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See detailDifferent periods of feed restriction before compensatory growth in Belgian Blue bulls: II. Plasma metabolites and hormones
Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Diez, Marianne ULg et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1998), 76(1), 260-271

Plasma metabolites and hormones were studied in 16 double-muscled Belgian Blue bulls maintained at low growth (.5 kg/d) for 114 (G2), 243 (G3), or 419 (G4) d (low growth period, LGP) before fattening ... [more ▼]

Plasma metabolites and hormones were studied in 16 double-muscled Belgian Blue bulls maintained at low growth (.5 kg/d) for 114 (G2), 243 (G3), or 419 (G4) d (low growth period, LGP) before fattening (rapid growth period, RGP). Animals from the control group (CG) were fed a diet high in energy and protein. The animals from G2, G3, and G4 were fed a restricted amount of a diet low in energy and protein during LGP and the same diet as CG during RGP. Plasma glucose, alpha-amino nitrogen (AAN), NEFA, urea, creatinine, thyroxine (T4), 3,3',5'-triiodothyronine (T3), and IGF-I were measured in blood samples taken fortnightly. Plasma GH and insulin (I) profiles were measured in serial blood samples obtained at three times during growth. The RGP was characterized by an initial compensatory growth, by higher plasma glucose, AAN, and urea levels, and by lower plasma NEFA and creatinine levels. Plasma GH concentration decreased after refeeding. Plasma T4 increased linearly during refeeding, as opposed to T3, which showed a different profile in each group. Plasma IGF-I showed a curvilinear increase during RGP and reached a plateau after 3 mo in each compensating group. In G4, changes of plasma metabolites and hormones differed often distinctly from G2 or G3. During refeeding, higher nutrient supply improved the functionality of the somatotropic axis and increased the concentration of anabolic hormones, allowing rapid muscle deposition. However, animals underfed the longest period behaved differently from the other groups, possibly because they reached a more complete sexual maturity. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh temperature catalysts through sol-gel synthesis
Lecloux, A. J.; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (1998), 225

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See detailDynamic Recrystallization during Zinc Rolling
Habraken, Anne ULg; Charles, J.-F.; Wegria, J. et al

in International Journal of Forming Processes (1998), 1

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See detailIsolation and Partial Characterization of a Pregnancy-Associated Glycoprotein Family from the Goat Placenta
Garbayo, Juana Maria; Remy, Benoit; Alabart, José Luis et al

in Biology of Reproduction (1998), 58(1), 109-115

Antigen(s) immunologically related to pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs) have previously been detected in the serum of pregnant goats. In this work, we describe a partial characterization of a ... [more ▼]

Antigen(s) immunologically related to pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAGs) have previously been detected in the serum of pregnant goats. In this work, we describe a partial characterization of a family of PAGs isolated from the placenta of the goat. The procedure, monitored by RIA, included extraction of proteins at neutral pH, acidic, and ammonium sulfate precipitations; and gel filtration and ion exchange chromatographies. Immunoreactivity, initially located in the acidic supernatant and in the 40-80% ammonium sulfate fractions, was equally apportioned between the 0.04 and 0.08 M NaCl DEAE fractions. After further purification of both DEAE fractions, the preparations were subjected to one- and two-dimensional electrophoresis, and individual polypeptides were analyzed by amino acid sequencing. Three PAGs, which differed in amino acid sequence and apparent molecular masses (62, 59, and 55 kDa), were detected, each containing several isoforms with different pls: caprine (c) PAG62 (pl: 5.1, 4.8), cPAG59 (pl: 6.2, 5.9, 5.6), and cPAG55 (pl: 5.3, 5.1, 4.9). These proteins had high sequence identities to each other and to PAGs purified from other species. Each had two putative N-glycosylation sites within the 27 amino terminal residues sequenced. This work demonstrates that PAGs are present in goat placenta and that multiple forms are expressed. [less ▲]

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See detailA formal definition of time in LOTOS
Léonard, Luc; Leduc, Guy ULg

in Formal Aspects of Computing (1998), 10(3), 248-266

Enhanced Timed-LOTOS, denoted ET-LOTOS, is an extension of LOTOS that allows the modelling of real-time behaviours. It covers all the aspects of full LOTOS, including data types, it supports both a dense ... [more ▼]

Enhanced Timed-LOTOS, denoted ET-LOTOS, is an extension of LOTOS that allows the modelling of real-time behaviours. It covers all the aspects of full LOTOS, including data types, it supports both a dense and a discrete time domain and can manipulate time values as any other data values. A tutorial on ET-LOTOS, showing many application examples, has already been published elsewhere. The present paper adds to it by providing an in-depth presentation of its theoretical aspects. The complete semantics is given and explained, and its proper-ties are studied. In particular, we prove that the semantics is consistent and that strong bisimulation is a congruence. This requires to deal carefully with the presence of negative premises in the operational semantics, which are necessary to express urgency. ET-LOTOS is also shown to be a conservative extension of LOTOS for guarded processes, and is the basis of the timed extension of LOTOS currently developed by ISO. To our knowledge, this is the first in-depth study of a language that combines data types and real-time behaviours. [less ▲]

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See detailRandomised comparison of implantation of heparin-coated stents with balloon angioplasty in selected patients with coronary artery disease (Benestent II)
Serruys, P. W.; van Hout, B.; Bonnier, H. et al

in Lancet (1998), 352(9129), 673-81

BACKGROUND: The multicentre, randomised Benestent-II study investigated a strategy of implantation of a heparin-coated Palmar-Schatz stent plus antiplatelet drugs compared with the use of balloon ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The multicentre, randomised Benestent-II study investigated a strategy of implantation of a heparin-coated Palmar-Schatz stent plus antiplatelet drugs compared with the use of balloon angioplasty in selected patients with stable or stabilised unstable angina, with one or more de-novo lesions, less than 18 mm long, in vessels of diameter 3 mm or more. METHODS: 827 patients were randomly assigned stent implantation (414 patients) or standard balloon angioplasty (413 patients). The primary clinical endpoint was event-free survival at 6 months, including death, myocardial infarction, and the need for revascularisation. The secondary endpoints were the restenosis rate at 6 months and the cost-effectiveness at 12 months. There was also one-to-one subrandomisation to either clinical and angiographic follow-up or clinical follow-up alone. Analyses were by intention to treat. FINDINGS: Four patients (one stent group, three angioplasty group) were excluded from analysis since no lesion was found. At 6 months, a primary clinical endpoint had occurred in 53 (12.8%) of 413 patients in the stent group and 79 (19.3%) of 410 in the angioplasty group (p=0.013). This significant difference in clinical outcome was maintained at 12 months. In the subgroup assigned angiographic follow-up, the mean minimum lumen diameter was greater in the stent group than in the balloon-angioplasty group, (1.89 [SD 0.65] vs 1.66 [0.57] mm, p=0.0002), which corresponds to restenosis rates (diameter stenosis > or =50%) of 16% and 31% (p=0.0008). In the group assigned clinical follow-up alone, event-free survival rate at 12 months was higher in the stent group than the balloon-angioplasty group (0.89 vs 0.79, p=0.004) at a cost of an additional 2085 Dutch guilders (US$1020) per patient. INTERPRETATION: Over 12-month follow-up, a strategy of elective stenting with heparin-coated stents is more effective but also more costly than balloon angioplasty. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of response to optimize outcome of treatment with erythropoietin.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Seminars in Oncology (1998), 25(3 Suppl 7), 27-34

Recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO; epoetin) has been shown to be effective in improving anemia in a proportion of cancer patients. The response rate is approximately 60%, but varies considerably ... [more ▼]

Recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO; epoetin) has been shown to be effective in improving anemia in a proportion of cancer patients. The response rate is approximately 60%, but varies considerably according to baseline hematocrit and transfusion needs, as well as the response criteria used. Response is not greatly influenced by the type of tumor, except in situations of major marrow involvement and limited residual hematopoiesis, or in the presence of specific mechanisms of anemia, such as hemolysis, splenomegaly, bleeding, hemodilution, or ineffective erythropoiesis. Stem cell damage by previous therapy as well as marrow suppression by current intensive chemotherapy can impair response. Besides its intensity, the type of chemotherapy may not be critical, although patients undergoing platinum-based chemotherapy may respond faster than those receiving non-platinum regimens. Complications, such as infections, bleeding, or nutritional deficiencies, may have a major negative impact on outcome. An important response-limiting factor is functional iron deficiency (ie, an imbalance between iron needs in the erythropoietic marrow and iron supply), which depends on the level of iron stores and its rate of mobilization. Functional iron deficiency is best monitored by the percentage of hypochromic red blood cells, and oral or intravenous iron supplements should be given when this percentage increases above 10%. All these factors explain why the response rate to epoetin is only approximately 60%. Therefore, it would be interesting to develop models that could help predict response to epoetin to help select the most appropriate cancer patients for this therapy. Few baseline parameters have been shown to be highly predictive of response in patients with solid tumors, although most studies in patients with myeloma or lymphoma have indicated that patients with a low baseline serum EPO level will respond better. Early changes after 2 to 4 weeks of treatment are also of great interest. Among these early changes, increments of soluble transferrin receptor, reticulocytes, and hemoglobin, as well as the persistence of elevated ferritin or EPO levels, have all shown some predictive value. Combination of baseline serum EPO and the 2-week increment of soluble transferrin receptor or hemoglobin may provide the best prediction of response. [less ▲]

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See detailRandomized multicenter comparison of conventional anticoagulation versus antiplatelet therapy in unplanned and elective coronary stenting. The full anticoagulation versus aspirin and ticlopidine (fantastic) study.
Bertrand, M. E.; Legrand, Victor ULg; Boland, J. et al

in Circulation (1998), 98(16), 1597-603

BACKGROUND: Dual therapy with ticlopidine and aspirin has been shown to be as effective as or more effective than conventional anticoagulation in patients with an optimal result after implantation of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Dual therapy with ticlopidine and aspirin has been shown to be as effective as or more effective than conventional anticoagulation in patients with an optimal result after implantation of intracoronary metallic stents. However, the safety and efficacy of antiplatelet therapy alone in an unselected population has not been evaluated. METHODS: Patients were randomized to conventional anticoagulation or to treatment with antiplatelet therapy alone. Indications for stenting were classified as elective (decided before the procedure) or unplanned (to salvage failed angioplasty or to optimize the results of balloon angioplasty). After stenting, patients received aspirin and either ticlopidine or conventional anticoagulation (heparin or oral anticoagulant). The primary end point was the occurrence of bleeding or peripheral vascular complications; secondary end points were cardiac events (death, infarction, or stent occlusion) and duration of hospitalization. RESULTS: In 13 centers, 236 patients were randomized to anticoagulation and 249 to antiplatelet therapy. Stenting was elective in 58% of patients and unplanned in 42%. Stent implantation was successfully achieved in 99% of patients. A primary end point occurred in 33 patients (13.5%) in the antiplatelet group and 48 patients (21%) in the anticoagulation group (odds ratio=0.6 [95% CI 0.36 to 0.98], P=0.03). Major cardiac-related events in electively stented patients were less common (odds ratio=0.23 [95% CI 0.05 to 0.91], P=0.01) in the antiplatelet group (3 of 123, 2.4%) than the anticoagulation group (11 of 111, 9.9%). Hospital stay was significantly shorter in the antiplatelet group (4.3+/-3.6 versus 6. 4+/-3.7 days, P=0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Antiplatelet therapy after coronary stenting significantly reduced rates of bleeding and subacute stent occlusion compared with conventional anticoagulation. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh presure: a unique tool for pressurisation
Dumoulin, Mireille ULg; Hayashi, Rikimaru

in Food Science & Technology International (1998), 4

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See detailDelayed-onset profound biotinidase deficiency.
Wolf, B.; Pomponio, R. J.; Norrgard, K. J. et al

in The Journal of pediatrics (1998), 132(2), 362-5

Children with biotinidase deficiency usually exhibit symptoms at several months to years of age. We describe four children who had symptoms later in childhood or during adolescence; they had motor limb ... [more ▼]

Children with biotinidase deficiency usually exhibit symptoms at several months to years of age. We describe four children who had symptoms later in childhood or during adolescence; they had motor limb weakness, spastic paresis, and eye problems, such as loss of visual acuity and scotomata, rather than the more characteristic symptoms observed in young untreated children with the disorder. These older children each have different mutations, but they are the same as those of children who have exhibited symptoms at an early age. Biotinidase deficiency should be considered in older children who suddenly experience limb weakness and/or spastic paresis and eye symptoms. [less ▲]

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See detailRed blood cell precursor mass as an independent determinant of serum erythropoietin level.
Cazzola, M.; Guarnone, R.; Cerani, P. et al

in Blood (1998), 91(6), 2139-45

Serum erythropoietin (sEpo) concentration is primarily related to the rate of renal production and, under the stimulus of hypoxia, increases exponentially as hemoglobin (Hb) decreases. Additional factors ... [more ▼]

Serum erythropoietin (sEpo) concentration is primarily related to the rate of renal production and, under the stimulus of hypoxia, increases exponentially as hemoglobin (Hb) decreases. Additional factors, however, appear to influence sEpo, and in this work, we performed studies to evaluate the role of the red blood cell precursor mass. We first compared the relationship of sEpo with Hb in patients with low versus high erythroid activity. The first group included 27 patients with erythroid aplasia or hypoplasia having serum transferrin receptor (sTfR) levels < 3 mg/L (erythroid activity < 0.6 times normal), while the second one included 28 patients with beta-thalassemia intermedia having sTfR levels > 10 mg/L (erythroid activity > 2 times normal). There was no difference between the two groups with respect to Hb (8.3 +/- 1.6 v 8.0 +/- 1.3 g/dL, P > .05), but sEpo levels were notably higher in patients with low erythroid activity (1,601 +/- 1,542 v 235 +/- 143 mU/mL, P < . 001). In fact, multivariate analysis of variance (ANOVA) showed that, at any given Hb level, sEpo was higher in patients with low erythroid activity (P < .0001). Twenty patients undergoing allogeneic or autologous bone marrow transplantation (BMT) were then investigated. A marked increase in sEpo was seen in all cases at the time of marrow aplasia, disproportionately high when compared with the small decrease in Hb level. Sequential studies were also performed in five patients with iron deficiency anemia undergoing intravenous (IV) iron therapy. Within 24 to 72 hours after starting iron treatment, marked decreases in sEpo (up to one log magnitude) were found before any change in Hb level. Similar observations were made in patients with megaloblastic anemia and in a case of pure red blood cell aplasia. These findings point to an inverse relationship between red blood cell precursor mass and sEpo: at any given Hb level, the higher the number of red blood cell precursors, the lower the sEpo concentration. The most likely explanation for this is that sEpo levels are regulated not only by the rate of renal production, but also by the rate of utilization by erythroid cells. [less ▲]

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See detailLes mycoplasmes respiratoires des bovins : I. Clinique, diagnostic et traitement
Linden, Annick ULg; Thomas, A.; Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1998), 142

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See detailTrophic relationships within intertidal communities of the Brittany coast: a stable carbon isotope analysis
Dauby, Patrick ULg; Khomsi, Ahmid; Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie ULg

in Journal of Coastal Research (1998), 14

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See detailCleavase Fragment Length Polymorphism (Cflp): A Methodology To Further Exploit Polymorphisms From Pcr Products Of Plastid Dna (Ptdna) In Phaseolus
Fofana, B.; Martiat, Jc.; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Plant Molecular Biology Reporter (1998), 16(3),

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See detailTreatment of anemia in myelodysplastic syndromes with granulocyte colony-stimulating factor plus erythropoietin: results from a randomized phase II study and long-term follow-up of 71 patients.
Hellstrom-Lindberg, E.; Ahlgren, T.; Beguin, Yves ULg et al

in Blood (1998), 92(1), 68-75

Treatment with erythropoietin (epo) may improve the anemia of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) in approximately 20% of patients. Previous studies have suggested that treatment with the combination of ... [more ▼]

Treatment with erythropoietin (epo) may improve the anemia of myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) in approximately 20% of patients. Previous studies have suggested that treatment with the combination of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) and epo may increase this response rate. In the present phase II study, patients with MDS and anemia were randomized to treatment with G-CSF + epo according to one of two alternatives; arm A starting with G-CSF for 4 weeks followed by the combination for 12 weeks, and arm B starting with epo for 8 weeks followed by the combination for 10 weeks. Fifty evaluable patients (10 refractory anemia [RA], 13 refractory anemia with ring sideroblasts [RARS], and 27 refractory anemia with excess blasts [RAEB]) were included in the study, three were evaluable only for epo as monotherapy and 47 for the combined treatment. The overall response rate to G-CSF + epo was 38%, which is identical to that in our previous study. The response rates for patients with RA, RARS, and RAEB were 20%, 46%, and 37%, respectively. Response rates were identical in the two treatment groups indicating that an initial treatment with G-CSF was not neccessary for a response to the combination. Nine patients in arm B showed a response to the combined treatment, but only three of these responded to epo alone. This suggests a synergistic effect in vivo by G-CSF + epo. A long-term follow-up was made on 71 evaluable patients from both the present and the preceding Scandinavian study on G-CSF + epo. Median survival was 26 months, and the overall risk of leukemic transformation during a median follow-up of 43 months was 28%. Twenty patients entered long-term maintenance treatment and showed a median duration of response of 24 months.The international prognostic scoring system (IPSS) was effective to predict survival, leukemic transformation, and to a lesser extent, duration of response, but had no impact on primary response rates. [less ▲]

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See detailImpairment of mitochondrial functions abolishes NF-kappaB activation by an oxidative stress
Josse, Claire ULg; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg; Piret, Bernard et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (1998)

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See detailA bottom-up approach towards marker assisted selection
Mackinnon, M.; Georges, Michel ULg

in Livestock Production Science (1998), 54

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See detailEffect of pentoxifylline on radiation-induced G2-phase delay and radiosensitivity of human colon and cervical cancer cells.
Li, Y-X; Weber-Johnson, K; Sun, L-Q et al

in Radiation Research (1998), 149(4),

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See detailIron metabolism and erythropoiesis after surgery.
van Iperen, C. E.; Kraaijenhagen, Rob J.; Biesma, D. H. et al

in British Journal of Surgery (1998), 85(1), 41-5

BACKGROUND: This was a prospective study comparing the effect of major and minor surgery on haematological variables concerning erythropoiesis, iron metabolism and acute-phase response proteins. METHODS ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This was a prospective study comparing the effect of major and minor surgery on haematological variables concerning erythropoiesis, iron metabolism and acute-phase response proteins. METHODS: Thirty-one otherwise healthy patients, 15 having major orthopaedic surgery and 16 undergoing minor surgery, were studied. Blood samples were taken before surgery and 1, 4, 10 and 28 days after operation. RESULTS: Haemoglobin concentration was decreased for up to 4 weeks after surgery. Serum erythropoietin concentration and reticulocyte count were raised after major surgery only. Serum iron concentration dropped the day after major (to 23 per cent of its preoperative level) and minor (to 46 per cent of its preoperative level) surgery and remained lower for up to 28 days after major surgery. Serum transferrin concentration and transferrin saturation decreased after both types of surgery while ferritin concentration increased. Serum transferrin receptor concentration increased only 4 weeks after major surgery (P < 0.01). The interleukin 6 peak (day 1) was greater after major than minor surgery, as was the C-reactive protein peak (day 4). CONCLUSION: Both major and minor surgery induce a state of hypoferraemia in the presence of adequate iron stores. The degree of this transient form of 'anaemia of chronic disease' is related to the extent of surgery. Iron supplementation in the first weeks after surgery (if iron stores were normal before operation) is ineffective. [less ▲]

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See detailNF-kappaB: an important transcription factor in photobiology
Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg; Schoonbroodt, Sonia; Matroule, Jean-Yves et al

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1998)

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See detailThe Current N-15-Leucine Infusion Technique Is Not Suitable For Quantitative Measurements Of Ileal Endogenous Amino Acid Flows In Pigs
Leterme, Pascal; Seve, Bernard; Thewis, André ULg

in Journal of Nutrition (1998), 128(11), 1961-1968

The current 15N-leucine infusion technique may overestimate the ileal endogenous nitrogen losses in pigs. To determine the reason, we infused four cannulated pigs intravenously, fed them a pea-based diet ... [more ▼]

The current 15N-leucine infusion technique may overestimate the ileal endogenous nitrogen losses in pigs. To determine the reason, we infused four cannulated pigs intravenously, fed them a pea-based diet with 15N-leucine, and examined some methodological variables. Neither the blood sampling time nor the choice of precursor pool (total N or amino acid N of deproteinized plasma) or the method of estimation of the isotopic equilibrium level significantly affected the results. On the other hand, the 15N-enrichment of purified mucin, isolated from ileal digesta, was higher than that of the plasma amino acid pool (0.114 vs. 0.077 atom % excess). The endogenous proportion of the labeled amino acids (Ala, Gly, Ile, Leu and Val) in the ileal digesta ranged from 23 (Leu) to 74% (Ala), compared with 70% for total N. The low value of leucine was ascribed to the constant marker infusion condition. In pigs infused with 13C-leucine, a similar endogenous proportion was obtained for lumenal leucine with 13C-leucine and 15N-leucine infusion. However, the 13C-enrichment of the leucine bound to mucin was markedly lower than that of plasma leucine (38%). The endogenous amino acid flows were also estimated by combining the ileal N flow measured with 15N and the endogenous amino acid profile obtained by means of an N-free diet. They were different from those obtained with the 15N-amino acid dilution technique. We conclude that the precursor pool currently used (plasma total N or total a-amino acid N pools) is a poor indicator of the enrichment of the secretions and that the infusion of one labeled amino acid is not sufficient to extend the method at the amino acid level. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly clinical experience with subcutaneous naratriptan in the acute treatment of migraine: a dose-ranging study.
Dahlof, C.; Hogenhuis, L.; Olesen, J. et al

in European Journal of Neurology (1998), 5(5), 469-477

Naratriptan is a novel, potent agonist at the 5HT1B/1D receptor. A total of 335 migraine patients were treated in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging, in-clinic study, to ... [more ▼]

Naratriptan is a novel, potent agonist at the 5HT1B/1D receptor. A total of 335 migraine patients were treated in this randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-ranging, in-clinic study, to evaluate the efficacy, safety and tolerability of five doses of subcutaneous (sc) naratriptan (0.5, 1, 2.5, 5 or 10 mg) in comparison with sc sumatriptan (6 mg) and placebo in the acute treatment of a moderate/severe migraine attack. Headache relief [reduction of headache severity from moderate or severe (grade 2/3) to mild or none (grade 1/0)] at 1 and 2 h after each dose, was reported by a statistically significantly higher proportion of patients for all doses of sc naratriptan and sc sumatriptan (6 mg) than for placebo. The percentages of patients with headache relief at 2 h post-dose were: naratriptan (0.5 mg) 65%, (1 mg) 75%, (2.5 mg) 83%, (5 mg) 94% and (10 mg) 91%; sumatriptan (6 mg) 89%; placebo 41%, (P < 0.005). The earliest report of a statistically significant difference compared with placebo for the times assessed was with sc naratriptan (10 mg) at 10 min post-dose (P = 0.023). The percentages of patients reporting adverse events were dose-related; sc naratriptan (0.5 mg) 33%, (1 mg) 29%, (2.5 mg) 43%, (5 mg) 59% and (10 mg) 71%; sc sumatriptan 53%; placebo 22%. There were no clinically significant changes in electrocardiogram (ECG), vital signs or laboratory parameters. Systemic exposure increased proportionally to the dose, the absorption of sc naratriptan was rapid (tmax = 10 min) and the half-life was 5 h. In conclusion, sc naratriptan was an effective and well-tolerated acute treatment for migraine. Copyright 1998 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins [less ▲]

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See detailApplication d'un SIG à la révision du parcellaire dans le cadre d'aménagements forestiers intégrés
Bousson, Emmanuelle; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1998), 2(4), 271-279

Under intensive silviculture, forest management is based upon the delimitation of compartments (management units) usually defined as reasonably homogeneous stands regarding ecological, biological and ... [more ▼]

Under intensive silviculture, forest management is based upon the delimitation of compartments (management units) usually defined as reasonably homogeneous stands regarding ecological, biological and silvicultural conditions. Forest lands can often be managed for several uses, sometimes on the same area or sometimes with different dominant uses assigned to separate areas. A forest managed primarily for timber production can also serve other purposes. In that respect, it is often necessary to readjust the limits of management units so that environmental constraints (soil erosion, watershed protection) are taken into account. These considerations require specific silviculture. A geographic information system (GIS) is used to overlay provisional compartments map (management units) and different thematic maps that describe areas where environmental constraints are identified. Informations about these areas located inside the compartments are used in a classification process to decide which orientation is the most suitable allocation (in terms of objectives) for each management unit: timber production or protection (humid soils, slopes, rivers and sources). This process also indicates what are the limits of units that can or have to be modified. Such a classification has to be considered as a guide to build the final limits of management units according to the environmental criteria defined as a preliminary. The proposed methodology is applied to a 400 hectares forest. [less ▲]

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See detailCompétence vectorielle des mouches ténérables de Glossina morsitans morsitans (Mall) infectées parTrypanosoma congolense (Nannomonas) IL 1180
Kazadi, J.-M.; Kagéruka, P.; Losson, Bertrand ULg et al

in Insect Science and its Application (1998), 18

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See detailBiorthogonal wavelets in H-m(R)
Bastin, Françoise ULg; Boigelot, Christine

in Journal Of Fourier Analysis And Applications (1998), 4(6), 749-768

This article is concerned with constructions of biorthogonal basis of compactly supported wavelets in Sobolev spaces of integer order. Using techniques of [1] and [2], the results presented here ... [more ▼]

This article is concerned with constructions of biorthogonal basis of compactly supported wavelets in Sobolev spaces of integer order. Using techniques of [1] and [2], the results presented here generalize to Sobolev spaces some constructions of Cohen et al. [7] and Chui and Wang [5] established in L-2(R). [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic reaction pathways approached by quantum chemistry: a challenge
Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Ghosez, Léon

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (1998), 54(4), 378-382

This review explores the potential of quantum chemistry to help understand complex biochemical reactions such as enzyme catalysis. Starting from a historical background, the article introduces the reader ... [more ▼]

This review explores the potential of quantum chemistry to help understand complex biochemical reactions such as enzyme catalysis. Starting from a historical background, the article introduces the reader to the great diversity of problems than can be dealt with in the framework of quantum chemistry. [less ▲]

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See detailTransplantation of hepatocytes for prevention of intracranial hypertension in pigs with ischemic liver failure
Arkadopoulos, N.; Chen, S. C.; Khalili, T. M. et al

in Cell Transplantation (1998), 7

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See detailImagination et imaginaire
Jamin, Jérôme ULg

in Cahiers Internationaux de Symbolisme (1998), 89

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See detailLe nouveau Trésor de la Cathédrale de Liège
George, Philippe ULg; Pirenne, Françoise

in Feuillets de la Cathédrale de Liège (1998)

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See detailModélisation : passage d'un problème réel à un problème mathématique
Bair, Jacques ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Bulletin de l'APMEP (1998), 418

Cet article présente un modèle relatif à la transformation d'un problème réel en un problème mathématique, puis du passage d'une solution mathématique à une solution réelle. Cette modélisation est ... [more ▼]

Cet article présente un modèle relatif à la transformation d'un problème réel en un problème mathématique, puis du passage d'une solution mathématique à une solution réelle. Cette modélisation est illustrée par des exemples concrets. [less ▲]

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See detailFacilitatory effects of chronically administered citicoline on learning and memory processes in the dog.
Bruhwyler, J.; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Geczy, J.

in Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry (1998), 22(1), 115-28

1. Citicoline (cytidine (5') diphosphocholine) has been shown to reverse aging-induced memory deficits, scopolamine-induced amnesia and nucleus basalis magnocellularis lesion-induced learning impairment ... [more ▼]

1. Citicoline (cytidine (5') diphosphocholine) has been shown to reverse aging-induced memory deficits, scopolamine-induced amnesia and nucleus basalis magnocellularis lesion-induced learning impairment. 2. This study aimed to evaluate the effects of citicoline on learning and retrieval processes in a complex differential reinforcement of response duration schedule in normal dogs. 3. The effects of citicoline on a stabilized performance were also measured in order to be able to differentiate specific memory effects from non specific influences on the motor, neuro-vegetative and motivational systems. 4. The results demonstrate that citicoline can exert facilitatory effects on learning and memory but also on retrieval processes. The complete absence of effects on the stabilized performance and on the motor, neuro-vegetative and motivational systems constitutes arguments in favour of a selectivity of action on the memory processes. [less ▲]

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See detailZolmitriptan, a 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonist for the acute oral treatment of migraine: a multicentre, dose-range finding study.
Dahlof, C.; Diener, H. C.; Goadsby, P. J. et al

in European Journal of Neurology (1998), 5(6), 535-543

Zolmitriptan is a selective 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonist for acute oral migraine therapy. This randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study investigated the efficacy and tolerability of oral ... [more ▼]

Zolmitriptan is a selective 5-HT1B/1D receptor agonist for acute oral migraine therapy. This randomized, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study investigated the efficacy and tolerability of oral zolmitriptan (5, 10, 15 and 20 mg) in the treatment of single acute migraine attacks. Of 1181 patients randomized, 840 were evaluable for the primary efficacy analysis. Headache response rates (a reduction in headache intensity from severe or moderate at baseline to mild or no pain at 2 hours post-treatment) were similar across the zolmitriptan dose groups (66%, 71%, 69% and 77% for 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg and 20 mg, respectively) and were significantly higher than that for placebo (19%; all groups P < 0.001). A headache response was reported at 1 hour by 40-50% of zolmitriptan recipients (16% placebo). At 2 hours post dose, 39-47% of zolmitriptan-treated patients were pain-free, compared with 1% of placebo recipients. Headache recurrence occurred in 21-29% (upper 95% CI 37.1) of zolmitriptan-treated patients and in 65% (95% CI 38.3, 85.8) of placebo recipients. Zolmitriptan was well tolerated at each dose. The most commonly reported adverse events were asthenia, dizziness, paraesthesia and feelings of heaviness. Most adverse events were of mild or moderate intensity and were transient. The frequency of adverse events was dose-related. Although, zolmitriptan 5 mg exhibited the most favourable efficacy and tolerability profile, the dose response data suggest that lower doses would also offer significant efficacy. Copyright 1998 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins [less ▲]

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See detailConservative Mutations In The Immunosuppressive Region Of The Bovine Leukemia Virus Transmembrane Protein Affect Fusion But Not Infectivity In Vivo
GATOT, Jean-Stéphane ULg; Callebaut, I.; Mornon, Jp. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1998), 273(21),

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See detailRadiotherapy of choroidal metastases.
Rosset, A; Zografos, L; COUCKE, Philippe ULg et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1998), 46(3), 263-268

Abstract Purpose: This retrospective study was undertaken to clarify the role of high energy external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and to determine its safety and efficacy on local control and visual ... [more ▼]

Abstract Purpose: This retrospective study was undertaken to clarify the role of high energy external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and to determine its safety and efficacy on local control and visual acuity in patients suffering from choroidal metastases (CM). Materials and methods: The records of 58 consecutive patients treated with EBRT between 1970 and 1993 were analyzed. The female to male ratio was 2.9 and the median age was 59 years (range 40–81 years). Thirty-six patients (62%) had unilateral CM and 22 patients had bilateral CM. The mean number of lesions per eye was two. Retinal detachment was present in 65% of cases. The primary tumour (PT) was breast carcinoma for 38 patients (75%), lung carcinoma for 10 patients (17%) and gastrointestinal, genitourinary or unknown PT for the remaining 10 patients. The median interval of time between the PT and the CM was 55 months (range 0–228 months). All patients were treated with megavoltage irradiation. The median prescribed dose was 35.5 Gy (range 20–53 Gy) normalized at a 2 Gy per fraction schedule with an a/b value of 10 Gy. Various techniques were used and whenever possible the lens was spared. Ten patients with unilateral disease were treated in both eyes. Results: The tumour response was slow. When assessed after 3 months or more, the complete response rate was 53% with significantly better results for doses higher than 35.5 Gy (72 versus 33%; P = 0.009). Visual acuity was improved or stabilized in 62% of patients, with also significantly better results when doses higher than 35.5 Gy (P = 0.014) were administered. Amongst 26 patients with unilateral CM who had no elective contralateral irradiation, three developed metastasis in the opposite eye versus none of the 10 patients who had bilateral irradiation. Five complications occurred (three cataracts, one retinopathy and one glaucoma). Conclusion: Radiation therapy is an efficient and safe palliative treatment for choroidal metastases and it helps the preservation of vision. Thus, there is a major impact on the quality of life in a group of patients with an almost uniformly fatal prognosis. Both tumour response and visual acuity are significantly improved if doses higher than 35.5 Gy are administered. Whenever possible, a lens sparing technique should be used. Ó 1998 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailCommentaires sur les travaux du bureau ABC
Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg

in Bulletin de Documentation du Ministère des Finances (1998), LVIIIè année, n°5(Septembre - octobre 1998),

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See detailEvidence For The Occurrence Of Endophytic Prokaryotic Contaminants In Micropropogated Plantlets Of Prunus Cerasus Cv. 'Montmorency'
Kamoun, R.; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg; Boxus, P.

in Plant Cell, Tissue & Organ Culture (1998), 52(1-2),

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See detailQuelques orientations chiffrées sur l'accroissement des chênaies en région wallonne
Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Lecomte, Hugues; Florkin, Pierre et al

in Silva Belgica (1998), 105(3), 35-43

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See detailL'article 1315 du Code civil: contours et alentours
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Actualités du Droit (1998)

Plan: Construction de l'article 1315 du Code civil; La lecture de l'article 1315 du Code civil au fil du temps: théorie classique et théorie moderne; La force obligatoire de l'article 1315 du Code civil ... [more ▼]

Plan: Construction de l'article 1315 du Code civil; La lecture de l'article 1315 du Code civil au fil du temps: théorie classique et théorie moderne; La force obligatoire de l'article 1315 du Code civil; La responsabilité contractuelle et délictuelle; Aménagements à l'article 1315 du Code civil en matière contractuelle en regard de l'étendue de l'obligation; Autres dérogations à l'article 1315 du Code civil: l'exception d'inexécution et les présomptions; La preuve des faits négatifs. [less ▲]

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See detailA formal definition of time in LOTOS (Full version)
Léonard, Luc; Leduc, Guy ULg

in Formal Aspects of Computing (1998), 10E

Enhanced Timed-LOTOS, denoted ET-LOTOS, is an extension of LOTOS that allows the modelling of real-time behaviours. It covers all the aspects of full LOTOS, including data types, it supports both a dense ... [more ▼]

Enhanced Timed-LOTOS, denoted ET-LOTOS, is an extension of LOTOS that allows the modelling of real-time behaviours. It covers all the aspects of full LOTOS, including data types, it supports both a dense and a discrete time domain and can manipulate time values as any other data values. A tutorial on ET-LOTOS, showing many application examples, has already been published elsewhere. The present paper adds to it by providing an in-depth presentation of its theoretical aspects. The complete semantics is given and explained, and its properties are studied. In particular, we prove that the semantics is consistent and that strong bisimulation is a congruence. This requires to deal carefully with the presence of negative premises in the operational semantics, which are necessary to express urgency. ET-LOTOS is also shown to be a conservative extension of LOTOS for guarded processes, and is the basis of the timed extension of LOTOS currently developed by ISO. To our knowledge, this is the first in-depth study of a language that combines data types and real-time behaviours. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Convention de Bruxelles
Boularbah, Hakim ULg; Nuyts, Arnaud; Watte, N.

in Journal des Tribunaux Droit Européen (1998)

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See detailA dustfall event in November 1996 in Genoa, Italy.
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Erpicum, Michel ULg; Cortemiglia, Gian Camillo et al

in Weather (1998), 53(5), 140-145

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See detailVersatile and controlled synthesis of star and branched macromolecules by dentritic initiation
Trollsas, Michaël; Hedrick, James L.; Mecerreyes, David et al

in Macromolecules (1997), 30(26), 8508-8511

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See detailAngiogenesis by Fibroblast Growth Factor 4 Is Mediated through an Autocrine Up-regulation of Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Expression
Deroanne, Christophe ULg; Hajitou, Amin; Calberg-Bacq, Claire-M. et al

in Cancer Research (1997), 57

The infection of normal mouse mammary EF43 cells by a retroviral vector carrying either Fgf-3 (EF43.Fgf-3) or Fgf-4 (EF43.Fgf-4) cDNA resulted in the transformation of cells displaying different ... [more ▼]

The infection of normal mouse mammary EF43 cells by a retroviral vector carrying either Fgf-3 (EF43.Fgf-3) or Fgf-4 (EF43.Fgf-4) cDNA resulted in the transformation of cells displaying different tumorigenic potentials in nude mice (A. Hajitou and C-M. Calberg-Bacq, Int. J. Cancer, 63: 702-709, 1995). EF43.Fgf-4 produced rapidly developing tumors at all sites of inoculation, whereas EF43.Fgf-3 produced slowly growing tumors only in the mammary fat pad. Cells infected with the vector carrying the selection gene alone (EF43.C) were not tumorigenic. The angiogenic properties of these cells were tested in an in vitro angiogenesis model using human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVECs) cultured at the surface of a type I collagen gel and their capacity to form tube-like structures on invasion of the gel. Only the conditioned medium (CM) of EF43.Fgf-4 induced an angiogenic morphotype in HUVECs. In parallel, the mRNA expression of matrix metalloproteinase 1 and c-ETS-1 was increased in the HUVECs displaying a differentiated phenotype, whereas the tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase 1 mRNA level was decreased. Recombinant human fibroblast growth factor 4 (FGF-4) did not induce an angiogenic phenotype in HUVECs by itself. By Western blot analysis, a high expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) was detected in the EF43.Fgf-4 CM. This result was confirmed by Northern blot analysis of total RNA extracted from the three cell types; the steady-state level of VEGF mRNA was low and equivalent in EF43.C and EF43.Fgf-3, whereas it was strongly increased in EF43.Fgf-4. Culturing EF43 cells carrying only the selection gene with increasing concentrations of recombinant human FGF-4 resulted in a dose-dependent stimulation of VEGF. The induction of the angiogenic morphotype and the parallel modulations of the biosynthetic phenotype in HUVECs were completely suppressed by adding a neutralizing antibody directed against VEGF to EF43.Fgf-4 CM. Furthermore, inhibition of protein kinase C by bisindoylmaleimide suppressed the angiogenic phenotype induced by the CM of EF43.Fgf-4. Our results point to an indirect angiogenic activity of FGF-4 through the autocrine induction of VEGF secretion by EF43.Fgf-4 cells, an original signaling pathway that might be significant in tumor progression and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailAlteration of Interendothelial Adherens Junctions Following Tumor Cell-Endothelial Cell Interaction in Vitro
Lewalle, J. M.; Bajou, Khalid ULg; Desreux, Joëlle ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1997), 237(2), 347-56

The integrity of the vascular endothelium is mainly dependent upon the organization of interendothelial adherens junctions (AJ). These junctions are formed by the homotypic interaction of a transmembrane ... [more ▼]

The integrity of the vascular endothelium is mainly dependent upon the organization of interendothelial adherens junctions (AJ). These junctions are formed by the homotypic interaction of a transmembrane protein, vascular endothelial cadherin (VE-cadherin), which is complexed to an intracellular protein network including alpha-, beta-, and gamma-catenin. Additional proteins such as vinculin and alpha-actinin have been suggested to link the VE-cadherin/catenin complex to the actin-based cytoskeleton. During the process of hematogenous metastasis, circulating tumor cells must disrupt these intercellular junctions in order to extravasate. In the present study, we have investigated the influence of tumor cell-endothelial cell interaction upon interendothelial AJ. We show that human breast adenocarcinoma cells (MCF-7), but not normal human mammary epithelial cells, induce a rapid endothelial cell (EC) dissociation which correlates with the loss of VE-cadherin expression at the site of tumor cell-EC contact and with profound changes in vinculin distribution and organization. This process could not be inhibited by metalloproteinase nor serine protease inhibitors. Immunoprecipitations and Western blot analysis demonstrate that the overall expression of VE-cadherin and vinculin as well as the composition of the VE-cadherin/catenins complex are not affected by tumor cells while the tyrosine phosphorylation status of proteins within the complex is significantly altered. Our data suggest that tumor cells modulate AJ protein distribution and phosphorylation in EC and may, thereby, facilitate EC dissociation. [less ▲]

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See detailSynergism for the improvement of tensile strength in block copolymers of polystyrene and poly(n-butyl methacrylate)
Weidisch, R.; Michler, G. H.; Arnold, M. et al

in Macromolecules (1997), 30(25), 8078-8080

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See detailPrivate Multiple Congenital Anomaly Syndromes May Result from Unbalanced Subtle Translocations: T(2q;4p) Explains the Lambotte Syndrome
Herens, Christian ULg; Jamar, Mauricette ULg; Alvarez Gonzalez, Maria-Luz ULg et al

in American Journal of Medical Genetics (1997), 73(2), 127-31

In 1990, Lambotte syndrome was reported as an apparently autosomal recessive multiple congenital anomaly/mental retardation (MCA/MR) syndrome observed in 4 of 12 sibs from a probably consanguineous mating ... [more ▼]

In 1990, Lambotte syndrome was reported as an apparently autosomal recessive multiple congenital anomaly/mental retardation (MCA/MR) syndrome observed in 4 of 12 sibs from a probably consanguineous mating [Verloes et al., Am J Med Genet 1990; 37:119-123]. Major manifestations included intrauterine growth retardation (IUGR), microcephaly, large soft pinnae, hypertelorism, beaked nose, and extremely severe neurologic impairment, with holoprosencephaly in one instance. After the observation of a further affected child born of one unaffected sister, in situ hybridization analysis and chromosome painting techniques demonstrated a subtle t(2;4)(q37.1; p16.2) translocation in the mother, suggesting a combination of 2q/4p trisomy/monosomy in all of the affected children of the family. Many private sporadic or recurrent MCA/MR syndromes maybe due to similar symmetric translocations, undetectable by conventional banding techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailCoherent and random sequences in financial fluctuations
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (1997), 246(3-4), 454-459

The detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) is used to sort out temporal correlations in financial data. Its usefulness for the investigations of long-range power-law correlations in economic sequences is ... [more ▼]

The detrended fluctuation analysis (DFA) is used to sort out temporal correlations in financial data. Its usefulness for the investigations of long-range power-law correlations in economic sequences is shown. Our findings of persistent and antipersistent sequences are surprisingly similar to those for DNA sequences which appeared as a mosaic of coding and non-coding patches. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic analysis of the Alpha Centauri system
Neuforge-Verheecke, C.; Magain, Pierre ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1997), 328

A detailed spectroscopic analysis of the two components of the binary system alpha Centauri has been carried out on the basis of extensive high resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra. The ... [more ▼]

A detailed spectroscopic analysis of the two components of the binary system alpha Centauri has been carried out on the basis of extensive high resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra. The temperatures of the stars have been determined from the Fei excitation equilibrium and checked from the H_alpha line wings. The abundances of 17 elements have been obtained and indicate a general overabundance of 0.24 dex relative to the Sun, with no significant difference between the two stars. All elements analysed, from CNO to the iron peak, show basically the same overabundance. Only nickel seems to be significantly more overabundant, while the neutron capture elements appear less enhanced. Based on observations carried out at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla, Chile) [less ▲]

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See detailSmall-angle neutron scattering studies of low polarity telechelic ionomer solutions. 2. Single chain scattering
Karayianni, Eleni; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Cooper, Stuart L

in Macromolecules (1997), 30(24), 7444-7455

A direct probe of the single chain conformation in associating low polarity model telechelic ionomer solutions has been obtained using small-angle neutron scattering. A contrast matching technique was ... [more ▼]

A direct probe of the single chain conformation in associating low polarity model telechelic ionomer solutions has been obtained using small-angle neutron scattering. A contrast matching technique was employed utilizing a solution of hydrogenated and deuterated ionomer chains in a mixture of labeled and unlabeled solvent molecules. The scattering data at all concentrations and ionic levels examined show an excellent fit to the wormlike chain model. Single chain scattering patterns were obtained for two sodium-neutralized carboxy−telechelic polystyrene ionomers that differ by a factor of 2 in their molecular weight, in a concentration range from the dilute to the concentrated solution regime. The single chain dimensions were found to be influenced by both the ionic interactions and the extent of association. Both ionomer systems showed a contraction of the chain dimensions in the dilute solution regime which is more pronounced for the lower molecular weight telechelic ionomer. As concentration increases, the single chain dimensions increase until they reach a plateau value in the concentrated solution regime. This plateau value is very close to the chain dimensions of the ionomer in the bulk, as was found from a previous SANS study on similar ionomer systems. This plateau value chain dimension is also the same as the unperturbed dimension of the nonionic parent polymer in the bulk. The effect of concentration on the ionomer chain dimensions is attributed to the influence of ionic interactions as the nonionic form of the material shows larger chain dimensions in the concentration regime studied. These results indicate that intramolecular interactions with the formation of self loops prevail in the dilute solution regime. Intermolecular interactions with ionic groups connecting to different chains prevail in the concentrated solution regime, as evidenced by an extension of the chain dimensions. [less ▲]

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See detailDifunctional anionic initiator based on 1.3-diisopropenylbenzene. 5. Effect of polar additives and initiator seeding on the synthesis of poly(styrene-b-butadiene-b-styrene) copolymer
Yu, Y. S.; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Teyssié, Philippe et al

in Macromolecules (1997), 30(24), 7356-7362

The initiation of butadiene and styrene polymerization by a pure hydrocarbon soluble difunctional organolithium, 1,3-bis(1-lithio-1,3,3‘-trimethylbutyl)benzene, has been studied in a hydrocarbon solvent ... [more ▼]

The initiation of butadiene and styrene polymerization by a pure hydrocarbon soluble difunctional organolithium, 1,3-bis(1-lithio-1,3,3‘-trimethylbutyl)benzene, has been studied in a hydrocarbon solvent. The initiation occurs in such a way that part of the diadduct remains unreacted. When a second monomer feed along with tetrahydrofuran (THF) is added to the living chains, the residual diadduct is activated to the point where novel chains are formed. Weakly polar additives such as lithium alkoxides and aromatic ether can prevent part of the initiator from being inactive, although these additives are not effective enough to initiate the controlled synthesis of poly(styrene-b-butadiene-b-styrene) (SBS) triblock copolymers. The seeding of the initiator which consists of butadiene oligomerization in the presence of anisole and tBuOLi in cyclohexane, has proved to be very efficient in providing SBS containing 85% 1,4-microstructure polybutadiene (PBD) and with high mechanical properties, e.g., ultimate tensile strength higher than 30 MPa and elongation at a break of 1000%. [less ▲]

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See detailLes constellations (V).
Renson, Pierre ULg

in Ciel et Terre (1997), 113

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See detailESO & NOT photometric monitoring of the Cloverleaf quasar
Ostensen, R.; Remy, M.; Lindblad, P. O. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1997), 126

The Cloverleaf quasar, H1413+117, has been photometrically monitored at ESO (La Silla, Chile) and with the NOT (La Palma, Spain) during the period 1987--1994. All good quality CCD frames have been ... [more ▼]

The Cloverleaf quasar, H1413+117, has been photometrically monitored at ESO (La Silla, Chile) and with the NOT (La Palma, Spain) during the period 1987--1994. All good quality CCD frames have been successfully analysed using two independent methods (i.e. an automatic image decomposition technique and an interactive CLEAN algorithm). The photometric results from the two methods are found to be very similar, and they show that the four lensed QSO images vary significantly in brightness (by up to 0.45 mag), nearly in parallel. The lightcurve of the $D$ component presents some slight departures from the general trend which are very likely caused by micro-lensing effects. Upper limits, at the 99% confidence level, of 150 days on the absolute value for the time delays between the photometric lightcurves of this quadruply imaged variable QSO, are derived. This is unfortunately too large to constrain the lens model but there is little doubt that a better sampling of the lightcurves should allow to accurately derive these time delays. Pending a direct detection of the lensing galaxy (position and redshift), this system thus constitutes another good candidate for a direct and independent determination of the Hubble parameter. Based on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory (La Silla, Chile) and with the Nordic Optical Telescope (La Palma, Spain). Table 1. Logbook for the ESO and NOT observations together with photometric results for the Cloverleaf quasar. This long table can be accessed on the WWW at the URL address: http://vela.astro.ulg.ac.be/grav_lens/glp_homepage.html} [less ▲]

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See detailDistinct Signal Transduction Pathways Mediate Nuclear Factor-Kappab Induction by Il-1beta in Epithelial and Lymphoid Cells
Bonizzi, Giuseppina; Piette, Jacques ULg; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Journal of Immunology (1997), 159(11), 5264-72

We previously demonstrated that IL-1beta-mediated induction of the nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) transcription factor proceeds through the production of reactive oxygen intermediates in lymphoid cells ... [more ▼]

We previously demonstrated that IL-1beta-mediated induction of the nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) transcription factor proceeds through the production of reactive oxygen intermediates in lymphoid cells, while it occurs independently of any oxidative stress in epithelial transformed cells. Indeed, inhibition of receptor internalization as well as NH4Cl and chloroquine blocked IL-1beta-mediated induction of NF-kappaB in OVCAR-3 and in other epithelial cell lines but not in lymphoid cells, indicating that distinct pathways are involved. Conversely, while we observed phospholipase A2 activity in both cell types following IL-1beta stimulation, specific inhibitors of this enzyme inhibited NF-kappaB induction only in lymphoid cells. Moreover, expression of the 5-lipoxygenase (5-LOX) enzyme was not detected in epithelial cells, and inhibition of this enzyme blocked NF-kappaB induction by IL-1beta only in lymphoid cells. This study thus indicates that the activation of NF-kappaB following IL-1beta treatment involves the activation of phospholipase A2 and 5-LOX and the production of reactive oxygen intermediates (ROIs) in lymphoid cells, while in epithelial cells, another pathway predominates and could involve the acid sphingomyelinase. Moreover, arachidonic acid could induce NF-kappaB in epithelial and lymphoid cells, but this activation involved the 5-LOX enzyme and the production of ROIs only in lymphoid cells. The inefficiency of the ROI pathway in epithelial cells is probably the consequence of both low ROI production due to undetectable expression of 5-LOX and rapid degradation of hydrogen peroxide due to high catalase activity. [less ▲]

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See detailResilience, desistance and delinquent career of adolescent offenders
Born, Michel ULg; Chevalier, V.; Humblet, I.

in Journal of Adolescence (1997), 20(6), 679-694

This study examines resilience and desistance from delinquent behaviours and attempts to identify factors which predict persistent or increased or decreased delinquency between adolescence and early ... [more ▼]

This study examines resilience and desistance from delinquent behaviours and attempts to identify factors which predict persistent or increased or decreased delinquency between adolescence and early childhood. A sample of 363 young people was obtained from the population of five public institutions in 1987 and 1992. Their delinquent trajectories were described on the basis of legal records. These suggested that resilience is a rare phenomenon and is associated with stable relationships, absence of diagnostic label and good adaptation to the institution. Two axes were identified which can be used to describe the population, the family background and the psychological characteristics of the individual. Information which predicted desistance from a delinquent career was identified by means of a stepwise multiple regression. Analyses were conducted separately for each age group to take account of differences in time after the placement. The results indicated that there are important age-related differences in the characteristics which influence desistance or risk. They also show length of stay in an institution to be a predictor. Desistance from further delinquency seems to depend on the time spent in the residential environment associated with an increase of guilt, an improvement of self-image and of attachment to one or more other people. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between Three- and Four-Element Windkessel Models to Characterize Vascular Properties of Pulmonary Circulation
Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Gérard, Paul ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

in Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry (1997), 105(7), 625-32

In 11 anaesthetised pigs the accuracy of the three-element (WK3) and the four-element (WK4) Windkessel models to describe hemodynamic properties of the pulmonary circulation was compared during six ... [more ▼]

In 11 anaesthetised pigs the accuracy of the three-element (WK3) and the four-element (WK4) Windkessel models to describe hemodynamic properties of the pulmonary circulation was compared during six different experimental conditions increasing pulmonary arterial pressure: increase in left atrial pressure, increase in alveolar pressure, increase in pulmonary blood flow, endotoxin shock, mechanical obstruction of left pulmonary artery or histamine infusion. Our results showed that WK4 fitted better the data than did WK3 because values of 1-R2 decreased from 6 percent (WK3) to 1.4 percent (WK4) when WK4 was used (P < 0.0005). 1-R2 was an adequate marker of the accuracy of the linear regression used to solve equations of both models. Compliance values estimated by WK4 were decreased by 5% comparatively to WK3 (P = 0.008). However, this difference can be considered as not physiologically relevant. Values of characteristic resistance corresponding to R1 + (L/R2C) in WK4 and to R1 in WK3 were not different (P = 0.22). The relative changes in R1, R2, and C observed due to the different experimental conditions were comparable regardless of the model. In conclusion, the conversion of WK3 in WK4 by adding an inductance, whose physiological meaning is not clear, resulted in an increased statistical accuracy of the model, but did not seem to have relevant influence on parameters or their evolution during experimental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailAnionic polymerization of methacrylate monomers initiated by lithium dialkylamides
Antoun, Sayed; Teyssié, Philippe; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (1997), 35(17), 3637-3544

The anionic polymerization of methacrylate monomers has been investigated with lithium dialkylamides as initiators in THF and toluene, respectively. Theoretical arguments and previous studies of mixed ... [more ▼]

The anionic polymerization of methacrylate monomers has been investigated with lithium dialkylamides as initiators in THF and toluene, respectively. Theoretical arguments and previous studies of mixed aggregates of lithiated organic compounds support the complexity of these systems. Lithium diisopropylamide (LDA) shows the highest initiation efficiency (e.g., f = 75% in THF at -78°C). Interestingly enough, lithium chloride has a remarkable beneficial effect on the methacrylates polymerization in THF at -78°C, due to the formation of 1 : 1 mixed dimer with LDA, which promotes a well-controlled anionic polymerization (Mw/Mn = 1.05) with a high initiation efficiency (94%). The less bulky lithium-diethylamide (LDEA) is much less efficient (f = 26%), essentially as a result of some associated dormant species and side reactions on the carbonyl group of MMA. Although various types of ligands have been screened, no remarkable improvement of LDEA efficiency has been observed. Lithium bis(trimethylsilyl)amide (LTMSA) has also been used to increase the steric hindrance of the initiator. This compound is, however, unable to initiate the methacrylates polymerization, more likely because of a too low basicity and a too strong Li - N bond. © 1997 John Wiley [less ▲]

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See detailMethodology of high speed railway network planning
Marchal, Jean ULg; Han, Baoming

in Proceedings of the Second Conference of Hongkong Society for Transportation Studies HKSTS (1997)

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See detailMorphometric Study of the Equine Navicular Bone: Comparisons between Fore and Rear Limbs
Gabriel, Annick ULg; Yousfi, S.; Detilleux, Johann ULg et al

in Zentralblatt für Veterinarmedizin. Reihe A (1997), 44(9-10), 579-94

Navicular bones collected from the four limbs of 95 sound horses were studied. The anatomic bases have been laid down about morphometry of the navicular bones and their variations according to limbs ... [more ▼]

Navicular bones collected from the four limbs of 95 sound horses were studied. The anatomic bases have been laid down about morphometry of the navicular bones and their variations according to limbs, after corrections have been made for morphologic type, gender, weight, size and age. All the dimensions of the navicular bone (except for the thickness) were larger in the fore limb. This phenomenon probably reflects an attempt to compensate for the greater forces exerted upon the fore limbs during exercise and at rest. Navicular bones collected from the four limbs of 61 sound horses were studied and the anatomic bases were described for histomorphometry of the fore and rear navicular bones. Fore navicular bones possess less cortical bone at the level of the articular surface, as well as at the level of the flexor surface and proximal border, but larger amounts of cancellous bone. Articular and flexor surface cortical bone show a larger porosity in the fore navicular bones and a larger amount of mineralized cartilage. The mineralized portion for distal impar- and collateral sesamoidean ligaments are also larger for the fore navicular bones. Two distinct zones are observed for the flexor surface cortex that have never been reported in the literature before: an external zone, which is mainly composed of poorly remodelled lamellar bone, arranged in a disto-proximal oblique direction, and an internal zone, which is mainly composed of secondary bone, with a latero-medial direction of Haversian canals. Bone architecture is discussed with regard to the mechanic load, encountered by the bone during locomotion. [less ▲]

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See detailLe prix d'une profession de foi
Duchesne, Jean-Patrick ULg

in Les amis de Ianchelevici (1997), 15

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See detailLa motivation en contexte scolaire : Points de vue de parents et d'élèves
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Stegen, Pierre

in Puzzle (1997), 3

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See detailPsychological Approaches During Conscious Sedation. Hypnosis Versus Stress Reducing Strategies: A Prospective Randomized Study
Faymonville, Marie-Elisabeth ULg; Mambourg, P. H.; Joris, Jean ULg et al

in Pain (1997), 73(3), 361-7

Stress reducing strategies are useful in patients undergoing surgery. Hypnosis is also known to alleviate acute and chronic pain. We therefore compared the effectiveness of these two psychological ... [more ▼]

Stress reducing strategies are useful in patients undergoing surgery. Hypnosis is also known to alleviate acute and chronic pain. We therefore compared the effectiveness of these two psychological approaches for reducing perioperative discomfort during conscious sedation for plastic surgery. Sixty patients scheduled for elective plastic surgery under local anesthesia and intravenous sedation (midazolam and alfentanil upon request) were included in the study after providing informed consent. They were randomly allocated to either stress reducing strategies (control: CONT) or hypnosis (HYP) during the entire surgical procedure. Both techniques were performed by the same anesthesiologist (MEF). Patient behavior was noted during surgery by a psychologist, the patient noted anxiety, pain, perceived control before, during and after surgery, and postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). Patient satisfaction and surgical conditions were also recorded. Peri- and postoperative anxiety and pain were significantly lower in the HYP group. This reduction in anxiety and pain were achieved despite a significant reduction in intraoperative requirements for midazolam and alfentanil in the HYP group (alfentanil: 8.7 +/- 0.9 microg kg(-1)/h(-1) vs. 19.4 +/- 2 microg kg(-1)/h(-1), P < 0.001; midazolam: 0.04 +/- 0.003 mg kg(-1)/h(-1) vs. 0.09 +/- 0.01 mg kg(-1)/h(-1), P < 0.001). Patients in the HYP group reported an impression of more intraoperative control than those in the CONT group (P < 0.01). PONV were significantly reduced in the HYP group (6.5% vs. 30.8%, P < 0.001). Surgical conditions were better in the HYP group. Less signs of patient discomfort and pain were observed by the psychologist in the HYP group (P < 0.001). Vital signs were significantly more stable in the HYP group. Patient satisfaction score was significantly higher in the HYP group (P < 0.004). This study suggests that hypnosis provides better perioperative pain and anxiety relief, allows for significant reductions in alfentanil and midazolam requirements, and improves patient satisfaction and surgical conditions as compared with conventional stress reducing strategies support in patients receiving conscious sedation for plastic surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailDirectional solidification by appropriate chemically active single crystal seed: An alternative way of generating large superconducting 123 single domain
Cloots, Rudi ULg; Auguste, F. X.; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Research (1997), 12(12), 3199-3202

A Dy2O3 single crystal has been used as a seed for the growth of isothermally melt-textured DY-123 material. The nucleation-controlled step has been observed to be related to the heterogeneous nucleation ... [more ▼]

A Dy2O3 single crystal has been used as a seed for the growth of isothermally melt-textured DY-123 material. The nucleation-controlled step has been observed to be related to the heterogeneous nucleation of 211 particles at the surface of the dysprosium oxide single crystal. The subsequent growth mode seems to be controlled by a high concentration gradient of dysprosium in the liquid phase. This leads to a directional solidification process of the 123 phase. The size of the 211 particles seems to decrease as the distance from the dysprosium oxide single crystal increases. [less ▲]

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See detailEditorial: Pour une anthropologie du regard
Strivay, Lucienne ULg; Gossiaux, Pol-Pierre ULg

in Voir (1997), 15

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See detailSmall-angle X-ray scattering and small-angle neutron scattering studies of liquid-crystalline halato(semi)telechelic polymers
Sobry, Roger ULg; Van den Bossche, Guy ULg; Fontaine, Frédéric et al

in Journal of Applied Crystallography (1997), 30(6), 1075-1083

Model liquid-crystalline ionomers have been synthesized, which consist of low molecular weight (700-49000) linear ω- and α,ω-sodium sulfonate- and carboxylato-poly(styrenes or isoprenes) selectively end ... [more ▼]

Model liquid-crystalline ionomers have been synthesized, which consist of low molecular weight (700-49000) linear ω- and α,ω-sodium sulfonate- and carboxylato-poly(styrenes or isoprenes) selectively end-capped at one or both end(s) with an ionic mesogenic group. These compounds are referred to as liquid-crystalline halato(semi)telechelic polymers [LC H(S)TPs] A combination of small-angle X-ray scattering and small-angle neutron scattering studies on these LC H(S)TPs clearly shows the usual ionic peak related to interparticle interference between the ionic aggregates and a peak which can be related to the organization of a smectic mesophase. This mesogenic peak is generally masked by the foot of the broad ionic peak. The ionic peak Bragg spacing is much larger in the LC H(S)TP than in the H(S)TP precursor; This increased interaggregate distance results from the hindrance due to the mesogenic organization and from the restricted mobility experienced by the chains closely attached to the mesogen layers. As a rule, the lower the glass transition temperature of the polymeric matrix, the better the definition of the ionic peak, The ionic peak is well defined as long as the temperature is lower than the temperature of transition from solid to smectic phase (32.3 K). At higher temperatures, the ionic peak intensity decreases with increasing temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-clinics. Comment je traite ... Une infection par le VIH. II. Inhibiteurs nucléosidiques de la transcriptase reverse
Moutschen, Michel ULg; Nkoghe, D.; Leonard, Philippe ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(12), 750-2

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See detailValidation of a fast voltage stability analysis method on the Hydro-Québec system
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg; Mailhot, Richard

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (1997), 12

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See detailIntensity Dependence of the Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials as a Surrogate Marker of Central Nervous System Serotonin Transmission in Man: Demonstration of a Central Effect for the 5ht1b/1d Agonist Zolmitriptan (311c90, Zomig)
Proietti-Cecchini, A.; Afra, J.; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (1997), 17(8), 849-54799

As shown in animal studies, 5HT1B/D agonists can inhibit activity in the trigeminal nucleus caudalis, which may be advantageous for their antimigraine effect. To demonstrate a possible central nervous ... [more ▼]

As shown in animal studies, 5HT1B/D agonists can inhibit activity in the trigeminal nucleus caudalis, which may be advantageous for their antimigraine effect. To demonstrate a possible central nervous system (CNS) action of these compounds in man we studied their effect on the intensity dependence of the cortical auditory evoked potentials (IDAPs), thought to be inversely related to central serotonergic transmission. An amplitude/stimulus intensity function (ASF) slope was computed in healthy volunteers and migraine patients between attacks before and 2 h after oral 311C90 (zolmitriptan "Zomig") 10 mg (n=14), 311C90 5 mg (n=7), sumatriptan 100 mg (n=14), dexfenfluramine 15 mg (n=4), lorazepam 1.25 mg (n=4) and placebo (n=14). 311C90 10 mg and, to a lesser degree, 5 mg significantly increased the mean ASF slope (p=0.007 and 0.05 vs placebo). There was a significant positive correlation between plasma levels of 311C90 and ASF slope changes. Sumatriptan and lorazepam had little effect, but dexfenfluramine produced a significant ASF slope decrease. 311C90 is able to modify a CNS activity that is modulated by serotonin, i.e. the IDAP. This effect is probably the consequence of its superior lipophilicity compared to sumatriptan and of activation of prejunctional 5HT1B/D autoreceptors, which lowers central serotonin release and thus the preactivation level of sensory cortices. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly [glycidyl methacrylate (GMA) / methylmethacrylate (MMA)-b-butadiene (B)-b-GMA/MMA] reactive thermoplastic elastomers: synthesis and characterization
Yu, Jian Ming; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (1997), 35(16), 3507-3515

New block copolymers of the ABA type, where B stands for polybutadiene (PBD) and A for polyglycidylmethacrylate(PGMA), poly(methylmethacrylate(MMA)-co-GMA) and PMMA-b-PGMA, respectively, have been ... [more ▼]

New block copolymers of the ABA type, where B stands for polybutadiene (PBD) and A for polyglycidylmethacrylate(PGMA), poly(methylmethacrylate(MMA)-co-GMA) and PMMA-b-PGMA, respectively, have been successfully synthesized by using the diadduct of tert-butyllithium (tert-BuLi) to meta-diisopropenylbenzene (m-DIB) as a difunctional initiator. The PBD midblock has been synthesized in a cyclohexane/diethylether (100/6, v/v) mixture at room temperature, whereas the methacrylate outer blocks have been synthesized in a cyclohexane/diethylether/THF (100/6/150, v/v/v) mixture at -78°C. Block copolymers of a very narrow molecular weight distribution (1.10) have been analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC), transmission electron microscopy (TEM), and tensile testing. These materials are phase separated and can exhibit tensile strength up to 22 MPa together with very high elongation at break (1500%). [less ▲]

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See detailLes renseignements erronés comme motif d'acquittement
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Immobilier (1997), 22

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See detailCharacterization of polyacrylonitrile films grafted onto nickel by ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy and X-ray reflectivity
Calberg, Cédric ULg; Mertens, Marc; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Thin Solid Films (1997), 310(1-2), 148-155

The thickness and roughness of polyacrylonitrile films electrografted on a nickel surface have been measured by ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy and X-ray reflectivity. From combined ellipsometry and ... [more ▼]

The thickness and roughness of polyacrylonitrile films electrografted on a nickel surface have been measured by ellipsometry, atomic force microscopy and X-ray reflectivity. From combined ellipsometry and X-ray reflectivity measurements, accurate values for the refractive indices of polyacrylonitrile and nickel have been derived at a 6328-Åwavelength. Dependence of the film thickness on the monomer concentration has been quantified for the first time. Furthermore, the thickness of the polyacrylonitrile (PAN) film is related to the nature of the solvent, depending on whether it is a good solvent for PAN (dimethylformamide; DMF) or not (acetonitrile; ACN). [less ▲]

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See detailOptical Spectroscopy of EZ Canis Majoris: Indication for Large-Scale Structures in a Wolf-Rayet Wind
Morel, Thierry ULg; St-Louis, Nicole; Marchenko, Sergey V

in Astrophysical Journal (1997), 489

In the paper "Optical Spectroscopy of EZ Canis Majoris: Indication for Large-Scale Structures in a Wolf-Rayet Wind" by Thierry Morel, Nicole St-Louis, and Sergey V. Marchenko (ApJ, 482, 470 [1997]), there ... [more ▼]

In the paper "Optical Spectroscopy of EZ Canis Majoris: Indication for Large-Scale Structures in a Wolf-Rayet Wind" by Thierry Morel, Nicole St-Louis, and Sergey V. Marchenko (ApJ, 482, 470 [1997]), there are several errors that should be corrected. In the legends to Figures 3 and 6 and on page 483, 55% should read 99%. The revised version of Figure 12 given here replaces Figure 12 in the paper. [less ▲]

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See detailObserved Periods of Ap and Bp stars (Catalano+ 1998)
Catalano, F. A.; Renson, Pierre ULg

in VizieR Online Data Catalog (1997), 3199

A catalogue of all the periods published up to 31 October 1996 on 364 CP stars is presented; it supersedes the previous version (catalog <III/152>). The paper version (catalog.tex) is arranged in three ... [more ▼]

A catalogue of all the periods published up to 31 October 1996 on 364 CP stars is presented; it supersedes the previous version (catalog <III/152>). The paper version (catalog.tex) is arranged in three tables: the bulk of the data, i.e. those referring to CP2, CP3, and CP4 stars, are given in Table 1, while the data concerning He-strong stars are given in Table 2 and those for eclipsing or ellipsoidal variables are collected in Table 3. Notes are also provided at the end of each table, mainly about duplicities. The machine-readable version was arranged in two main parts: the main parameters of the 364 stars (identifiers and names, positions, spectral types, magnitudes and peculiarities) are tabulated in the file 'stars'; periods and the of the observed variations (light, spectrum, magnetic field, etc.) are listed in the 'periods' file. Two other files contains the notes and the references. (3 data files). [less ▲]

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See detailThe boundary of "life" for a self-organized critical evolution: the role of the interaction range
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (1997), 245(3-4), 494-502

The dynamics of a tree-like evolution is investigated as a function of the range ii of the interactions between competing entities which are located at the extremities of the branches. Speciation ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of a tree-like evolution is investigated as a function of the range ii of the interactions between competing entities which are located at the extremities of the branches. Speciation (branching) events are supposed to be driven by extremal dynamics. Extinction events are allowed and controlled by a parameter r. a transition between self-organized critical and frozen evolution occurs at some well-defined critical value r(c)(k). Surprisingly, the critical r(c) value behaves as a power of the range k(r(c) similar to k(-delta)) with an exponent S = -0.46+/-0.03. Moreover, the asymptotic case k = +infinity is herein exactly solved. The dynamics for k = +infinity is not critical and does not present any transition in contrast with finite k cases. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Perfluorocarbon Emulsions on Cultured Human Endothelial Cells
Mathy-Hartert, M.; Krafft, M. P.; Deby, Christiane ULg et al

in Artificial Cells, Blood Substitutes, & Immobilization Biotechnology (1997), 25(6), 563-75

Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and their emulsions (PFCEs) were used in organ preservation before transplantation, but not in organ perfusion. Our purpose was to achieve organ perfusion with a PFCE at room ... [more ▼]

Perfluorocarbons (PFCs) and their emulsions (PFCEs) were used in organ preservation before transplantation, but not in organ perfusion. Our purpose was to achieve organ perfusion with a PFCE at room temperature or at 37 degrees C, i. e. with oxygenation, to prevent damages related to reoxygenation after hypoxia. Therefore, we first investigated the effect of such emulsions on endothelial cells, the first cells to be in contact with the emulsion. A stem emulsion was prepared from perfluorooctyl bromide (90% w/v), emulsified with egg yolk phospholipids (2% w/v) and stabilized with a mixed fluorocarbon-hydrocarbon "molecular dowel" (1.4% w/v) (droplets of ca 0.2 micron in diameter). This emulsion was found to be stable when diluted with cell culture media or organ preservation fluids. Endothelial cells from human umbilical vein (HUVECs) were cultured in multiwell plates in M199 medium (with growth factors, 10% foetal calf serum and 5% human serum). Confluent cells were incubated overnight with 51Cr, washed and overlayed with M199 (control) or the above PFCE diluted 2x or 4x with M199 (test). After incubation, the cytotoxicity of the PFCEs was estimated by measuring 51Cr release and observing cell morphology by electron and light microscopy. The percentages of released 51Cr were identical to those of the control cells for the 2x, 3x or 4x diluted PFCEs at 4, 25 or 37 degrees C. After return to the M199 medium, the cells grew and multiplied normally. We conclude that the diluted PFCEs were devoid of cytotoxicity. The 2x diluted PFCE was however partially taken up by the cells: by microscopy, we observed intracellular PFC droplets and by density gradient analysis we found a slight increase in cellular density. The diluted PFCEs were compared to classical organ preservation solutions : HUVECs were incubated with UW (University of Wisconsin) or EC (EuroCollins) solutions at +4 and 37 degrees C (3, 17 or 24 h of incubation). The solutions were observed to be toxic to the cells under these conditions, with cell mortality after return to the M199 medium. This cytotoxicity may be attributed to the high K+ concentration of UW and EC, since similar assays performed on HUVECs with Hank's solution adjusted to 100 mM K+ showed a similar % of 51Cr release. UW and EC are therefore not acceptable as dilution media for PFCEs. [less ▲]

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See detailSciatic Nerve Regeneration through Venous or Nervous Grafts in the Rat
Foidart-Dessalle, Marguerite ULg; Dubuisson, Annie ULg; Lejeune, André ULg et al

in Experimental Neurology (1997), 148(1), 236-46

This study analyses the interest of isologous venous grafts filled with saline or with Schwann cells versus nerve grafts as guides for regeneration of the sciatic nerve in 35 Wistar rats ... [more ▼]

This study analyses the interest of isologous venous grafts filled with saline or with Schwann cells versus nerve grafts as guides for regeneration of the sciatic nerve in 35 Wistar rats. Electrophysiological parameters (conduction velocities and distal latencies of motor responses) and the functional index of De Medinacelli were measured several times from 1 month to 1 year after surgery. An histological analysis was performed on 2 control rats and on 3 rats killed 6 or 12 months after surgery: the total number of fibers was counted on a montage photoprint of the whole nerve, and the diameters of axons and the thickness of the myelin sheath were measured on digitized images. With a portion of nerve as guide, the regeneration is faster than with a vein. However, regeneration after 6 months is at least as good with a venous graft filled with Schwann cells, as assessed by electrophysiological, functional, and histological analysis. The addition of Schwann cells in grafted veins allows the nerve to regenerate through longer gaps than previously described (25 vs 15 mm). In order to assess the quality of nerve regeneration, functional, electrophysiological, and histological analysis are complementary. [less ▲]

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See detailHsv-1 Thymidine Kinase Gene Therapy for Colorectal Adenocarcinoma-Derived Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Lechanteur, Chantal ULg; Princen, Frédéric; Lo Bue, S. et al

in Gene Therapy (1997), 4(11), 1189-94

Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a common clinical situation which, in most cases, cannot be eradicated by surgery or chemotherapy. The feasibility of an HSV-TK-based suicide gene therapy for peritoneal ... [more ▼]

Peritoneal carcinomatosis is a common clinical situation which, in most cases, cannot be eradicated by surgery or chemotherapy. The feasibility of an HSV-TK-based suicide gene therapy for peritoneal carcinomatosis induced by DHD/K12 colon carcinoma cells was investigated. DHD/K12 cells stably expressing the tk gene were killed in vitro in the presence of low concentrations of ganciclovir, they exhibited a 'bystander effect' when mixed with TK-negative cells. BD-IX rats injected intraperitoneally, either directly or after surgical peritoneal irritations, with DHD/K12 cells developed peritoneal carcinomatosis within 2 weeks. Ganciclovir treatment of animals injected with DHD/K12-TK cells allowed a significant reduction of the tumor volume as well as a prolonged survival. Of these animals 35-40% showed a long-term disease-free survival after ganciclovir therapy. Residual or relapsing tumors could be explained by a low expression of the transgene as demonstrated by RT-PCR. [less ▲]

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See detailTriblock copolymer based thermoplastic elastomeric gels of a large service temperature range :preparation and characterization
Yu, Jian Ming; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Overbergh, Noël et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (1997), 198(11), 3719-3735

Poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-polybutadiene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (MBM) triblock copolymers and their hydrogenated counterparts with poly(ethylene-co-1,2-butylene) midblock (MEBM) were swollen ... [more ▼]

Poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-polybutadiene-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) (MBM) triblock copolymers and their hydrogenated counterparts with poly(ethylene-co-1,2-butylene) midblock (MEBM) were swollen by an aliphatic oil of high boiling point which is a selective solvent for the central block. Thermoreversible gels are accordingly formed by both MBM and MEBM copolymers above a critical polymer content (Cr), which depends on the nature of the midblock and not on the copolymer molecular weight, at least in the investigated range. Cr has been found to be 5 wt.-% for an MBM block copolymer and 2 wt.-% for MEBM copolymers of various molecular weights. Gels of MEBM triblock copolymers exhibit interesting mechanical properties, such as high elon-gation at break (up to 870%) and high tensile strength (32 kPa). The most interesting fea-ture of the MEBM gels is an upper service temperature as high as 170°C, thus more than 100°C higher than the value (47°C) reported for gels of an SEBS copolymer (S = polystyrene) of comparable molecular weight (100000) and composition (ca. 30 wt.-% hard block). The morphology of MEBM gels was studied by scanning electron microscopy (SEM) and found to be cocontinuous in case of a gel containing 20 wt.-% copolymer. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the Mutations Induced in the E. Coli Lac Z Gene by a Psoralen Analog
Matroule, J. Y.; Collet, M.; Boiteux, S. et al

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1997), 41(1-2), 36-44

A psoralen in which intracyclic oxygen atoms were replaced by sulfur (7H-thieno [3,2-g]-[1]-[benzothiopyran-7-one) [PSO(S-S)]) was recently synthesized and its photobiological properties were investigated ... [more ▼]

A psoralen in which intracyclic oxygen atoms were replaced by sulfur (7H-thieno [3,2-g]-[1]-[benzothiopyran-7-one) [PSO(S-S)]) was recently synthesized and its photobiological properties were investigated. M13mp19 DNA photosensitization mediated by PSO (S-S) followed by transfection into competent E. coli gave rise to a very low phage progeny showing the high aptitude of this compound to modify DNA. In order to characterize the role of oxidative damages in the photosensitized reaction mediated by PSO(S-S), plasmid bearing the gene encoding the formamidopyrimidine DNA glycosylase (Fpg) under the control of the inducible lac Z promoter was transfected in E. coli. Overexpression of Fpg was induced by addition of isopropyl-beta-D-thio-galactopyranoside (IPTG) to the cells and monitored by western blot analysis. Fpg overexpression did not influence the rate of M13mp19 DNA photoinactivation by PSO(S-S) neither the mutation frequency measured by the expression of beta-galactosidase encoded by the lac Z gene beared by M13mp19. Analysis of the mutation patterns recorded with or without Fpg overexpression showed that several G to T transversions due to oxidative damages were repaired by Fpg. These data show that oxidative DNA damages generated during PSO(S-S) photosensitization have only limited biological implications measured in terms of DNA photoinactivation. [less ▲]

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See detailL'aorte thoracique, source sous-estimée d'accidents ischémiques cérébraux
Hoffer, E.; Appeltants, H.; Pierard, Luc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(11), 736-7

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See detailEssais variétés : la chasse aux effets de competition !
Claustriaux, Jean-Jacques ULg; David, O.; Monod, H. et al

in Perspectives Agricoles (1997), 229

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See detailMultiple Redox Regulation in Nf-Kappab Transcription Factor Activation
Piette, Jacques ULg; Piret, Bernard; Bonizzi, Giuseppina et al

in Biological Chemistry (1997), 378(11), 1237-45

The well-known Rel/NF-kappaB family of vertebrate transcription factors comprises a number of structurally related, interacting proteins that bind DNA as dimers and whose activity is regulated by ... [more ▼]

The well-known Rel/NF-kappaB family of vertebrate transcription factors comprises a number of structurally related, interacting proteins that bind DNA as dimers and whose activity is regulated by subcellular location. This family includes many members (p50, p52, RelA, RelB, c-Rel, ...), most of which can form DNA-binding homo- or hetero-dimers. All Rel proteins contain a highly conserved domain of approximately 300 amino-acids, called the Rel homology domain (RH), which contains sequences necessary for the formation of dimers, nuclear localization, DNA binding and IkappaB binding. Nuclear expression and consequent biological action of the eukaryotic NF-kappaB transcription factor complex are tightly regulated through its cytoplasmic retention by ankyrin-rich inhibitory proteins known as IkappaB. The IkappaB proteins include a group of related proteins that interact with Rel dimers and regulate their activities. The interaction of a given IkappaB protein with a Rel complex can affect the Rel complex in distinct ways. In the best characterized example, IkappaB-alpha interacts with a p50/RelA (NF-kappaB) heterodimer to retain the complex in the cytoplasm and inhibit its DNA-binding activity. The NF-kappaB/IkappaB-alpha complex is located in the cytoplasm of most resting cells, but can be rapidly induced to enter the cell nucleus. Upon receiving a variety of signals, many of which are probably mediated by the generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), IkappaB-alpha undergoes phosphorylation at serine residues by a ubiquitin-dependent protein kinase, is then ubiquitinated at nearby lysine residues and finally degraded by the proteasome, probably while still complexed with NF-kappaB. Removal of IkappaB-alpha uncovers the nuclear localization signals on subunits of NF-kappaB, allowing the complex to enter the nucleus, bind to DNA and affect gene expression. Like proinflammatory cytokines (e.g. IL-1, TNF), various ROS (peroxides, singlet oxygen, ...) as well as UV (C to A) light are capable of mediating NF-kappaB nuclear translocation, while the sensor molecules which are sensitive to these agents and trigger IkappaB-alpha proteolysis are still unidentified. We also show that a ROS-independent mechanism is activated by IL-1beta in epithelial cells and seems to involve the acidic sphingomyelinase/ceramide transduction pathway. [less ▲]

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See detailClear Cell Sarcoma: An Extremely Rare Cause of Pleural Disease
BURY, Thierry ULg; HERMANS, Gilberte ULg; Alexis-Agnant, R. et al

in European Respiratory Journal (1997), 10(11), 2653-6

We present the case of a 36 yr old woman with a persisting complaints of left chest pain. A chest radiograph revealed multiple left pleural thickenings. Classical exploration was negative. Thoracic ... [more ▼]

We present the case of a 36 yr old woman with a persisting complaints of left chest pain. A chest radiograph revealed multiple left pleural thickenings. Classical exploration was negative. Thoracic surgery allowed the subtotal removal of a huge pleural tumour. The histological examination revealed a clear cell sarcoma. The literature on this extremely rare tumour is reviewed. [less ▲]

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See detailPredegenerated Nerve Allografts Versus Fresh Nerve Allografts in Nerve Repair
Dubuisson, A. S.; Foidart-Dessalle, Marguerite ULg; Reznik, Michel ULg et al

in Experimental Neurology (1997), 148(1), 378-87

This study reevaluated the possibility of using predegenerated nerves as donor nerve allografts for nerve repair and compared the results of functional recovery to those obtained after standard, fresh ... [more ▼]

This study reevaluated the possibility of using predegenerated nerves as donor nerve allografts for nerve repair and compared the results of functional recovery to those obtained after standard, fresh nerve allograft repair. Twenty donor rats underwent a ligature/ section of the left sciatic nerve 4 weeks before nerve graft harvesting. Forty recipient rats underwent severing of the left sciatic nerve leaving a 15-mm gap between the nerve stumps. Graft repair was undertaken using either the predegenerated left sciatic nerve of the 20 donor rats (predegenerated group, 20 recipient rats) or the normal right sciatic nerve of the 20 donor rats (fresh group, 20 recipient rats). Recovery of function was assessed by gait analysis, electrophysiologic testing and histologic studies. Walking tracks measurements at 2 and 3 months, electromyography parameters at 2 and 3 months, peroperative nerve conduction velocity and nerve action potential amplitude measurements at 3 months, as well as assessments of myelinated nerve fiber density and surface of myelination showed that fresh and predegenerated nerve grafts induced a comparable return of function although there was some trend in higher electrophysiologic values in the predegenerated group. The only slight but significant difference was a larger mean nerve fiber diameter in the nerve segment distal to a predegenerated nerve graft compared to a fresh nerve graft. Although our study does not show a dramatic long-term advantage for predegenerated nerve grafts compared to fresh nerve grafts, their use as prosthetic material is encouraging. [less ▲]

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See detailBoth Pituitary and Placental Growth Hormone Transcripts Are Expressed in Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells (Pbmc)
Melen-Lamalle, Laurence ULg; Hennen, Georges ULg; Dullaart, R. P. et al

in Clinical & Experimental Immunology (1997), 110(2), 336-40

The hGH-V gene codes for a variant of human pituitary growth hormone (hGH-N) named placental growth hormone (hPGH). hPGH shares 93% amino acid identity with hGH-N. Until now the hGH-V gene was considered ... [more ▼]

The hGH-V gene codes for a variant of human pituitary growth hormone (hGH-N) named placental growth hormone (hPGH). hPGH shares 93% amino acid identity with hGH-N. Until now the hGH-V gene was considered to be exclusively expressed in human placenta, where it replaces maternal circulating hGH-N at the end of pregnancy. In this study we investigated by reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis hGH-N, and hGH-V, gene expression in PBMC in men, women and pregnant women. We have demonstrated that hGH-N and hGH-V transcripts are simultaneously produced by PBMC in both men and women as well as pregnant women. The PBMC of a PIT-1-negative woman expressed only the hGH-V transcript, but not the hGH-N one as expected. In conclusion, hGH-V mRNA is expressed by cells other than the syncytiotrophoblast, is not regulated by PIT-1, and may be involved in immune regulation, as is pituitary GH. [less ▲]

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See detailIPM in Asia - A review of existing projects in the Philippines and Indonesia
Wynn, Nigel R.; Schiffers, Bruno ULg; Seghers, N. et al

in Agro-Chemicals News in Brief (1997), XX(2), 1-18

Integrated Pest Management means a pest management system that, in the context of the associated environment and the population dynamics of the pest species, utilizes ail suitable techniques and methods ... [more ▼]

Integrated Pest Management means a pest management system that, in the context of the associated environment and the population dynamics of the pest species, utilizes ail suitable techniques and methods in as compatible a manner as possible and maintains the pest populations at levels below those causing economically unacceptable damage or 1055. FAO-Code- of Conduct 1984. [less ▲]

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See detailWhole-body 18FDG positron emission tomography in the staging of non-small cell lung cancer.
Bury, Thierry ULg; Dowlati, A.; Paulus, Patrick et al

in European Respiratory Journal (1997), 10(11), 2529-34

Despite advances in morphological imaging, some patients with lung cancer are found to have nonresectable disease at surgery or die of recurrence within yr of surgery. We performed a prospective study in ... [more ▼]

Despite advances in morphological imaging, some patients with lung cancer are found to have nonresectable disease at surgery or die of recurrence within yr of surgery. We performed a prospective study in 109 patients to compare the accuracy of whole-body positron emission tomography (PET) using fluorine-18 deoxyglucose (18FDG) and conventional imaging (CI) methods for the staging of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). When CI or PET study suggested metastatic disease, confirmation was obtained by biopsy or follow-up information. As compared to CI, 18FDG-PET correctly changed the N stage in 22 patients (33%) and the M stage in 15 patients (14%). For the detection of distant metastases, PET study showed five false-positive sites and no false-negative cases. Currently, the accuracy of PET in the detection of M stage is 96%. Our study shows that visual interpretation of whole-body fluorine-18 deoxyglucose-positron emission tomography images can improve the diagnostic accuracy in the staging of non-small cell lung cancer. Further experience is needed to establish if metabolic imaging would be a cost-effective tool in the future management of lung cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailL'hyperaldostéronisme primaire. Mise au point et traitement raisonnés.
Baudoin, Béatrice ULg; Hamoir, Etienne ULg; Defechereux, Thierry et al

in Revue Française d'Endocrinologie Clinique, Nutrition, et Métabolisme (La) (1997), 38(6), 555-568

Depuis la découverte par Jérôme Conn, en 1954, de l'adénome sécréteur d'aldostérone (ou aldostéronome), neuf variétés ou associations particulières d'hyperaldostéronisme primaire ont été décrites. La ... [more ▼]

Depuis la découverte par Jérôme Conn, en 1954, de l'adénome sécréteur d'aldostérone (ou aldostéronome), neuf variétés ou associations particulières d'hyperaldostéronisme primaire ont été décrites. La manifestation principale de ce désordre endocrinien est l'hypertension artérielle, réfractaire aux thérapeutiques habituelles. Cependant, certains types d'hyperaldostéronisme sont sensibles à la chirurgie qui éradique cette hypertension et ses conséquences. Il importe donc de distinguer ces différentes variétés grâce aux moyens d'investigations actuellement à notre disposition afin d'appliquer le traitement le plus judicieux dans chaque cas. [less ▲]

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See detailHST confirmation of the lensed quasar J03.13.
Surdej, Jean ULg; Claeskens, Jean-François ULg; Remy, M. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1997), 327

In order to definitely prove the claim by Claeskens et al. (1996A&A...305L...9C) that J03.13 is a doubly imaged quasar, WFPC2 direct imaging and FOS spectroscopy of this compact system have been obtained ... [more ▼]

In order to definitely prove the claim by Claeskens et al. (1996A&A...305L...9C) that J03.13 is a doubly imaged quasar, WFPC2 direct imaging and FOS spectroscopy of this compact system have been obtained with HST. These textbook case observations clearly show that J03.13 consists of two point-like images separated by 0.849"+/-0.001" with a magnitude difference of 2.14+/-0.03 in V and I. We see no trace of a lensing galaxy. From the FOS observations, we find that J03.13 A and B have identical spectra within the measurement uncertainties. The data also show that spectroscopic contamination of B by A is negligible. We do confirm the redshift z=2.545 for J03.13 A and B (emission-lines due to Ly-beta lambda1025 and O VI lambdalambda1031, 1037 are also detected), first derived from an unresolved ground-based spectrum of the two components by Claeskens et al. We also find that the absorption line system at z=2.344 (CIV and Ly-alpha) is present in the spectra of A and B. On the contrary, the absorption line system at z=1.085 (MgII) is only present in the spectrum of J03.13 A. If this latter system is associated with the lens, we may expect that image A consists of two radially merging images with a very small angular separation. From the WFPC2 imagery, we can rule out the presence of a third component fainter than A by up to 5.2mag. with an angular separation >=0.13". [less ▲]

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See detailThéories du texte et apprentissage des langues : les grands axes d'une approche interdisciplinaire
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in Travaux de linguistique : revue internationale de linguistique Française (1997), 34

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See detailMolecular weight effects on polystyrene fingerprint time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectroscopy (ToF-SIMS) spectra
Vanden Eynde, X.; Bertrand, P.; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Macromolecules (1997), 30(21), 6407-6416

Monodisperse polystyrenes (PS) of different molecular weights (Mn) synthesized by living anionic polymerization with three types of butyllithium initiator (linear, n; secondary, sec; and tertiary, tert ... [more ▼]

Monodisperse polystyrenes (PS) of different molecular weights (Mn) synthesized by living anionic polymerization with three types of butyllithium initiator (linear, n; secondary, sec; and tertiary, tert) were analyzed by ToF-SIMS (time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry). The influence of the molecular weight on the secondary ion intensities was studied in detail for the fingerprint part of the mass spectra (with m/z < 200). A drastic effect was observed for Mn values below 104, related to the presence of the saturated butyl end group. An extra hydrogen transfer originating from this end group during the secondary ion formation must be invoked to explain the data. Only the first neighbor monomer repeat units seem to be affected. This H exchange increases the intensity of ions containing more hydrogen or needing H transfer for their formation as the tropylium ion (C7H7+ at m/z = 91). The molecular structure of the butyl end group is found to influence greatly not only the intensity of their parent ion but also the PS characteristic ion intensities. Indeed, the tert-butyl end group is seen unable to produce the H transfer observed for the n- and sec-butyl ones. A model is proposed to take the influence of the end group on the PS SIMS fragmentation pattern into account. The parameters of this model allow the quantification of the end group interaction. [less ▲]

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