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See detailL'engoument pour la "Cène" de Léonard de Vinci à la cour de France, sous les règnes de Louis XII et de François Ier
Fagnart, Laure ULg

in Bulletin des amis du château et des musées de Blois (2002), 33

Cette contribution présente les copies de la "Cène" de Léonard de Vinci qui ont été réalisées à la demande de Français dans la première moitié du XVIe siècle. Elle s’attache à comprendre comment et ... [more ▼]

Cette contribution présente les copies de la "Cène" de Léonard de Vinci qui ont été réalisées à la demande de Français dans la première moitié du XVIe siècle. Elle s’attache à comprendre comment et pourquoi autant de Français, souvent en poste dans l’administration française à Milan, ont commandé des copies du chef-d’œuvre du maître italien, définissant de ce fait les mécanismes de l’engouement pour la peinture murale à la cour de France, sous les règnes de Louis XII et de François Ier. [less ▲]

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See detailRéplication, clivage-encapsidation et recombinaison de l'ADN des herpèsvirus
Schynts, Frédéric; Meurens, François; Muylkens, Benoît ULg et al

in Virologie (2002), 6

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See detailLa forêt et la protection du sol dans le cadre d'aménagement forestiers intégrés
Huart, O.; Adam, V.; Quevy, B. et al

in Fiche technique (2002), (14),

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See detailNew in situ generated ruthenium catalysts bearing N-heterocyclic carbene ligands for the ring-opening metathesis polymerization of cyclooctene
Delaude, Lionel ULg; Szypa, Magdalena; Demonceau, Albert ULg et al

in Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis (2002), 344(6-7), 749-756

New 1,3-diarylimidazol(in)ium chlorides bearing phenyl, 1-naphthyl, 4-biphenyl, 2-tolyl, 2,6-dimethylphenyl, and 3,5-dimethylphenyl substituents were synthesized. They were combined with [RuCl2 (p-cymene ... [more ▼]

New 1,3-diarylimidazol(in)ium chlorides bearing phenyl, 1-naphthyl, 4-biphenyl, 2-tolyl, 2,6-dimethylphenyl, and 3,5-dimethylphenyl substituents were synthesized. They were combined with [RuCl2 (p-cymene)](2) and potassium tert-butoxide or sodium hydride to generate the corresponding ruthenium-N-heterocyclic carbene complexes in situ. Catalyst precursors derived from imidazol(in)ium salts bearing the 2,4,6-trimethylphenyl (mesityl) and the 2,6-diisopropylphenyl groups were also prepared. The catalytic activity of all these species in the photoinduced ring-opening metathesis polymerization of cyclooctene was investigated. The C4-C5 double bond in the imidazole ring of the N-heterocyclic carbene ligands was not crucial to achieve high catalytic efficiencies. The presence or the absence of alkyl groups on the ortho positions of the phenyl rings had a more pronounced influence. Blocking all the ortho positions was a requisite for obtaining efficient catalysts. Failure to do so probably results in the ortho-metallation of the carbene ligand, thereby altering the coordination sphere of the ruthenium active centers. [less ▲]

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See detailRéanimation cardiopulmonaire chez la femme enceinte
Brichant, Jean-François ULg; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Bonhomme, Vincent ULg et al

in Praticien en Anesthésie Réanimation (Le) (2002), 6

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See detailSplit face study on the cutaneous tensile effect of 2-dimethylaminoethanol (deanol) gel.
Uhoda, Isabelle; Faska, Najat; Robert, Caroline et al

in Skin Research & Technology (2002), 8(3), 164-7

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Beyond subjective assessments, the effect of skin tensors is difficult to assess. The present 2-phase randomized double-blind split face study was designed to compare the effect of a gel ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Beyond subjective assessments, the effect of skin tensors is difficult to assess. The present 2-phase randomized double-blind split face study was designed to compare the effect of a gel containing 3% 2-dimethylaminoethanol (deanol, DMAE) with the same formulation without DMAE. METHODS: In a first pilot study, sensorial assessments and measures of the skin distension under suction were performed in eight volunteers. In a second study conducted in 30 volunteers, shear wave propagation was measured. RESULTS: Large interindividual variations precluded any significant finding in the first study. The DMAE formulation showed, however, a significant effect characterized by increased shear wave velocity in the direction where the mechanical anisotropy of skin showed looseness. CONCLUSION: The DMAE formulation under investigation increased skin firmness. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic study of the acid hydrolysis of various oligofructose samples
Blecker, Christophe ULg; Fougnies, C.; Van Herck, J. C. et al

in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (2002), 50(6), 1602-1607

The kinetic of acid hydrolysis of five commercially available oligofructose samples used as food ingredients has been investigated as a function of the dry matter concentration, reaction pH, and ... [more ▼]

The kinetic of acid hydrolysis of five commercially available oligofructose samples used as food ingredients has been investigated as a function of the dry matter concentration, reaction pH, and temperature. The initial fructose release rate is found to be roughly proportional to the inverse of the average polymerization degree in number. A pseudo first order kinetic is found with respect to the fructosyl chain end concentration and to the proton concentration. Arrhenius plot is found to reasonably fit the data in a relatively wide temperature range (7-130 degreesC). The results allow the estimation of the fructose release rate in many foodstuff processing conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling [F-18]MPPF positron emission tomography kinetics for the determination of 5-hydroxytryptamine(1A) receptor concentration with multiinjection
Costes, Nicolas; Merlet, I.; Zimmer, L. et al

in Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism (2002), 22

The selectivity of [F-18]MPPF (fluorine-18-labeled 4-(2'-methoxyphenyl)-1-[2'-(N-2"-pirydynyl)-p-fluorobenzamido]ethylpiperazine) for serotonergic 5-hydroxytryptamine(1A) (5-HT1A) receptors has been ... [more ▼]

The selectivity of [F-18]MPPF (fluorine-18-labeled 4-(2'-methoxyphenyl)-1-[2'-(N-2"-pirydynyl)-p-fluorobenzamido]ethylpiperazine) for serotonergic 5-hydroxytryptamine(1A) (5-HT1A) receptors has been established in animals and humans. The authors quantified the parameters of ligand-receptor exchanges using a double-injection protocol. After injection of a tracer and a coinjection dose of [F-18]MPPF, dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) data Were acquired during a 160-minute session in five healthy males. These PET and magnetic resonance imaging data were coregistered for anatomical identification. A three-compartment model was used to determine six parameters: F-v (vascular fraction). K-1, k(2) (plasma/free compartment exchange rate). k(off). k(on)/V-r (association and dissociation rate), B-max (receptor concentration), and to deduce K-d (apparent equilibrium dissociation rate). The model was fitted with regional PET kinetics and arterial input function corrected for metabolites. Analytical distribution volume and binding potential Were compared With indices generated by Logan-Patlak graphical analysis. The 5HT(1A) specificity for MPPF was evidenced. A B-max of 2.9 pmol/mL and a K-d of 2.8 nmol/L were found in hippocampal regions, K-d and distribution volume in the free compartment were regionally stable. and the Logan binding potential was linearly correlated to B-max. This study confirms the value of MPPF in the investigation of normal and pathologic systems involving the limbic network and 5-HT1A receptors. Standard values can be used for the simulation of simplified protocols. [less ▲]

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See detailLes facteurs neurotrophiques : un mythe thérapeutique ?
Rogister, Bernard ULg

in Ahead in Neurology (2002), 5(1), 3-20

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See detailResponses and adaptations of Episyrphus balteatus and Adalia bipunctata to allelochemicals from Brassicaceae plant through their preys
Vanhaelen, Nicolas; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gaspar, Charles et al

in International Symposium on Ecology of Aphidophaga (2002)

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See detailLeukemic target susceptibility to natural killer cytotoxicity: relationship with BCR-ABL expression.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Turhan, Ali G; Giron-Michel, Julien et al

in Blood (2002), 99(6), 2107-13

Chronic myeloid leukemia is a clonal myeloproliferative expansion of transformed primitive hematopoietic progenitor cells characterized by high-level expression of BCR-ABL chimeric gene, which induces ... [more ▼]

Chronic myeloid leukemia is a clonal myeloproliferative expansion of transformed primitive hematopoietic progenitor cells characterized by high-level expression of BCR-ABL chimeric gene, which induces growth factor independence. However, the influence of BCR-ABL expression on cell-mediated cytotoxicity is poorly understood. In the present study, we asked whether BCR-ABL expression interferes with leukemic target sensitivity to natural killer (NK) cell cytolysis. Our approach was based on the use of 2 BCR-ABL transfectants of the pluripotent hematopoietic cell line UT-7 expressing low (UT-7/E8, UT-7/G6) and high (UT-7/9) levels of BCR-ABL. As effector cells, we used CD56(bright), CD16-, CD2- NK cells differentiated in vitro from CD34 cord blood progenitors. We demonstrated that BCR-ABL transfectants UT-7/9 were lysed by NK cells with a higher efficiency than parental and low UT-7/E8.1 and UT-7/G6 transfectants. This enhanced susceptibility to lysis correlated with an increase in expression of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) by target cells. Treatment of UT-7/9 cells by STI571 (a specific inhibitor of the abl kinase) resulted in a decrease in NK susceptibility to lysis and ICAM-1 down-regulation in target cells. Furthermore, the constitutive activation of nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) detected in BCR-ABL transfectant UT-7/9, was significantly attenuated when cells were treated by STI571. Interestingly, inhibition of NF-kappaB activation by BAY11-67082 (a specific NF-kappaB inhibitor) resulted in down-regulation of ICAM-1 expression and a subsequent decrease in NK-induced killing of UT-7/9 transfectants. Our results show that oncogenic transformation by BCR-ABL may increase susceptibility of leukemic progenitors to NK cell cytotoxicity by a mechanism involving overexpression of ICAM-1 as a consequence of NF-kappaB activation. [less ▲]

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See detailHow to substantiate eradication of bovine brucellosis when aspecific serological reactions occur in the course of brucellosis testing.
Godfroid, Jacques; Saegerman, Claude ULg; Wellemans, Vincent et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 90(1-4), 461-77

Collaborative work was financed by the EU to develop and assess new diagnostic tools that can differentiate between bovine brucellosis and bovine infections due to Yersinia enterocolitica O:9 either in ... [more ▼]

Collaborative work was financed by the EU to develop and assess new diagnostic tools that can differentiate between bovine brucellosis and bovine infections due to Yersinia enterocolitica O:9 either in conjunction with, or as an alternative to, the classical serological, bacteriological or allergic skin tests. Sixteen heifers were experimentally infected with Brucella abortus biovar 1 (five heifers), Brucella suis biovar 2 (two heifers), Y. enterocolitica O:9 (six heifers) and Y. enterocolitica O:3 (three heifers). Four heifers, naturally infected with Y. enterocolitica O:9 that presented aspecific brucellosis serological reactions were also included in the experiment. A self-limited infection was induced in cattle by B. suis biovar 2. All the brucellosis serological tests used, i.e. the slow agglutination test (SAW), the Rose Bengal test (RB), the complement fixation test (CFT), indirect and competitive ELISA's, lacked specificity when used to analyze sera from Y. enterocolitica O:9 infected animals. A Yersinia outer membrane proteins (YOPs)-ELISA was also used and although the test is able to detect a Yersinia group infection, it provided no evidence of whether or not there is a possible brucellosis infection when dual infections are present. The brucellergen IFN-gamma test showed a lack of specificity also. The only test that was proven to be specific is the brucellergen skin test. All brucellosis serological tests, except the indirect ELISA, were limited in their ability to detect B. abortus persistently infected animals. Based on these experimental studies, a strategy was implemented as part of the year 2001 Belgian Brucellosis Eradication Program to substantiate the eradication of bovine brucellosis. Epidemiological inquiries have identified risk factors associated with aspecific serological reactions, possible transmission and infection of cattle by B. suis biovar 2 from infected wild boars; and both legal and administrative measures taken by the veterinary services. No cases of bovine brucellosis have been confirmed in Belgium since March 2000. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of incidental and intentional feature binding on recognition: a behavioural and PET activation study
Lekeu, Françoise ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

in Neuropsychologia (2002), 40(2), 131-144

Using Positron Emission Tomography (PET), we investigated cerebral regions associated with the episodic recognition of words alone and words bound to contextual colours. Two modes of colour encoding were ... [more ▼]

Using Positron Emission Tomography (PET), we investigated cerebral regions associated with the episodic recognition of words alone and words bound to contextual colours. Two modes of colour encoding were tested: incidental and intentional word-to-colour binding. Word-only recognition was associated with brain activation in a lexico-semantic left middle temporal region and in the cerebellum following an incidental colour encoding, and with brain activation in the left posterior middle frontal gyrus, right anterior cingulate and right inferior frontal gyrus following an intentional encoding. Recognition of bound features was associated with activation in left prefrontal and superior parietal regions following an incidental colour encoding, and with preferential right prefrontal cortex activation following an intentional colour encoding. Our results are in line with the hypothesis of a parietal involvement in context processing, and prefrontal areas in monitoring retrieval processes. Our results also support the hypothesis of a 'cortical asymmetry for reflective activity' (CARA). [less ▲]

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See detailPISA : une enquête en suspicion légitime
Dumortier, Jean-Louis ULg

in Lettre de la DFLM (2002), 30

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See detailHamstring muscle strain recurrence and strength performance disorders
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Namurois, Marie-Hélène ULg et al

in American Journal of Sports Medicine (2002), 30(2, Mar-Apr), 199-203

We determined the frequency of strength disorders in 26 athletes with a history of hamstring muscle injury and recurrent strains and discomfort. We also assessed the effectiveness of rehabilitation to ... [more ▼]

We determined the frequency of strength disorders in 26 athletes with a history of hamstring muscle injury and recurrent strains and discomfort. We also assessed the effectiveness of rehabilitation to correct muscle performance. After concentric and eccentric isokinetic assessment, 18 athletes were found to have strength deficits, as determined by statistically selected cutoffs of peak torque, bilateral differences, and the flexors/quadriceps ratio. The discriminating character of the eccentric trial was demonstrated, combining a preferential eccentric peak torque deficit and a significant reduction of the mixed eccentric flexors/concentric quadriceps ratio. The athletes with muscle imbalances followed a rehabilitation program individually adapted from their strength profile. Treatment length was from 10 to 30 sessions and resulted in isokinetic parameter normalization in 17 of 18 subjects. Isokinetically corrected subjects were observed for 12 months after return to athletics. None sustained a clinically diagnosed hamstring muscle reinjury. Subjective intensity of pain and discomfort were significantly reduced, and they all returned to their prior level of competition. These results demonstrate that persistent muscle strength abnormalities may give rise to recurrent hamstring injuries and discomfort. An individualized rehabilitation program emphasizing eccentric training based on specific deficits contributes to a decrease in symptoms on return to sports. [less ▲]

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See detailDes risques modernes à la société réflexive : pour une autre approche du (bio)terrorisme
Claisse, Frédéric ULg; Brunet, Sébastien ULg; Rogister, Yves

in Ethique Publique, Revue internationale d’éthique sociétale et gouvernementale (2002), 4(n°2), 115-136

Au départ de quelques normes de portée nationale et internationale dont l'examen souligne la difficulté de parvenir à une définition opératoire du terrorisme, cet article propose un cadrage alternatif du ... [more ▼]

Au départ de quelques normes de portée nationale et internationale dont l'examen souligne la difficulté de parvenir à une définition opératoire du terrorisme, cet article propose un cadrage alternatif du phénomène terroriste fondé sur le paradigme des "risques réflexifs". Sous cet éclairage, le risque terroriste agit comme un véritable révélateur du rapport à notre environnement politique, social et technique: il est l'occasion de mettre en évidence des rapports de force, des relations politiques de domination et de dépendance qui constituent le contexte structurel de conflits locaux, régionaux ou internationaux; mais aussi, plus indirectement, en venant nous rappeler la vulnérabilité de nos collectifs, de plus en plus basés sur le fonctionnement en réseaux, l'interdépendance et le développement de macro-systèmes techniques. Il plaide pour une meilleure prise en compte de la dimension proprement politique du terrorisme et, plus largement, pour un basculement global vers un modèle de société ouverte plus sensible à des facteurs de risque trouvant leur origine dans nos propres pratiques et notre rapport au monde. Comme fil conducteur, des exemples empruntés au bioterrorisme, en ce que le phénomène paraît emblématique de la réflexivité des risques modernes. [less ▲]

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See detailA double-blind placebo-controlled study of ketoconazole + desonide gel combination in the treatment of facial seborrheic dermatitis.
Pierard, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 344-7

BACKGROUND: The pathobiology of seborrheic dermatitis is rooted in a peculiar inflammatory reaction to Malassezia spp. Both topical corticosteroids and antifungals are routinely used with success, either ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The pathobiology of seborrheic dermatitis is rooted in a peculiar inflammatory reaction to Malassezia spp. Both topical corticosteroids and antifungals are routinely used with success, either singly or in combination. OBJECTIVE: To assess the effect of a new combination therapy in this condition. METHODS: Eighteen patients with facial seborrheic dermatitis were treated in a pilot double-blind trial with an anhydrous gel containing the combination of 2% ketoconazole and 0.05% desonide (n = 9) or the unmedicated gel (n = 9). The products were applied once daily for 3 consecutive weeks. Disease severity was assessed at the start and weekly during treatment, as well as 2, 4 and 8 weeks after the end of treatment or at the time of recurrence. The overall clinical assessments were performed using a visual analogue scale. Objective measurements included squamometry X after harvesting the stratum corneum and the erythema index yielded by narrow-band reflectance spectrophotometry. Data were evaluated in an intent-to-treat analysis. RESULTS: The combination therapy yielded reductions in the overall clinical symptom severity of 49, 84 and 92% after 1, 2 and 3 weeks of treatment, respectively. The corresponding improvements with the placebo gel were significantly smaller (p < 0.01), reaching 23, 29 and 42% at successive 1-week intervals. At the end of the 3-week treatment, the clinical signs had completely subsided in 6/9 patients treated with the medicated gel and in only 1/9 patients using the placebo gel. Thus, the clinical response rate was significantly faster (p < 0.01) with the combination therapy than with the vehicle. Differences between the treatment groups using objective noninvasive assessments were also significantly (p < 0.01) in favor of the combination therapy. The squamometry X measurements showed 47, 67 and 74% improvements with the combination gel after 1, 2 and 3 weeks, respectively. The corresponding values with the placebo gel were 34, 46 and 53%, respectively. The erythema index was almost completely reduced to normal at week 2 of treatment in contrast with about 50% reduction with the unmedicated vehicle. None of the patients reported any side effects. CONCLUSION: The combination of ketoconazole with desonide in an anhydrous gel is well tolerated and proves to be significantly more effective than the vehicle for treating facial seborrheic dermatitis. The fast response to treatment and the limited additional improvement between weeks 2 and 3 of the treatment suggest that this combination product may be efficacious with once daily applications for 2 weeks. These data call for expanded studies comparing each single compound, the vehicle and the combination therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailInstrumental non-invasive assessments of cosmetic efficacy.
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (2002), 1(2), 57-8

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See detailErythropoietin improves quality of life--a response.
Bottomley, Andrew; Thomas, Ronald; Van Steen, Kristel ULg et al

in Lancet Oncology (2002), 3(9), 527

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See detailLe GPS et la Physique
Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Strivay, David ULg; Bastin, Thierry ULg

in Science and Culture (2002), 380

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See detailCollision-induced dissociation of 16-mer DNA duplexes with various sequences: evidence for conservation of the double helix conformation in the gas phase
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in International Journal of Mass Spectrometry (2002), 219(1), 151-159

The MS/MS of 11 different 16-mer non-self-complementary DNA duplexes with various sequences has been under-taken with a quadrupole-TOF hybrid instrument, The comparison of the dissociation yields for ... [more ▼]

The MS/MS of 11 different 16-mer non-self-complementary DNA duplexes with various sequences has been under-taken with a quadrupole-TOF hybrid instrument, The comparison of the dissociation yields for complexes having different amounts of GC base pairs, though complicated by side-reactions like single-strand fragmentation, confirms the effect of the number of GC base pairs. More importantly, for complexes containing the same fraction of GC and different base sequences, the fragmentation yield remarkably parallels the DeltaH(diss) in solution calculated by a nearest-neighbor model for B-DNA. In addition to specific hydrogen bonding interactions, base stacking interactions also seem to survive in the gas phase and the conformation is conserved in the gas phase. Moreover, we have studied the uneven partition of the negative charges between the single strands, which was found to be directed by the nature of the terminal bases exclusively, and correlated with the gas-phase acidities of the (sugar-phosphate-sugar-base) species. [less ▲]

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See detailInfo-congres. Essai de prevention du diabete de type 1 par le nicotinamide: les lecons positives d'un essai clinique negatif (ENDIT).
Philips, Jean-Christophe ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(10), 672-5

ENDIT ("European Nicotinamide Diabetes Intervention Trial") is a large placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial that aimed at studying the efficacy of nicotinamide in the prevention of type 1 diabetes ... [more ▼]

ENDIT ("European Nicotinamide Diabetes Intervention Trial") is a large placebo-controlled randomised clinical trial that aimed at studying the efficacy of nicotinamide in the prevention of type 1 diabetes mellitus among first-degree relatives of type 1 diabetic patients with positive islet cell antibodies (ICA). The results presented at the last congress of the European Association for the Study of Diabetes (EASD) in Budapest do not evidence any significant difference in the risk of developing overt diabetes mellitus in the patients treated with nicotinamide (n = 274) as compared to those receiving placebo (n = 275) after 5 years of follow-up. Despite these negative results, positive lessons could be drawn from ENDIT: 1) the feasibility of a large long-standing multicentre European trial in a difficult research area; 2) the importance of large randomised controlled clinical trials to bring the evidence requested by "Evidence-Based Medicine"; 3) the predictive value of various risk markers to progress toward type 1 diabetes in first-degree relatives, especially the number of positive auto-antibodies; and 4) the urgent need to continue intensive research in this important field of preventive medicine. [less ▲]

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See detailSerotonin, personality and borderline personality disorder
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg

in Acta Neuropsychiatrica (2002), 14(2), 66-70

Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters implicated in normal personality Many psychobiological models of personality include,some dimensions related to serotonin. For instance, the harm avoidance ... [more ▼]

Serotonin is one of the neurotransmitters implicated in normal personality Many psychobiological models of personality include,some dimensions related to serotonin. For instance, the harm avoidance dimension of the blosocial model developed by Cloninger is related to serotonergic activity Higher scores on the harm avoidance dimension should theoretically reflect increased serotonergic activity However, correlation studies related serotonin activity to harm avoidance dimension have not yielded consistent findings. These controversial results are probably related to the complexity of the neurotransmitter systems, and the different assessment techniques used in these studies. Finally, recent genetic studies have examined the association between personality dimensions and serotonergic receptor polymorphisms with mixed results. Serotonin is not only related to some dimensions of normal personality Several psychopathological disorders are associated with serotonergic dysfunction. More particularly, borderline personality disorder (BPD) can be defined by many of the symptoms associated with serotonergic dysregulation, including affective lability, suicidal behaviours, impulsivity and loss of impulse control. Indeed, several reports have demonstrated the efficacy of selective serotonin re-uptake drugs in treating the depressive and impulsive symptoms of patients with BPD. Moreover, some challenge studies have reported a lower serotonergic activity in BPD. Because these challenges are not specific, we have assessed the serotonergic activity in BPD with the flesinoxan challenge. Preliminary results showed that the prolactine responses to flesinoxan were significantly lower in BPD patients compared to those observed in controls. [less ▲]

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See detailAcarbose for type 2 diabetes prevention.
Scheen, André ULg

in Lancet (2002), 360(9344), 15161517

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See detailOn-line fruit grading according to their external quality using machine vision
Leemans, Vincent ULg; Magein, Hugo ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Biosystems Engineering (2002), 83(4), 397-404

This paper presents apple grading into four classes according to European standards. Two varieties were tested: Golden Delicious and Jonagold. The image database included more than a 1000 images of fruits ... [more ▼]

This paper presents apple grading into four classes according to European standards. Two varieties were tested: Golden Delicious and Jonagold. The image database included more than a 1000 images of fruits (528 Golden Delicious, 642 Jonagold) belonging to the three acceptable categories-Extra, I and II-and the reject (each class represents, respectively, about 60, 10 and 20% of the sample size). The image grading was achieved in six steps: image acquisition; ground colour classification; defect segmentation; calyx and stem recognition; defects characterisation and finally the fruit classification into quality classes. The proposed method for apple external quality grading showed correct classification rates of 78 and 72%, for Golden Delicious and Jonagold apples, respectively. Taking into account that the healthy fruit were far better graded and considering that this class was under represented in the sample compared with the fruit population, the results of the proposed method (an error rate which drops to 5 and 10%, respectively) are compatible with the requirements of European standards. (C) 2002 Silsoe Research Institute. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailUne allergie conjugale exacerbée: les dermatoses par procuration.
Martalo, O.; Fraiture, A. L.; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(5), 320-3

A young woman presented two distinct vesiculobullous dermatoses sharing in common her husband's imputability. She suffered from contact dermatitis due to colophony used by her husband who was violinist ... [more ▼]

A young woman presented two distinct vesiculobullous dermatoses sharing in common her husband's imputability. She suffered from contact dermatitis due to colophony used by her husband who was violinist. During her second pregnancy, pemphigoid gestationis was diagnosed. This autoimmune disease is directed to the father's HLA class II present on the placenta. The same antibodies also interact with the dermo-epidermal junction in the mother where they induce blisters. [less ▲]

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See detailThe beneficial toxicity paradox of antimicrobials in leg ulcer healing impaired by a polymicrobial flora: a proof-of-concept study.
Fumal, I.; Braham, C.; Paquet, Philippe ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204 Suppl 1

BACKGROUND: Some of the views contrasting the beneficial and toxic effects of antimicrobials upon wound healing remain controversial. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical relevance of histological findings ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Some of the views contrasting the beneficial and toxic effects of antimicrobials upon wound healing remain controversial. OBJECTIVE: To assess the clinical relevance of histological findings following antimicrobial applications on chronic leg ulcers. METHOD: The present study was performed in three parallel groups of 17 patients suffering from at least 2 similar chronic leg ulcers. Clinical planimetric assessments were performed before and after 3 and 6 weeks of treatment using hydrocolloid dressings. In addition, 1 ulcer in each patient received applications of povidone-iodine (PVP-I), silver sulfadiazine or chlorhexidine digluconate. Histological examinations were made at inclusion and after the 6-week therapy. Time to healing was also recorded. RESULTS: At entry in the study, fibroblasts, macrophages, neutrophils and vessels were abundant in the ulcers. In addition, focal necrotizing vasculitis was related to the microbiological load. Compared to the control lesions, both the healing rate and time to healing of the leg ulcers showed a modest improvement at the sites receiving silver sulfadiazine (2-7%) or chlorhexidine digluconate (-1 to 5%). By contrast, PVP-I increased significantly the healing rate (4-18%, p < 0.01), and time to healing was reduced by 2-9 weeks (p < 0.01). The 3 antimicrobials decreased the bacterial density, and the vascular margination and migration of inflammatory cells, thus abating the vasculitic changes. PVP-I applications did not alter the microvessels and did not significantly reduce the density in dendrocytes and fibroblasts. By contrast, both silver sulfadiazine and chorhexidine digluconate appeared to alter the superficial microsvasculature including the dendrocyte population. CONCLUSION: Although topical antimicrobials may apparently achieve almost similar activity on the bacterial load inside chronic leg ulcers, the toxicity upon host cells was different among these agents. PVP-I appeared to be an efficient compound in these respects exhibiting a positive and relevant clinical effect. [less ▲]

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See detailImage analysis characterization of highly oriented freeze-drying porous materials
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Maquet, Véronique; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Image Analysis and Stereology (2002), 21

Image analysis has been used as a potential tool for the characterization of the texture of ultramacroporous foams prepared by freeze-drying. It has been shown that this technique actually provides ... [more ▼]

Image analysis has been used as a potential tool for the characterization of the texture of ultramacroporous foams prepared by freeze-drying. It has been shown that this technique actually provides valuable information on the structure of this kind of material. Image analysis of SEM micrographs of transverse sections at two different magnifications gave information on both the macroporosity (10 μm < width < 100 μm) and ultramacroporosity (width > 100 μm). Moreover, the foam anisotropy has been determined by image analysis of longitudinal sections. [less ▲]

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See detailAre time-based and event-based prospective memory affected by normal aging in the same way ?
Bastin, Christine ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

in Current Psychology Letters: Behavious, Brain and Cognition (2002), 7

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See detailDHEA et intracrinologie de jouvence pour la peau? Entre raison et magie.
Bourguignon, Raphael; Uhoda, I.; Henry, Frédérique ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(7), 438-42

Slowing down ageing is a goal for a large part of the population. Some mercantile claims hold out bright prospects to DHEA. The effects of this hormone manifest themselves after intracrine conversion. In ... [more ▼]

Slowing down ageing is a goal for a large part of the population. Some mercantile claims hold out bright prospects to DHEA. The effects of this hormone manifest themselves after intracrine conversion. In the skin, sebaceous glands enlarge and seborrhoea increases in post-menopausal women. No other effect is clinically discernable on the skin. At this level, DHEA does not show efficacy comparable to that of other anti-ageing compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization, X-ray characterization and selenomethionine phasing of Mlc1p bound to IQ motifs from myosin V
Terrak, Mohammed ULg; Otterbein, L. R.; Wu, G. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (2002), 58(Pt 10 Pt 2), 1882-5

Mlc1p is a calmodulin-like protein from the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, where it has been identified as a subunit of a class V myosin, Myo2p, and a binding partner of an IQGAP-like protein ... [more ▼]

Mlc1p is a calmodulin-like protein from the budding yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, where it has been identified as a subunit of a class V myosin, Myo2p, and a binding partner of an IQGAP-like protein, Iqg1p. Through its interactions with these two proteins, Mlc1p plays a role in polarized growth and cytokinesis. Mlc1p has been crystallized in complexes with four different IQ target motifs from the neck region of Myo2p: IQ2, IQ3, IQ4 and IQ2-IQ3 (referred to as IQ2,3). Electron-density maps for two of the complexes (Mlc1p-IQ4 and Mlc1p-IQ2,3) were obtained from multiple anomalous dispersion (MAD) experiments based on selenomethionine derivatives. The other two structures (Mlc1p-IQ2 and Mlc1p-IQ3) were determined by molecular replacement using the partially refined structure of Mlc1p-IQ2,3 as a search model. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite ... le pied du sportif et sa pathologie cutanée non mycosique
Goffin, Véronique ULg; Bourguignon, R.; Fraiture, A. L. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(10), 630-6

Skin and nails of the foot of sport practitioners of various disciplines are subjected to the effects of benign but invalidating pathologies. Microtraumatisms are frequently involved. Beside ... [more ▼]

Skin and nails of the foot of sport practitioners of various disciplines are subjected to the effects of benign but invalidating pathologies. Microtraumatisms are frequently involved. Beside dermatomycoses and onychomycoses, a dozen of typical disorders are identified. [less ▲]

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See detailExercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution in heaves
Harmegnies, N. F.; Duvivier, D. H.; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (2002), 34(suppl), 478-484

This study aimed to compare exercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution in healthy vs. 'heavey' horses using scintigraphy, a minimally invasive technique. Six healthy (A) and 5 'heavey' horses in ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to compare exercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution in healthy vs. 'heavey' horses using scintigraphy, a minimally invasive technique. Six healthy (A) and 5 'heavey' horses in remission (B(I)) and during clinical signs of disease (B(II)) were investigated. Dimensions of the exercising pulmonary perfusion (QE) images were expressed in percent of the resting perfusion (QR) images. Computed QE to QR ratios (QE/QR) images enabled the definition of the region more perfused at exercise than at rest (R1). In all groups, exercise induced a major enlargement of the Q image but a larger increase of the lung height was found in 'heavey' horses. Compared to A, 'heavey' horses showed a larger R1 region with a significantly higher QE/QR. Location of R1 pointed out the dorsal lung region as a major site of pulmonary perfusion redistribution for all groups. This work demonstrated (1) the feasibility of using scintigraphy for studying exercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution; (2) perfusion redistribution to the dorsal lung with exercise and (3) an intensified redistribution in 'heavey' horses, either clinically affected or not. [less ▲]

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See detailFcpac: Fast Calculation Of Partial Atomic Charges Using Strictly Localized Molecular Orbitals
Swinnen, M.; Thomas, Annick ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg

in Computational Materials Science (2002), 25(4), 590-595

Most force fields of molecular mechanics use constant partial atomic charges whereas it is now admitted that those charges strongly vary with the environment. Charge variations are particularly important ... [more ▼]

Most force fields of molecular mechanics use constant partial atomic charges whereas it is now admitted that those charges strongly vary with the environment. Charge variations are particularly important in hydrogen bonds where polar entities come close together. Moreover, organizing H-bonds in networks, like in secondary structures of proteins, go with cooperative effects which lead to an overall electrostatic stabilization of the system. This is why variable atomic charges are required to correctly mimic these effects. Different methods of charge calculation were developed, most use polarizable dipole or electronegativity equalization. In this work, we propose a semi-empirical method (fast calculation of partial atomic charges (FCPAC)) which derives partial atomic charges from strictly localized molecular orbitals. The approximations enable to treat molecular systems with hundreds of atoms within reasonable delays. Results reported here show that charges calculated with FCPAC are similar to charges derived from Mulliken’s population analysis of a restricted Hartree–Fock wave function using the split valence basis set 6-31G and including polarization orbitals p and d respectively for hydrogen and heavy atoms, RHF/6-31G(d,p). Comparison with ab initio calculation was also performed on a system composed of five formamide molecules disposed in the same geometry as peptide bonds in an a helix. Charges variations are similar and suggest that FCPAC is suitable for quantitative estimation of cooperative effects. [less ▲]

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See detailL’herpèsvirus B du singe, un agent d’anthropozoonose méconnu
Meurens, F.; Gallego, P.; Bourgot, I. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(1, FEB-MAR), 1-8

B-virus or Cercopithecine herpesvirus 1 (CeHV-1) is a zoonotic alphaherpesvirus enzootic in Asian monkeys of the genus Macaca that is genetically and antigenically closely related to the human herpesvirus ... [more ▼]

B-virus or Cercopithecine herpesvirus 1 (CeHV-1) is a zoonotic alphaherpesvirus enzootic in Asian monkeys of the genus Macaca that is genetically and antigenically closely related to the human herpesvirus 1 and the human herpesvirus 2. CeHV-1 infection is highly prevalent (80% to 100%) in adult macaques and may lead to fulminant encephalomyelitis with severe aftereffects or even causing death in humans. Since its discovery in 1933, it has been positively linked with two dozen human deaths. B-virus disease in humans usually resulted from breach of primary skin or mucosal defenses and subsequent contamination of the site with virus. Timely antiviral intervention is a good mean of reducing CeHV-1 associated morbidity and preventing a fatal outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailReplicon typing of the F18 fimbriae encoding plasmids of enterotoxigenic and verotoxigenic Escherichia coli strains from porcine postweaning diarrhoea and oedema disease
Fekete, PZs; Gérardin, J.; Jacquemin, E. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 85

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See detailNew antiobesity agents in type 2 diabetes: overview of clinical trials with sibutramine and orlistat.
Scheen, André ULg; Ernest, Philippe ULg

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2002), 28(6 Pt 1), 437-45

Besides genetic predisposition, obesity is the most important risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even modest weight reduction can improve blood glucose control in overweight ... [more ▼]

Besides genetic predisposition, obesity is the most important risk factor for the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even modest weight reduction can improve blood glucose control in overweight subjects. After failure of lifestyle modifications, antiobesity drugs such as orlistat, a potent and selective inhibitor of gastric and pancreatic lipases that reduces lipid intestinal absorption, or sibutramine, a noradrenaline and 5-hydroxytryptamine reuptake inhibitor that regulates food intake, may be considered to favour weight loss and/or weight maintenance. Several placebo-controlled studies have recently demonstrated that both drugs are able to promote weight loss in obese type 2 diabetic patients treated with diet alone, sulphonylureas, metformin or insulin. The greater weight reduction as compared to placebo was associated with a significant reduction of glycated haemoglobin levels and/or of the doses of classical antihyperglycaemic agents, especially in good responders who lost at least 10% of initial body weight. In addition, vascular risk factors associated to insulin resistance were also reduced after weight loss. These antiobesity agents may also contribute to delay or prevent the progression from impaired glucose tolerance to overt type 2 diabetes in at risk obese individuals ("Xenical in the prevention of diabetes in obese subjects" trial). Large long-term prospective studies, such as the "Sibutramine cardiovascular and diabetes outcome study" should better determine the place of pharmacological anti-obesity strategy in the overall management of obese patients with impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic factors affecting susceptibility to udder pathogens
Detilleux, Johann ULg

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (2002), 88(3-4), 103-110

Bovine mastitis remains the most costly disease in dairy cattle. Breeding for resistance to udder pathogens has been proposed as a complementary tool to therapeutic and prophylactic measures not totally ... [more ▼]

Bovine mastitis remains the most costly disease in dairy cattle. Breeding for resistance to udder pathogens has been proposed as a complementary tool to therapeutic and prophylactic measures not totally effective against the disease. This paper reviews factors affecting cows’ susceptibility to pathogens at the animal, cellular/hormonal and DNA levels. Such factors will be useful in achieving genetic improvement for resistance only if they have desirable properties at the genetic and immunological levels. Because such properties are not always of significant magnitude, further research is necessary to identify characteristics of resistance in cows, considering the constant and complex interactions that occur between hosts and pathogens. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la débrouillardise à la recherche active... Réflexions sur une expérience pédagogique.
Guillaume, Jean-François ULg; Xhonneux, Michel ULg

in L'Ecole Valdôtaine. Cahier pédagogique (2002), 57

Présentation d'un dispositif d'apprentissage axé sur la résolution de situations-problèmes visant à confronter des jeunes parvenus en fin de scolarité obligatoire aux institutions, aux organismes et/ou ... [more ▼]

Présentation d'un dispositif d'apprentissage axé sur la résolution de situations-problèmes visant à confronter des jeunes parvenus en fin de scolarité obligatoire aux institutions, aux organismes et/ou aux services actifs dans le domaine de la protection sociale et de l'aide sociale. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of Ricotta cheese made by high pressure treatment with that produced by heat treatment of sweet whey
Besbes, S.; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Attia, H. et al

in Sciences des Aliments (2002), 22(5), 601-615

In this study, reconstituted sweet whey was acidified and then treated by high hydrostatic pressure in order to obtain Ricotta-like product. At pH 5.2, whey protein aggregation was effective beyond 200 ... [more ▼]

In this study, reconstituted sweet whey was acidified and then treated by high hydrostatic pressure in order to obtain Ricotta-like product. At pH 5.2, whey protein aggregation was effective beyond 200 MPa for an application time of 30 min. Moist yield was appreciably improved when pressurisation time increased at 400 MPa. It seemed that granulometric properties of Ricotta-like cheese were not affected by increasing pressurisation time. Ricotta-like products obtained after pressurisation at 400 MPa for 30, 45 and 60 min, have shown a lower yield and hardness but a higher cohesiveness than traditional Ricotta cheese. They also had more homogenous granulometric profiles. [less ▲]

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See detailStreamlining cosmetology by standardized testing?
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (2002), 1(2), 97-898

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See detailSeparation, identification and quantitation of ceramides in human cancer cells by liquid chromatography–electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry
Fillet, Marianne ULg; Van Heugen, Jean-Claude ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2002), 949

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation and programmed cell death. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of these second ... [more ▼]

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation and programmed cell death. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of these second messengers requires sensitive and specific analytical methods to detect endogenous levels of individual ceramide species and to differentiate between them. Nine synthetic ceramides were separated by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry on a C bonded silica 18 column. The lipids were eluted in gradient elution mode using a mixture of water, acetonitrile and 2-propanol as mobile phase. They were detected by reaction monitoring performed on positive ion electrospray generated ions. Collision-induced fragmentations conducted on ceramides produced a well characteristic product ion at m/z 264, making multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) well suited for various ceramides quantitative measurements. After optimization of the extraction step, the proposed methodology was able to identify and quantify different ceramide species issued from human cancer cells. The method could be validated for C , C and C ceramides, quantified at the nanogram level. The validation exhibits good 16 18 20 results with respect to linearity, accuracy and precision. [less ▲]

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See detailSwaged bolts: modelling of the installation process and numerical analysis of the mechanical behaviour
Drean, M.; Habraken, Anne ULg; Bouchaïr, A. et al

in Computers & Structures (2002), 80

Swaged bolts are an alternative to high strength bolts in steel structures. To clarify the steps of the installation process, numerical modelling has been carried out. The relevant phenomena are described ... [more ▼]

Swaged bolts are an alternative to high strength bolts in steel structures. To clarify the steps of the installation process, numerical modelling has been carried out. The relevant phenomena are described and evaluated. This numerical calculation accounts for large displacements, large strains, mechanical plasticity and friction contact between the components of swaged bolts. The non-linear finite element code ‘‘Lagamine’’ designed for the simulation of metal forming processes has been used to provide the stress distributions in the components. [less ▲]

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See detailDetection of illegal growth promoters in biological samples using receptor binding assays
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULg; Willemsen, Philippe et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2002), 473(1-2), 135-141

In the European Union (EU), the use of growth-promoting substances in meat production is banned. The control of growth promoters, especially steroid hormones, is presently based on expensive and time ... [more ▼]

In the European Union (EU), the use of growth-promoting substances in meat production is banned. The control of growth promoters, especially steroid hormones, is presently based on expensive and time-consuming chromatographic methods of analysis or, sometimes, for screening purposes, on radio- or enzyme-immunoassays, all of which are often too specific to allow effective multi-analyte control. In order to develop rapid and inexpensive multi-analyte detection tests, we proposed the use of hormonal receptors as detection tools. The system described here (radio-receptor assays) is based on a direct bindin g assay of steroid hormones to their respective receptors. Human receptors to estrogens (hERalpha), androgens (hAR), progestagens (hPR) and glucocorticoids (hGR) have been produced by genetic engineering in bacteria or in eucaryotic cells. Binding analyses revealed that the obtained receptor proteins retained a high affinity for their corresponding native ligand. In addition, competition studies continued that each of the four receptors displays a specificity profile for a series of analogs in agreement with the literature. Finally, the stability of these recombinant receptors is sufficient to allow their use in test kits. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInhibition Of Histone Deacetylases Induces Bovine Leukemia Virus Expression In Vitro And In Vivo
Merezak, C.; Reichert, M.; Van Lint, C. et al

in Journal of Virology (2002), 76(10),

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See detailATP-driven, Na(+)-independent inward Cl- pumping in neuroblastoma cells
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Margineanu, Ilca et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (2002), 81(4), 792-801

In immature neurones, the steady-state intracellular Cl- concentration [Cl-](i) is generally higher than expected for passive distribution, and this is believed to be due to Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) co-transport ... [more ▼]

In immature neurones, the steady-state intracellular Cl- concentration [Cl-](i) is generally higher than expected for passive distribution, and this is believed to be due to Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) co-transport. Here, we show that N2a neuroblastoma cells, incubated in HEPES-buffered NaCl medium maintain a [Cl-](i) around 60 mm, two- to threefold higher than expected for passive distribution at a membrane potential of - 49 mV. When the cells were transferred to a Cl(-) -free medium, [Cl-](i) decreased quickly (t(1/2) < 5 min), suggesting a high Cl- permeability. When the intracellular ATP concentration was reduced to less than 1 mm by metabolic inhibitors, the initial rate of (36) Cl- uptake was strongly inhibited (60-65%) while steady-state [Cl-](i) decreased to 24 mm, close to the value predicted from the Nernst equilibrium. Moreover, after reduction of [ATP](i) and [Cl-](i) by rotenone, the subsequent addition of glucose led to a reaccumulation of Cl-, in parallel with ATP recovery. Internal bicarbonate did not affect Cl- pumping, suggesting that Cl-/HCO(3)(-) exchange does not significantly contribute to active transport. Likewise, Na(+) -K(+) -2Cl(-) co-transport also appeared to play a minor role: although mRNA for the NKCC1 form of the co-transporter was detected in N2a cells, neither the initial rate of (36)Cl- uptake nor steady-state [Cl-](i) were appreciably decreased by 10 microm bumetanide or replacement of external Na(+) by choline. These results suggest that a highly active ATP-dependent mechanism, distinct from Na(+) -K(+) -2Cl(-) co-transport, is responsible for most of the inward Cl- pumping in N2a cells. [less ▲]

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See detailLes troubles morpho-syntaxiques développementaux en langage oral : quel cadre théorique adopter?
Maillart, Christelle ULg; Schelstraete, Marie-Anne; Hupet, Michel

in Langage et l'Homme (Le) : Recherches Pluridisciplinaires sur le Langage (2002), 37(2), 85-102

This article contrasts two theoretical frames actually used to account for morphosyntactic disorders in children with specific language impairment. The first one stems from a traditional formal linguistic ... [more ▼]

This article contrasts two theoretical frames actually used to account for morphosyntactic disorders in children with specific language impairment. The first one stems from a traditional formal linguistic account developped in the context of Chomsky’s works while the second approach, the emergent account, is more functional. Following the linguistic account, it has been assumed that children are born with an innate set of representational constraints, the Universal Grammar, on which grammars are possible for a given language. In contrast, for the emergentist view, it is not necessary to postulate an autonomous device that evolved for grammar rather language in general, and grammar in particular, would emerge from cognitive and communicative abilities and linguistic environment. Both theoretical frames are briefly presented and discussed as well as their implications for the pathology study in children. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman recombinant erythropoietin and quality of life: a wonder drug or something to wonder about?
Bottomley, A.; Thomas, R.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg et al

in Lancet Oncology (2002), 3(3), 145-53

Over the past decade an increasing number of studies have supported the use of recombinant human erythropoietin (epoetin) in cancer patients, suggesting that it improves haemoglobin concentrations for ... [more ▼]

Over the past decade an increasing number of studies have supported the use of recombinant human erythropoietin (epoetin) in cancer patients, suggesting that it improves haemoglobin concentrations for some. There is also evidence that this treatment may lead to improvement in quality of life for cancer patients. This systematic review examines the issue. We identified and critically reviewed 13 trials. Although some of the results indicate that epoetin has positive effects on quality of life, methodological limitations inherent in most of the studies hamper interpretation of data. Evidence from this review suggests that more robust designs are required to show any significant quality-of-life benefits for cancer patients undergoing epoetin treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailA full-acceptance detector at the LHC (FELIX)
Ageev, A.; Akhobadze, K.; Alvero, L. et al

in Journal of Physics : G Nuclear & Particle Physics (2002), 28(6), 117-215

The FELIX collaboration had proposed the construction of a full-acceptance detector for the LHC. The primary mission of FELIX was the study of QCD: to provide comprehensive and definitive observations of ... [more ▼]

The FELIX collaboration had proposed the construction of a full-acceptance detector for the LHC. The primary mission of FELIX was the study of QCD: to provide comprehensive and definitive observations of a very broad range of strong-interaction processes. This document contains an extensive discussion of this physics menu. In a further paper the FELIX detector will be reviewed. [less ▲]

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See detailWave packet propagation for constrained molecular systems. Spectroscopic applications to triatomic molecules
Lauvergnat, David; Justum, David; Desouter, Michèle ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Structure : Theochem (2002), 577

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See detailSclérodermie monomélique et alcipotriol topique.
Paquet, Philippe ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatologie Actualité (2002), 70

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See detailDetermination of affinity, stoichiometry and sequence selectivity of minor groove binder complexes with double-stranded oligodeoxynucleotides by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Houssier, Claude ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2002), 30(16), 82

Electrospray mass spectrometry was evaluated regarding the reliability of the determination of the stoichiometries and equilibrium association constants from single spectra. Complexes between minor groove ... [more ▼]

Electrospray mass spectrometry was evaluated regarding the reliability of the determination of the stoichiometries and equilibrium association constants from single spectra. Complexes between minor groove binders (Hoechst 33258, Hoechst 33342, DAPI, netropsin and berenil) and 12mer oligonucleotide duplexes with a central sequence (A/T)(4) flanked by G/C base pairs were chosen as model systems. To validate the electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) method, comparisons were made with circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy measurements. ESI-MS allowed the detection of minor (2 drug + DNA) species for Hoechst 33258, Hoechst 33342, DAPI and berenil with duplex d(GGGG(A/T)(4)GGGG). d(CCCC(A/T)(4)CCCC), which were undetectable with the other techniques. Assuming that the duplexes and the complexes have the same electrospray response factors, the equilbrium association constants of the 1:1 and 2:1 complexes were determined by ESI-MS, and the values show a good quantitative agreement with fluorescence determined constants for Hoechst 33258 and Hoechst 33342. It is also shown that ESI-MS can quickly give reliable information on the A/T sequence selectivity of a drug: the signal of a complex is directly related to the affinity of the drug for that particular duplex. The potential of ESI-MS as a qualitative and quantitative affinity screening method is emphasized. [less ▲]

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See detailNationalisme et Démocratie
Martiniello, Marco ULg; Beaufays, Jean ULg

in Fédéralisme - Régionalisme (2002)

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See detailCapacity utilisation and profitability: A decomposition of short-run profit efficiency
Coelli, Tim; Grifell-Tatjé, Emili; Perelman, Sergio ULg

in International Journal of Production Economics (2002), 79

The principal aim of this paper is to measure the amount by which the profit of a multi-input, multi-output firm deviates from maximum short-run profit, and then to decompose this profit gap into ... [more ▼]

The principal aim of this paper is to measure the amount by which the profit of a multi-input, multi-output firm deviates from maximum short-run profit, and then to decompose this profit gap into components that are of practical use to managers. In particular, our interest is in the measurement of the contribution of unused capacity, along with measures of technical inefficiency, and allocative inefficiency, in this profit gap. We survey existing definitions of capacity and, after discussing their shortcomings, we propose a new ray economic capacity measure that involves shortrun profit maximisation, with the output mix held constant. We go on to describe how the gap between observed profit and maximum profit can be calculated and decomposed using linear programming methods. The paper concludes with an empirical illustration, involving data on 28 international airline companies. The empirical results indicate that these airline companies achieve profit levels which are on average US$815m below potential levels, and that 70% of the gap may be attributed to unused capacity. [less ▲]

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See detailFast F-18 FDG synthesis by alkaline hydrolysis on a low polarity solid phase supports
Lemaire, Christian ULg; Damhaut, P.; Lauricella, Benjamino ULg et al

in Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals (2002), 45(5), 435-447

The synthesis of 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18F]FDG) has been simplified by the use of a tC18 Sep Pak cartridge to effect purification and hydrolysis of the tetraacetylated [18F]fluoro-glucose ... [more ▼]

The synthesis of 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18F]FDG) has been simplified by the use of a tC18 Sep Pak cartridge to effect purification and hydrolysis of the tetraacetylated [18F]fluoro-glucose compound ([18F]TAG). After radiolabelling, this derivative was trapped on a solid phase extraction (SPE) cartridge and the residual reaction solvent (CH3CN), reagents (K222, K2CO3,) and by-products removed by washing the support with water. After this cleaning step, the acetyl groups were cleaved on the same tC18 column using 2N sodium hydroxide. This fast reaction proceeded near quantitatively (>98%) at room temperature in less than 2 min. The [18F]FDG was then recovered with a small amount of water, neutralized with a slight excess of 2N hydrochloric acid, buffered for pH with a citrate solution and finally purified on a neutral alumina oxide and a second tC18 column. After filtration, the radiochemical yield of this [18F]FDG isotonic solution after more than 100 production runs was found to be very reliable and reproducible (70±6% decay corrected). The synthesis time was about 22 min. Quality controls showed that the radiochemical purity was higher than 98% and in any case no [18F]FDM was detected. Only traces of 2-chloro-2-deoxy-glucose (ClDG) were found in the final sample (64±9 g/ batch of 16 ml). [18F]FDG specific activity averaged between 1 and 20 Ci/µmol (EOS). No evaporation and use of ion retardation resin (AG11A8) are required. Moreover, this new approach is suitable for complete remote operation using available single use medical components. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley [less ▲]

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See detailDes pratiques aux performances : la littératie chez les jeunes de 15 ans
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Lettre de la DFLM (La) (2002), 30

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See detailEntre dermatoses et entéropathies.
Quatresooz, Pascale ULg; Bourguignon, R.; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(8), 528-34

A series of gastro-intestinal diseases exhibits some connection with various cutaneous lesions. Some skin manifestations are clinically or histologically evocative, while others lack specificity. These ... [more ▼]

A series of gastro-intestinal diseases exhibits some connection with various cutaneous lesions. Some skin manifestations are clinically or histologically evocative, while others lack specificity. These manifestations can occur in overt digestive disease or be the clue for a silent one. A careful skin examination can thus reveal some inflammatory or neoplastic diseases of the gastro-intestinal tract, a malabsorption syndrome or food intolerance. [less ▲]

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See detailInter-observer variation in the histopathological diagnosis of clinically suspicious pigmented skin lesions.
Brochez, Lieve; Verhaeghe, Evelien; Grosshans, Edouard et al

in Journal of Pathology (The) (2002), 196(4), 459-66

When a biopsy is taken of a suspicious pigmented skin lesion, histological examination is expected to establish the definitive diagnosis. This study evaluated the inter-observer variation of 20 ... [more ▼]

When a biopsy is taken of a suspicious pigmented skin lesion, histological examination is expected to establish the definitive diagnosis. This study evaluated the inter-observer variation of 20 pathologists in the histological diagnosis of a randomly selected set of suspicious pigmented skin lesions (PSLs), by comparing their diagnoses to a reference diagnosis. Overall sensitivity for melanoma was 87%, ranging from 55% to 100% between the observers. Sensitivity was significantly lower for thin (Breslow thickness <1 mm) than for thick melanomas (83% versus 97%, p=0.005). Overall melanoma specificity was 94%, ranging from 83% to 100% between observers. Dysplastic naevus was the most important source of false-positive diagnoses, mainly in situ melanomas. Positive and negative predictive values in the given test set were 75% and 97%, respectively. In the case of melanoma, there was quite some variation in measured Breslow thickness. This would have led to a different therapeutic approach in 12% of the readings. Some of the variation seemed to be due to a different interpretation of the presence of a co-existent naevus. In 9% (3/35) of the readings, participants did not agree on the presence of ulceration. These results reflect a tendency to overdiagnose mainly thin melanomas in general histopathological practice. They also demonstrate variation in the assessment of major prognostic factors of melanoma. [less ▲]

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See detailAspects of inorganic carbon dynamics in the upwelling system off the Galician coast
Borges, Alberto ULg; Frankignoulle, Michel

in Journal of Marine Systems (2002), 32

In the present paper, we report data on the partial pressure of CO2 ( pCO2) in surface seawater off the Galician coast, obtained during four cruises carried out in summer (upwelling conditions). Over the ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, we report data on the partial pressure of CO2 ( pCO2) in surface seawater off the Galician coast, obtained during four cruises carried out in summer (upwelling conditions). Over the continental shelf, two processes that have opposite effects control pCO2 in surface waters: (a) the input from upwelling of deep cold water with high CO2 content that causes oversaturation of CO2 and (b) primary production that tends to decrease pCO2. In offshore waters, the distribution of pCO2 is mainly controlled by temperature change. In two distinct hydrographic coastal regions, the Rı´as Baixas area (RBA) and the Cape Finisterre area (CFA), the patterns of the distribution of pCO2 are complex but, in the Rı´as Baixas area, the averaged pCO2 values are systematically lower and temperature values higher. These differences between the two hydrographic regions are mainly related to the combination of outwelling from the Rı´as and the width of the continental shelf. In the Rı´as Baixas area, outwelling affects significantly the adjacent inner continental shelf but to a much lesser extent the outer continental shelf. In the Cape Finisterre area, the continental shelf is narrower and the ratio between the surface area of the shelf to the length of the shelf break is lower, inducing during an upwelling event, lower temperature and higher pCO2 values in surface waters than in the Rı´as Baixas area. [less ▲]

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See detailL'école médicale d'Alexandrie et son influence sur la médecine de l'Egypte gréco-romaine
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

in Medicina nei Secoli : Arte e Scienza (2002), 14(2), 359-82

The paper provides new information on the most famous centre of rational medicine in the Graeco-Roman world and its influence in Egypt. It uses at its point of departure a remarkable but insufficiently ... [more ▼]

The paper provides new information on the most famous centre of rational medicine in the Graeco-Roman world and its influence in Egypt. It uses at its point of departure a remarkable but insufficiently known documentation: Greek literary papyri (from IV/III B.C. to A.D. VI/VII), which often are unique witnesses to lost medical works, bearing testimony to original theories, practices and vocabulary. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning and characterization of ADAMTS-14, a novel ADAMTS displaying high homology with ADAMTS-2 and ADAMTS-3.
Colige, Alain ULg; Vandenberghe, Isabel; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(8), 5756-66

The processing of amino- and carboxyl-propeptides of fibrillar collagens is required to generate collagen monomers that correctly assemble into fibrils. Mutations in the ADAMTS2 gene, the ... [more ▼]

The processing of amino- and carboxyl-propeptides of fibrillar collagens is required to generate collagen monomers that correctly assemble into fibrils. Mutations in the ADAMTS2 gene, the aminopropeptidase of procollagen I and II, result in the accumulation of non-fully processed type I procollagen, causing human Ehlers-Danlos syndrome type VIIC and animal dermatosparaxis. In this study, we show that the aminopropeptide of type I procollagen can be cleaved in vivo in absence of ADAMTS-2 activity and that this processing is performed at the cleavage site for ADAMTS-2. In an attempt to identify the enzyme responsible for this alternative aminoprocollagen peptidase activity, we have cloned the cDNA and determined the primary structure of human and mouse ADAMTS-14, a novel ADAMTS displaying striking homologies with ADAMTS-2 and -3. The structure of the human gene, which maps to 10q21.3, and the mechanisms of generation of the various transcripts are described. The existence of two sites of initiation of transcription, in two different promoter contexts, suggests that transcripts resulting from these two sites can be differently regulated. The tissue distribution of ADAMTS-14, the regulation of the gene expression by various cytokines and the activity of the recombinant enzyme are evaluated. The potential function of ADAMTS-14 as a physiological aminoprocollagen peptidase in vivo is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailComment on "Strong vortex liquid correlation from multiterminal measurements on untwinned YBa2Cu3O7-delta single crystals"
Maiorov, B.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; de la Cruz, F. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2002), 88(13),

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See detailEssais et modélisations d'assemblages soudés entre tubes elliptiques
Bortolotti, E.; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; Pietrapertosa, C. et al

in Revue de Métallurgie [=Revue de Métallurgie. Cahiers d'Informations Techniques] (2002)

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See detailL'exploitation du clearing à des fins de blanchiment - Pistes de réflexion
Dantinne, Michaël ULg

in Agon (2002), (36), 20-26

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See detailSaberes e instrumentos para ler os territórios próximos e distantes
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Educação Geográfica (2002), (15), 43-54

Cet article rend compte de l'expérience de la Fédération des Professeurs de Géographie de la Communauté française de Belgique pour aider à la mise en place d'une pédagogie par compétences et plus ... [more ▼]

Cet article rend compte de l'expérience de la Fédération des Professeurs de Géographie de la Communauté française de Belgique pour aider à la mise en place d'une pédagogie par compétences et plus spécifiquement du guide conceptuel que nous avons rédigé pour apprendre aux élèves à lire les territoires du monde [less ▲]

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See detailSex control and sex determinism study in Eurasian perch, Perca fluviatilis, by use of hormonally sex-reversed male breeders
Rougeot, Carole ULg; Jacobs, Bruno; Kestemont, Patrick et al

in Aquaculture (2002), 121

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See detailLes herpèsviroses des petits ruminants
Thiry, Etienne ULg; Keuser, Véronique; Tempesta, Maria

in Point Vétérinaire (2002), 33(74-76),

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See detailUpdate on the histological presentation of facial wrinkles.
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Uhoda, Isabelle; Pierard, Claudine ULg

in European Journal of Dermatology (2002), 12(6), -

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See detailConjuguer les spécificités de la démarche géographique avec un enseignement centré sur les compétences. L’expérience de la FEGEPRO
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Puzzle (2002), (11), 27-30

Presentation of the experience made by the Federation of Professors of Geography of the French Community of Belgium (FEGEPRO) to assist in the establishment of a teaching competency

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See detailEffects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on visual evoked potentials in migraine.
Bohotin, V.; Fumal, Arnaud ULg; Vandenheede, M. et al

in Brain : A Journal of Neurology (2002), 125(Pt 4), 912-22

Between attacks, migraine patients are characterized by potentiation instead of habituation of stimulation-evoked cortical responses. It is debated whether this is due to increased or decreased cortical ... [more ▼]

Between attacks, migraine patients are characterized by potentiation instead of habituation of stimulation-evoked cortical responses. It is debated whether this is due to increased or decreased cortical excitability. We have studied the changes in visual cortex excitability by recording pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (PR-VEP) after low- and high-frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), known respectively for their inhibitory and excitatory effect on the cortex. In 30 patients (20 migraine without, 10 with aura) and 24 healthy volunteers, rTMS of the occipital cortex was performed with a focal figure-of-eight magnetic coil (Magstim). Nine hundred pulses were delivered randomly at 1 or 10 Hz in two separate sessions. Stimulus intensity was set to the phosphene threshold or to 110% of the motor threshold if no phosphenes were elicited. Before and after rTMS, PR-VEP were averaged sequentially in six blocks of 100zztieresponses during uninterrupted 3.1 Hz stimulation. In healthy volunteers, PR-VEP amplitude was significantly decreased in the first block after 1 Hz rTMS and the habituation normally found in successive blocks after sustained stimulation was significantly attenuated. In migraine patients, 10 Hz rTMS was followed by a significant increase of first block PR-VEP amplitude and by a reversal to normal habituation of the potentiation (or dishabituation) characteristic of the disorder. This effect was similar in both forms of migraine and lasted for at least 9 min. There were no significant changes of PR-VEP amplitudes after 1 Hz rTMS in migraineurs and after 10 Hz rTMS in healthy volunteers, nor after sham stimulation. The recovery of a normal PR-VEP habituation pattern after high-frequency rTMS is probably due to activation of the visual cortex and the dishabituation in healthy volunteers to cortical inhibition. We conclude, therefore, that the deficient interictal PR-VEP habituation in migraine is due to a reduced, and not to an increased, pre-activation excitability level of the visual cortex. [less ▲]

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See detailRezension zu Barbara Beßlich: Wege in den ‘Kulturkrieg’
Pontzen, Alexandra ULg

in Zeitschrift für Deutsche Philologie (2002), (3), 303307

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See detailA case of hepatic alveolar echinococcosis contracted in Belgium
Delbecque, Katty ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2002), 65(1, Jan-Mar), 55-60

We report herein the case of a Belgian 76-year-oId woman who developed a hepatic tumour suspected to be a breast cancer metastasis. Radiological imaging and guided biopsies were not contributive. The ... [more ▼]

We report herein the case of a Belgian 76-year-oId woman who developed a hepatic tumour suspected to be a breast cancer metastasis. Radiological imaging and guided biopsies were not contributive. The patient underwent an explorative laparoscopy with frozen sections that did not provide further diagnosis, and an open left bisegmentectomy was performed during the same anaesthesia. Histopathological examination of the hepatic mass showed Echinococcus multilocularis metacestodes, demonstrating alveolar echinococcosis. As our patient denied any travel in foreign countries and has undergone regular abdominal ultrasonographies since her mastectomy, it is highly likely that this alveolar echinococcosis had been contracted in Belgium. If some imported cases may be seldom managed in Belgium, to our knowledge, this case is the first occurrence of alveolar echinococcosis contracted in Belgium. This report, added to the demonstration of E. multilocaris infection of 50% of red foxes in Southern Belgium, and the potential infection of domestic cats and dogs, should attract attention of the medical community on the possible outbreak of endemic alveolar echinococcosis in Belgium, and on the related public health concerns. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential influence of pregnancy hormones and proteins synthesized during pregnancy on the maternal immunological status
Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Figueiredo, J. R.; El Amiri, Bouchra et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(2), 71-82

During pregnancy, the endocrine function of the gonads and the foeto-placental unit involves the synthesis of several hormones (progesterone, oestrogens, cortisol, prostaglandins, prolactin, chorionic ... [more ▼]

During pregnancy, the endocrine function of the gonads and the foeto-placental unit involves the synthesis of several hormones (progesterone, oestrogens, cortisol, prostaglandins, prolactin, chorionic gonadotropin, placental lactogen, also designed "chorionic somatomammotropin", etc.), and a series of growth factors and proteins. Some proteins and glycoproteins synthesized during gestation interfere with the establishment of pregnancy, corpus luteum maintenance, intermediate maternal metabolism, fetal growth, mammary growth and immunotolerance of the conceptus by the mother. This review includes a presentation of the main pregnancy-related hormones and proteins and their hypothetical role on the immunological status of the mother. [less ▲]

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See detailImplications pour la communauté d'un meilleur contrôle de la pression artérielle
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Journal de Cardiologie = Tijdschrift voor Cardiologie (2002), 14(5), 186-190

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See detailIdentification of a karyopherin alpha 2 recognition site in PLAG1, which functions as a nuclear localization signal.
Braem, Caroline V; Kas, Koen; Meyen, Eva et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(22), 19673-8

The activation of the pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) is the most frequent gain-of-function mutation found in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands. To gain more insight into the regulation of ... [more ▼]

The activation of the pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) is the most frequent gain-of-function mutation found in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands. To gain more insight into the regulation of PLAG1 function, we searched for PLAG1-interacting proteins. Using the yeast two-hybrid system, we identified karyopherin alpha2 as a PLAG1-interacting protein. Physical interaction between PLAG1 and karyopherin alpha2 was confirmed by an in vitro glutathione S-transferase pull-down assay. Karyopherin alpha2 escorts proteins into the nucleus via interaction with a nuclear localization sequence (NLS) composed of short stretches of basic amino acids. Two putative NLSs were identified in PLAG1. The predicted NLS1 (KRKR) was essential for physical interaction with karyopherin alpha2 in glutathione S-transferase pull-down assay, and its mutation resulted in decreased nuclear import of PLAG1. Moreover, NLS1 was able to drive the nuclear import of the cytoplasmic protein beta-galactosidase. In contrast, predicted NLS2 of PLAG1 (KPRK) was not involved in karyopherin alpha2 binding nor in its nuclear import. The residual nuclear import of PLAG1 after mutation of the NLS1 was assigned to the zinc finger domain of PLAG1. These observations indicate that the nuclear import of PLAG1 is governed by its zinc finger domain and by NLS1, a karyopherin alpha2 recognition site. [less ▲]

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See detailLe patrimoine ferroviaire en miniature
Hoffsummer, Patrick ULg

in Cahiers de l'Urbanisme (Les) (2002)

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See detailCompte rendu de V. de Coorebyter, Sartre face à la phénoménologie
Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Revue Philosophique de Louvain (2002), 1-2

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See detailLa Vierge comme protectrice des Pays-Bas méridionaux dans les livrets de pèlerinage marial au XVIIe siècle
Delfosse, Annick ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2002), 80(4), 1225-1241

Study of the dual symbolic function assigned by the Belgian pilgrimage booklets to the Virgin Mary in the 17th Century: the miraculous Madonnas worshiped in the shrines to cure the private individual’s ... [more ▼]

Study of the dual symbolic function assigned by the Belgian pilgrimage booklets to the Virgin Mary in the 17th Century: the miraculous Madonnas worshiped in the shrines to cure the private individual’s troubles are indeed also invoked to dress the wounds of a nation mangled and manhandled by the civic wars. [less ▲]

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See detailLa précession du plan d'oscillation du pendule de Foucault : une approche géométrique intuitive
De Rop, Yves ULg; Moreau, Olivier

in Revue des Questions Scientifiques (2002), 173(3), 261-276

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See detailCross Border Health Care : an Analysis of Recent ECJ Rulings
Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg; Paulus, Aggie; Evers, Sylvia et al

in European Journal of Law and Economics (2002), 14

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See detailMulticollinearity in prognostic factor analyses using the EORTC QLQ-C30: identification and impact on model selection
Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Curran, D.; Kramer, J. et al

in Statistics in Medicine (2002), 21(24), 3865-3884

Clinical and quality of life (QL) variables from an EORTC clinical trial of first line chemotherapy in advanced breast cancer were used in a prognostic factor analysis of survival and response to ... [more ▼]

Clinical and quality of life (QL) variables from an EORTC clinical trial of first line chemotherapy in advanced breast cancer were used in a prognostic factor analysis of survival and response to chemotherapy. For response, different final multivariate models were obtained from forward and backward selection methods, suggesting a disconcerting instability. Quality of life was measured using the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire completed by patients. Subscales on the questionnaire are known to be highly correlated, and therefore it was hypothesized that multicollinearity contributed to model instability. A correlation matrix indicated that global QL was highly correlated with 7 out of 11 variables. In a first attempt to explore multicollinearity, we used global QL as dependent variable in a regression model with other QL subscales as predictors. Afterwards, standard diagnostic tests for multicollinearity were performed. An exploratory principal components analysis and factor analysis of the QL subscales identified at most three important components and indicated that inclusion of global QL made minimal difference to the loadings on each component. suggesting that it is redundant in the model, In a second approach, we advocate a bootstrap technique to assess the stability of the models. Based on these analyses and since global QL exacerbates problems of multicollinearity, we therefore recommend that global QL be excluded from prognostic factor analyses using the QLQ-C30. The prognostic factor analysis was rerun without global QL in the model, and selected the same significant prognostic factors as before. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailEcosystem model (MODECOGeL) of the Ligurian Sea revisited. Seasonal and interannual variability due to atmospheric forcing
Lacroix, Geneviève; Grégoire, Marilaure ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (2002), 37(4), 229-258

A one-dimensional coupled hydrodynamical–biological model, MODe`le d’ECOsyste`me du G.H.E.R. et du L.O.V. (MODECOGeL), of the water column is developed and applied to the Ligurian Sea (North Western ... [more ▼]

A one-dimensional coupled hydrodynamical–biological model, MODe`le d’ECOsyste`me du G.H.E.R. et du L.O.V. (MODECOGeL), of the water column is developed and applied to the Ligurian Sea (North Western Mediterranean). It is an extended and improved version of the model presented by Lacroix and Nival [J. Mar. Syst. 16 (1998) 23]. The hydrodynamic model is a 1D version of the 3D turbulent closure G.H.E.R. model, which takes into account momentum and heat surface fluxes computed from a real meteorological data set. The ecosystem model is defined by a nitrogen cycle described by 12 biological state variables including several plankton size classes and an explicit description of the bacterial loop. One data set coming from the FRONTAL missions is used to initialise and validate the model. To assess the impact of the interannual variability of the meteorological conditions on the ecosystem dynamics, the coupled model is run with 4-year real meteorological conditions (October 1984–September 1988). The model estimated percentages of the interannual variability of the annual mean biomass of phytoplankton, zooplankton and bacteria respectively of 31.0%, 16.2% and 16.3%. The ontribution of the zooplankton related to the total plankton biomass (phytoplankton, zooplankton and bacteria) has been found to be the most sensitive to the meteorological conditions variations (21%), followed by the phytoplankton (12%) and finally, by the bacteria (5%). The model estimated percentages of interannual variability of the annual gross primary production, the annual mean f-ratio and the annual bacterial production respectively of 27.9%, 18.5% and 13.4% although the interannual variability of the real winds conditions is only of 11.3%. Due to the more windy and less sunny conditions prevailing during the years ‘‘1985–1986’’ and ‘‘1986–1987’’, the annual primary production was found higher than during the years ‘‘1984–1985’’ and ‘‘1987–1988’’. The bacterial production is always greater than the primary production, showing the importance of the bacteria in such an oligotrophic environment. On a seasonal scale, the highest interannual variability of the primary production and the f-ratio is found in spring like for the wind intensity. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrospective comparison of CD34-selected allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation followed by CD8-depleted donor lymphocyte infusions with unmanipulated bone marrow transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg; Fillet, Georges ULg et al

in Hematology (2002), 7(3), 137-43

We have previously reported the feasibility of allogeneic CD34-selected PBSC transplantation followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted DLI (study group). In this report, we retrospectively compare the clinical ... [more ▼]

We have previously reported the feasibility of allogeneic CD34-selected PBSC transplantation followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted DLI (study group). In this report, we retrospectively compare the clinical outcome of the 24 patients included in this study with an historical group of 35 patients receiving unmanipulated marrow (BMT group). Patients in the study group had significantly faster neutrophil and platelet recovery and were discharged earlier than BMT patients. The actuarial 150-day (after DLI) probability of developing grade II-IV acute GVHD was 28% for the study group versus 62% for the BMT group (p=0.002). The actuarial 2-year probability of developing chronic GVHD was similar (37 versus 36% (NS)) but chronic GVHD was significantly delayed in the study group (p=0.003). The actuarial 2-year probability of relapse was 30% in the study group versus 33% in the BMT group (NS). The actuarial 2-year probability of survival was 45% in the study group versus 43% in the BMT group (NS). We conclude that allogeneic transplantation of CD34-selected PBSC followed by pre-emptive CD8-depleted DLI is feasible with rapid engraftment and minimizes the risk of severe GVHD. Large prospective trials are required to confirm these results. [less ▲]

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See detailLa vaccination contre la fièvre aphteuse : perspectives
Thiry, Etienne ULg; De Clercq, K.; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Bulletin des Groupements Techniques Vétérinaires (2002), 14

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See detailCryopreservation For The Elimination Of Cucumber Mosaic And Banana Streak Viruses From Banana (Musa Spp.)
Helliot, Bertrand; Panis, B.; Poumay, Y. et al

in Plant Cell Reports (2002), 20(12), 1117-1122

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See detailUltrasound shear wave propagation in Caucasian hair.
Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Goffin, Véronique ULg; Uhoda, Emmanuelle ULg et al

in Exogenous Dermatology : Physical, Chemical, Biological (2002), 1

Background : The aspect of hair depends on the spatial organization of the hair shafts and on their chemical, physical and structural integrity. Some genetic disorders and exogenous influences may affect ... [more ▼]

Background : The aspect of hair depends on the spatial organization of the hair shafts and on their chemical, physical and structural integrity. Some genetic disorders and exogenous influences may affect it. Aims : In vivo objective assessments are welcome in order to compare the consequences of hair damages and to assess the kinetics of the changes occurring in time after damaging or attempting to repair the hair structure. Method : Ultrasound shear wave propagation measured on hair is introduced as an objective non-invasive method with in vitro and in vivo applications. Results : With multiple measurements made on the scalp of 72 Caucasians, hair felting following damage appeared to be associated with an increase in the coefficient of variation of the shear wave velocity measurements. Maximum hydration of hair locks increased the shear wave velocity in vitro and decreased the intraindividual range of data. The relevance of the method and reproducibility of data was influenced by the experimentalist skill. Conclusion : Ultrasound shear wave propagation on hair is influenced by the physical integrity of the hair shafts and on their three-dimensional arrangement. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of the collision-induced dissociation of duplex DNA at different collision regimes: Evidence for a multistep dissociation mechanism
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2002), 13(1), 91-98

The dissociation mechanism of duplex DNA has been investigated in detail by collision-induced dissociation experiments at different collision regimes. MS/MS experiments were performed either in a ... [more ▼]

The dissociation mechanism of duplex DNA has been investigated in detail by collision-induced dissociation experiments at different collision regimes. MS/MS experiments were performed either in a quadrupole collision cell (hybrid quadrupole-TOF instrument) or in a quadrupole ion trap with different activation times and energies. In addition to the noncovalent dissociation of the duplex into the single strands, other covalent bond fragmentation channels were observed. Neutral base loss from the duplex is favored by slow activation. In fast activation conditions, however, the major reaction channel is the noncovalent dissociation into single strands, which is highly entropy-favored. Fast activation regimes can favor the entropy-driven noncovalent dissociation, while in slow heating conditions the competition with enthalpy-driven covalent fragmentation can completely hinder the dissociation of the complex. We also evidence that the noncovalent dissociation of DNA duplex is a multistep process involving a progressive unzipping, preferentially at terminal positions. This is proposed to be a general feature for complexes containing a high number of contributing interactions organized at the interface of the ligands. The overall (observed) dissociation kinetics of noncovalent complexes can therefore depend on a complicated mechanism for which a single transition state description of the kinetics is too simplistic. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy Balance Closure At Fluxnet Sites
Wilson, K.; Goldstein, A.; Falge, E. et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2002), 113(1-4),

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See detailCompte-rendu de L. Blasucci, "Per una tipologia degli esordi nei canti danteschi"
Benzoni, Pietro ULg

in Stilistica e metrica (2002), II(2), 318-319

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See detailSkin tensile properties in patients treated for acromegaly.
Braham, Catherine; Betea, Daniela ULg; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 325-9

BACKGROUND: Somatotropic effects are described in the skin. Indeed, acromegaly is in part clinically recognized by cutaneous coarsening. The actual changes in tensile properties associated with the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Somatotropic effects are described in the skin. Indeed, acromegaly is in part clinically recognized by cutaneous coarsening. The actual changes in tensile properties associated with the cutaneous manifestations are largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: To study the relationships between the skin tensile properties and the severity of acromegaly as assessed by serum levels of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). PATIENTS AND METHOD: Assessments were made in 13 patients with acromegaly treated by somatostatin agonists combined or not with surgery. A total of 39 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects served as controls. Skin tensile properties were measured on the forearm and nape of the neck using a computerized suction device. RESULTS: Significant differences were yielded between the skin tensile properties in patients and normal subjects. The highest IGF-1 values in the patients' medical records were positively correlated with both skin distensibility and biologic elasticity. The most recent IGF-1 serum levels were negatively correlated with the visco-elastic ratio. No correlations were yielded between any of the biomechanical parameters and GH levels, disease duration and treatment dosages, respectively. CONCLUSION: The skin in acromegaly appears to be functionally more redundant and elastic than normal skin. The biomechanical changes appear quite different from those observed in other diseases with collagen deposition such as diabetes mellitus and scleroderma. [less ▲]

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See detailLe refinancement des communautés et l’extension de l’autonomie fiscale des régions : aspects juridiques et économiques
Bourgeois, Marc ULg; Van Der Stichele, Géraldine; Verdonck, Magali

in Administration Publique [=AP] : Revue du Droit Public et des Sciences Administratives (2002)

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See detailImproving the performance of low-gain designs for bounded control of linear systems
Grognard, F.; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Bastin, G.

in Automatica (2002), 38(11), 1777-1782

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See detailRapid And Homogenous Detection Of Apple Stem Pitting Virus By Rt-Pcr And A Fluorogenic 3 ' Minor Groove Binder-Dna Probe
Salmon, Marc ULg; Vendrame, Marina; Kummert, Jean et al

in European Journal of Plant Pathology (2002), 108(8), 755-762

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