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See detailApproche diagnostique d'une élévation des transaminases
Delwaide, Jean ULg; Delfosse, V.; Detry, Olivier ULg

in Patient Care (2002), 18(2), 10-16

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See detailAdvantages and drawbacks of nanospray for studying noncovalent protein-DNA complexes by mass spectrometry
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Vreuls, Christelle ULg; Filée, Patrice ULg et al

in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry : RCM (2002), 16(18), 1723-1728

The noncovalent complexes between the BlaI protein dimer (wild-type and GM2 mutant) and its double-stranded DNA operator were studied by nanospray mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS ... [more ▼]

The noncovalent complexes between the BlaI protein dimer (wild-type and GM2 mutant) and its double-stranded DNA operator were studied by nanospray mass spectrometry and tandem mass spectrometry (MS/MS). Reproducibility problems in the nanospray single-stage mass spectra are emphasized. The relative intensities depend greatly on the shape of the capillary tip and on the capillary-cone distance. This results in difficulties in assessing the relative stabilities of the complexes simply from MS' spectra of protein-DNA mixtures. Competition experiments using MS/MS are a better approach to determine relative binding affinities. A competition between histidine-tagged BlaIWT (BlaIWTHis) and the GM2 mutant revealed that the two proteins have similar affinities for the DNA operator, and that they co-dimerize to form heterocomplexes. The low sample consumption of nanospray allows MS/MS spectra to be recorded at different collision energies for different charge states with 1 muL of sample. The MS/MS experiments on the dimers reveal that the GM2 dimer is more kinetically stable in the gas phase than the wild-type dimer. The MS/MS experiments on the complexes shows that the two proteins require the same collision energy to dissociate from the complex. This indicates that the rate-limiting step in the monomer loss from the protein-DNA complex arises from the breaking of the protein-DNA interface rather than the protein-protein interface. The dissociation of the protein-DNA complex proceeds by the loss of a highly charged monomer (carrying about two-thirds of the total charge and one-third of the total mass). MS/MS experiments on a heterocomplex also show that the two proteins BlaIWTHis and BlaIGM2 have slightly different charge distributions in the fragments. This emphasizes the need for better understanding the dissociation mechanisms of biomolecular complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailProblèmes, situations-problèmes en mathématique : un regard pluraliste.
Schneider, Marguerite ULg

in Mathématique et Pédagogie (2002), 137

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See detailAutonomie corporelle de la personne et responsabilité médicale. Note sous Cass., 14 décembre 2001
Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg; Genicot, Gilles ULg

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

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See detailEvaluation de la composition de la carcasse et de la qualité de la viande par ultrasonographie chez le porc
Youssao, A. K. L.; Verleyen, Vincent ULg; Leroy, Pascal ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(1), 19-29

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See detailValeurs de références de l’analyse en mode multi-MUP du multifidus dorso-lombaire
TOMASELLA, Marco ULg; CRIELAARD, Jean-Michel ULg; WANG, François-Charles ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (2002)

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See detailSociologie de la littérature. La question de l'illégitime
Bertrand, Jean-Pierre ULg; Denis, Benoît ULg

in Lieux Littéraires / La Revue (2002), (5),

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See detailUreteral endometriosis: a complication of rectovaginal endometriotic (adenomyotic) nodules
Donnez, Jacques; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Squifflet, Jean

in Fertility and Sterility (2002), 77(1), 32-37

Objective: To present data from 18 cases of ureteral endometriosis. Design: Prospective clinical study. Setting: Department of gynecology at a university hospital. Patient(s): Four hundred and five ... [more ▼]

Objective: To present data from 18 cases of ureteral endometriosis. Design: Prospective clinical study. Setting: Department of gynecology at a university hospital. Patient(s): Four hundred and five patients with severe dysmenorrhea or deep dyspareunia due to a rectovaginal endometriotic (adenomyotic) nodule. Intervention(s): Patients were prospectively evaluated using intravenous pyelography. All patients underwent laparoscopic surgery to remove rectovaginal adenomyosis and ureterolysis. Main Outcome Measure(s): Presurgical and postsurgical evaluation and histologic analysis. Result(s): Preoperative intravenous pyelography revealed ureteral stenosis with ureterohydronephrosis in 18 patients (4.4%). A significantly higher prevalence (11.2%) was observed in nodules ≥ 3 cm in diameter. Five women (20%) had complete ureteral stenosis. Kidney scintigraphy revealed damaged kidney parenchymal function, which ranged from 18% to 42%. Laparoscopic ureterolysis was done in 16 women; 2 women underwent ureteral resection and uretero-ureterostomy. A significant postoperative decrease in ureterohydronephrosis was noted in all patients; however, renal function improved only slightly. Conclusion(s): Ureteral endometriosis was found in 4.4% of patients with rectovaginal endometriotic (adenomyotic) nodules. Ureterolysis and removal of associated adenomyotic lesions was sufficient therapy in most patients; two required resection of the ureteral stenotic segment. Intravenous pyelography should be performed in all women with rectovaginal nodules ≥ 3 cm to prevent nonreversible loss of renal function. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Disulphide Mapping, Folding and Characterisation of Recombinant Ber e 1, an Allergenic Protein, and SFA8, Two Sulphur-rich 2 S Plant Albumins
Alcocer, Marcos; Murtagh, G. J.; Bailey, Kevin et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2002), 324

We have cloned and expressed genes encoding the allergenic brazil nut 2 S albumin (Ber e 1) and the sunflower albumin 8 (SFA8) in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris. We show that both proteins were ... [more ▼]

We have cloned and expressed genes encoding the allergenic brazil nut 2 S albumin (Ber e 1) and the sunflower albumin 8 (SFA8) in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris. We show that both proteins were secreted at high levels and that the purified proteins were properly folded. We also showed that Ber e 1 is glycosylated during secretion and that the glycan does not interfere with the folding or immunoreactivity. The disulphide map of the Ber e 1 protein was experimentally established and is in agreement with the conserved disulphide structure of other members of the 2 S albumin family. A model three-dimensional structure of the allergen was generated. During the expression studies and through mutation we have also shown that alteration of the sequences around the Kex2 endoproteolytic processing site in the expressed fusion protein can compromise the secretion by targeting part of the protein for possible degradation. The secreted production of these properly folded sulphurrich plant albumins presents an opportunity to delineate the attributes that make an allergen and to facilitate the diagnosis and therapy of type I allergy. [less ▲]

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See detailDiversité génétique: du diagnostic à la conservation. Le cas du vison d'Europe
Libois, Roland ULg; Michaux, J.; Rosoux, René et al

in Annales de la Société des Sciences Naturelles de la Charente-Maritime (2002), 9(2), 219-223

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See detailLes cuirasses latéritiques et autres formations ferrugineuses tropicales : Exemple du Haut Katanga méridional
Alexandre, Jean ULg

in Annalen. Geologische Wetenschappen = Annales - Musée Royal de l'Afrique Centrale. Sciences Géologiques (2002), 107

In Southern High Katanga, the ferruginous formations such as iron duricrusts and stone lines with lateritic nodules show a diversity as broad as in Western Africa. Bauxites are nevertheless almost absent ... [more ▼]

In Southern High Katanga, the ferruginous formations such as iron duricrusts and stone lines with lateritic nodules show a diversity as broad as in Western Africa. Bauxites are nevertheless almost absent proving that, here, aluminium does not contribute to the genesis of duricrust, leaving iron as the only responsible. Among that wide diversity, the indurated sands form a special case because of their dual origin. Because of a large porosity favouring a fast iron penetration and fixation, some of the sandy concretions or duricrusts may have a short history and some of them may even be very recent. Nevertheless the others have a genesis that fits in with the general longer scheme. The most frequent type of laterite crust is also the most complex one. Its facies is both nodular and vermicular. Several agents and climatic phases are involved in its formation : • A first planation surface with wide-open valleys where the water table lies near the surface induces favourable circumstances for the next step; • In such circumstances, nodules are shaped in the mottled soil horizon. One exceptionally well-preserved site evidences the proximity between mottles (the nodules to be) and water table level at the end of the dry season; • A revival of erosion enhances river down cutting which in turn lowers the water table so that termites can reach the mottled horizon; • Nodules are mechanically concentrated by elimination of the non-indurated zones (relative accumulation): within the soil, by termites (on shaly rocks), at the surface by run off (often, on sandy rocks, unfavourable to termites activity); X • Finally the ran off extends to both types of rock and denudes the indurated zone; • A ferruginous coating forms on different substrates : upper laterite surface, internal joints, termite galleries as well as on any gravel at the soil surface. The coating lies unbroken from one object to the other but the outer surface is frequently eroded. The superficial coating could be a rock varnish formed by bacteria during a desertic period. The coating of galleries partly inhibits bioturbation because they collapse no more. The network of the strengthened galleries constitutes an internal skeleton reinforcing the laterite mantle; • With the return of a less severe climate, termites from below the laterite mantle again bring up material. The resulting upper fine deposit often exceeds 2 meter. All those processes imply important climatic variations : • A steppe vegetation with a scanty grass cover favouring run off and planation; • A relatively arid climate for the coatings formation; • A contrasted seasonal regime, not so different from the present day climate (six months dry season) for vertical erosion and intense termite activity. The weathering of rocky materials except for the iron impregnated ones (nodules, ferricretes and so on) requires a humid climate. This is happening nowadays but the more humid Quaternary phases were more effective in that respect. The characteristics of the outer coatings (thickness, colour, conservation state of the included quartz grains) allow us to identify four levels of ferricrete. Their succession is confirmed by the relative position of the coatings between them and by the correlated continental deposits. Because of their coatings, all those ferricretes are dated back to the Tertiary (because of the desertic climate needed for the formation of the rock varnish). Their levels overlook the Quaternary river terraces. The oldest ferricrete is quite different from the others. It shows neither nodules nor termite galleries. Its facies is thus very different from the nodular/vermiform of the three younger ones. It shows three facies, sometimes superimposed : pisolithic, massive or breccia-like. Moreover, the ferricrete of the corresponding level in West Africa contains bauxite. Its genesis is the result of a very different sequence of processes, some aggressive and linked to a humid climate with a great supply of iron and others resulting from more arid conditions producing the thick pisolith coatings. Ferruginous stone-lines present a wider variety of concretions than duricrast. Their upper part is the result of a concentration mainly by run off that occurred during several periods of the Quaternary. Cover loam is each time built up again by the termites from weathered rocks below the stone-line. The same phenomenon is seen on ferricretes. The soil profile where ferruginous formations can be seen consists of horizons of different ages. Weathering of saprolite and soil lifting are still active nowadays. Whereas some stone-line profiles are renewed at each Quaternary dry phase, the ferricrete profiles are build up during a long period of time extending from the Tertiary till now. A new definition of iron duricrast is proposed that is not based on weathering in depth or on the presence of aluminium [less ▲]

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See detailL'Etat social face aux nouvelles attentes compassionnelles. Le cas de la Belgique
Vrancken, Didier ULg

in Nouvelles Pratiques Sociales (2002), 15(2), 53-65

S’intéressant aux grandes mobilisations émotionnelles de ces dernières années en Europe et plus particulièrement en Belgique, cet article propose d’envisager leurs effets sur la structuration de l’Etat ... [more ▼]

S’intéressant aux grandes mobilisations émotionnelles de ces dernières années en Europe et plus particulièrement en Belgique, cet article propose d’envisager leurs effets sur la structuration de l’Etat social. A partir de l’expérience belge, il montre que celles-ci n’ont pas contribué à un renouvellement des formes de participation politique mais se sont plutôt inscrites dans un profond mouvement de moralisation de l’action publique annonçant de nouveaux modes de prise en charge des citoyens davantage ancrés sur des notions telles que la procéduralisation, le territoire, l’accompagnement, la subjectivation et l’aide aux personnes [less ▲]

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See detailA duality principle for homogeneous vector fields with applications
Moreau, Luc; Aeyels, Dirk; Peuteman, Joan et al

in Systems & Control Letters (2002), 47(1), 37-46

We introduce a duality principle for homogeneous vectorfields. As an application of this duality principle, stability and boundedness results for negative order homogeneous differential equations are ... [more ▼]

We introduce a duality principle for homogeneous vectorfields. As an application of this duality principle, stability and boundedness results for negative order homogeneous differential equations are obtained, starting form known results for positive order homogeneous differential equations. [less ▲]

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See detailEclatement des mobilités d'achats et recomposition des territoires : le cas de l'Ardenne du Nord-Est.
Schmitz, Serge ULg; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

in Mosella (2002), 26(3-4), 425-432

Lived world are structured by regular journeys. Many journeys are constrained, other, such as shopping mobilities, present a higher level of freedom. New mobilities and new commercial localisation ... [more ▼]

Lived world are structured by regular journeys. Many journeys are constrained, other, such as shopping mobilities, present a higher level of freedom. New mobilities and new commercial localisation strategies lead to new travels network. The aim of the paper is to study shopping behaviours in North-Eastern Ardennes in order to underline the increasing disparities between shopping mobilities, lived world, homeland and institutional territories. When space behaviours make and remake territorial frames. [less ▲]

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See detailExamen critique de l'étymologie de brasser
Boutier, Marie-Guy ULg

in Dialectes de Wallonie (2002), 29-30

La filiation traditionnellement établie entre gaulois brace "matière servant à préparer la bière" (dont provient fr. brais) et fr. brasser "préparer la bière" est réexaminée dans cet article par l'examen ... [more ▼]

La filiation traditionnellement établie entre gaulois brace "matière servant à préparer la bière" (dont provient fr. brais) et fr. brasser "préparer la bière" est réexaminée dans cet article par l'examen de l'ensemble du vocabulaire technologique wallon de la brasserie et des réalités concrètes qui sont désignées: la préparation du brais, d'une part; le brassage de la bière, d'autre part. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of a Permanent Magnet Generator With Dual Formulations Using Periodicity Conditions and Moving Band
Luz, M V Ferreira da; Dular, Patrick ULg; Sadowski, N. et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2002), 38(2), 961--964

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See detailAutorité parentale et actes médicaux
Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg; Delval, S.

in Journal du Droit des Jeunes (2002)

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See detailAccidental radiogenic ulcer of the fingers in an industrial setting.
Heymans, Olivier; Van Zeele, D.; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg et al

in Exogenous Dermatology : Physical, Chemical, Biological (2002), 1

The incidence of accidental radiogenic damage to the skin is low. We report a case of delayed ulcerative contact radiodermatitis following accidental industrial exposure. Recurrent ulcerations of the ... [more ▼]

The incidence of accidental radiogenic damage to the skin is low. We report a case of delayed ulcerative contact radiodermatitis following accidental industrial exposure. Recurrent ulcerations of the fingers were treated successfully by flap surgical reconstruction. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailFatty Acid Hydroperoxides Biotransformation By Potato Tuber Cell-Free Extracts
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Delcarte, J.; Jaziri, M. et al

in Journal of Plant Physiology (2002), 159(10),

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See detailLa libre disposition du corps humain à la lumière de la jurisprudence Perruche
Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg

in Revue Générale des Assurances et des Responsabilités (2002)

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See detailSubcellular Localization Of The Bovine Leukemia Virus R3 And G4 Accessory Proteins
Lefebvre, Laurent; Ciminale, Vincenzo; Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg et al

in Journal of Virology (2002), 76(15), 7843-7854

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is a complex retrovirus that belongs to the Deltaretrovirus genus, which also includes Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). Both viruses contain an X region coding for ... [more ▼]

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) is a complex retrovirus that belongs to the Deltaretrovirus genus, which also includes Human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1). Both viruses contain an X region coding for at least four proteins: Tax and Rex, which are involved in transcriptional and posttranscriptional regulation, respectively, and the accessory proteins R3 and G4 (for BLV) and p12(I), p13(II), and p30(II) (for HTLV-1). The present study was aimed at characterizing the subcellular localization of BLV R3 and G4. The results of immunofluorescence experiments on transfected HeLa Tat cells demonstrated that R3 is located in the nucleus and in cellular membranes, as previously reported for HTLV-1 p12(1). In contrast, G4, like p13(II), is localized both in the nucleus and in mitochondria. In addition, we have shown that G4 harbors a mitochondrial targeting signal consisting of a hydrophobic region and an amphipathic alpha-helix. Thus, despite a lack of significant primary sequence homology, R3 and p12(1) and G4 and p13(II) exhibit similar targeting properties, suggesting possible overlap in their functional properties. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation par ultrasonographie en temps réel de la teneur en gras intramusculaire du porc Piétrain
Youssao, A. K. I.; Verleyen, Vincent ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(4), 249-255

Real-time ultrasound data collection, consisting specifically of longissimus thoracis muscle echogenicity, was carried out on 80 Pietrain pigs (42 gilts and 34 barrows) using the Pie Medical scanner 200 ... [more ▼]

Real-time ultrasound data collection, consisting specifically of longissimus thoracis muscle echogenicity, was carried out on 80 Pietrain pigs (42 gilts and 34 barrows) using the Pie Medical scanner 200 equipped with an ASP-18 probe and 3.5 MHz to predict intramuscular fat. Two ribs thickness (12th and 13th ribs) was excised from the longissimus thoracis muscle for subsequent ether extract value (EE) determination. The percentage of white pixels in the ultrasound image were related to EE percentage. The EE percentages were 1.44, 1.37 and 1.15 % respectively for the homozygous stress-negative Pietrain (CC), heterozygous stress-negative Pietrain (CT) and homozygous stress-positive Pietrain (TT) individuals. The percentage of white pixels in the longissimus thoracis images were 9.98, 8.75 and 7.79 % respectively for CC, CT and TT genotypes. The barrows had an higher intramuscular fat and white pixel percentage than the gilts. The determination coefficient (R 2) of the EE prediction model originating from the white pixels percentage was 0.35 with a root mean squared error of 0.26 %. These performance could be potentially improved using the calibration phantom of the ASP-18 probe, before taking images. [less ▲]

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See detailMurine 5T multiple myeloma cells induce angiogenesis in vitro and in vivo
Van Valckenborgh, E.; De Raeve, H.; Devy, L. et al

in British Journal of Cancer (2002), 86(5), 796-802

Multiple myeloma is a B cell malignancy. Recently, it has been demonstrated that bone marrow samples of patients with multiple myeloma display an enhanced angiogenesis. The mechanisms involved seem to be ... [more ▼]

Multiple myeloma is a B cell malignancy. Recently, it has been demonstrated that bone marrow samples of patients with multiple myeloma display an enhanced angiogenesis. The mechanisms involved seem to be multiple and complex. We here demonstrate that the murine 5T multiple myeloma models are able to induce angiogenesis in vitro by using a rat aortic ring assay and in vivo by determining the microvessel density. The rat aortic rings cultured in 5T multiple myeloma conditioned medium exhibit a higher number of longer and more branched microvessels than the rings cultured in control medium. In bone marrow samples from 5T multiple myeloma diseased mice, a statistically significant increase of the microvessel density was observed when compared to bone marrow samples from age-matched controls. The angiogenic phenotype of both 5T multiple myeloma cells could be related, at least in part, to their capacity to produce vascular endothelial growth factor. These data clearly demonstrate that the 5T multiple myeloma models are good models to study angiogenesis in multiple myeloma and will allow to unravel the mechanisms of neovascularisation, as well as to test new putative inhibitors of angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased fecundity of malathion-specific resistant beetles in absence of insecticide pressure
Arnaud, Ludovic; Brostaux, Yves ULg; Assie, Lazare Komenan et al

in Heredity (2002), 89(6), 425-429

Despite that resistance frequency is assumed to decline when selective pressure is relaxed, the stability of resistance frequency has been observed in some insects in the absence of insecticide. In the ... [more ▼]

Despite that resistance frequency is assumed to decline when selective pressure is relaxed, the stability of resistance frequency has been observed in some insects in the absence of insecticide. In the red flour beetle, Tribolium castaneum, the first case of malathion-resistance was reported in the early 1960s. The malathion-specific resistant phenotype has now almost completely replaced the susceptible one in red flour beetle populations. In the present study, several life-history traits that could influence the fitness of the insects were compared between insecticide-susceptible and malathion-specific resistant populations of the red flour beetle. On average, egg fertility and egg-to-adult development time did not differ between susceptible and resistant populations. However, the fecundity of resistant females was greater than that of susceptible ones. Generally, differences in development time between insecticide resistant and susceptible populations are considered as having more effect on fitness than do differences in fecundity. However, the observed increased female fecundity may participate, in combination with the previously observed increased male reproductive success, to the development and the stability of malathion-specific resistance in T. castaneum. [less ▲]

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See detailStimulation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression in human fibrosarcoma cells by synthetic matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors.
Maquoi, Erik ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (2002), 275(1), 110-21

Enhanced expression and activation of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and MMP-9 have been associated with tumor progression, invasion, and metastasis. The use of synthetic MMP inhibitors to block the ... [more ▼]

Enhanced expression and activation of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and MMP-9 have been associated with tumor progression, invasion, and metastasis. The use of synthetic MMP inhibitors to block the proteolytic activity of these enzymes recently emerged as a potential therapeutic tool to treat cancer. In this study, we report that GI129471, a synthetic broad-spectrum MMP inhibitor, efficiently reduced the in vitro invasiveness of HT1080 cells through type IV collagen, a major component of basement membranes. This reduced invasion was paralleled by a complete inhibition of pro-MMP-2 activation; however, GI129471 strongly increased the amount of secreted pro-MMP-9, which could be subsequently activated through a plasminogen-dependent mechanism. Quantitative RT-PCR and northern blot analysis revealed that GI129471 specifically increased the MMP-9 mRNA steady-state level. Moreover, transient transfection of HT1080 cells with beta-galactosidase reporter vectors containing different lengths of the 5'-flanking region of the MMP-9 gene revealed an upregulation of the transcriptional activity of the corresponding promoter. Well-known modulators of MMP-9 expression such as Il-1beta and TNF-alpha were not involved in this upregulation. These findings emphasize the complexity of the regulation of MMP expression and the requirement for a detailed characterization of the potential adverse side effects associated with the use of broad-spectrum MMPIs. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms controlling the oxygen consumption in experimentally induced hypochloremic alkalosis in calves
Cambier, Carole ULg; Clerbaux, Thierry; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (2002), 33

The study was carried out on healthy Friesian calves (n = 10) aged between 10 and 30 days. Hypochloremia and alkalosis were induced by intravenous administration of furosemide and isotonic sodium ... [more ▼]

The study was carried out on healthy Friesian calves (n = 10) aged between 10 and 30 days. Hypochloremia and alkalosis were induced by intravenous administration of furosemide and isotonic sodium bicarbonate. The venous and arterial blood samples were collected repeatedly. 2,3-diphosphoglycerate (2,3-DPG), hemoglobin and plasmatic chloride concentrations were determined. The red blood cell chloride concentration was also calculated. pH, PCO2 and PO2 were measured in arterial and mixed venous blood. The oxygen equilibrium curve (OEC) was measured in standard conditions. The correspondence of the OEC to the arterial and mixed venous compartments was calculated, taking blood temperature, pH and PCO2 values into account. The oxygen exchange fraction (OEF%), corresponding to the degree of blood desaturation between the arterial and mixed venous compartments and the amount of oxygen released at the tissue level by 100 mL of blood (OEF Vol%) were calculated from the arterial and mixed venous OEC, combined with PO2 and hemoglobin concentration. Oxygen delivery (DO2) was calculated using the arterial oxygen content, the cardiac output measured by thermodilution, and the body weight of the animal. The oxygen consumption (VO2) was derived from the cardiac output, OEF Vol% and body weight values. Despite the plasma hypochloremia, the erythrocyte chloride concentration was not influenced by furosemide and sodium bicarbonate infusion. Due to the alkalosis-induced increase in the 2,3-DPG, the standard OEC was shifted to the right, allowing oxygen to dissociate from hemoglobin more rapidly. These changes opposed the increased affinity of hemoglobin for oxygen induced by alkalosis. Moreover, respiratory acidosis, hemoconcentration, and the slight decrease in the partial oxygen pressure in mixed venous blood (Pvo(2)) tended to improve the OEF Vol% and maintain the oxygen consumption in a physiological range while the cardiac output, and the oxygen delivery were significantly decreased. It may be concluded that, despite reduced oxygen delivery, oxygen consumption is maintained during experimentally induced hypochloremic alkalosis in healthy 10-30 day old calves [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of nutritional antioxidant supplementation on systemic and pulmonary antioxidant status, airway inflammation and lung function in heaves-affected horses
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Bougnet, V. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2002), 34

An oxidant/antioxidant imbalance in favour of oxidants has been identified as playing a decisive role in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory airway diseases. Nutritional antioxidant supplementation ... [more ▼]

An oxidant/antioxidant imbalance in favour of oxidants has been identified as playing a decisive role in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory airway diseases. Nutritional antioxidant supplementation might reduce oxidative damage by enhancement of the antioxidant defence, thereby modulating inflammatory processes. In a placebo-controlled, blind study, it was tested whether a dietary antioxidant supplement administered for 4 weeks would improve lung function and reduce airway inflammation in heaves-affected horses. Eight horses in clinical remission of heaves were investigated at rest and after a standardised exercise test before and after treatment with an antioxidant supplement (consisting of a mixture of natural antioxidants including vitamins E and C and selenium from a variety of sources) or placebo (oatfeed pellets without additive). Pulmonary function and exercise tolerance were monitored; systemic and pulmonary lining fluid uric acid, glutathione and 8-epi-PGF(2alpha) were analysed, and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cytology and inflammatory scoring of the airways were performed. The antioxidant treatment significantly improved exercise tolerance and significantly reduced endoscopic inflammatory score. Plasma uric acid concentrations were significantly reduced, suggesting downregulation of the xanthine-dehydrogenase and xanthine-oxydase pathway. Haemolysate glutathione showed a nonsignificant trend to increase, while plasma 8-epi-PGF(2alpha) remained unchanged. Pulmonary markers and BAL cytology were not significantly affected by antioxidant supplementation. The present study suggests that the antioxidant supplement tested modulated oxidant/antioxidant balance and airway inflammation of heaves-affected horses [less ▲]

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See detailComputed tomographic findings in 35 dogs with nasal aspergillosis
Saunders, J. H.; Zonderland, J. L.; Clercx, Cécile ULg et al

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2002), 43(1, JAN-FEB), 5-9

The purpose of this study was to describe the computed tomographic (CT) features of nasal aspergillosis in dogs. Initial (n = 35) and follow-up (n = 12) CT images were available from 35 dogs. The most ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to describe the computed tomographic (CT) features of nasal aspergillosis in dogs. Initial (n = 35) and follow-up (n = 12) CT images were available from 35 dogs. The most commonly encountered CT findings were (1) moderate to severe cavitary destruction of the turbinates with presence of a variable amount of abnormal soft tissue in the nasal passages, (2) non-specific thickening of the mucosa adjacent to the inner surface of bones of the frontal sinus, maxillary recess and nasal cavity and, (3) thickened reactive bone. The findings were consistent with a disease initially affecting one nasal cavity then progressing into the ipsilateral frontal sinus, the contralateral nasal cavity and the contralateral frontal sinus. Two dogs with associated nasal foreign body had a more localized invasion of the nasal cavity. Attenuation values and contrast enhancement were not specific. With follow-up examinations, a reduction in the amount of abnormal soft tissue was observed in all dogs except one, but this reduction could not be quantified. [less ▲]

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See detailLes frais supportés par l'adjudicataire en cas de saisie-exécution immobilière
Georges, Frédéric ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2002)

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See detailUn incunable de la bibliothèque de Liévin Torrentius (1525-1595) retrouvé (Bruxelles, Bibliothèque Royale, Réserve Précieuse, INC B 1192)
Adam, Renaud ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Le Vieux-Liège (2002), 14(11-12), 335-337

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See detailElectronic structure of thallium filled skutterudites studied by x-ray absorption and Mossbauer spectroscopy
Long, G. J.; Mahieu, B.; Sales, B. C. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2002), 92(12), 7236-7241

Thallium L-III-edge x-ray absorption and iron-57 and tin-119 Mossbauer spectral measurements have been carried out to probe the electronic structure of the three sites in the filled skutterudite TlxCo4 ... [more ▼]

Thallium L-III-edge x-ray absorption and iron-57 and tin-119 Mossbauer spectral measurements have been carried out to probe the electronic structure of the three sites in the filled skutterudite TlxCo4-yFeySb12 and TlxCo4Sb12-zSnz compounds with a range of x, y, and z values. The thallium L-III-edge x-ray absorption spectra are independent of x, y, and z and are well reproduced by full multiple scattering calculations with a cluster with a radius of 8.5 Angstrom centered on thallium. The iron-57 Mossbauer spectra consist of two doublets and the major component is assigned to iron on the cobalt sublattice in view of its hyperfine parameters. The origin of the minor component is uncertain and is tentatively assigned to either iron with thallium vacancies as next nearest neighbors or to iron in the voids. The tin-119 Mossbauer spectral hyperfine parameters clearly indicate that tin substitutes for antimony in the skutterudite structure. Further, the tin electronic configuration is very similar to that of antimony and is insensitive to the thallium content. (C) 2002 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailHarmonic-Balance Finite-Element Modelling of Electromagnetic Devices: A Novel Approach
Gyselinck, J.; Dular, Patrick ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2002), 38(2), 521--524

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See detailLésion du nerf interosseux postérieur liée à une randonnée prolongée en vélo-tout-terrain (VTT)
Zeevaert, Bernard; CRIELAARD, Jean-Michel ULg; WANG, François-Charles ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (2002)

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See detailAphid prey suitability as environmental effect on Adalia bipunctata reproduction.
Vanhaelen, Nicolas; Gaspar, Charles ULg; Francis, Frédéric ULg

in Mededelingen van de Faculteit Landbouwkundige en Toegepaste Biologische Wetenschappen (Rijksuniversiteit te Gent) (2002), 67(3), 563-8

Secondary plant metabolites (allelochemicals) play a major role in plant-insect interactions. Glucosinolates (GLS) and their degradation products from Brassica species are attractants and feeding ... [more ▼]

Secondary plant metabolites (allelochemicals) play a major role in plant-insect interactions. Glucosinolates (GLS) and their degradation products from Brassica species are attractants and feeding stimulants for Brassicaceae specialist insects but are generally repellent and toxic for generalist herbivores. The impact of these compounds on crucifer specialist insects are well known but their effect on generalist predators is still not well documented. Prey host plant influence on reproduction of an aphidophagous beneficial, the two spot ladybird, was determined using the cabbage aphid, Brevicoryne brassicae reared on a crucifer plant, namely Brassica napus containing low GLS levels. As ladybird developmental and reproductive parameters were already shown to be strongly affected by the allelochemical presence in its preys, the unsuitable aphid and host plant combination was only momentary used to feed the A. bipunctata adults. A strong impact of the diet was observed on the beetle fecundity and the emerging offspring. Changing B. brassicae aphid to a suitable prey slowly improved the temporary negative effect of the former diet. These results enhance the food environmental effect and the importance of tritrophic relations in pest management strategies by predators. Indeed, more than the choice of the beneficial species, the prey host plant has a major influence on the potential efficacy of biological agent to control herbivore species such as aphids. [less ▲]

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See detailTNF-alpha protects human primary articular chondrocytes from nitric oxide-induced apoptosis via nuclear factor-kappaB
Relic, Biserka ULg; Bentires-Alj, Mohamed; Ribbens, Clio ULg et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (2002), 82(12), 1661-1672

TNF-alpha plays a key role in rheumatoid arthritis, but its effect on chondrocyte survival is still conflicting. In the present study, we tested how TNF-alpha influences chondrocyte survival in response ... [more ▼]

TNF-alpha plays a key role in rheumatoid arthritis, but its effect on chondrocyte survival is still conflicting. In the present study, we tested how TNF-alpha influences chondrocyte survival in response to nitric oxide (NO)-related apoptotic signals, which are abundant during rheumatoid arthritis. Human primary articular chondrocytes or cartilage explants were pretreated with TNF-alpha for 24 hours and then treated with the proapoptotic NO donor sodium-nitro-prusside (SNP) for an additional 24 hours. TNF-alpha pretreatment markedly protected chondrocytes from SNP-induced cell death. Preincubation of chondrocytes with TNF-alpha inhibited both SNP-induced high-molecular weight DNA fragmentation and annexin V-FITC binding. Of interest, TNF-alpha induced persistent nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB)-DNA binding activity even in the presence of SNP, mirroring apoptosis protection effects. Both the TNF-alpha antiapoptotic effect and NF-kappaB-DNA binding activity were significantly inhibited by NF-kappaB inhibitors, Bay 11-7085, MG-132, and adenovirus-expressing mutated IkappaB-alpha. Phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase inhibitor LY 294002 also markedly inhibited the antiapoptotic effect of TNF-alpha. In primary chondrocytes, TNF-alpha induced expression of the antiapoptotic protein Cox-2, which persisted in the presence of SNP, and a specific Cox-2 inhibitor significantly blocked the TNF-alpha protective effect. We therefore conclude that TNF-alpha-mediated protection of chondrocytes from NO-induced apoptosis acts through NF-kappaB and requires Cox-2 activity. [less ▲]

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See detailL'étude MICROHOPE
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Journal de Cardiologie = Tijdschrift voor Cardiologie (2002), 14(5), 170-172

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See detailRegulation of gene expression by oxygen: NF-kappaB and HIF-1, two extremes.
Michiels, Carine; Minet, Emmanuel; Mottet, Denis ULg et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (2002), 33(9), 1231-42

Aerobic life is dependent on molecular oxygen for ATP regeneration, but only possible in a narrow range of oxygen concentrations. Increased oxygen tension is toxic through the generation of reactive ... [more ▼]

Aerobic life is dependent on molecular oxygen for ATP regeneration, but only possible in a narrow range of oxygen concentrations. Increased oxygen tension is toxic through the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), while a decrease in oxygen concentration impairs energy availability and, hence, cell viability. Cells have developed strategies to respond to changes in oxygen tension: specific systems detect excessive ROS and hypoxia, leading to the activation of specific transcription factors and expression of appropriate target genes. The aim of this review is to describe how hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) and nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) are regulated and what could be the sensors to the changes in oxygen levels. Some of the physiological responses initiated by these transcription factors are also mentioned. [less ▲]

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

in Blood (2002)

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

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

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See detailDifferential taurine responsiveness to ethanol in high- and low-alcohol sensitive rats : a brain microdialysis study
Quertemont, Etienne ULg; Linotte, Sylvie; De Witte, Philippe

in European Journal of Pharmacology (2002), 444(3), 143-150

Several microdialysis studies have investigated the effects of acute ethanol on extracellular amino acids in various rat brain regions, However, these studies led to conflicting results, suggesting that ... [more ▼]

Several microdialysis studies have investigated the effects of acute ethanol on extracellular amino acids in various rat brain regions, However, these studies led to conflicting results, suggesting that individual differences between rat strains and lines may play an important role. In the present study, high-alcohol sensitive (HAS) and low-alcohol sensitive (LAS) rats were used to investigate the possible relationship between ethanol sensitivity and the concentrations of extracellular amino acids in the nucleus accumbens. Several groups of HAS and LAS rats were injected with either saline or ethanol (1.0, 2.0 or 3.0 g/kg, i.p.) and the concentrations of amino acids in the nucleus accumbens microdialysates were assayed by electrochemical detection. Acute ethanol induced a dose-dependent increase in extracellular taurine concentrations. However, this increase was significantly reduced at 2,0 and 3.0 g,,kg ethanol in HAS rats relative to LAS rats. Since the biological functions of taurine suggest its implication in the reduction of ethanol adverse effects, a higher increase in taurine concentrations may contribute to the lower ethanol sensitivity of LAS rats. Although 2.0 and 3.0 g/kg ethanol did not affect extracellular glutamate concentrations, a significant increase in glutamate was observed after 1.0 g/kg ethanol to HAS rats but not to LAS rats. Such an effect remains unexplained but suggests that discrepancies between the results of previous microdialysate studies may be related to differences in the ethanol sensitivities of various rat strains. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes sulfide detoxication occur in the gills of the hydrothermal vent shrimp, Rimicaris exoculata?
Compère, Philippe ULg; Martinez, Anne-Sophie; Charmantier-Daures, Mireille et al

in Comptes Rendus Biologies (2002), 325

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See detailQuintic deficient spline wavelets
Bastin, Françoise ULg; Laubin, Pascal

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2002), 71(3), 121-144

We show explicitely how to construct scaling functions and wavelets using quintic deficient splines with compact support and symmetry properties.

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

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

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See detailSkin manifestations of Bartonella infections.
Chian, Cesar A; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in International Journal of Dermatology (2002), 41(8), 461-6

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See detailPolyamines as essential substances in metabolism
Dandrifosse, Anne-catherine; Deloyer, Patricia; Loret, Suzanne et al

in Trends in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology (2002), 9

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See detailLa réalité morale du sociologue : le cognitivisme de Raymond Boudon
Jacquemain, Marc ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (2002), 94-95-96

Raymond Boudon defends that the social actor holds overall rational beliefs : we have "good reasons" for most of our beliefs. But he also defends the idea that those "good reasons" can lead to "moral ... [more ▼]

Raymond Boudon defends that the social actor holds overall rational beliefs : we have "good reasons" for most of our beliefs. But he also defends the idea that those "good reasons" can lead to "moral truths". How then can he avoid pure platonism (the idea that "values" exist objectively in a world of their own) ? When confronting to to the task of defending through concrete examples how we can differentiate "good reasons" from bad ones, he says that good reasons are widely shared. But then the idea of objectivity of values dissolves in a loose theory of opinion, that's to say "doxa", which is the very contrary of platonic ideas. So the intent to point to "objective" values seems to lead either to pure dogmatism or to pure relativism. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst-principles study of the dielectric and dynamical properties of lithium niobate
Veithen, M.; Ghosez, Philippe ULg

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2002), 65

Using a first-principles approach based on density-functional theory, the electronic, dielectric, and dynamical properties of the two phases of lithium niobate are studied. In particular, the spontaneous ... [more ▼]

Using a first-principles approach based on density-functional theory, the electronic, dielectric, and dynamical properties of the two phases of lithium niobate are studied. In particular, the spontaneous polarization, the optical dielectric tensors, the Born effective charges, and the zone-center phonons are computed. The Born effective charges are found to be significantly larger than the nominal ionic charges of the ions, a feature similar to what is observed in related ABO(3) compounds and attributed to the hybridization between the O 2p and Nb 4d states. The analysis of the zone-center phonons in the paraelectric phase reveals an unstable A(2u) mode to be responsible for the phase transition. The origin of the structural instability is attributed to destabilizing long-range dipolar interactions, which are not fully compensated by stabilizing short-range forces. Finally, the identification of the E modes in the ferroelectric phase, which is still the cause for debates in spite of the numerous experimental and theoretical studies, is discussed and an assignation based on the analysis of the mode-oscillator strengths and the angular dispersion relation of extraordinary phonons is proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailEchographie de l’appareil podotrochléaire : étude in vitro sur 30 membres isolés de cheval
Busoni, Valeria ULg; Méan, Marie-Noël; Brignone, Luca et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(3), 181-187

Thirty equine isolated limbs have been examined by ultrasonography (7.5 MHz probes) using the frog as acoustic window. The aims of the study were to establish the ultrasonographic anatomy of the distal ... [more ▼]

Thirty equine isolated limbs have been examined by ultrasonography (7.5 MHz probes) using the frog as acoustic window. The aims of the study were to establish the ultrasonographic anatomy of the distal portion of the deep digital flexor tendon, to determine the capability to visualize podotrochlear bursa and flexor surface fibrocartilage by ultrasound and to evaluate the sensitivity of ultrasonography for the assessment of flexor surface abnormalities. Because of the relative orientation of the ultrasound beam and the deep digital flexor tendon fibers, this tendon always appears hypoechogenic on transcuneal ultrasonographic images. The flexor surface fibrocartilage is difficult to see if the podotrochlear bursa is not injected. The thickness of the normal bursa is negligible at the palmar aspect of the distal sesamoid bone. Sensitivity of ultrasonography for the detection of flexor surface irregularities was high (90,91%), sensitivity was 84,21%. Ultrasonography using the transcuneal approach could be an useful adjunct to routine radiographic examination of the foot in the assessment of flexor surface irregularities. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased matrix metalloproteinase-3 serum levels in rheumatic diseases: relationship with synovitis and steroid treatment
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Martin y Porras, M.; Franchimont, N. et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2002), 61(2), 161-166

OBJECTIVE: To determine matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) serum levels in patients with rheumatic diseases and to study the relation between MMP-3 and C reactive protein (CRP) levels. METHODS: MMP-3 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) serum levels in patients with rheumatic diseases and to study the relation between MMP-3 and C reactive protein (CRP) levels. METHODS: MMP-3 serum levels were determined by enzyme linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) in (a) patients with active inflammatory rheumatic diseases: rheumatoid arthritis (RA), psoriatic arthritis, polymyalgia rheumatica, acute crystal arthritis, and ankylosing spondylitis; (b) patients with active inflammatory systemic diseases: cutaneo-articular or renal systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), systemic sclerosis, and vasculitides; (c) patients with non-inflammatory rheumatic diseases: osteoarthritis and fibromyalgia; (d) critically ill patients without rheumatic diseases, representing an acute inflammatory control group; (e) healthy controls. RESULTS: MMP-3 serum levels were significantly increased in patients with active RA, psoriatic arthritis, and polymyalgia rheumatica, whether treated or not by corticosteroids, and in female patients with acute crystal arthritis. MMP-3 serum levels were normal in steroid-free patients with active cutaneo-articular or renal SLE, systemic sclerosis, and vasculitides but were significantly increased in steroid treated patients. MMP-3 levels were normal in fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, and acute inflammatory controls. MMP-3 was significantly correlated with CRP in RA (r=0.5, p=0.0004) but not in any of the other disease groups. CONCLUSIONS: MMP-3 serum levels are increased in inflammatory rheumatic diseases characterised by joint synovitis, such as RA, polymyalgia rheumatica, psoriatic arthritis, and acute crystal arthritis-that is, whether the diseases are acute or chronic, erosive or not. They are normal in SLE, systemic sclerosis, and vasculitides as well as in non-rheumatic inflammatory controls, but are significantly increased by steroids. These data strongly suggest that serum MMP-3 reflects synovial inflammation. [less ▲]

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See detailRenouvellement des pédagogies musicales. Analyse et développement des innovations dans les cours d'instruments semi-collectifs
Giot, Bernadette ULg; Grifnée, Catherine

in Site du Ministère de la Communauté française de Belgique (2002)

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See detailTransient behaviour of water ages in the World Ocean
Deleersnijder, Eric; Mouchet, Anne ULg; Delhez, Eric ULg et al

in Mathematical & Computer Modelling (2002), 36(1-2), 121-127

The transient behaviour of the age of the water and that of the surface water is studied in the World Ocean. At any time and position, the age of the water, the age and the concentration of the surface ... [more ▼]

The transient behaviour of the age of the water and that of the surface water is studied in the World Ocean. At any time and position, the age of the water, the age and the concentration of the surface water are seen to obey a simple algebraic relation. The latter is illustrated by means of results of a three-dimensional World Ocean model and the analytical solution of an idealised, purely-diffusive, one-dimensional problem. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailExistence de karsts en roches cristallines silicatées non carbonatées en Afrique sahélienne et équatoriale, implications hydrogéologiques
Willems, Luc ULg; Pouclet, André; Vicat, Jean-Paul

in Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France (2002), 173(4), 337-345

Various cavities studied in western Niger and South Cameroon show the existence of important karstic phenomena into metagabbros and gneisses. These large-sized eaves resulted from generalized dissolution ... [more ▼]

Various cavities studied in western Niger and South Cameroon show the existence of important karstic phenomena into metagabbros and gneisses. These large-sized eaves resulted from generalized dissolution of silicate formations in spite of their low solubility. Karstification is produced by deep hydrous transfer along lithological discontinuities and fracture net works. The existence of such caves has major implications in geomorphology, under either Sahelian and Equatorial climate, and in hydrogeology and water supply, particularly in the Sahel area. [less ▲]

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See detailLe contrôle de la loyauté fiscale par la Cour des comptes et la Cour d’arbitrage : mission impossible ?
Rosoux, Géraldine ULg

in Administration Publique [=AP] : Revue du Droit Public et des Sciences Administratives (2002), 2-3-4

This article analyzes the concept of "tax loyalty" as a standard to be controlled by the Belgian constitutional Court and the Belgian Court of Audit.

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See detailPositional candidate cloning of a QTL in dairy cattle: Identification of a missense mutation in the bovine DGAT1 gene with major effect on milk yield and composition
Grisart, B.; Coppieters, Wouter ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Genome Research (2002), 12(2), 222-231

We recently mapped a quantitative trait locus (QTL) with a major effect on milk composition-particularly fat content-to the centromeric end of bovine chromosome 14. We subsequently exploited linkage ... [more ▼]

We recently mapped a quantitative trait locus (QTL) with a major effect on milk composition-particularly fat content-to the centromeric end of bovine chromosome 14. We subsequently exploited linkage disequilibrium to refine the map position of this QTL to a 3-cM chromosome interval bounded by microsatellite markers BULGE13 and BULGE09. We herein report the positional candidate cloning of this QTL, involving (I) the construction of a BAC contig spanning the corresponding marker interval, (2) the demonstration that a very strong candidate gene, acylCoA:diacylglycerol acyltransferase (DGATf), maps to that contig, and (3) the identification of a nonconservative K232A substitution in the DGAT1 gene with a major effect on milk fat content and other milk characteristics. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailL'exclusion de la réassurance des règles européennes de conflits de juridictions en matière de contrats d'assurance
Boularbah, Hakim ULg

in Bulletin des Assurances = Tijdschrift voor Verzekeringen (2002)

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See detailPrise en compte du bien-être des animaux dans l’aménagement des porcheries : les aspects réglementaires
Nicks, Baudouin ULg; Laitat, Martine ULg; Vandenheede, Marc ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(1), 39-42

A new directive laying down standards for the protection of pigs was published in the Official Journal of the European Communities (directive 2001/88/CE ; OJC 1 Decembre 2001). This directive is amending ... [more ▼]

A new directive laying down standards for the protection of pigs was published in the Official Journal of the European Communities (directive 2001/88/CE ; OJC 1 Decembre 2001). This directive is amending directive 91/630/CEE entered into force in Belgium in 1994. The three main topics refer to : the characteristics of the flooring surfaces, pregnant sows housing and the feeding systems. This paper details and discusses these topics and other points involving modifications of pig housing and management. [less ▲]

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See detailA role for the Clostridium perfringens beta 2 toxin in bovine enterotoxaemia?
Manteca, Christophe; Daube, Georges ULg; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 86(3), 191-202

Non-enterotoxigenic type A Clostridium perfringens are associated with bovine enterotoxaemia, but the alpha toxin is not regarded as responsible for the production of typical lesions of necrotic and ... [more ▼]

Non-enterotoxigenic type A Clostridium perfringens are associated with bovine enterotoxaemia, but the alpha toxin is not regarded as responsible for the production of typical lesions of necrotic and haemorrhagic enteritis. The purpose of this study was to investigate the putative role of the more recently described beta2 toxin. Seven hundred and fourteen non-enterotoxigenic type A C. perfringens isolated from 133 calves with lesions of enterotoxaemia and high clostridial cell counts (study population) and 386 isolated from a control population of 87 calves were tested by a colony hybridisation assay for the beta2 toxin. Two hundred and eighteen (31%) C perfringens isolated from 83 calves (62%) of the study population and 113 (29%) C. perfringens isolated from 51 calves (59%) of the control population tested positive with the beta2 probe. Pure and mixed cultures of four C perfringens (one alpha+beta2+, one alpha+enterotoxin-1 and two alpha+) were tested in the ligated loop assay in one calf. Macroscopic haemorrhages of the intestinal wall, necrosis and haemorrhages of the intestinal content, and microscopic lesions of necrosis and polymorphonuclear and mononuclear cell infiltration of the intestinal villi were more pronounced in loops inoculated with the a and beta2-toxigenic C. perfringens isolate. These results suggest in vivo synergistic role of the alpha and beta2 toxins in the production of necrotic and haemorrhagic lesions of the small intestine in cases of bovine enterotoxaemia. However, isolation of beta2-toxigenic C. perfringens does not confirm the clinical diagnosis of bovine enterotoxaemia and a clostridial cell counts must still be performed. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEuropean guidelines for the management of low back pain
Van Tulder, M.; Kovacs, F.; Müller, G. et al

in Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica. Supplement (2002), 73((Suppl 305)), 20-25

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See detailSimultaneous mining of linkage and linkage disequilibrium to fine map quantitative trait loci in outbred half-sib pedigrees: Revisiting the location of a quantitative trait locus with major effect on milk production on bovine chromosome 14
Farnir, Frédéric ULg; Grisart, B.; Coppieters, Wouter ULg et al

in Genetics (2002), 161(1), 275-287

A maximum-likelihood QTL mapping method that simultaneously exploits linkage and linkage disequilibrium and that is applicable in outbred half-sib pedigrees is described. The method is applied to fine map ... [more ▼]

A maximum-likelihood QTL mapping method that simultaneously exploits linkage and linkage disequilibrium and that is applicable in outbred half-sib pedigrees is described. The method is applied to fine map a QTL with major effect on milk fat content in a 3-cM marker interval on proximal BTA14. This proximal location is confirmed by applying a haplotype-based association method referred to as recombinant ancestral haplotype analysis. The origin of the discrepancy between the QTL position derived in this work and that of a previous analysis is examined and shown to be due to the existence of distinct marker haplotypes associated with QTL alleles having large substitution effects. [less ▲]

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See detailThe global carbon cycle and its changes over glacial-interglacial cycles - Preface
François, Louis ULg; Faure, H.; Probst, J. L.

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

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See detailRefroidissement de +32°C à +5°C du sperme dilué de taureau de race Borgou au Bénin
Adamou-N'Diaye, M.; Gbangboche, A. B.; Adjovi, A. et al

in Annales des Sciences Agronomiques du Bénin (2002), 3(1), 81-93

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See detailBudesonide in Collagenous colitis: A Double-Blind Placebo-Controlled Trial With Histologic Follow-Up
Baert, Filip; Schmit, Alain; D'Haens, Geert et al

in Gastroenterology (2002), 122

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See detailLa bibliothèque du Prieuré du Val-Des-Ecoliers à Houffalize : 8 volumes conservés à la Bibliothèque Royale de Belgique
Adam, Renaud ULg

in Archives et Bibliothèques de Belgique = Archief en Bibliotheekwezen in Belgie (2002), 73

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See detailCharacterization Of Kenyan Isolates Of Fusarium Udum From Pigeonpea [Cajanus Cajan (L.) Millsp.] By Cultural Characteristics, Aggressiveness And Aflp Analysis
Kiprop, E. K.; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg; Mwang'Ombe, A. W. et al

in Journal of Phytopathology-Phytopathologische Zeitschrift (2002), 150

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See detailOxidative stress in equine medicine - Current knowledge
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Pferdeheilkunde (2002), 18(6), 569-573

Oxidative stress has become of increasing interest in research and human medicine. Oxidants or reactive oxygen species are generated by metabolic reactions and play an important role for the immune ... [more ▼]

Oxidative stress has become of increasing interest in research and human medicine. Oxidants or reactive oxygen species are generated by metabolic reactions and play an important role for the immune defence and the "redox-regulation" of gene expression, In physiological conditions, different categories of antioxidants maintain the equilibrium between the pro-oxidant burden and the endogenous antioxidant defence. However, when an imbalance between oxidants and antioxidants in favour of oxidants occurs, oxidative stress might induce irreversible lesions that can be evidenced and characterised by oxidant markers. In equine medicine, it has been shown that oxidative stress is occurring in lower airway disease and equine motor neuron disease. Moreover, adopted antioxicants therapy appears to have a beneficial effect on the antioxidant-oxidant imbalance. Exercise-induced oxidative stress and its impact on animal welfare and performance are also under investigation in equine sports medicine, Oxidative stress has been demonstrated to cepend on exercise type, intensity and duration. It might be modulated by training and/or adopted antioxidant therapy, aiming to maintain the antioxidant-oxidant equilibrium and thereby to improve animal welfare. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of blood pepsinogen as a biomarker of the integrity of the porcine gastric mucosa : A review. Part 1: History, physiopathology of gastric mucosa and different forms of pepsinogens
Banga-Mboko, Henri; Godeau, Jean-Marie ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(6), 339-346

Because the history is defined as the account of the passed events, this manuscript is an Update research on swine pepsinogens since their discovery by Theodor Schwann. Progress was particularly made in ... [more ▼]

Because the history is defined as the account of the passed events, this manuscript is an Update research on swine pepsinogens since their discovery by Theodor Schwann. Progress was particularly made in the localization within the gastric mucosa membrane of the specialized cells involved in the secretion of pepsinogens. These progresses also included identification, isolation purification and the classification of the zymogens. [less ▲]

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See detailActive insulation in dwellings
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg; Caule, Patrice; Tamaz, Patrick et al

in NAG journaal (2002), 162

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See detailEnergy Partitioning Between Latent And Sensible Heat Flux During The Warm Season At Fluxnet Sites
Wilson, Kell B.; Baldocchi, Dennis D.; Aubinet, Marc ULg et al

in Water Resources Research (2002), 38(12),

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See detailÉtude dendrométrique d’Acacia auriculiformis A. Cunn. ex Benth. en mélange sur vertisol au Bénin
Fonton, N. H.; Glele Kakai, R.; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2002), 6(1), 29-37

Acacia auriculiformis is a fast growing species planted on vertisols in Benin. An inventory of 11 mixed stands of Acacia, which are 7 to 9 years old, has been realized to estimate growth parameters of the ... [more ▼]

Acacia auriculiformis is a fast growing species planted on vertisols in Benin. An inventory of 11 mixed stands of Acacia, which are 7 to 9 years old, has been realized to estimate growth parameters of the stands. The present study shows that, for the dendrometrical parameters, there is no difference between species associations at a 0.05 significance level. Nevertheless, the largest values of quadratic mean diameter of the stems foot are observed in the species associations including Leucaena leucocephala. Moreover, the branch volume decreases with the increasing of the number of stems per tree. The most appropriate volume function for Acacia auriculiformis is the one that takes into account the diameter of the stems foot and the total height. Otherwise, the species associations do not influence the profile of Acacia trees, which is constant within the associations. The predicted conversion and cutting coefficients show that the stacked wood volume represents about 144 % of the real stand volume. [less ▲]

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See detailFcpac: Fast Calculation Of Partial Atomic Charges Using Strictly Localized Molecular Orbitals
Swinnen, M.; Thomas, Annick ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg

in Computational Materials Science (2002), 25(4), 590-595

Most force fields of molecular mechanics use constant partial atomic charges whereas it is now admitted that those charges strongly vary with the environment. Charge variations are particularly important ... [more ▼]

Most force fields of molecular mechanics use constant partial atomic charges whereas it is now admitted that those charges strongly vary with the environment. Charge variations are particularly important in hydrogen bonds where polar entities come close together. Moreover, organizing H-bonds in networks, like in secondary structures of proteins, go with cooperative effects which lead to an overall electrostatic stabilization of the system. This is why variable atomic charges are required to correctly mimic these effects. Different methods of charge calculation were developed, most use polarizable dipole or electronegativity equalization. In this work, we propose a semi-empirical method (fast calculation of partial atomic charges (FCPAC)) which derives partial atomic charges from strictly localized molecular orbitals. The approximations enable to treat molecular systems with hundreds of atoms within reasonable delays. Results reported here show that charges calculated with FCPAC are similar to charges derived from Mulliken’s population analysis of a restricted Hartree–Fock wave function using the split valence basis set 6-31G and including polarization orbitals p and d respectively for hydrogen and heavy atoms, RHF/6-31G(d,p). Comparison with ab initio calculation was also performed on a system composed of five formamide molecules disposed in the same geometry as peptide bonds in an a helix. Charges variations are similar and suggest that FCPAC is suitable for quantitative estimation of cooperative effects. [less ▲]

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See detailPregnancy and inflammatory bowel disease
Louis, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2002), 65(4, Oct-Dec), 230-232

Overall, around 25% of women with inflammatory bowel disease will conceive during their disease. Most of the women with inflammatory bowel disease will have a normal pregnancy and healthy children ... [more ▼]

Overall, around 25% of women with inflammatory bowel disease will conceive during their disease. Most of the women with inflammatory bowel disease will have a normal pregnancy and healthy children. However, specific problems may arise related to these pregnancies. This paper reviews what is known on fertility, risk of disease transmission, effect of the disease on the pregnancy and the reverse, delivery, medical follow up and treatment as well as breastfeeding in the setting of inflammatory bowel disease. [less ▲]

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See detailResults of a whole genome scan targeting QTL for growth and carcass traits in a Pietrain x Large White intercross
Nezer, C.; Moreau, L.; Wagenaar, D. et al

in Genetics, Selection, Evolution (2002), 34(3, May-Jun), 371-387

We herein report the results of a whole genome scan performed in a Pietrain x Large White intercross counting 525 offspring to map QTL influencing economically important growth and carcass traits. We ... [more ▼]

We herein report the results of a whole genome scan performed in a Pietrain x Large White intercross counting 525 offspring to map QTL influencing economically important growth and carcass traits. We report experiment-wide significant lod scores (> 4.6) for meatiness and fat deposition on chromosome SSC2, and for average daily gain and carcass length on chromosome SSC7. Additional suggestive lod scores (> 3.3) for fat deposition are reported on chromosomes SSC1, SSC7 and SSC13. A significant dominance deviation was found for the QTL on SSC1, while the hypothesis of an additive QTL could not be rejected for the QTL on SSC7 and SSC13. No evidence for imprinted QTL could be found for QTL other than the one previously reported on SSC2. [less ▲]

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See detailEuclidean and fractal computer-assisted corneofungimetry: a comparison of 2% ketoconazole and 1% terbinafine topical formulations.
Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Fogouang, L.; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(3), 222-7

BACKGROUND: The corneofungimetry bioassay was designed as a unique model predicting the efficacy of topical and oral antifungals in dermatomycoses. OBJECTIVE: In this 2-step study performed in two groups ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The corneofungimetry bioassay was designed as a unique model predicting the efficacy of topical and oral antifungals in dermatomycoses. OBJECTIVE: In this 2-step study performed in two groups of 15 volunteers, corneofungimetry was used to compare the effect of 5-day b.i.d. treatments with 2% ketoconazole and 1% terbinafine creams. METHODS: The bioassay was performed using 10 isolates of each of the 3 fungi Trichophyton rubrum, T. mentagrophytes var. interdigitale and Candida albicans put to grow on human stratum corneum. Controls were stratum corneum either untreated or enriched in propylene glycol contained in an unmedicated vehicle. Quantitative assessments were made using both Euclidean and fractal geometry parameters. RESULTS: In comparison with untreated stratum corneum, the fungitoxic activity of the 2% ketoconazole and 1% terbinafine formulations was obvious and similar against dermatophytes. By contrast, 2% ketoconazole was significantly more active against C. albicans than 1% terbinafine. The propylene-glycol-containing vehicle did not exhibit a significant effect upon the dermatophyte growth. Positive linear correlations were yielded between the extent area and the fractal dimension D of dermatophyte mycelia. By contrast, D appeared unrelated to the relative area of dermatophyte growth compared to controls. CONCLUSION: The combination of Euclidean and fractal analyses improves the information provided by the corneofungimetry bioassay. Creams containing 2% ketoconazole and 1% terbinafine appear equally effective against dermatophytes while the former is more potent against Candida albicans. [less ▲]

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See detailUtilisation de la ropivacaine par voie peridurale pour l'analgesie postoperatoire.
Senard, Marc ULg; Joris, Jean ULg

in Annales Françaises d'Anesthésie et de Réanimation (2002), 21(9), 713-24

OBJECTIVES: To describe pharmacology and toxicology of ropivacaine. To assess the clinical efficacy of ropivacaine when used for postoperative epidural analgesia and to provide recommendations for ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To describe pharmacology and toxicology of ropivacaine. To assess the clinical efficacy of ropivacaine when used for postoperative epidural analgesia and to provide recommendations for clinical practice. DATA SOURCES: Search in the Medline data base of original articles in French and English published since 1995, using the following key words: ropivacaine, postoperative analgesia, epidural, caudal block. STUDY SELECTION: Prospective randomised studies in adults and children were selected. Letters to editors and editorials were excluded. DATA EXTRACTION: Articles have been analyzed: to determine the dose of ropivacaine required for postoperative epidural analgesia, to assess the benefits of combination of epidural ropivacaine and additives (opioids or other), to compare epidural ropivacaine and bupivacaine and to assess the use of ropivacaine via caudal route for paediatric postoperative analgesia. DATA SYNTHESIS: 20 mg h-1 of ropivacaine is required to provide effective analgesia. This dose produces a motor block in a significant number of patients. Combination with an opioid allows for a reduction in ropivacaine requirement and subsequently in the incidence of motor blockade. In adults, equipotency ratio of ropivacaine and bupivacaine varies between 1.5/1 and 1/1 depending upon the concentration used. At equipotent doses, early postoperative mobilisation is facilitated with ropivacaine. In case of paediatric caudal analgesia, this ratio is close to 1. CONCLUSIONS: Epidural ropivacaine combined with opioid provide good postoperative pain relief. Reduction in the incidence of motor blockade and safe toxicological profile make this local anaesthetic a suitable alternative of bupivacaine for postoperative epidural analgesia. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of carcass lean content by real-time ultrasound in Piétrain and negative stress Piétrain
Youssao, A. K. L.; Verleyen, Vincent ULg; Leroy, Pascal ULg

in Animal Science (2002), 75

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See detailUne dorsalgie malheureusement tenace
Malaise, Michel ULg; Kaye, Olivier; Radermecker, Maurice ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(5), 270-273

The etiological diagnosis of chronic thoracic pain is wide, from benign mechanical disorders to tumors. Reaching the exact diagnosis in often time consuming. Despite the availability of new techniques of ... [more ▼]

The etiological diagnosis of chronic thoracic pain is wide, from benign mechanical disorders to tumors. Reaching the exact diagnosis in often time consuming. Despite the availability of new techniques of imagery, a meticulous clinical history and physical examination remain mandatory. They will lead the exploration. Idiopathic intercostal neuralgia does not exist. [less ▲]

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See detailSymmetry of neurography
WANG, François-Charles ULg; Horward, A.

in Journal of Neurology (2002), 249

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See detailDonnées actuelles sur la toxicité de l'oxygène
Deby, Ginette ULg; Deby, C.; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Réanimation (2002), 11(1), 28-39

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See detailPrélèvement de l’isthme encéphalique pour la recherche de l’encéphalopathie spongiforme transmissible chez le mouton
Gabriel, Annick ULg; Jacobs, Christine ULg; Simoens, P.

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(5), 295-300

Depuis le premier avril 2002, une directive de l'Union Européenne contraint la Belgique à tester les chèvres et les moutons, en plus des bovins, dans le cadre de la recherche d'encéphalopathie spongiforme ... [more ▼]

Depuis le premier avril 2002, une directive de l'Union Européenne contraint la Belgique à tester les chèvres et les moutons, en plus des bovins, dans le cadre de la recherche d'encéphalopathie spongiforme transmissible. Comme chez les bovins, le diagnostic est réalisé à partir d'un prélèvement de l'isthme encéphalique au niveau de l'obex. Des différences morphologiques entre l'isthme encéphalique des moutons et chèvres et celui des bovins ont nécessité quelques ajustements de la méthode de prélèvement. Dans cette étude, les particularités techniques du prélèvement et certaines caractéristiques morphologiques du cerveau ovin sont décrites. Les différences majeures, par rapport aux bovins, sont d'une part les dimensions plus petites, et d'autre part le rétrécissement caudal très marqué de l'isthme encéphalique. [less ▲]

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See detailMons/Maisières : nouvelle occupation paléolithique au site de Maisières-Canal
Miller, Rebecca ULg; Guillaume, Alain; Otte, Marcel ULg

in Chronique de l'Archéologie Wallonne (2002), 10

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See detailGestion de l’information dans les pratiques de soins intégrés
Prevost, Marianne; Della Giustina, Vanni; Gosselain, Yves et al

in Santé Conjuguée (2002), 19

Gestion de l’information dans les pratiques de soins intégrés, autrement dit, GIPSI : tel était le thème d’un forum organisé le 15 décembre 2001 à Natoye par la Fédération des maisons médicales, lequel a ... [more ▼]

Gestion de l’information dans les pratiques de soins intégrés, autrement dit, GIPSI : tel était le thème d’un forum organisé le 15 décembre 2001 à Natoye par la Fédération des maisons médicales, lequel a rassemblé une bonne soixantaine de participants issus de trente et une maisons médicales. L’information, c’est un élément clé pour tous les soignants, toutes les équipes : les pratiques de soins reposent sur, et génèrent, une foule d’informations de tous ordres, qu’il n’est pas toujours aisé de rassembler, de trier, d’exploiter à bon escient… comment organiser le recueil et l’analyse de toutes les informations utiles pour améliorer le bien-être des patients – et des soignants ? Quels systèmes d’information peuvent-ils faire gagner du temps, s’intégrer de manière souple dans le travail quotidien, sans poser trop de difficultés nouvelles ? Comment mieux communiquer entre soignants, entre soignants et patients ? Clarifier les questions relatives au partage de l’information, la transmission, la confidentialité ? [less ▲]

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See detailThe potential of the beta-Microprobe, an intracerebral radiosensitive probe, to monitor the [(18)F]MPPF binding in the rat dorsal raphe nucleus.
Zimmer, L.; Pain, F.; Mauger, G. et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (2002), 29(9), 1237-47

The aim of this study was to demonstrate the ability of a recently developed beta(+)-range sensitive intracerebral probe (beta-Microprobe) to measure the binding kinetics of [(18)F]MPPF, a well-documented ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to demonstrate the ability of a recently developed beta(+)-range sensitive intracerebral probe (beta-Microprobe) to measure the binding kinetics of [(18)F]MPPF, a well-documented 5-HT(1A) serotoninergic receptor ligand, in the dorsal raphe nucleus (DRN) of the anaesthetised rat. This midbrain nucleus presents a high concentration of 5-HT(1A) receptors known to be implicated in the effects of antidepressants. The difficulty confronting this study lay in the fact that the dimensions of the DRN are smaller than the detection volume of the beta-Microprobe. In the first part of the study, we studied the feasibility of this measurement from a theoretical point of view by autoradiography and a Monte Carlo simulation. We determined the optimal beta-Microprobe location close to the DRN and verified that this configuration allowed accurate determination of [(18)F]MPPF specific binding in the nucleus. In the second part of our study, we measured the in vivo time-concentration curves of [(18)F]MPPF binding in the DRN in comparison with the cerebellum. The specificity of [(18)F]MPPF binding in the DRN was confirmed by its displacement after non-labelled 5-HT(1A)antagonist injection (MPPF or WAY-100635). Moreover, we verified the feasibility of using beta-Microprobe monitoring and simultaneous validation by microdialysis to study the effect of an increase in extracellular serotonin, induced by fenfluramine injection, on [(18)F]MPPF binding in the DRN. Our theoretical simulations, confirmed by our experimental results, demonstrate the ability of this new device to monitor in vivo the binding of [(18)F]MPPF in the DRN of anaesthetised rodents. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite ... la paralysie faciale par anastomose hypoglosso-faciale.
Courtmans, I; Born, J D; CARLIER, Alain ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(1), 3-6

Thirteen patients underwent a hypoglosso- or a spino-facial nerve anastomosis between 1990 and 1996. Facial palsy was the result of surgery in 12 cases and of radiosurgery in 1 case. The mean interval ... [more ▼]

Thirteen patients underwent a hypoglosso- or a spino-facial nerve anastomosis between 1990 and 1996. Facial palsy was the result of surgery in 12 cases and of radiosurgery in 1 case. The mean interval between facial palsy and anastomosis was 12 months. Facial nerve function is determined on the basis of clinical examination according to the classification of House-Brackmann and our own evaluation. According to House, 10 patients are classified grade III and 3 grade IV. Our evaluation defines in 10 grade III, 7 good results and 3 fair results. As far as the good results are concerned, the mean interval between palsy and anastomosis is short (< 3 months). The permanent eating and swallowing dysfunctions are consecutive to multiple cranial nerve deficits. The post-paralysis hemifacial spasm is facilitated by prolongated electric stimulations. [less ▲]

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See detailHormonal measurements in late pregnancy and parturition in dairy cows - possible tools to monitor foetal well being
Kornmatitsuk, B.; Veronesi, M. C.; Madej, A. et al

in Animal Reproduction Science (2002), 72(3-4), 153-164

Three dairy heifers (A, B and C) were induced to parturition with two prostaglandin (PG) F-2alpha injections on day 268 and 269 of pregnancy. Signs of approaching parturition were carefully observed. The ... [more ▼]

Three dairy heifers (A, B and C) were induced to parturition with two prostaglandin (PG) F-2alpha injections on day 268 and 269 of pregnancy. Signs of approaching parturition were carefully observed. The following parameters were registered: degrees of calving difficulty, date and time of parturition, calf's birth weight and calf's sex. Body temperature was measured and blood samples were taken every 3 h 3 days before the first PGF(2alpha) injection until 3 days after parturition. The plasma concentrations of the PGF2a metabolite, progesterone, cortisol, oestrone sulphate and pregnancy associated glycoproteins (PAGs) were analysed. Heifers A, B and C delivered 48, 51 and 57 h after the first PGF(2alpha) injection, respectively. Heifer A delivered without any signs of calving difficulty, whereas, the parturition was considered to be slight and moderate difficulty occurred in the delivery of heifers B and C, respectively. The calf of heifer C, without any abnormal gross-evidences, was stillborn. All animals had retained foetal membranes. A slight increase of the PGF(2alpha) metabolite at the time of parturition was found only in heifer C, whereas the levels dramatically increased in all animals 15-24 h after parturition. At the same time, progesterone levels decreased within 3 h after the first PGF(2alpha) injection (P < 0.05) and reached 0.8, 2.7 and 12.4 nmol/l at the time of parturition in heifers A, B and C, respectively. High release of cortisol at the time of parturition was seen in heifer C. Rising levels of oestrone sulphate around the time of parturition were recorded in all heifers, whereas, increasing levels of PAGs were recorded only in heifer A. In conclusion, the patterns of the PGF(2alpha) metabolite, cortisol, progesterone and PAGs were changed in the cases of calving difficulty and stillbirth after PGF(2alpha)-induction of parturition. However, the relationship between oestrone sulphate and PAGs and the status of foetal well being prior to parturition require further elucidation. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailFlexihealth : une méthodologie d'évaluation du stress en situation de changement
De Zanet, Fabrice ULg; Vandenberghe, C.; Bossut, Muriel ULg et al

in Médecine du Travail & Ergonomie= Arbeidsgezondheidszorg & Ergonomie (2002), 39(2), 82-83

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See detailAre all glitazones the same?
Van Gaal, Luc; Scheen, André ULg

in Diabetes/Metabolism Research & Reviews (2002), 18 Suppl 2

This supplement focuses on the benefits of targeting insulin resistance through therapy with a new class of oral antidiabetic agents, the thiazolidinediones (TZDs) or 'glitazones'. There are important ... [more ▼]

This supplement focuses on the benefits of targeting insulin resistance through therapy with a new class of oral antidiabetic agents, the thiazolidinediones (TZDs) or 'glitazones'. There are important differences between the three TZD class members that warrant discussion to enable physicians to make rational and informed therapeutic choices between the agents. Overall the TZDs appear to be similar in their effects on blood glucose, as all class members have demonstrated effective glycaemic control, both as monotherapy and in combination with sulphonylureas, metformin or exogenous insulin. The safety profiles of the three agents are more diverse, with what appear to be 'TZD class effects', (probably mediated via activation of peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma [PPAR gamma]) and 'TZD-specific effects', which are unique to each agent and may be a consequence of differing chemical structures. While rosiglitazone and pioglitazone share some class effects with troglitazone, they have several characteristics that define them as unique agents. By tackling the control of type 2 diabetes through direct effects on insulin resistance, the TZDs represent an important new therapeutic tool for healthcare professionals. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of a foil-coiled inductor for the heating of steel wires
De coster, Jeroen; Deliège, Geoffrey ULg; Henrotte, François et al

in IEE Proceedings - Science, Measurement & Technology (2002), 149(5), 203-206

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See detailOutpatient and home parenteral antibiotic therapy (OHPAT) in low-risk febrile neutropenia: consensus statement of a Belgian panel.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Benoit, Yves; Crokaert, F. et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2002), 57(6), 309-16

Febrile neutropenia requires adequate antibiotic treatment. A subgroup of patients are only at low risk for complications and could be treated at home/as outpatients (OHPAT) after a short initial ... [more ▼]

Febrile neutropenia requires adequate antibiotic treatment. A subgroup of patients are only at low risk for complications and could be treated at home/as outpatients (OHPAT) after a short initial admission for work up. This position paper by a Belgian panel of experts presents criteria defining low-risk in febrile neutropenia, gives an overview of the existing experience and examines the present obstacles to a more widespread use of OHPAT in this country. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance de Acacia Auriculiformis (Cunn. A.) dans le système agroforestier au Sud-Bénin
Fonton, H. N.; Claustriaux, Jean-Jacques ULg; Agbahungba, G.

in Annales des Sciences Agronomiques du Bénin (2002), 3(1), 65-79

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See detailImage du mois. Une tumeur préauriculaire.
Tassoudji, Nazli ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(2), 65-66

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