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See detailL'image du mois. "Les joyaux de la couronne".
DUYSINX, Bernard ULg; Carpentier, M; NGUYEN DANG, Delphine ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 753-4

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See detailLes lectures obligatoires en 5e année de l'enseignement secondaire de transition en Communauté française de Belgique
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Enjeux : Revue de Formation Continuée et de Didactique du Français (2002), 55

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See detailThe antitumoral effect of endostatin and angiostatin is associated with a down-regulation of vascular endothelial growth factor expression in tumor cells
Hajitou, Amin; Grignet, Christine ULg; Devy, L. et al

in FASEB Journal (2002), 16

Endostatin and angiostatin are known as tumor-derived angiogenesis inhibitors, but their mechanisms of action are not yet completely defined. We report here that endostatin and angiostatin, delivered by ... [more ▼]

Endostatin and angiostatin are known as tumor-derived angiogenesis inhibitors, but their mechanisms of action are not yet completely defined. We report here that endostatin and angiostatin, delivered by adenoviral vectors, reduced in vitro the neovessel formation in the mouse aortic ring assay by 85 and 40%, respectively. We also demonstrated in vivo that both endostatin and angiostatin inhibited local invasion and tumor vascularization of transplanted murine malignant keratinocytes, and reduced by 50 and 90% the development of highly vascularized murine mammary tumors. This inhibition of tumor growth was associated with a reduction of tumor vascularization. Expression analysis of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) carried out in the mouse aortic ring model revealed a 3- to 10-fold down-regulation of VEGF mRNA expression in endostatin-treated rings. A similar down-regulation of VEGF expression at both mRNA and protein levels was also observed in the two in vivo cancer models after treatment with each angiogenesis inhibitor. This suggests that endostatin and angiostatin effects may be mediated, at least in part, by their ability to down-regulate VEGF expression within the tumor. This work provides evidence that endostatin and angiostatin act on tumor cells themselves. [less ▲]

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See detailLa précession du plan d'oscillation du pendule de Foucault : une approche géométrique intuitive
De Rop, Yves ULg; Moreau, Olivier

in Revue des Questions Scientifiques (2002), 173(3), 261-276

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See detailPhase And Amplitude Of Ecosystem Carbon Release And Uptake Potentials As Derived From Fluxnet Measurements
Falge, Eva; Tenhunen, John; Baldocchi, Dennis et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2002), 113(1-4),

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See detailLa preuve du contrat conclu par voie électronique – clap 2ème
Lecocq, Pascale ULg; Vanbrabant, Bernard ULg

in Actualités du Droit (2002), 3

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See detailEuro- en zijn concurrenten
Meesters, Gert ULg

in Leuvense Bijdragen (2002), 91(1-2), 79-96

This article deals with the Dutch bound morpheme euro-, meaning ‘European’ or ‘Europe’ in relatively young word formations. The morpheme in question is not to be confounded with the word euro for the ... [more ▼]

This article deals with the Dutch bound morpheme euro-, meaning ‘European’ or ‘Europe’ in relatively young word formations. The morpheme in question is not to be confounded with the word euro for the European currency. The article especially deals with the relationship between word formation with euro- and three other means of expressing more or less the same meaning: word formation with EG- (abbreviation of Europese Gemeenschap, i.e. European Union) as a first component, word formation with Europa- (Europe) as a first component and word groups with the adjective Europees (European). This relationship is explored in two comparative studies. First the token frequency in a corpus is investigated. It turns out that euro- is more frequent than Europa-, but less frequent than EG- and Europees. In a second comparison the semantic-functional domains of the four alternatives are considered in detail. Euro- apparently can be used as an alternative for Europees and EG- when the referents are related to the European Union, and as an alternative for Europees in ‘bilateral’ adjectives such als Euro-Russisch. It also has a few domains of its own: commercial proper names and words expressing an attitude towards the European Union. An additional analysis of individual words and word groups with different alternatives from this paradigm as a first component but the same second component reveals that even in individual cases of competition with other alternatives, the variant with euro- is sometimes the most frequent or the institutionalized form. It is concluded that within the linguistic potential of naming referents that relate to Europe, euro- has its own specific value as a productive means of word formation. [less ▲]

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See detailEst-il déraisonnable de ne pas accorder une pension de survie au compagnon du travailleur décédé ?
Michiels, Olivier ULg; Joskin, Véronique

in Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Familial (2002), (1), 161-166

L'article envisage la question de savoir si le compagnon qui formait un ménage avec un travailleur décédé est en droit de pouvoir revendiquer une pension de survie.

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See detailGénération d'un maillage pour éléments finis à partir de fichiers stéréolithographie (STL) : une interface indépendante des formats de CAO
Béchet, Eric ULg; Cuillière, Jean-Christophe; Trochu, François

in Revue internationale de CFAO et d'informatique graphique (2002), 17/1-2

The aim of the method proposed here is to show the possibility of generating adaptive surface meshes suitable for the finite element method, directly from an approximated boundary representation of an ... [more ▼]

The aim of the method proposed here is to show the possibility of generating adaptive surface meshes suitable for the finite element method, directly from an approximated boundary representation of an object created with CAD software. First, we describe the boundary representation, then we will show how to obtain a conforming sizeadapted mesh. The size adaptation is made considering geometrical approximation and with respect to an isotropic size map provided by an error estimator. The principle used to generate the mesh is based on the Delaunay method. Finally, we will show that not using the parametric representation of the geometrical model allows us to override some of the limitations of conventional meshing software that is based on an exact representation of the geometry. [less ▲]

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See detailThe flowering process: On the track of controlling factors in Sinapis alba
Bernier, Georges ULg; Corbesier, Laurent; Périlleux, Claire ULg

in Russian Journal of Plant Physiology (2002), 49(4, JUL-AUG), 445-450

The major physiological theories of the control of the flowering process are first presented and their inferences tested in the long-day plant Sinapis alba. Then, the genetic analyses of the control of ... [more ▼]

The major physiological theories of the control of the flowering process are first presented and their inferences tested in the long-day plant Sinapis alba. Then, the genetic analyses of the control of flowering time in Arabidopsis thaliana are also summarized with a brief overview of the several pathways, each including several genes, identified. Clearly, both the experimental data of physiological experiments and the multiplicity of interacting genetic pathways best support the theory of the multifactorial control of flowering. This is further shown by the fact that a critical gene expressed in the shoot meristem at floral transition in S. alba, MADS A (orthologous to A. thaliana SOC1), can be upregulated by a single dose of a cytokinin or a gibberellin, without leading to flowering. This indicates that the floral shift requires upregulation of other genes by other factors. [less ▲]

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See detailMR1952249, Kriegsmann, G. A. and Tilley, B. S., Microwave heating of laminate panels; J. Engrg. Math.
Rochus, Pierre ULg

in Mathematical Reviews [=MR] (2002), 44(2), 173--198

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See detailMechanical behaviour of Lixhe chalk partly saturated by oil and water: experiment and modelling
Collin, Frédéric ULg; Cui, Yu Jun; Schroeder, Christian ULg et al

in International Journal for Numerical and Analytical Methods in Geomechanics (2002), 26(9), 897-924

Two or more different fluids generally saturate chalk in oil reservoir, and therefore its behaviour can be very complicated. In this paper, a constitutive law is proposed for modelling the mechanical ... [more ▼]

Two or more different fluids generally saturate chalk in oil reservoir, and therefore its behaviour can be very complicated. In this paper, a constitutive law is proposed for modelling the mechanical behaviour of a chalk saturated by two non-miscible fluids, water and oil. The effects of the capillary pressure or suction are taken into account. They are considered as an independent variable, as in the Barcelona's basic model developed for unsaturated soils. On the other hand, internal friction and pore collapse are modelled as independent mechanisms. The determination of the parameters is based on triaxial and oedometer tests. Finally, in order to validate the model, predictions are compared with experimental results of water-flooding test. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailRecurrent fatal drug-induced toxic epidermal necrolysis (Lyell's syndrome) after putative beta-lactam cross-reactivity: Case report and scrutiny of antibiotic imputability.
Paquet, Philippe ULg; Jacob, Eric; Damas, Pierre ULg et al

in Critical Care Medicine (2002), 30(11), 2580-3

OBJECTIVE: A series of antibiotics may be responsible for toxic epidermal necrolysis. We report two successive episodes of toxic epidermal necrolysis in the same patient. Drug imputability criteria ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: A series of antibiotics may be responsible for toxic epidermal necrolysis. We report two successive episodes of toxic epidermal necrolysis in the same patient. Drug imputability criteria designate a cross-reactivity between two antibiotics of different chemical classes but sharing the beta-lactam ring in common. DESIGN: Descriptive case report and review of the literature. SETTING: Medical intensive care unit in a university medical center. PATIENT AND MAIN RESULTS: A 75-yr-old woman developed a first episode of toxic epidermal necrolysis (involving 40% of the body surface) after intake of cefotaxime, a third-generation cephalosporin. Perfusions of high-dose immunoglobulins rapidly improved the lesions, followed by partial reepithelialization in 5 days. Sepsis required the administration of meropenem, which is a carbapenem antibiotic. The epidermal destruction immediately recurred, with extension to previously uninvolved skin areas and fatal consequences. CONCLUSIONS: The beta-lactam ring present in cephalosporins and carbapenems represents the putative chemical structure responsible for the presently reported cross-reactivity to two antibiotics of different classes. Drugs having any chemical similarity to the initial culprit compound should be strictly avoided when possible in the management of toxic epidermal necrolysis. [less ▲]

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See detailComparant mais pas fondateur
Caprasse, Olivier ULg

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

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See detailMass transfer by free and forced convection from single spherical liquid drops
Waheed, M Adekojo; Henschke, Martin; Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in International Journal of Heat & Mass Transfer (2002), 45(22), 4507-4514

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See detailA propos d'immersion linguistique dans l'enseignement fondamental : un état de la question
Blondin, Christiane ULg; Straeten, M.

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2002), 25

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See detailCoalescence of secondary dispersions in fiber beds
Speth, Hauke; Pfennig, Andreas ULg; Chatterjee, Michael et al

in Separation and Purification Technology (2002), 29(2), 113-119

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See detailCryopreservation For The Elimination Of Cucumber Mosaic And Banana Streak Viruses From Banana (Musa Spp.)
Helliot, Bertrand; Panis, B.; Poumay, Y. et al

in Plant Cell Reports (2002), 20(12), 1117-1122

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See detailMaladie de Horton et atteintes arterielles extratemporales: utilite de la tomographie par emission de positons au 18FDG. A propos de trois observations et d'une revue de la litterature
Belhocine, Tarik; Kaye, Olivier; Delanaye, Pierre ULg et al

in Revue de Médecine Interne (2002), 23(7), 584-91

PURPOSE: We report three cases of Horton's disease, in which F18-Fluorine-2-Deoxy-D-Glucose (18FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) demonstrated a clinically unsuspected extra-cranial vessels ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: We report three cases of Horton's disease, in which F18-Fluorine-2-Deoxy-D-Glucose (18FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) demonstrated a clinically unsuspected extra-cranial vessels hypermetabolism. METHODS: Fully corrected whole-body PET was performed in three patients (two women, one man) for exploring a marked inflammatory syndrome. Scanning was acquired 60 min after i.v. injection of 222 MBq of 18FDG in average. RESULTS: In two patients with histologically proven Horton's disease, PET alone showed increased glucose metabolism involving the carotid and sub-clavian arteries as well as the ascending aorta, aortic arch, thoracic and abdominal aorta, and the iliac and femoral arteries. In the third patient, by detecting cervical, thoracic and abdominal vessel hypermetabolism, PET non-invasively contributed to the diagnosis of giant cell arteritis. All patients had complete clinical and biological response to corticoids. PET controls performed 3- to 6-months post-treatment, confirmed the disappearance of the metabolic stigma. CONCLUSION: 18FDG PET may show an increased glucose metabolism in asymptomatic extracranial vessels locations of Horton's arterities. If these observations are confirmed on controlled trials, PET could be particularly useful for non-invasive diagnosing, staging and monitoring atypical clinical forms of Horton's disease. The metabolic imaging could also contribute to a better understanding of the pathogenesis of GCA. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailCaractérisation de la résistance au Sénégal d'Helicoverpa armigera Hübner (Lépidoptère, Noctuidae) par bioessai et méthodes moléculaires
Moreira, Christine; Schiffers, Bruno ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Parasitica (2002), 58(2-3-4), 89-98

Un vial-test de détection de la résistance à la cyperméthrine d'Helicoverpa armigera a été vulgarisé (Programme PR-PRAO) en Afrique de l'Ouest (flacon en verre imprégné). Cette étude montre qu'à des ... [more ▼]

Un vial-test de détection de la résistance à la cyperméthrine d'Helicoverpa armigera a été vulgarisé (Programme PR-PRAO) en Afrique de l'Ouest (flacon en verre imprégné). Cette étude montre qu'à des températures de 30°C et 54°C, 4 pyréthrinoïdes et 2 organophosphorés se dégradent rapidement dans les flacons en verre. Un "kit" est présenté sous forme d'un papier filtre traité enveloppé dans une feuille d'aluminium. Il possède une bien meilleure stabilité au stockage (sur 50 jours). Des tests moléculaires, réalisés sur une souche d'H. armigera issue du Sénégal, révèlent deux mutations (la sérine remplacée par l'acide glutamique et l'acide aspartique par la valine) au niveau du gène codant pour le canal sodium voltage dépendant, cible principale des pyréthrinoïdes. [less ▲]

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See detailActualités thérapeutiques des céphalées trigéminales autonomes.
Vandenheede, Michel; MAERTENS DE NOORDHOUT, Alain ULg

in Médecine et Hygiène (2002)

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See detailGenetic diversity of the african geocarpic legume kersting's groundnut, Macrotyloma geocarpum (Tribe Phaseoleae : Fabaceae)
Pasquet, R. S.; Mergeai, Guy ULg; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Biochemical Systematics & Ecology (2002), 30(10), 943-952

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See detailChemical changes and influences of rapeseed antinutritional factors on gestating and lactating ewes 1. Animal performances and plasma hormones and glucose
Mandiki, S. N. M.; Derycke, G.; Bister, J. L. et al

in Animal Feed Science & Technology (2002), 98(1-2), 25-35

An experiment was carried out in order to study the effects of high levels of low-glucosinolates (LG)-rapeseed meal of two varieties (Apex or Synergy) on ewes and lambs performances and circulating ... [more ▼]

An experiment was carried out in order to study the effects of high levels of low-glucosinolates (LG)-rapeseed meal of two varieties (Apex or Synergy) on ewes and lambs performances and circulating hormones (progesterone-P4, estradiol-E2,-prolactin-PRL, cortisol, insulin, tri-iodothyronin-T3, thyroxin-T4) and glucose. On the 100th day of gestation, 90 ewes bearing at least two foetuses were divided into 3 groups. Control, Apex and Synergy groups received concentrates with 0, 40 and 40% of LG-rapeseed meal obtained with either Apex (13.77 mumol of glucosinolates/g DM seed) or Synergy (18.19 mumol) variety. Apart from the distribution of pasture hay ad libitum, the ewes received 500 and 1200 g of concentrates/animal per day during gestation and lactation, respectively. Concentrates were offered till the 47th day of lactation, and thereafter, the ewes were fed only with hay during 3 weeks. The lambs received ad libitum concentrates without rapeseed meal from 10 days of age till slaughtering. They were weaned at 65 days of age and were slaughtered when their fattening state was optimal. The performances of ewes (food intake and liveweight profiles) and of lambs (birth liveweight, mortality at birth, weight gains, slaughtering parameters) were not reduced by 40% of LG-rapeseed meal except a decrease in the liveweight for ewes in the Apex group after lambing. The profiles and levels of plasma metabolic (T3, T4, cortisol, insulin) and reproductive (PRL, P4) hormones were not modified by the rapeseed meal. In contrast, the estradiol concentration was lower (P < 0.05) in the two groups of ewes which received rapeseed meal than in the controls as an index of an eventual disturbance in the reproductive functions. In conclusion, large amounts of LG-rapeseed meal may be used as protein supplement in the diet of ewes at the end of gestation and during lactation without negative effects on animal performances and physiology. (c( 2002 Published by Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy Balance Closure At Fluxnet Sites
Wilson, K.; Goldstein, A.; Falge, E. et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2002), 113(1-4),

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See detailL'engoument pour la "Cène" de Léonard de Vinci à la cour de France, sous les règnes de Louis XII et de François Ier
Fagnart, Laure ULg

in Bulletin des amis du château et des musées de Blois (2002), 33

Cette contribution présente les copies de la "Cène" de Léonard de Vinci qui ont été réalisées à la demande de Français dans la première moitié du XVIe siècle. Elle s’attache à comprendre comment et ... [more ▼]

Cette contribution présente les copies de la "Cène" de Léonard de Vinci qui ont été réalisées à la demande de Français dans la première moitié du XVIe siècle. Elle s’attache à comprendre comment et pourquoi autant de Français, souvent en poste dans l’administration française à Milan, ont commandé des copies du chef-d’œuvre du maître italien, définissant de ce fait les mécanismes de l’engouement pour la peinture murale à la cour de France, sous les règnes de Louis XII et de François Ier. [less ▲]

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See detailAdult mullerian duct or utricle cyst: clinical significance and therapeutic management of 65 cases.
Coppens, Luc ULg; Bonnet, Pierre ULg; Andrianne, Robert ULg et al

in Journal of Urology (The) (2002), 167(4), 1740-4

PURPOSE: We define guidelines for the exploration and treatment of adult mullerian duct cysts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 1988 through September 1999 a diagnosis of enlarged prostatic utricle was ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: We define guidelines for the exploration and treatment of adult mullerian duct cysts. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From January 1988 through September 1999 a diagnosis of enlarged prostatic utricle was made in 65 adults based on transrectal ultrasound findings. Echographic criteria to define simple versus complicated cysts were detailed. We reviewed the clinical presentation, diagnostic modalities, indications for invasive procedures and postoperative outcome. RESULTS: The usual clinical presentations were hematospermia in 40% of cases, other ejaculatory disturbances in 20%, recurrent testicular or pelviperineal pain in 33%, lower urinary tract irritation symptoms in 25%, lower urinary tract infection in 18.5%, male infertility in 12% and incidental finding in 18.5%. Cyst dimensions did not influence the indication for invasive procedures, which were performed in only 27 of the 65 patients (41.5%) to treat disabling symptoms in 28% and obstructive infertility in 5%, and investigate complicated cysts on transrectal ultrasound in 6%. These procedures included transperineal or transrectal puncture in 9 patients, simple endoscopic section of the utricle meatus in 12 and large marsupialisation in 6. Complete and sustained cure was noted in half of the patients treated with cyst puncture only, although echographic relapse was the rule. Endoscopic procedures definitely improved or cured 82% of the patients at a mean followup of 51 months, during which neither early nor late complications were noted. CONCLUSIONS: Since almost 60% of adults diagnosed with a mullerian duct cyst did not experience any cyst related symptoms or ejaculatory-fertility impairment, we recommend that investigation and/or treatment should only be done in symptomatic or infertile patients. [less ▲]

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See detailHeat shock transcription factor 2 is not essential for embryonic development, fertility, or adult cognitive and psychomotor function in mice.
McMillan, D Randy; Christians, Elisabeth; Forster, Michael et al

in Molecular & Cellular Biology (2002), 22(22), 8005-14

Members of the heat shock factor (HSF) family are evolutionarily conserved regulators that share a highly homologous DNA-binding domain. In mammals, HSF1 is the main factor controlling the stress ... [more ▼]

Members of the heat shock factor (HSF) family are evolutionarily conserved regulators that share a highly homologous DNA-binding domain. In mammals, HSF1 is the main factor controlling the stress-inducible expression of Hsp genes while the functions of HSF2 and HSF4 are less clear. Based on its developmental profile of expression, it was hypothesized that HSF2 may play an essential role in brain and heart development, spermatogenesis, and erythroid differentiation. To directly assess this hypothesis and better understand the underlying mechanisms that require HSF2, we generated Hsf2 knockout mice. Here, we report that Hsf2(-/-) mice are viable and fertile and exhibit normal life span and behavioral functions. We conclude that HSF2, most probably because its physiological roles are integrated into a redundant network of gene regulation and function, is dispensable for normal development, fertility, and postnatal psychomotor function. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneration of a finite element MESH from stereolithography (STL) files
Béchet, Eric ULg; Cuilliere, Jean-Christophe; Trochu, François

in Computer-Aided Design (2002), 34(1), 1-17

The aim of the method proposed here is to show the possibility of generating adaptive surface meshes suitable for the finite element method, directly from an approximated boundary representation of an ... [more ▼]

The aim of the method proposed here is to show the possibility of generating adaptive surface meshes suitable for the finite element method, directly from an approximated boundary representation of an object created with CAD software. First, we describe the boundary representation, which is composed of a simple triangulation of the surface of the object. Then we will show how to obtain a conforming size-adapted mesh. The size adaptation is made considering geometrical approximation and with respect to an isotropic size map provided by an error estimator. The mesh can be used "as is" for a finite element computation (with shell elements), or can be used as a surface mesh to initiate a volume meshing algorithm (Delaunay or advancing front). The principle used to generate the mesh is based on the Delaunay method, which is associated with refinement algorithms, and smoothing. Finally, we will show that not using the parametric representation of the geometrical model allows us to override some of the limitations of conventional meshing software that is based on an exact representation of the geometry. (C) 2001 Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailImproving the performance of low-gain designs for bounded control of linear systems
Grognard, F.; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Bastin, G.

in Automatica (2002), 38(11), 1777-1782

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See detailQuelques Névroptères d’un site de la région liégeoise (ru de Targnon, Theux, Belgique)
Mignon, Jacques ULg

in Notes Fauniques de Gembloux (2002), 47

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See detailEffects of inhaled ipratropium bromide on breathing mechanics and gas exchange in exercising horses with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease
Bayly, W. M.; Duvivier, D. H.; Votion, D. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2002), 34(1), 36-43

Six Warmblood horses suffering an acute exacerbation of COPD were tested to investigate whether inhalation of ipratropium bromide (IB) dry powder (2,400 microg) 30 min preexercise would improve their ... [more ▼]

Six Warmblood horses suffering an acute exacerbation of COPD were tested to investigate whether inhalation of ipratropium bromide (IB) dry powder (2,400 microg) 30 min preexercise would improve their exercise capacity. A cross-over protocol with an inert powder placebo (P) was used. Mechanics of breathing and arterial blood gases were determined before treatment, after treatment but pre-exercise, and during an incremental exercise test. Oxygen consumption (VO2) was also measured before and during exercise, and the time to fatigue recorded. Inhalation of IB reduced total pulmonary resistance (RL) and maximum intrapleural pressure changes (deltaPpl(max)) and increased dynamic compliance before exercise. The onset of exercise was associated with a marked decrease in RL in P-treated horses but not those receiving IB, so that RL during exercise was not affected by treatment. Although deltaPpl(max) was lower at 8,9 and 10 m/s with IB, there were no treatment-related changes in VO2, blood gases, time to fatigue or any other measurement of breathing mechanics. Therefore, although inhalation of IB prior to exercise may have improved deltaPpl(max), it had no apparent impact on the horses' capacity for exercise. [less ▲]

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See detailPierre Bourdieu: une sociologie de la désespérance/ paradigme économique, lutte de pouvoir et "violence inerte"
Robert, Jocelyne ULg

in Revue de l'Institut de Sociologie (2002), 1-4

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See detailSingle-domain antibody fragments with high conformational stability.
Dumoulin, Mireille ULg; Conrath, Katja; Van Meirhaeghe, Annemie et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (2002), 11(3), 500-15

A variety of techniques, including high-pressure unfolding monitored by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, fluorescence, circular dichroism, and surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, have been ... [more ▼]

A variety of techniques, including high-pressure unfolding monitored by Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy, fluorescence, circular dichroism, and surface plasmon resonance spectroscopy, have been used to investigate the equilibrium folding properties of six single-domain antigen binders derived from camelid heavy-chain antibodies with specificities for lysozymes, beta-lactamases, and a dye (RR6). Various denaturing conditions (guanidinium chloride, urea, temperature, and pressure) provided complementary and independent methods for characterizing the stability and unfolding properties of the antibody fragments. With all binders, complete recovery of the biological activity after renaturation demonstrates that chemical-induced unfolding is fully reversible. Furthermore, denaturation experiments followed by optical spectroscopic methods and affinity measurements indicate that the antibody fragments are unfolded cooperatively in a single transition. Thus, unfolding/refolding equilibrium proceeds via a simple two-state mechanism (N <--> U), where only the native and the denatured states are significantly populated. Thermally-induced denaturation, however, is not completely reversible, and the partial loss of binding capacity might be due, at least in part, to incorrect refolding of the long loops (CDRs), which are responsible for antigen recognition. Most interestingly, all the fragments are rather resistant to heat-induced denaturation (apparent T(m) = 60-80 degrees C), and display high conformational stabilities (DeltaG(H(2)O) = 30-60 kJ mole(-1)). Such high thermodynamic stability has never been reported for any functional conventional antibody fragment, even when engineered antigen binders are considered. Hence, the reduced size, improved solubility, and higher stability of the camelid heavy-chain antibody fragments are of special interest for biotechnological and medical applications. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite ... une polyarthrite rhumatoïde. L'avènement d'une nouvelle ère thérapeutique: les anticorps anti-TNF-alpha
Kaiser, Marie-Joëlle ULg; Malaise, Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(8), 486-492

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most frequent autoimmune inflammatory arthropathy. Chronic synovial inflammation usually results in cartilage destruction, bone erosion and subsequent joint deformities ... [more ▼]

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is the most frequent autoimmune inflammatory arthropathy. Chronic synovial inflammation usually results in cartilage destruction, bone erosion and subsequent joint deformities with impaired physical function. These consequences are more or less delayed by standard disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs (DMARDs). A better knowledge of the basic mechanisms of the disease and new biomolecular tools led to the development of novel biological agents including TNF alpha blockers. TNF alpha is a key inflammatory cytokine that plays a critically important role in the pathogenesis of RA. TNF alpha blockers brought dramatic improvements in efficacy of RA treatment. Here we will review the pathophysiological elements of RA wich explain the therapeutic efficacy of these TNF alpha blockers and we will describe in details the molecules, Remicade (Infliximab) and Enbrel (Etanercept), wich will be very soon used in daily practice in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence Of A New Axial Impeller On K(L)A And Xylanase Production By Penicillium Canescens 10-10c
Bakri, Yasser; Jacques, Philippe ULg; Shi, Kui et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2002), 98

The effects of a new axial impeller (HTPG4) on oxygen volumetric transfer coefficient, KLa, and xylanase production by Penicillium canescens 10-10c were studied and compared for dual-impeller systems, one ... [more ▼]

The effects of a new axial impeller (HTPG4) on oxygen volumetric transfer coefficient, KLa, and xylanase production by Penicillium canescens 10-10c were studied and compared for dual-impeller systems, one with one DT4 impeller below and one HTPG4 above (DT4-HTPG4) and one with two DT4 (DT4-DT4) impellers, in a 5-L bioreactor. The volumetric coefficient of oxygen transfer was measured in culture medium using a gassing-out method at different gassing rates and agitation speeds. We observed that the DT4-HTPG4 combination provided better KLa performance than the DT4-DT4 combination. The two combinations were also tested for their influence on xylanase production by a filamentous microorganism; P. canescens 10-10c. These experiments demonstrated that the DT4-HTPG4 combination impeller enhanced enzyme production up to 23% compared with the DT4-DT4 combination at an aeration rate of 1 vvm and an agitation speed of 600 rpm. The main cause for this difference is thought to be a higher shear stress generated by the DT4-DT4 combination, which damages the mycelium of P. canescens and decreases xylanase production. [less ▲]

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See detailDNA sequences coding for the F18 fimbriae and AIDA adhesin are localized on the same plasmid in Escherichia coli isolates from piglets
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Jacquemin, E.; Pohl, P. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 86

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See detailDistribution of surface carbon dioxide and air-sea exchange in the upwelling system off the Galician coast
Borges, Alberto ULg; Frankignoulle, Michel

in Global Biogeochemical Cycles (2002), 16

Data on the distribution of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) were obtained during six cruises off the Galician coast, a region characterized by a seasonal upwelling. The values of pCO2 over the ... [more ▼]

Data on the distribution of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) were obtained during six cruises off the Galician coast, a region characterized by a seasonal upwelling. The values of pCO2 over the continental shelf are highly variable and range between 265 and 415 matm during the upwelling season and between 315 and 345 matm during the downwelling season. Both the continental shelf and off-shelf waters behave as significant net sinks of atmospheric CO2. The computation of the air-sea fluxes of CO2 over the continental shelf yields a net influx in the range of 2.3 (±0.6) to 4.7 (±1.0) mmol C m 2 d 1 during the upwelling season and 3.5 (±0.8) to 7.0 (±1.5) mmol C m 2 d 1 on an annual basis. During the upwelling season and on an annual basis, although the observed air-sea gradients of CO2 over the continental shelf are significantly stronger than those in off-shelf waters, the computed air-sea CO2 fluxes are not significantly different because of the important incertitude introduced in the calculations by the estimated error on wind speed measurements. The presence of upwelling filaments increases the influx of atmospheric CO2 in the off-shelf waters. During summer, important short-term variations of pCO2 are observed that are related to both upwelling and temperature variations. During winter the cooling of water causes important undersaturation of CO2 related to the effect of temperature on the dissolved inorganic carbon equilibrium constants. [less ▲]

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See detailLipid-Interacting Properties Of The N-Terminal Domain Of Human Apolipoprotein C-III
Lins, Laurence ULg; Flore, Christelle ULg; Chapelle, L. et al

in Protein Engineering (2002), 15(6), 513-20

The lipid-interacting properties of the N-terminal domain of human apolipoprotein C-III (apo C-III) were investigated. By molecular modeling, we predicted that the 6-20 fragment of apo C-III is obliquely ... [more ▼]

The lipid-interacting properties of the N-terminal domain of human apolipoprotein C-III (apo C-III) were investigated. By molecular modeling, we predicted that the 6-20 fragment of apo C-III is obliquely orientated at the lipid/water interface owing to an asymmetric distribution of the hydrophobic residues when helical. This is characteristic of 'tilted peptides' originally discovered in viral fusion proteins and later in various proteins including some involved in lipoprotein metabolism. Since most tilted peptides were shown to induce liposome fusion in vitro, the fusogenic capacity of the 6-20 fragment of apo C-III was tested on unilamellar liposomes and compared with the well characterized SIV fusion peptide. Mutants were designed by molecular modeling to assess the role of the hydrophobicity gradient in the fusion. FTIR spectroscopy confirmed the predominantly helical conformation of the peptides in TFE solution and also in lipid-peptide complexes. Lipid-mixing experiments showed that the apo C-III (6-20) peptide is able to increase the fluorescence of a lipophilic fluorescent probe. The vesicle fusion was confirmed by core-mixing and leakage assays. The hydrophobicity gradient plays a key role in the fusion process because the mutant with no hydrophobic asymmetry but the same mean hydrophobicity as the wild type does not induce significant lipid fusion. The apo C-III (6-20) fragment is, however, less fusogenic than the SIV peptide, in agreement with their respective mean hydrophobicity. Since lipid fusion should not be the physiological function of the N-terminal domain of apo CIII, we suggest that its peculiar distribution of hydrophobic residues is important for the lipid-binding properties of apo C-III and should be involved in apolipoprotein and lipid exchanges crucial for triglyceride metabolism. [less ▲]

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See detailObs. sous C.J.C.E., 14 juin 2001, aff. C-230/00
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Aménagement - Environnement (2002), 1

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See detailNonlinear thin shell finite element for steel and concrete structures subjected to fire: theoretical development
Talamona, Didier; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Journal of Applied Fire Science (2002), 11(4), 291-310

This article describes the features of a quadrilateral thin shell element, based on Marguerre's theory that has ben implemented in the finite element program SAFIR (from the University of Liege.) The ... [more ▼]

This article describes the features of a quadrilateral thin shell element, based on Marguerre's theory that has ben implemented in the finite element program SAFIR (from the University of Liege.) The element has four nodes (one at each corner) and each node has six degrees of freedom, i.e., three translations and three rotations (the sixth degree of freedom is a true one, which can be assimilated to the in-plane rotation.) This article presents some theoretical developments regarding the element formulation. The algorithm strategies for isotropic material (steel for example) and non-isotropic material 'concrete) and their modifications for elevated temperatures are described. Two verifications examples are presented (the patch test and Lee's frame at elevated temperatures). [less ▲]

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See detailRapid And Homogenous Detection Of Apple Stem Pitting Virus By Rt-Pcr And A Fluorogenic 3 ' Minor Groove Binder-Dna Probe
Salmon, Marc ULg; Vendrame, Marina; Kummert, Jean et al

in European Journal of Plant Pathology (2002), 108(8), 755-762

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See detailEchouage de mammifères marins : guide d'intervention et procédures d'autopsie
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Garcia-Hartmann, M.; Haelters, J. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(5, OCT-NOV), 261-276

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See detailErythropoietin improves quality of life--a response.
Bottomley, Andrew; Thomas, Ronald; Van Steen, Kristel ULg et al

in Lancet Oncology (2002), 3(9), 527

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See detailExamination of Escherichia coli from poultry for selected adhesin genes important in disease caused by mammalian pathogenic E. coli
Stordeur, Philippe; Marlier, Didier ULg; Blanco, J. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 84(3), 231-241

A collection of 1601 extraintestinal and intestinal Escherichia coli isolated from chickens, turkeys and ducks. in Belgium, France and Spain, was hybridised with gene probes specific for fimbrial and ... [more ▼]

A collection of 1601 extraintestinal and intestinal Escherichia coli isolated from chickens, turkeys and ducks. in Belgium, France and Spain, was hybridised with gene probes specific for fimbrial and afimbrial adhesins (F17, F18, S (Sfa/F1C), Bfp, Afa, Cs31A, Intimin (Eae), Aida-1) of intestinal, urinary and invasive E. coli of mammals and with a probe specific for the P (Pap/Prs) fimbrial adhesin of urinary and invasive E. coli of mammals and birds. Three hundred and eighty-three strains (23.9%) were P-positive, 76 strains (4.8%) were Afa-positive, 75 strains (4.7%) were F17-positive, 67 strains (4.2%) were S-positive, 23 (1.4%) were Intimin-positive. and all were F18-, Cs31A-, Aidal- and Bfp-negative. The 75 F17-positive strains harboured different major subunit A-encoding gene variants, but the f17Ac variant was the most frequent (52 strains, 69,3%) and seven strains (9.3%) were not typeable. The f17G gene variant coding for the GII adhesin was the most frequent (56 strains, 75.0%), whereas the f17GI gene variant was present in four strains (5%) and 15 strains (20.0%) were not typeable. All Afa-positive strains harboured the afa-8 variant. The 23 Intimin-positive E. coli tested positive for the beta -variant (16 strains; 69.6%) or for the gamma -variant (seven strains;, 30.4%) of the eae gene. Chicken and turkey E. coli were more frequently probe-positive (43.6 and 43.1 %, respectively) than duck E. coli 31.5%) and extraintestinal E. coli were also more frequently probe-positive (48.4%) than intestinal strains (18.5%). Different combinations of probe positive hybridisation results were observed in 72 of the 540 probe-positive E. coli (13.3%). The most frequent combinations were between AfaE-8 and F17 probes (47 strains; 8.7%) and between P and S probes (13 strains. 2.4%). Although f17- and afa-8-related DNA sequences can be plasmid-located in mammalian E. coli. they were not in avian E. coli. Besides the P fimbrial adhesin, F17 and S fimbrial and Afa-VIII and Intimin afimbrial adhesins may thus represent colonisation factors of avian pathogenic E. coli. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 2.4-A crystal structure of the penicillin-resistant penicillin-binding protein PBP5fm from Enterococcus faecium in complex with benzylpenicillin.
Sauvage, Eric ULg; Kerff, Frédéric ULg; Fonze, E. et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (2002), 59(7), 1223-32

Penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) are membrane proteins involved in the final stages of peptidoglycan synthesis and represent the targets of beta-lactam antibiotics. Enterococci are naturally resistant ... [more ▼]

Penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs) are membrane proteins involved in the final stages of peptidoglycan synthesis and represent the targets of beta-lactam antibiotics. Enterococci are naturally resistant to these antibiotics because they produce a PBP, named PBP5fm in Enterococcus faecium, with low-level affinity for beta-lactams. We report here the crystal structure of the acyl-enzyme complex of PBP5fm with benzylpenicillin at a resolution of 2.4 A. A characteristic of the active site, which distinguishes PBP5fm from other PBPs of known structure, is the topology of the loop 451-465 defining the left edge of the cavity. The residue Arg464, involved in a salt bridge with the residue Asp481, confers a greater rigidity to the PBP5fm active site. In addition, the presence of the Val465 residue, which points into the active site, reducing its accessibility, could account for the low affinity of PBP5fm for beta-lactam. This loop is common to PBPs of low affinity, such as PBP2a from Staphylococcus aureus and PBP3 from Bacillus subtilis. Moreover, the insertion of a serine after residue 466 in the most resistant strains underlines even more the determining role of this loop in the recognition of the substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailPhylogéographie mitochondriale du mulot sylvestre (Apodemus sylvaticus) dans la région paléarctique occidentale
Michaux, Johan ULg; Magnanou, Elodie; Nieberding, Caroline et al

in Biosystema, Systématique et biogéographie (2002), 20

We have sequenced 965 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b from 102 woodmice (Apodemus sylvaticus) samples collected from 40 European localities. The aims of the study were to answer the ... [more ▼]

We have sequenced 965 base pairs of the mitochondrial DNA cytochrome b from 102 woodmice (Apodemus sylvaticus) samples collected from 40 European localities. The aims of the study were to answer the following questions: i) Did the Mediterranean peninsulas play a role as a refuge for small mammals? ii) Is the genetic variability of a small mammal like A. sylvaticus higher in the Mediterranean regions as compared with northern Europe? iii)Is it possible to find patterns of postglacial colonisation of Europe other than those presently recognised ? Sequence data were analysed using Distance and Maximum Parsimony phylogenetic reconstruction methods. A minimum spanning network was also calculated. Population genetic structure was determined by analysis of molecular variance (AMOVA). A "mismatch distribution" analysis was also performed to estimate the patterns of expansion. The results provide a clear picture of the impact of Quaternary glaciations on the genetic and geographic structure of the woodmouse. Analyses indicate a higher genetic variability for the woodmouse in the Mediterranean peninsulas as compared to northern Europe and the role of these peninsulas as refuge regions for small mammals. A new pattern of postglacial colonisation is also proposed where the Iberian and southern France refuge populations colonised almost all the European regions. The Sicilian population appears to be highly differentiated and highly variable. This result emphasises the importance of this island as a "hot spot" for the intraspecific genetic diversity of the woodmouse. Finally, populations of this species in North Africa originated from south-western Europe and are probably the result of a recent anthropogenic introduction. [less ▲]

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See detailLeukemic target susceptibility to natural killer cytotoxicity: relationship with BCR-ABL expression.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Turhan, Ali G; Giron-Michel, Julien et al

in Blood (2002), 99(6), 2107-13

Chronic myeloid leukemia is a clonal myeloproliferative expansion of transformed primitive hematopoietic progenitor cells characterized by high-level expression of BCR-ABL chimeric gene, which induces ... [more ▼]

Chronic myeloid leukemia is a clonal myeloproliferative expansion of transformed primitive hematopoietic progenitor cells characterized by high-level expression of BCR-ABL chimeric gene, which induces growth factor independence. However, the influence of BCR-ABL expression on cell-mediated cytotoxicity is poorly understood. In the present study, we asked whether BCR-ABL expression interferes with leukemic target sensitivity to natural killer (NK) cell cytolysis. Our approach was based on the use of 2 BCR-ABL transfectants of the pluripotent hematopoietic cell line UT-7 expressing low (UT-7/E8, UT-7/G6) and high (UT-7/9) levels of BCR-ABL. As effector cells, we used CD56(bright), CD16-, CD2- NK cells differentiated in vitro from CD34 cord blood progenitors. We demonstrated that BCR-ABL transfectants UT-7/9 were lysed by NK cells with a higher efficiency than parental and low UT-7/E8.1 and UT-7/G6 transfectants. This enhanced susceptibility to lysis correlated with an increase in expression of intercellular adhesion molecule 1 (ICAM-1) by target cells. Treatment of UT-7/9 cells by STI571 (a specific inhibitor of the abl kinase) resulted in a decrease in NK susceptibility to lysis and ICAM-1 down-regulation in target cells. Furthermore, the constitutive activation of nuclear factor-kappaB (NF-kappaB) detected in BCR-ABL transfectant UT-7/9, was significantly attenuated when cells were treated by STI571. Interestingly, inhibition of NF-kappaB activation by BAY11-67082 (a specific NF-kappaB inhibitor) resulted in down-regulation of ICAM-1 expression and a subsequent decrease in NK-induced killing of UT-7/9 transfectants. Our results show that oncogenic transformation by BCR-ABL may increase susceptibility of leukemic progenitors to NK cell cytotoxicity by a mechanism involving overexpression of ICAM-1 as a consequence of NF-kappaB activation. [less ▲]

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See detailLa colibacillose aviaire
Stordeur, Philippe; Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(1, FEB-MAR), 11-18

The avian pathogenic E. coli strains, although considered by almost like opportunist pathogen, represent actually one of the most important cause of economic losses in the poultry sector and is one of the ... [more ▼]

The avian pathogenic E. coli strains, although considered by almost like opportunist pathogen, represent actually one of the most important cause of economic losses in the poultry sector and is one of the most frequent cause of carcase rejection in the slaughter house. Colibacillosis, which the major way of penetration is the respiratory tract, affect essentially broilers and give variable lesions and manifestations in function of the age of the animals. Actually, some virulence factors have been studied and associated with avian pathogenic E. coli strains : P and F1 fimbriae, hemagglutination, serum resistance, aerobactin system. Recent studies have also showed that other virulence factors (F17 and Afa adhesins) were also present in the avian pathogenic E. coli, but their rule in the pathogenicity must to be established. Because of the diversity of virulence factors and the little of knowledge about us, no vaccine is actually available to protect efficacely poultries against colibacillosis. Thus, the antibiotherapy based on a good diagnostic and a good prevention remained the only things to do in order to overcome the disease, despite the augmentation of antibiotics resistance and the risk of transferring to humans. [less ▲]

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See detailAspects of inorganic carbon dynamics in the upwelling system off the Galician coast
Borges, Alberto ULg; Frankignoulle, Michel

in Journal of Marine Systems (2002), 32

In the present paper, we report data on the partial pressure of CO2 ( pCO2) in surface seawater off the Galician coast, obtained during four cruises carried out in summer (upwelling conditions). Over the ... [more ▼]

In the present paper, we report data on the partial pressure of CO2 ( pCO2) in surface seawater off the Galician coast, obtained during four cruises carried out in summer (upwelling conditions). Over the continental shelf, two processes that have opposite effects control pCO2 in surface waters: (a) the input from upwelling of deep cold water with high CO2 content that causes oversaturation of CO2 and (b) primary production that tends to decrease pCO2. In offshore waters, the distribution of pCO2 is mainly controlled by temperature change. In two distinct hydrographic coastal regions, the Rı´as Baixas area (RBA) and the Cape Finisterre area (CFA), the patterns of the distribution of pCO2 are complex but, in the Rı´as Baixas area, the averaged pCO2 values are systematically lower and temperature values higher. These differences between the two hydrographic regions are mainly related to the combination of outwelling from the Rı´as and the width of the continental shelf. In the Rı´as Baixas area, outwelling affects significantly the adjacent inner continental shelf but to a much lesser extent the outer continental shelf. In the Cape Finisterre area, the continental shelf is narrower and the ratio between the surface area of the shelf to the length of the shelf break is lower, inducing during an upwelling event, lower temperature and higher pCO2 values in surface waters than in the Rı´as Baixas area. [less ▲]

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See detailPeritoneal Tuberculosis in an African Immigrant
Milicevic, Mladen ULg; Boverie, J. H.; Dondelinger, R. F.

in JBR-BTR : Journal Belge de Radiologie - Belgisch Tijdschrift voor Radiologie (2002), 85(3, Jun-Jul), 140-1

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See detailSeparation, identification and quantitation of ceramides in human cancer cells by liquid chromatography–electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry
Fillet, Marianne ULg; Van Heugen, Jean-Claude ULg; Servais, Anne-Catherine ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2002), 949

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation and programmed cell death. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of these second ... [more ▼]

Ceramides are important intracellular second messengers that play a role in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation and programmed cell death. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of these second messengers requires sensitive and specific analytical methods to detect endogenous levels of individual ceramide species and to differentiate between them. Nine synthetic ceramides were separated by liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometry on a C bonded silica 18 column. The lipids were eluted in gradient elution mode using a mixture of water, acetonitrile and 2-propanol as mobile phase. They were detected by reaction monitoring performed on positive ion electrospray generated ions. Collision-induced fragmentations conducted on ceramides produced a well characteristic product ion at m/z 264, making multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) well suited for various ceramides quantitative measurements. After optimization of the extraction step, the proposed methodology was able to identify and quantify different ceramide species issued from human cancer cells. The method could be validated for C , C and C ceramides, quantified at the nanogram level. The validation exhibits good 16 18 20 results with respect to linearity, accuracy and precision. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges in the development of the winter-spring phytoplankton bloom in the Bay of Calvi (NW Mediterranean) over the last two decades: a response to changing climate?
Goffart, Anne ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg; Legendre, Louis

in Marine Ecology. Progress Series (2002), 236

The development of the winter-spring phytoplankton bloom was investigated in the Bay of Calvi (Corsica, Ligurian Sea, northwestern Mediterranean) in 1979, 1986, 1988, 1997 and 1998. A drastic reduction of ... [more ▼]

The development of the winter-spring phytoplankton bloom was investigated in the Bay of Calvi (Corsica, Ligurian Sea, northwestern Mediterranean) in 1979, 1986, 1988, 1997 and 1998. A drastic reduction of phytoplankton biomass was evidenced over the last 2 decades, in relation to long-term changes in climatic and environmental conditions. Between 1979 and 1998, the monthly averaged chlorophyll a concentrations at 1 m decreased by about 80% during February, March and April. Simultaneously, major changes to hydrodynamic conditions include warmer water, overall decrease of salinity at 10 m depth, longer periods of bright sunshine and lower wind stress, The changes in environmental conditions were large enough to affect the vertical stability of the water column during the winter-spring period and to reduce nutrient replenishment of the surface layer prior to the usual period of phytoplankton growth. Until 1986, the main factor driving nutrient replenishment was the winter upward mixing of nutrient-rich deep waters, while the progressive reduction of mixing from 1988 induced nutrient limitation of surface waters in the last decade. The following hypotheses on changes in the development of the winter-spring phytoplankton bloom are made: (1) Until 1986, phytoplankton peaks took place in relatively high-nutrient waters and were diatom-dominated. (2) Between 1986 and 1988, decreasing Si availability led to Si limitation which caused a reduction in diatom abundance. This resulted in the disappearance of the diatom-dominated pulses and in lower phytoplankton biomass and was accompanied by a shift toward non-siliceous phytoplankton. (3) In 1988, 1997 and 1998, decreasing nitrate availability led to nitrate limitation, thus explaining the progressive reduction in non-siliceous phytoplankton biomass. Other, associated changes in benthos assemblages and ichthyofauna are documented. The conclusions from the Bay of Calvi are extended to the whole western Corsican coast. This confirms that the Mediterranean reacts rapidly to external perturbations, which are driven by climate change in that particular area. [less ▲]

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See detailA mixture model to assess the effect of a hormonal stimulation on the development of follicles in prepubertal heifers
Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Journal of the Royal Statistical Society : Series C (Applied Statistics) (2002), 4

The goal of this study is to assess the effect of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) on the growth of follicles in prepubertal heifers. Adams and co-workers have shown that follicles develop in waves as ... [more ▼]

The goal of this study is to assess the effect of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) on the growth of follicles in prepubertal heifers. Adams and co-workers have shown that follicles develop in waves as in post-pubertal heifers: after a few days, a dominant follicle arises on one of the two ovaries whereas the other subordinate follicles regress.The dominant follicle remains detectable when the next wave occurs. The number and the diameters of these follicles have been measured for 14 days.The same experiment was repeated after a 3-day FSH stimulation. Several large follicles now arise simultaneously on both ovaries together with small follicles which cannot be detected any more when the next wave occurs. Unfortunately, follicles were not individually tracked. Therefore a three-component mixture model was used to describe the potential simultaneous observation of dominant, decaying dominant and subordinate follicles before the FSH stimulation; the same type of model was considered for large, decaying large and small follicles after the hormonal stimulation. Moreover, for technical reasons, only follicles larger than 2 mm are observable. Measurements were thus left truncated.The models fitted are used to quantify the effects of the stimulation and to determine the ideal time point at which follicles should be punctured under ultrasonography to harvest ovocytes that will be fertilized and cultured in vitro. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of methalothionein in irradiated human rectal carcinoma.
Bouzourene, H; Chabert, P; Gebhardt, S et al

in Cancer (2002), 95(5), 1003-1008

BACKGROUND. Metallothioneins (MT) are low-molecular weight, metal-binding proteins that play a role in cellular proliferation and differentiation, as well as in cellular defense mechanisms. They act as ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND. Metallothioneins (MT) are low-molecular weight, metal-binding proteins that play a role in cellular proliferation and differentiation, as well as in cellular defense mechanisms. They act as scavengers of free radicals produced by irradiation. A number of in vitro and in vivo studies have linked overexpression of cellular MT with tumor cell resistance to radiation. This is the first study that investigates whether MT expression is involved in the radioresistance of rectal carcinoma. METHODS. Using a mouse monoclonal antibody, MT expression was analyzed by immunohistochemistry on surgical samples (n 85) from 85 patients with locally advanced rectal carcinoma who were treated preoperatively with a hyperfractionated and accelerated radiotherapy schedule and on tumor biopsies (n 13) obtained before treatment. The potential correlations between MT expression and pathologic variables and survival were examined. RESULTS. MT were expressed strongly in both the cytoplasm and nucleus of tumor cells in 7 biopsy and 42 surgical samples. A comparison of MT expression in biopsy and surgical specimens showed that MT expression did not change after irradiation in most cases. Against all expectations, MT were expressed more frequently in tumors from responders than in those from the nonresponders (P 0.02). There was no correlation between MT expression and tumor stage, histology after radiotherapy, or survival. CONCLUSION. These findings do not support the hypothesis that MT overexpression at the end of radiotherapy is a marker for radiation resistance. Cancer 2002;95: 1003–8. © 2002 American Cancer Society. DOI 10.1002/cncr.10780 [less ▲]

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See detailLa guerre et la médecine d'une culture de paix. 3. Synopsis des armes chimiques.
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(1), 49-52

A variety of chemical components can be used as warfare threats directly targeting humans. They can be classified according to their main biological effects as nerve agents, vesicants, lung damaging ... [more ▼]

A variety of chemical components can be used as warfare threats directly targeting humans. They can be classified according to their main biological effects as nerve agents, vesicants, lung damaging agents, cyanogen agents and incapacitants. Other chemical agents are water and food contaminants. Still other less aggressive compounds are mainly used to control riots. Smokes, flame materials and herbicides belong to other classes of chemical agents of the warlike armamentum exhibiting a direct effect on man. [less ▲]

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See detailLes souches pathogènes d'Escherichia coli chez les chiens et les chats : IV) Discussion générale
Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(4, AUG-SEP), 219

This manuscript reviews the current knowledge on the main classes of pathogenic Escherichia coli in dogs and cats: type 1 necrotoxigenic strains (NTEC1), adhesin-positive strains (AdEC), enteropathogenic ... [more ▼]

This manuscript reviews the current knowledge on the main classes of pathogenic Escherichia coli in dogs and cats: type 1 necrotoxigenic strains (NTEC1), adhesin-positive strains (AdEC), enteropathogenic strains (EPEC) and enterotoxigenic strains (ETEC). They represent primary or secondary (to other bacterial, parasitic and/or viral infections) infectious agents. NTEC1 and AdEC are the most frequent and are responsible for intestinal, urinary tract and invasive infections, while EPEC and ETEC limit their infections to the intestinal tract. ETEC are the less frequent but EPEC are more and more often observed. The specific virulence factors and other properties of these pathogenic E. coli strains are similar to those of their bovine, human and porcine counterparts, for their identity and their genetic determinism. This similarity allows the use of an identical approach in their diagnosis and typing. But for some NTEC1, AdEC and EPEC strains the similarity is so close that it also raises the question of their zoonotic potential, though there is up to now no epidemiological evidence of such cross contamination of man by canine or feline pathogenic E. coli (or vice versa). [less ▲]

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See detailCanopy gap edge determination and the importance of gap edges for plant diversity
Salvador-Van Eysenrode, D; Kockelbergh, F; Bogaert, Jan ULg et al

in Web Ecology (2002), 3

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See detailControl of the Radical Polymerization by 2,2,15,15-tetramethyl-1-aza-4,7,10,13-tetraoxacyclopentadecan-1-oxyl and its Sodium Salt
Olive, Gilles ULg; Rozanska, Xavier; Smulders, Wilfred et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2002), 203(12), 1790-1796

The control of the radical polymerization of styrene by 2,2,15,15-tetramethyl-1-aza-4,7,10,13-tetraoxacyclopentadecan-1-oxyl is reported here in bulk at 90 °C, 120 °C and in miniemulsion. Similarly, the ... [more ▼]

The control of the radical polymerization of styrene by 2,2,15,15-tetramethyl-1-aza-4,7,10,13-tetraoxacyclopentadecan-1-oxyl is reported here in bulk at 90 °C, 120 °C and in miniemulsion. Similarly, the control by its sodium complex is reported in bulk at 90 °C. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailVegetation composition of a threatened hypersaline lake (Lake Bardawil), North Sinai
El-Bana, M I; Khedr, A-H A; Van Hecke, P et al

in Plant Ecology (2002), 163(1), 63-75

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See detailMulticollinearity in prognostic factor analyses using the EORTC QLQ-C30: identification and impact on model selection
Van Steen, Kristel ULg; Curran, D.; Kramer, J. et al

in Statistics in Medicine (2002), 21(24), 3865-3884

Clinical and quality of life (QL) variables from an EORTC clinical trial of first line chemotherapy in advanced breast cancer were used in a prognostic factor analysis of survival and response to ... [more ▼]

Clinical and quality of life (QL) variables from an EORTC clinical trial of first line chemotherapy in advanced breast cancer were used in a prognostic factor analysis of survival and response to chemotherapy. For response, different final multivariate models were obtained from forward and backward selection methods, suggesting a disconcerting instability. Quality of life was measured using the EORTC QLQ-C30 questionnaire completed by patients. Subscales on the questionnaire are known to be highly correlated, and therefore it was hypothesized that multicollinearity contributed to model instability. A correlation matrix indicated that global QL was highly correlated with 7 out of 11 variables. In a first attempt to explore multicollinearity, we used global QL as dependent variable in a regression model with other QL subscales as predictors. Afterwards, standard diagnostic tests for multicollinearity were performed. An exploratory principal components analysis and factor analysis of the QL subscales identified at most three important components and indicated that inclusion of global QL made minimal difference to the loadings on each component. suggesting that it is redundant in the model, In a second approach, we advocate a bootstrap technique to assess the stability of the models. Based on these analyses and since global QL exacerbates problems of multicollinearity, we therefore recommend that global QL be excluded from prognostic factor analyses using the QLQ-C30. The prognostic factor analysis was rerun without global QL in the model, and selected the same significant prognostic factors as before. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailComposite structures optimization using sequential convex programming
Bruyneel, Michaël ULg; Fleury, Claude ULg

in Advances in Engineering Software (2002), 33(7-10), 697-711

The design of composite structures is considered here. The approximation concepts approach is used to solve the optimization problem. The convex approximations of the MMA family are briefly described ... [more ▼]

The design of composite structures is considered here. The approximation concepts approach is used to solve the optimization problem. The convex approximations of the MMA family are briefly described. Several modifications of these approximations are presented. They are now based on gradient information at two successive iterations, avoiding the use of the expensive second-order derivatives. A two-point fitting scheme is also described, where the function value at the preceding design point is used to improve the approximation. Numerical examples compare these new purely non-monotonous schemes to the existing ones for the selection of optimal fibers orientations in laminates. It is shown how these two-point based approximations are well adapted to the problem and can improve the optimization task, leading to reasonable computational efforts. A procedure is also derived for considering simultaneously monotonous and non-monotonous structural behaviors. The resulting generalized approximation scheme is well suited for the optimization of composite structures when both plies thickness and fibers orientations are considered as design variables. It is concluded that the newly developed approximation schemes of the MMA family are reliable for composite structures optimization. All the studied approximations are convex and separable: the optimization problem can then be solved using a dual approach. (C) 2002 Civil-Comp Ltd and Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSingle motor axon conduction velocities of human upper and lower limb motor units. A study with transcranial electrical stimulation
Dalpozzo, Francesca; GERARD, Pascale ULg; De Pasqua, Victor ULg et al

in Clinical Neurophysiology (2002), 113(2), 284-291

OBJECTIVES: To calculate conduction velocities (CV) of single motor axons innervating hand, forearm and leg muscles, weak anodal electrical transcranial stimuli were used and single motor unit potentials ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To calculate conduction velocities (CV) of single motor axons innervating hand, forearm and leg muscles, weak anodal electrical transcranial stimuli were used and single motor unit potentials were recorded in 17 normal subjects. METHODS: The central motor conduction time and neuromuscular transmission delay were subtracted from the latency of unit response to cortical stimulation and single motor axon CV were calculated. RESULTS: In extensor indicis proprius (EIP) units, CV ranged from 30.3 to 76.1m/s (mean: 51.3 +/- 7.1m/s, 139 units). In first dorsal interosseous (FDI), they ranged from 45.1 to 66.2m/s (mean: 54.6 +/- 2.6m/s, 88 units). In tibialis anterior (TA), velocities ranged from 27.8 to 55.9m/s (mean: 41.3 +/- 7.5m/s, 123 units). In FDI units, velocities were compared with those obtained with the F-wave method (range: 50.3-64.5m/s, mean: 58.1 +/- 2.0m/s). CONCLUSIONS: Compared with previously published values, the present method gives better access to slow-conducting units, first recruited by transcranial stimulation and voluntary effort. The spectrum of individual CV was much broader for EIP and TA than for FDI. A linear decline of maximal CV with age was observed, while minimal CV were not affected, suggesting that aging causes a selective loss of the fastest-conducting units. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Parents maltraités
Malchair, Alain ULg

in Neurone (2002), 7(3), 83-86

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See detailA copula based model for multivariate non normal longitudinal data: analysis of a dose titration safety study on a new antidepressant
Lambert, Philippe ULg; Vandenhende, François

in Statistics in Medicine (2002), 21

A new model for multivariate non-normal longitudinal data is proposed. In a first step, each longitudinal series of data corresponding to a given response is modelled separately using a copula to relate ... [more ▼]

A new model for multivariate non-normal longitudinal data is proposed. In a first step, each longitudinal series of data corresponding to a given response is modelled separately using a copula to relate the marginal distributions of the response at each time of observation. In a second step, at each observation time, the conditional (on the past) distributions of each response are related using another copula describing the relationship between the corresponding variables. Note that there is no need to consider the same family of distributions for these response variables. The technique is illustrated in a dose titration safety study on a new antidepressant. The haemodynamic effect on diastolic blood pressure, systolic blood pressure and heart rate is studied. These three responses are measured repeatedly over time on ten healthy volunteers during the dose escalation. The available covariates are sex and the concentration of drug in the plasma at time of measurement. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of GEQUAC as a new group contribution method for strongly non-ideal mixtures
Ehlker, Gerhard H; Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Fluid Phase Equilibria (2002), 203((1-2)), 53-69

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See detailEffect of nutritional antioxidant supplementation on systemic and pulmonary antioxidant status, airway inflammation and lung function in heaves-affected horses
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Fievez, Laurence ULg; Bougnet, V. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2002), 34

An oxidant/antioxidant imbalance in favour of oxidants has been identified as playing a decisive role in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory airway diseases. Nutritional antioxidant supplementation ... [more ▼]

An oxidant/antioxidant imbalance in favour of oxidants has been identified as playing a decisive role in the pathogenesis of chronic inflammatory airway diseases. Nutritional antioxidant supplementation might reduce oxidative damage by enhancement of the antioxidant defence, thereby modulating inflammatory processes. In a placebo-controlled, blind study, it was tested whether a dietary antioxidant supplement administered for 4 weeks would improve lung function and reduce airway inflammation in heaves-affected horses. Eight horses in clinical remission of heaves were investigated at rest and after a standardised exercise test before and after treatment with an antioxidant supplement (consisting of a mixture of natural antioxidants including vitamins E and C and selenium from a variety of sources) or placebo (oatfeed pellets without additive). Pulmonary function and exercise tolerance were monitored; systemic and pulmonary lining fluid uric acid, glutathione and 8-epi-PGF(2alpha) were analysed, and bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) cytology and inflammatory scoring of the airways were performed. The antioxidant treatment significantly improved exercise tolerance and significantly reduced endoscopic inflammatory score. Plasma uric acid concentrations were significantly reduced, suggesting downregulation of the xanthine-dehydrogenase and xanthine-oxydase pathway. Haemolysate glutathione showed a nonsignificant trend to increase, while plasma 8-epi-PGF(2alpha) remained unchanged. Pulmonary markers and BAL cytology were not significantly affected by antioxidant supplementation. The present study suggests that the antioxidant supplement tested modulated oxidant/antioxidant balance and airway inflammation of heaves-affected horses [less ▲]

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See detailThe lichen flora of the Boulonnais (France, Pas-de-Calais)
Sparrius, L.B.; Diederich, Paul; Signoret, Jonathan et al

in Belgian Journal of Botany (2002), 135

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See detailSkin tensile properties in patients treated for acromegaly.
Braham, Catherine; Betea, Daniela ULg; Pierard, Claudine ULg et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2002), 204(4), 325-9

BACKGROUND: Somatotropic effects are described in the skin. Indeed, acromegaly is in part clinically recognized by cutaneous coarsening. The actual changes in tensile properties associated with the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Somatotropic effects are described in the skin. Indeed, acromegaly is in part clinically recognized by cutaneous coarsening. The actual changes in tensile properties associated with the cutaneous manifestations are largely unknown. OBJECTIVES: To study the relationships between the skin tensile properties and the severity of acromegaly as assessed by serum levels of growth hormone (GH) and insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1). PATIENTS AND METHOD: Assessments were made in 13 patients with acromegaly treated by somatostatin agonists combined or not with surgery. A total of 39 age- and sex-matched healthy subjects served as controls. Skin tensile properties were measured on the forearm and nape of the neck using a computerized suction device. RESULTS: Significant differences were yielded between the skin tensile properties in patients and normal subjects. The highest IGF-1 values in the patients' medical records were positively correlated with both skin distensibility and biologic elasticity. The most recent IGF-1 serum levels were negatively correlated with the visco-elastic ratio. No correlations were yielded between any of the biomechanical parameters and GH levels, disease duration and treatment dosages, respectively. CONCLUSION: The skin in acromegaly appears to be functionally more redundant and elastic than normal skin. The biomechanical changes appear quite different from those observed in other diseases with collagen deposition such as diabetes mellitus and scleroderma. [less ▲]

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See detailLes acteurs et les enjeux au coeur de l'évaluation
Vandoorne, Chantal ULg

in Education santé (2002), 173(173), 9-11

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

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

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See detailMétabolisme des lipides chez la levure: catabolisme peroxysomal des acides gras et applications biotechnologiques
Waché, Y.; Aguedo, Mario ULg; Nicaud, J.M. et al

in Regard sur la Biochimie (2002), 4

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See detailOral antivirals revisited in the treatment of herpes zoster: what do they accomplish?
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in American Journal of Clinical Dermatology (2002), 3(9), 591-8

Oral antiviral agents currently represent the most important therapeutic keystone in the treatment of herpes zoster. Three oral antiviral agents are available for the treatment of herpes zoster: acyclovir ... [more ▼]

Oral antiviral agents currently represent the most important therapeutic keystone in the treatment of herpes zoster. Three oral antiviral agents are available for the treatment of herpes zoster: acyclovir, its derivative valacyclovir, and famciclovir. Meta-analysis of published data has shown that oral acyclovir significantly reduces various herpes zoster-related symptoms as well as the duration, intensity and prevalence of zoster-associated pain (ZAP). However, this drug does not influence postherpetic neuralgia. The newer agents famciclovir and valacyclovir exhibit a better oral bioavailability than acyclovir. These agents have demonstrated similar efficacy to acyclovir with ZAP and they require less frequent administration. When initiated within 72 hours, oral antiviral therapy of herpes zoster is beneficial in selected, elderly immunocompetent patients, reducing the duration and intensity of ZAP and providing more rapid skin lesion healing. Oral antivirals are also of benefit in immunocompromised patients with uncomplicated herpes zoster. However, signs of cutaneous and visceral dissemination should be monitored; if signs occur, intravenous antiviral therapy is indicated. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment Of A Visual Method To Quantify The Gossypol Content In Cotton Seeds
Benbouza, H.; Lognay, Georges ULg; Palm, Rodolphe ULg et al

in Crop Science (2002), 42(6), 1937-1942

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See detailComparaison des cahiers des charges de filières de production porcine sous « signe de qualité » en Région wallonne.
Degre, Aurore ULg; Verheve, Didier; Debouche, Charles ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2002), 6(4), 221-230

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See detailStudy of the structural, electronic, and magnetic properties of the barium-rich iron(IV) oxides, Ba2FeO4 and Ba3FeO5
Delattre, J. L.; Stacy, A. M.; Young, V. G. et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2002), 41(11), 2834-2838

Crystals of Ba2FeO4 and Ba3FeO5, grown from a "self-sealing" KOH-Ba(OH)(2) flux, have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, Mossbauer spectroscopy, and magnetic measurements. Ba2FeO4 ... [more ▼]

Crystals of Ba2FeO4 and Ba3FeO5, grown from a "self-sealing" KOH-Ba(OH)(2) flux, have been characterized by single-crystal X-ray diffraction, Mossbauer spectroscopy, and magnetic measurements. Ba2FeO4 forms nonmerohedral twinned crystals with the monoclinic space group P2(1)/c, a = 6.034(2) Angstrom, b = 7.647(2) Angstrom, c = 10.162(3) Angstrom, beta = 92.931(6)degrees, and Z = 4. Ba3FeO5 crystallizes in the orthorhombic space group Pnma, with a = 10.301(1) Angstrom, b = 8.151(1) Angstrom, c = 7.611(1) Angstrom, and Z = 4. While both compounds feature discrete FeO44- tetrahedra, the anion found in Ba2FeO4 has shorter Fe-O bonds and is significantly distorted relative to the Ba3FeO5 anion, An iron valence of 4+ was confirmed by magnet susceptibility measurements and by the low-temperature isomer shifts of -0.152 and -0.142 mm/s relative to alpha-iron for Ba2FeO4 and Ba3FeO5, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailA full-acceptance detector at the LHC (FELIX)
Ageev, A.; Akhobadze, K.; Alvero, L. et al

in Journal of Physics : G Nuclear & Particle Physics (2002), 28(6), 117-215

The FELIX collaboration had proposed the construction of a full-acceptance detector for the LHC. The primary mission of FELIX was the study of QCD: to provide comprehensive and definitive observations of ... [more ▼]

The FELIX collaboration had proposed the construction of a full-acceptance detector for the LHC. The primary mission of FELIX was the study of QCD: to provide comprehensive and definitive observations of a very broad range of strong-interaction processes. This document contains an extensive discussion of this physics menu. In a further paper the FELIX detector will be reviewed. [less ▲]

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See detailCréation d'un site Internet d'Evidence-Based Medicine.
Delvenne, Catherine ULg; Pasleau, Françoise ULg

in Médi-Sphère (2002), (67), 41-43

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See detailLes facteurs neurotrophiques : un mythe thérapeutique ?
Rogister, Bernard ULg

in Ahead in Neurology (2002), 5(1), 3-20

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See detailTabagisme, insulinoresistance et diabete de type 2.
Magis, Delphine ULg; Geronooz, I.; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(9), 575-81

Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is associated with endothelial dysfunction and lipid disorders similar to those found in the insulin resistance syndrome. Studies have thus ... [more ▼]

Smoking is a major risk factor for cardiovascular disease. It is associated with endothelial dysfunction and lipid disorders similar to those found in the insulin resistance syndrome. Studies have thus tried to demonstrate a relationship between smoking and insulin resistance, and between smoking and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Even if their results may sometimes differ, smoking does seem to be associated with an impaired insulin sensitivity that is proportional to tobacco consumption. Nicotine replacement therapies seem also to generate a certain, though lower, degree of insulin resistance. If there is no major weight gain after smoking cessation, the latter is accompanied by a progressive return to normal insulin sensitivity. Several large epidemiological studies recently demonstrated that smoking could increase the risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus, with a relative risk between 1.5 and 3.0. Finally, among type 2 diabetic patients, smoking has a harmful effect on metabolic control and long-term complications of the disease, at least partially by increasing the components of the insulin resistance syndrome. All these observations represent further argument to promote smoking cessation in the general population, and more particularly in individuals at risk to develop type 2 diabetes, as well as in the diabetic population. [less ▲]

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See detailEntre analyse historiciste et interdisciplinarité : Pet Sounds des Beach Boys
Pirenne, Christophe ULg

in Musurgia (2002), IX(2), 9-22

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

in Puzzle (2002), 11

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

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See detailEtude de la perturbation de l'image du corps dans un échantillon de patientes boulimiques
Bragard, Isabelle ULg; Etienne, Anne-Marie ULg; Mayers, I. et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2002), 7(2), 5-18

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See detailThymus, central T cell self-tolerance and type 1 diabetes
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in International Diabetes Monitor (2002), 14

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See detailEffets perturbateurs endocriniens des pesticides organochlorés
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica. Supplementum (2002), (1), 2-7

Xenoestrogens such organochlorine pesticides are known to induce changes in reproductive development, function or behaviour in wildlife. Because these compounds are able to modify the estrogens metabolism ... [more ▼]

Xenoestrogens such organochlorine pesticides are known to induce changes in reproductive development, function or behaviour in wildlife. Because these compounds are able to modify the estrogens metabolism, or to compete with estradiol for binding to the estrogen receptor, it may be possible that these products affect the risk of developing impaired fertility, precocious puberty or some kinds of cancer in man. Le plus ancien récit de lutte contre la pollution remonte à une légende indienne racontant que la divinité Sing-bonga était incommodée par les émanations des fours dans lesquels les Asuras fondaient leurs métaux (1). Evidemment depuis, la problématique n–a cessé de s–accroître et la contamination de la Terre par de nombreux polluants est devenue aujourd–hui un problème majeur de notre Société. La protection de notre environnement est une question capitale qui doit être respectée malgré la pression économique actuelle et qui ne cessera de croître au cours des prochaines années même si l–identification objective et indiscutable de ce qui est essentiel – donc devant être prioritairement garanti sur la planète – est difficile à cerner (2). « Un oiseau en mauvais état ne pond pas de bons oeufs » disait un proverbe grec. Mais ce n–est qu–à partir de la seconde moitié du XXème siècle que les toxicologues ont commencé à identifier les effets qu–avaient entraînés à l–échelle mondiale les pollutions émises aux XIXème siècle sur la faune sauvage et sur le cheptel (3). L–histoire contemporaine des pesticides industriels commence vers 1874 (synthèse des organochlorés) et se poursuit tout au long de ces 2 siècles en passant par la synthèse des organophosphorés (1950), des carbamates (1970) et des pyréthroïdes (1975) (4). Le dichlorodiphényltrichloroéthane (DDT) a été synthétisé pour la première fois par un étudiant en cours de préparation de sa thèse de doctorat : Othmer Zeidler. La production, reprise par les entreprises F.Mayo puis par la Geigy Co. a d–abord intéressé l–armée, puis l–agriculture. Dès la fin de la 2ème guerre mondiale, des mises en garde furent lancées à propos des effets nocifs du produit (4). Un déclin des populations de grives, d–aigles chauves, d–orfaies et de mammifères consommateurs de poissons fut constaté à partir des années 50 et dénoncé par Rachel Carson dans son célèbre appel du « Silent Spring » de 1962. Bien qu–il soit interdit en Occident depuis les années 70, ce produit a été tellement utilisé et présente une rémanence si longue qu–une contamination ubiquitaire existe aujourd–hui encore. De plus, ce produit continue à être produit aux USA pour être utilisé à des fins de démoustification dans les pays en voie de développement. Il en va de même de l–Hexachlorobenzène (HCB), un autre organochloré dont l–usage est interdit sous nos latitudes, mais reste fréquent dans d–autres pays. Ces deux exemples indiquent que le problème de la contamination continue à nous concerner, même pour des produits dont l–usage est aujourd–hui strictement réglementé ou interdit. Des effets sur la faune semblent encore actuellement devoir être attribués à ces produits. La diminution de la population des phoques dans la mer de Wadden pourrait être due à la forte contamination en composants organochlorés des poissons dont ces phoques se nourrissent (5). Exposé au DDT et à son métabolite dichlorodiphenyldichloroéthylène (DDE), le Seratherodon mossambicus présente une réduction de la sécrétion de cortisol par une action toxique cytospécifique sur l–axe hypothalamo-hypophysaire (6). Des travaux récents ont montré que le DDT et le DDE se lient chez les oiseaux et les mammifères au moyen de liaisons covalentes aux cellules de la zona fasciculata - homologue du tissu interrénal du poisson - induisant des microhémorragies. Cette « défaillance » cortisolique peut s–accompagner d–une perturbation du métabolisme glucidique et notamment d–un taux élevé de glycogène hépatique (7). Les pesticides organochlorés (DDT, DDE) entraînent également des perturbations d–ordre métabolique chez certaines espèces d–oiseaux, notamment le faucon pèlerin en Grande Bretagne et les oiseaux piscivores des grands lacs nord américains où l–on a constaté au cours des années 1960 que leur reproduction était menacée et qu–une des manifestations les plus évidentes des perturbations observées était le taux élevé de malformations (8). Des mortalités élevées de poissons ou de coquillages ont été rapportées dans des élevages situés à proximité des zones d–épandage de pesticides organophosphorés et de carbamates. En 1991, la dispersion aérienne de fenitrothion dans le but de provoquer la démoustication en Languedoc a été à l–origine de la perte de plusieurs tonnes de crevettes japonaises. L–utilisation de trichlorfon et de dichlorvos comme antiparasitaires dans des fermes d–élevages de saumons a provoqué des épisodes de mortalité importante (9). [less ▲]

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See detailThe novel diazoxide analog 3-isopropylamino-7-methoxy-4H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine 1,1-dioxide is a selective Kir6.2/SUR1 channel opener
Dabrowski, M.; Ashcroft, F. M.; Ashfield, R. et al

in Diabetes (2002), 51

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See detailLe vol du cheval sacré
Swennen, Philippe ULg

in Acta Orientalia Belgica (2002), XVI

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See detailPositive effects of glucocorticoids on T cell function by upregulation of interleukin-7 receptor alpha
Franchimont, Denis; Galon, Jérôme; Vacchio, Melanie S. et al

in Journal of Immunology (2002), 168

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See detailCultural characteristics, pathogenicity and vegetative compatibility of Fusarium udum isolates from pigeonpea (Cajanus Cajan (L.) Millsp.) in Kenya
Kiprop, E. K.; Mwang'Ombe, A. W.; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in European Journal of Plant Pathology (2002), 108(2), 147-154

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See detailTherapeutic potential of thromboxane inhibitors in asthma
Dogné, Jean-Michel ULg; De Leval, X.; Benoit, P. et al

in Expert Opinion on Investigational Drugs (2002)

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