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See detailLocal and Global Constraints in Finite Element Modeling and the Benefits of Nodal and Edge Elements Coupling
Dular, Patrick ULg

in International Compumag Society Newsletter (2000), 7(2), 4-7

Various constraints can be encountered in partial differential problems. On the one hand, there are local constraints, which locally act on fields. These are usually boundary conditions, fixing components ... [more ▼]

Various constraints can be encountered in partial differential problems. On the one hand, there are local constraints, which locally act on fields. These are usually boundary conditions, fixing components of fields, as well as interface conditions, connecting such components. On the other hand, global behaviors of fields can be constrained, leading to define global constraints. It is the case when vector field fluxes and circulations have to be defined, again in order to be either fixed or connected. A finite element model of a partial differential problem, through weak formulations, then leads to split up the considered constraints in two families, known as essential and natural constraints. This means that some constraints are strongly satisfied while others are only weakly satisfied. It is the aim of this paper to make a survey of local and global constraints encountered in finite element models of electromagnetic systems. It particularly points out the benefits of using both nodal and edge finite elements to achieve their consistent discrete definitions. There are indeed properties that are worth to be kept from the continuous to the discrete level. The constraints are defined in the frame of dual formulations in order to point out their dual, or complementary, natures. Systematic explicit characterizations of constrained function spaces are shown to be quite convenient. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics and three-dimensional localization of ribosomal RNA within the nucleolus.
Thiry, Marc ULg; Cheutin, T.; O'Donohue, M. F. et al

in RNA (New York, N.Y.) (2000), 6(12), 1750-61

Although rRNA synthesis, maturation, and assembly into preribosomal particles occur within the nucleolus, the route taken by pre-rRNAs from their synthetic sites toward the cytoplasm remains largely ... [more ▼]

Although rRNA synthesis, maturation, and assembly into preribosomal particles occur within the nucleolus, the route taken by pre-rRNAs from their synthetic sites toward the cytoplasm remains largely unexplored. Here, we employed a nondestructive method for the incorporation of BrUTP into the RNA of living cells. By using pulse-chase experiments, three-dimensional image reconstructions of confocal optical sections, and electron microscopy analysis of ultrathin sections, we were able to describe topological and spatial dynamics of rRNAs within the nucleolus. We identified the precise location and the volumic organization of four typical subdomains, in which rRNAs are successively moving towards the nucleolar periphery during their synthesis and processing steps. The incorporation of BrUTP takes place simultaneously within several tiny spheres, centered on the fibrillar centers. Then, the structures containing the newly synthesized RNAs enlarge and appear as compact ringlets disposed around the fibrillar centers. Later, they form hollow spheres surrounding the latter components and begin to fuse together. Finally, these structures widen and form large rings reaching the limits of the nucleoli. These results clearly show that the transport of pre-rRNAs within the nucleolus does not occur randomly, but appears as a radial flow starting from the fibrillar centers that form concentric rings, which finally fuse together as they progress toward the nucleolar periphery. [less ▲]

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See detailEndocardite végétante dans l’espèce équine : revue de littérature à partir de 2 cas cliniques
Amory, Hélène ULg; Christmann, U.; Cassart, Dominique ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2000), 144

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See detailGeometric quantities associated to differential operators
Mathonet, Pierre ULg

in Communications in Algebra (2000), 28(2), 699-718

Denote by F_lambda the space of fields of tensor densities of weight -lambda over a manifold M. The space D^p_{lambda,mu} of differential operators of order at most p that map F_lambda onto F_mu are ... [more ▼]

Denote by F_lambda the space of fields of tensor densities of weight -lambda over a manifold M. The space D^p_{lambda,mu} of differential operators of order at most p that map F_lambda onto F_mu are modules over the Lie algebra of vector fields Vect(M). We compute all the Vect(M)-invariant mappings from D^p_{lambda,mu} onto F_nu. [less ▲]

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See detailDu chêne au tonneau
Jourez, Benoît ULg; Quin, Jean-Philippe

in Courrier du Bois (2000), 129

La tonnellerie, activité à la fois artisanale et industrielle, tire profit des plus beaux chênes. Si le mode de fabrication traditionnel du tonneau n'a pratiquement pas changé depuis son invention par les ... [more ▼]

La tonnellerie, activité à la fois artisanale et industrielle, tire profit des plus beaux chênes. Si le mode de fabrication traditionnel du tonneau n'a pratiquement pas changé depuis son invention par les Celtes il y a plus de 2000 ans, certains développements technologiques sont venus aider les artisans dans leur travail quotidien. Parallèlement, le progrès des connaissances dans les sciences du bois, de la chimie et de la microbiologie nous ont appris à quel point l'élevage du vin en fûts de chêne reste une étape essentielle dans la maturation de ce liquide sacré. [less ▲]

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See detailPhylogenetic analysis of the pearlfish Carapini (Ophidiiformes, Carapidae)
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Castillo Cabello, Gabriel ULg; Chardon, Michel ULg et al

in Acta Zoologica (2000), 81

Fishes of the tribe Carapini (Encheliophis and Carapus) share a noteworthy peculiarity: they shelter in holothurian echinoderms or bivalve hosts. Some species are considered parasitic, others commensal ... [more ▼]

Fishes of the tribe Carapini (Encheliophis and Carapus) share a noteworthy peculiarity: they shelter in holothurian echinoderms or bivalve hosts. Some species are considered parasitic, others commensal. This study focuses on the phylogeny of the tribe, using two other Carapidae species as an outgroup (Snyderidia canina and Onuxodon fowleri). Insofar as possible, the selected anatomical and behavioural characters where chosen in an ecomorphological perspective, as features that could be responses to various lifestyle-related constraints. Our character selection also took into account the fact that some features are (presumably) linked. Such features were grouped together as a single trait to avoid their overvaluation. This methodology enabled us to separate commensals from parasites, the former belonging to Carapus and the latter to Encheliophis. Carapus species reflect in their morphology the constraints imposed by a diet of hard, mobile, elusive prey, showing predator-type features: a strong dentition, a wide mouth opening, a robust food intake apparatus. On the other hand, the endoparasitic Encheliophis species show a generally weaker buccal apparatus and narrow mouth opening, in relation to the different constraints of their lifestyle where the diet constraints are less pronounced: they eat body parts of their host. We propose changes in both generic diagnoses and transfer three species from Encheliophis to Carapus. [less ▲]

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See detailLa progression au sein de la narration en égyptien: Éléments d’une grammaire du texte
Winand, Jean ULg

in Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Archéologie Orientale (2000), (100), 403-435

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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 detailLa rémunération de base de l'apprenti victime d'un accident du travail
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2000), 25

L'article s'attache à la notion de "rémunération de base" de l'apprenti victime d'un accident du travail.

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See detailMuḥibb al-dīn al-Ṭabarī (ob. 694/1295). Un auteur mésestimé ?
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in Annales Islamologiques (2000), XXXIV

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See detailGelling properties of whey proteins after enzymic fat hydrolysis
Blecker, Christophe ULg; Paquot, Michel ULg; Deroanne, C.

in Journal of Food Science (2000), 65(4), 561-563

The effect of residual fat hydrolysis upon the gelation of whey protein concentrate (WPC) was studied. Gelling properties of a commercial WPC and lipase-treated WPC were evaluated on the basis of least ... [more ▼]

The effect of residual fat hydrolysis upon the gelation of whey protein concentrate (WPC) was studied. Gelling properties of a commercial WPC and lipase-treated WPC were evaluated on the basis of least concentration endpoint gelation, penetration test, texture profile analysis and water-holding capacity. Heat treatment of lipase-treated WPC led to gels with the highest hardness, springiness, cohesiveness and water retention. Such transformed WPC could be advantageously used to help improve texture in formulated meat, bakery, and confectionery products. [less ▲]

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See detailPLAG1, the main translocation target in pleomorphic adenoma of the salivary glands, is a positive regulator of IGF-II.
Voz, Marianne ULg; Agten, N. S.; Van de Ven, W. J. et al

in Cancer Research (2000), 60(1), 106-13

PLAG1, a novel developmentally regulated C2H2 zinc finger gene, is consistently rearranged and overexpressed in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands with 8q12 translocations. In this report, we ... [more ▼]

PLAG1, a novel developmentally regulated C2H2 zinc finger gene, is consistently rearranged and overexpressed in pleomorphic adenomas of the salivary glands with 8q12 translocations. In this report, we show that PLAG1 is a nuclear protein that binds DNA in a specific manner. The consensus PLAG1 binding site is a bipartite element containing a core sequence, GRGGC, and a G-cluster, RGGK, separated by seven random nucleotides. DNA binding is mediated mainly via three of the seven zinc fingers, with fingers 6 and 7 interacting with the core and finger 3 with the G-cluster. In transient transactivation assays, PLAG1 specifically activates transcription from its consensus DNA binding site, indicating that PLAG1 is a genuine transcription factor. Potential PLAG1 binding sites were found in the promoter 3 of the human insulin-like growth factor II (IGF-II) gene. We show that PLAG1 binds IGF-II promoter 3 and stimulates its activity. Moreover, IGF-II transcripts derived from the P3 promoter are highly expressed in salivary gland adenomas overexpressing PLAG1. In contrast, they are not detectable in adenomas without abnormal PLAG1 expression nor in normal salivary gland tissue. This indicates a perfect correlation between PLAG1 and IGF-II expression. All of these results strongly suggest that IGF-II is one of the PLAG1 target genes, providing us with the first clue for understanding the role of PLAG1 in salivary gland tumor development. [less ▲]

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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 detailSubungual abscess: a new ungual side-effect related to docetaxel therapy
Vanhooteghem, Olivier ULg; Richert, Bertrand ULg; Vindevoghel, A. et al

in British Journal of Dermatology (2000), 143(2), 462-464

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See detailComment j'explore...une mycobactériose cutanée atypique
Henry, Frédérique ULg; Hayette, Marie-Pierre ULg; Melin, Pierrette ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(12), 1058-1063

Atypical mycobacteriosis affecting the skin are diverse and their treatments are different as well. These diseases show an increasing prevalence. The contamination occurs from the environment while ... [more ▼]

Atypical mycobacteriosis affecting the skin are diverse and their treatments are different as well. These diseases show an increasing prevalence. The contamination occurs from the environment while interhuman transmission does not occur. [less ▲]

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See detailBiocompatibility of polyethylene glycols (PEG): An approach using bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a protein model.
Loret, S; Gilson, P; Barakat, I et al

in Pflügers Archiv : European Journal of Physiology (2000), 440

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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 detailTechnique for a rapid and efficient purification of the SHV-1 and PSE-2 beta-lactamases.
Bouillenne, Fabrice ULg; Matagne, André ULg; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. B : Biomedical Sciences and Applications (2000), 737(1-2), 261-5

A simple procedure is described which results in an optimised resolution in molecular sieve chromatography. A sample exhibiting a large initial volume (about 20 ml) and conditioned in a buffer of low ... [more ▼]

A simple procedure is described which results in an optimised resolution in molecular sieve chromatography. A sample exhibiting a large initial volume (about 20 ml) and conditioned in a buffer of low ionic strength (<20 mM) by filtration through a 53-ml G25 molecular sieve column, is adsorbed on a 1.7-ml ion-exchange (SOURCE) column. The proteins are released by a 10-ml pulse of 1 M NaCl and the eluate directly injected onto a 120-ml Sephacryl S100-HR column. The very low volume of the eluate ensures optimal conditions and resolution for the molecular sieving process. The method is applied as the polishing step in the purification of the SHV-1 and PSE-2 beta-lactamases. It could easily be scaled up for the treatment of larger samples. [less ▲]

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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 detailRandomized comparison of intranasal and transdermal estradiol.
Lopes, P.; Merkus, H. M.; Nauman, J. et al

in Obstetrics & Gynecology (2000), 96(6), 906-12

To compare the efficacy and patient acceptability of intranasal versus transdermal 17 beta-estradiol (E2) delivery systems for postmenopausal symptoms. METHODS: Postmenopausal women were randomly assigned ... [more ▼]

To compare the efficacy and patient acceptability of intranasal versus transdermal 17 beta-estradiol (E2) delivery systems for postmenopausal symptoms. METHODS: Postmenopausal women were randomly assigned to intranasal 17 beta-E2, 300 microg daily (n = 176) or transdermal 17 beta-E2 (delivering 50 microg/day), two patches per week (n = 185) for 12 weeks, followed by a 4-week period with the alternate treatment. Efficacy was compared between groups using the Kupperman Index and vasomotor symptoms at week 12. Patient acceptability was compared by patient choice of administration route and by questionnaire at week 16. RESULTS: Intranasal and transdermal therapy produced significant reductions in the Kupperman Index and in the occurrence of hot flushes and night sweats at week 12. Alleviation of climacteric symptoms was statistically equivalent in the two treatment groups (P <.001). The difference between groups in the Kupperman Index score of -0.5 +/- 0.9 (95% confidence interval -2.3, 1.3) was within the predetermined interval of equivalence. Both therapies were well tolerated with similar adverse event rates, except for moderate and severe mastalgia which was significantly less frequent with intranasal E2 (7.2%) than with the patch (15.5%, P =.02). Sixty-six percent of patients chose to continue the intranasal therapy and 34% the transdermal therapy (P <.001). Satisfaction was greater with intranasal therapy at week 16 (P <.001). CONCLUSION: Intranasal and transdermal estrogen delivery systems had equivalent efficacy and similar safety profiles. Intranasal therapy was the patients' choice for long-term treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailDo estrogens effectively prevent osteoporosis-related fractures?
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Audan, M. et al

in Calcified Tissue International (2000), 67

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See detailComment évaluer le raisonnement géométrique ?
Jehin, Monique ULg; Chenu, Florent ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (3-4), 67-85

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See detailLa station de l'Hermitage à Huccorgne: un habitat gravettien de plein-air en Belgique
Straus, Lawrence; Otte, Marcel ULg; Noiret, Pierre ULg et al

in Notae Praehistoricae (2000), 20

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See detailMass Transfer Across an Interface Induces Formation of Droplets in Lattice Systems
Pfennig, Andreas ULg

in Chemical Engineering Science (2000), 55(22), 5333-5339

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See detailActualité choisie du TIG et de la formation
Dantinne, Michaël ULg; Van Doosselaere, Denis

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (2000), (11),

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See detailRelative Accuracy of the Identification of Ovarian Structures in the Cow by Ultrasonography and Palpation Per Rectum
Hanzen, Christian ULg; Pieterse, M.; Szenci, Otto et al

in Veterinary Journal (2000), 159(2), 161-170

Manual palpation or ultrasonographic examination of the cow's genital tract are currently used by veterinarians involved in reproductive management, but knowledge of the potential and the limitations of ... [more ▼]

Manual palpation or ultrasonographic examination of the cow's genital tract are currently used by veterinarians involved in reproductive management, but knowledge of the potential and the limitations of both methods is important to obtain an optimal accuracy in the diagnosis of physiological and pathological ovarian structures. This review presents the main features of manual and ultrasonographic characteristics of follicles, corpora lutea (with or without a cavity), follicular and lutenized cysts and the reliability of the two methods is compared. Manual diagnosis of follicles <10 mm is rather inaccurate, but ultrasound offers the possibility to diagnose follicles <5 mm and to measure their inner diameter. The predictive values of the presence or absence of a corpus luteum as determined by palpation are similar (78 vs. 75%). Manual or ultrasonographic diagnosis of the growing or regressing corpus luteum is rather difficult. The positive predictive value of a mature corpus luteum diagnosed by ultrasonography is lower (87%) than the negative predictive value (92%). Compared to manual palpation, ultrasonography permits a better estimation of the number and to determine more precisely the size of the mature corpus luteum. The positive values for follicular cysts diagnosed by palpation or by ultrasonography are 66 and 74% respectively, and for luteal cysts, the values are 66 and 85%, respectively. Manual palpation or ultrasonography are useful tools to diagnose ovarian structures in the cow. The accuracy of such methods can be enhanced by securing information on the reproductive history of the animal, palpation of uterine horns, vaginal examination or progesterone determinations. [less ▲]

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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 detailEffectuer l'état des lieux, la réactivation et la rémédiation des bases de chimie à la charnière entre l'enseignement secondaire et l'Université sur http://www.ulg.ac.be/grptrans/
Müller, Robert; Cornélis, André; Cahay, René et al

in Bulletin de l'Association Belge des Professeurs de Physique et de Chimie (2000), (144), 30-40

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See detailLifetimes of metastable state in Sr II
Biémont, Emile ULg; Lidberg, J.; Mannervik, S. et al

in European Physical Journal D -- Atoms, Molecules, Clusters & Optical Physics (2000), 11

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See detail1re campagne de fouille à Chagar Bazar (Syrie)
Tunca, Önhan ULg; McMahon, A.; Baghdo, Abd el-Massih

in Orient-Express 2000/1 (2000)

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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 detailEffects of glucocorticoids on hepatic sensitivity to insulin and glucagon in man.
Dirlewanger, M.; Schneiter, P. H.; Paquot, Nicolas ULg et al

in Clinical Nutrition (2000), 19(1), 29-34

AIMS: This study was undertaken to determine the effects of a short-term dexamethasone treatment on hepatic sensitivities to insulin and glucagon. METHODS: Eleven healthy subjects were studied during one ... [more ▼]

AIMS: This study was undertaken to determine the effects of a short-term dexamethasone treatment on hepatic sensitivities to insulin and glucagon. METHODS: Eleven healthy subjects were studied during one or several of four protocols. In all protocols, somatostatin was infused continuously to inhibit pancreatic hormone secretion. In protocol 1, basal insulin was infused over 300 min while glucagon was infused at a rate of 0.5 mg/kg(-1)/min(-1)during 180 min, then at a rate of 1.5 ng/kg(-1)/min(-1)during 150 min. In protocol 2, the same experiment was performed after a 2 day treatment with 8 mg/day dexamethasone. In protocol 3, the two-step glucagon infusion was performed during insulin infusion at a rate aimed to reproduce the hyperinsulinemia observed during protocol 2. In protocol 4, continuous basal insulin and low glucagon (0.5 mg/kg(-1)/min(-1)) were infused over 330 min. RESULTS: In protocol 1, plasma glucose rose transiently by 2.0 +/- 0.3 mmol/l when the glucagon rate was increased and glucose production increased by 1.4 +/- 0.5 micromol/kg(-1)/min(-1). In protocol 2, the insulin infusion rate (1.85 +/- 0.36 nmol/kg(-1)/min(-1)) required to maintain glycemia was 3.3-fold higher than during protocol 1. Glucagon-induced stimulation of glycemia (by 1.47 +/- 0.5 mmol/l) and endogenous glucose production (by 0.8 +/- 0.3 micromol/kg(-1)/min(-1)) were blunted, but not abolished. In protocol 3, endogenous glucose production was suppressed by 75% by hyperinsulinemia and was not stimulated when the glucagon infusion rate was increased. In protocol 4, endogenous glucose production did not change significantly with time. CONCLUSION: These results indicate that high dose glucocorticoids induce a marked hepatic insulin resistance. Stimulation of glucose production by hyperglucagonemia was maintained in spite of hyperinsulinemia which can be attributed to either hepatic insulin resistance and/or increased hepatic glucagon sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailRelationship between the drift of macroinvertebrates and the activity of brown trout in a small stream
Giroux, F.; Ovidio, Michaël ULg; Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Journal of Fish Biology (2000), 56(5), 1248-1257

Brown trout Saline trutta were most active in a small stream at night. dusk and dawn when drift rate was highest, but correlations between hourly drift rates and the trout's activity varied substantially ... [more ▼]

Brown trout Saline trutta were most active in a small stream at night. dusk and dawn when drift rate was highest, but correlations between hourly drift rates and the trout's activity varied substantially between individuals, between different dates for a single individual, and between different periods of the daily cycle. On some occasions. the trout were responsive to the total drift rate, either at night or during the day, and on others to the largest drifting organisms only (terrestrial organisms, adults of Ephemeroptera, Diptera and Trichoptera). The study supports the idea that trout adapt their activity pattern to the abundance of drifting prey, either as generalists towards any organism, or as specialists towards the largest ones. (C) 2000 The Fisheries Society of the British Isles. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics of the iron moment in Dy-Fe and Dy-FeCo amorphous alloys studied by X-ray magnetic circular dichroism
Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg; Dhesi, S. S.; van der Laan, G. et al

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (2000), 220(1), 45-51

The local magnetic moment of Fe in Dy-Fe and Dy-FeCo amorphous alloys has been studied using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). The Fe orbital and spin magnetic ... [more ▼]

The local magnetic moment of Fe in Dy-Fe and Dy-FeCo amorphous alloys has been studied using X-ray absorption spectroscopy and X-ray magnetic circular dichroism (XMCD). The Fe orbital and spin magnetic moments have been obtained for a range of alloy compositions by applying the sum rules to the XMCD spectra. The room temperature variations of the average components of the Fe moments as a function of Dy concentration and with the substitution of Fe by Co have been determined. A sharp reversal of the total magnetic moment was found at 28 +/- 1 at% Dy for both alloys. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-clinics. Le medicament du mois. La moxonidine (Moxon).
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 61-3

Moxonidine (Moxon, Solvay Pharma) is the first member of a new class of centrally-acting antihypertensive agents. The selective activation of central I1 imidazoline receptors results in an inhibition of ... [more ▼]

Moxonidine (Moxon, Solvay Pharma) is the first member of a new class of centrally-acting antihypertensive agents. The selective activation of central I1 imidazoline receptors results in an inhibition of peripheral sympathetic activity and produces arterial vasodilatation. Moxonidine is indicated in the treatment of essential arterial hypertension, at a usual daily dose of 0.4 mg (initial dose of 0.2 mg/day), in one administration per day. Its tolerance profile is better than that of other centrally-acting antihypertensive agents which stimulate alpha-2 adrenergic receptors, and similar to that of medications of other classes. As monotherapy, the antihypertensive efficacy of moxonidine is similar to that of most other antihypertensive agents. In case of insufficient response, moxonidine may be associated with other antihypertensive compounds, which leads to a better efficacy with no deterioration of its good tolerance profile. [less ▲]

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See detailNerve biopsy: indications and contribution to the diagnosis of peripheral neuropathy. The experience of the Born Bunge Foundation University of Antwerp and University of Liege between 1987 and 1997.
Deprez, Manuel ULg; Ceuterick-de Groote, C.; Schoenen, Jean ULg et al

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (2000), 100(3), 162-6

We reviewed 355 nerve biopsies analysed at the Laboratories of Neuropathology of the Born-Bunge Foundation/University of Antwerp (BBF/UIA) and University of Liege (ULg) between 1987 and 1997. We examined ... [more ▼]

We reviewed 355 nerve biopsies analysed at the Laboratories of Neuropathology of the Born-Bunge Foundation/University of Antwerp (BBF/UIA) and University of Liege (ULg) between 1987 and 1997. We examined the indications for nerve biopsy, the yield of the procedure, and the influence of clinical and neuropathological parameters. Contributory biopsies accounted for 35.5% and 47.3% respectively at ULg and BBF/UIA laboratories: of these, one third showed specific histological findings, the majority being informative only when combined with the relevant clinical data. The profile of indications for nerve biopsy was roughly comparable in both laboratories. The search for an inflammatory neuropathy prompted 35-40% of all biopsies with more than 50% of specimens being informative in this indication. The lowest yield (20%) was obtained among the nerve biopsies performed in the absence of any presumptive aetiology. These accounted for 22-33% of all cases. Inadequate surgical resection, delays in transport or processing errors precluded histological study of 4% (BBF/UIA) to 8% (ULg) of the specimens. We conclude that nerve biopsies should be performed by experienced surgeons and handled in specialised laboratories. Only a relatively small number of causes of neuropathy can be diagnosed on the basis of histology alone. More often, contributory biopsies will result from the combination of non-specific suggestive histological features with relevant clinical information. The diagnostic yield of nerve biopsy is function of careful patient selection and close collaboration between the clinician and the neuropathologist. [less ▲]

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See detailVitamines anti-oxydantes dans la prevention des maladies cardio-vasculaires. 1ere partie: Le point sur les etudes epidemiologiques.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 11-8

The hypothesis of the atherogenic role of oxidized. LDL lipoproteins and the observation of the longevity of individuals on a "mediterranean diet" led to the concept that antioxidant vitamins may exert ... [more ▼]

The hypothesis of the atherogenic role of oxidized. LDL lipoproteins and the observation of the longevity of individuals on a "mediterranean diet" led to the concept that antioxidant vitamins may exert cardiovascular protective effects. In this first article, we summarize the results of the main epidemiological studies which analyzed the influence of dietary intakes (or resulting plasma concentrations) in vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), vitamin A (beta-carotene) or vitamin C (ascorbic acid). The three types of studies available in the literature provided quite heterogeneous results, in favour of a protective role of antioxidant vitamins as far as cross-cultural and most prospective observational studies were concerned, but rather negative when considering case-control studies. However, in general, epidemiological studies tended to support, a beneficial role of these antioxidant vitamins to prevent cardiovascular diseases, at least in some subgroups of individuals. [less ▲]

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See detail“E andè drétt u n s va invéll”: Percorsi di Raffaello Baldini
Benzoni, Pietro ULg

in Studi novecenteschi (2000), XXVII(59), 7-57

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See detailComparaison des treillis classiques de type Warren, Pratt et Howe : optimisation et prédimensionnement sur base d'indicateurs morphologiques
Latteur, Pierre ULg; Samyn, Philippe; De Wilde, Patrick

in Revue Française de Génie Civil (2000), 4

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See detailIncreased synovial fluid levels of interleukin-12, sCD25 and sTNF-RII/sTNF-RI ratio delineate a cytokine pattern characteristic of immune arthropathies
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg; Kaye, O. et al

in European Cytokine Network (2000), 11(4), 669-676

The assessment of cytokines and their soluble receptors in the synovial fluid (SF) of inflammatory arthropathies may be useful in studying pathogenetic and immunoregulatory mechanisms underlying different ... [more ▼]

The assessment of cytokines and their soluble receptors in the synovial fluid (SF) of inflammatory arthropathies may be useful in studying pathogenetic and immunoregulatory mechanisms underlying different diseases. The aim of this work was to study the cytokine network occurring in inflammatory arthropathies and to identify a cytokine profile which is characteristic of an immune-mediated synovitis. Levels of IL-12, as well as IL-4, IL-8, IL-10, IFN-gamma, sCD25, TNF-alpha and its soluble receptors were measured in the SF of various arthropathies, i.e. non-inflammatory arthropathies: "control" meniscus pathology (n = 21), osteoarthritis (n = 22) and chronic crystal arthritis (n = 9); a non-immune inflammatory arthropathy: acute crystal arthritis (n = 11); 2 immune inflammatory arthropathies: reactive arthritis (ReA) (n = 23) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (n = 44). SF levels of IL-10, TNF-alpha and sTNF-RII were found to be increased in the three inflammatory arthropathies compared to the "control" meniscus group. Within the inflammatory group, acute crystal arthritis was characterized by a significantly higher sTNF-RI/TNF-alpha ratio and ReA by a significantly lower sTNF-RII/TNF-alpha ratio compared to the two other diseases. The two immune arthropathies, RA and ReA, were characterized by increased SF levels of IL-12, sCD25 and of the sTNF-RII/sTNF-RI ratio. ReA differed however from RA by showing lower IL-8 and IL-4 levels, higher IFN-gamma levels and a higher IL-12/IL-10 ratio, suggesting a more prevalent Th1 profile in ReA SF. Our data indicate that the measurement of SF cytokines and soluble receptors may discriminate between each inflammatory arthropathy and might be useful in clinical practice. [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 detailLong-Term Protection Against Bovine Leukaemia Virus Replication In Cattle And Sheep
Kerkhofs, P.; GATOT, Jean-Stéphane ULg; Knapen, K. et al

in Journal of General Virology (2000), 81

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See detailSynovial fluid matrix metalloproteinase-3 levels are increased in inflammatory arthritides whether erosive or not
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg; Kaye, O. et al

in Rheumatology (2000), 39(12), 1357-1365

OBJECTIVE: To study the levels of matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) in the knee synovial fluid (SF) of inflammatory arthropathies (rheumatoid arthritis whether erosive or not, reactive arthritis, acute ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To study the levels of matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3) in the knee synovial fluid (SF) of inflammatory arthropathies (rheumatoid arthritis whether erosive or not, reactive arthritis, acute crystal arthritis) and degenerative arthropathies [chronic crystal disease, osteoarthritis and (control) meniscus pathology] and to correlate them with the degree of joint destruction, local inflammatory and immune parameters and systemic markers of inflammation. METHODS: SF levels of MMP-3 (precursor, active and tissue inhibitor of MMP-bound forms), tumour necrosis factor (TNF) alpha, soluble TNF receptors I and II, interleukin (IL)-6 and soluble IL-6 receptor were measured by ELISA in 107 inflammatory and 53 degenerative arthropathies. RESULTS: MMP-3 levels in SF were (i) significantly higher in inflammatory than in degenerative arthropathies; (ii) not related to the degree of joint destruction; (iii) significantly correlated with the levels of all SF markers tested and with erythrocyte sedimentation rate and serum levels of C-reactive protein and fibrinogen. CONCLUSION: Increased MMP-3 levels in SF are found in inflammatory arthropathies and are not specific for erosive joint diseases. MMP-3 in SF is therefore a potential candidate for the assessment of the inflammatory process in joints. However, the exclusive determination of the active form could indicate the degree of joint destruction. [less ▲]

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Boxho, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin d'information du Conseil provincial de Liège de l'Ordre des Médecins (2000)

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See detailL'image du mois. Thrombose de la veine porte
Ancion, G.; Delwaide, Jean ULg; Boverie, Jacques ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(8), 761-762

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See detailLa grippe: de la prevention vaccinale au traitement antiviral.
Nkoghe, D.; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(1), 19-23

Influenza is a highly infectious disease responsible for dangerous epidemics, especially in patients at high risk. The vaccine exerts a valuable protective effect estimated up to 70% and is still ... [more ▼]

Influenza is a highly infectious disease responsible for dangerous epidemics, especially in patients at high risk. The vaccine exerts a valuable protective effect estimated up to 70% and is still considered as the key-approach against influenza. Antiviral agents of the first generation (amantadine, rimantadine, ribavirine) have limited use because of poor tolerance and occurrence of resistance. Zanamivir or Relenza, marketed by Glaxo Wellcome, is a new virostatic drug acting as a neuraminidase inhibitor. It prevents the release of new viruses and so stop the propagation of the infection. It must be taken orally by inhalation within 48 hours after the onset of symptoms. The treatment lasts 5 days (10 mg twice daily). Its efficacy has been demonstrated in controlled clinical trials, and its tolerance is generally excellent. However, caution is recommended in patients with asthma and chronic bronchitis because of the potential risk of bronchoconstriction. No resistance has been detected until now. Zanamivir is active on all strains of influenza A and B viruses. [less ▲]

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See detailConvenient Genotyping of Six Myostatin Mutations Causing Double-Muscling in Cattle Using a Multiplex Oligonucleotide Ligation Assay
Karim, Latifa ULg; Coppieters, Wouter ULg; Grobet, Luc ULg et al

in Animal Genetics (2000), 31(6), 396-9

We herein describe a procedure that allows for simultaneous genotyping of six loss-of-function mutations in the bovine myostatin gene associated with the double-muscling phenotype. The proposed method ... [more ▼]

We herein describe a procedure that allows for simultaneous genotyping of six loss-of-function mutations in the bovine myostatin gene associated with the double-muscling phenotype. The proposed method relies on a multiplex oligonucleotide ligation assay and detection of the fluorescently labelled products using automatic sequencers. [less ▲]

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See detailLa prescription de l'action publique
Jacobs, Ann ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2000)

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See detailMonitoring des animaux vivants : exemple d’un échantillonnage pour la détection des PCBs et des dioxines chez les bovins de boucherie en Belgique
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Boelaert, F.; Van Vlanderen, I. et al

in Epidémiologie et Santé Animale (2000), 38

In February 1999, a poisoning episode broke out in several industrial poultry farms in Belgium. The source of this contamination was found to be a stock of recycled fat that had been delivered by a firm ... [more ▼]

In February 1999, a poisoning episode broke out in several industrial poultry farms in Belgium. The source of this contamination was found to be a stock of recycled fat that had been delivered by a firm to several compound feed producers, between 19 and 31 January 1999. A very good correlation was observed between dioxins (PCDFs and PCDDs) and PCBs. Consequently a contamination mainly by PCBs was hypothesized. This finding made it possible to detect contaminated animals and animal products by dosage of the PCBs, more specifically by the 7 congeners with numbers 28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153 and 180. The advantages of the dosage of PCBs compared to dioxins were its rapid test protocol and the fact that a larger number of laboratories could participate. In the cattle sector, 409 herds (0,81 p. cent) were submitted to the risk of feed contamination. The methodology used to detect a PCBs/dioxins contamination in the Belgian cattle population that was not submitted to the risk, is presented. This population is directly or indirectly destined for human consumption. It consisted in the systematic sampling of all calve fattening stations and all lots of exported bovines, and in the random sampling of slaughter cattle. This methodology is compared to the approach described in directive 96/23/CE. [less ▲]

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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 detailEffects of cold and warm ischemia on the mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation of swine lung.
Willet, Katty; Detry, Olivier ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg et al

in Transplantation (2000), 69(4), 582-588

BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate the consequence of warm and cold ischemia on lung mitochondria in order to define bioenergetic limits within lung could be suitable for pulmonary ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The aim of the study was to investigate the consequence of warm and cold ischemia on lung mitochondria in order to define bioenergetic limits within lung could be suitable for pulmonary transplantation. METHODS: Twenty-two pigs underwent lung harvesting after lung flush with Euro-Collins solution. Mitochondria were isolated from fresh lungs, from lungs submitted to 24 or 48 hr of cold ischemia, to 30 or 45 min of warm ischemia, and to 30 min of warm ischemia followed by 24 or 48 hr of cold ischemia. Mitochondrial oxidative phosphorylation parameters were determined in isolated mitochondria by in vitro measurement of oxygen consumption. RESULTS: Relative to controls, mitochondria submitted to cold ischemia showed an alteration in the oxidoreductase activities of the respiratory chain but no membrane permeability alteration. After 48 hr of cold ischemia, there was a decrease in the yield of the oxidative phosphorylation. Thirty minutes of warm ischemia did not alter the mitochondrial respiratory parameters. However, lung submitted to 45 min of warm ischemia showed mitochondrial damage as a decrease in the oxidative phosphorylation efficiency and ADP availability but no change in the oxidoreductase activities. Relative to cold ischemia alone, 30 min of warm ischemia preceding cold ischemia promoted no significant change in the respiratory parameters. CONCLUSIONS: On bioenergetic basis, lung submitted to warm ischemia could be suitable for transplantation if the warm ischemia duration does not exceed 30 min. This could be a major concern in lung procurement from non-heart beating donors. [less ▲]

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See detailQuoi de neuf dans le domaine de l'obesite?
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(7), 756-9

We will briefly comment on some interesting topics presented at the 10th European Congress on Obesity (ECO, Antwerp, Belgium, 24-27 May 2000). Special attention has been focused upon: 1) the multi ... [more ▼]

We will briefly comment on some interesting topics presented at the 10th European Congress on Obesity (ECO, Antwerp, Belgium, 24-27 May 2000). Special attention has been focused upon: 1) the multi-endocrine function of the adipocyte cell; 2) the role of gene-environment interactions; 3) the regulatory mechanisms of energy balance; 4) the neuroendocrine hypothesis for the development of visceral adiposity; 5) the numerous complications associated with obesity, more particularly type 2 diabetes; and, finally, 6) obesity prevention, especially in childhood, and new pharmacological perspectives for the treatment of obesity. [less ▲]

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See detailDoppler ultrasonography and single-fiber laser Doppler flowmetry for measurement of hind limb blood flow in anesthetized horses
Raisis, Anthea L; Young, Lesley E; Taylor, Polly M et al

in American Journal of Veterinary Research (2000), 61(3), 286-290

OBJECTIVE: To use Doppler ultrasonography and single-fiber laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) to evaluate blood flow in the dependent and nondependent hind limbs of anesthetized horses and to evaluate changes ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To use Doppler ultrasonography and single-fiber laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) to evaluate blood flow in the dependent and nondependent hind limbs of anesthetized horses and to evaluate changes in femoral arterial blood flow and microvascular skeletal muscle perfusion in response to administration of phenylephrine hydrochloride or dobutamine hydrochloride. ANIMALS: 6 healthy adult horses. PROCEDURE: Horses were anesthetized and positioned in left lateral recumbency. Doppler ultrasonography was used to measure velocity and volumetric flow in the femoral vessels. Single-fiber LDF was used to measure relative microvascular perfusion at a single site in the semimembranosus muscles. Phenylephrine or dobutamine was then administered to decrease or increase femoral arterial blood flow, and changes in blood flow and microvascular perfusion were recorded. RESULTS: Administration of phenylephrine resulted in significant decreases in femoral arterial and venous blood flows and cardiac output and significant increases in mean aortic blood pressure, systemic vascular resistance, and PCV. Administration of dobutamine resulted in significant increases in femoral arterial blood flow, mean aortic blood pressure, and PCV. Significant changes in microvascular perfusion were not detected. CONCLUSION AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Results suggest that Doppler ultrasonography and single-fiber LDF can be used to study blood flows in the hind limbs of anesthetized horses. However, further studies are required to determine why changes in femoral arterial blood flows were not associated with changes in microvascular perfusion [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation thérapeutique précoce par tomographie à émission de positons
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg; Fassotte, Marie-France ULg et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (2000), 58

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See detailErythropoiesis and renal transplant pregnancy.
Magee, L. A.; von Dadelszen, P.; Darley, J. et al

in Clinical Transplantation (2000), 14(2), 127-35

OBJECTIVE: To examine erythropoiesis in renal transplant pregnancies. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 30 renal transplant cases and 30 age, smoking and parity-matched healthy controls with normal ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To examine erythropoiesis in renal transplant pregnancies. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of 30 renal transplant cases and 30 age, smoking and parity-matched healthy controls with normal index pregnancy. Retrospective chart review and assay of frozen antenatal serum (for serum erythropoietin concentration [serum EPO]), transferrin receptor protein [TfR], ferritin, folate and B12) were performed. The linear regression equation for normal pregnancy controls was used to calculate predicted [serum EPO] and the observed/predicted (O/P) log [serum EPO] was plotted. The relationship between [serum EPO] and haemoglobin (Hb) among transplant cases was considered to be different from that among controls if the slope of the O/P log [serum EPO] versus Hb regression was significantly different from zero. RESULTS: The transplant (14 cadaveric) to conception interval was (median [range]) 33.5 [4, 189] months. Immunosuppressants were azathioprine (n = 25), cyclosporine (n = 22) and/or prednisone (n = 25). Cases were more often primiparous (20 vs. 7 [controls]; p = 0.01), had pre-existent hypertension (20 vs. 0 [controls]; p < 0.001), developed new/increased hypertension or pre-eclampsia (28 vs. 0 [controls]; p < 0.001) and an antenatal rise in creatinine (14 vs. 2 [controls]; p < 0.001). In early pregnancy, cases had similar EPO (15.2 [2.6, 84.6] vs. 15.7 [6.4, 41.0] [controls] U/L) but lower Hb (101 [65, 129] vs. 116 [106, 150] g/L; p < 0.001). Twenty-two (73%) cases had Hb < 100 g/L (vs. 4 [controls]; p < 0.0001); Hb was comparable at 6 wk postpartum. With advancing gestational age (GA), Hb remained stable and serum EPO increased in both groups. The slope of the O/P log [serum EPO] versus Hb for transplant cases was significantly different from zero within both the 17-28 wk (slope +/- SEM: 0.010 +/- 0.002; p < 0.0001) and the 29-42 wk GA categories (0.006 +/- 0.003; p = 0.02). Cases showed smaller rises in serum TfR (change 481 [- 1471, 2780]) vs. 1119 [- 698, 4195] [controls] ng/mL; p = 0.005). CONCLUSIONS: Anaemia frequently complicates renal transplant pregnancies, in which serum EPO is inappropriately low and the rate of erythropoiesis blunted. [less ▲]

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Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Bulletin de l'Académie Royale de Langue et de Littérature Françaises (2000), LXXVIII(1-2-3-4), 39-48

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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 detailInternational acquisitions and shareholder wealth: evidence from the Netherlands
Corhay, Albert ULg; Tourani-Rad, Alireza

in International Review of Financial Analysis (2000), 9(2), 163-174

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See detailExample of application of the new strategy proposed for the validation of chromatographic bioanalytical methods
Chapuzet, E.; Mercier, N.; Bervoas-Martin, S. et al

in STP Pharma Pratiques (2000), 10(2), 79-101

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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 detailA homologous radioimmunoassay for quantification of insulin-like growth factor-binding protein-2 in blood from cattle.
Vleurick, Lieve; Renaville, Robert ULg; VandeHaar, M. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2000), 83(3), 452-8

Insulin-like growth factor-I and -II (IGF-I, IGF-II) circulate in biological fluids bound to six different IGF-binding proteins that regulate IGF bioactivity. The IGF-binding protein-2 is regulated by ... [more ▼]

Insulin-like growth factor-I and -II (IGF-I, IGF-II) circulate in biological fluids bound to six different IGF-binding proteins that regulate IGF bioactivity. The IGF-binding protein-2 is regulated by growth hormones, and its concentration depends on nutrition and physiological state. Specific antibodies directed against bovine IGF-binding protein-2 were produced, and IGF-binding protein-2 levels in bovine blood samples were quantified by radioimmunoassay. Parallel displacement curves showed strong cross-reactivity with bovine and ovine plasma, were low with porcine plasma, and no cross-reactivity with rat or chicken plasma. Addition of IGF-I or -II to a control pool of bovine plasma did not significantly alter control IGF-binding protein-2 values in a radioimmunoassay. Six nycthemeral periods, determined for three young bulls bled on two occasions, showed that IGF-binding protein-2 plasma levels were stable throughout the day; two or three samples were sufficient to characterize the animal. Cows treated with recombinant bovine somatotropin (bST) had significantly lower serum levels of IGF-binding protein-2 than did control cows. Furthermore, IGF-binding protein-2 levels were dramatically increased at the onset of lactation. This radioimmunoassay for bovine IGF-binding protein-2, which enables quantitative assessment of IGF-binding protein-2 concentration in cattle, confirmed that IGF-binding protein-2 concentrations are depressed by administration of bST, enhanced after calving, and showed absence of diurnal variation. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structure of a D-aminopeptidase from Ochrobactrum anthropi, a new member of the 'penicillin-recognizing enzyme' family.
Bompard-Gilles, C.; Remaut, H.; Villeret, V. et al

in Structure (2000), 8(9), 971-80

BACKGROUND: beta-Lactam compounds are the most widely used antibiotics. They inactivate bacterial DD-transpeptidases, also called penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs), involved in cell-wall biosynthesis ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: beta-Lactam compounds are the most widely used antibiotics. They inactivate bacterial DD-transpeptidases, also called penicillin-binding proteins (PBPs), involved in cell-wall biosynthesis. The most common bacterial resistance mechanism against beta-lactam compounds is the synthesis of beta-lactamases that hydrolyse beta-lactam rings. These enzymes are believed to have evolved from cell-wall DD-peptidases. Understanding the biochemical and mechanistic features of the beta-lactam targets is crucial because of the increasing number of resistant bacteria. DAP is a D-aminopeptidase produced by Ochrobactrum anthropi. It is inhibited by various beta-lactam compounds and shares approximately 25% sequence identity with the R61 DD-carboxypeptidase and the class C beta-lactamases. RESULTS: The crystal structure of DAP has been determined to 1.9 A resolution using the multiple isomorphous replacement (MIR) method. The enzyme folds into three domains, A, B and C. Domain A, which contains conserved catalytic residues, has the classical fold of serine beta-lactamases, whereas domains B and C are both antiparallel eight-stranded beta barrels. A loop of domain C protrudes into the substrate-binding site of the enzyme. CONCLUSIONS: Comparison of the biochemical properties and the structure of DAP with PBPs and serine beta-lactamases shows that although the catalytic site of the enzyme is very similar to that of beta-lactamases, its substrate and inhibitor specificity rests on residues of domain C. DAP is a new member of the family of penicillin-recognizing proteins (PRPs) and, at the present time, its enzymatic specificity is clearly unique. [less ▲]

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See detailLe désistement d'appel et l'acquiescement sont-ils (encore) prohibés en matière de divorce
Boularbah, Hakim ULg

in Divorce : Actualité Juridique, Sociale et Fiscale (2000)

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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 detailRiboflavin (vitamin B2) as a prophylactic treatment for migraine
Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Medical Updates on Therapy, Diagnosis and Prevention (2000), 2

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See detailEcological, morphological and allozymic differentiation between diploid and tetraploid knapweeds (Centaurea jacea) from a contact zone in the Belgian Ardennes
Hardy, O. J.; Vanderhoeven, SONIA ULg; De Loose, M. et al

in New Phytologist (2000), 146(2), 281-290

In the northeastern part of Belgium, the Centaurea jacea complex shows extensive morphological variation and is represented by a diploid (2n = 22) and a tetraploid (2n = 44) cytotype. Polysomic ... [more ▼]

In the northeastern part of Belgium, the Centaurea jacea complex shows extensive morphological variation and is represented by a diploid (2n = 22) and a tetraploid (2n = 44) cytotype. Polysomic inheritance of allozyme markers in the tetraploids, suggesting autopolyploidy, is here demonstrated for the first time. In order to test whether the tno cytotypes occupy distinct habitats and possess different gene pools, patterns of allozymic and morphological variation were investigated in relation to ploidy level and site characteristics in 26 populations from the Belgian Ardennes. The two cytotypes showed a parapatric distribution, the diploids occurring at higher elevations (mostly above 500 m) than the tetraploids (mostly below 500 m). Three mixed populations were found near the contact zone of the two cytotypes. Within the mixed populations no triploid plant and no evidence for gene flow between cytotypes were found, despite widely overlapping flowering periods. The two cytotypes can be distinguished on the basis of morphological traits and enzymatic gene pools. The congruence of morphological and allozymic variation with chromosome numbers suggests a secondary contact between the two cytotypes with limited gene flow between them. The origin and persistence of the parapatric distribution are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailHydrodynamical and ecosystem processes in ice-covered seas of the Southern and Northern Hemispheres
Goffart, Anne ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg

in Journal of Marine Systems (2000), 27

Preface of the 30th International Liège Colloquium on Ocean Hydrodynamics Liège, Belgium (May 4–8 1998) : Hydrodynamical and ecosystem processes in ice-covered seas of the Southern and Northern ... [more ▼]

Preface of the 30th International Liège Colloquium on Ocean Hydrodynamics Liège, Belgium (May 4–8 1998) : Hydrodynamical and ecosystem processes in ice-covered seas of the Southern and Northern Hemispheres. Issue of JMS edited by Anne Goffart and Jean-Henri Hecq. [less ▲]

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See detailL'humanisme face au terrorisme
Seron, Vincent ULg

in Cahiers de défense sociale (2000)

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See detailUnimolecular reaction dynamics from kinetic energy release distributions. VI. Energy-selected ions
Lorquet, Jean-Claude ULg

in International Journal of Mass Spectrometry (2000), 201(1-3), 59-67

The kinetic energy distribution (KERD) determined by Brand et al. [Chem. Phys. 76 (1983) 111] for the iodine loss from energy-selected iodopropane ions has been analyzed by the maximum entropy method. The ... [more ▼]

The kinetic energy distribution (KERD) determined by Brand et al. [Chem. Phys. 76 (1983) 111] for the iodine loss from energy-selected iodopropane ions has been analyzed by the maximum entropy method. The entropy deficiency DS has been determined and the value of e(-DS), which measures the efficiency of phase-space sampling, has been found equal to about 96%, thus corresponding to a nearly fully statistical situation. The phase space theory of Klots describes a slightly more constrained situation with e(-DS) ≃ 77%. A rapid determination of the sampled fraction of phase space is possible from energy-selected KERDs, based on the fact that there exists a direct relationship between the efficiency e(-DS) and the reduced maximum of the KERD ε(red)/(M) = ε(M) (E)/<ε>(E). The product ε(M)(E) P(ε(M)/E) or ε(red)/(M) P(ε(red)/(M)) holds the same property. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple method for neutrophils isolaton in horse
Votion, Dominique ULg; Harmegnies, N. F.; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (2000), 27

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See detailPerformance of Belgian general practitioners: a "best practice approach based on patient level data"
Fecher-Bourgeois, Fabienne ULg; Gillet, Pierre ULg

in Cahiers Economiques de Bruxelles (2000), 167(3ème trimestre 2000), 381-396

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See detailRespiratory responses of mature horses to intravenous lobeline bolus
Marlin, D. J.; Roberts, C. A.; Schroter, R. C. et al

in Equine Veterinary Journal (2000), 32(3), 200-207

The respiratory stimulant lobeline has been used in equine clinical practice to increase inspiratory and expiratory airflow rates at rest in orderto facilitate investigation of both lower and upper airway ... [more ▼]

The respiratory stimulant lobeline has been used in equine clinical practice to increase inspiratory and expiratory airflow rates at rest in orderto facilitate investigation of both lower and upper airway function. Some of the responses to lobeline in the pony have been reported, but the detailed time course, effect of dose, possible side effects and reproducibility associated with lobeline administration have not been described in the horse. Respiratory airflow rates and oesophageal pre s s u re were measured with a Fleisch No. 5 pneumotachometer and lightweight facemask and amicrotip pressure transducer catheter, respectively. The output of the Fleisch pneumotachometer was calibrated for flow rates up to ± 70 l/s. Seven mature horses with no clinical signs of respiratory disease were studied. Investigations were conducted to determine: (1) the responses to different doses of lobeline (0.15, 0.20, 0.25 and 0.30 mg/kg bwt) as a rapid i.v. bolus (6 horses); (2) arterial blood gases during and after lobeline administration (0.20 mg/kg bwt; 3 horses); and (3) the reproducibility of lobeline-stimulated hyperpnoea (5 horses; 2 doses of 0.20 mg/kg bwt lobeline, 15 min apart). All horses tolerated the lobeline-stimulated hyperpnoea well, although one always coughed or snorted at the onset. Mild tremor was noted following the highest dose in several horses. Apnoea of approximately 40 s was common after the hyperpnoea. Both tidal volume (VT) and frequency (fR) increased with lobeline dose. During peak hyperpnoea at a dose of 0.30 mg/kg bwt, peak inspired flow rate (PIF), peak expired flow rate (PEF) and minute ventilation (.VE) were mean ± s.e. 41 ± 5 l/s, 61 ± 10 l/s and 920 ± 99 l/min, respectively. The hyperpnoea also caused marked changes in arterial PaO2, PaCO2 and pHa at 90 s after lobeline (0.20 mg/kg bwt) administration (mean ± s.e. 146.0 ± 6.9 mmHg, 20.6 ± 0.8 mmHg and 7.707 ± 0.020, respectively) compared to at rest (mean ± s.e. 104.0 ± 4.0 mmHg, 50.6 ± 2.8 mmHg and 7.432 ± 0.012). Dynamic lung compliance (Cdyn) was unaltered by lobeline administration. The lobeline-induced hyperpnoea was highly reproducible, with no significant difference in any of the parameters during 2 stimulations 15 min apart. Lobeline induced highly reproducible responses without any apparent adverse effects and may be useful in the investigation of pulmonary function in healthy horses and those with airway disease. [less ▲]

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See detailRésultats d'une enquête internationale en mathématiques
Monseur, Christian ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (3-4), 13-20

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See detailL'écriture en actes.
Baye, Ariane ULg; Denooz, Régine; Vanhulle, Sabine

in Lettre de la DFLM (La) (2000), 26

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See detailThe Arabidopsis Thaliana Pin1at Gene Encodes A Single-Domain Phosphorylation-Dependent Peptidyl Prolyl Cis/Trans Isomerase
Landrieu, I.; De Veylder, L.; Fruchart, Js. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2000), 275(14),

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See detailHistory is a fiction. Quentin Legrand talks with Johan Muyle and CarlHavelange
Havelange, Carl ULg

in Janus. Magazine on art and culture (2000), 2000(4), 7-13

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See detailL'influence de l'article 6 de la Convention européenne des droits de l'homme sur la procédure pénale belge
Jacobs, Ann ULg; Berbuto, Sandra

in Revue de Droit International et de Droit Comparé (2000)

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See detailPeut-on aider Rosetta sans assassiner Mozart ?
Crahay, Marcel ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (3-4), 196-199

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See detailA natural dominant negative P2X1 receptor due to deletion of a single amino acid residue.
Oury, Cécile ULg; Toth-Zsamboki, Emese; Van Geet, Chris et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2000)

We describe a naturally occurring dominant negative P2X1 mutant. This mutant lacks one leucine within a stretch of four leucine residues in its second transmembrane domain (TM2) (amino acids 351-354 ... [more ▼]

We describe a naturally occurring dominant negative P2X1 mutant. This mutant lacks one leucine within a stretch of four leucine residues in its second transmembrane domain (TM2) (amino acids 351-354). Confocal microscopy revealed proper plasma membrane localization of the mutant in stably transfected HEK293 cells. Nevertheless, voltage-clamped HEK293 cells expressing mutated P2X1 channels failed to develop an ATP or ADP-induced current. Furthermore, when co-expressed with the wild type receptor in Xenopus oocytes, the mutated protein exhibited a dose-dependent dominant negative effect on the normal ATP or ADP-induced P2X1 channel activity. These data indicate that deletion of a single apolar amino acid residue at the inner border of the P2X1 TM2 generates a nonfunctional channel. [less ▲]

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See detailAn Original integration scheme. Application to a simple shear test of anisotropic material
de Montleau, P.; Habraken, Anne ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2000)

Finite element simulations involving large deformations and large displacements imply the setting up of a precise kinematic for the integration scheme. Moreover, anisotropic mechanical behaviors have to ... [more ▼]

Finite element simulations involving large deformations and large displacements imply the setting up of a precise kinematic for the integration scheme. Moreover, anisotropic mechanical behaviors have to be expressed in an appropriate local reference frame. In the present paper, a computational procedure is derived from a particular velocity gradient de¯nition. The implementation in the ¯nite element code Lagamine developed in the M&S department is described. An application to a simple shear test is proposed. A sinusoidal behavior of the shear component stress is emphasized. It is due to the anisotropic yield locus and appears in the case of a saturated isotropic hardening law. [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 detailNeospora caninum, un nouvel agent abortif chez les bovins
Losson, Bertrand ULg; Bourdoiseau, G.

in Bulletin des Groupements Techniques Vétérinaires (2000), 7

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See detailLe potentiel evoque cognitif P300 (II): variabilite interindividuelle et application clinique en psychopathologie.
Hansenne, Michel ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (2000), 30(4), 211-31

The P300 wave is one of the cognitive components of the event-related potential (ERP) that is used to investigate the cognitive processes, and which can be used to study patient populations with a variety ... [more ▼]

The P300 wave is one of the cognitive components of the event-related potential (ERP) that is used to investigate the cognitive processes, and which can be used to study patient populations with a variety of psychiatric disorders. Its clinical utility has been increased by the identification of factors that contribute to the variability in its amplitude and latency. However, its value as a diagnostic index has not been entirely established. It can provide a useful recording of patients' information processing, and indicate the severity of the clinical state and its possible evolution. It can also assist in determining what therapeutic approach to adopt. In the present review, the findings in the literature concerning interindividual variation in the P300 wave are first described; several variables significantly influence the amplitude and latency of this wave, such as age, gender, intelligence and personality. Following this, the relevance of the data in the literature on the clinical applications of P300 in psychopathology is examined, including the studies undertaken to obtain an objective diagnostic index for mental disorders and also those carried out to assess the problems concerning the interpretation of information connected with the mental pathologies examined. P300-associated findings on dementia, schizophrenia, depression, alcoholism, drug addiction, anxiety disorders (panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and post-traumatic stress syndrome) and on personality disorders (schizoid, antisocial or borderline personality disorder) have been examined in detail. [less ▲]

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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 detailNew strategy for the validation of chromatographic bioanalytical methods
Chapuzet, E.; Mercier, N.; Bervoas-Martin, S. et al

in STP Pharma Pratiques (2000), 10(1), 21-38

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See detailNature et qualités de spatiocartes
Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2000), 38

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See detailThe internet: A global telecommunications solution?
Mathy, Laurent ULg; Edwards, C.; Hutchison, D.

in IEEE Network (2000), 14(4), 46--57

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See detailTropisetron in the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting.
Boogaerts, J G; Bardiau, Françoise ULg; Seidel, Laurence ULg et al

in Journal of Clinical Anesthesia (2000), 12(5), 402-8

STUDY OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of tropisetron, a selective 5-HT(3) receptor antagonist, in preventing nausea and vomiting in high-risk inpatients undergoing various surgical procedures. DESIGN ... [more ▼]

STUDY OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the efficacy of tropisetron, a selective 5-HT(3) receptor antagonist, in preventing nausea and vomiting in high-risk inpatients undergoing various surgical procedures. DESIGN: Prospective, open, nonrandomized, observational, interventional study. SETTING: Postanesthesia care unit, and surgical wards of the University Hospital Center, Charleroi. PATIENTS: A total of 1,132 elective surgical inpatients (>15 years of age) in two separate surveys. The first prospective survey covered all surgical adult inpatients (n = 671) after various surgical procedures over a 3-month period. A new 3-month survey was performed to assess the effectiveness of the preventive measure and included another 461 patients. INTERVENTIONS: Risk factors associated with nausea and vomiting were recorded in the first survey and used to establish an antiemetic policy. This consisted in the administration of tropisetron 2 mg intravenously after anesthesia induction, if two patient-related risk factors associated with high-risk surgery and general anesthesia were present. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: Nausea frequency and intensity, assessed every 4 hours using a visual analog scale (VAS), frequency and times of vomiting episodes and the need for rescue medication were recorded for 72 hours postoperatively. Nausea was experienced by 18.8% and vomiting by 9.8% of the patients in the first survey (211 high risk-patients of 671). In the second survey, 137 patients of 461, considered at high-risk received prophylactic tropisetron. The proportion of patients having nausea decreased to 11.1% (p,178 0.01) and vomiting episodes to 2.8% (p < 0.001). Twenty-six of the tropisetron-treated patients (19%) suffered subsequent postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV). Patient satisfaction with tropisetron was high. CONCLUSION: Prophylactic tropisetron can reduce the incidence of PONV in selected high-risk inpatients undergoing various types of surgical procedures. [less ▲]

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See detailA Fast Method To Predict Protein Interaction Sites From Sequences
Gallet, X.; Charloteaux, Benoît ULg; Thomas, Annick ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2000), 302(4), 917-26

A simple method for predicting residues involved in protein interaction sites is proposed. In the absence of any structural report, the procedure identifies linear stretches of sequences as "receptor ... [more ▼]

A simple method for predicting residues involved in protein interaction sites is proposed. In the absence of any structural report, the procedure identifies linear stretches of sequences as "receptor-binding domains" (RBDs) by analysing hydrophobicity distribution. The sequences of two databases of non-homologous interaction sites eliciting various biological activities were tested; 59-80 % were detected as RBDs. A statistical analysis of amino acid frequencies was carried out in known interaction sites and in predicted RBDs. RBDs were predicted from the 80,000 sequences of the Swissprot database. In both cases, arginine is the most frequently occurring residue. The RBD procedure can also detect residues involved in specific interaction sites such as the DNA-binding (95 % detected) and Ca-binding domains (83 % detected). We report two recent analyses; from the prediction of RBDs in sequences to the experimental demonstration of the functional activities. The examples concern a retroviral Gag protein and a penicillin-binding protein. We support that this method is a quick way to predict protein interaction sites from sequences and is helpful for guiding experiments such as site-specific mutageneses, two-hybrid systems or the synthesis of inhibitors. [less ▲]

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See detailTilted Peptides: A Motif For Membrane Destabilization (Hypothesis)
Brasseur, Robert ULg

in Molecular Membrane Biology (2000), 17(1), 31-40

Cell life depends on the dynamics of molecular processes: molecule folding, organelle building and transformations involving membrane fusion, protein activation and degradation. To carry out these ... [more ▼]

Cell life depends on the dynamics of molecular processes: molecule folding, organelle building and transformations involving membrane fusion, protein activation and degradation. To carry out these processes, the hydrophilic/hydrophobic interfaces of amphipathic systems such as membranes and native proteins must be disrupted. In the past decade, protein fragments acting in the disruption of interfaces have been evidenced: they are named the tilted or oblique peptides. Due to a peculiar distribution of hydrophobicity, they can disrupt hydrophobicity interfaces. Tilted peptides should be present in many proteins involved in various stages of cell life. This hypothesis overviews their discovery, describes how they are detected and discusses how they could be involved in dynamic biological processes. [less ▲]

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See detailVillers-le-Bouillet/Vaux-et-Borset : sauvetage d'une fosse néolithique au lieu-dit "A la Chapelle Blanche"
Delye, Emmanuel ULg; Delhaye, Donat; Roberti, Daniel

in Chronique de l'Archéologie Wallonne (2000), 8

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See detailLe principe de precaution et l'obligation d'action medicale
Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg

in Bulletin de l'Académie Nationale de Médecine (2000), 184(5), 937-43943-4

Since Antiquity, medicine has been based upon the principle of prudence. In recent years, the principle of precaution has stolen over the medical conscience and has especially been forced on doctors under ... [more ▼]

Since Antiquity, medicine has been based upon the principle of prudence. In recent years, the principle of precaution has stolen over the medical conscience and has especially been forced on doctors under pressure from a Society searching for a new Holy Grail; the utopia of zero risk and the fear for magical power of an omnipotent medicine. The principle of precaution should be capable of warding off all these evils of techno-scientific progress applied to Health. Thus, in a few years, a new norm has established itself first for the environment but which has today extended to the domain of medical decisions. It is essential that the medical authorities attract the attention of politics and of the judiciary to the dangers of blindly transposing the principle of precaution in ecology to the world of medicine. The risks of deviation are numerous, the eventual perverse effects would be detrimental to patients and health security would be endangered by paralysis and conservatism. Medicine is neither the Art of Curing nor the Art of not Harming, ... it is the Art of Caring! ... [less ▲]

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See detailA potent diazoxide analogue activating ATP-sensitive K+ channels and inhibiting insulin release
Lebrun, P.; Arkhammar, P.; Antoine, M.-H. et al

in Diabetologia (2000), 43

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