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See detailEffects of castration on fear reactions of male sheep.
Vandenheede, Marc ULg; Bouissou, Marie-France

in Applied Animal Behaviour Science (1996), 47

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See detailDefective iron supply for erythropoiesis and adequate endogenous erythropoietin production in the anemia associated with systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis.
Cazzola, M.; Ponchio, L.; de Benedetti, F. et al

in Blood (1996), 87(11), 4824-30

Systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis (SoJCA) is associated with high levels of circulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is frequently complicated by severe microcytic anemia whose pathogenesis is unclear ... [more ▼]

Systemic-onset juvenile chronic arthritis (SoJCA) is associated with high levels of circulating interleukin-6 (IL-6) and is frequently complicated by severe microcytic anemia whose pathogenesis is unclear. Therefore, we studied 20 consecutive SoJCA patients with hemoglobin (Hb) levels <12 g/dL, evaluating erythroid progenitor proliferation, endogenous erythropoietin production, body iron status, and iron supply for erythropoiesis. Hb concentrations ranged from 6.5 to 11.9 g/dL. Hb level was directly related to mean corpuscular volume (r = .82, P < .001) and inversely related to circulating transferrin receptor (r = -.81, P < .001) suggesting that the severity of anemia was directly proportional to the degree of iron-deficient erythropoiesis. Serum ferritin ranged from 18 to 1,660 microgram/L and was unrelated to Hb level. Bone marrow iron stores wore markedly reduced in the three children investigated, and they also showed increased serum transferrin receptor and normal-to-high serum ferritin. All 20 patients had elevated IL-6 levels and normal in vitro growth of erythroid progenitors. Endogenous erythropoietin (epo) production was appropriate for the degree of anemia as judged by both the observed to predicted log (serum epo) ratio 10.95 +/- 0.12) and a comparison of the serum epo-Hb regression found in these subjects with that of thalassemia patients. Multiple regression analysis showed that serum transferrin receptor was the parameter most closely related to hemoglobin concentration: variation in circulating transferrin receptor explained 61% of the variation in Hb level (P < .001). In 10 severely anemic patients, amelioration of anemia following intravenous iron administration resulted in normalization of serum transferrin receptor. Defective iron supply to the erythron rather than blunted epo production is the major cause of the microcytic anemia associated with SoJCA. A true body-iron deficiency caused by decreased iron absorption likely complicates long-lasting inflammation in the most anemic children, and this can be recognized by high serum transferrin receptor levels. Although oral iron is of no benefit, intravenous iron saccharate is a safe and effective means for improving iron availability for erythropoiesis and correcting this anemia. Thus, while chronically high endogenous IL-6 levels do not appear to blunt epo production, they are probably responsible for the observed abnormalities in iron metabolism. Anemia of chronic disease encompasses a variety of anemic conditions whose peculiar features may specifically correlate with the type of cytokine(s) predominantly released. [less ▲]

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See detailInsulin-like growth factors enhance steroidogenic enzyme and corticotropin receptor messenger ribonucleic acid levels and corticotropin steroidogenic responsiveness in cultured human adrenocortical cells
l'Allemand, D.; Penhoat, A.; LEBRETHON, Marie-Christine ULg et al

in The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism (1996), 81(11), 3892-7

In several species, including the human fetus, insulin-like growth factors (IGF-I and IGF-II) have been reported to modulate adrenal steroidogenesis, thus contributing to adrenal cortical differentiation ... [more ▼]

In several species, including the human fetus, insulin-like growth factors (IGF-I and IGF-II) have been reported to modulate adrenal steroidogenesis, thus contributing to adrenal cortical differentiation. In the present study, we examined the long term effects of IGF-I and -II on human adult adrenal fasciculata-reticularis cells cultured in a chemically defined medium and compared them to the effects of insulin, human GH, and ACTH. Treatment for 3 days with IGF-I or -II at nanomolar concentrations or with insulin at micromolar concentrations slightly increased the production of androstenedione, cortisol, and dehydroepiandrosterone about 1.5-fold over that by control cells. Moreover, the acute steroidogenic response to ACTH of cells pretreated with IGF-I, IGF-II, or insulin was 3- to 6-fold higher than that of control cells. For each hormone, these effects of IGF-I and -II were dose dependent between 0.1-26 nmol/L (1-200 ng/mL). The secretion of androstenedione was more potently stimulated than that of dehydroepiandrosterone and cortisol, and this effect was more clearly yielded by pretreatment with IGF-II than with IGF-I or insulin. Human GH had no effect on these cells. In cells treated with IGF-I or -II, the messenger ribonucleic acid (mRNA) levels of cytochrome P450 17 alpha-hydroxylase and of 3 beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase were increased, and the abundance of ACTH receptor mRNA was also slightly enhanced, but the mRNA of cytochrome P450 cholesterol side-chain cleavage enzyme was unchanged. In conclusion, IGFs enhance the steroidogenesis and ACTH responsiveness of human adrenocortical cells in culture. We speculate, that by this mechanism, IGFs may contribute to clinical states with hyperandrogenemia. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of response to recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) in anemia of malignancy.
Cazzola, M.; Ponchio, L.; Pedrotti, C. et al

in Haematologica (1996), 81(5), 434-41

BACKGROUND: Since only a portion of anemic patients outside the uremia setting benefit from erythropoietin treatment, a reliable means of predicting potential responders and nonresponders would be very ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Since only a portion of anemic patients outside the uremia setting benefit from erythropoietin treatment, a reliable means of predicting potential responders and nonresponders would be very useful. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical records of 58 patients with refractory anemia associated with various malignant disorders who had been treated with subcutaneous rHuEpo. The starting rHuEpo dose was 375 U/kg/week for 4 weeks, and was increased to 750 U/kg/week for another 4 weeks if no response was observed. Response was defined as a Hb increase > or = 2 g/dL with no need for blood transfusion. We examined the value of various laboratory parameters (baseline levels, 2-week and 4-week changes) as predictors of response. Endogenous erythropoietin production was evaluated by its serum level and erythroid activity was assessed through reticulocyte count and circulating transferrin receptor. RESULTS: Forty-eight individuals were evaluable, 58% of whom responded to rHuEpo within 8 weeks. Multiple regression analysis showed that 53% of the variation in the 8-week Hb concentration was explained by variations in baseline serum erythropoietin and the 2-week change in serum transferrin receptor (p < 0.001). Based on these two parameters, response prediction in individual patients would have resulted in a sensitivity of 96%, a specificity of 79% and an overall accuracy of 88%. In addition, 58% of the variation in the 8-week Hb was explained by variations in the 4-week changes in Hb and reticulocyte count (p < 0.001). Utilizing these latter parameters and baseline serum erythropoietin, response prediction in individual patients would have resulted in a sensitivity of 92%, a specificity of 82% and an overall accuracy of 88%. CONCLUSIONS: This retrospective analysis suggests that response to rHuEpo can be reasonably predicted by pretreatment serum erythropoietin together with early changes in simple laboratory parameters. [less ▲]

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See detailLe développement local : introduction et bilan et conclusions
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Géographies. Bulletin de l'Association de Géographes Français (1996), (5), 382-385464-467

Introduction and conclusions of a conference we organized in Liege in order to bring together Francophone researchers in local development

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See detailVariations interannuelles des précipitations mensuelles et leur répartition spatiale en Belgique
Alexandre, Jean ULg; Mabille, Georges ULg; Erpicum, Michel ULg

in Publication Association Internationale de Climatologie (1996), 9

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See detailDe wegen van de intellectueel. Paul van Ostaijen en de massa
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Onze Alma Mater (1996), 50(4), 482-501

This article reflects on the way Van Ostaijen constructs his identity as a petty bourgeois intellectual, by forcefuly rejecting the ignorance of the masses.

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See detailLessons from the discovery of leptin: is obesity an endocrine disease?
Scheen, André ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica (1996), 51(6), 371-6

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See detailTaurine increases in the nucleus accumbens microdialysate after acute ethanol administration to naive and chronically alcoholised rats
Dahchour, Abdelkhader; Quertemont, Etienne ULg; De Witte, Philippe

in Brain Research (1996), 735

The extracellular changes of amino acids glutamate, taurine and GABA in the nucleus accumbens of freely moving rats were estimated using the microdialysis technique following acute and chronic ethanol ... [more ▼]

The extracellular changes of amino acids glutamate, taurine and GABA in the nucleus accumbens of freely moving rats were estimated using the microdialysis technique following acute and chronic ethanol injections (1, 2, and 3 g/kg body weight). Compared to baseline values, taurine increased by 154%, 142% and 162%, 20 min after the acute injection of, respectively, 1, 2 and 3 g/kg body weight ethanol, while 40 min after ethanol injection, taurine had increased by 124%, 146% and 168%. No changes in either glutamate or GABA were detected at any time points assayed. In the rats which had received chronic ethanol administration prior to a further acute ethanol injection (1, 2, and 3 g/kg body weight), taurine increased by 138%, 144% and 180%, 20 min after the ethanol injection, and at 40 min post ethanol injection taurine had increased by 134%, 160% and 158%, compared to the basal baseline value. No significant changes were observed in either glutamate or GABA microdialysate content in these chronic studies. The biological role played by taurine after acute ethanol injection in the nucleus accumbens remains unclear but may be associated with a yet, undefined mechanism, in reducing the cytotoxicity of ethanol. [less ▲]

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See detailAn improved preparation method of benzyl and thenyl triphenylphosphonium salt
Zhang, Jian-Xin; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Synthetic Communications (1996), 26(16), 3091-3095

New benzyl and thenyl phosphonium salts have been prepared by an improved method in solution from the parent alcohols and triphenylphosphine hydrobromide. Benzyl-type alcohols containing a tertiary amine ... [more ▼]

New benzyl and thenyl phosphonium salts have been prepared by an improved method in solution from the parent alcohols and triphenylphosphine hydrobromide. Benzyl-type alcohols containing a tertiary amine can also be converted within high yields to phosphonium salts by removing the formed water by azeotropic distillation. Solvent (methylene chloride, chloroform and acetonitrile) and temperature have been chosen in close relation to the alcohol reactivity. Purification is straightforward and yields are relatively high. [less ▲]

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See detailField percolation and high current density in 80/20 DyBa2Cu3O7-x/Dy2BaCuO5 bulk magnetically textured composite ceramics
Cloots, Rudi ULg; Dang, An; Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg et al

in Zeitschrift Fur Physik B-Condensed Matter (1996), 100(4), 551-555

We measured the AC susceptibility of magnetically textured (123) 80%/211(20%) DyBaCuO composite in a special set-up in order to enhance the intergrain contribution. The synthesis process led to very clean ... [more ▼]

We measured the AC susceptibility of magnetically textured (123) 80%/211(20%) DyBaCuO composite in a special set-up in order to enhance the intergrain contribution. The synthesis process led to very clean ''weak links'' at grain boundaries. At the percolation threshold bulk shielding paths were such that the intergrain critical current density J(c) was above 10(5) A/cm(2). The field dependence of J(c) was understood through an analytical form indicating a distribution of currents similar to the law of clusters at fracture/percolation thresholds. [less ▲]

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See detailHomogeneous Lyapunov Functions and Necessary Conditions for Stabilization
Sepulchre, Rodolphe ULg; Aeyels, D.

in Journal of mathematics for control, signal and systems (1996), 9(1), 34-58

We provide necessary conditions for the stabilization of nonlinear control systems with the additional requirement that a time-invariant homogeneous Lyapunov function exists for the closed-loop system.

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See detailStrategic directions in concurrency research
Cleaveland, R.; Smolka, S. A.; Alur, R. et al

in ACM Computing Surveys (1996), 28(4), 607-625

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See detailContamination of European otters (Lutra lutra) by PCB congeners and organochlorinated pesticides in the wetlands of western France
Tans, Michael; Hugla, Jean Louis; Libois, Roland ULg et al

in Netherlands Journal of Zoology (1996), 46(3-4), 326-336

During the forty years, otter (Lutra lutra) populations have severely declined over much of Europe. One of the main regression factors appears to be pollution by organochlorine xenobiotics, especially ... [more ▼]

During the forty years, otter (Lutra lutra) populations have severely declined over much of Europe. One of the main regression factors appears to be pollution by organochlorine xenobiotics, especially PCBs. The present study took place in France, in the wetlands of the Atlantic border, where otter populations are considered to the stable. Muscle, pericaudal fat, and liver of 33 otters were analysed for 22 PCB congeners and organochlorine pesticides. The mean concentrations of organochlorinated pesticides in samples are relatively low (from 0 to 5.71 mg/kg lipid weight). The PCB concentrations are higher (mean in muscular tissue: 26.19 mg/kg lipid weight), but still remain low compared to similar samples from other countries. The relation between PCB concentration and physiological variables is discussed. Congener specific analysis shows an important contamination due to highly chlorinated congeners and a poor contaminatin due to low chlorinated congeners. Potential hazards due to organochlorinated compounds are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailPolar overdominance at the ovine callipyge locus
Cockett, N.; Jackson, S.; Shaw, T. et al

in Science (1996), 273(5272), 236-238

An inheritable muscular hypertrophy was recently described in sheep and shown to be determined by the callipyge gene mapped to ovine chromosome 18. Here, the callipyge phenotype was found to be ... [more ▼]

An inheritable muscular hypertrophy was recently described in sheep and shown to be determined by the callipyge gene mapped to ovine chromosome 18. Here, the callipyge phenotype was found to be characterized by a nonmendelian inheritance pattern, referred to as polar overdominance, where only heterozygous individuals having inherited the callipyge mutation from their sire express the phenotype. The possible role of parental imprinting in the determinism of polar overdominance is envisaged. [less ▲]

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See detailVan zwart beest tot allemansvriend
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Muziek en woord (1996), 22(257), 2-3

This article strives to explain the striking evolution in the reception of Van Ostaijen's oeuvre: in his early years, he was a marginalized author. Nowadays, he is one of the most popular and highly ... [more ▼]

This article strives to explain the striking evolution in the reception of Van Ostaijen's oeuvre: in his early years, he was a marginalized author. Nowadays, he is one of the most popular and highly appreciated Flemish authors. [less ▲]

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See detailPhénologie et domaine vital de la salamandre terrestre Salamandra salamandra terrestris (Amphibia, Caudata) dans un bois du Pays de Herve (Belgique)
Denoël, Mathieu ULg

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1996), 16

The aim of this study was to approach some aspects of the life-history of the fire salamander Salamandra s. terrestris in a small wood of the Vesdre Valley (Liege Province, Belgium). In 1996, 189 ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to approach some aspects of the life-history of the fire salamander Salamandra s. terrestris in a small wood of the Vesdre Valley (Liege Province, Belgium). In 1996, 189 salamanders were marked and 68 recaptured. Their cartographic position and the meteorological conditions were noted. Salamanders were active from March to October, mated from May to August and females gave birth to larvae in March-April. Only a small part of the population was active at the same moment. Salamanders were generally faithful to a home range, in spite of some erratic individuals, and are apparently non-territorial. They moved principally along a path. The population is important but strongly threatened by the perturbation of its environment: stream drying, clearing and forest fire. [less ▲]

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See detailNucleic acid detection by in situ molecular immunogold labeling procedures.
Thiry, Marc ULg

in Scanning Microscopy. Supplement (1996), 10

We have recently combined immunogold labeling procedures with molecular biology methods to pinpoint the precise locations of nucleic acids in biological material at the ultrastructural level. These new ... [more ▼]

We have recently combined immunogold labeling procedures with molecular biology methods to pinpoint the precise locations of nucleic acids in biological material at the ultrastructural level. These new immunocytological approaches involve the incorporation of labeled nucleotides in the nucleic acids present at the surface of ultrathin sections prior to immunogold labeling. The antibodies used recognize a nucleoside analogue (bromodeoxyuridine) or a hapten (biotin) employed to label nucleotides. Examples of high-resolution detection include DNA or RNA present in different substructures of cell nuclei, and in particular, in adenovirus-induced intranuclear regions of HeLa cells. In addition to being highly sensitive and specific, these new methods offer the possibility of studying the spatial distribution of nucleic acids in very well preserved, readily recognizable structures. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractéristiques paléontologiques des couches de transition Westphalien A/B dans le bassin de Campine (Sondage de Peer Kb206), Belgique.
Dusar, M.; Loboziak, S; Streel, Maurice ULg et al

in Sciences Géologiques. Bulletin (1996), 48

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See detailTests au sol du télescope spatial XMM
Mazy, Emmanuel ULg; Stockman, Yvan ULg; Rochus, Pierre ULg

in SupOptique Avenir 1996 page 14-16. (1996)

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See detailTchétchénie: histoire d'un conflit
Bachkatov, Nina ULg; Wilson, Andrew

in Etudes Internationales (1996), 27(4),

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See detailThe Use Of N-15-Labeled Dietary Proteins For Determining True Ileal Amino Acid Digestibilities Is Limited By Their Rapid Recycling In The Endogenous Secretions Of Pigs
Leterme, Pascal; Thewis, André ULg; Francois, Etienne et al

in Journal of Nutrition (1996), 126(9), 2188-2198

We assessed the use of 15N-labeled dietary proteins as a possible tool for the determination of the true ileal amino acid (AA) digestibility in pigs. The first experiment was designed to study the dietary ... [more ▼]

We assessed the use of 15N-labeled dietary proteins as a possible tool for the determination of the true ileal amino acid (AA) digestibility in pigs. The first experiment was designed to study the dietary N excretion pattern at the ileum subsequent to the ingestion of a single 15N-labeled meal. In a second experiment, we compared ileal endogenous AA outputs and true AA digestibility estimates obtained in pigs ingesting 15N-labeled dietary proteins in a single meal vs. intravenous infusion of 15N-leucine for 10 d during the ingestion of a pea-based diet and a protein-free starch diet. The proportion of endogenous N found in the ¡leal digesta differed when the label was delivered orally (50%) vs. intravenously (72%) and changed with time. As a consequence, the true ileal AA digestibilities measured with labeled diets were lower. A third experiment demonstrated that this was due to the rapid recycling of labeled dietary N in endogenous moieties, because 15N was found in blood within 10 min of consuming the labeled meal, within 50 min of consumption in pancreatic enzymes, 90 min in bile and 4 h in ¡leal mucins. We conclude that the use of 15N-labeled meals for determination of true ¡leal AA digestibilities is limited by the fast recycling of dietary N in endogenous secretions following a single 15N-labeled meal. The accuracy of results will depend on meaningful estimates of AA flow during a limited period and accurate estimates of 15N in AA. [less ▲]

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See detailLe fonctionnement de la mémoire à court terme auditive-vocale dans le syndrome de Down : Implications pour le modèle de mémoire de travail
Comblain, Annick ULg

in ANAE : Approche Neuropsychologique des Apprentissages chez l'Enfant (1996), 8(4-5), 137-147

Since the end of the sixties, number of studies have put in obviousness that the short-term memory span of mentally retarded subjects remains largely below the level expected regarding their mental age ... [more ▼]

Since the end of the sixties, number of studies have put in obviousness that the short-term memory span of mentally retarded subjects remains largely below the level expected regarding their mental age and their chronological age. Mackenzie and Hulme (1987) and Hulme and Mackenzie (1992), for example, showed that verbal short-term memory abilities of mentally retarded subjects do not develop at the same rate than other cognitives aspects. These results provide important information on the development of memory span in those subjects but do not provide information on the functioning of the different components of their verbal short-term memory. We conducted several experiments in order to supply with this deficit and to describe the functioning of the verbal short-term memory in a group of Down's syndrome subjects. Our data put in obviousness the similarity of verbal short-term memory's functioning in Down's syndrome subjects and in normal children (phonological similarity effect and word length effect). The absence of a significant correlation between articulation rate and memory span in Down's syndrome people (like in less than 6 years old normal children, see Gathercole et al., 1993, 1994) leads us to discuss a central point of the working memory model (Baddeley, 1986). [less ▲]

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See detailBalancing the Cenozoic carbon and alkalinity cycles: Constraints from isotopic records
Godderis, Y.; François, Louis ULg

in Geophysical Research Letters (1996), 23(25), 3743-3746

A simple model of the carbon, alkalinity and strontium cycles is built up and used to interpret the carbon and strontium isotopic evolution of seawater over the Cenozoic as recorded in marine limestones ... [more ▼]

A simple model of the carbon, alkalinity and strontium cycles is built up and used to interpret the carbon and strontium isotopic evolution of seawater over the Cenozoic as recorded in marine limestones. The idea that weathering fluxes have increased globally over the Cenozoic in response to the Himalayan uplift is critically examined. It is shown that such an increase of global weathering, postulated to explain the sharp increase in the Sr-87/Sr-86 ratio, is not compatible with the carbon isotopic record, if the budgets of carbon, alkalinity and strontium are considered simultaneously. Another scenario of the Cenozoic evolution of global weathering consistent with the carbon isotopic record is proposed in which the global weathering flux varies only slightly over the Cenozoic with a small increase between 15 Ma and the present. This second scenario appears more consistent with the reconstructed carbonate sedimentation rate and the evolution of the carbon isotopic fractionation in continental and oceanic environments. [less ▲]

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See detailNew ribonucleotide reductase inhibitor, (E)-2′-deoxy-(fluromethylene) cytidine, acts as a radiosensitizer on human colon and cervix cancer cell lines
Coucke, Philippe ULg; LI, XY; Cottin, E et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (1996), 40(Supplément 1), 135

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See detailAnalysis of structural members under elevated temperature conditions- Discussion
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Journal of Structural Engineering (1996), 10

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See detailPharmacological characterization of the enhancement of apomorphine-induced gnawing in mice by cocaine
Tirelli, Ezio ULg; Witkin, J. M.

in Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior (1996), 55(1), 135-140

Characterized the behavioral and pharmacological mechanisms associated with cocaine potentiation of apomorphine (AP)-induced gnawing (AIG) in male C57BL/6J mice. Results showed that (-)-cocaine enhanced ... [more ▼]

Characterized the behavioral and pharmacological mechanisms associated with cocaine potentiation of apomorphine (AP)-induced gnawing (AIG) in male C57BL/6J mice. Results showed that (-)-cocaine enhanced AIG at doses devoid of effects on gnawing when given alone; (+)-cocaine or (-)-cocaine methiodide were also devoid of effects. Lidocaine, a local anesthetic without prominent dopaminergic actions, augmented the gnawing response to AP without increasing climbing or gnawing when given alone. (+)-Amphetamine enhanced AIG gnawing but only at a high dose that increased gnawing by itself. The selective dopamine (DA) uptake blocker, GBR 12909, augmented AIG by itself; however, it increased climbing at doses that augmented the gnawing response. These data indicate that the cocaine-augmented gnawing response to AP may be due to blockade of DA uptake and or the local anesthetic actions of cocaine. ((c) 1997 APA/PsycINFO, all rights reserved) [less ▲]

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See detailLanguage in adults with Down syndrome
Rondal, Jean-Adolphe ULg; Comblain, Annick ULg

in Down's Syndrome, Research and Practice : The Journal of the Sarah Duffen Centre (1996), 4(1), 3-14

In this paper, we will try to supply at least a partial answer to the three following questions. First, what language levels are reached by adults with Down syndrome? Second, is there progress in language ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we will try to supply at least a partial answer to the three following questions. First, what language levels are reached by adults with Down syndrome? Second, is there progress in language or some aspects of it beyond adolescence and during the adult years? This question is related to the issue of a critical period for language development raised by Eric Lenneberg (1967). Third, what is the effect of ageing on the language of persons with Down syndrome, including those who develop Alzheimer disease in old age? [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of follicular dendritic cells on B-cell proliferation depends on the activation of B cells and the mitogen used.
Bosseloir, A.; Bouzahzah, F.; Defrance, T. H. et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Immunology (1996), 43(1), 23-30

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are unique non-lymphoid cells found only in lymph follicles. They play a part in the survival, proliferation and differentiation of B cells. To analyse the influence of ... [more ▼]

Follicular dendritic cells (FDC) are unique non-lymphoid cells found only in lymph follicles. They play a part in the survival, proliferation and differentiation of B cells. To analyse the influence of FDC on B-lymphocyte proliferation, we isolated them from human tonsils on albumin gradients and treated them with mitomycin C to prevent the multiplication of lymphoid cells harboured in their cytoplasmic evaginations. FDC cultured for 12-16 h remained attached to the substrate; non-adherent cells were carefully eliminated by washing. Purified B cells cultured alone or with contaminant-cleared FDC were maintained for 2 days in the presence or absence of various stimulants, after which tritiated thymidine uptake by these cells was measured. In the absence of activators, FDC did not induce B-cell multiplication. B cells cultured in the presence of FDC exhibited increased 3H-TdR uptake when activated with anti-CD40 MoAb, anti-immunoglobulin MoAb or transferrin, but not when stimulated with Staphylococcus aureus strain Cowan I (SAC) at a given concentration. In the latter case, B-cell proliferation clearly decreased. In control cocultures where mitomycin-C-treated non-adherent cells were used instead of FDC in the presence of the different stimulants, no increase in B-cell proliferation was observed. The results suggest that, inside the germinal centres, FDC modulation of B-cell proliferation depends on the activation state of the B cells and on the stimulant encountered. [less ▲]

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See detailStimulus range effects in temporal bisection by humans.
Wearden, John H; Ferrara, André ULg

in Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. B, Comparative & Physiological Psychology (1996), 49(1), 24-44

Two experiments with human subjects, using short-duration tones as stimuli to be judged, investigated the effect of the range of the stimulus set on temporal bisection performance. In Experiment 1, six ... [more ▼]

Two experiments with human subjects, using short-duration tones as stimuli to be judged, investigated the effect of the range of the stimulus set on temporal bisection performance. In Experiment 1, six groups of subjects were tested on a temporal bisection task, where each stimulus had to be classified as "short" or "long". For three groups, the difference between the longest (L) and shortest (S) durations in the to-be-bisected stimulus set was kept constant at 400 msec, and the L/S ratio was varied over values of 5:1 and 2:1. For three other groups, the L/S ratio was kept constant at 4:1 but the L-S difference varied from 300 to 600 msec. The bisection point (the stimulus value resulting in 50% "long" responses) was located closer to the arithmetic mean of L and S than the geometric mean for all groups except that for which the L/S ratio was 2:1, in which case geometric mean bisection was found. In Experiment 2, stimuli were spaced between L and S either linearly or logarithmically, and the L/S ratio took values of either 2:1 or 19:1. Geometric mean bisection was found in both cases when the L/S ratio was 2:1, but effects of stimulus spacing were found only when the L/S ratio was 19:1. Overall, the results supported a previous conjecture that the L/S ratio used in a bisection task played a critical role in determining the behaviour obtained. A theoretical model of bisection advanced by Wearden (1991) dealt appropriately with bisection point shifts discussed above but encountered difficulties with stimulus spacing effects. [less ▲]

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See detailLocalisation respiratoire d'un lymphosarcome cutané chez un cheval.
Anciaux, Nathalie; Amory, Hélène ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (1996), 28

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See detailIn vitro evaluation of lipid matrices for the development of a sustained-release sulfamethazine bolus for lambs
Evrard, Brigitte ULg; Delattre, Luc ULg

in Drug Development & Industrial Pharmacy (1996), 22(2), 111-118

The aim of this study is the development of a high-density bolus to be given to lambs in order to release sulfamethazine during 4 days after a single oral administration. The suitability of 12 lipid ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is the development of a high-density bolus to be given to lambs in order to release sulfamethazine during 4 days after a single oral administration. The suitability of 12 lipid matrix formulations was assessed in order to maintain the integrity of the tablet even after complete dissolution of the active substance. The influence of both nature and concentration of the lipid excipient on the in vitro release of sulfamethazine was investigated. The influences of the granulation method and of the compression force were assessed on a formulation containing Cutina® HR as a binding and sustained-release agent. Finally, stability tests showed that the in vitro release characteristics remain unchanged during storage. [less ▲]

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See detail"Born to be wild oder doch geleernt?" Neue verhaltensmedizinische Erkenntnisse zur Ätiopathogenese der Migräne
Gerber, W. D.; Kropp, P.; Schoenen, Jean ULg et al

in Verhaltenstherapie (1996), 6

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See detailRelationship between Parathion and Paraoxon Toxicokinetics, Lung Metabolic Activity, and Cholinesterase Inhibition in Guinea Pig and Rabbit Lungs
Lessire, Françoise ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Delaunois, Annie et al

in Toxicology and Applied Pharmacology (1996), 138(2), 201-210

Kinetic parameters of parathion and paraoxon uptake were determined in isolated and perfused rabbit and guinea pig lungs. They were related to organophosphate-induced lung cholinesterase inhibition. A ... [more ▼]

Kinetic parameters of parathion and paraoxon uptake were determined in isolated and perfused rabbit and guinea pig lungs. They were related to organophosphate-induced lung cholinesterase inhibition. A single pass procedure was used to perfuse the lungs with an artificial medium perfusate containing paraoxon or parathion. The paraoxon and parathion concentrations were determined in the effluents collected at chosen intervals over an 18-min period beginning at the start of perfusion. Three inflowing concentrations (1 nmol/ml, 10 nmol/ml, and 20 nmol/ml) were tested in guinea pig lungs and one (10 nmol/ml) in rabbit lungs. Cholinesterase activity was determined at time 0 and at the end of the experiment. The lungs abundantly extracted paraoxon and parathion over the perfusion period. The extraction ratio was consistently greater in guinea pig than in rabbit lungs. The uptake velocity varied biexponentially in time, suggesting the existence of two compartments. Initial uptake velocities (A, B) and slopes (alpha and beta) were calculated for both compartments. In guinea pigs, A, B and A + B increased proportionally to the supply rate of paraoxon and parathion while a and b remained constant. No significant difference was observed between parathion and paraoxon uptake kinetics. Parameter B was the only one to differ significantly between the two species (rabbits: 8.19 +/- 1.53 for parathion and 6.85 +/- 1.26 for paraoxon; guinea pigs: 12.75 +/- 0.88 for parathion and 15.02 +/- 3.84 for paraoxon). In the lungs of both species, there was a linear relation between y, the percentage of cholinesterase inhibition induced by either organophosphate, and X, the total amount of drug taken up by the lung tissue (in nmol/g/18 min). The following equations were obtained: y = 0.128 x + 0.979 (R2 = 0.89, p < 0.001 for paraoxon); y = 0.120 x - 6.57 (R2 = 0.82, p < 0.005 for parathion). No difference was observed between the two organophosphates. After treatment with the cytochrome P450 inhibitor piperonyl butoxide, the above relations ceased to apply, but this treatment did not influence the kinetics of paraoxon and parathion uptake. The IC50 value calculated for paraoxon, i.e., the paraoxon concentration required to produce 50% inhibition of lung cholinesterase activity, was similar for guinea pigs (2.22 10(-7) +/- 0.22 M) and rabbits (2.36 10(-7) +/- 0.24 M). In conclusion, the biexponential evolution of the velocity of paraoxon and parathion uptake by the lungs thus demonstrates the presence of two pools. The lower extraction ratios calculated for rabbit lungs reflect the lower initial uptake velocity of the second compartment. In the range of concentrations investigated in guinea pigs, no saturable mechanism could be demonstrated for paraoxon and parathion. Cytochrome P450-related lung metabolic activity, through which parathion is converted to paraoxon, appears as a major step in parathion-induced lung cholinesterase inhibition, although it does not appear to affect parathion toxicokinetics [less ▲]

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See detailDeficient Habituation of Evoked Cortical Potentials in Migraine: A Link between Brain Biology, Behavior and Trigeminovascular Activation?
Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy (1996), 50(2), 71-8

According to recent evoked potential studies, a fundamental, probably protective, feature of cortical information processing, ie, response habituation during stimulus repetition, is abnormal in migraine ... [more ▼]

According to recent evoked potential studies, a fundamental, probably protective, feature of cortical information processing, ie, response habituation during stimulus repetition, is abnormal in migraine between attacks. The deficient habituation is found for different sensory modalities and experimental paradigms: pattern-reversal visual evoked potentials (same stimulus at a constant intensity), cortical auditory evoked potentials (same stimulus at increasing intensities) and auditory event-related potentials obtained in a passive "oddball" paradigm (novel stimulus). The abnormal information processing is an interictal cortical dysfunction most likely due to inadequate control by the so-called "state-setting, chemically-addressed pathways" originating in the brain stem, in particular by the serotonergic pathway, leading to a low preactivation level of sensory cortices. We suggest that it may play a pivotal role in migraine pathogenesis in conjunction with the reported decrease of brain mitochondrial energy reserve, by favouring a rupture of metabolic homeostasis and biochemical shifts capable of activating the trigeminovascular system and thus capable of producing a migraine attack. We postulate that both the deficient habituation in information processing and the deranged oxygen metabolism may have behavioral correlates. Which of these abnormalities are inherited, acquired or both remains to be determined. [less ▲]

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See detailLe juste entre l’universel et le contextuel. Le débat anglo-saxon contemporain et son apport pour une approche socio-anthropologique du sens ordinaire de la justice dans un pays de tradition arabo-islamique
Nachi, Mohamed ULg

in Social Science Information/Information sur les sciences sociales (1996), 35(2), 389-425

Le présent article met en évidence les pertinences de l'idée d'un recours à la pensée philosophique pour mieux asseoir une approche socio-anthropologique du sens ordinaire de la justice. Pour se faire, l ... [more ▼]

Le présent article met en évidence les pertinences de l'idée d'un recours à la pensée philosophique pour mieux asseoir une approche socio-anthropologique du sens ordinaire de la justice. Pour se faire, l'auteur se propose d'analyser les présupposés épistémologiques et théoriques des trois courants philosophiques anglo-saxons qui placent au centre de leurs réflexions la question de la justice. Il montre, ce faisant, les limites de la thèse "libérale" et les apports respectifs des thèses marxienne et communautarienne. Certaines positions théoriques d'auteurs dits communautariens se révèlent plus pertinentes dans la mesure où elles permettent de situer la question de la justice à l'intérieur d'une tradition et de lui conférer un contenu socio-historique. Elles débouchent, de ce fait, sur une conception pluraliste de la justice qui permet de prendre en compte les données empiriques propres à une société de tradition arabo-islamique. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse cinématographique de la marche électro assistée de l'hémiplégique
Vanderthommen, Marc ULg; Bauval, A.; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Kine Acta-Symposium (1996)

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See detailIntensive culture of juvenile and adult Eurasian perch (P. fluviatilis): effect of major biotic and abiotic factors on growth
Mélard, Charles ULg; Kestemont, P.; Grignard, J. C.

in Journal of Applied Ichthyology (1996), 12

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See detailAcquisition of new words and phonological memory in Williams syndrome: A case study
Barisnikov, Koviljka; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Poncelet, Martine ULg

in Neurocase : Case Studies in Neuropsychology, Neuropsychiatry & Behavioural Neurology (1996), 2

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See detailAntipeptide antibody against the bovine IGF-BP-2 : application to the detection of BST-treated cows
Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg; Degand, Guy ULg; Duyckaerts, Anne et al

in Food & Agricultural Immunology (1996), 8

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See detailRuminal, cardiorespiratory and adrenocortical sequelae of Na2EDTA-induced hypocalcemia in calves
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Veterinary Research Communications (1996), 20

A study was undertaken to provide further information on the ruminal, cardiorespiratory and hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPAC) physiological sequelae of hypocalcaemia in dairy calves. The ... [more ▼]

A study was undertaken to provide further information on the ruminal, cardiorespiratory and hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical (HPAC) physiological sequelae of hypocalcaemia in dairy calves. The functional picture observed in standing calves experiencing Na2EDTA-induced progressive hypocalcaemia showed a biphasic pattern. During the first phase (Ca2+ varying between 1.20 +/- 0.09 and 0.64 +/- 0.15 mmol/L, mean +/- SD), the animals became dull and lethargic, shifting their weight from one hind limb to the other, with cool extremities and hypersalivation. Their ventilation was slightly increased but their heart rate, thoracoabdominal pressure, pulmonary mechanics, haemoglobin and temperature remained constant. Conversely, their systemic arterial pressure (SAP) and the amplitude of their ruminal contractions (RCA) were severely decreased. During the second phase (Ca2+ < 0.64 +/- 0.15 mmol/L), there was restlessness, tachycardia, hypertension, polycythaemia and, finally, inability to stay upright. It is suggested that the diminished Ca2+ availability caused smooth-muscle and myocardial dysfunctions which could explain the RCA and SAP changes recorded during the first phase, whereas neural and/or humoral sympathetic discharge probably accounted for the reversal in SAP and heart rate when Ca2+ was decreased further. Serum cortisol increased regularly and remained significantly correlated with Ca2+ in each animal. Moreover, regression of delta cortisol/delta Ca2+ on delta Ca2+/delta Na2EDTA was significant (p < or = 0.001). It was concluded that mild asymptomatic hypocalcaemia severely impairs ruminal function, which will progressively worsen the Ca2+ deficit; that the inability to maintain posture in hypocalcaemia is not due to hypotension; and that the higher the HPAC response to hypocalcaemia, the higher the resistance to its effects. An asymptomatic periparturient cow with barely detectable ruminal activity may merit preventive calcium borogluconate therapy. Also, the physiological role of hypotension in explaining the clinical picture may be less important than other processes, such as neuromuscular failure. Finally, the present results imply a possible HPAC exhaustion in cows with periparturient paretic hypocalcaemia [less ▲]

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See detailFirst approach on the skull morphology of the black rat (Rattus rattus) from Terceira and São Miguel islands (Azores archipelago)
Ramalhinho, Maria da Graça; Mathias, Maria da Luz; Santos Reis, Margarita et al

in Vie et milieu (1996), 46(3-4), 245-251

The present paper deals with an analysis of metric (cranial measurements) and non metric (epigenetic cranial characters) variation in black rat populations from S. Miguel and Terceira islands compared to ... [more ▼]

The present paper deals with an analysis of metric (cranial measurements) and non metric (epigenetic cranial characters) variation in black rat populations from S. Miguel and Terceira islands compared to a continental sample. Assuming the Azorean rats originate from the European continent, we tested the similarity between the samples, considering only adult and subadult animals. Having verified that there was no sexual dimorphism in the characters studied, we computed discriminant functions and made a PCA with the most discriminant variables. The three samples are clearly separated by these functions, the Azorean rats showing a larger general skull size and differing between the two islands. The Mean Measure of Divergence (MMD), based on non metric cranial traits frequencies, was also used to express the interpopulational differences: the rats of Terceira differ significantly either from the continental ones or from those of S. Miguel. Finally, the possible origin of these differences is disussed. [less ▲]

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See detailA Possible Role for the Alpha 1-->3 Galactosyl Epitope and the Natural Anti-Gal Antibody in Oncogenesis
Gollogly, L.; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg

in Neoplasma (1996), 43(5), 285-9

Glycoconjugates and their antibodies are vital components of host-tumor interaction. This review concentrates on the oncological implications of research concerning the alpha gal triad; the alpha 1-->3 ... [more ▼]

Glycoconjugates and their antibodies are vital components of host-tumor interaction. This review concentrates on the oncological implications of research concerning the alpha gal triad; the alpha 1-->3 galactosyl epitope (alpha Gal), the enzyme responsible for its construction, alpha 1,3 galactosyl transferase (alpha 1-3GT), and its associated antibody: anti-gal. Alpha gal epitopes, previously assumed to be absent from human tissue, have been demonstrated on several human cancer cell lines, senescent red blood cells, and Graves' disease thyrocytes. Alpha-gal presence on neoplastic lines is correlated with increased metastatic formation in animal models. The mechanisms of human response to these neoantigens are complex, as natural anti-gal antibodies exist in high titers in normal sera, thus predicting immunological recognition of cells expressing alpha gal epitopes. Hypotheses vary regarding the pathogenic contributions of metastasis-associated phenomena such as de novo expression of alpha gal and its unmasking by desialylation. The means by which alpha gal is sporadically expressed in human tissue remain unknown, as the galactosyl transferase which produces this epitope in constitutively expressive animals has undergone significant mutation at the genomic level in humans. Pathological re-expression is presumed to require permissive changes at a cellular level. Detailing these alterations is a prerequisite to the comprehension of the metastatic phenotype. In this context, the possibility of therapeutic strategies affecting alpha gal expression are also discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailChronic Exposure of Pigs to Airborne Dust and Endotoxins in an Environmental Chamber: Technical Note
Urbain, B.; Prouvost, J. F.; Beerens, Dominique ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (1996), 27(6), 569-578

A new experimental setup was developed to expose pigs to dust and airborne endotoxins in an environmental chamber, at levels liable to be encountered in pig farm buildings. The following parameters were ... [more ▼]

A new experimental setup was developed to expose pigs to dust and airborne endotoxins in an environmental chamber, at levels liable to be encountered in pig farm buildings. The following parameters were evaluated in a chamber containing two pigs of 10 kg body-weight: inhalable and respirable dust gravimetric concentrations were measured using area samplers and expressed as mg/m3. The respirable dust concentration was also measured using a "TM digital microP respirable dust-measuring instrument', which has been shown to give similar results to the gravimetric method. The endotoxin concentration was evaluated using the Limulus-assay and expressed as ng/m3 of air containing the inhalable or respirable dust or as ng/mg of inhalable and respirable dust. Feed flour dust was introduced into the chamber to obtain different concentrations of inhalable and respirable dust ranging from 3.62 to 76.66 mg/m3 and from 0.24 to 1.40 mg/m3, respectively. The endotoxin concentration was modulated by mixing the feed flour with Escherichia coli endotoxins before blowing it into the chamber. The endotoxin concentrations in the air containing inhalable or respirable dust ranged from 28.9 to 270.0 ng/m3 and from 2.22 to 36.38 ng/m3, respectively, depending on the amount of endotoxins added to the dust. Data were also obtained in a piggery. The experimental setup detailed in this paper could be used to study the significance of air contaminants in the development of pig respiratory diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailL’ostéoporose en questions : plus dure sera la chute
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Stethoscopie Magazine (1996), 63

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See detailCoulomb interaction and ferroelectric instability of BaTiO3
Ghosez, Philippe ULg; Gonze, X.; Michenaud, J. P.

in Europhysics Letters [=EPL] (1996), 33(9), 713-718

Using first-principles calculations, the phonon frequencies at the Gamma-point and the dielectric tensor are determined and analysed for the cubic and rhombohedral phases of BaTiO3. The dipole-dipole ... [more ▼]

Using first-principles calculations, the phonon frequencies at the Gamma-point and the dielectric tensor are determined and analysed for the cubic and rhombohedral phases of BaTiO3. The dipole-dipole interaction is then separated a la Cochran from the remaining short-range forces, in order to investigate their respective influence on lattice dynamics. This analysis highlights the delicate balance of forces leading to an unstable phonon in the cubic phase and demonstrates its extreme sensitivity to effective charge changes. Within our decomposition, the stabilization of the unstable mode in the rhombohedral phase or under isotropic pressure has a different origin. [less ▲]

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See detailDermatophylose équine: revue à partir d'un cas clinique
Vandenput, Sandrina ULg; Manteca, C.; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140(2), 125-129

From a clinical case of equine dermatophilosis, a short review of literature is proposed. The aetiology, causal factors, symptoms and lesions are brievely reviewed. Therapeutics and prophylaxis are ... [more ▼]

From a clinical case of equine dermatophilosis, a short review of literature is proposed. The aetiology, causal factors, symptoms and lesions are brievely reviewed. Therapeutics and prophylaxis are outlined. [less ▲]

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See detailCellular and molecular mechanisms involved in thymic T-cell education to neuroendocrine self principles
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Benhida, Abdellah; Kecha, Ouafae et al

in International Journal of Thymology (1996), 4

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See detailHigh neuron specific enolase levels in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of patients with lung carcinoma: diagnostic value, relation to serum neuron specific enolase, and staging.
Dowlati, A; Bury, Thierry ULg; CORHAY, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Cancer (1996), 77(10), 2039-43

BACKGROUND: High levels of neuron specific enolase (NSE) have recently been described in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid of patients with lung carcinoma. Although its value in serum has been ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: High levels of neuron specific enolase (NSE) have recently been described in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid of patients with lung carcinoma. Although its value in serum has been extensively studied, its diagnostic value in BAL fluid in terms of sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value have not been evaluated. In addition, its value in staging and relation to serum NSE are yet unknown. METHODS: NSE levels were determined on the same day in the BAL fluid and the sera of two groups of patients: those with newly diagnosed lung carcinoma and those with smoking related chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Clinical TNM staging was also performed. Levels of NSE in BAL fluid were expressed as nanograms per 100 international units of lactate dehydrogenase. BAL fluid NSE levels of the two groups were compared with staging and serum NSE. RESULTS: A highly significant difference exists in BAL NSE in the two groups. For diagnostic purposes, the simultaneous measurements of serum NSE increases its sensitivity, but specificity remains unchanged. No correlation exists between BAL NSE and serum NSE, tumor size, nodal status, or the presence of metastases. BAL NSE is a better predictor of malignancy than serum NSE. CONCLUSION: BAL fluid measurements of NSE may have diagnostic value, specially if it is simultaneously measured in the serum. However, our study does not show any value for this technique in staging of lung carcinoma. Also it has no correlation with serum NSE. Studies will have to be performed to determine if BAL NSE can predict chemotherapeutic sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth hormone response to apomorphine in obsessive-compulsive disorder.
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Moreno, A. G. et al

in Journal of Psychiatry & Neuroscience [=JPN] (1996), 21(5), 343-5

Several lines of evidence suggest that dopamine plays a role in the pathophysiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Indeed, some trials have shown the efficacy of neuroleptic addition in the ... [more ▼]

Several lines of evidence suggest that dopamine plays a role in the pathophysiology of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Indeed, some trials have shown the efficacy of neuroleptic addition in the treatment of OCD patients. In this study, we assessed the growth hormone (GH) response to 0.5 mg apomorphine(sc) in 8 drug-free inpatients (6 male, 2 female; mean age +/- SD = 34.7 +/- 12.6) meeting DSM-III-R criteria for OCD without major depression and compared their responses with those of 8 healthy male volunteers (mean age = 27.1 +/- 8.5). The groups did not differ in their mean GH peak response: 12.4 +/- 9.7 ng/mL in OCD patients versus 21.1 +/- 14.2 ng/mL in normal controls (F = 0.9, df1, 14, P = 0.37). These results do not support the hypothesis of dopaminergic overactivity in OCD. In fact, the completely blunted GH response to apomorphine in 2 OCD patients suggests the biological heterogeneity of OCD. Some dopaminergic disturbances could be observed in patients with comorbid diagnoses or patients unresponsive to serotonin reuptake inhibitors, but the results of this study require confirmation from a larger sample with a precise assessment of comorbidity. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of a-amylase from the antarctic psychrophile Alteromonas haloplanctis A23
Aghajari, N.; Feller, Georges ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg et al

in Protein Science : A Publication of the Protein Society (1996), 5(10), 2128-2129

A cold-active alpha-amylase was purified from culture supernatants of the antarctic psychrophile Alteromonas haloplanctis A23 grown at 4 degrees C. In order to contribute to the understanding of the ... [more ▼]

A cold-active alpha-amylase was purified from culture supernatants of the antarctic psychrophile Alteromonas haloplanctis A23 grown at 4 degrees C. In order to contribute to the understanding of the molecular basis of cold adaptations, crystallographic studies of this cold-adapted enzyme have been initiated because a three-dimensional structure of a mesophilic counterpart, pig pancreatic alpha-amylase, already exists. alpha-Amylase from A. haloplanctis, which shares 53% sequence identity with pig pancreatic alpha-amylase, has been crystallized and data to 1.85 A have been collected. The space group is found to be C222(1) with a = 71.40 A, b = 138.88 A, and c = 115.66 A. Until now, a three-dimensional structure of a psychrophilic enzyme is lacking. [less ▲]

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See detailDélocalisation d'une division de l'entreprise et intérêt social
Thirion, Nicolas ULg

in Revue pratique des sociétés (1996), (1), 60-90

Les titulaires d'intérêts catégoriels dans une société (tels que les travailleurs) disposent-ils d'un droit d'agir en justice au nom de l'intérêt social, à la suite de la décision de délocalisation de l ... [more ▼]

Les titulaires d'intérêts catégoriels dans une société (tels que les travailleurs) disposent-ils d'un droit d'agir en justice au nom de l'intérêt social, à la suite de la décision de délocalisation de l'activité sociétaire? [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of nucleoli from ELT cells: a quick new method that preserves morphological integrity and high transcriptional activity.
Vandelaer, M.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg

in Experimental Cell Research (1996), 228(1), 125-31

We have developed a quick new method for isolating nucleoli which, unlike the methods in current use, preserves the nucleolar ultrastructure. Until now, the isolation process has generally been assumed to ... [more ▼]

We have developed a quick new method for isolating nucleoli which, unlike the methods in current use, preserves the nucleolar ultrastructure. Until now, the isolation process has generally been assumed to empty one of the three major compartments of the nucleolus, the fibrillar center, of its content. We have used the AgNOR staining and in vitro transcription assay to test the degree of structural and functional preservation of the isolated nucleoli. Our results demonstrate the value of our procedure as a reliable tool for biochemical and ultrastructural studies on the nucleolus. Moreover, these proprieties prompt us to investigate the rRNA synthesis, using a nonisotopic approach, within morphologically intact isolated nucleoli. Thus, we show that newly synthesized rRNA transcripts are located not only in the dense fibrillar component, but also indubitably in the fibrillar center. [less ▲]

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See detailChronique de criminologie: Quels supporters pour l'an 2000?
Kellens, Georges ULg; Comeron, Manuel ULg

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (1996), (3), 306-312

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See detailImprint and Brush Cytology in the Diagnosis of Canine Intranasal Tumours
Clercx, Cécile ULg; Wallon, J.; Gilbert, S. et al

in Journal of Small Animal Practice (1996), 37(9), 423-7

Fifty-four dogs with nasal tumours were included in this study. Based on histopathology 52 tumours were malignant (36 epithelial and 16 mesenchymal) and two were benign (one oncocytoma and one ... [more ▼]

Fifty-four dogs with nasal tumours were included in this study. Based on histopathology 52 tumours were malignant (36 epithelial and 16 mesenchymal) and two were benign (one oncocytoma and one pleiomorphic adenoma). Malignancy was significantly more frequently diagnosed by imprint cytology (81 per cent of the cases) than by brush cytology (56 per cent). Brush cytology was a significantly more sensitive technique in epithelial than in mesenchymal tumours, while the sensitivity of imprint cytology was not affected by the histological type. Brush cytology determined an epithelial origin in 88 per cent of epithelial tumours, and imprint cytology in 90 per cent. In mesenchymal tumours, the scores were significantly lower, the histological type being determined in only 20 per cent and 50 per cent, using brush and imprint cytology, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailDNA bending by the silencer protein NeP1 is modulated by TR and RXR.
Arnold, R.; Burcin, M.; Kaiser, Bruno ULg et al

in Nucleic Acids Research (1996), 24(14), 2640-7

NeP1 binds to the F1 silencer element of the chicken lysozyme gene and, in the presence of TR, v-ERBA or RAR, synergistically represses transcriptional activity. This repression involves a silencing ... [more ▼]

NeP1 binds to the F1 silencer element of the chicken lysozyme gene and, in the presence of TR, v-ERBA or RAR, synergistically represses transcriptional activity. This repression involves a silencing mechanism acting independently of the relative promoter position. Here we show that NeP1 alone can induce a significant directed bend on DNA. The chicken homologue of human NeP1, CTCF, shows identical binding and bending properties. In contrast, the isolated DNA binding domain of CTCF efficiently binds DNA, but fails to confer bending. Similarly, the TR-RXR hetero- or homodimer, binding adjacent to NeP1 at the F2 sequence, do not show significant DNA bending. The binding of the T3 ligand to TR changes neither the magnitude nor the direction of the NeP1 induced bend. However, when all factors are bound simultaneously as a quaternary complex, the TR-RXR heterodimer changes the location of the bend center, the flexure angle and the bending direction. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure and bonding in liquid tellurium
Bichara, C.; Raty, Jean-Yves ULg; Gaspard, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Physical Review. B, Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (1996), 53(1), 206-211211

The atomic structure and bonding mechanism in liquid tellurium have been investigated by a tight-binding Monte Carlo simulation. On melting, the chain structure of the crystal is preserved in spite of ... [more ▼]

The atomic structure and bonding mechanism in liquid tellurium have been investigated by a tight-binding Monte Carlo simulation. On melting, the chain structure of the crystal is preserved in spite of some significant changes in the local atomic environment. A third covalent bond appears with a bond length (widely distributed around 3.15 Aring) intermediate between those characteristic of the crystal. A short-long alternation of the bonds takes place within the chains, in agreement with the most recent extended X-ray-absorption fine structure measurements. In addition, the bond angle within the chains is reduced. Our calculations clearly prove that these effects are due to the electronic interaction between the lone pair orbitals. The subsequent broadening of the lone pair band is responsible for the semiconductor to metal transition that takes place upon melting. [less ▲]

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See detailForbidden Lines in 6pk (j=1-5) configurations
Biémont, Emile ULg; Quinet, Pascal ULg

in Physica Scripta (1996), 54

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See detailA Non-Cofactor Role of Thiamine Derivatives in Excitable Cells?
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg

in Archives of Physiology & Biochemistry (1996), 104(6), 745-751

Thiamine diphosphate (TDP) is an important cofactor of pyruvate (PDH) and alpha-ketoglutarate (KGDH) dehydrogenases and transketolase. Thiamine deficiency leads to reversible and irreversible brain ... [more ▼]

Thiamine diphosphate (TDP) is an important cofactor of pyruvate (PDH) and alpha-ketoglutarate (KGDH) dehydrogenases and transketolase. Thiamine deficiency leads to reversible and irreversible brain lesions due to impaired oxidative metabolism. A specific non-cofactor role for thiamine has also been proposed in excitable cells and thiamine triphosphate (TTP) might be involved in the regulation of ion channels. Thiamine is taken up by neuroblastoma cells through a high affinity transporter. Inside the cells, it is rapidly phosphorylated to TDP. This high turnover TDP pool is the precursor for TTP. Most of the TDP however has a low turnover and is associated with PDH and KGDH in mitochondria. In excised inside-out patches from neuroblastoma cells, TTP, at a concentration of 1 microM, activates chloride channels of large unitary conductance, the so-called maxi-Cl- channels. These channels are inhibited by oxythiamine from the outide. In addition to the role of TTP in the regulation of chloride channels, thiamine itself, or a presently unknown analog, may have trophic effects on neuronal cells. [less ▲]

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See detailLe complexe respiratoire bovin
Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1996), 140

Respiratory disease is the principal cause of loss of young cattle worldwide. The syndrome arises from a number of factors, including those involving the animal, e.g., age, general condition and immune ... [more ▼]

Respiratory disease is the principal cause of loss of young cattle worldwide. The syndrome arises from a number of factors, including those involving the animal, e.g., age, general condition and immune status; its environment, e.g. changes in food, temperature and humidity that lead to stress; and the presence of infectious agents, e.g., bacteria, viruses and mycoplasmas. The syndrome, in a method proposed by the author, can be classified into four grades: Grade 1, subclinical disease; Grade 2, compensated clinical disease; Grade 3, noncompensated clinical disease; and Grade 4, irreversible clinical disease. The increase in frequency and economic impact of bovine respiratory disease complex can be correlated with the escalating industrialisation of cattle produc-tion. In intensive operations, commingling of animals from multiple sources, exposure to many orga-nisms, stress and management practices are all factors that can lead to disease. The predisposition of cattle, espe-cially beef calves, to respiratory problems is related to their lack of functional pulmonary hardiness. Selection of breeds that demons-trate adequate pulmonary function and sufficient ventilatory reserve may help in the control of the bovine respiratory disease complex, but this approach is difficult to implement and slow to produce results. Prophylactic measures, including vaccination programmes and modifying management practices to reduce stress, also have a place in preventing the bovine respiratory disease complex. Unfortunately, these measures are not always easy to put into operation and cannot completely eradicate the problem. Therapeutic strategies to minimise the economic impact of the syndrome include use of appropriate antibacterial therapy, modulation of the pulmonary inflammatory reaction and correction of mechanical disorders [less ▲]

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See detailLigniculture et maintien de la fertilité des sols dans l'Ouest-Cameroun
Njoukam, Raphaël; Bock, Laurent ULg; Hebert, Jacques ULg et al

in Bois et Forêts des Tropiques (1996), (249), 33-49

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See detailInfluence of thermal acclimation on the survival of Sitophilus granarius (L) and Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L) at low temperatures
Mignon, Jacques ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gaspar, Charles ULg

in Netherlands Journal of Zoology (1996), 46(3-4), 317-325

Low temperatures have been used for many years to control populations of stored-product insects. The aim of aeration was primarily to cool down the grain and then to prevent its deterioration by reducing ... [more ▼]

Low temperatures have been used for many years to control populations of stored-product insects. The aim of aeration was primarily to cool down the grain and then to prevent its deterioration by reducing the number of insects. In Belgium, the mild winters enable insects to survive to the next season. In autumn, the progressive lowering of temperature has an acclimation effect on stored-product insects. The present study was undertaken to determine the survival at low temperatures of non cold-acclimated and laboratory- and field-cold-acclimated insects. We have chosen to work with the granary weevil Sitophilus granarius (L.) and the saw-toothed grain beetle Oryzaephilus surinamensis (L.). They are the most frequent stored-grain pests in Belgium. To compare the cold-hardiness of different laboratory cold-acclimated insects, S. granarius and O. surinamensis were placed at nine different cold-acclimation temperature regimes. Insects were kept at 5 degrees C for 2, 4 and 6 weeks or at -5 degrees C for 4, 7 and 14 days. To assess the field-cold-acclimation in autumn and in winter, insects were monthly taken from a bin and transferred to 5 degrees C for 6 weeks. S. granarius adults were more cold-hardy than O. surinamensis, but O. surinamensis adults compensated their cold-sensibility by a great ability to acclimate. S. granarius is able to survive the winter in Belgium because of its cold-hardiness while O. surinamensis survives because of its ability to acclimate to low temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailActivités sportives et système immunitaire
PIRNAY, Freddy ULg; Bury, Thierry ULg

in Médecine et Hygiène (1996), 54

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See detailTheoretical Radiative Lifetimes of 3p3(4S°)4s5S° and 3S° States in S I
Biémont, Emile ULg; Storey, P. J.; Zeippen, C. J.

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (1996), 309

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See detailCalcitonin
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Current Opinion in Orthopaedics (1996), 7

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See detailSuppression of Voluntary Temporalis Muscle Activity by Peripheral Limb Stimulations in Healthy Volunteers, Migraineurs and Tension-Type Headache Sufferes
Wang, W.; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Functional Neurology (1996), 11(6, Nov-Dec), 307-15

We studied the inhibition of voluntary temporalis muscle activity after stimulations of extracephalic cutaneous or mixed nerves in 23 healthy volunteers, 29 patients suffering from migraine without aura ... [more ▼]

We studied the inhibition of voluntary temporalis muscle activity after stimulations of extracephalic cutaneous or mixed nerves in 23 healthy volunteers, 29 patients suffering from migraine without aura, 24 from episodic and 42 from chronic tension-type headache. Two successive EMG suppressions were induced bilaterally after stimulating at 40 mA the index finger or the median nerve, but not after stimulations of the sural or peroneal nerves. They differed from those obtained after labial commissure stimulation at 20 mA, i.e. the classic temporalis silent periods ES1 and ES2. Overall prevalence of index- (3%) and median nerve-induced (16%) early suppression was much lower than that of labial-induced ES1 (100%); prevalence of index-induced late suppression (index-"ES2") was 62% and that of median-"ES2" 48%, compared with 97% for labial-ES2. Latency and duration of index-/median-"ES2" were not significantly different between groups. Index-"ES2" occurred significantly more often in migraineurs (83%) than in controls (48%) suggesting that the spino-bulbar pathways involved in index-/median-"ES2" are hyperexcitable in migraine. [less ▲]

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See detailThe development of a European questionnaire for quality of life in patients with vertebral osteoporosis
Lips, P; Agnusdei, D; Caulin, F et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology (1996), 25(103), 84-85

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See detailPeptide G, containing the binding site of the 67-kDa laminin receptor, increases and stabilizes laminin binding to cancer cells.
Magnifico, A.; Tagliabue, E.; Buto, S. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(49), 31179-84

We investigated the effect of peptide G, a synthetic peptide derived from the sequence of the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor, on the interaction of laminin in two tumor cell lines one of which produces ... [more ▼]

We investigated the effect of peptide G, a synthetic peptide derived from the sequence of the 37-kDa laminin receptor precursor, on the interaction of laminin in two tumor cell lines one of which produces laminin and one of which does not. Addition of peptide G to the culture medium induced a significant increase in the amount of endogenous laminin detectable on the cell membrane of both cell lines. Moreover, pretreatment of exogenous laminin with peptide G dramatically increased laminin binding on both cell lines. Kinetics analysis of membrane-bound labeled laminin revealed a 3-fold decrease in the kd of peptide G-treated laminin compared with untreated or unrelated or scrambled peptide-treated laminin. Moreover, the affinity constant of peptide G-treated laminin increased 2-fold, with a doubling of the number of laminin binding sites, as determined by Scatchard analysis. Expression of the VLA6 integrin receptor on the cell membrane increased after incubation with peptide G-treated laminin. However, the lower binding inhibition of peptide G-treated laminin after anti-VLA6 antibody or cation chelation treatment indicates that membrane molecules in addition to integrin receptors are involved in the recognition of peptide G-modified laminin. These "new" laminin-binding proteins also mediated cell adhesion to laminin, the first step in tumor invasion. Together, the data suggest that peptide G increases and stabilizes laminin binding on tumor cells, involving surface receptors that normally do not take part in this interaction. This might explain the abundant clinical and experimental data suggesting a key role for the 67-kDa laminin receptor in the interaction between cancer cells and the basement membrane glycoprotein laminin during tumor invasion and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detail"Aquí, allá y en todas partes": La (con)version de la Identidad Caribeña por Michelle Cliff
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg; Ortega, María Teresa

in Anales del Caribe (1996), 16-18

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See detailOverexpression of the 67-kD laminin receptor correlates with tumour progression in human colorectal carcinoma.
Sanjuan, X.; Fernandez, P. L.; Miquel, R. et al

in Journal of Pathology (The) (1996), 179(4), 376-80

The high affinity 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) is a cell surface protein whose expression is increased in a number of human carcinoma models. To date, 67LR expression in colorectal carcinomas has been ... [more ▼]

The high affinity 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) is a cell surface protein whose expression is increased in a number of human carcinoma models. To date, 67LR expression in colorectal carcinomas has been examined in a small number of cases. 67LR expression has been immunohistochemically analysed in a large series of human colorectal neoplasms, using the MLuC5 monoclonal antibody. The study included 59 samples of non-neoplastic mucosa, 45 polyps (11 hyperplastic, 34 adenomas), 196 carcinomas, and lymph node metastases of 87 carcinomas. Epithelial cells of normal mucosa and hyperplastic polyps were negative or showed weak positivity in the paranuclear and apical areas of the cytoplasm. In adenomas and carcinomas, the staining was stronger, with a membranous or cytoplasmic pattern. The expression of 67LR correlated significantly with the progression from normal mucosa (22 per cent) to adenoma (44 per cent), carcinoma (61 per cent), and lymph node metastasis (75 per cent) (P < 0.0001). Expression of the laminin receptor showed a tendency to be more frequently positive in advanced stage (III+IV; 67 (III+IV; 67 per cent) when compared with early stage (I+II) carcinomas (54 per cent). The difference, however, was not statistically significant (P = 0.058). In addition, 14 out of 28 (50 per cent) primary carcinomas without 67LR expression became positive in lymph node metastases, while most (86 per cent) of the MLuC5-positive primary carcinomas were also immunoreactive in metastases. In conclusion, these results indicate that 67LR is up-regulated in the progression of human colorectal carcinomas and may play a role in the local and metastatic progression of these tumours. [less ▲]

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See detailMutation analysis of the pyruvate dehydrogenase E1 alpha gene in eight patients with a pyruvate dehydrogenase complex deficiency.
Lissens, W.; De Meirleir, L.; Seneca, S. et al

in Human mutation (1996), 7(1), 46-51

Most of the mutations causing deficiency of the pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) complex are in the X-linked E1 alpha gene. We have developed a rapid screening method for the detection of mutations in this ... [more ▼]

Most of the mutations causing deficiency of the pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) complex are in the X-linked E1 alpha gene. We have developed a rapid screening method for the detection of mutations in this gene using reverse transcription of total RNA, polymerase chain reaction amplification of the whole coding region of the gene and single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis. With this method, we studied eight patients with a PDH complex deficiency, using cultured fibroblasts. In all patients, aberrant SSCP patterns were found and, after sequencing of the corresponding fragments, we were able to identify six new mutations and two mutations already described previously. The mutations are point mutations leading to amino acid substitutions (5) and direct repeat insertions (3). The presence of the mutations was confirmed in genomic fibroblast DNA. The 4 female patients were shown to carry both a normal and a mutated E1 alpha gene. [less ▲]

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See detailComment les professeurs de mathématiques évaluent-ils leurs élèves ?
Demonty, Isabelle ULg; Detheux-Jehin, M.; Vlassis, Joëlle ULg

in Informations Pédagogiques (1996), 27

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See detailDémarche préventive d'une école du dos
Vanderthommen, Marc ULg; Drosson, C.; TOMASELLA, Marco ULg et al

in Kine 2000 (1996), 5(7),

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See detailCarotid Surgery in Octogenarians: Is It Worthwhile?
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; Lacroix; Desiron, Quentin ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1996), 96(2), 71-7

Controversy surrounds the role of carotid endarterectomy in octogenarians. Although the prognosis of severe degree carotid stenosis is more ominous in the elderly, operative risk seems more important in ... [more ▼]

Controversy surrounds the role of carotid endarterectomy in octogenarians. Although the prognosis of severe degree carotid stenosis is more ominous in the elderly, operative risk seems more important in the aged. To evaluate the presumed detrimental effect of advanced age on the mortality-morbidity of carotid endarterectomy, the authors reviewed their common experience with carotid surgery in patients aged 80 years or more. From 1980 to 1994, 129 octogenarians were operated on for occlusive carotid artery disease in two university hospitals. The data for these patients, 80 years of age and older (group 1) are compared to these for a large middle age group (less than 80 years) (group 2) operated by the same surgeons during that period. The baseline characteristics of both groups were similar, except for smoking, diabetes and previous myocardial revascularization, more prevalent in the younger age group. In the elderly group prophylactic surgery for asymptomatic stenosis was done in 36%, versus 40% of the middle aged patients, and for stroke in evolution in 8% versus 4% (p < 0.05). The perioperative stroke rate was 0.8% in the group older than 80 years, compared to 1.2% for non octogenarians (NS). The operative mortality was similar for both age groups (2.3 and 1.5 respectively). The long-term results gave a similar outlook for both age groups. The 5-year stroke-free rate reached 89% for group 1 versus 91% for group 2. The 5-year survival rate, however, was less for the elderly patients (47% versus 77%, mean follow-up periods of 30 and 49 months). These results suggest that carotid endarterectomy can be safely done in elderly patients, with a similar risk/benefit ratio as for the younger patients. Advanced age, by itself, is not to be considered as contraindication to carotid surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailRecommendations for the registration of agents used in the prevention and treatment of glucocorticoid-induced osteoporosis
Compston, JE; Audran, M; Avouac, B et al

in Calcified Tissue International (1996), 59

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See detailThe inducible 70,000 molecular/weight heat shock protein is expressed in the degenerating dentate hilus and piriform cortex after systemic administration of kainic acid in the rat.
Armstrong, J. N.; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg; Robertson, H. A. et al

in Neuroscience (1996), 74(3), 685-93

Using both immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization, we examined the rat brain for the expression of the inducible 70,000 mol. wt heat shock protein, Hsp70, at 3,6,12 and 24 h after systemic ... [more ▼]

Using both immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization, we examined the rat brain for the expression of the inducible 70,000 mol. wt heat shock protein, Hsp70, at 3,6,12 and 24 h after systemic administration of kainic acid. In contrast to previous reports, the present study demonstrates that neurons in the regions most susceptible to seizure-induced cell death accumulate both Hsp70 messenger RNA and protein. Neurons in the denate hilus and piriform cortex contained Hsp70 messenger RNA at 6 h and protein at 12 h. These neutrons contained little or no Hsp70 messenger RNA or protein at 24 h when the majority of cells in these area were pyknotic. Injured neurons in areas such as the parietal cortex, which are less susceptible to seizure-induced cell death, expressed and maintained high levels of Hsp70 messenger RNA and protein at 12 and 24 h. This work suggest that Hsp70 messenger RNA and protein are rapidly and transiently expressed in dying neurons, and contradicts the notion that Hsp70 only accumulates in injured neurons that survive. [less ▲]

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See detailTransition probabilities for forbidden lines of Fe III
Quinet, Pascal ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1996), 116

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See detailVariations autour de la définition des fonctions convexes
Bair, Jacques ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Mathématique et Pédagogie (1996), 105

Dans le cadre des fonctions réelles, le concept de convexité est présenté dans divers registres sémiotiques, analytiques ou graphiques.

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See detailCloning, sequencing and overexpression in Escherichia coli of the alginate lyase-encoding aly gene of Pseudomonas alginovora: identification of three classes of alginate lyases
Chavagnat, Frederic; Duez, Colette ULg; Guinand, Micheline et al

in Biochemical Journal (1996), 319(Pt 2), 575-583

A gene of Pseudomonas alginovora, called aly, has been cloned in Escherichia coli using a battery of PCR techniques and sequenced. It encodes a 210-amino-acid alginate lyase (EC 4.2.2.3), Aly, in the form ... [more ▼]

A gene of Pseudomonas alginovora, called aly, has been cloned in Escherichia coli using a battery of PCR techniques and sequenced. It encodes a 210-amino-acid alginate lyase (EC 4.2.2.3), Aly, in the form of a 233-amino-acid precursor. P. alginovora Aly has been overproduced in E. coli with a His-tag sequence fused at the C-terminal end under conditions in which the formation of inclusion bodies is avoided. His-tagged P. alginovora Aly has the same enzymic properties as the wild-type enzyme and has the specificity of a mannuronate lyase. It can be purified in a one-step procedure by affinity chromatography on Ni(2+)-nitriloacetate resin. The yield is of 5 mg of enzyme per litre of culture. The amplification factor is 12.5 compared with the level of production by wild-type P. alginovora. The six alginate lyases of known primary structure fall into three distinct classes, one of which comprises the pair P. alginovora Aly and Klebsiella pneumoniae Aly. [less ▲]

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See detailCongenital psoriasis following the lines of Blaschko.
Lehners-Weber, C.; de LA BRASSINNE, Michel ULg; Dezfoulian, Bita ULg et al

in Pediatric Dermatology (1996), 13(3), 219-221

Congenital psoriasis without an underlying nevus following the lines of Blaschko is described in a 6-year-old girl. In addition to this special type of psoriasis, she suffered from atopic dermatitis. The ... [more ▼]

Congenital psoriasis without an underlying nevus following the lines of Blaschko is described in a 6-year-old girl. In addition to this special type of psoriasis, she suffered from atopic dermatitis. The lesions were aggravated by sun exposure and phototherapy treatments, as well as by upper airways infections, without any clear explanation of these trigger factors. We propose to call this form of psoriasis congenital blaschkoid psoriasis. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la phrase au texte dans l'enseignement d'une langue étrangère
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in Dialogues et cultures (1996), 40

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See detailLes adénomes gonadotropes
Beckers, Albert ULg; Stevenaert, Achille ULg

in Revue Française d'Endocrinologie Clinique, Nutrition, et Métabolisme (La) (1996), 37(4-5), 299-305

Les adénomes hypophysaires gonadotropes qui sont parmi les plus fréquents, ont été identifiés récemment; on estime aujourd'hui qu'environ 80 % des adénomes hypophysaires dits non-sécrétants sont en fait ... [more ▼]

Les adénomes hypophysaires gonadotropes qui sont parmi les plus fréquents, ont été identifiés récemment; on estime aujourd'hui qu'environ 80 % des adénomes hypophysaires dits non-sécrétants sont en fait gonadotropes. Étant donné l'absente de symptomatologie spécifique, ils ne sont souvent reconnus que lorsqu'ils sont volumineux, ayant déjà entraîné un syndrome neurologique, une compression du chiasma optique. Dans la plupart des cas il est possible de les identifier grâce aux produits de sécrétion ou encore par méthodes d'immunohistochimie ou encore par la détection de l'ARN messager correspondant aux sous-unités hormonales. Le traitement reste essentiellement neuro-chirurgical (chirurgie trans-sphénoidale) car, dans la plupart des cas, les agonistes dopaminergiques et les analogues agonistes ou antagonistes de GnRH sont inefficaces. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling the competition between two phytoplanktonic species
Elkafazi, Abderahman; Djenidi, Salim ULg; Nihoul, Jacques ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1996), 65

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See detailExpression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor is an adverse prognostic indicator in human thyroid cancer: an immunohistochemical study.
Basolo, F.; Pollina, L.; Pacini, F. et al

in Clinical Cancer Research : An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (1996), 2(10), 1777-80

Increased expression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor (LR) is a consistent event which appears as cancer cells acquire an invasive and metastatic phenotype. The Mr 67,000 LR is one of the many laminin ... [more ▼]

Increased expression of the Mr 67,000 laminin receptor (LR) is a consistent event which appears as cancer cells acquire an invasive and metastatic phenotype. The Mr 67,000 LR is one of the many laminin-binding proteins able to interact with the major glycoprotein of basement membranes, laminin. The recent development of a specific monoclonal antibody directed against the Mr 67,000 LR MLuC5 has allowed us to study large retrospective groups of human cancers with the aim of correlating the Mr 67,000 LR expression to the clinical, pathological, and survival data of the patients. A significant correlation has already been established between the increased expression of Mr 67,000 LR and survival of patients with breast, colon, ovary, lung, and endometrial cancers. In this study, we investigated the possibility that the detection of Mr 67,000 LR in thyroid human cancers could also be of prognostic value. We analyzed the expression of Mr 67,000 LR with immunohistochemistry using MLuC5 antibodies in paraffin sections of 40 benign and 170 malignant thyroid human tumors. We found that Mr 67,000 LR was not usually detectable in normal thyroid tissues adjacent to the lesion. Only 3 of the 40 thyroid adenomas examined (7.5%) presented cells positive for Mr 67,000 LR. For the malignant thyroid tumors examined, we found that 22.3% of papillary thyroid carcinomas, 38% of follicular thyroid carcinomas, 40% of poorly differentiated carcinomas, 25% of medullary carcinomas, and 58.3% of anaplastic carcinomas expressed a high level of Mr 67,000 LR. Although no correlation between the Mr 67,000 LR expression and survival was found in patients with follicular thyroid carcinomas, papillary thyroid carcinomas, anaplastic carcinomas, and medullary carcinomas, there was a significant correlation in primary thyroid cancers. Our data represent the first extensive study of the Mr 67,000 LR expression in human thyroid cancers and strongly suggest that its detection could be of prognostic value in the investigation of primary thyroid cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailPremière approche de la flore macrolichénique corticole de la Région de Bruxelles-Capitale en situation de dépollution au SO2
Tanghe, Martin; Richel, Thierry; Crisan, Florin et al

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1996), 129

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See detailDifferential effects of gonadotropin-releasing hormone, dopamine and somatostatin and their second messengers on the mRNA levels of gonadotropin IIb subunit and growth hormone in the teleost fish, tilapia
Melamed, P.; Gur, G.; Elizur, A. et al

in Neuroendocrinology (1996)

In cultured pituitary cells of tilapia, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH; 10 nM 4-24 h), elevation of cyclic AMP (by 10 microM forskolin or 0.2 mM 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine: IBMX 0.5-36 h) or ... [more ▼]

In cultured pituitary cells of tilapia, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH; 10 nM 4-24 h), elevation of cyclic AMP (by 10 microM forskolin or 0.2 mM 3-isobutyl-1-methylxanthine: IBMX 0.5-36 h) or activation of protein kinase C (PKC; by 12.5 nM tetradecanoyl phorbol-13-acetate: TPA, 0.5-24 h) all increased gonadotropin (GtH) II beta steady state mRNA levels by three to four-fold. The involvement of PKA and PKC in the GnRH stimulatory effect on both GtH release and GtH II beta mRNA levels was corroborated by use of the PKA and PKC inhibitors, H89 and GF109203X, respectively (100 nM) which attenuated the GnRH effect. Incubation with actinomycin D (8 microM, 4-21 h) after preexposure for 24 h to either forskolin (10 microM) or TPA (12.5 nM), revealed that rates of transcript degradation were slower in forskolin-treated cells (T 1/2 = 14.1 h) than in control or TPA-treated cells (T 1/2 = 8.47 or 8.38 h), suggesting a stabilizing effect on the mRNA. Dopamine (DA; 10 microM, 4-36 h) had no apparent effect on steady state mRNA levels of GtH II beta, but reduced GtH release by as much as 75%. Steady state levels of growth hormone (GH) mRNA were not affected by exposure to GnRH (10 nM, 4-24 h), although GH release was more than doubled. Similarly, activation of PKC (by TPA 12.5 nM, 1.5-36 h), which was shown to be essential for the GnRH-stimulatory effect on GH release, did not alter levels of the GH transcript, but increased GH release by more than fivefold. DA (10 microM, 4-24 h) moderately increased GH transcript levels (160%) with similar kinetics but lower potency than direct elevation of cAMP (by 10 microM forskolin or 0.2 mM IBMX, 0.5-36 h) which increased transcript levels by more than fourfold. The involvement of PKA in the DA effect was confirmed when the PKA inhibitor H89 (100 nM, 15 min prior to DA exposure) attenuated the DA effect on GH mRNA levels. Exposure of cells to actinomycin D (8 microM, 2-16 h) after treatment with forskolin (10 microM, 24 h) led to a slower rate of transcript degradation than in control cells (T 1/2 = 6.5 h vs. T 1/2 = 4.36 h), suggesting that cAMP also elicits a stabilizing effect on GH mRNA. Somatostatin (100 nM, 0.5-36 h) had no clear effect on GH transcript levels, but reduced GH release by as much as 90%. These results suggest that activation of either cAMP-PKA or PKC pathways can, possibly by different mechanisms, stimulate mRNA levels of the GtH II beta gene, but that only the cAMP-PKA pathway stimulates GH mRNA levels. It would appear therefore that GnRH, although stimulating GH release, does not regulate GH transcription in this fish. [less ▲]

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See detailImpairement of Memory for Spatial Context in Schizophrenia
Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Rohmer, J.G.; Rizzo, L. et al

in Neuropsychology (1996), 10

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See detailMechanism of Single-Electron Capture by the Dichlorocarbene Dication.
Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hautot, D.

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (1996), 7

The single-electron capture (SEC) by dichlorocarbene with eight different atomic and molecular target gases, (CCl2)2++G->(CCl2)++G+, has been studied by product ion spectroscopy and ion kinetic energy ... [more ▼]

The single-electron capture (SEC) by dichlorocarbene with eight different atomic and molecular target gases, (CCl2)2++G->(CCl2)++G+, has been studied by product ion spectroscopy and ion kinetic energy spectroscopy. The experimental data have been interpreted in the framework of a theoretical model that describes the charge exchange process. Exothermic charge exchange is handled within the Landau-Zener model, whereas endothermic charge exchange is described by the Demkov model. The calculated data reproduce qualitatively the essential features of the experimental results: (1) the appearance of a reaction window centered at an exothermicity in the 4-4.5 eV range, (2) the lower SEC cross sections for endothermic charge exchange, (3) the wider internal energy distributions obtained for CCl2+ in the endothermic regime than in the exothermic one, which results in larger dissociation yields, (4) the excitation of molecular targets that accompany their ionization in the SEC process, and (5) the kinetic energy released on the CCl++Cl fragments in dissociative SEC. [less ▲]

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See detailStorm surges in the Arabian/Persian Gulf
Djenidi, Salim ULg; Neuberg, Luc

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (1996), 65

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See detailCan Motor Recovery in Stroke Patients Be Predicted by Early Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation ?
Rapisarda, Giuseppe; Bastings, Eric; MAERTENS DE NOORDHOUT, Alain ULg et al

in Stroke (1996), 27(12), 2191-2196

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See detailOne-pot enzymatic synthesis of the Gal alpha 1-->3Gal beta 1-->4GlcNAc sequence with in situ UDP-Gal regeneration.
Hokke, Cornelis H; Zervosen, Astrid ULg; Elling, Lothar et al

in Glycoconjugate Journal (1996), 13(4), 687-92

The trisaccharide Gal alpha 1-->3Gal beta 1-->4GlcNAc beta 1-->O-(CH2)8COOCH3 was enzymatically synthesized, with in situ UDP-Gal regeneration. By combination in one pot of only four enzymes, namely ... [more ▼]

The trisaccharide Gal alpha 1-->3Gal beta 1-->4GlcNAc beta 1-->O-(CH2)8COOCH3 was enzymatically synthesized, with in situ UDP-Gal regeneration. By combination in one pot of only four enzymes, namely, sucrose synthase, UDP-Glc 4'-epimerase, UDP-Gal:GlcNAc beta 4-galactosyltransferase and UDP-Gal:Gal beta 1-->4GlcNAc alpha 3-galactosyltransferase, Gal alpha 1-->3Gal beta 1-->4GlcNAc beta 1-->O-(CH2)8COOCH3 was formed in a 2.2 mumol ml-1 yield starting from the acceptor GlcNAc beta 1-->O-(CH2)8COOCH3. This is an efficient and convenient method for the synthesis of the Gal alpha 1-->3Gal beta 1-->4GlcNAc epitope which pays an important role in various biological and immunological processes. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of the Coulomb interaction on the ferroelectric instability of Barium Titanate
Ghosez, Philippe ULg; Gonze, X.; Michenaud, J. P.

in Ferroelectrics (1996), 186

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See detailPenicillin and Beyond: Evolution, Protein Fold, Multimodular Polypeptides, and Multiprotein Complexes
Ghuysen, Jean-Marie ULg; Charlier, Paulette ULg; Coyette, Jacques et al

in Microbial Drug Resistance : Mechanism, Epidemiology, & Disease (1996), 2(2, Summer), 163-175

As the protein sequence and structure databases expand, the relationships between proteins, the notion of protein superfamily, and the driving forces of evolution are better understood. Key steps of the ... [more ▼]

As the protein sequence and structure databases expand, the relationships between proteins, the notion of protein superfamily, and the driving forces of evolution are better understood. Key steps of the synthesis of the bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan are revisited in light of these advances. The reactions through which the D-alanyl-D-alanine depeptide is formed, utilized, and hydrolyzed and the sites of action of the glycopeptide and beta-lactam antibiotics illustrate the concept according to which new enzyme functions evolve as a result of tinkering of existing proteins. This occurs by the acquisition of local structural changes, the fusion into multimodular polypeptides, and the association into multiprotein complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailUnimolecular Reaction Dynamics from Kinetic Energy Release Distributions. 2. A Study of the Reaction C6H5Br+->C6H5++Br by the Maximum Entropy Method.
Urbain, P.; Remacle, Françoise ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry (1996), 100(19), 8003-8007

The kinetic translational energy released in the unimolecular fragmentation reaction C6H5Br+->C6H5++Br has been experimentally studied in the microsecond time scale and theoretically analyzed by the ... [more ▼]

The kinetic translational energy released in the unimolecular fragmentation reaction C6H5Br+->C6H5++Br has been experimentally studied in the microsecond time scale and theoretically analyzed by the maximum entropy formalism. The appropriate functional form relating the actual distribution to its prior distribution (eq.2.3) involves the square root of the kinetic energy (i.e. the momentum associated with the relative translational energy). A value of 0.26+/-0.02 eV is obtained by the entropy deficiency distribution at an internal energy of 0.85 eV above the reaction threshold. From this value, it can be concluded that 77% of the transition state phase space is efficiently sampled. [less ▲]

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