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See detailTumour Necrosis Factor (Tnf) Gene Polymorphism in Crohn's Disease (Cd): Influence on Disease Behaviour?
Louis, Edouard ULg; Peeters, Marc; Franchimont, D. et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (2000), 119(1), 64-8

Crohn's disease (CD) is a multifactorial disease with genetic heterogeneity. TNF-alpha plays a key role in the development of the mucosal lesions. The aim of our work was to study a single base pair ... [more ▼]

Crohn's disease (CD) is a multifactorial disease with genetic heterogeneity. TNF-alpha plays a key role in the development of the mucosal lesions. The aim of our work was to study a single base pair polymorphism located in the promoter region of TNF gene, in a large population of CD patients with well defined phenotypes. One hundred and ninety-three patients with CD and 98 ethnically matched controls were studied. The -308 single base pair polymorphism of TNF gene was studied using an allele-specific polymerase chain reaction. Genotype and allelic frequencies were compared between patients and controls and between subgroups of patients defined by sex, age at diagnosis, familial history, location of disease, type of disease, extra-intestinal manifestations, and response to steroid treatment. In 29 patients a measure of TNF-alpha production by colonic biopsies was performed. The frequency of the allele TNF2 as well as the proportion of carriers of the allele TNF2 were slightly but not significantly lower in CD than in controls (11.9% versus 14.8% and 21.5% versus 27.6%, respectively). A more prominent difference in frequencies of allele TNF2 and in proportions of TNF2 carriers was found when comparing subgroups of patients. The frequency of allele TNF2 was significantly higher in steroid-dependent than in non-steroid-dependent disease (28.1% versus 10.3%; Delta = 17.8%, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 6.3-29.5%, P = 0.0027) and tended to be higher in colonic than in small bowel disease and in fistulizing than in stricturing disease. Furthermore, TNF2 carriers tended to be more frequent in patients with steroid-dependent than non-steroid-dependent disease (43.8% versus 19.3%; Delta = 24.5%, 95% CI = 3.6-45.4%, P = 0.022), in patients with fistulizing than stricturing disease (26.5% versus 9.6%; Delta = 16.9%, 95% CI = 1. 1-32.6%, P = 0.036), and in patients with colonic than small bowel disease (26.5% versus 11.1%; Delta = 15.4%, 95% CI = -0.8-31.6%, P = 0.063). Finally, patients carrying at least one copy of allele 2 were found to produce slightly more TNF-alpha at the colonic level. The -308 TNF gene polymorphism may have a slight influence on the behaviour of CD. The carriage of allele 2 may favour steroid-dependent disease and to a lesser extent fistulizing and colonic disease, possibly secondary to a more intense TNF-alpha-driven inflammatory reaction at the mucosal level. [less ▲]

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See detailCytosine Deaminase Suicide Gene Therapy for Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Bentires-Alj, M.; Hellin, A. C.; Lechanteur, Chantal ULg et al

in Cancer Gene Therapy (2000), 7(1), 20-6

Gene therapy is a novel therapeutic approach that might soon improve the prognosis of some cancers. We investigated the feasibility of cytosine deaminase (CD) suicide gene therapy in a model of peritoneal ... [more ▼]

Gene therapy is a novel therapeutic approach that might soon improve the prognosis of some cancers. We investigated the feasibility of cytosine deaminase (CD) suicide gene therapy in a model of peritoneal carcinomatosis. DHD/K12 colorectal adenocarcinoma cells transfected in vitro with the CD gene were highly sensitive to 5-fluorocytosine (5-FC), and a bystander effect could also be observed. Treating CD+ cells with 5-FC resulted in apoptosis as detected by terminal deoxynucleotidyltransferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick-end labeling. In vitro, several human cell lines derived from ovarian or colorectal carcinomas, as well as the rat glioblastoma 9 L cell line, responded to CD/5-FC and showed a very strong bystander effect. 5-FC treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis generated in syngeneic BDIX rats by CD-expressing DHD/K12 cells led to a complete and prolonged response and to prolonged survival. Our study thus demonstrated the efficacy of CD suicide gene therapy for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... la dissection de l'aorte thoracique
Hubin, L.; Hoffer, E.; Ghaye, Benoît ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 49-56

Thoracic aortic dissection constitutes an acute pathology that requires a rapid, accurate and reliable diagnosis. The authors describe and illustrate the advantages and limitations of imaging modalities ... [more ▼]

Thoracic aortic dissection constitutes an acute pathology that requires a rapid, accurate and reliable diagnosis. The authors describe and illustrate the advantages and limitations of imaging modalities used in this pathology. [less ▲]

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See detailMise au point d'une hyperparathyroidie primitive: apport de la scintigraphie
Brasseur, Edmond ULg; PHILIPS, Jean-Christophe ULg; BELHOCINE, Tarik et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 39-44

We report a case of hyperparathyroidism whose diagnosis was suspected by a clinical history and confirmed by routine laboratory tests. Scintigraphy has permitted to localize a focalized lesion ... [more ▼]

We report a case of hyperparathyroidism whose diagnosis was suspected by a clinical history and confirmed by routine laboratory tests. Scintigraphy has permitted to localize a focalized lesion corresponding to an adenoma endocrinopathy. The new developments of this imaging technique will be discussed further. Some aspects of physiopathology will be briefly considered and a therapeutic algorithm will be proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Appraisal of 18-Fluorodeoxyglucose Positron Emission Tomography for Melanoma Staging
Paquet, Philippe ULg; Henry, Frédérique ULg; Belhocine, Tarik et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2000), 200(2), 167-9

BACKGROUND: Positron emission tomography (PET scan) using fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is increasingly recognized as a reliable diagnostic method to detect metastases of malignant melanoma (MM). OBJECTIVE: To ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Positron emission tomography (PET scan) using fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is increasingly recognized as a reliable diagnostic method to detect metastases of malignant melanoma (MM). OBJECTIVE: To compare the diagnostic performance of 18-FDG PET scan to that of conventional imaging. METHODS: A total of 28 assessments were conducted in 24 patients at risk of metastatic MM. Results: The diagnostic accuracy was over 80% and similar for PET scan and conventional imaging. CONCLUSION: Both the specificity and sensitivity of PET scan are high although not perfect. Confrontation of data with anatomical location and clinicopathological findings remains mandatory. [less ▲]

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See detailA numerically efficient data analysis method with error map generation
Rixen, M.; Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Brankart, J. M. et al

in Ocean Modelling (2000), 2

The variational inverse model (VIM) for data analysis was already shown to be statistically equivalent to objective analysis (OA) provided the covariance function for the OA and the VIM reproducing kernel ... [more ▼]

The variational inverse model (VIM) for data analysis was already shown to be statistically equivalent to objective analysis (OA) provided the covariance function for the OA and the VIM reproducing kernel are identical. The VIM, however does not allow a direct derivation of the error field associated with the analysis. The purpose of the paper is to extend the one to one correspondance between the two analysis shemes by proposing a heuristic statistical error expression for the VIM. The numerical efficiency on analysis and error map generation of both methods is compared on quasi-synoptic and climatological data sets. It is shown that the VIM analysis and error map generation offers interesting numerical skills in both case studies. [less ▲]

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See detailTreatment of diabetes in patients with severe obesity.
Scheen, André ULg

in Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy (2000), 54(2), 74-9

Besides genetic predisposition, obesity is the most important risk factor for the development of diabetes mellitus, and weight reduction has been shown to markedly improve blood glucose control in obese ... [more ▼]

Besides genetic predisposition, obesity is the most important risk factor for the development of diabetes mellitus, and weight reduction has been shown to markedly improve blood glucose control in obese subjects with type 2 diabetes. Therapeutic strategies for the obese diabetic patient include: 1) promoting weight loss through lifestyle modifications (hypocaloric diet and exercise) and anti-obesity drugs (orlistat, sibutramine, etc.); 2) improving blood glucose control, essentially through the reduction of insulin resistance (metformin, eventually thiazolidinediones) or insulin need (alpha-glucosidase inhibitors) and, at a later stage, the correction of defective insulin secretion (sulphonylureas, repaglinide) or low circulating insulin levels (exogenous insulin); and 3) treating common associated risk factors, such as arterial hypertension and dyslipidaemias, to improve cardiovascular prognosis. When morbid obesity is present, both restoring a good glycemic control and correcting associated risk factors can only be obtained through marked and sustained weight loss. This primary objective justifies more aggressive weight reduction programmes, including very low-calorie diets and bariatric surgery, but only within a multidisciplinary approach and in well-selected patients. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification and characterization of in vivo attenuated mutants of Brucella melitensis.
Lestrate, P.; Delrue, R. M.; DANESE, Isabelle ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2000), 38(3), 543-51

Brucella melitensis 16M is a Gram-negative alpha2-proteobacterium responsible for abortion in goats and for Malta fever in humans. This facultative intracellular pathogen invades into and survives within ... [more ▼]

Brucella melitensis 16M is a Gram-negative alpha2-proteobacterium responsible for abortion in goats and for Malta fever in humans. This facultative intracellular pathogen invades into and survives within both professional and non-professional phagocytes. Signature-tagged mutagenesis (STM) was used to identify genes required for the in vivo pathogenesis of Brucella. A library of transposon mutants was screened in a murine infection model. Out of 672 mutants screened, 20 were not recovered after a 5 day passage in BALB/c mice. The attenuation of 18 mutants was confirmed using an in vivo competition assay against the wild-type strain. The 18 mutants were characterized further for their ability to replicate in murine macrophages and in HeLa cells. The sequences disrupted by the transposon in the mutants have homology to genes coding for proteins of different functional classes: transport, amino acid and DNA metabolism, transcriptional regulation, peptidoglycan synthesis, a chaperone-like protein and proteins of unknown function. The mutants selected in this study provide new insights into the molecular basis of Brucella virulence. [less ▲]

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See detailSimplification of boolean verification conditions
Gribomont, Pascal ULg

in Theoretical Computer Science (2000), 239(1), 165-185

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See detailChemical profiles of Amblystegium riparium, Fontinalis antipyretica and Rhynchostegium riparioides in the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Ector, L.; Hoffmann, L.

in Nova Hedwigia (2000), 71(1-2), 209-221

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See detailLaparoscopic treatment of endometriomas: cystectomy or suppression? Against laparoscopic cystectomy
Squifflet, Jean; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Donnez, Jacques

in Gynécologie Obstétrique & Fertilité (2000), 28(7-8), 586-7

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See detailAnalysis of foodborne disease in Belgium in 1997.
Van Loock, F.; Ducoffre, G.; Dumont, J.-M. et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2000), 55

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See detailL'icône du visible
Steinmetz, Rudy ULg

in Etudes Phénoménologiques (2000)

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See detailPhase II study of docetaxel alternating with cisplatin in chemotherapy-naïve patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer
Mattson, Karin; Vansteenkiste, Johan; Stupp, Roger et al

in Anti-Cancer Drugs (2000), 11

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See detailModulation of human chondrocyte metabolism by recombinant human interferon.
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Zheng, S X; Labasse, A H et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2000), 8(6), 474-82

OBJECTIVES: Interferon gamma (IFN gamma) is found to be elevated in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, suggesting its implication in joint disease pathogenesis ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Interferon gamma (IFN gamma) is found to be elevated in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, suggesting its implication in joint disease pathogenesis. In this study, we investigated the effects of IFN gamma on the production of cytokines (IL-6, IL-8, IL-10), prostaglandin E(2)(PGE(2)), proteoglycans (PG), nitric oxide (NO), interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) and stromelysin by non-stimulated and IL-1 beta-treated human chondrocytes. The role played by NO in the responses of chondrocytes to IFN gamma was also examined by incubation of chondrocytes with N(G)-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), a competitive inhibitor of NO synthase. METHODS: Enzymatically isolated human chondrocytes were cultured for 48 h in the absence or presence of IL-1 beta, IFN gamma or N(G)-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) added solely or in combination. The productions of IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1ra and stromelysin were measured by enzyme amplified sensitivity immunoassays (EASIA). PG and PGE(2)were quantified by specific radioimmunoassays (RIA). Nitrite concentrations in the culture supernatants were determined by a spectrophotometric method based upon the Griess reaction. RESULTS: As expected, IL-1 beta highly stimulated NO, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1ra, PGE(2)and stromelysin synthesis, but dramatically decreased PG production. NO, IL-6, IL-1ra and PGE(2)production by non-stimulated chondrocytes was dose-dependently increased by IFN gamma while PG production was inhibited. In the absence of IL-1 beta, IL-10 was undetectable in the culture supernatants. At the doses of 10 and 100 U/ml, IFN gamma markedly inhibited the constitutive and IL-1 beta-stimulated IL-8, IL-10 and stromelysin productions. Interestingly, IFN gamma synergized with IL-1 beta to increase NO, IL-6, IL-1ra and to depress PG production. As previously reported, the inhibition of NO synthesis by the competitive inhibitor L-NMMA led to enhancement of IL-6, IL-8 and PGE(2)production by IL-1 beta treated chondrocytes, but did not significantly modify IL-10, PG and MMP-3 productions. Inhibition of NO synthase significantly inhibited the stimulating effect of IFN gamma on IL-6 and IL-1ra but did not affect the inhibitory effect of IFN gamma on IL-8, PG or stromelysin production. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that IFN gamma and IL-1 synergistically stimulate the production of IL-6, IL-1ra, NO and PGE(2)and inhibit PG synthesis. By contrast, IL-1 beta and IFN gamma have opposite effects on IL-8, IL-10 and stromelysin productions. These effects are not reversed by L-NMMA, suggesting that NO is not the principal mediator involved in responses of chondrocytes to IFN gamma. [less ▲]

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See detailDispersed Pd-Ag alloys for selective production of olefins from chlorinated alkanes
Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Schoebrechts, Jean-Paul; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Studies in Surface Science and Catalysis (2000), 130

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See detailComment je traite.... De la pharmacologie speciale a la therapeutique medicale: plaidoyer pour un enseignement privilegiant l'apprentissage au raisonnement therapeutique, de la decision a la prescription.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(9), 811-6

Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics are two complementary disciplines which should lead the medical student, through an optimized training, to a rational prescription of drugs, ultimate and important ... [more ▼]

Clinical pharmacology and therapeutics are two complementary disciplines which should lead the medical student, through an optimized training, to a rational prescription of drugs, ultimate and important step of the medical approach. Such a learning should occur progressively throughout the medical education, focusing, first, on the therapeutic reasoning ("why?") and, second, on the practical application leading to the prescription ("how?"). The medical student should learn the difficult task of integrating disease, drug and patient, in order to optimize the benefit/risk ratio, while being informed about new concepts such as "Evidence-Based Medicine" and pharmacoeconomics. [less ▲]

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See detailLensing properties of 7 damped Lyalpha absorbing galaxy-QSO pairs
Le Brun, V.; Smette, A.; Surdej, Jean ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2000), 363

Le Brun et al. (1997) presented the first identifications of the galaxies giving rise to 7 intermediate redshift damped Lyalpha (DLA) absorption systems. Here, we study the gravitational lensing ... [more ▼]

Le Brun et al. (1997) presented the first identifications of the galaxies giving rise to 7 intermediate redshift damped Lyalpha (DLA) absorption systems. Here, we study the gravitational lensing properties of these foreground galaxies based on their observed optical appearance and on the absence of any secondary lensed quasar image. We consider the possibility that any secondary image be hidden due to extinction by dust, but find it unlikely. We derive upper limits on the amplification factor affecting the luminosity of the background quasars; in each case, this factor is found to be less than 0.3 mag. We also obtain upper limits on the total mass of the damped Ly-alpha galaxies, within radii equal to the quasar impact parameters. Mass-to-light ratios are found to be consistent with existing estimates based on X-ray emission or on motion of dwarf satellites. Although we show that lensing is not important in this sample, we note that existing DLA surveys used to determine the cosmological density of gas at z < 1 are based on samples of quasars brighter than the ones considered here and for which the amplification bias is likely to be stronger. [less ▲]

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See detailAlternative area-perimeter ratios for measurement of 2-D shape compactness of habitats.
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Rousseau, R; Van Hecke, P et al

in Applied Mathematics and Computation (2000), 111(1), 71-85

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See detailLe paradoxe du passage a l'acte: l'agressivité n'est pas la violence
Dozot, Jean-Paul; Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg; Wauthy, Jacques ULg et al

in Revue des Hôpitaux de Jour Psychiatriques et des Thérapies Institutionnelles (2000), 2

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See detailRetrospective study of 206 cases of surgical intestinal pathologies in the horse : incidence, diagnosis, prognosis and complications.
Grulke, Sigrid ULg; Gangl, Monika; Caudron, Isabelle et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

This retrospective study of 206 surgical colic cases shows the incidence of the different types of pathologies. The small intestine is concerned in 106 (51,5 %) cases with 102 (96 %) strangulation ... [more ▼]

This retrospective study of 206 surgical colic cases shows the incidence of the different types of pathologies. The small intestine is concerned in 106 (51,5 %) cases with 102 (96 %) strangulation obstructions. The remaining 100 cases (48,5 %) are large intestine obstructions with 45 (45 %) strangulation obstructions. The global survival rate is of 51,5 %, of 42,2 % for small intestine and of 61 % for large intestine. A gravity and a shock score permit to define the prognosis before the decision for surgery. The incidence of the postoperative complications is higher (55,2 %) and the time for recovery is significantly longer for small intestinal pathologies than for large intestine affections. Shock and paralytic ileus are the most frequent complications accounting for 65 % of post operative mortalities. The survival rates are significantly different according to gravity and shock score. The time of recovery is also significantly different in function of the shock score. These findings show the importance of rapid diagnosis of the acute abdominal disease in order to improve the outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailEnantiomeric separation of amino acid derivatives by non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis using quinine and related compounds as chiral additives.
Piette, Véronique; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Lindner, W. et al

in Biomedical Chromatography : BMC (2000), 14(1), 19-21

Enantiomeric separation of amino acid derivatives by non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis using quinine and related compounds as chiral additives.

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See detailLes composantes d'un management efficace dans le cadre des organisations sportives
Cloes, Marc ULg

in Sport (2000), 172

L'objectif de cet article consiste à réaliser une synthèse des notions abordées par les auteurs du colloque "Initiatives en matière de management du sport" et de fournir un outil permettant aux ... [more ▼]

L'objectif de cet article consiste à réaliser une synthèse des notions abordées par les auteurs du colloque "Initiatives en matière de management du sport" et de fournir un outil permettant aux responsables d'organisatons sportives de s'engager dans une auto-analyse des structures dont ils ont la charge. Pour rappel, le management se définit comme l'action de gérer, de diriger, d'assurer le succès d'une organisation. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst experimental evidence of alluaudite-like phosphates with high Li-content: the (Na1-xLix)MnFe2(PO4)3 series (x = 0 to 1).
Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Keller, Paul; Lissner, Falk et al

in European Journal of Mineralogy (2000), 12

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See detailComposition chimique du nététu, condiment alimentaire produit par fermentation des graines du caroubier africain Parkia biglobosa (Jacq.) Benth.
Ndir, Babacar; Lognay, Georges ULg; Wathelet, Bernard ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2000), 4(2), 101-105

The seed oils and cakes of netetu of different origins available on the Senegalian market have been studied to evaluate the nutritional potentialities of this important food condiment used in many African ... [more ▼]

The seed oils and cakes of netetu of different origins available on the Senegalian market have been studied to evaluate the nutritional potentialities of this important food condiment used in many African countries. The total oil content ranged from 141 to 349 g.kg-1. Careful gas chromatography and GC-MS (Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry) investigations revealed seven major fatty acids among which linoleic (41.9–46.8% of the total fatty acids), oleic (12.6–14.6%), palmitic (10.2–11.3%), stearic (10.0–13.4%), and behenic (12.6–13.4%) predominate. Significant differences were observed between fermented and non-fermented seeds as well as between netetu of different origins. The tocopherol content was found very low (17.7 to 30.6 mg.100g-1 fat). The total amino acid patterns showed that beside high level of proteins (331 à 540 g.kg-1) and interesting levels of essential constituents, there is an important deficiency of tryptophane, cysteine, methionine and threonine. [less ▲]

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See detailÀ propos des Tables des chansonniers romans : le projet “Intavulare"
Henrard, Nadine ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (2000), CVI(1), 165-174

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See detailVoxel-based analysis of confounding effects of age and dementia severity on cerebral metabolism in Alzheimer's disease
Salmon, Eric ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Degueldre, Christian ULg et al

in Human brain mapping (2000), 10(1), 39-48

Alzheimer's disease is characterized by early hippocampal lesions, but neuropathological and functional imaging studies have also demonstrated involvement of associative cortices in patients suffering ... [more ▼]

Alzheimer's disease is characterized by early hippocampal lesions, but neuropathological and functional imaging studies have also demonstrated involvement of associative cortices in patients suffering from this illness. New image-processing technologies have led to demonstration of predominant posteromedial cortical metabolic impairment in the disease. Confounding effects of both age and dementia severity on brain metabolism were assessed using categorical and correlational analyses performed with Statistical Parametric Mapping. Posterior cingulate and precuneus metabolism, assessed by positron emission tomography, was significantly correlated with age in a population of 46 patients with probable Alzheimer's disease. Metabolism in posterior cingulate and precuneus was higher in elderly than in younger patients with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, even when dementia severity was taken as a confounding covariate. The data suggest that the sensitivity of positron emission tomography for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is reduced in elderly cases, where less severe pathology is sufficient to induce clinical symptoms of dementia. Conversely, higher posteromedial metabolic impairment in early onset cases may reflect greater density of regional cerebral lesions or major decrease of functional afferences in a richly connected multimodal associative area. Posterior cingulate metabolism was also correlated to dementia severity, even when age was taken as a confounding covariate, whereas metabolism in the hippocampal formation was not shown to correlate with global cognitive deficit. Functional correlation was maintained between posterior cingulate and middle frontal cortex in demented patients as in elderly controls. The key role of posteromedial cortex in cognitive dysfunction assessed in Alzheimer's disease is probably related to its highly integrated position within attentional, visuospatial and memory neuronal networks. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscretization of Sources of Integral Operators
Tarhasaari, T.; Kettunen, L.; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2000), 36(4), 659--662

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See detailSpatial autocorrelation of allozyme and quantitative markers within a natural population of Centaurea jacea (Asteraceae)
Hardy, O. J.; Vanderhoeven, SONIA ULg; Meerts, P. et al

in Journal of Evolutionary Biology (2000), 13(4), 656-667

This paper compares the fine-scale genetic structure of quantitative traits and allozyme markers within a natural population of Centaurea jacea s.l. To that end, a spatial autocorrelation approach is ... [more ▼]

This paper compares the fine-scale genetic structure of quantitative traits and allozyme markers within a natural population of Centaurea jacea s.l. To that end, a spatial autocorrelation approach is developed based on pairwise correlation coefficients between individuals and using sib families. Statistical properties of the proposed statistics are investigated with numerical simulations. Our results show that most quantitative traits have a significant spatial structure for their genetic component. On average, allozyme markers and the genetic component of quantitative traits have similar patterns of spatial autocorrelation that are consistent with a neutral model of isolation by distance. We also show evidence that environmental heterogeneity generates a spatial structure for the environmental component of quantitative traits. Results are discussed in terms of mechanisms generating spatial structure and are compared with those obtained on a large geographical scale. [less ▲]

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See detailAffections cardiaques et intolérances à l'effort. 2-Les souffles.
Amory, Hélène ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2000), 32(Numéro Spécial), 79-86

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See detailAutour de Stavelot-Malmedy (VIIe-IXe siècles)
George, Philippe ULg

in Publications de la Section Historique de l'Institut Royal Grand-Ducal de Luxembourg (2000)

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See detailBinding and release of metallic cations by a polyaniline-based resin
Jérôme, Christine ULg; Martinot, Lucien; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Radiochimica Acta (2000), 88(1), 39-46

The electrochemical control of the binding of metallic ions (actinides and a lanthanide) by redox active polyaniline resin, i.e., polyaniline doped by polystyrene sulfonate (Pani/PSSO3), has been studied ... [more ▼]

The electrochemical control of the binding of metallic ions (actinides and a lanthanide) by redox active polyaniline resin, i.e., polyaniline doped by polystyrene sulfonate (Pani/PSSO3), has been studied. Electrochemical and nuclear techniques (cyclic voltammetry, α -counting, Rutherford backscattering) have been used in order to characterize the exchange of thorium, lanthanum and uranium cations, particularly in terms of reversibility and efficiency. This electrochemical process has been compared with the chemical one promoted merely by pH variation, and the efficiency of the two methods has been discussed for each type of cation. [less ▲]

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See detailRandom matrix model for chiral symmetry breaking and color superconductivity in QCD at finite density
Vanderheyden, Benoît ULg; Jackson, A. D.

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (2000), 62(9), 094010

We consider a random matrix model which describes the competition between chiral symmetry breaking and the formation of quark Cooper pairs in QCD at finite density. We study the evolution of the phase ... [more ▼]

We consider a random matrix model which describes the competition between chiral symmetry breaking and the formation of quark Cooper pairs in QCD at finite density. We study the evolution of the phase structure in temperature and chemical potential with variations of the strength of the interaction in the quark-quark channel and demonstrate that the phase diagram can realize a total of six different topologies. A vector interaction representing single-gluon exchange reproduces a topology commonly encountered in previous QCD models, in which a low-density chiral broken phase is separated from a high-density diquark phase by a first-order line. The other five topologies either do not possess a diquark phase or display a new phase and new critical points. Since these five cases require large variations of the coupling constants away from the values expected for a vector interaction, we conclude that the phase diagram of finite density QCD has the topology suggested by single-gluon exchange and that this topology is robust. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance characteristics of mill rolls from graphite chromium cast iron
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Terziev, L.; Breyer, J. P.

in Stal' (2000), 1

The main requirements for the development of a new grade for the later finishing section of the mill are : good oxidation and thermal behaviour, high wear resistance, good resistance to rolling incidents ... [more ▼]

The main requirements for the development of a new grade for the later finishing section of the mill are : good oxidation and thermal behaviour, high wear resistance, good resistance to rolling incidents. The approach of Marichal Ketin to improve the rolling performances in the last finishing stands is presented. The Hi-Cr cast iron possesses excellent wear resistance due to the presence of hard chromium carbides, but its thermal conductivity and sticking properties are fairly low. A graphite precipitation could contribute to an improvement in thermal conductivity and serve as lubricant preventing sticking. The new material, called graphitic chromium iron, shows good oxidation, wear and thermal behaviour allowing its use as work roll in the last stands of the finishing section of a HSM. In the as-cast condition, graphite precipitation in high Ni and Si chromium cast iron occurs at a temperature of 950 degrees C. Moreover, the amount and volume of free graphite may be increased by secondary graphite precipitation during suitable heat treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailPour concevoir et déployer des dispositifs d'accompagnement d'équipes éducatives dans l'élaboration de pratiques collectives
Mouvet, Bernadette ULg; Lenoir, Anne-Sophie; Massart, Valérie ULg et al

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2000), 17

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See detailNoninvasive detection of tumor hypoxia using the 2-nitroimidazole [18F]EF1.
Evans, S. M.; Kachur, A. V.; Shiue, C. Y. et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (2000), 41(2), 327-36

The noninvasive assessment of tumor hypoxia in vivo is under active investigation because hypoxia has been shown to be an important prognostic factor for therapy resistance. Various nuclear medicine ... [more ▼]

The noninvasive assessment of tumor hypoxia in vivo is under active investigation because hypoxia has been shown to be an important prognostic factor for therapy resistance. Various nuclear medicine imaging modalities are being used, including PET imaging of 18F-containing compounds. In this study, we report the development of 18F-labeled EF1 for noninvasive imaging of hypoxia. EF1 is a 3-monofluoro analog of the well-characterized hypoxia marker EF5, 2(2-nitro-1H-imidazol-1-yl)-N-(2,2,3,3,3-pentafluoropropyl)acetami de, which has been used to detect hypoxia in tumor and nontumor systems using immunohistochemical methods. METHODS: We have studied 2 rat tumor types: the hypoxic Morris 7777 (Q7) hepatoma and the oxic 9LF glioma tumor, each grown in subcutaneous sites. PET studies were performed using a pharmacological dose of nonradioactive carrier in addition to [18F]EF1 to optimize and assess drug biodistribution. After PET imaging of the tumor-bearing rats, tissues were obtained for gamma-counting of the 18F in various tissues and immunohistochemical detection of intracellular drug adducts in tumors. In one pair of tumors, Eppendorf needle electrode studies were performed. RESULTS: [18F]EF1 was excreted dominantly through the urinary tract. The tumor-to-muscle (T/M) ratio of [18F]EF1 in the Q7 tumors was 2.7 and 2.4 based on PET studies and 2.1, 2.5, and 3.0 based on gamma-counting of the tissues (n = 3). In contrast, the T/M ratio of [18F]EF1 in the 9LF glioma tumor was 0.8 and 0.5 based on PET studies and 1.0, 1.2, and 1.4 based on gamma-counting of the tissues (n = 3). Immunohistochemical analysis of drug adducts for the two tumor types agreed with the radioactivity analysis. In the Q7 tumor, substantial heterogeneous binding was observed throughout the tumor, whereas in the 9LF tumor minimal binding was found. CONCLUSION: [18F]EF1 is an excellent radiotracer for noninvasive imaging of tumor hypoxia. [less ▲]

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See detailGas Phase Thermal Denaturation of an Oligonucleotide Duplex and Its Complexes with Minor Groove Binders
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Houssier, Claude ULg et al

in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry : RCM (2000), 14(6), 464-467

Electrospray ionization with in-source collisionally induced dissociation has been used to probe the gas phase stability of an oligonucleotide duplex and its complexes with some minor groove binding drugs ... [more ▼]

Electrospray ionization with in-source collisionally induced dissociation has been used to probe the gas phase stability of an oligonucleotide duplex and its complexes with some minor groove binding drugs. On the basis of the arguments developed in detail by Drahos et al. (J. Mass Spectrom. 1999; 34:1373), this type of experiment can also be described as 'thermal denaturation in the gas phase'. We found that the gas phase denaturation curves were very similar to the solution phase denaturation curves determined by the traditional UV spectrophotometric method and, by analogy with the melting temperature T(m) which characterizes the stability in solution, we define a melting voltage V(m) to characterize the stability in the gas phase. A comparison of the T(m) and V(m) relative values suggests that the structure of the complexes is conserved during the electrospray process which transfers the ions from the solution to the gas phase. [less ▲]

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See detailEntre science et action, le concept de réseau écologique
Mougenot, Catherine ULg; Melin, Eric ULg

in Natures Sciences Sociétés (2000), 8(3), 20-30

Le concept de réseau écologique est une notion récente. Mais à peine découvert, ne va-t-il pas produire la même confusion de sens que l'on dénonce souvent à propos de la biodiversité? Pour éclairer cette ... [more ▼]

Le concept de réseau écologique est une notion récente. Mais à peine découvert, ne va-t-il pas produire la même confusion de sens que l'on dénonce souvent à propos de la biodiversité? Pour éclairer cette question, cet article repose sur l'hypothèse que trois conceptions différentes se dessinent dans le concept de réseau écologique : protéger les espèces et leurs réseaux d'habitats, restaurer le réseau écologique au sein du paysage et planifier le réseau écologique. Ces trois conceptions construisent leur propre chemin de la science à l'action, c'est-à-dire qu'elles privilégient chacune leurs questions scientifiques, leurs ressources juridiques, leurs modes de gestion et les acteurs Impliqués, Dans ce débat, les trois conceptions que nous avons dégagées apparaissent de façon complémentaire, elles s'imbriquent l'une dans l'autre, mais aucune d'elles ne peut évacuer les autres. On peut dire que ce sont là trois façons de promouvoir la biodiversité. [less ▲]

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See detailLatest Devonian and early Carboniferous palynostratigraphy of northern Brazil and north Africa - a proposed integration of Western European and Gondwanan miospore biozonations.
Loboziak, S; Melo, J.H.G.; Streel, Maurice ULg

in Bulletin du Centre de Recherches Elf Exploration Production (2000), 22(2), 241-259

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See detail. Modulation of the biological action of bovine growth hormone by passive immunization in hypophysectomised rat
Jacqmin, Sandrine; Vleurick, Lieve; Renaville, Robert ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2000), 3

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See detailEffect Of Barley Fibres And Barley Intake On The Ileal Endogenous Nitrogen Losses In Piglets
Leterme, Pascal; Souffrant, Wb.; Thewis, André ULg

in Journal of Cereal Science (2000), 31(3), 229-239

Ileal endogenous N losses (ENL) were measured, using the 15N isotope dilution technique, in piglets (17 kg) fed different barley genotypes (naked, spring, winter with low/high beta-glucan content) or ... [more ▼]

Ileal endogenous N losses (ENL) were measured, using the 15N isotope dilution technique, in piglets (17 kg) fed different barley genotypes (naked, spring, winter with low/high beta-glucan content) or diets containing 330, 530, 730 or 930 g of a blend of barleys/kg diet. The apparent protein and amino acid digestibilities of the naked variety and the winter variety with a high beta-glucan content were, on average, significantly higher than those for the other two varieties. The ENL were inversely correlated (p<0·01) with the apparent digestibilities but the difference between each of them was not significant (p>0·05). The ENL increased linearly with the inclusion level of barley in a N-free basal diet (2 mg endogenous N/g barley). Isolated hulls added to a N-free diet at the rate of 100 or 200 g/ kg diet exerted no significant effect on the ENL (1·80 g endogenous N/kg diet in both cases vs. 1·76 g for the basal level). On the contrary, the effect of isolated bran, measured under similar conditions, was significantly higher and dependent on fibre intake (2·59 and 3·31 g N/kg diet, respectively). It is concluded that the ENL are affected by the insoluble bran fibre but not by the hulls, nor by the level of beta-glucan. [less ▲]

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See detailEmissions de vapeur d’eau et bilan azoté lors de l’élevage de porcelets sevrés sur litière accumulée de sciure
Nicks, Baudouin ULg; Laitat, Martine ULg; Vandenheede, Marc ULg et al

in Annales de Zootechnie (2000), 49

Five batches of a total of 180 weaned pigs were reared successively in an experimental room on 30 cm deep litter without cleaning between the batches. The litter was a mixture of sawdust from coniferous ... [more ▼]

Five batches of a total of 180 weaned pigs were reared successively in an experimental room on 30 cm deep litter without cleaning between the batches. The litter was a mixture of sawdust from coniferous and beech trees. Water was added to the Litter every 10 days to lower the dust concentration in the room. The total amounts of sawdust and water used were respectively 21.3 kg per pig and 10.21 per pig. The mean temperature of the litter at 20 cm depth recorded during each of the 5 periods varied from 32.5 degrees C to 41.8 degrees C. The average liveweight of the pigs at the beginning and at the end of the post-weaning period was respectively 7.9 +/- 1.2 kg and 24.5 +/- 4.2 kg. The average daily gain was 392 +/- 87 g. The temperature and the relative humidity of the air inside and outside the experimental room and the ventilation rate were continuously recorded in order to calculate the water vapour emission for each batch. The amount of water vapour produced was significantly correlated to the water consumption of the pigs and reached an average of 1 732 g per pig per day. This amount is 36% greater than the reference used for pigs on slatted floors. This value may be used as a reference to calculate the minimum ventilation rate for piggeries with pigs on sawdust deep litters. The amount of compost produced was 19.9 kg per pig with a dry matter content of 44.7%. The amount of nitrogen in the compost was 231 g per pig which is about 50% lower than the reference used for the slurry. The volatile nitrogen emissions are thus much higher from composts than from slurries [less ▲]

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See detailPurification and biochemical characterization of the VIM-1 metallo-beta-lactamase.
Franceschini, N.; Caravelli, B.; Docquier, J. D. et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2000), 44(11), 3003-7

VIM-1 is a new group 3 metallo-beta-lactamase recently detected in carbapenem-resistant nosocomial isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from the Mediterranean area. In this work, VIM-1 was purified from an ... [more ▼]

VIM-1 is a new group 3 metallo-beta-lactamase recently detected in carbapenem-resistant nosocomial isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa from the Mediterranean area. In this work, VIM-1 was purified from an Escherichia coli strain carrying the cloned bla(VIM-1) gene by means of an anion-exchange chromatography step followed by a gel permeation chromatography step. The purified enzyme exhibited a molecular mass of 26 kDa in sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and an acidic pI of 5.1 in analytical isoelectric focusing. Amino-terminal sequencing showed that mature VIM-1 results from the removal of a 26-amino-acid signal peptide from the precursor. VIM-1 hydrolyzes a broad array of beta-lactam compounds, including penicillins, narrow- to expanded-spectrum cephalosporins, carbapenems, and mechanism-based serine-beta-lactamase inactivators. Only monobactams escape hydrolysis. The highest catalytic constant/K(m) ratios (>10(6) M(-1). s(-1)) were observed with carbenicillin, azlocillin, some cephalosporins (cephaloridine, cephalothin, cefuroxime, cefepime, and cefpirome), imipenem, and biapenem. Kinetic parameters showed remarkable variability with different beta-lactams and also within the various penam, cephem, and carbapenem compounds, resulting in no clear preference of the enzyme for any of these beta-lactam subfamilies. Significant differences were observed with some substrates between the kinetic parameters of VIM-1 and those of other metallo-beta-lactamases. Inactivation assays carried out with various chelating agents (EDTA, 1,10-o-phenanthroline, and pyridine-2,6-dicarboxylic acid) indicated that formation of a ternary enzyme-metal-chelator complex precedes metal removal from the zinc center of the protein and revealed notable differences in the inactivation parameters of VIM-1 with different agents. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic properties of protochlorophyllide analyzed in situ in the course of etiolation and in illuminated leaves
Schoefs, B.; Bertrand, M.; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Photochemistry & Photobiology (2000), 72(1), 85-93

The spectroscopic properties of photoactive (ie. flash-transformable) and nonphotoactive protochlorophyll(ide)s (Pchl(ide)) were reinvestigated during the development of bean leaves in darkness. Two ... [more ▼]

The spectroscopic properties of photoactive (ie. flash-transformable) and nonphotoactive protochlorophyll(ide)s (Pchl(ide)) were reinvestigated during the development of bean leaves in darkness. Two phases in the process of Pchl(ide) accumulation were apparent from quantitative measurements of pigment content: a lag phase (first week) during which photoactive Pchl(ide) accumulated faster than nonphotoactive Pchl(ide); and a fast phase (second week), showing parallel accumulation of both types of Pchl(ide). 'Flashed-minus-dark' absorbance difference spectra recorded in situ at 77 K showed that P650-655 was the predominant form of photoactive protochlorophyllide regardless of developmental stage. Quantitative analysis of energy migration processes between the Pchl(ide) forms showed the existence of energy transfer units containing a 1:8 ratio of nonphotoactive and photoactive Pchl(ide)s during development. Gaussian deconvolution of in situ 77 K fluorescence spectra indicated that the 633 nm band of nonphotoactive Pchl(ide) was made of four bands, at 625, 631, 637 and 643 nm, whose relative amplitudes only slightly changed during development. The emission band of photoactive Pchlide was also analyzed using the same method. Three components were found at 644, 652 and 657 nm, The emission band of P650-655 included the last two components, which become predominant only in fully etiolated plants. Photoactive Pchlide with an emission maximum at 653 nm was detected in the light during development of leaves of photoperiodically grown plants. [less ▲]

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See detailLes rhyncholites.
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Association des Géologues Amateurs de Belgique Minibul (2000), 33

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See detailThe role of lateral occipitotemporal junction and area MT/V5 in the visual analysis of upper-limb postures
Peigneux, Philippe ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg et al

in Neuroimage (2000), 11(6), 644-655

Humans, like numerous other species, strongly rely on the observation of gestures of other individuals in their everyday life. It is hypothesized that the visual processing of human gestures is sustained ... [more ▼]

Humans, like numerous other species, strongly rely on the observation of gestures of other individuals in their everyday life. It is hypothesized that the visual processing of human gestures is sustained by a specific functional architecture, even at an early prelexical cognitive stage, different from that required for the processing of other visual entities. In the present PET study, the neural basis of visual gesture analysis was investigated with functional neuroimaging of brain activity during naming and orientation tasks performed on pictures of either static gestures (upper-limb postures) or tridimensional objects. To prevent automatic object-related cerebral activation during the visual processing of postures, only intransitive postures were selected, i.e., symbolic or meaningless postures which do not imply the handling of objects. Conversely, only intransitive objects which cannot be handled were selected to prevent gesture-related activation during their visual processing. Results clearly demonstrate a significant functional segregation between the processing of static intransitive postures and the processing of intransitive tridimensional objects. Visual processing of objects elicited mainly occipital and fusiform gyrus activity, while visual processing of postures strongly activated the lateral occipitotemporal junction, encroaching upon area MT/V5, involved in motion analysis. These findings suggest that the lateral occipitotemporal junction, working in association with area MT/V5, plays a prominent role in the high-level perceptual analysis of gesture, namely the construction of its visual representation, available for subsequent recognition or imitation. (C) 2000 Academic Press. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation and Prognostic Value of Plasma Lactate Measurement in Bovine Respiratory Disease
Coghe, Joost; Uystepruyst, Christophe; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2000), 160(2), 139-146

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of a portable blood lactate analyser for bovine blood and to study the relevance of plasma lactate concentration in the prognosis of bovine pulmonary ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of a portable blood lactate analyser for bovine blood and to study the relevance of plasma lactate concentration in the prognosis of bovine pulmonary disorders.Measurements with the portable analyser were highly correlated (R = 0.94, P<0.0001) with the measurements of the reference method but significantly different (P<0.0001). The portable apparatus slightly overestimated plasma lactate concentration compared to the reference method (bias = + 0.412). Plasma lactate measurements on 109 calves suffering from acute bronchopneumonia showed increasing lactate concentrations with severity of the disease. A plasma lactate concentration higher than 3.6 mmol/L or 4 mmol/L, measured with the reference method and the portable analyser respectively, appeared to be a reliable prognostic indicator for mortality within 24 h. Consequently, this measurement could be very helpful to decrease economic losses in cases of bovine respiratory disease, by avoiding unnecessary treatment costs on cattle with poor prognosis. [less ▲]

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See detailModelaçao numérica do comportamento de uma estrutura metalica sujeita à acçao do fogo - Analise de varios cenarios de incëndio
Vila Real, P. M. M.; Piloto, P. A. G.; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Revista Portuguesa de Engenharia de Estruturas (RPEE) (2000), 47

In this work it has been analysed several possible fire scenarios in a steel structure of a commercial building, in order to find which one corresponds to the lowest fire resistance of the structure. It ... [more ▼]

In this work it has been analysed several possible fire scenarios in a steel structure of a commercial building, in order to find which one corresponds to the lowest fire resistance of the structure. It has been used a geometrically and materially non-linear finite element program specially established for the analysis of structures submitted to the fire. As the analysed structure doesn't reach the fire resistance suggested by the Portuguese standards, some solutions are proposed to increase its fire resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneral report - Session on connections
Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (2000), 55

As a result of a world-wide intensive research activity, a new design concept for structural moment resistant joints has been suggested and implemented in design codes. In the present paper, its ... [more ▼]

As a result of a world-wide intensive research activity, a new design concept for structural moment resistant joints has been suggested and implemented in design codes. In the present paper, its background is first briefly described and the main contributions to its development are presented. As a matter of fact, because of the high number of past and ongoing researches, reports and papers devoted to this topic, an exhaustive list of all these works could not be established in a limited number of pages. The possibilities of extension of the new design concepts, which have been first developed for steel beam-to-column joints under static loading, are particularly pointed out. This aspect appears quite important as in the near future it should provide designers with a unified design approach for structural joints whatever their loading, their configurations and the nature of their constitutive material(s). [less ▲]

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See detailA survey on staging and treatment in uterine cervical carcinoma in the Radiotherapy Cooperative Group of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Maingon, P; Ciernik, I et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2000), 54

Abstract Background: The treatment outcome of advanced stage uterine cervical carcinoma remains unsatisfactory. In order to elaborate a novel trial within The Radiotherapy Cooperative Group (RCG) of the ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background: The treatment outcome of advanced stage uterine cervical carcinoma remains unsatisfactory. In order to elaborate a novel trial within The Radiotherapy Cooperative Group (RCG) of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC), we conducted a survey in 1997±1998 to determine the variability of pre-treatment assessment and treatment options. The variability of choosing surgery, de®ned radiation therapy techniques and chemotherapy are investigated, as well as the center's choices of future treatment strategies. Methods: Fifty two of 81 RCG centers from the RCG have participated in the survey. As one would expect, there is a large variation in the techniques used for pretreatment evaluation and treatment options. There is no `standard' for reporting acute and late side effects. Chemotherapy is used neither systematically nor uniformly, and some centers continue to use neadjuvant chemotherapy modalities. Results: Furthermore, the survey reveals that there is a strong demand for the reduction of overall treatment-time, for clinical investigation of novel combined modality treatment strategies, especially chemo±radiation therapy, and also for the use of new radiation sensitizers. Conclusion:We conclude that a more homogeneous approach to the pretreatment evaluation as well as treatment techniques is required in order to allow adequate quality control in any future trial of the RCG in the EORTC.q2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detail'Flexihealth', un nécessaire équilibre entre contraintes de flexibilité et bine-être des travailleurs
De Zanet, Fabrice ULg; Vandenberghe, Christian; Bossut, Muriel ULg et al

in Point d'appui T E F (2000), 2

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See detailDNA-binding mechanism of the Escherichia coli Ada O(6)-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase.
Verdemato, P. E.; Brannigan, J. A.; Damblon, Christian ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2000), 28(19), 3710-8

The C-terminal domain of the Escherichia coli Ada protein (Ada-C) aids in the maintenance of genomic integrity by efficiently repairing pre-mutagenic O:(6)-alkylguanine lesions in DNA. Structural and ... [more ▼]

The C-terminal domain of the Escherichia coli Ada protein (Ada-C) aids in the maintenance of genomic integrity by efficiently repairing pre-mutagenic O:(6)-alkylguanine lesions in DNA. Structural and thermodynamic studies were carried out to obtain a model of the DNA-binding process. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies map the DNA-binding site to helix 5, and a loop region (residues 151-160) which form the recognition helix and the 'wing' of a helix-turn-wing motif, respectively. The NMR data also suggest the absence of a large conformational change in the protein upon binding to DNA. Hence, an O:(6)-methylguanine (O:(6)meG) lesion would be inaccessible to active site nucleophile Cys146 if the modified base remained stacked within the DNA duplex. The experimentally determined DNA-binding face of Ada-C was used in combination with homology modelling, based on the catabolite activator protein, and the accepted base-flipping mechanism, to construct a model of how Ada-C binds to DNA in a productive manner. To complement the structural studies, thermodynamic data were obtained which demonstrate that binding to unmethylated DNA was entropically driven, whilst the demethylation reaction provoked an exothermic heat change. Methylation of Cys146 leads to a loss of structural integrity of the DNA-binding subdomain. [less ▲]

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See detailL'infection de la chèvre par l'herpèsvirus caprin de type 1
Engels, M.; Thiry, Etienne ULg

in Point Vétérinaire (2000), 31

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See detailNotions de base de physiologie de l'effort
Art, Tatiana ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2000), 32

In general, muscular exertion occurs when there is oxygenation of the energy substrates carbon hydrate and fatty acids. At the beginning of exercise and/or when there is extra exertion, anaerobic ... [more ▼]

In general, muscular exertion occurs when there is oxygenation of the energy substrates carbon hydrate and fatty acids. At the beginning of exercise and/or when there is extra exertion, anaerobic metabolism also participates in the synthesis of ATP, which is essential for muscular contraction. The organism's oxygen consumption is proportional to the intensity of the effort, except during anaerobic metabolism. The maximum quantity of substrates that can oxygenate the muscles per unit time depends on the enzymatic material available. When the total aerobic capacity is used, the oxygen consumption is said to be maximal. The oxygen consumed at cellular level is taken from the ambient air at the areas of pulmonary exchange and transported throughout the body by the cardiovascular system. It is therefore essential that there is sufficient functional ability to adapt to cardiovascular and respiratory changes in order to ensure adequate O2 and nutrient transport and evacuation of CO2 and heat. The two systems adapt with exercise and training [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous measurements of thermal diffusivity, thermal conductivity and thermopower with application to copper and ceramic superconductors
Bougrine, Hassan ULg; Geys, J. F.; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg et al

in European Physical Journal B -- Condensed Matter (2000), 13(3), 437-443

A home made experimental set-up allows us to measure the thermal conductivity, the thermopower and the thermal diffusivity simultaneously in the temperature range (20-300 K). Therefore the specific heat ... [more ▼]

A home made experimental set-up allows us to measure the thermal conductivity, the thermopower and the thermal diffusivity simultaneously in the temperature range (20-300 K). Therefore the specific heat can be deduced. The role of a radiation shield is shown to be relevant. Tests of the system are made on a 99.9% pure Cu sample and two polycrystalline cuprate ceramics for illustration. Without any complicated optimisation, the technique indicates much promise already due to its efficiency and rapidity. [less ▲]

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See detailp63 is a prostate basal cell marker and is required for prostate development.
Signoretti, Sabina; Waltregny, David ULg; Dilks, James et al

in American Journal of Pathology (2000), 157(6), 1769-75

The p53 homologue p63 encodes for different isotypes able to either transactivate p53 reporter genes (TAp63) or act as p53-dominant-negatives (DeltaNp63). p63 is expressed in the basal cells of many ... [more ▼]

The p53 homologue p63 encodes for different isotypes able to either transactivate p53 reporter genes (TAp63) or act as p53-dominant-negatives (DeltaNp63). p63 is expressed in the basal cells of many epithelial organs and its germline inactivation in the mouse results in agenesis of organs such as skin appendages and the breast. Here, we show that prostate basal cells, but not secretory or neuroendocrine cells, express p63. In addition, prostate basal cells in culture predominantly express the DeltaNp63alpha isotype. In contrast, p63 protein is not detected in human prostate adenocarcinomas. Finally, and most importantly, p63(-/-) mice do not develop the prostate. These results indicate that p63 is required for prostate development and support the hypothesis that basal cells represent and/or include prostate stem cells. Furthermore, our results show that p63 immunohistochemistry may be a valuable tool in the differential diagnosis of benign versus malignant prostatic lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical computation of one-photon mazer resonances for arbitrary field modes
Bastin, Thierry ULg; Solano, E.

in Computer Physics Communications (2000), 124

We present a novel approach for solving numerically one-dimensional scattering problems and apply it for computing the emission probability of an ultracold atom interacting with an arbitrary field mode of ... [more ▼]

We present a novel approach for solving numerically one-dimensional scattering problems and apply it for computing the emission probability of an ultracold atom interacting with an arbitrary field mode of a high-Q cavity. Our method is efficient, stable and succeeds when other numerical integration methods fail. It also replaces and improves advantageously the WKB approximation. The cases of sinusoidal, sech2 and Gaussian field modes are studied and compared. Divergences with previous works, where WKB was used, are found. [less ▲]

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See detailWandeinfluss auf die Sedimentationsgeschwindigkeit von Kugeln
Henschke, M; Waheed, A; Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Chemie Ingenieur Technik (2000), 72(11), 1376-1380

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See detailGEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATIONS OF SEISMICALLY INDUCED SURFACE EFFECTS: CASE STUDY OF A LANDSLIDE IN THE SUUSAMYR VALLEY, KYRGYZSTAN
Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg; Jongmans, D.; Abdrakhmatov, K. et al

in Surveys in Geophysics (2000), 21

In summer 1998, a geophysical survey including seismic profiles and electrical tomography has been carried out in the Suusamyr valley, Kyrgyzstan. The scope was to investigate surface effects induced by ... [more ▼]

In summer 1998, a geophysical survey including seismic profiles and electrical tomography has been carried out in the Suusamyr valley, Kyrgyzstan. The scope was to investigate surface effects induced by the Ms = 7.3 Suusamyr earthquake, the 19th of August, 1992. In this paper, special attention is paid to the case study of a debris slide triggered by the earthquake. Seismic data are analysed by P-wave refraction technique and by surface wave inversion. Electrical tomographic profiles are processed by 2D-inversion. Using geotechnical and geological information, P-velocity models and resistivity sections are interpreted in terms of geological materials, in order to build a geological 3D model. On the basis of the latter, we carried out static finite element computations as well as static and pseudo-static calculations with Janbu’s method. Newmark displacement was computed, considering or not the influence of the shallow soft deposits. The results are compared to the real displacement observed in the field and conclusions are drawn about the mechanism of the landslide. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors controlling the distribution of diatoms and Phaeocystis in the Ross Sea
Goffart, Anne ULg; Catalano, Guilio; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (2000), 27

The spatial and temporal distributions of phytoplankton pigments were investigated in the western and south central Ross Sea during austral spring 1994 and summer 1990. Large gradients in biomass and ... [more ▼]

The spatial and temporal distributions of phytoplankton pigments were investigated in the western and south central Ross Sea during austral spring 1994 and summer 1990. Large gradients in biomass and phytoplankton community composition were observed both in the east-west and south-north directions, in relation to differences in water column structure and stability, which themselves depend on the processes of ice retreat within the different areas. Important are melting in the western Ross Sea, which induces strong stratification, and ice breakup and wind stress in the south central Ross Sea, which result in deep mixing and weakly stratified waters. In the western Ross Sea, the highest chl a concentrations observed in this study (129 - 358 mg m-2 in the upper 100 m) were tightly coupled to the stratified region of meltwater influence and were dominated by diatoms, as indicated by elevated fucoxanthin concentrations (89 - 239 mg m-2 in the upper 100 m). In the diatom bloom area, high levels of phaeophorbides a (maximum value of 192 mg . m-2 in the upper 100 m) indicated that the dominant grazers, identified as Limacina helecina and copepods (Hecq et al., 1992), transferred a sustained part of the diatom production to the herbivore trophic level. Synthesis of our data with published information suggests that the diatom bloom we observed in the western Ross Sea was dominated by the species Fragilariopsis curta, and occurs annually off the coast of Victoria Land from 72°30'S to 77°S within 100 to 250 km from the coastal ice edge. It is assumed to persist on the order of 2.5 - 3 months during summer. In the south central Ross Sea, which was characterized by a poorly or unstratified water column, moderate chl a concentrations (55 - 186 mg m-2 in the upper 100 m) were found in the polynya and in the ice edge area in early spring. 19'-hexanoyloxyfucoxanthin, a biomarker for Phaeocystis, was the major contributor to the total carotenoid abundance (29 - 132 mg m-2 in the upper 100 m), corroborating the hypothesis that Phaeocystis are well adapted to develop in a relatively mixed water column. At the northern limit of the polynya, a quite narrow (c. a. 30 km) diatom bloom (31 - 67 mg fucoxanthin m-2 in the upper 100 m) overlapped with the Phaeocystis bloom in the slightly stratified marginal ice zone. This was an area of increased grazing pressure by various types of herbivorous zooplankton, among which very large amounts of krill were observed. [less ▲]

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See detailEntre stalle et prie-Dieu. La religieuse liégeoise en prière
Henneau, Marie-Elisabeth ULg

in Revue de l'Histoire des Religions (2000), 217(3), 327-344

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See detailLa prescription de l'action publique
Jacobs, Ann ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2000)

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See detailA quantitative study of peripheral blood stem cell contamination in diffuse large-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: one-half of patients significantly mobilize malignant cells.
Jacquy, C.; Soree, A.; Lambert, Frédéric ULg et al

in British Journal of Haematology (2000), 110(3), 631-7

Autologous transplantation using peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) collected after chemotherapy, followed by growth factor administration (ASCT), is increasingly used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's ... [more ▼]

Autologous transplantation using peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) collected after chemotherapy, followed by growth factor administration (ASCT), is increasingly used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). However, quantitative data regarding contaminating malignant cells in the harvests are still scarce. We prospectively investigated 37 diffuse large-cell lymphomas (DLCLs) in complete remission (CR) that were treated according to multicentric protocols at our centre. DNA was extracted from the diagnostic lymph node. The complementarity-determining region (CDR) III was sequenced and a patient-specific oligomer synthesized. Contamination was evaluated semiquantitatively by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and was confirmed by a limiting dilution analysis. PBSCs collected at regeneration after administration of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), steady-state bone marrow (BM) and peripheral blood samples at CR were compared. DNA was available in 37 patients, from which 22 rearrangements could be sequenced. Patients (n = 15) who had both the required follow-up samples and a suitable clonal marker were investigated. In two cases, the patient-specific PCR assay set up at diagnosis later gave false-negative results in samples in which clonal DNA was still detectable by other sets of primers. PBSC contamination was highly variable: 7 out of 15 patients showed a PBSC/BM ratio of NHL cells greater than 1 log, whereas 8 out of 15 patients showed no difference and could vary from one apheresis to another. Eight ASCTs were performed, five of which used highly contaminated PBSCs: four patients relapsed early, three with disseminated lymphoma. Thus, 50% of DLCLs in CR seem to mobilize significantly malignant cells at regeneration under G-CSF. Considering the higher numbers of cells reinfused, this translates into a much higher number of lymphoma cells reinfused when compared with autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT). However, their clonogenic potential remains unknown and, despite concerning observations in certain cases, it is still unclear whether this has an impact upon the outcome of ASCT. [less ▲]

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See detailTransplantation of cultured explants of human endometrium into nude mice
NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Casanas-Roux, Françoise; Marbaix, Etienne et al

in Human Reproduction (2000), 15(3), 572-7

The objective of this study was to analyse the histological and immunohistochemical characteristics of cultured explants of human endometrium transplanted into nude mice. Biopsies of eutopic endometrium ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to analyse the histological and immunohistochemical characteristics of cultured explants of human endometrium transplanted into nude mice. Biopsies of eutopic endometrium were taken from six patients during laparoscopic surgery and classified according to the phase of the cycle. All the explants were cultured with oestrogen and progesterone for 24 h before transplantation into 15 mice. Four mice were grafted with explants of menstrual endometrium, four with explants of late proliferative endometrium, and seven with explants of late secretory-premenstrual endometrium. Typical endometrial glands and stroma were observed in 87% of cases 3 weeks after the transplantation. All the grafts revealed histological characteristics of the proliferative phase, even when the endometrial biopsy was taken during the late secretory phase. Immunohistochemical studies revealed that the proliferation index was high, whatever the menstrual phase of the endometrial biopsy. An extensive vascular network developed at the interface between the graft and the surrounding tissue. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) positive stained cells were observed in all grafts, the VEGF score being significantly higher in epithelial cells than in stromal cells. In conclusion, human endometrial explants, cultured for 24 h, could be successfully transplanted into nude mice. Immunohistochemical studies proved that human cultured endometrial tissue could not only survive in nude mice but could also become very active and develop characteristics different from the tissue of origin. An active vascular network is a necessary condition for the survival of the graft and may be explained by the high VEGF content. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river
Lejeune, André ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg

in Revue Géoglobe, "Mega-Projects" (2000), (10), 20-23

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See detailIdentification and characterization of a protozoan uncoupling protein in Acanthamoeba castellanii.
Jarmuszkiwicz, W.; Milani, G.; Fortes, F. et al

in FEBS Letters (2000), 467

An uncoupling protein (UCP) was identified in mitochondria from Candida parapsilosis (CpUCP), a non-fermentative parasitic yeast. CpUCP was immunodetected using polyclonal antibodies raised against plant ... [more ▼]

An uncoupling protein (UCP) was identified in mitochondria from Candida parapsilosis (CpUCP), a non-fermentative parasitic yeast. CpUCP was immunodetected using polyclonal antibodies raised against plant UCP. Activity of CpUCP, investigated in mitochondria depleted of free fatty acids, was stimulated by linoleic acid (LA) and inhibited by GTP. Activity of CpUCP enhanced state 4 respiration by decreasing DeltaPsi and lowered the ADP/O ratio. Thus, it was able to divert energy from oxidative phosphorylation. The voltage dependence of electron flux indicated that LA had a pure protonophoretic effect. The discovery of CpUCP proves that UCP-like proteins occur in the four eukaryotic kingdoms: animals, plants, fungi and protists. [less ▲]

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See detailQuando il tempo è sospeso: individuo e famiglia nell’anoressia mentale
D'Amore, Salvatore ULg

in Ecologia della Mente (2000), 1

Discusses anorexia nervosa as a complex syndrome in which sociocultural, familial, and individual components are interconnected. Based on their own work with anorexic patients and their families, the ... [more ▼]

Discusses anorexia nervosa as a complex syndrome in which sociocultural, familial, and individual components are interconnected. Based on their own work with anorexic patients and their families, the present authors examine the familial aspects of anorexia at an interactional level and a mythical level. The importance of a 3-generational perspective on anorexia is emphasized. The case study of a 17-yr-old female student with bulimic anorexia is discussed with regard to family dynamics and myths and the sculpting of the present and the future. [less ▲]

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See detailLa garantie des droits fondamentaux et la convention européenne des droits de l'homme
Carlier, Jean-Yves ULg

in Revue Québecoise de Droit International (2000), 13(1), 37-62

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See detailThe afa-related gene cluster in necrotoxigenic and other Escherichia coli from animals belongs to the afa-8 variant
Gérardin, J.; Lalioui, L.; Jacquemin, E. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2000), 76

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See detailEvidence for decoupling of atmospheric CO2 and global climate during the Phanerozoic eon
Veizer, J.; Godderis, Y.; François, Louis ULg

in Nature (2000), 408(6813), 698-701

Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are believed to drive climate changes from glacial to interglacial modes', although geological(1-3) and astronomical(4-6) mechanisms have been invoked as ultimate ... [more ▼]

Atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations are believed to drive climate changes from glacial to interglacial modes', although geological(1-3) and astronomical(4-6) mechanisms have been invoked as ultimate causes. Additionally, it is unclear(7,8) whether the changes between cold and warm modes should be regarded as a global phenomenon, affecting tropical and high-latitude temperatures alike(9-13), or if they are better described as an expansion and contraction of the latitudinal climate zones, keeping equatorial temperatures approximately constant(14-16). Here we present a reconstruction of tropical sea surface temperatures throughout the phanerozoic eon (the past similar to 550 Myr) from our database(17) of oxygen isotopes in calcite and aragonite shells. The data indicate large oscillations of tropical sea surface temperatures in phase with the cold-warm cycles, thus favouring the idea of climate variability as a global phenomenon. But our data conflict with a temperature reconstruction using an energy balance model that is forced by reconstructed atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations(18). The results can be reconciled if atmospheric carbon dioxide concentrations were not the principal driver of climate variability on geological timescales for at least one-third of the Phanerozoic eon, or if the reconstructed carbon dioxide concentrations are not reliable. [less ▲]

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See detailLe leasing immobilier - Aspects de droit privé
Kohl, Benoît ULg; Vanwijck, Michèle ULg

in Revue de Droit Immobilier (2000)

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See detailThe Topology Of Lysine-Containing Amphipathic Peptides In Bilayers By Circular Dichroism, Solid-State Nmr, And Molecular Modeling
Vogt, B.; Ducarme, P.; Schinzel, S. et al

in Biophysical Journal (2000), 79(5), 2644-56

In order to better understand the driving forces that determine the alignment of amphipathic helical polypeptides with respect to the surface of phospholipid bilayers, lysine-containing peptide sequences ... [more ▼]

In order to better understand the driving forces that determine the alignment of amphipathic helical polypeptides with respect to the surface of phospholipid bilayers, lysine-containing peptide sequences were designed, prepared by solid-phase chemical synthesis, and reconstituted into membranes. CD spectroscopy indicates that all peptides exhibit a high degree of helicity in the presence of SDS micelles or POPC small unilamellar vesicles. Proton-decoupled (31)P-NMR solid-state NMR spectroscopy demonstrates that in the presence of peptides liquid crystalline phosphatidylcholine membranes orient well along glass surfaces. Thenorientational distribution and dynamics of peptides labeled with (15)N at selected sites were investigated by proton-decoupled (15)N solid-state NMR spectroscopy. Polypeptides with a single lysine residue adopt a transmembrane orientation, thereby locating this polar amino acid within the core region of the bilayer. In contrast, peptides with > or = 3 lysines reside along the surface of the membrane. With 2 lysines in the center of an otherwise hydrophobic amino acid sequence the peptides assume a broad orientational distribution. The energy of lysine discharge, hydrophobic, polar, and all other interactions are estimated to quantitatively describe the polypeptide topologies observed. Furthermore, a molecular modeling algorithm based on the hydrophobicities of atoms in a continuous hydrophilic-hydrophobic-hydrophilic potential describes the experimentally observed peptide topologies well. [less ▲]

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See detailPart 9: Shrinkage for service and accident conditions
Schneider, Ulrich; Schwesinger, P.; Debicki, Gérard et al

in Materials and Structures (2000), 33

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See detailSynthesis of new hydrophilic γ-substituted poly(ε-caprolactone)s
Lecomte, Philippe ULg; D'aloia, Violetta; Mazza, Michaël et al

in Polymer Preprints (2000), 41(2), 1534-1535

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See detailBegian guidelines concerning drug induced alteration of coagulation and central neuraxial anesthesia
Brichant, Jean-François ULg; De Kock, Marc; De Mey, J. C. et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2000), 51

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See detailObservations sous Cass., 11 février 2000
Boularbah, Hakim ULg

in Revue de Droit Judiciaire et de la Preuve = Tijdschrift voor Procesrecht en Bewijsrecht (2000)

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See detailOnze ans de responsabilité médicale pénale sur le ressort de la Cour d'appel de Liège du 01.01.1985 au 31.12.1995
Boxho, Philippe ULg

in Journal de Médecine Légale, Droit Médical (2000), 78/43

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See detailEvidence for expression of some Microtubule-associated Protein 1B in neurons as a plasma membrane glycoprotein.
Franzen, Rachelle ULg; Tanner, Sandy; Jaffe, Howard et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (2000), 75

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See detailEfficacy and tolerability of a monophasic oral contraceptive containing ethinylestradiol and drospirenone.
Huber, J.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Wuttke, W. et al

in European Journal of Contraception & Reproductive Health Care (2000), 5(1), 25-34

To assess the contraceptive reliability, cycle control and tolerability of a new monophasic oral contraceptive containing 30 g ethinylestradiol plus 3 mg drospirenone (Yasmin, Schering AG, Berlin, Germany ... [more ▼]

To assess the contraceptive reliability, cycle control and tolerability of a new monophasic oral contraceptive containing 30 g ethinylestradiol plus 3 mg drospirenone (Yasmin, Schering AG, Berlin, Germany), it was compared with an established oral contraceptive containing 30 g ethinylestradiol plus 150 g desogestrel (Marvelon, NV Organon, Oss, The Netherlands). METHODS: A randomized, open-label, 13-cycle study was performed at 80 European centers. Contraceptive reliability, cycle control, blood pressure, body weight, the incidence of adverse events and skin condition were assessed during 13 cycles of oral contraceptive use, and at follow-up. Subjects recorded body weight on three consecutive days pretreatment and weekly thereafter. RESULTS: Of 2069 women who started the study and received the trial preparations in a ratio of 4:1 (ethinylestradiol/drospirenone, n = 1657; ethinylestradiol/desogestrel, n = 412), 1615 completed the 13 cycles plus follow-up, providing data for over 23,000 evaluable cycles. Eleven pregnancies occurred during treatment, only one of which (in the ethinylestradiol/drospirenone group) could not be ascribed to user failure or interaction with other factors. Both preparations provided effective contraception and cycle control. Pre-existing acne and seborrhea were improved and blood pressure was essentially unchanged. The two treatments differed in their effect on body weight, the difference being statistically significant. In the ethinylestradiol/drospirenone group, there was a distinct decrease over the whole treatment phase, while a subtle and less distinct decrease was documented in the ethinylestradiol/desogestrel group. CONCLUSIONS: The combination of 30 g ethinylestradiol/3 mg drospirenone provides effective oral contraception, excellent cycle control, good tolerability and a level of weight loss that may have a significant beneficial effect on compliance in women with a tendency to weight gain due to water retention. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification et caractérisation partielle d'un gène de Fasciola hepatica d'intérêt diagnostique
Bossaert, K.; Martin-Alonzo, J. M.; Ruiz de Eguino, A. D. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

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See detailStudy of the Virulence of Five Strains of Amyxomatous Myxoma Virus in Crossbred New Zealand White/Californian Conventional Rabbits, with Evidence of Long-Term Testicular Infection in Recovered Animals
Marlier, Didier ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg; Sulon, Joseph ULg et al

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (2000), 122(2-3, Feb-Apr), 101-13

The virulence of five amyxomatous myxoma virus (MV) strains, the clinical and pathogenetic effects of which had been studied previously in specific pathogen-free (SPF) rabbits, was determined by ... [more ▼]

The virulence of five amyxomatous myxoma virus (MV) strains, the clinical and pathogenetic effects of which had been studied previously in specific pathogen-free (SPF) rabbits, was determined by inoculation of five groups of 10 crossbred New Zealand White/Californian conventional rabbits. A much more acute myxomatosis syndrome was produced in conventional rabbits than that reproduced previously in SPF animals. However, the main clinical signs were of the respiratory type. The MV strains MYX 254/95 and 801 appeared very virulent, killing all the inoculated animals. The strains MYX 217/95, MYX 555/94 and Saint Benoist were somewhat attenuated, killing only seven, six and six rabbits, respectively. Extensive lung lesions due to supervening bacterial infections were observed in 36 of the 39 rabbits that died. Lethality was found to be a better estimate of virulence than mean survival time. By 98 days after viral inoculation, all the surviving animals had completely recovered. At that time, they were immunosuppressed by treatment with adrenocorticotrophic hormone (ACTH) for 10 days to determine whether they still harboured the virus. After the ACTH treatment, eight of the 11 surviving rabbits showed clinical signs that resembled amyxomatous myxomatosis. All the virological examinations performed on naso-conjunctival exudate, on mononuclear cells, on eyelids and on ovaries remained negative but infectious virus was isolated from the testes of three of six surviving male rabbits. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions between gellan gum and other polysaccharides.
Blecker, Christophe ULg; Razafindralambo, Hary ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg

in Czech Journal of Food Sciences (2000), 18

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See detailD'un symptome à l'autre ou le décours d'une parole difficile à dire et à entendre
Malchair, Alain ULg

in La parole de l'enfant (2000)

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. Insulino-independance prolongee apres transplantation d'ilots de langerhans chez le patient diabetique de type 1: l'aboutissement d'un reve?
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(8), 803-5

A Canadian research team recently reported a series of 7 consecutive patients with type 1 brittle diabetes who could achieve sustained excellent metabolic control in the absence of insulin therapy after ... [more ▼]

A Canadian research team recently reported a series of 7 consecutive patients with type 1 brittle diabetes who could achieve sustained excellent metabolic control in the absence of insulin therapy after successful islet transplantation. This exceptional success, which contrasts with previous less favourable results, is probably due to the transplantation of a higher number of islets of good quality and to the use of a new glucocorticoid-free immunosuppressive regimen. These remarkable results which provide proof of the principle that islet transplantation can be reproducibly successful, at least for one year, may raise new hope in patients with type 1 diabetes. However, the problem of supply and demand of islets is huge and will require a careful, and probably difficult, selection of the best candidates to benefit from this new therapeutic approach. [less ▲]

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See detailUn modèle de gestion informatisé pour les plantations d'épicéa commun en Ardenne belge
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Thibaut, André; Pauwels, Dominique

in Les cahiers forestiers de Gembloux (2000), (24), 26

Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) is the first forest species devoted to production in the Wallonian region. Many private and public foresters have to face management problems for these stands ... [more ▼]

Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) is the first forest species devoted to production in the Wallonian region. Many private and public foresters have to face management problems for these stands : rotation length, definition of thinning type, harvesting scheduling, future income and profitability estimation, ... The management model presented in this article can give some answers to these questions. It is made of two components : on one hand, a growth model predicts stand growth in connection with site index and silvicultural parameters, and, on the other hand several modules compute silvicultural indicators (stability index, mortality rate, assortments, ...) and financial indicators (prediction of future incomes and profitability). The management model allows to test and compare in a flexible way different scenarios applicable to stands described by their initial stage (number of stems and basal area per hectare, dominant height). These tools are integrated in a spreadsheet application using Excel TM, which makes it very easy to use by the forest manager who wants to base his managment on objective criteria. [less ▲]

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See detailAffections musculaires et intolrance à l'effort. 1- Pathogénie et approche diagnostique
Art, Tatiana ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2000), 32

The muscular condition, rhabdomyolysis, may cause exercise intolerance in the sporting horse. When the condition is recurring, it is often difficult for the equine practitioner to establish the clinical ... [more ▼]

The muscular condition, rhabdomyolysis, may cause exercise intolerance in the sporting horse. When the condition is recurring, it is often difficult for the equine practitioner to establish the clinical diagnosis (is the horse suffering from rhabdomyolysis or not ?) and the aetiology (what is/are the cause(s) of the condition ?) and also to provide an effective treatment [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnostics of the jovian aurora deduced from ultraviolet spectroscopy: Model and HST/GHRS observations
Dols, V.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Clarke, J. T. et al

in Icarus: International Journal of Solar System Studies (2000), 147(1), 251-266

A model coupling an electron energy degradation code with a detailed synthetic spectrum of the H-2 Lyman and Werner band system is used to calculate the emerging auroral ultraviolet spectra from Jupiter's ... [more ▼]

A model coupling an electron energy degradation code with a detailed synthetic spectrum of the H-2 Lyman and Werner band system is used to calculate the emerging auroral ultraviolet spectra from Jupiter's atmosphere excited by electrons with different initial energy distributions. The atmospheric model is adapted from the vertical P-T profile measured by the Galileo probe and midlatitude model hydrocarbon photochemistry. Each altitude layer, with its own gas temperature, contributes to the emergent ultraviolet spectrum and the absorbers are vertically distributed within the source region of the auroral emissions. Examples of the calculated spectra are shown to validate the synthetic spectrum and to illustrate the importance of the electron energy distribution and the vertical structure. The model is then applied to the analysis of seven HST/GHRS spectra of the 1200-1700 Angstrom region obtained with 5-Angstrom resolution at various locations in the north and south Jovian aurora. These spectra have different color ratios which characterize the energy of the precipitated electrons, although they do not have a high enough spectral resolution to permit a determination of the H-2 temperature. We find that the characteristic energy of the assumed initial Maxwellian distribution ranges between 17 and 40 keV. A clear signature of acetylene absorption is observed near 1520, 1480, and 1440 Angstrom where the C2H2 cross section shows strong absorption peaks. The acetylene column abundance overlying the emission peak varies from 0.02 to 0.2 of the methane column. A better fit is obtained for some spectra when ethane absorption is added. The C2H6 column abundance varies from 0 to 0.5 of the methane column. These changes relative to methane are presumably the result of perturbations by heat released by the fast electron thermalization and/or perturbations to the hydrocarbon chemistry resulting from the production of H atoms by the aurora, A spectrum of the Io flux tube footprint and its trailing tail shows an ultraviolet color and hydrocarbon absorption quite similar to some of the main oval spectra, This observation suggests that the electrons of the Io flux tube are energized to a few tens of keV, similar to the electron precipitated in the main ovals and polar caps. Echelle spectra between 1216 and 1220 Angstrom at 0.07 Angstrom resolution are also compared with the model fitting best the mid-resolution spectra. It is found that the effective H-2 rovibrational temperature associated with the echelle spectra are significantly higher than predicted by the mid-latitude model. A large vertical temperature gradient just above the methane homopause due to large heating by auroral precipitation is a plausible explanation for this difference. (C) 2000 Academic Press. [less ▲]

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See detailPolitique et usage des manuels scolaires en mathématiques et en sciences
Monseur, Christian ULg; Demeuse, Marc ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (3-4), 177-183

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See detailSuccessful mobilization of peripheral blood HPCs with G-CSF alone in patients failing to achieve sufficient numbers of CD34+ cells and/or CFU-GM with chemotherapy and G-CSF.
Fraipont, V.; Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg et al

in Transfusion (2000), 40(3), 339-47

BACKGROUND: Mobilization with chemotherapy and G-CSF may result in poor peripheral blood HPC collection, yielding <2 x 10(6) CD34+ cells per kg or <10 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg in leukapheresis procedures ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Mobilization with chemotherapy and G-CSF may result in poor peripheral blood HPC collection, yielding <2 x 10(6) CD34+ cells per kg or <10 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg in leukapheresis procedures. The best mobilization strategy for oncology patients remains unclear. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In 27 patients who met either the CD34 (n = 3) or CFU-GM (n = 2) criteria or both (n = 22), the results obtained with two successive strategies-that is, chemotherapy and G-CSF at 10 microg per kg (Group 1, n = 7) and G-CSF at 10 microg per kg alone (Group 2, n = 20) used for a second mobilization course-were retrospectively analyzed. The patients had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (5), Hodgkin's disease (3), multiple myeloma (5), chronic myeloid leukemia (1), acute myeloid leukemia (1), breast cancer (6), or other solid tumors (6). Previous therapy consisted of 10 (1-31) cycles of chemotherapy with additional chlorambucil (n = 3), interferon (n = 3), and radiotherapy (n = 7). RESULTS: The second collection was undertaken a median of 35 days after the first one. In Group 1, the results of the two mobilizations were identical. In Group 2, the number of CD34+ cells per kg per apheresis (0.17 [0.02-0.45] vs. 0.44 [0.11-0.45], p = 0. 00002), as well as the number of CFU-GM (0.88 [0.00-13.37] vs. 4.19 [0.96-21.61], p = 0.00003), BFU-E (0.83 [0.00-12.72] vs. 8.81 [1. 38-32.51], p = 0.00001), and CFU-MIX (0.10 [0.00-1.70] vs. 0.56 [0. 00-2.64], p = 0.001134) were significantly higher in the second peripheral blood HPC collection. However, yields per apheresis during the second collection did not significantly differ in the two groups. Six patients in Group 1 and 18 in Group 2 underwent transplantation, and all but one achieved engraftment, with a median of 15 versus 12 days to 1,000 neutrophils (NS), 22 versus 16 days to 1 percent reticulocytes (NS), and 26 versus 26 days to 20,000 platelets (NS), respectively. However, platelet engraftment was particularly delayed in many patients. CONCLUSION: G-CSF at 10 microg per kg alone may constitute a valid alternative to chemotherapy and G-CSF to obtain adequate numbers of peripheral blood HPCs in patients who previously failed to achieve mobilization with chemotherapy and G-CSF. This strategy should be tested in prospective randomized trials. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical Usefulness of the Mini Nutritional Assessment (Mna) Scale in Geriatric Medicine
Gazzotti, C.; Albert, Adelin ULg; Pepinster, A. et al

in Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging (The) (2000), 4(3), 176-81

OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to estimate the prevalence of malnutrition in elderly patients hospitalized with an acute illness, as well as to assess the clinical usefulness of standardized ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: This study was undertaken to estimate the prevalence of malnutrition in elderly patients hospitalized with an acute illness, as well as to assess the clinical usefulness of standardized nutritional assessment upon admission by means of the MNA scale. Design: A prospective study. Setting: A large size regional university hospital. Subjects: There were 175 patients (113 women and 62 men) with a mean age of 79.7 + 8.5 years admitted for an acute problem. Death occurred in 11 patients (6.3%). METHODS: Upon admission, demographic (age, gender, origin) and medical (disease, drugs) data were recorded for each patient; the MNA questionnaire (score: 0-30) was administered and Katz score (7-28) calculated. At hospital discharge, data included Katz score, outcome (death/survival), and destination. RESULTS: The mean MNA score was 20.5 + 5.1 and the prevalence of severe malnutrition (MNA <17) was 21.7%. Further, 48.6% of elderly were at risk of malnutrition (MNA between 17 and 24). There was no association between MNA and age or gender, but underweight was a sign of low MNA values (P <.001). MNA scores were inversely related to Katz scores at both admission and hospital discharge (P <.001). Patients originating from nursing homes had a poorer nutritional status than those living at home (MNA: 18.4 against 22.3, P <.001). The number of drugs taken per patient (5.2 + 2.8) was found to be correlated with MNA (P =.049). MNA scores were on average significantly higher (P <.001) in survivors (20.9) than in nonsurvivors (14.1). CONCLUSIONS: The study clearly demonstrates the high prevalence of malnutrition and the clinical usefulness of the MNA scale in geriatric medicine. The MNA score upon admission reflects the patient's nutritional condition, degree of autonomy (Katz score), living conditions and current treatment. It is also predictive of patient's outcome (death or survival). [less ▲]

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