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See detailAnionic polymerization of acrylic monomers. 10. 13C and 7Li NMR studies on the monomeric model of living poly(methyl)methacrylate)
Wang, Jin-Shan; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Warin, R. et al

in Macromolecules (1993), 26(6), 1402-1406

A monomeric model structurally comparable to the active end of a living poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), i.e., a methyl α-lithioisobutyrate (MIBLi)/THF solution, was studied by both Li-7 and C-13 NMR. It ... [more ▼]

A monomeric model structurally comparable to the active end of a living poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), i.e., a methyl α-lithioisobutyrate (MIBLi)/THF solution, was studied by both Li-7 and C-13 NMR. It has been shown that two different coordination aggregates exist in a MEBLi/THF solution. That situation corresponds to a slow exchange process between tetramer and dimer, i.e. the later being favored by a decrease in temperature or concentration. Such an equilibrium is characterized with ΔH = -2.1 kcal/mol and ΔS = -13.7 cal/mol.K by means of Li-7 NMR. Again, C-13 NMR results obtained suggest that a MIBLi/THF solution displays a charge-delocalized character, which is different from a O-Li-bonded bonded structure in solid state established by crystal analyses of several similar ester enolates. [less ▲]

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See detailImmortalization of Human Cervical Keratinocytes by Human Papillomavirus Type 33
Gilles, Christine ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg; Rombouts, S. et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (1993), 53(5), 872-9

Ten immortalized cell lines were established by transfection of human cervical keratinocytes (CK) with HPV-33 DNA and some of their characteristics were investigated. The following observations were made ... [more ▼]

Ten immortalized cell lines were established by transfection of human cervical keratinocytes (CK) with HPV-33 DNA and some of their characteristics were investigated. The following observations were made: (a) several cell lines have reached over 100 population doublings in vitro; (b) 3 transcripts were observed, 2 being encoded by the E6/E7 open reading frames (ORFs); (c) cytogenetic analyses showed important genetic modifications such as aneuploidy and isochromosome formation of the q arm of chromosome 8; (d) 2 of the 10 cell lines developed colonies in soft agar but none was able to form tumors when injected s.c. into nude mice; (e) Southern analysis suggested that a single copy of HPV-33 is integrated at a single common site within the genome of the 10 cell lines. These immortalized cell lines should be useful for studying mechanisms involved in proliferation, differentiation and neoplastic transformation of CK by HPV-33. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Catecholaminergic System of the Quail Brain: Immunocytochemical Studies of Dopamine Beta-Hydroxylase and Tyrosine Hydroxylase
Bailhache, T.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (1993), 329(2), 230-56

The distribution of dopamine beta-hydroxylase and tyrosine hydroxylase, two key enzymes in the biosynthesis of catecholamines, was investigated by immunocytochemistry in the brain of male and female ... [more ▼]

The distribution of dopamine beta-hydroxylase and tyrosine hydroxylase, two key enzymes in the biosynthesis of catecholamines, was investigated by immunocytochemistry in the brain of male and female Japanese quail. Cells or fibers showing dopamine beta-hydroxylase and tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactivity were considered to be noradrenergic or adrenergic, while all structures showing only tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactivity were tentatively considered to be dopaminergic. The major dopaminergic and noradrenergic cell groups that have been identified in the brain of mammals could be observed in the Japanese quail, with the exception of a tuberoinfundibular dopaminergic group. The dopamine beta-hydroxylase-immunoreactive cells were found exclusively in the pons (locus ceruleus and nucleus subceruleus ventralis) and in the medulla (area of the nucleus reticularis). The tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive cells had a much wider distribution and extended from the preoptic area to the level of the medulla. They were, however, present in larger numbers in the area ventralis of Tsai and in the nucleus tegmenti pedunculo-pontinus, pars compacta, which respectively correspond to the ventral tegmental area and to the substantia nigra of mammals. A high density of dopamine beta-hydroxylase- and tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive fibers and punctate structures was found in several steroid-sensitive brain regions that are implicated in the control of reproduction. In the preoptic area and in the region of the nucleus accumbens-nucleus stria terminalis, immunonegative perikarya were completely surrounded by immunoreactive fibers forming basket-like structures. Given that some of these cells contain the enzyme aromatase, these structures may represent the morphological substrate for a regulation of aromatase activity by catecholamines. The dopamine beta-hydroxylase-immunoreactive fibers were also present in a larger part of the preoptic area of females than in males. This sex difference in the noradrenergic innervation of the preoptic area presumably reflects the sex difference in norepinephrine content in this region. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic, Clinical and Functional Consequences of a Treatment Using Metrenperone During an Outbreak of Shipping Fever in Cattle
Genicot, Bruno; Mouligneau, Frédéric; Rollin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1993), 132(10), 245-247

Eighteen of 91 seven- to nine-month-old Belgian white and blue double-muscled male fattening cattle developed typical signs of shipping fever. They were all injected intramuscularly once a day for three ... [more ▼]

Eighteen of 91 seven- to nine-month-old Belgian white and blue double-muscled male fattening cattle developed typical signs of shipping fever. They were all injected intramuscularly once a day for three days with 5 mg/kg of enrofloxacin, and in addition nine selected at random were injected intramuscularly five times at 12 hour intervals with 0.1 mg/kg of metrenperone, a 5-hydroxytryptamine blocker, the other nine receiving a placebo. During the outbreak of shipping fever metrenperone showed effective antipyretic properties, and all the calves treated with it made a complete recovery. Moreover, during the 360 day fattening period following the outbreak, the cattle treated with metrenperone gained on average 45.4 kg more weight than the control cattle. [less ▲]

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See detailSequential anti-core glycolipid immunoglobulin antibody activities in patients with and without septic shock and their relation to outcome
Nys, Monique ULg; Damas, Pierre ULg; Joassin, Luc et al

in Annals of Surgery (1993), 217(3), 300-306

OBJECTIVE: This study follows the sequential changes in anti-lipopolysaccharide antibodies in infected patients with and without septic shock. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: A relation between high endogenous ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: This study follows the sequential changes in anti-lipopolysaccharide antibodies in infected patients with and without septic shock. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: A relation between high endogenous levels of anti-LPS antibodies and protection against bacteremia and septic shock in at-risk patient groups has been observed. However, information on the daily follow-up and kinetics of apparition or disappearance of anti-LPS antibody activities and their relations with the protective properties of the different immunoglobulin classes has not been clearly investigated. METHODS: Two hundred and five septic surgical patients were studied during their stay in the intensive care unit during a period of 3 years. Among these patients, septic shock developed in 54 and 47 died. A sensitive ELISA was used to study circulating IgM and IgG antibodies to the core glycolipid (CGL) region of Salmonella minnesota R595. The activities were measured each day when sepsis occurred and every hour during septic shock. RESULTS: Anti-CGL IgM activity was found in 32% of the septic patients. This response, however, most often appeared to be transient. A strong correlation was observed between the occurrence of septic shock and the absence of anti-CGL IgM activity on admission to the ICU (p < 0.02). Anti-CGL IgG activity was detected in 82% of the patients and better correlated with outcome for patients with high or rising activities during their hospitalization (p < 0.0005). In patients with septic shock or irreversible organ failure, a fall in the anti-CGL IgG activity was observed before death, suggesting that the IgG antibodies were consumed during this acute event. Therefore, the anti-CGL IgG activity measured by ELISA could be used as a marker of the evolution of the illness. CONCLUSIONS: Our observations demonstrate the interest to follow-up the evolution of the anti-CGL antibodies during sepsis. The fall of these antibodies during septic shock and in patients who died was an additional argument to perform, as an additive form, passive antibody therapy to decrease lethality in this group of patients. [less ▲]

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See detailHIV-1 promoter activation following an oxidative stress mediated by singlet oxygen
Legrand, Sylvie ULg; Hoebeke, Maryse ULg; Vaira, Dolorès ULg et al

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1993), 17(3), 229-237

Various biological processes, such as photosensitization or inflammatory reactions, can generate singlet oxygen (O-1(2)) as one of the major oxidative species. Because this oxidant can be generated either ... [more ▼]

Various biological processes, such as photosensitization or inflammatory reactions, can generate singlet oxygen (O-1(2)) as one of the major oxidative species. Because this oxidant can be generated either extracellularly or intracellularly, it can cause severe damage to various biological macromolecules, even to those deeply embedded inside the cells such as DNA. Sublethal biological modifications induced by different DNA-damaging agents can promote various cellular responses initiated by the activation of various cellular genes and certain heterologous viruses. Since O-1(2) fulfils essential prerequisites for a genotoxic substance, we have examined the effects of an oxidative stress, mediated by this species, on cells harbouring a heterologous promoter-leader sequence derived from the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). Our results demonstrate that HIV-1 long terminal repeat (LTR), integrated into the cellular I)NA of epithelial cells, can be transactivated following an oxidative stress mediated by O-1(2). In addition, using HIV-1 latently infected promonocytes or lymphocytes, it can be shown that virus reactivation can be induced through a sublethal dose of O-1(2) generated intracellularly. An extracellular generation of O-1(2) can promote a substantial lethal effect without HIV-1 reactivation. These data may be relevant to the understanding of the events converting a latent infection into a productive one and to the appearance of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative immunohistochemical study of herpes-simplex and varicella-zoster infections
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Debrus, S.; Sadzot-Delvaux, Catherine ULg et al

in Virchows Archiv. A : Pathological Anatomy and Histopathology (1993), 422(2), 121-126

Herpes simplex (HSV) and varicella-zoster (VZV) skin infections share so many histological similarities that distinguishing between them may prove to be impossible. We developed and characterized a new ... [more ▼]

Herpes simplex (HSV) and varicella-zoster (VZV) skin infections share so many histological similarities that distinguishing between them may prove to be impossible. We developed and characterized a new monoclonal antibody, VL8, IgG kappa isotype, directed to the VZV envelope glycoprotein gpI. Immunohistochemistry with VL8 appeared highly sensitive and specific on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded biopsies and a clear-cut distinction between HSV and VZV infections was possible. The pattern of VL8 immunolabelling in VZV infections was strikingly different from that found in HSV infections studied with polyclonal antibodies to HSV I and II. Double immunolabelling revealed the VL8 positivity of sebaceous cells, endothelial cells, Mac 387-and CD68-positive monocyte-macrophages, and factor XIIIa-positive perivascular, perineural and interstitial dendrocytes. Intracytoplasmic VL8 labelling of endothelial cells and perivascular dendrocytes was found at the site of leukocytoclastic vasculitis. [less ▲]

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See detailL'angoisse minimaliste
Demoulin, Laurent ULg

in Indications. La Revue des Romans (1993), 1(50), 27-31

Description de quelques caractéristiques du roman français contemporain.

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See detailBehavioral sensitization and tolerance to the D-sub-2 agonist RU 24213 : dissociation between several patterns in mice
Tirelli, Ezio ULg; Jodogne, C.

in Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior (1993), 44(3), 627-632

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See detailBrain Aromatase and the Control of Male Sexual Behavior
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Foidart, Agnès ULg

in Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (1993), 44(4-6), 521-40

The activational effects of testosterone (T) on male copulatory behavior are mediated by its aromatization into estradiol. In quail, we have shown by stereotaxic implantation of steroids and metabolism ... [more ▼]

The activational effects of testosterone (T) on male copulatory behavior are mediated by its aromatization into estradiol. In quail, we have shown by stereotaxic implantation of steroids and metabolism inhibitors and by electrolytic lesions that the action of T and its aromatization take place in the sexually dimorphic medial preoptic nucleus (POM). The distribution and regulation of brain aromatase was studied in this species by product-formation assays measuring aromatase activity (AA) in microdissected brain regions and by immunocytochemistry (ICC). Aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) neurons were found in four brain regions: the POM, the septal region, the bed nucleus of the stria terminals (BNST) and the tuberal hypothalamus. ARO-ir cells actually outline the POM boundaries. ARO-ir material is found not only in the perikarya of neurons but also in the full extension of their cellular processes including the axons and the presynaptic boutons. This is confirmed at the light level by the demonstration of immunoreactive fibers and punctate structures in brain regions that are sometimes fairly distant from the closest ARO-ir cells. A lot of ARO-ir cells in the POM and BNST do not contain immunoreactive estrogen receptors (ER-ir) as demonstrated by double label ICC. These morphological data suggest an unorthodox role for the enzyme or the locally formed estrogens. In parallel with copulatory behavior, the preoptic AA decreases after castration and is restored by T to levels seen in sexually mature males. This probably reflects a change in enzyme concentration rather than a modulation of the activity in a constant number of molecules since the maximum enzymatic velocity (Vmax) only is affected while the affinity (Km) remains unchanged. In addition, T increases the number of ARO-ir neurons in POM and other brain areas suggesting that the concentration of the antigen is actually increased. This probably involves the direct activation of aromatase transcription as demonstrated by RT-PCR studies showing that aromatase mRNA is increased following T treatment of castrates. These activating effects of T seem to result from a synergistic action of androgenic and estrogenic metabolites of the steroid. The anatomical substrate for these regulations remains unclear at present especially in POM where ARO-ir cells do not in general contain ER-ir while androgen receptors appear to be rare based on both [3H] dihydrotestosterone autoradiography and ICC. Transynaptic mechanisms of control may be considered. A modulation of brain aromatase by catecholamines is also suggested by a few pharmacological studies.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailSobre a construção de porjetores ortogonais
Iemma, A. F.; Palm, Rodolphe ULg; Claustriaux, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Revista de Matemática e Estatìstica (1993), 11

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See detailBarium isotopes in the very metal-poor star HD 140283
Magain, Pierre ULg; Zhao, G.

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1993), 268

The fractions of odd and even isotopes of barium in the metal-poor star HD140283 are determined from an analysis of the profile of the Ba II resonance line, taking advantage of the differences in ... [more ▼]

The fractions of odd and even isotopes of barium in the metal-poor star HD140283 are determined from an analysis of the profile of the Ba II resonance line, taking advantage of the differences in hyperfine structure splitting between the different isotopes. Although one would expect an increased contribution of the r-process in very metal-poor stars, it is found that the isotopic ratio is very close to solar. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnitudes des étoiles doubles.
Renson, Pierre ULg

in Ciel et Terre (1993), 109

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See detailEfficient Immunoselection of Cytolytic Effectors with a Magnetic Cell Sorter
Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Moutschen, Michel P; Boniver, Jacques ULg et al

in Research in Immunology (1993), 144(2), 141-50

This paper describes a rapid and efficient method for the sorting of in vitro activated cytolytic effectors cells. For cytotoxic assays, a large number of cells with conserved function must be rapidly ... [more ▼]

This paper describes a rapid and efficient method for the sorting of in vitro activated cytolytic effectors cells. For cytotoxic assays, a large number of cells with conserved function must be rapidly obtained. Immunomagnetic sorting was chosen because it is faster than flow cytometry sorting. The MACS system requires the use of paramagnetic beads of small diameter (100-150 nm), reputed to interfere minimally with cell function. In order to generate the cytolytic effectors, peripheral blood lymphocytes were cultivated in the presence of interleukin-2 (50 U/ml) and anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody (BMA030, 100 ng/ml) for 4 days. Cell separation was based on the membrane expression of the CD3 complex. The purity obtained for positive (CD3+) cell sorting with the MACS was higher than 95%. The purity of negative (CD3-) cell fraction was more variable, but further purification by flow cytometry rapidly yielded purity higher than 95%. Cytotoxic assays were performed against four target cell lines (K562, Daudi, HL60 and U937) and proliferation assays showed that both negatively and positively selected populations had conserved their function acquired during culture in the presence of anti-CD3 mAb and IL2. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation quantitative de l'érythème par colorimétrie. Effets de l'histamine de corticostéroïdes et d'extraits végétaux
Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg; El Fekih, N. et al

in Journal d'Actualités Médicales Belges (1993), 5

L'évaluation de l'érythème est difficile et souvent aléatoire en clinique. Afin d'étudier la couleur des téguments, la colorimétrie est proposée depuis quelques années. Elle permet plus de rigueur. En ... [more ▼]

L'évaluation de l'érythème est difficile et souvent aléatoire en clinique. Afin d'étudier la couleur des téguments, la colorimétrie est proposée depuis quelques années. Elle permet plus de rigueur. En tous cas, elle permet d'aligner des chiffres dont les variations peuvent être étudiées dans le temps. Le présent travail a permis de tester, de "calibrer" la méthodologie colorimétrique dans le domaine de l'érythème cutané. D'une part, l'effet vasodilatateur (érythémateux) de l'histamine, de l'autre, le blanchiment induit par l'application de topiques corticoïdes et phytopharmaceutiques ont été mesurés et discutés. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Unusual Case of Cor Triatriatum: Clinical Presentation and the Haemodynamics of a Rare Anomaly
Radermecker, M. A.; Grenade, Thierry ULg; Jalali, H. et al

in Cardiovascular Surgery (1993), 1(1), 83-5

The case of a 24-year-old woman with cor triatriatum sinister and a persistent left superior vena cava connected to the junction of the left upper pulmonary vein and left atrium is reported. A diagnosis ... [more ▼]

The case of a 24-year-old woman with cor triatriatum sinister and a persistent left superior vena cava connected to the junction of the left upper pulmonary vein and left atrium is reported. A diagnosis of partial anomalous pulmonary venous return had been made and the patient underwent surgery. Inspection of the left atrium revealed a complex form of left triatrial heart. The general haemodynamics of the malformation are discussed, with particular emphasis on the features accounting for variation in the clinical presentation. This rare anomaly often remains undiagnosed before surgery and should be considered whenever obstruction of pulmonary venous flow above the mitral valve is not explained by pulmonary vein stenosis, mitral or mitral valve-linked abnormalities, atrial tumours or anomalous pulmonary venous drainage with high resistance to flow. [less ▲]

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See detailBrachymorphism-Onychodysplasia-Dysphalangism Syndrome
Verloes, Alain ULg; Bonneau, D.; Guidi, O. et al

in Journal of Medical Genetics (1993), 30(2), 158-61

Three unrelated children are reported with intrauterine proportionate growth retardation and facial dysmorphism (broad nose, flat malar area, large mouth, pointed chin), microcephaly, hypo/aplasia of the ... [more ▼]

Three unrelated children are reported with intrauterine proportionate growth retardation and facial dysmorphism (broad nose, flat malar area, large mouth, pointed chin), microcephaly, hypo/aplasia of the terminal fifth digits, and (sub)normal intelligence. Radiological findings include hypo/aplasia or fusion of the distal phalanges of the fifth finger and toe, brachymesophalangism V, and nail dysplasia or aplasia. One child had cystic adenomatoid disease of the lung. The pattern of anomalies presented by these children closely resembles a syndrome incompletely delineated in 1971 by Senior in six children, which has often been considered to be a mild form of Coffin-Siris syndrome. We suggest that this is an independent entity (BOD syndrome). The aetiology is still unknown. Differential diagnosis and nosological difficulties are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple System Organ Failure after open-heart surgery in infants and children
Seghaye, Marie-Christine ULg; Engelhardt, W.; Grabitz, R. G. et al

in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon (1993), 41(1), 49-53

Between January 1985 and March 1989 we retrospectively observed Multiple System Organ Failure (MSOF) in 16 of 460 children (3.5%) who underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass for congenital ... [more ▼]

Between January 1985 and March 1989 we retrospectively observed Multiple System Organ Failure (MSOF) in 16 of 460 children (3.5%) who underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass for congenital heart disease. MSOF was arbitrarily defined as a clinical entity with failure of two or more vital organ systems associated with high fever, thrombocytopenia, and cardiocirculatory insufficiency and occurring within the first postoperative week. In 13 children the first clinical manifestations of MSOF were evident on the first postoperative day and in the other 3 on the second or third postoperative day. All children showed acute renal failure, acute hepatic failure, high fever, and thrombocytopenia. Most of them showed respiratory insufficiency and neurological involvement. Seven of the 16 children died. Four of the 9 surviving patients had neurological sequelae still present 6 months after the operation, and the others recovered completely. [less ▲]

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See detailStrychnopentamine, a Potential Anticancer Agent
Quetin-Leclercq, J.; Bouzahzah, B.; Pons, A. et al

in Planta Medica (1993), 59(1), 59-62

We analysed the effects of strychnopentamine, an alkaloid isolated from Strychnos usambarensis, on an Ehrlich ascites tumor growing in the mouse after inoculation. Four subcutaneous injections of 1.5 mg ... [more ▼]

We analysed the effects of strychnopentamine, an alkaloid isolated from Strychnos usambarensis, on an Ehrlich ascites tumor growing in the mouse after inoculation. Four subcutaneous injections of 1.5 mg strychnopentamine (1 per day) induce a significant decrease of the number of tumor cells and a significant increase of the survival of the treated mice. Observed side effects are partial haemolysis and some liver damage. [less ▲]

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See detailLas cosas escritas en la Nueva España
Vanden Berghe, Kristine ULg

in L'ordinaire. Mexique Amérique Centrale (1993), 143

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See detailAspects immunologiques et hématologiques de l'infection par le virus HIV
Delhougne, B.; Fillet, Georges ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(2), 72-80

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See detailCloning, Sequence and Structural Features of a Lipase from the Antarctic Facultative Psychrophile Psychrobacter Immobilis B10
Arpigny, J. L.; Feller, Georges ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1171(3), 331-3

A lipase gene (lip1) from the facultative psychrophilic strain Psychrobacter immobilis B10 has been cloned and sequenced. The deduced preprotein sequence is composed of 317 amino acids with a predicted M ... [more ▼]

A lipase gene (lip1) from the facultative psychrophilic strain Psychrobacter immobilis B10 has been cloned and sequenced. The deduced preprotein sequence is composed of 317 amino acids with a predicted M(r) of 35,288. A primary structure alignment of lipases including lip1 shows conserved elements for which a structural role is proposed in the light of recent crystallographic studies. The analysis of the psychrophilic enzyme sequence suggests characteristics in relation with the adaptation to cold. [less ▲]

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See detailA first look at the ASSI ultraviolet results
Chakrabarti, S.; Gladstone, G. R.; Tobiska, W. K. et al

in Advances in Space Research (1993), 13

The Airglow and Solar Spectrometer Instrument (ASSI) on the San Marco D satellite has obtained near-simultaneous measurements of solar irradiances and airglow emissions in the 200-7000 A spectral region ... [more ▼]

The Airglow and Solar Spectrometer Instrument (ASSI) on the San Marco D satellite has obtained near-simultaneous measurements of solar irradiances and airglow emissions in the 200-7000 A spectral region. The satellite was placed in an equatorial, elliptical orbit on 25 March 1988, which permitted observations of airglow emissions in the 280-600-km altitude range at various local times. The instrument complement on the satellite provides an opportunity both for self-consistent examination of the excitation mechanisms of various airglow features and for constraining model parameters. An overview of the data obtained by ASSI is presented along with preliminary modeling results of the UV airglow. [less ▲]

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See detailAutres médiateurs de l'inflammation et du sepsis
Lamy, Maurice ULg; Deby, Ginette ULg; Damas, Pierre ULg

in Revue du Praticien (La) (1993), 43(1), 19-25

During sepsis, the systemic inflammatory response is characterized by the release of numerous mediators supporting and dispersing inflammation. In Gram negative sepsis, the endotoxins play a starting role ... [more ▼]

During sepsis, the systemic inflammatory response is characterized by the release of numerous mediators supporting and dispersing inflammation. In Gram negative sepsis, the endotoxins play a starting role, while in other sepsis, the triggering mediators or mechanisms are unknown but lead to a similar inflammatory reaction. Coagulation and complement cascades are activated, with the release of chemoattractive substances, mediators and proteases and the activation of phagocytic cells. Macrophages/monocytes and polymorphonuclear leucocytes produce then active oxygen species and cytokines; they degranulate (releasing active enzymes such as myeloperoxidase), they express an increasing number of membrane receptors able to interact with endothelial cells and release a supplementary lot of inflammatory mediators (prostanoids, platelet activating factor, leukotrienes ... ). Platelets, also activated, produce the same mediators (TXA2, PAF ...) or specific ones such as serotonine, platelet factor 4, growth factors. Last, but not least, the endothelial cells are stimulated, directly (by endotoxins) or undirectly (by cytokines, C5a, PAF ...). These cells play then a main role by their own phagocytic activity, by alteration of their antithrombotic and fibrinolytic potential, by their secretion of inflammatory mediators and by an increased expression of receptors of adhesivity for the activated phagocytes or platelets, what leads to endothelium injury with membrane permeability alterations. These cascades of activation, these extensions of the inflammatory reaction by the mediators and by the phagocytes and platelets can explain the frequency of multiple organ failure during sepsis as well as the difficulty of an adequate pharmacological therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailResults of metagnostic (system-oriented) and diagnostic (process-oriented) models
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Haus, J.; Nihoul, Jacques ULg et al

in Progress in Belgian Oceanographic Research (1993)

After a review of the Mediterranean system, and the justification of the scientific interest, we examine the type of model (scope, purview and resolution) used for the description and simulation of the ... [more ▼]

After a review of the Mediterranean system, and the justification of the scientific interest, we examine the type of model (scope, purview and resolution) used for the description and simulation of the Mediterranean circulation from a system-oriented view and a process-oriented view. These two aspects of mathematical simulations are then illustrated by two examples: a) The simulation of the month to month variability of the general circulation in the Western Mediterranean Sea shows the main physical features, but the choice of initial conditions is crucial for a realistic simulation, and an inverse model is proven to be absolutely necessary for a valuable prognostic model. b) Secondly, a high resolution simulation of the Algerian Current instability is performed. It is well known that the Atlantic water flows along the Algerian coast as a light water intrusion. This current is unstable, and mesoscale activities generate cyclones and anticyclones, but only the latter grow enough to get separated from the mean flow. Numerical simulations, in an idealized case, and reality show strong instabilities that are analyzed by energy budgets. It is suggested that the instabilities are primarily baroclinic, which is consistent with initial vertical movements at the front. [less ▲]

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See detailPulmonary Response to Intravenous Administration of 5-Hydroxytryptamine after Type-2 Receptor Blockade in Healthy Calves
Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1993), 54(1), 168-73

The purpose of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) modifies respiratory function, specifically, hyperventilation, diffuse bronchoconstriction, and pulmonary ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) modifies respiratory function, specifically, hyperventilation, diffuse bronchoconstriction, and pulmonary arterial hypertension in cattle. We determined whether the IV response to 5-HT in calves was attributable to stimulation of 5-HT2 receptors. Six healthy unsedated young bull calves of the Friesian (n = 4) and of the Belgian White and Blue (n = 2) breeds were used. A specific 5-HT2 antagonist (metrenperone, 0.05 mg/kg of body weight) was administered IM 30 minutes before the cattle were given a 5-minute IV 5-HT infusion. Pulmonary function values were registered before, during, and after the 5-HT challenge infusion. Minute volume increased significantly, because of an increase in respiratory rate. Conversely, lung dynamic compliance, total pulmonary resistance, and pulmonary arterial pressure were not changed. We concluded that in cattle, 5-HT-induced ventilatory response is not mediated through activation of 5-HT2 receptors. However, the 5-HT2 receptors are involved in 5-HT-induced broncho- and pulmonary vasoconstriction. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Different Target Glycoproteins for Bovine Herpes Virus Type 1-Specific Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes Depending on the Method of in Vitro Stimulation
Denis, M.; Slaoui, M.; Keil, G. et al

in Immunology (1993), 78(1), 7-13

Vaccinia virus recombinants expressing the three major bovine herpes virus-1 (BHV-1) glycoproteins gI, gIII and gIV were used to identify the major target antigens for BHV-1-specific CTL isolated from ... [more ▼]

Vaccinia virus recombinants expressing the three major bovine herpes virus-1 (BHV-1) glycoproteins gI, gIII and gIV were used to identify the major target antigens for BHV-1-specific CTL isolated from immune cattle. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) expanded in vitro in the presence of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and lysed both gIII- and gIV-infected target cells. Secondary in vitro stimulation of PBMC was also performed in the presence of either fixed BHV-1-infected autologous fibroblasts or ultraviolet (UV)-inactivated virus. Both methods of antigen presentation allowed the proliferation of BHV-1-specific CTL but the target glycoprotein for these CTL differed depending on the method of stimulation. Vaccinia-gIV-infected targets were lysed predominantly when PBMC were stimulated by fixed infected fibroblasts, whilst PBMC stimulated by UV-inactivated virus lysed mostly vaccinia-gIII-infected targets. This observation could be explained by a different processing pathway of BHV-1 antigens in each cell type involved. [less ▲]

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See detailVivre avec un nouveau coeur
Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(1), 19-25

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See detailPlasma Na-K ATPase inhibitor activity and intracellular ions during hemodialysis
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Du, F.; Pequeux, M. L. et al

in International Journal of Artificial Organs (1993), 16(1), 23-30

We have investigated the relationship between plasma Na-K ATPase inhibitor activity (EDLS) and intracellular ions in 37 uremic hemodialysed hypertensive patients, and in 20 normotensive non uremic ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the relationship between plasma Na-K ATPase inhibitor activity (EDLS) and intracellular ions in 37 uremic hemodialysed hypertensive patients, and in 20 normotensive non uremic controls (NC). As compared with the NC population, significantly enhanced values for erythrocyte (RBC) Na, Ca, platelet cytosolic Ca and EDLS were observed in all the uremic patients tested just before a dialysis session, as well as a decrease in RBC Ca ATPase and in the platelet pH. In uremia, significant correlations have been noted between RBC Na and platelet Ca (r = 0.6) or systolic BP (r = 0.45); between platelet Ca and systolic blood pressure (r = 0.8) or diastolic BP (r = 0.5) and between EDLS and RBC Na, Ca or platelet Ca (r = 0.5). Anti-hypertensive treatment has no influence on these parameters. During dialysis, a significant decrease has been noted in RBC Na, Ca, platelet Ca, SBP (only in untreated patients) and EDLS and an increase in RBC Ca ATPase and platelet pH. These modifications are significantly correlated with the weight change. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel mutation in the proteolipid protein gene leading to Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease.
Otterbach, B.; Stoffel, W.; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg

in Biological chemistry Hoppe-Seyler (1993), 374(1), 75-83

Point mutations of the gene of human proteolipid protein (PLP) have been recognized as the molecular basis of one form of leukodystrophy, the X-chromosome-linked Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD). We ... [more ▼]

Point mutations of the gene of human proteolipid protein (PLP) have been recognized as the molecular basis of one form of leukodystrophy, the X-chromosome-linked Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD). We report the molecular analysis of four PMD patients in three unrelated families and describe a point mutation (G-->A transition) in exon V which leads to the substitution of Gly216 by a serine residue in a highly conserved extracytosolic domain and a Mae I RFLP. Molecular modelling with energy minimization indicates that this seemingly minor alteration of the amino-acid sequence induces a considerable conformational change and tight packing of the polypeptide chain apparently not compatible with the regular PLP function in oligodendrocytes. This mutation has been detected and characterized by PCR amplification of genomic DNA using intron and exon primers and the complete sequence analysis of the seven exons and a 300 bp promoter region of the PLP gene of two affected brothers. The sequence analysis of a PCR fragment representing exon V amplified from genomic DNA of different kindreds of the pedigree revealed the mother as the only carrier indicating that the mutation has occurred de novo in the mother's germline. PLP gene (including the 8.8 kb intron I) rearrangements have been excluded by Southern blot hybridization and overlapping PCR amplification of genomic DNA. [less ▲]

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See detailPaget's Disease of Bone Treated with a Five Day Course of Oral Tiludronate
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Lecart, Marie-Paule ULg; Deroisy, Rita ULg et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (1993), 52(1), 54-7

Chloro-4-phenyl thiomethylene bisphosphonate (tiludronate) is a new drug which can be used as an inhibitor of bone resorption. As it remains in bone for a long time, and as mineralisation defects have ... [more ▼]

Chloro-4-phenyl thiomethylene bisphosphonate (tiludronate) is a new drug which can be used as an inhibitor of bone resorption. As it remains in bone for a long time, and as mineralisation defects have only been seen at doses much higher than those required to decrease osteoclastic activity, it could be given at high doses over a short period of time. Eighteen patients with Paget's disease of bone were randomly allocated to three therapeutic groups receiving respectively 600, 800, and 1200 mg/day tiludronate for five days. Serum alkaline phosphatase activity and the urinary hydroxyproline/creatinine ratio were quickly and drastically reduced in all three groups. A significant reduction of serum alkaline phosphatases and the hydroxyproline/creatinine ratio was still present six months after the five day therapeutic course, reflecting a sustained activity of tiludronate even after stopping treatment. Dose dependent short and long term reductions of bone turnover rate were observed. Biochemical assessment of haematological, renal, or hepatic tolerance did not show any toxicity of tiludronate. Fifty per cent of patients treated by a dose of 1200 mg/day reported gastrointestinal disturbances, however, making this dosage unsuitable for clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between Alprazolam and Hydroxyzine for Oral Premedication
Franssen, Colette ULg; Hans, Pol ULg; Brichant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia = Journal Canadien d'Anesthésie (1993), 40(1), 13-7

The safety and efficacy of alprazolam and hydroxyzine administered orally as surgical premedicants were compared in a double-blind controlled study. Sixty-five patients were given either alprazolam 1 mg ... [more ▼]

The safety and efficacy of alprazolam and hydroxyzine administered orally as surgical premedicants were compared in a double-blind controlled study. Sixty-five patients were given either alprazolam 1 mg or hydroxyzine 75 mg, one to two hours before surgery. Anxiety was assessed by both the patient and the anaesthetist, the patient using a visual analogue scale, the anaesthetist employing both analogue and ordinal ratings. Sedation was assessed by the anaesthetist only, using the same two methods. Amnesia was appraised with a simple memory test. Safety was assessed by recording adverse effects and measuring haemodynamic variables. Premedication with alprazolam produced a modest reduction in anxiety (28%) (P < 0.01) while hydroxyzine had no detectable effect. The comparison of the sedation level and of the memory test revealed no difference between the two premedicants. Minor side effects were only observed in the hydroxyzine group. Changes in blood pressure were more pronounced in the hydroxyzine group. This study shows that alprazolam and hydroxyzine are safe and efficient oral premedicants. However, alprazolam is preferable to hydroxyzine in terms of anxiolytic and adverse effects. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotophysical investigation of Rose Bengal in aqueous sodium taurocholate solutions
Seret, Alain ULg; Van de Vorst, Albert

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1993), 17(1), 47-56

The photophysics of rose bengal has been studied in aqueous sodium taurocholate solutions with or without 0.6 mol NaCl dm−3. The ground and first excited singlet states solubilize only in the aggregates ... [more ▼]

The photophysics of rose bengal has been studied in aqueous sodium taurocholate solutions with or without 0.6 mol NaCl dm−3. The ground and first excited singlet states solubilize only in the aggregates formed by sodium taurocholate, whereas the first triplet state solubilizes both in the bulk phase and in the aggregates. A lower limit of the corresponding entry and exit rate constants ke and ks, respectively has been estimated: ke ≥ 5 X 106 dm3 mol−1 s−1 (2x107 dm3 mol−1 s−1 with 0.6 mol NaCl dm−3) and ks ≥ 105 s−1. The triplet state as well as the semioxidized radical react with the taurocholate anion. The former reaction leads to the formation of semireduced dye. The latter is responsible for the detection of only semioxidized radicals which move freely in the aqueous phase. The results are compared with those obtained previously in aqueous sodium dodecyl sulphate solutions and the possible biological implication is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMisdiagnosed Malignancy in Transplanted Organs
Detry, Olivier ULg; Detroz, Bernard ULg; D'Silva, M. et al

in Transplant International (1993), 6(1), 50-4

The case reports of three patients who received cancer-bearing organs at this institution are presented. A fourth recipient, who was to be transplanted with a cancerous kidney, was spared this disastrous ... [more ▼]

The case reports of three patients who received cancer-bearing organs at this institution are presented. A fourth recipient, who was to be transplanted with a cancerous kidney, was spared this disastrous complication. The relevant data regarding the donors is also alluded to, with special reference to the type and site of the primary malignancy. Following these case reports, the implications of these issues, their possible prevention, and further management are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLes aquifères crayeux en Belgique
Dassargues, Alain ULg; Monjoie, Albéric ULg

in Hydrogéologie (1993), (2), 135-145

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See detailSYNCYTIOTROPHOBLASTIC LOCALIZATION OF THE HUMAN GROWTH-HORMONE VARIANT MESSENGER-RNA IN THE PLACENTA
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Frankenne, Francis ULg; HOOGHEPETERS, ELisabeth et al

in Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology (1993), 92(2), 7-13

The hGH/hCS genes, clustered on chromosome 17 in the 5' to 3' order GH-N, CS-L, CS-A, GH-V and CS-B, show a high degree of sequence identity. The expression product of the GH-V gene is the placental ... [more ▼]

The hGH/hCS genes, clustered on chromosome 17 in the 5' to 3' order GH-N, CS-L, CS-A, GH-V and CS-B, show a high degree of sequence identity. The expression product of the GH-V gene is the placental growth hormone, which replaces pituitary GH in maternal blood throughout pregnancy. By means of mRNA competitive hybridization using P-32-labelled and unlabelled 30 bases long oligonucleotides, we first optimized specific hybridization conditions. In situ hybridization was then performed to locate the GH-V mRNA encoding placental growth hormone. The hGH-V gene appears expressed in the placental syncytiotrophoblast. Unlike the CS-A and CS-B genes (both encoding hPL) which are expressed uniformly in the syncytiotrophoblast, the GH-V mRNA is located in a few syncytiotrophoblast cells only. [less ▲]

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See detailadministration en dose unique journalière de l'amikacine. Adaptation à la néonatalogie pour des enfants traités avant le 3° jour d'âge postnatal
Battisti, Oreste ULg; Langhendries, J. P.; Bertrand, J. M. et al

in Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses (1993), 23

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See detailEnergy Analysis on Small to Medium Sized H-Bonded Complexes
Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Theoretica Chimica Acta (1993), 85(6), 409-421

Dimers (water-methanol, guanine-cytosine) as well as trimers (methanol-water-imidazole, formamide-methylformate-formamide), are studied as H-bonded complexes of increasing complexity. All the investigated ... [more ▼]

Dimers (water-methanol, guanine-cytosine) as well as trimers (methanol-water-imidazole, formamide-methylformate-formamide), are studied as H-bonded complexes of increasing complexity. All the investigated conformations have been fully optimized. In particular, it is the first time that all the intra- and intermolecular parameters of the guanine-cytosine complex are left variable. In minimal basis sets, the planar conformation has been found to be a first-order critical point. The minimal basis set MINI-1 has been adapted to provide nearly planar amides. The stability of the complexes is accounted for by four energy components of the same order: the first-order term (electrostatic + exchange), the polarization, the charge transfer and the correlation terms. In the case of the studied trimers, the energy components, apart from the electrostatic one, have been found to be nearly additive. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-Term Photometry of Variables at ESO. II. The Second Data Catalogue (1986-1990).
Sterken, C.; Manfroid, Jean ULg; Anton, K. et al

in European Southern Observatory Scientific Report (1993), 12

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See detailLaminin Receptors and Laminin-Binding Proteins During Tumor Invasion and Metastasis
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Invasion & Metastasis (1993), 13(1), 1-30

Interactions between cancer cells and laminin, a major component of basement membranes, play a critical role at several steps of the complex process of tumor invasion and metastasis. These interactions ... [more ▼]

Interactions between cancer cells and laminin, a major component of basement membranes, play a critical role at several steps of the complex process of tumor invasion and metastasis. These interactions are mediated through a large variety of cell surface proteins designated as laminin receptors and/or laminin-binding proteins. The growing number of identified laminin binding proteins and domains of this glycoprotein that are biologically active illustrate the complexity of cellular interactions with laminin. The 67-kD laminin receptor (67 LR) was the first protein identified in 1983 as a high-affinity laminin receptor, and its expression is dramatically increased in a large variety of cancer cells. The 67 LR is the subject of several controversies and confusion generated mainly by two events. First, the identification of several new laminin-binding proteins has raised the difficult task of attributing specific functions to specific receptors in contrast to initial beliefs that all cellular laminin-driven biological activities were mediated through the 67 LR. The second source of controversy is the large molecular-weight discrepancy between the 37-kD polypeptide encoded by the 67 LR cDNA clone and the mature 67 LR. In this manuscript, a critical and extensive review of the data accumulated on the 67 LR is presented regarding both its molecular structure and its role during tumor invasion and metastasis. A hypothetical model of the 67 LR is also proposed. Since the first identification of the 67 LR, at least 14 other cell surface molecules have been reported to be potential laminin receptors or laminin-binding proteins. These include members of the beta-galactoside-binding lectin family, seven members of the integrin family, the galactosyltransferase and some not yet fully characterized cell surface molecules. These laminin receptors and laminin-binding proteins are also described and their functions are also discussed with a particular emphasis on their participation in the constitution of the invasive phenotype. [less ▲]

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See detailFundic Argyrophil Cell Hyperplasia in Atrophic Gastritis: A Search for a Sensitive Diagnostic Method
Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Delwaide, Jean ULg; Vivario, M. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (1993), 56(1, Jan-Feb), 11-7

Hypergastrinemia induces argyrophil cell hyperplasia in oxyntic mucosa (FACH) in patients with non-antral atrophic gastritis, with or without pernicious anemia. This proliferation favours the development ... [more ▼]

Hypergastrinemia induces argyrophil cell hyperplasia in oxyntic mucosa (FACH) in patients with non-antral atrophic gastritis, with or without pernicious anemia. This proliferation favours the development of carcinoid tumours. In order to determine the most usual appropriate method to document FACH, we have studied 29 consecutive fundic biopsies from 26 patients with fundic chronic gastritis. The study encompassed gastrinemia levels, standard histology permitting the classification of chronic gastritis, demonstration of FACH by Grimelius stain, immunohistochemical studies using NSE, chromogranin A and by electron microscopy. The FACH was classified for each stain as slight, moderate or severe. The study displayed a relationship between the grade of gastritis and the density of argyrophil endocrine cells in oxyntic mucosa assessed by Grimelius stain (p < 0.0001) and chromogranin A (P < 0.01). There was also a relationship between the serum gastrin level and the density of argyrophil endocrine cells detected by these two stains (p < 0.001). A highly significant correlation was observed between Grimelius stain and chromogranin A (p < 0.0001). On the other hand, no significant correlation was noted with either NSE or electron microscopy. We conclude that Grimelius stain and immunohistochemical studies against chromogranin A were the best methods for the demonstration of FACH in atrophic gastritis. One of these two techniques is sufficient in current practice for defining the patients at risk for subsequent surveillance. [less ▲]

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See detailDecision tree approaches to voltage security assessment
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg; Pavella, Mania ULg et al

in IEE Proceedings - Generation, Transmission & Distribution (1993), 140

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See detailHigh Resolution Frequency Analysis as applied to the singing voice
Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Remacle, Marc; Millet, Benoite

in Folia Phoniatrica (1993), 45

We have applied high-resolution vocal frequential analysis to a population of singing voices. Two important elements have become apparent: (1) Confirmation that the singing formant originates in the ... [more ▼]

We have applied high-resolution vocal frequential analysis to a population of singing voices. Two important elements have become apparent: (1) Confirmation that the singing formant originates in the resonators. This is observed especially on a low fundamental, and it is acquired through technical skill and experience (2)Observation of the vibrato, which, isolated from the clinical study, regarding only its graphic presentation, could habe been interpreted as "abnormal". [less ▲]

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See detailLe récepteur NMDA : base moléculaire du mécanisme d’action de la kétamine
Hanon, E.; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, M.

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1993), 137

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See detailSoluble CD23 and other receptors (CD4, CD8, CD25, CD71) in serum of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Lampertz, S.; De Groote, D. et al

in Leukemia : Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K (1993), 7(12), 2019-2025

We measured the soluble (s) receptors CD23, CD8, CD4, interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R, CD25), and transferrin receptor (TfR, CD71), in normal serum and in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL ... [more ▼]

We measured the soluble (s) receptors CD23, CD8, CD4, interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R, CD25), and transferrin receptor (TfR, CD71), in normal serum and in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and evaluated them in relation to clinical and biological parameters of the disease, as well as serum immunoglobulin E (IgE). Compared to 31 normal individuals, 42 CLL patients had increased levels of sCD23 (98.4 +/- 127.7 versus 0.9 +/- 0.3 U/ml, p < 0.001), sIL-2R (6080 +/- 7030 versus 1420 +/- 640 pg/ml, p < 0.001), sTfR (12,100 +/- 11,250 versus 5000 +/- 1050 ng/ml, p < 0.001), and sCD8 (510 +/- 191 versus 234 +/- 89 U/ml, p < 0.001), but normal sCD4 levels. Mean sCD23 levels remained normal in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (other than small lymphocytic), Hodgkin's disease, hairy cell leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), multiple myeloma, or solid tumors. Advancing Rai clinical stage was associated with a progressive elevation of sCD23 (p < 0.001), while sCD8 (p < 0.05), sIL-2R (p < 0.001), and sTfR (p < 0.005) were highest in stage 2 patients. Discriminant analysis confirmed the value of soluble receptor determinations in the clinical evaluation of CLL patients. sCD23 correlated with sIL-2R (p < 0.001) and sTfR (p < 0.05) but not with sCD4 or sCD8, and displayed an inverse relationship with serum IgE (NS) and total gamma-globulin (p < 0.05). sIL-2R correlated with sCD23 (p < 0.001), sTfR (p < 0.001), sCD4 (p < 0.01), and sCD8 (p < 0.01). The lymphocyte count correlated with serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) (p < 0.05), sCD23 (p < 0.001) and sIL-2R (p < 0.01) but not sTfR, sCD8, or sCD4. Chemotherapy produced consistent reductions of sCD23 levels in two responding patients. We conclude that: (i) sCD23 is considerably elevated in CLL, correlates with the tumor mass and clinical stage, and could be helpful in monitoring these patients; and (ii) sIL-2R, sCD8, and sTfR levels are less specifically increased and could be influenced by other factors such as immune activation and erythropoiesis. [less ▲]

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See detailThe peripheral analgesic effects of opiods
Joris, Jean ULg; Hargreaves, Kenneth M

in APS Journal (1993), 2(1), 51-59

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See detailLa racine grb et l'Amon-grb
Malaise, Michel ULg; Winand, Jean ULg

in Chronique d'Egypte : Bulletin Périodique de la Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth (1993), 68

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See detailEvaluation isocinétique des genoux ligamentaires en pré et postopératoire
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Delcour, J. P.; Dupont, Géraldine ULg et al

in Lettre de Médecine Physique et de Réadaptation (1993), 29

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See detailL'état de stress post-traumatique chez les brûlés : Une revue.
Machurot, Pierre-Yves; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg et al

in Acta Psychiatrica Belgica (1993), 93 Spec No

While post-traumatic stress disorder has drawn increasing interest over the last years, very few studies have been focused to burned patients. In its first part, this article provides a brief reminder of ... [more ▼]

While post-traumatic stress disorder has drawn increasing interest over the last years, very few studies have been focused to burned patients. In its first part, this article provides a brief reminder of the symptomatology of post-traumatic stress disorder, of its various pathogenic theories as well as its various treatment approaches. The second part of the article reviews more specifically the literature about post-traumatic stress disorder in burned patients, emphasizing the need of a rapid and effective psychological therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrastructure of CD57+ cells isolated from human tonsils or blood.
Bouzahzah, F.; Heinen, Ernst ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg et al

in European Journal of Morphology (1993), 31(1-2), 82-6

The presence of CD4+, CD57+ T cells in the germinal centers has been reported by several authors. The CD57 antigen is also expressed by natural killer (NK) cells. We purified CD57+ cells from human ... [more ▼]

The presence of CD4+, CD57+ T cells in the germinal centers has been reported by several authors. The CD57 antigen is also expressed by natural killer (NK) cells. We purified CD57+ cells from human tonsils and blood by microdissection, rosetting with sheep red blood cells and magnetic cell sorting (MACS) and examined the ultrastructural morphology of these cells. Clear differences were found in cell aspect: blood NK contained large granules which were not found in the tonsillar CD57+ cells. These latter appeared medium-sized and not fully activated. After immunolabeling, the tonsillar CD57+ cells were mainly found in the light zone of the germinal centers. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between culture of bovine embryos in vitro versus development in rabbit oviducts and in vivo
Ectors, Fabien ULg; Thonon, Fabienne; Delval, Alain et al

in Livestock Production Science (1993), 36

The aim of this work was to evaluate the efficiency of different embryo culture methods for in vitro embryo production: development in co-culture with bovine oviductal epithelial cells (BOEC), in BOEC ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to evaluate the efficiency of different embryo culture methods for in vitro embryo production: development in co-culture with bovine oviductal epithelial cells (BOEC), in BOEC conditioned medium (CM) or in rabbit oviducts, versus in vivo produced embryos. There was no significant difference in terms of percentages of cleaved and 8-cell stages obtained between CM and BOEC. In CM, 24.8% of the cleaved embryos became blastocysts. In BOEC, 14.5% of the cleaved embryos became blastocysts. Among the 190 zygotes transferred in the rabbit oviducts, 127 have been recovered 5 days later, and 17.4% became blastocysts. There was no significant difference in term of blastocyst formation between the development in rabbit and in BOEC. However, there was a significant difference between the CM group and the two other groups. The numbers of cells in blastocysts from different sources were investigated: in vivo blastocysts contained 107 cells assumed to be 100%, in vitro blastocysts developed in rabbit oviduct 100.1 cells (93.3%), BOEC blastocysts 90.8 cells (84.6%) and CM blastocysts 72.3 cells (67.3%). This study confirmed earlier works on the oviduct effect on blastocyst quality in terms of development rate and cell number. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Proglumide and Enprostil on Omeprazole-Induced Fundic Endocrine Cell Hyperplasia in Rats
Delwaide, Jean ULg; Latour, Pascale ULg; Gast, Pierrette ULg et al

in Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique (1993), 17(11), 792-6

Long-term treatment with omeprazole induces hyperplasia of enterochromaffin-like cells, closely related to hypergastrinemia. We studied whether proglumide, an antagonist of gastrin/CCK receptor, and ... [more ▼]

Long-term treatment with omeprazole induces hyperplasia of enterochromaffin-like cells, closely related to hypergastrinemia. We studied whether proglumide, an antagonist of gastrin/CCK receptor, and enprostil, a synthetic prostaglandin E2 derivative, might inhibit this hyperplasia. Six groups of 8 rats were treated for 10 weeks: a) untreated controls; b) omeprazole 10 mumol/kg; c) proglumide 500 mg/kg; d) enprostil 30 micrograms/kg; e) association of omeprazole and proglumide; f) association of omeprazole and enprostil. Serum gastrin levels were measured at different times during treatment. After sacrifice, fundic argyrophil cells were assessed by Grimelius' staining. Serum gastrin levels and argyrophil cell density were not modified in proglumide- and enprostil-treated groups, as compared with controls. Omeprazole increased significantly these two parameters. When given with omeprazole, proglumide decreased significantly serum gastrin levels and argyrophil cell density, as compared to omeprazole alone, while enprostil did not modify significantly these two parameters. These results indicate that proglumide, but not enprostil, can counteract the omeprazole-induced argyrophil cell hyperplasia in rats. [less ▲]

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See detailNormal Electro- and Vectorcardiographic Data in the Growing Friesian Calf Using a Semi-Orthogonal Lead System
Amory, Hélène ULg; Genicot, B; Rollin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Medicine. A, Physiology, Pathology, Clinical Medicine (1993), 40(2), 81-92

This study derives normal values for electro- and vectorcardiographic parameters, as generated by the Holmes semi-orthogonal lead system, in healthy growing calves. Sixty-four electrocardiograms were ... [more ▼]

This study derives normal values for electro- and vectorcardiographic parameters, as generated by the Holmes semi-orthogonal lead system, in healthy growing calves. Sixty-four electrocardiograms were recorded from healthy Friesian calves aged from one week to one year. Waveform and duration were analysed and compared in the X-, Y- and Z-leads. The modal P, QRS and T tridimensional vectors were graphically constructed and their magnitude and orientation were calculated. The duration of waves and intervals were similar to data previously reported in the bovine species. Differences from data reported in other species were attributed to heart rate. The duration of waves and QT and ST intervals significantly lengthened with the decrease in heart rate which occurred during growth. PR interval significantly lengthened with physical maturation, and this change was independent of the decrease in heart rate. The magnitude and the orientation of the spatial modal vectors were approximately similar to the few data previously reported in cattle and in other ungulates and were not affected by somatic growth [less ▲]

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See detailApplication de l'analyse fréquentielle à haute résolution
Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Remacle, Marc; Millet, Benoite

in Bulletin d'Audiophonologie (1993), IX(5), 490-497

Nous avons appliqué l'analyseur fréquentielle à haute résolution à une population de voix chantée. Au travers de ce travail, deux éléments importants apparaissent:1. La confirmation du formant du chanteur ... [more ▼]

Nous avons appliqué l'analyseur fréquentielle à haute résolution à une population de voix chantée. Au travers de ce travail, deux éléments importants apparaissent:1. La confirmation du formant du chanteur dans le placement de la voix dans les résonateurs. Il s'observe plus particulièrement sur un fondamental grave et s'acquiert par technique et expérience. 2. L'observation du vibrato, qu'il convient d'avoir vu avant, son observation graphique pourrait être considérée comme pathologique. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Capsaicin on the Endothelial Permeability in Isolated and Perfused Rabbit Lungs
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (1993), 7(2), 81-91

Changes in pulmonary endothelial permeability and in microvascular hemodynamics in response to capsaicin (10(-4) M) were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs. Blood-free perfusate was ... [more ▼]

Changes in pulmonary endothelial permeability and in microvascular hemodynamics in response to capsaicin (10(-4) M) were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs. Blood-free perfusate was recirculated through ventilated lungs in an isogravimetric state, under zone III conditions with a constant flow. Using the occlusions method, the total pressure gradient between the arterial and the venous levels (delta Pt) was partitioned into four components: arterial (delta Pa), pre-(delta Pa') and post-(delta Pv') capillary, and venous (delta Pv). The capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c) was evaluated by measuring the amount of fluid filtering through the endothelium when arterial and venous pressures were suddenly increased. Capsaicin caused no changes in the vascular pressures at any level of the pulmonary circulation but induced a significant 3-fold increase in the Kf,c (P < 0.05). This reaction was accompanied by pulmonary oedema. The mechanisms involved in the permeability changes were investigated by testing the capacity of different drugs to block the response to capsaicin. Clonidine (10(-7) M to 10(-5) M), morphine (10(-6) M), aspirin (10(-3) M), ketanserin (10(-8) M) and (+/)- CP 96,345 (10(-6) M), an antagonist of neurokinin NK1 receptor, completely prevented the effects of capsaicin on the Kf,c. In contrast, terfenadine (10(-7)) together with cimetidine (10(-5) M) had no protective effect against capsaicin. It was concluded that capsaicin-induced pulmonary oedema was due to an increase in the capillary filtration coefficient and not to hemodynamic changes. This alteration in the endothelium permeability is mediated by the release of endogenous peptides from C-fibers upon the action of capsaicin and subsequent activation of NK1 receptors, probably by substance P. Moreover, 5-hydroxytryptamine receptors and arachidonic acid derivates are also involved in this reaction [less ▲]

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See detailModelling the Arterial Wall by Finite Elements
Mosora, F.; Harmant, A.; Hallet, Claude ULg et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1993), 101(3, May-Jun), 185-91

The mechanical behaviour of the arterial wall was determined theoretically utilizing some parameters of blood flow measured in vivo. Continuous experimental measurements of pressure and diameter were ... [more ▼]

The mechanical behaviour of the arterial wall was determined theoretically utilizing some parameters of blood flow measured in vivo. Continuous experimental measurements of pressure and diameter were recorded in anesthetized dogs on the thoracic ascending and midabdominal aorta. The pressure was measured by using a catheter, and the diameter firstly, at the same site, by a plethysmograph with mercury gauge and secondly, by a sonomicrometer with ferroelectric ceramic transducers. The unstressed radius and thickness were measured at the end of each experiment in situ. Considering that the viscous component is not important relatively to the nonlinear component of the elasticity and utilizing several equations for Young modulus calculation (thick and thin wall circular cylindrical tube formulas and Bergel's equation) the following values were obtained for this parameter: 0.6 MPa-2 MPa in midabdominal aorta and 2 MPa-6.5 MPa in thoracic ascending aorta. The behaviour of the aorta wall was modelled considering an elastic law and using the finite element program "Lagamine" working in large deformations. The discretized equilibrium equations are non-linear and a unique axi-symmetric, iso-parametric element of 1 cm in length with 8 knots was used for this bi-dimensional problem. The theoretical estimation of radius vessel, utilizing a constant 5 MPa Young modulus and also a variable one, are in good agreement with the experimental results, showing that this finite element model can be applied to study mechanical properties of the arteries in physiological and pathological conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailSub-mesoscale Air-sea Interactions
Nihoul, Jacques ULg; Djenidi, Salim ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (1993), 4(2-3),

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See detailProductive Performance of the French Insurance Industry
Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg; Kessler, D.; Perelman, Sergio ULg et al

in Journal of Productivity Analysis (1993), (4), 77-93

The purpose of this paper is to provide for both life and non-life insurance an assessment of the relative productive performance of French companies. We use parametric and nonparametric approaches to ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper is to provide for both life and non-life insurance an assessment of the relative productive performance of French companies. We use parametric and nonparametric approaches to construct a frontier to be used as a yardstick of productive efficiency. Our data basis covers 84 life and 243 non-life companies for the period 1984-1989. The main findings show a high correlation between parametric and nonparametric results and a wide dispersion in the rates of inefficiency across companies. This dispersion can be reduced when controlling for variations in scale, ownership, distribution, reinsurance, and claims ratios. [less ▲]

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Burny, Philippe ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg; Ensch, D. et al

in Przeglad Hodowlany (1993), (3/1993), 21-22

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See detailLa gestion de l'espace - Avant-propos
Bock, Laurent ULg

in Bulletin des Recherches Agronomiques de Gembloux (1993), 28(2-3), 115-119

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See detailEnhancement of metastatic potential of murine and human melanoma cells by laminin receptor peptide G: attachment of cancer cells to subendothelial matrix as a pathway for hematogenous metastasis.
Taraboletti, G.; Belotti, D.; Giavazzi, R. et al

in Journal of the National Cancer Institute (1993), 85(3), 235-40

BACKGROUND: Stable anchorage of circulating cancer cells to the vasculature is a critical step in the formation of hematogenous metastases. Although the basement membrane glycoprotein laminin clearly ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Stable anchorage of circulating cancer cells to the vasculature is a critical step in the formation of hematogenous metastases. Although the basement membrane glycoprotein laminin clearly plays a crucial role in this event, the exact interactive pathways among cancer cells, laminin, and the vessel wall have not been elucidated. In a previous study, we identified synthetic peptide G, which contains the laminin-binding domain of the 67-kd laminin receptor and which inhibits tumor cell adhesion to endothelial cells. PURPOSE: To assess the role of the interaction between laminin and the 67-kd laminin receptor in hematogenous metastasis formation, we studied the effect of peptide G on melanoma cell behavior in vivo and in vitro. METHODS: The effect of peptide G and control peptides was studied in vivo on lung retention and colonizing potential of murine (B16BL6) and human (A2058) melanoma cells injected intravenously in C57BL/6 and nude mice, respectively. In addition, their effect on cell adhesion and chemotaxis to laminin and on binding of iodine 125-labeled laminin to cells was studied in vitro. RESULTS: In vivo, pretreatment of cells with peptide G resulted in a two- to 10-fold significant increase in the number of experimental lung metastases. A significant relative increase in lung retention of peptide G-treated tumor cells was observed 48 hours after injection, although after 4 hours a partial reduction was observed. In vitro, peptide G significantly increased laminin binding and cancer cell adhesion to laminin and subendothelial matrix, whereas chemotaxis to laminin was significantly inhibited. CONCLUSIONS: Peptide G differentially affected the biological response of cancer cells to laminin. In vitro, it increased laminin binding and cell adhesion to laminin and subendothelial matrix, whereas it inhibited cell chemotaxis to laminin. In vivo, the overall effect of peptide G was an augmentation of lung metastasis. IMPLICATIONS: Our findings suggest that direct adhesion of tumor cells to the subendothelial matrix is a main pathway for hematogenous metastases and that tumor cell-matrix interaction may be more relevant than tumor cell-endothelial cell attachment in this process. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la perversité des comptes rendus
Winand, Jean ULg

in Göttinger Miszellen (1993), 134

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See detailL'évaluation des effets de LOGO : un bilan vingt ans après ...
Denis, Brigitte ULg

in Revue de la Direction Générale de l’Organisation des Etudes (1993)

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See detailL’enquête nationale sur les effectifs du cheptel au Burkina Faso
Bahili, Jean; Djaby, Bakary ULg

in Stateco (1993), 73

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See detailStimulation of the 92-Kd Type Iv Collagenase Promoter and Enzyme Expression in Human Melanoma Cells
Lauricella-Lefebvre, M. A.; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Sato, H. et al

in Invasion & Metastasis (1993), 13(6), 289-300

The 92-kD type IV collagenase is a member of the metalloproteinase family which degrades type IV collagen, a major component of basement membrane and is involved in tumor invasion and metastasis. The ... [more ▼]

The 92-kD type IV collagenase is a member of the metalloproteinase family which degrades type IV collagen, a major component of basement membrane and is involved in tumor invasion and metastasis. The promoter and adjacent regulatory sequences of the 92-kD type IV collagenase have been identified previously and three cis-acting elements homologous to the binding sites for AP-1, NF-KB and SP-1 proteins contributed to induction of the promoter activity by 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol 13-acetate (TPA) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF-alpha) in HT1080 cells. To date, no direct correlation between promoter activity and expression of the 92-kD type IV collagenase has been reported in normal or cancer cells. In this study, the effects of the transcriptional stimulation of the 92-kD type IV collagenase gene on the expression of the enzyme in human A2058 melanoma cells was analyzed by zymography experiments. Quantitative immunoblots using a monoclonal antibody that recognized specifically and exclusively the 92-kD type IV collagenase, confirmed that the 92-kD gelatinase was 92-kD type IV collagenase. Stimulation of the promoter activity resulted in increased gelatinase activity in the culture medium of A2058 cells. A direct correlation between TPA- and TNF-alpha-mediated promoter stimulation of the 92-kD type IV collagenase gene and its expression was also demonstrated in the human fibrosarcoma HT1080 cells. Interleukin-1 alpha failed to induce 92-kD gene promoter activity and type IV collagenase expression in melanoma and fibrosarcoma cell lines. Our data demonstrated that TPA- and TNF-alpha-induced 92-kD type IV collagenase promoter stimulation leads to a proportional increase of enzyme expression and secretion and thus could contribute to the activation of the invasive phenotype. [less ▲]

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See detailElimination des métaux lourds par précipitation biologique
Toye, Dominique ULg; Schlitz, Marc; Crine, Michel ULg

in Tribune de l'Eau (La) (1993), 565

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See detailAtomic data and the spectrum of the solar photosphere.
Grevesse, Nicolas ULg; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg

in Physica Scripta (1993), 47

Even though the solar photospheric abundances are now on the whole in very good agreement with the meteoritic values, some problems remain which will only be solved with a higher level of accuracy in the ... [more ▼]

Even though the solar photospheric abundances are now on the whole in very good agreement with the meteoritic values, some problems remain which will only be solved with a higher level of accuracy in the atomic data, especially the transition probabilities for faint lines. The authors justify this request for many more very accurate gf-values through a few particularly striking points. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of an antisense oligonucleotide to inhibit expression of a mutated human procollagen gene (COL1A1) in transfected mouse 3T3 cells.
Colige, Alain ULg; Sokolov, B. P.; Nugent, P. et al

in Biochemistry (1993), 32(1), 7-11

A series of antisense oligonucleotides were developed to inhibit specifically expression of a mutated exogenous gene for collagen without inhibiting expression of an endogenous gene for the same protein ... [more ▼]

A series of antisense oligonucleotides were developed to inhibit specifically expression of a mutated exogenous gene for collagen without inhibiting expression of an endogenous gene for the same protein. The test system consisted of mouse NIH 3T3 cells that were stably transfected with an internally deleted construct of the human gene for the pro alpha 1(I) chain of type I procollagen [Olsen et al. (1991) J. Biol. Chem. 266, 1117]. The target site was a region at the 3' end of exon 1 and the first few nucleotides of intron 1 of the exogenous human gene that differed in sequence by nine nucleotides from the sequence of the endogenous mouse gene. Expression of the two genes was assayed by Western blot with cross-reacting antibodies and by steady-state levels of mRNAs. None of the oligonucleotides were effective in concentrations up to 25 microM when administered without any carrier. However, when administered with 5 or 10 micrograms/mL lipofectin, one of the oligonucleotides in concentrations of 0.1-0.2 microM inhibited expression of the exogenous gene from 50% to 80% without significant inhibition of expression of the endogenous gene. Also, a missense version of the same oligonucleotide had no significant effect, and the inhibition observed with the most effective oligonucleotide was abolished by a single base change. Time course experiments indicated that, after a 4-h treatment, inhibition appeared at 8 h and persisted for at least 22 h.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULg

in Histoire et Enseignement : Bulletin (1993), 43e année(n°4), 11-13

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See detailIsopyoverdin Pp BTP1, a biogenetically interesting novel siderophore from Pseudomonas putida
Jacques, Philippe; Gwose, Inga; Seinsche, Dieter et al

in Natural Product Letters (1993), 3

From the cultures of Pseudomonas putida BTP 1 a siderophore could be isolated which contains the chromophore 2a rather than 1a typical for pyoverdins. Its structure was elucidated by MS, NHR and chemical ... [more ▼]

From the cultures of Pseudomonas putida BTP 1 a siderophore could be isolated which contains the chromophore 2a rather than 1a typical for pyoverdins. Its structure was elucidated by MS, NHR and chemical degradation. This new structural type is of great interest. The currently accepted biogenetic pathway leading to 1a starts from D-Tyr and L-Dab which condense to give the ferribactin chromophore 4. Subsequent ring closure via the -nitrogen of Dab leads to 1a while alternative ring closure via the -nitrogen would yield 2a. It is for the first time that this iso-chromophore has been detected in a Pseudomonas siderophore. Its discovery confirms the assumed intermediacy of ferribactine in the biogenesis of pyoverdins. [less ▲]

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See detailEustatic Cycles around the Devonian-Carboniferous Boundary and the sedimentary and fossil record in Sauerland (Federal Republic of Germany).
Bless, M.J.M.; Becker, R.T.; Higgs, K et al

in Annales de la Société Géologique de Belgique (1993), 115(2), 689-702

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See detailComputed subsidence of the central area of Shanghai
Dassargues, Alain ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in Bulletin of Engineering Geology & the Environment (1993), 47

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See detailLe nom du bison en grec et en latin
Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (1993), 52(3), 567-580

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See detailTYPE OF WEAR FOR THE PAIR TI6A14V/PCTFE IN AMBIENT AIR AND IN LIQUID-NITROGEN
Bozet, Jean-Luc ULg

in Wear (1993), 162(Part B), 1025-1028

In the development of large, high pressure valves for cryotechnic rocket engines, the Tribology Department of the University of Liege had the opportunity to evaluate the pair Ti6Al4V ... [more ▼]

In the development of large, high pressure valves for cryotechnic rocket engines, the Tribology Department of the University of Liege had the opportunity to evaluate the pair Ti6Al4V/polychlorotrifluoroethylene (PCTFE) on a pin-on-disk tribometer in ambient air and liquid nitrogen with the contact pressure and sliding speed ranging, respectively, from 3 to 9 MPa and 0.03 to 0.05 m s-1. Because of the affinity of titanium for halogen elements, such as chlorine and fluorine, which are both present in PCTFE, we noticed the formation of an abrasive compound made of chlorine, fluorine, titanium and aluminium. These elements were detected by electron microscopy. In both environments the heat produced during sliding is responsible for the decomposition of the PCTFE. The surface of the polymer is softened by the heat and embedded abrasive particles then scratch the sliding track of the Ti6Al4V disk. This abrasiveness is confirmed with a three-dimensional stylus profilometer used on the Ti6Al4V disks. The low temperature and neutrality of liquid nitrogen hardly inhibit the decomposition of the polymer. This is related to the poor thermal conductivity of both titanium and PCTFE: the heat produced at the contact is fully available for the chemical reaction between the chlorine, fluorine and titanium, all the more so since this reaction requires little energy to take place. A better understanding of the wear behaviour of the pair PCTFE/Ti6Al4V in both air and liquid nitrogen should lead to the development of a surface treatment which prevents the formation of abrasive particles. We could then use titanium alloys as bulk materials for sliding parts in cryogenic valves and, because of the low specific mass of titanium, could benefit from the subsequent weight reduction. [less ▲]

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See detailIn Vivo Free Radical Production after Cross-Clamping and Reperfusion of the Renal Artery in the Rabbit
DEFRAIGNE, Jean ULg; PINCEMAIL, Joël ULg; FRANSSEN, Colette ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Surgery (1993), 1(4), 343-9

Postischaemic reperfusion injury is often attributed to the generation of oxygenated free radicals which may subsequently promote lipid peroxidation in cell membranes. Electron paramagnetic resonance ... [more ▼]

Postischaemic reperfusion injury is often attributed to the generation of oxygenated free radicals which may subsequently promote lipid peroxidation in cell membranes. Electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy in association with the spin trap molecule alpha-phenyl-N-tert-butyl-nitrone allowed direct confirmation of lipid free radical production after renal ischaemia-reperfusion in an in vivo rabbit model. A 60-min period of ischaemia followed by reperfusion caused free radical production twofold greater than after 15 min of ischaemia. Glutathione and alpha-tocopherol have been measured in renal tissue, as indirect markers of lipid peroxidation. After 15 min of ischaemia followed by 10 min of reperfusion, the mean(s.e.m.) glutathione content of the ischaemic kidney was slightly but significantly reduced by 11.9(2.5)% (P < 0.003). The content of alpha-tocopherol was unchanged. However, 10 min of reperfusion following 60 min of ischaemia led to significant decrease in mean(s.e.m.) content of both glutathione (30.4(3.7)%) (2.23(0.2) versus 3.14(0.18) mumol/g wet tissue, P < 0.001) and alpha-tocopherol (46.1(7.8)%) (0.57(0.10) versus 1.09(0.14) micrograms/g wet tissue, P < 0.001) when compared to the control kidney. Under these experimental conditions, desferrioxamine (15 mg/kg administered intravenously before inducing ischaemia), a drug known to limit free radical production, significantly limited the decrease of alpha-tocopherol to 20.8(6.4)% (0.83(0.08) versus 1.05(0.04) micrograms/g wet tissue, P < 0.05), but did not prevent glutathione consumption in the reperfused kidney. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of Neuropeptides in Acetylcholine-Induced Edema in Isolated and Perfused Rabbit Lungs
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (The) (1993), 266(2), 483-491

Changes in pulmonary endothelial permeability and in microvascular hemodynamics in response to cumulative concentrations of acetylcholine (ACh) (10(-8) M to 10(-5) M) were investigated in isolated ... [more ▼]

Changes in pulmonary endothelial permeability and in microvascular hemodynamics in response to cumulative concentrations of acetylcholine (ACh) (10(-8) M to 10(-5) M) were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs. The total pressure gradient was partitioned into four components: arterial, pre- and postcapillary and venous. The capillary filtration coefficient (Kf, c) also was evaluated. ACh caused a significant increase in arterial and precapillary pressures at concentrations higher than 3 x 10(-6) M. The total pressure gradient and precapillary were significantly increased whereas arterial, postcapillary and venous pressure gradient remained unchanged. In papaverine (3 x 10(-4) M)-pretreated lungs, the vasoconstriction was abolished and a concentration-dependent increase in Kf,c was recorded from 10(-8) to 10(-5) M ACh. This reaction was accompanied by pulmonary edema. Atropine, indomethacin, aspirin, ketanserin, clonidine, morphine and (+/-)-CP 96-345, an antagonist of neurokinin NK1 receptors, completely prevented the effects of ACh on Kf,c. In contrast, cromolyn sodium and SR48968, a neurokinin NK2 antagonist, did not inhibit the response to ACh. Terfenadine together with cimetidine had a partially inhibitory effect. Changes in the Kf, c similar to those observed with ACh were induced by capsaicin (10(-4) M) by exogenous substance P (10(-7) M) and by 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) (10(-4) M). The effects of SP were inhibited by aspirin, (+/-)-CP 96,345 and ketanserin, but not by atropine and antihistaminics. 5-HT effects were prevented by aspirin and not by (+/-)-CP 96,345. It was concluded that ACh-induced pulmonary edema was due to an increase in the capillary filtration coefficient.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailTypes de circulation atmosphériques, advection des masses d'air et variations climatiques: Le cas des hivers doux et des hivers rudes récents en Belgique
Erpicum, Michel ULg; Mabille, Georges ULg; Alexandre, Jean ULg

in Publications de l'Association Internationale de Climatologie (1993), 6

In Belgium, air masse advections -as it appears at 850 hPa level- are very important for the explanation of the surface air temperature of mild winters. Nevertheless in case of severe winters, radiative ... [more ▼]

In Belgium, air masse advections -as it appears at 850 hPa level- are very important for the explanation of the surface air temperature of mild winters. Nevertheless in case of severe winters, radiative conditions observed at tropospheric lower level and horizontal motion of very thin air masses (below 850 hPa level) seem to be more important for the explanation of ground level temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailL'âge est-il un facteur limitant pour la chirurgie carotidienne?
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Smitz, Simon ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Journal des Maladies Vasculaires (1993), 18(3), 245-53

To evaluate the role of carotid surgery in elderly patients 75 years and older, we reviewed 912 carotid endarterectomies performed on 806 patients between 1987 and 1990. There were 151 patients (19% of ... [more ▼]

To evaluate the role of carotid surgery in elderly patients 75 years and older, we reviewed 912 carotid endarterectomies performed on 806 patients between 1987 and 1990. There were 151 patients (19% of the whole series) aged 75 years and older (160 endarterectomies, group A), including 29 octogenarians, vs 655 patients under 75 years of age (group B). There were more women in the elderly age group (44%) than in the younger one (38%). Symptoms, risk factors, operative outcome and follow up data of the two groups were compared. The risk profile was similar for the two age groups, with exception for coronary heart disease, less frequent in the older patient group (25% had previous infarction vs 44%). Indication for carotid endarterectomy was different in the two age groups: 41% of group A underwent prophylactic thrombendarterectomy for high degree stenosis, while only 30% of group B had asymptomatic carotid disease. In group A, 6% of the patients had carotid endarterectomy after recovering from a mild stroke, vs 2% in group B. Angiography revealed bilateral carotid disease in 59% of the group A patients (including 15% with contralateral occlusion) vs 40% in group B. Operative mortality was 1.5% for the younger age group vs 2.5% for the older age group. The cause of death was cardiac in 60%. A follow up is available for all patients who benefited carotid endarterectomy since 1976, including 180 patients aged 75 years or older.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailInteraction between the 67 kilodalton metastasis-associated laminin receptor and laminin.
Cioce, V.; Margulies, I. M.; Sobel, M. E. et al

in Kidney International (1993), 43(1), 30-7

Normal and neoplastic cells interact with laminin via a variety of cell surface proteins. The specific binding sites on laminin for each particular cell surface laminin-binding protein have not yet been ... [more ▼]

Normal and neoplastic cells interact with laminin via a variety of cell surface proteins. The specific binding sites on laminin for each particular cell surface laminin-binding protein have not yet been identified. In this study, the interaction between laminin and the high affinity metastasis-associated 67 kD laminin receptor (67 LR) was investigated by electron microscopy using the rotary shadowing technique. Laminin receptor that was purified from human colon carcinoma metastases appeared as a globular structure with a diameter of 5.2 +/- 0.8 nm. The 67 LR specifically bound to laminin on its long arm close to the intersection of the long and the short arms. There was no specific interaction of bovine serum albumin with laminin. Biochemical confirmation of the rotary shadowing experiments included slot blot solid phase assays in which [I125]-labeled 67 LR bound in a dose dependent manner to laminin as well as to the chymotrypsin resistant (C1) fragment of laminin that contains a short piece of the long arm. [I125]-labeled 67 LR did not bind to the pepsin resistant (P1) fragment of laminin that did not contain that segment on the long arm. This study therefore identifies the binding site on laminin for the 67 kD metastasis-associated laminin receptor as a region on the long arm of laminin close to the intersection of the four arms. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolutionary relationships among higher fungi inferred from small ribosomal subunit RNA sequence analysis
Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Van De Peer, Yves; Goris, Anne et al

in Systematic & Applied Microbiology (1993), 16

The primary structure of the small ribosomal subunit RNA (SSU rRNA) was determined for 13 species belonging to 10 ascomycete families and for the basidiomycetous anamorphic yeast Rhodotorula glutinis. The ... [more ▼]

The primary structure of the small ribosomal subunit RNA (SSU rRNA) was determined for 13 species belonging to 10 ascomycete families and for the basidiomycetous anamorphic yeast Rhodotorula glutinis. The sequences were fitted into an alignment of all hitherto published complete or nearly complete eukaryotic small subunit rRNA sequences. The evolutionary relationships within the fungi were examined by construction of a tree from 87 SSU rRNA sequences, corresponding to 71 different species, by means of a distance matrix method and bootstrap analysis. It confirms the early divergence of the zygomycetes and the classical division of the higher fungi into basidiomycetes and ascomycetes. The basidiomycetes are divided into true basidiomycetes and ustomycetes. Within the ascomycetes, the major subdivisions hemiascomycetes and euascomycetes can be recognized. However, Schizosaccharomyces pombe does not belong to the cluster of the hemiascomycetes, to which it is assigned in classical taxonomic schemes, but forms a distinct lineage. Among the euascomycetes, the plectomycetes and the pyrenomycetes can be distinguished. Within the hemiascomycetes, the polyphyly of genera like Pichia or Candida and of families like the Dipodascaceae and the Saccharomycetaceae can be observed. [less ▲]

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See detailLa gestion de l'espace
Bock, Laurent ULg

in Bulletin des Recherches Agronomiques de Gembloux (1993), 28(2-3), 115-414

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See detailPotato chloroplasts express an intron-encoded maturase-like polypeptide
du Jardin, Patrick ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Harvengt, L. et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1993), 101

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See detailRestriction Maps of the DNA of Cervid Herpesvirus 1 and Cervid Herpesvirus 2, Two Viruses Related to Bovine Herpesvirus 1
Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Bublot, M.; Pastoret, Paul-Pierre ULg et al

in Archives of Virology (1993), 128(3-4), 379-88

Restriction maps of cervid herpesviruses 1 and 2 which are antigenetically related to bovine herpesvirus 1, were deduced from Southern blot hybridization with HindIII restriction fragments of BHV-1 DNA as ... [more ▼]

Restriction maps of cervid herpesviruses 1 and 2 which are antigenetically related to bovine herpesvirus 1, were deduced from Southern blot hybridization with HindIII restriction fragments of BHV-1 DNA as probes. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrosatellite mapping of a gene affecting horn development in Bos taurus
Georges, Michel ULg; Drinkwater, R.; Lefort, A. et al

in Nature Genetics (1993), 4(2), 206-210

The presence or absence of horns in Bos taurus is thought to be under the genetic control of the autosomal polled locus, characterized by two alleles: P dominant over p, and causing the polled or hornless ... [more ▼]

The presence or absence of horns in Bos taurus is thought to be under the genetic control of the autosomal polled locus, characterized by two alleles: P dominant over p, and causing the polled or hornless phenotype. We have demonstrated genetic linkage between the polled locus and two microsatellite markers, GMPOLL-1 and GMPOLL-2, and have assigned the corresponding linkage group to bovine chromosome 1. This confirms the existence of the postulated polled locus and the hypothesized inheritance pattern. It will allow marker assisted selection for the polledness trait in breeding programs and is a first step towards positional cloning and molecular study of a gene that has been subjected to both natural and artificial selection. [less ▲]

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See detailMiddle and Upper Devonian Miospore Zonation of Eastern Europe.
Avkhimovitch, V.I.; Tchibrikova, E.V.; Obukhovskaya, T.G. et al

in Bull. Centres Rech. Explor.-Prod. Elf Aquitaine, (1993), 17

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See detailTransmission du virus BVD/MD et aspects épidémiologiques de l'infection
Boulanger, D.; Quatpers, D.; Mignon, Bernard ULg et al

in Bulletin des Groupements Techniques Vétérinaires (1993), 4

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See detailLe rôle central du thymus dans l'éducation des cellules T aux principes neuroendocrines
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Verhandelingen - Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie voor Geneeskunde van Belgie (1993), LV

The thymus is the site of expression of peptides belonging to the neurohypophysial peptide family. The classical model of neurosecretion established by the Scharrers for the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial ... [more ▼]

The thymus is the site of expression of peptides belonging to the neurohypophysial peptide family. The classical model of neurosecretion established by the Scharrers for the hypothalamo-neurohypophysial axis howver cannot be applied to characterize the secretory pathways of neurohypophysial-related peptides in the thymic epithelium. The novel model of cryptocrine signaling has been proposed by John W. Funder to describe the molecular relationships between fixed epithelial cells and migratory differentiating cells. In the thymus, cryptocrine signaling is further closely associated to the presentation of the 'self' molecular structure by major histocompatibility complex-derived proteins to developing T cells. Altogether, the model of the thymic repertoire of neuroendocrine self-antigens transposes to the molecular level the dual physiological role of the thymus in T cell negative and positive selection. Moreover, this model should also contribute to a better understanding of the molecular mechanisms underlying the establishment of central T-cell self-tolerance to neurodocrine functions. [less ▲]

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See detailLes mécanismes biochimiques développés par les Pseudomonas fluorescents dans la lutte biologique contre les maladies des plantes transmises par le sol
Jacques, Philippe; Delfosse, Philippe; Ongena, MARC ULg et al

in Cahiers Agricultures (1993), 2

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See detailAérosolthérapie chez le cheval : 2. Etude pharmacologique
Lekeux, Pierre ULg; Genicot, Bruno; Votion, Dominique ULg et al

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (1993), 25(4), 233-243

This review analyzes the different therapeutic drugs the functional effects of which can be useful in the treatment by aerosol of equine respiratory disorders

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See detailStructure of the apolipoprotein A-IV/lipid discoidal complexes: an attenuated total reflection polarized Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy study.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Rosseneu, M. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1149(2), 267-77

Discoidal lipid particles were prepared from a reaction mixture containing apo A-IV and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) or dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) in the molar ratio of 185:1 (lipid ... [more ▼]

Discoidal lipid particles were prepared from a reaction mixture containing apo A-IV and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) or dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) in the molar ratio of 185:1 (lipid/protein). The complexes were isolated by gel filtration and characterized in terms of composition and size. Infrared attenuated total reflection spectroscopy was used to estimate the secondary structure of apolipoprotein A-IV and the orientation of its amphipathic alpha-helices with respect to the lipid hydrocarbon chains. In addition, infrared spectra were analyzed in terms of the conformation and organization of different regions of the lipid molecules in the particles. This approach has been applied successfully to reconstituted HDL particles prepared from a reaction mixture containing DPPC and apo A-I in the molar ratio of 150:1 (Wald, J.H., Goormaghtigh, E., De Meutter, J., Ruysschaert, J.M. and Jonas, A. (1990) J. Biol. Chem. 265, 20044-20050). Apo A-IV helicity increased for the protein bound to DMPC or DPPC but the increase was more pronounced for the apo A-IV/DMPC particles. In both complexes, the alpha helical amphipathic segments of the protein were parallel to the lipid acyl chains and no significant modification of the overall organization of the lipid molecules in the lipid bilayer was observed. The presence of apo A-IV seems only to affect the conformation of the lipid hydrocarbon chains in close contact with the protein in the discoidal particles. [less ▲]

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See detailPeut-on réfléchir sereinement sur les migrations humaines ?
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Agenda Interculturel (1993), 113

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See detailPalynological data from the Devono-Carboniferous boundary beds in the new Stockum Trench II and the Hasselbachtal Borehole. Northern Rhenish Massif, Germany.
Higgs, K; Streel, Maurice ULg; Korn, D et al

in Annales de la Société Géologique de Belgique (1993), 115(2/1992), 551-557

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