce jouit d’une protection intégrale. Un recensement aérien par échantillon a été ... [more ▼]

Le Burkina Faso abrite l’effectif d’éléphants de savane le plus important de toute l’Afrique de l’Ouest, là où cette espèce jouit d’une protection intégrale. Un recensement aérien par échantillon a été mené dans le sud-est du Burkina Faso en avril et mai 2000. L’effectif total moyen atteignait 1.743 ± 648 éléphants, ce qui constitue la plus grande population d’éléphants de savane en Afrique de l’Ouest. La moyenne des groupes observés était de: 5,42 (Erreur standard = 11,68 animaux) (1 à 32 individus / groupe). La distribution des éléphants enregistrée confirme largement la distribution enregistrée les années précédentes. [less ▲]

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See detailTraite des êtres humains : un coup de frein à l'application de l'article 77bis de la loi du 15 décembre 1980 ?
Monville, Pierre ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2002)

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See detailPrognosis of hematologic malignancies does not predict intensive care unit mortality.
MASSION, Paul ULg; Dive, Alain M; Doyen, Chantal et al

in Critical Care Medicine (2002), 30(10), 2260-70

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the correlation between specific prognosis of hematologic malignancies on the one hand and intensive care unit and hospital mortality in critically ill patients with hematologic ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the correlation between specific prognosis of hematologic malignancies on the one hand and intensive care unit and hospital mortality in critically ill patients with hematologic malignancies on the other hand. DESIGN: Observational study during a 10-yr period. SETTING: A 22-bed medical-surgical intensive care unit. PATIENTS: A total of 84 consecutive patients with nonterminal hematologic malignancies with medical complications requiring intensive care. INTERVENTIONS: None. MEASUREMENTS: Demographic factors, acute physiology and organ dysfunction scores, microbiology, therapeutic support, and hematologic factors data on admission and during the intensive care unit stay were collected, together with mortality follow-up. Based on specific-disease prognostic factors and related published survival curves, the prognosis of hematologic malignancies was assessed and defined as good, intermediate, or poor according to a 3-yr survival probability of >50%, 20-50%, or <20%, respectively. MAIN RESULTS: Prognosis of hematologic malignancies does not predict intensive care unit or hospital mortality and almost reaches significance for 6-mo mortality (53%, 71%, and 84% rate for patients with good, intermediate, and poor prognosis, respectively, p =.058), but it determines long-term survival (p =.008). Intensive care unit, hospital, and 6-mo overall mortality rates were 38%, 61%, and 75%, respectively. Using multivariate analysis, intensive care unit mortality was best predicted on admission by respiratory failure and fungal infection, whereas hospital mortality was predicted by the number of organ failures, the bone marrow transplant status, and the presence of fungal infection. The Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II and the Simplified Acute Physiology Score II had no prognostic value, whereas the difference of the Multiple Organ Dysfunction Score between at the time of admission and at day 5 allowed quick prediction of hospital mortality. Diseases with the poorest 6-mo prognosis were acute myeloid leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma. CONCLUSION The severity of the underlying hematologic malignancies does not influence intensive care unit or hospital mortality. Short-term prognosis is exclusively predicted by acute organ dysfunctions and by a pathogen's aggressiveness. Therefore, reluctance to admit patients with nonterminal hematologic malignancies to the intensive care unit based only on the prognosis of their underlying hematologic malignancy does not seem justified. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement d'une ligne de transport fluvial sur le Rio Napo
Marchal, Jean ULg; Ndiaye, Alassane-Ballé ULg; JAYA, Salomon

in Bulletin des Séances de l’Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer = Mededelingen der Zittingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese Wetenschappen (2002), 48

Un défi principal de la région amazonnienne de l'Equateur, qui constitue aussi un objectif politique, est de s'inscrire dans la dynamique d'un développement durable lui permettant d'éléver la qualité de ... [more ▼]

Un défi principal de la région amazonnienne de l'Equateur, qui constitue aussi un objectif politique, est de s'inscrire dans la dynamique d'un développement durable lui permettant d'éléver la qualité de vie de ses habitants et d'accéder à l'éducation, à la santé, aux emplois, de développer l'écotourisme, etc., tout en préservant la qualité de l'environnement. Cependant, cette région souffre d'un manque de transport organisé qui constitue pourtant un pré-requis indispensable à un développement durable. En effet, les seules routes existantes ne couvrent qu'une infime partie du territoire et relient uniquement les grandes villes entre elles, laissant à l'écart une grande partie de la population. Mais, la richesse de l'écosystème et la nécessité de le préserver limitent les possibilités d'extension ou de construction d'axes routiers. D'autre part, des axes tout à fait navigables existent (par exemple le rio Napo) mais leur utilisation pour le transport de personnes et de marchandises n'est ni structurée ni organisée, ce qui ne permet pas d'exploiter pleinement les opportunités offertes par le transport fluvial dans une perspective de développement durable. Le projet TransAmazone, développé par le Service ANAST (Analyse des Systèmes de Transport) de l'Université de Liège en collaboration avec le CETIF (Centre d'Excellence en Transport Intermodal et Fluvial) de l'Université Centrale d'Equateur, a pour but d'étudier la faisabilité d'un transport organisé et bien structuré utilisant les voies navigables de la région du haut Napo afin de lui permettre de relever le défi de développement durable et d'amélioration de la qualité de vie de ses habitants. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Parents maltraités
Malchair, Alain ULg

in Neurone (2002), 7(3), 83-86

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See detailUncoupling protein and alternative oxidase of Dictyostelium discoideum: occurrence, properties and protein expression during vegetative life and starvation-induced early development.
Jarmusszkiewicz, W.; Behrendt, M.; Navet, R. et al

in FEBS Letters (2002), 532

In this study we show that mitochondria of Dictyostelium discoideum contain both alternative oxidase (AOX) and uncoupling protein (UCP). AOX was stimulated by purine mononucleoside and was monomeric. UCP ... [more ▼]

In this study we show that mitochondria of Dictyostelium discoideum contain both alternative oxidase (AOX) and uncoupling protein (UCP). AOX was stimulated by purine mononucleoside and was monomeric. UCP was stimulated by free fatty acids and was poorly sensitive to GTP. Both proteins collaborated in energy dissipation when activated together. AOX expression in free-living ameboid cells decreased strongly from exponential to stationary phase of growth but much less during starvation-induced aggregation. In contrast, UCP expression was constant in all conditions indicating permanent need. Our results suggest that AOX could play a role in cell differentiation, mainly by protecting prespore cells from programmed cell death. [less ▲]

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See detailStimulation of collagen biosynthesis by topically applied vitamin C.
Nusgens, Betty ULg; Humbert, P.; Rougier, A. et al

in European Journal of Dermatology (2002), 12(4), -

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See detailTabagisme, insulinoresistance et diabete de type 2.
Magis, Delphine ULg; Geronooz, I.; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(9), 575-81

Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is associated with endothelial dysfunction and lipid disorders similar to those found in the insulin resistance syndrome. Studies have thus ... [more ▼]

Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is associated with endothelial dysfunction and lipid disorders similar to those found in the insulin resistance syndrome. Studies have thus tried to demonstrate a relationship between smoking and insulin resistance, and between smoking and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even if their results may sometimes differ, smoking does seem to be associated with an impaired insulin sensitivity that is proportional to tobacco consumption. Nicotine replacement therapies seem also to generate a certain, though lower, degree of insulin resistance. If there is no major weight gain after smoking cessation, the latter is accompanied by a progressive return to normal insulin sensitivity. Several large epidemiological studies recently demonstrated that smoking could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus, with a relative risk between 1.5 and 3.0. Finally, among type 2 diabetic patients, smoking has a harmful effect on metabolic control and long-term complications of the disease, at least partially by increasing the components of the insulin resistance syndrome. All these observations represent further argument to promote smoking cessation in the general population, and more particularly in individuals at risk to develop type 2 diabetes, as well as in the diabetic population. [less ▲]

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See detailOver Kathrin Kötz, Die Prosa Paul van Ostaijens
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Nachbarsprache Niederländisch (2002), 17(1-2), 122-125

This is a review of a study by Katrhin Kötz on Paul van Ostaijen's literary ('grotesque') prose and its German influences.

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See detailA. Gacek: The Arabic manuscript tradition: A glossary of technical terms and bibliography
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in Journal of the American Oriental Society (2002), 122(3), 658-659

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See detailA Set Of Primers For Amplification Of Mitochondrial Dna In Picea Abies And Other Conifer Species
Jeandroz, S.; Bastien, D.; Chandelier, A. et al

in Molecular Ecology Notes (2002), 2(4),

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See detailInfiltrative lipoma in the foreleg of a horse
Olle, Edwin; Saunders, Jimmy; Desmecht, Daniel ULg

in Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift (2002), 71

This case report describes an infiltrative lipoma in a horse. A slow-growing mass, detected early afterbirth, was present at the caudal aspect of the foreleg (antebrachium) of a 2-year-old gelding ... [more ▼]

This case report describes an infiltrative lipoma in a horse. A slow-growing mass, detected early afterbirth, was present at the caudal aspect of the foreleg (antebrachium) of a 2-year-old gelding. Cytological fea-tures were that of a benign lipoma. Surgical resection was attempted but failed due to the infiltrative natureof the mass. Consequently, the horse was euthanized. Histopathology revealed an infiltrative lipoma. Thistumor is histologically benign but surgical resection is usually impossible due to its infiltrative nature. [less ▲]

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See detailVegetative and generative behaviour of Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) plants raised from in vitro regeneration of axillary or stipular buds
Jemmali, Ahmed; Elloumi, Nedra; Kevers, Claire ULg

in Acta Botanica Gallica : Bulletin de la Société Botanique de France (2002), 149(4), 395-404

In vitro regeneration of strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) plants from adventitious stipular buds allowed us to obtain a new clone differing from the axillary originated clone by its vegetative and ... [more ▼]

In vitro regeneration of strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) plants from adventitious stipular buds allowed us to obtain a new clone differing from the axillary originated clone by its vegetative and reproductive behavior. Besides of its clear and rounded leaves, this clone is characterized by a slower plastochronal rythm corresponding to the production of a greater number of axillary shoots (runners). Furthermore, its flowers have shorter receptacle that does not overstep stamens. At the contrary, receptacle of the axillary clone largely overstep stamens and then, they are not well pollinated and resulted in malformed fruits especially in cold season or in absence of pollen vectors. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative dilatometric analysis of intercritical annealing in a low-silicon TRIP steel
Zhao, Lie; Kop, T. A.; Rolin, Valéry et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2002), 37

In this work, an evaluation method to calculate the austenite fraction during continuous heating and isothermal annealing from dilatometric data is proposed. By means of a single reference measurement to ... [more ▼]

In this work, an evaluation method to calculate the austenite fraction during continuous heating and isothermal annealing from dilatometric data is proposed. By means of a single reference measurement to determine a scaling factor correcting for experimental errors, a framework is created to determine the austenite fraction as a function of time and temperature. In the evaluation of the dilatometric data the effect of the changing carbon concentration in austenite phase is taken into account. The method is applied to dilatometric data for a 0.16C-1.5Mn-0.4Si (wt%) low-silicon transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) multiphase steel. Three typical dilatometric data are obtained by heating the material to 750°C, 800°C or 900°C, which leads to three different microstructures consisting of (1) ferrite, cementite and austenite, (2) ferrite and austenite and (3) full austenite, respectively. The calculated results using the proposed new method are compared with the results from thermodynamic analysis and those from quantitative microscopic analysis. Significant inter-test discrepancies are observed. [less ▲]

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See detailGamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping and sentinel lymphadenectomy in primary cutaneous melanoma.
Belhocine, T.; Pierard, Gérald ULg; Gielen, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 355-61

BACKGROUND: Radiotracer and blue-dye lymphatic mapping is a recommended combined method to guide sentinel lymphadenectomy and full regional lymph node dissection in selected patients with cutaneous ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Radiotracer and blue-dye lymphatic mapping is a recommended combined method to guide sentinel lymphadenectomy and full regional lymph node dissection in selected patients with cutaneous melanoma. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic accuracy and the prognostic value of gamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping in cutaneous melanomas. METHODS: Sixty-five stage I and II melanoma patients underwent gamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping. Sentinel lymph nodes were studied by both conventional and immunohistochemical stainings. The median follow-up was 11 months. RESULTS: Sensitivities of preoperative and intraoperative sentinel lymph node detection were 100 and 98%, respectively. Only 1 failure of detection and 1 missed same-basin metastasis were experienced in the axillary and cervical areas, respectively. Eleven patients (16.9%) had sentinel node metastases leading to adjuvant therapy. CONCLUSION: Gamma-probe-directed lymphatic mapping is useful for staging melanoma. However, in the expectation of a more specific identification of the sentinel lymph node, the standard protocol remains recommended for exploring the axillary and cervical areas. The histological examination supported in some cases by immunohistochemistry remains mandatory in all cases. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectral and crystallographic study of pyridinic analogues of nimesulide : determination of the active form of methanesulfonamides as COX-2 selective inhibitors
Julémont, F.; de Leval, X.; Michaux, C. et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2002), 45

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See detailBody size increase in insular rodent populations: a role for predators?
Michaux, Johan ULg; De Bellocq, J. G.; Sara, M. et al

in Global Ecology & Biogeography Letters (2002), 11(5), 427-436

Insular mammalian populations living in areas of small size are often characterized by a drastic change in body mass compared to related continental populations or species. Generally, small mammals (less ... [more ▼]

Insular mammalian populations living in areas of small size are often characterized by a drastic change in body mass compared to related continental populations or species. Generally, small mammals (less than 100 g) evolve into giant forms while large mammals (up to 100 g) evolve into dwarf forms. These changes, coupled with changes in other life, behavioural, physiological or demographic traits are referred to generally as the insular syndrome. We tested in this study the relative contribution of three factors - area of island, numbers of competitor species and number of predator species - to changes in body size of the woodmouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) in the Western Mediterranean Sea. Our results, based on a comparative analysis using the phylogenetic independent contrasts method, indicate that the increase in body size is related both to the decrease of island size and to the lower number of predator species. A decrease of competitor species does not seem to have an important effect. [less ▲]

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See detailAbsolute and relative contraindications to liver transplantation. A perpetually moving frontier.
Detry, Olivier ULg; De Roover, Arnaud ULg; Delwaide, Jean ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2002), 65(2), 133-4

In this paper the authors discussed the absolute and relative contraindications to liver transplantation. These contraindications are not fixed, and may change with medical progress and experience ... [more ▼]

In this paper the authors discussed the absolute and relative contraindications to liver transplantation. These contraindications are not fixed, and may change with medical progress and experience. Certainly, the recent advent of adult-to-adult living related liver transplantation may somehow change the management of patients with relative contra-indications to cadaveric liver transplantation, as they may be potential candidates for living related liver transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailResults of obesity treatment.
Scheen, André ULg

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2002), 63(2 Pt 1), 163-70

Obesity is a chronic disease so that results of obesity treatment should only be evaluated on a long-term basis. The present paper aims at analyzing the long-term (1 year or more) results of three anti ... [more ▼]

Obesity is a chronic disease so that results of obesity treatment should only be evaluated on a long-term basis. The present paper aims at analyzing the long-term (1 year or more) results of three anti-obesity approaches, i.e. lifestyle modifications, pharmacological treatments and surgical procedures. Dietary interventions include diets with moderate calorie restriction and very-low energy diets (VLED). Even if an initial greater weight loss is observed with VLED, no study has conclusively shown that the long-term approaches including VLED are better than non-VLED programmes. Physical activity is not the most efficient method of initial weight loss, but it appears to be more crucial for maintaining weight loss once it has occurred. In general, long-term results of lifestyle modifications are disappointing because of poor compliance. Several 1-2 year large-scale randomized placebo-controlled clinical trials with orlistat, an intestinal lipase inhibitor, and sibutramine, a central appetite regulator, have demonstrated that both drugs significantly, although modestly on average, increase weight reduction, almost double the number of responders (weight loss >=5 or 10% of initial body weight) and improve weight maintenance up to 2 years. Surgical procedures provide a much greater weight reduction than medical interventions in patients with morbid obesity, particularly after a follow-up of several years. Weight loss is greater with gastric bypass, inducing some malbsorption, than with gastroplasty, a pure gastric restriction technique. Associated risk factors such as markers of insulin resistance syndrome and type 2 diabetes are remarkably reduced, but no prospective study of morbidity or mortality is available yet. In all cases, the management of obesity requires a multidisciplinary approach to improve the success rate. [less ▲]

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See detailSensitive and high throughput metabolite assays for inorganic pyrophosphate, ADPGlc, nucleotide phosphates, and glycolytic intermediates based on a novel enzymic cycling system.
Gibon, Yves; Vigeolas, Hélène ULg; Tiessen, Axel et al

in Plant Journal (The) (2002), 30(2), 221-35

Metabolite assays are required to characterise how metabolism changes between genotypes during development and in response to environmental perturbations. They provide a springboard to identify important ... [more ▼]

Metabolite assays are required to characterise how metabolism changes between genotypes during development and in response to environmental perturbations. They provide a springboard to identify important regulatory sites and investigate the underlying mechanisms. Due to their small size, Arabidopsis seeds pose a technical challenge for such measurements. A set of assays based on a novel enzymic cycling system between glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase and glycerol-3-phosphate oxidase have been developed and optimised for use with growing Arabidopsis seeds. In combination with existing assays they provide a suite of high throughput, sensitive assays for the immediate precursors for starch (adenine diphosphate glucose) and lipid (acetyl coenzyme A, glycerol-3-phosphate) synthesis, as well as pyrophosphate, ATP, ADP and most of the glycolytic intermediates. A method is also presented to rapidly quench intact siliques, lyophilise them and then manually separate seeds for metabolite analysis. These techniques are used to investigate changes in overall seed metabolite levels during development and maturation, and in response to a stepwise decrease of the external oxygen concentration. [less ▲]

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See detailP2X(1)-mediated activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase 2 contributes to platelet secretion and aggregation induced by collagen.
Oury, Cécile ULg; Toth-Zsamboki, Emese; Vermylen, Jos et al

in Blood (2002)

This study shows that mild platelet stimulation with collagen rapidly releases ATP, which activates the P2X(1)-PKC-ERK2 pathway. This process enhances further degranulation of the collagen-primed granules ... [more ▼]

This study shows that mild platelet stimulation with collagen rapidly releases ATP, which activates the P2X(1)-PKC-ERK2 pathway. This process enhances further degranulation of the collagen-primed granules allowing platelet aggregation to be completed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe intracellular tyrosine residues of the ATP-gated P2X(1) ion channel are essential for its function.
Oury, Cécile ULg; Toth-Zsamboki, Emese; Watanabe, Hiroyuki et al

in FEBS Letters (2002)

In this study, we mutated the four highly conserved intracellular tyrosine residues of the P2X(1) ion channel were mutated into phenylalanine. Simultaneous electrophysiological and calcium measurements in ... [more ▼]

In this study, we mutated the four highly conserved intracellular tyrosine residues of the P2X(1) ion channel were mutated into phenylalanine. Simultaneous electrophysiological and calcium measurements in transfected human embryonic kidney (HEK 293) cells indicated that Y362F and Y370F mutants were non-functional, despite their proper plasma membrane expression. The Y16F and Y363F mutants retained 2.2% and 26% of the wild-type P2X(1) activity, respectively. However, no tyrosine phosphorylation was detected on Western blots of P2X(1) immunoprecipitates derived either from HEK 293 cell lysates or from human platelets, expressing P2X(1) endogenously. Thus, Y16, Y362, Y363 and Y370 are required for the appropriate three-dimensional structure and function of the intracellular P2X(1) domains. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation de la résistance au Sénégal d'Helicoverpa armigera Hübner (Lépidoptère, Noctuidae) par bioessai et méthodes moléculaires
Moreira, Christine; Schiffers, Bruno ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Parasitica (2002), 58(2-3-4), 89-98

Un vial-test de détection de la résistance à la cyperméthrine d'Helicoverpa armigera a été vulgarisé (Programme PR-PRAO) en Afrique de l'Ouest (flacon en verre imprégné). Cette étude montre qu'à des ... [more ▼]

Un vial-test de détection de la résistance à la cyperméthrine d'Helicoverpa armigera a été vulgarisé (Programme PR-PRAO) en Afrique de l'Ouest (flacon en verre imprégné). Cette étude montre qu'à des températures de 30°C et 54°C, 4 pyréthrinoïdes et 2 organophosphorés se dégradent rapidement dans les flacons en verre. Un "kit" est présenté sous forme d'un papier filtre traité enveloppé dans une feuille d'aluminium. Il possède une bien meilleure stabilité au stockage (sur 50 jours). Des tests moléculaires, réalisés sur une souche d'H. armigera issue du Sénégal, révèlent deux mutations (la sérine remplacée par l'acide glutamique et l'acide aspartique par la valine) au niveau du gène codant pour le canal sodium voltage dépendant, cible principale des pyréthrinoïdes. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude par spectroscopie de génération de la fréquence somme de l'interface méthanol-platine
Vidal, F.; Busson, B.; Six, C. et al

in J. Phys. IV France (2002), 12

La spectroscopie vibrationnelle non-linéaire par génération de la fréquence somme est une sonde particulièrement adaptée à l'étude des interfaces entre milieux denses. Cette technique a été appliquée à l ... [more ▼]

La spectroscopie vibrationnelle non-linéaire par génération de la fréquence somme est une sonde particulièrement adaptée à l'étude des interfaces entre milieux denses. Cette technique a été appliquée à l'étude de l'interface électrochimique monocristal de platine/solution acide de méthanol, système qui constitue un modèle de pile à combustible, dispositif où l'énergie chimique est directement convertie en énergie électrique. Les propriétés vibrationnelles dépendent fortement de l'orientation cristallographique de l'électrode de platine. [less ▲]

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See detailAdhesion of synchronized human hematopoietic progenitor cells to fibronectin and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 fluctuates reversibly during cell cycle transit in ex vivo culture.
Huygen, Sandra; Giet, Olivier ULg; Artisien, Vincent et al

in Blood (2002), 100(8), 2744-52

Ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells may result in defective engraftment. Human cord blood CD34(+) progenitor cells were synchronized and assayed for adhesion and migration onto ... [more ▼]

Ex vivo expansion of hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells may result in defective engraftment. Human cord blood CD34(+) progenitor cells were synchronized and assayed for adhesion and migration onto fibronectin (Fn) and vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 (VCAM-1) at different stages of a first cell cycle executed ex vivo. During S phase transit, adhesion to Fn was transiently increased while binding to VCAM-1 was reversibly decreased, after which adhesion to both ligands returned to baseline levels with cell cycle completion. Transmigration across Fn and VCAM-1 decreased irreversibly during S phase progression. The function of alpha4 and alpha5 integrins was assessed with specific neutralizing antibodies. In uncultured CD34(+) cells and long-term culture-initiating cells (LTC-ICs), both adhesion and migration on Fn were inhibited by anti-alpha4 but not by anti-alpha5 antibodies. In mitotically activated CD34(+) cells and LTC-ICs, adhesion and migration on Fn were mainly dependent on alpha5 integrin and to a lesser extent on alpha4 integrin. Changes in integrin function were not dependent on parallel modulation of integrin expression. In conclusion, Fn and VCAM-1 binding of progenitor cells fluctuates reversibly during cell cycle transit ex vivo. In addition, our data show that mitogenic activation induces a shift from a dominant alpha4 to a preferential alpha5 integrin-dependent interaction with Fn. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical changes and influences of rapeseed antinutritional factors on gestating and lactating ewes 1. Animal performances and plasma hormones and glucose
Mandiki, S. N. M.; Derycke, G.; Bister, J. L. et al

in Animal Feed Science & Technology (2002), 98(1-2), 25-35

An experiment was carried out in order to study the effects of high levels of low-glucosinolates (LG)-rapeseed meal of two varieties (Apex or Synergy) on ewes and lambs performances and circulating ... [more ▼]

An experiment was carried out in order to study the effects of high levels of low-glucosinolates (LG)-rapeseed meal of two varieties (Apex or Synergy) on ewes and lambs performances and circulating hormones (progesterone-P4, estradiol-E2,-prolactin-PRL, cortisol, insulin, tri-iodothyronin-T3, thyroxin-T4) and glucose. On the 100th day of gestation, 90 ewes bearing at least two foetuses were divided into 3 groups. Control, Apex and Synergy groups received concentrates with 0, 40 and 40% of LG-rapeseed meal obtained with either Apex (13.77 mumol of glucosinolates/g DM seed) or Synergy (18.19 mumol) variety. Apart from the distribution of pasture hay ad libitum, the ewes received 500 and 1200 g of concentrates/animal per day during gestation and lactation, respectively. Concentrates were offered till the 47th day of lactation, and thereafter, the ewes were fed only with hay during 3 weeks. The lambs received ad libitum concentrates without rapeseed meal from 10 days of age till slaughtering. They were weaned at 65 days of age and were slaughtered when their fattening state was optimal. The performances of ewes (food intake and liveweight profiles) and of lambs (birth liveweight, mortality at birth, weight gains, slaughtering parameters) were not reduced by 40% of LG-rapeseed meal except a decrease in the liveweight for ewes in the Apex group after lambing. The profiles and levels of plasma metabolic (T3, T4, cortisol, insulin) and reproductive (PRL, P4) hormones were not modified by the rapeseed meal. In contrast, the estradiol concentration was lower (P < 0.05) in the two groups of ewes which received rapeseed meal than in the controls as an index of an eventual disturbance in the reproductive functions. In conclusion, large amounts of LG-rapeseed meal may be used as protein supplement in the diet of ewes at the end of gestation and during lactation without negative effects on animal performances and physiology. (c( 2002 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Relations entre capacités lexicales et mémoire phonologique à court terme dans le syndrome de Down
Comblain, Annick ULg

in Orthophonie et Logopédie (2002), 1

Certaines études neuropsychologiques de patients cérébro-lésés suggèrent que la mémoire de travail contribue à l'apprentissage à long terme de structures phonologiques non-familières. Les données ... [more ▼]

Certaines études neuropsychologiques de patients cérébro-lésés suggèrent que la mémoire de travail contribue à l'apprentissage à long terme de structures phonologiques non-familières. Les données disponibles sur des enfants normaux indiquent que la mémoire phonologique à court terme influence l'acquisition de nouveaux mots de vocabulaire. Par ailleurs, on sait que les personnes trisomiques 21 ont une mémoire phonologique à court terme déficiente ainsi que des connaissances lexicales limitées. Dès lors, étudier le lien entre ces deux variables dans la trisomie 21 s'imposait. Nos résultats indiquent que chez ces sujets, tout comme chez les enfants normaux, le niveau de développement lexical semble étroitement lié à la mémoire phonologique à court terme et plus particulièrement aux capacités de répétition de non-mots. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation physico-chimique de gommes végétales exsudées par quelques acacias du Burkina Faso
Djiré, O.; Ntema, P.; Zgoulli, S. et al

in Science et Technique (2002), 25(2), 37-47

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See detailTexture characterization of ultramacroporous materials using non-destructive methods
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Maquet, Véronique; Léonard, Angélique ULg et al

in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis (2002), 158

Image analysis, impedance spectroscopy and X-ray microtomography have been used as non-destructive methods in order to characterize ultramacroporous materials (pore width > 1 mum). These methods are used ... [more ▼]

Image analysis, impedance spectroscopy and X-ray microtomography have been used as non-destructive methods in order to characterize ultramacroporous materials (pore width > 1 mum). These methods are used to investigate the texture of different kinds of materials, i.e., highly oriented polylactide (PLA) foams prepared by freeze-drying, isotropic polyolefin foams prepared by thermal degradation of a chemical foaming agent and convective heat dried wastewater sludges. The image analysis of SEM micrographs recorded at different magnifications gave information on the pore size distribution and pore morphology. Impedance spectroscopy was used to investigate the transport properties of the three-dimensional porous matrices by measurement of the water ionic conduction. Finally, 3D image reconstruction from 2D cross-sections obtained by X-ray microtomography allowed visualizing the pore structure. [less ▲]

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See detailLe vol du cheval sacré
Swennen, Philippe ULg

in Acta Orientalia Belgica (2002), XVI

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See detailModélisation de l’impact de mollusques filtreurs sur le phytoplancton de la Moselle.
Descy, Jean-Pierre; Everbecq, Etienne ULg; Gosselain, Véronique ULg et al

in Tribune de l'Eau (La) (2002), 55-56(n° 619-620), 130-138

Le modèle POTAMON (Everbecq & al., 2001) a été utilisé pour simuler l'effet de mollusques bivalves (principalement Dreissena polymorpha) sur le phytoplancton et le zooplancton d'une rivière de plaine, la ... [more ▼]

Le modèle POTAMON (Everbecq & al., 2001) a été utilisé pour simuler l'effet de mollusques bivalves (principalement Dreissena polymorpha) sur le phytoplancton et le zooplancton d'une rivière de plaine, la Moselle. Les simulations suggèrent un impact significatif des mollusques filtreurs sur le phytoplancton, en particulier en été. Les simulations ont également permis d'établir un bilan carbone de la rivière et d'expliquer les déficits en oxygène observés dans la Moselle. [less ▲]

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See detailAg/SiO2 and Cu/SiO2 cogelled xerogel catalysts for benzene combustion and 2-butanol dehydrogenation
Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Tcherkassova, Natalia; Cellier, Caroline et al

in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis (2002), 143

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See detailComment je traite ... une polyarthrite rhumatoïde. L'avènement d'une nouvelle ère thérapeutique: les anticorps anti-TNF-alpha
Kaiser, Marie-Joëlle ULg; Malaise, Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(8), 486-492

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most frequent autoimmune inflammatory arthropathy. Chronic synovial inflammation usually results in cartilage destruction, bone erosion and subsequent joint deformities ... [more ▼]

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most frequent autoimmune inflammatory arthropathy. Chronic synovial inflammation usually results in cartilage destruction, bone erosion and subsequent joint deformities with impaired physical function. These consequences are more or less delayed by standard disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). A better knowledge of the basic mechanisms of the disease and new biomolecular tools led to the development of novel biological agents including TNF alpha blockers. TNF alpha is a key inflammatory cytokine that plays a critically important role in the pathogenesis of RA. TNF alpha blockers brought dramatic improvements in efficacy of RA treatment. Here we will review the pathophysiological elements of RA wich explain the therapeutic efficacy of these TNF alpha blockers and we will describe in details the molecules, Remicade (Infliximab) and Enbrel (Etanercept), wich will be very soon used in daily practice in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailPrésentation. Du fantastique réel au réalisme magique
Denis, Benoît ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2002), (21), 7-9

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See detailInsecticide resistance enhances male reproductive success in a beetle
Arnaud, Ludovic; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Evolution (2002), 56(12), 2435-2444

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See detailLipid-Interacting Properties Of The N-Terminal Domain Of Human Apolipoprotein C-III
Lins, Laurence ULg; Flore, Christelle ULg; Chapelle, L. et al

in Protein Engineering (2002), 15(6), 513-20

The lipid-interacting properties of the N-terminal domain of human apolipoprotein C-III (apo C-III) were investigated. By molecular modeling, we predicted that the 6-20 fragment of apo C-III is obliquely ... [more ▼]

The lipid-interacting properties of the N-terminal domain of human apolipoprotein C-III (apo C-III) were investigated. By molecular modeling, we predicted that the 6-20 fragment of apo C-III is obliquely orientated at the lipid/water interface owing to an asymmetric distribution of the hydrophobic residues when helical. This is characteristic of 'tilted peptides' originally discovered in viral fusion proteins and later in various proteins including some involved in lipoprotein metabolism. Since most tilted peptides were shown to induce liposome fusion in vitro, the fusogenic capacity of the 6-20 fragment of apo C-III was tested on unilamellar liposomes and compared with the well characterized SIV fusion peptide. Mutants were designed by molecular modeling to assess the role of the hydrophobicity gradient in the fusion. FTIR spectroscopy confirmed the predominantly helical conformation of the peptides in TFE solution and also in lipid-peptide complexes. Lipid-mixing experiments showed that the apo C-III (6-20) peptide is able to increase the fluorescence of a lipophilic fluorescent probe. The vesicle fusion was confirmed by core-mixing and leakage assays. The hydrophobicity gradient plays a key role in the fusion process because the mutant with no hydrophobic asymmetry but the same mean hydrophobicity as the wild type does not induce significant lipid fusion. The apo C-III (6-20) fragment is, however, less fusogenic than the SIV peptide, in agreement with their respective mean hydrophobicity. Since lipid fusion should not be the physiological function of the N-terminal domain of apo CIII, we suggest that its peculiar distribution of hydrophobic residues is important for the lipid-binding properties of apo C-III and should be involved in apolipoprotein and lipid exchanges crucial for triglyceride metabolism. [less ▲]

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See detailLes adhésifs de cinquième génération
Gueders, Audrey ULg

in Actualités Dentaires de l'Université de Liège (2002), 30

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See detailAspects de la conclusion du contrat par voie électronique
Biquet, Christine ULg; Decharneux, Joëlle ULg

in Actualités du Droit (2002)

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See detailThe role of the somatotropic axis in the mammalian metabolism
Renaville, Robert ULg; Parmentier, Isabelle; Haezebroeck, Valérie et al

in Acta Anatomica. Supplementum (2002), 5

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See detailVegetation composition of a threatened hypersaline lake (Lake Bardawil), North Sinai
El-Bana, M I; Khedr, A-H A; Van Hecke, P et al

in Plant Ecology (2002), 163(1), 63-75

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See detailEconomic evaluation of chronic hepatitis C treatment by interferon-ribavirin combination therapy in Belgium
Delwaide, Jean ULg

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2002), 65(4), 233-236

With present treatments for chronic hepatitis C by the combination of interferon alpha and ribavirin, it is possible to obtain a sustained viral response in a large number of patients. This viral response ... [more ▼]

With present treatments for chronic hepatitis C by the combination of interferon alpha and ribavirin, it is possible to obtain a sustained viral response in a large number of patients. This viral response is associated with long-term disappearance of the C virus, improvement of histology, improvement in quality of life and, most than likely, a reduction in the risk of premature death or infection-linked complications. This therapy is, however, expensive and the number of potentially treatable patients is high in view of the relatively high prevalence of the disease in the population. An economic evaluation is thus indispensable in order, on the one hand, to assess the cost-effectiveness ratio of the treatment (i.e. the extra cost to be paid for obtaining the greater effectiveness provided by the therapeutic combination in comparison with absence of treatment or treatment by interferon alone), and, on the other hand, to estimate practically the global cost of treatment for Belgium (i.e. the annual expense for society according to the number of patients treated per year). [less ▲]

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See detailBriefe an Goethe. Gesamtausgabe in Regestform. Bd. 6.1 und 6.2 (Rezension)
Viehöver, Vera ULg

in Germanistik (2002), 43(3/4), 5288

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See detailContinuity preserving modified maximum cross-correlation technique
Zavialov, Peter O.; Grigorieva, Julia V.; Moller, Osmar O. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans (2002), 107(C10, SEP-OCT),

The maximum cross-correlation (MCC) method reconstructs the surface advective velocity fields from the displacements of spatial patterns in pairs of sequential satellite (normally infrared) images ... [more ▼]

The maximum cross-correlation (MCC) method reconstructs the surface advective velocity fields from the displacements of spatial patterns in pairs of sequential satellite (normally infrared) images. However, the performance of the conventional MCC method is not always satisfactory. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the method can correctly estimate only the velocity component parallel to the gradient of the property depicted in the images, while any small displacement perpendicular to the gradient (i.e., directed along the isolines) essentially maps the spatial pattern onto itself and therefore can not be detected using the conventional MCC technique. In the present work we propose a modification of the MCC method that allows circumventing this basic deficiency and improving the performance of the MCC technique. In this approach, the "cross-isoline'' components of the velocity field are obtained as in the conventional MCC scheme; however, the "along-isoline'' components derived from the MCC are disregarded as unreliable. Instead, the "true'' along-isoline components are then reconstructed from the given cross-isoline velocity field based on the continuity requirement and on the condition of no normal flow at solid boundaries. This inverse problem is solved by constructing the two-dimensional stream function in the curvilinear coordinate frame associated with the image isolines. The method is illustrated using AVHRR images from the southwestern Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea. The results are compared with some direct drifter and current meter measurements and geostrophic estimates. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of the Radical Polymerization by 2,2,15,15-tetramethyl-1-aza-4,7,10,13-tetraoxacyclopentadecan-1-oxyl and its Sodium Salt
Olive, Gilles ULg; Rozanska, Xavier; Smulders, Wilfred et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2002), 203(12), 1790-1796

The control of the radical polymerization of styrene by 2,2,15,15-tetramethyl-1-aza-4,7,10,13-tetraoxacyclopentadecan-1-oxyl is reported here in bulk at 90 °C, 120 °C and in miniemulsion. Similarly, the ... [more ▼]

The control of the radical polymerization of styrene by 2,2,15,15-tetramethyl-1-aza-4,7,10,13-tetraoxacyclopentadecan-1-oxyl is reported here in bulk at 90 °C, 120 °C and in miniemulsion. Similarly, the control by its sodium complex is reported in bulk at 90 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailMore on generalized automatic sequences
Rigo, Michel ULg; Maes, Arnaud

in Journal of Automata, Languages and Combinatorics (2002), 7

We give some generalizations of $k$-automatic sequences replacing the $k$-ary system by an abstract numeration system on a regular language. We study some of the closure properties of these sequences and ... [more ▼]

We give some generalizations of $k$-automatic sequences replacing the $k$-ary system by an abstract numeration system on a regular language. We study some of the closure properties of these sequences and the possible extension to the multidimensional case or to infinite alphabets. The equivalence of these sequences and morphic predicates is given and the relationship to recognizability is also investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatically prepared n-alkyl esters of glucuronic acid: The effect of hydrophobic chain length on surface properties
Blecker, Christophe ULg; Piccicuto, S.; Lognay, Georges ULg et al

in Journal of Colloid & Interface Science (2002), 247(2), 424-428

The effect of hydrophobic chain length on surface properties of enzymatically prepared n-alkyl esters of glucuronic acid are examined. Dynamic parameters from Hua and Rosen's mathematical model and ... [more ▼]

The effect of hydrophobic chain length on surface properties of enzymatically prepared n-alkyl esters of glucuronic acid are examined. Dynamic parameters from Hua and Rosen's mathematical model and equilibrium surface tension are presented for esters with octyl, decyl, dodecyl, and tetradecyl alkyl segments. Increasing the alkyl chain length has a significant influence on the surface activity. Decyl and dodecyl glucuronate exhibit an interesting adsorption speed associated with foaming capacity. Octyl glucuronate exhibits a micellar organization as its bulk concentration is over 10.68 mM. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). [less ▲]

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See detailCytotoxic aporphine alkaloids from Cassytha filiformis.
Stevigny, C.; Block, S.; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg et al

in Planta Medica (2002), 68(11), 1042-4

Purification of a cytotoxic crude alkaloid extract of Cassytha filiformis led to the isolation of four known aporphine alkaloids: neolitsine, dicentrine, cassythine (= cassyfiline) and actinodaphnine ... [more ▼]

Purification of a cytotoxic crude alkaloid extract of Cassytha filiformis led to the isolation of four known aporphine alkaloids: neolitsine, dicentrine, cassythine (= cassyfiline) and actinodaphnine. Their structures were determined by analysis of spectroscopic data. All isolated alkaloids were tested for their cytotoxic activities on cancer and non-cancer cell lines in vitro. Neolitsine was the most active against HeLa and 3T3 cells (IC 50 :21.6 microM, and 21.4 microM, respectively). Cassythine and actinodaphnine showed the highest activity against Mel-5 (IC 50 : 24.3 microM and 25.7 microM, respectively) and HL-60 (IC 50 : 19.9 microM and 15.4 microM, respectively). This is the first report on the cytotoxic activity of C. filiformis extract and of neolitsine and cassythine. Furthermore, the complete NMR data of cassythine and actinodaphnine are given here for the first time. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of TGF-betas and their receptors is differentially modulated by reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide in human articular chondrocytes.
Ayache, N.; Boumediene, K.; Mathy, Marianne ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2002), 10(5), 344-52

OBJECTIVES: To study the effects exerted by two antioxidants, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), as an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a reactive oxygen species (ROS ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To study the effects exerted by two antioxidants, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), as an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger, on the expression of the major growth factor involved in cartilage repair, TGF-beta, under the three isoforms beta1, beta2 and beta3, and the receptors I and II of this factor, using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated human chondrocytes in culture. METHODS: Suspension cultures of human chondrocytes derived from the knee of osteoarthritic patients were treated for 48 h with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (10 microg/ml), L-NMMA (0.5 mM) or NAC (1 mM). Nitrite levels were assayed on the culture media using the Griess spectrophotometric method. After total RNA extraction, the expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS), TGF-beta1, TGF-beta2, TGF-beta3, TGF-beta receptors I and II, was determined by semi-quantitative polymerase chain-reaction (RT-PCR). RESULTS: LPS induced a dramatic increase of both NO production and iNOS mRNA level. The addition of L-NMMA (0.5 mM) abolished NO production without affecting iNOS mRNA levels. In contrast NAC (1 mM) strongly synergized with LPS to stimulate NO synthesis. LPS treatment did not significantly alter TGF-beta1 expression whereas L-NMMA inhibited its production. TGF-beta2 mRNA level was decreased by LPS and was not changed in the presence of L-NMMA. On the other hand, NAC was capable of counteracting the LPS-induced inhibition of TGF-beta2 expression. TGFbeta3 mRNA level was markedly reduced by LPS alone, or with both L-NMMA and NAC. Finally, the expression of TGF-betaRI was slightly increased in the presence of combined LPS and L-NMMA or NAC whereas that of TGFbeta-RII was reduced in the same conditions. CONCLUSIONS: The modulation of TGF-beta system was found to be differentially controlled by NO and ROS productions. Indeed, the control exerted on TGF-beta expression varied according to the isoform: TGF-beta1 mRNA level depends on NO whereas that of TGF-beta2 is regulated by ROS and TGF-beta3 seems to be unaffected by both of them. The expression of TGF-beta receptors appeared to be modulated by NO and ROS levels. The relevance of the present findings to osteoarthritis (OA) physiopathology and the potential use of antioxidant therapy to treat this disease are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailPhase And Amplitude Of Ecosystem Carbon Release And Uptake Potentials As Derived From Fluxnet Measurements
Falge, Eva; Tenhunen, John; Baldocchi, Dennis et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2002), 113(1-4),

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See detailIdentités et transactions réflexives. Une approche de l'identité des acteurs retraités
Vrancken, Didier ULg

in Recherches Sociologiques et Anthropologiques (2002), 2

A partir de l'identification d'une population, celle des retraités âgés entre 50 et 75 ans, population particulièrement confrontée à des problèmes de reconnaissance et d'identités sociales, cet article ... [more ▼]

A partir de l'identification d'une population, celle des retraités âgés entre 50 et 75 ans, population particulièrement confrontée à des problèmes de reconnaissance et d'identités sociales, cet article propose de repenser le concept d'identité en sociologie au départ d'un triple travail d'articulation identitaire qu'accomplirait l'acteur. Après avoir identifié une transaction narrative, une transaction argumentative, l'auteur dégage une troisième forme : celle de la tradition réflexive analysée à la suite de la tradition expressiviste allemande et de son dépassement par la critique herméneutique. C'est de cette triple articulation identitaire que rendrait compte une typologie proposée en conclusion. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanical behaviour of Lixhe chalk partly saturated by oil and water: experiment and modelling
Collin, Frédéric ULg; Cui, Yu Jun; Schroeder, Christian ULg et al

in International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (2002), 26(9), 897-924

Two or more different fluids generally saturate chalk in oil reservoir, and therefore its behaviour can be very complicated. In this paper, a constitutive law is proposed for modelling the mechanical ... [more ▼]

Two or more different fluids generally saturate chalk in oil reservoir, and therefore its behaviour can be very complicated. In this paper, a constitutive law is proposed for modelling the mechanical behaviour of a chalk saturated by two non-miscible fluids, water and oil. The effects of the capillary pressure or suction are taken into account. They are considered as an independent variable, as in the Barcelona's basic model developed for unsaturated soils. On the other hand, internal friction and pore collapse are modelled as independent mechanisms. The determination of the parameters is based on triaxial and oedometer tests. Finally, in order to validate the model, predictions are compared with experimental results of water-flooding test. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailLes souches pathogènes d'Escherichia coli chez les chiens et les chats : IV) Discussion générale
Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(4, AUG-SEP), 219

This manuscript reviews the current knowledge on the main classes of pathogenic Escherichia coli in dogs and cats: type 1 necrotoxigenic strains (NTEC1), adhesin-positive strains (AdEC), enteropathogenic ... [more ▼]

This manuscript reviews the current knowledge on the main classes of pathogenic Escherichia coli in dogs and cats: type 1 necrotoxigenic strains (NTEC1), adhesin-positive strains (AdEC), enteropathogenic strains (EPEC) and enterotoxigenic strains (ETEC). They represent primary or secondary (to other bacterial, parasitic and/or viral infections) infectious agents. NTEC1 and AdEC are the most frequent and are responsible for intestinal, urinary tract and invasive infections, while EPEC and ETEC limit their infections to the intestinal tract. ETEC are the less frequent but EPEC are more and more often observed. The specific virulence factors and other properties of these pathogenic E. coli strains are similar to those of their bovine, human and porcine counterparts, for their identity and their genetic determinism. This similarity allows the use of an identical approach in their diagnosis and typing. But for some NTEC1, AdEC and EPEC strains the similarity is so close that it also raises the question of their zoonotic potential, though there is up to now no epidemiological evidence of such cross contamination of man by canine or feline pathogenic E. coli (or vice versa). [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite.... Un pityriasis rubra pilaire.
Fraiture, A. L.; Braham, C.; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(6), 363-5

Pityriasis rubra pilaris is a syndrome of unknown etiology. Six distinct clinical types have been described in infancy and adulthood. Oral retinoids have proven their efficacy. Emollients and topical ... [more ▼]

Pityriasis rubra pilaris is a syndrome of unknown etiology. Six distinct clinical types have been described in infancy and adulthood. Oral retinoids have proven their efficacy. Emollients and topical calcipotriol may improve the clinical presentation. [less ▲]

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See detailLe contrat de rivière au service de la politique européenne de l'eau.
Rosillon, Françis ULg; Vander Borght, Paul ULg

in Wallonie (2002), (72), 88-97

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See detailDistribution and air-water exchange of carbon dioxide in the Scheldt plume off the Belgian coast
Borges, Alberto ULg; Frankignoulle, Michel

in Biogeochemistry (2002), 59((1-2)), 41-67

In the present paper we report partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) data obtained off the Belgian coast during 24 cruises. The temporal and spatial resolution of this data set allows us to discuss ... [more ▼]

In the present paper we report partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) data obtained off the Belgian coast during 24 cruises. The temporal and spatial resolution of this data set allows us to discuss satisfactorily seasonal and inter-annual variability of pCO2 in the study area. The dynamics of pCO2 are described using two approaches: fixed reference stations and area survey cruises. The air-water fluxes of CO2 in the Scheldt estuarine plume and in the outerplume region are estimated quantitatively, showing that these areas correspond respectively to a net annual source and sink of atmospheric CO2. The annually integrated air-water fluxes for the Scheldt estuarine plume range between +1.1 and +1.9 mol m−2 year−1 as a function of the formulation of the exchange coefficient of CO2. The annual net emission of CO2 from the estuarine plume to the atmosphere is estimated to be between +2.3 to +4.0 Gmol year−1 which represents 17 to 29% of the estimate reported in the literature for the Scheldt inner estuary. [less ▲]

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See detailLa colibacillose aviaire
Stordeur, Philippe; Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(1, FEB-MAR), 11-18

The avian pathogenic E. coli strains, although considered by almost like opportunist pathogen, represent actually one of the most important cause of economic losses in the poultry sector and is one of the ... [more ▼]

The avian pathogenic E. coli strains, although considered by almost like opportunist pathogen, represent actually one of the most important cause of economic losses in the poultry sector and is one of the most frequent cause of carcase rejection in the slaughter house. Colibacillosis, which the major way of penetration is the respiratory tract, affect essentially broilers and give variable lesions and manifestations in function of the age of the animals. Actually, some virulence factors have been studied and associated with avian pathogenic E. coli strains : P and F1 fimbriae, hemagglutination, serum resistance, aerobactin system. Recent studies have also showed that other virulence factors (F17 and Afa adhesins) were also present in the avian pathogenic E. coli, but their rule in the pathogenicity must to be established. Because of the diversity of virulence factors and the little of knowledge about us, no vaccine is actually available to protect efficacely poultries against colibacillosis. Thus, the antibiotherapy based on a good diagnostic and a good prevention remained the only things to do in order to overcome the disease, despite the augmentation of antibiotics resistance and the risk of transferring to humans. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Pr J.-M. Krzesinski (CHU sart Tilman, ULg) a sélectionné pour vous...
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Tempo Médical (2002), 240

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See detailBeroepsgeheim, confidentialiteit en de bedrijfsjurist: de nieuwe situatie
Thirion, Nicolas ULg; Benoit-Moury, Anne

in Tijdschrift voor Rechtspersoon en Vennootschap (2002), 1

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See detailEthno-Ecological approach of Tibet south-central rural environment knowledge as a support to Kashin-Beck disease's etiology
Malaisse, François ULg; Begaux, Françoise; Chasseur, Camille et al

in Bulletin des Séances de l'Académie Royale des Sciences d'Outre-Mer (2002), 48

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See detailRegulation by reactive oxygen species of interleukin-1beta, nitric oxide and prostaglandin E(2) production by human chondrocytes.
Mathy, Marianne ULg; Deby, Ginette ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2002), 10(7), 547-55

OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of two drugs, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), on interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of two drugs, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), on interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta), nitric oxide (NO) and prostaglandin E(2) (PGE(2)) production by human chondrocytes. The effect of aceclofenac (ACECLO), a non-steroidal antiinflammatory drug (NSAID), was also examined. METHODS: Human chondrocytes were enzymatically isolated from osteoarthritic knee cartilage and then maintained in culture in suspension for 48h in the absence or in the presence of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (10 microg/ml), L-NMMA (0.5mM), NAC (1mM) or ACECLO (6.10(-6)M). IL-1beta and PGE(2) productions were quantified by specific immunoassays. Nitrite was measured in the culture supernatants by a spectrophotometric method based upon the Griess reaction. Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2), inducible NO synthase (iNOS) and IL-1beta gene expressions were quantified by transcription of mRNA followed by real time and quantitative polymerase chain reaction. COX-2 protein expression was analysed by Western blot. RESULTS: LPS markedly increased the expression of IL-1beta, iNOS and COX-2 genes. In parallel, NO(2) and PGE(2) amounts found in the culture supernatants were significantly enhanced whereas IL-1beta was immunologically undetectable. The addition of L-NMMA (0.5mM) fully blocked LPS-induced NO production but greatly increased PGE(2) production, suggesting a negative effect of NO on PGE(2) synthesis. Inversely, NO production was stimulated by NAC while PGE(2) production was not affected. Interestingly, NAC increased the IL-1beta and iNOS mRNA levels but did not significantly modify COX-2 mRNA expression. L-NMMA did not significantly affect the expression of IL-1beta, iNOS and COX-2. The amount of COX-2 protein did not change in the presence of the antioxidants. Finally, ACECLO fully blocked the production of PGE(2) by chondrocytes without affecting the levels of COX-2 mRNA. CONCLUSIONS: The stimulation of IL-1beta, NO and PGE(2) production by LPS is differentially controlled by reactive oxygen species (ROS). In fact, L-NMMA and NAC have different mechanisms of action on the regulation of NO and PGE(2) productions. L-NMMA fully inhibits NO but increases PGE(2) production whereas NAC up-regulates NO but does not modify PGE(2) synthesis. The stimulating effect of L-NMMA on PGE(2) production is not controlled at the transcriptional level. These findings suggest that antioxidant therapy could have different effects according to the oxygen radical species targeted. [less ▲]

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See detailEntre Italie et Pays-Bas méridionaux. Le « Libro de memoria » de la famille Cassina. 1576-1650.
Moreno, Paola ULg

in Studi e Problemi di Critica Testuale (2002)

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See detailSternal recumbency or suspension by the hind legs immediately after delivery improves respiratory and metabolic adaptation to extra uterine life in newborn calves delivered by caesarean section.
Uystepruyst, Christophe; Coghe, Joost; Dorts, Thierry et al

in Veterinary Research (2002), 33(6), 709-724

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of body positioning immediately after delivery on respiratory and metabolic adaptation to extra-uterine life in newborn calves. One hundred and one Belgian ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of body positioning immediately after delivery on respiratory and metabolic adaptation to extra-uterine life in newborn calves. One hundred and one Belgian White and Blue calves were delivered at term by an elective caesarean section and were assigned into three categories according to the body position imposed immediately after umbilical cord rupture: 71 calves were placed in lateral recumbency; 16 calves were placed in sternal recumbency and 14 calves were suspended by the hind legs for less than 90 seconds (75 +/- 5 s). Following this initial body position, the calves were allowed to move without restraint. They were examined at birth, 5, 15, 30, 45 and 60 minutes, and 2, 3, 6, 12 and 24 hours after birth by the following measurements: physical examination, heart rate, arterial blood gas analysis, pulmonary function tests using the esophageal balloon catheter technique, arterial and venous blood acid-base balance analysis, rectal temperature, jugular venous blood sampling for the determination of blood glucose, plasma lactate and serum cortisol concentrations, haematologic variables and passive immune transfer variables. Body positioning immediately after delivery clearly influenced respiratory and metabolic adaptation to extra-uterine life in term calves delivered by an elective caesarean section. Systematic sternal recumbency and suspension by the hind legs for less than 90 seconds immediately after umbilical cord rupture had a positive functional impact on postnatal pulmonary mechanics and gas exchange and on postnatal correction of mixed acidosis present at birth, contributing in turn to an enhanced passive immune transfer. These two body positions should be encouraged to improve adaptation at birth in healthy term calves delivered by an elective caesarean section. Evaluation of possible side-effects is required before application in severely asphyxiated calves. [less ▲]

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See detailElevated atmospheric CO2 in open top chambers increases net nitrification and potential denitrification
Carnol, Monique ULg; Hogenboom, L.; Jach, M. E. et al

in Global Change Biology (2002), 8

The control of soil nitrogen (N) availability under elevated atmospheric CO2 is central to predicting changes in ecosystem carbon (C) storage and primary productivity. The effects of elevated CO2 on ... [more ▼]

The control of soil nitrogen (N) availability under elevated atmospheric CO2 is central to predicting changes in ecosystem carbon (C) storage and primary productivity. The effects of elevated CO2 on belowground processes have so far attracted limited research and they are assumed to be controlled by indirect effects through changes in plant physiology and chemistry. In this study, we investigated the effects of a 4-year exposure to elevated CO2 (ambient + 400 mumol mol(-1) ) in open top chambers under Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L) seedlings on soil microbial processes of nitrification and denitrification. Potential denitrification (DP) and potential N-2 O emissions were significantly higher in soils from the elevated CO2 treatment, probably regulated indirectly by the changes in soil conditions (increased pH, C availability and NO3 (-) production). Net N mineralization was mainly accounted for by nitrate production. Nitrate production was significantly larger for soil from the elevated CO2 treatment in the field when incubated in the laboratory under elevated CO2 (increase of 100%), but there was no effect when incubated under ambient CO2 . Net nitrate production of the soil originating from the ambient CO2 treatment in the field was not influenced by laboratory incubation conditions. These results indicate that a direct effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 on soil microbial processes might take place. We hypothesize that physiological adaptation or selection of nitrifiers could occur under elevated CO2 through higher soil CO2 concentrations. Alternatively, lower microbial NH4 assimilation under elevated CO2 might explain the higher net nitrification. We conclude that elevated atmospheric CO2 has a major direct effect on the soil microbial processes of nitrification and denitrification despite generally higher soil CO2 concentrations compared to atmospheric concentrations. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the barium-rich iron(IV) oxides, Ba2FeO4 and Ba3FeO5
Delattre, J. L.; Stacy, A. M.; Young, V. G. et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2002), 41(11), 2834-2838

Crystals of Ba2FeO4 and Ba3FeO5, grown from a "self-sealing" KOH-Ba(OH)(2) flux, have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, Mossbauer spectroscopy, and magnetic measurements. Ba2FeO4 ... [more ▼]

Crystals of Ba2FeO4 and Ba3FeO5, grown from a "self-sealing" KOH-Ba(OH)(2) flux, have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, Mossbauer spectroscopy, and magnetic measurements. Ba2FeO4 forms nonmerohedral twinned crystals with the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c, a = 6.034(2) Angstrom, b = 7.647(2) Angstrom, c = 10.162(3) Angstrom, beta = 92.931(6)degrees, and Z = 4. Ba3FeO5 crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pnma, with a = 10.301(1) Angstrom, b = 8.151(1) Angstrom, c = 7.611(1) Angstrom, and Z = 4. While both compounds feature discrete FeO44- tetrahedra, the anion found in Ba2FeO4 has shorter Fe-O bonds and is significantly distorted relative to the Ba3FeO5 anion, An iron valence of 4+ was confirmed by magnet susceptibility measurements and by the low-temperature isomer shifts of -0.152 and -0.142 mm/s relative to alpha-iron for Ba2FeO4 and Ba3FeO5, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailModelled glacial and non-glacial HCO3-, Si and Ge fluxes since the LGM: little potential for impact on atmospheric CO2 concentrations and a potential proxy of continental chemical erosion, the marine Ge/Si ratio
Jones, Ian W; Munhoven, Guy ULg; Tranter, Martyn et al

in Global and Planetary Change (2002), 33(1-2), 139-153

The runoff and riverine fluxes of HCO3-, Si and Ge that arise from chemical erosion in non-glaciated terrain, are modelled at six time steps from the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) to the present day. The ... [more ▼]

The runoff and riverine fluxes of HCO3-, Si and Ge that arise from chemical erosion in non-glaciated terrain, are modelled at six time steps from the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM) to the present day. The fluxes that arise from the Great Ice Sheets are also modelled. Terrestrial HCO3- fluxes decrease during deglaciation, largely because of the reduction in the area of the continental shelves as sea level rises. The HCO3- fluxes. and the inferred consumption of atmospheric CO2 are used as inputs to a carbon cycle model that estimates their impact on atmospheric CO2 concentrations ((CO2)-C-atms). A maximum perturbation of (CO2)-C-atms by similar to 5.5 ppm is calculated, The impact of solutes from glaciated terrain is small in comparison to those from non-glaciated terrain. Little variation in terrestrial Si and Ge fluxes is calculated (< 10%). However, the global average riverine Ge/Si ratio may be significantly perturbed if the glacial Ge/Si ratio is high. At present. variations in terrestrial chemical erosion appear to have only a reduced impact on (CO2)-C-atms and only little influence on the global Si and Ge cycle and marine Ge/Si ratios during deglaciation. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiation-associated synovial-sarcoma: clinicopathological and molecular analysis of two cases.
Egger, J-F; Coindre, J-M; Benhattar, J et al

in Modern Pathology : An Official Journal of the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc (2002), 15(9), 998-1004

Development of a soft-tissue sarcoma is an infrequent but well-known long-term complication of radiotherapy. Malignant fibrous histiocytomas, extraskeletal osteosarcomas, fibrosarcomas, malignant ... [more ▼]

Development of a soft-tissue sarcoma is an infrequent but well-known long-term complication of radiotherapy. Malignant fibrous histiocytomas, extraskeletal osteosarcomas, fibrosarcomas, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, and angiosarcomas are most frequently encountered. Radiationassociated synovial sarcomas are exceptional. We report the clinicopathologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular features of two radiationassociated synovial sarcomas. One tumor developed in a 42-year-old female 17 years after external irradiation was given for breast carcinoma; the other occurred in a 34-year-old female who was irradiated at the age of 7 years for a nonneoplastic condition of the left hand. Both lesions showed morphologic features of monophasic spindle cell synovial sarcoma, were immunoreactive for cytokeratins, epithelial membrane antigen, CD99, CD117 (c-kit), and bcl-2 and bore the t(X;18) (SYT-SSX1) translocation. We conclude that synovial sarcoma has to be added to the list of radiation-associated soft-tissue sarcomas. Mod Pathol 2002;15(9):998–1004 [less ▲]

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See detailMultidisciplinary study of the Wealden deposits in the Mons Basin (Belgium): a progress report.
Yans, J; Spagna, P; Foucher, JC et al

in Aardkungigen Mededelingen (2002), 12

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See detailGlobal democratic consensus on neuropathological disease criteria.
Achim, Cristian; Auer, Roland; Bergeron, Catherine et al

in Lancet Neurology (2002), 1(6), 340

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See detailPreemptive cellular immunotherapy after T-cell-depleted allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation (2002), 8(7), 351-9

GVHD is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). GVHD is due to donor lymphocytes that are cotransplanted with donor stem cells. These donor ... [more ▼]

GVHD is a life-threatening complication of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). GVHD is due to donor lymphocytes that are cotransplanted with donor stem cells. These donor lymphocytes are primed by histocompatibility differences between donors and recipients and activated by a cytokine storm caused by the conditioning regimen. The most efficient method for prevention of GVHD consists of T-cell depletion (TCD) of the graft. However, TCD usually leads to an increased risk of leukemia relapse because of the loss of the graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. Several groups have studied the feasibility of preemptive donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) to lessen the impact of TCD on leukemia relapse. Preemptive DLI is given several weeks to months after the transplantation, ie, after the cytokine storm and after the patient has recovered from conditioning-regimen-related toxicities. After briefly discussing various techniques of TCD of the graft and the efficacy of DLI, this article reviews the first clinical studies evaluating a strategy of TCD of the graft followed by preemptive DLI. [less ▲]

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See detailA quinze ans, trop de jeunes sont brouillés avec la lecture
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Caractères (2002), 7

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See detailCompte rendu des actes du colloque : Unanimité et diversité cisterciennes
Delfosse, Annick ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (2002), 108(2), 380-382

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See detailPharmacologic treatment of inner ear: from basic science to the patient.
Lefèbvre, Philippe ULg; Staecker, H.; Van de Water, T. et al

in Acta Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica Belgica (2002), 56(1), 45-9

Most of the deafness are of sensorineural origin and are characterized by a loss of hair cells and of spiral ganglion neurons. At the present time, hearing aids are the only treatment. However, in some ... [more ▼]

Most of the deafness are of sensorineural origin and are characterized by a loss of hair cells and of spiral ganglion neurons. At the present time, hearing aids are the only treatment. However, in some diseases of the inner ear, pharmacological treatment have been proposed and used successfully. In this paper, we will review some basic science aspects of the biology of the neurosensory structures of the inner ear, in particular of the auditory neurons, that lead to the rationale of some treatments for the inner ear diseases. Developmental studies, neuronal cell culture experiments, and analyses of gene knockout animals reveal a number of growth factors which are important for the rescue and repair of injured auditory neurons in the inner ear. These factors rescue the injured auditory neurons in vivo. Furthermore, perfusion of antioxydant to the cochlea prevented the hearing loss induced by cisplatin. These in vitro and in vivo experiments demonstrate that it is possible to manipulate the neurosensory structures of the inner ear and provide an effective treatment to prevent the degeneration of the neurons. The molecules or drugs can be administered locally to the inner ear through a direct perilymphatic perfusion or through the round window membrane. As an example, we will discuss the treatment of patients suffering from idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss which can be treated successfully by a perfusion through the round window membrane, improving their hearing threshold and their speech discrimination. [less ▲]

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See detailPersonne morale administrateur et comité de direction
Caprasse, Olivier ULg

in Droit des Affaires : Revue Internationale du Droit des Affaires = Ondernemingsrecht : Internationaal Tijdschrift voor Ondernemingsrecht [= DA OR] (2002)

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See detailCyclin-dependent kinase-2 controls oligodendrocyte progenitor cell cycle progression and is downregulated in adult oligodendrocyte progenitors.
Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Aguirre, Adan A.; Wang, Hang et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2002), 22(19), 8553-62

Proliferation of oligodendrocyte progenitor (OP) cells is a crucial process controlling myelination in the CNS. Previous studies demonstrated a correlation between OP proliferation rate and cyclin E ... [more ▼]

Proliferation of oligodendrocyte progenitor (OP) cells is a crucial process controlling myelination in the CNS. Previous studies demonstrated a correlation between OP proliferation rate and cyclin E/cyclin-dependent kinase-2 (cdk2) activity. To establish a causal link between cyclin E/cdk2 activity and OP proliferation, we selectively modulated cdk2 activity in vitro by transfection of cultured OP cells. Dominant-negative (Dn)-cdk2 overexpression inhibited mitogen-induced OP cell proliferation, whereas wild-type (wt)-cdk2 prevented cell cycle arrest caused by anti-mitotic signals. Dn-cdk2- or wt-cdk2-mediated regulation of G(1)/S transition, per se, did not influence initiation of OP differentiation. To study the function of cyclin E/cdk2 in OP cells during development in vivo, we analyzed cdk2 and cyclin E expression in cells acutely isolated from transgenic mice expressing the green fluorescent protein (GFP) under the control of the 2'-3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase gene promoter. Both cyclin E/cdk2 protein levels and activity were decreased in GFP(+) oligodendrocyte lineage cells between postnatal days 4 and 30. Immunostaining of NG2(+)/GFP(+) OP cells in brain tissue sections showed a 90% decrease in overall cell proliferation and cdk2 expression between perinatal and adult cells. However, cdk2 expression within the proliferating (i.e., expressing the proliferating cell nuclear antigen) OP cell population was maintained throughout development. Our data indicate that: (1) cyclin E/cdk2 activity plays a pivotal function in OP cell cycle decisions occurring at G(1)/S checkpoint; (2) initiation of OP differentiation is independent of cyclinE/cdk2 checkpoint, and (3) intrinsic differences in cyclin E/cdk2 expression and activity may underlie the slowly proliferative state that characterizes so-called "quiescent" adult OP cells in vivo. [less ▲]

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See detailImaging downward granitic magma transport in the Rogaland Igneous Complex, SW norway
Bolle, Olivier ULg; Trindade, Ricardo I.F.; Bouchez, Jean-Luc et al

in Terra Nova (2002), 14(2), 87-92

Combining geological mapping and petrological, structural and geophysical (gravity and seismic) data already available for the late Proterozoic Rogaland Igneous Complex of Norway allows the 3D shape of ... [more ▼]

Combining geological mapping and petrological, structural and geophysical (gravity and seismic) data already available for the late Proterozoic Rogaland Igneous Complex of Norway allows the 3D shape of the Bjerkreim-Sokndal layered intrusion to be modelled as a thick cumulate series capped by massive granitic rocks. Using the latter data, along with the spectacular convergent linear flow pattern that covers both the cumulates and the felsic rocks of this chamber, evidence is presented to show that the granitic material was down-dragged through the sinking of its high-density mafic floor into lower density anorthosites and granulitic gneisses. This example illustrates that downward gravity-driven flows of rocks were active, in addition to upward flows, in the building of the early crust up to late-Proterozoic times, helping to explain the geochemical and structural complexities of the old crust. [less ▲]

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. L'etude PROSPER (PROspective study of pravastatin in the elderly at risk).
Kulbertus, Henri ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 809-13

Statins reduce coronary and cerebrovascular mortality and morbidity in middle-aged individuals. Until recently, their efficacy and safety in elderly people had not yet been firmly established. PROSPER was ... [more ▼]

Statins reduce coronary and cerebrovascular mortality and morbidity in middle-aged individuals. Until recently, their efficacy and safety in elderly people had not yet been firmly established. PROSPER was a controlled, randomised study involving 2,804 men and 3,000 women aged 70-82, with a history of, or risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Their baseline cholesterol level was 135-350 mg/dl; they were randomised to either 40 mg pravastatin per day, or matching placebo. Average follow-up was 3.2 years. The primary endpoint was a composite of coronary death, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and fatal or non-fatal stroke. Pravastatin lowered LDL-cholesterol (-34%), and reduced the incidence of the primary endpoint (-15%; CI 95%: 3-26%; p = 0.014). Coronary death and non-fatal myocardial infarction risk was also reduced (-19%; p = 0.006), and mortality from coronary disease fell by 24% (p = 0.043). The risk for stroke, however, was unaffected (p = 0.8), whereas the incidence of transient ischemic attacks was reduced by 25%, which was (marginally) insignificant (p = 0.051). Pravastatin had no effect on cognitive functions or incapacity. New cancers were more frequent amongst pravastatin-treated individuals (+25%; p = 0.020). However incorporation of this new data in a meta-analysis of all pravastatin and all statin trials revealed no overall increase of cancer risk. [less ▲]

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See detailQuel statut pour l'embryon et le foetus dans le champ juridique belge?
Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg; Langenaken, Evelyne ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2002)

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See detailBelgian peer review experience on the Achille's heel in haemodialysis care: vascular access
Theelen, Bernadette ULg; Rorive, Georges ULg; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in EDTNA/ERCA Journal (2002), 28(4, Oct-Dec), 164-166

AIMS: In order to improve the supervision and to evaluate the quality of care in dialysis units, a national project was promoted as a Peer Review. It consisted of systematic, continuous and critical ... [more ▼]

AIMS: In order to improve the supervision and to evaluate the quality of care in dialysis units, a national project was promoted as a Peer Review. It consisted of systematic, continuous and critical evaluation of the care and the application of international guidelines and compared the reality of care with standards. METHOD: The first chart consisted of the evaluation of infectious episodes of vascular access. This point is particularly relevant since infection represents the second cause of mortality in haemodialysis. A questionnaire concerning each patient was designed. Questions concerned the description of vascular access and the related infectious events. Each questionnaire included 21 items. The project involved 29 dialysis centres, 1,644 patients and 1,775 vascular accesses. The database included 90,525 data. RESULTS: Among the 29 centres, the native arteriovenous fistula (AVF) is the first choice (67.5%) in vascular access, but the proportion of AVF decreases with age contrary to the catheter, which is more frequently chosen, in older patients. Independent of age, 20% of hospitalisations are among patients with catheters and only 7% among patients with AVF. The RR (relative risk) of being hospitalised (any complication of vascular access) is 1.68 for patients with catheters compared to patients with AVF. The rate of infections does not increase with age but is higher for patients with catheters (RR = 2.26). The number of infections appears to be dependent on the staphylococcus aureus carriage in the year. CONCLUSIONS: This first step allows each centre to compare itself to others in an anonymous way. This approach should lead to specific recommendations to improve the quality of care in dialysis units. [less ▲]

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See detailEtalonnage de l’épreuve grapho-perceptive de Bender sur une population d’enfants de six à dix ans
Garcet, Serge ULg; Deltour, Jean-Jacques

in Revue Scientifique de l'AIGS (2002), 1

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See detailLes privatisations d'entreprises publiques en économie de marché: quelques observations juridiques
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Chroniques de Droit Public = Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken (2002), 2

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See detailRole Of The Somatotropic Axis In The Mammalian Metabolism
Renaville, Robert ULg; Hammadi, M.; Portetelle, Daniel ULg

in Domestic Animal Endocrinology (2002), 23(1-2),

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See detailUn diabete peut en cacher un autre.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(5), 267-9

The abrupt interruption of insulin therapy in a severely obese diabetic woman submitted to a protein-sparing modified fast in a metabolic ward led to a severe ketoacidosis. This complication occurred ... [more ▼]

The abrupt interruption of insulin therapy in a severely obese diabetic woman submitted to a protein-sparing modified fast in a metabolic ward led to a severe ketoacidosis. This complication occurred because the patient had type 1 rather than type 2 diabetes, and the diagnosis of ketoacidosis was delayed because of confusion between ketonuria resulting from insulin deprivation and ketonuria associated with carbohydrate and energy restriction. This case report illustrates the danger of accepting an apparently obvious diagnosis which might be in fact erroneous. More particularly, it points out the importance of a correct differential diagnosis between C-peptide positive insulin-requiring type 2 diabetes and C-peptide negative (insulin-dependent) type 1 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailLa régulation des services publics: les enseignements du droit comparé
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Chroniques de Droit Public = Publiekrechtelijke Kronieken (2002), 4

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See detailEffect of some insecticides on acetylcholinesterase from beneficial insects: Coccinella septempunctata, Chrysoperla carnea and Forficula auricularia
Boszic, Andras; Francis, Frédéric ULg; Gaspar, Charles et al

in Med. Fac. Landbouw. Univ. Gent (2002), 67(3), 671-677

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