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See detailFellhanera gyrophorica, a new European species with conspicuous pycnidia
Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg; Coppins, Brian J.; Diederich, Paul et al

in Lichenologist (2001), 33

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See detailThe effects of JL 13, a pyridobenzoxazepine with potential atypical antipsychotic activity, in animal models for schizophrenia
Ellenbroek, Bart; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Bruhwyler, Jacques et al

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (2001), 298

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

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

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See detailNews on antifungal drugs registered in Belgium for the treatment of dermatophytosis in domestic carnivores.
Hamoir, J.; Goret, M.; Mignon, Bernard ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

This note gives a progress report on the various molecules registered in Belgium which can be used for the treatment of dermatophytosis in domestic carnivores. Its purpose is not to develop the ... [more ▼]

This note gives a progress report on the various molecules registered in Belgium which can be used for the treatment of dermatophytosis in domestic carnivores. Its purpose is not to develop the therapeutic protocols used in this type of diseases but rather to describe these compounds according to their pharmacological and toxicological characteristics as well as to define their status in the current legal framework. [less ▲]

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See detailScytalidium Dimidiatum Melanonychia and Scaly Plantar Skin in Four Patients from the Maghreb: Imported Disease or Outbreak in a Belgian Mosque?
Arrese, J. E.; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 202(2), 183-5

Scytalidium dimidiatum is a geophilic dematiaceous, non-dermatophyte mould that can become a pathogen for plants and humans particularly in tropical and subtropical regions. We report 4 cases of S ... [more ▼]

Scytalidium dimidiatum is a geophilic dematiaceous, non-dermatophyte mould that can become a pathogen for plants and humans particularly in tropical and subtropical regions. We report 4 cases of S. dimidiatum onychomycosis presenting clinically as thickened and dark toenails. The skin of the soles was scaly. The time and location of the contaminations were uncertain. Indeed, the patients were ancient immigrants from the Maghreb to Belgium. They were also regularly travelling to their countries of origin. They were also often barefoot in the same Belgian mosque. The disease was unresponsive to current oral antifungal treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailDistance correlations and dynamics of liquid GeSe: An ab initio molecular dynamics study
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Godlevsky, V. V.; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2001), 64

We analyze the structure and dynamics of semiconducting liquid GeSe using ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations. We show the local order of the liquid to be close to that of the low-temperature ... [more ▼]

We analyze the structure and dynamics of semiconducting liquid GeSe using ab initio molecular-dynamics simulations. We show the local order of the liquid to be close to that of the low-temperature crystalline phase. alpha -GeSe. In particular, we show that the Peierls distortion, which defines the a phase and vanishes in the high-temperature beta crystalline phase, reenters GeSe in the melt. Examining the distance histograms allows one to analyze the Ge environment as consisting of a Gese(3) unit and having one Ge-Ge defective bond. Evidence is presented that Peierls distortion is directly responsible for the semiconducting behavior of the melt. The calculated viscosity and electrical conductivity are in agreement with the experiment. An additional neutron-diffraction experiment indicates that this liquid structure is unmodified 200 K above the melting point. [less ▲]

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See detailDendritic cells induce the death of human papillomavirus-transformed keratinocytes
Hubert, Pascale ULg; Giannini, Sandra ULg; Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg et al

in FASEB Journal (2001), 15(13), 2521-2523

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See detailAn Early Devonian flora, including Cooksonia from the Paraná Basin (Brazil)
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Bergamaschi, S.; Pereira, E. et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2001), 116

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See detailN N scattering phase shifts in a chiral constituent quark model
Bartz, Daniel ULg; Stancu, Floarea ULg

in Nuclear Physics A (2001), A688

We study the nucleon-nucleon interaction within a chiral constituent quark model which reproduces succesfully the baryon spectra. We calculate the $^3S_1$ and $^1S_0$ phase shifts by using the resonating ... [more ▼]

We study the nucleon-nucleon interaction within a chiral constituent quark model which reproduces succesfully the baryon spectra. We calculate the $^3S_1$ and $^1S_0$ phase shifts by using the resonating group method. They clearly indicate the presence of a strong repulsive interaction at short distance, due to the spin-flavour symmetry of the quark-quark interaction and of the quark interchange between the two interacting nucleons. A $\sigma$-meson exchange quark-quark interaction, providing a medium-range attraction, helps to get closer to the experimental phase shifts. [less ▲]

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

in Journal of Neurology (2001)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailLe projet préscolaire de l'IEA : Améliorer la connaissance pour accroître la qualité des expériences vécues par les enfants d'âge préscolaire
Hindryckx, Geneviève ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (7-8), 65-69

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See detailThe lipid phosphatase SHIP2 controls insulin sensitivity
Clément, S.; Krause, U.; Desmedt, F. et al

in Nature (2001), 409

Insulin is the primary hormone involved in glucose homeostasis, and impairment of insulin action and/or secretion has a critical role in the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus. Type-II SH2-domain ... [more ▼]

Insulin is the primary hormone involved in glucose homeostasis, and impairment of insulin action and/or secretion has a critical role in the pathogenesis of diabetes mellitus. Type-II SH2-domain-containing inositol 5-phosphatase, or 'SHIP2', is a member of the inositol polyphosphate 5-phosphatase family. In vitro studies have shown that SHIP2, in response to stimulation by numerous growth factors and insulin, is closely linked to signalling events mediated by both phosphoinositide-3-OH kinase and Ras/mitogen-activated protein kinase. Here we report the generation of mice lacking the SHIP2 gene. Loss of SHIP2 leads to increased sensitivity to insulin, which is characterized by severe neonatal hypoglycaemia, deregulated expression of the genes involved in gluconeogenesis, and perinatal death. Adult mice that are heterozygous for the SHIP2 mutation have increased glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity associated with an increased recruitment of the GLUT4 glucose transporter and increased glycogen synthesis in skeletal muscles. Our results show that SHIP2 is a potent negative regulator of insulin signalling and insulin sensitivity in vivo [less ▲]

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See detailArchéométrie et orfèvrerie mosane : émaux du Musée Curtius sous l’œil du cyclotron
George, Philippe ULg; Weber, Georges ULg; Martinot Lucien et al

in Bulletin de l'Institut Historique Liégeois (2001)

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See detailLe XIXe siècle
Duchesne, Jean-Patrick ULg

in Art&fact (2001), 20

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See detailRecommandations de l’association d’épidémiologie et de santé animale concernant la lutte contre la rhinotrachéite infectieuse bovine (IBR) en Belgique
Limbourg, B.; Kerkhofs, P.; Massard, C. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 147

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See detailIsolation of Clostridium perfringens from three neonatal calves with haemorrhagic abomasitis.
Manteca, C.; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Daube, Georges ULg et al

in Revue de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 152

Braxy-like disease with sudden death and acute haemorhagic abomasitis was diagnosed in three Belgian Blue calves : one two-day-old and one one month-old calves, in good condition with no clinical signs ... [more ▼]

Braxy-like disease with sudden death and acute haemorhagic abomasitis was diagnosed in three Belgian Blue calves : one two-day-old and one one month-old calves, in good condition with no clinical signs noted a few hours prior to death, and another two day-old calf, which had shown problems of abomasal dilatation and regurgitation prior to death. Histologically, the abomasal wall were oedematous and emphysematous. A pure and abundant growth of Clostridium perfringens was obtained in anaerobic conditions from the abomasal wall of the three Belgian Blue calves. No bacterial growth was obtained in aerobic conditions. The calf with digestive disorders was also positive for BVD virus by immunofluorescence in the abomasal wall and in the spleen. [less ▲]

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

in Actualités du Droit (2001)

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See detailEtude empirique des estimateurs des taux d'erreur en analyse discriminante
Piraux, François; Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Revue de Statistique Appliquée (2001), XLIX(4), 71-85

Monte Carlo experiments are performed to compare ten parametric and six non parametric estimators of the three error rates (actual, expected and optimal error rate) in discriminant analysis. This ... [more ▼]

Monte Carlo experiments are performed to compare ten parametric and six non parametric estimators of the three error rates (actual, expected and optimal error rate) in discriminant analysis. This comparison is restricted to the context of two p-dimensional normal group conditional distributions with the same covariance matrix. The study shows that certain estimators are markedly superior and users should be warned against some estimators available in statistical softwares. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluations internationales : Les enjeux du jour et de l'histoire
Baye, Ariane ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (7-8), 11-23

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See detailUne action intégrée en vue d'améliorer l'efficacité des systèmes d'enseignement : Le pilotage des systèmes d'enseignement
Demeuse, Marc ULg; Baye, Ariane ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (5-6), 23-50

Cet article s'inspire largement d'un chapitre du rapport non publié déposé en 1998 auprès de la Communauté européenne dans le cadre d'un projet entrepris grâce aux moyens accordés par l'action III.3.1 du ... [more ▼]

Cet article s'inspire largement d'un chapitre du rapport non publié déposé en 1998 auprès de la Communauté européenne dans le cadre d'un projet entrepris grâce aux moyens accordés par l'action III.3.1 du programme Socrates (Marc Demeuse) [less ▲]

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See detailMons/Maisières : le site de plein air de Maisières-Canal
Miller, Rebecca ULg; Otte, Marcel ULg; Haesaerts, Paul

in Chronique de l'Archéologie Wallonne (2001), 9

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See detailPSA kinetics after external beam radiotherapy alone or combined with an iridium brachytherapy boost to deliver 85 grays to prostatic adenocarcinoma.
Nickers, Philippe ULg; Coppens, Luc ULg; Beauduin, M. et al

in Strahlentherapie und Onkologie (2001), 177(2), 90-5

PURPOSE: Increasing the dose to prostatic adenocarcinoma in conformal external beam therapy (EBT) has resulted in increased levels of PSA normalization and increased percentage of biochemical disease-free ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Increasing the dose to prostatic adenocarcinoma in conformal external beam therapy (EBT) has resulted in increased levels of PSA normalization and increased percentage of biochemical disease-free survival rates. However technical problems due to prostate motion inside the pelvis or patients' set-up make difficult the realization of the EBT boost fields above 72 Gy. Brachytherapy which overcomes these problems was investigated to deliver the boost dose to achieve 85 Gy. PSA nadir which has been identified as the strongest independent predictor of any failure in many studies has been used as the end point for early evaluation of this work. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a retrospective way we report on 163 patients' PSA kinetics after EBT alone to 68 Gy or EBT first and a brachytherapy boost up to 75 or 85 Gy. RESULTS: At 12 months follow-up, PSA nadirs percentage < or = 0.5 or < or = 1 ng/ml increased from 7.5 and 20.7% after 68 Gy EBT to 49.8 and 71.2% after a brachytherapy boost to deliver 85 Gy (p < 0.0001). In the Cox PH model analysis, the total dose remained the most important factor for predicting PSA normalization. CONCLUSIONS: These results are in accordance with the most recent results published after conformal EBT at the same 80 Gy level of dose. If confirmed on a higher number of patients they could place brachytherapy among the most accurate methods of boosting in the radiation treatment of prostatic carcinoma. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of inulin with urea as dilutional markers of bronchoalveolar lavage in healthy and heaves-affected horses.
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Dogne, S. et al

in Veterinary Research (2001), 32(2), 145-154

Solute analysis in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid involves the use of dilutional markers to correct for variable recovery of pulmonary epithelial lining fluid (PELF). Urea is the best characterised ... [more ▼]

Solute analysis in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid involves the use of dilutional markers to correct for variable recovery of pulmonary epithelial lining fluid (PELF). Urea is the best characterised endogenous marker, whereas inulin appears to meet the requirements of an exogenous marker. In horses, the use of inulin has never been investigated and the impact of lower airway diseases such as heaves, on PELF recovery is unknown. In this study, five healthy and five heaves-affected horses underwent airway endoscopy and bronchoalveolar lavage. PELF recovery from bronchoalveolar lavage was calculated by the inulin and the urea method. The inulin method was compared to the urea method and differences between healthy and heaves-affected horses were analysed. From a technical and analytical point of view, inulin fulfilled the requirements of a marker of dilution as well as urea. When both healthy and heaves-affected horses groups were pooled together, PELF recovery calculated by the inulin method was significantly higher than by the urea method (6.43+/-4.08% versus 0.789+/-0.299%, P < 0.005). No significant differences were observed between healthy and heaves-affected horses, neither by the inulin nor by the urea method. Inulin did not present major advantages over urea, but the combined use of both markers can improve the standardisation of studies comparing PELF compounds, by providing upper limits (inulin dilution) and lower limits (urea dilution) of PELF recovery. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailEpisphalosomic Syndrome : A Mca Syndrome Ressembling Fanconi Anemia, with Increased Baseline Level of Chromosome Breaks but No Hypersensivity to Clastogens
Verloes, Alain ULg; JAMAR, Mauricette ULg; Dideberg, Vinciane ULg et al

in Annales de Génétique (2001), 44(2, Apr-Jun), 59-62

We describe a child with facial dysmorphism (trigonocephaly, epicanthus, upturned nose, small ears), thumb hypoplasia, micropenis, jejunal atresia and moderate mental retardation with dysphasia ... [more ▼]

We describe a child with facial dysmorphism (trigonocephaly, epicanthus, upturned nose, small ears), thumb hypoplasia, micropenis, jejunal atresia and moderate mental retardation with dysphasia. Cytogenetic workup revealed high spontaneous level of chromosomal aberrations (without specific pattern and no quadriradial figures) and borderline to absent hypersensitivity to mitomycin C, making a diagnosis of Fanconi anemia unlikely. The child described here shares similarities with a small number of previous reports. We suggest to refer to this entity as episphalosomic syndrome. Episphalosomic syndrome shows some clinical overlap with Fanconi anemia, but lacks its cytogenetic hallmark. The hematological complications of Fanconi anemia have not been reported in this entity. [less ▲]

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See detailThe metropolis-hastings algorithm, a handy tool for the practice of environmental model estimation : illustration with the biochemical oxygen demand data
Torre, F.; Boreux, Jean-Jacques ULg; Parent, E.

in Cybergeo : Revue Européenne de Géographie = Cybergeo - European Journal of Geography (2001), 187

Environmental scientists often face situations where: (i) stimulus-response relationships are non-linear; (ii) data are rare or imprecise; (iii) facts are uncertain and stimulus-responses relationships ... [more ▼]

Environmental scientists often face situations where: (i) stimulus-response relationships are non-linear; (ii) data are rare or imprecise; (iii) facts are uncertain and stimulus-responses relationships are questionable.In this paper, we focus on the first two points. A powerful and easy-to-use statistical method, the Metropolis-Hastings algorithm, allows the quantification of the uncertainty attached to any model response. This stochastic simulation technique is able to reproduce the statistical joint distribution of the whole parameter set of any model. The Metropolis-Hastings algorithm is described and illustrated on a typical environmental model: the biochemical oxygen demand (BOD). The aim is to provide a helpful guideline for further, and ultimately more complex, models. As a first illustration, the MH-method is also applied to a simple regression example to demonstrate to the practitioner the ability of the algorithm to produce valid results. [less ▲]

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

in Hautes Fagnes (2001), 243

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See detailDes gribouillis aux premières lettres : le développement précoce de l’écrit.
Maillart, Christelle ULg; Schelstrate, Marie-Anne

in Langage et l'Homme (Le) : Recherches Pluridisciplinaires sur le Langage (2001), 34(2), 103-120

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See detailEffect of Ketoconazole 1% and 2% Shampoos on Severe Dandruff and Seborrhoeic Dermatitis: Clinical, Squamometric and Mycological Assessments
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg; Arrese, J. E. et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 202(2), 171-6

Ketoconazole (KET) is active to control dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. Objective assessments comparing the 1% and 2% shampoo formulations are scant. This open, randomized parallel-group trial was ... [more ▼]

Ketoconazole (KET) is active to control dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. Objective assessments comparing the 1% and 2% shampoo formulations are scant. This open, randomized parallel-group trial was carried out to differentiate the effectiveness of KET 1% and 2% in severe dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. A total of 66 patients with severe dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis were randomized to each of the two groups. A 2-week run-in phase was followed by a 4-week treatment phase, in turn followed by a 4-week follow-up. The efficacy of treatments was evaluated by combining squamometry X, Malassezia spp. counts and clinical assessments. After 2 and 4 weeks of treatment, KET 2% was significantly superior over KET 1% (p < 0.001) for decreasing both in flakiness and Malassezia density from baseline. The same trend was observed in the mean change from baseline in the overall dandruff severity score. Only 6 mild adverse events were reported. During follow-up KET 2% showed a trend to fewer relapses than KET 1%. KET 2% had superior efficacy compared to KET 1% in the treatment of severe dandruff and scalp seborrhoeic dermatitis. Biometrological evaluations were correlated with the clinical improvements and therefore useful to incorporate in future dandruff studies. [less ▲]

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See detailIleo-caecal actinomycosis: Report of a case simulating complicated inflammatory bowel disease
Postal, Alain; Detry, Olivier ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2001), 64(4, Oct-Dec), 318-320

Abdominal actinomycosis is a rare infectious disease caused by Actinomyces israelii, a gram-positive anaerobic saprophyte germ that is a normal inhabitant of the upper intestinal tract in humans ... [more ▼]

Abdominal actinomycosis is a rare infectious disease caused by Actinomyces israelii, a gram-positive anaerobic saprophyte germ that is a normal inhabitant of the upper intestinal tract in humans. Actinomyces israelii rarely cause abdominal infections or actinomycosis. Abdominal actinomysosis is characterised by fistulae and abscesses and may mimic cancer or inflammatory bowel disease. Abdominal actinomycosis is difficult to diagnose preoperatively, and often require surgical removal of the diseased tissue, allowing pathologists for giving the definitive diagnosis, revealed by characteristic "sulfur granules". The authors report herein the case of a 47-year-old man who presented with diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Abdominal computed tomography evoked complicated inflammatory bowel disease and surgical procedure was decided. Laparoscopic exploration did not provide further significant information, and laparotomy with diseased bowel resection was performed. Pathology demonstrated "sulfur granules" and allowed the diagnosis of abdominal actinomycosis. This case demonstrated that abdominal actinomycosis should be included in the differential diagnosis when computed tomography shows an infiltrative and inflammatory mass. [less ▲]

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See detailAdding olanzapine to venlafaxine in treatment-refractory non-psychotic chronic depression
PITCHOT, William ULg; ANSSEAU, Marc ULg

in American Journal of Psychiatry (The) (2001)

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See detailLes devoirs : un canal de communication entre l’école et la famille ?
Poncelet, Débora; Schillings, Patricia ULg; Hindryckx, Geneviève ULg et al

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2001), 20

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See detailDefict in recognition of emotional facial expression are still oresent in alcoholics after mid to long term abstinence
Kornreich, C; Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Philippot, P et al

in Journal of Studies on Alcohol (2001), 62(4), 533-542

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See detailSpécificité et histoire des discours sémiotiques
Badir, Sémir ULg; Arrivé, Michel

in Linx (2001), 44

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

in Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique (2001), 25

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

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

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See detailGene structure and promoter function of a teleost ribosomal protein: a tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) L18 gene
Molina, Alfredo; Iyengar, Arati; Marins, Luis F. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2001), 1520(3), 195-202

We have cloned and characterized a tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) L18 ribosomal protein gene, including the complete transcribed region and 488 bp of upstream regulatory sequences. We have also ... [more ▼]

We have cloned and characterized a tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) L18 ribosomal protein gene, including the complete transcribed region and 488 bp of upstream regulatory sequences. We have also isolated two L18 cDNAs from another tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) with a few conservative nucleotide differences. Our results suggest the presence of two genes in both species. Reporter constructs were tested for transient expression in CV1 cells and in microinjected zebrafish and tilapia embryos. The tilapia L18 promoter was able to drive expression of the reporter gene in all three experiments, with no apparent preference for a particular tissue. The tilapia L18 promoter is therefore likely to be a powerful tool to drive tissue-independent gene expression in fish. [less ▲]

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See detailLes bois de cerf : revue de littérature scientifique
Crigel, M-H; Balligand, Marc ULg; Heinen, Ernst ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

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See detailThe callipyge (CLPG) mutation enhances the expression of the coregulated DLK1, GTL2, PEG11 and MEG8 genes in cis without affecting their imprinting status
Charlier, Carole ULg; SEGERS, Karin ULg; Karim, Latifa ULg et al

in Nature Genetics (2001), 27

The callipyge (CLPG) phenotype (from kappa(alpha)lambda(iota), "beautiful," and pi(iota)gamma(epsilon), "buttocks") described in sheep is an inherited muscular hypertrophy that is subject to an unusual ... [more ▼]

The callipyge (CLPG) phenotype (from kappa(alpha)lambda(iota), "beautiful," and pi(iota)gamma(epsilon), "buttocks") described in sheep is an inherited muscular hypertrophy that is subject to an unusual parent-of-origin effect referred to as polar overdominance: only heterozygous individuals having inherited the CLPG mutation from their sire exhibit the muscular hypertrophy. The callipyge (clpg) locus was mapped to a chromosome segment of approximately 400 kb (refs. 2-4), which was shown to contain four genes (DLK1, GTL2, PEG11 and MEG8) that are preferentially expressed in skeletal muscle and subject to parental imprinting in this tissue. Here we describe the effect of the CLPG mutation on the expression of these four genes, and demonstrate that callipyge individuals have a unique expression profile that may account for the observed polar overdominance. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Influence of Fetal and Postnatal Growth on Heart Rate Variability in Young Infants
Massin, M. M.; Withofs, Nadia ULg; Maeyns, K. et al

in Cardiology (2001), 95(2), 80-3

Heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of cardiac autonomic control, was analyzed in infants to assess the hypothesis that early undernutrition may induce autonomic dysfunction that could play a role in ... [more ▼]

Heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of cardiac autonomic control, was analyzed in infants to assess the hypothesis that early undernutrition may induce autonomic dysfunction that could play a role in the programming of later cardiovascular disease. HRV data were collected during a night session in 546 healthy infants at 5-12 weeks of adjusted age, and statistical associations with fetal and postnatal growth indices were established. A significant positive correlation between birth weight, the ratio of neonatal weight to head circumference and postnatal weight gain, and HRV indices mostly influenced by sympathetic activity was demonstrated in 11- and 12-week-old infants. A slight correlation (p > 0.05) was also found in younger infants. These data suggest the influence of fetal and postnatal growth on the programming of the autonomic nervous system beyond the neonatal period. This influence may be one of the important mechanisms that link impaired growth in fetal and infant life to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease during childhood and adulthood (the Barker hypothesis). [less ▲]

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See detailNote de lecture - 385. Un vers de Cassius de Parme (CRF tg. fr. inc. 4 Ribbeck)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (2001), 60(2, APR-JUN), 464-465

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See detailAlternative mating tactics in the alpine newt Triturus alpestris alpestris
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Poncin, Pascal ULg; Ruwet, Jean-Claude

in Journal of Herpetology (2001), 35(1), 62-67

Sexual behaviors in dyadic encounters in the alpine newt, Triturus alpestris alpestris, is described to test whether male behavior is influenced by external cues, that is, female responsiveness. Depending ... [more ▼]

Sexual behaviors in dyadic encounters in the alpine newt, Triturus alpestris alpestris, is described to test whether male behavior is influenced by external cues, that is, female responsiveness. Depending on this factor, a male exhibits one of the two following tactics during the sperm transfer phase. The male either waits for a positive response from the female before initiating sperm transfer ("waiting" tactic), or creeps and deposits a spermatophore in front of a nonresponsive female ("luring" tactic). The sperm transfer success rates of these tactics are 31% and 6%, respectively,and encounter success rates, 64% and 8%, respectively. The success of the second tactic is linked to behaviors that lure the female, notably quiver and distal lure. The same individual can exhibit both tactics, and neither body size nor condition appears to influence the tactic a male exhibits. These tactics can be interpreted as the result of a conditional strategy, that is, a strategy that allows an individual to incorporate information about its ability to obtain fitness through alternative tactics and then express the tactic that maximizes its fitness. More particularly, these tactics are examples of a side-payment strategy, that is, a strategy that allows individuals to achieve small gains by capitalizing on passing opportunities. [less ▲]

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See detailL'assurance de qualité et le médecin de famille.
Roland, Michel; Prevost, Marianne; Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in Archives of Public Health (2001), 59

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See detailTeloptosis, a Turning Point in Hair Shedding Biorhythms
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 203(2), 115-7

The timing regulation of the hair growth phases is quite complex. We name teloptosis the termination of the telogen phase with hair shedding. The initiation of the next anagen I phase is independent from ... [more ▼]

The timing regulation of the hair growth phases is quite complex. We name teloptosis the termination of the telogen phase with hair shedding. The initiation of the next anagen I phase is independent from teloptosis. Both events are triggered by distinct factors. Indeed, teloptosis is the result of the loss of adhesion between cells of the club hair and those of its epithelial envelope. Teloptosis synchronization is perceived as telogen effluvium, related or not to shortening of the anagen phase. Subtle changes leading to early or delayed teloptosis affect hair density. It is possible to distinguish two types of telogen hairs on a trichogram. Those with an epithelial sheath indicate strong binding, suggesting early telogen, whereas the absence of an epithelial sheath indicates loose binding, conveying teloptosis. [less ▲]

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See detailCushing's disease in childhood: presentation, investigation, treatment and long-term outcome.
Savage, M. O.; Lienhardt, A.; LEBRETHON, Marie-Christine ULg et al

in Hormone research (2001), 55 Suppl 1

Seventeen patients with Cushing's disease (CD) were treated from 1978 to 2000. There were 11 males and 6 females aged 6.8-18.8 years (mean age 13.0 +/- 5.9 years). Presenting features were: weight gain ... [more ▼]

Seventeen patients with Cushing's disease (CD) were treated from 1978 to 2000. There were 11 males and 6 females aged 6.8-18.8 years (mean age 13.0 +/- 5.9 years). Presenting features were: weight gain (100%); growth failure (71%); hirsutism (53%); striae (53%); hypertension (47%). Mean age of patients with striae was 15.2 +/- 2.3 years, without striae 10.3 +/- 3.3 years. Median height SDS was -1.81 (range -0.28 to -4.17), 53% having height SDS < -1.8. The height velocity in 6 subjects was subnormal (0.9-3.8 cm/year). Median BMI SDS was 2.29 (range 1.72-5.06). Cushing's disease was confirmed by detectable serum ACTH, median 28 ng/l (range 12-99, NR <10-50) (n = 15); loss of cortisol circadian rhythm values at midnight ranging from 216 to 1,080 nmol/l (NR <50) (n = 15); lack of cortisol suppression (NV < 50 nmol/l) during low-dose dexamethasone suppression test (LDDST) (0.5 mg 6-hourly x 8) (n = 14); and >50% suppression of cortisol compared with the basal value during high-dose dexamethasone suppression test (HDDST) (2 mg 6-hourly x 8) (n = 14). A CRH test (1 microg/kg i.v.) showed an increase of cortisol from 12 to 217% (median 73.5%) (n = 16). Pituitary imaging (CT/MRI) showed an image consistent with microadenoma in 6/17 patients, but there was concordance between pituitary imaging and surgical findings in 1/11 patients (9%). Inferior petrosal sinus sampling (IPSS) for ACTH after CRH was performed in 11 subjects (age 10.7-18.8 years). Central to peripheral ACTH ratios were >2 (2.5-157.2) in 10/11 patients. The inter-petrosal sinus ACTH gradient was >1.4 in 10 patients (2.1-20.8), indicating lateralization of ACTH secretion. In 10 patients (91%), the side of the tumour on IPSS was predictive of findings at surgery. Therapy consisted of transsphenoidal microadenomectomy (TSS) in 16 patients and bilateral adrenalectomy (1978) in 1. Following TSS alone, 7 patients were cured (cortisol <50 nmol/l) and 2 were in remission (cortisol <300 nmol/l), i.e. 56%. Seven had persisting hypercortisolaemia and underwent pituitary irradiation (4,500 cGy). Therapeutic outcome for a median of 8 years (0.5-24 years) resulted in cure of CD in 14/17 patients (82%) and remission in 1. Linear growth after TSS +/- pituitary irradiation in 10 subjects showed no short-term catch-up growth, with peak growth hormone (GH) 0.5-20.9 mU/l to insulin tolerance test (ITT)/glucagon. Eight patients were treated with human growth hormone (hGH) (14 U/m(2)/week) combined in 3 with GnRH analogue. The mean final (n = 6) or latest (n = 4) height SDS was -1.36. The difference between final/latest height SDS and target height SDS was 0.93 +/- 1.13, i.e. less (p = 0.005) than the difference between height SDS and target height SDS at presentation, i.e. 1.72 +/- 1.26, indicating long-term catch-up growth. [less ▲]

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See detailA second locality for Xanthoparmelia idahoensis Hale, an endangered vagrant lichen, new to Canada
Goffinet, Bernard; Rosentreter, Roger; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Evansia (2001), 18

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See detailObesite: aspects therapeutiques.
Scheen, André ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (2001), 156(10-12), 471-9480-2

Obesity is now recognized as a chronic disease. Its treatment implies a prolonged negative energy balance, by reducing caloric intake and/or increasing energy expenditure. In practice, three therapeutic ... [more ▼]

Obesity is now recognized as a chronic disease. Its treatment implies a prolonged negative energy balance, by reducing caloric intake and/or increasing energy expenditure. In practice, three therapeutic approaches can be considered: 1) life-style modifications, combining well-balanced hypocaloric diet and regular physical exercise, the key-issue in obesity management; 2) in case of failure and as adjunct treatment, anti-obesity drugs, especially orlistat, an intestinal lipase inhibitor, and sibutramine, a central appetite regulator; and 3) in patients with extreme refractory obesity, surgical procedures consisting of gastric restriction (gastroplasty) or intestinal bypass. Anti-obesity treatments must be evaluated in the long run, in terms of efficacy/safety ratio, upon criteria of weight loss, reduction in associated risk factors, improvement of quality of life and, if possible, reduction of morbidity and mortality. [less ▲]

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See detailEn Bloc Excision of Nonpalpable Breast Lesions Using the Advanced Breast Biopsy Instrumentation System: An Alternative to Needle Guided Surgery?
Lifrange, Eric ULg; Dondelinger, R. F.; Fridman, Viviana ULg et al

in European Radiology (2001), 11(5), 796-801

This study was prospectively conducted to evaluate the clinical potential of the advanced breast biopsy instrumentation (ABBI) system as an alternative to needle localization and open surgery in the ... [more ▼]

This study was prospectively conducted to evaluate the clinical potential of the advanced breast biopsy instrumentation (ABBI) system as an alternative to needle localization and open surgery in the management of nonpalpable breast lesions (NPBL). One hundred and eighty-six consecutive patients were referred for management of NPBL. Thirty-six underwent an ABBI procedure, offered as a first step before possible surgery for lesions which would in any case have required complete excision. The 18 patients with a malignant ABBI biopsy underwent re-excision of the biopsy site and axillary dissection was carried out in cases of infiltrating carcinoma. The other 150 patients underwent image-guided needle biopsy. Following these procedures, 60/150 (40%) patients underwent needle-guided surgery. Finally, 96/186 (51%) patients required complete excision. A total of 43 benign lesions and 53 carcinomas were confirmed. Thirty-six out of 96 (38%) excisions were obtained with the ABBI system; 17/43 (40%) benign lesions and 11/53 (21%) carcinomas were completely removed with the ABBI system. Out of 9 malignant specimens with a pathological size less than 10 mm, 5/9 (55%) had tumor-free margins and in 8/9 (89%) no residual disease was found at re-excision. The preliminary results of this study suggest that, in selected cases, en bloc excision using the ABBI procedure could be an alternative to conventional surgery. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailImmunocytochemistry of the golden hamster pituitary during chronic administration of diethylstilbestrol: a quantitative analysis using laser scanning microscopy
Van Cauwenberge, A.; Nonclercq, D.; Laurent, G. et al

in Histochemistry & Cell Biology (2001), 115

The aim of this study was to examine by immunohistochemistry the morphologic changes affecting pituitary cell populations in male Syrian hamsters undergoing chronic exposure (3 days to 9 months) to ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to examine by immunohistochemistry the morphologic changes affecting pituitary cell populations in male Syrian hamsters undergoing chronic exposure (3 days to 9 months) to diethylstilbestrol (DES). Cell proliferation in the hypophysis was monitored by the immunohistochemical demonstration of S-phase cells after pulse labeling with 5-bromo-2'-deoxyuridine. Cell proliferation analysis was combined with the identification of different cell populations by immunostaining with antisera raised against hypophyseal hormones. Sections processed for double-label immunofluorescence were examined by confocal microscopy. In the adenohypophysis, the relative surface occupied by gonadotrophs and thyrotrophs decreased rapidly during the first months of treatment while corticotroph and somatotroph populations remained unaffected. Accordingly, the incidence of S-phase cells in these four cell populations was lower than or similar to control values. In contrast, lactotrophs increased gradually during the first month of exposure to DES to reach a maximum value at 2-4 months. At the beginning, this increase was primarily due to hyperplasia but later on it also involved cellular hypertrophy. Somatomammotrophs did not seem to be involved in this model. In the pars intermedia, the labeling index of melanotrophs rose rapidly to reach values 5-6 times higher than controls. After 4 months, neoplasms originating from the pars intermedia were seen invading both the neuro- and the adenohypophysis. At the end of treatment, the pituitary was markedly enlarged resulting from the development of an adenoma of the pars intermedia [less ▲]

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See detailAdditive and dominance genetic variance of fertility by method R and preconditioned conjugate gradient
Druet, Tom ULg; Solkner, J.; Groen, A. F. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2001), 84(4), 9871-98716

The objectives of this study were threefold: 1) estimation of additive and dominance genetic variances for fertility traits for Austrian Simmental and Brown Swiss dairy cattle; 2) use of method R and the ... [more ▼]

The objectives of this study were threefold: 1) estimation of additive and dominance genetic variances for fertility traits for Austrian Simmental and Brown Swiss dairy cattle; 2) use of method R and the preconditioned conjugate gradient compared to solving for method R by second-order Jacobi iteration; and 3) study of the impact of inclusion of parental subclass effects on solutions for other random effects. Dominance variances were modeled for the inseminated cow and ranged from 0.32 to 1.36% of total variance. These values were similar to values for additive effects, which were approximately 1% of total variance. Convergence was clearly improved with preconditioned conjugate gradient and number of extrapolations reduced. Variance for permanent environment under a model without dominance could be split into a new estimate of permanent environmental variance and parental subclass variance. Solutions for parental subclass dominance effects were approximately proportional to permanent environment effects, but highly dependent on the number of animals contributing dominance relationships, especially full-sibs and three-quarter-sibs. For animals with a lot of dominance information (full-sibs, three-quarter-sibs, cousins), permanent environment and parental subclass dominance effects were nearly independent. Changes in additive effects were negligible, probably because both variances for parental subclass dominance effects and additive genetic effects were very small compared with residual variance. [less ▲]

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See detailAn On-line Glossary as a way to foster the construction of a common culture among urban experts, stakeholders and decision-makers
Teller, Jacques ULg

in Construction Innovation (2001), 1/4

Negotiation and public participation are a key aspect of present urban development projects. Argumentation support tools, based on the Toulmin logic, have often been presented as a way to increase the ... [more ▼]

Negotiation and public participation are a key aspect of present urban development projects. Argumentation support tools, based on the Toulmin logic, have often been presented as a way to increase the accountability of the debates between the different urban actors. It should still be assumed that any collaborative decision making requires some common culture to make the dialogue possible and constructive. Such a common understanding of basic terms, references and methods is often missing in present-day urban disputes, especially when complex issues like cultural heritage are at stake. The present paper discusses the relevancy of Web Glossaries as a way to build up such a common culture among urban experts, stakeholders and decision-makers. [less ▲]

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See detailNitric oxide: does it play a role in the heart of the critically ill?
MASSION, Paul ULg; Moniotte, S.; Balligand, J. L.

in Current Opinion in Critical Care (2001), 7(5), 323-36

Nitric oxide regulates many aspects of myocardial function, not only in the normal heart but also in ischemic and nonischemic heart failure, septic cardiomyopathy, cardiac allograft rejection, and ... [more ▼]

Nitric oxide regulates many aspects of myocardial function, not only in the normal heart but also in ischemic and nonischemic heart failure, septic cardiomyopathy, cardiac allograft rejection, and myocarditis. Accumulating evidence implicates the endogenous production of nitric oxide in the regulation of myocardial contractility, distensibility, heart rate, coronary vasodilation, myocardial oxygen consumption, mitochondrial respiration, and apoptosis. The effects of nitric oxide promote left ventricular mechanical efficiency, ie, appropriate matching between cardiac work and myocardial oxygen consumption. Most of these beneficial effects are attributed to the low physiologic concentrations generated by the constitutive endothelial or neuronal nitric oxide synthase. By contrast, inducible nitric oxide synthase generates larger concentrations of nitric oxide over longer periods of time, leading to mostly detrimental effects. In addition, the recently identified beta3-adrenoceptor mediates a negative inotropic effect through coupling to endothelial nitric oxide synthase and is overexpressed in heart failure. An imbalance between beta 1 and beta2-adrenoceptor and beta3-adrenoceptor, with a prevailing influence of beta3-adrenoceptor, may play a causal role in the pathogenesis of cardiac diseases such as terminal heart failure. Likewise, changes in the expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase or inducible nitric oxide synthase within the myocardium may alter the delicate balance between the effects of nitric oxide produced by either of these isoforms. New treatments such as selective inducible nitric oxide synthase blockade, endothelial nitric oxide synthase promoting therapies, and selective beta3-adrenoceptor modulators may offer promising new therapeutic approaches to optimize the care of critically ill patients according to their stage and specific underlying disease process. [less ▲]

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See detailBiogeography and ecology of paedomorphosis in Triturus alpestris (Amphibia, Caudata)
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Duguet, R.; Džukić, Georg et al

in Journal of Biogeography (2001), 28(10), 1271-1280

Aim Paedomorphosis is an evolutionary change in which larval structures are retained in adult animals. In newts and salamanders, this heterochronic process is widely represented and concerns the retention ... [more ▼]

Aim Paedomorphosis is an evolutionary change in which larval structures are retained in adult animals. In newts and salamanders, this heterochronic process is widely represented and concerns the retention of gill slits. We want to find out whether ecological and geographical determinants may be associated with paedomorphosis in the Alpine newt Triturus alpestris. Location Europe. Methods Determination of the main characteristics of all known aquatic sites containing paedomorphic Alpine newt individuals. Results Although metamorphs are common in Europe, paedomorphs are only found at the southern margin of the geographical range of the species: mainly in Italy and in the Balkans. They were recorded in eighty-seven aquatic sites. No single trend was outlined for the analysed ecological parameters of the aquatic and terrestrial habitats (e.g. altitude, maximum water depth, drying and presence of forest). Main conclusions Contrary to the first models of paedomorphosis, the main traits of aquatic and terrestrial habitat do not explain the occurrence of paedomorphs in natural populations. Although they were found in favourable aquatic habitats surrounded by hostile terrestrial landscapes, they also exist in temporary waters located at proximity of appropriate terrestrial environments. These results support models predicting paedomorphosis in varied environments, but require complementary investigations on the costs and benefits of the alternative ontogenetic pathways. On the other hand, the southern limitation of the heterochronic phenomenon suggests a genetic basis for paedomorphosis in the studied species. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Nature And Persistence Of The Oviposition Deterring Pheromone In The Tracks Of The Larvae Of The Two Spot Ladybird, Adalia Bipunctata (Coleoptera : Coccinellidae)
Hemptinne, Jl.; Lognay, Georges ULg; Doumbia, M. et al

in Chemoecology (2001), 11(1), 43-47

Aphidophagous ladybirds are reluctant to oviposit in patches of prey where conspecific larvae are present. This is adaptive as larval cannibalism is a major threat to egg survival. Ladybirds avoid laying ... [more ▼]

Aphidophagous ladybirds are reluctant to oviposit in patches of prey where conspecific larvae are present. This is adaptive as larval cannibalism is a major threat to egg survival. Ladybirds avoid laying eggs in such patches by responding to a species specific oviposition deterring pheromone present in the tracks of larvae. This study revealed that the oviposition deterring pheromone consists of a mixture of alkanes of which n-pentacosane is the major component (15.1%). These alkanes are likely to spread easily on the hydrophobic cuticle of plants and so leave a large signal. In addition, they are not quickly oxidized and therefore provide a long lasting signal. The latter was confirmed by the observation that 10 day old tracks still deterred oviposition. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling migration from high-density polyethylene containers into concentrated solutions used as food flavourings
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Panhaleux, V.; Vanzeveren, E. et al

in Food Additives & Contaminants (2001), 18(11), 1040-1045

Migration from high-density polyethylene into different liquids (hexane, ethanol, lemon terpenes and their emulsions) was modelled using the response surfaces method. Polynomial equations (z = A + Bx + Cy ... [more ▼]

Migration from high-density polyethylene into different liquids (hexane, ethanol, lemon terpenes and their emulsions) was modelled using the response surfaces method. Polynomial equations (z = A + Bx + Cy + Dx(2) + Ey(2) + Fxy) were established and parameters determined for each compound. Correlation coefficients were generally > 90%. Analysis indicated that 2,4-bis(1,1-dimethylethyl) phenol, probably due to the degradation of the antioxidant additive tris(2,4- bis(1,1-dimethylethyl) phenyl) phosphite, migrated into each liquid tested, whatever the temperature. Oligomers (10-30 carbons) terminated by a vinyl group were also detected. [less ▲]

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See detailGenèse, évolution et multiples facettes d'une maladie inhabituelle affectant le hêtre en région wallonne
Huart, Olivier; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2001), 52

Les hêtraies wallonnes, principalement situées en Ardenne et en Gaume, sont victimes depuis près de 2 ans d'un problème sanitaire dont l'incidence au plan sylvicole et économique apparaît réellement ... [more ▼]

Les hêtraies wallonnes, principalement situées en Ardenne et en Gaume, sont victimes depuis près de 2 ans d'un problème sanitaire dont l'incidence au plan sylvicole et économique apparaît réellement catastrophique depuis le début de l'année 2001. Une recherche entamée mi-2000 a permis d'effectuer de très nombreuses observations et d'émettre diverses hypothèses quant à l'origine et au processus de développement d'une maladie mettant en jeu des champignons lignivores et des insectes ravageurs du bois. Cette recherche entre aujourd'hui dans sa seconde phase destinée non seulement à assurer le suivi méthodique de la maladie mais aussi à vérifier le bien-fondé des principales hypothèses émises concernant son origine et à cerner les mécanismes de propagation d'insectes dont les attaques n'ont cessé de croître depuis mars 2001. Ces attaques massives ont justifié la mise en place d'actions de recherche complémentaires et plus ciblées destinées à mieux comprendre la biologie des insectes incriminés et de proposer des moyens de lutte appropriés. Dans les lignes qui suivent nous présentons, sur la base d'observations menées depuis 10 mois, une analyse relativement fouillée de la situation en abordant successivement : l'historique de cette maladie, sa distribution, les symptômes les plus fréquemment observés ainsi que les agents causals, les axes prioritaires des recherches en cours, les conséquences tant économiques que sylvicoles et écologiques, et enfin les principaux moyens de lutte envisageable, compte tenu de l'état actuel des connaissances. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of post-transcriptional regulation of chemokine genes by oxidative stress.
JOSSE, Claire ULg; Boelaert, J. R.; Best-Belpomme, M. et al

in Biochemical Journal (2001), 360(Pt 2), 321-33

The transcription factor, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappa B), is activated by various stimuli including cytokines, radiation, viruses and oxidative stress. Here we show that, although induction with H(2 ... [more ▼]

The transcription factor, nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappa B), is activated by various stimuli including cytokines, radiation, viruses and oxidative stress. Here we show that, although induction with H(2)O(2) gives rise to NF-kappa B nuclear translocation in both lymphocyte (CEM) and monocyte (U937) cells, it leads only to the production of mRNA species encoding interleukin-8 (IL-8) and macrophage inflammatory protein 1 alpha in U937 cells. Under similar conditions these mRNA species are not observed in CEM cells. With the use of a transient transfection assay of U937 cells transfected with reporter constructs of the IL-8 promoter and subsequently treated with H(2)O(2), we show that (1) IL-8-promoter-driven transcription is stimulated in both U937 and CEM cells and (2) the NF-kappa B site is crucial for activation because its deletion abolishes activation by H(2)O(2). The production of IL-8 mRNA in U937 cells is inhibited by the NF-kappa B inhibitors clasto-lactacystin-beta-lactone and E-64D (l-3-trans-ethoxycarbonyloxirane-2-carbonyl-L-leucine-3-methyl amide) but requires protein synthesis de novo. Moreover, inhibition of the p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase also decreases the IL-8 mRNA up-regulation mediated by H(2)O(2). Taken together, these results show the importance of post-transcriptional events controlled by a p38-dependent pathway in the production of IL-8 mRNA in U937. The much lower activation of p38 in CEM cells in response to H(2)O(2) could explain the lack of stabilization of IL-8 mRNA in these cells. [less ▲]

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See detailÀ Stavelot-Malmedy entre 1080 et 1130. Cinquante ans de vie monastique revisités
George, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin des Bibliophiles liégeois (2001)

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See detailEcologie du paysage: concepts, méthodes et applications (F. Burel, J. Baudry).
Bogaert, Jan ULg

in Landscape & Urban Planning (2001), 55(1), 70-72

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See detailThe Uppermost Famennian around the world (Definition, biostratigraphical and sedimentological context)
Streel, Maurice ULg

in Newsletter. Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy (2001), 18

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See detailQuelques réflexions de nature didactique concernant l'introduction de la courbure en relativité générale
De Rop, Yves ULg

in Revue des Questions Scientifiques (2001), 172(4), 335-346

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

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

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See detailIntégration régionale et démocratie. Quelques réflexions à partir de la pensée d'Alexis de Tocqueville
Carlier, Jean-Yves ULg

in Revue Burkinabè du droit (2001), (39-40), 9-20

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

in European Journal of Cancer (2001), 37

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

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

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See detailThermal admittance spectroscopy of Mg-doped GaN Schottky diodes
Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Germain, Marianne; Schmeits, Marcel et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2001), 90

Thermal admittance spectroscopy measurements at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 90 K are performed on Schottky structures based on Mg-doped GaN layers grown by metalorganic vapor phase ... [more ▼]

Thermal admittance spectroscopy measurements at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 90 K are performed on Schottky structures based on Mg-doped GaN layers grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy on sapphire. The analysis of the experimental data is made by a detailed theoretical study of the steady-state and small-signal electrical characteristics of the structures. Numerical simulations are based on the solution of the basic semiconductor equations for the structure consisting of two Schottky diodes connected back to back by a conduction channel formed by the GaN layer. The description explicitly includes the Mg-related acceptor level, with its temperature- and position-dependent incomplete occupation state, leading to a dynamic exchange with the valence band. It fully reproduces the variations with temperature of the capacitance-- frequency and conductance over frequency curves, allowing to give for all temperature ranges the origin of the various contributions to the junction capacitance and of the microscopic mechanisms responsible for the capacitance--frequency cutoff. Series resistance effects are shown to be dominant at temperatures above 230 K, whereas the Mg-related acceptor level governs the electrical behavior below 230 K. The existence of a second acceptor level with an activation energy of several tens of meV is revealed from the analysis of the characteristics at low temperature. An optimized fitting procedure based on the comparison of the electrical characteristics obtained from the numerical simulations to the experimental data allows one to determine the microscopic parameters describing the structure, among which the acceptor activation energies, thermal capture cross sections, concentrations, and the Schottky contact barrier heights are the most important ones. The obtained activation energy of the Mg-acceptor level of 210 meV is by a factor of 2 larger than that obtained from a classical Arrhenius plot, showing that a complete description of Mg-doped GaN junctions requires the correct treatment of the Mg level, acting as a dopant and as deep impurity, as well as the inclusion of series resistance effects. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailThe effect of risedronate on hip fracture risk in elderly women with osteoporosis
Bensen, W; Eastell, R; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2001), 28(S63), 24

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

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

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

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

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See detailGrowth abnormalities associated with adrenal disorders and their management.
Savage, M. O.; LEBRETHON, Marie-Christine ULg; Blair, J. C. et al

in Hormone research (2001), 56 Suppl 1

Linear growth can be disturbed in paediatric adrenal disease associated with endocrine hypo- or hyperfunction. Tall stature is a feature in some patients with adrenocorticotropic hormone resistance ... [more ▼]

Linear growth can be disturbed in paediatric adrenal disease associated with endocrine hypo- or hyperfunction. Tall stature is a feature in some patients with adrenocorticotropic hormone resistance syndromes and short stature is recognized in the IMAGe (intrauterine growth retardation, metaphyseal dysplasia, adrenal hypoplasia congenita and genital anomalies) association. In autoimmune Addison's disease, growth is usually normal. In congenital adrenal hyperplasia, height may be compromised by advanced skeletal maturation or by suppressed growth, particularly in the neonatal period due to excess glucocorticoid treatment. In virilizing adrenal tumours, height is increased at diagnosis, but after surgical cure final height is usually in the normal range. In Cushing's disease, height was abnormally short in 50% of patients at presentation. After successful treatment, spontaneous catch-up growth was not seen. This led to a diagnosis of growth hormone (GH) deficiency in 80% of patients. With GH replacement, catch-up growth and long-term benefit occurred. Disturbance of linear growth is an important feature of many patients with adrenal disorders in childhood. Assessment of its pathogenesis and careful management are necessary to ensure optimal final adult height. [less ▲]

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See detailHollow atoms : a theoretical challenge
Vaeck, N; Hansen, J E; Palmeri, P et al

in Physica Scripta (2001), T95

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See detailLa divinyl éther synthase de plantes
Hoyaux, P.; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Delcarte, J. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2001), 5(2), 79-84

Divinyl ether synthase, an enzyme of the lipoxygenase pathway transforms, in potato tubers, 9-hydroperoxides of fatty acids into colneleic and colnelenic acid, two divinyl ethers of fatty acids. The ... [more ▼]

Divinyl ether synthase, an enzyme of the lipoxygenase pathway transforms, in potato tubers, 9-hydroperoxides of fatty acids into colneleic and colnelenic acid, two divinyl ethers of fatty acids. The enzyme has been described in a limited number of quite different plants. The enzyme has also been detected in tomato roots, garlic bulbs, tobacco plants and in marine algae. The enzyme is bound to membranes and is located in the microsomal fraction. The molecular weight of the enzyme exceeds 100,000 Da, its optimal pH is around 9 and its high specificity for 9-hydroperoxides as substrate is described. The reactional mechanism has been elucidated using radio-labelled molecules. Colneleic and colnelenic acid can be degraded enzymatically or not into aldehydes and oxo-acids. Those last compounds are also formed by the action of hydroperoxide lyase on 9-hydroperoxides of fatty acids. As other enzymes of the lipoxygenase pathway, reaction products of divinyl ether synthase are involved in pathogenic resistance. Colneleic and colnelenic acid content in potato plants has been corelated with resistance to Phytophthora infestans. [less ▲]

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See detailShelf-slope exchanges associated with a steep submarine canyon off Calvi (Corsica, NW Mediterranean Sea): A modelling approach
Skliris, Nikos; Goffart, Anne ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2001), 106(C9), 19883-19901

A three-dimensional, unsteady, nonlinear, high-resolution model is used to investigate the impact of the Calvi Canyon (NW Corsica) steep topography on the shelf-slope exchanges as well as on the ... [more ▼]

A three-dimensional, unsteady, nonlinear, high-resolution model is used to investigate the impact of the Calvi Canyon (NW Corsica) steep topography on the shelf-slope exchanges as well as on the circulation in the Calvi Bay in homogeneous winter and early spring conditions. A double σ coordinate system is considered in order to represent adequately the high depth gradients within the canyon. The studied region is under the influence of the West Corsica Current flowing northeastward along the NW Corsican coast (right-bounded flow). Model results show that the circulation in the Calvi Bay is determined by flow modifications in the canyon area. The mean horizontal flow is deviated southwestward upstream of the canyon to form an anticyclonic gyre in the western part of the Calvi Bay. Within the canyon the circulation is cyclonic leading to an offshore flow downstream of the canyon. Around the canyon rim, the cross-shelf currents become important, indicating that this region acts as a transition zone of high exchange between nearshore and offshore areas. Furthermore, the canyon topography generates high downwelling (upwelling) and downsloping (upsloping) velocities responsible for an intense vertical transport of material in the area. Numerical runs are performed for typical prevailing wind conditions. The wind is responsible for a drastic increase of cross-shore transports between the bay and the canyon area (3–4 times larger than in the no-wind case). SW winds induce a further enhancement of cross-shelf exchanges, whereas the effect of N-NE winds is to reduce exchange at the shelf break apart from the canyon head where an intense offshore flow occurs. Within the canyon, high vertical velocities are shown to be associated with high cyclonic vorticity which is enhanced (reduced) by the N-NE (SW) wind event. A comparison between model results and measured distributions of nitrate and chlorophyll a concentrations in the area shows the role played by this specific hydrodynamics as a strong constraint on the coastal pelagic ecosystem. [less ▲]

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See detailLasioloma stephanellum comb. nov. (Lichenized Ascomycetes: Ectolechiaceae)
Lücking, Robert; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Mycotaxon (2001), 57

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See detailSolar Photocatalytic Destruction of p-Nitrophenol: A Pedagogical Use of Lab Wastes
Herrera-Melián, J. A.; Doña-Rodríguez, J. M.; Tello Rendón, E. et al

in Journal of Chemical Education (2001), 78(6), 775-777

In this article we propose the destruction of p-nitrophenol wastes obtained in a previous lab experiment, to generate a new lab experiment. The recommended destruction technique is solar TiO2 ... [more ▼]

In this article we propose the destruction of p-nitrophenol wastes obtained in a previous lab experiment, to generate a new lab experiment. The recommended destruction technique is solar TiO2-photocatalysis. When the effects of TiO2 and sunlight are tested separately, a slight decrease of p-nitrophenol is observed; but when TiO2 and sunlight are employed together p-nitrophenol disappears in 1 or 2 h. These experiments do not require sophisticated equipment or special lab training for the students. Groups of students tested different experimental conditions, such as the effect of different light intensities and sources (800-W UV-lamp, sunlight on sunny days, and sunlight on a cloudy day) or the addition of H2O2. p-Nitrophenol is degraded under the three light sources but at different rates. The addition of H2O2 to the TiO2-plus-sunlight system enhances p-nitrophenol degradation kinetics when compared with the TiO2 plus sunlight and H2O2 plus sunlight combinations. [less ▲]

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See detail33 RENO: A European surveillance registry of coronary brachytherapy with the NovosteTM Beta-CathTM System
Coen, V.; Sauerwein; Orrechia et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2001), 60(supp 1), 12

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See detailSecular increase in the incidence of hip fractures in Belgium between 1984 and 1996: need for a concerted public health strategy.
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Gillet, Pierre ULg; Gosset, Christiane ULg

in Bulletin of the World Health Organization (2001), 79(10), 942-6

OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of hip fractures (at the proximal end of the femur) in Belgium from 1984 to 1996. METHODS: Use was made of information from the national database on hospital bills ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of hip fractures (at the proximal end of the femur) in Belgium from 1984 to 1996. METHODS: Use was made of information from the national database on hospital bills, which fully covers the annual hospital stays in the whole of the country. FINDINGS: The mean annual incidence of hip fractures increased from 107.8 to 140.5 per 100,000 inhabitants between 1984 and 1996. The incidence of fractures of the femoral shaft (diaphysis), taken as a control, remained stable. The female to male ratio of these hip fractures was 2.3:1. Although the incidence by age group was identical for males and females, the fractures occurred approximately seven years earlier in women than in men. The demographic changes observed in Belgium during this period accounted for only 10% of the observed increase in the number of hip fractures. CONCLUSION: If no comprehensive preventive policy is set up promptly, there will be a sevenfold increase in the incidence of hip fractures between now and the year 2050 in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors inftuencing ribavirin-induced hemolysis
Van Vlierberghe, H.; Delanghe, J. R.; De Vos, M. et al

in Journal of Hepatology (2001), 34

BackgroundlAims: One of the major side eft'ects of the combination therapy for chronic hepatitis C is ribavirininduced hemolytic anemia. Little is known about variables inftuencing tbis anemia. Our study ... [more ▼]

BackgroundlAims: One of the major side eft'ects of the combination therapy for chronic hepatitis C is ribavirininduced hemolytic anemia. Little is known about variables inftuencing tbis anemia. Our study tried to search for these variables in a large group of patients with hepatitis C treated with the combination therapy. Methods: Two hundred and forty-four patients chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus were treated either with induction treatment (daily dose ofinterferon) or with a standard treatment (interferon thrice weekly). Both groups received 1000-1200 mg of ribavirin from week 4 until the end of the treatment. The drop in hemoglobin level was defined as the dift'erence between the pretreatment hemoglobin level and the hemoglobin level at week 8. Seventeen variables which could possibly influencê'this drop in hemoglobin level were examined. Results: After multivariate analysis, the drop in hemoglobin level was only significant influenced by pretreatment platelet level, treatment and haptoglobin phenotype. The ribavirin dose did not influence the drop in hemoglobin level or the early virological response. Conclusions: Ribavirin-induced hemolysis is inftuenced by the pretreatment platelet level, the administered amount of a-interferon and the haptoglobin phenotype. A careful search for the minimal dose of ribavirin needed in combination treatment is necessary. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation of defect levels in Mg-doped GaN Schottky structures by thermal admittance spectroscopy
Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Germain, Marianne; Schmeits, Marcel et al

in Physica Status Solidi B. Basic Research (2001), 228

Schottky structures based on Mg-doped GaN layers grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on sapphire substrate are studied by thermal admittance spectroscopy from 90 K to room temperature ... [more ▼]

Schottky structures based on Mg-doped GaN layers grown by metalorganic chemical vapor deposition (MOCVD) on sapphire substrate are studied by thermal admittance spectroscopy from 90 K to room temperature. Evidence of two impurity levels results from the analysis of the observed peaks in the conductance curves, whose positions and strengths are temperature dependent. The experimental results are analyzed within a detailed theoretical study of the steady-state and small-signal electrical characteristics of the structure. Numerical simulations are based on the solution of the basic semiconductor equations for the structure consisting of two Schottky diodes connected back-to-back by a conduction channel formed by the GaN layer. [less ▲]

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See detailFusariose disséminée chez un patient immunodéprimé
QUATRESOOZ, Pascale ULg; Meiers, I.; ARRESE ESTRADA, Jorge ULg et al

in Revue de l’Association Belge des Technologues de Laboratoire = Tijdschrift van de Belgische Vereniging van Laboratoriumtechnologen (2001), 28

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

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

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

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

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See detailLe kimbanguisme : un millénarisme dynamique de la terre aux Cieux
Melice, Anne ULg

in Bulletin des Séances de l’Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer = Mededelingen der Zittingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese Wetenschappen (2001), 47 (suppl.)

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See detailNeuropathies canalaires et micro--traumatiques liees a la pratique sportive.
Wang, François-Charles ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(5), 382-90

The more frequent entrapment neuropathies related to sport are described: thoracic outlet syndrome in aquatic athletes and pitchers, long thoracic neuropathy in tennis players, suprascapular neuropathy in ... [more ▼]

The more frequent entrapment neuropathies related to sport are described: thoracic outlet syndrome in aquatic athletes and pitchers, long thoracic neuropathy in tennis players, suprascapular neuropathy in volleyball and tennis players, ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow in pitchers and at the wrist in cyclists, Morton's syndrome in runners and dancers. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelques réflexions à propos de l'incidence des fixations, remises ou redistributions de la cause sur la qualification d'un jugement ou d'un arrêt
Boularbah, Hakim ULg

in Revue de Droit Judiciaire et de la Preuve = Tijdschrift voor Procesrecht en Bewijsrecht (2001)

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See detailAllergic reactions to decorative skin paintings.
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Henry, Frédérique ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology & Venereology (2001), 15(2), 140-2

BACKGROUND: Dye mixtures containing henna, P-phenylenediamine (PPD), and indigo are applied to the skin in various parts of the world for religious purposes, social recognition or fun. AIM: To identify ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Dye mixtures containing henna, P-phenylenediamine (PPD), and indigo are applied to the skin in various parts of the world for religious purposes, social recognition or fun. AIM: To identify eventual allergens responsible for contact sensitization to skin decoration in three young children. Lesions remained strictly limited to the site painted during the summer holiday. None of the children had a previous history of contact dermatitis, but two of them suffered from severe seasonal allergic rhinoconjunctivitis. FINDINGS: Patch testing revealed severe contact hypersensitivity to PPD in all three patients, and one child presented a positive prick test to 1% henna in water. The eruptions resolved following spontaneous elimination of the dyes and topical applications of corticosteroids, but left residual depigmentation. CONCLUSION: PPD is the main allergen identified in allergic reactions to decorative skin paintings. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacite d'une technique standardisee de MRCP pour la detection de choledocholithiase: experience d'un an chez des sujets symptomatiques.
Brisbois, D.; Plomteux, O.; NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg et al

in JBR-BTR : organe de la Societe royale belge de radiologie (SRBR) = orgaan van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Radiologie (KBVR) (2001), 84(6), 258-61

In our institution, MRCP is actually replacing diagnostic ERCP. This study is addressing its accuracy in the diagnosis of symptomatic choledocholithiasis. 137 MRCP were performed in patients with upper ... [more ▼]

In our institution, MRCP is actually replacing diagnostic ERCP. This study is addressing its accuracy in the diagnosis of symptomatic choledocholithiasis. 137 MRCP were performed in patients with upper abdominal pain and biological anomalies (n = 48), pain with cholelithiasis at sonography (n = 69) or non-alcoholic acute pancreatitis (n = 20) on a 1.5 T system with high gradients using a standardized combination of breath-hold HASTE and RARE sequences. We included in our study 74 patients who underwent as second test ERCP (n = 36), peroperative cholangiography (n = 13), or extensive follow-up with laboratory tests and/or sonography (n = 25). All examinations were judged as diagnostic, discrepancies between direct cholangiography and MRCP being noted in 4 patients (5.4%). Lithiasis was misinterpreted on MRCP as bubbles in 2 patients after sphincterotomy or surgery. We had two false positive diagnoses on MRCP: in one patient peroperative cholangiography was negative and in the other one ERCP was negative. With a sensitivity and PPV of 92%, a specificity and NPV of 96% MRCP in our experience is shown as an accurate diagnostic tool for the detection of stone in the common bile duct replacing ERCP. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailLes souches pathogènes d'Escherichia coli chez les chiens et les chats: III) Données bactériologiques et cliniques sur les souches nécrotoxinogènes et sur celles positives pour des adhésines
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Wilbaux, Myriam; Jacquemin, Etienne et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145(6), 343-354

The purpose of this study was to characterize 25 necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli type 1 (NTEC1), one necrotoxigenic E coli type 2 (NTEC2) and 16 non-necrotoxigenic E coli isolated, between 1979 and 1993 ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to characterize 25 necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli type 1 (NTEC1), one necrotoxigenic E coli type 2 (NTEC2) and 16 non-necrotoxigenic E coli isolated, between 1979 and 1993, from feces, intestinal content or internal organs of dogs and cats using a uniform and standardized typing scheme, as previously described on NTEC1 and NTEC2 isolates from cattle, humans and pigs (Mainil et al, 1999). The results obtained by colony hybridization and PCR on the NTEC1 isolates were homogeneous: eighteen NTEC1 isolates harboured prs- and sfa/foc-related DNA sequences; five NTEC1 isolates harboured sfa/foc-related DNA sequences; one NTEC1 isolate harboured prs-related DNA sequences; and one was negative. The only NTEC2 isolate was also negative. Only a few NTEC1 isolates were positive for f17-, afa- or cdt-related DNA sequences. All NTEC1 and the NTEC2 isolates were haemolytic on blood agar and were resistant to the bactericidal activity of the serum (one exception). By contrast a very few produced an aerobactin or a colicin. The strains belonged to various serogroups and many could not be identified with the immunsera used. On the other hand all but one NTEC1 isolates belonged to biotype 9. The most typical profile identifed for NTEC1 from dogs and cats was: CNF1+Prs+S+Hly+Bio9+. The results obtained on the non-necrotoxigenic E. coli isolates were more heterogeneous: two of them harboured pap/prs- and sfa/foc-related DNA sequences; ten harboured pap/prs-related DNA sequences; and four, other DNA sequences. The results of the phenotypic assays were more heterogeneous also. NTEC1 strains were isolated from essentially young puppies and kitties (< 3 months for 16 out of 22), with sometimes older animals (up to 12 years). The digestive pathologies were non haemorrhagic diarrhea/enteritis essentially. When haemorrhagic diarrhea/enteritis were observed, other infectious agents were present or strongly suspected (parvovirus, Salmonella). Extraintestinal pathologies were septicaemic or systemic colibacillosis, with one case of necro-haemorrhagic metritis. NTEC1 and non-NTEC were not frequently antibiotic resistant. The most frequent resistant were to ampicillin, trimethoprim/sulfonamides and neomycin. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyploid formation in cotton is not accompanied by rapid genomic changes
Liu, B.; Brubaker, Cl.; Mergeai, Guy ULg et al

in Genome (2001), 44(3), 321-330

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See detailFine-mapping and construction of a bovine contig spanning the ovine callipyge locus.
Shay, T. L.; Berghmans, S.; SEGERS, Karin ULg et al

in Mammalian Genome : Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society (2001), 12(2), 141-9

The callipyge (CLPG) gene was fine-mapped by linkage analysis to a 4.6-cM chromosome interval on distal ovine OAR18q, flanked by microsatellite markers IDVGA30 and OY3. The OAR18q linkage map and human ... [more ▼]

The callipyge (CLPG) gene was fine-mapped by linkage analysis to a 4.6-cM chromosome interval on distal ovine OAR18q, flanked by microsatellite markers IDVGA30 and OY3. The OAR18q linkage map and human HSA14q transcript map were aligned by genotyping two bovine-hamster whole-genome radiation hybrid panels with the microsatellite markers, as well as with sequences corresponding to HSA 14q genes. Using Type I loci mapping to the IDVGA30-OY3 interval as anchor points, we have constructed a 1.4-Mb bovine BAC contig containing the IDVGA30-OY3 interval. We demonstrate that the IDVGA30-OY3 interval spans approximately 770 kb and contains at least four genes: YY1, WARS, DLK1, and GTL2. [less ▲]

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See detailEntre symbolisme et avant-garde : le modernisme de Franz Hellens dans la première série du Disque Vert (1921-1925)
Denis, Benoît ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2001), (20), 66-75

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See detailExpression of the antiangiogenic factor 16K hPRL in human HCT116 colon cancer cells inhibits tumor growth in Rag1(-/-) mice
Bentzien, F.; Struman, Ingrid ULg; Martini, J. F. et al

in Cancer Research (2001), 61(19), 7356-62

The M(r) 16,000 NH(2)-terminal fragment of human prolactin (16K hPRL) is a potent antiangiogenic factor inhibiting endothelial cell function in vitro and neovascularization in vivo. The present study was ... [more ▼]

The M(r) 16,000 NH(2)-terminal fragment of human prolactin (16K hPRL) is a potent antiangiogenic factor inhibiting endothelial cell function in vitro and neovascularization in vivo. The present study was undertaken to test the ability of 16K hPRL to inhibit the growth of human HCT116 colon cancer cells transplanted s.c. into Rag1(-/-) mice. For this purpose, HCT116 cells were stably transfected with an expression vector encoding a peptide that included the signal peptide and first 139 amino acid residues of human prolactin (HCT116(16K)). Stable clones of HCT116(16K) cells secreted large amounts of biologically active 16K hPRL into the culture medium. Growth of HCT116(16K) cells in vitro was not different from wild-type HCT116 (HCT116(wt)) or vector-transfected HCT116 (HCT116(vector)) cells. Addition of recombinant 16K hPRL had no effect on the proliferation of HCT116(wt) cells in vitro. Tumor growth of HCT116(16K) cells implanted into Rag1(-/-) mice was inhibited 63% in four separate experiments compared with tumors formed from HCT116(wt) or HCT116(vector) cells. Inhibition of tumor growth of HCT116(16K) cells was correlated with a decrease in microvascular density by 44%. These data demonstrate that biologically active 16K hPRL can be expressed and secreted from human colon cancer cells using a gene transfer approach and that production of 16K hPRL by these cells was capable of inhibiting tumor growth and neovascularization. These findings support the potential of 16K hPRL as a therapeutic agent for the treatment of colorectal cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailModèle de productivité et tarif de cubage des peuplements de teck (tectona grandis L. F.) au Sud-Bénin
Fonton, N. H.; Palm, Rodolphe ULg; Akossou, A. Y. J. et al

in Annales des Sciences Agronomiques du Bénin (2001), 2(2), 209-224

This study aims to build site index model and stem volume function of pure, even aged and relatively homogeneous teak stands in south Benin. The characteristics of the stands were obtained from the ... [more ▼]

This study aims to build site index model and stem volume function of pure, even aged and relatively homogeneous teak stands in south Benin. The characteristics of the stands were obtained from the inventory of 104 temporary plots sampled from stands with different ages and fertility. The stem analysis of 19 dominant trees wer used to establish, by serial regression, a model giving the evolution of top height according to the age. The site index curves were built in order to determine site index of the stands. The estimated volume function obtained shows that age, site index and basal area are the main stand parameters of stem volume funtion. [less ▲]

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