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

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

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See detailAires protégées et accroissement démographique
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailFetal renal hyperechogenicity in intrauterine growth retardation : importance and outcome.
Suranyi, A.; Retz, C.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Pediatric Nephrology : Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association (2001), 16(7), 575-580

The object of the study was to investigate the outcome in growth-retarded newborns who were diagnosed with fetal renal hyperechogenicity without anatomical abnormality during any stage of pregnancy ... [more ▼]

The object of the study was to investigate the outcome in growth-retarded newborns who were diagnosed with fetal renal hyperechogenicity without anatomical abnormality during any stage of pregnancy. Depending on the fetal renal ultrasonography result, the cases were divided into two study groups. There was an intrauterine growth-retarded group with fetal renal medullary hyperechogenicity and another group without fetal renal medullary hyperechogenicity. The renal parenchyma was observed after birth, within the first 5 days of life, and several times until the 14th postpartum day in positive cases. Hyperechogenic renal medullae were detected in 25 of 90 cases with intrauterine growth retardation during the 8-month study period. This may be an in utero cause of subsequent intrauterine and neonatal complications, such as cesarean section because of fetal distress (36%), perinatal infection (24%), treatment in a neonatal intensive care unit (52%), or increased perinatal mortality (8%). The results demonstrate that fetuses with hyperechoic medullae had 1.5 times the risk of an abnormal outcome compared with fetuses with normal echoic kidneys and intrauterine growth retardation. Detailed ultrasound examinations of renal parenchyma appear to be useful for the prenatal diagnosis of intrauterine hypoxia, allowing the detection of possible pathological fetal conditions in utero. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Nature And Persistence Of The Oviposition Deterring Pheromone In The Tracks Of The Larvae Of The Two Spot Ladybird, Adalia Bipunctata (Coleoptera : Coccinellidae)
Hemptinne, Jl.; Lognay, Georges ULg; Doumbia, M. et al

in Chemoecology (2001), 11(1), 43-47

Aphidophagous ladybirds are reluctant to oviposit in patches of prey where conspecific larvae are present. This is adaptive as larval cannibalism is a major threat to egg survival. Ladybirds avoid laying ... [more ▼]

Aphidophagous ladybirds are reluctant to oviposit in patches of prey where conspecific larvae are present. This is adaptive as larval cannibalism is a major threat to egg survival. Ladybirds avoid laying eggs in such patches by responding to a species specific oviposition deterring pheromone present in the tracks of larvae. This study revealed that the oviposition deterring pheromone consists of a mixture of alkanes of which n-pentacosane is the major component (15.1%). These alkanes are likely to spread easily on the hydrophobic cuticle of plants and so leave a large signal. In addition, they are not quickly oxidized and therefore provide a long lasting signal. The latter was confirmed by the observation that 10 day old tracks still deterred oviposition. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailLe projet préscolaire de l'IEA : Améliorer la connaissance pour accroître la qualité des expériences vécues par les enfants d'âge préscolaire
Hindryckx, Geneviève ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (7-8), 65-69

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See detailPossibili correlazioni tra riscontri neurofisiologici e genetica molecolare nell'emicrania
Ambrosini, A.; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Confinia Cephalalgica (2001), 10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailObesite: aspects therapeutiques.
Scheen, André ULg

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

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

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

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See detailCore-polarization effects and radiative lifetime measurements in Pr III
Biémont, Emile ULg; Garnir, Henri-Pierre ULg; Palmeri, P. et al

in Physical Review. A (2001), 64

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See detailNeuropathies canalaires et micro--traumatiques liees a la pratique sportive.
Wang, François-Charles ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(5), 382-90

The more frequent entrapment neuropathies related to sport are described: thoracic outlet syndrome in aquatic athletes and pitchers, long thoracic neuropathy in tennis players, suprascapular neuropathy in ... [more ▼]

The more frequent entrapment neuropathies related to sport are described: thoracic outlet syndrome in aquatic athletes and pitchers, long thoracic neuropathy in tennis players, suprascapular neuropathy in volleyball and tennis players, ulnar nerve entrapment at the elbow in pitchers and at the wrist in cyclists, Morton's syndrome in runners and dancers. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in TheScientificWorldJournal (2001), 1

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

in Lichenologist (2001), 33

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailAutoimmune Pancreatitis Mimicking Cancer of the Head of Pancreas: Report of Two Cases
Servais, Anne-Marie ULg; Pestieau, Sophie R; Detry, Olivier ULg et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2001), 64(2, Apr-Jun), 227-30

Autoimmune pancreatitis has been characterised in 1995, but only a few cases have been published since then, most of them from Japan. This report describes the cases of two Belgian male patients who ... [more ▼]

Autoimmune pancreatitis has been characterised in 1995, but only a few cases have been published since then, most of them from Japan. This report describes the cases of two Belgian male patients who presented with isolated obstructive jaundice. Radiological imaging studies were highly suggestive of carcinoma of the head of pancreas and both patients underwent uneventful cephalic pancreaticoduodenectomy with portal vein resection. Pathological analysis of the removed tissues suggested an autoimmune process in both cases. Both patients had hyper-gammaglobulinemia and antinuclear antibodies, but failed to show evidence of any other autoimmune disease or cause of chronic pancreatitis. In both cases final diagnosis was autoimmune pancreatitis. Preoperative clinical suspicion of this diagnosis is mandatory and may avoid unnecessary surgery in future cases. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailCell turnover in BLV-infected sheep.
Debacq, C.; Peremans, T.; Kerkhofs, P. et al

in AIDS Research and Human Retroviruses (2001), 17(1), 13

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailDistinct carbohydrate recognition domains of an invertebrate defense molecule recognize Gram-negative and Gram-positive bacteria.
Bilej, M.; De Baetselier, P.; Van Dijck, E. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2001), 276(49), 45840-7

Coelomic fluid of Eisenia foetida earthworms (Oligochaeta, Annelida) contains a 42-kDa defense molecule named CCF for coelomic cytolytic factor. By binding microbial antigens, namely the O-antigen of ... [more ▼]

Coelomic fluid of Eisenia foetida earthworms (Oligochaeta, Annelida) contains a 42-kDa defense molecule named CCF for coelomic cytolytic factor. By binding microbial antigens, namely the O-antigen of lipopolysaccharide (LPS), beta-1,3-glucans, or N,N'-diacetylchitobiose present, respectively, on Gram-negative bacteria or yeast cell walls, CCF triggers the prophenoloxidase activating pathway. We report that CCF recognizes lysozyme-predigested Gram-positive bacteria or the peptidoglycan constituent muramyl dipeptide as well as muramic acid. To identify the pattern recognition domains of CCF, deletion mutants were tested for their ability to reconstitute the prophenoloxidase cascade in E. foetida coelomic fluid depleted of endogenous CCF in the presence of LPS, beta-1,3-glucans, N,N'-diacetylchitobiose, and muramic acid. In addition, affinity chromatography of CCF peptides was performed on immobilized beta-1,3-glucans or N,N'-diacetylchitobiose. We found that the broad specificity of CCF for pathogen-associated molecular patterns results from the presence of two distinct pattern recognition domains. One domain, which shows homology with the polysaccharide and glucanase motifs of beta-1,3-glucanases and invertebrate defense molecules located in the central part of the CCF polypeptide chain, interacts with LPS and beta-1,3-glucans. The C-terminal tryptophan-rich domain mediates interactions of CCF with N,N'-diacetylchitobiose and muramic acid. These data provide evidence for the presence of spatially distinct carbohydrate recognition domains within this invertebrate defense molecule. [less ▲]

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

in Facies (2001), 44

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailDéveloppement agricole et protection du milieu
Debouche, Charles ULg

in Les nouvelles de l'Automne (2001), (4e trimestre), 14-16

La Filière porcine wallonne sous-tend ses activités de fédération et de promotion par une analyse du contexte règlementaire. L'expansion qu'elle encourage du secteur porcin doit trouver place dans celui ... [more ▼]

La Filière porcine wallonne sous-tend ses activités de fédération et de promotion par une analyse du contexte règlementaire. L'expansion qu'elle encourage du secteur porcin doit trouver place dans celui-ci. Si la situation est aujourd'hui délicate, une embellie est en vue. Les aides 2000 à l'investissement des agriculteurs favorisent la production porcine. Le permis d'environnement ira dans ce même sens. [less ▲]

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See detailStand der osteoporose-Therapie. Ein Medizinischer Skandal
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in MMW Fortschritte der Medizin (2001), 143(14), 43

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

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

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

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

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See detailSecret professionnel, confidentialité et juriste d'entreprise : la nouvelle donne
Thirion, Nicolas ULg; Benoit-Moury, Anne

in Journal des Tribunaux (2001)

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

in Journal of Crystal Growth (2001), 230

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

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

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

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2001), 116

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailPreparation of mebendazole HP-beta-cyclodextrin complexes using water-soluble polymers and organic acids
Alvarez, Covadonga; Van Hees, Thierry ULg; Piel, Géraldine ULg et al

in STP Pharma Sciences (2001), 11(6), 439-442

Mebendazole (MBZ) is a carbamate derivative with an aminobenzimidazole structure. It possesses antihelminthic properties and is particularly insoluble in water. In order to increase its aqueous solubility ... [more ▼]

Mebendazole (MBZ) is a carbamate derivative with an aminobenzimidazole structure. It possesses antihelminthic properties and is particularly insoluble in water. In order to increase its aqueous solubility, hydroxpropyl-beta-cyclodextrin (HP-beta-CD) was used in combination with water-soluble polymers (polyvinylpyrrolidone or hydroxypropymethyl cellulose) and different organic acids (citric or tartaric). Increased solubility was observed on heating the mixture. The effects of the time and temperature of the heating process on drug solubility and stability were investigated. The results clearly show that the best conditions for increasing solubility and limiting degradation of MBZ is to heat a combination of MBZ, HP-beta-CD (200 mM), tartaric or citric acid (50 mM) and HPMC (0.1% w/v) in a water-bath at 95degreesC for 60 min. This method increases solubility to about 680 mug/ml and limits degradation to 2.5%. [less ▲]

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See detailPSA kinetics after external beam radiotherapy alone or combined with an iridium brachytherapy boost to deliver 85 grays to prostatic adenocarcinoma.
Nickers, Philippe ULg; Coppens, Luc ULg; Beauduin, M. et al

in Strahlentherapie und Onkologie (2001), 177(2), 90-5

PURPOSE: Increasing the dose to prostatic adenocarcinoma in conformal external beam therapy (EBT) has resulted in increased levels of PSA normalization and increased percentage of biochemical disease-free ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Increasing the dose to prostatic adenocarcinoma in conformal external beam therapy (EBT) has resulted in increased levels of PSA normalization and increased percentage of biochemical disease-free survival rates. However technical problems due to prostate motion inside the pelvis or patients' set-up make difficult the realization of the EBT boost fields above 72 Gy. Brachytherapy which overcomes these problems was investigated to deliver the boost dose to achieve 85 Gy. PSA nadir which has been identified as the strongest independent predictor of any failure in many studies has been used as the end point for early evaluation of this work. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a retrospective way we report on 163 patients' PSA kinetics after EBT alone to 68 Gy or EBT first and a brachytherapy boost up to 75 or 85 Gy. RESULTS: At 12 months follow-up, PSA nadirs percentage < or = 0.5 or < or = 1 ng/ml increased from 7.5 and 20.7% after 68 Gy EBT to 49.8 and 71.2% after a brachytherapy boost to deliver 85 Gy (p < 0.0001). In the Cox PH model analysis, the total dose remained the most important factor for predicting PSA normalization. CONCLUSIONS: These results are in accordance with the most recent results published after conformal EBT at the same 80 Gy level of dose. If confirmed on a higher number of patients they could place brachytherapy among the most accurate methods of boosting in the radiation treatment of prostatic carcinoma. [less ▲]

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

in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2001), 40

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

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

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See detailNitric oxide: does it play a role in the heart of the critically ill?
MASSION, Paul ULg; Moniotte, S.; Balligand, J. L.

in Current Opinion in Critical Care (2001), 7(5), 323-36

Nitric oxide regulates many aspects of myocardial function, not only in the normal heart but also in ischemic and nonischemic heart failure, septic cardiomyopathy, cardiac allograft rejection, and ... [more ▼]

Nitric oxide regulates many aspects of myocardial function, not only in the normal heart but also in ischemic and nonischemic heart failure, septic cardiomyopathy, cardiac allograft rejection, and myocarditis. Accumulating evidence implicates the endogenous production of nitric oxide in the regulation of myocardial contractility, distensibility, heart rate, coronary vasodilation, myocardial oxygen consumption, mitochondrial respiration, and apoptosis. The effects of nitric oxide promote left ventricular mechanical efficiency, ie, appropriate matching between cardiac work and myocardial oxygen consumption. Most of these beneficial effects are attributed to the low physiologic concentrations generated by the constitutive endothelial or neuronal nitric oxide synthase. By contrast, inducible nitric oxide synthase generates larger concentrations of nitric oxide over longer periods of time, leading to mostly detrimental effects. In addition, the recently identified beta3-adrenoceptor mediates a negative inotropic effect through coupling to endothelial nitric oxide synthase and is overexpressed in heart failure. An imbalance between beta 1 and beta2-adrenoceptor and beta3-adrenoceptor, with a prevailing influence of beta3-adrenoceptor, may play a causal role in the pathogenesis of cardiac diseases such as terminal heart failure. Likewise, changes in the expression of endothelial nitric oxide synthase or inducible nitric oxide synthase within the myocardium may alter the delicate balance between the effects of nitric oxide produced by either of these isoforms. New treatments such as selective inducible nitric oxide synthase blockade, endothelial nitric oxide synthase promoting therapies, and selective beta3-adrenoceptor modulators may offer promising new therapeutic approaches to optimize the care of critically ill patients according to their stage and specific underlying disease process. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailPathology of morbillivirus infections in marine mammals
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Coignoul, Freddy ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145(2), 76-

Morbillivirus infections were described since 1988 in marine mammals including pinnipeds and cetaceans. Since, numerous outbreaks, responsible for thousands marine mammals death, as well as sporadic cases ... [more ▼]

Morbillivirus infections were described since 1988 in marine mammals including pinnipeds and cetaceans. Since, numerous outbreaks, responsible for thousands marine mammals death, as well as sporadic cases, have occurred in various populations from North Atlantic, Mediterranean Sea, Baikal Lake, Caspian Sea, and recently from northern Pacific. Clinical signs and macroscopic lesions are similar between species infected by morbillivirus and are close to those reported in dog with canine distemper. Under microscope, characteristic les ions are interstitial bronchopneumonia, lymphoid depletion and subacute encephalitis. Syncytia and inclusion bodies are frequently observed in lesions and epithelia. Lymphoid depletion promotes secondary infections by opportunistic pathogens, responsible in many cases of the animals death. Various parameters explain the high sensibility of certain population such as the species, the naive immunological status and vectors intervention for the disease. [less ▲]

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See detailOnychomycosis and Other Superficial Fungal Infections of the Foot in the Elderly: A Pan-European Survey
Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 202(3), 220-4

BACKGROUND: The escalating ageing population in the western world has led to an increased incidence of superficial fungal infections. The most common infections include onychomycosis, tinea pedis and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The escalating ageing population in the western world has led to an increased incidence of superficial fungal infections. The most common infections include onychomycosis, tinea pedis and tinea cruris. With the increasing life expectancy, the prevalence of onychomycosis and other superficial fungal infections is likely to increase further without adequate prevention and treatment. Objective: To study the prevalence of foot mycoses in Europe. METHOD: The Achilles project represents a survey of 90,085 subjects from 16 European countries. RESULTS: Approximately half of the total screened population had evidence of fungal foot infection, with tinea pedis and onychomycosis affecting one quarter of these individuals. Advancing age showed an unfavourable effect on the prevalence of these infections. CONCLUSION: As the number of aged people in developed countries continues to increase, skin diseases will constitute a greater pharmaco-economic concern of worldwide healthcare. Better recognition by clinicians and patients of mycotic foot disease will help prevent direct morbidity and further complications. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailA simple clinical tool to identify Asian women with osteoporosis
Lou, SQ; Koh, L; Yang, BY et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2001), 28(S63), 26

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See detailFracture prevention in postmenopausal women
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Clinical Evidence (2001), 6

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See detailEpisphalosomic Syndrome : A Mca Syndrome Ressembling Fanconi Anemia, with Increased Baseline Level of Chromosome Breaks but No Hypersensivity to Clastogens
Verloes, Alain ULg; JAMAR, Mauricette ULg; Dideberg, Vinciane ULg et al

in Annales de Génétique (2001), 44(2, Apr-Jun), 59-62

We describe a child with facial dysmorphism (trigonocephaly, epicanthus, upturned nose, small ears), thumb hypoplasia, micropenis, jejunal atresia and moderate mental retardation with dysphasia ... [more ▼]

We describe a child with facial dysmorphism (trigonocephaly, epicanthus, upturned nose, small ears), thumb hypoplasia, micropenis, jejunal atresia and moderate mental retardation with dysphasia. Cytogenetic workup revealed high spontaneous level of chromosomal aberrations (without specific pattern and no quadriradial figures) and borderline to absent hypersensitivity to mitomycin C, making a diagnosis of Fanconi anemia unlikely. The child described here shares similarities with a small number of previous reports. We suggest to refer to this entity as episphalosomic syndrome. Episphalosomic syndrome shows some clinical overlap with Fanconi anemia, but lacks its cytogenetic hallmark. The hematological complications of Fanconi anemia have not been reported in this entity. [less ▲]

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See detailLes mélèzes
Rondeux, Jacques ULg; Pauwels, D.

in Fiche technique (2001)

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See detailNouveaux éclaircissements sur la vie et l'œuvre d'Antoine Galland (1646-1715)
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in Journal Asiatique (2001), 289

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See detailReconnaissance mutuelle, double incrimination et territorialité
Flore, Daniel ULg

in La reconnaissance mutuelle des décisions judiciaires pénales dans l’Union européenne (2001)

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See detailLes volets peints de la prédelle du retable de Saint-Denis à Liège premiers résultats d'un examen technologique
Allart, Dominique ULg; Oger, Cécile

in Bulletin de la Société Royale du Vieux Liège (2001), 295, XIV(8), 225-237

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

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

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

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

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See detailNote de lecture - 385. Un vers de Cassius de Parme (CRF tg. fr. inc. 4 Ribbeck)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (2001), 60(2, APR-JUN), 464-465

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See detailMorbillivirus in common seals stranded on the coasts of Belgium and northern France during summer 1998
Jauniaux, Thierry ULg; Boseret, Géraldine ULg; Desmecht, M. et al

in Veterinary Record : Journal of the British Veterinary Association (2001), 148(19), 587-591

Sixteen common seals (Phoca vitulina) were stranded on the Belgian and northern French coasts during the summer of 1998. Eleven (10 pups and one adult) were sampled for histopathological ... [more ▼]

Sixteen common seals (Phoca vitulina) were stranded on the Belgian and northern French coasts during the summer of 1998. Eleven (10 pups and one adult) were sampled for histopathological, immunohistochemical, serological. bacteriological, parasitological and virological investigations. The main gross findings were severe emaciation, acute haemorrhagic enteritis, acute pneumonia, interstitial pulmonary emphysema and oedema, and chronic ulcerative stomatitis. Microscopical lung findings were acute to subacute pneumonia with interstitial oedema and emphysema. Severe lymphocytic depletion was observed in lymph nodes. Severe acute to subacute meningoencephalitis was observed in one animal. Specific staining with two monoclonal antibodies directed against canine distemper virus (CDV) and phocine distemper virus was observed in a few lymphocytes in the spleen and lymph nodes of three seals. Anti-CDV neutralising antibodies were detected in sera from six animals. Seven of the seals were positive by reverse transcriptase-PCR for the morbillivirus phosphoprotein gene. The lesions observed were consistent with those in animals infected by a morbillivirus, and demonstrated that distemper has recently recurred in North Sea seals. [less ▲]

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See detailImproving the bias/variance tradeoff of decision trees - towards soft tree induction
Geurts, Pierre ULg; Olaru, Cristina; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in Engineering intelligent systems (2001), 9

One of the main difficulties with standard top down induction of decision trees comes from the high variance of these methods. High variance means that, for a given problem and sample size, the resulting ... [more ▼]

One of the main difficulties with standard top down induction of decision trees comes from the high variance of these methods. High variance means that, for a given problem and sample size, the resulting tree is strongly dependent on the random nature of the particular sample used for training. Consequently, these algorithms tend to be suboptimal in terms of accuracy and interpretability. This paper analyses this problem in depth and proposes a new method, relying on threshold softening, able to significantly improve the bias/variance tradeoff of decision trees. The algorithm is validated on a number of benchmark problems and its relationship with fuzzy decision tree induction is discussed. This sheds some light on the success of fuzzy decision tree induction and improves our understanding of machine learning, in general. [less ▲]

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See detailReduced gating of middle-latency auditory evoked potentials (P50) in migraine patients: another indication of abnormal sensory processing?
Ambrosini, A.; De Pasqua, Victor ULg; Afra, J. et al

in Neuroscience Letters (2001), 306(1-2), 132-4

Habituation of cortical evoked responses to repetitive stimuli is reduced in migraine between attacks. To explore another aspect of information processing, we measured auditory sensory gating. The ... [more ▼]

Habituation of cortical evoked responses to repetitive stimuli is reduced in migraine between attacks. To explore another aspect of information processing, we measured auditory sensory gating. The amplitude of the P50 response to the second of two homologous stimuli was significantly less reduced in migraineurs than in healthy volunteers. This lack of auditory sensory gating may be due to a hypofunction of monoaminergic subcortico-cortical pathways, which is also supposed to cause the interictal deficit of cortical habituation to repetitive stimuli. [less ▲]

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See detailA stable isotope approach to the eastern Weddell Sea trophic web: focus on benthic amphipods
Nyssen, Fabienne ULg; Brey, Thomas; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

in Polar Biology (2001), 25(4),

isotope (C-13/C-12 and N-15/N-14) analyses were performed on 90 species belonging to different benthic communities sampled in the eastern Weddell Sea. The study focused on eight amphipod species whose ... [more ▼]

isotope (C-13/C-12 and N-15/N-14) analyses were performed on 90 species belonging to different benthic communities sampled in the eastern Weddell Sea. The study focused on eight amphipod species whose isotopic composition was compared to their previously described respective gut contents. Amphipod stable isotope ratios correspond fairly accurately to the trophic classification based on gut contents and attest to their wide spectrum of feeding types. Since the fundamental difference between the isotope and the gut content approaches to diet studies is the time scale each method addresses. this coincidence indicates that there would be no significant changes in feeding strategies over time. Three levels of the food web are covered by the eight species and, instead of belonging strictly to one trophic category, amphipods display a continuum of values from the suspension-feeder to scavengers. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of protein digestibility in dog food by a multi-enzymatic method: a useful technique to develop.
Tonglet, Catherine; Jeusette, Isabelle; Istasse, Louis ULg et al

in Journal of Animal Physiology & Animal Nutrition (2001), 85(7-8), 189-94

The multi-enzymatic method with constant pH described by Dufour-Etienne et al. (Rec. Med. Vet. 168, 789-796, 1992) was tested using 17 industrial dry dog foods and two ingredients, sodium caseinate and ... [more ▼]

The multi-enzymatic method with constant pH described by Dufour-Etienne et al. (Rec. Med. Vet. 168, 789-796, 1992) was tested using 17 industrial dry dog foods and two ingredients, sodium caseinate and beef meat, which were used as references. The quantity of sodium hydroxide added to the enzymatic solution was measured after incubation times of 2, 5 and 10 min and the best prediction of the apparent protein digestibility was obtained with an incubation time fixed at 2 min. The volume of sodium hydroxide 0.1 N constantly added to maintain the pH of the solution at 8 was correlated to the value of in vivo digestibility of the protein measured in the dog. The correlation coefficient obtained was 0.90 with a standard error of the regression of 1.9 for all samples. The correlation coefficients calculated for incubation times of 5 and 10 min were lower than that at 2 min; thus an incubation period of 2 min provided the highest correlation coefficient for this multi-enzymatic method at constant pH. However, considering the lack of samples with an apparent protein digestibility ranging between 85 and 95%, the slope of the regression line and the correlation coefficient were strongly influenced by the ingredients, such that when the correlation coefficient was calculated for 17 dog foods without the reference ingredients, a coefficient of 0.71 (+/- 1.9) was obtained. These tests of in vitro digestibility are valuable to predict the apparent digestibility of the protein in the dog, but, it is essential to confirm the results by an in vivo test. [less ▲]

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See detailAdding olanzapine to venlafaxine in treatment-refractory non-psychotic chronic depression
PITCHOT, William ULg; ANSSEAU, Marc ULg

in American Journal of Psychiatry (The) (2001)

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See detailIntérêt économique de la « poldérisation fluviale ».
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Revue du CEBEDEAU (2001), 54(609), 24-26

Economic valuation of goods and jobs protected from flooding through the demerger in Wallonia

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See detailAlpha-2-adrenoreceptors in depressed suicide attempters : relationship with medical lethality of the attempt
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pinto, Emmanuel ULg et al

in Neuropsychobiology (2001), 44(2), 91-94

Several lines of evidence tend to suggest a role for noradrenaline, and more specifically alpha-2-adrenoreceptors, in the biology of suicidal behavior. The purpose of this study was to assess the growth ... [more ▼]

Several lines of evidence tend to suggest a role for noradrenaline, and more specifically alpha-2-adrenoreceptors, in the biology of suicidal behavior. The purpose of this study was to assess the growth hormone (GH) response to clonidine, an alpha-2-adrenergic agonist, in majorly depressed inpatients with a history of highly lethal suicide attempt compared to depressed patients with a history of low lethal suicide attempt and nonattempters. Our sample included 20 male depressed inpatients with a history of suicide attempt compared to 20 male depressed nonattempters. We did not observe any significant difference between suicide attempters and nonattempters for GH peak values (2.4 +/- 2.9 vs. 4.1 +/- 3.7 ng/ml; F = 2.52, d.f. = 1, 38, p = 0.12). Moreover, GH peak responses to clonidine were not related to the degree of lethality of the attempt. The results of the present study do not support a major role for noradrenaline in the biology of suicidal behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailTraçabilité dans la filière viande. I. La traçabilité administrative.
Evrard, V.; China, B.; Noirfalise, R. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

Le secteur de la viande a été secoué ces dernières années par quelques scandales, tels ceux des hormones et de la dioxine, avec pour conséquences une perte de confiance de la part du consommateur et une ... [more ▼]

Le secteur de la viande a été secoué ces dernières années par quelques scandales, tels ceux des hormones et de la dioxine, avec pour conséquences une perte de confiance de la part du consommateur et une perturbation du marché de la viande. Pour redresser l’image des produits carnés belges, il est important de pouvoir en déterminer et en garantir l’origine. En Belgique, il existe divers systèmes de traçabilité administrative dont le principal est le système SANITEL qui comprend un système automatisé de traitement de données relatives à l’identification et l’enregistrement des animaux. Au-delà de l’aspect légal et réglementaire, différentes initiatives, visant une amélioration de la qualité, fleurissent : "les labels". Ceux-ci intègrent fréquemment la traçabilité dans leur cahier des charges. La traçabilité administrative n’est pas infaillible, la perte de documents et les fraudes peuvent ternir l’image de celle-ci. C’est pourquoi le système documentaire a été associé aux empreintes génétiques des animaux. 5 [less ▲]

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See detail“Dismembered Histories: Slavery and Silence in Dennis Scott’s An Echo in the Bone and Ina Césaire’s Mémoires d’Isles.”
Bada, Valérie ULg

in Journal of the Midwest Modern Language Association (2001)

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See detailModelling short-term CO2 fluxes and long-term tree growth in temperate forests with ASPECTS
Rasse, Daniel P.; François, Louis ULg; Aubinet, Marc ULg et al

in Ecological Modelling (2001), 141(1-3), 35-52

The net ecosystem exchange (NEE) Of CO2 between temperate forests and the atmosphere governs both carbon removal from the atmosphere and forest growth. In recent years, many experiments have been ... [more ▼]

The net ecosystem exchange (NEE) Of CO2 between temperate forests and the atmosphere governs both carbon removal from the atmosphere and forest growth. In recent years, many experiments have been conducted to determine temperate forest NEE. These data have been used by forest modellers to better understand the processes that govern CO, fluxes, and estimate the evolution of these fluxes under changing environmental conditions. Nevertheless, it is not clear whether models capable of handling short-term processes, which are mostly source-driven, can provide an accurate estimate of long-term forest growth, which is potentially more influenced by sink- and phenology-related processes. To analyse the interactions between short- and long-term processes, we developed the ASPECTS model, which predicts long-term forest growth by integrating, over time, hourly NEE estimates. Validation data consisting of measurements of NEE by eddy-covariance and forest carbon reservoir estimates were obtained from mixed deciduous and evergreen experimental forests located in Belgium. ASPECTS accurately estimated both: (1) the NEE fluxes for several years of data; and (2) the amount of carbon contained in stems, branches, leaves, fine and coarse roots. Our simulations demonstrated that: (1) NEE measurements in Belgian forests are compatible with forest growth over the course of the 20th century, and (2) that forest history and long-term processes need to be considered for accurate simulation of short-term CO2 fluxes. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling of friction and wear for designing cryogenic valves
Bozet, Jean-Luc ULg

in Tribology International (2001), 34(4), 207-215

From a tribological point of view, the selection of materials for seals for valves of cryogenic rocket engines is a critical issue for the designer. Due to the lack of comprehensive information on this ... [more ▼]

From a tribological point of view, the selection of materials for seals for valves of cryogenic rocket engines is a critical issue for the designer. Due to the lack of comprehensive information on this topic. data have been obtained in the framework of research programmes. In the first step, two polymers potentially usable for sealing cryogenic fluids were identified, They were submitted to general test conditions to gain some fundamental understanding of their tribological behaviour when immersed in a cryogenic fluid. This fundamental understanding proved to be helpful for an efficient technical approach. This approach with the test conditions as close as possible to those met in real valves has been used in the second step. In order to obtain the best information with the minimum number of tests, the statistical method of Doehlert has been adopted. The use of such a method led to the construction of surface response for modelling friction and wear. These surfaces and their associated equation are directly and easily usable by the designer, This way of treating technical tribological problem is illustrated by an example. (C) 2001 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOrdovician cryptospores from the Oostduinkerke borehole, Brabant Massif, Belgium
Steemans, Philippe ULg

in Geobios (2001), 34(1), 3-12

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See detailAn Early Devonian flora, including Cooksonia from the Paraná Basin (Brazil)
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Bergamaschi, S.; Pereira, E. et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2001), 116

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See detailL'exigence de motivation des décisions ordonnant un repérage ou une écoute téléphonique
Jacobs, Ann ULg

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (2001)

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See detailLes bois de cerf : revue de littérature scientifique
Crigel, M-H; Balligand, Marc ULg; Heinen, Ernst ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

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See detailCrystallization and preliminary X-ray analysis of a bacterial psychrophilic enzyme, phosphoglycerate kinase
Mandelman, D.; Bentahir, M.; Feller, Georges ULg et al

in Acta Crystallographica Section D-Biological Crystallography (2001), 57(Pt 11), 1666-8

The glycolytic enzyme phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) from the Antarctic microorganism Pseudomonas sp. TACII18 is a cold-adapted enzyme that displays a high specific activity at low temperatures and ... [more ▼]

The glycolytic enzyme phosphoglycerate kinase (PGK) from the Antarctic microorganism Pseudomonas sp. TACII18 is a cold-adapted enzyme that displays a high specific activity at low temperatures and decreased thermostability relative to its mesophilic counterpart. Herein, the preliminary crystallization and structure solution of psychrophilic PGK in its native form and cocrystallized with 3-phosphoglyceric acid (3-PGA) and the ATP analogue adenylyl imidophosphate (AMP-PNP) is reported. The complexed form of PGK crystallized in 2-3 d at 290 K, whereas the native form of the enzyme required 8-12 months. Morphologically, both crystal forms are similar and X-ray diffraction experiments indicate that the crystals are isomorphous. The crystals diffracted to a resolution of 2.0 A and belong to the space group P3(2). with unit-cell parameters a = b = 58.5, c = 85.4 A. [less ▲]

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See detailL'assurance de qualité et le médecin de famille.
Roland, Michel; Prevost, Marianne; Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in Archives of Public Health (2001), 59

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See detailDifferences in glucosinolate degradation products related to aphid and Brassicaceae host plant myrosinases
Francis, Frédéric ULg; Wathelet, Jean-Paul ULg; Lognay, Georges ULg

in GCIRC Bulletin (2001)

Studies on chemical ecology of host plant selection by herbivores were largely carried out to orplain the diversity of secondary plant chemicals and host specialisation of herbivores. The glucosinolate ... [more ▼]

Studies on chemical ecology of host plant selection by herbivores were largely carried out to orplain the diversity of secondary plant chemicals and host specialisation of herbivores. The glucosinolate - isothiocyanate system in Brassicaceae plants was considered as a plant defence and was known to influence the feeding behaviour of phytophagous insects such as the cabbage aphid, Brevicoryre brassicae. Purified m5nosinases from the latter and from white mustard, Sinqis alba, were used to hydrolyse two glucosinolate compounds. Identification of the degradation products, mainly isothiocyanates, was perficrmed by gas chromatography - mass spectromeûy. While sinigdn hydrolysis gave identical isothiocyanates for insect and plant enzymes, B. brassicae myrosinase showed a particular activity toward sinalbin A lost of an hydrory group was obsen'red for the two latter substrates related products when compared to the S. alba enzymatic specificity. Aphid and plant myrosinases have different properties and specificities which can be discussed in relation to a co-evolution approach. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative sequence analysis of the imprinted Dlk1-Gtl2 locus in three mammalian species reveals highly conserved genomic elements and refines comparison with the Igf2-H19 region.
Paulsen, M.; Takada, S.; Youngson, N. A. et al

in Genome Research (2001), 11(12), 2085-94

The Dlk1-Gtl2 domain on mouse chromosome 12 contains reciprocally imprinted genes with the potential to contribute to our understanding of common features involved in imprinting control. We have sequenced ... [more ▼]

The Dlk1-Gtl2 domain on mouse chromosome 12 contains reciprocally imprinted genes with the potential to contribute to our understanding of common features involved in imprinting control. We have sequenced this conserved region in the mouse and sheep and included the human sequence in a three species comparison. This analysis resulted in a precise conservation map and identification of highly conserved sequence elements, some of which we have shown previously to be differentially methylated in the mouse. Additionally, this analysis facilitated identification of a CpG-rich tandem repeat array located approximately 13-15 kb upstream of Gtl2. Furthermore, we have identified a third imprinted transcript that overlaps with the last Dlk1 exon in the mouse. This transcript lacks a conserved open reading frame and is probably generated by cleavage of extended Dlk1 transcripts. Because Dlk1 and Gtl2 share many of the imprinting properties of the well-characterized Igf2-H19 domain, it has been proposed that the two regions may be regulated in the same way. Comparative genomic examination of the two domains indicates that although there are similarities, other features are very different, including the location of conserved CTCF-binding sites, and the level of conservation at regulatory regions. [less ▲]

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See detailFaut-il corriger les stenoses de l'artere femorale superficielle chez le patient claudicant?
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; Quaniers, Janine ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(9), 639-49

Infrainguinal arterial occlusive disease is very common at the age of 60 years or older. It remains often asymptomatic. In one third of cases, it results in claudication. Claudication is a benign symptom ... [more ▼]

Infrainguinal arterial occlusive disease is very common at the age of 60 years or older. It remains often asymptomatic. In one third of cases, it results in claudication. Claudication is a benign symptom that rarely necessitates surgery or endovascular intervention. Physical training and control of risk factors are sufficient in most cases to improve the walking performance. Nowadays, the authors do no longer perform femoropopliteal bypass grafting as a first choice treatment for intermittent claudication. Conservative treatment has gained widespread acceptance for infrainguinal atherosclerosis with moderate ischemia. What is the fate of the claudicant? How effective is exercise therapy? Should we broaden the indications for percutaneous angioplasty? What is the place of femoropopliteal bypass graft for claudication? The authors investigate these different questions by means of an extensive review of recent literature. Based on this review and on international consensus documents, they justify their conservative approach to claudication secondary to occlusive disease of the superficial femoral artery. [less ▲]

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See detailAn improved weighting method with multibounds formulation and convex programming for multicriteria structural optimization
Zhang, W. H.; Domaszewski, M.; Fleury, Claude ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2001), 52(9), 889-902

This paper presents an improved weighting method for multicriteria structural optimization. By introducing artificial design variables, here called as multibounds formulation (MBF), we demonstrate ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an improved weighting method for multicriteria structural optimization. By introducing artificial design variables, here called as multibounds formulation (MBF), we demonstrate mathematically that the weighting combination of criteria can be transformed into a simplified problem with a linear objective function. This is a unified formulation for one criterion and multicriteria problems. Due to the uncoupling of involved criteria after the transformation, the extension and the adaptation of monotonic approximation-based convex programming methods such as the convex linearization (CONLIN) or the method of moving asymptotes (MMA)are made possible to solve multicriteria problems as efficiently as for one criterion problems. In this work, a multicriteria optimization tool is developed by integrating the multibounds formulation with the CONLIN optimizer and the ABAQUS finite element analysis system. Some numerical examples are taken into account to show the efficiency of this approach. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailThe Uppermost Famennian around the world (Definition, biostratigraphical and sedimentological context)
Streel, Maurice ULg

in Newsletter. Subcommission on Devonian Stratigraphy (2001), 18

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See detailEmissions d'ammoniac, de protoxyde d'azote, de méthane, de gaz carbonique et de vapeur d'eau lors de l'élevage de porcs charcutiers sur litière accumulée de sciure: quantification et corrélations avec le niveau d'activités des animaux
Delcourt, M.; Vandenheede, Marc ULg; Desiron, A. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145(6), 357-364

During a 4-month fattening period, emissions of NH3, N2O, CH4, CO2 and H2O from a pig house with fattening pigs on deep litter was measured once a month during four days (one measurement every 30 min ... [more ▼]

During a 4-month fattening period, emissions of NH3, N2O, CH4, CO2 and H2O from a pig house with fattening pigs on deep litter was measured once a month during four days (one measurement every 30 min). The activity rate of the animals was also measured hourly as the mean proportion of standing animals observed each two minutes. The mean daily emissions of gas, calculated per pig, were 9,5 g NH3, 3,2 g N2O, 4,8 g CH4, 1,3 kg CO2 and 3,3 kg water vapour. Emissions increased during the fattening period, the values observed at the end being 50%, 50%, 680% and 1000% higher than those at the beginning, for CO2, H2O, CH4 and NH3 respectively. Emissions of N2O were however higher at the beginning than at the end of the fattening period. The activity rate of the pigs followed a circadian rhythm, pigs being observed in a standing position much more frequently during the day than during the night, especially in the morning, at the end of the afternoon and at the beginning of the evening. The activity rate decreased continuously during the fattening period, from 22,6 +/- 4,1% to 8,8 +/- 0,5%. Within each monthly observation period, the hourly emissions of NH3, CO2 and H2O were positively correlated with the pigs' activity rate, the mean correlation coefficients being 0,61 for NH3, 0,71 for CO2 and 0,75 for water vapour. The correlation coefficients were not significant for N2O and CH4 in periods 2 et 3 but significant in periods 1 and 4 with mean values of -0,55 for N2O and +0,26 for CH4. [less ▲]

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See detailDiagnostic et suivi d'une large fistule porto-cave intrahepatique chez un nouveau-ne.
NCHIMI LONGANG, Alain ULg; Khamis, J.; Langhendries, J. P. et al

in Journal de Radiologie (2001), 82(11), 1642-4

Portocaval fistulas are rare and only exceptionally discovered in newborns. We report the case of a large portocaval fistula associated with portal hypoperfusion detected at Doppler US imaging in an ... [more ▼]

Portocaval fistulas are rare and only exceptionally discovered in newborns. We report the case of a large portocaval fistula associated with portal hypoperfusion detected at Doppler US imaging in an otherwise asymptomatic 5 week old infant. The patient remained asymptomatic over the following two years. At that time, preoperative angiogram showed a normal portal venous system and the fistula was surgically closed. Postoperative US showed a normal and patent portal system, without evidence of portal hypertension. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailEtude empirique des estimateurs des taux d'erreur en analyse discriminante
Piraux, François; Palm, Rodolphe ULg

in Revue de Statistique Appliquée (2001), XLIX(4), 71-85

Monte Carlo experiments are performed to compare ten parametric and six non parametric estimators of the three error rates (actual, expected and optimal error rate) in discriminant analysis. This ... [more ▼]

Monte Carlo experiments are performed to compare ten parametric and six non parametric estimators of the three error rates (actual, expected and optimal error rate) in discriminant analysis. This comparison is restricted to the context of two p-dimensional normal group conditional distributions with the same covariance matrix. The study shows that certain estimators are markedly superior and users should be warned against some estimators available in statistical softwares. [less ▲]

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See detailLes insectes aquatiques du ru de Targnon (Commune de Theux)
Dethier, Michel; Dopagne, Claude ULg

in Natura Mosana (2001), 54(4), 67-76

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See detailNew species of the lichen genus Menegazzia in New Guinea
James, Peter W.; Aptroot, André; Diederich, Paul et al

in Bibiotheca Lichenologica (2001), 78

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See detailComparison of the effects of silicon and aluminium on the tensile behaviour of multiphase TRIP-assisted steels
Girault, Etienne; Mertens, Anne ULg; Jacques, Pascal J. et al

in Scripta Materialia (2001), 44

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See detailThe Influence of Fetal and Postnatal Growth on Heart Rate Variability in Young Infants
Massin, M. M.; Withofs, Nadia ULg; Maeyns, K. et al

in Cardiology (2001), 95(2), 80-3

Heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of cardiac autonomic control, was analyzed in infants to assess the hypothesis that early undernutrition may induce autonomic dysfunction that could play a role in ... [more ▼]

Heart rate variability (HRV), a measure of cardiac autonomic control, was analyzed in infants to assess the hypothesis that early undernutrition may induce autonomic dysfunction that could play a role in the programming of later cardiovascular disease. HRV data were collected during a night session in 546 healthy infants at 5-12 weeks of adjusted age, and statistical associations with fetal and postnatal growth indices were established. A significant positive correlation between birth weight, the ratio of neonatal weight to head circumference and postnatal weight gain, and HRV indices mostly influenced by sympathetic activity was demonstrated in 11- and 12-week-old infants. A slight correlation (p > 0.05) was also found in younger infants. These data suggest the influence of fetal and postnatal growth on the programming of the autonomic nervous system beyond the neonatal period. This influence may be one of the important mechanisms that link impaired growth in fetal and infant life to high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease during childhood and adulthood (the Barker hypothesis). [less ▲]

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See detailFour years of induction/synchronization of estrus in dairy goats: effect on the evolution of eCG binding rate in relation with the parameters of reproduction
Drion, Pierre ULg; Furtoss, V.; Baril, G. et al

in Reproduction Nutrition Development (2001), 41(5), 401-412

Ninety-eight Alpine goats of two herds were followed over 4 years in a program of annual artificial insemination after estrus induction/synchronization, including progestagen administration (vaginal ... [more ▼]

Ninety-eight Alpine goats of two herds were followed over 4 years in a program of annual artificial insemination after estrus induction/synchronization, including progestagen administration (vaginal sponge) followed by prostaglandin analog and equine chorionic gonadotrophin (eCG) 48 h before sponge removal. Goats were sampled every 4 hours from the 16th to the 56th following sponge removal, for determination of LH surge and tested for estrus by the presence of a buck. Seven days after AI, endoscopic examination of the ovaries was performed to determine the number of corpus lutea. Pregnancy diagnosis was performed at day 21-22 post AI by determination of plasma progesterone and at day 40-45 by ultrasonography. Parturition, number and sex of kids were recorded. All the goats were sampled before and after each treatment, for anti-eCG antibodies screening. Statistical analysis of the results clearly established a significant effect of the treatments on anti-eCG antibodies. Time of estrus and LH surge were significantly different between herd. The antibodies significantly delayed the time of coming out of estrus as well as the time of LH surge. Two antagonistic effects were evidenced: first, the delayed of time of estrus and time of LH surge in relation with the immune reaction to eCG; secondly, the ahead of time of estrus and time of LH surge during the years of treatment, identical to both herd. The antibodies negatively influenced the percentage of ovulating females as well as kidding rate. Finally, no effect of antibodies on prolificacy was found. [less ▲]

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See detailNovel inhibitors of the sodium-calcium exchanger: benzene ring analogues of N-guanidino substituted amiloride derivatives
Rogister, F.; Laeckmann, D.; Plasman, P.-O. et al

in European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2001), 36

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