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See detailTextural properties of low-density xerogels
Alié, Christelle ULg; Benhaddou, Arnaud; Pirard, René ULg et al

in Journal of Non-Crystalline Solids (2000), 270(1-3), 77-90

The extent of shrinkage during drying is controlled by the balance between the capillary pressure developed in the pore liquid and the modulus of the solid network. One first method to obtain low-density ... [more ▼]

The extent of shrinkage during drying is controlled by the balance between the capillary pressure developed in the pore liquid and the modulus of the solid network. One first method to obtain low-density xerogels consists in strengthening TEOS-based alcogels by providing new monomers to the alcogel after gelation. In the second method, low-density xerogels are produced by surface modification (silylation) of the wet gel with trimethylchlorosilane. The capillary pressure is reduced and the presence of non-reactive species on the surface makes the shrinkage reversible. A reduction of the capillary pressure can be achieved by introduction of a substituted alkoxide 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS) to a TEOS-based alcogel, synthesised in a single base-catalysed step. This additive acts as a nucleation agent leading to big silica particles (similar to 20 nm) with a low EDAS/TEOS ratio (similar to 0.03). The pores between those particles are also large and the drying stress is reduced. The textural properties of those three materials are compared: bulk densities of the samples modelled on the first and third method are varying in the same range (0.25-0.35 g/cm(3)) while xerogels obtained by the surface modification process are less dense (0.1-0.15 g/cm(3)). The biggest pores are observed in the third method. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailSimulated And Measured Coefficients Of Variation For The Spray Distribution Under A Static Spray Boom
Debouche, Charles ULg; Huyghebaert, B.; Mostade, O.

in Journal of Agricultural Engineering Research (2000), 76(4), 381-388

The spray pattern characteristics of a number of different series of flat fan nozzles were investigated in two ways. The first method was to measure the distribution by means of a classic patternator with ... [more ▼]

The spray pattern characteristics of a number of different series of flat fan nozzles were investigated in two ways. The first method was to measure the distribution by means of a classic patternator with collecting cylinders. The second method consisted of numerical simulation of the distribution, by combining the real distributions of a number of nozzles. The real distribution was measured on a classic patternator for each nozzle separately. The numerical simulation is computerized and automated. This system allows both time and labour gains, and permits multiple trials with the same series of nozzles. Numerical simulation results are compared with spray distributions obtained on the patternator. The sprayed volumes of liquid were found to be significantly different from the simulated ones (level of significance 95%). However, the coefficient of variation characterizing the homogeneity of the spread volumes can be calculated using simulated volumes. This can be done once an empirical linear relation is established between the coefficients of variation obtained from simulated volumes and the ones obtained from measured volumes. [less ▲]

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See detailSystemic nitroglycerin increases nNOS levels in rat trigeminal nucleus caudalis.
Pardutz, A.; Krizbai, I.; Multon, Sylvie ULg et al

in Neuroreport (2000), 11(14), 3071-5

Systemic administration of nitroglycerin, a nitric oxide donor, triggers in migraineurs a delayed attack of unknown mechanisms. Subcutaneous nitroglycerin (10 mg/kg) produced a significant increase of ... [more ▼]

Systemic administration of nitroglycerin, a nitric oxide donor, triggers in migraineurs a delayed attack of unknown mechanisms. Subcutaneous nitroglycerin (10 mg/kg) produced a significant increase of nitric oxide synthase (NOS)- and c-fos-immunoreactive neurons in the cervical part of trigeminal nucleus caudalis in rats after 4 h. This effect was not observed in the thoracic dorsal horn. Similar increase of NOS and c-fos was obtained in the brain stem after a somatic nociceptive stimulus, i.e. on the side of the formalin injection in the lip. Nitric oxide is thus able to increase NOS availability in second order nociceptive trigeminal neurons, which may be relevant for central sensitization and the understanding of its effect in migraine. [less ▲]

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See detailCourbes de croissance de microorganismes : modélisation et linéarisation
Henry, Valérie ULg; Salengros, Paul

in Mathématique et Pédagogie (2000), 127

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

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

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

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

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See detailRole of Substance P and Tachykinin Receptor Antagonists in Citric Acid-Induced Cough in Pigs
Moreaux, B.; Nemmar, A.; Vincke, G. et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (2000), 408(3), 305-312

The purpose of this work was to investigate the role of tachykinins in cough induced by citric acid (0.8 M) in pigs. With this object, we have studied the effect of citric acid on substance P content in ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this work was to investigate the role of tachykinins in cough induced by citric acid (0.8 M) in pigs. With this object, we have studied the effect of citric acid on substance P content in the tracheo-bronchial tree and the effects of substance P and of tachykinin receptor antagonists on citric acid-induced cough. Citric acid exposure significantly increased substance P concentration in both broncho-alveolar and tracheal lavage fluids, while it decreased significantly the substance P content in tracheal mucosa. Substance P did not elicit cough, but significantly potentiated the citric acid-induced cough frequency. Tachykinin NK(1), NK(2) or NK(3) receptor antagonists, SR 140333 (nolpitantium), SR 48968 (saredutant) and SR 142801 (osanetant), respectively, significantly inhibited citric acid-induced cough. The same inhibitory effect of tachykinin receptor antagonists was observed, when substance P was nebulised before citric acid challenge. We conclude that citric acid induces in pigs a release of substance P in the tracheo-bronchial tree, which plays a sensitising role on the cough reflex. The involvement of tachykinin NK(1), NK(2), NK(3) receptors are also demonstrated in this reflex. [less ▲]

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See detailTraitement des cephalees de tension
Schoenen, Jean ULg

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

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

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

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See detailLes recommandations du Belgian Lipid Club pour le diagnostic et le traitement des hyperlipidemies: resume pour le praticien.
Ducobu, J.; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(5), 360-6

The present paper summarizes the last recommendations of the Belgian Lipid Club for the diagnosis and treatment of hyperlipidaemias which were published in 1999. These guidelines are in agreement with the ... [more ▼]

The present paper summarizes the last recommendations of the Belgian Lipid Club for the diagnosis and treatment of hyperlipidaemias which were published in 1999. These guidelines are in agreement with the "Recommendations of the second Task Force of European and other societies on Coronary Protection", published in 1998. We will briefly describe the evidence supporting the treatment of dyslipidaemias, especially hypercholesterolaemia, to improve coronary prognosis of at high risk subjects as well as the general strategies, lipid objectives and therapeutic means, in a practical way for the clinician. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical and para-clinical tests in the routine examination of headache patients.
Friberg, L.; Sandrini, G.; Janig, W. et al

in Functional Neurology (2000), 15 Suppl 3

Para-clinical examinations in the diagnosis and treatment control of headache patients vary considerably between clinics and headache centers. Among the neurological societies in Europe there has been a ... [more ▼]

Para-clinical examinations in the diagnosis and treatment control of headache patients vary considerably between clinics and headache centers. Among the neurological societies in Europe there has been a consensus that some common procedures and recommendations should be created. In the Fall of 1998, the European Federation of Neurological Societies (EFNS) commissioned a Task Force on Neurophysiological Tests and Imaging Procedures in Headache Patients. Members of the Task Force are the present authors and we have reviewed the literature on 1) neurophysiological tests (EEG and evoked potentials), 2) autonomic nervous system and clinical tests and 3) imaging and cerebrovascular tests (X-ray, CT, MR, fMRI, PET, SPECT and transcranial Doppler). The literature was carefully evaluated with respect to validity and strength of the data. The task was to reach conclusions about each technique in the form of guidelines for clinical use. Finally, selected areas for future research will be outlined. The extensive review and the guidelines will be published by the EFNS during 2000. [less ▲]

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See detailActualites therapeutiques 2000.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(9), 852-61

The most important drugs registered and/or launched in Belgium during the last year in the various disciplines of internal medicine will be briefly described. The originality of each molecule as well as ... [more ▼]

The most important drugs registered and/or launched in Belgium during the last year in the various disciplines of internal medicine will be briefly described. The originality of each molecule as well as its modalities of appropriate use in clinical practice will be emphasized. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailIAA-oxidase activity and auxin protectors in nonrooting, rac, mutant shoots of tobacco in vitro
Faivre-Rampant, Odile; Kevers, Claire ULg; Gaspar, Thomas ULg

in Plant Science (2000), 153(1), 73-80

The peroxidase and IAA-oxidase activities, the degree of auxin protection and the amount of soluble phenolics were determined in in vitro cultured shoots of a nonrooting mutant, inc, of tobacco compared ... [more ▼]

The peroxidase and IAA-oxidase activities, the degree of auxin protection and the amount of soluble phenolics were determined in in vitro cultured shoots of a nonrooting mutant, inc, of tobacco compared to its wild homologue. The mutant and wild shoots showed similar peroxidase variations along the growth cycle of 21 days, but with higher levels of activity for the I ac mutant. During this growth cycle, the minimum of peroxidase activity occurred at day 14 for both tobacco whole shoots. However. this minimum of activity did not occur at the same day in the basal part of the stem, where roots may appear, of the two types of tobacco. Both mutant and wild whole shoots showed about the same IAA-oxidase activity in the fractions resulting from a gel filtration of the crude extracts through a sephadex G-100 column but differed in the degree of auxin protection. The rac shoots exhibited a very high level of auxin protectors of low molecular weight, among which chlorogenic acid. They were also characterized by eight to nine times higher level of soluble phenolics. The relationships between these biochemical aspects in relation to the absence of root formation in the me mutant are discussed. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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

in Progress in Brain Research (2000), 124

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See detailÀ propos des Tables des chansonniers romans : le projet “Intavulare"
Henrard, Nadine ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (2000), CVI(1), 165-174

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

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

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

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

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See detailEffects of propofol on endothelial cells subjected to a peroxynitrite donor (SIN-1).
Mathy, Marianne ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Kohnen, S. et al

in Anaesthesia (2000), 55(11), 1066-71

We investigated the effect of propofol on endothelial cells subjected to the peroxynitrite (ONOO-) donor 3-morpholino sydnonimine (SIN-1). Cells were incubated overnight with 0.5, 1.0 or 2.0 mM SIN-1 ... [more ▼]

We investigated the effect of propofol on endothelial cells subjected to the peroxynitrite (ONOO-) donor 3-morpholino sydnonimine (SIN-1). Cells were incubated overnight with 0.5, 1.0 or 2.0 mM SIN-1, with or without 10-3 M propofol (Diprivan). Cytotoxicity, assessed by measuring the release of pre-incorporated 51Cr, increased when the concentration of SIN-1 increased, and was significantly decreased by 10-3 M propofol (90%, 78% and 28% of protection against 0.5, 1.0 and 2.0 mM SIN-1, respectively). Cell protection against 1 mM SIN-1 was tested with 0.03-1.0 mM propofol and this was compared to tyrosine, a target molecule for peroxynitrite. Propofol protected cells in a dose-dependent manner (r = 0.98; p < 0.001) and was as effective as tyrosine. Finally, using high-performance liquid chromatography, we demonstrated that propofol reacted with ONOO- more rapidly than did tyrosine, inhibiting nitrotyrosine formation. In the absence of propofol, 3.5 mM ONOO- with 1 mM tyrosine yielded 39.6% nitrotyrosine, but nitrotyrosine was not produced when 5 mM propofol was added. We conclude that propofol protects endothelial cells against the toxicity of ONOO-. The anti-oxidant properties of propofol can be partially attributed to its scavenging effect on peroxynitrite, a property that might be relevant in pathological situations involving a significant contribution of peroxynitrite to tissue damage. [less ▲]

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See detailFracture prevention. New topic
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Clinical Evidence (2000), 4

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See detailNon-aqueous capillary electrophoretic enantioseparation of N-derivatized amino acids using cinchona alkaloids and derivatives as chiral counter-ions.
Piette, Véronique; Fillet, Marianne ULg; Lindner, W. et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2000), 875(1-2), 353-60

A non-aqueous capillary electrophoretic method developed with quinine and tert.-butyl carbamoylated quinine as chiral selectors for the enantioseparation of N-protected amino acids was applied to the ... [more ▼]

A non-aqueous capillary electrophoretic method developed with quinine and tert.-butyl carbamoylated quinine as chiral selectors for the enantioseparation of N-protected amino acids was applied to the investigation of other quinine derivatives as chiral additives. The optimum composition of the background electrolyte was found to be 12.5 mM ammonia, 100 mM octanoic acid and 10 mM chiral selector in an ethanol-methanol (60:40, v/v) mixture. Under these conditions, a series of chiral acids, as various benzoyl, 3,5-dinitrobenzoyl and 3,5-dinitrobenzyloxycarbonyl amino acid derivatives were investigated with regards to selectand-selector relationships and enantioselectivity employing quinine, quinidine, cinchonine, cinchonidine, tert.-butyl carbamoylated quinine, tert.-butyl carbamoylated quinidine, dinitrophenyl carbamoylated quinine and cyclohexyl carbamoylated quinine as chiral selector. [less ▲]

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

in Microbiology-Sgm (2000), 146

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

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

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See detailAnnotations to the Devonian Correlation Table, B50di00: Miospore Palynology, Western Europe
Steemans, Philippe ULg

in Senckenbergiana lethaea (2000), 80(2), 759-760

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

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

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

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

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See detailEntre science et action, le concept de réseau écologique
Mougenot, Catherine ULg; Melin, Eric ULg

in Natures Sciences Sociétés (2000), 8(3), 20-30

Le concept de réseau écologique est une notion récente. Mais à peine découvert, ne va-t-il pas produire la même confusion de sens que l'on dénonce souvent à propos de la biodiversité? Pour éclairer cette ... [more ▼]

Le concept de réseau écologique est une notion récente. Mais à peine découvert, ne va-t-il pas produire la même confusion de sens que l'on dénonce souvent à propos de la biodiversité? Pour éclairer cette question, cet article repose sur l'hypothèse que trois conceptions différentes se dessinent dans le concept de réseau écologique : protéger les espèces et leurs réseaux d'habitats, restaurer le réseau écologique au sein du paysage et planifier le réseau écologique. Ces trois conceptions construisent leur propre chemin de la science à l'action, c'est-à-dire qu'elles privilégient chacune leurs questions scientifiques, leurs ressources juridiques, leurs modes de gestion et les acteurs Impliqués, Dans ce débat, les trois conceptions que nous avons dégagées apparaissent de façon complémentaire, elles s'imbriquent l'une dans l'autre, mais aucune d'elles ne peut évacuer les autres. On peut dire que ce sont là trois façons de promouvoir la biodiversité. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailSimplification of boolean verification conditions
Gribomont, Pascal ULg

in Theoretical Computer Science (2000), 239(1), 165-185

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See detailConsequences of total and subtotal myeloperoxidase deficiency: risk or benefit ?
Kutter, D.; Devaquet, P.; Vanderstocken, G. et al

in Acta Haematologica (2000), 104(1), 10-5

A group of 100 totally or subtotally myeloperoxidase (MPO)-deficient individuals was compared to a reference population of 118 probands selected at random. Data for a protective effect of the deficiency ... [more ▼]

A group of 100 totally or subtotally myeloperoxidase (MPO)-deficient individuals was compared to a reference population of 118 probands selected at random. Data for a protective effect of the deficiency against cardiovascular damage are presented. On the other hand, a significantly higher occurrence of severe infections and chronic inflammatory processes was noted among the deficient patients. An increased incidence of cancer among the MPO-deficient individuals was not demonstrated. [less ▲]

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See detailAn automata-theoretic approach to branching-time model checking
Kupferman, Orna; Vardi, Moshe Y; Wolper, Pierre ULg

in Journal of the ACM (2000), 47(2), 312-360

Translating linear temporal logic formulas to automata has proven to be an effective approach for implementing linear-time model-checking, and for obtaining many extensions and improvements to this ... [more ▼]

Translating linear temporal logic formulas to automata has proven to be an effective approach for implementing linear-time model-checking, and for obtaining many extensions and improvements to this verification method. On the other hand, for branching temporal logic, automate-theoretic techniques have long been thought to introduce an exponential penalty, making them essentially useless for model-checking. Recently, Bernholtz and Grumberg [1993] have shown that this exponential penalty can be avoided, though they did not match the linear complexity of non-automata-theoretic algorithms. In this paper, we show that alternating tree automata are the key to a comprehensive automata-theoretic framework for branching temporal logics. Not only can they be used to obtain optimal decision procedures, as was shown by Muller ct al., but, as we show here, they also make it possible to derive optimal model-checking algorithms. Moreover, the simple combinatorial structure that emerges from the automata-theoretic approach opens up new possibilities for the implementation of branching-time model checking, and has enabled us to derive improved space complexity bounds for this long-standing problem. [less ▲]

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See detailExport production in the Bay of Biscay as estimated from barium - barite in settling material: a comparison with new production
Dehairs, F.; Fagel, Nathalie ULg; Antia, A. et al

in Deep-Sea Research Part I, Oceanographic Research Papers (2000), 47(4), 583-601

We present barium data for sediment traps deployed in a northeast Atlantic margin environment (Bay of Biscay). Fluxes of excess barium were measured with the objective of calculating carbon export ... [more ▼]

We present barium data for sediment traps deployed in a northeast Atlantic margin environment (Bay of Biscay). Fluxes of excess barium were measured with the objective of calculating carbon export production rates from the surface mixed layer and thus contribute to the understanding of organic carbon transport in a margin environment. Therefore, it was necessary to properly understand the different processes that affected the barium fluxes in this margin environment. Seasonal variability of POC/Ba flux ratios and decrease of barium solubilisation in the trap cups with increasing depth in the water column probably indicate that the efficiency of barite formation in the organic micro-environment varies with season and that the process is relatively slow and not yet completed in the upper 600 m of water column. Thus barite presence in biogenic aggregates will significantly depend on water column transit time of these aggregates. Furthermore, it was observed that significant lateral input of excess-Ba can occur, probably associated with residual currents leaving the margin. This advected excess-Ba affected especially the recorded fluxes in the deeper traps (>1000 m) of the outer slope region. We have attempted to correct for this advected excess-Ba component, using Th (reported by others for the same samples) as an indicator of enhanced lateral flux and assigning a characteristic Ba/Th ratio to advected material, Using transfer functions relating excess-Ba flux with export production characteristic of margin areas, observed Ba fluxes indicate an export production between 7 and 18 g C m(-2) yr(-1). Such values are 3-7 times lower than estimates based on N-nutrient uptake and nutrient mass balances, but larger and more realistic than is obtained when a transfer function characteristic of open ocean systems is applied. The discrepancy between export production estimates based on excess-Ba fluxes and nutrient uptake could be resolved if part of the carbon is exported as dissolved organic matter. Results suggest that margin systems function differently from open ocean systems, and therefore Ba-proxy rationales developed for open ocean sites might not be applicable in margin areas. (C) 2000 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailUn modèle de gestion informatisé pour les plantations d'épicéa commun en Ardenne belge
Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Thibaut, André; Pauwels, Dominique

in Les cahiers forestiers de Gembloux (2000), (24), 26

Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) is the first forest species devoted to production in the Wallonian region. Many private and public foresters have to face management problems for these stands ... [more ▼]

Norway spruce (Picea abies (L.) Karst.) is the first forest species devoted to production in the Wallonian region. Many private and public foresters have to face management problems for these stands : rotation length, definition of thinning type, harvesting scheduling, future income and profitability estimation, ... The management model presented in this article can give some answers to these questions. It is made of two components : on one hand, a growth model predicts stand growth in connection with site index and silvicultural parameters, and, on the other hand several modules compute silvicultural indicators (stability index, mortality rate, assortments, ...) and financial indicators (prediction of future incomes and profitability). The management model allows to test and compare in a flexible way different scenarios applicable to stands described by their initial stage (number of stems and basal area per hectare, dominant height). These tools are integrated in a spreadsheet application using Excel TM, which makes it very easy to use by the forest manager who wants to base his managment on objective criteria. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailUse of a simple tin oxide sensor array to identify five malodours collected in the field
Romain, Anne-Claude ULg; Nicolas, Jacques ULg; Wiertz, Véronique et al

in Sensors and actuators. B, Chemical (2000), 62(1), 73-79

A laboratory-made malodour sensing system including 12 commercial tin oxide gas sensors (Figaro Engineering) is used to identify five typical sources of olfactive annoyance: printing houses, paint shop in ... [more ▼]

A laboratory-made malodour sensing system including 12 commercial tin oxide gas sensors (Figaro Engineering) is used to identify five typical sources of olfactive annoyance: printing houses, paint shop in a coachbuilding, wastewater treatment plant, urban waste composting facilities and rendering plant. In this work, all the samples are collected in the field from real malodours in uncontrollable conditions. The ability of the system to predict the origin of unknowns odoriferous samples is investigated. The test of various pre-processing data algorithms shows that the best classification results are obtained with a parameter free of the sensor base-line. The differences in sensor responses among the five odours are shown by icon plots and confirmed by principal component analysis, which highlights four representative clusters. Classification models calibrated by discriminant analysis and artificial neural network are validated on unknowns samples. Chemical relationships between the sensors and the classification results proves that the recognition is not fortuitous. In spite of the influence of environmental parameters, results demonstrate the ability of a simple system to detect and identify typical olfactive annoyances. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailThe Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze river
Lejeune, André ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg

in Revue Géoglobe, "Mega-Projects" (2000), (10), 20-23

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

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2000)

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

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

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See detailEffects of Mild Hypothermic Cardiopulmonary Bypass on Eeg Bispectral Index
Dewandre, Pierre-Yves; Hans, Pol ULg; Bonhomme, Vincent ULg et al

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2000), 51(3), 187-90

We studied the effect of mild hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass (30 degrees C) on the EEG Bispectral Index in 10 patients undergoing elective CABG. BIS was recorded at 11 event-related time points during ... [more ▼]

We studied the effect of mild hypothermic cardiopulmonary bypass (30 degrees C) on the EEG Bispectral Index in 10 patients undergoing elective CABG. BIS was recorded at 11 event-related time points during the procedure. After a significant decrease at the induction of anaesthesia, BIS was not further modified during the procedure. BIS was neither affected by surgical stimulation nor by CPB and mild hypothermia. We conclude that we did not find any reason to preclude the use of BIS to assess the hypnotic effects of anaesthetics during normothermic or mild hypothermic CPB. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailLe paradoxe du passage a l'acte: l'agressivité n'est pas la violence
Dozot, Jean-Paul; Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg; Wauthy, Jacques ULg et al

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

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See detailLa sécurité des filières agro-alimentaires : de l'éthique à l'étiquette.
Sindic, Marianne ULg

in Cahiers Agricultures (2000), 9

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See detailNitrated proteins in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid of patients at risk of ventilator-associated bronchopneumonia.
Mathy, Marianne ULg; Damas, Pierre ULg; Nys, Monique ULg et al

in European Respiratory Journal (2000), 16(2), 296-301

The study was designed to identify markers of oxidative injury, related to the nitric oxide derived cascade, in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from intensive care patients suspected of ventilator ... [more ▼]

The study was designed to identify markers of oxidative injury, related to the nitric oxide derived cascade, in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid from intensive care patients suspected of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) and/or acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS). Thirty-eight patients developing VAP and/or ARDS (VAP/ARDS group) were compared to 20 ventilated patients without VAP/ARDS (control group). Myeloperoxidase (MPO) and elastase, taken as markers of neutrophil activation were measured by enzymatic techniques, and nitrated proteins (NTPs) by an immunological method. The cytotoxicity of the BAL fluid was tested using cultured human epithelial alveolar cells by the release of pre-incorporated 51Cr. Mean NTP concentration and, MPO and elastase activities were different between the VAP/ARDS and control groups (p<0.05 for NTPs; p<0.005 for MPO; p<0.005 for elastase). NTP concentration correlated with MPO and elastase activity and neutrophil number (r=0.93, 0.91 and 0.87, respectively), but not to protein concentration and arterial oxygen tension/inspiratory oxygen fraction. The cytotoxicity of BAL correlated with NTP concentration (r=0.92) and MPO activity (r=0.89). It was concluded that the concentrations of nitrated proteins in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid correlated with the oxidant activity of neutrophils and that, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid cytotoxicity was correlated with the nitrated protein concentration and may be mediated by oxidants. [less ▲]

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See detailBases scientifiques du traitement physique de la gonarthrose
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in KINE 2000 (2000), 11(4), 86-94

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See detailBinding and release of metallic cations by a polyaniline-based resin
Jérôme, Christine ULg; Martinot, Lucien; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Radiochimica Acta (2000), 88(1), 39-46

The electrochemical control of the binding of metallic ions (actinides and a lanthanide) by redox active polyaniline resin, i.e., polyaniline doped by polystyrene sulfonate (Pani/PSSO3), has been studied ... [more ▼]

The electrochemical control of the binding of metallic ions (actinides and a lanthanide) by redox active polyaniline resin, i.e., polyaniline doped by polystyrene sulfonate (Pani/PSSO3), has been studied. Electrochemical and nuclear techniques (cyclic voltammetry, α -counting, Rutherford backscattering) have been used in order to characterize the exchange of thorium, lanthanum and uranium cations, particularly in terms of reversibility and efficiency. This electrochemical process has been compared with the chemical one promoted merely by pH variation, and the efficiency of the two methods has been discussed for each type of cation. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailManagement perspectives on a deep aquifer system for rural water supply in Olt and Valcea counties - Romania
Dinu, Irina; Albu, Marius; Moldoveanu, Victor et al

in Lakes & Reservoirs : Research & Management (2000), 5

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See detailOuverture
Maes-Jelinek, Hena ULg

in Journal of Caribbean Literatures (2000), 2(1/2/3), 6-16

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See detailAbout the Vacuum UV Photoabsorption Spectrum of Methyl Fluoride (CH3F): the fine structure and its vibrational analysis.
Locht, Robert ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hoxha, A. et al

in Chemical Physics (2000), 257

The vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of CH3F has been recorded between 7 and 24 eV and has been analyzed in detail. Broad and structureless peaks are observed over the entire photon energy range. They ... [more ▼]

The vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of CH3F has been recorded between 7 and 24 eV and has been analyzed in detail. Broad and structureless peaks are observed over the entire photon energy range. They are all assigned to transitions to Rydberg states, members of series converging to the 2e-1, 5a-1 and 1e-1 ionization limits. These features are underlying very long series of narrow and weak structures in the range of 10-13.2 eV. Through a continuum subtraction procedure, about 70 lines could clearly be identified. These have been assigned to long vibrational progressions belonging to Rydberg states corresponding to the 2e->3p and 2e->6s/5d configurations. These states are split by a Jahn-Teller distortion. Ab initio calculations lead to a Jahn-Teller stabilization energy of about 0.84 eV. The main features observed in the two bands are assigned to one single long vibrational progression of hcomega=0.160 eV (1290cm-1) related to the C-F Jahn-Teller inactive stretching vibration. The remaining structure is assigned to the low excitation of the Jahn-Teller active vibrational modes, i.e. the bending modes nu5 and nu6 characterized by hcomega5=0.120 eV (970 cm-1) and hcomega6=0.082 eV (660 cm-1). Leaning on the present results and assignments previously reported photoelectron spectroscopic data on CH3F+ [L. Karlsson, R. Jadrny, L. Mattsson, F.T. Chau, K. Siegbahn Phys.Scripta 16 (1977) 225] have been reconsidered and reinterpreted. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailL'immigrazione italiana in Belgio
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in I Viaggi di Erodoto (2000), 40

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

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

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See detailL'etude clinique du mois. L'apres DCCT, l'etude EDIC.
Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2000), 55(3), 187-9

The "Diabetes Control and Complications Trial" (DCCT) demonstrated that intensive insulin therapy, by reducing HbA1c levels by about 2%, delays the onset and slows the progression of microangiopathic ... [more ▼]

The "Diabetes Control and Complications Trial" (DCCT) demonstrated that intensive insulin therapy, by reducing HbA1c levels by about 2%, delays the onset and slows the progression of microangiopathic complications (by at least 50%) in patients with type 1 diabetes. The "Epidemiology of Diabetes Interventions and Complications" (EDIC) study recently showed that the reduction in the risk of progressive retinopathy and nephropathy resulting from intensive therapy during the DCCT not only persists, but is amplified for at least 4 years (reduction by about 80% when compared to diabetic patients previously treated with conventional therapy during the DCCT). [less ▲]

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

in Nuclear Physics A (2000), 662

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

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

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See detailVolume tables for small trees of larch (Larix sp.) in the southern part of Belgium
Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Pauwels, D.

in Forestry (2000), 73(1), 91-93

Volume tables have been constructed for European larch (Larix decidua Mill.), Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi (Lamb.) Carr.) and hybrid larch (Larix X eurolepis Henry) trees in the Ardenne (southern part ... [more ▼]

Volume tables have been constructed for European larch (Larix decidua Mill.), Japanese larch (Larix kaempferi (Lamb.) Carr.) and hybrid larch (Larix X eurolepis Henry) trees in the Ardenne (southern part of Belgium), which is a natural region located at elevations ranging from 340 to 550 m on mainly siliceous rocks. The application of the proposed tables is only for trees whose diameters (d.b.h.) are less than 22 cm over bark at 1.3 m above ground level. They are particularly useful for estimating total tree volume of trees (excluding branches) of early thinnings and volume increment of small-sized trees in genetic improvement experiments. The volume equations are based on data collected over a wide range of site conditions. In these regional volume tables, the volumes (total volume of the stem and volume to an upper diameter limit of 7 cm) are correlated with both d.b.h. and total height. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailQuelles stratégies pour favoriser le retour au travail du patient lombalgique ? Enseignement des expériences étrangères
Mairiaux, Philippe ULg

in Médecine du Travail & Ergonomie= Arbeidsgezondheidszorg & Ergonomie (2000), 37(1), 5-12

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

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

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

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

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See detailSuccessful mobilization of peripheral blood HPCs with G-CSF alone in patients failing to achieve sufficient numbers of CD34+ cells and/or CFU-GM with chemotherapy and G-CSF.
Fraipont, V.; Sautois, Brieuc ULg; Baudoux, Etienne ULg et al

in Transfusion (2000), 40(3), 339-47

BACKGROUND: Mobilization with chemotherapy and G-CSF may result in poor peripheral blood HPC collection, yielding <2 x 10(6) CD34+ cells per kg or <10 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg in leukapheresis procedures ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Mobilization with chemotherapy and G-CSF may result in poor peripheral blood HPC collection, yielding <2 x 10(6) CD34+ cells per kg or <10 x 10(4) CFU-GM per kg in leukapheresis procedures. The best mobilization strategy for oncology patients remains unclear. STUDY DESIGN AND METHODS: In 27 patients who met either the CD34 (n = 3) or CFU-GM (n = 2) criteria or both (n = 22), the results obtained with two successive strategies-that is, chemotherapy and G-CSF at 10 microg per kg (Group 1, n = 7) and G-CSF at 10 microg per kg alone (Group 2, n = 20) used for a second mobilization course-were retrospectively analyzed. The patients had non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (5), Hodgkin's disease (3), multiple myeloma (5), chronic myeloid leukemia (1), acute myeloid leukemia (1), breast cancer (6), or other solid tumors (6). Previous therapy consisted of 10 (1-31) cycles of chemotherapy with additional chlorambucil (n = 3), interferon (n = 3), and radiotherapy (n = 7). RESULTS: The second collection was undertaken a median of 35 days after the first one. In Group 1, the results of the two mobilizations were identical. In Group 2, the number of CD34+ cells per kg per apheresis (0.17 [0.02-0.45] vs. 0.44 [0.11-0.45], p = 0. 00002), as well as the number of CFU-GM (0.88 [0.00-13.37] vs. 4.19 [0.96-21.61], p = 0.00003), BFU-E (0.83 [0.00-12.72] vs. 8.81 [1. 38-32.51], p = 0.00001), and CFU-MIX (0.10 [0.00-1.70] vs. 0.56 [0. 00-2.64], p = 0.001134) were significantly higher in the second peripheral blood HPC collection. However, yields per apheresis during the second collection did not significantly differ in the two groups. Six patients in Group 1 and 18 in Group 2 underwent transplantation, and all but one achieved engraftment, with a median of 15 versus 12 days to 1,000 neutrophils (NS), 22 versus 16 days to 1 percent reticulocytes (NS), and 26 versus 26 days to 20,000 platelets (NS), respectively. However, platelet engraftment was particularly delayed in many patients. CONCLUSION: G-CSF at 10 microg per kg alone may constitute a valid alternative to chemotherapy and G-CSF to obtain adequate numbers of peripheral blood HPCs in patients who previously failed to achieve mobilization with chemotherapy and G-CSF. This strategy should be tested in prospective randomized trials. [less ▲]

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See detailLe champ des études migratoires et ethniques en Belgique
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in La Revue Générale (2000), 135(10), 19-28

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See detailSynthesis of 2-aminoquinazoline-4(3H)-one derivatives as potential potassium channel openers
Erb, B.; Akue, R.; Rigo, B. et al

in Journal of Heterocyclic Chemistry (2000), 37

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

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

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

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

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See detailChants populaires flamands (1879) als wetenschappelijke getuigenis van een vroeg individueel repertoire: een voorstudie
Peere, Isabelle ULg

in Volkskunde (2000), (4),

This article is the summary of a lecture given on the 29th conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung in Aberdeen in August 1999. The author tests the existing context literature on the well-known ... [more ▼]

This article is the summary of a lecture given on the 29th conference of the Kommission für Volksdichtung in Aberdeen in August 1999. The author tests the existing context literature on the well-known folk song collection 'Chants Populaires Flamands avec les airs notés et poésies populaires diverses recueillis à Bruges' by Ad.-R. Lootens and J.M.E. Feys with novel data and on the basis of these, she sets up some new hypotheses. The writer proves that Lootens and Feys might have been relatives and that Catherine Beyaert, Lootens 's mother was, most likely, the most important source of Lootens's fielswork. Moreover, she casts a new light on the collaboration between Lootens and Feys during the realization of the manuscript. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailLes évaluations externes en Communauté française de Belgique : quel sens donner à la mesure ?
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (1-2), 110-114

Quelles sont les origines et les modalités du dispositif d'évaluation externe mis en place en Communauté française de Belgique à partir de 1994-1995 ? Quelle(s) fonction(s) est-il supposé remplir ? L ... [more ▼]

Quelles sont les origines et les modalités du dispositif d'évaluation externe mis en place en Communauté française de Belgique à partir de 1994-1995 ? Quelle(s) fonction(s) est-il supposé remplir ? L'analyse met en évidence le paradoxe d'un dispositif institutionnel rejeté à la marge du cadre législatif et dont la définition des finalités est laissée à l'appréciation des acteurs appelés à le mettre en oeuvre. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailJeux vidéos : enjeux et leurres
Leclercq, Dieudonné ULg; Denis, Brigitte ULg

in Education-Formation (2000)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailInhibiting Effect of Ammonia on Citric Acid-Induced Cough in Pigs: A Possible Involvement of Substance P
Moreaux, B.; Nemmar, A.; Beerens, Dominique ULg et al

in Pharmacology & Toxicology (2000), 87(6), 279-285

The effect of ammonia on the cough response to citric acid and on substance P release from C-fibers involved in this reflex was assessed. For a period from one to four days, piglets were exposed, in an ... [more ▼]

The effect of ammonia on the cough response to citric acid and on substance P release from C-fibers involved in this reflex was assessed. For a period from one to four days, piglets were exposed, in an inhalation chamber, to ammonia at a concentration of 15 or 30 ppm. During exposure, cough induction tests were done every two days. Recovery of the cough reflex after ammonia exposure was also determined. In a separate group of piglets exposed for 2 days to 30 ppm ammonia, substance P content was determined in bronchial and tracheal lavage fluids and in the tracheal and bronchial mucosa. Ammonia (30 ppm) was found to inhibit coughing significantly (the cough frequency was reduced by 64%) after a two-day exposure. In animals exposed for 4 days to this ammonia concentration, the recovery ranged from 3 to 7 days (mean: 5 days). The same ammonia concentration also caused the substance P content to increase significantly in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (to 432% of its initial value) and tracheal lavage fluid (to 149%) and to decrease significantly in the tracheal mucosa (-58%), however the content in bronchial mucosa was not significantly affected (-43%). Exposure to 15 ppm ammonia had no effect on the frequency of citric acid-induced coughing. In conclusion, ammonia inhibits citric acid-induced coughing in pigs at concentrations that can be detected in piggeries. This inhibitory effect may be related to substance-P depletion in C-fiber endings [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailFeed restriction in young bulls alters the onset of puberty in relationship with plasma insulin-like growth factor-I (IGF-I) and IGF-binding proteins.
Renaville, Robert ULg; Van Eenaeme, Christian ULg; Breier, B. H. et al

in Domestic Animal Endocrinology (2000), 18(2), 165-76

The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effect of feed restriction and re-alimentation on the onset of puberty and IGF status in peripubertal male calves and to compare the radioimmunoassay (RIA ... [more ▼]

The objectives of this study were to evaluate the effect of feed restriction and re-alimentation on the onset of puberty and IGF status in peripubertal male calves and to compare the radioimmunoassay (RIA) and western ligand blotting (WLB) methods for bovine IGFBP-2. Twelve prepubertal 290 d-old Belgian Blue bulls (mean weight: +/- 290 kg) were randomly assigned in three groups: a control group (NG; n = 4) receiving a classic fattening diet to induce "normal" growth (1.48 kg/d), a feed restricted group (RG; n = 4) to obtain reduced growth (0.50 kg/d) and, a severely restricted group (SG; n = 4) to nearly stop growth (0.08 kg/d). The feed restriction period was maintained over a period of 114 d. After the period of differential feeding, all animals received the control feed regime over a period of 100 d. Blood samples were collected at fortnightly intervals. Circulating IGF-I was measured by RIA whereas plasma IGFBPs was evaluated by WLB; IGFBP-2 was additionally quantified by RIA procedure. At the beginning of the trial, IGF-I levels were low (<100 ng/ml) and similar in the three groups in accordance with prepubertal status. In the NG group, a progressive rise in IGF-I was observed from Day 42 to Day 142 whereas in the RG and SG groups, IGF-I levels did not change until the experimental restriction period ended. The delay of the rise in plasma IGF-I was longer for the SG group, IGF-I remained low until 2 wk after the end of the period of restricted feeding. Surprisingly, although differences were detected for IGF-I levels between the three groups, the IGFBP-2 and -3 data, evaluated by WLB could only discriminate between NG and SG group and not between NG and RG. However, by using a RIA method, an IGFBP-2 decrease was observed in the NG group coincident with increasing IGF-I levels. For both RG and SG groups, IGFBP-2 levels remained high throughout the feed restriction period whereas plasma IGFBP-2 levels declined upon feeding in both groups. During this feed restriction period, IGFBP-2 was significantly lower in NG than in RG or SG groups. Moreover, SG group animals had higher levels in plasma IGFBP-2 than RG animals. In conclusion, puberty is characterized by developmental changes in plasma IGF-I and IGFBPs that were altered by feed restriction. Moreover, RIA evaluation of plasma IGFBP-2 is able to better reflect group differences than WLB. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailThe Efficacy of Two Vaccination Schemes against Experimental Infection with a Virulent Amyxomatous or a Virulent Nodular Myxoma Virus Strain
Marlier, Didier ULg; Mainil, Jacques ULg; Boucraut-Baralon, C. et al

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (2000), 122(2-3, Feb-Apr), 115-22

Two types of myxomatosis vaccine are available commercially, namely, vaccine prepared from the Shope fibroma virus (SFV) and that prepared from an attenuated myxoma virus (MV) strain, e.gSG33. An ... [more ▼]

Two types of myxomatosis vaccine are available commercially, namely, vaccine prepared from the Shope fibroma virus (SFV) and that prepared from an attenuated myxoma virus (MV) strain, e.gSG33. An experiment was designed to compare two vaccination schemes for their ability to protect rabbits against challenge with either a virulent amyxomatous MV strain or a virulent nodular MV strain. Apart from a difference in the cutaneous expression of the disease, the two challenge strains resembled each other in respect of mortality rate, naso-conjunctival shedding of virus, and tissue infection. Vaccination with SFV alone failed to prevent clinical signs, naso-conjunctival shedding or tissue infection. Vaccination with SFV followed by a booster inoculation with SG33 protected rabbits against the development of clinical signs and significantly reduced both viral shedding in naso-conjunctival exudates and viral infection of eyelids, lungs and testes; virus was, however, isolated from testes of some surviving animals. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailSpectroscopic properties of protochlorophyllide analyzed in situ in the course of etiolation and in illuminated leaves
Schoefs, B.; Bertrand, M.; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in Photochemistry & Photobiology (2000), 72(1), 85-93

The spectroscopic properties of photoactive (ie. flash-transformable) and nonphotoactive protochlorophyll(ide)s (Pchl(ide)) were reinvestigated during the development of bean leaves in darkness. Two ... [more ▼]

The spectroscopic properties of photoactive (ie. flash-transformable) and nonphotoactive protochlorophyll(ide)s (Pchl(ide)) were reinvestigated during the development of bean leaves in darkness. Two phases in the process of Pchl(ide) accumulation were apparent from quantitative measurements of pigment content: a lag phase (first week) during which photoactive Pchl(ide) accumulated faster than nonphotoactive Pchl(ide); and a fast phase (second week), showing parallel accumulation of both types of Pchl(ide). 'Flashed-minus-dark' absorbance difference spectra recorded in situ at 77 K showed that P650-655 was the predominant form of photoactive protochlorophyllide regardless of developmental stage. Quantitative analysis of energy migration processes between the Pchl(ide) forms showed the existence of energy transfer units containing a 1:8 ratio of nonphotoactive and photoactive Pchl(ide)s during development. Gaussian deconvolution of in situ 77 K fluorescence spectra indicated that the 633 nm band of nonphotoactive Pchl(ide) was made of four bands, at 625, 631, 637 and 643 nm, whose relative amplitudes only slightly changed during development. The emission band of photoactive Pchlide was also analyzed using the same method. Three components were found at 644, 652 and 657 nm, The emission band of P650-655 included the last two components, which become predominant only in fully etiolated plants. Photoactive Pchlide with an emission maximum at 653 nm was detected in the light during development of leaves of photoperiodically grown plants. [less ▲]

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See detailComment apprendre aux élèves à développer une démarche experte et réflexive de résolution de problèmes
Fagnant, Annick ULg; Demonty, Isabelle ULg; Lejong, Michèle ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (3-4), 51-65

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See detailL'hypnosedation, un nouveau mode d'anesthesie pour la chirurgie endocrinienne cervicale. Etude prospective randomisee.
Defechereux, Thierry ULg; Degauque, C.; Fumal, I. et al

in Annales de Chirurgie (2000), 125(6), 539-46

Retrospective studies have confirmed the feasibility and safety of thyroid and parathyroid procedures performed under hypnoanesthesia (hypnosis, local anesthesia and minimal conscious sedation) as sole ... [more ▼]

Retrospective studies have confirmed the feasibility and safety of thyroid and parathyroid procedures performed under hypnoanesthesia (hypnosis, local anesthesia and minimal conscious sedation) as sole method of anesthesia. This very effective technique seems to provide physiological, psychological and economic benefits for the patient. STUDY AIM: To assess, by means of a prospective randomized study, the advantages of hypnosedation as an alternative to general anesthesia in terms of clinical and laboratory parameters. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Twenty patients operated under hypnoanesthesia were compared to 20 patients operated under conventional anesthesia. The two groups were compared in terms of inflammatory, neuroendocrine, hemodynamic and immunologic parameters and postoperative course (pain, fatigue, muscle strength and stress). RESULTS: No clinical or demographic differences were observed between the two groups. Operative times, bleeding, weight of specimens, and surgical comfort were similar. Significant differences in terms of inflammatory response and hemodynamic parameters were observed in favor of hypnoanesthesia. Neuroendocrine and immunological parameters were similar. Patients of the hypnoanesthesia group had significantly less postoperative pain. Postoperative fatigue syndrome and convalescence were significantly improved in these patients. CONCLUSION: This study confirms that, in our hands, hypnosedation presents real advantages over general anesthesia, in patients undergoing thyroid surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailSkin Tensile Strength Modulation by Compressive Garments in Burn Patients. A Pilot Study
Fournier, R.; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Journal of Medical Engineering & Technology (2000), 24(6, Nov-Dec), 277-80

Compression therapy is frequently used to prevent hypertrophy of post-burn scars. This pilot study was performed in 6 patients to assess non-invasive changes induced in the tensile strength of the skin ... [more ▼]

Compression therapy is frequently used to prevent hypertrophy of post-burn scars. This pilot study was performed in 6 patients to assess non-invasive changes induced in the tensile strength of the skin before any clinical improvement can be perceived. Assessments were performed using a computerized suction device delivering three 5 s cycles of 500 mbar depression. Measurements were made at one-month intervals for three months after initiating the garment compression therapy. Comparisons were made between the intact skin, the ungrafted and grafted post-burn scars and the graft donor sites. Data show that garment compression therapy alters the tensile strength in the skin of all test sites. The most reliable variations consist of an increase in both the extensibility and elasticity of the tissues submitted to traction. [less ▲]

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See detailSucceeded plant regeneration from very immature embryos of Phaseolus vulgaris
Geerts, P.; Mergeai, Guy ULg; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Annual Report of the Bean Improvment Cooperative (2000), (43), 206-207

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

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

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

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

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See detailComparison of the effects of nimesulide and nimesulide-L-lysine on PGE2 production by COX-1 and COX-2 and on chondrocyte metabolism in vitro
De Leval, X.; Henrotin, Y.; Labasse, A. et al

in Pharmacy and Pharmacology Communications (2000), 6

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See detailOsteoporose bij de bejaarde
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Taquet, AN; Fraikin, G

in Medi-Sfeer (2000), 103

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

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

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See detailCharacterization of the Behaviour of a Simple Aeroservoelastic System with Control Nonlinearities
Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg; Cooper, Jonathan E

in Journal of Fluids & Structures (2000), 14(8), 1173-1193

The characterization of the behaviour of nonlinear aeroelastic systems has become a very important research topic in the Aerospace Industry. However, most work carried to-date has concentrated upon ... [more ▼]

The characterization of the behaviour of nonlinear aeroelastic systems has become a very important research topic in the Aerospace Industry. However, most work carried to-date has concentrated upon systems containing structural or aerodynamic nonlinearities. The purpose of this paper is to study the stability of a simple aeroservoelastic system with nonlinearities in the control system and power control unit. The work considers both structural and control law nonlinearities and assesses the stability of the system response using bifurcation diagrams. It is shown that simple feedback systems designed to increase the stability of the linearized system also stabilize the nonlinear system, although their effects can be less pronounced. Additionally, a nonlinear control law designed to limit the control surface pitch response was found to increase the flutter speed considerably by forcing the system to undergo limit cycle oscillations instead of fluttering. Finally, friction was found to affect the damping of the system but not its stability, as long as the amplitude of the frictional force is low enough not to cause stoppages in the motion. [less ▲]

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See detailLinear growth and final height after treatment for Cushing's disease in childhood.
LEBRETHON, Marie-Christine ULg; Grossman, A. B.; Afshar, F. et al

in The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism (2000), 85(9), 3262-5

Cushing's disease is associated with growth failure in childhood and adolescence. Growth and final height were analyzed in 10 patients who were cured or in remission after treatment of Cushing's disease ... [more ▼]

Cushing's disease is associated with growth failure in childhood and adolescence. Growth and final height were analyzed in 10 patients who were cured or in remission after treatment of Cushing's disease. Seven males and 3 females, aged 6.8-17.6 yr (bone age, 3.3-15.4 yr), had transsphenoidal surgery, which was combined with pituitary irradiation (4,500 cGy in 25 fractions) in 5 patients. At presentation, 5 patients were prepubertal (males), and 5 were pubertal (2 males and 3 females). The mean height SD score was -2.15 +/-1.26 (range, -0.21 to -4.32) compared with mean target height SD score of -0.43 +/- 0.58. Height velocity in 6 patients was subnormal (0.9-3.8 cm/yr). After treatment, short-term height velocity, over a mean interval of 0.57 yr, in 8 patients not receiving human GH (hGH) therapy, was variable (range, 0.8-7.6 cm/yr). GH stimulation tests (insulin tolerance test/glucagon) in 9 subjects showed peak GH levels of 0.5-20.9 mU/L. Eight were treated with hGH (14 IU/m2 wk), combined in 2 girls and 1 boy with a GnRH analog. After 1 yr of hGH, the mean height SD score had increased from -2.45 +/- 1.0 at initiation of hGH to -2.07 +/- 1.2 (P = 0.01). GH therapy was continued until final height or latest assessment. The mean final height SD score (n = 6) was - 1.24 +/- 1.38, and at the latest assessment the mean height SD score (n = 4) was - 1.52 +/- 1.33. Combining these 2 groups, the mean height so score was -1.36 +/- 1.29. The difference between final or latest height SD score and target height SD score was 0.93 +/- 1.13, i.e. less (P = 0.005) than the difference between height and target height SD score of 1.72 +/- 1.26 at presentation. In conclusion, catch-up and favorable long-term growth was seen after treatment for Cushing's disease. Posttreatment GH deficiency was frequent, and early hGH replacement may have contributed to the encouraging outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailGiant lymph node hyperplasia.
NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg; Biquet, J. F.; Rausin, L.

in JBR-BTR : organe de la Societe royale belge de radiologie (SRBR) = orgaan van de Koninklijke Belgische Vereniging voor Radiologie (KBVR) (2000), 83(1), 19

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See detailThe Inferior Non Recurrent Laryngeal Nerve: A Major Surgical Risk During Thyroidectomy
Defechereux, Thierry ULg; Albert, V.; Alexandre, j et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2000), 100(2, Mar-Apr), 62-7

It is now widely established that systematic intraoperative location and diligent dissection of the recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve during thyroidectomy are the keystones to assure its anatomic and ... [more ▼]

It is now widely established that systematic intraoperative location and diligent dissection of the recurrent inferior laryngeal nerve during thyroidectomy are the keystones to assure its anatomic and functional preservation. The possibility of abnormal routes, like a non-recurrent cervical course of the inferior laryngeal nerve is an additional major argument for its systematic identification to avoid surgical damage. In 2517 cervicotomies performed between 1992 and 1997 for at least right thyroid lobe excision or parathyroid glands exploration, 20 cases of non recurrent laryngeal nerve were identified (0.79%). The embryological nature of such a nervous anatomical variation results originally from a vascular disorder, named arteria lusoria in which the fourth right aortic arch is abnormally absorbed, being therefore unable to drag the right recurrent laryngeal nerve down when the heart descends and the neck elongates during embryonic development. The surgeon must be aware of the possibility of a non recurrent laryngeal nerve, which arises directly from the cervical vagus and therefore represents a severe potential pitfall during thyroidectomy. Given the absence of reliable clinical symptoms and signs or investigations indicating preoperatively the possibility of a non recurrent nerve, guidelines are given to prevent intraoperatively this major surgical risk. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailLe rôle du maître de stage : présentation de cinq principes d'action visant une amélioration de la relation formatrice
Chenu, Florent ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2000), (1-2), 92-107

Cet article présente les conclusions d'un mémoire de Licence en Sciences de l'Education. Le but principal de celui-ci était la formulation de principes d'action visant une amélioration de la relation ... [more ▼]

Cet article présente les conclusions d'un mémoire de Licence en Sciences de l'Education. Le but principal de celui-ci était la formulation de principes d'action visant une amélioration de la relation formatrice maître de stage-stagiaire pour les agrégés de l'enseignement secondaire inférieur. Ces principes d'action ont été mis au point en grande partie sur la base d'une étude des représentations des pratiques du maître de stage chez des étudiants, chez des professeurs de Haute Ecole et chez des maîtres de stage eux-mêmes. Dans un premier temps, la problèmatique dans laquelle ce travail s'est inscrit sera définie. Viendra ensuite une brève explication de la méthodologie utilisée pour l'étude des représentations. Enfin, les cinq principes d'action seront présentés et étayés par quelques résultats. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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