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See detailTriassic and Jurassic lithostratigraphic units (Belgian Lorraine)
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Belanger, I.; Delsate, D. et al

in Geologica Belgica (2001), 4(1-2), 113-119

A multidisciplinary study of some extensively cored boreholes together with the new 1/25,000 geological mapping of Wallonia led us to propose a new lithostratigraphic canvas for Belgian Lorraine. This ... [more ▼]

A multidisciplinary study of some extensively cored boreholes together with the new 1/25,000 geological mapping of Wallonia led us to propose a new lithostratigraphic canvas for Belgian Lorraine. This area is located on the NE border of the Paris Basin, south of the Ardennes; the studied stratigraphic interval covers the Keuper to the Bajocian. [less ▲]

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See detailReply to Letter to the Editor
PITCHOT, William ULg; ANSSEAU, Marc ULg

in Psychoneuroendocrinology (2001)

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See detailInteractions between systemic analgesics.
Joris, Jean ULg; Kaba, Abdourahmane ULg

in Acta Anaesthesiologica Belgica (2001), 52(4), 395-401

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See detailThermal admittance spectroscopy of Mg-doped GaN Schottky diodes
Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Germain, Marianne; Schmeits, Marcel et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2001), 90

Thermal admittance spectroscopy measurements at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 90 K are performed on Schottky structures based on Mg-doped GaN layers grown by metalorganic vapor phase ... [more ▼]

Thermal admittance spectroscopy measurements at temperatures ranging from room temperature to 90 K are performed on Schottky structures based on Mg-doped GaN layers grown by metalorganic vapor phase epitaxy on sapphire. The analysis of the experimental data is made by a detailed theoretical study of the steady-state and small-signal electrical characteristics of the structures. Numerical simulations are based on the solution of the basic semiconductor equations for the structure consisting of two Schottky diodes connected back to back by a conduction channel formed by the GaN layer. The description explicitly includes the Mg-related acceptor level, with its temperature- and position-dependent incomplete occupation state, leading to a dynamic exchange with the valence band. It fully reproduces the variations with temperature of the capacitance-- frequency and conductance over frequency curves, allowing to give for all temperature ranges the origin of the various contributions to the junction capacitance and of the microscopic mechanisms responsible for the capacitance--frequency cutoff. Series resistance effects are shown to be dominant at temperatures above 230 K, whereas the Mg-related acceptor level governs the electrical behavior below 230 K. The existence of a second acceptor level with an activation energy of several tens of meV is revealed from the analysis of the characteristics at low temperature. An optimized fitting procedure based on the comparison of the electrical characteristics obtained from the numerical simulations to the experimental data allows one to determine the microscopic parameters describing the structure, among which the acceptor activation energies, thermal capture cross sections, concentrations, and the Schottky contact barrier heights are the most important ones. The obtained activation energy of the Mg-acceptor level of 210 meV is by a factor of 2 larger than that obtained from a classical Arrhenius plot, showing that a complete description of Mg-doped GaN junctions requires the correct treatment of the Mg level, acting as a dopant and as deep impurity, as well as the inclusion of series resistance effects. [less ▲]

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See detailHelping children to learn languages (Aider son enfant à apprendre les langues)
Blondin, Christiane ULg

in European Parents Association - Info Bulletin (2001), (Hiver 2001), 11-16

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See detailLa réception de l’art japonais en Belgique
Bawin, Julie ULg

in Art&Fact (2001)

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See detailA thoughtful approach to brain tumours
Deprez, Manuel ULg

in Lancet (2001), Vol 358

Brain Tumours is a serious book, more than 1000 pages long, with 50 chapters, and the efforts of nearly 100 contributors. The editors begin by reminding us that surgery has always had a central role in ... [more ▼]

Brain Tumours is a serious book, more than 1000 pages long, with 50 chapters, and the efforts of nearly 100 contributors. The editors begin by reminding us that surgery has always had a central role in the management of brain tumours. However, surgical resection is often incomplete because of diffuse infiltration and the anatomical limits imposed by the surgical approach, or by proximity to the eloquent cortex. Incomplete resection undoubtedly contributes to tumour progression or recurrence, and the means to solve this dilemma lie in the collaborative effort of various medical and scientific disciplines. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacology of the Thromboxane Receptor Antagonist and Thromboxane Synthase Inhibitor Bm-531
Dogné, J. M.; Rolin, S.; de Leval, X. et al

in Cardiovascular Drug Reviews (2001), 19(2, Summer), 87-96

BM-531 (N-tert-butyl-N'-[(2-cyclohexylamino-5-nitrobenzene)sulfonyl]urea), a torasemide derivative, is a novel noncarboxylic thromboxane receptor antagonist and thromboxane synthase inhibitor. Indeed, its ... [more ▼]

BM-531 (N-tert-butyl-N'-[(2-cyclohexylamino-5-nitrobenzene)sulfonyl]urea), a torasemide derivative, is a novel noncarboxylic thromboxane receptor antagonist and thromboxane synthase inhibitor. Indeed, its affinity for human washed platelet TXA2 receptors labeled with [3H]SQ-29548 (IC50 = 0.0078 microM) is higher than sulotroban (IC50 = 0.93 microM) and SQ-29548 (IC50 = 0.021 microM). Moreover, BM-531 is characterized by a potent antiaggregatory property. Indeed, on one hand, in human citrated platelet-rich plasma BM-531 prevents platelet aggregation induced by arachidonic acid (600 microM) (ED100 = 0.125 microM), U-46619, a stable TXA2 agonist (1 microM) (ED50 = 0.482 microM) or collagen (1 microgram/mL) (percentage of inhibition: 42.9% at 10 microM) and inhibits the second wave of ADP (2 microM)-induced aggregation. On the other hand, when BM-531 is incubated in whole blood from healthy donors, the closure time measured by the recently developed platelet function analyser (PFA-100) is significantly prolonged. In addition, at the concentrations of 10 and 1 microM, BM-531 totally prevents the production of TXB2 by human platelets activated by arachidonic acid. Finally, at 10 microM, BM-531 significantly prevents rat fundus contractions induced by U-46619 but not by prostacyclin. These results suggest that BM-531, which is devoid of the diuretic property of torasemide, can be regarded as a promising antiplatelet agent. [less ▲]

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See detailThe early Paleozoic carbon cycle
Godderis, Y.; François, Louis ULg; Veizer, J.

in Earth And Planetary Science Letters (2001), 190(3-4), 181-196

A review of O, C, Sr and S isotope trends for the entire Phanerozoic shows that the present-day values of isotope signals are similar to those at the Proterozoic termination. The sharp rise in Sr-87/Sr-86 ... [more ▼]

A review of O, C, Sr and S isotope trends for the entire Phanerozoic shows that the present-day values of isotope signals are similar to those at the Proterozoic termination. The sharp rise in Sr-87/Sr-86 since similar to 65 Ma has been attributed to an uplift and subsequent metamorphism and erosion associated with the Himalayas and Tibet. This orogenic evolution has been postulated to have influenced the global organic and inorganic carbon cycles and climate as well. A similar large-scale orogeny, the Pan-African event, also dominated the Neoproterozoic (Vendian) times, and the similarity of modern and Neoproterozoic isotope values for seawater may therefore have had a comparable tectonic cause. In this contribution, we present the results of a numerical model of the coupled C-alkalinity-S-Sr cycles suggesting that the early Paleozoic (from early Cambrian to late Devonian) evolution of Sr, O, C and S seawater isotope signals could have been the consequence of progressive oxidation of a large reduced carbon reservoir exhumed during the Pan-African orogeny. The delta O-18 measured in brachiopod shells is used as a forcing of the model, postulating that any change in the oxygen isotopic composition of seawater is the result of a disequilibrium in the organic carbon subcycle through the coupling of the oxygen isotopic and carbon cycles. The calculated delta C-13, Sr-87/Sr-86 and delta S-34 are in good agreement with the data, as is the reasonable calculated history for atmospheric pCO(2) and its relation to global climate. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors inftuencing ribavirin-induced hemolysis
Van Vlierberghe, H.; Delanghe, J. R.; De Vos, M. et al

in Journal of Hepatology (2001), 34

BackgroundlAims: One of the major side eft'ects of the combination therapy for chronic hepatitis C is ribavirininduced hemolytic anemia. Little is known about variables inftuencing tbis anemia. Our study ... [more ▼]

BackgroundlAims: One of the major side eft'ects of the combination therapy for chronic hepatitis C is ribavirininduced hemolytic anemia. Little is known about variables inftuencing tbis anemia. Our study tried to search for these variables in a large group of patients with hepatitis C treated with the combination therapy. Methods: Two hundred and forty-four patients chronically infected with the hepatitis C virus were treated either with induction treatment (daily dose ofinterferon) or with a standard treatment (interferon thrice weekly). Both groups received 1000-1200 mg of ribavirin from week 4 until the end of the treatment. The drop in hemoglobin level was defined as the dift'erence between the pretreatment hemoglobin level and the hemoglobin level at week 8. Seventeen variables which could possibly influencê'this drop in hemoglobin level were examined. Results: After multivariate analysis, the drop in hemoglobin level was only significant influenced by pretreatment platelet level, treatment and haptoglobin phenotype. The ribavirin dose did not influence the drop in hemoglobin level or the early virological response. Conclusions: Ribavirin-induced hemolysis is inftuenced by the pretreatment platelet level, the administered amount of a-interferon and the haptoglobin phenotype. A careful search for the minimal dose of ribavirin needed in combination treatment is necessary. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the origin and systematics of the northern African wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) populations: a comparative study of mtDNA restriction patterns
Libois, Roland ULg; Michaux, Johan ULg; Ramalhinho, M. G. et al

in Canadian Journal of Zoology (2001), 79(8), 1503-1511

Conflicting hypotheses have been formulated regarding the origin of wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) populations in northern Africa. In this study, the mtDNA restriction patterns of mice (n = 28 ... [more ▼]

Conflicting hypotheses have been formulated regarding the origin of wood mouse (Apodemus sylvaticus) populations in northern Africa. In this study, the mtDNA restriction patterns of mice (n = 28) collected in Tunisia and Morocco are compared with those of representatives from southern Europe (n = 102). The neighbour-joining tree confirms the existence of the three lineages previously found in the Mediterranean area: western, Tyrrhenian-Balkan, and Sicilian. The western group is isolated from the two others, with bootstrap values of 89 and 95%. Northern African patterns are included in the western group. Their variability is low, the same pattern being shared by five Tunisian and all Moroccan animals (n = 18), caught either in the north of the country (Cap Spartel) or in the south (Marrakech). This implies that northern African wood mouse populations have a southwestern European origin and that their presence in the region is probably recent, which corresponds to both paleontological data and the hypothesis of anthropogenic introduction. [less ▲]

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See detailIntensive and Prolonged Health Promotion Strategy May Increase Awareness of Osteoporosis among Postmenopausal Women
Tellier, V.; De Maeseneer, J.; De Prins, L. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2001), 12(2), 131-5

The aim of the study was to measure the results of a 15-year health promotion strategy towards osteoporosis, in an urban community of subjects over 45 years old, in terms of osteoporosis awareness and ... [more ▼]

The aim of the study was to measure the results of a 15-year health promotion strategy towards osteoporosis, in an urban community of subjects over 45 years old, in terms of osteoporosis awareness and handling. To this end an ancillary study to a large survey of the Belgian population's self-perceived health status was carried out. A rectangular sample of 4800 individuals over 45 years old was randomly selected in two Belgian cities, among the affiliates of the two main health insurance providers. One of the cities (Liege) had been, since the early 1980s, the target of a constant health promotion strategy, directed to both the medical community and the general population, aimed at increasing osteoporosis awareness in women after the menopause. During the same period, no particular steps were taken in the other city (Aalst) to increase osteoporosis awareness in the community. In our study, the participants were asked to spontaneously report any chronic, serious and/or severe disorders that they had been suffering from, for at least 6 months, during the previous 12 months. They also provided a list of drugs they were taking at the time of the survey. Osteoporosis was reported to be a disease affecting 1.5% of men in Aalst and 1.3% of men in Liege (p = 0.61). For women, osteoporosis was reported to be present in 4.8% in Aalst and 10.8% in Liege (p<0.001). Self-reporting of osteoporosis prevalence in Liege was statistically significantly higher in women aged 45-64 years, 65-74 years or over 75 years (p<0.001). Obesity, alcohol consumption or physical activity were equally distributed between women from Liege and Aalst. Prescription drugs used for osteoporosis had been delivered to a similar proportion of men in Aalst and Liege. In women, a statistically significant difference in these prescription drugs was observed between Liege and Aalst, both for the overall population (p<0.001) and in each of the age classes (p<0.001 for 45-64 years and 65-74 years; p<0.009 for over 75 years). A continuous long-term health promotion strategy, directed toward both physicians and the general population, thus appears to increase awareness about osteoporosis in women over 45 years and/or in the medical community. This is reflected by an increase in self-reported prevalence of osteoporosis and in the prescription of drugs aimed at prevention and treatment of this disorder. Whether these observations reflect an appropriate diagnosis and a proper handling of the disease remains to be evaluated by objective diagnostic tools such as bone densitometry and by an evaluation of the effectiveness of prescription practices in postmenopausal women. [less ▲]

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See detailLand-cover change: quantification metrics for perforation using 2-D gap features.
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Salvador-Van Eysenrode, D; Van Hecke, P et al

in Acta Biotheoretica (2001), 49(3), 161-169

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See detailSize dependence of interior-to-edge ratios: size predominates shape.
Bogaert, Jan ULg

in Acta Biotheoretica (2001), 49(2), 121-123

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See detailLe débiteur et le contenu d'une garantie sujets à discussion
Paris, Catherine ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2001)

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See detailQuantitative cell dispersion analysis: new test to measure tumor cell aggressiveness
Nawrocki-Raby, Béatrice; Polette, Myriam; Gilles, Christine ULg et al

in International Journal of Cancer = Journal International du Cancer (2001), 93(5), 644-52

Tumor progression requires the dispersion of epithelial cells from neoplastic clusters and cell invasion of adjacent stromal connective tissue. Aiming at demonstrating the precise relationships between ... [more ▼]

Tumor progression requires the dispersion of epithelial cells from neoplastic clusters and cell invasion of adjacent stromal connective tissue. Aiming at demonstrating the precise relationships between cell dispersion and cell invasion, related respectively to expression of E-cadherin/catenin complex and matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs), we developed an original in vitro model of cell dispersion analysis. Our study reports the validation of this model that allowed us to analyze and quantify the cell cohesion level by means of time-lapse videomicroscopy and computer analysis based on the observation of spatial and temporal cell distribution. Our model was able to distinguish 2 groups among different human bronchial and mammary epithelial cells previously characterized for the expression of E-cadherin/catenin complex and MMPs and their invasive capacity in the Boyden chamber assay. The first group (16HBE14o-, MCF-7, T47D) that expressed membranous E-cadherin and -catenin, and was negative for MMP-2 expression and non-invasive, displayed a highly cohesive pattern corresponding to a cluster spatial distribution. The second group (Beas2B, BZR, BZR-T33, MDA-MB-231, MDA-MB-435, BT549 and HS578T) that was invasive and showed lack of expression of E-cadherin and a cytoplasmic redistribution of -catenin, displayed a dispersed pattern corresponding to a random spatial distribution. Downregulation of E-cadherin by a blocking antibody induced a more random distribution. Conversely, expression of E-cadherin by cDNA transfection induced a cluster distribution. Moreover, tumor cell lines that co-expressed MT1-MMP and MMP-2 (Beas2B, BZR, BZR-T33, MDA-MB-435, BT549 and HS578T) showed a more dispersed pattern than tumor cell lines that did not express MMP-2 (MDA-MB-231). In conclusion, we demonstrated that the spatial group behavior of cell lines, i.e., their cohesion/dispersion ability, reflects their invasive properties. Thus, this model of cell dispersion analysis may represent a new test to measure tumor cell aggressiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenotypic analysis of strains deleted for genes with unknown function: data and general reasoning.
Bianchi, M.; Sartori, G.; Vandenbol, Micheline ULg et al

in Yeast (Chichester, England) (2001), 18(S97), 5-31

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See detailPotential impact of the main benthic amphipods on the eastern Weddell Sea shelf ecosystem (Antarctica)
Dauby, Patrick ULg; Scailteur, Yves; Chapelle, Gauthier et al

in Polar Biology (2001), 24

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See detailQuelle biodiversite pour nos lisieres forestieres?
Branquart, E.; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Liesse, D. et al

in Parcs & Réserves (2001), 56(1), 26-32

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See detailNatural radiative lifetimes in Ce II
Zhang, Z. G.; Svanberg, S.; Jiang, Z. et al

in Physica Scripta (2001), 63

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See detailCommerce de détail, loisirs et tourisme : vers un renforcement des liens ?
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Hommes et Terres du Nord (2001), (2001/2), 90-96

The aim of this article is to analyze the recent evolution of the links between the retail trade and the activities of leisures and tourism. For this purpose, work was organized in three times: initially ... [more ▼]

The aim of this article is to analyze the recent evolution of the links between the retail trade and the activities of leisures and tourism. For this purpose, work was organized in three times: initially, studying of the effects induced on the retail trade by tourism and the leisures; then, analyzing of two new forms of trade (shopping centres and factory outlets malls) which seem today to Induce displacements of leisure and tourism to the same title sometimes as some city centers; then searching for an explanation. For us, the emergence of the places of trade as " entertaining resources " results from increasingly strong convergence on certain places of new waitings of the consumers and the charac-teristics of the offer suggested by the promoters. [less ▲]

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See detailAlternative mating tactics in the alpine newt Triturus alpestris alpestris
Denoël, Mathieu ULg; Poncin, Pascal ULg; Ruwet, Jean-Claude

in Journal of Herpetology (2001), 35(1), 62-67

Sexual behaviors in dyadic encounters in the alpine newt, Triturus alpestris alpestris, is described to test whether male behavior is influenced by external cues, that is, female responsiveness. Depending ... [more ▼]

Sexual behaviors in dyadic encounters in the alpine newt, Triturus alpestris alpestris, is described to test whether male behavior is influenced by external cues, that is, female responsiveness. Depending on this factor, a male exhibits one of the two following tactics during the sperm transfer phase. The male either waits for a positive response from the female before initiating sperm transfer ("waiting" tactic), or creeps and deposits a spermatophore in front of a nonresponsive female ("luring" tactic). The sperm transfer success rates of these tactics are 31% and 6%, respectively,and encounter success rates, 64% and 8%, respectively. The success of the second tactic is linked to behaviors that lure the female, notably quiver and distal lure. The same individual can exhibit both tactics, and neither body size nor condition appears to influence the tactic a male exhibits. These tactics can be interpreted as the result of a conditional strategy, that is, a strategy that allows an individual to incorporate information about its ability to obtain fitness through alternative tactics and then express the tactic that maximizes its fitness. More particularly, these tactics are examples of a side-payment strategy, that is, a strategy that allows individuals to achieve small gains by capitalizing on passing opportunities. [less ▲]

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See detailErosion of Deccan Traps determined by river geochemistry: impact on the global climate and the Sr-87/Sr-86 ratio of seawater
Dessert, C.; Dupre, B.; François, Louis ULg et al

in Earth And Planetary Science Letters (2001), 188(3-4), 459-474

The impact of the Deccan Traps on chemical weathering and atmospheric CO2 consumption on Earth is evaluated based on the study of major elements, strontium and Sr-87/Sr-86 isotopic ratios of the main ... [more ▼]

The impact of the Deccan Traps on chemical weathering and atmospheric CO2 consumption on Earth is evaluated based on the study of major elements, strontium and Sr-87/Sr-86 isotopic ratios of the main rivers flowing through the traps, using a numerical model which describes the coupled evolution of the chemical cycles of carbon. alkalinity and strontium and allows one to compute the variations in atmospheric pCO(2), mean global temperature and the Sr-87/Sr-86 isotopic ratio of seawater, in response to Deccan trap emplacement. The results suggest that the rate of chemical weathering of Deccan Traps (21-63 t/km(2)/yr) and associated atmospheric CO consumption (0.58-2.54 x 10(6) mol C/km(2)/yr) are relatively high compared to those linked to other basaltic regions. Our results on the Deccan and available data from other basaltic regions show that runoff and temperature are the two main parameters which control the rate of CO2 consumption during weathering of basalts, according to the relationship: f = R-f x C(0)exp[-Ea/R(1/T-1/298)] where f is the specific CO2 consumption rate (mol/km(2)/yr), R-f is runoff (mm/yr), C-0 is a constant (= 1764 mu mol/l), Ea represents an apparent activation energy for basalt weathering (with a value of 42.3 kJ/mol determined in the present study), R is the gas constant and T is the absolute temperature (K-o). Modelling results show that emplacement and weathering of Deccan Traps basalts played an important role in the geochemical cycles of carbon and strontium. In particular, the traps led to a change in weathering rate of both carbonates and silicates, in carbonate deposition on seafloor, in Sr isotopic composition of the riverine flux and hence a change in marine Sr isotopic composition. As a result, Deccan Traps emplacement was responsible for a strong increase of atmospheric pCO(2) by 1050 ppmv followed by a new steady-state pCO(2) lower than that in pre-Deccan times by 57 ppmv, implying that pre-industrial atmospheric pCO(2) would have been 20% higher in the absence of Deccan basalts. pCO(2) evolution was accompanied by a rapid warming of 4 degreesC, followed after 1 Myr by a global cooling of 0.55 degreesC. During the warming phase, continental silicate weathering is increased globally. Since weathering of continental silicate rocks provides radiogenic Sr to the ocean, the model predicts a peak in the Sr-87/Sr-86 ratio of seawater following the Deccan Traps emplacement. The amplitude and duration of this spike in the Sr isotopic signal are comparable to those observed at the Cretaceous-Tertiary boundary. The results of this study demonstrate the important control exerted by the emplacement and weathering of large basaltic provinces on the geochemical and climatic changes on Earth. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLes configurations de risques comme approche de la résilience dans une étude longitudinale
Boët, S.; Born, Michel ULg

in Revue Québécoise de Psychologie (2001), 22(1), 93-116

Cette recherche s'inscrit dans le cadre d'une étude longitudinale des facteurs de risque et de protection en délinquance juvénile. Nous avons observé les pratiques éducatives de la mère ainsi que le ... [more ▼]

Cette recherche s'inscrit dans le cadre d'une étude longitudinale des facteurs de risque et de protection en délinquance juvénile. Nous avons observé les pratiques éducatives de la mère ainsi que le comportement de l'enfant de sa naissance à cinq ans. Nous avons pu mettre en évidence quatre configurations de risque familial qui s'avèrent contenir nombre des enfants les plus turbulents de notre échantillon. Cependant, ces configurations rassemblent aussi des enfants qui ne manifestent aucun trouble comportemental, ce sont des enfants que nous considérons comme résilients. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscretization Schemes for Hybrid Methods
Geuzaine, Christophe ULg; Tarhasaari, T.; Kettunen, L. et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2001), 37(5), 3112--3115

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See detailOrientation And Effects Of Mastoparan X On Phospholipid Bicelles
Whiles, Ja.; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Glover, Kj. et al

in Biophysical Journal (2001), 80(1), 280-93

Mastoparan X (MPX: INWKGIAAMAKKLL-NH2) belongs to a family of ionophoric peptides found in wasp venom. Upon binding to the membrane, MPX increases the cell's permeability to cations leading to a ... [more ▼]

Mastoparan X (MPX: INWKGIAAMAKKLL-NH2) belongs to a family of ionophoric peptides found in wasp venom. Upon binding to the membrane, MPX increases the cell's permeability to cations leading to a disruption in the electrolyte balance and cell lysis. This process is thought to occur either through a membrane-thinning mechanism, where the peptide resides on the membrane surface thereby disrupting lipid packing, or through formation of an oligomeric pore. To address this issue, we have used both high-resolution and solid-state 2H NMR techniques to study the structure and orientation of MPX when associated with bicelles. NOESY and chemical shift analysis showed that in bicelles, MPX formed a well-structured amphipathic alpha-helix. In zwitterionic bicelles, the helical axis was found to rest generally perpendicular to the membrane normal, which could be consistent with the "carpet" mechanism for lytic activity. In anionic bicelles, on the other hand, the helical axis was generally parallel to the membrane normal, which is more consistent with the pore model for lytic activity. In addition, MPX caused significant disruption in lipid packing of the negatively charged phospholipids. Taken together, these results show that MPX associates differently with zwitterionic membranes, where it rests parallel to the surface, compared with negatively charged membranes, where it penetrates longitudinally. [less ▲]

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See detailElement removal in harvested tree biomass: scenarios for critical loads in Wallonia, south Belgium
Bosman, Bernard ULg; Remacle, Jean; Carnol, Monique ULg

in Water, Air & Soil Pollution : Focus (2001), 1

The critical load concept is now widely used as a tool for developing emission control policies in Europe. As a signatory country of the Convention of Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, critical ... [more ▼]

The critical load concept is now widely used as a tool for developing emission control policies in Europe. As a signatory country of the Convention of Long-Range Transboundary Air Pollution, critical loads for acidity, nutrient nitrogen, nitrogen and sulphur have been calculated for the Flemish and Walloon regions in Belgium. This paper describes the methodology used for estimating critical loads for forest soils in the Walloon region according to the Steady-State Mass Balance equations. As an example the methodology was applied to the catchment `Waroneu', situated in a sensitive area of the Haute Ardenne. Main input parameters to the equations were derived from precipitation and runoff data of the catchment study. Improved estimates of nitrogen uptake (Nu) and base cation uptake (BCu) were obtained by intensive sampling of Picea abies and Quercus robur trees. Nutrient contents (Ca, Mg, K, N) and nutrient to nitrogen ratios of Picea abies reflected the poor soil quality at a site with high N deposition. Quercus robur nutrient contents increased from stem to higher order branches with a high proportion of nutrients located in the bark. However the simulation of stem only harvesting had a minor effect on critical loads. Measured wood densities were lower than reported literature values with a main effect on Nu and BCu estimates. The use of recommended default values and/or data derived from the experimental site resulted in a wide range of critical loads, some of which were largely overestimated. Results demonstrated the importance of site specific data for critical load calculations. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Recognition of Antioxidants and UV-light Stabilizers on the Surface of Polypropylene : Atomic Force Microscopy with Chemically Modified Tips
Duwez, Anne-Sophie ULg; Poleunis, Claude; Bertrand, Patrick et al

in Langmuir (2001), 17

We show in this paper that it is possible to locally detect additives on the surface of polypropylene with chemically modified atomic force microscopy (AFM) tips. Gold-coated AFM tips modified with methyl ... [more ▼]

We show in this paper that it is possible to locally detect additives on the surface of polypropylene with chemically modified atomic force microscopy (AFM) tips. Gold-coated AFM tips modified with methyl and hydroxyl terminated self-assembled alkanethiol monolayers were used to measure adhesion forces on a process-stabilizing agent (Irgafos 168), an antioxidant (Irganox 1010), and UV-light stabilizers (Tinuvin 770, Dastib 845, Chimassorb 944, and Hostavin N30). Pull-off force measurements carried out on these pure additive films have shown that it is possible to discriminate between antioxidants and UV-light stabilizers. We have evidenced a characteristic fingerprint for each additive, according to the functionality of the tip used and themediumwherein the force measurements are realized (water or nitrogen atmosphere). Similarly we have measured pull-off forces on a melt-pressed polypropylene sample stabilized with Irgafos 168, Irganox 1010, and Tinuvin 770. These adhesion force measurements show that the extreme surface of the polymer is mainly made of a layer of Tinuvin 770. These results have been compared to those obtained from time-of-flight secondary ion mass spectrometry measurements [less ▲]

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See detailDuck plague: a permanent threat for domestic and wild anatids
Marlier, Didier ULg; Jaumin, F.; Delleur, V. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145(5, NOV-DEC), 287-291

Duck plague: a permanent threat for domestic and wild anatids. Duck plague, also named duck virus enteritis is a disease of ducks, geese and swans of all ages. The authors present a review of the current ... [more ▼]

Duck plague: a permanent threat for domestic and wild anatids. Duck plague, also named duck virus enteritis is a disease of ducks, geese and swans of all ages. The authors present a review of the current knowledge about this viral infection. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes F2 need a hard pomeron?
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Soyez, G.

in Physics Letters B (2001), 516

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See detailHuman Fdc Express Prpc in Vivo and in Vitro
Thielen, Caroline ULg; Antoine, Nadine ULg; Mélot, France ULg et al

in Developmental Immunology (2001), 8(3-4), 259-66

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by accumulation of abnormal prion protein (protease-resistant prion, PrPres). PrPres accumulation is also detected in lymphoid organs after ... [more ▼]

Prion diseases are fatal neurodegenerative disorders caused by accumulation of abnormal prion protein (protease-resistant prion, PrPres). PrPres accumulation is also detected in lymphoid organs after peripheral infection. Several studies suggest that follicular dendritic cells (FDC) could be the site of PrPres retention and amplification. Here we show that human follicular dendritic cells can express normal cellular prion protein (PrPc) both in situ and in vitro. When tonsillar cryosections were treated with anti-PrP antibody, the label was found on some very delicate cell extensions inside the lymphoid follicles, especially in the germinal centres. These extensions react with DRC1 antibody, used frequently to label FDC. Other structures labelled with anti-PrP antibody were the keratinocytes. To confirm the ability of FDC to synthesise PrPc, we isolated FDC by a non-enzymatic procedure and cultured them. By cytochemistry and flow cytometry it was clearly shown that FDC do produce PrPc. [less ▲]

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See detailCarbon balance gradient in European forests: should we doubt 'surprising' results? A reply to Piovesan & Adams
Jarvis, P. G.; Dolman, A. J.; Schulze, E. D. et al

in Journal of Vegetation Science (2001), 12(1), 145-150

This paper responds to the Forum contribution by Piovesan & Adams (2000) who criticized the results obtained by the EUROFLUX network on carbon fluxes of several European forests. The major point of ... [more ▼]

This paper responds to the Forum contribution by Piovesan & Adams (2000) who criticized the results obtained by the EUROFLUX network on carbon fluxes of several European forests. The major point of criticism was that the data provided by EUROFLUX are inconsistent with current scientific understanding. It is argued that understanding the terrestrial global carbon cycle requires more than simply restating what was known previously, and that Piovesan & Adams have not been able to show any major conflicts between our findings and ecosystem or atmospheric-transport theories. [less ▲]

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See detailCalculated transition probabilities in highly charged Ti-like ions
Biémont, Emile ULg; Träbert, E.; Zeippen, C. J.

in Journal of Physics : B Atomic Molecular & Optical Physics (2001), 34

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See detailQuoi de neuf en littératie ? : Regard sur trente ans d'évaluation de la lecture
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (7-8), 71-95

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See detailIncidences morphodynamiques et biologiques de réaménagements de rivières : le cas de l’Ourthe occidentale à Moircy
Jonet; Petit, François ULg; Dupont, E. et al

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2001)

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See detailHair loss after terbinafine treatment
Richert, Bertrand ULg; Uhoda, I.; de LA BRASSINNE, Michel ULg

in British Journal of Dermatology (2001), 145

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See detailImpact des tiques sur la croissance des agneaux Djallonké
Hounzangbe, M. S.; Koutinhouin, G. B.; Linton, E. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

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See detailComparison between the GIRBAS Scale and the Acoustic and Aerodynamic Measures Provided by EVA for the Assessment of Dysphonia following Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis.
Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Jamart, Jacques; Wery, Carine et al

in Folia Phoniatrica et Logopaedica (2001), 53(6), 317-25

The aim of this study is to establish relevant objective parameters for evaluating dysphonia following unilateral vocal fold paralysis. To do so, the study compares objective and perceptual voice measures ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to establish relevant objective parameters for evaluating dysphonia following unilateral vocal fold paralysis. To do so, the study compares objective and perceptual voice measures. The objective measures were obtained using a voice analysis software (Evaluation Vocale Assistee), whereas the perceptual measures were established with the GIRBAS Scale (grade, instability, roughness, breathiness, asthenia, and strain). All measurements were performed on 40 voice samples: 28 dysphonic subjects with unilateral laryngeal paralysis, and 12 control subjects. The intra- and inter-judge agreements were fairly good, at least for control subjects. The six GIRBAS measures obtained from the pathological voices were higher than those from the control voices (p < 0.001) and the correlation between both groups was good. Grade, breathiness and asthenia correlated with the objective parameters that express the aperiodicity of the phonatory signal (p < 0.01), namely, the coefficient of variability of the fundamental frequency, the coefficient of variability of intensity, and jitter. Our findings suggest that the perceptual reality of laryngeal paralysis-induced dysphonia depends more on grade, breathiness and asthenia than it does on roughness or instability. [less ▲]

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See detailUn oracle médical de Sarpédon à Séleucie du Calycadnos
Nissen, Cécile ULg

in Kernos : Revue Internationale et Pluridisciplinaire de Religion Grecque (2001), 14

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See detailPincer Nails: Definition and Surgical Treatment
Baran, R.; Hanecke, E.; Richert, Bertrand ULg

in Dermatologic Surgery (2001), 27

BACKGROUNG: There are four main types of ingrown nail. These are distal nail embedding, juvenile (subcutaneous) ingrown nail, hypertrophy of the lateral nail fold (lip), and pincer nail. OBJECTIVE: The ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUNG: There are four main types of ingrown nail. These are distal nail embedding, juvenile (subcutaneous) ingrown nail, hypertrophy of the lateral nail fold (lip), and pincer nail. OBJECTIVE: The etiology of pincer nail may be hereditary or acquired. The mechanism of the most common form, an enlarged base of the distal bony phalanx, is discussed. METHODS: Use of roentgenogram and magnetic resonance imaging highlights exophytes of the base and dorsal hyperostosis of the distal phalanx. RESULTS: Global assessment may lead in mild cases to medical therapy. Usually, however, the lateral matrix horn must be surgically removed or cauterized by phenol. Dermal grafting under the nail matrix provides excellent long-term results. [less ▲]

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See detailRandom matrix study of the phase structure of QCD with two colors
Vanderheyden, Benoît ULg; Jackson, A. D.

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (2001), 64(7), 074016

We apply a random matrix model to the study of the phase diagram of QCD with two colors, two flavors, and a small quark mass. Although the effects of temperature are only included schematically, this ... [more ▼]

We apply a random matrix model to the study of the phase diagram of QCD with two colors, two flavors, and a small quark mass. Although the effects of temperature are only included schematically, this model reproduces most of the ground state predictions of chiral perturbation theory and also gives a qualitative picture of the phase diagram at all temperatures. It leads, however, to an unphysical behavior of the chiral order parameter and the baryon density in vacuum and does not support diquark condensation at arbitrarily high densities. A better treatment of temperature dependence leads to correct vacuum and small temperature properties. We compare our results at both high and low densities with the results of microscopic calculations using the Nambu-Jona-Lasinio (NJL) model and discuss the effects of large momentum scales on the variations of condensation fields with chemical potential. [less ▲]

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See detailCoordinated regulation of procollagens I and III and their post-translational enzymes by dissipation of mechanical tension in human dermal fibroblasts.
Lambert, Charles ULg; Colige, Alain ULg; Lapiere, C. M. et al

in European Journal of Cell Biology (2001), 80(7), 479-85

Mechanical tension governs fibroblast proliferation and survival and the homeostasis of the extracellular matrix to adapt its resistance to the mechanical requirements of the organs. To consolidate this ... [more ▼]

Mechanical tension governs fibroblast proliferation and survival and the homeostasis of the extracellular matrix to adapt its resistance to the mechanical requirements of the organs. To consolidate this view, we analysed the effect of tension release on the expression of molecules involved in the architecture and stabilisation of the collagen fibres, namely the procollagens type I and III, the amino- and carboxy-procollagen peptidases (N-pCP and C-pCP) and lysyl oxidase. Cells were cultured in conditions of high mechanical stress in monolayer on a collagen coat and under reduced tension by disruption of the cytoskeleton upon treatment with cytochalasin D in monolayer on a collagen coat or by integrin-mediated stress relaxation in a freely retracting collagen gel. The mRNAs were measured by quantitative RT-PCR monitored by simultaneous reverse-transcription and amplification of an original internal standard. Tension relaxation resulted in a decreased expression of the procollagens type I and III, of the two expressed forms of C-pCP, of the two forms of N-pCP and of lysyl oxidase. Type III collagen, known to control diameter of the fibres, was less down-regulated than type I collagen. Interestingly, the expression of the two alternatively spliced forms of the N-pCP was dissimilarly regulated. These data suggest that mechanical tension may modulate the stiffness of the extracellular matrix by controlling not only the level of expression of its fibrillar constituents but also that of the enzymes participating in their extracellular processing and mechanical stabilisation. [less ▲]

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See detailFlutter Prediction from Flight Flutter Test Data
Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg; Cooper, Jonathan E

in Journal of Aircraft (2001), 38(2), 355-367

The most common approach to flight flutter testing is to track estimated modal damping ratios of an aircraft over a number of flight conditions. These damping trends are then extrapolated to predict ... [more ▼]

The most common approach to flight flutter testing is to track estimated modal damping ratios of an aircraft over a number of flight conditions. These damping trends are then extrapolated to predict whether it is safe to move to the next test point and also to determine the utter speed. In the quest for more reliable and efficient flight flutter testing procedures, a number of alternative data analysis methods have been proposed. Five of these approaches are compared on two simulated aeroelastic models. The comparison is based on both the accuracy of prediction and the efficiency of each method. It is found that, for simple aeroelastic systems, the Nissim and Gilyard method (Nissim, E., and Gilyard, G. B., “Method for Experimental Determination of Flutter Speed by Parameter Identification,” AIAA Paper 89-1324, 1989) yields the best flutter predictions and is also the least computationally expensive approach.However, for larger systems, simpler approaches such as the damping fit and envelope function methods are found to be most reliable. [less ▲]

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See detailLe Mésolithique du Bassin pannonien et la formation du Rubané
Otte, Marcel ULg; Noiret, Pierre ULg

in Anthropologie (L') (2001), 105(3, JUL-SEP), 409-419

The LBK appears as the result of acculturation of local Mesolithic Populations, beginning in the Pannonian Basin following a trans-Balkan colonisation. Economy, architecture and ceramic proceed from an ... [more ▼]

The LBK appears as the result of acculturation of local Mesolithic Populations, beginning in the Pannonian Basin following a trans-Balkan colonisation. Economy, architecture and ceramic proceed from an adaptation to local means, which explains the chronological disjunction between acculturation and geographic expansion. The whole is placed within a context already Indo-European, since the Late Palaeolithic. (C) 2001 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. [less ▲]

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See detailHIF-1 and AP-1 cooperate to increase gene expression in hypoxia: role of MAP kinases.
Michiels, C.; Minet, E.; Michel, G. et al

in IUBMB Life (2001), 52(1-2), 49-53

HIF-1 is the main transcription factor responsible for increased gene expression in hypoxia: VEGF, erythropoietin, GLUT-1, and glycolytic enzymes are such target genes and all participate in the ... [more ▼]

HIF-1 is the main transcription factor responsible for increased gene expression in hypoxia: VEGF, erythropoietin, GLUT-1, and glycolytic enzymes are such target genes and all participate in the adaptative response of cells to hypoxia. AP-1 activation by hypoxia has also been demonstrated in several cell lines and it cooperates with HIF-1 for increasing VEGF gene transcription in hypoxia. Both HIF-1 and AP-1 activation by hypoxia seems to involve members of the MAP kinase family. Here, we summarize the data indicating that ERK and JNK are needed for activation of HIF-1 and AP-1, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailÀ Stavelot-Malmedy entre 1080 et 1130. Cinquante ans de vie monastique revisités
George, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin des Bibliophiles liégeois (2001)

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See detailEvolutionary history of the most speciose mammals: molecular phylogeny of muroid rodents.
Michaux, Johan ULg; Reyes, A.; Catzeflis, F.

in Molecular Biology and Evolution (2001), 18(11), 2017-31

Phylogenetic relationships between 32 species of rodents representing 14 subfamilies of Muridae and four subfamilies of Dipodidae were studied using sequences of the nuclear protein-coding genes Lecithin ... [more ▼]

Phylogenetic relationships between 32 species of rodents representing 14 subfamilies of Muridae and four subfamilies of Dipodidae were studied using sequences of the nuclear protein-coding genes Lecithin Cholesterol Acyl Transferase (LCAT) and von Willebrand Factor (vWF). An examination of some evolutionary properties of each data matrix indicates that the two genes are rather complementary, with lower rates of nonsynonymous substitutions for LCAT. Both markers exhibit a wide range of GC3 percentages (55%-89%), with several taxa above 70% GC3 for vWF, which indicates that those exonic regions might belong to the richest class of isochores. The primary sequence data apparently harbor few saturations, except for transitions on third codon positions for vWF, as indicated by comparisons of observed and expected pairwise values of substitutions. Phylogenetic trees based on 1,962 nucleotidic sites from the two genes indicate that the 14 Muridae subfamilies are organized into five major lineages. An early isolation leads to the clade uniting the fossorial Spalacinae and semifossorial Rhizomyinae with a strong robustness. The second lineage includes a series of African taxa representing nesomyines, dendromurines, cricetomyines, and the sole living member of mystromyines. The third one comprises only the mouselike hamster CALOMYSCUS: The fourth clade represents the cricetines, myospalacines, sigmodontines, and arvicolines, whereas the fifth one comprises four "traditional" subfamilies (Gerbillinae, Murinae, Otomyinae, and Acomyinae). Within these groups, we confirm the monophyly of almost all studied subfamilies, namely, Spalacinae, Rhizomyinae, Nesomyinae, Cricetomyinae, Arvicolinae, Sigmodontinae, Cricetinae, Gerbillinae, Acomyinae, and Murinae. Finally, we present evidence that the sister group of Acomyinae is Gerbillinae, and we confirm a nested position of Myospalacinae within Cricetinae and Otomyinae within Murinae. From a biogeographical point of view, the five main lineages spread and radiated from Asia with different degrees of success: the first three groups are now represented by a limited number of species and genera localized in some regions, whereas the last two groups radiated in a large variety of species and genera dispersed all over the world. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of Ketoconazole 1% and 2% Shampoos on Severe Dandruff and Seborrhoeic Dermatitis: Clinical, Squamometric and Mycological Assessments
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg; Arrese, J. E. et al

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 202(2), 171-6

Ketoconazole (KET) is active to control dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. Objective assessments comparing the 1% and 2% shampoo formulations are scant. This open, randomized parallel-group trial was ... [more ▼]

Ketoconazole (KET) is active to control dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. Objective assessments comparing the 1% and 2% shampoo formulations are scant. This open, randomized parallel-group trial was carried out to differentiate the effectiveness of KET 1% and 2% in severe dandruff and seborrhoeic dermatitis. A total of 66 patients with severe dandruff or seborrhoeic dermatitis were randomized to each of the two groups. A 2-week run-in phase was followed by a 4-week treatment phase, in turn followed by a 4-week follow-up. The efficacy of treatments was evaluated by combining squamometry X, Malassezia spp. counts and clinical assessments. After 2 and 4 weeks of treatment, KET 2% was significantly superior over KET 1% (p < 0.001) for decreasing both in flakiness and Malassezia density from baseline. The same trend was observed in the mean change from baseline in the overall dandruff severity score. Only 6 mild adverse events were reported. During follow-up KET 2% showed a trend to fewer relapses than KET 1%. KET 2% had superior efficacy compared to KET 1% in the treatment of severe dandruff and scalp seborrhoeic dermatitis. Biometrological evaluations were correlated with the clinical improvements and therefore useful to incorporate in future dandruff studies. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges in polyamines, auxins and peroxidase activity during in vitro rooting of Fraxinus angustifolia shoots: an auxin-independent rooting model
Tonon, Giustino; Kevers, Claire ULg; Gaspar, Thomas ULg

in Tree Physiology (2001), 21(10), 655-663

Among shoots of Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl raised in vitro, 76% rooted after culture on root induction medium for 5 days in darkness followed by culture on root expression medium for 15 days in light. The ... [more ▼]

Among shoots of Fraxinus angustifolia Vahl raised in vitro, 76% rooted after culture on root induction medium for 5 days in darkness followed by culture on root expression medium for 15 days in light. The addition of 20.7 muM indole-butyric acid (IBA) to the root induction medium did not significantly increase the rooting percentage (88%). Putrescine, spermidine, cyclohexylamine (CHA) and aminoguanidine (AG) enhanced rooting up to 100% (98.66% for AG), when applied during root induction in the absence of IBA, otherwise these compounds inhibited rooting, as did spermine and difluoromethylornithine (DFMO) + difluoromethylarginine (DFMA). The root induction phase was characterized by a temporary increase in endogenous free indole-acetic acid (IAA) and putrescine concentrations during root induction, whereas the root expression phase was characterized by increased peroxidase activity and low concentrations of polyamines. These changes were specifically associated with the rooting process and did not depend on the presence of exogenous IBA, because application of exogenous IBA enhanced the amount of IAA in the cuttings but did not affect rooting or the pattern of changes in polyamines and peroxidase. The effects of CHA, AG and DFMO + DFMA on endogenous concentrations of auxins and polyamines highlight the close relationship between the effects of IAA and putrescine in root induction and suggest that polyamine catabolism has an important role in root formation and elongation. [less ▲]

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See detailShelf-slope exchanges associated with a steep submarine canyon off Calvi (Corsica, NW Mediterranean Sea): A modelling approach
Skliris, Nikos; Goffart, Anne ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2001), 106(C9), 19883-19901

A three-dimensional, unsteady, nonlinear, high-resolution model is used to investigate the impact of the Calvi Canyon (NW Corsica) steep topography on the shelf-slope exchanges as well as on the ... [more ▼]

A three-dimensional, unsteady, nonlinear, high-resolution model is used to investigate the impact of the Calvi Canyon (NW Corsica) steep topography on the shelf-slope exchanges as well as on the circulation in the Calvi Bay in homogeneous winter and early spring conditions. A double σ coordinate system is considered in order to represent adequately the high depth gradients within the canyon. The studied region is under the influence of the West Corsica Current flowing northeastward along the NW Corsican coast (right-bounded flow). Model results show that the circulation in the Calvi Bay is determined by flow modifications in the canyon area. The mean horizontal flow is deviated southwestward upstream of the canyon to form an anticyclonic gyre in the western part of the Calvi Bay. Within the canyon the circulation is cyclonic leading to an offshore flow downstream of the canyon. Around the canyon rim, the cross-shelf currents become important, indicating that this region acts as a transition zone of high exchange between nearshore and offshore areas. Furthermore, the canyon topography generates high downwelling (upwelling) and downsloping (upsloping) velocities responsible for an intense vertical transport of material in the area. Numerical runs are performed for typical prevailing wind conditions. The wind is responsible for a drastic increase of cross-shore transports between the bay and the canyon area (3–4 times larger than in the no-wind case). SW winds induce a further enhancement of cross-shelf exchanges, whereas the effect of N-NE winds is to reduce exchange at the shelf break apart from the canyon head where an intense offshore flow occurs. Within the canyon, high vertical velocities are shown to be associated with high cyclonic vorticity which is enhanced (reduced) by the N-NE (SW) wind event. A comparison between model results and measured distributions of nitrate and chlorophyll a concentrations in the area shows the role played by this specific hydrodynamics as a strong constraint on the coastal pelagic ecosystem. [less ▲]

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See detailAires protégées et accroissement démographique
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

in Canopée : bulletin sur l'environnement en Afrique Centrale (2001), 20

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See detailIsolation of Clostridium perfringens from three neonatal calves with haemorrhagic abomasitis.
Manteca, C.; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Daube, Georges ULg et al

in Revue de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 152

Braxy-like disease with sudden death and acute haemorhagic abomasitis was diagnosed in three Belgian Blue calves : one two-day-old and one one month-old calves, in good condition with no clinical signs ... [more ▼]

Braxy-like disease with sudden death and acute haemorhagic abomasitis was diagnosed in three Belgian Blue calves : one two-day-old and one one month-old calves, in good condition with no clinical signs noted a few hours prior to death, and another two day-old calf, which had shown problems of abomasal dilatation and regurgitation prior to death. Histologically, the abomasal wall were oedematous and emphysematous. A pure and abundant growth of Clostridium perfringens was obtained in anaerobic conditions from the abomasal wall of the three Belgian Blue calves. No bacterial growth was obtained in aerobic conditions. The calf with digestive disorders was also positive for BVD virus by immunofluorescence in the abomasal wall and in the spleen. [less ▲]

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See detailLa vertu du compromis : Dimensions éthique et pragmatique de l’accord
Nachi, Mohamed ULg

in Revue interdisciplinaire d’études juridiques (2001), 46(1), 81-110

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See detailApport de la tomographie par émission de positons pour la détection des tumeurs primitives lors de la découverte de métastases
Albérini, Jean-Louis; Belhocine, Tarik; Daenen, Frédéric ULg et al

in Bulletin du Cancer (2001), 88(5), 518-519

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See detailObesite: aspects therapeutiques.
Scheen, André ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (2001), 156(10-12), 471-9480-2

Obesity is now recognized as a chronic disease. Its treatment implies a prolonged negative energy balance, by reducing caloric intake and/or increasing energy expenditure. In practice, three therapeutic ... [more ▼]

Obesity is now recognized as a chronic disease. Its treatment implies a prolonged negative energy balance, by reducing caloric intake and/or increasing energy expenditure. In practice, three therapeutic approaches can be considered: 1) life-style modifications, combining well-balanced hypocaloric diet and regular physical exercise, the key-issue in obesity management; 2) in case of failure and as adjunct treatment, anti-obesity drugs, especially orlistat, an intestinal lipase inhibitor, and sibutramine, a central appetite regulator; and 3) in patients with extreme refractory obesity, surgical procedures consisting of gastric restriction (gastroplasty) or intestinal bypass. Anti-obesity treatments must be evaluated in the long run, in terms of efficacy/safety ratio, upon criteria of weight loss, reduction in associated risk factors, improvement of quality of life and, if possible, reduction of morbidity and mortality. [less ▲]

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See detailA twinned monoclinic crystal form of human peroxiredoxin 5 with eight molecules in the asymmetric unit
Declercq, Jean-Paul; Evrard, Christine ULg

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (2001), D57

The monoclinic crystal form of human peroxiredoxin 5 with eight molecules in the asymmetric unit was obtained under exactly the same conditions as the tetragonal form with one molecule in the asymmetric ... [more ▼]

The monoclinic crystal form of human peroxiredoxin 5 with eight molecules in the asymmetric unit was obtained under exactly the same conditions as the tetragonal form with one molecule in the asymmetric unit, except that the latter was briefly cryosoaked with halide for derivatization. A merohedral twinning was observed, which is rather unusual in the monoclinic system and only possible with particular unit-cell dimensions. After detwinning the native and a mercury derivative, the structure was solved by the SIR method with the help of the non-crystallographic symmetry. The packing of the monoclinic and tetragonal forms are compared, with special attention to the role of bromide ions in the change of space group after crystallization. The availability of nine (eight monoclinic plus one tetragonal) independent molecules allows an analysis of the mobility. The two Cys residues implicated in the peroxide-reduction mechanism are located in rigid regions but are covered by mobile loops. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyploid formation in cotton is not accompanied by rapid genomic changes
Liu, B.; Brubaker, Cl.; Mergeai, Guy ULg et al

in Genome (2001), 44(3), 321-330

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See detailGlutathione S-transferases of Aulacorthum solani and Acyrthosiphon pisum: partial purification and characterization.
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gaspar, Charles ULg et al

in Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part B (2001), 129(1), 165-71

Glutathione S-transferases (GST) play an important role in the detoxification of many substances including allelochemicals from plants. Brassicaceae plants contain glucosinolates and emit volatile ... [more ▼]

Glutathione S-transferases (GST) play an important role in the detoxification of many substances including allelochemicals from plants. Brassicaceae plants contain glucosinolates and emit volatile isothiocyanates which affect the GST system. A comparison of the GST of two aphid species, the generalist Aulacorthum solani found on Brassicaceae and the Fabaceae specialist Acyrthosiphon pisum, was made to try to explain their respective feeding behaviour. Differences of GST were determined among the two aphid species based on purification by affinity chromatography, SDS-PAGE and on kinetic studies. Purification yields using an epoxy-activated Sepharose 6B column were highly different for the two aphid species (18% and 34% for A. solani and A. pisum, respectively). These variations were confirmed by SDS-PAGE. While only a 27-kDa band was observed for A. pisum, two bands of approximately 25-kDa were visualized for the generalist aphid, A. solani. Considering the kinetic results, differences of Km and Vmax were observed following the aphid species when a range of substrates (CDNB and DCNB) and GSH concentrations were tested. Studies on the detoxification enzymes of generalist and specialist herbivores would be undertaken to determine accurately the effect of the host plant on the organisms eating them, particularly in terms of biochemical and ecological advantages. [less ▲]

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See detailA simple tool to identify asian women at increased risk of osteoporosis.
Koh, L K; Sedrine, W B; Torralba, T P et al

in Osteoporosis International (2001), 12(8), 699-705

Patients with low bone mineral density (BMD) have a high risk of future fractures, and should be actively considered for treatment to reduce their risk. However, BMD measurements are not widely available ... [more ▼]

Patients with low bone mineral density (BMD) have a high risk of future fractures, and should be actively considered for treatment to reduce their risk. However, BMD measurements are not widely available in some communities, because of cost and lack of equipment. Simple questionnaires have been designed to help target high-risk women for BMD measurements, thereby avoiding the cost of measuring women at low risk. However, such tools have previously focused on evaluation of non-Asian women. We collected information about numerous risk factors from postmenopausal Asian women in eight countries in Asia using questionnaires, and evaluated the ability of these risk factors to identify women with osteoporosis as defined by femoral neck BMD T-scores < or =-2.5. Multiple variable regression analysis and item reduction yielded a final tool based on only age and body weight. This risk index had a sensitivity of 91% and specificity of 45%, with an area under the curve of 0.79. Previously published risk indices based on larger numbers of variables performed similarly well in this Asian population. Large differences in risk were identified using our index to create three categories: 61% of the high-risk women had osteoporosis, compared with only 15% and 3% of the intermediate- and low-risk women, respectively. The low-risk group represented 40% of all women, for whom BMD measurements are probably not needed unless important risk factors, such as prior nonviolent fracture or corticosteroid use, are present. An existing population-based sample of postmenopausal Japanese women was used to validate our index. In this sample of Japanese women the sensitivity was 98% and specificity was 29%; the low-risk category, for whom BMD is probably unnecessary, represented 25% of all women. We conclude that our index performed well for classifying the risk of osteoporosis among postmenopausal Asian women and applying it would result in more prudent use of BMD technology. [less ▲]

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See detailPour un comparatisme heuristique. Répertoire d’évaluation, identité morale et dignité de la personne
Nachi, Mohamed ULg

in The Tocqueville Review/La revue Tocqueville (2001), 22(2), 105-123

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See detailReclamation of lead/zinc processing wastes at Kabwe, Zambia: A phytogeochemical approach
Leteinturier, B.; Laroche, J.; Matera, J. et al

in South African Journal of Science (2001), 97(11-12), 624-627

The lead/zinc mining industry of Kabwe (Central Province of Zambia), in operation from 1906 to 1994, generated metalliferous slag heaps covering an area of over 75 ha. The slag heaps are responsible for ... [more ▼]

The lead/zinc mining industry of Kabwe (Central Province of Zambia), in operation from 1906 to 1994, generated metalliferous slag heaps covering an area of over 75 ha. The slag heaps are responsible for aerosol emissions with a high heavy metal content over the mine townships of Kasanda and Chowa, resulting in health risks for the local population. In this phytogeochemical investigation, soil samples showed very high lead, zinc and copper concentrations in topsoil. Plant surveys identified 39 taxa, including several tropical and metalloresistant weeds. We concluded that phytostabilization was the only suitable management method for the area. Plant species recommended for phytostabilization are Indigofera spicata, Melinis repens, Cynodon dactylon, Aristida adscencionis and Pennisetum setaceum. [less ▲]

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See detailRole Of The Proline-Rich Motif Of Bovine Leukemia Virus Transmembrane Protein Gp30 In Viral Load And Pathogenicity In Sheep
Reichert, M.; Winnicka, A.; Willems, Luc ULg et al

in Journal of Virology (2001), 75(17),

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See detailAarabia, a new Early Devonian vascular plant from Africa (Morocco).
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Meyer-Berthaud, Brigitte

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2001), 116

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See detailThe relationships between executive dysfunction and frontal hypometabolism in Alzheimer's disease
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Delrue, Gaël ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg et al

in Brain & Cognition (2001), 47(1/2), 272-275

A serie of tasks assessing executive functions was administered to patients with Alzheimer's disease and control subjects. Two groups of Alzheimer patients were examined : patients with hypometabolism ... [more ▼]

A serie of tasks assessing executive functions was administered to patients with Alzheimer's disease and control subjects. Two groups of Alzheimer patients were examined : patients with hypometabolism restricted to the posterior (temporal and parietal) cerebral areas and patients with hypometabolism in both posterior and anterior (frontal) cerebral areas. The performance of Alzheimer patients was inferior to control subjects on all executive tasks. However, the two groups of Alzheimer patients did not differ from each other on all tasks except one. These data indicate that frontal lobe hypometabolism is not necessary to produce executive impairment in Alzheimer's disease. Consequently, executive dysfunction could be the consequence of a disconnection process between posterior and anterior cerebral areas; [less ▲]

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See detailContributions to early land plant research (XIV IBC).
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Berry, Christopher M.

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2001), 116

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See detailOil field subsidence phenomena
Charlier, Robert ULg; Schroeder, Christian ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg et al

in Revue Française de Génie Civil (2001), 5(6), 857-866

Subsidence of an chalky oil field is described. The mechanical behaviour of the chalk partly saturated by oil and water is described and allows to model the compaction occurring within a simple reservoir ... [more ▼]

Subsidence of an chalky oil field is described. The mechanical behaviour of the chalk partly saturated by oil and water is described and allows to model the compaction occurring within a simple reservoir model during the depletion as well as during the water injection. [less ▲]

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See detailTransplantation pulmonaire et fonction mitochondriale
Detry, Olivier ULg; Willet, K.; Meurisse, Michel ULg et al

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (2001), 156(6, Pt 2), 355-9

The mechanisms of cellular lesions induced by lung ischemia and reperfusion are not fully understood and, in particular, the consequences of pulmonary ischemia and reperfusion injury on mitochondrial ... [more ▼]

The mechanisms of cellular lesions induced by lung ischemia and reperfusion are not fully understood and, in particular, the consequences of pulmonary ischemia and reperfusion injury on mitochondrial function have not been previously investigated. Therefore, we studied the respiratory function of isolated pulmonary mitochondria in a swine model of lung ischemia and reperfusion. We demonstrated that prolonged hypothermic (4 degrees C) ischemia induces significant lesions of the mitochondrial respiratory chain, particularly if ischemia is followed by normothermic reperfusion. These results should be integrated in the cellular alterations induced by the ischemia-reperfusion injury. In another swine model mimicking controlled non-heart beating donors, we demonstrated that thirty minutes of cardiac arrest do not promote significant alteration of the mitochondrial respiratory function. In contrast, forty-five minutes of cardiac arrest, induced significant mitochondrial lesions. This pulmonary tolerance to normothermic cardiac arrest might be explained by the presence of air in the lung airways, allowing some aerobic metabolism after circulatory arrest. These results suggested that lung grafts might be harvested from non-heart beating donors after thirty minutes of cardiac arrest, significantly increasing the pulmonary graft pool. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of temperature during cardiopulmonary bypass on leukocyte activation, cytokine balance, and post-operative organ damage
Qing, M.; Vazquez-Jimenez, J. F.; Klosterhalfen, B. et al

in Shock (Augusta, Ga.) (2001), 15(5), 372-7

This study examined the hypothesis that core temperature (T(o)) during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) influences the perioperative systemic inflammatory response and post-operative organ damage. Twenty-four ... [more ▼]

This study examined the hypothesis that core temperature (T(o)) during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) influences the perioperative systemic inflammatory response and post-operative organ damage. Twenty-four pigs were assigned to a T(o) regimen during CPB: normothermia (T(o) 37 degrees C; n = 8), moderate hypothermia (T(o) 28 degrees C; n = 8), or deep hypothermia (T(o) 20 degrees C; n = 8). Perioperative leukocyte activation, endotoxin release, and production of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNFalpha) and interleukin-10 (IL10) were examined with regard to post-operative organ damage, which was scored at histological examination of tissue probes of heart, lungs, liver, kidney, and ileum, taken 6 h after CPB. Total blood leukocyte count and TNFalpha plasma levels during CPB were significantly lower and IL10 levels were significantly higher in the moderate hypothermic group than in both other groups. Elastase activity, leukotriene B4-, and endotoxin levels were not affected by T(o) regimen. Moderate hypothermia was associated with the lowest histological organ damage score and normothermia with the highest. In all animals organ damage score for heart, lungs, and kidneys correlated significantly with TNFalpha levels at the end of CPB. Our data demonstrate a clear relationship between TNFalpha production during cardiac operations and post-operative multiple-organ damage. Moderate hypothermia, by stimulating IL10 synthesis and suppressing TNFalpha production during CPB, might provide organ protection. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetotransport properties of a single grain boundary in a bulk La-Ca-Mn-O material
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg; Rulmont, André ULg et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2001), 90(11), 5692-5697

Besides the "intrinsic" colossal magnetoresistance effect observed in single crystals, the polycrystalline manganate compounds also exhibit an "extrinsic" magnetoresistance related to the presence of ... [more ▼]

Besides the "intrinsic" colossal magnetoresistance effect observed in single crystals, the polycrystalline manganate compounds also exhibit an "extrinsic" magnetoresistance related to the presence of grain boundaries. We report electrical transport and magnetic measurements carried out on a bigrain sample extracted from a floating zone method-grown rod of calcium doped lanthanum manganate. Electrical resistance was measured both within a grain and across the grain boundary, between 20 and 300 K and from 0 to 8 T. Magnetoresistance values up to 99% are reached within the grain. The temperature dependence of the resistance across the grain boundary displays a "foot-like" feature towards the bottom of the transition. Low field and high field magnetoresistance effects are examined. We compare our results for a "bulk" grain boundary to those obtained by other authors for bicrystal thin films and bulk polycrystalline materials. (C) 2001 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailSolar Photocatalytic Destruction of p-Nitrophenol: A Pedagogical Use of Lab Wastes
Herrera-Melián, J. A.; Doña-Rodríguez, J. M.; Tello Rendón, E. et al

in Journal of Chemical Education (2001), 78(6), 775-777

In this article we propose the destruction of p-nitrophenol wastes obtained in a previous lab experiment, to generate a new lab experiment. The recommended destruction technique is solar TiO2 ... [more ▼]

In this article we propose the destruction of p-nitrophenol wastes obtained in a previous lab experiment, to generate a new lab experiment. The recommended destruction technique is solar TiO2-photocatalysis. When the effects of TiO2 and sunlight are tested separately, a slight decrease of p-nitrophenol is observed; but when TiO2 and sunlight are employed together p-nitrophenol disappears in 1 or 2 h. These experiments do not require sophisticated equipment or special lab training for the students. Groups of students tested different experimental conditions, such as the effect of different light intensities and sources (800-W UV-lamp, sunlight on sunny days, and sunlight on a cloudy day) or the addition of H2O2. p-Nitrophenol is degraded under the three light sources but at different rates. The addition of H2O2 to the TiO2-plus-sunlight system enhances p-nitrophenol degradation kinetics when compared with the TiO2 plus sunlight and H2O2 plus sunlight combinations. [less ▲]

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See detailAndrogen-driven prostate epithelial cell proliferation and differentiation in vivo involve the regulation of p27.
Waltregny, David ULg; Leav, Irwin; Signoretti, Sabina et al

in Molecular Endocrinology (2001), 15(5), 765-82

Androgens control both growth and differentiation of the normal prostate gland. However, the mechanisms by which androgens act upon the cell cycle machinery to regulate these two fundamental processes are ... [more ▼]

Androgens control both growth and differentiation of the normal prostate gland. However, the mechanisms by which androgens act upon the cell cycle machinery to regulate these two fundamental processes are largely unknown. The cyclin-dependent kinase (cdk) inhibitor p27 is a negative cell cycle regulator involved in differentiation-associated growth arrest. Here, we investigate the role and regulation of p27 in the testosterone proprionate (TP)-stimulated regeneration of the ventral prostate (VP) of castrated rats. Continuous TP administration to castrated rats triggered epithelial cell proliferation, which peaked at 72 h, and then declined despite further treatment. Castration-induced atrophy of the VP was associated with a significant increase in p27 expression as compared with the VP of intact animals. Twelve hours after the initiation of androgen treatment, total p27 levels as well as its fraction bound to cdk2, its main target, significantly dropped in the VP of castrated rats. Thereafter, concomitantly to the induction of epithelial cell proliferation, the glandular morphology of VP was progressively restored at 48-96 h of TP treatment. During this period of the regenerative process, whereas both proliferating basal and secretory epithelial cells did not express p27, the protein was selectively up-regulated in the nonproliferating secretory epithelial compartment. This up-regulation of p27 expression was coincident with an increase in its association with, and presumably inhibition of, cdk2. At each time point of TP treatment, p27 abundance in the VP was inversely correlated with the level of its proteasome-dependent degradation activity measured in vitro in VP lysates, whereas only slight changes in the amount of p27 transcripts were detected. In addition, the antiandrogen flutamide blocked maximal TP-induced p27 degradation completely. Finally, the expression of skp2, the ubiquitin ligase that targets p27 for degradation, was seen to increase with androgen administration, preceding maximal proliferation and concomitantly to augmented p27 degradation activity. Taken together, our data indicate that androgens mediate both proliferation and differentiation signals in normal prostate epithelial cells in vivo, through regulation of p27. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Insulin-Sensitive Side of SHIP2
Schurmans, Stéphane ULg

in TheScientificWorldJournal (2001), 1

A substantial and increasing proportion of death and disability in the EU (and elsewhere) is attributable to diseases associated with insulin resistance (i.e., decreased insulin sensitivity). Beside type ... [more ▼]

A substantial and increasing proportion of death and disability in the EU (and elsewhere) is attributable to diseases associated with insulin resistance (i.e., decreased insulin sensitivity). Beside type II diabetes, other diseases like obesity, hypertension, atherosclerosis, hyperlipidaemia, polycystic ovarian syndrome, and acromegaly are indeed associated with insulin resistance [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and theoretical investigations of the electrical properties of undoped and magnesium-doped GaN layers
Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Germain, Marianne; Schmeits, Marcel et al

in Journal of Crystal Growth (2001), 230

The ac characteristics of GaN : Mg and undoped GaN layers, grown by MOVPE on sapphire substrates, are measured for a wide range of temperature and bias conditions, in order to investigate the effect of ... [more ▼]

The ac characteristics of GaN : Mg and undoped GaN layers, grown by MOVPE on sapphire substrates, are measured for a wide range of temperature and bias conditions, in order to investigate the effect of the magnesium-related level on the transport properties. Two peaks, whose height and position depend on the measurement temperature, are observed in the admittance curves (G/ω versus frequency) of the Mg-doped samples, whereas only one peak appears in undoped samples. The study of the frequency dependence of the impedance, with a model including the two metallic Au/GaN junctions, the GaN layer itself, shows that, besides the effect of the differential resistance of the layer which plays a role in both sample types, the presence of a Mg-related deep level contributes to the observed variations of the peaks in the admittance curves of the p-doped samples. Results of a theoretical steady-state and small-signal analysis based on numerical modelling of the Au/GaN/Au heterostructure complete our analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailActualités thérapeutiques de la polyarthrite rhumatoïde
Ribbens, Clio ULg; Andre, Béatrice ULg; Kaye, O. et al

in Revue de la Médecine Générale [=RMG] (2001), 186

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See detailBone sialoprotein, bone morphogenetic protein 6 and thymidine phosphorylase expression in localized human prostatic adenocarcinoma as predictors of clinical outcome: a clinicopathological and immunohistochemical study of 43 cases.
De Pinieux, Gonzague; Flam, Thierry; Zerbib, Marc et al

in Journal of Urology (The) (2001), 166(5), 1924-30

PURPOSE: Skeletal metastases are the hallmark of advanced prostate cancer and recurrence after local surgery is common. Currently to our knowledge no biological markers predict the risk of disease ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Skeletal metastases are the hallmark of advanced prostate cancer and recurrence after local surgery is common. Currently to our knowledge no biological markers predict the risk of disease progression in individuals with localized prostate cancer. In a search for predictive markers we evaluated the expression of bone sialoprotein and bone morphogenetic protein 6, 2 bone related proteins, and the angiogenic factor thymidine phosphorylase. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study population included 43 men who presented with localized prostate cancer treated with radical prostatectomy. Bone sialoprotein, bone morphogenetic protein 6 and thymidine phosphorylase expression was assessed by immunohistochemical testing. Results were analyzed in relation to pathological disease stage, Gleason score and clinical outcome. Clinical followup was 4.3 to 11.4 years after surgery (median 7.9). RESULTS: Disease did not progress in 17 of the 43 cases, while recurrence and/or metastasis developed in the other 26 at a median of 6.5 and 6.9 years, respectively. Bone sialoprotein and bone morphogenetic protein 6 expression detected in 28 (65%) and 29 (67%) of the 43 samples, respectively, was significantly associated (p = 0.0001). Thymidine phosphorylase detected in 26 samples (60%) was not related to bone sialoprotein and/or bone morphogenetic protein 6 positivity. Bone sialoprotein and/or bone morphogenetic protein 6 expression correlated with bone metastasis, while thymidine phosphorylase expression was related to local recurrence (p = 0.002 and/or 0.007, and 0.00007, respectively). On multivariate analysis only the correlation of thymidine phosphorylase expression with recurrence remained statistically significant (p = 0.002). Co-expression of the 3 markers was observed in the samples of 10 of the 11 patients (90%) with bone metastases and only in 5 of the 17 (29%) who were disease-free. CONCLUSIONS: This study indicates that the expression of bone sialoprotein, bone morphogenetic protein 6 and thymidine phosphorylase determined at a clinically early stage of disease by a simple immunohistochemical technique would enable subgroups of patients to be identified that are at different risks of bone metastasis or recurrence. Detection of such markers would provide additional prognostic information that would be useful for patients with intermediate or low Gleason score or stage disease. These patients would benefit from a more adapted clinical follow-up. [less ▲]

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See detailFellhanera gyrophorica, a new European species with conspicuous pycnidia
Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg; Coppins, Brian J.; Diederich, Paul et al

in Lichenologist (2001), 33

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See detailA Parametric Distance Function Approach for Malmquist Productivity Index Estimation
Fuentes, Hugo J.; Grifell-Tatjé, Emili; Perelman, Sergio ULg

in Journal of Productivity Analysis (2001), 15

Malmquist indexes of productivity are generally estimated using index number techniques or non-parametric frontier approaches. The aim of this paper is to showthat Malmquist indexes can be estimated in a ... [more ▼]

Malmquist indexes of productivity are generally estimated using index number techniques or non-parametric frontier approaches. The aim of this paper is to showthat Malmquist indexes can be estimated in a similar way using parametric-deterministic or parametric-stochastic frontier approaches. To allow a multi-output multi-input technology and for technical change in production, we adopt an output distance function which is specified in a translog form. We then show that using the estimated parameters, several radial distance functions can be calculated and combined in order to estimate and decompose the productivity index. Finally, this approach is applied to a panel of Spanish insurance companies. The main results confirm those generally obtained for financial services: very low rates of growth and technical change in spite of a rapid deregulation process and expansion of activity. [less ▲]

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See detailIntermittent Cyclic Tiludronate in the Treatment of Osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Christiansen, C.; Roux, C. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2001), 12(3), 169-77

The objective of the study was to determine the efficacy and safety of tiludronate in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Two placebo-controlled, randomized, double-masked, multicenter, cyclical ... [more ▼]

The objective of the study was to determine the efficacy and safety of tiludronate in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis. Two placebo-controlled, randomized, double-masked, multicenter, cyclical, intermittent, dose-ranging studies including 1805 women with low vertebral bone mineral density and prevalent vertebral fractures and 488 women with low bone mineral density and no prevalent fracture were conducted. Patients were randomized to either tiludronate 50 mg/day, tiludronate 200 mg/day or placebo, given orally for the first 7 days of each month. A supplement of 500 mg elemental calcium was provided daily from day 8 to the end of the month. Both studies demonstrated no statistically or clinically relevant trends in the incidence of adverse effects across the three treatment groups. However, tiludronate administered at these two doses in a cyclic intermittent regimen was not effective in reducing the incidence of vertebral fractures or increasing spinal bone mineral density. Thus, tiludronate, administered at these doses in a cyclic intermittent regimen, cannot be considered an appropriate treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis, notwithstanding a high safety profile. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of aphidophagous ladybird populations in a vegetable crop and implications as biological agents
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Colignon, Pierre; Haubruge, Eric ULg et al

in Med. Fac. Landbouw. Univ. Gent (2001), 66(2a), 333-340

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See detailDefict in recognition of emotional facial expression are still oresent in alcoholics after mid to long term abstinence
Kornreich, C; Blairy, Sylvie ULg; Philippot, P et al

in Journal of Studies on Alcohol (2001), 62(4), 533-542

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Syndrome d'hypertension porto-pulmonaire associe a une hypoxemie severe.
Kolan, C.; Ghuysen, Alexandre ULg; Lambermont, Bernard ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(8), 543-7

We report the case of a patient with liver cirrhosis who was admitted to the emergency room for rapid occurrence of dyspnea and severe hypoxemia at rest. Lung CT-scan and echocardiography did not disclose ... [more ▼]

We report the case of a patient with liver cirrhosis who was admitted to the emergency room for rapid occurrence of dyspnea and severe hypoxemia at rest. Lung CT-scan and echocardiography did not disclose any right-to-left shunt and right-sided heart catheterization evidenced major precapillary pulmonary hypertension. The present feature supports the hypothesis that the pulmonary complications of cirrhosis, the hepatopulmonary syndrome and the portopulmonary hypertension, which are usually considered as mutually exclusive, may coexist. In such circumstances, the right failing heart is the major determinant to the immediate prognosis. [less ▲]

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See detailL'Ecole du dos
Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg; Henrotin, Yves ULg; DEFAWEUX, Michel ULg et al

in Bulletin d'Education du Patient à sa Maladie (2001), 20

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See detailEvolution of aphidophagous ladybird populations in a vegetable crop and implications as biological agents.
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Colignon, P.; Hastir, P. et al

in Mededelingen van de Faculteit Landbouwkundige en Toegepaste Biologische Wetenschappen (Rijksuniversiteit te Gent) (2001), 66(2a), 333-40

Aphidophagous predators such as hoverfly and ladybird beetles are effective biological agents to control aphid pests in perennial and annual cultivated species. Introduction and conservation of beneficial ... [more ▼]

Aphidophagous predators such as hoverfly and ladybird beetles are effective biological agents to control aphid pests in perennial and annual cultivated species. Introduction and conservation of beneficial insects are two ways to increase natural control of pests. Whether massive releases of entomophagous insects are expensive and time consuming, the preservation of predator natural populations can be expected by reducing and by adapting chemical treatments in crop fields. Vegetable cultivated areas increased in Belgium for several years, mainly Fabaceae species such as peas and beans. In this work, the evolution of ladybird species population was assessed from May to June in broad bean fields (Vicia faba L.) between Waremme and Hannut, in Hesbaye. Weekly, the aphid and aphidophagous beetle populations were collected from yellow traps and determined on plants by visual observations. Even if five ladybird species were identified, three of them represented more than 95% of the collected insects (Coccinella septempunctata L., Propylea quatuor-decimpunctata L. and Psyllobora vingintiduopunctata L.). Evolution of coccinellid populations during the cultivation season was discussed in relation to the presence of potential aphid preys and the agrochemical treatments which were applied. Integrated pest management in vegetable fields constitute a reliable way to increase the quality level of fresh vegetables in terms of pesticide residue limitations. [less ▲]

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See detailIron microbial communities in Belgian Frasnian carbonate mounds
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; De Ridder, C.; Mamet, B. et al

in Facies (2001), 44

The Belgian Frasnian carbonate mounds occur in three stratigraphic levels in an overall backstepping succession. Petit-Mont and Arche Members form the famous red and grey “marble” exploited for ornamental ... [more ▼]

The Belgian Frasnian carbonate mounds occur in three stratigraphic levels in an overall backstepping succession. Petit-Mont and Arche Members form the famous red and grey “marble” exploited for ornamental stone since Roman times. The evolution and distribution of the facies in the mounds is thought to be associated with ecologic evolution and relative sea-level fluctuations. Iron oxides exist in five forms in the Frasnian mounds; four are undoubtedly endobiotic organized structures: (1) microstromatolites and associated forms (blisters, veils...), possibly organized in “endostromatolites”; (2) hematitic coccoids and (3) non dichotomic filaments. The filaments resemble iron bacteria of the Sphaerotilus- Leptothrix "group"; (4) networks of dichotomic filaments ascribable to fungi; (5) a red ferruginous pigment dispersed in the calcareous matrix whose distribution is related to the mound facies type. The endobiotic forms developed during the edification of the mounds, before cementation by fibrous calcite. The microbial precipitation of iron took place as long as the developing mounds were bathed by water impoverished in oxygen. [less ▲]

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See detailWhole-body positron emission tomography using 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose compared to standard procedures for staging patients with Hodgkin's disease.
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg; Fassotte, Marie-France ULg et al

in Haematologica (2001), 86(3), 266-73

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Accurate staging is essential in order to determine appropriate treatment in Hodgkin's disease (HD). (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG PET) offers ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Accurate staging is essential in order to determine appropriate treatment in Hodgkin's disease (HD). (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)F-FDG PET) offers the advantage of metabolic imaging that is largely independent of morphologic criteria. In the present study we evaluated the role of (18)F-FDG PET compared to routine procedures for the staging of patients with HD. DESIGN AND METHODS: Thirty-three patients with HD underwent standard staging procedures (clinical examination, laboratory screening, chest X-ray, computed tomography (CT) of the chest and abdomen and bilateral bone marrow biopsies) and a whole-body (18)F-FDG PET study. In clinical examination, an isolated lymph node > 1 cm or multiple lymph nodes > or = 1 cm in size were considered abnormal. Positive findings at both clinical examination or CT and (18)F-FDG PET were regarded as actual locations of disease. Negative findings with both methods were regarded as true negative (no involvement by HD). In cases of discrepancy, response to treatment and follow-up data were used to assess the overall accuracy of the patient's original evaluation. RESULTS: Completely concordant results in lymph node staging were observed in 20 patients. The two staging procedures indicated complementary information in 1 patient. Conventional staging indicated more pathologic lymph node areas in 6 patients (at least 1 false positive). (18)F-FDG PET showed more sites in 6 patients. The sensitivity of (18)F-FDG PET in detecting all known pathologic lymph nodes was 83% for peripheral lymph nodes, 91% for thoracic lymph nodes and 75% for abdominal and pelvic lymph nodes. Conventional staging procedures and (18)F-FDG PET indicated the same tumor stage in 26 patients. Based on (18)F-FDG PET, downstaging was suggested in 4 patients, including a biopsy-proven case. However in 1 of these cases this was incorrect. (18)F-FDG PET suggested upstaging in 3 patients. Based on conventional staging or (18)F-FDG PET the same treatment strategy was defined in 32 patients. In one patient (18)F-FDG PET downstaged disease extension (stage IIIA-->IIA) that would have suggested radiotherapy as a possible treatment option. INTERPRETATION AND CONCLUSIONS: (18)F-FDG PET provides an easy and efficient whole-body method for the evaluation of patients with HD. (18)F-FDG PET never missed tumor masses >1 cm. (18)F-FDG PET detected additional sites of disease not seen by conventional procedures and identified absence of disease in some sites suspected to be involved. However, in our patients this did not translate into changes in treatment strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailLa recherche de l'environnement pertinent, contribution à une géographie du sensible
Schmitz, Serge ULg

in Espace Géographique (L') (2001), 30(4), 321-332

Which factors heighten sensitivity to environmental changes? The answer to this question is of interest to everyone who acts on the environment. However, methods and concepts still need to be explored ... [more ▼]

Which factors heighten sensitivity to environmental changes? The answer to this question is of interest to everyone who acts on the environment. However, methods and concepts still need to be explored before a geography of sensibility could respond to this deman. This paper presens the methodological contributions and results of an exploratory study of the sensibilities of 65 residents of a Belgian rural municipality. Factors related to the environmental change, to the individual and to the relantionship between the individual and place are analysed. [less ▲]

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See detailJuxtafacet Cyst of the Lumbar Spine. Clinical, Radiological and Therapeutic Aspects in 28 Cases
Salmon, B.; Martin, Didier ULg; Lenelle, Jacques ULg et al

in Acta Neurochirurgica (2001), 143(2), 129-34

OBJECT: A consecutive series of 28 "operated" juxtafacet cysts is reported. We emphasize the clinical and radiological aspects leading to diagnosis. We also discuss the results of the surgical treatment ... [more ▼]

OBJECT: A consecutive series of 28 "operated" juxtafacet cysts is reported. We emphasize the clinical and radiological aspects leading to diagnosis. We also discuss the results of the surgical treatment. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Medical information and radiological studies involving 28 patients were analyzed. Each patient has been operated on by decompressive laminectomy and resection of the cyst. The diagnosis was always confirmed by a pathological examination. The cyst most frequently occurred at the L4-L5 level (n = 18), and seldom at the L5-S1 (n - 6) or L3-L4 (n - 4) levels. RESULTS: The differential diagnosis from other pathological causes responsible for a radicular compression could not be done by physical examination. Spine X-rays or myelogram were nonspecific. Computed Tomography or CT-myelography could help in the diagnosis but MR imaging was the most sensitive. In our series, the respective sensitivities of these techniques are 56, 42 and 77%. The preoperative diagnosis was correct in 18 patients (64%). The cyst was sometimes adherent to the underlying dura, then significantly increasing the risk of dural tear and spinal fluid leak, especially when located at L3-L4 level. Surgical ablation lead to a complete recovery or an important improvement in 26 patients. CONCLUSIONS: The diagnosis of the juxtafacet cyst of the lumbar spine is better achieved by MRI. Surgery is the gold standard treatment, safe and long-term effective. When a total cyst removal with an internal facetectomy are performed, recurrence is exceptional. [less ▲]

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See detailCushing's disease in childhood: presentation, investigation, treatment and long-term outcome.
Savage, M. O.; Lienhardt, A.; LEBRETHON, Marie-Christine ULg et al

in Hormone research (2001), 55 Suppl 1

Seventeen patients with Cushing's disease (CD) were treated from 1978 to 2000. There were 11 males and 6 females aged 6.8-18.8 years (mean age 13.0 +/- 5.9 years). Presenting features were: weight gain ... [more ▼]

Seventeen patients with Cushing's disease (CD) were treated from 1978 to 2000. There were 11 males and 6 females aged 6.8-18.8 years (mean age 13.0 +/- 5.9 years). Presenting features were: weight gain (100%); growth failure (71%); hirsutism (53%); striae (53%); hypertension (47%). Mean age of patients with striae was 15.2 +/- 2.3 years, without striae 10.3 +/- 3.3 years. Median height SDS was -1.81 (range -0.28 to -4.17), 53% having height SDS < -1.8. The height velocity in 6 subjects was subnormal (0.9-3.8 cm/year). Median BMI SDS was 2.29 (range 1.72-5.06). Cushing's disease was confirmed by detectable serum ACTH, median 28 ng/l (range 12-99, NR <10-50) (n = 15); loss of cortisol circadian rhythm values at midnight ranging from 216 to 1,080 nmol/l (NR <50) (n = 15); lack of cortisol suppression (NV < 50 nmol/l) during low-dose dexamethasone suppression test (LDDST) (0.5 mg 6-hourly x 8) (n = 14); and >50% suppression of cortisol compared with the basal value during high-dose dexamethasone suppression test (HDDST) (2 mg 6-hourly x 8) (n = 14). A CRH test (1 microg/kg i.v.) showed an increase of cortisol from 12 to 217% (median 73.5%) (n = 16). Pituitary imaging (CT/MRI) showed an image consistent with microadenoma in 6/17 patients, but there was concordance between pituitary imaging and surgical findings in 1/11 patients (9%). Inferior petrosal sinus sampling (IPSS) for ACTH after CRH was performed in 11 subjects (age 10.7-18.8 years). Central to peripheral ACTH ratios were >2 (2.5-157.2) in 10/11 patients. The inter-petrosal sinus ACTH gradient was >1.4 in 10 patients (2.1-20.8), indicating lateralization of ACTH secretion. In 10 patients (91%), the side of the tumour on IPSS was predictive of findings at surgery. Therapy consisted of transsphenoidal microadenomectomy (TSS) in 16 patients and bilateral adrenalectomy (1978) in 1. Following TSS alone, 7 patients were cured (cortisol <50 nmol/l) and 2 were in remission (cortisol <300 nmol/l), i.e. 56%. Seven had persisting hypercortisolaemia and underwent pituitary irradiation (4,500 cGy). Therapeutic outcome for a median of 8 years (0.5-24 years) resulted in cure of CD in 14/17 patients (82%) and remission in 1. Linear growth after TSS +/- pituitary irradiation in 10 subjects showed no short-term catch-up growth, with peak growth hormone (GH) 0.5-20.9 mU/l to insulin tolerance test (ITT)/glucagon. Eight patients were treated with human growth hormone (hGH) (14 U/m(2)/week) combined in 3 with GnRH analogue. The mean final (n = 6) or latest (n = 4) height SDS was -1.36. The difference between final/latest height SDS and target height SDS was 0.93 +/- 1.13, i.e. less (p = 0.005) than the difference between height SDS and target height SDS at presentation, i.e. 1.72 +/- 1.26, indicating long-term catch-up growth. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Insights into Pervaporation Mass Transport under Increasing Downstream Pressure Conditions: Critical Role of Inert Gas Entrance.
Vallières, Cécile; Favre, Eric; Roizard, Denis et al

in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2001), 40

The influence of the total downstream pressure on the pervaporation flux of a pure compound through a dense polymer membrane has been the subject to controversial debates recently. Experimental arguments ... [more ▼]

The influence of the total downstream pressure on the pervaporation flux of a pure compound through a dense polymer membrane has been the subject to controversial debates recently. Experimental arguments in favor of either the solution−diffusion model or the newly proposed pore-flow model are alternatively reported on different systems. To critically reexamine this debate, an experimental study under controlled downstream conditions has been performed for pure methanol and pure 2-propanol pervaporation through a poly(dimethylsiloxane) film, the latter having been previously reported to follow pore-flow model predictions. It is shown that a rational analysis of the effects of the downstream pressure on the results can be achieved according to the classical solution−diffusion model, provided that the influence of air leaks in the installation is properly taken into account. Based on this observation, the implications of an inert gas contribution, generally speaking, on pervaporation operation are discussed. [less ▲]

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Richelle, Marc ULg

in Intellectica (2001), 32

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