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See detailEtude épidémiologique de la toxoplasmose chez les femmes enceintes à Amiens (Picardie). Nécessité d'une enquête nationale
Carme, Bernard; Lenne, Evelyne; Tirard, Véronique et al

in Médecine et Maladies Infectieuses (1994), 24

L'étude avait pour but d'évaluer le niveau d'immunité vis à vis de la toxoplasmose des femmes venant d'accoucher à Amiens entre mars 1993 et avril 1994 ainsi que leur connnaissance des mesures préventives ... [more ▼]

L'étude avait pour but d'évaluer le niveau d'immunité vis à vis de la toxoplasmose des femmes venant d'accoucher à Amiens entre mars 1993 et avril 1994 ainsi que leur connnaissance des mesures préventives vis à vis de cette parasitose. Cette étude a permis de mettre en évidence la bonne connaissance des mesures préventives vis à vis de la toxoplasmose chez les femmes non immunes. Ceci a permis également de préciser les données épidémiologiques de la toxoplasmose à Amiens. Le choix d'un protocole incluant les femmes au moment de l'accouchement pourrait être complété par celui de femmes en début de grosesse pour éviter d'exclure les interruptions de grossesse. Cette étude devrait déboucher sur une enquête nationale qui permettrait de préciser l'épidémiolgoie de la toxoplasmose en France. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimisation du plan parcellaire d'une exploitation agricole: une application de la theorie des graphes.
Dupont, Pascal ULg

in Bulletin des Recherches Agronomiques de Gembloux (1994), 29(3),

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See detailBacillus subtilis as a biopesticide : biochemical and technological aspects
Thonart, Philippe ULg; Heuze, V.; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in Progress in biotechnology (1994), 9

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See detailPilot trial of combined administration of erythropoietin and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor to children undergoing allogeneic bone marrow transplantation.
Locatelli, F.; Zecca, M.; Ponchio, L. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (1994), 14(6), 929-35

We carried out a pilot study to evaluate the combined use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEpo) and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) for accelerating marrow engraftment in children ... [more ▼]

We carried out a pilot study to evaluate the combined use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEpo) and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) for accelerating marrow engraftment in children given allogeneic bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Fifteen consecutive children were enrolled in this study; 13 completed it and were evaluable. Using analysis of variance, laboratory and clinical data referring to these children were compared with those of 15 patients previously treated with rhEpo alone and with those of 16 historical controls. Erythroid repopulation, evaluated sequentially through serum transferrin receptor and reticulocyte count, was similarly accelerated in children receiving rhEpo alone and in those receiving combined treatment. These latter, however, showed a further reduction in the total number of red blood cell units required to reach transfusion independence (1.1 +/- 0.7 in the study population vs 2.7 +/- 1.2 in rhEpo group vs 4.2 +/- 2.3 in historical controls; values are mean +/- 1 SD; p < 0.001). Neutrophil engraftment, i.e. time for neutrophils to reach 0.5 x 10(9)/l, was 11 +/- 3 days in children receiving combined treatment, significantly shorter than that of the control groups (16 +/- 3 and 18 +/- 5, respectively; p < 0.001). Acceleration of neutrophil recovery translated into fewer infections: days of fever were significantly reduced in the study population (4 +/- 2 vs 11 +/- 8 vs 15 +/- 6, respectively).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailThe mechanism of action of DD-peptidases: the role of Threonine-299 and -301 in the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase.
Wilkin, J M; Dubus, Alice ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1994), 301 ( Pt 2)

The side chains of residues Thr299 and Thr301 in the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase have been modified by site-directed mutagenesis. These amino acids are part of a beta-strand which forms a wall of the ... [more ▼]

The side chains of residues Thr299 and Thr301 in the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase have been modified by site-directed mutagenesis. These amino acids are part of a beta-strand which forms a wall of the active-site cavity. Thr299 corresponds to the second residue of the Lys-Thr(Ser)-Gly triad, highly conserved in active-site beta-lactamases and penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs). Modification of Thr301 resulted only in minor alterations of the catalytic and penicillin-binding properties of the enzyme. No selective decrease of the rate of acylation was observed for any particular class of compounds. By contrast, the loss of the hydroxy group of the residue in position 299 yielded a seriously impaired enzyme. The rates of inactivation by penicillins were decreased 30-50-fold, whereas the reactions with cephalosporins were even more affected. The efficiency of hydrolysis against the peptide substrate was also seriously decreased. More surprisingly, the mutant was completely unable to catalyse transpeptidation reactions. The conservation of an hydroxylated residue in this position in PBPs is thus easily explained by these results. [less ▲]

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See detailParametric Cubic Equations For Modeling Moldboard Plow Surfaces
Ravonison, Nm.; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Soil & Tillage Research (1994), 31(4), 363-373

Mouldboard shape identification is needed to compare and analyse the performance of different plough bottoms. The paper presents a method for describing an existing mouldboard mathematically. The ... [more ▼]

Mouldboard shape identification is needed to compare and analyse the performance of different plough bottoms. The paper presents a method for describing an existing mouldboard mathematically. The technique used is based on a Bezier form of three dimensional parametric cubics and it focuses on an algorithm to improve the efficiency of approximation of a theoretical surface and the actual one. The method is well suited to describing mouldboard designs. [less ▲]

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See detailImidazolidinones structurally-related to penicillins: synthesis, molecular modeling and biological evalutation
Marchand-Brynaert, Jacqueline; Lamotte-Brasseur, Josette; Dive, Georges ULg

in Drug Metabolism and Drug Interactions (1994), 11(2), 85-109

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See detailDe réels progrès ont-ils été faits dans le traitement de l'ostéoporose ?
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; DEROISY, Rita ULg; Franchimont, P

in Medisearch (1994), 81

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See detailModèles de cubage pour essences multi-tiges: application à des plantations d'acacia.
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Cahiers Agricultures (1994), 3(3),

Des tarifs de cubage individuels ont été construits pour estimer le volume de plantations d'Acacia auriculiformis A. Cunn. ex Benth destinées à la production de bois de feu. Ces tarifs fournissent, d'une ... [more ▼]

Des tarifs de cubage individuels ont été construits pour estimer le volume de plantations d'Acacia auriculiformis A. Cunn. ex Benth destinées à la production de bois de feu. Ces tarifs fournissent, d'une part, le volume total incluant le bois de tiges et de branches jusqu'à une découpe de 9 cm de circonférence et, d'autre part, ce volume réparti en classes de circonférences de 9 à 14 cm, 15 à 44 cm et plus de 45 cm. Cette essence est généralement abondamment ramifiée, ce qui complique la détermination de son volume et interfère avec la caractérisation d'une variable dendrométrique déterminante, à savoir la circonférence ou le diamètre à 1,30m au-dessus du niveau du sol. Lorsque plusieurs tiges sont observées à 1,30m de hauteur, il est proposé de considérer une circonférence théorique résultant de la somme quadratique des circonférences des brins mesurés à ce niveau. Différentes équations de cubage mettant en oeuvre les circonférences à la base de l'arbre (niveau d'abattage) ou à 1,30m, ainsi que la hauteur totale, l'âge et le nombre de brins, sont proposées pour des plantations âgées de quelques dizaines de mois. En termes de compromis entre précision des estimations et coût des mesures, l'équation faisant intervenir la circonférence à 1,30m, l'âge et le nombre de brins s'est avérée la plus satisfaisante. En ce qui concerne les estimations de volume par assortiments, applicables à des plantations plus âgées, les équations ne faisant intervenir que la seule circonférence à 1,3m sont largement acceptables. [less ▲]

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See detailComplete Dna-Sequence Of Yeast Chromosome-Xi
Dujon, Bernard; Esteban, Pf.; Fernandes, L. et al

in Nature (1994), 369(6479),

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See detailAssessment of the new immunological test Hemoblot for detecting occult blood in faeces
Jeanson, Antoinette; Jamart, J.; Maisin, J. M. et al

in European Journal of Cancer Prevention (1994), 3(5), 407-412

Hemoblot, a new immunological faecal occult blood test, produced by Gamma, Angleur, Belgium, was characterized and compared with another immunological test (HemeSelect, SmithKline Diagnostics, USA) and ... [more ▼]

Hemoblot, a new immunological faecal occult blood test, produced by Gamma, Angleur, Belgium, was characterized and compared with another immunological test (HemeSelect, SmithKline Diagnostics, USA) and with a guaiac test (Hemoccult II, SmithKline Diagnostics). The analytical sensitivity of Hemoblot is 0.15 mg haemoglobin/g faeces and the test is specific for human haemoglobin. In addition, 135 symptomatic patients who had to undergo a colonoscopy were tested using the three tests. Two criteria were considered for the analysis: (1) the blood criterion: any pathology likely to cause colorectal or other bleeding; and (2) the precancerous-cancerous criterion: the pathology being either a colorectal polyp > 0.5 cm or a colorectal cancer. Considering both criteria, the sensitivity of Hemoblot was significantly higher than the sensitivity of Hemoccult: 38% and 23%, respectively, for the blood criterion; and 54% and 29% for the precancerous-cancerous criterion. Sensitivity and specificity did not differ statistically between Hemoblot and HemeSelect but Hemoblot was faster and simpler to perform. It could be widely used in mass screening. [less ▲]

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See detailSubcellular Localization and Compartmentation of Thiamine Derivatives in Rat Brain
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Wins, Pierre; Lesourd, Monique

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1994), 1222(1), 1-6

The subcellular distribution of thiamine derivatives in rat brain was studied. Thiamine diphosphate content was highest in the mitochondrial and synaptosomal fractions, and lowest in microsomal, myelin ... [more ▼]

The subcellular distribution of thiamine derivatives in rat brain was studied. Thiamine diphosphate content was highest in the mitochondrial and synaptosomal fractions, and lowest in microsomal, myelin and cytosolic fractions. Only 3-5% of total thiamine diphosphate was bound to transketolase, a cytosolic enzyme. Thiamine triphosphate was barely detectable in the microsomal and cytosolic fraction, but synaptosomes were slightly enriched in this compound compared to the crude homogenate. Both myelin and mitochondrial fractions contained significant amounts of thiamine triphosphate. In order to estimate the relative turnover rates of these compounds, the animals received an intraperitoneal injection of either [14C]thiamine or [14C]sulbutiamine (isobutyrylthiamine disulfide) 1 h before decapitation. The specific radioactivities of thiamine compounds found in the brain decreased in the order: thiamine > thiamine triphosphate > thiamine monophosphate > thiamine diphosphate. Incorporation of radioactivity into thiamine triphosphate was more marked with [14C]sulbutiamine than with [14C]thiamine. The highest specific radioactivity of thiamine diphosphate was found in the cytosolic fraction of the brain, though this pool represents less than 10% of total thiamine diphosphate. Cytosolic thiamine diphosphate had a twice higher specific radioactivity when [14C]sulbutiamine was used as precursor compared with thiamine though no significant differences were found in the other cellular compartments. Our results suggest the existence of two thiamine diphosphate pools: the bound cofactor pool is essentially mitochondrial and has a low turnover; a much smaller cytosolic pool (6-7% of total TDP) of high turnover is the likely precursor of thiamine triphosphate. [less ▲]

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See detailL'identité wallonne saisie par l'enquête : une approche constructiviste de l'identité collective
Jacquemain, Marc ULg; Vandekeere, Michel; Doutrelepont, René

in Res Publica (1994), 26

The paper shows how a constructivist approach of collective identity makes sense of the use of survey data to approach regional walloon identity

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See detailReduction of the acute bioavailability of metformin by the alpha-glucosidase inhibitor acarbose in normal man.
Scheen, André ULg; de Magalhaes, A. C.; Salvatore, T. et al

in European Journal of Clinical Investigation (1994), 24 Suppl 3

In a double-blind cross-over study, we investigated a possible influence of the alpha-glucosidase inhibitor acarbose on the bioavailability of the biguanide compound metformin. Each of the six healthy ... [more ▼]

In a double-blind cross-over study, we investigated a possible influence of the alpha-glucosidase inhibitor acarbose on the bioavailability of the biguanide compound metformin. Each of the six healthy young male volunteers was randomly allocated during two consecutive 7 day periods to either acarbose (days 1-3: 3 x 50 mg day-1; days 4-7: 3 x 100 mg day-1) or placebo. At day 7 and 14 of the study, the overnight-fasted subjects ingested 1000 mg metformin with the first bite of a standardized breakfast (500 kcal; 60 g carbohydrates) and together with either placebo or 100 mg acarbose. Acarbose significantly (P < 0.05) reduced the meal-induced increase in blood glucose and plasma insulin levels. Acarbose induced a significant (P < 0.05) reduction in early (90, 120, 180 min) serum levels, peak concentrations (Cmax: 1.22 +/- 0.14 vs. 1.87 +/- 0.60 mg l-1) and area under the curve of metformin (AUC 0-540 min: 423 +/- 55 vs. 652 +/- 55 mg min l-1), but did not diminish its 24 h urinary excretion. In conclusion, acarbose significantly reduces the acute bioavailability of metformin in normal subjects. [less ▲]

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See detailFollicular dendritic cells: whose children?
Heinen, Ernst ULg; Bosseloir, A.

in Immunology Today (1994), 15(5), 201-4

At the recent Germinal Centre Conference in Spa*, over 200 immunologists gathered to study the fate of lymph follicles, B- and T-cell selection, cell migration, accessory cells, and pathological ... [more ▼]

At the recent Germinal Centre Conference in Spa*, over 200 immunologists gathered to study the fate of lymph follicles, B- and T-cell selection, cell migration, accessory cells, and pathological conditions such as lymphoproliferative diseases and AIDS. Here, Ernst Heinen and Alain Bosseloir report on this fascinating field. [less ▲]

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See detailLes indices de déformation plio-quaternaire de la bordure occidentale du bassin des Iullemenden dans la région de Niamey (Niger).
Vicat, Jean-Paul; Léger, Jean-Marc; AHMED, Y et al

in Revue de Géographie Alpine (1994), 5

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See detailPlasmids for heavy metal resistance in Alcaligenes eutrophus CH34: Mechanisms and applications
Collard, Jean-Marc; Corbisier, Philippe; Diels, Ludo et al

in FEMS Microbiology Reviews (1994), 14

Alcaligenes eutrophus CH34 is the main representative of a group of strongly related strains (mostly facultative chemolithotrophs) that are well adapted to environments containing high levels of heavy ... [more ▼]

Alcaligenes eutrophus CH34 is the main representative of a group of strongly related strains (mostly facultative chemolithotrophs) that are well adapted to environments containing high levels of heavy metals. It harbors the megaplasmids pMOL28 and pMOL30 which carry resistance determinants to Co2+, Ni2+, CrO42-, Hg2+, Tl+, Cd2+, Cu2+ and Zn2+. Among the best characterized determinants are the cnr operon (resistance to Co, Ni) an pMOL28 and the czc operon on pMOL30 (resistance to Co, Cd and Zn). Although the two systems reveal a significant degree of amino acid similarity in the structural genes, the regulation of the operons is different. The resistance mechanism in both cases is based on efflux. The efflux mechanism leads to a pH increase outside of the cytoplasmic membrane. Metals are sequestered from the external medium through the bioprecipitation of metal carbonates formed in the saturated zone around the cell. This latter phenomenon can be exploited in bioreactors designed to remove metals from effluents. The bacteria are immobilized on composite membranes in a continuous tubular membrane reactor (CTMR). The effluent continuously circulates through the intertubular space, while the external surface of the tubes is in contact with the growth medium. Metal crystals are eventually removed by the effluent stream and collected on a glass bead column. The system has been applied to effluents containing Cd, Zn, Co, Ni and Cu. By introducing catabolic plasmids involved in the aerobic degradation of PCBs and 2,4-D into metal-resistant A. eutrophus strains, the application range was widened to include effluents polluted with both organic and inorganic substances. Biosensors have been developed which are based on the fusion of genes induced by metals to a reporter system, the lux operon of Vibrio fischeri. Bacterial luciferases produce light through the oxidation of fatty aldehydes. The gene fusions are useful both for the study of regulatory genes and for the determination of heavy metal concentrations in the environment. [less ▲]

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See detailBiodegradation of the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons phenanthrene, naphtalene and biphenyl by bacteria isolated from a contaminated soil.
Detaille, D.; Jacques, Ph.; Thonart, Philippe ULg

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1994), 102(B8),

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See detailDistribution of plankton parameters in the north eastern North Sea in relation to vertical physical structures
Veeschkens, Christine; Belkhiria, Sami; Goffart, Anne ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1994), 63(1-2), 65-88

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See detailSTRUCTURAL AND KINETIC CHARACTERIZATION OF A BETA-LACTAMASE-INHIBITOR PROTEIN
STRYNADKA, N. C. J.; JENSEN, S. E.; JOHNS, K. et al

in Nature (1994), 368(6472), 657-660

THE past decade has seen an alarming worldwide increase in resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics among many pathogenic bacteria1, which is due mainly to plasmid- or chromosomally encoded beta-lactamases ... [more ▼]

THE past decade has seen an alarming worldwide increase in resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics among many pathogenic bacteria1, which is due mainly to plasmid- or chromosomally encoded beta-lactamases that specifically cleave penicillin and cephalosporins, rendering them inactive. There is therefore a need to develop new strategies in the design of effective inhibitors of beta-lactamase. All the small-molecule inhibitors in clinical use are not very effective and are rapidly degraded2,3. Furthermore, newly characterized mutants of the plasmid-mediated beta-lactamase TEM-1 are highly resistant to these small-molecule inhibitors, including clavulanic acid and tazobactam4. It has been shown that Streptomyces clavuligerus produces an exocellular beta-lactamase inhibitory protein (BLIP; M(r) 17.5 K)5. Here we present data defining BLIP as the most effective known inhibitor of a variety of beta-lactamases, with K(i) values in the subnanomolar to picomolar range. To identify those features in BLIP that make it such a potent inhibitor, we have determined its molecular structure at 2.1 angstrom resolution. BLIP is a relatively flat molecule with a unique fold, comprising a tandem repeat of a 76-amino-acid domain. Each domain consists of a helix-loop-helix motif that packs against a four-stranded antiparallel beta-sheet (Fig. 1a). To our knowledge, BLIP is the first example of a protein inhibitor having two similarly folded domains that interact with and inhibit a single target enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailINTERNATIONAL-CONFERENCE ON BARBUS - PRESENT AND FUTURE - FOREWORD
BERREBI, P.; Poncin, Pascal ULg

in Bulletin Francais De La Peche Et De La Pisciculture (1994), (334), 167-168

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See detailBovine Leukaemia Virus: biology and mode of transformation
Burny, A.; Willems, Luc ULg; Callebaut, I. et al

in Viruses and Cancer, Cambridge University Press (1994)

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See detailEffet différentiel d'un didacticiel d'apprentissage de l'orthographe selon le mode d'utilisation de l'ordinateur
Crahay, Marcel ULg; Huberman, M.

in Education et Recherche (1994), 16(3), 300-326

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See detailLes fleurs pâles du souvenir... Sur Guillaume Lekeu
Pirenne, Christophe ULg; Vendrix, Philippe ULg

in La Vie Wallonne (1994), 110

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See detailRock progressif et analyse musicale
Pirenne, Christophe ULg

in Art&Fact (1994), 13

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See detailEffect of recombinant human erythropoietin on platelets in patients with anemia of renal failure: correlation of platelet count with erythropoietic activity and iron parameters.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Loo, Martine; R'Zik, Samir ULg et al

in European Journal of Haematology (1994), 53(5), 265-70

We examined the effect of treatment with rHuEpo on platelet counts in 61 hemodialysis patients and correlated them with changes in erythropoietic activity, iron status and inflammation. Platelets (10(9)/1 ... [more ▼]

We examined the effect of treatment with rHuEpo on platelet counts in 61 hemodialysis patients and correlated them with changes in erythropoietic activity, iron status and inflammation. Platelets (10(9)/1) increased from 220 +/- 80 to 245 +/- 102 after 14 days and stabilized at that level up to day 90 (p < 0.0001). The increment was similar in complete or partial responders but was not observed in failures. Serum transferrin receptor (sTfR, a measure of total erythropoiesis) and Het rose much more progressively, but relative platelet increments correlated with relative increases in sTfR and Hct. Relative platelet increments correlated inversely with relative changes of SeFe or transferrin saturation, but not with their absolute values, nor with baseline ferritin or its progressive decrease. Although baseline platelet count was 12% higher in patients with inflammation and correlated with serum haptoglobin, relative increases were similar in patients with or without inflammation. In conclusion, rHuEpo produced a clinically minor but consistent elevation of platelet counts. These modifications were not related primarily to modifications in iron stores, functional iron deficiency, or inflammation, but paralleled the expansion of erythropoietic activity. The results suggest that rHuEpo has a small positive effect on platelet production, but it cannot be ruled out that this could be partially mediated through functional iron deficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation of effective and total erythropoiesis in myelodysplasia using serum transferrin receptor and erythropoietin concentrations, with automated reticulocyte parameters.
Bowen, D. T.; Culligan, D.; Beguin, Yves ULg et al

in Leukemia : Official Journal of the Leukemia Society of America, Leukemia Research Fund, U.K (1994), 8(1), 151-5

The erythroid abnormality in patients with myelodysplasia (MDS) is multifactorial, with ineffective erythropoiesis and poor in vitro progenitor response to erythropoietin (EPO). Serum EPO concentration is ... [more ▼]

The erythroid abnormality in patients with myelodysplasia (MDS) is multifactorial, with ineffective erythropoiesis and poor in vitro progenitor response to erythropoietin (EPO). Serum EPO concentration is variable among patients for a given haemoglobin concentration. We studied 19 non-transfusion-dependent patients with MDS, and 13 healthy elderly control subjects in an attempt to define the factors governing variability in serum EPO and to further characterise the anaemia of MDS. Serum EPO concentration was appropriate for the degree of anaemia in 15/19 MDS patients, and was positively related to mean cell volume (MCV), mean cell haemoglobin (MCH), and percentage highly fluorescent reticulocytes (% HFR), but not to absolute or percentage reticulocyte count. Although the observed/predicted ratio for serum transferrin receptor (TfR) concentration was low in 12 of 19 MDS subjects, no relationship to haemoglobin concentration, reticulocytes or serum EPO was seen. Serum TfR was positively correlated with WBC and platelet counts. Serum TfR was higher in patients with sideroblastic anaemia than refractory anaemia. Standardized in vivo p50 was positively correlated to red cell 2,3 diphosphoglycerate concentration, although this was not the only factor influencing the oxygen dissociation curve. We conclude that effective erythroid output responsive to endogenous EPO drive in MDS is positively related to MCV, MCH and % HFR. Serum TfR may not represent effective output as precisely as % HFR, but may be proportional to total marrow erythropoietic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailConstruction d'un modèle de répartition des arbres par classes de grosseur pour des plantations d'épicéa commun (Picea abies L Karst) en Ardenne belge
Lejeune, Philippe ULg

in Annales des Sciences Forestières (1994), 51(1), 53-65

The construction of a girth distribution model for Norway spruce (Picea abies L Karst) plantations has been considered using 141 sample plots of 1 000 m². The effects of the theoretical distribution ... [more ▼]

The construction of a girth distribution model for Norway spruce (Picea abies L Karst) plantations has been considered using 141 sample plots of 1 000 m². The effects of the theoretical distribution (comparison of the normal and Weibull distributions) and the estimation methods have been analysed. Despite the higher flexibility of the Weibull distribution, its use does not lead to a more accurate prediction of the distribution. The small number of samples measured in the plots seems to be the primary cause of the inaccuracy of the various models. Considering the data analysed, the normal distribution, which is easier to use, is proving to be more suitable for the creation of distribution model for such stands. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationship between alpha 2-adrenergic function and suicidal behavior in depressed patients.
Pitchot, William ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, A. et al

in Psychiatry Research (1994), 52(2), 115-23

The current main neurochemical theories of the biological correlates of suicidal behavior involve serotonergic and, to a lesser extent, dopaminergic systems. Few data are available about the possible ... [more ▼]

The current main neurochemical theories of the biological correlates of suicidal behavior involve serotonergic and, to a lesser extent, dopaminergic systems. Few data are available about the possible implication of the noradrenergic function. In the present study, we assessed the growth hormone response to clonidine, a selective alpha 2-adrenergic agonist, in 15 DSM-III-R major depressive inpatients with a history of suicide attempts, compared with 15 age- and gender-matched major depressive inpatients without a history of suicidal behavior. Mean (+/- SD) growth hormone peak responses to clonidine were significantly lower in the group of suicide attempters than in the control group: 2.93 +/- 3.01 ng/ml vs. 8.28 +/- 8.15 ng/ml. Therefore, these results suggest that a blunted growth hormone response to clonidine could be a biological correlate of suicidal behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailErythropoietic activity and iron metabolism in autologous blood donors during recombinant human erythropoietin therapy.
Biesma, D. H.; Van de Wiel, A.; Beguin, Yves ULg et al

in European Journal of Clinical Investigation (1994), 24(6), 426-32

The use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) to intensify the erythropoietic response in autologous donors may reduce homologous blood requirement. We studied the effect of subcutaneous rhEPO (500 ... [more ▼]

The use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rhEPO) to intensify the erythropoietic response in autologous donors may reduce homologous blood requirement. We studied the effect of subcutaneous rhEPO (500 U kg-1 body weight twice weekly during a 3 week period) on variables of erythropoiesis and iron metabolism in 62 autologous blood donors, of whom 32 received rhEPO (epo group) and 30 did not (control group). Patients donated only 2 units of blood and received oral iron in order to restrict phlebotomy-induced decrease of iron stores. Pre-phlebotomy haemoglobin concentration (14.0 +/- 0.8 g dl-1) was completely regenerated in the epo group at surgery (13.7 +/- 1.3 g dl-1); haemoglobin concentration in the control group fell from 13.5 +/- 1.4 g dl-1 to 11.6 +/- 1.4 g dl-1 after the phlebotomies and did not improve during the pre-operative phase. Total erythropoietic activity expressed as serum transferrin receptor concentration (sTfR) showed a 4-fold increase from 3.8 +/- 0.9 micrograms ml-1 to 14.9 +/- 4.8 micrograms ml-1 in the epo group. Effective erythropoietic activity measured by absolute reticulocyte count, however, declined after the fourth rhEPO injection in the epo group. Serum ferritin was lower in the epo group, but no differences in serum iron, transferrin concentration and transferrin saturation were observed between the groups. A marked increase in free erythrocyte protoporphyrin (FEP) was observed in the epo group, whereas FEP levels in the controls remained within normal ranges. Despite oral iron supplementation and the limited number of phlebotomies, the effect of rhEPO therapy in autologous donors is restricted by iron depletion. [less ▲]

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See detailAlienating Language and Darl's Narrative Consciousness in As I Lay Dying
Delville, Michel ULg

in The Southern Literary Journal (1994)

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See detailLate Devonian-Early Carboniferous miospores from the Menen borehole, Namur Synclinorium, Belgium
Loboziak, S.; Streel, Maurice ULg; Dusar, M. et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (1994), 80(1/2), 55-63

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See detailUse of recombinant human erythropoietin after bone marrow transplantation in pediatric patients with acute leukemia: effect on erythroid repopulation in autologous versus allogeneic transplants.
Locatelli, F.; Zecca, M.; Pedrazzoli, P. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (1994), 13(4), 403-10

We carried out a pilot study on the use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) in children undergoing allogeneic or mafosfamide-purged autologous BMT for ALL or AML. rHuEPO was administered ... [more ▼]

We carried out a pilot study on the use of recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEPO) in children undergoing allogeneic or mafosfamide-purged autologous BMT for ALL or AML. rHuEPO was administered intravenously at a dose of 75 U/kg/day for 30 days after transplant. Ten rHuEPO-treated patients receiving allogeneic BMT and 10 given autologous BMT were compared with 15 allogeneic and 10 autologous historical controls. Endogenous EPO production was appropriate for the degree of anemia after autologous BMT. In these patients, rHuEPO did not accelerate erythroid repopulation and did not modify transfusion requirements. With allogeneic BMT, erythroid marrow activity increased faster in patients given rHuEPO than in controls and resulted in higher red cell production, the mean reticulocyte count on day +30 being 187 +/- 51 x 10(9)/l in treated patients versus 107 +/- 63 x 10(9)/l in controls (p < 0.01). The total number of RBC units administered was 1.7 +/- 1.3 in the rHuEPO group versus 5.1 +/- 3.0 in the control group (p < 0.001). The total number of platelet transfusions was 4.0 +/- 2.3 for patients given allogeneic BMT and receiving rHuEPO versus 8.4 +/- 6.8 for historical controls (p < 0.05) whereas it was similar in rHuEPO-treated and control autologous BMT patients.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailEtude des relations entre les microstructures obtenues par vieillissement isotherme et le comportement mécanique (fatigue, résilience) dans des alliages Zn-Al et Zn-Al-Cu
Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Terziev, L.; Wegria, J.

in Revue de Métallurgie [=Revue de Métallurgie. Cahiers d'Informations Techniques] (1994), 91[5]

L’article présenté établit une corrélation entre le comportement mécanique (fluage, résilience) et les microstructures qui apparaissent au cours d’un traitement thermique isotherme (100 ou 250 °C) dans ... [more ▼]

L’article présenté établit une corrélation entre le comportement mécanique (fluage, résilience) et les microstructures qui apparaissent au cours d’un traitement thermique isotherme (100 ou 250 °C) dans des alliages Zn-Al et Zn-Al-Cu1. Le but est de mettre en évidence l’intérêt pratique des modifications structurales obtenues. On observe un meilleur résultat pour des échantillons vieillis pendant une semaine environ. La température de traitement la plus favorable est 250 °C. De plus, les alliages contenant du cuivre possèdent un meilleur comportement que les alliages binaires Zn-Al. [less ▲]

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See detailModulatory Effect of Neuropeptide Y on Acetylcholine-Induced Oedema and Vasoconstriction in Isolated Perfused Lungs of Rabbit
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Dessy-Doize, C. et al

in British Journal of Pharmacology (1994), 113(3), 973-81

1. The modulatory role of neuropeptide Y (NPY) on pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine and capsaicin was investigated. The effects of NPY on the haemodynamic response to acetylcholine, phenylephrine ... [more ▼]

1. The modulatory role of neuropeptide Y (NPY) on pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine and capsaicin was investigated. The effects of NPY on the haemodynamic response to acetylcholine, phenylephrine and substance P were also investigated. 2. Isolated, ventilated, exsanguinated lungs of the rabbit were perfused with a constant flow of recirculating blood-free perfusate. The double/arterial/venous occlusion method was used to partition the total pressure gradient (delta Pt) into four components: the arterial gradient (delta Pa), the pre- and post-capillary gradients (respectively delta Pa' and delta Pv') and the venous pressure gradient (delta Pv). Endothelial permeability was evaluated by measuring the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). 3. Acetylcholine (10(-8) M to 10(-4) M) and substance P (SP, 10(-10) M to 10(-6) M) induced a concentration-dependent increase in the Kf,c. Capsaicin (10(-4) M) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) (10(-4) M) also increased this parameter. NPY (10(-8) M) completely inhibited the effects of acetylcholine and capsaicin on the Kf,c, without preventing the effects of substance P and 5-HT. 4. Acetylcholine induced concentration-dependent vasoconstriction in the precapillary segment. The effect was inhibited by NPY and aspirin, an inhibitor of cyclo-oxygenase, while ketanserin, a 5-HT2 receptor antagonist, and SR140333, a new NK1 antagonist, had no protective effect. Phenylephrine increased delta Pa at high concentration, an effect also inhibited by NPY and aspirin. Substance P had no significant haemodynamic effect. When injected together with NPY, substance P (10(-6) M) induced a significant increase in the total pressure gradient.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of the missing 5-end of the encoding region of the bovine leukemia virus cell receptor gene.
Ban, J.; Truong, A. T.; Horion, B. et al

in Archives of Virology (1994), 138(3-4),

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See detailInteractions between the biofilm growth and the hydrodynamics in an aerobic trickling filter
Lekhlif, B.; Toye, Dominique ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Water Science & Technology (1994), 29

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See detailDNase I hypersensitive sites far upstream of the rat tryptophan oxygenase gene direct developmentally regulated transcription in livers of transgenic mice.
Kaltschmidt, Christian; Muller, Marc ULg; Brem, Gottfried et al

in Mechanisms of Development (1994), 45(3), 203-10

Expression of the gene coding for tryptophan oxygenase (TO) is switched on in rat liver about two weeks after birth. We identified two clusters of DNaseI hypersensitive (HS) sites in the TO gene upstream ... [more ▼]

Expression of the gene coding for tryptophan oxygenase (TO) is switched on in rat liver about two weeks after birth. We identified two clusters of DNaseI hypersensitive (HS) sites in the TO gene upstream region; one near the promoter, the other at a distant upstream location (-8.5 kb). Hypersensitivity of upstream sites was present in adult and in 7 day old rat liver, but absent in kidney. To investigate their role in transcriptional regulation, a reporter gene controlled by both HS site regions was used to generate transgenic mice. In these animals the transgene followed the cell specific and developmental regulation of the endogenous gene: inactive after birth and active in adult liver. Transgenes containing only the promoter proximal HS site were non-functional. [less ▲]

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See detailAvailability of glucose ingested during muscle exercise performed under acipimox-induced lipolysis blockade.
Gautier, J. F.; Pirnay, Freddy ULg; Jandrain, Bernard ULg et al

in European Journal of Applied Physiology and Occupational Physiology (1994), 68(5), 406-12

This study investigated the percentage of carbohydrate utilization than can be accounted for by glucose ingested during exercise performed after the ingestion of the potent lipolysis inhibitor Acipimox ... [more ▼]

This study investigated the percentage of carbohydrate utilization than can be accounted for by glucose ingested during exercise performed after the ingestion of the potent lipolysis inhibitor Acipimox. Six healthy male volunteers exercised for 3 h on a treadmill at about 45% of their maximal oxygen uptake, 75 min after having ingested 250 mg of Acipimox. After 15-min adaptation to exercise, they ingested either glucose dissolved in water, 50 g at time 0 min and 25 g at time 60 and 120 min (glucose, G) or sweetened water (control, C). Naturally labelled [13C]glucose was used to follow the conversion of the ingested glucose to expired-air CO2. Acipimox inhibited lipolysis in a similar manner in both experimental conditions. This was reflected by an almost complete suppression of the exercise-induced increase in plasma free fatty acid and glycerol and by an almost constant rate of lipid oxidation. Total carbohydrate oxidation evaluated by indirect calorimetry, was similar in both experimental conditions [C, 182, (SEM 21); G, 194 (SEM 16) g.3 h-1], as was lipid oxidation [C, 57 (SEM 6); G, 61 (SEM 3) g.3 h-1]. Exogenous glucose oxidation during exercise G, calculated by the changes in 13C:12C ratio of expired air CO2, averaged 66 (SEM 5) g.3 h-1 (19% of the total energy requirement). Consequently, endogenous carbohydrate utilization was significantly smaller after glucose than after placebo ingestion: 128 (SEM 18) versus 182 (SEM 21) g.3 h-1, respectively (P < 0.05). Symptoms of intense fatigue and leg cramps observed with intake of sweet placebo were absent with glucose ingestion.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailTechniques moleculaires de detection et d'identification des agents phytopathogenes.
Lepoivre, Philippe ULg; Kummert, J.; Colinet, D. et al

in Cahiers Agricultures (1994), 3(4),

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See detailDo canine scalene and sternomastoid muscles play a role in breathing?
De Troyer, A.; Cappello, M.; Brichant, Jean-François ULg

in Journal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) (1994), 76(1), 242-52

To assess the respiratory function of the scalene and sternomastoid muscles in the dog, we studied the effect of graded increases in inspiratory airflow resistance and single-breath airway occlusion on ... [more ▼]

To assess the respiratory function of the scalene and sternomastoid muscles in the dog, we studied the effect of graded increases in inspiratory airflow resistance and single-breath airway occlusion on the electrical activity of these muscles in 18 supine anesthetized spontaneously breathing animals. The sternomastoids never showed any activity, and the scalenes showed some inspiratory activity during occlusion in only two animals. The adoption of the prone position and bilateral cervical vagotomy did not affect this pattern. Hypercapnia also did not elicit any sternomastoid activity and induced scalene inspiratory activity during occlusion in only four of nine animals. On microscopic examination, however, both muscles were found to contain large numbers of spindles, suggesting that they have the capacity to respond to stretch. In addition, with increases in inspiratory resistance, both the sternum and ribs were displaced in the caudal direction. As a result, the scalenes demonstrated a gradual inspiratory lengthening and the normal inspiratory lengthening of the sternomastoids was accentuated. Additional studies in three unanesthetized animals showed consistent activity in the scalene and sternomastoid muscles during movements of the trunk and neck but no activity during breathing, including occluded breathing. These observations thus indicate that the alpha-motoneurons of the scalene and sternomastoid muscles in the dog have very small central respiratory drive potentials with respect to their critical firing threshold. In this animal, these muscles do not have a significant respiratory function. [less ▲]

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See detailLa formation des agents de santé scolaire dans le cadre du programme "Je mange bien à l'école"
Vandoorne, Chantal ULg

in Observatoire : Revue d'Action Sociale & Médico-Sociale (1994), (3),

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See detailLa Famille au présent : les valeurs familiales des Belges durant les années 90
Guillaume, Jean-François ULg

in Observatoire : Revue d'Action Sociale & Médico-Sociale (1994), 6(novembre-décembre), 24-29

Analyse de données de l'enquête européenne sur les valeurs (1990). Le texte souligne les valeurs sous-jacentes à un ordre conjugal axé sur la libre disposition de soi et le primat de la relation, au ... [more ▼]

Analyse de données de l'enquête européenne sur les valeurs (1990). Le texte souligne les valeurs sous-jacentes à un ordre conjugal axé sur la libre disposition de soi et le primat de la relation, au risque d'un repli sur soi. Les valeurs éducatives des années 1990 tendent à privilégier l'autonomie, l'ouverture à l'univers extra-familial et à conférer à l'enfant le statut d'un être indépendant. [less ▲]

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See detailAN IMPROVED ONE-POINT INTEGRATION METHOD FOR LARGE-STRAIN ELASTOPLASTIC ANALYSIS
Stainier, Laurent ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (1994), 118(1-2), 163-177

In this paper, we present a new one-point integration method generalizing Flanagan and Belytschko's method (Internat. J. Numer. Methods Engrg. 17 (1981) 679-706) and a modification of Belytschko and ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we present a new one-point integration method generalizing Flanagan and Belytschko's method (Internat. J. Numer. Methods Engrg. 17 (1981) 679-706) and a modification of Belytschko and Bindeman's method (Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Engrg. 88 (1991) 311-340), both in the frame of large deformation elastoplastic analysis. These stabilization methods are combined with the radial return method used to integrate the constitutive law. Plane strain problems are first considered, and the method is then generalized to axisymmetrical situations. The explicit time integration scheme with its critical timestep is also considered. A few examples are presented that show the great time savings that can be obtained with reduced integration without any loss of accuracy, and even with a gain in the solution quality, since the underintegrated elements prove to be 'flexurally superconvergent'. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of the Illegal Administration of Natural Steroid Hormones in the Plasma of Bulls and Heifers
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Degand, Guy ULg; Duyckaerts, Anne et al

in Analyst (1994), 119(12), 2639-44

In the context of the control of the illegal administration of natural steroid hormones in cattle husbandry, an attempt was made to establish the decision levels for sex steroid hormones in the plasma of ... [more ▼]

In the context of the control of the illegal administration of natural steroid hormones in cattle husbandry, an attempt was made to establish the decision levels for sex steroid hormones in the plasma of adult cattle, taking into account the effect of the treatment. Bulls and heifers were treated with two injections, at a two week interval, of an estradiol-testosterone cocktail. Steroid hormone and biochemical precursor concentrations were measured in plasma samples by using specific radioimmunoassays, before and after the treatment. When the treatment significantly (p < 0.05) modified a hormone concentration, a decision level was established for that hormone concentration. At each decision level, a score was assigned that represented the percentage of treated animals detected when the decision limit was applied. For heifers, 17 beta-estradiol and testosterone concentrations in plasma, which increased after the treatment, are the best criteria to use to detect treated animals, with decision limits of 20 pg ml-1 and 125 pg ml-1, respectively. In the instance of bulls, both testosterone and steroid biochemical precursor concentrations decreased in the plasma after the treatment. We proposed decision limits of 1500 pg ml-1 and 28 pg ml-1 for testosterone and androstenedione concentrations, respectively, the bulls displaying concentrations below these limits being positive. We observed that the repetition of the injection increased the score of the decision limit. The scores for testosterone are 70%, 14d after the first injection and 100% 14 d after the second injection, and for androstenedione, these scores are 60 and 100%, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailDetailed Study of a Molecule in a Molecule N-Acetyl-L-Tryptophanamide in a Active-Site Model of Alpha-Chymotrypsin
Dive, Georges ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (1994), 116(6), 2548-2556

Six complexes between a model active site of alpha-chymotrypsin (261 atoms) and N-acetyl-L-tryptophanamide (33 atoms) were optimized at the semiempirical AM1 level. In one of these complexes, a water ... [more ▼]

Six complexes between a model active site of alpha-chymotrypsin (261 atoms) and N-acetyl-L-tryptophanamide (33 atoms) were optimized at the semiempirical AM1 level. In one of these complexes, a water molecule was included. A detailed study at the geometric and energetic levels is presented. The discussion deals with the nature of the interaction, the effect of the environment, the ligand deformation, the backbone relaxation, the water molecule freedom, and the comparison with the molecular mechanics results. [less ▲]

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See detailL'enseignement du français instrumental à l'université: quelles possibilités?
Vanden Berghe, Kristine ULg; Sanctobin, Véronique; Slootmaekers, An et al

in Rencontres (1994), 5

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See detailEtude comparative de six systèmes d'immunodosage de la ferritine sérique au cours de maladies rhumatismales
Revenant, M. C.; Vernet, M.; Rymer, J. C. et al

in Eurobiologiste (L') (1994), XXVIII(2), 35-41

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See detailFunctional Sites Of The Bovine Leukemia-Virus Envelope Glycoproteins Using Structural And Immunological Data
Callebaut, I.; Mornon, Jp.; Burny, A. et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1994), 102(2),

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See detailStructure and orientation of apo B-100 peptides into a lipid bilayer.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Rosseneu, M. et al

in Journal of Protein Chemistry (1994), 13(1), 77-88

Peptides corresponding to lipid binding domains of Apo B-100 were synthesized, purified, and incubated with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) liposomes. The secondary structure of the apo B-100 ... [more ▼]

Peptides corresponding to lipid binding domains of Apo B-100 were synthesized, purified, and incubated with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) liposomes. The secondary structure of the apo B-100 peptide-lipid complexes was evaluated by attenuated total reflection Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (ATR-FTIR). Those peptides belonging to the hydrophobic "core" domain of apo B-100 when associated with phospholipids were rich in beta sheet structure; a predominant alpha helical conformation was shown to be associated with one peptide located in a surface region of apo B-100. IR dichroic spectra revealed, in the case of the "core" peptides, that the beta sheet component is the only oriented structure with respect to the phospholipid acyl chains. This orientation of the beta sheet was recently found in LDL particles after proteolytic digestion by trypsin (Goormaghtigh, E., Cabiaux, V., De Meutter, J., Rosseneu, M., and Ruysschaert, J. M., 1993, Biochemistry 32, 6104-6110). Altogether, the data suggest that beta sheet, present in a high proportion in the native apo B-100, is probably another protein structure in addition to the amphipathic helix which strongly interacts with the lipid outer layer surrounding the LDL particle. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization and Tumorigenicity of Spheroids Composed of Pigmented or Non Pigmented B16 Melanoma Cells
Coucke, P. H.; Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Bonjean, K. A. et al

in In Vivo (Athens, Greece) (1994), 8(3, May-Jun), 333-8

A parental line of mouse B16 melanoma cells (B16) and two derived cloned lines, either pigmented (B16P) or non pigmented (B16NP), were cultured in vitro as spheroids. After 48 hrs, the pigmented cells ... [more ▼]

A parental line of mouse B16 melanoma cells (B16) and two derived cloned lines, either pigmented (B16P) or non pigmented (B16NP), were cultured in vitro as spheroids. After 48 hrs, the pigmented cells (B16, B16P) formed smaller and looser aggregates, with higher rates of cell proliferation and lower amounts of extracellular matrix as compared to B16NP spheroids. The three lines were more tumorigenic when inoculated subcutaneously as spheroids than as isolated cells. Furthermore, B16P or B16 spheroids developed richly vascularized subcutaneous tumors and metastases more rapidly than B16NP aggregates. After intravenous injection of spheroids, the measurement with an image analyzer of the area of sections in lung colonies indicated that B16P colonies were larger and more numerous than those induced by B16NP cells. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of apolipoproteins B and A by radial immunodiffusion: methodological assessment and clinical applications.
Cano, M. D.; Gonzalvo, C.; Scheen, André ULg et al

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (1994), 52(9), 657-61

The clinical evaluation of apolipoproteins is of interest in order to characterize the risk profile for ischemic heart disease both in normolipidemic and hyperlipidemic subjects. In the non-specialized ... [more ▼]

The clinical evaluation of apolipoproteins is of interest in order to characterize the risk profile for ischemic heart disease both in normolipidemic and hyperlipidemic subjects. In the non-specialized and/or small practice clinical laboratory, the measurement of some apolipoproteins can be undertaken by simple methods of immunological analysis, among which radial immunodiffusion can be of interest due to its simplicity of use and because it does not require specific equipment. In this work several methodological questions concerning the measurement of plasma apolipoproteins B and A by radial immunodiffusion have been addressed; the results show that this method is particularly reliable for the apo B assay. Regression analysis between values obtained with radial immunodiffusion and radioimmunoassay was r = 0.972 for apo B and r = 0.782 for apo A. The recovery rate was above 90% for both apolipoproteins (93.8% for apo B and 99.5% for apo A). The inter and intraassay coefficients of variation were below 5%, and the detection limits were estimated as 9.6 mg/dl for apo A and 6.9 mg/dl for apo B. Neither the ingestion of a standard breakfast (500 Cal, 17 g fat, 120 mg cholesterol) 2 h prior to testing nor freezing the sample significantly affected the measurement of apolipoproteins B and A. Mean plasma concentrations of both apolipoproteins measured by radial immunodiffusion in normo and hyperlipidemic subjects are also presented. [less ▲]

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See detailEst-ce ainsi que les jeunes Belges lisent? Résultat d'une enquête internationale
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg; Lafontaine, Annette ULg

in Enjeux : Revue de Formation Continuée et de Didactique du Français (1994), 31(7), 31

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See detailAbnormal temporal patterns of glucose tolerance in obesity: relationship to sleep-related growth hormone secretion and circadian cortisol rhythmicity.
Van Cauter, E. V.; Polonsky, K. S.; Blackman, J. D. et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (1994), 79(6), 1797-805

To define the chronobiology of glucose tolerance and insulin secretion in obesity, nine obese men and nine lean men were studied during constant glucose infusion for 53 h, including 8 h of nocturnal sleep ... [more ▼]

To define the chronobiology of glucose tolerance and insulin secretion in obesity, nine obese men and nine lean men were studied during constant glucose infusion for 53 h, including 8 h of nocturnal sleep, 28 h of continuous wakefulness, and 8 h of daytime sleep. Blood samples were collected at 20-min intervals to assay glucose, insulin, C-peptide, cortisol, and GH. Sleep was polygraphically monitored. Abnormal temporal profiles of glucose regulation were observed during wakefulness and sleep in obese subjects. During daytime hours, the normal profile of glucose tolerance was reversed, as an improvement, rather than a deterioration, was observed from morning to late evening. This reversal of the daytime pattern appeared to be caused by a dual defect in glucose regulation during the previous night. Indeed, during early sleep, GH secretion was markedly reduced, and the nocturnal rises of glucose and insulin secretion were dampened. During late sleep, obese subjects failed to suppress insulin secretion and plasma glucose, resulting in high morning levels. Comparisons of metabolic and hormonal patterns during nocturnal and daytime sleep suggest that the failure to suppress insulin secretion in late sleep may reflect a relative insensitivity of the beta-cell to acute inhibitory effects of cortisol in addition to insulin resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 4s-4p Transitions in Neutral Phosphorus
Biémont, Emile ULg; Martin, F.; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1994), 283

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See detailDetection of early sympathetic cardiovascular neuropathy by squatting test in NIDDM.
Marfella, R.; Salvatore, T.; Giugliano, D. et al

in Diabetes Care (1994), 17(2), 149-51

OBJECTIVE--To determine the role of the squatting test in the detection of early sympathetic neuropathy in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS--Three ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE--To determine the role of the squatting test in the detection of early sympathetic neuropathy in patients with non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM). RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS--Three groups of nonsmoking, nonobese subjects were studied: 10 healthy subjects, 10 NIDDM patients without autonomic neuropathy (AN), and 10 NIDDM patients with AN defined by the presence of a pathological deep-breathing value. All subjects were given three postural tests: lying-to-standing, sitting-to-standing, and squatting test. Heart rate (HR) and finger arterial pressure were recorded with a noninvasive technique. RESULTS--Blood pressure (BP) fall (expressed as decremental area) was not significantly different among the groups at standing up after sitting or lying. By contrast, a significantly greater BP drop occurred in NIDDM patients with AN (1,123 +/- 245 mm2) compared with NIDDM patients without AN (460 +/- 232 mm2) or normal subjects (429 +/- 138 mm2, P < 0.001). The HR increase after all the orthostatic maneuvers was smaller in diabetic patients with AN (P < 0.01) compared with that recorded in other groups. Significant correlations were observed between BP fall after squatting and either the expiration:inspiration ratio at deep breathing (r = -0.77, P < 0.001) or the duration of diabetes (r = 0.76, P < 0.001). CONCLUSIONS--The intrinsic orthostatic load of the squatting test, which is greater than conventional postural maneuvers, makes the squatting test an easy and useful test to detect early orthostatic dysregulation in NIDDM. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning And Characterization Of Mn, A Human Tumor-Associated Protein With A Domain Homologous To Carbonic-Anhydrase And A Putative Helix-Loop-Helix Dna-Binding Segment
Pastorek, J.; Pastorekova, S.; Callebaut, I. et al

in Oncogene (1994), 9(10),

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See detailMassive Ketonuria During Sedation with Propofol in a 12 Year Old Girl with Severe Head Trauma
Canivet, Jean-Luc ULg; Gustad, K.; Leclercq, P. et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (1994), 45(1), 19-22

Severe ketonuria developed during sedation with propofol in a 12 year old girl with brain injury. Deep sedation with propofol (5.1 mg/kg/h) was required because of agitation and severe intracranial ... [more ▼]

Severe ketonuria developed during sedation with propofol in a 12 year old girl with brain injury. Deep sedation with propofol (5.1 mg/kg/h) was required because of agitation and severe intracranial hypertension; as a part of our management protocol, glucose intake was restricted to 5 Kcal/h. After 18 hours of propofol infusion there was intense ketonuria (8+ by Ketostix) without any evidence of metabolic acidosis (pH, HCO3- and anion gap were within normal values). At this time, indirect calorimetry (Deltatrac) confirmed that energy expenditure was principally based on fat consumption (70% of energy expenditure). Lowering the propofol infusion rate and increasing glucose intake reduced fat consumption to 39% within 8 hours: at this time, Ketostix was negative for ketone bodies. This case illustrates a potential risk of ketonuria during prolonged sedation with propofol (a 10% solution of intralipid), particularly if glucose intake is restricted. Monitoring urinary ketone bodies is recommended under these circumstances. [less ▲]

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See detailLymphocyte Lifespan in Murine Retrovirus-Induced Immunodeficiency
Moutschen, Michel ULg; Colombi, S.; Deprez, Manuel ULg et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (1994), 355

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See detailThe experience of the CHU Liege with conservative surgery in the management of upper urinary tract tumors.
Bouffioux, Christian ULg; Andrianne, Robert ULg; Bonnet, Pierre ULg et al

in Acta Urologica Belgica (1994), 62(4), 39-43

A review of 20 cases of conservative surgery for urothelial tumors of the upper tract is presented. The morbidity is limited; the recurrence rate is around 15% in the ipsilateral urinary tract with a mean ... [more ▼]

A review of 20 cases of conservative surgery for urothelial tumors of the upper tract is presented. The morbidity is limited; the recurrence rate is around 15% in the ipsilateral urinary tract with a mean follow up of 41 months. Conservative surgery does not seem to carry a higher fatal risk as compared to more radical surgery. It has indications in some cases which are defined. [less ▲]

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Pagnoulle, Christine ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (1994), 17(1), 100-106

Goodison's poems testify to her proud self-assertion, both as woman and as a descendant of African slaves.

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See detailTamoxifen restores the E-cadherin function in human breast cancer MCF-7/6 cells and suppresses their invasive phenotype
Bracke, M. E.; Charlier, Corinne ULg; Bruyneel, E. A. et al

in Cancer Research (1994), 54

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See detailTHERMAL-CONDUCTIVITY OF PURE OR IRON-DOPED YBA2CU3O7-DELTA WITH OR WITHOUT AN EXCESS OF CUO
Houssa, M.; Bougrine, Hassan ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg et al

in Journal of Physics : Condensed Matter (1994), 6(31), 6305-6316

The thermal conductivities of YBa2(Cu1-xFex)3O7-delta + y% CuO ceramics for 0 < x < 0.03 and 0 < y < 5 have been measured. The thermal conductivities of all samples exhibit a minimum in the vicinity of ... [more ▼]

The thermal conductivities of YBa2(Cu1-xFex)3O7-delta + y% CuO ceramics for 0 < x < 0.03 and 0 < y < 5 have been measured. The thermal conductivities of all samples exhibit a minimum in the vicinity of the critical temperature T(c) and a maximum near T(c)/2. These results are interpreted with the help of an electronic model, i.e. supposing that the main contribution to the thermal conductivity below T(c) is due to electron scattering in the CuO2 planes. Within a simple two-fluid model derived from kinetic theory, taking into account the temperature dependence of the electronic relaxation time and the normal charge carrier concentration, we obtain theoretical curves which reproduce the experimental results quite well. We also take into account the porosity of the samples (in term of an intergrain contribution) to derive the electronic thermal conductivity. The parameter values of the model and the observed minimum are explained in terms of physical properties. In particular, the contribution of superconductivity fluctuations to the thermal conductivity is shown to be negligible with respect to other mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailHématome extradural cervical spontané de la femme enceinte
Mahieu, X.; Kridelka, Frédéric ULg; Pintiaux, Axelle ULg et al

in Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction (1994), 23(1), 99-102

Spontaneous spinal extradural hematomas are rare entities, especially during pregnancy. The authors report a case of a 26 years old women who developed as Brown-Sequard syndrome during pregnancy. The ... [more ▼]

Spontaneous spinal extradural hematomas are rare entities, especially during pregnancy. The authors report a case of a 26 years old women who developed as Brown-Sequard syndrome during pregnancy. The patient underwent first a caesarean and thereafter a prompt spinal surgical decompression. Complete sensory-motor recovery occurred after 48 hours. Differential diagnosis of cord compression, etiology of bleeding, conditions of recovery after surgery are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLe tamoxifene dans le traitement du cancer du sein
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Colin, Claude ULg; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction (1994), 23(7), 751-6

Tamoxifen is the most often prescribed non steroidal antioestrogenic agent in the world for breast cancer. Worldwide collaboration. has centralized the results, of different trials throughout the world on ... [more ▼]

Tamoxifen is the most often prescribed non steroidal antioestrogenic agent in the world for breast cancer. Worldwide collaboration. has centralized the results, of different trials throughout the world on oral adjuvant therapy in the early stages of breast cancer. A significative regression of the tumour was observed in most cases. Moreover, recent epidemiological studies suggest that tamoxifen could prevent new contralateral primary tumours. The risk of the disease should thus be reduced by the prophylactic use of antioestrogens such as tamoxifen. Investigations using a variety of models have evaluated the effect of tamoxifen on tumour promotion and cell growth. Tamoxifen-induced growth inhibition is associated with major changes in biochemical events in cultured human breast cancer cells including cell proliferation or growth factor production. Growth inhibition of oestrogen-responsive human breast cancer cells is associated with an induced secretion of autoinhibitory polypeptides (TGF beta) and an antagonistic effect on the synthesis of proliferative proteins (TGF alpha,...). The first step in the mechanism of action of the drug is binding of tamoxifen to the oestrogen receptors. Development of resistance to tamoxifen treatment is a great problem in treatment of breast cancer patients and the mechanism of resistance will require further study: under the influence of the drug, tumours could become remodelled as selected subpopulations emerge resistant-tamoxifen. The fact that some breast cancers which are oestrogen receptor-negative respond to antioestrogen suggests that parallel but separate pathways for oestrogen and antioestrogen action may exist. This paper summarizes the results of the most recent studies concerning this promising drug. [less ▲]

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See detailC'est le bouquet... Histoire d'un ornement typographique liégeois du XVIIIe siècle
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Gutenberg-Jahrbuch (1994), 69

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See detailL'analyse des glucosinolates, travaux réalisés par l'Organisation internationale de standardisation et la CEE
Wathelet, Jean-Paul ULg; Ribaillier, Daniel; Severin, Michel et al

in Bulletin du GCIRC (1994)

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See detailLaparoscopic adrenalectomy in pheochromocytoma and Cushing's syndrome. Reflections about two case reports.
Meurisse, Michel ULg; Joris, Jean ULg; Hamoir, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1994), 94(6), 301-6

Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is possible as well on the left as on the right side using a percutaneous transabdominal approach. The exposure of the glands seems better than it could be achieved with an open ... [more ▼]

Laparoscopic adrenalectomy is possible as well on the left as on the right side using a percutaneous transabdominal approach. The exposure of the glands seems better than it could be achieved with an open method. In combination with intraoperative infusion of nicardipine, a calcium-channel blocker, the laparoscopic removal of a pheochromocytoma was performed safely and under stable conditions. In case of Cushing's syndrome, the laparoscopic approach reduces the problems related to poor healing. In all cases of laparoscopic adrenalectomy, this approach could offer the clear advantages of smaller incisions, reduced postoperative pain and incisional discomfort as well as complications related to large and invasive procedure and finally allows quicker recovery. Moreover, conversion to open surgery remains always possible, if needed. [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary of observations on oribatid mites of riparian soils in Uruguay
Sarasola, M.; Vera, H.; Wauthy, G. et al

in Bulletin et Annales de la Société Royale Belge d’Entomologie = Bulletin en Annalen van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Entomologie (1994), 130

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Van den Bossche, Benoît ULg

in Folklore. Stavelot – Malmedy – Saint-Vith (1994), 55

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See detailMicroencapsulation by coacervation of poly(lactide-co-glycolide): Physico-chemical characteristics of the phase separation process
Stassen, S; Nihant, Nicole; Martin, Véronique et al

in Polymer (1994), 35(4), 777-785

This paper describes the phase separation of different lactide and glycolide copolyester solutions, induced by the addition of silicone oil in order to promote protein microencapsulation. The phase ... [more ▼]

This paper describes the phase separation of different lactide and glycolide copolyester solutions, induced by the addition of silicone oil in order to promote protein microencapsulation. The phase diagrams of the ternary CH2Cl2-copolyester-silicone oil systems were established in relation to the composition of the copolyester and the viscosity, i.e. the molecular weight, of the silicone oil. The phase-separated systems were characterized in terms of weight, volume, composition and viscosity of the coacervation agent (silicone oil) on the characteristics of the phase-separated system is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailAcute ethanol increases taurine but neither glutamate nor GABA in the nucleus accumbens of male rats: a microdialysis study.
Dahchour, Abdelkhader; Quertemont, Etienne ULg; De Witte, Philippe

in Alcohol & Alcoholism (1994), 29(5), 485-7

The effects of acute intraperitoneal administration of ethanol (1-3 g/kg body wt) on the extracellular concentrations of glutamate (GLU), taurine (TAU) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in rat brain ... [more ▼]

The effects of acute intraperitoneal administration of ethanol (1-3 g/kg body wt) on the extracellular concentrations of glutamate (GLU), taurine (TAU) and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in rat brain nucleus accumbens were studied by the microdialysis technique coupled to HPLC-EC detection. Levels of GLU and GABA were not affected by ethanol, whereas those of TAU were increased by doses of the drug of 2-3 g/kg. [less ▲]

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See detailComparaison de plusieurs types d'unités d'échantillonnage dans la perspective d'un inventaire forestier régional.
Lecomte, H.; Hebert, Jacques ULg; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Forestry Chronicle (1994), 70(3), 304-310

This study has been conducted in order to define the guidelines of a permanent forest inventory methodology that could applied to heterogenous forests located in the southern part of Belgium. Different ... [more ▼]

This study has been conducted in order to define the guidelines of a permanent forest inventory methodology that could applied to heterogenous forests located in the southern part of Belgium. Different types of sampling units generally used in European national inventories have been compared: fixed area sampling units (based upon 3 concentric circles), non fixed-area sampling units (Bitterlich plots using basal area factor of 2 and 4) and sampling units based upon a minimum number of trees (including nearly 15 measurable trees). In true conditions of application 259 sampling points have been selected according to a systematic rectangular grid (1.000 m x 500 m). Taking into account different criteria such as precision, cost and ease of use, the fixed-area sampling unit looks like the most adequate among the four types investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailLa maladie de Lyme : une nouvelle maladie?
Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1994), 138

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See detailCaracteristiques des phosphatases acides de l'orge en condition de stress hydrique.
Ben-Naceur, M'B.; Paul, Roger ULg; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Cahiers Agricultures (1994), 3(4),

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See detailGestion d'un épisode de peste porcine classique en Belgique
Vanthemsche, P.; Saegerman, Claude ULg

in Epidémiologie et Santé Animale (1994), 26

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See detailAsthme et hyperréactivité bronchique non spécifique
Louis, Renaud ULg; Kayembe, J. M.; Radermecker, Maurice ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1994), 49(3-4), 148-57

Bronchial hyperresponsiveness is a hallmark of asthma although it can also be present, to a lesser extent, in other diseases. The level of bronchial responsiveness depends on immuno-inflammatory processes ... [more ▼]

Bronchial hyperresponsiveness is a hallmark of asthma although it can also be present, to a lesser extent, in other diseases. The level of bronchial responsiveness depends on immuno-inflammatory processes modifying the functional status of airway smooth muscle as well as the structure of the bronchial wall. The responsiveness toward a direct constricting pharmacological agent is poorly correlated to the one toward an indirect constricting agent or a physical stimulus which cause airway obstruction through a more complex mechanism. Transversal studies show a relationship between the severity of asthma and the level of methacholine airway responsiveness. Long term treatment with corticoids can reduce the bronchial hyperresponsiveness of asthmatics. [less ▲]

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See detailUtilisation des dossiers de contenus préparés dans le cadre d’une expérience de rénovation de l’enseignement fondamental en Communauté Française de Belgique
Delfosse, Catherine; Ledent, Maryse; Cloes, Marc ULg et al

in Revue de l'Education Physique (1994), 34(2-3), 99-102

Dans toute expérience d'éducation physique quotidienne de longue durée, impliquant les instituteurs titulaires des classes, soit en responsabilité totale ou en partage de responsabilités avec le maître ... [more ▼]

Dans toute expérience d'éducation physique quotidienne de longue durée, impliquant les instituteurs titulaires des classes, soit en responsabilité totale ou en partage de responsabilités avec le maître spécial comme dans l'expérience de rénovation de l'enseignement fondamental en Communauté française de Belgique, il est primordial de fournir une aide en matière de contenus d'enseignement. Il est évident qu'un généraliste comme l'est l'instituteur ne dispose que d'un éventail relativement limité d'exercices ou de situations à proposer aux enfants. Deux types d'aide sont généralement proposées: des documents et des consultations régulières avec des spécialistes. ... [less ▲]

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See detailHIGH-RESOLUTION SPECTRA OF JUPITER NORTHERN AURORAL ULTRAVIOLET EMISSION WITH THE HUBBLE-SPACE-TELESCOPE
TRAFTON, L. M.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Munhoven, Guy ULg et al

in Astrophysical Journal (1994), 421(2), 816-827

The first spectroscopic observations of planetary aurora with the HST are reported. These include spectral regions centered on the H-2 Lyman and Werner bands of a region of Jupiter's northern aurora. The ... [more ▼]

The first spectroscopic observations of planetary aurora with the HST are reported. These include spectral regions centered on the H-2 Lyman and Werner bands of a region of Jupiter's northern aurora. The observations were made with the Goddard High Resolution Spectrograph (GHRS) using the Large Science Aperture as part of a campaign to study Jupiter at the time of the Ulysses flyby. The individual rotational-vibrational bands are resolved and the observed emissions are essentially all from H-2. A rotational-vibrational temperature for H-2 of 530 +/- 100 K is derived, a value significantly less than the 850-1100 K reported for Jovian H-3(+) in the near-infrared but consistent with the temperature reported for fundamental-band quadrupole H-2 emission. Comparison with the Faint Object Camera (FOC) images shows that the observed region was not one of the hot spots of the aurora. The results are interpreted in terms of electron impact excitation of H-2 from secondary particles generated by primaries precipitating into Jupiter's atmosphere from the magnetosphere. In the region of the aurora observed, the homopause level is found to be significantly hotter but not necessarily higher than observed at nonauroral latitudes. The equatorial H-2 dayglow spectrum was also detected; its intensity was 3.2 kR or 13% of the strength of the observed auroral emission. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease with PET.
Salmon, Eric ULg; Sadzot, Bernard ULg; Maquet, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (1994), 35(3), 391-8

PET studies have demonstrated bilateral temporo-parietal hypoperfusion and hypometabolism in probable and definite Alzheimer's disease (AD), a pattern that may help differentiate AD from other dementias ... [more ▼]

PET studies have demonstrated bilateral temporo-parietal hypoperfusion and hypometabolism in probable and definite Alzheimer's disease (AD), a pattern that may help differentiate AD from other dementias. METHODS: To evaluate the diagnostic power of cerebral metabolic distribution patterns for "cortical" degenerative dementias, PET scans obtained from 129 patients referred for differential diagnosis of dementia were analyzed visually. RESULTS: Sixty-five patients had a final clinical diagnosis of probable AD. Ninety-seven percent (97%) of those had abnormal metabolic scans and 94% showed a suggestive pattern of bilateral or unilateral temporo-parietal hypometabolism (with or without frontal involvement). Hypometabolism was unilateral in 23% of patients. Five subjects with a neuropathologically proven diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease had a suggestive metabolic pattern. One of those was an early case with frontal hypometabolism exceeding temporo-parietal involvement. Two patients with Alzheimer's-type dementia had isolated bilateral frontal hypometabolism. CONCLUSIONS: This alternative metabolic pattern may correspond to a non-Alzheimer pathology occurring in 10%-20% of patients suffering from clinically probable Alzheimer's disease. Most of the patients with possible but atypical Alzheimer's-type dementia showed isolated bilateral frontal involvement. This metabolic pattern probably corresponds to different diseases, such as Pick's disease, frontal lobe dementia or progressive subcortical gliosis. [less ▲]

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See detailMax Ophuls : le cristal et la tache
Belloi, Livio ULg

in Cinémathèque (1994), 6(automne),

Cette étude porte sur les quatre derniers films de Max Ophuls ("La Ronde", "Le Plaisir", "Madame de" et "Lola Montès") et s'attache à révéler, en eux, une forme de dilemme du visible (entre transparence ... [more ▼]

Cette étude porte sur les quatre derniers films de Max Ophuls ("La Ronde", "Le Plaisir", "Madame de" et "Lola Montès") et s'attache à révéler, en eux, une forme de dilemme du visible (entre transparence et opacité) que la modernité cinématographique inscrira résolument à son ordre du jour. [less ▲]

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See detailRelations à autrui et abus sexuel chez de jeunes délinquantes
Spitz, J.; Born, Michel ULg

in Bulletin de Criminologie (1994), 1

L'analyse des relations qu'entretiennent des adolescentes délinquantes avec leur entourage met en évidence des différences significatives selon que celles-ci ont été victimes ou non d'un abus sexuel dans ... [more ▼]

L'analyse des relations qu'entretiennent des adolescentes délinquantes avec leur entourage met en évidence des différences significatives selon que celles-ci ont été victimes ou non d'un abus sexuel dans leur enfance. Les rapports interpersonnels des adolescentes abusées se caractérisent par l'ambivalence et la dépendance, alors qu'une dimension de pouvoir et de domination détermine ceux des adolescentes non abusées. La prise en compte du niveau de maturité sociale de ces adolescentes, parallèlement à leurs modes de relations, permet la comparaison avec les types de délinquantes décrits par Margaret Warren et donne un sens particulier à leur délinquance persistante. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of a single strong tissue-specific enhancer downstream from the three human genes encoding placental lactogen
Jacquemin, Patrick; Oury, Cécile ULg; Peers, Bernard ULg et al

in Molecular & Cellular Biology (1994), 14(1), 93-103

The human genes coding for growth hormone (hGH) and placental lactogen (choriosomatomammotropic hormone [hCS]) are clustered on chromosome 17 in the following order: 5' hGH-N hCS-L hCS-A hGH-V hCS-B 3 ... [more ▼]

The human genes coding for growth hormone (hGH) and placental lactogen (choriosomatomammotropic hormone [hCS]) are clustered on chromosome 17 in the following order: 5' hGH-N hCS-L hCS-A hGH-V hCS-B 3'. So far, a single placenta-specific enhancer has been identified in the locus, 2 kb downstream from the hCS-B gene, and shown to comprise one in vitro binding site for a nuclear protein. We here provide evidence that the hCS-B enhancer is more complex: (i) protection against DNase I digestion in the 3' flanking region of the hCS-B gene reveals four binding sites (DF-1, DF-2, DF-3, and DF-4) for nuclear proteins from either placental or HeLa cells, and (ii) placenta-specific enhancer activity can be fully exerted in transient expression experiments by a 126-bp fragment comprising the DF-3 and DF-4 protein-binding sites. By dissecting this region, we show that enhancer activity is mediated by a synergy between DF-3 and DF-4. Competitions with various oligonucleotides in footprinting and gel retardation experiments indicate that the same protein or set of proteins, different in HeLa and placenta cell nuclei, interacts with sites DF-2, DF-3, and DF-4. We also studied the regions of the hCS-L and hCS-A genes which are highly similar to the hCS-B enhancer. Although they each present the same four protein-binding sites, they exhibit only minor enhancer activity. [less ▲]

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See detailL'autisme et la pensée du temps
Gauthier, Jean-Marie ULg

in Recherches du centre international de psychosomatique (1994), 1

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See detailBovine Leukemia Virus
Kettmann, Richard ULg; Burny, A.; Callebaut, I. et al

in The Retroviridae (1994)

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See detailEffect of selenium compounds on murine B16 melanoma cells and pigmented cloned pB16 cells
Siwek, Brigitte; Bahbouth, E.; Serra, M. A. et al

in Archives of Toxicology (1994), 68(4), 246-254

Seleno-DL-cysteine and sodium selenate are toxic in B16 cells and this toxicity seems to involve glutathione metabolites.

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See detailPhylogenetic relationships among filamentous helical cyanobacteria investigated on the basis of 16S ribosomal RNA gene sequence analysis
Nelissen, Bart; Wilmotte, Annick ULg; Neefs, Jean-Marc et al

in Systematic & Applied Microbiology (1994), 17

The cyanobacterial genera Spirulina and Arthrospira are both characterized by helical trichomes but their taxonomy is controversial and a phylogenetic study is necessary. The sequence of the 16S rRNA gene ... [more ▼]

The cyanobacterial genera Spirulina and Arthrospira are both characterized by helical trichomes but their taxonomy is controversial and a phylogenetic study is necessary. The sequence of the 16S rRNA gene and the spacer between the 16S and 23S rRNA genes (ITS) was determined for three filamentous coiled cyanobacteria: Spirulina PCC 6313, Arthrospira PCC 7345 and Arthrospira PCC 8005. A distance tree based on the 16S rRNA sequences was constructed using the neighbor-joining method. This tree shows that the two Arthrospira strains are not closely related to the Spirulina strain but belong to a cluster of strains assigned to the genera Oscillatoria, Lyngbya, and Microcoleus. The strain Spirulina PCC 6313 belongs to a branching containing unicellular cyanobacteria. For the two Arthrospira strains, the sequenced ITS region contains the tRNA(Ile) and tRNA(Ala) genes, whereas the spacer region of strain Spirulina PCC 6313 contains only the tRNA(Ile) gene. [less ▲]

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See detailTechnique for Ventricular Wrapping in Experimental Dynamic Cardiomyoplasty
Radermecker, Marc ULg; Bonnet, Pierre ULg; Philippart, C. et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1994), 94(5, Sep-Oct), 266-71

Cardiomyoplasty is a wrapping of an electrostimulated latissimus dorsi muscle flap around the heart for substitution and/or reinforcement. The surgical technique for reproducible cardiomyoplasties in the ... [more ▼]

Cardiomyoplasty is a wrapping of an electrostimulated latissimus dorsi muscle flap around the heart for substitution and/or reinforcement. The surgical technique for reproducible cardiomyoplasties in the goat model is presented. The methods combine the direction of wrapping (clockwise, counter-clockwise) and the orientation of muscle fibers. A cardiomyoplasty model using right and left latissimus dorsi or left latissimus dorsi and pectoralis major as well as a split muscle technique are illustrated. [less ▲]

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See detailJean Capart ou la naissance de l’égyptologie belge
Winand, Jean ULg

in Egyptes (1994), 4

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See detailMeningoradiculoneuritis due to acyclovir-resistant varicella zoster virus in an acquired immune deficiency syndrome patient
Snoeck, R.; Gérard, M.; Sadzot-Delvaux, Catherine ULg et al

in Journal of Medical Virology (1994), 42(4), 338-347

Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is recognized as one of the major viral pathogens reactivated in patients with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). We report the case of meningoradiculoneuritis in ... [more ▼]

Varicella zoster virus (VZV) is recognized as one of the major viral pathogens reactivated in patients with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS). We report the case of meningoradiculoneuritis in an AIDS patient, associated with the isolation in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) of a thymidine kinase (TK)-deficient, acyclovir (ACV)-resistant strain of VZV. Although the virus was sensitive in vitro to phosphonoformate (PFA), the patient did not improve during PFA therapy and finally died. Several VZV strains isolated from this patient (including two isolates from the patient's CSF) were analyzed for their TK activity and subsequently the viral TK gene was sequenced showing a major deletion leading to a truncated protein. Their susceptibility to several antiviral agents including ACV, PFA, (E)-5-(2-bromovinyl)-2'-deoxyuridine (BVDU), 9-beta-D-arabinofuranosyladenine (vidarabine), (S)-1-(3-hydroxy-2-phosphonylmethoxypropyl) cytosine (HPMPC), and (S)-9-(3-hydroxy-2-phosphonylmethoxypropyl)adenine (HPMPA) was evaluated. All the virus strains isolated from this patient remained sensitive to HPMPA and HPMPC, pointing to the potential usefulness of these acyclic nucleoside phosphonates for the treatment of ACV-resistant VZV infections in immunocompromised patients. (C) 1994 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailLe diabète insipide central : l'étiologie n'est pas toujours évidente
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Actualité Médicale Belge (1994), 444

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See detailEtude du reservoir genetique de la legumineuse alimentaire Phaseolus lunatus L. par l'analyse electrophoretique d'isozymes.
Maquet, A.; Wathelet, Bernard ULg; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Bulletin des Recherches Agronomiques de Gembloux (1994), 29(3),

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See detailBI-BASED 2223 SUPERCONDUCTING POLYCRYSTALLINE MATERIALS PREPARED BY EITHER A SOLID-STATE ROUTE OR A GLASSY MATRIX PRECURSOR METHOD - CHEMICAL-ANALYSIS AS WELL AS ELECTRICAL AND THERMAL TRANSPORT-PROPERTIES
Cloots, Rudi ULg; Bougrine, Hassan ULg; HOUSSA, M. et al

in Physica C (1994), 231(3-4), 259-270

Two routes have been followed in order to prepare Bi1.7Pb0.3Sr2Ca2Cu3O(y) superconducting materials. Bi1.7Pb0.3CuO4 is always used as one of the starting basic materials. The first route involves a new ... [more ▼]

Two routes have been followed in order to prepare Bi1.7Pb0.3Sr2Ca2Cu3O(y) superconducting materials. Bi1.7Pb0.3CuO4 is always used as one of the starting basic materials. The first route involves a new experimental procedure based on the solid state synthesis of separate intermediate phases, mixed together in a two (Bi1.7Pb0.3CuO4 + 2SrCaCuO3), three (Bi1.7Pb0.3CuO4+2SrCuO2+2CaCO3) or four (Bi1.7Pb0.3CuO4+(1/12)Sr8Ca6Cu24O41 + (3/2)CaCO3 + (4/3)SrCO3) powder process. Electric resistivity versus temperature measurements are presented. Even though the T(c)(0) of each sample is above 100 K, X-ray diffraction shows that the main phase is the 2212 phase in each case. Relatively pure 2223 materials have, however, successfully been produced by the second method, which starts from a glassy intermediate phase and involves a so-called 'matrix' method. The glass precursor phase is composed of one (Bi1.7Pb0.3CuO4), two (Bi1.7Pb0.3CuO4 + 2CaCO3), and three (Bi1.7Pb0.3CuO4 + (3/2)CaCO3 + (4/3)SrCO3) components as for the solid state routes. The role of both the added alkaline earth crystalline compounds and the glass matrix precursors in this second method turns out to be very important. We propose a schematic structural model in order to explain the selectivity of the starting materials. SrCaCuO3 is found to be a good precursor of the 2212 phase, while SrCuO2 gives rise to the 2223 phase. It seems that the presence of CaCO3 in the glassy intermediate phase, thus acting as a cation reservoir, is very useful for the production of the 2223 phase. Electric resistivity, thermal conductivity and thermopower versus temperature measurements are also presented and discussed in terms of intergrowths and variations of cationic compositions in the Bi-based layers. [less ▲]

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See detailDe l'utopie en architecture. Une technique pour le Corbusier ?
Tieleman, David ULg

in Art&Fact (1994), 13

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See detailIdentification Of Functional-Sites On Bovine Leukemia-Virus Envelope Glycoproteins Using Structural And Immunological Data
Callebaut, I.; Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Burny, A. et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1994), 222(2),

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See detailDe l'utopie en architecture
Tieleman, David ULg

in A+ (1994)

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See detailThe Unbearable Burden of Being: Janet Frame's "Snowman, Snowman"
Delrez, Marc ULg

in Commonwealth : Essays and Studies (1994), 17(1), 89-99

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