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See detailClinical characteristics, prognosis and treatment for pelvic cryptorchid seminoma
Li; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Qian et al

in International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics (1997), 38(2), 351-357

Purpose: To analyze the clinical characteristics, prognosis, and treatment outcome of pelvic cryptorchid seminoma (PCS), and to determine whether whole abdominal-pelvic irradiation for Stage I disease is ... [more ▼]

Purpose: To analyze the clinical characteristics, prognosis, and treatment outcome of pelvic cryptorchid seminoma (PCS), and to determine whether whole abdominal-pelvic irradiation for Stage I disease is necessary. Methods and Materials: From 1958 to 1991,60 patients with PCS were treated at the Cancer Hospital of Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Beijing. They presented with a lower abdominal mass and showed a predominance for the right side. A high proportion of patients with PCS [ 26 of 60 (43% )] had metastatic disease, compared to 20% of those with scrotal seminoma, and there was a tendency toward a higher frequency of pelvic nodal metastases. There were 34 Stage I, 6 Stage IIA, 11 Stage IIB, 5 Stage III, and 4 Stage IV patients. Of these 60 patients, 56 underwent laparotomy with or without cryptorchiectomy (37 radical orchiectomy, 7 partial orchiectomy, and 12 biopsy of the primary or cervical node), and 4 cervical node biopsy only. All patients were further treated with radiotherapy, chemotherapy, or a combination of both. Patients with Stage I and II disease received radiotherapy, whereas patients with Stage III and IV were treated with chemotherapy. Results: The overall and disease-free survivals at 5 and 10 years were 92% and 87%, and 88% and 84%, respectively. The 5- and lo-year survivals were 100% for Stage I, 94% and 87% for Stage II, and 56% and 42% for Stage III/IV, respectively @ < 0.05). Volume of irradiation, i.e., whole abdominal-pelvic radiotherapy ( 10 patients), versus hockey-stick encompassing paraaortic, ipsilateral iliac nodes and the primary tumor or tumor bed (17) did not influence outcome in Stage I patients. Five patients relapsed within 2-12 years after treatment, and four of these patients were successfully salvaged. Four patients developed a second malignant tumor and died. Conclusion: Stage I and II PCS can he adequately controlled by radiotherapy regardless of the surgical procedure. Whole abdominal-pelvic irradiation for Stage I and IIA disease is not required, and fields can be limited to the paraaortic, ipsilateral iliac nodes and primary tumor or tumor bed. We recommend platinum-based chemotherapy for Stage IIB-IV PCS. 0 1997 Elsevier Science Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailSarcoidosis: recognition and treatment guidelines
Kaye, O.; Ribbens, Clio ULg; Kahn, M. F. et al

in BioDrugs : Clinical Immunotherapeutics, Biopharmaceuticals & Gene Therapy (1997), 7(6), 441-447

Sarcoidosis is a systemic disorder of unknown aetiology characterised by noncaseating granulomas leading principally to bilateral hilar lymphadenopathies, pulmonary infiltration and skin and eye lesions ... [more ▼]

Sarcoidosis is a systemic disorder of unknown aetiology characterised by noncaseating granulomas leading principally to bilateral hilar lymphadenopathies, pulmonary infiltration and skin and eye lesions. Sarcoidosis may involve other organs, including peripheral lymph nodes, liver, spleen, nervous and musculoskeletal systems, heart, ear, nose and kidney. Although the clinical involvement of liver and heart is relatively uncommon, hepatic and cardiac granulomas are present at autopsy in about 70 to 80% and 25 to 50%, respectively, of patients with this disease. The diagnosis of sarcoidosis includes compatible clinical and/or radiological presentations and histological evidence of noninfectious and noncaseating epitheloid cell granulomas in the absence of other identifiable agents responsible for such histological lesions. Disease course is variable and usually characterised by frequent remissions, but it may become progressive and chronic in a small percentage of patients. The optimal treatment of sarcoidosis remains poorly defined. In patients with progressive pulmonary dysfunction as well as in those with severe extrapulmonary localisations, systemic corticosteroids usually represent the first approach, limited by long term toxicity and frequent relapses after treatment interruption. In the presence of refractory or corticosteroid-dependent forms of the disease, antimalarial drugs or low dosage methotrexate may be used with prolonged benefit. The indications for immunosuppressive agents such as azathioprine, chlorambucil, cyclophosphamide and cyclosporin are uncommon and limited because of potentially serious adverse effects and lack of information on their long term efficacy. In the case of ocular and limited cutaneous manifestations, local corticosteroid therapy may be useful. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelle est la place de l’Université dans notre société ?
Brunet, Sébastien ULg

in Revue l’Observatoire (1997), 15

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See detailPrognostic factors in urothelial renal pelvis and ureter tumors: A multicenter Rare Cancer Network study
Ozsahin, Mahmut; Zouhair, Abderrahim; Villà, S. et al

in International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics (1997), 3(2(supp)), 290

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See detailTowards interbreed IBD fine mapping of the mh locus: double-muscling in the Asturiana de los Valles breed involves the same locus as in the Belgian Blue cattle breed.
Dunner, S.; Charlier, Carole ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Mammalian Genome : Official Journal of the International Mammalian Genome Society (1997), 8(6), 430-5

The Spanish "Asturiana" cattle breed is characterized by the segregation of a genetically determined muscular hypertrophy referred to as double-muscling or "culones". We demonstrate by linkage analysis ... [more ▼]

The Spanish "Asturiana" cattle breed is characterized by the segregation of a genetically determined muscular hypertrophy referred to as double-muscling or "culones". We demonstrate by linkage analysis that this muscular hypertrophy involves the mh locus previously shown to cause double-muscling in the Belgian Blue cattle breed, pointing towards locus homogeneity of this trait across both breeds. Moreover, using a twopoint and multipoint maximum likelihood approach, we show that flanking microsatellite markers are in linkage disequilibrium with the mh locus in both breeds albeit with different alleles. Finally, we discuss how allelic homogeneity across breeds might be exploited to achieve efficient genetic fine-mapping of the mh locus. [less ▲]

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See detailReliability of the TEC computed using GPS measurements: the problem of hardware biases
Warnant, René ULg

in Acta Geodaetica et Geophysica Hungarica (1997), 32(3-4), 451-459

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See detailUse of anti inflammatory drugs in the treatment of bovine respiratory disease complex
Lekeux, Pierre ULg; VandeWeerdt, M. L.

in Israel Journal of Veterinary Medicine (1997), 52(2-3), 113-116

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See detailObserved trends in total vertical column abundances of atmospheric gases from IR solar spectra recorded at the Jungfraujoch
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Zander, Rodolphe ULg; Delbouille, Luc et al

in Journal of Atmospheric Chemistry (1997), 28(1-3), 227-243

Since 1984, about 15 000 high quality infrared solar spectra have been recorded with state-of-the-art grating and Fourier transform spectrometers at the International Scientific Station of the ... [more ▼]

Since 1984, about 15 000 high quality infrared solar spectra have been recorded with state-of-the-art grating and Fourier transform spectrometers at the International Scientific Station of the Jungfraujoch, Switzerland. Nonlinear least squares spectral curve fitting of selected microwindows containing isolated and well characterized lines of 20 telluric gases have allowed to retrieve their total vertical column abundances above the station, leading to observational data bases essential to derive long- and short-term changes experienced by these species during the last 12 years. In this paper, we focus on atmospheric gases of particular interest within the context of the EUROTRACTOR (Tropospheric Ozone Research) project; secular evolution as well as seasonal cycles of the minor constituents CH4, CO and of the trace gases C2H6, OCS, C2H2, HCN and H2CO are reported and discussed. The long-lived N2O is included as a tracer of the dynamic activity of the atmosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailImage du mois. Syncope vasovagale en direct.
Scheen, André ULg; Marchand, Monique ULg; Juchmes, J.

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(5), 315

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See detailBiomarqueurs et bioindicateurs chez les vertébrés : importance pour l’évaluation de la santé d’un écosystème
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Delaunois, Annie; Gustin, Pascal ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 141

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See detailL'homeopathie peut-elle trouver sa legitimite dans les resultats "positifs" d'une meta-analyse?
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(11), 694-7

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See detailNucleon nucleon interaction in a chiral constituent quark model
Stancu, Floarea ULg; Pepin, S.; Glozman, L Ya

in Physical Review. C : Nuclear Physics (1997), C56

We study the short-range nucleon-nucleon interaction in a chiral constituent quark model by diagonalizing a Hamiltonian comprising a linear confinement and a Goldstone boson exchange interaction between ... [more ▼]

We study the short-range nucleon-nucleon interaction in a chiral constituent quark model by diagonalizing a Hamiltonian comprising a linear confinement and a Goldstone boson exchange interaction between quarks. The six-quark harmonic oscillator basis contains up to two excitation quanta. We show that the highly dominant configuration is $\mid s^4p^2[42]_O [51]_{FS}>$ due to its specific flavour-spin symmetry. Using the Born-Oppenheimer approximation we find a strong effective repulsion at zero separation between nucleons in both $^3S_1$ and $^1S_0$ channels. The symmetry structure of the highly dominant configuration implies the existence of a node in the S-wave relative motion wave function at short distances. The amplitude of the oscillation of the wave function at short range will be however strongly suppressed. We discuss the mechanism leading to the effective short-range repulsion within the chiral constituent quark model as compared to that related with the one-gluon exchange interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailMonotonous stability for neutral fixed points
Bair, Jacques ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Bulletin of the Belgian Mathematical Society Simon Stevin (1997), 4(5), 639-646

We give subtle, simple and precise results about the convergence or the divergence of the sequence (x(n)), where x(j) = f(x(j-1)) for every integer j, when the initial element x(0) is in the neighbourhood ... [more ▼]

We give subtle, simple and precise results about the convergence or the divergence of the sequence (x(n)), where x(j) = f(x(j-1)) for every integer j, when the initial element x(0) is in the neighbourhood of a neutral fixed point, i.e. a point x* such that f(x*) = x* with \f'(x*)\ = 1 (where f is a C-infinity function defined on a subset of R). [less ▲]

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See detailA novel virus blinding assay using confocal microscopy: demonstration that the intracellular and extracellular vaccinia virions bind to different cellular receptors
Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Smith, G. L.

in Journal of Virology (1997), 71

Vaccinia virus (VV) produces two antigenically and structurally distinct infectious virions, intracellular mature virus (IMV) and extracellular enveloped virus (EEV), which bind to unidentified and ... [more ▼]

Vaccinia virus (VV) produces two antigenically and structurally distinct infectious virions, intracellular mature virus (IMV) and extracellular enveloped virus (EEV), which bind to unidentified and possibly different cellular receptors. Studies of VV binding have been hampered by having two infectious virions and by the rupture of the EEV outer membrane in the majority of EEV virions during purification. To overcome these problems, we have developed a novel approach to study VV binding that is based on confocal microscopy and does not require EEV purification. In this assay, individual virus particles adsorbed to the cell are simultaneously distinguished and quantified by double immunofluorescence labelling with antibody markers for EEV and IMV. By this method, we show unequivocally that IMV and EEV bind to different cellular receptors. Three independent observations allow this conclusion. First, the efficiencies with which IMV and EEV bind to different cell lines are unrelated; second, cell surface digestion with some enzymes affects IMV and EEV binding differently; and third, the binding of a monoclonal antibody to cells prevents IMV binding but not EEV binding. This technique may be widely applicable for studying the binding of different viruses. [less ▲]

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See detailThe faint young sun climatic paradox: Influence of the continental configuration and of the seasonal cycle on the climatic stability
Longdoz, Bernard; François, Louis ULg

in Global and Planetary Change (1997), 14(3-4), 97-112

A quasi-three-dimensional climate model is used to study the early state of the Earth when the solar luminosity was 70% of the present value, Usually, climatic simulations going back to this period lead ... [more ▼]

A quasi-three-dimensional climate model is used to study the early state of the Earth when the solar luminosity was 70% of the present value, Usually, climatic simulations going back to this period lead to a completely frozen planet contrasting with the geologic evidences of sedimentary rock formation and thus of the presence of liquid water at the surface of the continents during the Archean (4.6-2.5 billion years before present). Here, several model simulations are performed for solar luminosities varying between 0.7 and 1 times the present value. Using the present-day continental configuration and taking the seasonal cycle into account, a steady state is found in which glaciation is complete but snow covers only some oceanic coasts, leaving the continents essentially snow-free. As a result, the albedo of the continental area is strongly reduced compared to that of the frozen ocean, Some continental temperatures can almost reach the freezing point of water in summer (-1 degrees C in the center of Eurasia). This result can be explained by the behavior of the detailed hydrologic cycle included in the model. During the decrease of the solar luminosity, the jump to a completely frozen Earth occurs when the solar luminosity reaches 0.86 times its present value. The behavior of the climatic system is substantially different with a global ocean configuration. In the absence of land surfaces, the meridional heat transport, explicitly calculated, is less effective and the glaciation of a model latitude zone does not lead to the glaciation of its equatorward neighbor. The climate instability is relatively local and the jump to the completely frozen state is much more progressive than in the case of the modem continental configuration. The role of the seasonal cycle in the paleoclimatic simulation is also studied. Due to the non-linearity of the model, removing the seasonal cycle drives the system to an increase of the annual mean planetary albedo and to a decrease of the relative value (0.82) of the critical solar luminosity at which the jump to the completely frozen solution occurs. [less ▲]

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See detailLack Of Mutation In The Waf1/Cip1 Gene During Bovine Leukemia Virus-Induced Leukemogenesis
Dequiedt, Franck ULg; Willems, Luc ULg; Kerkhofs, P. et al

in Veterinary Immunology and Immunopathology (1997), 59(3-4),

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See detailThe glucocorticoid receptor inhibits the human prolactin gene expression by interference with Pit-1 activity
Nalda, Asunción M; Martial, Joseph ULg; Muller, Marc ULg

in Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology (1997), 134(2), 129-37

Glucocorticoids have been shown to inhibit the activity of the human prolactin (hPRL) promoter. Using transient expression experiments in rat pituitary cells, we located the sequence conferring ... [more ▼]

Glucocorticoids have been shown to inhibit the activity of the human prolactin (hPRL) promoter. Using transient expression experiments in rat pituitary cells, we located the sequence conferring glucocorticoid inhibition to a region which contains Pit-1 binding sites, responsible for pituitary-specific expression, but does not seem to contain a glucocorticoid receptor (GR) binding site. Co-transfection experiments in non-pituitary cell lines, using expression vectors for Pit-1 and different mutants of the human GR show that inhibition of the hPRL gene is seen only in the presence of Pit-1 and GR, and that the DNA binding function of the receptor is not required. Immunoprecipitation studies show that either anti-GR or anti-Pit-1 antibodies are able to co-precipitate GR and Pit-1, suggesting an interaction between these factors. We conclude that the activated GR functionally interferes with the pituitary specific factor Pit-1, thereby leading to the observed transcriptional repression. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for a Non-Gabaergic Action of Quaternary Salts of Bicuculline on Dopaminergic Neurones
Seutin, Vincent ULg; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg; Dresse, Albert ULg

in Neuropharmacology (1997), 36(11-12, Nov-Dec), 1653-7

Intracellular recordings were made from neurones, presumed to be dopaminergic, in the rat midbrain slice preparation. Bicuculline methiodide (BMI) and methochloride (BMC) reversibly blocked the slow ... [more ▼]

Intracellular recordings were made from neurones, presumed to be dopaminergic, in the rat midbrain slice preparation. Bicuculline methiodide (BMI) and methochloride (BMC) reversibly blocked the slow, apamin-sensitive component of the afterhyperpolarization in these cells. The IC50 for this effect was about 26 microM. In comparison, BMC antagonized the input resistance decrease evoked by muscimol (3 microM) with an IC50 of 7 microM. The base of bicuculline was less potent in blocking the slow afterhyperpolarization. SR95531 (2-[carboxy-3'-propyl]-3-amino-6-paramethoxy-phenyl-pyridaziniu m bromide), another competitive GABA(A) antagonist, and picrotoxin, a non-competitive GABA(A) antagonist, also blocked the action of muscimol (IC50s: 2 and 12 microM respectively), but had no effect on the afterhyperpolarization at a concentration of up to 100 microM. Moreover, 100 microM SR95531 did not affect the blockade of the afterhyperpolarization by BMC. This blockade persisted in the presence of tetrodotoxin and was apparently not due to a reduction of calcium entry, suggesting that it involved a direct action on the channels which mediate this afterhyperpolarization. These results strongly suggest that quaternary salts of bicuculline act on more than one target in the central nervous system. Thus, the involvement of GABA(A) receptors in a given effect cannot be proven solely on the basis of its blockade by these agents. [less ▲]

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See detailSur la pratique de la localisation implicite dans le Dictionnaire de l'Ouest-wallon d'Arille Carlier
Boutier, Marie-Guy ULg

in Travaux de linguistique et de philologie (1997), 35-36

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See detailLe diagnostic de la reproduction: fertilité, gestation, anœstrus
Delahaut, Philippe; Sulon, Joseph ULg; Ectors, Francis et al

in Cahiers Agricultures (1997), 6

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See detailThe Nucleotide Sequence Of Saccharomyces Cerevisiae Chromosome XII
Johnston, M.; Hillier, L.; Riles, L. et al

in Nature (1997), 387(6632),

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See detailLa torsion isolée de la rate : cas clinique et revue de la littérature
Zonderland, J. L.; Balligand, Marc ULg; Snaps, Frédéric ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 141

This paper describes a case report and reviews the literature concerning isolated torsion of the splenic pedicle in a dog. Splenic torsion is found in young, large and deep-chested dogs with a prevalence ... [more ▼]

This paper describes a case report and reviews the literature concerning isolated torsion of the splenic pedicle in a dog. Splenic torsion is found in young, large and deep-chested dogs with a prevalence of 3.5 to 6%. The pathogenesis of isolated splenic torsion is unknown, Clinical signs and diagnostic procedures are non specific. Only sonographic changes are valuable in performing an etiologic diagnosis, The surgical treatment consists in a splenectomy, An early diagnosis and surgical treatment usually lead to a good prognosis. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination rapide par immunodosage de l'hemoglobine glyquee sur sang capillaire comparee a une methode d'affinite pour le boronate et capture d'ions sur sang veineux.
Bozet, Marie-Claire ULg; Gerard, Pascale ULg; Scheen, André ULg et al

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (1997), 55(2), 139-44

Measurement of glycosylated haemoglobin has become an essential tool in the management of diabetic patients. A recently developed device allows the rapid immuno-assay of HbA1c in 1 microliter capillary ... [more ▼]

Measurement of glycosylated haemoglobin has become an essential tool in the management of diabetic patients. A recently developed device allows the rapid immuno-assay of HbA1c in 1 microliter capillary blood obtained by a finger prick. In 100 ambulatory diabetic patients, we compared the results obtained with this method to those obtained in venous blood using a standard affinity chromatography laboratory method. Although both methods correlated (r = 0.88, p < 0.001), the mean +/- SD levels respectively obtained differed slightly (7.6 +/- 1.5 vs 79 +/- 1.4% p < 0.001). The 95% confidence interval of the difference was [-0.41. -0.14]. Considering a cut-off HbA1c value of 8%, as indicative of the need for treatment adjustment, 33 patients with the capillary blood immuno-assay method and 42 with the venous-blood affinity chromatography method were above that limit (Mc Nemar test, p < 0.05). In conclusion, the rapid assay of HbA1c in capillary blood can be useful for the management of some diabetic patients but the results are not readily exchangeable with those obtained from other standardized laboratory methods. Consequently, specific ranges and clinical decision limits must be determined. [less ▲]

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See detailAntibodies against vaccinia virus do not neutralize extracellular enveloped virus but prevent virus release from infected cells and comet formation
Vanderplasschen, Alain ULg; Hollinshead, M.; Smith, G. L.

in Journal of General Virology (The) (1997), 78(Pt 8), 2041-2048

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See detailA 12 Kb Nucleotide Sequence Containing The Alanine Dehydrogenase Gene At 279 Degrees On The Bacillus Subtilis Chromosome
Oudega, B.; Vandenbol, Micheline ULg; Koningstein, G.

in Microbiology-Uk (1997), 143

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See detailBovine Herpesvirus 1-Induced Apoptosis Occurs At The G0/G1 Phase Of The Cell Cycle
Hanon, Emilien ULg; Hoornaert, S.; Dequiedt, Franck ULg et al

in Virology (1997), 232(2), 351-358

We have previously shown that bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1), even when inactivated, induces apoptotic cell death in mitogen-stimulated bovine peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) (Hanon et al., 1996 ... [more ▼]

We have previously shown that bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV-1), even when inactivated, induces apoptotic cell death in mitogen-stimulated bovine peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) (Hanon et al., 1996, J. Virol. 70, 4116-4120). In order to gain insight into this process, we have investigated the cell cycle phase at which BHV-1 induces apoptosis in PBMCs. Our results show that the percentage of cells that progress through the S phase was always lower in BHV-1-infected PBMCs than in control cells. This effect was not due to a defective activation of mitogen-stimulated PBMCs since BHV-1 only slightly affected the percentage of cells expressing BoCD25, a well-known lymphocyte activation marker. Furthermore, mimosine and cyclosporine A, two chemicals that inhibit entry into the S phase of the cell cycle by different pathways, did not affect the ability of BHV-1 to induce apoptosis. BHV-1-induced apoptosis also occurred in unstimulated PBMCs and interestingly, this was associated with the expression of c-myc and BoCD25 proteins both of which are related to cell cycle progression. All together, these data provide evidence demonstrating that BHV-1-induced apoptosis occurs at the G0/G1 phase of the cell cycle. [less ▲]

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See detailPlasma leptin levels, insulin secretion, clearance and action on glucose metabolism in anorexia nervosa.
Letiexhe, Michel ULg; Scheen, André ULg; Lefebvre, Pierre ULg

in Eating and Weight Disorders [=EWD] (1997), 2(2), 79-86

From a metabolic point of view, anorexia nervosa may be viewed as a mirror image of obesity. We compared insulin secretion, clearance and action on glucose metabolism during an intravenous glucose ... [more ▼]

From a metabolic point of view, anorexia nervosa may be viewed as a mirror image of obesity. We compared insulin secretion, clearance and action on glucose metabolism during an intravenous glucose tolerance test in nine women with anorexia nervosa and in nine age-matched normal-weight controls. Insulin secretion (ISR) was derived by deconvolution of plasma C-peptide levels, insulin clearance (MCR(I)) was obtained by dividing the area under the curve (AUC(0-180 min)) of ISR by the corresponding AUC of plasma insulin levels, insulin sensitivity (S(I)) and glucose effectiveness index (S(G)) were calculated by Bergman's minimal model. The anorectic women had markedly lower BMI values (13.7+/-0.6 vs 23.2+/-0.8 kg/m2, p<0.0001) and serum basal leptin levels (2.8+/-0.6 vs 8.9+/-1.8 ng/mL, p=0.005) than control women. The anorectic women exhibited clear-cut lower fasting and post-glucose plasma insulin levels but similar corresponding plasma C-peptide concentrations when compared to controls. Consequently, ISR was similar in both groups while MCR(I) was significantly increased in anorexia nervosa (MCR(I): 3320+/-881 vs 822+/-79 mL x min(-1) x m(-2), p<0.02). The index S(I) tended to be higher in anorectic women than in normal-weight subjects, but without reaching the level of statistical significance because of a high between-subject variability (20.2+/-5.7 vs 12.5+/-2.2 10(-5) x min(-1)/pmol x L(-1), NS). The index S(G) was similar in both groups (0.022+/-0.004 vs 0.018+/-0.002 min(-1), NS). In conclusion, low plasma insulin levels observed in women with anorexia nervosa result from high MCR(I) rather than from depressed insulin secretion. Insulin sensitivity is not systematically increased and glucose effectiveness is unchanged in anorectic women when compared to normal-weight controls. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation des dégâts de cervidés en pessière wallonne : Une application ciblée de l'inventaire régional
Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Lecomte, Hugues

in Forêt Wallonne (1997), (31), 6-9

Au sein des régions forestières comprises dans la zone d'extension du cerf (Cervus elaphus L.) en Wallonie, les dégâts dûs aux écorcements et aux frottures comptent parmi les tares les plus graves qui ... [more ▼]

Au sein des régions forestières comprises dans la zone d'extension du cerf (Cervus elaphus L.) en Wallonie, les dégâts dûs aux écorcements et aux frottures comptent parmi les tares les plus graves qui peuvent affecter un peuplement, qu'il s'agisse de son potentiel de régénération ou de la qualité du bois produit. Peu d'informations chiffrées relatives à ces dégâts existent à une échelle autre que celle de massifs ou de propriétés. La récente mise en oeuvre méthodologique de l'inventaire forestier wallon permanent basé sur un échantillonnage systématique a prévu, à l'instar d'autres inventaires réalisés en Europe, la récolte d'informations non seulement relatives au matériel ligneux et à son évolution au cours du temps mais aussi à d'autres applications. L'étude qui suit propose une méthode d'investigation des dégâts de cervidés sur l'ensemble des pessières de la forêt wallonne. Elle ne vise en aucune manière à porter un jugement sur l'équilibre "forêt-gibier" mais son objectif est, dans une large mesure, de montrer comment il est possible de préciser la nature et l'importance des dégâts encourus et de proposer ainsi une alternative aux approximations visuelles sommaires fournies à des échelles locales et non extrapolables, sous peine de devoir recourir à des hypothèses irréalistes. Après avoir défini l'opportunité même de l'étude, nous rappellerons brièvement quelques aspects méthodologiques de l'inventaire, nous en envisagerons ensuite le type de données récoltées en matière de dégâts occasionnés aux arbres, ainsi que les modalités de traitement et d'exploitation de celles-ci. Nous proposerons enfin une application concrète de la technique d'investigation aux pessières de la Région wallonne, avant de tirer quelques conclusions générales. [less ▲]

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See detailPhylogenetic classification of the mitochondrial carrier family of Saccharomyces cerevisiae.
Elmoualij, Benaïssa ULg; Duyckaerts, Claire ULg; Brasseur, Josette ULg et al

in Yeast (Chichester, England) (1997), 13(6), 573-581

The screening of the open reading frames identified in the whole yeast genome has allowed us to discover 34 proteins belonging to the mitochondrial carrier family. By phylogenetic study, they can be ... [more ▼]

The screening of the open reading frames identified in the whole yeast genome has allowed us to discover 34 proteins belonging to the mitochondrial carrier family. By phylogenetic study, they can be divided into 27 subfamilies including ADP/ATP, phosphate and citrate carriers, putative oxoglutarate and GDC carriers and 22 new subfamilies. Topology predictions using the 'positive inside rule' approach have shown that the yeast carriers are similarly oriented with both extremities exposed to the cytosol. In each subfamily, a strict conservation of the charged residues in the six transmembrane alpha-helices is observed, suggesting a functional role for these residues and the existence of 27 functionally distinct carriers. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and characterization of monodisperse spherical zirconia particles
Van Cantfort, Olivier; Michaux, Bernard; Pirard, René ULg et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (1997), 8

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See detailThe He(I), Threshold photoelectron and Constant Ion State spectroscopy of Vinylchloride (C2H3Cl).
Locht, Robert ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hottmann, K. et al

in Chemical Physics (1997), 220

Using synchrotron radiation the threshold photoelectron (TPES) spectrum and constant ion state (CIS) spectroscopy of C2H3Cl are reported. For comparison, the He(I) photoelectron spectrum has also been ... [more ▼]

Using synchrotron radiation the threshold photoelectron (TPES) spectrum and constant ion state (CIS) spectroscopy of C2H3Cl are reported. For comparison, the He(I) photoelectron spectrum has also been measured and reexamined. The threshold photoelectron spectrum has been measured between 9.0 and 25.0 eV and the photon energy range of 9.9-12.0 eV has been investigated in detail. Many features have been identified and tentatively assigned with the help of the photoabsorption spectroscopic results. These data were compared with the well-resolved He(I) photoelectron spectrum. The fine structure observed in the two first ionic states is assigned to progressions belonging partially to previously unobserved vibration normal modes. State-selected CIS spectra have been recorded for the first vibronic states between 10.0 and 11.67 eV. They exhibit fine structure assigned to autoionization of Rydberg states. [less ▲]

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See detailTextural properties and thermal stability of silica-zirconia aerogels
Pirard, René ULg; Bonhomme, Damien; Kolibos, Sofia et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (1997), 8

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See detailLes armées d'Alexandre le Grand et les langues étrangères
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Antiquité Classique : Revue Interuniversitaire d'Etudes Classiques (1997), 66

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See detailRheological characterization on the BaTiO3 sol-gel transition
Van Cantfort, Olivier; Brasseur, Alain; Michaux, Bernard et al

in Faraday Discussions (1997), 101

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See detailIntellectuels malgré eux
Denis, Benoît ULg

in Réseaux : Revue Interdisciplinaire de Philosophie Morale et Politique (1997), (79-81), 49-52

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See detailIdentification of neurotensin-related peptides in human thymic epithelial cell membranes and relationship with MHC class I molecules
Vanneste, Yves; Ntodou-Thomé, Agnès; Vandersmissen, Eric et al

in Journal of Neuroimmunology (1997), 76

This study shows the expression at the cell surface of human thymic epithelial cells (TEC) of a neurotensin (NT)-like immunoreactivity. NT radio-immunoassay (RIA) revealed that cultured human TEC contain ... [more ▼]

This study shows the expression at the cell surface of human thymic epithelial cells (TEC) of a neurotensin (NT)-like immunoreactivity. NT radio-immunoassay (RIA) revealed that cultured human TEC contain ± 5 ng immunoreactive (ir) NT/106 cells, of which 5% is associated with plasma cell membranes. HPLC analysis of NT-ir present in human TEC showed a major peak of NT-ir corresponding to NT1–13. NT-ir was not detected in the supernatant of human TEC cultures. Using an affinity column prepared with a anti-MHC class I monoclonal antibody, NT-ir-related peptides were retained on the column and eluted together with MHC class I-related proteins. According to the elution time on HPLC of these peptides, they correspond to intact NT1–13, as well as to smaller fragments of NT1–13. [less ▲]

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See detailRoma ou Ruma ?
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Maia (1997), 49

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See detailThe TEL gene products: nuclear phosphoproteins with DNA binding properties.
Poirel, H.; Oury, Cécile ULg; Carron, Clémence et al

in Oncogene (1997)

The human TEL gene is involved in several 12p13 chromosomal abnormalities present in various human hematological malignancies, the most frequent being the t(12;21)(p13;q22), specific for childhood acute ... [more ▼]

The human TEL gene is involved in several 12p13 chromosomal abnormalities present in various human hematological malignancies, the most frequent being the t(12;21)(p13;q22), specific for childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The predicted product of TEL harbours an amino acid region similar to the ETS DNA binding domain. We now report the isolation of the murine TEL cDNA and the characterization of the human TEL proteins. Human and murine TEL proteins are particularly homologous within their aminoterminal regions and their ETS domains. TEL proteins are nuclear and display specific DNA binding activity toward classical ETS binding sites. In addition, we show that TEL mRNAs initiate translation at either of the two first inframe ATGs (codon 1 and 43) to encode 50 kDa and 57 kDa TEL proteins. In vivo, each of these primary translational products is modified by multiple phosphorylation events. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat Is the Risk of Transferral of an Undetected Neoplasm During Organ Transplantation?
Detry, Olivier ULg; Bonnet, Pierre ULg; Honore, Pierre ULg et al

in Transplantation Proceedings (1997), 29(5), 2410-1

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See detailPredictions in overdispersed series of counts using an approximate predictive likelihood
Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Forecasting (1997), 16

The generalized autoregression model or GARM, originally used to model series of non-negative data measured at irregularly spaced time points (Lambert, 1996a), is considered in a count data context. It is ... [more ▼]

The generalized autoregression model or GARM, originally used to model series of non-negative data measured at irregularly spaced time points (Lambert, 1996a), is considered in a count data context. It is first shown how the GARM can be expressed as a GLM in the special case of a linear model for some transform of the location parameter. The Butler approximate predictive likelihood (Butler, 1986, Rejoinder) is then used to define likelihood prediction envelopes. The width of these intervals is shown to be slightly wider than the Fisher (1959, pp. 128-33) and Lejeune and Faulkenberry (1982) predictive likelihood-based envelopes which assume that the parameters have fixed known values (equal to their maximum likelihood estimates). The method is illustrated on a small count data set showing overdispersion. [less ▲]

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See detailLat. collatrare
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (1997), 56

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Caspar, Jean-Paul; Delye, Emmanuel ULg; Bit, Richard et al

in Chronique de l'Archéologie Wallonne (1997), 4-5

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See detailImprovement of inland navigation in developping countries: the training center of Palembang (Sumatra, Indonesia), an example of transfer of technology through education
Marchal, Jean ULg

in Bulletin des Séances de l’Académie Royale des Sciences d’Outre-Mer = Mededelingen der Zittingen van de Koninklijke Academie voor Overzeese Wetenschappen (1997), Nouvelle Série 42(4)(1er trimestre), 10

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See detailPharma-clinics. Le medicament du mois. Le Legalon (silymarine).
Luyckx, Françoise ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(12), 792-6

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See detailFrom an architectural sketch to its semantic representation
Leclercq, Pierre ULg

in International Journal of Construction Information Technology (1997), 4(2), 67-84

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See detailLe rôle de l'officier de l'état civil requis de célébrer un mariage présumé simulé
Paris, Catherine ULg

in Revue Trimestrielle de Droit Familial (1997)

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See detailLe maintien des droits aux prestations de santé lors d'une séparation de fait ou de corps
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Divorce : Actualité Juridique, Sociale et Fiscale (1997)

L'article examine la question du maintien des droits aux prestations de santé lors d'une séparation de corps ou d'une séparation de fait.

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See detailLe clonage par transfert de noyau dans l'espèce bovine
Ectors, Fabien ULg; Delval, Alain; Beckers, Jean-François ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 141

A all in vitro cloning technique was developed in wich embryos from the first cycle nuclear transfer (cloning) were used as blastomere donor for the second cycle nuclear transfer (re-cloning). Such method ... [more ▼]

A all in vitro cloning technique was developed in wich embryos from the first cycle nuclear transfer (cloning) were used as blastomere donor for the second cycle nuclear transfer (re-cloning). Such method permitted to produce 14,5% of morulae and 14,9% of blastocysts after the first and second cycle of nuclear transfer, respectively. The rates of birth obtained after transfer of such embryos were 21,4% and 20,5% for first and second cyle respectively, corresponding to 6 and 5 calves for 28 and 24 transferred embryos. Unfortunately, gestation patholgies and an increase of birth weights were observed. It seems that the in vitro presence of gametes and/or embryos may be responsible of an alteration in the control of gene expression. [less ▲]

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See detailThe intensity of emotional facial expression and decoding accuracy
Hess, U; Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Kleck, R

in Journal of Nonverbal Behavior (1997), 21

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See detailPeptides in membranes: tipping the balance of membrane stability.
Brasseur, Robert ULg; Pillot, T.; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

in Trends in biochemical sciences (1997), 22(5), 167-71

This review describes a class of peptides that associate with lipids in membranes and are commonly known as 'oblique-orientated peptides'. Owing to an asymmetric distribution of hydrophobic residues along ... [more ▼]

This review describes a class of peptides that associate with lipids in membranes and are commonly known as 'oblique-orientated peptides'. Owing to an asymmetric distribution of hydrophobic residues along the axis of the alpha-helix, such peptides can destabilize membranes or lipid cores, thereby facilitating such cellular processes as vesicular fusion or protein transport across subcellular compartments, as well as remodelling of lipid cores. [less ▲]

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See detailProtéinas placentárias em mamíferos
Melo de Sousa, Noelita; de Figueiredo, José Ricardo; Gonçalves, Paulo Bayard Dias et al

in Ciência Animal (1997), 7(1), 43-55

During the past twenty years, several new placental proteins have been isolated and characterized in woman and several animal species. Among these proteins, it can be mentioned chorionic gonadotrophins ... [more ▼]

During the past twenty years, several new placental proteins have been isolated and characterized in woman and several animal species. Among these proteins, it can be mentioned chorionic gonadotrophins, placental lactogens, interferon tau, pregnancy specific and pregnancy-associated glycoproteins. In spite of the importance of these studies, there are few papers that describe fundamental aspects of these placental proteins such as physical-chemical pregnancy diagnosis methods. Thus, the aim of this report is to present an overview on the major aspects of placental proteins studied up to now, as well as to consider perspectives for their applications in the future in veterinary practice. [less ▲]

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See detailLes pesticides: effets endocriniens et cancérogènes chez l'Homme
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Plomteux, Guy ULg

in Toxicorama (1997), IX

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See detailStudy on the Production of Xylanolytic complex from Pencillium canescens 10-10c.
Gaspar, A.; Cosson, T.; Roques, C. et al

in Applied Biochemistry and Biotechnology (1997), 67

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See detailEvaluation d'un programme intensif de revalidation pour travailleurs lombalgiques
Mairiaux, Philippe ULg; Oblin, Marc

in Archives des Maladies Professionnelles et de Médecine du Travail (1997), 58(5), 432439

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See detailRyle et la phénoménologie
Leclercq, Bruno ULg

in Recherches Husserliennes (1997), 7

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See detailIdentification des vaches laitières traitées à la somatotropine bovine
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Degand, Guy ULg; Duyckaerts, Anne et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 141(5), 381-390

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See detailSynthesis and characterization of porous silica-alumina xerogels
VanCantfort, Olivier; Abid, A.; Michaux, Bernard et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (1997), 8

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See detailChimie et immunologie: controle de qualite des eaux.
Portetelle, Daniel ULg; Copin, A.; Hecquet, J. F.

in Agricontact (1997), (290),

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See detailLa contestation des pierres. Des œuvres écrites d'Olivier Smolders
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (1997), 14

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See detailLa localisation des productions agricoles : introduction méthodologique.
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (1997), (33), 129-138

First of all, the article specifies the links between agriculture and geography by emphasising both the speculiarities of the agricultural sector and the evolution of the problems concerning the ... [more ▼]

First of all, the article specifies the links between agriculture and geography by emphasising both the speculiarities of the agricultural sector and the evolution of the problems concerning the geographical researches dealing with the agricultural sector. Then, it defines the two main investigation areas of the agricultural geography : the analysis of the production distribution / sharing-out and the researches upon the factors and models of localisation. The two cases show how the authors endeavour to get devices that provide them a better understanding of the ever increasing complexity of the agricultural world. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationships of k-casein - beta-lactoglobulin and alfa-lactalbumin polymorphisms with estimated breeding values for milk traits in Italian Friesian and Italian Simmental bulls.
Vrech, E.; Prandi, A.; Corradini, C. et al

in Zootecnica e Nutrizione Animale (1997), 23(3),

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See detailGrecs, Romains et Barbares. A la recherche de l'identité ethnique et linguistique des Grecs et des Romains
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Revue Belge de Philologie et d'Histoire (1997), 75

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See detailDiagnostic de l'ostéoporose
Devogelaer, JP; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Raeman, F et al

in Medipractice (1997), 21

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See detailCell-line specific radiosensitizing effect of zalcitabine (DDC)
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Li, Ye-Xiong; Copaceanu, Marie-Laure et al

in Acta Oncologica (1997)

The potential of zalcitabine (ddC) to act as an ionizing radiation response modifier was tested on exponentially growing human cancer cells in vitro. Two human cell lines, WiDr (colon) and MCF-7 (breast ... [more ▼]

The potential of zalcitabine (ddC) to act as an ionizing radiation response modifier was tested on exponentially growing human cancer cells in vitro. Two human cell lines, WiDr (colon) and MCF-7 (breast) were exposed to ddC at 10 p M concentration for various lengths of tide (18, 24, 48 and 72 h). On the WiDr cell line the dual effect of concentration and duration of exposure prior to irradiation was investigated. Experimental endpoints were clonogenicity and viability, as measured by colony formation assay (CFA) and MTT assay respectively. The impact on cell-cycle distribution prior to irradiation was assessed by flow cytometry using a double labeling technique (propidium iodide and bromodeoxyuridine pulse label). A significant reduction in surviving fraction and viability was observed for WiDr-cells irradiated after pre-exposure to 10 pM for 18, 48 and 72 h as compared to corresponding irradiated controls. At lower concentrations (1 and 5 pM), the radiosensitizing effect was only significant after a 72-h exposure (assessed by CFA). For MCF-7, ddC induced a significant modification of the dose response only with 24 and 48 h preincubation. However, the overall effect was less pronounced as compared to WiDr. Cell-cycle analysis showed accumulation in S-phase, 48 and 72 h after treatment with 10 pM ddC in the WiDr cells, with a progressive shift to late S-phase as shown by the biparametric analysis. The degree of radiosensitization is cell-line dependent with the most important sensitization observed on the most <<radioresistant cell line>>, ix., the cell line with the lowest alpha value and highest SF 2 (WiDr). For WiDr, radiosensitization by ddC depends on the duration of exposure and the concentration of the drug. Received 29 February 1996 Accepted 10 December 1996 [less ▲]

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Hindryckx, Geneviève ULg; Lafontaine, Annette ULg

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (1997), 4

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See detailLoss of type IV collagen alpha 5 and alpha 6 chains in human invasive prostate carcinomas
Dehan, Pierre ULg; Waltregny, David ULg; Beschin, Alain et al

in American Journal of Pathology (1997), 151(4), 1097-104

Type IV collagen, a major component of basement membranes, is organized in a network responsible for the mechanical resistance of the basement membranes. It also plays a key role in epithelial cell ... [more ▼]

Type IV collagen, a major component of basement membranes, is organized in a network responsible for the mechanical resistance of the basement membranes. It also plays a key role in epithelial cell adhesion to basement membranes. This study was designed to investigate the distribution of type IV collagen alpha-chains in normal, preneoplastic, and malignant prostate basement membranes. For this purpose, immunohistochemistry using specific antibodies raised against the different alpha-chains of type IV collagen was performed in eight normal samples, six prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia, and 20 malignant lesions of the prostate. Our results demonstrate the presence of the "novel" alpha 5 (IV) and alpha 6 (IV) chains along with the "classical" alpha 1 (IV)/alpha 2 (IV) chains in the basement membrane of the normal prostate gland. The alpha 3 (IV) chain was never detected in any prostate specimen. Prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia showed a similar immunostaining pattern to that found in normal glands. In cancer gland basement membranes, we demonstrate for the first time a specific loss of the alpha 5 (IV) and alpha 6 (IV) chains, whereas the classical alpha 1 (IV) and alpha 2 (IV) chains were consistently exhibited. Additionally, type VII collagen colocalized with alpha 5 (IV) collagen chain, and these two proteins, which were always observed in normal and prostatic intraepithelial neoplasia gland basement membranes, were lost in invasive carcinoma basement membranes. This observation raises questions about the possible association or cooperation between alpha 5 (IV)/alpha 6 (IV) chains and anchoring fibrils in prostate glands basement membrane. [less ▲]

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See detailMetacognitive realism : A cognitive style or a learning strategy ?
Jans, Véronique; Leclercq, Dieudonné ULg

in Educational Psychology (1997), 17(1-2), 101-110

Learning implies the learner's ability to make a series of decisions and, in particular, the capacity to assess the quality and reliability of one's own knowledge incapsulated in the question: 'How far do ... [more ▼]

Learning implies the learner's ability to make a series of decisions and, in particular, the capacity to assess the quality and reliability of one's own knowledge incapsulated in the question: 'How far do I already know the content I am supposed to learnt?' The authors address the following issues: (1) Is realism in metacognition a stable trait in learners?; (2) If not, by what is it influenced?. After a short review of the literature on the topic and the examination of experimental evidence, metacognition is considered as both a style and a strategy. The need for a taxonomy of metacognitive realism is demonstrated in order to clarify the topic and to facilitate applied research. [less ▲]

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See detailLesions observed on stranded seabirds along the Belgian coast from 1992 to 1995
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Brosens, L.; Coignoul, Freddy ULg

in ICES Journal of Marine Science (1997), 54(4), 714-717

From 1992 to 1995, dead seabirds found on Belgian beaches were collected and various tissues of 241 birds were sampled for histopathological, bacteriological, parasitological, and toxicological ... [more ▼]

From 1992 to 1995, dead seabirds found on Belgian beaches were collected and various tissues of 241 birds were sampled for histopathological, bacteriological, parasitological, and toxicological investigations. The most common species examined was the guillemot (Uria aalge). Necropsies revealed cachexia (severe emaciation), acute haemorrhagic gastro-enteropathy and oil contamination in many of these birds. Statistical analyses were performed in order to explore correlations of these with biological parameters such as age, sex, and origin (pelagic or non-pelagic). The pelagic origin of seabirds were associated with the three main findings. Oil contamination was associated with acute gastro-enteropathy and cachexia, and cachexia was more prevalent among juveniles. Finally, cachexia and acute gastro-enteropathy were strongly associated. It is possible that oiled pelagic seabirds become cachectic and die of acute gastro-enteropathy. (C) 1997 International Council for the Exploration of the Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle de l'expert
Boxho, Philippe ULg

in Société d'étude du dommage corporel (1997)

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See detailEstimation of (co)variance components for Jersey type traits using a repeatability model
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Wiggans, G. R.; Wright, J. R. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (1997), 80(8), 1801-1806

(Co)variance components for final score and 15 linear type traits of Jersey cows were estimated by multitrait REML using multiple diagonalization and a repeatability model with 34,999 records of 22,354 ... [more ▼]

(Co)variance components for final score and 15 linear type traits of Jersey cows were estimated by multitrait REML using multiple diagonalization and a repeatability model with 34,999 records of 22,354 cows. Multiple diagonalization gave relative off-diagonals (ratio of squared off-diagonals to the product of diagonals) of <0.1%. Heritabilities and repeatabilities, respectively, were estimated as 0.29 and 0.48 for final score, 0.40 and 0.57 for stature, 0.26 and 0.39 for strength, 0.28 and 0.43 for dairy form, 0.13 and 0.25 for foot angle, 0.13 and 0.25 for rear legs (side view), 0.27 and 0.41 for body depth, 0.31 and 0.52 for rump angle, 0.22 and 0.33 for thurl width, 0.22 and 0.36 for fore udder attachment, 0.28 and 0.46 for rear udder height, 0.26 and 0.42 for rear udder width, 0.32 and 0.48 for udder depth, 0.20 and 0.36 for udder cleft, 0.29 and 0.46 for front teat placement, and 0.31 and 0.48 for teat length. Estimates of heritability generally were higher, and estimates of repeatability were lower, than values used previously for USDA genetic evaluations, which were based on data from the 1970s and early 1980s. Final score was highly correlated both genetically and phenotypically with dairy form and rear udder traits. These estimates of heritabilities and (co)variance components are necessary for multitrait genetic evaluation of linear type traits of US Jerseys. [less ▲]

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See detailNotes of the flea fauna (Insecta, Siphonaptera) of the terrestrial azorean mammals
Libois, Roland ULg; Fons, Roger; Mathias, Maria da Luz et al

in Arquivos do Museu Bocage. Nova série (1997), 3(1), 1-11

During three successive years, field samplings of wild mammals were organised on different Azorean islands and the ectoparastes were collected. Among 340 murid rodents, 31 did bear at least one flea ... [more ▼]

During three successive years, field samplings of wild mammals were organised on different Azorean islands and the ectoparastes were collected. Among 340 murid rodents, 31 did bear at least one flea. Nosopsyllus l. londiniensis has been found on the mouse in São Miguel. Stenoponia t. tripectinata has been discovered in Terceira and in São Miguel, mainly on house mice and on one black rat out of 121. Nosopsyllus fasciatus was present on the mouse and on both the black and the Norway rats. Its presence has been evidenced in four islands: São Miguel, Terceira, Graciosa and Flores. Numerous rabbits were also examined in the visited islands (São Miguel, Terceira, Pico, São Jorge, Faial and Flores) and were found heavily parasited by their commonest flea, Spilopsyllus cuniculi. In Flores, however, that flea seems to be lacking. Though no systematic search has been done on domestic animals, the presence of Ctenocephalides f. felis is also reported from Flores, Terceira and Graciosa whereas C. canis has been found on a dog in Florès. The flea fauna of the Azorean archipelago is therefore characterized by a few species amongst the most cosmopolitan ones [less ▲]

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See detailAn introduction to ET-LOTOS for the description of time-sensitive systems
Léonard, Luc; Leduc, Guy ULg

in Computer Networks & ISDN Systems (1997), 29(3), 271-292

Enhanced Timed-LOTOS, called ET-LOTOS, is an extension of LOTOS allowing the modelling of time-sensitive systems (i.e. systems whose behaviour is influenced by the passing of time). It is the basis of the ... [more ▼]

Enhanced Timed-LOTOS, called ET-LOTOS, is an extension of LOTOS allowing the modelling of time-sensitive systems (i.e. systems whose behaviour is influenced by the passing of time). It is the basis of the timed extension of LOTOS currently developed by ISO (1995). The purpose of this paper is to present ET-LOTOS in a tutorial style and show its applicability. The detailed study of the formal semantics is addressed in another paper. A collection of small but realistic, examples illustrates a wide variety of time-sensitive protocol mechanisms. These examples are used to introduce and justify the extensions of our language. Finally, the basics of the formal semantics are given and a comparison is made with other timed formalisms. [less ▲]

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See detailLa nouvelle réglementation du concordat judiciaire
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Actualités du Droit (1997), (3), 379-420

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See detailDamping rates of hard momentum particles in a cold ultrarelativistic plasma
Vanderheyden, Benoît ULg; Ollitrault, J. Y.

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (1997), 56(8), 5108-5122

We compute the damping rates of one-particle excitations in a cold ultrarelativistic plasma to leading order in the coupling constant e for three types of interaction: Yukawa coupling to a massless scalar ... [more ▼]

We compute the damping rates of one-particle excitations in a cold ultrarelativistic plasma to leading order in the coupling constant e for three types of interaction: Yukawa coupling to a massless scalar boson, QED, and QCD. Damping rates of charged particles in QED and QCD are of order e(3) mu, while the damping rates of other particles are of order e(4) mu or e(4) mu log(1/e). We find that the damping rate of an electron or of a quark is constant far from the Fermi surface, and decreases linearly with the excitation energy close to the Fermi surface. This unusual behavior is attributed to the long-range magnetic interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailChanging sensitivity to duration in human scalar timing: An experiment, a review, and some possible explanations
Ferrara, André ULg; Lejeune, Helga ULg; Wearden, J. H.

in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. B, Comparative & Physiological Psychology (1997), 50B

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See detailFibres alimentaires chez le chien : influence de l'incorporation de pulpes de betterave ou de chicorée sur la digestibilité des nutriments et les concentrations plasmatiques de plusieurs métabolites
Diez, Marianne ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg et al

in Revue de Médecine Vétérinaire (1997), 148

Cette étude relate les effets de la distribution de deux rations enrichies en pulpes de betterave ou de chicorée (7 p.100 ADF dans la matière sèche) en comparaison à une ration témoin sur les paramètres ... [more ▼]

Cette étude relate les effets de la distribution de deux rations enrichies en pulpes de betterave ou de chicorée (7 p.100 ADF dans la matière sèche) en comparaison à une ration témoin sur les paramètres fécaux, la digestibilité des principaux nutriments et plusieurs paramètres biochimiques (glucose, insuline, azote alpha-aminé, urée, cholestérol et triglycérides) mesurés à jeun ou pendant six heures après le repas chez huit chiens adultes en bonne santé. Les régimes enrichis en pulpes ont entraîné une augmentation significative de l'excrétion fécale totale, de l'excrétion de MS dans les matières fécales, une diminution de la teneur en MS des fèces ainsi qu'une diminution des coefficients de digestibilité des principaux nutriments. Le régime contenant la pulpe de betterave a entraîné une diminution de la glycémie à jeun, de l'insulinémie et des concentrations en triglycérides postprandiales, des concentrations en urée et en cholestérol mesurées avant et après le repas. Le régime contenant la pulpe de chicorée a provoqué une diminution de l'insulinémie postprandiale, des concentrations en urée et en cholestérol à jeun et après le repas. Ces deux types de pulpes, semblables par leur composition, induisent les mêmes types d'effets sur les paramètres fécaux et la digestibilité des nutriments, mais les effets systémiques sont plus importants lors de la distribution de pulpes de betterave. [less ▲]

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See detailA Deletion in the Bovine Myostatin Gene Causes the Double-Muscled Phenotype in Cattle
Grobet, L.; Martin, L. J.; Poncelet, D. et al

in Nature Genetics (1997), 17(1), 71-74

An exceptional muscle development commonly referred to as 'double-muscled' (Fig. 1) has been seen in several cattle breeds and has attracted considerable attention from beef producers. Double-muscled ... [more ▼]

An exceptional muscle development commonly referred to as 'double-muscled' (Fig. 1) has been seen in several cattle breeds and has attracted considerable attention from beef producers. Double-muscled animals are characterized by an increase in muscle mass of about 20%, due to general skeletal-muscle hyperplasia-that is, an increase in the number of muscle fibers rather than in their individual diameter. Although the hereditary nature of the double-muscled condition was recognized early on, the precise mode of inheritance has remained controversial; monogenic (domainant and recessive), oligogenic and polygenic models have been proposed. In the Belgian Blue cattle breed (BBCB), segregation analysis performed both in experimental crosses and in the outbred population suggested an autosomal recessive inheritance. This was confirmed when the muscular hypertrophy (mh) locus was mapped 3.1 cM from microsatellite TGLA44 on the centromeric end of bovine chromosome 2 (ref. 5). We used a positional candidate approach to demonstrate that a mutation in bovine MSTN, which encodes myostatin, a member of the TGF beta superfamily, is responsible for the double-muscled phenotype. We report an 11-bp deletion in the coding sequence for the bioactive carboxy-terminal domain of the protein causing the muscular hypertrophy observed in Belgian Blue cattle. [less ▲]

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See detailSequence Analysis of the Bovine Herpesvirus Type 1 Genes Homologous to the DNA Polymerase (Ul30), the Major DNA-Binding Protein (Ul29) and Icp18.5 Assembly Protein (Ul28) Genes of Herpes Simplex Virus
Meyer, Gilles; Vlcek, C.; Paces, V. et al

in Archives of Virology (1997), 142(1), 89-102

The nucleotide sequence of a 10.5 kb region (map position 0.332 to 0.410) of bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BHV-1) was determined. This region contained three open reading frames (ORFs) homologous to herpes ... [more ▼]

The nucleotide sequence of a 10.5 kb region (map position 0.332 to 0.410) of bovine herpesvirus type 1 (BHV-1) was determined. This region contained three open reading frames (ORFs) homologous to herpes simplex virus DNA polymerase catalytic subunit (DNApol, UL30), major DNA-binding protein (MDBP, UL29) and ICP18.5 assembly protein (ICP18.5, UL28). The BHV-1 DNApol. MDBP and ICP18.5 ORFs were 1246, 1203 and 826 amino acids long with a calculated molecular mass of 134.2 kDa, 124.4 kDa and 86.9 kDa, respectively. They showed a high homology with alphaherpesvirus homologs despite large differences in the G + C content of the UL30-UL28 segment ranging from 44.4% for varicella zoster virus to 71.5% for BHV-1. Particularly well conserved among Alphaherpesvirinae are the putative functional domains of the DNApol and MDBP proteins which are discussed. Phylogenetic analysis revealed that BHV-1 clustered in the Varicellovirus genus with the animal D-type viruses. In this group, the BHV-1 position was shown to vary according to the investigated genes. Indeed, pseudorabies virus clustered with BHV-1 in the DNApol tree but with equine herpesvirus 1 in the ICP18.5 tree. [less ▲]

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See detailImaging the solar corona in the EUV
Delaboudiniere, J.-P.; Stern, R. A.; Maucherat, A. et al

in Advances in Space Research (1997), 20

The SOHO (SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory) satellite was launched on December 2nd 1995. After arriving at the Earth-Sun (L1) Lagrangian point on February 14th 1996, it began to continuously observe the ... [more ▼]

The SOHO (SOlar and Heliospheric Observatory) satellite was launched on December 2nd 1995. After arriving at the Earth-Sun (L1) Lagrangian point on February 14th 1996, it began to continuously observe the Sun. As one of the instruments onboard SOHO, the EIT (Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope) images the Sun's corona in 4 EUV wavelengths. The He II filter at 304 AË images the chromosphere and the base of the transition region at a temperature of 5 - 8 x 10^4 K; the Fe IX-X filter at 171 AË images the corona at a temperature of ~ 1.3 x 10^6 K; the Fe XII filter at 195 AË images the quiet corona outside coronal holes at a temperature of ~ 1.6 x 10^6 K; and the Fe XV filter at 284 AË images active regions with a temperature of ~ 2.0 x 10^6 K. About 5000 images have been obtained up to the present. In this paper, we describe also some aspects of the telescope and the detector performance for application in the observations. Images and movies of all the wavelengths allow a look at different phenomena present in the Sun's corona, and in particular, magnetic field reconnection. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP) nasal ventilation on the postoperative pulmonary restrictive syndrome in obese patients undergoing gastroplasty.
Joris, Jean ULg; Sottiaux, Thierry; Chiche, Jean-Daniel et al

in CHEST (1997), 111(3), 665-70

STUDY OBJECTIVE: Upper abdominal surgery results in a postoperative restrictive pulmonary syndrome. Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP System; Respironics Inc; Murrysville, Pa), which combines ... [more ▼]

STUDY OBJECTIVE: Upper abdominal surgery results in a postoperative restrictive pulmonary syndrome. Bi-level positive airway pressure (BiPAP System; Respironics Inc; Murrysville, Pa), which combines pressure support ventilation and positive end-expiratory pressure via a nasal mask, could allow alveolar recruitment during inspiration and prevent expiratory alveolar collapse, and therefore limit the postoperative pulmonary restrictive syndrome. This study investigated the effect of BiPAP on postoperative pulmonary function in obese patients after gastroplasty. DESIGN: Prospective controlled randomized study. SETTING: GI surgical ward in a university hospital. PATIENTS: Thirty-three morbidly obese patients scheduled for gastroplasty were studied. INTERVENTION: The patients were assigned to one of three techniques of ventilatory support during the first 24 h postoperatively: O2 via a face mask, BiPAP System 8/4, with inspiratory and expiratory positive airway pressure set at 8 and 4 cm H2O, respectively, or BiPAP System 12/4 set at 12 and 4 cm H2O. Pulmonary function (FVC, FEV1, and peak expiratory flow rate [PEFR]) were measured the day before surgery, 24 h after surgery, and on days 2 and 3. Oxygen saturation by pulse oximeter (SpO2) was also recorded during room air breathing. RESULTS: Three patients were excluded. After surgery, FVC, FEV1, PEFR, and SpO2 significantly decreased in the three groups. On day 1, FVC and FEV1 were significantly improved in the group BiPAP System 12/4, as compared with no BiPAP; SpO2 was also significantly improved. After removal of BiPAP System 12/4, these benefits were maintained, allowing faster recovery of pulmonary function. No significant effects were observed on PEFR. BiPAP System 8/4 had no significant effect on the postoperative pulmonary restrictive syndrome. CONCLUSION: Prophylactic use of BiPAP System 12/4 during the first 24 h postoperatively significantly reduces pulmonary dysfunction after gastroplasty in obese patients and accelerates reestablishment of preoperative pulmonary function. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential expression of galectin 3 and galectin 1 in colorectal cancer progression.
Sanjuan, X.; Fernandez, P. L.; Castells, A. et al

in Gastroenterology (1997), 113(6), 1906-15

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Galectins are beta-galactoside-binding proteins possibly involved in tumor progression. The aim of this study was to determine the pattern of galectin 3 and galectin 1 expression and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Galectins are beta-galactoside-binding proteins possibly involved in tumor progression. The aim of this study was to determine the pattern of galectin 3 and galectin 1 expression and involvement in colorectal cancer progression. METHODS: Galectin 3 expression was examined immunohistochemically in 39 samples of normal mucosae, 25 adenomas, 87 carcinomas, and 39 lymph node metastases. Galectin 1 was analyzed in 25 samples of mucosae, 15 adenomas, 25 carcinomas, and 11 metastases. Western blot analysis was also performed. RESULTS: All normal mucosae showed strong nuclear galectin 3 expression, which was down-regulated in the neoplastic progression, because only 60% of adenomas, 48% of carcinomas, and 44% of metastases were strongly positive (P < 0.0001). Cytoplasmic expression was down-regulated in adenomas (16%) but increased again in carcinomas (64%) (P < 0.0001). Galectin 1 expression was mainly detected in stromal cells and correlated with tumor progression from normal mucosae to adenomas and carcinomas (P < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS: Galectin 3 expression is down-regulated in the initial stages of neoplastic progression, whereas a dissociated cytoplasmic expression increases in later phases of tumor progression. Galectin 1 in colorectal mucosa is predominantly a stromal product whose overexpression is associated with the neoplastic progression of colorectal cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailThe spectrum of 67-kD laminin receptor expression in breast carcinoma progression.
Viacava, P.; Naccarato, A. G.; Collecchi, P. et al

in Journal of Pathology (The) (1997), 182(1), 36-44

Laminin is a glycoprotein of the basement membrane (BM), involved in a variety of normal and pathological cellular events including tumour invasion and metastasis. Cells bind laminin through different ... [more ▼]

Laminin is a glycoprotein of the basement membrane (BM), involved in a variety of normal and pathological cellular events including tumour invasion and metastasis. Cells bind laminin through different types of receptor. The 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) is a cell-surface protein which binds laminin with high affinity. 67LR expression has been shown to increase in neoplastic cells, compared with normal tissues, and 67LR seems to play an important role during the first steps of neoplastic progression. In this study, 67LR expression was analysed during the morphological phases of breast cancer progression from normal tissue to invasive carcinoma. A total of 506 formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded normal breast structures and lesions were stained by immunohistochemistry usign the MLuC5 monoclonal antibody, which is specific for 67LR. The results show that in normal breast and in any kind of breast lesion, myoepithelial and endothelial cells express 67LR. While 67LR is not seen in the epithelium of normal breast, cysts, adenosis, and benign tumours, it is expressed in the epithelial cells of several hyperplasias and carcinomas in situ, both ductal and lobular, as well as in all invasive carcinomas. The 67LR-positive cell subpopulation expands from hyperplastic lesions to invasive carcinoma, suggesting that 67LR could be related to the induction and progression of breast cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailAerogel compression theoretical analysis
Pirard, René ULg; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (1997), 212(2-3), 262-267

Several authors have empirically shown that, in aerogels, a power law exists between the mechanical moduli and the bulk density. An exponent value can be determined from mercury porosimetry curves. The ... [more ▼]

Several authors have empirically shown that, in aerogels, a power law exists between the mechanical moduli and the bulk density. An exponent value can be determined from mercury porosimetry curves. The shrinkage of aerogels under mercury pressure follows a buckling mechanism which links the pore size to the exerted pressure. The present study relates the exponent to the pore volume distribution which can be described by a hierarchical model valid in a large range of pore size, so a physical meaning is given to the exponent. [less ▲]

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See detailQuality of life as outcome in the treatment of osteoporosis : The development of a questionnaire for quality of life by the European Foundation for Osteoporosis
Lips, P; Cooper, C; Agnusdei, D et al

in Osteoporosis International (1997), 7

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See detailLa bryoflore d'une forêt alluviale fonctionnelle: la réserve naturelle rhénane de l'Ile de Rhinau (Bas-Rhin, France)
Klein, J. P.; Siebel, H.; Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg

in Mitteilungen des Badischen Landesvereins für Naturkunde und Naturschutz (1997), 16

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See detailReassembly of functional nucleoli following in situ unraveling by low-ionic-strength treatment of cultured mammalian cells.
Zatsepina, O. V.; Dudnic, O. A.; Chentsov, Y. S. et al

in Experimental Cell Research (1997), 233(1), 155-68

In order to determine the most persistent components of the nucleolus that might serve as "core" nucleolar elements, we studied the reactivity of nucleoli in living mammalian cells subjected to hypotonic ... [more ▼]

In order to determine the most persistent components of the nucleolus that might serve as "core" nucleolar elements, we studied the reactivity of nucleoli in living mammalian cells subjected to hypotonic buffer saline followed by the incubation of the cells in an isotonic medium. To document as precisely as possible the fine structural changes which occurred, the cells were examined by video-enhanced optical microscopy, fluorescence confocal laser scanning microscopy, and electron microscopy combined with cytochemistry. Light microscopic autoradiography was used to demonstrate the transcriptional characteristics of the reassembled nucleoli. It was shown that all the major compartments of the intact nucleolus could be substantially affected by reduction of the osmolarity of the environmental media. The dynamic events of the nucleolar unraveling in low-salt buffers occurred in the following order: dispersion of the nucleolar pars granulosa, disassociation of the fibrillar complexes into discrete fibrillar centers (FCs) and the dense fibrillar component (DFC), and the almost complete unraveling of the DFC and FCs. At the terminal stages of nucleolar dispersion, the nuclear interior was mainly composed of a loose filamentous meshwork, and none of the typically discerned nucleolar constituents was recognized. Nevertheless, when hypotonically treated cells were returned to isotonic conditions, the nucleolar bodies rapidly began to reassemble. Within 1-2 h of cell incubation under isotonicity, the nucleoli not only became clearly visible, but also reconstituted to their initial size, shape, and position within the nucleus. The ultrastructure and functional activity of the reassembled nucleoli were also found to be fully comparable to those of the untreated controls. These data indicate that the architectural composition of the interphase nucleolus is strictly controlled by the cell. As far as could be determined, none of the usual substructures of the intact nucleolus that could be substituted by complete reassembly of the nucleolar bodies in normotonic conditions, including FCs and the DFC, remained clearly preserved in the terminal stage of nucleolar unraveling. We concluded that the integrity of the nucleolus was mainly preserved by the nuclear or nucleolar matrix system rather than by any other nucleolar structural domains. [less ▲]

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See detailLes comportements des enseignants dans la perspective d'un traitement différencié des élèves
Piéron, Maurice; Ledent, Maryse; Pirottin, Véronique et al

in Revue de l'Education Physique (1997), 4

La pédagogie basée sur la théorie des "rythmes d'apprentissage" accorde une place privilégiée à l'individualisation et contredit le principe d'une programmation uniforme, valable pour tous. Toute classe ... [more ▼]

La pédagogie basée sur la théorie des "rythmes d'apprentissage" accorde une place privilégiée à l'individualisation et contredit le principe d'une programmation uniforme, valable pour tous. Toute classe est hétérogène, chaque enfant étant singulier, différent dans ses valeurs, ses attitudes, ses potentialités et ses compétences. Chacun apprend à un rythme différent, plus rapidement que la moyenne dans des domaines, moins rapidement dans d'autres. ... [less ▲]

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See detailUtilisation de l'habitat par la sérotine commune Eptesicus serotinus en Lorraine belge
Kervyn, Thierry; Brasseur, Jasmine; Libois, Roland ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Neuchâteloise des Sciences Naturelles (1997), 120(2), 35-41

The radiotracking of 10 serotine bats during a period of 73 nights shows that the animals hunt mainly at forest edges and above meadows. The mean distance between the main diurnal roost and hunting ... [more ▼]

The radiotracking of 10 serotine bats during a period of 73 nights shows that the animals hunt mainly at forest edges and above meadows. The mean distance between the main diurnal roost and hunting grounds is 2.1 +/- 1.2 km (n = 24). Secondary diurnal roosts are used within a radius of 250 m of the main diurnal quarters. Nocturnal resting places are situated in beech forests (Fagus sylvatica) near feeding areas. The activity area (minumum area method) of radiotracked serotine bats, all originating from the same colony, stretches to 15.8 km². [less ▲]

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See detailMulticité. Le jeu du développement urbain
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Demeuse, Yves; Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg et al

in G.E.O. (1997), 41(Numéro spécial),

Une équipe municipale doit définir le devenir de sa cité et gérer une série de projets (écoles, multiplex, logements sociaux, parcs industriels) avec comme consigne la minimisation des coûts pour la ... [more ▼]

Une équipe municipale doit définir le devenir de sa cité et gérer une série de projets (écoles, multiplex, logements sociaux, parcs industriels) avec comme consigne la minimisation des coûts pour la maximisation des retombées pour la collectivité ; elle fait appel à des bureaux d’études qui doivent monter ces projets. Le jeu se joue sur un territoire (plateau de jeu) avec ses quartiers d’habitat, son centre, ses réseaux de communication et aussi 350 îlots colorés selon l’affectation du sol et leur statut (public et privé). Le jeu – qui se déroule aussi sur deux fois 50 minutes dans sa version courte (un projet) – permet d’abord à l’équipe municipale de définir ses critères de choix et aux bureaux d’étude de monter leur projet, il met ensuite les protagonistes en contact puis en débat avant le choix final. Outre le plateau figurant le territoire, le jeu comprend encore des fiches relatives aux équipements, des consignes particulières pour les membres du bureau d’études et de l’équipe municipale (dont une fiche budget et une fiche argumentaire). À l’issue du jeu, il est possible non seulement de mettre en évidence les facteurs de localisation des équipements mais également le jeu des acteurs et les contraintes d’une politique de développement communal. [less ▲]

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See detailA propos d'un cas de rupture myocardique dans un traumatisme thoracique ferme.
Demarche, M.; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(2), 105-9

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See detailIn vivo and in vitro development of preantral follicles
Van den Hurk, R.; Bevers, M. M.; Beckers, Jean-François ULg

in Theriogenology (1997), 47(1), 73-82

The paper presents the state of the art concerning the in vitro growth and differentiation of preantral follicles, i.e. from the primordial to the antral stage, in mammals. Attention is paid to their ... [more ▼]

The paper presents the state of the art concerning the in vitro growth and differentiation of preantral follicles, i.e. from the primordial to the antral stage, in mammals. Attention is paid to their normal structure and development, nomenclature, isolation and culture methods, effects of systemic and local compounds on their development, and viability of isolated and cultured follicules, with special reference to the bovine. In vivo, various endocrine and locally produced compounds stimulate neovascularization or innervation of small follicles, which provide nutrients, cytokines, hormones and neuropeptidergic substances, necessary of survival of follicles and initiation of follicle growth. In vitro, FSH, activin, EGF, TGFs and IVP seem important for survival and growth of cultured preantral follicles. However, many reported in vitro effects of hormonal compounds on preantral follicles, especially on those from the bovine, have to be interpreted carefully, since these studies presented little information on oocyte quality. In contrast to preantral follicles from small laboratory animals, pigs and humans, those from cows will not soon be usable for IVP, since their oocyte is relatively small and their growth rate relatively slow. Although practical application of especially small preantral for IVP of live-stock species still is far away, it should not be considered an utopia. [less ▲]

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See detailA modification of convex approximation methods for structural optimization
Zhang, Wei-Hong; Fleury, Claude ULg

in Computers & Structures (1997), 64(1-4), 89-95

The most popular convex approximation methods used today in structural optimization are discussed in this paper: the convex linearization method (CONLIN), the method of the moving asymptotes (MMA) and the ... [more ▼]

The most popular convex approximation methods used today in structural optimization are discussed in this paper: the convex linearization method (CONLIN), the method of the moving asymptotes (MMA) and the sequential quadratic programming method (SQP). Modifications are made to enhance the reliability of the CONLIN method. In addition, a generalized MMA (GMMA) is established. However, in view of practical difficulties of evaluating second-order derivatives, a fitting scheme is proposed in this work to adjust the convexity of the approximation based on the available function value at the preceding design iteration. Numerical results show that this simple scheme is efficient in our applications. [less ▲]

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