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See detailStabilization of human triosephosphate isomerase by improvement of the stability of individual alpha-helices in dimeric as well as monomeric forms of the protein
Mainfroid, Véronique; Mande, Shekhar C; Hol, Wim G J et al

in Biochemistry (1996), 35(13), 4110-7

Human triosephosphate isomerase (hTIM) is a dimeric enzyme of identical subunits, adopting the alpha/beta-barrel fold. In a previous work, a monomeric mutant of hTIM was engineered in which Met14 and ... [more ▼]

Human triosephosphate isomerase (hTIM) is a dimeric enzyme of identical subunits, adopting the alpha/beta-barrel fold. In a previous work, a monomeric mutant of hTIM was engineered in which Met14 and Arg98, two interface residues, were changed to glutamine. Analysis of equilibrium denaturation of this monomeric mutant, named M14Q/R98Q, revealed that its conformational stability, 2.5kcal/mol, is low as compared to the stability of dimeric hTIM (19.3 kcal/mol). The fact that this value is also lower than the conformational stabilities usually found for monomeric proteins suggests that the hTIM monomers are thermodynamically unstable. In the present work, we attempted to stabilize the M14Q/R98Q mutant by introducing stabilizing mutations in alpha-helices of the protein. Five mutations were proposed, designed to increase alpha-helix propensity by introducing alanines at solvent-exposed sites (Q179A, K193A), to introduce favorable interactions with helix dipoles (Q179D, S105D), or to reduce the conformational entropy of unfolding by introducing proline residues at the "N-cap" position of alpha-helices (A215P). Three replacements (Q179D, K193A, and A215P) were found to increase the stability of the native dimeric hTIM and the monomeric M14Q/R98Q. These results suggest that the monomeric hTIM mutant can be stabilized to a considerable extent by following well-established rules for protein stabilization. A comparison of the stabilizing effect performed by the mutations on the dimeric hTIM and the monomeric M14Q/R98Q allowed us to reinforce a model of equilibrium denaturation proposed for both proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailStable isotope studies: a remarkable tool in delianating organic matter pathways between pelagic and benthic realms. In memoriam Fiorentina Mosora
Mosora, Fiorentina; Dauby, Patrick ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1996), 65

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

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

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

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

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See detailStrigula kaitokensis sp. nov. from New Zealand
Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg; Polly, Barbara

in Mycotaxon (1996), 59

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See detailSeasonal and interannual influences of the terrestrial ecosystems on atmospheric CO2: a model study
François, Louis ULg; Nemry, Bernard; Warnant, Pierre ULg et al

in Physics & Chemistry of the Earth - Parts A/B/C (1996), 21

The prognostic CARAIB (Carbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) model has been used in conjunction with the Max-Planck Institut TM2 atmospheric transport model to calculate the atmospheric CO2 fluctuations ... [more ▼]

The prognostic CARAIB (Carbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) model has been used in conjunction with the Max-Planck Institut TM2 atmospheric transport model to calculate the atmospheric CO2 fluctuations at the global scale. Two applications are briefly described. In the first one, the seasonal CO2 variation is calculated and a Fourier analysis is performed to determine the relative contributions of the various vegetation types. It is found that the seasonal signal is dominated by the grasslands and needle leaf forests in the northern boreal and temperate zones. In the southern hemisphere, tropical deciduous forests and grasslands make the primary contribution. In the second application, the net primary productivity (NPP), soil heterotrophic respiration (SHR) and net ecosystem productivity (NEP) are calculated for years 1987 and 1988 with the model driven by observed climatic variables. Preliminary results indicate that the NEP variations between these two years are strongly dominated by tropical ecosystems. However, it is shown that the results are strongly dependent on the dataset used for the 1987-88 temperature record, raising the question of reliability of sudl modelling studies of the interannual variability of the biosphere. 01997 Elsevier Science Ltd [less ▲]

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See detailHypertension artérielle et antagonistes du récepteur de l'angiotensine II
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Turatzinse, L.; Rorive, Georges ULg

in Médecine et Hygiène (1996), 2127

Dans l'hypertension artérielle et la décompensation cardiaque, les inhibiteurs de l'enzyme de conversion constituent un outil thérapeutique important mais, parfois, au prix de certains effets secondaires ... [more ▼]

Dans l'hypertension artérielle et la décompensation cardiaque, les inhibiteurs de l'enzyme de conversion constituent un outil thérapeutique important mais, parfois, au prix de certains effets secondaires (par exemple, la toux). De nouvelles perspectives de contrôle du système rénine angiotensine-aldostérone se profilent à l'horizon avec l'avènement des antagonistes des récepteurs de l'angiotensine Il. Le losartan est lepremier agent de cette famille, de nature non peptidique et actif par voie orale. Sa longue durée d'action permet une seule administration par jour. Cet agent bloque tous les effets connus de l'angiotensine II par une action au niveau des récepteurs appelés AT1. Au vu des premiers résultats publiés, il constitue un concurrent des inhibiteurs de l'enzyme de conversion dans l'hypertension et la décompensation cardiaque. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte-rendu de E. Wente, Letters from Ancient Egypt
Winand, Jean ULg

in Chronique d'Egypte : Bulletin Périodique de la Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth (1996), 71(141), 57-62

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See detailOccurrence and impact of Heteropolaria (Protozoa: Ciliophora), on intensively cultured perch Perca fluviatilis
Grignard, J. C.; Mélard, Charles ULg; Baras, E. et al

in Annales Zoologici Fennici (1996), 33

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

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

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

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

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See detailProduction, automatic delivery and bolus injection of O-15 water for positron emission tomography studies
VanNaemen, John; Monclus, Michel; Damhaut, Philippe et al

in Nuclear Medicine and Biology (1996), 23(4), 413-416

An automatic system allowing repetitive bolus injection of oxygen-15-labeled water for PET studies is described in this report. The production of this radiopharmaceutical by the 16O(p,pn)15O nuclear ... [more ▼]

An automatic system allowing repetitive bolus injection of oxygen-15-labeled water for PET studies is described in this report. The production of this radiopharmaceutical by the 16O(p,pn)15O nuclear reaction on H216O, its purification and delivery nearby the PET camera, the injection system, and the quality controls are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailCO2 atmosphérique et simulation de ses variations d'origine naturelle et anthropique
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; François, Louis ULg

in Revue de la Science et des Techniques (1996), 14

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See detailNeonatal inhibition of brain estrogen synthesis alters adult neural Fos responses to mating and pheromonal stimulation in the male rat.
Bakker, Julie ULg; Baum, M. J.; Slob, A. K.

in Neuroscience (1996), 74(1), 251-60

Neonatal inhibition of brain estrogen formation in male rats by administration of the aromatase inhibitor, 1,4,6-androstatriene-3,17-dione (ATD), permanently changes aspects of their mating behavior and ... [more ▼]

Neonatal inhibition of brain estrogen formation in male rats by administration of the aromatase inhibitor, 1,4,6-androstatriene-3,17-dione (ATD), permanently changes aspects of their mating behavior and partner preference in adulthood. The medial preoptic area receives chemosensory inputs via a sexually dimorphic vomeronasal projection circuit, which responds to reproductively relevant pheromonal cues. The medial preoptic area also receives genital somatosensory inputs via the midbrain central tegmental field and the medial amygdala. We used Fos immunoreactivity as a marker of neuronal activation to determine whether there is a correspondence between the behavioral profiles of neonatally ATD-treated male rats and their neuronal responses in the medial preoptic area and other brain regions to somatosensory and chemosensory stimuli. Achieving eight intromissions with an estrous female led to a greater neuronal Fos immunoreactivity in the medial preoptic area of neonatally ATD-treated male rats compared with neonatally cholesterol-treated male rats. Exposure for 1.5 h to chemosensory cues derived from soiled bedding of estrous females induced Fos immunoreactivity throughout the vomeronasal pathway (i.e. medial amygdala, bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and medial preoptic area) in both ATD and cholesterol males (Experiment 2a). By contrast, exposure for 1.5 h to chemosensory cues derived from soiled bedding of sexually active males revealed clear differences between ATD and cholesterol males in neuronal Fos immunoreactive (Experiment 2b). At peripheral portions of the vomeronasal pathway (i.e. the accessory olfactory bulb and the medial amygdala), there were no differences in the number of Fos immunoreactivity neurons between ATD and cholesterol males. However, neurons in the more central portions of the vomeronasal pathway (i.e. the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and the medial preoptic area) showed increased Fos immunoreactivity after exposure to odors from sexually active males in ATD males as opposed to cholesterol males. Females, like ATD males, showed neuronal Fos immunoreactivity at each level of the vomeronasal pathway after being exposed to odors from sexually active males. These results suggest that the responsiveness of neurons in the central portion of the vomeronasal projection circuit to odors from sexually active males, but not estrous females, is sexually differentiated in male rats due to the neonatal action of estrogens. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Concentration of Estradiol Following Transdermal Administration of Systen 50 or Menorest 50
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg; Deroisy, Rita ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology. Supplement (1996), 103

Circulating levels of 17 beta estradiol (E2) following the administration of fixed doses of E2, show a great variability in kinetics depending upon the product administrated, the routes of administration ... [more ▼]

Circulating levels of 17 beta estradiol (E2) following the administration of fixed doses of E2, show a great variability in kinetics depending upon the product administrated, the routes of administration, and the interindividual variations in absorption and metabolism. This might have important implications both in terms of tolerance and effectiveness. Two new forms of transdermal E2 (SYSTEN Cilag and MENOREST Rhone-Poulenc Rorer) have been recently accepted in Europe for the treatment of climacteric symptoms. The present study was undertaken to compare the pharmacokinetic characteristics of plasma E2 profile under these two drugs. It was carried out in 30 healthy postmenopausal volunteers according to good clinical practice after informed consent, as a single blind, randomised, cross-over study during the classical wearing period of 4 days. Plasma E2 concentration was determined 24 hours before, 1/2 hour before and then 2, 4, 8, 12, 24, 48, 72, 84, 96 hours after the first patch administration. E2 measurement was performed using a specific direct radioimmunoassay developed in the FRH laboratories. The main criteria for this method were an intraassay coefficient of variation (CV) less than 6%, an interassay CV less than 8% in a concentration range of 15-140 pg/ml and a quantitative detection limit (LOQ) of 2.7 pg/ml with a 20% CV. The following kinetic parameters were analysed: C(max), C(mean), C96 and MRT. The bioequivalence was assessed by analysis of variance of C(max), C(mean), C96 and AuC after logarithmic transformation, complemented by Westlake test (95%). Data show that these two products are identical in terms of C(max) but C(mean), C96 and AuC are statistically greater when MENOREST 50(R) is administered; furthermore, E2 levels decrease more rapidly and more deeply with SYSTEN 50 than MENOREST 50. The differences of pharmacokinetic profiles after administration of two different forms of the same dose of 50 micrograms transdermal 17 beta estradiol might have important medical consequences. [less ▲]

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See detailMise au point medicale avant gastroplastie: indications et contre-indications.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Bruxelles (1996), 17(4), 232-5

Because of the common failure of the various medical procedures used for the treatment of morbid obesity, surgeons have searched alternatives among which gastroplasty appears to offer now the best ... [more ▼]

Because of the common failure of the various medical procedures used for the treatment of morbid obesity, surgeons have searched alternatives among which gastroplasty appears to offer now the best efficacy/safety ratio. Such approach has become more and more popular in our country, but success is almost highly variable from patient to patient. A careful medical assessment is necessary before performing gastroplasty. It mainly aims at choosing the appropriate indications (failure of previous well-applied medical therapy, exclusion of any hormonal cause of obesity, presence of complications due to weight excess, ...) and at excluding cardiovascular (unstable coronaropathy, carotid stenosis, ...), digestive (recurrent oesophagitis, ...) or psychiatric contra-indications. Such medical assessment before gastroplasty should allow to increase the success rate and to reduce the incidence of complications after the surgical procedure. [less ▲]

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See detailAntagonistic properties of human prolactin analogs that show paradoxical agonistic activity in the Nb2 bioassay
Goffin, Vincent; Kinet, Sandrina; Ferrag, Fatima et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(28), 16573-9

Based on the assumption that the prolactin receptor (PRLR) is activated by PRL-induced sequential dimerization, potential human PRL (hPRL) antagonists were designed that sterically interfere with binding ... [more ▼]

Based on the assumption that the prolactin receptor (PRLR) is activated by PRL-induced sequential dimerization, potential human PRL (hPRL) antagonists were designed that sterically interfere with binding site 2. We previously reported the unexpected agonistic properties of these hPRL analogs in the rat Nb2 bioassay (Goffin, V., Struman, I., Mainfroid, V., Kinet, S., and Martial, J. A. (1994) J. Biol. Chem. 269, 32598-32606). In order to investigate whether such paradoxical agonistic behavior might result from characteristic features of the Nb2 assay (e.g. species specificity), we transfected in the same cell system the cDNA encoding the PRLR from rat or human species along with reporter genes containing PRL-responsive DNA sequences. We characterized the agonistic, self-antagonistic and/or antagonistic effects of wild type rat PRL, wild type hPRL, and three hPRL analogs, mutated either at binding site 1 or at binding site 2. Our results clearly show that the agonistic/antagonistic properties of PRLs are species-specific. We thus propose different models of receptor activation, depending on the relative affinities of each hormonal binding site, which is directed by species specificity. Finally, this is the first report of hPRL binding site 2 analogs showing antagonistic properties on human and, to a lesser extent, rat receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailPratiques d'auto-formation : une enquête en communauté française de Belgique
Denis, Brigitte ULg

in Cahiers d'Etudes du C U E E P (1996), 32-33

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See detailCharacterization of lactogen receptor-binding site 1 of human prolactin
Kinet, Sandrina; Goffin, Vincent; Mainfroid, Véronique et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(24), 14353-60

Prolactin (PRL) binds to two molecules of PRL receptor (PRLR) through two regions referred to as binding sites 1 and 2. Although binding site 1 has been generally assigned to the pocket delimited by helix ... [more ▼]

Prolactin (PRL) binds to two molecules of PRL receptor (PRLR) through two regions referred to as binding sites 1 and 2. Although binding site 1 has been generally assigned to the pocket delimited by helix 1, helix 4, and the second half of loop 1, the residues involved in receptor binding have not yet all been precisely identified. In an earlier alanine-scanning mutational study, we identified three major binding determinants in loop 1 of human PRL (hPRL) (Goffin, V., Norman, M. & Martial, J. A.(1992) Mol. Endocrinol. 6, 1381-1392). Here we focus on the two other regions that form binding site 1, namely helices 1 and 4. Putative binding residues, selected on the basis of a three-dimensional model of hPRL constructed in this laboratory, were mutated to alanine, and recombinant hPRL mutants produced in Escherichia coli were tested for their ability to bind to the PRLR and to stimulate Nb2 cell proliferation. We thus identified nine single mutations (three in helix 1 and six in helix 4) whose effect was to reduce both binding and mitogenic activity by more than half as compared with wild-type hPRL, indicating the functional involvement of the corresponding residues. Adding these to the three binding determinants identified in loop 1, we now propose a complete picture of PRLR-binding site 1 of hPRL. As we earlier hypothesized, the binding site 1 determinants of hPRL differ from those of human growth hormone, a hPRL homolog. [less ▲]

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See detailGastrin levels in serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of patients with lung cancer: comparison with patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Dowlati, A; Bury, Thierry ULg; CORHAY, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Thorax (1996), 51(12), 1270-2

BACKGROUND: The gastrin gene is known to be expressed in all classes of bronchogenic carcinomas. Furthermore, high levels of gastrin have been reported in both the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The gastrin gene is known to be expressed in all classes of bronchogenic carcinomas. Furthermore, high levels of gastrin have been reported in both the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and serum of patients with lung cancer. Based on these preliminary data a study was conducted to evaluate the usefulness of gastrin measurements in the diagnosis and staging of lung cancer. METHODS: Thirty-five patients with lung cancer (26 non-small cell (NSCLC) and nine small cell (SCLC)) and 25 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease underwent fibreoptic bronchoscopy and BAL. Gastrin levels were determined in both BAL fluid and the serum and compared with each other and with staging. RESULTS: No difference was found between the gastrin levels in the BAL fluid or serum of the study groups. There was no correlation with the stage in NSCLC and no correlation was found between the gastrin levels in the serum and the BAL fluid. A significant difference was seen in gastrin levels in BAL fluid between extensive and limited SCLC (p < 0.05). CONCLUSION: There is no evidence of clinical usefulness for gastrin measurements in lung cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailOpera Latina, le CD-ROM de textes latins classiques du LASLA
Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Le Médiéviste et l’Ordinateur (1996), 33(printemps), 21-25

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See detailThe enhancers of the human placental lactogen B, A, and L genes: progressive activation during in vitro trophoblast differentiation and importance of the DF-3 element in determining their respective activities
Jacquemin, P.; Alsat, E.; Oury, Cécile ULg et al

in DNA & Cell Biology (1996), 15(10), 845-54

The hCS-A and hCS-B genes encoding human chorionic somatomammotropin and the related hCS-L gene are very similar in their coding and flanking sequences. For each of these genes, downstream enhancers ... [more ▼]

The hCS-A and hCS-B genes encoding human chorionic somatomammotropin and the related hCS-L gene are very similar in their coding and flanking sequences. For each of these genes, downstream enhancers, varying in strength, have been identified with the help of cytotrophoblast-derived JEG-3 cells, which do not express the hCS genes. Here we study the activity of the hCS enhancers in human syncytiotrophoblast in primary culture, which naturally expresses the hCS genes. We show that the activity of the hCS-B gene enhancer is mediated by two elements, DF-3 and DF-4, whereas the hCS-L and hCS-A gene enhancers display weaker activity due to mutations in their respective DF-3 sites. Replacement of the hCS-B DF-3 site with the homologous hCS-A sequence causes hCS-B enhancer activity to decrease. Primary cytotrophoblasts differentiate in culture to form the syncytiotrophoblast. We show that during this process the production of hCS progressively increases and that concomitantly all three hCS enhancers are progressively activated. A targeted mutation in the 3' part of the DF-4 element abolishes the binding of a protein present only in syncytiotrophoblast extracts and inactivates the DF-4 element. Thus, a direct correlation exists between the appearance of this syncytiotrophoblast-specific protein and hCS enhancer activity. This primary culture model proves useful in studying the regulation of the hCS genes. [less ▲]

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See detailSulfonylurea-sensitive potassium current evoked by sodium-loading in rat midbrain dopamine neurons.
Seutin, Vincent ULg; Shen, K. Z.; North, R. A. et al

in Neuroscience (1996), 71(3), 709-19

In Parkinson's disease, there is evidence of impaired mitochondrial function which reduces the capacity to synthesize ATP in dopamine neurons. This would be expected to reduce the activity of the sodium ... [more ▼]

In Parkinson's disease, there is evidence of impaired mitochondrial function which reduces the capacity to synthesize ATP in dopamine neurons. This would be expected to reduce the activity of the sodium pump (Na+/K+ ATPase), causing increased intracellular levels of Na+. Patch pipettes were used to introduce Na+ (40 mM in pipette solutions) into dopamine neurons in the rat midbrain slice in order to study the electrophysiological effects of increased intracellular Na+. We found that intracellular Na+ loading evoked 100-300 pA of outward current (at -60 mV) and increased whole-cell conductance; these effects developed gradually during the first 10 min after rupture of the membrane patch. Extracellular Ba2+ reduced most of the outward current evoked by Na+ loading; this Ba(2+)-sensitive current reversed direction at the expected reversal potential for K+ (EK), and was also blocked by extracellular tetraethylammonium (30 mM) and intracellular Cs+ (which replaced K+ in pipette solutions). The sulfonylurea drugs glipizide (IC50 = 4.9 nM), tolbutamide (IC50 = 23 microM) and glibenclamide (1 microM) were as effective as 300 microM Ba2+ in reducing the K+ current evoked by Na+ loading. When recording with "control" pipettes containing 15 mM Na+, diazoxide (300 microM) increased chord conductance and evoked outward current at -60 mV, which also reversed direction near EK. Effects of diazoxide were blocked by glibenclamide (1 microM) or glipizide (300 nM). Diazoxide (300 microM) and baclofen (3 microM), which also evoked K(+)-mediated outward currents recorded with control pipettes, caused little additional increases in outward currents during Na+ loading. Raising ATP concentrations to 10 mM in pipette solutions failed to significantly reduce currents evoked by diazoxide or Na+ loading, suggesting that these currents may not be mediated by ATP-sensitive K+ channels. Finally, Na+ loading using pipettes containing Cs+ in place of K+ evoked a relatively small outward current (50-150 pA at -60 mV), which developed gradually over the first 10 min after rupturing the membrane patch. This current was reduced by dihydro-ouabain (3 microM) and a low extracellular concentration of K+ (0.5 mM instead of 2.5 mM), but was not affected by Ba2+. We conclude that intracellular Na+ loading evokes a current generated by Na+/K+ ATPase in addition to sulfonylurea-sensitive K+ current. This Na(+)-dependent K+ current is unusual in its sensitivity to sulfonylureas, and could protect dopamine neurons against toxic effects of intracellular Na+ accumulation. [less ▲]

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See detailHeparin-binding domain, type 1 and type 2 repeats of thrombospondin mediate its interaction with human breast cancer cells.
Incardona, F.; Lawler, J.; Cataldo, Didier ULg et al

in Journal of Cellular Biochemistry (1996), 62(4), 431-42

Thrombospondin is an adhesive glycoprotein that promotes breast cancer cell adhesion to human vascular endothelial cells (Incardona et al., 1995). In this study, we have identified the molecular domains ... [more ▼]

Thrombospondin is an adhesive glycoprotein that promotes breast cancer cell adhesion to human vascular endothelial cells (Incardona et al., 1995). In this study, we have identified the molecular domains of thrombospondin that mediate its binding to specific receptors on the human breast adenocarcinoma cell line, MDA-MB-231. Two recombinant fragments from the amino-terminus (TSPN18 and TSPN28), and the fusion proteins of the type 1 and type 2 repeats of human thrombospondin, inhibited binding of radiolabeled thrombospondin to MDA-MB-231 cells in suspension by 40-60% at 50 micrograms/ml whereas the type 3 repeat, carboxy-terminus and unfused glutathione-S-transferase as well as the synthetic peptide Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser (500 micrograms/ml) had little or no effect. Heparin and various glycosaminoglycans as heparan sulfate, chondroitin sulfates A, B or C, and fucoidan inhibited thrombospondin binding to MDA-MB-231 cells by more than 60% whereas dextran sulfate had only little effect. Treatment of cells with heparitinase, chondroitinase ABC, and hyaluronidase, but not with neuraminidase, induced 30-50% inhibition of thrombospondin binding suggesting the participation of both heparan sulfate and chondroitin sulfate cell surface-associated molecules. Inhibition of proteoglycan sulfation by chlorate or inhibition of glycosaminoglycan chain formation by two beta-D-xylosides also led to a substantial inhibition of thrombospondin binding. Our results indicate that several domains within the thrombospondin molecule, namely the amino-terminus, type 1 and type 2 repeats, participate in its binding to specific receptors bearing sulfated glycosaminoglycans on MDA-MB-231 cells. Biological assays have indicated that, in addition to these domains, the peptide Gly-Arg-Gly-Asp-Ser inhibited MDA-MB-231 cell attachment to thrombospondin suggesting that the last type 3 repeat of the molecule may also contribute to its cell adhesive activity. [less ▲]

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See detailSeabirds mortality during the 1992-1993 winter along the Belgian coast
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Brosens, L.; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140(3), 149-

During the 1992-1993 133 seabirds found on Belgian beaches were necropsied. Most frequent species were the guillemot (Uria aalge), the oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), the kittiwake (Rissa ... [more ▼]

During the 1992-1993 133 seabirds found on Belgian beaches were necropsied. Most frequent species were the guillemot (Uria aalge), the oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), the kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), the razorbill (Alca torda) and the herring gull (Larus argentatus). The three main observations were, in decreasing order, cachexia, acute and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, and oil contamination of plumage and intestinal tract. The pelagic origin of seabirds was associated with all 3 observations; oil contamination was associated with acute gastro-enteritis and cachexia and, finally, the immature character was associated with cachexia. A hypothetical mechanism of death would be oiled pelagic seabirds that become cachectic and die of acute gastroenteritis. It is unlikely that seabirds act as a reservoir for bacteria, that were only occasionally identified in our material. Therefore, it appears that infectious agents play a minor role in seabirds stranding. [less ▲]

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See detailA single editing event is a prerequisite for efficient processing of potato mitochondrial phenylalanine tRNA
MarechalDrouard, L.; Cosset, A.; Remacle, Claire ULg et al

in Molecular & Cellular Biology (1996), 16(7), 3504-3510

In bean, potato, and Oenothera plants, the C encoded at position 4 (C-4) in the mitochondrial tRNA(GAA)(Phe) gene is converted into a U in the mature tRNA, This nucleotide change corrects a mismatched C-4 ... [more ▼]

In bean, potato, and Oenothera plants, the C encoded at position 4 (C-4) in the mitochondrial tRNA(GAA)(Phe) gene is converted into a U in the mature tRNA, This nucleotide change corrects a mismatched C-4-A(69) base pair which appears when the gene sequence is folded into the cloverleaf structure. C-to-U conversions constitute the most common editing events occurring in plant mitochondrial mRNAs. While most of these conversions introduce changes in the amino acids specified by the mRNA and appear to be essential for the synthesis of functional proteins in plant mitochondria, the putative role of mitochondrial tRNA editing has not yet been defined. Since the edited form of the tRNA has the correct secondary and tertiary structures compared with the nonedited form, the two main processes which might be affected by a nucleotide conversion are aminoacylation and maturation. To test these possibilities, we determined the aminoacylation properties of unedited and edited potato mitochondrial tRNA(Phe) in vitro transcripts, as well as the processing efficiency of in vitro-synthesized potato mitochondrial tRNA(Phe) precursors. Reverse transcription-PCR amplification of natural precursors followed by cDNA sequencing was also used to investigate the influence of editing on processing. Our results show that C-to-U conversion at position 4 in the potato mitochondrial tRNA(GAA)(Phe) is not required for aminoacylation,vith phenylalanine but is likely to be essential for efficient processing of this tRNA. [less ▲]

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See detailLa géographie au service du développement local. Le bilan du Colloque de Liège (16-18 novembre 1995) de l'Association de Géographes Français
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Cahiers de Géographie du Quebec (1996), 40(111), 479-484

Summary of a symposium held in Liege from 16 to 18 November 1996 on the theme of local development

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See detailIncidence et coûts sociaux directs de la fracture du fémur
Gillet, Pierre ULg; Reginster-Haneuse, G; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Les Nouvelles de Rhumatologie (1996), 1

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See detailIn Vitro Cytotoxic Activity of Two Potential Anticancer Drugs Isolated from Strychnos: Strychnopentamine and Usambarensine
Bonjean, K. A.; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Quetin-Leclercq, J. et al

in Anticancer Research (1996), 16(3A, May-Jun), 1129-37

The cytotoxicity and the selective antiprotozoal activity of some Strychnos alkaloids, namely strychnopentamine (SP) and usambarensine (US) (7) led us to analyze and compare their effects with emetine (EM ... [more ▼]

The cytotoxicity and the selective antiprotozoal activity of some Strychnos alkaloids, namely strychnopentamine (SP) and usambarensine (US) (7) led us to analyze and compare their effects with emetine (EM) by using mouse B16 melanoma cells cultivated in vitro. We observed by cytological analysis and proliferation rate studies that these substances induce analogous cytotoxic effects in B16 cells, but at different concentrations i.e. formation of lamellar bodies in the cytoplasm, the which contain pre-melanosomes in the case of SP and US, vacuoles and blebs. At concentrations near their respective IC50, SP and US, but not EM, decreased colony formation. We showed by incorporation of labelled precursors that SP and US first inhibit RNA synthesis while EM initially acts on protein synthesis. These alkaloids increased melanin synthesis. Furthermore, only EM and SP caused hemolysis of sheep red blood corpuscles. This could explain why the rate of antiplasmodial activity is higher for SP and EM. [less ▲]

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See detailExercice physique et ostéoporose
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Le Monde Médical de la Femme (1996), 309(15), 25-27

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See detailEffets de l'interleukine 1 sur les chondrocytes humains cultivés en agrégats
Bassleer, Corinne; Jaspar, Jean-Marie; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Revue du Praticien (La) (1996), 46(6 Spec No), 31-34

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See detailCharacterization of growth hormone-binding protein in cattle plasma: prolactin-binding activity and 24-hour profile.
Massart, S.; Ban, A. M.; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in Domestic Animal Endocrinology (1996), 13(1), 47-57

The purpose of this study was to characterize circulating growth hormone-binding proteins (GHBP) and prolactin-binding proteins (PRLBP) in cattle blood plasma. In particular, the 24-hr profile of these ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to characterize circulating growth hormone-binding proteins (GHBP) and prolactin-binding proteins (PRLBP) in cattle blood plasma. In particular, the 24-hr profile of these molecules was investigated. The preincubation of bull plasma with iodinated bovine growth hormone (bGH) or bovine prolactin (bPRL), followed by gel filtration chromatography (Superdex 200; 1.6 x 60 cm column), resulted in the formation of essentially two complexes. The majority of [125I]bPRL eluted with the first one (M(r) approximately 600 kDa), whereas [125I]bGH mainly appeared in the second one (M(r) approximately 70 kDa). The fractions corresponding to these two peaks were analyzed by western ligand blotting (WLB), under reducing conditions. WLB revealed, respectively, 190-, 56-, 52-, and 28-kDa bands for the first peak and only 52- and 28-kDa bands for the second one. The nature of the 600-kDa peak is at present undetermined, but the 70-kDa one was previously identified as high-affinity GHBP. Displacement studies demonstrated that bGH and bPRL were both able to bind to this GHBP, because the bGH- and bPRL-binding activities of this protein could be saturated by an excess of either of these two hormones. This was indirectly confirmed by the close correlation (r = 0.615; P = 0.0001; n = 155) observed between plasma bGH- and bPRL-binding activities, because this correlation could suggest that both ligands are bound to the same proteins. The temporal concentrations of plasma GHBP were measured in samples collected at 20-min intervals for 24 hr from 8 young bulls. The evaluation of GHBP was realized by WLB, followed by densitometric analysis. Some fluctuations were observed, but these were not correlated with bGH release, even with a +/- 2-hr lag period. In summary, we found that bovine high-affinity GHBP binds not only bGH, but also bPRL. A second type of protein, of higher molecular weight, also binds these two hormones, but further investigations are needed to determine its nature. Finally, GHBP concentrations in cattle blood plasma apparently show fluctuations over a 24-hr period, but no correlation was found between these fluctuations and plasma growth hormone concentrations. [less ▲]

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See detailRetard neuromoteur et neuropsychologique: critères de recours à une prise en charge spécialisée
Misson, Jean-Paul ULg; Dubru, Jean-Marie ULg; Leroy, Patricia et al

in Percentile (1996), .(3), 103-107

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Vromans, Joseph ULg

in Etudes & Travaux (1996), I

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See detailLa négation bn ... iwnA en néo-égyptien
Winand, Jean ULg

in Lingua Aegyptia [= LingAeg] (1996), 5

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See detailEfficacy of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory drugs in postoperative pain
Joris, Jean ULg

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (1996), 47(3), 115-123

Historically, NSAIDs, used for more than 25 years to treat rheumatologic diseases, were then introduced to relieve pain after tooth extraction, and finally about 10 years ago for postoperative analgesia ... [more ▼]

Historically, NSAIDs, used for more than 25 years to treat rheumatologic diseases, were then introduced to relieve pain after tooth extraction, and finally about 10 years ago for postoperative analgesia. NSAIDs have been increasingly used over the past ten years in the treatment of postoperative pain, such that they now play an important role in the management of postoperative analgesia, either alone or combined with opioids. When used alone, they are effective in relieving minor or moderate pain such as that seen after maxillofacial, minor orthopedic, or some ambulatory surgical procedures, and postpartum pain (episiotomy). In these indications, the main benefit as compared with opioids is the lack of respiratory depression, nausea and vomiting. Since these side effects delay discharge from the hospital after ambulatory surgery, the use of NSAIDs may result in faster recovery and earlier discharge. Because of the ceiling effect of NSAIDs, their efficacy as sole agents is usually insufficient to treat pain after major surgery (orthopedic, abdominal, thoracic). NSAIDs should then be combined with opioids. As part of a balanced analgesia regimen, NSAIDs will allow for opioid-sparing, and might subsequently reduce opioid-mediated side effects. A 20 to 50% reduction in opioid consumption, sometimes with improved quality of analgesia, has been reported using different NSAIDs following various types of surgery. Better respiratory function, improved sleep quality, and faster recovery of gastrointestinal function have been reported with NSAIDs. However, the use of NSAIDs has not been shown to be associated with improved outcome or more rapid recovery. [less ▲]

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

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

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Gavray, Claire ULg

in Lettre d'information TEF (1996), 4

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Das, Krishna ULg

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

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See detailEvaluacion isocinetica de las ligamentoplastias de rodilla
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Villanueva, F. J.; Delcour, J. P. et al

in Utilidad de la reeducacion. Inflamación (1996), 7

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See detailL'échec, un problème de culture pédagogique
Crahay, Marcel ULg

in Journal of Education (1996), Octobre

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See detailLa greffe de cellules souches hematopoietiques (greffe de moelle osseuse"): indications, modalites et risques."
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(4), 270-5

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

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

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

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

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See detailTowards concerted river management in Belgium.
Mormont, Marc ULg

in Journal of Environmental Planning & Management (1996), 39(1), 131-141

River basin management is a highly complex issue, involving scientific uncertainties and competing interests between many groups. One approach is to build consensus between different users and to agree a ... [more ▼]

River basin management is a highly complex issue, involving scientific uncertainties and competing interests between many groups. One approach is to build consensus between different users and to agree a common basis for operation. The King Baudouin Foundation in Belgium has supported the idea of 'river contracts' as a way of producing agreed strategies for river management. Examples of early contracts are described and their wider significance reviewed. [less ▲]

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See detailHybridization of 2,659 Clostridium Perfringens Isolates with Gene Probes for Seven Toxins (Alpha, Beta, Epsilon, Iota, Theta, Mu, and Enterotoxin) and for Sialidase
Daube, Georges ULg; Simon, Patricia ULg; Limbourg, Bernard et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1996), 57(4), 496-501

OBJECTIVE--To genetically characterize Clostridium perfringens isolates for association of pathologic type with various diseases. DESIGN--Prospective study. SAMPLE POPULATION--2,659 C perfringens isolates ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE--To genetically characterize Clostridium perfringens isolates for association of pathologic type with various diseases. DESIGN--Prospective study. SAMPLE POPULATION--2,659 C perfringens isolates from various nonhuman animals species, human beings, and foods. PROCEDURE--Colony hybridization with DNA probes for 7 toxin (alpha, beta, epsilon, iota (subunits a and b), theta, mu, and enterotoxin) genes and 1 sialidase gene were performed to group the isolates by pathologic type. RESULTS--Enterotoxin-negative type-A isolates were the most common (2,575/2,659), were isolated from all sources, and were separated into 5 pathologic types. In cattle and horses with enterotoxemia, essentially only these pathologic types were identified. The enterotoxin-negative isolates of types C or D each had a single pathologic type. Type-C isolates were isolated only from swine with necrotic enteritis and type-D isolates from small ruminants with enterotoxemia, except that 1 type-D isolate was also found from a healthy fish. Type-B or -E isolates were not found. Among the 47 enterotoxin-positive isolates, 5 isolates from sheep or deer were type D and the other 42 were type A. These 42 isolates were grouped into 3 pathologic types: 1 type was isolated from samples of almost all origins, but the other 2 types were found in only 5 fish, 4 human beings, and 1 dog. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE--Genetic characterization of these isolates allowed identification of 11 different pathologic types. This approach may be useful in molecular diagnosis and prophylaxis of clostridial disease. [less ▲]

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

in Blood (1996)

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See detailPrévention de l’ostéoporose à Liège. Histoire d’un PIGEPS : dix ans plus tard.
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; DEROISY, Rita ULg; LECART, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Santé Publique : Revue Multidisciplinaire pour la Recherche et l'Action (1996), 2

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See detailActualités thérapeutiques dans la thrombocytémie essentielle
Hermanne, J.-P.; Tassin, F.; Beguin, Yves ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (1996), 54

Essential thrombocythemia is a myeloproliferative disorder affecting megakaryocyte and is characterized by frequent thrombotic or hemorrhagic complications. In young patients, the optimal management of ... [more ▼]

Essential thrombocythemia is a myeloproliferative disorder affecting megakaryocyte and is characterized by frequent thrombotic or hemorrhagic complications. In young patients, the optimal management of thrombocythaemia is controversial. Since th relationship of thrombosis and hemorrhage to platelet counts is not demonstrated, ther is no clear inidcation for using drugs capable of lowering platelet counts in young asymptomatic subjects. However, treatment should be offered to patients with a definite high risk of major or life-threatening hemostatic complications. The present paper reviews the incidence and risk factors for thrombotic complications and the use of medications inhibiting platelet production. [less ▲]

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See detailL’ὕβρις dans le mythe d'Idas et Lyncée
Renaud, Jean-Michel ULg

in Uranie : Mythes et Littératures (1996), 6

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See detailClay mineral signature of the NW Atlantic Boundary Undercurrent
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Robert, Christian; Hillaire Marcel

in Marine Geology (1996), 130(1-2), 19-28

Surface sediments were sampled along 2 transects, across the Iceland and Irminger basins and in the Labrador Sea. Clay mineral assemblages (deduced from X-ray analyses of the carbonate-free <2 mu m ... [more ▼]

Surface sediments were sampled along 2 transects, across the Iceland and Irminger basins and in the Labrador Sea. Clay mineral assemblages (deduced from X-ray analyses of the carbonate-free <2 mu m fraction) are largely dominated by smectites (about 60%) in the Iceland and Irminger basins. In the Labrador Sea, smectites are present along the Greenland Slope, but absent or rare in sediments from the Labrador Slope. They may, however, represent up to 50% of the clay fraction at depths between 2800 and 3400 m along both margins of the Labrador Sea, i.e., along the axis of the Western Boundary Undercurrent (WBUC). A detrital supply from the adjacent continents is unlikely. The WBUC is thought to be responsible for erosion and transport of fine particles from the smectite-rich Irminger and Iceland Basins, then for their redeposition in the Labrador Sea. These results suggest that clay minerals can be used as paleocurrent indicators in the Northwest Atlantic. [less ▲]

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See detailAcrylonitrile on Cu(100): a density functional theoretical study of adsorption and electrochemical grafting
Geskin, V. M.; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Mertens, Marc et al

in Journal of Chemical Physics (1996), 105(8), 3278-3289

We present a density functional theoretical study of neutral and negatively charged complexes of acrylonitrile (AN) with several clusters representing the Cu(100) surface. An external electric field is ... [more ▼]

We present a density functional theoretical study of neutral and negatively charged complexes of acrylonitrile (AN) with several clusters representing the Cu(100) surface. An external electric field is used to induce electron transfer onto the adsorbed molecule, in order to model the initial stage of electrochemical polymerization of AN on a copper electrode. We compare different possibilities of AN interaction with the metal and determine the most favorable configurations of the adsorbates in the absence and in the presence of the electric field. We discuss the influence of the electrochemical polarization on the type of AN adsorption, in relation with the experimental data on the adsorption of AN and electrochemical grafting of polyacrylonitrile. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailParticle Production in a Hadron Collider Rapidity Gap: The Higgs Case
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Hernandez, Oscar F

in Nucl. Phys. (1996), B471

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See detailMyocellular Enzyme Leakage, Polymorphonuclear Neutrophil Activation and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Induced by Isokinetic Eccentric Exercise
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Camus, Gérard; Deby-Dupont, G. et al

in Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry (1996), 104(3), 322-9

To address the question of whether delayed onset muscular soreness (DOMS) following intense eccentric muscle contraction could be due to increased production of the arachidonic acid derived product ... [more ▼]

To address the question of whether delayed onset muscular soreness (DOMS) following intense eccentric muscle contraction could be due to increased production of the arachidonic acid derived product prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). 10 healthy male subjects were submitted to eccentric and concentric isokinetic exercises on a Kin Trex device at 60 degrees/s angular velocity. Exercise consisted of 8 stages of 5 maximal contractions of the knee extensor and flexor muscle groups of both legs separated by 1 min rest phases. There was an interval of at least 30 days between eccentric and concentric testing, and the order of the two exercise sessions was randomly assigned. The subjective presence and intensity of DOMS was evaluated using a visual analogue scale, immediately, following 24 h and 48 h after each test. Five blood samples were drawn from an antecubital vein: at rest before exercise, immediately after, after 30 min recovery, 24 h and 48 h after the tests. The magnitude of the acute inflammatory response to exercise was assessed by measuring plasma levels of polymorphonuclear elastase ([EL]), myeloperoxidase ([MPO]) and PGE2 ([PGE2]). Using two way analysis of variance, it appeared that only eccentric exercise significantly increased [EL] and DOMS, especially of the hamstring muscles. Furthermore, a significant decrease in eccentric peak torque of this muscle group only was observed on day 2 after eccentric work (- 21%; P < 0.002). Serum activity of creatine kinase and serum concentration of myoglobin increased significantly 24 and 48 h after both exercise tests. However, these variables reached significantly higher values following eccentric contractions 48 h after exercise. Mean [PGE2] in the two exercise modes remained unchanged over time and were practically equal at each time point. On the basis of these findings, we conclude that the magnitude of polymorphonuclear (PMN) activation, muscle damage, and DOMS are greater after eccentric than after concentric muscle contractions. However, the hypothesized interplay between muscle damage, increased PGE2 production, DOMS sensations, and reduced isokinetic muscle performance was not substantiated by the present results. [less ▲]

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See detailMise au point relative à l'utilisation de la gonadolibérine en reproduction bovine. 1. Justifications physiologiques de son application au traitement de l'infertilité
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Houtain, Jean Yves; Laurent, Yves

in Médecin Vétérinaire du Québec (1996), 26(1), 7-10

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See detailA preliminary study of parasites and diseases of perch in an intensive culture system
Grignard, Jean-Claude; Mélard, Charles ULg; Kestemont, Patrick

in Journal of Applied Ichthyology (1996), 12

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See detailThe efficacy of a phyto-aromatic ear gel against auricular mange in rabbits and carnivores
Mignon, Bernard ULg; Losson, Bertrand ULg

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1996), 138

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See detailFinite element modelling of the competition between shear bands in the early stage of thrusting : Strain localisation and constitutive law influence
Barnichon, Jean-Dominique; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Special Publication - Geological Society of London (1996), 99

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailDemande d'indemnisation des dommages dus aux plans : éléments de recevabilité et de fondement
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (1996)

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See detailThe Potent Angioinhibin Agm-1470 Stimulates Normal but Not Human Tumoral Lymphocytes
Antoine, Nadine ULg; Daukandt, M.; Locigno, R. et al

in Tumori (1996), 82(1, Jan-Feb), 27-30

BACKGROUND: AGM-1470 is a newly synthesized molecule developed as an analog of the potent anti-angiogenic fumagillin. Its efficacy in restraining tumor growth in vivo and the absence of major side effects ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: AGM-1470 is a newly synthesized molecule developed as an analog of the potent anti-angiogenic fumagillin. Its efficacy in restraining tumor growth in vivo and the absence of major side effects have already led to phase I clinical trials in patients with solid cancers. However, neither the exact mechanisms of action of AGM-1470 nor its effects on the host of normal cells have been extensively studied. Recently, we showed that AGM-1470 enhanced the proliferation of B lymphocytes in the presence of T cells. Since AGM-1470 could potentially be used in patients with lymphoma, it was urgent to test the effect of the molecule on the proliferation of tumor lymphocytes. METHODS: The possible effect of AGM-1470 on the proliferation of normal or tumor lymphocytes was evaluated by thymidine-incorporated assays. Normal T and B lymphocytes were purified from human tonsils. The tumor lymphocytes used in the study were Molt 3, Molt 4 and Jurkatt cell lines for the T lineage and Daudi and Radji cell lines for the B lineage. RESULTS: As shown previously, AGM-1470 stimulates the proliferation of normal B lymphocytes through an action on normal T cells. THe angioinhibin was ineffective ont eh proliferation of both T and B transformed cells. Moreover, in the presence of the drug, tumor T cells co-cultured with normal B lymphocytes did not induce any increase in B cell proliferation, as previously observed with normal T lymphocytes. Inversely, tumor B cells co-cultured with normal T lymphocytes were insensitive to the drug. CONCLUSIONS: Our results demonstrate that AGM-1470 is ineffective on lymphoid tumor cell proliferation and could potentially be safely administered to lymphoma patients. [less ▲]

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See detailPollution des sols : interventions et responsabilités des pouvoirs publics
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Sols contaminés, sols à décontaminer (1996)

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See detailMagnetic alignment in 2212 Bi-based superconducting system .1. Magnetic orientation of Bi2Sr2Ca1-x(RE)(x)Cu2O8-y [(RE)=Gd, Dy, Ho, Er] powder dispersed in epoxy resin at room temperature
Stassen, S.; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Research (1996), 11(5), 1082-1085

The magnetic anisotropy of rare-earth substituted 2212 materials (Bi(2)Sr(2)Ca(0.8)RE(0.2)Cu(2)O(x) with RE = Gd, Dy, Ho, Er) is put into evidence. Superconducting powder dispersed in epoxy resin is ... [more ▼]

The magnetic anisotropy of rare-earth substituted 2212 materials (Bi(2)Sr(2)Ca(0.8)RE(0.2)Cu(2)O(x) with RE = Gd, Dy, Ho, Er) is put into evidence. Superconducting powder dispersed in epoxy resin is oriented under an external magnetic field (4 T) in a direction that depends on the nature of the rare-earth used in the substitution. Both directions of observation (parallel or perpendicular to the field) were investigated. Splitting of (00l) peaks is neatly observed and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Creb, Atf-1, And Atf-2 Transcription Factors From Bovine Leukemia Virus-Infected B Lymphocytes Activate Viral Expression
Adam, E.; Kerkhofs, P.; Mammerickx, M. et al

in Journal of Virology (1996), 70(3),

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

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

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See detailVoici un livre qu'on dit imprimé à Liège: Le Code de la nature de Morelly
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la France (1996), 96(5), 943-965

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See detailEffect of some organophosphate insecticides on acetylcholinesterase of adult Coccinella septempunctata (Coccinellidae)
Bozsik, Andras; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gaspar, Charles

in Journal of Environmental Science & Health. Part. B, Pesticides, Food Contaminants, & Agricultural Wastes (1996)

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See detailR. Sacré, « Musiques Cajun, Créole et Zydeco »
Pirenne, Christophe ULg

in Revue de la Société liégeoise de Musicologie (1996), 4

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See detailQuelques documents inédits relatifs à Guillaume Lekeu
Pirenne, Christophe ULg; Dado, Stéphane; Verdebout, Luc

in Revue de la Société liégeoise de Musicologie (1996), 5

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See detailThe holodisc distance transform and its applications in image analysis
Pirard, Eric ULg

in Microscopy, Microanalysis, Microstructures (1996), 7

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See detailLocalization of nucleic acids in hepatocyte nucleoli of rats upon D-galactosamine-induced block of transcription.
Mikhaylova, V. T.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Stephanova, E. et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 225(2), 389-98

The precise localization of DNA and RNA within rat hepatocyte nucleoli during the process of D-galactosamine-induced nucleolar segregation has been studied by using sensitive methods for their detection ... [more ▼]

The precise localization of DNA and RNA within rat hepatocyte nucleoli during the process of D-galactosamine-induced nucleolar segregation has been studied by using sensitive methods for their detection: osmium-ammine staining and terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase reaction for DNA, and immunoelectron microscopy with anti-RNA antibodies, RNase-gold, and autoradiography with tritiated orotic acid for RNA. The blocking of transcription was followed by the disappearance of intranucleolar condensed chromatin. Agglomerates of thin extended DNA filaments were found to change their location to the nucleolar periphery and to coalesce with each other. At the last stage of nucleolar segregation they were concentrated at the pole of the nucleolar fibrillar remnant while the rest of the nucleolus did not contain any DNA. No DNA was found in the dense fibrillar component of both intact and treated hepatocyte nucleoli. During the process of nucleolar segregation the bulk of the nucleolar RNA was found within the so-called spherical bodies. This RNA appeared to be synthesized shortly before or even after drug administration. The results obtained are in agreement with the hypothesis that the fibrillar centers are the site of nucleolar transcription. They also show that uncompleted molecules of pre-rRNA whose synthesis has been blocked are segregated from the rest of nucleolar RNA species into the spherical bodies. [less ▲]

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See detailBiodegradable and macroporous polylactide implants for cell transplantation : 1. Preparation of macroporous polylactide supports by solid-liquid phase separation
Schugens, Ch; Maquet, Véronique; Grandfils, Christian ULg et al

in Polymer (1996), 37(6), 1027-1038

Freeze-drying of polylactide solutions in 1,4-dioxane has been studied as a way to produce microcellular foams. The thermally induced phase separation has been studied in relation to several processing ... [more ▼]

Freeze-drying of polylactide solutions in 1,4-dioxane has been studied as a way to produce microcellular foams. The thermally induced phase separation has been studied in relation to several processing and formulation parameters. The effects of polymer concentration, chain stereoregularity, polymer molecular weight and cooling rate have been investigated in connection with the porous morphology and the physico-mechanical characteristics of the final foams. As a rule, bundles of channels are formed with a diameter of ~100 μ.m. They have a preferential orientation that fits the cooling direction. A porous substructure (~10 μm) is observed in the internal walls of the tubular macropores. Variations in this general porous morphology-and particularly in the porosity, density, solvent residue, mechanical resistance and degree of regularity in the spatial organization of pores-have been observed when polymer concentration in 1,4-dioxane and polylactide stereoregularity are changed. As expected, cooling rate has a strong effect on the foam morphology, which is essentially controlled by the solvent crystallization. Pores are nothing but the fingerprints of 1,4-dioxane crystallites. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailBiogeography and taxonomy of Apodemus sylvaticus (the woodmouse) in the Tyrrhenian region: Enzymatic variations and mitochondrial DNA restriction pattern analysis
Michaux, Johan ULg; Filippucci, M. G.; Libois, Roland ULg et al

in Heredity (1996), 76(Part 3), 267-277

In the western Mediterranean area, the taxonomic status of the various forms of Apodemus sylvaticus is quite unclear. Moreover, though anthropogenic, the origins of the island populations remain unknown ... [more ▼]

In the western Mediterranean area, the taxonomic status of the various forms of Apodemus sylvaticus is quite unclear. Moreover, though anthropogenic, the origins of the island populations remain unknown in geographical terms. In order to examine the level of genetic relatedness of insular and continental woodmice, 258 animals were caught in 24 localities distributed in Belgium, France, mainland Italy, Sardinia, Corsica and Elba. Electrophoresis of 33 allozymes and mtDNA restriction fragments were performed and a UPGMA dendrogram built from the indices of genetic divergence. The dendrogram based on restriction patterns shows two main groups: 'Tyrrhenian', comprising all the Italian and Corsican animals and 'North-western', corresponding to all the other mice trapped from the Pyrenees to Belgium. Since all the Tyrrhenian mice are similar and well isolated from their relatives living on the western edge of the Alpine chain, they must share a common origin. The insular populations are consequently derived from peninsular Italian ones. From a taxonomic point of view and taking the priority rules into account, we have to invalidate A. s. clanceyi Harrison, 1948 and to consider the Tyrrhenian woodmice as belonging to A. s. milleri de Beaux, 1926, whereas the North-western ones must be referred to as the nominal subspecies. As far as the Elban woodmouse is concerned, at the moment we prefer to keep its present subspecific status because we only studied one animal. [less ▲]

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See detailClimatology
Erpicum, Michel ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Belge d'Etudes Géographiques = Tijdschrift van de Belgische Vereniging voor Aardrijkskundige Studies (1996), 64 (2)

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See detailCharacterisation of structural determinants and molecular mechanisms involved in Stromelysin-3 activation by 4-aminophenylmercuric acetate and furin-type convertases.
Santavicca, M.; Noël, Agnès ULg; Stoll, I. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1996), 315

Stromelysin-3 (ST3) is a matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) which has been implicated in cancer progression and in a number of conditions involving tissue remodelling. In contrast to other MMPs which are ... [more ▼]

Stromelysin-3 (ST3) is a matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) which has been implicated in cancer progression and in a number of conditions involving tissue remodelling. In contrast to other MMPs which are secreted as zymogens requiring extracellular activation, ST3 is found in the extracellular space as a potentially active mature form, suggesting that the activation of the ST3 proform differs from that of other MMPs. We show in the present study that the ST3 proform is not autocatalytically processed in the presence of 4-aminophenylmercuric acetate (APMA). By using ST3/ST2 chimeras, we demonstrate that resistance to APMA is due to properties associated with both the ST3 pro- and catalytic domains. In agreement with the observation made by Pei and Weiss [Pei and Weiss (1995) Nature (London) 375, 244-247], we find that the requirement for activation of the ST3 proform by the furin convertase is entirely contained within a stretch of 10 amino acids located at the junction between the ST3 pro- and catalytic domains. Furin cleaves human and mouse ST3 equally well. However, PACE-4, a furin-like convertase, is much more efficient on the mouse enzyme, suggesting that ST3 protein determinants other than the conserved Ala-Arg-Asn-Arg-Gln-Lys-Arg sequence preceding the furin cleavage site are implicated in PACE-4 action. Finally, we show that processing of the ST3 proform is inhibited by a furin inhibitor in human MCF7 breast cancer cells stably transfected to constitutively express a full-length human ST3 cDNA. Using brefeldin A, we demonstrate that, in these MCF7 cells, the 56 kDa precursor form of ST3 is post-translationally modified in the cis- or media-Golgi into a 62 kDa proform. Thereafter, its processing into the 47 kDa mature form occurs in the trans-Golgi network and is followed by secretion into the extracellular space. [less ▲]

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See detailReconnaissance des malformations et pathologies prénatales du système nerveux central
Misson, Jean-Paul ULg; Dubru, Jean-Marie ULg; Leroy, Patricia

in Acta Paediatrica Belgica (1996), 28(3), 204-215

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See detailL’éducation géographique. Pour une vision citoyenne du monde
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Géographes Associés (1996), (19), 65-69

Brief reflection on the place of the teaching of geography in education for citizenship

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See detailCalculation of inner shell transitions in Mn+
Quinet, Pascal ULg; Hibbert, A

in Journal of Physics : B Atomic Molecular & Optical Physics (1996), 29

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See detailDivorce et annulation du mariage simulé
Paris, Catherine ULg

in Revue Générale de Droit Civil Belge = Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Burgerlijk (1996)

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See detailLa pratique de la mise en observation psychiatrique
Boxho, Philippe ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 52

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See detailThe short duration and anorogenic character of anorthosite magmatism: U-Pb dating of the Rogaland complex, Norway
Schärer, Urs; Wilmart, Edith; Duchesne, Jean-Clair ULg

in Earth & Planetary Science Letters (1996), 139

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See detailComposition of the essential oil of Piper acutifolium Ruiz. and Pav. from Peru.
Lognay, Georges ULg; Bouxin, P.; Marlier, M. et al

in Journal of Essential Oil Research (1996), 8(6),

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See detailCase management voor psychogeriatrishe patiënten: gezondheidstoestand van deze ouderen en de zorgbelasting van hun centrale verzorgers
Milisen, K.; Borgermans, L.; Dejace, Alain ULg et al

in Acta Hospitalia (1996), 4

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

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

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See detailFalls among the elderly: a community problem
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Gosset, Christiane ULg; Reginster-Haneuse, G.

in Archives of Public Health (1996), 54

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

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

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See detailHistorical seismicity of the Strait of Dover–Pas de Calais
Melville, Charles; Levret, Agnès; Alexandre, Pierre ULg et al

in Terra Nova (1996), 8

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See detailLe diabete non insulinodependant: de la physiopathologie au traitement.
Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1996), 151(7-9), 395-402402-5

Non-insulin-dependent (or type 2) diabetes mellitus is a common, underdiagnosed and growing disease in our society. It is responsible for increased morbidity and mortality and represents an important ... [more ▼]

Non-insulin-dependent (or type 2) diabetes mellitus is a common, underdiagnosed and growing disease in our society. It is responsible for increased morbidity and mortality and represents an important public health problem. This polygenic disease is often expressed late in life and its evolution is accelerated by environmental factors leading to obesity. It combines defects in both insulin secretion and insulin action, and such defects are present in various proportions according to the type of patient and the stage of the disease. Diet and physical activity recommendations are the basis of the treatment. Current pharmacological approaches aim at improving insulin secretion and/or insulin cellular action. After secondary failure to oral drugs, insulin therapy should be initiated, the patient becoming "insulin-requiring". A synergy should be searched in the combination of various therapeutic modalities in order to improve the glycaemic control. [less ▲]

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See detailCes histoires que l'on construit et que l'on se raconte...
Guillaume, Jean-François ULg

in Cahiers Internationaux de Sociologie (1996), 100

A partir des réflexions de Paul Ricoeur sur la temporalité et la narrativité, l'A. envisage les processus discursifs de construction identitaire chez les jeunes gens en fin de scolarité obligatoire. L ... [more ▼]

A partir des réflexions de Paul Ricoeur sur la temporalité et la narrativité, l'A. envisage les processus discursifs de construction identitaire chez les jeunes gens en fin de scolarité obligatoire. L'identité en construction est appréhendée à travers le récit qu'ils donnent de leurs projets d'avenir et de leur histoire familiale. La présentation de soi, perçue dans cette double dimension, est soumise à un ensemble de schèmes ou de modèles narratifs culturellement ancrés et socialement véhiculés. Elle prend forme et se constitue en une totalité cohérente et intelligible par une « mise en intrigue » de la diversité des péripéties vécues ou imaginées. [less ▲]

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

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (1996), 97

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

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

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See detailFreud, l'individu et le groupe : Hier et aujourd'hui
Carels, N.; Gauthier, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Belge de Psychanalyse (1996), 29

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See detailRelationship between structural properties and affinity for herpes simplex virus type 1 thymidine kinase of bromine substituted 5-heteroaromatic 2'-deoxyuridines
Creuven, Isabelle; Evrard, Christine ULg; Olivier, Anne et al

in Antiviral Research (1996), 30

The crystal structures of 5-(5-furan-2-yl)-2'-deoxyuridine (II), 5-(5-bromofuran-2-yl)-2' deoxyuridine (IV) and 5-(3-bromothien-2-yl)-2'-deoxyuridine (V) have been studied in order to explain the ... [more ▼]

The crystal structures of 5-(5-furan-2-yl)-2'-deoxyuridine (II), 5-(5-bromofuran-2-yl)-2' deoxyuridine (IV) and 5-(3-bromothien-2-yl)-2'-deoxyuridine (V) have been studied in order to explain the different affinity of the compounds for the herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) thymidine kinase. These compounds present a variable affinity according to the position of the heteroatom substituting the five-membered ring. An unfavourable substitution in the five-membered ring for interaction with the HSV-1 thymidine kinase has been identified. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois : syndrome de Moskowitz chez un patient traité par ticlopidine
FRANCHIMONT, D; Freres, Pierre ULg; LEBRUN, F et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(3), 214-216

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See detailPersistency of lactation yields: A review
Gengler, Nicolas ULg

in Interbull Bulletin (1996), 12

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