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See detailCaractéristiques des lésions résultant d'une pathologie périnatale
Dubru, Jean-Marie ULg; Leroy, Patricia; Misson, Jean-Paul ULg

in Acta Paediatrica Belgica (1996), 28(3), 203-204

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See detailField evaluation of pregnancy diagnosis using bovine pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (bPAG)
Skinner, J. G.; Gray, D.; Gebbie, F. E. et al

in Cattle Practice (1996), 4(3), 281-284

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See detailVaricella-zoster virus : a cause of waxing and waning vasculitis. The New England Journal of Medicine case 5-1995 revisited
Gilden, D. H.; Kleinschmidt-DeMasters, B. K.; Wellish, M. et al

in Neurology (1996), 47(6), 1441-1446

A 73-year-old man developed an ill-defined fatal vasculitis involving the central nervous system. The case report was published as a clinicopathologic exercise in February 1995 in The New England Journal ... [more ▼]

A 73-year-old man developed an ill-defined fatal vasculitis involving the central nervous system. The case report was published as a clinicopathologic exercise in February 1995 in The New England Journal of Medicine.(1) We restudied the pathologic material and found both varicella tester virus (VZV) DNA and VZV-specific antigen, but not herpes simplex virus (HSV) or cytomegalovirus (CMV) DNA or HSV- or CMV-specific antigen, in three of the five cerebral arteries examined. The inflammatory response, disruption of the internal elastic lamina, and detection of viral antigen were patchy from one artery to another, as well as within a given artery. A search for VZV should be conducted in cases of vasculitis when both the central and peripheral nervous systems are involved, when focal narrowing is present in large arteries, when brain imaging reveals infarction in gray and white matter, both deep and superficial, and when white matter is disproportionally involved. Zosteriform rash is not required for diagnosis. [less ▲]

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See detailLes diurétiques dans l'hypertension artérielle: association spironolactone/altizide et IEC
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Actualité Thérapeutique Internationale (1996), (175), 8

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See detailSubunit 8 of the Saccharomyces cerevisiae cytochrome bc1 complex interacts with succinate-ubiquinone reductase complex.
Bruel, C.; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Trumpower, B. L.

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (1996), 28(1), 59-68

We have investigated the function of subunit 8 of the cytochrome bc1 complex by generating six site-directed mutants, F46C, R51S, P62V, G64A, R91N, and W69-stop, in the cloned QCR8 gene and expressing the ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the function of subunit 8 of the cytochrome bc1 complex by generating six site-directed mutants, F46C, R51S, P62V, G64A, R91N, and W69-stop, in the cloned QCR8 gene and expressing the mutated genes in a Saccharomyces cerevisiae strain in which the chromosomal copy of QCR8 is deleted. The W69-stop mutation impairs assembly of the bc1 complex and growth of yeast on nonfermentable carbon sources as does deletion of QCR8 [Maarse, A. C., De Haan, M., Schoppink, P. J., Berden J. A., and Grivell, L. A. (1988) Eur. J. Biochem. 172, 179-184], implying that the C-terminus of subunit 8 is important for assembly and/or the stability of the bc1 complex. The F46C, R51S, P62V, G64A, and R91N mutations do not affect the growth of yeast on nonfermentable carbon sources, not do they lower the activity or alter the inhibitor sensitivity of the bc1 complex. Rather, some of the mutations increase the cytochrome C reductase activity of the bc1 complex by as much as 40%. However, succinate-ubiquinone reductase activity was consistently reduced 40-60% in mitochondrial membranes from these mutants, while NADH-ubiquinone reductase activity was not affected. In addition, the activation of succinate-ubiquinone reductase activity by succinate was diminished by the F46C, R51S, P62V, and G64A mutations. These results indicate that the cytochrome bc1 complex participates in electron transfer from succinate to ubiquinone in situ and also suggest an interaction between succinate-ubiquinone reductase and cytochrome bc1 complex which involves subunit 8 of the bc1 complex. [less ▲]

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See detailGlacial-interglacial variability of atmospheric CO2 due to changing continental silicate rock weathering: A model study
Munhoven, Guy ULg; Francois, Louis ULg

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1996), 101(D16), 21423-21437

An 11-box model of the oceanic carbon cycle including sedimentary processes is used to explore the role chemical weathering of continental silicate rocks might play in driving atmospheric CO2 levels on ... [more ▼]

An 11-box model of the oceanic carbon cycle including sedimentary processes is used to explore the role chemical weathering of continental silicate rocks might play in driving atmospheric CO2 levels on glacial-interglacial timescales. Histories for the consumption of CO2 by silicate rock weathering processes are derived from the marine Ge/Si record. Taking the major uncertainties in the knowledge of the Ge and Si cycles into account, several histories for the evolution of the riverine dissolved silica fluxes are calculated from this record. The investigation of the systematics between riverine dissolved silica and bicarbonate fluxes under different weathering regimes leads us to the tentative conclusion that although there is no correlation between dissolved silica and total bicarbonate concentrations in the major rivers, there may exist a negative correlation between weathering intensity and the ratio of dissolved silica to bicarbonate derived from silicate weathering alone. With this correlation as a working hypothesis, it is possible to interpret the dissolved silica fluxes in terms of equivalent CO2 consumption rates. The calculated histories indicate that glacial rates of CO2 consumption by chemical silicate rock weathering could have been twice, and possibly up to 3.5 times, as high as they are today. When used to force the carbon cycle model, they are responsible for glacial-interglacial pCO2 variations in the atmosphere of typically 50–60 ppm and up to 95–110 ppm. These variations are superimposed to a basic oscillation of 60 ppm generated by the model, mainly in response to coral reef buildup and erosion processes. The total pCO2 signal has an amplitude of about 80–90 ppm and up to 125–135 ppm. Although these large amplitudes indicate that silicate weathering processes should be taken into account when studying glacial-interglacial changes of CO2 in the atmosphere, it also raises new problems, such as too high CO2 levels during the period from 110–70 kyr B.P., requiring further study. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymerization of β-butyrolactone initiated with Al(OiPr)3
Kurcok, Piotr; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Polymer International (1996), 41(4), 479-485

Polymerization of gamma-butyrolactone has been studied in toluene with Al(OiPr)3 as an initiator. The ring-opening polyaddition proceeds through a coordination-insertion mechanism at a very low rate. Well ... [more ▼]

Polymerization of gamma-butyrolactone has been studied in toluene with Al(OiPr)3 as an initiator. The ring-opening polyaddition proceeds through a coordination-insertion mechanism at a very low rate. Well defined -isopropylester, -hydroxy poly(-butyrolactone)s (PBL) are formed with a narrow molecular weight distribution at low monomer-to-initiator molar ratios, When this ratio is higher (ca. 170), a competition occurs between propagation and side reactions, i.e. elimination, inter- and intra-molecular transesterifications and thermal degradation, which is responsible for a loss of control of the PBL molecular charcteristics. The addition of a Lewis base (1 equivalent of nicotine/Al) to the Al-alkoxide initiator has no significant effect on the polymerization rate, although the chain microstructure is deeply affected since predominantly syndiotactic PBL chains are formed (63% syndio-diads) in contrast to a completely atactic polymer in the absence of nicotine. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymes from psychrophilic organisms
Feller, Georges ULg; Narinx, E.; Arpigny, J. L. et al

in FEMS Microbiology Reviews (1996), 18(2-3), 189-202

Psychrophilic organisms such as micro-organisms and other ectothermic species living in polar, deep- sea or any constantly low temperature environments, produce enzymes adapted to function at low ... [more ▼]

Psychrophilic organisms such as micro-organisms and other ectothermic species living in polar, deep- sea or any constantly low temperature environments, produce enzymes adapted to function at low temperature. These enzymes are characterized by a high catalytic efficiency at low and moderate temperatures but are rather thermolabile. Due to their high specific activity and their rapid inactivation at temperatures as low as 30 degrees C, they offer, along with the producing micro-organisms, a great potential in biotechnology. The molecular basis of the adaptation of cold cu-amylase, subtilisin, triose phosphate isomerase from Antarctic bacteria and of trypsin from fish living in North Atlantic and in Antarctic sea waters have been studied. The comparison of the 3D structures obtained either by protein modelling or by X-ray crystallography (North Atlantic trypsin) with those of their mesophilic counterparts indicates that the molecular changes tend to increase the flexibility of the structure by a weakening of the intramolecular interactions and by an increase of the interactions with the solvent. For each enzyme, the most appropriate strategy enabling it to accommodate the substrate at a low energy cost is selected. There is a price to pay in terms of thermosensibility because the selective pressure is essentially oriented towards the harmonization of the specific activity with ambient thermal conditions. However, as demonstrated by site-directed mutagenesis experiments carried out on the Antarctic subtilisin, the possibility remains to stabilize the structure of these enzymes without affecting their high catalytic efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailThe equatorial boundary of the ultraviolet Jovian north aurora observed with multispectral Hubble Space Telescope images
Grodent, Denis ULg; Dols, V.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1996), 101(E1), 2163-2168

Multispectral observations of the far ultraviolet Jovian aurora with the faint object camera (FOC) on board the Hubble Space Telescope are reported. They are used to describe and compare the morphology ... [more ▼]

Multispectral observations of the far ultraviolet Jovian aurora with the faint object camera (FOC) on board the Hubble Space Telescope are reported. They are used to describe and compare the morphology and the mean brightness of the H-2 Lyman and Werner bands observed at 153, 125, and 130 nm. It is shown that most of the emissions are confined inside the 6 R(J) O-6-GSFC auroral oval and fill a large fraction of the polar cap. During the similar to 50 hours time span of the observations following a very strong aurora, no bright are was observed along the oval mapping the 30 R(J) O-6 oval. Hydrogen emissions at 125 and 130 nm are observed down to 50 degrees N and somewhat below, a region not accessible to previous FOC observations at longer wavelengths. Temporal variations are also observed on timescales of hours to days. [less ▲]

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See detailRace and Class in the South since 1890 - M. Stokes et R. Halpern (eds.)
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Migration World Magazine (1996), 24(5), 46

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See detailModelling of repeated series of count data measured at unequally spaced times
Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society : Series C (Applied Statistics) (1996), 45

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See detailAstroglia-released factor with negative allosteric modulatory properties at the GABA A receptor.
Rigo, Jean-Michel; Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Coucke, Paul et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1996), 52(3), 465-473

We have previously shown, using whole-cell patch-clamp techniques, that astrocytes release a negative allosteric modulator of the gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor (GABAA receptor) with beta ... [more ▼]

We have previously shown, using whole-cell patch-clamp techniques, that astrocytes release a negative allosteric modulator of the gamma-aminobutyric acid type A receptor (GABAA receptor) with beta-carboline-like properties, thus, likely to act at the benzodiazepine site. Here, using patch-clamp and binding techniques, we confirm that the low-molecular-weight fraction of astroglia-conditioned medium (ACM lmf) contains a factor(s) that negatively modulates GABAA-receptor function. This factor, like beta-carbolines, enhances the specific binding of [35S]t-butyl bicyclophosphorothionate (TBPS) to adult rat cortical membranes in the presence of GABA. However, it fails to interact with various ligands of the benzodiazepine (BZD) site of the GABAA receptor ([3H]flunitrazepam, [3H]Ro 15-1788 and [3H]Ro 15-4513). The question of the actual binding site of the astroglia-derived factor on the GABAA receptor, thus, remains open and can be addressed only after the purification of the active molecule(s) of ACM Imf has been completed, and a labeled form of the endogenous ligand becomes available. Taken together, however, the data suggest that type 1 astrocytes are able to modulate the effects of the main inhibitory neurotransmission in the central nervous system. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-encephalitic extra-pyramidal syndrome associating akinesia and stereotyped movements responsive to L-dopa
Picard, F.; Hirsch, E.; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

in Revue Neurologique (1996), 152(4), 267-271

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See detailContrefaçons liégeoises et maestrichtoises de Beaumarchais. Un exercice bibliographique
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Bulletin de l'Institut Archéologique Liégeois (1996), 107

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See detailChanges in breath 13CO2/12CO2 during exercise of different intensities.
Gautier, J. F.; Pirnay, Freddy ULg; Lacroix, M. et al

in Journal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) (1996), 81(3), 1096-102

The measurement of breath 13CO2/12CO2 is commonly used during exercise to evaluate the oxidation rate of exogenous carbohydrates enriched in 13C. The aim of this study was to investigate whether exercise ... [more ▼]

The measurement of breath 13CO2/12CO2 is commonly used during exercise to evaluate the oxidation rate of exogenous carbohydrates enriched in 13C. The aim of this study was to investigate whether exercise itself affects the 13C/12C ratio in expired air CO2 in relation to exercise intensity. The relative abundance of 13C and 12C in expired air CO2 was determined by isotoperatio mass spectrometry and expressed as delta 13C (in %o) by using Craig's formula and calibrated standards. Five healthy young men exercised on a treadmill after an overnight fast during > or = 105 min on four occasions and in a randomized order. Work rates were performed at approximately 30, 45, 60, and 75% of their maximal O2 uptake (VO2max). Delta 13C in expired air CO2 and respiratory exchange ratio (RER) were determined every 15 or 30 min during exercise. At 30 and 45% VO2max, a slight and not statistically significant increase in delta 13C was observed at 30 min. In contrast, at 60 75% VO2max, the rise was statistically significant and averaged 0.83 and 0.99%o, respectively. Average delta 13C (between 0 and 105 min) progressively increased with the intensity of exercise. Individual values of delta 13C and RER were positively correlated (r = 0.653, P = 0.002) as were values of delta 13C and endogenous carbohydrates utilized (r = 0.752, P < 0.001). Factitious or "pseudooxidation" of a 13C-enriched exogenous glucose load (indeed noningested) was calculated from the changes in expired air delta 13C. Over the whole period of exercise it was not statistically significant at 30 and 40% VO2max. However, over the first 60 min of exercise, such pseudooxidation of exogenous glucose was significant at 30 and 45% VO2max. In conclusion, by modifying the mix of endogenous substrates oxidized, exercise at 60% VO2max and above significantly increases the 13C/12C ratio in expired air CO2. At these intensities, this could lead to overestimation of the oxidation of 13C-labeled substrates given orally. At lower intensities of exercise, such overestimation is much smaller an affects mainly the values recorded during the initial part of the exercise bout. [less ▲]

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See detailAntimalarial Activity of Cryptolepine and some otrher Anhydronium Bases
Wright, C. W.; Phillipson, J. D.; Awe, S. O. et al

in Phytotherapy Research (1996), 10

Eight naturally occurring anhydronium bases and the synthetic quaternary compound Nb-methylharmalane were tested against Plasmodium falciparun (strain K1) in vitro. Cryptolepine was found to have similar ... [more ▼]

Eight naturally occurring anhydronium bases and the synthetic quaternary compound Nb-methylharmalane were tested against Plasmodium falciparun (strain K1) in vitro. Cryptolepine was found to have similar activity to that of chloroquine but alstonine, 5,6-dihydroflavopereirine, matadine, Nb-methylharmalane, melinonine F, normelinonine F, strychnoxanthine and serpentine were found to have little activity. Cryptolepine, given orally to mice infected with Plasmodium berghei berghei was found to have moderate antimalarial activity; parasitemia was suppressed by 80% at 50 mg/kg/day. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of chorionic obstructive pulmonary disease in the horse
Lekeux, Pierre ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg; Roberts, C.

in British Veterinary Journal (The) (1996), 152

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See detailComplete Nucleotide Sequence Of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Chromosome X
Galibert, F.; Alexandraki, D.; Baur, A. et al

in Embo Journal (1996), 15(9),

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See detailMarsilio Ficino and Political Syncretism in Ian McEwan's Black Dogs
Delville, Michel ULg

in Notes on Contemporary Literature (1996), XXIV(3), 11-12

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See detailThe relation of ventilatory failure to pulmonary, respiratory muscle and central nervous system disturbances in calves with an experimentally produced pneumonia
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (1996), 115(3), 203-219

To explore the pathophysiology of respiratory failure in an experimental pneumonia, a Pasteurella haemolytica broth culture was injected intratracheally into 12 calves, which were then studied over a ... [more ▼]

To explore the pathophysiology of respiratory failure in an experimental pneumonia, a Pasteurella haemolytica broth culture was injected intratracheally into 12 calves, which were then studied over a period of 10 h. Measurements were made of inspired minute ventilation VE), ventilatory pattern [inspiratory time (TI), expiratory time (TE), respiratory rate (RR) and tidal volume (VT)], transdiaphragmatic pressure (Pdi), occlusion pressure at the airway opening 100 milliseconds after onset of inspiration (Pawo100ms), arterial blood gas tensions and pH and recorded diaphragmatic electromyogram (EMGdi) and rectal temperature (Tr). On and after the third hour after inoculation, the animals varied in respect of clinical signs, Tr, RR, VE, Pawo100ms/EMGdi, and arterial gases and pH. In benign cases, diminished alertness, laboured respiration and fall of arterial oxygen pressure (PaO2) worsened up to 7 h after inoculation, but then progressively improved, VE being maintained at approximately 150% baseline throughout the study (10 h). Neither arterial carbon dioxide pressure (PaCO2) nor pH was altered. Moderate cases resembled benign cases in respect of laboured respiration, VE, PaO2 and PaCO2; however, pH was at first maintained at preinoculation levels, but declined thereafter. In severe cases, the animals were drowsy between hours 3 and 7, and became comatose between hours 8 and 10; in contrast to both benign and moderate cases: (1) RR was reduced by hour 5, (2) there was no trend towards recovery of PaO2 and pH, (3) VE, Pdi, Pawo100ms and Pawo100ms/EMGdi were severely decreased, and (4) PaCO2 increased. These results suggest that pneumonia does not alter ventilatory neuromuscular pump function in calves, unless concomitant cardiovascular collapse occurs. It is not clear whether fatal ventilatory failure is caused mainly by deterioration in ventilatory muscle fibre processes or structures, altered central nervous system adjustment of ventilatory timing, or cardiovascular dysfunction. However, inspiratory pressures fall when excitation to the diaphragm is still growing, which suggests peripheral respiratory muscle fatigue. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical pharmacokinetics of metformin.
Scheen, André ULg

in Clinical Pharmacokinetics (1996), 30(5), 359-71

The biguanide metformin (dimethylbiguanide) is an oral antihyperglycaemic agent widely used in the management of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Considerable renewal of interest in this ... [more ▼]

The biguanide metformin (dimethylbiguanide) is an oral antihyperglycaemic agent widely used in the management of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). Considerable renewal of interest in this drug has been observed in recent years. Metformin can be determined in biological fluids by various methods, mainly using high performance liquid chromatography, which allows pharmacokinetic studies in healthy volunteers and diabetic patients. Metformin disposition is apparently unaffected by the presence of diabetes and only slightly affected by the use of different oral formulations. Metformin has an absolute oral bioavailability of 40 to 60%, and gastrointestinal absorption is apparently complete within 6 hours of ingestion. An inverse relationship was observed between the dose ingested and the relative absorption with therapeutic doses ranging from 0.5 to 1.5 g, suggesting the involvement of an active, saturable absorption process. Metformin is rapidly distributed following absorption and does not bind to plasma proteins. No metabolites or conjugates of metformin have been identified. The absence of liver metabolism clearly differentiates the pharmacokinetics of metformin from that of other biguanides, such as phenformin. Metformin undergoes renal excretion and has a mean plasma elimination half-life after oral administration of between 4.0 and 8.7 hours. This elimination is prolonged in patients with renal impairment and correlates with creatinine clearance. There are only scarce data on the relationship between plasma metformin concentrations and metabolic effects. Therapeutic levels may be 0.5 to 1.0 mg/L in the fasting state and 1 to 2 mg/L after a meal, but monitoring has little clinical value except when lactic acidosis is suspected or present. Indeed, when lactic acidosis occurs in metformin-treated patients, early determination of the metformin plasma concentration appears to be the best criterion for assessing the involvement of the drug in this acute condition. After confirmation of the diagnosis, treatment should rapidly involve forced diuresis or haemodialysis, both of which favour rapid elimination of the drug. Although serious, lactic acidosis due to metformin is rare and may be minimised by strict adherence to prescribing guidelines and contraindications, particularly the presence of renal failure. Finally, only very few drug interactions have been described with metformin in healthy volunteers. Plasma levels may be reduced by guar gum and alpha-glucosidase inhibitors and increased by cimetidine, but no data are yet available in the diabetic population. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination Of The Taxonomic Position And Characterization Of Yam Mosaic Virus Isolates Based On Sequence Data Of The 5'-Terminal Part Of The Coat Protein Cistron
Duterme, Olivier; Colinet, Dominique; Kummert, Jean et al

in Archives of Virology (1996), 141(6), 1067-1075

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See detailLes populations de rats noirs insulaires de l'ouest de l'Europe. Essai préliminaire de caractérisation génétique (caryotype et ADN mitochondrial)
Libois, Roland ULg; Torrico, Jorge; Ramalhinho, Maria Graça et al

in Vie et Milieu (1996), 46(3-4), 213-218

The colonisation of Europe by the black rat (Rattus rattus) dates back only to the Roman times. This rodent is now widespread all over the continent as well as on many islands where it was introduced by ... [more ▼]

The colonisation of Europe by the black rat (Rattus rattus) dates back only to the Roman times. This rodent is now widespread all over the continent as well as on many islands where it was introduced by man. In some instances, insular populations are morphologically differentiated by their greater size. In order to study the possible origin of these insular populations, rats were caught on many Mediterranean (Sicily, Sardinia, Lavezzi, Corsica, Elba, Porquerolles) and Atlantic islands (Ré, Oléron, Azores) and compared to animals from continental Europe (Spain), and Africa (Tunisia, Benin). Their karyotype was determined and their mtDNA restriction patterns studied using the HAE III and RSA I endonucleases and a polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. These patterns appear very similar to each other though one of them is specific to the African animals, probably indicating that Europe and Africa were colonised by different strains. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of insuline-like growth horme-I (IGF-I) and their binding proteins (IGFBPs) in pigs
Renaville, Robert ULg; Prandi, Alberto; Claes, Victor et al

in Archivio Veterinario Italiano (1996), 46

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See detailDifférenciation génétique et morphologique du mulot, Apodemus sylvaticus, dans le bassin Méditerranéen occidental
Michaux, Johan ULg; Libois, Roland ULg; Fons, Roger

in Vie et Milieu (1996), 46(3-4), 193-203

Many questions are still unanswered about the biogeography and the origin of the wood mouse in the Mediterranean area, namely on the islands where some giant forms are described. In order to characterize ... [more ▼]

Many questions are still unanswered about the biogeography and the origin of the wood mouse in the Mediterranean area, namely on the islands where some giant forms are described. In order to characterize the genetic structure of these insular populations and their level of morphological differentiation, 232 animals originating from 30 localities situated on several western Mediterranean islands and on the continent, either along the sea coast or more inland, were trapped. Their skulls were measured and their mtDNA purified and analysed by RFLP techniques. The wood mice living on small islands are generally bigger than their relatives living on the continent whereas the size of those living on larger islands is quite the same. This kind of insular gigantism ought to be more an adaptive response to peculiar insular environmental conditions (particularly a lower predation pressure) than a consequence of a founder effect. The mtDNA of the wood mice from north-eastern Spain belongs to the previously identified northwestern group (Michaux et al., 1996). Consequently, the Pyrenees are not a biogeographic barrier to the wood mouse. The Sicilian mice, which are genetically different from all the other west European or north-African animals, are morphologically similar to the Sardinian and Italian ones. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent therapies for shingles
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs (1996), 5

Current management of shingles relies on antiviral therapy. The efficacy of acyclovir in varicella-zoster virus replication is now well established, with a beneficial impact on zoster-associated pain, but ... [more ▼]

Current management of shingles relies on antiviral therapy. The efficacy of acyclovir in varicella-zoster virus replication is now well established, with a beneficial impact on zoster-associated pain, but its moderate bioavailability renders five oral daily doses mandatory. Recent anti-VZV drug research has been oriented towards agents with increased oral bioavailability. Famciclovir and valaciclovir were originally developed as oral prodrugs for^penciclovir and acyclovir, respectively, but, together with the new antivirals, sorivudine and brovavir, they appear to be effective as oral therapy for shingles. Ongoing clinical trials will determine their relative merits in the management of shingles. The experimental agents H2G, HPMPC, mappicine ketone and A-73209 have potential in the treatment of VZV and are undergoing further investigation and development. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacology Of The Hypoglycaemic Sulphonylurea Gliquidone .3. Conformational Analysis
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Malaisse, Wj.

in Pharmacological Research (1996), 34(1-2), 9-10

The hypoglycaemic sulphonylurea gliquidone was found, by conformation analysis, to display a U-shaped configuration, with hydrophobic cycles placed at the extremity of each branch and a peptidic bond ... [more ▼]

The hypoglycaemic sulphonylurea gliquidone was found, by conformation analysis, to display a U-shaped configuration, with hydrophobic cycles placed at the extremity of each branch and a peptidic bond placed at the bottom of the U. This configuration is similar to that recently observed with the hypoglycaemic sulphonylureas glimepiride and glibenclamide and non-sulphonylurea hypoglycaemic agents of the meglitinide family, such as S3075, repaglinide, A-4166 and KAD-1229. The identification of a conformation common to these various hypoglycaemic drugs may provide an imprint of their binding site at the level of the B-cell sulphonylurea receptor. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the cranial rectus abdominus muscle pedicle flap as a blood supply for the caudal superficial epigastric skin flaps in dogs.
Degner, Daniel; Walshaw, Richard; Arnoczky, Steven et al

in Veterinary Surgery : The Official Journal of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (1996), 25

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See detailFilmer la dissidence. L'écriture documentaire dans l'oeuvre des frères Dardenne
Van Cauwenberge, Geneviève ULg

in La revue belge du cinéma (1996), 41(hiver), 29-33

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See detailInfluence of blanching on the quality of Brussels sprouts (Brassica oleracea L cv gemmifera).
Wathelet, Jean-Paul ULg; Mabon, N.; Foucart, M. et al

in Sciences des Aliments (1996), 16(4), 393-402

Blanching of Brussels sprouts before freezing induces chemical, enzymatical and physico-chemical modifications. This blanching study was made at three temperatures (in water at 90 degrees C and 95 degrees ... [more ▼]

Blanching of Brussels sprouts before freezing induces chemical, enzymatical and physico-chemical modifications. This blanching study was made at three temperatures (in water at 90 degrees C and 95 degrees C, in steam at 105 degrees C), The glucosinolate and glucose contents decrease when the technological treatment is extended. These losses are higher in water blanching, especially for external leaves, The myrosinase activity is reduced when treatment time and temperature increase. The peroxydase which is more thermoresistant than myrosinase is a good test for measuring inactivation of enzymes during the industrial blanching. Variations of the colour (green) are larger for external leaves than in the middle of the material. After two minutes of blanching, a hardening of Brussels sprouts is observed hut, after that time, the hardness decreases. [less ▲]

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See detailDu Dictionnaire général de la langue wallonne à l'Atlas linguistique de la Wallonie
Boutier, Marie-Guy ULg

in Dialectes de Wallonie (1996), 23-24

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See detailStandardisation des mesures en imagerie thermique infrarouge chez les grands animaux domestiques
Ghafir, Y.; Spruyt, P.; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

Thermography studies pictures recorded from radiant thermal emissions of a body. This paper analyses several measurement conditions in order to make thermographic unit reliable, ie the effects of distance ... [more ▼]

Thermography studies pictures recorded from radiant thermal emissions of a body. This paper analyses several measurement conditions in order to make thermographic unit reliable, ie the effects of distance and position of the camera, the color, lenght and power. Moreover, the effects of the site on cutaneous temperature measurements were studied in exercising horses. It can be concluded that infrared thermography is a technical to measure skin temperature which requires a few conditions to be respected. Moreover, it is a sure, simple and fast method. The ideal site for measuring skin temperature inexercising horses is the neck because of its vascularisation. [less ▲]

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See detailBequest motives and the level and composition of wealth in Belgium. A survey based analysis
Pestieau, Pierre ULg; Perelman, Sergio ULg

in Cahiers Economiques de Bruxelles (1996), (149), 31-53

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See detailTwo dimensional self-organized transitions for propagation in random media
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Czechoslovak Journal of Physics (1996), 46(Suppl. 4), 2277-2278

A simple so-called dynamic epidemic model, for the evolution of an advancing interface through a two-dimensional medium containing mobile impurities is investigated. A short range repulsion between the ... [more ▼]

A simple so-called dynamic epidemic model, for the evolution of an advancing interface through a two-dimensional medium containing mobile impurities is investigated. A short range repulsion between the front and the impurities leads to an aggregation process along the front, and to trapping of aggregates. The pattern of trapped impurities is found to be self-organized. The critical concentration of impurity for growth blocking on a square lattice is 0..56. The kinetics of this self-organization is analyzed and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergetic and conformational study of four benzylimidazole compounds with alpha 2 agonist profile: The mivazerol and three methylated derivatives
Vancampenhout, Nathalie; Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg

in International Journal of Quantum Chemistry (1996), 60(4), 911-930

The mivazerol and three of its methylated derivatives are studied at the ab initio SCF level within the MINI-1 and 6-31G basis sets. This study aimed at determining some probable conformations, either ... [more ▼]

The mivazerol and three of its methylated derivatives are studied at the ab initio SCF level within the MINI-1 and 6-31G basis sets. This study aimed at determining some probable conformations, either neutral or protonated, that could interact with the alpha 2 adrenoceptors. The solvent effect was also studied within the Onsager's solvent model at the two dielectric constant (epsilon) values of 4 and 80. The interaction with the environment (either solvent or receptor) is schematically studied by positioning either two water molecules or one formamide or/and one formic add near the amide and the imidazole for few isomers. The medium polarization, through epsilon, and the solvation effect, through the interaction with the solvent molecules or the receptor side chains, stabilize the same isomers. Post-SCF calculations are performed at the CISD level, the first excited singlet and triplet states energies are determined, and the question of the wave-function stability is addressed. The results indicate the probability of a spin-orbit coupling with the first excited triplet state, thus opening the question of such a possibility within an enzyme active site. (C) 1996 John Wiley & Sons, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailSerum erythropoietin in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Lampertz, S.; Bron, D. et al

in British Journal of Haematology (1996), 93(1), 154-6

Anaemia is a frequent complication of advanced chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and several cytokines known to inhibit erythropoietin (Epo) formation are produced by CLL B cells. Therefore we measured ... [more ▼]

Anaemia is a frequent complication of advanced chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) and several cytokines known to inhibit erythropoietin (Epo) formation are produced by CLL B cells. Therefore we measured serum Epo levels in 47 CLL patients to determine whether Epo was a significant factor in the development of their anaemia. Epo levels were increased compared to normal individuals and this elevation appeared adequate for the degree of anaemia. The slope of the regression of Epo versus haemoglobin (Hb) was similar to that of a reference group. Serum transferrin receptor (sTfR) levels were also appropriately elevated for the degree of anaemia and correlated with serum Epo. Advanced stage was not associated with reduction of Epo production but diminished erythropoietic activity was observed in several patients. The results indicate that anaemia in CLL is not characterized by inadequate Epo production. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical and angiographic outcome of elective stent implantation in small coronary vessels: an analysis of the BENESTENT trial.
Keane, D.; Azar, A. J.; de Jaegere, P. et al

in Seminars in interventional cardiology : SIIC (1996), 1(4), 255-62

We examined the influence of vessel size using an intention-to-treat approach in 259 patients who underwent stent implantation and in 257 patients who underwent balloon angioplasty alone in the BENESTENT ... [more ▼]

We examined the influence of vessel size using an intention-to-treat approach in 259 patients who underwent stent implantation and in 257 patients who underwent balloon angioplasty alone in the BENESTENT trial. In the stented population, smaller vessel size was associated with a higher stent:vessel ratio, a greater relative gain and a greater subsequent loss index, and a higher risk of adverse cardiac events. In the balloon angioplasty population small vessel size conveyed an increased requirement for revascularization but did not increase the risk of procedural failure or myocardial infarction during follow-up. Logistic regression indicated that decreasing vessel size (as a continous variable) was associated with an increasing risk of a cardiac event for both the stent and balloon angioplasty populations. [less ▲]

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See detailErythropoietin and the anemia of cancer.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1996), 51(1), 36-52

The pathogenesis of the anemia of cancer involves the combination of a shortened erythrocyte survival in circulation with the failure of bone marrow to increase red cell production in compensation ... [more ▼]

The pathogenesis of the anemia of cancer involves the combination of a shortened erythrocyte survival in circulation with the failure of bone marrow to increase red cell production in compensation. Inappropriate red cell production is itself related to a conjunction of factors, including impaired availability of reticuloendothelial storage iron, inadequate erythropoietin (Epo) response to anemia, and overproduction of cytokines which are capable of inhibiting erythropoiesis. Many of these cytokines may interfere with erythropoietin production by the kidney. Consequently inadequate serum erythropoietin levels are often encountered in cancer patients, though more frequently in those with solid tumors or multiple myeloma than in those with other hematologic malignancies. There is little evidence supporting a negative impact of chemotherapy, including cisplatin, on erythropoietin production. Rather, chemotherapy usually causes a transient elevation of serum Epo. Red cell transfusions are often administered to cancer patients, possibly resulting, among other deleterious effects, in enhancement of tumor growth. Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has thus been proposed as an alternative. RHuEpo has been shown to be safe and effective in correcting the anemia of cancer and reducing the need for transfusions. The response rate is as good in hematologic malignancies as in solid tumors, but it is extremely poor in those with myelodysplastic syndromes. The effect of rHuEpo does not differ among patients receiving or not receiving chemotherapy, including cisplatin. The probability of response is also similar in patients with adequate or inappropriate erythropoietin production before therapy, although the doses used are usually 2 to 3 times higher than in renal failure patients. [less ▲]

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See detailTheory of the thermal conductivity of metallic localized spin compounds in a magnetic field
Rassili, Ahmed ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (1996), 163(1-2), 153-163

We calculated the influence of a de magnetic field on the thermal conductivity of localized spin metallic systems as a function of temperature. A variational method was used. The influence of the joint ... [more ▼]

We calculated the influence of a de magnetic field on the thermal conductivity of localized spin metallic systems as a function of temperature. A variational method was used. The influence of the joint impurity and phonon scattering processes together with the localized spin influence is shown. Remarkable features are found at low temperature and near the critical transition. An increase of conductivity with field near T-C is discussed. It is also argued that a coherent effect due to the field is the cause of the thermal conductivity enhancement at low temperature. The magneto-thermal conductivity is shown at different temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailSera from patients with anti-GBM nephritis including goodpasture syndrome show heterogenous reactivity to recombinant NC1 domain of type IV collagen alpha chains.
Dehan, Pierre ULg; Weber, M.; Zhang, X. et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (1996), 11(11), 2215-22

BACKGROUND: Goodpasture (GP) syndrome is defined by the clinical association of pulmonary haemorrhage with rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. The disease is caused by pathogenic autoantibodies ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Goodpasture (GP) syndrome is defined by the clinical association of pulmonary haemorrhage with rapidly progressive glomerulonephritis. The disease is caused by pathogenic autoantibodies directed against type IV collagen, which is a major structural component of glomerular basement membranes (GBM). METHODS: The non-collagenous domains (NC1) of all six human type IV collagen alpha chains was produced in E. coli as recombinant fusion proteins with glutathione-S transferase. Sera from 10 patients with different types of anti-GBM nephritis, including GP syndrome, were tested for reactivity with the six proteins using immunoblotting of denatured and reduced proteins and ELISA without reduction. RESULTS: All 10 sera reacted with the alpha 3 (IV) collagen chain by immunoblotting and ELISA. One serum also recognized the alpha 2(IV), alpha 4(IV), alpha 5(IV) and alpha 6(IV) chains by immunoblotting. ELISA measurements revealed reactivity of several other sera with alpha 2(IV), alpha 4(IV) or alpha 6(IV) but not with alpha 5(IV) collagen chains. No reactivity was observed with the alpha 1(IV) chain. CONCLUSION: Autoantibodies in anti-GBM nephritis may not be directed only against the alpha 3(IV) collagen chain and they frequently recognize conformational epitopes. [less ▲]

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See detailAlterations in the ultradian oscillations of insulin secretion and plasma glucose in aging.
Scheen, André ULg; Sturis, J.; Polonsky, K. S. et al

in Diabetologia (1996), 39(5), 564-72

Normal insulin secretion includes oscillations with a period length of 80-150 min which are tightly coupled to glucose oscillations of similar period. To determine whether normal aging is associated with ... [more ▼]

Normal insulin secretion includes oscillations with a period length of 80-150 min which are tightly coupled to glucose oscillations of similar period. To determine whether normal aging is associated with alterations in these ultradian oscillations, eight, modestly overweight, older men (65 +/- 5 years) and eight weight-matched young control subjects (25 +/- 4 years) were studied during 53 h of constant glucose infusion. Blood samples were collected every 20 min and insulin secretion rates were calculated by deconvolution. Ultradian oscillations of glucose and insulin secretion were evident in both groups. Pulse frequency was similar for glucose and insulin secretion, and was not affected by age. The absolute amplitude of the glucose oscillations was similar in both groups but their relative amplitude was slightly dampened in the older adults. Both the absolute and the relative amplitudes of insulin secretory oscillations were markedly reduced in the older subjects. The normal linear increase in the amplitude of insulin oscillations occurring with increasing amplitudes of glucose oscillations was still present in the older adults but analysis of covariance indicated that the slope was significantly lower than in the young control subjects (p < 0.0005), reflecting a decreased responsiveness of the beta cell to glucose changes. The temporal concordance between insulin and glucose oscillations, as estimated by pulse concomitancy and cross-correlation, was also lower in older subjects. The similarities between the alterations in the ultradian oscillations of insulin secretion and glucose in older healthy adults and those occurring in diabetic patients suggest that an impairment of beta-cell function may play a primary role in the deterioration of glucose tolerance in aging. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation de l'effet apaisant d'un dermocosmétique: Soin intense apaisant
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Jacquet, A.; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Nouvelles Dermatologiques (1996), 15

The aim of this study is to highlight the soothing effect of SOIN INTENSE APAISANT of Castalia on cutaneous lesion induced by UV radiation. For this prupose, both direct investigations (clinical valuation ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to highlight the soothing effect of SOIN INTENSE APAISANT of Castalia on cutaneous lesion induced by UV radiation. For this prupose, both direct investigations (clinical valuation and sites chromametry) and indirect investigations (corneocyte harvesting and chromametric analysis) have been conducted. The excellent correlation between the results has lead us to prove a very obvious soothing effect of SOIN INTENSE APAISANT (care range Hydrocapteur of Castalia, Laboratoires Lavipharm). [less ▲]

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See detailA Generalized Method of Moving Asymptotes (GMMA) Including Equality Constraints
Zhang, Weihong; Fleury, Claude ULg; Duysinx, Pierre ULg et al

in Structural Optimization (1996), 12(2/3), 143-146

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See detailStromelysin-3 expression promotes tumor take in nude mice
Noël, Agnès ULg; Lefebvre, O.; Maquoi, Erik ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (1996), 97

Stromelysin-3 (ST3) is a matrix metalloproteinase expressed in human carcinomas in ways suggesting that it may play a role in tumor progression. To test this possibility, we have performed gene transfer ... [more ▼]

Stromelysin-3 (ST3) is a matrix metalloproteinase expressed in human carcinomas in ways suggesting that it may play a role in tumor progression. To test this possibility, we have performed gene transfer experiments using both anti-sense and sense ST3 expression vectors, and malignant cells either expressing (NIH 3T3 fibroblasts) or not (MCF7 epithelial cells) endogenous ST3. We have compared the ability of parental and transfected cells to cause subcutaneous tumor development in nude mice. 3T3 cells expressing anti-sense ST3 RNA showed reduced tumorigenicity, and MCF7 cells expressing mouse or human ST3 were associated with reduced tumor-free period leading to a significant increased tumor incidence(P<10(-4)). However, once established, the ST3 expressing tumors did not grow faster than those obtained with the parental MCF7 cell line. In addition, tumors obtained after sub-cutaneous injection of ST3-expressing or nonexpressing cells did not exhibit obvious histological differences, and careful examination did not reveal any local invasive tissue areas nor systemic metastases. These in vivo observations were in agreement with those obtained in vitro showing that ST3 expression did not modify proliferative nor invasive properties of transfected cells. Altogether, these results indicate that ST3 expression promotes tumor take in nude mice, presumably by favoring cancer cell survival in a tissue environment initially not permissive for tumor growth. These findings represent the first experimental evidence showing that ST3 can modulate cancer progression. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérêt de l'acide rétinoïque "tous trans" dans le traitement de la leucémie aiguë promyélocytaire
Hermanne, J.-P.; Tassin, F.; Bours, Vincent ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (1996), 54

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See detailSemantic memory and amnesia: A case study
Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg; Depoorter, N. et al

in Cognitive Neuropsychology (1996), 13(3), 391-413

The performance of a severe amnesic patient (AC) was explored across two tasks designed to assess his public and personal semantic knowledge before and after the onset of his amnesia.

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See detailPistoi Hermeneis. La traduction orale en Grèce
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Revues des Etudes grecques (1996), 109(2), 325-347

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See detailInsulin action in man.
Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Diabètes & Métabolism (1996), 22(2), 105-10

Insulin action is crucial for the regulation of glucose metabolism. Insulin plays a key role in suppressing endogenous glucose production by the liver, both in fasting and postprandial states. Insulin is ... [more ▼]

Insulin action is crucial for the regulation of glucose metabolism. Insulin plays a key role in suppressing endogenous glucose production by the liver, both in fasting and postprandial states. Insulin is also necessary for the maintenance of normal rates of glucose oxidation and storage in insulin-sensitive tissues and for the prevention of excessive gluconeogenic substrate production. Various methods have been developed to assess insulin action in vivo, essentially at liver and muscle sites. Such methods evaluate the effect of exogenous or endogenous insulin, using respectively the open-loop approach (interruption of the feedback loop by inhibiting endogenous insulin secretion) or the closed-loop approach (mathematical modelling of the insulin-glucose feedback loop). Knowledge of the successive steps of cellular insulin action has markedly improved during the last ten years. Preceptor, receptor and postreceptor levels need to be considered since they may be affected in insulin-resistant states. This general progress in the understanding of insulin action in man improves our approach to the complex pathophysiology of non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus and opens up new prospects for treatment of the insulin-resistant syndrome which is associated with several atherosclerotic risk factors. [less ▲]

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See detailMarginalia Vergiliana
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (1996), 114

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See detailRelationships of polymorphisms for growth hormone and growth hormone receptor genes with milk production traits for Italian Holstein-Friesian bulls
Falaki, M.; Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Sneyers, M. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (1996), 79(8), 1446-1453

Allelic variation in the structural or regulatory sequences of growth hormone and its receptor genes might directly or indirectly affect milk traits. This possibility prompted us to investigate the ... [more ▼]

Allelic variation in the structural or regulatory sequences of growth hormone and its receptor genes might directly or indirectly affect milk traits. This possibility prompted us to investigate the eventual relationships of restriction fragment length polymorphisms at the locus of bovine growth hormone (using TagI and MspI restriction enzymes) and its receptor (using TaqI restriction enzyme) production traits of bulls. Holstein-Friesian bulls were used in this experiment, and data were analyzed with a fixed linear model. The restriction fragment length polymorphisms at the growth hormone locus did not affect the milk traits studied. Six restriction enzyme TaqI bands of 7.1, 6.2, 5.7, 5.4, 4.2, and 3.3 kb with nine patterns were observed after hybridization by a cDNA probe containing the coding sequences for the intracellular C-terminal part of the receptor. The effect of this polymorphism on PTA for milk protein percentage was highly significant and was favorable for the rare (6.6%) 5.7- and 5.4-kb pattern. Our results indicate that further study is needed to explain the DNA polymorphism and to obtain more definite conclusions about effects on milk traits. [less ▲]

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See detailLes trois fonctions du langage : pour une dialectique de l'activité langagière
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in Linguistique (La) : Revue Internationale de Linguistique Générale (1996), 32(1), 35-49

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See detailPhase transition and thermodynamics of a hot and dense system in a scaled NJL model
Cugnon, Joseph ULg; Jaminon, Martine ULg; Van den Bossche, Bruno

in Nuclear Physics A (1996), 598

he chiral phase transition of a hot and dense system of quarks is studied within a modified SU(3) NJL Lagrangian that implements the QCD scale anomaly. The u- and s-quark condensates can or can not feel ... [more ▼]

he chiral phase transition of a hot and dense system of quarks is studied within a modified SU(3) NJL Lagrangian that implements the QCD scale anomaly. The u- and s-quark condensates can or can not feel the same chiral restoration depending on the considered region of the three-dimensional space (Tc, muuc, musc). The temperature behaviour of the pressure and the energy and entropy densities of the u- and s-quark system is investigated. At high temperature, the non-vanishing bare s-quark mass only modifies slightly the usual behaviour associated with an ideal quark gas. [less ▲]

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See detailLes échouages de cétacés: une méprise magnétique?
Das, Krishna ULg

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1996), 16(1), 126-130

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See detailTreatment of gypsum waste in a two stage anaerobic reactor
Deswaef, Sophie; Salmon, Thierry ULg; Hiligsmann, Serge ULg et al

in Water Science & Technology (1996), 34(5-6), 367-374

The reduction of high concentrations of gypsum (up to 110 kg/m(3)) is investigated in a two stage immobilised cell bioreactor. The first stage is mainly colonised by a consortium of acidogenic bacteria ... [more ▼]

The reduction of high concentrations of gypsum (up to 110 kg/m(3)) is investigated in a two stage immobilised cell bioreactor. The first stage is mainly colonised by a consortium of acidogenic bacteria and sulphate reducing bacteria oxidising volatile fatty acids with more than 2 carbons (mainly, butyrate and propionate). The gypsum consumption rate is rather high (ii kg/m(3).day). Most of acetate remains unconverted in this first stage. It is partially converted in the second stage (residence time : 12 days) which is predominantly colonised by acetate oxidising bacteria The gypsum consumption rate is much lower than in the first stage : 3 kg/m(3).day. With both stages, it is possible to reach an almost complete conversion of gypsum with an overall capacity of 6.1 kg gypsum/m(3).day. We propose also a very simple model to describe the different transformation rates. It allows us to clearly identify the activity levels of the different types of sulphate reducing bacteria in both stages. Copyright (C) 1996 IAWQ. [less ▲]

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See detailPostencephalitic stereotyped involuntary movements responsive to L-Dopa
Picard, F.; deSaintMartin, A.; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

in Movement Disorders (1996), 11(5), 567-570

In 1954, at the age of 5 years, our patient had an encephalitic syndrome associated with a prolonged lethargic state. After this episode, he developed a severe parkinsonian syndrome that, after a few ... [more ▼]

In 1954, at the age of 5 years, our patient had an encephalitic syndrome associated with a prolonged lethargic state. After this episode, he developed a severe parkinsonian syndrome that, after a few years, was associated with axial dystonia and stereotyped abnormal movements of the upper limbs. This complex and progressive extrapyramidal syndrome had many similarities to the encephalitis lethargica as described by von Economo. Results of cerebral computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging were normal. Fluorodopa positron emission tomography showed a significant bilateral reduction of tracer accumulation in both putamen, similar to that observed in patients with idiopathic Parkinson's disease. However, in this patient, treatment with L-Dopa suppressed all akinetic, dystonic and dyskinetic symptoms. The effectiveness of L-Dopa was abolished by administration of a D2 antagonist and was fully reproduced by a D2 agonist. In conclusion, this patient presented a complex postencephalitic, extrapyramidal syndrome, with akinetic symptoms and involuntary movements. These symptoms appeared to be related to a limited lesion of the dopaminergic neurons of the zona compacta of the substantia nigra. [less ▲]

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See detailSuperconductivity fluctuation effects on the thermal conductivity of Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8
Houssa, M.; Bougrine, Hassan ULg; Stassen, S. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (1996), 54(10), 6885-6888

The superconductivity fluctuation contribution kappa(B) to the thermal conductivity of a Bi2Sr1.8Ca1.2Cu2O8+y polycrystal is extracted from precise experimental data. The crossover from two-dimensional ... [more ▼]

The superconductivity fluctuation contribution kappa(B) to the thermal conductivity of a Bi2Sr1.8Ca1.2Cu2O8+y polycrystal is extracted from precise experimental data. The crossover from two-dimensional (2D) to 3D behavior theoretically predicted by Varlamov and Livanov is well marked. The crossover temperature T-VL and the amplitude of the fluctuation contribution lead to realistic values for the interlayer coupling energy J(C) and the transport relaxation time tau near T-c. [less ▲]

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See detailParadoxical Sleep Deprivation Increases the Content of Glutamate and Glutamine in Rat Cerebral Cortex
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Sallanon-Moulin, M.; Touret, Monique et al

in Sleep (1996), 19(1), 65-71

We investigated the influence of the sleep/waking cycle, the effects of paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD) and of the vigilance-promoting drug modafinil on the amino acid contents of rat brain cortex. No ... [more ▼]

We investigated the influence of the sleep/waking cycle, the effects of paradoxical sleep deprivation (PSD) and of the vigilance-promoting drug modafinil on the amino acid contents of rat brain cortex. No significant nycthemeral variations in amino acid levels could be detected. PSD (12-24 hours), using the water tank method, significantly increased the levels of glutamate and glutamine. The increase was still observed after the sleep rebound period. gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels did not change significantly during the instrumental sleep deprivation but increased during the rebound period. Control experiments indicate that the increase in glutamate and glutamine levels is due to PSD rather than to the stress associated with the experimental procedure. The increase in glutamate content cannot arise only from transamination reactions, because the levels of other amino acids (such as aspartate) did not decrease. Modafinil treatment did not significantly modify the brain cortex content of any of the amino acids tested. [less ▲]

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See detailThymic insulin-like growth factors (IGFs) in man and in an animal model of autoimmune IDDM
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Achour, Imane; Kecha, Ouafae et al

in Diabetologia (1996), 39

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See detailSelection of hammerhead ribozymes for optimum cleavage of interleukin 6 mRNA.
Hendrix, Chris; Anne, J; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1996), 314 ( Pt 2)

Four GUC triplets in the coding region of the MRNA of interleukin 6 (IL-6) were examined for their suitabilty to serve as a target for hammerhead ribozome-mediated cleavage. This selection procedure was ... [more ▼]

Four GUC triplets in the coding region of the MRNA of interleukin 6 (IL-6) were examined for their suitabilty to serve as a target for hammerhead ribozome-mediated cleavage. This selection procedure was performed with the intention to downregulate IL-6 production as a potential treatment of those diseases in which IL-6 overexpression is involved. Hammerhead ribozymes and their respective short synthetic substrates (19-mers) were synthesized for these four GUC triplets. Notwithstanding the identical catalytic core sequences, the difference in base composition of the helices involved in substrate binding caused substantial variation in cleavage activity. The cleavage reactions on the 1035 nucleotide IL-6 mRNA transcript revealed that two ribozymes were able to cleave this substrate, showing a decrease in catalytic efficiency to 1/30 and 1/300 of the short substrate. This study indicates that the GUC triplet located at nucleotide 510 of the mRNA of IL-6 is the best site for hammerhead ribozyme-mediated cleavage. We suggest that in future targeting of chemically modified hammerhead ribosomes for cleavage of IL-6 RNA should be directed at this location. [less ▲]

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See detailSecretion of leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) by human endometrium alone
Plachot, Michèle; Godard, Anne; Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Human Reproduction (1996), 11

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See detailLower Devonian Palynomorphs from the Talacasto Formation, Cerro del Fuerte Section, San Juan Precordillera, Argentina
Le Hérissé, A; Rubinstein, CR; Steemans, Philippe ULg

in Acta Universitatis Carolinae. Geologica (1996), 40(3-4), 497-515

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See detailDevelopment of thymus autografts under the kidney capsule in the pig: a new 'organ' for xenotransplantation
Lambrigts, Denis; Franssen, Colette ULg; Martens, Henri ULg et al

in Xenotransplantation (1996), 3

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See detailSuicidal behavior in depressive disorder: an event-related potential study.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, A. et al

in Biological Psychiatry (1996), 40(2), 116-22

P300 and contingent negative variation (CNV) were recorded in depressive inpatients with and without history of suicide attempt. The results showed a significant reduction of P200, P300, and CNV and a ... [more ▼]

P300 and contingent negative variation (CNV) were recorded in depressive inpatients with and without history of suicide attempt. The results showed a significant reduction of P200, P300, and CNV and a significant increase of postimperative negative variation (PINV) in patients who had attempted suicide compared to patients with a negative history. Moreover, P300 amplitude was negatively related with the Suicidal Risk and the Hopelessness but not with the Hamilton scales. These results stress the need to differentiate clinical subgroups of patients to assess the psychophysiology of depression, and indicate that patients who attempted suicide exhibit lower cortical resources and poorer cortical performance than patients without history of suicide attempt. [less ▲]

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See detailVardaman's Fish and Addie's Jar: Faulkner's Tales of Mourning and Desire
Delville, Michel ULg

in HJEAS, Hungarian Journal of English and American Studies (1996)

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See detailPerson familiarity and name-retrieval failures: How they are related ?
Brédart, Serge ULg

in Current Psychology of Cognition [=CPC] = Cahiers de Psychologie Cognitive [=CPC] (1996), 15(1), 113-119

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See detailSensitivity calculations and variance analysis in plant measurement reconciliation
Heyen, Georges ULg; Marechal, Eric; Kalitventzeff, Boris ULg

in Computers & Chemical Engineering (1996), 20(Suppl. A), 539-544

Analysis of the results of a data reconciliation program is made easier by extracting more information from the Jacobian matrix of the constraint equations. Standard deviation for all state variables ... [more ▼]

Analysis of the results of a data reconciliation program is made easier by extracting more information from the Jacobian matrix of the constraint equations. Standard deviation for all state variables (measured or not measured) is related to the standard deviation of measurements. Distinction between variables that are actually corrected by the validation process, and those that are merely derived from a single measurement is straightforward. Based on this information, decisions can be taken : deletion of unnecessary measurements, addition of new measurement points and their optimal selection, or identification of key measurements for which any enhancement of accuracy would result in significant improvement in the quality of the process validation. [less ▲]

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Gauthier, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Belge de Psychanalyse (1996), 28

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See detailCalculations of inner shell transitions in Ca+
Hansen, J E; Quinet, Pascal ULg

in Journal of Electron Spectroscopy & Related Phenomena (1996), 79

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See detailThermographic facial pattern following an alpha2-adrenergic agonist injection in two horses suffering from Horner's syndrome
Ghafir, Y.; Art, Tatiana ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Equine Veterinary Education (1996), 8(4), 192-195

The objective of the present study was to confirm this latter assumption, by measuring the facial skin temperature by infrared thermography after administration of an alpha2-adrenergic agonist to horses ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present study was to confirm this latter assumption, by measuring the facial skin temperature by infrared thermography after administration of an alpha2-adrenergic agonist to horses suffering from HS. [less ▲]

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See detailLipid-binding properties of synthetic peptide fragments of human apolipoprotein A-II.
Benetollo, C.; Lambert, Géraldine ULg; Talussot, C. et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1996), 242(3), 657-64

Human apolipoprotein A-II (apo A-II) consists of three potential amphipathic helices of 17 residues each, which contribute to the lipid-binding properties of this apolipoprotein. The conformation and ... [more ▼]

Human apolipoprotein A-II (apo A-II) consists of three potential amphipathic helices of 17 residues each, which contribute to the lipid-binding properties of this apolipoprotein. The conformation and lipid-binding properties of these peptides, either as single-helix or as two-helix peptides, were investigated by turbidity, fluorescence, electron-microscopy and circular-dichroism measurements, and are compared in this article. The lipid affinity of shorter C-terminal segments of apo A-II was compared with those of the single-helix or two-helix peptides, to define the minimal peptide length required for stable complex formation. The properties of the apo-A-II-(13-48)-peptide were further compared with those of the same segment after deletion of the Ser31 and Pro32 residues, because the deleted apo-A-II-(13-30)-(33-48)-peptide, is predicted to form a long uninterrupted helix. The single helices of apo A-II could not form stable complexes with phospholipids, and the helix-turn-helix segment spanning residues 13-48 was not active either. The apo-A-II-(37-77)-peptide and the apo-A-II-(40-73)-peptide could form complexes with lipids, which appear as discoidal particles by negative-staining electron microscopy. The shortest C-terminal domain of apo A-II able to associate with lipids to form stable complexes was the apo-A-II-(40-73)-peptide, which consisted of the C-terminal helix, a beta-turn and part of the preceding helix. The shorter apo-A-II-(49-77)-peptide, and the helical apo-A-II-(13-30)-(33-48)-peptide, could also associate with phospholipids. The complexes formed were, however, less stable, as they dissociated outside the transition temperature range of the phospholipid. These data suggest that the C-terminal pair of helices of apo A-II, which is the most hydrophobic pair, is responsible for the lipid-binding properties of the entire protein. The N-terminal pair of helices of apo A-II at residues 13-48 does not associate tightly with lipids. The degree of internal similarity and the cooperativity between the helical segments of apo A-II is thus less pronounced than in apo A-I or apo A-IV. The N-terminal and C-terminal domains of apo A-II appear to behave as two distinct entities with regard to lipid-protein association. [less ▲]

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See detailDéplacements prémigratoire et itinéraire de migration d'une cigogne noire (Cicinia nigra) juvénile suivie par télémétrie satellitaire
Libois, Roland ULg; Jadoul, Gérard

in Aves (1996), 33(1), 1-10

On 19th of July 1995, a juvenile black stork was caught in the vicinity of Bastogne (Province of Luxembourg, Belgium) and was fitted a PTT platform weighing about 75 grams. The locations obtained by the ... [more ▼]

On 19th of July 1995, a juvenile black stork was caught in the vicinity of Bastogne (Province of Luxembourg, Belgium) and was fitted a PTT platform weighing about 75 grams. The locations obtained by the Argos system were sorted according to their precision and the fixes of good quality (A,0,2 or 3 in the Argos classification) were mapped. From the 19th July to the first migration day (28 August at 09h GMT), more than fifty percent of the 109 obtained fixes are located inside a zone of 100 km² (5.65 km radius) centered near the capture point. Moreover, that zone bas been visited nearly every day by the bird. Twenty more percent of the fixes are situated in a wider area of 300 km² (9.77 km radius). That region is covered by spruce plantations, deciduous forests and cattle meadows with numerous small watercourses and several ponds including fish ponds. Some medium distance (10 to 110 km apart from the home range centre) movements were also recorded, mainly eastwards and westwards. No difference has been evidenced in the home range use during the 4 decades of monitoring. The migration travel was monitored till the 06th September, when the transmitter failed due to a technical misconception. At that time, the stork was located in the region of Fès (Morocco). Within 9 days, the bird has travelled a distance of ca 2,400 km (mean daily movement: 237 km). The Pyrenees were crossed in the high valley of the river Tech (Pyrénées Orientales, France) only 3 days after the departure and the bird has been seen by Spanish colleagues when flying across the strait of Gibraltar (Tarifa, 5 September, 07.55 h GMT). [less ▲]

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See detailCompte-rendu de Pascal Engel, Philosophie et psychologie
Leclercq, Bruno ULg

in Revue Philosophique de Louvain (1996), 94

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See detailMuscle protein metabolism in relation to growth rate in double muscled Belgian Blue bulls: an integrated approach
Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Baldwin, Paule et al

in Mededelingen van de Faculteit van Landbouwwetenschappen, Rijksuniversiteit, Gent (1996), 61/4a

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See detailPrognostic Significance of bcl-2 Protein Expression in Aggressive Non-Hodkin's Lymphoma
Hermine, Olivier; Haioun, Corinne; Lepage, Eric et al

in Blood (1996)

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See detailIncidence of Inflammatory Bowel Disease in the Province of Liege (Belgium). La Societe De Gastroenterologie Liegeoise
Latour, Pascale ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (1996), 59(1, Jan-Mar), 3-6

Up to now, as there is no national registry of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Belgium, the study of IBD epidemiology in our country is only possible through institutional or regional ... [more ▼]

Up to now, as there is no national registry of patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in Belgium, the study of IBD epidemiology in our country is only possible through institutional or regional series. Therefore we conducted a prospective epidemiologic study of IBD in the Province of Liege (1 million inhabitants). METHODS: 29 (out of 47) private and public gastroenterologists completed a standard questionnaire for each patient consulting for the first time with clinical symptoms compatible with IBD between 1/06/1993 and 31/05/1994. RESULTS: During that period 104 cases of IBD were recorded: 56 (54%) Crohn's disease (CD), 36 (35%) ulcerative colitis (UC) including 7 proctitis (19% of UC) and 12 (11%) unclassified colitis. The annual incidence was 5.5 per 100.000 for CD and 3.5 for UC. The sex ratio F/M was 1.7 for CD and 0.7 for UC. The median age at the time of diagnosis was 33.5 yrs for CD and 40 yrs for UC. The highest age specific incidence rate for CD and UC was between 20 and 29 yrs : 13.6 and 6.1, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: This first Belgian prospective study has shown an incidence rate for CD comparable with that seen in north European studies but lower than that seen for UC. These results were similar to those observed in the northern part of France. Belgium appears to be a privileged country to undertake a national register and to study epidemiological aspects of IBD. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular Evidence That The Whitefly-Transmitted Sweetpotato Mild Mottle Virus Belongs To A Distinct Genus Of The Potyviridae
Colinet, Dominique; Kummert, Jean; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg

in Archives of Virology (1996), 141(1), 125-135

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See detailDu gang au groupe social: une analyse socio-préventive
Comeron, Manuel ULg

in Cahiers de la Sécurité (1996)

Au delà d'une enceinte ludique, le stade de football est le théatre d'un supporterisme démonstratif: agressivité des ultra ou hooligan, exaspération partisane, foule. Le supporter est l'objet d'étude de ... [more ▼]

Au delà d'une enceinte ludique, le stade de football est le théatre d'un supporterisme démonstratif: agressivité des ultra ou hooligan, exaspération partisane, foule. Le supporter est l'objet d'étude de la recherche qui évalue aussi les politiques publiques de prévention. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Calendrier et son Histoire
Biémont, Emile ULg

in Bulletin de la Classe des Sciences. Académie Royale de Belgique (1996), 6e série(VII), 15-71

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See detailTomographie a emission de positons dans l'evaluation de l'extension ganglionnaire intrathoracique du cancer bronchique non petites cellules. Etude preliminaire chez 30 patients.
Bury, Thierry ULg; CORHAY, Jean-Louis ULg; Paulus, P et al

in Revue des Maladies Respiratoires (1996), 13(3), 281-286

Current methods for evaluating the mediastinum include chest radiography, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and mediastinoscopy. Despite advances in morphologic imaging, some ... [more ▼]

Current methods for evaluating the mediastinum include chest radiography, computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and mediastinoscopy. Despite advances in morphologic imaging, some lung cancer patients are found to have unresectable disease at surgery. In contrast to CT scan or MR imaging, which depend primarily on anatomic and morphological criteria, positron emission tomography (PET) with 18fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) depends mainly of the metabolic characteristics of a tissue for the diagnosis of disease. We perform a prospective study to compare FDG-PET and CT of the thorax in the presurgical assessment of the mediastinum in patients with newly diagnosed non-small cell lung cancer. Thirty patients have been included. CT and PET-scans were interpreted separately and results were compared to surgical staging during thoracotomy. In assessing mediastinal involvement, CT scan had a sensitivity of 56% and a specificity of 64%. For diagnosis mediastinal nodal disease, FDG-PET was 87% sensitive and 78% specific. Its positive predictive value was 82%, and the negative value was 83%. In conclusion, our preliminary results show that FDG-PET appears more accurate than CT in staging of mediastinal non-small cell lung cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental model for the study by chemiluminescence of the activation of isolated equine leucocytes.
Benbarek, H.; Deby, Ginette ULg; Deby, C. et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (1996), 61(1), 59-64

The activation of human polymorphonuclear leucocytes (the respiratory burst) can be studied by measuring their chemiluminescent response. This technique was adapted to equine leucocytes to investigate the ... [more ▼]

The activation of human polymorphonuclear leucocytes (the respiratory burst) can be studied by measuring their chemiluminescent response. This technique was adapted to equine leucocytes to investigate the effects of cell number, activator concentration, enhancers of chemiluminescence, pH, temperature and inhibitors. Leucocytes were isolated from citrated blood from healthy horses and chemiluminescence was measured with a Bio-Orbit luminometer sensitive to 900 nm light. The optimal cell density for the maximal chemiluminescent response ranged from 10(6) to 10(7) leucocytes 600 microliters-1. Chemiluminescence increased as a function of temperature, and the concentrations of luminol, lucigenin and phorbol myristate acetate (PMA), and was pH related (optimal pH value = 8.0 for lucigenin and 8.5 for luminol). The inhibition of chemiluminescence by 5 x 10(-5) M azide was 88 per cent for luminol and 37 per cent for lucigenin. Superoxide dismutase (100 IU) totally inhibited the chemiluminescence response. Approximately 30 per cent variability in chemiluminescence was observed under the same assay conditions, depending on the origin of the leucocytes. Based on these results, the conditions selected for the measurement of equine leucocyte chemiluminescence were: 10(6) to 10(7) leucocytes 600 microliters-1, 1 x 10(-6)M PMA, 1 mM luminol or 0.4 mM lucigenin, physiological pH (7.4) and physiological temperature (37.8 degrees C). These conditions were similar to those used for measuring the chemiluminescent response of human leucocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la spécificité du discours comique
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in Français Moderne (Le) (1996), LXIV

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See detailLe frêne, un bois noble et précieux
Claessens, Hugues ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (1996), 28

Avec le bouleau, l'aulne glutineux, les tilleuls, les érables, le merisier et d'autres feuillus relativement marginaux dans le marché du bois, le frêne fait partie des espèces secondaires de la forêt ... [more ▼]

Avec le bouleau, l'aulne glutineux, les tilleuls, les érables, le merisier et d'autres feuillus relativement marginaux dans le marché du bois, le frêne fait partie des espèces secondaires de la forêt wallonne, qui, ensemble ne représentent que 7% du volume sur pied, alors qu'à eux seuls, le hêtre, les chênes et l'épicéa en totalisent 85% (données IFW). Certaines, comme le frêne, sont qualifiées de "nobles" ou encore de "précieuses" en raison de leur valeur marchande (frêne, érable et merisier). Une des causes de ce phénomène est le choix délibéré des propriétaires forestiers, qui, pour des raisons que nous connaissons, à la fois historiques et liées aux marchés du bois passé et actuel, ont préféré le hêtre, le chêne et l'épicéa, souvent sous forme de monoculture, réduisant ainsi l'espace qui revenait naturellement aux espèces secondaires, naturellement disséminées dans nos forêts. [less ▲]

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See detailCardiovascular involvement during HIV infection.
Valdes, E. F.; Fernandez, R. E.; Villanueva, H. R. et al

in European Heart Journal (1996), 17(10), 1605

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See detailLa reconnaissance des répudiations. Note sous Cass., 11 décembre 1995
Carlier, Jean-Yves ULg

in Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Familial [=RTDF] (1996)

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See detailCompte rendu de Le clerc séculier au Moyen Age, Paris, 1993
George, Philippe ULg

in Cahiers de Clio (1996)

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See detailPerforation Strength of Geosynthetics and Sphericity of Coarse Grains: a new approach
Courard, Luc ULg; Antoine, R.

in Geotextiles & Geomembranes (1996), 14

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See detailUn nouveau département de français à l'Université de Liège : ses précédents, ses missions, ses projets, son équipe
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in Français 2000 : Le point sur le Français langue étrangère (1996), (150-151), 60-62

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See detailFaded Dreams - M. Carnoy
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in New Community (1996), 22(3), 547-548

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See detailPseudoaneurisma gigante del ventriculo izquierdo
Olivieri, E.; Guessaghi, R.; Chavin, A. et al

in Prensa Medica Argentina (1996), 83(10), 919-924

A 85 years old patient was hospitalized because of thoracic pain, lasting since three months. He suffered of Parkinson's disease and he was a smoker. The pain increased with cough and Vansalva's test. His ... [more ▼]

A 85 years old patient was hospitalized because of thoracic pain, lasting since three months. He suffered of Parkinson's disease and he was a smoker. The pain increased with cough and Vansalva's test. His left arm was cianotic. An arterial obstruction was suspected. Dopler ultrasound of the left arm confirmed a partial obstruction of the left axillar artery. Surprisingly, thoracic scan and MRI found an important cardiomegaly. The heart was in contact with the diaphragmatic and gastric region. Ecocardiography confirmed a 7 cm pseudo aneurysm of the left ventricle. Coronarography showed extreme hypokinesia of the left ventricle. There was also an obstruction of the right coronary and 50 % stenosis of the left coronary. Pseudo aneurysm was a complication of myocardial infarction of the left ventricle. Surgery was offered to the patient, but he declined the intervention. He was dismissed with medical treatment and anticoagulation. The patient deceased three months later. [less ▲]

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See detailA new HPLC method for the assay of alkaloids in Strychnos nux-vomica and Strychnos ignatii
Gadi Biala, Rose; Tits, Monique ULg; Wauters, Jean-Noël ULg et al

in Fitoterapia (1996), 67(2), 163-165

A reversed-phase high performance liquid chromatographic procedure was developed for the qualitative and quantitative analysis of the alkaloids in S. nux-vomica and S. ignatii.

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