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See detailAn updated model of the hot nitrogen atom kinetics and thermospheric nitric oxide
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Bisikalo, D. V.; Shematovich, V. I. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1997), 102

New observations and reanalysis of previous measurements suggest an upward revision of the measured thermospheric nitric oxide density. Our previous model of NO production by fast N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atom ... [more ▼]

New observations and reanalysis of previous measurements suggest an upward revision of the measured thermospheric nitric oxide density. Our previous model of NO production by fast N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) atom collisions with O[SUB]2[/SUB] has been updated. It includes the effect of soft solar X rays, Auger electrons, and a detailed treatment of N[SUB]2[/SUB] dissociative ionization channels. In addition, new calculations indicate that the transfer of translational energy in N+N[SUB]2[/SUB] collisions is less efficient than in the hard sphere approximation. This result leads to reevaluation of the energy dependent relaxation cross section and to an upward revision of the reacting efficiency of collisions of N with O[SUB]2[/SUB] to form nitric oxide. The calculated peak NO density increases by a factor of ~2 when the effect of superthermal nitrogen atoms is included. The model response of the N([SUP]4[/SUP]S) energy distribution function and NO density to solar cycle variations is presented. The NO density at 110 km changes from 5.4×10[SUP]7[/SUP] to 1.3×10[SUP]8[/SUP]cm[SUP]-3[/SUP] when the solar F[SUB]10.7[/SUB] index varies from 70 to 245, but its response depends on the magnitude of the soft X ray increase with solar activity. [less ▲]

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See detailTriblock copolymer based thermoreversible gels. 1. Self-association of sPMMA end-blocks in o-xylene and viscoelasticity of the gels
Yu, Jian Ming; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Teyssié, Philippe

in Polymer (1997), 38(2), 347-354

Syndiotactic poly(methyl methacrylate) (sPMMA)-polybutadiene (PBD)-sPMMA triblock copolymers, or MBM, have been studied in the presence of o-xylene which is a selective solvent for the central PBD block ... [more ▼]

Syndiotactic poly(methyl methacrylate) (sPMMA)-polybutadiene (PBD)-sPMMA triblock copolymers, or MBM, have been studied in the presence of o-xylene which is a selective solvent for the central PBD block. Syndiotactic PMMA is known to self associate in o-xylene. The central PBD sequence does not prevent the self-association of sPMMA from occurring. Actually, this phenomenon contributes to the stability of the gels formed at room temperature. An endotherm is observed at 35°C, which is responsible for a gel-sol transition. The original solutions have been heated up to 80°C and then rapidly cooled down below 35°C and maintained at 10, 20 and 25°C respectively. The self-association of the sPMMA outer blocks, and thus the liquid-solid transition, have been studied at each of these temperatures. Dependence of the gel viscosity on frequency and temperature effects on viscoelasticity has also been investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailElevated Plasma Alpha 1-Acid Glycoprotein Levels: Lack of Connection to Resistance to Vecuronium Blockade Induced by Anticonvulsant Therapy
Hans, Pol ULg; Brichant, Jean-François ULg; Pieron, F. et al

in Journal of Neurosurgical Anesthesiology (1997), 9(1), 3-7

This study was designed to investigate the relationships among anticonvulsant therapy, plasma alpha 1-acid glycoprotein (AAG) levels, and resistance to vecuronium blockade. Thirty-one patients scheduled ... [more ▼]

This study was designed to investigate the relationships among anticonvulsant therapy, plasma alpha 1-acid glycoprotein (AAG) levels, and resistance to vecuronium blockade. Thirty-one patients scheduled for routine neurosurgery were included in the study. The patients were treated (TG; n = 20) with phenytoin (n = 15) and/or carbamazepine (n = 4) and/or phenobarbital (n = 3) for > or = 6 days or were left untreated (UG; n = 11, control group). TG patients were further assigned to one of two subgroups according to the plasma anticonvulsant level measured the day before surgery and found to be within (TGW, n = 10) or below (TGB, n = 10) the therapeutic range. Finally, the 31 patients were divided into two more groups according to their plasma AAG levels: higher than (HAAG, n = 17) or within (NAAG, n = 14) the normal range (25-94 mg dl-1). Anesthesia was induced and maintained with propofol and sufentanil. Muscle relaxation was obtained with vecuronium 0.1 mg kg-1. A train-of-four (TOF) stimulation mode at 2 Hz was applied to the ulnar nerve every 15 s, and neuromuscular transmission was assessed using a TOF-Guard accelograph monitor. Plasma AAG concentrations (means +/- SEM) were 103.7 +/- 7.6 mg dl-1 in TG, 80.7 +/- 6.7 mg dl-1 in UG, 95.9 +/- 13.2 mg dl-1 in TGW, 111.6 +/- 7.6 mg dl-1 in TGB. 114.9 +/- 7.4 mg dl-1 in HAAG, and 71.4 +/- 3.8 mg dl-1 in NAAG groups. The differences in plasma AAG concentrations between UG and TG and between HAAG and NAAG groups were statistically significant. No significant relationship was found between plasma AAG levels and phenytoin concentrations (r = -0.26). The time (mean +/- SEM) to recovery of T1 to 25% of control was significantly shorter in TG (28.2 +/- 1.4 min) than in UG (42.2 +/- 3.1 min) but did not differ significantly according to the plasma anticonvulsant level (27.3 +/- 2.0 min in TGW; 29.1 +/- 1.9 min in TGB) and the plasma AAG level 31.7 +/- 1.9 min in HAAG; 35.3 +/- 3.3 min in NAAG). The time for the TOF ratio to recover to 25% yielded similar profiles and statistical significance levels: TG, 32.9 +/- 2.2 min; UG, 51.2 +/- 4.0 min; TGW, 35.0 +/- 3.9 min; TGB, 30.7 +/- 1.8 min; HAAG, 38.1 +/- 3.1 min; NAAG, 42.0 +/- 4.1 min. We conclude that anticonvulsant therapy induces an increase in plasma AAG independently of the plasma anticonvulsant level. However, duration and recovery of vecuronium blockade do not differ according to plasma AAG levels. Consequently, elevated AAG does not contribute to the resistance to vecuronium blockade induced by anticonvulsants. [less ▲]

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See detailIncrease in Cytokine Production (Il-1 Beta, Il-6, Tnf-Alpha but Not Ifn-Gamma, Gm-Csf or Lif) by Stimulated Whole Blood Cells in Postmenopausal Osteoporosis
Zheng, S. X.; Vrindts-Gevaert, Yvonne; Lopez, Marie-Josée ULg et al

in Maturitas (1997), 26(1), 63-71

Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a progressive disorder characterized by a decreased bone mass and increased susceptibility to fractures. Several investigations have suggested that one of the mechanisms ... [more ▼]

Postmenopausal osteoporosis is a progressive disorder characterized by a decreased bone mass and increased susceptibility to fractures. Several investigations have suggested that one of the mechanisms through which estrogen prevents bone loss was a modulation on secretion or release of various cytokines that are known to influence bone remodeling, even if some recent data have challenged this hypothesis. However, in established osteoporosis, the possibility that enhanced cytokines activity may account for the progression of this disease remains unclear and controversial. We sought here to determine whether production of IL-1 beta, IL-6, TNF-alpha, IFN-gamma, GM-CSF and LIF, after direct stimulation in whole blood, was different in healthy (n = 30) or osteoporotic postmenopausal women (n = 24) and whether lumbar bone density (1-BMD) correlated with the values of cytokine production observed in these conditions. A significant difference was observed between the osteoporotic and control subjects for IL-1 beta (p < 0.0001), IL-6 (p < 0.001) and TNF-alpha (p = 0.027) productions, the values being higher in the osteoporotic women. No significant differences between the groups were observed for IFN-gamma (p = 0.51), GM-CSF (p = 0.70) or LIF (p = 0.97). In the whole population, statistically significant negative correlations were observed between lumbar BMD and IL-1 beta (r = -0.46) (p < 0.0005), IL-6 (r = -0.50) (p < 0.0001) and TNF-alpha (r = -0.39) (p < 0.005) production while no such correlations were observed for IFN-gamma, GM-CSF or LIF. In conclusion, the study of cytokine production by immune cells cultured in autologous whole blood suggests that in women more than 10 years past the menopause and presenting a decrease in lumbar bone density corresponding to the new WHO definition of "osteoporosis', production of IL-1 beta, IL-6 and TNF-alpha is still increased compared to controls matched for age and ovarian function, while no differences are reported for IFN-gamma, GM-CSF or LIF production. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of Equine Scintigraphical Lung Images
Votion, Dominique ULg; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg; Duvivier, H. et al

in Veterinary Journal (1997), 153(1), 49-61

A method is proposed (1) to create inhalation to perfusion ratio (I/Q) images from equine lung scintiscans and (2) to analyse these I/Q images. This method was applied to five healthy horses in order to ... [more ▼]

A method is proposed (1) to create inhalation to perfusion ratio (I/Q) images from equine lung scintiscans and (2) to analyse these I/Q images. This method was applied to five healthy horses in order to establish reference ranges of I/Q distribution pattern. Computed I/Q images were divided in three regions based on the activity due to the inhalation (I) versus perfusion (Q) procedure. For each region a regional mismatching factor (Iri), i.e. the I/Q of the region, and an intraregional mismatching factor (Lri), which expresses the variability of pixels' I/Q within the region, were calculated. The Per(Ri) and Cen(Ri), which are the percentage of pixels in the parenchymal and in the central parts of the lung belonging to the region, were also computed. Results of this analysis showed a good match between I and Q distribution pattern. [less ▲]

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See detailCytotoxic interactions of 5-fluorouracil and nucleoside analogues in vitro
Li, Y-X; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Paschoud, N et al

in Anticancer Research (1997), 17(1A), 21-27

The cytotoxic interaction of combined 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) with different nucleoside analogues was investigated in vitro on a colon (WiDr) and a breast (MCF-7) cancer cell line. Azidothymidine (AZT), 3 ... [more ▼]

The cytotoxic interaction of combined 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) with different nucleoside analogues was investigated in vitro on a colon (WiDr) and a breast (MCF-7) cancer cell line. Azidothymidine (AZT), 3'-deoxy-2', 3'-didehydrothymidine (D4T), 5-iododeoxyuridine (IdUrd) and 2',3'-dideoxycytidine (DDC) were tested at different concentrations (5-600 microM) as modulators of 5-FU. The experimental endpoints were cellular viability and cell cycle distribution. The combination of 5-FU and AZT or D4T yielded supra-additive cytotoxic effects in both cell lines at all concentrations. On WiDr, IdUrd at high concentrations of 50 and 100 microM showed a supra-additive effect whereas at low concentrations (5, 10 and 20 microM) the effect was antagonistic. 5-FU combined with IdUrd produced a synergistic effect on MCF-7 cells at all concentrations. DDC antagonised the toxic effect of 5-FU on the WiDr cell line. In WiDr cells, a significant increase in the overall S-phase was observed 48 and 72 hours after exposure to D4T, AZT and DDC at the low concentration of 10 microM. On the contrary, this accumulation in S-phase was not present in MCF-7 cells. The combined effect of 5-FU and nucleoside analogues in vitro is dependent on the type and concentration of nucleosides and the cell-line tested. AZT, D4T and IdUrd are more likely to be subjected to more intensive in vitro and in vivo research as far as modulation of 5-FU toxicity is concerned. [less ▲]

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See detailConstruction and properties of fractal trees with tunable dimension: The interplay of geometry and physics
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Physical Review E (1997), 55(1), 94-98

In this paper, we emphasize three different techniques for the growth of fractal trees with a desired fractal dimension D-f. The three different growths are due to the influence of (i) stretched branches ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we emphasize three different techniques for the growth of fractal trees with a desired fractal dimension D-f. The three different growths are due to the influence of (i) stretched branches, (ii) dead ends, or (iii) a variable branching rate. Several examples are given. We point out that geometrical and physical properties (skeleton dimension, percolation exponents, self-avoiding walk) of fractal tress depend strongly on their type. The most striking result is that the critical exponents at the percolation transition are nonuniversal since they depend on the tree type. The critical exponents depend on D-f for trees of types (ii) and (iii). [less ▲]

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See detailAccident vasculaire cérébral et thrombus aortique chez un patient déficient en protéine S
Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg; Marcelle, Roland ULg et al

in Archives des Maladies du Coeur et des Vaisseaux (1997), 90(1), 99-102

The authors report the case of a 50 year old man admitted to hospital with a right hemiplegia and aphasia of sudden onset in whom embolic fragments were found in the left mid and anterior cerebral artery ... [more ▼]

The authors report the case of a 50 year old man admitted to hospital with a right hemiplegia and aphasia of sudden onset in whom embolic fragments were found in the left mid and anterior cerebral artery territories at left carotid angiography : transoesophageal echocardiography demonstrated a protrusive plaque of atherosclerosis in the ascending aorta and a pediculated thrombosis in the descending aorta. Biological investigations revealed a protein S level of 3% (normal : 70-140%). This case illustrates the acute development of a thromboembolic phenomenon originating from the aortic arch in a patient with a coagulation defect. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Banyarwanda du Sud-Kivu: les Banyamulenge?
Kabamba, Bob ULg

in Revue Nouvelle (1997), (n°1), 7-15

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See detailMiscellaneous and Experimental Agents
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in American Journal of the Medical Sciences (The) (1997), 313(1), 33-40

Current therapeutic approaches to postmenopausal bone loss or established osteoporosis vary widely among the different regions of the world. Because no treatment of osteoporosis has unequivocally ... [more ▼]

Current therapeutic approaches to postmenopausal bone loss or established osteoporosis vary widely among the different regions of the world. Because no treatment of osteoporosis has unequivocally demonstrated full prevention of the appearance or the recurrence of axial or peripheral fractures so far, many investigational compounds are being developed. Anabolic steroids act mainly as inhibitors of bone resorption with very few, if any, effects on bone formation. Because of the high occurrence of signs of virilization and the weak effects on bone structure, the risk/benefit ratio in osteoporosis should be considered at least problematic. If ongoing large-scale trials confirm the expected benefits of estrogen antagonist/agonists on the skeleton and confirm no cardiovascular risk to postmenopausal women with optimal uterine safety, these substances are likely to become the most prominent alternative to hormonal replacement therapy after the menopause. Additional studies are requested to evaluate the potential benefit of growth hormone or insulin-like growth factors in treatment of osteoporosis. Ipriflavone acts predominantly as an inhibitor of bone resorption. To confirm the efficacy of ipriflavone on the prevention of vertebral fractures and its effects on bone mineral density in women with postmenopausal established osteoporosis, a large multicentric European study is being conducted. Treatment with parathyroid peptides induces a significant gain in bone mass, mainly in the axial skeleton. Long-term studies that compare peptides, doses, and regimes are needed to better understand the exact position of parathyroid peptides as treatment of osteoporosis. Prolonged administration of strontium to postmenopausal osteoporotic women resulted in a decoupling between bone resorption and formation that yielded a significant increase in the lumbar spine bone mineral density of treated subjects. In the view of these promising results and of the excellent tolerance of strontium during preliminary trials, additional investigations of this compound in prevention and treatment of osteoporosis should be promptly initiated. Several other compounds have been punctually suggested for treatment of osteoporosis or are at very early stages of development. Finally, besides pharmacologic approaches to the treatment of osteoporosis, hip fractures may also be reduced by the use of hip protectors. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of Bone Matrix Proteins in Human Breast Cancer: Potential Roles in Microcalcification Formation and in the Genesis of Bone Metastases
Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Bulletin du Cancer (1997), 84(1), 17-24

The skeleton is the privileged target of metastatic human breast cancer cells. Bone metastases are indeed found in virtually all advanced breast cancer patients and generate major morbidity. The high ... [more ▼]

The skeleton is the privileged target of metastatic human breast cancer cells. Bone metastases are indeed found in virtually all advanced breast cancer patients and generate major morbidity. The high osteotropism of breast cancer cells suggests that they exhibit a selective affinity for mineralized tissues. The observation that mammary malignant cells are able to induce hydroxyapatite crystals deposition within the primary tumour suggests that they can generate a microenvironment that favors the crystallization of calcium and phosphate ions into the bone specific hydroxyapatite. Osteonectin (OSN), osteopontin (OPN) and bone sialoprotein (BSP), 3 bone matrix proteins involved in bone matrix mineralization, are expressed in human breast cancers. BSP, an RGD (Arg-Gly-Asp) containing phosphoprotein, initiates hydroxyapatite deposition and mediates attachment of osteoclast to the same crystals prior to their resorption. Detection of BSP at both the protein and the mRNA levels in human breast cancer and in human breast cancer cell lines (MCF-7, T47-D and MDA-MB 231) indicates that mammary malignant cells synthesize directly BSP rather than uptaking it from the serum. Interestingly, the level of BSP expression correlates with the development of bone metastases and with poor survival. These data suggest that the ectopic expression of bone matrix proteins could be involved in conferring osteotropic properties to circulating metastatic breast cancer cells. These observations open new alleys of investigation for the identification of the molecular mechanisms responsible for the genesis of bone metastases. [less ▲]

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See detailStereotaxic Needle-Core Biopsy and Fine-Needle Aspiration Biopsy in the Diagnosis of Nonpalpable Breast Lesions: Controversies and Future Prospects
Lifrange, Eric ULg; Kridelka, Frédéric ULg; Colin, Claude ULg

in European Journal of Radiology (1997), 24(1), 39-47

OBJECTIVE: To determine the advantages and limitations of a combined stereotaxic fine-needle aspiration biopsy and needle-core biopsy in the diagnosis of 353 nonpalpable breast lesions with special ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the advantages and limitations of a combined stereotaxic fine-needle aspiration biopsy and needle-core biopsy in the diagnosis of 353 nonpalpable breast lesions with special attention given to the collection of follow-up data. METHODS AND MATERIAL: 353 nonpalpable breast lesions underwent 'one pass' stereotaxic fine-needle aspiration (21 gauge needle) and needle-core biopsy (18 gauge needle) at our institution from January 1990 to October 1993. Stereotaxic biopsies were carried out by means of an 'add-on unit'. Surgical biopsy was usually recommended for highly suspicious radiologic patterns and/or needle biopsy reports classified as atypical or malignant. In all other cases mammographic follow-up was advised at 6 months and then annually for 3 years. The data were collected retrospectively during September 1995 (theoretical average follow-up of greater than 3 years). RESULTS: Following the combined needle biopsy technique procedure, surgery was recommended for 83 lesions. Fifty-four cancers were associated to these suspicious lesions. Because of changing radiological or clinical pattern during follow-up (mean follow-up: 22 months), 11 cancers were detected among the 270 lesions initially considered not to need surgery. Forty-three percent of the 65 malignant lesions were initially read as having less than highly suspicious mammographic features. There was no significant difference between the sensitivity and the specificity of one pass fine-needle aspiration biopsy (57% and 96% respectively) and needle-core biopsy (60% and 97% respectively), but noncontributive samples were not included in the false negative diagnoses and atypical samples were included in the true positive diagnoses. Of the 11 missed cancers, nine were manifested initially by clusters of calcifications. Our diagnostic approach was significantly less sensitive (P = 0.006) and less specific (P = 0.032) in cases of clusters of calcifications (31% false negative diagnoses) than in cases of soft-tissue masses (5.5% false negative diagnoses). In this study, an average delay in diagnoses of 22 months was responsible for a significantly increased percentage of axillary node positive invasive cancer (P < 0.001) and six of the 11 missed cancers were palpable at the time of the delayed diagnosis. For the nine cancers initially manifested by calcifications, the 22 months delay in diagnosis was responsible for a nonsignificant increase of microinvasive type at the expense of carcinoma in situ. CONCLUSION: Our enthusiasm with the sensitivity of this double stereotaxic needle sampling has been tempered by the results of this reanalysis in the light of a mean theoretical follow-up of three years. Our diagnostic approach was adequate in the presence of soft-tissue masses but not valid in the presence of clustered calcifications. When dealing with calcifications, multiple samplings must be done in order to improve the sensitivity of the diagnosis. Furthermore, this study does not favour the theory that the majority of mammographically detected cancers are indolent and highlights the poor sensitivity of the mammographic follow-up of nonpalpable lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailGeometric and healing laws in simple stochastic models of fracture in a sputtering process
Dhulst, R.; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Physical Review. E : Statistical Physics, Plasmas, Fluids, and Related Interdisciplinary Topics (1997), 55(1), 189-193

We investigated two simple models of two-dimensional square lattice fracture under sputtering process conditions extending a previously studied model by Ausloos and Kowalski [Phys. Rev. B 45, 12 830 (1992 ... [more ▼]

We investigated two simple models of two-dimensional square lattice fracture under sputtering process conditions extending a previously studied model by Ausloos and Kowalski [Phys. Rev. B 45, 12 830 (1992)]. The models differ by the particle displacement rules during the fracture. Healing of the medium is observed in both models. This effect implies the formation of several thresholds during sputtering process fracture. They are distributed as a size-dependent power law. An avalanche like exponent is also obtained. We study this phenomenology within scaling arguments of classical percolation theory and mean-field arguments. [less ▲]

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See detailStreptococcus difficile Is a Nonhemolytic Group B, Type Ib Streptococcus
Vandamme, Peter; Devriese, L. A.; Pot, B. et al

in International Journal of Systematic Bacteriology (1997), 47(1), 81-5

Whole-cell protein electrophoretic analysis of the type strain of Streptococcus difficile (LMG 15799) revealed that this organism was indistinguishable from Streptococcus agalactiae strains. Although LMG ... [more ▼]

Whole-cell protein electrophoretic analysis of the type strain of Streptococcus difficile (LMG 15799) revealed that this organism was indistinguishable from Streptococcus agalactiae strains. Although LMG 15799'r (T = type strain) was originally described as serologically untypeable, we found that this strain was a group B streptococcus belonging to the capsular polysaccharide antigen type Ib group. The biochemical reactivity of S.difficile, which differed from the biochemical reactivity of typical S. agalactiae strains mainly by being less versatile, is similar to the biochemical reactivity of other group B, type Ib streptococci isolated from poikilothermic animals, such as fish and frogs. [less ▲]

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See detailLiving free radical polymerization of macromonomers: preparation of well defined graft copolymers
Hawker, Craig Jon; Mecerreyes, David; Elce, Edmund et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (1997), 198(1), 155-166

Well defined graft copolymers have been synthesized by a nitroxide-mediated "living" free radical process using pre-formed macromonomers. Analysis of the graft systems revealed that the macromonomer was ... [more ▼]

Well defined graft copolymers have been synthesized by a nitroxide-mediated "living" free radical process using pre-formed macromonomers. Analysis of the graft systems revealed that the macromonomer was efficiently incorporated into the polymeric back-bone to give block copolymers of controlled molecular weight and narrow polydispersi-ties. An added benefit of the "living" free radical process is that macromonomers, such as polylactide or polycaprolactone, which contain reactive functional groups can be used to form novel graft Systems using this approach. Functionalized monomers or polymeric initiators were also used in the copolymerization mixture to give graft Systems with a variety of functional groups attached to the backbone. [less ▲]

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See detailCalcitonine et vieillissement osseux
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Pathologie Biologie (1997), 45(1), 52-6

There appears to be a consensus that 100 IU/day of nasally administered salmon calcitonin may prevent trabecular bone loss during the first years of the menopause. Strong evidence exists that half that ... [more ▼]

There appears to be a consensus that 100 IU/day of nasally administered salmon calcitonin may prevent trabecular bone loss during the first years of the menopause. Strong evidence exists that half that dose may also be sufficient to prevent trabecular bone loss and that higher doses (> or = 200 IU/day) induce a significant increase in spinal bone mineral content. Calcium supplements should be systemically administered when calcitonin is given, particularly at high doses. Rectal calcitonin seems also to be an efficient alternative in prevention of trabecular bone loss. Further studies are required to evaluate the effect of calcitonin in prevention of cortical bone loss. In established osteoporosis, calcitonin may prevent further bone loss at trabecular and cortical sites. A similar benefit is obtained following parenteral or nasal administration of the drug. Long-term administration of nasal salmon calcitonin induces a significant dose-dependent gain of bone at the lumbar spine, whereas discontinuous therapy with a ratio of 1:2 or 2:3 between the treatment and nontreatment periods is the best regimen for cortical bone. Epidemiological, retrospective, and prospective studies provide a convergent network of evidence that calcitonin administration in osteoporosis contributes to reduce significantly the frequency of subsequent fractures, both in the spine and in the hip. Finally, in established osteoporosis, nasal calcitonin possesses a potent analgesic effect, reduces the duration of bed confinement, and decreases the number of concomitant analgesic medications. The well-demonstrated effects of nasal calcitonin permit it to be considered as a highly rational solution for the prevention and the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. [less ▲]

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See detailPromoter swapping between the genes for a novel zinc finger protein and beta-catenin in pleiomorphic adenomas with t(3;8)(p21;q12) translocations.
Kas, K.; Voz, Marianne ULg; Roijer, E. et al

in Nature Genetics (1997), 15(2), 170-4

Pleiomorphic adenoma of the salivary glands is a benign epithelial tumour occurring primarily in the major and minor salivary glands. It is by far the most common type of salivary gland tumour ... [more ▼]

Pleiomorphic adenoma of the salivary glands is a benign epithelial tumour occurring primarily in the major and minor salivary glands. It is by far the most common type of salivary gland tumour. Microscopically, pleiomorphic adenomas show a marked histological diversity with epithelial, myoepithelial and mesenchymal components in a variety of patterns. In addition to a cytogenetic subgroup with normal karyotypes, pleiomorphic adenomas are characterized by recurrent chromosome rearrangements, particularly reciprocal translocations, with breakpoints at 8q12, 3p21, and 12q13-15, in that order of frequency. The most common abnormality is a reciprocal t(3;8)(p21;q12). We here demonstrate that the t(3;8)(p21;q12) results in promoter swapping between PLAG1, a novel, developmentally regulated zinc finger gene at 8q12, and the constitutively expressed gene for beta-catenin (CTNNB1), a protein interface functioning in the WG/WNT signalling pathway and specification of cell fate during embryogenesis. Fusions occur in the 5'-non-coding regions of both genes, exchanging regulatory control elements while preserving the coding sequences. Due to the t(3;8)(p21;q12), PLAG1 is activated and expression levels of CTNNB1 are reduced. Activation of PLAG1 was also observed in an adenoma with a variant translocation t(8;15)(q12;q14). Our results indicate that PLAG1 activation due to promoter swapping is a crucial event in salivary gland tumourigenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle de l'expert
Boxho, Philippe ULg

in Société d'étude du dommage corporel (1997)

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See detailThe size of nanoparticles after their incorporation in gastroresistant spheroids
Duvivier, F; Grandfils, Christian ULg; Léonard, F et al

in Journal de Pharmacie de Belgique (1997), 52(3), 123

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See detailUne grammaire de l'égyptien de la 18e dynastie
Winand, Jean ULg

in Orientalische Literaturzeitung (1997), 92

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See detailStepwise introduction of pi-electron cross-conjugaison: a possible access to [5] radialenes ?
Geneste, Florence; Moradpour, Alec; Dive, Georges ULg

in Journal of Organic Chemistry (1997), 62(16), 5339-5343

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See detailUse Of Mycosphaerella Fijiensis Toxins For The Selection Of Banana Cultivars Resistant To Black Leaf Streak
Harelimana, Germain; Lepoivre, Philippe ULg; Jijakli, Haissam ULg et al

in Euphytica : International Journal of Plant Breeding (1997), 96(1), 125-128

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See detailIdentification of neurotensin-related peptides in human thymic epithelial cell membranes and relationship with MHC class I molecules
Vanneste, Yves; Ntodou-Thomé, Agnès; Vandersmissen, Eric et al

in Journal of Neuroimmunology (1997), 76

This study shows the expression at the cell surface of human thymic epithelial cells (TEC) of a neurotensin (NT)-like immunoreactivity. NT radio-immunoassay (RIA) revealed that cultured human TEC contain ... [more ▼]

This study shows the expression at the cell surface of human thymic epithelial cells (TEC) of a neurotensin (NT)-like immunoreactivity. NT radio-immunoassay (RIA) revealed that cultured human TEC contain ± 5 ng immunoreactive (ir) NT/106 cells, of which 5% is associated with plasma cell membranes. HPLC analysis of NT-ir present in human TEC showed a major peak of NT-ir corresponding to NT1–13. NT-ir was not detected in the supernatant of human TEC cultures. Using an affinity column prepared with a anti-MHC class I monoclonal antibody, NT-ir-related peptides were retained on the column and eluted together with MHC class I-related proteins. According to the elution time on HPLC of these peptides, they correspond to intact NT1–13, as well as to smaller fragments of NT1–13. [less ▲]

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See detailAnisotropie de la suceptibilité magnétique dans une intrusion composite de la suite charnockitique: l'apophyse du massif stratiforme de Bjerkreim-Sokndal (Rogaland, Norvège méridionale)
Bolle, Olivier ULg; Diot, Hervé; Duchesne, Jean-Clair ULg

in Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences. Série II, Mécanique, Physique, Chimie, Sciences de l'Univers, Sciences de la Terre (1997), 325

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See detailSur le bilinguisme dans les armées d'Hannibal
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Etudes Classiques (Namur, Belgium) (1997), 65

Examen des divers témoignages antiques relatifs à la question linguistique au sein de l'armée d'Hannibal. Fort hétéroclite par son recrutement, cette armée présentait inévitablement une grande bigarrure ... [more ▼]

Examen des divers témoignages antiques relatifs à la question linguistique au sein de l'armée d'Hannibal. Fort hétéroclite par son recrutement, cette armée présentait inévitablement une grande bigarrure linguistique. On y trouvait cependant des interprètes et des soldats capables de s'exprimer dans la langue des ennemis ou de s'improviser eux-mêmes interprètes. De fait il existait un bilinguisme associant la connaissance d'une ou de plusieurs langues locales, d'une part, et du grec ou du latin, d'autre part. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Nucleotide Sequence Of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Chromosome Vii
Tettelin, H.; Carbone, Mla.; Albermann, K. et al

in Nature (1997), 387(6632),

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See detailPower system security assessment: a position paper
Marceau, R.J.; Endrenyi, J.; Allan, R. et al

in Electra (1997), 175

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See detailDivergence of function and regulation of class B floral organ identity genes.
Samach, A.; Kohalmi, S. E.; Motte, Patrick ULg et al

in Plant Cell (1997), 9(4), 559-70

Regulatory mechanisms controlling basic aspects of floral morphogenesis seem to be highly conserved among plant species. The class B organ identity genes, which are required to establish the identity of ... [more ▼]

Regulatory mechanisms controlling basic aspects of floral morphogenesis seem to be highly conserved among plant species. The class B organ identity genes, which are required to establish the identity of organs in the second (petals) and third (stamens) floral whorls, are a good example of such conservation. This work compares the function of two similar class B genes in the same genetic background. The DEFICIENS (DEF) gene from Antirrhinum, including its promoter, was transformed into Arabidopsis and compared in function and expression with the Arabidopsis class B genes APETALA3 (AP3) and PISTILLATA (PI). The DEF gene was expressed in the second, third, and fourth whorls, as was PI. Functionally, DEF could replace AP3 in making petals and stamens. The DEF gene's AP3-like function and PI-like expression caused transformation of fourth-whorl carpels to stamens. Like AP3, all aspects of DEF function in Arabidopsis required a functional PI protein. Surprisingly, DEF could not replace the AP3 protein in properly maintaining AP3 transcripts (autoregulation). Our data allow us to revise the current model for class B autoregulation and propose a hypothesis for the evolution of class B gene expression in dicotyledonous plants. [less ▲]

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See detailIron management in patients on rHuEpo
Cavill, I.; Macdougall, I. C.; Gokal, R. et al

in British Journal of Renal Medicine (1997), 2

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See detailWhat Is the Risk of Transferral of an Undetected Neoplasm During Organ Transplantation?
Detry, Olivier ULg; Bonnet, Pierre ULg; Honore, Pierre ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (1997), 29(5), 2410-1

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See detailPregnancies after vitrification of human day 5 embryos
Vanderzwalmen, Pierre ULg; Delval, Alain; Chatziparasidou, A. et al

in Human Reproduction (1997), 12(suppl), 98

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See detailTransgenic mice expressing the human inducible Hsp70 have hippocampal neurons resistant to ischemic injury.
Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg; Krueger, A. M.; Currie, R. W. et al

in Cell Stress & Chaperones (1997), 2(3), 162-7

Using transgenic mice constitutively expressing the human inducible Hsp70, we examined the role of Hsp70 on cell survival after focal cerebral ischemia. Twenty-four hours after permanent occlusion of the ... [more ▼]

Using transgenic mice constitutively expressing the human inducible Hsp70, we examined the role of Hsp70 on cell survival after focal cerebral ischemia. Twenty-four hours after permanent occlusion of the middle cerebral artery, no difference in infarct area was detected between Hsp70-transgenic and non-transgenic mice. In the non-transgenic mice, many pyramidal neurons of the ipsilateral hippocampus were observed to be pyknotic. However, in all Hsp70-transgenic mice, hippocampal pyramidal neurons showed normal morphology and no evidence of pyknosis. This suggests that constitutive expression of Hsp70 reduces the extent of damage following permanent middle cerebral artery occlusion. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a monoclonal antibody to urinary degradation products from the C-terminal telopeptide 1 chain of type I collagen. Application in an enzyme immunoassay and comparison to Crosslaps TM Elisa
Fledelius, C; Kolding, I; Qvist, P et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Clinical & Laboratory Investigation (1997), 57

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See detailThe Spectrum of Ne V
Bastin, Thierry ULg; Biémont, Emile ULg; Dumont, Paul-Dominique ULg et al

in Physica Scripta (1997), 55

A new investigation of the Ne V spectrum is reported. The beam-foil method has been used to produce spectra at two different energies (1.2 MeV and 2.5 MeV) between 450 and 11OOA Sixty-five lines of Ne V ... [more ▼]

A new investigation of the Ne V spectrum is reported. The beam-foil method has been used to produce spectra at two different energies (1.2 MeV and 2.5 MeV) between 450 and 11OOA Sixty-five lines of Ne V have been newly identified. Fifty levels have been determined for the first time and energies have been revised for seven levels. [less ▲]

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See detailcDNA cloning and expression of bovine procollagen I N-proteinase: a new member of the superfamily of zinc-metalloproteinases with binding sites for cells and other matrix components.
Colige, Alain ULg; Li, S. W.; Sieron, A. L. et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (1997), 94(6), 2374-9

Procollagen N-proteinase (EC 3.4.24.14) cleaves the amino-propeptides in the processing of type I and type II procollagens to collagens. Deficiencies of the enzyme cause dermatosparaxis in cattle and ... [more ▼]

Procollagen N-proteinase (EC 3.4.24.14) cleaves the amino-propeptides in the processing of type I and type II procollagens to collagens. Deficiencies of the enzyme cause dermatosparaxis in cattle and sheep, and they cause type VIIC Ehlers-Danlos syndrome in humans, heritable disorders characterized by accumulation of pNcollagen and severe skin fragility. Amino acid sequences for the N-proteinase were used to obtain cDNAs from bovine skin. Three overlapping cDNAs had an ORF coding for a protein of 1205 residues. Mammalian cells stably transfected with a complete cDNA secreted an active recombinant enzyme that specifically cleaved type I procollagen. The protein contained zinc-binding sequences of the clan MB of metallopeptidases that includes procollagen C-proteinase/BMP-1. The protein also contained four repeats that are homologous to domains found in thrombospondins and in properdin and that can participate in complex intermolecular interactions such as activation of latent forms of transforming growth factor beta or the binding to sulfatides. Therefore, the enzyme may play a role in development that is independent of its role in collagen biosynthesis. This hypothesis was supported by the observation that in some tissues the levels of mRNA for the enzyme are disproportionately high relative to the apparent rate of collagen biosynthesis. [less ▲]

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See detailConstitutive expression of the 27-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp27) in sensory and motor neurons of the rat nervous system.
Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg; Hopkins, D. A.; Robertson, H. A. et al

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (1997), 384(3), 409-28

In this study, the constitutive expression of the 27-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp27) in the adult rat central nervous system has been examined by immunohistochemistry and by two-dimensional gel Western ... [more ▼]

In this study, the constitutive expression of the 27-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp27) in the adult rat central nervous system has been examined by immunohistochemistry and by two-dimensional gel Western blot analysis. Hsp27 immunoreactivity was observed primarily in motoneurons of cranial nerve nuclei and spinal cord, and in primary sensory neurons and their central processes. Also, Hsp27 immunoreactivity was present in neurons of the arcuate nucleus and of the reticular formation. However, only a subset of these neurons was Hsp27-immunoreactive. Most general somatic efferent motoneurons of the hypoglossal nucleus and spinal motor columns and most special visceral efferent motoneurons of the cranial nerve nuclei were Hsp27-positive. In contrast, fewer general somatic efferent motoneurons for eye muscles were Hsp27-positive, and only a small proportion of general visceral efferent neurons, i.e., parasympathetic and sympathetic preganglionic neurons, were stained for Hsp27. Many pseudounipolar sensory neurons were Hsp27-immunoreactive, and the patterns of staining in central sensory nuclei suggested that specific subpopulations of sensory neurons contained Hsp27. The cellular distribution of Hsp27 was uniform throughout the cytoplasm, including the perikaryon, axon and dendrites, the latter often exhibiting varicosities or beading in distal processes. Western blot analyses revealed that at least three phosphorylated isoforms of Hsp27 were present in the spinal cord. These results suggest that constitutively expressed Hsp27 may be related to functional subpopulations of motoneurons and primary sensory neurons. [less ▲]

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See detailNos élèves préfèrent Pythagore à Newton
Monseur, Christian ULg

in Pilotinfo (1997), 20(septembre),

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See detailEnergy savings in methanol synthesis: Use of heat integration techniques and simulation tools.
Maréchal, François; Heyen, Georges ULg; Kalitventzeff, Boris ULg

in Computers & Chemical Engineering (1997), 21(Suppl. S), 511-516

Starting with a classical process for producing methanol using the reforming and synthesis steps, a combined approach applying simulation models and a new synthesis strategy, named Effect Modelling and ... [more ▼]

Starting with a classical process for producing methanol using the reforming and synthesis steps, a combined approach applying simulation models and a new synthesis strategy, named Effect Modelling and Optimisation (EMO), has been used to optimise the energy efficiency of the process. The method allows to identify different ways of improving the energy efficiency of the process. The modifications concern the synthesis reactor and the reforming reactor designs, the exploitation of the purge stream as fuel gas to satisfy the process requirement and its integration to a gas turbine system. The EMO approach allows to target the impact of a process modification at the global level of the energy cost of the process, including the combined production of heat and mechanical power in a gas turbine and the steam network. Starting with a classical methane conversion of 60% for the classical system, we identify solutions with up to 93% of the overall methane conversion when we transform the net mechanical power produced into methane savings at the country level. The interest of the approach is the possibility of computing the impact of the process modifications suggested by the analysis of the shape of the heat cascade on the overall energy balance of the plant without having to simulate in many details the steam and the heat exchanger network. [less ▲]

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See detailToxicological investigations on four sperm whales stranded on the Belgian coast: inoganic contaminants
Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie ULg; Debacker, Virginie ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg et al

in Bulletin de l'Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique. Sciences de la Terre (1997), 67

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See detailUne nouvelle sagesse en hiératique de la Basse Époque (Papyrus Brooklyn Museum 47.218.135)
Winand, Jean ULg

in Chronique d'Egypte : Bulletin Périodique de la Fondation Egyptologique Reine Elisabeth (1997), 72

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See detailCharacterization of the IGF system and analysis of the possible molecular mechanisms leading to IGF-II overexpression in a mesothelioma.
Hodzic, D.; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Willemsen, P. et al

in Hormone & Metabolic Research (1997), 29(11), 549-55

The expression of members of the IGF system in a mesothelioma from a patient suffering from hypoglycemia, in term placenta and HT29 colon adenocarcinoma cells were compared. Very high levels of IGF-II ... [more ▼]

The expression of members of the IGF system in a mesothelioma from a patient suffering from hypoglycemia, in term placenta and HT29 colon adenocarcinoma cells were compared. Very high levels of IGF-II mRNA and protein were detected in the mesothelioma. Moreover, half of the IGF-II protein took the high-molecular-weight form. We also analyzed the parental imprinting status and the promoter usage of the IGF-II gene. Our results showed loss of imprinting (LOI) in the mesothelioma while the imprinting was maintained in HT29 cells, expressing moderate levels of the transcript. Promoter P4 was active in the three tissues we analyzed, whereas IGF-II mRNA transcription from promoter P3 was only detected in the mesothelioma and the placenta, expressing comparably high levels of the transcript. IGF-II gene structure was identical in the analyzed tissues and cells. The type-I receptor mRNA expression was very low in the tumor. IGFBP-2, -4 and -5 mRNAs were detected in the mesothelioma, while IGFBP-2, -3 and -5 transcripts were detected in the placenta. IGFBP-1 and -6 transcripts were not detected. [less ▲]

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See detailGlucose metabolism during bovine preimplantation development: analysis of gene expression in single oocytes and embryos.
Lequarré, Anne-Sophie ULg; Grisart, B.; Schuurbiers, N. et al

in Molecular Reproduction and Development (1997), 48(2), 216-26

Glucose metabolism of the bovine embryo is low during the first cleavages and increases sharply after the major resumption of the genome (8-16 cells). The mRNA level for genes involved in glucose ... [more ▼]

Glucose metabolism of the bovine embryo is low during the first cleavages and increases sharply after the major resumption of the genome (8-16 cells). The mRNA level for genes involved in glucose metabolism was tested by RT-PCR on individual oocytes and embryos at different stages of development. These genes were: glucose transport GLUT-1, hexokinase (HK), glucose-6-phosphatase-dehydrogenase (G6PDH), and glucose-phosphate-isomerase (GPI); actin was used as a reference transcript. RT-PCR results revealed three types of oocytes or embryos: positive with a PCR signal for each transcript considered, nul with no signal for any transcript, and heterogeneous with a PCR signal for some transcripts and none for others. The number of nul and heterogeneous samples was higher for slow than for fast-cleaving embryos (81% vs. 36%), and the proportion of positive embryos increased significantly at the 16-cell and morula stages (P < 0.002), suggesting a correlation between mRNA content and developmental capacity. In positive embryos, GLUT-1 level was reduced by half during maturation and fertilization. Actin and hexokinase mRNA levels decreased during the first cleavages, but significantly increased at the 16-cell and morula stages, respectively. GPI transcript remained stable throughout development, whereas there was a significant rise for G6PDH at the 4-cell stage, perhaps due to a polyadenylation process. Finally, the absence or decrease in intensity of several transcripts at the blastocyst stage suggests suboptimal culture conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailLeaf carbohydrate status in Lolium temulentum during the induction of flowering
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Bernier, Georges ULg

in New Phytologist (1997), 135(1), 59-66

Unifoliated plants of Lolium temulentum L. ev. Ceres, a qualitative long-day grass, were induced to flower by one 24-h long day (LD) or by one 8-h short day (SD) advanced by 1 2 h in the normal regime, so ... [more ▼]

Unifoliated plants of Lolium temulentum L. ev. Ceres, a qualitative long-day grass, were induced to flower by one 24-h long day (LD) or by one 8-h short day (SD) advanced by 1 2 h in the normal regime, so-called 'displaced short day' (DSD). Standard light for SD and DSD was a mixture of fluorescence and incandescence at 400 µmol m2 s-1 whereas the extension period of the 24-h LD was solely incandescence at 10-15 µmol m2 s-1. The DSD system was first characterized by the timings of floral induction, stimulus translocation and apical development. Carbohydrates in the blade tissues and in leaf exudate were analysed comparatively in vegetative and induced plants. Fructans were not detected in the leaf tissues whereas sucrose and starch were found to be present in similar amounts. In SD, their contents exhibited a diurnal fluctuation and were not in large excess. The common change observed during the two inductive treatments was that starch remained at a high level during the LD extension, even though the lighting was unsuitable for photosynthesis, and increased transiently in DSD. Sucrose was the major sugar contained in the leaf exudate. Its content increased when flowering was induced, but not at the same time in the two systems. In LD, sucrose exudation rose when plants were returned to standard light after the inductive cycle, i.e. after the LD stimulus had left the leaf blade. By contrast, during the DSD, sucrose was transported at the same time as the floral stimulus. Results are discussed together with the methods used to time stimulus translocation and their implications. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractéristiques microbiologiques et organoleptiques du nététu du commerce.
N'dir, B.; Gningue, B. D.; Keita, N. G. et al

in Cahiers Agricultures (1997), 6

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See detailAtypical TCA cycle and replenishment in a non-photosynthetic fully habituated sugarbeet callus overproducing polyamines
Bisbis, B.; Kevers, Claire ULg; Gaspar, T.

in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (1997), 35(5), 363-368

In a fully habituated (hormone independent) white sugarbeet callus overconsuming oxygen, and overproducing polyamines from deviated nitrogen metabolism through glutamate, the question of the synthesis of ... [more ▼]

In a fully habituated (hormone independent) white sugarbeet callus overconsuming oxygen, and overproducing polyamines from deviated nitrogen metabolism through glutamate, the question of the synthesis of the tricarboxylic acid (TCA) cycle intermediates (between (α-cetoglutarate and citrate) was raised. The present paper first completes earlier results indicating an anaplerotic pathway involving non-photosynthetic CO2-fixation with higher activities of phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase and malate dehydrogenase. Additional original results indicate a second TCA replenishing pathway through a γ-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-shunt from polyamines to succinate, with higher activities of the intermediary enzymes of the habituated callus than in the normal counterpart. Such a GABA-shunt shown to occur frequently in tissues under stress is well in agreement with the formerly proposed permanent stress of the habituated callus. A tentative scheme of this atypical TCA cycle, which also illustrates the interrelationships between the deviated sugar and nitrogen metabolisms in this callus, is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailRuptured Aneurysm of the Profunda Femoral Artery Associated with Polyaneurysmal Disease
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Vasquez, C.; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1997), 97(2), 93-6

A 73-year-old man was admitted for rupture of an atherosclerotic aneurysm of the profunda femoris artery associated to popliteal and bilateral axillary arteries aneurysms. The aneurysm of the profunda ... [more ▼]

A 73-year-old man was admitted for rupture of an atherosclerotic aneurysm of the profunda femoris artery associated to popliteal and bilateral axillary arteries aneurysms. The aneurysm of the profunda femoris artery was developed between the branches of the crural nerves. Considering the patency of the superficial femoral artery and of the leg arterie, and to avoid injury to the crural nerve, no reconstruction of the profunda femoris was attempted. The aneurysm was ligated proximally and buttress sutures were placed on the site of rupture to achieve thrombosis of the aneurysms. Most of the published cases of aneurysm of the profunda femoris artery are false aneurysms developed after various trauma. Atherosclerotic aneurysm of the profunda femoris artery is a rare lesion and rupture is exceptional. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of potassium channel openers on the firing rate of hippocampal pyramidal cells and A10 dopaminergic neurons in vitro.
Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg; Seutin, Vincent ULg; Vrijens, Bernard ULg et al

in Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry (1997), 105(5), 421-8

The effect of four KATP channel openers (KCOs) on the firing rate of CA1 pyramidal cells and A10 dopaminergic neurons was investigated using extracellular recording techniques in rat brain slices ... [more ▼]

The effect of four KATP channel openers (KCOs) on the firing rate of CA1 pyramidal cells and A10 dopaminergic neurons was investigated using extracellular recording techniques in rat brain slices. Pinacidil, lemakalim, diazoxide and a new compound, BPDZ44, had an inhibitory effect on the electrical activity of CA1 pyramidal cells. They all had a similar potency. Only BPDZ44 and diazoxide inhibited the firing rate of A10 dopamine neurons. The sulfonylurea glipizide (1 microM) antagonized the effect of BPDZ44 and diazoxide on A10 neurons but failed to antagonize the effect of KCOs on CA1 pyramidal cells. These results show that differences exist among KCOs in their ability to decrease the electrical activity of various populations of central neurons. [less ▲]

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See detailCiclosporine et maladies systémiques
Andre, Béatrice ULg; Ribbens, Clio ULg; Kaye, O. et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (1997), 55

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See detailParathyroid Hormone in the Treatment of Involutional Osteoporosis: Back to the Future
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Taquet, A. N.; Fraikin, G. et al

in Osteoporosis International (1997), 7(Suppl 3), 163-8

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See detailDe quelques problèmes posés par l'action directe de l'article 1798 du Code civil, note sous Liège (10e ch.), 23 mai 1996
Georges, Frédéric ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (1997)

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See detailEvolution du couvert vegetal dans la region de Kinshasa (1960-1987) selon une approche cartographique.
Tshibangu, K. W. T.; Engels, Patrick ULg; Malaisse, François ULg

in Geo-Eco-Trop (1997), 21(1-4),

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See detailRheological characterization on the BaTiO3 sol-gel transition
Van Cantfort, Olivier; Brasseur, Alain; Michaux, Bernard et al

in Faraday Discussions (1997), 101

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See detailRecherches en production laitière et valorisation du lait.
Blecker, Christophe ULg; Burny, Philippe ULg; Fabry, Jules et al

in Annales de Gembloux (1997), 102(3-4), 131-181

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See detailTransition probabilities for forbidden lines in Cr II
Quinet, Pascal ULg

in Physica Scripta (1997), 55

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See detailIncorporation of rapeseed meal extracted by pressure in a diet for growing fattening bulls .1. Intake, digestibility and fermentation in the rumen
Mayombo, A. P.; Baldwin, Paule ULg; Wathelet, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Annales de Zootechnie (1997), 46(1), 57-70

Intake, digestibility, degradation kinetic and fermentation were studied with bulls offered fattening diets with four different incorporation rates of rapeseed meal obtained by pressure; the ether extract ... [more ▼]

Intake, digestibility, degradation kinetic and fermentation were studied with bulls offered fattening diets with four different incorporation rates of rapeseed meal obtained by pressure; the ether extract content was 8.6% and the glucosinolate content 17,6 mu molg. The control diet was made of sugar beet pulp, cereals, soya bean meal and linseed meal. In the three other diets, nitrogen from rapeseed meal provided 33, 66 or 100% of nitrogen from soya bean meal or linseed meal. The intakes of the control diet were 94.3 +/- 7.3 g/kg metabolic body weight. Intakes were maintained high in the diet with 33, 66 or 100% of protein from rapeseed meal at 93.5 +/- 7.7; 93.0 +/- 5.0 and 93.5 +/- 7.7 g/kg, respectively. The apparent digestibility of rapeseed meal in the ration containing only rapeseed meal was high at 74.9 +/- 1.9% for dry matter, 76.5 +/- 2.1% for organic matter, 69.9 +/- 3.9% for nitrogen, 59.1 +/- 4.8% for ADF and 74.6 +/- 6.9% for ether extract. Dry matter of rapeseed meal was less degradable (57.8 +/- 5.0%) than that of soya bean meal (65.5 +/- 2.6%) or of linseed meal (61.6 +/- 4.2%) but was not as well protected than that of protected soya bean meal (43.6 +/- 2.6%) (P < 0.001). Similar trends were observed for the degradability of nitrogen (P < 0.001). Ether extract of rapeseed meal was more degradable than that of linseed meal (P < 0.001). There were no significant effects of the incorporation rate of rapeseed meal on the pH in the rumen. The fermentations were mainly of the acetate type with usual concentrations of propionate, butyrate, total volatile fatty acids, glucose or alpha amino nitrogen. Ammonia concentration was higher with the control diet and lower with the diet with 100% of protein from rapeseed meal. Fatty acids of rapeseed meal were more protected against saturation by the rumen microorganisms than in linseed meal. [less ▲]

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See detailTextural properties and thermal stability of silica-zirconia aerogels
Pirard, René ULg; Bonhomme, Damien; Kolibos, Sofia et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (1997), 8

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See detailPredictions in overdispersed series of counts using an approximate predictive likelihood
Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Forecasting (1997), 16

The generalized autoregression model or GARM, originally used to model series of non-negative data measured at irregularly spaced time points (Lambert, 1996a), is considered in a count data context. It is ... [more ▼]

The generalized autoregression model or GARM, originally used to model series of non-negative data measured at irregularly spaced time points (Lambert, 1996a), is considered in a count data context. It is first shown how the GARM can be expressed as a GLM in the special case of a linear model for some transform of the location parameter. The Butler approximate predictive likelihood (Butler, 1986, Rejoinder) is then used to define likelihood prediction envelopes. The width of these intervals is shown to be slightly wider than the Fisher (1959, pp. 128-33) and Lejeune and Faulkenberry (1982) predictive likelihood-based envelopes which assume that the parameters have fixed known values (equal to their maximum likelihood estimates). The method is illustrated on a small count data set showing overdispersion. [less ▲]

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

in Current Opinion in Anaesthesiology (1997), 10

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See detailPhenylarsine oxide inhibits ex vivo HIV-1 expression
Edeas, M.; Arbault, S.; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg et al

in Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy (1997)

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See detailLa langue des Cariens. A propos de B 867
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Glotta : Zeitschrift für Griechische und Lateinische Sprache (1997), 74

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See detailRadiation therapy duration influences overall survival in patients with cervix carcinoma.
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Delaloye, J-F; Pampallona, S et al

in International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics (1997), 57

of the cervix treated by radical radiation therapy. Method; Three hundred and sixty patients with FIG0 stage IB-IIIB carcinoma of the cervix were treated in Lausanne (Switzerland) with external radiation ... [more ▼]

of the cervix treated by radical radiation therapy. Method; Three hundred and sixty patients with FIG0 stage IB-IIIB carcinoma of the cervix were treated in Lausanne (Switzerland) with external radiation and brachytherapy as first line therapy. Median therapy duration was 45 days. Patients were classified according to the duration of the therapies, taking 60 days (the 75th percentile) as an arbitrary cut-off. Results: The 5-year survival was 61% (SE. = 3%) for the therapy duration group of less than 60 days and 53% (SE. = 7%) for the group of more than 60 days. In terms of univariate hazard ratio (HR), the relative difference between the hvo groups corresponds to a 50% increase of deaths (HR = 1.53, 95% CI = 1.03-2.28) for the longer therapy duration group (P = 0.044). In a multivariate analysis, the magnitude of estimated relative hazards for the longer therapies are confirmed though significance was reduced (HR = 1.52, 95% CI = 0.94-2.45, P = 0.084). Conclusion: These findings suggesthat short treatment duration is a factor associated with longer survival in carcinoma of the cervix. 0 1997 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics [less ▲]

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See detailAerogel compression theoretical analysis
Pirard, René ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (1997), 212(2-3), 262-267

Several authors have empirically shown that, in aerogels, a power law exists between the mechanical moduli and the bulk density. An exponent value can be determined from mercury porosimetry curves. The ... [more ▼]

Several authors have empirically shown that, in aerogels, a power law exists between the mechanical moduli and the bulk density. An exponent value can be determined from mercury porosimetry curves. The shrinkage of aerogels under mercury pressure follows a buckling mechanism which links the pore size to the exerted pressure. The present study relates the exponent to the pore volume distribution which can be described by a hierarchical model valid in a large range of pore size, so a physical meaning is given to the exponent. [less ▲]

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See detailCortical application of potassium chloride induces the low-molecular weight heat shock protein (Hsp27) in astrocytes.
Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg; David, Jean-Claude; Robertson, H. A. et al

in Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism (1997), 17(7), 781-90

Spreading depression induces tolerance to ischemic injury, and ischemic tolerance has been associated with expression of heat shock proteins (Hsp). Here we examine Hsp27 expression after KCl-induced ... [more ▼]

Spreading depression induces tolerance to ischemic injury, and ischemic tolerance has been associated with expression of heat shock proteins (Hsp). Here we examine Hsp27 expression after KCl-induced spreading depression. Twenty-minute cortical KCl application induced Hsp27 immunoreactivity in glial fibrillary acidic protein-positive astrocytes of the ipsilateral neocortex. Systemic administration of MK-801 (3 mg/kg) suppressed KCl-induced Hsp27 expression in the parietal cortex. Astrocytes in the posterior cingulate and retrosplenial cortex did not express Hsp27 after KCl application but did express Hsp27 after systemic administration of high dose MK-801 (9 mg/kg). Whereas Hsp27 was usually observed in all layers of the parietal cortex after 5-minute application of KCl, in 2 of 6 rats, Hsp27 was seen in clusters of astrocytes or in astrocytes in the superficial layers I to III of the parietal cortex. We conclude that (1) cortical application of KCl triggered Hsp27 astrocytic expression; (2) astrocytes in the cingulate and retrosplenial cortex responded differently compared with astrocytes of the parietal cortex; (3) Hsp27 expression progressed from small clusters of astrocytes throughout superficial layers of the cortex that joined and recruited astrocytes in deeper layers; (4) several mechanisms induced Hsp27 astrocytic expression. We propose that Hsp27 is involved in spreading depression-induced ischemic tolerance through protection of astrocyte function. [less ▲]

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See detail(Meth)acrylates pseudo-living radical polymerization in the presence of transition metal complexes: the Kharasch reaction revisited
Granel, Claude; Moineau, George; Lecomte, Philippe ULg et al

in Polymer Preprints (1997), 38(1), 450-451

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See detail"Saint Lambert au banquet de Jupille". Auguste Chauvin (1810-1884) et la peinture d'histoire
George, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Le Vieux-Liège (1997), T. XIII, n° 276

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See detailSurveillance of foodborne illnesses in Belgium.
Daube, Georges ULg; Van Look, F.

in Archives of Public Health (1997), 55

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See detailThe Gospel Sound (Columbia Legacy 475884-2)
Sacré, Robert ULg

in Les Cahiers du Jazz (1997), 10

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See detailLes hermeneis dans le christianisme primitif. Aux sources du schisme byzantin
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Byzantion : Revue Internationale des Etudes Byzantines (1997), 67

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See detailL'interprétation communautaire de la notion de défendeur défaillant au sens de l'article 27, point 2, de la Convention de Bruxelles
Boularbah, Hakim ULg

in Revue de Droit Commercial Belge [= RDC] = Tijdschrift voor Belgisch Handelsrecht [=TBH] (1997)

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See detailLes téléports en Europe: état actuel et perspectives offertes par les "call centers"
Jacob, Damien ULg

in Revue Géographique de l'Est (1997), 37(4), 273-284

De manière à répondre à l'accroissement de l'offre et de la demande en télécommunications d'entreprises constaté ces dernières années, trois grandes catégories de téléports proposant des services à coûts ... [more ▼]

De manière à répondre à l'accroissement de l'offre et de la demande en télécommunications d'entreprises constaté ces dernières années, trois grandes catégories de téléports proposant des services à coûts partagés et les téléports " hub ", concentrant les flux de communication en un point central. Les téléports ciblent des entreprises exigeant un haut niveau de services en télécommunications, par exemple les centres d'appels téléphoniques. Cette activité, en pleine expansion en Europe, recherche une main-d'œuvre multilingue pouvant assurer par téléphone des services d'information, de conseil, de vente et d'après-vente. Les téléports peuvent donc devenir des outils attractifs pour attirer ce créneau particulièrement porteur en création d'emplois, même si ces derniers sont pour une bonne part une transformation d'anciennes tâches et paraissent potentiellement faciles à délocaliser vers des pays à faible coût du travail. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effects of ammonium sulphate deposition and root sinks on soil solution chemistry in coniferous forest soils
Carnol, Monique ULg; Ineson, Phil; Anderson, J. M. et al

in Biogeochemistry (1997), 38

The effects of enhanced (NH4)(2)SO4 deposition on soil solution cation and anion concentrations and annual ionic fluxes were followed using a standardised experimental protocol in six European coniferous ... [more ▼]

The effects of enhanced (NH4)(2)SO4 deposition on soil solution cation and anion concentrations and annual ionic fluxes were followed using a standardised experimental protocol in six European coniferous forests with contrasting soil types, pollution inputs and climate. Native soil cores containing a ceramic suction cup were installed in the field, roofed and watered every two weeks with local throughfall or local throughfall with added (NH4)(2)SO4 at 75 kg NH4+-N ha(-1) a(-1). Living root systems were established in half of the lysimeters. Untreated throughfall NH4+-N deposition at the sites ranged from 3.7 to 29 kg ha(-1) a(-1). Soil leachates were collected at two weekly intervals over 12 months and analysed for volume, and concentrations of major anions and cations. Increases in soil solution NO3- concentrations in response to N additions were observed after 4-9 months at three sites, whilst one sandy soil with high C:N ratio failed to nitrify under any of the treatments. Changes in NO3- concentrations in soil solution controlled soil solution cation concentrations in the five nitrifying soils, with Al3+ being the dominant cation in the more acid soils with low base saturation. The acidification responses of the soils to the (NH4)(2)SO4 additions were primarily related to the ability of the soils to nitrify the added NH4+. pH and soil texture seemed important in controlling NH4+ leaching in response to the treatments, with two less acidic, clay/clay loam sites showing almost total retention of added NH4+, whilst nearly 75% of the added N was leached as NH4+ at the acid sandy soils. The presence of living roots significantly reduced soil solution NO3- and associated cation concentrations at two of the six sites. The very different responses of the six soils to increased (NH4)(2)SO4 deposition emphasise that the establishment of N critical loads for forest soils need to allow for differences in N storage. capacity and nitrification potential. [less ▲]

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See detailSur les accents et les marques de quantité dans les papyrus latins
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (1997), 119

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See detailFirst epidemiological data on pathogenic leptospires isolated on the Azorean islands
Collares-Pereira, Margarida; Korver, H.; Terpstra, W. J. et al

in European Journal of Epidemiology (1997), 13

Insectivores (Erinaceus europaeus) and rodents (Rattus rattus, R. norvegicus and Mus musculus) from different islands of the Azores archipelago were found to carry three distinct Leptospira interrogans s ... [more ▼]

Insectivores (Erinaceus europaeus) and rodents (Rattus rattus, R. norvegicus and Mus musculus) from different islands of the Azores archipelago were found to carry three distinct Leptospira interrogans s.l. serovars (copenhageni, icterohaemorrhagiae and ballum) which have never been previously investigated there. The house mouse and the black rat were the major Leptospira reservoir showing isolation rates ranging from 0% for both species (in Graciosa) to 88 % and 33 %, respectively (in São Miguel). This study also showed that the majority of the animals with positive kidney cultures exhibited specific agglutinins agaibst the isolated strains of Leptospira. The observed isalation rates in the different islands, with a very interesting island variation in prevalence, suggest that small mammals, serving as sylvatic reservoirs of pathogenic leptospires, may represent an important risk to the health of humans and the livestock, particularly in the islands of Terceira and São Miguel. [less ▲]

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See detailAssociative chunk strength in artificial grammar learning
Meulemans, Thierry ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg

in Journal of Experimental Psychology. Learning, Memory & Cognition (1997), 23(4), 1007-1028

In four experiments, adherence to grammatical rules and associative chunk strength (including different measures, each calculated on the basis of the frequency with which bigrams and trigrams present in ... [more ▼]

In four experiments, adherence to grammatical rules and associative chunk strength (including different measures, each calculated on the basis of the frequency with which bigrams and trigrams present in the test strings appeared in the learning strings) were manipulated independently in the test phase of an artificial grammar learning task. When participants learned few items of the grammar (Experiments 1a and 2a), the associated items were more often classified as grammatical than the nonassociated ones. On the other hand, when the learning phase included most of the grammatical items (Experiments 1b and 2b), the only effect observed was an effect of grammaticality. These results suggest that, depending on the specific constraints of the tasks, knowledge based on bigrams and trigrams and knowledge based on the abstraction of the grammatical structure can be used for the classification task. [less ▲]

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See detailGalectin-3 and laminin expression in neoplastic and non-neoplastic thyroid tissue.
Fernandez, P. L.; Merino, M. J.; Gomez, M. et al

in Journal of Pathology (The) (1997), 181(1), 80-6

Galectin-3 is a 31 kD beta-galactoside-binding lectin which is expressed by several types of non-neoplastic and neoplastic cells and which may be involved in cell-extracellular matrix interactions. An ... [more ▼]

Galectin-3 is a 31 kD beta-galactoside-binding lectin which is expressed by several types of non-neoplastic and neoplastic cells and which may be involved in cell-extracellular matrix interactions. An immunohistochemical study has been made of the expression of galectin-3, as well as its ligand, laminin, in a spectrum of benign and malignant thyroid neoplasms and in some non-neoplastic conditions. Immunohistochemistry with anti-human recombinant galectin-3 antibody showed consistent, intense positivity in the neoplastic cells of 18 cases of papillary carcinoma and less intense staining in the five anaplastic carcinomas studied. In addition, two out of three poorly differentiated carcinomas, three out of six medullary carcinomas, and four out of eight follicular carcinomas had less intense or focal positivity. One case of Hurthle cell carcinoma showed scattered strongly positive cells. Eight follicular adenomas, three hyperplastic nodules, five nodular goitres, and normal thyroid tissue were negative. Galectin-3 mRNA expression was also evaluated in three of the papillary carcinomas, two follicular adenomas, and one hyperplastic nodule with matched normal tissue. Northern blot analysis demonstrated mRNA overexpression in the three cases of papillary carcinomas, whereas normal and benign tissues were negative. Laminin distribution in neoplastic and non-neoplastic tissue varied with architectural patterns but did not correlate with galectin-3 immunohistochemical expression. We conclude that expression of galectin-3 is limited to inflammatory foci in normal and benign thyroid tissue and is a phenotypic feature of malignant thyroid neoplasms, especially papillary carcinomas. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation d'un indice de la valeur récréative des forêts
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Verstraete, Philippe

in Mitteilungen der Abteilung für Forstliche Biometrie (1997), 97(2), 20-30

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See detailPhysical activity and cardiovascular risk factors in children. The Belgian Luxembourg Child Study.
Guillaume, Michèle ULg; Lapidus, L.; Bjorntorp, P.

in Obesity Research (1997)

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See detailAssessment of pain in herpes zoster: lessons learned from antiviral trials
Dworkin, R. H.; Carrington, D.; Cunningham, A. et al

in Antiviral Research (1997), 33(2), 73-85

Pain typically accompanies acute herpes zoster and, in a proportion of patients, it persists well beyond rash healing. Pain must therefore be analyzed in trials of antiviral agents in herpes zoster, but ... [more ▼]

Pain typically accompanies acute herpes zoster and, in a proportion of patients, it persists well beyond rash healing. Pain must therefore be analyzed in trials of antiviral agents in herpes zoster, but different methods have been used to analyze pain in recent published trials. These reports are reviewed and their methodological strengths and weaknesses examined. Based on this review, recommendations for the design and analysis of future trials of antiviral agents in herpes zoster are proposed. The principal recommendation is that antiviral efficacy should be evaluated both by distinguishing post-herpetic neuralgia from acute pain and by considering pain as a continuum. The primary endpoint should address both the prevalence and duration of post-herpetic neuralgia and should be examined in those patients who have post-herpetic neuralgia. Adopting the proposed recommendations in design and analysis of future trials should facilitate comparison across trials of the efficacy of antiviral agents in the treatment of herpes zoster. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-wavelength behavior of the exchange-correlation kernel in the Kohn-Sham theory of periodic systems
Ghosez, Philippe ULg; Gonze, X.; Godby, R. W.

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (1997), 56(20), 12811-12817

The polarization dependence of the exchange-correlation (re) energy functional of periodic insulators within Kohn-Sham (KS) density-functional theory requires a O(1/q(2)) divergence in the re kernel for ... [more ▼]

The polarization dependence of the exchange-correlation (re) energy functional of periodic insulators within Kohn-Sham (KS) density-functional theory requires a O(1/q(2)) divergence in the re kernel for small vectors q. This behavior, exemplified for a one-dimensional model semiconductor, is also observed when an insulator happens to be described asa KS metal, or vice versa. Although it can occur in the exchange-only kernel, it is not found in the usual local, semilocal, or even nonlocal approximations to KS theory. We also show that the test-charge and. electronic definitions of the macroscopic dielectric constant differ from one another in exact KS theory, but are equivalent in the above-mentioned approximations. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of non pigmented B16 melanoma cell-derived cytotoxic factors.
Siwek, B.; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Quetin-Leclercq, J. et al

in Chemico-Biological Interactions (1997), 103(1), 59-73

We analyzed and tried to characterize substance(s) responsible for cytotoxic activities detected in culture media conditioned by non pigmented B16 melanoma cells (NPB16). The different cytological tests ... [more ▼]

We analyzed and tried to characterize substance(s) responsible for cytotoxic activities detected in culture media conditioned by non pigmented B16 melanoma cells (NPB16). The different cytological tests used showed that ultrafiltrated conditioned media (CM U1 fraction) contained several cytotoxic factors with a Mw lower than 1000 Da. These factors seemed to act either directly or indirectly on cell membranes, mitochondria, on the cell cycle and on protein and DNA synthesis. A cytotoxic activity could be found even after high dilution of CM U1. These cytotoxic factors were rapidly released by B16 cells in culture, independently of cell confluence. Their activities in the treated cells were also very fast and the cytotoxic effects were irreversible after only a few hours of treatment. These factors were not intermediate products during melanogenesis, neither polyamines, nor proteases. At least one of them seemed to be a small acidic and basic stable peptide without disulfide bounds but not heat stable. The synthesis of at least one of these cytotoxic factors was inhibited by cycloheximide and the cytotoxic activity was partially destroyed by pronase and trypsin, but not by pepsin. The cytotoxicity was not modified by copper complexants or free radical inhibitors (bovine serum albumin (BSA), tyrosine, superoxyde dismutase (SOD), catalase, vitamin E). Furthermore the levels of glutathione peroxydase activity and reduced glutathione did not change after treatment by CM U1 as compared to controls. [less ▲]

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See detailUnexpected Influence of a C-Terminal-Fused His-Tag on the Processing of an Enzyme and on the Kinetic and Folding Parameters
Ledent, Philippe; Duez, Colette ULg; Vanhove, Marc et al

in FEBS Letters (1997), 413(2), 194-196

The addition of a poly-His C-terminal extension, designed to facilitate the purification of the protein, to the beta-lactamase of a thermophilic Bacillus licheniformis strain modified the site of action ... [more ▼]

The addition of a poly-His C-terminal extension, designed to facilitate the purification of the protein, to the beta-lactamase of a thermophilic Bacillus licheniformis strain modified the site of action of the signal peptidase. This resulted in the secretion of a protein with a different N-terminus, showing that this type of protein engineering might not always be as 'neutral' as generally assumed. (C) 1997 Federation of European Biochemical Societies. [less ▲]

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See detailBiochemical aspects of almond microcuttings related to in vitro rooting ability
Caboni, E.; Tonelli, M. G.; Lauri, P. et al

in Biologia Plantarum (1997), 39(1), 91-97

Microcuttings of seven genotypes of almond (Prunus dulcis Mill) used as peach rootstocks, showed different rooting ability in vitro. No direct relationship was found between peroxidase activity and total ... [more ▼]

Microcuttings of seven genotypes of almond (Prunus dulcis Mill) used as peach rootstocks, showed different rooting ability in vitro. No direct relationship was found between peroxidase activity and total phenol content, determined in the whole microcuttings prior to the root inducing treatment, and the rooting ability of these genotypes. However, a positive relationship was found between free indole-3-acetic acid (IAA) level and IAA-aspartate and the rooting response. After transferring into the rooting medium, peroxidase activity of the easiest-to-root genotype increase up to a peak and then declined and the total phenol content showed an opposite trend. These variations did not occur in the most difficult-to-root genotype. [less ▲]

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See detailEmission from cobalt in type Ia supernovae
Liu, W; Jeffery, D J; Schultz, D R et al

in Astrophysical Journal (1997), 489

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See detailRectovaginal septum adenomyotic nodules: a series of 500 cases.
Donnez, Jacques; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Gillerot, Stépane et al

in British Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology (1997), 104(9), 1014-8

OBJECTIVE: Laparoscopic procedure with excision of deep fibrotic endometriotic nodules of the rectovaginal septum and histological study of the lesions. SETTING: An academic teaching hospital ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Laparoscopic procedure with excision of deep fibrotic endometriotic nodules of the rectovaginal septum and histological study of the lesions. SETTING: An academic teaching hospital. PARTICIPANTS: A series of 500 women undergoing laparoscopy for pelvic pain or infertility. RESULTS: Laparoscopic (n = 497) and laparotomic (n = 3) excision of endometriotic nodules resulted in considerable pain relief. Histologically the rectovaginal nodule was similar to an adenomyoma as it was a circumscribed nodular aggregate of smooth muscle and endometrial glands and stroma. The variations in oestrogen receptor and progesterone receptor content suggested a regulatory mechanism different from that of eutopic endometrium. CONCLUSION: This form of disease should be considered as an entity distinct from peritoneal and ovarian endometriosis, and originating from the Müllerian rests present in the rectovaginal septum. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecies assemblages and indicator species: The need for a flexible asymmetrical approach
Dufrêne, Marc ULg; Legendre, P.

in Ecological Monographs (1997), 67(3), 345-366

This paper presents a new and simple method to find indicator species and species assemblages characterizing groups of sites. The novelty of our approach lies in the way we combine a species relative ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a new and simple method to find indicator species and species assemblages characterizing groups of sites. The novelty of our approach lies in the way we combine a species relative abundance with its relative frequency of occurrence in the various groups of sites. This index is maximum when all individuals of a species are found in a single group of sites and when the species occurs in all sites of that group; it is a symmetric indicator. The statistical significance of the species indicator values is evaluated using a randomization procedure. Contrary to TWINSPAN, our indicator index for a given species is independent of the other species relative abundances, and there is no need to use pseudospecies. The new method identifies indicator species for typologies of species releves obtained by any hierarchical or nonhierarchical classification procedure; its use is independent of the classification method. Because indicator species give ecological meaning to groups of sites, this method provides criteria to compare typologies, to identify where to stop dividing clusters into subsets, and to point out the main levels in a hierarchical classification of sites. Species can be grouped on the basis of their indicator values for each clustering level, the heterogeneous nature of species assemblages observed in any one site being well preserved. Such assemblages are usually a mixture of eurytopic (higher level) and stenotopic species (characteristic of lower level clusters). The species assemblage approach demonstrates the importance of the 'sampled patch size,' i.e., the diversity of sampled ecological combinations, when we compare the frequencies of core and Satellite species. A new way to present species-site tables, accounting for the hierarchical relationships among species, is proposed. A large data set of carabid beetle distributions in open habitats of Belgium is used as a case study to illustrate the new method. [less ▲]

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See detailFamilial Crohn's Disease: A Study of 18 Families
Franchimont, D.; Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (1997), 60(2, Apr-Jun), 134-7

The high frequency of familial Crohn's disease (CD) suggests a genetic predisposition. The most recent data from epidemiology and molecular biology are consistent with a multifactorial, polygenic ... [more ▼]

The high frequency of familial Crohn's disease (CD) suggests a genetic predisposition. The most recent data from epidemiology and molecular biology are consistent with a multifactorial, polygenic inheritance with a possible genetic heterogeneity. The aim of our study was, first to compare familial and sporadic CD on the basis of the type and location of the disease, and age at diagnosis, and second, to evaluate among families, the concordance rate for the type and location of the disease. PATIENTS AND METHODS: 18 families with 2 (n = 16) and 3 (n = 2) affected first degree relatives were studied. They were compared to a population of 154 sporadic CD coming from the same gastroenterology unit. RESULTS: Age at diagnosis was the same in sporadic and familial CD. There was an increased frequency of ileal (p = 0.02), and fibro stenotic (p = 0.005) CD and a decreased frequency of colonic (p = 0.006) and inflammatory (p = 0.02) disease, in familial CD. There was a significant increase in concordance rate for fibrostenotic disease (p < 0.001) and a decrease for inflammatory disease (p < 0.01), among the families. The observed concordance rate for the location of the disease was not significantly different from the expected one. In conclusion, these data suggest that CD may be heterogenous and that different clinical patterns may be determined either by genetic or environmental factors. [less ▲]

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See detailHormonal control of adventitious rooting: Progress and questions
Kevers, Claire ULg; Hausman, J. F.; Faivre-Rampant, O. et al

in Journal of Applied Botany (1997), 71(3-4), 71-79

According to the traditional concept, adventitious rooting is a single developmental process, controlled by one single chief actor, auxin. This concept is out-of-date. This review develops the arguments ... [more ▼]

According to the traditional concept, adventitious rooting is a single developmental process, controlled by one single chief actor, auxin. This concept is out-of-date. This review develops the arguments for rooting as a process consisting of successive physiological phases, with different exogenous requirements. The levels of auxins, peroxidases, phenolic compounds, cytokinins, polyamines, and ethylene undergo typical changes during these phases. Their complex interactions are far from being elucidated. The changes characterizing the rooting inductive phase may be similar to those occurring during flowering evocation. Thus these changes seem to be more indicative of a shift in a developmental programme than of a specific organogenic process. [less ▲]

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See detailMétastases ganglionnaires, hépatiques et osseuses d'un chemodectome carotidien. A propos d'un cas
DEFRAIGNE, Jean ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Journal de Chirurgie (1997), 134(7-8), 336-9

A case of malignant carotid body tumor with nodal, hepatic and bone metastases is reported. Carotid body chemodectomas are slow-growing tumors which invade local structures. These tumors are usually ... [more ▼]

A case of malignant carotid body tumor with nodal, hepatic and bone metastases is reported. Carotid body chemodectomas are slow-growing tumors which invade local structures. These tumors are usually benign but can occasionally produce local and distant metastases. Development of metastatic localizations is the only formal proof of malignancy as histology cannot distinguish between benign and malignant chemodectomas. Bilateral carotid arteriography gives the diagnosis. Surgery is the basis of treatment and should be performed early in the course to limit operative complications. Radiotherapy can be given as adjuvant treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailComment les enseignants évaluent-ils la géométrie au premier degré de l'enseignement secondaire ?
Burton, Réginald; Detheux-Jehin, Monique; Fagnant, Annick ULg

in Informations pédagogiques (1997), 38(15), 24

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See detailSuivi satellitaire de la migration automnale de la cigogne noire. Aléas et perspectives d'avenir
Libois, Roland ULg; Jadoul, Gérard

in Aves (1997), 34(1), 20-22

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See detailDarkness promotes flowering in the absolute long-day requiring plant, Lolium temulentum L. Ceres
Périlleux, Claire ULg; Bernier, Georges ULg; Kinet, Jean-Marie

in Journal of Experimental Botany (1997), 48(307), 349--351

Vegetative plants of the long-day grass Lolium temulentum L. Ceres were exposed to threshold long days or light breaks. Protracted darkness given just afterwards clearly promoted flowering and was weakly ... [more ▼]

Vegetative plants of the long-day grass Lolium temulentum L. Ceres were exposed to threshold long days or light breaks. Protracted darkness given just afterwards clearly promoted flowering and was weakly inductive on its own. The promotive effect of darkness was restricted to floral induction since further apical development was weak. [less ▲]

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See detailRoquentin et les types sans importance sociale
Denis, Benoît ULg

in Etudes Françaises (1997), XXXIII(3), 105-119

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See detailImage du mois. Syncope vasovagale en direct.
Scheen, André ULg; Marchand, Monique ULg; Juchmes, J.

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(5), 315

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See detailRheological characterization of BaTiO3 sol-gel transition
Brasseur, Alain; Michaux, Bernard; Pirard, René ULg et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (1997), 9(1), 5-15

BaTiO3 gels were prepared by hydrolysis and polycondensation reactions between titanium isopropoxide and barium hydroxide in presence of methoxyethanol, methanol and water. The rheology of the sol-gel ... [more ▼]

BaTiO3 gels were prepared by hydrolysis and polycondensation reactions between titanium isopropoxide and barium hydroxide in presence of methoxyethanol, methanol and water. The rheology of the sol-gel transition was studied with a rheometer allowing low amplitude sinusoidal oscillations. Experimental data show a continuous increase in the complex viscosity along with time, showing the progressive character of the transition. The influence of synthesis operating variables was studied. The gelation time, which definition is based on viscoelastic measurements, increases exponentially when the water content is increased, when the dilution due to the methoxyethanol is reduced or when the temperature is lowered. Different growth models were used for the characterization of the particles in the solution. These models suggest that the polymerisation first produces spherical particles (mass fractals) and that these spherical particles then agglomerate to form a linear network. [less ▲]

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