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See detailLa réforme du premier degré en Communauté française de Belgique veut relever le défi d'une pédagogie de la réussite
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in Recherche en Education. Théorie & Pratique (1996), 5-6

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See detailUnimolecular Reaction Dynamics from Kinetic Energy Release Distributions. 2. A Study of the Reaction C6H5Br+->C6H5++Br by the Maximum Entropy Method.
Urbain, P.; Remacle, Françoise ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry (1996), 100(19), 8003-8007

The kinetic translational energy released in the unimolecular fragmentation reaction C6H5Br+->C6H5++Br has been experimentally studied in the microsecond time scale and theoretically analyzed by the ... [more ▼]

The kinetic translational energy released in the unimolecular fragmentation reaction C6H5Br+->C6H5++Br has been experimentally studied in the microsecond time scale and theoretically analyzed by the maximum entropy formalism. The appropriate functional form relating the actual distribution to its prior distribution (eq.2.3) involves the square root of the kinetic energy (i.e. the momentum associated with the relative translational energy). A value of 0.26+/-0.02 eV is obtained by the entropy deficiency distribution at an internal energy of 0.85 eV above the reaction threshold. From this value, it can be concluded that 77% of the transition state phase space is efficiently sampled. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Sarcome primitif de l'artere pulmonaire.
Pestieau, S.; Detry, Olivier ULg; Canivet, Jean-Luc ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(11), 681-3

Nous rapportons un cas rare de sarcome de l'artère pulmonaire, diagnostiqué chez un patient souffrant de décompensation cardiaque. L'échographie cardiaque transoesophagienne et la tomodensitométrie ... [more ▼]

Nous rapportons un cas rare de sarcome de l'artère pulmonaire, diagnostiqué chez un patient souffrant de décompensation cardiaque. L'échographie cardiaque transoesophagienne et la tomodensitométrie thoracique ont permis un diagnostic précis de masse dans l'artère pulmonaire. Le traitement instauré fut une résection chirurgicale, aidée par une circulation extra corporelle et un arrêt cardiaque en hypothermie, et l'analyse anatomopathologique de la pièce réséquée a décris la présence d'un sarcome peu différencié de l'artère pulmonaire. Quoiqu'un traitement postopératoire complémentaire par chimiothérapie a été entrepris, le pronostic vital du patient reste sombre à moyen terme au vu des données de la littérature. [less ▲]

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See detailWhere is the Algorithmic Support?
Wolper, Pierre ULg

in ACM Computing Surveys (1996), 28(4es), 58

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See detailLes morphinomimétiques en réanimation
Lamy, Maurice ULg; Joris, Jean ULg; Damas, Pierre ULg et al

in Revue Janssen-Cilag (1996)

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See detailComparison of some modules of the Lie algebra of vector fields
Lecomte, Pierre ULg; Mathonet, Pierre ULg; Tousset, E.

in Indagationes Mathematicae (1996), 7(4), 461-471

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See detailUne banque de questions au service de l'évaluation formative dans l'enseignement technique du deuxième degré
Denis, Brigitte ULg; Bosmans, Catherine ULg; Jans, Véronique

in Informations pédagogiques (1996), (22), 23-33

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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 detailArthrite septique du boulet : corrélation entre imagerie et examen anatomo-pathologique
Busoni, Valeria ULg; Rossi, Giacomo; Denoix, Jean-Marie

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (1996), 28

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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 detailL'Aurignacien de Siuren I (Crimée, Ukraine)
Otte, Marcel ULg; Noiret, Pierre ULg; Tatartsev, Serguei et al

in Anthropologica et Praehistorica : Bulletin de la Société Royale Belge d'Anthropologie et de Préhistoire (1996), 107

New excavations at Siuren I allowed to control the stratigraphy of the site, to give radiometric dating to the two main layers encountered and to reevaluate the lithic and faunal materials. The new dates ... [more ▼]

New excavations at Siuren I allowed to control the stratigraphy of the site, to give radiometric dating to the two main layers encountered and to reevaluate the lithic and faunal materials. The new dates show that a real Aurignacian is present at Siuren I around 28000-29000 BP. These occupations were probably a late extension of this culture through Eastern Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailAssureurs et prédations: Les développements de l'assurance contre le vol en France
Lemaître, André ULg

in Les Cahiers de la Sécurité Intérieure (1996), N°25

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See detailRéactions physiologiques face à des conditions extrêmes de chaleur et d'humidité relative: Etude des effets de l'exercice
Art, Tatiana ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (1996), 28

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a hot and humid environment on the pattern of breathing and the gas exchange in heavily exercising horses. Five healthy fit standardbred horses ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a hot and humid environment on the pattern of breathing and the gas exchange in heavily exercising horses. Five healthy fit standardbred horses (493± 14 kg; 4± 0,5yrs) were investigated twice at eight days interval, once in temperated atmos¬pheric conditions (TC) (ambient temperature : 15o C; relative humidity : 55 %) and once in hot and humid conditions (HHC) (ambient temperature : 30°C; relative humidity : 75 %). The standardized treadmill exercise test consisted in 8 min warm-up and in 8 min exer¬cise (1 min at 1,7, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 m/sec and 2 min at 4 m/sec with a 6% slope). Respiratory airflow, tidal volume, respiratory frequency as well as the 02 and C02 fraction in the inspired and expired gases were continuously recorded, using 2 ultrasonic pneumo¬tachographs connected to a face mask and a mass spectrometer. Oxygen uptake (VO2, carbon dioxide output (VCO2,), respiratory quotient (RQ) and expired minute volume (VE.) as well as alveolar partial pressure in C02 (PAC02) were obtained on a breath-by--breath basis. The maximal values obtained during the highest intensity were used for the comparison between both tests. Heart rate and skip temperature were continuously recorded, using a heart rate recording system and a real time infrared thermographic unit, respecti¬vely. Venous blood was sampled before and 2 min after the completion of the test for hematological and biochemical analysis, namely plasma lactate (LA), beta-endorphins, cortisol (Cor). Running in HHC induced a significant decrease in peak VE, VO2, VCO2 and oxygen pulse, while RQ remained unchanged and PAC02 increased. The changes in skin temperature (ST), i.e. the difference between ST at rest and at 10 m/sec, was dramatically higher in HHC. As well, the test-induced changes, i.e. the differences between the values before and after the test, in Cor, beta-endorphins and LA values after the test were significantly higher. This study shows that performing a strenuous exercise in hot, humid conditions in unacclimatized horses induced a reduction of the aerobic capacity, i.e. decrease of the VO2 and increase of LA production. A relative hypoventilation could be partly responsible for this observation, but all the steps of the oxygen transport from the pulmonary ventilation to the muscle metabolism could also potentially be impaired in such conditions [less ▲]

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See detailCarotid Surgery in Octogenarians: Is It Worthwhile?
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; Lacroix; Desiron, Quentin ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1996), 96(2), 71-7

Controversy surrounds the role of carotid endarterectomy in octogenarians. Although the prognosis of severe degree carotid stenosis is more ominous in the elderly, operative risk seems more important in ... [more ▼]

Controversy surrounds the role of carotid endarterectomy in octogenarians. Although the prognosis of severe degree carotid stenosis is more ominous in the elderly, operative risk seems more important in the aged. To evaluate the presumed detrimental effect of advanced age on the mortality-morbidity of carotid endarterectomy, the authors reviewed their common experience with carotid surgery in patients aged 80 years or more. From 1980 to 1994, 129 octogenarians were operated on for occlusive carotid artery disease in two university hospitals. The data for these patients, 80 years of age and older (group 1) are compared to these for a large middle age group (less than 80 years) (group 2) operated by the same surgeons during that period. The baseline characteristics of both groups were similar, except for smoking, diabetes and previous myocardial revascularization, more prevalent in the younger age group. In the elderly group prophylactic surgery for asymptomatic stenosis was done in 36%, versus 40% of the middle aged patients, and for stroke in evolution in 8% versus 4% (p < 0.05). The perioperative stroke rate was 0.8% in the group older than 80 years, compared to 1.2% for non octogenarians (NS). The operative mortality was similar for both age groups (2.3 and 1.5 respectively). The long-term results gave a similar outlook for both age groups. The 5-year stroke-free rate reached 89% for group 1 versus 91% for group 2. The 5-year survival rate, however, was less for the elderly patients (47% versus 77%, mean follow-up periods of 30 and 49 months). These results suggest that carotid endarterectomy can be safely done in elderly patients, with a similar risk/benefit ratio as for the younger patients. Advanced age, by itself, is not to be considered as contraindication to carotid surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailCellular Pathways Involved In The Ex Vivo Expression Of Bovine Leukemia Virus
Kerkhofs, P.; Adam, E.; Droogmans, L. et al

in Journal of Virology (1996), 70(4),

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See detailMaurice Streel, an annotated list of his publications.
Steemans, Philippe ULg; Loboziak, S

in Annales de la Société Géologique de Belgique (1996), 117

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See detailA site with foliicolous lichens in Belgium
van den Boom, Pieter; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1996), 129

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See detailCloning and expression of a new HOXC6 transcript encoding a repressing protein
Chariot, Alain ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Le, P. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1996), 319

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription factors that regulate the co-ordinated expression of multiple genes involved in development, differentiation and malignant transformation. In an attempt ... [more ▼]

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription factors that regulate the co-ordinated expression of multiple genes involved in development, differentiation and malignant transformation. In an attempt to characterize expressed homeobox (HOX) genes in breast cancer cells, we cloned two distinct HOXC6 transcripts from an MCF7 cDNA library, Interestingly, one of them represents a new HOXC6 mRNA encoding a homeodomain-containing protein harbouring a unique N-terminal sequence. Moreover we demonstrate that this HOXC6 transcript is less abundant in human breast cancer cells than in non-tumorigenic cell lines, is detected in breast carcinomas and adjacent tissues and is expressed in a variety of human tumours. In addition, transient co-transfection experiments illustrated that both HOXC6 transcripts encode gene products that repress transcription from a HOX binding sequence in MDA-MB231 cells and co-operate with other HOX gene products such as HOXB7 on their target genes. Taken together, our results suggest that HOXC6 proteins might contribute to the breast cell phenotype through co-operative interactions with other HOX-derived proteins and repression of their target genes. [less ▲]

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See detailDefective iron supply for erythropoiesis and adequate endogenous erythropoietin production in the anemia associated with systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis.
Cazzola, M.; Ponchio, L.; de Benedetti, F. et al

in Blood (1996), 87(11), 4824-30

Systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis (SoJCA) is associated with high levels of circulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is frequently complicated by severe microcytic anemia whose pathogenesis is unclear ... [more ▼]

Systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis (SoJCA) is associated with high levels of circulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is frequently complicated by severe microcytic anemia whose pathogenesis is unclear. Therefore, we studied 20 consecutive SoJCA patients with hemoglobin (Hb) levels <12 g/dL, evaluating erythroid progenitor proliferation, endogenous erythropoietin production, body iron status, and iron supply for erythropoiesis. Hb concentrations ranged from 6.5 to 11.9 g/dL. Hb level was directly related to mean corpuscular volume (r = .82, P < .001) and inversely related to circulating transferrin receptor (r = -.81, P < .001) suggesting that the severity of anemia was directly proportional to the degree of iron-deficient erythropoiesis. Serum ferritin ranged from 18 to 1,660 microgram/L and was unrelated to Hb level. Bone marrow iron stores wore markedly reduced in the three children investigated, and they also showed increased serum transferrin receptor and normal-to-high serum ferritin. All 20 patients had elevated IL-6 levels and normal in vitro growth of erythroid progenitors. Endogenous erythropoietin (epo) production was appropriate for the degree of anemia as judged by both the observed to predicted log (serum epo) ratio 10.95 +/- 0.12) and a comparison of the serum epo-Hb regression found in these subjects with that of thalassemia patients. Multiple regression analysis showed that serum transferrin receptor was the parameter most closely related to hemoglobin concentration: variation in circulating transferrin receptor explained 61% of the variation in Hb level (P < .001). In 10 severely anemic patients, amelioration of anemia following intravenous iron administration resulted in normalization of serum transferrin receptor. Defective iron supply to the erythron rather than blunted epo production is the major cause of the microcytic anemia associated with SoJCA. A true body-iron deficiency caused by decreased iron absorption likely complicates long-lasting inflammation in the most anemic children, and this can be recognized by high serum transferrin receptor levels. Although oral iron is of no benefit, intravenous iron saccharate is a safe and effective means for improving iron availability for erythropoiesis and correcting this anemia. Thus, while chronically high endogenous IL-6 levels do not appear to blunt epo production, they are probably responsible for the observed abnormalities in iron metabolism. Anemia of chronic disease encompasses a variety of anemic conditions whose peculiar features may specifically correlate with the type of cytokine(s) predominantly released. [less ▲]

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See detailLe développement local : introduction et bilan et conclusions
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Géographies. Bulletin de l'Association de Géographes Français (1996), (5), 382-385464-467

Introduction and conclusions of a conference we organized in Liege in order to bring together Francophone researchers in local development

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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 detailDetection And Identification Of Sweet Potato Viruses By The Polymerase Chain Reaction
Colinet, D.; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg; Xia, Fz. et al

in Agro Food Industry Hi-Tech (1996), 7(2),

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See detailLessons from the discovery of leptin: is obesity an endocrine disease?
Scheen, André ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1996), 51(6), 371-6

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See detailBrain thiamine, its phosphate esters, and its metabolizing enzymes in Alzheimer's disease.
Mastrogiacomo, Frank; Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Grisar, Thierry ULg et al

in Annals of Neurology (1996), 39

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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 detailTests au sol du télescope spatial XMM
Mazy, Emmanuel ULg; Stockman, Yvan ULg; Rochus, Pierre ULg

in SupOptique Avenir 1996 page 14-16. (1996)

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See detailCan Motor Recovery in Stroke Patients Be Predicted by Early Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ?
Rapisarda, Giuseppe; Bastings, Eric; MAERTENS DE NOORDHOUT, Alain ULg et al

in Stroke (1996), 27(12), 2191-2196

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See detailTaurine increases in the nucleus accumbens microdialysate after acute ethanol administration to naive and chronically alcoholised rats
Dahchour, Abdelkhader; Quertemont, Etienne ULg; De Witte, Philippe

in Brain Research (1996), 735

The extracellular changes of amino acids glutamate, taurine and GABA in the nucleus accumbens of freely moving rats were estimated using the microdialysis technique following acute and chronic ethanol ... [more ▼]

The extracellular changes of amino acids glutamate, taurine and GABA in the nucleus accumbens of freely moving rats were estimated using the microdialysis technique following acute and chronic ethanol injections (1, 2, and 3 g/kg body weight). Compared to baseline values, taurine increased by 154%, 142% and 162%, 20 min after the acute injection of, respectively, 1, 2 and 3 g/kg body weight ethanol, while 40 min after ethanol injection, taurine had increased by 124%, 146% and 168%. No changes in either glutamate or GABA were detected at any time points assayed. In the rats which had received chronic ethanol administration prior to a further acute ethanol injection (1, 2, and 3 g/kg body weight), taurine increased by 138%, 144% and 180%, 20 min after the ethanol injection, and at 40 min post ethanol injection taurine had increased by 134%, 160% and 158%, compared to the basal baseline value. No significant changes were observed in either glutamate or GABA microdialysate content in these chronic studies. The biological role played by taurine after acute ethanol injection in the nucleus accumbens remains unclear but may be associated with a yet, undefined mechanism, in reducing the cytotoxicity of ethanol. [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 detailEnhancement of nuclear receptor transcriptional signalling.
Renkawitz, Rainer; Kaltschmidt, Christian; Leers, Joerg et al

in Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (1996), 56(1-6 Spec No), 39-45

Glucocorticoids and thyroid hormones induce complex responses in about every mammalian tissue. These effects are mediated by the transcription factor function of the corresponding nuclear receptors, which ... [more ▼]

Glucocorticoids and thyroid hormones induce complex responses in about every mammalian tissue. These effects are mediated by the transcription factor function of the corresponding nuclear receptors, which in most cases achieve the observed regulatory strength in synergy with other factors. Here we describe the functional interaction of the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) with liver-specific transcription factors, the functional synergy of GR with the thyroid hormone receptor (TR), the synergizing sub-domains of the TR, and finally the direct interaction of the GR with other proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailLe vétérinaire et la qualité microbiologique des denrées alimentaires d’origine animale
Vindevogel, Henri ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Denys, Jacques et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 141

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See detailInsectes ravageurs: Protection des grains stockés
Mignon, Jacques ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gaspar, Charles

in Agricontact (1996), 287

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See detailForbidden Lines in 6pk (j=1-5) configurations
Biémont, Emile ULg; Quinet, Pascal ULg

in Physica Scripta (1996), 54

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See detailElectrical microenvironment influence on the hydrolytic activity of free and immobilised Yarrowia lipolytica lipase
Paquot, Michel ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg; Beaufils, C. et al

in Biotechnology Letters (1996), 18(1), 73-78

The role of electrical properties of interfaces upon the activity of free and immobilised Yarrowia lipolytica lipase has been investigated. Sodium taurocholate and Sedipur 400, an anionic polyacrylamide ... [more ▼]

The role of electrical properties of interfaces upon the activity of free and immobilised Yarrowia lipolytica lipase has been investigated. Sodium taurocholate and Sedipur 400, an anionic polyacrylamide, enhance the negative character of the fatty droplets of substrate and tend to improve the lipolytic activity while the cationic polyacrylamide (Sedipur 900) has opposite effects. Ca+ which reduces the fatty droplets charge as Sedipur 900, is however a good activator of the enzyme. The role of electrical properties on the optimum pH of the immobilised enzyme is clearer. Immobilisation of the lipase on a positively charged support shifts its optimum pH to acidic pH by repulsion towards H+ ions around the support. [less ▲]

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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 detailThe tilapia prolactin I gene: evolutionary conservation of the regulatory elements directing pituitary-specific expression
Poncelet, A. C.; Levavi-Sivan, B.; Muller, Marc ULg et al

in DNA & Cell Biology (1996), 15(8), 679-92

To study the elements involved in the pituitary specific transcriptional regulation of the tilapia prolactin I gene (tiPRL I), we have cloned and entirely sequenced a 3.4-kb genomic fragment immediately ... [more ▼]

To study the elements involved in the pituitary specific transcriptional regulation of the tilapia prolactin I gene (tiPRL I), we have cloned and entirely sequenced a 3.4-kb genomic fragment immediately upstream from the first exon. In footprinting experiments, three tilapia sequences are protected from DNase I digestion by rat pituitary extracts (base pair coordinates -643 to -593, -160 to -111, and -73 to -46). Computer analysis of the nucleotide sequence reveals significant homology to mammalian binding sites for Pit-1, a transcription factor that is known to mediate pituitary-specific expression of the PRL genes in mammals. The tiPRL I 5'-flanking sequences can direct transient expression of a linked luciferase reporter gene in transfected rat pituitary cell lines and tilapia pituitary primary cell cultures. Transient expression experiments with 5'-deletion mutants reveal three regulatory regions. Two have a stimulatory effect on transcription and one an inhibitory effect. Electrophoretic mobility-shift assays (EMSA) demonstrate that the rat Pit-1 factor specifically binds to tilapia DNA sequences. Several such tilapia Pit-1 binding sites mediate activation of a linked heterologous promoter in transfected rat and tilapia pituitary cells. As evidenced by EMSA, a Pit-1-like protein is present in tilapia pituitary extracts. All these data point to a high conservation of the molecular mechanisms involved in pituitary-specific expression of the PRL genes in vertebrates. [less ▲]

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See detailNew ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor, (E)-2′-deoxy-(fluromethylene) cytidine, acts as a radiosensitizer on human colon and cervix cancer cell lines
Coucke, Philippe ULg; LI, XY; Cottin, E et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1996), 40(Supplément 1), 135

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See detailA Possible Role for the Alpha 1-->3 Galactosyl Epitope and the Natural Anti-Gal Antibody in Oncogenesis
Gollogly, L.; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Neoplasma (1996), 43(5), 285-9

Glycoconjugates and their antibodies are vital components of host-tumor interaction. This review concentrates on the oncological implications of research concerning the alpha gal triad; the alpha 1-->3 ... [more ▼]

Glycoconjugates and their antibodies are vital components of host-tumor interaction. This review concentrates on the oncological implications of research concerning the alpha gal triad; the alpha 1-->3 galactosyl epitope (alpha Gal), the enzyme responsible for its construction, alpha 1,3 galactosyl transferase (alpha 1-3GT), and its associated antibody: anti-gal. Alpha gal epitopes, previously assumed to be absent from human tissue, have been demonstrated on several human cancer cell lines, senescent red blood cells, and Graves' disease thyrocytes. Alpha-gal presence on neoplastic lines is correlated with increased metastatic formation in animal models. The mechanisms of human response to these neoantigens are complex, as natural anti-gal antibodies exist in high titers in normal sera, thus predicting immunological recognition of cells expressing alpha gal epitopes. Hypotheses vary regarding the pathogenic contributions of metastasis-associated phenomena such as de novo expression of alpha gal and its unmasking by desialylation. The means by which alpha gal is sporadically expressed in human tissue remain unknown, as the galactosyl transferase which produces this epitope in constitutively expressive animals has undergone significant mutation at the genomic level in humans. Pathological re-expression is presumed to require permissive changes at a cellular level. Detailing these alterations is a prerequisite to the comprehension of the metastatic phenotype. In this context, the possibility of therapeutic strategies affecting alpha gal expression are also discussed. [less ▲]

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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 detailAn improved preparation method of benzyl and thenyl triphenylphosphonium salt
Zhang, Jian-Xin; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Synthetic Communications (1996), 26(16), 3091-3095

New benzyl and thenyl phosphonium salts have been prepared by an improved method in solution from the parent alcohols and triphenylphosphine hydrobromide. Benzyl-type alcohols containing a tertiary amine ... [more ▼]

New benzyl and thenyl phosphonium salts have been prepared by an improved method in solution from the parent alcohols and triphenylphosphine hydrobromide. Benzyl-type alcohols containing a tertiary amine can also be converted within high yields to phosphonium salts by removing the formed water by azeotropic distillation. Solvent (methylene chloride, chloroform and acetonitrile) and temperature have been chosen in close relation to the alcohol reactivity. Purification is straightforward and yields are relatively high. [less ▲]

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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 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 detailQuel encadrement pour quelle qualité de l'enseignement?
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Pilotinfo (1996), (13), 1-8

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See detailGlycoprotein H (gII/gp108) and glycoprotein L form a functional complex which plays a role in penetration, but not in attachment, of bovine herpesvirus 1.
van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk, S.; Khattar, S.; Tikoo, S. K. et al

in Journal of General Virology (The) (1996), 77 ( Pt 7)

The glycoproteins of bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1) play important roles in the interactions between virions and target cells. A 108 kDa glycoprotein, designated gII or gp 108, has been identified by two ... [more ▼]

The glycoproteins of bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1) play important roles in the interactions between virions and target cells. A 108 kDa glycoprotein, designated gII or gp 108, has been identified by two different panels of monoclonal antibodies. The gII- and gp 108-specific monoclonal antibodies were shown to react with the same protein, which was identified by N-terminal sequencing as the homologue of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) gH. When BHV-1 gH was purified by immunoadsorbent chromatography, gL was co-purified. The gH-gL complex induced the production of antibodies that neutralized virus infectivity and inhibited virus penetration. Affinity-purified gH-gL did prevent penetration, but not attachment of BHV-1, which suggests that the gH-gL complex is essential for penetration of BHV-1 into susceptible cells. [less ▲]

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See detailInactivated Bovine Herpesvirus 1 Induces Apoptotic Cell Death of Mitogen-Stimulated Bovine Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells
Hanon, E.; Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Lyaku, S. et al

in Journal of Virology (1996), 70(6), 4116-4120

Bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1) is able to inhibit the proliferation of bovine peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Here, we have demonstrated that live BHV-1 and, interestingly, inactivated BHV-1 can induce ... [more ▼]

Bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1) is able to inhibit the proliferation of bovine peripheral blood mononuclear cells. Here, we have demonstrated that live BHV-1 and, interestingly, inactivated BHV-1 can induce apoptosis of mitogen-stimulated bovine peripheral blood mononuclear cells in vitro. [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 detailLanguage in adults with Down syndrome
Rondal, Jean-Adolphe ULg; Comblain, Annick ULg

in Down's Syndrome, Research and Practice : The Journal of the Sarah Duffen Centre (1996), 4(1), 3-14

In this paper, we will try to supply at least a partial answer to the three following questions. First, what language levels are reached by adults with Down syndrome? Second, is there progress in language ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we will try to supply at least a partial answer to the three following questions. First, what language levels are reached by adults with Down syndrome? Second, is there progress in language or some aspects of it beyond adolescence and during the adult years? This question is related to the issue of a critical period for language development raised by Eric Lenneberg (1967). Third, what is the effect of ageing on the language of persons with Down syndrome, including those who develop Alzheimer disease in old age? [less ▲]

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See detailReturns Interval and Variability in Risk Measurement
Corhay, Albert ULg; Tourani Rad, Alireza

in Belgian Journal of Operations Research, Statistics and Computer Science = Revue Belge de Recherche Opérationnelle, de Statistique et d'Information (1996), 36

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See detailBrain protein and alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase complex activity in Alzheimer's disease
Mastrogiacomo, Frank; Lindsay, J. Gordon; Bettendorff, Lucien ULg et al

in Annals of Neurology (1996), 39

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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 detailCosmological formation of low-mass objects
Haiman, Z.; Thoul, Anne ULg; Loeb, A.

in Astrophysical Journal (1996), 464(2), 523-538

We investigate the early formation of bound objects with masses comparable to the cosmological Jeans mass (similar to 10(5) M.). We follow the growth of isolated spherically symmetric density peaks ... [more ▼]

We investigate the early formation of bound objects with masses comparable to the cosmological Jeans mass (similar to 10(5) M.). We follow the growth of isolated spherically symmetric density peaks starting from the linear perturbative regime. The initial parameters correspond to density peaks of various widths and heights in a cold dark matter cosmology. We use a one-dimensional spherical Lagrangian hydrodynamics code to follow the dynamical, thermal, and nonequilibrium chemical evolution of the gas. The system includes a collisionless dark matter component and a baryonic component composed of the nine species H, H-, H+, He, He+, He++, H-2, H-2(+), and e(-). All relevant chemical reactions between these species and their cooling mechanisms are included in the calculations. We explore the dependence of the dynamical evolution of the gas on two parameters: the initial mass scale and the initial overdensity of the system. We follow the evolution of the density, temperature, and abundance profiles within the cloud, assuming two types of central boundary conditions for the collisionless component: in one the infalling dark matter virializes through a reflection from a hard sphere, while in the other it accretes onto a central sink. We find that in both cases, radiative cooling by H-2 affects the collapse dynamics of the gas only after it has already virialized and become part of the bound object. Therefore, radiative cooling is unlikely to have triggered the initial collapse of perturbations at redshifts z>10. Nevertheless, baryonic objects with masses well below the linear theory Jeans mass (less than or similar to 10(3) M.) form at high redshifts because of shell crossing by the dark matter. Such objects could be the progenitors of a primordial population of high-mass stars in the intergalactic medium. [less ▲]

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See detailLe fonctionnement de la mémoire à court terme auditive-vocale dans le syndrome de Down : Implications pour le modèle de mémoire de travail
Comblain, Annick ULg

in ANAE : Approche Neuropsychologique des Apprentissages chez l'Enfant (1996), 8(4-5), 137-147

Since the end of the sixties, number of studies have put in obviousness that the short-term memory span of mentally retarded subjects remains largely below the level expected regarding their mental age ... [more ▼]

Since the end of the sixties, number of studies have put in obviousness that the short-term memory span of mentally retarded subjects remains largely below the level expected regarding their mental age and their chronological age. Mackenzie and Hulme (1987) and Hulme and Mackenzie (1992), for example, showed that verbal short-term memory abilities of mentally retarded subjects do not develop at the same rate than other cognitives aspects. These results provide important information on the development of memory span in those subjects but do not provide information on the functioning of the different components of their verbal short-term memory. We conducted several experiments in order to supply with this deficit and to describe the functioning of the verbal short-term memory in a group of Down's syndrome subjects. Our data put in obviousness the similarity of verbal short-term memory's functioning in Down's syndrome subjects and in normal children (phonological similarity effect and word length effect). The absence of a significant correlation between articulation rate and memory span in Down's syndrome people (like in less than 6 years old normal children, see Gathercole et al., 1993, 1994) leads us to discuss a central point of the working memory model (Baddeley, 1986). [less ▲]

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See detailCloning of choriocarcinoma cells shows that invasion correlates with expression and activation of gelatinase A
Crescimanno, C.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 227

Implantation and placental development are dependent upon trophoblast invasion of the endometrium. While the villous trophoblast does not display invasive behavior, the extravillous cytotrophoblast is ... [more ▼]

Implantation and placental development are dependent upon trophoblast invasion of the endometrium. While the villous trophoblast does not display invasive behavior, the extravillous cytotrophoblast is highly invasive. By cloning BeWo choriocarcinoma cells, we have isolated two distinct clones that share similarities with villous and extravillous cytotrophoblasts. When cultured at the surface of a type I collagen gel, BeWo MC-1 cells were not invasive, whereas BeWo MC-2 cells rapidly invaded this matrix. When injected subcutaneously in nude mice, BeWo MC-1 cells developed a localized tumor and BeWo MC-2 cells developed larger tumors with micrometastases. Gelatinase A expression and minute amounts of gelatinase B were detected in the parental cell line and in both clones. However, the parental and the BeWo MC-2 cells secreted 5- to 10-fold more gelatinase A than the BeWo MC-1 cells. Laminin and matrigel stimulated the production of gelatinase A in BeWo MC-2 cells. Type I collagen promoted the conversion of the 72-kDa progelatinase A in an active enzyme only in parental BeWo and in BeWo MC-2 cells. These clones provide an interesting model for studying the complex mechanisms regulating implantation as well as the controlled invasiveness during implantation compared to tumor invasion. [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 detailLe cas clinique du mois. Hemochromatose genetique
Collignon, Nathalie ULg; Delwaide, Jean ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(2), 150-153

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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 detailCytochemistry of the tergite epicuticle of Glomeris marginata (Villers) (MYRIAPODA, DIPLOPODA): preliminary experimental results
Compère, Philippe ULg; Defise, Stéphane; Goffinet, Gerhard ULg

in Mémoires du Muséum d'Histoire naturelle (Paris) - Acta Myriapodologica (1996), 169

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See detailAnaesthesia for cardiac surgery
Larbuisson, Robert ULg; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology (1996), 9

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See detailRelationship between Parathion and Paraoxon Toxicokinetics, Lung Metabolic Activity, and Cholinesterase Inhibition in Guinea Pig and Rabbit Lungs
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Delaunois, Annie et al

in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (1996), 138(2), 201-210

Kinetic parameters of parathion and paraoxon uptake were determined in isolated and perfused rabbit and guinea pig lungs. They were related to organophosphate-induced lung cholinesterase inhibition. A ... [more ▼]

Kinetic parameters of parathion and paraoxon uptake were determined in isolated and perfused rabbit and guinea pig lungs. They were related to organophosphate-induced lung cholinesterase inhibition. A single pass procedure was used to perfuse the lungs with an artificial medium perfusate containing paraoxon or parathion. The paraoxon and parathion concentrations were determined in the effluents collected at chosen intervals over an 18-min period beginning at the start of perfusion. Three inflowing concentrations (1 nmol/ml, 10 nmol/ml, and 20 nmol/ml) were tested in guinea pig lungs and one (10 nmol/ml) in rabbit lungs. Cholinesterase activity was determined at time 0 and at the end of the experiment. The lungs abundantly extracted paraoxon and parathion over the perfusion period. The extraction ratio was consistently greater in guinea pig than in rabbit lungs. The uptake velocity varied biexponentially in time, suggesting the existence of two compartments. Initial uptake velocities (A, B) and slopes (alpha and beta) were calculated for both compartments. In guinea pigs, A, B and A + B increased proportionally to the supply rate of paraoxon and parathion while a and b remained constant. No significant difference was observed between parathion and paraoxon uptake kinetics. Parameter B was the only one to differ significantly between the two species (rabbits: 8.19 +/- 1.53 for parathion and 6.85 +/- 1.26 for paraoxon; guinea pigs: 12.75 +/- 0.88 for parathion and 15.02 +/- 3.84 for paraoxon). In the lungs of both species, there was a linear relation between y, the percentage of cholinesterase inhibition induced by either organophosphate, and X, the total amount of drug taken up by the lung tissue (in nmol/g/18 min). The following equations were obtained: y = 0.128 x + 0.979 (R2 = 0.89, p < 0.001 for paraoxon); y = 0.120 x - 6.57 (R2 = 0.82, p < 0.005 for parathion). No difference was observed between the two organophosphates. After treatment with the cytochrome P450 inhibitor piperonyl butoxide, the above relations ceased to apply, but this treatment did not influence the kinetics of paraoxon and parathion uptake. The IC50 value calculated for paraoxon, i.e., the paraoxon concentration required to produce 50% inhibition of lung cholinesterase activity, was similar for guinea pigs (2.22 10(-7) +/- 0.22 M) and rabbits (2.36 10(-7) +/- 0.24 M). In conclusion, the biexponential evolution of the velocity of paraoxon and parathion uptake by the lungs thus demonstrates the presence of two pools. The lower extraction ratios calculated for rabbit lungs reflect the lower initial uptake velocity of the second compartment. In the range of concentrations investigated in guinea pigs, no saturable mechanism could be demonstrated for paraoxon and parathion. Cytochrome P450-related lung metabolic activity, through which parathion is converted to paraoxon, appears as a major step in parathion-induced lung cholinesterase inhibition, although it does not appear to affect parathion toxicokinetics [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 detailNucleic acid detection by in situ molecular immunogold labeling procedures.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Scanning Microscopy. Supplement (1996), 10

We have recently combined immunogold labeling procedures with molecular biology methods to pinpoint the precise locations of nucleic acids in biological material at the ultrastructural level. These new ... [more ▼]

We have recently combined immunogold labeling procedures with molecular biology methods to pinpoint the precise locations of nucleic acids in biological material at the ultrastructural level. These new immunocytological approaches involve the incorporation of labeled nucleotides in the nucleic acids present at the surface of ultrathin sections prior to immunogold labeling. The antibodies used recognize a nucleoside analogue (bromodeoxyuridine) or a hapten (biotin) employed to label nucleotides. Examples of high-resolution detection include DNA or RNA present in different substructures of cell nuclei, and in particular, in adenovirus-induced intranuclear regions of HeLa cells. In addition to being highly sensitive and specific, these new methods offer the possibility of studying the spatial distribution of nucleic acids in very well preserved, readily recognizable structures. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential effects of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, dopamine and somatostatin and their second messengers on the mRNA levels of gonadotropin IIb subunit and growth hormone in the teleost fish, tilapia
Melamed, P.; Gur, G.; Elizur, A. et al

in Neuroendocrinology (1996)

In cultured pituitary cells of tilapia, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH; 10 nM 4-24 h), elevation of cyclic AMP (by 10 microM forskolin or 0.2 mM 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine: IBMX 0.5-36 h) or ... [more ▼]

In cultured pituitary cells of tilapia, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH; 10 nM 4-24 h), elevation of cyclic AMP (by 10 microM forskolin or 0.2 mM 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine: IBMX 0.5-36 h) or activation of protein kinase C (PKC; by 12.5 nM tetradecanoyl phorbol-13-acetate: TPA, 0.5-24 h) all increased gonadotropin (GtH) II beta steady state mRNA levels by three to four-fold. The involvement of PKA and PKC in the GnRH stimulatory effect on both GtH release and GtH II beta mRNA levels was corroborated by use of the PKA and PKC inhibitors, H89 and GF109203X, respectively (100 nM) which attenuated the GnRH effect. Incubation with actinomycin D (8 microM, 4-21 h) after preexposure for 24 h to either forskolin (10 microM) or TPA (12.5 nM), revealed that rates of transcript degradation were slower in forskolin-treated cells (T 1/2 = 14.1 h) than in control or TPA-treated cells (T 1/2 = 8.47 or 8.38 h), suggesting a stabilizing effect on the mRNA. Dopamine (DA; 10 microM, 4-36 h) had no apparent effect on steady state mRNA levels of GtH II beta, but reduced GtH release by as much as 75%. Steady state levels of growth hormone (GH) mRNA were not affected by exposure to GnRH (10 nM, 4-24 h), although GH release was more than doubled. Similarly, activation of PKC (by TPA 12.5 nM, 1.5-36 h), which was shown to be essential for the GnRH-stimulatory effect on GH release, did not alter levels of the GH transcript, but increased GH release by more than fivefold. DA (10 microM, 4-24 h) moderately increased GH transcript levels (160%) with similar kinetics but lower potency than direct elevation of cAMP (by 10 microM forskolin or 0.2 mM IBMX, 0.5-36 h) which increased transcript levels by more than fourfold. The involvement of PKA in the DA effect was confirmed when the PKA inhibitor H89 (100 nM, 15 min prior to DA exposure) attenuated the DA effect on GH mRNA levels. Exposure of cells to actinomycin D (8 microM, 2-16 h) after treatment with forskolin (10 microM, 24 h) led to a slower rate of transcript degradation than in control cells (T 1/2 = 6.5 h vs. T 1/2 = 4.36 h), suggesting that cAMP also elicits a stabilizing effect on GH mRNA. Somatostatin (100 nM, 0.5-36 h) had no clear effect on GH transcript levels, but reduced GH release by as much as 90%. These results suggest that activation of either cAMP-PKA or PKC pathways can, possibly by different mechanisms, stimulate mRNA levels of the GtH II beta gene, but that only the cAMP-PKA pathway stimulates GH mRNA levels. It would appear therefore that GnRH, although stimulating GH release, does not regulate GH transcription in this fish. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors influencing the behavior of steel columns exposed to fire
Talamona, Didier; Kruppa, Joël; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg et al

in Journal of Fire Protection Engineering (1996), 8(1), 31-43

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See detailCytokine gene polymorphisms in inflammatory bowel disease.
Louis, Edouard ULg; Satsangi, J.; Roussomoustakaki, M. et al

in Gut (1996), 39(5), 705-10

BACKGROUND: Concordance rates in siblings and twins provide strong evidence that genetic susceptibility is important in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease. The number and identity of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Concordance rates in siblings and twins provide strong evidence that genetic susceptibility is important in the pathogenesis of inflammatory bowel disease. The number and identity of susceptibility genes is largely uncertain. Cytokine genes are attractive candidate loci. AIMS: To study allelic frequencies of polymorphisms of the interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1RA) gene and the tumour necrosis factor alpha gene in patients with inflammatory bowel disease. SUBJECTS: One hundred and twenty nine North European caucasoid patients with ulcerative colitis, 120 patients with Crohn's disease, and 89 healthy controls. METHODS: Genotyping was performed by polymerase chain reaction. A variable number of tandem repeats (VNTR) in the IL-1RA gene and a single base pair polymorphism in the TNF alpha gene promoter region (TNF-308) were analysed. RESULTS: No significant differences in IL-1RA VNTR allelic frequencies were noted between Crohn's disease (allele 1: 72.6%, allele 2: 24.7%, allele 3: 2.6%), ulcerative colitis (72.6%, 24.3%, 3.1%, respectively), and controls (76.9%, 20.8% and 2.3%). Some 42.4% of patients with ulcerative colitis and 43.4% patients with Crohn's disease were carriers of allele 2, compared with 34.8% healthy subjects. The TNF2 allele was modestly reduced in Crohn's disease (13.2%), compared with healthy subjects (21.3%; p = 0.04), and ulcerative colitis (21.6%). CONCLUSIONS: The associations demonstrated are modest: these polymorphisms are unlikely to be important determinants of overall disease susceptibility. [less ▲]

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See detailContamination of European otters (Lutra lutra) by PCB congeners and organochlorinated pesticides in the wetlands of western France
Tans, Michael; Hugla, Jean Louis; Libois, Roland ULg et al

in Netherlands Journal of Zoology (1996), 46(3-4), 326-336

During the forty years, otter (Lutra lutra) populations have severely declined over much of Europe. One of the main regression factors appears to be pollution by organochlorine xenobiotics, especially ... [more ▼]

During the forty years, otter (Lutra lutra) populations have severely declined over much of Europe. One of the main regression factors appears to be pollution by organochlorine xenobiotics, especially PCBs. The present study took place in France, in the wetlands of the Atlantic border, where otter populations are considered to the stable. Muscle, pericaudal fat, and liver of 33 otters were analysed for 22 PCB congeners and organochlorine pesticides. The mean concentrations of organochlorinated pesticides in samples are relatively low (from 0 to 5.71 mg/kg lipid weight). The PCB concentrations are higher (mean in muscular tissue: 26.19 mg/kg lipid weight), but still remain low compared to similar samples from other countries. The relation between PCB concentration and physiological variables is discussed. Congener specific analysis shows an important contamination due to highly chlorinated congeners and a poor contaminatin due to low chlorinated congeners. Potential hazards due to organochlorinated compounds are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLocalisation respiratoire d'un lymphosarcome cutané chez un cheval.
Anciaux, Nathalie; Amory, Hélène ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (1996), 28

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See detailTrends of OCS, HCN, SF6, CHClF2, (HCFC-22) in the lower stratosphere from 1985 and 1994 atmospheric trace molecule spectroscopy experiment measurements near 30 degrees N latitude
Rinsland, C. P.; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Zander, Rodolphe ULg et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23(17), 2349-2352

Volume mixing ratio (VMR) profiles of OCS, HCN, SF6, and CHClF2 (HCFC-22) have been measured near 30 degrees N latitude by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Fourier transform spectrometer during ... [more ▼]

Volume mixing ratio (VMR) profiles of OCS, HCN, SF6, and CHClF2 (HCFC-22) have been measured near 30 degrees N latitude by the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy Fourier transform spectrometer during shuttle flights on 29 April-6 May 1985 and 3-2 November 1994. The change in the concentration of each molecule in the lower stratosphere has been derived for this 9 1/2-year period by comparing measurements between potential temperatures of 395 to 800 K (similar to 17 to 30 km altitude) relative to simultaneously measured values of the long-lived tracer N2O. Exponential rates of increase inferred for 1985-to-1994 from these comparisons are (0.1 +/- 0.4)% yr(-1) for OCS, (1.0 +/- 1.0)% yr(-1) for HCN, (8.0+/-0.7)% yr(-1) for SF6, and (8.0 +/- 1.0)% yr(-1) for CHClF2 (HCFC-22), 1 sigma. The lack of an appreciable trend for OCS suggests the background (i.e., nonvolcanic) source of stratospheric aerosol was the same during the two periods. These results are compared with trends reported in the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailStimulus range effects in temporal bisection by humans.
Wearden, John H; Ferrara, André ULg

in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. B, Comparative & Physiological Psychology (1996), 49(1), 24-44

Two experiments with human subjects, using short-duration tones as stimuli to be judged, investigated the effect of the range of the stimulus set on temporal bisection performance. In Experiment 1, six ... [more ▼]

Two experiments with human subjects, using short-duration tones as stimuli to be judged, investigated the effect of the range of the stimulus set on temporal bisection performance. In Experiment 1, six groups of subjects were tested on a temporal bisection task, where each stimulus had to be classified as "short" or "long". For three groups, the difference between the longest (L) and shortest (S) durations in the to-be-bisected stimulus set was kept constant at 400 msec, and the L/S ratio was varied over values of 5:1 and 2:1. For three other groups, the L/S ratio was kept constant at 4:1 but the L-S difference varied from 300 to 600 msec. The bisection point (the stimulus value resulting in 50% "long" responses) was located closer to the arithmetic mean of L and S than the geometric mean for all groups except that for which the L/S ratio was 2:1, in which case geometric mean bisection was found. In Experiment 2, stimuli were spaced between L and S either linearly or logarithmically, and the L/S ratio took values of either 2:1 or 19:1. Geometric mean bisection was found in both cases when the L/S ratio was 2:1, but effects of stimulus spacing were found only when the L/S ratio was 19:1. Overall, the results supported a previous conjecture that the L/S ratio used in a bisection task played a critical role in determining the behaviour obtained. A theoretical model of bisection advanced by Wearden (1991) dealt appropriately with bisection point shifts discussed above but encountered difficulties with stimulus spacing effects. [less ▲]

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See detailStrategic directions in concurrency research
Cleaveland, R.; Smolka, S. A.; Alur, R. et al

in ACM Computing Surveys (1996), 28(4), 607-625

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See detailIntensive culture of juvenile and adult Eurasian perch (P. fluviatilis): effect of major biotic and abiotic factors on growth
Mélard, Charles ULg; Kestemont, P.; Grignard, J. C.

in Journal of Applied Ichthyology (1996), 12

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See detailCellular and molecular mechanisms involved in thymic T-cell education to neuroendocrine self principles
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Benhida, Abdellah; Kecha, Ouafae et al

in International Journal of Thymology (1996), 4

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See detailModulation Of Cd3-Gamma Gene Expression After Hiv Type 1 Infection Of The We17/10 T Cell Line Is Progressive And Occurs In Concert With Decreased Production Of Viral P24 Antigen
Willardgallo, Ke.; Delmellewibaut, C.; Segurazapata, I. et al

in Aids Research and Human Retroviruses (1996), 12(8),

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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 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 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 detailA numerical investigation in the transition zone of the NW African upwelling
Elmoussaoui, A.; Djenidi, Salim ULg; Kostianoy, A. et al

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

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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 detailChemotaxis-Promoting and Adhesion Properties of Human Tonsillar Follicular Dendritic Cell Clusters
Bouzahzah, F.; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Simar, Léon ULg et al

in Research in Immunology (1996), 147(3, Mar-Apr), 165-73

Lymph follicles are globular and compact due to aggregation of lymphoid cells on follicular dendritic cells (FDC). To probe the mechanisms underlying this accumulation of cells, we analyse here the role ... [more ▼]

Lymph follicles are globular and compact due to aggregation of lymphoid cells on follicular dendritic cells (FDC). To probe the mechanisms underlying this accumulation of cells, we analyse here the role played by FDCs in attracting and binding cells. FDCs prepared from human tonsils by mild separation techniques appeared in the form of clusters (FDC clusters), where, via cytoplasmic extensions, they enveloped lymphoid cells. Using Boyden's chambers, we demonstrated that these FDC clusters produced one or more chemoattractants capable of inducing chemotaxis of lymphoid cells. Supernatants of FDC cluster cultures also exerted a chemotaxis-promoting effect. FDC clusters induced true chemotaxis, not merely chemokinesis due to cell activation. They secreted a substance or substances that stuck to the substrate (a cellulose filter) and thus induced haptotaxis. B as well as T cells were attracted, but B cells apparently required the presence of T cells to respond fully to the chemoattractant(s). Subtypes of B cells (IgD+ and IgD-) and T cells (CD4+, CD8+, CD57+ AND CD57-) were tested and all were attracted. Since purified lymphoid cells did not induce these phenomena, FDCs were suspected to do so. FDCs have been shown to establish contact with lymphoid cells. Here we have determined that CD4+ T cells adhere in greater number to FDC clusters than do CD8+ T cells. We thus propose that FDCs specifically contribute to construction of lymph follicles by attracting and determining their cell composition. [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 detailMaladie de Hodgkin et facteurs de croissance
Fillet, Georges ULg

in Tempo Médical (1996), 166

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See detailRole of the Coulomb interaction on the ferroelectric instability of Barium Titanate
Ghosez, Philippe ULg; Gonze, X.; Michenaud, J. P.

in Ferroelectrics (1996), 186

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See detailHigh rotational excitation of NO infrared thermospheric airglow: A signature of superthermal nitrogen atoms?
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Shematovich, Valeri I et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23

The reaction between superthermal N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms produced by exothermic processes and O[SUB]2[/SUB] has been proposed to explain observations of highly rotationally excited nitric oxide in the ... [more ▼]

The reaction between superthermal N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms produced by exothermic processes and O[SUB]2[/SUB] has been proposed to explain observations of highly rotationally excited nitric oxide in the sunlit thermosphere. We examine the importance of this mechanism using a detailed calculation of the fast N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms energy distribution. It is shown that the hot thermal N atoms are able to produce rotationally excited NO in the upper thermosphere through the reaction of O[SUB]2[/SUB] with N([SUP]4[/SUP]S). By contrast, near the NO peak at 110 km, the Maxwellian nitrogen atoms produce substantially less rovibrationally excited NO than the superthermal component. Consequently, the non Maxwellian N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atoms show a clear spectral signature in the (1-0) and (2-1) bandheads at this altitude. The calculated rovibrationally excited NO concentration at 140 km is shown to be consistent with the value derived from the analysis of infrared airglow spectra. [less ▲]

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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 detailAuguste à Eleusis. Un aspect méconnu de l'idéologiqe augustéenne
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Cahiers de Clio (1996), 127(automne), 3-14

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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 detailMicroscopic observation of the retinal photoreceptor layer of the common barbel (Teleostei: Cyprinidae)
Compère, Philippe ULg; Poncin, Pascal ULg

in Belgian Journal Of Zoology (1996), 126(1), 49-56

Light and electron microscopic observations show that cones-belonging to four types are present in the retina of the common barbel Barbus barbus (L.): short single cones, long single cones, twin cones ... [more ▼]

Light and electron microscopic observations show that cones-belonging to four types are present in the retina of the common barbel Barbus barbus (L.): short single cones, long single cones, twin cones, and unequal double cones. They do not exhibit any particular arrangement. Estimates of cone density suggest that the common barbel has multichromatic vision but of low acuity and that no difference exists between the lower and the upper parts of the retina. Both cone density (approximately 3000 units/mm(2)) and the proportion of double cones to single cones (approximately 1:3) are low. The view that the barbel has an inferior colour vision is in good agreement with the fact that this species is active mainly at twilight, but with diurnal activity during spawning. [less ▲]

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See detail"Born to be wild oder doch geleernt?" Neue verhaltensmedizinische Erkenntnisse zur Ätiopathogenese der Migräne
Gerber, W. D.; Kropp, P.; Schoenen, Jean ULg et al

in Verhaltenstherapie (1996), 6

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See detailTwo rare European Ephemerum species (Bryophita): E. cohaerens rediscovered near Strasbourg (France) and E. stellatum new to Belgium
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Stieperaere, H.; Klein, J.-P.

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1996), 129

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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 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 detail3-Isopropylamino-4-methyl-4H-pyrido[4,3-e][1,2,4]thiadiazine 1,1-dioxide
Dupont, L.; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

in Acta Crystallographica (1996), C52

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See detailNew isozymes markers for the study of the gene pool Phaseolus lunatus L.
Zoro Bi, Irié; Maquet, Alain; Wathelet, Bernard ULg et al

in Annual Report of the Bean Improvment Cooperative (1996), 39

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See detailRecent advances in drugs acting as tissue selective potassium channel openers
Pirotte, Bernard ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Lebrun, P.

in Potassium Channel Modulators; ID Research Alert (1996), 1

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See detailRadiative Lifetimes for States in Cu I
Biémont, Emile ULg; Fryczynski, F.; Palmeri, P. et al

in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (1996), 55

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