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See detailCroissance et rentabilité des plantations de douglas en Région wallonne.
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Hebert, Jacques ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Silva Belgica (2000), 107(1), 6-15

Considéré par beaucoup de sylviculteurs européens comme une essence d'avenir, le douglas (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) FRANCO) se caractérise avant tout par un très grand potentiel de productivité ... [more ▼]

Considéré par beaucoup de sylviculteurs européens comme une essence d'avenir, le douglas (Pseudotsuga menziesii (Mirb.) FRANCO) se caractérise avant tout par un très grand potentiel de productivité assorti de propriétés mécaniques remarquables ( de CHAMPS et DEMACQ, 1996). Encore faut-il que le sylviculteur identifie clairement l'itinéraire sylvicole à assigner à ces peuplements sur des bases aussi objectives que possibles. Les critères devant orienter ce choix relèvent autant de l'adéquation essence-station qui est un préalable à leur installation, que des exigences du marché ou encore, dans le contexte d'une sylviculture de production, de la rentabilité financière du projet sylvicole retenu. L'objectif de la présente étude est d'évaluer de manière générale la rentabilité financière potentielle d'une plantation de douglas en Wallonie. Au travers d'une comparaison de quelques scénarios sylvicoles représentatifs des grandes tendances en matière de culture de cette essence, nous essaierons également d'apprécier l'impact du choix sylvicole, non seulement sur la rentabilité du projet, mais également sur les caractéristiques dendrométriques, voire technologiques, des peuplements ainsi façonnés. Une telle démarche de comparaison de scénarios sylvicoles implique avant tout de disposer d'un outil capable de prédire, d'une manière aussi fiable que possible, l'évolution sur plusieurs décennies de peuplements forestiers soumis à un traitement sylvicole donné. Il convient également de bien préciser la démarche retenue pour effectuer les comparaisons de rentabilité financière en insistant sur l'interprétation à donner à celles-ci. Nous présenterons tout d'abord le modèle de croissance que nous avons utilisé dans le cadre de cette étude (paragraphe 2) et préciserons les modalités d'évaluation financière mises en oeuvre (paragraphe 3). Nous détaillerons ensuite, sur base des principaux paramètres sylvicoles (révolution, densité de plantation, calendrier et nature des éclaircies), les différents scénarios considérés dans cette comparaison (paragraphe 4), ainsi que leurs performances respectives (paragraphe 5). Nous conclurons enfin sur la portée des résultats enregistrés et les limitations d'une telle étude (paragraphe 6). [less ▲]

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See detailLa prescription des pensions alimentaires allouées par décision de justice. Note sous Liège, 18 octobre 1999
Kohl, Benoît ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2000)

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See detailNew or interesting records of foliicolous lichens. VII. Calenia flava (Ostropales: Gomphillaceae)
Lücking, Robert; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg; Sipman, J.M. Harrie

in Tropical Bryology (2000), 19

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See detailGonadal cryopreservation in the young patient with gynaecological malignancy.
Donnez, Jacques; GODIN, Pierre-Arnaud ULg; Qu, Jianping et al

in Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology (2000), 12(1), 1-9

For patients who are planning to have chemotherapy, radiotherapy or to undergo bilateral oophorectomy, the loss of ovarian function will result in premature ovarian menopause and loss of fertility. Embryo ... [more ▼]

For patients who are planning to have chemotherapy, radiotherapy or to undergo bilateral oophorectomy, the loss of ovarian function will result in premature ovarian menopause and loss of fertility. Embryo preservation is not an option for single women or married women because delaying treatment for at least 2 months of in-vitro fertilization cycles is inappropriate and may be life-threatening. This study reports on the indications for ovarian tissue cryobanking and the state of the art of this method in preserving fertility in women with iatrogenic premature menopause. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation des concentrations plasmatiques en anti-oxydants, anticorps contre les LDL oxydees et homocysteine dans un echantillon de la population liegeoise
Pincemail, Joël ULg; Siquet, Jean ULg; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (2000), 58(2, Mar-Apr), 177-85

A large number of epidemiological and clinical studies suggest that oxidative stress plays an important role in the development of cardiovascular diseases. In this way, following reference values in ... [more ▼]

A large number of epidemiological and clinical studies suggest that oxidative stress plays an important role in the development of cardiovascular diseases. In this way, following reference values in plasmatic antioxidants have been determined in a group of 123 blood donors (94 males, 29 females; age: 21-64 years) living in the surroundings of Liege, Belgium: vitamin A (1.5-3.62 mmol/l), vitamin C (3.68-75.21 mmol/l), vitamin E (16.98-46.46 mmol/l), ratio vitamin E/cholesterol (3.92-8.32 mmol/mmol), selenium (0.66-1.26 mmol/l), sulphydryl proteins (216-556 mmol/l), uric acid (174-477 mmol/l), superoxide dismutase (542-852 IU/g hemoglobine), glutathion peroxidase (39.55-91.83 IU/g hemoglobine). Only a few number of subjects were found with values corresponding to high risk of deficiency in antioxidants although low values in vitamin C (< 11.35 mmol/l) and in selenium (< 0.75 mmol/l) were respectively observed in 5.69 and 10.5% of our subjects. Autoantibodies against oxidized LDL, as marker of oxidative stress, and homocysteine, as a risk factor of atherosclerosis involved in the development of oxidative stress, have also been investigated. Approximatively 40% of the population presented values higher than the superior limit mean value (20.3% > 650 IU/l in autoantibodies and 19.5% > 15.2 mmol/l in homocysteine) that are, however, not correlated with age or low levels in antioxidants. The effect of smoking (25% of the population) contributed to significantly decrease vitamin C, selenium and glutathion peroxidase concentrations by 31.9 and 13% when compared to nonsmokers. Intake of 1 to 4 fruits per day resulted in a significant increase of 56.9% in vitamin C when compared to nonconsumers (26.8% of the population). In contrast, homocysteine concentrations were significantly decreased by 21.4% in fruits consumers. Thank to the development of methods allowing the routine dosage of all these parameters, general practitioners can now easily establish the oxidative stress status of their patients and, as fonction of getting patterns, detect populations at risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailPotato tubers exhibit both homolytic and heterolytic hydroperoxide fatty acid-cleaving activities
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Delcarte, J.; Hoyaux, P. et al

in Biochemical Society Transactions (2000), 28(6), 853-855

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See detailPrincipal component analysis based on robust estimators of the covariance or correlation matrix: Influence functions and efficiencies
Croux, C.; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Biometrika (2000), 87(3), 603-618

A robust principal component analysis can be easily performed by computing the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a robust estimator of the covariance or correlation matrix. In this paper we derive the ... [more ▼]

A robust principal component analysis can be easily performed by computing the eigenvalues and eigenvectors of a robust estimator of the covariance or correlation matrix. In this paper we derive the influence functions and the corresponding asymptotic variances for these robust estimators of eigenvalues and eigenvectors. The behaviour of several of these estimators is investigated by a simulation study. It turns out that the theoretical results and simulations favour the use of S-estimators, since they combine a high efficiency with appealing robustness properties. [less ▲]

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See detailLa sécurité des filières agro-alimentaires : de l'éthique à l'étiquette.
Sindic, Marianne ULg

in Cahiers Agricultures (2000), 9

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See detailLe courant excito-moteur: aspects scientifiques et rééducatifs
Vanderthommen, Marc ULg

in Kine Acta (2000), 356

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See detailBasic rules of dosimetry in endovascular brachytherapy.
Coucke, Philippe ULg; PHUOC DO, Hu; Pica, Alessia et al

in Journal of Interventional Cardiology (2000), 13(6), 425-429

Endovascular brachytherapy after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is becoming a standard approach for the treatment and prevention of restenosis. A variety of technical approaches are currently ... [more ▼]

Endovascular brachytherapy after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI), is becoming a standard approach for the treatment and prevention of restenosis. A variety of technical approaches are currently available to deliver ionizing irradiation to the vascular target. Basically two kinds of radioactive isotopes are available that emit gamma radiation (photons) or beta radiation (electrons). The pitfalls and solutions for the optimization of dosimetry are discussed. As might be expected, the inhomogeneous dose distribution across the target volume results in recurrence by underdosage or in complications because of overdosage. Moreover, uniformization of the target definition and reporting of the dose distribution in endovascular brachytherapy is a prerequisite for comparison between the results of the various clinical trials and is absolutely necessary to improve the therapeutic efficacy of this new approach in the prevention of restenosis after coronary angioplasty with or without stenting. (J Interven Cardiol2000; 13:425430) [less ▲]

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See detailFormes et formalités. Remarques sur la poétique du nom chez Mallarmé
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Formules (2000), 4

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See detailA numerically efficient data analysis method with error map generation
Rixen, M.; Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg; Brankart, J. M. et al

in Ocean Modelling (2000), 2

The variational inverse model (VIM) for data analysis was already shown to be statistically equivalent to objective analysis (OA) provided the covariance function for the OA and the VIM reproducing kernel ... [more ▼]

The variational inverse model (VIM) for data analysis was already shown to be statistically equivalent to objective analysis (OA) provided the covariance function for the OA and the VIM reproducing kernel are identical. The VIM, however does not allow a direct derivation of the error field associated with the analysis. The purpose of the paper is to extend the one to one correspondance between the two analysis shemes by proposing a heuristic statistical error expression for the VIM. The numerical efficiency on analysis and error map generation of both methods is compared on quasi-synoptic and climatological data sets. It is shown that the VIM analysis and error map generation offers interesting numerical skills in both case studies. [less ▲]

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See detailParticipation d'élèves de l'enseignement secondaire à des activités sportives extrascolaires. Comparaison selon leur niveau d'habileté
Piéron, Maurice ULg; Ledent, Maryse ULg; Delfosse, Catherine ULg et al

in Revue de l'Education Physique (2000), 40(2), 61-72

Les auteurs font partie du service de Pédagogie des activités physiques et sportives de l’Université de Liège. Ils ont effectué une étude portant sur le traitement différencié des élèves par les ... [more ▼]

Les auteurs font partie du service de Pédagogie des activités physiques et sportives de l’Université de Liège. Ils ont effectué une étude portant sur le traitement différencié des élèves par les enseignements en éducation physique, subventionnée par la Communauté française de Belgique, Administration de l’Enseignement et de la Recherche Scientifique. [less ▲]

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See detailLe développement folliculaire chez la vache. 2. Mécanismes hormonaux au cours du cycle et du postpartum.
Drion, Pierre ULg; Beckers, Jean-François ULg; Derkenne, F. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

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See detailOnze ans de responsabilité médicale pénale sur le ressort de la Cour d'appel de Liège du 01.01.1985 au 31.12.1995
Boxho, Philippe ULg

in Journal de Médecine Légale, Droit Médical (2000), 78/43

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See detailDNA-binding mechanism of the Escherichia coli Ada O(6)-alkylguanine-DNA alkyltransferase.
Verdemato, P. E.; Brannigan, J. A.; Damblon, Christian ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (2000), 28(19), 3710-8

The C-terminal domain of the Escherichia coli Ada protein (Ada-C) aids in the maintenance of genomic integrity by efficiently repairing pre-mutagenic O:(6)-alkylguanine lesions in DNA. Structural and ... [more ▼]

The C-terminal domain of the Escherichia coli Ada protein (Ada-C) aids in the maintenance of genomic integrity by efficiently repairing pre-mutagenic O:(6)-alkylguanine lesions in DNA. Structural and thermodynamic studies were carried out to obtain a model of the DNA-binding process. Nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) studies map the DNA-binding site to helix 5, and a loop region (residues 151-160) which form the recognition helix and the 'wing' of a helix-turn-wing motif, respectively. The NMR data also suggest the absence of a large conformational change in the protein upon binding to DNA. Hence, an O:(6)-methylguanine (O:(6)meG) lesion would be inaccessible to active site nucleophile Cys146 if the modified base remained stacked within the DNA duplex. The experimentally determined DNA-binding face of Ada-C was used in combination with homology modelling, based on the catabolite activator protein, and the accepted base-flipping mechanism, to construct a model of how Ada-C binds to DNA in a productive manner. To complement the structural studies, thermodynamic data were obtained which demonstrate that binding to unmethylated DNA was entropically driven, whilst the demethylation reaction provoked an exothermic heat change. Methylation of Cys146 leads to a loss of structural integrity of the DNA-binding subdomain. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperthermic induction of the 27-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp27) in neuroglia and neurons of the rat central nervous system.
Krueger-Naug, A. M.; Hopkins, D. A.; Armstrong, J. N. et al

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (2000), 428(3), 495-510

The 27-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp27) is constitutively expressed in many neurons of the brainstem and spinal cord, is strongly induced in glial cells in response to ischemia, seizures, or spreading ... [more ▼]

The 27-kDa heat shock protein (Hsp27) is constitutively expressed in many neurons of the brainstem and spinal cord, is strongly induced in glial cells in response to ischemia, seizures, or spreading depression, and is selectively induced in neurons after axotomy. Here, the expression of Hsp27 was examined in brains of adult rats from 1.5 hours to 6 days after brief hyperthermic stress (core body temperature of 42 degrees C for 15 minutes). Twenty-four hours following hyperthermia, Western blot analysis showed that Hsp27 was elevated in the cerebral cortex, hippocampus, cerebellum, and brainstem. Immunohistochemistry for Hsp27 revealed a time-dependent, but transient, increase in the level of Hsp27 immunoreactivity (Hsp27 IR) in neuroglia and neurons. Hsp27 IR was detected in astrocytes throughout the brain and in Bergmann glia of the cerebellum from 3 hours to 6 days following heat shock. Peak levels were apparent at 24 hours, gradually declining thereafter. In addition, increases in Hsp27 IR were detected in the ependyma and choroid plexus. Hyperthermia induced Hsp27 IR in neurons of the subfornical organ and the area postrema within 3 hours and reached a maximum by 24 hours with a return to control levels 4-6 days after hyperthermia. Specific populations of hypothalamic neurons also showed Hsp27 IR after hyperthermia. These results demonstrate that hyperthermia induces transient expression of Hsp27 in several types of neuroglia and specific populations of neurons. The pattern of induced Hsp27 IR suggests that some of the activated cells are involved in physiological responses related to body fluid homeostasis and temperature regulation. [less ▲]

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See detailDexamethasone Ester Treatment Alters Insulin-Like Growth Factor-I, Its Binding Proteins And Thyroid Status In Finishing Calves
Bertozzi, C.; Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Massart, Serge et al

in Canadian Journal of Animal Science (2000), 80(2),

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See detailAn automata-theoretic approach to branching-time model checking
Kupferman, Orna; Vardi, Moshe Y; Wolper, Pierre ULg

in Journal of the ACM (2000), 47(2), 312-360

Translating linear temporal logic formulas to automata has proven to be an effective approach for implementing linear-time model-checking, and for obtaining many extensions and improvements to this ... [more ▼]

Translating linear temporal logic formulas to automata has proven to be an effective approach for implementing linear-time model-checking, and for obtaining many extensions and improvements to this verification method. On the other hand, for branching temporal logic, automate-theoretic techniques have long been thought to introduce an exponential penalty, making them essentially useless for model-checking. Recently, Bernholtz and Grumberg [1993] have shown that this exponential penalty can be avoided, though they did not match the linear complexity of non-automata-theoretic algorithms. In this paper, we show that alternating tree automata are the key to a comprehensive automata-theoretic framework for branching temporal logics. Not only can they be used to obtain optimal decision procedures, as was shown by Muller ct al., but, as we show here, they also make it possible to derive optimal model-checking algorithms. Moreover, the simple combinatorial structure that emerges from the automata-theoretic approach opens up new possibilities for the implementation of branching-time model checking, and has enabled us to derive improved space complexity bounds for this long-standing problem. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of PIT tags on growth and physiology of age-0 cultured Eurasian perch Perca fluviatilis of variable size
Baras, E.; Malbrouck, C.; Houbart, M. et al

in Aquaculture (2000), 185

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See detailChronic hepatitis B therapy with lamivudine in clinical practice - Summary of the discussion
Dixon, J.; Delwaide, Jean ULg; Horsmans, Y. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2000), 63(4), 357-358

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See detailICPC-2-E: the electronic version of ICPC-2. Differences from the printed version and the consequences.
Okkes, I.; Jamoulle, Marc ULg; Lamberts, H. et al

in Family practice (2000), 17(2), 101-7

BACKGROUND: In 1998, ICPC-2 was published as a book. In the process of translating the book, and preparing an electronic version of chapter 10 (the actual classification), ICPC-2 proved to contain many ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In 1998, ICPC-2 was published as a book. In the process of translating the book, and preparing an electronic version of chapter 10 (the actual classification), ICPC-2 proved to contain many errors and inconsistencies. Particularly, major problems were identified in the conversion between ICPC-2 and ICD-10, which could lead to major errors when used in electronic patient records. OBJECTIVES: We prepared an electronic version of chapter 10 of ICPC-2, ICPC-2-E, with all necessary corrections, to be published on the Oxford University Press web site as a part of this article. METHODS: Errors and inconsistencies were redressed, including particularly those in the con-version structure with all consequences on the level of inclusion and exclusion criteria, through a process of careful checking. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: ICPC-2-E, the electronic version of chapter 10 of ICPC-2, is specifically to be used in an electronic patient record and for research purposes. It is to be used together with the first nine chapters of ICPC-2, since the book is indispensable to make a correct use of ICPC. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle du thymus dans la physiopathologie du diabète de type 1
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (2000), 155

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See detail2e campagne de fouille à Chagar Bazar (Syrie)
Tunca, Önhan ULg; McMahon, A.; Baghdo, Abd el-Massih

in Orient-Express 2000/4 (2000)

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See detailLe Peuplier
Jourez, Benoît ULg; Quin, Jean-Philippe; Mertens, Patrick

in Courrier du Bois (2000), 40(131), 11-16

Essence de production par excellence, le peuplier revêt une importance économique non négligeable. L'extension de sa culture basée sur les nouveaux cultivars, la qualité de son bois et son aptitude à la ... [more ▼]

Essence de production par excellence, le peuplier revêt une importance économique non négligeable. L'extension de sa culture basée sur les nouveaux cultivars, la qualité de son bois et son aptitude à la transformation, en ont fait une essence qui a pris de l'importance dans certaines branches de l'industrie du bois. [less ▲]

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See detailSibling cannibalism in dorada under experimental conditions. I. Ontogeny, dynamics, bioenergetics of cannibalism and prey size selectivity
Baras, E.; Ndao, E.; Maxi, M. et al

in Journal of Fish Biology (2000), 57

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See detailThe Inferior Non Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve: A Major Surgical Risk During Thyroidectomy
Defechereux, Thierry ULg; Albert, V.; Alexandre, j et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(2, Mar-Apr), 62-7

It is now widely established that systematic intraoperative location and diligent dissection of the recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve during thyroidectomy are the keystones to assure its anatomic and ... [more ▼]

It is now widely established that systematic intraoperative location and diligent dissection of the recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve during thyroidectomy are the keystones to assure its anatomic and functional preservation. The possibility of abnormal routes, like a non-recurrent cervical course of the inferior laryngeal nerve is an additional major argument for its systematic identification to avoid surgical damage. In 2517 cervicotomies performed between 1992 and 1997 for at least right thyroid lobe excision or parathyroid glands exploration, 20 cases of non recurrent laryngeal nerve were identified (0.79%). The embryological nature of such a nervous anatomical variation results originally from a vascular disorder, named arteria lusoria in which the fourth right aortic arch is abnormally absorbed, being therefore unable to drag the right recurrent laryngeal nerve down when the heart descends and the neck elongates during embryonic development. The surgeon must be aware of the possibility of a non recurrent laryngeal nerve, which arises directly from the cervical vagus and therefore represents a severe potential pitfall during thyroidectomy. Given the absence of reliable clinical symptoms and signs or investigations indicating preoperatively the possibility of a non recurrent nerve, guidelines are given to prevent intraoperatively this major surgical risk. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent and future trends in groundwater vulnerability assessment
Gogu, Radu; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Environmental Geology (2000), 39(6), 549-559

The concept of groundwater vulnerability is a useful tool for environmental planning and decision-making. Many different methods have been developed for assessing this vulnerability. Hydrogeologists have ... [more ▼]

The concept of groundwater vulnerability is a useful tool for environmental planning and decision-making. Many different methods have been developed for assessing this vulnerability. Hydrogeologists have failed to reach a consensus concerning the definitions of and reference terms for groundwater vulnerability assessment. Therefore, a review of vulnerability assessment and mapping methods providing a new classification system is necessary. This is focused on techniques that use the overlay and index class methods. New research challenges in vulnerability assessment are identified, especially the need for developing dynamic links between numerical models and overlay and index methods. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical computation of one-photon mazer resonances for arbitrary field modes
Bastin, Thierry ULg; Solano, E.

in Computer Physics Communications (2000), 124

We present a novel approach for solving numerically one-dimensional scattering problems and apply it for computing the emission probability of an ultracold atom interacting with an arbitrary field mode of ... [more ▼]

We present a novel approach for solving numerically one-dimensional scattering problems and apply it for computing the emission probability of an ultracold atom interacting with an arbitrary field mode of a high-Q cavity. Our method is efficient, stable and succeeds when other numerical integration methods fail. It also replaces and improves advantageously the WKB approximation. The cases of sinusoidal, sech2 and Gaussian field modes are studied and compared. Divergences with previous works, where WKB was used, are found. [less ▲]

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See detailNanoindentation investigation of Ti/TiN multilayers films
Ben Daia, M.; Aubert, P.; Labdi, S. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2000), 87(11), 7753-7757

The hardness of Ti/TiN nanolaminated films is investigated in this study. Monolithic Ti and TiN films and Ti/TiN multilayers were deposited on silicon substrates by radio-frequency sputtering. The period ... [more ▼]

The hardness of Ti/TiN nanolaminated films is investigated in this study. Monolithic Ti and TiN films and Ti/TiN multilayers were deposited on silicon substrates by radio-frequency sputtering. The period thickness of multilayers was decreased from 20 to 2.5 nm. Grazing x-ray reflectometry showed that the modulation of composition of Ti/TiN multilayers exists for all the period thickness considered. From nanoindentation measurements, we determined the hardness and Young's modulus of multilayers. Hardness increased with decreasing period thickness to go beyond the rule-of-mixture value for samples with period thickness of Lambda less than or equal to 5 nm. The maximum hardness, 1.6 times higher than the value obtained by the rule of mixture, is obtained for Lambda=2.5 nm. Our results are compared to a dislocation-based model previously introduced by Lehoczky. (C) 2000 American Institute of Physics. [S0021-8979(00)09411-1]. [less ▲]

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See detailSeasonal changes of pCO(2) over a subantarctic Macrocystis kelp bed
Delille, Bruno ULg; Delille, D.; Fiala, M. et al

in Polar Biology (2000), 23(10), 706-716

The partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO(2)), calculated from pH and total alkalinity measurements. was monitored together with chlorophyll a and bacterioplankton biomass in shallow coastal water ... [more ▼]

The partial pressure of carbon dioxide (pCO(2)), calculated from pH and total alkalinity measurements. was monitored together with chlorophyll a and bacterioplankton biomass in shallow coastal water located inside and outside a giant kelp bed (Macrocystis pyrifera) situated in the Kerguelen Archipelago, Southern Ocean. In spite of large changes over a short time-scale pCO(2) variations over the year are large and exhibit a seasonal pattern in which the different stages of the annual biological turnover are well marked. The overall pattern of pCO(2) variations is related to biological activity (development of both photosynthesis and respiration) during almost the whole year. However, physical and thermodynamical constraints exert a strong influence on pCO(2) at meso time-scale (10 days) and/or when biological activity is weak. Macrocystis acts to maintain pCO(2) below saturation almost the whole year and large undersaturations (pCO(2) as low as 20 mu atm) were observed within the kelp bed. Furthermore, primary production of Macrocystis covers a period of 8 similar to 9 months a year from winter to late summer and the kelp bed seems to favour the spring phytoplanktonic bloom. The buffer factor beta indicates that, outside the kelp bed, inorganic carbon dynamics are mainly influenced by air-sea exchange and photosynthesis without calcification. Inside the kelp bed. beta suggests calcification by the epiphytic community. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental gerontology in Belgium: from model organisms to age-related pathologies
Toussaint, Olivier; Baret, P. V.; Brion, J.-P. et al

in Experimental Gerontology (2000), 35(8), 901-916

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See detailGEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATIONS OF SEISMICALLY INDUCED SURFACE EFFECTS: CASE STUDY OF A LANDSLIDE IN THE SUUSAMYR VALLEY, KYRGYZSTAN
Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg; Jongmans, D.; Abdrakhmatov, K. et al

in Surveys in Geophysics (2000), 21

In summer 1998, a geophysical survey including seismic profiles and electrical tomography has been carried out in the Suusamyr valley, Kyrgyzstan. The scope was to investigate surface effects induced by ... [more ▼]

In summer 1998, a geophysical survey including seismic profiles and electrical tomography has been carried out in the Suusamyr valley, Kyrgyzstan. The scope was to investigate surface effects induced by the Ms = 7.3 Suusamyr earthquake, the 19th of August, 1992. In this paper, special attention is paid to the case study of a debris slide triggered by the earthquake. Seismic data are analysed by P-wave refraction technique and by surface wave inversion. Electrical tomographic profiles are processed by 2D-inversion. Using geotechnical and geological information, P-velocity models and resistivity sections are interpreted in terms of geological materials, in order to build a geological 3D model. On the basis of the latter, we carried out static finite element computations as well as static and pseudo-static calculations with Janbu’s method. Newmark displacement was computed, considering or not the influence of the shallow soft deposits. The results are compared to the real displacement observed in the field and conclusions are drawn about the mechanism of the landslide. [less ▲]

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See detail14-3-3 testing in diagnosing Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease: a prospective study in 112 patients.
Lemstra, A. W.; van Meegen, M. T.; Vreyling, J. P. et al

in Neurology (2000), 55(4), 514-6

OBJECTIVE: To study the sensitivity and specificity of 14-3-3 testing in a prospective series of patients suspected of having Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). BACKGROUND: The 14-3-3 protein immunoassay on ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To study the sensitivity and specificity of 14-3-3 testing in a prospective series of patients suspected of having Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). BACKGROUND: The 14-3-3 protein immunoassay on CSF has favorable test characteristics as a premortem diagnostic tool in CJD. However, the 14-3-3 protein is a normal cellular protein expressed in various tissues, and its presence in CSF reflects extensive destruction of brain tissue as in CJD, but also in ischemic stroke and meningoencephalitis. METHODS: 14-3-3 was tested in the CSF of a prospective series of 110 consecutive patients suspected of having CJD. RESULTS: The sensitivity was 97% and the specificity was 87% in this series. False-positive results were mainly caused by stroke and meningoencephalitis. CONCLUSION: The 14-3-3 protein is a highly sensitive and specific marker for CJD when used in the appropriate clinical context. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle des voies ferrées dans la mise en place des reptiles en Belgique et dans quelques terroitoires adjacents (Nord et Nord-Est de la France, Grand-Duché de Luxembourg)
Graitson, Eric ULg; Hussin, José; Parent, Georges Henri

in Naturalistes Belges (Les) (2000), 81(4), 376-395

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See detailDifferences in associations of familial and nutritional factors with serum lipids between boys and girls: the Luxembourg Child Study.
Guillaume, Michèle ULg; Lapidus, L.; Lambert, A.

in American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2000), 72(2), 384-8

BACKGROUND: Sex differences in the effects of genetic and environmental factors on circulating lipids have been examined mainly in adults, in whom the influences of sex steroid hormones are well known ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Sex differences in the effects of genetic and environmental factors on circulating lipids have been examined mainly in adults, in whom the influences of sex steroid hormones are well known. OBJECTIVE: Our objective was to determine the effect of sex on genetic and environmental influences on serum lipids in prepubertal boys and girls. DESIGN: Children aged 6-8, 8-10, and 10-12 y (n = 1028) were selected at random in the Belgian province of Luxembourg, a region in Europe with a high prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Blood glucose and serum cholesterol, triacylglycerol, and insulin concentrations were measured, and anthropometric data and blood pressure were recorded. Familial data were obtained from standardized questionnaires. Nutritional status was obtained from a 3-d record. Participation was 70.3% of the primary cohort. RESULTS: Cholesterol, triacylglycerol, and insulin values were among the highest recorded in studies of children. In girls, cholesterol correlated positively with the energy density of intake of saturated fat (r = 0.13, P = 0.001), cholesterol (r = 0.11, P = 0.006), and protein (r = 0.12, P = 0.007) and negatively with the ratio of polyunsaturated to saturated fat intake (r = -0.14, P = 0.001) and the energy density of carbohydrate intake (r = -0.11, P = 0.019). In boys, no such relations were found. Triacylglycerol was not significantly related to nutritional factors. Consistent, independent relations were found between reported elevated cholesterol concentrations in the parental and grandparental generation and cholesterol (r = 0.101, P = 0.011) and triacylglycerol (r = 0.09, P = 0.03) in boys. No such associations were found in girls. CONCLUSION: Environmental and genetic factors may have different effects on serum cholesterol in girls and boys. [less ▲]

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See detailA quantitative study of peripheral blood stem cell contamination in diffuse large-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: one-half of patients significantly mobilize malignant cells.
Jacquy, C.; Soree, A.; Lambert, Frédéric ULg et al

in British Journal of Haematology (2000), 110(3), 631-7

Autologous transplantation using peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) collected after chemotherapy, followed by growth factor administration (ASCT), is increasingly used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's ... [more ▼]

Autologous transplantation using peripheral blood stem cells (PBSCs) collected after chemotherapy, followed by growth factor administration (ASCT), is increasingly used in the treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). However, quantitative data regarding contaminating malignant cells in the harvests are still scarce. We prospectively investigated 37 diffuse large-cell lymphomas (DLCLs) in complete remission (CR) that were treated according to multicentric protocols at our centre. DNA was extracted from the diagnostic lymph node. The complementarity-determining region (CDR) III was sequenced and a patient-specific oligomer synthesized. Contamination was evaluated semiquantitatively by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and was confirmed by a limiting dilution analysis. PBSCs collected at regeneration after administration of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), steady-state bone marrow (BM) and peripheral blood samples at CR were compared. DNA was available in 37 patients, from which 22 rearrangements could be sequenced. Patients (n = 15) who had both the required follow-up samples and a suitable clonal marker were investigated. In two cases, the patient-specific PCR assay set up at diagnosis later gave false-negative results in samples in which clonal DNA was still detectable by other sets of primers. PBSC contamination was highly variable: 7 out of 15 patients showed a PBSC/BM ratio of NHL cells greater than 1 log, whereas 8 out of 15 patients showed no difference and could vary from one apheresis to another. Eight ASCTs were performed, five of which used highly contaminated PBSCs: four patients relapsed early, three with disseminated lymphoma. Thus, 50% of DLCLs in CR seem to mobilize significantly malignant cells at regeneration under G-CSF. Considering the higher numbers of cells reinfused, this translates into a much higher number of lymphoma cells reinfused when compared with autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT). However, their clonogenic potential remains unknown and, despite concerning observations in certain cases, it is still unclear whether this has an impact upon the outcome of ASCT. [less ▲]

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See detailHuitième campagne de fouilles à Tell Beydar
Van der Stede, Véronique ULg; Talon, Philippe

in Annales d'Histoire de l'Art et d'Archéologie (2000), XXII

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See detailCourbes de croissance de microorganismes : modélisation et linéarisation
Henry, Valérie ULg; Salengros, Paul

in Mathématique et Pédagogie (2000), 127

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See detailDiscordance between bovine leukemia virus tax immortalization in vitro and oncogenicity in vivo.
Twizere, Jean-Claude ULg; Kerkhofs, Pierre; Burny, Arsène et al

in Journal of Virology (2000), 74(21), 9895-902

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) Tax protein, a transcriptional activator of viral expression, is essential for viral replication in vivo. Tax is believed to be involved in leukemogenesis because of its second ... [more ▼]

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) Tax protein, a transcriptional activator of viral expression, is essential for viral replication in vivo. Tax is believed to be involved in leukemogenesis because of its second function, immortalization of primary cells in vitro. These activities of Tax can be dissociated on the basis of point mutations within specific regions of the protein. For example, mutation of the phosphorylation sites at serines 106 and 293 abrogates immortalization potential in vitro but maintains transcriptional activity. This type of mutant is thus particularly useful for unraveling the role of Tax immortalization activity during leukemogenesis independently of viral replication. In this report, we describe the biological properties of BLV recombinant proviruses mutated in the Tax phosphorylation sites (BLVTax106+293). Titration of the proviral loads by semiquantitative PCR revealed that the BLV mutants propagated at wild-type levels in vivo. Furthermore, two animals (sheep 480 and 296) infected with BLVTax106+293 developed leukemia or lymphosarcoma after 16 and 36 months, respectively. These periods of time are within the normal range of latencies preceding the onset of pathogenesis induced by wild-type viruses. The phenotype of the mutant-infected cells was characteristic of a B lymphocyte (immunoglobulin M positive) expressing CD11b and CD5 (except at the final stage for the latter marker), a pattern that is typical of wild-type virus-infected target cells. Interestingly, the transformed B lymphocytes from sheep 480 also coexpressed the CD8 marker, a phenotype rarely observed in tumor biopsies from chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients. Finally, direct sequencing of the tax gene demonstrated that the leukemic cells did not harbor revertant proviruses. We conclude that viruses expressing a Tax mutant unable to transform primary cells in culture are still pathogenic in the sheep animal model. Our data thus provide a clear example of the discordant conclusions that can be drawn from in vitro immortalization assays and in vivo experiments. These observations could be of interest for other systems, such as the related human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, which currently lack animal models allowing the study of the leukemogenic process. [less ▲]

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See detailParticularités de la prise en charge de l’excès pondéral chez l’adolescent : résultats d’une enquête exploratoire
Glowacz, Fabienne ULg; Bourguignon, J. P.; Born, Michel ULg

in Bulletin d’Education du Patient (2000), 19(3), 132-140

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See detailLes xeno-oestrogènes et leur impact sur l’environnement
Meurens, F.; Delaunois, A.; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 145

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See detailDes astres à l'atome, de l'atome aux astres
Biémont, Emile ULg

in Lettre du FNRS (2000), 41

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See detailRelationship between CNV topography and irritability in depression
Papart, Patrick ULg; WEERTS, Pascale ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Journal of Psychophysiology (2000), 14(Suppl 1),

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See detailNew f values in neutral lead obtained by time-resolved laser spectroscopy, and astrophysical applications
Biémont, Emile ULg; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Palmeri, P. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2000), 312

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See detailOsteoporose bij de bejaarde
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Taquet, AN; Fraikin, G

in Medi-Sfeer (2000), 103

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See detailResults of the tracer tests during the El Tremedal underground coal gasification at great depth
Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg; Brasseur, Alain; Coeme, Antoinette et al

in Fuel (2000), 79(5), 471-478

During the underground coal gasification (UCG) experiments at Alcorisa, Spain, a series of helium tracer tests were carried out to follow the underground cavity growth. The volume of the cavity increases ... [more ▼]

During the underground coal gasification (UCG) experiments at Alcorisa, Spain, a series of helium tracer tests were carried out to follow the underground cavity growth. The volume of the cavity increases progressively with the cumulated quantity of oxygen injected. Models based on exchange of matter between the flowing fluid and a transverse dead zone were used. Results indicate that the gasifier behaves almost like a small number of stirred tanks in series with a high level of back mixing. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical and para-clinical tests in the routine examination of headache patients.
Friberg, L.; Sandrini, G.; Janig, W. et al

in Functional Neurology (2000), 15 Suppl 3

Para-clinical examinations in the diagnosis and treatment control of headache patients vary considerably between clinics and headache centers. Among the neurological societies in Europe there has been a ... [more ▼]

Para-clinical examinations in the diagnosis and treatment control of headache patients vary considerably between clinics and headache centers. Among the neurological societies in Europe there has been a consensus that some common procedures and recommendations should be created. In the Fall of 1998, the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) commissioned a Task Force on Neurophysiological Tests and Imaging Procedures in Headache Patients. Members of the Task Force are the present authors and we have reviewed the literature on 1) neurophysiological tests (EEG and evoked potentials), 2) autonomic nervous system and clinical tests and 3) imaging and cerebrovascular tests (X-ray, CT, MR, fMRI, PET, SPECT and transcranial Doppler). The literature was carefully evaluated with respect to validity and strength of the data. The task was to reach conclusions about each technique in the form of guidelines for clinical use. Finally, selected areas for future research will be outlined. The extensive review and the guidelines will be published by the EFNS during 2000. [less ▲]

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See detailVibrational Structure and Organization of Various Self-Assembled Alkanethiol Monolayers: a HREELS Study
Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Yu, Li-Ming; Riga, Joseph et al

in Langmuir (2000), 16

High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) was used to investigate the molecular structure of self-assembled monolayers formed by adsorption of n-alkanethiols, R,ö-alkanedithiols, and R ... [more ▼]

High-resolution electron energy loss spectroscopy (HREELS) was used to investigate the molecular structure of self-assembled monolayers formed by adsorption of n-alkanethiols, R,ö-alkanedithiols, and R-cycloalkyl-ö-alkanethiols on different gold substrates. The HREELS data are reported as a contribution to a general effort to assess the potential of electron spectroscopies in the elucidation of structural characteristics of organic surfaces. Typical fingerprints of the thiol molecules, characteristic of their primary and secondary structure (connectivity, conformation, and order), have been found in their HREELS vibrational spectra. We have shown that when the layers are disordered, the spectra are dominated by impact-excited modes, hampering the identification of the compounds. These data have evidenced many defects in the organization of the monolayers on evaporated gold substrates. The coherent domains sizes formed by the molecules in the films have been estimated from the angular distribution of the elastic peak as a function of the nature of the alkanethiol chain and of the immersion time in thiol solutions [less ▲]

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See detailProjectively Equivariant Symbol Calculus for Bidifferential Operators
Boniver, Fabien ULg

in Letters in Mathematical Physics (2000), 54(2), 83-100

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See detailGeochemistry of granitoids from the south Carpathians: A review
Berza, Tudor; Andar, Petre; Tatu, Mihai et al

in Anuarul Institutului Geologic al României (2000), 71

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See detailGenetics of Crohn's Disease Behaviour
Louis, Edouard ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2000), 63(4, Oct-Dec), 377-9

Crohn's disease is probably an heterogeneous entity. This heterogeneity may be linked to either genetics or environment. In particular the behaviour of the disease, i.e. the tendency to develop ... [more ▼]

Crohn's disease is probably an heterogeneous entity. This heterogeneity may be linked to either genetics or environment. In particular the behaviour of the disease, i.e. the tendency to develop stricturing and/or penetrating lesions, may be linked to the genetic background. While epidemiological and clinical data suggest the relevance of these behavioural classifications, the progresses in the characterization of the immuno-inflammatory reaction in the bowel wall shed a new light on possible candidate genes for these genetic predispositions to various Crohn's disease behaviours. Association studies an linkage analysis focusing on growth factors, metalloproteinases and their tissue inhibitors as well as cytokines may bring new interesting data in this field. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical and neuropathological parameters affecting the diagnostic yield of nerve biopsy.
Deprez, Manuel ULg; de Groote, C. C.; Gollogly, L. et al

in Neuromuscular Disorders (2000), 10(2), 92-8

The value of nerve biopsy in the investigation of peripheral neuropathies is an important and controversial issue, partially obscured by the large variations in the diagnostic yield routinely reported for ... [more ▼]

The value of nerve biopsy in the investigation of peripheral neuropathies is an important and controversial issue, partially obscured by the large variations in the diagnostic yield routinely reported for this procedure. The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical and neuropathological parameters affecting the yield of nerve biopsy. We compared the experience of two independent neuropathology laboratories with different patient recruitment and neuropathological methods over 11 years (01/1987-12/1997). Clinicopathological correlations were studied retrospectively in 355 patients. Using the same criteria of evaluation, contributive biopsies accounted for 35.5% in one laboratory, and 47.3% in the other. Clinical parameters affecting the yield of nerve biopsy were: (a) the presumptive diagnosis at time of referral for biopsy; (b) the distribution of symptoms; and (c) the interval between disease onset and biopsy. Greater yield was associated with clinically suspected vasculitis, inflammatory demyelinating neuropathy or hereditary sensorimotor neuropathies. Contributive findings were more often reported with multifocal or asymmetrical presentations, and onset-to-biopsy interval of less than 6 months. The contribution of nerve biopsy varied according to neuropathological techniques: (a) serial sections on frozen. paraffin-embedded and resin-embedded material improved sensitivity for interstitial pathology: (b) combined muscle biopsy increased sensitivity in the detection of vasculitis; and (c) teasing of nerve fibers added critical information to other classical techniques in only 4/102 cases. [less ▲]

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See detailField observations on the variability of crude oil impact on indigenous hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria from sub-Antarctic intertidal sediments
Delille, Daniel; Delille, Bruno ULg

in Marine Environmental Research (2000), 49(5), 403-417

Oil pollution of the oceans has been a problem ever since man began to use fossil fuels. Biodegradation by naturally occurring populations of micro-organisms is a major mechanism for the removal of ... [more ▼]

Oil pollution of the oceans has been a problem ever since man began to use fossil fuels. Biodegradation by naturally occurring populations of micro-organisms is a major mechanism for the removal of petroleum from the environment. To examine the effects of crude oil pollution on intertidal bacteria, we repeated the same contamination experiments on nine different sub-Antarctic intertidal beaches using specifically built enclosures (PVC pipe, 15 cm in inner diameter and 30 cm in height). Despite the pristine environmental conditions, significant numbers of indigenous hydrocarbon-degrading bacteria were observed in all the studied beaches. Introduction of oil into these previously oil-free environments resulted in several orders of magnitude of increase in hydrocarbon-degrading micro-organisms within a few days in some of the studied sites but has no obvious effects on two others. The physical environment of the bacterial assemblage seems to play a major role in the biodegradation capacities. After 3 months of contamination, both remaining oil concentrations and biodegradation indexes differ strongly between the different stations. Thus, chemical and biological parameters reveal a strong heterogeneity of biodegradation capacities between the different sites. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSilencing subdomains of v-ErbA interact cooperatively with corepressors: involvement of helices 5/6
Busch, Kerstin; Martin, Bernd; Baniahmad, Aria et al

in Molecular Endocrinology (Baltimore, Md.) (2000), 14(2), 201-11

Members of the thyroid hormone receptor (TR) family act on vertebrate development and homeostasis by activating or repressing transcription of specific target genes in a ligand-dependent way. Repression ... [more ▼]

Members of the thyroid hormone receptor (TR) family act on vertebrate development and homeostasis by activating or repressing transcription of specific target genes in a ligand-dependent way. Repression by TR in the absence of ligand is mediated by an active silencing mechanism. The oncogene v-ErbA is a variant form of TR unable to bind hormone and thus acts as a constitutive repressor. Functional studies and mutation analysis revealed that the TR/v-ErbA silencing domain is composed of three silencing subdomains (SSD1-3) which, although nonfunctional individually, synergize such that silencing activity is restored when they are combined in a heteromeric complex. Here we demonstrate, using protein interaction assays in vitro and in vivo, that the inactive v-ErbA point mutant L489R within helix 5/6 in SSD2 fails to interact with the two corepressors N-CoR (nuclear receptor corepressor) or SMRT (silencing mediator of retinoic acid and thyroid hormone receptor). Furthermore, mutants in SSD1 and SSD3 exhibit a reduced corepressor recruitment corresponding to their weak residual silencing activity. In mammalian two-hybrid assays, only the combination of all three silencing subdomains, SSD1-3, leads to a cooperative binding to the corepressors N-CoR or SMRT comparable to that of the full-length v-ErbA repression domain. In conclusion, full silencing activity requires corepressor interaction with all three silencing subdomains, SSD1-3. Among these, SSD2 is a new target for N-CoR and SMRT and is essential for corepressor binding and function. [less ▲]

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See detailHarcèlement moral au travail. Etat des lieux et pistes de développement.
Faulx, Daniel ULg; Geuzaine, Caroline

in Médecine du Travail & Ergonomie= Arbeidsgezondheidszorg & Ergonomie (2000), 37(3), 135-147

Revue théorique critique et analyse de littérature sur le harcèlement moral

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See detailA comparison of the haemodynamic effects of isoflurane and halothane anaesthesia in horses
Raisis, Anthea L; Young, L. E.; Blissitt, K. J. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2000), 32(4), 318-326

The purpose of this study was to compare the haemodynamic effects of equipotent isoflurane and halothane anaesthesia. Six adult horses were investigated on two separate occasions at least 4 weeks apart ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to compare the haemodynamic effects of equipotent isoflurane and halothane anaesthesia. Six adult horses were investigated on two separate occasions at least 4 weeks apart. On both occasions anaesthesia was induced by ketamine 2.2 mg/kg bwt given 5 min after i.v. administration 100 microg/kg bwt romifidine. Anaesthesia was maintained either by halothane or isoflurane (end-tidal concentrations 0.9-1.0% and 1.3-1.4%, respectively). Horses were ventilated by intermittent positive pressure to maintain PaCO2 between 40-50 mmHg. Haemodynamic variables were measured using catheter-mounted strain gauge transducers in the left and right ventricle, aorta, and right atrium. Cardiac output (CO), velocity time integral (VTI), maximal aortic blood flow velocity (Vmax) and acceleration (dv/dt(max)), left ventricular pre-ejection period (PEP) and ejection time (ET) were measured from aortic blood flow velocity waveforms obtained by transoesophageal Doppler echocardiography. Flow velocity waveforms were recorded from the femoral arteries and veins using low pulse repetition frequency Doppler ultrasound. Time-averaged mean velocity (TAV), velocity of component a (TaVa), velocity of component b (TaVb) and early diastolic deceleration slope (EDDS) were measured. Pulsatility index (PI) and volumetric flow were calculated. Microvascular blood flow was measured in the left and right semimembranosus muscles by laser Doppler flowmetry. Maximal rate of rise of LV pressure (LVdp/dt(max)), CO, Vmax, dv/dt(max), ET, VTI were significantly higher at all time points during isoflurane anaesthesia compared to halothane anaesthesia. Pre-ejection period and diastolic aortic blood pressure were significantly less throughout isoflurane anaesthesia compared to halothane. Isoflurane anaesthesia was associated with significantly lower systemic vascular resistance than halothane anaesthesia. Femoral arterial and venous blood flow were significantly higher and EDDS and PI were significantly lower during isoflurane anaesthesia compared to halothane anaesthesia. In addition during both halothane and isoflurane anaesthesia, femoral arterial flow was higher and EDDS and PI lower in the left (dependent) artery compared to the right (nondependent) artery. This study supports previous work demonstrating improved left ventricular systolic function during isoflurane compared to halothane anaesthesia. This improvement was still evident after premedication with a potent-long acting alpha2-adrenoreceptor agonist, romifidine, and induction of anaesthesia with ketamine. There was also evidence of increased hindlimb blood flow during isoflurane anaesthesia. However, there were differences observed in flow between the left and right hindlimb during maintenance of anaesthesia with each agent, suggesting that there were differences in regional perfusion in anaesthetised horses caused by factors unrelated to agents administered [less ▲]

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See detailTheoretical Lifetimes and Oscillator Strengths in Ce II. Application to the Chemical Composition of the Sun
Palmeri, P.; Quinet, Pascal ULg; Wyart, J. F. et al

in Physica Scripta (2000), 61

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See detailEnantioseparation of aminoglutethimide with cyclodextrins in capillary electrophoresis and studies of selector-selectand interactions using NMR spectroscopy and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry.
Chankvetadze, Bezhan; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Burjanadze, N. et al

in Enantiomer (2000), 5(3-4), 313-22

The enantiomers of aminoglutethimide [2-(p-aminophenyl)-2-ethylglutarimide, AGT] can be resolved in CE using all of three most commonly used native cyclodextrins (CD): alpha-, beta-, and gamma-CDs. The ... [more ▼]

The enantiomers of aminoglutethimide [2-(p-aminophenyl)-2-ethylglutarimide, AGT] can be resolved in CE using all of three most commonly used native cyclodextrins (CD): alpha-, beta-, and gamma-CDs. The migration order of the enantiomers was opposite using beta-CD compared to alpha- and gamma-CDs as chiral selectors. In order to examine some underlying mechanisms of the chiral recognition the interaction of AGT with the chiral selectors was studied with one- and two-dimensional NMR spectroscopy and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS). The Job's and Scott's plots constructed based on the complexation-induced chemical shifts (CICS) observed in NMR spectra provided some preliminary information on the stoichiometry of the intermolecular complexes but did not seem to be absolutely reliable perhaps because the self-association of the analyte molecules and the formation of multiple type selectand-selector complexes. Therefore, an attempt was made to characterize the complexes using ESI-MS. This technique provided information on the stoichiometry and relative affinity constants of selector-selectand complexes. The information on the structure of complexes in the solution was obtained using one-dimensional rotating frame nuclear Overhauser enhancement (1D-ROESY) NMR spectroscopic studies. Significant differences were observed between the structures of the AGT complexes with beta- and gamma-CD. [less ▲]

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See detailSimilar Efficiency of DNA-Liposome Complexes and Retrovirus-Producing Cells for Hsv-Tk Suicide Gene Therapy of Peritoneal Carcinomatosis
Princen, Frederic; Lechanteur, Chantal ULg; Lopez, Marie-Josée ULg et al

in Journal of Drug Targeting (2000), 8(2), 79-89

Several experimental approaches have been tested for suicide gene delivery into tumor cells, including viral and non-viral vectors. In this study, we compared the efficiency of Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 ... [more ▼]

Several experimental approaches have been tested for suicide gene delivery into tumor cells, including viral and non-viral vectors. In this study, we compared the efficiency of Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 thymidine kinase gene (HSV-tk) delivery by retrovirus-producing cells and DNA/liposome complexes for the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis induced in syngeneic rats by DHD/K12 colorectal adenocarcinoma cells. After in vitro determination of the best transduction conditions, rats were treated with multiple intraperitoneal injections of plasmid DNA containing one or two copies of CMV-driven HSV-tk gene (pCMV-TK and p(CMV-TK)2, respectively) associated with LipofectAMINE, each injection being followed by a Ganciclovir (GCV) course. Animals treated by DNA/liposome complexes and GCV or with retrovirus-producing cells and GCV showed a similar increase of survival as compared to the control group. After DNA/ liposome injections, expression of the tk transgene was detected in tumor nodes (epiploon) and also in liver, lung, spleen, bowels and brain. The expression was not homogeneous throughout the different organs and most likely reflected the transfection of only a limited number of cells. [less ▲]

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See detailMultivariate optimization approach for the separation of water-soluble vitamins and related compounds by capillary electrophoresis.
Fotsing, Lucas; Boulanger, Bruno ULg; Chiap, Patrice ULg et al

in Biomedical Chromatography : BMC (2000), 14(1), 10-1

Multivariate optimization approach for the separation of water-soluble vitamins and related compounds by capillary electrophoresis.

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See detailEnvironmentally based maternal effect on reproduction of Adalia bipunctata : impact of aphid prey species.
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Defrance, Thibault; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Mededelingen van de Faculteit Landbouwkundige en Toegepaste Biologische Wetenschappen (Rijksuniversiteit te Gent) (2000), 65(2), 303-310

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See detailSynthesis and biological effects of new 3-alkylamino-4H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxides on insulin-secreting cells
Somers, F.; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Boverie, S. et al

in Pharmacy and Pharmacology Communications (2000), 6

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See detailRecent advances in inducible cyclooxygenase (COX-2) inhibition
De Leval, X.; Delarge, J.; Somers, F. et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2000), 7(10), 1041-1062

Cyclooxygenase is the key enzyme in the biosynthesis of prostanoids, biologically active substances that are involved in several physiological processes but also in pathological conditions such as ... [more ▼]

Cyclooxygenase is the key enzyme in the biosynthesis of prostanoids, biologically active substances that are involved in several physiological processes but also in pathological conditions such as inflammation. Since ten years now, it is well known that this enzyme exists under two forms: a constitutive (COX-1) and an inducible form (COX-2). Both enzymes are sensitive to inhibition by conventional nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Observations that COX-1, involved in several homeostatic processes, played a housekeeping role while COX-2 expression was associated with inflammation and other pathologies such as cancer proliferation have led to the development of COX-2 selective inhibitors in order to reduce the classical side-effects, of which gastric irritation is the most common, associated with the use of conventional NSAIDs. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of 3-alkylamino-7-chloro-4H-pyrido[2,3-e]-1,2,4-thiadiazine 1,1-dioxides on smooth muscle contractile activity
Ouedraogo, R.; Fontaine, J.; Antoine, M.-H. et al

in Pharmacy and Pharmacology Communications (2000), 6

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See detailHeart Graft Monitoring by the Ventricular Evoked Response
Mahaux, V.; Demoulin, J.C.; BIESSAUX, Yves ULg et al

in Pacing & Clinical Electrophysiology (2000), 23(11, Pt 2), 2003-5

Monitoring of the negative slew rate of the evoked T wave has been proposed as a noninvasive diagnostic tool to follow heart transplant recipients. The clinical contribution of this measurement on ... [more ▼]

Monitoring of the negative slew rate of the evoked T wave has been proposed as a noninvasive diagnostic tool to follow heart transplant recipients. The clinical contribution of this measurement on telemetrically recorded, paced unipolar ventricular electrograms was evaluated in the detection of grade 3 acute allograft rejection. Thirteen patients undergoing heart transplantation received a DDD pacemaker connected to two epimyocardial leads. Electrograms were recorded and digitized after each endomyocardial biopsy (EMB). The maximum slew rate of the descending slope of the repolarization phase (RSP) was extracted and normalized. A 20% downward shift of RSP from the reference value was considered abnormal. Results of signal processing were blinded during the first 6 months. Eleven patients completed the 6 months blinded period and two patients died. A total of 101 EMB were graded according to the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation classification. Grade 3 was assigned to 9 EMB. A significant difference was found between RSP values measured during grade 3 rejection episodes and other RSP values (P < 0.001). A diagnostic model consisting of a single threshold test confirmed the ability of RSP to predict significant signs of rejection on EMB (P < 0.0001). The sensitivity of RSP in detecting grade 3 rejections was 100%, specificity was 81%, negative predictive value 100%, and positive predictive value 35%. The use of RSP as a noninvasive monitoring tool to pose the indication for a biopsy would avoid 73% of EMB. Monitoring of transplanted hearts based on the analysis of the ventricular evoked response is promising and may markedly reduce the number of EMB. [less ▲]

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See detailThe occurrence of 2-hydroxy-6-methoxybenzoic acid methyl ester in Securidaca longepedunculata Fresen root bark.
Lognay, Georges ULg; Marlier, M.; Seck, D. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2000), 4(2),

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See detailRelationships between cognitive performance and cerebral metabolism in Alzheimer's disease
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg

in Current Psycholology Letters: Brain, Behavior and Cognition (2000), 1(1), 55-69

The presence of correlations between cerebral metabolism and performance on cognitive tasks (digit span, verbal fluency, Hayling inhibition task and the Mattis dementia rating scale) was assessed in AD ... [more ▼]

The presence of correlations between cerebral metabolism and performance on cognitive tasks (digit span, verbal fluency, Hayling inhibition task and the Mattis dementia rating scale) was assessed in AD patients and elderly controls. Results showed that in both groups the cerebral areas where metabolism was correlated to performance were similar to those found in functional activation studies with young healthy subjects. The comparison of cognitivo-metabolic correlations in AD patients and control subjects showed that the single significant difference was a correlation between posterior cingulate metabolism and performance on the Mattis dementia rating scale in AD patients only. These results are consistent with two neurobiological causes of cognitive impairment in AD : a less efficient functioning of some areas involved in specific cognitive tasks and a deficit of integration of information coming from different areas. [less ▲]

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See detailBeyond Prejudice as Antipathy: Hostile and Benevolent Sexism Across Cultures
Glick, Peter; Fiske, Susan T.; Mladinic, Antonio et al

in Journal of Personality & Social Psychology (2000), 79(5), 763-775

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See detailPomme: maladies de conservation. La lutte biologique au moyen de deux souches de levures.
Jijakli, Mohamed ULg

in Arboriculture Fruitiere (2000), (539), 19-23

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See detailAccretion from AGB winds.
Thoul, Anne ULg; Jorissen, A.; Goriely, S. et al

in Memorie della Società Astronomica Italiana : Journal of the Italian Astronomical Society (2000), 71

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See detailElectrochemical study of the uranium exchange by polypyrrole-based resins
Jérôme, Christine ULg; Martinot, Lucien; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Journal of Applied Polymer Science (1999), 74(14), 3473-3484

Electrochemical control of the binding of uranium ions by redox active polypyrrole resins was studied. The experimental conditions for this binding were optimized with respect to the uranium ions to be ... [more ▼]

Electrochemical control of the binding of uranium ions by redox active polypyrrole resins was studied. The experimental conditions for this binding were optimized with respect to the uranium ions to be fixed, the resin, and the solution. [less ▲]

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See detailDispense de permis d'urbanisme en Région wallonne (III)
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Immobilier (1999), 23

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See detailAnti-Inflammatory and Immunological Effects of Centaurea Cyanus Flower-Heads
Garbacki, Nancy ULg; Gloaguen, Vincent; Damas, Jacques ULg et al

in Journal of Ethnopharmacology (1999), 68(1-3), 235-41

Centaurea cyanus flower-heads are used in European phytotherapy for the treatment of minor ocular inflammations. Different pharmacological experiments (inhibition of carrageenan, zymosan and croton oil ... [more ▼]

Centaurea cyanus flower-heads are used in European phytotherapy for the treatment of minor ocular inflammations. Different pharmacological experiments (inhibition of carrageenan, zymosan and croton oil-induced oedemas, inhibition of plasma haemolytic activity, induction of anaphylatoxin activity) showed that polysaccharides extracted from C. cyanus flower-heads had anti-inflammatory properties and interfered with complement. Moreover, these polysaccharides were found to be mainly composed of galacturonic acid, arabinose, glucose, rhamnose and galactose. [less ▲]

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See detailDispense de permis d'urbanisme en Région wallonne (II)
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Immobilier (1999), 22

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See detailSynthesis and characterization of poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-poly(n-butyl acrylate)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) copolymers by two-step controlled radical polymerization (ATRP) catalyzed by NiBr2(PPh3)2, 1+
Moineau, Georges; Minet, Michaël; Teyssié, Philippe et al

in Macromolecules (1999), 32(25), 8277-8282

Poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-poly(n-butyl acrylate)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) triblock copolymers (MnBM) have been synthesized by the sequential controlled radical polymerization (atom transfer ... [more ▼]

Poly(methyl methacrylate)-block-poly(n-butyl acrylate)-block-poly(methyl methacrylate) triblock copolymers (MnBM) have been synthesized by the sequential controlled radical polymerization (atom transfer radical polymerization, ATRP) of n-butyl acrylate (n-BuA) followed by methyl methacrylate (MMA). The polymerization of n-BuA has been first initiated by the difunctional (diethyl meso-2,5-dibromoadipate) initiator in the presence of the NiBr2(PPh3)2 catalyst. After isolation, the α,ω-dibromo poly(n-butyl acrylate) chains have been used as macroinitiators for the polymerization of either n-BuA or MMA leading to chain extension or to the desired triblock copolymers, respectively. The kinetic study of the two-step process has shown that the initiation of the MMA polymerization by the poly(n-BuA) macroinitiator is slow and leads to PMMA outer blocks of broad polydispersity. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and dynamical mechanical analysis (DMA) have confirmed the two-phase morphology of the triblocks. Finally, DMA and tensile testing of these copolymers have emphasized poor mechanical properties in possible relation to the broad polydispersity of the PMMA outer blocks. [less ▲]

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See detailMaisons de justice
Dantinne, Michaël ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (1999), (5947),

Description de l'institution des maisons de justice en Belgique.

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See detailApplications of statistical physics to economic and financial topics
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Boveroux, P. et al

in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (1999), 274(1-2), 229-240

Problems in economy and finance have started to attract the interest of statistical physicists. Fundamental problems pertain to the existence or not of long-, medium-, short-range power-law correlations ... [more ▼]

Problems in economy and finance have started to attract the interest of statistical physicists. Fundamental problems pertain to the existence or not of long-, medium-, short-range power-law correlations in economic systems as well as to the presence of financial cycles. Methods like the extended detrented fluctuation analysis, and the multi-affine analysis are recalled emphasizing their value in sorting out correlation ranges and predictability. Among spectacular results, the possibility of crash predictions is indicated. The well known financial analyst technique, the so-called moving average, is shown to raise questions about fractional Brownian motion properties. Finally, the (m,k)-Zipf method and the i-variability diagram technique are presented for sorting out short range correlations. Analogies with other fields of modem applied statistical physics are also presented in view of some universal openess. [less ▲]

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See detailApplications of statistical physics - Proceedings of the NATO Advanced Research Workshop held at Technical University of Budapest Hungary, 19-22 May 1999 - Preface
Gadomski, A.; Kertesz, J.; Stanley, H. E. et al

in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (1999), 274(1-2), -

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See detailThe self-enrichment of galactic halo globular clusters. A clue to their formation?
Parmentier, Geneviève ULg; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1999), 352

We present a model of globular cluster self-enrichment. In the protogalaxy, cold and dense clouds embedded in the hot protogalactic medium are assumed to be the progenitors of galactic halo globular ... [more ▼]

We present a model of globular cluster self-enrichment. In the protogalaxy, cold and dense clouds embedded in the hot protogalactic medium are assumed to be the progenitors of galactic halo globular clusters. The massive stars of a first generation of metal-free stars, born in the central areas of the proto-globular cluster clouds, explode as Type II supernovae. The associated blast waves trigger the expansion of a supershell, sweeping all the material of the cloud, and the heavy elements released by these massive stars enrich the supershell. A second generation of stars is born in these compressed and enriched layers of gas. These stars can recollapse and form a globular cluster. This work aims at revising the most often encountered argument against self-enrichment, namely the presumed ability of a small number of supernovae to disrupt a proto-globular cluster cloud. We describe a model of the dynamics of the supershell and of its progressive chemical enrichment. We show that the minimal mass of the primordial cluster cloud required to avoid disruption by several tens of Type II supernovae is compatible with the masses usually assumed for proto-globular cluster clouds. Furthermore, the corresponding self-enrichment level is in agreement with halo globular cluster metallicities. [less ▲]

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See detailDeep Imaging of AX J2019+112: The Luminosity of a ``Dark Cluster''
Benítez, Narciso; Broadhurst, Tom; Rosati, Piero et al

in Astrophysical Journal (1999), 527

We detect a distant cluster of galaxies centered on the QSO lens and luminous X-ray source AX J2019+112, a.k.a. the ``Dark Cluster.'' Using deep V and I Keck images and wide-field K[SUB]s[/SUB] imaging ... [more ▼]

We detect a distant cluster of galaxies centered on the QSO lens and luminous X-ray source AX J2019+112, a.k.a. the ``Dark Cluster.'' Using deep V and I Keck images and wide-field K[SUB]s[/SUB] imaging from the New Technology Telescope (NTT), a tight red sequence of galaxies is identified within a radius of 0.2 h[SUP]-1[/SUP] Mpc of the known z=1.01 elliptical lensing galaxy. The sequence, which includes the central elliptical galaxy, has a slope in good agreement with the model predictions of Kodama et al. for z~1. We estimate the integrated rest-frame luminosity of the cluster to be L[SUB]V[/SUB]>=3.2x10[SUP]11[/SUP] h[SUP]-2[/SUP] L[SUB]solar[/SUB] (after accounting for significant extinction at the low latitude of this field), more than an order of magnitude higher than previous estimates. The central region of the cluster is deconvolved using the technique of Magain, Courbin, & Sohy, revealing a thick central arc coincident with an extended radio source. All the observed lensing features are readily explained by differential magnification of a radio-loud active galactic nucleus by a shallow elliptical potential. The QSO must lie just outside the diamond caustic, producing two images; the arc is a highly magnified image formed from a region close to the center of the host galaxy, projecting inside the caustic. The mass-to-light ratio within an aperture of 0.4 h[SUP]-1[/SUP] Mpc is M[SUB]X[/SUB]/L[SUB]V[/SUB]=224[SUP]+112[/SUP][SUB]- 78[/SUB]h(M/L[SUB]V[/SUB])[SUB]solar[/SUB], using the X-ray temperature. The strong lens model yields a compatible value, M/L[SUB]V[/SUB]=372[SUP]+94[/SUP][SUB]- 94[/SUB]h(M/L[SUB]V[/SUB])[SUB]solar[/SUB], whereas an independent weak-lensing analysis sets an upper limit of M/L[SUB]V[/SUB]<520h(M/L[SUB]V[/SUB])[SUB]solar[/SUB], typical of massive clusters. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal crosslinking of poly(methyl methacrylate) by reaction of methyl ester and quaternary ammonium salt and application to (meth)acrylate-based TPEs
Tong, Jiang-Dong; Goethals, Eric; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Journal of Polymer Science. Part A, Polymer Chemistry (1999), 37(23), 4402-4411

Copolymers of N-vinylbenzyl N-methyl pyrrolidinium chloride (VBMPC) and methyl methacrylate, PVBMPC-co-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), were synthesized by free-radical copolymerization and proved to be ... [more ▼]

Copolymers of N-vinylbenzyl N-methyl pyrrolidinium chloride (VBMPC) and methyl methacrylate, PVBMPC-co-poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), were synthesized by free-radical copolymerization and proved to be prone to crosslinking as a result of the reaction of methyl ester groups with benzyl methyl pyrrolidinium chloride (BMPC) moieties at temperatures higher than 110 °C. When the VBMPC content was lower than 20 wt %, these copolymers were miscible with homo-PMMA. Blends of homo-PMMA and PVBMPC-co-PMMA fully could be cured above 150 °C, when the molecular weight of PMMA exceeded 10,000 and the VBMPC content of the copolymer was higher than 5 wt %. This reaction was carried out to crosslink selectively the PMMA microdomains of PMMA-b-poly(isooctyl acrylate) (PIOA)-b-PMMA (MIM) triblock copolymers to explain the mechanism for the mechanical failure of fully (meth)acrylic thermoplastic elastomers. Comparison of the ultimate tensile properties of MIM block copolymers, when the dispersed PMMA phases and PIOA matrix were crosslinked, led to the conclusion that the ductile failure of the hard PMMA microdomains rather than the elastic failure of the PIOA matrix was the reason for the mechanical failure of MIM triblocks. [less ▲]

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See detail50 Hz Magnetic Field Exposure Influence on Human Performance and Psychophysiological Parameters: Two Double-Blind Experimental Studies
Crasson, Marion ULg; Legros, Jean-Jacques ULg; Legros, Willy ULg et al

in Bioelectromagnetics (1999), 20(8), 474-86

Two double-blind studies were performed to examine magnetic field (MF) exposure effects and to determine the impact of temporal variation (continuous vs. intermittent exposure) of 100 mu T(rms) 50 Hz MF ... [more ▼]

Two double-blind studies were performed to examine magnetic field (MF) exposure effects and to determine the impact of temporal variation (continuous vs. intermittent exposure) of 100 mu T(rms) 50 Hz MF diurnal exposure on psychological and psychophysiological parameters in healthy humans. Three cephalic exposure sessions of 30-min, i.e., sham, continuous, and intermittent (15 s ON/OFF cycles) MF conditions, were involved. Each subject participated in all sessions, which were spaced at 1-wk intervals. In each session, mood ratings and performance measures were obtained before, during, or after exposure and several electrophysiological data (event-related brain potentials [ERP]) were recorded after each exposure session. These criteria were chosen to evaluate sensory functions as well as automatic and voluntary attentional processes. In experiment 1, 21 healthy male volunteers (20 to 27 years of age) were studied. Ten subjects were exposed at 13:30 h, and 11 subjects were exposed at 16:30 h. Statistically significant changes in the amplitude of ERP were observed after MF exposure in the dichotic listening task, indexing selective attention processes. Eighteen of the 21 original male volunteers took part in experiment 2, undertaken to better understand the results related to information processing involved in selective attention and control for ultradian rhythmicity. Exposure time for all the subjects was at 13:30 h. The analysis of the data again revealed significant amplitude changes of the ERP recorded in the dichotic listening task. Moreover, they demonstrated ERP latency and reaction time slowing in the oddball paradigm, a visual discrimination task after real MF exposure. These results also indicate that a low level 50 Hz MF may have a slight influence on event-related potentials and reaction time under specific circumstances of sustained attention. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalytic and clinical evaluation of the Abbott AxSYM cardiac troponin I assay
Elst, K. M. V.; Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; Boland, P. et al

in American Journal of Clinical Pathology (1999), 122(6), 745-752

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See detailLa loi de protection du malade mental du 26 juin 1990. Présentation et jurisprudence
Boxho, Philippe ULg

in Journal des Juges de Paix = Tijdschrift van de Vrederecters (1999), 12

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See detailVimentin Contributes to Human Mammary Epithelial Cell Migration
Gilles, Christine ULg; Polette, M.; Zahm, J. M. et al

in Journal of Cell Science (1999), 112((Pt 24)), 4615-25

Vimentin expression in human mammary epithelial MCF10A cells was examined as a function of their migratory status using an in vitro wound-healing model. Analysis of the trajectories of the cells and their ... [more ▼]

Vimentin expression in human mammary epithelial MCF10A cells was examined as a function of their migratory status using an in vitro wound-healing model. Analysis of the trajectories of the cells and their migratory speeds by time lapse-video microscopy revealed that vimentin mRNA and protein expression were exclusively induced in cells at the wound's edge which were actively migrating towards the center of the lesion. Actin labeling showed the reorganization of actin filaments in cells at the wound's edge which confirmed the migratory phenotype of this cell subpopulation. Moreover, the vimentin protein disappeared when the cells became stationary after wound closure. Using cells transfected with the vimentin promoter controlling the green fluorescent protein gene, we also demonstrated the specific activation of the vimentin promoter in the migratory cells at the wound's edge. Transfection of the antisense vimentin cDNA into MCF10A cells clearly reduced both their ability to express vimentin and their migratory speed. Taken together, these observations demonstrate that vimentin is transiently associated with, and could be functionally involved in, the migratory status of human epithelial cells. [less ▲]

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See detailLes ingénieurs chimistes et leurs instruments: Le cas de l'analyse polarimétrique dans l'industrie sucrière
Melard, François ULg

in Chimie Nouvelle (1999), 17(68), 3008-3011

This article put forward the complexe relations that exists between chemists ingeneers and the development of the Sugar industry in Belgium (in the 19s century). The argument is that the technical ... [more ▼]

This article put forward the complexe relations that exists between chemists ingeneers and the development of the Sugar industry in Belgium (in the 19s century). The argument is that the technical dimension of the implementation of a new chemical protocol for the delivery of sugar beets may be of some importance in order to understand the sociological dimension of contractual relations between actors and the role of scientific expertise in such a context. [less ▲]

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See detailMaximum-likelihood reconstruction with ordered subsets in bone SPECT
Blocklet, Didier; Seret, Alain ULg; Popa, Niculaie et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (1999), 40(12), 1978-1984

This study was aimed at determining whether the ordered-subset expectation maximum (OSEM) is more effective than filtered backprojection (FBP) for bone SPECT in the routine clinical context. Methods ... [more ▼]

This study was aimed at determining whether the ordered-subset expectation maximum (OSEM) is more effective than filtered backprojection (FBP) for bone SPECT in the routine clinical context. Methods. Fifty-seven consecutive bone SPECT studies were analyzed. They included pelvic and lumbar spine, thoraco lumbar spine, head and neck, feet and shoulders. A 64-projection SPECT study was acquired over 360° by single-head cameras 2–3h after the injection of 750 MBq 99mTc-methylene diphosphonate. Three observers compared the OSEM and FBP reconstructed images. Results. Streak artifacts, always present with FBP, were rarely generated with the OSEM. When present (n = 24), artifacts associated with negative values near hyperactivities in FBP were not generated with the OSEM in 67% of the cases (n = 16), permitting a satisfactory interpretation of these regions. In half of the other cases (17%, n = 4/24), interpretation was precluded. In only one case did the three observers agree that more hyperactivities were seen with the OSEM. Ninety-six percent of the OSEM pictures were superior or equal to FBP for anatomic resolution and were clearly better in 12% of the cases. The extent of the lesion with the OSEM seemed better or equally defined in 96% and clearly better in 14% of the cases. The low-activity regions were better or equally visualized in all cases and were clearly better seen in 23% of the cases. The quality of the pictures was found to be better or superior with the OSEM in 98% of the cases and definitely better in 65% of the cases. Conclusion: Replacement of FBP by the OSEM in bone SPECT would be beneficial to clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailCabergoline in the treatment of hyperprolactinemia: a study in 455 patients.
Verhelst, Johan; Abs, Roger; Maiter, Dominique et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (1999), 84(7), 2518-22

Cabergoline is a new long-acting dopamine agonist that is very effective and well tolerated in patients with pathological hyperprolactinemia. The aim of this study was to examine, in a very large number ... [more ▼]

Cabergoline is a new long-acting dopamine agonist that is very effective and well tolerated in patients with pathological hyperprolactinemia. The aim of this study was to examine, in a very large number of hyperprolactinemic patients, the ability to normalize PRL levels with cabergoline, to determine the effective dose and tolerance, and to assess the effect on clinical symptoms, tumor shrinkage, and visual field abnormalities. We also evaluated the effects of cabergoline in a large subgroup of patients with bromocriptine intolerance or -resistance. We retrospectively reviewed the files of 455 patients (102 males and 353 females) with pathological hyperprolactinemia treated with cabergoline in 9 Belgian centers. Among these patients, 41% had a microadenoma; 42%, a macroadenoma; 16%, idiopathic hyperprolactinemia; and 1%, an empty sella. The median pretreatment serum PRL level was 124 microg/L (range, 16-26,250 microg/L). A subgroup of 292 patients had previously been treated with bromocriptine, of which 140 showed bromocriptine intolerance and 58 showed bromocriptine resistance. Treatment with cabergoline normalized serum PRL levels in 86% of all patients: in 92% of 244 patients with idiopathic hyperprolactinemia or a microprolactinoma and in 77% of 181 macroadenomas. Pretreatment visual field abnormalities normalized in 70% of patients, and tumor shrinkage was seen in 67% of cases. Side effects were noted in 13% of patients, but only 3.9% discontinued therapy because of side effects. The median dose of cabergoline at the start of therapy was 1.0 mg/week but could be reduced to 0.5 mg/week once control was achieved. Patients with a macroprolactinoma needed a higher median cabergoline dose, compared with those with idiopathic hyperprolactinemia or a microprolactinoma: 1.0 mg/week vs. 0.5 mg/week, although a large overlap existed between these groups. Twenty-seven women treated with cabergoline became pregnant, and 25 delivered a healthy child. One patient had an intended abortion and another a miscarriage. In the patients with bromocriptine intolerance, normalization of PRL was reached in 84% of cases, whereas in the bromocriptine-resistant patients, PRL could be normalized in 70%. We confirmed, in a large-scale retrospective study, the high efficacy and tolerability of cabergoline in the treatment of pathological hyperprolactinemia, leaving few patients with unacceptable side effects or inadequate clinical response. Patients with idiopathic hyperprolactinemia or a microprolactinoma, on average, needed only half the dose of cabergoline as those with macroprolactinomas and have a higher chance of obtaining PRL normalization. Cabergoline also normalized PRL in the majority of patients with known bromocriptine intolerance or -resistance. Once PRL secretion was adequately controlled, the dose of cabergoline could often be significantly decreased, which further reduced costs of therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailDes éditeurs sans édition. Genèse et structure de l’espace éditorial en Belgique francophone
Durand, Pascal ULg; Winkin, Yves

in Actes de la Recherche en Sciences Sociales (1999), 130

L'édition n'est pas seulement un objet à étudier; elle est aussi un observatoire des pratiques culturelles. En prenant pour terrain d'analyse le marché de la production du livre en Belgique francophone ... [more ▼]

L'édition n'est pas seulement un objet à étudier; elle est aussi un observatoire des pratiques culturelles. En prenant pour terrain d'analyse le marché de la production du livre en Belgique francophone, on se donne le moyen de saisir au concret le rapport d'implication réciproque entretenu par les œuvres avec les vecteurs de leur production et de leur diffusion. Ce rapport, comme ces vecteurs, ont une histoire, particulièrement déterminante et complexe, mais aussi répétitive, dans les territoires belges. Ainsi, il est frappant de constater l’impossibilité, pour l’édition en Belgique, de lui désigner dans l’histoire un moment de naissance à partir duquel elle se serait continûment déployée. C’est, à différents moments, de naissances à répétition qu’il s’agit plutôt et donc, aussi bien, d’extinctions successives. D'où le fait qu'aucune culture éditoriale, au sens le plus littéraire de l'expression, ne se soit véritablement développée en Belgique francophone. Plantin au XVIe siècle édifie certes, à force d’énergie, d’ambition intellectuelle et d’opportunisme politico-religieux, une maison de rayonnement international, mais fait figure d’isolé, mal relayé de surcroît par ses héritiers. Les imprimeurs liégeois et bruxellois, du XVIIIe siècle aux années 1850, inondent l’Europe d’ouvrages contrefaits : ils bloquent pour longtemps le système éditorial dans des routines de reproduction et s’effondreront sous le coup de la Convention franco-belge de 1852. Au XIXe siècle, Casterman fait tourner ses presses au profit des missels et des ouvrages de dévotion : les convoyeurs de la haute littérature attendront. Dans les années 1890, quelques petits éditeurs parviennent à esquisser les contours d’une édition spécifiquement littéraire : tous font très vite faillite quand ils ne s’écroulent pas sous le poids de la censure. Il faudra attendre le nouveau Casterman et Marabout pour que se déploient en Belgique des maisons de rayonnement international, mais dans des genres dominés tels que la bande dessinée et le livre de poche industriel. Des attitudes toutefois se maintiennent, se transmettent peut-être d'une génération à l'autre. L'hypothèse conductrice de l'article est la suivante : de Plantin aux éditeurs littéraires contemporains se construit en Belgique un habitus techniciste, autrement dit une représentation de l'activité éditoriale comme fabrication de livres plutôt que comme production de biens symboliques aptes à circuler sur le marché littéraire à force égale avec ceux que la France, ayant mieux négocié le passage de l'imprimerie à l'édition, produit de son côté. Cette situation n'est pas sans présenter quelques ressources pour l'avenir. A l'heure des mouvements de concentration internationaux, il se pourrait bien en effet que les éditeurs de Belgique, comme ceux d'autres zones marginales, contribuent, du fait de leur fonctionnement apparemment "archaïque", à maintenir la possibilité d'une édition indépendante. [less ▲]

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See detailThe homeodomain-containing proteins: an update on their interacting partners
Chariot, Alain ULg; Gielen, Jacques; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1999), 58

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription regulators controlling the coordinated expression of genes involved in development, differentiation, and cellular transformation. They share a highly ... [more ▼]

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription regulators controlling the coordinated expression of genes involved in development, differentiation, and cellular transformation. They share a highly conserved 60-amino-acid region (the "homeodomain"), which allows them to bind DNA and modulate the expression of multiple target genes, whose identities remain largely unknown. Although each HOX gene product exhibits in vivo specificity, they harbor very similar DNA-binding affinities in vitro, suggesting that other mechanisms such as protein-protein interactions are critical to modulate their function. In this commentary, we describe the proteins that can interact with the HOX gene products, including newly identified partners such as CREB binding protein and the NF-kappaB/IkappaB-alpha proteins. We also outline the molecular programs that are regulated by the transcriptional complexes involving the HOX gene products and where new pharmacological tools could find interesting targets. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom living to controlled aluminium alkoxide mediated ring-opening polymerization of (di)lactones, a powerful tool for the macromolecular engineering of aliphatic polyesters
Mecerreyes, David; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (1999), 200(12), 2581-2590

The aluminium alkoxide mediated ring-opening polymerization of (di)lactones offers a great versatility to the point where the main situations covered by the definition of living and controlled ... [more ▼]

The aluminium alkoxide mediated ring-opening polymerization of (di)lactones offers a great versatility to the point where the main situations covered by the definition of living and controlled polymerizations can be illustrated. Furthermore, substitution of a coordination-insertion mechanism for the traditional anionic polymerization of these monomers results in species of lower reactivity and in a kinetic control of the polyaddition reaction. This control, combined with the use of Al alkoxides of different structures and functionalities, has opened the way to the macromolecular design of a family of biocompatible and biodegradable polyesters, e.g., controlled synthesis of telechelic polymers, block and graft copolymers, and polymers of various molecular architectures. These polymers can be used as such, or as building parts of more sophisticated polymeric assemblies. [less ▲]

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