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See detailGranuloma tuberculoide post-herpético en un paciente con leucemia linfocítica crónica
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Medicina Cutanea Ibero-Latino-Americana (1996), 24

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See detailSpontaneous complete remission and recovery of donor haemopoiesis without GVHD after relapse and apparent marrow graft rejection in poor-prognosis myelodysplastic syndrome.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Collignon, Jacques ULg; Laurent, C. et al

in British Journal of Haematology (1996), 94(3), 507-9

We report a patient with poor-prognosis myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) after successful treatment of lymphoma, who was given an allogeneic BMT, engrafted and achieved complete remission, but later had a ... [more ▼]

We report a patient with poor-prognosis myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) after successful treatment of lymphoma, who was given an allogeneic BMT, engrafted and achieved complete remission, but later had a relapse of his MDS with complete disappearance of donor haemopoiesis. After two episodes of CMV pneumonia and continued prophylactic use of ganciclovir thereafter, he experienced a spontaneous complete disappearance of all signs of MDS, including myelofibrosis, and a complete return to donor haemopoiesis. This case is the first one to suggest a graft-versus-leukaemia effect (GVL) in MDS patients. It depicts the complex relationship between GVL, graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and graft rejection. It could also constitute a clinical illustration of the possible antileukaemic effect of CMV infection and its treatment with ganciclovir. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement in the inflammatory aspect of androgenetic alopecia. A pilot study with an antimicrobial lotion
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Tassoudji, Nazli ULg et al

in Journal of Dermatological Treatment (1996), 7

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a common yet poorly understood condition. In particular, the significance of inflammatory cells close to the infrainfundibulum of transitional hairs remains obscure. This ... [more ▼]

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is a common yet poorly understood condition. In particular, the significance of inflammatory cells close to the infrainfundibulum of transitional hairs remains obscure. This study was conducted in 20 men who used a lotion containing the antimicrobials, piroctone olamine and triclosan, regularly for 18 months. At entry, mild pruritus and abnormal hair loss were reported by the volunteers. During treatments, pruritus resolved rapidly. Comparison of clinical photographs and trichograms taken at 3-month intervals suggested signs of hair regrowth with moderate increase in density of transitional hairs. Biopsies taken at 6-month intervals were processed for immunohistochemistry. There was a decrease in the density of activated T cells in the region of the follicular infrainfundibulum and isthmus over time. UgG deposits found within the epithelial sheaths at entry to the study were absent in the subsequent biopsies. The volume of the sebaceous glands, as assessed by computerized morphometry, was not modified by the treatment. It was concluded that inflammation associated with AGA transitional hairs may be driven by the presence of microorganisms harboured in the infrainfundibulum. They may modulate the severity of AGA and may potentially be controllable. This offers a new possibility of prevention and partial reversal of hair loss in AGA. [less ▲]

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See detailTchétchénie: histoire d'un conflit
Bachkatov, Nina ULg; Wilson, Andrew

in Etudes Internationales (1996), 27(4),

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See detailFactors influencing the behavior of steel columns exposed to fire
Talamona, Didier; Kruppa, Joël; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg et al

in Journal of Fire Protection Engineering (1996), 8(1), 31-43

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See detailAssessment of nuclear totipotency of fetal bovine diploid germ cells by nuclear transfer.
Moens, A.; Chesne, P.; Delhaise, F. et al

in Theriogenology (1996), 46(5), 871-80

Nuclear transfer was used to study nuclear reprogramming of fetal diploid bovine germ cells collected at two stages of the fetal development. In the first case, germ cells of both sexes were collected ... [more ▼]

Nuclear transfer was used to study nuclear reprogramming of fetal diploid bovine germ cells collected at two stages of the fetal development. In the first case, germ cells of both sexes were collected during their period of intragonadal mitotic multiplication at 48 days post coitum (d.p.c.). In the second case, only male germ cells were collected after this period, between 105 and 185 d.p.c. Isolated germ cells were fused with enucleated oocytes. Reconstituted embryos were cultured in vitro and those reaching the compacted morula or blastocyst stage were transferred into synchronous recipient heifers. Of 511 reconstituted embryos with 48 d.p.c. germ cells (309 males and 202 females), 48% (247/511 ) cleaved; 2.7% (14/511 ) reached the compacted morula stage and 8 of them the blastocyst stage (1.6%). No difference was observed between sexes. All 14 compacted morulae/blastocysts were transferred into 6 recipients and one pregnancy was initiated. This recipient was slaughtered at Day 35 and an abnormal conceptus (extended trophectoderm and degenerated embryo) was collected. Its male sex, genetically determined, corresponded to that of donor fetus. Of 380 reconstituted embryos with male 105 to 185 d.p.c. germ cells, 72.1% (274/380 ) cleaved, 2.1% (8 380 ) reached the compact morula stage and 7 of these the blastocyst stage (1.8%). Three blastocysts and one morula were transferred into 4 recipients. Two became pregnant at Day 21 but only one at Day 35 which aborted around Day 40. Our results show that the nucleus of diploid bovine germ cells of both sexes can be reprogrammed. However, in the absence of further development of these reconstituted embryos, nuclear totipotency of bovine diploid germ cells remains to be evidenced. [less ▲]

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See detailLivestock Genomics Comes of Age
Georges, Michel ULg; Andersson, L.

in Genome Research (1996), 6(10), 907-21

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See detailEffect of serotonergic blockade on calf pulmonary function after the intravenous administration of 3-methylindole
Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg et al

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (1996), 114(4), 361-371

This study was designed to investigate whether 3-methylindole (3-Mi), a tryptamine analogue, could cause pulmonary injury in calves other than by cytotoxicity. Injection of 3-Mi resulted in a marked ... [more ▼]

This study was designed to investigate whether 3-methylindole (3-Mi), a tryptamine analogue, could cause pulmonary injury in calves other than by cytotoxicity. Injection of 3-Mi resulted in a marked increase of respiratory rate, decrease of tidal volume and increase in minute ventilation. Pulmonary mechanics values were also profoundly affected, lung dynamic compliance being reduced to approximately one-third of its baseline value and total pulmonary resistance being increased two-fold. Arterial oxygen partial pressure was dramatically reduced. Successive challenges with 3-Mi after physiological saline pretreatment resulted in quantitatively identical alterations of pulmonary function values. Conversely, all these ventilatory, mechanical and gas exchange changes were abolished by pretreatment with serotonergic antagonists. It was concluded that intravenous administration of 3-Mi to healthy calves induced immediate and reversible bronchoconstriction which affected both central and peripheral airways. Because the effect was abolished by pretreatment with antiserotonin drugs, it is suggested that 3-Mi acts either directly by stimulating serotonergic receptors or indirectly through the release of serotonin from platelets. Current concepts of the physiopathological cascade underlying the toxicity of 3-Mi should, therefore, be re-evaluated in the light of this pharmacological mechanism. [less ▲]

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See detailFast Computation of morphological operations with arbitrary structuring elements
Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg; Talbot, Hugues

in Pattern Recognition Letters (1996), 17(14), 1451-1460

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See detailPhénologie et domaine vital de la salamandre terrestre Salamandra salamandra terrestris (Amphibia, Caudata) dans un bois du Pays de Herve (Belgique)
Denoël, Mathieu ULg

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1996), 16

The aim of this study was to approach some aspects of the life-history of the fire salamander Salamandra s. terrestris in a small wood of the Vesdre Valley (Liege Province, Belgium). In 1996, 189 ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to approach some aspects of the life-history of the fire salamander Salamandra s. terrestris in a small wood of the Vesdre Valley (Liege Province, Belgium). In 1996, 189 salamanders were marked and 68 recaptured. Their cartographic position and the meteorological conditions were noted. Salamanders were active from March to October, mated from May to August and females gave birth to larvae in March-April. Only a small part of the population was active at the same moment. Salamanders were generally faithful to a home range, in spite of some erratic individuals, and are apparently non-territorial. They moved principally along a path. The population is important but strongly threatened by the perturbation of its environment: stream drying, clearing and forest fire. [less ▲]

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See detailApproximation of reliability for multiple-trait animal models with missing data by canonical transformation
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Misztal, I.

in Journal of Dairy Science (1996), 79(2), 317-328

An algorithm for approximation of reliability for multiple traits by multiple diagonalization was modified to support missing data by weighting transformed contributions of records based on the pattern of ... [more ▼]

An algorithm for approximation of reliability for multiple traits by multiple diagonalization was modified to support missing data by weighting transformed contributions of records based on the pattern of missing data. The accuracy of approximation was assessed with simulated and field data by comparing approximate reliabilities with those from direct inversion. Simulated data had several levels of missing data and covariances between traits; correlations were close to those for linear type traits of dairy cattle. Field data were 1) dairy records for milk, fat, and protein yields with 26% of the observations for fat and protein removed and 2) beef records for birth weight, weaning weight, and mean gain after weaning with 43% of observations missing. These files also contained empty fixed effect classes. The algorithm worked best for simulated data, and, when covariances between traits decreased, proportion of missing traits decreased and the number of empty fixed classes decreased. For dairy data, improvement over single-trait reliability occurred only for traits with missing data; for beef data, little or no improvement occurred. The method is useful with multiple diagonalization if the proportion of missing records or number of empty fixed effect classes or covariances between traits is moderate. [less ▲]

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See detailUnimolecular Reaction Dynamics from Kinetic Energy Release Distributions. 2. A Study of the Reaction C6H5Br+->C6H5++Br by the Maximum Entropy Method.
Urbain, P.; Remacle, Françoise ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry (1996), 100(19), 8003-8007

The kinetic translational energy released in the unimolecular fragmentation reaction C6H5Br+->C6H5++Br has been experimentally studied in the microsecond time scale and theoretically analyzed by the ... [more ▼]

The kinetic translational energy released in the unimolecular fragmentation reaction C6H5Br+->C6H5++Br has been experimentally studied in the microsecond time scale and theoretically analyzed by the maximum entropy formalism. The appropriate functional form relating the actual distribution to its prior distribution (eq.2.3) involves the square root of the kinetic energy (i.e. the momentum associated with the relative translational energy). A value of 0.26+/-0.02 eV is obtained by the entropy deficiency distribution at an internal energy of 0.85 eV above the reaction threshold. From this value, it can be concluded that 77% of the transition state phase space is efficiently sampled. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. Angor spastique et lesion coronarienne moderee traitee par angioplastie avec stent.
Legrand, Victor ULg; Fernandez, R.

in Revue medicale de Liege (1996), 51(12), 737-9

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See detailComparison of some modules of the Lie algebra of vector fields
Lecomte, Pierre ULg; Mathonet, Pierre ULg; Tousset, E.

in Indagationes Mathematicae (1996), 7(4), 461-471

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See detailAntithrombin III in the therapy of severe sepsis
Lamy, Maurice ULg; Eisele, B.

in Biomedical Progress (1996), 9

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See detailRevascularisation rénale pour sauvetage ou préservation néphronique
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg; Gillain et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(2), 175-86

La néphropathie ischémique est une entité de plus en plus fréquente, à cause du vieillissement de la population et du contrôle médicamenteux de l'hypertension. Une ischémie de l'ensemble de la masse ... [more ▼]

La néphropathie ischémique est une entité de plus en plus fréquente, à cause du vieillissement de la population et du contrôle médicamenteux de l'hypertension. Une ischémie de l'ensemble de la masse rénale (sténoses serrées concernant les deux reins ou un rein unique) compromet la filtration glomérulaire et constitue une des rares formes d'insuffisance rénale chronique réversible. Actuellement, 30 à 50% des patients sélectionnés pour une revascularisation rénale ont une fonction rénale altérée. L'histoire naturelle des sténoses rénales (surtout les lésions athéroscléreuses) montre une évolutivité vers l'obstruction progressive avec perte de parenchyme fonctionnel. Une revascularisation rénale envisage soit la protection du capital néphronique (intervention prophylactique), soit un sauvetage néphronique (restauration ou stabilisation d'une fonction rénale déjà altérée). Les critères prédictifs de bénéfice à long terme sont analysés. Les rôles respectifs de l'angioplastie transluminale percutanée et de la chirurgie sont discutés. L'intérêt de la revascularisation rénale sur la fonction rénale a été apprécié chez 23 malades réno-vasculaires et azotémiques (créatinine > 20 mg/l) ainsi que chez 8 patients en oligoanurie d'origine ischémique. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationship of Plasma Lactate Production to Cortisol Release Following Completion of Different Types of Sporting Events in Horses
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg et al

in Veterinary Research Communications (1996), 20(4), 371-379

Fifty-eight healthy horses were studied during five sporting events of various intensities and durations, namely show-jumping (n = 6), cross-country in a three-day event (n = 30), trotting races (n = 7 ... [more ▼]

Fifty-eight healthy horses were studied during five sporting events of various intensities and durations, namely show-jumping (n = 6), cross-country in a three-day event (n = 30), trotting races (n = 7), galloping races (n = 7) and endurance rides (n = 8). Venous blood samples were collected at rest and immediately after exercise and analysed for plasma cortisol (CORT) and lactate (LA) levels. The experimental procedure was the same throughout the investigation so as to permit a reliable comparison between the five types of exercise. The type of event significantly affected both the resting (p < or = 0.05) and the post-exercise (p < or = 0.01) plasma CORT. The degree of exercise-induced hypercortisolaemia was related to both the intensity and the duration of exercise for all five sporting events, but the endurance ride induced the most and show-jumping the least serious post-exercise CORT changes. LA production was much more closely related to the intensity of the exercise than was CORT. It is concluded that simultaneous measurements of plasma CORT and LA levels may be useful to discriminate between different types of exercise, adjust training programmes, and improve our comprehension of the physiology of sport horses at exercise. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance Of The Hydrophobic Energy: Structural Determination Of A Hypoglycemic Drug Of The Meglitinide Family By Nuclear Magnetic Resonance And Molecular Modeling
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Malaisse, Wj. et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1996), 52(8), 1155-68

The molecular structure of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionic acid (KAD-1229), a hypoglycemic drug of the meglitinide family, was studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR ... [more ▼]

The molecular structure of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionic acid (KAD-1229), a hypoglycemic drug of the meglitinide family, was studied by nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and molecular modeling. The results of the NMR experiments indicated that KAD-1229 existed in solution in the form of two stable conformers of equal population, called KADI and KADII in this paper. Three different molecular modelings were then applied: the classical molecular dynamics using the commercial Biosym and Hyperchem softwares and the Prot+ program, which is not based on a dynamical study but on a systematic conformational analysis of the molecule, which includes a term that allows the estimation of the hydrophobic interaction. The modeling results showed the following points. First, in contrast with classical molecular dynamics, which uses restraints from two-dimensional nuclear Overhauser effect (NOE) data, the Prot+ KAD structure provides conformations that support experimental NMR data without any external intervention. In the structures in agreement with NMR data, an important hydrophobic interaction between the phenyl cycle and the perhydroisoindole ring of KAD is observed. This interaction, which seems to play a role in the biological activity of the drug, is lost when no restraints are considered in classical molecular dynamics. Second, the difference between KADI and KADII arises mainly from slight distance geometric differences at the level of the perhydroisoindole and the phenyl rings. [less ▲]

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See detailSanglante campagne en Tchétchénie
Bachkatov, Nina ULg

in Monde Diplomatique (Le) : Journal des Cercles Diplomatiques et des Grandes Organisations Internationales (1996)

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See detailMechanism of Single-Electron Capture by the Dichlorocarbene Dication.
Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hautot, D.

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (1996), 7

The single-electron capture (SEC) by dichlorocarbene with eight different atomic and molecular target gases, (CCl2)2++G->(CCl2)++G+, has been studied by product ion spectroscopy and ion kinetic energy ... [more ▼]

The single-electron capture (SEC) by dichlorocarbene with eight different atomic and molecular target gases, (CCl2)2++G->(CCl2)++G+, has been studied by product ion spectroscopy and ion kinetic energy spectroscopy. The experimental data have been interpreted in the framework of a theoretical model that describes the charge exchange process. Exothermic charge exchange is handled within the Landau-Zener model, whereas endothermic charge exchange is described by the Demkov model. The calculated data reproduce qualitatively the essential features of the experimental results: (1) the appearance of a reaction window centered at an exothermicity in the 4-4.5 eV range, (2) the lower SEC cross sections for endothermic charge exchange, (3) the wider internal energy distributions obtained for CCl2+ in the endothermic regime than in the exothermic one, which results in larger dissociation yields, (4) the excitation of molecular targets that accompany their ionization in the SEC process, and (5) the kinetic energy released on the CCl++Cl fragments in dissociative SEC. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrical microenvironment influence on the hydrolytic activity of free and immobilised Yarrowia lipolytica lipase
Paquot, Michel ULg; Deleu, Magali ULg; Beaufils, C. et al

in Biotechnology Letters (1996), 18(1), 73-78

The role of electrical properties of interfaces upon the activity of free and immobilised Yarrowia lipolytica lipase has been investigated. Sodium taurocholate and Sedipur 400, an anionic polyacrylamide ... [more ▼]

The role of electrical properties of interfaces upon the activity of free and immobilised Yarrowia lipolytica lipase has been investigated. Sodium taurocholate and Sedipur 400, an anionic polyacrylamide, enhance the negative character of the fatty droplets of substrate and tend to improve the lipolytic activity while the cationic polyacrylamide (Sedipur 900) has opposite effects. Ca+ which reduces the fatty droplets charge as Sedipur 900, is however a good activator of the enzyme. The role of electrical properties on the optimum pH of the immobilised enzyme is clearer. Immobilisation of the lipase on a positively charged support shifts its optimum pH to acidic pH by repulsion towards H+ ions around the support. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement actuel du concept de l'hygiène en agro-alimentaire et des exigences des normes européennes.
Vindevogel, Henri ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Hans, J. C. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

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See detailLe développement local : introduction et bilan et conclusions
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Géographies. Bulletin de l'Association de Géographes Français (1996), (5), 382-385464-467

Introduction and conclusions of a conference we organized in Liege in order to bring together Francophone researchers in local development

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See detailVers une assurance qualité intégrée de la chaîne agro-alimentaire.
Vindevogel, Henri ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Hans, J. C. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

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See detailFault re-activation, stress interaction and rupture propagation of the 1981 Corinth earthquake sequence
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; King, G. C. P.; Armijo, R. et al

in Earth & Planetary Science Letters (1996), 142

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See detailDefective iron supply for erythropoiesis and adequate endogenous erythropoietin production in the anemia associated with systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis.
Cazzola, M.; Ponchio, L.; de Benedetti, F. et al

in Blood (1996), 87(11), 4824-30

Systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis (SoJCA) is associated with high levels of circulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is frequently complicated by severe microcytic anemia whose pathogenesis is unclear ... [more ▼]

Systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis (SoJCA) is associated with high levels of circulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is frequently complicated by severe microcytic anemia whose pathogenesis is unclear. Therefore, we studied 20 consecutive SoJCA patients with hemoglobin (Hb) levels <12 g/dL, evaluating erythroid progenitor proliferation, endogenous erythropoietin production, body iron status, and iron supply for erythropoiesis. Hb concentrations ranged from 6.5 to 11.9 g/dL. Hb level was directly related to mean corpuscular volume (r = .82, P < .001) and inversely related to circulating transferrin receptor (r = -.81, P < .001) suggesting that the severity of anemia was directly proportional to the degree of iron-deficient erythropoiesis. Serum ferritin ranged from 18 to 1,660 microgram/L and was unrelated to Hb level. Bone marrow iron stores wore markedly reduced in the three children investigated, and they also showed increased serum transferrin receptor and normal-to-high serum ferritin. All 20 patients had elevated IL-6 levels and normal in vitro growth of erythroid progenitors. Endogenous erythropoietin (epo) production was appropriate for the degree of anemia as judged by both the observed to predicted log (serum epo) ratio 10.95 +/- 0.12) and a comparison of the serum epo-Hb regression found in these subjects with that of thalassemia patients. Multiple regression analysis showed that serum transferrin receptor was the parameter most closely related to hemoglobin concentration: variation in circulating transferrin receptor explained 61% of the variation in Hb level (P < .001). In 10 severely anemic patients, amelioration of anemia following intravenous iron administration resulted in normalization of serum transferrin receptor. Defective iron supply to the erythron rather than blunted epo production is the major cause of the microcytic anemia associated with SoJCA. A true body-iron deficiency caused by decreased iron absorption likely complicates long-lasting inflammation in the most anemic children, and this can be recognized by high serum transferrin receptor levels. Although oral iron is of no benefit, intravenous iron saccharate is a safe and effective means for improving iron availability for erythropoiesis and correcting this anemia. Thus, while chronically high endogenous IL-6 levels do not appear to blunt epo production, they are probably responsible for the observed abnormalities in iron metabolism. Anemia of chronic disease encompasses a variety of anemic conditions whose peculiar features may specifically correlate with the type of cytokine(s) predominantly released. [less ▲]

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See detailSequence stratigraphy of the Frasnian-Famennian transitional strata: a comparison between South China and Southern Belgium
Muchez, P.; Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Dreesen, R. et al

in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (1996), 123

The sedimentological evolution of the Frasnian-Famennian transitional strata in South China and southern Belgium has been investigated. A similar trend in the deepening and shallowing of the sedimentation ... [more ▼]

The sedimentological evolution of the Frasnian-Famennian transitional strata in South China and southern Belgium has been investigated. A similar trend in the deepening and shallowing of the sedimentation environment occurs in the two palaeogeographically distinct areas. The stratigraphic succession has been subdivided into depositional sequences. A general deepening occurs in the Palmatolepis rhenana conodont zone. During the most rapid rise in sea level, a transgressive systems tract formed. This transgressive systems tract is followed by a highstand systems tract in the late P. rhenana zone. A major sequence boundary within the latter zone is indicated by an unconformity in intraplatform and platform areas and by a conformity in the basinal area. The uppermost sediments within the late rhenana zone correspond to a lowstand systems tract. A rapid flooding took place near the base of the Palmatolepis linguiformis zone and dark shales and limestones formed. A second sequence boundary coincides with or is very close to the Frasnian-Famennian boundary (base P. triangularis zone). The global extinction event at the Frasnian- Famennian boundary coincides with an important eustatic fall in sea level. The proposed stratigraphic subdivision should allow worldwide correlations of shallow and deep water deposits. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of Neuromuscular Block of Atracurium and Rocuronium in Adults
Hans, Pol ULg; Brichant, Jean-François ULg; Franzen, A. et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (1996), 47(2), 53-8

We studied the time-course of action of atracurium 0.5 mg kg-1 and rocuronium 0.6 mg kg-1 in 24 healthy adult patients. Anesthesia was induced with thiopentone and sufentanil, and maintained with 50 ... [more ▼]

We studied the time-course of action of atracurium 0.5 mg kg-1 and rocuronium 0.6 mg kg-1 in 24 healthy adult patients. Anesthesia was induced with thiopentone and sufentanil, and maintained with 50% nitrous oxide and 1% enflurane in oxygen. Neuromuscular transmission was monitored by stimulating the ulnar nerve at the wrist and measuring the acceleration of the thumb using the TOF-Guard accelerograph monitor. Supramaximal stimuli of 0.2 ms duration were applied in a single twitch stimulation mode at 1 Hz frequency until completion of block, and in train-of four (TOF) sequence at 2 Hz every 15 sec thereafter. Onset time was longer with atracurium (mean +/- SD:90 +/- 18 sec) than with rocuronium (49 +/- 6 sec). Clinical duration of action (Tl25) was longer with atracurium (52.3 +/- 7.2 min) than with rocuronium (40.0 +/- 6.4 min). Recovery index (Tl25-Tl75) and time for TOF ratio to recover to 0.75 were 17.8 +/- 4.2 and 73.9 +/- 8.8 min with atracurium, and 13.8 +/- 4.1 and 70.4 +/- 14.1 min with rocuronium. The differences between both groups were statistically significant except the difference in the time for TOF to return to 0.75. [less ▲]

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See detailPorous biomaterials tailored for cell culture.
Grandfils, Christian ULg; Maquet, V; Ropson, N et al

in Cytotechnology (1996), 21

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See detailThe attenuated V60 strain of channel catfish virus possesses a deletion in ORF50 coding for a potentially secreted glycoprotein
Vanderheijden, NATHALIE; Alard, PHILIPPE; Lecomte, CORINE et al

in Virology (1996), 218(2), 422-6

A wild-type strain of channel catfish virus was compared at the genomic level with the attenuated strain V60. In addition to several minor differences, restriction mapping revealed one major deletion ... [more ▼]

A wild-type strain of channel catfish virus was compared at the genomic level with the attenuated strain V60. In addition to several minor differences, restriction mapping revealed one major deletion (approximately 1200 bp) in ORF50 of the V60 strain. Cloning and sequencing of part of this ORF confirmed the presence of a 1164-bp deletion. It should result in a protein of 282 amino acids instead of 670. The predicted truncated protein lacks most of a threonine-rich, highly repetitive region in its central part. Since the protein encoded by ORF50 possesses a hydrophobic N-terminal leader sequence and no membrane anchor sequence, we suggest that it could be a secreted glycoprotein. This protein might be N-glycosylated (35 potential sites) and, given the repetitive arrangement of its residues (mainly threonines), also heavily O-glycosylated like the mucin-type glycoproteins. The deletion observed in ORF50 of the V60 strain implies the loss of 24 potential N-glycosylation sites and should considerably reduce the extent of O-glycosylation. [less ▲]

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See detailAssesment of nuclear totipotency of fetal bovine diploid germ cells by nuclear transfer
Moens, André; Chesné, Patrick; Delhaize, Françoise et al

in Theriogenology (1996), 46

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See detailThe Appearance of CH3+ Ions from Methyl Halides by resonant photoionization. A translational energy surprisal analysis. Part I. CH3F.
Momigny, J.; Locht, Robert ULg

in Chemical Physics (1996), 206

A surprisal analysis has been applied to the translational energy distribution (TED) of CH3++F from CH3F giving rise to a new and deeper insight into the dissociation dynamics involved in the process. For ... [more ▼]

A surprisal analysis has been applied to the translational energy distribution (TED) of CH3++F from CH3F giving rise to a new and deeper insight into the dissociation dynamics involved in the process. For both the 16.5 eV and 21.22 eV photon energies used, the direct population at different energy levels of the B2E state of CH3F+ which is radiationlessly coupled to the repulsive CH3F+(A2A1) state, gives rise to wide and negatively surprised total TEDs. At both energies they have to be ascribed to severe limitations in the vibrational excitation of CH3+. Additionally, in the case of 21.22 eV photons, a non-statistical expression has to be used to account for the density of translational states. At both photon energies, the population of the CH3F+ electronic states through autoionization of Rydberg states accounts for (i) the concurrent appearance of TEDs governed by a pure RRKM behavour and (ii) the positively surprised TEDs where the angular momentum conservation plays an important role. At 16.85 eV photon energy the distributions are assigned to CH3F+ (X2E)->CH3+ (X1A'1)+F. At 21.22 eV photon energy, doubly excited electronic states of CH3F+ are assumed to take part and they are correlated with CH3+ (3A")+F channel. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacological characterization of the enhancement of apomorphine-induced gnawing in mice by cocaine
Tirelli, Ezio ULg; Witkin, J. M.

in Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior (1996), 55(1), 135-140

Characterized the behavioral and pharmacological mechanisms associated with cocaine potentiation of apomorphine (AP)-induced gnawing (AIG) in male C57BL/6J mice. Results showed that (-)-cocaine enhanced ... [more ▼]

Characterized the behavioral and pharmacological mechanisms associated with cocaine potentiation of apomorphine (AP)-induced gnawing (AIG) in male C57BL/6J mice. Results showed that (-)-cocaine enhanced AIG at doses devoid of effects on gnawing when given alone; (+)-cocaine or (-)-cocaine methiodide were also devoid of effects. Lidocaine, a local anesthetic without prominent dopaminergic actions, augmented the gnawing response to AP without increasing climbing or gnawing when given alone. (+)-Amphetamine enhanced AIG gnawing but only at a high dose that increased gnawing by itself. The selective dopamine (DA) uptake blocker, GBR 12909, augmented AIG by itself; however, it increased climbing at doses that augmented the gnawing response. These data indicate that the cocaine-augmented gnawing response to AP may be due to blockade of DA uptake and or the local anesthetic actions of cocaine. ((c) 1997 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved) [less ▲]

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See detailHypertension and left ventricular hypertrophy
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Rorive, Georges ULg; Van Cauwenberge, Henry

in Acta Cardiologica (1996), 51(2), 143-154

In response to high blood pressure, left ventricular hypertrophy develops. But in hypertension, the myocardial hypertrophied structure is abnormal. The prevalence of this hypertrophy is influenced by age ... [more ▼]

In response to high blood pressure, left ventricular hypertrophy develops. But in hypertension, the myocardial hypertrophied structure is abnormal. The prevalence of this hypertrophy is influenced by age, gender, weight, race, genetics and the severity of high blood pressure. By echocardiography, it has been possible to detect non invasively and more precisely this hypertrophy and its anatomical pattern which is not uniform. This cardiac response is influenced by hemodynamic but also by non hemodynamic factors, but the exact mechanisms are not yet well understood. The humoral and tropic factors particularly affect the cardiac remodeling. Left ventricular hypertrophy has been noted by itself to be an independent risk factor for sudden death, ventricular arrhythmias, myocardial ischemia, and heart failure. Very early hypertension, diastolic dysfunction is noted. The progression to systolic failure in moderate hypertension usually occurs over several decades. According to the worse prognosis of left ventricular hypertrophy, it has been suggested that the reversibility of this anatomical modification by antihypertensive treatment is beneficial. Preliminary data support this idea. [less ▲]

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See detailChronique de criminologie: Quels supporters pour l'an 2000?
Kellens, Georges ULg; Comeron, Manuel ULg

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (1996), (3), 306-312

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See detailInteraction Of The Macrolide Azithromycin With Phospholipids .2. Biophysical And Computer-Aided Conformational Studies
Montenez, Jp.; Vanbambeke, F.; Piret, J. et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (1996), 314(1-2), 215-27

In a comparison paper, we show the azithromycin causes a lysosomal phospholipidosis in cultured cells, binds in vitro to negatively charged bilayers without causing aggregation or fusion, and inhibits ... [more ▼]

In a comparison paper, we show the azithromycin causes a lysosomal phospholipidosis in cultured cells, binds in vitro to negatively charged bilayers without causing aggregation or fusion, and inhibits lysosomal phospholipase A1. In this paper, we show that azithromycin decreases the mobility of the phospholipids in negatively charged liposomes (using 31P nuclear magnetic resonance) and that it increases the fluidity of the acyl chains close to the hydrophilic/hydrophobic interface, but not deeper into the hydrophobic domain (assessed by measuring the fluorescence polarization of trimethylammonium-diphenylhexatriene and diphenyhexatriene, respectively). Computer-aided conformational analysis of mixed monolayers of azithromycin and phosphatidylinositol shows that the drug can be positioned largely in the hydrophobic domain, but close to the interface, with the macrocycle facing the C1 of the fatty acids (allowing the N9a endocyclic tertiary amine to interact with the phospho-groups), the cladinose located on the hydrophobic side of the lipid/water interface and the desosamine projected into the hydrophobic domain. This position is consistent with the experimental data. Analysis of virtual molecules shows that this unanticipated behavior to the shielding of the ionizable N3' amino-group in the desosamine by methyl-groups, and to the wide dispersion of hydrophobic domains all over the molecule. The interaction of azithromycin with phospholipids may account for some of its unusual pharmacokinetic properties and for its potential to cause lysosomal phospholipidosis. [less ▲]

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See detailCarotid Surgery in Octogenarians: Is It Worthwhile?
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; Lacroix; Desiron, Quentin ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1996), 96(2), 71-7

Controversy surrounds the role of carotid endarterectomy in octogenarians. Although the prognosis of severe degree carotid stenosis is more ominous in the elderly, operative risk seems more important in ... [more ▼]

Controversy surrounds the role of carotid endarterectomy in octogenarians. Although the prognosis of severe degree carotid stenosis is more ominous in the elderly, operative risk seems more important in the aged. To evaluate the presumed detrimental effect of advanced age on the mortality-morbidity of carotid endarterectomy, the authors reviewed their common experience with carotid surgery in patients aged 80 years or more. From 1980 to 1994, 129 octogenarians were operated on for occlusive carotid artery disease in two university hospitals. The data for these patients, 80 years of age and older (group 1) are compared to these for a large middle age group (less than 80 years) (group 2) operated by the same surgeons during that period. The baseline characteristics of both groups were similar, except for smoking, diabetes and previous myocardial revascularization, more prevalent in the younger age group. In the elderly group prophylactic surgery for asymptomatic stenosis was done in 36%, versus 40% of the middle aged patients, and for stroke in evolution in 8% versus 4% (p < 0.05). The perioperative stroke rate was 0.8% in the group older than 80 years, compared to 1.2% for non octogenarians (NS). The operative mortality was similar for both age groups (2.3 and 1.5 respectively). The long-term results gave a similar outlook for both age groups. The 5-year stroke-free rate reached 89% for group 1 versus 91% for group 2. The 5-year survival rate, however, was less for the elderly patients (47% versus 77%, mean follow-up periods of 30 and 49 months). These results suggest that carotid endarterectomy can be safely done in elderly patients, with a similar risk/benefit ratio as for the younger patients. Advanced age, by itself, is not to be considered as contraindication to carotid surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailChemotaxis-Promoting and Adhesion Properties of Human Tonsillar Follicular Dendritic Cell Clusters
Bouzahzah, F.; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Simar, Léon ULg et al

in Research in Immunology (1996), 147(3, Mar-Apr), 165-73

Lymph follicles are globular and compact due to aggregation of lymphoid cells on follicular dendritic cells (FDC). To probe the mechanisms underlying this accumulation of cells, we analyse here the role ... [more ▼]

Lymph follicles are globular and compact due to aggregation of lymphoid cells on follicular dendritic cells (FDC). To probe the mechanisms underlying this accumulation of cells, we analyse here the role played by FDCs in attracting and binding cells. FDCs prepared from human tonsils by mild separation techniques appeared in the form of clusters (FDC clusters), where, via cytoplasmic extensions, they enveloped lymphoid cells. Using Boyden's chambers, we demonstrated that these FDC clusters produced one or more chemoattractants capable of inducing chemotaxis of lymphoid cells. Supernatants of FDC cluster cultures also exerted a chemotaxis-promoting effect. FDC clusters induced true chemotaxis, not merely chemokinesis due to cell activation. They secreted a substance or substances that stuck to the substrate (a cellulose filter) and thus induced haptotaxis. B as well as T cells were attracted, but B cells apparently required the presence of T cells to respond fully to the chemoattractant(s). Subtypes of B cells (IgD+ and IgD-) and T cells (CD4+, CD8+, CD57+ AND CD57-) were tested and all were attracted. Since purified lymphoid cells did not induce these phenomena, FDCs were suspected to do so. FDCs have been shown to establish contact with lymphoid cells. Here we have determined that CD4+ T cells adhere in greater number to FDC clusters than do CD8+ T cells. We thus propose that FDCs specifically contribute to construction of lymph follicles by attracting and determining their cell composition. [less ▲]

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See detailInfections oculaires traumatiques et iatrogènes: prélèvements et rôle du laboratoire
Melin, Pierrette ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Belge d'Ophtalmologie (1996), 260

Ocular inflammations may be due to a variety of diseases, and microorganisms play a major role in both acute and chronic eye diseases. Treatment of serious infections needs a good microbiological ... [more ▼]

Ocular inflammations may be due to a variety of diseases, and microorganisms play a major role in both acute and chronic eye diseases. Treatment of serious infections needs a good microbiological diagnostic. The indications and techniques for investigations are determined by the site of infection, severity of the process, and knowledge of the likely responsible organisms. Immediate inoculation of specimens on culture media in the examining room is often recommended. This article describes organisms associated with ocular infections, and is designed to assists ophthalmologists in the collection, processing and transport of specimens. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning of choriocarcinoma cells shows that invasion correlates with expression and activation of gelatinase A
Crescimanno, C.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 227

Implantation and placental development are dependent upon trophoblast invasion of the endometrium. While the villous trophoblast does not display invasive behavior, the extravillous cytotrophoblast is ... [more ▼]

Implantation and placental development are dependent upon trophoblast invasion of the endometrium. While the villous trophoblast does not display invasive behavior, the extravillous cytotrophoblast is highly invasive. By cloning BeWo choriocarcinoma cells, we have isolated two distinct clones that share similarities with villous and extravillous cytotrophoblasts. When cultured at the surface of a type I collagen gel, BeWo MC-1 cells were not invasive, whereas BeWo MC-2 cells rapidly invaded this matrix. When injected subcutaneously in nude mice, BeWo MC-1 cells developed a localized tumor and BeWo MC-2 cells developed larger tumors with micrometastases. Gelatinase A expression and minute amounts of gelatinase B were detected in the parental cell line and in both clones. However, the parental and the BeWo MC-2 cells secreted 5- to 10-fold more gelatinase A than the BeWo MC-1 cells. Laminin and matrigel stimulated the production of gelatinase A in BeWo MC-2 cells. Type I collagen promoted the conversion of the 72-kDa progelatinase A in an active enzyme only in parental BeWo and in BeWo MC-2 cells. These clones provide an interesting model for studying the complex mechanisms regulating implantation as well as the controlled invasiveness during implantation compared to tumor invasion. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of response to recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) in anemia of malignancy.
Cazzola, M.; Ponchio, L.; Pedrotti, C. et al

in Haematologica (1996), 81(5), 434-41

BACKGROUND: Since only a portion of anemic patients outside the uremia setting benefit from erythropoietin treatment, a reliable means of predicting potential responders and nonresponders would be very ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Since only a portion of anemic patients outside the uremia setting benefit from erythropoietin treatment, a reliable means of predicting potential responders and nonresponders would be very useful. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 58 patients with refractory anemia associated with various malignant disorders who had been treated with subcutaneous rHuEpo. The starting rHuEpo dose was 375 U/kg/week for 4 weeks, and was increased to 750 U/kg/week for another 4 weeks if no response was observed. Response was defined as a Hb increase > or = 2 g/dL with no need for blood transfusion. We examined the value of various laboratory parameters (baseline levels, 2-week and 4-week changes) as predictors of response. Endogenous erythropoietin production was evaluated by its serum level and erythroid activity was assessed through reticulocyte count and circulating transferrin receptor. RESULTS: Forty-eight individuals were evaluable, 58% of whom responded to rHuEpo within 8 weeks. Multiple regression analysis showed that 53% of the variation in the 8-week Hb concentration was explained by variations in baseline serum erythropoietin and the 2-week change in serum transferrin receptor (p < 0.001). Based on these two parameters, response prediction in individual patients would have resulted in a sensitivity of 96%, a specificity of 79% and an overall accuracy of 88%. In addition, 58% of the variation in the 8-week Hb was explained by variations in the 4-week changes in Hb and reticulocyte count (p < 0.001). Utilizing these latter parameters and baseline serum erythropoietin, response prediction in individual patients would have resulted in a sensitivity of 92%, a specificity of 82% and an overall accuracy of 88%. CONCLUSIONS: This retrospective analysis suggests that response to rHuEpo can be reasonably predicted by pretreatment serum erythropoietin together with early changes in simple laboratory parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailLa santé face aux nouveaux mécanismes de production et de gestion des inégalités sociales
Gavray, Claire ULg

in Observatoire : Revue d'Action Sociale & Médico-Sociale (1996), 11-12

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See detailInfluence of thermal acclimation on the survival of Sitophilus granarius (L) and Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L) at low temperatures
Mignon, Jacques ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gaspar, Charles ULg

in Netherlands Journal of Zoology (1996), 46(3-4), 317-325

Low temperatures have been used for many years to control populations of stored-product insects. The aim of aeration was primarily to cool down the grain and then to prevent its deterioration by reducing ... [more ▼]

Low temperatures have been used for many years to control populations of stored-product insects. The aim of aeration was primarily to cool down the grain and then to prevent its deterioration by reducing the number of insects. In Belgium, the mild winters enable insects to survive to the next season. In autumn, the progressive lowering of temperature has an acclimation effect on stored-product insects. The present study was undertaken to determine the survival at low temperatures of non cold-acclimated and laboratory- and field-cold-acclimated insects. We have chosen to work with the granary weevil Sitophilus granarius (L.) and the saw-toothed grain beetle Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L.). They are the most frequent stored-grain pests in Belgium. To compare the cold-hardiness of different laboratory cold-acclimated insects, S. granarius and O. surinamensis were placed at nine different cold-acclimation temperature regimes. Insects were kept at 5 degrees C for 2, 4 and 6 weeks or at -5 degrees C for 4, 7 and 14 days. To assess the field-cold-acclimation in autumn and in winter, insects were monthly taken from a bin and transferred to 5 degrees C for 6 weeks. S. granarius adults were more cold-hardy than O. surinamensis, but O. surinamensis adults compensated their cold-sensibility by a great ability to acclimate. S. granarius is able to survive the winter in Belgium because of its cold-hardiness while O. surinamensis survives because of its ability to acclimate to low temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailEx-vivo cytokine production by whole blood cells from cancer patients
De Groote, Donat; Vrindts-Gevaert, Yvonne; Lopez Y Cadenas, Miguel ULg et al

in Cancer Detection & Prevention (1996), 20

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See detailGlycoprotein H (gII/gp108) and glycoprotein L form a functional complex which plays a role in penetration, but not in attachment, of bovine herpesvirus 1.
van Drunen Littel-van den Hurk, S.; Khattar, S.; Tikoo, S. K. et al

in Journal of General Virology (The) (1996), 77 ( Pt 7)

The glycoproteins of bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1) play important roles in the interactions between virions and target cells. A 108 kDa glycoprotein, designated gII or gp 108, has been identified by two ... [more ▼]

The glycoproteins of bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1) play important roles in the interactions between virions and target cells. A 108 kDa glycoprotein, designated gII or gp 108, has been identified by two different panels of monoclonal antibodies. The gII- and gp 108-specific monoclonal antibodies were shown to react with the same protein, which was identified by N-terminal sequencing as the homologue of herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1) gH. When BHV-1 gH was purified by immunoadsorbent chromatography, gL was co-purified. The gH-gL complex induced the production of antibodies that neutralized virus infectivity and inhibited virus penetration. Affinity-purified gH-gL did prevent penetration, but not attachment of BHV-1, which suggests that the gH-gL complex is essential for penetration of BHV-1 into susceptible cells. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling the competition between two phytoplanktonic species
Elkafazi, Abderahman; Djenidi, Salim ULg; Nihoul, Jacques ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1996), 65

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See detailThiamine, Thiamine Phosphates, and Their Metabolizing Enzymes in Human Brain
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Mastrogiacomo, Frank; Kish, Stephen J et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (1996), 66(1), 250-8

Total thiamine (the sum of thiamine and its phosphate esters) concentrations are two- to fourfold lower in human brain than in the brain of other mammals. There were no differences in the total thiamine ... [more ▼]

Total thiamine (the sum of thiamine and its phosphate esters) concentrations are two- to fourfold lower in human brain than in the brain of other mammals. There were no differences in the total thiamine content between biopsied and autopsied human brain, except that in the latter, thiamine triphosphate was undetectable. The main thiamine phosphate-metabolizing enzymes could be detected in autopsied brain, and the kinetic parameters were comparable to those reported in other species. Thiamine diphosphate levels were lowest in hippocampus (15 +/- 4 pmol/mg of protein) and highest in mammillary bodies (24 +/- 4 pmol/mg of protein). Maximal levels of thiamine and its phosphate ester were found to be present at birth. In parietal cortex and globus pallidus, mean levels of total thiamine in the oldest age group (77-103 years) were, respectively, 21 and 26% lower than those in the middle age group (40-55 years). Unlike cerebral cortex, the globus pallidus showed a sharp drop in thiamine diphosphate levels during infancy, with concentrations in the oldest group being only approximately 50% of the levels present during the first 4 months of life. These data, consistent with previous observations conducted in blood, suggest a tendency toward decreased thiamine status in older people. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of nucleoli from ELT cells: a quick new method that preserves morphological integrity and high transcriptional activity.
Vandelaer, M.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 228(1), 125-31

We have developed a quick new method for isolating nucleoli which, unlike the methods in current use, preserves the nucleolar ultrastructure. Until now, the isolation process has generally been assumed to ... [more ▼]

We have developed a quick new method for isolating nucleoli which, unlike the methods in current use, preserves the nucleolar ultrastructure. Until now, the isolation process has generally been assumed to empty one of the three major compartments of the nucleolus, the fibrillar center, of its content. We have used the AgNOR staining and in vitro transcription assay to test the degree of structural and functional preservation of the isolated nucleoli. Our results demonstrate the value of our procedure as a reliable tool for biochemical and ultrastructural studies on the nucleolus. Moreover, these proprieties prompt us to investigate the rRNA synthesis, using a nonisotopic approach, within morphologically intact isolated nucleoli. Thus, we show that newly synthesized rRNA transcripts are located not only in the dense fibrillar component, but also indubitably in the fibrillar center. [less ▲]

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See detailNew ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor, (E)-2′-deoxy-(fluromethylene) cytidine, acts as a radiosensitizer on human colon and cervix cancer cell lines
Coucke, Philippe ULg; LI, XY; Cottin, E et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1996), 40(Supplément 1), 135

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See detailRecommendations for the registration of agents used in the prevention and treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
Compston, JE; Audran, M; Avouac, B et al

in Calcified Tissue International (1996), 59

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See detailExhaustion of blood glucose response and enhancement of insulin response after repeated glucagon injections in type-2 diabetes: potentiation by progressive hyperglycemia.
Castillo, M. J.; Scheen, André ULg; Paolisso, G. et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (1996), 57(5), 395-402

AIMS: To investigate the hyperglycemic and insulinemic response to repeated glucagon injections in Type-2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients. METHODS: In overnight fasted Type-2 diabetic patients ... [more ▼]

AIMS: To investigate the hyperglycemic and insulinemic response to repeated glucagon injections in Type-2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients. METHODS: In overnight fasted Type-2 diabetic patients, three i.v. glucagon (1 mg) injections were given as a bolus at two-hour intervals. In the hour preceding each glucagon injection, 6 patients received saline and they were tested at near-baseline blood glucose levels, while 8 patients received a glucose-controlled glucose infusion and they were tested at increasing blood glucose levels (7.5 +/- 0.2, 12.9 +/- 0.5 and 18.7 +/- 0.7 mmol/l). Blood samples were collected at 0, 3, 5, 10, 15, 30 and 60 min after each glucagon injection. RESULTS: In the patients tested at near-baseline blood glucose levels, the blood glucose rise induced by glucagon was smaller after repeated injections. By contrast, the B-cell response to glucagon was well preserved. In the patients tested at increasing blood glucose levels, the blood glucose response to glucagon was abolished after repeated injections. By contrast, the B-cell response was significantly potentiated. The respective areas under the curve of plasma insulin levels in response to glucagon were 563 +/- 72, 1047 +/- 154 and 1844 +/- 305 m U x 30 min/l (p < 0.001). CONCLUSION: In Type-2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetic patients, repeated glucagon injections, even when administered in a short (4 h) period of time, do not exhaust the B-cell. Endogenous insulin secretion is even potentiated at increasing blood glucose levels. By contrast, the hyperglycemic response to glucagon is significantly abolished, particularly at high blood glucose levels. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergy levels and oscillator strengths for transitions in Pd II
Quinet, Pascal ULg

in Physica Scripta (1996), 54

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See detailLessons from the discovery of leptin: is obesity an endocrine disease?
Scheen, André ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1996), 51(6), 371-6

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See detailPremière approche de la flore macrolichénique corticole de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale en situation de dépollution au SO2
Tanghe, Martin; Richel, Thierry; Crisan, Florin et al

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1996), 129

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See detailRole of the Coulomb interaction on the ferroelectric instability of Barium Titanate
Ghosez, Philippe ULg; Gonze, X.; Michenaud, J. P.

in Ferroelectrics (1996), 186

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See detailA New Equilibrium Cell with Variable Cell Volume for Static Vapour-Pressure Measurements
Gaube, J; Hammer, S; Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Fluid Phase Equilibria (1996), 123((1-2)), 245-257

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See detailLe vétérinaire et la qualité microbiologique des denrées alimentaires d’origine animale
Vindevogel, Henri ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Denys, Jacques et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 141

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See detailL’ostéoporose en questions : plus dure sera la chute
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Stethoscopie Magazine (1996), 63

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See detailAssureurs et prédations: Les développements de l'assurance contre le vol en France
Lemaître, André ULg

in Les Cahiers de la Sécurité Intérieure (1996), N°25

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See detailYounger age as a bad prognostic factor in patients with carcinoma of the cervix.
Delaloye, J-F; Pampallona, S; COUCKE, Philippe ULg et al

in European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology & Reproductive Biology (1996)

Objective: To verify the influence of age on the prognosis of cervix carcinoma. Study design: Five hundred and sixty eight patients treated for a FIGO stage IB-IVA with radical irradiation in the Centre ... [more ▼]

Objective: To verify the influence of age on the prognosis of cervix carcinoma. Study design: Five hundred and sixty eight patients treated for a FIGO stage IB-IVA with radical irradiation in the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois of Lausanne were subdivided according to the following age categories: _<45, 46-60, 61-69 and > 70 years. Taking the 46-60 years age group as the reference, the hazard ratios (HR) of death and corresponding 95% confidence intervals (95% CI) were estimated by means of a Cox multivariate analysis. Results: The 5-year survival rates were, respectively, 57%, 67%, 60% and 45%. For the youngest women the risk of death was significantly increased (HR = 2.00, 95% CI [1.32-3.00]) and was even more accentuated in advanced stages. Conclusion: Age under 45 years is a bad prognostic factor in carcinoma of the cervix. [less ▲]

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See detailIncidence et coûts sociaux directs de la fracture du fémur
Gillet, Pierre ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Archives of Public Health (1996), 53(S1), 61

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See detailPeptide G, containing the binding site of the 67-kDa laminin receptor, increases and stabilizes laminin binding to cancer cells.
Magnifico, A.; Tagliabue, E.; Buto, S. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(49), 31179-84

We investigated the effect of peptide G, a synthetic peptide derived from the sequence of the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor, on the interaction of laminin in two tumor cell lines one of which produces ... [more ▼]

We investigated the effect of peptide G, a synthetic peptide derived from the sequence of the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor, on the interaction of laminin in two tumor cell lines one of which produces laminin and one of which does not. Addition of peptide G to the culture medium induced a significant increase in the amount of endogenous laminin detectable on the cell membrane of both cell lines. Moreover, pretreatment of exogenous laminin with peptide G dramatically increased laminin binding on both cell lines. Kinetics analysis of membrane-bound labeled laminin revealed a 3-fold decrease in the kd of peptide G-treated laminin compared with untreated or unrelated or scrambled peptide-treated laminin. Moreover, the affinity constant of peptide G-treated laminin increased 2-fold, with a doubling of the number of laminin binding sites, as determined by Scatchard analysis. Expression of the VLA6 integrin receptor on the cell membrane increased after incubation with peptide G-treated laminin. However, the lower binding inhibition of peptide G-treated laminin after anti-VLA6 antibody or cation chelation treatment indicates that membrane molecules in addition to integrin receptors are involved in the recognition of peptide G-modified laminin. These "new" laminin-binding proteins also mediated cell adhesion to laminin, the first step in tumor invasion. Together, the data suggest that peptide G increases and stabilizes laminin binding on tumor cells, involving surface receptors that normally do not take part in this interaction. This might explain the abundant clinical and experimental data suggesting a key role for the 67-kDa laminin receptor in the interaction between cancer cells and the basement membrane glycoprotein laminin during tumor invasion and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailHeparin-coated Palmaz-Schatz stents in human coronary arteries. Early outcome of the Benestent-II Pilot Study.
Serruys, P. W.; Emanuelsson, H.; van der Giessen, W. et al

in Circulation (1996), 93(3), 412-22

BACKGROUND: The purpose of the Benestent-II Pilot Study was to evaluate the safety of delaying and eliminating anticoagulant therapy in patients receiving a heparin-coated stent in conjunction with ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The purpose of the Benestent-II Pilot Study was to evaluate the safety of delaying and eliminating anticoagulant therapy in patients receiving a heparin-coated stent in conjunction with antiplatelet drugs. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study consisted of three initial phases (I, II, III) during which resumption of heparin therapy after sheath removal was progressively deferred by 6, 12, and 36 hours. In phase IV, coumadin and heparin were replaced by 250 mg ticlopidine and 100 mg aspirin. Of the 207 patients with stable angina pectoris and a de novo lesion in whom heparin-coated stent implantation was attempted, implantation was successful in 202 patients (98%). Stent thrombosis did not occur during all four phases, and the overall clinical success rate at discharge was 99%. Bleeding complications requiring blood transfusion or surgery fell from 7.9% in phase I to 5.9%, 4%, and 0% in the three following phases. Hospital stay was 7.4, 6.1, 7.2, and 3.1 days for the consecutive phases. The restenosis rate for the combined four phases was 13% (15% in phase I, 20% in phase II, 11% in phase III, and 6% in phase IV). The overall rate of reintervention for the four phases was 8.9%. At 6 months, 84%, 75%, 94%, and 92% of the patients of phases I to IV, respectively, were event free. For the four phases, the event-free rate was 86%, which compares favorably with the rate observed in the Benestent-I study (80%; relative risk, 0.68 [0.45 to 1.04]). CONCLUSIONS: The implantation of stents coated with polyamine and end-point-attached heparin in stable patients with one significant de novo coronary lesion is well tolerated, is associated with no (sub)acute stent thrombosis, and results in a favorable event-free survival after 6 months. [less ▲]

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See detailSuppression of Voluntary Temporalis Muscle Activity by Peripheral Limb Stimulations in Healthy Volunteers, Migraineurs and Tension-Type Headache Sufferes
Wang, W.; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Functional Neurology (1996), 11(6, Nov-Dec), 307-15

We studied the inhibition of voluntary temporalis muscle activity after stimulations of extracephalic cutaneous or mixed nerves in 23 healthy volunteers, 29 patients suffering from migraine without aura ... [more ▼]

We studied the inhibition of voluntary temporalis muscle activity after stimulations of extracephalic cutaneous or mixed nerves in 23 healthy volunteers, 29 patients suffering from migraine without aura, 24 from episodic and 42 from chronic tension-type headache. Two successive EMG suppressions were induced bilaterally after stimulating at 40 mA the index finger or the median nerve, but not after stimulations of the sural or peroneal nerves. They differed from those obtained after labial commissure stimulation at 20 mA, i.e. the classic temporalis silent periods ES1 and ES2. Overall prevalence of index- (3%) and median nerve-induced (16%) early suppression was much lower than that of labial-induced ES1 (100%); prevalence of index-induced late suppression (index-"ES2") was 62% and that of median-"ES2" 48%, compared with 97% for labial-ES2. Latency and duration of index-/median-"ES2" were not significantly different between groups. Index-"ES2" occurred significantly more often in migraineurs (83%) than in controls (48%) suggesting that the spino-bulbar pathways involved in index-/median-"ES2" are hyperexcitable in migraine. [less ▲]

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See detailDermatophylose équine: revue à partir d'un cas clinique
Vandenput, Sandrina ULg; Manteca, C.; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140(2), 125-129

From a clinical case of equine dermatophilosis, a short review of literature is proposed. The aetiology, causal factors, symptoms and lesions are brievely reviewed. Therapeutics and prophylaxis are ... [more ▼]

From a clinical case of equine dermatophilosis, a short review of literature is proposed. The aetiology, causal factors, symptoms and lesions are brievely reviewed. Therapeutics and prophylaxis are outlined. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor is an adverse prognostic indicator in human thyroid cancer: an immunohistochemical study.
Basolo, F.; Pollina, L.; Pacini, F. et al

in Clinical Cancer Research : An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (1996), 2(10), 1777-80

Increased expression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor (LR) is a consistent event which appears as cancer cells acquire an invasive and metastatic phenotype. The Mr 67,000 LR is one of the many laminin ... [more ▼]

Increased expression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor (LR) is a consistent event which appears as cancer cells acquire an invasive and metastatic phenotype. The Mr 67,000 LR is one of the many laminin-binding proteins able to interact with the major glycoprotein of basement membranes, laminin. The recent development of a specific monoclonal antibody directed against the Mr 67,000 LR MLuC5 has allowed us to study large retrospective groups of human cancers with the aim of correlating the Mr 67,000 LR expression to the clinical, pathological, and survival data of the patients. A significant correlation has already been established between the increased expression of Mr 67,000 LR and survival of patients with breast, colon, ovary, lung, and endometrial cancers. In this study, we investigated the possibility that the detection of Mr 67,000 LR in thyroid human cancers could also be of prognostic value. We analyzed the expression of Mr 67,000 LR with immunohistochemistry using MLuC5 antibodies in paraffin sections of 40 benign and 170 malignant thyroid human tumors. We found that Mr 67,000 LR was not usually detectable in normal thyroid tissues adjacent to the lesion. Only 3 of the 40 thyroid adenomas examined (7.5%) presented cells positive for Mr 67,000 LR. For the malignant thyroid tumors examined, we found that 22.3% of papillary thyroid carcinomas, 38% of follicular thyroid carcinomas, 40% of poorly differentiated carcinomas, 25% of medullary carcinomas, and 58.3% of anaplastic carcinomas expressed a high level of Mr 67,000 LR. Although no correlation between the Mr 67,000 LR expression and survival was found in patients with follicular thyroid carcinomas, papillary thyroid carcinomas, anaplastic carcinomas, and medullary carcinomas, there was a significant correlation in primary thyroid cancers. Our data represent the first extensive study of the Mr 67,000 LR expression in human thyroid cancers and strongly suggest that its detection could be of prognostic value in the investigation of primary thyroid cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailAn efficient procedure for the production of fatty acid hydroperoxides from hydrolyzed flax seed oil and soybean lipoxygenase.
Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Marlier, M.

in biotechnology techniques (1996), 10(11), 839-844

Production of 13-linolenic acid hydroperoxides Tom hydrolyzed flax seed oil using lipoxygenase extracted Tom soybean seedshas been achieved with high transformation yields (60 g.l.-1h-1) with a high ... [more ▼]

Production of 13-linolenic acid hydroperoxides Tom hydrolyzed flax seed oil using lipoxygenase extracted Tom soybean seedshas been achieved with high transformation yields (60 g.l.-1h-1) with a high purity (94 % of i3-isomers) in a 10 liter reactor without addition of any solvent or surfactant. The reaction limiting factor is, probably, the accessibility of the substrate to the enzyme. [less ▲]

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See detailOverexpression of the 67-kD laminin receptor correlates with tumour progression in human colorectal carcinoma.
Sanjuan, X.; Fernandez, P. L.; Miquel, R. et al

in Journal of Pathology (The) (1996), 179(4), 376-80

The high affinity 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) is a cell surface protein whose expression is increased in a number of human carcinoma models. To date, 67LR expression in colorectal carcinomas has been ... [more ▼]

The high affinity 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) is a cell surface protein whose expression is increased in a number of human carcinoma models. To date, 67LR expression in colorectal carcinomas has been examined in a small number of cases. 67LR expression has been immunohistochemically analysed in a large series of human colorectal neoplasms, using the MLuC5 monoclonal antibody. The study included 59 samples of non-neoplastic mucosa, 45 polyps (11 hyperplastic, 34 adenomas), 196 carcinomas, and lymph node metastases of 87 carcinomas. Epithelial cells of normal mucosa and hyperplastic polyps were negative or showed weak positivity in the paranuclear and apical areas of the cytoplasm. In adenomas and carcinomas, the staining was stronger, with a membranous or cytoplasmic pattern. The expression of 67LR correlated significantly with the progression from normal mucosa (22 per cent) to adenoma (44 per cent), carcinoma (61 per cent), and lymph node metastasis (75 per cent) (P < 0.0001). Expression of the laminin receptor showed a tendency to be more frequently positive in advanced stage (III+IV; 67 (III+IV; 67 per cent) when compared with early stage (I+II) carcinomas (54 per cent). The difference, however, was not statistically significant (P = 0.058). In addition, 14 out of 28 (50 per cent) primary carcinomas without 67LR expression became positive in lymph node metastases, while most (86 per cent) of the MLuC5-positive primary carcinomas were also immunoreactive in metastases. In conclusion, these results indicate that 67LR is up-regulated in the progression of human colorectal carcinomas and may play a role in the local and metastatic progression of these tumours. [less ▲]

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See detailPhénomènes karstiques en milieux non carbonatés. Etudes de cavités et problématique de leur développement au Niger Occidental
Willems, Luc ULg; Pouclet, André; Lenoir, François et al

in Zeitschrift für Geomorphologie (1996)

The study of several caves in siliceous formations belonging to the Precambrian basement and its Cenozoic sedimentary cover brings to the fore the importante of an underground drainage network in relation ... [more ▼]

The study of several caves in siliceous formations belonging to the Precambrian basement and its Cenozoic sedimentary cover brings to the fore the importante of an underground drainage network in relation with crustal fracturation. This network guides the waler transfer from the land surface to the depth and generates géomorphologic phenomena similar to those in calcareous areas. The study of caves in a siliceous environmemts shows the importance of solution phenomena in their formation and also in that of West Niger landscapes. Therfore, a general model of topographic evolution îs proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailCan Motor Recovery in Stroke Patients Be Predicted by Early Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ?
Rapisarda, Giuseppe; Bastings, Eric; MAERTENS DE NOORDHOUT, Alain ULg et al

in Stroke (1996), 27(12), 2191-2196

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See detailCalcium et squelette, base physiologique d’une prévention
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Les Nouvelles de Rhumatologie (1996), 1

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See detailEvaluation of insulin-like growth factor-I and its plasma binding proteins in pigs.
Renaville, Robert ULg; Prandi, A.; Claes, Victor et al

in Archivio Veterinario Italiano (1996), 46

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Streel, Maurice ULg

in Newsletter. Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy (1996), 12

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See detailLes adénomes gonadotropes
Beckers, Albert ULg; Stevenaert, Achille ULg

in Revue Française d'Endocrinologie Clinique, Nutrition, et Métabolisme (La) (1996), 37(4-5), 299-305

Les adénomes hypophysaires gonadotropes qui sont parmi les plus fréquents, ont été identifiés récemment; on estime aujourd'hui qu'environ 80 % des adénomes hypophysaires dits non-sécrétants sont en fait ... [more ▼]

Les adénomes hypophysaires gonadotropes qui sont parmi les plus fréquents, ont été identifiés récemment; on estime aujourd'hui qu'environ 80 % des adénomes hypophysaires dits non-sécrétants sont en fait gonadotropes. Étant donné l'absente de symptomatologie spécifique, ils ne sont souvent reconnus que lorsqu'ils sont volumineux, ayant déjà entraîné un syndrome neurologique, une compression du chiasma optique. Dans la plupart des cas il est possible de les identifier grâce aux produits de sécrétion ou encore par méthodes d'immunohistochimie ou encore par la détection de l'ARN messager correspondant aux sous-unités hormonales. Le traitement reste essentiellement neuro-chirurgical (chirurgie trans-sphénoidale) car, dans la plupart des cas, les agonistes dopaminergiques et les analogues agonistes ou antagonistes de GnRH sont inefficaces. [less ▲]

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See detailDémarche préventive d'une école du dos
Vanderthommen, Marc ULg; Drosson, C.; TOMASELLA, Marco ULg et al

in Kine 2000 (1996), 5(7),

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See detailReturns Interval and Variability in Risk Measurement
Corhay, Albert ULg; Tourani Rad, Alireza

in Belgian Journal of Operations Research, Statistics and Computer Science = Revue Belge de Recherche Opérationnelle, de Statistique et d'Information (1996), 36

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See detailOscillator strengths for Ca-like iron, cobalt and nickel (Fe VII, Co VIII, Ni IX)
Quinet, Pascal ULg; Hansen, J E

in Journal of Physics : B Atomic Molecular & Optical Physics (1996), 29

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See detailAnalyse cinématographique de la marche électro assistée de l'hémiplégique
Vanderthommen, Marc ULg; Bauval, A.; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Kine Acta-Symposium (1996)

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See detailBenard-Marangoni instability in rigid rectangular containers
Dauby, Pierre ULg; Lebon, Georgy ULg

in Journal of Fluid Mechanics (1996), 329

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See detailSeduzione borghese e cultura dell'artificio. Femmes fatales in Oriani e Chelli
Curreri, Luciano ULg

in Italian Quarterly (1996), 129-130

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See detailDe la phrase au texte dans l'enseignement d'une langue étrangère
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in Dialogues et cultures (1996), 40

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See detailCalcitonin
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Current Opinion in Orthopaedics (1996), 7

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See detailProduction of sulfur from gypsum as an industrial byproduct
Hiligsmann, Serge ULg; Deswaef, Sophie; Taillieu, Xavier et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (1996), 57-8

Biological sulfate reduction was investigated at the bench and pilot scales in order to determine optimum culture conditions. Efficient strains of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) were selected by ... [more ▼]

Biological sulfate reduction was investigated at the bench and pilot scales in order to determine optimum culture conditions. Efficient strains of sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) were selected by classical microbiological methods and by mutagenesis. Improvement factors, including stripping, scale-up, sulfate,and organic substrate concentrations, have been studied in batch bioreactors. Two types of pilot-scale bioreactors have been adopted, the first being completely mixed with free cells and the second having two stages with immobilized cells on a fixed bed. An overall bioconversion capacity of 11 kg/m(3) . d of gypsum and 1.2 kg/m(3) . d of dissolved organic carbon has been achieved in the two-stage bioreactor. [less ▲]

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See detailIntestinal Permeability in Crohn's Disease
Franchimont, D.; Louis, Edouard ULg; Simon, Sarah ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (1996), 59(1, Jan-Mar), 15-9

We summarize the anatomical and physiological basis and the ways of measuring the intestinal permeability. We review the studies of the intestinal permeability in Crohn's disease. We analyse the ... [more ▼]

We summarize the anatomical and physiological basis and the ways of measuring the intestinal permeability. We review the studies of the intestinal permeability in Crohn's disease. We analyse the involvement of an abnormal intestinal permeability in the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease, as a primary or secondary defect. We discuss the potential usefulness of the measure of intestinal permeability in Crohn's disease activity assessment, relapse prediction and efficacy of treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailActivités sportives et système immunitaire
PIRNAY, Freddy ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg

in Médecine et Hygiène (1996), 54

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See detailRadiosensitization in vitro by (E)-2′-(fluoromethylene)-deoxy-cytidine (FMdC), pentoxifylline (PTX) or a combination
Li; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Paschoud et al

in International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics (1996), 36(1 (supp1)), 383

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See detailHigh neuron specific enolase levels in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of patients with lung carcinoma: diagnostic value, relation to serum neuron specific enolase, and staging.
Dowlati, A; Bury, Thierry ULg; CORHAY, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Cancer (1996), 77(10), 2039-43

BACKGROUND: High levels of neuron specific enolase (NSE) have recently been described in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid of patients with lung carcinoma. Although its value in serum has been ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: High levels of neuron specific enolase (NSE) have recently been described in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid of patients with lung carcinoma. Although its value in serum has been extensively studied, its diagnostic value in BAL fluid in terms of sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value have not been evaluated. In addition, its value in staging and relation to serum NSE are yet unknown. METHODS: NSE levels were determined on the same day in the BAL fluid and the sera of two groups of patients: those with newly diagnosed lung carcinoma and those with smoking related chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Clinical TNM staging was also performed. Levels of NSE in BAL fluid were expressed as nanograms per 100 international units of lactate dehydrogenase. BAL fluid NSE levels of the two groups were compared with staging and serum NSE. RESULTS: A highly significant difference exists in BAL NSE in the two groups. For diagnostic purposes, the simultaneous measurements of serum NSE increases its sensitivity, but specificity remains unchanged. No correlation exists between BAL NSE and serum NSE, tumor size, nodal status, or the presence of metastases. BAL NSE is a better predictor of malignancy than serum NSE. CONCLUSION: BAL fluid measurements of NSE may have diagnostic value, specially if it is simultaneously measured in the serum. However, our study does not show any value for this technique in staging of lung carcinoma. Also it has no correlation with serum NSE. Studies will have to be performed to determine if BAL NSE can predict chemotherapeutic sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth hormone response to apomorphine in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Moreno, A. G. et al

in Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience [=JPN] (1996), 21(5), 343-5

Several lines of evidence suggest that dopamine plays a role in the pathophysiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Indeed, some trials have shown the efficacy of neuroleptic addition in the ... [more ▼]

Several lines of evidence suggest that dopamine plays a role in the pathophysiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Indeed, some trials have shown the efficacy of neuroleptic addition in the treatment of OCD patients. In this study, we assessed the growth hormone (GH) response to 0.5 mg apomorphine(sc) in 8 drug-free inpatients (6 male, 2 female; mean age +/- SD = 34.7 +/- 12.6) meeting DSM-III-R criteria for OCD without major depression and compared their responses with those of 8 healthy male volunteers (mean age = 27.1 +/- 8.5). The groups did not differ in their mean GH peak response: 12.4 +/- 9.7 ng/mL in OCD patients versus 21.1 +/- 14.2 ng/mL in normal controls (F = 0.9, df1, 14, P = 0.37). These results do not support the hypothesis of dopaminergic overactivity in OCD. In fact, the completely blunted GH response to apomorphine in 2 OCD patients suggests the biological heterogeneity of OCD. Some dopaminergic disturbances could be observed in patients with comorbid diagnoses or patients unresponsive to serotonin reuptake inhibitors, but the results of this study require confirmation from a larger sample with a precise assessment of comorbidity. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of a-amylase from the antarctic psychrophile Alteromonas haloplanctis A23
Aghajari, N.; Feller, Georges ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (1996), 5(10), 2128-2129

A cold-active alpha-amylase was purified from culture supernatants of the antarctic psychrophile Alteromonas haloplanctis A23 grown at 4 degrees C. In order to contribute to the understanding of the ... [more ▼]

A cold-active alpha-amylase was purified from culture supernatants of the antarctic psychrophile Alteromonas haloplanctis A23 grown at 4 degrees C. In order to contribute to the understanding of the molecular basis of cold adaptations, crystallographic studies of this cold-adapted enzyme have been initiated because a three-dimensional structure of a mesophilic counterpart, pig pancreatic alpha-amylase, already exists. alpha-Amylase from A. haloplanctis, which shares 53% sequence identity with pig pancreatic alpha-amylase, has been crystallized and data to 1.85 A have been collected. The space group is found to be C222(1) with a = 71.40 A, b = 138.88 A, and c = 115.66 A. Until now, a three-dimensional structure of a psychrophilic enzyme is lacking. [less ▲]

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See detailComparaison des performances de porcs élevés sur litières ou sur caillebotis
Nicks, Baudouin ULg; Desiron, Alain; Canart, Bernard et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

In a first experiment, performances and carcass quality of fattening pigs kept either on a litter with sawdust, on straw or on slatted floor were compared. Three batches of 17 pigs were kept on each floor ... [more ▼]

In a first experiment, performances and carcass quality of fattening pigs kept either on a litter with sawdust, on straw or on slatted floor were compared. Three batches of 17 pigs were kept on each floor type. Pens with litter were not cleaned until the end of the third fattening period. On average 100 kg of sawdust or 49 kg of straw were used per pig. The growth rate of pigs on litters was higher (P < 0,01) than that of pigs on slatted floor : 739 g/d on sawdust, 745 g/d on straw and 686 g/d on slatted floor. Carcass quality at slaughter was not different according to the floor type. The peak shear force of the M. Longissimus dorsi was higher for pigs kept on straw than for the 2 other groups. In a second experiment, 97 weaners, 4 weeks old, were divided in 3 groups on 3 floor types : a deep litter with sawdust, a deep litter with sawdust mixed with straw and a slatted floor. Between 4 and 10 weeks of age, the growth rates of pigs were different (P < 0,05) according to the 2 litters : 438 g/d on the deep litter with straw and sawdust, 397 g/d on sawdust and higher (P < 0,001) than that on slatted floor (273 g/d). Pigs on slatted floor were however disadvantaged by a lower health status in the breeding pig house. [less ▲]

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See detailA Non-Cofactor Role of Thiamine Derivatives in Excitable Cells?
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg

in Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry (1996), 104(6), 745-751

Thiamine diphosphate (TDP) is an important cofactor of pyruvate (PDH) and alpha-ketoglutarate (KGDH) dehydrogenases and transketolase. Thiamine deficiency leads to reversible and irreversible brain ... [more ▼]

Thiamine diphosphate (TDP) is an important cofactor of pyruvate (PDH) and alpha-ketoglutarate (KGDH) dehydrogenases and transketolase. Thiamine deficiency leads to reversible and irreversible brain lesions due to impaired oxidative metabolism. A specific non-cofactor role for thiamine has also been proposed in excitable cells and thiamine triphosphate (TTP) might be involved in the regulation of ion channels. Thiamine is taken up by neuroblastoma cells through a high affinity transporter. Inside the cells, it is rapidly phosphorylated to TDP. This high turnover TDP pool is the precursor for TTP. Most of the TDP however has a low turnover and is associated with PDH and KGDH in mitochondria. In excised inside-out patches from neuroblastoma cells, TTP, at a concentration of 1 microM, activates chloride channels of large unitary conductance, the so-called maxi-Cl- channels. These channels are inhibited by oxythiamine from the outide. In addition to the role of TTP in the regulation of chloride channels, thiamine itself, or a presently unknown analog, may have trophic effects on neuronal cells. [less ▲]

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See detailRheinische Wortgeographie. Karten des Rheinischen Wörterbuchs und ihre computative Auswertung. Teil I
Lausberg, Helmut; Möller, Robert ULg

in Rheinische Vierteljahrsblätter (1996), 60

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See detailTransition probabilities for forbidden lines of Fe III
Quinet, Pascal ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1996), 116

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See detailCodon adjustment to maximise heterologous gene expression in Streptomyces lividans can lead to decreased mRNA stability and protein yield.
Lammertyn, E; Van Mellaert, L; Bijnens, A P et al

in Molecular & General Genetics [=MGG] (1996), 250(2), 223-9

The impact of the codon bias of the mouse tumour necrosis factor alpha (mTNF) gene cloned in Streptomyces lividans on the efficiency of expression and secretion was analysed. Minor codons occurring in the ... [more ▼]

The impact of the codon bias of the mouse tumour necrosis factor alpha (mTNF) gene cloned in Streptomyces lividans on the efficiency of expression and secretion was analysed. Minor codons occurring in the mTNF gene were therefore adapted to the codon bias of Streptomyces by site-directed mutagenesis. No improvement in mTNF yield could be detected. The stability of the transcript derived from the construct was shown to be more important for determining the final level of mTNF production. A strong correlation was observed between the yield of secreted biologically active mTNF and the amount of mTNF mRNA present in the cells. [less ▲]

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See detailThe lichen genus Lecanactis and allied genera in Papua New Guinea
Egea, J.M.; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg; Torrente, Pilar

in Mycotaxon (1996), 59

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See detailCloning and expression of a new HOXC6 transcript encoding a repressing protein
Chariot, Alain ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Le, P. et al

in Biochemical Journal (1996), 319

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription factors that regulate the co-ordinated expression of multiple genes involved in development, differentiation and malignant transformation. In an attempt ... [more ▼]

Homeodomain-containing proteins are transcription factors that regulate the co-ordinated expression of multiple genes involved in development, differentiation and malignant transformation. In an attempt to characterize expressed homeobox (HOX) genes in breast cancer cells, we cloned two distinct HOXC6 transcripts from an MCF7 cDNA library, Interestingly, one of them represents a new HOXC6 mRNA encoding a homeodomain-containing protein harbouring a unique N-terminal sequence. Moreover we demonstrate that this HOXC6 transcript is less abundant in human breast cancer cells than in non-tumorigenic cell lines, is detected in breast carcinomas and adjacent tissues and is expressed in a variety of human tumours. In addition, transient co-transfection experiments illustrated that both HOXC6 transcripts encode gene products that repress transcription from a HOX binding sequence in MDA-MB231 cells and co-operate with other HOX gene products such as HOXB7 on their target genes. Taken together, our results suggest that HOXC6 proteins might contribute to the breast cell phenotype through co-operative interactions with other HOX-derived proteins and repression of their target genes. [less ▲]

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