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See detailSurfactin and iturin A effects on Bacillus subtilis surface hydrophobicity.
Ahimou, F.; Jacques, Philippe ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg

in Enzyme & Microbial Technology (2000), 27(10), 749-754

The synthesis of extracellular molecules such as biosurfactants should have major consequences on bacterial adhesion. These molecules may be adsorbed on surfaces and modify their hydrophobicities. Certain ... [more ▼]

The synthesis of extracellular molecules such as biosurfactants should have major consequences on bacterial adhesion. These molecules may be adsorbed on surfaces and modify their hydrophobicities. Certain strains of Bacillus subtilis synthesize the lipopeptides, which exhibit antibiotic and surface active properties. In this study the high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis of the culture supernatants of the seven B. subtilis strains, showed that the lipopeptide profile varied greatly according to the strain. Among the three lipopeptide types, only iturin A was produced by all B. subtilis strains. Bacterial hydrophobicity, evaluated by the water contact angle measurements and the hydrophobic interaction chromatography, varied according to the strain. Two strains (ATCC 15476 and ATCC 15811) showing extreme behaviors in term of hydrophobicity were selected to study surfactin and iturin A effects on bacterial hydrophobicity. The two lipopeptides modified the B. subtilis surface hydrophobicity. Their effects varied according to the bacterial surface hydrophobic character, the lipopeptide type and the concentration. Lipopeptide adsorption increased the hydrophobicity of the hydrophilic strain but decreased that of the hydrophobic. Comparison of lipopeptide effects on B. subtilis surface hydrophobicity showed that surfactin was more effective than iturin A for the two strains tested. [less ▲]

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See detailEffet du couvert forestier sur la précison d'un système de positionnement global différentiel (dGPS)
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Hellemans, Philippe

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2000), 4(1), 41-49

Effect of forest canopy on the accuracy of a differential global positioning system (dGPS). The possibilities to use dGPS for forest mapping are analysed. The efficiency of dGPS in forest condition is ... [more ▼]

Effect of forest canopy on the accuracy of a differential global positioning system (dGPS). The possibilities to use dGPS for forest mapping are analysed. The efficiency of dGPS in forest condition is linked to canopy interference, which intercepts signals sent by some of the satellites or reflect them (multipathing). Two types of equipment have been tested : a TrimbleTM Svee Six coupled with a RDS differential receiver and a Trimble SK8 coupled with an OMNISTAR differential receiver. Recordings have been achieved according to two modes : static (recording on one spot during one minute) and cinematic (moving continuously along the stand limits). Two types of forest canopy were compared : light canopy made of young poplar plantation with few obstacles in the vicinity, and closed canopy of mature spruce stand edged with other mature stand. Cinematic mode efficiency is higher than static one (mean errors are respectively 3.1 m and 9.1 m). In the same way positioning is more accurate for the stand with light canopy than for the other one (mean errors are respectively 2.9 m and 9.4 m). Difference between recording modes are probably due to multipathing effect that filtering algorithm integrated in the GPS receivers are not able to remove in static mode. The efficiency of differential signal reception is also different for the two stands : 1.3 % and 20.5 % of missing differential signal respectively in the light and dense canopy conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary survey of the palynological content of the Lower Devonian in the Oesling, Luxembourg
Steemans, Philippe ULg; Debbaut, Vincent ULg; Faber, A.

in Bulletin de la Société des Naturalistes Luxembourgeois (2000), 100

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See detailMeasurements of hindlimb blood flow recorded using Doppler ultrasound during administration of vasoactive agents in halothane-anesthetized horses
Raisis, Anthea L; Young, Lesley E; Meire, Hylton B et al

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound : The Official Journal of the American College of Veterinary Radiology & the International Veterinary Radiology Association (2000), 41(1), 64-72

The purpose of the study was to determine the ability of Doppler ultrasound to detect changes in femoral blood flow during pharmacologic manipulation of arterial blood pressure. Doppler ultrasonography ... [more ▼]

The purpose of the study was to determine the ability of Doppler ultrasound to detect changes in femoral blood flow during pharmacologic manipulation of arterial blood pressure. Doppler ultrasonography was performed in the femoral vessels of six halothane-anesthetized horses before and during administration of phenylephrine HCI and sodium nitroprusside. The time-averaged mean velocity and volumetric flow were calculated. The contour of the velocity waveform was assessed, and the early diastolic deceleration slope (EDDS) and pulsatility index (PI) were calculated. Administration of phenylephrine HCI resulted in increased mean aortic blood pressure (MABP) by 40% (29.3-53.0%). This caused significant decrease in cardiac output (26.8 to 13.5 l/min), femoral arterial velocity (left artery 7.20 to 4.00 cm/s; right artery 5.01 to 3.39 cm/s) and volumetric flow (left artery 556 to 221 ml/min; right artery 397 to 193 ml/min) in the femoral vessels and significant increase in systemic vascular resistance (163 to 433 dyn-s/cm5), EDDS (1a: 285 to 468: ra: 250 to 481) and PI (1a: 9.38 to 20.4; ra 17.1 to 29.1). Administration of sodium nitroprusside resulted in a decreased MABP of 27.2% (22.5-33%). This increased cardiac output (20.8 to 32.4 L/min), however, no significant changes were observed in femoral blood flow. Despite obvious changes in the waveform contour, no significant change occurred in EDDS or PI. These results suggest that Doppler ultrasound may be useful for measuring femoral blood flow in anesthetized horses. However, waveform analysis appears to be limited when multiple changes occur in central and peripheral haemodynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailTheoretical Oscillator Strengths in Pr III and application to some CP stars
Palmeri, P.; Quinet, Pascal ULg; Frémat, Y. et al

in Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (2000), 129

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See detailEffect of gonadal steroids on pituitary LH secretion and mediobasal hypothalamic GnRH mRNA in ferrets.
Bakker, Julie ULg; Baum, M. J.

in Journal of Reproduction and Fertility (2000), 119(2), 315-21

In vitro release and content of GnRH in mediobasal hypothalamic slices are reduced by ovariectomy of female ferrets but are not affected by castration of male ferrets in breeding condition. The aim of the ... [more ▼]

In vitro release and content of GnRH in mediobasal hypothalamic slices are reduced by ovariectomy of female ferrets but are not affected by castration of male ferrets in breeding condition. The aim of the present study was to determine whether this sex difference reflects a sexually dimorphic effect of gonadal steroids on mediobasal hypothalamic GnRH mRNA content of male and female ferrets killed 4 weeks after gonadectomy, either with or without steroid hormone replacement. This time interval exceeds the 6-10 days needed for increments in plasma LH concentrations to stabilize after gonadectomy of ferrets of both sexes. In situ hybridization using an (35)S-labelled oligoprobe complementary to the human GnRH coding region showed that the number of mediobasal hypothalamic neurones and the cellular content of GnRH mRNA did not differ significantly among groups of male and female ferrets that were either in breeding condition or that had been gonadectomized and treated with sex steroids or oil vehicle. These results indicate that gonadal hormones regulate mediobasal hypothalamic GnRH biosynthesis and release in both sexes via post-transcriptional events that may include GnRH mRNA translation or the conversion of pre-pro GnRH precursor into mature GnRH. [less ▲]

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See detailArticle d'introduction. Colloque du Sart Tilman du 29 avril 2000. Initiatives en matière de management du sport.
Cloes, Marc ULg

in Revue Sport (2000), 172

Le management du sport fait désormais l'objet d'une attention croissante tant de la part des responsables sportifs que de nombreux scientifiques impliqués dans le domaine des activités physiques et ... [more ▼]

Le management du sport fait désormais l'objet d'une attention croissante tant de la part des responsables sportifs que de nombreux scientifiques impliqués dans le domaine des activités physiques et sportives. L'évolution de la société occidentale (individualisme, recherche de profit, concurrence effrénée, effets de mode, etc) concerne directement les organisations sportives, dont les ressources humaines et financières tendent à se raréfier. Les bénévoles fuient les exigences des membres et les responsabilités de plus en plus contraignantes ainsi que le peu de valorisation dont se voit fratifier leur dévouement. Les budgets augmentent et les frais se multiplient tandis que l'aide publique se limite souvent à la portion congrue, incitant les responsables à rechercher la rentabilité. Les sportifs se transforment peu à peu en clients exigeant des services de qualité... [less ▲]

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See detailCongestion Control for Layered Multicast Transmission
El Khayat, Ibtissam; Leduc, Guy ULg

in Networking and Information Systems Journal (2000), 3(3-4), 559-573

Heterogeneity of receivers makes it hard to control congestion for multicast transmission. Using hierarchical layering of the information is one of the most elegant and efficient approach to tackle this ... [more ▼]

Heterogeneity of receivers makes it hard to control congestion for multicast transmission. Using hierarchical layering of the information is one of the most elegant and efficient approach to tackle this problem. The proposed algorithm is based on this principle and has three objectives: to fulfill intra-session fairness, i.e. between different receivers of the same session; to be fair towards TCP; to fulfill inter-session fairness, i.e. same throughputs (and not number of layers) to concurrent sessions. [less ▲]

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See detailRandomized trial of the effects of risedronate on vertebral fractures in women with established postmenopausal osteoporosis. Vertebral Efficacy with Risedronate Therapy (VERT) Study Group.
REGINSTER, Jean-Yves ULg; Minne, H. W.; Sorensen, O. H. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2000), 11(1), 83-91

The purpose of this randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study was to determine the efficacy and safety of risedronate in the prevention of vertebral fractures in postmenopausal women with ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this randomized, double-masked, placebo-controlled study was to determine the efficacy and safety of risedronate in the prevention of vertebral fractures in postmenopausal women with established osteoporosis. The study was conducted at 80 study centers in Europe and Australia. Postmenopausal women (n = 1226) with two or more prevalent vertebral fractures received risedronate 2.5 or 5 mg/day or placebo; all subjects also received elemental calcium 1000 mg/day, and up to 500 IU/day vitamin D if baseline levels were low. The study duration was 3 years; however, the 2.5 mg group was discontinued by protocol amendment after 2 years. Lateral spinal radiographs were taken annually for assessment of vertebral fractures, and bone mineral density was measured by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry at 6-month intervals. Risedronate 5 mg reduced the risk of new vertebral fractures by 49% over 3 years compared with control (p<0.001). A significant reduction of 61% was seen within the first year (p = 0.001). The fracture reduction with risedronate 2.5 mg was similar to that in the 5 mg group over 2 years. The risk of nonvertebral fractures was reduced by 33% compared with control over 3 years (p = 0.06). Risedronate significantly increased bone mineral density at the spine and hip within 6 months. The adverse-event profile of risedronate, including gastrointestinal adverse events, was similar to that of control. Risedronate 5 mg provides effective and well-tolerated therapy for severe postmenopausal osteoporosis, reducing the incidence of vertebral fractures and improving bone density in women with established disease. [less ▲]

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See detailLa chondroprotection aujourd’hui
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Ethgen, Olivier ULg; Dang Vu, T

in Rhumatologie (2000), 52(8), 13-16

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See detailSystemic nitroglycerin increases nNOS levels in rat trigeminal nucleus caudalis.
Pardutz, A.; Krizbai, I.; Multon, Sylvie ULg et al

in Neuroreport (2000), 11(14), 3071-5

Systemic administration of nitroglycerin, a nitric oxide donor, triggers in migraineurs a delayed attack of unknown mechanisms. Subcutaneous nitroglycerin (10 mg/kg) produced a significant increase of ... [more ▼]

Systemic administration of nitroglycerin, a nitric oxide donor, triggers in migraineurs a delayed attack of unknown mechanisms. Subcutaneous nitroglycerin (10 mg/kg) produced a significant increase of nitric oxide synthase (NOS)- and c-fos-immunoreactive neurons in the cervical part of trigeminal nucleus caudalis in rats after 4 h. This effect was not observed in the thoracic dorsal horn. Similar increase of NOS and c-fos was obtained in the brain stem after a somatic nociceptive stimulus, i.e. on the side of the formalin injection in the lip. Nitric oxide is thus able to increase NOS availability in second order nociceptive trigeminal neurons, which may be relevant for central sensitization and the understanding of its effect in migraine. [less ▲]

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See detailSyntaxe et sens de la tournure védique prathamam jayamânah
Swennen, Philippe ULg

in A.I.O.N. Annali dell'Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli. Sezione filologico-letteraria (2000), 60-61

The Vedic locution prathamam jâjyamânah is a syntagm, where the first word, used as an adverb, means that the action expressed by the participle happens just before the action of the main verb of the ... [more ▼]

The Vedic locution prathamam jâjyamânah is a syntagm, where the first word, used as an adverb, means that the action expressed by the participle happens just before the action of the main verb of the sentence. Once this rule is established, other examples of this use of prathamam can be identified. This turn, very rare in the texts, was archaic and finally disappeared. [less ▲]

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See detailLes composantes d'un management efficace dans le cadre des organisations sportives
Cloes, Marc ULg

in Sport (2000), 172

L'objectif de cet article consiste à réaliser une synthèse des notions abordées par les auteurs du colloque "Initiatives en matière de management du sport" et de fournir un outil permettant aux ... [more ▼]

L'objectif de cet article consiste à réaliser une synthèse des notions abordées par les auteurs du colloque "Initiatives en matière de management du sport" et de fournir un outil permettant aux responsables d'organisatons sportives de s'engager dans une auto-analyse des structures dont ils ont la charge. Pour rappel, le management se définit comme l'action de gérer, de diriger, d'assurer le succès d'une organisation. [less ▲]

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See detailA new variant of the Ntn hydrolase fold revealed by the crystal structure of L-aminopeptidase D-ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi.
Bompard-Gilles, C; Villeret, V; Davies, G J et al

in Structure (2000), 8(2), 153-62

BACKGROUND: The L-aminopeptidase D-Ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi (DmpA) releases the N-terminal L and/or D-Ala residues from peptide substrates. This is the only known enzyme to liberate ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The L-aminopeptidase D-Ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi (DmpA) releases the N-terminal L and/or D-Ala residues from peptide substrates. This is the only known enzyme to liberate N-terminal amino acids with both D and L stereospecificity. The DmpA active form is an alphabeta heterodimer, which results from a putative autocatalytic cleavage of an inactive precursor polypeptide. RESULTS: The crystal structure of the enzyme has been determined to 1.82 A resolution using the multiple isomorphous replacement method. The heterodimer folds into a single domain organised as an alphabetabetaalpha sandwich in which two mixed beta sheets are flanked on both sides by two alpha helices. CONCLUSIONS: DmpA shows no similarity to other known aminopeptidases in either fold or catalytic mechanism, and thus represents the first example of a novel family of aminopeptidases. The protein fold of DmpA does, however, show structural homology to members of the N-terminal nucleophile (Ntn) hydrolase superfamily. DmpA presents functionally equivalent residues in the catalytic centre when compared with other Ntn hydrolases, and is therefore likely to use the same catalytic mechanism. In spite of this homology, the direction and connectivity of the secondary structure elements differ significantly from the consensus Ntn hydrolase topology. The DmpA structure thus characterises a new subfamily, but supports the common catalytic mechanism for these enzymes suggesting an evolutionary relationship. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning and expression analysis of an inducible HSP70 gene from tilapia fish
Molina, Alfredo; Biemar, Frédéric; Muller, Ferenc et al

in FEBS Letters (2000), 474(1), 5-10

We isolated and characterized the tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) HSP70 gene, highly homologous to other HSP70 genes. A dramatic increase of tilapia HSP70 mRNA levels was observed after heat shock of ... [more ▼]

We isolated and characterized the tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) HSP70 gene, highly homologous to other HSP70 genes. A dramatic increase of tilapia HSP70 mRNA levels was observed after heat shock of whole animals in all organs tested. Reporter constructs were tested for transient expression in carp cells and in microinjected zebrafish embryos. The entire isolated regulatory region (-851/+157) was able to mediate heat shock inducible expression of the reporter gene, with no preference for a particular tissue. Our studies represent the first transcriptional analysis of a HSP70 promoter from fish, revealing a powerful tool to direct controlled, tissue-independent gene expression in fish. [less ▲]

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See detailSystematic study and stratigraphic correlation of the Grandispora complex in the Famennian of Northwest and Eastern Europe
Higgs, K.T.; Avkhimovitch, V.I.; Loboziak, S. et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2000), 112

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See detail"J'ai deux ‘amours’…"
Dejasse, Erwin ULg

in Art&Fact (2000), 19

The representations of Paris into the comic "Adèle Blanc-Sec" by Jacques Tardi.

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See detailZwitterionic (pyrrolidine-2,2-diyl)bisphosphonic acid at 100, 150 and 293K
Olive, Gilles ULg; Ellis, Dianne D; Siri, Didier et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications (2000), C56(6), 720-722

Structure of the zwitterionic pyrrolidine-2,2-diylbis(phosphonic acid) at 100, 150 and 293 K

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See detailPLAG1, the main translocation target in pleomorphic adenoma of the salivary glands, is a positive regulator of IGF-II.
Voz, Marianne ULg; Agten, N. S.; Van de Ven, W. J. et al

in Cancer Research (2000), 60(1), 106-13

PLAG1, a novel developmentally regulated C2H2 zinc finger gene, is consistently rearranged and overexpressed in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands with 8q12 translocations. In this report, we ... [more ▼]

PLAG1, a novel developmentally regulated C2H2 zinc finger gene, is consistently rearranged and overexpressed in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands with 8q12 translocations. In this report, we show that PLAG1 is a nuclear protein that binds DNA in a specific manner. The consensus PLAG1 binding site is a bipartite element containing a core sequence, GRGGC, and a G-cluster, RGGK, separated by seven random nucleotides. DNA binding is mediated mainly via three of the seven zinc fingers, with fingers 6 and 7 interacting with the core and finger 3 with the G-cluster. In transient transactivation assays, PLAG1 specifically activates transcription from its consensus DNA binding site, indicating that PLAG1 is a genuine transcription factor. Potential PLAG1 binding sites were found in the promoter 3 of the human insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II) gene. We show that PLAG1 binds IGF-II promoter 3 and stimulates its activity. Moreover, IGF-II transcripts derived from the P3 promoter are highly expressed in salivary gland adenomas overexpressing PLAG1. In contrast, they are not detectable in adenomas without abnormal PLAG1 expression nor in normal salivary gland tissue. This indicates a perfect correlation between PLAG1 and IGF-II expression. All of these results strongly suggest that IGF-II is one of the PLAG1 target genes, providing us with the first clue for understanding the role of PLAG1 in salivary gland tumor development. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative Effects Of Deltamethrin And Neem Kernel Solution Treatments On Diamondback Moth And Cotesia Plutellae (Hym., Braconidae) Parasitoid Populations In The Cotonou Peri-Urban Area In Benin
Goudegnon, Ae.; Kirk, Aa.; Schiffers, Bruno ULg et al

in Journal of Applied Entomology-Zeitschrift Fur Angewandte Entomologie (2000), 124(3-4), 141-144

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See detailRythmes du temps: de l'Astronomie à l'Histoire
Biémont, Emile ULg

in Ciel et Terre (2000), 116(3), 72-81

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See detailLuxation traumatique du tendon du tibialis posterior.
Kakanou, A.; Liloku, R.; NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg et al

in Acta Orthopaedica Belgica (2000), 66(5), 514-6

Anterior dislocation of the tibialis posterior tendon is a traumatic lesion, which is rarely suspected following ankle trauma. It seems to be promoted by hypoplasia of the retromalleolar sulcus. Surgical ... [more ▼]

Anterior dislocation of the tibialis posterior tendon is a traumatic lesion, which is rarely suspected following ankle trauma. It seems to be promoted by hypoplasia of the retromalleolar sulcus. Surgical treatment is easy and reportedly gives excellent results, but the diagnosis is difficult and absence of diagnosis may result in functional instability of the foot requiring more invasive surgical treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent and future trends in groundwater vulnerability assessment
Gogu, Radu; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Environmental Geology (2000), 39(6), 549-559

The concept of groundwater vulnerability is a useful tool for environmental planning and decision-making. Many different methods have been developed for assessing this vulnerability. Hydrogeologists have ... [more ▼]

The concept of groundwater vulnerability is a useful tool for environmental planning and decision-making. Many different methods have been developed for assessing this vulnerability. Hydrogeologists have failed to reach a consensus concerning the definitions of and reference terms for groundwater vulnerability assessment. Therefore, a review of vulnerability assessment and mapping methods providing a new classification system is necessary. This is focused on techniques that use the overlay and index class methods. New research challenges in vulnerability assessment are identified, especially the need for developing dynamic links between numerical models and overlay and index methods. [less ▲]

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See detailReseña de Los caminos de Borges. La Kábala, los mitos y los símbolos, de Beatriz Borovich
Willson, Patricia ULg

in Variaciones Borges (2000), (9), 261-263

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See detailClinical Usefulness of the Mini Nutritional Assessment (Mna) Scale in Geriatric Medicine
Gazzotti, C.; Albert, Adelin ULg; Pepinster, A. et al

in Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging (The) (2000), 4(3), 176-81

OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to estimate the prevalence of malnutrition in elderly patients hospitalized with an acute illness, as well as to assess the clinical usefulness of standardized ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to estimate the prevalence of malnutrition in elderly patients hospitalized with an acute illness, as well as to assess the clinical usefulness of standardized nutritional assessment upon admission by means of the MNA scale. Design: A prospective study. Setting: A large size regional university hospital. Subjects: There were 175 patients (113 women and 62 men) with a mean age of 79.7 + 8.5 years admitted for an acute problem. Death occurred in 11 patients (6.3%). METHODS: Upon admission, demographic (age, gender, origin) and medical (disease, drugs) data were recorded for each patient; the MNA questionnaire (score: 0-30) was administered and Katz score (7-28) calculated. At hospital discharge, data included Katz score, outcome (death/survival), and destination. RESULTS: The mean MNA score was 20.5 + 5.1 and the prevalence of severe malnutrition (MNA <17) was 21.7%. Further, 48.6% of elderly were at risk of malnutrition (MNA between 17 and 24). There was no association between MNA and age or gender, but underweight was a sign of low MNA values (P <.001). MNA scores were inversely related to Katz scores at both admission and hospital discharge (P <.001). Patients originating from nursing homes had a poorer nutritional status than those living at home (MNA: 18.4 against 22.3, P <.001). The number of drugs taken per patient (5.2 + 2.8) was found to be correlated with MNA (P =.049). MNA scores were on average significantly higher (P <.001) in survivors (20.9) than in nonsurvivors (14.1). CONCLUSIONS: The study clearly demonstrates the high prevalence of malnutrition and the clinical usefulness of the MNA scale in geriatric medicine. The MNA score upon admission reflects the patient's nutritional condition, degree of autonomy (Katz score), living conditions and current treatment. It is also predictive of patient's outcome (death or survival). [less ▲]

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See detailHipóteses estatísticas : revendo idéias sobre ortogonalidade e balanceamento em análise de varîancia
Iemma, Antonio Francisco; Claustriaux, Jean-Jacques ULg; Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Multiciência (2000), 4(1), 62-82

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See detailSkin Tensile Strength Modulation by Compressive Garments in Burn Patients. A Pilot Study
Fournier, R.; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology (2000), 24(6, Nov-Dec), 277-80

Compression therapy is frequently used to prevent hypertrophy of post-burn scars. This pilot study was performed in 6 patients to assess non-invasive changes induced in the tensile strength of the skin ... [more ▼]

Compression therapy is frequently used to prevent hypertrophy of post-burn scars. This pilot study was performed in 6 patients to assess non-invasive changes induced in the tensile strength of the skin before any clinical improvement can be perceived. Assessments were performed using a computerized suction device delivering three 5 s cycles of 500 mbar depression. Measurements were made at one-month intervals for three months after initiating the garment compression therapy. Comparisons were made between the intact skin, the ungrafted and grafted post-burn scars and the graft donor sites. Data show that garment compression therapy alters the tensile strength in the skin of all test sites. The most reliable variations consist of an increase in both the extensibility and elasticity of the tissues submitted to traction. [less ▲]

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See detailAerosol therapy in veterinary medicine : is it the future ?
Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Veterinary Journal (2000), 160

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See detailLes souches pathogènes d'Escherichia coli chez les chiens et chats : II) Données cliniques et bactériologiques sur les souches entéropathogènes
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Janssen, L.; Charlier, G. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

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See detailAffections cardiaques et intolérances à l'effort. 1-Les troubles du rythme.
Amory, Hélène ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2000), 32(Numéro Spécial), 71-78

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See detailVillers-le-Bouillet/Vaux-et-Borset : sauvetage d'une fosse néolithique au lieu-dit "A la Chapelle Blanche"
Delye, Emmanuel ULg; Delhaye, Donat; Roberti, Daniel

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

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See detailComparison between Open and Closed Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: A Word of Caution
Limet, Raymond ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(1), 12-5

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See detailDe l'archétype savant au stéréotype politique : figures médiatiques du leader ouvrier
Geuens, Geoffrey ULg

in Quaderni : la Revue de la Communication (2000), 40 ("Utopie I : la fabrique de l'utopie")(Hiver 1999-2000), 53-67

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See detailPhalangeal osteosonogrammetry study: age-related changes, diagnostic sensitivity, and discrimination power. The Phalangeal Osteosonogrammetry Study Group.
Wuster, C; Albanese, C; De Aloysio, D et al

in Journal of Bone and Mineral Research (2000), 15(8), 1603-14

Phalangeal osteosonogrammetry was introduced as a method for bone tissue investigation in 1992. It is based on the measure of the velocity of ultrasound (amplitude-dependent speed of sound [AD-SoS]) and ... [more ▼]

Phalangeal osteosonogrammetry was introduced as a method for bone tissue investigation in 1992. It is based on the measure of the velocity of ultrasound (amplitude-dependent speed of sound [AD-SoS]) and on the interpretation of the characteristics of the ultrasound signal. In this study we have collected a database of 10,115 subjects to evaluate the performance of AD-SoS and to develop a parameter that is able to quantify the signal characteristics: ultrasound bone profile index (UBPI). The database only includes females of which 4.5% had documented vertebral osteoporotic fractures, 16% lumbar spine dual X-ray absorptiometry (DXA), and 6% hip DXA. The analysis of the ultrasound signal has shown that with aging the UBPI, first wave amplitude (FWA), and signal dynamics (SDy) follow a trend that is different from the one observed for AD-SoS; that is, there is no increase during childhood. In the whole population, the risk of fracture per SD decrease for AD-SOS was odds ratio (OR) 1.71 (CI, 1.58-1.84). The AD-SoS in fractured subjects was significantly lower than in a group of age-matched nonfractured subjects (p < 0.0001). In a small cohort of hip-fractured patients UBPI proved to be lower than in a control age-matched group (p < 0.0001). When the World Health Organization (WHO) working group criteria were applied to this population to identify the T score value for osteoporosis, for AD-SoS we found a T score of -3.2 and for UBPI we found a T score of -3.14. Sixty-six percent of vertebral fractures were below the AD-SoS -3.2 T score and 62% were below UBPI -3.14. We observed the highest incidence of fractures (63.6%) among subjects with AD-SoS who had both DXA T score values below the threshold. We conclude from this study that ultrasound investigation at the hand phalanges is a valid methodology for osteoporosis assessment. It has been possible to quantify signal changes by means of UBPI, a parameter that will improve the possibility of investigating bone structure. [less ▲]

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See detailL'écriture en actes.
Baye, Ariane ULg; Denooz, Régine; Vanhulle, Sabine

in Lettre de la DFLM (La) (2000), 26

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See detailRe-entrant Peierls distortion in IV-VI compounds
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg; Bichara, C. et al

in Physica B: Condensed Matter (2000), 276-278

At room temperature, the local structure of crystalline group V elements (As, Sb,middotmiddotmiddot) and their IV-VI isoelectronic compounds (GeSe,middotmiddotmiddot) is governed by a Peierls distortion ... [more ▼]

At room temperature, the local structure of crystalline group V elements (As, Sb,middotmiddotmiddot) and their IV-VI isoelectronic compounds (GeSe,middotmiddotmiddot) is governed by a Peierls distortion of the simple cubic or NaCl structure which is a symmetry breaking electronic instability. The morphology of the distortion is determined by the filling ratio of the p-band; for a half-filled p-band, the sixfold coordination becomes 3 (short, covalent) +3 (long, van der Waals). In general, at high temperature, the structure recovers its higher coordination number. Neutron diffraction experiments have been made in the liquid state at lambda=0.7 Aring. It is observed that the Peierls distortion is still present in the liquid for most IV-VI compounds. This behavior is observed and discussed for a series of Sn and Ge chalcogenides: SnS, SnSe, GeS, GeSe and GeTe and their temperature evolution is discussed. GeSe and GeTe show an interesting re-entrant phase behavior. The heaviest IV-VI compound SnTe does not show a distorted state. We demonstrate that the hardness of the repulsive potential is a key parameter in this mechanism [less ▲]

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See detailComment évolue la motivation pour l'école et pour la lecture des enfants entre la 1re et la 3e année primaire
Hindryckx, Geneviève ULg; Schockert, Catherine

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2000), 14

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See detailCharacterization of recombinant wild type and site-directed mutations of apolipoprotein C-III: lipid binding, displacement of ApoE, and inhibition of lipoprotein lipase.
Liu, H.; Talmud, P. J.; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2000), 39(31), 9201-12

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated ... [more ▼]

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated in lipid binding (L9T/T20L, F64A/W65A) or LPL inhibition (K21A), were compared. Relative lipid binding efficiencies to dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) were L9T/T20L > WT >K21A > F64A/W65A with an inverse correlation with size of the discoidal complexes formed. Physicochemical analysis (Trp fluorescence, circular dichroism, and GdnHCl denaturation) suggests that L9T/T20L forms tighter and more stable lipid complexes with phospholipids, while F64A/W65A associates less tightly. Lipid displacement properties were tested by gel-filtrating apoE:dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) discoidal complexes mixed with the various apoC-III variants. All apoC-III proteins bound to the apoE:DPPC complexes; the amount of apoE displaced from the complex was dependent on the apoC-III lipid binding affinity. All apoC-III proteins inhibited LPL in the presence or absence of apoC-II, with F64A/W65A displaying the most inhibition, suggesting that apoC-III inhibition of LPL is independent of lipid binding and therefore of apoC-II displacement. Taken together. these data suggest that the hydrophobic residues F64 and W65 are crucial for the lipid binding properties of apoC-III and that redistribution of the N-terminal helix of apoC-III (L9T/T20L) enhances the stability of the lipid-bound protein, while LPL inhibition by apoC-III is likely to be due to protein:protein interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailMarkers of tumor invasion are major predictive factors for the long-term outcome of corticotroph microadenomas treated by transsphenoidal adenomectomy.
Vallette-Kasic, S.; Dufour, H.; Mugnier, M. et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2000), 143(6), 761-8

OBJECTIVE: To assess the postsurgical outcome of patients with corticotroph microadenomas and to define predictors of the long-term outcome, with special emphasis on markers of tumor extension. DESIGN ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To assess the postsurgical outcome of patients with corticotroph microadenomas and to define predictors of the long-term outcome, with special emphasis on markers of tumor extension. DESIGN: Prospective study of 53 corticotroph microadenomas treated by enlarged adenomectomy. Patients followed for at least 2 years were classified into two groups: those in long-term remission and uncured patients (immediate failures and recurrences). Pre-, per- and postoperative parameters were analyzed as predictors of the long-term outcome. METHODS: Baseline hormone assessments were performed preoperatively, 8 days after surgery and every 6-12 months thereafter. Pituitary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allowed analysis of possible tumor extension to adjacent structures. Apparent completeness of the surgical removal was determined, and fragments labeled either 'tumor' or 'surrounding pituitary tissue' were submitted to serial sectioning. RESULTS: Immediate control of hypercortisolism was achieved in 43/53 patients (81%). However, later recurrences were observed in five patients (9%). Preoperative MRI showed tumor extension into adjacent structures with good specificity (91%) for prediction of surgical failure. Evidence of local invasion at surgery was also significantly predictive of the long-term outcome. A corticotroph adenoma was found at histological examination in 96% of the patients, and 26% had irregular limits, a feature significantly correlated with a poor outcome. Immediate postoperative plasma cortisol did not allow discrimination between long-term remissions and recurrences. CONCLUSION: Surgical failure was best predicted by signs of tumor 'invasiveness' at MRI, confirmed by peroperative examination and histology. [less ▲]

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See detailEigenschappen van glucosamine
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Halkin, V

in Medi-Sfeer (2000), 116

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See detailIncreased synovial fluid levels of soluble CD23 are associated with an erosive status in rheumatoid arthritis (RA).
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Bonnet, V.; Kaiser, Marie-Joëlle ULg et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (2000), 120(1), 194-199

Synovial fluid (SF) levels of soluble CD23 (sCD23) were determined in 96 patients presenting with an inflammatory knee effusion (73 with RA and 23 with reactive arthritis (ReA) serving as a control ... [more ▼]

Synovial fluid (SF) levels of soluble CD23 (sCD23) were determined in 96 patients presenting with an inflammatory knee effusion (73 with RA and 23 with reactive arthritis (ReA) serving as a control inflammatory non-erosive group) and were correlated with the degree of joint destruction, with local immune parameters (IL-1beta, IL-3, IL-4, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-12 and sCD25) and with serum markers of inflammation, C-reactive protein and erythrocyte sedimentation rate. RA patients, classified as erosive or not according to Larsen's grade, were separated as follows: (i) 13 patients with non-erosive RA; (ii) 16 RA patients with erosions in hands but not in knees, matched for disease duration with the first group; (iii) 44 RA patients with hand and knee erosions, matched with the second group for rheumatoid factor positivity but of longer disease duration. SF sCD23 levels were significantly increased in both erosive RA groups compared with non-erosive diseases, whether RA or ReA (P < 0.05), whose SF levels were not different. SF IL-10 showed a similar profile to that of SF sCD23 and was the only other parameter characteristic of erosive RA, but no direct correlation was found between the two. SF sCD23 was significantly correlated with IL-12 (r = 0.65, P = 0.0001) and sCD25 (r = 0.39, P = 0.0019) exclusively in the two erosive RA populations. In conclusion, these data showing that increased levels of sCD23 are not only found in the SF of erosive joints but also in knee SF of patients with erosive RA but without knee x-ray-diagnosed erosions suggest that this parameter might be of predictive value for joint destruction. Longitudinal studies are however needed to confirm its potential clinical interest. [less ▲]

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See detailIpsilateral motor responses to focal transcranial magnetic stimulation in normal and stroke patients.
ALAGONA G.; DELVAUX, Valérie ULg; GERARD, Pascale ULg et al

in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (2000), Neurosurgery and Psychiatry

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See detailDu chêne au tonneau
Jourez, Benoît ULg; Quin, Jean-Philippe

in Courrier du Bois (2000), 129

La tonnellerie, activité à la fois artisanale et industrielle, tire profit des plus beaux chênes. Si le mode de fabrication traditionnel du tonneau n'a pratiquement pas changé depuis son invention par les ... [more ▼]

La tonnellerie, activité à la fois artisanale et industrielle, tire profit des plus beaux chênes. Si le mode de fabrication traditionnel du tonneau n'a pratiquement pas changé depuis son invention par les Celtes il y a plus de 2000 ans, certains développements technologiques sont venus aider les artisans dans leur travail quotidien. Parallèlement, le progrès des connaissances dans les sciences du bois, de la chimie et de la microbiologie nous ont appris à quel point l'élevage du vin en fûts de chêne reste une étape essentielle dans la maturation de ce liquide sacré. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... un cancer broncho-pulmonaire par imagerie metabolique (TEP-18-FDG).
Bury, Thierry ULg; DUYSINX, Bernard ULg; CORHAY, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(3), 178-83

Continuing advances in PET imaging have resulted in an improved ability to evaluate thoracic malignancies. Published reports demonstrate that PET provides accurate noninvasive detection of malignancy that ... [more ▼]

Continuing advances in PET imaging have resulted in an improved ability to evaluate thoracic malignancies. Published reports demonstrate that PET provides accurate noninvasive detection of malignancy that is useful in the characterization of a pulmonary solitary nodule and in the mediastinal or extrathoracic staging of known lung cancer. Preliminary studies suggest that PET may also be able to assess the therapeutic response after surgery or radiation therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailErgotamine in the acute treatment of migraine: a review and European consensus.
Tfelt-Hansen, P.; Saxena, P. R.; Dahlof, C. et al

in Brain : A Journal of Neurology (2000), 123 ( Pt 1)

Ergotamine has been used in clinical practice for the acute treatment of migraine for over 50 years, but there has been little agreement on its place in clinical practice. An expert group from Europe ... [more ▼]

Ergotamine has been used in clinical practice for the acute treatment of migraine for over 50 years, but there has been little agreement on its place in clinical practice. An expert group from Europe reviewed the pre-clinical and clinical data on ergotamine as it relates to the treatment of migraine. From this review, specific suggestions for the patient groups and appropriate use of ergotamine have been agreed. In essence, ergotamine, from a medical perspective, is the drug of choice in a limited number of migraine sufferers who have infrequent or long duration headaches and are likely to comply with dosing restrictions. For most migraine sufferers requiring a specific anti-migraine treatment, a triptan is generally a better option from both an efficacy and side-effect perspective. [less ▲]

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See detailPour une démarche de qualité dans la formation continuée des enseignants : rôle de l'évaluation
Giot, Bernadette ULg

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2000), 21

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See detailLe financement public des cultes, de la laïcité et des cours philosophiques
Husson, Jean-François ULg

in Courrier Hebdomadaire du CRISP (2000), (1703-1704), 3-90

This publication details all channels through which religious and philosophical communities in Belgium are financed by local, regional or federal governments. Institutional environment is described ... [more ▼]

This publication details all channels through which religious and philosophical communities in Belgium are financed by local, regional or federal governments. Institutional environment is described. Detailed budgetary data are provided and are set in perspective with sociological data on religious practices or belonging. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of new hydrophilic γ-substituted poly(ε-caprolactone)s
Lecomte, Philippe ULg; D'aloia, Violetta; Mazza, Michaël et al

in Polymer Preprints (2000), 41(2), 1534-1535

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See detailAspects physiologiques de la sécrétion laitière par la mamelle bovine
Dosogne, H; Arendt, J; Gabriel, Annick ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

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See detailLaparascopic management of a unicornuate uterus with two cavitated, non-communicating rudimentary horns
NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Donnez, Jacques

in Human Reproduction (2000), 15(8), 1873-4

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See detailPost-stroke reorganization of hand motor area: a 1 year longitudinal study with focal transcranial magnetic stimulation.
DELVAUX, Valérie ULg; ALAGONA G.; DE PASQUA, Victor ULg et al

in Clinical Neurophysiology (2000), 111(Suppl. 1), 12517-06

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See detailEffective treatment of Jo-1-associated polymyositis with T-cell-depleted autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Ribbens, Clio ULg; Kaye, O. et al

in British Journal of Haematology (2000), 110(2), 339-342

A patient with Jo-1 antibody-associated polymyositis (Jo-1 PM) had a Karnofsky score of 40% and severe muscle, liver and lung damage that was refractory to standard therapy. The female patient received an ... [more ▼]

A patient with Jo-1 antibody-associated polymyositis (Jo-1 PM) had a Karnofsky score of 40% and severe muscle, liver and lung damage that was refractory to standard therapy. The female patient received an autologous T-cell-depleted haematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) after myeloablative conditioning. The transplant procedure was complicated by severe adult respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) and adenovirus-associated haemorrhagic cystitis as well as cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation. The patient's creatinine phosphokinase (CPK) and alanine transaminase (ALT) values were normal on day 21. The patient's strength has improved remarkably and her dyspnoea is subjectively improved. At 15 months after the transplant, the patient was well with a Karnofsky score of 80% and had been off any therapy, including steroids, for 14 months. [less ▲]

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See detailOn a q-analogue of the spin-orbit coupling
Micu, M.; Stancu, Floarea ULg

in Journal of Physics : A Mathematical & General (2000), A33

Based on the tensor method, a $q$-analogue of the spin-orbit coupling is introduced in a $q$-deformed Schr\" odinger equation, previously derived for a central potential. Analytic expressions for the ... [more ▼]

Based on the tensor method, a $q$-analogue of the spin-orbit coupling is introduced in a $q$-deformed Schr\" odinger equation, previously derived for a central potential. Analytic expressions for the matrix elements of the representations $j = \ell \pm 1/2$ are derived. The spectra of the harmonic oscillator and the Coulomb potential are calculated numerically as a function of the deformation parameter, without and with the spin-orbit coupling. The harmonic oscillator spectrum presents strong analogies with the bound spectrum of an Woods-Saxon potential customarily used in nuclear physics. The Coulomb spectrum simulates relativistic effects. The addition of the spin-orbit coupling reinforces this picture. [less ▲]

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See detailRiboflavin (vitamin B2) as a prophylactic treatment for migraine
Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Medical Updates on Therapy, Diagnosis and Prevention (2000), 2

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See detailLaser-induced transitions between triply excited hollow states
Madsen, L. B.; Schlagheck, Peter ULg; Lambropoulos, P.

in Physical Review. A (2000), 62(6), 062719

Using complex scaling and a correlated basis constructed in terms of B splines, we calculate the Li+ photoion yield in the presence of a laser-induced coupling between the triply excited 2s(2)2p(P-2(0 ... [more ▼]

Using complex scaling and a correlated basis constructed in terms of B splines, we calculate the Li+ photoion yield in the presence of a laser-induced coupling between the triply excited 2s(2)2p(P-2(0)) and 2s2p(2)(D-2(e)) resonances in lithium, the first of which is assumed to be excited by synchrotron radiation from the ground state. The laser coupling between the triply excited states is shown to lead to a significant and readily measurable modification of the line profile which provides a unique probe of the dipole strength between highly correlated triply excited states. We also present results for some higher-lying triply excited states of P-2(0) symmetry. [less ▲]

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See detailA survey on staging and treatment in uterine cervical carcinoma in the Radiotherapy Cooperative Group of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Maingon, P; Ciernik, I et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2000), 54

Abstract Background: The treatment outcome of advanced stage uterine cervical carcinoma remains unsatisfactory. In order to elaborate a novel trial within The Radiotherapy Cooperative Group (RCG) of the ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background: The treatment outcome of advanced stage uterine cervical carcinoma remains unsatisfactory. In order to elaborate a novel trial within The Radiotherapy Cooperative Group (RCG) of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), we conducted a survey in 1997±1998 to determine the variability of pre-treatment assessment and treatment options. The variability of choosing surgery, de®ned radiation therapy techniques and chemotherapy are investigated, as well as the center's choices of future treatment strategies. Methods: Fifty two of 81 RCG centers from the RCG have participated in the survey. As one would expect, there is a large variation in the techniques used for pretreatment evaluation and treatment options. There is no `standard' for reporting acute and late side effects. Chemotherapy is used neither systematically nor uniformly, and some centers continue to use neadjuvant chemotherapy modalities. Results: Furthermore, the survey reveals that there is a strong demand for the reduction of overall treatment-time, for clinical investigation of novel combined modality treatment strategies, especially chemo±radiation therapy, and also for the use of new radiation sensitizers. Conclusion:We conclude that a more homogeneous approach to the pretreatment evaluation as well as treatment techniques is required in order to allow adequate quality control in any future trial of the RCG in the EORTC.q2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEpithelial and endothelial expression of the green fluorescent protein reporter gene under the control of bovine prion protein (PrP) gene regulatory sequences in transgenic mice.
Lemaire-Vieille, C.; Schulze, T.; Podevin-Dimster, V. et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2000), 97(10), 5422-7

The expression of the cellular form of the prion protein (PrP(c)) gene is required for prion replication and neuroinvasion in transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The identification of the cell ... [more ▼]

The expression of the cellular form of the prion protein (PrP(c)) gene is required for prion replication and neuroinvasion in transmissible spongiform encephalopathies. The identification of the cell types expressing PrP(c) is necessary to understanding how the agent replicates and spreads from peripheral sites to the central nervous system. To determine the nature of the cell types expressing PrP(c), a green fluorescent protein reporter gene was expressed in transgenic mice under the control of 6.9 kb of the bovine PrP gene regulatory sequences. It was shown that the bovine PrP gene is expressed as two populations of mRNA differing by alternative splicing of one 115-bp 5' untranslated exon in 17 different bovine tissues. The analysis of transgenic mice showed reporter gene expression in some cells that have been identified as expressing PrP, such as cerebellar Purkinje cells, lymphocytes, and keratinocytes. In addition, expression of green fluorescent protein was observed in the plexus of the enteric nervous system and in a restricted subset of cells not yet clearly identified as expressing PrP: the epithelial cells of the thymic medullary and the endothelial cells of both the mucosal capillaries of the intestine and the renal capillaries. These data provide valuable information on the distribution of PrP(c) at the cellular level and argue for roles of the epithelial and endothelial cells in the spread of infection from the periphery to the brain. Moreover, the transgenic mice described in this paper provide a model that will allow for the study of the transcriptional activity of the PrP gene promoter in response to scrapie infection. [less ▲]

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See detailFractal characterization of wide pore range catalysts: Application to Pd-Ag/SiO2 xerogels
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Sahouli, Bendida et al

in Journal of Colloid & Interface Science (2000), 226(1), 123-130

Fractal analysis has been applied to characterize the structure of Pd-Ag/SiO2 catalysts dried under vacuum (150 degrees C and 12 hPa) with different concentrations of Pd-Ag, Nitrogen adsorption-desorption ... [more ▼]

Fractal analysis has been applied to characterize the structure of Pd-Ag/SiO2 catalysts dried under vacuum (150 degrees C and 12 hPa) with different concentrations of Pd-Ag, Nitrogen adsorption-desorption, mercury porosimetry, and small-angle X-ray scattering measurements have been used. The different approaches to fractal analysis and their conditions of applicability are briefly described. Results are discussed in relation to those derived previously from classical interpretations. This analysis shows that Pd-Ag/SiO2 xerogels exhibit a very open self-similar pore structure analogous to the structure of supercritically dried aerogels and that the micropore texture can be tailored by varying the silver content. (C) 2000 Academic Press. [less ▲]

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See detailLa maladie de Kashin-Beck et le milieu rural au Tibet: un problème agri-environnemental
Haubruge, Eric ULg; Chasseur, Camille; Mathieu, Françoise et al

in Cahiers Agricultures (2000), 9

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See detailInvolvement of acyl coenzyme A oxidase isozymes in biotransformation of methyl ricinoleate into γ-decalactone by Yarrowia lipolytica
Waché, Y.; Laroche, C.; Bergmark, K. et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2000), 66(3), 1233-1236

We reported previously on the function of acyl coenzyme A (acyl-CoA) oxidase isozymes in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica by investigating strains disrupted in one or several acyl-CoA oxidase-encoding genes ... [more ▼]

We reported previously on the function of acyl coenzyme A (acyl-CoA) oxidase isozymes in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica by investigating strains disrupted in one or several acyl-CoA oxidase-encoding genes (POX1 through POX5) (H. Wang et al., J. Bacteriol. 181:5140-5148, 1999). Here, these mutants were studied for lactone production. Monodisrupted strains produced similar levels of lactone as the wild-type strain (50 mg/liter) except for Δpox3, which produced 220 mg of γ-decalactone per liter after 24 h. The Δpox2 Δpox3 double-disrupted strain, although slightly affected in growth, produced about 150 mg of lactone per liter, indicating that Aox2p was not essential for the biotransformation. The Δpox2 Δpox3 Δpox5 triple- disrupted strain produced and consumed lactone very slowly. On the contrary, the Δpox2 Δpox3 Δpox4 Δpox5 multidisrupted strain did not grow or biotransform methyl ricinoleate into γ-decalactone, demonstrating that Aox4p is essential for the biotransformation. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Temperature on Growth of Psychrophilic and Psychrotrophic Members of Rhodotorula Aurantiaca
Sabri, Ahmed ULg; Jacques, Philippe ULg; Weekers, Frederic et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2000), 84-86(Spring), 391-9

The thermo-dependence of growth kinetic parameters was investigated for the Antarctic psychrophilic strain Rhodotorula aurantiaca and a psychrotrophic strain of the same species isolated in Belgium ... [more ▼]

The thermo-dependence of growth kinetic parameters was investigated for the Antarctic psychrophilic strain Rhodotorula aurantiaca and a psychrotrophic strain of the same species isolated in Belgium (Ardennes area). Cell production, maximum growth rate (mu max), and half-saturation constant for glucose uptake (Ks) of both yeasts were temperature dependent. For the two yeasts, a maximum cell production was observed at about 0 degree C, and cell production decreased when temperature increased. The mu max values for both strains increased with temperature up to a maximum of 10 degrees C for the psychrophilic strain and 17 degrees C for the psychrotrophic strain. For both yeasts, Ks for glucose was relatively constant at low temperatures. It increased at temperatures above 10 degrees C for the psychrophilic strain and 17 degrees C for the psychrotrophic strain. Although its glucose affinity was lower, the psychrotrophic strain grew more rapidly than the psychrophilic one. The difference in growth rate and substrate affinity was related to the origin of the strain and the adaptation strategy of R. aurantiaca to environmental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of EMIT tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays on the Vitalab Viva analyser and FPIA on the Abbott ADx analyser
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2000), 38(7), 615-618

We evaluated the performance of the Emit® tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays (Dade Behring) and fluorescence polarisation immunoassay (FPIA) (Abbott) for use with serum determinations in ... [more ▼]

We evaluated the performance of the Emit® tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays (Dade Behring) and fluorescence polarisation immunoassay (FPIA) (Abbott) for use with serum determinations in preliminary therapeutic drug monitoring or acute drug intoxication detection. Performance, as indicated by CVs, of the Emit® tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays and FPIA showed that both immunochemical techniques are precise and have good reproducibility. For within-run studies, results from benzodiazepine determinations showed maximum CV values of 1.91% for the Emit® method and 2.65% for FPIA; results from barbiturate determinations showed maximum CV values of 2.01% for the Emit® method and 1.89% for FPIA. For between-run studies, results from benzodiazepine determinations showed maximum CV values of 1.79% for the Emit® method and 1.12% for FPIA; results from barbiturate determinations showed maximum CV values of 2.09% for the Emit® method and 2.02% for FPIA. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of the IMP-1 metallo beta-lactamase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its complex with a mercaptocarboxylate inhibitor: binding determinants of a potent, broad-spectrum inhibitor.
Concha, N. O.; Janson, C. A.; Rowling, P. et al

in Biochemistry (2000), 39(15), 4288-98

Metallo beta-lactamase enzymes confer antibiotic resistance to bacteria by catalyzing the hydrolysis of beta-lactam antibiotics. This relatively new form of resistance is spreading unchallenged as there ... [more ▼]

Metallo beta-lactamase enzymes confer antibiotic resistance to bacteria by catalyzing the hydrolysis of beta-lactam antibiotics. This relatively new form of resistance is spreading unchallenged as there is a current lack of potent and selective inhibitors of metallo beta-lactamases. Reported here are the crystal structures of the native IMP-1 metallo beta-lactamase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its complex with a mercaptocarboxylate inhibitor, 2-[5-(1-tetrazolylmethyl)thien-3-yl]-N-[2-(mercaptomethyl)-4 -(phenylb utyrylglycine)]. The structures were determined by molecular replacement, and refined to 3.1 A (native) and 2.0 A (complex) resolution. Binding of the inhibitor in the active site induces a conformational change that results in closing of the flap and transforms the active site groove into a tunnel-shaped cavity enclosing 83% of the solvent accessible surface area of the inhibitor. The inhibitor binds in the active site through interactions with residues that are conserved among metallo beta-lactamases; the inhibitor's carboxylate group interacts with Lys161, and the main chain amide nitrogen of Asn167. In the "oxyanion hole", the amide carbonyl oxygen of the inhibitor interacts through a water molecule with the side chain of Asn167, the inhibitor's thiolate bridges the two Zn(II) ions in the active site displacing the bridging water, and the phenylbutyryl side chain binds in a hydrophobic pocket (S1) at the base of the flap. The flap is displaced 2.9 A compared to the unbound structure, allowing Trp28 to interact edge-to-face with the inhibitor's thiophene ring. The similarities between this inhibitor and the beta-lactam substrates suggest a mode of substrate binding and the role of the conserved residues in the active site. It appears that the metallo beta-lactamases bind their substrates by establishing a subset of binding interactions near the catalytic center with conserved characteristic chemical groups of the beta-lactam substrates. These interactions are complemented by additional nonspecific binding between the more variable groups in the substrates and the flexible flap. This unique mode of binding of the mercaptocarboxylate inhibitor in the enzyme active site provides a binding model for metallo beta-lactamase inhibition with utility for future drug design. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification and characterization of in vivo attenuated mutants of Brucella melitensis.
Lestrate, P.; Delrue, R. M.; DANESE, Isabelle ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2000), 38(3), 543-51

Brucella melitensis 16M is a Gram-negative alpha2-proteobacterium responsible for abortion in goats and for Malta fever in humans. This facultative intracellular pathogen invades into and survives within ... [more ▼]

Brucella melitensis 16M is a Gram-negative alpha2-proteobacterium responsible for abortion in goats and for Malta fever in humans. This facultative intracellular pathogen invades into and survives within both professional and non-professional phagocytes. Signature-tagged mutagenesis (STM) was used to identify genes required for the in vivo pathogenesis of Brucella. A library of transposon mutants was screened in a murine infection model. Out of 672 mutants screened, 20 were not recovered after a 5 day passage in BALB/c mice. The attenuation of 18 mutants was confirmed using an in vivo competition assay against the wild-type strain. The 18 mutants were characterized further for their ability to replicate in murine macrophages and in HeLa cells. The sequences disrupted by the transposon in the mutants have homology to genes coding for proteins of different functional classes: transport, amino acid and DNA metabolism, transcriptional regulation, peptidoglycan synthesis, a chaperone-like protein and proteins of unknown function. The mutants selected in this study provide new insights into the molecular basis of Brucella virulence. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization Of The Lipid-Binding Properties And Lipoprotein Lipase Inhibition Of A Novel Apolipoprotein C-Iii Variant Ala23thr
Liu, Hq.; Labeur, C.; Xu, Cf. et al

in Journal of Lipid Research (2000), 41(11), 9201-12

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated ... [more ▼]

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated in lipid binding (L9T/T20L, F64A/W65A) or LPL inhibition (K21A), were compared. Relative lipid binding efficiencies to dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) were L9T/T20L > WT >K21A > F64A/W65A with an inverse correlation with size of the discoidal complexes formed. Physicochemical analysis (Trp fluorescence, circular dichroism, and GdnHCl denaturation) suggests that L9T/T20L forms tighter and more stable lipid complexes with phospholipids, while F64A/W65A associates less tightly. Lipid displacement properties were tested by gel-filtrating apoE:dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) discoidal complexes mixed with the various apoC-III variants. All apoC-III proteins bound to the apoE:DPPC complexes; the amount of apoE displaced from the complex was dependent on the apoC-III lipid binding affinity. All apoC-III proteins inhibited LPL in the presence or absence of apoC-II, with F64A/W65A displaying the most inhibition, suggesting that apoC-III inhibition of LPL is independent of lipid binding and therefore of apoC-II displacement. Taken together. these data suggest that the hydrophobic residues F64 and W65 are crucial for the lipid binding properties of apoC-III and that redistribution of the N-terminal helix of apoC-III (L9T/T20L) enhances the stability of the lipid-bound protein, while LPL inhibition by apoC-III is likely to be due to protein:protein interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailL'artériopathie des membres inférieurs chez la personne âgée
Petermans, Jean ULg; Zicot, M.

in Angéiologie (2000), 52(1), 13-17

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See detailHet botkapitaal : een spaarboekje dat in de wieg begint
Halkin, V; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in De Agenda Pediatrie (2000), 22

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See detailLa vie quotidienne à Stavelot-Malmedy autour de l'an mil. Moines & société à travers les Miracula Remacli
George, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin de l'Institut historique liégeois (2000)

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See detailIn Vitro Inhibitory Effect of SR 27417, a Potent Platelet-Activating Factor (PAF) Receptor Antagonist, on the PAF-Induced Bovine Platelet Aggregation
Bastos da Silva, Miriam; Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (2000), 31(2, Mar-Apr), 267-672

The in vitro inhibitory effect of SR 27417, an antagonist of the platelet-activating factor (PAF) receptor, on PAF-induced platelet aggregation was studied in blood collected from seven healthy Friesien ... [more ▼]

The in vitro inhibitory effect of SR 27417, an antagonist of the platelet-activating factor (PAF) receptor, on PAF-induced platelet aggregation was studied in blood collected from seven healthy Friesien calves. Inhibitory effects of SR 27417 were determined at thirteen different concentrations (0.1-400 nM) by using the dose-response curves of PAF on calf platelet aggregation. In the presence of SR 27417, the maximal slopes of aggregation (%/min) induced by low and high concentrations of PAF were significantly different from the control values obtained without an antagonist at p < or = 0.05 and p < or = 0.01 respectively. In vitro PAF-induced calf platelet aggregation was dose-dependently inhibited by SR 27417. The drug inhibited PAF-induced platelet aggregation in a competitive reversible manner (pA2 = 10.46 +/- 2.36 mol x L(-1)). In conclusion, the results of our study showed that addition of SR 27417 to bovine platelet in vitro inhibits PAF-induced platelet aggregation. [less ▲]

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See detailRenal Artery Occlusion Following Blunt Abdominal Trauma
Elen, Philippe ULg; Ozlu, E.; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(3, May-Jun), 107-10

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See detailRadiation therapy alone or combined surgery and radiation therapy in squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis?
Zouhair, A; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Jeanneret, W et al

in European Journal of Cancer (2000), 37(2), 198203

To assess the prognostic factors and the outcome in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, a retrospective review of 41 consecutive patients with non-metastatic invasive carcinoma of the ... [more ▼]

To assess the prognostic factors and the outcome in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, a retrospective review of 41 consecutive patients with non-metastatic invasive carcinoma of the penis, treated between 1962 and 1994, was performed. The median age was 59 years (range: 35–76 years). According to the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) 1997 classification, there were 12 (29%) T1, 24 (59%) T2, 4 (10%) T3 and 1 TX (2%) tumours. The N-classification was distributed as follows: 29 (71%) patients with N0, 8 (20%) with N1, 3 (7%) with N2 and 1 (2%) with N3. Forty-four per cent (n=18) of the patients underwent surgery: partial penectomy with (n=4) or without (n=12) lymph node dissection, or total penectomy with (n=1) or without (n=1) lymph node dissection. 23 patients were treated with radiation therapy alone, and all but 4 of the patients who were operated upon received postoperative radiation therapy (n=14). The median follow-up period was 70 months (range 20–331 months). In a median period of 12 months (range 5–139 months), 63% (n=26) of the patients relapsed (local in 18, locoregional in 2, regional in 3 and distant in 3). Local failure (stump in the operated patients, and the tumour bed in those treated with primary radiation therapy) was observed in 4 out of 16 (25%) patients treated with partial penectomy ±postoperative radiotherapy versus 14 out of 23 (61%) treated with primary radiotherapy (P=0.06). 15 (83%) out of 18 local failures were successfully salvaged with surgery. In all patients, 5- and 10-year survival rates were 57% (95% confidence interval (CI), 41–73%) and 38% (95% CI, 21–55%), respectively. The 5-year local and locoregional rates were 57% (95% CI, 41–73%) and 48% (95% CI, 32–64%), respectively. In patients treated with primary radiotherapy, 5- and 10-year probabilities of surviving with penis preservation were 36% (95% CI, 22–50%) and 18% (95% CI, 2–34%), respectively. In multivariate analyses, survival was significantly influenced by the N-classification, and surgery was the only independent factor predicting the locoregional control. We conclude that, in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, local control is better in patients treated with surgery. However, there seems to be no difference in terms of survival between patients treated by surgery and those treated by primary radiotherapy ±salvage surgery, with 39% having organ preservation. [less ▲]

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See detailL'appareil aptychial chez les ammonoïdes.
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Association des Géologues Amateurs de Belgique Minibul (2000), 33

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See detailMelanoma screening: results of the first one-day campaign in Belgium (‘Melanoma Monday’)
Vandaele, M.; Richert, Bertrand ULg; Van der Endt, J. M. et al

in Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology (2000), 14

Background: Although the incidence of melanoma is increasing and many informative campaigns have been organized. The general population is still little informed about this tumour. Aims: To organize a ... [more ▼]

Background: Although the incidence of melanoma is increasing and many informative campaigns have been organized. The general population is still little informed about this tumour. Aims: To organize a media campaign, with more relevant information and the opportunity for free skin inspections. Methods: A ‘Task Force’ organized a media campaign in April 1999 and convinced 65% of the Belgian dermatologists to give up 4 h of their time to do free skin examinations for skin cancer on Monday 26 April 1999; it was called ‘Melanoma Monday’. Results: A total 2767 patients were screened. We found 25 melanomas and suspected 59 basal cell carcinomas. In the following 4 weeks another 141 melanomas were found. These 166 melanomas found in one month represent 15 –20% of the total number of melanomas per year in Belgium. Summary: A media campaign with relevant information combined with screening opportunities can lead to the early detection of melanomas in a large number of patients and can continue to alert people at risk in the following weeks. [less ▲]

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See detailDes indicateurs européens de qualité de l'éducation : les langues étrangères : un premier exercice
Blondin, Christiane ULg; Demeuse, Marc ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (3-4), 161-169

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See detailLaparoscopic treatment of endometriomas: cystectomy or suppression? Against laparoscopic cystectomy
Squifflet, Jean; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Donnez, Jacques

in Gynécologie Obstétrique & Fertilité (2000), 28(7-8), 586-7

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See detailL'ouvrier, l'usine et le syndicalisme wallons. Involutions et enjeux (1960-2000). Le crépuscule des industrieux
Geerkens, Eric ULg

in Reflets et Perspectives de la Vie Economique (2000), (2-3), 254-255

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See detailUnimolecular reaction dynamics from kinetic energy release distributions. VI. Energy-selected ions
Lorquet, Jean-Claude ULg

in International Journal of Mass Spectrometry (2000), 201(1-3), 59-67

The kinetic energy distribution (KERD) determined by Brand et al. [Chem. Phys. 76 (1983) 111] for the iodine loss from energy-selected iodopropane ions has been analyzed by the maximum entropy method. The ... [more ▼]

The kinetic energy distribution (KERD) determined by Brand et al. [Chem. Phys. 76 (1983) 111] for the iodine loss from energy-selected iodopropane ions has been analyzed by the maximum entropy method. The entropy deficiency DS has been determined and the value of e(-DS), which measures the efficiency of phase-space sampling, has been found equal to about 96%, thus corresponding to a nearly fully statistical situation. The phase space theory of Klots describes a slightly more constrained situation with e(-DS) ≃ 77%. A rapid determination of the sampled fraction of phase space is possible from energy-selected KERDs, based on the fact that there exists a direct relationship between the efficiency e(-DS) and the reduced maximum of the KERD ε(red)/(M) = ε(M) (E)/<ε>(E). The product ε(M)(E) P(ε(M)/E) or ε(red)/(M) P(ε(red)/(M)) holds the same property. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailBackground for studies on the treatment of male osteoporosis: state of the art.
Kaufman, J M; Johnell, O; Abadie, Eric ULg et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2000), 59(10), 765-72

Male osteoporosis represents an important, although long underestimated, public health problem. Both in men and in women aging is accompanied by continuous bone loss and by an exponential increase in the ... [more ▼]

Male osteoporosis represents an important, although long underestimated, public health problem. Both in men and in women aging is accompanied by continuous bone loss and by an exponential increase in the incidence of osteoporotic fracture, with a female to male incidence ratio of about 2 to 3 to 1 in the elderly for hip and vertebral fractures. Morbidity after osteoporotic fractures appears to be more serious and mortality more common in men than in women. To date, no single treatment has been proved to be effective and safe in published prospective studies. The present report, based on a systematic search of the literature on male osteoporosis, summarises the state of the art on the clinical consequences of male osteoporosis and its risk factors, in relation to the present state of knowledge about female osteoporosis. This constitutes the background for the design of rational clinical development strategies for therapeutic interventions in male osteoporosis. From this review of the literature it is apparent that notwithstanding the existing sex differences in pathophysiology of osteoporosis and the difference in age-specific incidence of osteoporotic fractures, there are also important similarities between osteoporosis in women and men. The higher incidence of fracture in women than in men results from quantitative differences in risk factors rather than from different risk factors. Even though there are sex differences in bone geometry, incidence of fracture seems to be similar in men and women for a same absolute areal bone mineral density. However, the lack of data on the changes in fracture rates in men resulting from pharmacological intervention, leading to changes in bone mineral density or bone turnover, remains the main limitation for extrapolation of established treatment outcomes from women to men. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations sous Cass., 11 février 2000
Boularbah, Hakim ULg

in Revue de Droit Judiciaire et de la Preuve = Tijdschrift voor Procesrecht en Bewijsrecht (2000)

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See detailDe Don Quichotte à Michel Siffre : explorations du temps psychologique
Richelle, Marc ULg

in Bulletin de la Classe des Lettres (2000), 6e série, tome XI(7-12), 467-490

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See detailGenetic Determinants Of Bovine Leukemia Virus Pathogenesis
Willems, Luc ULg; Burny, A.; Collete, Delphine et al

in Aids Research and Human Retroviruses (2000), 16(16), 1787-95

The understanding of HTLV-induced disease is hampered by the lack of a suitable animal model allowing the study of both viral replication and leukemogenesis in vivo. Although valuable information has been ... [more ▼]

The understanding of HTLV-induced disease is hampered by the lack of a suitable animal model allowing the study of both viral replication and leukemogenesis in vivo. Although valuable information has been obtained in different species, such as rabbits, mice, rats, and monkeys, none of these systems was able to conciliate topics as different as viral infectivity, propagation within the host, and generation of leukemic cells. An alternate strategy is based on the understanding of diseases induced by viruses closely related to HTLV-1, like bovine leukemia virus (BLV). Both viruses indeed belong to the same subfamily of retroviruses, harbor a similar genomic organization, and infect and transform cells of the hematopoietic system. The main advantage of the BLV system is that it allows direct experimentation in two different species, cattle and sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of intestinal cnf1+ Escherichia coli from weaned pigs
Toth, I.; Oswald, E.; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in International Journal of Medical Microbiology (2000), 290

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See detailAuditory steady-state response and bispectral index for assessing level of consciousness during propofol sedation and hypnosis.
Bonhomme, Vincent ULg; Plourde, Gilles; Meuret, Pascal et al

in Anesthesia and analgesia (2000), 91(6), 1398-403

We assessed the effect of propofol on the auditory steady-state response (ASSR), bispectral (BIS) index, and level of consciousness in two experiments. In Experiment 1, propofol was infused in 11 subjects ... [more ▼]

We assessed the effect of propofol on the auditory steady-state response (ASSR), bispectral (BIS) index, and level of consciousness in two experiments. In Experiment 1, propofol was infused in 11 subjects to obtain effect-site concentrations of 1, 2, 3, and 4 microg/mL. The ASSR and BIS index were recorded during baseline and at each concentration. The ASSR was evoked by monaural stimuli. Propofol caused a concentration-dependent decrease of the ASSR and BIS index values (r(2) = 0.76 and 0.93, respectively; P<0.0001). The prediction probability for loss of consciousness was 0.89, 0.96, and 0.94 for ASSR, BIS, and arterial blood concentration of propofol, respectively. In Experiment 2, we compared the effects of binaural versus monaural stimulus delivery on the ASSR in six subjects during awake baseline and propofol-induced unconsciousness. During baseline, the ASSR amplitude with binaural stimulation (0.47+/-0.13 microV, mean +/- SD) was significantly (P<0.002) larger than with monaural stimulation (0.35+/-0.11 microV). During unconsciousness, the amplitude was 0.09+/-0.09 microV with monaural and 0.06+/-0.04 microV with binaural stimulation (NS). The prediction probability for loss of consciousness was 0.97 (0.04 SE) for monaural and 1.00 (0.00 SE) for binaural delivery. We conclude that the ASSR and BIS index are attenuated in a concentration-dependent manner by propofol and provide a useful measure of its sedative and hypnotic effect. BIS was easier to use and slightly more sensitive. The ASSR should be recorded with binaural stimulation. The ASSR and BIS index are both useful for assessing the level of consciousness during sedation and hypnosis with propofol. However, the BIS index was simpler to use and provided a more sensitive measure of sedation. IMPLICATIONS: We have compared two methods for predicting whether the amount of propofol given to a human subject is sufficient to cause unconsciousness, defined as failure to respond to a simple verbal command. The two methods studied are the auditory steady-state response, which measures the electrical response of the brain to sound, and the bispectral index, which is a number derived from the electroencephalogram. The results showed that both methods are very good predictors of the level of consciousness; however, bispectral was easier to use. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Legionella (Fluoribacter) gormanii metallo-beta-lactamase: a new member of the highly divergent lineage of molecular-subclass B3 beta-lactamases.
Boschi, L.; Mercuri, Paola ULg; Riccio, M. L. et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2000), 44(6), 1538-43

A metallo-beta-lactamase determinant was cloned from a genomic library of Legionella (Fluoribacter) gormanii ATCC 33297(T) constructed in the plasmid vector pACYC184 and transformed into Escherichia coli ... [more ▼]

A metallo-beta-lactamase determinant was cloned from a genomic library of Legionella (Fluoribacter) gormanii ATCC 33297(T) constructed in the plasmid vector pACYC184 and transformed into Escherichia coli DH5alpha, by screening for clones showing a reduced susceptibility to imipenem. The product of the cloned determinant, named FEZ-1, contains a 30-kDa polypeptide and exhibits an isoelectric pH of 7.6. Sequencing revealed that FEZ-1 is a molecular-class B beta-lactamase which shares the closest structural similarity (29.7% of identical residues) with the L1 enzyme of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, being a new member of the highly divergent subclass B3 lineage. All the residues that in L1 are known to be directly or indirectly involved in coordination of the zinc ions were found to be conserved also in FEZ-1, suggesting that the geometry of zinc coordination in the active site of the latter enzyme is identical to that of L1. Unlike L1, however, FEZ-1 appeared to be monomeric in gel permeation chromatography experiments and exhibited a distinctive substrate specificity with a marked preference for cephalosporins and meropenem. The properties of FEZ-1 overall resembled those of a beta-lactamase previously purified from the same strain of L. gormanii (T. Fujii, K. Sato, K. Miyata, M. Inoue, and S. Mitsuhashi, Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 29:925-926, 1986) and are as yet unique among class B enzymes, reinforcing the notion that considerable functional heterogeneity can be encountered among members of this class. A system for overexpression of the bla(FEZ-1) gene in E. coli, based on the T7 phage promoter, was also developed. [less ▲]

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See detailLate Frasnian - Famennian climates based on palynomorph analyses and the question of the late Devonian glaciations.
Streel, Maurice ULg; Caputo, MV; Loboziak, S et al

in Earth-Science Reviews (2000), 52(1-3), 121-173

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See detailLandmarks in the theory of mass spectra
Lorquet, Jean-Claude ULg

in International Journal of Mass Spectrometry (2000), 200(1-3), 43-56

Statistical theories of mass spectra are based on two assumptions. The first one, which postulates efficient phase space sampling, is substantiated by various experimentation and is now theoretically much ... [more ▼]

Statistical theories of mass spectra are based on two assumptions. The first one, which postulates efficient phase space sampling, is substantiated by various experimentation and is now theoretically much better understood. The efficiency of phase space sampling can be estimated and is found to be quite good. Much effort remains to be done concerning the second assumption. A new impetus should be given to the concept of transition state. A better understanding of the role played by the conservation of angular momentum, the exact significance of transition state switching, and the incorporation of quantum effects are set as goals for the future. © 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptation et validation française du Sexual Irrationality Questionnaire (SIQ) de McCormick et Jordan
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; Louwette, Séverine ULg; Mormont, Christian ULg et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2000), 5(3), 5-18

Mc Cormick and Jordan's Sexual Irrationality Questionnaire (SIQ), elaborated in 1986, has been adapted to the French language and tested on a sample of 165 subjects. The organisation of the sexual ... [more ▼]

Mc Cormick and Jordan's Sexual Irrationality Questionnaire (SIQ), elaborated in 1986, has been adapted to the French language and tested on a sample of 165 subjects. The organisation of the sexual rationality-irrationality dimension depends on the gender of the subjects. Among female subjects, it appears mostly as a one-factor variable. Its optimal measure is supplied by the SIQ-R-F scale, a reduced version of the SIQ presenting a better internal consistency. Among male subjects, it rather appears structured in several independent factors. Factor analysis thus allows to distinguish four different patterns of sexual irrationality. Among female subjects, the decisive impact of sexual irrationality lies in an inhibition of sexual interest. Among male subjects, the sexual communication seems to be a vulnerable area of first importance. The external validity test of the SIQ is not very probant. This surely underlines a probable problem in the choice of the criteria as well as the compexity of the relationship between irrational cognitions and clinical data. [less ▲]

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See detailA 1H, 13C, 31P and 15N NMR study of (pyrrolidine-2,2-diyl)bisphosphonic acid, tetraalkyl(pyrrolidine-2,2-diyl)bisphosphonates and acyclic tetraethyl bisphosphonates
Olive, Gilles ULg; van Genderen, Marcel H P

in Magnetic Resonance in Chemistry [=MRC] (2000), 38(5), 379-381

A multinuclear magnetic resonance study (1H, 13C, 31P, 15N) was performed on a series of new cyclic pyrrolidine bisphosphonates and acyclic bisphosphonates. Values are reported and discussed for the ... [more ▼]

A multinuclear magnetic resonance study (1H, 13C, 31P, 15N) was performed on a series of new cyclic pyrrolidine bisphosphonates and acyclic bisphosphonates. Values are reported and discussed for the chemical shifts and coupling constants of the various nuclei. [less ▲]

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See detailBase Plate in Bending and Anchor Bolts in Tension
Wald, Frantisek; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; sokol, Z et al

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (2000)

The paper describes behaviour of the base plate in bending and the anchor bolts in tension, which is the major component of the base plate connection. The analytical model predicts the component ... [more ▼]

The paper describes behaviour of the base plate in bending and the anchor bolts in tension, which is the major component of the base plate connection. The analytical model predicts the component characteristics — the resistance and the stiffness. It is described how the quality of the behaviour is guided by the contact between the base plate and the concrete surface. The presented analytical prediction model is verified on tests and FE simulation. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification de cultivars de palmier dattier (Phoenix dactylifera L.) par l'amplification aléatoire d'ADN (RAPD)
Ben Abdallah, Abdallah; Stiti, Kadija; Du Jardin, Patrick ULg et al

in Cahiers Agricultures (2000), 9(2), 103-107

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