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See detailStress-induced premature senescence. Essence of life, evolution, stress, and aging.
Toussain, O.; Dumont, P.; Dierick, J.-F. et al

in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2000), 908

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See detailNeural mechanisms of antinociceptive effects of hypnosis.
Faymonville, Marie ULg; Laureys, Steven ULg; Degueldre, Christian ULg et al

in Anesthesiology (2000), 92(5), 1257-67

BACKGROUND: The neural mechanisms underlying the modulation of pain perception by hypnosis remain obscure. In this study, we used positron emission tomography in 11 healthy volunteers to identify the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The neural mechanisms underlying the modulation of pain perception by hypnosis remain obscure. In this study, we used positron emission tomography in 11 healthy volunteers to identify the brain areas in which hypnosis modulates cerebral responses to a noxious stimulus. METHODS: The protocol used a factorial design with two factors: state (hypnotic state, resting state, mental imagery) and stimulation (warm non-noxious vs. hot noxious stimuli applied to right thenar eminence). Two cerebral blood flow scans were obtained with the 15O-water technique during each condition. After each scan, the subject was asked to rate pain sensation and unpleasantness. Statistical parametric mapping was used to determine the main effects of noxious stimulation and hypnotic state as well as state-by-stimulation interactions (i.e., brain areas that would be more or less activated in hypnosis than in control conditions, under noxious stimulation). RESULTS: Hypnosis decreased both pain sensation and the unpleasantness of noxious stimuli. Noxious stimulation caused an increase in regional cerebral blood flow in the thalamic nuclei and anterior cingulate and insular cortices. The hypnotic state induced a significant activation of a right-sided extrastriate area and the anterior cingulate cortex. The interaction analysis showed that the activity in the anterior (mid-)cingulate cortex was related to pain perception and unpleasantness differently in the hypnotic state than in control situations. CONCLUSIONS: Both intensity and unpleasantness of the noxious stimuli are reduced during the hypnotic state. In addition, hypnotic modulation of pain is mediated by the anterior cingulate cortex. [less ▲]

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See detailFormation des enseignants et évaluation : L'évolution depuis 1995
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in TNTEE (Thematic Network for Teacher Education in Europe) (2000)

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See detailDeveloppement et utilisation d'un systeme de telemedecine pour le suivi medical des patients diabetiques.
Ordonez, A. J.; Rodriguez-Castro, C.; Zamora, J. et al

in Journées Annuelles de Diabetologie de l'Hôtel-Dieu (2000)

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See detailBase Plate in Bending and Anchor Bolts in Tension
Wald, Frantisek; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg; sokol, Z et al

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (2000)

The paper describes behaviour of the base plate in bending and the anchor bolts in tension, which is the major component of the base plate connection. The analytical model predicts the component ... [more ▼]

The paper describes behaviour of the base plate in bending and the anchor bolts in tension, which is the major component of the base plate connection. The analytical model predicts the component characteristics — the resistance and the stiffness. It is described how the quality of the behaviour is guided by the contact between the base plate and the concrete surface. The presented analytical prediction model is verified on tests and FE simulation. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of Tir and Intimin in the Virulence of Rabbit Enteropathogenic Escherichia coli (REPEC) Serotype O103:H2
Marchès, O.; Nougayrede, J. P.; Boullier, S. et al

in Infection and Immunity (2000), 68

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See detailCharacterization Of The Lipid-Binding Properties And Lipoprotein Lipase Inhibition Of A Novel Apolipoprotein C-Iii Variant Ala23thr
Liu, Hq.; Labeur, C.; Xu, Cf. et al

in Journal of Lipid Research (2000), 41(11), 9201-12

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated ... [more ▼]

The physicochemical properties of recombinant wild type and three site-directed mutants of apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), designed by molecular modeling to alter specific amino acid residues implicated in lipid binding (L9T/T20L, F64A/W65A) or LPL inhibition (K21A), were compared. Relative lipid binding efficiencies to dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) were L9T/T20L > WT >K21A > F64A/W65A with an inverse correlation with size of the discoidal complexes formed. Physicochemical analysis (Trp fluorescence, circular dichroism, and GdnHCl denaturation) suggests that L9T/T20L forms tighter and more stable lipid complexes with phospholipids, while F64A/W65A associates less tightly. Lipid displacement properties were tested by gel-filtrating apoE:dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) discoidal complexes mixed with the various apoC-III variants. All apoC-III proteins bound to the apoE:DPPC complexes; the amount of apoE displaced from the complex was dependent on the apoC-III lipid binding affinity. All apoC-III proteins inhibited LPL in the presence or absence of apoC-II, with F64A/W65A displaying the most inhibition, suggesting that apoC-III inhibition of LPL is independent of lipid binding and therefore of apoC-II displacement. Taken together. these data suggest that the hydrophobic residues F64 and W65 are crucial for the lipid binding properties of apoC-III and that redistribution of the N-terminal helix of apoC-III (L9T/T20L) enhances the stability of the lipid-bound protein, while LPL inhibition by apoC-III is likely to be due to protein:protein interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailLaser-induced transitions between triply excited hollow states
Madsen, L. B.; Schlagheck, Peter ULg; Lambropoulos, P.

in Physical Review. A (2000), 62(6), 062719

Using complex scaling and a correlated basis constructed in terms of B splines, we calculate the Li+ photoion yield in the presence of a laser-induced coupling between the triply excited 2s(2)2p(P-2(0 ... [more ▼]

Using complex scaling and a correlated basis constructed in terms of B splines, we calculate the Li+ photoion yield in the presence of a laser-induced coupling between the triply excited 2s(2)2p(P-2(0)) and 2s2p(2)(D-2(e)) resonances in lithium, the first of which is assumed to be excited by synchrotron radiation from the ground state. The laser coupling between the triply excited states is shown to lead to a significant and readily measurable modification of the line profile which provides a unique probe of the dipole strength between highly correlated triply excited states. We also present results for some higher-lying triply excited states of P-2(0) symmetry. [less ▲]

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See detailA propos du nom de l'interprète en latin
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Glotta : Zeitschrift für Griechische und Lateinische Sprache (2000), 76

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See detailAdaptation et validation française du Sexual Irrationality Questionnaire (SIQ) de McCormick et Jordan
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; Louwette, Séverine ULg; Mormont, Christian ULg et al

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2000), 5(3), 5-18

Mc Cormick and Jordan's Sexual Irrationality Questionnaire (SIQ), elaborated in 1986, has been adapted to the French language and tested on a sample of 165 subjects. The organisation of the sexual ... [more ▼]

Mc Cormick and Jordan's Sexual Irrationality Questionnaire (SIQ), elaborated in 1986, has been adapted to the French language and tested on a sample of 165 subjects. The organisation of the sexual rationality-irrationality dimension depends on the gender of the subjects. Among female subjects, it appears mostly as a one-factor variable. Its optimal measure is supplied by the SIQ-R-F scale, a reduced version of the SIQ presenting a better internal consistency. Among male subjects, it rather appears structured in several independent factors. Factor analysis thus allows to distinguish four different patterns of sexual irrationality. Among female subjects, the decisive impact of sexual irrationality lies in an inhibition of sexual interest. Among male subjects, the sexual communication seems to be a vulnerable area of first importance. The external validity test of the SIQ is not very probant. This surely underlines a probable problem in the choice of the criteria as well as the compexity of the relationship between irrational cognitions and clinical data. [less ▲]

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See detailLaparoscopic myolysis.
Donnez, Jacques; Sqifflet, Jean; Polet, Roland et al

in Human Reproduction Update (2000), 6(6), 609-13

This review will focus on the different techniques and the long-term effects of the technique called myolysis on myoma growth. Indications for myolysis are essentially pelvic pain, compression symptoms ... [more ▼]

This review will focus on the different techniques and the long-term effects of the technique called myolysis on myoma growth. Indications for myolysis are essentially pelvic pain, compression symptoms and global uterine volume in order to avoid hysterectomy. In the late 1980s, myolysis was performed laparoscopically with the help of the neodynium: yttrium aluminium garnet (Nd:YAG) laser. Later, bipolar needles were developed as an alternative to the Nd:YAG laser. Diathermy and cryomyolysis were also proposed but series are small in the literature. Very recently, myoma interstitial thermo-therapy (MITT) was performed using the diode laser and a specific optical light diffuser that is designed to transmit laser light in all directions. Laparoscopic myolysis was proved to be effective in provoking myoma shrinkage, with a dramatic decrease in size and a marked devascularization of the myoma and this technique can be proposed as an alternative to myomectomy in selected patients: only those aged >40 years or those not desiring to bear any more children. [less ▲]

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See detail“Cross-Cultural Dialogues with Greek Classics: Walcott’s The Odyssey and Soyinka’s The Bacchae of Euripides.”
Bada, Valérie ULg

in Ariel : A Review of International English Literature (2000)

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See detailAffections cardiaques et intolérances à l'effort. 1-Les troubles du rythme.
Amory, Hélène ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2000), 32(Numéro Spécial), 71-78

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See detailMujinga ou la soumission inconsciente à l’idéologie régnante
Vanhaegendoren, Koen ULg

in Congo-Meuse. Revue des lettres belges et congolaises de langue française (2000), 4-5

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See detailLa Convention de Bruxelles
Boularbah, Hakim ULg; Nuyts, Arnaud; Watte, N.

in Journal des Tribunaux Droit Européen (2000)

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See detailLes stratégies de reproduction chez les poissons labridés méditerranéens
Ylieff, Marc ULg

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (2000), 20(1), 113-138

In contrast to tropical environments, Mediterranean fish assemblages have been exposed to greater seasonal fluctuations of climatic factors (water temperature, photoperiod), which have impacted more or ... [more ▼]

In contrast to tropical environments, Mediterranean fish assemblages have been exposed to greater seasonal fluctuations of climatic factors (water temperature, photoperiod), which have impacted more or less significantly on the biology of fish. The labrid fishes (wrasses) are good examples of how climatic changes influence behavioural strategies. The European wrasses differ mainly from the tropical ones by their particular reproductive behavioural patterns. In these wrasses, the variety of the reproductive strategies (hermaphroditism or gonochorism, spawning seasonality in open water or on substrates, degrees of parental care, etc.) make it possible to study the evolution of these strategies. If in tropics, most of wrasses exhibit planktonic spawning, the Mediterranean ones adapted their behaviour, developing modes of reproduction unusual in tropics: short periods of reproduction, spawning eggs on substrates or in elaborated nest, parental cares. This evolution is dictated, in particular, by the pressure of climatic factors, such as water temperature on the presence or the absence of parental care. Of the 21 Mediterranean species, almost all the species studied lay their eggs on substrates or in a nest built by the large territorial male. Only Coris julis, Thalassoma pavo and Xyrichthys novacula (protogynous hermaphroditism fishes) spawn in open water (planktonic spawning) as tropical species do. Moreover, the majority of Symphodus males have complex social structures where nesting territorial, satellite and sneaker males can be recognised. These sneakers adopt reproductive behavioural patterns known as alternative reproductive behaviour. They can either steal the spawn (streaking), or steal the female (sneaking). Finally, the majority of these Symphodus give parental care throughout each nesting cycle (2 to 5 nests are elaborated during the reproductive season in spring), which always comprises three phases: nest building phase (construction with alive algae of a substrate for spawning or a true nest in form of cup), sexual activity phase (the very moment the females come to spawn in the nest) and fanning phase (oxygenation of eggs, by the beat of the pectoral fins, until hatching). The diversity of the biological and behavioural adaptations developed by the numerous tropical and temperate species of labrid fishes allow us to consider the family as an ideal group to investigate various problems in behavioural ecology. [less ▲]

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See detailConséquences de l'infection des cervidés par des alpha-herpèsvirus apparentés au virus de l'IBR
Keuser, V.; Thiry, Etienne ULg

in Point Vétérinaire (2000), 31

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See detailDe la relation spatiale entre les personnages des groupes statuaires royaux en Égypte pharaonique
Laboury, Dimitri ULg

in Revue d'Egyptologie (2000), 51

Given the unity of representational system of Ancient Egypt, the author proposes to investigate the possibility of application of the principle of the "rabattement" or folding back in a three-dimensional ... [more ▼]

Given the unity of representational system of Ancient Egypt, the author proposes to investigate the possibility of application of the principle of the "rabattement" or folding back in a three-dimensional art such as statuary, considering the case of the royal statue groups [less ▲]

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See detailMedium-size droplets of methyl ricinoleate are reduced by cell-surface activity in the γ-decalactone production by Yarrowia lipolytica
Waché, Y.; Bergmark, K.; Courthaudon, J.-L. et al

in Letters in Applied Microbiology (2000), 30(3), 183-187

Size of methyl ricinoleate droplets during biotransformation into γ-decalactone by Yarrowia lipolytica was measured in both homogenized and non-homogenized media. In non-homogenized but shaken medium ... [more ▼]

Size of methyl ricinoleate droplets during biotransformation into γ-decalactone by Yarrowia lipolytica was measured in both homogenized and non-homogenized media. In non-homogenized but shaken medium, droplets had an average volume surface diameter d 32 of 2.5 μm whereas it was 0.7 μm in homogenized and shaken medium. But as soon as yeast cells were inoculated, both diameters became similar at about 0.7 μm and did not vary significantly until the end of the culture. The growth of Y. lipolytica in both media was very similar except for the lag phase which was lowered in homogenized medium conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between Open and Closed Repair for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysms: A Word of Caution
Limet, Raymond ULg; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(1), 12-5

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See detailOn a q-analogue of the spin-orbit coupling
Micu, M.; Stancu, Floarea ULg

in Journal of Physics : A Mathematical & General (2000), A33

Based on the tensor method, a $q$-analogue of the spin-orbit coupling is introduced in a $q$-deformed Schr\" odinger equation, previously derived for a central potential. Analytic expressions for the ... [more ▼]

Based on the tensor method, a $q$-analogue of the spin-orbit coupling is introduced in a $q$-deformed Schr\" odinger equation, previously derived for a central potential. Analytic expressions for the matrix elements of the representations $j = \ell \pm 1/2$ are derived. The spectra of the harmonic oscillator and the Coulomb potential are calculated numerically as a function of the deformation parameter, without and with the spin-orbit coupling. The harmonic oscillator spectrum presents strong analogies with the bound spectrum of an Woods-Saxon potential customarily used in nuclear physics. The Coulomb spectrum simulates relativistic effects. The addition of the spin-orbit coupling reinforces this picture. [less ▲]

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See detailAutour de Stavelot-Malmedy (VIIe-IXe siècles)
George, Philippe ULg

in Publications de la Section Historique de l'Institut Royal Grand-Ducal de Luxembourg (2000)

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See detailRevue bibliographique : l’hydroperoxyde lyase
Delcarte, Jérome; Fauconnier, Marie-Laure ULg; Hoyaux, Phryné et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2000), 4(3), 157-167

The hydroperoxide lyase belongs to the lipoxygenase pathway, pathway in which polyunsaturated fatty acids are transformed into a large spectrum of compounds with various chemical and biological functions ... [more ▼]

The hydroperoxide lyase belongs to the lipoxygenase pathway, pathway in which polyunsaturated fatty acids are transformed into a large spectrum of compounds with various chemical and biological functions. The hydroperoxide lyase acts on fatty acids hydroperoxides (mainly linoleic and linolenic). It cleaves the bond between carbon carrying the hydroperoxide function and a vicinal carbon giving an w-oxo-acid and also depending on the species, an aldehyde, a hydrocarbon or an alcohol. [less ▲]

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See detailDéveloppement durable et organisation urbaine : le mot dʼordre de la ville compacte
Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

in Cahiers de l'Urbanisme (Les) (2000), (30), 18-23

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See detailLes populations de grands mammifères et d'autruches du Parc National de Zakouma au Tchad : statuts et tendances évolutives
Dejace, Philippe; Gauthier, Laure; Bouché, Philippe ULg

in Revue d'Ecologie (2000), 55

Zakouma National Park is situated in the south-east of Chad Republic and covers more than 3 000 km2. Rehabilitated in 1989, it is certainly one of the best-preserved wildlife sanctuaries in Sahelian ... [more ▼]

Zakouma National Park is situated in the south-east of Chad Republic and covers more than 3 000 km2. Rehabilitated in 1989, it is certainly one of the best-preserved wildlife sanctuaries in Sahelian Africa. Aerial census shows that most of its original fauna is still present, making the Park an exception in the region despite the recent troubled history of this country. Total population estimates of elephants, buffaloes and topis are given and distribution maps are presented for eleven species. Results are compared with two previous estimates. Except for the ostrich and perhaps the warthog, probably in regression, the populations of two species are stable (hartebeest and giraffe) while the others are clearly increasing (buffalo, topi, elephant and roan antelope). Those encouraging results are the consequence of the remoteness of the park, wich is far from any big town, and also overflooded and isolated during the wet season. Those facts contribute to maintain the human pressure at a sustainable level. [less ▲]

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See detailComment évolue la motivation pour l'école et pour la lecture des enfants entre la 1re et la 3e année primaire
Hindryckx, Geneviève ULg; Schockert, Catherine

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2000), 14

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See detailMeasurements of hindlimb blood flow recorded using Doppler ultrasound during administration of vasoactive agents in halothane-anesthetized horses
Raisis, Anthea L; Young, Lesley E; Meire, Hylton B et al

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound : The Official Journal of the American College of Veterinary Radiology & the International Veterinary Radiology Association (2000), 41(1), 64-72

The purpose of the study was to determine the ability of Doppler ultrasound to detect changes in femoral blood flow during pharmacologic manipulation of arterial blood pressure. Doppler ultrasonography ... [more ▼]

The purpose of the study was to determine the ability of Doppler ultrasound to detect changes in femoral blood flow during pharmacologic manipulation of arterial blood pressure. Doppler ultrasonography was performed in the femoral vessels of six halothane-anesthetized horses before and during administration of phenylephrine HCI and sodium nitroprusside. The time-averaged mean velocity and volumetric flow were calculated. The contour of the velocity waveform was assessed, and the early diastolic deceleration slope (EDDS) and pulsatility index (PI) were calculated. Administration of phenylephrine HCI resulted in increased mean aortic blood pressure (MABP) by 40% (29.3-53.0%). This caused significant decrease in cardiac output (26.8 to 13.5 l/min), femoral arterial velocity (left artery 7.20 to 4.00 cm/s; right artery 5.01 to 3.39 cm/s) and volumetric flow (left artery 556 to 221 ml/min; right artery 397 to 193 ml/min) in the femoral vessels and significant increase in systemic vascular resistance (163 to 433 dyn-s/cm5), EDDS (1a: 285 to 468: ra: 250 to 481) and PI (1a: 9.38 to 20.4; ra 17.1 to 29.1). Administration of sodium nitroprusside resulted in a decreased MABP of 27.2% (22.5-33%). This increased cardiac output (20.8 to 32.4 L/min), however, no significant changes were observed in femoral blood flow. Despite obvious changes in the waveform contour, no significant change occurred in EDDS or PI. These results suggest that Doppler ultrasound may be useful for measuring femoral blood flow in anesthetized horses. However, waveform analysis appears to be limited when multiple changes occur in central and peripheral haemodynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailLe droit d'apprendre à l'école, qui n'est pas un terrain de football
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), 3-4

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See detailA new variant of the Ntn hydrolase fold revealed by the crystal structure of L-aminopeptidase D-ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi.
Bompard-Gilles, C; Villeret, V; Davies, G J et al

in Structure (2000), 8(2), 153-62

BACKGROUND: The L-aminopeptidase D-Ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi (DmpA) releases the N-terminal L and/or D-Ala residues from peptide substrates. This is the only known enzyme to liberate ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The L-aminopeptidase D-Ala-esterase/amidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi (DmpA) releases the N-terminal L and/or D-Ala residues from peptide substrates. This is the only known enzyme to liberate N-terminal amino acids with both D and L stereospecificity. The DmpA active form is an alphabeta heterodimer, which results from a putative autocatalytic cleavage of an inactive precursor polypeptide. RESULTS: The crystal structure of the enzyme has been determined to 1.82 A resolution using the multiple isomorphous replacement method. The heterodimer folds into a single domain organised as an alphabetabetaalpha sandwich in which two mixed beta sheets are flanked on both sides by two alpha helices. CONCLUSIONS: DmpA shows no similarity to other known aminopeptidases in either fold or catalytic mechanism, and thus represents the first example of a novel family of aminopeptidases. The protein fold of DmpA does, however, show structural homology to members of the N-terminal nucleophile (Ntn) hydrolase superfamily. DmpA presents functionally equivalent residues in the catalytic centre when compared with other Ntn hydrolases, and is therefore likely to use the same catalytic mechanism. In spite of this homology, the direction and connectivity of the secondary structure elements differ significantly from the consensus Ntn hydrolase topology. The DmpA structure thus characterises a new subfamily, but supports the common catalytic mechanism for these enzymes suggesting an evolutionary relationship. [less ▲]

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See detailNeoteny and progenesis as two heterochronic processes involved in paedomorphosis in Triturus alpestris (Amphibia: Caudata)
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Joly, Pierre

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B : Biological Sciences (2000), 267(1451), 1481-1485

Current theories on the evolution of paedomorphosis suppose that several ontogenetic pathways have appeared according to different selective pressures. The aim of this study was to find out whether two ... [more ▼]

Current theories on the evolution of paedomorphosis suppose that several ontogenetic pathways have appeared according to different selective pressures. The aim of this study was to find out whether two distinct processes can lead to paedomorphosis in the Alpine newt, Triturus alpestris. In this respect, we compared age structures of paedomorphic and metamorphic individuals in two newt populations where the two forms lived syntopically. Whereas paedomorphosis resulted in a slower rate of somatic development in one population, it resulted in an acceleration of sexual maturation in the other population. These processes correspond to neoteny and progenesis, respectively. These results suggest that phenotypic plasticity can result from contrasted ontogenetic pathways between two populations of the same species. They give support to models that consider gonadic development as the target of selection under different environmental pressures. [less ▲]

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See detail5-HT2A receptor polymorphism gene in Bipolar Patients and Harm Avoidance personality trait
Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Massat, I; Staner, L et al

in American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B-Neuropsychiatric Genetics (2000), 96(3), 360-364

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See detailLaser-induced transitions between triply excited hollow states
Madsen, L. B.; Schlagheck, Peter ULg; Lambropoulos, P.

in Physical Review Letters (2000), 85(1), 42-45

We present an ab initio calculation of the Li+ photoion yield in the presence of laser coupling between the triply; excited 2s(2)2p(2)P(o) and 2s2p(2) D-2(e) resonances in lithium, the first of which is ... [more ▼]

We present an ab initio calculation of the Li+ photoion yield in the presence of laser coupling between the triply; excited 2s(2)2p(2)P(o) and 2s2p(2) D-2(e) resonances in lithium, the first of which is assumed excited by synchrotron radiation from the ground state. The laser coupling between the triply excited states is shown to lead to a significant and readily measurable modification of the line profile which provides a unique probe of the dipole strength between highly correlated triply excited states. [less ▲]

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See detailMise au point relative à la croissance folliculaire chez la vache.1. Aspects morphologiques et cinétiques
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Lourtie, O.; Derkenne, F. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

La mise en place du potentiel folliculaire se fait bien avant la naissance chez les mammifères. Le nombre maximal de cellules gamétiques contenues dans l'ovaire est atteint après une première phase de ... [more ▼]

La mise en place du potentiel folliculaire se fait bien avant la naissance chez les mammifères. Le nombre maximal de cellules gamétiques contenues dans l'ovaire est atteint après une première phase de multiplication aux environs du centième jour de gestation chez la vache et décroît progressivement ensuite jusqu'à la naissance. A cette première phase succède une phase de croissance et une phase de maturation, cette dernière concernant surtout l'ovocyte. Cette évolution ne concerne qu'un nombre réduit de follicules, la plupart d'entre eux subissant l'atrésie. La croissance folliculaire présente deux caractéristiques. Elle se manifeste sous la forme de croissances et de régressions successives de plusieurs follicules appelées vagues. Chacune d'entre elles consiste en l'émergence, tous les 7 à 9 jours environ, de plusieurs follicules de diamètre égal ou supérieur à 5 mm parmi lesquels apparaîtra le follicule dominant. Ces vagues ont été décrites au cours du cycle, pendant la puberté, le postpartum et la gestation. Par ailleurs, il est bien connu que parmi les follicules recrutés, c'est à dire dont la croissance s'est poursuivie au-delà d'une taille à laquelle ils subissent habituellement l'atrésie, un nombre limité, caractéristique de l'espèce, va être sélectionné pour arriver éventuellement au stade ovulatoire. Ceux-ci vont à ce moment exercer une dominance tout à la fois fonctionnelle et morphologique sur les autres follicules. [less ▲]

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See detailEigenschappen van glucosamine
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Halkin, V

in Medi-Sfeer (2000), 116

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See detailStructure et fonctionnement de la mémoire : une approche neuropsychologique
Marczewski, Philippe; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

in Confrontations Psychiatriques (2000), 41

Memory in not a unified system. It's composed of independant but interacting systems. Cognitive neuropsychology showed dissociations between these systems in patients with various brain lesions. The ... [more ▼]

Memory in not a unified system. It's composed of independant but interacting systems. Cognitive neuropsychology showed dissociations between these systems in patients with various brain lesions. The episodic memory system is devoted to the processing of personally lieved events. The predominant role played by frontal regions in underlying episodic memory has been fully documented. Moreover, the episodic memory disfunctions may lead to illusions of memory such as false memories, confabulations or hallucinations. [less ▲]

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See detailBackground for studies on the treatment of male osteoporosis: state of the art.
Kaufman, J M; Johnell, O; Abadie, Eric ULg et al

in Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases (2000), 59(10), 765-72

Male osteoporosis represents an important, although long underestimated, public health problem. Both in men and in women aging is accompanied by continuous bone loss and by an exponential increase in the ... [more ▼]

Male osteoporosis represents an important, although long underestimated, public health problem. Both in men and in women aging is accompanied by continuous bone loss and by an exponential increase in the incidence of osteoporotic fracture, with a female to male incidence ratio of about 2 to 3 to 1 in the elderly for hip and vertebral fractures. Morbidity after osteoporotic fractures appears to be more serious and mortality more common in men than in women. To date, no single treatment has been proved to be effective and safe in published prospective studies. The present report, based on a systematic search of the literature on male osteoporosis, summarises the state of the art on the clinical consequences of male osteoporosis and its risk factors, in relation to the present state of knowledge about female osteoporosis. This constitutes the background for the design of rational clinical development strategies for therapeutic interventions in male osteoporosis. From this review of the literature it is apparent that notwithstanding the existing sex differences in pathophysiology of osteoporosis and the difference in age-specific incidence of osteoporotic fractures, there are also important similarities between osteoporosis in women and men. The higher incidence of fracture in women than in men results from quantitative differences in risk factors rather than from different risk factors. Even though there are sex differences in bone geometry, incidence of fracture seems to be similar in men and women for a same absolute areal bone mineral density. However, the lack of data on the changes in fracture rates in men resulting from pharmacological intervention, leading to changes in bone mineral density or bone turnover, remains the main limitation for extrapolation of established treatment outcomes from women to men. [less ▲]

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See detailViolence et adolescent, un lien naturel?
Malchair, Alain ULg

in Revue des Hôpitaux de Jour Psychiatriques et des Thérapies Institutionnelles (2000), (2), 23-26

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See detailIntestinal maturation induced by spermine in young animals
Peulen, Olivier ULg; Deloyer, P; Grandfils, Christian ULg et al

in Livestock Production Science (2000), 66

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See detailDonor lymphocyte infusion to eradicate recurrent host hematopoiesis after allogeneic BMT for sickle cell disease.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Dresse, Marie-Françoise ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Transfusion (2000), 40(9), 1071-3

BACKGROUND: Donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) is currently standard therapy for relapse of malignancies after allogeneic BMT. Several observations suggest that both normal and leukemic progenitor cells of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Donor lymphocyte infusion (DLI) is currently standard therapy for relapse of malignancies after allogeneic BMT. Several observations suggest that both normal and leukemic progenitor cells of host origin constitute effective target cells for donor-derived lymphocytes. To prevent relapse of sickle cell disease (SCD), a child with evidence of decreasing mixed chimerism received DLIs 8 months after allogeneic BMT for SCD. CASE REPORT: A 4-year-old child who was homozygous for SCD underwent a transplantation of bone marrow from his fully HLA-matched sister. Routine detection of sex chromosomes in bone marrow cells evidenced decreasing mixed chimerism, which heralded a probably imminent recurrence of the disease. The patient received two DLIs in graded incremental doses on Days 234 and 267. One month later, he developed grade 2 acute GVHD that responded well to corticosteroids and cyclosporine. RESULTS: DLI resulted in complete donor chimerism within 2 months of the second infusion. Now, 2 years after the second DLI, the patient is in excellent condition, with normal Hb and excellent growth and development. CONCLUSION: This is the first report of successful use of DLI in a patient with probable imminent SCD recurrence after allogeneic BMT. It shows that DLI can displace residual host HPCs in case of recurrence of nonmalignant disease after allogeneic BMT. [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary survey of the palynological content of the Lower Devonian in the Oesling, Luxembourg
Steemans, Philippe ULg; Debbaut, Vincent ULg; Faber, A.

in Bulletin de la Société des Naturalistes Luxembourgeois (2000), 100

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See detailAssessment of postprandial hepatic glycogen synthesis from uridine diphosphoglucose kinetics in obese and lean non-diabetic subjects.
Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Schneiter, P.; Scheen, André ULg et al

in International Journal of Obesity & Related Metabolic Disorders (2000), 24(10), 1297-302

BACKGROUND: Obese patients are frequently characterized by insulin resistance and decreased insulin-mediated glycogen synthesis in skeletal muscle. Whether they also have impaired postprandial hepatic ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Obese patients are frequently characterized by insulin resistance and decreased insulin-mediated glycogen synthesis in skeletal muscle. Whether they also have impaired postprandial hepatic glycogen synthesis remains unknown. AIM: To determine whether postprandial hepatic glycogen synthesis is decreased in obese patients compared to lean subjects. METHODS: Lean and obese subjects with impaired glucose tolerance were studied over 4h after ingestion of a glucose load. Hepatic uridine diphosphoglucose kinetics were assessed using 13C-galactose infusion, with monitoring of urinary acetaminophen-glucuronide isotopic enrichment to estimate hepatic glycogen kinetics. RESULTS: Estimated net hepatic glycogen synthesis amounted to 18.6 and 22.6% of the ingested load in lean and obese subjects, respectively. CONCLUSION: Postprandial hepatic glycogen metabolism is not impaired in non-diabetic obese subjects. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative Effects Of Deltamethrin And Neem Kernel Solution Treatments On Diamondback Moth And Cotesia Plutellae (Hym., Braconidae) Parasitoid Populations In The Cotonou Peri-Urban Area In Benin
Goudegnon, Ae.; Kirk, Aa.; Schiffers, Bruno ULg et al

in Journal of Applied Entomology-Zeitschrift Fur Angewandte Entomologie (2000), 124(3-4), 141-144

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See detailPédophilie : un synopsis clinique
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg

in Sexologies (2000), 9(33), 8-17

Conceiving pedophilic sexuality as a sexuality resulting from a fack of grtifying relationships to adults is an important operational reference for the clinician. In this way, the obstacles to sexual ... [more ▼]

Conceiving pedophilic sexuality as a sexuality resulting from a fack of grtifying relationships to adults is an important operational reference for the clinician. In this way, the obstacles to sexual satisfaction with adults can become the privileged target of therapeutic and preventive acts.The narcissic fragility is certainly an obstacle common to almost all the pedophilic patterns. Beyond this common denominator, the individual cases are characterized by strong dissimilarities. The variety of the cases justifies the attempts to classify the different types of pedophiles. But the typological systems are also quite different, depending on the theorical and methodological preferences of their authors. Starting from the ideas of several authors, this article try to sum up the variety of pedophilic functioning in four axes of variation. At last, the article stresses the imortance of contexts of life as factors leading a predisposed personality to transgression [less ▲]

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See detailLa maladie de Kashin-Beck et le milieu rural au Tibet: un problème agri-environnemental
Haubruge, Eric ULg; Chasseur, Camille; Mathieu, Françoise et al

in Cahiers Agricultures (2000), 9

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See detailAffections musculaires et intolrance à l'effort. 1- Pathogénie et approche diagnostique
Art, Tatiana ULg; Amory, Hélène ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2000), 32

The muscular condition, rhabdomyolysis, may cause exercise intolerance in the sporting horse. When the condition is recurring, it is often difficult for the equine practitioner to establish the clinical ... [more ▼]

The muscular condition, rhabdomyolysis, may cause exercise intolerance in the sporting horse. When the condition is recurring, it is often difficult for the equine practitioner to establish the clinical diagnosis (is the horse suffering from rhabdomyolysis or not ?) and the aetiology (what is/are the cause(s) of the condition ?) and also to provide an effective treatment [less ▲]

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See detailLa Francophonie à travers les médias africains. Le cas de la région des Grands Lacs africains
Kabamba, Bob ULg

in Studia Diplomatica (2000), Vol. LIII: 2000(n°3),

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See detailLes brulis, un outil de gestion de la faune en region Afrique inter-tropicale.
Cornelis, D.; Lungren, C.; Ouedraogo, Mohamar moussa ULg et al

in Parcs & Réserves (2000), 55(3-4),

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See detailCongestion Control for Layered Multicast Transmission
El Khayat, Ibtissam; Leduc, Guy ULg

in Networking and Information Systems Journal (2000), 3(3-4), 559-573

Heterogeneity of receivers makes it hard to control congestion for multicast transmission. Using hierarchical layering of the information is one of the most elegant and efficient approach to tackle this ... [more ▼]

Heterogeneity of receivers makes it hard to control congestion for multicast transmission. Using hierarchical layering of the information is one of the most elegant and efficient approach to tackle this problem. The proposed algorithm is based on this principle and has three objectives: to fulfill intra-session fairness, i.e. between different receivers of the same session; to be fair towards TCP; to fulfill inter-session fairness, i.e. same throughputs (and not number of layers) to concurrent sessions. [less ▲]

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See detailLes composantes d'un management efficace dans le cadre des organisations sportives
Cloes, Marc ULg

in Sport (2000), 172

L'objectif de cet article consiste à réaliser une synthèse des notions abordées par les auteurs du colloque "Initiatives en matière de management du sport" et de fournir un outil permettant aux ... [more ▼]

L'objectif de cet article consiste à réaliser une synthèse des notions abordées par les auteurs du colloque "Initiatives en matière de management du sport" et de fournir un outil permettant aux responsables d'organisatons sportives de s'engager dans une auto-analyse des structures dont ils ont la charge. Pour rappel, le management se définit comme l'action de gérer, de diriger, d'assurer le succès d'une organisation. [less ▲]

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See detailGuerres au Congo (1996-1999), acteurs et scénarios
Kabamba, Bob ULg

in cahiers du CEDAF (2000)

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See detailPharma clinics. Comment je traite ... un trouble de la kaliémie
Neven, Ingrid; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 4-7

The treatment of dyskalemia must be primarily etiological and later symptomatic. When moderate but significant hypokalemia exists (K < 3 mmol/l or 3.5 mmol/l with cardiac disease), oral K supplements must ... [more ▼]

The treatment of dyskalemia must be primarily etiological and later symptomatic. When moderate but significant hypokalemia exists (K < 3 mmol/l or 3.5 mmol/l with cardiac disease), oral K supplements must be given. The intravenous route must be reserved for emergency or impossible oral administration. Acute and severe hyperkalemia (K > 7 mmol/l) must be first corrected by different intravenous measures with secondary oral intervention. In chronic and/or moderate hyperkalemia (K > 5.5 mmol/l), the oral route for treatment is prefered. In any case, the research of the cause (mainly drug induced) is fundamental. [less ▲]

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See detailDependency of Premature Ventricular Contractions on Heart Rate and Circadian Rhythms During Childhood
Massin, M. M.; Maeyns, K.; Withofs, Nadia ULg et al

in Cardiology (2000), 93(1-2), 70-3

The aim of the present study was to identify and quantify the rate dependence of premature ventricular contractions (PVC) during childhood. A 24-hour Holter recording was performed in 16 consecutive ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was to identify and quantify the rate dependence of premature ventricular contractions (PVC) during childhood. A 24-hour Holter recording was performed in 16 consecutive children, aged 22 days to 11 years (mean age 5.6 years), with frequent (>5,000/day), isolated monomorphic PVC. Those PVC were identified and the length of the preceding sinus cycle was measured. The values were ordered into 50-ms class intervals, and the percentage of PVC for each class was calculated and then analyzed by linear regression analysis. On the basis of the significance of the p value, and the positive or negative value of the slope, we identified a tachycardia-enhanced, a bradycardia-enhanced, and an indifferent pattern. Chronobiologic analysis was made by the cosinor method. All the patients had upper and lower limits of cycle length beyond which PVC disappeared. A tachycardia-enhanced pattern was present in 7 patients and an indifferent one in 9 patients. In the latter a second-degree polynomial correlation was systematically found. Children but not infants had a significant circadian variation in the frequency of PVC with a very variable time of highest incidence. In conclusion, it is possible to identify a circadian rhythm of PVC and a spontaneous trend between their incidence and the length of the preceding cardiac cycle in children. [less ▲]

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See detailLes souches pathogènes d'Escherichia coli chez les chiens et chats : II) Données cliniques et bactériologiques sur les souches entéropathogènes
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Janssen, L.; Charlier, G. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

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See detailCrystal structure of the IMP-1 metallo beta-lactamase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its complex with a mercaptocarboxylate inhibitor: binding determinants of a potent, broad-spectrum inhibitor.
Concha, N. O.; Janson, C. A.; Rowling, P. et al

in Biochemistry (2000), 39(15), 4288-98

Metallo beta-lactamase enzymes confer antibiotic resistance to bacteria by catalyzing the hydrolysis of beta-lactam antibiotics. This relatively new form of resistance is spreading unchallenged as there ... [more ▼]

Metallo beta-lactamase enzymes confer antibiotic resistance to bacteria by catalyzing the hydrolysis of beta-lactam antibiotics. This relatively new form of resistance is spreading unchallenged as there is a current lack of potent and selective inhibitors of metallo beta-lactamases. Reported here are the crystal structures of the native IMP-1 metallo beta-lactamase from Pseudomonas aeruginosa and its complex with a mercaptocarboxylate inhibitor, 2-[5-(1-tetrazolylmethyl)thien-3-yl]-N-[2-(mercaptomethyl)-4 -(phenylb utyrylglycine)]. The structures were determined by molecular replacement, and refined to 3.1 A (native) and 2.0 A (complex) resolution. Binding of the inhibitor in the active site induces a conformational change that results in closing of the flap and transforms the active site groove into a tunnel-shaped cavity enclosing 83% of the solvent accessible surface area of the inhibitor. The inhibitor binds in the active site through interactions with residues that are conserved among metallo beta-lactamases; the inhibitor's carboxylate group interacts with Lys161, and the main chain amide nitrogen of Asn167. In the "oxyanion hole", the amide carbonyl oxygen of the inhibitor interacts through a water molecule with the side chain of Asn167, the inhibitor's thiolate bridges the two Zn(II) ions in the active site displacing the bridging water, and the phenylbutyryl side chain binds in a hydrophobic pocket (S1) at the base of the flap. The flap is displaced 2.9 A compared to the unbound structure, allowing Trp28 to interact edge-to-face with the inhibitor's thiophene ring. The similarities between this inhibitor and the beta-lactam substrates suggest a mode of substrate binding and the role of the conserved residues in the active site. It appears that the metallo beta-lactamases bind their substrates by establishing a subset of binding interactions near the catalytic center with conserved characteristic chemical groups of the beta-lactam substrates. These interactions are complemented by additional nonspecific binding between the more variable groups in the substrates and the flexible flap. This unique mode of binding of the mercaptocarboxylate inhibitor in the enzyme active site provides a binding model for metallo beta-lactamase inhibition with utility for future drug design. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination Of The Methionine Requirement Of Growing Double-Muscled Belgian Blue Bulls With A Three-Step Method
Froidmont, Eric; Beckers, Yves ULg; Thewis, André ULg

in Journal of Animal Science (2000), 78(1), 233-241

The three-step technique was used to determine the requirements of total amino acids (TAA) and the first-limiting amino acid (AA) in growing double- muscled Belgian Blue bulls (BBb). In Exp. 1, three ... [more ▼]

The three-step technique was used to determine the requirements of total amino acids (TAA) and the first-limiting amino acid (AA) in growing double- muscled Belgian Blue bulls (BBb). In Exp. 1, three double-muscled BBb weighing initially 306 ± 28 kg received a basal diet consisting of 30% meadow hay and 70% concentrate that was poor in digestible protein but had adequate NE because of continuous infusion of dextrose into the duodenum. The intestinal apparent digestibility of essential AA (EAA) was defined according to their duodenal and ileal flows. It averaged 72% but varied between 60% for Met and 79% for Arg. In Exp. 2, five double-muscled BBb (334 ± 22 kg) received the same diet supplemented with duodenal infusions of dextrose and four doses of Na-caseinate (28, 56, 84, and 112% of intestinal digestible dietary AA) in a 4 × 4 Latin square design with one additional animal. Nitrogen retention for the basal diet alone and the four increasing supplements of Na-caseinate reached 49, 61, 70, 80, and 86 g/d, respectively. Nitrogen utilization improved from 34.3% without Na-caseinate supplementation to a maximum of 40.6%, with the third dose supplying 788 g/d of apparently digestible AA. Based on patterns of plasma concentrations, Met, Phe, and Arg were probably the limiting AA when animals optimized N utilization. In Exp. 3, six double-muscled BBb (315 ± 25 kg) fed the basal diet received duodenal infusions of dextrose and AA, equivalent to the third dose in Exp. 2, except for digestible Met (9.3, 14.4, 18.4, 22.4, 26.4, and 30.4 g/d) in a 6 × 6 Latin square design. The Met requirement was close to 26.4 g/d on the basis of N retention. [less ▲]

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See detailRole Of Surface Chemical Signals In Egg Cannibalism And Intraguild Predation In Ladybirds (Coleoptera : Coccinellidae)
Hemptinne, Jl.; Lognay, Georges ULg; Gauthier, Carole ULg et al

in Chemoecology (2000), 10(3), 123-128

The eggs of some ladybirds are known to be toxic to intraguild ladybird predators. However, this defence is of little value if the eggs are killed before their toxicity becomes apparent. The results ... [more ▼]

The eggs of some ladybirds are known to be toxic to intraguild ladybird predators. However, this defence is of little value if the eggs are killed before their toxicity becomes apparent. The results presented in this paper indicate that chemicals on the surface of the eggs of two species of ladybirds signal the relative risk of cannibalism and intraguild predation. In Adalia bipunctata and Coccinella septempunctata, 87% of the chemicals are alkanes. Each species of ladybird is less reluctant to eat their own eggs than those of the other species. This asymmetry is to be expected because there is a greater risk to ladybirds from intraguild predation than cannibalism. Similar alkanes to those on the surface of the eggs of A. bipunctata are present in tracks left by larvae and on the elytra of the adults of this species. Those in the larval tracks deter females from ovipositing in patches of prey already being attacked by their larvae and those on the elytra are used in mate recognition. That different context dependent messages could be signalled by similar chemicals is an example of semiochemical parsimony. [less ▲]

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See detailCrucial role of the amino-terminal tyrosine residue 42 and the carboxy-terminal PEST domain of IkappaBalpha in NF-kappaB activation by an oxidative stress
Schoonbroodt, Sonia; Ferreira, V.; Best-Belpomme, Martin et al

in Journal of Immunology (2000)

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See detailDe Don Quichotte à Michel Siffre : explorations du temps psychologique
Richelle, Marc ULg

in Bulletin de la Classe des Lettres (2000), 6e série, tome XI(7-12), 467-490

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See detailRadiation therapy alone or combined surgery and radiation therapy in squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis?
Zouhair, A; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Jeanneret, W et al

in European Journal of Cancer (2000), 37(2), 198203

To assess the prognostic factors and the outcome in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, a retrospective review of 41 consecutive patients with non-metastatic invasive carcinoma of the ... [more ▼]

To assess the prognostic factors and the outcome in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, a retrospective review of 41 consecutive patients with non-metastatic invasive carcinoma of the penis, treated between 1962 and 1994, was performed. The median age was 59 years (range: 35–76 years). According to the International Union Against Cancer (UICC) 1997 classification, there were 12 (29%) T1, 24 (59%) T2, 4 (10%) T3 and 1 TX (2%) tumours. The N-classification was distributed as follows: 29 (71%) patients with N0, 8 (20%) with N1, 3 (7%) with N2 and 1 (2%) with N3. Forty-four per cent (n=18) of the patients underwent surgery: partial penectomy with (n=4) or without (n=12) lymph node dissection, or total penectomy with (n=1) or without (n=1) lymph node dissection. 23 patients were treated with radiation therapy alone, and all but 4 of the patients who were operated upon received postoperative radiation therapy (n=14). The median follow-up period was 70 months (range 20–331 months). In a median period of 12 months (range 5–139 months), 63% (n=26) of the patients relapsed (local in 18, locoregional in 2, regional in 3 and distant in 3). Local failure (stump in the operated patients, and the tumour bed in those treated with primary radiation therapy) was observed in 4 out of 16 (25%) patients treated with partial penectomy ±postoperative radiotherapy versus 14 out of 23 (61%) treated with primary radiotherapy (P=0.06). 15 (83%) out of 18 local failures were successfully salvaged with surgery. In all patients, 5- and 10-year survival rates were 57% (95% confidence interval (CI), 41–73%) and 38% (95% CI, 21–55%), respectively. The 5-year local and locoregional rates were 57% (95% CI, 41–73%) and 48% (95% CI, 32–64%), respectively. In patients treated with primary radiotherapy, 5- and 10-year probabilities of surviving with penis preservation were 36% (95% CI, 22–50%) and 18% (95% CI, 2–34%), respectively. In multivariate analyses, survival was significantly influenced by the N-classification, and surgery was the only independent factor predicting the locoregional control. We conclude that, in patients with squamous-cell carcinoma of the penis, local control is better in patients treated with surgery. However, there seems to be no difference in terms of survival between patients treated by surgery and those treated by primary radiotherapy ±salvage surgery, with 39% having organ preservation. [less ▲]

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See detailA propos d'un cas de kératite à Acanthamoeba
Carrette, S.; Marechal-Courtois, C.; Hernandez, J. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Belge d'Ophtalmologie (2000), 275

CLINICAL REPORT: A clinical report of a contact lenses wearer with Acanthamoeba keratitis pointed out the diagnosis problem. The medical treatment is needed previously to any surgery. Finally the patient ... [more ▼]

CLINICAL REPORT: A clinical report of a contact lenses wearer with Acanthamoeba keratitis pointed out the diagnosis problem. The medical treatment is needed previously to any surgery. Finally the patient underwent enucleation. DISCUSSION: The authors are considering the microbiological aspects and laboratory techniques are described. CONCLUSION: For this very severe but hopefully rare pathology, the sooner the treatment the best. A therapeutic approach is described. [less ▲]

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See detailObs. sous Cass., 8 avril 1999
Delnoy, Michel ULg

in Aménagement - Environnement (2000), 2

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See detailMicropore size distributions of activated carbons
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Sahouli, Bendida; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg et al

in Langmuir (2000), 16(16), 6754-6756

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See detailHipóteses estatísticas : revendo idéias sobre ortogonalidade e balanceamento em análise de varîancia
Iemma, Antonio Francisco; Claustriaux, Jean-Jacques ULg; Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Multiciência (2000), 4(1), 62-82

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See detailModulation of human chondrocyte metabolism by recombinant human interferon.
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Zheng, S X; Labasse, A H et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2000), 8(6), 474-82

OBJECTIVES: Interferon gamma (IFN gamma) is found to be elevated in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, suggesting its implication in joint disease pathogenesis ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Interferon gamma (IFN gamma) is found to be elevated in the synovial fluid of patients with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, suggesting its implication in joint disease pathogenesis. In this study, we investigated the effects of IFN gamma on the production of cytokines (IL-6, IL-8, IL-10), prostaglandin E(2)(PGE(2)), proteoglycans (PG), nitric oxide (NO), interleukin-1 receptor antagonist (IL-1ra) and stromelysin by non-stimulated and IL-1 beta-treated human chondrocytes. The role played by NO in the responses of chondrocytes to IFN gamma was also examined by incubation of chondrocytes with N(G)-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA), a competitive inhibitor of NO synthase. METHODS: Enzymatically isolated human chondrocytes were cultured for 48 h in the absence or presence of IL-1 beta, IFN gamma or N(G)-monomethyl-L-arginine (L-NMMA) added solely or in combination. The productions of IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1ra and stromelysin were measured by enzyme amplified sensitivity immunoassays (EASIA). PG and PGE(2)were quantified by specific radioimmunoassays (RIA). Nitrite concentrations in the culture supernatants were determined by a spectrophotometric method based upon the Griess reaction. RESULTS: As expected, IL-1 beta highly stimulated NO, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, IL-1ra, PGE(2)and stromelysin synthesis, but dramatically decreased PG production. NO, IL-6, IL-1ra and PGE(2)production by non-stimulated chondrocytes was dose-dependently increased by IFN gamma while PG production was inhibited. In the absence of IL-1 beta, IL-10 was undetectable in the culture supernatants. At the doses of 10 and 100 U/ml, IFN gamma markedly inhibited the constitutive and IL-1 beta-stimulated IL-8, IL-10 and stromelysin productions. Interestingly, IFN gamma synergized with IL-1 beta to increase NO, IL-6, IL-1ra and to depress PG production. As previously reported, the inhibition of NO synthesis by the competitive inhibitor L-NMMA led to enhancement of IL-6, IL-8 and PGE(2)production by IL-1 beta treated chondrocytes, but did not significantly modify IL-10, PG and MMP-3 productions. Inhibition of NO synthase significantly inhibited the stimulating effect of IFN gamma on IL-6 and IL-1ra but did not affect the inhibitory effect of IFN gamma on IL-8, PG or stromelysin production. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that IFN gamma and IL-1 synergistically stimulate the production of IL-6, IL-1ra, NO and PGE(2)and inhibit PG synthesis. By contrast, IL-1 beta and IFN gamma have opposite effects on IL-8, IL-10 and stromelysin productions. These effects are not reversed by L-NMMA, suggesting that NO is not the principal mediator involved in responses of chondrocytes to IFN gamma. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Legionella (Fluoribacter) gormanii metallo-beta-lactamase: a new member of the highly divergent lineage of molecular-subclass B3 beta-lactamases.
Boschi, L.; Mercuri, Paola ULg; Riccio, M. L. et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2000), 44(6), 1538-43

A metallo-beta-lactamase determinant was cloned from a genomic library of Legionella (Fluoribacter) gormanii ATCC 33297(T) constructed in the plasmid vector pACYC184 and transformed into Escherichia coli ... [more ▼]

A metallo-beta-lactamase determinant was cloned from a genomic library of Legionella (Fluoribacter) gormanii ATCC 33297(T) constructed in the plasmid vector pACYC184 and transformed into Escherichia coli DH5alpha, by screening for clones showing a reduced susceptibility to imipenem. The product of the cloned determinant, named FEZ-1, contains a 30-kDa polypeptide and exhibits an isoelectric pH of 7.6. Sequencing revealed that FEZ-1 is a molecular-class B beta-lactamase which shares the closest structural similarity (29.7% of identical residues) with the L1 enzyme of Stenotrophomonas maltophilia, being a new member of the highly divergent subclass B3 lineage. All the residues that in L1 are known to be directly or indirectly involved in coordination of the zinc ions were found to be conserved also in FEZ-1, suggesting that the geometry of zinc coordination in the active site of the latter enzyme is identical to that of L1. Unlike L1, however, FEZ-1 appeared to be monomeric in gel permeation chromatography experiments and exhibited a distinctive substrate specificity with a marked preference for cephalosporins and meropenem. The properties of FEZ-1 overall resembled those of a beta-lactamase previously purified from the same strain of L. gormanii (T. Fujii, K. Sato, K. Miyata, M. Inoue, and S. Mitsuhashi, Antimicrob. Agents Chemother. 29:925-926, 1986) and are as yet unique among class B enzymes, reinforcing the notion that considerable functional heterogeneity can be encountered among members of this class. A system for overexpression of the bla(FEZ-1) gene in E. coli, based on the T7 phage promoter, was also developed. [less ▲]

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See detailRecommandations pour le traitement de l'obesite.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(5), 367-71

Obesity represents a major medical problem which is now considered more seriously from a scientific, clinical and economical point of view. Such an evolution was mandatory when considering the usual ... [more ▼]

Obesity represents a major medical problem which is now considered more seriously from a scientific, clinical and economical point of view. Such an evolution was mandatory when considering the usual contempt for what is now considered as a chronic disease and especially the charlatanism which was observed among medical and non-medical spheres. Hence, as for numerous other pathologies, international guidelines have recently been published to optimize the management of obesity, from the view point of efficacy and, more particularly, safety. We will summarize the main recommendations as far as diet and physical treatment, pharmacotherapy and bariatric surgery are concerned. Finally, we will briefly describe general guidelines on the management of obese subjects taking into account the degree of weight excess and the presence of complications. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Temperature on Growth of Psychrophilic and Psychrotrophic Members of Rhodotorula Aurantiaca
Sabri, Ahmed ULg; Jacques, Philippe ULg; Weekers, Frederic et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2000), 84-86(Spring), 391-9

The thermo-dependence of growth kinetic parameters was investigated for the Antarctic psychrophilic strain Rhodotorula aurantiaca and a psychrotrophic strain of the same species isolated in Belgium ... [more ▼]

The thermo-dependence of growth kinetic parameters was investigated for the Antarctic psychrophilic strain Rhodotorula aurantiaca and a psychrotrophic strain of the same species isolated in Belgium (Ardennes area). Cell production, maximum growth rate (mu max), and half-saturation constant for glucose uptake (Ks) of both yeasts were temperature dependent. For the two yeasts, a maximum cell production was observed at about 0 degree C, and cell production decreased when temperature increased. The mu max values for both strains increased with temperature up to a maximum of 10 degrees C for the psychrophilic strain and 17 degrees C for the psychrotrophic strain. For both yeasts, Ks for glucose was relatively constant at low temperatures. It increased at temperatures above 10 degrees C for the psychrophilic strain and 17 degrees C for the psychrotrophic strain. Although its glucose affinity was lower, the psychrotrophic strain grew more rapidly than the psychrophilic one. The difference in growth rate and substrate affinity was related to the origin of the strain and the adaptation strategy of R. aurantiaca to environmental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailInvolvement of acyl coenzyme A oxidase isozymes in biotransformation of methyl ricinoleate into γ-decalactone by Yarrowia lipolytica
Waché, Y.; Laroche, C.; Bergmark, K. et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2000), 66(3), 1233-1236

We reported previously on the function of acyl coenzyme A (acyl-CoA) oxidase isozymes in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica by investigating strains disrupted in one or several acyl-CoA oxidase-encoding genes ... [more ▼]

We reported previously on the function of acyl coenzyme A (acyl-CoA) oxidase isozymes in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica by investigating strains disrupted in one or several acyl-CoA oxidase-encoding genes (POX1 through POX5) (H. Wang et al., J. Bacteriol. 181:5140-5148, 1999). Here, these mutants were studied for lactone production. Monodisrupted strains produced similar levels of lactone as the wild-type strain (50 mg/liter) except for Δpox3, which produced 220 mg of γ-decalactone per liter after 24 h. The Δpox2 Δpox3 double-disrupted strain, although slightly affected in growth, produced about 150 mg of lactone per liter, indicating that Aox2p was not essential for the biotransformation. The Δpox2 Δpox3 Δpox5 triple- disrupted strain produced and consumed lactone very slowly. On the contrary, the Δpox2 Δpox3 Δpox4 Δpox5 multidisrupted strain did not grow or biotransform methyl ricinoleate into γ-decalactone, demonstrating that Aox4p is essential for the biotransformation. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrical conduction by interface states in semiconductor heterojunctions
El Yacoubi, Mohamed; Evrard, Roger ULg; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg et al

in Semiconductor Science & Technology (2000), 15

Electrical conduction in semiconductor heterojunctions containing defect states in the interface region is studied. As the classical drift-diffusion mechanism cannot in any case explain electrical ... [more ▼]

Electrical conduction in semiconductor heterojunctions containing defect states in the interface region is studied. As the classical drift-diffusion mechanism cannot in any case explain electrical conduction in semiconductor heterojunctions, tunnelling involving interface states is often considered as a possible conduction path. A theoretical treatment is made where defect states in the interface region with a continuous energy distribution are included. Electrical conduction through this defect band then allows the transit of electrons from the conduction band of one semiconductor to the valence band of the second component. The analysis is initiated by electrical measurements on n-CdS/p-CdTe heterojunctions obtained by chemical vapour deposition of CdS on (111) oriented CdTe single crystals, for which current--voltage and capacitance--frequency results are shown. The theoretical analysis is based on the numerical resolution of Poisson's equation and the continuity equations of electrons, holes and defect states, where a current component corresponding to the defect band conduction is explicitly included. Comparison with the experimental curves shows that this formalism yields an efficient tool to model the conduction process through the interface region. It also allows us to determine critical values of the physical parameters when a particular step in the conduction mechanism becomes dominant. [less ▲]

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See detailLa pleuropneumonie contagieuse bovine
Linden, Annick ULg; Desmecht, Daniel ULg

in Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift (2000), 69

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See detailRe-entrant Peierls distortion in IV-VI compounds
Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg; Bichara, C. et al

in Physica B: Condensed Matter (2000), 276-278

At room temperature, the local structure of crystalline group V elements (As, Sb,middotmiddotmiddot) and their IV-VI isoelectronic compounds (GeSe,middotmiddotmiddot) is governed by a Peierls distortion ... [more ▼]

At room temperature, the local structure of crystalline group V elements (As, Sb,middotmiddotmiddot) and their IV-VI isoelectronic compounds (GeSe,middotmiddotmiddot) is governed by a Peierls distortion of the simple cubic or NaCl structure which is a symmetry breaking electronic instability. The morphology of the distortion is determined by the filling ratio of the p-band; for a half-filled p-band, the sixfold coordination becomes 3 (short, covalent) +3 (long, van der Waals). In general, at high temperature, the structure recovers its higher coordination number. Neutron diffraction experiments have been made in the liquid state at lambda=0.7 Aring. It is observed that the Peierls distortion is still present in the liquid for most IV-VI compounds. This behavior is observed and discussed for a series of Sn and Ge chalcogenides: SnS, SnSe, GeS, GeSe and GeTe and their temperature evolution is discussed. GeSe and GeTe show an interesting re-entrant phase behavior. The heaviest IV-VI compound SnTe does not show a distorted state. We demonstrate that the hardness of the repulsive potential is a key parameter in this mechanism [less ▲]

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See detailEntre stalle et prie-Dieu. La religieuse liégeoise en prière
Henneau, Marie-Elisabeth ULg

in Revue de l'Histoire des Religions (2000), 217(3), 327-344

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See detailSyntaxe et sens de la tournure védique prathamam jayamânah
Swennen, Philippe ULg

in A.I.O.N. Annali dell'Istituto Universitario Orientale di Napoli. Sezione filologico-letteraria (2000), 60-61

The Vedic locution prathamam jâjyamânah is a syntagm, where the first word, used as an adverb, means that the action expressed by the participle happens just before the action of the main verb of the ... [more ▼]

The Vedic locution prathamam jâjyamânah is a syntagm, where the first word, used as an adverb, means that the action expressed by the participle happens just before the action of the main verb of the sentence. Once this rule is established, other examples of this use of prathamam can be identified. This turn, very rare in the texts, was archaic and finally disappeared. [less ▲]

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See detailEurojust ou Ministère public européen : Un choix de politique criminelle
Flore, Daniel ULg

in Agon (2000), 28

Les autorités nationales ne sont plus en mesure d'appréhender de façon adéquate les phénomènes criminels qui dépassent les frontières d'un Etat membre.

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See detail2-ethoxycarbonyl-2-methyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrrole-1-oxide: evaluation of the spin trapping properties
Olive, Gilles ULg; Mercier, Anne; Le Moigne, François et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (2000), 28(3), 403-408

The 2-ethoxycarbonyl-2-methyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrrole-l-oxide (EMPO), an easily prepared pyrroline-Noxide has been tested as a free radical scavenger. Spin adducts of superoxide, hydroxyl radical, and ... [more ▼]

The 2-ethoxycarbonyl-2-methyl-3,4-dihydro-2H-pyrrole-l-oxide (EMPO), an easily prepared pyrroline-Noxide has been tested as a free radical scavenger. Spin adducts of superoxide, hydroxyl radical, and other free radicals were characterized in phosphate buffer at pH 7.0 and 5.6. At pH 7 in phosphate buffer, the EMPO/O2 2• spin adduct was estimated to be about five times more persistent than its DMPO analogue. Furthermore, its decay does not produce the EMPO/HO• adduct. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification and characterization of in vivo attenuated mutants of Brucella melitensis.
Lestrate, P.; Delrue, R. M.; DANESE, Isabelle ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (2000), 38(3), 543-51

Brucella melitensis 16M is a Gram-negative alpha2-proteobacterium responsible for abortion in goats and for Malta fever in humans. This facultative intracellular pathogen invades into and survives within ... [more ▼]

Brucella melitensis 16M is a Gram-negative alpha2-proteobacterium responsible for abortion in goats and for Malta fever in humans. This facultative intracellular pathogen invades into and survives within both professional and non-professional phagocytes. Signature-tagged mutagenesis (STM) was used to identify genes required for the in vivo pathogenesis of Brucella. A library of transposon mutants was screened in a murine infection model. Out of 672 mutants screened, 20 were not recovered after a 5 day passage in BALB/c mice. The attenuation of 18 mutants was confirmed using an in vivo competition assay against the wild-type strain. The 18 mutants were characterized further for their ability to replicate in murine macrophages and in HeLa cells. The sequences disrupted by the transposon in the mutants have homology to genes coding for proteins of different functional classes: transport, amino acid and DNA metabolism, transcriptional regulation, peptidoglycan synthesis, a chaperone-like protein and proteins of unknown function. The mutants selected in this study provide new insights into the molecular basis of Brucella virulence. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of intestinal cnf1+ Escherichia coli from weaned pigs
Toth, I.; Oswald, E.; Mainil, Jacques ULg et al

in International Journal of Medical Microbiology (2000), 290

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See detailLa commission d'hemovigilance du CHU.
Baudoux, Etienne ULg; Blaffart, Francine ULg; Bouffioux, Christian ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(9), 878-80

As suggested by the National Blood Council, a Hemovigilance Committee was set up in the University Hospital of Liege in 1995. A multidisciplinary discussion takes place on any action aiming at the ... [more ▼]

As suggested by the National Blood Council, a Hemovigilance Committee was set up in the University Hospital of Liege in 1995. A multidisciplinary discussion takes place on any action aiming at the improvement of transfusion safety, and the follow-up of its implementation. The first issue to be discussed was the set up of a detailed documentation of all blood transfusions. The data are now recorded on a single document allowing proper identification of people and products involved, and of the eventual incidents. This document has lead to a better transfusion safety and to an improved administrative management of blood transfusion. The Commission has been coordinating two multi-centric studies analyzing the consumption of fresh blood products and the incidence of transfusion reactions. Among blood-saving policies, autologous transfusion and volume reduction of samples drawn for laboratory purposes have been discussed. Other measures were taken to improve the labeling of samples for cross-mach and to actively follow-up transfusion reactions. By its actions and advises, the Commission aims to direct strategies towards a safe and rational use of blood products. [less ▲]

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See detailZwitterionic (pyrrolidine-2,2-diyl)bisphosphonic acid at 100, 150 and 293K
Olive, Gilles ULg; Ellis, Dianne D; Siri, Didier et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section C-Crystal Structure Communications (2000), C56(6), 720-722

Structure of the zwitterionic pyrrolidine-2,2-diylbis(phosphonic acid) at 100, 150 and 293 K

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See detailFour-fold anisotropy of the basal plane magnetization of YNi2B2C: nonlocal effects
Civale, L.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Thompson, J. R. et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2000), 341(Part 2), 1299-1300

We present studies of the vortex state magnetization M of a single crystal of the nonmagnetic borocarbide superconductor YNi2B2C. With magnetic field H applied in the square basal plane of the tetragonal ... [more ▼]

We present studies of the vortex state magnetization M of a single crystal of the nonmagnetic borocarbide superconductor YNi2B2C. With magnetic field H applied in the square basal plane of the tetragonal unit cell, M has a four-fold anisotropy. This pi /2 periodicity occurs deep in the superconductive mixed state, with an unusual field dependence, for a range of temperatures T < T-c. The observations are well explained by a generalized London model incorporating non-local electrodynamics, using parameters from complementary experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailTectonic vs. shallow origin of geodetically inferred ground movements: an NE Ardenne (Belgium) case
Demoulin, Alain ULg; Vliegen, Bernard; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2000), 181(1-2), 217-228

In order to get a better insight into the temporal pattern of height change variations in a moderately seismic intraplate area, a 1 km long section has been weekly leveled from April, 21, 1997 to January ... [more ▼]

In order to get a better insight into the temporal pattern of height change variations in a moderately seismic intraplate area, a 1 km long section has been weekly leveled from April, 21, 1997 to January, 12, 1998 in NE Ardenne (Belgium). As this section is located very close to a small reservoir of 25 X 10(6) m(3), it also allowed the influence of lake level variations on the nearby ground motion to be studied. The measured height difference variations show a maximum amplitude of 3.45 mm, with weekly values not exceeding 1 mm. A two-dimensional (2D) finite element modeling confirms that waterload variations in the lake are the primary cause of movement of the section, inducing maximum ground subsidence of about 2 cm and seasonal tilting of 3-4 mu rads within a range of 2-3 km. We also show that a fault passively alters the spatial distribution of the waterload-dependent movements. The removal of this component from the observed ground motion leaves oscillating residual displacements characterized by an amplitude of 1-1.5 mm and a 'period' of about 2 months. We demonstrate that these displacements are independent of rainfall and probably of groundwater fluctuation too. Although most of the residual motions take place on the fault straddled by the leveling section, no credible mechanism can be found to ascribe these motions to a tectonic process. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B,V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThermal unfolding of an intermediate is associated with non-arrhenius kinetics in the folding of hen lysozyme
Matagne, André ULg; Jamin, M.; Chung, E. W. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2000), 297(1), 193-210

A variety of techniques, including quenched-flow hydrogen exchange labelling monitored by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, and stopped-flow absorbance, fluorescence and circular dichroism ... [more ▼]

A variety of techniques, including quenched-flow hydrogen exchange labelling monitored by electrospray ionization mass spectrometry, and stopped-flow absorbance, fluorescence and circular dichroism spectroscopy, has been used to investigate the refolding kinetics of hen lysozyme over a temperature range from 2 degrees C to 50 degrees C. Simple Arrhenius behaviour is not observed, and although the overall rate of folding increases from 2 to 40 degrees C, it decreases above 40 degrees C. In addition, the transient intermediate on the major folding pathway at 20 degrees C, in which the alpha-domain is persistently structured in the absence of a stable beta-domain, is thermally unfolded in a sigmoidal transition (T-m approximate to 40 degrees C) indicative of a cooperatively folded state. At all temperatures, however, there is evidence for fast (similar to 25%) and slow (similar to 75%) populations of refolding molecules. By using transition state theory, the kinetic data from various experiments were jointly fitted to a sequential three-state model for the slow folding pathway. Together with previous findings, these results indicate that the alpha-domain intermediate is a productive species on the folding route between the denatured and native states, and which accumulates as a consequence of its intrinsic stability. Our analysis suggests that the temperature dependence of the rate constant for lysozyme folding depends on both the total change in the heat capacity between the ground and transition states (the dominant factor at low temperatures) and the heat-induced destabilization of the alpha-domain intermediate (the dominant factor at high temperatures). Destablization of such kinetically competent intermediate species is Likely to be a determining factor in the non-Arrhenius temperature dependence of the folding rate of those proteins for which one or more intermediates are populated. (C) 2000 Academic Press. [less ▲]

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See detailLes artisans-producteurs face aux problèmes de conservation.
Sindic, Marianne ULg; Rolland, Sandrine

in Dieta (2000), (20), 6-7

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See detailOne-Step Gem-Diphosphorylation of Amides and Lactams
Olive, Gilles ULg; Le Moigne, François; Mercier, Anne et al

in Synthetic Communications (2000), 30(4), 619-627

We report the extension of an easy one-step synthesis of amino gem-bisphosphonates through the reaction of amides and lactams with trialkykphosphites

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See detailCoumarinic derivatives as mechanism-based inhibitors of α-chymotrypsin and human leukocyte elastase
Pochet, Lionel; Doucet, Caroline; Dive, Georges ULg et al

in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry (2000), 8(6), 1489-1501

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See detailSystemic Induction Of Phytoalexins In Cucumber In Response To Treatments With Fluorescent Pseudomonads
Ongena, MARC ULg; Daayf, F.; Jacques, Philippe ULg et al

in Plant Pathology (2000), 49(4),

The Pseudomonas putida isolate BTP1 and its sid2 mutant M3 were recently reported to protect cucumber against Pythium aphanidermatum root rot. This protection was mainly associated with an accumulation of ... [more ▼]

The Pseudomonas putida isolate BTP1 and its sid2 mutant M3 were recently reported to protect cucumber against Pythium aphanidermatum root rot. This protection was mainly associated with an accumulation of antifungal phenolics in the treated roots. In this study, analyses of root extracts from split-root experiments showed that these phytoalexins were produced systemically. Indeed, several antifungal molecules accumulated similarly in both treated and nontreated root parts of plants protected against P. aphanidermatum with BTP1 or M3. In addition, analyses of leaf samples also revealed increased amounts of fungitoxic molecules in PGPR-treated plants, although the nature of these molecules appeared to be different from those detected in roots. The antifungal compounds isolated both from roots and leaves were mainly detected in acid-hydrolyzed extracts containing aglycones. These results suggest that PGPR can elicit phytoalexins systemically in cucumber and that the overall defence response is not based on a single phytoalexin but is chemically complex and organ-specific. [less ▲]

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See detailVoxel-based analysis of confounding effects of age and dementia severity on cerebral metabolism in Alzheimer's disease
Salmon, Eric ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Degueldre, Christian ULg et al

in Human brain mapping (2000), 10(1), 39-48

Alzheimer's disease is characterized by early hippocampal lesions, but neuropathological and functional imaging studies have also demonstrated involvement of associative cortices in patients suffering ... [more ▼]

Alzheimer's disease is characterized by early hippocampal lesions, but neuropathological and functional imaging studies have also demonstrated involvement of associative cortices in patients suffering from this illness. New image-processing technologies have led to demonstration of predominant posteromedial cortical metabolic impairment in the disease. Confounding effects of both age and dementia severity on brain metabolism were assessed using categorical and correlational analyses performed with Statistical Parametric Mapping. Posterior cingulate and precuneus metabolism, assessed by positron emission tomography, was significantly correlated with age in a population of 46 patients with probable Alzheimer's disease. Metabolism in posterior cingulate and precuneus was higher in elderly than in younger patients with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, even when dementia severity was taken as a confounding covariate. The data suggest that the sensitivity of positron emission tomography for the diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease is reduced in elderly cases, where less severe pathology is sufficient to induce clinical symptoms of dementia. Conversely, higher posteromedial metabolic impairment in early onset cases may reflect greater density of regional cerebral lesions or major decrease of functional afferences in a richly connected multimodal associative area. Posterior cingulate metabolism was also correlated to dementia severity, even when age was taken as a confounding covariate, whereas metabolism in the hippocampal formation was not shown to correlate with global cognitive deficit. Functional correlation was maintained between posterior cingulate and middle frontal cortex in demented patients as in elderly controls. The key role of posteromedial cortex in cognitive dysfunction assessed in Alzheimer's disease is probably related to its highly integrated position within attentional, visuospatial and memory neuronal networks. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the external beam PIXE method suitable for determining ancient silver artifact fineness?
Weber, Georges ULg; Guillaume, J.; Strivay, David ULg et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research Section B (2000), 161

In archeometry, the non-destructive characteristic of an analytical method is always very attractive. For most of techniques, besides the need of sampling, difficulties can originate from the shape and ... [more ▼]

In archeometry, the non-destructive characteristic of an analytical method is always very attractive. For most of techniques, besides the need of sampling, difficulties can originate from the shape and the size of the silver artifacts to be analyzed. The external PIXE method should be an answer to this problem but several questions are arising from the implementation of the technique to such a material. The aim of this paper is to specify the experimental procedure as to take into account several parameters, which could induce dramatic errors. Among them it can be pointed out the superficial enrichment in silver, arising from the dissolution of copper and copper oxide, the surface roughness effects, the great importance of the stability of the geometric conditions. The accuracy and the precision of the method are considered within the scope of the results obtained in ancient times by the cupellation with ashbone cupels. In addition. the process involved to obtain silver alloys has been studied in order to define its influence on the real fineness of the objects. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSensitivity analysis for the EPIK vulnerability assessment in a local karstic aquifer
Gogu, Radu Constantin; Dassargues, Alain ULg

in Hydrogeology Journal (2000), 8(3), 337-345

Applying the EPIK parametric method, a vulnerability assessment has been made for a small karstic groundwater system in southern Belgium. The aquifer is a karstified limestone of Devonian age. A map of ... [more ▼]

Applying the EPIK parametric method, a vulnerability assessment has been made for a small karstic groundwater system in southern Belgium. The aquifer is a karstified limestone of Devonian age. A map of intrinsic vulnerability of the aquifer and of the local water-supply system shows three vulnerability areas. A parameter-balance study and a sensitivity analysis were performed to evaluate the influence of single parameters on aquifer-vulnerability assessment using the EPIK method. This approach provides a methodology for the evaluation of vulnerability mapping and for more reliable interpretation of vulnerability indices for karst groundwater resources. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical impact and perspectives of 18F-FDG PET in lymphoma
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Clinical Lymphoma (2000), 1

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See detailLatest Devonian and early Carboniferous palynostratigraphy of northern Brazil and north Africa - a proposed integration of Western European and Gondwanan miospore biozonations.
Loboziak, S; Melo, J.H.G.; Streel, Maurice ULg

in Bulletin du Centre de Recherches Elf Exploration Production (2000), 22(2), 241-259

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See detailStudies in Bacidia sensu lato (lichenized Ascomycetes: Lecanorales). I. The genus Bapalmuia
Kalb, Klaus; Lücking, Robert; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Mycotaxon (2000), 75

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