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See detailPeptide G, containing the binding site of the 67-kDa laminin receptor, increases and stabilizes laminin binding to cancer cells.
Magnifico, A.; Tagliabue, E.; Buto, S. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(49), 31179-84

We investigated the effect of peptide G, a synthetic peptide derived from the sequence of the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor, on the interaction of laminin in two tumor cell lines one of which produces ... [more ▼]

We investigated the effect of peptide G, a synthetic peptide derived from the sequence of the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor, on the interaction of laminin in two tumor cell lines one of which produces laminin and one of which does not. Addition of peptide G to the culture medium induced a significant increase in the amount of endogenous laminin detectable on the cell membrane of both cell lines. Moreover, pretreatment of exogenous laminin with peptide G dramatically increased laminin binding on both cell lines. Kinetics analysis of membrane-bound labeled laminin revealed a 3-fold decrease in the kd of peptide G-treated laminin compared with untreated or unrelated or scrambled peptide-treated laminin. Moreover, the affinity constant of peptide G-treated laminin increased 2-fold, with a doubling of the number of laminin binding sites, as determined by Scatchard analysis. Expression of the VLA6 integrin receptor on the cell membrane increased after incubation with peptide G-treated laminin. However, the lower binding inhibition of peptide G-treated laminin after anti-VLA6 antibody or cation chelation treatment indicates that membrane molecules in addition to integrin receptors are involved in the recognition of peptide G-modified laminin. These "new" laminin-binding proteins also mediated cell adhesion to laminin, the first step in tumor invasion. Together, the data suggest that peptide G increases and stabilizes laminin binding on tumor cells, involving surface receptors that normally do not take part in this interaction. This might explain the abundant clinical and experimental data suggesting a key role for the 67-kDa laminin receptor in the interaction between cancer cells and the basement membrane glycoprotein laminin during tumor invasion and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailLa négation bn ... iwnA en néo-égyptien
Winand, Jean ULg

in Lingua Aegyptia [= LingAeg] (1996), 5

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See detailOverexpression of the 67-kD laminin receptor correlates with tumour progression in human colorectal carcinoma.
Sanjuan, X.; Fernandez, P. L.; Miquel, R. et al

in Journal of Pathology (The) (1996), 179(4), 376-80

The high affinity 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) is a cell surface protein whose expression is increased in a number of human carcinoma models. To date, 67LR expression in colorectal carcinomas has been ... [more ▼]

The high affinity 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) is a cell surface protein whose expression is increased in a number of human carcinoma models. To date, 67LR expression in colorectal carcinomas has been examined in a small number of cases. 67LR expression has been immunohistochemically analysed in a large series of human colorectal neoplasms, using the MLuC5 monoclonal antibody. The study included 59 samples of non-neoplastic mucosa, 45 polyps (11 hyperplastic, 34 adenomas), 196 carcinomas, and lymph node metastases of 87 carcinomas. Epithelial cells of normal mucosa and hyperplastic polyps were negative or showed weak positivity in the paranuclear and apical areas of the cytoplasm. In adenomas and carcinomas, the staining was stronger, with a membranous or cytoplasmic pattern. The expression of 67LR correlated significantly with the progression from normal mucosa (22 per cent) to adenoma (44 per cent), carcinoma (61 per cent), and lymph node metastasis (75 per cent) (P < 0.0001). Expression of the laminin receptor showed a tendency to be more frequently positive in advanced stage (III+IV; 67 (III+IV; 67 per cent) when compared with early stage (I+II) carcinomas (54 per cent). The difference, however, was not statistically significant (P = 0.058). In addition, 14 out of 28 (50 per cent) primary carcinomas without 67LR expression became positive in lymph node metastases, while most (86 per cent) of the MLuC5-positive primary carcinomas were also immunoreactive in metastases. In conclusion, these results indicate that 67LR is up-regulated in the progression of human colorectal carcinomas and may play a role in the local and metastatic progression of these tumours. [less ▲]

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See detailPseudoaneurisma gigante del ventriculo izquierdo
Olivieri, E.; Guessaghi, R.; Chavin, A. et al

in Prensa Medica Argentina (1996), 83(10), 919-924

A 85 years old patient was hospitalized because of thoracic pain, lasting since three months. He suffered of Parkinson's disease and he was a smoker. The pain increased with cough and Vansalva's test. His ... [more ▼]

A 85 years old patient was hospitalized because of thoracic pain, lasting since three months. He suffered of Parkinson's disease and he was a smoker. The pain increased with cough and Vansalva's test. His left arm was cianotic. An arterial obstruction was suspected. Dopler ultrasound of the left arm confirmed a partial obstruction of the left axillar artery. Surprisingly, thoracic scan and MRI found an important cardiomegaly. The heart was in contact with the diaphragmatic and gastric region. Ecocardiography confirmed a 7 cm pseudo aneurysm of the left ventricle. Coronarography showed extreme hypokinesia of the left ventricle. There was also an obstruction of the right coronary and 50 % stenosis of the left coronary. Pseudo aneurysm was a complication of myocardial infarction of the left ventricle. Surgery was offered to the patient, but he declined the intervention. He was dismissed with medical treatment and anticoagulation. The patient deceased three months later. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of serotonergic blockade on calf pulmonary function after the intravenous administration of 3-methylindole
Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg et al

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (1996), 114(4), 361-371

This study was designed to investigate whether 3-methylindole (3-Mi), a tryptamine analogue, could cause pulmonary injury in calves other than by cytotoxicity. Injection of 3-Mi resulted in a marked ... [more ▼]

This study was designed to investigate whether 3-methylindole (3-Mi), a tryptamine analogue, could cause pulmonary injury in calves other than by cytotoxicity. Injection of 3-Mi resulted in a marked increase of respiratory rate, decrease of tidal volume and increase in minute ventilation. Pulmonary mechanics values were also profoundly affected, lung dynamic compliance being reduced to approximately one-third of its baseline value and total pulmonary resistance being increased two-fold. Arterial oxygen partial pressure was dramatically reduced. Successive challenges with 3-Mi after physiological saline pretreatment resulted in quantitatively identical alterations of pulmonary function values. Conversely, all these ventilatory, mechanical and gas exchange changes were abolished by pretreatment with serotonergic antagonists. It was concluded that intravenous administration of 3-Mi to healthy calves induced immediate and reversible bronchoconstriction which affected both central and peripheral airways. Because the effect was abolished by pretreatment with antiserotonin drugs, it is suggested that 3-Mi acts either directly by stimulating serotonergic receptors or indirectly through the release of serotonin from platelets. Current concepts of the physiopathological cascade underlying the toxicity of 3-Mi should, therefore, be re-evaluated in the light of this pharmacological mechanism. [less ▲]

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See detailLes reliques sur ordinateur
George, Philippe ULg

in Le médiéviste et l'ordinateur (1996)

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See detailSpontaneous complete remission and recovery of donor haemopoiesis without GVHD after relapse and apparent marrow graft rejection in poor-prognosis myelodysplastic syndrome.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Collignon, Jacques ULg; Laurent, C. et al

in British Journal of Haematology (1996), 94(3), 507-9

We report a patient with poor-prognosis myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) after successful treatment of lymphoma, who was given an allogeneic BMT, engrafted and achieved complete remission, but later had a ... [more ▼]

We report a patient with poor-prognosis myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) after successful treatment of lymphoma, who was given an allogeneic BMT, engrafted and achieved complete remission, but later had a relapse of his MDS with complete disappearance of donor haemopoiesis. After two episodes of CMV pneumonia and continued prophylactic use of ganciclovir thereafter, he experienced a spontaneous complete disappearance of all signs of MDS, including myelofibrosis, and a complete return to donor haemopoiesis. This case is the first one to suggest a graft-versus-leukaemia effect (GVL) in MDS patients. It depicts the complex relationship between GVL, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and graft rejection. It could also constitute a clinical illustration of the possible antileukaemic effect of CMV infection and its treatment with ganciclovir. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular Evidence That The Whitefly-Transmitted Sweetpotato Mild Mottle Virus Belongs To A Distinct Genus Of The Potyviridae
Colinet, Dominique; Kummert, Jean; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg

in Archives of Virology (1996), 141(1), 125-135

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See detailExpression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor is an adverse prognostic indicator in human thyroid cancer: an immunohistochemical study.
Basolo, F.; Pollina, L.; Pacini, F. et al

in Clinical Cancer Research : An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (1996), 2(10), 1777-80

Increased expression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor (LR) is a consistent event which appears as cancer cells acquire an invasive and metastatic phenotype. The Mr 67,000 LR is one of the many laminin ... [more ▼]

Increased expression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor (LR) is a consistent event which appears as cancer cells acquire an invasive and metastatic phenotype. The Mr 67,000 LR is one of the many laminin-binding proteins able to interact with the major glycoprotein of basement membranes, laminin. The recent development of a specific monoclonal antibody directed against the Mr 67,000 LR MLuC5 has allowed us to study large retrospective groups of human cancers with the aim of correlating the Mr 67,000 LR expression to the clinical, pathological, and survival data of the patients. A significant correlation has already been established between the increased expression of Mr 67,000 LR and survival of patients with breast, colon, ovary, lung, and endometrial cancers. In this study, we investigated the possibility that the detection of Mr 67,000 LR in thyroid human cancers could also be of prognostic value. We analyzed the expression of Mr 67,000 LR with immunohistochemistry using MLuC5 antibodies in paraffin sections of 40 benign and 170 malignant thyroid human tumors. We found that Mr 67,000 LR was not usually detectable in normal thyroid tissues adjacent to the lesion. Only 3 of the 40 thyroid adenomas examined (7.5%) presented cells positive for Mr 67,000 LR. For the malignant thyroid tumors examined, we found that 22.3% of papillary thyroid carcinomas, 38% of follicular thyroid carcinomas, 40% of poorly differentiated carcinomas, 25% of medullary carcinomas, and 58.3% of anaplastic carcinomas expressed a high level of Mr 67,000 LR. Although no correlation between the Mr 67,000 LR expression and survival was found in patients with follicular thyroid carcinomas, papillary thyroid carcinomas, anaplastic carcinomas, and medullary carcinomas, there was a significant correlation in primary thyroid cancers. Our data represent the first extensive study of the Mr 67,000 LR expression in human thyroid cancers and strongly suggest that its detection could be of prognostic value in the investigation of primary thyroid cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailSexual differentiation of odor and partner preference in the rat.
Bakker, Julie ULg; Van Ophemert, J.; Slob, A. K.

in Physiology & Behavior (1996), 60(2), 489-94

Previous studies have shown that adult male rats, in which brain estrogen formation was inhibited neonatally by SC administration of the aromatase inhibitor 1,4, 6-androstatriene-3,17-dione (ATD), show an ... [more ▼]

Previous studies have shown that adult male rats, in which brain estrogen formation was inhibited neonatally by SC administration of the aromatase inhibitor 1,4, 6-androstatriene-3,17-dione (ATD), show an altered sexual partner preference. When tested in a three-compartment box, such gonadally intact ATD males approach and mate both with the estrous female and the sexually active male, whereas normal males prefer to approach and mate with the estrous female, avoiding the stimulus male. After castration in adulthood and estradiol treatment, ATD males prefer sexually active males. Similarly treated normal males prefer estrous females, and estrous females prefer to mate with males. In the present study, we asked what stimulus characteristics of active males vs. estrous females determined the different sexual preferences of males, ATD males, and of females. Were they chemosensory cues or more distal cues such as actually seeing and hearing the stimulus animals or the reward of sexual activity with the stimulus animals? Sex differences in preference were evident when animals were given a choice between soiled bedding from estrous females and from sexually active males. ATD and control males spent significantly more time on soiled bedding from estrous females than on soiled bedding from sexually active males. Control females spent significantly more time on soiled bedding from sexually active males than on soiled bedding from estrous females. More distal cues, such as seeing and hearing the stimulus animals, revealed differences in preference between control males and females, but not between ATD and control males. Physical interaction with the stimulus animals was a prerequisite for revealing differences in preference between ATD and control males. Then, the behavior of ATD males was clearly intermediate between that of normal male and female rats. In conclusion, neonatal estradiol is important for the psychosexual development of the male rat. However, the present data suggest that the psychosexual development of the male rat also requires either prenatal estradiol or perinatal testosterone. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanism of Single-Electron Capture by the Dichlorocarbene Dication.
Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hautot, D.

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (1996), 7

The single-electron capture (SEC) by dichlorocarbene with eight different atomic and molecular target gases, (CCl2)2++G->(CCl2)++G+, has been studied by product ion spectroscopy and ion kinetic energy ... [more ▼]

The single-electron capture (SEC) by dichlorocarbene with eight different atomic and molecular target gases, (CCl2)2++G->(CCl2)++G+, has been studied by product ion spectroscopy and ion kinetic energy spectroscopy. The experimental data have been interpreted in the framework of a theoretical model that describes the charge exchange process. Exothermic charge exchange is handled within the Landau-Zener model, whereas endothermic charge exchange is described by the Demkov model. The calculated data reproduce qualitatively the essential features of the experimental results: (1) the appearance of a reaction window centered at an exothermicity in the 4-4.5 eV range, (2) the lower SEC cross sections for endothermic charge exchange, (3) the wider internal energy distributions obtained for CCl2+ in the endothermic regime than in the exothermic one, which results in larger dissociation yields, (4) the excitation of molecular targets that accompany their ionization in the SEC process, and (5) the kinetic energy released on the CCl++Cl fragments in dissociative SEC. [less ▲]

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See detailEnantioselective syntheses of no-carrier-added (nca) (S)-4-chloro-2 F-18 fluorophenylalanine and (S)-(alpha-methyl)-4-chloro-2 F-18 fluorophenylalanine
Al-Darwich, M. J.; Plenevaux, Alain ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg et al

in Journal of Fluorine Chemistry (1996), 80(2), 117-124

(S)-4-Chloro-2-fluorophenylalanine and (S)-( a-methyl)-4-chloro-2-fluorophenylalanine were synthesized and labeled with no carrier added (n.c.a.) fluorine-18 through a radiochemical synthesis relying on ... [more ▼]

(S)-4-Chloro-2-fluorophenylalanine and (S)-( a-methyl)-4-chloro-2-fluorophenylalanine were synthesized and labeled with no carrier added (n.c.a.) fluorine-18 through a radiochemical synthesis relying on the highly enantioselective reaction between 4-chloro-2-[18F] fluorobenzyl iodide and the lithium enolate of (2s) -1-( tert-butyloxycarbonyl) -2-( tert-butyl)-3-methyl- 1,3-imidazolidine-4-one for (S) -4-chloro-2- [18F] fluorophenylalanine and (2S,5S)-1-( tert-butyloxycarbonyl) -2-( tert-butyl) -3,5-dimethyl- 1,3-imidazolidine-4-one for (S) -( a-methyl) -4-chloro-2- [18F] fluorophenylalanine. Quantities of about 20-25 mCi were obtained at the end of synthesis, ready for injection after hydrolysis and high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) purification, with a radiochemical yield of 17%-20% corrected to the end of bombardment after a total synthesis time of 90-105 min from [18F] fluoride. The enantiomeric excesses were shown to be 97% or more for both molecules without chiral separation and the radiochemical and chemical purities were 98% or better. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo stage genome-wide search in inflammatory bowel disease provides evidence for susceptibility loci on chromosomes 3, 7 and 12.
Satsangi, J.; Parkes, M.; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in Nature Genetics (1996), 14(2), 199-202

Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), the chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (CIBD), are common causes of gastro-intestinal disease in the Western world, with a combined prevalence of 100-200 ... [more ▼]

Crohn's disease (CD) and ulcerative colitis (UC), the chronic inflammatory bowel diseases (CIBD), are common causes of gastro-intestinal disease in the Western world, with a combined prevalence of 100-200/100,000 (ref. 1). Epidemiological studies, particularly concordance rates in twin pairs and siblings, strongly implicate genetic susceptibility in the pathogenesis of CIBD. In fact, the relative contribution of genetic factors to the pathogenesis of CD may be greater than in schizophrenia, asthma or hypertension, and at least equivalent to that in insulin-dependent diabetes. Systematic screening of the entire human genome now provides a strategy for the identification of susceptibility genes in complex polygenic disorders. We undertook a two-stage genome search for susceptibility genes in inflammatory bowel disease involving 186 affected sibling pairs from 160 nuclear families. We provide strong evidence for the presence of susceptibility loci for both CD and UC on chromosome 3, 7 and 12. We obtained the highest lod score (5.47; P = 2.66 x 10(-7) with the marker D12S83 and lod scores of 3.08 and 2.69 for D7S669 and D3S1573, respectively. Our data suggest that CD and UC are closely related, but distinct, polygenic disorders that share some, but not all, susceptibility genes. [less ▲]

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See detailStabilization of human triosephosphate isomerase by improvement of the stability of individual alpha-helices in dimeric as well as monomeric forms of the protein
Mainfroid, Véronique; Mande, Shekhar C; Hol, Wim G J et al

in Biochemistry (1996), 35(13), 4110-7

Human triosephosphate isomerase (hTIM) is a dimeric enzyme of identical subunits, adopting the alpha/beta-barrel fold. In a previous work, a monomeric mutant of hTIM was engineered in which Met14 and ... [more ▼]

Human triosephosphate isomerase (hTIM) is a dimeric enzyme of identical subunits, adopting the alpha/beta-barrel fold. In a previous work, a monomeric mutant of hTIM was engineered in which Met14 and Arg98, two interface residues, were changed to glutamine. Analysis of equilibrium denaturation of this monomeric mutant, named M14Q/R98Q, revealed that its conformational stability, 2.5kcal/mol, is low as compared to the stability of dimeric hTIM (19.3 kcal/mol). The fact that this value is also lower than the conformational stabilities usually found for monomeric proteins suggests that the hTIM monomers are thermodynamically unstable. In the present work, we attempted to stabilize the M14Q/R98Q mutant by introducing stabilizing mutations in alpha-helices of the protein. Five mutations were proposed, designed to increase alpha-helix propensity by introducing alanines at solvent-exposed sites (Q179A, K193A), to introduce favorable interactions with helix dipoles (Q179D, S105D), or to reduce the conformational entropy of unfolding by introducing proline residues at the "N-cap" position of alpha-helices (A215P). Three replacements (Q179D, K193A, and A215P) were found to increase the stability of the native dimeric hTIM and the monomeric M14Q/R98Q. These results suggest that the monomeric hTIM mutant can be stabilized to a considerable extent by following well-established rules for protein stabilization. A comparison of the stabilizing effect performed by the mutations on the dimeric hTIM and the monomeric M14Q/R98Q allowed us to reinforce a model of equilibrium denaturation proposed for both proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunoreactive levels of α-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase subunits in Friedreich's ataxia and spinocerebellar ataxia type 1
Mastrogiacomo, Frank; LaMarche, Jacques; Dozic, Slobodan et al

in Neurodegeneration : A Journal for Neurodegenerative Disorders, Neuroprotection, and Neuroregeneration (1996), 5

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See detailFinite element modelling of the competition between shear bands in the early stage of thrusting : Strain localisation and constitutive law influence
Barnichon, Jean-Dominique; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Special Publication - Geological Society of London (1996), 99

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See detailA novel three-enzyme reaction cycle for the synthesis of N-acetyllactosamine with in situ regeneration of uridine 5'-diphosphate glucose and uridine 5'-diphosphate galactose
Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Elling, Lothar

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (1996), 118(8), 1836-1840

A new three-enzyme reaction cycle consisting of sucrose synthase, UDP glucose 4‘-epimerase, and human β-1,4-galactosyltransferase was established for the synthesis of N-acetyllactosamine (LacNAc) with in ... [more ▼]

A new three-enzyme reaction cycle consisting of sucrose synthase, UDP glucose 4‘-epimerase, and human β-1,4-galactosyltransferase was established for the synthesis of N-acetyllactosamine (LacNAc) with in situ regeneration of UDP galactose. We found that UDP glucose 4‘-epimerase is reductively inactivated in the presence of UMP and acceptor substrates of β-1,4-galactosyltransferase. Reactivation of UDP glucose 4‘-epimerase by the transition state analogues dUDP or dTDP 6-deoxy-d-xylo-4-hexulose in combination with the repetitive batch technique enabled us to use the native enzymes for 11 days in this cycle. With 10 U of sucrose synthase, 5 U of UDP glucose 4‘-epimerase, and 1.25 U of β-1,4-galactosyltransferase, 594 mg of LacNAc could be synthesized. N-Acetyllactosamine was also subsequently converted to Neu5Acα2,6Galβl,4GlcNAc with α-2,6-sialyltransferase and CMP-Neu5Ac. [less ▲]

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See detailMyocellular Enzyme Leakage, Polymorphonuclear Neutrophil Activation and Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness Induced by Isokinetic Eccentric Exercise
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Camus, Gérard; Deby-Dupont, G. et al

in Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry (1996), 104(3), 322-9

To address the question of whether delayed onset muscular soreness (DOMS) following intense eccentric muscle contraction could be due to increased production of the arachidonic acid derived product ... [more ▼]

To address the question of whether delayed onset muscular soreness (DOMS) following intense eccentric muscle contraction could be due to increased production of the arachidonic acid derived product prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). 10 healthy male subjects were submitted to eccentric and concentric isokinetic exercises on a Kin Trex device at 60 degrees/s angular velocity. Exercise consisted of 8 stages of 5 maximal contractions of the knee extensor and flexor muscle groups of both legs separated by 1 min rest phases. There was an interval of at least 30 days between eccentric and concentric testing, and the order of the two exercise sessions was randomly assigned. The subjective presence and intensity of DOMS was evaluated using a visual analogue scale, immediately, following 24 h and 48 h after each test. Five blood samples were drawn from an antecubital vein: at rest before exercise, immediately after, after 30 min recovery, 24 h and 48 h after the tests. The magnitude of the acute inflammatory response to exercise was assessed by measuring plasma levels of polymorphonuclear elastase ([EL]), myeloperoxidase ([MPO]) and PGE2 ([PGE2]). Using two way analysis of variance, it appeared that only eccentric exercise significantly increased [EL] and DOMS, especially of the hamstring muscles. Furthermore, a significant decrease in eccentric peak torque of this muscle group only was observed on day 2 after eccentric work (- 21%; P < 0.002). Serum activity of creatine kinase and serum concentration of myoglobin increased significantly 24 and 48 h after both exercise tests. However, these variables reached significantly higher values following eccentric contractions 48 h after exercise. Mean [PGE2] in the two exercise modes remained unchanged over time and were practically equal at each time point. On the basis of these findings, we conclude that the magnitude of polymorphonuclear (PMN) activation, muscle damage, and DOMS are greater after eccentric than after concentric muscle contractions. However, the hypothesized interplay between muscle damage, increased PGE2 production, DOMS sensations, and reduced isokinetic muscle performance was not substantiated by the present results. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst approach on the skull morphology of the black rat (Rattus rattus) from Terceira and São Miguel islands (Azores archipelago)
Ramalhinho, Maria da Graça; Mathias, Maria da Luz; Santos Reis, Margarita et al

in Vie et milieu (1996), 46(3-4), 245-251

The present paper deals with an analysis of metric (cranial measurements) and non metric (epigenetic cranial characters) variation in black rat populations from S. Miguel and Terceira islands compared to ... [more ▼]

The present paper deals with an analysis of metric (cranial measurements) and non metric (epigenetic cranial characters) variation in black rat populations from S. Miguel and Terceira islands compared to a continental sample. Assuming the Azorean rats originate from the European continent, we tested the similarity between the samples, considering only adult and subadult animals. Having verified that there was no sexual dimorphism in the characters studied, we computed discriminant functions and made a PCA with the most discriminant variables. The three samples are clearly separated by these functions, the Azorean rats showing a larger general skull size and differing between the two islands. The Mean Measure of Divergence (MMD), based on non metric cranial traits frequencies, was also used to express the interpopulational differences: the rats of Terceira differ significantly either from the continental ones or from those of S. Miguel. Finally, the possible origin of these differences is disussed. [less ▲]

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See detailIntestinal Digestibility Of Rumen Undegraded N Of Concentrates Measured By The Mobile Nylon Bag Technique
Beckers, Yves ULg; Thewis, André ULg; Maudoux, Benoît

in Animal Feed Science & Technology (1996), 61(1-4), 305-323

Two experiments were carried out on sheep to measure the effects of some factors of the mobile nylon bag (MNB) technique on the intestinal digestibility (DgI) of rumen undegraded N of meat and bone meal ... [more ▼]

Two experiments were carried out on sheep to measure the effects of some factors of the mobile nylon bag (MNB) technique on the intestinal digestibility (DgI) of rumen undegraded N of meat and bone meal (MBM), soybean meal (SBM) and wheat bran (WB). The pore size of the nylon cloth (IO and 42.5 pm) influenced (P < 0.05) DgI of SBM and MBM N irrespective of the site of recovery of the bags (ileum and faeces) and the incubation time of concentrate feeds in the rumen (0, 2, 4, 8, 16 and 24 h). The faecal recovery of the bags increased (P < 0.05) DgI of SBM N in comparison with ileal recovery. The opposite was found with WB incubated 4, 8, 16 and 24 h in the rumen. DgI of MBM N was not influenced by site of bag recovery (P > 0.05). Increasing incubation times in the rumen decreased (P < 0.05) DgI of undegraded feed N. The total tract digestibility (rumen plus intestines) was independent of incubation time in the rumen for MBM and SBM, excepted for SBM incubated 4 or 8 h in the rumen when bags were collected in the ileum. Previous ruminal incubation of WB for 4, 8, 16 and 24 h increased (P < 0.05) the amount of N digested in the total tract in comparison with unincubated WB and WB incubated for only 2 h. In the second experiment, residues obtained from the incubation of the feeds in the rumen (0, 2, 4, 8, 16, 24 and 48 h) were mixed in different proportions in order to obtain the true fraction of the undegraded feed in the rumen. This method was based on the DM degradability of the concentrate feeds and the outflow rate constant of feeds from the rumen, supposed equal to 6%h-‘. Bags containing feeds mixed according to this method were incubated in a solution of pepsin-HCl for 0, 1, 2 and 3 h to simulate abomasal digestion and the DgI of N was measured afterwards with the MNB technique. Increasing action of pepsin led to higher digestibilities of N at this stage (P < 0.05) but decreased the digestibility of N in the intestines excepted for MBM incubated in pepsin-HCl for 3 h and in any case for SBM. However, the omission of the incubation in pepsin had little influence on the amount of N postruminally digested. [less ▲]

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See detailRheinische Wortgeographie. Karten des Rheinischen Wörterbuchs und ihre computative Auswertung. Teil I
Lausberg, Helmut; Möller, Robert ULg

in Rheinische Vierteljahrsblätter (1996), 60

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See detailChanges in breath 13CO2/12CO2 during exercise of different intensities.
Gautier, J. F.; Pirnay, Freddy ULg; Lacroix, M. et al

in Journal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) (1996), 81(3), 1096-102

The measurement of breath 13CO2/12CO2 is commonly used during exercise to evaluate the oxidation rate of exogenous carbohydrates enriched in 13C. The aim of this study was to investigate whether exercise ... [more ▼]

The measurement of breath 13CO2/12CO2 is commonly used during exercise to evaluate the oxidation rate of exogenous carbohydrates enriched in 13C. The aim of this study was to investigate whether exercise itself affects the 13C/12C ratio in expired air CO2 in relation to exercise intensity. The relative abundance of 13C and 12C in expired air CO2 was determined by isotoperatio mass spectrometry and expressed as delta 13C (in %o) by using Craig's formula and calibrated standards. Five healthy young men exercised on a treadmill after an overnight fast during > or = 105 min on four occasions and in a randomized order. Work rates were performed at approximately 30, 45, 60, and 75% of their maximal O2 uptake (VO2max). Delta 13C in expired air CO2 and respiratory exchange ratio (RER) were determined every 15 or 30 min during exercise. At 30 and 45% VO2max, a slight and not statistically significant increase in delta 13C was observed at 30 min. In contrast, at 60 75% VO2max, the rise was statistically significant and averaged 0.83 and 0.99%o, respectively. Average delta 13C (between 0 and 105 min) progressively increased with the intensity of exercise. Individual values of delta 13C and RER were positively correlated (r = 0.653, P = 0.002) as were values of delta 13C and endogenous carbohydrates utilized (r = 0.752, P < 0.001). Factitious or "pseudooxidation" of a 13C-enriched exogenous glucose load (indeed noningested) was calculated from the changes in expired air delta 13C. Over the whole period of exercise it was not statistically significant at 30 and 40% VO2max. However, over the first 60 min of exercise, such pseudooxidation of exogenous glucose was significant at 30 and 45% VO2max. In conclusion, by modifying the mix of endogenous substrates oxidized, exercise at 60% VO2max and above significantly increases the 13C/12C ratio in expired air CO2. At these intensities, this could lead to overestimation of the oxidation of 13C-labeled substrates given orally. At lower intensities of exercise, such overestimation is much smaller an affects mainly the values recorded during the initial part of the exercise bout. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction of sulfur from gypsum as an industrial byproduct
Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Deswaef, Sophie; Taillieu, Xavier et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (1996), 57-8

Biological sulfate reduction was investigated at the bench and pilot scales in order to determine optimum culture conditions. Efficient strains of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) were selected by ... [more ▼]

Biological sulfate reduction was investigated at the bench and pilot scales in order to determine optimum culture conditions. Efficient strains of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) were selected by classical microbiological methods and by mutagenesis. Improvement factors, including stripping, scale-up, sulfate,and organic substrate concentrations, have been studied in batch bioreactors. Two types of pilot-scale bioreactors have been adopted, the first being completely mixed with free cells and the second having two stages with immobilized cells on a fixed bed. An overall bioconversion capacity of 11 kg/m(3) . d of gypsum and 1.2 kg/m(3) . d of dissolved organic carbon has been achieved in the two-stage bioreactor. [less ▲]

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See detailFidi interpretes. La traduction orale à Rome
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Ancient Society (1996), 27

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See detailDéveloppement actuel du concept de l'hygiène en agro-alimentaire et des exigences des normes européennes.
Vindevogel, Henri ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Hans, J. C. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

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See detailImprint and Brush Cytology in the Diagnosis of Canine Intranasal Tumours
Clercx, Cécile ULg; Wallon, J.; Gilbert, S. et al

in Journal of Small Animal Practice (1996), 37(9), 423-7

Fifty-four dogs with nasal tumours were included in this study. Based on histopathology 52 tumours were malignant (36 epithelial and 16 mesenchymal) and two were benign (one oncocytoma and one ... [more ▼]

Fifty-four dogs with nasal tumours were included in this study. Based on histopathology 52 tumours were malignant (36 epithelial and 16 mesenchymal) and two were benign (one oncocytoma and one pleiomorphic adenoma). Malignancy was significantly more frequently diagnosed by imprint cytology (81 per cent of the cases) than by brush cytology (56 per cent). Brush cytology was a significantly more sensitive technique in epithelial than in mesenchymal tumours, while the sensitivity of imprint cytology was not affected by the histological type. Brush cytology determined an epithelial origin in 88 per cent of epithelial tumours, and imprint cytology in 90 per cent. In mesenchymal tumours, the scores were significantly lower, the histological type being determined in only 20 per cent and 50 per cent, using brush and imprint cytology, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailLes adénomes gonadotropes
Beckers, Albert ULg; Stevenaert, Achille ULg

in Revue Française d'Endocrinologie Clinique, Nutrition, et Métabolisme (La) (1996), 37(4-5), 299-305

Les adénomes hypophysaires gonadotropes qui sont parmi les plus fréquents, ont été identifiés récemment; on estime aujourd'hui qu'environ 80 % des adénomes hypophysaires dits non-sécrétants sont en fait ... [more ▼]

Les adénomes hypophysaires gonadotropes qui sont parmi les plus fréquents, ont été identifiés récemment; on estime aujourd'hui qu'environ 80 % des adénomes hypophysaires dits non-sécrétants sont en fait gonadotropes. Étant donné l'absente de symptomatologie spécifique, ils ne sont souvent reconnus que lorsqu'ils sont volumineux, ayant déjà entraîné un syndrome neurologique, une compression du chiasma optique. Dans la plupart des cas il est possible de les identifier grâce aux produits de sécrétion ou encore par méthodes d'immunohistochimie ou encore par la détection de l'ARN messager correspondant aux sous-unités hormonales. Le traitement reste essentiellement neuro-chirurgical (chirurgie trans-sphénoidale) car, dans la plupart des cas, les agonistes dopaminergiques et les analogues agonistes ou antagonistes de GnRH sont inefficaces. [less ▲]

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See detailPit-1 polymorphism and milk production parameters in Italian Holstein-Friesian bulls.
Renaville, Robert ULg; Vrech, E.; Gengler, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1996), 74(1), 111

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See detailDeficient Habituation of Evoked Cortical Potentials in Migraine: A Link between Brain Biology, Behavior and Trigeminovascular Activation?
Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy (1996), 50(2), 71-8

According to recent evoked potential studies, a fundamental, probably protective, feature of cortical information processing, ie, response habituation during stimulus repetition, is abnormal in migraine ... [more ▼]

According to recent evoked potential studies, a fundamental, probably protective, feature of cortical information processing, ie, response habituation during stimulus repetition, is abnormal in migraine between attacks. The deficient habituation is found for different sensory modalities and experimental paradigms: pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (same stimulus at a constant intensity), cortical auditory evoked potentials (same stimulus at increasing intensities) and auditory event-related potentials obtained in a passive "oddball" paradigm (novel stimulus). The abnormal information processing is an interictal cortical dysfunction most likely due to inadequate control by the so-called "state-setting, chemically-addressed pathways" originating in the brain stem, in particular by the serotonergic pathway, leading to a low preactivation level of sensory cortices. We suggest that it may play a pivotal role in migraine pathogenesis in conjunction with the reported decrease of brain mitochondrial energy reserve, by favouring a rupture of metabolic homeostasis and biochemical shifts capable of activating the trigeminovascular system and thus capable of producing a migraine attack. We postulate that both the deficient habituation in information processing and the deranged oxygen metabolism may have behavioral correlates. Which of these abnormalities are inherited, acquired or both remains to be determined. [less ▲]

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See detailA single editing event is a prerequisite for efficient processing of potato mitochondrial phenylalanine tRNA
MarechalDrouard, L.; Cosset, A.; Remacle, Claire ULg et al

in Molecular & Cellular Biology (1996), 16(7), 3504-3510

In bean, potato, and Oenothera plants, the C encoded at position 4 (C-4) in the mitochondrial tRNA(GAA)(Phe) gene is converted into a U in the mature tRNA, This nucleotide change corrects a mismatched C-4 ... [more ▼]

In bean, potato, and Oenothera plants, the C encoded at position 4 (C-4) in the mitochondrial tRNA(GAA)(Phe) gene is converted into a U in the mature tRNA, This nucleotide change corrects a mismatched C-4-A(69) base pair which appears when the gene sequence is folded into the cloverleaf structure. C-to-U conversions constitute the most common editing events occurring in plant mitochondrial mRNAs. While most of these conversions introduce changes in the amino acids specified by the mRNA and appear to be essential for the synthesis of functional proteins in plant mitochondria, the putative role of mitochondrial tRNA editing has not yet been defined. Since the edited form of the tRNA has the correct secondary and tertiary structures compared with the nonedited form, the two main processes which might be affected by a nucleotide conversion are aminoacylation and maturation. To test these possibilities, we determined the aminoacylation properties of unedited and edited potato mitochondrial tRNA(Phe) in vitro transcripts, as well as the processing efficiency of in vitro-synthesized potato mitochondrial tRNA(Phe) precursors. Reverse transcription-PCR amplification of natural precursors followed by cDNA sequencing was also used to investigate the influence of editing on processing. Our results show that C-to-U conversion at position 4 in the potato mitochondrial tRNA(GAA)(Phe) is not required for aminoacylation,vith phenylalanine but is likely to be essential for efficient processing of this tRNA. [less ▲]

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See detailCombined enzymatic synthesis of nucleotide (deoxy) sugars from sucrose and nucleoside monophosphates
Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Stein, Andreas; Adrian, Holger et al

in Tetrahedron (1996), 52(7), 2395-2404

Abstract: The synthesis of NDP-glucose 3a-d (N= A, C, U, dU) with sucrose synthase B was combined with the enzymatic synthesis of nucleoside diphosphates 2a-d from their corresponding nucleoside ... [more ▼]

Abstract: The synthesis of NDP-glucose 3a-d (N= A, C, U, dU) with sucrose synthase B was combined with the enzymatic synthesis of nucleoside diphosphates 2a-d from their corresponding nucleoside monophosphates la-d by different kinases A. Further combination with recombinant dTDP-glucose 4,6-dehydratase D enabled us to synthesize dUDP-6-deoxy-alpha-D-xylo-4-hexulose 5 from ld on a preparative scale. By using the repetitive batch technique the enzymatic syntheses of nucleotide (deoxy) sugars 3a-d, 5 could be realized on a 0.1 - 0.5 g scale. [less ▲]

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See detailMise au point relative à l'utilisation de la gonadolibérine en reproduction bovine. 1. Justifications physiologiques de son application au traitement de l'infertilité
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Houtain, Jean Yves; Laurent, Yves

in Médecin Vétérinaire du Québec (1996), 26(1), 7-10

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See detailThiamine, Thiamine Phosphates, and Their Metabolizing Enzymes in Human Brain
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Mastrogiacomo, Frank; Kish, Stephen J et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (1996), 66(1), 250-8

Total thiamine (the sum of thiamine and its phosphate esters) concentrations are two- to fourfold lower in human brain than in the brain of other mammals. There were no differences in the total thiamine ... [more ▼]

Total thiamine (the sum of thiamine and its phosphate esters) concentrations are two- to fourfold lower in human brain than in the brain of other mammals. There were no differences in the total thiamine content between biopsied and autopsied human brain, except that in the latter, thiamine triphosphate was undetectable. The main thiamine phosphate-metabolizing enzymes could be detected in autopsied brain, and the kinetic parameters were comparable to those reported in other species. Thiamine diphosphate levels were lowest in hippocampus (15 +/- 4 pmol/mg of protein) and highest in mammillary bodies (24 +/- 4 pmol/mg of protein). Maximal levels of thiamine and its phosphate ester were found to be present at birth. In parietal cortex and globus pallidus, mean levels of total thiamine in the oldest age group (77-103 years) were, respectively, 21 and 26% lower than those in the middle age group (40-55 years). Unlike cerebral cortex, the globus pallidus showed a sharp drop in thiamine diphosphate levels during infancy, with concentrations in the oldest group being only approximately 50% of the levels present during the first 4 months of life. These data, consistent with previous observations conducted in blood, suggest a tendency toward decreased thiamine status in older people. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Neoproterozoic Pan-African basement from the Alpine Lower Danubian nappe system (South Carpathians, Romania)
Liégeois, Jean-Paul ULg; Berza, Tudor; Tatu, Mihai et al

in Precambrian Research (1996), 80

The South Carpathians, which were thrust to the Moesian platform in the Alpine orogeny (Late Cretaceous to Tertiary), include the Danubian nappe system. The Danubian pre-Alpine basement comprises two ... [more ▼]

The South Carpathians, which were thrust to the Moesian platform in the Alpine orogeny (Late Cretaceous to Tertiary), include the Danubian nappe system. The Danubian pre-Alpine basement comprises two Variscan nappes, each one made up of partially retrogressed amphibolite facies rocks intruded by granitoids and capped by an Ordovician-Devonian volcano-sedimentary cover. No lithological correlation can be established between the pre-Ordovician basements of these two units. The metamorphic basement from the first Variscan nappe, the Drãgºan Group, is composed of banded amphibolites with some augen and aluminous gneisses intruded by granodioritic to tonalitic plutons. The banded structure of the amphibolites, together with their geochemistry, suggests a volcano-sedimentary sequence. Zircon U-Pb data on an intercalated augen gneiss have given an age of 777 ± 3 Ma for the emplacement of the protolith of this gneiss. Nd model ages (TDM) for the amphibolites range from 717 Ma to 817 Ma. At 777 Ma, Nd values cluster is at +8.3 to +9.8 and Sr initial ratios range between 0.7007 and 0.7023, indicating an oceanic origin without continental crust contamination. Major and trace elements from the Drãgºan amphibolites consistently display an island arc signature, with three differentiation trends evolving from an early tholeiitic trend to a more differentiated low-K calc-alkaline one. The Drãgºan terrane is similar to the Early Pan-African juvenile terranes of the Sahara. The basement of the second Variscan nappe, the Lainici-Pãiuº Group, is made up of metasedimentary rocks (mainly quartzites, marbles and graphitic mica gneisses) cut by early leucogranitic dykes, medium-K calc-alkaline and alkali-calcic (mainly granitic) plutons, and late medium-K porphyry diorite dykes. This magmatism can be bracketed between 588 Ma and 567 Ma (U-Pb zircon ages). The best preserved pluton (Tismana, 567 Ma old), displays a composite alkali-calcic (very high-K calc-alkaline) magmatic sequence, ranging from gabbro-diorite to monzogranite, including an ultramafic pod. Ages and geochemical signatures resemble the Saharan Late Pan-African granitoids. The existence of Late Precambrian partly juvenile terrains is thus confirmed within the basement of South Carpathians, which renders then a segment of the European Alpine belt that can be successfully compared to the Pan-African Trans-Saharan belt. [less ▲]

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See detailDe wildste bloei van overgave en genade. Over Gezelle en Van Ostaijen
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Gezelliana (1996), 8(1), 1-42

This article reflects on the importance of the 19th century romantic poet Guido Gezelle for the expressionist Paul van Ostaijen, who repeatedly stressed the pioneering character of this poetic oeuvre and ... [more ▼]

This article reflects on the importance of the 19th century romantic poet Guido Gezelle for the expressionist Paul van Ostaijen, who repeatedly stressed the pioneering character of this poetic oeuvre and the influence it had on his own work. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Coastal Ocean in a Global Change Perspective
Djenidi, Salim ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (1996), 7(2-4), 117-118

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See detailLa bryoflore d'une mosaïque alluviale rhénane: la réserve naturelle de la Petite Camargue Alsacienne (Haut-Rhin)
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Klein, J. P.; Jaegly, E. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Botanique du Centre-Ouest (1996), 27

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See detailOn the structure of liquid tellurium
Bichara, C.; Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (1996), 205-207

The atomic structure and the bonding mechanism in liquid tellurium are investigated by a tight binding Monte Carlo technique. The chain structure is preserved but a third covalent bond emerges with an ... [more ▼]

The atomic structure and the bonding mechanism in liquid tellurium are investigated by a tight binding Monte Carlo technique. The chain structure is preserved but a third covalent bond emerges with an intermediate interatomic separation (3.15 Aring). In addition a bond length alternation inside the chain appears in agreement with recent EXAFS experiments and the valence angles are significantly reduced. The electronic structure is studied and particular attention is paid to the modifications of lone pair interactions in the liquid structure [less ▲]

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See detailDe modernist en de massacultuur: Van Ostaijens ‘Huldegedicht aan Singer’
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Filosofie Magazine (1996), 5(3), 29

This article re-reads the famous poem 'Huldegedicht aan Singer' in view of Van Ostaijen's increasingly critical attitude towards the emerging consumer society of the 1920s.

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See detailRadiosensitization in vitro by (E)-2′-(fluoromethylene)-deoxy-cytidine (FMdC), pentoxifylline (PTX) or a combination
Li; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Paschoud et al

in International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics (1996), 36(1 (supp1)), 383

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See detailEvaluation of the cranial rectus abdominus muscle pedicle flap as a blood supply for the caudal superficial epigastric skin flaps in dogs.
Degner, Daniel; Walshaw, Richard; Arnoczky, Steven et al

in Veterinary Surgery : The Official Journal of the American College of Veterinary Surgeons (1996), 25

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See detailPrediction of response to recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) in anemia of malignancy.
Cazzola, M.; Ponchio, L.; Pedrotti, C. et al

in Haematologica (1996), 81(5), 434-41

BACKGROUND: Since only a portion of anemic patients outside the uremia setting benefit from erythropoietin treatment, a reliable means of predicting potential responders and nonresponders would be very ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Since only a portion of anemic patients outside the uremia setting benefit from erythropoietin treatment, a reliable means of predicting potential responders and nonresponders would be very useful. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 58 patients with refractory anemia associated with various malignant disorders who had been treated with subcutaneous rHuEpo. The starting rHuEpo dose was 375 U/kg/week for 4 weeks, and was increased to 750 U/kg/week for another 4 weeks if no response was observed. Response was defined as a Hb increase > or = 2 g/dL with no need for blood transfusion. We examined the value of various laboratory parameters (baseline levels, 2-week and 4-week changes) as predictors of response. Endogenous erythropoietin production was evaluated by its serum level and erythroid activity was assessed through reticulocyte count and circulating transferrin receptor. RESULTS: Forty-eight individuals were evaluable, 58% of whom responded to rHuEpo within 8 weeks. Multiple regression analysis showed that 53% of the variation in the 8-week Hb concentration was explained by variations in baseline serum erythropoietin and the 2-week change in serum transferrin receptor (p < 0.001). Based on these two parameters, response prediction in individual patients would have resulted in a sensitivity of 96%, a specificity of 79% and an overall accuracy of 88%. In addition, 58% of the variation in the 8-week Hb was explained by variations in the 4-week changes in Hb and reticulocyte count (p < 0.001). Utilizing these latter parameters and baseline serum erythropoietin, response prediction in individual patients would have resulted in a sensitivity of 92%, a specificity of 82% and an overall accuracy of 88%. CONCLUSIONS: This retrospective analysis suggests that response to rHuEpo can be reasonably predicted by pretreatment serum erythropoietin together with early changes in simple laboratory parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailRNA editing of larch mitochondrial tRNA(His) precursors is a prerequisite for processing
MarechalDrouard, L.; Kumar, R.; Remacle, Claire ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (1996), 24(16), 3229-3234

Larch mitochondria contain a 'native' tRNA(His) which is absent from angiosperms, Sequence comparisons of genomic DNA and cDNA obtained from unprocessed primary transcripts of the larch mitochondrial gene ... [more ▼]

Larch mitochondria contain a 'native' tRNA(His) which is absent from angiosperms, Sequence comparisons of genomic DNA and cDNA obtained from unprocessed primary transcripts of the larch mitochondrial gene trnH encoding this tRNA revealed three nucleotide discrepancies. These three nucleotide alterations, in the acceptor stem, D stem and anticodon stem respectively, are conversions of genomic cytidines to thymidines in the cDNA (uridines in the tRNA) and thus resemble the RNA editing events observed in nearly all plant mitochondrial mRNAs. Two cases of editing affecting mitochondrial tRNAs from angiosperms have already been described, but we present here the first example of such events in a gymnosperm mitochondrial tRNA. All three editing events correct mismatched C . A base pairs which appear when folding the gene sequence into the standard cloverleaf structure, thereby improving the secondary structure of the tRNA. When incubated with a heterologous potato mitochondrial processing extract, only the edited form of the larch mitochondrial tRNA(His) precursor was efficiently processed in vitro. These data strongly suggest that editing of larch mitochondrial tRNA(His) is a prerequisite for its processing. [less ▲]

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See detailComparaison des performances de porcs élevés sur litières ou sur caillebotis
Nicks, Baudouin ULg; Desiron, Alain; Canart, Bernard et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

In a first experiment, performances and carcass quality of fattening pigs kept either on a litter with sawdust, on straw or on slatted floor were compared. Three batches of 17 pigs were kept on each floor ... [more ▼]

In a first experiment, performances and carcass quality of fattening pigs kept either on a litter with sawdust, on straw or on slatted floor were compared. Three batches of 17 pigs were kept on each floor type. Pens with litter were not cleaned until the end of the third fattening period. On average 100 kg of sawdust or 49 kg of straw were used per pig. The growth rate of pigs on litters was higher (P < 0,01) than that of pigs on slatted floor : 739 g/d on sawdust, 745 g/d on straw and 686 g/d on slatted floor. Carcass quality at slaughter was not different according to the floor type. The peak shear force of the M. Longissimus dorsi was higher for pigs kept on straw than for the 2 other groups. In a second experiment, 97 weaners, 4 weeks old, were divided in 3 groups on 3 floor types : a deep litter with sawdust, a deep litter with sawdust mixed with straw and a slatted floor. Between 4 and 10 weeks of age, the growth rates of pigs were different (P < 0,05) according to the 2 litters : 438 g/d on the deep litter with straw and sawdust, 397 g/d on sawdust and higher (P < 0,001) than that on slatted floor (273 g/d). Pigs on slatted floor were however disadvantaged by a lower health status in the breeding pig house. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of exogenous IL-1 beta, TNF alpha, IL-6, IL-8 and LIF on cytokine production by human articular chondrocytes.
Henrotin, Yves ULg; De Groote, D. D.; Labasse, A. H. et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (1996), 4(3), 163-73

Cytokines are potent regulators of the chondrocyte functions. Some of them are produced by chondrocytes and interact to regulate cartilage metabolism. In this study, we investigated the production of ... [more ▼]

Cytokines are potent regulators of the chondrocyte functions. Some of them are produced by chondrocytes and interact to regulate cartilage metabolism. In this study, we investigated the production of interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), IL-6, IL-8 and leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) by human chondrocytes and examined the modulation of their secretion by exogenous cytokines. Human articular chondrocytes were isolated from their extracellular matrix by a triple successive enzymatic digestion of the cartilage. Subsequently, chondrocytes were stimulated by increased amounts of human recombinant cytokines [IL-1 beta, tumour necrosis factor alpha (TNF alpha), IL-8, LIF, IL-6]. IL-1 beta, IL-6, IL-8 and LIF were assayed into culture media and inside cell extracts by specific enzyme amplified sensitivity immunoassays (EASIAs). Under these experimental conditions, we have identified various interactions between cytokines. IL-beta and TNF alpha highly stimulated IL-6, LIF and IL-8 productions. IL-6 decreased IL-8 synthesis and increased LIF production. IL-8 slightly enhanced IL-6 production. Finally, LIF stimulated IL-1 beta, IL-6 and IL-8 productions. Using neutralizing antibodies against IL-1, we demonstrated that the effects of LIF were secondary to the stimulation by LIF of IL-1 beta production by the chondrocytes. In conclusion, chondrocytes secrete a variety of immunocompetent cytokines including IL-1 beta, IL-6, IL-8 and LIF that can interact to regulate chondrocytes metabolism. These results also define new biological activities of LIF and IL-6, and raise questions concerning their role in the pathogenesis of joint diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailComment les professeurs de mathématiques évaluent-ils leurs élèves ?
Demonty, Isabelle ULg; Detheux-Jehin, M.; Vlassis, Joëlle ULg

in Informations Pédagogiques (1996), 27

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See detailTussen moderniteit en reactionair katholicisme. Joris van Severen en het eerste nummer van Ter Waarheid
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Dietsche Warande en Belfort (1996), 140(6), 700-714

This article takes a closer look at the literary, artistic and ideological programme of the first issue of Ther Waarheid, the journal published by Joris van Severen, who would go on to become one of the ... [more ▼]

This article takes a closer look at the literary, artistic and ideological programme of the first issue of Ther Waarheid, the journal published by Joris van Severen, who would go on to become one of the leaders of Flemish fascism in the 1930s. [less ▲]

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See detailChromosomal location of fifteen unique mouse KRAB-containing zinc finger loci
Marine, J. C.; Gilbert, D. J.; Bellefroid, Eric J. et al

in Mammalian Genome : Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society (1996), 7(6), 413-6

The mammalian genome contains hundreds if not thousands of zinc finger protein (Zfp) genes. While the function of most of these genes remains to be determined, it is clear that a few of them play ... [more ▼]

The mammalian genome contains hundreds if not thousands of zinc finger protein (Zfp) genes. While the function of most of these genes remains to be determined, it is clear that a few of them play important roles in gene regulation and development. In studies described here, we have used an interspecific mouse backcross mapping panel to determine the chromosomal location of 15 KRAB-containing zinc finger loci. These loci map to nine different mouse autosomes and the X Chromosome (Chr). Two Chrs, 7 and 9, contain cosegregating pairs of KRAB-containing Zfp genes, indicating that the KRAB-containing Zfp genes have evolved through processes involving regional as well as genome-wide duplication events. [less ▲]

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See detailSuppression of Voluntary Temporalis Muscle Activity by Peripheral Limb Stimulations in Healthy Volunteers, Migraineurs and Tension-Type Headache Sufferes
Wang, W.; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Functional Neurology (1996), 11(6, Nov-Dec), 307-15

We studied the inhibition of voluntary temporalis muscle activity after stimulations of extracephalic cutaneous or mixed nerves in 23 healthy volunteers, 29 patients suffering from migraine without aura ... [more ▼]

We studied the inhibition of voluntary temporalis muscle activity after stimulations of extracephalic cutaneous or mixed nerves in 23 healthy volunteers, 29 patients suffering from migraine without aura, 24 from episodic and 42 from chronic tension-type headache. Two successive EMG suppressions were induced bilaterally after stimulating at 40 mA the index finger or the median nerve, but not after stimulations of the sural or peroneal nerves. They differed from those obtained after labial commissure stimulation at 20 mA, i.e. the classic temporalis silent periods ES1 and ES2. Overall prevalence of index- (3%) and median nerve-induced (16%) early suppression was much lower than that of labial-induced ES1 (100%); prevalence of index-induced late suppression (index-"ES2") was 62% and that of median-"ES2" 48%, compared with 97% for labial-ES2. Latency and duration of index-/median-"ES2" were not significantly different between groups. Index-"ES2" occurred significantly more often in migraineurs (83%) than in controls (48%) suggesting that the spino-bulbar pathways involved in index-/median-"ES2" are hyperexcitable in migraine. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent therapies for shingles
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs (1996), 5

Current management of shingles relies on antiviral therapy. The efficacy of acyclovir in varicella-zoster virus replication is now well established, with a beneficial impact on zoster-associated pain, but ... [more ▼]

Current management of shingles relies on antiviral therapy. The efficacy of acyclovir in varicella-zoster virus replication is now well established, with a beneficial impact on zoster-associated pain, but its moderate bioavailability renders five oral daily doses mandatory. Recent anti-VZV drug research has been oriented towards agents with increased oral bioavailability. Famciclovir and valaciclovir were originally developed as oral prodrugs for^penciclovir and acyclovir, respectively, but, together with the new antivirals, sorivudine and brovavir, they appear to be effective as oral therapy for shingles. Ongoing clinical trials will determine their relative merits in the management of shingles. The experimental agents H2G, HPMPC, mappicine ketone and A-73209 have potential in the treatment of VZV and are undergoing further investigation and development. [less ▲]

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See detailVariations interannuelles des précipitations mensuelles et leur répartition spatiale en Belgique
Alexandre, Jean ULg; Mabille, Georges ULg; Erpicum, Michel ULg

in Publication Association Internationale de Climatologie (1996), 9

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See detail"Parce que je ne connais pas bien le grec..." (P. Col. Zen. II 66)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Chronique d'Egypte : Bulletin Périodique de la Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth (1996), 71(142), 311-316

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See detailExhaustion of blood glucose response and enhancement of insulin response after repeated glucagon injections in type-2 diabetes: potentiation by progressive hyperglycemia.
Castillo, M. J.; Scheen, André ULg; Paolisso, G. et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (1996), 57(5), 395-402

AIMS: To investigate the hyperglycemic and insulinemic response to repeated glucagon injections in Type-2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients. METHODS: In overnight fasted Type-2 diabetic patients ... [more ▼]

AIMS: To investigate the hyperglycemic and insulinemic response to repeated glucagon injections in Type-2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients. METHODS: In overnight fasted Type-2 diabetic patients, three i.v. glucagon (1 mg) injections were given as a bolus at two-hour intervals. In the hour preceding each glucagon injection, 6 patients received saline and they were tested at near-baseline blood glucose levels, while 8 patients received a glucose-controlled glucose infusion and they were tested at increasing blood glucose levels (7.5 +/- 0.2, 12.9 +/- 0.5 and 18.7 +/- 0.7 mmol/l). Blood samples were collected at 0, 3, 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60 min after each glucagon injection. RESULTS: In the patients tested at near-baseline blood glucose levels, the blood glucose rise induced by glucagon was smaller after repeated injections. By contrast, the B-cell response to glucagon was well preserved. In the patients tested at increasing blood glucose levels, the blood glucose response to glucagon was abolished after repeated injections. By contrast, the B-cell response was significantly potentiated. The respective areas under the curve of plasma insulin levels in response to glucagon were 563 +/- 72, 1047 +/- 154 and 1844 +/- 305 m U x 30 min/l (p < 0.001). CONCLUSION: In Type-2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients, repeated glucagon injections, even when administered in a short (4 h) period of time, do not exhaust the B-cell. Endogenous insulin secretion is even potentiated at increasing blood glucose levels. By contrast, the hyperglycemic response to glucagon is significantly abolished, particularly at high blood glucose levels. [less ▲]

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See detailBequest motives and the level and composition of wealth in Belgium. A survey based analysis
Pestieau, Pierre ULg; Perelman, Sergio ULg

in Cahiers Economiques de Bruxelles (1996), (149), 31-53

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See detailCodon adjustment to maximise heterologous gene expression in Streptomyces lividans can lead to decreased mRNA stability and protein yield.
Lammertyn, E; Van Mellaert, L; Bijnens, A P et al

in Molecular & General Genetics [=MGG] (1996), 250(2), 223-9

The impact of the codon bias of the mouse tumour necrosis factor alpha (mTNF) gene cloned in Streptomyces lividans on the efficiency of expression and secretion was analysed. Minor codons occurring in the ... [more ▼]

The impact of the codon bias of the mouse tumour necrosis factor alpha (mTNF) gene cloned in Streptomyces lividans on the efficiency of expression and secretion was analysed. Minor codons occurring in the mTNF gene were therefore adapted to the codon bias of Streptomyces by site-directed mutagenesis. No improvement in mTNF yield could be detected. The stability of the transcript derived from the construct was shown to be more important for determining the final level of mTNF production. A strong correlation was observed between the yield of secreted biologically active mTNF and the amount of mTNF mRNA present in the cells. [less ▲]

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See detailOdours identification in the environment by means of mathematical methods
Maternova, Jidrinska; Nicolas, Jacques ULg; Andre, Philippe ULg et al

in Odours & VOC's journal (1996), 1

The aim of the present paper is to test and compare some mathematical discrimination or pattern recognition methods in order to identify one among three air pollution sources.The basic material in this ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present paper is to test and compare some mathematical discrimination or pattern recognition methods in order to identify one among three air pollution sources.The basic material in this work are : - the standard gas chromatography/mass spectrometry analysis with concentrations values for different chemical compounds observed at about hundred sites in iron and steel industries : either coking plants, or cold rolling mills, or coil-coating plants. - the odours levels, measured by the method of dilution at the threshold. Generally speaking, coil-coating plants emit more chemical compounds than two others, however olfactive threshold is about the same in the three cases. Sums of compounds concentrations for different chemical families (e.g. alkanes, alcohol's, phenols, ...) are calculated and used for the mathematical treatments. Because the frequency histogram of the observed concentrations has a log normal distribution, logarithm of concentration is chosen as operating variable instead of concentration itself. The stepwise multiple linear regression is used in order to express the dilution factor at the olfactory perception threshold as a linear combination of the logarithm of concentrations. Results show that this factor can be estimated quite well on the basis of the concentrations of compounds belonging only to three chemical families. Nevertheless, these families differ following the emission source. To perform the optimal odour description of the three types of industrial plants a larger set of compounds families should be examined in a first step. Factor analysis is used with the aim of regrouping observed variables that are linked together in the plane of the first two factors. The representation of observation points is then superposed on this scheme. Some variable clusters are observed. The method, applied to the whole variables set, classes rather well the observations : the three emissions sources are well discriminated. Cluster analysis, discriminant analysis and neural network have also been used, but only with three variables common to all installations : concentrations of alkylbenzenes, polycyclic aromatics and alkanes. Cluster analysis is not a "supervised method". That means that it is free to create itself some groups showing similar behaviour with regard to the observed variables. Indeed, results show that cluster analysis does not allow to recognise the emission source. In discriminant analysis, target groups membership is provided for each set of variables values : it is a supervised method. The classification functions so deduced allow to discriminate quite well the three industrial plants and to predict the emission origin. A total of 87 % of the observations are correctly on the basis of the classification functions. Neural network approach, with backpropagation algorithm, is a so-called "pattern recognition technique" and is also a supervised method. It provides still better results than statistical ones. After the learning phase, the network is able to identify correctly 99.5 % of observations from 95.5 % the training set.The concentrations of compounds belonging to three chemical families, combined with a pattern recognition technique based either on discriminant analysis, or on neural network, prove to be efficient for recognising the source of odorous gaseous effluents. For the data set considered in this paper, the neural network exhibits better classification performances than discriminant analysis, but its learning phase is slower. However, applying one method or the other for further recognition of unknown patterns is quick and easy. [less ▲]

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See detailCoulomb interaction and ferroelectric instability of BaTiO3
Ghosez, Philippe ULg; Gonze, X.; Michenaud, J. P.

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (1996), 33(9), 713-718

Using first-principles calculations, the phonon frequencies at the Gamma-point and the dielectric tensor are determined and analysed for the cubic and rhombohedral phases of BaTiO3. The dipole-dipole ... [more ▼]

Using first-principles calculations, the phonon frequencies at the Gamma-point and the dielectric tensor are determined and analysed for the cubic and rhombohedral phases of BaTiO3. The dipole-dipole interaction is then separated a la Cochran from the remaining short-range forces, in order to investigate their respective influence on lattice dynamics. This analysis highlights the delicate balance of forces leading to an unstable phonon in the cubic phase and demonstrates its extreme sensitivity to effective charge changes. Within our decomposition, the stabilization of the unstable mode in the rhombohedral phase or under isotropic pressure has a different origin. [less ▲]

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See detailThe catalytic mechanism of beta-lactamases: NMR titration of an active-site lysine residue of the TEM-1 enzyme.
Damblon, Christian ULg; Raquet, X.; Lian, L. Y. et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (1996), 93(5), 1747-52

Beta-Lactamases are widespread in the bacterial world, where they are responsible for resistance to penicillins, cephalosporins, and related compounds, currently the most widely used antibacterial agents ... [more ▼]

Beta-Lactamases are widespread in the bacterial world, where they are responsible for resistance to penicillins, cephalosporins, and related compounds, currently the most widely used antibacterial agents. Detailed structural and mechanistic understanding of these enzymes can be expected to guide the design of new antibacterial compounds resistant to their action. A number of high-resolution structures are available for class A beta-lactamases, whose catalytic mechanism involves the acylation of a serine residue at the active site. The identity of the general base which participates in the activation of this serine residue during catalysis has been the subject of controversy, both a lysine residue and a glutamic acid residue having been proposed as candidates for this role. We have used the pH dependence of chemical modification of epsilon-amino groups by 2,4,6,-trinitrobenzenesulfonate and the pH dependence of the epsilon-methylene 1H and 13C chemical shifts (in enzyme selectively labeled with [epsilon-13C]lysine) to estimate the pKa of the relevant lysine residue, lysine-73, of TEM-1 beta-lactamase. Both methods show that the pKa of this residue is > 10, making it very unlikely that this residue could act as a proton acceptor in catalysis. An alternative mechanism in which this role is performed by glutamate-166 through an intervening water molecule is described. [less ▲]

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See detailLa titanite de Bastogne (Belgique) et les minéraux associés
Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Fransolet, André-Mathieu ULg; Houssa, Michel

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1996), 65(6), 387-397

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See detailPistoi Hermeneis. La traduction orale en Grèce
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Revues des Etudes grecques (1996), 109(2), 325-347

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See detailEvaluation of insulin-like growth factor-I and its plasma binding proteins in pigs.
Renaville, Robert ULg; Prandi, A.; Claes, Victor et al

in Archivio Veterinario Italiano (1996), 46

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See detailAnatomie des monticules micritiques du Frasnien belge et contexte eustatique
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Herbosch, A.

in Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France (1996), 167(3), 391-398

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See detail8-Chloro-5-(4-methylpiperazin-1-yl)-11H-pyrido[2,3-b][1,5]benzodiazepine
Dupont, L.; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Rogister, F. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications (1996), C52

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See detailStable isotope studies: a remarkable tool in delianating organic matter pathways between pelagic and benthic realms. In memoriam Fiorentina Mosora
Mosora, Fiorentina; Dauby, Patrick ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1996), 65

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See detailMise au point relative à l'utilisation de la gonadolibérine en reproduction bovine. 2. Domaines d'application clinique.
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Houtain, Jean Yves; Laurent, Yves

in Médecin Vétérinaire du Québec (1996), 26(2), 47-54

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See detailMarginalia Vergiliana
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (1996), 114

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See detailInfections oculaires traumatiques et iatrogènes: prélèvements et rôle du laboratoire
Melin, Pierrette ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Belge d'Ophtalmologie (1996), 260

Ocular inflammations may be due to a variety of diseases, and microorganisms play a major role in both acute and chronic eye diseases. Treatment of serious infections needs a good microbiological ... [more ▼]

Ocular inflammations may be due to a variety of diseases, and microorganisms play a major role in both acute and chronic eye diseases. Treatment of serious infections needs a good microbiological diagnostic. The indications and techniques for investigations are determined by the site of infection, severity of the process, and knowledge of the likely responsible organisms. Immediate inoculation of specimens on culture media in the examining room is often recommended. This article describes organisms associated with ocular infections, and is designed to assists ophthalmologists in the collection, processing and transport of specimens. [less ▲]

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See detailVariations saisonnières du CO2 de l'air de deux grottes du Jura méridional: La Balme et Cerdon. Comparaison avec d'autres grottes françaises
Sbai, Abdelkader; Ek, Camille ULg; Renault, Philippe

in Annales de la Société Géologique de Belgique (1996), 119

Seasonal measurements of carbon dioxide were made over a period of one year in two caves from southern Jura: the caves of La Balme and of Cerdon. Carbon dioxide contents range from 300 to 15,500 ppm ... [more ▼]

Seasonal measurements of carbon dioxide were made over a period of one year in two caves from southern Jura: the caves of La Balme and of Cerdon. Carbon dioxide contents range from 300 to 15,500 ppm; these low values are correlated with the circulation of the air in the two caves and with the origin of the carbon dioxide. The values found in these caves are then compared with those measured by researchers in other French caves. [less ▲]

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See detailCongenital psoriasis following the lines of Blaschko.
Lehners-Weber, C.; de LA BRASSINNE, Michel ULg; Dezfoulian, Bita ULg et al

in Pediatric Dermatology (1996), 13(3), 219-221

Congenital psoriasis without an underlying nevus following the lines of Blaschko is described in a 6-year-old girl. In addition to this special type of psoriasis, she suffered from atopic dermatitis. The ... [more ▼]

Congenital psoriasis without an underlying nevus following the lines of Blaschko is described in a 6-year-old girl. In addition to this special type of psoriasis, she suffered from atopic dermatitis. The lesions were aggravated by sun exposure and phototherapy treatments, as well as by upper airways infections, without any clear explanation of these trigger factors. We propose to call this form of psoriasis congenital blaschkoid psoriasis. [less ▲]

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See detailSeasonal and interannual influences of the terrestrial ecosystems on atmospheric CO2: a model study
François, Louis ULg; Nemry, Bernard; Warnant, Pierre ULg et al

in Physics & Chemistry of the Earth - Parts A/B/C (1996), 21

The prognostic CARAIB (Carbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) model has been used in conjunction with the Max-Planck Institut TM2 atmospheric transport model to calculate the atmospheric CO2 fluctuations ... [more ▼]

The prognostic CARAIB (Carbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) model has been used in conjunction with the Max-Planck Institut TM2 atmospheric transport model to calculate the atmospheric CO2 fluctuations at the global scale. Two applications are briefly described. In the first one, the seasonal CO2 variation is calculated and a Fourier analysis is performed to determine the relative contributions of the various vegetation types. It is found that the seasonal signal is dominated by the grasslands and needle leaf forests in the northern boreal and temperate zones. In the southern hemisphere, tropical deciduous forests and grasslands make the primary contribution. In the second application, the net primary productivity (NPP), soil heterotrophic respiration (SHR) and net ecosystem productivity (NEP) are calculated for years 1987 and 1988 with the model driven by observed climatic variables. Preliminary results indicate that the NEP variations between these two years are strongly dominated by tropical ecosystems. However, it is shown that the results are strongly dependent on the dataset used for the 1987-88 temperature record, raising the question of reliability of sudl modelling studies of the interannual variability of the biosphere. 01997 Elsevier Science Ltd [less ▲]

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See detailImportance Of The Hydrophobic Energy: Structural Determination Of A Hypoglycemic Drug Of The Meglitinide Family By Nuclear Magnetic Resonance And Molecular Modeling
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Malaisse, Wj. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1996), 52(8), 1155-68

The molecular structure of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionic acid (KAD-1229), a hypoglycemic drug of the meglitinide family, was studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR ... [more ▼]

The molecular structure of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionic acid (KAD-1229), a hypoglycemic drug of the meglitinide family, was studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and molecular modeling. The results of the NMR experiments indicated that KAD-1229 existed in solution in the form of two stable conformers of equal population, called KADI and KADII in this paper. Three different molecular modelings were then applied: the classical molecular dynamics using the commercial Biosym and Hyperchem softwares and the Prot+ program, which is not based on a dynamical study but on a systematic conformational analysis of the molecule, which includes a term that allows the estimation of the hydrophobic interaction. The modeling results showed the following points. First, in contrast with classical molecular dynamics, which uses restraints from two-dimensional nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) data, the Prot+ KAD structure provides conformations that support experimental NMR data without any external intervention. In the structures in agreement with NMR data, an important hydrophobic interaction between the phenyl cycle and the perhydroisoindole ring of KAD is observed. This interaction, which seems to play a role in the biological activity of the drug, is lost when no restraints are considered in classical molecular dynamics. Second, the difference between KADI and KADII arises mainly from slight distance geometric differences at the level of the perhydroisoindole and the phenyl rings. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationships between sleep quality and glucose regulation in normal humans.
Scheen, André ULg; Byrne, M. M.; Plat, L. et al

in American Journal of Physiology (1996), 271(2 Pt 1), 261-70

To define the effects of sleep on glucose regulation, we analyzed plasma glucose levels, insulin secretion rates (ISR), and plasma growth hormone and cortisol levels in normal subjects receiving a ... [more ▼]

To define the effects of sleep on glucose regulation, we analyzed plasma glucose levels, insulin secretion rates (ISR), and plasma growth hormone and cortisol levels in normal subjects receiving a constant glucose infusion during nocturnal sleep, nocturnal sleep deprivation, and daytime recovery sleep. Plasma glucose and ISR markedly increased during early nocturnal sleep and returned to presleep levels during late sleep. These changes in glucose and ISR appeared to reflect the predominance of slow-wave (SW) stages in early sleep and of rapid-eye-movement and wake stages in late sleep. Major differences in glucose and ISR profiles were observed during sleep deprivation as glucose and ISR remained essentially stable during the first part of the night and then decreased significantly, despite the persistence of bed rest and constant glucose infusion. During daytime recovery sleep, SW stages were increased, glucose levels peaked earlier than during nocturnal sleep, and the decreases of glucose and ISR in late sleep were reduced by one-half. Thus sleep has important effects on brain and tissue glucose utilization, suggesting that sleep disturbances may adversely affect glucose tolerance. [less ▲]

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See detailLe complexe respiratoire bovin
Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

Respiratory disease is the principal cause of loss of young cattle worldwide. The syndrome arises from a number of factors, including those involving the animal, e.g., age, general condition and immune ... [more ▼]

Respiratory disease is the principal cause of loss of young cattle worldwide. The syndrome arises from a number of factors, including those involving the animal, e.g., age, general condition and immune status; its environment, e.g. changes in food, temperature and humidity that lead to stress; and the presence of infectious agents, e.g., bacteria, viruses and mycoplasmas. The syndrome, in a method proposed by the author, can be classified into four grades: Grade 1, subclinical disease; Grade 2, compensated clinical disease; Grade 3, noncompensated clinical disease; and Grade 4, irreversible clinical disease. The increase in frequency and economic impact of bovine respiratory disease complex can be correlated with the escalating industrialisation of cattle produc-tion. In intensive operations, commingling of animals from multiple sources, exposure to many orga-nisms, stress and management practices are all factors that can lead to disease. The predisposition of cattle, espe-cially beef calves, to respiratory problems is related to their lack of functional pulmonary hardiness. Selection of breeds that demons-trate adequate pulmonary function and sufficient ventilatory reserve may help in the control of the bovine respiratory disease complex, but this approach is difficult to implement and slow to produce results. Prophylactic measures, including vaccination programmes and modifying management practices to reduce stress, also have a place in preventing the bovine respiratory disease complex. Unfortunately, these measures are not always easy to put into operation and cannot completely eradicate the problem. Therapeutic strategies to minimise the economic impact of the syndrome include use of appropriate antibacterial therapy, modulation of the pulmonary inflammatory reaction and correction of mechanical disorders [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetic alignment in 2212 Bi-based superconducting system .1. Magnetic orientation of Bi2Sr2Ca1-x(RE)(x)Cu2O8-y [(RE)=Gd, Dy, Ho, Er] powder dispersed in epoxy resin at room temperature
Stassen, S.; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Research (1996), 11(5), 1082-1085

The magnetic anisotropy of rare-earth substituted 2212 materials (Bi(2)Sr(2)Ca(0.8)RE(0.2)Cu(2)O(x) with RE = Gd, Dy, Ho, Er) is put into evidence. Superconducting powder dispersed in epoxy resin is ... [more ▼]

The magnetic anisotropy of rare-earth substituted 2212 materials (Bi(2)Sr(2)Ca(0.8)RE(0.2)Cu(2)O(x) with RE = Gd, Dy, Ho, Er) is put into evidence. Superconducting powder dispersed in epoxy resin is oriented under an external magnetic field (4 T) in a direction that depends on the nature of the rare-earth used in the substitution. Both directions of observation (parallel or perpendicular to the field) were investigated. Splitting of (00l) peaks is neatly observed and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailFusogenic Properties Of The C-Terminal Domain Of The Alzheimer Beta-Amyloid Peptide
Pillot, T.; Goethals, M.; Vanloo, B. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(46), 28757-65

A series of natural peptides and mutants, derived from the Alzheimer beta-amyloid peptide, was synthesized, and the potential of these peptides to induce fusion of unilamellar lipid vesicles was ... [more ▼]

A series of natural peptides and mutants, derived from the Alzheimer beta-amyloid peptide, was synthesized, and the potential of these peptides to induce fusion of unilamellar lipid vesicles was investigated. These peptide domains were identified by computer modeling and correspond to respectively the C-terminal (e.g. residues 29-40 and 29-42) and a central domain (13-28) of the beta-amyloid peptide. The C-terminal peptides are predicted to insert in an oblique way into a lipid membrane through their N-terminal end, while the mutants are either parallel or perpendicular to the lipid bilayer. Peptide-induced vesicle fusion was demonstrated by several techniques, including lipid-mixing and core-mixing assays using pyrene-labeled vesicles. The effect of peptide elongation toward the N-terminal end of the entire beta-amyloid peptide was also investigated. Peptides corresponding to residues 22-42 and 12-42 were tested using the same techniques. Both the 29-40 and 29-42 beta-amyloid peptides were able to induce fusion of unilamellar lipid vesicles and calcein leakage, and the amyloid 29-42 peptide was the most potent fusogenic peptide. Neither the two mutants or the 13-28 beta-amyloid peptide had any fusogenic activity. Circular dichroism measurements showed an increase of the alpha-helical content of the two C-terminal peptides at increasing concentrations of trifluoroethanol, which was accompanied by an increase of the fusogenic potential of the peptides. Our data suggest that the alpha-helical content and the angle of insertion of the peptide into a lipid bilayer are critical for the fusogenic activity of the C-terminal domain of the amyloid peptide. The differences observed between the fusogenic capacity of the amyloid 29-40 and 29-42 peptides might result from differences in the degree of penetration of the peptides into the membrane and the resulting membrane destabilization. The longer peptides, residues 22-42 and 12-42, had decreased, but significant, fusogenic properties associated with perturbation of the membrane permeability. These data suggest that the fusogenic properties of the C-terminal domain of the beta-amyloid peptide might contribute to the cytotoxicity of the peptide by destabilizing the cell membrane. [less ▲]

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See detailStandardisation des mesures en imagerie thermique infrarouge chez les grands animaux domestiques
Ghafir, Y.; Spruyt, P.; Art, Tatiana ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

Thermography studies pictures recorded from radiant thermal emissions of a body. This paper analyses several measurement conditions in order to make thermographic unit reliable, ie the effects of distance ... [more ▼]

Thermography studies pictures recorded from radiant thermal emissions of a body. This paper analyses several measurement conditions in order to make thermographic unit reliable, ie the effects of distance and position of the camera, the color, lenght and power. Moreover, the effects of the site on cutaneous temperature measurements were studied in exercising horses. It can be concluded that infrared thermography is a technical to measure skin temperature which requires a few conditions to be respected. Moreover, it is a sure, simple and fast method. The ideal site for measuring skin temperature inexercising horses is the neck because of its vascularisation. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of thermal acclimation on the survival of Sitophilus granarius (L) and Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L) at low temperatures
Mignon, Jacques ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gaspar, Charles ULg

in Netherlands Journal of Zoology (1996), 46(3-4), 317-325

Low temperatures have been used for many years to control populations of stored-product insects. The aim of aeration was primarily to cool down the grain and then to prevent its deterioration by reducing ... [more ▼]

Low temperatures have been used for many years to control populations of stored-product insects. The aim of aeration was primarily to cool down the grain and then to prevent its deterioration by reducing the number of insects. In Belgium, the mild winters enable insects to survive to the next season. In autumn, the progressive lowering of temperature has an acclimation effect on stored-product insects. The present study was undertaken to determine the survival at low temperatures of non cold-acclimated and laboratory- and field-cold-acclimated insects. We have chosen to work with the granary weevil Sitophilus granarius (L.) and the saw-toothed grain beetle Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L.). They are the most frequent stored-grain pests in Belgium. To compare the cold-hardiness of different laboratory cold-acclimated insects, S. granarius and O. surinamensis were placed at nine different cold-acclimation temperature regimes. Insects were kept at 5 degrees C for 2, 4 and 6 weeks or at -5 degrees C for 4, 7 and 14 days. To assess the field-cold-acclimation in autumn and in winter, insects were monthly taken from a bin and transferred to 5 degrees C for 6 weeks. S. granarius adults were more cold-hardy than O. surinamensis, but O. surinamensis adults compensated their cold-sensibility by a great ability to acclimate. S. granarius is able to survive the winter in Belgium because of its cold-hardiness while O. surinamensis survives because of its ability to acclimate to low temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailCO2 atmosphérique et simulation de ses variations d'origine naturelle et anthropique
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; François, Louis ULg

in Revue de la Science et des Techniques (1996), 14

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See detailTransition probabilities for [Ni I] and [Ni II] lines
Quinet, Pascal ULg; Le Dourneuf, M

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1996), 119

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See detailSeabirds mortality during the 1992-1993 winter along the Belgian coast
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Brosens, L.; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140(3), 149-

During the 1992-1993 133 seabirds found on Belgian beaches were necropsied. Most frequent species were the guillemot (Uria aalge), the oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), the kittiwake (Rissa ... [more ▼]

During the 1992-1993 133 seabirds found on Belgian beaches were necropsied. Most frequent species were the guillemot (Uria aalge), the oystercatcher (Haematopus ostralegus), the kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla), the razorbill (Alca torda) and the herring gull (Larus argentatus). The three main observations were, in decreasing order, cachexia, acute and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis, and oil contamination of plumage and intestinal tract. The pelagic origin of seabirds was associated with all 3 observations; oil contamination was associated with acute gastro-enteritis and cachexia and, finally, the immature character was associated with cachexia. A hypothetical mechanism of death would be oiled pelagic seabirds that become cachectic and die of acute gastroenteritis. It is unlikely that seabirds act as a reservoir for bacteria, that were only occasionally identified in our material. Therefore, it appears that infectious agents play a minor role in seabirds stranding. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution des directions et des vitesses des vents de 1951 à 1994 sur la façade Atlantique de l’Afrique de l’Ouest du sud du Sénégal au nord de la Mauritanie.
Ozer, Pierre ULg

in Publications de l'Association Internationale de Climatologie (1996), 9

The Sahel is affected by a severe drought since the late 1960s. This paper analyses the potential fluctuations of wind on a 44-year period (1951-1994) on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. The change in ... [more ▼]

The Sahel is affected by a severe drought since the late 1960s. This paper analyses the potential fluctuations of wind on a 44-year period (1951-1994) on the Atlantic coast of West Africa. The change in wind direction could be a witness of a modification on a synoptic scale. The wind velocity recorded in four meteorological stations does not show any rise which could be linked with a continuous aridification. [less ▲]

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See detailLes échouages de cétacés: une méprise magnétique?
Das, Krishna ULg

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1996), 16(1), 126-130

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See detailParcours d’un chartiste : Robert-Henri Bautier et le recueil de ses articles
Marchandisse, Alain ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (1996), 102

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See detailPlasma Concentration of Estradiol Following Transdermal Administration of Systen 50 or Menorest 50
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg; Deroisy, Rita ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology. Supplement (1996), 103

Circulating levels of 17 beta estradiol (E2) following the administration of fixed doses of E2, show a great variability in kinetics depending upon the product administrated, the routes of administration ... [more ▼]

Circulating levels of 17 beta estradiol (E2) following the administration of fixed doses of E2, show a great variability in kinetics depending upon the product administrated, the routes of administration, and the interindividual variations in absorption and metabolism. This might have important implications both in terms of tolerance and effectiveness. Two new forms of transdermal E2 (SYSTEN Cilag and MENOREST Rhone-Poulenc Rorer) have been recently accepted in Europe for the treatment of climacteric symptoms. The present study was undertaken to compare the pharmacokinetic characteristics of plasma E2 profile under these two drugs. It was carried out in 30 healthy postmenopausal volunteers according to good clinical practice after informed consent, as a single blind, randomised, cross-over study during the classical wearing period of 4 days. Plasma E2 concentration was determined 24 hours before, 1/2 hour before and then 2, 4, 8, 12, 24, 48, 72, 84, 96 hours after the first patch administration. E2 measurement was performed using a specific direct radioimmunoassay developed in the FRH laboratories. The main criteria for this method were an intraassay coefficient of variation (CV) less than 6%, an interassay CV less than 8% in a concentration range of 15-140 pg/ml and a quantitative detection limit (LOQ) of 2.7 pg/ml with a 20% CV. The following kinetic parameters were analysed: C(max), C(mean), C96 and MRT. The bioequivalence was assessed by analysis of variance of C(max), C(mean), C96 and AuC after logarithmic transformation, complemented by Westlake test (95%). Data show that these two products are identical in terms of C(max) but C(mean), C96 and AuC are statistically greater when MENOREST 50(R) is administered; furthermore, E2 levels decrease more rapidly and more deeply with SYSTEN 50 than MENOREST 50. The differences of pharmacokinetic profiles after administration of two different forms of the same dose of 50 micrograms transdermal 17 beta estradiol might have important medical consequences. [less ▲]

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See detailDélocalisation d'une division de l'entreprise et intérêt social
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Revue pratique des sociétés (1996), (1), 60-90

Les titulaires d'intérêts catégoriels dans une société (tels que les travailleurs) disposent-ils d'un droit d'agir en justice au nom de l'intérêt social, à la suite de la décision de délocalisation de l ... [more ▼]

Les titulaires d'intérêts catégoriels dans une société (tels que les travailleurs) disposent-ils d'un droit d'agir en justice au nom de l'intérêt social, à la suite de la décision de délocalisation de l'activité sociétaire? [less ▲]

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See detailHistorical seismicity of the Strait of Dover–Pas de Calais
Melville, Charles; Levret, Agnès; Alexandre, Pierre ULg et al

in Terra Nova (1996), 8

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See detailDNA bending by the silencer protein NeP1 is modulated by TR and RXR.
Arnold, R.; Burcin, M.; Kaiser, Bruno ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (1996), 24(14), 2640-7

NeP1 binds to the F1 silencer element of the chicken lysozyme gene and, in the presence of TR, v-ERBA or RAR, synergistically represses transcriptional activity. This repression involves a silencing ... [more ▼]

NeP1 binds to the F1 silencer element of the chicken lysozyme gene and, in the presence of TR, v-ERBA or RAR, synergistically represses transcriptional activity. This repression involves a silencing mechanism acting independently of the relative promoter position. Here we show that NeP1 alone can induce a significant directed bend on DNA. The chicken homologue of human NeP1, CTCF, shows identical binding and bending properties. In contrast, the isolated DNA binding domain of CTCF efficiently binds DNA, but fails to confer bending. Similarly, the TR-RXR hetero- or homodimer, binding adjacent to NeP1 at the F2 sequence, do not show significant DNA bending. The binding of the T3 ligand to TR changes neither the magnitude nor the direction of the NeP1 induced bend. However, when all factors are bound simultaneously as a quaternary complex, the TR-RXR heterodimer changes the location of the bend center, the flexure angle and the bending direction. [less ▲]

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See detailLa géographie au service du développement local. Le bilan du Colloque de Liège (16-18 novembre 1995) de l'Association de Géographes Français
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Cahiers de Géographie du Quebec (1996), 40(111), 479-484

Summary of a symposium held in Liege from 16 to 18 November 1996 on the theme of local development

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See detailPolar overdominance at the ovine callipyge locus
Cockett, N.; Jackson, S.; Shaw, T. et al

in Science (1996), 273(5272), 236-238

An inheritable muscular hypertrophy was recently described in sheep and shown to be determined by the callipyge gene mapped to ovine chromosome 18. Here, the callipyge phenotype was found to be ... [more ▼]

An inheritable muscular hypertrophy was recently described in sheep and shown to be determined by the callipyge gene mapped to ovine chromosome 18. Here, the callipyge phenotype was found to be characterized by a nonmendelian inheritance pattern, referred to as polar overdominance, where only heterozygous individuals having inherited the callipyge mutation from their sire express the phenotype. The possible role of parental imprinting in the determinism of polar overdominance is envisaged. [less ▲]

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See detailThe frequency of cutaneous vasculitis is not increased in patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with methotrexate
Kaye, O.; Beckers, C. C.; Paquet, P. et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (1996), 23(2), 253-257

OBJECTIVE: To analyse the frequency, type, and immunohistological features of clinical cutaneous vasculitis developing in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated or not with methotrexate as well ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To analyse the frequency, type, and immunohistological features of clinical cutaneous vasculitis developing in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) treated or not with methotrexate as well as their demographic, clinical and biological characteristics. METHODS: Ninety-one patients with RA receiving 9.5 mg/wk of methotrexate (MTX) were compared for an average observation time of 18 months to 130 matched patients with RA treated with various drugs excluding MTX. RESULTS: Whether receiving MTX or not, 5.4% of patients with RA developed a clinical cutaneous vasculitis. There were significant differences between both groups for 2 variables only: a higher percentage of polyneuropathies and a higher level of immune complex-plasma levels in non-MTX patients. The immunohistological analysis did not differentiate both groups. CONCLUSION: The percentage of cutaneous vasculitis that developed under MTX therapy was not different from that occurring as a natural complication of longstanding severe RA. [less ▲]

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See detailSeduzione borghese e cultura dell'artificio. Femmes fatales in Oriani e Chelli
Curreri, Luciano ULg

in Italian Quarterly (1996), 129-130

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See detailTwo-Phase Finite Element Comparative Study of a Side Structure of a Middle Size Tanker
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Membres ISSC 94, Comimittee II (Sumi et Al.)

in Marine Structures (1996)

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