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See detailHamstring muscle strain recurrence and strength performance disorders
Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Namurois, Marie-Hélène ULg et al

in American Journal of Sports Medicine (2002), 30(2, Mar-Apr), 199-203

We determined the frequency of strength disorders in 26 athletes with a history of hamstring muscle injury and recurrent strains and discomfort. We also assessed the effectiveness of rehabilitation to ... [more ▼]

We determined the frequency of strength disorders in 26 athletes with a history of hamstring muscle injury and recurrent strains and discomfort. We also assessed the effectiveness of rehabilitation to correct muscle performance. After concentric and eccentric isokinetic assessment, 18 athletes were found to have strength deficits, as determined by statistically selected cutoffs of peak torque, bilateral differences, and the flexors/quadriceps ratio. The discriminating character of the eccentric trial was demonstrated, combining a preferential eccentric peak torque deficit and a significant reduction of the mixed eccentric flexors/concentric quadriceps ratio. The athletes with muscle imbalances followed a rehabilitation program individually adapted from their strength profile. Treatment length was from 10 to 30 sessions and resulted in isokinetic parameter normalization in 17 of 18 subjects. Isokinetically corrected subjects were observed for 12 months after return to athletics. None sustained a clinically diagnosed hamstring muscle reinjury. Subjective intensity of pain and discomfort were significantly reduced, and they all returned to their prior level of competition. These results demonstrate that persistent muscle strength abnormalities may give rise to recurrent hamstring injuries and discomfort. An individualized rehabilitation program emphasizing eccentric training based on specific deficits contributes to a decrease in symptoms on return to sports. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuity preserving modified maximum cross-correlation technique
Zavialov, Peter O.; Grigorieva, Julia V.; Moller, Osmar O. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans (2002), 107(C10, SEP-OCT),

The maximum cross-correlation (MCC) method reconstructs the surface advective velocity fields from the displacements of spatial patterns in pairs of sequential satellite (normally infrared) images ... [more ▼]

The maximum cross-correlation (MCC) method reconstructs the surface advective velocity fields from the displacements of spatial patterns in pairs of sequential satellite (normally infrared) images. However, the performance of the conventional MCC method is not always satisfactory. One of the main reasons for this is the fact that the method can correctly estimate only the velocity component parallel to the gradient of the property depicted in the images, while any small displacement perpendicular to the gradient (i.e., directed along the isolines) essentially maps the spatial pattern onto itself and therefore can not be detected using the conventional MCC technique. In the present work we propose a modification of the MCC method that allows circumventing this basic deficiency and improving the performance of the MCC technique. In this approach, the "cross-isoline'' components of the velocity field are obtained as in the conventional MCC scheme; however, the "along-isoline'' components derived from the MCC are disregarded as unreliable. Instead, the "true'' along-isoline components are then reconstructed from the given cross-isoline velocity field based on the continuity requirement and on the condition of no normal flow at solid boundaries. This inverse problem is solved by constructing the two-dimensional stream function in the curvilinear coordinate frame associated with the image isolines. The method is illustrated using AVHRR images from the southwestern Atlantic Ocean and the Black Sea. The results are compared with some direct drifter and current meter measurements and geostrophic estimates. [less ▲]

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See detailModulation of neuronal survival and excitability by an astroglia-derived factor.
HANS, Grégory ULg; Moonen, Gustave ULg; Rigo, Jean-Michel

in Journal of physiology, Paris (2002), 96(3-4), 323-8

We summarize here currently available data related to an astroglia-secreted factor that induces neuronal apoptosis and behaves as an inhibitor of ionotropic inhibitory GABA(A) and glycine receptors.

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See detailBelgian-style Human Resource Management: A Case of Mistaken Identity
Claus, Lisbeth; Vloeberghs, Daniel; Pichault, François ULg

in European Management Journal (2002), 20(4), 438-446

Discusses various forces that affect the future of human resource management (HRM) in Belgium. Development of HRM in the country; Specific forces that have shaped the development and character of HRM ... [more ▼]

Discusses various forces that affect the future of human resource management (HRM) in Belgium. Development of HRM in the country; Specific forces that have shaped the development and character of HRM; Details of the condition of HRM in the country. [less ▲]

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See detailNew trends in dual 5-LOX/COX inhibition
De Leval, X.; Julémont, F.; Delarge, J. et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2002), 9

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See detailAutonomie corporelle de la personne et responsabilité médicale. Note sous Cass., 14 décembre 2001
Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg; Genicot, Gilles ULg

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

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See detailMagnetic properties of Ga-doped lanthanum manganite with controlled oxygen stoichometry
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Hebert, Sylvie; Maignan, Antoine et al

in Crystal Engineering (2002), 5

Stoichiometric LaMnO3 is an insulator whose A-type antiferromagnetic structure at low temperature is mainly connected to the Jahn-Teller distortion of the MnO6 octahedra. The substitution of non magnetic ... [more ▼]

Stoichiometric LaMnO3 is an insulator whose A-type antiferromagnetic structure at low temperature is mainly connected to the Jahn-Teller distortion of the MnO6 octahedra. The substitution of non magnetic d(10) Ga3+ ions on the manganese site disrupts the orbital and spin orderings of the manganese ions and has a strong influence on the physical properties. The antiferromagnetic order is progressively destroyed while the ferromagnetic component increases. At the same time, the distortion of the orthorhombic cell decreases and the high temperature structural Jahn-Teller transition disappears. Such studies on manganese site substitutions give insight into the physics of the Mn-O three-dimensional network, which is supposed to be the key feature in the CMR manganites. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling [F-18]MPPF positron emission tomography kinetics for the determination of 5-hydroxytryptamine(1A) receptor concentration with multiinjection
Costes, Nicolas; Merlet, I.; Zimmer, L. et al

in Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism (2002), 22

The selectivity of [F-18]MPPF (fluorine-18-labeled 4-(2'-methoxyphenyl)-1-[2'-(N-2"-pirydynyl)-p-fluorobenzamido]ethylpiperazine) for serotonergic 5-hydroxytryptamine(1A) (5-HT1A) receptors has been ... [more ▼]

The selectivity of [F-18]MPPF (fluorine-18-labeled 4-(2'-methoxyphenyl)-1-[2'-(N-2"-pirydynyl)-p-fluorobenzamido]ethylpiperazine) for serotonergic 5-hydroxytryptamine(1A) (5-HT1A) receptors has been established in animals and humans. The authors quantified the parameters of ligand-receptor exchanges using a double-injection protocol. After injection of a tracer and a coinjection dose of [F-18]MPPF, dynamic positron emission tomography (PET) data Were acquired during a 160-minute session in five healthy males. These PET and magnetic resonance imaging data were coregistered for anatomical identification. A three-compartment model was used to determine six parameters: F-v (vascular fraction). K-1, k(2) (plasma/free compartment exchange rate). k(off). k(on)/V-r (association and dissociation rate), B-max (receptor concentration), and to deduce K-d (apparent equilibrium dissociation rate). The model was fitted with regional PET kinetics and arterial input function corrected for metabolites. Analytical distribution volume and binding potential Were compared With indices generated by Logan-Patlak graphical analysis. The 5HT(1A) specificity for MPPF was evidenced. A B-max of 2.9 pmol/mL and a K-d of 2.8 nmol/L were found in hippocampal regions, K-d and distribution volume in the free compartment were regionally stable. and the Logan binding potential was linearly correlated to B-max. This study confirms the value of MPPF in the investigation of normal and pathologic systems involving the limbic network and 5-HT1A receptors. Standard values can be used for the simulation of simplified protocols. [less ▲]

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See detailElevated atmospheric CO2 in open top chambers increases net nitrification and potential denitrification
Carnol, Monique ULg; Hogenboom, L.; Jach, M. E. et al

in Global Change Biology (2002), 8

The control of soil nitrogen (N) availability under elevated atmospheric CO2 is central to predicting changes in ecosystem carbon (C) storage and primary productivity. The effects of elevated CO2 on ... [more ▼]

The control of soil nitrogen (N) availability under elevated atmospheric CO2 is central to predicting changes in ecosystem carbon (C) storage and primary productivity. The effects of elevated CO2 on belowground processes have so far attracted limited research and they are assumed to be controlled by indirect effects through changes in plant physiology and chemistry. In this study, we investigated the effects of a 4-year exposure to elevated CO2 (ambient + 400 mumol mol(-1) ) in open top chambers under Scots pine (Pinus sylvestris L) seedlings on soil microbial processes of nitrification and denitrification. Potential denitrification (DP) and potential N-2 O emissions were significantly higher in soils from the elevated CO2 treatment, probably regulated indirectly by the changes in soil conditions (increased pH, C availability and NO3 (-) production). Net N mineralization was mainly accounted for by nitrate production. Nitrate production was significantly larger for soil from the elevated CO2 treatment in the field when incubated in the laboratory under elevated CO2 (increase of 100%), but there was no effect when incubated under ambient CO2 . Net nitrate production of the soil originating from the ambient CO2 treatment in the field was not influenced by laboratory incubation conditions. These results indicate that a direct effect of elevated atmospheric CO2 on soil microbial processes might take place. We hypothesize that physiological adaptation or selection of nitrifiers could occur under elevated CO2 through higher soil CO2 concentrations. Alternatively, lower microbial NH4 assimilation under elevated CO2 might explain the higher net nitrification. We conclude that elevated atmospheric CO2 has a major direct effect on the soil microbial processes of nitrification and denitrification despite generally higher soil CO2 concentrations compared to atmospheric concentrations. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of a water purification unit on the contamination level of salmonella in outcoming water and sludge
Jacob, Benoit; Korsak Koulagenko, Nicolas ULg; Grooven, Bénédicte et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(5), 303-310

Foodborne pathogens occasionally harboured in the gastro-intestinal tract of some domestic animals may be retrieved in slaughterhouses waste water and in sludge of water purification units. Salmonella ... [more ▼]

Foodborne pathogens occasionally harboured in the gastro-intestinal tract of some domestic animals may be retrieved in slaughterhouses waste water and in sludge of water purification units. Salmonella, athogen common to man and Animals, is often used as a biological risk indicator. The aim of the present study was to assess effectiveness of a recent water purification unit by rapid and semi-quantitative detection of this micro-organism. The water purification unit collects waste water of seven food-processing industries, including a pig slaughterhouse. This latest was the main source of Salmonella contamination with a level of more 103 colony forming unit (CFU) per ml, that was very close to the average level of contamination of total incoming waste water. The unit, whose principle of action is based on biological purification, has permitted a 4 log10 reduction of Salmonella contamination, with a final contamination level of less than 1 CFU/ml. It was observed only a little decrease of contamination levels during the biological treatment steps, in contrast with the one observed during the clarification step. This was due to adsorption of bacteria by material in suspension. Fresh sludge were harboured an average of 102 CFU of Salmonella per gram. In the beginning of December 1999, two sludge piles were let on the ground along a field and sampled microbiologically every month. Seven month later, no Salmonella were recovered from the piles. 309 [less ▲]

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See detailPurification and characterization of a microbial dehydrogenase - A vanillin : NAD(P)(+) oxidoreductase
Bare, G.; Swiatkowski, T.; Moukil, A. et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2002), 98-100(Spring), 415-428

Pseudomonas fluorescens (strain BTP9) was found to have at least two NAD(P)-dependent vanillin dehydrogenases: one is induced by vanillin, and the other is constitutive. The constitutive enzyme was ... [more ▼]

Pseudomonas fluorescens (strain BTP9) was found to have at least two NAD(P)-dependent vanillin dehydrogenases: one is induced by vanillin, and the other is constitutive. The constitutive enzyme was purified by ammonium sulfate fractionation, gel-filtration, and Q-Sepharose chromatography. The subunit Mr value was 55,000, determined by sodium dodecyl sulfate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The native M, value estimated by gel-filtration chromatography gave a value of 210,000. The enzyme made use of NAD(+) less effectively than NADP(+). Benzaldehyde, 4-hydroxybenzaldehyde, hexanal, and acetaldehyde were not oxidized at detectable rates in the presence of NAD(+) or NADP(+). The ultraviolet absorption spectrum indicated that there is no cofactor or prosthetic group bound. The vanillin oxidation reaction was essentially irreversible. The pH optimum was 9.5 and the pI of the enzyme was 4.9. Enzyme activity was not affected when assayed in the presence of salts, except FeCl2. The enzyme was inhibited by the thiol-blocking reagents 4-chloromercuribenzoate and N-ethylmaleimide. NAD(+) and NADP(+) protected the enzyme against such a type of inhibition along with vanillin to a lesser extent. The enzyme exhibited esterase activity with 4-nitrophenyl acetate as substrate and was activated by low concentrations of NAD(+) or NADP(+). We compared the properties of the enzyme with those of some well-characterized microbial benzaldehyde dehydrogenases. [less ▲]

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See detailIntragranular and intergranular behaviour of multifilamentary Bi-2223/Ag tapes
Fagnard, Jean-François ULg; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Crate, David et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2002), 372(Part 2), 970-973

This communication aims at reporting the superconducting properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes determined by using various measuring techniques. First. the original samples have been characterized by electrical ... [more ▼]

This communication aims at reporting the superconducting properties of Bi-2223/Ag tapes determined by using various measuring techniques. First. the original samples have been characterized by electrical resistance, AC susceptibility. and DC magnetization. The transport (intergranular) critical Current vs. magnetic field was also determined at T = 77 K using pulsed currents up to 40 A. Next. the same combination of experiments as performed oil bent tapes in order to bring out relevant information concerning the strength of the intergranular coupling. The results show that intergranular and intragranular currents differ by at least one order of magnitude, Finally, additional magnetic measurements were carried out in order to determine the anisotropy ratio Jc(ab)/Jc(c), which was found to lie around 30. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailUn diabete peut en cacher un autre.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(5), 267-9

The abrupt interruption of insulin therapy in a severely obese diabetic woman submitted to a protein-sparing modified fast in a metabolic ward led to a severe ketoacidosis. This complication occurred ... [more ▼]

The abrupt interruption of insulin therapy in a severely obese diabetic woman submitted to a protein-sparing modified fast in a metabolic ward led to a severe ketoacidosis. This complication occurred because the patient had type 1 rather than type 2 diabetes, and the diagnosis of ketoacidosis was delayed because of confusion between ketonuria resulting from insulin deprivation and ketonuria associated with carbohydrate and energy restriction. This case report illustrates the danger of accepting an apparently obvious diagnosis which might be in fact erroneous. More particularly, it points out the importance of a correct differential diagnosis between C-peptide positive insulin-requiring type 2 diabetes and C-peptide negative (insulin-dependent) type 1 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la débrouillardise à la recherche active... Réflexions sur une expérience pédagogique.
Guillaume, Jean-François ULg; Xhonneux, Michel ULg

in L'Ecole Valdôtaine. Cahier pédagogique (2002), 57

Présentation d'un dispositif d'apprentissage axé sur la résolution de situations-problèmes visant à confronter des jeunes parvenus en fin de scolarité obligatoire aux institutions, aux organismes et/ou ... [more ▼]

Présentation d'un dispositif d'apprentissage axé sur la résolution de situations-problèmes visant à confronter des jeunes parvenus en fin de scolarité obligatoire aux institutions, aux organismes et/ou aux services actifs dans le domaine de la protection sociale et de l'aide sociale. [less ▲]

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See detailLes adhésifs de cinquième génération
Gueders, Audrey ULg

in Actualités Dentaires de l'Université de Liège (2002), 30

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See detailAutoimmune sensorineural hearing loss improved by tumor necrosis factor-alpha blockade: a case report.
Staecker, H.; Lefèbvre, Philippe ULg

in Acta Oto-Laryngologica (2002), 122(6), 684-7

Autoimmune inner ear disease is a treatable cause of sensorineural hearing loss and it is important for physicians and hearing health professionals to recognize that early diagnosis and proper management ... [more ▼]

Autoimmune inner ear disease is a treatable cause of sensorineural hearing loss and it is important for physicians and hearing health professionals to recognize that early diagnosis and proper management strategies may result in stabilization and improvement in hearing. The pathogenesis of autoimmune sensorineural hearing loss remains unclear but antibodies directed against the inner ear and/or cellular effectors have been proposed. Therefore, immunosuppressive drugs such as steroids and methotrexate are administered to interfere with the progression of hearing loss and in some cases have been found to improve hearing. We report herein the history of a patient who was treated by systemic administration of anti-tumor necrosis factor-alpha antibodies for Crohn's disease and who also had associated sensorineural hearing loss. Audiometric follow-up revealed not only the efficacy of tumor necrosis factor-alpha blockade in arresting the hearing loss but also an improvement in hearing of 15 dB on average across all frequencies. Hearing remained stable afterwards. [less ▲]

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See detailL'accroissement des compétences régionales en matière de fiscalité immobilière. Quelques pistes nouvelles pour la Région wallonne
Jurion, Bernard ULg

in Les Cahiers de l'Urbanisme, Ministère de la Région wallonne (2002)

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See detailInhibition Of Histone Deacetylases Induces Bovine Leukemia Virus Expression In Vitro And In Vivo
Merezak, C.; Reichert, M.; Van Lint, C. et al

in Journal of Virology (2002), 76(10),

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See detailGenetic variation and evolution in the genus Apodemus (Muridae : Rodentia)
Filippucci, M. G.; Macholan, M.; Michaux, Johan ULg

in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (2002), 75(3), 395-419

Genetic variation was studied using protein electrophoresis of 28-38 gene loci in 1347 specimens of Apodemus agrarius, A. peninsulac, A. flavicollis, A. sylvaticus, A. alpicola, A. uralensis, A. cf ... [more ▼]

Genetic variation was studied using protein electrophoresis of 28-38 gene loci in 1347 specimens of Apodemus agrarius, A. peninsulac, A. flavicollis, A. sylvaticus, A. alpicola, A. uralensis, A. cf. hyrcanicus, A. hermonensis, A. m. mystacinus and A. in. epimelas, representing 121 populations from Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa. Mean values of heterozygosity per locus for each species ranged from 0.02 to 0.04. Mean values of Nei's genetic distance (D) between the taxa ranged from 0.06 (between A. flavicollis and A. alpicola) to 1.34 (between A. uralensis and A. agrarius). The highest values of D were found between A. agrarius and other Apodemus species (0.62-1.34). These values correspond to those generally observed between genera in small mammals. Our data show that A. agrarius and A. peninsulae are sister species, well-differentiated from other taxa. High genetic distance between A. m. mystacinus and A. m. epimelas leads us to consider them distinct species and sister taxa to other Western Palaearctic species of the subgenus Sylvaemus. The data also suggest a recent separation of members of the latter group from a common ancestor, and subsequent rapid radiation, making it difficult to infer phylogenetic relationships. Some taxonomic implications of the results are discussed further. (C) 2002 The Linnean Society of London. [less ▲]

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See detailA biomimetic synthesis of coelenterazine analogs
Devillers, Ingrid; Arrault, Axelle; Olive, Gilles ULg et al

in Tetrahedron Letters (2002), 43(17), 3161-3164

N-(Trifluoroacetyl)dehydrodipeptides 2–3 were coupled to aminomethylene dimethylacetal derivatives 4–5. The resulting pseudo-tripeptides 6 were stepwise deprotected (carbonyl function (7) then amine ... [more ▼]

N-(Trifluoroacetyl)dehydrodipeptides 2–3 were coupled to aminomethylene dimethylacetal derivatives 4–5. The resulting pseudo-tripeptides 6 were stepwise deprotected (carbonyl function (7) then amine function) and in situ cyclized into imidazolopyrazines 1. [less ▲]

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See detailLésions dentaires cervicales non carieuses - Première partie
Gueders, Audrey ULg

in Actualités Dentaires de l'Université de Liège (2002), 31

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See detailUltrasound shear wave propagation in Caucasian hair.
Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Goffin, Véronique ULg; Uhoda, Emmanuelle ULg et al

in Exogenous Dermatology : Physical, Chemical, Biological (2002), 1

Background : The aspect of hair depends on the spatial organization of the hair shafts and on their chemical, physical and structural integrity. Some genetic disorders and exogenous influences may affect ... [more ▼]

Background : The aspect of hair depends on the spatial organization of the hair shafts and on their chemical, physical and structural integrity. Some genetic disorders and exogenous influences may affect it. Aims : In vivo objective assessments are welcome in order to compare the consequences of hair damages and to assess the kinetics of the changes occurring in time after damaging or attempting to repair the hair structure. Method : Ultrasound shear wave propagation measured on hair is introduced as an objective non-invasive method with in vitro and in vivo applications. Results : With multiple measurements made on the scalp of 72 Caucasians, hair felting following damage appeared to be associated with an increase in the coefficient of variation of the shear wave velocity measurements. Maximum hydration of hair locks increased the shear wave velocity in vitro and decreased the intraindividual range of data. The relevance of the method and reproducibility of data was influenced by the experimentalist skill. Conclusion : Ultrasound shear wave propagation on hair is influenced by the physical integrity of the hair shafts and on their three-dimensional arrangement. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailRapid nontranscriptional activation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase mediates increased cerebral blood flow and stroke protection by corticosteroids.
Limbourg, Florian P; Huang, Zhihong; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Investigation (2002), 110(11), 1729-38

Many cellular responses to corticosteroids involve the transcriptional modulation of target genes by the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). A rapid, non-nuclear effect of GR was found to mediate ... [more ▼]

Many cellular responses to corticosteroids involve the transcriptional modulation of target genes by the glucocorticoid receptor (GR). A rapid, non-nuclear effect of GR was found to mediate neuroprotection. High-dose corticosteroids (20 mg/kg intraperitoneally), given within 2 hours of transient cerebral ischemia, acutely increased endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) activity, augmented regional cerebral blood flow (CBF) by 40% to 50%, and reduced cerebral infarct size by 32%. These neuroprotective effects of corticosteroids were abolished by the GR antagonist RU486 and by inhibition of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K), and were absent in eNOS(-/-) mice. To determine the mechanism by which GR activated eNOS, we measured the effect of corticosteroids on PI3K and the protein kinase Akt. In a ligand-dependent manner, GR activated PI3K and Akt in vitro and in vivo caused NO-dependent vasodilation, which was blocked by cotreatment with RU486 or the PI3K inhibitor LY294002 but not by transcriptional inhibitors. Indeed, a mutant GR, which cannot dimerize and bind to DNA, still activated PI3K and Akt in response to corticosteroids. These findings indicate that non-nuclear GR rapidly activates eNOS through the PI3K/Akt pathway and suggest that this mechanism mediates the acute neuroprotective effects of corticosteroids through augmentation of CBF. [less ▲]

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See detailLe langage des personnes âgées porteuses d'une trisomie 21
Rondal, Jean-Adolphe ULg; Comblain, Annick ULg

in Orthophonie et Logopédie (2002), 1

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See detailExercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution in heaves
Harmegnies, N. F.; Duvivier, D. H.; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (2002), 34(suppl), 478-484

This study aimed to compare exercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution in healthy vs. 'heavey' horses using scintigraphy, a minimally invasive technique. Six healthy (A) and 5 'heavey' horses in ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to compare exercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution in healthy vs. 'heavey' horses using scintigraphy, a minimally invasive technique. Six healthy (A) and 5 'heavey' horses in remission (B(I)) and during clinical signs of disease (B(II)) were investigated. Dimensions of the exercising pulmonary perfusion (QE) images were expressed in percent of the resting perfusion (QR) images. Computed QE to QR ratios (QE/QR) images enabled the definition of the region more perfused at exercise than at rest (R1). In all groups, exercise induced a major enlargement of the Q image but a larger increase of the lung height was found in 'heavey' horses. Compared to A, 'heavey' horses showed a larger R1 region with a significantly higher QE/QR. Location of R1 pointed out the dorsal lung region as a major site of pulmonary perfusion redistribution for all groups. This work demonstrated (1) the feasibility of using scintigraphy for studying exercise-induced pulmonary perfusion redistribution; (2) perfusion redistribution to the dorsal lung with exercise and (3) an intensified redistribution in 'heavey' horses, either clinically affected or not. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution and air-water exchange of carbon dioxide in the Scheldt plume off the Belgian coast
Borges, Alberto ULg; Frankignoulle, Michel

in Biogeochemistry (2002), 59((1-2)), 41-67

In the present paper we report partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) data obtained off the Belgian coast during 24 cruises. The temporal and spatial resolution of this data set allows us to discuss ... [more ▼]

In the present paper we report partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) data obtained off the Belgian coast during 24 cruises. The temporal and spatial resolution of this data set allows us to discuss satisfactorily seasonal and inter-annual variability of pCO2 in the study area. The dynamics of pCO2 are described using two approaches: fixed reference stations and area survey cruises. The air-water fluxes of CO2 in the Scheldt estuarine plume and in the outerplume region are estimated quantitatively, showing that these areas correspond respectively to a net annual source and sink of atmospheric CO2. The annually integrated air-water fluxes for the Scheldt estuarine plume range between +1.1 and +1.9 mol m−2 year−1 as a function of the formulation of the exchange coefficient of CO2. The annual net emission of CO2 from the estuarine plume to the atmosphere is estimated to be between +2.3 to +4.0 Gmol year−1 which represents 17 to 29% of the estimate reported in the literature for the Scheldt inner estuary. [less ▲]

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See detailApproche diagnostique de la dissection carotidienne. A propos de deux cas.
Deflandre, E.; Tshibanda, L.; NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(2), 85-90

Two cases of acute internal carotid dissection are presented. Typical symptoms, pathogeny and imaging features are reviewed. Magnetic Resonance is actually the best technique for the diagnosis of internal ... [more ▼]

Two cases of acute internal carotid dissection are presented. Typical symptoms, pathogeny and imaging features are reviewed. Magnetic Resonance is actually the best technique for the diagnosis of internal carotid artery dissection, which should be searched in young patients presenting neurologic and cervico-facial symptoms. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. Sclérose tubéreuse de Bourneville.
Garcia, Roy; Arrese Estrada, Jorge ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(7), 425-7

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See detailLa guerre et la médecine d'une culture de paix. 4. Synopsis des armes nucléaires.
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(2), 107-12

The nuclear weapons have a terrifying power of devastation. A civilian nuclear accident has its own dramatic consequences. Both situations are, however, totally distinct with regard to medical ... [more ▼]

The nuclear weapons have a terrifying power of devastation. A civilian nuclear accident has its own dramatic consequences. Both situations are, however, totally distinct with regard to medical consequences. The Gulf war and Balkan war syndromes might be in part caused by uranium used in conventional amunitions. The risk of nuclear terrorism is an emerging eventuality. [less ▲]

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See detailCyclin-dependent kinase-2 controls oligodendrocyte progenitor cell cycle progression and is downregulated in adult oligodendrocyte progenitors.
Belachew, Shibeshih ULg; Aguirre, Adan A.; Wang, Hang et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2002), 22(19), 8553-62

Proliferation of oligodendrocyte progenitor (OP) cells is a crucial process controlling myelination in the CNS. Previous studies demonstrated a correlation between OP proliferation rate and cyclin E ... [more ▼]

Proliferation of oligodendrocyte progenitor (OP) cells is a crucial process controlling myelination in the CNS. Previous studies demonstrated a correlation between OP proliferation rate and cyclin E/cyclin-dependent kinase-2 (cdk2) activity. To establish a causal link between cyclin E/cdk2 activity and OP proliferation, we selectively modulated cdk2 activity in vitro by transfection of cultured OP cells. Dominant-negative (Dn)-cdk2 overexpression inhibited mitogen-induced OP cell proliferation, whereas wild-type (wt)-cdk2 prevented cell cycle arrest caused by anti-mitotic signals. Dn-cdk2- or wt-cdk2-mediated regulation of G(1)/S transition, per se, did not influence initiation of OP differentiation. To study the function of cyclin E/cdk2 in OP cells during development in vivo, we analyzed cdk2 and cyclin E expression in cells acutely isolated from transgenic mice expressing the green fluorescent protein (GFP) under the control of the 2'-3'-cyclic nucleotide 3'-phosphodiesterase gene promoter. Both cyclin E/cdk2 protein levels and activity were decreased in GFP(+) oligodendrocyte lineage cells between postnatal days 4 and 30. Immunostaining of NG2(+)/GFP(+) OP cells in brain tissue sections showed a 90% decrease in overall cell proliferation and cdk2 expression between perinatal and adult cells. However, cdk2 expression within the proliferating (i.e., expressing the proliferating cell nuclear antigen) OP cell population was maintained throughout development. Our data indicate that: (1) cyclin E/cdk2 activity plays a pivotal function in OP cell cycle decisions occurring at G(1)/S checkpoint; (2) initiation of OP differentiation is independent of cyclinE/cdk2 checkpoint, and (3) intrinsic differences in cyclin E/cdk2 expression and activity may underlie the slowly proliferative state that characterizes so-called "quiescent" adult OP cells in vivo. [less ▲]

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See detailDe zinsaccentuering in de tussentaal van Franstalige leerders van het Nederlands
Hiligsmann, Philippe; Rasier, Laurent ULg

in N/F (2002), 1

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See detailInsecticide resistance enhances male reproductive success in a beetle
Arnaud, Ludovic; Haubruge, Eric ULg

in Evolution (2002), 56(12), 2435-2444

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See detailPathologie cutanée non infectieuse du pied chez le sportif.
Bourguignon, Raphaël; Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatologie Actualité (2002), 72

En dehors du problème des mycoses cutanées, la peau et les ongles des pieds des sportifs sont le siège de diverses maladies bénignes mais qui peuvent cependant s’avérer invalidantes. Les disciplines de ... [more ▼]

En dehors du problème des mycoses cutanées, la peau et les ongles des pieds des sportifs sont le siège de diverses maladies bénignes mais qui peuvent cependant s’avérer invalidantes. Les disciplines de l’athlétisme et quelques autres sports en sont le plus souvent responsables car les microtraumatismes sont fréquemment impliqués. L’identification précise des désordres cutanés aide à prendre les mesures adéquates pour leur prévention. Les traitements sont essentiellement non-invasifs. [less ▲]

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See detailMolecular characterization of a specific thiamine triphosphatase widely expressed in mammalian tissues
Lakaye, Bernard ULg; Makarchikov, Alexander F; Antunes, Adelio F et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(16), 13771-13777

Thiamine triphosphate (ThTP) is found at low concentrations in most animal tissues, and recent data suggest that it may act as a phosphate donor for the phosphorylation of some proteins. In the mammalian ... [more ▼]

Thiamine triphosphate (ThTP) is found at low concentrations in most animal tissues, and recent data suggest that it may act as a phosphate donor for the phosphorylation of some proteins. In the mammalian brain, ThTP synthesis is rapid, but its steady-state concentration remains low, presumably because of rapid hydrolysis. In this report we purified a soluble thiamine triphosphatase (ThTPase; EC 3.6.1.28) from calf brain. The bovine ThTPase is a 24-kDa monomer, hydrolyzing ThTP with virtually absolute specificity. Partial sequence data obtained from the purified bovine enzyme by tandem mass spectrometry were used to search the GenBank(TM) data base. A significant identity was found with only one human sequence, the hypothetical 230-amino acid protein MGC2652. The coding regions from human and bovine brain mRNA were amplified by reverse transcription-PCR, cloned in Escherichia coli, and sequenced. The human open reading frame was expressed in E. coli as a GST fusion protein. Transformed bacteria had a high isopropyl-beta-D-thiogalactopyranoside-inducible ThTPase activity. The recombinant ThTPase had properties similar to those of human brain ThTPase, and it was specific for ThTP. The mRNA was expressed in most human tissues but at relatively low levels. This is the first report of a molecular characterization of a specific ThTPase. [less ▲]

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See detailRépartition des arbres et des volumes par classes de grosseur dans les peuplements de pin d'Alep (Pinus halepensis Mill.) en Tunisie
Sghaier, T.; Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Annals of Forest Science (2002), 59(3), 293-300

A study of the number and volume of trees by girth classes for Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis Mill.) in Tunisia carried out using data collected from 348 temporary plots of 4 ares. The standard deviation ... [more ▼]

A study of the number and volume of trees by girth classes for Aleppo pine (Pinus halepensis Mill.) in Tunisia carried out using data collected from 348 temporary plots of 4 ares. The standard deviation, the FISHER coefficient and PEARSON coefficient for the girth distribution were calculated for each plot and related to age, dominant height and mean plot circomference. The resulting relationships were used to estimate the parameters of the girth distribution for each theoretical stand corresponding to one row of the yield tables that were establied from the same plots. The probability density function relative to PEARSON's type I distribution was determined for each theoretical stand. According to this function of density, distribution tables giving the number and the volume of trees (in percent) by girth classes of 10 cm were drawn up. [less ▲]

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See detailLa mesure de la pression artérielle : écueils et chausse-trapes
Rorive, Georges ULg; Dubois, Bernard ULg; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(5), 250-252

La mesure de la pression artérielle est probablement l'acte médical le plus souvent réalisé et certainement un des moins fiables. L'introduction de la mesure ambulatoire de la pression artérielle a permis ... [more ▼]

La mesure de la pression artérielle est probablement l'acte médical le plus souvent réalisé et certainement un des moins fiables. L'introduction de la mesure ambulatoire de la pression artérielle a permis d'identifier l'importance de l'effet consultatio et, par là, de définir l'hypertension de "la blouse blanche". Celle-ci se définit comme une pression artérielle pathologique à la consultation et strictement normale en dehors. Si on la définit de cette manière, cette pathologie ne s'accompagne pas d'une augmentation de la fréqunce des affections cardiovasculaires. Chez un tiers des patients, cependant, elle évolue vers des formes plus sévères de l'hypertension. [less ▲]

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See detailDHEA et intracrinologie de jouvence pour la peau? Entre raison et magie.
Bourguignon, Raphael; Uhoda, I.; Henry, Frédérique ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(7), 438-42

Slowing down ageing is a goal for a large part of the population. Some mercantile claims hold out bright prospects to DHEA. The effects of this hormone manifest themselves after intracrine conversion. In ... [more ▼]

Slowing down ageing is a goal for a large part of the population. Some mercantile claims hold out bright prospects to DHEA. The effects of this hormone manifest themselves after intracrine conversion. In the skin, sebaceous glands enlarge and seborrhoea increases in post-menopausal women. No other effect is clinically discernable on the skin. At this level, DHEA does not show efficacy comparable to that of other anti-ageing compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of the somatotropic axis in the mammalian metabolism
Renaville, Robert ULg; Parmentier, Isabelle; Haezebroeck, Valérie et al

in Acta Anatomica. Supplementum (2002), 5

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See detailComputer simulation of liquid semiconductors
Bichara, C.; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg; Raty, Jean-Yves ULg

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (2002), 312

We discuss two examples of computer simulation of liquid semiconductors by two different techniques. Both examples are concerned with the relationship between thermodynamic properties and the atomic ... [more ▼]

We discuss two examples of computer simulation of liquid semiconductors by two different techniques. Both examples are concerned with the relationship between thermodynamic properties and the atomic structure in the liquid state. By means of ab initio molecular dynamics we analyze the atomic structure of liquid Ge15Te85 eutectic alloys. We show that the changes observed in the experimental total structure factor S(q) are located in the GeTe partial structure factor, the TeTe partial structure factor remaining essentially unaltered. Using a semi-empirical tight binding approach, coupled with Gibbs ensemble and constant pressure Monte Carlo calculations, we can calculate the liquid vapor equilibrium of selenium. We obtain a liquid-vapor equilibrium curve and a critical point in the correct range of magnitude and an atomic structure of the liquid phase in good agreement with the experimental data. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailContinuité de la délinquance entre l’adolescence et l’âge adulte
Born, Michel ULg

in Criminologie (2002), 35(1), 53-67

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See detailNationalisme et Démocratie
Martiniello, Marco ULg; Beaufays, Jean ULg

in Fédéralisme - Régionalisme (2002)

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See detailDirect effect of ice sheets on terrestrial bicarbonate, sulphate and base cation fluxes during the last glacial cycle: minimal impact on atmospheric CO2 concentrations
Tranter, Martyn; Huybrechts, Philippe; Munhoven, Guy ULg et al

in Chemical Geology (2002), 190(1-4), 33-44

Chemical erosion in glacial environments is normally a consequence of chemical weathering reactions dominated by sulphide oxidation linked to carbonate dissolution and the carbonation of carbonates and ... [more ▼]

Chemical erosion in glacial environments is normally a consequence of chemical weathering reactions dominated by sulphide oxidation linked to carbonate dissolution and the carbonation of carbonates and silicates. Solute fluxes from small valley glaciers are usually a linear function of discharge. Representative glacial solute concentrations can be derived from the linear association of solute flux with discharge. These representative glacial concentrations of the major ions are similar to 25% of those in global river water. A 3-D thermomechanically coupled model of the growth and decay of the Northern Hemisphere ice sheets was used to simulate glacial runoff at 100-year time steps during the last glacial cycle (130 ka to the present). The glacially derived fluxes of major cations, anions and Si over the glaciation were estimated from the product of the glacial runoff and the representative glacial concentration. A second estimate was obtained from the product of the glacial runoff and a realistic upper limit for glacial solute concentrations derived from theoretical considerations. The fluxes over the last glacial cycle are usually less than a few percent of current riverine solute fluxes to the oceans. The glacial fluxes were used to provide input to an oceanic carbon cycling model that also calculates changes in atmospheric CO2. The potential change in atmospheric CO2 concentrations over the last glacial cycle that arise from perturbations in glacial solute fluxes are insignificant, being < 1 ppm. [less ▲]

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See detailL’authenticité iconographique des portails occidentaux de la cathédrale de Strasbourg
Van den Bossche, Benoît ULg

in Bulletin de la Cathédrale de Strasbourg (2002), 15

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See detailOptimal timing of elective caesarean section in Belgian White and Blue breed of cattle: The calf's point of view
Uystepruyst, Christophe; Coghe, Joost; Dorts, Thierry et al

in Veterinary Journal (2002), 163(3), 267-282

The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the timing of elective caesarean section (ECS) during parturition affects pulmonary and metabolic adaptation to extra-uterine life in healthy Belgian ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to evaluate whether the timing of elective caesarean section (ECS) during parturition affects pulmonary and metabolic adaptation to extra-uterine life in healthy Belgian White and Blue (BWB) calves delivered at term. Vaginal palpation was performed and deliveries divided into six categories of timing for ECS: cervix closed (TECS 1) passive and active cervical dilatation (TECS 2 and TECS 3); full cervical dilatation (TECS 4); spontaneous rupture of allantoic (TECS 5) and amniotic (TECS 6) membranes. One hundred and eighteen BWB calves were examined at birth, 5, 15, 30, 45 and 60 min and 2, 3, 6, 12 and 24 h after birth using the following measurements: physical examination (time between birth and sternal recumbency [T-SR]) heart rate (mHR); arterial blood gas analyses (arterial partial pressure in oxygen [PaO2], in carbon dioxide [PaCO2], arterial haemoglobin oxygen saturation [SaO(2)], alveolo-arterial difference in oxygen [AaDO(2)]); pulmonary function tests using the oesophageal balloon catheter technique (respiratory rate [RR], total pulmonary resistance [R-I], dynamic lung compliance [C-Ldyn], tidal volume [V-T] and minute Volume [V-E]; arterial and venous blood acid-base balance analyses (arterial and venous pH [pHa and pHv], bicarbonate concentration [HCO(3)a and HCO(3)v], base excess [BEa and BEv]); rectal temperature (RT); jugular venous blood sampling for, determination of metabolic variables (blood glucose [G], plasma lactate [L], serum cortisol [C], plasma noradrenaline [NA] and adrenaline [A] concentrations); haematological variables (red blood cell count [RBC], total haemoglobin concentration [Hb], Packed Cell Volume [PCV]) and passive immune transfer variables (total serum protein [TP] and beta(2)gammaglobulin [beta(2)gamma] concentrations). TECS significantly (Pless than or equal to0.05) influenced PaO2, SaO(2), AaDO(2), RR, V-T, V-E, C-Ldyn, RT, G, NA, A, RBC, Hb and TP: compared to TECSgreater than or equal to4 calves, TECSless than or equal to3 calves showed lower PaO2, SaO(2), V-T, C-Ldyn, RT, G, NA, A, RBC, Hb and TP and higher AaDO(2), RR, V-E. TECS differences progressively decreased and disappeared between 6 and 12 h after birth in TECS 2 and 3 calves but remained tip to 24 h in TECS 1 calves. Improved postnatal respiratory and metabolic adaptation in TECSgreater than or equal to4 calves were mainly related to differences in exposure to labour and subsequent hormonal surge: catecholamines, particularly A, enabled more effective removal of lung liquid and/or release of surfactant which contribute to better gas exchanges and induced greater energy mobilization to maintain adequate body temperature. It was concluded waiting for full cervical dilatation before performing CS should be encouraged because it promotes postnatal respiratory and metabolic adaptation in full-term BWB calves. [less ▲]

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See detailInstrumental non-invasive assessments of cosmetic efficacy.
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology (2002), 1(2), 57-8

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See detailOncoviral bovine leukemia virus G4 and human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 p13(II) accessory proteins interact with farnesyl pyrophosphate synthetase
Lefebvre, Laurent; Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Ciminale, Vincenzo et al

in Journal of Virology (2002), 76(3), 1400-1414

G4 and p13(II) are accessory proteins encoded by the X region of bovine leukemia virus and human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), respectively. Disruption of the G4 and p13(II) open reading frames ... [more ▼]

G4 and p13(II) are accessory proteins encoded by the X region of bovine leukemia virus and human T-cell leukemia virus type 1 (HTLV-1), respectively. Disruption of the G4 and p13(II) open reading frames interferes with viral spread in animal model systems, indicating that the corresponding proteins play a key role in viral replication. In addition, G4 is oncogenic in primary cell cultures and is absolutely required for efficient onset of leukemogenesis in sheep. To gain insight into the function of these proteins, we utilized the yeast two-hybrid system to identify protein partners of G4. Results revealed that G4 interacts with farnesyl pyrophosphate synthetase (FPPS), a protein involved in the mevalonate/squalene pathway and in synthesis of FPP, a substrate required for prenylation of Ras. The specificity of the interaction was verified by glutathione S-transferase (GST) pull-down assays and by coimmunoprecipitation experiments. Furthermore, confocal microscopy showed that the subcellular localization of G4 was profoundly affected by FPPS. The G4 protein itself was not prenylated, at least in rabbit reticulocyte lysate-based assays. The domain of G4 required for binding to FPPS was restricted to an amphipathic alpha-helix rich in arginine residues. Subtle mutation of this alpha-helix abrogated G4 oncogenic potential in vitro, providing a biological relevance for FPPS-G4 complex formation in cells. Finally, HTLV-1 p13(II) was also found to specifically interact with FPPS (in yeast as well as in GST pull-down assays) and to colocalize with G4 in mitochondria, suggesting a functional analogy between these oncoviral accessory proteins. Identification of FPPS as a molecular partner for p13(II) and G4 accessory proteins opens retrovirus-induced leukemia. [less ▲]

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See detailElectron localization: Band-by-band decomposition and application to oxides
Veithen, M.; Gonze, X.; Ghosez, Philippe ULg

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2002), 66

Using a plane-wave pseudopotential approach to density functional theory we investigate the electron localization length in various oxides. For this purpose, we first set up a theory of the band-by-band ... [more ▼]

Using a plane-wave pseudopotential approach to density functional theory we investigate the electron localization length in various oxides. For this purpose, we first set up a theory of the band-by-band decomposition of this quantity, more complex than the decomposition of the spontaneous polarization (a related concept), because of the interband coupling. We show its interpretation in terms of Wannier functions and clarify the effect of the pseudopotential approximation. We treat the case of different oxides: BaO, alpha-PbO, BaTiO3, and PbTiO3. We also investigate the variation of the localization tensor during the ferroelectric phase transitions of BaTiO3 as well as its relationship with the Born effective charges. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-adapting time integration management in crash-worthiness and sheet metal forming computations
Noels, Ludovic ULg; Stainier, Laurent ULg; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in International Journal of Vehicle Design (2002), 30(1-2), 67-114

Variable step strategies are especially well suited to deal with problems characterized by high non-linearity and contact/impact, and resolved with an implicit scheme. Both phenomena are typical of ... [more ▼]

Variable step strategies are especially well suited to deal with problems characterized by high non-linearity and contact/impact, and resolved with an implicit scheme. Both phenomena are typical of dynamic simulations of contact-impact problems, as well as sheet metal forming. Constant step size strategies do not give a satisfactory answer for this kind of problem, since it is very difficult, if not impossible, for the user to find an appropriate time step that does not lead to divergence nor generate extremely costly computations. An automatic time stepping algorithm is proposed, which takes into account the recent history of accelerations in the deformable bodies under consideration. More precisely, the adaptation algorithm is based on estimators of the integration error of the differential dynamic balance equations. This allows for adaptation of the step size to capture correctly the transient phenomena, with characteristic times which can range from relatively long (after contact, or during sheet metal forming) to very short (during contact-impact). thus ensuring precision while keeping the computation cost to a minimum. Furthermore, we will see that this strategy can be used in explicit schemes. Additionally, the proposed algorithm automatically takes decisions regarding the necessity of updating the tangent matrix or stopping the iterations, further reducing the computational costs especially, when the Augmented Lagrangian method is used. As an illustration of the capabilities of this algorithm, several numerical simulations (shock absorber devices for vehicle crash-worthiness or sheet metal forming) problems will be presented. Other simulations pertaining to the sheet metal forming for vehicle structures will also be investigated, thus demonstrating the versatility, the capabilities and the efficiency of the proposed strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the specificity of cyclodextrin complexes detected by electrospray mass spectrometry
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Galic, Nives; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2002), 13(8), 946-953

alpha-cyclodextrin complexes with linear alpha,omega-dicarboxylic acids were investigated by electrospray mass spectrometry. These hydrophobic complexes are known to have an equilibrium binding constant ... [more ▼]

alpha-cyclodextrin complexes with linear alpha,omega-dicarboxylic acids were investigated by electrospray mass spectrometry. These hydrophobic complexes are known to have an equilibrium binding constant that increases with the diacid chain length. However, the electrospray mass spectrometry (ES-MS) spectra showed that the relative intensity of the complex did not vary significantly with chain length. This contradiction is caused by a contribution of nonspecific adducts to the signal of the complex in ES-MS. In order to estimate the contribution of nonspecific adducts to the total intensity of the complexes with alpha-cyclodextrin, the comparison was made between alpha-cyclodextrin and maltohexaose, the latter being incapable of making inclusion complexes in solution. The signal observed for complexes between diacids and maltohexaose can only result from nonspecific electrostatic aggregation, and is found to be more favorable with the shorter diacids. This is also supported by MS/MS experiments. A procedure is described which allows estimation of the contribution of the nonspecific complex in the spectra of the complexes with alpha-cyclodextrin by using the relative intensity of the complex with maltohexaose. The contribution of the specific complex to the total signal intensity is found to increase with the diacid chain length, which is in agreement with solution behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailYBa2Cu3O7 tapes prepared by sol-gel deposition techniques: microstructure and structural characterizations
Marguillier, David ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2002), 372(Part 2), 715-718

We report on the preparation conditions of YBa2Cu3O7 polycrystalline superconducting tapes by a sol-gel deposition technique. We present some discussion on the compatibility between the nature of the ... [more ▼]

We report on the preparation conditions of YBa2Cu3O7 polycrystalline superconducting tapes by a sol-gel deposition technique. We present some discussion on the compatibility between the nature of the substrate, the use of a buffer layer, and the conditions used to prepare appropriate superconducting YBa2Cu3O7,, materials. We report also on the microstructural characterizations performed in order to evaluate the crystallites size, degree of orientation and connectivity. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailIntramolecular vibrational relaxation seen as expansion in phase space. 4. Generic relaxation laws for a spectroscopic clump profile
Pavlov-Verevkin, V. B.; Lorquet, Jean-Claude ULg

in Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2002), 106(29), 6694-6701

We examine the volume of phase space sampled by a nonstationary wave packet when the spectral function consists of a single clump or of a series of them. The relaxation laws are expressed in terms of ... [more ▼]

We examine the volume of phase space sampled by a nonstationary wave packet when the spectral function consists of a single clump or of a series of them. The relaxation laws are expressed in terms of reduced time variables tau, whose definition involves either the average density of states (for a single clump) or appropriately weighted average densities of states (when the spectrum consists of many clumps). Introducing reasonable approximations, very simple generic relaxation laws are derived for the ratio N(tau)/N-infinity which measures the fraction of available phase space that has been sampled by time tau. Under certain assumptions, these laws are found to depend neither on the number nor on the individual features (shapes and widths) of the clumps. However, they strongly depend on the nature (regular or chaotic) of the underlying dynamics. When the dynamics is regular, the relaxation law is expressed in terms of tau(-1), whereas the corresponding equation in the chaotic limit is slightly more complicated and involves terms in tau(-2) and tau(-2) ln tau. Phase space is thus explored according to essentially different relaxation laws in the regular and chaotic limits, the difference being appreciable during the entire relaxation. These laws reflect in the time domain the difference in the distribution of nearest-neighbor level spacings observed in the energy domain (Poisson or Wigner statistics). [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of bioindicator species among Ephemeroptera, Plecoptera and Trichoptera in a survey of streams belonging to the rhithral classification in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg
Dohet, A.; Dolisy, D.; Hoffmann, L. et al

in Verhandlungen der Internationalen Vereinigung für Theoretische und Angewandte Limnologie = Proceedings of the International Association of Theoretical and Applied Limnology (2002), 28

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See detailL'exploitation du clearing à des fins de blanchiment - Pistes de réflexion
Dantinne, Michaël ULg

in Agon (2002), (36), 20-26

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See detailLittérature dialectale à Farciennes et Atlas linguistique de la Wallonie. De la géographie à la généricité
Droixhe, Daniel ULg; Vanwelkenhuyzen, Nadine ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (2002), 80(3), 875-904

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See detailMechanism of action of a lipophilic salicylic acid derivative on normal skin.
Leveque, J.-L.; Corcuff, P.; Rougier, A. et al

in European Journal of Dermatology (2002), 12(4), -

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See detailThe plant pathogenesis-related PR-10 proteins
Elbez, Mounira; Kevers, Claire ULg; Hamdi, Saïd et al

in Acta Botanica Gallica : Bulletin de la Société Botanique de France (2002), 149(4), 415-444

The PR-10 protein family contains proteins related to pathogenesis and allergenic proteins. They are acidic proteins, with an intracellular localization, usually members of a multigene family and ... [more ▼]

The PR-10 protein family contains proteins related to pathogenesis and allergenic proteins. They are acidic proteins, with an intracellular localization, usually members of a multigene family and ubiquitous among plant kingdom. They contain a highly conserved motif, identified as a phosphate binding site. Even if the biological function of these proteins is still unknown, many indicators seem to favour the hypothesis of an RNAse activity. Moreover, one of them seems to be a cytokinin specific binding protein. Besides, PR-10 protein expression induction under cytokinin treatment was observed with the Catharanthus roseus CrPR-10a protein. Here, we present the evidence of a significative increase of endogenous cytokinin contents in leaves of transgenic Tobacco plants over-expressing the CrPR-10a protein. [less ▲]

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See detailLes troubles morpho-syntaxiques développementaux en langage oral : quel cadre théorique adopter?
Maillart, Christelle ULg; Schelstraete, Marie-Anne; Hupet, Michel

in Langage et l'Homme (Le) : Recherches Pluridisciplinaires sur le Langage (2002), 37(2), 85-102

This article contrasts two theoretical frames actually used to account for morphosyntactic disorders in children with specific language impairment. The first one stems from a traditional formal linguistic ... [more ▼]

This article contrasts two theoretical frames actually used to account for morphosyntactic disorders in children with specific language impairment. The first one stems from a traditional formal linguistic account developped in the context of Chomsky’s works while the second approach, the emergent account, is more functional. Following the linguistic account, it has been assumed that children are born with an innate set of representational constraints, the Universal Grammar, on which grammars are possible for a given language. In contrast, for the emergentist view, it is not necessary to postulate an autonomous device that evolved for grammar rather language in general, and grammar in particular, would emerge from cognitive and communicative abilities and linguistic environment. Both theoretical frames are briefly presented and discussed as well as their implications for the pathology study in children. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailBiocontrol Of Listeria Monocytogenes In A Model Cultured Milk (Lben) By In Situ Bacteriocin Production From Lactococcus Lactis Ssp Lactis
Benkerroum, N.; Ghouati, Y.; Ghalfi, H. et al

in International Journal of Dairy Technology (2002), 55(3),

Bacteriocin-producing (Bac+) Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis CCMM/IAV/BK1 isolated from traditional lben was used in the preparation of lben from pasteurized milk to assess its potential inhibitory ... [more ▼]

Bacteriocin-producing (Bac+) Lactococcus lactis ssp. lactis CCMM/IAV/BK1 isolated from traditional lben was used in the preparation of lben from pasteurized milk to assess its potential inhibitory activity against Listeria monocytogenes ATCC 7644. Production of bacteriocin (arbitrary units, AU) in MRS broth fortified with yeast extract (MRSY) in a fermentor under controlled and uncontrolled pH conditions was also investigated. This Bac+ strain yielded about 35 times more bacteriocin when the pH was maintained constant at 6.5 than under varying pH conditions. To test the effect of in situ bacteriocin production against L. monocytogenes, lben was made from cow's milk artificially contaminated with approximately 107 cfu/mL and fermented with a mixed mesophilic starter culture consisting of the lactococcal Bac+ organism and Lc. lactis ssp. lactis biovar diacetylactis 66, a diacetyl-producing strain, in a ratio of 1 : 1. Numbers of L. monocytogenes were monitored during fermentation and storage of lben at refrigeration temperature (c. 7°C) for up to 6 days. Performances of the Bac+ starter were compared to those of an isogenic Bac- derivative strain obtained from the Bac+ starter by curing with ethidium bromide. The results showed that the amount of L. monocytogenes decreased to below the detectable level in a 1-mL sample within 24 h of storage at 7°C in lben fermented with the Bac+ starter culture. On the contrary, L. monocytogenes survived for 6 days of storage at 7°C in lben made with the Bac- starter. The Bac+ wild strain of the starter studied could be adequately used to produce lben or similar indigenous fermented milks of improved hygienic quality on an industrial scale. Alternatively, it could be used as an adjunct in minimally processed products or in products obtained from raw milk to add a safety factor. [less ▲]

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See detailInteractions between the cytochrome pathway and the alternative oxidase in isolated Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria.
Jarmuszkiewicz, W.; Sluse, Francis ULg; Hryniewiecka, L. et al

in Journal of Bioenergetics & Biomembranes (2002), 34(1), 31-40

The steady-state activity of the two quinol-oxidizing pathways of Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria, the phosphorylating cytochrome pathway (i.e. the benzohydroxamate(BHAM)-resistant respiration in ... [more ▼]

The steady-state activity of the two quinol-oxidizing pathways of Acanthamoeba castellanii mitochondria, the phosphorylating cytochrome pathway (i.e. the benzohydroxamate(BHAM)-resistant respiration in state 3) and the alternative oxidase (i.e. the KCN-resistant respiration), is shown to be fixed by ubiquinone (Q) pool redox state independently of the reducing substrate (succinate or exogenous reduced nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NADH)), indicating that the active Q pool is homogenous. For both pathways, activity increases with the Q reduction level (up to 80%). However, the cytochrome pathway respiration partially inhibited (about 50%) by myxothiazol decreases when the Q reduction level increases above 80%. The decrease can be explained by the Q cycle mechanism of complex III. It is also shown that BHAM has an influence on the relationship between the rate of ADP phosphorylation and the Q reduction level when alternative oxidase is active, and that KCN has an influence on the relationship between the alternative oxidase activity and the Q reduction level. These unexpected effects of BHAM and KCN observed at a given Q reduction level are likely due to functional connections between the two pathways activities or to protein-protein interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailRole Of The Somatotropic Axis In The Mammalian Metabolism
Renaville, Robert ULg; Hammadi, M.; Portetelle, Daniel ULg

in Domestic Animal Endocrinology (2002), 23(1-2),

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See detailExiste-t-il des limites juridiques à la privatisation des entreprises publiques?
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Revue Internationale de Droit Economique (2002)

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See detailQuantitative and qualitative estimation of bacteria in foodstuffs by genetic amplification
China, Bernard; Ghafir, Yasmine; Daube, Georges ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(2, APR-MAY),

Food quality is a major concern of our modern society. The sudden awareness that food is not sterile underlines the need of a rigorous microbiological analysis of foodstuffs. The techniques developed ... [more ▼]

Food quality is a major concern of our modern society. The sudden awareness that food is not sterile underlines the need of a rigorous microbiological analysis of foodstuffs. The techniques developed until now require the growth of the microorganism on a selective medium allowing to differentiate it from other bacteria. This procedure could be long and difficult for the analysis. To improve these classical methods, molecular biology techniques based on the specific amplification of a DNA sequence are in development. Moreover, the apparition of real time PCR allows new future prospects since it allows to quantify the number of bacteria present in a sample. This quantitative aspect is very important in food microbiology. In this way, the molecular biology tools should allow to develop fast, sensitive, specific and quantitative diagnosis tests to confirm the results obtained by classical methods but also to allow the diagnosis of fastidious bacteria. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailPourquoi la Finlande a-t-elle tant de jeunes bons lecteurs ?
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2002), 9-10

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See detailOsteoporosis in the very elderly
Halkin, V; Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Medicographia (2002), 24(4), 316-321

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See detailAxillary artery injury secondary to anterior shoulder dislocation: report of two cases.
MAWEJA, Sylvie ULg; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2002), 102(3), 187-91

Vascular injuries secondary to isolated shoulder dislocation are rare. Unawareness for closed axillary artery trauma by many physicians treating shoulder dislocations, counts often for missed or delayed ... [more ▼]

Vascular injuries secondary to isolated shoulder dislocation are rare. Unawareness for closed axillary artery trauma by many physicians treating shoulder dislocations, counts often for missed or delayed diagnosis. The authors describe two cases that presented with an anterior shoulder dislocation, complicated by a disruption of the axillary artery with subsequent thrombosis. The various pathogenic mechanisms are discussed. The pathognomic triad consists of anterior shoulder dislocation, absent or diminished distal pulse and an axillary protruding hematoma. Prompt surgical arterial repair is mandatory. [less ▲]

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See detailLa "compensation forfaitaire" au profit de la presse écrite : le choc des interprétations
Rosoux, Géraldine ULg

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

The article analyzes a decision of the Belgian constitutional Court interpreting a mechanism of compensation, created to ensure the freedom of press: this compensation is not a tax.

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See detailVegetative and generative behaviour of Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) plants raised from in vitro regeneration of axillary or stipular buds
Jemmali, Ahmed; Elloumi, Nedra; Kevers, Claire ULg

in Acta Botanica Gallica : Bulletin de la Société Botanique de France (2002), 149(4), 395-404

In vitro regeneration of strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) plants from adventitious stipular buds allowed us to obtain a new clone differing from the axillary originated clone by its vegetative and ... [more ▼]

In vitro regeneration of strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa Duch.) plants from adventitious stipular buds allowed us to obtain a new clone differing from the axillary originated clone by its vegetative and reproductive behavior. Besides of its clear and rounded leaves, this clone is characterized by a slower plastochronal rythm corresponding to the production of a greater number of axillary shoots (runners). Furthermore, its flowers have shorter receptacle that does not overstep stamens. At the contrary, receptacle of the axillary clone largely overstep stamens and then, they are not well pollinated and resulted in malformed fruits especially in cold season or in absence of pollen vectors. [less ▲]

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

in Actualités du Droit (2002), 3

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See detailUse of X-ray microtomography to follow the convective heat drying of wastewater sludges
Léonard, Angélique ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Drying Technology (2002), 20(4-5), 1053-1069

X-ray microtomography is proposed as a new tool to investigate the evolution of size, shape and texture of soft materials during a drying operation. This study is focused on the drying of mechanically ... [more ▼]

X-ray microtomography is proposed as a new tool to investigate the evolution of size, shape and texture of soft materials during a drying operation. This study is focused on the drying of mechanically dewatered sludges from a secondary wastewater treatment. The shrinkage phenomenon is shown to play a crucial role in the control of the drying process. The shrinkage curves are determined by analysing the shape and size of cross sectional microtomographic images of sludge extrudates at different levels of drying. The observation of drying and shrinkage curves allows us to determine 3 critical water content values, which define different drying zones where extragranular, intragranular or mixed limitations prevail. When drying is externally controlled. the decrease of the drying rate observed during experiments can be related to the reduction of the external area of the sample, i.e., to shrinkage. When drying is internally controlled, resistances inside the solid govern the process. Between these two extreme situations, the drying rate reduction is the result of both the external area decrease and the development of internal resistances limiting drying. A multizone model is proposed to describe quantitatively these observations. The analysis of the internal texture of the Sludge extrudates reveal, crack formation at the end of the drying process. The onset of crack formation is clearly related to the appearance of internal transfer limitations. i.e., humidity and temperature gradients inside the material. [less ▲]

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See detailConjuguer les spécificités de la démarche géographique avec un enseignement centré sur les compétences. L’expérience de la FEGEPRO
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Puzzle (2002), (11), 27-30

Presentation of the experience made by the Federation of Professors of Geography of the French Community of Belgium (FEGEPRO) to assist in the establishment of a teaching competency

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See detailQuel statut pour l'embryon et le foetus dans le champ juridique belge?
Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg; Langenaken, Evelyne ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2002)

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See detailNudging acne by topical beta-lipohydroxy acid (LHA), a new comedolytic agent.
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Rougier, A.

in European Journal of Dermatology (2002), 12(4), -

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See detailLe Pr J.-M. Krzesinski (CHU sart Tilman, ULg) a sélectionné pour vous...
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Tempo Médical (2002), 240

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See detailUpdate on the histological presentation of facial wrinkles.
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Uhoda, Isabelle; Pierard, Claudine ULg

in European Journal of Dermatology (2002), 12(6), -

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See detailFrontal hypometabolism does not explain inhibitory dysfunction in Alzheimer disease
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Delrue, Gaël ULg et al

in Alzheimer Disease and Associated Disorders (2002), 16(4, Oct-Dec), 228-238

A series of tasks assessing inhibitory processes was administered to patients with Alzheimer disease and control subjects. Two groups of patients with Alzheimer disease were examined: patients with ... [more ▼]

A series of tasks assessing inhibitory processes was administered to patients with Alzheimer disease and control subjects. Two groups of patients with Alzheimer disease were examined: patients with hypometabolism restricted to the posterior (temporal and parietal) cerebral areas and patients with hypometabolism in both posterior and anterior (frontal) cerebral areas. The performances of the patients with Alzheimer disease were inferior to those of control subjects on all inhibitory tasks, but the two groups of patients obtained similar scores. These data indicate that frontal lobe hypometabolism is not necessary to produce inhibitory impairment in Alzheimer disease. Consequently, inhibitory dysfunction could be the consequence of a (partial) disconnection process between posterior and anterior cerebral areas. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthetic, structural, magnetic, and Mossbauer spectral study of {Fe[HC(3,5-Me(2)pz)(3)](2)}I-2 and its spin-state crossover behavior
Reger, D. L.; Little, C. A.; Smith, M. D. et al

in European Journal Of Inorganic Chemistry (2002), (5), 1190-1197

The complex {Fe[HC(3,5-Me(2)pz)(3)](2)}I-2 (1) has been prepared from the reaction of FeI2 and HC(3,5-Me(2)pz)(3) (pz = pyrazolyl ring) in a 1:2 ratio. The complex is high-spin in both the solid state and ... [more ▼]

The complex {Fe[HC(3,5-Me(2)pz)(3)](2)}I-2 (1) has been prepared from the reaction of FeI2 and HC(3,5-Me(2)pz)(3) (pz = pyrazolyl ring) in a 1:2 ratio. The complex is high-spin in both the solid state and in solution at ambient temperature, In the solid state, magnetic susceptibility and Mossbauer spectral studies indicate that samples of the complex that have been crystallized and dried change completely from high-spin to low-spin upon cooling below 195 K, with a substantial two-step thermal hysteresis in the transition, The spin-crossover properties of I are sample dependent: powder samples do not change to low-spin at low temperatures. Two crystalline forms of I have been identified by X-ray crystallography, one form containing no solvent of crystallization and the other containing solvent, In both, there is only one iron site, with average Fe-N bond lengths of 2.18 and 2.17 Angstrom, values that confirm that the complex is high-spin. Single crystals of the nonsolvated form shatter at low temperatures whereas single crystals of the solvated form can be cooled to 110 K with no loss of crystallinity and remain fully high spin at this temperature, Crystallographic information: nonsolvated form is triclinic, P (1) over bar, a = 8,8062(2) Angstrom, b = 10.3549(2) Angstrom, c = 11.3549(2) Angstrom, a = 104.0768(10), beta = 110.2473(10)degrees, gamma = 92.6385(11)degrees, Z = 1; solvated form is monoclinic P2(1)/c, a 10.3214(5) Angstrom, b = 12.7753(7) Angstrom, c = 20.1995(11) Angstrom, alpha = 90degrees, beta = 97.5380(10)degrees, gamma = 90degrees, Z = 2. [less ▲]

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See detailL'intensité des soins en gériatrie : élaboration d'un document de réflexion
Petermans, Jean ULg

in Revue Médicale de Bruxelles (2002), 23

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See detailPrevention de l'apparition du diabete de type 2 par l'inhibition du systeme renine-angiotensine.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(7), 449-52

Type 2 diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension are part of the insulin resistance syndrome. Besides a metabolic component, insulin resistance has also an haemodynamic component, especially in relation ... [more ▼]

Type 2 diabetes mellitus and arterial hypertension are part of the insulin resistance syndrome. Besides a metabolic component, insulin resistance has also an haemodynamic component, especially in relation with an endothelial dysfunction. Some studies suggested that inhibitors of angiotensin converting enzyme can improve insulin sensitivity. Interestingly enough, three clinical trials recently reported concordant results showing that the inhibition of the renin-angiotensin system significantly reduces the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in patients at high risk of vascular complications, essentially with hypertension: the CAPPP trial with captopril (-14%, p = 0.39), the HOPE study with ramipril (-34%, p < 0.001) and the LIFE study with losartan (-25%, p < 0.001). However, these observations could be criticized because such a protective effect was only considered as a secondary endpoint in these studies. Two large prospective, controlled, randomized, double-blind trials are ongoing to specifically confirm this interesting hypothesis, one with ramipril and the other with valsartan. [less ▲]

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See detailDesign of structural joints in building frames
Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Progress in Structural Engineering and Materials (2002), 4(1), 18-34

A single and unified concept for the design of structural joints in building frames made of any material has been developed in recent years, and is now widely implemented in European design codes. In the ... [more ▼]

A single and unified concept for the design of structural joints in building frames made of any material has been developed in recent years, and is now widely implemented in European design codes. In the present paper, this concept is presented, its merits as far as the economy of a project are demonstrated, and practical design tools for its application in daily practice are briefly described. The paper also contains references to user's manuals and design handbooks. [less ▲]

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See detailAutonomie corporelle de la personne et responsabilité médicale
Leleu, Yves-Henri ULg; Genicot, Gilles ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2002), liv. 13

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See detailWeight loss does not influence energy expenditure or leucine metabolism in obese cats
Nguyen, Patrick; Dumon, Henri; Martin, Lucile et al

in Journal of Nutrition (2002), 132(6, Suppl. 2), 1649-1651

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See detailPotential influence of pregnancy hormones and proteins synthesized during pregnancy on the maternal immunological status
Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Figueiredo, J. R.; El Amiri, Bouchra et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2002), 146(2), 71-82

During pregnancy, the endocrine function of the gonads and the foeto-placental unit involves the synthesis of several hormones (progesterone, oestrogens, cortisol, prostaglandins, prolactin, chorionic ... [more ▼]

During pregnancy, the endocrine function of the gonads and the foeto-placental unit involves the synthesis of several hormones (progesterone, oestrogens, cortisol, prostaglandins, prolactin, chorionic gonadotropin, placental lactogen, also designed "chorionic somatomammotropin", etc.), and a series of growth factors and proteins. Some proteins and glycoproteins synthesized during gestation interfere with the establishment of pregnancy, corpus luteum maintenance, intermediate maternal metabolism, fetal growth, mammary growth and immunotolerance of the conceptus by the mother. This review includes a presentation of the main pregnancy-related hormones and proteins and their hypothetical role on the immunological status of the mother. [less ▲]

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See detailAdenylate kinase 1 knockout mice have normal thiamine triphosphate levels
Makarchikov, Alexander F; Wins, Pierre; Janssen, E. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Molecular Cell Research (2002), 1592(2), 117-121

Thiamine triphosphate (ThTP) is found at low concentrations in most animal tissues and it may act as a phosphate donor for the phosphorylation of proteins, suggesting a potential role in cell signaling ... [more ▼]

Thiamine triphosphate (ThTP) is found at low concentrations in most animal tissues and it may act as a phosphate donor for the phosphorylation of proteins, suggesting a potential role in cell signaling. Two mechanisms have been proposed for the enzymatic synthesis of ThTP. A thiamine diphosphate (ThDP) kinase (ThDP + ATP double left right arrow ThTP + ADP) has been purified from brewer's yeast and shown to exist in rat liver. However, other data suggest that, at least in skeletal muscle, adenylate kinase I (AK1) is responsible for ThTP synthesis. In this study, we show that AK1 knockout mice have normal ThTP levels in skeletal muscle, heart, brain, liver and kidney, demonstrating that AK1 is not responsible for ThTP synthesis in those tissues. We predict that the high ThTP content of particular tissues like the Electrophorus electricus electric organ, or pig and chicken skeletal muscle is more tightly correlated with high ThDP kinase activity or low soluble ThTPase activity than with non-stringent substrate specificity and high activity of adenylate kinase. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of an accelerometer based on a levitated proof mass
Houlihan, Ruth; Kraft, Michael ULg

in Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (2002), 12(4), 495--503

A triaxial accelerometer is presented which employs as its proof mass a mechanically free micromachined disc that is electrostatically levitated. Air damping plays a critical role in the operation of the ... [more ▼]

A triaxial accelerometer is presented which employs as its proof mass a mechanically free micromachined disc that is electrostatically levitated. Air damping plays a critical role in the operation of the accelerometer, providing stability to an inherently unstable system. Systems that operate beyond the cut-off frequency, however, suffer reduced gain due to the spring component of the squeeze film damping, resulting in decreased sensitivity. A finite-element model for extracting squeeze film damping coefficients for transverse and rotational motion of the disc, via an analogy to heat transfer theory, is presented. The use of the analogy enables a reduction of the problem from a complex three-dimensional computational fluid dynamics domain to a two-dimensional heat transfer domain. The model is used to evaluate the effect of including damping holes in the proof mass. The high-frequency oscillation and physical size of the proof mass dictate that the accelerometer is operated well beyond its cut-off frequency and so the inclusion of damping holes in the proof mass can result in an increase rather than decrease in the damping coefficient. The resulting system-level model, implemented in Matlab/Simulink, is then used to evaluate the effect of the squeeze film damping on the device performance. [less ▲]

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See detailA case of hepatic alveolar echinococcosis contracted in Belgium
Delbecque, Katty ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2002), 65(1, Jan-Mar), 55-60

We report herein the case of a Belgian 76-year-oId woman who developed a hepatic tumour suspected to be a breast cancer metastasis. Radiological imaging and guided biopsies were not contributive. The ... [more ▼]

We report herein the case of a Belgian 76-year-oId woman who developed a hepatic tumour suspected to be a breast cancer metastasis. Radiological imaging and guided biopsies were not contributive. The patient underwent an explorative laparoscopy with frozen sections that did not provide further diagnosis, and an open left bisegmentectomy was performed during the same anaesthesia. Histopathological examination of the hepatic mass showed Echinococcus multilocularis metacestodes, demonstrating alveolar echinococcosis. As our patient denied any travel in foreign countries and has undergone regular abdominal ultrasonographies since her mastectomy, it is highly likely that this alveolar echinococcosis had been contracted in Belgium. If some imported cases may be seldom managed in Belgium, to our knowledge, this case is the first occurrence of alveolar echinococcosis contracted in Belgium. This report, added to the demonstration of E. multilocaris infection of 50% of red foxes in Southern Belgium, and the potential infection of domestic cats and dogs, should attract attention of the medical community on the possible outbreak of endemic alveolar echinococcosis in Belgium, and on the related public health concerns. [less ▲]

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See detailStimulation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 expression in human fibrosarcoma cells by synthetic matrix metalloproteinase inhibitors.
Maquoi, Erik ULg; Munaut, Carine ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Experimental Cell Research (2002), 275(1), 110-21

Enhanced expression and activation of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and MMP-9 have been associated with tumor progression, invasion, and metastasis. The use of synthetic MMP inhibitors to block the ... [more ▼]

Enhanced expression and activation of matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) and MMP-9 have been associated with tumor progression, invasion, and metastasis. The use of synthetic MMP inhibitors to block the proteolytic activity of these enzymes recently emerged as a potential therapeutic tool to treat cancer. In this study, we report that GI129471, a synthetic broad-spectrum MMP inhibitor, efficiently reduced the in vitro invasiveness of HT1080 cells through type IV collagen, a major component of basement membranes. This reduced invasion was paralleled by a complete inhibition of pro-MMP-2 activation; however, GI129471 strongly increased the amount of secreted pro-MMP-9, which could be subsequently activated through a plasminogen-dependent mechanism. Quantitative RT-PCR and northern blot analysis revealed that GI129471 specifically increased the MMP-9 mRNA steady-state level. Moreover, transient transfection of HT1080 cells with beta-galactosidase reporter vectors containing different lengths of the 5'-flanking region of the MMP-9 gene revealed an upregulation of the transcriptional activity of the corresponding promoter. Well-known modulators of MMP-9 expression such as Il-1beta and TNF-alpha were not involved in this upregulation. These findings emphasize the complexity of the regulation of MMP expression and the requirement for a detailed characterization of the potential adverse side effects associated with the use of broad-spectrum MMPIs. [less ▲]

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See detailLa recherche scientifique en Hautes-Fagnes
Streel, Maurice ULg

in Bulletin de l'Académie Royale des Sciences, des Lettres et des Beaux-Arts de Belgique. Sciences (2002), XIII(1-6), 55-65

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See detailSex control and sex determinism study in Eurasian perch, Perca fluviatilis, by use of hormonally sex-reversed male breeders
Rougeot, Carole ULg; Jacobs, Bruno; Kestemont, Patrick et al

in Aquaculture (2002), 121

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See detailBlade-Tip Timing Measurement Of Synchronous Vibrations Of Rotating Bladed
Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg; Carrington, Ian B.; Wright, Jan Robert et al

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2002), 16(4), 599-622

Blade-tip timing (BTT) is a promising method for the detection, measurement and analysis of blade vibrations in rotating bladed assemblies. However, the intricacies of the method when applied to real ... [more ▼]

Blade-tip timing (BTT) is a promising method for the detection, measurement and analysis of blade vibrations in rotating bladed assemblies. However, the intricacies of the method when applied to real rotating structures undergoing synchronous (Engine Ordered) vibrations are not yet fully understood. In this paper, a mathematical model is developed to simulate data from typical BTT tests of rotating assemblies. The simulator is then used in order to provide a qualitative analysis of several phenomena that can be associated with the synchronous vibrations of rotating assemblies, including mistuning, coupling, excitation at multiple Engine Orders and simultaneous synchronous and asynchronous responses. It is concluded that none of these phenomena on its own will render the identification of the frequency and amplitude of blade vibrations impossible. However, there is no single BTT data analysis method that is able to deal with all of these phenomena. [less ▲]

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See detailLe changement de sexe : perspectives pronostiques
Michel, Aude; Mormont, Christian ULg

in Neuropsy News (2002), 1(5), 224-231

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See detailUse of specific bioluminescent cell lines for the detection of steroid hormone (ant)agonists in meat producing animals
Willemsen, Philippe; Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Maghuin-Rogister, Guy ULg et al

in Analytica Chimica Acta (2002), 473(1-2), 119-126

We present stable transformed human mammary cell lines displaying highly inducible steroid receptor-mediated luciferase reporter gene expression. The utilization of a cell-based assay for detection of ... [more ▼]

We present stable transformed human mammary cell lines displaying highly inducible steroid receptor-mediated luciferase reporter gene expression. The utilization of a cell-based assay for detection of steroid agonists and antagonists down to 0.3 ng g(-1) is described and its application to the analysis of bovine samples is discussed. In particular, the use of the assays to detect illegal progesterone or androgen treatment has to take into account the presence of natural endogenous hormones. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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