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See detailPalladium-silver sol-gel catalysts for selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene - I. Synthesis and characterization
Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Delhez, Patrice; Schoebrechts, Jean-Paul et al

in Journal of Catalysis (1997), 172(2), 322-335

Low-density xerogel Pd-Ag/SiO2 catalysts were prepared by a cogelation of tetraethoxysilane with organically substituted alkoxides capable of forming chelates with palladium and silver ions, followed by a ... [more ▼]

Low-density xerogel Pd-Ag/SiO2 catalysts were prepared by a cogelation of tetraethoxysilane with organically substituted alkoxides capable of forming chelates with palladium and silver ions, followed by a drying under vacuum, a calcination, and a reduction. The resulting Pd-Ag alloy particles have diameters of about 2-3 nm and are dispersed inside the silica particles which exhibit a monodisperse micropore size distribution centered at 0.8 nm. At low silver loading, the composition of the bimetallic particles is almost identical to the overall composition, but when this loading is increased, the percentage of silver in the alloy particles is appreciably lower than the overall percentage, In all bimetallic samples, a few large pure silver particles are observed. When dried under vacuum, the xerogels exhibit a texture similar to that of aerogels dried under supercritical conditions with pore volumes in the range 2-6 cm(3)/g and pores ranging from micro- to macropores of several hundred nanometers. When the silver loading is increased, xerogels containing palladium show aggregates of increasingly interpenetrated silica particles. This is explained bq an aggregation, during the gelation reaction, of colliding SiO2 particles which is limited by an increasingly slow sticking reaction due to the growing basicity in the precursor solution when the concentrations of Ag and associated compounds are increased. During thermal treatments, the Pd-Ag alloy seems to form by the migration, through the porous network, of silver which finally alloys with Pd crystallites trapped inside SiO2 particles. Whereas ethane is the main product when hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane is performed over pure palladium, the dilution of this active metal by silver leads to a strong increase in ethylene selectivity. (C) 1997 Academic Press. [less ▲]

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See detailAerosol therapy in the equine species
Duvivier, Dominique Hannia; Votion, Dominique ULg; Vandenput, Sandrina ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (1997), 154(3), 189-202

Inhalation therapy plays an increasing role in the management of equine respiratory disorders. This alternative to systematic treatment permits a high concentration of medication to act locally while ... [more ▼]

Inhalation therapy plays an increasing role in the management of equine respiratory disorders. This alternative to systematic treatment permits a high concentration of medication to act locally while minimizing side effects and residues. In human medicine, literature in this field is prolific and continuously renewed, whereas in veterinary medicine, applications of aerosol therapy are less extensive. This review considers the principles of action of the different types of devices used for inhalation, i.e., nebulization, metered-dose inhalation and dry powder inhalation, describes the technical and practical requirements for their use in the equine species and considers the advantages and disadvantages of each inhalation device. The pharmacological agents currently administered to horses by inhalation are also discussed. Perspectives of aerosol therapy in the equine species, including aerosols already used in human medicine and their potential applications for horses are described [less ▲]

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See detailDilatometric and calorimetric study of the graphitisation of high chromium cast iron
Terziev, L.; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg; Bojinov, V. et al

in Journal de Chimie Physique et de Physico-Chimie Biologique (1997), 94[5]

Cette étude est consacrée à la formation du graphite dans des fontes à haute teneur en chrome (8%) et spécialement à la détermination des conditions de formation de graphite secondaire par des traitements ... [more ▼]

Cette étude est consacrée à la formation du graphite dans des fontes à haute teneur en chrome (8%) et spécialement à la détermination des conditions de formation de graphite secondaire par des traitements thermiques adaptés. La solidification de la fonte étudiée a été examinée par analyse thermique différentielle (ATD). Les effets d'un traitement à haute température ont été examinés à la fois par calorimétrie et dilatomètre différentielle. Le graphite primaire se forme vers 950°C. Le graphite secondaire précipite sur le graphite primaire lors du traitement de déstabilisation de l'austénite à haute température. La forme et la quantité de graphite secondaire dépendent de la température de traitement. [less ▲]

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See detailAlteration of radiation response in vitro by simultaneous modulation of the de novo and salvage pathways to deoxynucleoside triphosphate pool by (E)-2′-Deoxy-(Fluoromethylene)cytidine and thymidine analogs
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Li, Ye-Xiong; Cottin, Eliane et al

in International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics (1997), 39(2 (supp1)), 257

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See detailMonoclonal Antibody Production - The Report And Recommendations Of Ecvam Workshop 23
Marx, U.; Embleton, Mj.; Fischer, R. et al

in Alternatives to Laboratory Animals (1997), 25(2),

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See detailCombined Effect of Web 2086 (Paf Antagonist) and Ketoprofen (Nsaid) on Paf-Induced Ex Vivo Platelet Aggregation in Bovine
Bastos da Silva, Miriam; Herion, Francine ULg; Raskinet, Renée ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Medicine. A, Physiology, Pathology, Clinical Medicine (1997), 44(2), 65-71

The effect of the specific PAF-antagonist WEB 2086, a thieno-triazolo-diazepine, and ketoprofen, a NSAID, was investigated on PAF-induced bovine platelet aggregation measured ex vivo in platelet-rich ... [more ▼]

The effect of the specific PAF-antagonist WEB 2086, a thieno-triazolo-diazepine, and ketoprofen, a NSAID, was investigated on PAF-induced bovine platelet aggregation measured ex vivo in platelet-rich plasma (PRP). WEB 2086 was infused intravenously over 1 min followed immediately by ketoprofen administration over 1 s (both drugs = 3 mg/kg), in a group of six healthy male Friesian calves. Depending on the PAF concentration, a reversible (10(-8)-10(-9) mol/l) and irreversible (10(-5)-10(-7) mol/l) platelet aggregation was observed. The reversible aggregation was completely blocked by pretreatment of the animal with WEB 2086 and ketoprofen. The inhibitory effects observed during the irreversible aggregation were 47.22%, 54.00% and 88.00% at 10(-5), 10(-6) and 10(-7) mol/l PAF, respectively. Moreover, the aggregation obtained in these condition became reversible. Maximal inhibitory effect of WEB 2086 and ketoprofen on PAF-induced platelet aggregation in calves was observed within 30 min after administration of both drugs. This inhibition persisted even after 24 h and was significantly different from control with P < 0.05. The combined effect of both drugs exceeded the sum of the individual effects (synergism). It was concluded that WEB 2086 and ketoprofen very effectively blocked PAF-induced bovine platelet aggregation in platelet-rich plasma. The study also suggested a synergism between both substances. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiotherapie externe focalisee apres resection de metastase cerebrale unique: etude prospective de phase I-II
Zouhair; COUCKE, Philippe ULg; Douglas, Pelham et al

in Bulletin du Cancer. Radiothérapie : Journal de la Société Française du Cancer : Organe de la Société Française de Radiothérapie Oncologique (1997), 1

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See detailSoil oribatid mite communities (Acari: Oribatida) from high Shaba (Zaïre) in relation to vegetation
Noti, M.-I.; André, H. M.; Dufrêne, Marc ULg

in Applied Soil Ecology (1997), 5(1), 81-96

Soil oribatid mite communities from three vegetation types (forest, woodland and savanna) are described in Luiswishi (high Shaba, Zaïre) and 151 species were recorded. Oribatid communities are organized ... [more ▼]

Soil oribatid mite communities from three vegetation types (forest, woodland and savanna) are described in Luiswishi (high Shaba, Zaïre) and 151 species were recorded. Oribatid communities are organized along a successional gradient which parallels the regressive sere defined by phytosociologists and going from the dense forest ("muhulu"), the local climax, to the savanna, passing through the woodland ("miombo"). Within this gradient, oribatid communities may vary depending on the habitat (presence of grass, high termitaria). The impact of seasons (dry vs. rainy season) is weak in the forest but drastic in savanna. The various soil oribatid communities are related to man's activities since the regressive sere results from repeated burnings and associated agricultural practices. [less ▲]

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

in Acta Oncologica (1997)

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

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

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See detailComplications hepatiques de la chimiotherapie. De la cytolyse banale a la maladie veino-occlusive du foie.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1997), 52(2), 93-7

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See detailLes avatars de la conscience
Richelle, Marc ULg

in Bulletin de la Classe des Lettres et des Sciences Morales et Politiques (1997), 6e série, tome VIII(1-6), 13-47

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See detailLe bois de tension. 2 Evaluation quantitative, formation et rôle dans l'arbre.
Jourez, Benoît ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1997), 1(3), 167-177

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See detailProcesses in regions of freshwater influence (ROFI)
Nihoul, Jacques ULg; Djenidi, Salim ULg; Huthnance, J. M. et al

in Journal of Marine Systems (1997), 12(1-4), 1-2

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See detailA 2-year phase II study with 1-year of follow-up of risedronate (NE58095) in postmenopausal osteoporosis
Clemmesen, B; Ravn, P; Zegels, Brigitte ULg et al

in Osteoporosis International (1997), 7

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See detailLa responsabilité pénale du réviseur d'entreprises : Épée de Damoclès ou Tigre de papier ?
Thirion, Nicolas ULg; Benoit-Moury, Anne

in Revue pratique des sociétés (1997), (2), 189-229

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

in G.E.O. (1997), 41(Numéro spécial),

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

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

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See detailLecture critique d’un essai thérapeutique
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Revue du Rhumatisme (1997), 64(3), 84-86

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See detailHuman follicular dendritic cells in vitro and follicular dendritic-cell-like cells.
Tsunoda, R.; Bosseloir, A.; Onozaki, K. et al

in Cell & Tissue Research (1997), 288(2), 381-9

Human follicular dendritic cell (FDC)-like cells (FLC) have been utilized for the in vitro analysis of germinal center reactions. However, there is no consensus whether FLC represent FDC in vitro. The ... [more ▼]

Human follicular dendritic cell (FDC)-like cells (FLC) have been utilized for the in vitro analysis of germinal center reactions. However, there is no consensus whether FLC represent FDC in vitro. The purpose of the present study has therefore been to determine distinguishing features of FDC and FLC in vitro. The expression of CD40, CD54, CD49d, cytokine (gamma-IFN and IL-4)-dependent MHC-class II, and CD106 was observed to be specific for the determination of FDC in long-term culture. The cytokine-dependent emperipolesis of germinal center B cells was establised as another discriminating property for FDC in vitro. In 2 out of 72 long-term cultures of FDC, we encountered dividing cells among the non-dividing population of FDC. The dividing cells expressed accessory molecules similar to those of FDC but showed emperipolesis only for the initial few days of their growth. FDC did not enhance the CD40-dependent proliferation of germinal center B cells; in contrast, FLC augumented it. Both types of cells produced a significant amount of cytokine-dependent IL-6. Further studies are needed to determine whether FLC originate from FDC in vitro. [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution des populations du tétras lyre Tetrao tetrix L. en Europe: un essai de synthèse
Loneux, Michèle ULg; Ruwet, Jean-Claude

in Cahiers d'Ethologie (1997), 17((2-3-4)), 287-343

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See detailAdaptations of the hemoglobinless Antarctic icefish (Channichthyidae) to hypoxia tolerance
Feller, Georges ULg; Gerday, Charles ULg

in Comparative Biochemistry & Physiology Part A : Molecular & Integrative Physiology (1997), 118(4), 981-987

Antarctic fish of the family Channichthyidae, or icefish, represent a unique model for the study of physiological and biochemical responses to chronic hypoxia since the genes coding for hemoglobin and ... [more ▼]

Antarctic fish of the family Channichthyidae, or icefish, represent a unique model for the study of physiological and biochemical responses to chronic hypoxia since the genes coding for hemoglobin and possible myoglobin are not expressed by these teleosts. Channichthyidae have developed outstanding cardio-vascular adaptations to accommodate the lack of these hemic pigments, most of them involving the myocardium. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailA Direct Dopaminergic Control of Aromatase Activity in the Quail Preoptic Area
Baillien, M.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Journal of Steroid Biochemistry & Molecular Biology (1997), 63(1-3, Sep-Oct), 99-113

In the quail preoptic area (POA) anatomical and pharmacological data suggest that catecholamines may be implicated in the control of testosterone (T) aromatization into estrogens. The biochemical ... [more ▼]

In the quail preoptic area (POA) anatomical and pharmacological data suggest that catecholamines may be implicated in the control of testosterone (T) aromatization into estrogens. The biochemical mechanism(s) mediating this control of the enzyme activity is (are) however unexplored. The present studies were carried out to investigate whether the catecholamines, dopamine (DA) and norepinephrine (NE) are able to directly affect aromatase activity (AA) measured during in vitro incubations of POA homogenates. AA was quantified in the POA-hypothalamus of adult male Japanese quail by measuring the tritiated water production from [1beta-3H]-androstenedione. Enzyme activity was linear as a function of the incubation time and of the protein content of homogenates. It exhibited a typical Michaelis-Menten kinetics, with an apparent Km of 2.8 nM and a Vmax of 266.6 fmol h(-1) mg wet weight(-1). AA was then measured at a substrate concentration of 25 nM in the presence of catecholamines and some of their receptor agonists or antagonists, at two concentrations, 10(-3) and 10(-6) M. Norepinephrine and prazosin (alpha1-adrenergic antagonist) had no or very limited effects on AA at both concentrations. In contrast, DA and some D1 and/or D2 receptor agonists (apomorphine[D1/D2], SKF-38393 [D1] and RU-24213 [D2]) depressed AA by 40 to 70% at the 10(-3) M concentration. One D2 receptor antagonist also produced a major inhibition of AA (sulpiride) while other antagonists either had no significant effect or only produced moderate decreases in enzyme activity (SCH-23390 [D1], spiperone [D2], pimozide [D2]) as did two DA indirect agonists, amfonelic acid and nomifensine. The inhibitory effect of the agonists was not antagonized by the less active antagonists, SCH-23390 [D1] or spiperone [D2]. Taken together these results suggest that the inhibitory effects do not involve specific binding of DA or its agonists/antagonists to dopaminergic receptors mediating changes in cAMP concentration. This conclusion is also supported by the observation that addition of dibutyryl cAMP did not change brain AA. It appears more likely that DA and dopaminergic drugs inhibit AA by a direct effect on the enzyme, as suggested by the competitive nature of DA and SKF-38393 inhibition of AA (Ki's of 59 and 84 microM, respectively). The functional significance of this effect should still be demonstrated but this mechanism may represent an important physiological pathway through which neurotransmitters could rapidly affect steroid-dependent processes such as the neural synthesis of estrogens. This would provide a mean by which environmental stimuli could affect reproductive behavior and physiology. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical PET in oncology
Rigo, P.; Paulus, P.; Bury, Thierry ULg et al

in Radioactive Isotopes in Clinical Medicine Research XXII (1997)

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See detailZur Wortgeographie der Rheinlande. Über ein dialektologisches Projekt EDV-gestützter Wortkartenanalyse
Lausberg, Helmut; Möller, Robert ULg

in Berichte zur Deutschen Landeskunde (1997), 71

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See detailThe Civility of Relationships: Charles Tomlinson and the Conversion of American Modernism
Delville, Michel ULg

in Symbiosis: A Journal of Anglo-American Literary Relations (1997)

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See detailHair follicle involvement in herpes zoster
Nikkels, Arjen ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Virchows Archiv : An International Journal of Pathology (1997), 430

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See detailThe two beta-lactamase genes of Streptomyces cacaoi, blaL and blaU, are under the control of the same regulatory system.
Magdalena, J; Gérard, Christine; Joris, Bernard ULg et al

in Molecular & General Genetics [=MGG] (1997), 255(2), 187-93

The production of beta-lactamase in Streptomyces cacaoi, which contains two beta-lactamase-encoding genes, blaL and blaU, is inducible by beta-lactam compounds. The two genes have been cloned ... [more ▼]

The production of beta-lactamase in Streptomyces cacaoi, which contains two beta-lactamase-encoding genes, blaL and blaU, is inducible by beta-lactam compounds. The two genes have been cloned independently in S. lividans TK24, a beta-lactamase-negative species. The blaU clone did not respond to the presence of beta-lactams, whereas the blaL clone appeared to be inducible in S. lividans. The latter clone contains two open reading frames, blaA and blaB, located just upstream of but transcribed divergently from blaL, which were shown to be required for the production as well as the induction of BlaL. The deduced BlaA protein belongs to the LysR family of transcription regulators. In order to examine the role of BlaA in regulation, we here report on over-expression of a GST-BlaA fusion protein in Escherichia coli and its use for antibody preparation. The GST-BlaA fusion protein was partially purified and bandshift assays showed that it bound the 197-bp blaL-blaA intergenic region. The BlaA DNA binding-site was further restricted to a 30-bp sequence containing a T-N11-A motif, a characteristic of LysR-type promoters. Another T-N11-A motif upstream of the blaU gene was also shown to bind BlaA. The affinities of these two T-N11-A motifs in BlaA binding were comparable. A plasmid bearing the blaU structural gene and the blaA-blaB regulatory region was constructed and shown to confer on an S. lividans host the capacity to produce inducible beta-lactamase. It can thus be concluded that the S. cacaoi blaL and blaU genes are controlled by the same regulatory system. [less ▲]

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See detailLes différents vaccins disponibles contre la rhinotrachéite infectieuse bovine
Thiry, Etienne ULg; Lemaire, Mylène; Schynts, Frédéric et al

in Bulletin des Groupements Techniques Vétérinaires (1997), 4B

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See detailAntisense galectin-3 alters thymidine incorporation in human MDA-MB435 breast cancer cells
van den Brûle, Frédéric; Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Jackers, Pascale ULg et al

in International Journal of Oncology (1997), 11(2), 261-264

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See detailThe Major Homology Region Of Bovine Leukaemia Virus P24(Gag) Is Required For Virus Infectivity In Vivo
Willems, Luc ULg; Kerkhofs, P.; Attenelle, L. et al

in Journal of General Virology (1997), 78

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See detailMethodology for optimization of operation to reduce site-scale energy use in production plants
Heyen, Georges ULg; Kalitventzeff, Boris ULg

in Applied Thermal Engineering (1997), 17(8-10), 1005-1014

A methodology was developed to improve energy usage in the process industries by optimizing plant operation. The first step was to build fine tuned site-scale models of energy intensive production plants ... [more ▼]

A methodology was developed to improve energy usage in the process industries by optimizing plant operation. The first step was to build fine tuned site-scale models of energy intensive production plants and of combined heat and power utility distribution networks (heat, power, cooling), and later to optimize them using various numerical techniques. The methodology not only comprises these models, but also the selected optimization methods, their implementation in algorithms suited for the problems to be solved and the evaluation of the results in terms of their applicability ia real industrial problems. The detailed models were tuned on the basis of actual plant data. They were used to calculate accurate energy balances, and thus to identify sources of energy waste. Finally they allowed optimization of energy usage by adjusting operating conditions at a medium time scale (a few hours to a couple of days). Energy savings in the range 5%-10% could be obtained for energy intensive processes, where even a low percentage represents a considerable amount. (C) European Communities 1997. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation, identification and serotyping of Clostridium perfringens from goats.
Phukan, A.; Dutta, G. N.; Daube, Georges ULg et al

in Indian Journal of Animal Sciences (The) (1997), 67

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See detailMolecular adaptations of enzymes from psychrophilic organisms
Feller, Georges ULg; Arpigny, J. L.; Narinx, E. et al

in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. A : Comparative Physiology (1997), 118(3), 495-499

The dominating adaptative character of enzymes from cold-evolving organisms is their high turnover number (k(cat)) and catalytic efficiency (k(cat)/K-m), which compensate for the reduction of chemical ... [more ▼]

The dominating adaptative character of enzymes from cold-evolving organisms is their high turnover number (k(cat)) and catalytic efficiency (k(cat)/K-m), which compensate for the reduction of chemical reaction rates inherent to low temperatures. This optimization of the catalytic parameters can originate from the highly flexible structure of these proteins providing enhanced abilities to undergo conformational changes during catalysis at low temperatures. Molecular modelling of the 3-D structure of cold-adapted enzymes reveals that only subtle modifications of their conformation can be related to the structural flexibility. The observed structural features include: 1) the reduction of the number of weak interactions involved in the folded state stability like salt bridges, weakly polar interactions between aromatic side chains, hydrogen bonding, arginine content and charge-dipole interactions in alpha-helices; 2) a lower hydrophobicity of the hydrophobic clusters forming the core of the protein; 3) deletion or substitution of proline residues in loops or turns connecting secondary structures; 4) improved solvent interactions with a hydrophilic surface via additional charged side chains; 5) the occurence of glycine clusters close to functional domains; and 6) a looser coordination of Ca2+ ions. No general rule from the molecular changes observed; rather, each enzyme adopts its own strategy by using one or a combination of these altered interactions. Enzymes from thermophiles reinforce the same type of interactions indicating that there is a continuity in the strategy of protein adaptation to temperature. (C) 1997 Elsevier Science Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailLa tertiarisation des parcs d’activités économiques en Région wallonne
Devillet, Guénaël ULg

in Wallonie (1997), 24(49), 35-44

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See detailEtat de nécessité et damnum incendii arcendi causa datum
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

in Revue Internationale des Droits de l'Antiquité (1997), 44

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See detailReflections on risk and resilience in adolescence
Born, Michel ULg; Jackson, Sandy; Jacob, Marie-Noël

in Journal of adolescence (1997), 20

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

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

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

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

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See detailExploitation of trispecific hybrids to introgress the glandless seed and glanded plant trait of Gossypium sturtianum Willis into G. hirsutum L.
Mergeai, Guy ULg; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg; Vroh Bi, I.

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (1997), 1(4),

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See detailDe l’acyclovir au valacyclovir: la biodisponibilité en plus de l’efficacité et de la tolérance
Rentier, Bernard ULg

in Virologics (1997), (Septembre), 10-11

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See detailTechnique for long-term catheterization of large abdominal vessels in growing cattle.
Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg; Istasse, Louis ULg

in Contemporary Topics in Laboratory Animal Science (1997), 36(2), 66-8

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See detailEnhancement of Tamoxifen-Induced E-Cadherin Function by Ca2+ Channel Antagonists in Human Breast Cancer Mcf7/6 Cells
Charlier, Corinne ULg; Bruyneel, E.; Lechanteur, Chantal ULg et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (1996), 317(2-3), 413-6

Despite its intensive use in adjuvant breast cancer therapy for more than 30 years, the exact mechanisms of action of tamoxifen have not yet been fully characterized. Tamoxifen was recently shown to ... [more ▼]

Despite its intensive use in adjuvant breast cancer therapy for more than 30 years, the exact mechanisms of action of tamoxifen have not yet been fully characterized. Tamoxifen was recently shown to restore the E-cadherin function of human breast cancer MCF7/6 cells and to suppress their invasive phenotype. Because tamoxifen interacts with targets implicated in Ca2+ homeostasis, we explored the possibility that the restoration of E-cadherin function in MCF7/6 cells induced by this drug could be affected by Ca2+ modulators. Two different Ca2+ channel antagonists (verapamil and nifedipine) potentiated the effect of tamoxifen on E-cadherin function, as evaluated with a fast cell aggregation assay. These molecules decreased the tamoxifen concentration needed to restore the E-cadherin function from 10(-6) M to 10(-7) M. When incubated with a Ca2+ channel agonist, Bay K8644 (methyl-1,4-dihydro-2,6-dimethyl-3-nitro-4-(2-trifluoro-methylphenyl)- pyridine-5-carboxylate), the effect of tamoxifen on E-cadherin function was completely abolished. These results demonstrate that the restoration of the E-cadherin function induced by tamoxifen depends, at least in part, on a Ca2+ pathway, and support the evidence of an effect of tamoxifen on Ca(2+)-dependent mechanisms. Our data also suggest that Ca2+ channel modulators could make it possible to decrease the dose of tamoxifen administered to patients without reducing the therapeutic effects. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly[alkyl methacrylate-b-butadiene-b-alkyl methacrylate] triblock copolymers : synthesis, morphology, and mechanical properties at high temperatures
Yu, Jian Ming; Teyssié, Philippe; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Macromolecules (1996), 29(26), 8362-8370

Block copolymers of the ABA type, where B is polybutadiene (PBD) and A is poly(ethyl methacrylate) (PEMA), poly(tert-butyl methacrylate) (P-t-BMA), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), or poly(isobornyl ... [more ▼]

Block copolymers of the ABA type, where B is polybutadiene (PBD) and A is poly(ethyl methacrylate) (PEMA), poly(tert-butyl methacrylate) (P-t-BMA), poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA), or poly(isobornyl methacrylate) (PIBMA), have been successfully synthesized by sequential anionic polymerization of butadiene and methacrylates with the diadduct of tert-butyllithium to m-diisopropenylbenzene as a difunctional initiator. Block copolymers of a narrow molecular weight distribution (1.10) have been analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry, transmission electron microscopy, and dynamic mechanical analysis. These materials are phase-separated and have high mechanical performances. Special attention has been paid to the service temperature of these thermoplastic elastomers in comparison with a styrene−butadiene−styrene (SBS) triblock copolymer. The upper service temperature (UST) has been estimated from the temperature dependence of the tensile properties in the 25−150 °C range and found to change with the outer blocks. Polystyrene (Tg = 100°C) is at the origin of the lower UST, which is however comparable to PEMA (Tg = 90 °C) and P-t-BMA (Tg = 116 °C) containing triblock copolymers of similar molecular weight and composition. PMMA (Tg = 132 °C) outer blocks increase the UST of the triblocks, which is further increased by hydrogenation of the PBD midblock. The higher UST has been found for a PIBMA (Tg = 202 °C)-containing triblock copolymer that shows an ultimate tensile strength higher than 2 MPa at 150 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailTriblock copolymer based thermoreversible gels. 3. Effect of stereocomplexation with iPMMA
Yu, Jian Ming; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Macromolecules (1996), 29(26), 8371-9378

Thermoreversible gelation of syndiotactic poly(methyl methacrylate) (sPMMA)−polybutadiene (PBD)−sPMMA, triblock copolymers in o-xylene has been studied in the presence of isotactic PMMA (iPMMA) in a large ... [more ▼]

Thermoreversible gelation of syndiotactic poly(methyl methacrylate) (sPMMA)−polybutadiene (PBD)−sPMMA, triblock copolymers in o-xylene has been studied in the presence of isotactic PMMA (iPMMA) in a large range of syndio/iso mixing ratio (s/i). Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) shows that two types of association contribute to the gel formation, i.e., the self-aggregation of the sPMMA outer blocks and the stereocomplexation of the sPMMA outer blocks with iPMMA. At low iPMMA contents (s/i = 30/1), self-association of the outer blocks accounts for the gelation process, although stereocomplexation occurs. Stereocomplexation becomes the dominant gelation mechanism at a high enough iPMMA content (s/i = 2/1). Thus, gelation is observed at a copolymer concentration as low as 1 wt %. The time dependence of the storage (G‘) and loss (G‘‘) moduli has been measured in the 0.08−1Hz frequency range in order to probe the gelation process. At the gel point, where the loss angle (tan δc = G‘‘/G‘) is independent of the probing frequency, the sample fits in the typical power law G‘(ω) G‘‘(ω) ωΔ. While the gelation time is greatly influenced by the s/i mixing ratio, the scaling exponent Δ is essentially constant in the range of 0.70−0.75. The Δ value agrees with theoretical predictions as well as with experimental values reported for some chemical gels but it is different from the experimental values reported for most physical gels. The Δ value is also independent of the PBD microstructure and it also holds for sPMMA-polystyrene (PS)−PBD−PS−sPMMA (MSBSM) pentablock copolymers. Therefore, the value of Δ appears to be a typical exponent for thermoplastic gels based on triblock copolymers of the ABA type in o-xylene. [less ▲]

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See detailInterleukin-1 Beta Induces Nuclear Factor Kappa B in Epithelial Cells Independently of the Production of Reactive Oxygen Intermediates
Bonizzi, Giuseppina; Dejardin, Emmanuel ULg; Piret, Bernard et al

in European Journal of Biochemistry (1996), 242(3), 544-9

A large body of work has been devoted to tumor necrosis factor alpha or interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) signaling leading to the activation of the transcription factor nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappa B ... [more ▼]

A large body of work has been devoted to tumor necrosis factor alpha or interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) signaling leading to the activation of the transcription factor nuclear factor-kappa B (NF-kappa B) in various cell types. Several studies have indicated that NF-kappa B activation depends strictly on the production of reactive oxygen intermediates. In this report, we first demonstrated that IL-1 beta is a potent activator of NF-kappa B in various epithelial transformed cell lines (OVCAR-3, SKOV-3, MCF7 A/Z). In these cells, IL-1 beta rapidly induces NF-kappa B through a complete degradation of I kappa B-alpha, while H2O2 activates NF-kappa B with slower kinetics through a partial degradation of I kappa B-alpha, p100 and p105. We showed that IL-1 beta-mediated induction of NF-kappa B in OVCAR-3 and in other epithelial cell lines does not proceed through the production of reactive oxygen intermediates, while the same cytokine activates NF-kappa B in lymphoid cells through the intracellular generation of H2O2. Our study demonstrated that several signaling pathways lead to the activation of NF-kappa B, following IL-1 beta treatment in different cell types. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of the active gene coding for the metastasis-associated 37LRP/p40 multifunctional protein.
Clausse, Nathalie; Jackers, Pascale ULg; Jares, P. et al

in DNA & Cell Biology (1996), 15(12), 1009-23

A 37LRP/p40 polypeptide is of major interest because it is consistently up-regulated in cancer cells in correlation with their invasive and metastatic phenotype. Furthermore, this polypeptide presents ... [more ▼]

A 37LRP/p40 polypeptide is of major interest because it is consistently up-regulated in cancer cells in correlation with their invasive and metastatic phenotype. Furthermore, this polypeptide presents intriguing multifunctional properties because it has been characterized as the precursor of the metastasis-associated 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR) and as a cytoplasmic ribosomal-associated protein. The isolation of the 37LRP/p40 gene is a prerequisite for identifying the molecular mechanisms responsible for the constant up-regulation of the 67LR expression in cancer cells. To date, the active 37LRP/p40 gene has never been identified in any species due to the existence of multiple pseudogenes in most vertebrates genomes. In this study, we report for the first time the gene structure and potential regulatory sequences of the 37 LRP/p40 gene. The chicken genome was selected to undergo this characterization because it is the only known vertebrate that bears a single 37 LRP/p40 gene copy. The 37 LRP/p40 active gene is composed of 7 exons and 6 introns and bears features characteristic of a ribosomal protein gene. It does not bear a classical TATA box and it exhibits several transcription initiation sites as demonstrated by RNase protection assay and primer extension. Analysis of potential regulatory regions suggests that gene expression is driven not only by the 5' genomic region but also by the 5' untranslated and intron 1 sequences. On the basis of gene structure and extensive protein evolutionary study, we found that the carboxyterminal domain of the protein is a conserved lock-and-key structure/function domain that could be involved in the biosynthesis of the higher-molecular-weight 67-kD laminin receptor in vertebrates, whereas the central core of the protein would be responsible for the ribosome associated function. The first identification of the active 37LRP/p40 gene presented in this study is a critical step toward the isolation of the corresponding human gene and the understanding of the molecular mechanisms involved in the up-regulation of its expression during tumor invasion and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailReduction in Requirements for Allogeneic Blood Products: Pharmacologic Methods
Janssens, Marc ULg; Hartstein, Gary ULg; David, Jean-Louis ULg

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (1996), 62(6), 1944-50

BACKGROUND: Numerous articles describe the reduction of perioperative bleeding by the therapeutic or prophylactic administration of drugs such as prostacyclin, desmopressin, and natural or synthetic ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Numerous articles describe the reduction of perioperative bleeding by the therapeutic or prophylactic administration of drugs such as prostacyclin, desmopressin, and natural or synthetic antifibrinolytics. METHODS: A review of the literature was carried out to help the reader define the indications of these drugs during cardiopulmonary bypass operations, highlight the questions that remain concerning their indications and modes of action, and suggest future studies to answer these remaining questions. RESULTS: Prostacyclin reduces platelet trauma induced by extracorporeal circulation but does not effectively reduce postoperative bleeding and transfusion requirements. Desmopressin acts as a "glue," improving platelet adhesion, and may be effective when postoperative bleeding is excessive, but its routine use in cardiac operations cannot be recommended. Natural and synthetic antifibrinolytics inhibit plasmin and plasmin-induced platelet dysfunction. These agents have been shown to decrease bleeding and the need for allogeneic transfusions after open heart operations. However, with antifibrinolytic drugs, the risk of thromboembolic phenomena cannot be neglected. With aprotinin, this risk appears to be minimal when the drug is used at concentrations high enough to inhibit plasma kallikrein also. CONCLUSIONS: Prophylactic antifibrinolytics are efficacious, but their routine use remains controversial, both for economic reasons and for fear of thromboembolic complications. [less ▲]

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See detailAnionic polymerization of various methacrylates initiated with LiCl-complexed sBuLi
Antoun, S.; Wang, Jin-Shan; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Polymer (1996), 37(25), 5755-5759

A simple alkyl lithium initiator (sBuLi) complexed with LiCl (10 molar equiv.) has been used to initiate the anionic polymerization of various methacrylic monomers, i.e. methyl methacrylate (MMA), tert ... [more ▼]

A simple alkyl lithium initiator (sBuLi) complexed with LiCl (10 molar equiv.) has been used to initiate the anionic polymerization of various methacrylic monomers, i.e. methyl methacrylate (MMA), tert-butyl methacrylate (tBuMA), glycidyl methacrylate (GMA), and dimethyl amino ethyl methacrylate (DMAEMA) in tetrahydrofuran at -78°C. Only the homopolymerization of tBuMA proceeds in a living manner, as evidenced by both the linear plot of experimental molecular weight (Mnexp) vs theoretical ones (Mncal,) (slope % 0.93) and monomer resumption experiments. However, three types of block copolymers, i.e. PtBuMA-b-PMMA, PtBuMA-b-PGMA, PtBuMA-b-PDMAEMA, have been successfully synthesized with a predictable molecular weight, and narrow molecular weight distribution. [less ▲]

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See detailStaging of the Mediastinum: Value of Positron Emission Tomography Imaging in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Bury, Thierry ULg; Paulus, P.; Dowlati, A. et al

in European Respiratory Journal : Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology (1996), 9(12), 2560-4

Recent studies have shown limitations of morphological imaging in staging mediastinal lymph node involvement in lung cancer. In contrast to computed tomography (CT), which depends primarily on anatomical ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have shown limitations of morphological imaging in staging mediastinal lymph node involvement in lung cancer. In contrast to computed tomography (CT), which depends primarily on anatomical imaging features, positron emission tomography (PET) with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) depends mainly on the metabolic characteristics of a tissue for the diagnosis of disease. We have performed a prospective study comparing FDG-PET and CT of the thorax in the presurgical assessment of the mediastinum in 50 patients with newly diagnosed non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). CT and PET scans were interpreted separately, and results were compared to pathological staging obtained during thoracotomy. Hilar or mediastinal lymph node involvement was present in 58%. In staging for lymph node involvement, CT had a sensitivity of 72% and specificity of 81%, whereas PET had a sensitivity and specificity of 90% and 86%, respectively. When the PET study was compared to histological results, there were four cases showing more advanced mediastinal involvement with PET and four cases showing less involvement with PET. From our preliminary results, we conclude that positron emission tomography with 18-fluorodeoxyglucose is significantly more accurate than computed tomography in the mediastinal staging of non-small cell lung cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailDo Sex Differences in the Brain Explain Sex Differences in the Hormonal Induction of Reproductive Behavior? What 25 Years of Research on the Japanese Quail Tells Us
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Tlemcani, O.; Ball, G. F.

in Hormones & Behavior (1996), 30(4), 627-61

Early workers interested in the mechanisms mediating sex differences in morphology and behavior assumed that differences in behavior that are commonly observed between males and females result from the ... [more ▼]

Early workers interested in the mechanisms mediating sex differences in morphology and behavior assumed that differences in behavior that are commonly observed between males and females result from the sex specificity of androgens and estrogens. [less ▲]

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See detailTnp-470 (Agm-1470): Mechanisms of Action and Early Clinical Development
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg; Belotti, D.

in European Journal of Cancer (1996), 32A(14), 2520-7

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See detailOncological Applications of Positron Emission Tomography with Fluorine-18 Fluorodeoxyglucose
Rigo, Pierre ULg; Paulus, Patrick; Kaschten, Bruno et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (1996), 23(12), 1641-74

Positron emission tomography (PET) is now primarily used in oncological indication owing to the successful application of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) in an increasing number of clinical ... [more ▼]

Positron emission tomography (PET) is now primarily used in oncological indication owing to the successful application of fluorine-18 fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) in an increasing number of clinical indications at different stages of diagnosis, and for staging and follow-up. This review first considers the biological characteristics of FDG and then discusses methodological considerations regarding its use. Clinical indications are considered, and the results achieved in respect of various organs and tumour types are reviewed in depth. The review concludes with a brief consideration of the ways in which clinical PET might be improved. [less ▲]

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See detailScreening and characterization of specific anti-lipopolysaccharide antibodies in Belgian blood donors by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays
Nys, Monique ULg; Laub, R.; Damas, Pierre ULg et al

in European Journal of Clinical Investigation (1996), 26(12), 1134-1142

The goal of this project was to find and collect high concentrations of endotoxin-specific antibodies for therapeutic IgG- or IgM-enriched preparations. Various enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs ... [more ▼]

The goal of this project was to find and collect high concentrations of endotoxin-specific antibodies for therapeutic IgG- or IgM-enriched preparations. Various enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) were developed to perform longitudinal studies of the serological response to a large panel of smooth and rough purified lipopolysaccharide (LPS) extracts in a population of healthy blood donors. To accomplish this, 1612 human serum samples from volunteer blood donors collected by seven different blood banks in Belgium were screened and specific IgM and IgG activities were measured. Approximately 17% of the donors had anti-LPS concentrations higher than 40 mg L-1. Of these, 10.9% had anti-smooth LPS antibodies, 3.7% had anti-rough LPS antibodies and 2.8% were found to be positive towards both types of LPS. The mean anti-LPS antibody concentration was 8 mg L-1 for rough LPS and 14 mg L-1 for smooth LPS. Age- and sex-related distributions of the activities indicated that the greatest prevalence of high anti-LPS concentration was in women aged 40-49 years and in men older than 60 years. Differential absorption experiments showed that the pooled serum of selected blood donors contained a mixture of specific and cross-reacting antibodies. We detected predominantly anti-LPS activities due to the IgG1 and IgG2 subclasses. The range of specificities to different LPS was increased by the pooling of selected sera. It was concluded that pools of naturally occurring specific anti-LPS immunoglobulin antibodies may be obtained in Belgium by screening blood donors using ELISAs that we have developed. [less ▲]

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See detailGliomatosis Cerebri: Clinical, Radiological and Pathological Report of a Case with a Stroke-Like Onset
Schoenen, Jean ULg; de Leval, L.; Reznik, M.

in Acta Neurologica Belgica (1996), 96(4), 294-300

A 62 year-old man was admitted with a right hemiparesis, sensory aphasia and right hemianopia which appeared on awakening. He was initially thought to have a stroke, but EEG showed diffuse slowing and ... [more ▼]

A 62 year-old man was admitted with a right hemiparesis, sensory aphasia and right hemianopia which appeared on awakening. He was initially thought to have a stroke, but EEG showed diffuse slowing and both CT scan and MRI irregular white matter lesion suggesting a leucoencephalopathy. His neurological deficit regressed, and he was discharged after 2 weeks. He was readmitted 6 months later because of mental confusion. MRI revealed diffuse white matter lesions extending up to the frontal lobes, these were hyperintense on T2 weighted images and suggested the diagnosis of gliomatosis cerebri (GC). The patient became progressively comatose and died 6 weeks later. At autopsy the brain looked diffusely swollen with irregular greyish areas of the white matter of both centrum ovale and brain stem. On microscopic examination the cerebrum and brain stem were diffusely and asymmetrically infiltrated by numerous neoplastic glial cells without angiogenesis or disruption of architectonic boundaries. There were no mitoses nor necrosis. Many tumour cells were GFAP- and S100-positive. A high proportion of cells contained the leucocyte antigen Leu-7. This case of gliomatosis cerebri is compared to the 9 published cases of GC with an initial focal neurological deficit and to the 19 publications reporting MRI results. The controversial nosological boundaries and etiopathogenetic hypotheses of this peculiar neoplastic disease are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLa CEI entre mythes et réalités
Bachkatov, Nina ULg

in Monde Diplomatique (Le) : Journal des Cercles Diplomatiques et des Grandes Organisations Internationales (1996)

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See detailMicrostructure development in isothermally melt-textured 123-211 composite materials
Auguste, F.; Rulmont, André ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Low Temperature Physics (1996), 105(5-6), 1439-1444

Microstructures of isothermally melt-textured 123-211 composite materials have been examined during the solidification process from quenched specimens. The distribution of 211 particles, the ... [more ▼]

Microstructures of isothermally melt-textured 123-211 composite materials have been examined during the solidification process from quenched specimens. The distribution of 211 particles, the superconducting 123 grain boundary and the solid-liquid interface features are emphasized. The quality of the materials has been investigated by thermopower and thermal conductivity measurements. A seeded-melt texturing technique has been also tested in order to grow large single-domain of DyBa2Cu3O7-y. The chosen seed was a Dy2O3 single crystal. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptation de la méthodologie des langues étrangères aux styles d'apprentissage des élèves : un nouveau miroir aux alouettes ?
Simons, Germain ULg

in Etudes et Travaux (1996), (1), 19-38

Selon certains spécialistes de l'apprentissage d'une langue étrangère, le style d'apprentissage d'un individu fonctionne comme un "filtre à input" et exerce, de ce fait, une influence considérable sur le ... [more ▼]

Selon certains spécialistes de l'apprentissage d'une langue étrangère, le style d'apprentissage d'un individu fonctionne comme un "filtre à input" et exerce, de ce fait, une influence considérable sur le processus d'apprentissage de la langue étrangère et sur le niveau de performance atteint par les différents types d'apprenants. Cette conception des styles d'apprentissage conduit naturellement à supposer que l'enseignement optimal d'une langue étrangère est celui dont la méthodologie est en adéquation avec le style d'apprentissage des élèves. Selon G. Simons, il convient d'aborder ce type de recherche avec la plus grande prudence si on ne veut pas qu'elle devienne un miroir aux alouettes, un de plus. Pour éviter ce piège, G. Simons analyse quelques problèmes sous-jacents à ce domaine de recherche et tente d'y apporter des solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailTreatment of Excessive Mediastinal Bleeding after Cardiopulmonary Bypass
Hartstein, Gary ULg; Janssens, Marc ULg

in Annals of Thoracic Surgery (1996), 62(6), 1951-4

BACKGROUND: Excessive mediastinal bleeding after cardiopulmonary bypass is one of the most frequently reported complications of cardiac operations. Appropriate treatment requires a rapid and effective ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Excessive mediastinal bleeding after cardiopulmonary bypass is one of the most frequently reported complications of cardiac operations. Appropriate treatment requires a rapid and effective diagnostic work-up, based on the knowledge of the pathophysiology induced by cardiopulmonary bypass. METHODS: Possible causes, diagnostic methods available, and therapeutic approaches are reviewed in the light of the literature published on excessive bleeding after cardiac operations. RESULTS: When bleeding is massive (> 250 to 300 mL/h for the first 2 hours, > 150 mL/h thereafter), immediate surgical reexploration is mandatory. When bleeding is less important (50 to 150 mL/h), the decision to reoperate should be based on the presence of hemodynamic compromise or a suspected surgical cause. Otherwise, coagulation testing should allow the correction of hemostatic defects as appropriate with protamine, platelet concentrates, fresh frozen plasma, desmopressin, or antifibrinolytics. Hypothermia and hypotension should be corrected and a trial of positive end-expiratory pressure may be considered if diffuse mediastinal oozing (especially from the bed of the mammary artery) is suspected. CONCLUSIONS: A protocol is suggested to guide treatment, taking into account the rapidity of blood loss and the suspected underlying cause. [less ▲]

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See detailBeta-Carbolines Induce Apoptotic Death of Cerebellar Granule Neurones in Culture
Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Rigo, Jean-Marie ULg; Coucke, Paul et al

in Neuroreport (1996), 7(18), 3041-5

Apart from its role in fast inhibitory transmission, only neurotrophic effects have been reported following activation of the GABAA receptor. Here, we show that n-butyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxylate and n ... [more ▼]

Apart from its role in fast inhibitory transmission, only neurotrophic effects have been reported following activation of the GABAA receptor. Here, we show that n-butyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxylate and n-methyl-beta-carboline-3-carboxamide, which are negative allosteric modulators of the GABAA receptor acting at the benzodiazepine site, are neurotoxic for cerebellar granule neurones in culture. The beta-carboline-induced neuronal death is apoptotic since DNA internucleosomal fragmentation was induced and the neurotoxicity could be prevented by inhibitors of mRNA or protein synthesis. As GABA and benzodiazepine ligands (diazepam and Ro 15-1788) protect cerebellar granule cells against beta-carboline-induced toxicity, these data raise the possibility that the interaction between the beta-carbolines and the GABAA receptor is the triggering event leading to neuronal apoptosis. [less ▲]

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See detailGrowth of Cayley and diluted Cayley trees with two kinds of entities
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Journal of Physics : A Mathematical & General (1996), 29(22), 7089-7104

A kinetic growth model derived from the magnetic Eden model is introduced in order to simulate the growth of hierarchical structures, such as Cayley trees. We only consider the case where two kinds of ... [more ▼]

A kinetic growth model derived from the magnetic Eden model is introduced in order to simulate the growth of hierarchical structures, such as Cayley trees. We only consider the case where two kinds of entities are competing with each other can be further subjected to an external field. The very relevant case in which both kinds of entities have different coordination numbers is introduced here for the first time, and is called the diluted Cayley tree. Physical and geometrical properties of the finite and infinite trees are exactly found and simulated. Finite-size effects are emphasized and illustrated on the global or local magnetization and on the chemical activity. Asymptotic limits are given in each case. The generated patterns can be related to a correlated percolation problem briefly discussed in the appendix. [less ▲]

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See detailDecrease of Plasma Vitamin E (Alpha-Tocopherol) Levels in Patients with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Sakalihasan, Natzi ULg; Pincemail, Joël ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg et al

in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (1996), 800

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See detailCytokine Production by Human Thymic Epithelial Cells: Control by the Immune Recognition of the Neurohypophysial Self-Antigen
Martens, Henri ULg; Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Robert, F. et al

in Regulatory Peptides (1996), 67(1), 39-45

Oxytocin (OT) has been shown to be the dominant peptide of the neurohypophysial family expressed by thymic epithelial and nurse cells (TEC/TNC) in various species. Thymic OT is not secreted but, after ... [more ▼]

Oxytocin (OT) has been shown to be the dominant peptide of the neurohypophysial family expressed by thymic epithelial and nurse cells (TEC/TNC) in various species. Thymic OT is not secreted but, after translocation of a hybrid neurophysin/MHC class I protein, is integrated within the plasma membrane of TEC, thus allowing its presentation to pre-T cells. In order to further demonstrate that thymic OT behaves like a membrane antigen, we assessed the effect of mAbs to OT on cytokine productions by cultures enriched in human TEC. 75-85% pure TEC cultures were prepared from human thymic fragments. Using immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy, ir-OT, ir-interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta), ir-interleukin-6 (IL-6) and ir-leukemia inhibitory factor (LIF) could be detected in these TEC cultures. ir-OT was restricted to TEC, while some ir-IL-6 and ir-LIF were also seen in occasional fibroblasts. In basal conditions, ir-IL-6 and ir-LIF (but not ir-OT and ir-IL-1 beta) were detected in the supernatants of human TEC cultures. MAbs to OT induced a marked increase of ir-IL-6 and ir-LIF secretion in TEC cultures. No significant effect was observed using mAbs against vasopressin, mouse immunoglobulins, or control ascitic fluid controls. These data show that OT is fully processed and recognized by specific mAbs at the outer surface of TEC plasma membrane. They further support that thymic OT behaves as the self-antigen of the neurohypophysial family. [less ▲]

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See detailTrypsin and Trypsinogen from an Antarctic Fish: Molecular Basis of Cold Adaptation
Genicot, S.; Rentier-Delrue, Françoise ULg; Edwards, D. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Protein Structure and Molecular Enzymology (1996), 1298(1), 45-57

Trypsin from Antarctic fish Paranotothenia magellanica displays molecular and kinetic properties typical of enzymes produced by psychrophilic organisms. The enzyme has a high catalytic efficiency at low ... [more ▼]

Trypsin from Antarctic fish Paranotothenia magellanica displays molecular and kinetic properties typical of enzymes produced by psychrophilic organisms. The enzyme has a high catalytic efficiency at low and moderate temperatures and is rapidly inactivated at temperatures higher than 30 degrees C. The nucleotide sequence was determined after mRNA extraction and cDNA synthesis. The cDNA encodes a pretrypsinogen which includes a seven residue activation peptide containing only three acidic residues preceeding the 222 amino-acid mature enzyme. A three-dimensional model of the enzyme was built. Structural parameters possibly involved in the adaptation to cold have been derived from comparison with the three-dimensional structure of the bovine enzyme. Among them are the lack of Tyr-151 in the substrate binding pocket, an overall decrease in the number of salt bridges and hydrophobicity and the increase in the surface hydrophilicity. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence of involvement of yeast proliferating cell nuclear antigen in DNA mismatch repair
Johnson, Robert; Kovvali, G.; Guzder, Sami et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (1996), 271(45), 27897-90

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See detailProtein Kinase- and Staurosporine-Dependent Induction of Neurite Outgrowth and Plasminogen Activator Activity in Pc12 Cells
Leprince, Pierre ULg; Bonvoisin, Catherine ULg; Rogister, Bernard ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1996), 52(9), 1399-405

We analysed how interactions between protein kinase-dependent intracellular signalling pathways were implicated in the control of the production of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) and the ... [more ▼]

We analysed how interactions between protein kinase-dependent intracellular signalling pathways were implicated in the control of the production of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) and the generation of neurite outgrowth by PC12 cells. To that aim, cells were treated with agents that interact with the trk receptor and with protein kinases A and C. Nerve growth factor induced only the formation of large neurites. The release of the protease and the production of short neurite outgrowth were found to be protein-kinase-A-dependent events that could be enhanced by simultaneous activation of protein kinase C with phorbol ester. At high concentration, staurosporine, a nonselective inhibitor of protein kinases, induced the production of short neurites and mimicked the protein-kinase-A-dependent effect on tPA release. Such a response was not observed with K-252a, an analogue of staurosporine devoid of neurite-outgrowth-promoting activity. The responses to protein kinase A stimulation and the addition of staurosporine, although similar, seemed to occur through an activation of distinct, yet interacting, signalling pathways. In conclusion, tPA release and large neurite outgrowth from PC12 cells are controlled by parallel, albeit interacting, pathways, suggesting that these two potentially antagonistic events in PC12 cell differentiation can be modulated in a concerted way or independently of each other, depending on the activity of several protein kinases. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and properties of poly[isobornyl methacrylate (IBMA)-b-butadiene (BD)-b-IBMA] copolymers : new thermoplastic elastomers of a large service temperature range
Yu, Jian Ming; Dubois, Philippe ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Macromolecules (1996), 29(16), 7316-7332

Anionic polymerization of isobornyl methacrylate (IBMA) has been studied in THF and toluene in a temperature range from −78 to +40 °C by using (1,1-diphenyl-3,3-dimethylbutyl)lithium (DDBLi) as an ... [more ▼]

Anionic polymerization of isobornyl methacrylate (IBMA) has been studied in THF and toluene in a temperature range from −78 to +40 °C by using (1,1-diphenyl-3,3-dimethylbutyl)lithium (DDBLi) as an initiator in the presence of LiCl or not. Effect of solvent and polymerization temperature on tacticity has been studied. The reactivity of IBMA is comparable to tert-butyl methacrylate (tBMA), and polymers of a very narrow molecular weight distribution (<1.10) have been synthesized at room temperature, in THF, in the presence of LiCl. The Tg of PIBMA is found to vary from 170 to 206 °C with chain tacticity. Poly(isobornyl methacrylate) (PIBMA)−polybutadiene (PBD)−PIBMA triblock copolymers have been synthesized by using the m-diisopropenylbenzene (m-DIB)/tert-butyllithium (t-BuLi) diadduct as an initiator. The PBD midblock has been prepared in a cyclohexane/diethyl ether (100/6, v/v) mixture at room temperature. THF has been added [cyclohexane/diethyl ether/THF (100/6/100, v/v/v)] before the IBMA polymerization takes place at either −78 or +25 °C. Triblock copolymers of a very narrow molecular weight distribution (1.10) have been synthesized even at 25 °C, and no gel formation has been observed. These new triblock copolymers exhibit high tensile strength (30 MPa), high ultimate elongation (1000%), and high upper service temperature (160 °C). [less ▲]

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See detailNt-3 Has a Tropic Effect on Process Outgrowth by Postnatal Auditory Neurones in Vitro
Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Lefebvre, P. P.; Martin, Didier ULg et al

in Neuroreport (1996), 7(15-17), 2495-9

CONFOCAL analysis of early postnatal auditory neurones in a bicompartmental culture system was used to test for chemoattractant properties of NGF, BDNF and NT-3 on neuronal process outgrowth. NT-3 exerted ... [more ▼]

CONFOCAL analysis of early postnatal auditory neurones in a bicompartmental culture system was used to test for chemoattractant properties of NGF, BDNF and NT-3 on neuronal process outgrowth. NT-3 exerted a strong tropic effect on neuritic outgrowth from auditory neurones in this system. BDNF and NGF did not have any tropic activity that directed processes outgrowth from auditory neurones. However, BDNF was important for the support of neuronal survival in NGF-treated cultures and for neuritogenesis in NT-3-treated cultures. Since NT-3 has been identified as both a survival factor and a chemotropic agent for auditory neurones, it is likely that this neurotrophin will be a useful therapeutic agent in the treatment of damaged cochleae for the recovery of hearing. [less ▲]

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See detailA method to optimize intermediate-passband photometric systems.
Royer, P.; Manfroid, Jean ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1996), 119

A method is proposed to optimize the definition of existing photometric filters in order to minimize passband-matching problems. It is argued that the "improved" systems should generally yield better ... [more ▼]

A method is proposed to optimize the definition of existing photometric filters in order to minimize passband-matching problems. It is argued that the "improved" systems should generally yield better astrophysical parameters than the original ones. Although of a general scope, the method is checked on intermediate-passband filters of the Stroemgren system. [less ▲]

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See detailInfrared aperture photometry at ESO (1983-1994) and its future use.
van der Bliek, N. S.; Manfroid, Jean ULg; Bouchet, P.

in Astronomy and Astrophysics. Supplement Series (1996), 119

We describe the infrared (IR) photometric system for the single channel photometers at ESO, which have been used from 1983 until 1994. In addition to the broadband near infrared (NIR, 1-5μm) photometric ... [more ▼]

We describe the infrared (IR) photometric system for the single channel photometers at ESO, which have been used from 1983 until 1994. In addition to the broadband near infrared (NIR, 1-5μm) photometric system presented in 1991 by Bouchet et al. and Bersanelli et al., we describe a narrow-band NIR photometric system and a mid infrared (MIR, 7-20μm) photometric system. We also extend the set of NIR standard stars by Bouchet et al. towards fainter objects (K=~9). The photometric data of the standard stars in these systems were extracted from the complete IR photometric data archive of ESO, covering 10 years. The zeropoints of the NIR photometry are set by assuming that HR 3314 has a V-magnitude of 3.89, and that V-K=-0.05, J-K=-0.01, H-K=-0.01, K-L'=0.00, K-M=0.00. The zeropoints of the MIR photometry are set by assuming that the colours ofβ Hyi (HR 0098) and α CenA (HR 5459) are equal to the colours of the Sun. We adopt the absolute calibration of Megessier (1995A&A...296..771M) for the NIR and we argue that this calibration can be extrapolated to 20μm, using the MIR calibrations by Rieke et al. (1985AJ.....90..900R) and Cohen et al. (1992AJ....104.1650C). The definition of the zeropoints is consistent with the absolute calibration. We obtained accurate (Ï =~0.02mag.) NIR photometry of about 240 standard stars and MIR photometry of about 40 standard stars (Ï =~0.04mag). Comparison of our NIR photometric system with other well established systems shows that there are some small colour dependencies and zeropoint offsets which are always smaller than about 0.02mag. except for the L' band. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of the 67-Kd Laminin Receptor, Galectin-1, and Galectin-3 in Advanced Human Uterine Adenocarcinoma
van den Brule, F. A.; Buicu, C.; Berchuck, A. et al

in Human Pathology (1996), 27(11), 1185-91

Alterations of tumor cell interactions with laminin, a basement membrane glycoprotein, are consistent features of the invasive and metastatic phenotype. Qualitative and quantitative changes in the ... [more ▼]

Alterations of tumor cell interactions with laminin, a basement membrane glycoprotein, are consistent features of the invasive and metastatic phenotype. Qualitative and quantitative changes in the expression of cell surface laminin-binding proteins have been correlated with the ability of cancer cells to cross basement membranes during the metastatic cascade. Such phenotypic modifications are usually associated with poor prognosis. In this study, the authors examined the possibility that expression of three laminin-binding proteins, the 67-kD laminin receptor (67LR), galectin-1, and galectin-3, is altered in human endometrial cancer in a fashion similar to that reported in other carcinomas, such as breast, colon, and ovarian cancer. Twenty advanced uterine adenocarcinomas were analyzed for expression of these three molecules using immunoperoxidase staining and specific antibodies. The authors found a significant increase in the expression of the 67LR and galectin-1 in cancer cells compared with normal adjacent endometrium (P = .0004 and .0022, respectively). As observed in other carcinomas, a significant down-regulation of galectin-3 expression was found in endometrial cancer cells compared with normal mucosa (P = .02). In the galectin-3 positive tumors, galectin-3 was detected in the cytoplasm and/or nucleus of cancer cells. Interestingly, tumors in which galectin-3 was detected only in the cytoplasm were characterized by deeper invasion of the myometrium than lesions where galectin-3 was found both in nucleus and cytoplasm (P = .02). This study shows an alteration of nonintegrin laminin-binding protein expression in advanced human endometrial cancer. Further studies on larger populations should determine the prognostic value of the detection of these laminin-binding proteins in endometrial carcinoma. Inverse modulation of the 67LR and galectin-3 appears to be a phenotypical feature of invasive carcinoma. [less ▲]

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See detailCardiac Performance in Conscious Healthy Dogs During Dobutamine Infusion
Mc Entee, Kathleen ULg; Clercx, Cécile ULg; Pypendop, B. et al

in Research in Veterinary Science (1996), 61(3), 234-9

The aim of this study was to determine the cardiac performance of conscious healthy dogs during stimulation with dobutamine. Eight healthy unsedated beagle dogs were used. Cardiac output was measured by ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to determine the cardiac performance of conscious healthy dogs during stimulation with dobutamine. Eight healthy unsedated beagle dogs were used. Cardiac output was measured by the thermodilution technique and blood pressures by extravascular pressure transducers. Dobutamine challenge at a dosage ranging from 27.5 to 50 micrograms kg-1 min-1 induced a significant rise in cardiac power index (CPI), cardiac index (CI), stroke index (SI) and heart rate (HR) and a significant decrease in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) and systemic vascular resistance (SVR). The highest CPI was 2.05 times greater than its basal resting value. The CI was primarily responsible for this increase in CPI. The SI and HR contributed approximately 55 per cent and 45 per cent respectively of the maximal increase in CI. [less ▲]

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See detailPharma-clinics. Comment je traite... un patient diabétique de type 1 par pompe portable à insuline
Philips, J. C.; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(11), 678-80

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See detailLes prions, aspects moleculaires
Rentier, Bernard ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(11), 700-705

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See detailStructural and Functional Analysis of Bovine Herpesvirus 1 Minor Glycoproteins
Baranowski, Eric; Keil, Günther; Lyaku, Japhet et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (1996), 53(1-2), 91-101

This paper focuses on the structure and functions of bovine herpesvirus 1 minor glycoproteins gH, gE, gG and gp42. It reviews the progress which has been made in their identification and characterization ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on the structure and functions of bovine herpesvirus 1 minor glycoproteins gH, gE, gG and gp42. It reviews the progress which has been made in their identification and characterization, in the study of their temporal expression and processing in infected cells, and finally in the understanding of their biological activities. In addition, aspects discussed include a comparison with two other alphaherpesviruses, namely herpes simplex virus and pseudorabies virus. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyimide foams derived from a high Tg polyimide with grafted poly(α-methylstyrene)
Hedrick, James L; DiPietro, R.; Plummer, C. J. G. et al

in Polymer (1996), 37(23), 5229-5236

A new route to high-Tg, thermally stable polyimide foams has been developed. Foams were prepared by casting microphase-separated graft copolymers comprising a thermally stable main chain, polyimide, and a ... [more ▼]

A new route to high-Tg, thermally stable polyimide foams has been developed. Foams were prepared by casting microphase-separated graft copolymers comprising a thermally stable main chain, polyimide, and a thermally labile graft, poly(α-methylstyrene). The copolymer compositions were designed so that the thermally labile block would be the dispersed phase. This can unzip to its monomer upon heating, and the decomposition product diffuses out of the film, leaving pores embedded in a matrix of the thermally stable component. The copolymers were synthesized through either the poly(amic acid) precursor, followed by chemical cyclodehydration to the imide form, or the poly(amic alkyl ester) precursor followed by thermal imidization. The decomposition of the α-methylstyrene in the block copolymer was studied by thermogravimetric, dynamic mechanical and thermomechanical analyses. Mild decomposition conditions were required to avoid rapid depolymerization of the α-methylstyrene and excessive plasticization of the polyimide matrix. The foams showed pore sizes with diameters ranging from less than 20 nm to over 1 µm, depending upon the synthetic route employed, and the reduction in the mass density was generally consistent with the starting composition. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence de l'association du nomegestrol acetate sur l'amélioration de la qualité de vie induite par une estrogenotherapie chez la femme ménopausée
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Zartarian, M.; Colau, J. C.

in Contraception, Fertilite, Sexualité (1992) (1996), 24(11), 847-51

Estrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women is followed by several benefits including a prompt improvement of quality of life. Due to uterine proliferation induced by prolonged estrogen intake ... [more ▼]

Estrogen replacement therapy in postmenopausal women is followed by several benefits including a prompt improvement of quality of life. Due to uterine proliferation induced by prolonged estrogen intake, progestogens are usually associated, on a cyclical basis, in hormonal replacement therapy prescribed to non-hysterectomized women. Persistence of the beneficial effect of estrogen on quality of life, during progestogens intake, was never investigated. We evaluated, through a specific and previously validated questionnaire, the changes in quality of life observed in 351 women recently menopaused, after 6 months of hormonal replacement therapy associating 24 days of estrogens and 12 days of administration of a non androgenic progestogen: nomegestrol acetate. Patients were randomized within two therapeutic groups in which evaluation of quality of life was performed either during the administration of estrogen alone or during administration of estrogen and progestogen. In the two groups, hormonal replacement therapy was followed by a significant improvement (P < 0,001) in quality of life and no significant difference was observed between the changes observed during estrogen or estrogen-progestogen administration. Quality of life indices measured after 6 months of hormonal replacement therapy are within the same range than values previously described in eugonadal women. We conclude that improvement of quality of life induced by estrogen replacement therapy remains unchanged during cyclical administration of nomegestrol acetate. [less ▲]

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See detailA toy model for life at the "edge of chaos"
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Computers & Graphics (1996), 20(6), 921-923

In this short paper, we illustrate the emergence of complex structures from a simple model of life at the "edge of chaos". The visualization of the generated patterns provides a good way for understanding ... [more ▼]

In this short paper, we illustrate the emergence of complex structures from a simple model of life at the "edge of chaos". The visualization of the generated patterns provides a good way for understanding the self-organized critical dynamics of the model. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Role of Glycoproteins gC, gE, gI and gG in the Induction of Cell-Mediated Immune Responses to Bovine Herpesvirus 1
Denis, M.; Hanon, E.; Rijsewijk, F. A. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (1996), 53(1-2), 121-32

Mutant viruses with deletions in genes encoding non-essential glycoproteins are considered as promising bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV1) vaccine candidates. The present study compared the influence of various ... [more ▼]

Mutant viruses with deletions in genes encoding non-essential glycoproteins are considered as promising bovine herpesvirus 1 (BHV1) vaccine candidates. The present study compared the influence of various gene deletions (gC, gE, gI, gG) on the induction of cell-mediated immune responses against the virus. The highest BHV1 specific lymphoproliferative response was observed in the group of calves inoculated with the gC- mutant. However, in all groups of inoculated calves, limiting dilution analysis showed marked individual variability in the number of BHV1 specific T lymphocytes that were stimulated. The same animals were then challenged with wild-type BHV1. In these animals, limiting dilution analysis did not reveal gE, gI nor gG as a major T lymphocyte antigen. However, further analysis suggested the T cell antigenicity of gE in a low number of BHV1 hyperimmunized calves. Stimulation of MHC unrestricted cytotoxicity was also evaluated after inoculation with the various deletion mutants. Cytotoxicity in gC- inoculated calves was as high as in BHV1 inoculated calves. In conclusion, among the BHV1 deletion mutants that were tested, the gC- mutant stimulated the best cell-mediated immune responses. [less ▲]

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See detailBovine Herpesvirus 4: Genomic Organization and Relationship with Two Other Gammaherpesviruses, Epstein-Barr Virus and Herpesvirus Saimiri
Lomonte, P.; Bublot, M.; van Santen, V. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (1996), 53(1-2), 79-89

Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BHV-4) belongs to the gammaherpesvirinae subfamily. Although the whole sequence of BHV-4 genome is not known it was possible, based on random sequencing, to assume that its genomic ... [more ▼]

Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BHV-4) belongs to the gammaherpesvirinae subfamily. Although the whole sequence of BHV-4 genome is not known it was possible, based on random sequencing, to assume that its genomic organization consists of genes clustered in blocks whose orientation and location in the genome are conserved within a herpesvirus subfamily. Between these blocks lie genes which are specific to either a particular virus or a virus subfamily. BHV-4 genome consists of 5 gene blocks conserved among the gammaherpesviruses and particularly within the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and the herpesvirus saimiri (HVS) genomes. Analysis of the regions located outside the gene blocks showed the presence of 12 open reading frames (ORFs). Protein database comparisons showed that no ORF translation products were similar to proteins encoded by alpha- or beta-herpesviruses. Nevertheless, 5 ORFs were homologous in amino acid sequences to proteins encoded by HVS and one was similar to a protein encoded by both HVS and EBV. On the basis of the molecular data BHV-4 is more closely related to HVS than to EBV. Genes homologous to cellular genes have been described in both HVS and EBV genomes. No genes homologous to presently sequenced cellular genes were found among those found in the BHV-4 genome to date. [less ▲]

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See detailIntermolecular interactions in poly(vinylidene fluoride) and ε-caprolactam mixtures
Liu, Zehui; Maréchal, Philippe; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Polymer (1996), 37(23), 5317-5320

Mixtures of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and caprolactam (CPL) have been investigated as models for possible cross-interactions between vinylidene fluoride and amide structural units, that might ... [more ▼]

Mixtures of poly(vinylidene fluoride) (PVDF) and caprolactam (CPL) have been investigated as models for possible cross-interactions between vinylidene fluoride and amide structural units, that might account for the very fine phase morphology previously observed in PVDF/polyamide 6 blends. Over the entire composition range, the PVDF/CPL mixtures are monophase above the PVDF melting temperature. From the depression of the PVDF melting point, a negative interaction energy density, B, has been calculated that, however, depends on both temperature and CPL concentration. Mutual solubility of PVDF and CPL and negative B values are consistent with specific intermolecular interactions whose nature is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailSamuel Beckett
Strivay, Lucienne ULg

in Voir (1996), 12-13(novembre), 30-40

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See detailElectrochemical synthesis and characterization of the electronic structure of new conjugated polymers from dithienylene vinylene derivatives
Jérôme, Christine ULg; Maertens, Christophe; Mertens, Marc et al

in Synthetic Metals (1996), 83(2), 103-109

Highly conjugated thiophene derivatives, based on thienylene vinylene and thienylene vinylene phenylene units, have been synthesized in order to examine: (i) the effect of such regular conjugated monomer ... [more ▼]

Highly conjugated thiophene derivatives, based on thienylene vinylene and thienylene vinylene phenylene units, have been synthesized in order to examine: (i) the effect of such regular conjugated monomer structures on polymer formation; and (ii) the optical and electrochemical properties of the corresponding macromolecules. The all-trans monomers have been prepared by a Wittig reaction. The polymers have then been synthesized electrochemically. The polymers are electrochromic and can be reversibly doped both oxidatively and reductively. Their electrochemical behavior and optical properties have been analyzed on the basis of a series of quantum-chemical calculations. [less ▲]

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See detailLessons to be learned from varicella-zoster virus
Rentier, Bernard ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg; Baudoux, Laurence et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (1996), 53(1-2), 55-66

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is an alphaherpesvirus responsible for two human diseases: chicken pox and shingles. The virus has a respiratory port of entry. After two successive viremias, it reaches the ... [more ▼]

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) is an alphaherpesvirus responsible for two human diseases: chicken pox and shingles. The virus has a respiratory port of entry. After two successive viremias, it reaches the skin where it causes typical lesions. There, it penetrates the peripheral nervous system and it remains latent in dorsal root ganglia. It is still debatable whether VZV persists in neurons or in satellite cells. During latency, VZV expresses a limited set of transcripts of its immediate early (IE) and early (E) genes but no protein has been detected. Mechanisms of reactivation from ganglia have not been identified. However, dysfunction of the cellular immune system appears to be involved in this process. The cell-associated nature of VZV has made it difficult to identify a temporal order of gene expression, but there appears to be a cascade mechanism as for HSV-1. The lack of high titre cell-free virions or recombination mutants has hindered so far the understanding of VZV gene functions. Five genes, ORFs 4, 10, 61, 62, and 63 that encode regulatory proteins could be involved in VZV latency. ORF4p activates gene promoters with basal activities. ORF10p seems to activate the ORF 62 promoter. ORF61p has trans-activating and trans-repressing activities. The major IE protein ORF62p, a virion component, has DNA-binding and regulatory functions, transactivates many VZV promoters and even regulates its own expression. ORF63p is a nuclear IE protein of yet unclear regulatory functions, abundantly expressed very early in infection. We have established an animal model of VZV latency in the rat nervous system, enabling us to study the expression of viral mRNA and protein expression during latency, and yielding results similar to those found in humans. This model is beginning to shed light on the molecular events in VZV persistent infection and on the regulatory mechanisms that maintain the virus in a latent stage in nerve cells. [less ▲]

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See detailJorge Luis Borges
Strivay, Lucienne ULg

in Voir (1996), 12-13(novembre), 43-50

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See detailTraitement du cancer broncho-pulmonaire par carboplatine/etoposide : étude de survie
Skaventzos, I.; Weber, T.; Bury, Thierry ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(11), 718-20

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See detailSubset-Specific Analysis of Calcium Fluxes in Murine Aids
Moutschen, Michel ULg; Trebak, M.; Greimers, Roland ULg et al

in International Immunology (1996), 8(11), 1715-27

Infection of susceptible strains of mice with the Duplan strain of murine leukemia viruses induces a syndrome called MAIDS (murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) characterized by immunodeficiency and ... [more ▼]

Infection of susceptible strains of mice with the Duplan strain of murine leukemia viruses induces a syndrome called MAIDS (murine acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) characterized by immunodeficiency and lymphoproliferation. In addition to a complete refractoriness of most subsets of lymphocytes to mitogen stimulation, the development of phenotypic abnormalities occurs such as the appearance of an abnormal CD4+ T cell subset lacking membranes Thy-1. This study was performed to compare the calcium responses during the early stages of MAIDS (week 9 or earlier) between T cells and B cells and between CD4+Thy-1- and CD4+Thy-1+ T cells. B cells were strikingly less affected than T cells: their baseline [Ca2+]i did not significantly increase, and their calcium response to anti-IgM antibody and concanavalin A (Con A) was partially maintained. In contrast, the response to Con A was completely abolished in T cells. Interestingly, calcium mobilization in response to membrane receptor-independent stimuli such as ionophores and thapsigargin was strongly inhibited in T cells, while no such inhibition was found in B cells. In comparison with their CD4+Thy-1+ counterparts, CD4+Thy-1- T cells had blunted calcium responses in controls, as well as in infected mice. However, CD4+Thy-1+ T cells were also strikingly altered, suggesting that the loss of membrane Thy-1 could be associated with, but not directly responsible for abnormalities of calcium responses in CD4+ T cells from RadLV-Rs-infected mice. [less ▲]

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See detailUmberto Eco
Strivay, Lucienne ULg

in Voir (1996), 12-13(novembre), 87-91

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See detailInfluence of Several Peptidase Inhibitors on the Pro-Inflammatory Effects of Substance P, Capsaicin and Collagenase
Damas, Jacques ULg; Bourdon, V.; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg et al

in Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology (1996), 354(5), 662-9

Injection of substance P (SP) in a rat hindpaw induced extravasation of 125I-labelled albumin in both hindpaws and salivation. Intravenous injection of SP dose-dependently increased vascular permeability ... [more ▼]

Injection of substance P (SP) in a rat hindpaw induced extravasation of 125I-labelled albumin in both hindpaws and salivation. Intravenous injection of SP dose-dependently increased vascular permeability. This latter effect was increased in rat paws by captopril, an inhibitor of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), administered locally in combination with diprotin A, an inhibitor of an dipeptidyl(amino)peptidase IV (DAP IV) or phosphoramidon, an inhibitor of neutral endopeptidase (NEP). The increase in permeability induced by SP was inhibited by RP 67580, a NK-1-receptor antagonist. Intravenous injection of capsaicin induced labelled albumin extravasation in rat paws. This effect was increased by combination of captopril with diprotin A or phosphoramidon, but not by captopril associated with amastatin, an inhibitor of aminopeptidase M (AmM). It was suppressed by RP 67580. Injection of collagenase in rat paws triggered a swelling and a local plasma exudation. These responses were reduced by RP 67580 but not by RP 68651, its inactive enantiomer. They were increased by combination of captopril with diprotin A or phosphoramidon in normal rats. The potentiating effects of captopril and diprotin A were suppressed by RP 67580 in normal rats but did not develop in kininogen-deficient rats. The oedema induced by collagenase was also increased by lisinopril, another ACE inhibitor, administered locally in combination with apstatin, an inhibitor of aminopeptidase P (AmP). In rats pretreated by methysergide, collagenase-induced oedema was reduced and can be increased by captopril, by lisinopril, administered alone or by lisinopril associated with apstatin. It is concluded that SP is mainly inactivated in rat paws by ACE, DAP IV and NEP. In collagenase-induced oedema, a low amount of SP would be released from afferent nerve terminals by bradykinin formed in low amounts. Bradykinin is inactivated in rat paws by ACE and AmP. In collagenase-oedema, the pro-inflammatory effects of bradykinin are concealed by the effects of the other mediators. [less ▲]

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See detailFractal grain boundaries in growth competition
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Cloots, Rudi ULg

in Journal of Crystal Growth (1996), 169(1), 79-82

Evidence of fractal grain boundaries is found in polycrystals when radial patterns are found to result from a geometrical competition between different grains that have nucleated on the same center. A ... [more ▼]

Evidence of fractal grain boundaries is found in polycrystals when radial patterns are found to result from a geometrical competition between different grains that have nucleated on the same center. A simple statistical model presented herein predicts the universal fractal dimension 2.33 of such natural patterns grown through internal competition. The application to material patterns having constrained front propagation involving many components is obvious. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. Epulis et diapneusie
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(11), 677

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See detail‘Bourgeoisie’, ‘massa’ en ‘volk’. Een kader voor de (re)constructie van Van Ostaijens ontwikkeling
Spinoy, Erik ULg

in Ons Erfdeel (1996), 39(5), 663-672

This article attempts to reframe the literary work of the modernist writer Paul van Ostaijen by focusing on his construction of his supposedly 'avant-gardist' position in society: anti-establishment and ... [more ▼]

This article attempts to reframe the literary work of the modernist writer Paul van Ostaijen by focusing on his construction of his supposedly 'avant-gardist' position in society: anti-establishment and anti-elitist, but also aloof of the 'ignorant' and gullible masses. [less ▲]

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See detailPotentiation of the Pro-Inflammatory Effects of Bradykinin by Inhibition of Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme and Aminopeptidase P in Rat Paws
Damas, Jacques ULg; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg; Simmons, W. H.

in Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology (1996), 354(5), 670-6

The influence of some peptidase inhibitors on oedema and plasma extravasation induced by bradykinin and carrageenan in rat paw was evaluate. Bradykinin-induced oedema in normal rats was increased by o ... [more ▼]

The influence of some peptidase inhibitors on oedema and plasma extravasation induced by bradykinin and carrageenan in rat paw was evaluate. Bradykinin-induced oedema in normal rats was increased by o-phenanthroline (3.10(-2) M), by captopril (10(-6) M to 10(-4) M), by lisinopril (10(-6) M to 10(-4), or by lisinopril (10(-5) M) in combination with apstatin (8.10(-5) M or 1.4 10(-4) M). It was not modified by phosphoramidon (10(-6) M to 10(-5) M) and by diprotin A (10(-3) M). It was increased by mergepta at high concentrations (2.10(-4) M). Mergepta did not increase the potentiating effect of captopril. Carrageenan-oedema in normal rats was increased by captopril (10(-5) M), lisinopril (10(-5) M) and apstatin (1.4 10(-4) M. It was not modified by mergepta (10(-4) M), phosphoramidon (10 (-5) M) and diprotin A (109-3) M). Des-Arg1-bradykinin and Des-Arg9-bradykinin have low oedema-promoting effects. Captopril (10(-5) M) increased the effects of bradykinin but not those of carrageenan in kininogen-deficit Brown Norway rats. Angiotensin-converting enzyme and aminopeptidase P appear to be main kinin-inactivating enzymes in rat paws. Carboxypeptidase N, neutral endopeptidase 24.11 and dipeptidyl(amino)peptidase IV do not play a significant role in this inactivation. [less ▲]

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See detail« Les Aveugles », lecture du sonnet de Charles Baudelaire
Durand, Pascal ULg

in Voir. Périodique du centre d'étude des aspects culturels de la vision (1996), 12/13

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See detailLe diabète insulinodépendant
Geenen, Vincent ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(11), 684-94

Par son caractère chronique et la gravité de ses complications à long terme, le diabète insulino-dépendant (DID) constitue une véritable leçon de modestie pour le médecin à la fin de ce siècle. Le DID est ... [more ▼]

Par son caractère chronique et la gravité de ses complications à long terme, le diabète insulino-dépendant (DID) constitue une véritable leçon de modestie pour le médecin à la fin de ce siècle. Le DID est un modèle de maladie autoimmune spécifique d'organe et même d'une cellule particulière, la cellule ß insulino-sécrétrice des îlots de Langerhans dans le pancréas. Parler de maladie autoimmune signifie aussi rupture de la tolérance immunitaire vis-à-vis d'un composant du Soi. La connaissance des mécanismes responsables de la tolérance de la cellule ß et la compréhension des phénomènes génétiques et environnementaux impliqués dans sa rupture permettront la mise au point d'une prévention efficace, voire d'une éradication complète du DID. La vaccination 'tolérogène' basée sur la connaissance des antigènes thymiques responsables de l'éducation immunitaire au Soi constitute une de ces voies d'avenir prometteuse. [less ▲]

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See detailAutomated Determination of Verapamil and Norverapamil in Human Plasma with on-Line Coupling of Dialysis to High-Performance Liquid Chromatography and Fluorometric Detection
Ceccato, Attilio ULg; Chiap, Patrice ULg; Hubert, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (1996), 750(1-2), 351-60

A fully automated method for the simultaneous determination of verapamil and its main metabolite norverapamil in human plasma is described. This method is based on on-line sample preparation using ... [more ▼]

A fully automated method for the simultaneous determination of verapamil and its main metabolite norverapamil in human plasma is described. This method is based on on-line sample preparation using dialysis followed by clean-up and enrichment of the dialysate on a precolumn and subsequent HPLC analysis with fluorometric detection. All sample handling operations were performed automatically by a sample processor equipped with a robotic arm (ASTED system). The plasma samples were dialysed on a cellulose acetate membrane (cut-off: 15 kD) and the dialysate was purified and enriched on a short pre-column filled with cyanopropyl silica. Before starting dialysis, this trace enrichment column (TEC) was first conditioned with the HPLC mobile phase and then with pH 3.0 acetate buffer. 370 microliters of plasma sample spiked with the internal standard (gallopamil) were dialysed in the static-pulsed mode. The solution at the donor side was pH 3.0 acetate buffer containing Triton X-100 while the acceptor solution was made of the same acetate buffer. When dialysis was discontinued, the analytes were desorbed from the TEC by the HPLC mobile phase and transferred to the C18 analytical column by means of a switching valve. This mobile phase consisted of a mixture of acetonitrile, pH 3.0 acetate buffer and 2-aminoheptane. The influence of different parameters of the dialysis process on the recovery of verapamil and norverapamil has been studied. The effect of the volume, the aspirating and dispensing flow-rates of the dialysis solution has been investigated. The recoveries of verapamil and norverapamil in plasma were close to 75% and the limits of quantification were 5 ng/ml for both analytes. The method was found to be linear in the concentration range from 5 to 500 ng/ml (r2: 0.9996 for both analytes). The intra-day and inter-day reproducibilities at a concentration of 100 ng/ml were 2.3% and 5.6% for verapamil and 1.7% and 5.1% for norverapamil, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailPrincipe de proportionnalité et droit des sociétés
Partsch, Philippe-Emmanuel ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (1996)

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See detailTranscription factor TFIIH and DNA endonuclease Rad2 constitute yeast nucleotide excision repair factor 3: implications for nucleotide excision repair and Cockayne syndrome
Habraken, Yvette ULg; Sung, Patrick; Prakash, Louise et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (1996), 93(20), 10718-22

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See detailPrévention de l'ostéoporose postménopausique: œstrogènes et thérapeutiques non hormonales
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1996), 51(10), 649-53

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See detailL'accompagnement d'équipes éducatives dans la mise en place de la réforme du premier degré: parcours scolaires et pratiques de différenciation
Guillaume, Marie-Elisabeth; Hindryckx, Marie-Noëlle ULg

in Informations pédagogiques (1996), 29

Synthèse d'une année de recherche-action basée sur l'accompagnement d'équipes éducatives dans la mise en place de la réforme du premier degré du secondaire : chronique d'une collaboration. Le travail ... [more ▼]

Synthèse d'une année de recherche-action basée sur l'accompagnement d'équipes éducatives dans la mise en place de la réforme du premier degré du secondaire : chronique d'une collaboration. Le travail collaboratif s'est effectué avec des équipes de professeurs de français de l'Athénée de Visé. Les axes de travail choisis furent les suivants :définir les compétences minimales qui devront être maîtrisées par les élèves au terme du premier degré de l'enseignement secondaire - concevoir et mettre au point de nouvelles pratiques pédagogiques et de nouveaux outils visant la construction des compétences choisies pour la première année du cycle - Intégrer des démarches d'évaluation diagnostique (quels savoirs, quelles compétences sont acquises), d'évaluation formative (repérage et analyse des difficultés d'apprentissage rencontrées par les élèves) et de pratiques de différenciation - Expérimenter les actions éducatives conçues - Evaluer celles-ci, analyser les paramètres qui ont présider à leur élaboration. [less ▲]

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