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See detailHeroic Fantasy et modernité: la problématique de la quête chez Michael Moorcock et Samuel R. Delany
Delville, Michel ULg

in Sources: Revue d'Etudes Anglophones (2001), 11

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See detailAn overlay tree building control protocol
Mathy, Laurent ULg; Canonico, R.; Hutchison, D.

in Networked Group Communication (2001)

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See detailUmetnost Čarlsa Simića
Delville, Michel ULg

in ProFemina : Časopis za żensku knjiżevnost I kulturu (2001), 27

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See detailOral vitamin C attenuates acute ischaemia-reperfusion injury in skeletal muscle.
Kearns, S. R.; Moneley, D.; Murray, P. et al

in Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, British Volume (2001), 83(8), 1202-6

Ischaemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is caused by endothelial and subendothelial damage by neutrophil-derived oxidants. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which attenuates endothelial injury after IRI. Our aim was ... [more ▼]

Ischaemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is caused by endothelial and subendothelial damage by neutrophil-derived oxidants. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which attenuates endothelial injury after IRI. Our aim was to evaluate the effect of oral vitamin C in the prevention of IRI in skeletal muscle. We used a model of cross-clamping (3 hours) and reperfusion (1 hour) of the cremaster muscle in rats. Muscle function was assessed electrophysiologically by electrical field stimulation. Infiltration by neutrophils was determined by the activity of tissue myeloperoxidase (MPO) and tissue oedema by the wet-to-dry ratio. Neutrophil respiratory burst activity was measured in control animals and groups pretreated with vitamin C. IRI significantly decreased muscle function and increased muscle neutrophil MPO activity and muscle oedema. Pretreatment with vitamin C preserved muscle function and reduced tissue oedema and neutrophil infiltration. Neutrophil respiratory burst activity was reduced in the group treated with vitamin C compared with the control group. We conclude that pretreatment with oral vitamin C protects against acute muscle IRI, possibly by attenuating neutrophil respiratory burst activity. [less ▲]

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See detailNeuregulin signaling regulates neural precursor growth and the generation of oligodendrocytes in vitro
Calaora, Viviane; Rogister, Bernard ULg; Bismuth, Karen et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2001), 21

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See detailRépercussions systémiques des infections parodontales: définition d'un nouvel index parodontal
Geerts, Sabine ULg; Rompen, Eric ULg

in Actualités Dentaires de l'Université de Liège (2001), 207

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See detailN content of phloem and xylem exudates during the transition to flowering in Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana
Corbesier, Laurent; Havelange, Andrée ULg; Lejeune, Pierre et al

in Plant, Cell & Environment (2001), 24

The involvement of nitrogenous substances in the transition to flowering was investigated in Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana (Columbia). Both species grown in short days (SD) are induced to flower ... [more ▼]

The involvement of nitrogenous substances in the transition to flowering was investigated in Sinapis alba and Arabidopsis thaliana (Columbia). Both species grown in short days (SD) are induced to flower by one long day (LD). In S. alba, the phloem sap (leaf and apical exudates) and the xylem sap (root exudate) were analysed in LD versus SD. In A. thaliana, only the leaf exudate could be analysed but an alternative system for inducing flowering without day-length extension was used: the displaced SD (DSD). Significant results are: (i) in both species, the leaf exudate was enriched in Gln during the inductive LD, at a time compatible with export of the floral stimulus; (ii) in S. alba, the root export of amino acids decreased in LD, whereas the nitrate remained unchanged - thus the extra-Gln found in the leaf exudate should originate from the leaves; (iii) extra-Gln was also found very early in the apical exudate of S. alba in LD, together with more Glu; (iv) in A. thaliana induced by one DSD, the leaf export of Asn increased sharply, instead of Gln in LD. This agrees with Asn prevalence in C-limited plants. The putative role of amino acids in the transition to flowering is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMigraine
Sandor, Peter S.; Agosti, Reto; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Pain Clinical Updates (2001), 9

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See detailMechanisms of unconsciousness during general anaesthesia
BONHOMME, Vincent ULg; Hans, Pol

in Current Anaesthesia and Critical Care (2001), (12), 109-113

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See detailQuelques outils numériques de gestion des eaux de surface
Pirotton, Michel ULg; Lejeune, André ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg et al

in Bulletin de l'A.I.Lg (2001), (2), 29-31

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See detailCoordinated regulation of procollagens I and III and their post-translational enzymes by dissipation of mechanical tension in human dermal fibroblasts.
Lambert, Charles ULg; Colige, Alain ULg; Lapiere, C. M. et al

in European Journal of Cell Biology (2001), 80(7), 479-85

Mechanical tension governs fibroblast proliferation and survival and the homeostasis of the extracellular matrix to adapt its resistance to the mechanical requirements of the organs. To consolidate this ... [more ▼]

Mechanical tension governs fibroblast proliferation and survival and the homeostasis of the extracellular matrix to adapt its resistance to the mechanical requirements of the organs. To consolidate this view, we analysed the effect of tension release on the expression of molecules involved in the architecture and stabilisation of the collagen fibres, namely the procollagens type I and III, the amino- and carboxy-procollagen peptidases (N-pCP and C-pCP) and lysyl oxidase. Cells were cultured in conditions of high mechanical stress in monolayer on a collagen coat and under reduced tension by disruption of the cytoskeleton upon treatment with cytochalasin D in monolayer on a collagen coat or by integrin-mediated stress relaxation in a freely retracting collagen gel. The mRNAs were measured by quantitative RT-PCR monitored by simultaneous reverse-transcription and amplification of an original internal standard. Tension relaxation resulted in a decreased expression of the procollagens type I and III, of the two expressed forms of C-pCP, of the two forms of N-pCP and of lysyl oxidase. Type III collagen, known to control diameter of the fibres, was less down-regulated than type I collagen. Interestingly, the expression of the two alternatively spliced forms of the N-pCP was dissimilarly regulated. These data suggest that mechanical tension may modulate the stiffness of the extracellular matrix by controlling not only the level of expression of its fibrillar constituents but also that of the enzymes participating in their extracellular processing and mechanical stabilisation. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgique: l'euthanasie pourrait ne pas constituer une infraction
Mormont, Christian ULg

in Courrier de l'éthique médicale (2001), 1(2), 33-34

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See detailBulletin bibliographique de la Société Rencesvals 2000-2001
Henrard, Nadine ULg

in Bulletin Bibliographique de la Société Rencesvals pour l'étude des épopées romanes (2001), (32), 1-237

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See detailRole of interface deformations in Benard-Marangoni instability
Lebon, Georgy ULg; Dauby, Pierre ULg; Regnier, Vincent

in Acta Astronautica (2001), 48(5-12), 617-627

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See detailLa réforme de la procédure fiscale : le point de vue de la Cour d’arbitrage
Orban, Lionel ULg

in Fiscalité 2001. Le point sur les réformes », Journée d’études du Mercredi 31 octobre 2001, organisée par le Service de droit fiscal de la Faculté de droit de l’Université de Liège (2001)

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See detailImage du mois. Abces cerebral et toxoplasmose.
Omazic, A. F.; Welter, P.; Piette, Jacques ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(8), 541-2

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See detailQuantitative cell dispersion analysis: new test to measure tumor cell aggressiveness
Nawrocki-Raby, Béatrice; Polette, Myriam; Gilles, Christine ULg et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (2001), 93(5), 644-52

Tumor progression requires the dispersion of epithelial cells from neoplastic clusters and cell invasion of adjacent stromal connective tissue. Aiming at demonstrating the precise relationships between ... [more ▼]

Tumor progression requires the dispersion of epithelial cells from neoplastic clusters and cell invasion of adjacent stromal connective tissue. Aiming at demonstrating the precise relationships between cell dispersion and cell invasion, related respectively to expression of E-cadherin/catenin complex and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), we developed an original in vitro model of cell dispersion analysis. Our study reports the validation of this model that allowed us to analyze and quantify the cell cohesion level by means of time-lapse videomicroscopy and computer analysis based on the observation of spatial and temporal cell distribution. Our model was able to distinguish 2 groups among different human bronchial and mammary epithelial cells previously characterized for the expression of E-cadherin/catenin complex and MMPs and their invasive capacity in the Boyden chamber assay. The first group (16HBE14o-, MCF-7, T47D) that expressed membranous E-cadherin and -catenin, and was negative for MMP-2 expression and non-invasive, displayed a highly cohesive pattern corresponding to a cluster spatial distribution. The second group (Beas2B, BZR, BZR-T33, MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-435, BT549 and HS578T) that was invasive and showed lack of expression of E-cadherin and a cytoplasmic redistribution of -catenin, displayed a dispersed pattern corresponding to a random spatial distribution. Downregulation of E-cadherin by a blocking antibody induced a more random distribution. Conversely, expression of E-cadherin by cDNA transfection induced a cluster distribution. Moreover, tumor cell lines that co-expressed MT1-MMP and MMP-2 (Beas2B, BZR, BZR-T33, MDA-MB-435, BT549 and HS578T) showed a more dispersed pattern than tumor cell lines that did not express MMP-2 (MDA-MB-231). In conclusion, we demonstrated that the spatial group behavior of cell lines, i.e., their cohesion/dispersion ability, reflects their invasive properties. Thus, this model of cell dispersion analysis may represent a new test to measure tumor cell aggressiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailKey criteria for the design of polymeric stabilizers for aqueous titanium dioxide dispersions of high solid content
Creutz, Serge; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in e-Polymers (2001), (14), 1-9

Amphiphilic copolymers consisting of an animated hydrophobic block and a hydrophilic poly(sodium methacrylate) one have been synthesized with different structures and tested as stabilizers for aqueous ... [more ▼]

Amphiphilic copolymers consisting of an animated hydrophobic block and a hydrophilic poly(sodium methacrylate) one have been synthesized with different structures and tested as stabilizers for aqueous dispersions of alumina coated titanium dioxide (80 wt.-% solid). The dispersion stability is ruled by the strength of the anchoring of the aminated block onto the pigment and by the dynamics of the micelles formed by the copolymer. Any decrease in the anchoring strength, for example as a result of higher steric hindrance for the adsorbing block or of random rather than blocky distribution of the aminated co-units, is detrimental to the dispersion stability and makes this stability more dependent on the copolymer composition. Indeed, the position and dynamics of the unimers micelles equilibrium then control the adsorption of the copolymer on the pigment during the grinding process. [less ▲]

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See detailGenesis of clone size heterogeneity in megakaryocytic and other hemopoietic colonies: the stochastic model revisited
Paulus, Jean-Michel ULg; Levin, Jack; Debili, Najet et al

in International Society for Experimental Hematology (2001), 29(nd), 1256-69

OBJECTIVE: We previously showed that the distributions of the numbers of doublings (NbD) undergone by individual megakaryocyte progenitors before commitment to polyploidization are markedly skewed and can ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: We previously showed that the distributions of the numbers of doublings (NbD) undergone by individual megakaryocyte progenitors before commitment to polyploidization are markedly skewed and can consistently be fitted to straight lines when plotted on semilogarithmic coordinates. The slope of such lines, which yields the probability of polyploidization per doubling, is made less steep by stimulators of megakaryocyte colony formation and is less steep in mixed erythroid-megakaryocyte than in pure megakaryocyte colonies. Therefore, megakaryocytopoiesis provides a unique model for the study of clonal heterogeneity in a hemopoietic lineage, which is the subject of this review. DATA SOURCES: Articles relevant to the interpretation of these data were selected from the authors' and public databases. DATA SYNTHESIS: Exponential NbD distributions were first explained by postulating that following the assembly of thrombopoiesis-specific regulators, megakaryocyte progenitors require only a single random event to arrest proliferation and commit to polyploidization. However, this stochastic model was refuted by data indicating that intrinsic properties of individual progenitors affect the NbD they achieve. We suggest that the unequal repartition of critical compounds (including receptors, signaling molecules, and gene regulators) inherent in the stem cell-progenitor transition causes a heritable heterogeneity in megakaryocyte progenitor responsiveness to polyploidization inducers. This model would be compatible with 1) the evidence for intraclonal synchronization in megakaryocyte and other hemopoietic clones generated by committed progenitors; 2) the low probability of polyploidization of the relatively insensitive bipotent megakaryocyte progenitors; and 3) the thesis that stimulators act in part by recruiting megakaryocyte progenitor cells endowed with lesser responsiveness to polyploidization inducers and higher proliferative potential. CONCLUSION: The responsiveness of individual megakaryocyte progenitors to polyploidization inducers may be a major determinant of the exponential shape of NbD distributions. [less ▲]

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See detailRespiratory chain network in mitochondria of Candida parapsilosis: ADP/O appraisal of the multiple electron pathways.
Milani, G.; Jarmuszkiewicz, W.; Sluse-Goffart, C. et al

in FEBS Letters (2001), 508

In this study we demonstrated that mitochondria of Candida parapsilosis contain a constitutive ubiquinol alternative oxidase (AOX) in addition to a classical respiratory chain (CRC) and a parallel ... [more ▼]

In this study we demonstrated that mitochondria of Candida parapsilosis contain a constitutive ubiquinol alternative oxidase (AOX) in addition to a classical respiratory chain (CRC) and a parallel respiratory chain (PAR) both terminating by two different cytochrome c oxidases. The C. parapsilosis AOX is characterized by a fungi-type regulation by GMP (as a stimulator) and linoleic acid (as an inhibitor). Inhibitor screening of the respiratory network by the ADP/O ratio and state 3 respiration determinations showed that (i) oxygen can be reduced by the three terminal oxidases through four paths implying one bypass between CRC and PAR and (ii) the sum of CRC, AOX and PAR capacities is higher than the overall respiration (no additivity) and that their engagement could be progressive according to the redox state of ubiquinone, i.e. first cytochrome pathway, then AOX and finally PAR. [less ▲]

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See detailShort-term variations of the partial pressure of CO2 in surface waters of the Galician upwelling system
Borges, Alberto ULg; Frankignoulle, Michel

in Progress in Oceanography (2001), 50(2-4), 283-302

The partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) and dissolved oxygen saturation level (%O2) were monitored continuously during a cruise in August 1998, which sampled surface waters off the Galician coast. Data are ... [more ▼]

The partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) and dissolved oxygen saturation level (%O2) were monitored continuously during a cruise in August 1998, which sampled surface waters off the Galician coast. Data are presented from two Lagrangian experiments carried out in an upwelling on the continental shelf and in the core of an offshore filament. The data show that daily variations in surface pCO2 and oxygen (%O2) were controlled by the diurnal cycle of primary production/respiration, temperature variations and air–sea exchange. Data obtained during various cross-shelf and cross-filament transects are also discussed and give an insight into the processes controlling large scale variations of pCO2 and %O2 in the Galician upwelling system. These data suggest that upwelling filaments are an important feature of the inorganic carbon cycle of upwelling systems. However more field data in the various eastern boundary current systems worldwide are needed. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes F2 need a hard pomeron?
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Soyez, G.

in Physics Letters B (2001), 516

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See detailMicrowave Corneosurfametry and the Short-Duration Dansyl Chloride Extraction Test for Rating Concentrated Irritant Surfactants
Goffin, Véronique ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 202(1), 46-8

BACKGROUND: There are ethical concerns to conduct in vivo tests in the animal and human to provide evidence that cosmetics and other topical products are safe. OBJECTIVE: To compare two methods, namely ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: There are ethical concerns to conduct in vivo tests in the animal and human to provide evidence that cosmetics and other topical products are safe. OBJECTIVE: To compare two methods, namely the short-duration dansyl chloride extraction test and the microwave corneosurfametry bioassay, to test the irritation potential of concentrated surfactant systems. METHODS: Five surfactants and water were tested using the in vivo test and the bioassay. RESULTS: A significant linear correlation was found between data yielded by the two procedures. CONCLUSION: The short-duration dansyl chloride extraction test and the microwave corneosurfametry bioassay provide similar information. The latter has the advantage of being safe. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution des organisations urbaines et mobilités quotidiennes : espace de référence et analyse des processus
Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

in Espace Géographique (L') (2001), 30(1), 67-80

Cet article traite des liens entre la mobilité quotidienne et les évolutions intra-urbaines. Dans ce cadre, un espace géographique urbain de référence a tout d'abord été construit ; afin de clarifier des ... [more ▼]

Cet article traite des liens entre la mobilité quotidienne et les évolutions intra-urbaines. Dans ce cadre, un espace géographique urbain de référence a tout d'abord été construit ; afin de clarifier des processus d'évolution, il semble en effet naturel de débuter par la définition d'un état stable. Concernant les processus, plusieurs différenciations ont été opérées, notamment : l'urbanisation par rapport à la désurbanisation et l'urbanisation fonctionnelle par rapport à l'urbanisation morphologique. La problématique des types de mobilité a également été intégrée, ce qui a déterminé une réflexion sur le thème de la transition périurbaine, c'est-à-dire le processus de mutation de la ville sous l'impact de la mobilité automobile. [less ▲]

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. L'etude CALM ou interet de combiner un inhibiteur de l'enzyme de conversion et un antagoniste du recepteur de type 1 de l'angiotensine II dans le traitement de la nephropathie diabetique.
Philips, Jean-Christophe ULg; Weekers, Laurent ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(2), 126-8

The main objective of the CALM (Candesartan And Lisinopril Microalbuminuria) study is to assess the effect of a dual blockade of the renin-angiotensin system--using both an angiotensin converting enzyme ... [more ▼]

The main objective of the CALM (Candesartan And Lisinopril Microalbuminuria) study is to assess the effect of a dual blockade of the renin-angiotensin system--using both an angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACE-I) and an angiotensin II type 1 receptor blocker--in patients with type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure and microalbuminuria. The study included 200 patients randomized to receive candesartan 16 mg or lisinopril 20 mg for 12 weeks, followed by 12 weeks of the same monotherapy or a combination treatment. Main outcomes are the reduction of microalbuminuria and blood pressure. All three of the treatments are effective, but the dual blockade is respectively 18%, 8 mmHg and 5 mmHg more effective in reducing microalbuminuria, systolic and diastolic blood pressure. No comparison is made between this "new" association and the more frequently used biotherapy (i.e. ACE-I plus thiazidic diuretic) and therefore its usefulness in regular practice is still to be determined. [less ▲]

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See detailThe organotypic culture of HPV-transformed keratinocytes: an effective in vitro model for the development of new immunotherapeutic approaches for mucosal (pre)neoplastic lesions.
Delvenne, Philippe ULg; Hubert, Pascale ULg; Jacobs, Nathalie ULg et al

in Vaccine (2001), 19(17-19), 2557-64

The purpose of this study is to develop a reliable in vitro human model to test new immunotherapeutic approaches for squamous cell carcinoma that develop on mucosal surfaces. The organotypic (raft ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study is to develop a reliable in vitro human model to test new immunotherapeutic approaches for squamous cell carcinoma that develop on mucosal surfaces. The organotypic (raft) culture permits cells to proliferate and differentiate at an air-liquid interface on a dermal equivalent support. Normal keratinocytes stratify and fully differentiate in a manner similar to the normal squamous epithelial tissues, while human papillomavirus-immortalized and established squamous carcinoma cell lines exhibit dysplastic morphologies similar to (pre)neoplastic lesions seen in vivo. We have demonstrated the ability of these organotypic cultures to be manipulated by altering the epithelial stratification with cytokines (interferon-gamma and tumor necrosis factor-alpha) and by integrating activated lymphocytes or dendritic cells into the in vitro formed epithelial sheet. This model may provide a useful tool to investigate the factors contributing to the presence and function of immunocompetent cells within a neoplastic epithelium that develops on a mucosal surface. [less ▲]

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See detailSymptoms modifying effect of avocado/soybean unsaponifiables (ASU) in knee osteoarthritis. A double blind, prospective, placebo-controlled study.
Appelboom, T; Schuermans, J; Verbruggen, G et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology (2001), 30(4), 242-7

OBJECTIVES: We compare the symptomatic effects of 300 or 600mg daily of ASU in patients with knee osteoarthritis. METHODS: A multicenter, double blind, study comparing a daily intake of 300mg or 600mg of ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: We compare the symptomatic effects of 300 or 600mg daily of ASU in patients with knee osteoarthritis. METHODS: A multicenter, double blind, study comparing a daily intake of 300mg or 600mg of ASU and placebo. The study lasted 3 months and involved patients of both genders, aged 45 to 80 years and presenting with femoro-tibial knee osteoarthritis. The primary endpoint was NSAIDs and analgesics intake between D30 and D90. RESULTS: All efficacy parameters were significantly improved (p<0.01), in the two ASU groups compared to the placebo group. At D90, NSAIDs and analgesics intake decreased by more than 50% in 71% of the patients receiving ASU 300mg or 600mg, compared to 36% of the patients receiving placebo. From DO to D90 Lequesne's index dropped by 3.9 and 2.9 points in ASU 300mg and 600mg groups, respectively, against 1.6 in those receiving placebo. CONCLUSION: The efficacy of ASU at a dosage of 300mg/day and 600mg/day was consistently superior to that of placebo at all endpoints, with no differences observed between the two doses. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of nonlocal electrodynamics on the anisotropic vortex pinning in YNi2B2C
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Thompson, J. R.; Civale, L. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2001), 64(1),

We have studied the pinning force density F-p of YNi2B2C superconductors for various field orientations. We observe anisotropies both between the c axis and the basal plane and within the plane that ... [more ▼]

We have studied the pinning force density F-p of YNi2B2C superconductors for various field orientations. We observe anisotropies both between the c axis and the basal plane and within the plane that cannot be explained by the usual mass anisotropy. For magnetic field H parallel toc, the reorientation structural transition in the vortex lattice due to nonlocality, which occurs at a field H(1)similar to1 kOe, manifests itself as a kink in F-p(H). When H perpendicular toc, F-p is much larger and has a quite different H dependence, indicating that other pinning mechanisms are present. In this case the signature of nonlocal effects is the presence of a fourfold periodicity of F-p within the basal plane. [less ▲]

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See detailDe l'utilisation pédagogique d'Internet dans l'enseignement secondaire
Hubert, Sylviane; Petit, Christelle; Demily, Fabian et al

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2001)

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See detailNovel plasma extraction procedure and development of a specific enzyme immunoassay of oxytocin: application to biological and clinical investigations of small-cell carcinoma of the lung
Pequeux, Christel ULg; Hendrick, Jean-Claude; Hagelstein, Marie-Thérèse ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation (2001), 61(5), 407-415

Paraneoplastic secretion of the lactation-inducing hormone oxytocin (OT) has been reported in about 30% of cases of small cell carcinoma of the lung (SCCL). In order to investigate the role of OT in the ... [more ▼]

Paraneoplastic secretion of the lactation-inducing hormone oxytocin (OT) has been reported in about 30% of cases of small cell carcinoma of the lung (SCCL). In order to investigate the role of OT in the biology of SCCL tumours, a specific enzyme-immunoassay(EIA) for OT, which can be applied to both human plasma <br />and culturemedium, has been developed. OT EIA is performed on 96-well microtiter plates coated with a rabbit polyclonal antibody (Ab) anti-OT (O4). This antibody does not exhibit any significant cross-reactivity either with vasopressin (VP) or with vasotocin (VT). The immunological reaction involving Ab anti-OT is a competition between the tracer (biotinylatedOT) and syntheticOT (standard curve) or OT present in biological samples. In order to limit interference induced by plasma proteins, plasma samples are titrated by a one-step centrifugation on centricon YM-3 (cut-oOE 3000 Da). After plasma filtration, 90.7 ± 5.1 (SD) % (n = 22) immunoreactive ( IR) OT is recovered. The sensitivity of OT EIA is 1 pmol/L, while intra- and inter-assay coefficients of variation (CV) are around 3.41% and 2.84%, respectively. In healthy volunteers, plasma IR OT is 7.28 ± 4.49 (SD) pmol/L (n = 32) with no gender diOEerence. As shown by the data both from plasma of SCCL patients and from supernatants and cell contents of SCCL cell lines, this EIA procedure offers a novel, reproducible, specific and sensitive method for the measurement of IR OT. [less ▲]

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See detailHpa Axis Dysfunction in Major Depression: Relationship to 5-Ht(1a) Receptor Activity
Pitchot, William ULg; Herrera, C.; Ansseau, Marc ULg

in Neuropsychobiology (2001), 44(2), 74-7

Major depression is associated with a dysfunction of the serotonergic activity and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Moreover, a reciprocal relationship between the serotonergic and HPA axis ... [more ▼]

Major depression is associated with a dysfunction of the serotonergic activity and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Moreover, a reciprocal relationship between the serotonergic and HPA axis systems has been hypothesized. The purpose of the present study was to assess the relationship between sensitivity of 5-HT(1A) receptors as measured by hormonal (ACTH, cortisol and PRL) and temperature responses to flesinoxan and HPA axis activity as measured by the dexamethasone suppression test. The sample included 21 inpatients with major depression. Dexamethasone nonsuppressors exhibited lower ACTH responses to flesinoxan as compared with dexamethasone suppressors. The results showed that a dysfunction in 5-HT(1A) receptor activity could be due to a hypersecretion of cortisol. [less ▲]

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See detailThymic Expression of Insulin-Related Genes in an Animal Model of Autoimmune Type 1 Diabetes
Kecha-Kamoun, Ouafae; Achour, Imane; Martens, Henri ULg et al

in Diabetes/Metabolism Research & Reviews (2001), 17(2, Mar-Apr), 146-52

BACKGROUND: Insulin and multiple other autoantigens have been implicated in the pathogenesis of autoimmune type 1 diabetes, but the origin of immunological self-reactivity specifically oriented against ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Insulin and multiple other autoantigens have been implicated in the pathogenesis of autoimmune type 1 diabetes, but the origin of immunological self-reactivity specifically oriented against insulin-secreting islet beta-cells remains obscure. The primary objective of the present study was to investigate the hypothesis that a defect in thymic central T-cell self-tolerance of the insulin hormone family could contribute to the pathophysiology of type 1 diabetes. This hypothesis was investigated in a classic animal model of type 1 diabetes, the Bio-Breeding (BB) rat. METHODS: The expression of the mammalian insulin-related genes (Ins, Igf1 and Igf2) was analysed in the thymus of inbred Wistar Furth rats (WF), diabetes-resistant BB (BBDR) and diabetes-prone BB (BBDP) rats. RESULTS: RT-PCR analyses of total RNA from WF, BBDP and BBDR thymi revealed that Igf1 and Ins mRNAs are present in 15/15 thymi from 2-day-old, 5-day-old and 5-week-old WF, BBDR and BBDP rats. In contrast, a complete absence of Igf2 mRNA was observed in more than 80% of BBDP thymi. The absence of detectable Igf2 transcripts in the thymus of BBDP rats is tissue-specific, since Igf2 mRNAs were detected in all BBDP brains and livers examined. Using a specific immunoradiometric assay, the concentration of thymic IGF-2 protein was significantly lower in BBDP than in BBDR rats (p<0.01). CONCLUSIONS: The present study suggests an association between the emergence of autoimmune diabetes and a defect in Igf2 expression in the thymus of BBDP rats. This tissue-specific defect in gene expression could contribute both to the lymphopenia of these rats (by impaired T-cell development) and the absence of central T-cell self-tolerance of the insulin hormone family (by defective negative selection of self-reactive T-cells). [less ▲]

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See detailSmall Town China. Goverance, Economy, Environment and Lifestyle in Three Zhen
Florence, Eric ULg

in Revue Bibliographique de Sinologie = Review of Bibliography in Sinology (2001), Vol. XVIII

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See detailRheology of compatibilized immiscible viscoelastic polymer blends
Iza, Mustapha; Bousmina, Mosto; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Rheologica Acta (2001), 40(1), 10-22

Rheological behavior of a PS/PE model viscoelastic immiscible blend compatibilized by two types of inter facial modifiers was investigated. Dynamic, steady shear, and transient experiments were performed ... [more ▼]

Rheological behavior of a PS/PE model viscoelastic immiscible blend compatibilized by two types of inter facial modifiers was investigated. Dynamic, steady shear, and transient experiments were performed to probe the effect of the interfacial modification on the rheological behavior of the blend. While the effect was relatively small in dynamic and steady shear experiments, significant signature of the presence of the copolymer was observed in transient experiments after start up of shear flow. The magnitude of the departure from Doi-Otha theory (worked out for non-compatibilized blends) was evaluated. [less ▲]

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See detailDe impact van Van Ostaijen. Een gesprek met Geert Buelens
Spinoy, Erik ULg; Willockx, Dietlinde; Peeters, Patrick

in Freespace Nieuwzuid (2001), 2(7), 3-28

This is the text of an interview with Geert Buelens, author of an important study of Paul van Ostaijen's influence on modern Flemish poetry.

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See detailCarbon balance gradient in European forests: should we doubt 'surprising' results? A reply to Piovesan & Adams
Jarvis, P. G.; Dolman, A. J.; Schulze, E. D. et al

in Journal of Vegetation Science (2001), 12(1), 145-150

This paper responds to the Forum contribution by Piovesan & Adams (2000) who criticized the results obtained by the EUROFLUX network on carbon fluxes of several European forests. The major point of ... [more ▼]

This paper responds to the Forum contribution by Piovesan & Adams (2000) who criticized the results obtained by the EUROFLUX network on carbon fluxes of several European forests. The major point of criticism was that the data provided by EUROFLUX are inconsistent with current scientific understanding. It is argued that understanding the terrestrial global carbon cycle requires more than simply restating what was known previously, and that Piovesan & Adams have not been able to show any major conflicts between our findings and ecosystem or atmospheric-transport theories. [less ▲]

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See detailImpaired emotional facial expression in alcoholism compared with obsessive compulsive disorder and normal controls
Kornreich, C; Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Philippot, P et al

in Psychiatry Research (2001), 102

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See detailLa réception de l’art japonais en Belgique
Bawin, Julie ULg

in Art&Fact (2001)

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See detailLes bioindustries fertilisent la valorisation
Thonart, Philippe ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2001), 5(3), 131-134

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See detailEntre Susana y Dulcinea. Imágenes femeninas en el discurso zapatista
Vanden Berghe, Kristine ULg

in México en Movimiento (2001), 8

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See detailLa sémiologie selon L.J. Prieto
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Linx (2001), 44

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See detailUnraveling Oligodendrocyte Origin and Function by Cell-Specific Transgenesis
Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Yuan, Xiaoqing; Gallo, Vittorio

in Developmental Neuroscience (2001), 23(4-5), 287-98

Besides the role of mature oligodendrocytes in myelin synthesis during the development of the central nervous system (CNS), the oligodendrocyte lineage also encompasses the largest pool of postnatal ... [more ▼]

Besides the role of mature oligodendrocytes in myelin synthesis during the development of the central nervous system (CNS), the oligodendrocyte lineage also encompasses the largest pool of postnatal proliferating progenitors whose behavior in vivo remains broadly elusive in health and disease. We describe here transgenic models that allow us to track the functions and origins of such cells by using proteolipid protein and 2',3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase (CNP) gene promoters to direct oligodendroglial expression of different reporters, in particular the green fluorescent protein (GFP). We emphasize that the CNP-GFP mouse, which targets the entire oligodendroglial lineage from embryonic life to adulthood, provides an outstanding tool to study the in vivo properties of oligodendrocyte progenitor cells in normal and damaged CNS. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of low-density xerogels by incorporation of additives during synthesis
Alié, Christelle ULg; Ferauche, Fabrice; Pirard, René ULg et al

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (2001), 289(1-3), 88-96

Low-density xerogels were prepared by incorporation of an additive to alcogels prior to gelation. The additives studied are 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS), 3 ... [more ▼]

Low-density xerogels were prepared by incorporation of an additive to alcogels prior to gelation. The additives studied are 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS), 3-aminopropyltrimethoxysilane (AMS), propyltrimethoxysilane (PMS), tetramethylorthosilicate (TMOS) and 3-aminopropyltriethoxysilane (AES) using tetraethylorthosilicate (TEOS) as main silica precursor. Samples were also prepared with EDAS as additive and TMOS as main silica reagent. When the additive contains methoxy groups, it reacts first, forms nuclei on which the main reagent TEOS reacts to form the silica particles. The nucleation mechanism by the additive occurs only in case of a difference of reactivity between additive and main silica precursor. The other group of the additive (amine, alkyl group, ...) influences only the gelation time. In case of ethoxy groups (series AES/TEOS) or methoxy groups (series EDAS/TMOS) for both additive and main reagent, there is no nucleation by the additive. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailConsumer Evaluations of Brand Extensions: Differences between Goods and Services
Van Riel, Allard ULg; Lemmink, Jos; Ouwersloot, Hans

in Journal of Service Research (2001), 3(3), 220-231

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See detailQuantitative short-term study of Anal sphincter function after chemoradiation for rectal cancer
Gervaz, Pascal; Rotholtz, Nicolas; Pisano, Michele et al

in Langenbeck's Archives of Surgery (2001), 136

Hypothesis: Pelvic irradiation adversely affects anal sphincter function after proctectomy with coloanal anastomosis for low rectal and middle rectal (,10 cm from the anal verge) tumors. Design: Case ... [more ▼]

Hypothesis: Pelvic irradiation adversely affects anal sphincter function after proctectomy with coloanal anastomosis for low rectal and middle rectal (,10 cm from the anal verge) tumors. Design: Case-control study. Setting: Private, tertiary care referral center. Patients: Patients treated for low rectal adenocarcinoma between January 1, 1994, and October 31, 1999. Interventions: Anal manometric data were prospectively collected at the time of initial diagnosis and before ileostomy closure. Main Outcome Measures: Mean and maximum resting pressures (RPs) and squeeze pressures, threshold volume for sensation, and maximal tolerable volume. Results: Twenty-three patients in the surgery group and 19 in the chemoradiotherapy group were considered for [less ▲]

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See detailAbsence of protective effect of oral insulin on residual ß-cell function in type 1 diabetes
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in International Diabetes Monitor (2001), 13

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See detailLes troubles des fonctions exécutives dans la maladie d'Alzheimer
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg

in Alzheimer Actualités (2001), (155), 6-9

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See detailDetermination of the scattering coefficient of random rough diffusing surfaces for room acoustics applications
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg; Archambeau, Dominique; Stan, Guy-Bart

in Acta Acustica United with Acustica (2001), 87

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Badir, Sémir ULg; Arrivé, Michel

in Linx (2001), 44

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See detailOptimisation of Stiffened Structures
Rigo, Philippe ULg

in Dept. of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering (2001)

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See detailIn vitro effects of aceclofenac and its metabolites on the production by chondrocytes of inflammatory mediators.
Henrotin, Yves ULg; de Leval, X.; Mathy, Marianne ULg et al

in Inflammation Research (2001), 50(8), 391-9

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the mechanisms of action underlying the anti-inflammatory action of aceclofenac in vivo, we studied in vitro the effect of aceclofenac and its main metabolite, 4 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the mechanisms of action underlying the anti-inflammatory action of aceclofenac in vivo, we studied in vitro the effect of aceclofenac and its main metabolite, 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac, in comparison with diclofenac, another metabolite, on cyclooxygenases activity as well as interleukin-1beta, -6 and -8, nitric oxide, and prostaglandin E2 production by human osteoarthritic and normal articular chondrocytes. METHODS: Enzymatically isolated human chondrocytes were cultured for 72 h in the absence or presence of interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) or lipopolysacharride (LPS) and with or without increased amounts (1 to 30 microM) of aceclofenac or metabolites. The production of different cytokines was measured by Enzyme Amplified Sensitivity Immunoassays (EASIA). Prostaglandin E2 was quantified by a specific radioimmunoassay. Nitrite and nitrate concentrations in the culture supernatants were determined by spectrophotometric method based upon the Griess reaction. Cyclooxygenase-2, inducible NO synthase and IL-1beta gene expression were quantified by reverse transcription of mRNA followed by real time and quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Finally, cyclooxygenase inhibitory potency of the drugs was also tested in both a cell-free system using purified ovine cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 (COX-1 and COX-2) and at a cellular level using human whole blood assay. RESULTS: We have demonstrated that aceclofenac, 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac and diclofenac significantly decreased interleukin-6 production at concentrations ranged among 1 to 30 microM and fully blocked prostaglandin E2 synthesis by IL-1beta- or LPS-stimulated human chondrocytes. Aceclofenac and diclofenac had no effect on interleukin-8 production while 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac slightly decreased this parameter at the highest dose (30 microM). Aceclofenac was without effect on IL-1beta- or LPS-stimulated nitric oxide production. At 30 microM, 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac inhibited both IL-1beta or LPS-stimulated nitric oxide production while diclofenac inhibited only the LPS-stimulated production. Finally, at 30 microM, the three drugs significantly decreased IL-1beta mRNA. In the whole blood test, aceclofenac and 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac weakly inhibited COX-1 with IC50 values superior to 100 microM, but decreased by 50% COX-2 activity at the concentration of 0.77 and 36 microM, respectively. Diclofenac strongly inhibited both COX-1 and COX-2 with IC50 values of 0.6 and 0.04 microM, respectively. On the other hand, aceclofenac and diclofenac weakly inhibited purified ovine cyclooxygenases with IC50 values superior to 100 microM, whereas 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac was without effect. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that aceclofenac actions are multifactorial and that metabolites could contribute to its anti-inflammatory actions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of the Technical Barrier to Trade Agreement in the development of transparency
Munoz, Rodolphe ULg

in Cambridge Yearbook of European Legal Studies (2001), 4

Cet article vise à donner une explication générale du fonctionnement de l'accord OTC. Il s'attarde plus particulièrement sur les aspects concernant le contrôles des barrières techniques au commerce. En ... [more ▼]

Cet article vise à donner une explication générale du fonctionnement de l'accord OTC. Il s'attarde plus particulièrement sur les aspects concernant le contrôles des barrières techniques au commerce. En effet, celles-ci sont aujourd'hui les plus entraventes pour les entreprises. [less ▲]

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See detailResidual circulation and thermohaline distribution of the Ria de Vigo: a 3-D hydrodynamical model
Lopez, S. T.; Varela, R. A.; Delhez, Eric ULg

in Scientia Marina (2001), 65(Suppl. 1), 277-289

A three-dimensional, non-linear, baroclinic model is described and tested for the first time to study the residual circulation and the thermohaline distribution of the Ria de Vigo (NW Spain) at short time ... [more ▼]

A three-dimensional, non-linear, baroclinic model is described and tested for the first time to study the residual circulation and the thermohaline distribution of the Ria de Vigo (NW Spain) at short time scales and under different wind stress regimes. Two markedly different realistic scenarios were chosen: northerly upwelling-favourable winds and southerly downwelling-favourable winds. The numerical experiments carried out indicate that the hydrodynamic regime of the Ria de Vigo is mostly a consequence of wind events. As could be expected, moderately strong North winds reinforce the normal (positive) Ria circulation, while winds blowing from the South, when sufficiently strong, reverse the typical circulation pattern and reduce the characteristic outgoing velocities and the flushing time inside the Ria. The temperature and salinity fields generated by the model in both situations were compared with observations and found to be in qualitatively good agreement, supporting the 3D velocity field distribution. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular bases of the interaction between human prolactin and its membrane receptor: A ten year study
KINET, Sandrina; BERNICHTEIN, Sophie; LLOVERA, Marta et al

in Recent research developments in endocrinology (2001), 2

In this review, we make a chronologically overview of a project aimed at deciphering the molecular bases of the mechanism by which prolactin, a pituitary-secreted polypeptidic hormone, interacts with its ... [more ▼]

In this review, we make a chronologically overview of a project aimed at deciphering the molecular bases of the mechanism by which prolactin, a pituitary-secreted polypeptidic hormone, interacts with its membrane receptor, a member of the cytokine receptor superfamily. This study, based essentially on structural and mutational analysis of human prolactin, has identified two regions interacting with the receptor, named binding sites 1 and 2. We have also provided evidence that prolactin induces dimerization of its receptor through its two binding sites, and based on that mechanism of activation, we have engineered and characterized prolactin antagonists able to block the effect of the hormone by competition for receptor binding. Our study has also highlighted the importance of using well characterized bioassays to monitor such a structure-function study since the properties of a given hormone analog were shown to strongly differ depending on the bioassay used. [less ▲]

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See detailA control strategy for controllable series capacitor in electric power systems
Ghandhari, Mehrdad; Andersson, Goran; Pavella, Mania ULg et al

in Automatica (2001), 37

It has been veri"ed that a controllable series capacitor with a suitable control scheme can improve transient stability and help to damp electromechanical oscillations. A question of great importance is ... [more ▼]

It has been veri"ed that a controllable series capacitor with a suitable control scheme can improve transient stability and help to damp electromechanical oscillations. A question of great importance is the selection of the input signals and a control strategy for this device in order to damp power oscillations in an e!ective and robust manner. Based on Lyapunov theory a control strategy for damping of electromechanical power oscillations in a multi-machine power system is derived. Lyapunov theory deals with dynamical systems without inputs. For this reason, it has traditionally been applied only to closed-loop control systems, that is, systems for which the input has been eliminated through the substitution of a predetermined feedback control. However, in this paper, we use Lyapunov function candidates in feedback design itself by making the Lyapunov derivative negative when choosing the control. This control strategy is called control Lyapunov function for systems with control inputs. Also, two input signals for this control strategy are used. The "rst one is based on local information and the second one on remote information derived by the single machine equivalent method. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of insecticide treatments on insect density and diversity in vegetable open fields.
Colignon, P.; Hastir, Pierre; Gaspar, Charles ULg et al

in Mededelingen van de Faculteit Landbouwkundige en Toegepaste Biologische Wetenschappen (Rijksuniversiteit te Gent) (2001), 66(2a), 403-411

Vegetable open field areas increased for 15 years in Wallonia, mainly in Hesbaye. To be in accordance with quality standards, especially in terms of agro-chimical residues (R.M.L.), biological pest ... [more ▼]

Vegetable open field areas increased for 15 years in Wallonia, mainly in Hesbaye. To be in accordance with quality standards, especially in terms of agro-chimical residues (R.M.L.), biological pest control was developed and allowed to reduce the insecticide use, leading to have safer fresh products. Among cultivated species in Wallonia, leguminous crops represent more than 85% of the vegetable production. To assess the impact of insecticide treatment on both pests (mainly aphids) and beneficial insects (predators and parasitoids), broad bean (Vicia faba L.) fields were investigated during all the production duration. Twelve fields between Waremme and Hannut were visited weakly from May to July. In each field, control untreated and treated plots were investigated. Insects were caught using yellow traps and determined until the family level. Approximately 90.000 insects belonging to 59 major families (99% of captures) and 64 minor families were identified. These results showed that biodiversity in terms of family numbers was significantly higher in unsprayed plots. In addition, biodiversity and biomass (insect density) increased gradually during the season. Evaluation of pest and beneficial diversity and density was discussed in relation to aphicid (lambda-cyhalothrin, pirimicarb) treatments and the development of I.P.M. program in vegetable crops. [less ▲]

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See detailProgramme international pour le suivi des acquis des élèves (PISA) de l'OCDE
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg; Baye, Ariane ULg; Matoul, Anne ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), 7-8(7-8), 53-57

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See detailSémiologie cardiaque dans l’espèce équine. 1- L’anamnèse et l’examen clinique.
Amory, Hélène ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2001), 33

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See detailExploring Consumer Evaluations of e-Services: A Portal Site
Van Riel, Allard ULg; Liljander, Veronica

in International Journal of Service Industry Management (2001), 12(4), 359-377

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See detailChanges in polyamines, auxins and peroxidase activity during in vitro rooting of Fraxinus angustifolia shoots: an auxin-independent rooting model
Tonon, Giustino; Kevers, Claire ULg; Gaspar, Thomas ULg

in Tree Physiology (2001), 21(10), 655-663

Among shoots of Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl raised in vitro, 76% rooted after culture on root induction medium for 5 days in darkness followed by culture on root expression medium for 15 days in light. The ... [more ▼]

Among shoots of Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl raised in vitro, 76% rooted after culture on root induction medium for 5 days in darkness followed by culture on root expression medium for 15 days in light. The addition of 20.7 muM indole-butyric acid (IBA) to the root induction medium did not significantly increase the rooting percentage (88%). Putrescine, spermidine, cyclohexylamine (CHA) and aminoguanidine (AG) enhanced rooting up to 100% (98.66% for AG), when applied during root induction in the absence of IBA, otherwise these compounds inhibited rooting, as did spermine and difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) + difluoromethylarginine (DFMA). The root induction phase was characterized by a temporary increase in endogenous free indole-acetic acid (IAA) and putrescine concentrations during root induction, whereas the root expression phase was characterized by increased peroxidase activity and low concentrations of polyamines. These changes were specifically associated with the rooting process and did not depend on the presence of exogenous IBA, because application of exogenous IBA enhanced the amount of IAA in the cuttings but did not affect rooting or the pattern of changes in polyamines and peroxidase. The effects of CHA, AG and DFMO + DFMA on endogenous concentrations of auxins and polyamines highlight the close relationship between the effects of IAA and putrescine in root induction and suggest that polyamine catabolism has an important role in root formation and elongation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe NETLANDER Ionosphere and Geodesy Experiment
Barriot, Jean-Pierre; Dehant, Véronique; Folkner, W. et al

in Advances in Space Research (2001), 28(8), 1237-1249

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See detailAtomic transition probabilities in Bi II
Palmeri, P.; Quinet, Pascal ULg; Biémont, Emile ULg

in Physica Scripta (2001), 63

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See detailUne révision critique de la distribution de Tortula inermis en Belgique
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Stieperaere, H.; Sotiaux, André ULg

in Dumortiera (2001), 77

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See detailLe pilotage des systèmes d'enseignement
de Landsheere, Gilbert ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (5-6), 115-120

Un peu moins de trois ans après le congrès 'La Wallonie au futur. Le défi de l'éducation' (Namur, octobre 1991), Gilbert de Landsheere reprend la parole lors de l'introduction d'une conférence-consensus ... [more ▼]

Un peu moins de trois ans après le congrès 'La Wallonie au futur. Le défi de l'éducation' (Namur, octobre 1991), Gilbert de Landsheere reprend la parole lors de l'introduction d'une conférence-consensus (Namur, mars 1994) sur le thème 'Où en est et où va le système éducatif en Wallonie? Comment le savoir ?'. Il y est plus inquiet et en colère que jamais... et il le fait savoir ! Il poursuit la réflexion qu'il avait livrée dans deux des textes que nous publions également dans ces Cahiers ('L'avenir de l'enseignement' et 'Propositions relatives à l'enseignement'). Il expose aussi la substance de l'ouvrage qu'il fera publié chez De Boeck la même année. [less ▲]

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See detailOrientation And Effects Of Mastoparan X On Phospholipid Bicelles
Whiles, Ja.; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Glover, Kj. et al

in Biophysical Journal (2001), 80(1), 280-93

Mastoparan X (MPX: INWKGIAAMAKKLL-NH2) belongs to a family of ionophoric peptides found in wasp venom. Upon binding to the membrane, MPX increases the cell's permeability to cations leading to a ... [more ▼]

Mastoparan X (MPX: INWKGIAAMAKKLL-NH2) belongs to a family of ionophoric peptides found in wasp venom. Upon binding to the membrane, MPX increases the cell's permeability to cations leading to a disruption in the electrolyte balance and cell lysis. This process is thought to occur either through a membrane-thinning mechanism, where the peptide resides on the membrane surface thereby disrupting lipid packing, or through formation of an oligomeric pore. To address this issue, we have used both high-resolution and solid-state 2H NMR techniques to study the structure and orientation of MPX when associated with bicelles. NOESY and chemical shift analysis showed that in bicelles, MPX formed a well-structured amphipathic alpha-helix. In zwitterionic bicelles, the helical axis was found to rest generally perpendicular to the membrane normal, which could be consistent with the "carpet" mechanism for lytic activity. In anionic bicelles, on the other hand, the helical axis was generally parallel to the membrane normal, which is more consistent with the pore model for lytic activity. In addition, MPX caused significant disruption in lipid packing of the negatively charged phospholipids. Taken together, these results show that MPX associates differently with zwitterionic membranes, where it rests parallel to the surface, compared with negatively charged membranes, where it penetrates longitudinally. [less ▲]

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See detailSperm size and number variation in the red flour beetle
Arnaud, Ludovic; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gage, Matthew

in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society (2001), 133

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See detailEndothelin in the equine hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstrictive response to acute hypoxia
Benamou, A. E.; Marlin, D. J.; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2001), 33(4), 345-353

Elevated concentrations of endothelin (ET), a potent endothelium-derived vasoactive peptide, have been reported in a number of pathophysiological conditions associated with pulmonary hypertension, both in ... [more ▼]

Elevated concentrations of endothelin (ET), a potent endothelium-derived vasoactive peptide, have been reported in a number of pathophysiological conditions associated with pulmonary hypertension, both in the horse and other species. We have previously shown, both in vitro and in vivo, that the pulmonary and systemic vascular response to exogenous ET is mediated predominantly via ET(A) receptors. Our hypothesis in the present study was that ET is involved in the equine hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstrictive response to acute hypoxia. In this study, we investigated the effects of a selective ET(A) receptor antagonist on hypoxic pulmonary hypertension in the mature horse. Horses were exposed to a 10 min period of hypoxia (F(I)O2 approximately 0.11) on 2 occasions, with and without pretreatment with the selective ET(A) receptor antagonist TBC11251 (10 mg/kg bwt i.v.). Hypoxia increased mean pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) from 18.3+/-0.9 (mean +/- s.e. normoxia) to 28.0+/-0.8 mmHg (hypoxia) in the session without ET(A) receptor antagonism. Carotid arterial pressure (CAP) also increased progressively throughout the period of hypoxic challenge and at the end was 153+/-5 mmHg (hypoxia) compared to during normoxia (140+/-5 mmHg). There was no significant overall effect of ET(A) receptor antagonism on the haemodynamic or ventilatory responses to acute hypoxia. However, between 5 and 10 min of hypoxia there was a trend for the mean PAP to diverge in the 2 treatments, which just failed to reach significance at 10 min of hypoxia (P = 0.053). In conclusion, this study describes the haemodynamic and ventilatory changes in response to a period of acute hypoxia in the adult horse. The results do not support a role for ET as a mediator of acute HPV in the horse, but suggest that it may be involved as a modulator or in the slower (>10 min) phase of HPV. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetotransport properties of a single grain boundary in a bulk La-Ca-Mn-O material
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2001), 90(11), 5692-5697

Besides the "intrinsic" colossal magnetoresistance effect observed in single crystals, the polycrystalline manganate compounds also exhibit an "extrinsic" magnetoresistance related to the presence of ... [more ▼]

Besides the "intrinsic" colossal magnetoresistance effect observed in single crystals, the polycrystalline manganate compounds also exhibit an "extrinsic" magnetoresistance related to the presence of grain boundaries. We report electrical transport and magnetic measurements carried out on a bigrain sample extracted from a floating zone method-grown rod of calcium doped lanthanum manganate. Electrical resistance was measured both within a grain and across the grain boundary, between 20 and 300 K and from 0 to 8 T. Magnetoresistance values up to 99% are reached within the grain. The temperature dependence of the resistance across the grain boundary displays a "foot-like" feature towards the bottom of the transition. Low field and high field magnetoresistance effects are examined. We compare our results for a "bulk" grain boundary to those obtained by other authors for bicrystal thin films and bulk polycrystalline materials. (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of mononuclear cadmium beta-lactamase revealed by the combination of NMR and PAC spectroscopy.
Hemmingsen, L.; Damblon, Christian ULg; Antony, J. et al

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (2001), 123(42), 10329-35

The two metal sites in cadmium substituted beta-lactamase from Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 have been studied by NMR spectroscopy ((1)H, (15)N, and (113)Cd) and PAC spectroscopy ((111m)Cd). Distinct NMR ... [more ▼]

The two metal sites in cadmium substituted beta-lactamase from Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 have been studied by NMR spectroscopy ((1)H, (15)N, and (113)Cd) and PAC spectroscopy ((111m)Cd). Distinct NMR signals from the backbone amides are identified for the apoenzyme and the mononuclear and binuclear cadmium enzymes. For the binuclear cadmium enzyme, two (113)Cd NMR signals (142 and 262 ppm) and two (111m)Cd PAC nuclear quadrupole interactions are observed. Two nuclear quadrupole interactions are also observed, with approximately equal occupancy, in the PAC spectra at cadmium/enzyme ratios < 1; these are different from those derived for the binuclear cadmium enzyme, demonstrating interaction between the two metal ion binding sites. In contrast to the observation from PAC spectroscopy, only one (113)Cd NMR signal (176 ppm) is observed at cadmium/enzyme ratios < 1. The titration of the metal site imidazole (N)H proton signals as a function of cadmium ion-to-enzyme ratio shows that signals characteristic for the binuclear cadmium enzyme appear when the cadmium ion-to-enzyme ratio is between 1 and 2, whereas no signals are observed at stoichiometries less than 1. The simplest explanation consistent with all data is that, at cadmium/enzyme ratios < 1, the single Cd(II) is undergoing exchange between the two metal sites on the enzyme. This exchange must be fast on the (113)Cd NMR time scale and slow on the (111m)Cd PAC time scale and must thus occur in a time regime between 0.1 and 10 micros. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison by image processing of target supports of spray droplets
Degre, Aurore ULg; Mostade, Olivier; Huyghebaert, Bruno et al

in transaction of the American society of Agricultural engineers (2001), 44(2), 217-222

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See detailEl lenguaje de las personas con sindrome de Down
Rondal, Jean-Adolphe ULg; Comblain, Annick ULg

in Revista Sindrome de Down (2001), 18(68), 18-28

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See detailLes flux d'azote mobilisés par les agricultures belges
Debouche, Charles ULg

in Bulletin d'Information (Association Royale des Ingénieurs Issus de la Fusagx - Aigx) (2001), 4

Les flux de matières azotées mobilisés par les exploitations agricoles sont identifiés et quantifiés par divers modèles mathématiques. Ceux-ci sont conçus de manière à pouvoir être appliqués tant au ... [more ▼]

Les flux de matières azotées mobilisés par les exploitations agricoles sont identifiés et quantifiés par divers modèles mathématiques. Ceux-ci sont conçus de manière à pouvoir être appliqués tant au niveau d'une exploitation agricole qu'au niveau d'un territoire déterminé. Après avoir décrit succinctement ces modèles, leurs caractéristiques et leurs limites, le résultat de leur application aux agricultures flamande et wallonne est présenté. Il met en évidence une différence importante entre ces deux agricultures, notamment quant à leurs responsabilités environnementales. Les flux d'azote mobilisés par des exploitations agricoles existantes sont également estimés. Ils illustrent la grande diversité de comportement d'exploitations agricoles apparemment semblables. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuité de l'information, discontinuités sociales: NTIC, nouvelles formes d'organisation et dialogue social
Schoenaers, Frédéric ULg; Zune, Marc

in Revue de Gestion des Ressources Humaines (2001), 42

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See detailDynamique de modification de l'habitat physique de reproduction des pondeurs lithophiles sous gravier. Cas de deux frayères à ombre dans l'Aisne
Parkinson, Denis; Petit, François ULg; Houbrechts, Geoffrey ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2001), 40

D’octobre 1998 à mars 1999, nous avons étudié dans l’Aisne, petit affluent ardennais de l’Ourthe, la dynamique de modification de deux bancs de gravier utilisés comme frayère par l’ombre commun en mars ... [more ▼]

D’octobre 1998 à mars 1999, nous avons étudié dans l’Aisne, petit affluent ardennais de l’Ourthe, la dynamique de modification de deux bancs de gravier utilisés comme frayère par l’ombre commun en mars-avril 1998. L’étude a été réalisée dans deux stations du cours inférieur de l’Aisne où se sont succédé quatre crues morphogènes. Dans chaque station, nous avons déterminé à intervalle d’environ 1 mois, la profondeur d’érosion et la hauteur de dépôt des sédiments (méthode de la barre d’érosion à chaînes), la granulométrie des matériaux des couches de surface et de subsurface, le dépôt des sédiments fins (placement de pièges à sédiments) et la perméabilité du substrat (méthode du standpipe). En complément, nous avons entrepris dans une station de l’Aisne moyenne, une caractérisation de divers éléments de la dynamique fluviale : identification des débits mobilisateurs (par marquage colorimétrique des sédiments en place), estimation de la vitesse de déplacement de la charge de fond (par étude de la dispersion longitudinale de scories, résidu d’anciennes industries métallurgiques) et estimation des quantités de sédiments charriés par la rivière (à partir des données de dragage). [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical modelling of lateral-torsional buckling of steel I-beams under fire conditions - Comparison with Eurocode 3
Vila Real, Paulo M. M.; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Journal of Fire Protection Engineering (2001), 11(2), 112-128

A geometrically and materially non-linear finite element program, i.e., a general model, has been used to determine the lateral-torsional resistance of steel I-beams under fire conditions, according to ... [more ▼]

A geometrically and materially non-linear finite element program, i.e., a general model, has been used to determine the lateral-torsional resistance of steel I-beams under fire conditions, according to the same material properties of Eurocode 3, Part 1-2. Two yield strengths, one cross section, one type of load and four different time exposures to the ISO 834 standard fire have been considered. The numerical results have been compared to the results of the simple model presented in Eurocode 3, Part 1-2. When compared with the general model, this simple model leads to a safety level that depends on the slenderness of the beam, being unsafe for intermediate non-dimensional slenderness. A new proposal has been made for a simple model that ensures a conservative result when compared to the general model. [less ▲]

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See detailDégradation de dalles de tablier de ponts en Belgique. Etude d'une pathologie complexe
Demars, Philippe; Gilles, Pierre; Darimont, Anne ULg

in Bulletin des Laboratoires des Ponts et Chaussées (2001), 232

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See detailPractical Aspects Of Computational Chemistry Calculations Through Pc Networks: The Ramses-Beowulf Implementation
Beuve-Mery, D.; Rahman, M.; Ducarme, P. et al

in Journal of Computational Chemistry (2001), 22(2), 172-7

We have built clusters of PC using up to 320 processors in parallel. The first cluster was built in 1996 from 64 computers. The parallel architectures are named RAMSES. In this article, we share our ... [more ▼]

We have built clusters of PC using up to 320 processors in parallel. The first cluster was built in 1996 from 64 computers. The parallel architectures are named RAMSES. In this article, we share our experience and discuss our choices. The architecture is composed of Pentium processors connected by a 100 Mbits/s Ethernet network. Because RAMSES are built of independent computers, the system is easily maintained, and can be modified by adding or removing machines. Two programs, which are dedicated to molecular modeling and were previously developed on single machines (OSIRIS and IMPALA), have been adapted. IMPALA models peptide and protein interaction with membranes, OSIRIS simulates an ab initio folding of globular proteins. After parallelization, each program consists of two parts: one is the human/RAMSES interface, and the second is the simulation per se. The parallel architecture is transparent for the users. Tests of the IMPALA and OSIRIS efficiencies are shown and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEmissions gazeuses en élevage porcin et modes de réduction : revue bibliographique
Degre, Aurore ULg; Verheve, Didier; Debouche, Charles ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2001), 5(3), 135-143

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See detailImaging Mixed Lipid Monolayers By Dynamic Atomic Force Microscopy
Deleu, Magali ULg; Nott, Katherine ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes (2001), 1513(1),

Phase imaging with tapping mode atomic force microscopy (AFM) and force modulation microscopy were used to probe the mechanical properties of phase-separated lipid monolayers made of a mixture (0.25:0.75 ... [more ▼]

Phase imaging with tapping mode atomic force microscopy (AFM) and force modulation microscopy were used to probe the mechanical properties of phase-separated lipid monolayers made of a mixture (0.25:0.75) of the surface-active lipopeptide surfactin and of dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC). The π–A isotherms and the result of a molecular modeling study revealed a loose, 2-D liquid-like organization for the surfactin molecules and a closely packed, 2-D solid-like organization for DPPC molecules. This difference in molecular organization was responsible for a significant contrast in height, tapping mode phase and force modulation amplitude images. Phase imaging at light tapping, i.e., with a ratio of the set-point tapping amplitude with respect to the free amplitude Asp/A0≈0.9, showed larger phase shifts on the solid-like DPPC domains attributed to larger Young’s modulus. However, contrast inversion was observed for Asp/A0<0.7, suggesting that at moderate and hard tapping the image contrast was dominated by the probe–sample contact area. Surprisingly, force modulation amplitude images showed larger stiffness for the liquid-like surfactin domains, suggesting that the contrast was dominated by contact area effects rather than by Young’s modulus. These data emphasize the complex nature of the contrast mechanisms of dynamic AFM images recorded on mixed lipid monolayers. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrasonography of the Podotrochlear Apparatus in the Horse Using a Transcuneal Approach: Technique and Reference Images
Busoni, Valeria ULg; Denoix, Jean-Marie

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2001), 42(6), 534-40

The purpose of this paper is to describe the technique for ultrasonographic examination of the podotrochlear apparatus in the horse using a transcuneal approach. In this study, ultrasound scans were ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper is to describe the technique for ultrasonographic examination of the podotrochlear apparatus in the horse using a transcuneal approach. In this study, ultrasound scans were performed in 3 normal cadaver limbs and 5 sound horses and images were compared to anatomic sections to establish the normal ultrasonographic anatomy of the podotrochlear apparatus. Detailed description of transverse and sagittal reference ultrasonographic images of this region is provided. This new imaging technique allows the assessment of the distal sesamoid bone flexor surface, the distal portion of the deep digital flexor tendon, the impar distal sesamoidean ligament, and the entheses of the distal phalanx. [less ▲]

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See detailWave packet methods for charge exchange processes in ion-atom collision
Baloïtcha, Ezinvy; Desouter, Michèle ULg; Bacchus-Montabonel, Marie-Christine et al

in Journal of Chemical Physics (2001), 114

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See detailEffet of dietary fat levels on growth, feed efficiency and biochemical compositions of Eurasian perch Perca fluviatilis
Xu; Fontaine, P.; Mélard, Charles ULg et al

in Aquaculture International (2001), 9

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See detailAutomatic time stepping algorithms for implicit numerical simulations of blade/casing interactions
Noels, Ludovic ULg; Stainier, Laurent ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg et al

in International Journal of Crashworthiness (2001), 6(3), 351-362

An automatic time stepping algorithm for non-linear problems, solved by implicit schemes, is presented. The time step computation is based on the estimation of an integration error calculated from the ... [more ▼]

An automatic time stepping algorithm for non-linear problems, solved by implicit schemes, is presented. The time step computation is based on the estimation of an integration error calculated from the acceleration difference. It is normalised according to the size of the problem and the integration parameters. This time step control algorithm modifies the time step size only if the problem has a long time physical change. Additionally, the Hessian matrix can be kept constant for several iterations, even though the problem is non-linear. A criterion selecting if the Hessian matrix must be calculated or not is developed. Finally, a criterion of iterations divergence is also proposed. It avoids the determination, by the user, of a maximal iteration number. This minimises the total number of iterations, and thus the computation cost. Industrial numerical examples are presented that demonstrate the performances (precision and computational cost) of the algorithms. [less ▲]

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See detailMicro-analyse des mécanismes de la reprise démographique des villages de l'Ardenne du Nord-Est : le cas de Burtonville
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Espace, Populations, Sociétés (2001)

If they are well selected, macro scale analyses permit to underline some mechanisms that remain hidden or are difficult to distinguish with micro scale analysis. The populations' stories an history of ... [more ▼]

If they are well selected, macro scale analyses permit to underline some mechanisms that remain hidden or are difficult to distinguish with micro scale analysis. The populations' stories an history of Burtonville in their regional context show : - lags of demographic revivals between villages and small towns - relevance of material constraints inherent in a small village for the demographic development - relevance of landed property and genealogy for the village evolution - links between demographic and economic evolutions - diversification of environmental aspirations and their results on migrations. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Mésolithique du Bassin pannonien et la formation du Rubané
Otte, Marcel ULg; Noiret, Pierre ULg

in Anthropologie (L') (2001), 105(3, JUL-SEP), 409-419

The LBK appears as the result of acculturation of local Mesolithic Populations, beginning in the Pannonian Basin following a trans-Balkan colonisation. Economy, architecture and ceramic proceed from an ... [more ▼]

The LBK appears as the result of acculturation of local Mesolithic Populations, beginning in the Pannonian Basin following a trans-Balkan colonisation. Economy, architecture and ceramic proceed from an adaptation to local means, which explains the chronological disjunction between acculturation and geographic expansion. The whole is placed within a context already Indo-European, since the Late Palaeolithic. (C) 2001 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. [less ▲]

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See detailModification génétique de la levure Yarrowia lipolytica pour maîtriser la β-oxydation
Waché, Y.; Aguedo, Mario ULg; LeDall, M.-T. et al

in Journal de la Société de Biologie (2001), 195(4), 459-459

Les biotechnologies font régulièrement appel à la β-oxydation pour produire des composés à haute valeur ajoutée ou dépolluer des effluents industriels. Cette voie métabolique est difficile à maîtriser car ... [more ▼]

Les biotechnologies font régulièrement appel à la β-oxydation pour produire des composés à haute valeur ajoutée ou dépolluer des effluents industriels. Cette voie métabolique est difficile à maîtriser car elle implique un nombre réduit d'enzymes pour une voie très longue. En particulier, la production d'intermédiaires réactionnels est délicate car les enzymes de la voie de reconsommation sont souvent les mêmes que celles impliquées dans la production. Ainsi, la production de γ-décalactone à partir de ricinoléate de méthyle chez Y. lipolytica implique la β-oxydation (Endrizzi et al., 1996). Cette levure est un bon modèle pour étudier le métabolisme des acides gras car elle possède cinq acyl-CoA oxydases (Aox) catalysant la première étape de la β-oxydation (Wang et al., 1999). L'effet d'une invalidation des gènes codant pour les Aox a été étudié sur la production de γ-décalactones. En fonction des Aox présentes dans les souches, différentes lactones sont produites et leur reconsommation peut être nettement ralentie. Cette étude montre qu'on peut maîtriser la β-oxydation en modifiant le matériel génétique des souches et qu'on peut ainsi améliorer les productions existantes mais aussi produire de nouvelles molécules d'intérêt. [less ▲]

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See detailTreatment of recurrent tendinitis by isokinetic eccentric exercises
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Foidart-Dessalle, Marguerite ULg et al

in Isokinetics & Exercise Science (2001), 9(2-3), 133-141

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of eccentric training models in treating various types of tendinitis and evaluate protection from re-injury when returning to causal activities ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of eccentric training models in treating various types of tendinitis and evaluate protection from re-injury when returning to causal activities, Isokinetic eccentric training was administered to 34 patients with chronic tendinitis (9 Achilles, 10 patellar and 15 epicondyllar) with a long duration of symptoms and failure of conventional treatment. Following training which consisted of 20 to 30 sessions of progressive increase of load and speed parameters, a significant reduction of pain indicated by the visual analog scale (average initial value > 6.5, final score less than or equal to 2.5). Seventy four percent of the patients were completely relieved or presented marked decrease in symptoms when returning to sport and occupational activities. and only 12% reported no change in their functional state. At the end of treatment. isokinetic assessment revealed no significant concentric or eccentric peak torque asymmetries between involved and non-involved sides. In comparison with pretreatment ultrasound observations which showed systematic hypoechoic lesions and thickness, 14/34 patients recovered homogeneous tendon structure and normalization of the diameter and 15 presented improvement in echostructure. Our treatment model proposing isokinetic eccentric exercises presents a very satisfactory short-term effect on three different localizations of chronic tendinitis. [less ▲]

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See detail3-Amino-4H-pyrido[2,3-e]-1,2,4-thiadiazine 1,1-dioxide
Dupont, L.; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Boverie, S. et al

in Acta Crystallographica (2001), E57

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See detailLa chirurgie du thymus normal, involué ou tumoral
Limet, Raymond ULg; Rogister, Bernard ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 55

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See detailInfluence of electrical properties on the evaluation of the surface hydrophobicity of Bacillus subtilis
Ahimou, F.; Paquot, Michel ULg; Jacques, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Microbiological Methods (2001), 45(2), 119-126

The surface hydrophobicity of nine Bacillus subtilis strains in different states (spores, vegetative cells, and dead cells) was assessed by water contact angle measurements, hydrophobic interaction ... [more ▼]

The surface hydrophobicity of nine Bacillus subtilis strains in different states (spores, vegetative cells, and dead cells) was assessed by water contact angle measurements, hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) and bacterial adhesion to hydrocarbon (BATH). Electrokinetic properties of B, subtilis strains were characterized by zeta potential measurements and found to differ appreciably according to the strain, Correlations between HIC data, BATH data and zeta potential showed that HIC and RATH are influenced by electrostatic interactions. Water contact angle measurements thus provide a better estimate of cell surface hydrophobicity. The water contact angle of B. subtilis varied according to the strain and the state, the spores tending to be more hydrophobic than vegetative cells. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact des tiques sur la croissance des agneaux Djallonké
Hounzangbe, M. S.; Koutinhouin, G. B.; Linton, E. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

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See detailA stable isotope approach to the eastern Weddell Sea trophic web: focus on benthic amphipods
Nyssen, Fabienne ULg; Brey, Thomas; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

in Polar Biology (2001), 25(4),

isotope (C-13/C-12 and N-15/N-14) analyses were performed on 90 species belonging to different benthic communities sampled in the eastern Weddell Sea. The study focused on eight amphipod species whose ... [more ▼]

isotope (C-13/C-12 and N-15/N-14) analyses were performed on 90 species belonging to different benthic communities sampled in the eastern Weddell Sea. The study focused on eight amphipod species whose isotopic composition was compared to their previously described respective gut contents. Amphipod stable isotope ratios correspond fairly accurately to the trophic classification based on gut contents and attest to their wide spectrum of feeding types. Since the fundamental difference between the isotope and the gut content approaches to diet studies is the time scale each method addresses. this coincidence indicates that there would be no significant changes in feeding strategies over time. Three levels of the food web are covered by the eight species and, instead of belonging strictly to one trophic category, amphipods display a continuum of values from the suspension-feeder to scavengers. [less ▲]

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