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See detailHypofractionation in retinoblastoma: an increased risk of retinopathy.
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Mirimanoff, R-O; Schmid, C et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1993), 28

Forty-four eyes in 38 children were treated between 1963 and 1991 by external radiotherapy for retinoblastoma. Treatment modalities varied widely during this period; in addition to radiotherapy there was ... [more ▼]

Forty-four eyes in 38 children were treated between 1963 and 1991 by external radiotherapy for retinoblastoma. Treatment modalities varied widely during this period; in addition to radiotherapy there was chemotherapy (16/44), photocoagulation (14/44), and laser therapy or cryotherapy (14/44). Treatment technique and dose fractionation also varied widely; lateral beam technique (39/44) versus anterior or anterior/lateral beam; doses per fraction ranged from 1 to 4.5 Gy, total doses from 30 to 61.5 Gy, and overall times from 22 to 49 days. Patients were followed at 3-month intervals, and actuarial survival at 10 years was 88%, with 62% local control. Ten eyes showed clinical evidence of retinopathy. A multivariate analysis of factors associated with increased risk of retinopathy was carried out using the Cox proportional hazards model and the mixture model of Farewell. The estimated latent time was 17 months (95% confidence interval, 14-20 months). The only factors found to be significantly associated with retinopathy were total dose multiplied by dose per fraction, or total dose normalized to the equivalent total dose in 2-Gy fractions as estimated from the LQ model, and these gave equivalent descriptions. There were trends (not significant) for increased risk of retinopathy when treatments included chemotherapy or photocoagulation, and for decreased risk (also not significant) when cryotherapy was used in conjunction with radiotherapy. No significance could be attached to any of the following: number of sites per eye, Reese-Ellsworth stage, and family history. We conclude that hypofractionation carries a significant risk for retinopathy in the treatment of retinoblastoma. [less ▲]

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See detailLa transferrine déficiente en acide sialique: un nouveau marqueur de l'éthylisme chronique ?
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg

in Annales Pharmaceutiques Belges (1993), 3

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See detailFundic Argyrophil Cell Hyperplasia in Atrophic Gastritis: A Search for a Sensitive Diagnostic Method
Belaiche, Jacques ULg; Delwaide, Jean ULg; Vivario, M. et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (1993), 56(1, Jan-Feb), 11-7

Hypergastrinemia induces argyrophil cell hyperplasia in oxyntic mucosa (FACH) in patients with non-antral atrophic gastritis, with or without pernicious anemia. This proliferation favours the development ... [more ▼]

Hypergastrinemia induces argyrophil cell hyperplasia in oxyntic mucosa (FACH) in patients with non-antral atrophic gastritis, with or without pernicious anemia. This proliferation favours the development of carcinoid tumours. In order to determine the most usual appropriate method to document FACH, we have studied 29 consecutive fundic biopsies from 26 patients with fundic chronic gastritis. The study encompassed gastrinemia levels, standard histology permitting the classification of chronic gastritis, demonstration of FACH by Grimelius stain, immunohistochemical studies using NSE, chromogranin A and by electron microscopy. The FACH was classified for each stain as slight, moderate or severe. The study displayed a relationship between the grade of gastritis and the density of argyrophil endocrine cells in oxyntic mucosa assessed by Grimelius stain (p < 0.0001) and chromogranin A (P < 0.01). There was also a relationship between the serum gastrin level and the density of argyrophil endocrine cells detected by these two stains (p < 0.001). A highly significant correlation was observed between Grimelius stain and chromogranin A (p < 0.0001). On the other hand, no significant correlation was noted with either NSE or electron microscopy. We conclude that Grimelius stain and immunohistochemical studies against chromogranin A were the best methods for the demonstration of FACH in atrophic gastritis. One of these two techniques is sufficient in current practice for defining the patients at risk for subsequent surveillance. [less ▲]

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See detailAérosolthérapie chez le cheval : 3. Etude clinique
Lekeux, Pierre ULg; Genicot, Bruno; Votion, Dominique ULg et al

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (1993), 25(4), 245-248

This review analyzes the advantages, disadvantages, limites and clinical applications of aerosoltherapy in equine medicine

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See detailLa compétence du juge des référés en cas de procédure d'extradition
Kefer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (1993)

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See detailEffects of Capsaicin on the Endothelial Permeability in Isolated and Perfused Rabbit Lungs
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Ansay, Michel ULg

in Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (1993), 7(2), 81-91

Changes in pulmonary endothelial permeability and in microvascular hemodynamics in response to capsaicin (10(-4) M) were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs. Blood-free perfusate was ... [more ▼]

Changes in pulmonary endothelial permeability and in microvascular hemodynamics in response to capsaicin (10(-4) M) were investigated in isolated, perfused rabbit lungs. Blood-free perfusate was recirculated through ventilated lungs in an isogravimetric state, under zone III conditions with a constant flow. Using the occlusions method, the total pressure gradient between the arterial and the venous levels (delta Pt) was partitioned into four components: arterial (delta Pa), pre-(delta Pa') and post-(delta Pv') capillary, and venous (delta Pv). The capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c) was evaluated by measuring the amount of fluid filtering through the endothelium when arterial and venous pressures were suddenly increased. Capsaicin caused no changes in the vascular pressures at any level of the pulmonary circulation but induced a significant 3-fold increase in the Kf,c (P < 0.05). This reaction was accompanied by pulmonary oedema. The mechanisms involved in the permeability changes were investigated by testing the capacity of different drugs to block the response to capsaicin. Clonidine (10(-7) M to 10(-5) M), morphine (10(-6) M), aspirin (10(-3) M), ketanserin (10(-8) M) and (+/)- CP 96,345 (10(-6) M), an antagonist of neurokinin NK1 receptor, completely prevented the effects of capsaicin on the Kf,c. In contrast, terfenadine (10(-7)) together with cimetidine (10(-5) M) had no protective effect against capsaicin. It was concluded that capsaicin-induced pulmonary oedema was due to an increase in the capillary filtration coefficient and not to hemodynamic changes. This alteration in the endothelium permeability is mediated by the release of endogenous peptides from C-fibers upon the action of capsaicin and subsequent activation of NK1 receptors, probably by substance P. Moreover, 5-hydroxytryptamine receptors and arachidonic acid derivates are also involved in this reaction [less ▲]

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See detailMicroclimat et composition de l'air dans une enceinte fermée destinée à l'étude de la toxicité des polluants atmosphériques chez le porcelet
Urbain, B.; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Prouvost, J. F. et al

in Veterinary Research (1993), 24(6), 503-514

An experimental model representing the pollution background in a pigpen was constructed in order to study the toxicology of pig respiratory air pollutants. Temperature, relative humidity, air-flow rate ... [more ▼]

An experimental model representing the pollution background in a pigpen was constructed in order to study the toxicology of pig respiratory air pollutants. Temperature, relative humidity, air-flow rate, total dust, total viable particles, endotoxins in respirable dust (< 5 microns) and ammonia were measured in a 1.9 m3 environmental chamber designed for piglets. The activity of 1 piglet was recorded on video. Temperature and relative humidity were respectively 23.9 +/- 1.3 degrees C and 70.5 +/- 8.3% (mean +/- SD). Air flow rate was 10 m3/h. Dust, viable particles, endotoxin and ammonia concentrations were respectively 7 +/- 2 particles/ml, 3.4 x 10(4) +/- 2.9 x 10(4) BCFP (bacterial colony-forming particles)/m3, 4.8 +/- 1.5 ng/m3 and 6 +/- 0.8 ppm (mean +/- SD). All these parameters were comparable to the lowest values recorded in pigpens [less ▲]

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See detailMesures quantitatives de l'erythropoiese. Le recepteur soluble de la transferrine.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1993), 148(1-2), 100-4105-7

Iron transport in plasma is carried out by transferrin, which donates iron to cells through its interaction with a specific membrane receptor. The soluble form of the transferrin receptor has been ... [more ▼]

Iron transport in plasma is carried out by transferrin, which donates iron to cells through its interaction with a specific membrane receptor. The soluble form of the transferrin receptor has been identified in plasma. Dosage of the soluble receptor represents a simple, reliable, quantitative assay of erythropoiesis, which should replace the standard ferrokinetic measurement. Using this dosage, it is now possible to investigate the pathophysiology of anemia in many conditions, and to analyze the erythropoietic response to treatment with recombinant erythropoietin. [less ▲]

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See detailDe Dakconstructie van de Karmelietenkerk, eerste dendrochronologische analyse
Hoffsummer, Patrick ULg; Houbrechts, David

in Stadsarcheologie (1993), 17(2), 29-34

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See detailViolences des jeunes : à l'école et ailleurs ?
Born, Michel ULg; Gavray, Claire ULg

in Observatoire : Revue d'Action Sociale & Médico-Sociale (1993), 6

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See detailUse of an antisense oligonucleotide to inhibit expression of a mutated human procollagen gene (COL1A1) in transfected mouse 3T3 cells.
Colige, Alain ULg; Sokolov, B. P.; Nugent, P. et al

in Biochemistry (1993), 32(1), 7-11

A series of antisense oligonucleotides were developed to inhibit specifically expression of a mutated exogenous gene for collagen without inhibiting expression of an endogenous gene for the same protein ... [more ▼]

A series of antisense oligonucleotides were developed to inhibit specifically expression of a mutated exogenous gene for collagen without inhibiting expression of an endogenous gene for the same protein. The test system consisted of mouse NIH 3T3 cells that were stably transfected with an internally deleted construct of the human gene for the pro alpha 1(I) chain of type I procollagen [Olsen et al. (1991) J. Biol. Chem. 266, 1117]. The target site was a region at the 3' end of exon 1 and the first few nucleotides of intron 1 of the exogenous human gene that differed in sequence by nine nucleotides from the sequence of the endogenous mouse gene. Expression of the two genes was assayed by Western blot with cross-reacting antibodies and by steady-state levels of mRNAs. None of the oligonucleotides were effective in concentrations up to 25 microM when administered without any carrier. However, when administered with 5 or 10 micrograms/mL lipofectin, one of the oligonucleotides in concentrations of 0.1-0.2 microM inhibited expression of the exogenous gene from 50% to 80% without significant inhibition of expression of the endogenous gene. Also, a missense version of the same oligonucleotide had no significant effect, and the inhibition observed with the most effective oligonucleotide was abolished by a single base change. Time course experiments indicated that, after a 4-h treatment, inhibition appeared at 8 h and persisted for at least 22 h.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement Yarrowia lipolytica lipase production by mutant selection.
Destain, Jacqueline ULg; Roblain, D.; Thonart, Philippe ULg

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1993), 101(B1-B25),

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See detailConnection and frame design for economy
Anderson, D.; Colson, A.; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Stavební Obzor (1993), 10

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See detailCrystallization of a genetically engineered water-soluble primary penicillin target enzyme. The high molecular mass PBP2x of Streptococcus pneumoniae.
Charlier, Paulette ULg; Buisson, G.; Dideberg, O. et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (1993), 232(3), 1007-9

A genetically engineered water-soluble derivative of PBP2x of Streptococcus pneumoniae has been produced, purified and crystallized in a form suitable for X-ray diffraction analysis. The best crystals ... [more ▼]

A genetically engineered water-soluble derivative of PBP2x of Streptococcus pneumoniae has been produced, purified and crystallized in a form suitable for X-ray diffraction analysis. The best crystals have been grown at 15 degrees C, from solutions containing 8% polyethylene glycol 10,000 at pH values ranging from 3.9 to 6.0. These crystals diffract to a resolution of 3.5 A and have a space group P6(1)22 (or enantiomorph) with unit cell dimensions of a = b = 162.2 A, c = 171.8 A, alpha = beta = 90 degrees, gamma = 120 degrees. The molecular mass and cell dimensions suggest that there is one molecule of enzyme per asymmetric unit. The breakdown of a chromogenic cephalosporin derivative diffused into a crystal reveals clearly that the enzyme is active in the crystalline state. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of the negative regulatory protein PHO80 involved in transcriptional regulation of PHO5 in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Jacqmin, S.; Gilliquet, V.; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1993), 101

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See detailCloning and overexpression of the triosephosphate isomerase genes from psychrophilic and thermophilic bacteria. Structural comparison of the predicted protein sequences
Rentier-Delrue, Françoise ULg; Mande, Shekhar C; Moyens, Sylvianne et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (1993), 229(1), 85-93

We focused on the temperature adaptation of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM; E.C. 5.3.1.1.) by comparing the structure of TIMs isolated from bacterial organisms living in either cold or hot environments ... [more ▼]

We focused on the temperature adaptation of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM; E.C. 5.3.1.1.) by comparing the structure of TIMs isolated from bacterial organisms living in either cold or hot environments. The TIM gene from psychrophilic bacteria Moraxella sp. TA137 was cloned and its nucleotide sequence determined. Its deduced amino acid sequence revealed 34% identity with the thermophilic bacteria Bacillus stearothermophilus TIM. Expression vectors were constructed and recombinant Moraxella TA137 and Bacillus stearothermophilus TIMs were overproduced and purified to homogeneity. Recombinant TIM inactivation constants (Ki), measured at various temperatures, compared to those of the mesophilic Escherichia coli recombinant TIM clearly show that Moraxella TA137 and B. stearothermophilus TIMs have respectively psychrophilic and thermophilic characteristics. To try to elucidate the structure-thermolability and structure-thermostability relationship, factors affecting the overall stability of these two TIMs were examined, based on the alignment with the mesophilic chicken TIM, the three-dimensional structure of which is already known. From this comparison, it appears that the adaptability of TIM to high temperature is favored by better stabilizing residues for the helix dipole as well as better helix-forming residues whereas the adaptability of TIM to low temperature seems to reside in the nature of helix-capping residues. [less ▲]

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See detailAbility Of Amitraz To Maintain The Predator Exochomus-Quadripustulatus L (Col, Coccinellidae) In An Integrated Management Of Epulvinaria-Hydrangeae (Steinw) (Hom, Coccidae)
Tondeur, R.; Merlin, J.; Schiffers, Bruno ULg et al

in Journal of Applied Entomology-Zeitschrift Fur Angewandte Entomologie (1993), 115(1),

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See detailStructure sociologique de l'élecotrat écologiste en Wallonie : une première exploration
Jacquemain, Marc ULg; Vandekeere, Michel; Doutrelepont, René

in Res Publica (1993), 25

The paper describes the main characteristics of ecological constituency through results of surveys. It shows how ecologist voter differ sharply from the rest of the population beeing much younger and much ... [more ▼]

The paper describes the main characteristics of ecological constituency through results of surveys. It shows how ecologist voter differ sharply from the rest of the population beeing much younger and much more educated, e.a. [less ▲]

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See detailRELATIVE IMPORTANCE OF FACTORS CONTROLLING THE LEACHING AND UPTAKE OF INORGANIC-IONS IN THE CANOPY OF A SPRUCE FOREST
Hambuckers, Alain ULg; Remacle, Jean ULg

in Biogeochemistry (1993), 23(2), 99-117

Sequential sampling of precipitation under mature spruce trees and time-series analysis of the data were performed in order to assess, in natural conditions, the relative importance of different factors ... [more ▼]

Sequential sampling of precipitation under mature spruce trees and time-series analysis of the data were performed in order to assess, in natural conditions, the relative importance of different factors that could influence the leaching and uptake of inorganic ions in the canopy. Eleven rain events were analyzed in order to estimate how external factors, rain intensity, H+, and ionic concentration of the incident rain influence the ionic throughfall concentrations and the net throughfall fluxes. The results led to the conclusion that leaching or uptake mostly occur by diffusion. The influence of the open rain acidity was not conclusive; however, it was shown that the tested external factors only controlled a few percent of the variation of the data. By contrast, the autocorrelation of the data always explained a large portion of the variance. lt could result from the gradual changes in the course time of internal factors related to the exchange system including waxes, cuticles, apoplast and xylem sap. These constituents were known to control the exchange at the canopy surface and to be sensitive to the plant physiology and environmental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailImportance of Weight Loss and Sodium Restriction in the Treatment of Mild and Moderate Essential Hypertension
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Janssens, Marion; Vanderspeeten, Francine et al

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1993), 48(4), 234-245

The effectiveness of non pharmacological treatment of chronic arterial hypertension has been evaluated in 116 treated or not primary hypertensive out-patients. Those receiving diuretics were however ... [more ▼]

The effectiveness of non pharmacological treatment of chronic arterial hypertension has been evaluated in 116 treated or not primary hypertensive out-patients. Those receiving diuretics were however excluded. This population was requested to follow for 3 months a modification of their usual diet characterized by salt restriction combined with energy intake restriction when the patients were above their ideal body weight. Only 62 patients (53%) completed the study. However, this approach was effective by decreasing blood pressure and total cholesterol. The weight loss appears the most effective way to decrease blood pressure in untreated patients, but needs 3 months to be significant. In drug-treated patients, the sodium restriction significantly influences the blood pressure level, already after 1 month. However, salt sensitivity has been noted, especially in the most severe forms of the hypertensive disease. The combination of both modifications (weight loss and sodium restriction) does not appear to be more effective than each separate dietary measure. [less ▲]

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See detailHormonal regulation of adult partner preference behavior in neonatally ATD-treated male rats.
Bakker, Julie ULg; Brand, T.; van Ophemert, J. et al

in Behavioral Neuroscience (1993), 107(3), 480-7

Male rats, neonatally treated with ATD (1,4,6-androstatriene-3,17-dione), which blocks the aromatization of testosterone into estradiol (E2), were tested for adult partner preference behavior (PPB ... [more ▼]

Male rats, neonatally treated with ATD (1,4,6-androstatriene-3,17-dione), which blocks the aromatization of testosterone into estradiol (E2), were tested for adult partner preference behavior (PPB; estrous female vs. active male). Castration caused a decrease in preference for the female partner in all males, with ATD males showing lower preference for the female partner than controls. Long-term castrated males did not show preference for either partner. Precastration levels of PPB in control males occurred after treatment with E2 or dihydrotestosterone (DHT) plus E2. DHT alone had no effect on PPB. With E2 alone, the ATD males clearly preferred the male partner. When DHT was added, these ATD males showed no preference for either partner or a low preference for the female partner. In conclusion, adult PPB in male rats is activated by endogenous testosterone or by both its metabolites (DHT and E2) or by E2 alone. ATD males showed a much lower preference for the female. There was a differential effect of DHT and E2: DHT had no effect, but E2 clearly caused ATD males to prefer the male partner and control males to prefer the female partner. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of a 1-year treatment with a low-dose combined oral contraceptive containing ethinyl estradiol and cyproterone acetate on glucose and insulin metabolism.
Scheen, André ULg; Jandrain, Bernard ULg; Humblet, Dominique ULg et al

in Fertility and Sterility (1993), 59(4), 797-802

OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of the slightly estrogen-dominant monophasic low-dose oral contraceptive (OC) Diane-35 (Schering AG, Berlin, Germany) (35 micrograms ethinyl estradiol [EE2] + 2 mg ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To study the effects of the slightly estrogen-dominant monophasic low-dose oral contraceptive (OC) Diane-35 (Schering AG, Berlin, Germany) (35 micrograms ethinyl estradiol [EE2] + 2 mg cyproterone acetate, a 17 alpha-hydroxyprogesterone derivative [17-OHP]) on glucose and insulin metabolism. DESIGN: Seven healthy young women were investigated by using the euglycemic hyperinsulinemic glucose clamp technique (insulin delivery rate = 100 mU/kg per hour for 120 minutes). This test was performed, after an overnight fast, during the last 7 days of a spontaneous cycle and within the last 5 days of pill intake during the sixth and twelfth cycle of a continuous treatment with Diane-35 in each subject. RESULTS: The three indexes measuring the insulin-induced glucose disposal during the clamp (glucose infusion rate, glucose metabolic clearance rate, and glucose infusion rate divided by plasma insulin plateau levels) were not significantly affected by Diane-35. In contrast, the metabolic clearance rate of the exogenous insulin infused during the clamp tended to be slightly increased with Diane-35 (significant after 6 but not after 12 cycles). CONCLUSION: These results suggest that a 1-year treatment with the OC Diane-35, which contains EE2 + a 17-OHP rather than a 19-nortestosterone derivative as the progestogen compound, does not significantly alter peripheral (presumably muscular) insulin sensitivity but slightly increases insulin (presumably hepatic) clearance. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison between culture of bovine embryos in vitro versus development in rabbit oviducts and in vivo
Ectors, Fabien ULg; Thonon, Fabienne; Delval, Alain et al

in Livestock Production Science (1993), 36

The aim of this work was to evaluate the efficiency of different embryo culture methods for in vitro embryo production: development in co-culture with bovine oviductal epithelial cells (BOEC), in BOEC ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to evaluate the efficiency of different embryo culture methods for in vitro embryo production: development in co-culture with bovine oviductal epithelial cells (BOEC), in BOEC conditioned medium (CM) or in rabbit oviducts, versus in vivo produced embryos. There was no significant difference in terms of percentages of cleaved and 8-cell stages obtained between CM and BOEC. In CM, 24.8% of the cleaved embryos became blastocysts. In BOEC, 14.5% of the cleaved embryos became blastocysts. Among the 190 zygotes transferred in the rabbit oviducts, 127 have been recovered 5 days later, and 17.4% became blastocysts. There was no significant difference in term of blastocyst formation between the development in rabbit and in BOEC. However, there was a significant difference between the CM group and the two other groups. The numbers of cells in blastocysts from different sources were investigated: in vivo blastocysts contained 107 cells assumed to be 100%, in vitro blastocysts developed in rabbit oviduct 100.1 cells (93.3%), BOEC blastocysts 90.8 cells (84.6%) and CM blastocysts 72.3 cells (67.3%). This study confirmed earlier works on the oviduct effect on blastocyst quality in terms of development rate and cell number. [less ▲]

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See detailFructose utilization during exercise in men: rapid conversion of ingested fructose to circulating glucose.
Jandrain, Bernard ULg; Pallikarakis, N.; Normand, S. et al

in Journal of Applied Physiology (Bethesda, Md. : 1985) (1993), 74(5), 2146-54

The aim of the present study was to compare the metabolic fate of repeated doses of fructose or glucose ingested every 30 min during long-duration moderate-intensity exercise in men. Healthy volunteers ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was to compare the metabolic fate of repeated doses of fructose or glucose ingested every 30 min during long-duration moderate-intensity exercise in men. Healthy volunteers exercised for 3 h on a treadmill at 45% of their maximal oxygen consumption rate. "Naturally labeled" [13C]glucose or [13C]fructose was given orally at 25-g doses every 30 min (total feeding: 150 g; n = 6 in each group). Substrate utilization was evaluated by indirect calorimetry, and exogenous sugar oxidation was measured by isotope ratio mass spectrometry on expired CO2. Results were corrected for baseline drift in 13C/12C ratio in expired air due to exercise alone. Fructose conversion to plasma glucose was measured combining gas chromatography and isotope ratio mass spectrometry. Most of the ingested glucose was oxidized: 81 +/- 4 vs. 57 +/- 2 g/3 h for fructose (2P < 0.005). Exogenous glucose covered 20.8 +/- 1.4% of the total energy need (+/- 6.7 MJ) compared with 14.0 +/- 0.6% for fructose (2P < 0.005). The contribution of total carbohydrates was significantly higher and that of lipids significantly lower with glucose than with fructose. The blood glucose response was similar in both protocols. From 90 to 180 min, 55-60% of circulating glucose was derived from ingested fructose. In conclusion, when ingested repeatedly during moderate-intensity prolonged exercise, fructose is metabolically less available than glucose, despite a high rate of conversion to circulating glucose. [less ▲]

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See detailAspects cliniques de la néoplasie endocrinienne multiple de type 2 (NEM-2)
Moreau, L.; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Médecine & Chirurgie Digestives (1993), 23(1), 17-20

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See detailNeurotransmitter phenotype plasticity in adult dorsal root ganglia neurons
Moonen, Gustave ULg; Delrée, P.; Martin, Didier ULg et al

in Restorative Neurology & Neuroscience (1993), 5

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See detailAssociation between the effacing (eae) gene and the Shiga-like toxin-encoding genes in Escherichia coli isolates from cattle
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Jacquemin, E.; Kaeckenbeeck, A. et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1993), 54

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See detailLa régionalisation du droit pénal international
Flore, Daniel ULg; Thomas, F.

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (1993)

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See detailRésultats de la mesure de la concentration en poussière dans l'air de 12 porcheries
Marlier, Didier ULg; Nicks, Baudouin ULg; Canart, Bernard

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1993), 137

Aerial dust concentrations in 12 pig houses Dust concentration was measured during 3 days at hourly intervals in 5 farrowing houses and 7 fattening houses. The number concentration of aerial particles was ... [more ▼]

Aerial dust concentrations in 12 pig houses Dust concentration was measured during 3 days at hourly intervals in 5 farrowing houses and 7 fattening houses. The number concentration of aerial particles was measured using a counter which sizes the total numbers in 5 categories: from 0.3-0.5 mum to > 5 mum. The mean dust concentrations were significantly higher in the farrowing houses than in the fattening houses (179 +/- 91 vs 97 +/- 65 particles/ml). Over a 24-h period, the ratio between the highest and the lowest hourly concentrations was 3 +/- 1 in the farrowing houses and 5 +/- 4 in the fattening houses; the difference between the 2 types of houses is significant. The smallest particles were the most numerous; 82 % of the aerial particles were in the size range 0.3-0.5 mum, with less than 1 % being 5 mum or larger. During the most polluted hours, there was proportionally more particles in the size range 0.5-1 mum and significantly less particles in the size ranges 1-2 mum and 2-5 mum, as compared to the less polluted hours. This study shows that most of the aerial particles in piggeries are smaller than 5 mum, the size below which deposition is regarded to occur in the lower respiratory tract, the farrowing houses being more polluted than the fattening houses. [less ▲]

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See detailA method of comparison of two close batches data: Application to analysis of fog formation causes
Boreux, Jean-Jacques ULg; Guiot, Joël

in Geophysical Research Letters (1993), 20(12), 1179-1182

Given suitable conditions of air temperature and humidity, the density of a fog and its microphysical properties depend mainly on the availability of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and their nature. Fogs ... [more ▼]

Given suitable conditions of air temperature and humidity, the density of a fog and its microphysical properties depend mainly on the availability of cloud condensation nuclei (CCN) and their nature. Fogs become particularly dense near certain industrial plants because of high concentration of hygroscopic combustion particles in the air. Their role in dense fog formation is estimated by comparing the local climates and CCN concentrations at two similar sites, the first being more subject to air pollution and dense fogs than the second. Orthogonal regression is applied to three meteorological variables (air temperature, relative humidity, wind speed) and CCN concentration. As we compare very close variables, bootstrap provides precise confidence intervals independent of Gaussian assumptions. Two sites are compared: they are located in the Meuse valley (Belgium) at a distance of about 15 km. We found that the local climate of the polluted site is not only colder and wetter but also richer in CCN that the control site. These results suggest interactions of natural and anthropogenic causes in dense fog formation at industrial site. This method is useful in various domains of geophysics when correlated time series have to be compared. [less ▲]

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See detailThe oncoprotein Bcl-3 directly transactivates through kappa B motifs via association with DNA-binding p50B homodimers.
Bours, Vincent ULg; Franzoso, G.; Azarenko, V. et al

in Cell (1993), 72(5), 729-39

Bcl-3 is an I kappa B-related protein with ankyrin repeat motifs. Its gene is located at a site of recurrent translocations in a subset of B cell chronic lymphocytic leukemias. Bcl-3 associates tightly ... [more ▼]

Bcl-3 is an I kappa B-related protein with ankyrin repeat motifs. Its gene is located at a site of recurrent translocations in a subset of B cell chronic lymphocytic leukemias. Bcl-3 associates tightly with p50B (NFKB2, p52) homodimers in cells, and together these proteins form a ternary complex with DNA at kappa B sites. Such an association functionally leads to a novel and potent form of transactivation through the kappa B motif: the tethering of Bcl-3 to DNA via the p50B homodimers allows Bcl-3 to transactivate directly, while p50B homodimers alone cannot. Transactivation mediated by Bcl-3 requires two cooperating domains located amino- and carboxy-terminal to the ankyrin domain. Bcl-3 is localized to the nucleus, and a Bcl-3-p50B complex is detected in certain lymphoid cells. Our data reveal a novel role for Bcl-3, distinct from that of the inhibitor I kappa B. The results have implications for tumorigenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailStereoselective hydrogenation of methacycline to doxycycline catalysed by rhodium-carborane complexes
Pirotte, Bernard ULg; Felekidis, Apostolos ULg; Fontaine, M. et al

in Tetrahedron Letters (1993), 34

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See detailA comparative study of class-D beta-lactamases.
Ledent, Philippe; Raquet, X; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1993), 292 ( Pt 2)

Three class-D beta-lactamases (OXA2, OXA1 and PSE2) were produced and purified to protein homogeneity. 6 beta-Iodopenicillanate inactivated the OXA2 enzyme without detectable turnover. Labelling of the ... [more ▼]

Three class-D beta-lactamases (OXA2, OXA1 and PSE2) were produced and purified to protein homogeneity. 6 beta-Iodopenicillanate inactivated the OXA2 enzyme without detectable turnover. Labelling of the same beta-lactamase with 6 beta-iodo[3H]penicillanate allowed the identification of Ser-70 as the active-site serine residue. In agreement with previous reports, the apparent M(r) of the OXA2 enzyme as determined by molecular-sieve filtration, was significantly higher than that deduced from the gene sequence, but this was not due to an equilibrium between a monomer and a dimer. The heterogeneity of the OXA2 beta-lactamase on ion-exchange chromatography contrasted with the similarity of the catalytic properties of the various forms. A first overview of the enzymic properties of the three 'oxacillinases' is presented. With the OXA2 enzyme, 'burst' kinetics, implying branched pathways, seemed to prevail with many substrates. [less ▲]

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See detailPHOTOREDUCTION OF PROTOCHLOROPHYLLIDE TO CHLOROPHYLLIDE IN 2-D-OLD DARK-GROWN BEAN (PHASEOLUS-VULGARIS CV COMMODORE) LEAVES - COMPARISON WITH 10-D-OLD DARK-GROWN (ETIOLATED) LEAVES
SCHOEFS, B.; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Journal of Experimental Botany (1993), 44(263), 1053-1057

Two-d-old leaves which do not contain prolamellar bodies synthesize active protochlorophyllide in darkness. When protochlorophyllide is photoreduced by one intense white flash, a main chlorophyllide ... [more ▼]

Two-d-old leaves which do not contain prolamellar bodies synthesize active protochlorophyllide in darkness. When protochlorophyllide is photoreduced by one intense white flash, a main chlorophyllide species emitting at 690 nm is formed. After the photoreduction, the emission maximum is shifted to 675 nm within 5 s. This result suggests that in young leaves, chlorophyllide formed after one flash is quickly released from the active site of NADPH: protochlorophyllide oxidoreductase. This interpretation is strenghtened by time-resolved fluorescence measurements at room temperature, showing that 675 nm emitting chlorophyllide does not transfer excitation energy to the 696 nm emitting chlorophyllide which is formed in very low amount. In 10-d-old bean leaves, the 690 nm chlorophyllide emitting species formed after one short flash undergoes the well-known rapid and Shibata spectral shifts. The 675 nm emitting chlorophyllide appears only as a shoulder. At both ages, the fluorescence intensity of the active protochlorophyllide strongly decreases during and after photoreduction, suggesting rapid modifications in the close environment of the pigment. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of androgen treatmen on fear reactions in ewes
Vandenheede, Marc ULg; Bouissou, M. F.

in Hormones & Behavior (1993), 27

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See detailLes auteurs latins et les langues étrangères
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (1993), 52

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See detailProduction of hemicellulase by Penicillium canescens 10-10C. Arch. Int. Phys. Bioch., 101, B1-B00.
Fonder, C.; Rikir, R.; Kvesitadze, G. et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1993), 101(B1-B100),

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See detailLasfe (CIL IV 2319 l) et quelques autres exemples d’usage abusif de l’épigraphie en phonétique historique
Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Etudes Classiques (Namur, Belgium) (1993), 61

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See detailSomatosensory potentials in dogs suffering naturally-acquired thoraco-lumbar spinal cord disease
Poncelet, Luc; Michaux, Ch.; Balligand, Marc ULg

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (1993)

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See detailApplying the Meridional Streamfunction Visualization Technique to Open Ocean Domains
Deleersnijder, E.; Beckers, Jean-Marie ULg

in Ocean Modelling (1993), 101

It is common practice to represent by streamfunction the transport field ensuing from the integration - over one horizontal coordinate - of the velocity field predicted by ocean models. This very useful ... [more ▼]

It is common practice to represent by streamfunction the transport field ensuing from the integration - over one horizontal coordinate - of the velocity field predicted by ocean models. This very useful visualization technique requires that the transport field be divergenceless. If this is not the case, it is suggested to extract the divergenceless transport field that is closest to that stemming from the model while verifying the impermeability conditions of the ocean surface and bottom. A variational approach is examined. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure of triosephosphate isomerase from Escherichia coli determined at 2.6 A resolution
Noble, M. E.; Zeelen, J. P.; Wierenga, R. K. et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (1993), 49(Pt 4), 403-17

The structure of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) from the organism Escherichia coli has been determined at a resolution of 2.6 A. The structure was solved by the molecular replacement method, first at 2.8 ... [more ▼]

The structure of triosephosphate isomerase (TIM) from the organism Escherichia coli has been determined at a resolution of 2.6 A. The structure was solved by the molecular replacement method, first at 2.8 A resolution with a crystal grown by the technique of hanging-drop crystallization from a mother liquor containing the transition-state analogue 2-phosphoglycolate (2PG). As a search model in the molecular replacement calculations, the refined structure of TIM from Trypanosoma brucei, which has a sequence identity of 46% compared to the enzyme from E. coli, was used. An E. coli TIM crystal grown in the absence of 2PG, diffracting to 2.6 A resolution, was later obtained by application of the technique of macro-seeding using a seed crystal grown from a mother liquor without 2PG. The final 2.6 A model has a crystallographic R factor of 11.9%, and agrees well with standard stereochemical parameters. The structure of E. coli TIM suggests the importance of residues which favour helix initiation for the formation of the TIM fold. In addition, TIM from E. coli shows peculiarities in its dimer interface, and in the packing of core residues within the beta-barrel. [less ▲]

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See detailA concise guide to the temporal maze
Richelle, Marc ULg

in Psychologica Belgica (1993), 33(2), 135-145

The paper provides a concise historical survey of the expanding field of time psychology, pointing to the important contributions, in its early stages as well as today, of European psychologists. An ... [more ▼]

The paper provides a concise historical survey of the expanding field of time psychology, pointing to the important contributions, in its early stages as well as today, of European psychologists. An evaluation of past and current research is proposed, and prospects for further development suggested, especially with regard to neglected areas and to issues related to applied situations. [less ▲]

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See detailAn overview of the kinetic parameters of class B beta-lactamases.
Felici, A; Amicosante, G; Oratore, A et al

in Biochemical Journal (1993), 291 ( Pt 1)

The catalytic properties of three class B beta-lactamases (from Pseudomonas maltophilia, Aeromonas hydrophila and Bacillus cereus) were studied and compared with those of the Bacteroides fragilis enzyme ... [more ▼]

The catalytic properties of three class B beta-lactamases (from Pseudomonas maltophilia, Aeromonas hydrophila and Bacillus cereus) were studied and compared with those of the Bacteroides fragilis enzyme. The A. hydrophila beta-lactamase exhibited a unique specificity profile and could be considered as a rather specific 'carbapenemase'. No relationships were found between sequence similarities and catalytic properties. The problem of the repartition of class B beta-lactamases into sub-classes is discussed. Improved purification methods were devised for the P. maltophilia and A. hydrophila beta-lactamases including, for the latter enzyme, a very efficient affinity chromatography step on a Zn(2+)-chelate column. [less ▲]

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See detailDémocratie, discussion et écriture chez Habermas et Lyotard
Delruelle, Edouard ULg

in Cahiers Internationaux de Symbolisme (1993), 74-76

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See detailL’Iynge dans le discours mythique et les procédures magiques
Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane ULg

in Kernos : Revue Internationale et Pluridisciplinaire de Religion Grecque (1993), 6

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See detailEffect of prolactin on alpha and beta chloride cells in the gill epithelium of the saltwater adapted tilapia " Oreochromis niloticus"
Pisam, B.; Auperin, B.; Prunet, P. et al

in Anatomical Record (1993), 235

Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), 21 g average body weight, were divided into two groups. A group was maintained in fresh water, whereas another group was adapted for 2 weeks to 20% salt water. Among the ... [more ▼]

Tilapia (Oreochromis niloticus), 21 g average body weight, were divided into two groups. A group was maintained in fresh water, whereas another group was adapted for 2 weeks to 20% salt water. Among the latter, fishes were injected every 2 days for a week with tilapia prolactin (ti-PRL I). Gills were prepared for electron microscopy in order to determine the types and surface areas of chloride cells in each experimental condition. Two types of chloride cells, the alpha and beta cells were easily distinguished on the basis of their location and ultrastructural features in the gills of freshwater fishes, while only one type of cell, the saltwater alpha cells presumably derived from the transformation of the freshwater alpha cells, were encountered in saltwater adapted animals. After PRL injection of saltwater adapted fishes, small chloride cells, which displayed ultrastructural features similar to those of beta cells in freshwater tilapia, reappeared in interlamellar regions of the gills. In the same experimental conditions, the voluminous saltwater alpha cells showed a tendency to resume ultrastructural features more characteristic of the freshwater alpha cells from which they were derived. These observations tend to indicate that prolactin behaves as a "freshwater adapting hormone" and that beta cells are specifically involved in fish adaptation to freshwater living conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailL'apprentissage précoce des langues étrangères par la méthode 'immersive'
Comblain, Annick ULg; Rondal, Jean-Adolphe ULg

in Rééducation Orthophonique (1993), 31

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See detailStructure of the apolipoprotein A-IV/lipid discoidal complexes: an attenuated total reflection polarized Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy study.
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Rosseneu, M. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta (1993), 1149(2), 267-77

Discoidal lipid particles were prepared from a reaction mixture containing apo A-IV and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) or dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) in the molar ratio of 185:1 (lipid ... [more ▼]

Discoidal lipid particles were prepared from a reaction mixture containing apo A-IV and dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) or dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC) in the molar ratio of 185:1 (lipid/protein). The complexes were isolated by gel filtration and characterized in terms of composition and size. Infrared attenuated total reflection spectroscopy was used to estimate the secondary structure of apolipoprotein A-IV and the orientation of its amphipathic alpha-helices with respect to the lipid hydrocarbon chains. In addition, infrared spectra were analyzed in terms of the conformation and organization of different regions of the lipid molecules in the particles. This approach has been applied successfully to reconstituted HDL particles prepared from a reaction mixture containing DPPC and apo A-I in the molar ratio of 150:1 (Wald, J.H., Goormaghtigh, E., De Meutter, J., Ruysschaert, J.M. and Jonas, A. (1990) J. Biol. Chem. 265, 20044-20050). Apo A-IV helicity increased for the protein bound to DMPC or DPPC but the increase was more pronounced for the apo A-IV/DMPC particles. In both complexes, the alpha helical amphipathic segments of the protein were parallel to the lipid acyl chains and no significant modification of the overall organization of the lipid molecules in the lipid bilayer was observed. The presence of apo A-IV seems only to affect the conformation of the lipid hydrocarbon chains in close contact with the protein in the discoidal particles. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative estimation of chimerism in mice using microsatellite markers
Delhaise, F.; Zhao, X.; Dessy, F. et al

in Molecular Reproduction and Development (1993), 34(2), 127-132

An embryonic stem cell line was established from SV129 mouse blastocysts and used to generate chimeric mice by injection into OF1 blastocysts; 18 out of the 30 resulting offspring appeared chimeric as ... [more ▼]

An embryonic stem cell line was established from SV129 mouse blastocysts and used to generate chimeric mice by injection into OF1 blastocysts; 18 out of the 30 resulting offspring appeared chimeric as judged from their coat color patterns, and 3 of the 13 males proved to be germ-line chimeras as they transmitted the SV129 agouti phenotype to all or part of their offspring. The degree of chimerism of these males was evaluated for different tissues using polymorphic microsatellite markers amplified by the polymerase chain reaction. It was shown that these new markers can be effectively used to quantitatively estimate levels of chimerism. The CKMM (creatine kinase, muscle) microsatellite system was used to distinguish the SV129 from the OF1 genotype. In all performed tests, the correlation between DNA ratio and signal ratio, expressed as a base 10 logarithm, was shown to exceed or equal 0.98 for known DNA ratios (SV129/OF1) ranging from 1/99 to 99/1. Linear calibration methods were used to predict the % SV129 DNA of a test sample based on the obtained signal ratio. The accuracy of the prediction was evaluated by performing repeated measurements. Differences among three repeated estimates ranged from 2 to 17% for a given sample. Microsatellite systems should be very useful to monitor chimerism involving strains that can not be discerned with coat color or biochemical markers. This will be particularly important when ES methodology becomes available in species other than mice. [less ▲]

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See detailEngery-filtering transmission electron microscopy of biological specimens.
de Bruijn, W. C.; Sorber, C. W.; Gelsema, E. S. et al

in Scanning Microscopy (1993), 7(2), 693-708709

By energy-filtering transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) electrons can be separated by their energy losses. An electron-energy filter, added to the microscope column allows the measurement of the ... [more ▼]

By energy-filtering transmission electron microscopy (EFTEM) electrons can be separated by their energy losses. An electron-energy filter, added to the microscope column allows the measurement of the energy distribution of transmitted electrons that have lost energy (< 2,000 eV, with an energy resolution of approximately 1 eV). These filtered electrons, recorded either as a spectrum or as an image, are composed of two parts superimposed on top of each other: (a) the unspecific energy-loss population (= the continuum) and (b) the specific element-related energy-loss population (= the edges). At the edges, electron data in spectra and images are mathematically processed, to obtain the desired element-related net-intensity values or images. These data are related to the total transmitted electron intensity, from the zero- and low-loss spectral region giving the relative spectralor image intensity rations ((S)R*x, (I)R*x), which can be related to the element concentration. The acquisition of the zero-loss and low-loss data is hampered by the restricted dynamic range of the TV camera. By improvements through the introduction of calibrated attenuation filters in the optical path to the TV-camera, more reliable values for (S)R*x and (I)R*x can be acquired. By addition of Bio-standards adjacent to the tissue, a "known" and "unknown" concentration of the element present in the same ultrathin section and the "bias" in the concentration estimation, can be obtained. Some practical examples are given for the estimation of the iron cencentration in siderosomes, boron in melasosomes and calcium in calcium oxalate monohydrate crystals. [less ▲]

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See detailMeasurement of the 2s2p2(4P)3s 3P2 lifetime in N II by beam-foil-laser spectroscopy
Bastin, Thierry ULg; Baudinet-Robinet, Y.; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg et al

in Journal Physical II (1993), 3

An accurate value for the radiative lifetime of the 2s2p2(4P)3s3P2 level in N II has been obtained using the beam-foil-laser spectroscopy method. The result (T = 0.456 ± 0.020 ns ) is shorter than the ... [more ▼]

An accurate value for the radiative lifetime of the 2s2p2(4P)3s3P2 level in N II has been obtained using the beam-foil-laser spectroscopy method. The result (T = 0.456 ± 0.020 ns ) is shorter than the beam-foil lifetime values reported previously for the 3s' 3P term. No theoretical value for the lifetime of this term is available at the present time. [less ▲]

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See detailThiamine Triphosphate Activates an Anion Channel of Large Unit Conductance in Neuroblastoma Cells
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Kolb, Hans-Albert; Schoffeniels, E.

in Journal of Membrane Biology (1993), 136(3), 281-8

In neuroblastoma cells, the intracellular thiamine triphosphate (TTP) concentration was found to be about 0.5 microM, which is several times above the amount of cultured neurons or glial cells. In inside ... [more ▼]

In neuroblastoma cells, the intracellular thiamine triphosphate (TTP) concentration was found to be about 0.5 microM, which is several times above the amount of cultured neurons or glial cells. In inside-out patches, addition of TTP (1 or 10 microM) to the bath activated an anion channel of large unit conductance (350-400 pS) in symmetrical 150 mM NaCl solution. The activation occurred after a delay of about 4 min and was not reversed when TTP was washed out. A possible explanation is that the channel has been irreversibly phosphorylated by TTP. The channel open probability (Po) shows a bell-shaped behavior as a function of pipette potential (Vp). Po is maximal for -25 mV < Vp < 10 mV and steeply decreases outside this potential range. From reversal potentials, permeability ratios of PCl/PNa = 20 and PCl/Pgluconate = 3 were estimated. ATP (5 mM) at the cytoplasmic side of the channel decreased the mean single channel conductance by about 50%, but thiamine derivatives did not affect unit conductance; 4,4'-diisothiocyanostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (0.1 mM) increased the flickering of the channel between the open and closed state, finally leading to its closure. Addition of oxythiamine (1 mM), a thiamine antimetabolite, to the pipette filling solution potentiates the time-dependent inactivation of the channel at Vp = -20 mV but had the opposite effect at +30 mV. This finding corresponds to a shift of Po towards more negative resting membrane potentials. These observations agree with our previous results showing a modulation of chloride permeability by thiamine derivatives in membrane vesicles from rat brain. [less ▲]

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See detailPolarization-corrected electrostatic potentials of aromatic compounds
Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Dive, Georges ULg; Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (1993), 115(15), 6877-6882

The electrostatic potentials (EPS) corrected for polarization (TPS) of the aromatic compounds benzene, aniline, chlorobenzene, nitrobenzene, phenol, benzamide, and N-phenylacetamide have been calculated ... [more ▼]

The electrostatic potentials (EPS) corrected for polarization (TPS) of the aromatic compounds benzene, aniline, chlorobenzene, nitrobenzene, phenol, benzamide, and N-phenylacetamide have been calculated at the ab initio SCF level within three basis sets: 6-31G**, MINI-1, and STO-3G. For chlorobenzene in its MINI-1-optimized geometry, the calculation was also performed within MINI-1**. By reference to 6-31G**, the MINI-1-computed EP is much more satisfactory than the STO-3G-computed EP, whereas the MINI-I and STO-3G basis sets give very similar total potentials corrected for polarization (TPs). The MINI-1** basis set appears to be miscalibrated for computing EPs. It provides qualitative results that differ from those obtained with the 6-31G** basis set. The EP has a negative well above the middle of the benzene ring, while the TP exhibits a negative crown just above the benzene carbon atoms, where electrophilic attack takes place. The TP calculated for the interaction of nitrobenzene with a hydride ion instead of a proton allowed analyzation of the effects of polarization on the positive EP above the N-C bond. [less ▲]

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See detailReevaluation by Image Analysis of the Effects of Fibroblasts, Fibronectin or Laminin Upon Colony Formation in Mouse Lungs by B16 Melanoma Cells
Coucke, P. H.; Lambertz, M.; Baramova, E. N. et al

in Invasion & Metastasis (1993), 13(4), 201-11

A recently described personal method based on image analysis of histological sections was used in order to quantify lung colony formation by B16 melanoma cells injected intravenously into the mouse. These ... [more ▼]

A recently described personal method based on image analysis of histological sections was used in order to quantify lung colony formation by B16 melanoma cells injected intravenously into the mouse. These tumor cells were preincubated in vitro either with fibronectin (FN), laminin (LN) or fibroblasts (FB), which are implicated in the process of invasion and metastasis. Thanks to this method, a more accurate analysis of lung colonies (section area and number) formed by tumor cells was realized. By image analysis, we show that when FB were mixed with B16 cells, a drastic increase of tumor sections number and area was induced. LN increased the tumor sections area, but not their number. No effect of FN on B16 cells was observed. LN and FN promoted tumor anchorage in the depth of the lungs while FB reduced the latter. These facts could explain the contradictory results obtained by simply counting macroscopically superficial lung colonies. When cultured in vitro, these B16 melanoma cells did not produce any type of IV collagenase, either alone or in the presence of LN or FN, but in cocultures (B16 with 3T3) and in fibroblasts cultures, this enzyme was present. This could explain, among other factors, why the rate of invasiveness exerted by B16 cells is higher when the latter are coinjected with FB. [less ▲]

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See detailDecision tree approaches to voltage security assessment
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg; Pavella, Mania ULg et al

in IEE Proceedings - Generation, Transmission & Distribution (1993), 140

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See detailConnection and frame design for economy
Anderson, D.; Colson, A.; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Construction Métallique (1993), n°1

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See detailL'antiquité classique comme source d'inspiration dans l'oeuvre de Karel Tchapek
Mouton, Charles ULg

in Slavica Gandensia (1993), 20

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See detailThe OLFR1 gene encoding the HGMP07E putative olfactory receptor maps to the 17p12-17p13 region of the human genome and reveals a MspI restriction fragment lenght polymorphism
Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Muscatelli, F.; Miot, F. et al

in CytoGenetics & Cell Genetics (1993), 63

Olfactory receptors are believed to be encoded by an extremely large subfamily of G protein-coupled receptors. A human gene (OLFR1) encoding a member of this family was cloned from a genomic library by ... [more ▼]

Olfactory receptors are believed to be encoded by an extremely large subfamily of G protein-coupled receptors. A human gene (OLFR1) encoding a member of this family was cloned from a genomic library by cross-hybridization with a gene fragment obtained by the polymerase chain reaction. The nucleotide sequence of a 3.4-kb EcoRI fragment was determined, and the protein sequence was deduced from the single open reading frame. The gene was assigned by in situ hybridization of metaphase chromosomes to the 17p13-->p12 region of the human genome, in proximity to the tumor-suppressor gene encoding p53. When used as a probe on Southern blots under moderately stringent conditions, it hybridizes to at least three closely related genes. A restriction fragment length polymorphism was detected after MspI digestion. Mendelian segregation of the gene was assessed in three CEPH families, and linkage analysis confirmed the localization of the locus [less ▲]

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See detailLes articles 19 et 93 de la loi relative au crédit à la consommation, obs sous civ. Dinant, 28 juin 1989 et Liège, 26 juin 1992
Biquet, Christine ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (1993)

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See detailIntercultural Education in French-speaking Belgium : an overview of ideology, legislation and practice
Martiniello, Marco ULg; Manço, Altay

in European Journal of Intercultural Education (1993), 4(2), 19-28

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See detailThree-dimensional General Circulation Model of the Northern Bering Sea’s Summer Ecohydrodynamics
Nihoul, Jacques ULg; Adam, Paul; Brasseur, Pierre et al

in Continental Shelf Research (1993), 13(5-6), 509-542

The main features of the northern Bering Sea's summer ecohydrodynamics are investigated with the help of two three-dimensional—direct and inverse—models developed at theGeoHydrodynamics ... [more ▼]

The main features of the northern Bering Sea's summer ecohydrodynamics are investigated with the help of two three-dimensional—direct and inverse—models developed at theGeoHydrodynamics andEnvironmentResearch Laboratory of the University of Liège (GHER). Each model consists of two interacting sectorial submodels for (i) the general circulation hydrodynamics and synoptic structures, and (ii) the associated plankton ecosystem dynamics. The direct model is used to simulate, from an initial state compatible with historical, climatological and all available data pertinent to the summer season, a typical overview of the northern Bering Sea's ecohydrodynamics during the summer. The inverse model is applied in a two-fold perspective: (i) the reconstruction of typical summer distributions of temperature and salinity by using more than 1500 CTD profiles measured during the months of July, August and September, in the course of the ISHTAR program; (ii) considering the observations from specific ISHTAR surveys as quasi-synoptic, the reconstruction of individual data fields in order to provide additional information to assess the variability of the system. The model's predictions indicate that the summer dynamics are dominated by a few cogent semi-permanent and reproducible mechanisms which govern the main water mass transports, the upwellings, the fronts and the subsequent seasonal patterns of primary and secondary productions. The general circulation fields calculated by the direct model are considered as a standard of reference to give a coherent interpretation of—local and often instantaneous—observations, process studies and related results, in the context of the natural variability of the system. The simulated flow pattern has been validated, using the set of current measurements provided by 1985 and 1986 ISHTAR moorings. The contribution of the Anadyr Stream to the northward transport is reproduced qualitatively and quantitatively. The vertical motions—undetectable from direct experiments—are computed by the model, and represent one of the most efficient constraints on the ecohydrodynamics. For instance, the strong upwelling located along the Siberian coast—the existence of which was only presumed until recently—is now correctly estimated in position and intensity. The exceptionally high concentrations of nutrients found in the upwelled water turn this hydrodynamic structure into a catalyst element for the development of biological species in the region. The pattern of primary production shows two successive maxima: the first appears as a direct consequence of the frontal conditions associated with the Anadyr Stream, whereas the second develops further north, in the Chukchi Sea. The results display a fairly good agreement with the classical descriptions induced from observations, and suggest that the advection-growth coupling is the main physical conditioning factor for biological processes. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure des populations de renard roux, Vulpes vulpes, dans le sud de la Belgique en relation avec l'enzootie rabique et les campagnes de vaccination orale
AFIADEMANYO, Komlan; Libois, Roland ULg; Brochier, Bernard et al

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1993), 13(3), 281-294

From 1989 to 1991, 549 fox carcasses were examined in oder to assess the impact of rabies control measures (oral vaccination with VVTGgRAB recombinant vaccinia-rabies virus). Their age was determined ... [more ▼]

From 1989 to 1991, 549 fox carcasses were examined in oder to assess the impact of rabies control measures (oral vaccination with VVTGgRAB recombinant vaccinia-rabies virus). Their age was determined using a lower canine tooth. The distinction between young and adults was made on radiographs, measuring the relative importance of the pulp cavity. Adult animals were aged by counting the annual growth cementum layers in tooth sections. The sex-ratio is in favour of the males and the age-pyramid is a large-base flattened one, with more than 60% of young (< 1 year) animals. Life expectancy at birth is 1.14 y. in the males and 1.23 y. in the females. The population turnover is quite high, the whole population being revewed in a 3-4 y. time interval. As far as the age structure is concerned, no difference has been found between males and females, rabid and sound animals, immunised or not. However, the spring vaccination campaign is much less efficient for the young foxes. These results suggest that rabies affects indistinctly all age classes of both sexes, just as it is the case with the autumn vacciation campaigns. Moreover, a comparison between the samples of two natural regions differing in their hunting system (big vs. small game) revealed no age structure difference suggesting that the high hunting pressure can explain better than rabies itself the very important juvenile prportion in the population. Nevertheless, some further research is needed to confirm that last point. [less ▲]

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See detail"Influence of bioreactor aeration conditions on sporulation rate of Bacillus subtilis (b 213 stream)"
Meurisse, E.; Hbid, Ch.; Jacques, Ph. et al

in Mededelingen - Faculteit Landbouwwetenschappen, Rijksuniversiteit Gent (1993), 58(4b), 1985-1987

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See detailAnalyse de la viande de poulet par spectroscopie infrarouge proche.
Sindic, Marianne ULg; Chevalier, Olivier; Dardenne, Pierre et al

in Viandes et Produits Carnés (1993), 14(4),

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See detailThe central role of the thymus in the education of T cells to neuroendocrine self principles
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Martens, Henri ULg; Cormann-Goffin, Nadine et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1993), 101

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See detaila new way to solve galloping on bundled lines. A concept, a prototype bytwo years field experience.
Lilien, Jean-Louis ULg; pirotte, pol; smart, Tom et al

in Bulletin Scientifique de l'Association des Ingénieurs Electriciens sortis de l'Institut Electrotechnique Montefiore (1993), 2

that paper introduce a new concept to control galloping on bundle conductors using a dynamic device coupling detuning of frequencies together with some addition in torsional damping.The concept is ... [more ▼]

that paper introduce a new concept to control galloping on bundle conductors using a dynamic device coupling detuning of frequencies together with some addition in torsional damping.The concept is explained, a prototype is tested on actual line and results are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailInterface entre médecin de famille, référent social et psychiatrie: un hôpital de jour
Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg; Halkin, Stéphane ULg; Bertrand, Jean ULg

in Observatoire : Revue d'Action Sociale & Médico-Sociale (1993)

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See detailIncreased Sister Chromatid Exchange Frequencies Observed in a Cohort of Inhabitants of a Village Located at the Boundary of an Industrial Dumping Ground: Phase I
Laurent, C.; Lakhanisky, T.; Jadot, P. et al

in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention : A Publication of the American Association for Cancer Research, Cosponsored by the American Society of Preventive Oncology (1993), 2(4, Jul-Aug), 355-62

Since the mid-eighties, a sand pit located at the boundary of Mellery, a small village in Belgium, has been used as a dumping ground for industrial waste. After a particularly dry summer, many people ... [more ▼]

Since the mid-eighties, a sand pit located at the boundary of Mellery, a small village in Belgium, has been used as a dumping ground for industrial waste. After a particularly dry summer, many people complained of very foul smells coming from the dumping ground. An analysis of the environmental atmosphere detected alkanes and chlorinated saturated and unsaturated hydrocarbons in various concentrations. Consequently, the Belgian Ministry of the Environment requested additional measurements from the dumping site and the surrounding regions. Given the hazards and possible ill health effects associated with simultaneous exposure to low levels of many chemicals, biomarkers of personal exposure were measured in a representative group of people living in this village. The cytogenetic consequences of daily exposure to a mixture of genotoxicants were measured by the Sister Chromatid Exchange assay. The study included a group of 51 environmentally exposed persons (including 11 children) and 52 controls. A significant increase in Sister Chromatid Exchange frequency was detected among the inhabitants of the village compared to that of the control group, especially among the children living in Mellery as compared to the matched control children. [less ▲]

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See detailDes inscriptions de sceaux-cylindres diverses provenant d'Acemhöyük
Tunca, Önhan ULg

in Aspects of Art and Iconography: Anatolia and its Neighbors. Studies in Honor of Nimet Özgüç (1993)

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See detailChylothorax: a rare complication of endoscopic variceal sclerotherapy.
Bury, Thierry ULg; Corhay, Jean-Louis ULg; Louis, Renaud ULg et al

in European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (1993), 5

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See detailFractionnement du froment d'hiver : influences variétale et phytotechnique.
Sindic, Marianne ULg; Chevalier, Olivier; Duculot, Jacqueline et al

in Industries des Céréales (1993), (82),

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See detailEscherichia coli producing CNF1 and CNF2 cytotoxins in animals with different disorders
Pohl, P.; Oswald, E.; Van Muylem, K. et al

in Veterinary Research (1993), 24

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See detailTransforming growth factor ß as a neuronoglial signal during peripheral nervous sytem response to injury.
Rogister, Bernard ULg; Delrée, P.; Leprince, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Neuroscience Research (1993), 34

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See detailUltrastructural distribution of DNA within the ring-shaped nucleolus of human resting T lymphocytes.
Vandelaer, M.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg

in Experimental Cell Research (1993), 205(2), 430-2

The precise distribution of DNA within the resting human T lymphocyte nucleolus has been investigated, at the ultrastructural level, by cytochemical and molecular immunocytochemical techniques. The ... [more ▼]

The precise distribution of DNA within the resting human T lymphocyte nucleolus has been investigated, at the ultrastructural level, by cytochemical and molecular immunocytochemical techniques. The nucleolus is partially enveloped by a layer of condensed chromatin which, at several places, penetrates into the nucleolar body until in close contact with the fibrillar centers. Morphometric analysis reveals that 32% of the fibrillar center surface is essentially occupied by condensed chromatin. Using the in situ terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-immunogold procedure for detecting DNA, we further show that evident label is exclusively found over the condensed chromatin and over the fibrillar centers, whereas no significant label is detected over the dense fibrillar component of the nucleolus. [less ▲]

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See detailCombination of oral antidiabetic drugs and insulin in the treatment of non-insulin-dependent diabetes.
Scheen, André ULg; Castillo, M. J.; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1993), 48(4), 259-68

Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) appears to be an heterogeneous disorder characterized by both relative insulin deficiency and impaired insulin action. The initial management of NIDDM ... [more ▼]

Non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) appears to be an heterogeneous disorder characterized by both relative insulin deficiency and impaired insulin action. The initial management of NIDDM should include patient education, dietary counselling and individualized programs of physical activity. It is only when such measures fail that drug therapy should be considered. Oral drug therapies include sulphonylurea derivatives, biguanides, among which metformin remains the only one commercialized in our country, and alpha-glucosidase inhibitors such as acarbose. However, insulin therapy may be required to achieve adequate glycaemic control in some patients, the so-called secondary failures to oral treatment. The rationale for combining insulin and oral drug therapy derives from a better understanding of the pathophysiology of NIDDM and of the mechanisms of action of the oral drugs available: 1) type 2 diabetic patients are both insulin-deficient and insulin-resistant, thus requiring quite high doses of exogenous insulin; 2) peripheral insulin delivery leads to hyperinsulinaemia which could play a role in the pathogenesis of late diabetic complications; 3) sulphonylureas stimulate insulin release directly into the portal vein and could also potentiate peripheral insulin action; and 4) metformin (by improving glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity) and alpha-glucosidase inhibitors (by slowing down the digestion of complex carbohydrates and sucrose) are able to reduce the amounts of insulin needed to control postprandial hyperglycaemia. Numerous studies have shown that a combination of insulin and sulphonylurea is more effective than insulin alone in the treatment of patients with NIDDM after secondary failure to oral drugs, leading to better glucose profiles and/or decreased insulin needs. The available data suggest that combination therapy is most beneficial in the diabetic patient who still has residual insulin secretory capacity and that the best scheme comprises an evening injection of lente insulin and the administration of sulphonylureas before meals. Preliminary results suggested that insulin-metformin (when obesity is present) or insulin-acarbose (when post-prandial hyperglycaemia occurs) combinations might offer some favourable features for the treatment of NIDDM patients although these therapeutical approaches still require adequate evaluation in further controlled studies. The additional cost of such combined therapy should be weighed against the potential advantages of better metabolic control. [less ▲]

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Badir, Sémir ULg

in Ecritures (1993), 5

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See detailConnection and frame design for economy
Anderson, D.; Colson, A.; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in New Steel Construction (1993), 1(N°6), 30-33

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See detailLocalisation scintigraphique de tumeurs neuroendocrines et de leurs métastases par un analogue de la somatostatine: [111In-DTPA-d-phe1] octréotide.
Beckers, Albert ULg; Pham, V. T.; Abs, R. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1993), 48(6), 326-34

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See detailNut van ambulante bloeddrukmeting bij arteriële hypertensie
Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; Dubois, Bernard ULg; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Journal de Cardiologie [= JDC] = Tijdschrift voor Cardiologie [= TVC] (1993), 1

De frequentie van het 'witte-jassen' syndroom en het belang van dit fenomeen op de bloeddrukbelasting en de variabiliteit van de arteriële bloeddruk over 24 uur werden bij 181 patiënten onderzocht ... [more ▼]

De frequentie van het 'witte-jassen' syndroom en het belang van dit fenomeen op de bloeddrukbelasting en de variabiliteit van de arteriële bloeddruk over 24 uur werden bij 181 patiënten onderzocht gedurende een 24 uur durende ambulante bloeddrukmeting. Ondanks een goede correlatie tussen de klinische meting van de arteriële bloeddruk en de gemiddelde bloeddruk overdag of gedurende 24 uur, is er toch een tegenstrijdigheid tussen de .bloeddrukwaarden die met beide methoden worden gemeten (de klinische bloeddruk is hoger dan de ambulant gemeten bloeddruk, des te meer naarmate de klinische bloeddruk hoger is). Bij de beoordeling van de werkzaamheid van antihypertensiva blijkt uit het beloop van de bloeddruk dat een derde van de behandelde patiënten normale bloeddrukwaarden heeft, terwijl bij twee derden van de patiënten de gemiddelde bloeddruk overdag en gedurende 24 uur duidelijk hoger is dan per definitie is toegestaan. Dit onderzoek toont ook aan dat de ambulant gemeten bloeddrukwaarden (vooral de systolische bloeddruk) een beter voorspellend vermogen voor linker-ventrikelhypertrofie hebben dan de klinisch gemeten bloeddrukwaarden. Deze waarnemingen bevestigen het belang van deze niet-invasieve techniek van meting van de gemiddelde bloeddruk, zowel om het 'witte-jassen' effect te objectiveren en aldus de diagnose arteriële hypertensie te preciseren, als om na te gaan of de bloeddruk met antihypertensiva goed is ingesteld. [less ▲]

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See detailPilot study of flesinoxan in major depression. Effect on REM latency and body temperature
ANSSEAU, Marc ULg; PITCHOT, William ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, Antonio et al

in Human Psychopharmacology (1993)

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See detailPurification Of Antifungal Lipopeptides By Reversed-Phase High-Performance Liquid-Chromatography
Razafindralambo, Hary ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg; Hbid, Choukri et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (1993), 639(1), 81-85

A rapid procedure for the purification of antifungal lipopeptides from Bacillus subtilis, a potential agent for biocontrol of plant diseases, was tested. It consists of a solid-phase extraction on C18 gel ... [more ▼]

A rapid procedure for the purification of antifungal lipopeptides from Bacillus subtilis, a potential agent for biocontrol of plant diseases, was tested. It consists of a solid-phase extraction on C18 gel followed by reversed-phase chromatography using a biocompatible PepRPC HR 515 column with a pharmacia fast protein liquid chromatographic system. This is a very effective method for isolating and fractionating iturin A and surfactin, two lipopeptides of different nature, co-produced by Bacillus subtilis strain S499. The presence of homologous lipopeptides was easily detected. [less ▲]

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See detailVisite du Trésor de la Cathédrale de Liège
George, Philippe ULg

in Feuillets de la Cathédrale de Liège (1993)

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See detailMechanism of action of DD-peptidases: role of asparagine-161 in the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase.
Wilkin, J M; Jamin, M; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Journal (1993), 293 ( Pt 1)

The role of residue Asn-161 in the interaction between the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase and various substrates or beta-lactam inactivators was probed by site-directed mutagenesis. The residue was ... [more ▼]

The role of residue Asn-161 in the interaction between the Streptomyces R61 DD-peptidase and various substrates or beta-lactam inactivators was probed by site-directed mutagenesis. The residue was successively replaced by serine and alanine. In the first case, acylation rates were mainly affected with the peptide and ester substrates but not with the thiol-ester substrates and beta-lactams. However, the deacylation rates were decreased 10-30-fold with the substrates yielding benzoylglycyl and benzoylalanyl adducts. The Asn161Ala mutant was more generally affected, although the acylation rates with cefuroxime and cefotaxime remained similar to those observed with the wild-type enzyme. Surprisingly, the deacylation rates of the benzoylglycyl and benzoylalanyl adducts were very close to those observed with the wild-type enzyme. The results also indicate that the interaction with the peptide substrate and the transpeptidation reaction were more sensitive to the mutations than the other reactions studied. The results are discussed and compared with those obtained with the Asn-132 mutants of a class A beta-lactamase. [less ▲]

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See detailCloning of a human GHF-1/Pit-1 cDNA variant
Pernasetti, Flavia; Wera, Stefaan; Belayew, Alexandra et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (1993), 21(15), 3584

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See detailConnection and frames design for economy
Anderson, D.; Colson, A.; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Rakennustekniikka = Finnish Civil Engineering Journal (1993), 3/93

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See detailThiamin and Derivatives as Modulators of Rat Brain Chloride Channels
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Hennuy, Benoît ULg; Wins, Pierre et al

in Neuroscience (1993), 52(4), 1009-1017

Several membrane fractions were prepared from rat brain by differential and sucrose density gradient centrifugation. Most fractions took up 36Cl- rapidly at a rate linear with time during the first 30-60 ... [more ▼]

Several membrane fractions were prepared from rat brain by differential and sucrose density gradient centrifugation. Most fractions took up 36Cl- rapidly at a rate linear with time during the first 30-60 s, then the rate progressively slowed down. The lowest rate of uptake was found in the mitochondrial fraction. Oxythiamin partially inhibited 36Cl- uptake in all fractions. In P2 (crude synaptosomal fraction), oxythiamin decreased the initial rate of uptake by 32%, the apparent Ki being 1.5 mM. Thiamin and amprolium were less effective as inhibitors. 4,4'-Diisothiocyanostilbene-2,2'-disulfonic acid (0.1-1 mM) inhibited 36Cl- uptake by 40-50%. In the presence of this compound at a concentration > or = 5 x 10(-4) M, oxythiamin became ineffective. 36Cl- uptake was increased by GABA (0.1 mM) and this effect was antagonized by picrotoxin as expected, but not by oxythiamin. The rate of 36Cl- uptake did not appreciably depend on the external chloride concentration and was unaffected by bumetanide or by replacement of external Na+ by choline. Taken together, these data suggest that the oxythiamin-sensitive 36Cl- influx is essentially diffusional and is not related to the GABA receptor or the Na:K:2Cl co-transport. Partial replacement of external Na+ by K+ or treatment with 0.1 mM veratridine (which should both result in membrane depolarization) increased 36Cl- uptake by 50 and 30% respectively; the inhibitory effect of oxythiamin was enhanced to the same proportion.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailVidéographie à caractère historique : essai d'inventaire et Audiovisuel, histoire et enseignement : repères bibliographiques
Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULg

in Histoire et Enseignement : Bulletin (1993), 44e année(n°4),

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See detailSYNCYTIOTROPHOBLASTIC LOCALIZATION OF THE HUMAN GROWTH-HORMONE VARIANT MESSENGER-RNA IN THE PLACENTA
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Frankenne, Francis ULg; HOOGHEPETERS, ELisabeth et al

in Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology (1993), 92(2), 7-13

The hGH/hCS genes, clustered on chromosome 17 in the 5' to 3' order GH-N, CS-L, CS-A, GH-V and CS-B, show a high degree of sequence identity. The expression product of the GH-V gene is the placental ... [more ▼]

The hGH/hCS genes, clustered on chromosome 17 in the 5' to 3' order GH-N, CS-L, CS-A, GH-V and CS-B, show a high degree of sequence identity. The expression product of the GH-V gene is the placental growth hormone, which replaces pituitary GH in maternal blood throughout pregnancy. By means of mRNA competitive hybridization using P-32-labelled and unlabelled 30 bases long oligonucleotides, we first optimized specific hybridization conditions. In situ hybridization was then performed to locate the GH-V mRNA encoding placental growth hormone. The hGH-V gene appears expressed in the placental syncytiotrophoblast. Unlike the CS-A and CS-B genes (both encoding hPL) which are expressed uniformly in the syncytiotrophoblast, the GH-V mRNA is located in a few syncytiotrophoblast cells only. [less ▲]

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See detailOkadaic acid, a protein phosphatase inhibitor, enhances transcription of a receptor gene containing sequence A of the human prolactin promoter
Wera, S.; Belayew, A.; Martial, Joseph ULg

in Molecular Endocrinology (1993), 7(8), 965-71

Human PRL (hPRL) gene expression is controlled by cAMP and Ca2+. This control is mediated by two cis-elements: a Pit-1 binding site (-62 to -35) and sequence A (-110 to -85), present in the hPRL promoter ... [more ▼]

Human PRL (hPRL) gene expression is controlled by cAMP and Ca2+. This control is mediated by two cis-elements: a Pit-1 binding site (-62 to -35) and sequence A (-110 to -85), present in the hPRL promoter. We have investigated whether protein phosphatases could be involved in this regulation. GC-type rat pituitary tumor cells were transfected with sequence -138 to -35 of the hPRL gene promoter, upstream from a thymidine kinase promoter and a chloramphenicol acetyltransferase (CAT) reporter gene. Addition of okadaic acid (OA), a specific inhibitor of protein phosphatases 1 and 2A, stimulates transient expression of the CAT gene. The dose-response curve shows a maximal effect at 25 nM OA (2.2-fold stimulation above controls). The OA effect is also observed with a natural 4500-base pair hPRL promoter. A single copy of the hPRL promoter sequence -115 to -85 (sequence A) confers to a thymidine kinase-CAT construct an identical response to OA, whereas a single copy of the proximal Pit-1 binding site does not. Synergism is observed between cAMP and OA in activating PRL gene transcription. This synergism is also observed with a single copy of sequence A. The effect of cAMP is not mediated by an L-type Ca2+ channel, since addition of the Ca2+ channel antagonist verapamil does not decrease it, nor does complexing extracellular Ca2+ significantly reduce it. Furthermore, OA and the Ca2+ channel opener BAY K8644 exert additive effects. [less ▲]

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See detailLa saisie électronique des données en forêt : réalités et perspectives
Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Revue Forestière Française (1993), 45(n° sp), 20-26

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See detailClustered organization of homologous KRAB zinc-finger genes with enhanced expression in human T lymphoid cells
Bellefroid, Eric J.; Marine, Jean-Christophe; Ried, Thomas et al

in EMBO Journal (1993), 12(4), 1363-1374

KRAB zinc-finger proteins (KRAB-ZFPs) constitute a large subfamily of ZFPs of the Krüppel C2H2 type. KRAB (Krüppel-associated box) is an evolutionarily conserved protein domain found N-terminally with ... [more ▼]

KRAB zinc-finger proteins (KRAB-ZFPs) constitute a large subfamily of ZFPs of the Krüppel C2H2 type. KRAB (Krüppel-associated box) is an evolutionarily conserved protein domain found N-terminally with respect to the finger repeats. We report here the characterization of a particular subgroup of highly related human KRAB-ZFPs. ZNF91 is one representative of this subgroup and contains 35 contiguous finger repeats at its C-terminus. Three mRNA isoforms with sequence identity to ZNF91 were isolated by the polymerase chain reaction. These encode proteins with a KRAB domain present, partially deleted or absent. Five genomic fragments were characterized, each encoding part of a gene: the ZNF91 gene or one of four distinct, related KRAB-ZFP genes. All exhibit a common exon/intron organization with the variant zinc finger repeats organized in a single exon and the KRAB domain encoded by two separate exons. This positioning of introns supports the hypothesis that the mRNA isoforms encoding polypeptides with variability in the KRAB domain could arise by alternative splicing. By in situ chromosomal mapping studies and by analysis of fragments from a human genomic yeast artificial chromosome library containing KRAB-ZFP genes, we show that these genes occur in clusters; in particular, a gene complex containing over 40 genes has been identified in chromosomal region 19p12-p13.1. These ZNF91-related genes probably arose late during evolution since no homologous genes are detected in the mouse and rat genomes. Although the transcription of members of this KRAB-ZFP gene subgroup is detectable in all human tissues, their expression is significantly higher in human T lymphoid cells. [less ▲]

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See detailL'évaluation des effets de LOGO : un bilan vingt ans après ...
Denis, Brigitte ULg

in Revue de la Direction Générale de l’Organisation des Etudes (1993)

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See detailPhysiological response to the cross country phase in eventing horses
Amory, Hélène ULg; Art, Tatiana ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Journal of Equine Veterinary Science (1993), 13

Blood samples were collected for lactate concentration determination (Lacc) at the arrival of the cross-country phase from 40 horses of various class levels competing in 6 different three-day events ... [more ▼]

Blood samples were collected for lactate concentration determination (Lacc) at the arrival of the cross-country phase from 40 horses of various class levels competing in 6 different three-day events. Moreover, in 8 horses, heart rate (HR) was recorded every 5 seconds during the cross-country. Among them, 5 horses were submitted, at the beginning of the competition's season to a standardized exercise test (SET) on a track which allowed us to study the relationship between HR, blood lactate concentration and running speed on flat ground in these horses. The relationship between mean HR and mean speed, between Lacc and mean speed and between Lacc and HR during the cross-country were studied using regression analysis. Mean HR during the cross-country was linearly related to mean speed during this phase (r=0.87, p ≤ 0.01), but this relationship was shifted upwards in comparison with the corresponding curve obtained during the SET (r=0.97, p ≤ 0.001). In the same way, the relationship between Lacc and mean speed during the cross-country was exponential (r=0.93, p ≤ 0.001), but blood lactate accumulation occurred at a lower speed than during the SET (r=0.94, p ≤ 0.001). The correlation between Lacc and HR was stronger when Lacc was related to HR during the 15 last minutes of the cross (r = 0.84) than to mean HR during the whole cross (r = 0.75) or to HR during the 2 last (r = 0.74) or the last (r = 0.80) minute of the course, which indicated that continuous recording of HR allowed a more accurate estimation of the severity of exercise performed during the cross-country than Lacc. Heart rate ranged from 170 to 190 beats/min during the first part of the cross-country and reached or exceeded values of 190 to 200 beats/min at the end of the course. Therefore, the anaerobic threshold is reached during cross-country. Recruitment of anaerobic me tabolism at the end of the course was otherwise demonstrated by the high values of Lacc. These aerobic-anaerobic meta bolic requirements should be taken into account to design the training program of an eventing horse. [less ▲]

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See detailApport de la mesure ambulatoire de la pression artérielle dans une consultation d'hypertension artérielle
Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; Dubois, Bernard ULg; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Journal de Cardiologie [= JDC] = Tijdschrift voor Cardiologie [= TVC] (1993), 5(1), 6-13

La fréquence du syndrome de la blouse blanche, l'importance de la charge tensionnelle et de la variabilité de la pression artérielle au cours du nycthémère ont été analysées dans une population de 181 ... [more ▼]

La fréquence du syndrome de la blouse blanche, l'importance de la charge tensionnelle et de la variabilité de la pression artérielle au cours du nycthémère ont été analysées dans une population de 181 patients ayant bénéficié d'un enregistrement de la pression artérielle en ambulatoire pendant 24 heures. En dépit d'une bonne corrélation entre la mesure clinique de la pression artérielle et la pression moyenne de jour ou de 24 heures, on observe une discordance entre les niveaux de pression fournis par les deux méthodes (la pression clinique étant supérieure à la pression en ambulatoire et cela d'autant plus que la pression clinique est élevée). Lors de l'évaluation de l'efficacité du traitement antihypertenseur, l'analyse des tracés montre qu'un tiers des patients traités ont des pressions normalisées, alors que deux tiers d'entre eux conservent des pressions de jour et de 24 heures nettement supérieures aux critères définissant l'hypertension artérielle. Par ailleurs, cette étude souligne également la supériorité des valeurs de pression en ambulatoire (surtout la pression systolique) par rapport à la pression clinique comme prédicteur d'une hypertrophie ventriculaire gauche. Ces observations confirment l'intérêt de cette technique non invasive de mesure de la pression artérielle moyenne tant pour objectiver l'effet blouse blanche, et ainsi préciser le diagnostic d'une hypertension artérielle, que pour s'assurer du contrôle de la pression par les thérapeutiques antihypertensives. [less ▲]

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