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See detailEffects of glucocorticoids and sympathomimetic agents on basal and insulin-stimulated glucose metabolism.
Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Schneiter, P.; Jequier, E. et al

in Clinical Physiology (1995), 15(3), 231-40

The mechanisms responsible for glucocorticoid-induced insulin resistance remain unclear. Glucocorticoids show several interactions with the sympatho-adrenal system which may contribute to this decrease in ... [more ▼]

The mechanisms responsible for glucocorticoid-induced insulin resistance remain unclear. Glucocorticoids show several interactions with the sympatho-adrenal system which may contribute to this decrease in insulin sensitivity: they enhance the synthesis and actions of catecholamines, but abolish insulin-induced activation of muscle sympathetic nerve activity. The present study was performed in order to investigate the effects of the interactions between glucocorticoids and the sympatho-adrenal system on insulin sensitivity. Basal and insulin-stimulated glucose metabolism was measured in healthy human subjects during four 2-h clamp studies as follows: control (C); after taking oral dexamethasone (2 mg daily) for 2 days (D); after taking oral ephedrine sulphate (40 mg daily) for 2 days (E); and after taking dexamethasone+ephedrine (D+E). Glucose uptake, production and oxidation were calculated from plasma 13C glucose and exhaled 13CO2 during constant tracer infusion of U-13C glucose. Basal glucose production, utilization and oxidation were similar in all four studies. During hyperinsulinaemia, glucose uptake was reduced by 51.5% with treatment D, by 25.9% with treatment E, and by 49.6% with D+E. Glucose oxidation was reduced by 54.0% with treatment D, by 24.0% with treatment E, and by 57.2% with D+E. Hepatic glucose production was completely suppressed in all four studies. It is concluded that both dexamethasone and ephedrine decrease insulin-mediated glucose uptake and oxidation. Co-administration of ephedrine does not suppress the glucocorticoid-induced alterations of glucose metabolism. This indicates that glucocorticoid-induced insulin resistance is not related to the inhibition of muscle sympathetic nerve activity. These results suggest instead that glucocorticoids and sympathomimetic agents may impair glucose metabolism by common actions. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of the Wavelet Transform for GPS Cycle Slip Correction and Comparison with Kalman Filter
Collin, Fabienne; Warnant, René ULg

in Manuscripta Geodaetica (1995), 20

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See detailLes ossements animaux de la villa gallo-romaine de Mageroy à Habay-la-Vieille
Mees, G; Gabriel, Annick ULg

in Arc-Hab., Bulletin trimestriel (1995), (9), 2-20

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See detailConnections and frame design for economy
Anderson, D.; Colson, A.; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Costruzioni Metalliche (1995), n°4

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See detailAbility of Bronchodilators to Prevent Bovine Experimental Respiratory Distress
Genicot, Bruno; Lambert, Philippe ULg; Votion, Dominique ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (1995), 26(4), 276-283

This cross-over trial involving 6 Blue Belgian double-muscled calves aimed to investigate whether ipratropium bromide inhaled alone or in combination with clenbuterol hydrochloride could prevent the ... [more ▼]

This cross-over trial involving 6 Blue Belgian double-muscled calves aimed to investigate whether ipratropium bromide inhaled alone or in combination with clenbuterol hydrochloride could prevent the dramatic clinical and pulmonary disturbances that are observed during an experimentally induced bronchoconstriction. Inhaled bronchodilators significantly influenced the clinical and functional responses of bovines subjected to a 5-hydroxytryptamine perfusion. However, despite a mean (standard error) wash-out period of 11.2 (3.1) and 7.5 (0.9) d after the 1st and the 2nd one-day challenges, respectively, first-order carry-over effects (ie those remaining from the previous treatment), effects of the period during which the treatment was allocated and interaction effects did not allow a definitive interpretation of overall treatment differences. [less ▲]

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See detailAminoglycoside Antibiotics Induce Aggregation But Not Fusion Of Negatively-Charged Liposomes
Vanbambeke, F.; Tulkens, Pm.; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology-Molecular Pharmacology Section (1995), 289(2), 321-33

The binding of aminoglycoside antibiotics to acidic phospholipids of membranes is an essential step in the development of both their renal and auditory toxicities, which could be associated with critical ... [more ▼]

The binding of aminoglycoside antibiotics to acidic phospholipids of membranes is an essential step in the development of both their renal and auditory toxicities, which could be associated with critical modifications of the membrane properties. This work examines the capacity of aminoglycosides to induce membrane aggregation and fusion. Three techniques were used in parallel: (i) measurement of the dequenching rate of a lipid-soluble fluorescent probe (octadecylrhodamine B) incorporated at self-quenched concentration in membranes; (ii) measurement of the increase in the energy transfer between two fluorescent derivatives of phospholipids; and (iii) electron microscopy of negatively-stained replicas. The results were compared with those obtained with spermine (an aggregating polycation) and melittin (a fusogenic peptide). The three approaches indicate that aminoglycosides induce liposomes aggregation, but not fusion. Aggregation is related to the capacity of each drug studied to bind phosphatidylinositol, as evaluated by its energy of interaction with this acidic phospholipid, and to its toxic potential. Membrane aggregation occurring in vivo could therefore contribute to, or be a determinant of this toxicity, which could rationally be screened for new derivatives by the methods applied here. [less ▲]

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See detailSuccessful abdominal aortic aneurysm resection in long-term survivors of cardiac transplantation.
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; DEMOULIN, Julie ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Surgery (1995), 3(3), 321-4

With the improvement of survival rates following cardiac transplantation, the probability of recipients developing extracardiac disease is increased. Three cases are reported of abdominal aortic aneurysm ... [more ▼]

With the improvement of survival rates following cardiac transplantation, the probability of recipients developing extracardiac disease is increased. Three cases are reported of abdominal aortic aneurysm successfully operated on in cardiac allograft recipients 1 to 4 years after transplantation. Indications for transplantation were valvular, idiopathic and ischaemic cardiomyopathy. Post-transplant hypertension and hyperlipidaemia may have played a role in the rapid growth of the aneurysms. Cardiac function and the incidence of graft atherosclerosis were assessed before surgery by coronary angiography. All three patients were discharged from hospital. Abdominal aortic aneurysm resection may be a safe procedure in cardiac transplant patients. In view of the rapid increase in the size of the aneurysms in transplanted patients, careful screening should be performed during follow-up. [less ▲]

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See detailLa fin du Mésolithique et le Néolithique au Proche-Orient
Tunca, Önhan ULg

in Le génie de l'Homme. Des origines à l'écriture (1995)

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See detailPostweaning housing conditions and partner preference and sexual behavior of neonatally ATD-treated male rats.
Bakker, Julie ULg; van Ophemert, J.; Slob, A. K.

in Psychoneuroendocrinology (1995), 20(3), 299-310

Male rats were neonatally treated with cholesterol or a substance that blocks the aromatization of testosterone to estradiol (1,4,6-androstatriene-3,17-dione: ATD). At weaning (21 days) they were either ... [more ▼]

Male rats were neonatally treated with cholesterol or a substance that blocks the aromatization of testosterone to estradiol (1,4,6-androstatriene-3,17-dione: ATD). At weaning (21 days) they were either housed alone or in small groups (2-3 animals) and tested for partner preference behavior (PPB) in adulthood. Choice was between an estrous female and an active male (Part I) and between an estrous female and an ATD-male (Part II). Tests were carried out in a 3-compartment box. Social isolation did not have major effects on PPB except when sexual interaction with the stimulus animals was prevented (Part I). In this case, isolates (ATD and control) showed higher preference scores (PS) for the estrous female and spent less time in the empty middle compartment. When the choice was between an estrous female and an ATD-male, partner PS decreased in all males, most clearly in ATD-males. The latter animals spent more time with the stimulus ATD-male than they had done in previous PPB tests with the normal stimulus male. In contrast to partner preference behaviors, sexual behavior was clearly affected by social isolation. Isolates (ATD and control) displayed lower frequencies of mounts and intromissions. These effects persisted over consecutive tests. Ejaculation was not affected. In conclusion, the present results confirm earlier findings about the significance of neonatal endocrine conditions for the organization of adult PPB in male rats. The presence or absence of social conspecifics after weaning appears to have little influence on adult PPB. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of Ground Movements on the Mt. Etna Volcano using the Global Positioning System
Bruyninx, Carine; Warnant, René ULg

in Acta Vulcanologica (1995), 7(1), 27-33

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See detailWest Gondwanan aspects of the Middle and Upper Devonian Miospore Zonation in North Africa and Brazil.
Loboziak, S; Streel, Maurice ULg

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (1995), 86

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See detailFundamentals of transformed skeletal muscle used for cardiac assistance. An overview
Radermacker, M. A.; Chachques, J. C.; Sluse, Francis ULg et al

in Research in Surgery (1995), 7

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See detailAdvanced laparoscopic surgery for the removal of rectovaginal septum endometriotic or adenomyotic nodules.
Donnez, Jacques; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg

in Bailliere's Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology (1995), 9(4), 769-74

In the pelvis, three different forms of endometriosis (Donnez et al, 1992) must be considered: (1) peritoneal, (2) ovarian, (3) rectovaginal septum. By evaluation of the mitotic activity and the stromal ... [more ▼]

In the pelvis, three different forms of endometriosis (Donnez et al, 1992) must be considered: (1) peritoneal, (2) ovarian, (3) rectovaginal septum. By evaluation of the mitotic activity and the stromal vascularization, we have recently suggested (Nisolle et al, 1993) that peritoneal red lesions were the most aggressive form of the disease and progress to the so-called typical or black lesion, which must be considered as an enclosed implant surrounded by fibrosis. This type of infiltration must be clearly differentiated from the rectovaginal endometriotic nodule. Koninckx (1993) recently described three types of deep-infiltrating endometriosis: deep-infiltrating endometriosis of type I is a rather large lesion in the peritoneal cavity, infiltrating conically with the deeper parts becoming progressively smaller. It has been suggested that this type of endometriosis is caused by infiltration. In type II lesions, the main feature is that bowel is retracted over the lesion which thus becomes deeply situated in the rectovaginal septum although not actually infiltrating it. Type III lesions are the deepest and most severe. They are spherically shaped, situated deep in the rectovaginal septum, often only visible as a small typical lesion at laparoscopy or often not visible at all. This lesion is often more palpable than visible and is acutely tender if the patient is examined at the time of menstruation, and gives rise to severe dyspareunia. In our experience there are two different types of 'deep-infiltrating endometriosis': 1. True deep-infiltrating endometriosis caused by the invasion of a very active peritoneal lesion deep in the retroperitoneal space. In cases of lateral peritoneal invasion, uterosacral ligaments can be involved as well as the anterior wall of the rectosigmoid bowel junction resulting in a retraction, adhesions and secondary obliteration of the cul-de-sac. 2. Pseudo deep-infiltrating endometriosis or adenomyosis of the rectovaginal septum. This lesion originates from the rectovaginal septum tissue and consists essentially of smooth muscle with active glandular epithelium and scanty stroma. In our study, the rectovaginal nodule was histologically similar to an adenomyoma (Zaloudek and Norris, 1987). It was a circumscribed, nodular aggregate of smooth muscle, endometrial glands and endometrial stroma. As in the 'adenomyoma', secretory changes were frequently absent in 'endometriotic' rectovaginal nodules. The invasion of the muscle by a very active glandular epithelium, without stroma, proved that the stroma is not necessary for invasion in this particular type of pathology called adenomyosis. In some instances, it can be seen that the vaginal pluristratified epithelium was replaced by a glandular epithelium. The fact that ciliated cells were present and the co-expression of both vimentin and cytokeratin (Donnez and Nisolle, personal communication) proved the Mullerian origin of the nodule, where certain histological characteristics are completely different to those observed in peritoneal lesions (Nisolle et al, 1990). In our series, deep fibrotic tissue assumed to contain endometriosis was excised or vaporized from the anterior rectum with the aid of multiple rectovaginal examinations. Cul-de-sac dissection was followed by excision of deep fibrotic endometriosis, without cul-de-sac reconstruction. In three cases, the bowel lumen was entered. A comprehensive laparoscopic procedure, while not eradicating all the endometriosis, may result in considerable pain relief or a desired pregnancy. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of creep on the microstructure of Zn-Al-Cu alloys aged at 250°C
Terziev, L.; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Wegria, J.

in Physica Status Solidi A : Applied Research (1995), 152[2]

This paper is a continuation of a microstructural study of ZA alloys subjected to ageing at different temperatures with subsequent creep at 20 and 120 °C. it was already established that the samples aged ... [more ▼]

This paper is a continuation of a microstructural study of ZA alloys subjected to ageing at different temperatures with subsequent creep at 20 and 120 °C. it was already established that the samples aged for one week at 100 and 250 °C show the slowest creep rate. Furthermore, the resuits obtained afler ageing at 250 °C are better than those obtained after ageing at 100 °C. In order to explain more correctly these resuits, the microstructure is studied after ageing at 250 oc and subsequent creep at room temperature under pressure at 100 MPa and at 120 °c under pressure at 40 MPa, on test samples broken after the respective creep. [less ▲]

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See detailProximal Migration of Vena Caval Filters: Report of Two Cases with Operative Retrieval
DEFRAIGNE, Jean ULg; Vahdat, Olivier; Lacroix, Hendrik et al

in Annals of Vascular Surgery (1995), 9(6), 571-5

Operative retrieval of two proximally migrated vena caval filters was performed in two patients, ages 42 and 45 years, respectively. In the first patient the filter was encrusted in the right ventricle ... [more ▼]

Operative retrieval of two proximally migrated vena caval filters was performed in two patients, ages 42 and 45 years, respectively. In the first patient the filter was encrusted in the right ventricle, and in the second one the filter was found in the pulmonary artery. Both filters were retrieved under cardiopulmonary bypass via an incision in the right atrium and the pulmonary artery, respectively. These two observations underscore the risk of increased unwarranted indications and consequent higher complication rates of vena caval filters. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparative study of quantitative shape analysis techniques in sedimentology
Pirard, Eric ULg; Hoyez, Bernard

in Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie. Teil I, Allgemeine, Angewandte, Regionale und Historische Geologie (1995), 1(H11/12), 1061-1066

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See detailUn autre regard sur les atlas de France et de Belgique.
Vansteenwegen, Christian; Dufrêne, Marc ULg; Lebrun, Philippe

in AVES (1995), 31

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See detailNausea and vomiting in fractionated radiotherapy: a prospective on-demand trial of tropisetron rescue for non-responders to metoclopramide.
Miralbell, R; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Behrouz, F et al

in European Journal of Cancer Prevention (1995)

A prospective trial was performed to better assess the risk of nausea and vomiting and the rescue value of tropisetron (TRO), a 5HT3 receptor antagonist, in 88 patients undergoing fractionated ... [more ▼]

A prospective trial was performed to better assess the risk of nausea and vomiting and the rescue value of tropisetron (TRO), a 5HT3 receptor antagonist, in 88 patients undergoing fractionated radiotherapy to the abdomen or to large supradiaphragmatic fields and failing a first anti-emetic trial with metoclopramide (MET). Nausea was graded 0 (absent), 1 (mild), 2 (moderate) and 3 (severe). Nausea requiring anti-emetics (L grade 2) was present in 64% of the patients. MET was able to control nausea (I grade 1) in 26 of 58 patients (45%) who developed 1 grade 2 nausea during radiation treatment (2 patients vomiting without nausea included). 34 patients required TRO, and 31 experienced immediate relief. However, nausea (1 grade 2) recurred in 7 patients from 1 to 3 weeks after starting, TRO. Sex, age, field type and field size (cm*) did not influence the incidence and severity of nausea and vomiting. Only 24188 patients vomited after starting radiotherapy. MET helped to eliminate emesis in one third of these patients. TRO helped to control vomiting in 73% of the salvaged patients. Constipation was observed in 8 patients on TRO and was a reason to stop the medication in 4 cases. [less ▲]

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See detailA experiência Pedagógica «Renovação do Ensino Elementar - Desenvolvimento Corporal das Crianças dos 2,5 Anos aos 12 Anos»
Piéron, Maurice; Cloes, Marc ULg; Delfosse, Catherine et al

in Boletim Sociedade Portuguesa de Educação Física (1995), 12(2), 31-58

This paper presents the methodology and main results of a research program aiming to identify the effect of a daily physical education project implemented in the French speaking part of Belgium.

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See detailBovine respiratory disease complex : an european perspective
Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Bovine Practitioner (1995), 29

Respiratory disease is the principal cause of loss of young cattle worldwide. The syndrome arises from a number of factors, including those involving the animal, e.g., age, general condition and immune ... [more ▼]

Respiratory disease is the principal cause of loss of young cattle worldwide. The syndrome arises from a number of factors, including those involving the animal, e.g., age, general condition and immune status; its environment, e.g., changes in food, temperature and humidity that lead to stress; and the presence of infectious agents, e.g., bacteria, viruses and mycoplasmas. The syndrome, in a method preferred by the author, can be classified into four grades; Grade 1, subclinical disease; Grade 2, compensated clinical disease (at this stage, the inflammatory reaction generated tends to limit the impact of the disease on the animal); Grade 3, noncompensated clinical disease (at this stage, the inflammatory reaction is excessive and must be controlled); and Grade 4, irreversible clinical disease (which threatens the animal's survival). The increase in frequency and economy impact of bovine respiratory disease complex can be correlated with the escalating industrialization of cattle production. In intensive operations, commingling of animals from multiple sources, exposure to many organisms, stress and management practices are all factors that can lead to disease. The predisposition of cattle, especially beef calves, to respiratory problems is related to their lack of functional pulmonary hardiness. Selection of breeds that demonstrate adequate pulmonary function and sufficient ventilatory reserve may help in the control of the bovine respiratory disease complex, but this approach is difficult to implement and slow to produce results. Prophylactic measures, including vaccination programs and modifying management practices to reduce stress, also have a place in preventing the bovine respiratory disease complex. Unfortunately, these measures are not always easy to put into operation and cannot completely eradicate the problem. Therapeutic strategies to minimize the economy impact of the syndrome include use of appropriate antibacterial therapy, modulation of the pulmonary inflammatory reaction and correction of mechanical disorders. [less ▲]

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See detailThe appearance energy of C2H+ from C2H2 revisited. A Photoion-Photoelectron Coincidence Spectroscopic Determination.
Servais, Christian ULg; Locht, Robert ULg

in Chemical Physics Letters (1995), 236

The dissociative ionization of C2H2 in the C2H+-producing channel has been reconsidered. The photoion-photoelectron coincidence (PIPECO) technique has been used. The C2H+/e coincidence rate has been ... [more ▼]

The dissociative ionization of C2H2 in the C2H+-producing channel has been reconsidered. The photoion-photoelectron coincidence (PIPECO) technique has been used. The C2H+/e coincidence rate has been recorded between 16.2 and 21.2 eV. The lowest appearance energy determined for C2H+ is 17.35+/-0.04 eV. A second appearance energy is measured at 18.40+/-0.04 eV. At both energies ethynyl ions are produced through a predissociation mechanism at the expense of the C2H2+(A2Ag) state at 17.35 eV and C2H2+(B2Sigma+/g) at 18.40 eV. These results are in good agreement with the most recent TPIPECO experiments and dissociative electroionization results. This comparison leads to the exclusion of any contribution of autoionization phenomena to the C2H+ ion production between 16.2 and 21.2 eV. Investigations of C2H+ through the ion-pair formation channel (and dissociative electron attachment producing C2H- and H-) in C2H2 are reported and its contribution to C2H+ ion production below 17.3 eV must be discarded. [less ▲]

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See detailEndogenous nitric oxide modulates acetylcholine-induced edema and vasoconstriction in isolated perfused rabbit lungs.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (The) (1995), 274(2), 559-97

The modulatory role of endogenous nitric oxide (NO) on pulmonary edema induced by acetylcholine (ACh), capsaicin, substance P (SP) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) was investigated by using an inhibitor of ... [more ▼]

The modulatory role of endogenous nitric oxide (NO) on pulmonary edema induced by acetylcholine (ACh), capsaicin, substance P (SP) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) was investigated by using an inhibitor of NO synthase, N-omega-nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA). The effects of endogenous NO on the hemodynamic response to ACh, 5-HT and SP were also investigated. The capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c), the total pressure gradient (delta Pt) and its four components [arterial (delta Pa), pre- (delta Pa') and post-capillary (delta Pv'), and venous gradient (delta Pv)] were evaluated on isolated, ventilated, perfused rabbit lungs. ACh (10(-8) to 10(-4) M) and SP (10(-10) to 10(-6) M) induced a concentration-dependent increase in the Kf,c. Capsaicin (10(-4) M) and 5-HT (10(-4) M) also increased this parameter. L-NNA (10(-4) M) completely inhibited the effects of ACh and capsaicin on the Kf,c, without preventing the effects of SP and 5-HT. ACh induced a concentration-dependent vasoconstriction in the precapillary segment. Pretreatment with L-NNA enhanced this increase in delta Pa' but also increased delta Pv' and delta Pv. 5-HT increased delta Pt and delta Pa proportionally to the concentration. This effect was enhanced by L-NNA, which also increased delta Pa'. SP had no significant hemodynamic effect. Pretreatment with L-NNA did not modify the response to SP. Sodium nitroprusside (10(-5) M) induced a left shift of the concentration-response curve to ACh on the Kf,c, although it did not change the response to SP. Sodium nitroprusside also inhibited the hemodynamic effect of ACh. It was concluded that endogenous NO is involved in ACh-and capsaicin-induced edema via a prejunctional stimulatory effect on the C-fibers. Endogenous NO can also modulate ACh- and 5-HT-induced vasoconstriction by exerting a vasodilator action on the whole pulmonary vascular bed. [less ▲]

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See detailAn early origin of plastids within the cyanobacterial divergence is suggested by evolutionary trees based on complete 16S rRNA sequences
Nelissen, Bart; Van De Peer, Yves; Wilmotte, Annick ULg et al

in Molecular Biology and Evolution (1995), 12

It is generally accepted that the plastids arose from a cyanobacterial ancestor, but the exact phylogenetic relationships between cyanobacteria and plastids are still controversial. Most studies based on ... [more ▼]

It is generally accepted that the plastids arose from a cyanobacterial ancestor, but the exact phylogenetic relationships between cyanobacteria and plastids are still controversial. Most studies based on partial 16S rRNA sequences suggested a relatively late origin of plastids within the cyanobacterial divergence. In order to clarify the exact relationship and divergence order of cyanobacteria and plastids, we studied their phylogeny on the basis of nearly complete 16S rRNA gene sequences. The data set comprised 15 strains of cyanobacteria from different morphological groups, 1 prochlorophyte, and plastids belonging to 8 species of plants and 12 species of diverse algae. This set included three cyanobacterial sequences determined in this study. This is the most comprehensive set of complete cyanobacterial and plastidial 16S rRNA sequences used so far. Phylogenetic trees were constructed using neighbor joining and maximum parsimony, and the reliability of the tree topologies was tested by different methods. Our results suggest an early origin of plastids within the cyanobacterial divergence, preceded only by the divergence of two cyanobacterial genera, Gloeobacter and Pseudanabaena. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunohistochemical identification of varicella-zoster virus gene 63-encoded protein (IE63) and late (gE) protein on smears and cutaneous biopsies: implications for diagnostic use.
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Debrus, S.; Sadzot-Delvaux, Catherine ULg et al

in Journal of Medical Virology (1995), 47(4), 342-7

Early and specific recognition of varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection is of vital concern in immunocompromised patients. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of histochemical ... [more ▼]

Early and specific recognition of varicella zoster virus (VZV) infection is of vital concern in immunocompromised patients. The aim of this study was to compare the diagnostic accuracy of histochemical and immunohistochemical identification of the VZV ORF63 encoded protein (IE63) and of the VZV late protein gE on smears and formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded skin sections taken from lesions clinically diagnosed as varicella (n = 15) and herpes zoster (n = 51). Microscopic examinations of Tzanck smears and skin sections yielded a diagnostic accuracy of Herpesviridae infections in 66.7% (10/15) and 92.3% (12/13) of varicella, and 74.4% (29/39) and 87.8% (43/49) of herpes zoster, respectively. Immunohistochemistry applied to varicella provided a type-specific virus diagnostic accuracy of 86.7% (13/15; IE63) and 100% (15/15; gE) on smears, and of 92.3% for both VZV proteins on skin sections. In herpes zoster, the diagnostic accuracy of immunohistochemistry reached 92.3% (36/39; IE63) and 94.9% (37/39; gE) on smears, and 91.7% (44/48; IE63) and 91.8% (45/49; gE) on skin sections. These findings indicate that the immunohistochemical detection of IE63 and gE on both smears and skin sections yields a higher specificity and sensitivity than standard microscopic assessments. [less ▲]

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See detailAvantages environnementaux de l'élevage de porcs sur litière biomaîtrisée
Nicks, Baudouin ULg; Desiron, Alain; Canart, Bernard

in Nouvelles de la Science et des Technologies (1995), 13

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See detailDesign for polarizing holographic optical elements
Habraken, Serge ULg; Renotte, Yvon; Roose, Stéphane ULg et al

in Applied Optics (1995), 34(19), 3595-3602

We present results of the application of a three-dimensional rigorous-vector coupled-wave theory to the design of polarizing holographic optical elements. Two different cases have been selected giving ... [more ▼]

We present results of the application of a three-dimensional rigorous-vector coupled-wave theory to the design of polarizing holographic optical elements. Two different cases have been selected giving rise to two types of element, one of which is completely original. Experimental realizations were performed. The recording material was dichromated gelatin because of its outstanding performance related to diffraction efficiency. A fair agreement between the theoretical previsions and the experimental results was achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailLe risque familial de l'anévrisme de l'aorte abdominale et ses conséquences pour l'organisation d'un dépistage sélectif
Limet, Raymond ULg

in Journal des Maladies Vasculaires (1995), 20(4), 285-7

Aneurysm of the abdominal aorta (AAA) is multifactorial disease related to acquired factors (arteriosclerosis) and genetic factors (collagen anomalies) with, in some cases, a familial component. The ... [more ▼]

Aneurysm of the abdominal aorta (AAA) is multifactorial disease related to acquired factors (arteriosclerosis) and genetic factors (collagen anomalies) with, in some cases, a familial component. The incidence of familial AAA was evaluated in 324 patients in 313 families who underwent surgery for AAA. A family survey was used to determine whether members of the operated patients had AAA or had died due to ruptured aneurysms. There were 276 cases (including 12 females) with sporadic AAA and 81 cases (including 5 females) who were members of families with at least one other member having AAA. Comparison between sporadic AAA (SAAA) and familial AAA (FAAA) demonstrated the following differences: 1) diagnosis was made earlier in FAAA (p < 0.05) than in SAAA (64.1 versus 66 years of age respectively), 2) patients with FAAA were younger at the time of rupture (65.4 versus 75.1 years, p < 0.001), 3) the incidence of rupture was greater in FAAA than in SAAA (32.4% versus 8.7% p < 0.001), and finally 4) the relative risk of developing AAA was 18 times greater in members of a family with AAA than in the reference population. Early screening with ultrasonic examinations in at least patient's brother's over 50 years would not be an unjustified expense. The frequency of later examinations would depend on the size of the aorta initially observed. If FAAA is evidenced, under normal conditions, corrective surgery should be proposed earlier than for sporadic AAA. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of Cell Kinetics Rhythmicity for the Control of Cell Proliferation and Carcinogenesis in Rat Liver (Review)
Barbason, Hervé ULg; Herens, Christian ULg; Robaye, B. et al

in In Vivo (Athens, Greece) (1995), 9(6, Nov-Dec), 539-48

The circadian control of cell Proliferation and Differentiation has been studied principally in rat liver. The comparison between the differentiation by hepatic enzymes and the division by the cell cycle ... [more ▼]

The circadian control of cell Proliferation and Differentiation has been studied principally in rat liver. The comparison between the differentiation by hepatic enzymes and the division by the cell cycle under various experimental conditions (postnatal maturation, regeneration after partial hepatectomy, adrenalectomy, corticosterone treatments etc.) leads to the following conclusions: Under physiological conditions, proliferation and differentiation activities present a mutually exclusive relationship with a specific circadian rhythm. For both functions, the circadian variation of corticosterone plays the role of synchronizer, each evening (peak) it induces the synthesis of tissue specific enzymes in G0 cells and simultaneously inhibits the DNA synthesis in cycling cells. The same parameters have been studied during the different stages of hepatocarcinogenesis induced by Diethylnitrosamine (DEN). After initiation alone, (DEN for 2 weeks) circadian control is unchanged and precancerous cells are not able to reach malignancy. Promotion (DEN for 6 weeks) consists of disturbing the circadian synchronization to liberate the selective growth of initiated precancerous cells. This proliferation advantage favours the accumulation of chromosomal aberrations including those implicated in malignant transformation: i.e. activation of oncogenes or inhibition of antioncogenes. [less ▲]

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See detailMapping quantitative trait loci controlling milk production by exploiting progeny testing
Georges, Michel ULg; Nielsen, D.; Mackinnon, M. et al

in Genetics (1995), 139

We have exploited "progeny testing" to map quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying the genetic variation of milk production in a selected dairy cattle population. A total of 1,518 sires, with progeny ... [more ▼]

We have exploited "progeny testing" to map quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying the genetic variation of milk production in a selected dairy cattle population. A total of 1,518 sires, with progeny tests based on the milking performances of > 150,000 daughters jointly, was genotyped for 159 autosomal microsatellites bracketing 1645 centimorgan or approximately two thirds of the bovine genome. Using a maximum likelihood multilocus linkage analysis accounting for variance heterogeneity of the phenotypes, we identified five chromosomes giving very strong evidence (LOD score > or = 3) for the presence of a QTL controlling milk production: chromosomes 1, 6, 9, 10 and 20. These findings demonstrate that loci with considerable effects on milk production are still segregating in highly selected populations and pave the way toward marker-assisted selection in dairy cattle breeding. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterotransplantation of Primary and Established Human Tumour Cells in Nude Mice
Noël, Agnès ULg; Borcy, V.; Bracke, M. et al

in Anticancer Research (1995), 15(1, Jan-Feb), 1-7

Previous successful transplantations of human tumour cells into athymic nude mice have been described when cells were injected with a reconstituted basement membrane (matrigel). We have compared the ... [more ▼]

Previous successful transplantations of human tumour cells into athymic nude mice have been described when cells were injected with a reconstituted basement membrane (matrigel). We have compared the development and the histology of tumours following injection with matrigel or with culture medium of a panel of tumour cells exhibiting different degrees of tumorigenicity. Two cell lines (MCF7 and MCF7/6) required matrigel in order to form tumours. When inoculated with matrigel, all the other cell lines tested [MCF7 gpt, MCF7ras, MCF7(AZ), MCF7(AZ)TD5, MDA-MB 231, HT1080] showed increased tumour take and reduced latency period. Human primary tumours (melanoma, breast and colon cancers) were transplanted successfully into nude mice, in the presence of matrigel. Breast primary tumours or cell lines gave rise to poorly differentiated carcinomas. The other tumours presented histopathological patterns typical of differentiated human cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailOxygen transfert during Bacillus subtilis fermentation. Influence of lipopeptide production and an oxygen vector.
Hbid, Ch; Jacques, Ph.; Meurice, E. et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1995), 103(B44),

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See detailLa prise en compte des contraintes environnementales en élevage: code de bonnes pratiques et aspects réglementaires
Nicks, Baudouin ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1995), 139(5), 327-334

As all other activities, livestock production represents a risk of nuisances for the environment. The author describes the risks of causing water pollution from applying livestock wastes to land and the ... [more ▼]

As all other activities, livestock production represents a risk of nuisances for the environment. The author describes the risks of causing water pollution from applying livestock wastes to land and the risks of air pollution from odours and ammonia. The agricultural practices which minimise the nuisances and the Belgian environmental protection laws concerning the building of animal houses and the disposal of farm wastes are presented [less ▲]

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See detailApport des données RSO de ERS1 dans l’étude bathymétrique et pour la cartographie des zones intertidales
Cornet, Yves ULg; Ozer, André ULg; Ferrari, M.

in Documents de travail du Centre National de Recherches Géomorphologiques (1995), 30

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See detailDéveloppement du tissu adipeux chez le porc
Claes, Victor; Chaput, Mariella; Nicolas, Nathalie et al

in Agricontact (1995), 279

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See detailIndice plasmodique et parasitémie à Plasmodium falciparum: valeur diagnostique et pronostique au Congo.
Carme, B.; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Mbitsi, A. et al

in Annales de la Société Belge de Médecine Tropicale (1972) (1995), 75

Parasitological data of various malarial studies performed in the Congo where Plasmodium falciparum malaria is holoendemic in rural and suburban zones between 1988 and 1991, were analyzed with the ... [more ▼]

Parasitological data of various malarial studies performed in the Congo where Plasmodium falciparum malaria is holoendemic in rural and suburban zones between 1988 and 1991, were analyzed with the intention of establishing diagnosis and prognosis value of Plasmodium falciparum parasitaemia in areas with high perennial transmission. In such an area Congolese school children (6-10 years old) had 88% P. falciparum index, this is the same percentage as that for children hospitalized with a pernicious attack. However, the parasite load is distributed differently; parasitaemia is greater than 6,000 asexual form for P. falciparum (af/Pf/µl) in only 4,6% of cases in the former group, versus 67% in the second group. A threshold of 10,000 af/Pf/µl above which the Plasmodium infection triggers a febrile attack in semi-immune children, is confirmed in school children in a rural context where the factor of taking antimalarial drugs within the preceding days is negligible: three out of four children with levels above this threshold are febrile versus 4,1% (7 out of 170) with lower blood parasite levels. Some adults where also asymptomatic carriers but much less frequently and with lower mean parasitaemia levels. The parasite load mirrors the clinical severity although this concept can be misleading as an individual prognostic criterion and foor hospital studies carried out in areas where multiple drug administration before hospitalization is common. For the studies recently performed in Brazzaville, the 5% threshold of parasitized red cells, the WHO severity criterion was never reached in asymptomatic subject or in cases of simple attack; it was reached in one out of two cases of pernicious attack. [less ▲]

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See detailCD4+ T cells determine the ability of spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and autoimmunity in parental mice
Gonzales, M.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Ramos, A. et al

in European Journal of Immunology (1995), 25

Spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice injected into newborn parental mice induce a state of cytolytic unresponsiveness to the corresponding alloantigens. However, these mice develop a transient autoimmune ... [more ▼]

Spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice injected into newborn parental mice induce a state of cytolytic unresponsiveness to the corresponding alloantigens. However, these mice develop a transient autoimmune syndrome characterized by the production of multiple autoantibodies and glomerulonephritis. Previous reports indicated that the depletion of F1 donor T cells, shortly prior the injection into parental mice, does not interfere with any of these events. Here, we have explored whether the continuous absence of T cells in F1 mice influences the ability of their spleen cells to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and the associated autoimmune manifestations. Our results revealed that spleen cells from athymic (BALB/c x C57BL/6) F1 hybrid (CB6F1) nu/nu mice or from euthymic CB6F1 mice depleted from birth of CD4+ T cells, but not of CD8+ T cells, are unable to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and autoimmune manifestations. By contrast, the partial reconstitution of T cells in CB6F1 nu/nu mice, after the neonatal graft of a syngeneic thymus, restored the capacity of spleen cells from these mice to induce tolerance and autoimmunity when injected into newborn BALB/c mice. These results demonstrate that the functional defect of spleen cells from athymic CB6F1 nu/nu mice to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens is directly related to the long-term absence of mature CD4+ T cells. Interestingly, a new increase in the titers of anti-DNA Ab was observed when spleen cells from athymic CB6F1 nu/nu mice were injected into adult BALB/c mice that had been tolerized at birth with normal CB6F1 spleen cells. This finding indicates that B cells from CB6F1 nu/nu mice recover their capacity to interact with alloreactive Th2 cells when they are placed into mice having functional CD4+ T cells. These data indicate that the continuous absence of CD4+ T cells causes a reversible functional defect in F1 spleen cells that determines their inability to induce neonatal tolerance and autoimmunity [less ▲]

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See detailThermohydrodynamical modelling of a power plant implementation in the Zeebrugge harbour
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Vanormelingen, J.-J.

in Journal of Hydraulic Research (1995), 33(2), 163-180

A mathematical model and numerical simulation has been used to test the validity of a water and thermal circulation scheme induced by the implementation of a new power plant in the Zeebrugge harbour. The ... [more ▼]

A mathematical model and numerical simulation has been used to test the validity of a water and thermal circulation scheme induced by the implementation of a new power plant in the Zeebrugge harbour. The aim of the study was to: a) verify that in the interior basin of the inner harbour, a sufficient stratification is present to allow for the capture of cold bottom waters, whereas the ejected heated water remains at the surface and is evacuated to the main harbour, b) study the way the water cools in the main harbour and to quantify the amount of thermal energy which is pumped back into the inner harbour, c) determine if the global heat excess is evacuated and if the resulting temperature increase remains within reasonable limits at the power plant pump inlet. The study, accomplished in three steps, determined the parameters that control the recirculation (e.g. atmospheric conditions) and what their relative importance is. It was shown that a stratification is created in the interior basin. In the main harbour the heat evacuation is done primarily by evaporation in the harbour and only for 20% by the outflow to the open sea. Extreme temperature increases at the pump inlet are expected to be 1.6 degrees C and 6.6 degrees C,but generally the temperature increase lies between 3-4 degrees C. The actual value was found to be most sensitive to the atmospheric conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailVieillissement, défenses immunitaires at axe somatotrope-facteurs de croissance apparentés à l'insuline
Kaiser, Marie-Joëlle ULg; Achour, Imane; Kecha, Ouafae et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (1995), 53

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See detailDu grec au latin et du latin au grec. Les problèmes de la traduction dans l'antiquité gréco-latine
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (1995), 54

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See detailRegulation of gill prolactin receptors in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) after a change in salinity or hypophysectomy
Auperin, B.; Rentier-Delrue, Françoise ULg; Martial, Joseph ULg et al

in Journal of Endocrinology (1995), 145(2), 213-20

Prolactin (PRL) receptors in gill tissue have been analyzed in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) after transfer from fresh water (FW) to brackish water (BW). This study has indicated the presence of only ... [more ▼]

Prolactin (PRL) receptors in gill tissue have been analyzed in tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus) after transfer from fresh water (FW) to brackish water (BW). This study has indicated the presence of only one class of tilapia PRL (tiPRL) receptor whatever the salinity. After transfer, however, the percentage of specific binding of the two forms of tiPRL (tiPRLI and tiPRLII) increased significantly. Scatchard analysis of tiPRLI binding indicated an increase in receptor affinity, an effect which was not accompanied by any change in receptor specificity. Transfer to BW also caused the number of tiPRL receptors to increase rapidly, remaining high in fish adapted to BW for 28 days. Based on the sharp reduction in plasma tiPRLI and tiPRLII levels after transfer to BW, one possible explanation may be that tiPRL itself is an important factor regulating the number of free receptors. This hypothesis finds support in the fact that the number of tiPRL receptors also increased in hypophysectomized fish reared in FW. However, the absence of change in receptor affinity after hypophysectomy suggested that yet other factors are involved in tiPRL receptor regulation during the transfer from FW to BW. The paradoxically high numbers of tiPRL receptors in the gills of BW-adapted tilapia, even though PRL is known to be a FW-adapting hormone, is discussed with regard to the environment in which tilapia live. [less ▲]

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See detailSixièmes Journées scientifiques de Télédétection : télédétection des espaces urbains et péri-urbains
Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg

in Lettre d'information du Réseau de Télédétection de l'UREF (1995), 28

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See detailQuantitative assessment of erythropoiesis in haemodialysis patients demonstrates gradual expansion of erythroblasts during constant treatment with recombinant human erythropoietin.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Loo, Martine; R'Zik, Samir ULg et al

in British Journal of Haematology (1995), 89(1), 17-23

Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has been shown to be effective in correcting the anaemia of chronic renal failure. It has been reported that reticulocytes as well as erythroid progenitors ... [more ▼]

Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has been shown to be effective in correcting the anaemia of chronic renal failure. It has been reported that reticulocytes as well as erythroid progenitors increase within 1-2 weeks, with no further elevation beyond this time interval. However, the erythroblast pool is quantitatively the most important compartment of erythropoiesis, and the rate, extent and duration of the expansion of erythropoietic activity in response to rHuEpo is not known. Treatment with rHuEpo was given to 64 patients i.v. thrice weekly after haemodialysis. The effect of rHuEpo was obvious from the early elevation of reticulocyte counts, but much of this increase was due to a rapid output of shift reticulocytes which levelled off after a few weeks. Serum transferrin receptor (TfR), a quantitative measure of erythropoiesis, increased progressively over 6 weeks to reach a plateau phase at about twice baseline values. The Hct increased progressively and continued to rise steadily after the TfR plateau was reached. The speed and extent of the expansion of erythropoietic activity correlated with the later haematological response to rHuEpo. When rHuEpo was discontinued, erythropoietic activity returned progressively to baseline values, to rise again gradually when treatment was resumed. Part of the Hct increase was also due to haemoconcentration. The results indicate that changes in the various erythroid compartments vary considerably in intensity and speed, and that the erythroblast compartment in particular is slow to respond to modifications in the erythropoietin stimulus. [less ▲]

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See detailGrecs et Latins face aux langues étrangères. Contribution à l'étude de la diversité linguistique dans l'antiquité classique
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (1995), 73(1), 5-16

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See detailMacroarthropod-habitat relationships in oak forests in South Belgium. 1. Environments and communities
Branquart, E.; Kime, R. D.; Dufrêne, Marc ULg et al

in Pedobiologia (1995), 39(3), 243-263

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See detailAutoimmunity following neonatal tolerance to alloantigens: role of donor I-A and I-E molecules
Kramar, G.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Berney, M. et al

in Journal of Autoimmunity (1995), 8

The injection of semi-allogeneic F1 spleen cells into newborn mice of a parental strain induces a state of immune tolerance characterized by anti-donor CTL unresponsiveness and the appearance of a ... [more ▼]

The injection of semi-allogeneic F1 spleen cells into newborn mice of a parental strain induces a state of immune tolerance characterized by anti-donor CTL unresponsiveness and the appearance of a transient SLE-like autoimmune syndrome associating autoantibody production, hypergammaglobulinemia, splenomegaly and glomerulonephritis. Our previous experiments have demonstrated that host Th2-like CD4+ T lymphocytes activate donor F1 B cells persisting in the host to produce autoantibodies, and that this cellular interaction relies on the presence of alloMHC class II molecules on donor B cells. In order to investigate the role and the involvement of MHC alloantigens in the cellular T(host)-B(donor) interaction, newborn C57BL/6 (B6) mice were injected with F1 spleen cells differing from the host at the level of defined portions of the MHC class I (K) or class II (I-A and I-E) molecules. B6 mice injected at birth with spleen cells from different F1 strains were tolerant to each alloantigen (alloAg) tested, as assessed by specific anti-donor CTL unresponsiveness. However, the SLE-like autoimmune syndrome only developed in B6 mice injected at birth with F1 spleen cells differing at the level of MHC class II I-A or I-E molecules. Autoantibodies appeared later in B6 mice neonatally tolerized to I-E alloAg than those detected in B6 mice neonatally tolerized to I-A alloAg. These results show that the SLE-like autoimmune disease that develops concomitantly to neonatally-induced tolerance to alloAg is the consequence of cognate T host-B donor cellular interactions triggered by even minute differences in the MHC class II I-A or MHC class II I-E molecules [less ▲]

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See detailProblèmes rencontrés par des stagiaires dans l’enseignement des activités physiques et sportives. Analyse par la technique des incidents critiques
Beckers-Ledent, Maryse; Delfosse, Catherine; Cloes, Marc ULg et al

in Revue de l'Education Physique (1995), 35(1), 37-48

Les auteurs se sont attachés à identifier les problèmes rencontrés par des futurs enseignants lorsqu'ils font face à une classe. Il est évident qu'il est primordial de dépasser le simple aspect descriptif ... [more ▼]

Les auteurs se sont attachés à identifier les problèmes rencontrés par des futurs enseignants lorsqu'ils font face à une classe. Il est évident qu'il est primordial de dépasser le simple aspect descriptif des problèmes pour analyser les conduites adoptées par l'enseignant pour les résoudre et de découvrir sa perception de l'efficacité de son intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailBiological activity and immunological reactivity of human prolactin mutants
Rhee, Harrison K; Sun, Zhenyu; Kim, Steve S et al

in Endocrinology (1995), 136(11), 4990-5

We examined the biological activity and immunological reactivity of four mutants of human PRL. Two were mutants that changed the ability of human PRL to inhibit rat PRL storage when transfected into a rat ... [more ▼]

We examined the biological activity and immunological reactivity of four mutants of human PRL. Two were mutants that changed the ability of human PRL to inhibit rat PRL storage when transfected into a rat pituitary cell line:mutations S34A and N31T. Two mutations were in regions of PRL that are highly conserved. One, des(3-11)-PRL, removed the N-terminal cystine loop that most PRLs, except those from certain fish, have, and no GHs have. The other, S90A, mutated a serine that is present in all PRLs but those from some fish and in all GHs. The immunological properties of des(3-11)-PRL were reduced 10-fold compared to those of wildtype human PRL in a RIA using NIH antihuman PRL-3, AFP C11580; the others were similar to those of wild-type PRL. The biological activity of des(3-11)-PRL was the most affected; activity was reduced about 8-fold compared to that of wild-type PRL in the Nb2 cell assay. The activities of the others were similar to that of the wild type. Serine 90 may be partially buried by loops connecting the alpha-helixes. The mutation of serine 90 did not affect the stability of the molecule in vitro, determined by comparing the red shift in tryptophan fluorescence that occurs with increasing concentrations of urea in S90A and wild-type PRL. The activity of S34A and N31T mutations indicates there is no correlation between biological activity and ability to affect storage. The N-terminal cystine loop may be conserved because it is needed for biological activity, but the conservation of serine 90 in GH and PRL must be determined by other properties, such as spacial requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the open reading frames of the main capsid proteins of actinophage VWB.
Anne, J; Fiten, P; Van Mellaert, L et al

in Archives of Virology (1995), 140(6), 1033-47

The nucleotide sequence of a 6 kb fragment encoding the main late proteins (p14, p38 and p24) of actinophage VWB was obtained. Sequence comparison of the encoded proteins with those filed in databases ... [more ▼]

The nucleotide sequence of a 6 kb fragment encoding the main late proteins (p14, p38 and p24) of actinophage VWB was obtained. Sequence comparison of the encoded proteins with those filed in databases indicated that the phage VWB main late proteins were all novel. A search for special motifs revealed that p14 (13.3 kDa) has a P-loop sequence commonly found in ATP- and GTP-binding proteins. This observation might indicate that p14 is important for ATP-driven DNA translocation during encapsidation of VWB phage DNA into the phage head. Furthermore, the polypeptide ORF2 (26.9 kDa) has an unusual primary structure consisting of 3 stretches of acidic amino acid residues and a glycine/arginine rich C-terminal end. From comparison with other proteins including the bacteriophage T4 prohead core component and from the data of special motif analysis the ORF2 gene product is probably involved in prohead core formation. [less ▲]

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See detailMonoclonal antibodies against bovine growth hormone (bGH) enhance the biological response to GH by prolonging GH binding to its liver receptors.
Beauloye, V.; Muaku, S. M.; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Endocrinology (1995), 136(Suppl 1), 344

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See detailErythropoiesis and erythropoietin in multiple myeloma.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Leukemia & Lymphoma (1995), 18(5-6), 413-21

In this review, the pathophysiology and treatment of the anemia of multiple myeloma will be examined. While the anemia of cancer has multiple causes, an important component is labeled the "anemia of ... [more ▼]

In this review, the pathophysiology and treatment of the anemia of multiple myeloma will be examined. While the anemia of cancer has multiple causes, an important component is labeled the "anemia of chronic disease" which is characterized by the combination of a shortened erythrocyte survival with failure of the bone marrow to increase red cell production in compensation. Depressed erythropoiesis is itself related to a combination of factors, including impaired availability of storage iron, inadequate erythropoietin response to anemia, and overproduction of cytokines which are capable of inhibiting erythropoiesis. These cytokines are involved in the retention of iron in the reticuloendothelial system, gastrointestinal tract and hepatocytes, may interfere with erythropoietin production by the kidney, and may exert direct inhibitory effects on erythroid precursors. While overproduction of several such cytokines, including IL-6, IL-1 and TNF-alpha, has been definitely demonstrated in multiple myeloma patients, it is still unclear whether they are directly involved in the pathogenesis of the anemia which develops. Although several mechanisms, such as hemodilution, bleeding, and decreased red cell survival operate, the anemia is mostly caused by defective erythropoietic activity. This in turn is partly explained by inadequate erythropoietin (Epo) production even in some patients without renal impairment. Based on measurements of serum erythropoietin and transferrin receptor, the distinction between marrow unresponsiveness to normal Epo stimulation and deficient Epo production is important for the treatment of the anemia of multiple myeloma with recombinant human Epo. Higher doses would probably be necessary if adequate Epo production is present, whereas only replacement therapy with lower doses may be sufficient when Epo production has been shown to be inappropriate. [less ▲]

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See detail3-Methyl-4H-pyrido[3,2-e][1,2,4]thiadiazine 1,1-dioxide
Dupont, L.; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

in Acta Crystallographica (1995), C51

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See detailVictor Hugo, "Comme dans les étangs..." : Correction d'un exercice d'analyse textuelle
Tilkin, Françoise ULg; Mathonet, Anne

in Espace pour un humanisme européen (1995), 27

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See detailQui est Apollonios ? (UPZ II 227)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Aegyptus (1995), 75

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See detailInfluence du risque suicidaire et du desespoir sur l'amplitude de l'onde P300 dans la depression majeure.
Urcelay-Zaldua, I.; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (1995), 25(5), 291-6

P300 amplitude represents a useful tool to assess information processing in normal and psychopathological subjects. In depressive disorders, many studies have shown a decrease of P300 amplitude and an ... [more ▼]

P300 amplitude represents a useful tool to assess information processing in normal and psychopathological subjects. In depressive disorders, many studies have shown a decrease of P300 amplitude and an increase of its latency. However, functional significance of the P300 modifications remain unclear. The aim of the study was to assess the influence of suicidal risk and hopelessness on P300 amplitude among 40 depressive inpatients. The results showed significant relationships between P300 amplitude and suicidal risk (r = -0.68, p < 0.001) and with hopelessness (r = -0.76, p < 0.001). From a clinical point of view, P300 amplitude should be considered as a psychophysiological index of suicidal risk in major depressive disorder. [less ▲]

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See detailDe ruimtebeleving in Vestdijks Verzamelde verhalen III
Nachtergaele, Lutgarde ULg

in Vestdijkkroniek (1995), 88-89

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See detailDecomposing efficiency into its managerial and its regulatory components: The case of European railways
Gathon, Henry-Jean ULg; Pestieau, Pierre ULg

in European Journal of Operational Research (1995), 80

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See detail'Overlapping Territories, Intertwined Histories': Cross-Culturality in Caryl Phillips's Crossing the River
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Journal of Commonwealth Literature (1995), 30(1), 55-62

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See detailGrowth hormone-binding protein (GHBP) binds prolactine in cattle plasma
Massart, Serge; Ban, Anna-Maria; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1995), 103

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See detailCharacterization and partial amino acid sequencing of a 107-kDa procollagen I N-proteinase purified by affinity chromatography on immobilized type XIV collagen.
Colige, Alain ULg; Beschin, A.; Samyn, B. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1995), 270(28), 16724-30

Procollagen I N-proteinase (EC 3.4.24.14), the enzyme that specifically processes type I and type II procollagens to collagen, was isolated from extracts of fetal calf skin. After two chromatographic ... [more ▼]

Procollagen I N-proteinase (EC 3.4.24.14), the enzyme that specifically processes type I and type II procollagens to collagen, was isolated from extracts of fetal calf skin. After two chromatographic steps on concanavalin A-Sepharose and heparin-Sepharose, the semi-purified preparation was used to produce monoclonal antibodies. One reacting antibody was found to recognize not the enzyme itself but type XIV collagen on which the enzyme was bound. This binding, highly sensitive to ionic conditions (plH, salt concentrations) but not affected by non-ionic detergents, was used for affinity chromatography that strongly improved the purification procedure. The enzyme is extensively characterized: 1) it has a molecular mass of 107 kDa as determined by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis in presence of SDS and of about 130 kDa when estimated by gel filtration on a Sephacryl-S300; 2) in standard assay (pH 7.5, 0.2 M NaCl, 35 degrees C), the activation energy for reaction with amino procollagen type I was 17,000 calories per mole. In the same conditions, Km and Vmax values were, respectively, 435 and 39 nM per hour but varied strongly with pH and salt concentration; 3) the enzyme cleaved the NH2-terminal propeptide of type I procollagen at the specific site, the Pro-Gln bond in the alpha 1 type I procollagen chain; 4) the enzyme contained a high proportion of Gly, Asx, and Glx residues but no Hyp or Hyl; 5) partial amino acid sequences obtained from internal peptides of the enzyme displayed no significant homology with known sequences. The association of procollagen I N-proteinase with a FACIT (fibril-associated collagens with interrupted triple helices) collagen as found here might be of physiological significance. [less ▲]

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See detailHelix Helix Interactions In Reconstituted High-Density-Lipoproteins
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; De Pauw, Mc. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Lipids and Lipid Metabolism (1995), 1258(1), 10-8

In this work we calculated the ionic interactions between adjacent amphipathic helices of apo A-I and apo A-IV. The calculation of the electrostatic potential around the helices helps identify the charged ... [more ▼]

In this work we calculated the ionic interactions between adjacent amphipathic helices of apo A-I and apo A-IV. The calculation of the electrostatic potential around the helices helps identify the charged residues susceptible to form salt bridges between adjacent helices. An estimation of the stability of the different pairs of helices is derived from the calculation of the energy of interaction between contiguous helices at a water/lipid interface after energy minimization. The most stable energetic conformation corresponds to the 17-residue helices oriented anti-parallel and separated by a stretch of 5 residues in an extended beta-strand conformation, as calculated through the 'stereo alphabet' calculation procedure. In a pair of helices, the hydrophobic faces are directed towards the lipid core of the discoidal phospholipid-apolipoprotein complex and the hydrophobic lipid-protein interactions are major determinants for the stability of the complex. Interactions between polar residues located on the opposite face of the helix and water molecules can also contribute to the overall energy of the system. Finally, salt bridge formation between residues of opposite charge along the edge of the helical segments contribute to the cooperativity of the phospholipid-apolipoprotein complex formation. The mode of assembly of the amphipathic helical repeats of the apolipoproteins around the edge of a discoidal complex is therefore determined both by the hydrophobic character of the residues and by the charge complementarity along the edge of the helices which increases the structural stability and determines the relative orientation of the helices. [less ▲]

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See detailBORN EFFECTIVE CHARGES OF BARIUM-TITANATE - BAND-BY-BAND DECOMPOSITION AND SENSITIVITY TO STRUCTURAL FEATURES
Ghosez, Philippe ULg; GONZE, X.; LAMBIN, P. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (1995), 51(10), 6765-6768

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See detailL'articulation des réglementations en matière de crédit hypothécaire
Biquet, Christine ULg

in Revue de Droit Commercial Belge [= RDC] = Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht [=TBH] (1995), Dossier n° 2

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See detailLe rôle du plissement disharmonique dans la tectogenèse de l'allochtone ardennais
Mansy, J. L.; Meilliez, F.; Mercier, E. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France (1995), 3

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See detailA general functional characterization of the microlocal singularities
Bastin, Françoise ULg; Laubin, Pascal

in Journal of Mathematical Sciences, The University of Tokyo (1995), 2(1), 155-164

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See detailVaricella-zoster virus gene 63 encodes an immediate-early protein that is abundantly expressed during latency
Debrus, Serge; Sadzot-Delvaux, Catherine ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg et al

in Journal of Virology (1995), 69(5), 3240-3245

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) gene 63 encodes a protein with a predicted molecular mass of 30.5 kDa which has amino acid similarities with the immediate-early (IE) protein 22 (ICP-22) of herpes simplex ... [more ▼]

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) gene 63 encodes a protein with a predicted molecular mass of 30.5 kDa which has amino acid similarities with the immediate-early (IE) protein 22 (ICP-22) of herpes simplex virus type 1. In order to study the expression of this protein during lytic and latent infection, gene 63 was cloned in frame and downstream from the glutathione-S-transferase gene, expressed as a fusion protein, and purified. In VZV-infected Vero cells, antibodies directed against this protein detect two polypeptides of 45 and 38 kDa which are localized both in the cytoplasm and in the nucleus. Using a sequential combination of transcription and protein synthesis inhibitors (actinomycin D and cycloheximide, respectively), we demonstrated the immediate-early nature of this protein, which can thus be named IE63. Using a rat model of VZV latency, we showed that IE63 is heavily expressed, essentially in neurons, during latency. IE63 can also be detected in the skin of patients showing early herpes zoster symptoms. [less ▲]

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See detailLes confraternités de l'abbaye de Stavelot-Malmedy
George, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin de la Commission Royale d'Histoire (1995), CLXI

réseau de fraternités de Stavelot-Malmdy mis en parallèle avec tous les échanges humains observés dans toutes les sources

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See detailGlageon: une coupe du Givetien en Avesnois (France). Sédimentologie, Coraux, géologie régionale, diagenèse
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Coen-Aubert, M.; Mansy, J. L. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Belge de Géologie (1995), 103(1-2), 171-203

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See detailInvolvement of MMP2 and MMP9 in the development of abdominal aortic aneurysms.
SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; DELVENNE, Philippe ULg; Nusgens, Betty ULg et al

in Cell Biology International (1995), 19(3), 250-51

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See detailOpera Latina : la banque de données de textes latins du L.A.S.L.A. sur CD-ROM
Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Revue. Informatique et Statistique dans les Sciences Humaines (1995)

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See detailActivation of the HIV-1 enhancer by the LEF-1 HMG protein on nucleosome-assembled DNA in vitro.
Sheridan, P. L.; Sheline, C. T.; Cannon, K. et al

in Genes & Development (1995), 9(17), 2090-104

Lymphoid enhancer-binding factor 1 (LEF-1) is a regulatory high mobility group (HMG) protein that activates the T cell receptor alpha (TCR alpha) enhancer in a context-restricted manner in T cells. In ... [more ▼]

Lymphoid enhancer-binding factor 1 (LEF-1) is a regulatory high mobility group (HMG) protein that activates the T cell receptor alpha (TCR alpha) enhancer in a context-restricted manner in T cells. In this paper we demonstrate that the distal region of the human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) enhancer, which contains DNA-binding sites for LEF-1 and Ets-1, also provides a functional context for activation by LEF-1. First, we show that mutations in the LEF-1-binding site inhibit the activity of multimerized copies of the HIV-1 enhancer in Jurkat T cells, and that LEF-1/GAL4 can activate a GAL4-substituted HIV-1 enhancer 80- to 100-fold in vivo. Second, recombinant LEF-1 is shown to activate HIV-1 transcription on chromatin-assembled DNA in vitro. By using a nucleosome-assembly system derived from Drosophila embryos, we find that the packaging of DNA into chromatin in vitro strongly represses HIV-1 transcription and that repression can be counteracted efficiently by preincubation of the DNA with LEF-1 (or LEF-1 and Ets-1) supplemented with fractions containing the promoter-binding protein, Sp1. Addition of TFE-3, which binds to an E-box motif upstream of the LEF-1 and Ets-1 sites, further augments transcription in this system. Individually or collectively, none of the three enhancer-binding proteins (LEF-1, Ets-1, and TFE-3) could activate transcription in the absence of Sp1. A truncation mutant of LEF-1 (HMG-88), which contains the HMG box but lacks the trans-activation domain, did not activate transcription from nucleosomal DNA, indicating that bending of DNA by the HMG domain is not sufficient to activate transcription in vitro. We conclude that transcription activation by LEF-1 in vitro is a chromatin-dependent process that requires a functional trans-activation domain in addition to the HMG domain. [less ▲]

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See detailStimulus spacing effects in temporal bisection by humans
Wearden, J. H.; Ferrara, André ULg

in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology (1995), 48B(4), 289-310

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See detailRéalisation d'un appareillage mesure de l'anisotropie magnétique et application aux supraconducteurs à haute température critique
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin Scientifique de l'Association des Ingénieurs Electriciens sortis de l'Institut Electrotechnique Montefiore (1995), 12

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See detailPneumothorax during laparoscopic fundoplication: diagnosis and treatment with positive end-expiratory pressure.
Joris, Jean ULg; Chiche, Jean-Daniel; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Anesthesia and Analgesia (1995), 81(5), 993-1000

Pneumothorax can develop during laparoscopy, particularly during laparoscopic fundoplication, since the left parietal pleura is exposed and can be torn during dissection in the diaphragmatic hiatus. Such ... [more ▼]

Pneumothorax can develop during laparoscopy, particularly during laparoscopic fundoplication, since the left parietal pleura is exposed and can be torn during dissection in the diaphragmatic hiatus. Such an event will result in specific pathophysiologic changes, since CO2, under pressure in the abdominal cavity, will pass into the pleural space. The aim of this study was to document the pathophysiologic changes induced by pneumothorax, and to evaluate the benefit of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) to treat pneumothorax. Forty-six ASA physical status I and II patients scheduled for laparoscopic fundoplication were monitored extensively; heart rate, mean arterial pressure, end-tidal CO2 (PETCO2), oxygen saturation of hemoglobin (Spo2), minute ventilation, tidal volume, dynamic total lung thorax compliance, and airway pressures were recorded. In 25 patients, oxygen uptake, CO2 elimination and arterial blood gases were also measured. Pneumothorax was diagnosed in seven patients. It resulted in the following pathophysiologic changes: decrease in total lung thorax compliance, increase in airway pressures, and increase in CO2 absorption. Consequently, PACO2 and PETCO2 also increased. Spo2, however, remained normal. The use of PEEP largely corrected these respiratory changes. None of these pneumothoraces required drainage. These data suggest that pneumothorax is common during laparoscopic fundoplication. Early diagnosis is possible by simultaneous monitoring of PETCO2, total lung thorax compliance, and airway pressures. Finally, treatment with PEEP provides an alternative to chest tube placement when pneumothorax is secondary to passage of peritoneal CO2 into the interpleural space. [less ▲]

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See detailFoie et maladies inflammatoires du tube digestif
Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Houbiers, G.; Louis, Edouard ULg

in Médecine et Hygiène (1995), 53

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See detailA new analysis of the OH radical spectrum from solar infrared observations.
Mélen, F.; Sauval, A. J.; Grevesse, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy (1995), 174

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See detailComparative prospective, double-blind, multicenter study of the efficacy of tiludronate and etidronate in the treatment of Paget's disease of bone.
Roux, C.; Gennari, C.; Farrerons, J. et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (1995), 38(6), 851-8

OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of tiludronate and etidronate at the same dosage (400 mg/day) for the treatment of active Paget's disease of bone. METHODS: We studied 234 patients with ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To compare the efficacy and safety of tiludronate and etidronate at the same dosage (400 mg/day) for the treatment of active Paget's disease of bone. METHODS: We studied 234 patients with radiologic lesions characteristic of Paget's disease of bone and serum alkaline phosphatase (AP) concentrations at least twice the upper limit of normal, in a prospective, randomized, double-blind, multicenter clinical trial lasting 6 months. Patients were randomly allocated into 1 of 3 treatment groups: tiludronate for 3 months followed by placebo for 3 months, tiludronate for 6 months, or etidronate for 6 months. Serum AP levels and urinary hydroxyproline excretion were measured at baseline and after 3 months and 6 months. Patients with a reduction of at least 50% in the serum AP concentration were considered to be responders. RESULTS: After 3 months, the proportion of responders was higher in the tiludronate group (57.4%) than in the etidronate group (13.9%) (P < 0.0001). In the etidronate group, this percentage was lower among patients who had received previous treatment with a bisphosphonate (2.3%) than among those who had not (28.6%) (P < 0.01). Previous bisphosphonate treatment was not associated with response in the tiludronate group. After 6 months, the proportion of responders did not differ between the 2 tiludronate groups (60.3% and 70.1%), but was lower in the etidronate group (25.3%) (P < 0.0001). There was a higher proportion of patients with treatment-resistant disease (< 25% reduction of serum AP) in the etidronate group (51.9%) than in the tiludronate 3-month group (17.9%) or the tiludronate 6-month group (19.5%) (P < 0.0001). Gastrointestinal disturbances were more common, and occurred earlier, with tiludronate, but they were mostly mild, requiring no treatment. CONCLUSION: Tiludronate at 400 mg/day for 3 months or 6 months is more effective than the same dosage of etidronate for 6 months in the treatment of Paget's disease. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution de la chimie macromoléculaire à l'élaboration de matériaux colloïdaux et microparticulaires destinés à la vectorisation de médicaments
Grandfils, Christian ULg; Flandroy, P.; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Innovation et Technologies en Biologie et en Médecine (1995), 16

Various colloidal and microparticular vector have been tailored during the last few years in order to promote the transport , the protection and the orientation of the drug towards its pharmacological ... [more ▼]

Various colloidal and microparticular vector have been tailored during the last few years in order to promote the transport , the protection and the orientation of the drug towards its pharmacological target. The aim of the paper is to give some insight about the contribution of the macromolecular engineering for the development of two vectors : microparticles of a control biodegradation rate designed for the chemoembolization of hepatocarcinoma , amphiphile copolymeric micelles able to transport drug within the targeted cells. Starting from a synthetic polymer : polylactide, degradation rate caracteristics , and functionalities can be tailored for the intended applications. One of the major problems , and largely underestimated in the past , for the successfull design of polymeric carrier is to take into account the interaction of proteins with polymer surfaces. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence de la densité osseuse généralisée en implantologie orale
PTAK, Jean ULg; Legrand, Roman; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Actualités Odonto-Stomatologiques (1995), 189

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See detailEstimation de la disponibilite de la ressource forestiere. Cas d'une essence traitée en futaie équienne monospecifique.
Hebert, Jacques ULg; Laurent, Christian

in Revue Forestière Française (1995), 47(5), 572-580

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See detailRobert Feulgen Prize Lecture 1995. New approaches to in situ detection of nucleic acids.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Histochemistry & Cell Biology (1995), 104(2), 81-95

The present paper reviews recent results obtained by different molecular biology-based, immunocytological approaches to the localization and identification of nucleic acids in sections of biological ... [more ▼]

The present paper reviews recent results obtained by different molecular biology-based, immunocytological approaches to the localization and identification of nucleic acids in sections of biological material. Examples of sensitive, high-resolution detection methods for RNA, DNA or specialized DNA regions are presented. Special emphasis is placed on the potential values and limitations of these new methods. [less ▲]

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See detailRegulation Of The Beta-Lactamase Blal Of Streptomyces-Cacaoi - The Product Of The Blab Regulatory Gene Is An Internal Membrane-Bound Protein
Magdalena, J.; Joris, Bernard ULg; Vanbeeumen, J. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1995), 311

The beta-lactamase-encoding gene blaL, cloned from Streptomyces cacaoi in Streptomyces lividans, is inducible by beta-lactam compounds. This regulation has been shown to depend on the products of two open ... [more ▼]

The beta-lactamase-encoding gene blaL, cloned from Streptomyces cacaoi in Streptomyces lividans, is inducible by beta-lactam compounds. This regulation has been shown to depend on the products of two open reading frames, ORF1 (blaA) and ORF2 (blaB) [Lenzini, Magdalena, Fraipont, Joris, Matagne and Dusart (1992) Mol. Gen. Genet. 235, 41-48]. BlaA belongs to the LysR family of transcription activators, whereas BlaB shares some features with the penicillin-recognizing proteins. BlaB has now been overexpressed in Escherichia coli, purified and used for antibody preparation. Immunoblotting of cell-fractionated materials from S. cacaoi showed that BlaB is attached to the internal face of the cytoplasmic membrane. It could not be released by high salt concentrations or EDTA, but only by protease treatment. Under the assay conditions, BlaB did not act as a penicillin-binding protein, a beta-lactamase, a D-amino-peptidase or a target in a phosphorylation step. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of the monomeric 67-kd laminin-binding protein in human lymphomas as defined by MLuC5 monoclonal antibody and paraffin section immunohistochemistry.
Carbone, A.; Gloghini, A.; Colombatti, A. et al

in Human Pathology (1995), 26(5), 541-6

Interactions between cancer cells and laminin, a major component of basement membranes, are mediated through a large variety of cell surface proteins designated as laminin receptors. Among the above ... [more ▼]

Interactions between cancer cells and laminin, a major component of basement membranes, are mediated through a large variety of cell surface proteins designated as laminin receptors. Among the above proteins, a 67-kd monomeric high affinity laminin receptor (67 LR) has long been suspected to be involved in tumor progression. In this study we wished to establish whether the 67 LR molecule is detectable on tumor cells of Hodgkin's disease (HD) and non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHLs), to define its pattern of expression, and to assess the potential utility of 67 LR in differentiating these pathological entities. Morphological and immunohistological studies were performed on 85 specimens of HD and a series of 334 NHL specimens, including anaplastic large cell (ALC) (CD30-positive) lymphomas (73 specimens). For immunohistochemical assessment of the 67 LR we used the monoclonal antibody (MoAb) MLuC5 directed against the 67-kd laminin receptor on paraffin-embedded sections. Reed-Sternberg cells reacted with MLuC5 MoAb in four of 85 (4.7%) HD specimens. Among the NHL specimens, a MLuC5-positive reaction was expressed in 3.3% of B-cell lymphomas. They all belonged to the high grade subtypes. On the other hand, a MLuC5-positive reaction was detected in none of the T-cell lymphomas tested. In contrast to the results obtained with the other NHLs, in 30.2% of ALC (CD30-positive) lymphoma specimens, tumor cells reacted with MLuC5 MoAb. MLuC5-expressing ALC (CD30-positive) lymphoma cells were of either T-cell (six of 17 specimens), B-cell (three of 25 specimens), or undetermined phenotype (10 of 31 specimens). Our investigation has shown that 67 LR as shown by MLuC5 MoAb is detectable only in neoplastic cells of a fraction of ALC (CD30-positive) lymphomas and small subsets of B-cell high grade NHLs and HD. The restricted expression of the 67 LR molecule to ALC (CD30-positive) lymphomas provides a potential tool for the phenotypic separation of this pathological entity from HD and other lymphomas. Whether the detection of the 67 LR expression in these lymphoma subsets may be related to the aggressiveness of the disease remains to be ascertained. [less ▲]

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See detailReactivity and Collisionally Activated Dichlorocarbene Dications studied by Tandem Mass Spectrometry.
Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hautot, D.

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (1995), 6

The dissociation mechanisms of dichlorocarbene dications following collisional activation have been investigated via tandem mass spectrometric technique and semi-empirical calculations. Three channels ... [more ▼]

The dissociation mechanisms of dichlorocarbene dications following collisional activation have been investigated via tandem mass spectrometric technique and semi-empirical calculations. Three channels appear to be significant: (CCl2)2+->CCl+(X1Sigma+)+Cl+(3P) (channel 1); (CCl2)2+->CCl+(X1Sigma+)+Cl+(1D) (channel 2); (CCl2)2+->(Cl2)+(X2Pig)+C+(2P). The second channel becomes dominant at high internal energy. Production of ground state fragments (channel 1) involves a transition driven by spin-orbit coupling from the (CCl2)2+ X 1Sigma+g state to the (CCl2)2+ a 3Sigma-u state en route to the fragments. The dissociation barrier for the production of the ground state fragments from the ground electronic state of (CCl2)2+ via the spin-orbit-induced transition is equal to 420 kJ/mol. The dissociation pathway that corresponds to channel 3 includes a first isomerization step from the linear (Cl-C-Cl)2+ structure to a bent (Cl-C-Cl)2+ connectivity. The calculated isomerization barrier amounts to 550 kJ/mol. The calculated reverse activation barriers are compatible with the measured kinetic energy released on the fragments. [less ▲]

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See detailContrôle du phytoplancton du bassin ligure par le front liguro-provençal (secteur corse)
Goffart, Anne ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg; Prieur, Louis

in Oceanologica Acta (1995), 18

The evolution of the phytoplankton distribution was followed along the Calvi - Nice axis, from Calvi to 30 miles offshore, in relation with the hydrological features of the Liguro-Provençal front ... [more ▼]

The evolution of the phytoplankton distribution was followed along the Calvi - Nice axis, from Calvi to 30 miles offshore, in relation with the hydrological features of the Liguro-Provençal front (Corsican sector) and the nutrients disponibility. Oceanographic cruises repeated between 1982 and 1991 have emphasized the permanence of the front and the interannual stability of its hydrological characteristics. Moreover, the front and the associated vertical circulation influenced highly, and in a reproducible way, the algal distribution within distances of few kilometres. In March, within the Ligurian current (on the coastal side), the front and the central zone (on the open sea side), stabilization of upper layers of water column, induced by a beginning of vertical stratification, is the main factor controlling the starting of the bloom. As soon as phytoplankton development is initiated, highest values of chlorophyll a and primary production are observed in the frontal area. During spring, a significant amount of the phytoplankton produced in the surface layer was carried down along the isopycnals in relation with the frontal convergence. As a consequence, the chlorophyll a distribution was typically like a plume, extending from the surface to at least 100 m deep. In all zones, during the stratified period, the position of the chlorophyll a maximum in the water column is determined by the opposing gradients of light and nitrate. In May, the maximum of phytoplankton was permanently observed in the frontal area where it was strictly correlated with the nitracline. A sharp core of high chlorophyll a concentrations was also observed in the central zone while the Ligurian current was characterized by very low pigment levels. During that period, the ecological role of the front seems to be particularly important because it delimits the unique area of enhanced phytoplanktonic biomass in an oligotrophic or very oligotrophic environment. In June, a well-developed deep chlorophyll a maximum was observed everywhere, from the central zone to the coast. The contribution of the front to the enhancement of the biomass appears to be less important than during spring. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Troubles electrolytiques severes dans l'anorexie mentale.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(1), 16-7

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See detailUterine vascularity during stimulation and its correlation with implantation in in-vitro fertilization.
Bassil, Salim; Magritte, Jean-Philippe; Roth, Jurgen et al

in Human Reproduction (1995), 10(6), 1497-1501

The changes in uterine artery blood flow in women undergoing in-vitro fertilization cycles were studied throughout stimulation after gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) desensitization. The data ... [more ▼]

The changes in uterine artery blood flow in women undergoing in-vitro fertilization cycles were studied throughout stimulation after gonadotrophin-releasing hormone (GnRH) desensitization. The data obtained showed that the uterine vascularity was related to hormonal changes. The GnRH agonist effect was seen only after the third week of administration, and the uterine perfusion was significantly (P = 0.002) improved by the oestradiol secretion. Human chorionic gonadotrophins increased the resistance index (RI) significantly (P = 0.0001) for a period of 48 h. Then the progesterone secretion modified the curve with a significant improvement in the uterine blood flow (P = 0.03). Comparison of the RI value 2 days before human menopausal gonadotrophin (HMG) commencement, in patients with and without pregnancy, showed a higher RI in patients who did not conceive but no difference was observed on the day of embryo transfer. The pregnancy rates were similar whatever the range of the RI observed. The data available so far suggest that haemodynamic parameters alone, detected by Doppler sonography, do not provide full information on endometrial receptivity on the day of embryo transfer. A resistance index > 0.79 before HMG commencement seems to indicate poor uterine vascularity and may necessitate an increase in the HMG doses to prevent endometrial immaturity. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemical analysis of cytoplasmic and mitochondrial Asn-tRNA synthetase functions in two mutant yeast strains.
Landrieu, Isabelle; Vandenbol, Micheline ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1995), 103

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See detailLes activateurs de canaux potassiques: étude structurale comparative du pinacidil, du diazoxide et du cromakalim
Dupont, Léon ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

in Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises (1995), 53(5), 201-208

A conformational analysis has been performed with SYBYL starting from the energy optimized (Tripos force field) X-ray conformation of (R,S)-pinacidil. The geometry of four selected low energy conformers ... [more ▼]

A conformational analysis has been performed with SYBYL starting from the energy optimized (Tripos force field) X-ray conformation of (R,S)-pinacidil. The geometry of four selected low energy conformers has been reoptimized using the AM1 semiempirical Molecular Orbital method (MOPAC 5.0), and the total energy of the optimized conformers has been compared. In spite of an apparent structural dissimilarity, a good analogy has been found between the calculated isopotential map of diazoxide and that of at least one selected low energy conformer of pinacidil. It has been suggested that, unlike cromakalim, the low but observable activity of pinacidil on pancreatic B-cells could be explained by adoption for this compound of a conformation having a diazoxide-like stereoelectronical imprint which could assume a similar interaction on the same biological receptor. [less ▲]

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See detail7-Methyl-3-methylthio-4H-pyrido[4,3-e]-1,2,4-thiadiazin-7-ium-4-ide 1,1-dioxide zwitterion
Dupont, L.; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

in Acta Crystallographica (1995), C51

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