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See detailAttraction, narration et culture de classe. Trois voyages dans la mine
Mélon, Marc-Emmanuel ULg

in Revue belge du cinéma (1995), 38-39

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See detailEndogenous Glutamate Involvement in Pulsatile Secretion of Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone: Evidence from Effect of Glutamine and Developmental Changes
Bourguignon, Jean-Pierre ULg; Gerard, Arlette ULg; Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg et al

in Endocrinology (1995), 136(3), 911-6

The secretion of GnRH can be stimulated by glutamate (GLU) and GLU agonists, whereas GLU receptor antagonists inhibit GnRH. Using 6-diazo-5-oxo-L-norleucine (DON), an inhibitor of glutaminase, we aimed to ... [more ▼]

The secretion of GnRH can be stimulated by glutamate (GLU) and GLU agonists, whereas GLU receptor antagonists inhibit GnRH. Using 6-diazo-5-oxo-L-norleucine (DON), an inhibitor of glutaminase, we aimed to study the involvement of endogenous GLU in GnRH secretion through the effects of impaired GLU biosynthesis from its precursor glutamine (GLN). GnRH secretion by hypothalamic explants of male rats, aged 15 and 50 days, was compared, because the frequency of spontaneous GnRH secretory pulses showed a 2-fold increase between those two ages. Using explants of 50-day-old rats, GLN elicited GnRH secretion in a similar dose-related manner as GLU. DON prevented GLN-evoked secretion of GnRH, whereas the effect of GLU was not altered. DON also markedly inhibited spontaneous pulsatile secretion of GnRH and the secretory response to veratridine, a Na+ channel opener. The inhibitory effect of DON on veratridine-evoked secretion of GnRH was directly related to the duration of exposure to DON and the frequency of GnRH secretory episodes. Using explants of 15-day-old rats, GLN could elicit GnRH release, although this response was lower than GLU-evoked secretion of GnRH. The DON concentrations required for inhibition of veratridine-evoked secretion of GnRH were lower at 15 days than at 50 days. These data indicate that 1) GLU biosynthesis from GLN is a prerequisite to the physiological mechanism of pulsatile GnRH secretion; and 2) inhibition of veratridine- or GLN-induced secretion of GnRH requires higher DON concentrations after the onset of puberty than before. This suggests that glutaminase, the enzyme controlling GLU biosynthesis from GLN, shows increased activity after the onset of puberty when the frequency of pulsatile GnRH secretion is increased as well. [less ▲]

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See detailLe BOOP: bronchiolitis obliterans and organising pneumonia, mythe ou réalité?
Weber, T.; Louis, Renaud ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(3), 108-9

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See detailEtude de la variabilité sinusale par analyses temporelle et spectrale: intérêt clinique et perspectives
Bilge, A.; Pierard, Luc ULg; Kulbertus, Henri ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(3), 120-5

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See detailSuperovulation of goats with purified pFSH supplemented with defined amounts of pLH
Nowshari, M. A.; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Holtz, W.

in Theriogenology (1995), 43

The superovulatory response of goats treated with purified pFSH supplemented with 30, 40 or 50% pLH was compared. Sixty-four Boer goat does were synchronized by progestagen-containing ear implant ... [more ▼]

The superovulatory response of goats treated with purified pFSH supplemented with 30, 40 or 50% pLH was compared. Sixty-four Boer goat does were synchronized by progestagen-containing ear implant, randomly allotted to 3 groups and, beginning 2 d before implant removal, treated with purified pFSH supplemented with 30, 40 or 50% pLH. Each animal received 16 Armour Units of pFSH administered in 6 descending doses at 12-h intervals. Along with the last 2 injections, the does received 5 mg PGF(2alpha). Embryos were flushed either surgically or after slaughter on Day 5 or 6 after the last day of standing estrus. The percentage of animals responding to treatment was not different among groups treated with pFSH supplemented with 30, 40 or 50% pLH (76, 71 and 63%, respectively). The corresponding data for number of ovulations was 11.3 +/- 1.6, 16.3 +/- 1.8 and 16.4 +/- 2.6, for number of ova and embryos recovered 8.1 +/- 1.9, 12.0 +/- 1.5 and 13.5 +/- 2.9 and for number of transferable embryos 6.6 +/- 1.9, 9.1 +/- 1.5 and 7.1 +/- 2.1 (x +/- SEM). Results confirm the earlier finding of a good response of goats to pFSH preparations with a high FSH:LH ratio, and, although group differences were statistically nonsignificant (P > 0.05), they suggest that supplementation with approximately 40% pLH may be close to the optimum [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix Metalloproteinase Family
Baramova, E.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in Cell Biology International (1995), 19(3), 239-42

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See detailDesign of electrical conductive composites : key role of the morphology on the electrical properties of carbon black filled polymer blends
Gubbels, Frédéric; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Vanlathem, E. et al

in Macromolecules (1995), 28(5), 1559-1566

Effect of carbon black (CB) on the morphology of filled polyethylene (PE)/polystyrene (PS) blends has been investigated by image analysis of optical micrographs (2-D analysis) and by the selective ... [more ▼]

Effect of carbon black (CB) on the morphology of filled polyethylene (PE)/polystyrene (PS) blends has been investigated by image analysis of optical micrographs (2-D analysis) and by the selective extraction of one phase of the binary blends (3-D analysis). The macroscopic electrical resistivity of the filled polyblends strongly depends on the selective localization of CB in one phase or at the interface and above all on the double percolation, i.e. percolation of the polymer phases and percolation of the CB particles. The selective localization of CB in the PE phase has remarkable effects on the polyblend phase morphology. The phase cocontinuity is indeed extended over a much larger composition range, and the phase morphology is stabilized toward post-thermal treatment at 200 degrees C. In the case of double percolation and selective localization of CB at the polyblend interface, electrical conductivity is observed at a CB content as low as 0.4 wt %. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasticization of biphasic ionomers by chemically identical, short, monofunctional oligomers
Plante, Michel; Bazuin, C Géraldine; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Macromolecules (1995), 28(5), 1567-1574

Blends of carboxylated polystyrene ionomers containing 7 mol% of ionic units and carboxylate-terminated, monofunctional, monodisperse styrene oligomers of MW 800 were investigated by dynamic mechanical ... [more ▼]

Blends of carboxylated polystyrene ionomers containing 7 mol% of ionic units and carboxylate-terminated, monofunctional, monodisperse styrene oligomers of MW 800 were investigated by dynamic mechanical analysis and small angle X-ray scattering(SAXS). Both Cs and Ba carboxylate salts were studied,as well as blends of the Cs oligomer with homopolystyrene. The cluster phase is preferentially plasticized by the oligomers for both salts.; However, whereas the nonclustered phase of the Cs system is only a Little more plasticized than that of the Ba system, the cluster phase in the Cs system undergoes dramatic plasticization, the cluster transition disappearing at 5 wt % oligomer content. Simultaneously, the SAXS ''ionomer peak'' disappears. A peak reappears at 20 wt % oligomer content, suggesting the development of a new morphology, proposed to be micelles or ''inverted multiplets''. The difference between the two systems is attributed to the much stronger electrostatic interactions in the Ba system; this is analyzed in terms of elementary ion units. It is concluded that, whereas the nature of the nonpolar tail is relatively unimportant, the nature and strength of the electrostatic interactions involved can be of critical importance to the plasticization effects in blends of ionomers with short, monofunctional oligomers. [less ▲]

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See detailFungi die onychomycosis veroorzaken in Nederland
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Nederlands Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (1995), 139

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See detailExcitation spectrum of FE2+ in a tetrahedral potential - Dynamic Jahn-Teller effect
Colignon, David ULg; Kartheuser, Eduard ULg; Rodriguez, Sergio et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (1995)

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See detailOverproduction and properties of the mannuronate alginate lyase AlxMB
Malissard, Martine; Chavagnat, Frédéric; Duez, Colette ULg et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (1995), 126(2), 105-111

In previous studies (Malissard et al., FEMS Microbiol. Lett. (1993) 110, 101-106), the alginate lyase AlxM of the marine bacterium ATCC 433367 was produced in Escherichia coli TC4/pAL-A3 with a yield of ... [more ▼]

In previous studies (Malissard et al., FEMS Microbiol. Lett. (1993) 110, 101-106), the alginate lyase AlxM of the marine bacterium ATCC 433367 was produced in Escherichia coli TC4/pAL-A3 with a yield of 50 mu g per litre of culture. The polypeptide chain was cleaved between two cysteine residues, C169 and C183, themselves linked by a disulphide bridge. AlxM has now been overproduced in E. coli BL21(DE3)/pAL-Sur/pLysS. Under conditions in which formation of inclusion bodies can be avoided, the enzyme is synthesized as a catalytically active, water-soluble, unnicked polypeptide with a yield of 32 mg per litre of culture. It has been purified to protein homogeneity using a one-step procedure. The nicked ALxM(A) and unnicked ALxM(B) alginate lyases have identical alginate-degrading activities at high salt concentrations. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrical resistivity of AnT2Al3 (An = Np, Pu; T = Ni, Pd)
Seret, Alain ULg; Wastin, Franck; Waerenborgh, Joan-Carlos et al

in Physica B: Condensed Matter (1995), 206 & 207

Structural data and resistivity studies of NpNi2Al3, NpxU1−xPd2Al3 (x = 1, 0.5, 0.3, 0.1) and PuPd2Al3 are reported. The resistivity curves display Kondo features and clear anomalies at the magnetic ... [more ▼]

Structural data and resistivity studies of NpNi2Al3, NpxU1−xPd2Al3 (x = 1, 0.5, 0.3, 0.1) and PuPd2Al3 are reported. The resistivity curves display Kondo features and clear anomalies at the magnetic transition. Moreover, at least two kinds of magnetic structure exist in these compounds, one favouring the electrical conductivity and the other decreasing it. [less ▲]

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See detailThe importance of new chemical sources for the hot oxygen geocorona
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Richards, P. G.; Shematovich, V. I. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1995), 22

Exothermic reactions involving metastable neutrals and ions were recently proposed as sources of hot oxygen atoms in addition to the classical O2(+) and NO(+) dissociative recombination. The Boltzmann ... [more ▼]

Exothermic reactions involving metastable neutrals and ions were recently proposed as sources of hot oxygen atoms in addition to the classical O2(+) and NO(+) dissociative recombination. The Boltzmann equations for thermal and nonthermal populations of O atoms are solved with Monte Carlo stochastic simulation method. It is shown that the calculated energy distribution functions of O atoms are significantly in nonequilibrium in the transition region between the thermosphere and the exosphere. It is found that the inclusion of additional sources leads to stronger disturbances of the energy distribution function and, as a consequence, increases the nonthermal fraction of hot O atoms. The variation of the vertical distribution of hot O between solar maximum and minimum conditions is also evaluated and shows good agreement with the available experimental evidence. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic properties of Np2T2Sn compounds
Sanchez, Jean-Pierre; Colineau, E.; Jeandey, C. et al

in Physica B: Condensed Matter (1995), 206 & 207

The magnetic properties of the Np2T2Sn series investigated by 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy are reported. Magnetic ordering is shown to occur for T --- Ni, Pd, Pt, whereas the Np ions do not carry a local ... [more ▼]

The magnetic properties of the Np2T2Sn series investigated by 237Np Mössbauer spectroscopy are reported. Magnetic ordering is shown to occur for T --- Ni, Pd, Pt, whereas the Np ions do not carry a local moment when T --- Co, Ru, Rh. Comparisons are made with the corresponding Np2T2In and U2T2Sn compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term photometry of variables at ESO. III. The third data catalogue (1990-1992).
Manfroid, Jean ULg; Sterken, C.; Cunow, B. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1995), 109

In this paper we present the third catalogue of photometric data in the Stroemgren system obtained during the period October 1990-January 1992 in the framework of the Long-Term Photometry of Variables ... [more ▼]

In this paper we present the third catalogue of photometric data in the Stroemgren system obtained during the period October 1990-January 1992 in the framework of the Long-Term Photometry of Variables (LTPV) program at the European Southern Observatory. The catalogue is available in computer readable form at the Centre de Donnees de Strasbourg. [less ▲]

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See detailElectronic properties of U2Ni2Sn
Kindo, Koichi; Fukushima, T.; Kumada, T. et al

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (1995), 140-144(2), 1369-1370

We report on the bulk electronic properties of U2Ni2Sn, which crystallizes in the tetragonal U3Si2 structure. Pronounced anomalies in the temperature dependencies of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat ... [more ▼]

We report on the bulk electronic properties of U2Ni2Sn, which crystallizes in the tetragonal U3Si2 structure. Pronounced anomalies in the temperature dependencies of magnetic susceptibility, specific heat and electrical resistivity indicate magnetic ordering below TN = 26 K. An antiferromagnetic ground state is corroborated by the occurrence of three metamagnetic transitions at about 30, 39 and 51 T in the field dependence of the magnetization. The lack of any saturation tendency in the highest field applied (57 T) may suggest further transition(s) to occur in even higher fields. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic kinetic growth-models
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (1995), 140(Part 3), 2185-2186

Magnetic kinetic growth models are kinetic growth model(s), like the Eden or the DLA models, but allow for the growth to have an extra degree of freedom (a 'spin') which can be coupled to an external ... [more ▼]

Magnetic kinetic growth models are kinetic growth model(s), like the Eden or the DLA models, but allow for the growth to have an extra degree of freedom (a 'spin') which can be coupled to an external field. Two-dimensional simulations show interesting morphologies and parameter dependences. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecificity and Sensitivity of Temporalis Es2 Measurements in the Diagnosis of Chronic Primary Headaches
Wang, W.; De Pasqua, Victor ULg; Gérard, P. et al

in Headache (1995), 35(2), 85-8

We have evaluated the specificity and sensitivity of temporalis ES2 measurements for the diagnosis of primary headaches. Ninety-four outpatients diagnosed according to IHS criteria were prospectively ... [more ▼]

We have evaluated the specificity and sensitivity of temporalis ES2 measurements for the diagnosis of primary headaches. Ninety-four outpatients diagnosed according to IHS criteria were prospectively included: 25 had chronic tension-type headache (code 2.2.), 15 episodic tension-type headache (code 2.1.), 20 migraine without aura (code 1.1.) and 34 chronic daily headaches with daily analgesics/ergotamine abuse (code 8.2.). In chronic tension-type, the sensitivity of the ES2 test was 84% at the 0.1 and the 0.5 Hz, but only 56% at the 2Hz stimulation rates. Its specificity was 100% at 0.1Hz, 90% at 0.5Hz and 95% at 2Hz compared to migraine; positive predictive values were at similar levels. Sensitivity of ES2 at 0.1 Hz was 67% in episodic tension-type headache, but its positive predictive value versus migraine was excellent. Comparing chronic tension-type headache and analgesic abusers, the specificity and positive predictive value of the ES2 test for diagnosing chronic tension-type headache were less satisfactory (60%) while the negative predictive values, however, remained good (83% at 0.1Hz). The results confirm that the temporalis ES2 test has a higher diagnostic sensitivity in chronic and episodic tension-type headache, but that it has a high negative predictive value for both types of tension-type headache compared to other primary headaches. For diagnostic purposes, the 0.1Hz stimulation rate seems optimal. The 2Hz stimulation rate is the least sensitive, although it may induce total disappearance of ES2 in up to 40% of patients. ES2 is of limited usefulness for separating chronic tension-type headache and chronic drug-abuse headache, possibly because the latter group comprises both tension-type headache and migraine patients. [less ▲]

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See detailAmpd, Essential for Both Beta-Lactamase Regulation and Cell Wall Recycling, Is a Novel Cytosolic N-Acetylmuramyl-L-Alanine Amidase
Jacobs, Christine ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg; Jamin, M. et al

in Molecular Microbiology (1995), 15(3), 553-9

In enterobacteria, the ampD gene encodes a cytosolic protein which acts as a negative regulator of beta-lactamase expression. It is shown here that the AmpD protein is a novel N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine ... [more ▼]

In enterobacteria, the ampD gene encodes a cytosolic protein which acts as a negative regulator of beta-lactamase expression. It is shown here that the AmpD protein is a novel N-acetylmuramyl-L-alanine amidase (E.C.3.5.1.28) participating in the intracellular recycling of peptidoglycan fragments. Surprisingly, AmpD exhibits an exclusive specificity for substrates containing anhydro muramic acid. This anhydro bond is mainly found in the peptidoglycan degradation products formed by the periplasmic lytic transglycosylases and thus might behave as a 'recycling tag' allowing the enzyme to distinguish these fragments from the newly synthesized peptidoglycan precursors. The AmpD substrate (or substrates) which accumulates in the absence of the corresponding enzymatic activity acts as an intracellular positive effector for beta-lactamase expression and might represent an element of a communication network between the chromosome and the cell wall peptidoglycan. [less ▲]

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See detailMacrofagos e factor a de necrose tumoral na necrolise epidermica toxica
Paquet, Philippe ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg et al

in Arquivos de Dermatologia (1995), 2

ANTECEDENTES: Estudiamos las características inmunopatològicas de 5 casos de necrólisis epidérmica tóxica utilizando un amplio panel de anticuerpos. OSERVACIONES: El patrón y grado del infiltrado celular ... [more ▼]

ANTECEDENTES: Estudiamos las características inmunopatològicas de 5 casos de necrólisis epidérmica tóxica utilizando un amplio panel de anticuerpos. OSERVACIONES: El patrón y grado del infiltrado celular inflamatorio varió dependiendo del estado de la enfermedad. La principal característica constante fue la importante implicación de la línea monocito-macrófago, incluyendo dendrocitos factor XIIIa+ HLA-DR+ y macrófagos CD68+ Mac 387+, antes y durante la necrosis epidérmica. El número de linfocitos CD4+ y CD8+ era comparativamente reducido. Ello se asociaba con un denso marcaje para el factor de necrosis tumoral alfa en la epidermis. CONCLUSIONES: Las células de estirpe monocito-macrófago superan en nùmero ampliamente a los linfocitos en las lesiones de la necrólisis epidérmica tóxica. El factor de necrosis tumoral alfa es problablemente una de las citocinas principales responsables de la necrosis. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulated growth and microstructure of DyBa2Cu3O7-X with and without Dy2BaCUO5 addition
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Journal of Materials Research (1995), 10(2), 268-273

We present optical observations of magnetically melt-textured DyBa2Cu307-x with and without 20 wt. % excess of Dy2BaCu05. From these observations, we propose some kinetic mechanism of the growth of 123 ... [more ▼]

We present optical observations of magnetically melt-textured DyBa2Cu307-x with and without 20 wt. % excess of Dy2BaCu05. From these observations, we propose some kinetic mechanism of the growth of 123 compounds. Kinetic processes can simulated on computers. Two (very) simple models derived from the well-known Eden model are presented. They simulate the growth of the grain front. The simulated patterns agree with the observations. The microstructure of such materials cannot be explained by thermodynamic and chemical considerations alone, but explanations must include the kinetics of the growth front as well. From our observations, we conclude that the growth probability ratios g(110)/g(100)/g(001) are of the order of 10 and 50, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of agrometeorological data bases and software in agrometeorological training in developing countries.
Tychon, Bernard ULg; Tonnard, Victor

in FAO Agrometeorology series (1995), 13

The paper covers a Belgian agrometeorological training course intended for francophone students from developing countries who have completed a minimum of four years training in agrometeorology. Today ... [more ▼]

The paper covers a Belgian agrometeorological training course intended for francophone students from developing countries who have completed a minimum of four years training in agrometeorology. Today, many of our students are heads of agrometeorological departments and divisions. THey are interested in everything that could promote agrometeorological methods to preserve food security and the natural resources of their country. During the past few years, the students have been trained in using microcomputers and solving simple agro-meteorological problems as part of the course. The results obtained so far can now be evaluated, since the microcomputer training began a few years ago; some comments on the future development of this approach are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore un patient hypertendu
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(2), 91-92

Des examens complémentaires consitituent une étape importante de la prise en charge d'un patient hypertendu. Du bilan de base simple, peu coûteux et à appliquer à tous, aux examens paracliniques les plus ... [more ▼]

Des examens complémentaires consitituent une étape importante de la prise en charge d'un patient hypertendu. Du bilan de base simple, peu coûteux et à appliquer à tous, aux examens paracliniques les plus sophistiqués, la prescription nécessite cependant une personnalisation. II n'y a en effet pas une hypertension à explorer, mais des hypertendus, fort différents entre eux. Les examens à recommander vont cerner l'état actuel cardiaque, artériel et rénal ainsi que le profil de risque cardiovasculaire. Ils vont aussi rechercher une cause à l'élévation de pression si la clinique, l'anamnèse et quelques examens de laboratoire le suggèrent. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. A propos d'un cas de sécrétion ectopique d'ACTH
Biessaux, Yves ULg; Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Scheen, A. J. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(2), 55-6

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See detailMagnetism in U2T2X compounds
Havela, Ladislav; Sechovsky, Vladimir; Svoboda, P. et al

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (1995), 140-144(2), 1367-1368

Magnetic and other electronic properties are presented for the U2T2X compounds (T = late transition metal, X = Sn or In), that crystallize in the tetragonal U3Si2-type structure. They show the formation ... [more ▼]

Magnetic and other electronic properties are presented for the U2T2X compounds (T = late transition metal, X = Sn or In), that crystallize in the tetragonal U3Si2-type structure. They show the formation of 5f magnetic moments and antiferromagnetic ordering in compounds where weak 5f-d hybridization is expected. Near the onset of magnetic ordering strongly enhanced γ-values are found. Neutron-diffraction experiments on U2Pd2Sn and U2Pd2In point to a connection between the mutual coordination of U atoms and the type of magnetic anisotropy [less ▲]

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See detailPeroxidase-Catalysed Oxidation of Different Dibenzazepine Derivatives
Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Rogister, F.; Delarge, J. et al

in Archiv der Pharmazie (1995), 328(2), 109-12

According to a recent hypothesis suggesting the potential role of free radical formation in the clozapine-induced agranulocytosis, we have evaluated the susceptibility to the peroxidase-mediated oxidation ... [more ▼]

According to a recent hypothesis suggesting the potential role of free radical formation in the clozapine-induced agranulocytosis, we have evaluated the susceptibility to the peroxidase-mediated oxidation of different dibenzazepine analogues. On the one hand, compounds with an arylamine group such as clozapine or isoclozapine present a high reactivity in the horseradish peroxidase or myeloperoxidase systems and, on the other hand, fluperlapine, though known to induce agranulocytosis, and other dibenzothiazepine and dibenzoxazepine derivatives appear insensitive to oxidation. Consequently, among tricyclic derivatives, the way of diaryloxa- and diarylthiazepine compounds could be an alternative for the development of safer drugs such as antipsychotics. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution of Mutant Analysis to the Understanding of Enzyme Catalysis: The Case of Class a Beta-Lactamases
Matagne, André ULg; Frère, Jean-Marie ULg

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1995), 1246(2), 109-27

Class A beta-lactamases represent a family of well studied enzymes. They are responsible for many antibiotic resistance phenomena and thus for numerous failures in clinical chemotherapy. Despite the facts ... [more ▼]

Class A beta-lactamases represent a family of well studied enzymes. They are responsible for many antibiotic resistance phenomena and thus for numerous failures in clinical chemotherapy. Despite the facts that five structures are known at high resolution and that detailed analyses of enzymes modified by site-directed mutagenesis have been performed, their exact catalytic mechanism remains controversial. This review attempts to summarize and to discuss the many available data. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation of Human B-Lymphocyte Proliferation by Agm-1470, a Potent Inhibitor of Angiogenesis
Antoine, Nadine ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Journal of the National Cancer Institute (1995), 87(2), 136-9

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See detailLes infections cutanées dues à l'herpès
Nikkels, Arjen ULg

in Actualités Médicales Belges (1995), 8(450),

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See detailSynthesis and Processing of Bovine Herpesvirus-1 Glycoprotein H
Baranowski, Eric; Dubuisson, Jean; van Drunen Little-van den Hurk, Sylvia et al

in Virology (1995), 206(1), 651-4

The translation product of the bovine herpesvirus-1 (BHV-1) gH gene was identified and characterized. Synthetic peptides were used to generate specific antisera and a glycoprotein of 108K was precipitated ... [more ▼]

The translation product of the bovine herpesvirus-1 (BHV-1) gH gene was identified and characterized. Synthetic peptides were used to generate specific antisera and a glycoprotein of 108K was precipitated by one of the antisera. Cross-immunoprecipitations with monoclonal antibodies to BHV-1 glycoprotein gp108 and the anti-gH peptide antiserum demonstrated that gp108 is the translation product of the gH open reading frame. Glycoprotein gH synthesis and intracellular processing was analyzed in infected Madin-Darby bovine kidney cells using anti-gp 108 monoclonal antibodies. Glycoprotein gH is expressed as a beta-gamma protein and could be detected by radioimmunoprecipitation as early as 2 hr postinfection. Cotranslational N-glycosylation of gH is essential for the recognition by monoclonal antibodies, suggesting that N-linked glycans are involved in protein folding or that they are targets for most of monoclonal antibodies used in this study. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic Study of Interaction between Brl 42715, Beta-Lactamases, and D-Alanyl-D-Alanine Peptidases
Matagne, André ULg; Ledent, Philippe; Monnaie, Didier et al

in Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy (1995), 39(1), 227-31

A detailed kinetic study of the interactions between BRL 42715, a beta-lactamase-inhibiting penem, and various beta-lactamases (EC 3.5.2.6) and D-alanyl-D-alanine peptidases (DD-peptidases, EC 3.4.16.4 ... [more ▼]

A detailed kinetic study of the interactions between BRL 42715, a beta-lactamase-inhibiting penem, and various beta-lactamases (EC 3.5.2.6) and D-alanyl-D-alanine peptidases (DD-peptidases, EC 3.4.16.4) is presented. The compound was a very efficient inactivator of all active-site serine beta-lactamases but was hydrolyzed by the class B, Zn(2+)-containing enzymes, with very different kcat values. Inactivation of the Streptomyces sp. strain R61 extracellular DD-peptidase was not observed, and the Actinomadura sp. strain R39 DD-peptidase exhibited a low level of sensitivity to the compound. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased Expression of Osteonectin and Osteopontin, Two Bone Matrix Proteins, in Human Breast Cancer
Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in American Journal of Pathology (1995), 146(1), 95-100

Microcalcifications are a common phenomenon associated with breast cancer and are often the only mammographic sign of a malignant breast disease. Although microcalcifications are not restricted to breast ... [more ▼]

Microcalcifications are a common phenomenon associated with breast cancer and are often the only mammographic sign of a malignant breast disease. Although microcalcifications are not restricted to breast cancer and can be also associated with benign lesions, it is noteworthy that they are composed exclusively of hydroxyapatite in breast carcinoma. Hydroxyapatite is the bone-associated phosphocalcic crystal the deposition of which in bone tissue requires the coordinated expression of several molecules such as osteonectin (OSN) and osteopontin (OPN), synthesized by cells of the osteoblastic lineage. In this study, we evaluated the expression of these two bone matrix proteins, using an immunoperoxidase technique and specific antibodies, in 79 breast lesions including 28 benign and 51 cancerous specimens. We found that normal mammary tissue associated with the lesions examined expressed generally undetectable or lightly detectable (0 or 1+) amounts of OSN and OPN (92 and 81%, respectively). Benign breast lesions, including fibroadenoma and fibrocystic dysplasia, were generally weakly stained (0 or 1+) with both anti-OSN and anti-OPN antibodies (96.4 and 60.7%, respectively). Interestingly, the majority of both in situ and invasive breast carcinoma lesions showed a strong expression (2+ or 3+) for OSN or OPN (74.5 and 84.3%, respectively). High expression of these two bone matrix proteins was associated with frequent microcalcification deposition in the lesion. This study is the first extensive study of OSN and OPN expression in mammary cancers. Our data suggest that OSN and OPN could play a role in the formation of ectopic microcalcifications often associated with breast cancer. It is also tempting to speculate that the expression of these two glycoproteins by breast cancer cells play a role in the preferred bone homing of breast metastases. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic diffusion-limited aggregation
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Physical Review. E : Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics (1995), 51(1), 597-603

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See detailInvestigation of the Relationship between Osteoporosis and the Collagenase Gene by Means of Polymorphism of the 5'upstream Region of This Gene
Thiry-Blaise, L. M.; Taquet, A. N.; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Calcified Tissue International (1995), 56

Osteoporosis is a slowly progressing disease resulting from an imbalance between bone accretion and degradation. As interstitial collagenase is a key enzyme in the degradation of bone matrix, we ... [more ▼]

Osteoporosis is a slowly progressing disease resulting from an imbalance between bone accretion and degradation. As interstitial collagenase is a key enzyme in the degradation of bone matrix, we investigated a possible relationship between the collagenase gene and osteoporosis. Analysis of an amplified genomic DNA fragment from -524 to +52 by denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis and sequencing allowed us to detect three dimorphic sites upstream of base -300, one of them leading to a BanI restriction site. None of the sites could be directly associated with osteoporosis. The allele frequencies of the three dimorphic sites were estimated. The interallelic ratios were high, thus providing new useful genetic markers for linkage analysis. When comparing these ratios in osteoporotic and nonosteoporotic subjects, no significant differences could be observed. [less ▲]

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See detailHypercholestérolémie modérée et coronaropathies: étude MAAS et étude 4S
Martinez, Christophe ULg; Legrand, Victor ULg; Kulbertus, Henri ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(1), 35-40

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See detailLe romancier en projet. Quand André Gide étudiait Georges Simenon
Denis, Benoît ULg

in Bulletin des amis d'André Gide (1995), XXVIII(105), 53-70

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See detailComment je traite ... un patient avec une insuffisance cardiaque légère ou modérée?
Pierard, Luc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(1), 5-6

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See detailA Prenatal Trisomy 21 Screening Program Using Alpha-Fetoprotein, Human Chorionic Gonadotropin, and Free Estriol Assays on Maternal Dried Blood
Verloes, Alain ULg; Schoos, Roland ULg; Herens, Christian ULg et al

in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (1995), 172(1, Pt 1), 167-74

OBJECTIVE: The feasibility of large-scale Down syndrome maternal screening with dried blood samples and nonradioactive methods was examined. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective observation study was performed on ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The feasibility of large-scale Down syndrome maternal screening with dried blood samples and nonradioactive methods was examined. STUDY DESIGN: A prospective observation study was performed on a nonselected population of 11,241 pregnant women sampled between January 1991 and September 1992, between 14 and 24 weeks' gestation (ultrasonographic scanning available for 91.6%), through a multicenter collaborative network. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays for alpha-fetoprotein, human chorionic gonadotropin, and free estriol were performed on dried blood samples. Risk determination was made with an in-house software implementing the multivariate gaussian log likelihood method. RESULTS: A total of 10,450 samples were eligible for the study. Mean age at term was 27.9 years. A total of 6.84% of the patients were > or = 35 years old with a prior risk of trisomy 21 > 1:350. The general positive rate of our sample was 8.15%. After calculation 31.7% with prior risk > 1:350 were still in the high-risk group; 6.36% of the low-risk group were found to be at high risk for Down syndrome. Fifteen trisomic pregnancies were observed, of which 11 had a calculated risk higher than the selected cutoff value (1:350). The overall detection rate was 73%, specificity was 92%, and positive predictive power was 1.2%. CONCLUSION: Our pilot study has shown performances within the range of conventional serum screening programs. Dried blood assays are a handy alternative to serum assays. Blot paper cards represent a simple method of sampling, well fitted for large population screening. Combined with nonradioactive methods, this method appears to be both low cost and effective. The current work apparently is the first large-scale Down screening program performed with dried blood. [less ▲]

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See detailTamoxifen and its active metabolite inhibit growth of estrogen receptor-negative MDA-MB-435 cells
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Chariot, Alain ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1995), 49

Tamoxifen (TAM), the non-steroidal anti-estrogen most widely administered to breast cancer patients, acts, at least in part, by competing with estrogen receptors (ER). However, the existence of an ... [more ▼]

Tamoxifen (TAM), the non-steroidal anti-estrogen most widely administered to breast cancer patients, acts, at least in part, by competing with estrogen receptors (ER). However, the existence of an alternative mechanism of action for this drug is supported by the clinical observations that: (a) 30% of patients with ER-negative cancer cells respond to TAM, and (b) 30% of patients with ER-positive cancer cells are not sensitive to this anti-estrogen. In this study, we observed that growth of the human ER-negative breast cancer cell line MDA-MB-435 was inhibited by TAM and 4-hydroxytamoxifen (4OH-TAM) in a concentration-dependent fashion. Both monoclonal enzymoimmunoassay and Dextran Charcoal Coated Scatchard radioimmunoassay analysis demonstrated that this MDA-MB-435 cell line does not express ER. The absence of ER in MDA-MB-435 cells was also demonstrated at the mRNA level by both northern blot hybridization and reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction techniques. MDA-MB-435 cell proliferation was not affected by 17 beta-estradiol or by the pure anti-estrogen ICI 164384, further demonstrating that the observed effects of TAM and its active metabolite on the proliferation of MDA-MB-435 cells were due to an ER-independent mechanism, yet to be identified. MDA-MB-435 thus appears to be a promising original model for the study of the alternative ER-independent mechanisms of action of TAM. [less ▲]

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See detailBasic Research and Policy Making for the Development of Vessel Traffic Management Information Systems
Marchal, Jean ULg

in Basic Research and Policy Making (1995)

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See detailLes troubles obsessionnels compulsifs
Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg

in stratégie thérapeutique (1995)

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See detailResults of an Exclusion Technique for Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Marnette, J.M.; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg; TROTTEUR, Geneviève ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Surgery (1995), 3(1), 26-9

An exclusion technique for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm was used in six patients considered to be at high operative risk mainly because of chronic pulmonary disease. There were no deaths or ... [more ▼]

An exclusion technique for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm was used in six patients considered to be at high operative risk mainly because of chronic pulmonary disease. There were no deaths or immediate major complications. Thrombosis of the aneurysm was achieved in four of the six patients. However, in three cases, repeated percutaneous embolization was required to produce thrombosis. One patient developed a secondary rupture of a persisting infrarenal sac resulting from a patent inferior mesenteric artery. This patient was successfully managed by ligature of the infrarenal portion of the abdominal aorta through a median laparotomy. This study emphasizes the limits and the risks of the exclusion technique. [less ▲]

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See detailRat heart-aorta cluster transplantation : a novel model to study transplant rejection
D'Silva, Milbhor; Candidas, D.; Lee, S. et al

in Transplant International (1995), (8), 298-306

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See detailEffects of a new oral contraceptive containing an antimineralocorticoid progestogen, drospirenone, on the renin-aldosterone system, body weight, blood pressure, glucose tolerance, and lipid metabolism.
Oelkers, W.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Dombrovicz, N. et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (1995), 80(6), 1816-21

Combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs) may lead to a mild rise in blood pressure and body weight. In rare instances, large increments in blood pressure are measured. We investigated the effect of a ... [more ▼]

Combined hormonal oral contraceptives (OCs) may lead to a mild rise in blood pressure and body weight. In rare instances, large increments in blood pressure are measured. We investigated the effect of a combination of ethinyl estradiol (EE) plus a progestogen with antimineralocorticoid, i.e. natriuretic, properties [Drospirenone (DRSP)] on body weight, blood pressure, the renin-aldosterone system, atrial natriuretic factor, plasma lipids, and glucose tolerance. It is anticipated that this will lead to the development of an OC that does not raise body weight or blood pressure. Four groups of 20 women each received 30 micrograms EE plus 3 mg DRSP (group A), 20 micrograms EE plus 3 mg DRSP (group B), 15 micrograms EE plus 3 mg DRSP (group C), and, as a control OC, 30 micrograms EE plus 150 micrograms levonorgestrel (Microgynon, Schering; group D) for 6 months. During the OC-free control cycles before and after treatment and throughout treatment, the target parameters were measured. Between the pretreatment cycle and the sixth treatment cycle, mean body weight fell by 0.8 to 1.7 kg in groups A, B, and C (P < 0.05 vs. D), whereas it rose by 0.7 kg in group D. Systolic and diastolic blood pressures fell by 1-4 mm Hg in groups A, B, and C (significant for A and C vs. D) and increased by 1-2 mm Hg in group D. Renin substrate rose equally in all groups (P < 0.05), whereas PRA and plasma aldosterone rose significantly only in the DRSP groups, presumably due to sodium loss. In the DRSP groups, high density lipoprotein cholesterol rose (P < 0.05), in contrast to group D. Low density lipoprotein cholesterol fell slightly (P > 0.05), whereas triglyceride levels showed a stronger increase in the DRSP groups (P < 0.05) than in group D. All groups attained good cycle control; group A had the best. Side-effects were minimal. To our knowledge, this is the first report on a combined OC that leads to a small decrease in body weight and blood pressure. It may be especially beneficial for women susceptible for a gain in weight and a rise in blood pressure. The potential of a new oral contraceptive (OC) containing drospirenone (DRSP) to avert the moderate increases in body weight and blood pressure often associated with use of existing combined OCs was investigated in a study of four groups of 20 German women each. Group A received 30 mcg of ethinyl estradiol (EE) and 3 mg of DRSP, Group B was administered 20 mcg of EE and 3 mg of DRSP, Group C received 15 mcg of EE and 3 mg of DRSP, and Group D was given a standard OC containing 30 mcg of EE and 150 mcg of levonorgestrel. Between the pretreatment cycle and the last (sixth) treatment cycle, mean body weight fell by 0.8-1.7 kg in Groups A, B, and C, but rose by 0.7 kg in Group D. Systolic and diastolic blood pressures fell by 1-4 mm Hg in Groups A, B, and C and rose by 1-2 mm Hg in Group D. Renin substrate rose equally in all four groups, while plasma renin activity, plasma aldosterone, and high density lipoprotein cholesterol rose significantly only in the three DRSP groups and serum triglyceride levels were significantly higher in Group D than in the three DRSP groups. Glucose tolerance increases were similar in all four groups. Finally, all groups--but especially Group A--experienced good cycle control and there were no serious side effects. These findings suggest that a combined OC containing DRSP may be especially beneficial for women who have a tendency to gain weight or experience a rise in blood pressure while taking OCs. [less ▲]

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See detailLa grammaire au secours de la datation des textes
Winand, Jean ULg

in Revue d'Egyptologie (1995), 46

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See detail- Establishment of normal and transformed root cultures of Artemisia annua L. for artemisinin production.
Jaziri, M.; Shimomura, K.; Yoshimatsu, K. et al

in Journal of Plant Physiology (1995), 145(1-2), 175-177

Transformed cultures of Artemisia annua L. (Asteraceae) were established by the co-culture method using leaf segments of A. annua and Agrobacterium rhizogenes NCIB 8196 or MAFF 03-01724. The hairy root ... [more ▼]

Transformed cultures of Artemisia annua L. (Asteraceae) were established by the co-culture method using leaf segments of A. annua and Agrobacterium rhizogenes NCIB 8196 or MAFF 03-01724. The hairy root clones thus obtained grew vigorously on hormone-free medium, showing the typical transformed morphology. The genetic transformation of the root was proved by the opine assay. Normal root and shoot cultures were also established. A highly specific and sensitive enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA) method was used for the detection and semi-quantitative determination of artemisinin and structurally related compounds in these cultures. The presence of artemisinin was confirmed by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis. The hairy roots cultured in the dark produced no detectable level of artemisinin as shown by the adventitious shoots cultured under light conditions. The ELISA analysis of the green hairy roots cultured in liquid medium under a 16 h light/day photoperiod showed the existence of compound(s) structurally related to artemisinin, though normal and hairy roots cultured in the dark give no detectable levels of immuno-signal. [less ▲]

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See detailPathophysiological response of bovine diaphragm function to gastric distension
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Applied Physiology (1995), 78

Because of the anatomic association of an exceptionally bulky stomach with a striking compartmentation of the chest wall, leading to the most cranial insertion of the diaphragm among mammals, gastric ... [more ▼]

Because of the anatomic association of an exceptionally bulky stomach with a striking compartmentation of the chest wall, leading to the most cranial insertion of the diaphragm among mammals, gastric overdistension in the bovine species offers a unique pathophysiological condition for the diaphragm. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether increased intragastric pressure (Pga) (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 kPa) leads to perturbations of respiratory and diaphragm function in calves. Changes in diaphragmatic strength and inspiratory action followed a biphasic pattern: 1) transdiaphragmatic pressure (Pdi) in response to constant bilateral maximal phrenic nerve stimulation at 30 Hz increased with moderate gastric distension and then fell abruptly as Pga continued to rise and 2) the magnitude of the ratio of the fall in pleural pressure to total Pdi was maintained up to a Pga amounting to 2 kPa but declined at higher pressures. We conclude that gastric distension in the bovine species provokes physiologically significant alterations of the diaphragm excitation-to-pressure generation coupling as well as of its capacity to convert Pdi into useful inspiratory pleural pressure. We suggest that these perturbations resulted from the combination of 1) altered tension-generating capacity due to compromised perfusion, 2) altered diaphragm geometry capable of altering tension-to-pressure generation coupling, and 3) modified coupling of the diaphragm with the chest wall that reduced its ability to drive inspiration [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of an enriched environment on subsequent fear reactions of lambs and their mothers.
Vandenheede, Marc ULg; Bouissou, Marie-France

in Applied Animal Behaviour Science (1995), 44

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See detailDictyonema interruptum, new for the Pyrenees
Etayo, Javier; Diederich, Paul; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Graphis Scripta (1995), 7

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See detailUse of shelter by grazing bulls: effect of climatic factors
Vandenheede, Marc ULg; Nicks, Baudouin ULg; Sheri, R. et al

in Animal Science (1995), 60

The time spent under a shelter by eight grazing fattening bulls of the Belgian Blue breed in each of 3 years consecutively for a total of 48 days was recorded using a time-lapse recorder with infrared ... [more ▼]

The time spent under a shelter by eight grazing fattening bulls of the Belgian Blue breed in each of 3 years consecutively for a total of 48 days was recorded using a time-lapse recorder with infrared illumination. During one grazing period, data were collected over 35 days (experiment 1). Observations were divided into 166 h with rain (20%) and 674 h without precipitation (80%). The average occupation rates were 15.4 (s.e. 29.1)% for the hours with rain and 4.5 (s.e. 14.8)% for the hours without precipitation (P < 0.001). The effect of intensity and duration of rain on the occupation rate was significant from 0.4 l/m(2) or from 2 h. Experiment 2 (13 days of observation) examined the influence of temperature and solar radiation on the use of shelter. The occupation rates were 21 (s.e. 23)% during the daylight hours (07.00 to 19.00 h), 6 (s.e. 8)% during the night (19.00 to 07.00 h) and 14 (s.e. 14)% during a 24-h period. The occupation rate between 07.00 and 19.00 h was significantly correlated to the mean daily temperature (r = 0.75), the maximum daily temperature (r = 0.86) and the direct solar radiation time (r = 0.60). When the maximum daily temperature exceeded 20 degrees C, the use of the shelter increased from 10 to 49% of the daylight hours. There was no significant difference between the live-weight gains of animals from the observed group and those of other bulls on an adjacent pasture without shelter. Nevertheless, these observations suggest that a shelter may improve the welfare of grazing cattle. [less ▲]

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See detailEn Belgique, diverses modalités de pâturage pour des taurillons avant finition à l'auge
Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg; Gielen, Marc ULg; Limbourg, Pierre et al

in Fourrages (1995), 141

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See detailINVESTIGATION OF THE ELECTRICAL-RESISTIVITY BEHAVIOR BETWEEN THE KOSTERLITZ-THOULESS TEMPERATURE AND THE GINZBURG-LANDAU TEMPERATURE IN SPRAY-DRIED BULK BI2SR2CACU2O8+D - THE ROLE OF 2-DIMENSIONAL FLUCTUATIONS AND DEFECTS
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Bougrine, Hassan ULg; DUVIGNEAUD, P. H. et al

in Physica C (1995), 251(3-4), 337-347

The resistive transition R(T) between the Kosterlitz-Thouless temperature and the Ginzburg-Landau temperature was studied in spray-dried bulk Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d superconductors for a magnetic-field range ... [more ▼]

The resistive transition R(T) between the Kosterlitz-Thouless temperature and the Ginzburg-Landau temperature was studied in spray-dried bulk Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8+d superconductors for a magnetic-field range between 0 and 0.3 T. The samples were prepared by the spray-drying technique with Bi2+xSr2-x-yCa2+yCu2O8+d for x = y = 0.05 or 0.1 as a starting composition here. The data analysis was performed assuming various resistive laws previously proposed. When numerically analyzed in terms of a two-dimensional Kosterlitz-Thouless theory the results lead to remarkable quantitative agreement. This implies that the R(T) behavior can be described within a picture of a highly two-dimensional behavior of macroscopic fluctuations of vortex-antivortex depairing type. The role of defects or inhomogeneities in the resistive behavior is outlined. [less ▲]

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See detailLichens and lichenicolous fungi on Laing Island (Papua New Guinea)
Aptroot, André; Diederich, Paul; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg et al

in Bibliotheca Lichenologica (1995), 57

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See detailRenouvellement de la couche cornée
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg

in Desquamation Adhesion (1995)

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See detailCloning of an SNF2/SWI2-related protein that binds specifically to the SPH motifs of the SV40 enhancer and to the HIV-1 promoter.
Sheridan, P. L.; Schorpp, M.; Voz, Marianne ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1995), 270(9), 4575-87

We have isolated a human cDNA clone encoding HIP116, a protein that binds to the SPH repeats of the SV40 enhancer and to the TATA/inhibitor region of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 promoter. The ... [more ▼]

We have isolated a human cDNA clone encoding HIP116, a protein that binds to the SPH repeats of the SV40 enhancer and to the TATA/inhibitor region of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-1 promoter. The predicted HIP116 protein is related to the yeast SNF2/SWI2 transcription factor and to other members of this extended family and contains seven domains similar to those found in the vaccinia NTP1 ATPase. Interestingly, HIP116 also contains a C3HC4 zinc-binding motif (RING finger) interspersed between the ATPase motifs in an arrangement similar to that found in the yeast RAD5 and RAD16 proteins. The HIP116 amino terminus is unique among the members of this family, and houses a specific DNA-binding domain. Antiserum raised against HIP116 recognizes a 116-kDa nuclear protein in Western blots and specifically supershifts SV40 and HIV-1 protein-DNA complexes in gel shift experiments. The binding site for HIP116 on the SV40 enhancer directly overlaps the site for TEF-1, and like TEF-1, binding of HIP116 to the SV40 enhancer is destroyed by mutations that inhibit SPH enhancer activity in vivo. Purified fractions of HIP116 display strong ATPase activity that is preferentially stimulated by SPH DNA and can be inhibited specifically by antibodies to HIP116. These findings suggest that HIP116 might affect transcription, directly or indirectly, by acting as a DNA binding site-specific ATPase. [less ▲]

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See detailBehavior of interchromatin granules during the cell cycle.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in European Journal of Cell Biology (1995), 68(1), 14-24

We investigated at the ultrastructural level, by different cytochemical and immunocytological approaches, the behavior of interchromatin granules (IGs) during interphase and mitosis in two cell lines (HEp ... [more ▼]

We investigated at the ultrastructural level, by different cytochemical and immunocytological approaches, the behavior of interchromatin granules (IGs) during interphase and mitosis in two cell lines (HEp-2 and Ehrlich tumor cells). Identical results were found in all two cell types. In interphase cells, IGs group into irregular clusters of varying size. They are frequently associated with coiled bodies and homogeneous fibrillar bodies. Analysis of serial sections reveals that IG clusters occupy distinct regions within the nucleoplasm. During prophase, the aggregation of granules in these clusters gives rise to compact, spherical, granular structures. These disperse in the mitotic cytoplasm at the breakdown of the nuclear envelope. At early telophase, some of them come into close contact with the periphery of reforming nuclei. IG clusters reappear in the daughter nuclei only after the chromosomes have decondensed during late telophase. Concomitantly, the cytoplasmic granular structures disappear. During the cell cycle, IG are silver-stainable and EDTA-positive. They are also constantly labeled by the polyadenylate nucleotidyl transferase-immunogold technique for detecting RNA. These results support the view that IGs persist throughout the whole cell cycle. [less ▲]

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See detailA Simple Model for the Fire Resistance of Axially-Loaded Members According to Eurocode 3
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Schleich, Jean-Baptiste; Cajot, Louis-Guy

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (1995), 35

New buckling curves have been developed for axialy loaded steel members subjected to fire. The model is based on extensive numerical simulations calibrated on several dozens of full scale experimental ... [more ▼]

New buckling curves have been developed for axialy loaded steel members subjected to fire. The model is based on extensive numerical simulations calibrated on several dozens of full scale experimental test results. This model has been subsequently included in Eurocode 3. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailGeographical research in Belgium : remote sensing and photo-interpretation
Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg; Wilmet, Jules

in Bulletin de la Société Belge d'Etudes Géographiques (1995), 2

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See detailThe quark propagator from the Dyson-Schwinger equations: (I). The chiral solution
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Gentles, A. J.; Ross, D. A.

in Nuclear Physics B (1995), 440

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See detailPersonal name anomia: A single case study
Fery, P.; Vincent, Eric ULg; Brédart, Serge ULg

in Cortex (1995), 31

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See detailAn approach to corrective control of voltage instability using simulation and sensitivity
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (1995), 10

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See detailPolitics in the lifeboat. Immigrants and the American Democratic Order de J.C. Harles
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in International Migration Review (1995), 28(108), 900-901

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See detailExperimenteel onderzoek naar het brandgedrag van kolommen in gewapend beton
Dotreppe, Jean-Claude ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Baus, Raymond et al

in Infrastructuur in het Leefmilieu (1995), 6

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See detailRespiratory adjustments in unacclimatised horses exercised under hot, humid conditions
Art, Tatiana ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (1995), 18

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a hot and humid environment on the pattern of breathing and the gas exchange in heavily exercising horses. Five healthy fit Standardbred horses ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a hot and humid environment on the pattern of breathing and the gas exchange in heavily exercising horses. Five healthy fit Standardbred horses were investigated twice at 8 day intervals, once in temperate conditions (TC) (ambient temperature: 15°C; relative humidity: 55%) and once in hot and humid conditions (HHC) (ambient temperature: 30°C; relative humidity: 75%). The standardised treadmill exercise test consisted of 8 min warm-up and 8 min exercise (1 min at 1.7, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 m/s and 2 min at 4 m/s with a 6% slope). Running in HHC induced a significant decrease in peak expired minute volume (VE), oxygen uptake (VO2), VCO2 and oxygen pulse, while RQ remained unchanged and PACO2 increased. The changes in skin temperature (ST), i.e. the difference between ST at rest and at 10 m/s, was dramatically higher in HHC. The test induced changes, i.e. the differences between the values before and after the test, in cortisol, (beta-endorphins and plasma lactate (LA) values after the test were significantly higher. This study showed that performing a strenuous exercise in hot, humid conditions in unacclimatised horses induced a reduction of the aerobic capacity, i.e. decrease of the V02 and increase of LA production. A relative hypoventilation could be partly responsible for this observation, but all the steps of the oxygen transport from the pulmonary ventilation to the muscle metabolism could also potentially be impaired in such conditions [less ▲]

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See detailBeyond Borders. West European Migration Policy towards the 21st Century de S. Collinson
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Ethnic and Racial Studies (1995), 18(2), 421-422

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See detail3-Methyl-6-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)-11H-pyrido[2,3-b][1,4]benzodiazepine
Dupont, l; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Rogister, F. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications (1995), C51

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See detailThe hydrophobic effect in protein folding.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg

in FASEB Journal (1995), 9(7), 535-40

In this review of protein folding we consider the noncovalent interactions existing between atoms or molecules at the molecular level. The electrostatic, Van der Waals, hydrogen bonding, and hydrophobic ... [more ▼]

In this review of protein folding we consider the noncovalent interactions existing between atoms or molecules at the molecular level. The electrostatic, Van der Waals, hydrogen bonding, and hydrophobic interactions are described and their contribution to protein conformation is discussed. The growing interest in the hydrophobic effect arises from its importance in the protein folding process, and a semiempirical simulation of the free energy of solvation is proposed. In most proteins, the different forces we describe contribute to the stability of the protein conformation in a complex way. However, in the case of the apolipoproteins and cytochrome C551, the energetic contributions are easily distinguished. For this reason, these proteins are used to illustrate the importance of the different energy fields. [less ▲]

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See detailRhythmic and Electrophysiological Study after Dynamic Cardiomyoplasty
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Waleffe, André ULg; Gobin, Eric ULg et al

in Pacing & Clinical Electrophysiology (1995), 18(5, Pt 1), 965-72

To question the possible proarrhythmic effects of cardiomyoplasty (CMP), six adult goats were submitted to rhythmic and electrophysiological (EP) study 15 days before and 8 months after a posteroanterior ... [more ▼]

To question the possible proarrhythmic effects of cardiomyoplasty (CMP), six adult goats were submitted to rhythmic and electrophysiological (EP) study 15 days before and 8 months after a posteroanterior clockwise CMP procedure using Medtronic Cardiomyostimulator (CMS) (SP1005) and electrodes (SP5528) and completion of a progressive stimulation protocol. Pre and postoperative screening included a surface ECG, 24-hour Holter monitoring, high amplitude and filtered QRS averaging, and invasive EP study performed in the postoperative period with the CMS "ON" and "OFF." One-hour Holter recording with desynchronization of the CMS was obtained. Comparison of pre and postoperative ECG and rhythmic data showed no significant difference. High amplitude QRS averaging did not evidence meeting the usual criteria of late potentials. EP values were stable in both conditions and the aggressive EP program did not show evidence of increased susceptibility to arrhythmias. Asynchronous cardiomyostimulation did not induce arrhythmias. Our data strongly suggest that provided meticulous surgical technique is used, CMP does not significantly interfere with the electrical characteristics of the normal goat heart. The procedure, despite the disturbances it provokes, does not seem to be arrhythmogenic. The function of the CMS was always appropriate, even under stressful EP conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailNonfibrous mineralogical analysis of bronchoalveolar lavage fluid from blast-furnace workers.
CORHAY, Jean-Louis ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg; Delavignette, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Archives of Environmental Health (1995), 50(4), 312-9

Steelworkers are exposed to many pollutants, and they are at risk for developing lung cancer. We demonstrated previously that steelworkers may be subject to an occult exposure to amphiboles in the plant ... [more ▼]

Steelworkers are exposed to many pollutants, and they are at risk for developing lung cancer. We demonstrated previously that steelworkers may be subject to an occult exposure to amphiboles in the plant environment. In the current study, we further analyzed bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of steelworkers by measuring intramacrophagic trace-metal content and nonfibrous mineral particles, using the particle-induced x-ray emission method and electron microscopy, respectively. Forty-seven blast-furnace workers and 45 healthy white-collar workers volunteered for this study. Significantly increased levels of iron, titanium, zinc, and bromine were found in the steelworkers, and levels of lead, chromium, arsenic, and strontium tended to increase in the macrophages and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of the steelworkers. Nonfibrous particles, including illite, kaolinite, talc, chlorite, amorphous silica, quartz, iron (compounds), and titanium hydroxide, were found in both groups, but the particle number per ml bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (particularly iron hydroxides and silicates) was more pronounced in blast-furnace workers. These elements and particles may act synergistically with other occupational carcinogens and cigarette smoke, the result of which may be an increased incidence of lung cancer in the ironsteel industry. [less ▲]

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See detailCabergoline in prolactinomen.
Abs, R.; Verhaert, G.; Demez, Pierre ULg et al

in Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde (1995), 51

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See detailAssociation Of Synthetic Peptide-Fragments Of Human Apolipoprotein-A-I With Phospholipids
Vanloo, B.; Demoor, L.; Boutillon, C. et al

in Journal of Lipid Research (1995), 36(8), 1686-96

The sequences of the plasma apolipoproteins have a high degree of internal homology as they contain several 22-mer internal repeats. These amphipathic helical repeats are considered as the structural and ... [more ▼]

The sequences of the plasma apolipoproteins have a high degree of internal homology as they contain several 22-mer internal repeats. These amphipathic helical repeats are considered as the structural and functional units of this class of proteins. We proposed that the 22-mer repeats of the plasma apolipoproteins consist of 17-mer helical segments separated by extended beta-strands comprising five amino acid residues with a proline in the center of this segment. These beta-strand segments help reverse the orientation of the consecutive helices of apoA-I, A-IV, and E in a discoidal apolipoprotein-phospholipid complex. In order to support this hypothesis, we synthesized apoA-I fragments consisting of, respectively, one putative helix (residues 166-183), one helix plus a beta-strand (residues 161-183), and a pair of helices separated by a beta-strand (residues 145-183). The structural and lipid-binding properties of these peptides were investigated by turbidity, fluorescence, binding studies with unilamellar phospholipid vesicles, electron microscopy, and circular dichroism measurements. Our data show that one single putative helical segment or one helical segment plus one extended beta-strand do not form stable complexes with phospholipids. The addition of a second adjacent helix has no influence on the lipid affinity of the apoA-I 145-183 peptide compared to the shorter segments but substantially improves the stability of the complexes. The helical content of the peptide increases upon lipid association as observed with apoA-I. The complexes generated with the apoA-I 145-183 peptide appear as discoidal particles by negative staining electron microscopy, with heterogeneous sizes ranging between 250 and 450 A. The relative orientation of the peptide and the phospholipid is the same as in a DMPC/apoA-I complex as the helices are oriented parallel to the acyl chains of the phospholipid. However, the stability of these complexes is significantly lower than that of the corresponding DMPC/apoA-I complexes. The transition temperature, fluidity, and cooperativity of the phospholipid bilayer are only weakly affected by the association with the apoA-I 145-183 peptide. These data suggest that a pair of helical peptides linked through a beta-strand associates more tightly with lipids and can form discoidal lipid-peptide complexes, than a single helix. A comparison with the properties of native apoA-I suggests, however, that the cooperativity between pairs of helices in native apoA-I further contributes to strengthen the lipid-protein association. [less ▲]

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See detailInsulinotropic action of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionate. II. Ionophoretic and conformational aspects.
Malaisse, W. J.; Nadi, A. B.; Malaisse-Lagae, F. et al

in General Pharmacology (1995), 26(6), 1319-25

1. The non-sulphonylurea insulinotropic agent sodium (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionate (KAD-1229) was found to display calcium ionophoretic activity in an artificial ... [more ▼]

1. The non-sulphonylurea insulinotropic agent sodium (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionate (KAD-1229) was found to display calcium ionophoretic activity in an artificial membrane model. 2. Conformation analysis indicated that a complex between calcium and KAD-1229, with a 1:2 stoichiometry, indeed displays favourable attributes for ionophoretic activity across a hydrophobic environment. 3. It is speculated that the ionophoretic property of KAD-1229 might participate to the remodelling of cationic fluxes evoked by this insulinotropic agent in pancreatic islet cells. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure and characterization of isopyoverdin from Pseudomonas putida BTP1 and its relation to the biogenetic pathway leading to pyoverdins.
Jacques, Philippe ULg; Ongena, MARC ULg; Gwose, I. et al

in Zeitschrift für Naturforschung. C, Journal of Biosciences (1995), 50(9-10), 622-9

Pyoverdin type siderophores produced by six fluorescent Pseudomonas strains isolated from different rhizospheres were purified and characterized. The purified ferri-pyoverdins were tested for their ... [more ▼]

Pyoverdin type siderophores produced by six fluorescent Pseudomonas strains isolated from different rhizospheres were purified and characterized. The purified ferri-pyoverdins were tested for their ability to promote the growth of other strains grown under iron deficiency conditions. Only the one obtained from Pseudomonas putida BTP1 did not act as a growth promoter. The structure of the BTP1 siderophore was elucidated by spectroscopic methods and degradation studies. It turned out that it contains a chromophore which differs from the one typical for pyoverdins insofar as it carries the carboxyl group in 3- rather than in 1-position ((3S)-5-amino-1,2-dihydro-8,9-dihydroxy-3H-pyrimido[1,2a]quinoline-3- carboxylic acid). The amino group of the chromophore is substituted with the 5-carboxyl group of L-glutamic acid and its carboxyl group with the N-terminus of the peptide L-Asp-L-Ala-L-Asp-D-N5-Ac-N5-OH-Orn-L-Ser-L-c-N5-OH-Orn. This isopyoverdin fits into the biogenetic scheme which postulates ferribactins as the precursors of pyoverdins. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailPulmonary function changes induced by three regimens of bronchodilating agents in calves with acute respiratory distress syndrome
Genicot, Bruno; Close, Roland; Lindsey, J. K. et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1995), 137(8), 183-186

Two aerosolised bronchodilators, one sympathomimetic and one parasympatholytic, were tested either alone or in combination for their ability to improve the pulmonary function of double-muscled calves ... [more ▼]

Two aerosolised bronchodilators, one sympathomimetic and one parasympatholytic, were tested either alone or in combination for their ability to improve the pulmonary function of double-muscled calves suffering from acute respiratory distress syndrome. In control animals treated with 0.9 per cent saline the parameters of pulmonary function and signs of clinical distress did not change significantly within the hour following the first treatment. Among the other animals, both at one hour and seven days after the first treatment, the most clinical improvement was observed in the animals treated with both bronchodilators and the least in the animals treated with clenbuterol hydrochloride. One hour after the first treatment the respiratory system compliance of the animals treated with ipratropium bromide and the arterial oxygen tension of the animals treated with both bronchodilators were significantly enhanced. After seven days the resistive parameters, the rectal temperature and the respiratory rate were also significantly improved in the animals treated with ipratropium bromide or both bronchodilators whereas only the respiratory rate and rectal temperature were significantly reduced in the animals treated with clenbuterol hydrochloride. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation bryologique d'un projet de réinondation par les crues du Rhin: l'exemple de la réserve naturelle d'Erstein (Alsace, France)
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Klein, J. P.; De Zuttere, P.

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1995), 128

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See detailArt (de l'affiche) et pouvoir
Duchesne, Jean-Patrick ULg

in Art&Fact (1995), 14

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See detailBiotinidase Km-variants: detection and detailed biochemical investigations
Suormala, T.; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg; Schweitzer, S. et al

in Journal of inherited metabolic disease (1995), 18(6), 689-700

We describe a simple method for the detection of biotinidase Km-variants and detailed biochemical investigations in 5 such patient. They were detected among 103 patients with plasma biotinidase activity ... [more ▼]

We describe a simple method for the detection of biotinidase Km-variants and detailed biochemical investigations in 5 such patient. They were detected among 103 patients with plasma biotinidase activity which ranged from undetectable to 30% of the mean normal value. Two different types of biotinidase Km-variants were found. (1) In 3 infants biotinidase had a single 105-430-fold elevated Km for biocytin. Biotinidase showed very low activities (0.2-4% of the mean normal value) in the routine colorimetric assay and was not functional in vivo. Accordingly, these patients presented with classical clinical illness. (2) In two patients biotinidase showed biphasic kinetics indicating the presence of one component with a normal Km and reduced Vmax (1.7% and 12%), and another with 330- and 59-fold elevated Km, respectively. In these two patients, biotinidase proved to be at least partially functional in vivo. However, the first patient developed severe symptoms and biotin deficiency late, at the age of 10-15 years, and the second had marginal biotin deficiency at the age of 2 years but no clinical symptoms. Comparative studies revealed that both patients had more severe biotin deficiency than age-matched patients with similar levels of residual biotinidase activity and a single normal Km. Therefore, all patients with residual biotinidase activity should be evaluated for the presence of a Km-mutation, since such patients should be treated with biotin. These can easily be detected by including a second substrate concentration (1.5 mmol/L) in the routine colorimetric biotinidase assay which is performed with 0.15 mmol/L biotin. Increased activity with the higher substrate concentration indicates the presence of a Km-mutation. Detailed kinetic studies are needed to evaluate the distinct forms of Km-variants. [less ▲]

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See detailDescription et interprétation stratigraphique de quatre sondages dans le Secondaire de la Gaume (Neulimont, Aubange, Saint-Mard et Toernich)
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Delsate, D.; Maubeuge, P. L.

in Professional Paper Belgian Geological Survey (1995), 277

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See detailSurgery for Occlusive Renal Artery Disease: Immediate and Long-Term Results
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Lombet, P.; Creemers, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1995), 95(1, Jan-Feb), 1-10

A retrospective study is presented concerning 115 patients submitted to renal artery surgery from 1978 to 1990, and observed during 2 to 15 years. Included are 69 men and 46 women, aged 14 to 84 years ... [more ▼]

A retrospective study is presented concerning 115 patients submitted to renal artery surgery from 1978 to 1990, and observed during 2 to 15 years. Included are 69 men and 46 women, aged 14 to 84 years (mean: 58.8 years). The underlying occlusive arterial disease was atherosclerosis in 87 patients, fibromuscular dysplasia in 21, and miscellaneous causes in 7 cases. One hundred and one patients (88%) were hypertensive. Some degree of impaired renal excretory function (serum creatinine level above 16 mg/l) was present in 30% (n = 42) of the patients, whereas 11 patients had severe renal insufficiency (creatinemia above 30 mg/l). Primary nephrectomy was performed in 11 patients as sole procedure and was associated with contralateral revascularization in another 9 patients. A variety of types of arterial reconstruction was performed, although more than half of the procedures were aortorenal bypass grafts. Bilateral procedures were performed in 19 cases. Simultaneous extrarenal operations included aortic reconstruction (n = 43), mesenteric arterial repair (n = 8), and carotid endarterectomy (n = 5). Operative mortality (9/115, 7.8%) varied considerably between the subgroups: 4% for group I (hypertension alone, n = 73), 15% for group II (renal impairment with or without hypertension, n = 34), and 12.5% for group III (acute renal failure, n = 8). There were 3 late non procedure-related in-hospital deaths. Preoperative renal insufficiency was the only independent predictive risk factor for operative death. The procedure was curative or led to improved blood pressure control in 79% (80/101) of hypertensive patients. The response rate was better for recent onset hypertension, compared to long-standing hypertension. Of the 42 azotemic patients, 78% had a benefit (improvement in 50%, stabilization in 28%) of renal revascularization. Associated longstanding hypertension had a negative prognostic value. Sequential clinical and functional follow-up evaluations are available on 99 of the 103 surviving patients. Cumulative 5-year survival is 87%. Cardiovascular causes account for most (11/15) of the late deaths.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailViability of cloned bovine embryos after one or two cycles of nuclear transfer and in vitro culture
Ectors, Fabien ULg; Delval, Alain; Smith, Lawrence et al

in Theriogenology (1995), 44

We described an exclusively in vitro procedure for cloning and recloning bovine embryos. Embryos obtained by IVM/IVF/IVC developed to the morula stage were used as blastomere donors in cunjunction with ... [more ▼]

We described an exclusively in vitro procedure for cloning and recloning bovine embryos. Embryos obtained by IVM/IVF/IVC developed to the morula stage were used as blastomere donors in cunjunction with IVM recipient oocytes. Reconstructed embryos were developed in vitro in co-culture using bovine oviductal epithelial cells. The resulting morulae were used as donors for recloning under the same experimental conditions. No significant difference was observed between cloning and recloning in terms of development (rates of blastocysts: 12.9 versus 14.9%), in the number of nuclei per blastocyst (63.8 versus 49.1), or in pregnancy rates (35.7 versus 33.3%). The high variability observed between replicates and the correlation between results in first and second cycle nuclear transfer may suggest an inherant potential of individual donor embryos to support development by cloning [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle de l'industrie de l'assurance dans le pilotage de la sécurité privée et de la politique de prévention
Lemaître, André ULg

in Déviance et Société (1995), 19(N°2), 159-168

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See detailEntre sémantique et syntaxe. Pour une classification des lexèmes verbaux en néo-égyptien
Winand, Jean ULg

in Lingua Aegyptia [= LingAeg] (1995), 4

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See detailHuman germinal center CD4+CD57+ T cells act differently on B cells than do classical T-helper cells.
Bouzahzah, F.; Bosseloir, A.; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Developmental Immunology (1995), 4(3), 189-97

We have isolated two subtypes of helper T cells from human tonsils: CD4+CD57+ cells, mostly located in the germinal center (GC), and CD4+CD57- cells, distributed through the interfollicular areas but also ... [more ▼]

We have isolated two subtypes of helper T cells from human tonsils: CD4+CD57+ cells, mostly located in the germinal center (GC), and CD4+CD57- cells, distributed through the interfollicular areas but also present in the GC. In a functional study, we have compared the capacities of these T-cell subtypes to stimulate B cells in cocultures. In order to block T-cell proliferation while maintaining their activation level, we pretreated isolated T cells with mitomycin C prior to culture in the presence of B cells and added polyclonal activators such as PHA and Con A, combined or not with IL-2. Contrary to CD4+ CD57- cells, CD4+CD57+ cells did not markedly enhance B-cell proliferation. Even when sIgD.B cells typical of germinal center cells were tested, the CD4+CD57+ cells had no significant effect. This is in accordance with the location of these cells: They mainly occupy the light zones of the GC where few B cells divide. Even when added to preactivated, actively proliferating cells, CD4+CD57 cells failed to modulate B-cell multiplication. On the supernatants of B-cell-T-cell cocultures, we examined by the ELISA technique the effect of T cells on Ig synthesis. Contrary to CD57+ T cells, whose effect was strong, CD57- T cells weakly stimulated Ig synthesis. More IgM than IgG was generally found. Because CD57 antigen is a typical marker of natural killer cells, we tested the cytolytic activity of tonsillar CD4+CD57+ cells on K562 target cells. Unlike NK cells, neither CD4+CD57+ nor CD4+CD57- cells exhibit any cytotoxicity. Thus, germinal center CD4+CD57+ cells are not cytolytic and do not strongly stimulate either B-cell proliferation or Ig secretion. CD4+CD57- cells, however, enhance B-cell proliferation and differentiation, thus acting like the classical helper cells of the T-dependent areas. [less ▲]

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See detailÀ propos des graphies dans les Late Ramesside Letters
Winand, Jean ULg

in Lingua Aegyptia [= LingAeg] (1995), 4

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See detailPhospholipid-Binding And Lecithin-Cholesterol Acyltransferase Activation Properties Of Apolipoprotein-A-I Mutants
Holvoet, P.; Zhao, Za.; Vanloo, B. et al

in Biochemistry (1995), 34(41), 13334-42

Recombinant human apolipoprotein A-I (apo A-I) and three deletion mutants: apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243), purified from the periplasmic space ... [more ▼]

Recombinant human apolipoprotein A-I (apo A-I) and three deletion mutants: apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243), purified from the periplasmic space of Escherichia coli, were studied. The rate of turbidity decrease following mixing of apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243) with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) vesicles at 23 degrees C was 10-fold lower than that of the other apo A-I proteins, confirming that the carboxy-terminal region of apo A-I plays a role in rapid lipid binding. The Stokes radii of reconstituted high-density lipoproteins (rHDL), containing dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine and cholesterol, were larger for the three apo A-I mutants [6.3 nm for apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), 6.1 nm for apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and 6.5 nm for apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243)] than for intact apo A-I (5.0 nm). The mutant rHDL all contained 4 apo A-I molecules per particle as compared to 2 for intact apo A-I. Circular dichroism measurements revealed 8 alpha-helices per apo A-I molecule, 5 per apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), 6 per apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and 4 per apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243) molecule as compared to predicted values of 8, 5, 6, and 6 alpha-helices, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailThe importance of liposomes as models and tools in the understanding of photosensitization mechanisms
Hoebeke, Maryse ULg

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1995), 28(3), 189-196

The various applications of liposomes in understanding photosensitization are described in this paper, with particular emphasis on the various kinds of information that these models allow to obtain in ... [more ▼]

The various applications of liposomes in understanding photosensitization are described in this paper, with particular emphasis on the various kinds of information that these models allow to obtain in phototherapy. Liposomes are simple vesicles in which an aqueous phase is enclosed by a phospholipidic membrane. They are suitable models mimicking specific situations occurring <br />m vivo and they allow study of the influence of physieochemieal, photobioiogieal and biochemical factors on the uptake of photosensitizers by tissues, their mechanisms of action and the subsequent photoinduced tumor necrosis. Moreover, solubilization of the sensitizer into the bilayer seems to improve its tumoral selectivity and its photodynamic efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailSerological and cutaneous testing of bovine tuberculosis with the A60 antigen complex from Mycobacterium bovis, strain Calmette-Guérin
Saegerman, Claude ULg

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (1995), 23

A60, a major thermostable macromolecular antigen complex of Mycobacterium bovis strain Calmette-Guerin (BCG), is immunodominant in tuberculosis and able to elicit both humoral and cellular immune ... [more ▼]

A60, a major thermostable macromolecular antigen complex of Mycobacterium bovis strain Calmette-Guerin (BCG), is immunodominant in tuberculosis and able to elicit both humoral and cellular immune reactions in infected hosts. A60-based ELISA and cutaneous tests have been used, in conjunction with the PPD-based skin reaction, in a control group of healthy animals, and in a herd including tuberculous animals. Cutaneous testing with A60 yielded results comparable with those with PPD: both were negative with control cattle and positive with infected animals. Moreover, comparative cutaneous testing with avian tuberculin yielded similar results with PPD and A60. When animals from the infected herd were tested with both avian and bovine sensitins, 54% of cattle were diagnosed as fully positive, 26% suspect, and 20% negative. Serological analysis with the A60-ELISA of part of the infected herd yielded 74% positive, 21% suspect and 5% negative results. Thus, positivity was 74% for serological analysis and 54% for cutaneous testing, whereas positive plus suspect results were 95% for serological analysis and 80% for cutaneous testing. It can be concluded that A60 can be used in place of PPD for cutaneous testing in cattle, and that the diagnostic value of the A60-ELISA is superior to that of the PPD-cutaneous test. [less ▲]

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