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See detail“La Destruction fut ma Béatrice”. Mallarmé ou l’implosion poétique
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Revue d'Histoire Littéraire de la France (1999), 3

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See detailL'homeopathie est-elle superieure au placebo? Controverse a propos d'une meta-analyse des etudes controlees.
Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1999), 154(7-9), 295-304304-7

At a time when scientists support Evidence-Based Medicine, the Parliament of Belgium has recently decided to recognize four alternative medicines, among which homeopathy. Whereas this discipline does not ... [more ▼]

At a time when scientists support Evidence-Based Medicine, the Parliament of Belgium has recently decided to recognize four alternative medicines, among which homeopathy. Whereas this discipline does not rely on any scientific basis, it appears to be popular, especially in general practice. The homeopaths have recently taken arguments from a meta-analysis published in 1997 in the Lancet of 89 placebo-controlled trials. This study indeed concluded that the results are not compatible with the hypothesis that the clinical effects of homeopathy are completely due to placebo. However, this meta-analysis contains several methodological flaws. Furthermore, it is recognized that results of a meta-analysis may not be confirmed in large well-performed clinical trials. Thus, homeopathy should still provide the evidence that conventional medicine has regularly brought during the last two decades in many fields of therapeutics, with the respect of the rigorous rules of "Good Clinical Practice", leading to "Evidence-Based Medicine". [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-clinics le medicament du mois. Le naratriptan (naramig).
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(3), 189-91

Naratriptan, launched by Glaxo Wellcome under the trade name Naramig, is a potent and selective agonist of 5-HT1B and 5-HT1D vascular receptors. Available as tablets of 2.5 mg, it is indicated in the ... [more ▼]

Naratriptan, launched by Glaxo Wellcome under the trade name Naramig, is a potent and selective agonist of 5-HT1B and 5-HT1D vascular receptors. Available as tablets of 2.5 mg, it is indicated in the acute treatment of migraine, with or without aura. A single oral dose of 2.5 mg naratriptan is characterized by a satisfactory clinical efficacy (already significant after one hour, maximum after 4 hours and persisting during 24 hours), a reduction by half of the recurrence of the migraine crisis within the 24 hours and an excellent tolerance profile. [less ▲]

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See detailIntracellular visualization of BrdU-labeled plasmid DNA/cationic liposome complexes.
El Ouahabi, A.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Schiffmann, S. et al

in Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry : Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society (1999), 47(9), 1159-66

Difficulties in specific detection of transfected DNA in cells represent an important limitation in the study of the gene transfer process. We studied the cellular entry and fate of a plasmid DNA ... [more ▼]

Difficulties in specific detection of transfected DNA in cells represent an important limitation in the study of the gene transfer process. We studied the cellular entry and fate of a plasmid DNA complexed with a cationic lipid, Vectamidine (3-tetradecylamino-N-tert-butyl-N'-tetradecylpropionamidine) in BHK21 cells. To facilitate its detection inside the cells, bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) was incorporated into plasmid DNA under conditions that minimize plasmid alteration. BrdU was localized in cells incubated with Vectamidine/BrdU-labeled plasmid DNA complexes by immunogold labeling and electron microscopy (EM). Labeling was predominantly associated with aggregated liposome structures at the surface of and inside the cells. EM observations of cells transfected with Vectamidine/DNA complexes showed that the liposome/DNA aggregates accumulate in large vesicles in the cell cytosol. On the other hand, using rhodamine-labeled Vectamidine and revealing BrdU with FITC-conjugated antibodies permitted simultaneous detection in the cells of both components of the complexes with confocal laser scanning microscopy. The DNA and lipids co-localized at the surface of and inside the cells, indicating that the complex is internalized as a whole. Our results show that the BrdU-labeled plasmid DNA detection system can be a useful tool to visualize exogenous DNA entry into cells by a combination of electron and confocal microscopy. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of bone formation stimulants
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osterologia-Osteology (1999), 2

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. La privation chronique de sommeil predispose-t-elle au syndrome plurimetabolique?
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(11), 898-900

According to a recent experimental study published in the Lancet, sleep debt, frequently imposed by the life habits of industrialized countries, results in profound metabolic (impaired glucose tolerance ... [more ▼]

According to a recent experimental study published in the Lancet, sleep debt, frequently imposed by the life habits of industrialized countries, results in profound metabolic (impaired glucose tolerance) and endocrine (increased sympathetic activity and evening cortisol levels) alterations, which mimic those of normal ageing and may have pathophysiological consequences in the long term. Another study recently published in the International Journal of Obesity demonstrated a significant positive relationship between the duration of shift-work and body mass index or waist to hip ratio, a marker of visceral adiposity. One may thus hypothesize that chronic sleep deprivation could predispose to the metabolic syndrome and increase the cardiovascular risk. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroscopic and laser granulometric analyses of hydrating cement suspensions
Lilkov, V.; Dimitrova, E.; Gaydardzhiev, Stoyan ULg

in Cement & Concrete Research (1999), 29

The results from microscopic and laser granulometric analyses of hydrating cement suspensions, containing active mineral additives are presented. Conclusions are drawn about the specific hydration ... [more ▼]

The results from microscopic and laser granulometric analyses of hydrating cement suspensions, containing active mineral additives are presented. Conclusions are drawn about the specific hydration processes of the investigated cements, as well as the applicability of laser granulometry for the study of cement and hydration products. [less ▲]

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See detailVaccinia virus intracellular mature virions contain only one lipid membrane
Hollinshead, M.; Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Smith, G. L. et al

in Journal of Virology (1999), 73

Vaccinia virus (VV) morphogenesis commences with the formation of lipid crescents that grow into spherical immature virus (IV) and then infectious intracellular mature virus (IMV) particles. Early studies ... [more ▼]

Vaccinia virus (VV) morphogenesis commences with the formation of lipid crescents that grow into spherical immature virus (IV) and then infectious intracellular mature virus (IMV) particles. Early studies proposed that the lipid crescents were synthesized de novo and matured into IMV particles that contained a single lipid bilayer (S. Dales and E. H. Mosbach, Virology 35:564-583, 1968), but a more recent study reported that the lipid crescent was derived from membranes of the intermediate compartment (IC) and contained a double lipid bilayer (B. Sodiek et al., J. Cell Biol. 121:521-541, 1993). In the present study, we used high-resolution electron microscopy to reinvestigate the structures of the lipid crescents, IV, and IMV particles in order to determine if they contain one or two membranes. Examination of thin sections of Epon-embedded, VV-infected cells by use of a high-angular-tilt series of single sections, serial-section analysis, and high-resolution digital-image analysis detected only a single, 5-nm-thick lipid bilayer in virus crescents, IV, and IMV particles that is covered by a 8-nm-thick protein coat. In contrast, it was possible to discern tightly apposed cellular membranes, each 5 nm thick, in junctions between cells and in the myelin sheath of Schwann cells around neurons. Serial-section analysis and angular tilt analysis of sections detected no continuity between virus lipid crescents or IV particles and cellular membrane cisternae. Moreover, crescents were found to form at sites remote from IC membranesnamely, within the center of virus factories and within the nucleusdemonstrating that crescent formation can occur independently of IC membranes. These data leave unexplained the mechanism of single-membrane formation, but they have important implications with regard to the mechanism of entry of IMV and extracellular enveloped virus into cells; topologically, a one-to-one membrane fusion suffices for delivery of the IMV core into the cytoplasm. Consistent with this, we have demonstrated previously by confocal microscopy that uncoated virus cores within the cytoplasm lack the IMV surface protein D8L, and we show here that intracellular cores lack the surface protein coat and lipid membrane. [less ▲]

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See detailNew evaluation therapies for sepsis.
Deby; Damas, Pierre ULg; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology (1999), 12(2), 121-7

This article presents an analysis of the literature of the last 2 years on the treatment of sepsis and septic shock. It appears that most of the antimediator therapies applied in phase II or III clinical ... [more ▼]

This article presents an analysis of the literature of the last 2 years on the treatment of sepsis and septic shock. It appears that most of the antimediator therapies applied in phase II or III clinical trials yielded disappointing results. But, many other therapeutic approaches are proposed or are ongoing, and many papers report critical analysis of the reasons for the lack of success of past clinical trials. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... le controle glycemique des patients diabetiques a domicile.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(11), 893-7

Self blood glucose monitoring is now a key element in the management of diabetic patients. However, in order to improve overall blood glucose control, self-monitoring should lead to self-management. This ... [more ▼]

Self blood glucose monitoring is now a key element in the management of diabetic patients. However, in order to improve overall blood glucose control, self-monitoring should lead to self-management. This implies that the patient modifies his/her behaviour (diet, exercise, oral antidiabetic agents, insulin doses) to ameliorate the metabolic status according to his/her blood glucose measurements. While the place of home blood glucose monitoring is rather well defined in type 1 diabetes, it remains more controversial in type 2 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailDes tableaux d'art dégénéré pour Liège
Duchesne, Jean-Patrick ULg

in Art&Fact (1999), 18

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See detailSome phase equilibrium constraints on the origin of Proterozoic (massif) anorthosites and related rocks
Longhi, John ULg; Vander Auwera, Jacqueline ULg; Fram, Miranda S. et al

in Journal of Petrology (1999), 40

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See detailPharma-clinics. Le medicament du mois. L'aceclofenac (Biofenac).
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(1), 62-4

Aceclofenac, a phenylacetic acid derivative, is a new nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is indicated in the symptomatic treatment of pain and inflammatory or degenerative arthropathies ... [more ▼]

Aceclofenac, a phenylacetic acid derivative, is a new nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). It is indicated in the symptomatic treatment of pain and inflammatory or degenerative arthropathies: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, abarticular inflammations, posttrauma or postoperative inflammations. The usual oral dosage of aceclofenac is 100 mg twice daily in adults. Its clinical efficacy seems to be similar to that of other NSAIDs, but its safety profile, especially gastro-intestinal tolerance, appears to be better. Finally, in vitro studies suggested that aceclofenac may exert positive effect on cartilage matrix metabolism. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure of high-temperature fluid selenium
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Saul, A.; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (1999), 60(4), 2441-24482448

A semiempirical tight-binding energy model is developed for selenium. It includes s and p electrons as well as an empirical description of the dispersion forces that proves necessary at the liquid ... [more ▼]

A semiempirical tight-binding energy model is developed for selenium. It includes s and p electrons as well as an empirical description of the dispersion forces that proves necessary at the liquid densities under study. The band-structure parameters are obtained by fitting abinitio calculations. The simulated liquid structures are in very good agreement with the most recent X-ray scattering and extended X-ray absorption fine-structure experiments in a broad temperature and density range. The Monte Carlo simulations performed show that the complex liquid structures observed result from the breaking and branching of the selenium chains. The total coordination number is shown to result from the balance between one-, two-, and threefold coordinated atoms. The role of these defects is discussed in relationship with the electrical conductivity of the liquid, i.e., the semiconductor-metal and metal-nonmetal transitions observed at high pressures [less ▲]

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See detailL’utilisation du fluor dans la thérapeutique de l’ostéoporose
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Synoviale (1999), 81

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See detailRed blood cell substitutes: fluorocarbon emulsions and haemoglobin solutions.
Remy, Bernadette ULg; Deby, Ginette ULg; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in British Medical Bulletin (1999), 55(1), 277-98

The problems posed by transfusion of homologous blood have led to the development of substances able to replace the gas transporting properties of blood. Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) emulsions and modified ... [more ▼]

The problems posed by transfusion of homologous blood have led to the development of substances able to replace the gas transporting properties of blood. Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) emulsions and modified haemoglobin (Hb) solutions have been developed for this goal and are now tested in clinical assays. PFCs are synthetic fluorinated hydrocarbons, capable of dissolving large quantities of oxygen (O2; without binding) at high inspired concentrations of O2, and of delivering this O2 to the tissues. They are administered as emulsions containing particles with a diameter of approximately 0.2 micron, capable of entering the microcirculation. They are eliminated unchanged by the lungs within several days. Fluosol-DA 20% was the first PFC emulsion used in clinical practice. Currently, Oxygent, a second generation PFC emulsion, is being evaluated in clinical studies. The PFCs are not blood substitutes, but rather a means to ensure tissue oxygenation during extreme haemodilution. Solutions of free Hb do not have the antigenic characteristics of the blood groups, and do not require compatibility testing. They are fully saturated with O2 at ambient FiO2. The Hbs used are derived from either human or bovine sources, or via recombinant DNA technology. In order to maintain satisfactory intravascular half-life and O2 affinity, the Hb molecules are modified by adding internal crosslinks, by polymerization, and/or by encapsulation. After promising animal studies, several of these modified Hb solutions are now being studied in Phase III clinical trials. Among them, diaspirin cross-linked haemoglobin (DCLHb) has been used in cardiac and orthopaedic surgery, and for resuscitation of traffic accident victims. The initial results of multicentre trials are now being analysed. [less ▲]

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See detailLeft inferior frontal cortex is involved in probabilistic serial reaction time learning
Peigneux, Philippe ULg; Maquet, Pierre ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg et al

in Brain and Cognition (1999), 40(1), 215-219

Cerebral blood flow was estimated using positron emission tomography and H2O15 infusions in 12 volunteers while they were trained on the probabilistic serial reaction time task developed by Jimenez ... [more ▼]

Cerebral blood flow was estimated using positron emission tomography and H2O15 infusions in 12 volunteers while they were trained on the probabilistic serial reaction time task developed by Jimenez, Mender, and Cleeremans (1996). Participants' reaction rimes to predictable and nonpredictable stimuli showed increasing sensitivity to the: probabilistic constraints set by previous elements of the sequence. Analysis by statistical parametric mapping showed a significant interaction between participants' performance and time effect in the left inferior frontal cortex. Our results provide the first evidence of this cerebral area being involved in the processing of contextual information in a probabilistic sequence learning task. [less ▲]

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See detailA reference value for the interior-to-edge ratio of isolated habitats.
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Van Hecke, P; Impens, I

in Acta Biotheoretica (1999), 47(1), 67-77

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See detailA new combined bodian-luxol technique for staining unmyelinated axons in semithin, resin-embedded peripheral nerves: a comparison with electron microscopy.
Deprez, Manuel ULg; Ceuterick-de Groote, C.; Fumal, Arnaud ULg et al

in Acta Neuropathologica (1999), 98(4), 323-9

Quantitation of unmyelinated fibers (UF) in peripheral nerves has classically relied upon ultrastructural morphometry. Because this method is time-consuming, it is not typically performed in routine ... [more ▼]

Quantitation of unmyelinated fibers (UF) in peripheral nerves has classically relied upon ultrastructural morphometry. Because this method is time-consuming, it is not typically performed in routine analysis of nerve biopsies. We applied the Bodian-Luxol technique to detect unmyelinated axons by light microscopy on semithin sections from resin-embedded nerve tissue. Estimates were compared to ultrastructural counts. The staining appeared highly specific for axons. Excellent correlation was found between optic densities and the population of UF larger than 0.5 microm. The smallest profiles detected by light microscopy had a diameter close to 0.6 microm. This new technique is not a substitute for ultrastructural quantitative morphometry of UF, as very small unmyelinated axons, especially regenerating ones, can not be reliably visualized. However, it provides a valuable light microscopic method for evaluating axonal loss among UF. [less ▲]

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See detailHypnosis with conscious sedation instead of general anaesthesia? Applications in cervical endocrine surgery.
Meurisse, Michel ULg; Defechereux, Thierry ULg; Hamoir, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1999), 99(4), 151-8

Between April 1994 and June 1997, 197 thyroidectomies and 21 cervical explorations for hyperparathyroidism were performed under hypnosedation (HYP) and compared to the operative data and postoperative ... [more ▼]

Between April 1994 and June 1997, 197 thyroidectomies and 21 cervical explorations for hyperparathyroidism were performed under hypnosedation (HYP) and compared to the operative data and postoperative courses of a closely-matched population (n = 121) of patients operated on under general anaesthesia (GA). Conversion from hypnosis to GA was needed in two cases (1%). All surgeons reported better operating conditions for cervicotomy using HYP. All patients having HYP reported a very pleasant experience and had significantly less postoperative pain while analgesic use was significantly reduced in this group. Hospital stay was also significantly shorter, providing a substantial reduction of the medical care costs. The postoperative convalescence was significantly improved after HYP and full return to social or professional activity was significantly shortened. We conclude that HYP is a very efficient technique providing physiological, psychological and economic benefits to the patient. [less ▲]

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See detailCanopy perforation in Amazonian Ecuador.
Salvador-Van Eysenrode, D; Bogaert, Jan ULg; Van Hecke, P et al

in Coenoses (1999), 14(1-3), 13-21

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See detailDevelopment of a new hydrocarbon index for oil-in-water
Kvernheim, A. L.; Lund, H. S.; Berg, B. et al

in Chemosphere (1999), 39(15), 2707-2722

A new robust method for determination of hydrocarbons in water without use of Freon(TM) or other halogenated solvents has been validated and subjected to an interlaboratory exercise. The method is based ... [more ▼]

A new robust method for determination of hydrocarbons in water without use of Freon(TM) or other halogenated solvents has been validated and subjected to an interlaboratory exercise. The method is based on extraction with a light hydrocarbon (boiling point in the 39-69 degrees C range), followed by cleanup for removal of polar components and detection by gas chromatography (GC) with flame ionisation (FID) detection. The performance characteristics of the method are comparable with that of the previous Freon-IR method with recoveries in the 60-80% range and reproducibility (between laboratory variations) of about 30%. A screening method for hydrocarbons in the range 5 ppm and above based on infrared spectroscopy (IR), and a promising method for detection of low levels based on solid phase extraction (SPE) has been tested and validated. (C) 1999 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe ribonucleoside diphosphate reductase inhibitor (E)-2'-Deoxy-(fluoromethylene) cytidine, acts as a cytotoxic radiosensitizer on human cancer cell lines in vitro.
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Decosterd, L-A; Li, Y-X et al

in Cancer Research (1999), 59

ABSTRACT (E)-2*-Deoxy-(fluoromethylene)cytidine (FMdC) is known as an inhibitor of ribonucleoside diphosphate reductase, a key enzyme in the de novo pathway of DNA synthesis. FMdC was tested as a modifier ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT (E)-2*-Deoxy-(fluoromethylene)cytidine (FMdC) is known as an inhibitor of ribonucleoside diphosphate reductase, a key enzyme in the de novo pathway of DNA synthesis. FMdC was tested as a modifier of radiation response in vitro on a human colon carcinoma cell line (WiDr), and the observed radiosensitization was confirmed on two human cervix cancer cell lines (C33-A and SiHa). Using the clonogenic assay, the effect ratio (ER) at a clinically relevant dose level of 2 Gy was 2.10 (50 nM FMdC), 1.70 (30 nM FMdC), and 1.71 (40 nM FMdC) for the three cell lines WiDr, C33-A, and SiHa, respectively. A more detailed analysis of the importance of timing and concentration of FMdC was done on the WiDr cell line alone, yielding an increased ER(2Gy) with increasing concentration and duration of exposure to the drug, ranging from 1.0 (6 h) to 1.8 (72 h) at 30 nM FMdC and from 1.2 (6 h) to 3.5 (24 h) at 300 nM. We investigated the effect of FMdC on the cellular deoxynucleotide triphosphate pool in WiDr cells and demonstrated a marked depletion of dATP and a significant rise of TTP levels. Cell cycle analysis showed early S-phase accumulation induced by FMdC alone, G2-M block induced by irradiation alone, and an increased accumulation of cells in G2-M if both modalities are used. Our data suggest that FMdC is a radiation response modifier in vitro on different cancer cell lines. The observed radiosensitization may in part be explained by alteration of the deoxynucleotide triphosphate pool, which is consistent with the effect of FMdC on ribonucleoside diphosphate reductase. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic resonance arthrography of cubital joint in dogs affected with fragmented medial coronoid process
Snaps, Frédéric ULg; Park, R. D.; Saunders, J. et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1999), 20

Objective-To evaluate efficacy of intra-articular injection of gadolinium tetra- azacyclododecane tetraacetic acid (gadolinium-DOTA) for delineating fragmented medial coronoid processes (FMCP) and lesions ... [more ▼]

Objective-To evaluate efficacy of intra-articular injection of gadolinium tetra- azacyclododecane tetraacetic acid (gadolinium-DOTA) for delineating fragmented medial coronoid processes (FMCP) and lesions on the medial aspect of the humeral condyle (MAHC). Sample Population-14 cubital joints in 9 dogs. Procedure-Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed with and without intra-articular injection of a solution of 2 mmol of gadolinium-DOTA/L. Arthrographic images obtained after injection of contrast medium were compared with those obtained without contrast medium. Evidence of contrast medium around or in the medial coronoid process and infiltration of contrast medium in subchondral bone lesions was recorded, Twenty-four hours after imaging, arthroscopy was performed, and lesions detected were correlated with results of MRI. Results-An abnormal coronoid process was diagnosed in 13 of 14 joints. A fragmented process (free) was seen in 7 of 14 joints; nondisplaced mineralized medial tin situ) coronoid processes were evident in 4 joints; and nondisplaced unmineralized medial coronoid processes were evident in 2 joints. Lesions on the MAHC were diagnosed in 4 of 12 joints. In 5 joints, a hyperintense signal resulted from contrast medium that infiltrated between the fragmented process and ulna. In 2 joints, contrast medium did not infiltrate completely around the process and was stopped by an isointense structure tie, abnormal cartilage). Subchondral bone lesions were enhanced by use of contrast medium. Conclusion and Clinical Relevance-Use of arthrography enabled us to identify FMCP easily, but did not provide important additional information about changes on the medial coronoid process, compared with MRI performed without contrast medium. [less ▲]

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See detailData-model comparison using fuzzy logic in paleoclimatology.
Guiot, Joël; Boreux, Jean-Jacques ULg; Braconnot, P. et al

in Climate Dynamics (1999), 15(8), 569-581

Until now, most paleoclimate model-data comparisons have been limited to simple statistical evaluation and simple map comparisons. We have applied a new method, based on fuzzy logic, to the comparison of ... [more ▼]

Until now, most paleoclimate model-data comparisons have been limited to simple statistical evaluation and simple map comparisons. We have applied a new method, based on fuzzy logic, to the comparison of 17 model simulations of the mid-Holocene (6 ka BP) climate with reconstruction of three bioclimatic parameters (mean temperature of the coldest month, MTCO, growing degree-days above 5 °C, GDD5, precipitation minus evapotranspiration, P−E) from pollen and lake-status data over Europe. With this method, no assumption is made about the distribution of the signal and on its error, and both the error bars related to data and to model simulations are taken into account. Data are taken at the drilling sites (not using a gridded interpolation of proxy data) and a varying domain size of comparison enables us to make the best common resolution between observed and simulated maps. For each parameter and each model, we compute a Hagaman distance which gives an objective measure of the goodness of fit between model and data. The results show that there is no systematic order for the three climatic parameters between models. None of the models is able to satisfactorily reproduce the three pollen-derived data. There is larger dispersion in the results for MTCO and P−E than for GDD5. There is also no systematic relationship between model resolution and the Hagaman distance, except for P−E. The more local character of P−E has little chance to be reproduced by a low resolution model, which can explain the inverse relationship between model resolution and Hagaman distance. The results also reveal that most of the models are better at predicting 6 ka climate than the modern climate. [less ▲]

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See detailUn siècle d'histoire coopérative à travers les statistiques de l'A.C.I.
Mignot, Delphine; Defourny, Jacques ULg; Leclerc, André

in Annals of Public and Cooperative Economics = Annales de l'Economie Publique, Sociale et Coopérative (1999), 70(1), 75-105

Beaucoup d'auteurs se sont déjà penchés sur l'évolution quantitative du mouvement coopératif; mais généralement leurs analyses se limitaient à un secteur, à une région ou à une période particulière. Grâce ... [more ▼]

Beaucoup d'auteurs se sont déjà penchés sur l'évolution quantitative du mouvement coopératif; mais généralement leurs analyses se limitaient à un secteur, à une région ou à une période particulière. Grâce à une collecte effectuée par A. Leclerc (Université de Moncton, Canada) de toutes les informations statistiques détenues par l'Alliance Coopérative Internationale, ce travail peut s'appuyer sur une base de données exceptionnelle concernant le nombre de coopérateurs affiliés à l'A.C.I. depuis 1896. Sur base de ce recensement, les auteurs ont cherché à déterminer les grandes orientations de l'évolution du sociétariat coopératif sur une période longue de près d'un siècle. Dans cet article, ils présentent la plupart des résultats obtenus en découpant la période analysée en quatre phases de développement du mouvement coopératif mondial. [less ▲]

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See detailHemodynamic changes and catecholamine release during laparoscopic adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma.
Joris, Jean ULg; Hamoir, Etienne ULg; Hartstein, Gary ULg et al

in Anesthesia and Analgesia (1999), 88(1), 16-21

We investigated hemodynamics and plasma catecholamine concentrations in eight consecutive patients undergoing laparoscopic adrenalectomy for suspected pheochromocytoma. The same anesthesia protocol was ... [more ▼]

We investigated hemodynamics and plasma catecholamine concentrations in eight consecutive patients undergoing laparoscopic adrenalectomy for suspected pheochromocytoma. The same anesthesia protocol was used in all patients: a continuous infusion of sufentanil 0.5 microg x kg(-1) x h(-1) and isoflurane 0.4% (end-tidal) in 50% N2O/O2. Systolic arterial pressure was maintained between 120 and 160 mm Hg by adjusting an infusion of nicardipine, a calcium-channel blocker, while tachycardia (>100 bpm) was treated by 1-mg boluses of atenolol. Hemodynamics (thermodilution technique) and plasma catecholamine concentrations were measured before surgery, after the induction of anesthesia, after turning the patient to the lateral position, during pneumoperitoneum, during tumor manipulation, after adrenalectomy, and at the end of surgery. Two events resulted in significant catecholamine release: creation of the pneumoperitoneum and adrenal gland manipulation. As a consequence, a twofold increase in cardiac output was recorded. Adjustments of nicardipine infusion (2-6 microg x kg(-1) x min(-1)) minimized changes in mean arterial pressure. Beta-adrenergic blockade was necessary in six patients. In conclusion, laparoscopic adrenalectomy for pheochromocytoma results in marked catecholamine release during pneumoperitoneum and tumor manipulation. Titration of a nicardipine infusion allowed easy and quick control of the hemodynamic aberrancies related to these processes. IMPLICATIONS: Pneumoperitoneum during laparoscopy, now used for adrenalectomy, may complicate anesthetic management of patients with pheochromocytoma. In this study, laparoscopic adrenalectomy was associated with catecholamine release during the creation of pneumoperitoneum and tumor manipulation. Adjustments of a nicardipine infusion readily attenuated the subsequent hemodynamic aberrancies. [less ▲]

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See detailPLENA and FARINELLI: redundancy and regulatory interactions between two Antirrhinum MADS-box factors controlling flower development.
Davies, B.; Motte, Patrick ULg; Keck, E. et al

in EMBO Journal (1999), 18(14), 4023-34

We report the discovery of an Antirrhinum MADS-box gene, FARINELLI (FAR), and the isolation of far mutants by a reverse genetic screen. Despite striking similarities between FAR and the class C MADS-box ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of an Antirrhinum MADS-box gene, FARINELLI (FAR), and the isolation of far mutants by a reverse genetic screen. Despite striking similarities between FAR and the class C MADS-box gene PLENA (PLE), the phenotypes of their respective mutants are dramatically different. Unlike ple mutants, which show homeotic conversion of reproductive organs to perianth organs and a loss of floral determinacy, far mutants have normal flowers which are partially male-sterile. Expression studies of PLE and FAR, in wild-type and mutant backgrounds, show complex interactions between the two genes. Double mutant analysis reveals an unexpected, redundant negative control over the B-function MADS-box genes. This feature of the two Antirrhinum C-function-like genes is markedly different from the control of the inner boundary of the B-function expression domain in Arabidopsis, and we propose and discuss a model to account for these differences. The difference in phenotypes of mutants in two highly related genes illustrates the importance of the position within the regulatory network in determining gene function. [less ▲]

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See detailA critical compilation and extended analysis of the Ne V spectrum
Kramida, A. E.; Bastin, Thierry ULg; Biémont, Emile ULg et al

in European Physical Journal D -- Atoms, Molecules, Clusters & Optical Physics (1999), 7

Previous works devoted to the Ne V spectrum are very fragmentary and yield a rather controversial picture of this ion. A lot of unidentifi ed lines are still reported in these multiple studies. In the ... [more ▼]

Previous works devoted to the Ne V spectrum are very fragmentary and yield a rather controversial picture of this ion. A lot of unidentifi ed lines are still reported in these multiple studies. In the present paper, Hartree-Fock calculations and least-squares fi ts over the whole set of the available data (including the most recent ones) have been performed. As a result, a comprehensive view of the Ne V spectrum is presented. 10 new energy levels and 40 newly classi fied lines are proposed. An improved value of the ionisation potential of Ne V is also proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification Of Cystosolic Mg2+-Dependent Soluble Inorganic Pyrophosphatases In Potato And Phylogenetic Analysis
Rojas-Beltran, Ja.; Dubois, Françoise ULg; Mortiaux, F. et al

in Plant Molecular Biology (1999), 39(3),

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See detailEGb 761 protects liver mitochondria against injury induced by in vitro anoxia/reoxygenation.
Du, G.; Willet, K.; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (1999), 27

The present study investigated the protective effects of Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb 761) on rat liver mitochondrial damage induced by in vitro anoxia/reoxygenation. Anoxia/reoxygenation was known to ... [more ▼]

The present study investigated the protective effects of Ginkgo biloba extract (EGb 761) on rat liver mitochondrial damage induced by in vitro anoxia/reoxygenation. Anoxia/reoxygenation was known to impair respiratory activities and mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation efficiency. ADP/O (2.57 +/- 0.11) decreased after anoxia/reoxygenation (1.75 +/- 0.09, p < .01), as well as state 3 and uncoupled respiration (-20%, p < .01), but state 4 respiration increased (p < .01). EGb 761 (50-200 microg/ml) had no effect on mitochondrial functions before anoxia, but had a specific dose-dependent protective effect after anoxia/reoxygenation. When mitochondria were incubated with 200 microg/ml EGb 761, they showed an increase in ADP/O (2.09 +/- 0.14, p < .05) and a decrease in state 4 respiration (-22%) after anoxia/reoxygenation. In EPR spin-trapping measurement, EGb 761 decreased the EPR signal of superoxide anion produced during reoxygenation. In conclusion, EGb 761 specially protects mitochondrial ATP synthesis against anoxia/reoxygenation injury by scavenging the superoxide anion generated by mitochondria [less ▲]

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See detailEtude électrophysiologique des mécanismes responsables de la fatigue chronique dans la sclérose en plaques (SEP)
DELVAUX, Valérie ULg; ALAGONA, G.; GERARD, Pascale ULg et al

in Revue Neurologique (1999), 155(1S51, supp. 1),

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See detailSteroid sensitive sites in the avian brain: does the distribution of the estrogen receptor alpha and beta types provide insight into their function?
Ball, G. F.; Bernard, D. J.; Foidart, Agnès ULg et al

in Brain, Behavior & Evolution (1999), 54

Studies in avian species have often been useful in elucidating basic concepts relevant to the regulation of reproductive behaviors by sex steroid hormones. Once a link between a steroid hormone and a ... [more ▼]

Studies in avian species have often been useful in elucidating basic concepts relevant to the regulation of reproductive behaviors by sex steroid hormones. Once a link between a steroid hormone and a behavioral response has been established, one can use the localization of steroid hormone receptors in the brain to facilitate the identification of neural circuits that control behavior. The recent identification of a second type of estrogen receptor called estrogen receptor beta or ERbeta has raised new issues about the action of steroid hormones in the brain. A hypothesis has been proposed by Kuiper et al. [1998] based on studies in mammalian species suggesting that ERalpha (the name given to the ER that was previously described) is important for reproduction while ERbeta is more important for non-reproductive functions. In this paper we apply this hypothesis more generally by examining possible functions of ERbeta in avian species. We have initiated studies of the ERbeta in the brain of two avian species, the Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica) and the European starling (Sturnus vulgaris). ERbeta was cloned in both species and the mRNA for this receptor type was localized in the brain employing in situ hybridization histochemistry methods. In both species ERbeta was found to be diffusely present in telencephalic areas consistent with a role for this receptor subtype in cognitive functions. However, ERbeta mRNA was also found in many brain areas that are traditionally thought to be important in the regulation of reproductive functions such as the preoptic region, the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and the nucleus taeniae. Of the two receptor types, only mRNA for ERalpha was observed in the telencephalic vocal control nucleus HVc of male starlings. Steroid receptors in this nucleus are thought to be an example of an evolutionary specialization that has evolved to coordinate the production of courtship vocalizations with other aspects of reproduction. The lack of ERbeta mRNA expression in HVc is consistent with the hypothesis that ERalpha is preferentially involved in reproductive behaviors while ERbeta is involved in the steroid regulation of other neural functions. However, the widespread occurrence of ERbeta in other nuclei involved in reproductive function suggests that one must be cautious about the general applicability of the above hypothesis until more is known about ERbeta function in these other nuclei [less ▲]

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See detailL'éclairage : une technique en évolution. De la performance visuelle à l'émotion
Eugène, Christian; Rombauts, Patrick; Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg et al

in Revue E Tijdschrift (1999), 115è année, 3/4

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See detailInfluence function and efficiency of the minimum covariance determinant scatter matrix estimator
Croux, C.; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Journal of Multivariate Analysis (1999), 71(2), 161-190

The minimum covariance determinant (MCD) scatter estimator is a highly robust estimator for the dispersion matrix of a multivariate, elliptically symmetric distribution. It is relatively fast to compute ... [more ▼]

The minimum covariance determinant (MCD) scatter estimator is a highly robust estimator for the dispersion matrix of a multivariate, elliptically symmetric distribution. It is relatively fast to compute and intuitively appealing. In this note we derive its influence function and compute the asymptotic variances of its elements. A comparison with the one step reweighted MCD and with S-estimators is made. Also finite-sample results are reported. (C) 1999 Academic Press AMS 1991 subject classifications: 62F35, 62G35. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation du système de financement des journées hospitalières en fonction des pathologies
Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg; Gillet, Pierre ULg

in Bulletin des Résumés d'Informations Hospitalières / Ministère des affaires sociales, de la santé publique et de l'environnement (1999), 16(Janvier/février/mars 1999),

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See detailEffect of synthesis process and substrate on electrical and thermal transport properties of Bi-2212
Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Bougrine, Hassan ULg et al

in Journal of Superconductivity (1999), 12(5), 623-629

Resistivity, thermoelectric power, and thermal conductivity have been measured for a Bi-2212 system synthesized from a glassy precursor, either with a commercially Al2O3 substrate or with a homemade ... [more ▼]

Resistivity, thermoelectric power, and thermal conductivity have been measured for a Bi-2212 system synthesized from a glassy precursor, either with a commercially Al2O3 substrate or with a homemade BaZrO3 substrate. Those measurements show that the BaZrO3 substrate gives better superconducting properties to the Bi-2212 than the Al2O3 substrate. The effect of (1.0 T) weak magnetic field has been searched for. The thermal magnetoconductivity and the contributions of the magnetic field to the thermoelectrical power are studied and compared through fine measurements. An electronic contribution seems to appear already well above the critical temperature and to exist up to 200 degrees K. The onset temperature is thus deduced. [less ▲]

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See detailAnnual activity cycle of adult brown trout (Salmo trutta L.): A radio-telemetry study in a small stream of the Belgian Ardenne
Ovidio, Michaël ULg

in Bulletin Français de la Pêche et de la Pisciculture (1999), (352), 1-18

During a study period of 26 months, twenty trout (26.0-57.0 cm FL; 198-1,685 g) were daily located from 16 to 466 days in a small stream of the Belgian Ardenne, the Aisne stream (tributary of the river ... [more ▼]

During a study period of 26 months, twenty trout (26.0-57.0 cm FL; 198-1,685 g) were daily located from 16 to 466 days in a small stream of the Belgian Ardenne, the Aisne stream (tributary of the river Ourthe) in order to characterize their annual pattern of mobility. Daily movements were more frequent and longer during the spawning period (October-December) than at any other time of the year. Upstream migrations (max.: 25 km) generally occurred during October and the first fortnight of November and were triggered by a combination of Variations of water temperature and water level within a thermal range of 10-14 degrees C. Spawning activity (second fortnight of November until late December) took place in the Aisne stream (max. width : 10 m) or in its small tributaries. Trout surviving spawning undertook a fast (max.:9,200 m in 24 h) and precise post reproductive homing. From winter to summer, daily movements were shorter and mainly corresponded to changes of residences within a home range of which the size was proportional to the trout's size. In March and June, some trout made long upstream unidirectional migrations of which the biological signification is still unknown. These results are discussed within the context of life history strategies and management of trout populations. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailInteractions between cytochrome P-450 activities and ozone-induced modulatory effects on endothelial permeability in rabbit lungs: influence of gender.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Florquin, Sandra ULg; Segura, P. et al

in Inhalation Toxicology (1999), 11(11), 999-1014

The effects of rabbit exposure to ozone (O(3)) (0.4 ppm for 4 h) on two different cytochrome P-450 (CYP450)-dependent activities were investigated. In turn, the role of CYP450 in the inhibitory effect of ... [more ▼]

The effects of rabbit exposure to ozone (O(3)) (0.4 ppm for 4 h) on two different cytochrome P-450 (CYP450)-dependent activities were investigated. In turn, the role of CYP450 in the inhibitory effect of O(3) on acetylcholine (ACh)-evoked increase in endothelial permeability was also assessed. Immediately after the period of exposure, rabbits of both sexes were sacrificed and their lungs were extracted. Some lungs were used for preparation of microsomes and measurement of 7-ethoxyresorufin O-deethylase (EROD) and parathion oxidase activities. Other rabbit lungs were isolated and recirculatingly blood-free perfused. Arterial, venous pressures, and lung weight were continuously recorded. Capillary pressure was measured by applying the double occlusion method. Capillary filtration coefficient (K(f,c)) was evaluated by measuring the amount of fluid filtering through the endothelium when vascular pressures were suddenly increased. Dose-response curves to ACh were constructed in air- or O(3)-exposed rabbits. Some animals were pretreated with piperonyl butoxide (PBO), a well-known inhibitor of CYP450. O(3) significantly reduced both EROD and parathion oxidase lung microsomal activities in females, while it had no effect in males. Exposure to O(3) strongly inhibited the ACh-induced increase in K(f,c). Pretreatment with PBO reversed the modulatory effect of O(3) on endothelial permeability in male rabbits, but not in females. It was concluded (1) that inhibition of 2 different CYP450-dependent activities after exposure to 0.4 ppm O(3) for 4 h appears to be a gender-dependent phenomenon, and (2) that CYP450 is probably involved in the O(3)-evoked inhibitory mechanism against ACh-induced increase in endothelial permeability, but only in males. [less ▲]

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See detailAnesthesie generale versus anesthesie perimedullaire.
Murayi, P.; Joris, Jean ULg; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(7), 588-92

Perimedullary anesthetic techniques (epidural or spinal anesthesia), by themselves or combined with general anesthesia offer several advantages in the postoperative period when compared with general ... [more ▼]

Perimedullary anesthetic techniques (epidural or spinal anesthesia), by themselves or combined with general anesthesia offer several advantages in the postoperative period when compared with general anesthesia alone. The incidence of postoperative respiratory and cardiovascular complications is decreased. The physiologic stress reaction, with its associated hypercoagulable state and immune depression, is attenuated. Finally, the resumption of gastrointestinal function is hastened. These benefits of central neural blockade are noted most clearly when the techniques are used for several days postoperatively, most often by catheter based epidural analgesia. The use of local anesthetic agents in the analgesic mixture would appear to be important. This is likely because these substances inhibit the sympathetic nervous system and spinal reflex axes. The role of this inhibition in the advantages of perimedullary techniques is probably important. It is important to note that inhibition of the sympathatetic nervous system can be associated with indesirable consequences in certain patients. These techniques must therefore be used cautiously, and patients who benefit from them must receive careful surveillance. [less ▲]

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See detailInfantile and juvenile presentations of Alexander's disease: a report of two cases.
Deprez, Manuel ULg; D'Hooghe, M.; Misson, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Acta Neurologica Scandinavica (1999), 99(3), 158-65

We describe 2 new cases of Alexander's disease, the first to be reported in Belgium. The first patient, a 4-year-old girl, presented with progressive megalencephaly, mental retardation, spastic ... [more ▼]

We describe 2 new cases of Alexander's disease, the first to be reported in Belgium. The first patient, a 4-year-old girl, presented with progressive megalencephaly, mental retardation, spastic tetraparesis, ataxia and epilepsy: post-mortem examination showed widespread myelin loss with Rosenthal fibers (RFs) accumulation throughout the neuraxis. She was the third of heterozygotic twins, the 2 others having developed normally and being alive at age 5 years. The second patient developed at age 10 years and over a decade spastic paraparesis, palatal myoclonus, nystagmus, thoracic hyperkyphosis and thoraco-lumbar scoliosis with radiological findings of bilateral anterior leukoencephalopathy. Brain stereotactic biopsy at age 16 years demonstrated numerous RFs. With these 2 cases, we review the literature on the various clinico-pathological conditions reported as Alexander's disease. We discuss the nosology of this entity and the pathogeny of RFs formation and dysmyelination. Clues to the diagnosis of this encephalopathy in the living patient are briefly described. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of training on the calcified zone of equine middle carpal articular cartilage
Murray, R. C.; Whitton, R. C.; Vedi, S. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (1999), 30

Carpal osteochondral injury is frequently observed in strenuously trained horses. It is clear that the integrity of articular cartilage and subchondral bone are intimately related, although there is ... [more ▼]

Carpal osteochondral injury is frequently observed in strenuously trained horses. It is clear that the integrity of articular cartilage and subchondral bone are intimately related, although there is controversy about which component is the most important. Calcified cartilage provides the mechanical link between soft hyaline cartilage and stiff subchondral bone so it is essential to understand the tissue's response to exercise. Middle carpal calcified and uncalcified (hyaline) cartilage thickness was investigated in horses undergoing high- and low-intensity exercise. Twelve untrained horses (18-21 months) were paired, and randomly assigned to an exercise group. Group 1 underwent 19 weeks progressive high-intensity training on a high-speed treadmill. Group 2 underwent walking exercise only. Osteochondral specimens were obtained from 8 test sites per carpus immediately after euthanasia. Histomorphometric measurements of total cartilage, hyaline layer, and calcified zone thickness were obtained from decalcified and undecalcified samples. Mean +/- s.d. (micron) calcified cartilage thickness for dorsal cartilage from Group 1 was 271 +/- 73 and from Group 2 was 163 +/- 49; for palmar cartilage from Group 1 was 195 +/- 42 and Group 2 was 150 +/- 52. Group 1 horses had significantly thicker total cartilage (P < 0.0001) and calcified zone (P < 0.0001) than Group 2, but there was no difference in hyaline layer. Within each group all dorsal sites had thicker calcified cartilage (P < 0.003) than palmar sites, but no difference in hyaline or total cartilage. These findings indicate that high-intensity exercise leads to greater calcified zone depth without alteration in hyaline cartilage thickness, and that this response is maximal at sites that withstand high, intermittent loads. Increasing calcified cartilage thickness with exercise may maintain the articular surface stiffness gradient in the face of alterations in hyaline cartilage and/or subchondral bone stiffness [less ▲]

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See detailIonization potentials of atoms and ions from lithium to tin (Z = 50)
Biémont, Emile ULg; Frémat, Y.; Quinet, Pascal ULg

in At. Data Nucl. Data Tables (1999), 71

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See detailMonoclonal Antibodies To Growth Hormone (Gh) Prolong Liver Gh Binding And Gh-Induced Igf-I/Igfbp-3 Synthesis
Beauloye, V.; Muaku, Sm.; Lause, P. et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Endocrinology and Metabolism (1999), 277(2),

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See detailGosferia, a new name for Forgesia Gerrienne (Fossil).
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg

in Taxon (1999), 48

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See detailLifetimes and transition probabilities in In II
Biémont, Emile ULg; Zeippen, C. J.

in At. Data Nucl. Data Tables (1999), 72

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See detailCerebral metabolism during vegetative state and after recovery to consciousness
Laureys, Steven ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg; Maquet, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry (1999), 67(1), 121-122

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See detailPharma clinics. Comment je traite ... la sténose d'artère rénale
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Turatzinze, Léopold

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1999), 54(9), 719-721

Renal artery stenosis is mainly due to atherosclerosis, but also to fibromuscular dysplasia. Treatment can consist eisther of angioplasty (± stent) or of surgical revascularization. Hypertension induced ... [more ▼]

Renal artery stenosis is mainly due to atherosclerosis, but also to fibromuscular dysplasia. Treatment can consist eisther of angioplasty (± stent) or of surgical revascularization. Hypertension induced by atherosclerotic disease is rarely cured, but more easily controlled. The renal function is often improved and thus this disease must be searched in the presence of renal insufficiency of unknown cause or refractory hypertension. [less ▲]

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See detailExploration isocinétique : analyse des courbes
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Annales de Réadaptation et de Médecine Physique (1999), 42

Introducition: La courbe isocinétique met en relation le moment de force développé et le positionnement articulaire: elle autorise l'étude in vivo de la relation classique tension-longueur. Le tracé ... [more ▼]

Introducition: La courbe isocinétique met en relation le moment de force développé et le positionnement articulaire: elle autorise l'étude in vivo de la relation classique tension-longueur. Le tracé isocinétique se caractérise occasionnellement par un profil anormal. Méthode: Sur la base de l'expérience clinique, les auteurs proposent une classification d'anomalies; plusieurs facteurs contribuent à leur apparition: une collaboration ou une familiarisation insuffisante du patient, un protocole inadéquat, une amyotrophie majeure, une modification de la biomécanique articulaire, des troubles neurologiques ainsi que des phénomènes algiques au cours de l'exercice. Discussion et conclusion: L'intérêt diagnostique des courbes isocinétiques ne semble pas crédible, comme l'indique une étude centrée sur la nature et la fréquence des anomalies dans différents groupes de lésions opérées ou non opérées du ligament croisé antérieur. Sous réserve d'une analyse rigoureuse, les implications rééducatives paraissent néanmoins intéressantes lorsqu'une anomalie reproductible de la courbe s'accompagne d'un phénomène algique. [less ▲]

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See detailParamètres hydrologiques et physicochimiques de sources de haute Belgique : ébauche d'une typologie régionale
Petit, François ULg; Araujo, J.; Brassine, B. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (1999)

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See detailIndices d'aptitude des procédés de production
Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Notes de Statistique et d'Informatique (1999), (5), 26

This note describes the main process capability indices and presents some inferential porperties. A numerical example is analysed by Minitab and SAS softwares.

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See detailVariations of aquatic bryophyte assemblages in the Rhine Rift related to water quality. 1.The Alsatian Rhine floodplain
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Klein, J. P.; Stieperaere, H. et al

in Journal of Bryology (1999), 21

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See detailDo leaching experiments affect the Sm-Nd signature of deep-sea sediments? The example of the northern North Atlantic
Innocent, Christophe; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Stevenson, Ross

in Canadian Journal of Soil Science (1999), 79

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See detailImpact de l'ammoniac sur le système respiratoire du porc. Etude de la relation dose-réponse
Gustin, Pascal ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1999), 154(6, Pt 2), 371-375

The effects of ammonia on the respiratory system and somatic growth have been measured in piglets taking into account the interactions with endotoxins from gram-bacteria and dust. Dose-response curves ... [more ▼]

The effects of ammonia on the respiratory system and somatic growth have been measured in piglets taking into account the interactions with endotoxins from gram-bacteria and dust. Dose-response curves were constructed for the inflammatory reactions induced in nasal cavities, the smooth muscle hyperresponsiveness in the trachea, the permeability of alveolo-capillary barrier, the pulmonary vasomotricity, the cough reflex and the systemic effects. An acceptable level of pollution was proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe plant alkaloid usambarensine intercalates into DNA and induces apoptosis in human HL60 leukemia cells
Dassonneville, L.; Wattez, N.; Mahieu, C. et al

in Anticancer Research (1999), 19(6B), 5245-5250

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See detailCBP and histone deacetylase inhibition enhance the transactivation potential of the HOXB7 homeodomain-containing protein
Chariot, Alain ULg; Van Lint, Carine; Chapelier, Muriel et al

in Oncogene (1999), 18

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription factors regulating the coordinated expression of multiple target genes involved in development, differentiation and cellular transformation. In this study ... [more ▼]

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription factors regulating the coordinated expression of multiple target genes involved in development, differentiation and cellular transformation. In this study, we demonstrated that HOXB7, one member of this family, behaved as a transactivator in breast cancer cells. Deletion of either the HOXB7 N-terminal domain or the C-terminal acidic tail abolished this transcriptional effect, suggesting a combination of distinct functional transactivating domains. HOXB7 physically interacted both in vitro and in vivo with the coactivator CREB-binding protein (CBP). This interaction led to an enhanced transactivating potential and required the N-terminal of HOXB7 as well as two domains located at the C-terminal part of CBP. Moreover, trichostatin A, a deacetylase inhibitor, strongly enhanced the transcriptional properties of HOXB7. Our data therefore indicate that HOX proteins can directly interact with CBP and that acetylation/deacetylation may regulate their transcriptional properties. [less ▲]

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See detailKarst dans les évaporites : marqueur efficace des événements récents. L’exemple du Mont Sédom (Israel)
Hallot, Eric ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (1999), 37

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See detail89 rue de Rome. Le rituel des “Mardis” mallarméens
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Art&Fact (1999), 18

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See detailTransport properties of bulk-bicrystal grain boundaries in artificially joined large-grain YBCO
Bradley, A. D.; Doyle, R. A.; Charalambous, D. et al

in IEEE Transactions on Applied Superconductivity (1999), 9(2), 2038-2041

A technique for joining large-grain YBCO has been used to produce bulk-bicrystal grain boundaries of different orientations. The behaviour of boundaries nominally of 0 degrees[100], 0 degrees[001] and ... [more ▼]

A technique for joining large-grain YBCO has been used to produce bulk-bicrystal grain boundaries of different orientations. The behaviour of boundaries nominally of 0 degrees[100], 0 degrees[001] and asymmetric 15 degrees[100]-tilt misorientation have been investigated using low frequency transport measurements in fields up to 7T. The boundaries exhibit a metallic normal state and a superconducting transition which broadens with increasing field having an irreversibility line which closely matches that of the adjoining grains. This same qualitative behaviour is seen in all the samples measured for field applied parallel and perpendicular to the c-axis and up to the highest current densities employed (20 Acm(-2)). Variation between the different samples due to microstructural differences are discussed. We interpret these results as strong suggestive evidence that this joining technique can be used to produce strongly-coupled large-grains for bulk-scale engineering applications. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic growth and exchange rate uncertainty
Tharakan, Joseph ULg

in Applied Economics (1999)

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See detailAllozymic variation and genetic structure of Scottish Calluna vulgaris populations the effect of postglacial recolonization
Mahy, Grégory ULg; Ennos, Richard; Jacquemart, Anne Laure

in Heredity (1999), 82

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See detailDevelopment of a parenteral and of an oral formulation of albendazole with cyclodextrins
Piel, Géraldine ULg; Evrard, Brigitte ULg; Van Hees, Thierry ULg et al

in STP Pharma Sciences (1999), 3

L'albendazole est une dérivé benzimidazole à large spectre d'activité contre les parasites helminthiques de l'homme et de l'animal. L'albendazole est très faiblement soluble dans l'eau. Il a été démontré ... [more ▼]

L'albendazole est une dérivé benzimidazole à large spectre d'activité contre les parasites helminthiques de l'homme et de l'animal. L'albendazole est très faiblement soluble dans l'eau. Il a été démontré que les cyclodextrines sont capables de former des complexes d'inclusion avec l'albendazole et d'en augmenter la solubilité. La solubilité aqueuse de l'albendazole est dépendante du pH. Le but de ce travail est d'étudier l'influence combinée des cyclodextrines et de différents acides sur la solubilité de l'albendazole. Il a été démontré qu'il existe un véritable effet synergique entre les cyclodextrines et les différents acides. L'utilisation combinée d'hydroxypropyl-b-cyclodextrine (200 mM) et d'acide lactique ou acide citrique (50 mM) permet de dissoudre plus de 1 mg/ml d'albendazole. Des études RMN ont démontré l'inclusion de l'albendazole dans la b-cyclodextrine en milieu acide. Ces résultats montrent qu'il est possible de réaliser une solution injectable et une solution orale d'albendazole grâce aux cyclodextrines. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of performance, water intake and feeding behaviour of weaned pigs fed either pellets or meal
Laitat, Martine ULg; Vandenheede, Marc ULg; Desiron, Alain et al

in Animal Science (1999), 69

Performance, water intake and feeding behaviour of two groups of 30 (trial 1), 40 (trial 2) or 50 (trial 3) weaned pigs offered either pellets ol meal of the same formulation were compared. Average daily ... [more ▼]

Performance, water intake and feeding behaviour of two groups of 30 (trial 1), 40 (trial 2) or 50 (trial 3) weaned pigs offered either pellets ol meal of the same formulation were compared. Average daily weight gains (ADG) were higher for pigs given pellets rather than meal in trials 2 (413 v. 363 g/day P < 0.001) and 3 (356 v. 324 g/day, P < 0.05). Mean daily water intake (DWI) was higher with meal than with pellets but only during trial 1 (2.31 y. 1.65 l/day, P < 0.01). The occupation time (OT) and the number of animals using the feeder simultaneously (N) were higher when pigs were given meal rather than pellets, whatever the animal density: trial 1: 82.6 v. 69.9% (P = 0.05) and 3.8 v. 2.3 (P < 0.01); trial 2: 90.9 v. 77.9% (P > 0.05) and 5.2 v. 3.1 (P < 0.01); trial 3: 96.2 v. 83.6% (P < 0.05) and 5.9 v. 3.8 (P < 0.01). When using pellets, OT and N were always significantly lower during the night than during the day but when using meal in groups of 40 and 50, OT during the night was almost as high as during the day. The greater the group size, the lower were ADG (both diets) and DWI (only with meal) and the higher were OT and N (both diets). Furthermore, significant linens and curvilinear regressions of DWI, OT and N according to time were calculated. In conclusion, pigs need more time to eat meal than to eat pellets. Thus the number of pigs per feeder has to be adapted to the food presentation. Too high number of pigs per feeder impairs feeding behaviour and eventually welfare, by preventing preferential diurnal feeding activity and this may affect productivity [less ▲]

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See detailL'accès à la communication scientifique, un concept global
Pochet, Bernard ULg

in Documentation & Bibliothèques (1999), 45(3), 101-105

After the observation of information retrieval behaviors and the use and management of scholarly information it is obvious that we need for information literacy courses. After several years of practice ... [more ▼]

After the observation of information retrieval behaviors and the use and management of scholarly information it is obvious that we need for information literacy courses. After several years of practice, research and reflexion quickly described, and an overview of the literature the author suggest to think scientific communication as a whole and to consider the student and researcher both as a user and as author. The article defines this whole conception of scientific communication and gives as an example a information literacy course based on this principle, making the bet that learning of scientific culture and the world of science communication must be part of the same draft training. [less ▲]

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See detailHypoxia-induced activation of HIF-1: role of HIF-1alpha-Hsp90 interaction.
Minet, E.; Mottet, Denis ULg; Michel, G. et al

in FEBS Letters (1999), 460(2), 251-6

The protein chaperone heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is a major regulator of different transcription factors such as MyoD, a basic helix loop helix (bHLH) protein, and the bHLH-Per-aryl hydrocarbon nuclear ... [more ▼]

The protein chaperone heat shock protein 90 (Hsp90) is a major regulator of different transcription factors such as MyoD, a basic helix loop helix (bHLH) protein, and the bHLH-Per-aryl hydrocarbon nuclear translocator (ARNT)-Sim (PAS) factors Sim and aryl hydrocarbon receptor (Ahr). The transcription factor hypoxia-inducible factor-1alpha (HIF-1alpha), involved in the response to hypoxia, also belongs to the bHLH-PAS family. This work was aimed to investigate the putative role of Hsp90 in HIF-1 activation by hypoxia. Using a EGFP-HIF-1alpha fusion protein, co-immunoprecipitation experiments evidenced that the chimeric protein expressed in COS-7 cells interacts with Hsp90 in normoxia but not in hypoxia. We also demonstrated that Hsp90 interacts with the bHLH-PAS domain of HIF-1alpha. Moreover, Hsp90 is not co-translocated with HIF-1alpha into the nucleus. At last, we showed that Hsp90 activity is essential for HIF-1 activation in hypoxia since it is inhibited in the presence of geldanamycin. These results indicate that Hsp90 is a major regulator in HIF-1alpha activation. [less ▲]

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See detailHaftung des säumigen Schuldners für Zufall. Von Gaius (D.16.3.14.1) bis zum Code civil
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

in Tradition und Fortschritt im Recht, Jahrbuch Junger Zivilrechtswissenschaftler (1999)

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See detailGenetic control of isozymes in the primary gene pool Phaseolus lunatus L.
Bi, Irié Zoro; Maquet, Alain; Wathelet, Bernard ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1999)

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See detailDetection of Tryptase in Bovine Mast Cells: Comparison of Enzyme- and Immuno-Histochemistry
Jolly, Sandra ULg; Coignoul, Freddy ULg; Gabriel, Annick ULg et al

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (1999), 120(3), 269-79

Mast cell (MC) phenotypes may vary with respect to tissue site, sensitivity to degranulating agents, dependency on T lymphocytes and, above all, the composition of their granules. Proteinases (either ... [more ▼]

Mast cell (MC) phenotypes may vary with respect to tissue site, sensitivity to degranulating agents, dependency on T lymphocytes and, above all, the composition of their granules. Proteinases (either trypsin-like or chymotrypsin-like) are granule constituents which provide an important means of distinguishing subtypes of MCs in man and rodents. The purpose of this study was to compare the distribution of MC trypsin-like protease (tryptase) in a variety of bovine tissues with the aim of examining MC heterogeneity. Tryptase was found in MCs regardless of their location within tissues. With respect to tryptase content, bovine MC distribution resembled more that of human and canine tissues than that of mice and rats. Comparison of the results yielded by enzyme- and immuno-histochemical staining suggested that a tryptase-negative, dual-specific chymase-positive MC subset occurred, at least in duodenal lamina propria, around bronchioles and within alveolar septa. The study also suggested that monoclonal antibodies raised against human tryptase can be used for quantitation of bovine tryptase in biological fluids; this offers a promising tool for evaluating the role of MC activation in disease. [less ▲]

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See detailConserved mechanism of PLAG1 activation in salivary gland tumors with and without chromosome 8q12 abnormalities: identification of SII as a new fusion partner gene.
Astrom, A. K.; Voz, Marianne ULg; Kas, K. et al

in Cancer Research (1999), 59(4), 918-23

We have previously shown (K. Kas et al, Nat. Genet., 15: 170-174, 1997) that the developmentally regulated zinc finger gene pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) is the target gene in 8q12 in pleomorphic ... [more ▼]

We have previously shown (K. Kas et al, Nat. Genet., 15: 170-174, 1997) that the developmentally regulated zinc finger gene pleomorphic adenoma gene 1 (PLAG1) is the target gene in 8q12 in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands with t(3;8)(p21;q12) translocations. The t(3;8) results in promoter swapping between PLAG1 and the constitutively expressed gene for beta-catenin (CTNNB1), leading to activation of PLAG1 expression and reduced expression of CTNNB1. Here we have studied the expression of PLAG1 by Northern blot analysis in 47 primary benign and malignant human tumors with or without cytogenetic abnormalities of 8q12. Overexpression of PLAG1 was found in 23 tumors (49%). Thirteen of 17 pleomorphic adenomas with a normal karyotype and 5 of 10 with 12q13-15 abnormalities overexpressed PLAG1, which demonstrates that PLAG1 activation is a frequent event in adenomas irrespective of karyotype. In contrast, PLAG1 was overexpressed in only 2 of 11 malignant salivary gland tumors analyzed, which suggests that, at least in salivary gland tumors, PLAG1 activation preferentially occurs in benign tumors. PLAG1 over-expression was also found in three of nine mesenchymal tumors, i.e., in two uterine leiomyomas and one leiomyosarcoma. RNase protection, rapid amplification of 5'-cDNA ends (5'-RACE), and reverse transcription-PCR analyses of five adenomas with a normal karyotype revealed fusion transcripts in three tumors. Nucleotide sequence analysis of these showed that they contained fusions between PLAG1 and CTNNB1 (one case) or PLAG1 and a novel fusion partner gene, i.e., the gene encoding the transcription elongation factor SII (two cases). The fusions occurred in the 5' noncoding region of PLAG1, leading to exchange of regulatory control elements and, as a consequence, activation of PLAG1 gene expression. Because all of the cases had grossly normal karyotypes, the rearrangements must result from cryptic rearrangements. The results suggest that in addition to chromosomal translocations and cryptic rearrangements, PLAG1 may also be activated by mutations or indirect mechanisms. Our findings establish a conserved mechanism of PLAG1 activation in salivary gland tumors with and without 8q12 aberrations, which indicates that such activation is a frequent event in these tumors. [less ▲]

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See detailPMSG et production d'anticorps : relation avec la productivité des lapines
Theau-Clément, M.; Lebas, F.; Drion, Pierre ULg et al

in Cuniculture (1999), 26(3), 123-126

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See detailAdjuvant small field pelvic radiation for patients with high risk, stage IB lymph node negative cervix carcinoma after radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymph node dissection. A pilot study.
KRIDELKA, Frédéric ULg; Berg, D. O.; Neuman, M. et al

in Cancer (1999), 86(10), 2059-65

BACKGROUND: After radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymph node dissection, an identifiable subgroup of patients with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Stage IB lymph node negative cervix ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: After radical hysterectomy and pelvic lymph node dissection, an identifiable subgroup of patients with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics Stage IB lymph node negative cervix carcinoma remains at high risk of pelvic recurrence. This study attempted to determine whether postoperative small field of pelvic radiation can improve the disease free survival (DFS) of this high risk group of patients without producing significant morbidity. METHODS: Between 1991 and 1995, after radical surgery, 25 patients with Stage IB lymph node negative cervix carcinoma were considered to be at high risk of pelvic recurrence on the basis of tumor dimension, depth of stromal invasion, and the presence of lymph-vascular space invasion. All had a score >/= 120 as determined by the Gynecologic Oncology Group (GOG) study. These patients received 50.4 gray of adjuvant radiation to a small central pelvic field and were followed prospectively. A Kaplan-Meier 5-year DFS curve was generated. A log rank analysis produced an estimated log rank P value (est P value) by comparing the 5-year DFS of the patients in the current study with the 5-year DFS of the corresponding high risk group of the GOG study (observation only). The morbidity of small field pelvic radiation was recorded. RESULTS: Among the 25 patients who received small field pelvic radiation, the mean GOG score was 166 (range, 120-263) and the mean follow-up was 32 months (range, 12-64 months). There was 1 recurrence (4%) recorded at 16 months. The log rank analysis demonstrated a significant improvement in the 5-year DFS for the group who received adjuvant small field pelvic radiation (est P value = 0.005) when compared with the DFS of the high risk GOG patients who were observed postoperatively. Four cases of minor morbidity were recorded: lymphedema (three cases) and mild rectal incontinence (one case). No major morbidity was reported. CONCLUSIONS: With low morbidity, adjuvant small field pelvic radiation appears to improve significantly the 5-year DFS of patients with high risk, lymph node negative Stage IB cervical carcinoma. However, this pilot study requires verification. [less ▲]

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See detailReport of the Sixth International Workshop on Human Chromosome 11 Mapping 1998. Nice, France, May 2-5, 1998.
Gaudray, P.; Carle, G. F.; Gerhard, D. S. et al

in CytoGenetics & Cell Genetics (1999), 86(3-4), 167-86

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See detailMolecular Determinants Of The Interaction Between The C-Terminal Domain Of Alzheimer'S Beta-Amyloid Peptide And Apolipoprotein E Alpha-Helices
Lins, Laurence ULg; Thomas, Annick ULg; Pillot, T. et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (1999), 73(2), 758-69

In a previous work, we predicted and demonstrated that the 29-42-residue fragment of beta-amyloid peptide (Abeta peptide) has in vitro capacities close to those of the tilted fragment of viral fusion ... [more ▼]

In a previous work, we predicted and demonstrated that the 29-42-residue fragment of beta-amyloid peptide (Abeta peptide) has in vitro capacities close to those of the tilted fragment of viral fusion proteins. We further demonstrated that apolipoprotein E2 and E3 but not apolipoprotein E4 can decrease the fusogenic activity of Abeta(29-42) via a direct interaction. Therefore, we suggested that this fragment is implicated in the neurotoxicity of Abeta and in the protective effects of apolipoprotein E in Alzheimer's disease. Because structurally related apolipoproteins do not interact with the Abeta C-terminal domain but inhibit viral fusion, we suggested that interactions existing between fusogenic peptides and apolipoproteins are selective and responsible for the inhibition of fusion. In this study, we simulated interactions of all amphipathic helices of apolipoproteins E and A-I with Abeta and simian immunodeficiency virus (SIV) fusogenic fragments by molecular modeling. We further calculated cross-interactions that do not inhibit fusion in vitro. The results suggest that interactions of hydrophobic residues are the major event to inhibit the fusogenic capacities of Abeta(29-42) and SIV peptides. Selectivity of those interactions is due to the steric complementarity between bulky hydrophobic residues in the fusogenic fragments and hydrophobic residues in the apolipoprotein C-terminal amphipathic helices. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneration of T lymphocytes from the epithelium and stroma of squamous pre-neoplastic lesions of the uterine cervix.
Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Giannini, Sandra ULg; Al-Saleh, Walid et al

in Journal of Immunological Methods (1999), 223(1), 123-9

In this study, we have developed a simple and efficient technique for the isolation of viable lymphocytes from the epithelium and stroma of small pre-neoplastic squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL) of ... [more ▼]

In this study, we have developed a simple and efficient technique for the isolation of viable lymphocytes from the epithelium and stroma of small pre-neoplastic squamous intraepithelial lesions (SIL) of the uterine cervix. Following the separation of the epithelium from the stroma using dispase II, both biopsy fragments were used to generate T lymphocytes. The stroma-derived lymphocytes were obtained by collecting and culturing the cells migrating out of the biopsy in the presence of IL2 (50 U/ml). An average of 0.7 x 10(6) and 1.4 x 10(6) lymphocytes could be obtained after 20 and 30 days of culture, respectively. For the expansion of lymphocytes derived from the pre-neoplastic epithelium (SIL) it was necessary to use a combination of irradiated peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) as a feeder layer with PHA (0.1%), in addition to IL2 (50 U/ml). Interestingly, these lymphocytes could be obtained using either allogeneic or syngeneic PBMCs. With this protocol, we were able to generate up to 100 x 10(6) lymphocytes from the epithelium, the majority of which were T lymphocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel approach to the study of familial influences on evoked cortical responses in migraine.
Schoenen, Jean ULg; Sandor, P. S.

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (1999), 19 Suppl 24

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See detailImpacts of (NH4)2SO4 deposition on Norway spruce (Picea abies [L.] Karst) roots
Carnol, Monique ULg; Cudlin, Pavel; Ineson, Phil

in Water, Air & Soil Pollution (1999), 116

The effects of enhanced (NH4)(2)SO4 (NS) deposition on Norway spruce (Picea abies [L.] Karst) fine root biomass, vitality and chemistry were investigated using root-free in-growth cores reproducing native ... [more ▼]

The effects of enhanced (NH4)(2)SO4 (NS) deposition on Norway spruce (Picea abies [L.] Karst) fine root biomass, vitality and chemistry were investigated using root-free in-growth cores reproducing native organic and mineral soil horizons. The cores were covered and watered every 2 weeks with native throughfall or throughfall supplemented with NS to increase deposition by 75 kg ha(-1) a(-1) NH4+-N (86 kg ha(-1) a(-1) SO42--S). The in-growth cores were sampled after 19 months and assessed for root biomass, necromass, length, tip number, tip vitality and fine root chemistry. Root biomass and fine root aluminium (Al) concentration were negatively correlated, but NS deposition had no effect on root growth or root tip vitality. NS deposition caused increased fine root nitrogen (N) concentrations in the organic horizon and increased Calcium (Ca) concentrations in the mineral horizon. Fine root biomass was higher in the organic horizon, where fine root Al and potassium (K) concentrations were lower and Ca concentrations higher than in the mineral horizon. Results highlighted the importance of soil stratification on fine root growth and chemical composition. [less ▲]

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See detailAuditory evoked potentials and multiple personality measures in migraine and post-traumatic headaches.
Wang, W.; Wang, Y.-H.; Fu, X. M. et al

in Pain (1999), 79(2-3), 235-42

Migraine sufferers have abnormal cerebral information processing and personality disorders, post-traumatic headache sufferers also have some personality changes. We therefore, studied intensity dependence ... [more ▼]

Migraine sufferers have abnormal cerebral information processing and personality disorders, post-traumatic headache sufferers also have some personality changes. We therefore, studied intensity dependence of auditory evoked potentials, Plutchik-van Praag's depression inventory, Zuckerman's sensation seeking scales and Zuckerman-Kuhlman's personality questionnaire in patients suffering from migraine without aura (n = 26) and chronic post-traumatic headaches (n = 26) as well as in healthy volunteers (n = 30). The migraine group showed significantly increased neuroticism-anxiety than controls, increased intensity dependence of N1-P2, and decreased thrill and adventure score compared with the controls and post-traumatic headaches. The post-traumatic headache had significantly increased depression compared with the controls, and increased disinhibition compared with the controls and migraines. This study demonstrates that the two headache types have different neurophysiological and personality traits. The pronounced intensity dependence of N1-P2 suggests a cortical potentiation response, together with a decreased thrill and adventure seeking, favor a lower serotonergic innervation in migraine. While the elevated disinhibition and depression, as consequences, may be linked with the wide cortical neuronal/axonal degeneration in post-traumatic headache. [less ▲]

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See detailArtérite et coronarite post-radiques: a propos d'un cas
Vasquez, C.; Sakalihasan, Natzi ULg; Bonnet, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal de Cardiologie [= JDC] = Tijdschrift voor Cardiologie [= TVC] (1999), 11(3), 33-37

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See detailEtude des hypothèses de l'analyse de la variance à deux critères de classification : approche par l'exemple
Iemma, A. F.; Claustriaux, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Notes de Statistique et d'Informatique (1999), (3), 36

By examples and results from SAS and Minitab softwares (GLM), analysis of variance hypothesis built to analyse a two dimensional data table are introduced.

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See detailDiagnosis of bovine brucellosis by skin test: conditions for the test and evaluation of its performance.
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Vo, T. K.; De Waele, L. et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1999), 145(8), 214-8

Brucellergene OCB (Rhone-Merieux) was used as an allergen to define the intrinsic parameters of a skin test and to compare its properties with serology for the diagnosis of bovine brucellosis. The skin ... [more ▼]

Brucellergene OCB (Rhone-Merieux) was used as an allergen to define the intrinsic parameters of a skin test and to compare its properties with serology for the diagnosis of bovine brucellosis. The skin test was also evaluated for its capacity to solve problems associated with false positive reactions in serological tests. The optimal reading delay for the skin test was 72 hours. The brucellosis allergic reaction was two to three times less intense than the tuberculosis allergic reaction. An increase of 1.1 mm or more in the skin thickness was therefore considered to be an adequate cut-off. The specificity calculated for 1192 brucellosis-free animals (including animals from brucellosis-free herds in which false positive serological reactions had been reported) was 99-83 per cent (95 per cent confidence interval [CI] 99-40 to 99-98 per cent). The sensitivity determined from 27 experimentally infected heifers ranged from 93 per cent (95 per cent CI 76 to 100 per cent) to 78 per cent (95 per cent CI 58 to 91 per cent) when measured respectively one and six months after the infection. Allergic reactions could be detected in vaccinated animals up to four-and-a-half years after the vaccination. On the other hand, no sensitisation was recorded in naive animals after up to eight monthly injections of the allergen. The skin test gave valuable information, in combination with the serological tests, in both acute and chronic brucellosis. The skin test discriminated brucellosis clearly from false positive serological reactions due to infections with Yersinia enterocolitica O9. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a Cough Induction Test in Pigs: Effects of Sr 48968 and Enalapril
Moreaux, B.; Beerens, Dominique ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg

in Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (1999), 22(6), 387-389

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See detailProfil de l'état corporel au cours du post partum chez la vache laitière
Drame, Daour; Hanzen, Christian ULg; Houtain, J. Y. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1999), 143

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See detailL'éclairage : une technique en évolution. Les méthodes de calcul et de simulation
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg; Renglet, Michel; Eugène, Christian et al

in Revue E Tijdschrift (1999), 115è année, 3/4

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See detailContribution of the quantitative interpretation of gamma-ray logs to the study of limestone exploitation, a case-study at Maizeret, Belgium
Halleux, Isabelle ULg

in Geoexploration (1999), 24(6), 461-470

Economic considerations constrain quarrymen in Wallonia to consider more profit-earning exploitation of limestone deposits and (or) to diversify their products. Gamma-ray logs contain information about ... [more ▼]

Economic considerations constrain quarrymen in Wallonia to consider more profit-earning exploitation of limestone deposits and (or) to diversify their products. Gamma-ray logs contain information about the geology, structure and quality of deposits. Quantitative interpretation of the logs is necessary in order to provide a reasonably good image of reality. The method proposed here consists in removing the effects of different parameters influencing the measurements (analog ratemeter, statistical noise, etc.) and in deconvolving the data in the frequency domain by the analytical impulse response function of the system. An example demonstrates that mathematical processing increases the lithologic and stratigraphic definition of the logs (bed boundaries, bed thicknesses) and offers a satisfactory characterization of the rocks along boreholes. Some of the quarrymen's questions can be answered from this analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical evaluation of processing techniques for attenuation correction with 137Cs in whole-body PET imaging.
Benard, F.; Smith, R. J.; Hustinx, Roland ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (1999), 40(8), 1257-63

Transmission scanning can be successfully performed with a 137Cs single-photon emitting point source for three-dimensional PET imaging. However, the attenuation coefficients provided by this method are ... [more ▼]

Transmission scanning can be successfully performed with a 137Cs single-photon emitting point source for three-dimensional PET imaging. However, the attenuation coefficients provided by this method are underestimated because of the energy difference between 662- and 511-keV photons, as well as scatter and emission contamination when the transmission data are acquired after injection. The purpose of this study was to evaluate, from a clinical perspective, the relative benefits of various processing schemes to resolve these issues. METHODS: Thirty-eight whole-body PET studies acquired with postinjection singles transmission scans were analyzed. The transmission images were processed and applied to the emission data for attenuation correction. Three processing techniques were compared: simple segmentation (SEG) of the transmission scan, emission contamination subtraction with scaling (ECS) of the resulting data to 511-keV attenuation coefficient values and a hybrid technique performing partial segmentation of some tissue densities on the ECS scan (THR). The corrected emission scans were blindly assessed for image noise, the presence of edge artifacts at the lung-soft-tissue interface and for overall diagnostic confidence using a semiquantitative scoring system. The count densities and the SDs in uniform structures were compared among the various techniques. The observations for each method were compared using a paired t test. RESULTS: The SEG technique produced images that were visually less noisy than the ECS method (P < 0.0001) and the THR technique, but at the expense of increased edge artifacts at the boundaries between the lungs and surrounding tissues. The THR technique failed to eliminate these artifacts compared with the ECS technique (P < 0.0001) but preserved the activity gradients in the hilar areas. The count densities (and thus, the standardized uptake values) were similar among the three techniques, but the SEG method tended to underestimate the activity in the lung fields and in chest tumors (slope = 0.79 and 0.94, respectively). CONCLUSION: For many clinical applications, SEG data remain an efficient method for processing 137Cs transmission scans. The ECS method produced noisier images than the other two techniques but did not introduce artifacts at the lung boundaries. The THR technique, more versatile in complex anatomic areas, allowed good preservation of density gradients in the lungs. [less ▲]

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See detailShort-term toxicity of various pharmacological agents on the in vitro nitrification process in a simple closed aquatic system
Nimenya, H.; Delaunois, Annie; La Duong, Duc ULg et al

in Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (1999), 27

During the treatment of fish diseases, drugs which inhibit the nitrification process can cause acute ammonia toxicity. The same phenomenon can occur when fish are put into a tank without active cultures ... [more ▼]

During the treatment of fish diseases, drugs which inhibit the nitrification process can cause acute ammonia toxicity. The same phenomenon can occur when fish are put into a tank without active cultures of nitrifying bacteria. The purpose of this study was to quantify the inhibitory effects of 15 pharmacological agents, which are often used as therapeutic agents in ichthyopathology, on ammonia removal and nitrate production in a simple closed aquatic system. The experiments were conducted in polyethylene bags containing activated biofilters and synthetic water solutions, held in a water bath. Ammonia was added to initiate the nitrification process, and graded concentrations of various pharmacological agents were added. The effects of the pharmacological agents on in vitro nitrification were assessed by monitoring ammonia and nitrate concentrations compared to controls with no added agents, for 24 hours. Graded concentrations of ampicillin (Albipen(R)), chloramine T, enrofloxacin (Baytril(R)), erythromycin, levamisole, methylene blue and polymyxin B induced dose-dependent inhibitions of ammonia removal and nitrate production. The corresponding linear regression curves showed high correlation coefficients and were highly significant (p < 0.05). The addition of chloramphenicol, copper (II) sulphate, kanamycin disulphate, malachite green, neomycin sulphate, potassium penicillin G, tetracycline and a mixture of trimethoprim and sulphadoxin (Duoprim(TM)) had no significant effects on the nitrification process. A significant dose-related inhibition of nitrate production, but not of ammonia oxidation, was observed with enrofloxacin. The significant correlation (r = 0.940; p < 0.001) between the degrees of inhibition of ammonia oxidation and nitrate production for the various inhibitory pharmacological agents has also been calculated, with a view to validating this method. The data presented suggest that separate tank facilities for hospitalisation or quarantine are necessary when treating diseased fish with ampicillin, enrofloxacin, chloramine T, erythromycin, levamisole, methylene blue or polymyxin B, in order to avoid ammonia poisoning. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Development of a methodology to measure fearfullness in horses. Waltham Symposium "The role of the horse in Europe"
Vierin, M.; Vandenheede, Marc ULg; Bouissou, Marie-France et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (1999), 28

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See detailAccumulation of glycosidically bound compounds in Fragaria * ananassa cv. Elsanta fruits at various developmental stages.
Groyne, Joëlle; Lognay, Georges ULg; Marlier, Michel

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1999), 3(1), 5-9

Isolation of glycosidically bound compounds of Fragaria ´ ananassa cv. Elsanta was performed by Amberlite XAD-2 adsorption followed by methanol elution. After glycosidic extract hydrolysis with a ... [more ▼]

Isolation of glycosidically bound compounds of Fragaria ´ ananassa cv. Elsanta was performed by Amberlite XAD-2 adsorption followed by methanol elution. After glycosidic extract hydrolysis with a commercial b-glucosidase and liquidliquid extraction with diethyl ether, on-line coupled capillary gas chromatographic - mass spectrometric (HRGC-MS) identification of the liberated aglycons was achieved. Five developmental stages of strawberry fruit were investigated during ripening. The occurrence and accumulation of glycosides were pointed out and several aglycons were identified in relation with the investigated developmental stages, with a maximum for the overripe fruit. [less ▲]

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See detailPremier bilan d’activités du Centre d’Informations Vétérinaires en Pharmaco-Toxicologie
Delaunois, A.; Bloden, Serge ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1999), 143

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See detailFamilial influences on cortical evoked potentials in migraine.
Sandor, P S; Afra, J; Proietti-Cecchini, A et al

in Neuroreport (1999), 10(6), 1235-8

Cortical information processing in migraine patients is impaired between attacks, showing deficient habituation of pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (VEP), and strong intensity dependence of ... [more ▼]

Cortical information processing in migraine patients is impaired between attacks, showing deficient habituation of pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (VEP), and strong intensity dependence of auditory cortical evoked potentials (IDAP). This could be a genetic trait as certain genetic patterns are known for evoked potentials in healthy subjects. We investigated VEP habituation and IDAP in 20 pairs of migraineurs made up of parents and their children. Using a Monte-Carlo statistical method, we selectively assessed vertical familial influences. VEP habituation and IDAP were abnormal in both parents and children. However, similarity was far more pronounced between related pairs than between unrelated pairs. Familial influences are highly significant in determinants of cortical information processing in migraineurs, hence supporting the important role of genetic factors. [less ▲]

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See detailWater and nitrogen transfer study through soils of a small agricultural water catchment
Tychon, Bernard ULg; Vander Borght, Paul ULg; De Backer, Louis W.

in Water Science & Technology (1999), 39(12), 69-76

Water and nitrogen movements in a small watershed (32ha) located in the Belgian Lorraine (south-eastern Belgium) were monitored intensively between 1988 and 1991 to investigate at a daily time step the ... [more ▼]

Water and nitrogen movements in a small watershed (32ha) located in the Belgian Lorraine (south-eastern Belgium) were monitored intensively between 1988 and 1991 to investigate at a daily time step the possibility of predicting water discharge rates and nitrate concentrations in a spring if one knows the surface agricultural practices in the catchment area. The watershed was equipped with instruments to monitor the various meteorological, pedological, agronomic and geohydrological parameters assumed to explain most of the behaviour of water and nitrogen fluxes. They were recorded at various levels, i.e., the surface, vadose zone, saturated zone, and watershed outlet. Field observations were made to cross-check fluxes at each level. This information was then used in simulation models (SOIL and SOILN) to describe the movement of water and nitrogen solutes in the vadose zone and with original programming that describes their movements in the groundwater down to the outlet. These models present many parameters, the most sensitive of which were subjected to Monte Carlo Analysis which confirmed the robustness of the approach. The performance of the comprehensive model is quite satisfactory, with a 10% error in nitrogen fluxes over a three-year period. It shows the limits of such an approach despite the particularly intense degree of observation. [less ▲]

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See detailCourteous behaviour concerning beetles sexuality
Haubruge, Eric ULg

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

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See detailLa notion d'incapacité de travail personnel
Boxho, Philippe ULg

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (1999), 1

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