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See detailEvidence-based medicine. Apport des essais cliniques controles.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(4), 216-9

Controlled clinical trials are the support of Evidence-Based Medicine. In most instances, only them can indeed provide the demonstration of both the efficacy and safety of a pharmacological treatment ... [more ▼]

Controlled clinical trials are the support of Evidence-Based Medicine. In most instances, only them can indeed provide the demonstration of both the efficacy and safety of a pharmacological treatment, based upon rigorous scientific experimental observations avoiding potential bias due to subjective interpretation. In order to be able to extrapolate conclusions of drug trials to clinical practice and to positively influence physician's attitudes, "explanatory" trials, which aim at proving the intrinsic activity of the molecule, should be completed by "pragmatic" trials, which aim at demonstrating the clinical utility of the drug. [less ▲]

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See detailMesure de la pression artérielle en dehors du cabinet médical: intérêts et limites
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg

in Revue Médecine Générale (2000), 176

Standardized blood pressure self measurement with approved devices allows the patient's involvement in the diagnosis and provides information on various parameters.

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See detailSignificance of random illite-vermiculite mixed layers in Pleistocene sediments of the northwestern Atlantic Ocean
Vanderaveroet, P.; Bout-Roumazeilles, V.; Fagel, Nathalie ULg et al

in Clay Minerals (2000), 35(4), 679-691

The clay mineralogy of Pleistocene sediments of eleven sediment cores at three ODP sites from 30 degrees N to 60 degrees N northwestern Atlantic Ocean has been investigated. The sediments are ... [more ▼]

The clay mineralogy of Pleistocene sediments of eleven sediment cores at three ODP sites from 30 degrees N to 60 degrees N northwestern Atlantic Ocean has been investigated. The sediments are characterized by the presence of random illite-vermiculite mixed layers (I-V) (up to 32% of the clay mineral assemblage). The I-V clays are much more abundant during interglacial periods than during glacial ones. They are attributed to detrital supply through erosion of high-latitude continental areas from which they are derived mainly from chemical weathering of micaceous phyllosilicates. Their spatial distribution and the specific conditions for their formation through weathering suggest that I-V mixed layers are mainly derived from the Canadian Shield. They were transported From their source to marine deposition areas by rivers, deep water masses or nepheloid layers. Due to the specific conditions required For the Formation of I-V, its occurrence and abundance are used as a palaeoclimate and palaeocirculation proxy for northwestern Atlantic Pleistocene sediment. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom neurophysiology to genetics: cortical information processing in migraine underlies familial influences--a novel approach
Sandor, P. S.; Afra, J.; Proietti Cecchini, A. P. et al

in Functional Neurology (2000), 15(Suppl 3), 68-72

Migraine patients show impaired cortical information processing between attacks with deficient habituation of pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (VEP), and strong intensity dependence of auditory ... [more ▼]

Migraine patients show impaired cortical information processing between attacks with deficient habituation of pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (VEP), and strong intensity dependence of auditory cortical evoked potentials (IDAP). This could be a genetic trait as certain genetic patterns are known for evoked potentials in healthy subjects. VEP-habituation and IDAP were studied in 40 migraine patients, i.e. pairs of 20 parents and their children. We developed a novel approach based on Monte Carlo statistics to selectively assess vertical familial influences. Both groups, parents and children, were characterized by abnormal VEP-habituation and IDAP. However, similarity between related pairs was far more pronounced than similarity between unrelated pairs. Assessed with a novel statistical approach, familial influences proved to be highly significant in determining cortical information processing in migraineurs, thus supporting the important role of genetic factors. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of attenuation correction on the accuracy of FDG-PET in patients with abdominal tumors: a free-response ROC analysis.
Hustinx, Roland ULg; Dolin, R. J.; Benard, F. et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (2000), 27(9), 1365-71

The aim of this study was to evaluate image quality and lesion detectability with and without attenuation correction in patients with abdominal tumors, using a free-response receiver operating ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to evaluate image quality and lesion detectability with and without attenuation correction in patients with abdominal tumors, using a free-response receiver operating characteristic (FROC) methodology. Thirty-four patients with various abdominal tumors were evaluated (11 men, 23 women, median age 48 years). Whole-body emission scans were performed 68 min (35-102 min) after intravenous injection of 4.3 MBq/kg fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG). Images were reconstructed using the OS-EM algorithm and corrected for attenuation either using postinjection singles transmission (n=27) or by calculation and body outline (n=7). Total scan duration did not exceed 70 min. Studies were read independently by four observers unaware of any clinical data. The uncorrected (UC) images were systematically read before the attenuation-corrected (AC) images. All studies were given an image quality score ranging from 1 (unreadable) to 5 (excellent). Each focus of increased activity was then localized and given a probability of malignancy using a five-point scale. The average image quality score was similar for both UC and AC images. At the time of the positron emission tomography (PET) scans, 127 lesions (63 liver metastases, 9 retroperitoneal lesions, 50 peritoneal or bowel lesions, and 5 pancreatic carcinomas) were revealed by pathological or correlative studies. The areas under the FROC curves were consistently greater for AC images (range 0.8663-0.8867) than for UC images (range 0.7774 -0.8613). Overall, the difference between the AC images and the UC images was significant (P=0.019). In particular, correction for attenuation increased the sensitivity regardless of the location of the lesions. In conclusion, correction for attenuation significantly improves the diagnostic accuracy of FDG-PET for abdominal staging of neoplasms, without impairing the image quality. [less ▲]

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See detailBeta-radiation for coronary in-stent restenosis
Latchem, D-R; Urban, P; Goy, JJ et al

in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions (2000), 51(4), 422-429

To determine the feasibility and safety of an intracoronary beta-radiation device in preventing the recurrence of in-stent restenosis (ISR) after successful angioplasty, we studied 37 patients treated ... [more ▼]

To determine the feasibility and safety of an intracoronary beta-radiation device in preventing the recurrence of in-stent restenosis (ISR) after successful angioplasty, we studied 37 patients treated with beta-radiation (30-mm strontium-90 source) after angioplasty. The mean reference diameter was 2.9 ± 0.5 mm, and 62% of lesions were diffuse, including four total occlusions. Beta-radiation was successfully delivered in 36 of 37 (97%) cases. Over the course of 7.1 ± 4.5 mo follow-up, there were no myocardial infarctions and three deaths: one from preexisting malignancy, one from progressive cardiac failure, and one from sudden cardiac death. Target vessel revascularization (TVR) was performed in seven of 36 (19%) patients. Thirty patients underwent angiography at 6 mo; three (10%) experienced restenosis (diameter stenosis > 50%) at the target site, four (13%) had edge stenoses, and two (7%) had late (> 1 mo) thrombotic occlusions. Beta-radiation for ISR is associated with encouragingly low rates of target lesion restenosis and TVR. Further improvements are needed to solve the limitations of the edge effect and late occlusion. [less ▲]

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See detailImmunocastration of farm animals
Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Haezebroeck, Valérie; Mortiaux, Frédéric et al

in Bases (2000), 4

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See detailTraitement des cephalees de tension
Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Revue Neurologique (2000), 156(Suppl 4), 487-92

The scientific basis of tension- type headache suffers from the lack of precise pathophysiological knowledge and the heterogenecity of this disorder. Treatment of acute tension-type headache episodes is ... [more ▼]

The scientific basis of tension- type headache suffers from the lack of precise pathophysiological knowledge and the heterogenecity of this disorder. Treatment of acute tension-type headache episodes is more effective with an NSAIDs (ibuprofen 400-800mg, naproxen 550-825mg, ketoprofen 50-75mg) than with aspirin or paracetamol. Caffein containing preparations of NSAIDs are slightly superior, but should not be taken frequently to avoid headache chronification. For chronic tension-type headache, relaxation therapies with EMG biofeedback and tricyclics have about the same efficacy rate of 40-50p.100. Physical therapy and acupuncture are in general less effective. There is thus clearly a need for better strategies, e.g. combination of available therapies and novel approaches. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of reduced and compensatory growth.
Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Gerard, O. et al

in Domestic Animal Endocrinology (2000), 19(2), 121-32

Growth is an integrated process, resulting from the response of cells dependent on the endocrine status and nutrient availability. During feed restriction, the production and secretion of growth hormone ... [more ▼]

Growth is an integrated process, resulting from the response of cells dependent on the endocrine status and nutrient availability. During feed restriction, the production and secretion of growth hormone (GH) by the pituitary gland are enhanced, but the number of GH receptors decreases. Changes of GH binding proteins induce GH resistance and are followed by reduced insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) secretion. On the other hand, high circulating levels of GH enhance the mobilization of fatty acids, which are used to support energy requirements. Thus, when feed restriction in growing animals is moderate, there is mainly protein but barely fat accretion. By contrast, a severe feed restriction enhances the release of catabolic hormones and stimulates, from muscle cells, the liberation of amino acids, which are used by hepatocytes for gluconeogenesis. During refeeding and compensatory growth, the secretion of insulin is sharply enhanced and plasma GH concentrations remain high. This situation probably allows more nutrients to be used for growth processes. The role of plasma IGF-I during compensatory growth is not clear and must be explained in connection with changes of its binding proteins. Thyroxin and 3,5,3'-triiodothyronine seem to have a permissive effect on growth. The simultaneous occurrence of puberty with refeeding can exert a synergistic effect on growth. Initially, compensatory growth is characterized by the deposition of very lean tissue, similar as during feed restriction. This lasts for some weeks. Then, protein synthesis decreases and high feed intake leads to increased fat deposition. [less ▲]

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See detailÀ la recherche de l'«art public» dans les villes de la Mésopotamie
Tunca, Önhan ULg

in Art&Fact (2000), 19

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See detailRenal Artery Occlusion Following Blunt Abdominal Trauma
Elen, Philippe ULg; Ozlu, E.; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(3, May-Jun), 107-10

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See detailTransplantation of cultured explants of human endometrium into nude mice
NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Casanas-Roux, Françoise; Marbaix, Etienne et al

in Human Reproduction (2000), 15(3), 572-7

The objective of this study was to analyse the histological and immunohistochemical characteristics of cultured explants of human endometrium transplanted into nude mice. Biopsies of eutopic endometrium ... [more ▼]

The objective of this study was to analyse the histological and immunohistochemical characteristics of cultured explants of human endometrium transplanted into nude mice. Biopsies of eutopic endometrium were taken from six patients during laparoscopic surgery and classified according to the phase of the cycle. All the explants were cultured with oestrogen and progesterone for 24 h before transplantation into 15 mice. Four mice were grafted with explants of menstrual endometrium, four with explants of late proliferative endometrium, and seven with explants of late secretory-premenstrual endometrium. Typical endometrial glands and stroma were observed in 87% of cases 3 weeks after the transplantation. All the grafts revealed histological characteristics of the proliferative phase, even when the endometrial biopsy was taken during the late secretory phase. Immunohistochemical studies revealed that the proliferation index was high, whatever the menstrual phase of the endometrial biopsy. An extensive vascular network developed at the interface between the graft and the surrounding tissue. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) positive stained cells were observed in all grafts, the VEGF score being significantly higher in epithelial cells than in stromal cells. In conclusion, human endometrial explants, cultured for 24 h, could be successfully transplanted into nude mice. Immunohistochemical studies proved that human cultured endometrial tissue could not only survive in nude mice but could also become very active and develop characteristics different from the tissue of origin. An active vascular network is a necessary condition for the survival of the graft and may be explained by the high VEGF content. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the scalar meson exchange in the baryon spectra
Stassart, Pierre ULg; Stancu, Floarea ULg; Richard, J. M. et al

in Journal of Physics : G Nuclear & Particle Physics (2000), G26

We explore the role of a scalar meson exchange interaction between quarks in a semirelativistic constituent quark model where the quarks are also subject to a linear confinement. We study how the spectrum ... [more ▼]

We explore the role of a scalar meson exchange interaction between quarks in a semirelativistic constituent quark model where the quarks are also subject to a linear confinement. We study how the spectrum evolves when the strength of the scalar meson exchange increases. Our results are relevant to the long-standing problem of the relative position of the first positive-parity (Roper resonance) and the first orbitally excited states in the baryon spectrum. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelques considerations generales et rappels historiques a propos de la therapeutique.
Kulbertus, Henri ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(4), 201-5

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See detailDeletion Analogues Of Transportan
Soomets, U.; Lindgren, M.; Gallet, X. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Biomembranes (2000), 1467(1), 165-76

Several shorter analogues of the cell penetrating peptide, transportan, have been synthesized in order to define the regions of the sequence, which are responsible for the membrane translocation property ... [more ▼]

Several shorter analogues of the cell penetrating peptide, transportan, have been synthesized in order to define the regions of the sequence, which are responsible for the membrane translocation property of the peptide. Penetration of the peptides into Bowes melanoma cells and the influence on GTPase activity in Rin m5F cellular membranes have been tested. The experimental data on cell penetration have been compared with molecular modeling of insertion of peptides into biological membranes. Omission of six amino acids from the N-terminus did not significantly impair the cell penetration of the peptide while deletions at the C-terminus or in the middle of the transportan sequence decreased or abolished the cellular uptake. Most transportan analogues exert an inhibitory effect on GTPase activity. Molecular modeling shows that insertion of the transportan analogues into the membrane differs for different peptides. Probably the length of the peptide as well as the location of aromatic and positively charged residues have major impact on the orientation of peptides in the membranes and thereby influence the cellular penetration. In summary, we have designed and characterized several novel short transportan analogues with similar cellular translocation properties to the parent peptide, but with reduced undesired cellular activity. [less ▲]

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See detailContribution à la connaissance des Chrysopidae de Belgique : bilan des captures réalisées à Gembloux.
Mignon, Jacques ULg; Bozsik, Andras; Gaspar, Charles

in Notes Fauniques de Gembloux (2000), 41

Douze espèces de Chrysopidae furent identifiées: H. elegans, N. flava, N. pallida, Ch. ciliata, Ch. perla, Ch. pallens, D. flavifrons, D. prasina, D. ventralis, T. gracilis, Ch. carnea et C. albolineata ... [more ▼]

Douze espèces de Chrysopidae furent identifiées: H. elegans, N. flava, N. pallida, Ch. ciliata, Ch. perla, Ch. pallens, D. flavifrons, D. prasina, D. ventralis, T. gracilis, Ch. carnea et C. albolineata. Une espèce, Tjederina ventralis est nouvelle pour la faune belge. [less ▲]

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See detailLa libre circulation des personnes dans l'Union européenne (1er janvier - 31 décembre 1999)
Carlier, Jean-Yves ULg

in Journal de Droit Européen [=JDE] (2000)

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See detailDistribution and epidermal growth factor receptor expression of primordial follicles in human ovarian tissue before and after cryopreservation.
Qu, Jian Ping; Godin, Pierre-Arnaud; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg et al

in Human Reproduction (2000), 15(2), 303-10

The freezing of ovarian tissue and the growth of immature oocytes from primordial follicles is an interesting concept in ovarian tissue transplantation and in-vitro fertilization. In this study, the ... [more ▼]

The freezing of ovarian tissue and the growth of immature oocytes from primordial follicles is an interesting concept in ovarian tissue transplantation and in-vitro fertilization. In this study, the morphology and distribution of primordial follicles were studied in ovarian tissue from 24 women before and after cryopreservation. Cryopreservation did not significantly change either the morphology or number per unit volume of morphologically normal follicles in frozen ovarian tissue. Primordial follicles were predominant, accounting for 78.6% and 82.6% of total follicles in fresh and frozen ovarian tissues respectively. The distribution of follicles was extremely uneven in ovarian tissue. A large variation in follicle numbers was observed in ovarian tissue samples from patient to patient, and even in the same patient, indicating that the number of follicles counted in one sample of ovarian tissue may not represent the number of follicles in other tissue samples. Ovarian tissue could be frozen in the form of strips instead of fragments for fast processing and better viability of ovarian tissue in cryopreservation. The number of follicles in ovarian tissue declined with the increasing age of the patients. An immunohistochemical study showed that immunoreactivity for the epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor was detected in primordial follicles of adult ovarian tissue. EGF receptor staining was most intense in the oocytes of primordial follicles. Weak staining for EGF receptor was observed in some surrounding pregranulosa cells. Immunohistochemical staining for EGF receptor was also present in the stromal cells of ovarian tissue, but to a much lesser degree. There was no significant difference in the immunohistochemical staining for EGF receptor in ovarian tissue before and after cryopreservation. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution des connaissances sur la membrane du globule gras du lait: synthese bibliographique.
Danthine, Sabine ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg et al

in Lait (2000), 80(2), 209-222

The milk fat globule is essentially an oil droplet enclosed in a protective 'membrane', partially derived from the plasma membrane of the lactating cell, and which assures the dispersion of the milk fat ... [more ▼]

The milk fat globule is essentially an oil droplet enclosed in a protective 'membrane', partially derived from the plasma membrane of the lactating cell, and which assures the dispersion of the milk fat in the milk plasma. This protective coat is generally called 'the milk fat globule membrane' (MFGM). This review examines the present state of knowledge on the MFGM. The topics dealt with are: origin and formation, isolation From milk, composition (lipids and proteins), structure (a new model is proposed), functional properties and the role that the MFGM plays in protection against lipolysis. [less ▲]

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See detailInfectious Agents Associated with Rabbit Pneumonia: Isolation of Amyxomatous Myxoma Virus Strains
Marlier, Didier ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg; Linden, Annick ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2000), 159(2), 171-8

Sixty-six rabbits, with no history of vaccination against myxomatosis and which had died of pulmonary lesions, were submitted for virological and serological tests for Myxoma virus (MV) infection and for ... [more ▼]

Sixty-six rabbits, with no history of vaccination against myxomatosis and which had died of pulmonary lesions, were submitted for virological and serological tests for Myxoma virus (MV) infection and for bacteriological examinations. At post mortem, the diagnoses based on observed lesions were as follows: acute haemorrhagic pneumonia (38%); acute suppurative bronchopneumonia (35%); and fibrinohaemorrhagic bronchopneumonia with fibrinous pleuritis (27%). MV was isolated from 10% of the rabbits, mainly from those with acute haemorrhagic pneumonia. Serological evidence of MV infection was demonstrated in 44% of rabbits. Pathogenic bacteria species isolated from lungs were Pasteurella (spp. and multocida), Escherichia coli, Bordetella bronchiseptica and Pseudomonas aeruginosa, respectively, from 41, 11, 7 and 6% of samples. No relationship could be established between the presence of specific antibodies to MV and the observed pulmonary lesions or the results of the bacteriological examinations. A significant trend was established between the severity of the lesions and the results of the bacteriological examinations. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of EMIT tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays on the Vitalab Viva analyser and FPIA on the Abbott ADx analyser
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2000), 38(7), 615-618

We evaluated the performance of the Emit® tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays (Dade Behring) and fluorescence polarisation immunoassay (FPIA) (Abbott) for use with serum determinations in ... [more ▼]

We evaluated the performance of the Emit® tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays (Dade Behring) and fluorescence polarisation immunoassay (FPIA) (Abbott) for use with serum determinations in preliminary therapeutic drug monitoring or acute drug intoxication detection. Performance, as indicated by CVs, of the Emit® tox benzodiazepine and barbiturate assays and FPIA showed that both immunochemical techniques are precise and have good reproducibility. For within-run studies, results from benzodiazepine determinations showed maximum CV values of 1.91% for the Emit® method and 2.65% for FPIA; results from barbiturate determinations showed maximum CV values of 2.01% for the Emit® method and 1.89% for FPIA. For between-run studies, results from benzodiazepine determinations showed maximum CV values of 1.79% for the Emit® method and 1.12% for FPIA; results from barbiturate determinations showed maximum CV values of 2.09% for the Emit® method and 2.02% for FPIA. [less ▲]

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See detailTechnical efficiency of European railways: a distance function approach
Coelli, Tim; Perelman, Sergio ULg

in Applied Economics (2000), 32

This study has two principal objectives. The first objective is to measure and compare the performance of European railways. The second objective is to illustrate the usefulness of econometric distance ... [more ▼]

This study has two principal objectives. The first objective is to measure and compare the performance of European railways. The second objective is to illustrate the usefulness of econometric distance functions in the analysis of production in multioutput industries, where behavioural assumptions such as cost minimization or profit maximization, are unlikely to be applicable. Using annual data on 17 railways companies during 1988± 1993, multioutput distance functions are estimated using corrected ordinary least squares (COLS). The resulting technical efficiency estimates range from 0.980 for the Netherlands to 0.784 for Italy, with a mean of 0.863. The distance function results are also compared with those obtained from single-output production functions, where aggregate output measures are formed using either total revenue or a Tornqvist index. The results obtained indicate substantial differences in parameter estimates and technical efficiency rankings, casting significant doubt upon the reliability of these single-output models, particularly when a total revenue measure is used to proxy aggregate output. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence For Specific And Non-Covalent Binding Of Lipids To Natural And Recombinant Mycobacterium Bovis Bcg Hsp60 Proteins, And To The Escherichia Coli Homologue Groel
De Bruyn, J.; Soetaert, K.; Buyssens, P. et al

in Microbiology-Sgm (2000), 146

Heat-shock proteins (Hsps) from various origins are known to share a conserved structure and are assumed to be key partners in the biogenesis of proteins. Fractionation of the mycobacterial Hsp60, a 65 ... [more ▼]

Heat-shock proteins (Hsps) from various origins are known to share a conserved structure and are assumed to be key partners in the biogenesis of proteins. Fractionation of the mycobacterial Hsp60, a 65 kDa protein also called Cpn60, from Mycobacterium bovis BCG zinc-deficient culture filtrate on phenyl-Sepharose followed by Western blotting revealed the existence of four Hsp60-1 and Hsp60-2 forms, based on their hydrophobicity behaviour. Hsp60-2 species were further purified by ion-exchange chromatography and partial amino acid sequences of cyanogen bromide (CNBr) peptides of purified Hsp60-2 species showed identity with the amino acid sequence deduced from the hsp60-2 gene, indicating that the various Hsp60-2 forms are encoded by the same gene. In addition, the mycobacterial Hsp60-2 was overexpressed in E. coli using the pRR3Hsp60-2 plasmid and analysed on phenyl-Sepharose. The elution pattern of the recombinant Hsp60-2, as well as that of Escherichia coli GroEL, was similar to that of the native Hsp60-2 from the culture filtrate of M. bovis BCG and entirely different from that of the mycobacterial antigen 85. Extraction of mycobacterial Hsp60-2 forms, recombinant BCG Hsp60-2 and E. coli GroEL with organic solvents releases various amounts of non-covalently bound lipids. The presence of lipids on Hsp60-2 was confirmed by labelling M. bovis BCG with radioactive palmitate. The radioactivity was specifically associated with Hsp60 in the aqueous phase and the 19 and 38 kDa lipoproteins in the Triton X-114 phase. Analysis of the lipids extracted from purified Hsp60-2, recombinant BCG Hsp60-2 and E. coli GroEL by TLC showed the same pattern for all the samples. Acid methanolysis of the lipids followed by GC analysis led to the identification of C(16:0), C(18:0) and C(18:1) as the major fatty acyl constituents, and of methylglycoside in these proteins. Altogether, these data demonstrate that lipids are non-covalently bound to Hsp60-2 and homologous proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailEffet de l’ammoniac sur la fibre C impliquée dans le réflexe de la toux chez le porc
Moreaux, B.; Nemmar, R.; Gustin, Pascal ULg

in Journées de la Recherche Porcine en France (2000), 32

The effect of ammonia on the C-fibre which is involved in the citric acid induced coughing reflex was assessed. The piglets were exposed during a period of 24 hours or 4 days to a concentration of 15 or ... [more ▼]

The effect of ammonia on the C-fibre which is involved in the citric acid induced coughing reflex was assessed. The piglets were exposed during a period of 24 hours or 4 days to a concentration of 15 or 30 ppm ammonia in an inhalation chamber . During this challenge, the animais underwent cough induction tests at two days intervals. Another group was exposed to ammonia (30 ppm) for 48 hours, after this period, substance P was assayed in liquids collected from broncho-alvealor and tracheal washings (BAL and TAL) and in tracheal and airway mucosa . Ammonia (30 ppm) induced an inhibition 0f the coughing reflex in pigs. The minimum period of exposure necessary to provoke this effect was 48 hours. The same ammonia concentration aiso induced o significant increase in substance P concentrations in BAL and TAL and a significant decrease in concentrations of the tracheal mucosa. We conclude that ammonia at o concentration of 30 ppm inhibits the citric acid induced coughing reflex. The effect was partly mediated by the release of substance P from the C-fibre. [less ▲]

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See detailL'entérotoxémie bovine en Belgique. II. Epizootiologie élémentaire et pathologie descriptive.
Manteca, Christophe; Daube, Georges ULg; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 145

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See detailDual Formulations for the Modeling of Thin Electromagnetic Shells using Edge Elements
Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; Dular, Patrick ULg; Legros, Willy ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2000), 36(4), 799-803

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See detailHépatites C sporadiques. Risque iatrogène non négligeable
Delwaide, Jean ULg

in Interface (2000), 6

On estime à plus de 150 millions le nombre d'individus infectés par le virus de l'hépatite C dans le monde. En Belgique, cette prévalence est estimée à 10/0, et la plupart des nouvelles contaminations se ... [more ▼]

On estime à plus de 150 millions le nombre d'individus infectés par le virus de l'hépatite C dans le monde. En Belgique, cette prévalence est estimée à 10/0, et la plupart des nouvelles contaminations se retrouvent chez les toxicomanes utilisant des drogues intraveineuses. Les transmissions en milieu hospitalier pourraient cependant rendre compte d'une part non négligeable des hépatites C dites «sporadiques», dont le mode de transmission n'est jusqu'ici pas élucidé. [less ▲]

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See detailFractionation and reconstitution experiments provide insight into the role of gluten and starch interactions in pasta quality
Delcour, Jan; Vansteelandt, J.; Hythier, M. C. et al

in Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry (2000), 48(9), 3767-3773

Commercial durum wheat (Triticum durum desf.) semolina was fractionated into starch, gluten, and water extractables. Starch surface proteins and surface lipids were removed, and two starches with ... [more ▼]

Commercial durum wheat (Triticum durum desf.) semolina was fractionated into starch, gluten, and water extractables. Starch surface proteins and surface lipids were removed, and two starches with manipulated granule size distributions were produced to influence starch properties, affecting its interaction with other semolina components. Reconstituted spaghetti was made with untreated (control) or treated starches. The pasta made from the starting semolina material had lower cooking time and was of lower quality than the samples made from reconstituted material. This was not due to changes in gluten properties as a result of the first step of the fractionation process. For the reconstituted samples, starch interaction behavior was not changed after surface protein or surface lipid removal. Starch surface properties thus do not influence the starch interaction behavior, indicating that starch-gluten interaction in raw (uncooked) pasta is mainly due to physical inclusion. All reconstituted pasta samples also had generally the same cooking quality. It was concluded that the small changes in starch gelatinization behavior, caused by the above;mentioned starch modifications, are of little importance for pasta quality. [less ▲]

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See detailAlteration of thyroid hormones, insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and IGFBPs in finishing calves treated with dexamethasone
Bertozzi, Carlo; Massart, Serge; Darras, Veerle et al

in Canadian Journal of Animal Science (2000), 80

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See detailLe mélèze, un atout dans les objectifs de diversification de notre sylviculture.
Pauwels, Dominique; Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Silva Belgica (2000), 107(2), 6-12

Le présent article s'attachera à présenter l'essence, son tempérament, son écologie, quelques critères permettant d'orienter le choix de la station et de l'espèce ainsi que les qualités et usages qu'on ... [more ▼]

Le présent article s'attachera à présenter l'essence, son tempérament, son écologie, quelques critères permettant d'orienter le choix de la station et de l'espèce ainsi que les qualités et usages qu'on peut en attendre. Cette présentation ne se veut pas exhaustive, elle est volontairement destinée à l'usage pratique des gestionnaires et propriétaires forestiers désireux de planter du mélèze. [less ▲]

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See detailRecombinant prolactin Receptor Extracellular Domain of Rainbouw trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): subcloning, preparation and characterization
Sandowski, Y.; Cohen, Y.; Le Rouzic, P. et al

in General and Comparative Endocrinology (2000), 118

The cDNA of the extracellular domain of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) prolactin receptor (trPRLR-ECD) was cloned in the prokaryotic expression vector pMON to enable its expression in Escherichia ... [more ▼]

The cDNA of the extracellular domain of rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss) prolactin receptor (trPRLR-ECD) was cloned in the prokaryotic expression vector pMON to enable its expression in Escherichia coli after induction with nalidixic acid. The bacterially expressed trPRLR-ECD protein, contained within the refractile body pellet, was solubilized in 4.5 M urea, refolded, and purified on a Q-Sepharose column, pH 8, by stepwise elution with NaCl. The bioactive monomeric 26-kDa fraction was eluted in 0.2 M NaCl, yielding 20 mg/2.5 L of induced culture. The purified protein was over 98% homogeneous, as shown by SDS-PAGE in the presence or absence of reducing agent and by chromatography on a Superdex column. Binding experiments using [125I]ovine placental lactogen (oPL) as a ligand revealed that human growth hormone (hGH), oPL, and ovine prolactin (oPRL) were the most effective competitors, with respective IC50 values of 1.32, 2.27, and 2.70 nM. Chicken (ch) PRL did not compete at all, and homologous trPRL was much less effective, with a corresponding IC50 value of 1826 nM. Gel-filtration was used to determine the stoichiometry of trPRLR-ECD's interaction with oPL, hGH, and oPRL. Only oPL yielded a 2:1 complex, whereas hGH and oPRL formed only 1:1 complexes, with excess trPRLR-ECD being seen at the initial 2:1 trPRLR-ECD:hGH or trPRLR-ECD:oPRL ratios. No studies were performed with chPRL because of its inability to compete with [125I]oPL or with trPRL because of its low affinity toward trPRLR-ECD. The present results agree with previous findings indicating, as in mammals, that homologous PRL interacts transiently with its receptor and suggest that transient homologous PRL-induced homodimerization of the receptor is sufficient to initiate a biological signal, despite the fact that, in classical binding experiments, only low specific binding can be detected. [less ▲]

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See detailWegwijs in de vele benamingen van de veelvormige pathogeen Escherichia coli
Mainil, Jacques ULg

in Vlaams Diergeneeskundig Tijdschrift (2000), 69

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

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

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

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

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See detailLa lecture, un ouvrage féminin: Enquête sur les pratiques de lecture auprès des jeunes de14-15 ans en Communauté française de Belgique
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg; Schillings, Patricia ULg

in Enjeux : Revue de Formation Continuée et de Didactique du Français (2000), 47-48

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See detailImmunocytochemical localization of ionotropic glutamate receptors subunits in the adult quail forebrain
Cornil, Charlotte ULg; Foidart, Agnès ULg; Minet, Arlette ULg et al

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (2000), 428

The excitatory amino acid glutamate is implicated in the central control of many neuroendocrine and behavioral processes. The ionotropic glutamate receptors are usually divided into the N-methyl-D ... [more ▼]

The excitatory amino acid glutamate is implicated in the central control of many neuroendocrine and behavioral processes. The ionotropic glutamate receptors are usually divided into the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and non-NMDA (kainate and AMPA) subtypes. Subunits of these receptors have been cloned in a few mammalian species. Information available in birds is more limited. In quail, we recently demonstrated that glutamate agonists (kainate, AMPA, and NMDA) rapidly (within minutes) and reversibly decrease in vitro aromatase activity like several other manipulations affecting intracellular HCa21 pools. Aromatase catalyzes the conversion of androgens into estrogens which is a limiting step in the control by testosterone of many behavioral and physiologic processes. Therefore, glutamate could control estrogen production in the brain, but the anatomic substrate supporting this effect is poorly understood. In quail, aromatase is mainly localized in the preoptic-hypothalamic-limbic system. We visualized here the distribution of the major ionotropic glutamate receptors in quail by immunocytochemical methods by using commercial primary antibodies raised against rat glutamate receptor 1 and receptors 2-3 (GluR1, GluR2/3: AMPA subtype, Chemicon, CA), rat glutamate receptors 5-7 (GluR5-7: kainate subtype, Pharmingen, CA), and rat NMDA receptors (NMDAR1, Pharmingen, CA). Dense and specific signals were obtained with all antibodies. The four types of receptors are broadly distributed in the brain, and, in particular, immunoreactive cells are identified within the major aromatase cell groups located in the medial preoptic nucleus, ventromedial hypothalamus, nucleus striae terminalis, and nucleus taeniae. Dense specific populations of glutamate receptor immunoreactive cells are also present with a receptor subtype-specific distribution in broad areas of the telencephalon. The distribution of glutamate receptors, therefore, is consistent with the idea that these receptors could be located at the surface of aromatase-containing cells and mediate the rapid regulation of aromatase activity in a direct manner. [less ▲]

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See detailMieux connaître la forêt privée. Appel aux propriétaires.
Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Bourland, Nils ULg

in Silva Belgica (2000), 107(1), 28-29

Dans le cadre de l'appui scientifique à l'Inventaire permanent des Ressources ligneuses de Wallonie, l'Unité de Gestion et Economie forestières (Prof. J. RONDEUX) de la Faculté universitaire des Sciences ... [more ▼]

Dans le cadre de l'appui scientifique à l'Inventaire permanent des Ressources ligneuses de Wallonie, l'Unité de Gestion et Economie forestières (Prof. J. RONDEUX) de la Faculté universitaire des Sciences agronomiques de Gembloux (FUSAGx) a été chargée de compléter l'information générale relative à la forêt privée, en particulier pour mieux identifier son degré de morcellement et l'évolution attendue de celui-ci dans un avenir proche. Ce travail est réalisé en étroite collaboration avec la Cellule Inventaire des Ressources ligneuses Wallonnes (Ir. H. LECOMTE) et bénéficie du soutien de la Société Royale Forestière de Belgique. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomatisation d'un banc de répartition pour buses de pulvérisation
Lebeau, Frédéric ULg; Hamza, Elies; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Cahiers Agricultures (2000)

Les bancs de répartition constituent l'élement de base permettant de tester la sensibilité de la distribution transversale des buses de pulvérisation aux différents paramètres de fonctionnement. L'article ... [more ▼]

Les bancs de répartition constituent l'élement de base permettant de tester la sensibilité de la distribution transversale des buses de pulvérisation aux différents paramètres de fonctionnement. L'article présente un banc d'essai conforme à la norme ISO 5682/1 qui permet une lecture automatisée des différentes grandeurs (pression, débit, volume recueilli). [less ▲]

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See detailDe l'inapplicabilite de certaines recommandations therapeutiques en pratique: l'exemple du remboursement des medicaments hypolipidemiants en Belgique.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(4), 260-4

International guidelines from the Task Force of European and other Societies on Coronary Prevention and national guidelines from the Belgian Lipid Club recently emphasized the potential interest of ... [more ▼]

International guidelines from the Task Force of European and other Societies on Coronary Prevention and national guidelines from the Belgian Lipid Club recently emphasized the potential interest of adequate management of patients with even moderate hypercholesterolaemia. However, current criteria for the reimbursement of lipid-lowering drugs in Belgium do not allow to follow these guidelines. A solution should be urgently found in order to bridge the gap and permit practitioners, after diet failure, to effectively prescribe lipid-lowering agents in patients who should benefit in priority of such a treatment. It is certainly the case in secondary prevention as well as, in high risk individuals, in primary prevention, i.e. in situations where these drugs have provided enough evidence of their efficacy with an acceptable cost-benefit ratio. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation of first and second order scattering by rough surfaces with a sound ray formalism
Embrechts, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Journal of Sound & Vibration (2000), 229(1)

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See detailThe copper flora of Katanga: a phytogeographical analysis
Leteinturier, B.; Malaisse, François ULg

in Geo-Eco-Trop (2000), 23(1-4),

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See detailL'appareil aptychial chez les ammonoïdes.
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Association des Géologues Amateurs de Belgique Minibul (2000), 33

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. L'etude STOP-2 dans l'hypertension arterielle du sujet age.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 64-6

After the demonstration of the efficacy of beta-blockers or diuretics versus placebo to prevent cardiovascular complications in elderly hypertensive patients in the first STOP-Hypertension study in 1991 ... [more ▼]

After the demonstration of the efficacy of beta-blockers or diuretics versus placebo to prevent cardiovascular complications in elderly hypertensive patients in the first STOP-Hypertension study in 1991, a Swedish group published at the end of 1999 the STOP-2 Hypertension study. The latter randomised trial showed in a similar population that the cardiovascular protection of more recent antihypertensive agents such as calcium antagonists and angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors is similar to that of the conventional antihypertensive drugs used in the first study. In fact, the degree of blood pressure control appears to be more important than the type of antihypertensive drugs used, and this conclusion is reinforced by the observation that numerous patients should rapidly be treated by more than one antihypertensive agent to reach blood pressure targets. [less ▲]

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See detailDescription de cas de chondrodystrophie dans trois exploitations de poulets label
Korsak, Nicolas; Marlier, Didier ULg; Mathieu, F. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144(6), 415-420

The present paper describes chondrodystrophy (perosis) in three poultry units producing labelled chickens. An unilateral deviation of a hind leg along with a tumefaction of the tarsal joint appeared in 4 ... [more ▼]

The present paper describes chondrodystrophy (perosis) in three poultry units producing labelled chickens. An unilateral deviation of a hind leg along with a tumefaction of the tarsal joint appeared in 4-day- to 4-week-old birds; 5 to 50% of the animals were affected. The growth rate was reduced and cachexia was also observed. There were also breast blisters. Chemical analyses were carried out on the poultry feed in two of the units. The manganese content was below the requirements at about 35 mg/kg; in one unit, the ionic balance (Na+K-Cl) was insufficient along with a too narrow Ca/P. The insufficient supply in manganese was corrected by the addition of manganese sulfate in water at a rate of 120 g/litre of water. Manganese sulfate was also added in the feedstuff at a rate of 120 g/ton. [less ▲]

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See detailRupture of a Thoracic Aneurysm in the Left Bronchus
SCHILS, F.; Deprez, A. F.; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(2), 74-6

Aortobronchic fistula is a very unusual complication of thoracic aneurysm. We report the case of a 71-year old man with rupture of a thoracic aortic aneurysm in the left main bronchus. The patient had ... [more ▼]

Aortobronchic fistula is a very unusual complication of thoracic aneurysm. We report the case of a 71-year old man with rupture of a thoracic aortic aneurysm in the left main bronchus. The patient had suffered a car crash fifteen years ago, without any evidence of aortic rupture at the time. Thereafter, he developed an aortic isthmic dilation (36 mm in diameter). The patient suffered from long standing pulmonary insufficiency and emphysema and was admitted several times on an urgent basis for acute dyspnea. During an hospitalization for respiratory distress, he presented haemoptysis and left lung hyperinflation secondary to partial fistulization and extrinsic compression of the main left bronchus. Isthmic aortic resection and prosthetic grafting was performed and the left main bronchus was closed by an autologous pericardial patch. Ten days later, following an air-leak from the bronchial closure, a transposed latissimus dorsi flap was used by the plastic surgeon to repair the defect. Nevertheless, the patient died from multisystemic failure six weeks later. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-Performance Anion-Exchange Chromatography - Dad As A Tool For The Identification And Quantification Of Oligogalacturonic Acids In Pectin Depolymerisation
Deconinck, Thomas J.-M.; Ciza, Antoine; Sinnaeve, Georges et al

in Carbohydrate Research (2000), 329(4),

High-performance anion-exchange chromatography (HPAEC) coupled with a diode array detector (DAD) was used to identify and quantify oligogalacturonic acid components in pectins. Purified pectin lyase and ... [more ▼]

High-performance anion-exchange chromatography (HPAEC) coupled with a diode array detector (DAD) was used to identify and quantify oligogalacturonic acid components in pectins. Purified pectin lyase and polygalacturonase were used to generate unsaturated and saturated oligomers from pectins and sodium polygalacturonate, respectively. This method resulted in a good separation of saturated and unsaturated oligomers up to DP 13. It allowed us to follow polygalacturonase and pectate lyase depolymerisation pathways simultaneously. [less ▲]

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See detailStrong decays of the glueball in a scaled effective Lagrangian
Jaminon, Martine ULg; Mathot, Michel ULg; Van den Bossche, Bruno

in Nuclear Physics A (2000), 662

We calculate the scalar glueball decays into pipi, etaeta, etaeta' and KK within a modified version of the NJL model which implements the QCD trace anomaly. The glueball is assumed to be the f0(1500). It ... [more ▼]

We calculate the scalar glueball decays into pipi, etaeta, etaeta' and KK within a modified version of the NJL model which implements the QCD trace anomaly. The glueball is assumed to be the f0(1500). It is coupled to the quarks due to its mixing with the scalar isoscalar mesons. The decay widths then contain a contribution coming from the triangle Feynman diagram. Moreover, they contain two additional contributions corresponding to the local decay of the glue component of the f0(1500): one comes from the process of regularization of the quark loop, the other from the interaction term a2chi2phgr2. Except for the etaeta' case, this local decay reduces the value of the width. The axial anomaly is introduced via a mass term for the eta'. As far as the lightest scalar glueball is identified with the f0(1500), the model cannot reproduce at the same time the dynamical properties of scalars and pseudoscalars. Since we do not include a model of confinement, we need to use a large quark mass (725 MeV) in our calculations. This leads to unphysical results for the two-pion decay width. A definitive test of our model awaits the introduction of a model of confinement, which we hope to include in a future work. [less ▲]

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See detailNote sous Bruxelles, 23 septembre 1999
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Droit des Affaires : Revue Internationale du Droit des Affaires = Ondernemingsrecht : Internationaal Tijdschrift voor Ondernemingsrecht [= DA OR] (2000), 55

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See detailElaboration d'une méthode quantitative et globale d'évaluation de l'aptitude des terres à l'agriculture : application à la Région wallonne (Belgique)
Morelle, David; Lejeune, Philippe ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2000), 4(1), 51-57

To counteract the wasteful use of good quality farmlands by other land uses, we have developed a quantitative method for land evaluation. By splitting up soil map symbols, we have drawn up suitability ... [more ▼]

To counteract the wasteful use of good quality farmlands by other land uses, we have developed a quantitative method for land evaluation. By splitting up soil map symbols, we have drawn up suitability maps for cultivation and for grazing. Farming factors, such as slope, closeness to the farmhouses and size of the farmland blocks, were integrated in the soil suitability map with the help of a geographic information system. The multiplication of the weighted coefficients linked to these factors lead to a global farmland evaluation map. This method has been tested in 10 districts of the Walloon Region. Results seem to be close to farmers practices. The validation problems of this map and the benefits of a factorial and quantitative method are also discussed in this paper. [less ▲]

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See detailConstruction and characterization of an ovine BAC contig spanning the callipyge locus.
SEGERS, Karin ULg; Vaiman, D.; Berghmans, S. et al

in Animal Genetics (2000), 31(6), 352-9

We describe the construction of an ovine BAC contig spanning a 4.6 centimorgan (cM) chromosome segment known to contain the callipyge (CLPG) locus. The contig comprises 21 ovine BAC clones jointly ... [more ▼]

We describe the construction of an ovine BAC contig spanning a 4.6 centimorgan (cM) chromosome segment known to contain the callipyge (CLPG) locus. The contig comprises 21 ovine BAC clones jointly covering approximately 900 kilobases (Kb). Two gaps in the BAC contig, spanning 10 and 7.5 Kb, respectively, were bridged by long range PCR. The corresponding chromosome region was shown to be characterized by an unusually low Kb to cM ratio (164 Kb/cM) and a high density of Not1 sites (1:126 Kb) possibly reflecting a high gene density in the corresponding chromosome region. Equivalent amplification of 64 sequence tagged sites spanning the corresponding region from homozygous +/+ and CLPG/CLPG individuals disproves the hypothesis of a major deletion causing the CLPG mutation. [less ▲]

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See detailSmoking during adolescence
Paulus, Dominique; Saint-Remy, Annie ULg; JeanJean, Michel

in European Journal of Public Health (2000), 10(1), 39-44

Background: The objective of the presnt study was firstly to collect data on smoking in adolescents from a high cardiovascular risk population and, secondly, to analyse the association between smoking and ... [more ▼]

Background: The objective of the presnt study was firstly to collect data on smoking in adolescents from a high cardiovascular risk population and, secondly, to analyse the association between smoking and other cardiovascular risk factors. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in 1,526 adolescents (12-17 years) in 24 secondary schools of the Belgian province of Luxembourg. Data collection included smoking,physical activity habits, blood pressure, total cholesterol, anthropometry, diet (e.g. alcohol consumption) and oral contraceptive use. Results: Te prevalences of current and occasional smokers were 14.8 and 5.4% respectively, with similar proportions in both genders. The proportion of smokers was significantly higher in the technical course than in the classical one (35.6 versus 24% in the 15-17 years age goup). In the 15-17 year old group, regular smokers consumed significantly more free sugar, alcohol, coffee and soft drinks and male smokers ate less fruit and vegetble than non-smokers. In the same age group, 32.6% of female smokers were oral contraceptive users versus 17.9% in the non-smokers group. Other cardiovascular risk factors were similar in regular smokers and non-smokers. Conclusion: Adolescent smoking is a cause for concern in this sample from a high cardiovascular risk population. Few links were found between the prior and other cardiovascular risk factors. However, the high prevalence of smoking in the technical course and its combined usage with oral contraceptives in teenagers deserve careful attention. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailEffect of grade on disease-free survival and overall survival in FIGO Stage I adenocarcinoma of the endometrium.
Delaloye, J-F; Pampallona, S; COUCKE, Philippe ULg et al

in European Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology & Reproductive Biology (2000), 88

Abstract Objective : To analyse the effect of differentiation on disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in patients with stage I adenocarcinoma of the endometrium. Patients and methods ... [more ▼]

Abstract Objective : To analyse the effect of differentiation on disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) in patients with stage I adenocarcinoma of the endometrium. Patients and methods : From 1979 to 1995, 350 patients with FIGO stage IA–IC with well (G1), moderately (G2) or poorly (G3) differentiated tumors were treated with surgery and high dose-rate brachytherapy with or without external radiation. Median age was 65 years (39–86 years). Results : The 5-year DFS was 8863% for the G1 tumors, 7764% for the G2 tumors, and 6767% for the G3 tumors (P50.0049). With regard to the events contributing to DFS, the 5-year cumulative percentage of local relapse was 4.6% for the G1 tumors, 9.0% for the G2 tumors, and 4.6% (P50.027) for the G3 tumors. Cumulative percentage of metastasis was 1.4, 6.3 and 7.2% (P,0.001), respectively, whereas percentages of death were 6.0, 7.9 and 20.7% (P,0.001). The 5-year OS was 9163, 8364 and 7667%, respectively (P50.0018). In terms of multivariate hazard ratios (HR), the relative differences between the three differentiation groups correspond to an increase of 77% of the risk of occurrence of either of the three events considered for the DFS (HR51.77, 95% Cl [0.94–3.33]), (P50.078) for the G2 tumors and of 163% (HR52.63, 95% Cl [1.27–5.43]), (P50.009) for the G3 tumors with respect to the G1 tumors. The estimated relative hazards for OS are, respectively, in line with those for DFS: HR51.51 (P50.282) for the G2 tumors; and HR53.37 (P50.003) for the G3 tumors. Conclusion : Patients with grade 1 tumors are those least exposed to either local relapse, metastasis, or death. In contrast patients with grade 2 tumors seem to be at higher risk of metastasis, whereas patients with grade 3 tumors appear at higher risk of death. Since we have looked at the first of three competing events (local relapse, metastasis and death), this suggests that patients with grade 3 tumors probably progress to death so fast that local relapse, if any, cannot be observed. Ó 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMetallothioneins in Marine Mammals
Das, Krishna ULg; Debacker, Virginie ULg; Bouquegneau, Jean-Marie ULg

in Cellular and Molecular Biology (2000), 46(2),

Metallothioneins (MTs) have been detected in livers and kidneys of 10 marine mammals species (Pinnipeds and Odontocetes). Characterization of renal MTs of striped dolphin has shown that the protein has ... [more ▼]

Metallothioneins (MTs) have been detected in livers and kidneys of 10 marine mammals species (Pinnipeds and Odontocetes). Characterization of renal MTs of striped dolphin has shown that the protein has two isoforms (MT-1 and MT-2) with a molecular weight estimated around 6,800. MT concentrations also vary widely in marine mammals tissues (from 58 to 1,200 microg x g(-1) ww) underlying the numerous parameters involved: physiological status, pregnancy, age, diet. The participation of this protein in metal detoxification has been investigated since high levels of cadmium (Cd) and mercury (Hg) have been measured in livers and kidneys of marine mammals. It has been suggested that those animals can mitigate at least in part, the toxic effects of Cd and Hg through binding to MTs. The percentage of the cytosolic Cd bound to MTs can reach almost 100%. On the contrary, the percentage of hepatic and renal Hg bound to MT is very low (generally less than 10%) and this metal is mainly associated with selenium (HgSe) under a detoxified form in the insoluble fraction of the tissues. MTs appear to play a minor role in the binding and detoxification of Hg by marine mammals. On the contrary, close and dynamic interactions occur between Cd and MTs. Cytosolic MTs appear as a potential short term way of detoxification of Cd accumulated from diet. Long-term detoxification would imply a sequestration of the metal under a precipitated form (e.g. in lysosomes). [less ▲]

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See detailInterplay of anisotropy and competing correlated pinning mechanisms in the angular dependence of the irreversible magnetization of YBa2Cu3O7 crystals
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Civale, L.

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2000), 341(Part 2), 1227-1228

We measured the angular dependence of the irreversible magnetization of a YBa2Cu3O7 single crystal with columnar defects (CD) inclined with respect to the c-axis. At temperatures T greater than or equal ... [more ▼]

We measured the angular dependence of the irreversible magnetization of a YBa2Cu3O7 single crystal with columnar defects (CD) inclined with respect to the c-axis. At temperatures T greater than or equal to 40K and high fields we observe a sharp maximum centered at the tracks' direction. At T less than or equal to 20K the behavior is quite different. At high fields a broad bump at the tracks' direction is still visible, but its height is small and it appears only as a perturbation to the angular dependence due to material anisotropy. However, by performing the usual anisotropic rescaling (Blatter et al., Phys. Rev. Lett. 68, 875, 1992) we recover the strong unidirectional effects due to CD's. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailSerotonergic-1a activity and contingent negative variation.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Biological Psychology (2000), 52(3), 259-65

While cholinergic, dopaminergic, noradrenergic, and gabaergic effects on contingent negative variation (CNV) have been largely described, little is known about serotonergic influence. Therefore, the ... [more ▼]

While cholinergic, dopaminergic, noradrenergic, and gabaergic effects on contingent negative variation (CNV) have been largely described, little is known about serotonergic influence. Therefore, the relationship between CNV and serotonergic activity as reflected by prolactin (PRL) response to flesinoxan, a 5-HT(1A) full agonist, has been investigated in 28 healthy volunteers. To investigate the clinical implications of the relationship between CNV and serotonergic-1a activity, a group of 43 depressed patients was included in the study. Results among healthy volunteers showed a significant negative relationship between PRL response to flesinoxan and CNV amplitude at Fz, but no relationship for the other electrodes (Cz and Pz). In depressed patients, the relationships were not significant. Overall, this study does not support serotonergic effects on CNV. However, this information is indirect (correlations) and is limited to 5-HT(1A) activity. [less ▲]

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Malchair, Alain ULg

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

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See detailCloning and expression analysis of an inducible HSP70 gene from tilapia fish
Molina, Alfredo; Biemar, Frédéric; Muller, Ferenc et al

in FEBS Letters (2000), 474(1), 5-10

We isolated and characterized the tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) HSP70 gene, highly homologous to other HSP70 genes. A dramatic increase of tilapia HSP70 mRNA levels was observed after heat shock of ... [more ▼]

We isolated and characterized the tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus) HSP70 gene, highly homologous to other HSP70 genes. A dramatic increase of tilapia HSP70 mRNA levels was observed after heat shock of whole animals in all organs tested. Reporter constructs were tested for transient expression in carp cells and in microinjected zebrafish embryos. The entire isolated regulatory region (-851/+157) was able to mediate heat shock inducible expression of the reporter gene, with no preference for a particular tissue. Our studies represent the first transcriptional analysis of a HSP70 promoter from fish, revealing a powerful tool to direct controlled, tissue-independent gene expression in fish. [less ▲]

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See detailLa vie quotidienne à Stavelot-Malmedy autour de l'an mil. Moines & société à travers les Miracula Remacli
George, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin de l'Institut historique liégeois (2000)

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See detailP300 event-related brain potential and personality in depression.
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in European Psychiatry (2000), 15(6), 370-7

P300 is an event-related brain potential (ERP) particularly interesting to the study of cognitive processes in normal subjects and in psychopathology. P300 has been applied in depression with ... [more ▼]

P300 is an event-related brain potential (ERP) particularly interesting to the study of cognitive processes in normal subjects and in psychopathology. P300 has been applied in depression with controversial results. A major source for these controversial results could result from the diversity of depressed patients included in the different studies. Supporting this assumption, impulsivity, blunted affect, suicidal behavior and psychotic features significantly influence P300 amplitude. However, no data are available on the possible influences of the personality of depressed patients on P300. Since personality is related to P300 in normal subjects, the aim of the present study is to investigate the relationship between ERPs (P200, N200, and P300) and the Temperament and Character Inventory (TCI) in 54 depressed patients. The main results of the study concern the absence of major correlations between personality dimensions as assessed by the TCI and ERP parameters among depressed patients. Only weak partial positive correlations relate N200 latency with harm avoidance, and P300 amplitude (Pz) with the self-directedness dimension. N200 amplitude is also negatively correlated to persistence. However, the preliminary nature of the presented results with respect to the weak statistical significance should be underlined. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailHigh-energy forward scattering and the pomeron: Simple pole versus unitarized models
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Ezhela, V.; Kang, K. et al

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (2000), 61

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See detailPharma-clinics. Le medicament du mois. Le glimepiride (Amarylle).
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(3), 184-6

Glimepiride, commercialized in Belgium under the trade name of Amarylle by Aventis, is a new sulphonylurea compound which is indicated in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, after diet and exercise failure ... [more ▼]

Glimepiride, commercialized in Belgium under the trade name of Amarylle by Aventis, is a new sulphonylurea compound which is indicated in the treatment of type 2 diabetes, after diet and exercise failure. It is available as 2 mg tablets. The initial doses is 1 mg, to be progressively increased up to 4 mg per day, if necessary, with a maximal daily dose of 6 mg. It is recommended to take glimepiride once a day, with the first main meal. Because of a particular binding of this sulphonylurea to the B cells of Langerhans pancreatic islets and, perhaps, of the presence of some extrapancreatic effects, both hypoglycaemic risk and circulating plasma insulin levels are lower with glimepiride than with glibenclamide, the reference sulphonylurea agent used in comparative clinical trials. [less ▲]

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See detailDes obligations de l’usufruitier et du nu-propriétaire face aux charges de la copropriété forcée d’immeubles bâtis
Lecocq, Pascale ULg

in Journal des Juges de Paix = Tijdschrift van de Vrederecters (2000)

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

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

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See detailEducation pour le troisième millénaire : mes craintes, mes espoirs ... pour l’Université
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Education-Formation (2000), (259), 18-19

Courte réflexion sur les défis de l'Université en termes de formation au début du XXIe siécle

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See detailCoupled thermo-magnetic simulation of a foil-winding transformer connected to a non-linear load
Driesen, Johan; Deliège, Geoffrey ULg; Belmans, Ronnie et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2000), 36(4), 1381-1385

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See detailUse of ciliogenesis in the diagnosis of primary ciliary dyskinesia in a dog
Clercx, Cécile ULg; Peeters, Dominique ULg; Beths, T. et al

in Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association [=JAVMA] (2000), 11

Primary ciliary dyskinesia is a congenital condition that may cause chronic rhinitis and bronchopneumonia. Primary ciliary dyskinesia may be diagnosed by induction of ciliogenesis by use of in vitro cell ... [more ▼]

Primary ciliary dyskinesia is a congenital condition that may cause chronic rhinitis and bronchopneumonia. Primary ciliary dyskinesia may be diagnosed by induction of ciliogenesis by use of in vitro cell culture. Induction of ciliogenesis allows for differentiation between primary and secondary ciliary dyskinesia. [less ▲]

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See detailLaparoscopic treatment of endometriomas: cystectomy or suppression? Against laparoscopic cystectomy
Squifflet, Jean; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; Donnez, Jacques

in Gynécologie Obstétrique & Fertilité (2000), 28(7-8), 586-7

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See detailElectrophysiological behavior of Purkinje cells and motor coordination in calretinin knock-out mice
Cheron, Guy; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Lohof, Ann et al

in Progress in Brain Research (2000), 124

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See detailA FETD Approach for the Modeling of Antennas
Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; Meys, B.; Beauvois, Véronique ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2000), 36(4), 892--896

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See detailEvidence-Based Medicine: traitement de l'hépatite chronique C. GLEVHE. Groupe Liégeois d'Etude des Virus Hépatotropes.
Delwaide, Jean ULg; Gerard, Christiane ULg; Belaiche, Jacques ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(5), 337-340

The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects nearly 170 million people in the world. The major characteristic of virus C is its tendency to chronicity in more than 85% of cases. Generally asymptomatic, HCV ... [more ▼]

The Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects nearly 170 million people in the world. The major characteristic of virus C is its tendency to chronicity in more than 85% of cases. Generally asymptomatic, HCV infection may also evolve with time to cirrhosis and hepatocellular carcinoma. During the last few years, HCV-related end-stage cirrhosis has become the first cause of liver transplantation. In 10 years only, very significant progress has been made in the knowledge of the virus, not only in the field of diagnosis but also in therapy. Several consensus conferences taking last discoveries into account have been organized in order to promote recommendations useful for the management of hepatitis C patients. The aim of this short overview is to summarize practical recommendations that emerged recently from consensus meetings. [less ▲]

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See detailBladder endometriosis must be considered as bladder adenomyosis
Donnez, Jacques; Spada, Francesca; Squifflet, Jean et al

in Fertility and Sterility (2000), 74(6), 1175-1181

Objective: To present data from a series of 17 cases of bladder endometriosis. Design: Clinical study. Setting: A university hospital department of gynecology. Patient(s): Seventeen patients complaining ... [more ▼]

Objective: To present data from a series of 17 cases of bladder endometriosis. Design: Clinical study. Setting: A university hospital department of gynecology. Patient(s): Seventeen patients complaining of menstrual urinary symptoms and/or pelvic pain. Intervention(s): Diagnosis and resection of a bladder adenomyotic nodule. Main Outcome Measure(s): Histologic analysis and postsurgical outcome. Result(s): Seventy-six percent of the patients reported menstrual mictalgia and pollakiuria, and 88% reported dysmenorrhea and dyspareunia. Cystoscopy, intravenous pyelography, and magnetic resonance imaging revealed a nodular mass in the anterior fornix adjacent to the uterine wall, developed in the vesical muscularis and involving the vesical mucosa in all cases but one. The bladder nodule was associated with a rectovaginal nodule in six cases (35%). Because recurrence was noted soon after cessation of medical therapy, surgical excision was proposed. The vesical mucosa was found to be intact in almost all cases, so extramucosal laparoscopic excision was the method of choice. Histologic examination proved that 90% of the nodule consisted of smooth muscle hyperplasia. Conclusion(s): So-called bladder endometriosis is actually an adenomyotic nodule of the bladder which, from a histologic point of view, is similar to a rectovaginal adenomyotic nodule and frequently (35%) associated with it. [less ▲]

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See detailIpsilateral motor responses to focal TMS in normal man and stroke patients.
ALAGONA G.; DELVAUX, Valérie ULg; Delwaide, Paul ULg et al

in Clinical Neurophysiology (2000), 111(Suppl. 1), 11512-05

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See detailPAM, sediments, and interrupted flow effects on rill erosion and Intake rate
Sirjacobs, Damien ULg; Shainberg, Itzhak; Rapp, Iddo et al

in Soil Science Society of America Journal (2000), 64

The reduction in the intake rate (IR) during interrupted irrigation is difficult to predict. Sediments in irrigation water decrease the effect of interrupted irrigation on IR. Polyacrylamide (PAM) reduces ... [more ▼]

The reduction in the intake rate (IR) during interrupted irrigation is difficult to predict. Sediments in irrigation water decrease the effect of interrupted irrigation on IR. Polyacrylamide (PAM) reduces rill erosion, but its effect on IR is controversial. The effects of water quality (tap water, tap water containing sediments, and 10 g m−3 PAM solution) and interrupted flow on IR and rill erosion in an Alfisol (Calcic Haploxeralf) and a Vertisol (Typic Chromoxerert) were studied using laboratory miniflumes. Rill erosion in both soils was eliminated by the PAM treatment in both continuous and interrupted flow. The PAM application reduced IR in the Alfisol and increased it in the Vertisol. In the Alfisol, interrupted flow reduced IR of the PAM solution by 37% compared with only 18% for tap water. In the Vertisol, interrupted flow reduced IR only slightly and the decrease was not affected by the polymer. When the water contained sediments, cumulative infiltration was reduced by 22% for the Vertisol and 59% for the Alfisol in comparison with tap water. These reductions were attributed to depositional seal formation. The IR of the Alfisol was more susceptible to depositional seal formation than the Vertisol. The presence of sediments in water was effective in reducing rill erosion. The effects of interrupted flow with PAM on reducing IR were explained by partial blocking of the conducting pores leading to greater suction and compaction of the soil surface. For sediment-laden irrigation water, interrupted flow had no advantage over continuous flow in reducing IR because of depositional seal formation associated with the sediments in the water. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore ... les anomalies du metabolisme glucidique, de l'insulinosecretion et de la sensibilite a l'insuline avec une hyperglycemie provoquee par voie orale.
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(9), 881-5

Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) has been widely used for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance or reactive hypoglycaemia. Simultaneous measurements of ... [more ▼]

Oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT) has been widely used for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, gestational diabetes, impaired glucose tolerance or reactive hypoglycaemia. Simultaneous measurements of plasma glucose and insulin levels also allow to derive indices of insulin secretion and insulin sensitivity. Whereas OGTT is not considered anymore as the first choice for the diagnosis of diabetes mellitus, it remains useful for studying abnormalities of glucose metabolism as well as of insulin secretion and insulin action. [less ▲]

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See detailDes indicateurs européens de qualité de l'éducation : les langues étrangères : un premier exercice
Blondin, Christiane ULg; Demeuse, Marc ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (3-4), 161-169

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See detailPrivatisation d'entreprises publiques, économie de marché et transformation des systèmes juridiques étatiques
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Pyramides : Revue du Laboratoire d’Etudes et de Recherches en Administration Publique (2000), (2), 85-110

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See detailThe medical management of severe acute and chronic ulcerative colitis--current recommendations from the Belgian Working Group.
Melange, M.; D'Haens, G.; Devos, Martine ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2000), 63(3), 273-4

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See detailLa douleur pelvienne chez le patient oncologique
Jansen, Nicolas ULg; Nickers, Philippe ULg; Devoghel, Jean-Claude ULg

in Oncologie (2000), 2(4), 187-200

Pelvic pain is a common problem in the general population. In cancer patients this pain can be secondary to tumor activity or recent tumor related interventions (surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy). On ... [more ▼]

Pelvic pain is a common problem in the general population. In cancer patients this pain can be secondary to tumor activity or recent tumor related interventions (surgery, radiotherapy, chemotherapy). On the other hand cancer patients can also suffer from not cancer related pain. Cancer related pain is often chronic. Whatever the cause of this pain, an important psychological factor is often present, if not attributing to the pathogenesis of the pain, then as an secondary effect from the pain. Managing pelvic pain requires knowledge of the regional anatomy. A general overview is given of the approach to an oncological patient presenting with pelvic pain. Three different possibilities are discussed: (1) pain in a patient without a presently known pelvic or abdominal malignancy, (2) pain in a patient treated recently for a tumor in the pelvic area or lower abdomen, (3) pain in an so far untreated patient with a known tumor. Finally an overview of treatment options is presented. [less ▲]

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See detailDétermination des puissances spécifiques critiques dans des rivières à charge de fond caillouteuse
Petit, François ULg; Perpinien, G.; Deroanne, Claude ULg

in Revue Géographique de l'Est (2000)

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See detailFailure temperature of a System Comprising a Restrained Column Submitted to Fire
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Fire Safety Journal (2000), 34

The problem of columns submitted to fire is discussed in the intoduction with an emphasis on the differences between the case of a column acting as a single element or being part of a frame. In the latter ... [more ▼]

The problem of columns submitted to fire is discussed in the intoduction with an emphasis on the differences between the case of a column acting as a single element or being part of a frame. In the latter case, failure of the column does not necessarily lead to the failure of the structure. The basic principles of the arc-length technique are given, first for the way it is applied traditionally at room temperature, then for the way it can be applied to extend a numerical simulation beyond the moment of local failures in case of fire. The technique is then applied to the case of restrained columns and it is shown how it is possible to obtain a safe estimate of the critical temperature of the column leading to the failure of the structure, even if the degree of restraint apllied to the column is unknown. [less ▲]

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See detailEosinophilic Bronchopneumopathy in Dogs
Clercx, Cécile ULg; Peeters, Dominique ULg; Snaps, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2000), 14(3, May-Jun), 282-91

Eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy was diagnosed in 23 young dogs. Clinical signs included cough, gagging, and retching in all dogs, dyspnea in 21 dogs (91%), and nasal discharge in 12 dogs (52%). The most ... [more ▼]

Eosinophilic bronchopneumopathy was diagnosed in 23 young dogs. Clinical signs included cough, gagging, and retching in all dogs, dyspnea in 21 dogs (91%), and nasal discharge in 12 dogs (52%). The most common radiographic findings were a moderate to severe bronchointerstitial pattern (68%, 13 of 19 dogs). Bronchoscopic findings included the presence of abundant yellow-green mucus or mucopurulent material (70%, 16 of 23 dogs) and severe mucosal thickening with an irregular or polypoid appearance (52%, 12 of 23 dogs), with partial airway closure during expiration in 3 dogs (13%). Peripheral blood eosinophilia was noted in 14 of 23 dogs (61%). Inflammatory cells in brush or bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cytologic preparations comprised more than 50% eosinophils in 14 of 23 dogs (61%), and 20-50% eosinophils in 6 dogs (26%). Eosinophilic infiltration of the bronchial mucosa was observed in biopsies from 19 dogs and was graded as mild (37%, 7 dogs), moderate (32%, 6 dogs), or severe (32%, 6 dogs). The mean serum immunoglobulin A concentration was almost double that of a population of 20 healthy dogs of various breeds. Oral glucocorticoids were administered on alternate days with progressive tapering of the dose; the dosage at maintenance varied between 0.1 and 1.0 mg/kg every other day. No relationship was found between the duration of clinical signs and the maintenance dosage or the cytologic and histopathologic grades. [less ▲]

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See detailChronique semestrielle de droit communautaire
Partsch, Philippe-Emmanuel ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2000)

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See detailLoss of plant organogenic totipotency in the course of in vitro neoplastic progression
Gaspar, Thomas ULg; Kevers, Claire ULg; Bisbis, Badia et al

in In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Plant (2000), 36(3), 171-181

The aptitude for organogenesis from normal hormone-dependent cultures very commonly decreases as the tissues are serially subcultured. The reasons for the loss of regenerative ability may vary under ... [more ▼]

The aptitude for organogenesis from normal hormone-dependent cultures very commonly decreases as the tissues are serially subcultured. The reasons for the loss of regenerative ability may vary under different circumstances: genetic variation in the cell population, epigenetic changes, disappearance of an organogenesis-promoting substance, etc. The same reasons may be evoked for the progressive and eventually irreversible loss of organogenic totipotency in the course of neoplastic progressions from hormone-independent tumors and hyperhydric teratomas to cancers. As in animal cells, plant cells at the end of a neoplastic progression have probably undergone several independent genetic accidents with cumulative effects. They indeed are characterized by atypical biochemical cycles from which they are apparently unable to escape. The metabolic changes are probably not the primary defects that cause cancer, rather they may allow the cells to survive. How these changes, namely an oxidative stress, affect organogenesis is not known. The literature focuses on somatic mutations and epigenetic changes that cause aberrant regulation of cell cycle genes and their machinery. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetic Determinants Of Bovine Leukemia Virus Pathogenesis
Willems, Luc ULg; Burny, A.; Collete, Delphine et al

in Aids Research and Human Retroviruses (2000), 16(16), 1787-95

The understanding of HTLV-induced disease is hampered by the lack of a suitable animal model allowing the study of both viral replication and leukemogenesis in vivo. Although valuable information has been ... [more ▼]

The understanding of HTLV-induced disease is hampered by the lack of a suitable animal model allowing the study of both viral replication and leukemogenesis in vivo. Although valuable information has been obtained in different species, such as rabbits, mice, rats, and monkeys, none of these systems was able to conciliate topics as different as viral infectivity, propagation within the host, and generation of leukemic cells. An alternate strategy is based on the understanding of diseases induced by viruses closely related to HTLV-1, like bovine leukemia virus (BLV). Both viruses indeed belong to the same subfamily of retroviruses, harbor a similar genomic organization, and infect and transform cells of the hematopoietic system. The main advantage of the BLV system is that it allows direct experimentation in two different species, cattle and sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailNeuroendocrine regulation of GnRH release in induced ovulators.
Bakker, Julie ULg; Baum, M. J.

in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (2000), 21(3), 220-62

GnRH is the key neuropeptide controlling reproductive function in all vertebrate species. Two different neuroendocrine mechanisms have evolved among female mammals to regulate the mediobasal hypothalamic ... [more ▼]

GnRH is the key neuropeptide controlling reproductive function in all vertebrate species. Two different neuroendocrine mechanisms have evolved among female mammals to regulate the mediobasal hypothalamic (MBH) release of GnRH leading to the preovulatory secretion of LH by the anterior pituitary gland. In females of spontaneously ovulating species, including rats, mice, guinea pigs, sheep, monkeys, and women, ovarian steroids secreted by maturing ovarian follicles induce a pulsatile pattern of GnRH release in the median eminence that, in turn, stimulates a preovulatory LH surge. In females of induced ovulating species, including rabbits, ferrets, cats, and camels, the preovulatory release of GnRH, and the resultant preovulatory LH surge, is induced by the receipt of genital somatosensory stimuli during mating. Induced ovulators generally do not show "spontaneous" steroid-induced LH surges during their reproductive cycles, suggesting that the positive feedback actions of steroid hormones on GnRH release are reduced or absent in these species. By contrast, mating-induced preovulatory surges occasionally occur in some spontaneously ovulating species. Most research in the field of GnRH neurobiology has been performed using spontaneous ovulators including rat, guinea pig, sheep, and rhesus monkey. This review summarizes the literature concerning the neuroendocrine mechanisms controlling GnRH biosynthesis and release in females of several induced ovulating species, and whenever possible it contrasts the results with those obtained for spontaneously ovulating species. It also considers the adaptive, evolutionary benefits and disadvantages of each type of ovulatory control mechanism. In females of induced ovulating species estradiol acts in the brain to induce aspects of proceptive and receptive sexual behavior. The primary mechanism involved in the preovulatory release of GnRH among induced ovulators involves the activation of midbrain and brainstem noradrenergic neurons in response to genital-somatosensory signals generated by receipt of an intromission from a male during mating. These noradrenergic neurons project to the MBH and, when activated, promote the release of GnRH from nerve terminals in the median eminence. In contrast to spontaneous ovulators, there is little evidence that endogenous opioid peptides normally inhibit MBH GnRH release among induced ovulators. Instead, the neural signals that induce a preovulatory LH surge in these species seem to be primarily excitatory. A complete understanding of the neuroendocrine control of ovulation will only be achieved in the future by comparative studies of several animal model systems in which mating-induced as well as spontaneous, hormonally stimulated activation of GnRH neurons drives the preovulatory LH surge. [less ▲]

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See detailBoundedness properties for time-varying nonlinear systems
Peuteman, Joan; Aeyels, Dirk; Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg

in SIAM Journal on Control & Optimization (2000), 39(5), 1408-1422

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See detailERK activation upon hypoxia: involvement in HIF-1 activation.
Minet, E.; Arnould, T.; Michel, G. et al

in FEBS Letters (2000), 468(1), 53-8

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a transcription factor activated by hypoxia. The HIF-1 activation transduction pathway is poorly understood. In this report, we investigated the activation of ... [more ▼]

Hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) is a transcription factor activated by hypoxia. The HIF-1 activation transduction pathway is poorly understood. In this report, we investigated the activation of extracellular regulated kinases (ERK) in hypoxia and their involvement in HIF-1 activation. We demonstrated that in human microvascular endothelial cells-1 (HMEC-1), ERK kinases are activated during hypoxia. Using dominant negative mutants, we showed that ERK1 is needed for hypoxia-induced HIF-1 transactivation activity. Moreover, using a kinase assay and Western blot experiments, we showed that HIF-1alpha is phosphorylated in hypoxia by an ERK-dependent pathway. These results evidence the role of mitogen-activated protein kinase in the transcriptional response to hypoxia. [less ▲]

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See detailMarkers of tumor invasion are major predictive factors for the long-term outcome of corticotroph microadenomas treated by transsphenoidal adenomectomy.
Vallette-Kasic, S.; Dufour, H.; Mugnier, M. et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2000), 143(6), 761-8

OBJECTIVE: To assess the postsurgical outcome of patients with corticotroph microadenomas and to define predictors of the long-term outcome, with special emphasis on markers of tumor extension. DESIGN ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To assess the postsurgical outcome of patients with corticotroph microadenomas and to define predictors of the long-term outcome, with special emphasis on markers of tumor extension. DESIGN: Prospective study of 53 corticotroph microadenomas treated by enlarged adenomectomy. Patients followed for at least 2 years were classified into two groups: those in long-term remission and uncured patients (immediate failures and recurrences). Pre-, per- and postoperative parameters were analyzed as predictors of the long-term outcome. METHODS: Baseline hormone assessments were performed preoperatively, 8 days after surgery and every 6-12 months thereafter. Pituitary magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allowed analysis of possible tumor extension to adjacent structures. Apparent completeness of the surgical removal was determined, and fragments labeled either 'tumor' or 'surrounding pituitary tissue' were submitted to serial sectioning. RESULTS: Immediate control of hypercortisolism was achieved in 43/53 patients (81%). However, later recurrences were observed in five patients (9%). Preoperative MRI showed tumor extension into adjacent structures with good specificity (91%) for prediction of surgical failure. Evidence of local invasion at surgery was also significantly predictive of the long-term outcome. A corticotroph adenoma was found at histological examination in 96% of the patients, and 26% had irregular limits, a feature significantly correlated with a poor outcome. Immediate postoperative plasma cortisol did not allow discrimination between long-term remissions and recurrences. CONCLUSION: Surgical failure was best predicted by signs of tumor 'invasiveness' at MRI, confirmed by peroperative examination and histology. [less ▲]

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See detailPortée heuristique des analyses de la territorialité et méthodes de mise en évidence des teritoires.
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2000), 39

The territory is in vogue in the French speaking geography. However there is no consensus about the concepts of territory and territoriality. What are the potential contributions of theses researches to a ... [more ▼]

The territory is in vogue in the French speaking geography. However there is no consensus about the concepts of territory and territoriality. What are the potential contributions of theses researches to a peopole and environment science ? What are the different ways to determine these territories ? Through French-English-and German speaking authors this paper suggests some answers to these questions. [less ▲]

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See detailThe occurrence of 2-hydroxy-6-methoxybenzoic acid methyl ester in Securidaca longepedunculata Fresen root bark.
Lognay, Georges ULg; Marlier, M.; Seck, D. et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2000), 4(2),

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