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See detailRezension zu Barbara Beßlich: Wege in den ‘Kulturkrieg’
Pontzen, Alexandra ULg

in Zeitschrift für Deutsche Philologie (2002), (3), 303307

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

in Tijdschrift voor Rechtspersoon en Vennootschap (2002), 1

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See detailA case of hepatic alveolar echinococcosis contracted in Belgium
Delbecque, Katty ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2002), 65(1, Jan-Mar), 55-60

We report herein the case of a Belgian 76-year-oId woman who developed a hepatic tumour suspected to be a breast cancer metastasis. Radiological imaging and guided biopsies were not contributive. The ... [more ▼]

We report herein the case of a Belgian 76-year-oId woman who developed a hepatic tumour suspected to be a breast cancer metastasis. Radiological imaging and guided biopsies were not contributive. The patient underwent an explorative laparoscopy with frozen sections that did not provide further diagnosis, and an open left bisegmentectomy was performed during the same anaesthesia. Histopathological examination of the hepatic mass showed Echinococcus multilocularis metacestodes, demonstrating alveolar echinococcosis. As our patient denied any travel in foreign countries and has undergone regular abdominal ultrasonographies since her mastectomy, it is highly likely that this alveolar echinococcosis had been contracted in Belgium. If some imported cases may be seldom managed in Belgium, to our knowledge, this case is the first occurrence of alveolar echinococcosis contracted in Belgium. This report, added to the demonstration of E. multilocaris infection of 50% of red foxes in Southern Belgium, and the potential infection of domestic cats and dogs, should attract attention of the medical community on the possible outbreak of endemic alveolar echinococcosis in Belgium, and on the related public health concerns. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailImplications pour la communauté d'un meilleur contrôle de la pression artérielle
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Journal de Cardiologie = Tijdschrift voor Cardiologie (2002), 14(5), 186-190

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See detailConditions d'application et transformations de variables en régression linéaire
Palm, Rodolphe ULg; Iemma, A. F.

in Notes de Statistique et d'Informatique (2002), (1), 1-34

This note first reviews methods used for checking the assumptions in linear regression (lack of fit, normality, homoscedasticity and independance of the residuals) and then describes variables ... [more ▼]

This note first reviews methods used for checking the assumptions in linear regression (lack of fit, normality, homoscedasticity and independance of the residuals) and then describes variables transformations as remedial action when the assumptions are not fulfilled. [less ▲]

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See detailLa précession du plan d'oscillation du pendule de Foucault : une approche géométrique intuitive
De Rop, Yves ULg; Moreau, Olivier

in Revue des Questions Scientifiques (2002), 173(3), 261-276

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

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

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See detailIdentification of a karyopherin alpha 2 recognition site in PLAG1, which functions as a nuclear localization signal.
Braem, Caroline V; Kas, Koen; Meyen, Eva et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(22), 19673-8

The activation of the pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) is the most frequent gain-of-function mutation found in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands. To gain more insight into the regulation of ... [more ▼]

The activation of the pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) is the most frequent gain-of-function mutation found in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands. To gain more insight into the regulation of PLAG1 function, we searched for PLAG1-interacting proteins. Using the yeast two-hybrid system, we identified karyopherin alpha2 as a PLAG1-interacting protein. Physical interaction between PLAG1 and karyopherin alpha2 was confirmed by an in vitro glutathione S-transferase pull-down assay. Karyopherin alpha2 escorts proteins into the nucleus via interaction with a nuclear localization sequence (NLS) composed of short stretches of basic amino acids. Two putative NLSs were identified in PLAG1. The predicted NLS1 (KRKR) was essential for physical interaction with karyopherin alpha2 in glutathione S-transferase pull-down assay, and its mutation resulted in decreased nuclear import of PLAG1. Moreover, NLS1 was able to drive the nuclear import of the cytoplasmic protein beta-galactosidase. In contrast, predicted NLS2 of PLAG1 (KPRK) was not involved in karyopherin alpha2 binding nor in its nuclear import. The residual nuclear import of PLAG1 after mutation of the NLS1 was assigned to the zinc finger domain of PLAG1. These observations indicate that the nuclear import of PLAG1 is governed by its zinc finger domain and by NLS1, a karyopherin alpha2 recognition site. [less ▲]

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See detailPetite réflexion sur la qualité du bois d'épicéa
Hebert, Jacques ULg; Herman, Marc; Jourez, Benoît ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2002), (60), 24-25

En termes de qualité du bois, l'influence du sylviculteur est déterminante. En effet, dès la décision de plantation, et ensuite, par le jeu des soins culturaux et des éclaircies, il va façonner, compte ... [more ▼]

En termes de qualité du bois, l'influence du sylviculteur est déterminante. En effet, dès la décision de plantation, et ensuite, par le jeu des soins culturaux et des éclaircies, il va façonner, compte tenu des conditions environnementales, les caractéristiques de la matière première qui en définiront les aptitudes technologiques. [less ▲]

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See detailSex control and sex determinism study in Eurasian perch, Perca fluviatilis, by use of hormonally sex-reversed male breeders
Rougeot, Carole ULg; Jacobs, Bruno; Kestemont, Patrick et al

in Aquaculture (2002), 121

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See detailThe Otherness of Self. A Genealogy of the Self in Contemporary China
Florence, Eric ULg

in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie = Review of Bibliography in Sinology (2002), Volume XIV

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See detailLe patrimoine ferroviaire en miniature
Hoffsummer, Patrick ULg

in Cahiers de l'Urbanisme (Les) (2002)

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See detail- La bande dessinée muette et le texte
Paques, Frédéric ULg

in Art&Fact (2002), 21

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See detailLa Vierge comme protectrice des Pays-Bas méridionaux dans les livrets de pèlerinage marial au XVIIe siècle
Delfosse, Annick ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2002), 80(4), 1225-1241

Study of the dual symbolic function assigned by the Belgian pilgrimage booklets to the Virgin Mary in the 17th Century: the miraculous Madonnas worshiped in the shrines to cure the private individual’s ... [more ▼]

Study of the dual symbolic function assigned by the Belgian pilgrimage booklets to the Virgin Mary in the 17th Century: the miraculous Madonnas worshiped in the shrines to cure the private individual’s troubles are indeed also invoked to dress the wounds of a nation mangled and manhandled by the civic wars. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple approach for the design of steel and composite sway building frames
Maquoi, René ULg; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Steel Structures (2002), 2(n°1), 1-11

The Merchant-Rankine approach is a practical design procedure which allows to predict the ultimate resistance of sway steel building frames with rigid structural joints. In the present paper the ... [more ▼]

The Merchant-Rankine approach is a practical design procedure which allows to predict the ultimate resistance of sway steel building frames with rigid structural joints. In the present paper the background and the traditional field of application of the Merchant-Rankine formula are first described. Its extension to the design of steel frames with so-called semi-rigid joints is then presented and justified. Finally its application to steel-concrete sway composite building frames is investigated and first conclusions of this work are drawn. [less ▲]

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See detailCross Border Health Care : an Analysis of Recent ECJ Rulings
Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg; Paulus, Aggie; Evers, Sylvia et al

in European Journal of Law and Economics (2002), 14

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See detailEcosystem model (MODECOGeL) of the Ligurian Sea revisited. Seasonal and interannual variability due to atmospheric forcing
Lacroix, Geneviève; Grégoire, Marilaure ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (2002), 37(4), 229-258

A one-dimensional coupled hydrodynamical–biological model, MODe`le d’ECOsyste`me du G.H.E.R. et du L.O.V. (MODECOGeL), of the water column is developed and applied to the Ligurian Sea (North Western ... [more ▼]

A one-dimensional coupled hydrodynamical–biological model, MODe`le d’ECOsyste`me du G.H.E.R. et du L.O.V. (MODECOGeL), of the water column is developed and applied to the Ligurian Sea (North Western Mediterranean). It is an extended and improved version of the model presented by Lacroix and Nival [J. Mar. Syst. 16 (1998) 23]. The hydrodynamic model is a 1D version of the 3D turbulent closure G.H.E.R. model, which takes into account momentum and heat surface fluxes computed from a real meteorological data set. The ecosystem model is defined by a nitrogen cycle described by 12 biological state variables including several plankton size classes and an explicit description of the bacterial loop. One data set coming from the FRONTAL missions is used to initialise and validate the model. To assess the impact of the interannual variability of the meteorological conditions on the ecosystem dynamics, the coupled model is run with 4-year real meteorological conditions (October 1984–September 1988). The model estimated percentages of the interannual variability of the annual mean biomass of phytoplankton, zooplankton and bacteria respectively of 31.0%, 16.2% and 16.3%. The ontribution of the zooplankton related to the total plankton biomass (phytoplankton, zooplankton and bacteria) has been found to be the most sensitive to the meteorological conditions variations (21%), followed by the phytoplankton (12%) and finally, by the bacteria (5%). The model estimated percentages of interannual variability of the annual gross primary production, the annual mean f-ratio and the annual bacterial production respectively of 27.9%, 18.5% and 13.4% although the interannual variability of the real winds conditions is only of 11.3%. Due to the more windy and less sunny conditions prevailing during the years ‘‘1985–1986’’ and ‘‘1986–1987’’, the annual primary production was found higher than during the years ‘‘1984–1985’’ and ‘‘1987–1988’’. The bacterial production is always greater than the primary production, showing the importance of the bacteria in such an oligotrophic environment. On a seasonal scale, the highest interannual variability of the primary production and the f-ratio is found in spring like for the wind intensity. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrasound shear wave propagation in Caucasian hair.
Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Goffin, Véronique ULg; Uhoda, Emmanuelle ULg et al

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

Background : The aspect of hair depends on the spatial organization of the hair shafts and on their chemical, physical and structural integrity. Some genetic disorders and exogenous influences may affect ... [more ▼]

Background : The aspect of hair depends on the spatial organization of the hair shafts and on their chemical, physical and structural integrity. Some genetic disorders and exogenous influences may affect it. Aims : In vivo objective assessments are welcome in order to compare the consequences of hair damages and to assess the kinetics of the changes occurring in time after damaging or attempting to repair the hair structure. Method : Ultrasound shear wave propagation measured on hair is introduced as an objective non-invasive method with in vitro and in vivo applications. Results : With multiple measurements made on the scalp of 72 Caucasians, hair felting following damage appeared to be associated with an increase in the coefficient of variation of the shear wave velocity measurements. Maximum hydration of hair locks increased the shear wave velocity in vitro and decreased the intraindividual range of data. The relevance of the method and reproducibility of data was influenced by the experimentalist skill. Conclusion : Ultrasound shear wave propagation on hair is influenced by the physical integrity of the hair shafts and on their three-dimensional arrangement. [less ▲]

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See detailRéplication, clivage-encapsidation et recombinaison de l'ADN des herpèsvirus
Schynts, Frédéric; Meurens, François; Muylkens, Benoît ULg et al

in Virologie (2002), 6

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See detailCryopreservation For The Elimination Of Cucumber Mosaic And Banana Streak Viruses From Banana (Musa Spp.)
Helliot, Bertrand; Panis, B.; Poumay, Y. et al

in Plant Cell Reports (2002), 20(12), 1117-1122

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See detailPathologie cutanée non infectieuse du pied chez le sportif.
Bourguignon, Raphaël; Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatologie Actualité (2002), 72

En dehors du problème des mycoses cutanées, la peau et les ongles des pieds des sportifs sont le siège de diverses maladies bénignes mais qui peuvent cependant s’avérer invalidantes. Les disciplines de ... [more ▼]

En dehors du problème des mycoses cutanées, la peau et les ongles des pieds des sportifs sont le siège de diverses maladies bénignes mais qui peuvent cependant s’avérer invalidantes. Les disciplines de l’athlétisme et quelques autres sports en sont le plus souvent responsables car les microtraumatismes sont fréquemment impliqués. L’identification précise des désordres cutanés aide à prendre les mesures adéquates pour leur prévention. Les traitements sont essentiellement non-invasifs. [less ▲]

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See detailMulticollinearity in prognostic factor analyses using the EORTC QLQ-C30: identification and impact on model selection
Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Curran, D.; Kramer, J. et al

in Statistics in Medicine (2002), 21(24), 3865-3884

Clinical and quality of life (QL) variables from an EORTC clinical trial of first line chemotherapy in advanced breast cancer were used in a prognostic factor analysis of survival and response to ... [more ▼]

Clinical and quality of life (QL) variables from an EORTC clinical trial of first line chemotherapy in advanced breast cancer were used in a prognostic factor analysis of survival and response to chemotherapy. For response, different final multivariate models were obtained from forward and backward selection methods, suggesting a disconcerting instability. Quality of life was measured using the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire completed by patients. Subscales on the questionnaire are known to be highly correlated, and therefore it was hypothesized that multicollinearity contributed to model instability. A correlation matrix indicated that global QL was highly correlated with 7 out of 11 variables. In a first attempt to explore multicollinearity, we used global QL as dependent variable in a regression model with other QL subscales as predictors. Afterwards, standard diagnostic tests for multicollinearity were performed. An exploratory principal components analysis and factor analysis of the QL subscales identified at most three important components and indicated that inclusion of global QL made minimal difference to the loadings on each component. suggesting that it is redundant in the model, In a second approach, we advocate a bootstrap technique to assess the stability of the models. Based on these analyses and since global QL exacerbates problems of multicollinearity, we therefore recommend that global QL be excluded from prognostic factor analyses using the QLQ-C30. The prognostic factor analysis was rerun without global QL in the model, and selected the same significant prognostic factors as before. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy Balance Closure At Fluxnet Sites
Wilson, K.; Goldstein, A.; Falge, E. et al

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

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See detailCompte-rendu de L. Blasucci, "Per una tipologia degli esordi nei canti danteschi"
Benzoni, Pietro ULg

in Stilistica e metrica (2002), II(2), 318-319

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See detailAcamprosate reduces context-dependent ethanol effects
Quertemont, Etienne ULg; Brabant, Christian ULg; De Witte, Philippe

in Psychopharmacology (2002), 164(1), 10-18

Rationale: Previous studies have indicated that the conditioned effects of environmental stimuli contribute to ethanol tolerance and abuse. Acamprosate was recently suggested to reduce the effects of ... [more ▼]

Rationale: Previous studies have indicated that the conditioned effects of environmental stimuli contribute to ethanol tolerance and abuse. Acamprosate was recently suggested to reduce the effects of environmental stimuli previously associated with ethanol administrations. This action is believed to contribute to the clinical benefits of acamprosate treatment in alcoholics. Objectives: In the present experiment, a classical drug-conditioning paradigm was used to test whether acamprosate modulates the effects of ethanol-paired environmental stimuli on spontaneous motor activity. Methods: Wistar rats were divided into three groups: cued, uncued and control. The cued group daily received ethanol injections (2.0 g/kg, IP) in a specific testing environment. The uncued group daily received ethanol injections (2.0 g/kg, IP) in their home cage but never experienced ethanol in the testing environment. The control group was injected with saline and never experienced ethanol. After 8 conditioning days, the rats were IP injected with various ethanol doses (saline, 1.0, 1.5 or 2.0 g/kg) and their spontaneous motor activity in the testing environment was recorded to investigate their respective tolerance to ethanol inhibitory effects. In the second part of the study, the same procedure was repeated with chronically acamprosate-treated rats. The chronic acamprosate treatment (400 mg/kg per day) started 2 weeks before the conditioning procedure by diluting acamprosate in the drinking bottles and was maintained throughout the whole experiment. Results: The cued rats showed a significant environment-dependent tolerance to ethanol inhibitory effects relative to the uncued and control rats. This higher ethanol tolerance of the cued rats was mainly due to a faster recovery from ethanol's inhibitory effects on spontaneous activity. Furthermore, the cued rats showed a higher level of activity in the testing environment after the saline injection. However, it is not clear whether this hyperactivity is a conditioned compensatory response or an increased exploratory behavior. Acamprosate totally abolished the environment-dependent tolerance to ethanol, whereas it did not alter the hyperactivity of the cued rats in the testing environment. Conclusions: The results of the present study suggest that acamprosate reduces ethanol-conditioned effects. Such an action may be of importance to explain the anti-relapse effects of acamprosate. [less ▲]

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See detailSkin tensile properties in patients treated for acromegaly.
Braham, Catherine; Betea, Daniela ULg; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 325-9

BACKGROUND: Somatotropic effects are described in the skin. Indeed, acromegaly is in part clinically recognized by cutaneous coarsening. The actual changes in tensile properties associated with the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Somatotropic effects are described in the skin. Indeed, acromegaly is in part clinically recognized by cutaneous coarsening. The actual changes in tensile properties associated with the cutaneous manifestations are largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: To study the relationships between the skin tensile properties and the severity of acromegaly as assessed by serum levels of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). PATIENTS AND METHOD: Assessments were made in 13 patients with acromegaly treated by somatostatin agonists combined or not with surgery. A total of 39 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects served as controls. Skin tensile properties were measured on the forearm and nape of the neck using a computerized suction device. RESULTS: Significant differences were yielded between the skin tensile properties in patients and normal subjects. The highest IGF-1 values in the patients' medical records were positively correlated with both skin distensibility and biologic elasticity. The most recent IGF-1 serum levels were negatively correlated with the visco-elastic ratio. No correlations were yielded between any of the biomechanical parameters and GH levels, disease duration and treatment dosages, respectively. CONCLUSION: The skin in acromegaly appears to be functionally more redundant and elastic than normal skin. The biomechanical changes appear quite different from those observed in other diseases with collagen deposition such as diabetes mellitus and scleroderma. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the collision-induced dissociation of duplex DNA at different collision regimes: Evidence for a multistep dissociation mechanism
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2002), 13(1), 91-98

The dissociation mechanism of duplex DNA has been investigated in detail by collision-induced dissociation experiments at different collision regimes. MS/MS experiments were performed either in a ... [more ▼]

The dissociation mechanism of duplex DNA has been investigated in detail by collision-induced dissociation experiments at different collision regimes. MS/MS experiments were performed either in a quadrupole collision cell (hybrid quadrupole-TOF instrument) or in a quadrupole ion trap with different activation times and energies. In addition to the noncovalent dissociation of the duplex into the single strands, other covalent bond fragmentation channels were observed. Neutral base loss from the duplex is favored by slow activation. In fast activation conditions, however, the major reaction channel is the noncovalent dissociation into single strands, which is highly entropy-favored. Fast activation regimes can favor the entropy-driven noncovalent dissociation, while in slow heating conditions the competition with enthalpy-driven covalent fragmentation can completely hinder the dissociation of the complex. We also evidence that the noncovalent dissociation of DNA duplex is a multistep process involving a progressive unzipping, preferentially at terminal positions. This is proposed to be a general feature for complexes containing a high number of contributing interactions organized at the interface of the ligands. The overall (observed) dissociation kinetics of noncovalent complexes can therefore depend on a complicated mechanism for which a single transition state description of the kinetics is too simplistic. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving the performance of low-gain designs for bounded control of linear systems
Grognard, F.; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Bastin, G.

in Automatica (2002), 38(11), 1777-1782

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See detailOn the specificity of cyclodextrin complexes detected by electrospray mass spectrometry
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Galic, Nives; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2002), 13(8), 946-953

alpha-cyclodextrin complexes with linear alpha,omega-dicarboxylic acids were investigated by electrospray mass spectrometry. These hydrophobic complexes are known to have an equilibrium binding constant ... [more ▼]

alpha-cyclodextrin complexes with linear alpha,omega-dicarboxylic acids were investigated by electrospray mass spectrometry. These hydrophobic complexes are known to have an equilibrium binding constant that increases with the diacid chain length. However, the electrospray mass spectrometry (ES-MS) spectra showed that the relative intensity of the complex did not vary significantly with chain length. This contradiction is caused by a contribution of nonspecific adducts to the signal of the complex in ES-MS. In order to estimate the contribution of nonspecific adducts to the total intensity of the complexes with alpha-cyclodextrin, the comparison was made between alpha-cyclodextrin and maltohexaose, the latter being incapable of making inclusion complexes in solution. The signal observed for complexes between diacids and maltohexaose can only result from nonspecific electrostatic aggregation, and is found to be more favorable with the shorter diacids. This is also supported by MS/MS experiments. A procedure is described which allows estimation of the contribution of the nonspecific complex in the spectra of the complexes with alpha-cyclodextrin by using the relative intensity of the complex with maltohexaose. The contribution of the specific complex to the total signal intensity is found to increase with the diacid chain length, which is in agreement with solution behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailRapid And Homogenous Detection Of Apple Stem Pitting Virus By Rt-Pcr And A Fluorogenic 3 ' Minor Groove Binder-Dna Probe
Salmon, Marc ULg; Vendrame, Marina; Kummert, Jean et al

in European Journal of Plant Pathology (2002), 108(8), 755-762

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. Essais de preservation des cellules B a la phase initiale du diabete de type 1: resultats negatifs avec l'insuline retard, mais prometteurs avec un anticorps monoclonal anti-CD3.
Philips, Jean-Christophe ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(6), 413-7

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease leading to a progressive exhaustion of the insulin secretion and a destruction of the B-cells. Attempts of preservation of insulin-producing B-cells can be ... [more ▼]

Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease leading to a progressive exhaustion of the insulin secretion and a destruction of the B-cells. Attempts of preservation of insulin-producing B-cells can be performed at an early, most often silent, stage of the disease in well-selected at high risk subjects or during the period immediately following the clinical diagnosis based upon classical signs of hyperglycaemia. In the "Diabetes Prevention Trial-Type 1", the prophylactic subcutaneous administration of low-dose ultralente insulin was not able to prevent the development of type 1 diabetes nor to preserve residual insulin secretion in young relatives at very high-risk of diabetes, selected upon genetic, immunological and metabolic criteria. In contrast, a pilot randomized trial shows that a treatment with a nonactivating humanized monoclonal antibody against CD3 mitigates the deterioration in insulin production and improves metabolic control, with lower dose of exogenous insulin, during the first year of type 1 diabetes mellitus in 9 out of 12 treated patients. Besides a better understanding of the natural history of the disease, these clinical trials open new perspectives for prevention of type 1 diabetes mellitus, currently assessed by the Belgian Diabetes Registry. [less ▲]

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See detailLes compétences à l'épreuve : l'évaluation en lecture
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Enjeux : Revue de Formation Continuée et de Didactique du Français (2002), 55

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See detailInteractions between the cytochrome pathway and the alternative oxidase in isolated Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria.
Jarmuszkiewicz, W.; Sluse, Francis ULg; Hryniewiecka, L. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2002), 34(1), 31-40

The steady-state activity of the two quinol-oxidizing pathways of Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria, the phosphorylating cytochrome pathway (i.e. the benzohydroxamate(BHAM)-resistant respiration in ... [more ▼]

The steady-state activity of the two quinol-oxidizing pathways of Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria, the phosphorylating cytochrome pathway (i.e. the benzohydroxamate(BHAM)-resistant respiration in state 3) and the alternative oxidase (i.e. the KCN-resistant respiration), is shown to be fixed by ubiquinone (Q) pool redox state independently of the reducing substrate (succinate or exogenous reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH)), indicating that the active Q pool is homogenous. For both pathways, activity increases with the Q reduction level (up to 80%). However, the cytochrome pathway respiration partially inhibited (about 50%) by myxothiazol decreases when the Q reduction level increases above 80%. The decrease can be explained by the Q cycle mechanism of complex III. It is also shown that BHAM has an influence on the relationship between the rate of ADP phosphorylation and the Q reduction level when alternative oxidase is active, and that KCN has an influence on the relationship between the alternative oxidase activity and the Q reduction level. These unexpected effects of BHAM and KCN observed at a given Q reduction level are likely due to functional connections between the two pathways activities or to protein-protein interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on visual evoked potentials in migraine.
Bohotin, V.; Fumal, Arnaud ULg; Vandenheede, M. et al

in Brain : A Journal of Neurology (2002), 125(Pt 4), 912-22

Between attacks, migraine patients are characterized by potentiation instead of habituation of stimulation-evoked cortical responses. It is debated whether this is due to increased or decreased cortical ... [more ▼]

Between attacks, migraine patients are characterized by potentiation instead of habituation of stimulation-evoked cortical responses. It is debated whether this is due to increased or decreased cortical excitability. We have studied the changes in visual cortex excitability by recording pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (PR-VEP) after low- and high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), known respectively for their inhibitory and excitatory effect on the cortex. In 30 patients (20 migraine without, 10 with aura) and 24 healthy volunteers, rTMS of the occipital cortex was performed with a focal figure-of-eight magnetic coil (Magstim). Nine hundred pulses were delivered randomly at 1 or 10 Hz in two separate sessions. Stimulus intensity was set to the phosphene threshold or to 110% of the motor threshold if no phosphenes were elicited. Before and after rTMS, PR-VEP were averaged sequentially in six blocks of 100zztieresponses during uninterrupted 3.1 Hz stimulation. In healthy volunteers, PR-VEP amplitude was significantly decreased in the first block after 1 Hz rTMS and the habituation normally found in successive blocks after sustained stimulation was significantly attenuated. In migraine patients, 10 Hz rTMS was followed by a significant increase of first block PR-VEP amplitude and by a reversal to normal habituation of the potentiation (or dishabituation) characteristic of the disorder. This effect was similar in both forms of migraine and lasted for at least 9 min. There were no significant changes of PR-VEP amplitudes after 1 Hz rTMS in migraineurs and after 10 Hz rTMS in healthy volunteers, nor after sham stimulation. The recovery of a normal PR-VEP habituation pattern after high-frequency rTMS is probably due to activation of the visual cortex and the dishabituation in healthy volunteers to cortical inhibition. We conclude, therefore, that the deficient interictal PR-VEP habituation in migraine is due to a reduced, and not to an increased, pre-activation excitability level of the visual cortex. [less ▲]

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See detailLa "compensation forfaitaire" au profit de la presse écrite : le choc des interprétations
Rosoux, Géraldine ULg

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

The article analyzes a decision of the Belgian constitutional Court interpreting a mechanism of compensation, created to ensure the freedom of press: this compensation is not a tax.

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See detailCanopy gap edge determination and the importance of gap edges for plant diversity
Salvador-Van Eysenrode, D; Kockelbergh, F; Bogaert, Jan ULg et al

in Web Ecology (2002), 3

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See detailUsing word frequencies for testing equivalence between two DNA sequences
Jansen, I.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Molenberghs, G. et al

in Genetic Epidemiology (2002), 23

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See detailCharacterization of porous texture of hyperporous materials by mercury porosimetry using densification equation
Pirard, René ULg; Alié, Christelle ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Powder Technology (2002), 128(2-3), 242-247

The purpose of this paper is to propose a method of analyzing the mercury porosimetry data in the case of materials called hyperporous. This class of material does not undergo intrusion by mercury ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper is to propose a method of analyzing the mercury porosimetry data in the case of materials called hyperporous. This class of material does not undergo intrusion by mercury; instead, it shrinks under the mercury isostatic pressure and its density increases. The phenomenon is partially or completely irreversible. The proposed method enables computing the pore volume distribution as a function of the pore size in the same way as Washburn's method does in the case of mercury intrusion. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMerits of the multivariate Dale model in genetic association studies
Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Molenberghs, G.; Tahri, N.

in Genetic Epidemiology (2002), 23

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See detailChanging pattern of bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics in hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients.
Frere, Pascale ULg; Hermanne, J.-P.; Debouge, M.-H. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2002), 29(7), 589-94

Adequate infection prophylaxis and empirical antibiotic therapy are of critical importance after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We examined the evolution of bacterial susceptibility to ... [more ▼]

Adequate infection prophylaxis and empirical antibiotic therapy are of critical importance after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). We examined the evolution of bacterial susceptibility to antibiotics in 492 patients (198 allografts and 294 autografts) transplanted between 1982 and 1999 and evaluated whether ciprofloxacin prophylaxis and an empirical antibiotic regimen (glycopeptide + third-generation cephalosporin) were still valid. We collected all susceptibility tests performed during the initial hospitalization on blood cultures as well as routine surveillance cultures and analyzed susceptibility to ciprofloxacin and to major antibiotics used in our unit. Gram-positive cocci rapidly became resistant to ciprofloxacin (susceptibility around 70% in 1990 to less than 20% in 1998) but sensitivity to glycopeptides remained unaltered. There was a rapid decline in the number of patients colonized with Gram-negative bacilli in the early years of ciprofloxacin prophylaxis. However, susceptibility to ciprofloxacin fell sharply from around 90% in 1990 to around 30% in 1999. In parallel, susceptibility to ceftazidime also decreased to less than 80% in recent years. Piperacillin (+/- tazobactam) did not show any variation over time and its efficacy remained too low (about 60%). Imipenem as well as recently introduced cefepim and meropenem showed stable and excellent profiles (>90% susceptibility). In conclusion: (1) quinolone prophylaxis has now lost most of its value; (2) the choice of a third-generation cephalosporin for empirical antibiotic therapy may no longer be the best because of the emergence of Gram-negative strains resistant to beta-lactamases, such as Enterobacter sp. More appropriate regimens of empirical antibiotic therapy in HSCT recipients may be based on the use of a carbapenem or fourth-generation cephalosporin. [less ▲]

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See detailJuvenile interphalangeal degenerative joint disease in the ardenner horse: radiographical evaluation's protocol (part II)
Lejeune, Jean-Philippe ULg; Schneider, Nicole ULg; Duvivier, Dominique Hannia et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(3, JUN-JUL), 173-179

Juvenile interphalangeal degenerative joint disease is frequently observed in ardenner horses. The aim of this study is to established a radiographic examination's protocol of the distal limb and to apply ... [more ▼]

Juvenile interphalangeal degenerative joint disease is frequently observed in ardenner horses. The aim of this study is to established a radiographic examination's protocol of the distal limb and to apply it to ardenner horses. This investigation method takes assess of the standings, the conformation and of the potential lesions of the digits. An essential point of this protocol is the quantification of the asymmetrical articular compression of the interphalangeal joints. Thirty-two ardenner foals of 250 +/- 21 days were radiographied. The most frequently observed anomalies are first, the existence of abnormal standings such as distal interphalangeal flexion and external articular compression of the interphalangeal joints. Second, it shows in some cases, an abnormal conformation of the second phalanx. Finally, this protocol points out the existence of juvenile degenerative joint disease and of ossification of the fibrocartilages in some foals at this age. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrosynthetic analysis of fullerene C-60: structure, stereochemistry and calculated stability of C-30 fragments
Geneste, Florence; Moradpour, Alec; Dive, Georges ULg et al

in Journal of Organic Chemistry (2002), 67(2), 605-607

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See detailLe refinancement des communautés et l’extension de l’autonomie fiscale des régions : aspects juridiques et économiques
Bourgeois, Marc ULg; Van Der Stichele, Géraldine; Verdonck, Magali

in Administration Publique [=AP] : Revue du Droit Public et des Sciences Administratives (2002)

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See detailSite-directed mutagenesis studies of the hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha DNA-binding domain.
Michel, Gaetan; Minet, Emmanuel; Mottet, Denis ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (2002), 1578(1-3), 73-83

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), a heterodimeric transcription factor, is activated when cells are exposed to hypoxia. It is composed of two subunits, HIF-1alpha and ARNT. When activated, it binds to ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1), a heterodimeric transcription factor, is activated when cells are exposed to hypoxia. It is composed of two subunits, HIF-1alpha and ARNT. When activated, it binds to the hypoxia-responsive element (HRE) and up-regulates the expression of several genes (vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), erythropoietin (EPO), enolase, em leader ). By molecular modeling, a 3-D model for the complex between the DNA-binding domain of HIF-1 (bHLH domain) and its consensus DNA sequence has been developed. Specific interactions between three amino acids (Ser22, Ala25, Arg30) of the HIF-1alpha subunit and DNA bases were identified. In order to further investigate the role of these amino acids, we generated four mutants of the HIF-1alpha subunit using site-directed mutagenesis. The activity of each mutant was tested using a reporter gene containing either 6 HRE sequences or the authentic human VEGF promoter. The results show that three mutants, Ala25Ser, Ala26Glu and Arg30Ala, were no longer active in the reporter gene assay. On the other hand, the Ser22Ala mutant increased the reporter gene expression, in normoxia as well as in hypoxia. These results correlate with the ones obtained when the DNA-binding capability of the mutants was assayed by electrophoretic mobility shift assays (EMSA): Arg30Ala and Ala26Glu mutants bind very weakly to HRE while the Ser22Ala mutant has the same binding capacity as the wild-type HIF-1alpha. These results bring new insights on the specificity of the protein/DNA interactions for HIF-1 towards HRE. [less ▲]

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See detailNonmyeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Journal of Hematotherapy & Stem Cell Research (2002), 11(2), 243-63

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the most effective treatment for selected hematological malignancies. Its curative potential is largely mediated by an immune-mediated ... [more ▼]

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is the most effective treatment for selected hematological malignancies. Its curative potential is largely mediated by an immune-mediated destruction of malignant cells by donor lymphocytes termed graft-versus-leukemia (GVL) effect. However, because of its toxicity, conventional allogeneic HSCT is restricted to younger and fitter patients. These observations led several groups to set up new (less toxic) transplant protocols (nonmyeloablative stem cell transplantation or NMSCT) based on a two-step approach: first, the use of immunosuppressive (but nonmyeloablative) preparative regimens providing sufficient immunosuppression to achieve engraftment of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cells and, in a second step, destruction of malignant cells by the GVL effect. Preliminary results showed that NMSCT were feasible with a relatively low transplant-related mortality (TRM), even in patients older than 65 years. In addition, strong antitumor responses were observed in several hematological malignancies as well as in some patients with renal cell carcinoma. After discussing the mechanisms and efficacy of the GVL effect as well as the rationale for NMSCT strategies, this article reviews the first results of ongoing clinical trials. Innovative modalities that may permit amplification of the GVL effect while minimizing the risk of GVHD are discussed. Because the benefits of NMSCT over alternative forms of treatment remain to be demonstrated, this strategy should be restricted to patients included in clinical trials. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 2.4-A crystal structure of the penicillin-resistant penicillin-binding protein PBP5fm from Enterococcus faecium in complex with benzylpenicillin.
Sauvage, Eric ULg; Kerff, Frédéric ULg; Fonze, E. et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (2002), 59(7), 1223-32

Penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) are membrane proteins involved in the final stages of peptidoglycan synthesis and represent the targets of beta-lactam antibiotics. Enterococci are naturally resistant ... [more ▼]

Penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) are membrane proteins involved in the final stages of peptidoglycan synthesis and represent the targets of beta-lactam antibiotics. Enterococci are naturally resistant to these antibiotics because they produce a PBP, named PBP5fm in Enterococcus faecium, with low-level affinity for beta-lactams. We report here the crystal structure of the acyl-enzyme complex of PBP5fm with benzylpenicillin at a resolution of 2.4 A. A characteristic of the active site, which distinguishes PBP5fm from other PBPs of known structure, is the topology of the loop 451-465 defining the left edge of the cavity. The residue Arg464, involved in a salt bridge with the residue Asp481, confers a greater rigidity to the PBP5fm active site. In addition, the presence of the Val465 residue, which points into the active site, reducing its accessibility, could account for the low affinity of PBP5fm for beta-lactam. This loop is common to PBPs of low affinity, such as PBP2a from Staphylococcus aureus and PBP3 from Bacillus subtilis. Moreover, the insertion of a serine after residue 466 in the most resistant strains underlines even more the determining role of this loop in the recognition of the substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailA set of primers for amplification of mitochondrial DNA in Picea abies and other conifer species.
Jeandroz, S.; Bastien, D.; Chandelier, A. et al

in Molecular Ecology Notes (2002), 2

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See detailPurification and characterization of a microbial dehydrogenase - A vanillin : NAD(P)(+) oxidoreductase
Bare, G.; Swiatkowski, T.; Moukil, A. et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2002), 98-100(Spring), 415-428

Pseudomonas fluorescens (strain BTP9) was found to have at least two NAD(P)-dependent vanillin dehydrogenases: one is induced by vanillin, and the other is constitutive. The constitutive enzyme was ... [more ▼]

Pseudomonas fluorescens (strain BTP9) was found to have at least two NAD(P)-dependent vanillin dehydrogenases: one is induced by vanillin, and the other is constitutive. The constitutive enzyme was purified by ammonium sulfate fractionation, gel-filtration, and Q-Sepharose chromatography. The subunit Mr value was 55,000, determined by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The native M, value estimated by gel-filtration chromatography gave a value of 210,000. The enzyme made use of NAD(+) less effectively than NADP(+). Benzaldehyde, 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde, hexanal, and acetaldehyde were not oxidized at detectable rates in the presence of NAD(+) or NADP(+). The ultraviolet absorption spectrum indicated that there is no cofactor or prosthetic group bound. The vanillin oxidation reaction was essentially irreversible. The pH optimum was 9.5 and the pI of the enzyme was 4.9. Enzyme activity was not affected when assayed in the presence of salts, except FeCl2. The enzyme was inhibited by the thiol-blocking reagents 4-chloromercuribenzoate and N-ethylmaleimide. NAD(+) and NADP(+) protected the enzyme against such a type of inhibition along with vanillin to a lesser extent. The enzyme exhibited esterase activity with 4-nitrophenyl acetate as substrate and was activated by low concentrations of NAD(+) or NADP(+). We compared the properties of the enzyme with those of some well-characterized microbial benzaldehyde dehydrogenases. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of lesions of nucleus taeniae on appetitive and consummatory aspects of male sexual behavior in Japanese quail
Absil, Philippe ULg; Braquenier, Jean-Baptiste ULg; Balthazart, Jacques ULg et al

in Brain, Behavior & Evolution (2002), 60(1), 13-35

Neurochemical, hodological and functional criteria suggest that the nucleus taeniae and parts of the adjacent archistriatum represent the avian homologue of parts of the mammalian amygdaloid complex. It ... [more ▼]

Neurochemical, hodological and functional criteria suggest that the nucleus taeniae and parts of the adjacent archistriatum represent the avian homologue of parts of the mammalian amygdaloid complex. It has been proposed in particular that the nucleus taeniae is the homologue of the mammalian medial amygdala. In male quail, relatively large lesions to the posterior/medial archistriatum selectively decrease the expression of appetitive sexual behavior in a manner reminiscent of similar manipulations involving the medial amygdala in mammals. We investigated the effects of discrete lesions restricted to nucleus taeniae and of lesions to an adjacent part of the archistriaturn (pars intermedium ventralis, Alv) on the expression of appetitive (ASB) and consummatory (CSB) aspects of male sexual behavior. ASB was measured by a learned social proximity response (after copulation a male quail stands in front of a window providing visual access to a female) and by the frequency of rhythmic cloacal sphincter movements. CSB was assessed by the frequency of mount attempts (MA) and cloacal contact movements (CCM). Lesions confined to nucleus taeniae and to Alv did not influence the acquisition or the maintenance of the two responses indicative of ASB. In contrast, lesions of nucleus taeniae significantly increased the occurrence frequencies of MA and CCM when administered before the beginning of behavior testing and increased the frequency of MA only when performed on sexually experienced subjects. No effect of Alv lesions could be detected. The discrepancy between these results and previous experiments in quail might reflect procedural differences, but more probably differences in locations of the lesions that were restricted in the current study to the anterior part of taeniae. Those in the Thompson study were in the posterior part of this nucleus. These findings indicate that there is a larger degree of functional heterogeneity in the nucleus taeniae than previously thought. The effects of taeniae lesions suggest that this nucleus, similar to the medial amygdala in mammals, might be implicated in the control of sexual satiety. Copyright (C) 2002 S. Karger AG, Basel. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of three resuscitation procedures on respiratory and metabolic adaptation to extra uterine life in newborn calves
Uystepruyst, Christophe; Coghe, Joost; Dorts, Thierry et al

in Veterinary Journal (2002), 163(1), 30-44

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of three resuscitation procedures on respiratory and metabolic adaptation to extra-uterine life during the first 24 h after birth in healthy newborn ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effects of three resuscitation procedures on respiratory and metabolic adaptation to extra-uterine life during the first 24 h after birth in healthy newborn calves. Twenty-four newborn calves were randomly grouped into four categories: six calves did not receive any specific resuscitation procedure and were considered as controls (C); six received pharyngeal and nasal suctioning immediately after birth by use of a hand-powered vacuum pump (SUC); six received five litres of cold water poured over their heads immediately after birth (CW) and six were housed in a calf pen with an infrared radiant heater for 24 h after birth (IR). Calves were examined at birth, 5, 15, 30, 45 and 60 min, 2, 3, 6, 12 and 24 h after birth and the following measurements were recorded: physical and clinical examination, arterial blood gas analysis, pulmonary function tests using the oesophageal balloon catheter technique, arterial and venous blood acid-base balance analysis, jugular venous blood sampling for determination of metabolic, haematological and passive immune transfer variables. SUC was accompanied by improved pulmonary function efficiency and by a less pronounced decrease in body temperature. The "head shaking movement" and the subsequent temporary increase in total pulmonary resistance as well as the greater lactic acidosis due to CW were accompanied by more efficient, but statistically non-significant, pulmonary gas exchanges. IR allowed maintenance of higher body temperature without requiring increased catabolism of energetic stores. IR also caused a change in breathing pattern which contributed to better distribution of the ventilation and to slightly improved gas exchange. The results indicate that use of SUC, CW and IR modified respiratory and metabolic adaptation during the first 24 h after birth without side-effects. These resuscitation procedures should be recommended for their specific indication, i.e. cleansing of fetal fluid from upper airways, hypothermal stimulation of breathing and prevention of heat losses. [less ▲]

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See detailPoesia dell’alto medioevo europeo : manoscritti, lingua e musica dei ritmi latini
Moreno, Paola ULg

in Scriptorium (2002), 267

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See detailDoes the P(2X1del) variant lacking 17 amino acids in its extracellular domain represent a relevant functional ion channel in platelets?
Oury, Cécile ULg; Toth-Zsamboki, Emese; Vermylen, Jos et al

in Blood (2002)

In this letter, we questionned the existence of a ADP responsive P2X1 protein variant in platelets.

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See detailThymus, central T cell self-tolerance and type 1 diabetes
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in International Diabetes Monitor (2002), 14

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See detailPrevention de l'apparition du diabete de type 2 par l'inhibition du systeme renine-angiotensine.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(7), 449-52

Type 2 diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension are part of the insulin resistance syndrome. Besides a metabolic component, insulin resistance has also an haemodynamic component, especially in relation ... [more ▼]

Type 2 diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension are part of the insulin resistance syndrome. Besides a metabolic component, insulin resistance has also an haemodynamic component, especially in relation with an endothelial dysfunction. Some studies suggested that inhibitors of angiotensin converting enzyme can improve insulin sensitivity. Interestingly enough, three clinical trials recently reported concordant results showing that the inhibition of the renin-angiotensin system significantly reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in patients at high risk of vascular complications, essentially with hypertension: the CAPPP trial with captopril (-14%, p = 0.39), the HOPE study with ramipril (-34%, p < 0.001) and the LIFE study with losartan (-25%, p < 0.001). However, these observations could be criticized because such a protective effect was only considered as a secondary endpoint in these studies. Two large prospective, controlled, randomized, double-blind trials are ongoing to specifically confirm this interesting hypothesis, one with ramipril and the other with valsartan. [less ▲]

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See detailLes lectures obligatoires en 5e année de l'enseignement secondaire de transition en Communauté française de Belgique
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Enjeux : Revue de Formation Continuée et de Didactique du Français (2002), 55

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See detailCaractérisation mécanique et chimique des surfaces et interfaces polymères par microscopies de force atomique
Cuenot, Stéphane; Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Martin, Philippe et al

in Chimie Nouvelle (2002), 20

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See detailThe role of the main silica precursor and the additive in the preparation, of low-density xerogels
Alié, Christelle ULg; Pirard, René ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (2002), 311(3), 304-313

The incorporation of an additive during sol-gel synthesis reduces shinkage during ambient drying. The following additives have been studied: 3-,(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS), 3 ... [more ▼]

The incorporation of an additive during sol-gel synthesis reduces shinkage during ambient drying. The following additives have been studied: 3-,(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS), 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (AES) and 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltriethoxysilane (EDAES) and the main silica precursors were tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) and tetrapropylorthosilicate (TPOS). When the additive contains methoxy groups (EDAS), it acts as a nucleation agent of the silica particles and exactly the same properties (pore volume, specific surface area, particle and aggregate size) are obtained whether the main reagent is TEOS or TPOS. The nucleation mechanism is based on the difference in reactivity between additive and main reagent. In case of nucleation by the additive, the nucleation agent fixes the properties whatever the main silica precursor is. When both the additive and the main reagent contain ethoxy groups (series AES-TEOS and EDAES-TEOS), there is no nucleation mechanism by the additive, and the silica particle size remains nearly constant. With less reactive main reagent (series AES-TPOS and EDAES-TPOS), pore volumes up to 17 cm(3)/g have been obtained with pore sizes up to nearly 10 pm and very big particles (similar to100 nm). The absence of nucleation by the additive for the couples AES-TPOS and EDAES-TPOS could be due to the fact that the difference in reactivity between ethoxy groups and propoxy groups is not sufficient to initiate the nucleation mechanism by the additive. In the absence of nucleation by the additive, the main reagent plays a role: highly porous materials with very large p. ores are prepared with TPOS. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPositive effects of glucocorticoids on T cell function by upregulation of interleukin-7 receptor alpha
Franchimont, Denis; Galon, Jérôme; Vacchio, Melanie S. et al

in Journal of Immunology (2002), 168

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See detailAn Immunologic investigation of canine eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy.
Clercx, Cécile ULg; Peeters, Dominique ULg; German, Alex et al

in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2002), 16

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See detailLa vaccination contre la fièvre aphteuse : perspectives
Thiry, Etienne ULg; De Clercq, K.; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Bulletin des Groupements Techniques Vétérinaires (2002), 14

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See detailMolecular and pigment studies of the picophytoplankton in a region of the Southern Ocean (42-54 degrees S, 141-144 degrees E) in March 1998
Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Demonceau, Caroline; Goffart, Anne ULg et al

in Deep-Sea Research Part II, Topical Studies in Oceanography (2002), 49(16), 3351-3363

Seven filtered seawater samples (depths between 30 and 55 m) collected during the SAZ project of the Austral summer of 1997-1998 were used for a simultaneous study of the picophytoplankton pigments based ... [more ▼]

Seven filtered seawater samples (depths between 30 and 55 m) collected during the SAZ project of the Austral summer of 1997-1998 were used for a simultaneous study of the picophytoplankton pigments based on high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analyses and flow cytometry, and of the molecular diversity of the picophytoplankton based on their rDNA sequences. The sampling sites could be divided into three temperature zones, distinguished by their proximity to the Sub-Antarctic and Polar Fronts. HPLC analysis of total chlorophylls and carotenoids showed fairly low phytoplankton concentrations (77-262 ng chl al(-1)), with minimal values of the pigments in the two samples of the Polar Front Zone around 54degreesS (water temperature of 4degreesC at time of collection). In this zone, a similar decrease of particles, identified as cyanobacteria on the basis of their fluorescence, was observed by flow cytometry. Sequences very similar to the 16S rDNA sequence of Synechococcus WH8103 were present in all samples. This Synechococcus genotype is thus found in the Southern Ocean in addition to the Atlantic and Pacific locations where it has been previously observed. The yield of PCR products was lower in the two samples taken in the Polar Front Zone, showing a good agreement between molecular and pigment data. 16S rDNA sequences of plastids of eukaryotic algae also were retrieved, mostly related to those of an environmental clone called OM164, which has not been cultivated but has phylogenetic affinities to the Raphidophyceae. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailActualités thérapeutiques des céphalées trigéminales autonomes.
Vandenheede, Michel; MAERTENS DE NOORDHOUT, Alain ULg

in Médecine et Hygiène (2002)

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See detailAspects of inorganic carbon dynamics in the upwelling system off the Galician coast
Borges, Alberto ULg; Frankignoulle, Michel

in Journal of Marine Systems (2002), 32

In the present paper, we report data on the partial pressure of CO2 ( pCO2) in surface seawater off the Galician coast, obtained during four cruises carried out in summer (upwelling conditions). Over the ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, we report data on the partial pressure of CO2 ( pCO2) in surface seawater off the Galician coast, obtained during four cruises carried out in summer (upwelling conditions). Over the continental shelf, two processes that have opposite effects control pCO2 in surface waters: (a) the input from upwelling of deep cold water with high CO2 content that causes oversaturation of CO2 and (b) primary production that tends to decrease pCO2. In offshore waters, the distribution of pCO2 is mainly controlled by temperature change. In two distinct hydrographic coastal regions, the Rı´as Baixas area (RBA) and the Cape Finisterre area (CFA), the patterns of the distribution of pCO2 are complex but, in the Rı´as Baixas area, the averaged pCO2 values are systematically lower and temperature values higher. These differences between the two hydrographic regions are mainly related to the combination of outwelling from the Rı´as and the width of the continental shelf. In the Rı´as Baixas area, outwelling affects significantly the adjacent inner continental shelf but to a much lesser extent the outer continental shelf. In the Cape Finisterre area, the continental shelf is narrower and the ratio between the surface area of the shelf to the length of the shelf break is lower, inducing during an upwelling event, lower temperature and higher pCO2 values in surface waters than in the Rı´as Baixas area. [less ▲]

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See detailBiometrological assessment of skin protectors against moderate cold threat.
Claes, Geert; Pierard, Gérald ULg

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

Background : Cold injuries represent a serious problem in winter sport practice and other outdoor activities. Some protection is expected to be achieved by specific topical preparations aiming at ... [more ▼]

Background : Cold injuries represent a serious problem in winter sport practice and other outdoor activities. Some protection is expected to be achieved by specific topical preparations aiming at decreasing heat loss by water evaporation from the skin. Objective : To compare the efficacy of 6 topical formulations enriched or not in rubefacients. The role of the vehicle was also assessed. Methods : A total of 30 trained cyclists tested the products on their forearms. The skin temperature and electrometric values were recorded at baseline following applications of the test products, and after 30 min-bicycle riding in moderately cold and humid outdoor conditions. Results : At baseline, skin temperature was increased by rubefacients dispersed a lipogel and o/w emulsion. This parameter decreased at all test sites after riding, but the values remained higher at the rubefacient-treated sites compared to the control untreated site. The oil and lipogel formulations achieved partial occlusion decreasing the transepidermal water loss. This effect was maintained after exercise without, however, hindering sweating. Conclusion : Among the presently tested formulations, the rubefacient-enriched lipogels appeared to be the most efficient formulations for maintaining skin temperature in the normal range during sport practice in a moderately cold environment. [less ▲]

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See detailEntre dermatoses et entéropathies.
Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Bourguignon, R.; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(8), 528-34

A series of gastro-intestinal diseases exhibits some connection with various cutaneous lesions. Some skin manifestations are clinically or histologically evocative, while others lack specificity. These ... [more ▼]

A series of gastro-intestinal diseases exhibits some connection with various cutaneous lesions. Some skin manifestations are clinically or histologically evocative, while others lack specificity. These manifestations can occur in overt digestive disease or be the clue for a silent one. A careful skin examination can thus reveal some inflammatory or neoplastic diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract, a malabsorption syndrome or food intolerance. [less ▲]

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See detailStaalname van de hersenstam voor TSE-Onderzoek bij het schaap
Jacobs, C.; Gabriel, Annick ULg; Simoens, P.

in Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift (2002), 71

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See detailRetrospective comparison of CD34-selected allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation followed by CD8-depleted donor lymphocyte infusions with unmanipulated bone marrow transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg; Fillet, Georges ULg et al

in Hematology (2002), 7(3), 137-43

We have previously reported the feasibility of allogeneic CD34-selected PBSC transplantation followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted DLI (study group). In this report, we retrospectively compare the clinical ... [more ▼]

We have previously reported the feasibility of allogeneic CD34-selected PBSC transplantation followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted DLI (study group). In this report, we retrospectively compare the clinical outcome of the 24 patients included in this study with an historical group of 35 patients receiving unmanipulated marrow (BMT group). Patients in the study group had significantly faster neutrophil and platelet recovery and were discharged earlier than BMT patients. The actuarial 150-day (after DLI) probability of developing grade II-IV acute GVHD was 28% for the study group versus 62% for the BMT group (p=0.002). The actuarial 2-year probability of developing chronic GVHD was similar (37 versus 36% (NS)) but chronic GVHD was significantly delayed in the study group (p=0.003). The actuarial 2-year probability of relapse was 30% in the study group versus 33% in the BMT group (NS). The actuarial 2-year probability of survival was 45% in the study group versus 43% in the BMT group (NS). We conclude that allogeneic transplantation of CD34-selected PBSC followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted DLI is feasible with rapid engraftment and minimizes the risk of severe GVHD. Large prospective trials are required to confirm these results. [less ▲]

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See detailLe détecteur de mensonges à la rescousse de la défense ?
Monville, Pierre ULg

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

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See detailBestiaire et métamorphoses d’Eugène Savitzkaya
Demoulin, Laurent ULg

in Ponts/Ponti (2002), 2

Les animaux se croisent par centaines dans les romans de Savitzkaya et leur présence a une valeur symbolique qui est analysée ici.

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See detailAutoimmunity and pregnancy: Theory and practice
Geenen, Vincent ULg; PERRIER d'HAUTERIVE, Sophie ULg; Puit, M. et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2002), 57(6), 317-324

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See detailGlutathione S-transferase isoenzymes in the two-spot ladybird, Adalia bipunctata (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae).
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Dierickx, Paul

in Archives of Insect Biochemistry and Physiology (2002), 49(3), 158-66

Isoenzymes of glutathione S-transferase (GST) in adult Adalia bipunctata, an aphidophagous predator, were studied. Cytosolic GST activity was studied in each beetle developmental stage. The highest ... [more ▼]

Isoenzymes of glutathione S-transferase (GST) in adult Adalia bipunctata, an aphidophagous predator, were studied. Cytosolic GST activity was studied in each beetle developmental stage. The highest activities towards both 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene (CDNB) and 2,4-dinitro-1-iodobenzene (DNIB) occurred in adults. The enzyme distribution was investigated in adults. While most of the enzymatic activity was found in the abdomen (40-50 and 34-63% respectively) using several concentrations of both CDNB and DNIB, significant differences were observed for the head and the thorax depending on the substrate. Activities were more abundant in the thorax with DNIB (37-47%) compared to the 13-19% obtained with CDNB. Some GST activity was also detected in the elytra. GSTs were purified by epoxy-activated Sepharose 6B affinity chromatography and applied to an HPLC column to determine the native molecular weight (69 kDa). Three isoenzymes were separated by chromatofocusing at pH ranges 7-4. Three bands with molecular mass from 23 to 26 kDa were visualised on SDS-PAGE. Their isoelectric points were 6.66, 6.36, and 6.21. The substrate specificities and the kinetic parameters (Vm and Km) of the isoenzymes showed large differences depending on the isoenzyme. Arch. [less ▲]

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See detailAre central executive functions working in patients with focal frontal lesions?
Andrès Bénito, P.; Van der Linden, Martial ULg

in Neuropsychologia (2002), 40(7), 835-845

The aim of this study was to examine the hypothesis of a link between frontal cortex and two executive functions in working memory: the capacity to perform a dual task and the ability to inhibit ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to examine the hypothesis of a link between frontal cortex and two executive functions in working memory: the capacity to perform a dual task and the ability to inhibit irrelevant information. A dual task designed to assess the capacity to perform storage and processing simultaneously and a directed forgetting task designed to assess the capacity to actively inhibit no-longer relevant information were administered to a group of patients with focal frontal lesions and to a group of control participants. The results revealed that despite showing reduced short-term storage, frontal patients performed the dual task and inhibited the no-longer relevant information as well as control participants. These findings suggest that not all-executive processes are exclusively sustained by the frontal cortex [Quart J Exp Psychol 9 (1996) 5; Curr Opin Neurobiol 10 (2000) 195; Neuropsychology (1994) 544; The Cognitive Neuropsychology of Alzheimer-type dementia. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996]. [less ▲]

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See detailScalable adaptive hierarchical clustering
Mathy, Laurent ULg; Canonico, R.; Simpson, S. et al

in IEEE Communications Letters (2002), 6(3), 117--119

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See detailMR1955178,Park, Hyo-Il , Multivariate percentile tests for incomplete data ; Ann. Inst. Statist. Math.
Rochus, Pierre ULg

in Mathematical Reviews [=MR] (2002), 54(4), 934--944

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See detailMR1952249, Kriegsmann, G. A. and Tilley, B. S., Microwave heating of laminate panels; J. Engrg. Math.
Rochus, Pierre ULg

in Mathematical Reviews [=MR] (2002), 44(2), 173--198

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See detailA mixture model to assess the effect of a hormonal stimulation on the development of follicles in prepubertal heifers
Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society : Series C (Applied Statistics) (2002), 4

The goal of this study is to assess the effect of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) on the growth of follicles in prepubertal heifers. Adams and co-workers have shown that follicles develop in waves as ... [more ▼]

The goal of this study is to assess the effect of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) on the growth of follicles in prepubertal heifers. Adams and co-workers have shown that follicles develop in waves as in post-pubertal heifers: after a few days, a dominant follicle arises on one of the two ovaries whereas the other subordinate follicles regress.The dominant follicle remains detectable when the next wave occurs. The number and the diameters of these follicles have been measured for 14 days.The same experiment was repeated after a 3-day FSH stimulation. Several large follicles now arise simultaneously on both ovaries together with small follicles which cannot be detected any more when the next wave occurs. Unfortunately, follicles were not individually tracked. Therefore a three-component mixture model was used to describe the potential simultaneous observation of dominant, decaying dominant and subordinate follicles before the FSH stimulation; the same type of model was considered for large, decaying large and small follicles after the hormonal stimulation. Moreover, for technical reasons, only follicles larger than 2 mm are observable. Measurements were thus left truncated.The models fitted are used to quantify the effects of the stimulation and to determine the ideal time point at which follicles should be punctured under ultrasonography to harvest ovocytes that will be fertilized and cultured in vitro. [less ▲]

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See detailC : N ratio increases in the phloem sap during floral transition of the long-day plants Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana
Corbesier, Laurent; Bernier, Georges ULg; Périlleux, Claire ULg

in Plant & Cell Physiology (2002), 43(6), 684-688

In plants of Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana, leaf exudate (phloem sap) was analysed during and after a single long day inducing flowering and in control short days. The amounts of carbohydrates and ... [more ▼]

In plants of Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana, leaf exudate (phloem sap) was analysed during and after a single long day inducing flowering and in control short days. The amounts of carbohydrates and amino acids were measured to estimate the organic C : N ratio. In both species, the C : N ratio of the phloem sap increased markedly and early during the inductive treatment, suggesting that an inequality in organic C and N supply to the apical meristem may be important at floral transition. [less ▲]

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See detailA copula based model for multivariate non normal longitudinal data: analysis of a dose titration safety study on a new antidepressant
Lambert, Philippe ULg; Vandenhende, François

in Statistics in Medicine (2002), 21

A new model for multivariate non-normal longitudinal data is proposed. In a first step, each longitudinal series of data corresponding to a given response is modelled separately using a copula to relate ... [more ▼]

A new model for multivariate non-normal longitudinal data is proposed. In a first step, each longitudinal series of data corresponding to a given response is modelled separately using a copula to relate the marginal distributions of the response at each time of observation. In a second step, at each observation time, the conditional (on the past) distributions of each response are related using another copula describing the relationship between the corresponding variables. Note that there is no need to consider the same family of distributions for these response variables. The technique is illustrated in a dose titration safety study on a new antidepressant. The haemodynamic effect on diastolic blood pressure, systolic blood pressure and heart rate is studied. These three responses are measured repeatedly over time on ten healthy volunteers during the dose escalation. The available covariates are sex and the concentration of drug in the plasma at time of measurement. [less ▲]

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See detailLa nuit et le jour. L'être, l'art, l'autre selon Lévinas
Steinmetz, Rudy ULg

in Voir (2002)

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See detailTime-resolved laser spectroscopy of multiply ionized atoms: Natural radiative lifetimes in CeIV
Zhang, Z. G.; Svanberg, S.; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Physical Review Letters (2001), 87(27),

Radiative lifetimes have been measured for two excited levels of Ce IV using the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique. Ce3+ ions were produced in a laser-induced plasma. In the measurements ... [more ▼]

Radiative lifetimes have been measured for two excited levels of Ce IV using the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique. Ce3+ ions were produced in a laser-induced plasma. In the measurements, a suitable magnetic field was applied to reduce the recombination between electrons and the ions and thus the background light from the recombination, and special care was exercised to avoid flight-out-of-view effects on the lifetime measurements for the high-velocity ions. The experimental lifetime results, tau = 30(2) ns for the level 49 737 cm(-1) and tau = 30(3) ns for the level 52 226 cm(-1), were compared with relativistic Hartree-Fock calculations (tau = 30.5 and 30.0 ns) indicating a particularly excellent agreement. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of radiative lifetimes and determination of transition probabilities of astrophysical interest in HoIII
Biémont, Emile ULg; Palmeri, P.; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2001), 328(4), 1085-1090

Lifetimes of six levels belonging to the 4f(10)6p configuration of Ho III have been measured for the first time using the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence method. They are compared with ... [more ▼]

Lifetimes of six levels belonging to the 4f(10)6p configuration of Ho III have been measured for the first time using the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence method. They are compared with multiconfigurational pseudo-relativistic Hartree-Fock calculations. A very good agreement is found. Using the experimental lifetimes and theoretical branching fractions, a first set of transition probabilities of astrophysical interest has been obtained for this ion. [less ▲]

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See detailFacies architecture and diagenesis of Belgian Late Frasnian carbonate mounds
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg

in Sedimentary Geology (2001), 145(3-4), 269-294

Late Frasnian Petit-Mont Member carbonate mounds occur in the southern pail of the Dinant Synclinorium and in the Philippeville Anticline (SW Belgium). These mounds are 30 to 80 m thick and 100 to 250 m ... [more ▼]

Late Frasnian Petit-Mont Member carbonate mounds occur in the southern pail of the Dinant Synclinorium and in the Philippeville Anticline (SW Belgium). These mounds are 30 to 80 m thick and 100 to 250 m in diameter. They are embedded in shale, nodular shale and argillaceous limestone. Based on facies mapping of 14 buildups and related off-mound sediments, these mounds typically started from below the photic and storm wave base zones and builtup into shallow water environments. Above an argillaceous limestone substrate, the first carbonate mound facies consists of spiculitic wackestone with stromatactis (PM1), which becomes progressively enriched in crinoids and corals (PM2), then in peloids, stromatoporoids and cyanobacteria (PM3). PM4 consists of algal-coral-peloid wackestone and packstone with green algae and thick algal coatings, A core of algal and microbial bindstone (PM5) sporadically occurs within large mounds. The uppermost part of these mounds may show a recurrence of facies PM2 and PM1. PM1 to PM3 are coloured red by hematite derived from microaerophilic iron bacteria; PM4 and PM5 are grey. The transition from the aphotic to the cyanobacterial photic zone is recorded in the succession PM2-PM3; the transition from the cyanobacterial to the green algal photic zone is recorded by PM3-PM5. Storm wave base was reached within PM3 and fair-weather wave base within PM5. This paleobathymetric interpretation suggests a depth of 100-150 in during initial establishment of PM1. Three types of mounds can be distinguished on the basis of geometry and facies architecture: (1) "Les Bulants"-type mounds display a continuous vertical facies succession (PM2-3-4-5) and low relief, (2) although exhibiting the same facies succession as "Les Bulants", "Les Wayons"-type mounds show a distinct relief with steep flanks and bioclastic talus; (3) "St.-Remy" mounds consist exclusively of PM1 and PM2, bioclastic flank deposits are not observed. From (1) to (3), these mound types represent successive deepening down a ramp. Biostratigraphic correlation on a regional scale provides good evidence that relative sea-level changes largely controlled lateral and vertical transitions of facies. Beyond that, hypoxic conditions are indicated by the sponge and iron-bacteria consortium in lower parts of the mounds. This is in agreement with the general assumption of stratified water masses during Late Frasnian, preceding the prominent Lower Kellwasser crisis. Cementation began with a radiaxial synsedimentary cement. A fringe of meteoric phreatic cement, initially nonluminescent, then with a bright orange luminescence, occurs in all mounds. It is contemporaneous with a nonluminescent pervasive cement of grainstones deposited in littoral areas. Differentiation between the (reducing) mounds and the (oxidizing) littoral area resulted from better aquifer circulation in sedimentary bodies close to the recharge area. Late burial cements occlude all the remaining porosity and are contemporaneous with the opening of the Variscan fracture system. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative effect of hormone replacement therapy on bone mass density and skin tensile properties
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Vanderplaetsen, S.; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg

in Maturitas (2001), 40(3), 221-227

Objectives: connective tissues constitutive of skin and bones are affected during the climacteric. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help mitigate their atrophy. The aim of this study was to compare ... [more ▼]

Objectives: connective tissues constitutive of skin and bones are affected during the climacteric. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help mitigate their atrophy. The aim of this study was to compare the HRT effect on the skin tensile properties and bone mass density. Methods: a total of 120 postmenopausal women (60 untreated, 60 receiving HRT) were enrolled in the study. Skin tensile properties were assessed on the volar forearm using a computerized suction device. A 500 mbar suction was applied through a 4-mm diameter hollow probe. Two operating modes were applied using a steep and a progressive Suction, respectively. BMD was measured on the hip, femoral neck and lumbar spine using dual X-ray absorptiometry. Results: in both groups of women skin elasticity was correlated with BMD. HRT significantly reduced the climacteric-associated decline in skin elasticity. A trend in better preserved BMD was also found in these women without, however, reaching significance. Conclusions: it is concluded that measures of the skin tensile properties can be sensitive enough to disclose HRT efficacy upon connective tissue atrophy. Any decrease in skin elasticity during the climacteric should prompt to perform a BMD assessment. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel approach for extracting time-delays from lightcurves of lensed quasar images
Burud, I.; Magain, Pierre ULg; Sohy, Sandrine ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2001), 380

We present a new method to estimate time delays from light curves of lensed quasars. The method is based on chi [SUP]2[/SUP] minimization between the data and a numerical model light curve. A linear ... [more ▼]

We present a new method to estimate time delays from light curves of lensed quasars. The method is based on chi [SUP]2[/SUP] minimization between the data and a numerical model light curve. A linear variation can be included in order to correct for slow long-term microlensing effects in one of the lensed images. An iterative version of the method can be applied in order to correct for higher-order microlensing effects. The method is tested on simulated light curves. When higher-order microlensing effects are present, the time delay is best constrained with the iterative method. Analysis of a published data set for the lensed double Q 0957+561 yields results in agreement with other published estimates. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous Observation of Magnetospheric Neutral Atoms and Proton Aurora
Mende, S. B.; Frey, H. U.; Immel, T. J. et al

in Eos (2001), 42

Data from the High Energy Neutral Atom (ENA) and the far ultraviolet (FUV) imagers on IMAGE were compared for a six hour period during which a reasonably intense substorm occurred. The substorm presented ... [more ▼]

Data from the High Energy Neutral Atom (ENA) and the far ultraviolet (FUV) imagers on IMAGE were compared for a six hour period during which a reasonably intense substorm occurred. The substorm presented is typical of a substorm expansive phase showing that while the total electron precipitation suddenly increase one whole order of magnitude, the protons increase only about 50%. In principle ENA images represent the trapped fluxes in the magnetosphere while the proton aurora measured by the FUV SI12 instrument represents the precipitating component. At substorm onset the increase in intensity of the auroral protons and electrons is very sudden while the intensification of the ENA-s coming from regions of L<6 is much more gradual. The intensification of the precipitating electrons is relatively short lived ( ~ 10 minutes) while the ENA enhancements are long lived (almost a whole hour). Just prior to the substorm expansive phase (in the growth phase) the precipitated proton and electron fluxes encounter a minimum while the ENA-s show a slight growth. [less ▲]

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See detailObservation of the proton aurora with IMAGE FUV imager and simultaneous ion flux in situ measurements
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Hubert, Benoît ULg; Meurant, M. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2001), 106(A12), 28939-28948

The far ultraviolet cameras on board the IMAGE satellite images the aurora in three different spectral regions. One of the channels of the spectrographic imager SI12 observes the Doppler-shifted Lyman ... [more ▼]

The far ultraviolet cameras on board the IMAGE satellite images the aurora in three different spectral regions. One of the channels of the spectrographic imager SI12 observes the Doppler-shifted Lyman alpha emission of precipitating protons. It makes it possible to spectrally discriminate between the proton and electron FUV aurora and to globally map the energetic protons. Its response depends on the auroral Lyman alpha. line shape which reflects the characteristics of the proton pitch angle and energy distributions. We illustrate the dependence of the SI12 count rate on the characteristic energy of the proton precipitation and the viewing geometry. Simultaneous in situ observations of the precipitated protons have been collected during a FAST satellite pass when IMAGE was observing the global north polar region. The premidnight region located at the equatorward boundary of the oval is dominated by proton precipitation with a mean energy E = 7 keV which is separated from the electron component. The prenoon crossing exhibits a softer proton energy spectrum with E = 0.9 keV. The measured proton energy distribution is used as an input to a Monte Carlo model to calculate the expected SI12 signal along the magnetic footprint of the satellite orbit. If the different spatial resolution of the two types of measurements is accounted for, a good quantitative agreement is found with the IMAGE observations. Similarly, ion flux measurements collected on board the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F15 satellite during an overflight in the postmidnight sector provide good agreement with the SI12 observations at the footprint aurora. The comparisons confirm the reliability of the FUV IMAGE cameras to remotely discriminate between the electron and the proton precipitations. The vertical emission rate profiles of the N-2 Lyman-Birge-Hopfield and O I (1356 Angstrom) emissions are calculated in the proton-dominated premidnight region. It is shown that the protons and the electrons produce FUV emissions with contributions peaking at different altitudes. Excitation by secondary electrons dominates the production of both emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic monitoring of 10 new northern slowly pulsating B star candidates discovered from the HIPPARCOS mission
Mathias, P.; Aerts, C.; Briquet, Maryline ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2001), 379

A one-year follow-up campaign of high-resolution, high-signal-to-noise spectroscopy for 10 candidate slowly pulsating B stars, which were discovered from the HIPPARCOS astrometric mission, shows that all ... [more ▼]

A one-year follow-up campaign of high-resolution, high-signal-to-noise spectroscopy for 10 candidate slowly pulsating B stars, which were discovered from the HIPPARCOS astrometric mission, shows that all stars exhibit line-profile variability. From our data, and from the HIPPARCOS photometry, we conclude that all but one of the targets provide evidence of multiperiodicity, with periods of the order of days, confirming their pulsational nature. Thus they are confirmed slowly pulsating B stars. We summarize the pulsation periods and Q-values and select the most interesting targets for very-long-term follow-up observations with the goal of performing asteroseismology. Based on observations obtained at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence. [less ▲]

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See detailThe B-type variable HD 131120 modelled by rotational modulation
Briquet, Maryline ULg; De Cat, P.; Aerts, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2001), 380

We present ground-based multi-colour Geneva photometry and high-resolution spectra of the variable B-type star HD 131120. All sets of data reveal a monoperiodic star with a period of 1.569 days. We ... [more ▼]

We present ground-based multi-colour Geneva photometry and high-resolution spectra of the variable B-type star HD 131120. All sets of data reveal a monoperiodic star with a period of 1.569 days. We compare the variability of the star with a non-radial g-mode pulsation model and with a rotational modulation model. The latter model appears to be the best explanation for the observed line-profile variations of the star. Moreover, contrary to the pulsational model, it is able to reproduce the behaviour of the first three moments of the Si and He lines as well as the large variability of their equivalent width. We therefore remove the star from the list of new Slowly Pulsating B stars found from Hipparcos data. Based on observations obtained with the Swiss photometric telescope and ESO's CAT/CES telescope, both situated at La Silla, Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal biogeochemistry in the Tinto-Odiel rivers (Southern Spain) and in the Gulf of Cadiz: a synthesis of the results of TOROS project
Elbaz-Poulichet, Françoise; Braungardt, Chantal; Achterberg, Eric et al

in Continental Shelf Research (2001), 21(18-19), 1961-1973

TOROS (Tinto-Odiel-River-Ocean Study) has been studying the biogeochemical processes which control metals and nutrients cycling in the mixing zone of the Tinto and Odiel rivers (SW Spain) and has ... [more ▼]

TOROS (Tinto-Odiel-River-Ocean Study) has been studying the biogeochemical processes which control metals and nutrients cycling in the mixing zone of the Tinto and Odiel rivers (SW Spain) and has established the fate of metals in the Gulf of Cadiz in relation to hydrodynamics and biological activity. The Tinto and Odiel rivers are small, with a combined mean discharge of 18 m(3)/s. They drain the largest sulphide mineralisation in the world. Predominantly, Zn-Cu-Pb mineralisation has been worked since 2500 yr BC. The estuarine zone includes both an extensive area of salt marsh and an intensively industrialised urban area. As a consequence of pyrite oxidation, the Tinto and Odiel rivers are strongly acidic (pH < 3) with extremely high and variable metal concentrations. Transition metals are poorly removed from the water column in the mixing zone. Moreover, drainage from large phosphogypsum waste deposits contributes to As, Hg, U and phosphate contamination of the estuary. The collapse of the tailing reservoir at los Frailes in 1998 had not impacted the chemistry of the coastal waters up to 6 months later. A large plume of metal-rich waters due to the Tinto arid Odiel discharges occurs along the coast of the Gulf of Cadiz. This plume affects seasonally the Atlantic inflow through the Strait of Gibraltar. The dispersion of the metal discharges has been simulated by injection of a tracer in the 3-D hydrodynamical model. Both model and field study clearly show the inflow of metal contaminated Spanish Shelf Water through the Strait of Gibraltar. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailGIS-based hydrogeological databases and groundwater modelling
Gogu, Radu Constantin; Carabin, Guy; Hallet, Vincent et al

in Hydrogeology Journal (2001), 9(6), 555-569

Reliability and validity of groundwater analysis strongly depend on the availability of large volumes of high-quality data. Putting all data into a coherent and logical structure supported by a computing ... [more ▼]

Reliability and validity of groundwater analysis strongly depend on the availability of large volumes of high-quality data. Putting all data into a coherent and logical structure supported by a computing environment helps ensure validity and availability and provides a powerful tool for hydrogeological studies. A hydrogeological geographic information system (GIS) database that offers facilities for groundwater-vulnerability analysis and hydrogeological modelling has been designed in Belgium for the Walloon region. Data from five river basins, chosen for their contrasting hydrogeological characteristics, have been included in the database, and a set of applications that have been developed now allow further advances. Interest is growing in the potential for integrating GIS technology and groundwater simulation models. A "loose-coupling" tool was created between the spatial-database scheme and the groundwater numerical model interface GMS (Groundwater Modelling System). Following time and spatial queries, the hydrogeological data stored in the database can be easily used within different groundwater numerical models. [less ▲]

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