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See detailPole, albedo and shape of the minor planets 624 Hektor and 43 Ariadne: Two tests for comparing four different pole determination methods
Detal, Alain ULg; Hainaut, O.; Pospieszalska-Surdej, A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1994), 281

Asteroids 624 Hektor and 43 Ariadne have been observed photometrically at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla, Chile) in order to determine their pole orientation. The lightcurves (1984 and 1991 ... [more ▼]

Asteroids 624 Hektor and 43 Ariadne have been observed photometrically at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla, Chile) in order to determine their pole orientation. The lightcurves (1984 and 1991 oppositions for Hektor, and 1985 for Ariadne) are presented. Some of the traditional pole determination methods have been improved, and completely original ones have been developed. They are described and applied to the newly recorded and previously published light curves. The results are commented and compared with previous ones. In addition to the pole orientation, we also derive some information on the shape or the albedo distribtuion of the objects. With the aim of optimizing future observations of these asteroids, we present some graphs showing the best longitudes where they should be measured. Finally, we suggest some improvements in the pole determination and modeling methods based upon photometric data. [less ▲]

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See detailProtection of the small bowel with a silicone tissue expander prosthesis and a polyglycolic acid mesh during radiation therapy for cervical carcinoma
Delaloye, J-F; Cuttat, J-F; COUCKE, Philippe ULg et al

in British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (1994), 101

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See detailValeurs de référence de la ferritine sérique chez l'adulte
Vernet, M.; Revenant, M. C.; Charlier, Corinne ULg et al

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (1994), 52

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See detailDistribution of plankton parameters in the north eastern North Sea in relation to vertical physical structures
Veeschkens, Christine; Belkhiria, Sami; Goffart, Anne ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1994), 63(1-2), 65-88

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See detailA Dynamic Stiffness-Transfer Matrix Method for Forced Response Analysis of One-Dimensional Structures
Chen, S. L.; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg; Géradin, Michel ULg

in Journal of Modal Analysis (1994), (Avril),

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See detailEvaluation du débit sanguin lors de contractions volontaires et évoquées électriquement
Vanderthommen, Marc ULg; Depresseux, J.C.; BAUVIR, Philippe ULg et al

in Kiné 2000 (1994), 5

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See detailH3-receptor regulation of vascular gastrin and somatostatin releases by the isolated rat stomach.
Bado, A.; Moizo, L.; Laigneau, J. P. et al

in Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine (The) (1994), 67(3-4), 113-121

We have studied the effects of the H3-receptor agonist (R) alpha-methylhistamine [(R) alpha-MeHA] and the H3-receptor antagonist thioperamide (Thiop) on basal- and carbachol-stimulated vascular gastrin ... [more ▼]

We have studied the effects of the H3-receptor agonist (R) alpha-methylhistamine [(R) alpha-MeHA] and the H3-receptor antagonist thioperamide (Thiop) on basal- and carbachol-stimulated vascular gastrin release (GR) and somatostatin release (SR) by the isolated rat stomach. Carbachol dose-dependently stimulated and inhibited GR and SR, respectively. Maximal stimulation of GR (500 +/- 112 percent of basal; p < .01), and maximal inhibition of SR (-62 +/- 9 percent under basal; p < .01) were obtained with 1 micron carbachol. Neither (R)alpha-MeHA nor Thiop, up to 10 microns, affected GR. However, SR was dose-dependently enhanced by Thiop (25 +/- 8 percent for 10 microns). Carbachol stimulation of GR was strongly inhibited by Thiop (30 +/- 7 percent for 100 nM and 73 +/- 14 percent for 1 microgram), whereas it was potentiated by (R)alpha-MeHA. Carbachol inhibition of SR was reversed by Thiop and (R)alpha-MeHA. However, the reversal effect of (R)alpha-MeHA was prevented by the CCKB/gastrin receptor antagonist PD134308. These results support H3-receptor regulation of basal and cholinergically-stimulated GR and SR. [less ▲]

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See detailLes écrans de la transparence. Essai de définition sémio-pragmatique du discours télévisuel
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (1994), 70-71-72

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See detailConfrontation anatomo-clinique: a propos de deux cas de meningite bacterienne.
Deprez, Manuel ULg; Van Den Brule, Justine ULg; Degauque, C. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1994), 49(11), 615-20

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See detailMicroencapsulation by coacervation of poly(lactide-co-glycolide): Physico-chemical characteristics of the phase separation process
Stassen, S; Nihant, Nicole; Martin, Véronique et al

in Polymer (1994), 35(4), 777-785

This paper describes the phase separation of different lactide and glycolide copolyester solutions, induced by the addition of silicone oil in order to promote protein microencapsulation. The phase ... [more ▼]

This paper describes the phase separation of different lactide and glycolide copolyester solutions, induced by the addition of silicone oil in order to promote protein microencapsulation. The phase diagrams of the ternary CH2Cl2-copolyester-silicone oil systems were established in relation to the composition of the copolyester and the viscosity, i.e. the molecular weight, of the silicone oil. The phase-separated systems were characterized in terms of weight, volume, composition and viscosity of the coacervation agent (silicone oil) on the characteristics of the phase-separated system is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic heterogeneity of the fibroblast-like cells in the dermis
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Fazaa, B.; Benzarti, H. et al

in Giornale Internazionale di Dermatologia Pediatrica (1994), 6(1), 7-13

The fibroblast-like cell population of the dermis is heterogeneous. The name "fibroblast" appears to be out-dated and should be replaced by terms reflecting with precision the immunophenotype of the cells ... [more ▼]

The fibroblast-like cell population of the dermis is heterogeneous. The name "fibroblast" appears to be out-dated and should be replaced by terms reflecting with precision the immunophenotype of the cells. Among them, dendrocytes type I (Factor XIIIa - positive) and dendrocytes type II (CD34 - positive) are involved in a wealth of pathologic conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailA thyroid hormone receptor-dependent glucocorticoid induction.
Leers, Joerg; Steiner, Christoff; Renkawitz, Rainer et al

in Molecular Endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.) (1994), 8(4), 440-7

Glucocorticoid and thyroid hormones exert their effects in many body tissues by binding to their respective receptors. The search for possible cross-talking mechanisms in overlapping target cells led to ... [more ▼]

Glucocorticoid and thyroid hormones exert their effects in many body tissues by binding to their respective receptors. The search for possible cross-talking mechanisms in overlapping target cells led to the discovery of synergism between a thyroid hormone receptor-binding site and a cryptic glucocorticoid-responsive element. Glucocorticoid responsiveness could only be detected in the presence of thyroid hormone and its receptor. This synergism requires the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) DNA-binding domain and is mediated by the transactivation domains. We found that synergism also occurs when the thyroid hormone receptor is replaced by the retinoic acid receptor or the GR is replaced by the progesterone receptor. Synergism is qualitatively independent of the type of thyroid hormone receptor-binding site and promoter. In several combinations of promoter and response elements, including a retinoic acid response element, T3 induction was only seen in the presence of the cryptic glucocorticoid-responsive element, GR, and glucocorticoids. [less ▲]

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See detailInvolvement Of The Cyclic Amp-Responsive Element-Binding Protein In Bovine Leukemia-Virus Expression In-Vivo
Adam, E.; Kerkhofs, P.; Mammerickx, M. et al

in Journal of Virology (1994), 68(9),

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See detailA new species of trametes from Papua New Guinea
Castillo Cabello, Gabriel ULg

in Mycotaxon (1994)

Trametes demoulinii from Papua New guinea is descrebed as new. The new taxon is closest to Trametes conchifer and Trametes membranacea, both from America and Trametes cingulata know in Africa and East ... [more ▼]

Trametes demoulinii from Papua New guinea is descrebed as new. The new taxon is closest to Trametes conchifer and Trametes membranacea, both from America and Trametes cingulata know in Africa and East Asia. In addition to basidiomata, cultural characters of the new species are described. [less ▲]

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See detailTypage moléculaire de Clostridium perfringers.
Daube, Georges ULg; Simon, P.; Limbourg, B. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1994), 138

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See detailDie monofrequente Oszilloresistometrie - Möglichkeiten und Grenzen eines nichtinvasiven Verfahrens zur Atemwiderstandsmessung beim Kalb
Reinhold, Petra; Close, Roland; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Deutsche Tierarztliche Wochenschrift (1994), 101(4), 146-150

The monofrequency forced oscillation technique (MFOT) has been found to be a simple, reproducible, fast and accurate method to carry out lung function testing in calves even under field conditions. If ... [more ▼]

The monofrequency forced oscillation technique (MFOT) has been found to be a simple, reproducible, fast and accurate method to carry out lung function testing in calves even under field conditions. If some technical as well as methodological requirements are taken into account, pulmonary or respiratory resistance can be assessed by means of the parameter oscillatory resistance (Ros). Furthermore, several Ros derived parameters are available for describing the functional status of the central bronchial system. Due to the low variability caused by methodological or intraindividual reasons, the MFOT represents a very qualified method for intraindividual studies. Comparing measuring results of different subjects, a higher biologically caused variance has to be taken into account. [less ▲]

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See detailOPTIMIZATION OF LIPASE-CATALYZED SYNTHESIS OF CITRONELLYL ACETATE IN SOLVENT-FREE MEDIUM
Fonteyn, Fabienne ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Lognay, Georges ULg et al

in Biotechnology Letters (1994), 16(7), 693-696

Citronellol esterification catalyzed by Candida antarctica lipase is performed with high yields (74%) in a solvent-free medium. The use of dessicants gives a 10% yield enhancement and substrate excess ... [more ▼]

Citronellol esterification catalyzed by Candida antarctica lipase is performed with high yields (74%) in a solvent-free medium. The use of dessicants gives a 10% yield enhancement and substrate excess consumption by adding calculated amounts of acetic acid lead to a 80% pure citronellyl acetate. Quantities up to 100 ml are treated with success. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Dissociative Electroionization of C2H2, C2D2 and C2HD. Investigation of the [C2H(D)]+ and [H(D)]+ Dissociation Channels. The (D)H-C2H(D) binding energy.
Davister, M.; Locht, Robert ULg

in Chemical Physics (1994), 189

The dissociative electroionization of C2H2 in the H+ and C2H+ dissociation channels has been extensively investigated in C2H2 and C2D2. The kinetic energy distributions and ionization efficiency curves of ... [more ▼]

The dissociative electroionization of C2H2 in the H+ and C2H+ dissociation channels has been extensively investigated in C2H2 and C2D2. The kinetic energy distributions and ionization efficiency curves of both species were examined in detail. The H(D)+ ion shows its lowest onset energy at 18.93+/-0.2 eV whereas the C2H+ is produced at 17.30+/-0.11 eV. For the H+-producing channel the kinetic energy (KE) versus the appearance energy (AE) diagram is obtained, extensively discussed and the bond dissociation energy D(H-C2H)= 5.33+/-0.23 eV is estimated. This value is compared and discussed with respect to the values found in the literature. Predissociation and dissociative autoionization are the dominant H+-producing mechanisms. At high electron energies doubly ionized states of C2H2 are involved. For C2H+, beside the threshold at 17.30+/0.11 eV a new onset at 18.27+/0.10 eV is observed. The ionization efficiency of the doubly ionized molecular ion is observed for the first time in C2HD isotopic species. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiological evaluation of a monoclonal ELISA detecting antibodies against bovine leukaemia virus in serum pools.
Knapen, K.; Kerkhofs, P.; Thiry, Etienne ULg et al

in Epidemiology & Infection (1994), 113(3), 563-9

Sensitivity, specificity and predictive values of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detecting antibodies against bovine leukaemia virus (BLV) were evaluated using a representative sample of ... [more ▼]

Sensitivity, specificity and predictive values of an enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) for detecting antibodies against bovine leukaemia virus (BLV) were evaluated using a representative sample of 145 serum pools, comprising from 3 to 48 individual sera. The sample was constituted according to the frequency distribution of the negative and positive pools analysed during a screening involving the whole cattle population of Belgium. Sensitivity and specificity were estimated to 88.9% and 100% and the predicted negative and positive values were 99.9% and 100%, respectively. These results indicate the use of serum pools is suitable for the detection of BLV infected herds in eradication campaigns. [less ▲]

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See detailMetalloproteinases and serine proteases activities in mixed spheroids of mouse B16 melanoma cells and fibroblasts
Coucke, Paul; Baramova, Eugenia; Leprince, Pierre ULg et al

in International Journal of Oncology (1994), 5

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See detailExpression of intron-encoded maturase-like polypeptides in potato chloroplasts.
du Jardin, Patrick ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Harvengt, Luc et al

in Current Genetics (1994), 25(2), 158-163

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See detailLogiciel d'aide à la détermination détaillée du poids et du bilan électrique d'un navire
Marchal, Jean ULg; Hage, André ULg; Rodriguez, S.

in Bulletin de l'Association Technique Maritime et Aéronautique (1994)

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See detailL'agrégé nouveau est arrivé !
Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULg

in Bulletin de Clio (1994)

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See detailAge-related differences in updating working memory
Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg; Beerten, A.

in British Journal of Psychology (1994), 85(1), 145-152

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See detailOPTICAL MULTICHANNEL ANALYSIS OF PROTOCHLOROPHYLLIDE PHOTOTRANSFORMATION IN DETERGENT-SOLUBILIZED ETIOPLAST MEMBRANES OF WHEAT
Franck, Fabrice ULg; OUAZZANI, M. A.; DUJARDIN, E. et al

in Zeitschrift Fur Naturforschung C-A Journal Of Biosciences (1994), 49(1-2), 125-131

Extracts of wheat etioplast membranes obtained after treatment with 7 mM n-octyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside (OG), n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside (DM) or Triton X-100 contained the three spectral forms of Pchlide ... [more ▼]

Extracts of wheat etioplast membranes obtained after treatment with 7 mM n-octyl-beta-D-glucopyranoside (OG), n-dodecyl-beta-D-maltoside (DM) or Triton X-100 contained the three spectral forms of Pchlide (the photoactive Pchlide(638) and Pchlide(638) and the inactive Pchlide(650)) in various relative amounds. The OG extract had a Pchlide composition close to that of the intact membranes whereas the DM extract was enriched in Pchlide(638) and the Triton extract was enriched in Pchlide(630). Measurements of the kinetics of phototransformation and of time-resolved absorbance spectra during phototransformation in continuous Light shows that the inactive Pchlide(630) is in fact slowly transformed to Chlide, especially in the Triton extract where this form is more abundant. Addition of NADPH favours the phototransformation of Pchlide(630) and the slow regeneration of Pchlide(638) and Pchlide(650) from Pchlide(630) in darkness after illumination. No such regeneration was however observed in the Triton extract. NADPH had only slight effects on the Chlide shift towards shorter wavelengths after phototransformation in solubilized membranes. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrostructural study of a zinc-aluminium-copper alloy after thermal treatment at 100°C and creep
Terziev, L.; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Wegria, J.

in Zeitschrift für Metallkunde (1994), 85[9]

The creep behaviour of the ternary Zn—A1—Cu alloy after thermal treatment at ioo oc has been studied. The applied creep stress does flot modify clearly the transition phases (OL, T% ‘11m) appearing during ... [more ▼]

The creep behaviour of the ternary Zn—A1—Cu alloy after thermal treatment at ioo oc has been studied. The applied creep stress does flot modify clearly the transition phases (OL, T% ‘11m) appearing during isothermal ageing. During the creep test, the formation of an important density of defects resuits in the precipitation of T’ and O’ particles. The quantity of these phases depends on the creep conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis methodology, experimental investigation and computer optimization of a passive solar commercial building in the Belgian climate
Andre, Philippe ULg; Nicolas, Jacques ULg; Rivez, Jean-François et al

in Solar Energy (1994), 52(1), 9-25

The Fondation Universitaire Luxembourgeoise (FUL) building (completed in 1986) has been selected as a Belgian candidate for participation in the IEA (International Energy Agency) Task XI project devoted ... [more ▼]

The Fondation Universitaire Luxembourgeoise (FUL) building (completed in 1986) has been selected as a Belgian candidate for participation in the IEA (International Energy Agency) Task XI project devoted to passive solar commercial buildings. Therefore, an evaluation methodology has been set up and a monitoring plan has been defined and performed. Together with this experimental investigation, intensive computer simulation work has defined an optimized design of the building. The main results show that the recorded performance can be improved to an extent of 15% energy savings, which yields a correct performance for a passive solar building in the temperate maritime Belgian climate. [less ▲]

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See detailCaracteristiques des phosphatases acides de l'orge en condition de stress hydrique.
Ben-Naceur, M'B.; Paul, Roger ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Cahiers Agricultures (1994), 3(4),

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See detailQuantitative and qualitative study of the production of broad-spectrum antifungal lipopeptides from Bacillus subtilis S499.
Jacques, Ph.; Hbid, Ch.; Vanhentenryck, F. et al

in Progress in biotechnology (1994), 9

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See detailHigh-dose aprotinin reduces blood loss in patients undergoing total hip replacement surgery
Janssens, Marc ULg; Joris, Jean ULg; David, Jean-Louis et al

in Anesthesiology (1994), 80

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See detailA complex composed of at least two HeLa nuclear proteins protects preferentially one DNA strand of the simple (gt)n(ga)m containing region of intron 2 in HLA-DRB genes.
Maueler, Winfried; Frank, G.; Muller, Marc ULg et al

in Journal of Cellular Biochemistry (1994), 56(1), 74-85

Electrophoretic mobility shift assays reveal that HeLa nuclear proteins bind fast and with measurable affinity to target DNAs containing mixed simple repetitive (gt)n(ga)m stretches. Preincubation of the ... [more ▼]

Electrophoretic mobility shift assays reveal that HeLa nuclear proteins bind fast and with measurable affinity to target DNAs containing mixed simple repetitive (gt)n(ga)m stretches. Preincubation of the proteins at elevated temperature prevents the formation of the major DNA/protein complex in favour of several distinct assemblies. A similar pattern of retarded bands was observed employing higher salt concentrations in the binding reaction. Thus conformational changes of different proteins appear to influence the complex rather than alternating DNA structures. Separation of the total nuclear extract into a water soluble and an insoluble protein fraction leads to a complete loss of target DNA binding capability of the fractions. The binding capacity is restored by combining the two fractions suggesting that at least two protein components are necessary to form a complex with the target sequence. The proteins can be differentiated into heat sensitive, water soluble and temperature stable, water insoluble, respectively. Furthermore, specifically binding polypeptides are not detectable by Southwestern analyses, probably because the essential components are separated during electrophoresis. DNase I footprint analyses yield four different protein binding regions only on the (gt)n(ga)m harbouring strand. The footprints cover larger portions of the mixed simple repeat in addition to a portion 5' of the (gt)n part. Hence at least two nuclear protein components of unknown biological function have to be present simultaneously to protect preferentially the (gt)n(ga)m-containing strand of intron 2 in HLA-DRB genes. [less ▲]

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See detailWorking memory in Down's syndrome: Training the rehearsal strategy
Comblain, Annick ULg

in Down's Syndrome, Research and Practice : The Journal of the Sarah Duffen Centre (1994), 2(3), 123-126

This study reports on the verbal short term memory skills of individuals with Down's syndrome and on the possibility of increasing memory span durably by using a rehearsal strategy

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See detailNatural-Convection Above Line Heat-Sources In Greenhouse Canopies
Aubinet, Marc ULg; Deltour, Jules

in International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer (1994), 37(12),

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See detailDirect n.m.r. evidence for substrate-induced conformational changes in a beta-lactamase.
Jamin, M.; Damblon, Christian ULg; Bauduin-Misselyn, A. M. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1994), 301 ( Pt 1)

Cefoxitin and other beta-lactam antibiotics with a methoxy group on the alpha-face behave as very poor substrates of the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase. The kinetic properties of the enzyme ... [more ▼]

Cefoxitin and other beta-lactam antibiotics with a methoxy group on the alpha-face behave as very poor substrates of the Bacillus licheniformis beta-lactamase. The kinetic properties of the enzyme-cefoxitin system made it theoretically suitable for a detailed structural study of the acyl-enzyme. Unfortunately, soaking the crystals in cefoxitin solution did not allow detection of a crystalline acyl-enzyme complex. In contrast, direct observation by n.m.r. of the stable acyl-enzyme formed with cefoxitin and moxalactam indicated clear modifications of the enzyme structure, which were reflected in the aromatic and high-field methyl regions of the spectrum. The return to the initial free enzyme spectrum was concomitant with the hydrolysis of the acyl-enzyme, the process being slow enough to allow multidimensional n.m.r. experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du reservoir genetique de la legumineuse alimentaire Phaseolus lunatus L. par l'analyse electrophoretique d'isozymes.
Maquet, A.; Wathelet, Bernard ULg; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Bulletin des Recherches Agronomiques de Gembloux (1994), 29(3),

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See detailApports et limites de trois approches courantes des associations
Defourny, Jacques ULg

in Coopératives et Développement (1994), 26(1), 81-101

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See detailTopographic forcing of the circulation of LIW in the Western Mediterranean
Alvarez, A.; Tintoré, J.; Holloway, G. et al

in Coastal Estuarine Studies (1994), 46

Circulation of the Western Mediterranean has been inferred from tracer properties and is the object of numerical modelling studies (eg., Beckers, 1991). The path of the Levantine Intermediate Water (LIW ... [more ▼]

Circulation of the Western Mediterranean has been inferred from tracer properties and is the object of numerical modelling studies (eg., Beckers, 1991). The path of the Levantine Intermediate Water (LIW), thought o be a buoyancy forced flow, provides an indicator of mid-depth circulation (Millot, 1987b). However, modelling studies which include buoyancy forcing appear to misrepresent the flow of LIW. We have used the 'GFDL Modular Ocean Model' (MOM) to explore the suggestion of Holloway (1992) that subgridscale eddy-topography interaction may be responsible for such systematic defects. We have executed MOM with and without the parametrization of the eddytopography interaction. The different results are compared with circulation inferred from observational data. [less ▲]

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See detailIndia Song ou le temps tragique
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Cinémas (1994), 5(1-2), 123-133

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See detailIdentification Of Distinct Potyviruses In Mixedly-Infected Sweet-Potato By The Polymerase Chain-Reaction With Degenerate Primers
Colinet, D.; Kummert, J.; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg et al

in Phytopathology (1994), 84(1),

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See detailEpidural anesthesia impairs both central and peripheral thermoregulatory control during general anesthesia.
Joris, Jean ULg; Ozaki, Makoto; Sessler, Daniel I et al

in Anesthesiology (1994), 80(2), 268-77

BACKGROUND: The authors tested the hypotheses that: (1) the vasoconstriction threshold during combined epidural/general anesthesia is less than that during general anesthesia alone; and (2) after ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The authors tested the hypotheses that: (1) the vasoconstriction threshold during combined epidural/general anesthesia is less than that during general anesthesia alone; and (2) after vasoconstriction, core cooling rates during combined epidural/general anesthesia are greater than those during general anesthesia alone. Vasoconstriction thresholds and heat balance were evaluated under controlled circumstances in volunteers, whereas the clinical importance of intraoperative thermoregulatory vasoconstriction was evaluated in patients. METHODS: Five volunteers were each evaluated twice. On one of the randomly ordered days, epidural anesthesia (approximately T9 dermatomal level) was induced and maintained with 2-chloroprocaine. On both study days, general anesthesia was induced and maintained with isoflurane (0.7% end-tidal concentration), and core hypothermia was induced by surface cooling and continued for at least 1 h after fingertip vasoconstriction was observed. Patients undergoing colorectal surgery were randomly assigned to combined epidural/enflurane anesthesia (n = 13) or enflurane alone (n = 13). In appropriate patients, epidural anesthesia was maintained by an infusion of bupivacaine. The core temperature that triggered fingertip vasoconstriction identified the threshold. RESULTS: In the volunteers, the vasoconstriction threshold was 36.0 +/- 0.2 degrees C during isoflurane anesthesia alone, but significantly less, 35.1 +/- 0.7 degrees C, during combined epidural/isoflurane anesthesia. Cutaneous heat loss and the rates of core cooling were similar 30 min before vasoconstriction with and without epidural anesthesia. In the 30 min after vasoconstriction, heat loss decreased 33 +/- 13 W when the volunteers were given isoflurane alone, but only 8 +/- 16 W during combined epidural/isoflurane anesthesia. Similarly, the core cooling rates in the 30 min after vasoconstriction were significantly greater during combined epidural/isoflurane anesthesia (0.8 +/- 0.2 degrees C/h) than during isoflurane alone (0.2 +/- 0.1 degrees C/h). In the patients, end-tidal enflurane concentrations were slightly, but significantly, less in the patients given combined epidural/enflurane anesthesia (0.6 +/- 0.2% vs. 0.8 +/- 0.2%). Nonetheless, the vasoconstriction threshold was 34.5 +/- 0.6 degrees C in the epidural/enflurane group, which was significantly less than that in the other patients, 35.6 +/- 0.8 degrees C. When the study ended after 3 h of anesthesia, patients given combined epidural/enflurane anesthesia were 1.2 degrees C more hypothermic than those given general anesthesia alone. The rate of core cooling during the last hour of the study was 0.4 +/- 0.2 degrees C/h during combined epidural/enflurane anesthesia, but only 0.1 +/- 0.3 degrees C/h during enflurane alone. CONCLUSIONS: These data indicate that epidural anesthesia reduces the vasoconstriction threshold during general anesthesia. Furthermore, the markedly reduced rate of core cooling during general anesthesia alone illustrates the importance of leg vasoconstriction in maintaining core temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailCalcitropic effect of recombinant prolactins in Oreochromis mossambicus
Flik, G.; Rentier-Delrue, Françoise ULg; Wendelaar-Bonga, S. E.

in The American Physiological Society (1994)

Homologous recombinant tilapia prolactins 1 and 2 were tested for calcitropic activity in tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus. Injection of both PRLs induced hypercalcemia that resulted for an enhanced ... [more ▼]

Homologous recombinant tilapia prolactins 1 and 2 were tested for calcitropic activity in tilapia Oreochromis mossambicus. Injection of both PRLs induced hypercalcemia that resulted for an enhanced calcium influx via the gills and a decreased calcium efflux. Both PRLs increased the density of the Ca2+-transporting Ca2+-adenosinetriphosphatase in a plasma membrane preparation of the branchial epithelium. Dose-response studies demonstrated that the PRL-1 was roughly twofold more potent than PRL2 in inducing hypercalcemia, in enhacing basal levels of cortisol and in stimulating opercular ionocyte density. But both PRL were equipotent in stimulating the dermal mucocyte frequency. [less ▲]

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Gosset, Christiane ULg

in Observatoire : Revue d'Action Sociale & Médico-Sociale (1994), 2

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See detailStructural and functional features of bovine leukemia virus gp51 head domain. Towards a general model for oncovirus envelope glycoproteins.
Callebaut, Isabelle; Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Burny, Arsène et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1994), 222(2), 405-414

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See detailCLAY SUPPLIES IN THE CENTRAL INDIAN BASIN SINCE THE LATE MIOCENE - CLIMATIC OR TECTONIC CONTROL
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; DEBRABANT, P.; André, Luc

in Marine Geology (1994), 122(1-2), 151-172

Mineralogical (X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis), geochemical [microprobe, inductively coupled plasma (ICP)-atomic emission spectrometry, ICP-mass spectrometry] and Sr-Nd isotopic analyses ... [more ▼]

Mineralogical (X-ray diffraction, differential thermal analysis), geochemical [microprobe, inductively coupled plasma (ICP)-atomic emission spectrometry, ICP-mass spectrometry] and Sr-Nd isotopic analyses have been carried out on the clay size fraction of Late Miocene to Pleistocene sediments from the Central Indian Basin. The samples were taken from five giant cores recovered between 1-degree and 10-degrees-S on a transect along 80-degree-E. The clay assemblages are homogeneous and characterized by an alteration of illite- and smectite-rich levels. Most of the clays are detrital and were derived from a unique source: the weathering of the Indo-Gangetic Plain supplied most of the eroded material. Temporal clay mineralogical fluctuations in the depositional basin reflect environmental changes in the provenance. On the basis of spectral analyses of a mineralogical parameter (peak height ratios), the fluctuating smectite-illite clay sedimentation is controlled by periodic Late Miocene climatic changes. During the Late Pliocene, an irregular, probably tectonic, control appeared. [less ▲]

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See detailT-CELLS SKIN LYMPHOMA IN 3 DOGS
Gilbert, S.; Clercx, Cécile ULg; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1994), 138(8), 587-595

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See detailImportance des insectes ravageurs des cereales stockees en Belgique.
Letellier, C.; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gaspar, Charles ULg

in Parasitica (1994), 50(1-2),

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See detailLes souches attachantes et effaçantes d'Escherichia coli d'origine bovine
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Pohl, P.

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1994), 138

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See detailTransient hypersensitivity to apomorphine-induced gnawing after termination of acute effects high dose of cocaine
Tirelli, Ezio ULg; Witkin, J. M.

in Behavioural Pharmacology (1994), 5(3), 289-298

Male mice were tested for behavioral effects (BEs) of the dopamine (DA) agonist apomorphine (AP) at various times after acute administration of cocaine (COC). When most of the COC had disappeared from ... [more ▼]

Male mice were tested for behavioral effects (BEs) of the dopamine (DA) agonist apomorphine (AP) at various times after acute administration of cocaine (COC). When most of the COC had disappeared from brain and the BEs of COC had dissipated (2 hrs and 4 hrs after administration), effects of AP on gnawing were increased 4-fold. This dopaminergic hypersensitivity (DA-H) was induced by acute treatment with doses of 15 mg/kg COC and higher. Effects of AP were not enhanced 6-24 hrs after COC, indicating a rapid waning of the DA-H. Hypersensitivity to AP (AP-H) was not further augmented by 8 days of daily COC injections. COC did not influence climbing and hypomotility induced by AP 4 hrs after its injection, demonstrating selectivity in the BEs of the DA-H. Further, COC did not induce sensitization to its own effects, indicating that the AP-H was not due to a typical sensitization phenomenon. ((c) 1997 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved) [less ▲]

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See detail3D turbulence field on the north-western european continental-shelf
Martin, Géraldine ULg; Delhez, Eric ULg

in Tellus : Series A (1994), 46(2), 98-112

The 3-dimensional, non-linear, baroclinic, GHER mathematical model for the study of mesoscale motions (time scale of several hours to several days: tides, storm surges, ...) is described. Particular ... [more ▼]

The 3-dimensional, non-linear, baroclinic, GHER mathematical model for the study of mesoscale motions (time scale of several hours to several days: tides, storm surges, ...) is described. Particular attention is paid to the turbulent closure based on an evolution equation for the turbulent kinetic energy and a parametric expression of the mixing length (k-model). Appropriate boundary conditions and numerical techniques (mode-splitting, implicity, sigma-coordinate system, advection scheme) are described. The model is applied to the simulation of the M2 tide on the North-Western European Continental Shelf not only without wind but also in typical winter and summer conditions. Large spatial variations of the turbulent kinetic energy appear as a result of the variations of depth and tidal activity around the shelf. These variations are clearly related to the different turbulence regimes observed in summer, with frontal structures separating well-mixed waters from stratified ones. The structure and evolution of the vertical profiles of turbulence variables are described and explained in barotropic and baroclinic conditions, under different wind forcings. The evolution of these profiles at the M2 tide frequency largely depends on the eccentricity of the tidal ellipse. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of Matrix Metalloproteinases and Serine Proteases Activities in Three B16 Melanoma Cell Lines with Distinct Tumorigenic Potential
Baramova, E. N.; Coucke, P.; Leprince, Pierre ULg et al

in Anticancer Research (1994), 14(3A, May-Jun), 841-6

Mouse B16 melanoma cells (B16, parental line) and two derived clones either pigmented (B16P) or non pigmented (B16NP) were cultured as monolayers (2D) or on agar, as aggregates (3D). The productions of ... [more ▼]

Mouse B16 melanoma cells (B16, parental line) and two derived clones either pigmented (B16P) or non pigmented (B16NP) were cultured as monolayers (2D) or on agar, as aggregates (3D). The productions of gelatinases A and B (72 kDa and 92 kDa type IV collagenases) and their inhibitors (TIMP1 and TIMP2), plasminogen activators (PAs) and plasminogen activator inhibitors (PAI) were investigated. The B16 cell lines did not secrete any gelatinase, but they secreted TIMP2, tissue-type (t-PA), urokinase-type (u-PA) plasminogen activators and PAI-1 like activities. High levels of PAI activity were determined in conditioned media and cellular extracts of B16NP, which could account for the lower tumorigenic potential of these cells. In 3D cultures, the cellular extracts of the three cell lines contained essentially u-PA activity. This activity could contribute to the greater tumorigenic and invasive capacities of B16, B16P and B16NP when cultured in 3D. [less ▲]

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See detailSuccessful treatment of progressive mucocutaneous infection due to acyclovir- and foscarnet-resistant herpes simplex virus with (S)-1-(3-hydroxy-2-phosphonylmethoxypropyl)cytosine (HPMPC).
Snoeck, R.; Andrei, G.; Gerard, Marie-Christine ULg et al

in Clinical Infectious Diseases : An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (1994), 18(4), 570-8

The acyclic nucleoside phosphonate (S)-1-(3-hydroxy-2-phosphonylmethoxypropyl)cytosine (HPMPC) was used topically for the treatment of persistent mucocutaneous infections in two cases. One patient with ... [more ▼]

The acyclic nucleoside phosphonate (S)-1-(3-hydroxy-2-phosphonylmethoxypropyl)cytosine (HPMPC) was used topically for the treatment of persistent mucocutaneous infections in two cases. One patient with AIDS suffered from a perineal lesion due to infection with herpes simplex virus type 2 (HSV-2) and did not respond to acyclovir and was intolerant of foscarnet. A bone marrow transplant recipient developed orofacial lesions due to infection with herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) that failed to respond to therapy with both acyclovir and foscarnet. After topical application of HPMPC, the HSV-2 lesions completely resolved. However, the lesions recurred 3 weeks later, and, upon subsequent treatment with HPMPC, regressed. On recurrence, the virus was found to be sensitive to acyclovir, which the patient was given. Again HSV-2, which was resistant to acyclovir, emerged; similar observations were made after another cycle of HPMPC therapy. The HSV-1 isolates were resistant to acyclovir and foscarnet. Following local HPMPC treatment, the lesions regressed, but after 1 week, a second course of topical HPMPC therapy had to be instituted for recurrent infection. The lesions again regressed, and as the recurrent virus was sensitive to acyclovir, the patient was successfully treated with the drug. The results of this study point to the potential usefulness of topical HPMPC in the treatment of immunocompromised patients with HSV-related mucocutaneous infections that are refractory to therapy with acyclovir and/or foscarnet. [less ▲]

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See detailYeast excision repair RAD2 encodes a single-stranded DNA endonuclease
Habraken, Yvette ULg; Sung, Partick; Prakash, Louise et al

in Nature (1993), 366

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See detailMagnetic Eden model
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (1993), 24(8), 629-634

We introduce the <<Magnetic Eden Model(s)>>. It consists in the usual Eden growth model(s), but allowing for the elements of the growth to have an extra degree of freedom (a <<spin>>). The growth is ... [more ▼]

We introduce the <<Magnetic Eden Model(s)>>. It consists in the usual Eden growth model(s), but allowing for the elements of the growth to have an extra degree of freedom (a <<spin>>). The growth is controlled by a condition depending on the <<magnetic state>> of the perimeter (through some <<spin coupling>>) and an external parameter, the <<magnetic field>>. Even though these words seem to refer to some <<energetic condition>> the growth model is of purely kinetic origin. This is demonstrated by exactly solving the 1-dimensional growth model for a semi-open chain, and, e.g. finding the correlation functions. In two-dimensions, simulations of clusters lead us to show that the perimeter growth exponent is coupling dependent. We show the morphologies of growth clusters on a <<phase diagram>> and indicate the <<physical origin>> and transition(s) between compact and lacunar clusters. [less ▲]

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See detailFully Automated Determination of Sulfamethazine in Ovine Plasma Using Solid-Phase Extraction on Disposable Cartridges and Liquid Chromatography
Hubert, Philippe ULg; Chiap, Patrice ULg; Evrard, Brigitte ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (1993), 622(1), 53-60

An automatic sample preparation procedure followed by on-line injection of the sample extract into a HPLC system has been developed for the quantitative analysis of sulfamethazine and its N4-acetyl ... [more ▼]

An automatic sample preparation procedure followed by on-line injection of the sample extract into a HPLC system has been developed for the quantitative analysis of sulfamethazine and its N4-acetyl metabolite in ovine plasma. The sample clean-up was performed by solid-phase extraction (SPE) on C18 disposable extraction cartridges (DECs). All the sample handling operations were effected by a robotic auto-sampler. The DEC was first conditioned with methanol and phosphate buffer pH 7.4. After loading 1.0 ml of plasma sample onto the DEC, the latter was washed with the same buffer. The elution step was performed with methanol (0.25 ml) and the eluate was then diluted by adding 0.75 ml volume of phosphate buffer pH 6.4. A 20-microliters volume of the resultant solution was injected onto an octadecyl silica column preceded by a short guard column. The HPLC mobile phase was methanol-phosphate buffer pH 6.4 (25:75, v/v). Sulfamethazine and N4-acetylsulfamethazine were determined photometrically at 262 nm. Under these conditions, linear calibration curves ranging from 2 to 250 micrograms ml-1 have been obtained for both compounds. Drug recoveries were higher than 90% and typical relative standard deviation values were 0.7% (within-day) and 2.0% (between-day) at a plasma concentration of 50 micrograms ml-1. [less ▲]

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See detailAnionic polymerization of acrylic monomers. 11 NMR investigation of the mixed complexation of methyl α-lithioisobutyrate and lithium chloride
Wang, Jin-Shan; Warin, R.; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Macromolecules (1993), 26

Solutions of methyl α-lithioisobutyrate (MIBLi) in THF added with various amounts of lithium chloride (LiCl) have been analyzed by Li-7 NMR spectroscopy in a wide range of temperatures. Although below ca ... [more ▼]

Solutions of methyl α-lithioisobutyrate (MIBLi) in THF added with various amounts of lithium chloride (LiCl) have been analyzed by Li-7 NMR spectroscopy in a wide range of temperatures. Although below ca. 205 K tetramers of MIBLi have been reported to be in equilibrium with dimers, 1/1 and 2/1 LiCl/MIBLi mixed complexes instantaneously form upon the addition of 1 and 2 mol equiv of LiCl, respectively. Further addition of LiCl more likely promotes the formation of a less stable 3/1 complex. Both 1/1 and 2/1 adducts are stable between -80-degrees-C and at least +12-degrees-C. From C-13 NMR spectroscopy, it appears that the addition of an equimolar amount of LiCl to the MIBLi solution in THF is at the origin of a ca. 7.0 ppm upfield shift of the metalated α-carbon compared to the tetrameric MIBLi species and a ca. 1.0 ppm downfield shift with respect to the dimeric MIBLi. However, the charge distribution over the carbanion does not change anymore when the amount of LiCl exceeds 1 mol equiv. In contrast to nonligated MEBLi, the OR group has a considerable rotational freedom in LiCl-modified MIBLi. A comparison of the structure and dynamics of the LiCl-modified MIBLi species in THF at 197 K with the characteristic features of the anionic polymerization of MMA under the same conditions suggests that the formation of one type of LiCl-complexed species has a decisive effect on the control of the living polymerization of MMA. This conclusion is in agreement with a kinetic study carried out by Muller for the same system. [less ▲]

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See detailSelective gravitational microlensing and line profile variations in the BAL quasar H 1413+117
Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1993), 280

In order to interpret the spectral differences observed between the four images of the gravitationally lensed broad absorption line (BAL) quasar H 1413+117, we have investigated the effect on the line ... [more ▼]

In order to interpret the spectral differences observed between the four images of the gravitationally lensed broad absorption line (BAL) quasar H 1413+117, we have investigated the effect on the line profiles of the selective magnification of individual BAL clouds by gravitational microlenses. Since microlenses magnify both the selected cloud and the whole BAL region, this effect is only differential, and general constraints on its capability to produce spectral variations have been derived. Considering simple but realistic models for the microlenses, we find that the selective magnification of a relatively large optically thick BAL cloud can be at the origin of the spectral differences reported between the components of H 1413+117. However, a very precise configuration is needed: the magnified cloud must be at the border of the BAL region which must itself partially lie in a region of strong de-magnification. The fine tuning of the parameters mecessary to reproduce the observations either seriously questions this kind of interpretation or puts strong constraints on the lensing models. Another interpretation of the observed line profile differences in terms of effects due to microlensing is also briefly discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailField Efficacy of Injectable Moxidectin in Cattle Naturally Infested with Chorioptes Bovis and Sarcoptes Scabiei
Losson, Bertrand ULg; Lonneux, J. F.

in Veterinary Parasitology (1993), 51(1-2), 113-21

Field efficacy of moxidectin, a macrocyclic lactone endectocide, was evaluated in cattle naturally infested with Chorioptes bovis and Sarcoptes scabiei. Eight animals were allocated to two groups of four ... [more ▼]

Field efficacy of moxidectin, a macrocyclic lactone endectocide, was evaluated in cattle naturally infested with Chorioptes bovis and Sarcoptes scabiei. Eight animals were allocated to two groups of four animals each, based on parasitological and clinical status. Animals of the treated group received one subcutaneous injection of injectable moxidectin at 0.2 mg kg-1 body weight on Day 0. Individuals of the control group received emergency treatment of a single injection of moxidectin at 0.2 mg kg-1 body weight on Day 28. Efficacy was assessed by (a) taking skin samples from each animal on Days 0, 7, 14, 21, 28, 42 and 56 and observing the numbers of viable mite stages and species and (b) clinical examination of animals on Days 7, 14, 21, 28, 42 and 56 with the percentage of affected body surface calculated for each animal on Days 0, 28 and 56. On the basis of the geometric means from treated and control animals, the percentage reductions in the total numbers of living C. bovis mites on Days 7, 14, 21 and 28 were 69, 87, more than 99 and 98, respectively. However, at the end of the trial, only two animals were negative for C. bovis. The percentage reductions in the total numbers of S. scabiei on Days 7, 14, 21 and 28 were 93, 100, 100 and 100, respectively. Clinical indices of the treated animals showed a sharp decrease in the affected body surface area from a mean of 43.6% on Day 0 to 0.9% and 0% on Days 28 and 56, respectively.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailLe come back de Nyles Jones a.k.a. GUITAR GABRIEL
Sacré, Robert ULg

in Soul Bag (1993), (129),

Vie et oeuvre de Robert Lewis 'Nyles' JONES ou Guitar Gabriel

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See detailIpriflavone: Pharmacological Properties and Usefulness in Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Bone and Mineral (1993), 23(3), 223-32

Ipriflavone (IP) is an isoflavone derivative available in several countries for investigational and/or therapeutic use. Inhibition of bone resorption was demonstrated in several models, both in vitro and ... [more ▼]

Ipriflavone (IP) is an isoflavone derivative available in several countries for investigational and/or therapeutic use. Inhibition of bone resorption was demonstrated in several models, both in vitro and in vivo for IP and its metabolites. Their mechanisms of action on bone are not yet fully elucidated but some of them are widely accepted. IP does not possess, per se, any estrogenic activity. It appears that IP-related inhibition of bone resorption might be mediated by an indirect effect on osteoclast and related to an inhibition of recruitment and/or differentiation of pre-osteoclast, maybe through a modulation of osteoblast response to PTH. Clinical studies in Paget's disease of bone or primary hyperparathyroidism have confirmed preferential inhibition of bone resorption suggesting a clinical interest in postmenopausal osteoporosis. Preliminary (1 year) results of double blind placebo controlled studies designed in postmenopausal and senile osteoporosis confirm a reduction in bone turnover rate in patients treated with 600 mg/day of IP, resulting in a significant bone-sparing effect both at lumbar and radial levels. All clinical and pharmacological trials confirm a very good tolerance of IP with a frequency of adverse reactions equal to that observed during administration of a placebo. Providing ongoing studies will confirm the actual promising preliminary results, IP seems a very interesting new non hormonal approach for prevention and treatment of postmenopausal and senile osteoporosis. [less ▲]

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See detailComplement activation during cardiopulmonary bypass in infants and children: Relation to postoperative multiple system organ failure
Seghaye, Marie-Christine ULg; Duchateau, J.; Grabitz, R. G. et al

in Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (1993), 106(6), 978-987

Twenty-nine children 3 months to 17 years of age undergoing operations for congenital heart disease were included in this prospective study. Complement activation, activation of the plasma contact system ... [more ▼]

Twenty-nine children 3 months to 17 years of age undergoing operations for congenital heart disease were included in this prospective study. Complement activation, activation of the plasma contact system, leukocytes, leukocyte elastase release, and C-reactive protein were studied during and after cardiopulmonary bypass for the first postoperative week and related to multiple system organ failure occurring in eight (27.5 %) of the 29 children. During cardiopulmonary bypass complement activation via the alternative pathway as indicated by significant conversion of C3 (expressed by C3d/C3) and abnormally high C5a values at the end of cardiopulmonary bypass without consumption of C4 was shown in all children. At the end of cardiopulmonary bypass, C3 conversion was significantly higher in the eight patients with multiple system organ failure than in the others (p < 0.05), whereas no difference in C5a level was shown. All children had a significant increase in leukocyte count directly after protamine administration (p < 0.0001) and elastase release during cardiopulmonary bypass that was significantly higher in patients with multiple system organ failure than in those without (p < 0.05). Consumption of prekallikrein as an indicator of activation of the Hageman system was not detectable during cardiopulmonary bypass in any child. After cardiopulmonary bypass, in patients without multiple system organ failure, C3d/C3 decreased and reached preoperative values within the first postoperative week, whereas, in patients with multiple system organ failure, C3d/C3 increased further, reaching a maximal value on the third postoperative day. In comparison with patients without multiple system organ failure, patients with multiple system organ failure showed a severe decrease of C4 (with minimal values on the third postoperative day), suggesting consumption by activation of the classic pathway of the complement system or a hepatic synthesis deficiency. Prekallikrein values were also significantly lower in patients with multiple system organ failure than in the others, with a maximal difference on the third postoperative day (p < 0.005). C-reactive protein was significantly lower in patients with multiple system organ failure than in the others for the first 2 postoperative days (p < 0.05), probably because of severe hepatic failure in patients with multiple system organ failure. This study demonstrates that, in children, cardiopulmonary bypass induces complement activation principally via the alternative pathway. It suggests a relationship between complement activation and multiple system organ failure observed in the postoperative period. Furthermore, it points out the role of multiple system organ failure itself on the C3 conversion and on the synthesis of the markers of the inflammatory response in children after heart operations. [less ▲]

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Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Dermatologie en Venereologie (1993), 3

Superficial skin surface stripping (SSSS) enables the study of the outermost cell layers of the stratum corneum. In this article we review the diagnostic value and the research possibilities offered by ... [more ▼]

Superficial skin surface stripping (SSSS) enables the study of the outermost cell layers of the stratum corneum. In this article we review the diagnostic value and the research possibilities offered by SSSS. This technique is non invasive and provides information useful in the differential diagnosis of erythematosquamous and eczematous lesions and pigmented neoplasms. For research purposes SSSS can also be used as substratum for scanning electron microscopic assessments and biochemical analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailClonage par greffe de blastomère: naissance d'un premier veau
Ectors, Fabien ULg; Delval, Alain; Touati, Kamal ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1993), 137(8), 573-574

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See detailSome Principles and Applications of Adaptive Mathematical Morphology for Range Imagery
Verly, Jacques ULg; Delanoy, Richard L.

in Optical Engineering : The Journal of the Society of Photo-Optical Instrumentation Engineers (1993), 32(12), 3295-3306

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See detailMediterranean small mammals and insular syndrome: biometrical study of the long tailes field mouse (Apodemus sylavticus) (Rodentia Muridae) of Corsica
Libois, Roland ULg; Fons, Roger; Bordenave, Dominique

in Bonner Zoologische Beiträge (1993), 44(3-4), 147-163

The presence in Corsica of a field mouse is well known. Several authors have noted some of its morphological peculiarities but it was only recently (1980) that the presence of A. sylvaticus was ... [more ▼]

The presence in Corsica of a field mouse is well known. Several authors have noted some of its morphological peculiarities but it was only recently (1980) that the presence of A. sylvaticus was establblished with certainty. However, this evidence is based on a check of a limited number of individuals originating from a single locality. In order to generalize these observations, we performed o biochemical test on six Corsican mice caught in three distinct localites and a morpho biometrical study of 491 skulls. The results show that A. sylvaticus is spread all over the island and that A. flavicollis is probably absent. No sexual dimorphism was found but strong spatial variations in the cranial measurements were ividenced. There are far less important between the various Corsican sub samples than between the insular and the continenecal mice. The evolutionary and adaptive significance of the increase in size of insular mice is discussed in relation to the theory of island biogeography and to the present knowledge on the history of the mammalian settlement of the island. [less ▲]

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Leclercq, Dieudonné ULg

in Emergence. Revue proposée par l'ICC en collaboration avec MEDIA ANIMATION et le CFA (1993), 21

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See detailCalcitonin for Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in American Journal of Medicine (1993), 95(5A), 44-47

There appears to be a consensus that 100 IU/day of nasally administered salmon calcitonin may prevent trabecular bone loss during the first year of the menopause. Strong evidence exists that half that ... [more ▼]

There appears to be a consensus that 100 IU/day of nasally administered salmon calcitonin may prevent trabecular bone loss during the first year of the menopause. Strong evidence exists that half that dose may also be sufficient to prevent trabecular bone loss and that higher doses (> or = 200 IU/day) induce a significant increase in spinal bone mineral content. Calcium supplements should be systemically administered when calcitonin is given, particularly at high doses. Rectal calcitonin seems also to be an efficient alternative in prevention of trabecular bone loss. Further studies are required to evaluate the effect of calcitonin in prevention of cortical bone loss. In established osteoporosis calcitonin may prevent further bone loss at trabecular and cortical sites. A similar benefit is obtained following parenteral or nasal administration of the drug. Long-term administration of nasal salmon calcitonin induces a significant dose-dependent gain of bone at the lumbar spine, whereas discontinuous therapy with a ratio of 1:2 or 2:3 between the treatment and nontreatment periods is the best regimen for cortical bone. Epidemiological, retrospective, and prospective studies provide a convergent network of evidence that calcitonin administration in osteoporosis contributes to reduce significantly the frequency of subsequent fractures, both in the spine and in the hip. Finally, in established osteoporosis, nasal calcitonin possesses a potent analgesic effect, reduces the duration of bed confinement, and decreases the number of concomitant analgesic medications. The well-demonstrated effects of nasal calcitonin permit it to be considered as a highly rational solution for the prevention and the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. [less ▲]

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See detailMacromolecular engineering of polylactones and polylactides. 14. A 13C and 27Al NMR study of the effect of γ-butyrolactone on the structure of aluminum isopropoxide in toluene
Ropson, Nathalie; Dubois, Philippe; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Macromolecules (1993), 26(24), 6378-6385

Solutions of Al isopropoxide in toluene have been investigated by C-13 and Al-27 NMR spectroscopy. Since Al(OiPr)3 is currently used as an initiator for the living polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone ... [more ▼]

Solutions of Al isopropoxide in toluene have been investigated by C-13 and Al-27 NMR spectroscopy. Since Al(OiPr)3 is currently used as an initiator for the living polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone, special attention has been paid to the effect of the monomer on the coordinative structure of Al(OiPr3) in toluene. Gamma-butyrolactone (BL) has been chosen as a nonpolymerizable model, representative of epsilon-caprolactone. The NMR spectra have been recorded at various concentrations of gamma-butyrolactone and temperatures. As a rule, Al(OiPr)3 is coordinatively aggregated in toluene in such a way that tetrameric and trimeric species are in equilibrium. Upon the addition of BL, this equilibrium is shifted toward the formation of an octahedric [Al(OiPr)3.3BL] mixed tetramer coexisting with [Al(OiPr)3]4 tetramers, the external tetrahedric Al atoms of which are coordinated with extra BL molecules. In the presence of a large excess of BL, only the mixed tetramer persists, which suggests that the single [Al(OiPr)3.3M] species would be the actual initiator for the ring-opening polymerization of cyclic monomers M, such as epsilon-caprolactone, lactides, glycolide, and cyclic anhydrides. [less ▲]

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See detailATMOS ATLAS-1 MEASUREMENTS OF SULFUR-HEXAFLUORIDE (SF6) IN THE LOWER STRATOSPHERE AND UPPER TROPOSPHERE
Rinsland, C. P.; Gunson, M. R.; Abrams, M. C. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1993), 98(D11), 20491-20494

Vertical profiles of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) in the lower stratosphere and upper troposphere have been retrieved from 0.01-cm-1 resolution infrared solar occultation spectra recorded by the Atmospheric ... [more ▼]

Vertical profiles of sulfur hexafluoride (SF6) in the lower stratosphere and upper troposphere have been retrieved from 0.01-cm-1 resolution infrared solar occultation spectra recorded by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) Fourier transform spectrometer during the ATLAS (Atmospheric Laboratory for Applications and Science) 1 shuttle mission of March 24 to April 2, 1992. Based on measurements of the unresolved absorption by the SF6 nu3 band Q branch at 947.9 cm-1, average SF6 volume mixing ratios and 1-sigma uncertainties of 3.20 +/- 0.54 parts per trillion by volume (pptv; 10(-12) ppv) at 200 mbar (approximately 11.8 km) declining to 2.86 +/- 0.29 pptv at 100 mbar (approximately 16.2 km) and 1.95 +/- 0.50 pptv at 30 mbar (approximately 23.9 km) have been retrieved. The profiles show no obvious dependence with latitude over the range of the measurements (eight occultations spanning 28-degrees-S to 54-degrees-S). Assuming an exponential growth model and applying a correction for the interhemispheric concentration difference, an average SF6 rate of increase of 8.7 +/- 2.2% per year, 2 sigma, between 12 and 18 km has been derived by fitting the present measurements, ATMOS measurements from the April-May 1985 Spacelab 3 mission, and balloon-borne IR measurements obtained in March 1981 and June 1988. [less ▲]

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See detailSurface concentration of chain ends in polystyrene determined by static secondary ion mass spectroscopy
Affrossman, S.; Hartshorne, M.; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Macromolecules (1993), 26(23), 6251-6254

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See detailMixmaster universe in fourth-order gravity theories
Cotsakis, S.; Demaret, Jacques; De Rop, Yves ULg et al

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (1993), 48

We analyze the behavior of the Bianchi type-IX cosmological model in the full fourth-order theory of gravity in four space-time dimensions on approach to the singularity both analytically and numerically ... [more ▼]

We analyze the behavior of the Bianchi type-IX cosmological model in the full fourth-order theory of gravity in four space-time dimensions on approach to the singularity both analytically and numerically. By directly analyzing the full fourth-order field equations we prove explicitly that the Belinski-Khalatnikov-Lifshitz (BKL) analytic solution (and the accompanying bounce law) is also a solution to the more general case that we consider. But it appears to be nongeneric, because a perturbation analysis shows that power-law Kasner asymptotes are unstable on approach to the singularity. On the other hand, we find that the model possesses a stable isotropic monotonic power-law asymptotic solution and accordingly we show that there is a general solution which is nonchaotic near the space-time singularity. Numerical experiments confirm the existence of such a behavior. The inclusion of matter fields does not alter the evolution in the neighborhood of the singularity. The role of space-time dimensionality on the chaotic evolution of the mixmaster universe in these theories is also spelled out. In particular, we show that it is impossible to build a mixmaster universe in space-time dimensions higher than four in the full fourth-order gravity theory based on the BKL approximation scheme. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions between Active-Site-Serine Beta-Lactamases and Mechanism-Based Inactivators: A Kinetic Study and an Overview
Matagne, André ULg; Ghuysen, M. F.; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg

in Biochemical Journal (1993), 295((Pt 3)), 705-711

The interactions between three class A beta-lactamases and three beta-lactamase inactivators (clavulanic acid, sulbactam and olivanic acid MM13902) were studied. Interestingly, the interaction between the ... [more ▼]

The interactions between three class A beta-lactamases and three beta-lactamase inactivators (clavulanic acid, sulbactam and olivanic acid MM13902) were studied. Interestingly, the interaction between the Streptomyces cacaoi beta-lactamase and clavulanate indicated little irreversible inactivation. With sulbactam, irreversible inactivation was found to occur with the three studied enzymes, but no evidence for transiently inactivated adducts was found. Irreversible inactivation of the S. albus G and S. cacaoi enzymes was particularly slow. With olivanate, irreversible inactivation was also observed with the three enzymes, but with the S. cacaoi enzyme, no hydrolysis could be detected. A tentative summary of the results found in the literature is also presented (including 6 beta-halogenopenicillanates), and the general conclusions underline the diversity of the mechanisms and the wide variations of the rate constants observed when class A beta-lactamases interact with beta-lactamase inactivators, in agreement with the behaviours of the same enzymes towards their good and poor substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailLongterm Photometry of Variables at ESO - Part Two - the Second Data Catalogue 1986-1990
Sterken, C.; Manfroid, Jean ULg; Anton, K. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1993), 102

In this paper we present the second catalogue of photometric data in the Strömgren system obtained during the period October 1986- September 1990 in the framework of the Long-Term Photometry of Variables ... [more ▼]

In this paper we present the second catalogue of photometric data in the Strömgren system obtained during the period October 1986- September 1990 in the framework of the Long-Term Photometry of Variables (LTPV) program at the European Southern Observatory. The catalogue is available in computer readable form at the Centre de Données de Strasbourg. [less ▲]

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See detailFormation of P Cygni Line Profiles in Relativistically Expanding Atmospheres. II. The Effect of the Continuum Frequency Shape and Limb Darkening of the Core
Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

in Astrophysical Journal (1993), 417

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See detailSite-directed mutagenesis of dicarboxylic acid residues of the penicillin-binding module of the Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein 3
Goffin, Colette ULg; Ayala, J. A.; Nguyen-Distèche, Martine ULg et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (1993), 113(3), 247-251

The glutamic acid E396, aspartic acid D409 and glutamic acid E411 residues of the Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein 3 were each converted into an alanine residue. As deduced from penicillin ... [more ▼]

The glutamic acid E396, aspartic acid D409 and glutamic acid E411 residues of the Escherichia coli penicillin-binding protein 3 were each converted into an alanine residue. As deduced from penicillin-binding and complementation experiments, none of these dicarboxylic acid residues is involved in the mechanism of acylation by penicillin and none of them is essential for the in vivo functioning of the PBP. The mutation E396, however, causes an increased thermolability of the protein. [less ▲]

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See detailJean-Pierre Verheggen, Pubères, putains
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (1993), 9

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See detailUse of G.I.S. and remote sensing in hydrological model for impact study of land cover change in a malagasy rural basin
Randriamaherisoa, Alain; Binard, Marc ULg; Persoons, Etienne

in International Journal "Advances in Remote Sensing" (1993), 2(3), 154-164

A conceptual distributed-based model has been developed for flood simulation and forecasting. The model structure consists of a square grid network, in analogy with the raster form of numerical maps. The ... [more ▼]

A conceptual distributed-based model has been developed for flood simulation and forecasting. The model structure consists of a square grid network, in analogy with the raster form of numerical maps. The square-pixel is the analysis unit for hydrologie balance in relation with physi-cal characteristics. Punctual and cartographical data sources are used to characterize each mesh. Aerial photo-graphy and satellite imagery give information about land use. Topographical characteristics are obtained from Digi-tal Terrain Model (DTM). Soil type can be numerized to help in estimating the drainage condition. Hydrological data are distributed in accordance with the Thiessen's polygons or the associated sub-basin. All the data are handled by the GIS part in order to classify the surface runoff potential of all meshes. This procedure allow to consider the physical characteristics and the spatial vari-ability of the parameters at small scale, to manage special devices like storm basins, pumping stations and spillways and to do a quick study of the spatio-temporal evolution of the characteristics. Impact analysis of land cover modi-fications on the river flow regime is therefore possible. In one large rural Malagasy watershed, rince the 1960's, several waterworks were achieved in order to struggle against the flooding of the upstream fertile plain (subject of various developments). Meanwhile, the forest of the basin hillslopes was and still strongly claimed for pluvial rice crop, which is necessary for the subsistence of a fast growing population. The main object of this work is to study the hydrological impacts of these changes of land use on the watershed behaviour and to forecast the basin water regime evolution. [less ▲]

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See detailAcute Suppression of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Secretion by Insulin-Like Growth Factor I and Subproducts: An Age-Dependent Endocrine Effect
Bourguignon, Jean-Pierre ULg; Gerard, Arlette ULg; Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg et al

in Neuroendocrinology (1993), 58(5), 525-30

Using rat hypothalamic explants, we showed previously that activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors was involved in the mechanism of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion. (1-3 ... [more ▼]

Using rat hypothalamic explants, we showed previously that activation of N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors was involved in the mechanism of gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) secretion. (1-3)Insulin-like growth factor I (IGF-I), the N-terminal tripeptide of IGF-I, was suggested to be a possible antagonist at NMDA receptors. Here, we study the effects of IGF-I and its subproducts, (1-3)IGF-I and (4-70)IGF-I, either given in vivo as a single subcutaneous injection or used in vitro, on the secretion of GnRH by hypothalamic explants. At the three ages studied (15, 25 and 50 days), (4-70)IGF-I does not show any effect. At 50 days, the in vivo administration or the in vitro use of IGF-I results in a dose-related inhibition of the GnRH secretion induced by veratridine, a depolarizing agent. In addition, the spontaneous pulsatile secretion of GnRH in vitro is transiently suppressed after the in vivo administration of IGF-I. (1-3)IGF-I results in an inhibitory effect similar to that of IGF-I. At 25 days, IGF-I and (1-3)IGF-I show the same effects as at 50 days though higher concentrations are required. At 15 days, IGF-I does not show any effect whereas a potent inhibition of GnRH secretion is observed using (1-3)IGF-I either in vivo or in vitro. At all ages, the effects of (1-3)IGF-I parallel those of AP-5, a competitive antagonist at NMDA receptors.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a rational utilization of satellite imagery for Lisbon's metropolitan planning
Binard, Marc ULg; Nadasdi, Istvan

in EARSeL International Journal "ADVANCES IN REMOTE SENSING" (1993), 2(3), 130-137

The knowledge of the actual structure and 'intensity of land cover is a fundamental information for the urban planning. Some aspects of the seeked information can be extracted from satellite imagery. This ... [more ▼]

The knowledge of the actual structure and 'intensity of land cover is a fundamental information for the urban planning. Some aspects of the seeked information can be extracted from satellite imagery. This presentation gives some exemples over the Metropolitan area of Lisbon. First, an image segmentation is accomplished over an XS3 band. This process leads to a rather valid subdivision of the region in morphological units. Secondly, the urban and vegetal categories, issued from a land cover classification, are modeled in the form of statistical surfaces. The statistical surfaces take advantage of the analytical power of a raster solving approach. Fi-nally, the urban and vegetal intensity surfaces are merged. The result can be considered as an attempt of ecozoning the considered region. The paper discuss also the possibilities of using remotly sensed data for urban planning. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysiologie de la femme enceinte et facteurs de risques
Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in Contraception, Fertilite, Sexualité (1992) (1993), 21(11), 811-5

Physiological adaptations of the pregnant woman involve the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, renal, endocrine and metabolic systems. Their precise knowledge allows the clinician to verify the quality ... [more ▼]

Physiological adaptations of the pregnant woman involve the circulatory, respiratory, digestive, renal, endocrine and metabolic systems. Their precise knowledge allows the clinician to verify the quality of the adaptation of the pregnant woman and to avoid unnecessary treatment of physiological changes misconsidered as pathological changes in reference to prepregnancy standards. [less ▲]

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See detailAdjuvant postoperative accelerated hyperfractionated radiotherapy in rectal cancer : a feasability study
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Cuttat, J-F; Mirimanoff, R-O

in International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics (1993), 24(4), 885-889

To assess the acute toxicity and hence feasibility of postoperative hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy in rectal cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Twenty patients were submitted to accelerated ... [more ▼]

To assess the acute toxicity and hence feasibility of postoperative hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy in rectal cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Twenty patients were submitted to accelerated hyperfractionated radiotherapy after resection of rectal cancer. A total dose of 48 Gy was given in 3 weeks. Two fractions of 1.6 Gy were used with a mean interfraction interval of at least 6 hours. The pelvic volume was treated by a four-field box technique using a linear accelerator (6-18 MV). Acute toxicity was assessed once per week. Small bowel and skin toxicity were scored according to the criteria of the World Health Organization. Bladder toxicity was scored according to the criteria of the Radiation Therapy Oncology Group. RESULTS: All the patients underwent the treatment as planned except one. No patient presented grade 3 or 4 bladder toxicity. There was only one patient who complained from grade 3 skin toxicity at the end of the treatment. Fourteen patients had some degree of intestinal toxicity. This was the most frequently occurring acute side-effect. Only two out of the fourteen patients had intestinal toxicity exceeding grade 2. CONCLUSION: Hyperfractionated accelerated radiotherapy on a pelvic volume is feasible [less ▲]

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See detailControl of Pulsatile Secretion of Gonadotrophin Releasing Hormone from Hypothalamic Explants
Bourguignon, Jean-Pierre ULg; Gerard, Arlette ULg; Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg et al

in Human Reproduction (1993), 8 Suppl 2(NULL), 18-22

We have studied the secretion of gonadotrophin releasing hormone (GnRH) from hypothalamic explants of male rats at different ages in an attempt to delineate the neuroendocrine mechanism of the onset of ... [more ▼]

We have studied the secretion of gonadotrophin releasing hormone (GnRH) from hypothalamic explants of male rats at different ages in an attempt to delineate the neuroendocrine mechanism of the onset of puberty. In this paper, we review some of our recent studies and we provide evidence of a dual control played by receptors to neuroexcitatory amino acids. We showed previously that isolated explants of rat hypothalamus could secrete GnRH in a pulsatile manner. The onset of puberty was characterized by a 2-fold increase in frequency of GnRH secretory pulses. This reduction of the interval between GnRH pulses involved an inhibitory autofeedback effect of GnRH on the pulse generator which was shut off following a secretory episode. This period of refractoriness was longer before puberty than after the onset of puberty. Activation of receptors to neuroexcitatory amino acids (N-methyl-D-aspartate; NMDA-type) was involved in the mechanism of pulsatile GnRH secretion. Striking developmental changes in NMDA-receptor-mediated GnRH secretion were demonstrated with a maximal activity around the time of the onset of puberty. Similar changes occurred in orchidectomized animals, indicating that this maturational process was gonad-independent. While evidence accumulated that NMDA receptors were involved in a stimulatory control of GnRH secretion, we found that NMDA receptors mediated an inhibitory effect on GnRH secretion. This inhibitory effect was very potent in the immature hypothalamus and it showed a marked reduction in potency before onset of puberty.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailJean-Pierre Verheggen, Les Folies-Belgères
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (1993), 9

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Durand, Pascal ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (1993)

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Durand, Pascal ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (1993), 9

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See detailEnhancement of Tumorigenicity of Human Breast Adenocarcinoma Cells in Nude Mice by Matrigel and Fibroblasts
Noël, Agnès ULg; Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Purnell, G. et al

in British Journal of Cancer (1993), 68(5), 909-15

The failure of MCF7 cells to induce the formation of tumours after sub-cutaneous inoculation into athymic nude mice can be obviated by the simultaneous injection of an extract of basement membrane ... [more ▼]

The failure of MCF7 cells to induce the formation of tumours after sub-cutaneous inoculation into athymic nude mice can be obviated by the simultaneous injection of an extract of basement membrane proteins (matrigel). Tumour growth is promoted and the latency period is low (2 to 4 weeks). In the absence of matrigel, the simultaneous inoculation of fibroblasts and MCF7 cells also resulted in the development of tumours, but with a longer latency period (about 2 months). The tumorigenic synergy between matrigel and fibroblasts was evidenced by co-inoculating MCF7 cells MDA-MB 231 cells with fibroblasts and matrigel. This co-inoculation decreased the delay of appearance of the tumours and/or accelerated the tumour growth, depending upon the number of fibroblasts injected. Repeated injections of fibroblasts conditioned medium, at the site of inoculum of tumour cells also enhanced tumour growth, suggesting the involvement of soluble factors secreted by fibroblasts. Histologically, tumours induced by co-inoculation of tumour cells and fibroblasts contained more stromal structures including vimentin-positive cells, fibronectin and interstitial collagens. These data suggest that human tumours may be reconstituted and grown in athymic nude mice using basement membrane components and fibroblasts as inductors. [less ▲]

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See detailBenign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Normal Prostate Aging: Differences in Types I and Ii 5 Alpha-Reductase and Steroid Hormone Receptor Messenger Ribonucleic Acid (Mrna) Levels, but Not in Insulin-Like Growth Factor Mrna Levels
Bonnet, Pierre ULg; Reiter, E.; Bruyninx, M. et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (The) (1993), 77(5), 1203-8

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is so common in elderly men that the development of adenomatous nodules in this organ can be seen as a normal age-dependent process. In this work, we used Northern ... [more ▼]

Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is so common in elderly men that the development of adenomatous nodules in this organ can be seen as a normal age-dependent process. In this work, we used Northern blotting to compare the levels of androgen, estrogen, and insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) receptor in young (age range, 23-33; n = 3), old normal (age range, 52-80; n = 3), and BPH-affected subjects (age range, 66-87; n = 15). We have also investigated in these groups the expression of genes coding for the two 5 alpha-reductases (types I and II), aromatase, IGF-I, and IGF-II. Our results show significantly increased levels of IGF mRNA in old healthy and BPH-affected subjects; the respective rises for IGF-I, IGF-II, and IGF-I receptor mRNAs were 3.0-, 2.9-, and 1.5-fold (BPH) and 2.7-, 2.4-, and 1.8-fold (old normal controls). For estrogen receptor, androgen receptor, and type I and II 5 alpha-reductase mRNAs, a marked but opposite effect was observed in adenomatous tissues only; the respective levels were 2.2-, 1.8-, 3.9-, and 1.7-fold lower than those in young adult subjects, whereas no significant differences were recorded between the two normal groups. Morphometric analysis of each tissue specimen confirmed the significantly lower epithelium/stroma ratio in adenomas compared to young or old healthy tissues. Together, these observations suggest that prostatic adenomas may result from at least two conjugate processes: one characterized by a drop in the mRNA levels of steroid hormone receptors, which might be associated with a lower epithelium/stroma ratio, and another characterized by normal aging phenomena, of which the increased production of IGFs and IGF-I receptor transcripts could be biochemical markers. [less ▲]

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See detailAnionic polymerization of (meth)acrylic monomers. 12. Efect of lithium chloride on the stereochemistry on the anionic polymerization of methyl methacrylate in THF and in a 9/1 toluene/THF mixture
Wang, Jin-Shan; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Warin, Roger et al

in Macromolecules (1993), 26(22), 5984-5990

The effect of LiCl on the stereochemistry of the anionic polymerization of methyl methacrylate in the presence of a lithium counterion at -78-degrees-C in THF and in a 9/1 toluene/THF mixture, has been ... [more ▼]

The effect of LiCl on the stereochemistry of the anionic polymerization of methyl methacrylate in the presence of a lithium counterion at -78-degrees-C in THF and in a 9/1 toluene/THF mixture, has been studied by C-13 and H-1 NMR spectroscopy. It has been found that LiCl has an important effect on the E/Z ratio of the living chain ends in THF, in contrast to the main-chain tacticity. In contrast, LiCl has a significant influence on the stereoregularity of the anionic polymerization of MMA in a 9/1 toluene/THF mixture. When the LiCl/initiator molar ratio is increased, the syndiotactic placements (rr) are favored at the expense of the isotactic ones (mm). This effect can be accounted for by a multistate propagating mechanism controlled by association/complexation equilibria among associated, nonassociated, and LiCl-complexed species. These association/complexation equilbria, which were originally proposed by Muller, appear to have a decisive effect not only on the livingness (molecular weight distribution (MWD)) but also on the stereochemistry of the anionic polymerization of MMA in a 9/1 toluene/THF mixture at -78-degrees-C, confirming the involvement of the ligand in propagation control. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions between Active-Site Serine Beta-Lactamases and So-Called Beta-Lactamase-Stable Antibiotics. Kinetic and Molecular Modelling Studies
Matagne, André ULg; Lamotte-Brasseur, J.; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1993), 217(1), 61-67

The interactions between imipenem and four monobactams and three class A beta-lactamases have been studied in detail. Despite their reputation as being beta-lactamase-stable, some of these compounds were ... [more ▼]

The interactions between imipenem and four monobactams and three class A beta-lactamases have been studied in detail. Despite their reputation as being beta-lactamase-stable, some of these compounds were significantly hydrolysed by the enzymes. The results obtained with the Streptomyces albus G beta-lactamase have been analysed in the light of molecular modelling studies. The discussion is extended to include other so-called beta-lactamase-stable antibiotics to demonstrate that this appellation can often be misleading. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphology and time variation of the Jovian Far UV aurora: Hubble Space Telescope observations
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Dols, Vincent; Paresce, Francesco et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1993), 98

High spatial resolution images of the north polar region of Jupiter have been obtained with the Faint Object Camera (FOC) on board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The first set of two images collected ... [more ▼]

High spatial resolution images of the north polar region of Jupiter have been obtained with the Faint Object Camera (FOC) on board the Hubble Space Telescope (HST). The first set of two images collected 87 min apart in February 1992 shows a bright (approximately or equal to 180 kR) emission superimposed on the background in rotation with the planet. Both Ly alpha images show common regions of enhanced emission but differences are also observed, possibly due to temporal variations. The second group of images obtained on June 23 and 26, 1992 isolates a spectral region near 153 nm dominated by the H2 Lyman bands and continuum. Both pictures exhibit a narrow arc structure fitting the L = 30 magnetotail field line footprint in the morning sector and a broader diffuse aurora in the afternoon. They show no indication of an evening twilight enhancement. Although the central meridian longitudes were similar, significant differences are seen in the two exposures, especially in the region of diffuse emission, and interpreted as signatures of temporal variations. The total power radiated in the H2 bands is approximately or equal to 2 x 10[SUP]12[/SUP] W, in agreement with previous UV spectrometer observations. The high local H2 emission rates (approximately 450 kR) imply a particle precipitation carrying an energy flux of about 5 x 10[SUP]-2[/SUP] W/sq m. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a combined mechanical and enzymatic method for the isolation of intact preantral follicles from fetal, calf and adult bovine ovaries
Figueiredo, José Ricardo; Hulshof, S. C. J.; Van den Hurk, R. et al

in Theriogenology (1993), 40(4), 789-799

The isolation of preantral follicles from the ovaries of bovine fetuses, calves and adult cows was performed using a simple, rapid mechanical and enzyme method. The ovaries were cut into small pieces with ... [more ▼]

The isolation of preantral follicles from the ovaries of bovine fetuses, calves and adult cows was performed using a simple, rapid mechanical and enzyme method. The ovaries were cut into small pieces with a tissue chopper. Then, the suspension was filtered successively through 500 and 100 μm nylon mesh filters. This simple mechanical procedure resulted in large numbers of isolated preantral follicles: 2,142 ± 254; 512 ± 92 and 298 ± 54 from the ovaries of bovine fetuses, calves and cows, respectively. In addition, the ovarian fragments between 100 and 500 μm were suspended in 10 ml of M199 Hepes medium plus 5% FCS and divided into 2 equal parts: one portion was used for collagenase treatment (200 U/ml) for 20 minutes, while the other served as a control. Collagenase treatment resulted in 841 ± 161; 216 ± 51 and 52 ± 17 preantral follicles from fetuses, calves and cows, respectively, compared with 312 ± 86; 52 ± 15 and 10 ± 2 in the control group. The use of collagenase with ovarian fragments selected by filtration as a method for increasing the rate of recovery of preantral follicles is described here. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperfunctioning unilateral adrenal macronodule in three patients with Cushing's disease: hormonal and imaging characterization.
Abs, R.; Nobels, F.; Verhelst, J. et al

in Acta Endocrinologica (1993), 129(4), 284-90

We aimed to investigate the dynamics of adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) and cortisol secretion in pituitary-dependent Cushing's syndrome with bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia presenting as a single ... [more ▼]

We aimed to investigate the dynamics of adrenocorticotropin (ACTH) and cortisol secretion in pituitary-dependent Cushing's syndrome with bilateral macronodular adrenal hyperplasia presenting as a single adrenal macronodule, and to determine the imaging characteristics of this syndrome. Three female patients were studied. Plasma ACTH and serum cortisol secretion were studied by determining their rhythmicity and pulsatility and their responses to the administration of ovine corticotropin-releasing factor, thyrotropin-releasing hormone, metyrapone, tetracosactrin, insulin and dexamethasone. Techniques used to localize the anatomical lesion were bilateral simultaneous inferior petrosal sinus sampling, magnetic resonance examination of the pituitary, computed tomography (CT) scanning and [75Se]cholesterol scintigraphy of the adrenal glands. Plasma ACTH and serum cortisol levels were measured using a commercial radioimmunoassay and an immunoradiometric assay. The ACTH and cortisol pulse number and amplitude were calculated using established computer software. In all three patients ACTH and cortisol secretory dynamics fulfilled the requirements for diagnosis of pituitary-dependent Cushing's syndrome. A close relationship between ACTH and cortisol pulses also favored a pituitary dependency. Study of the amplitude of cortisol pulses classified two patients in the group of hypopulsatile Cushing's disease. Adrenal CT scanning demonstrated the presence of a large single nodule. [75Se]Cholesterol scintigraphy showed bilateral radionuclide uptake, although mostly localized over the adrenal nodule. All patients underwent successful trans-sphenoidal hypophysectomy. Over a period of 1 year, a slow shrinkage of the adrenal nodule was observed in two patients, while no change in volume was observed in one patient.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailCerebral hyperperfusion following episodes of bradycardia in the preterm infant
RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg; Casaer, P.; Daniels, H.

in Early human development (1993), 34(3), 199-208

The alterations in cerebral hemodynamics during and following 39 episodes with bradycardia of different severity have been studied by analysis of Doppler flow velocity waveforms amongst 16 stable preterm ... [more ▼]

The alterations in cerebral hemodynamics during and following 39 episodes with bradycardia of different severity have been studied by analysis of Doppler flow velocity waveforms amongst 16 stable preterm infants (range of conceptional age at the time of study 33-39 weeks; weight 1730-2820 g). Each episode with bradycardia has been classified as mild on seven occasions (heart rate between 100-120 beats/min), moderate on 15 occasions (80-100), or severe on 17 occasions (heart rate below 80) Depending on the severity of the bradycardia, the time-averaged mean flow velocity (V) could decrease by 80% below the preexistent baseline value and the end-diastolic velocity (D) dropped towards the zero line, whereas peak systolic velocities did not change The magnitude of the percentage decrease of V correlated positively with the severity of bradycardia, indicating a progressive decline of cerebral blood flow (CBF). Following bradycardia, V could increase up to 75% above the preexistent baseline value. Simultaneously, an increase of mean arterial blood pressure and D could be documented. Peak systolic velocities remained unaltered. The magnitude of the percentage increase of V following bradycardia depended both on the severity of bradycardia as well as on the drop in transcutaneous oxygen during the preceding bradycardia. Interpretation of these findings suggested that the transient cerebral hyperperfusion following bradycardia compensates for the hypoxic-ischemic episode, sustained during the preceding epoch of apnea and bradycardia. [less ▲]

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See detailExtensive Deposition of Basement Membrane by Tumours: A Prognostic Factor? A Reappraisal
Noël, Agnès ULg; Fontes, R.; Emonard, H. et al

in Epithelial Cell Biology (1993), 2(4), 150-4

A loss of the continuous linear deposit of basement membrane around invasive carcinomas has been suggested to correlate with their increased invasiveness. In contrast, extensive basement membrane ... [more ▼]

A loss of the continuous linear deposit of basement membrane around invasive carcinomas has been suggested to correlate with their increased invasiveness. In contrast, extensive basement membrane deposition would represent a more favourable prognosis. The Engelbreth-Holm-Swarm (EHS) tumour, a transplantable neoplasm, is widely used for its ability to synthesize and deposit large amounts of basement membrane components. We have evaluated the metastatic potential of this neoplasm 2 months after subcutaneous inoculation. Histological examination of lung sections revealed the presence of numerous metastatic foci. The metastatic cells retained their organization into clusters surrounded by extracellular matrix. Both the 72 kDa and the 92 kDa type IV collagenases were detected by zymography in Triton or urea extract (matrigel) of primary tumour. These results cast doubt on the hypothesis that the extensiveness of basement membrane deposition might always be of prognostic value by being inversely correlated with the degree of invasiveness of a carcinoma. [less ▲]

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See detailSubtotal aplasia of myelinated nerve fibers in the sural nerve.
Schroder, J. M.; Heide, G.; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg et al

in Neuropediatrics (1993), 24(5), 286-91

Thus far, only very few cases with neuronal maldevelopment in the peripheral nervous system have been reported (Table 1). The present sporadic case manifested itself with peripheral sensorimotor ... [more ▼]

Thus far, only very few cases with neuronal maldevelopment in the peripheral nervous system have been reported (Table 1). The present sporadic case manifested itself with peripheral sensorimotor polyneuropathy in early infancy. Clinical findings included pareses and hypaesthesia of distal extremities and severely reduced nerve conduction velocities. During adolescence, cerebellar ataxia developed. Sural nerve biopsy taken at the age of 14.5 years showed severe fascicular hypoplasia, aplasia of large myelinated nerve fibers, and subtotal deficiency of small myelinated nerve fibers without numerical reduction of unmyelinated axons. There was no structural evidence of a progression of myelinated fiber breakdown although some collagen pockets and empty Schwann cell processes among preserved unmyelinated axons indicated some loss of unmyelinated fibers. These findings are interpreted as representing maldevelopment of the myelinated fibers in the peripheral nervous system. Appropriate classification of this unique disease among the known developmental disorders of peripheral nerves is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Histamine and Bronchial Reactivity in Allergic Asthma
Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg et al

in Allergy (1993), 48(7), 547-9

Histamine is an important mediator of allergic inflammation and bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR), a hallmark of asthma. Studies on the relationship between plasma histamine and BHR in allergic ... [more ▼]

Histamine is an important mediator of allergic inflammation and bronchial hyperresponsiveness (BHR), a hallmark of asthma. Studies on the relationship between plasma histamine and BHR in allergic asthmatic patients have yielded controversial results. We therefore measured plasma histamine and bronchial reactivity in 30 nonsmoker volunteers taking no medication. Eleven were normal subjects; 19 were stable, mildly allergic asthmatic patients. Venous blood was taken to measure blood cells and basal plasma histamine by radioimmunoassay. After blood sampling, all subjects underwent a measurement of PC20M (concentration of methacholine causing a 20% fall in FEV1). Mean plasma histamine levels were 0.21 +/- 0.1 ng/ml and 0.44 +/- 0.3 ng/ml in normal and asthmatic subjects, respectively (P < 0.05). We found a significant increase of blood eosinophils and basophils in asthmatic patients, and a positive correlation between plasma histamine and circulating basophils. PC20M was greater than 16 mg in normal volunteers, and mean PC20M was 2.1 +/- 2 mg/ml in asthmatic patients. PC20M did not correlate with plasma histamine levels, but it did so negatively with blood eosinophils. The increased plasma histamine concentration in mildly atopic asthmatic patients might be a consequence of the high basophil releasability of atopics and the higher basophil counts in allergic asthma. Plasma histamine is thus unlikely to be a determinant of BHR in asthma. [less ▲]

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See detailEnd-attaching copolymer adsorption: kinetics and effects of chain architecture
Dogan, J. R.; Stamm, Manfred; Toprakcioglu, C. et al

in Macromolecules (1993), 26(20), 5321-5330

In this study we report on the adsorption behavior of end-attaching triblock and diblock copolymers. The triblock copolymers consist of relatively short PEO end blocks and a much longer PS middle block or ... [more ▼]

In this study we report on the adsorption behavior of end-attaching triblock and diblock copolymers. The triblock copolymers consist of relatively short PEO end blocks and a much longer PS middle block or, in one case, of zwitterionic end groups with a PS middle block. The diblock materials consist of a PEO block of fixed length and varying polystyrene lengths. A silicon wafer with an oxide layer is used as the surface, and adsorption takes place from toluene; only the end groups adsorb, leaving the polystyrene block dangling in solution. We find that diblock copolymers which range from symmetric to moderately symmetric obey the scaling law for the surface coverage which was proposed in the theory of Marques and Joanny (i.e., sigma is-proportional-to 1/N(A), where N(A) is the number of segments in the adsorbing block). However, we find that for triblock copolymers of comparable asymmetry the surface coverage scales according to the relationship sigma is-proportional-to 1/beta2, where beta is the ratio of the size of the nonadsorbing block to that of the adsorbing block. This implies that moderately symmetric triblock copolymers behave like highly asymmetric diblock copolymers; the adsorption behavior is dominated by the nonadsorbing block size. Our experiments demonstrate the observation of extremely long-lived nonequilibrium states. On the basis of these observations we propose a simplified version of a recent theory of adsorption which is capable of qualitatively describing much of the experimentally observed phenomena. [less ▲]

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