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See detailA New, Highly Sensitive Method for the Detection and Quantification of Penicillin-Binding Proteins
Galleni, Moreno ULg; Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Lepage, Sophie et al

in Biochemical Journal (1993), 291((Pt 1)), 19-21

A new method for the identification and quantification of penicillin-binding proteins is described which uses fluorescein-coupled penicillins. It allows the rapid detection of 0.2 pmol with the naked eye ... [more ▼]

A new method for the identification and quantification of penicillin-binding proteins is described which uses fluorescein-coupled penicillins. It allows the rapid detection of 0.2 pmol with the naked eye and 2 fmol with the help of an A.L.F. automatic DNA sequencer. Direct labelling can also be performed on whole bacterial cells. [less ▲]

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See detailLes étoiles doubles ou multiples et leurs magnitudes.
Renson, Pierre ULg

in Ciel (Le) (1993), 55

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See detailAnalysis of Endotoxin Effects on Pulmonary Circulation in Terms of Pressure-Flow Characteristics
D'Orio, Vincenzo ULg; Fatemi, M.; Marnette, J. M. et al

in Circulatory Shock (1993), 39(4), 285-92

The purpose of the present work was to explore the hypothesis that pulmonary vasoconstriction secondary to endotoxin insult results mainly from an increase in the critical closing pressure of the ... [more ▼]

The purpose of the present work was to explore the hypothesis that pulmonary vasoconstriction secondary to endotoxin insult results mainly from an increase in the critical closing pressure of the pulmonary vessels. Specifically, we reasoned that in the face of a Starling resistor located between pulmonary arteries and left atrium, upstream transmission of increased left atrial pressure (Pla) would be inversely related to the level of the pressure intercept (Pi) obtained by extrapolation from the linear pulmonary arterial pressure (Ppa)--flow (Q degrees) plot. Six dogs (group E) were infused with Escherichia coli endotoxin (0.25 microgram/kg/min) for 2 hr, whereas six additional dogs (group C) served as control. During baseline conditions, Pi approximated LAP in both groups. In group C dogs, increasing LAP at constant Q degrees led to a proportional augmentation of Ppa. In group E dogs, endotoxin resulted in a shift of the Ppa-Q relationships to higher pressures due to both increases in Pi and slope. In addition, changes in Pla over the same range as in control dogs affected Ppa only at the highest levels of Pla. We conclude that endotoxin insult increases the critical closing pressure that exceeds Pla and induces the occurrence of a Starling resistor responsible for the production of an effective vascular waterfall. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth-induced haemodynamic changes in healthy Friesian calves
Amory, Hélène ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1993), 132(17), 426-434

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See detailL'information financière, fondement de la gestion stratégique des Petites et Moyennes Entreprises familiales
Van Caillie, Didier ULg

in Comptabilité et Fiscalité Pratiques (1993), 93/4

This paper highlights the role of financial information as a key element which is underlying to any strategic management policy in family businesses

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See detailCongenital cervical spinal muscular atrophy: a non-familial, non progressive condition of the upper limbs.
Hageman, G.; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg; Hilhorst, B. G. et al

in Journal of neurology, neurosurgery, and psychiatry (1993), 56(4), 365-8

Two patients with congenital cervical spinal muscular atrophy had symmetrical severe muscle weakness and wasting confined to the upper limbs, areflexia and congenital contractures. The shoulders were ... [more ▼]

Two patients with congenital cervical spinal muscular atrophy had symmetrical severe muscle weakness and wasting confined to the upper limbs, areflexia and congenital contractures. The shoulders were internally rotated, elbows extended and wrists flexed. There were no sensory or bulbar symptoms, scoliosis, long tract signs or lower limb involvement. This condition should be regarded as a neurogenic type of arthrogryposis, limited to the upper limbs. [less ▲]

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See detailSpontaneous Rupture of the Iliac Vein
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Hartstein, Gary ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Journal of Vascular Surgery (1993), 17(4), 757-8

A spontaneous rupture of the left iliac vein is described. A 2 cm tear on the anterior surface of the left iliac vein was discovered at emergency laparotomy on a patient who was suspected of having a huge ... [more ▼]

A spontaneous rupture of the left iliac vein is described. A 2 cm tear on the anterior surface of the left iliac vein was discovered at emergency laparotomy on a patient who was suspected of having a huge intraabdominal hemorrhage. Prodromal symptoms, cause, and treatment are discussed. The nine previously reported cases are reviewed. This case represents the seventh successful repair of an idiopathic rupture of an iliac vein. [less ▲]

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See detailRecovery from neurological deficits following biotin treatment in a biotinidase Km variant
RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg; Brab, M.; Rau, G. et al

in Neuropediatrics (1993), 24(2), 98-102

A 15-year-old boy suffered from progressive bilateral optic neuropathy of acute onset at the age of 10 years. Subsequently he developed spastic paraparesis and a predominantly motor type neuro-axonal ... [more ▼]

A 15-year-old boy suffered from progressive bilateral optic neuropathy of acute onset at the age of 10 years. Subsequently he developed spastic paraparesis and a predominantly motor type neuro-axonal neuropathy in all limbs. The basic error has been elucidated to be due to an unusual biotinidase Km variant with biphasic enzyme kinetics causing systemic biotin depletion and consequent multiple biotin-dependent carboxylase deficiency. After daily oral substitution with 10 mg biotin metabolic derangements subsided rapidly. Follow-up studies over one year after substitution with biotin demonstrated remarkable recovery from part of the previously present neuro-ophthalmological, motor and cognitive deficits. The previously extinguished flash-evoked visual potentials now showed clear responses after six months of substitution with biotin. In contrast with reports in literature, these findings indicated that neurological damage associated with biotinidase deficiency, rather than being permanent, is to some extent reversible. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of the C-Erbb2 Gene in the Bt474 Human Mammary Tumor Cell Line: Measurement of C-Erbb2 Mrna Half-Life
Pasleau, Françoise ULg; Grooteclaes, Madeleine; Gol-Winkler, Rose

in Oncogene (1993), 8(4), 849-54

BT474 and SK-BR-3 mammary adenocarcinoma cells contain eight copies of the c-erbB2 gene but overexpress the mRNA 80 times over the levels measured in normal breast or in the HBL-100 cell line. Using ... [more ▼]

BT474 and SK-BR-3 mammary adenocarcinoma cells contain eight copies of the c-erbB2 gene but overexpress the mRNA 80 times over the levels measured in normal breast or in the HBL-100 cell line. Using Northern blot analysis and molecular titration based on RNAase protection assay, the decrease in the c-erbB2 mRNA level was monitored in BT474 cells treated with actinomycin D from 1 up to 24 h. The c-erbB2 degradation rate during the first 12 h corresponds to a calculated c-erbB2 mRNA half-life of approximately 7 h. Forty percent of the mRNA present in the cells before treatment remains undegraded after transcription has been blocked for 24 h. Pretreatment with cycloheximide results in complete mRNA degradation in 24 h, suggesting that labile proteins stabilize part of the c-erbB2 mRNA population. Comparison with the c-erbB2 mRNA turnover in HBL-100 'normal' cells indicated that the accumulation of the c-erbB2 gene product in the tumor cells is not the result of stabilization of the messenger. Rather, it is correlated with an increased rate of c-erbB2 mRNA transcription as indicated by run-on transcription assays. Both BT474 and SK-BR-3 tumor cell lines were found to synthesize 20-40 times more c-erbB2 mRNA than HBL-100 cells. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptive Mathematical Morphology for Range Imagery
Verly, Jacques ULg; Delanoy, Richard L.

in IEEE Transactions on Image Processing (1993), 2(2), 272-275

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See detailL'adolescent face au choix des études supérieures
Stassart, Martine ULg

in Cahiers du CEP (Centre d'Etudes Pathoanalytiques) (1993), 1

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See detailEfficiency of 5-Hydroxytryptamine Receptor Blockade as Therapeutic Measure During Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome in Double-Muscled Cattle
Genicot, Bruno; Mouligneau, Frédéric; Lindsey, J. K. et al

in Zentralblatt für Veterinarmedizin. Reihe A (1993), 40(3), 185-193

During this investigation, which involved 58 Belgian White and Blue double-muscled calves affected by a naturally occurring Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, the clinical efficiency of a 5-HT2 receptor ... [more ▼]

During this investigation, which involved 58 Belgian White and Blue double-muscled calves affected by a naturally occurring Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, the clinical efficiency of a 5-HT2 receptor blockade with metrenperone (group A) was compared to the efficiency of a non-steroidal (flunixine meglumine--group B) and a steroidal (prednisolone sodium succinate--group C) antiinflammatory drug. Each animal of this trial was treated with ceftiofur sodium as antimicrobial agent. A clinical score and a breathing score were calculated at each step of the investigation period, i.e. before (T0) and 1 hour (T1), 12 hours (H), 24 H, 48H and 168 H (T3) after the first treatment, the interval 12H-48H being considered as period T2. Three clinical parameters were also taken into account separately: rectal and peripheral temperatures and heart rate. A significant improvement of the clinical score was registered at T2 in group A and at T3 in groups A and B, while this score did not significantly change in group C. In group A, the breathing score was significantly improved at T2 and T3, but not in groups B and C. Peripheral and rectal temperatures recorded at T1 were, in group A, significantly increased and decreased respectively, but not significantly changed in groups B and C. The proportions requiring change of treatment during the investigation period were significantly (P = 0.022) different in the three groups, being 5.6, 21.4 and 50.0% in groups A, B and C respectively.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailDiscrimination of animals treated with growth promoters
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Degand, Guy ULg; Gaspar, Pol et al

in Meat Focus International (1993)

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See detailL'age: un facteur limitant pour la chirurgie carotidienne?
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Declercq, I.; Smitz, Simon ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(4), 195-206

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See detailL'hyperréactivité bronchique non spécifique: données épidémiologiques et signification clinique
Louis, Renaud ULg; Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(4), 213-9

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See detailAngiosarcome hépatique chez une patiente ayant présenté une hépatite autoimmune
Reginster, M. A.; Mazy, V.; Waltregny, David ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(4), 220-3

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See detailExploration et traitement des photodermatoses
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Mallet, V.; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(4), 189-194

Le diagnostic d'une photodermatose est facilement évoqué devant une éruption rythmée par l'exposition au soleil. L'exploration photobiologique est pourtant nécessaire pour le classement nosologique de ces ... [more ▼]

Le diagnostic d'une photodermatose est facilement évoqué devant une éruption rythmée par l'exposition au soleil. L'exploration photobiologique est pourtant nécessaire pour le classement nosologique de ces affections. Nous présentons une revue de l'exploration photobiologique, de ses indications et interprétation, ainsi que des mesures thérapeutiques qui peuvent en découler. [less ▲]

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See detailDestruction of Stearic Acid Nitroxyl Radicals Mediated by Photoexcited Merocyanine 540 in Liposomal and Micellar Systems
Hoebeke, Maryse ULg; Seret, Alain ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg et al

in Biochemistry (1993), 32(10), 2730-2736

Fatty acid spin labels have been included into liposomes and micelles, in order to study the photochemical behavior of merocyanine 540 toward nitroxyl radicals situated at various depths in the bilayer or ... [more ▼]

Fatty acid spin labels have been included into liposomes and micelles, in order to study the photochemical behavior of merocyanine 540 toward nitroxyl radicals situated at various depths in the bilayer or the surfactant layer. Visible illumination of the dye, either free in ethanol or bound to liposomes or micelles, leads to the reduction of the electron spin resonance signal of the label. The efficiency of the interaction between merocyanine 540 and spin labels depends on the depth at which the nitroxyl moiety is localized in the micelle or vesicle. Fluorescence measurements indicate that the first excited singlet state of merocyanine 540 is not directly implicated in the reaction mechanism. Flash photolysis experiments conducted in aqueous solutions of hexadecyltrimethylammonium bromide micelles show that the presence of nitroxyl radical decreases the rate constant of triplet decay in a concentration-dependent fashion. The corresponding quenching rate constant (kq) is determined for the different spin labels. The kq values and the reduction rates of ESR signal show the same dependence on the localization of the nitroxyl moiety in the micelles. [less ▲]

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See detailAnionic polymerization of acrylic monomers. 10. 13C and 7Li NMR studies on the monomeric model of living poly(methyl)methacrylate)
Wang, Jin-Shan; Jérôme, Robert ULg; Warin, R. et al

in Macromolecules (1993), 26(6), 1402-1406

A monomeric model structurally comparable to the active end of a living poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), i.e., a methyl α-lithioisobutyrate (MIBLi)/THF solution, was studied by both Li-7 and C-13 NMR. It ... [more ▼]

A monomeric model structurally comparable to the active end of a living poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), i.e., a methyl α-lithioisobutyrate (MIBLi)/THF solution, was studied by both Li-7 and C-13 NMR. It has been shown that two different coordination aggregates exist in a MEBLi/THF solution. That situation corresponds to a slow exchange process between tetramer and dimer, i.e. the later being favored by a decrease in temperature or concentration. Such an equilibrium is characterized with ΔH = -2.1 kcal/mol and ΔS = -13.7 cal/mol.K by means of Li-7 NMR. Again, C-13 NMR results obtained suggest that a MIBLi/THF solution displays a charge-delocalized character, which is different from a O-Li-bonded bonded structure in solid state established by crystal analyses of several similar ester enolates. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall-angle X-ray scattering study of carboxylato-telechelic poly(tert-butyl acrylate)s
Fontaine, Frédéric; Ledent, Jean; Sobry, Roger et al

in Macromolecules (1993), 26(6), 1480-1482

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See detailImmortalization of Human Cervical Keratinocytes by Human Papillomavirus Type 33
Gilles, Christine ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg; Rombouts, S. et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (1993), 53(5), 872-9

Ten immortalized cell lines were established by transfection of human cervical keratinocytes (CK) with HPV-33 DNA and some of their characteristics were investigated. The following observations were made ... [more ▼]

Ten immortalized cell lines were established by transfection of human cervical keratinocytes (CK) with HPV-33 DNA and some of their characteristics were investigated. The following observations were made: (a) several cell lines have reached over 100 population doublings in vitro; (b) 3 transcripts were observed, 2 being encoded by the E6/E7 open reading frames (ORFs); (c) cytogenetic analyses showed important genetic modifications such as aneuploidy and isochromosome formation of the q arm of chromosome 8; (d) 2 of the 10 cell lines developed colonies in soft agar but none was able to form tumors when injected s.c. into nude mice; (e) Southern analysis suggested that a single copy of HPV-33 is integrated at a single common site within the genome of the 10 cell lines. These immortalized cell lines should be useful for studying mechanisms involved in proliferation, differentiation and neoplastic transformation of CK by HPV-33. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Catecholaminergic System of the Quail Brain: Immunocytochemical Studies of Dopamine Beta-Hydroxylase and Tyrosine Hydroxylase
Bailhache, T.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (1993), 329(2), 230-56

The distribution of dopamine beta-hydroxylase and tyrosine hydroxylase, two key enzymes in the biosynthesis of catecholamines, was investigated by immunocytochemistry in the brain of male and female ... [more ▼]

The distribution of dopamine beta-hydroxylase and tyrosine hydroxylase, two key enzymes in the biosynthesis of catecholamines, was investigated by immunocytochemistry in the brain of male and female Japanese quail. Cells or fibers showing dopamine beta-hydroxylase and tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactivity were considered to be noradrenergic or adrenergic, while all structures showing only tyrosine hydroxylase immunoreactivity were tentatively considered to be dopaminergic. The major dopaminergic and noradrenergic cell groups that have been identified in the brain of mammals could be observed in the Japanese quail, with the exception of a tuberoinfundibular dopaminergic group. The dopamine beta-hydroxylase-immunoreactive cells were found exclusively in the pons (locus ceruleus and nucleus subceruleus ventralis) and in the medulla (area of the nucleus reticularis). The tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive cells had a much wider distribution and extended from the preoptic area to the level of the medulla. They were, however, present in larger numbers in the area ventralis of Tsai and in the nucleus tegmenti pedunculo-pontinus, pars compacta, which respectively correspond to the ventral tegmental area and to the substantia nigra of mammals. A high density of dopamine beta-hydroxylase- and tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive fibers and punctate structures was found in several steroid-sensitive brain regions that are implicated in the control of reproduction. In the preoptic area and in the region of the nucleus accumbens-nucleus stria terminalis, immunonegative perikarya were completely surrounded by immunoreactive fibers forming basket-like structures. Given that some of these cells contain the enzyme aromatase, these structures may represent the morphological substrate for a regulation of aromatase activity by catecholamines. The dopamine beta-hydroxylase-immunoreactive fibers were also present in a larger part of the preoptic area of females than in males. This sex difference in the noradrenergic innervation of the preoptic area presumably reflects the sex difference in norepinephrine content in this region. [less ▲]

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See detailEconomic, Clinical and Functional Consequences of a Treatment Using Metrenperone During an Outbreak of Shipping Fever in Cattle
Genicot, Bruno; Mouligneau, Frédéric; Rollin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (1993), 132(10), 245-247

Eighteen of 91 seven- to nine-month-old Belgian white and blue double-muscled male fattening cattle developed typical signs of shipping fever. They were all injected intramuscularly once a day for three ... [more ▼]

Eighteen of 91 seven- to nine-month-old Belgian white and blue double-muscled male fattening cattle developed typical signs of shipping fever. They were all injected intramuscularly once a day for three days with 5 mg/kg of enrofloxacin, and in addition nine selected at random were injected intramuscularly five times at 12 hour intervals with 0.1 mg/kg of metrenperone, a 5-hydroxytryptamine blocker, the other nine receiving a placebo. During the outbreak of shipping fever metrenperone showed effective antipyretic properties, and all the calves treated with it made a complete recovery. Moreover, during the 360 day fattening period following the outbreak, the cattle treated with metrenperone gained on average 45.4 kg more weight than the control cattle. [less ▲]

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See detailBrain Aromatase and the Control of Male Sexual Behavior
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Foidart, Agnès ULg

in Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (1993), 44(4-6), 521-40

The activational effects of testosterone (T) on male copulatory behavior are mediated by its aromatization into estradiol. In quail, we have shown by stereotaxic implantation of steroids and metabolism ... [more ▼]

The activational effects of testosterone (T) on male copulatory behavior are mediated by its aromatization into estradiol. In quail, we have shown by stereotaxic implantation of steroids and metabolism inhibitors and by electrolytic lesions that the action of T and its aromatization take place in the sexually dimorphic medial preoptic nucleus (POM). The distribution and regulation of brain aromatase was studied in this species by product-formation assays measuring aromatase activity (AA) in microdissected brain regions and by immunocytochemistry (ICC). Aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) neurons were found in four brain regions: the POM, the septal region, the bed nucleus of the stria terminals (BNST) and the tuberal hypothalamus. ARO-ir cells actually outline the POM boundaries. ARO-ir material is found not only in the perikarya of neurons but also in the full extension of their cellular processes including the axons and the presynaptic boutons. This is confirmed at the light level by the demonstration of immunoreactive fibers and punctate structures in brain regions that are sometimes fairly distant from the closest ARO-ir cells. A lot of ARO-ir cells in the POM and BNST do not contain immunoreactive estrogen receptors (ER-ir) as demonstrated by double label ICC. These morphological data suggest an unorthodox role for the enzyme or the locally formed estrogens. In parallel with copulatory behavior, the preoptic AA decreases after castration and is restored by T to levels seen in sexually mature males. This probably reflects a change in enzyme concentration rather than a modulation of the activity in a constant number of molecules since the maximum enzymatic velocity (Vmax) only is affected while the affinity (Km) remains unchanged. In addition, T increases the number of ARO-ir neurons in POM and other brain areas suggesting that the concentration of the antigen is actually increased. This probably involves the direct activation of aromatase transcription as demonstrated by RT-PCR studies showing that aromatase mRNA is increased following T treatment of castrates. These activating effects of T seem to result from a synergistic action of androgenic and estrogenic metabolites of the steroid. The anatomical substrate for these regulations remains unclear at present especially in POM where ARO-ir cells do not in general contain ER-ir while androgen receptors appear to be rare based on both [3H] dihydrotestosterone autoradiography and ICC. Transynaptic mechanisms of control may be considered. A modulation of brain aromatase by catecholamines is also suggested by a few pharmacological studies.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailBehavioral sensitization and tolerance to the D-sub-2 agonist RU 24213 : dissociation between several patterns in mice
Tirelli, Ezio ULg; Jodogne, C.

in Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior (1993), 44(3), 627-632

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See detailHIV-1 promoter activation following an oxidative stress mediated by singlet oxygen
Legrand, Sylvie ULg; Hoebeke, Maryse ULg; Vaira, Dolorès ULg et al

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1993), 17(3), 229-237

Various biological processes, such as photosensitization or inflammatory reactions, can generate singlet oxygen (O-1(2)) as one of the major oxidative species. Because this oxidant can be generated either ... [more ▼]

Various biological processes, such as photosensitization or inflammatory reactions, can generate singlet oxygen (O-1(2)) as one of the major oxidative species. Because this oxidant can be generated either extracellularly or intracellularly, it can cause severe damage to various biological macromolecules, even to those deeply embedded inside the cells such as DNA. Sublethal biological modifications induced by different DNA-damaging agents can promote various cellular responses initiated by the activation of various cellular genes and certain heterologous viruses. Since O-1(2) fulfils essential prerequisites for a genotoxic substance, we have examined the effects of an oxidative stress, mediated by this species, on cells harbouring a heterologous promoter-leader sequence derived from the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1). Our results demonstrate that HIV-1 long terminal repeat (LTR), integrated into the cellular I)NA of epithelial cells, can be transactivated following an oxidative stress mediated by O-1(2). In addition, using HIV-1 latently infected promonocytes or lymphocytes, it can be shown that virus reactivation can be induced through a sublethal dose of O-1(2) generated intracellularly. An extracellular generation of O-1(2) can promote a substantial lethal effect without HIV-1 reactivation. These data may be relevant to the understanding of the events converting a latent infection into a productive one and to the appearance of the acquired immune deficiency syndrome. [less ▲]

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See detailL'angoisse minimaliste
Demoulin, Laurent ULg

in Indications. La Revue des Romans (1993), 1(50), 27-31

Description de quelques caractéristiques du roman français contemporain.

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See detailComparative immunohistochemical study of herpes-simplex and varicella-zoster infections
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Debrus, S.; Sadzot-Delvaux, Catherine ULg et al

in Virchows Archiv. A : Pathological Anatomy and Histopathology (1993), 422(2), 121-126

Herpes simplex (HSV) and varicella-zoster (VZV) skin infections share so many histological similarities that distinguishing between them may prove to be impossible. We developed and characterized a new ... [more ▼]

Herpes simplex (HSV) and varicella-zoster (VZV) skin infections share so many histological similarities that distinguishing between them may prove to be impossible. We developed and characterized a new monoclonal antibody, VL8, IgG kappa isotype, directed to the VZV envelope glycoprotein gpI. Immunohistochemistry with VL8 appeared highly sensitive and specific on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded biopsies and a clear-cut distinction between HSV and VZV infections was possible. The pattern of VL8 immunolabelling in VZV infections was strikingly different from that found in HSV infections studied with polyclonal antibodies to HSV I and II. Double immunolabelling revealed the VL8 positivity of sebaceous cells, endothelial cells, Mac 387-and CD68-positive monocyte-macrophages, and factor XIIIa-positive perivascular, perineural and interstitial dendrocytes. Intracytoplasmic VL8 labelling of endothelial cells and perivascular dendrocytes was found at the site of leukocytoclastic vasculitis. [less ▲]

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See detailSequential anti-core glycolipid immunoglobulin antibody activities in patients with and without septic shock and their relation to outcome
Nys, Monique ULg; Damas, Pierre ULg; Joassin, Luc et al

in Annals of Surgery (1993), 217(3), 300-306

OBJECTIVE: This study follows the sequential changes in anti-lipopolysaccharide antibodies in infected patients with and without septic shock. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: A relation between high endogenous ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: This study follows the sequential changes in anti-lipopolysaccharide antibodies in infected patients with and without septic shock. SUMMARY BACKGROUND DATA: A relation between high endogenous levels of anti-LPS antibodies and protection against bacteremia and septic shock in at-risk patient groups has been observed. However, information on the daily follow-up and kinetics of apparition or disappearance of anti-LPS antibody activities and their relations with the protective properties of the different immunoglobulin classes has not been clearly investigated. METHODS: Two hundred and five septic surgical patients were studied during their stay in the intensive care unit during a period of 3 years. Among these patients, septic shock developed in 54 and 47 died. A sensitive ELISA was used to study circulating IgM and IgG antibodies to the core glycolipid (CGL) region of Salmonella minnesota R595. The activities were measured each day when sepsis occurred and every hour during septic shock. RESULTS: Anti-CGL IgM activity was found in 32% of the septic patients. This response, however, most often appeared to be transient. A strong correlation was observed between the occurrence of septic shock and the absence of anti-CGL IgM activity on admission to the ICU (p < 0.02). Anti-CGL IgG activity was detected in 82% of the patients and better correlated with outcome for patients with high or rising activities during their hospitalization (p < 0.0005). In patients with septic shock or irreversible organ failure, a fall in the anti-CGL IgG activity was observed before death, suggesting that the IgG antibodies were consumed during this acute event. Therefore, the anti-CGL IgG activity measured by ELISA could be used as a marker of the evolution of the illness. CONCLUSIONS: Our observations demonstrate the interest to follow-up the evolution of the anti-CGL antibodies during sepsis. The fall of these antibodies during septic shock and in patients who died was an additional argument to perform, as an additive form, passive antibody therapy to decrease lethality in this group of patients. [less ▲]

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See detailSobre a construção de porjetores ortogonais
Iemma, A. F.; Palm, Rodolphe ULg; Claustriaux, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Revista de Matemática e Estatìstica (1993), 11

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See detailMagnitudes des étoiles doubles.
Renson, Pierre ULg

in Ciel et Terre (1993), 109

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See detailAn Unusual Case of Cor Triatriatum: Clinical Presentation and the Haemodynamics of a Rare Anomaly
Radermecker, M. A.; Grenade, Thierry ULg; Jalali, H. et al

in Cardiovascular Surgery (1993), 1(1), 83-5

The case of a 24-year-old woman with cor triatriatum sinister and a persistent left superior vena cava connected to the junction of the left upper pulmonary vein and left atrium is reported. A diagnosis ... [more ▼]

The case of a 24-year-old woman with cor triatriatum sinister and a persistent left superior vena cava connected to the junction of the left upper pulmonary vein and left atrium is reported. A diagnosis of partial anomalous pulmonary venous return had been made and the patient underwent surgery. Inspection of the left atrium revealed a complex form of left triatrial heart. The general haemodynamics of the malformation are discussed, with particular emphasis on the features accounting for variation in the clinical presentation. This rare anomaly often remains undiagnosed before surgery and should be considered whenever obstruction of pulmonary venous flow above the mitral valve is not explained by pulmonary vein stenosis, mitral or mitral valve-linked abnormalities, atrial tumours or anomalous pulmonary venous drainage with high resistance to flow. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple System Organ Failure after open-heart surgery in infants and children
Seghaye, Marie-Christine ULg; Engelhardt, W.; Grabitz, R. G. et al

in Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon (1993), 41(1), 49-53

Between January 1985 and March 1989 we retrospectively observed Multiple System Organ Failure (MSOF) in 16 of 460 children (3.5%) who underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass for congenital ... [more ▼]

Between January 1985 and March 1989 we retrospectively observed Multiple System Organ Failure (MSOF) in 16 of 460 children (3.5%) who underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass for congenital heart disease. MSOF was arbitrarily defined as a clinical entity with failure of two or more vital organ systems associated with high fever, thrombocytopenia, and cardiocirculatory insufficiency and occurring within the first postoperative week. In 13 children the first clinical manifestations of MSOF were evident on the first postoperative day and in the other 3 on the second or third postoperative day. All children showed acute renal failure, acute hepatic failure, high fever, and thrombocytopenia. Most of them showed respiratory insufficiency and neurological involvement. Seven of the 16 children died. Four of the 9 surviving patients had neurological sequelae still present 6 months after the operation, and the others recovered completely. [less ▲]

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See detailLas cosas escritas en la Nueva España
Vanden Berghe, Kristine ULg

in L'ordinaire. Mexique Amérique Centrale (1993), 143

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See detailBrachymorphism-Onychodysplasia-Dysphalangism Syndrome
Verloes, Alain ULg; Bonneau, D.; Guidi, O. et al

in Journal of Medical Genetics (1993), 30(2), 158-61

Three unrelated children are reported with intrauterine proportionate growth retardation and facial dysmorphism (broad nose, flat malar area, large mouth, pointed chin), microcephaly, hypo/aplasia of the ... [more ▼]

Three unrelated children are reported with intrauterine proportionate growth retardation and facial dysmorphism (broad nose, flat malar area, large mouth, pointed chin), microcephaly, hypo/aplasia of the terminal fifth digits, and (sub)normal intelligence. Radiological findings include hypo/aplasia or fusion of the distal phalanges of the fifth finger and toe, brachymesophalangism V, and nail dysplasia or aplasia. One child had cystic adenomatoid disease of the lung. The pattern of anomalies presented by these children closely resembles a syndrome incompletely delineated in 1971 by Senior in six children, which has often been considered to be a mild form of Coffin-Siris syndrome. We suggest that this is an independent entity (BOD syndrome). The aetiology is still unknown. Differential diagnosis and nosological difficulties are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficient Immunoselection of Cytolytic Effectors with a Magnetic Cell Sorter
Jacobs, Nathalie ULg; Moutschen, Michel P; Boniver, Jacques ULg et al

in Research in Immunology (1993), 144(2), 141-50

This paper describes a rapid and efficient method for the sorting of in vitro activated cytolytic effectors cells. For cytotoxic assays, a large number of cells with conserved function must be rapidly ... [more ▼]

This paper describes a rapid and efficient method for the sorting of in vitro activated cytolytic effectors cells. For cytotoxic assays, a large number of cells with conserved function must be rapidly obtained. Immunomagnetic sorting was chosen because it is faster than flow cytometry sorting. The MACS system requires the use of paramagnetic beads of small diameter (100-150 nm), reputed to interfere minimally with cell function. In order to generate the cytolytic effectors, peripheral blood lymphocytes were cultivated in the presence of interleukin-2 (50 U/ml) and anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody (BMA030, 100 ng/ml) for 4 days. Cell separation was based on the membrane expression of the CD3 complex. The purity obtained for positive (CD3+) cell sorting with the MACS was higher than 95%. The purity of negative (CD3-) cell fraction was more variable, but further purification by flow cytometry rapidly yielded purity higher than 95%. Cytotoxic assays were performed against four target cell lines (K562, Daudi, HL60 and U937) and proliferation assays showed that both negatively and positively selected populations had conserved their function acquired during culture in the presence of anti-CD3 mAb and IL2. [less ▲]

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See detailAspects immunologiques et hématologiques de l'infection par le virus HIV
Delhougne, B.; Fillet, Georges ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(2), 72-80

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See detailEvaluation quantitative de l'érythème par colorimétrie. Effets de l'histamine de corticostéroïdes et d'extraits végétaux
Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg; El Fekih, N. et al

in Journal d'Actualités Médicales Belges (1993), 5

L'évaluation de l'érythème est difficile et souvent aléatoire en clinique. Afin d'étudier la couleur des téguments, la colorimétrie est proposée depuis quelques années. Elle permet plus de rigueur. En ... [more ▼]

L'évaluation de l'érythème est difficile et souvent aléatoire en clinique. Afin d'étudier la couleur des téguments, la colorimétrie est proposée depuis quelques années. Elle permet plus de rigueur. En tous cas, elle permet d'aligner des chiffres dont les variations peuvent être étudiées dans le temps. Le présent travail a permis de tester, de "calibrer" la méthodologie colorimétrique dans le domaine de l'érythème cutané. D'une part, l'effet vasodilatateur (érythémateux) de l'histamine, de l'autre, le blanchiment induit par l'application de topiques corticoïdes et phytopharmaceutiques ont été mesurés et discutés. [less ▲]

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See detailStrychnopentamine, a Potential Anticancer Agent
Quetin-Leclercq, J.; Bouzahzah, B.; Pons, A. et al

in Planta Medica (1993), 59(1), 59-62

We analysed the effects of strychnopentamine, an alkaloid isolated from Strychnos usambarensis, on an Ehrlich ascites tumor growing in the mouse after inoculation. Four subcutaneous injections of 1.5 mg ... [more ▼]

We analysed the effects of strychnopentamine, an alkaloid isolated from Strychnos usambarensis, on an Ehrlich ascites tumor growing in the mouse after inoculation. Four subcutaneous injections of 1.5 mg strychnopentamine (1 per day) induce a significant decrease of the number of tumor cells and a significant increase of the survival of the treated mice. Observed side effects are partial haemolysis and some liver damage. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning, Sequence and Structural Features of a Lipase from the Antarctic Facultative Psychrophile Psychrobacter Immobilis B10
Arpigny, J. L.; Feller, Georges ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1171(3), 331-3

A lipase gene (lip1) from the facultative psychrophilic strain Psychrobacter immobilis B10 has been cloned and sequenced. The deduced preprotein sequence is composed of 317 amino acids with a predicted M ... [more ▼]

A lipase gene (lip1) from the facultative psychrophilic strain Psychrobacter immobilis B10 has been cloned and sequenced. The deduced preprotein sequence is composed of 317 amino acids with a predicted M(r) of 35,288. A primary structure alignment of lipases including lip1 shows conserved elements for which a structural role is proposed in the light of recent crystallographic studies. The analysis of the psychrophilic enzyme sequence suggests characteristics in relation with the adaptation to cold. [less ▲]

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See detailA first look at the ASSI ultraviolet results
Chakrabarti, S.; Gladstone, G. R.; Tobiska, W. K. et al

in Advances in Space Research (1993), 13

The Airglow and Solar Spectrometer Instrument (ASSI) on the San Marco D satellite has obtained near-simultaneous measurements of solar irradiances and airglow emissions in the 200-7000 A spectral region ... [more ▼]

The Airglow and Solar Spectrometer Instrument (ASSI) on the San Marco D satellite has obtained near-simultaneous measurements of solar irradiances and airglow emissions in the 200-7000 A spectral region. The satellite was placed in an equatorial, elliptical orbit on 25 March 1988, which permitted observations of airglow emissions in the 280-600-km altitude range at various local times. The instrument complement on the satellite provides an opportunity both for self-consistent examination of the excitation mechanisms of various airglow features and for constraining model parameters. An overview of the data obtained by ASSI is presented along with preliminary modeling results of the UV airglow. [less ▲]

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See detailAutres médiateurs de l'inflammation et du sepsis
Lamy, Maurice ULg; Deby, Ginette ULg; Damas, Pierre ULg

in Revue du Praticien (La) (1993), 43(1), 19-25

During sepsis, the systemic inflammatory response is characterized by the release of numerous mediators supporting and dispersing inflammation. In Gram negative sepsis, the endotoxins play a starting role ... [more ▼]

During sepsis, the systemic inflammatory response is characterized by the release of numerous mediators supporting and dispersing inflammation. In Gram negative sepsis, the endotoxins play a starting role, while in other sepsis, the triggering mediators or mechanisms are unknown but lead to a similar inflammatory reaction. Coagulation and complement cascades are activated, with the release of chemoattractive substances, mediators and proteases and the activation of phagocytic cells. Macrophages/monocytes and polymorphonuclear leucocytes produce then active oxygen species and cytokines; they degranulate (releasing active enzymes such as myeloperoxidase), they express an increasing number of membrane receptors able to interact with endothelial cells and release a supplementary lot of inflammatory mediators (prostanoids, platelet activating factor, leukotrienes ... ). Platelets, also activated, produce the same mediators (TXA2, PAF ...) or specific ones such as serotonine, platelet factor 4, growth factors. Last, but not least, the endothelial cells are stimulated, directly (by endotoxins) or undirectly (by cytokines, C5a, PAF ...). These cells play then a main role by their own phagocytic activity, by alteration of their antithrombotic and fibrinolytic potential, by their secretion of inflammatory mediators and by an increased expression of receptors of adhesivity for the activated phagocytes or platelets, what leads to endothelium injury with membrane permeability alterations. These cascades of activation, these extensions of the inflammatory reaction by the mediators and by the phagocytes and platelets can explain the frequency of multiple organ failure during sepsis as well as the difficulty of an adequate pharmacological therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailVivre avec un nouveau coeur
Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(1), 19-25

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See detailIdentification of Different Target Glycoproteins for Bovine Herpes Virus Type 1-Specific Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes Depending on the Method of in Vitro Stimulation
Denis, M.; Slaoui, M.; Keil, G. et al

in Immunology (1993), 78(1), 7-13

Vaccinia virus recombinants expressing the three major bovine herpes virus-1 (BHV-1) glycoproteins gI, gIII and gIV were used to identify the major target antigens for BHV-1-specific CTL isolated from ... [more ▼]

Vaccinia virus recombinants expressing the three major bovine herpes virus-1 (BHV-1) glycoproteins gI, gIII and gIV were used to identify the major target antigens for BHV-1-specific CTL isolated from immune cattle. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) expanded in vitro in the presence of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and lysed both gIII- and gIV-infected target cells. Secondary in vitro stimulation of PBMC was also performed in the presence of either fixed BHV-1-infected autologous fibroblasts or ultraviolet (UV)-inactivated virus. Both methods of antigen presentation allowed the proliferation of BHV-1-specific CTL but the target glycoprotein for these CTL differed depending on the method of stimulation. Vaccinia-gIV-infected targets were lysed predominantly when PBMC were stimulated by fixed infected fibroblasts, whilst PBMC stimulated by UV-inactivated virus lysed mostly vaccinia-gIII-infected targets. This observation could be explained by a different processing pathway of BHV-1 antigens in each cell type involved. [less ▲]

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See detailPaget's Disease of Bone Treated with a Five Day Course of Oral Tiludronate
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Lecart, Marie-Paule ULg; Deroisy, Rita ULg et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (1993), 52(1), 54-7

Chloro-4-phenyl thiomethylene bisphosphonate (tiludronate) is a new drug which can be used as an inhibitor of bone resorption. As it remains in bone for a long time, and as mineralisation defects have ... [more ▼]

Chloro-4-phenyl thiomethylene bisphosphonate (tiludronate) is a new drug which can be used as an inhibitor of bone resorption. As it remains in bone for a long time, and as mineralisation defects have only been seen at doses much higher than those required to decrease osteoclastic activity, it could be given at high doses over a short period of time. Eighteen patients with Paget's disease of bone were randomly allocated to three therapeutic groups receiving respectively 600, 800, and 1200 mg/day tiludronate for five days. Serum alkaline phosphatase activity and the urinary hydroxyproline/creatinine ratio were quickly and drastically reduced in all three groups. A significant reduction of serum alkaline phosphatases and the hydroxyproline/creatinine ratio was still present six months after the five day therapeutic course, reflecting a sustained activity of tiludronate even after stopping treatment. Dose dependent short and long term reductions of bone turnover rate were observed. Biochemical assessment of haematological, renal, or hepatic tolerance did not show any toxicity of tiludronate. Fifty per cent of patients treated by a dose of 1200 mg/day reported gastrointestinal disturbances, however, making this dosage unsuitable for clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailMisdiagnosed Malignancy in Transplanted Organs
Detry, Olivier ULg; Detroz, Bernard ULg; D'Silva, M. et al

in Transplant International (1993), 6(1), 50-4

The case reports of three patients who received cancer-bearing organs at this institution are presented. A fourth recipient, who was to be transplanted with a cancerous kidney, was spared this disastrous ... [more ▼]

The case reports of three patients who received cancer-bearing organs at this institution are presented. A fourth recipient, who was to be transplanted with a cancerous kidney, was spared this disastrous complication. The relevant data regarding the donors is also alluded to, with special reference to the type and site of the primary malignancy. Following these case reports, the implications of these issues, their possible prevention, and further management are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma Na-K ATPase inhibitor activity and intracellular ions during hemodialysis
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Du, F.; Pequeux, M. L. et al

in International Journal of Artificial Organs (1993), 16(1), 23-30

We have investigated the relationship between plasma Na-K ATPase inhibitor activity (EDLS) and intracellular ions in 37 uremic hemodialysed hypertensive patients, and in 20 normotensive non uremic ... [more ▼]

We have investigated the relationship between plasma Na-K ATPase inhibitor activity (EDLS) and intracellular ions in 37 uremic hemodialysed hypertensive patients, and in 20 normotensive non uremic controls (NC). As compared with the NC population, significantly enhanced values for erythrocyte (RBC) Na, Ca, platelet cytosolic Ca and EDLS were observed in all the uremic patients tested just before a dialysis session, as well as a decrease in RBC Ca ATPase and in the platelet pH. In uremia, significant correlations have been noted between RBC Na and platelet Ca (r = 0.6) or systolic BP (r = 0.45); between platelet Ca and systolic blood pressure (r = 0.8) or diastolic BP (r = 0.5) and between EDLS and RBC Na, Ca or platelet Ca (r = 0.5). Anti-hypertensive treatment has no influence on these parameters. During dialysis, a significant decrease has been noted in RBC Na, Ca, platelet Ca, SBP (only in untreated patients) and EDLS and an increase in RBC Ca ATPase and platelet pH. These modifications are significantly correlated with the weight change. [less ▲]

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See detailA novel mutation in the proteolipid protein gene leading to Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease.
Otterbach, B.; Stoffel, W.; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg

in Biological chemistry Hoppe-Seyler (1993), 374(1), 75-83

Point mutations of the gene of human proteolipid protein (PLP) have been recognized as the molecular basis of one form of leukodystrophy, the X-chromosome-linked Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD). We ... [more ▼]

Point mutations of the gene of human proteolipid protein (PLP) have been recognized as the molecular basis of one form of leukodystrophy, the X-chromosome-linked Pelizaeus-Merzbacher disease (PMD). We report the molecular analysis of four PMD patients in three unrelated families and describe a point mutation (G-->A transition) in exon V which leads to the substitution of Gly216 by a serine residue in a highly conserved extracytosolic domain and a Mae I RFLP. Molecular modelling with energy minimization indicates that this seemingly minor alteration of the amino-acid sequence induces a considerable conformational change and tight packing of the polypeptide chain apparently not compatible with the regular PLP function in oligodendrocytes. This mutation has been detected and characterized by PCR amplification of genomic DNA using intron and exon primers and the complete sequence analysis of the seven exons and a 300 bp promoter region of the PLP gene of two affected brothers. The sequence analysis of a PCR fragment representing exon V amplified from genomic DNA of different kindreds of the pedigree revealed the mother as the only carrier indicating that the mutation has occurred de novo in the mother's germline. PLP gene (including the 8.8 kb intron I) rearrangements have been excluded by Southern blot hybridization and overlapping PCR amplification of genomic DNA. [less ▲]

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See detailPulmonary Response to Intravenous Administration of 5-Hydroxytryptamine after Type-2 Receptor Blockade in Healthy Calves
Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1993), 54(1), 168-73

The purpose of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) modifies respiratory function, specifically, hyperventilation, diffuse bronchoconstriction, and pulmonary ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the mechanism by which 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) modifies respiratory function, specifically, hyperventilation, diffuse bronchoconstriction, and pulmonary arterial hypertension in cattle. We determined whether the IV response to 5-HT in calves was attributable to stimulation of 5-HT2 receptors. Six healthy unsedated young bull calves of the Friesian (n = 4) and of the Belgian White and Blue (n = 2) breeds were used. A specific 5-HT2 antagonist (metrenperone, 0.05 mg/kg of body weight) was administered IM 30 minutes before the cattle were given a 5-minute IV 5-HT infusion. Pulmonary function values were registered before, during, and after the 5-HT challenge infusion. Minute volume increased significantly, because of an increase in respiratory rate. Conversely, lung dynamic compliance, total pulmonary resistance, and pulmonary arterial pressure were not changed. We concluded that in cattle, 5-HT-induced ventilatory response is not mediated through activation of 5-HT2 receptors. However, the 5-HT2 receptors are involved in 5-HT-induced broncho- and pulmonary vasoconstriction. [less ▲]

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See detailResults of metagnostic (system-oriented) and diagnostic (process-oriented) models
Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Haus, J.; Nihoul, Jacques ULg et al

in Progress in Belgian Oceanographic Research (1993)

After a review of the Mediterranean system, and the justification of the scientific interest, we examine the type of model (scope, purview and resolution) used for the description and simulation of the ... [more ▼]

After a review of the Mediterranean system, and the justification of the scientific interest, we examine the type of model (scope, purview and resolution) used for the description and simulation of the Mediterranean circulation from a system-oriented view and a process-oriented view. These two aspects of mathematical simulations are then illustrated by two examples: a) The simulation of the month to month variability of the general circulation in the Western Mediterranean Sea shows the main physical features, but the choice of initial conditions is crucial for a realistic simulation, and an inverse model is proven to be absolutely necessary for a valuable prognostic model. b) Secondly, a high resolution simulation of the Algerian Current instability is performed. It is well known that the Atlantic water flows along the Algerian coast as a light water intrusion. This current is unstable, and mesoscale activities generate cyclones and anticyclones, but only the latter grow enough to get separated from the mean flow. Numerical simulations, in an idealized case, and reality show strong instabilities that are analyzed by energy budgets. It is suggested that the instabilities are primarily baroclinic, which is consistent with initial vertical movements at the front. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between Alprazolam and Hydroxyzine for Oral Premedication
Franssen, Colette ULg; Hans, Pol ULg; Brichant, Jean-François ULg et al

in Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia = Journal Canadien d'Anesthésie (1993), 40(1), 13-7

The safety and efficacy of alprazolam and hydroxyzine administered orally as surgical premedicants were compared in a double-blind controlled study. Sixty-five patients were given either alprazolam 1 mg ... [more ▼]

The safety and efficacy of alprazolam and hydroxyzine administered orally as surgical premedicants were compared in a double-blind controlled study. Sixty-five patients were given either alprazolam 1 mg or hydroxyzine 75 mg, one to two hours before surgery. Anxiety was assessed by both the patient and the anaesthetist, the patient using a visual analogue scale, the anaesthetist employing both analogue and ordinal ratings. Sedation was assessed by the anaesthetist only, using the same two methods. Amnesia was appraised with a simple memory test. Safety was assessed by recording adverse effects and measuring haemodynamic variables. Premedication with alprazolam produced a modest reduction in anxiety (28%) (P < 0.01) while hydroxyzine had no detectable effect. The comparison of the sedation level and of the memory test revealed no difference between the two premedicants. Minor side effects were only observed in the hydroxyzine group. Changes in blood pressure were more pronounced in the hydroxyzine group. This study shows that alprazolam and hydroxyzine are safe and efficient oral premedicants. However, alprazolam is preferable to hydroxyzine in terms of anxiolytic and adverse effects. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotophysical investigation of Rose Bengal in aqueous sodium taurocholate solutions
Seret, Alain ULg; Van de Vorst, Albert

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1993), 17(1), 47-56

The photophysics of rose bengal has been studied in aqueous sodium taurocholate solutions with or without 0.6 mol NaCl dm−3. The ground and first excited singlet states solubilize only in the aggregates ... [more ▼]

The photophysics of rose bengal has been studied in aqueous sodium taurocholate solutions with or without 0.6 mol NaCl dm−3. The ground and first excited singlet states solubilize only in the aggregates formed by sodium taurocholate, whereas the first triplet state solubilizes both in the bulk phase and in the aggregates. A lower limit of the corresponding entry and exit rate constants ke and ks, respectively has been estimated: ke ≥ 5 X 106 dm3 mol−1 s−1 (2x107 dm3 mol−1 s−1 with 0.6 mol NaCl dm−3) and ks ≥ 105 s−1. The triplet state as well as the semioxidized radical react with the taurocholate anion. The former reaction leads to the formation of semireduced dye. The latter is responsible for the detection of only semioxidized radicals which move freely in the aqueous phase. The results are compared with those obtained previously in aqueous sodium dodecyl sulphate solutions and the possible biological implication is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailReaction Dynamics of the Dichlorocarbene Anion Using tandem Mass Spectrometry.
Leyh, Bernard ULg; Mélon, Pierre

in Organic Mass Spectrometry (1993), 28

The dissociation dynamics of CCl2- anions were studied under various internal energy conditions. This study involved the measurement of daughter-ion spectra and branching ratios and of the amount of ... [more ▼]

The dissociation dynamics of CCl2- anions were studied under various internal energy conditions. This study involved the measurement of daughter-ion spectra and branching ratios and of the amount of kinetic energy released (KER) on the fragments. The competition between C and Cl loss for CCl2- ions created by many of the following sequence of processes: CCl4->CCl2+->(G=Xe, Kr C6H6)->CCl2--> fragments (1); CCl4->(CCl2--+[Cl,Cl]+;CCl2-; CCl2- (Ne)-> Fragments (2); CCl4->(CCl2)2+ (C6H6)->CCl2--> fragments (3) was particularly investigated. For process (1), the amount of fragmentating CCl2- ions is 8-10 times larger with Kr than with Xe or C6H6. The KER for Cl loss is smaller than 0.20 eV with the three target gases used. For the loss of C, the KER is much larger (0.7 eV). This KER is, however, equal to 0.21 eV for the collisionally activated C loss in process (2). For this latter process, the C loss vs Cl loss branching ratio decreases with increasing internal energy. The KERs measured for process (3) are vary similar to those obtained for process (1). It is suggested that repulsive or slightly bound excited states which correlate directly to the Cl2-(X2Sigma+)+C asymptote and which are vibronically coupled to the ground state play an important role in these dissociation processes. [less ▲]

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See detailFollicular dendritic cells: isolation procedures, short and long term cultures.
Heinen, Ernst ULg; Tsunoda, R.; Marcoty, C. et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1993), 329

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See detailEffects of Proglumide and Enprostil on Omeprazole-Induced Fundic Endocrine Cell Hyperplasia in Rats
Delwaide, Jean ULg; Latour, Pascale ULg; Gast, Pierrette ULg et al

in Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique (1993), 17(11), 792-6

Long-term treatment with omeprazole induces hyperplasia of enterochromaffin-like cells, closely related to hypergastrinemia. We studied whether proglumide, an antagonist of gastrin/CCK receptor, and ... [more ▼]

Long-term treatment with omeprazole induces hyperplasia of enterochromaffin-like cells, closely related to hypergastrinemia. We studied whether proglumide, an antagonist of gastrin/CCK receptor, and enprostil, a synthetic prostaglandin E2 derivative, might inhibit this hyperplasia. Six groups of 8 rats were treated for 10 weeks: a) untreated controls; b) omeprazole 10 mumol/kg; c) proglumide 500 mg/kg; d) enprostil 30 micrograms/kg; e) association of omeprazole and proglumide; f) association of omeprazole and enprostil. Serum gastrin levels were measured at different times during treatment. After sacrifice, fundic argyrophil cells were assessed by Grimelius' staining. Serum gastrin levels and argyrophil cell density were not modified in proglumide- and enprostil-treated groups, as compared with controls. Omeprazole increased significantly these two parameters. When given with omeprazole, proglumide decreased significantly serum gastrin levels and argyrophil cell density, as compared to omeprazole alone, while enprostil did not modify significantly these two parameters. These results indicate that proglumide, but not enprostil, can counteract the omeprazole-induced argyrophil cell hyperplasia in rats. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of Weight Loss and Sodium Restriction in the Treatment of Mild and Moderate Essential Hypertension
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Janssens, Marion; Vanderspeeten, Francine et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1993), 48(4), 234-245

The effectiveness of non pharmacological treatment of chronic arterial hypertension has been evaluated in 116 treated or not primary hypertensive out-patients. Those receiving diuretics were however ... [more ▼]

The effectiveness of non pharmacological treatment of chronic arterial hypertension has been evaluated in 116 treated or not primary hypertensive out-patients. Those receiving diuretics were however excluded. This population was requested to follow for 3 months a modification of their usual diet characterized by salt restriction combined with energy intake restriction when the patients were above their ideal body weight. Only 62 patients (53%) completed the study. However, this approach was effective by decreasing blood pressure and total cholesterol. The weight loss appears the most effective way to decrease blood pressure in untreated patients, but needs 3 months to be significant. In drug-treated patients, the sodium restriction significantly influences the blood pressure level, already after 1 month. However, salt sensitivity has been noted, especially in the most severe forms of the hypertensive disease. The combination of both modifications (weight loss and sodium restriction) does not appear to be more effective than each separate dietary measure. [less ▲]

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See detailTypes de circulation atmosphériques, advection des masses d'air et variations climatiques: Le cas des hivers doux et des hivers rudes récents en Belgique
Erpicum, Michel ULg; Mabille, Georges ULg; Alexandre, Jean ULg

in Publications de l'Association Internationale de Climatologie (1993), 6

In Belgium, air masse advections -as it appears at 850 hPa level- are very important for the explanation of the surface air temperature of mild winters. Nevertheless in case of severe winters, radiative ... [more ▼]

In Belgium, air masse advections -as it appears at 850 hPa level- are very important for the explanation of the surface air temperature of mild winters. Nevertheless in case of severe winters, radiative conditions observed at tropospheric lower level and horizontal motion of very thin air masses (below 850 hPa level) seem to be more important for the explanation of ground level temperature. [less ▲]

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See detailRole du systeme dopaminergique dans la depression: correlats cliniques du test a l'apomorphine.
Pitchot, William ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, Antonio; Hansenne, Michel ULg et al

in Acta Psychiatrica Belgica (1993), 93 Spec No

Disturbances in dopaminergic neurotransmission seem to play an important role in biochemical mechanisms involved in depressive disorders. The study of the growth hormone (GH) response to apomorphine, a ... [more ▼]

Disturbances in dopaminergic neurotransmission seem to play an important role in biochemical mechanisms involved in depressive disorders. The study of the growth hormone (GH) response to apomorphine, a dopaminergic agonist, provides an indirect index of dopaminergic neurotransmission at the postsynaptic level. In the present study, we assessed the role of the dopaminergic system in some psychopathological dimensions in depression: personality dimensions, suicidal behavior, psychomotor disturbances and dichotomy unipolar/bipolar. Our studies included major depressed inpatients matched for gender, age and, in the case of women, menopausal status. Our results show that dopaminergic disturbances are related to social introversion and anxiety according to dopaminergic hypothesis of schizophrenic disorders and dopaminergic hyperactivity hypothesis of anxiety disorders. A blunted GH response to apomorphine could be considered as a biological marker of suicidal behavior. Moreover motor retardation appeared to be in relationship with dopaminergic disturbances. Finally, the dopaminergic system did not appear to play a significant role in the dichotomy unipolar/bipolar. The results show the interest of the apomorphine test in the assessment of the relationship between biochemical disturbances and clinical correlates. [less ▲]

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See detailWavenumbers and Oscillator Strengths for n1,3L - n'1,3L' (2 <n<50) Rydberg transitions of neutral Helium
Biémont, Emile ULg; Quinet, Pascal ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1993), 62(5-6), 373-398

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See detailRetinoic acid induction of major histocompatibility complex class I genes in NTera-2 embryonal carcinoma cells involves induction of NF-kappa B (p50-p65) and retinoic acid receptor beta-retinoid X receptor beta heterodimers.
Segars, J. H.; Nagata, T.; Bours, Vincent ULg et al

in Molecular & Cellular Biology (1993), 13(10), 6157-69

Retinoic acid (RA) treatment of human embryonal carcinoma (EC) NTera-2 (NT2) cells induces expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and beta-2 microglobulin surface molecules. We found ... [more ▼]

Retinoic acid (RA) treatment of human embryonal carcinoma (EC) NTera-2 (NT2) cells induces expression of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) class I and beta-2 microglobulin surface molecules. We found that this induction was accompanied by increased levels of MHC class I mRNA, which was attributable to the activation of the two conserved upstream enhancers, region I (NF-kappa B like) and region II. This activation coincided with the induction of nuclear factor binding activities specific for the two enhancers. Region I binding activity was not present in undifferentiated NT2 cells, but binding of an NF-kappa B heterodimer, p50-p65, was induced following RA treatment. The p50-p65 heterodimer was produced as a result of de novo induction of p50 and p65 mRNAs. Region II binding activity was present in undifferentiated cells at low levels but was greatly augmented by RA treatment because of activation of a nuclear hormone receptor heterodimer composed of the retinoid X receptor (RXR beta) and the RA receptor (RAR beta). The RXR beta-RAR beta heterodimer also bound RA responsive elements present in other genes which are likely to be involved in RA triggering of EC cell differentiation. Furthermore, transfection of p50 and p65 into undifferentiated NT2 cells synergistically activated region I-dependent MHC class I reporter activity. A similar increase in MHC class I reporter activity was demonstrated by cotransfection of RXR beta and RAR beta. These data show that following RA treatment, heterodimers of two transcription factor families are induced to bind to the MHC enhancers, which at least partly accounts for RA induction of MHC class I expression in NT2 EC cells. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning and characterization of G protein-coupled receptors
Parmentier, M.; Libert, F.; Perret, J. et al

in Advances in Second Messenger and Phosphoprotein Research (1993), 28

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See detailNUCLEOPHILIC ENANTIOSELECTIVE SYNTHESIS OF 6-[F-18]FLUORO-L-DOPA VIA 2 CHIRAL AUXILIARIES
Lemaire, Christian ULg; Plenevaux, Alain ULg; Cantineau, Robert et al

in Applied Radiation & Isotopes (1993), 44(4), 737-744

Asymmetric nucleophilic synthesis of 6-[F-18]fluoro-L-dopa was investigated in order to reach an enantiomeric excess of close to 100% of the L form of this amino acid. The radiochemical synthesis required ... [more ▼]

Asymmetric nucleophilic synthesis of 6-[F-18]fluoro-L-dopa was investigated in order to reach an enantiomeric excess of close to 100% of the L form of this amino acid. The radiochemical synthesis required [F-18]fluoride as fluorinating agent and regioselective nucleophilic substitution of commercially available 6-nitroveratraldehyde. The [F-18]fluorobenzaldehyde thus obtained was easily converted to the corresponding 2-[F-18]fluoro-4,5-dimethoxybenzyl bromide. This alkylating agent was added to the lithium enolates of 1-(S)-(-)camphor imine of t-butyl glycinate (1) and (S)-(-)- 1 -Boc-2-t-butyl-3-methyl-4-imidazolidinone [(S)- Boc-BMI] (2) in order to compare the enantiomeric excess of the L form obtained in each case with these two chiral inductors. The L-isomer of fluorodopa was isolated after H1 hydrolysis and HPLC purification in 5-10% radiochemical yield (decay corrected). The overall synthesis time was of 110 min. Through this synthetic pathway, the L-isomer of fluorodopa was obtained in 83% e.e with 1 and 96% e.e with 2 respectively, as determined by chiral HPLC. A practical three step preparative scale synthesis of 6-[F-19]fluoro-D,L-dopa is also presented. [less ▲]

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See detailFacteurs écologiques de production du frêne en Condroz et productivité des stations potentielles
Claessens, Hugues ULg; Thibaut, André; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Cahiers Forestiers de Gembloux (1993), 11

The aim of the present study is to correlate site variables with measured site index restricted to pure even-aged or nearly even-aged stands of ash. The site evaluation has been made through 81 ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study is to correlate site variables with measured site index restricted to pure even-aged or nearly even-aged stands of ash. The site evaluation has been made through 81 experimental plots distributed throughout the Condroz under a wide range of ecological conditions and types of soils. Site index (top height at 50 years) was measured on each plot using tree height-age relationship according to an appropriate methodology [THIBAUT and al., 1992]. In order to appreciate the relative importance of all the observed or measured site factors, plots were grouped in three major groups related to site conditions and defined as follows : alluvial and colluvial sites, flats and slopes either on deep muddy soils or on stony soils. Topographic position, soil depth and soil drainage conditions had the highest correlation with measured site index. These variables and the three site groups have been successfully used as independent variables in a regression model that is an interesting tool for evaluating productive potential of a site for ash even devoid of trees. [less ▲]

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See detailLa cinétique cellulaire tumorale: aspects cliniques «à la recherche du temps perdu»
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Paschoud, N

in Bulletin du Cancer. Radiothérapie : Journal de la Société Française du Cancer : Organe de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique (1993), 80(4), 431-437

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See detailLa myocardiopathie hypertrophique obstructive: options therapeutiques chirurgicales.
Radermecker, Marc ULg; SAKALIHASAN, Natzi ULg; Partoune, B. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(12), 659-65

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See detailHigh-Grade Pleomorphic T Cell Lymphoma with Restricted Involvement of Skin and Bone Marrow
Gautier, M. S.; Pierard, Gérald ULg; Andrien, Francine ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (1993), 186(4), 287-9

Pleomorphic T cell lymphoma of the medium to large cell type expressing CD30 antigen is a most aggressive peripheral T cell lymphoma. Currently, there is no satisfactory treatment available for this ... [more ▼]

Pleomorphic T cell lymphoma of the medium to large cell type expressing CD30 antigen is a most aggressive peripheral T cell lymphoma. Currently, there is no satisfactory treatment available for this neoplasm. We report the case of a woman with prominent skin and bone marrow involvement without detectable lymph node localization. This unusual presentation of disease responded well to polychemotherapy combined with autologous bone marrow transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailTabagisme et poids corporel.
PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg; SCHEEN, André ULg; Lefebvre, P.

in Médecine et Hygiène (1993), 51

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See detailLa place de la radiothérapie dans le traitement des sarcomes des tissus mous
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Guillemin, C-L

in Bulletin du Cancer. Radiothérapie : Journal de la Société Française du Cancer : Organe de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique (1993), 80(1), 13-26

La radiothérapie des sarcomes des tissus mous est revue à travers la littérature. Comme la chirurgie, le traitement actinique fait partie du traitement standard. Comparée à la radiothérapie postopératoire ... [more ▼]

La radiothérapie des sarcomes des tissus mous est revue à travers la littérature. Comme la chirurgie, le traitement actinique fait partie du traitement standard. Comparée à la radiothérapie postopératoire, l'approche préopératoire et/ou interstitielle offre l'avantage potentiel de nécessiter de façon plus systématique une approche multidisciplinaire ab initio. Par ailleurs, la radiothérapie préopératoire implique une irradiation des tissus sains moins importante et donc une réduction probable de la toxicité. Le contrôle local et la survie sont comparables pour les deux modalités radiothérapeutiques. Toutefois, la comparaison entre différentes séries reste ardue vu l'hétérogénéité des populations étudiées. Une solution serait d'effectuer une étude randomisée [less ▲]

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See detailHeightened selectivity in aromatic nitrations and chlorinations by the use of solid supports and catalysts
Delaude, Lionel ULg; Laszlo, Pierre ULg; Smith, Keith

in Accounts of Chemical Research (1993), 26(12), 607-613

The heightened selectivity in aromatic nitrations and chlorinations using solid supports and catalysts is reviewed with 67 references.

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See detailConnection and frame design for economy
Anderson, D.; Colson, A.; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Construction Métallique (1993), n°1

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See detailUltrastructure of CD57+ cells isolated from human tonsils or blood.
Bouzahzah, F.; Heinen, Ernst ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg et al

in European Journal of Morphology (1993), 31(1-2), 82-6

The presence of CD4+, CD57+ T cells in the germinal centers has been reported by several authors. The CD57 antigen is also expressed by natural killer (NK) cells. We purified CD57+ cells from human ... [more ▼]

The presence of CD4+, CD57+ T cells in the germinal centers has been reported by several authors. The CD57 antigen is also expressed by natural killer (NK) cells. We purified CD57+ cells from human tonsils and blood by microdissection, rosetting with sheep red blood cells and magnetic cell sorting (MACS) and examined the ultrastructural morphology of these cells. Clear differences were found in cell aspect: blood NK contained large granules which were not found in the tonsillar CD57+ cells. These latter appeared medium-sized and not fully activated. After immunolabeling, the tonsillar CD57+ cells were mainly found in the light zone of the germinal centers. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure sociologique de l'élecotrat écologiste en Wallonie : une première exploration
Jacquemain, Marc ULg; Vandekeere, Michel; Doutrelepont, René

in Res Publica (1993), 25

The paper describes the main characteristics of ecological constituency through results of surveys. It shows how ecologist voter differ sharply from the rest of the population beeing much younger and much ... [more ▼]

The paper describes the main characteristics of ecological constituency through results of surveys. It shows how ecologist voter differ sharply from the rest of the population beeing much younger and much more educated, e.a. [less ▲]

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See detailProperties and primary structure of a cold-adapted lipase from an Antarctic bacterium
Arpigny, J. L.; Feller, Georges ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1993), 101

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See detailImmunodetection of RNA on ultra-thin sections incubated with polyadenylate nucleotidyl transferase.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Journal of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry : Official Journal of the Histochemistry Society (1993), 41(5), 657-65

A new method is described for locating RNA on ultra-thin sections. Sections of aldehyde-fixed, plastic-embedded cells were incubated in a medium containing polyadenylate nucleotidyl transferase (PnT) and ... [more ▼]

A new method is described for locating RNA on ultra-thin sections. Sections of aldehyde-fixed, plastic-embedded cells were incubated in a medium containing polyadenylate nucleotidyl transferase (PnT) and biotinylated ATP. The labeled nucleotides bound to RNA at the surface of the ultra-thin sections were than visualized by an indirect immunogold labeling technique. The resulting labeling pattern was dependent on the presence of divalent cations in the PnT medium. The method revealed with great precision the specific RNA-containing structures within Ehrlich tumor cells. The method is applicable to Epon sections. However, the labeling intensity varies according to the fixation used. Best results were obtained on acetylated cell sections. The method can be combined with EDTA regressive staining. The in situ PnT method provides a very useful tool for pinpointing the precise location of RNA within biological material at the ultrastructural level. [less ▲]

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See detailSolid-state nuclear magnetic resonance studies of the transformation of the zeolite Y catalyst in the course of hydrochlorination of 1-methylcyclohexene by thionyl chloride
Kolodziejski, Waclaw; Delaude, Lionel ULg; Laszlo, Pierre ULg et al

in Applied Catalysis A : General (1993), 98(1), 71-79

1-Methylcyclohexene was hydrochlorinated with SOCl2 to 1-chloro-1-methylcyclohexane at room temperature in CH2Cl2 as the solvent and in presence of the faujasitic zeolite ZF520 catalyst. 4-Coordinated ... [more ▼]

1-Methylcyclohexene was hydrochlorinated with SOCl2 to 1-chloro-1-methylcyclohexane at room temperature in CH2Cl2 as the solvent and in presence of the faujasitic zeolite ZF520 catalyst. 4-Coordinated framework aluminium in the parent sample coexisting with a small amount of immobile extra-framework aluminium at ca. -1 ppm is completely removed after just one reaction run and transformed into two distinct 6-coordinated species resonating at 0.2 and -3.1 ppm. The former line is assigned to Al(H2O)63+ cations, the latter is likely to come from a species with mixed solvation shells, probably Al(Cl-)(H2O)52+ and Al(OH-)(H2O)52+. Crystallinity of the catalyst is seriously affected by the reaction. The spectra confirm that before reaction the zeolite contains Si(3Si,1OH) and Si(2Si,2OH) groups. During the reaction most hydroxyl groups created by dealumination are removed, although some Si(3Si,1OH) remain. MAS NMR spectra are fully consistent with the proposed reaction mechanism. [less ▲]

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See detailIntracellular damages induced by singlet oxygen are signals for HIV-1 reactivation
Piette, Jacques ULg; Legrand-Poels, Sylvie ULg

in Journal of Free Radicals in Biology & Medicine (1993)

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See detailEmperipolesis of lymphoid cells by human follicular dendritic cells in vitro.
Tsunoda, R.; Nakayama, M.; Heinen, Ernst ULg et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1993), 329

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See detailThe distensibility of the central bronchial system in calves measured by means of the monofrequency oscillation technique
Reinhold, P.; Barnikol, W. K. R.; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Veterinary Medicine. A, Physiology, Pathology, Clinical Medicine (1993), 40

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See detailAspects cliniques de la neoplasie endocrinienne multiple de type 2 (NEM-2).
Moreau, L.; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(6), 316-22

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See detailTHERMAL-CONDUCTIVITY OF TWINNED YBA2CU3O7-X AND TWEEDED YBA2(CU0.95FE0.05)3O7-X IN A MAGNETIC-FIELD - EVIDENCE FOR INTRINSIC PROXIMITY EFFECT
Bougrine, Hassan ULg; SERGEENKOV, S.; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Solid State Communications (1993), 86(8), 513-516

The behavior of the thermal conductivity kappa of twinned YBa2Cu3O7-x and tweeded YBa2(Cu0.95Fe0.05)3O7-x polycrystals in a magnetic field up to 5 T is presented. Data as a function of field are shown to ... [more ▼]

The behavior of the thermal conductivity kappa of twinned YBa2Cu3O7-x and tweeded YBa2(Cu0.95Fe0.05)3O7-x polycrystals in a magnetic field up to 5 T is presented. Data as a function of field are shown to depart from the usual linear behavior of thermal magnetoresistivity (TMR) kappa-1 (B) for conventional superconductors. A set of stretched exponential laws, of the form kappa-1 (B) - kappa-1 (0) = CB exp(-pB(q)) has been found to describe our data with q decreasing with temperature from 1 to 1/2 and from 1/2 to 1/4 for pure and iron-doped samples, respectively, in contrast to the unique interpolation formula (q = 1/4) for TMR proposed recently by Richardson et al. [1] to fit their data on twinned and untwinned single crystals. Such a complex behavior of TMR in the high field region is supposed to originate from extended defect mediated intrinsic proximity effect in both samples. The proposed interpretation is based on incorporating two types of phonon scatterers, free (unpinned) and pinned (by the defect cores) vortices, into a conventional picture of phonon-vortex scattering mechanism. [less ▲]

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See detailPour une didactique des sources audiovisuelles
Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULg

in Histoire et Enseignement : Bulletin (1993), 43e année(n°4), 11-13

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See detailOkadaic acid, a protein phosphatase inhibitor, enhances transcription of a receptor gene containing sequence A of the human prolactin promoter
Wera, S.; Belayew, A.; Martial, Joseph ULg

in Molecular Endocrinology (1993), 7(8), 965-71

Human PRL (hPRL) gene expression is controlled by cAMP and Ca2+. This control is mediated by two cis-elements: a Pit-1 binding site (-62 to -35) and sequence A (-110 to -85), present in the hPRL promoter ... [more ▼]

Human PRL (hPRL) gene expression is controlled by cAMP and Ca2+. This control is mediated by two cis-elements: a Pit-1 binding site (-62 to -35) and sequence A (-110 to -85), present in the hPRL promoter. We have investigated whether protein phosphatases could be involved in this regulation. GC-type rat pituitary tumor cells were transfected with sequence -138 to -35 of the hPRL gene promoter, upstream from a thymidine kinase promoter and a chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) reporter gene. Addition of okadaic acid (OA), a specific inhibitor of protein phosphatases 1 and 2A, stimulates transient expression of the CAT gene. The dose-response curve shows a maximal effect at 25 nM OA (2.2-fold stimulation above controls). The OA effect is also observed with a natural 4500-base pair hPRL promoter. A single copy of the hPRL promoter sequence -115 to -85 (sequence A) confers to a thymidine kinase-CAT construct an identical response to OA, whereas a single copy of the proximal Pit-1 binding site does not. Synergism is observed between cAMP and OA in activating PRL gene transcription. This synergism is also observed with a single copy of sequence A. The effect of cAMP is not mediated by an L-type Ca2+ channel, since addition of the Ca2+ channel antagonist verapamil does not decrease it, nor does complexing extracellular Ca2+ significantly reduce it. Furthermore, OA and the Ca2+ channel opener BAY K8644 exert additive effects. [less ▲]

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See detailPalynological age for the lower part of the Hangenberg Shales in Sauerland, Germany
Higgs, K; Streel, Maurice ULg

in Annales de la Société Géologique de Belgique (1993), 116(Z), 243-247

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See detailEvaluation of efficacy and safety of oral tiludronate in Paget's disease of bone: a double-blind, dose-ranging, placebo-controlled study
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Colson, F; Morlock, G et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (1993), 36

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See detailTEM investigation of transition phases precipitation in ZA alloys after isothermal aging at 250°C and subsequent creep at high temperature
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Terziev, L.; Wegria, J.

in Materials Science Forum (Intergranular and Interphase Boundaries in Materials) (1993), 126-128

Transition phases occurring during isothermal aging at 250°C af ternary Zri-A1-Cu alloys are modlifîed after creep at high temperature. fle pressure applkd during creep leads to a high dertsity of clef ... [more ▼]

Transition phases occurring during isothermal aging at 250°C af ternary Zri-A1-Cu alloys are modlifîed after creep at high temperature. fle pressure applkd during creep leads to a high dertsity of clef ects which modifies the ndcrostructure. 11e trnsitiôn phases are studied by me ans of transmission electron microscopy and diffraction technique. Œ’r and phases pile up on dislocations. 11e reaction «s + £ 4 T +r 1$ accelerated and the transition T’ -. e’ is proxnoted by the defects. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure of triosephosphate isomerase from Escherichia coli determined at 2.6 A resolution
Noble, M. E.; Zeelen, J. P.; Wierenga, R. K. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (1993), 49(Pt 4), 403-17

The structure of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) from the organism Escherichia coli has been determined at a resolution of 2.6 A. The structure was solved by the molecular replacement method, first at 2.8 ... [more ▼]

The structure of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) from the organism Escherichia coli has been determined at a resolution of 2.6 A. The structure was solved by the molecular replacement method, first at 2.8 A resolution with a crystal grown by the technique of hanging-drop crystallization from a mother liquor containing the transition-state analogue 2-phosphoglycolate (2PG). As a search model in the molecular replacement calculations, the refined structure of TIM from Trypanosoma brucei, which has a sequence identity of 46% compared to the enzyme from E. coli, was used. An E. coli TIM crystal grown in the absence of 2PG, diffracting to 2.6 A resolution, was later obtained by application of the technique of macro-seeding using a seed crystal grown from a mother liquor without 2PG. The final 2.6 A model has a crystallographic R factor of 11.9%, and agrees well with standard stereochemical parameters. The structure of E. coli TIM suggests the importance of residues which favour helix initiation for the formation of the TIM fold. In addition, TIM from E. coli shows peculiarities in its dimer interface, and in the packing of core residues within the beta-barrel. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of the soil map of Belgium in the assessment of landslide risk
Closson, Damien; Engels, Patrick ULg; Demaret, Xavier

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1999), 3(3), 165172

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See detailLésion du nerf spinal accessoire
WANG, François-Charles ULg; Laurent, Luc; CRIELAARD, Jean-Michel ULg

in Acta physiotherapeutica (1993)

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See detailSoluble CD23 and other receptors (CD4, CD8, CD25, CD71) in serum of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Lampertz, S.; De Groote, D. et al

in Leukemia : Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K (1993), 7(12), 2019-2025

We measured the soluble (s) receptors CD23, CD8, CD4, interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R, CD25), and transferrin receptor (TfR, CD71), in normal serum and in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL ... [more ▼]

We measured the soluble (s) receptors CD23, CD8, CD4, interleukin-2 receptor (IL-2R, CD25), and transferrin receptor (TfR, CD71), in normal serum and in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and evaluated them in relation to clinical and biological parameters of the disease, as well as serum immunoglobulin E (IgE). Compared to 31 normal individuals, 42 CLL patients had increased levels of sCD23 (98.4 +/- 127.7 versus 0.9 +/- 0.3 U/ml, p < 0.001), sIL-2R (6080 +/- 7030 versus 1420 +/- 640 pg/ml, p < 0.001), sTfR (12,100 +/- 11,250 versus 5000 +/- 1050 ng/ml, p < 0.001), and sCD8 (510 +/- 191 versus 234 +/- 89 U/ml, p < 0.001), but normal sCD4 levels. Mean sCD23 levels remained normal in patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (other than small lymphocytic), Hodgkin's disease, hairy cell leukemia, acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), multiple myeloma, or solid tumors. Advancing Rai clinical stage was associated with a progressive elevation of sCD23 (p < 0.001), while sCD8 (p < 0.05), sIL-2R (p < 0.001), and sTfR (p < 0.005) were highest in stage 2 patients. Discriminant analysis confirmed the value of soluble receptor determinations in the clinical evaluation of CLL patients. sCD23 correlated with sIL-2R (p < 0.001) and sTfR (p < 0.05) but not with sCD4 or sCD8, and displayed an inverse relationship with serum IgE (NS) and total gamma-globulin (p < 0.05). sIL-2R correlated with sCD23 (p < 0.001), sTfR (p < 0.001), sCD4 (p < 0.01), and sCD8 (p < 0.01). The lymphocyte count correlated with serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) (p < 0.05), sCD23 (p < 0.001) and sIL-2R (p < 0.01) but not sTfR, sCD8, or sCD4. Chemotherapy produced consistent reductions of sCD23 levels in two responding patients. We conclude that: (i) sCD23 is considerably elevated in CLL, correlates with the tumor mass and clinical stage, and could be helpful in monitoring these patients; and (ii) sIL-2R, sCD8, and sTfR levels are less specifically increased and could be influenced by other factors such as immune activation and erythropoiesis. [less ▲]

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See detailCalcitonins: Newer Routes of Delivery
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International : A Journal Established as Result of Cooperation Between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis & the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA (1993), 3(Suppl 2), 3-7

Because of its anti-osteoclastic and analgesic properties, calcitonin is a first-line choice in the treatment of several bone diseases characterized by absolute or relative bone resorption. With regard to ... [more ▼]

Because of its anti-osteoclastic and analgesic properties, calcitonin is a first-line choice in the treatment of several bone diseases characterized by absolute or relative bone resorption. With regard to the prevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, the chronic nature of the disease and the subsequent long duration of the pharmacological intervention require uncomfortable parenteral administration to be repeated on a long-term basis. Newer routes of administration have therefore been developed. At present the most promising of these are the nasal spray and the rectal suppository. Both routes have been shown to induce significant increases in plasma levels of salmon calcitonin. The ability of salmon calcitonin to cross the nasal mucosa was shown immunologically by the generation of specific anti-salmon-calcitonin antibodies in the plasma. In healthy volunteers these alternative routes of administration do not decrease the anti-osteoclastic activity of calcitonin, as demonstrated by a significant decrease in biochemical parameters that reflect bone turnover. In the prevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, as well as in the treatment of Paget's disease of bone, the properties of calcitonins are generally preserved if they are administered non-parenterally. However, the equivalent doses required to sustain the effects of calcitonin have not been fully elucidated. This article reviews the potential benefits of two methods of non-parenteral administration of calcitonins in the prevention and treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. [less ▲]

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See detailL'état de stress post-traumatique chez les brûlés : Une revue.
Machurot, Pierre-Yves; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg et al

in Acta Psychiatrica Belgica (1993), 93 Spec No

While post-traumatic stress disorder has drawn increasing interest over the last years, very few studies have been focused to burned patients. In its first part, this article provides a brief reminder of ... [more ▼]

While post-traumatic stress disorder has drawn increasing interest over the last years, very few studies have been focused to burned patients. In its first part, this article provides a brief reminder of the symptomatology of post-traumatic stress disorder, of its various pathogenic theories as well as its various treatment approaches. The second part of the article reviews more specifically the literature about post-traumatic stress disorder in burned patients, emphasizing the need of a rapid and effective psychological therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailClustered organization of homologous KRAB zinc-finger genes with enhanced expression in human T lymphoid cells
Bellefroid, Eric J.; Marine, Jean-Christophe; Ried, Thomas et al

in EMBO Journal (1993), 12(4), 1363-1374

KRAB zinc-finger proteins (KRAB-ZFPs) constitute a large subfamily of ZFPs of the Krüppel C2H2 type. KRAB (Krüppel-associated box) is an evolutionarily conserved protein domain found N-terminally with ... [more ▼]

KRAB zinc-finger proteins (KRAB-ZFPs) constitute a large subfamily of ZFPs of the Krüppel C2H2 type. KRAB (Krüppel-associated box) is an evolutionarily conserved protein domain found N-terminally with respect to the finger repeats. We report here the characterization of a particular subgroup of highly related human KRAB-ZFPs. ZNF91 is one representative of this subgroup and contains 35 contiguous finger repeats at its C-terminus. Three mRNA isoforms with sequence identity to ZNF91 were isolated by the polymerase chain reaction. These encode proteins with a KRAB domain present, partially deleted or absent. Five genomic fragments were characterized, each encoding part of a gene: the ZNF91 gene or one of four distinct, related KRAB-ZFP genes. All exhibit a common exon/intron organization with the variant zinc finger repeats organized in a single exon and the KRAB domain encoded by two separate exons. This positioning of introns supports the hypothesis that the mRNA isoforms encoding polypeptides with variability in the KRAB domain could arise by alternative splicing. By in situ chromosomal mapping studies and by analysis of fragments from a human genomic yeast artificial chromosome library containing KRAB-ZFP genes, we show that these genes occur in clusters; in particular, a gene complex containing over 40 genes has been identified in chromosomal region 19p12-p13.1. These ZNF91-related genes probably arose late during evolution since no homologous genes are detected in the mouse and rat genomes. Although the transcription of members of this KRAB-ZFP gene subgroup is detectable in all human tissues, their expression is significantly higher in human T lymphoid cells. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatic hydrolysis of reconstituted dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine-apo A-I complexes.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Piron, S.; Conrath, K. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1151(2), 137-42

Apolipoproteins share a common structural feature, their interaction with phospholipids. It is believed that amphipathic helical sequences enable apolipoproteins to bind to lipid bilayer and to form ... [more ▼]

Apolipoproteins share a common structural feature, their interaction with phospholipids. It is believed that amphipathic helical sequences enable apolipoproteins to bind to lipid bilayer and to form discoidal particles of defined dimensions. While the knowledge of the apo A-I sequence and secondary structure has been used to make predictions about its mode of association with lipids, the available experimental data necessary to propose a precise model of these discoidal structures are still limited. An important step in our understanding of these structures would be to identify the apolipoprotein lipid-associated domains. Proteolysis of apo A-I-DMPC reconstituted HDL (rHDL) and free apo A-I is used here to identify lipid-protected domains of apo A-I. Free cleaved peptides were separated from rHDL associated peptides by density gradient centrifugation. The lipid-associated peptides were further analyzed by SDS-PAGE and transferred by Western blot to a ProBlott membrane for sequencing. Cleavage occurred at residue 43 with proteinase K, 46 with trypsin and residue 47 or 48 with pronase. A large domain from about residue 45 to the C-terminal remains highly protected against hydrolysis eventhough it contains several bonds susceptible to proteolytic cleavage. No protected fragments were detected by SDS-PAGE after enzymatic cleavage of free apo A-I in identical experimental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailVisualizing the evolution of a star on a graphic workstation
Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg; Papy, Roland; Remy, F.

in Computers in Physics (1993), 7(2), 202-207

Theoretical models of a one solar mass star from the gravitational contraction onto the main sequence of the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram are visualized on a Tektronix 4337 workstation.

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