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See detailDetermination of Alpha-Solanine and Alpha-Chaconine in Potatoes by High-Performance Thin-Layer Chromatography/Densitometry
Bodart, P.; Kabengera, C.; Noirfalise, Alfred ULg et al

in Journal of AOAC International (2000), 83(6, Nov-Dec), 1468-73

A high-performance thin-layer chromatographic (HPTLC) method was used to determine the glycoalkaloids alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine in potatoes. Alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine are extracted from ... [more ▼]

A high-performance thin-layer chromatographic (HPTLC) method was used to determine the glycoalkaloids alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine in potatoes. Alpha-solanine and alpha-chaconine are extracted from dehydrated potatoes with boiling methanol-acetic acid (95 + 5, v/v). The analytes are separated on a Silica Gel 60 F254 HPTLC plate by a saturated mixture of dichloromethane-methanol-water-concentrated ammonium hydroxide (70 + 30 + 4 + 0.4, v/v), which is used for vertical development of the plate up to a distance of 85 mm. For visualization, the plate is dipped 3 times into a modified Carr-Price reagent, 20% (w/v) antimony(III) chloride in acetic acid-dichloromethane (1 + 3, v/v), and subsequently heated on a hot plate at 105 degrees C for 5 min. The glycoalkaloids all appear as red chromatographic zones on a colorless background. Densitometric quantification is performed at 507 nm by reflectance scanning. After determination of the appropriate response function, the proposed method was validated. Good results with respect to linearity, accuracy, and precision were obtained in the concentration range studied. [less ▲]

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See detailNanoindentation investigation of Ti/TiN multilayers films
Ben Daia, M.; Aubert, P.; Labdi, S. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2000), 87(11), 7753-7757

The hardness of Ti/TiN nanolaminated films is investigated in this study. Monolithic Ti and TiN films and Ti/TiN multilayers were deposited on silicon substrates by radio-frequency sputtering. The period ... [more ▼]

The hardness of Ti/TiN nanolaminated films is investigated in this study. Monolithic Ti and TiN films and Ti/TiN multilayers were deposited on silicon substrates by radio-frequency sputtering. The period thickness of multilayers was decreased from 20 to 2.5 nm. Grazing x-ray reflectometry showed that the modulation of composition of Ti/TiN multilayers exists for all the period thickness considered. From nanoindentation measurements, we determined the hardness and Young's modulus of multilayers. Hardness increased with decreasing period thickness to go beyond the rule-of-mixture value for samples with period thickness of Lambda less than or equal to 5 nm. The maximum hardness, 1.6 times higher than the value obtained by the rule of mixture, is obtained for Lambda=2.5 nm. Our results are compared to a dislocation-based model previously introduced by Lehoczky. (C) 2000 American Institute of Physics. [S0021-8979(00)09411-1]. [less ▲]

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See detailProbing Organization and Structural Characteristics of Alkanethiols Adsorbed on Gold and of Model Alkane Compounds through their Valence Electronic Structure: an Ultraviolet Photoelectron Spectroscopy Study
Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Pfister-Guillouzo, G.; Delhalle, Joseph et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry B (2000), 104

In this paper we report an ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) study of saturated alkane chains in various configurations and conformations. The dependence of the valence spectra on molecular ... [more ▼]

In this paper we report an ultraviolet photoelectron spectroscopy (UPS) study of saturated alkane chains in various configurations and conformations. The dependence of the valence spectra on molecular structure characteristics has been assessed by comparing the results obtained from n-alkanethiol, R,ö-alkanedithiol, and R-cycloalkyl-ö-alkanethiol monolayers adsorbed on gold, and from gas-phase model alkane compounds. The differences between the spectra reflect directly the structural changes induced in the electronic structure of the alkane chains. We have determined the type of folding sequences adopted in a 1,12-dodecanedithiol monolayer. Angular dependent measurements and investigations on the photoelectron attenuation length have evidenced very fine structural differences between films obtained on deposited gold films, annealed gold films, and gold single crystals [less ▲]

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See detailPurification and biochemical characterization of the VIM-1 metallo-beta-lactamase.
Franceschini, N.; Caravelli, B.; Docquier, J. D. et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2000), 44(11), 3003-7

VIM-1 is a new group 3 metallo-beta-lactamase recently detected in carbapenem-resistant nosocomial isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from the Mediterranean area. In this work, VIM-1 was purified from an ... [more ▼]

VIM-1 is a new group 3 metallo-beta-lactamase recently detected in carbapenem-resistant nosocomial isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from the Mediterranean area. In this work, VIM-1 was purified from an Escherichia coli strain carrying the cloned bla(VIM-1) gene by means of an anion-exchange chromatography step followed by a gel permeation chromatography step. The purified enzyme exhibited a molecular mass of 26 kDa in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and an acidic pI of 5.1 in analytical isoelectric focusing. Amino-terminal sequencing showed that mature VIM-1 results from the removal of a 26-amino-acid signal peptide from the precursor. VIM-1 hydrolyzes a broad array of beta-lactam compounds, including penicillins, narrow- to expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, carbapenems, and mechanism-based serine-beta-lactamase inactivators. Only monobactams escape hydrolysis. The highest catalytic constant/K(m) ratios (>10(6) M(-1). s(-1)) were observed with carbenicillin, azlocillin, some cephalosporins (cephaloridine, cephalothin, cefuroxime, cefepime, and cefpirome), imipenem, and biapenem. Kinetic parameters showed remarkable variability with different beta-lactams and also within the various penam, cephem, and carbapenem compounds, resulting in no clear preference of the enzyme for any of these beta-lactam subfamilies. Significant differences were observed with some substrates between the kinetic parameters of VIM-1 and those of other metallo-beta-lactamases. Inactivation assays carried out with various chelating agents (EDTA, 1,10-o-phenanthroline, and pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid) indicated that formation of a ternary enzyme-metal-chelator complex precedes metal removal from the zinc center of the protein and revealed notable differences in the inactivation parameters of VIM-1 with different agents. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of stable isotope to delineate amphipod trophic status in Antarctic food webs
Nyssen, Fabienne ULg

in Polish Archives of Hydrobiology (2000), 47

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See detailAn Original integration scheme. Application to a simple shear test of anisotropic material
de Montleau, P.; Habraken, Anne ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2000)

Finite element simulations involving large deformations and large displacements imply the setting up of a precise kinematic for the integration scheme. Moreover, anisotropic mechanical behaviors have to ... [more ▼]

Finite element simulations involving large deformations and large displacements imply the setting up of a precise kinematic for the integration scheme. Moreover, anisotropic mechanical behaviors have to be expressed in an appropriate local reference frame. In the present paper, a computational procedure is derived from a particular velocity gradient de¯nition. The implementation in the ¯nite element code Lagamine developed in the M&S department is described. An application to a simple shear test is proposed. A sinusoidal behavior of the shear component stress is emphasized. It is due to the anisotropic yield locus and appears in the case of a saturated isotropic hardening law. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics and three-dimensional localization of ribosomal RNA within the nucleolus.
Thiry, Marc ULg; Cheutin, T.; O'Donohue, M. F. et al

in RNA (New York, N.Y.) (2000), 6(12), 1750-61

Although rRNA synthesis, maturation, and assembly into preribosomal particles occur within the nucleolus, the route taken by pre-rRNAs from their synthetic sites toward the cytoplasm remains largely ... [more ▼]

Although rRNA synthesis, maturation, and assembly into preribosomal particles occur within the nucleolus, the route taken by pre-rRNAs from their synthetic sites toward the cytoplasm remains largely unexplored. Here, we employed a nondestructive method for the incorporation of BrUTP into the RNA of living cells. By using pulse-chase experiments, three-dimensional image reconstructions of confocal optical sections, and electron microscopy analysis of ultrathin sections, we were able to describe topological and spatial dynamics of rRNAs within the nucleolus. We identified the precise location and the volumic organization of four typical subdomains, in which rRNAs are successively moving towards the nucleolar periphery during their synthesis and processing steps. The incorporation of BrUTP takes place simultaneously within several tiny spheres, centered on the fibrillar centers. Then, the structures containing the newly synthesized RNAs enlarge and appear as compact ringlets disposed around the fibrillar centers. Later, they form hollow spheres surrounding the latter components and begin to fuse together. Finally, these structures widen and form large rings reaching the limits of the nucleoli. These results clearly show that the transport of pre-rRNAs within the nucleolus does not occur randomly, but appears as a radial flow starting from the fibrillar centers that form concentric rings, which finally fuse together as they progress toward the nucleolar periphery. [less ▲]

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See detailRole Of Surface Chemical Signals In Egg Cannibalism And Intraguild Predation In Ladybirds (Coleoptera : Coccinellidae)
Hemptinne, Jl.; Lognay, Georges ULg; Gauthier, Carole ULg et al

in Chemoecology (2000), 10(3), 123-128

The eggs of some ladybirds are known to be toxic to intraguild ladybird predators. However, this defence is of little value if the eggs are killed before their toxicity becomes apparent. The results ... [more ▼]

The eggs of some ladybirds are known to be toxic to intraguild ladybird predators. However, this defence is of little value if the eggs are killed before their toxicity becomes apparent. The results presented in this paper indicate that chemicals on the surface of the eggs of two species of ladybirds signal the relative risk of cannibalism and intraguild predation. In Adalia bipunctata and Coccinella septempunctata, 87% of the chemicals are alkanes. Each species of ladybird is less reluctant to eat their own eggs than those of the other species. This asymmetry is to be expected because there is a greater risk to ladybirds from intraguild predation than cannibalism. Similar alkanes to those on the surface of the eggs of A. bipunctata are present in tracks left by larvae and on the elytra of the adults of this species. Those in the larval tracks deter females from ovipositing in patches of prey already being attacked by their larvae and those on the elytra are used in mate recognition. That different context dependent messages could be signalled by similar chemicals is an example of semiochemical parsimony. [less ▲]

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See detailCas clinique pour la rubrique “ Imagerie médicale ”
Noels, C.; Busoni, Valeria ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2000)

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See detailRupture of a Thoracic Aneurysm in the Left Bronchus
SCHILS, F.; Deprez, A. F.; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(2), 74-6

Aortobronchic fistula is a very unusual complication of thoracic aneurysm. We report the case of a 71-year old man with rupture of a thoracic aortic aneurysm in the left main bronchus. The patient had ... [more ▼]

Aortobronchic fistula is a very unusual complication of thoracic aneurysm. We report the case of a 71-year old man with rupture of a thoracic aortic aneurysm in the left main bronchus. The patient had suffered a car crash fifteen years ago, without any evidence of aortic rupture at the time. Thereafter, he developed an aortic isthmic dilation (36 mm in diameter). The patient suffered from long standing pulmonary insufficiency and emphysema and was admitted several times on an urgent basis for acute dyspnea. During an hospitalization for respiratory distress, he presented haemoptysis and left lung hyperinflation secondary to partial fistulization and extrinsic compression of the main left bronchus. Isthmic aortic resection and prosthetic grafting was performed and the left main bronchus was closed by an autologous pericardial patch. Ten days later, following an air-leak from the bronchial closure, a transposed latissimus dorsi flap was used by the plastic surgeon to repair the defect. Nevertheless, the patient died from multisystemic failure six weeks later. [less ▲]

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See detailVery Low Surfactant Protein C Contents in Newborn Belgian White and Blue Calves with Respiratory Distress Syndrome
Danlois, F.; Zaltash, S.; Johansson, J. et al

in Biochemical Journal (2000), 351(Pt 3), 779-87

We have studied a respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) occurring in newborn calves of the Belgian White and Blue (BWB) breed that represents the large majority of beef cattle in Belgium. Pulmonary ... [more ▼]

We have studied a respiratory distress syndrome (RDS) occurring in newborn calves of the Belgian White and Blue (BWB) breed that represents the large majority of beef cattle in Belgium. Pulmonary surfactant isolated from 14 BWB newborn calves that died from RDS and from 7 healthy controls was analysed for composition and surface activity. An extremely low content or, in some instances, an absence of surfactant protein C (SP-C) was detected in the RDS samples by Western blotting and differential amino acid analysis [0.03+/-0.01% (w/w) relative to total phospholipids, compared with 0.39+/-0.06% for healthy controls (means+/-S.E.M., P < 0.001)]. The contents of surfactant protein B (SP-B) were similar in RDS and control samples. The crude surfactant samples isolated from RDS calves had higher ratios of total protein to total phospholipid, altered phospholipid profiles and lower SP-A contents. Both crude and organic extracts of RDS surfactant samples showed increased dynamic surface tension compared with healthy controls when evaluated with a pulsating-bubble surfactometer. The addition of purified SP-C to organic extracts of RDS surfactant samples lowered surface tension. Strongly decreased levels of mature SP-C associated with fatal RDS and altered surface activity in vitro have, to the best of our knowledge, not been previously reported. The mechanisms underlying RDS and the decrease in SP-C in BWB calves remain to be established. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysostigmine reverses propofol-induced unconsciousness and attenuation of the auditory steady state response and bispectral index in human volunteers.
Meuret, Pascal; Backman, Steven; Bonhomme, Vincent ULg et al

in Anesthesiology (2000), 93(3), 708-17

BACKGROUND: It is postulated that alteration of central cholinergic transmission plays an important role in the mechanism by which anesthetics produce unconsciousness. The authors investigated the effect ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: It is postulated that alteration of central cholinergic transmission plays an important role in the mechanism by which anesthetics produce unconsciousness. The authors investigated the effect of altering central cholinergic transmission, by physostigmine and scopolamine, on unconsciousness produced by propofol. METHODS: Propofol was administered to American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status 1 (n = 17) volunteers with use of a computer-controlled infusion pump at increasing concentrations until unconsciousness resulted (inability to respond to verbal commands, abolition of spontaneous movement). Central nervous system function was assessed by use of the Auditory Steady State Response (ASSR) and Bispectral Index (BIS) analysis of electrooculogram. During continuous administration of propofol, reversal of unconsciousness produced by physostigmine (28 microgram/kg) and block of this reversal by scopolamine (8.6 microgram/kg) were evaluated. RESULTS: Propofol produced unconsciousness at a plasma concentration of 3.2 +/- 0.8 (+/- SD) microgram/ml (n = 17). Unconsciousness was associated with reductions in ASSR (0.10 +/- 0.08 microV [awake baseline 0.32 +/- 0.18 microV], P < 0.001) and BIS (55.7 +/- 8.8 [awake baseline 92.4 +/- 3.9], P < 0.001). Physostigmine restored consciousness in 9 of 11 subjects, with concomitant increases in ASSR (0.38 +/- 0.17 microV, P < 0.01) and BIS (75.3 +/- 8.3, P < 0.001). In all subjects (n = 6) scopolamine blocked the physostigmine-induced reversal of unconsciousness and the increase of the ASSR and BIS (ASSR and BIS during propofol-induced unconsciousness: 0.09 +/- 0.09 microV and 58.2 +/- 7.5, respectively; ASSR and BIS after physostigmine administration: 0.08 +/- 0.06 microV and 56.8 +/- 6.7, respectively, NS). CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that the unconsciousness produced by propofol is mediated at least in part via interruption of central cholinergic muscarinic transmission. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance of Belgian general practitioners: a "best practice approach based on patient level data"
Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg; Gillet, Pierre ULg

in Cahiers Economiques de Bruxelles (2000), 167(3ème trimestre 2000), 381-396

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See detailElectrophysiological behavior of Purkinje cells and motor coordination in calretinin knock-out mice
Cheron, Guy; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Lohof, Ann et al

in Progress in Brain Research (2000), 124

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See detailCoupled thermo-magnetic simulation of a foil-winding transformer connected to a non-linear load
Driesen, Johan; Deliège, Geoffrey ULg; Belmans, Ronnie et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2000), 36(4), 1381-1385

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See detailVoxel-based analysis of confounding effects of age and dementia severity on cerebral metabolism in Alzheimer's disease
Salmon, Eric ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Degueldre, Christian ULg et al

in Human brain mapping (2000), 10(1), 39-48

Alzheimer's disease is characterized by early hippocampal lesions, but neuropathological and functional imaging studies have also demonstrated involvement of associative cortices in patients suffering ... [more ▼]

Alzheimer's disease is characterized by early hippocampal lesions, but neuropathological and functional imaging studies have also demonstrated involvement of associative cortices in patients suffering from this illness. New image-processing technologies have led to demonstration of predominant posteromedial cortical metabolic impairment in the disease. Confounding effects of both age and dementia severity on brain metabolism were assessed using categorical and correlational analyses performed with Statistical Parametric Mapping. Posterior cingulate and precuneus metabolism, assessed by positron emission tomography, was significantly correlated with age in a population of 46 patients with probable Alzheimer's disease. Metabolism in posterior cingulate and precuneus was higher in elderly than in younger patients with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, even when dementia severity was taken as a confounding covariate. The data suggest that the sensitivity of positron emission tomography for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is reduced in elderly cases, where less severe pathology is sufficient to induce clinical symptoms of dementia. Conversely, higher posteromedial metabolic impairment in early onset cases may reflect greater density of regional cerebral lesions or major decrease of functional afferences in a richly connected multimodal associative area. Posterior cingulate metabolism was also correlated to dementia severity, even when age was taken as a confounding covariate, whereas metabolism in the hippocampal formation was not shown to correlate with global cognitive deficit. Functional correlation was maintained between posterior cingulate and middle frontal cortex in demented patients as in elderly controls. The key role of posteromedial cortex in cognitive dysfunction assessed in Alzheimer's disease is probably related to its highly integrated position within attentional, visuospatial and memory neuronal networks. [less ▲]

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See detailDual Formulations for the Modeling of Thin Electromagnetic Shells using Edge Elements
Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; Dular, Patrick ULg; Legros, Willy ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2000), 36(4), 799-803

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See detailTropisetron in the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting.
Boogaerts, J G; Bardiau, Françoise ULg; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Anesthesia (2000), 12(5), 402-8

STUDY OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of tropisetron, a selective 5-HT(3) receptor antagonist, in preventing nausea and vomiting in high-risk inpatients undergoing various surgical procedures. DESIGN ... [more ▼]

STUDY OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of tropisetron, a selective 5-HT(3) receptor antagonist, in preventing nausea and vomiting in high-risk inpatients undergoing various surgical procedures. DESIGN: Prospective, open, nonrandomized, observational, interventional study. SETTING: Postanesthesia care unit, and surgical wards of the University Hospital Center, Charleroi. PATIENTS: A total of 1,132 elective surgical inpatients (>15 years of age) in two separate surveys. The first prospective survey covered all surgical adult inpatients (n = 671) after various surgical procedures over a 3-month period. A new 3-month survey was performed to assess the effectiveness of the preventive measure and included another 461 patients. INTERVENTIONS: Risk factors associated with nausea and vomiting were recorded in the first survey and used to establish an antiemetic policy. This consisted in the administration of tropisetron 2 mg intravenously after anesthesia induction, if two patient-related risk factors associated with high-risk surgery and general anesthesia were present. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Nausea frequency and intensity, assessed every 4 hours using a visual analog scale (VAS), frequency and times of vomiting episodes and the need for rescue medication were recorded for 72 hours postoperatively. Nausea was experienced by 18.8% and vomiting by 9.8% of the patients in the first survey (211 high risk-patients of 671). In the second survey, 137 patients of 461, considered at high-risk received prophylactic tropisetron. The proportion of patients having nausea decreased to 11.1% (p,178 0.01) and vomiting episodes to 2.8% (p < 0.001). Twenty-six of the tropisetron-treated patients (19%) suffered subsequent postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). Patient satisfaction with tropisetron was high. CONCLUSION: Prophylactic tropisetron can reduce the incidence of PONV in selected high-risk inpatients undergoing various types of surgical procedures. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractéristiques spermatiques des taureaux de race Borgou au Bénin
Adamou N'Diaye, M.; Gbangboche, A.B.; Adjovi, A. et al

in Annales des Sciences Agronomiques du Bénin (2000), 2

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See detailRecension: "Vade-Mecum de l'évaluation médico-légale"
Kohl, Benoît ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2000)

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See detailQSO mass constraints from gravitational lensing studies of quasar pairs. The cases of Q1548+114 A & B and Q1148+0055 A & B
Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Lee, D.-W.; Remy, M. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2000), 356

New constraints on the mass of quasars are derived from gravitational lensing studies of the QSO pairs Q1548+114 A & B and Q1148+0055 A & B, for which new ground-based and Hubble Space Telescope (HST ... [more ▼]

New constraints on the mass of quasars are derived from gravitational lensing studies of the QSO pairs Q1548+114 A & B and Q1148+0055 A & B, for which new ground-based and Hubble Space Telescope (HST) direct imagery have been obtained. In the case of Q1548+114 A & B, QSO A has been resolved into its host galaxy and a close companion. The non-detection with HST of a secondary lensed image of the background QSO in the close vicinity of the foreground one and the modeling of the host of QSO A, of the companion and of field galaxies with Singular Isothermal Spheres (SIS) yield a robust upper limit on the central compact mass of 4.5 10[SUP]11[/SUP] M[SUB]sun[/SUB]. On the other hand, the combined mass of Q1148+0055 B plus host must be smaller than 6.5 10[SUP]11[/SUP] M[SUB]sun[/SUB] since no secondary lensed image has been detected with HST. Photometry and relative astrometry of all the detected objects are reported. Based on data collected with the Hubble Space Telescope and at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile [less ▲]

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See detailMass Transfer Across an Interface Induces Formation of Droplets in Lattice Systems
Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Chemical Engineering Science (2000), 55(22), 5333-5339

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See detailProgress in Arabidopsis genome sequencing and functionnal genomics.
Wambutt, R.; Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Vandenbol, Micheline ULg et al

in Journal of Biotechnology (2000), 78

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See detailVitamines anti-oxydantes dans la prevention des maladies cardio-vasculaires. 1ere partie: Le point sur les etudes epidemiologiques.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 11-8

The hypothesis of the atherogenic role of oxidized. LDL lipoproteins and the observation of the longevity of individuals on a "mediterranean diet" led to the concept that antioxidant vitamins may exert ... [more ▼]

The hypothesis of the atherogenic role of oxidized. LDL lipoproteins and the observation of the longevity of individuals on a "mediterranean diet" led to the concept that antioxidant vitamins may exert cardiovascular protective effects. In this first article, we summarize the results of the main epidemiological studies which analyzed the influence of dietary intakes (or resulting plasma concentrations) in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), vitamin A (beta-carotene) or vitamin C (ascorbic acid). The three types of studies available in the literature provided quite heterogeneous results, in favour of a protective role of antioxidant vitamins as far as cross-cultural and most prospective observational studies were concerned, but rather negative when considering case-control studies. However, in general, epidemiological studies tended to support, a beneficial role of these antioxidant vitamins to prevent cardiovascular diseases, at least in some subgroups of individuals. [less ▲]

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See detailBiocompatibility of polyethylene glycols (PEG): An approach using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a protein model.
Loret, S; Gilson, P; Barakat, I et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (2000), 440

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See detailEvidence-based medicine. Apport des essais cliniques controles.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(4), 216-9

Controlled clinical trials are the support of Evidence-Based Medicine. In most instances, only them can indeed provide the demonstration of both the efficacy and safety of a pharmacological treatment ... [more ▼]

Controlled clinical trials are the support of Evidence-Based Medicine. In most instances, only them can indeed provide the demonstration of both the efficacy and safety of a pharmacological treatment, based upon rigorous scientific experimental observations avoiding potential bias due to subjective interpretation. In order to be able to extrapolate conclusions of drug trials to clinical practice and to positively influence physician's attitudes, "explanatory" trials, which aim at proving the intrinsic activity of the molecule, should be completed by "pragmatic" trials, which aim at demonstrating the clinical utility of the drug. [less ▲]

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See detailAdenovirus infections in pigeons
Duchatel, Jean-Pierre ULg; Marlier, Didier ULg; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144(1), 13-17

This paper describes the different clinical aspects of the adenovirus infections in pigeons. Etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment are discussed. The two specific clinical ... [more ▼]

This paper describes the different clinical aspects of the adenovirus infections in pigeons. Etiology, epidemiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment are discussed. The two specific clinical syndromes of pigeons are mainly described: classical adenovirus and necrotizing-hepatitis. [less ▲]

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See detailLimited effects of placental and pituitary growth hormone on cytokine expression in vitro
Thellin, Olivier ULg; Coumans, Bernard ULg; Devos, Sébastien ULg et al

in European Cytokine Network (2000), 11(3), 452-455

The hypothesis that growth hormone (GH) can affect immune responses in man has been evaluated by monitoring cytokine expression in cultures from peripheral blood mononuclear cells, by enzyme-linked ... [more ▼]

The hypothesis that growth hormone (GH) can affect immune responses in man has been evaluated by monitoring cytokine expression in cultures from peripheral blood mononuclear cells, by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and ribonuclease protection assay, and in tonsillar cells by ELISA. In addition to pituitary GH (GH-N), the placental form (GH-V), differing from pituitary GH by 13 amino acids has also been tested. Only few effects reached statistical significance and were in no case greater than 15%. Pituitary GH slightly reduced IL-5 production and stimulated IFN-gamma production. The latter effect was also observed with prolactin and could thus be induced through the prolactin receptor. It is proposed that GH has no strong effects on the parameters investigated, possibly as a result of redundancy in the cytokine network. Alternatively, effects on leukocytes are mediated by other tissues such as the liver or are clear only in response to stronger challenges. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... les anomalies du metabolisme glucidique, de l'insulinosecretion et de la sensibilite a l'insuline avec une hyperglycemie provoquee par voie orale.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(9), 881-5

Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) has been widely used for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance or reactive hypoglycaemia. Simultaneous measurements of ... [more ▼]

Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) has been widely used for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance or reactive hypoglycaemia. Simultaneous measurements of plasma glucose and insulin levels also allow to derive indices of insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity. Whereas OGTT is not considered anymore as the first choice for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, it remains useful for studying abnormalities of glucose metabolism as well as of insulin secretion and insulin action. [less ▲]

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See detailConstruction and characterization of an ovine BAC contig spanning the callipyge locus.
SEGERS, Karin ULg; Vaiman, D.; Berghmans, S. et al

in Animal Genetics (2000), 31(6), 352-9

We describe the construction of an ovine BAC contig spanning a 4.6 centimorgan (cM) chromosome segment known to contain the callipyge (CLPG) locus. The contig comprises 21 ovine BAC clones jointly ... [more ▼]

We describe the construction of an ovine BAC contig spanning a 4.6 centimorgan (cM) chromosome segment known to contain the callipyge (CLPG) locus. The contig comprises 21 ovine BAC clones jointly covering approximately 900 kilobases (Kb). Two gaps in the BAC contig, spanning 10 and 7.5 Kb, respectively, were bridged by long range PCR. The corresponding chromosome region was shown to be characterized by an unusually low Kb to cM ratio (164 Kb/cM) and a high density of Not1 sites (1:126 Kb) possibly reflecting a high gene density in the corresponding chromosome region. Equivalent amplification of 64 sequence tagged sites spanning the corresponding region from homozygous +/+ and CLPG/CLPG individuals disproves the hypothesis of a major deletion causing the CLPG mutation. [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-clinics. Le medicament du mois. La moxonidine (Moxon).
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 61-3

Moxonidine (Moxon, Solvay Pharma) is the first member of a new class of centrally-acting antihypertensive agents. The selective activation of central I1 imidazoline receptors results in an inhibition of ... [more ▼]

Moxonidine (Moxon, Solvay Pharma) is the first member of a new class of centrally-acting antihypertensive agents. The selective activation of central I1 imidazoline receptors results in an inhibition of peripheral sympathetic activity and produces arterial vasodilatation. Moxonidine is indicated in the treatment of essential arterial hypertension, at a usual daily dose of 0.4 mg (initial dose of 0.2 mg/day), in one administration per day. Its tolerance profile is better than that of other centrally-acting antihypertensive agents which stimulate alpha-2 adrenergic receptors, and similar to that of medications of other classes. As monotherapy, the antihypertensive efficacy of moxonidine is similar to that of most other antihypertensive agents. In case of insufficient response, moxonidine may be associated with other antihypertensive compounds, which leads to a better efficacy with no deterioration of its good tolerance profile. [less ▲]

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See detailNerve biopsy: indications and contribution to the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy. The experience of the Born Bunge Foundation University of Antwerp and University of Liege between 1987 and 1997.
Deprez, Manuel ULg; Ceuterick-de Groote, C.; Schoenen, Jean ULg et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2000), 100(3), 162-6

We reviewed 355 nerve biopsies analysed at the Laboratories of Neuropathology of the Born-Bunge Foundation/University of Antwerp (BBF/UIA) and University of Liege (ULg) between 1987 and 1997. We examined ... [more ▼]

We reviewed 355 nerve biopsies analysed at the Laboratories of Neuropathology of the Born-Bunge Foundation/University of Antwerp (BBF/UIA) and University of Liege (ULg) between 1987 and 1997. We examined the indications for nerve biopsy, the yield of the procedure, and the influence of clinical and neuropathological parameters. Contributory biopsies accounted for 35.5% and 47.3% respectively at ULg and BBF/UIA laboratories: of these, one third showed specific histological findings, the majority being informative only when combined with the relevant clinical data. The profile of indications for nerve biopsy was roughly comparable in both laboratories. The search for an inflammatory neuropathy prompted 35-40% of all biopsies with more than 50% of specimens being informative in this indication. The lowest yield (20%) was obtained among the nerve biopsies performed in the absence of any presumptive aetiology. These accounted for 22-33% of all cases. Inadequate surgical resection, delays in transport or processing errors precluded histological study of 4% (BBF/UIA) to 8% (ULg) of the specimens. We conclude that nerve biopsies should be performed by experienced surgeons and handled in specialised laboratories. Only a relatively small number of causes of neuropathy can be diagnosed on the basis of histology alone. More often, contributory biopsies will result from the combination of non-specific suggestive histological features with relevant clinical information. The diagnostic yield of nerve biopsy is function of careful patient selection and close collaboration between the clinician and the neuropathologist. [less ▲]

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See detailLa grippe: de la prevention vaccinale au traitement antiviral.
Nkoghe, D.; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 19-23

Influenza is a highly infectious disease responsible for dangerous epidemics, especially in patients at high risk. The vaccine exerts a valuable protective effect estimated up to 70% and is still ... [more ▼]

Influenza is a highly infectious disease responsible for dangerous epidemics, especially in patients at high risk. The vaccine exerts a valuable protective effect estimated up to 70% and is still considered as the key-approach against influenza. Antiviral agents of the first generation (amantadine, rimantadine, ribavirine) have limited use because of poor tolerance and occurrence of resistance. Zanamivir or Relenza, marketed by Glaxo Wellcome, is a new virostatic drug acting as a neuraminidase inhibitor. It prevents the release of new viruses and so stop the propagation of the infection. It must be taken orally by inhalation within 48 hours after the onset of symptoms. The treatment lasts 5 days (10 mg twice daily). Its efficacy has been demonstrated in controlled clinical trials, and its tolerance is generally excellent. However, caution is recommended in patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis because of the potential risk of bronchoconstriction. No resistance has been detected until now. Zanamivir is active on all strains of influenza A and B viruses. [less ▲]

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See detailLandscape fragmentation assessment using a single measure.
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Van Hecke, P; Salvador-Van Eysenrode, D et al

in Wildlife Society Bulletin (2000), 28(4), 875-881

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See detailNon-alcoholic steatohepatitis: association with obesity and insulin resistance, and influence of weight loss.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2000), 26(2), 98-106

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a disease of emerging identity and importance, and is now considered as one of the commonest liver diseases in western countries. It is frequently associated with ... [more ▼]

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a disease of emerging identity and importance, and is now considered as one of the commonest liver diseases in western countries. It is frequently associated with severe obesity, especially abdominal adiposity, and is intimately related to various clinical and biological markers of the insulin resistance syndrome. Especially, both the prevalence and the severity of liver steatosis are related to male sex, body mass index, waist circumference, hyperinsulinaemia, hypertriglyceridaemia and impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes. A substantial weight loss following gastroplasty is accompanied by a marked reduction in the prevalence and the severity of the various biological abnormalities of the metabolic syndrome and, concomitantly, by an important regression of liver steatosis in most obese patients. However, in some patients, this rapid and drastic weight loss may result in a mild increase in inflammatory lesions (hepatitis), despite the regression of steatosis, which might result from the rapid mobilization of fatty acids or cytokines from adipose tissue, especially visceral fat. The intimate relationship between NASH and obesity leads to the concept that NASH may be considered as another disease of affluence, as is the insulin resistance syndrome and perhaps being part of it. [less ▲]

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See detailRandomized comparison of intranasal and transdermal estradiol.
Lopes, P.; Merkus, H. M.; Nauman, J. et al

in Obstetrics & Gynecology (2000), 96(6), 906-12

To compare the efficacy and patient acceptability of intranasal versus transdermal 17 beta-estradiol (E2) delivery systems for postmenopausal symptoms. METHODS: Postmenopausal women were randomly assigned ... [more ▼]

To compare the efficacy and patient acceptability of intranasal versus transdermal 17 beta-estradiol (E2) delivery systems for postmenopausal symptoms. METHODS: Postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to intranasal 17 beta-E2, 300 microg daily (n = 176) or transdermal 17 beta-E2 (delivering 50 microg/day), two patches per week (n = 185) for 12 weeks, followed by a 4-week period with the alternate treatment. Efficacy was compared between groups using the Kupperman Index and vasomotor symptoms at week 12. Patient acceptability was compared by patient choice of administration route and by questionnaire at week 16. RESULTS: Intranasal and transdermal therapy produced significant reductions in the Kupperman Index and in the occurrence of hot flushes and night sweats at week 12. Alleviation of climacteric symptoms was statistically equivalent in the two treatment groups (P <.001). The difference between groups in the Kupperman Index score of -0.5 +/- 0.9 (95% confidence interval -2.3, 1.3) was within the predetermined interval of equivalence. Both therapies were well tolerated with similar adverse event rates, except for moderate and severe mastalgia which was significantly less frequent with intranasal E2 (7.2%) than with the patch (15.5%, P =.02). Sixty-six percent of patients chose to continue the intranasal therapy and 34% the transdermal therapy (P <.001). Satisfaction was greater with intranasal therapy at week 16 (P <.001). CONCLUSION: Intranasal and transdermal estrogen delivery systems had equivalent efficacy and similar safety profiles. Intranasal therapy was the patients' choice for long-term treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailExample of application of the new strategy proposed for the validation of chromatographic bioanalytical methods
Chapuzet, E.; Mercier, N.; Bervoas-Martin, S. et al

in STP Pharma Pratiques (2000), 10(2), 79-101

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See detailTransplantation of cultured explants of human endometrium into nude mice
NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Casanas-Roux, Françoise; Marbaix, Etienne et al

in Human Reproduction (2000), 15(3), 572-7

The objective of this study was to analyse the histological and immunohistochemical characteristics of cultured explants of human endometrium transplanted into nude mice. Biopsies of eutopic endometrium ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to analyse the histological and immunohistochemical characteristics of cultured explants of human endometrium transplanted into nude mice. Biopsies of eutopic endometrium were taken from six patients during laparoscopic surgery and classified according to the phase of the cycle. All the explants were cultured with oestrogen and progesterone for 24 h before transplantation into 15 mice. Four mice were grafted with explants of menstrual endometrium, four with explants of late proliferative endometrium, and seven with explants of late secretory-premenstrual endometrium. Typical endometrial glands and stroma were observed in 87% of cases 3 weeks after the transplantation. All the grafts revealed histological characteristics of the proliferative phase, even when the endometrial biopsy was taken during the late secretory phase. Immunohistochemical studies revealed that the proliferation index was high, whatever the menstrual phase of the endometrial biopsy. An extensive vascular network developed at the interface between the graft and the surrounding tissue. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) positive stained cells were observed in all grafts, the VEGF score being significantly higher in epithelial cells than in stromal cells. In conclusion, human endometrial explants, cultured for 24 h, could be successfully transplanted into nude mice. Immunohistochemical studies proved that human cultured endometrial tissue could not only survive in nude mice but could also become very active and develop characteristics different from the tissue of origin. An active vascular network is a necessary condition for the survival of the graft and may be explained by the high VEGF content. [less ▲]

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See detailPhylogenetic analysis of the pearlfish Carapini (Ophidiiformes, Carapidae)
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Castillo Cabello, Gabriel ULg; Chardon, Michel ULg et al

in Acta Zoologica (2000), 81

Fishes of the tribe Carapini (Encheliophis and Carapus) share a noteworthy peculiarity: they shelter in holothurian echinoderms or bivalve hosts. Some species are considered parasitic, others commensal ... [more ▼]

Fishes of the tribe Carapini (Encheliophis and Carapus) share a noteworthy peculiarity: they shelter in holothurian echinoderms or bivalve hosts. Some species are considered parasitic, others commensal. This study focuses on the phylogeny of the tribe, using two other Carapidae species as an outgroup (Snyderidia canina and Onuxodon fowleri). Insofar as possible, the selected anatomical and behavioural characters where chosen in an ecomorphological perspective, as features that could be responses to various lifestyle-related constraints. Our character selection also took into account the fact that some features are (presumably) linked. Such features were grouped together as a single trait to avoid their overvaluation. This methodology enabled us to separate commensals from parasites, the former belonging to Carapus and the latter to Encheliophis. Carapus species reflect in their morphology the constraints imposed by a diet of hard, mobile, elusive prey, showing predator-type features: a strong dentition, a wide mouth opening, a robust food intake apparatus. On the other hand, the endoparasitic Encheliophis species show a generally weaker buccal apparatus and narrow mouth opening, in relation to the different constraints of their lifestyle where the diet constraints are less pronounced: they eat body parts of their host. We propose changes in both generic diagnoses and transfer three species from Encheliophis to Carapus. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of glucocorticoids on hepatic sensitivity to insulin and glucagon in man.
Dirlewanger, M.; Schneiter, P. H.; Paquot, Nicolas ULg et al

in Clinical Nutrition (2000), 19(1), 29-34

AIMS: This study was undertaken to determine the effects of a short-term dexamethasone treatment on hepatic sensitivities to insulin and glucagon. METHODS: Eleven healthy subjects were studied during one ... [more ▼]

AIMS: This study was undertaken to determine the effects of a short-term dexamethasone treatment on hepatic sensitivities to insulin and glucagon. METHODS: Eleven healthy subjects were studied during one or several of four protocols. In all protocols, somatostatin was infused continuously to inhibit pancreatic hormone secretion. In protocol 1, basal insulin was infused over 300 min while glucagon was infused at a rate of 0.5 mg/kg(-1)/min(-1)during 180 min, then at a rate of 1.5 ng/kg(-1)/min(-1)during 150 min. In protocol 2, the same experiment was performed after a 2 day treatment with 8 mg/day dexamethasone. In protocol 3, the two-step glucagon infusion was performed during insulin infusion at a rate aimed to reproduce the hyperinsulinemia observed during protocol 2. In protocol 4, continuous basal insulin and low glucagon (0.5 mg/kg(-1)/min(-1)) were infused over 330 min. RESULTS: In protocol 1, plasma glucose rose transiently by 2.0 +/- 0.3 mmol/l when the glucagon rate was increased and glucose production increased by 1.4 +/- 0.5 micromol/kg(-1)/min(-1). In protocol 2, the insulin infusion rate (1.85 +/- 0.36 nmol/kg(-1)/min(-1)) required to maintain glycemia was 3.3-fold higher than during protocol 1. Glucagon-induced stimulation of glycemia (by 1.47 +/- 0.5 mmol/l) and endogenous glucose production (by 0.8 +/- 0.3 micromol/kg(-1)/min(-1)) were blunted, but not abolished. In protocol 3, endogenous glucose production was suppressed by 75% by hyperinsulinemia and was not stimulated when the glucagon infusion rate was increased. In protocol 4, endogenous glucose production did not change significantly with time. CONCLUSION: These results indicate that high dose glucocorticoids induce a marked hepatic insulin resistance. Stimulation of glucose production by hyperglucagonemia was maintained in spite of hyperinsulinemia which can be attributed to either hepatic insulin resistance and/or increased hepatic glucagon sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailLa rédaction cartographique des spatiocartes
Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg; Cornélis, Bernard

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2000), 38

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See detailRural Labor Flows in China
Florence, Eric ULg

in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie = Review of Bibliography in Sinology (2000), Vol. XVIII

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See detailD'un procès à l'autre - pour une esthétique des médias
Servais, Christine ULg

in Recherches en Communication (2000), 13

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See detailSynthesis and biological effects of new 3-alkylamino-4H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides on insulin-secreting cells
Somers, F.; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Boverie, S. et al

in Pharmacy and Pharmacology Communications (2000), 6

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See detailGelling properties of whey proteins after enzymic fat hydrolysis
Blecker, Christophe ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg; Deroanne, C.

in Journal of Food Science (2000), 65(4), 561-563

The effect of residual fat hydrolysis upon the gelation of whey protein concentrate (WPC) was studied. Gelling properties of a commercial WPC and lipase-treated WPC were evaluated on the basis of least ... [more ▼]

The effect of residual fat hydrolysis upon the gelation of whey protein concentrate (WPC) was studied. Gelling properties of a commercial WPC and lipase-treated WPC were evaluated on the basis of least concentration endpoint gelation, penetration test, texture profile analysis and water-holding capacity. Heat treatment of lipase-treated WPC led to gels with the highest hardness, springiness, cohesiveness and water retention. Such transformed WPC could be advantageously used to help improve texture in formulated meat, bakery, and confectionery products. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de Mélanges L. FALKENSTEIN
George, Philippe ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (2000)

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See detailL'influence de l'article 6 de la Convention européenne des droits de l'homme sur la procédure pénale belge
Jacobs, Ann ULg; Berbuto, Sandra

in Revue de Droit International et de Droit Comparé (2000)

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See detailRecent advances in inducible cyclooxygenase (COX-2) inhibition
De Leval, X.; Delarge, J.; Somers, F. et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2000), 7(10), 1041-1062

Cyclooxygenase is the key enzyme in the biosynthesis of prostanoids, biologically active substances that are involved in several physiological processes but also in pathological conditions such as ... [more ▼]

Cyclooxygenase is the key enzyme in the biosynthesis of prostanoids, biologically active substances that are involved in several physiological processes but also in pathological conditions such as inflammation. Since ten years now, it is well known that this enzyme exists under two forms: a constitutive (COX-1) and an inducible form (COX-2). Both enzymes are sensitive to inhibition by conventional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Observations that COX-1, involved in several homeostatic processes, played a housekeeping role while COX-2 expression was associated with inflammation and other pathologies such as cancer proliferation have led to the development of COX-2 selective inhibitors in order to reduce the classical side-effects, of which gastric irritation is the most common, associated with the use of conventional NSAIDs. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationship between the drift of macroinvertebrates and the activity of brown trout in a small stream
Giroux, F.; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Journal of Fish Biology (2000), 56(5), 1248-1257

Brown trout Saline trutta were most active in a small stream at night. dusk and dawn when drift rate was highest, but correlations between hourly drift rates and the trout's activity varied substantially ... [more ▼]

Brown trout Saline trutta were most active in a small stream at night. dusk and dawn when drift rate was highest, but correlations between hourly drift rates and the trout's activity varied substantially between individuals, between different dates for a single individual, and between different periods of the daily cycle. On some occasions. the trout were responsive to the total drift rate, either at night or during the day, and on others to the largest drifting organisms only (terrestrial organisms, adults of Ephemeroptera, Diptera and Trichoptera). The study supports the idea that trout adapt their activity pattern to the abundance of drifting prey, either as generalists towards any organism, or as specialists towards the largest ones. (C) 2000 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles. [less ▲]

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See detailCellulite: from standing fat herniation to hypodermal stretch marks.
Pierard, Gérald ULg; NIZET, Jean-Luc ULg; PIERARD-FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg

in American Journal of Dermatopathology (2000), 22(1), 34-7

There are glaring discrepancies in the microanatomical descriptions of cellulite in the literature. We revisited this common skin condition in women with a microscopic examination of 39 autopsy specimens ... [more ▼]

There are glaring discrepancies in the microanatomical descriptions of cellulite in the literature. We revisited this common skin condition in women with a microscopic examination of 39 autopsy specimens. A control group consisted of 4 women and 11 men showing no evidence of cellulite. The lumpy aspect of the dermohypodermal interface appeared to represent a gender-linked characteristic of the thighs and buttocks without being a specific sign of cellulite. Incipient cellulite identified by the mattress phenomenon was related to the presence of focally enlarged fibrosclerotic strands partitioning the subcutis. Such strands possibly serve as a physiologic buttress against fat herniation limiting the outpouching of fat lobules on pinching the skin. These structures might represent a reactive process to sustained hypodermal pressure caused by fat accumulation. Full-blown cellulite likely represents subjugation of the hypertrophic response when connective tissue is overcome by progressive fat accumulation. Histologic aspects reminiscent of stretch marks are identified within the hypodermal strands, resulting in clinical skin dimpling. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical discretization of rotated diffusion operators in ocean models
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Burchard, Hans; Deleersnijder, Eric et al

in Monthly Weather Review (2000), 128(8), 2711-2733

A method to improve the behavior of the numerical discretization of a rotated diffusion operator such as, for example, the isopycnal diffusion parameterization used in large-scale ocean models based on ... [more ▼]

A method to improve the behavior of the numerical discretization of a rotated diffusion operator such as, for example, the isopycnal diffusion parameterization used in large-scale ocean models based on the so-called z-coordinate system is presented. The authors then focus exclusively on the dynamically passive tracers and analyze some different approaches to the numerical discretization. Monotonic schemes are designed but are found to be rather complex, while simpler, linear schemes are shown to produce unphysical undershooting and overshooting. It is suggested that the choice of an appropriate discretization method depends on the importance of the rotated diffusion in a given simulation, whether the field to be diffused is dynamically active or not. [less ▲]

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See detailHeart Graft Monitoring by the Ventricular Evoked Response
Mahaux, V.; Demoulin, J.C.; BIESSAUX, Yves ULg et al

in Pacing & Clinical Electrophysiology (2000), 23(11, Pt 2), 2003-5

Monitoring of the negative slew rate of the evoked T wave has been proposed as a noninvasive diagnostic tool to follow heart transplant recipients. The clinical contribution of this measurement on ... [more ▼]

Monitoring of the negative slew rate of the evoked T wave has been proposed as a noninvasive diagnostic tool to follow heart transplant recipients. The clinical contribution of this measurement on telemetrically recorded, paced unipolar ventricular electrograms was evaluated in the detection of grade 3 acute allograft rejection. Thirteen patients undergoing heart transplantation received a DDD pacemaker connected to two epimyocardial leads. Electrograms were recorded and digitized after each endomyocardial biopsy (EMB). The maximum slew rate of the descending slope of the repolarization phase (RSP) was extracted and normalized. A 20% downward shift of RSP from the reference value was considered abnormal. Results of signal processing were blinded during the first 6 months. Eleven patients completed the 6 months blinded period and two patients died. A total of 101 EMB were graded according to the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation classification. Grade 3 was assigned to 9 EMB. A significant difference was found between RSP values measured during grade 3 rejection episodes and other RSP values (P < 0.001). A diagnostic model consisting of a single threshold test confirmed the ability of RSP to predict significant signs of rejection on EMB (P < 0.0001). The sensitivity of RSP in detecting grade 3 rejections was 100%, specificity was 81%, negative predictive value 100%, and positive predictive value 35%. The use of RSP as a noninvasive monitoring tool to pose the indication for a biopsy would avoid 73% of EMB. Monitoring of transplanted hearts based on the analysis of the ventricular evoked response is promising and may markedly reduce the number of EMB. [less ▲]

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See detailThe branchial basket in Teleost feeding.
Vandewalle, Pierre ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg; Chardon, Michel ULg

in Cybium (2000), 24(4), 319-342

In teleosts, feeding is effected principally by suction and food is handled by the branchial basket. Preys are carried to the oesophagus by the pharyngeal jaws (PJs). The pharyngobranchial bones ... [more ▼]

In teleosts, feeding is effected principally by suction and food is handled by the branchial basket. Preys are carried to the oesophagus by the pharyngeal jaws (PJs). The pharyngobranchial bones constitute the upper pharyngeal jaws (UPJs) and the 5th ceratobranchial bones, the lower pharyngeal jaws (LPJs). In lower teleosts, these jaws have well-separated spindly parts attached to the neurocranium, pectoral girdle, and hyoid bar; they only transport food and LPJ activity predominates. In acanthopterygians, the PJs become stronger, the left and right ceratobranchials fuse into one LPJ, and the pharyngobranchials join together to form two big UPJs articulating with the neurocranium. In labrids and scarids, the LPJ is also joined to the pectoral girdle. In acanthopterygians, a new retractor dorsalis muscle gives the UPJs the major role in food chewing and transport. Cypriniforms have developed original PJs with strong 5th ceratobranchials opposed to a postero-ventral neurocranial plate. Small-sized preys and food particles are seized by the gill rakers, small skeletal pieces supported by the branchial arches. [less ▲]

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See detailTubal versus uterine placentation: similar HLA-G expressing extravillous cytotrophoblast invasion but different maternal leukocyte recruitment
Proll, J.; Bensussan, A.; Goffin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Tissue Antigens (2000), 56(6), 479-491

The nonclassical HLA-G class I gene is expressed by extravillous cytotrophoblast that invades decidua in uterine pregnancy, suggesting that it may contribute to the immunological mechanisms that protect ... [more ▼]

The nonclassical HLA-G class I gene is expressed by extravillous cytotrophoblast that invades decidua in uterine pregnancy, suggesting that it may contribute to the immunological mechanisms that protect the fetus against maternal alloimmune response and/or pathogen infections. We first addressed the question of whether HLA-G expression was dependent on maternal tissue environment by comparing uterine and ectopic tubal pregnancies. Using HLA-G-specific mAb on placental cryosections, we found by immunohistochemistry that all subtypes of extravillous cytotrophoblast similarly expressed HLA-G in pregnant tubes, demonstrating that its expression was independent of the site of implantation. We next compared by immunohistochemistry the phenotype of maternal leukocytes recruited in both pregnant tissues. In contrast to decidua, pregnant tubes were characterized firstly, by the lack of natural killer (NK) cells and of cells expressing CD94 receptor specific for HLA-E, secondly, by a prominent increase of CD8+ T cells, dendritic cells, and macrophages, the latter co-expressing the LIR1/ILT2 killer immunoglobulin-like receptor (KIR), and finally, by the presence of cells expressing LIR2/ILT4 KIR or BY55 NK receptors, known to bind to HLA-G. Such cell types may favor a unique innate defense in pregnant tubes. These observations also suggest that trophoblast HLA-G expression does not influence the recruitment of particular maternal leukocytes in pregnant tissues. [less ▲]

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See detailPratique de la mise en observation psychiatrique
Boxho, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin d'information du Conseil provincial de Liège de l'Ordre des Médecins (2000)

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See detailEffects of 3-alkylamino-7-chloro-4H-pyrido[2,3-e]-1,2,4-thiadiazine 1,1-dioxides on smooth muscle contractile activity
Ouedraogo, R.; Fontaine, J.; Antoine, M.-H. et al

in Pharmacy and Pharmacology Communications (2000), 6

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See detailCompte-rendu de Sandra Laugier, Recommencer la philosophie. La philosophie américaine aujourd'hui
Leclercq, Bruno ULg

in Recherches Husserliennes (2000), 13

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See detailRelationships between cognitive performance and cerebral metabolism in Alzheimer's disease
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg

in Current Psycholology Letters: Brain, Behavior and Cognition (2000), 1(1), 55-69

The presence of correlations between cerebral metabolism and performance on cognitive tasks (digit span, verbal fluency, Hayling inhibition task and the Mattis dementia rating scale) was assessed in AD ... [more ▼]

The presence of correlations between cerebral metabolism and performance on cognitive tasks (digit span, verbal fluency, Hayling inhibition task and the Mattis dementia rating scale) was assessed in AD patients and elderly controls. Results showed that in both groups the cerebral areas where metabolism was correlated to performance were similar to those found in functional activation studies with young healthy subjects. The comparison of cognitivo-metabolic correlations in AD patients and control subjects showed that the single significant difference was a correlation between posterior cingulate metabolism and performance on the Mattis dementia rating scale in AD patients only. These results are consistent with two neurobiological causes of cognitive impairment in AD : a less efficient functioning of some areas involved in specific cognitive tasks and a deficit of integration of information coming from different areas. [less ▲]

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See detailNeoteny and progenesis as two heterochronic processes involved in paedomorphosis in Triturus alpestris (Amphibia: Caudata)
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Joly, Pierre

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B : Biological Sciences (2000), 267(1451), 1481-1485

Current theories on the evolution of paedomorphosis suppose that several ontogenetic pathways have appeared according to different selective pressures. The aim of this study was to find out whether two ... [more ▼]

Current theories on the evolution of paedomorphosis suppose that several ontogenetic pathways have appeared according to different selective pressures. The aim of this study was to find out whether two distinct processes can lead to paedomorphosis in the Alpine newt, Triturus alpestris. In this respect, we compared age structures of paedomorphic and metamorphic individuals in two newt populations where the two forms lived syntopically. Whereas paedomorphosis resulted in a slower rate of somatic development in one population, it resulted in an acceleration of sexual maturation in the other population. These processes correspond to neoteny and progenesis, respectively. These results suggest that phenotypic plasticity can result from contrasted ontogenetic pathways between two populations of the same species. They give support to models that consider gonadic development as the target of selection under different environmental pressures. [less ▲]

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See detailLa prescription de l'action publique
Jacobs, Ann ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2000)

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See detail"note sous J.P. Jumet, 19 février 1998"
Moreau, Pierre ULg

in Actualités du Droit (2000)

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See detailExpression And Activity Of Antioxidant Enzymes During Potato Tuber Dormancy
Rojas-Beltran, Ja.; Dejaeghere, F.; Kotb, Ma. et al

in Potato Research (2000), 43(4),

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See detailWilson Harris Issue
Maes-Jelinek, Hena ULg

in Journal of Caribbean Literatures (2000), 2(1-2-3), 289

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See detailEnvironmentally based maternal effect on reproduction of Adalia bipunctata : impact of aphid prey species.
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Defrance, Thibault; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Mededelingen van de Faculteit Landbouwkundige en Toegepaste Biologische Wetenschappen (Rijksuniversiteit te Gent) (2000), 65(2), 303-310

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See detailLa rémunération de base de l'apprenti victime d'un accident du travail
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2000), 25

L'article s'attache à la notion de "rémunération de base" de l'apprenti victime d'un accident du travail.

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See detailPreventie van postmenopauzale osteoporose
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Halkin, V

in De agenda Gynaecologie (2000), 19

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See detailThe increase of the ionospheric activity as measured by GPS
Warnant, René ULg; Pottiaux, Eric

in Earth, Planets, and Space [=EPS] (2000), 52(11), 1055-1060

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See detailChronique de la 54ème Session de la SIHDA à Antalya (24-29 Septembre 2000)
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

in Revue Internationale des Droits de l'Antiquité (2000), L

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See detailLe potentiel evoque cognitif P300 (II): variabilite interindividuelle et application clinique en psychopathologie.
Hansenne, Michel ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (2000), 30(4), 211-31

The P300 wave is one of the cognitive components of the event-related potential (ERP) that is used to investigate the cognitive processes, and which can be used to study patient populations with a variety ... [more ▼]

The P300 wave is one of the cognitive components of the event-related potential (ERP) that is used to investigate the cognitive processes, and which can be used to study patient populations with a variety of psychiatric disorders. Its clinical utility has been increased by the identification of factors that contribute to the variability in its amplitude and latency. However, its value as a diagnostic index has not been entirely established. It can provide a useful recording of patients' information processing, and indicate the severity of the clinical state and its possible evolution. It can also assist in determining what therapeutic approach to adopt. In the present review, the findings in the literature concerning interindividual variation in the P300 wave are first described; several variables significantly influence the amplitude and latency of this wave, such as age, gender, intelligence and personality. Following this, the relevance of the data in the literature on the clinical applications of P300 in psychopathology is examined, including the studies undertaken to obtain an objective diagnostic index for mental disorders and also those carried out to assess the problems concerning the interpretation of information connected with the mental pathologies examined. P300-associated findings on dementia, schizophrenia, depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, anxiety disorders (panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress syndrome) and on personality disorders (schizoid, antisocial or borderline personality disorder) have been examined in detail. [less ▲]

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See detailPrivatisation d'entreprises publiques, économie de marché et transformation des systèmes juridiques étatiques
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Pyramides : Revue du Laboratoire d’Etudes et de Recherches en Administration Publique (2000), (2), 85-110

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See detailSimulation of first and second order scattering by rough surfaces with a sound ray formalism
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Journal of Sound & Vibration (2000), 229(1)

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See detailBeyond Prejudice as Antipathy: Hostile and Benevolent Sexism Across Cultures
Glick, Peter; Fiske, Susan T.; Mladinic, Antonio et al

in Journal of Personality & Social Psychology (2000), 79(5), 763-775

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See detailPlatypsyllus castoris Ritsema, 1869 (Coleoptera, Leptinidae), espèce nouvelle pour la faune de Belgique
Libois, Roland ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Belge d'Entomologie = Bulletin van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Entomologie (2000), 136(1), 30-31

This paper reports for the first time, the presence of Platypsyllus castoris Rits. in Belgium. The insects were collected on a road killed European beaver found in Anseremme (Dinant) in December 1999 ... [more ▼]

This paper reports for the first time, the presence of Platypsyllus castoris Rits. in Belgium. The insects were collected on a road killed European beaver found in Anseremme (Dinant) in December 1999. This beaver is one of those that were recently illegaly reintroduced in various parts of southern Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailA propos d'un cas de kératite à Acanthamoeba
Carrette, S.; Marechal-Courtois, C.; Hernandez, J. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Belge d'Ophtalmologie (2000), 275

CLINICAL REPORT: A clinical report of a contact lenses wearer with Acanthamoeba keratitis pointed out the diagnosis problem. The medical treatment is needed previously to any surgery. Finally the patient ... [more ▼]

CLINICAL REPORT: A clinical report of a contact lenses wearer with Acanthamoeba keratitis pointed out the diagnosis problem. The medical treatment is needed previously to any surgery. Finally the patient underwent enucleation. DISCUSSION: The authors are considering the microbiological aspects and laboratory techniques are described. CONCLUSION: For this very severe but hopefully rare pathology, the sooner the treatment the best. A therapeutic approach is described. [less ▲]

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See detailLe maître de Waha : un exemple de développement durable
Van Ruymbeke, Muriel ULg

in De la Meuse à l'Ardenne (2000), (31), 104-106

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See detailL'éclairage : à nouveaux critères, nouveaux outils de mesure, de calcul et de simulation
Eugène, Christian; Rombauts, Patrick; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg et al

in Revue de l'Electricité et de l'Electronique (2000), 7

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See detailMorphodynamisme d'un tronçon de la Loire bourbonnaise depuis le XVIIIe siècle
Leteinturier, B.; Engels, Patrick ULg; Petit, François ULg et al

in Géomorphologie : Relief, Processus, Environnement (2000)

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See detailAllozyme variation supports an autopolyploid origin and high genetic diversity in tetraploid cranberry, Vaccinium oxycoccos (Ericaceae)
Mahy, Grégory ULg; Bruederle, L. P.; Connors, B. et al

in American Journal of Botany (2000), 87

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See detailPomme: maladies de conservation. La lutte biologique au moyen de deux souches de levures.
Jijakli, Mohamed ULg

in Arboriculture Fruitiere (2000), (539), 19-23

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See detailLat. migdilix (Plaute, Poenulus, 1033)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Etudes Classiques (Namur, Belgium) (2000), 68

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See detailChanging dynamics of the Loire river in Burgundy (France) during the last 200 years
Leteinturier, B.; Engels, Patrick ULg; Petit, François ULg et al

in Géomorphologie : Relief, Processus, Environnement (2000)

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See detailThe internet: A global telecommunications solution?
Mathy, Laurent ULg; Edwards, C.; Hutchison, D.

in IEEE Network (2000), 14(4), 46--57

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See detailImmunocytochemical localization of ionotropic glutamate receptors subunits in the adult quail forebrain
Cornil, Charlotte ULg; Foidart, Agnès ULg; Minet, Arlette ULg et al

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (2000), 428

The excitatory amino acid glutamate is implicated in the central control of many neuroendocrine and behavioral processes. The ionotropic glutamate receptors are usually divided into the N-methyl-D ... [more ▼]

The excitatory amino acid glutamate is implicated in the central control of many neuroendocrine and behavioral processes. The ionotropic glutamate receptors are usually divided into the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and non-NMDA (kainate and AMPA) subtypes. Subunits of these receptors have been cloned in a few mammalian species. Information available in birds is more limited. In quail, we recently demonstrated that glutamate agonists (kainate, AMPA, and NMDA) rapidly (within minutes) and reversibly decrease in vitro aromatase activity like several other manipulations affecting intracellular HCa21 pools. Aromatase catalyzes the conversion of androgens into estrogens which is a limiting step in the control by testosterone of many behavioral and physiologic processes. Therefore, glutamate could control estrogen production in the brain, but the anatomic substrate supporting this effect is poorly understood. In quail, aromatase is mainly localized in the preoptic-hypothalamic-limbic system. We visualized here the distribution of the major ionotropic glutamate receptors in quail by immunocytochemical methods by using commercial primary antibodies raised against rat glutamate receptor 1 and receptors 2-3 (GluR1, GluR2/3: AMPA subtype, Chemicon, CA), rat glutamate receptors 5-7 (GluR5-7: kainate subtype, Pharmingen, CA), and rat NMDA receptors (NMDAR1, Pharmingen, CA). Dense and specific signals were obtained with all antibodies. The four types of receptors are broadly distributed in the brain, and, in particular, immunoreactive cells are identified within the major aromatase cell groups located in the medial preoptic nucleus, ventromedial hypothalamus, nucleus striae terminalis, and nucleus taeniae. Dense specific populations of glutamate receptor immunoreactive cells are also present with a receptor subtype-specific distribution in broad areas of the telencephalon. The distribution of glutamate receptors, therefore, is consistent with the idea that these receptors could be located at the surface of aromatase-containing cells and mediate the rapid regulation of aromatase activity in a direct manner. [less ▲]

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See detailLa place de l'intervention de Ross (autogreffe pulmonaire) dans la chirurgie de la valve aortique
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; GRENADE, Thierry ULg; Gach, J. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 35-8

The pulmonary autograft operation consists of an aortic replacement using the autologous pulmonary valve. The pulmonary valve is substituted by a cryopreserved pulmonary homograft. This operation is in ... [more ▼]

The pulmonary autograft operation consists of an aortic replacement using the autologous pulmonary valve. The pulmonary valve is substituted by a cryopreserved pulmonary homograft. This operation is in fact a delicate double valve replacement whose benefits are linked to the viability of the new aortic substitute. The pulmonary autograft has superb hemodynamic features and very low thrombogenicity. The report of a selected observation offers the occasion of defining the current indications of this operation in aortic valve surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailDo estrogens effectively prevent osteoporosis-related fractures?
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Audan, M. et al

in Calcified Tissue International (2000), 67

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See detailAccretion from AGB winds.
Thoul, Anne ULg; Jorissen, A.; Goriely, S. et al

in Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana : Journal of the Italian Astronomical Society (2000), 71

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See detailImpact of attenuation correction on the accuracy of FDG-PET in patients with abdominal tumors: a free-response ROC analysis.
Hustinx, Roland ULg; Dolin, R. J.; Benard, F. et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (2000), 27(9), 1365-71

The aim of this study was to evaluate image quality and lesion detectability with and without attenuation correction in patients with abdominal tumors, using a free-response receiver operating ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to evaluate image quality and lesion detectability with and without attenuation correction in patients with abdominal tumors, using a free-response receiver operating characteristic (FROC) methodology. Thirty-four patients with various abdominal tumors were evaluated (11 men, 23 women, median age 48 years). Whole-body emission scans were performed 68 min (35-102 min) after intravenous injection of 4.3 MBq/kg fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). Images were reconstructed using the OS-EM algorithm and corrected for attenuation either using postinjection singles transmission (n=27) or by calculation and body outline (n=7). Total scan duration did not exceed 70 min. Studies were read independently by four observers unaware of any clinical data. The uncorrected (UC) images were systematically read before the attenuation-corrected (AC) images. All studies were given an image quality score ranging from 1 (unreadable) to 5 (excellent). Each focus of increased activity was then localized and given a probability of malignancy using a five-point scale. The average image quality score was similar for both UC and AC images. At the time of the positron emission tomography (PET) scans, 127 lesions (63 liver metastases, 9 retroperitoneal lesions, 50 peritoneal or bowel lesions, and 5 pancreatic carcinomas) were revealed by pathological or correlative studies. The areas under the FROC curves were consistently greater for AC images (range 0.8663-0.8867) than for UC images (range 0.7774 -0.8613). Overall, the difference between the AC images and the UC images was significant (P=0.019). In particular, correction for attenuation increased the sensitivity regardless of the location of the lesions. In conclusion, correction for attenuation significantly improves the diagnostic accuracy of FDG-PET for abdominal staging of neoplasms, without impairing the image quality. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of facial emotion displays gender, and ethnicity on judgments of dominance and affiliation
Hess, U; Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Kleck, R

in Journal of Nonverbal Behavior (2000), 24(4), 265-283

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See detailRespiration As The Main Determinant Of Carbon Balance In European Forests
Valentini, R.; Matteucci, G.; Dolman, Aj. et al

in Nature (2000), 404(6780),

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See detailPrincipal component analysis based on robust estimators of the covariance or correlation matrix: Influence functions and efficiencies
Croux, C.; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Biometrika (2000), 87(3), 603-618

A robust principal component analysis can be easily performed by computing the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a robust estimator of the covariance or correlation matrix. In this paper we derive the ... [more ▼]

A robust principal component analysis can be easily performed by computing the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a robust estimator of the covariance or correlation matrix. In this paper we derive the influence functions and the corresponding asymptotic variances for these robust estimators of eigenvalues and eigenvectors. The behaviour of several of these estimators is investigated by a simulation study. It turns out that the theoretical results and simulations favour the use of S-estimators, since they combine a high efficiency with appealing robustness properties. [less ▲]

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See detailThe bushlike radiation of muroid rodents is exemplified by the molecular phylogeny of the LCAT nuclear gene.
Michaux, Johan ULg; Catzeflis, F.

in Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution (2000), 17(2), 280-93

Phylogenetic relationships among 40 extant species of rodents, with an emphasis on the taxonomic sampling of Muridae and Dipodidae, were studied using sequences of the nuclear protein-coding gene LCAT ... [more ▼]

Phylogenetic relationships among 40 extant species of rodents, with an emphasis on the taxonomic sampling of Muridae and Dipodidae, were studied using sequences of the nuclear protein-coding gene LCAT (lecithin cholesterol acyl transferase). Analysis of 804 bp from the exonic regions of LCAT confirmed many traditional groupings in and around Muridae. A strong support was found for the families Muridae (represented by 29 species) and Dipodidae (5 species). Compared with Sciuridae, Gliridae, and Caviomorpha, the Dipodidae family appeared the closest relative of Muridae, confirming the suprafamilial Myodonta concept. Within the speciose family Muridae, the first branching leads to the fossorial Spalacinae and semifossorial Rhyzomyinae. The remaining components of Muridae appear as a polytomy from which are issued Sigmodontinae, Calomyscinae, Arvicolinae, Cricetinae, Mystromyinae, Nesomyinae, and some Dendromurinae (Steatomys and Dendromus). This phylogeny is interpreted as the result of a bushlike radiation at the end of the early Miocene, leading to emergence of most living subfamilies. The separation between three additional taxa, Murinae, Gerbillinae, and "Acomyinae" (which comprises the genera Acomys, Deomys, Uranomys, and Lophuromys), has occurred more recently from a common ancestor issued from the main basal radiation. As previously shown by other molecular studies, the vlei rats, Otomyinae, are nested within Old World Murinae. In the same way, the zokors, Myospalacinae, appear strongly nested within the hamsters, Cricetinae. Finally, we propose a sister group relationship between Malagasy Nesomyinae and south African Mystromyinae. [less ▲]

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