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See detailIkappab-Alpha Enhances Transactivation by the Hoxb7 Homeodomain-Containing Protein
Chariot, Alain ULg; Princen, Frédéric; Gielen, Jacques et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1999), 274(9), 5318-25

Combinatorial interactions between distinct transcription factors generate specificity in the controlled expression of target genes. In this report, we demonstrated that the HOXB7 homeodomain-containing ... [more ▼]

Combinatorial interactions between distinct transcription factors generate specificity in the controlled expression of target genes. In this report, we demonstrated that the HOXB7 homeodomain-containing protein, which plays a key role in development and differentiation, physically interacted in vitro with IkappaB-alpha, an inhibitor of NF-kappaB activity. This interaction was mediated by the IkappaB-alpha ankyrin repeats and C-terminal domain as well as by the HOXB7 N-terminal domain. In transient transfection experiments, IkappaB-alpha markedly increased HOXB7-dependent transcription from a reporter plasmid containing a homeodomain consensus-binding sequence. This report therefore showed a novel function for IkappaB-alpha, namely a positive regulation of transcriptional activation by homeodomain-containing proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanical properties of weakly segregated block copolymers. 3. Influence of strain rate and temperature on tensile properties of poly(styrene-b-butyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers with different morphologies
Weidisch, Roland; Stamm, Manfred; Michler, G. H. et al

in Macromolecules (1999), 32(3), 742-750

Poly(styrene-b-butyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers, PS-b-PBMA, with different morphologies are investigated with respect to the influence of strain rate and temperature on tensile properties. In the ... [more ▼]

Poly(styrene-b-butyl methacrylate) diblock copolymers, PS-b-PBMA, with different morphologies are investigated with respect to the influence of strain rate and temperature on tensile properties. In the first part the mechanical properties of bicontinuous and perforated lamellar structure are compared with other morphologies. Diblock copolymers with bicontinuous structures (39% PS) show a much higher tensile strength as well as a higher strain at break than diblock copolymers with lamellar structures (50% PS). In the second part the dependence of tensile properties on strain rate and temperature are discussed for different morphologies. A diblock copolymer with a polystyrene content of 76% PS reveals hexagonally packed PBMA−cylinder, and the tensile strength, strain at break, and Young's modulus exceed the values of pure polystyrene at all measured strain rates. The interesting properties of PS-b-PBMA diblock copolymers are discussed with respect to the phase behavior, interface formation, and chain conformation. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional neuroanatomy of hypnotic state
Maquet, Pierre ULg; Faymonville, Marie-Elisabeth ULg; Degueldre, Christian ULg et al

in Biological Psychiatry (1999), 45(3), 327-333

BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to describe the distribution of regional cerebral blood flow during the hypnotic state (HS) in humans, using positron-emission tomography (PET) and statistical ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The aim of the present study was to describe the distribution of regional cerebral blood flow during the hypnotic state (HS) in humans, using positron-emission tomography (PET) and statistical parametric mapping. METHODS: The hypnotic state relied on revivification of pleasant autobiographical memories and was compared to imaging autobiographical material in "normal alertness." A group of 9 subjects under polygraphic monitoring received six H215O infusions and was scanned in the following order: alert-HS-HS-HS with color hallucination-HS with color hallucination-alert. PET data were analyzed using statistical parametric mapping (SPM95). RESULTS: The group analysis showed that hypnotic state is related to the activation of a widespread, mainly left-sided, set of cortical areas involving occipital, parietal, precentral, premotor, and ventrolateral prefrontal cortices and a few right-sided regions: occipital and anterior cingulate cortices. CONCLUSIONS: The pattern of activation during hypnotic state differs from those induced in normal subjects by the simple evocation of autobiographical memories. It shares many similarities with mental imagery, from which it differs by the relative deactivation of precuneus. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanistic Diversity of Beta-Lactamases
Frère, Jean-Marie ULg; Dubus, Alain; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (1999), 27(2), 58-63

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See detailSubstituts des globules rouges: émulsions de fluorocarbures et solutions d'hémoglobine
Remy, Bernadette ULg; Deby, Ginette ULg; D'Ans, V. et al

in Annales Françaises d'Anesthésie et de Réanimation (1999), 18(2), 211-24

OBJECTIVE: To review the current data on perfluorocarbon (PFC) emulsions and haemoglobin (Hb) solutions. DATA SOURCES: For this paper we analysed the literature using Medline search along with major ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To review the current data on perfluorocarbon (PFC) emulsions and haemoglobin (Hb) solutions. DATA SOURCES: For this paper we analysed the literature using Medline search along with major review articles. DATA SELECTION AND EXTRACTION: The collected articles were reviewed and selected according to their quality and originality. DATA SYNTHESIS: PFCs are synthetic fluorinated hydrocarbons capable of dissolving, at increased FIO2, large amounts of oxygen. They deliver oxygen at tissular level, and are administered as emulsions containing particles of around 0.1 micron, reaching the smallest vessels. They are exhaled unchanged by the lungs within 7 days. The first clinically used PFC was Fluosol-DA 20%. Currently, Oxyfluor 40% and Oxygent 60% are under evaluation. PFCs are not true blood substitutes, but rather a means to support tissue oxygenation during extreme haemodilution. Solutions of free Hb do not require compatibility testing and are fully saturated with oxygen at ambient FIO2. Hb is either human, bovine or recombinant Hb. In order to maintain adequate intravascular half-life and affinity for oxygen, the Hb molecules are modified by internal cross-linking, polymerisation and encapsulation. After promising results using animal models, some of these modified Hb solutions are now undergoing phase III clinical trials. Among these, diaspirin cross-linked haemoglobin (DCLHb) has been tested in cardiac and orthopaedic surgery, as well as in trauma patients. The initial results of these multicentre trials are currently being analysed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Beta-Lactamase Cycle: A Tale of Selective Pressure and Bacterial Ingenuity
Matagne, André ULg; Dubus, Alain; Galleni, Moreno ULg et al

in Natural Product Reports (1999), 16(1), 1-19

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See detailBiodegradable and biocompatible inorganic-organic hybrid materials: 4. Effect of acid content and water content on the incorporation of aliphatic polyesters into silica by the sol-gel process
Tian, Dong; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Polymer (1999), 40(4), 951-957

The extent of poly -caprolactone (PCL) incorporation into silica networks prepared by the sol-gel process depends on the HCl:tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) molar ratio and the H2O:TEOS molar ratio, as well. The ... [more ▼]

The extent of poly -caprolactone (PCL) incorporation into silica networks prepared by the sol-gel process depends on the HCl:tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) molar ratio and the H2O:TEOS molar ratio, as well. The PCL incorporation increases with the concentration of the acid used as the catalyst. Dynamic mechanical analysis (DMA) indicates that increasing the acid concentration or decreasing the water content results in a higher glass transition temperature for the organic component in the hybrid materials, whereas the modulus does not change significantly. Small-angle X-ray scattering (SAXS) data agree with a nanoscopic phase separation of the two constitutive components: the organic polymer and the silica network. The characteristic length of this two-phase structure increases with acid content (except for the lower HCl:TEOS molar ratio of 0.05) and with water content (except for the higher H2O:TEOS molar ratio of 2.0). The structure of the PCL/SiO2 interface is mass fractal and the structure is more open when the acid content is lower or the water content higher. [less ▲]

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See detailCollective effects during crystal growth in the presence of mobile nonreactive impurities: experiments and simulations
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Journal of Crystal Growth (1999), 197(1-2), 317-324

The growth of a solid phase in a liquid medium containing randomly dispersed mesoscopic impurities is discussed. Particles represent hindrances for the growth front. They can remain static or can be ... [more ▼]

The growth of a solid phase in a liquid medium containing randomly dispersed mesoscopic impurities is discussed. Particles represent hindrances for the growth front. They can remain static or can be pushed by the advancing interface. The physics of the collective particle motion is outlined. Experiments with A12O3-SiO2 impurities in KC1 crystal serve as illustrative examples. The collective effects due to the particle concentration are investigated through a kinetic growth model. [less ▲]

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See detailWater invasion, freezing and thawing in cementitious materials
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Salmon, E.; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg

in Cement & Concrete Research (1999), 29(2), 209-213

A simple model of fluid invasion, freezing, and thawing in a porous medium was developed using an "invasion percolation-like" approach. The fluid freezing process is considered as destroying the internal ... [more ▼]

A simple model of fluid invasion, freezing, and thawing in a porous medium was developed using an "invasion percolation-like" approach. The fluid freezing process is considered as destroying the internal structure of the porous medium. The evolution of the pore size distribution after several invasionfrostthaw events is investigated numerically. Those results and qualitatively consistent with experimental measurements on fiberreinforced cements. [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-clinics. Comment je traite ... le zona
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(2), 71-75

The treatment of herpes zoster relies on the intravenous or oral administration of antiviral drugs. Oral aciclovir for shingles is hindered by its low bioavailability. New antiviral drugs with improved ... [more ▼]

The treatment of herpes zoster relies on the intravenous or oral administration of antiviral drugs. Oral aciclovir for shingles is hindered by its low bioavailability. New antiviral drugs with improved oral bioavailability (famciclovir and valaciclovir) allow a better efficacy. The opportuneness of treating herpes zoster is different in the immunocompetent and immunocompromised patients, and during childhood and pregnancy. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Prolapsus sur dégénérescence fibro-élastique. Les "cheveux blancs" de la valvule mitrale
Radermecker, M. A.; Hoffer, E.; Pierard, Luc ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(2), 76-8

We report the case of a 73-year-old woman who presents an acute mitral regurgitation secondary to fibro-elastic degenerescence. A mitral valvuloplasty is rapidly performed with complete disappearance of ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a 73-year-old woman who presents an acute mitral regurgitation secondary to fibro-elastic degenerescence. A mitral valvuloplasty is rapidly performed with complete disappearance of valvular insufficiency and the patient leaves the hospital ten days later. Degenerative mitral regurgitation is commonly seen in elderly patients. This constitutes an excellent indication for mitral valvuloplasty, rather than valve replacement. In our experience, mitral valvuloplasty leads to a complete correction of valvular regurgitation without neither stenosis, nor subvalvular obstruction. Left ventricular function is preserved, as subvalvular apparatus is conserved. This approach allows, in the absence of specific indication, anticoagulation withdrawn two to three months later. [less ▲]

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See detailTypical Presentation of Intramural Aortic Haemorrhage (Iah) with Evidence of Intimal Tear at Mri and Angiography
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; LAVIGNE, Jean-Paul ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1999), 99(1), 44-6

A typical appearance of IAH was evidenced by CT and TEE in a 56-year-old hypertensive female suspected of developping classical acute aortic dissection (AAD). Further examination with MRI and aortography ... [more ▼]

A typical appearance of IAH was evidenced by CT and TEE in a 56-year-old hypertensive female suspected of developping classical acute aortic dissection (AAD). Further examination with MRI and aortography showed unequivocally the presence of an intimal tear in the aortic arch. This coexistence of intimal tear has never been evidenced preoperatively in patients with IAH. This observation demonstrates at the outset that IAH is part of the spectrum of AAD. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of Dioscorea alata microtubers dormancy and germination by jasmonic acid
Bazabakana, R.; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Jaziri, M. et al

in Plant Growth Regulation (1999), 27(2), 113-117

Effects of appling exogenous jasmonic acid (JA) on the germination of Dioscorea alata L. microtubers were examined on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium. Microtuber germination was promoted by JA (0.1 and 1 ... [more ▼]

Effects of appling exogenous jasmonic acid (JA) on the germination of Dioscorea alata L. microtubers were examined on Murashige and Skoog (MS) medium. Microtuber germination was promoted by JA (0.1 and 1 µM) supplemented to the culture medium but higher concentrations (30 and 100 µM) completely inhibited germination. When these inhibited microtubers were transferred to hormone-free medium, germination resumed. After transfer to greenhouse conditions, almost all plants (95%) from tubers previously cultivated on MS medium with 100 µM JA survived and all acclimatized plants had produced tubers after 8 months. It is concluded that depending on JA concentration, both the germination and dormancy processes in D. alata microtubers were affected. The release from dormancy is easily obtained by transferring dormant microtubers to hormone-free medium. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Training on Exercise-Induced Muscle Damage and Interleukin 6 Production
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Camus, G.; Venneman, Ingrid ULg et al

in Muscle & Nerve (1999), 22(2), 208-12

To address the question of whether the increased plasma concentration of interleukin 6 (IL-6) following strenuous muscular work could be related to exercise-induced muscle damage, 5 moderately active male ... [more ▼]

To address the question of whether the increased plasma concentration of interleukin 6 (IL-6) following strenuous muscular work could be related to exercise-induced muscle damage, 5 moderately active male volunteers underwent two isokinetic exercise sessions in the eccentric mode, separated by a period of 3 weeks during which the subjects underwent five training sessions. Before training, exercise was followed by severe muscle pain (delayed-onset muscle soreness; DOMS), and by significant increases in plasma IL-6 level and serum myoglobin concentration (SMb) (P < 0.001). After training, postexercise DOMS and SMb values were significantly lower than those measured before training. There was no significant difference between plasma IL-6 levels measured at the same time points before and after training. We conclude that the hypothetical relationship between exercise-induced muscle damage and increased postexercise levels of circulating IL-6 is not substantiated by the present results. [less ▲]

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See detailEeuwige vragen? Over Mooi, maar dat is het woord niet van Rutger Kopland
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Neerlandica Extra Muros (1999), 37(1), 53-58

This article is a critical survey of the literary views held by the Dutch poet Rutger Kopland.

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See detailPrognostic factors in patients with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1. Groupe d'Etude des Neoplasies Endocriniennes Multiples (GENEM and groupe de Recherche et d'Etude du Syndrome de Zollinger-Ellison (GRESZE).
Cadiot, G.; Vuagnat, A.; Doukhan, I. et al

in Gastroenterology (1999), 116(2), 286-293

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Risk factors of metachronous liver metastases and death are not well known in patients with the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1. These factors were ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Risk factors of metachronous liver metastases and death are not well known in patients with the Zollinger-Ellison syndrome and multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1. These factors were retrospectively determined in 77 patients. METHODS: Data chart review was performed. RESULTS: Median follow-up was 102 months (range, 12-366). Surgery was performed on 48 patients, including 9 of the 10 patients with large pancreatic tumors (>/=3 cm). Liver metastases developed in 4 patients (40%) with large pancreatic tumors, in 3 (4.8%) without, and in 1 of the 4 patients with pancreatic tumors of unknown size; all had previously undergone surgery. The only independent factor associated with development of liver metastases identified by multivariate analysis was large pancreatic tumors (risk ratio, 29.0; 95% confidence interval [CI], 3. 2-260.7). Surgery was not selected. The probability of being free of liver metastases in the 63 patients without large pancreatic tumors was 96% (95% CI, 88-100) at 10 and 15 years. Thirteen (16.9%) patients died. The only independent factors of death selected by multivariate analysis were Zollinger-Ellison syndrome diagnosis before 1980 (risk ratio, 8.2; 95% CI, 1.7-40.6) and age at diagnosis (risk ratio/year, 1.08; 95% CI, 1.03-1.14). CONCLUSIONS: Large pancreatic tumors are predictive of the development of metachronous liver metastases, and surgery does not seem to prevent them. [less ▲]

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See detailLoss of the Y Chromosome in Bone Marrow Cells: Results on 1907 Consecutive Cases of Leukaemia and Preleukaemia
Herens, Christian ULg; Brasseur, Edmond ULg; Jamar, Michelle ULg et al

in Clinical & Laboratory Haematology (1999), 21(1), 17-20

Loss of the Y chromosome with a resulting 45, X0 karyotype is observed in normal bone marrow cells of elderly males but also in haematological malignancies. Whether Y loss in neoplastic cells is related ... [more ▼]

Loss of the Y chromosome with a resulting 45, X0 karyotype is observed in normal bone marrow cells of elderly males but also in haematological malignancies. Whether Y loss in neoplastic cells is related to the process seen in normal ageing or is part of the carcinogenic process is unknown. The present study concerns the cytogenetic data from 1907 consecutive leukaemic or preleukaemic male patients with special regard to the presence or absence of the Y chromosome. Sixty-five patients (3.4%) had a 45, X-Y clone in their bone marrow (BM) cells. Loss of Y was rare below the age of 50 but increased in older patients, reaching 25% of the men over 80. Sixteen patients (0.08%) had more than 90% X0 cells in their BM. A correlation between Y loss and leukaemia could be established in seven cases, three of which were acute myeloid leukaemia M2 subtype where -Y is known to be a secondary event. In three other cases, -Y was part of a complex karyotype. Only one patient exhibited a 45, X0 karyotype, with no other rearrangement, that could be positively correlated with the neoplastic process. [less ▲]

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See detailChronic Herpes Simplex Virus Type I Glossitis in an Immunocompromised Man
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in British Journal of Dermatology (1999), 140(2), 343-346

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 (HSV-1) infection of the tongue commonly accompanies acute primary herpetic gingivostomatitis. However, recurrent infection of the tongue is exceptional and is restricted ... [more ▼]

Herpes simplex virus (HSV) type 1 (HSV-1) infection of the tongue commonly accompanies acute primary herpetic gingivostomatitis. However, recurrent infection of the tongue is exceptional and is restricted to immunocompromised individuals. A 57-year-old man with corticosteroid-dependent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and sciatica presented with a chronic median glossitis due to HSV-1. The main clinical and histological feature was massive necrosis of the entire mucosa. Immunohistochemistry demonstrated a considerable amount of HSV gB, gC and gD envelope glycoproteins dispersed in the chorion. In contrast, HSV-1 DNA was detected only in a limited number of epithelial cells using in situ hybridization. The extent of necrosis and the pattern of viral DNA and envelope protein distribution represent unique features of median herpetic glossitis, which are not found in more common types of HSV infection. [less ▲]

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See detailoncologie gastro-intestinale
Frei, A.; Coucke, Philippe ULg; Felley, C. et al

in Revue Médicale Suisse (1999), 760

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See detailInteraction between Class B Beta-Lactamases and Suicide Substrates of Active-Site Serine Beta-Lactamases
Prosperi-Meys, C.; Llabres, Gabriel ULg; De Seny, Dominique ULg et al

in FEBS Letters (1999), 443(2), 109-11

The most widely used inactivators of active-site serine beta-lactamases behave as substrates of four class B metallo-beta-lactamases, but the efficiency of the catalytic process can vary by several orders ... [more ▼]

The most widely used inactivators of active-site serine beta-lactamases behave as substrates of four class B metallo-beta-lactamases, but the efficiency of the catalytic process can vary by several orders of magnitude. A comparison of the kinetic parameters for the alpha and beta isomers of 6-iodopenicillanic acid shows that there is no general preference for the alpha isomer and that the efficient hydrolysis of imipenem by these enzymes must rest on other factors. [less ▲]

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See detailModifier l'utilisation/la destination d'un bâtiment, en Région wallonne
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Immobilier (1999), 2

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See detailPolar stratospheric descent of NOy and CO and Arctic denitrification during winter 1992-1993
Rinsland, C. P.; Salawitch, R. J.; Gunson, M. R. et al

in Journal Of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres (1999), 104(D1), 1847-1861

Observations inside the November 1994 Antarctic stratospheric vortex and inside the April 1993 remnant Arctic stratospheric vortex by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) Fourier transform ... [more ▼]

Observations inside the November 1994 Antarctic stratospheric vortex and inside the April 1993 remnant Arctic stratospheric vortex by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) Fourier transform spectrometer are reported. In both instances, elevated volume mixing ratios (VMRs) of carbon monoxide (CO) were measured. A peak Antarctic CO VMR of 60 ppbv (where 1 ppbv = 10(-9) per unit volume) was measured at a potential temperature (Theta) of 710 K (similar to 27 km), about 1 km below the altitude of a pocket of elevated NOy (total reactive nitrogen) at a deep minimum in N2O (<5 ppbv). The Arctic observations also show a region of elevated vortex CO with a peak VMR of 90 ppbv at 630-670 K (similar to 25 km) but no corresponding enhancement in NOy, perhaps because of stronger dynamical activity in the northern hemisphere polar winter and/or interannual variability in the production of mesospheric NO. By comparing vortex and extravortex observations of NOy obtained at the same N2O VMR, Arctic vortex denitrification of 5 +/- 2 ppbv at 470 K (similar to 18 km) is inferred. We show that our conclusion of substantial Arctic winter 1992-1993 denitrification is robust by comparing our extravortex observations with previous polar measurements obtained over a wide range of winter conditions. Correlations of NOy with N2O measured at the same Theta by ATMOS in the Arctic vortex and at midlatitudes on board the ER-2 aircraft several weeks later lie along the same mixing line. The result demonstrates the consistency of the two data sets and confirms that the ER-2 sampled fragments of the denitrified Arctic vortex following its breakup, An analysis of the ATMOS Arctic measurements of total hydrogen shows no evidence for significant dehydration inside the vortex. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and bulk characterization of new P(CB-b-S) diblock copolymers
Stone, V. W.; Jonas, Alain M; Legras, Roger et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (1999), 37(2), 233-244

Strongly asymmetric chlorinated polybutadiene-b-polystyrene, [P((CB)x-b-(PS)y)] diblock copolymers with increasing x/(x + y) ratios (up to 5.2 mol %) have been synthesized by the selective chlorination of ... [more ▼]

Strongly asymmetric chlorinated polybutadiene-b-polystyrene, [P((CB)x-b-(PS)y)] diblock copolymers with increasing x/(x + y) ratios (up to 5.2 mol %) have been synthesized by the selective chlorination of the polybutadiene (PB) block in solution. Chlorination has been performed in anhydrous dichloromethane added with an antioxidant [2,2-methylenebis-(6-tert-butyl-4-methyl-phenol)], at -50°C, under a continuous Ar flow and in the dark. Under the optimized experimental conditions, the PB chlorination is not complete, but the PS block is left unmodified. Even in the presence of a large chlorine excess (Cl2/butene unit molar ratio of 2.5), the experimental degree of chlorination of homo PB does not exceed 85%. The chlorinated copolymers have been characterized by 1H-NMR, IR spectroscopy, size-exclusion chromatography, and elemental analysis. The chlorinated copolymers have also been studied by DSC and SAXS after annealing at 150°C. Although at this temperature the parent homopolymers are immiscible, no microphase separation has been observed for the block copolymers. [less ▲]

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See detailControlling the electrografting of polymers onto transition metal surfaces through solvent vs monomer adsorption
Crispin, Xavier; Lazzaroni, Roberto; Geskin, Victor et al

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (1999), 121(1), 167-187

Electropolymerization of methacrylic monomers opens the possibility of chemically grafting a wide range of polymers onto transition metal surfaces. In this work, the electropolymerization of ... [more ▼]

Electropolymerization of methacrylic monomers opens the possibility of chemically grafting a wide range of polymers onto transition metal surfaces. In this work, the electropolymerization of polyacrylonitrile and polyethyl acrylate is studied in different solvents; we experimentally confirm that the choice of solvent is a critical parameter for obtaining electrografted polymers. A density-functional theory−based study modeling the interaction of solvent (acetonitrile, dimethylformamide, and pyridine) or monomer (acrylonitrile and ethyl acrylate) molecules with the Ni(100) metal surface provides the means to classify the organic molecules with respect to their ability to interact with the surface. The surface binding-energy difference between monomer and solvent is introduced in a Frumkin-type isotherm. This allows us to rationalize the experimental observations in terms of a competitive adsorption at the metal surface between the monomer and the solvent. The first step in the electrografting mechanism thus appears to be the chemisorption of the monomer at the electrode surface before cathodic polarization is applied; the chemisorbed monomer is therefore the first species reduced, giving rise to an adsorbed reactive intermediate, which is thus able to start the polymerization of a grafted chain. [less ▲]

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See detailControlled radical polymerization of (meth)acrylates by ATRP with NiBr2(PPh3)2 as catalyst
Moineau, Georges; Minet, Michaël; Dubois, Philippe ULg et al

in Macromolecules (1999), 32(1), 27-35

NiBr2(PPh3)2 has been found to be an efficient catalyst for the ATRP of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and n-butyl acrylate (n-BuA) initiated by an alkyl halide in the absence of any activator (e.g., Lewis ... [more ▼]

NiBr2(PPh3)2 has been found to be an efficient catalyst for the ATRP of methyl methacrylate (MMA) and n-butyl acrylate (n-BuA) initiated by an alkyl halide in the absence of any activator (e.g., Lewis acid) at 85 °C. The molecular weight distribution of the poly(meth)acrylates is narrow (Mw/Mn = 1.1−1.4). However, some side reactions (more likely coupling reactions) are observed at high monomer conversions in the case of n-BuA. An excess of PPh3 has proved to increase the polymerization rate of MMA while preserving the control of the molecular parameters. When the catalyst/initiator molar ratio is too small (e.g., 0.05), the polymerization rate decreases, the polydispersity increases, and the initiation is less efficient. α-Acid and α-hydroxyl end groups have been successfully attached to the chains by using functional initiators, such as 2-bromo-2-methylpropionic acid and 2,2‘,2‘ ‘-tribromoethanol. Reactivity ratios for the MMA/n-BuA comonomer pair have been measured and found to be close to the values observed for a conventional free-radical polymerization. Diethyl meso-2,5-dibromoadipate has been used as a difunctional initiator for the n-BuA polymerization, leading to α,ω-bromo-poly(n-BuA) of narrow molecular weight distribution. Finally, the thermal stability of PMMA is consistent with the lack of termination reactions, while Tg is as high as 125 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure-second-order polarizability relationship in chromophores incorporating a spacer: a joint experimental and theoretical study
Maertens, Christophe; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Dubois, Philippe ULg et al

in Chemistry : A European Journal (1999), 5(1), 369-380

A joint theoretical and experimental study is reported on the structure-polarizability relationship in a novel type of push-pull conjugated system which contains a spacer within the conjugated backbone ... [more ▼]

A joint theoretical and experimental study is reported on the structure-polarizability relationship in a novel type of push-pull conjugated system which contains a spacer within the conjugated backbone. The chromo-phores are based on a dithienyl conjugation pathway, spaced by a keto group, and selectively end-capped by a donor and an acceptor. Four chromophores were synthesized, in which the strength of the acceptor group and the length of the conjugated path were varied. The electronic properties of two model compounds were studied theoretically by means of correlated quantum-chemical calculations. The degree of ground-state polarization was varied in the calculations by the application of an external electric field and varied experimentally by the modification of the dielectric constant of a binary mixture of solvents. The linear and nonlinear optical properties of the compounds (measured in solution by hyper-Rayleigh scattering) are discussed in detail. [less ▲]

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See detailAbundance correlations in mildly metal-poor stars
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg; Neuforge, Corinne et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1999), 341

Accurate relative abundances have been obtained for a sample of 21 mildly metal-poor stars from the analysis of high resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra. In order to reach the highest coherence ... [more ▼]

Accurate relative abundances have been obtained for a sample of 21 mildly metal-poor stars from the analysis of high resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra. In order to reach the highest coherence and internal precision, lines with similar dependency on the stellar atmospheric parameters were selected, and the analysis was carried out in a strictly differential way within the sample. With these accurate results, correlations between relative abundances have been searched for, with a special emphasis on the neutron capture elements. This analysis shows that the r elements are closely correlated to the alpha elements, which is in agreement with the generally accepted idea that the r-process takes place during the explosion of massive stars. The situation is more complex as far as the s elements are concerned. Their relation with the alpha elements is not linear. In a first group of stars, the relative abundance of the s elements increases only slightly with the alpha elements overabundance until the latter reaches a maximum value. For the second group, the s elements show a rather large range of enhancement and a constant (and maximum) value of the alpha elements overabundance. This peculiar behaviour leads us to distinguish between two sub-populations of metal-poor stars, namely Pop IIa (first group) and Pop IIb (second group). We suggest a scenario of formation of metal-poor stars based on two distinct phases of chemical enrichment, a first phase essentially consisting in supernova explosions of massive stars, and a second phase where the enrichment is provided by stellar winds from intermediate mass stars. More specifically, we assume that all thick disk and field halo stars were born in globular clusters, from which they escaped, either during an early disruption of the cluster (Pop IIa) or, later, through an evaporation process (Pop IIb). Based on observations obtained at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent achievements in anionic polymerization of (meth)acrylates
Jérôme, Robert ULg; Teyssié, Philippe; Vuillemin, Bruno et al

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (1999), 37(1), 1-10

The constant progress of the anionic polymerization of (meth)acrylates is discussed from both the fundamental and practical points of view. A special attention is paid to the improved macromolecular ... [more ▼]

The constant progress of the anionic polymerization of (meth)acrylates is discussed from both the fundamental and practical points of view. A special attention is paid to the improved macromolecular engineering of (meth)acrylate-based (co)polymers. The resulting most important materials and the scaling-up process needed for their production are also emphasized. The recent developments witness for the healthy state of the anionic polymerization of these polar monomers. [less ▲]

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See detailRegional Distribution and Control of Tyrosine Hydroxylase Activity in the Quail Brain
Baillien, M.; Foidart, Agnès ULg; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Brain Research Bulletin (1999), 48(1), 3-17

Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) activity, the rate-limiting step in the synthesis of catecholamines, was quantified in the preoptic area-hypothalamus of adult male Japanese quail by a new assay measuring the ... [more ▼]

Tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) activity, the rate-limiting step in the synthesis of catecholamines, was quantified in the preoptic area-hypothalamus of adult male Japanese quail by a new assay measuring the tritiated water production from 3,5-[3H]-L-tyrosine. Maximal levels of activity were observed at a 20-25 microM concentration of substrate, with more than 50% inhibition of the activity being recorded at a 100 microM concentration. TH activity was linear as a function of the incubation time during the first 20 min and maximal at a pH of 6.0. TH was heterogeneously distributed in the quail brain with highest levels of activity being found (in decreasing order) in the mesencephalon, diencephalon, and telencephalon. Given the large size of the telencephalon, this is the brain area that contains, as a whole, the highest level of enzyme activity. TH inhibitors that have been well-characterized in mammals, such as 3-iodo-L-tyrosine and L-alpha-methyl-p-tyrosine (AMPT) completely inhibited the enzyme activity at a 100 microM concentration. In mammals, the accumulation of catecholamines exerts a negative feedback control on TH activity. Similar controls were observed in the quail brain. Two inhibitors of the DOPA decarboxylase that should lead to accumulation of DOPA depressed TH activity by 60% or more, and the inhibitor of the dopamine beta-hydroxylase, fusaric acid that should cause an accumulation of dopamine, suppressed 90% of the TH activity. The addition of exogenous DOPA, dopamine, or norepinephrine to the brain homogenates also strongly inhibited TH activity, independently confirming the feedback effects of the enzyme products on the enzyme activity. These data demonstrate that TH activity in the quail brain is heterogeneously distributed and acutely regulated, as it is in mammals, by the accumulation of its products and of the derived catecholamines. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Motion of Trapped Particles in the Vicinity of Corotation Centers
Beaugé, C.; Lemaitre, Anne; Jancart, Sylvie ULg

in Celestial Mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy (1999), 73

In the present paper we analyse the motion of a massless particle during the capture process in an exterior mean-motion resonance under the effects of an external dissipative force. In particular, we ... [more ▼]

In the present paper we analyse the motion of a massless particle during the capture process in an exterior mean-motion resonance under the effects of an external dissipative force. In particular, we study the orbital evolution from its initial approach to the commensurability up to the final nesting place in the periodic orbit around the equilibrium solution. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... une pneumopathie interstitielle diffuse
Bury, Thierry ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(1), 54-7

There are a large number of conditions of known or unknown causes that have a tendency to alveolar wall fibrosis. The patient usually presents with progressive dyspnoea and the chest radiograph shows ... [more ▼]

There are a large number of conditions of known or unknown causes that have a tendency to alveolar wall fibrosis. The patient usually presents with progressive dyspnoea and the chest radiograph shows bilateral shadows whereas physiological measurements show a restrictive defect. Because of implications with regard to treatment and prognosis, diagnosis and staging of the disease are important. Computed tomography ("high resolution") and bronchoalveolar lavage are very useful at all stages of management of interstitial lung disease. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of well-defined poly(alkyl methacrylate)-graft-polylactone by sequential living polymerization
Mecerreyes, David; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (1999), 200(1), 156-165

A novel combination of living polymerization reactions has been proposed for the controlled synthesis of poly(alkyl methacrylate)-graft-polylactones. This strategy relies upon the sequential living ... [more ▼]

A novel combination of living polymerization reactions has been proposed for the controlled synthesis of poly(alkyl methacrylate)-graft-polylactones. This strategy relies upon the sequential living polymerization of alkyl methacrylates and aliphatic lactones, with an intermediate chemical transformation for shifting from the first mechanism to the second one. In the first step, an alkyl methacrylate (methyl and butyl) is copolymerized with 2-trimethylsiloxyethyl methacrylate (TMSEMA). This living anionic polymerization is initiated with diphenylhexyllithium( DPHLi) in the presence of a μ-ligand, lithium chloride, in THF at - 78 °C. The trimethylsiloxy groups are then hydrolyzed with release of hydroxyl groups which are reacted with triethylaluminum in order to form a multifunctional macroinitiator of the Al alkoxide type. The second step consists of the ring opening polymerization (ROP) of aliphatic lactones (ε-caprolactone, J-valerolactone and 1,4,8-trioxaspiro[4.6]-9-undecanone (TOSUO)) with the formation of novel graft copolymers. As a result of the livingness of both the anionic and the ROP polymerization steps, the molecular weight of both the main backbone and the grafts is predictable, the apparent polydispersity is narrow ( from 1.05 to 1.30) and the grafting density can be controlled being dependent on the distribution of the hydroxyl groups within the precursor backbone. [less ▲]

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See detailCalculation Method for Design of Reinforced Concrete Columns under Fire Conditions
Dotreppe, Jean-Claude ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Vanderzeipen, Yves

in ACI Structural Journal (1999), 96(1), 9-18

This paper presents a simple model for the calculation of the fire resistance of reinforced concrete columns. It has been developed on the base of extensive numerical simulations and has been calibrated ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a simple model for the calculation of the fire resistance of reinforced concrete columns. It has been developed on the base of extensive numerical simulations and has been calibrated on the base of a large data base of full scale experimental test results [less ▲]

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See detailWhen Drug Inactivation Renders the Target Irrelevant to Antibiotic Resistance: A Case Story with Beta-Lactams
Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Dubus, Alice ULg; Lepage, Sylvie ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (1999), 31(1), 89-101

By challenging the efficiency of some of our most useful antimicrobial weapons, bacterial antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly worrying clinical problem. A good antibiotic is expected to ... [more ▼]

By challenging the efficiency of some of our most useful antimicrobial weapons, bacterial antibiotic resistance is becoming an increasingly worrying clinical problem. A good antibiotic is expected to exhibit a high affinity for its target and to reach it rapidly, while escaping chemical modification by inactivating enzymes and elimination by efflux mechanisms. A study of the behaviour of a beta-lactamase-overproducing mutant of Enterobacter cloacae in the presence of several penicillins and cephalosporins showed that the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) values for several compounds were practically independent of the sensitivity of the target penicillin binding protein (PBP), even for poor beta-lactamase substrates. This apparent paradox was explained by analysing the equation that relates the antibiotic concentration in the periplasm to that in the external medium. Indeed, under conditions that are encountered frequently in clinical isolates, the factor characterizing the PBP sensitivity became negligible. The conclusions can be extended to all antibiotics that are sensitive to enzymatic inactivation and efflux mechanisms and must overcome permeability barriers. It would be a grave mistake to neglect these considerations in the design of future antibacterial chemotherapeutic agents. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural and functional organization of the fengycin synthetase multienzyme system from Bacillus subtilis b213 and A1/3
Steller, S.; Vollenbroich, D.; Leenders, F. et al

in Chemistry & Biology (1999), 6(31-41),

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See detailPhase segregation in binary sandpiles on fractal bases
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; D'hulst, R.; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Physical Review. E : Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics (1999), 59(1), 631-635

We have built experimentally and have numerically studied sandpiles on a base having a prefractal perimeter. This type of perimeter induces the formation of quite complex pile shapes characterized by both ... [more ▼]

We have built experimentally and have numerically studied sandpiles on a base having a prefractal perimeter. This type of perimeter induces the formation of quite complex pile shapes characterized by both ridges and valleys. The effects of a fractal base on the phase segregation of a binary granular system have been investigated. Both demixing and self-stratification phenomena have been investigated. It is found that the demixing of binary granular piles is enhanced by the prefractal perimeter character. The concentration profiles are given. This is briefly discussed in terms of length scale selection. [less ▲]

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See detailAtheroemboles et chirurgie cardiaque: importance de la mise au point préopératoire
Kolh, Philippe ULg; Torchiana, D.; Buckley, M.

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(1), 43-8

OBJECTIVE: Atheroembolization is a recognized complication of cardiac surgical procedures, and has been implicated in postoperative stroke, renal failure, multiorgan failure, and death. Preoperative ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Atheroembolization is a recognized complication of cardiac surgical procedures, and has been implicated in postoperative stroke, renal failure, multiorgan failure, and death. Preoperative identification of patients at risk for developing atheroemboli is essential. The aim of this study was to determine preoperative risk factors for atheroemboli and to assess the postoperative course of the patients who developed atheroembolic syndrome. METHODS: A retrospective record review was conducted. From 1/1990 to 12/1994, 5.486 patients underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), valve operations, or other cardiac surgical procedures at the Massachusetts General Hospital. Among this population, 107 patients (1.9%) developed atheroembolic syndrome. There were compared to a concurrent population of 925 patients operated during the same period. RESULTS: Patients who developed atheroemboli were older, with an increased incidence (p < 0.01) of hypertension, cerebrovascular disease, and aortoiliac disease. Many had a complicated course after catheterization, with renal insufficiency (35%) and evidence of peripheral emboli (12%). Average Intensive Care Unit stay, hospital stay, and hospital cost of these patients were 16.8 days, 48.4 days and 88,000 respectively, compared to 1.5 days, 9.6 days and 23,000 for the concurrent population. Of these 107 patients only two were discharged home, the others either died (48 patients, or 25% of all cardiac surgical deaths during this period), or rehabilitation or chronic hospital facilities. Twenty-seven autopsies were performed and invariably showed a diffusely diseased aorta, with calcification, mural thrombus, and ulceration. CONCLUSIONS: Atheroembolization during cardiac surgical procedures has profound medical and economic consequences. Because of the diffuse nature of aortic disease, measures approaching the disease as a local process are likely to be unsuccessful. Appropriate evaluation would ideally identify patients with extensive aortic atheromatous disease, prior to rather than during surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailLe défi des générations, sous la direction de J. Grand’Maison, L. Baroni et J.-M. Gauthier (compte rendu)
Fournier, Bernard ULg

in Recherches Sociographiques : Revue Pluridisciplinaire d'Etudes sur le Québec et le Canada français. (1999), XL(1)

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See detailAnalysis of Endotoxin Effects on the Intact Pulmonary Circulation
Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Kolh, Philippe ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Research (1999), 41(1), 275-81

OBJECTIVE: The mechanism of sustained alterations in pulmonary hemodynamics during endotoxin shock remains unclear. To gain more detailed knowledge we used the four-element windkessel model as a ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The mechanism of sustained alterations in pulmonary hemodynamics during endotoxin shock remains unclear. To gain more detailed knowledge we used the four-element windkessel model as a descriptor of the pulmonary circuit. METHODS: Consecutive changes in characteristic resistance (R1), vascular compliance (C), input resistance (R2) and inductance (L) were continuously assessed following injection of endotoxin in 6 anaesthetised pigs, and were compared with the corresponding values measured in a similar group of sham-operated animals. RESULTS: Endotoxin challenge resulted in a biphasic pulmonary artery pressure response. Blood flow decreased progressively from 2.8 +/- 0.2 l/min to 2 +/- 0.2 l/min. Ohmic pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) increased gradually from 0.2 +/- 0.04 to 0.76 +/- 0.1 mm Hg s ml-1. The early increase in PAP (from 14 +/- 2 to 27 +/- 4 mm Hg) was mediated by changes in both R1 (from 0.04 +/- 0.01 to 0.06 +/- 0.01 mm Hg s ml-1) and R2 (from 0.16 +/- 0.04 to 0.61 +/- 0.2 mm Hg s ml-1). These responses, in turn, altered the proximal vascular compliance. A subsequent increase in PAP (from 27 +/- 2 to 32 +/- 3 mm Hg) paralleled the specific decline in distal pulmonary vasculature compliance from 0.84 +/- 0.1 to 0.65 +/- 0.1 ml/mmHg. Analysis of the time course of PVR did not allow us to distinguish between vasoconstriction and stiffening of the vascular tree as mechanisms accounting for PAP changes. CONCLUSIONS: Endotoxemia leads to pulmonary hypertension, which is a result of constriction of proximal pulmonary arteries during the early phase, whereas the late phase is characterised by a decline in distal pulmonary vasculature compliance. [less ▲]

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See detailPregnancy-associated glycoprotein and decreased polymorphonuclear leukocyte function in early post-partum dairy cows
Dosogne, H.; Burvenich, Christian; Freeman, A. E. et al

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (1999), 67(1), 47-54

Phagocytosis and oxidative burst activity of polymorphonuclear neutrophil leukocytes (PMN) isolated from blood and pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (bPAG) concentrations in plasma were evaluated in two ... [more ▼]

Phagocytosis and oxidative burst activity of polymorphonuclear neutrophil leukocytes (PMN) isolated from blood and pregnancy-associated glycoprotein (bPAG) concentrations in plasma were evaluated in two longitudinal studies in dairy cows from 3 weeks before until 5 weeks after calving, carried out in the United States and in Europe. Ingestion of Staphylococcus aureus by blood PMN increased during the first week after calving and normalised 3 weeks post-partum. Phagocytosis of Escherichia coli did not change in the early post-partum period. In both studies, a significant decrease in oxidative burst activity of PMN was observed between 1 and 3 weeks after calving. In all cows, a very significant increase in plasma bPAG concentration was found between 1 week before and 2 weeks after calving. The peak of bPAG concentration in plasma immediately preceded the alterations of blood PMN functions. These results suggest that bPAG may be associated with inhibition of PMN function of dairy cows during the early post-partum period. [less ▲]

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See detailRuth & Elihu Katz, D'où venait-il, où a-t-il disparu ?
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Quaderni : la Revue de la Communication (1999), 37

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See detailSuccessful Treatment of Pulmonary Lymphangioleiomyomatosis with Progestins: A Case Report
Denoo, Xavier ULg; Hermans, Gilberte ULg; Degives, R. et al

in CHEST (1999), 115(1), 276-9

The diagnostic approach, clinical evolution, and treatment of a patient with primary pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis are reported. This patient presented a restrictive respiratory syndrome resistant to ... [more ▼]

The diagnostic approach, clinical evolution, and treatment of a patient with primary pulmonary lymphangioleiomyomatosis are reported. This patient presented a restrictive respiratory syndrome resistant to conventional glucocorticoid therapy. The diagnosis, based on clinical and histologic examinations, was confirmed by immunohistochemical localization of one of the desmins, the smooth muscle cell actin, and HMB45 antigen. The patient received treatment with an anti-estrogenic agent (tamoxifen citrate) and high doses of medroxyprogesterone acetate, an antigonadotropic progestin. Respiratory function improved rapidly with clinical relief. [less ▲]

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See detailCardiovascular Response to Intravenous Administration of 5-Hydroxytryptamine after Type-2 Receptor Blockade, by Metrenperone, in Healthy Calves
Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (1999), 157(1), 31-37

The cardiovascular response to 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) challenge has been previously described in cattle. Abrupt bradycardia, followed by tachycardia, triphasic systemic blood pressure response, and ... [more ▼]

The cardiovascular response to 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) challenge has been previously described in cattle. Abrupt bradycardia, followed by tachycardia, triphasic systemic blood pressure response, and pulmonary hypertension were the major changes elicited by 5-HT. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether the cardiovascular response to 5-HT in calves was attributable to 5-HT2 receptors. A specific 5-HT2 antagonist (metrenperone, 0.05 mg/kg) was administered intramuscular to six unsedated Friesian calves 30 min before the animals were given a 5-min intravenous 5-HT infusion. Mean systemic arterial (SAP), mean pulmonary arterial (PAP), pulmonary capillary wedge (PW) pressures were obtained by means of fluid-filled catheters, and cardiac output (CO) was measured by the thermodilution technique. Heart rate, stroke volume, systemic (SVR) and pulmonary (PVR) vascular resistances were calculated. Administration of 5-HT after metrenperone induced a short-lasting period of severe bradycardia followed by tachycardia and increased CO. The systemic blood pressure response was exclusively hypotensive and associated with a decrease in SVR. Conversely, PAP, PW, and PVR were not modified by 5-HT administration. The results establish that 5-HT induced systemic as well as pulmonary hypertension is mediated through the activation of type-2 serotonergic or alpha-adrenergic receptors, or both. In contrast, neither apnoea, bradycardia and hypotension, nor the positive chronotropic effect induced by 5-HT in cattle are mediated through such receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailRegional brain activity during tasks devoted to the central executive of working memory
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg et al

in Cognitive Brain Research (1999), 7(3), 411-417

Most previous PET studies investigating the central executive (CE) component of working memory found activation in the prefrontal cortex. However, the tasks used did not always permit to distinguish ... [more ▼]

Most previous PET studies investigating the central executive (CE) component of working memory found activation in the prefrontal cortex. However, the tasks used did not always permit to distinguish precisely the functions of the CE from the storage function of the slave systems. The aim of the present study was to isolate brain areas that subserve manipulation of information by the CE when the influence of storage function was removed. A PET activation study was performed with four cognitive tasks, crossing conditions of temporary storage and manipulation of information. The manipulation of information induced an activation in the right (BA 10/46) and left (BA 9/6) middle frontal gyrus and in the left parietal area (BA7). The interaction between the storage and manipulation conditions did not reveal any significant changes in activation. These results are in agreement with the hypothesis that CE functions are distributed between anterior and posterior brain areas, but could also reflect a simultaneous involvement of controlled (frontal) and automatic (parietal) attentional systems. In the other hand, the absence of interaction between the storage and manipulation conditions demonstrates that the CE is not necessarily related to the presence of a memory load. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. Kyste hydatique hépatique
Radermecker, Régis ULg; Nkoghe, D.; Labasse, J. M. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(1), 4-5

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See detailWhole-Body 18f-Fdg Pet for the Evaluation of Patients with Hodgkin's Disease and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Warland, V.; Najjar, F. et al

in Nuclear Medicine Communications (1999), 20(1), 13-20

Whole-body metabolic information provided by 18F-FDG PET could help in the evaluation of lymphoma patients at diagnosis and follow-up. We studied 60 patients, 42 at initial presentation and 18 for disease ... [more ▼]

Whole-body metabolic information provided by 18F-FDG PET could help in the evaluation of lymphoma patients at diagnosis and follow-up. We studied 60 patients, 42 at initial presentation and 18 for disease recurrence (23 aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, 21 low-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and 16 Hodgkin's disease). All patients underwent a clinical examination, computed tomography (CT) and a non-attenuated PET scan within 1 week. The patients received 222-296 MBq (6-8 mCi) 18F-FDG intravenously and emission scans were recorded 45-90 min later. 18F-FDG PET detected more lymph nodes than the clinical examination or CT, but this rarely resulted in upstaging (two patients). The concordance between PET and CT for the evaluation of the spleen, liver and digestive tract was quite good. Discordance was noted in 12 patients for the evaluation of bone marrow infiltration, but confirmation by MRI or focal biopsy was not always obtained. We conclude that non-attenuated 18F-FDG PET is an easy and efficient whole-body method for the evaluation of patients with lymphomas. Compared with conventional techniques, however, it does not appear to offer much improvement for staging but provides a satisfactory base for follow-up. [less ▲]

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See detailCardiac Troponin I and Troponin T: Recent Players in the Field of Myocardial Markers
Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (1999), 37(1), 11-20

The troponin (Tn) complex consists of three subunits referred to as TnT, TnI and TnC. Myocardium contains TnT and TnI isoforms which are not present in skeletal muscles and which can be separated from the ... [more ▼]

The troponin (Tn) complex consists of three subunits referred to as TnT, TnI and TnC. Myocardium contains TnT and TnI isoforms which are not present in skeletal muscles and which can be separated from the muscular isoforms by immunological techniques. Using commercially available immunoassays, clinical laboratories are able to determine cardiac TnT and TnI (cTnT and cTnI) quickly and reliably as classical cardiac markers. After acute myocardial infarction, cTnT and cTnI concentrations start to increase in serum in a rather similar way than CK-MB, but return to normal after longer periods of time (approximately one week). Because of their excellent cardiac specificity, Tn subunits appear ideally suited for the differential diagnosis of myocardial and muscular damage, for example in noncardiac surgery patients, in patients with muscular trauma or with chronic muscular diseases, or after intense physical exercise. cTnT and cTnI may also be used for detecting evidence of minor myocardial damage: therefore they have found new clinical applications, in particular risk stratification in patients with unstable angina. In spite of the possible reexpression of cTnT in human skeletal muscles, and of the lack of standardization of cTnI assays, Tn subunits are not far to meet the criteria of ideal markers for acute myocardial injury. Only an insufficient sensitivity in the first hours following the acute coronary syndroms requiries to maintain an early myocardial marker in the cardiac panel for routine laboratory testing. [less ▲]

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See detailLes tumeurs malignes d'origine indéterminée
Rezaei Kalantari, Hassan ULg; Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(1), 39-42

Cancers of unknown origin form a specific clinical entity. The diagnostic procedure has to be guided by the therapeutical possibilities and requires a biopsy. Immunohistology, electron microscopy and ... [more ▼]

Cancers of unknown origin form a specific clinical entity. The diagnostic procedure has to be guided by the therapeutical possibilities and requires a biopsy. Immunohistology, electron microscopy and cytogenetics are informative for carcinomas and poorly differentiated adenocarcinomas. The clinical status and the histology allow the definition of groups of patients who can benefit from a specific therapy and have a better prognosis. For the other patients, the prognosis is severe and there is no efficient therapy available. Such tumors are usually characterized by a very aggressive behaviour. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphometrical study of the equine navicular bone: age-related changes and influence of exercise
Gabriel, Annick ULg; Detilleux, Johann ULg; Jolly, Sandra ULg et al

in Veterinary Research Communications (1999), 23(1), 15-40

Navicular bones from the four limbs of 95 horses, classified in 9 categories, were studied. The effects of age on navicular bone morphometry and histomorphometry were estimated, after adjustment of the ... [more ▼]

Navicular bones from the four limbs of 95 horses, classified in 9 categories, were studied. The effects of age on navicular bone morphometry and histomorphometry were estimated, after adjustment of the data to even out the effects of front and rear limbs, morphometrical type, sex, weight, and size. All the external measurements of the navicular bone decreased significantly with increasing age. From the histomorphometrical data, cortical bone volume decreased with age in most horses, whereas cancellous bone volume and, in particular, the marrow spaces increased. The increase in the cancellous bone volume could have resulted from tunnelling of the internal part of the cortex, which converted it progressively into a porous trabecular-like structure. Trabecular bone volume also decreased with age and the trabecular lattice changed dramatically to become disconnected in aged horses. These observations corresponded closely to those reported for ageing of the skeletal system in humans. However, in sporting horses, the navicular cortical bone volume increased with age and the cancellous bone volume decreased. Exercise appeared to have decreased bone resorption and increased bone formation at the endocortical junction. The cancellous bone architecture was also improved. in that the trabecular lattice and trabecular bone volume remained unchanged in aged sporting horses. Our findings confirmed that exercise may be good practice to prevent age-related bone loss. [less ▲]

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See detailJames W. Carey, McLuhan : généalogie et descendance d'un paradigme
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Quaderni : la Revue de la Communication (1999), 37

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See detailL'Horreur adolescente
Dejasse, Erwin ULg

in 9e Art : Les Cahiers du Musée de la Bande Dessinée (1999), 4

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See detailJojo, Ludo, Toto et les autres
Dejasse, Erwin ULg

in 9e Art : Les Cahiers du Musée de la Bande Dessinée (1999), 4

A small overview of some comics for children published at the end of the nineties.

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See detailPreliminary classification of the bovine respiratory complex into different levels of severity
Coghe, Joost; Uystepruyst, Christophe; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in Bovine Practitioner (1999), 33(1), 85-87

Despite prophylactic measures, mainly including vaccination programs and management measures, respiratory disease remains the major cause of economic losses in the bovine species. Choice of treatment is ... [more ▼]

Despite prophylactic measures, mainly including vaccination programs and management measures, respiratory disease remains the major cause of economic losses in the bovine species. Choice of treatment is currently mainly based on the clinicians' personal experience. A theoretical method has been proposed earlier to classify this syndrome into four grades of severity : Grade 1, subclinical disease (no treatment); Grade 2, compensated clinical disease (antibiotics only); Grade 3, noncompensated clinical disease (antibiotics + anti inflammatory drugs); and Grade 4, irreversible clinical disease (no treatment). In order to realize this theoretical classification under field conditions, three techniques, each one evaluating the oxygen transport chain at a différent level, have been studied and validated, i.e. pulse oximetry, lactate dosage and the lobeline test. Afterwards, measurements were performed on calves suffering from acute respiratory disease and a preliminary classification was established. This novel approach could orientate and economize therapeutic strategies in bovine respiratory disease. [less ▲]

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See detailCathepsin L in eggs and larvae of perch Perca fluviatilis: variations with developpement stage and spawning
Kestemont, Patrick; Cooremens, J.; Abi-Ayad, A. et al

in Fish Physiology and Biochemistry (1999), 21

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See detailBiochemical characterization of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa 101/1477 metallo-beta-lactamase IMP-1 produced by Escherichia coli.
Laraki, N.; Franceschini, N.; Rossolini, G. M. et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (1999), 43(4), 902-6

The blaIMP gene coding for the IMP-1 metallo-beta-lactamase produced by a Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolate (isolate 101/1477) was overexpressed via a T7 expression system in Escherichia coli BL21 ... [more ▼]

The blaIMP gene coding for the IMP-1 metallo-beta-lactamase produced by a Pseudomonas aeruginosa clinical isolate (isolate 101/1477) was overexpressed via a T7 expression system in Escherichia coli BL21 (DE3), and its product was purified to homogeneity with a final yield of 35 mg/liter of culture. The structural and functional properties of the enzyme purified from E. coli were identical to those of the enzyme produced by P. aeruginosa. The IMP-1 metallo-beta-lactamase exhibits a broad-spectrum activity profile that includes activity against penicillins, cephalosporins, cephamycins, oxacephamycins, and carbapenems. Only monobactams escape its action. The enzyme activity was inhibited by metal chelators, of which 1,10-o-phenanthroline and dipicolinic acid were the most efficient. Two zinc-binding sites were found. The zinc content of the P. aeruginosa 101/1477 metallo-beta-lactamase was not pH dependent. [less ▲]

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See detailAlcoholic's deficit in the decoding of emotional facial expression
Philippot, P; Kornreich, C; Blairy, Sylvie ULg et al

in Alcoholism, Clinical & Experimental Research (1999), 23(6), 1031-1038

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See detailHarm avoidance and serotonin.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg

in Biological Psychology (1999), 51(1), 77-81

The relationships between the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (TPQ) and serotonergic activity has been described in some studies with controversial results. These studies have focused on specific ... [more ▼]

The relationships between the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire (TPQ) and serotonergic activity has been described in some studies with controversial results. These studies have focused on specific patient populations rather than normal controls. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to examine the relationships between the TPQ and serotonergic activity in a group of non-patient subjects. Twenty-three normal subjects answered the TPQ, and the serotonergic activity was assessed by the prolactin response to a highly potent and selective 5-HT1a agonist (flesinoxan). A positive relationship between harm avoidance and PRL response to flesinoxan was found. This study is consistent with the hypothesized link between serotonergic activity and the harm avoidance dimension of the biosocial model of Cloninger. [less ▲]

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See detailL'analyse discriminante décisionnelle : principes et application
Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Notes de Statistique et d'Informatique (1999), (4), 41

The principles of discriminant analysis are described and illustrated by the iris data set published by Fisher [1936].

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See detailCytokinin modulates catalase activity and coumarin accumulation in in vitro cultures of tobacco
Petit-Paly, Geneviève; Franck, Thierry ULg; Brisson, Louise et al

in Journal of Plant Physiology (1999), 155(1), 9-15

Cytokinins (CKs) represent an important class of phytohormones particularly known for their antisenescence properties that might be regulated through an effect on the oxidative metabolism. In the present ... [more ▼]

Cytokinins (CKs) represent an important class of phytohormones particularly known for their antisenescence properties that might be regulated through an effect on the oxidative metabolism. In the present work, we demonstrate the effect of CKs on catalase activity in tobacco cultivated in vitro. The catalase activity observed in suspension-cultured cells decreased slightly during the first hour of CK treatment and increased thereafter to double the level detected in untreated cells. In contrast to these results, catalase activity was inhibited in shoot cultures in which the endogenous levels of CK were elevated by the introduction of the isopentenyltransferase gene or by an exogenous feeding of CK to the cultures. Interestingly, this catalase inhibition correlated with an accumulation of scopolin, an inducible coumarin. Taken together, our results show that CK modulates (directly or undirectly) catalase activity. The inverse relationship that was always found between scopolin accumulation and catalase activity is discussed in terms of vitrification and habituation. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of a new L-aminopeptidase-D-amidase/D-esterase activated by a Gly-Ser peptide bond hydrolysis.
Bompard-Gilles, C; Villeret, V; Fanuel, L et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (1999), 55(Pt 3), 699-701

Ochrobactrum anthropi possesses an L-aminopeptidase (DmpA) also able to act as a D-amidase/D-esterase. DmpA (40 kDa) is activated by auto-catalyzed protein splicing liberating an alpha-amino group ... [more ▼]

Ochrobactrum anthropi possesses an L-aminopeptidase (DmpA) also able to act as a D-amidase/D-esterase. DmpA (40 kDa) is activated by auto-catalyzed protein splicing liberating an alpha-amino group presumably used as a general base in the catalytic mechanism. Two crystal forms were obtained at 294 K in 13-16% PEG 2000 mono-methylether at pH 9.0, adding either 0.2 M magnesium chloride or 1 M lithium chloride. Crystals of the first form belong to the space group C2221 and diffract to 3.0 A resolution, whereas crystals of the second form belong to the space group P21212 and diffract to 2.3 A resolution. Initial screening for heavy-atom derivatives on form II crystals, has led to a well substituted Hg derivative. [less ▲]

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See detailSistema familiare e disturbi del comportamento alimentare: dati preliminari di una ricerca.
Onnis, Luigi; Di Gennaro, A.; Antenucci, M. et al

in Psichiatria (1999)

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See detailLocal order of the high-pressure metallic phase of liquid selenium: a diffraction study
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg; Le Bihan, T. et al

in Journal of Physics : Condensed Matter (1999), 11(50), 10243-1024910249

Liquid selenium undergoes a phase transition towards a metallic phase when sufficient pressure is applied. We performed an x-ray diffraction experiment at the 1D30 beamline of the ESRF at the wavelength ... [more ▼]

Liquid selenium undergoes a phase transition towards a metallic phase when sufficient pressure is applied. We performed an x-ray diffraction experiment at the 1D30 beamline of the ESRF at the wavelength of 0.149 Aring to investigate the local order of the metallic liquid. The diffraction pattern of liquid Se has been recorded with the large-volume Paris-Edinburgh cell between (20degC, 3 GPa) and (1650degC, 4.1 GPa). The local order of the metallic liquid selenium is found to be close to that of liquid tellurium. In particular, the coordination number Z increases with temperature from 2.6 to 3.0 [less ▲]

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See detailCarte di scena.
Moreno, Paola ULg

in Scriptorium (1999)

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See detailLe traitement des ectasies anevrysmales de l'aorte ascendante par l'intervention de Robicsek
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Laurent, S.; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(11), 886-8

The technique and the results of the external contention of the dilated ascending aorta by the application of an external Dacron graft are reported. This technique, without replacing the usual graft ... [more ▼]

The technique and the results of the external contention of the dilated ascending aorta by the application of an external Dacron graft are reported. This technique, without replacing the usual graft interposition, can efficiently and expeditiously treat borderline dilatation of the ascending aorta, as frequently encountered in aortic valve disease. If the sinotubular junction is not dilated, this technique may stop the aneurysmal evolution of the ascending aorta. [less ▲]

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See detail"Le choix de la voie la plus onéreuse sanctionné par la condamnation aux dépens"
Moreau, Pierre ULg

in Journal des Juges de Paix = Tijdschrift van de Vrederechters (1999), (8, 9, 10), 345-348

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See detailStructure of high temperature fluid selenium
Bichara, C.; Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (1999), 250-252

Monte Carlo simulations based on a semi empirical tight binding model including dispersion forces were performed to study liquid selenium at temperatures between 600 and 2000 K. The atomic structures ... [more ▼]

Monte Carlo simulations based on a semi empirical tight binding model including dispersion forces were performed to study liquid selenium at temperatures between 600 and 2000 K. The atomic structures obtained are in agreement with the X-ray scattering and extended X-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) data in a range of temperatures and densities. A correlation between the conductivity of high temperature fluid selenium and the degree of branching and breaking of the selenium chains is observed [less ▲]

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See detailLa dysplasie fibromusculaire
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; Quaniers, Janine ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(12), 935-42

Fibromuscular dysplasia is a rare non-atherosclerotic, non-inflammatory arterial disease. It concerns less than 1% of all occlusive artery lesions, but is more common in young female patients, with a ... [more ▼]

Fibromuscular dysplasia is a rare non-atherosclerotic, non-inflammatory arterial disease. It concerns less than 1% of all occlusive artery lesions, but is more common in young female patients, with a prevalence of 3 to 5% of the arterial lesions in that age group. It mainly attains renal and carotid arteries. The authors discuss the etiopathogeny, the prevalence and treatment of fibromuscular dysplasia. Their own surgical experience with 21 renal and 10 carotid lesions of fibromuscular is exposed. [less ▲]

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See detail- Evolution of lipoxygenase activity during storage of potato tubers (Solanum tuberosum L. cv. Bintje)
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Koto, N.; Hoyaux, P. et al

in Bulletin de la Société des Sciences de Liège (1999), 68(5-6), 319

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See detailForest inventories and biodiversity
Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Unasylva (1999), 50(196), 35-41

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See detailbeta-amyloid peptide interacts specifically with the carboxy-terminal domain of human apolipoprotein E: Relevance to Alzheimer's disease
Pillot, T.; Goethals, M.; Najib, J. et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (1999), 72(1), 230-7

Growing evidence indicates the involvement of apolipoprotein E (apoE) in the development of late-onset and sporadic forms of Alzheimer's disease, although its exact role remains unclear. We previously ... [more ▼]

Growing evidence indicates the involvement of apolipoprotein E (apoE) in the development of late-onset and sporadic forms of Alzheimer's disease, although its exact role remains unclear. We previously demonstrated that beta-amyloid peptide (Abeta) displays membrane-destabilizing properties and that only apoE2 and E3 isoforms inhibit these properties. In this study, we clearly demonstrate that the carboxy-terminal lipid-binding domain of apoE (e.g., residues 200-299) is responsible for the Abeta-binding activity of apoE and that this interaction involves pairs of apoE amphipathic alpha-helices. We further demonstrate that Abeta is able to inhibit the association of the C-terminal domain of apoE with lipids due to the formation of Abeta/apoE complexes resistant to sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. On the contrary, the amino-terminal receptor-binding domain of apoE (e.g., residues 129-169) is not able to form stable complexes with Abeta. These data extend our understanding of human apoE-dependent binding of Abeta by involving the C-terminal domain of apoE in the efficient formation of apoE/Abeta complex. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical changes and influences of rapeseed antinutritional factors on lamb physiology and performance - 2. Plasma substances and activity of the thyroid
Mandiki, S. N. M.; Mabon, N.; Derycke, G. et al

in Animal Feed Science & Technology (1999), 81(1-2), 93-103

In order to study the effects of a high level of rapeseed meal in the diet on endocrine function and thyroid activity, sixty six Texel, Suffolk or crossbred lambs allocated to three groups were fed ad ... [more ▼]

In order to study the effects of a high level of rapeseed meal in the diet on endocrine function and thyroid activity, sixty six Texel, Suffolk or crossbred lambs allocated to three groups were fed ad libitum with concentrates containing 0% (Control) or 25% of rapeseed meal obtained with either Samourai (Samourai) or Honk (Honk) rapeseed varieties. Lambs were weaned at 88 +/- 8 days of age and 24 +/- 5 kg of live weight and were slaughtered when their fattening state was estimated to be satisfactory. Blood samples were taken fortnightly for the determinations of hormones, glucose and transaminases (GOT and GPT). To evaluate the capacity of hormone production, the thyroid glands were collected at slaughter and the in-vitro release of thyroid hormones was recorded. The plasma concentrations in triiodothyronine (T-3) and thyroxine (T-4) decreased (P <0.05) with the age of lambs and were lower (P <0.05) in the Samourai and Honk groups than in the Control. Moreover, the capacity of T-3 and T-4 production by the thyroid gland shown by the in-vitro T-3 and T-4 accumulation in the thyroid tissues was higher (P <0.05) in the Control than in the two rapeseed groups. In contrast, the concentrate with rapeseed meal had no effect on the plasma concentrations in GH, cortisol and insulin nor on other substances (glucose, GOT and GPT). These results indicate that the ingestion of rapeseed meal induces a low functional disorder of the thyroid without affecting the animal performance of lambs, as we reported previously. This is because the thyroid hormones do not appear to play a major role in the processes of growth and fattening, these having been successively taken under the control on priority by GH and insulin. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLes transferts post-mortem : réinterprétation symbolique du lieu d’enterrement dans un contexte de mobilité des populations
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Espaces et Sociétés (Paris, France) (1999), 99

This article is the result of the study of 10.000 burial certificates. It analyses the movement of corpses in an urban region which houses 510.000 peoples and tends to explain the motivation of cemetery ... [more ▼]

This article is the result of the study of 10.000 burial certificates. It analyses the movement of corpses in an urban region which houses 510.000 peoples and tends to explain the motivation of cemetery choice. It underlines the connections between post-mortem mobility, the different levels of population mobility and culture. [less ▲]

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See detailCourteous behaviour concerning beetles sexuality
Haubruge, Eric ULg

in New Scientist (1971) (1999), 227(2184), 60

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See detailEffects on nicotine administered via a transdermal delivery system on vigilance : a repeated measure study
Mancuso, Giovanna; Andrès Bénito, Pilar; Ansseau, Marc ULg et al

in Psychopharmacology (1999), 142(1), 18-23

Tested 15 male smokers (aged 18-25 yrs) in a within-Ss design to determine the influence of a transdermal patch of 21 mg nicotine on vigilance. Ss were tested on the Rapid Visual Information Processing ... [more ▼]

Tested 15 male smokers (aged 18-25 yrs) in a within-Ss design to determine the influence of a transdermal patch of 21 mg nicotine on vigilance. Ss were tested on the Rapid Visual Information Processing test 1.3, 3 and 6.3 hrs after patch application, to verify the involvement of the dose of nicotine on the performance. The results confirm and extend the knowledge on the increasing effects of nicotine on vigilance previously found with orally and transdermally administered nicotine. Moreover, results show that such performance was independent of the time of nicotine absorption, which suggests that a relatively low dose of nicotine suffices to activate vigilance processing. Regarding motor performance, no convincing effect of nicotine was observed on reaction time. ((c) 1999 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved) [less ▲]

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See detailLes aliments industriels chez les carnivores domestiques : II. Choix des ingrédients et application aux aliments "Premium"
Derua, N.; Istasse, Louis ULg; Diez, Marianne ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1999), 143

Over the last 10 years the number of premium foods is increasing in the petfood industry for companion animals. It is often difficult for the vets in practice to compare different premium foods. The ... [more ▼]

Over the last 10 years the number of premium foods is increasing in the petfood industry for companion animals. It is often difficult for the vets in practice to compare different premium foods. The ingredients sources used in diet formulation remain a criterion to indirectly evaluate the quality. A judicious choice of feedstuffs directly influences palatability and digestibility of each diet. The present paper aims to describe the different nutrient sources used in the premium foods industry. Each nutrient and its sources are presented separately starting by protein, fat and carbohydrates and ending with vitamins and minerals. Labelling according to the offical recommandations is also reported. [less ▲]

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See detailAbsence of response to early transcranial magnetic stimulation in ischemic stroke patients: prognostic value for hand motor recovery.
Pennisi, Giovanni; Rapisarda, Giuseppe; Bella, R. et al

in Stroke (1999), 30(12), 2666-70

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been proposed as a prognostic tool in stroke patients. Most of the previous studies agree in considering the presence of motor-evoked ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) has been proposed as a prognostic tool in stroke patients. Most of the previous studies agree in considering the presence of motor-evoked potentials (MEPs) in the first days after a stroke as an indicator of good outcome. In the present study, we have assessed the prognostic value of the absence of response to early TMS on hand motor recovery in stroke patients with complete hand palsy at onset due to ischemia in the area of the middle cerebral artery. METHODS: Fifteen patients submitted to TMS within 48 hours of stroke onset (defined as day 1) and again after 1 year. They were also evaluated clinically on day 1 by a scale derived from the Medical Research Council (MRC) and by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) stroke scale; they were reevaluated by the same scales and by Barthel Index on day 365. RESULTS: On day 1, all the patients had complete hand palsy and no response to TMS; their NIH scores showed great variability. After 1 year, 6 of 15 patients regained small and prolonged MEPs, together with a very poor and not functionally useful motor recovery. NIH scores were significantly improved. Barthel Index scores showed large interindividual differences and were not correlated with MRC scores. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that in patients with complete hand palsy, the absence of response to TMS in the first hours is predictive of absent or very poor, not useful, hand motor recovery. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-alcoholic steatohepatitis.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Lancet (1999), 354(9186), 1298-9

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See detailLymphoid cell apoptosis induced by trophoblastic cells: a model of active foeto-placental tolerance
Coumans, Bernard ULg; Thellin, Olivier ULg; Zorzi, Willy ULg et al

in Journal of Immunological Methods (1999), 224(1-2), 185-196

To test the hypothesis that CD95-L (Fas-L) present on trophoblastic cells plays a part in establishing foeto-placental tolerance by inducing apoptosis of immune defence cells, we cocultured trophoblasts ... [more ▼]

To test the hypothesis that CD95-L (Fas-L) present on trophoblastic cells plays a part in establishing foeto-placental tolerance by inducing apoptosis of immune defence cells, we cocultured trophoblasts with lymphoid cells and scored the frequency of cell death in these cultures. We prepared human trophoblastic cells from term placentas removed by C-section and placed them in culture for 48 h before introducing the lymphoid cells. We added Jurkat cells, a CD3 + lymphoid cell line, or purified T cells from human blood to the cultured trophoblasts and monitored apoptosis by electron microscopy and flow cytometry after TUNEL or annexin V labelling. The frequency of cell death in the CD3 + cell population was higher when the lymphoid cells were cocultured with trophoblastic cells than when they were cultured alone. This frequency increased with time but was reduced when anti-CD95-L antibodies were added to the culture medium. Cell death was less frequent in the lymphoid cell population when trophoblasts were replaced with human fibroblasts not expressing CD95-L. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailTroglitazone: antihyperglycemic activity and potential role in the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Diabetes Care (1999), 22(9), 1568-77

Insulin resistance is a major component of type 2 diabetes; therefore, an insulin sensitizer agent like the thiazolidinedione compound troglitazone is considered a very promising drug. Troglitazone exerts ... [more ▼]

Insulin resistance is a major component of type 2 diabetes; therefore, an insulin sensitizer agent like the thiazolidinedione compound troglitazone is considered a very promising drug. Troglitazone exerts an antihyperglycemic activity in a dose-dependent manner between 200 and 600 mg/day in type 2 diabetic patients treated with diet alone, sulfonylureas, or insulin. Additive antihyperglycemic effect may also be obtained by combining troglitazone and metformin. The antihyperglycemic effect of troglitazone as monotherapy is rather modest (reduction of HbA1c by 0.5-1.0%), but it appears to be somewhat greater when it is combined with other antidiabetic drugs. No double-blind studies have directly compared the activity of troglitazone with that of sulfonylureas or metformin. Troglitazone has been shown to exert additional beneficial effects on serum lipid profile and arterial blood pressure. It may be considered as a valuable alternative in insulin-resistant (obese and hyperinsulinemic) diabetic patients who appear to be the best responders to the drug. However, the efficacy of troglitazone is challenged by its safety profile, and the risk of hepatotoxicity still remains a major concern in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailLes conditions de la rentabilité de la production d'embryons bovins par ponction folliculaire échoguidée et fécondation in vitro en Région Wallonne : première approche.
Dehareng, D.; Annet, C.; Dupont, F. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1999), 143

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See detailTarif de cubage "peuplement" pour les mélèzes en belgique méridionale
Pauwels, Dominique; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Revue Forestière Française (1999), 51(5), 605-611

Dendrometric data taken from 150 temporary plots set up in even-aged stands of larch trees in southern Belgium (French-speaking region) were used to devise a "stand" volume table that expresses the stem ... [more ▼]

Dendrometric data taken from 150 temporary plots set up in even-aged stands of larch trees in southern Belgium (French-speaking region) were used to devise a "stand" volume table that expresses the stem solid volume (for log girths not less than 22 cm) per hectare of larch depending on the land surface areas and dominant tree heights. [less ▲]

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See detailPrognostic Factors in Urothelial Renal Pelvis and Ureter Tumours: a Multicentre Rare Cancer Network Study
Ozsahin, M; Zouhair, A; Villa, S et al

in European Journal of Cancer & Clinical Oncology (1999), 35/5

To assess the prognostic factors in patients with transitional-cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis and/or ureter, a series of 138 patients with transitional-cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis and/or ureter ... [more ▼]

To assess the prognostic factors in patients with transitional-cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis and/or ureter, a series of 138 patients with transitional-cell carcinoma of the renal pelvis and/or ureter was collected in a retrospective multicentre study. 12 patients with distant metastases were excluded from the statistical evaluation. All but 3 patients underwent radical surgery: nephroureterectomy (n=71), nephroureterectomy and lymphadenectomy (n=20), nephroureterectomy and partial bladder resection or transurethral resection (n=20), nephrectomy (n=10), and ureterectomy (n=5). Sixty-one per cent (n=77) of the tumours were located in the renal pelvis, and 21% (n=27) in the ureter (both in 22 [17%]). Following surgery, residual tumour was still present in 33 patients (16 microscopic and 17 macroscopic). Postoperative radiotherapy was given to 45 (36%) patients. The median follow-up period was 39 months. In a median period of 9 months, 66% of the patients relapsed (34 local, 7 locoregional, 16 regional, and 24 distant). The 5- and 10-year survival were 29% and 19%, respectively, in all patients. In univariate analyses, statistically significant factors influencing the outcome were Karnofsky index, pT-classification, pN-classification, tumour localisation, grade, and residual tumour after surgery. Multivariate analysis revealed that independent prognostic factors influencing outcome were pT-classification, the existence of residual tumour, and tumour localisation. In patients with urothelial renal pelvis and/or ureter tumours, a radical surgical attitude is mandatory; and the presence of tumour in the ureter is associated with a poorer prognosis. [less ▲]

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See detailShelley in travestie: De vertaalstrijd om 'Alastor'
Steyaert, Kris ULg

in Filter: Tijdschrift over Vertalen (1999), 6(3), 28-36

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See detailcompte rendu de : J. Sosephson, The Pahlavi Translation Technique as Illustrated by Hom Yast
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Translatio (1999), 18(2), 294-297

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See detailLa greffe de cellules souches hematopoietiques dans la drepanocytose.
Cornu, G.; Vermylen, C.; Ferster, Aline et al

in Archives de Pédiatrie (1999), 6 Suppl 2

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See detailHypnosedation: a valuable alternative to traditional anaesthetic techniques.
Faymonville, Marie-Elisabeth ULg; Meurisse, Michel ULg; Fissette, Jean ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1999), 99(4), 141-6

Hypnosis has become routine practice in our plastic and endocrine surgery services. Revivication of pleasant life experiences has served as the hypnotic substratum in a series of over 1650 patients since ... [more ▼]

Hypnosis has become routine practice in our plastic and endocrine surgery services. Revivication of pleasant life experiences has served as the hypnotic substratum in a series of over 1650 patients since 1992. In retrospective studies, followed by randomised prospective studies, we have confirmed the usefulness of hypnosedation (hypnosis in combination with conscious IV sedation) and local anaesthesia as a valuable alternative to traditional anaesthetic techniques. The credibility of hypnotic techniques and their acceptance by the scientific community will depend on independently-confirmed and reproducible criteria of assessing the hypnotic state. Based on the clinical success of this technique, we were interested in confirming this phenomenon in healthy volunteers. The revivication of pleasant life experiences thus served as the cornerstone of a basic research program developed to objectify the neurophysiological attributes of the hypnotic state. We compared hypnosis to normal alertness with similar thought content. In our experience, the activation profile obtained during the hypnotic state was completely different from simple re-memoration of the same subject matter during normal alertness. This represents an objective and independent criteria by which to assess the hypnotic state. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Rupture couverte d'un anevrysme infectieux post-typhique de l'aorte abdominale sous-renale.
SCHILS, Fabian ULg; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; Sente, J. M. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(10), 786-8

Mycotic aneurysms are uncommon but remain one of the most challenging clinical problems for the vascular surgeon. They are associated with high morbidity and mortality, and the clinical signs and symptoms ... [more ▼]

Mycotic aneurysms are uncommon but remain one of the most challenging clinical problems for the vascular surgeon. They are associated with high morbidity and mortality, and the clinical signs and symptoms are non specific. We report here the case of an abdominal aorta mycotic aneurysm due to salmonellosis treated by insertion of an arterial homograft. [less ▲]

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See detailQuête de reliques en Sardaigne pour le prieuré Saint-Léonard de Liège (1642-1650)
George, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Le Vieux-Liège (1999)

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See detailAnalyse préliminaire de la situation et des perspectives de la culture du haricot de Lima (Phaseolus lunatus L.) sur la Côte péruvienne (Vallées d'Ica, Pisco et Casma).
Rouschop, P.; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg; Mayta, F. C. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1999), 3(2), 115-126

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See detailGEQUAC, an excess Gibbs energy model describing associating and non-associating liquid mixtures by a new model concept for functional groups
Egner, Katja; Gaube, Johann; Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Fluid Phase Equilibria (1999), 158(381-389),

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See detailSevere/extreme obesity: a medical disease requiring a surgical treatment?
Scheen, André ULg; Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Desaive, Claude ULg et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1999), 54(3), 154-61

Obesity poses a serious health hazard and its treatment is often disappointing. Surgical approaches have been proposed for treating severe obesity (body mass index or BMI > or = 35 kg/m2) with ... [more ▼]

Obesity poses a serious health hazard and its treatment is often disappointing. Surgical approaches have been proposed for treating severe obesity (body mass index or BMI > or = 35 kg/m2) with comorbidities or extreme obesity (BMI > or = 40 kg/m2). Before accepting bariatric surgery as alternative treatment, the four following prerequisites should be met: 1. the medical condition is serious enough; 2. it can not be treated satisfactorily with classical means; 3. the surgical treatment is effective in improving the clinical situation; and 4. bariatric surgery is safe enough, so that the benefits clearly outweigh the risks. On the basis of the literature and our own experience, it appears that gastric reduction surgery may be considered as a valuable alternative for treating severe/extreme obesity, despite the possible occurrence of perioperative and, more frequently, late complications, provided that it is performed by an experienced and multidisciplinary team in well-selected patients. [less ▲]

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See detailPseudoscalar vertex, Goldstone boson and quark masses on the lattice
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Le Yaouanc, A.; Pittori, Carlotta

in Physics Letters B (1999), 454

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See detailChronique de la 53ème Session de la SIHDA à Exeter (19-24 Septembre 1999)
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

in Revue Internationale des Droits de l'Antiquité (1999), XLVI

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See detailSème inhérent et sème afférent. Examen des critères théoriques dans la sémantique interprétative de François Rastier
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Travaux de linguistique : revue internationale de linguistique Française (1999), 38

La sémantique interprétative, dont la rentabilité des applications, tant dans les études littéraires que dans les analyse de bases de données lexicologiques, n’est plus à vanter, repose sur quelques ... [more ▼]

La sémantique interprétative, dont la rentabilité des applications, tant dans les études littéraires que dans les analyse de bases de données lexicologiques, n’est plus à vanter, repose sur quelques critères théoriques relatifs à la détermination des différents types de sèmes (sème inhérent et sème afférent; sème spécifique et sème générique). On s’attache ici d’abord à montrer que ces critères, en dépit de leurs points d’ancrage dans la théorie structurale, ne sont pas définis de manière satisfaisante par François Rastier, initiateur et théoricien de cette sémantique. Puis on propose, au moins à titre d’hypothèse théorique dépourvue de contradiction, une nouvelle formulation des critères distinctifs des sèmes. [less ▲]

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See detailChantiers de stimulation du langage oral: prévention des difficultés scolaires chez des enfants d'origine immigrée. Aspects théoriques et pratiques
Van Lierde, G.; Lucchini, Silvia ULg; Bastin, A.

in Revue de l’Union Professionnelle des Logopèdes Francophones (1999), XV(15), 11-24

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See detailThe effects of training on ventilation and blood gases in exercising Thoroughbreds
Roberts, C. A.; Marlin, D. J.; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (1999), 30

The effects of training on ventilation and blood gases during exercise were investigated in 6 clinically normal, detrained Thoroughbred horses. They underwent a 16 week training programme similar to the ... [more ▼]

The effects of training on ventilation and blood gases during exercise were investigated in 6 clinically normal, detrained Thoroughbred horses. They underwent a 16 week training programme similar to the type frequently used for Thoroughbred racehorses in Great Britain. Standardized treadmill exercise tests (2 min canter at 8 and 10 m/s C8 and C10[ and 2 min gallop at 12 m/s [G12], on a level surface) were performed prior to and after 16 weeks of training. Respiratory flow rates were measured using ultrasound flow transducers. Blood samples were drawn from a transverse facial artery and the right atrium. Minute ventilation, respiratory frequency and tidal volume were not significantly altered by training. Peak inspiratory flow rate was lower following training at 8 and 10 m/s, but not at 12 m/s. Arterial oxygen tension was decreased during trot and canter following training. Blood lactate concentration post G12 decreased following training (10.5 +/- 2.2 mmol/l vs. 7.7 +/- 2.2 mmol/l; P < 0.05). The increase in the degree of exercise-induced arterial hypoxaemia following training may reflect a lack of pulmonary adaptation to training in the face of improved cardiovascular and muscular function. [less ▲]

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See detailImpairment of neocortical metabolism predicts progression in Alzheimer's disease
Herholz, K.; Nordberg, A.; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

in Dementia & Geriatric Cognitive Disorders (1999), 10(6), 494-504

Studied prediction of progression rates of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in a prospective multicenter cohort study of 186 patients (mean age 63.2 yrs) with possible or probable AD, mostly with presenile onset ... [more ▼]

Studied prediction of progression rates of Alzheimer's disease (AD) in a prospective multicenter cohort study of 186 patients (mean age 63.2 yrs) with possible or probable AD, mostly with presenile onset. In a cross-sectional analysis at entry, impairment of glucose metabolism in temporoparietal or frontal association areas measured with positron emission tomography was significantly associated with dementia severity, clinical classification as possible vs probable AD, presence of multiple cognitive deficits and history of progression. A prospective longitudinal analysis showed a significant association between initial metabolic impairment and subsequent clinical deterioration. In patients with mild cognitive deficits at entry, the risk of deterioration was up to 4.7 times higher if the metabolism was severely impaired than with mild or absent metabolic impairment. [less ▲]

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See detailLes hélicobactéries chez les animaux mythe ou réalité? 2. Etudes bactériologique et clinique préliminaires chez les carnivores domestiques
Thomas, A.; Hardy, N.; De Mol, P. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1999), 143

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