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See detailNormative and psychometric data from the Body Image Assessment - Revised in a population of french-speaking women
Bragard, Isabelle ULg; Mayers, I.; Demoulin, Catherine et al

in Psychologica Belgica (2002), 42(4), 227-249

This article concerns the creation of norms and the validation in French of the Body Image Assessment – Revised (BIA-R; Beebe, Holmbeck, & Grzeskiewicz, 1999). The sample comprised 100 normal female ... [more ▼]

This article concerns the creation of norms and the validation in French of the Body Image Assessment – Revised (BIA-R; Beebe, Holmbeck, & Grzeskiewicz, 1999). The sample comprised 100 normal female subjects. They completed questionnaires assessing body experience, eating pathology, psychological functioning, general perception and the BIA-R (Beebe et al., 1999). This test consists of nine silhouettes from which the subject has to choose the somatotype corresponding to her actual shape (cognitive response), the way she feels (affective response) and the way she would like to look (optative response). The results show a good concurrent validity for the cognitive and affective indices and the affective/ cognitive vs. optative divergences. On the other hand, we were not able to demonstrate such validity for the optative index and the affective vs. cognitive divergence index [less ▲]

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See detailRepeated intracoronary beta radiation for recurrent in-stent restenosis.
De Benedetti, E; Latchem, D; Roguelov, C et al

in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (2002), 55(2), 233-236

More than 70% of percutaneous coronary interventions are followed by a stent implantation. In-stent restenosis still occurs in 20-30% of patients and remains a therapeutic challenge. At present only ... [more ▼]

More than 70% of percutaneous coronary interventions are followed by a stent implantation. In-stent restenosis still occurs in 20-30% of patients and remains a therapeutic challenge. At present only vascular brachytherapy has been shown to be an effective treatment option. We report here one case of recurrent in-stent restenosis after vascular brachytherapy that was successfully treated by a second beta radiation treatment. Cathet Cardiovasc Intervent 2002;55:233–236. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailIs HIF-1alpha a pro- or an anti-apoptotic protein?
Piret, Jean-Pascal; Mottet, Denis ULg; Raes, Martine et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2002), 64(5-6), 889-92

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is the major transcription factor specifically activated by hypoxia. It induces the expression of different genes whose products play an adaptive role for hypoxic cells ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is the major transcription factor specifically activated by hypoxia. It induces the expression of different genes whose products play an adaptive role for hypoxic cells and tissues. Besides these protective responses, HIF-1 and/or hypoxia have also been shown to be either anti-apoptotic or pro-apoptotic, according to the cell type and experimental conditions. More severe or prolonged hypoxia rather induces apoptosis that is, at least in part, initiated by the direct association of HIF-1alpha and p53 and p53-induced gene expression. On the other hand, HIF-1alpha dimerized with ARNT, as an active transcription factor, can protect cells from apoptosis induced by several conditions. This review is aimed to describe the different mechanisms that account for these opposite effects of HIF-1alpha. [less ▲]

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See detailLes mutualités professionnelles, un axe majeur de la politique sociale patronale pendant l'Entre-deux-guerres en Belgique ?»,
Geerkens, Eric ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2002), 80(4), 1275-1349

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See detailQuantitative dilatometric analysis of intercritical annealing in a low-silicon TRIP steel
Zhao, Lie; Kop, T. A.; Rolin, Valéry et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2002), 37

In this work, an evaluation method to calculate the austenite fraction during continuous heating and isothermal annealing from dilatometric data is proposed. By means of a single reference measurement to ... [more ▼]

In this work, an evaluation method to calculate the austenite fraction during continuous heating and isothermal annealing from dilatometric data is proposed. By means of a single reference measurement to determine a scaling factor correcting for experimental errors, a framework is created to determine the austenite fraction as a function of time and temperature. In the evaluation of the dilatometric data the effect of the changing carbon concentration in austenite phase is taken into account. The method is applied to dilatometric data for a 0.16C-1.5Mn-0.4Si (wt%) low-silicon transformation induced plasticity (TRIP) multiphase steel. Three typical dilatometric data are obtained by heating the material to 750°C, 800°C or 900°C, which leads to three different microstructures consisting of (1) ferrite, cementite and austenite, (2) ferrite and austenite and (3) full austenite, respectively. The calculated results using the proposed new method are compared with the results from thermodynamic analysis and those from quantitative microscopic analysis. Significant inter-test discrepancies are observed. [less ▲]

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See detailSugli strumenti musicali intagliati ed intarsiati del Rinascimento bresciano: note a margine di uno storico dell'arte
Bugini, Mariaelena ULg

in Saggi e memorie di storia dell'arte. Rivista della Fondazione Giorgio Cini di Venezia (2002)

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See detailPharmacologic treatment of inner ear: from basic science to the patient.
Lefèbvre, Philippe ULg; Staecker, H.; Van de Water, T. et al

in Acta Oto-Rhino-Laryngologica Belgica (2002), 56(1), 45-9

Most of the deafness are of sensorineural origin and are characterized by a loss of hair cells and of spiral ganglion neurons. At the present time, hearing aids are the only treatment. However, in some ... [more ▼]

Most of the deafness are of sensorineural origin and are characterized by a loss of hair cells and of spiral ganglion neurons. At the present time, hearing aids are the only treatment. However, in some diseases of the inner ear, pharmacological treatment have been proposed and used successfully. In this paper, we will review some basic science aspects of the biology of the neurosensory structures of the inner ear, in particular of the auditory neurons, that lead to the rationale of some treatments for the inner ear diseases. Developmental studies, neuronal cell culture experiments, and analyses of gene knockout animals reveal a number of growth factors which are important for the rescue and repair of injured auditory neurons in the inner ear. These factors rescue the injured auditory neurons in vivo. Furthermore, perfusion of antioxydant to the cochlea prevented the hearing loss induced by cisplatin. These in vitro and in vivo experiments demonstrate that it is possible to manipulate the neurosensory structures of the inner ear and provide an effective treatment to prevent the degeneration of the neurons. The molecules or drugs can be administered locally to the inner ear through a direct perilymphatic perfusion or through the round window membrane. As an example, we will discuss the treatment of patients suffering from idiopathic sensorineural hearing loss which can be treated successfully by a perfusion through the round window membrane, improving their hearing threshold and their speech discrimination. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation par ultrasonographie en temps réel de la teneur en gras intramusculaire du porc Piétrain
Youssao, A. K. I.; Verleyen, Vincent ULg; Michaux, Charles ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(4), 249-255

Real-time ultrasound data collection, consisting specifically of longissimus thoracis muscle echogenicity, was carried out on 80 Pietrain pigs (42 gilts and 34 barrows) using the Pie Medical scanner 200 ... [more ▼]

Real-time ultrasound data collection, consisting specifically of longissimus thoracis muscle echogenicity, was carried out on 80 Pietrain pigs (42 gilts and 34 barrows) using the Pie Medical scanner 200 equipped with an ASP-18 probe and 3.5 MHz to predict intramuscular fat. Two ribs thickness (12th and 13th ribs) was excised from the longissimus thoracis muscle for subsequent ether extract value (EE) determination. The percentage of white pixels in the ultrasound image were related to EE percentage. The EE percentages were 1.44, 1.37 and 1.15 % respectively for the homozygous stress-negative Pietrain (CC), heterozygous stress-negative Pietrain (CT) and homozygous stress-positive Pietrain (TT) individuals. The percentage of white pixels in the longissimus thoracis images were 9.98, 8.75 and 7.79 % respectively for CC, CT and TT genotypes. The barrows had an higher intramuscular fat and white pixel percentage than the gilts. The determination coefficient (R 2) of the EE prediction model originating from the white pixels percentage was 0.35 with a root mean squared error of 0.26 %. These performance could be potentially improved using the calibration phantom of the ASP-18 probe, before taking images. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiation-associated synovial-sarcoma: clinicopathological and molecular analysis of two cases.
Egger, J-F; Coindre, J-M; Benhattar, J et al

in Modern Pathology : An Official Journal of the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc (2002), 15(9), 998-1004

Development of a soft-tissue sarcoma is an infrequent but well-known long-term complication of radiotherapy. Malignant fibrous histiocytomas, extraskeletal osteosarcomas, fibrosarcomas, malignant ... [more ▼]

Development of a soft-tissue sarcoma is an infrequent but well-known long-term complication of radiotherapy. Malignant fibrous histiocytomas, extraskeletal osteosarcomas, fibrosarcomas, malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumors, and angiosarcomas are most frequently encountered. Radiationassociated synovial sarcomas are exceptional. We report the clinicopathologic, immunohistochemical, and molecular features of two radiationassociated synovial sarcomas. One tumor developed in a 42-year-old female 17 years after external irradiation was given for breast carcinoma; the other occurred in a 34-year-old female who was irradiated at the age of 7 years for a nonneoplastic condition of the left hand. Both lesions showed morphologic features of monophasic spindle cell synovial sarcoma, were immunoreactive for cytokeratins, epithelial membrane antigen, CD99, CD117 (c-kit), and bcl-2 and bore the t(X;18) (SYT-SSX1) translocation. We conclude that synovial sarcoma has to be added to the list of radiation-associated soft-tissue sarcomas. Mod Pathol 2002;15(9):998–1004 [less ▲]

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See detailL'hyperglycemie post-prandiale. II. Approches therapeutiques medicamenteuses.
Scheen, André ULg; Letiexhe, Michel ULg; Geronooz, I. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(4), 196-201

Besides dietary approaches, various pharmacological means have been recently developed in order to better control postprandial hyperglycaemia. This objective may be obtained: 1) by slowing down the ... [more ▼]

Besides dietary approaches, various pharmacological means have been recently developed in order to better control postprandial hyperglycaemia. This objective may be obtained: 1) by slowing down the intestinal absorption of carbohydrates; 2) by insuring a better insulin priming soon after the meal; and 3) by inhibiting post-prandial glucagon secretion or action. Some hormones (amylin, glucagon-like peptide-1) can slow gastric emptying while alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (acarbose, miglitol) retard intestinal digestion and resorption of complex carbohydrates. A more physiological post-meal profile of insulin may be obtained in type 2 diabetes by using new insulin secretagogues of the glinide family (repaglinide, nateglinide) with an earlier and shorter insulinotropic action or, mainly in type 1 diabetes but also in type 2 diabetes, by using short-acting insulin analogues (lispro. Asp B28) or inhated insulin the action of which is faster than that of subcutaneous insulin. Post-prandial glucagon secretion can be inhibited by amylin. GLP-1 or insulin while other glucagon antagonists are currently in development. [less ▲]

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See detailJuvenile acanthosis nigricans and insulin resistance.
Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; Hermanns, Jean-François ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Pediatric Dermatology (2002), 19(1), 12-4

Acanthosis nigricans in obese adolescents is frequently associated with hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. We report three cases of this condition. In the early stage the skin lesions appeared to be ... [more ▼]

Acanthosis nigricans in obese adolescents is frequently associated with hyperinsulinemia and insulin resistance. We report three cases of this condition. In the early stage the skin lesions appeared to be erythematous and pruritic, mimicking an inflammatory dermatitis. Dietary control and oral metformin hydrochloride markedly improved the lesions. Topical calcipotriol may also help to control the skin condition. [less ▲]

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See detailCa2+/calmodulin dependent protein kinase regulates GABA activated Cl- current in cockroach dorsal unpaired median neurons
Alix, Philippe ULg; Grolleau, F; Hue, B

in Journal of Neurophysiology (2002), 87

We studied gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-mediated currents in short-term cultured dorsal unpaired median (DUM) neurons of cockroach Periplaneta americana using the whole cell patch-clamp technique in ... [more ▼]

We studied gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)-mediated currents in short-term cultured dorsal unpaired median (DUM) neurons of cockroach Periplaneta americana using the whole cell patch-clamp technique in symmetrical chloride solutions. All DUM neurons voltage-clamped at -50 mV displayed inward currents (I(GABA)) when 10(-4) M of GABA was applied by pneumatic pressure-ejection pulses. The semi-logarithmic curve of I(GABA) amplitude versus the ejection time yielded a Hill coefficient of 4.0. I(GABA) was chloride (Cl-) because the reversal potential given by the current-voltage (I-V) curve varied according to the value predicted by the Nernst equation for Cl- dependence. In addition, I(GABA) was almost completely blocked by bath application of the chloride channel blockers picrotoxin (PTX) or 3,3-bis(trifluoromethyl)bicyclo-[2,2,1]heptane-2,2-diacarbonitrile (BIDN). The I-V curve for I(GABA) displayed a unexpected biphasic aspect and was best fitted by two linear regressions giving two slope conductances of 35.6 +/- 2.1 and 80.9 +/- 4.1 nS for potentials ranging from 0 to -30 and -30 to -70 mV, respectively. At -50 mV, the current amplitude was decreased by cadmium chloride (CdCl2, 10(-3) M) and calcium-free solution. The semi-logarithmic curve for CdCl2-resistant I(GABA) gave a Hill coefficient of 2.4. Hyperpolarizing voltage step from -50 to -80 mV was known to increase calcium influx through calcium-resting channels. According to this protocol, a significant increase of I(GABA) amplitude was observed. However, this effect was never obtained when the same protocol was applied on cell body pretreated with CdCl2. When the calmodulin blocker N-(6-aminohexyl)-5-chloro-1-naphtalene-sulfonamide or the calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase blocker 1-[N,O-bis(5-isoquinolinesulfonyl)-N-methyl-L-tyrosyl]-4-phenylpiperazine (KN-62) was added in the pipette solution, I(GABA) amplitude was decreased. Pressure ejection application of the cis-4-aminocrotonic acid (CACA) on DUM neuron cell body held at -50 mV, evoked a Cl- inward current which was insensitive to CdCl2. The Hill plot yielded a Hill coefficient of 2.3, and the I-V curve was always linear in the negative potential range with a slope conductance of 32.4 +/- 1.1 nS. These results, similar to those obtained with GABA in the presence of CdCl2 and KN-62, indicated that CACA activated one subtype of GABA receptor. Our study demonstrated that at least two distinct subtypes of Cl--dependent GABA receptors were expressed in DUM neurons, one of which is regulated by an intracellular Ca2+-dependent mechanism via a calcium-dependent protein kinase. The consequences of the modulatory action of Ca2+ in GABA receptors function and their sensitivity to insecticide are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailL'exclusion de la réassurance des règles européennes de conflits de juridictions en matière de contrats d'assurance
Boularbah, Hakim ULg

in Bulletin des Assurances = Tijdschrift voor Verzekeringen (2002)

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See detailHyperfine structure of neutral vanadium lines and livels
Lefèbvre, P.-H.; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Biémont, Emile ULg

in Physica Scripta (2002), 66

We have recorded hollow-cathode spectra of neutral vanadium by Fourier transform spectroscopy in the near infrared - visible region (9000-17 000 cm-1). 36 transitions showing hyperfine structure have been ... [more ▼]

We have recorded hollow-cathode spectra of neutral vanadium by Fourier transform spectroscopy in the near infrared - visible region (9000-17 000 cm-1). 36 transitions showing hyperfine structure have been analyzed, allowing us to deduce magnetic dipole constants for 27 levels belonging to the 3d44p and 3d34s4p configurations. For 22 of these levels no data were previously available. [less ▲]

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See detailIntravascular malignant lymphomatosis: report of 2 neurological cases
Vandenheede, Michel; Dioh, Alioune ULg; Maertens De Noordhout, Alain ULg et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2002), 102(2), 76-81

We report two cases of intravascular malignant lymphomatosis (IML) with a clinical expression limited to the central nervous system. The first patient presented with signs of cerebral, cerebellar and ... [more ▼]

We report two cases of intravascular malignant lymphomatosis (IML) with a clinical expression limited to the central nervous system. The first patient presented with signs of cerebral, cerebellar and spinal cord involvement. The second had an isolated involvement of the spinal cord. In both cases the diagnosis was made at post-mortem examination; pre-mortem examination of biopsy tissue from peripheral nerve and muscle in the first case, spleen and liver in the second were unhelpful for the diagnosis of lymphoma. We review the published literature on IML, its ante-mortem diagnosis and treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailAortofemorographie par resonance magnetique nucleaire versus arteriographie conventionnelle: evaluation prospective.
NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg; Brisbois, D.; Donkers, E. et al

in JBR-BTR : organe de la Societe royale belge de radiologie (SRBR) = orgaan van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Radiologie (KBVR) (2002), 85(5), 246-51

PURPOSE: To determine how far MRA of lower limbs obviates the need for pre-therapeutic DSA. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Three-step 3-D gadolinium enhanced aortofemorography with a moving bed was prospectively ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: To determine how far MRA of lower limbs obviates the need for pre-therapeutic DSA. MATERIALS AND METHOD: Three-step 3-D gadolinium enhanced aortofemorography with a moving bed was prospectively compared to DSA in 49 consecutive patients (40 males, 9 females; age range 38-80 years; mean age 64 years). According to Leriche and Fontaine's clinical gradation of lower limb ischemia, 5 patients were graded I, 37 graded II, 4 graded III, and 3 graded IV. Two observers graded stenoses for DSA and three for MRA. Cohen's kappa statistics were used to evaluate interobserver variability using MRA, as well as to compare MRA to DSA. In addition, sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of MRA for the assessment of stenosis superior to 80% were calculated by using DSA as a gold standard, respectively for arterial trunks above and below the level of the knees. RESULTS: Overall accuracy of MRA was 92%. Comparison of DSA and MRA yielded a kappa value of 0.87 (0.95 for arterial trunks located above the level of the knees and 0.75 below). Interobserver agreement was very good. Sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values of MRA for the diagnosis of > 80% stenosis were respectively 98, 98, 85 and 99% above the level of the knees and 87, 91, 77 and 96% below the knees. CONCLUSION: MRA can be considered as valuable technique for the evaluation of peripheral arterial obstructive disease, especially for stenosis located above the level of the knees. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of an Anonymity Network for Web Browsing.
Mathy, Laurent ULg; Hutchison, D.; Rennhard, M. et al

in IEEE International Workshops on Enabling Technologies: Infrastructure for Collaborative Entreprises (2002)

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See detailThe photorefractive effect at large modulation depth in semiconductors with multiple defect levels
Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Schmeits, Marcel ULg

in Applied Physics B : Lasers & Optics (2002), 74

The photorefractive effect in semiconducting mate- rials with multiple defects is studied in the case of modulation depth m = 1. The basic equations are Poisson's equation and the continuity equations for ... [more ▼]

The photorefractive effect in semiconducting mate- rials with multiple defects is studied in the case of modulation depth m = 1. The basic equations are Poisson's equation and the continuity equations for electrons, holes and occupied defect levels. They include all recombination and optical generation mechanisms between the defect levels and valence and conduc- tion bands. Their explicit numerical solution yields microscopic quantities such as space- and time-dependent electrical field profiles, carrier concentrations, as well as generation and re- combination rates. The fundamental Fourier component of the electric field yields the two-wave-mixing gain. Application is made for InP with two levels in the forbidden gap, for which steady-state and transient resulting quantities are shown. The re- sulting features at large modulation depth are of non-sinusoidal shape. Due to the complexity of the system, the final results strongly depend on all parameters intervening in the models used, as is illustrated for several typical cases. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurements Of The Horizontal Sprayer Boom Movements By Sensor Data Fusion
Ooms, David ULg; Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Ruter, R. et al

in Computers and Electronics In Agriculture (2002), 33(2),

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See detailPetite réflexion sur la qualité du bois d'épicéa
Hebert, Jacques ULg; Herman, Marc; Jourez, Benoît ULg

in Forêt Wallonne (2002), (60), 24-25

En termes de qualité du bois, l'influence du sylviculteur est déterminante. En effet, dès la décision de plantation, et ensuite, par le jeu des soins culturaux et des éclaircies, il va façonner, compte ... [more ▼]

En termes de qualité du bois, l'influence du sylviculteur est déterminante. En effet, dès la décision de plantation, et ensuite, par le jeu des soins culturaux et des éclaircies, il va façonner, compte tenu des conditions environnementales, les caractéristiques de la matière première qui en définiront les aptitudes technologiques. [less ▲]

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See detailUn incunable de la bibliothèque de Liévin Torrentius (1525-1595) retrouvé (Bruxelles, Bibliothèque Royale, Réserve Précieuse, INC B 1192)
Adam, Renaud ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Le Vieux-Liège (2002), 14(11-12), 335-337

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See detailCommunication et langage chez les animaux.
Poncin, Pascal ULg; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg; Ruwet, J.Cl.

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2002), 4

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See detailRecommendations for a standardized report for adult transthoracic echocardiography: a report from the American Society of Echocardiography's Nomenclature and Standards Committee and Task Force for a Standardized Echocardiography Report.
Gardin, Julius M.; Adams, David B.; Douglas, Pamela S. et al

in Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography : official publication of the American Society of Echocardiography (2002), 15(3), 275-90

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See detailL'égalité et le droit commercial: un rapport à géométrie variable
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2002)

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See detailAcute cardiovascular protective effects of corticosteroids are mediated by non-transcriptional activation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase.
Hafezi-Moghadam, Ali; Simoncini, Tommaso; Yang, Zequan et al

in Nature Medicine (2002), 8(5), 473-9

Corticosteroids have been shown to exert beneficial effects in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction, but the precise mechanisms underlying their protective effects are unknown. Here we show that ... [more ▼]

Corticosteroids have been shown to exert beneficial effects in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction, but the precise mechanisms underlying their protective effects are unknown. Here we show that high-dose corticosteroids exert cardiovascular protection through a novel mechanism involving the rapid, non-transcriptional activation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). Binding of corticosteroids to the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) stimulated phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase and protein kinase Akt, leading to eNOS activation and nitric oxide dependent vasorelaxation. Acute administration of pharmacological concentrations of corticosteroids in mice led to decreased vascular inflammation and reduced myocardial infarct size following ischemia and reperfusion injury. These beneficial effects of corticosteroids were abolished by GR antagonists or eNOS inhibitors in wild-type mice and were completely absent in eNOS-deficient (Nos3(-/-)) mice. The rapid activation of eNOS by the non-nuclear actions of GR, therefore, represents an important cardiovascular protective effect of acute high-dose corticosteroid therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of TGF-betas and their receptors is differentially modulated by reactive oxygen species and nitric oxide in human articular chondrocytes.
Ayache, N.; Boumediene, K.; Mathy, Marianne ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2002), 10(5), 344-52

OBJECTIVES: To study the effects exerted by two antioxidants, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), as an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a reactive oxygen species (ROS ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To study the effects exerted by two antioxidants, N-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), as an inhibitor of nitric oxide (NO) synthesis, and N-acetylcysteine (NAC), a reactive oxygen species (ROS) scavenger, on the expression of the major growth factor involved in cartilage repair, TGF-beta, under the three isoforms beta1, beta2 and beta3, and the receptors I and II of this factor, using lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-treated human chondrocytes in culture. METHODS: Suspension cultures of human chondrocytes derived from the knee of osteoarthritic patients were treated for 48 h with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) (10 microg/ml), L-NMMA (0.5 mM) or NAC (1 mM). Nitrite levels were assayed on the culture media using the Griess spectrophotometric method. After total RNA extraction, the expression of inducible NO synthase (iNOS), TGF-beta1, TGF-beta2, TGF-beta3, TGF-beta receptors I and II, was determined by semi-quantitative polymerase chain-reaction (RT-PCR). RESULTS: LPS induced a dramatic increase of both NO production and iNOS mRNA level. The addition of L-NMMA (0.5 mM) abolished NO production without affecting iNOS mRNA levels. In contrast NAC (1 mM) strongly synergized with LPS to stimulate NO synthesis. LPS treatment did not significantly alter TGF-beta1 expression whereas L-NMMA inhibited its production. TGF-beta2 mRNA level was decreased by LPS and was not changed in the presence of L-NMMA. On the other hand, NAC was capable of counteracting the LPS-induced inhibition of TGF-beta2 expression. TGFbeta3 mRNA level was markedly reduced by LPS alone, or with both L-NMMA and NAC. Finally, the expression of TGF-betaRI was slightly increased in the presence of combined LPS and L-NMMA or NAC whereas that of TGFbeta-RII was reduced in the same conditions. CONCLUSIONS: The modulation of TGF-beta system was found to be differentially controlled by NO and ROS productions. Indeed, the control exerted on TGF-beta expression varied according to the isoform: TGF-beta1 mRNA level depends on NO whereas that of TGF-beta2 is regulated by ROS and TGF-beta3 seems to be unaffected by both of them. The expression of TGF-beta receptors appeared to be modulated by NO and ROS levels. The relevance of the present findings to osteoarthritis (OA) physiopathology and the potential use of antioxidant therapy to treat this disease are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailStrontium ranelate in osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Current Pharmaceutical Design (2002), 8

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See detailClassical and Bayesian inference in neuroimaging: Applications
Friston, Karl J; Glaser, Daniel E; Henson, Richard NA et al

in Neuroimage (2002), 16(2), 484-512

In Friston et al. ((2002) Neuroimage 16: 465-483) we introduced empirical Bayes as a potentially useful way to estimate and make inferences about effects in hierarchical models. In this paper we present a ... [more ▼]

In Friston et al. ((2002) Neuroimage 16: 465-483) we introduced empirical Bayes as a potentially useful way to estimate and make inferences about effects in hierarchical models. In this paper we present a series of models that exemplify the diversity of problems that can be addressed within this framework. In hierarchical linear observation models, both classical and empirical Bayesian approaches can be framed in terms of covariance component estimation (e.g., variance partitioning). To illustrate the use of the expectation-maximization (EM) algorithm in covariance component estimation we focus first on two important problems in fMRI: nonsphericity induced by (i) serial or temporal correlations among errors and (ii) variance components caused by the hierarchical nature of multisubject studies. In hierarchical observation models, variance components at higher levels can be used as constraints on the parameter estimates of lower levels. This enables the use of parametric empirical Bayesian (PEB) estimators, as distinct from classical maximum likelihood (ML) estimates. We develop this distinction to address: (i) The difference between response estimates based on ML and the conditional means from a Bayesian approach and the implications for estimates of intersubject variability. (ii) The relationship between fixed- and random-effect analyses. (iii) The specificity and sensitivity of Bayesian inference and, finally, (iv) the relative importance of the number of scans and subjects. The forgoing is concerned with within- and between-subject variability in multisubject hierarchical fMRI studies. In the second half of this paper we turn to Bayesian inference at the first (within-voxel) level, using PET data to show how priors can be derived from the (between-voxel) distribution of activations over the brain. This application uses exactly the same ideas and formalism but, in this instance, the second level is provided by observations over voxels as opposed to subjects. The ensuing posterior probability maps (PPMs) have enhanced anatomical precision and greater face validity, in relation to underlying anatomy. Furthermore, in comparison to conventional SPMs they are not confounded by the multiple comparison problem that, in a classical context, dictates high thresholds and low sensitivity. We conclude with some general comments on Bayesian approaches to image analysis and on some unresolved issues. [less ▲]

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See detailGastric collision between a papillotubular adenocarcinoma and a gastrinoma in a patient with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome.
De Leval, Laurence ULg; Hardy, Noelle; Deprez, Manuel ULg et al

in Virchows Archiv : An International Journal of Pathology (2002), 441(5), 462-5

We report a unique case of a gastric collision tumor composed of an intramural gastrin-secreting tumor and a papillotubular adenocarcinoma of the intestinal type discovered at autopsy in a patient with ... [more ▼]

We report a unique case of a gastric collision tumor composed of an intramural gastrin-secreting tumor and a papillotubular adenocarcinoma of the intestinal type discovered at autopsy in a patient with Zollinger-Ellison syndrome. There was extensive metastatic dissemination of the neuroendocrine component to regional lymph nodes and to the liver. The unusual macroscopical, histological, and immunohistochemical features of this case and its specific clinical setting are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailObesity and liver disease.
Scheen, André ULg; Luyckx, Françoise ULg

in Best practice & research. Clinical endocrinology & metabolism (2002), 16(4), 703-16

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a disease of emerging identity and importance. It is frequently associated with obesity, especially visceral fat, and is intimately related to fatty liver and ... [more ▼]

Non-alcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH) is a disease of emerging identity and importance. It is frequently associated with obesity, especially visceral fat, and is intimately related to fatty liver and markers of the insulin resistance syndrome. Both the prevalence and the severity of liver steatosis are related to body mass index, waist circumference, hyperinsulinaemia, hypertriglyceridaemia and impaired glucose tolerance or type 2 diabetes. The identification of obese patients who may progress from steatosis to NASH and from NASH to fibrosis/cirrhosis is an important clinical challenge. Substantial weight loss is accompanied by a marked attenuation of insulin resistance and related metabolic syndrome and, concomitantly, by a remarkable regression of liver steatosis in most patients, although increased inflammation may be detected in some subjects. Thus, NASH may be considered as another disease of affluence, as is the insulin resistance syndrome, and perhaps being part of it, especially in obese patients. [less ▲]

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See detailRandomized controlled study of the influence of two low estrogen dose oral contraceptives containing gestodene or desogestrel on carbohydrate metabolism.
Ludicke, Frank; Gaspard, Ulysse ULg; Demeyer, Fabienne ULg et al

in Contraception (2002), 66(6), 411-5

This study compared the impact on carbohydrate metabolism of two combinedoral contraceptives (COCs). This open-label, single-center trial enrolled participants for a total of 15 cycles. Thirty-six women ... [more ▼]

This study compared the impact on carbohydrate metabolism of two combinedoral contraceptives (COCs). This open-label, single-center trial enrolled participants for a total of 15 cycles. Thirty-six women were randomized to receive either 20 microg ethinyl estradiol (EE) and 75 microg gestodene (GSD) or 20 microg ethinyl estradiol and 150 microg desogestrel (DSG) daily for 21 days out of 28. A glucose tolerance test was performed at baseline and cycles 6 and 13. The area under the curve (AUC) for glucose increased in both study groups. The change was statistically significant (p = 0.036) for the 20 EE/75 GSD group at cycle 6 versus baseline. Fasting blood glucose at cycle 13 was significantly (p < 0.01) higher for both treatment groups compared to baseline. No changes were found for fasting insulin and fasting C-peptide levels or for the AUCs of insulin or C-peptide. Both regimens were well tolerated. Gestodene and desogestrel in combination with 20-microg ethinyl estradiol induce similar changes in carbohydrate metabolism which are smaller than those described earlier for COCs containing higher estrogen doses or more androgenic progestins such as levonorgestrel. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluer des compétences en classe d’histoire : "élaborer une problématique" et "communiquer"
Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULg; Dambroise, Catherine; Bouhon, Mathieu

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2002), n°23

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See detailL'école médicale d'Alexandrie et son influence sur la médecine de l'Egypte gréco-romaine
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg

in Medicina nei Secoli : Arte e Scienza (2002), 14(2), 359-82

The paper provides new information on the most famous centre of rational medicine in the Graeco-Roman world and its influence in Egypt. It uses at its point of departure a remarkable but insufficiently ... [more ▼]

The paper provides new information on the most famous centre of rational medicine in the Graeco-Roman world and its influence in Egypt. It uses at its point of departure a remarkable but insufficiently known documentation: Greek literary papyri (from IV/III B.C. to A.D. VI/VII), which often are unique witnesses to lost medical works, bearing testimony to original theories, practices and vocabulary. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of affinity, stoichiometry and sequence selectivity of minor groove binder complexes with double-stranded oligodeoxynucleotides by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry
Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Houssier, Claude ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2002), 30(16), 82

Electrospray mass spectrometry was evaluated regarding the reliability of the determination of the stoichiometries and equilibrium association constants from single spectra. Complexes between minor groove ... [more ▼]

Electrospray mass spectrometry was evaluated regarding the reliability of the determination of the stoichiometries and equilibrium association constants from single spectra. Complexes between minor groove binders (Hoechst 33258, Hoechst 33342, DAPI, netropsin and berenil) and 12mer oligonucleotide duplexes with a central sequence (A/T)(4) flanked by G/C base pairs were chosen as model systems. To validate the electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) method, comparisons were made with circular dichroism and fluorescence spectroscopy measurements. ESI-MS allowed the detection of minor (2 drug + DNA) species for Hoechst 33258, Hoechst 33342, DAPI and berenil with duplex d(GGGG(A/T)(4)GGGG). d(CCCC(A/T)(4)CCCC), which were undetectable with the other techniques. Assuming that the duplexes and the complexes have the same electrospray response factors, the equilbrium association constants of the 1:1 and 2:1 complexes were determined by ESI-MS, and the values show a good quantitative agreement with fluorescence determined constants for Hoechst 33258 and Hoechst 33342. It is also shown that ESI-MS can quickly give reliable information on the A/T sequence selectivity of a drug: the signal of a complex is directly related to the affinity of the drug for that particular duplex. The potential of ESI-MS as a qualitative and quantitative affinity screening method is emphasized. [less ▲]

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See detailLe médecin du travail face au harcèlement moral au travail : constats et prespectives
Gruslin, Isabelle ULg; Italiano, Patrick ULg; Faulx, Daniel ULg

in Médecine du Travail & Ergonomie= Arbeidsgezondheidszorg & Ergonomie (2002), 39(2), 61-68

L'article de D. Faulx et C. Geuzaine, paru dans le numéro 3-2000 de cette revue, aborde l'étendue du phénomène du harcèlement moral ainsi que les aspects juridiques de la définition, la description du ... [more ▼]

L'article de D. Faulx et C. Geuzaine, paru dans le numéro 3-2000 de cette revue, aborde l'étendue du phénomène du harcèlement moral ainsi que les aspects juridiques de la définition, la description du processus, ses conséquences médicales et les facteurs de risque. Dans la suite de cette étude, nous présentons ici les résultats d'une enquête menée auprès des médecins du travail, en tant que témoins et intervenants privilégiés dans le domaine du harcèlement. Cette enquête vise à apporter des informations descriptives originales concernant les attitudes, les opinions et représentations des médecins du travail par rapport au phénomène de harcèlement moral. En outre, elle est l'occasion de tester une série d'hypothèses sur les facteurs pouvant influencer l'attitude des médecins du travail vis-à-vis du harcèlement moral. [less ▲]

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See detailCD40 engagement enhances eosinophil survival through induction of cellular inhibitor of apoptosis protein 2 expression: Possible involvement in allergic inflammation.
Bureau, Fabrice ULg; Seumois, Gregory; Jaspar, Fabrice et al

in Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (The) (2002), 110(3), 443-9

BACKGROUND: CD40 engagement enhances eosinophil survival, suggesting a role for this receptor in the development of eosinophilia. OBJECTIVE: We examined whether CD40 enhances eosinophil survival by ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: CD40 engagement enhances eosinophil survival, suggesting a role for this receptor in the development of eosinophilia. OBJECTIVE: We examined whether CD40 enhances eosinophil survival by inducing the expression of antiapoptotic proteins. Three members of the inhibitor of apoptosis protein (IAP) family, namely cellular (c)-IAP1, c-IAP2, and XIAP, and 2 antiapoptotic proteins of the Bcl-2 family, namely Bcl-x(L) and Bfl-1/A1, were investigated. METHODS: Blood and sputum were obtained from healthy subjects and atopic asthmatic patients. Blood eosinophils were isolated by means of magnetic selection. Expression of CD40, IAPs, and Bcl-2 proteins was investigated by using flow cytometry, immunoblotting, or both. CD40 stimulation was achieved with agonistic antibodies or soluble ligands. Apoptosis was assessed by staining with propidium iodide and FITC-conjugated annexin-V. c-IAP2 expression was inhibited with antisense oligonucleotides. RESULTS: Freshly isolated eosinophils from healthy and asthmatic patients did not express CD40. Conversely, eosinophils expressed CD40 spontaneously when cultured for 48 hours. At this time point, CD40 stimulation significantly delayed eosinophil apoptosis. Inhibition of eosinophil apoptosis was accompanied by induction of c-IAP2 but not c-IAP1, XIAP, Bcl-x(L), or Bfl-1/A1 expression. Antisense knockdown of c-iap2 abolished CD40-induced enhancement of eosinophil survival. Sputum cells from asthmatic patients, unlike those from healthy subjects, substantially expressed CD40 and c-IAP2. Moreover, a strong correlation was found between the percentage of eosinophils in the sputum from asthmatic patients and the sputum level of CD40 and c-IAP2 expression. CONCLUSION: The results demonstrate that CD40 engagement enhances eosinophil survival through induction of c-IAP2 expression and suggest a role for this mechanism in allergic inflammation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe value of serologic markers in indeterminate colitis: A prospective follow-up study
Joossens, S.; Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Vermeire, S. V. et al

in Gastroenterology (2002), 122(5), 1242-1247

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See detailERK and calcium in activation of HIF-1.
Mottet, Denis ULg; Michel, Gaetan; Renard, Patricia et al

in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2002), 973

HIF-1 (hypoxia-inducible factor-1) is the main transcription factor responsible for increased gene expression in hypoxia. The oxygen-dependent regulation of HIF-1 activity occurs at multiple levels in ... [more ▼]

HIF-1 (hypoxia-inducible factor-1) is the main transcription factor responsible for increased gene expression in hypoxia. The oxygen-dependent regulation of HIF-1 activity occurs at multiple levels in vivo. The mechanisms regulating HIF-1alpha protein expression have been most extensively analyzed, but the ones modulating HIF-1 transcriptional activity remain unclear. Changes in the phosphorylation and/or redox status of HIF-1alpha certainly play a role. Here, we show that ionomycin could activate HIF-1 transcriptional activity in a way that is additive to the effect of hypoxia without affecting HIF-1alpha protein level and HIF-1 DNA binding capacity. In addition, a calmodulin dominant-negative mutant as well as BAPTA, an intracellular calcium chelator, inhibited the hypoxia-induced HIF-1 activation. These results indicate that elevated calcium in hypoxia could participate in HIF-1 activation. PD98059, an inhibitor of the ERK pathway, but not KN-93, an inhibitor of calmodulin kinases II and IV, also blocked HIF-1 activation by hypoxia and by ionomycin. Altogether, these results suggest that calcium and calmodulin would act upstream of ERK in the hypoxia signal transduction pathway leading to enhanced HIF-1 transcriptional activity. [less ▲]

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See detailVers de nouveaux modes de communication sur les risques
Brunet, Sébastien ULg; hupet, Pierre

in Sécurité au travail (2002), n°100(1), 566-573

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See detailPrévention et traitement des nausées et vomissements après chimiothérapie anticancéreuse
Brasseur, Edmond ULg; Silvestre, Rose-Marie; Jerusalem, Guy ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (2002), 60

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See detailDes pratiques aux performances : la littératie chez les jeunes de 15 ans
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Lettre de la DFLM (La) (2002), 30

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See detailInfluence of the metal electronic properties on the sum-frequency generation spectra of dodecanethiol self-assembled monolayers on Pt (111), Ag (111) and Au (111) single crystals
Dreesen, Laurent ULg; Humbert, Christophe; Celebi, M. et al

in Applied Physics B : Lasers & Optics (2002), 74

Infrared-visible sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy is performed at different visible wavelengths between 450 and 650 nm in order to investigate the interaction between metallic substrates (Pt ... [more ▼]

Infrared-visible sum-frequency generation (SFG) spectroscopy is performed at different visible wavelengths between 450 and 650 nm in order to investigate the interaction between metallic substrates (Pt, Ag and Au) and 1-dodecanethiol self-assembled monolayers. We show that such measurements provide a means to study the electronic properties of metals as well as the interference phenomena between the SFG signals from the adsorbate and the substrate. The common features of the three interfaces are the vibration modes of the terminal methyl groups. However, these resonances appear as peaks for Pt (111) and as dips in the case of Ag (111). Their shape is not modified when the visible wavelength is tuned between 450 and 650 nm. Moreover, the metal sum-frequency generation contribution is slightly modified in that spectral range. For Au (111) samples, the sum-frequency generation spectrum drastically evolves with the visible wavelength: the peak resonant sum-frequency generation signal at 450 nm becomes rather dip-shaped at 650 nm. The non-linear response of gold is also enhanced when the wavelength associated with the sum-frequency process is close to 480 nm. These results are interpreted on the basis of the metal electronic properties that are responsible for the non-resonant contribution to the SFG signal. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la pluridisciplinarité à l'interdisciplinarité. Réflexions critiques sur la formation des enseignants en sciences sociales
Guillaume, Jean-François ULg; Barras, Dominique; Xhonneux, Michel ULg

in Puzzle (2002), 11

Réflexion sur le dispositif de formation des enseignants en sciences sociales, à l'Université de Liège, et sur les conditions requises pour une approche "interdisciplinaire".

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See detailAre time-based and event-based prospective memory affected by normal aging in the same way ?
Bastin, Christine ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

in Current Psychology Letters: Behavious, Brain and Cognition (2002), 7

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See detailATP-driven, Na(+)-independent inward Cl- pumping in neuroblastoma cells
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Margineanu, Ilca et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (2002), 81(4), 792-801

In immature neurones, the steady-state intracellular Cl- concentration [Cl-](i) is generally higher than expected for passive distribution, and this is believed to be due to Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) co-transport ... [more ▼]

In immature neurones, the steady-state intracellular Cl- concentration [Cl-](i) is generally higher than expected for passive distribution, and this is believed to be due to Na(+)-K(+)-2Cl(-) co-transport. Here, we show that N2a neuroblastoma cells, incubated in HEPES-buffered NaCl medium maintain a [Cl-](i) around 60 mm, two- to threefold higher than expected for passive distribution at a membrane potential of - 49 mV. When the cells were transferred to a Cl(-) -free medium, [Cl-](i) decreased quickly (t(1/2) < 5 min), suggesting a high Cl- permeability. When the intracellular ATP concentration was reduced to less than 1 mm by metabolic inhibitors, the initial rate of (36) Cl- uptake was strongly inhibited (60-65%) while steady-state [Cl-](i) decreased to 24 mm, close to the value predicted from the Nernst equilibrium. Moreover, after reduction of [ATP](i) and [Cl-](i) by rotenone, the subsequent addition of glucose led to a reaccumulation of Cl-, in parallel with ATP recovery. Internal bicarbonate did not affect Cl- pumping, suggesting that Cl-/HCO(3)(-) exchange does not significantly contribute to active transport. Likewise, Na(+) -K(+) -2Cl(-) co-transport also appeared to play a minor role: although mRNA for the NKCC1 form of the co-transporter was detected in N2a cells, neither the initial rate of (36)Cl- uptake nor steady-state [Cl-](i) were appreciably decreased by 10 microm bumetanide or replacement of external Na(+) by choline. These results suggest that a highly active ATP-dependent mechanism, distinct from Na(+) -K(+) -2Cl(-) co-transport, is responsible for most of the inward Cl- pumping in N2a cells. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyester layered silicate nanohybrids by controlled grafting polymerization
Lepoittevin, Bénédicte; Pantoustier, Nadège; Alexandre, Michaël ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry (2002), 12(12), 3528-3535

Poly( epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) layered silicate nanohybrids were synthesized by ring opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone according to a well-controlled coordination-insertion mechanism ... [more ▼]

Poly( epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL) layered silicate nanohybrids were synthesized by ring opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone according to a well-controlled coordination-insertion mechanism. Montmorillonites were surface-modified by non functional (trimethylhexadecylammonium) and hydroxy functional alkylammonium cations, i.e., (2-hydroxyethyl) dimethylhexadecylammonium. The hydroxy functions available at the clay surface were activated into tin( II or IV) or Al(III) alkoxide initiators for lactone polymerization, thus yielding surface-grafted PCL chains. The surface-grafted PCL chains were recovered by an ionic exchange reaction with lithium chloride and they were analyzed by size exclusion chromatography. The PCL molar mass was measured as a function of the hydroxy content of the clay that was modulated by exchanging the Na cations with mixtures of non-functional and hydroxy functional ammonium cations of different compositions. Nanohybrids were also characterized by small-angle X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy and thermogravimetry. The PCL molar mass and the nanocomposite morphology (i.e., exfoliation and/or intercalation) were readily tuned by the content of the hydroxy groups available at the clay surface. Surface-grafted aluminium trialkoxide species proved highly efficient in initiating polymerization that leads to PCL chains of controlled molar mass and narrow molecular weight distribution with polydispersity indices as low as 1.2. [less ▲]

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See detailWave packet propagation for constrained molecular systems. Spectroscopic applications to triatomic molecules
Lauvergnat, David; Justum, David; Desouter, Michèle ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Structure : Theochem (2002), 577

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See detailBa distribution in surface Southern Ocean sediments and export production estimates
Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Dehairs, Frank; André, Luc ULg et al

in Paleoceanography (2002), 17(2, MAR-JUN),

[1] We present excess Ba (Baxs) data (i.e., total Ba corrected for lithogenic Ba) for surface sediments from a north-south transect between the Polar Front Zone and the northern Weddell Gyre in the ... [more ▼]

[1] We present excess Ba (Baxs) data (i.e., total Ba corrected for lithogenic Ba) for surface sediments from a north-south transect between the Polar Front Zone and the northern Weddell Gyre in the Atlantic sector and between the Polar Front Zone and the Antarctic continent in the Indian sector. Focus is on two different processes that affect excess Ba accumulation in the sediments: sediment redistribution and excess Ba dissolution. The effect of these processes needs to be corrected for in order to convert accumulation rate into vertical rain rate, the flux component that can be linked to export production. In the Southern Ocean a major process affecting Ba accumulation rate is sediment focusing, which is corrected for using excess Th-230. This correction, however, may not always be straightforward because of boundary scavenging effects. A further major process affecting excess Ba accumulation is barite dissolution during exposure at the sediment-water column interface. Export production estimates derived from excess Th-230 and barite dissolution corrected Baxs accumulation rates (i.e., excess Ba vertical rain rates) are of the same magnitude but generally larger than export production estimates based on water column proxies (Th-234-deficit in the upper water column; particulate excess Ba enrichment in the mesopelagic water column). We believe export production values based on excess Ba vertical rain rate might be overestimated due to inaccurate assessment of the Baxs preservation rate. Barite dissolution has, in general, been taken into account by relating it to exposure time before burial depending on the rate of sediment accumulation. However, the observed decrease of excess Ba content with increasing water column depth (or increasing hydrostatic pressure) illustrates the dependence of barite preservation on degree of saturation in the deep water column in accordance with available thermodynamic data. Therefore correction for barite dissolution would not be appropriate by considering only exposure time of the barite to some uniformly undersaturated deep water but requires also that regional differences in degree of undersatuation be taken into account. [less ▲]

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See detailRéanimation cardiopulmonaire chez la femme enceinte
Brichant, Jean-François ULg; Dewandre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Bonhomme, Vincent ULg et al

in Praticien en Anesthésie Réanimation (Le) (2002), 6

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See detailInvasive tricholemmal carcinoma of the nose.
Van Zele, Dirk; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Heymans, Olivier et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 315-7

Tricholemmal carcinoma is a rare entity. It must be distinguished from the benign proliferating variant of the tricholemmal cyst. We report a case of tricholemmal carcinoma massively invading the nose ... [more ▼]

Tricholemmal carcinoma is a rare entity. It must be distinguished from the benign proliferating variant of the tricholemmal cyst. We report a case of tricholemmal carcinoma massively invading the nose. The neoplasm was excised surgically with a satisfactory outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailIn situ dynamic analysis of solid or aqueous solutions undergoing chemical reactions by RBS or PIXE with external beam
Bouquillon, A.; Dran, J*-C; Lagarde, G. et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2002), 188

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See detailTime-resolved laser spectroscopy of multiply ionized atoms: Natural radiative lifetimes in CeIV
Zhang, Z. G.; Svanberg, S.; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Physical Review Letters (2001), 87(27),

Radiative lifetimes have been measured for two excited levels of Ce IV using the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique. Ce3+ ions were produced in a laser-induced plasma. In the measurements ... [more ▼]

Radiative lifetimes have been measured for two excited levels of Ce IV using the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence technique. Ce3+ ions were produced in a laser-induced plasma. In the measurements, a suitable magnetic field was applied to reduce the recombination between electrons and the ions and thus the background light from the recombination, and special care was exercised to avoid flight-out-of-view effects on the lifetime measurements for the high-velocity ions. The experimental lifetime results, tau = 30(2) ns for the level 49 737 cm(-1) and tau = 30(3) ns for the level 52 226 cm(-1), were compared with relativistic Hartree-Fock calculations (tau = 30.5 and 30.0 ns) indicating a particularly excellent agreement. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of radiative lifetimes and determination of transition probabilities of astrophysical interest in HoIII
Biémont, Emile ULg; Palmeri, P.; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2001), 328(4), 1085-1090

Lifetimes of six levels belonging to the 4f(10)6p configuration of Ho III have been measured for the first time using the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence method. They are compared with ... [more ▼]

Lifetimes of six levels belonging to the 4f(10)6p configuration of Ho III have been measured for the first time using the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence method. They are compared with multiconfigurational pseudo-relativistic Hartree-Fock calculations. A very good agreement is found. Using the experimental lifetimes and theoretical branching fractions, a first set of transition probabilities of astrophysical interest has been obtained for this ion. [less ▲]

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See detailFacies architecture and diagenesis of Belgian Late Frasnian carbonate mounds
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg

in Sedimentary Geology (2001), 145(3-4), 269-294

Late Frasnian Petit-Mont Member carbonate mounds occur in the southern pail of the Dinant Synclinorium and in the Philippeville Anticline (SW Belgium). These mounds are 30 to 80 m thick and 100 to 250 m ... [more ▼]

Late Frasnian Petit-Mont Member carbonate mounds occur in the southern pail of the Dinant Synclinorium and in the Philippeville Anticline (SW Belgium). These mounds are 30 to 80 m thick and 100 to 250 m in diameter. They are embedded in shale, nodular shale and argillaceous limestone. Based on facies mapping of 14 buildups and related off-mound sediments, these mounds typically started from below the photic and storm wave base zones and builtup into shallow water environments. Above an argillaceous limestone substrate, the first carbonate mound facies consists of spiculitic wackestone with stromatactis (PM1), which becomes progressively enriched in crinoids and corals (PM2), then in peloids, stromatoporoids and cyanobacteria (PM3). PM4 consists of algal-coral-peloid wackestone and packstone with green algae and thick algal coatings, A core of algal and microbial bindstone (PM5) sporadically occurs within large mounds. The uppermost part of these mounds may show a recurrence of facies PM2 and PM1. PM1 to PM3 are coloured red by hematite derived from microaerophilic iron bacteria; PM4 and PM5 are grey. The transition from the aphotic to the cyanobacterial photic zone is recorded in the succession PM2-PM3; the transition from the cyanobacterial to the green algal photic zone is recorded by PM3-PM5. Storm wave base was reached within PM3 and fair-weather wave base within PM5. This paleobathymetric interpretation suggests a depth of 100-150 in during initial establishment of PM1. Three types of mounds can be distinguished on the basis of geometry and facies architecture: (1) "Les Bulants"-type mounds display a continuous vertical facies succession (PM2-3-4-5) and low relief, (2) although exhibiting the same facies succession as "Les Bulants", "Les Wayons"-type mounds show a distinct relief with steep flanks and bioclastic talus; (3) "St.-Remy" mounds consist exclusively of PM1 and PM2, bioclastic flank deposits are not observed. From (1) to (3), these mound types represent successive deepening down a ramp. Biostratigraphic correlation on a regional scale provides good evidence that relative sea-level changes largely controlled lateral and vertical transitions of facies. Beyond that, hypoxic conditions are indicated by the sponge and iron-bacteria consortium in lower parts of the mounds. This is in agreement with the general assumption of stratified water masses during Late Frasnian, preceding the prominent Lower Kellwasser crisis. Cementation began with a radiaxial synsedimentary cement. A fringe of meteoric phreatic cement, initially nonluminescent, then with a bright orange luminescence, occurs in all mounds. It is contemporaneous with a nonluminescent pervasive cement of grainstones deposited in littoral areas. Differentiation between the (reducing) mounds and the (oxidizing) littoral area resulted from better aquifer circulation in sedimentary bodies close to the recharge area. Late burial cements occlude all the remaining porosity and are contemporaneous with the opening of the Variscan fracture system. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative effect of hormone replacement therapy on bone mass density and skin tensile properties
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Vanderplaetsen, S.; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg

in Maturitas (2001), 40(3), 221-227

Objectives: connective tissues constitutive of skin and bones are affected during the climacteric. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help mitigate their atrophy. The aim of this study was to compare ... [more ▼]

Objectives: connective tissues constitutive of skin and bones are affected during the climacteric. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help mitigate their atrophy. The aim of this study was to compare the HRT effect on the skin tensile properties and bone mass density. Methods: a total of 120 postmenopausal women (60 untreated, 60 receiving HRT) were enrolled in the study. Skin tensile properties were assessed on the volar forearm using a computerized suction device. A 500 mbar suction was applied through a 4-mm diameter hollow probe. Two operating modes were applied using a steep and a progressive Suction, respectively. BMD was measured on the hip, femoral neck and lumbar spine using dual X-ray absorptiometry. Results: in both groups of women skin elasticity was correlated with BMD. HRT significantly reduced the climacteric-associated decline in skin elasticity. A trend in better preserved BMD was also found in these women without, however, reaching significance. Conclusions: it is concluded that measures of the skin tensile properties can be sensitive enough to disclose HRT efficacy upon connective tissue atrophy. Any decrease in skin elasticity during the climacteric should prompt to perform a BMD assessment. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailObservation of the proton aurora with IMAGE FUV imager and simultaneous ion flux in situ measurements
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Hubert, Benoît ULg; Meurant, M. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2001), 106(A12), 28939-28948

The far ultraviolet cameras on board the IMAGE satellite images the aurora in three different spectral regions. One of the channels of the spectrographic imager SI12 observes the Doppler-shifted Lyman ... [more ▼]

The far ultraviolet cameras on board the IMAGE satellite images the aurora in three different spectral regions. One of the channels of the spectrographic imager SI12 observes the Doppler-shifted Lyman alpha emission of precipitating protons. It makes it possible to spectrally discriminate between the proton and electron FUV aurora and to globally map the energetic protons. Its response depends on the auroral Lyman alpha. line shape which reflects the characteristics of the proton pitch angle and energy distributions. We illustrate the dependence of the SI12 count rate on the characteristic energy of the proton precipitation and the viewing geometry. Simultaneous in situ observations of the precipitated protons have been collected during a FAST satellite pass when IMAGE was observing the global north polar region. The premidnight region located at the equatorward boundary of the oval is dominated by proton precipitation with a mean energy E = 7 keV which is separated from the electron component. The prenoon crossing exhibits a softer proton energy spectrum with E = 0.9 keV. The measured proton energy distribution is used as an input to a Monte Carlo model to calculate the expected SI12 signal along the magnetic footprint of the satellite orbit. If the different spatial resolution of the two types of measurements is accounted for, a good quantitative agreement is found with the IMAGE observations. Similarly, ion flux measurements collected on board the Defense Meteorological Satellite Program F15 satellite during an overflight in the postmidnight sector provide good agreement with the SI12 observations at the footprint aurora. The comparisons confirm the reliability of the FUV IMAGE cameras to remotely discriminate between the electron and the proton precipitations. The vertical emission rate profiles of the N-2 Lyman-Birge-Hopfield and O I (1356 Angstrom) emissions are calculated in the proton-dominated premidnight region. It is shown that the protons and the electrons produce FUV emissions with contributions peaking at different altitudes. Excitation by secondary electrons dominates the production of both emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic monitoring of 10 new northern slowly pulsating B star candidates discovered from the HIPPARCOS mission
Mathias, P.; Aerts, C.; Briquet, Maryline ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2001), 379

A one-year follow-up campaign of high-resolution, high-signal-to-noise spectroscopy for 10 candidate slowly pulsating B stars, which were discovered from the HIPPARCOS astrometric mission, shows that all ... [more ▼]

A one-year follow-up campaign of high-resolution, high-signal-to-noise spectroscopy for 10 candidate slowly pulsating B stars, which were discovered from the HIPPARCOS astrometric mission, shows that all stars exhibit line-profile variability. From our data, and from the HIPPARCOS photometry, we conclude that all but one of the targets provide evidence of multiperiodicity, with periods of the order of days, confirming their pulsational nature. Thus they are confirmed slowly pulsating B stars. We summarize the pulsation periods and Q-values and select the most interesting targets for very-long-term follow-up observations with the goal of performing asteroseismology. Based on observations obtained at the Observatoire de Haute-Provence. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel approach for extracting time-delays from lightcurves of lensed quasar images
Burud, I.; Magain, Pierre ULg; Sohy, Sandrine ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2001), 380

We present a new method to estimate time delays from light curves of lensed quasars. The method is based on chi [SUP]2[/SUP] minimization between the data and a numerical model light curve. A linear ... [more ▼]

We present a new method to estimate time delays from light curves of lensed quasars. The method is based on chi [SUP]2[/SUP] minimization between the data and a numerical model light curve. A linear variation can be included in order to correct for slow long-term microlensing effects in one of the lensed images. An iterative version of the method can be applied in order to correct for higher-order microlensing effects. The method is tested on simulated light curves. When higher-order microlensing effects are present, the time delay is best constrained with the iterative method. Analysis of a published data set for the lensed double Q 0957+561 yields results in agreement with other published estimates. [less ▲]

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See detailThe B-type variable HD 131120 modelled by rotational modulation
Briquet, Maryline ULg; De Cat, P.; Aerts, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2001), 380

We present ground-based multi-colour Geneva photometry and high-resolution spectra of the variable B-type star HD 131120. All sets of data reveal a monoperiodic star with a period of 1.569 days. We ... [more ▼]

We present ground-based multi-colour Geneva photometry and high-resolution spectra of the variable B-type star HD 131120. All sets of data reveal a monoperiodic star with a period of 1.569 days. We compare the variability of the star with a non-radial g-mode pulsation model and with a rotational modulation model. The latter model appears to be the best explanation for the observed line-profile variations of the star. Moreover, contrary to the pulsational model, it is able to reproduce the behaviour of the first three moments of the Si and He lines as well as the large variability of their equivalent width. We therefore remove the star from the list of new Slowly Pulsating B stars found from Hipparcos data. Based on observations obtained with the Swiss photometric telescope and ESO's CAT/CES telescope, both situated at La Silla, Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of soft solution processing for advanced BaZrO3 materials
Robertz, B.; Boschini, Frédéric ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in International Journal of Inorganic Materials (2001), 3(8), 1185-1187

Barium zirconate is an interesting material for refractory applications as well as a good substrate for the manufacturing of high temperature superconductors. However, its solid state synthesis requires ... [more ▼]

Barium zirconate is an interesting material for refractory applications as well as a good substrate for the manufacturing of high temperature superconductors. However, its solid state synthesis requires high temperature and provides inhomogeneous powder with a broad particle size distribution. In order to avoid these disadvantages, soft solution routes are of growing importance in the ceramic powder synthesis. Precipitation. decomposition of precursors, combustion techniques offer alternative ways to the solid state method. Advantages of these are a lower calcination temperature, production of homogeneous and fine monodisperse powders. The obtained powders have been characterised by XRD, IR, SEM and DTA/TG analysis. The influence of the synthesis conditions on the properties of BaZrO3 has been studied. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of Age, Sex and Body Condition on Zinc, Copper, Cadmium and Metallothioneins in Common Guillemots (Uria aalge) Stranded at the Belgian Coast.
Debacker, Virginie ULg; Schiettecatte, Laure-Sophie; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Marine Environmental Research (2001), 52(5), 427-444

The common guillemots, Uria aalge, found stranded at the Belgian coast, display high levels of Cu in both liver and kidneys. The condition index of the animals, defined as the ratio of liver to kidneys ... [more ▼]

The common guillemots, Uria aalge, found stranded at the Belgian coast, display high levels of Cu in both liver and kidneys. The condition index of the animals, defined as the ratio of liver to kidneys mass (Wenzel & Adelung, 1996), influences both the metal concentration and its binding to metallothioneins (MT): the lower the condition index, the more emaciated the animals, and the higher the total Cu concentration and the concentration of Cu bound to MT. In less robust individuals, our results suggest that Cu could displaces Zn from MT rendering the Zn ions available to induce a new MT synthesis. Sex related effects also emerged as significantly higher hepatic MT as well as Cu- and Zn-MT concentrations were found in emaciated male guillemots compared to females. In both organs, Cd concentrations remained low and typically demonstrated an age-dependent renal accumulation, with no noticeable effect of the condition index. As a whole, these results suggest that, for guillemots found stranded at the Belgian coast, Cu binding to hepatic and renal MT could function as a protective mechanism, rendering the metal ions unavailable to exert any cytotoxic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of speleothems failure in the Hotton cave (Belgium). Is the failure earthquake induced?
Cadorin, Jean-François; Jongmans, Denis; Camelbeeck, Thierry et al

in Netherlands Journal of Geosciences - Geologie en Mijnbouw (2001), 80(3-4), 315-321

To provide quantitative information on the ground acceleration necessary to break speleothems, laboratory measurements on samples of stalagmite have been performed to study their failure in bending. Due ... [more ▼]

To provide quantitative information on the ground acceleration necessary to break speleothems, laboratory measurements on samples of stalagmite have been performed to study their failure in bending. Due to their high natural frequencies, speleothems can be considered as rigid bodies to seismic strong ground motion. Using this simple hypothesis and the determined mechanical properties (a minimum value of 0.4 MPa for the tensile failure stress has been considered), modelling indicates that horizontal acceleration ranging from 0.3 m/s(2) to 100 m/s(2) (0.03 to 10g) are necessary to break 35 broken speleothems of the Hotton cave for which the geometrical parameters have been determined. Thus, at the present time, a strong discrepancy exists between the peak accelerations observed during earthquakes and most of the calculated values necessary to break speleothems. One of the future research efforts will be to understand the reasons of the defined behaviour. It appears fundamental to perform measurements on in situ speleothems. [less ▲]

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See detailLe syndrome du marteau
Denoel, C.; Collignon, L.; Dardenne, C. B. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(12), 830-4

The hypothenar hammer syndrome is an uncommon but underestimated lesion of the cubital artery caused by repetitive trauma at the level of the hamate bone. It characteristically occurs in patients with a ... [more ▼]

The hypothenar hammer syndrome is an uncommon but underestimated lesion of the cubital artery caused by repetitive trauma at the level of the hamate bone. It characteristically occurs in patients with a history of manual work as metal workers, carpenters and motor mechanics. We present a case of a patient who developed this syndrome following intensive use of a dig. Clinical finding, diagnosis and treatment are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailAutonomous Reflectors over Active Networks: Towards Seamless Group Communication
Yamamoto, Lidia; Leduc, Guy ULg

in The Interdisciplinary Journal of Artificial Intelligence & the Simulation of Behavious (AISBJ) (2001), 1(1), 125-146

We present a reflector service that seeks to maintain application-level connectivity in the presence of network-level multicast failures. The service is based on the dynamic deployment of autonomous ... [more ▼]

We present a reflector service that seeks to maintain application-level connectivity in the presence of network-level multicast failures. The service is based on the dynamic deployment of autonomous reflectors modelled as mobile agents on top of an active network infrastructure. It is able to repair multicast tree failures by building a self-organising tree of reflectors, which will be connected to each other via unicast. The scheme is decentralised and takes into account node and link resources to find agent locations that lead to low cost tree configurations. We focus on the basic decision mechanisms related to code mobility during the tree construction and destruction phases, namely: cloning, migration, merging and termination. We show some preliminary simulation results that confirm the viability of the approach and settle directions for further research. [less ▲]

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See detailFonctionnement et performances des couloirs oscillants à glissement
Debongnie, Jean-François ULg; Masset, Luc ULg

in European Journal of Mechanical and Environmental Engineering (2001), 46(4), 243-254

This paper is devoted to the study of the efficiency of an oscillating trough for any value of the frequency. It is found that pure slipping or mixed cycles may occur, the latter comprising sticking ... [more ▼]

This paper is devoted to the study of the efficiency of an oscillating trough for any value of the frequency. It is found that pure slipping or mixed cycles may occur, the latter comprising sticking periods. The results of the present analysis concern the cyclic displacement, the mean velocity and the dissipated power. [less ▲]

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See detailGuidelines for brain radionuclide imaging - Perfusion Single Photon Computed Tomography (SPECT) using Tc-99m radiopharmaceuticals and brain metabolism Positron Emission Tomography (PET) using F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose
Vander Borght, T.; Laloux, P.; Maes, A. et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2001), 101(4), 196-209

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist nuclear medicine practitioners in recommending, performing, interpreting, and reporting the results of brain perfusion SPECT studies using Tc-99m ... [more ▼]

The purpose of these guidelines is to assist nuclear medicine practitioners in recommending, performing, interpreting, and reporting the results of brain perfusion SPECT studies using Tc-99m radiopharmaceuticals and brain metabolism PET studies using F-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). These guidelines have been adapted and extended from those produced by the Society, of Nuclear Medicine (Juni et al., 1998) and the European Association of Nuclear Medicine by, a Belgian group of experts in the field trained in neurology and/or nuclear medicine. Some indications are not universally approved (e.g. brain death), but largely, supported by the literature. They, have been included in these guidelines in order to provide recommendations and a standardised protocol [less ▲]

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See detailGIS-based hydrogeological databases and groundwater modelling
Gogu, Radu Constantin; Carabin, Guy; Hallet, Vincent et al

in Hydrogeology Journal (2001), 9(6), 555-569

Reliability and validity of groundwater analysis strongly depend on the availability of large volumes of high-quality data. Putting all data into a coherent and logical structure supported by a computing ... [more ▼]

Reliability and validity of groundwater analysis strongly depend on the availability of large volumes of high-quality data. Putting all data into a coherent and logical structure supported by a computing environment helps ensure validity and availability and provides a powerful tool for hydrogeological studies. A hydrogeological geographic information system (GIS) database that offers facilities for groundwater-vulnerability analysis and hydrogeological modelling has been designed in Belgium for the Walloon region. Data from five river basins, chosen for their contrasting hydrogeological characteristics, have been included in the database, and a set of applications that have been developed now allow further advances. Interest is growing in the potential for integrating GIS technology and groundwater simulation models. A "loose-coupling" tool was created between the spatial-database scheme and the groundwater numerical model interface GMS (Groundwater Modelling System). Following time and spatial queries, the hydrogeological data stored in the database can be easily used within different groundwater numerical models. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal biogeochemistry in the Tinto-Odiel rivers (Southern Spain) and in the Gulf of Cadiz: a synthesis of the results of TOROS project
Elbaz-Poulichet, Françoise; Braungardt, Chantal; Achterberg, Eric et al

in Continental Shelf Research (2001), 21(18-19), 1961-1973

TOROS (Tinto-Odiel-River-Ocean Study) has been studying the biogeochemical processes which control metals and nutrients cycling in the mixing zone of the Tinto and Odiel rivers (SW Spain) and has ... [more ▼]

TOROS (Tinto-Odiel-River-Ocean Study) has been studying the biogeochemical processes which control metals and nutrients cycling in the mixing zone of the Tinto and Odiel rivers (SW Spain) and has established the fate of metals in the Gulf of Cadiz in relation to hydrodynamics and biological activity. The Tinto and Odiel rivers are small, with a combined mean discharge of 18 m(3)/s. They drain the largest sulphide mineralisation in the world. Predominantly, Zn-Cu-Pb mineralisation has been worked since 2500 yr BC. The estuarine zone includes both an extensive area of salt marsh and an intensively industrialised urban area. As a consequence of pyrite oxidation, the Tinto and Odiel rivers are strongly acidic (pH < 3) with extremely high and variable metal concentrations. Transition metals are poorly removed from the water column in the mixing zone. Moreover, drainage from large phosphogypsum waste deposits contributes to As, Hg, U and phosphate contamination of the estuary. The collapse of the tailing reservoir at los Frailes in 1998 had not impacted the chemistry of the coastal waters up to 6 months later. A large plume of metal-rich waters due to the Tinto arid Odiel discharges occurs along the coast of the Gulf of Cadiz. This plume affects seasonally the Atlantic inflow through the Strait of Gibraltar. The dispersion of the metal discharges has been simulated by injection of a tracer in the 3-D hydrodynamical model. Both model and field study clearly show the inflow of metal contaminated Spanish Shelf Water through the Strait of Gibraltar. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailAffections bénignes et radiothérapie : une enquête de la pratique en Belgique. Peer review de radiothérapie de BelgiqueBenign disease in radiation therapy: a survey in Belgium.
Vanderick, JEAN ULg; Baudouin; Deneufbourg, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Cancer Radiotherapie (2001), 5(6), 766-9

n 1996 and 2000, a survey of radiation practice in Belgium was performed by sending a questionnaire to the different centers asking their opinion and number of patients treated. There was a great ... [more ▼]

n 1996 and 2000, a survey of radiation practice in Belgium was performed by sending a questionnaire to the different centers asking their opinion and number of patients treated. There was a great similarity between the two surveys both for indications and total number of patients irradiated. For the most common indications (prevention of cheloids, heterotopic bone formation, hyperthyroidy ophtalmopathy), there was a trend to use similar radiation technique following recent publications. In contrast, if the number of cases of macular degeneration is declining, the prevention of vessels restenosis is becoming more and more an indication. [less ▲]

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See detailL'accident sur le chemin du travail. Les interruptions et les détours
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Lexius Actua (2001), 10

L'article s'attache à la notion d'accident sur le chemin du travail et sur les détours et les interruptions lors de la réalisation de ce trajet.

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See detailA frequency domain versus a time domain identification technique for nonlinear parameters applied to wire rope isolators
Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Lenaerts, Vincent; Marchesiello, Stefano et al

in Journal of Dynamic Systems Measurement and Control-Transactions of the Asme (2001), 123(4), 645-650

The present paper aims to compare two techniques for identification of nonlinear dynamical systems. The Conditioned Reverse Path method, which is a frequency domain technique, is considered together with ... [more ▼]

The present paper aims to compare two techniques for identification of nonlinear dynamical systems. The Conditioned Reverse Path method, which is a frequency domain technique, is considered together with the Restoring Force Surface method, a time domain technique. Both methods are applied for experimental identification of wire rope isolators and the results are compared. Finally, drawbacks and advantages of each technique are underlined. [less ▲]

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See detail180 degrees Pinhole SPET with a tilted detector and OS-EM reconstruction: phantom studies and potential clinical applications
Seret, Alain ULg; Defrise, Michel ULg; Blocklet, Didier

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (2001), 28(12), 1836-1841

This study investigated the feasibility of ordered subsets expectation maximisation (OS-EM) reconstruction of pinhole single-photon emission tomography (SPET) acquired with a tilted detector head and a ... [more ▼]

This study investigated the feasibility of ordered subsets expectation maximisation (OS-EM) reconstruction of pinhole single-photon emission tomography (SPET) acquired with a tilted detector head and a 180 degrees orbit. Phantom and patient data were recorded using a standard single-head camera. Reconstructions were performed using a dedicated OS-EM algorithm. Reconstructed images of line, uniformity and Picker's thyroid phantoms showed that the geometry, physical size and uniformity of the radioactive objects were preserved. For the range of radius corresponding to the patient studies, the measured full-widths at half-maximum lay between 4.90+/-0.25 mm and 6.05+/-0.25 mm. Finally, the gain in resolution associated with the use of the pinhole collimator instead of a parallel-hole collimator was highlighted in a parathyroid exploration and in a shoulder bone study. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrasonographic abnormalities of the palmar aspect of the fetlock and pastern
Busoni, Valeria ULg

in Ippologia (2001), 12(4), 5-11

Ultrasonography is necessary to diagnose and differentiate soft tissues injuries of the palmar aspect of fetlock and pastern and completes the examination in cases with radiographic abnormalities on the ... [more ▼]

Ultrasonography is necessary to diagnose and differentiate soft tissues injuries of the palmar aspect of fetlock and pastern and completes the examination in cases with radiographic abnormalities on the proximal sesamoid bones. This paper reviews some of the injuries which can involve the anatomical structures of the palmar fetlock and pastern regions. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning and expression of the TALE superclass homeobox Meis2 gene during zebrafish embryonic development
Biemar, Frédéric; Devos, Nathalie; Martial, Joseph ULg et al

in Mechanisms of Development (2001), 109(2), 427-431

Meis and Prep/Pknox (MEINOX family) proteins, together with Pbx (PBC family) proteins, belong to the TALE superfamily characterized by an atypical homeodomain containing three additional amino acids ... [more ▼]

Meis and Prep/Pknox (MEINOX family) proteins, together with Pbx (PBC family) proteins, belong to the TALE superfamily characterized by an atypical homeodomain containing three additional amino acids between helix 1 and helix 2. Members of the MEINOX and PBC families have been isolated in Caenorhabditis elegans, Drosophila, Xenopus, chick, mouse and human. and play crucial roles in many aspects of embryogenesis. Here, we report the isolation of meis2 in zebrafish. Expression of meis2 is first detected at the beginning of gastrulation. Later during embryogenesis. meis2 transcripts are found in distinct domains of the central nervous system with the strongest expression in the hindbrain, Expression was also detected in the isthmus. along the spinal cord and in the lateral mesoderm, As development proceeds, meis2 is also expressed in the developing retina, pharyngeal arches, and in the vicinity of the gut tube. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPyelonephrite xanthogranulomateuse pseudotumorale: diagnostic par la biopsie percutanee et succes du traitement conservateur
Reul, Olivier ULg; Waltregny, David ULg; Boverie, Jacques ULg et al

in Progrès en Urologie (2001), 11(6), 1274-6

Focal xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis is an unusual form of chronic renal infection that is difficult to diagnose prior to surgery. We report on a 19-year-old woman who presented with a renal mass that ... [more ▼]

Focal xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis is an unusual form of chronic renal infection that is difficult to diagnose prior to surgery. We report on a 19-year-old woman who presented with a renal mass that mimicked malignancy. The diagnosis of focal xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis was first suspected by radiological findings and further confirmed by histopathologic examination of percutaneous biopsy specimens of the lesion. Successful treatment of the patient was achieved with antibiotic therapy alone. Maximal efforts, including percutaneous renal biopsy, should be made to establish the diagnosis of focal xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis before a therapeutic decision is reached. We recommend the use of antibiotics as a first-line treatment for patients with focal xanthogranulomatous pyelonephritis. [less ▲]

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See detailTHE SUNFLOWER RIVER BLUES & GOSPEL FESTIVAL
Sacré, Robert ULg

in Soul Bag (2001), (165), 38-39

C.R. du Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival , Clarksdale, MS , 9-11 août 2001 Photo: Lonnie SHIELDS

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See detailCommunication interventriculaire et infarctus récent du myocarde
Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Moonen, Martial et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(12), 823-829

Rupture of the interventricular septum is a classical complication of acute myocardial infarction. The diagnosis should be evoked when the patient's hemodynamic condition deteriorates in the presence of a ... [more ▼]

Rupture of the interventricular septum is a classical complication of acute myocardial infarction. The diagnosis should be evoked when the patient's hemodynamic condition deteriorates in the presence of a new systolic murmur. A transthoracic or, preferably, transesophageal echocardiography confirms the diagnosis. Early surgical correction constitutes the best treatment. Despite recent progresses, mortality remains high but long term results are encouraging. The risk factors conditioning prognosis, the surgical options and the question of simultaneous coronary bypass will be discussed after a thorough review of the literature. [less ▲]

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See detailSystemic inflammatory response to cardiac surgery: does female sex really protect?
SEGHAYE, Marie-Christine ULg; Qing, M.; von Bernuth, G.

in Critical Care (2001), 5(6), 280-2

Sex hormones have important interactions with the immune system and modulate the inflammatory response. In this regard, oestrogen inhibits the transcription of proinflammatory cytokines and confers tissue ... [more ▼]

Sex hormones have important interactions with the immune system and modulate the inflammatory response. In this regard, oestrogen inhibits the transcription of proinflammatory cytokines and confers tissue protection in experimental models. On the basis of this evidence, Trotter et al. in this issue of Critical Care addressed the question of whether, in children, female sex would protect against the deleterious effects of cardiac operations with cardiopulmonary bypass by providing a favourable anti-inflammatory cytokine balance. The observations made in that study suggest sex-related immunomodulation and organ protection during cardiac surgery in the paediatric population. Prospective trials conducted in large series, including sex hormone determination in neonates, infants and children with congenital cardiac defects, are necessary to test this hypothesis. The verification of sex-related intraoperative organ protection would provide new opportunities for preventing the uncontrolled systemic inflammatory response that may occur during cardiac surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailInduced sputum - Comparison between isotonic and hypertonic saline solution inhalation in patients with asthma
Cataldo, Didier ULg; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Lau, L. et al

in CHEST (2001), 120(6), 1815-1821

Background: Sputum induction by hypertonic saline solution inhalation is widely used to study airways secretions in patients with asthma. However, hypertonic saline solution is a potent indirect ... [more ▼]

Background: Sputum induction by hypertonic saline solution inhalation is widely used to study airways secretions in patients with asthma. However, hypertonic saline solution is a potent indirect bronchoconstrictor. Study objectives: We studied the validity of isotonic saline solution (0.9%) inhalation as a means to induce sputum by comparing it to hypertonic saline solution (4.5%) inhalation. Patients: Sixteen patients with moderate-to-severe asthma reporting a clinical history of mucus hypersecretion. Methods: Subjects underwent sputum induction twice at 1-week intervals. Saline solution (hypertonic or isotonic) was inhaled For three periods of 5 min. The parameters assessed in sputum samples were cell counts, sodium, eosinophil cationic protein (ECP), and albumin concentrations, osmolality, and pro-matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 activity by zymography. Results: The maximal fall in peak expiratory flow during sputum induction was greater after inhalation of hypertonic saline solution than after inhalation of isotonic saline solution (p < 0.01). Each subject produced analyzable sputum on both visits. There were no statistically significant differences in total and differential sputum cell counts, and the reproducibility coefficients were high for eosinophils and neutrophils when comparing the two methods. Likewise, sputum levels of ECP and albumin as well as sputum pro-MMP-9 activity were not different between the two methods, and were highly reproducible as shown by high intraclass coefficients (Ri) of correlation (0.72, 0.74, and 0.77 for ECP, albumin, and pro-MMP-9, respectively). Sputum sodium concentrations and osmolality were higher after inhalation of hypertonic saline solution (p < 0.05). Conclusion: In patients with moderate-to-severe asthma reporting a clinical history of mucus hypersecretion, inducing sputum by isotonic or hypertonic saline solution inhalation leads to comparable results in eosinophil and neutrophil cell counts and fluid phase mediators/proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of viable myocardium early after acute myocardial infarction using closed-loop arbutamine echocardiography: comparison with positron emission tomography
PIERARD, Luc ULg; MELON, Pierre ULg; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg et al

in Acta Cardiologica (2001), 56(6), 387-394

Objective -This study sought to evaluate the safety and efficacy of arbutamine echocardiography in identifying contractile reserve and predicting functional improvement early after acute myocardial ... [more ▼]

Objective -This study sought to evaluate the safety and efficacy of arbutamine echocardiography in identifying contractile reserve and predicting functional improvement early after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Methods and results - Seventeen patients with first AMI underwent arbutamine echocardiography 48 to 96 hours after AMI. Arbutamine was infused by a closed-loop delivery device. The heart rate slope was 4 beats/min and the heart rate target was 20 beats/min above baseline heart rate. A follow-up echocardiogram was obtained one month later. N- 13 ammonia and F- 18 FDG positron emission tomographic (PET) imaging were performed 6 2 days after AMI, before coronary angiography. Mean duration of arbutamine infusion was 6 2 min. There was no complication and there were no major side effects. Myocardial viability was identified with PET in 15 of the 17 patients. Contractile reserve was observed in 10 patients during arbutamine infusion. Functional recovery was identified in 12 patients. Sensitivity, specificity and accuracy of PET and arbutamine echocardiography for predicting functional recovery were 100%, 40%, 76% and 67%, 80%, 84%, respectively. Conclusions - Low-dose arbutamine stress testing is safe early after AMI. Contractile reserve can be rapidly identified by echo cardiography and is specific, but moderately sensitive for predicting reversible dysfunction. [less ▲]

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See detailRecommandations pour la redaction de notices d'information pour les patients
Delvenne, Catherine ULg; Bonnet, Pierre ULg; Pasleau, Françoise ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(12), 840-5

With Evidence-Based Medicine, shared decision making is attracting considerable interest as a means by which patient preferences can be incorporated into clinical decisions. Patients cannot express ... [more ▼]

With Evidence-Based Medicine, shared decision making is attracting considerable interest as a means by which patient preferences can be incorporated into clinical decisions. Patients cannot express informed preferences unless they are given sufficient and appropriate information, including a detailed explanation concerning their condition, the different therapeutic options and the likely outcomes with and without treatment. A patient education leaflet is a potentially powerful tool for communicating information to patients, who will be able to participate in the process of decision making. The present article is a review of available guides for the writing of patient information materials. It also includes criteria for evaluating their quality. [less ▲]

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See detailBehaviour of Crohn's Disease According to the Vienna Classification: Changing Pattern over the Course of the Disease
Louis, Edouard ULg; Mathieu, Anne ULg; Oger, A. F. et al

in Gut (2001), 49(6), 777-82

BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease is a heterogeneous disorder with both a genetic and environmental aetiology. Clinical classifications of the disease, such as the newly proposed Vienna classification, may help ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Crohn's disease is a heterogeneous disorder with both a genetic and environmental aetiology. Clinical classifications of the disease, such as the newly proposed Vienna classification, may help to define subgroups of patients suitable for studying the influence of specific genetic or environmental factors. AIM: To assess the stability over the course of the disease of its location and behaviour, as determined according to the Vienna classification. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The notes of 297 Crohn's disease patients regularly followed up at our institution were carefully reviewed retrospectively. The behaviour and location of the disease according to the Vienna classification were determined at diagnosis and after 1, 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, and 25 years of follow up. The proportions of the different behaviours and locations of the disease were calculated at these time points. A statistical analysis of the evolution of these characteristics over 10 years was performed on a subgroup of 125 patients with at least 10 years of follow up. The influence of age at diagnosis on location and behaviour of the disease was assessed as well as the influence of location on the behaviour of the disease. RESULTS: The location of the disease remained relatively stable over the course of the disease. Although the proportion of patients who had a change in disease location became statistically significant after five years (p=0.01), over 10 years only 15.9% of patients had a change in location (p<0.001). We observed a more rapid and prominent change in disease behaviour, which was already statistically significant after one year (p=0.04). Over 10 years, 45.9% of patients had a change in disease behaviour (p<0.0001). The most prominent change was from non-stricturing non-penetrating disease to either stricturing (27.1%; p<0.0001) or penetrating (29.4%; p<0.0001) disease. Age at diagnosis had no influence on either location or behaviour of disease. Ileal Crohn's disease was more often stricturing, and colonic or ileocolonic Crohn's disease was more often penetrating: this was already the case at diagnosis and became more prominent after 10 years (p<0.05). CONCLUSIONS: Location of Crohn's disease, as defined by the Vienna classification, is a relatively stable phenotype which seems suitable for phenotype-genotype analyses. Behaviour of Crohn's disease according to the Vienna classification varies dramatically over the course of the disease and cannot be used in phenotype-genotype analyses. The potential influence of genes on the behaviour of Crohn's disease should be studied in subgroups of patients defined by their disease behaviour after a fixed duration of disease. [less ▲]

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See detailLa guerre et la medecine d'une culture de paix. 2. Synopsis des armes biologiques
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(12), 850-4

Biological warfare has a long history. Despite the 1972 international convention and several attempts at biological weapon eradication, some countries and non governmental groups still retain some of ... [more ▼]

Biological warfare has a long history. Despite the 1972 international convention and several attempts at biological weapon eradication, some countries and non governmental groups still retain some of these agents. According to their potential use, they belong to bioterrorism or to massive destruction weapons. Any biological warfare put the civilian medical and paramedical assets at the frontline and at high risk for being rapidly contaminated. The prompt recognition of a bioterrorist attack and the swift identification of the agent can lead to implementation of vaccines, chemoprophylaxis, appropriate treatment and sanitary measures. [less ▲]

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See detailObituary : Roebuck "Pops" STAPLES
Sacré, Robert ULg

in Soul Bag (2001), (162), 42

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See detailSpa, ensemble architectural du parc de Sept-Heures [...]
Heins, Pascal ULg

in Histoire et Archéologie spadoises (2001), 108(32), 176-184

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See detailPsychological distress of surgical patients after orthotopic heart transplantation
Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg; Wauthy, Jacques ULg; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Transplant International (2001), 14(6), 391-395

Orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) is a major surgical intervention inducing distress and anxiety. Psychological problems after OHT have been described in many studies. Little is known, however, about ... [more ▼]

Orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) is a major surgical intervention inducing distress and anxiety. Psychological problems after OHT have been described in many studies. Little is known, however, about the relationship between the psychological state of the patient and time after surgery. The present study involved 41 consecutive OHT patients that underwent transplantation from January 1991 to December 1992, with a retrospective review of pretransplant psychiatric evaluations to define a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 3rd edn., revised (DSM III-R) Axis I diagnosis. Patients completed the Beck Depression Inventory (BDI-13), Spielberger's State Trait-Anxiety Inventory (STAI-Y), and the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) between 1 and 41 months after transplantation. For comparison, 29 presumably healthy volunteers were given the same questionnaires. The study confirms the occurrence of abnormal psychological scores in the OHT group as compared to the reference population. Psychological scores, however, do not appear to be related to the time they were recorded after surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailLa demence en Belgique: taux de prevalence chez les sujets ages consultant en medecine generale
Kurz, X.; Scuvee-Moreau, J.; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(12), 835-9

Early detection of dementia is an important element for the efficacy of therapies currently proposed to slow down disease progression. This detection mainly relies on general practitioners. In order to ... [more ▼]

Early detection of dementia is an important element for the efficacy of therapies currently proposed to slow down disease progression. This detection mainly relies on general practitioners. In order to estimate the impact of dementia on health services, we have estimated from the data of the NAtional Dementia Economic Study (NADES) the prevalence rate of dementia in patients aged > or = 65 years living at home and consulting in general practice. The study population was based on the sampling of consecutive patients consulting a general practitioner, irrespective of the reason and location of the consultation. The diagnosis of dementia was based on the CAMDEX performed at home in patients presenting > or = 3 warning signs of dementia. The prevalence rate of dementia among 2.234 registered patients living at home was 14.3% (CI95: 12.6-16.0). In age groups 65-74, 75-84 and > or = 85 years, it was 7.0%, 17.5% and 18.5%, respectively, in men, and 6.1%, 15.8% and 25.2%, respectively, in women. The percentage of demented with mild, mild to moderate, moderate and severe dementia was 35.0%, 38.8%, 13.1% and 13.1%, respectively. After adjusting for the age and sex distribution of the Belgian population, the prevalence rate in patients aged > or = 65 years was estimated at 11.3%. A diagnosis of dementia had already been made by a specialist in 41.5% of patients with dementia, with figures of 19.3%, 34.3%, 41.9% and 60.9% according to the severity of disease (mild, mild to moderate, moderate, severe). The onset of first symptoms had preceded the diagnosis by an average of 1 year. Our results show a high prevalence rate of dementia in the elderly living at home consulting in general practice, and less than half of the patients had previously been diagnosed. It is possible that a systematic detection will not be performed as long as specific treatments are not made widely available. [less ▲]

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See detailCoupled capillary and gravity-driven instability in a liquid film overlying a porous layer
Desaive, Thomas ULg; Lebon, Georgy ULg; Hennenberg, M.

in Physical Review E (2001), 64(6, Pt 2), 66304

In this work, we study the problem of onset of thermal convection in a fluid layer overlying a porous layer, the whole system being heated from below. We use Brinkman's model to describe the porous medium ... [more ▼]

In this work, we study the problem of onset of thermal convection in a fluid layer overlying a porous layer, the whole system being heated from below. We use Brinkman's model to describe the porous medium and determine the corresponding linear stability equations. The eigenvalue problem is solved by means of a modified Galerkin method. The behavior of the critical wave number and temperature gradient is discussed in terms of the various parameters of the system. We also emphasize the influence of the boundary conditions at the upper surface of the fluid layer; in particular, we examine the role of a free surface whose surface tension is temperature dependent (Marangoni effect). Comparison with earlier works is also made. [less ▲]

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See detailAmplitude equations for Rayleigh-Benard convective rolls far from threshold
Dauby, Pierre ULg; Desaive, Thomas ULg; Bragard, J. et al

in Physical Review E (2001), 64(6), 66301

An extension of the amplitude method is proposed. An iterative algorithm is developed to build an amplitude equation model that is shown to provide precise quantitative results even far from the linear ... [more ▼]

An extension of the amplitude method is proposed. An iterative algorithm is developed to build an amplitude equation model that is shown to provide precise quantitative results even far from the linear instability threshold. The method is applied to the study of stationary Rayleigh-Benard thermoconvective rolls in the nonlinear regime. In particular, the generation of second and third spatial harmonics is analyzed. Comparison with experimental results and direct numerical calculations is also made and a very good agreement is found. [less ▲]

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See detailLe controle du reseau vasculaire cutane
Damas, Jacques ULg; Garbacki, Nancy ULg; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(12), 846-9

In man, three kinds of sympathetic neurons reach the skin. Some cholinergic neurons stimulate the sweat glands, they are excited by temperature-regulating centers. Adrenergic neurons release noradrenaline ... [more ▼]

In man, three kinds of sympathetic neurons reach the skin. Some cholinergic neurons stimulate the sweat glands, they are excited by temperature-regulating centers. Adrenergic neurons release noradrenaline and ATP to reduce cutaneous blood flow while cholinergic neurons release acetylcholine and a co-transmitter to dilate skin blood vessels. The excitation of both latter types of nerve cells depends on influences from temperature-regulating centers, baroreceptors and exercise. Moreover, in cutaneous blood vessels, a synthesis of NO is enhanced by an increase of body temperature and overall by direct heating of the skin. Burns are associated with axon reflexes and release of inflammatory mediators. The involvement of these various influences is described. [less ▲]

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See detailPhosphorylation processes mediate rapid changes of brain aromatase activity
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Baillien, M.; Ball, G. F.

in Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (2001), 79(1-5), 261-277

The enzyme aromatase (also called estrogen synthase) that catalyzes the transformation of testosterone (T) into estradiol plays a key limiting role in the action of T on many aspects of reproduction. The ... [more ▼]

The enzyme aromatase (also called estrogen synthase) that catalyzes the transformation of testosterone (T) into estradiol plays a key limiting role in the action of T on many aspects of reproduction. The distribution and regulation of aromatase in the quail brain has been studied by radioenzyme assays on microdissected brain areas, immunocytochemistry, RT-PCR and in situ hybridization. High levels of aromatase activity (AA) characterize the sexually dimorphic, steroid-sensitive medial preoptic nucleus (PONI), a critical site of T action and aromatization for the activation of male sexual behavior. The boundaries of the POM are clearly outlined by a dense population of aromatase-containing cells as visualized by both immunocytochemistry and in situ hybridization histochemistry. Aromatase synthesis in the POM is controlled by T and its metabolite estradiol, but estradiol receptors alpha (ERalpha) are not normally co-localized with aromatase in this brain area. Estradiol receptor beta (ERbeta) has been recently cloned in quail and localized in POM but we do not yet know whether ERbeta occurs in aromatase cells. It is therefore not known whether estrogens regulate aromatase synthesis directly or by affecting different inputs to aromatase cells as is the case with the gonadotropin releasing hormone neurons. The presence of aromatase in presynaptic boutons suggests that locally formed estrogens may exert part of their effects by non-genomic mechanisms at the membrane level. Rapid effects of estrogens in the brain that presumably take place at the neuronal membrane level have been described in other species. If fast transduction mechanisms for estrogen are available at the membrane level, this will not necessarily result in rapid changes in brain function if the availability of the ligand does not also change rapidly. We demonstrate here that AA in hypothalamic homogenates is rapidly down-regulated by exposure to conditions that enhance protein phosphorylation (addition of Ca2+, Mg2+, ATP). This inhibition is blocked by kinase inhibitors which supports the notion that phosphorylation processes are involved. A rapid (within minutes) and reversible regulation of AA is also observed in hypothalamic explants incubated in vitro and exposed to high Ca2+ levels (K+-induced depolarization, treatment by thapsigargin, by kainate, AMPA or NMDA). The local production and availability of estrogens in the brain can therefore be rapidly changed by Ca2+ based on variation in neurotransmitter activity. Locally-produced estrogens are as a consequence available for non-genomic regulation of neuronal physiology in a manner more akin to the action of a neuropeptide/neurotransmitter than previously thought. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailApplications en oncologie thoracique de la TEP--18FDG
Bury, Thierry ULg; Daenen, Frédéric ULg; Duysinx, Bernard ULg et al

in Revue des Maladies Respiratoires (2001), 18(6, Pt 1), 623-30

PositIon emission tomography using 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG-PET) is an imaging technique based on metabolic criteria rather than morphological criteria. We discuss the contribution of this technique in ... [more ▼]

PositIon emission tomography using 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG-PET) is an imaging technique based on metabolic criteria rather than morphological criteria. We discuss the contribution of this technique in the field of pulmonary oncology and we summarize our work which has demonstrated the performance capacity of PET: to discriminate the malignant nature of a solitary pulmonary nodule; to improve sensitivity over CT for mediastinal assessment in non-small cell lung cancer; to seRach for distant metastasis in patients with non-small cell lung cancer; to complement CT imaging to better dissociate tumor residue or recurrence from post-therapeutic sequelae in non-small cell lung cancer. Finally, we present different expected progress for the future. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal Ion Binding and Coordination Geometry for Wild Type and Mutants of Metallo-Beta -Lactamase from Bacillus Cereus 569/H/9 (Bcii): A Combined Thermodynamic, Kinetic, and Spectroscopic Approach
De Seny, Dominique ULg; Heinz, U.; Wommer, S. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2001), 276(48), 45065-78

One high affinity (nm) and one low affinity (microM) macroscopic dissociation constant for the binding of metal ions were found for the wild-type metallo-beta-lactamase from Bacillus cereus as well as six ... [more ▼]

One high affinity (nm) and one low affinity (microM) macroscopic dissociation constant for the binding of metal ions were found for the wild-type metallo-beta-lactamase from Bacillus cereus as well as six single-site mutants in which all ligands in the two metal binding sites were altered. Surprisingly, the mutations did not cause a specific alteration of the affinity of metal ions for the sole modified binding site as determined by extended x-ray absorption fine structure (EXAFS) and perturbed angular correlation of gamma-rays spectroscopy, respectively. Also UV-visible absorption spectra for the mono-cobalt enzymes clearly contain contributions from both metal sites. The observations of the very similar microscopic dissociation constants of both binding sites in contrast to the significantly differing macroscopic dissociation constants inevitably led to the conclusion that binding to the two metal sites exhibits negative cooperativity. The slow association rates for forming the binuclear enzyme determined by stopped-flow fluorescence measurements suggested that fast metal exchange between the two sites for the mononuclear enzyme hinders the binding of a second metal ion. EXAFS spectroscopy of the mono- and di-zinc wild type enzymes and two di-zinc mutants provide a definition of the metal ion environments, which is compared with the available x-ray crystallographic data. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganisation and in Vitro Expression of Esp Genes of the Lee (Locus of Enterocyte Effacement) of Bovine Enteropathogenic and Enterohemorrhagic Escherichia Coli
Goffaux, Ffédéric; China, Bernard; Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Veterinary Microbiology (2001), 83(3), 275-86

Enteropathogenic (EPEC) and enterohemorrhagic (EHEC) Escherichia coli infections are characterised by the formation of attaching and effacing (AE) lesions on intestinal epithelial cells. Secretion of ... [more ▼]

Enteropathogenic (EPEC) and enterohemorrhagic (EHEC) Escherichia coli infections are characterised by the formation of attaching and effacing (AE) lesions on intestinal epithelial cells. Secretion of extracellular proteins (EspA, EspB, and EspD) via a type III secretion apparatus is necessary for the formation of the AE lesions by human EPEC. In this study, we show that bovine EPEC and EHEC are also able to secrete polypeptides homologous to the already described Esp proteins, most probably via a type III secretion system. Bovine EPEC and EHEC strains present two different secretion profiles of Esp proteins which correlate to the pathotypes of the esp genes as determined by PCR. We also demonstrate that genes encoding secreted proteins, present in the LEE of two bovine strains, are organised in the same way as in the human EPEC strain E2348/69. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Histochemical and Ultrastructural Observations on Normal Bovine Tonsils
Velinova, Maria; Thielen, Caroline ULg; Mélot, France ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2001), 149(20), 613-7

Samples of normal bovine palatine tonsils were examined by light and electron microscopy. Like human tonsils, they were composed of crypts, subepithelial areas, follicles, and T-dependent zones, but their ... [more ▼]

Samples of normal bovine palatine tonsils were examined by light and electron microscopy. Like human tonsils, they were composed of crypts, subepithelial areas, follicles, and T-dependent zones, but their well-developed capsule subdivided the lymphoid tissue by connective septa. B cells formed the major lymphoid component. The follicles and T-dependent zones had morphological and histochemical features typical of peripheral lymph organs. Follicular dendritic cells were isolated and shown to be similar to human follicular dendritic cells. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitation of Functional Mitral Regurgitation During Bicycle Exercise in Patients with Heart Failure
Lebrun, F.; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg; PIERARD, Luc ULg

in Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2001), 38(6), 1685-92

OBJECTIVES: We sought to examine the feasibility and reliability of quantifying mitral regurgitation (MR) during exercise by Doppler echocardiography in patients with heart failure and to assess the ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: We sought to examine the feasibility and reliability of quantifying mitral regurgitation (MR) during exercise by Doppler echocardiography in patients with heart failure and to assess the relationship between dynamic MR and systolic pulmonary artery pressure changes. BACKGROUND: The severity of MR can be quantified by using several echocardiographic methods. Quantitation of MR during dynamic exercise has not yet been performed. METHODS: Symptom-limited, semi-supine two-dimensional and Doppler echocardiograms during bicycle exercise were obtained in 27 consecutive patients with heart failure and functional MR. Regurgitant volume was measured at rest and during exercise by the proximal isovelocity surface area (PISA) method and by quantitative Doppler echocardiography. Exercise-induced changes in regurgitant volume were compared with changes in the regurgitant jet area to left atrial area ratio, vena contracta width and trans-tricuspid pressure gradient. RESULTS: The regurgitant volume measured by the PISA method increased from 21 +/- 12 ml (range 5 to 55) at rest to 39 +/- 23 ml (range 8 to 85) during exercise (p < 0.0001). The difference between two observers was low for both rest (2.0 +/- 2.7 ml) and exercise measurements (3.5 +/- 6.2 ml). The regurgitant volume measured by quantitative Doppler echocardiography increased from 29 +/- 13 to 49 +/- 24 ml (p = 0.0001). Excellent correlation between the two methods was obtained with exercise (r = 0.92). Exercise-induced changes in regurgitant volume, as measured by the PISA method, correlated well with regurgitant volume changes measured by quantitative Doppler echocardiography (r = 0.88), changes in vena contracta width (r = 0.82) and changes in trans-tricuspid pressure gradient (r = 0.73), but not with changes in regurgitant jet area to left atrial area ratio (r = 0.29). Seventeen patients stopped exercise because of fatigue and 10 because of dyspnea. These 10 patients exhibited greater increases in regurgitant volume (34 +/- 6 vs. 11 +/- 8 ml), corresponding to a significant elevation of the trans-tricuspid gradient (48 +/- 14 vs. 20 +/- 14 mm Hg). CONCLUSIONS: Quantitation of functional MR during exercise is feasible in patients with heart failure. There is a good correlation between regurgitant volume measured during exercise by the PISA method and that obtained by quantitative Doppler echocardiography, suggesting that the technique is reliable. An increase in mitral regurgitant volume during dynamic exercise correlates well with elevation of systolic pulmonary artery pressure. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic variation of a novel nonsense mutation in the P0 intracellular domain
Senderek, J.; Ramaekers, Vincent ULg; Zerres, K. et al

in Journal of the Neurological Sciences (2001), 192(1-2), 49-51

Mutations in the gene for the peripheral myelin protein zero (P0, MPZ) cause type 1B of Charcot-Marie-Tooth sensorimotor neuropathy (CMT1B). Here we report a German family with a novel heterozygous P0 ... [more ▼]

Mutations in the gene for the peripheral myelin protein zero (P0, MPZ) cause type 1B of Charcot-Marie-Tooth sensorimotor neuropathy (CMT1B). Here we report a German family with a novel heterozygous P0 nonsense mutation (G206X) that supposedly removes four-fifths of the amino acid residues constituting the P0 intracellular domain. The 12-year-old propositus had childhood-onset CMT1B associated with bilateral pes cavus, moderate lower limb weakness, and mildly reduced sensory qualities in the distal legs. The electrophysiology was consistent with a demyelinating neuropathy. He inherited the mutation from his mother who had no complaints but slight pes cavus deformity and slow nerve conduction velocities (NCV). Conclusively, truncating mutations within the P0 intracellular domain do not necessarily cause a severe phenotype such as Dejerine-Sottas syndrome (DSS) or congenital hypomyelinating neuropathy (CHN), but can result in mild or moderate CMT1B with intrafamilial clinical variability. Copyright © 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailSignificance of Dobutamine-Induced Changes in Qt Dispersion Early after Acute Myocardial Infarction
LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg; Bilge, A. R.; Mipinda, J. B. et al

in American Journal of Cardiology (2001), 88(9), 939-43

This study sought to examine the effects of graded dobutamine infusion on QT dispersion early after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and to investigate the relation of dobutamine-induced changes in QT ... [more ▼]

This study sought to examine the effects of graded dobutamine infusion on QT dispersion early after acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and to investigate the relation of dobutamine-induced changes in QT dispersion to wall motion responses. Seventy-eight patients with a first AMI underwent dobutamine-atropine stress echocardiography 5 +/- 2 days after admission. Contractile reserve was identified in 45 patients and ischemic myocardium in 40. Sixteen patients had persistent akinesia. The best cut-off value of QT dispersion on the baseline electrocardiogram for predicting myocardial viability was 65 ms (sensitivity and specificity of 68%). Dobutamine infusion increased QT dispersion only in patients with viable myocardium (61 +/- 18 to 83 +/- 19 ms, p = 0.003) and/or ischemia (72 +/- 16 to 112 +/- 25 ms, p < 0.0001). No change was observed in patients with persistent akinesia (84 +/- 10 to 87 +/- 15 ms, p = NS). QT dispersion increased by 22 +/- 12 ms with administration of low-dose dobutamine in patients who had viable myocardium and by 47 +/- 21 ms with administration of low- to high-dose dobutamine in patients with ischemic myocardium. An increase in QT dispersion of > or = 20 ms from at rest to low-dose dobutamine infusion was associated with myocardial viability with a sensitivity of 78% and a specificity of 79%, whereas an increase in QT dispersion of > or = 10 ms from low- to high-dose dobutamine infusion predicted ischemic myocardium with a sensitivity of 85% and a specificity of 82%. In conclusion, (1) low QT dispersion on the baseline electrocardiogram is determined by the presence of viable myocardium, (2) a dobutamine-induced increase in QT dispersion is associated with viable and jeopardized myocardium, and (3) unchanged QT dispersion during dobutamine stress is a simple marker of extensive necrosis. [less ▲]

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