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See detailLa coarctation de l'aorte isthmique (a l'exception des urgences néonatales)
Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(7), 298-304

Même quand elle est une lésion isolée, la CA est une maladie grave qui altère l'espérance de vie. Les causes de mortalité sont les complications liées à l'hypertension, la rupture spontanée au niveau des ... [more ▼]

Même quand elle est une lésion isolée, la CA est une maladie grave qui altère l'espérance de vie. Les causes de mortalité sont les complications liées à l'hypertension, la rupture spontanée au niveau des dilatations pré- et poststénotiques, au niveau des intercostales, et les anévrysmes disséquants. Le traitement chirurgical, par résection-anastomose ou interposition de greffe, introduit il y a plus de 50 ans, est obéré d'une mortalité faible chez l'adulte (1,3 %). Il ne normalise pas toutefois l'espérance de vie du patient opéré, qui reste un patient à haut risque. Les complications tardives sont proportionnelles à l'importance de l'hypertension préopératoire et à l'âge du patient au moment de l'opération. La guérison de l'hypertension est mieux assurée si le patient a été opéré dans l'enfance. Le taux de resténose est élevé pour les CA opérées avant l'âge de deux ans. Un suivi cardio-vasculaire est indispensable chez tout opéré. [less ▲]

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See detailActivation of mitogen-activated protein kinases by vascular endothelial growth factor and basic fibroblast growth factor in capillary endothelial cells is inhibited by the antiangiogenic factor 16-kDa N-terminal fragment of prolactin
D'Angelo, Gisela; Struman, Ingrid ULg; Martial, Joseph ULg et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (1995), 92(14), 6374-8

A number of factors both stimulating and inhibiting angiogenesis have been described. In the current work, we demonstrate that the angiogenic factor vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) activates ... [more ▼]

A number of factors both stimulating and inhibiting angiogenesis have been described. In the current work, we demonstrate that the angiogenic factor vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) activates mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) as has been previously shown for basic fibroblast growth factor. The antiagiogenic factor 16-kDa N-terminal fragment of human prolactin inhibits activation of MAPK distal to autophosphorylation of the putative VEGF receptor, Flk-1, and phospholipase C-gamma. These data show that activation and inhibition of MAPK may play a central role in the control of angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailLa mesure des echanges gazeux foliaires en ecophysiologie vegetale. Note technique sur la mise au point d'un systeme portable integre de mesure differentielle.
Laitat, E.; Boussard, H.; Aubinet, Marc ULg et al

in Bulletin des Recherches Agronomiques de Gembloux (1995), (3),

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See detailRhythmic and Electrophysiological Study after Dynamic Cardiomyoplasty
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Waleffe, André ULg; Gobin, Eric ULg et al

in Pacing & Clinical Electrophysiology (1995), 18(5, Pt 1), 965-72

To question the possible proarrhythmic effects of cardiomyoplasty (CMP), six adult goats were submitted to rhythmic and electrophysiological (EP) study 15 days before and 8 months after a posteroanterior ... [more ▼]

To question the possible proarrhythmic effects of cardiomyoplasty (CMP), six adult goats were submitted to rhythmic and electrophysiological (EP) study 15 days before and 8 months after a posteroanterior clockwise CMP procedure using Medtronic Cardiomyostimulator (CMS) (SP1005) and electrodes (SP5528) and completion of a progressive stimulation protocol. Pre and postoperative screening included a surface ECG, 24-hour Holter monitoring, high amplitude and filtered QRS averaging, and invasive EP study performed in the postoperative period with the CMS "ON" and "OFF." One-hour Holter recording with desynchronization of the CMS was obtained. Comparison of pre and postoperative ECG and rhythmic data showed no significant difference. High amplitude QRS averaging did not evidence meeting the usual criteria of late potentials. EP values were stable in both conditions and the aggressive EP program did not show evidence of increased susceptibility to arrhythmias. Asynchronous cardiomyostimulation did not induce arrhythmias. Our data strongly suggest that provided meticulous surgical technique is used, CMP does not significantly interfere with the electrical characteristics of the normal goat heart. The procedure, despite the disturbances it provokes, does not seem to be arrhythmogenic. The function of the CMS was always appropriate, even under stressful EP conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailLe traitement oncologique : polémique ou consensus ?
Coucke, Philippe ULg; MARTY

in Médecine et Hygiène (1995), 53(2076), 1371-1377

Les avis en oncologie sont souvent divergents. Ils illustrent un manque de «standard» thérapeutique bien établi. Cette revue a pour but de définir certaines de ces divergences fortement colorées par la ... [more ▼]

Les avis en oncologie sont souvent divergents. Ils illustrent un manque de «standard» thérapeutique bien établi. Cette revue a pour but de définir certaines de ces divergences fortement colorées par la spécialisation du médecin consulté. Ces divergences cesseront d'exister à condition de conduire des essais randomisés. Le praticien généraliste a un rôle prépondérant à jouer dans la motivation des malades afin qu'ils acceptent l'idée de ce genre d'étude. [less ▲]

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See detailPrésence d'appendices mucoïdes sur les ascospores de Raciborskiella janeirensis (Müll. Arg.) R. Sant.
Roux, Claude; Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Linnéenne de Provence (1995), 46

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See detailLa physiologie de la valvule mitrale
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(7), 289-91

Faisant suite à une revue de l'anatomie de l'appareil mitral, les auteurs envisagent la physiologie de la valvule mitrale en étudiant les quatre phénomènes distincts que sont la contraction auriculaire ... [more ▼]

Faisant suite à une revue de l'anatomie de l'appareil mitral, les auteurs envisagent la physiologie de la valvule mitrale en étudiant les quatre phénomènes distincts que sont la contraction auriculaire, la dynamique de l'anneau, les mouvements de la valvule et la dynamique du flux mitral, ainsi que le jeu des muscles papillaires. Cette subdivision didactique ne doit pas estomper le fait que c'est l'intégration de ces phénomènes qui contribue à l'efficacité de la valvule. [less ▲]

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See detailRapamycin, FK506 and cyclosporin A inhibit human prolactin gene expression
Wera, Stefaan; Belayew, Alexandra; Martial, Joseph ULg

in FEBS Letters (1995), 358(2), 158-60

In this work we demonstrate that transcription of the human prolactin gene is inhibited by the immunosuppressants FK506 (IC50 = 25 nM), cyclosporin A (IC50 = 190 nM) and rapamycin (IC50 = 25 nM). Whereas ... [more ▼]

In this work we demonstrate that transcription of the human prolactin gene is inhibited by the immunosuppressants FK506 (IC50 = 25 nM), cyclosporin A (IC50 = 190 nM) and rapamycin (IC50 = 25 nM). Whereas the effect of FK506 and cyclosporin A is specific for prolactin gene transcription, rapamycin has a more general effect on transcription and/or translation in pituitary cells. In view of recent work demonstrating the immunoactivating role of prolactin, these results suggest that inhibition of prolactin gene expression in the pituitary may contribute to the mechanism of action of immunosuppressants. [less ▲]

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See detailThe quark propagator from the Dyson-Schwinger equations: (I). The chiral solution
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Gentles, A. J.; Ross, D. A.

in Nuclear Physics B (1995), 440

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See detailEvaluation bryologique d'un projet de réinondation par les crues du Rhin: l'exemple de la réserve naturelle d'Erstein (Alsace, France)
Vanderpoorten, Alain ULg; Klein, J. P.; De Zuttere, P.

in Belgian Journal of Botany (1995), 128

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See detail- Establishment of normal and transformed root cultures of Artemisia annua L. for artemisinin production.
Jaziri, M.; Shimomura, K.; Yoshimatsu, K. et al

in Journal of Plant Physiology (1995), 145(1-2), 175-177

Transformed cultures of Artemisia annua L. (Asteraceae) were established by the co-culture method using leaf segments of A. annua and Agrobacterium rhizogenes NCIB 8196 or MAFF 03-01724. The hairy root ... [more ▼]

Transformed cultures of Artemisia annua L. (Asteraceae) were established by the co-culture method using leaf segments of A. annua and Agrobacterium rhizogenes NCIB 8196 or MAFF 03-01724. The hairy root clones thus obtained grew vigorously on hormone-free medium, showing the typical transformed morphology. The genetic transformation of the root was proved by the opine assay. Normal root and shoot cultures were also established. A highly specific and sensitive enzyme-linked immuno-sorbent assay (ELISA) method was used for the detection and semi-quantitative determination of artemisinin and structurally related compounds in these cultures. The presence of artemisinin was confirmed by gas chromatography coupled to mass spectrometry (GC-MS) analysis. The hairy roots cultured in the dark produced no detectable level of artemisinin as shown by the adventitious shoots cultured under light conditions. The ELISA analysis of the green hairy roots cultured in liquid medium under a 16 h light/day photoperiod showed the existence of compound(s) structurally related to artemisinin, though normal and hairy roots cultured in the dark give no detectable levels of immuno-signal. [less ▲]

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See detailLa naissance des cités au Proche-Orient
Tunca, Önhan ULg

in Le génie de l'Homme. Des origines à l'écriture (1995)

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See detailHYDRODYNAMIC SIMULATIONS OF GALAXY FORMATION .1. DISSIPATION AND THE MAXIMUM MASS OF GALAXIES
Thoul, Anne ULg; WEINBERG, D. H.

in Astrophysical Journal (1995), 442(2), 480-491

We describe an accurate, one-dimensional, spherically symmetric Lagrangian hydrodynamics/gravity code, designed to study the effects of radiative cooling and photoionization on the formation of ... [more ▼]

We describe an accurate, one-dimensional, spherically symmetric Lagrangian hydrodynamics/gravity code, designed to study the effects of radiative cooling and photoionization on the formation of protogalaxies. The code can treat an arbitrary number of fluid shells (representing baryons) and collisionless shells (representing cold dark matter). As a test of the code, we reproduce analytic solutions for the pulsation behavior of a poly-trope and for the self-similar collapse of a spherically symmetric, cosmological perturbation. In this paper we concentrate on the effects of radiative cooling, examining the ability of collapsing perturbations to cool within the age of the universe. In contrast to some studies based on order-of-magnitude estimates, we find that cooling arguments alone cannot explain the sharp upper cutoff observed in the galaxy luminosity function. [less ▲]

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See detailEscape into Innocence: Ian McEwan and the Nightmare of History
Delrez, Marc ULg

in Ariel : A Review of International English Literature (1995), 26(2), 7-23

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See detailDes histoires du cinéma en images et en sons
Belloi, Livio ULg

in Iris - Revue de théorie de l'image et du son/A Journal of Theory on Image and Sound (1995), 19(automne), 75-98

Etude de quelques fictions réflexives (dont "Singin' in the Rain" de Stanley Donen et Gene Kelly) au travers desquelles, se mettant au miroir, le cinéma réfléchit sur sa propre histoire et sur ses jalons ... [more ▼]

Etude de quelques fictions réflexives (dont "Singin' in the Rain" de Stanley Donen et Gene Kelly) au travers desquelles, se mettant au miroir, le cinéma réfléchit sur sa propre histoire et sur ses jalons essentiels. [less ▲]

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See detailAbility of Bronchodilators to Prevent Bovine Experimental Respiratory Distress
Genicot, Bruno; Lambert, Philippe ULg; Votion, Dominique ULg et al

in Veterinary Research (1995), 26(4), 276-283

This cross-over trial involving 6 Blue Belgian double-muscled calves aimed to investigate whether ipratropium bromide inhaled alone or in combination with clenbuterol hydrochloride could prevent the ... [more ▼]

This cross-over trial involving 6 Blue Belgian double-muscled calves aimed to investigate whether ipratropium bromide inhaled alone or in combination with clenbuterol hydrochloride could prevent the dramatic clinical and pulmonary disturbances that are observed during an experimentally induced bronchoconstriction. Inhaled bronchodilators significantly influenced the clinical and functional responses of bovines subjected to a 5-hydroxytryptamine perfusion. However, despite a mean (standard error) wash-out period of 11.2 (3.1) and 7.5 (0.9) d after the 1st and the 2nd one-day challenges, respectively, first-order carry-over effects (ie those remaining from the previous treatment), effects of the period during which the treatment was allocated and interaction effects did not allow a definitive interpretation of overall treatment differences. [less ▲]

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See detailReeducacion de la artroplastia de rodilla EMG de superfice como metodo de evaluacion
Villanueva, X.; Maertens de Noordhout, B.; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Dolor & Inflammacion (1995), 8

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See detailSOURCE STRATEGIES AND THE MEDIATIZATION OF CLIMATE-CHANGE
Mormont, Marc ULg; Dasnoy, Christine ULg

in Media, Culture & Society (1995), 17(1), 49-64

A wide approach to the problem of science-media relations is taken in this study of the visibility of science in three >European countries. Differences of national cultures within France, Germany and ... [more ▼]

A wide approach to the problem of science-media relations is taken in this study of the visibility of science in three >European countries. Differences of national cultures within France, Germany and Belgium hod the key to the analysis. This paper explores the impact on the media's representation of climate change that derives from the variations in the balance of power between the press, its scientific sources and other actors, especially pressure groups whoa have interest in how science is represented. France and Germany are shown to have very different approaches scignificantly in distinctive models of the role of media held by scinetists. These models look to be based in what is termed a "spontaneous media sociology" that frame the webs of relations between media and their sources and have a feedback effect oin them. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of six serum ferritin immunoassays and isoferritin spectrotypes in malignancies
Vernet, M.; Renversez, J. C.; Lasne, Y. et al

in Annales de Biologie Clinique (1995), 53

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See detailMéthodologie pour une meilleure représentation spatio-temporelle des fluctuations pluviométriques observées au Niger depuis 1905
Ozer, Pierre ULg; Erpicum, Michel ULg

in Sécheresse (1995), 6(1), 103-108

The fluctuations of annual precipitation observed in Niamey and Zinder (Niger) since the turn of the century warranted a comparison of rainfall maps and rainy-season characteristics between 1950-1967 ... [more ▼]

The fluctuations of annual precipitation observed in Niamey and Zinder (Niger) since the turn of the century warranted a comparison of rainfall maps and rainy-season characteristics between 1950-1967 (period of high rainfall) and 1968-1985 (period of low rainfall). Calculating two specific annual spatiotemporal rainfall profiles provided precisions as to the irregular and heterogeneous advance of the drought through Niger. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of the Wavelet Transform for GPS Cycle Slip Correction and Comparison with Kalman Filter
Collin, Fabienne; Warnant, René ULg

in Manuscripta Geodaetica (1995), 20

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See detailIntérêt de la cyclosporine et du méthotrexate dans le traitement de l'asthme.
weber, T.; Skaventos, I.; Kayembe, J. et al

in Médecine et Hygiène (1995), 53

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See detailActivation of leucocytes after prolonged physical exercise
Bury, Thierry ULg; PIRNAY, Freddy ULg

in Mediators of Inflammation (1995), 4

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See detailLes participes présents féminins actifs dans l'Avesta
Swennen, Philippe ULg

in Annali (1995)

In Avestan, much feminine present participles in the active voice are problematic. However, the behaviour of the epenthesis of the feminine suffix is quite perfectly regular.

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See detailResults of an Exclusion Technique for Treatment of Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Marnette, J.M.; CREEMERS, Etienne ULg; TROTTEUR, Geneviève ULg et al

in Cardiovascular Surgery (1995), 3(1), 26-9

An exclusion technique for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm was used in six patients considered to be at high operative risk mainly because of chronic pulmonary disease. There were no deaths or ... [more ▼]

An exclusion technique for the treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm was used in six patients considered to be at high operative risk mainly because of chronic pulmonary disease. There were no deaths or immediate major complications. Thrombosis of the aneurysm was achieved in four of the six patients. However, in three cases, repeated percutaneous embolization was required to produce thrombosis. One patient developed a secondary rupture of a persisting infrarenal sac resulting from a patent inferior mesenteric artery. This patient was successfully managed by ligature of the infrarenal portion of the abdominal aorta through a median laparotomy. This study emphasizes the limits and the risks of the exclusion technique. [less ▲]

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See detailBiologie de la reproduction de deux espèces de Chrysichthys (Siliuriforme, Bagridae) du Lac Nokoué et de la lagune de Porto-Novo au Bénin.
Laleye, P.; Philippart, Jean-Claude ULg; Poncin, Pascal ULg

in Journal of African Zoology = Revue de Zoologie Africaine (1995), 109(3), 213-224

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See detailA comprehensive analysis of mid-term voltage stability
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg; Jacquemart, Yannick; Marquet, Jean-Noël et al

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (1995), 10

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See detailLiège aussi doit rêver. A propos d'un monument et d'une fontaine sur la place Saint-Lambert
George, Philippe ULg

in chronique de la société royale Le Vieux-Liège (1995)

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See detailLocalization and transmembrane topology of a new member of the mitochondrial carrier family, the yeast RIM 2 gene product
Elmoualij, Benaïssa ULg; Duyckaerts, Claire ULg; Lamotte-Brasseur, J. et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie, de Biochimie et de Biophysique (1995)

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See detail"De l'exequatur et des causes de préférence"
Moreau, Pierre ULg

in Actualités du Droit (1995), (2), 395-410

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See detailInsulinotropic action of (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionate. II. Ionophoretic and conformational aspects.
Malaisse, W. J.; Nadi, A. B.; Malaisse-Lagae, F. et al

in General Pharmacology (1995), 26(6), 1319-25

1. The non-sulphonylurea insulinotropic agent sodium (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionate (KAD-1229) was found to display calcium ionophoretic activity in an artificial ... [more ▼]

1. The non-sulphonylurea insulinotropic agent sodium (2S)-2-benzyl-3-(cis-hexahydro-2-isoindolinylcarbonyl) propionate (KAD-1229) was found to display calcium ionophoretic activity in an artificial membrane model. 2. Conformation analysis indicated that a complex between calcium and KAD-1229, with a 1:2 stoichiometry, indeed displays favourable attributes for ionophoretic activity across a hydrophobic environment. 3. It is speculated that the ionophoretic property of KAD-1229 might participate to the remodelling of cationic fluxes evoked by this insulinotropic agent in pancreatic islet cells. [less ▲]

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See detailDisparités au sein du système éducatif en Communauté française de Belgique
Lafontaine, Dominique ULg

in Eduquer et former. Théories et pratiques (1995), 7

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See detailLes allogreffes veineuses pour sauvetage des membres inférieurs: espoirs et réalité
VAN DAMME, Hendrik ULg; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(10), 433-42

La veine saphène interne est le matériel de pontage de premier choix pour les revascularisations de membres au-dessous du pli de l'aine. Elle n'est néanmoins pas disponible chez près de 20 % des candidats ... [more ▼]

La veine saphène interne est le matériel de pontage de premier choix pour les revascularisations de membres au-dessous du pli de l'aine. Elle n'est néanmoins pas disponible chez près de 20 % des candidats à une chirurgie infra-inguinale, soit parce qu'elle a déjà été utilisée antérieurement, soit à cause de varicose ou d'un calibre trop petit. Ces dernières années ont vu apparaître dans la littérature un regain d'intérêt pour la veine saphène allologue, prélevée chez un donneur d'organes ou préparée à partir de segments de veine saphène strippée. Les auteurs en discutent les avantages théoriques et les modalités de conservation. Des travaux expérimentaux ont été suivis par des séries cliniques encore limitées en nombre et en temps de suivi. Les auteurs en discutent les résultats publiés. Une courte série (12 cas) dans notre département est décrite. Cette expérience limitée et une revue exhaustive de la littérature permettent de conclure que les allogreffes veineuses sont à réserver pour les sauvetages de jambes (lésions infrapoplitées) lorsque la veine autologue n'est pas disponible, en tant que solution de dernier recours. [less ▲]

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See detailCatecholaminergic function and P300 amplitude in major depressive disorder (P300 and catecholamines).
Hansenne, Michel ULg; Pitchot, William ULg; Gonzalez Moreno, Antonio et al

in Electroencephalography and Clinical Neurophysiology (1995), 96(2), 194-6

The neurobiology of P300 is still a subject of controversy. P300 amplitude appears to be modulated by multiple neurotransmitter systems, especially dopaminergic, noradrenergic as well as cholinergic and ... [more ▼]

The neurobiology of P300 is still a subject of controversy. P300 amplitude appears to be modulated by multiple neurotransmitter systems, especially dopaminergic, noradrenergic as well as cholinergic and GABAergic. In this study, we investigated the relationship between P300 amplitude and catecholaminergic neurotransmission as assessed by the growth hormone (GH) response to clonidine and apomorphine challenges in 20 major depressive patients. Results showed a correlation of P300 amplitude with the apomorphine test (r = 0.54; P = 0.01), but not with the clonidine test (r = 0.22; NS). This study supports a role for dopamine in the neurobiological modulation of P300 amplitude. [less ▲]

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See detailThe importance of liposomes as models and tools in the understanding of photosensitization mechanisms
Hoebeke, Maryse ULg

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology B : Biology (1995), 28(3), 189-196

The various applications of liposomes in understanding photosensitization are described in this paper, with particular emphasis on the various kinds of information that these models allow to obtain in ... [more ▼]

The various applications of liposomes in understanding photosensitization are described in this paper, with particular emphasis on the various kinds of information that these models allow to obtain in phototherapy. Liposomes are simple vesicles in which an aqueous phase is enclosed by a phospholipidic membrane. They are suitable models mimicking specific situations occurring <br />m vivo and they allow study of the influence of physieochemieal, photobioiogieal and biochemical factors on the uptake of photosensitizers by tissues, their mechanisms of action and the subsequent photoinduced tumor necrosis. Moreover, solubilization of the sensitizer into the bilayer seems to improve its tumoral selectivity and its photodynamic efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailRat heart-aorta cluster transplantation : a novel model to study transplant rejection
D'Silva, Milbhor; Candidas, D.; Lee, S. et al

in Transplant International (1995), (8), 298-306

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See detailTHEORY OF THE THERMAL-CONDUCTIVITY OF RE AL-2 COMPOUNDS
Rassili, Ahmed ULg; Ausloos, Marcel ULg

in Journal of Magnetism & Magnetic Materials (1995), 147(3), 341-345

On the basis of the variational method for transport coefficients we have calculated the thermal conductivity of RE Al-2-like systems as a function of temperature. The low-temperature limit obeys ... [more ▼]

On the basis of the variational method for transport coefficients we have calculated the thermal conductivity of RE Al-2-like systems as a function of temperature. The low-temperature limit obeys Matthiessen's rule 1/kappa = 1/kappa(ph) + 1/kappa(s) + 1/kappa(imp) where the three components are the contributions arising from e(-)-phonon, e(-)-localized spin and e(-)-impurity interactions, respectively. The temperature dependence of each term has been calculated, as well as the superposition of all three. The influence of the physical parameters (spin value, Debye temperature, cut-off wave vector, Fermi energy, etc.) is shown. The theory is in good agreement with reported data for GdAl2. [less ▲]

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See detailGeographical research in Belgium : remote sensing and photo-interpretation
Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg; Wilmet, Jules

in Bulletin de la Société Belge d'Etudes Géographiques (1995), 2

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See detailConformational Analysis Of Non-Sulfonylurea Hypoglycemic Agents Of The Meglitinide Family
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; Malaisse, Wj.

in Biochemical Pharmacology (1995), 50(11), 1879-84

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See detailBiotinidase Km-variants: detection and detailed biochemical investigations
Suormala, T.; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULg; Schweitzer, S. et al

in Journal of inherited metabolic disease (1995), 18(6), 689-700

We describe a simple method for the detection of biotinidase Km-variants and detailed biochemical investigations in 5 such patient. They were detected among 103 patients with plasma biotinidase activity ... [more ▼]

We describe a simple method for the detection of biotinidase Km-variants and detailed biochemical investigations in 5 such patient. They were detected among 103 patients with plasma biotinidase activity which ranged from undetectable to 30% of the mean normal value. Two different types of biotinidase Km-variants were found. (1) In 3 infants biotinidase had a single 105-430-fold elevated Km for biocytin. Biotinidase showed very low activities (0.2-4% of the mean normal value) in the routine colorimetric assay and was not functional in vivo. Accordingly, these patients presented with classical clinical illness. (2) In two patients biotinidase showed biphasic kinetics indicating the presence of one component with a normal Km and reduced Vmax (1.7% and 12%), and another with 330- and 59-fold elevated Km, respectively. In these two patients, biotinidase proved to be at least partially functional in vivo. However, the first patient developed severe symptoms and biotin deficiency late, at the age of 10-15 years, and the second had marginal biotin deficiency at the age of 2 years but no clinical symptoms. Comparative studies revealed that both patients had more severe biotin deficiency than age-matched patients with similar levels of residual biotinidase activity and a single normal Km. Therefore, all patients with residual biotinidase activity should be evaluated for the presence of a Km-mutation, since such patients should be treated with biotin. These can easily be detected by including a second substrate concentration (1.5 mmol/L) in the routine colorimetric biotinidase assay which is performed with 0.15 mmol/L biotin. Increased activity with the higher substrate concentration indicates the presence of a Km-mutation. Detailed kinetic studies are needed to evaluate the distinct forms of Km-variants. [less ▲]

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See detailAn approach to corrective control of voltage instability using simulation and sensitivity
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (1995), 10

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See detailGrowth hormone response to clonidine in nondepressed patients with a history of suicide attempts.
Pitchot, William ULg; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Moreno, A. G. et al

in Biological Psychiatry (1995), 38(3), 201-3

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See detailClinical, electrocardiographic and echocardiographic improvements after L-carnitine supplementation in cardiomyopathic dog.
Mc Entee, Kathleen ULg; Clercx, Cécile ULg; Snaps, Frédéric ULg et al

in Canine Practice (1995), 20(2), 12-15

In dogs suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, myocardial concentrations of L-carnitine are sometimes very low. A Labrador suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy was treated with L-carnitine. The dog ... [more ▼]

In dogs suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy, myocardial concentrations of L-carnitine are sometimes very low. A Labrador suffering from dilated cardiomyopathy was treated with L-carnitine. The dog showed a clear and rapid clinical improvement as well as an improvement of electrocardiographic and echocardiographic indices of cardiac function. Screening by myocardial biopsy in dogs affected by dilated cardiomyopathy and in susceptible breeds is recommended. The dog had been maintained on a strict vegetarian diet. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la necessite des services d'urgence de la main.
CARLIER, Alain ULg

in Bulletin et Mémoires de l'Académie Royale de Médecine de Belgique (1995), 150(7-9), 268-80280-2

Microsurgical techniques have been able to realize anastomoses of small vessels and nerves, with a high rate of success when performed by teams involved in that field. This has changed the concept of ... [more ▼]

Microsurgical techniques have been able to realize anastomoses of small vessels and nerves, with a high rate of success when performed by teams involved in that field. This has changed the concept of surgery of the hand. Reconstruction aims now at a functional result. Organisation of emergencies in hand surgery requires facilitations: hand surgeons, equipment and a team on a 24-hour basis, able to operate any kind of hand trauma. Since 1979, Liege is affiliated to the European Federation. Advantages of the immediate repair are significant repair are significant: reduction of the permanent disability rate, and in many instances, return to work at the same position. In conclusion, early treatment of the injuries of the hand is very effective, but need to be performed by specialists in the field of hand surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailIndications et sélection du candidat aux implants
Geerts, Sabine ULg

in Actualités Dentaires de l'Université de Liège (1995), 17

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See detailA comparative study of quantitative shape analysis techniques in sedimentology
Pirard, Eric ULg; Hoyez, Bernard

in Zentralblatt für Geologie und Paläontologie. Teil I, Allgemeine, Angewandte, Regionale und Historische Geologie (1995), 1(H11/12), 1061-1066

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See detailRespiratory adjustments in unacclimatised horses exercised under hot, humid conditions
Art, Tatiana ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Equine Veterinary Journal. Supplement (1995), 18

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a hot and humid environment on the pattern of breathing and the gas exchange in heavily exercising horses. Five healthy fit Standardbred horses ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effect of a hot and humid environment on the pattern of breathing and the gas exchange in heavily exercising horses. Five healthy fit Standardbred horses were investigated twice at 8 day intervals, once in temperate conditions (TC) (ambient temperature: 15°C; relative humidity: 55%) and once in hot and humid conditions (HHC) (ambient temperature: 30°C; relative humidity: 75%). The standardised treadmill exercise test consisted of 8 min warm-up and 8 min exercise (1 min at 1.7, 4, 7, 8, 9 and 10 m/s and 2 min at 4 m/s with a 6% slope). Running in HHC induced a significant decrease in peak expired minute volume (VE), oxygen uptake (VO2), VCO2 and oxygen pulse, while RQ remained unchanged and PACO2 increased. The changes in skin temperature (ST), i.e. the difference between ST at rest and at 10 m/s, was dramatically higher in HHC. The test induced changes, i.e. the differences between the values before and after the test, in cortisol, (beta-endorphins and plasma lactate (LA) values after the test were significantly higher. This study showed that performing a strenuous exercise in hot, humid conditions in unacclimatised horses induced a reduction of the aerobic capacity, i.e. decrease of the V02 and increase of LA production. A relative hypoventilation could be partly responsible for this observation, but all the steps of the oxygen transport from the pulmonary ventilation to the muscle metabolism could also potentially be impaired in such conditions [less ▲]

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See detailVaricella-zoster virus gene 63 encodes an immediate-early protein that is abundantly expressed during latency
Debrus, Serge; Sadzot-Delvaux, Catherine ULg; Nikkels, Arjen ULg et al

in Journal of Virology (1995), 69(5), 3240-3245

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) gene 63 encodes a protein with a predicted molecular mass of 30.5 kDa which has amino acid similarities with the immediate-early (IE) protein 22 (ICP-22) of herpes simplex ... [more ▼]

Varicella-zoster virus (VZV) gene 63 encodes a protein with a predicted molecular mass of 30.5 kDa which has amino acid similarities with the immediate-early (IE) protein 22 (ICP-22) of herpes simplex virus type 1. In order to study the expression of this protein during lytic and latent infection, gene 63 was cloned in frame and downstream from the glutathione-S-transferase gene, expressed as a fusion protein, and purified. In VZV-infected Vero cells, antibodies directed against this protein detect two polypeptides of 45 and 38 kDa which are localized both in the cytoplasm and in the nucleus. Using a sequential combination of transcription and protein synthesis inhibitors (actinomycin D and cycloheximide, respectively), we demonstrated the immediate-early nature of this protein, which can thus be named IE63. Using a rat model of VZV latency, we showed that IE63 is heavily expressed, essentially in neurons, during latency. IE63 can also be detected in the skin of patients showing early herpes zoster symptoms. [less ▲]

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See detailPropagations en réseaux de cours d'eau d'ondes de crues incluant des ressauts
Pirotton, Michel ULg

in Tribune de l'Eau (La) (1995), 49(574), 23-33

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See detailConnections and frame design for economy
Anderson, D.; Colson, A.; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Costruzioni Metalliche (1995), n°4

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See detailLes aliments à objectif nutritionnel particulier chez les carnivores domestiques: les nouvelles directives de la Communauté Européenne et leur application pratique dans le cadre du traitement de l'obésité
Diez, Marianne ULg; Leemans, M.; Houins, G. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1995), 139

Specific - purpose food in compagnion animals: the new directories of the European Community and practical use in the treatment of obesity. Specific - purpose foods are often suggested by veterinarians in ... [more ▼]

Specific - purpose food in compagnion animals: the new directories of the European Community and practical use in the treatment of obesity. Specific - purpose foods are often suggested by veterinarians in the treatment of many diseases in compagnion animals. From 01/07/95, the directories of the European Community are applied. The present paper gives a reading of these directories and comments on the characteristics of these foods, the specific - purpose objectives and their use. Finaly, a dietetical approach of obesity is described using the different types of specific-purpose foods actually on the mark. [less ▲]

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See detailPneumothorax during laparoscopic fundoplication: diagnosis and treatment with positive end-expiratory pressure.
Joris, Jean ULg; Chiche, Jean-Daniel; Lamy, Maurice ULg

in Anesthesia and Analgesia (1995), 81(5), 993-1000

Pneumothorax can develop during laparoscopy, particularly during laparoscopic fundoplication, since the left parietal pleura is exposed and can be torn during dissection in the diaphragmatic hiatus. Such ... [more ▼]

Pneumothorax can develop during laparoscopy, particularly during laparoscopic fundoplication, since the left parietal pleura is exposed and can be torn during dissection in the diaphragmatic hiatus. Such an event will result in specific pathophysiologic changes, since CO2, under pressure in the abdominal cavity, will pass into the pleural space. The aim of this study was to document the pathophysiologic changes induced by pneumothorax, and to evaluate the benefit of positive end-expiratory pressure (PEEP) to treat pneumothorax. Forty-six ASA physical status I and II patients scheduled for laparoscopic fundoplication were monitored extensively; heart rate, mean arterial pressure, end-tidal CO2 (PETCO2), oxygen saturation of hemoglobin (Spo2), minute ventilation, tidal volume, dynamic total lung thorax compliance, and airway pressures were recorded. In 25 patients, oxygen uptake, CO2 elimination and arterial blood gases were also measured. Pneumothorax was diagnosed in seven patients. It resulted in the following pathophysiologic changes: decrease in total lung thorax compliance, increase in airway pressures, and increase in CO2 absorption. Consequently, PACO2 and PETCO2 also increased. Spo2, however, remained normal. The use of PEEP largely corrected these respiratory changes. None of these pneumothoraces required drainage. These data suggest that pneumothorax is common during laparoscopic fundoplication. Early diagnosis is possible by simultaneous monitoring of PETCO2, total lung thorax compliance, and airway pressures. Finally, treatment with PEEP provides an alternative to chest tube placement when pneumothorax is secondary to passage of peritoneal CO2 into the interpleural space. [less ▲]

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See detailGH receptor gene TaqI RFLP and milk traits in Italian Holstein-Friesian and Simmental cattle.
Falaki, Mohamed; Renaville, Robert ULg; Sneyers, Myriam et al

in Journal of Animal Science (1995), 73(Suppl 1), 113

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See detailModulation of acetylcholine, capsaicin and substance P effects by histamine H3 receptors in isolated perfused rabbit lungs.
Delaunois, Annie ULg; Gustin, Pascal ULg; Garbarg, M. et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (1995), 277(2-3), 243-50

The modulatory role of histamine H3 receptors in pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine, capsaicin and by exogenous substance P was investigated in isolated, ventilated rabbit lungs. Endothelial ... [more ▼]

The modulatory role of histamine H3 receptors in pulmonary oedema induced by acetylcholine, capsaicin and by exogenous substance P was investigated in isolated, ventilated rabbit lungs. Endothelial permeability was evaluated by measuring the capillary filtration coefficient (Kf,c). Acetylcholine (10(-8) to 10(-4) M), substance P (10(-10) to 10(-6) M), capsaicin (10(-4) M) and 5-hydroxytryptamine (5-HT) (10(-4) M) induced an increase in the Kf,c. Carboperamide, a novel histamine H3 receptor antagonist, induced a significant leftward shift of the concentration-response curve to acetylcholine and also enhanced the effect of capsaicin on the Kf,c, while it had no significant effect on the response to substance P and 5-HT. Imetit, a new histamine H3 receptor agonist, strongly inhibited the effects of acetylcholine and capsaicin. Imetit also strongly protected the lung against substance P effects but did not prevent the 5-HT-induced increase in the Kf,c. Carboperamide completely blocked the inhibitory effect of Imetit on the acetylcholine response. (R)-alpha-Methylhistamine, an other histamine H3 receptor agonist, had the same protective effect against acetylcholine response as Imetit. We conclude that histamine H3 receptors could protect the lung against acetylcholine- and capsaicin-induced oedema via a prejunctional modulatory effect on the C-fibres. However, since the response to exogenous substance P was also inhibited by histamine H3 receptor stimulation, the presence of such receptors at a postsynaptic level, probably on mast cells, was also suggested. [less ▲]

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See detailLes futurs enseignants se sentent-ils une responsabilité vis-à-vis de l'échec scolaire ?
Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in Education et Recherche (1995), 17(3),

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See detailContrôle du phytoplancton du bassin ligure par le front liguro-provençal (secteur corse)
Goffart, Anne ULg; Hecq, Jean-Henri ULg; Prieur, Louis

in Oceanologica Acta (1995), 18

The evolution of the phytoplankton distribution was followed along the Calvi - Nice axis, from Calvi to 30 miles offshore, in relation with the hydrological features of the Liguro-Provençal front ... [more ▼]

The evolution of the phytoplankton distribution was followed along the Calvi - Nice axis, from Calvi to 30 miles offshore, in relation with the hydrological features of the Liguro-Provençal front (Corsican sector) and the nutrients disponibility. Oceanographic cruises repeated between 1982 and 1991 have emphasized the permanence of the front and the interannual stability of its hydrological characteristics. Moreover, the front and the associated vertical circulation influenced highly, and in a reproducible way, the algal distribution within distances of few kilometres. In March, within the Ligurian current (on the coastal side), the front and the central zone (on the open sea side), stabilization of upper layers of water column, induced by a beginning of vertical stratification, is the main factor controlling the starting of the bloom. As soon as phytoplankton development is initiated, highest values of chlorophyll a and primary production are observed in the frontal area. During spring, a significant amount of the phytoplankton produced in the surface layer was carried down along the isopycnals in relation with the frontal convergence. As a consequence, the chlorophyll a distribution was typically like a plume, extending from the surface to at least 100 m deep. In all zones, during the stratified period, the position of the chlorophyll a maximum in the water column is determined by the opposing gradients of light and nitrate. In May, the maximum of phytoplankton was permanently observed in the frontal area where it was strictly correlated with the nitracline. A sharp core of high chlorophyll a concentrations was also observed in the central zone while the Ligurian current was characterized by very low pigment levels. During that period, the ecological role of the front seems to be particularly important because it delimits the unique area of enhanced phytoplanktonic biomass in an oligotrophic or very oligotrophic environment. In June, a well-developed deep chlorophyll a maximum was observed everywhere, from the central zone to the coast. The contribution of the front to the enhancement of the biomass appears to be less important than during spring. [less ▲]

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See detailPathophysiological response of bovine pulmonary function to gastric distension
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Comparative Pathology (1995), 112

The purpose was to determine whether gastric overdistension leads to lifethreatening perturbations of pulmonary gas exchange in healthy calves. Six animals were studied with normal (0 kPa) and increased ... [more ▼]

The purpose was to determine whether gastric overdistension leads to lifethreatening perturbations of pulmonary gas exchange in healthy calves. Six animals were studied with normal (0 kPa) and increased (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 kPa) intragastric pressure (IGP). Changes in pleural pressures and peak expiratory flow paralleled those of IGP. Inspiratory pressure-time index remained stable throughout the insufflation process. Pulmonary function values were characterized by abrupt changes with increasing IGP. Tidal volume declined as IGP increased and, along with inspiratory flow, decreased abruptly with the highest pressure (5 kPa). Respiratory rate progressively increased up to an IGP of 4 kPa, then decreased by 30%, due to breath-holding at the end of inspiration. Minute volume increased with IGP up to 4 kPa, but dramatically declined at 5 kPa. Total pulmonary resistance remained stable throughout the insufflation process, whereas lung dynamic compliance fell abruptly to one-half of its baseline value at IGPs of 1 kPa and above. Arterial oxygen tension was maintained at an IGP of 1 kPa, slightly diminished at 2–3 kPa, and markedly decreased at 4–5 kPa. Hypercapnia and respiratory acidosis developed progressively with increasing IGP. Changes in arterial gases were probably due to a combination of (1) alveolar hypoventilation, caused by altered tidal to dead space volume ratio, inadequate central nervous system “drive”, altered effectiveness of inspiratory muscle action, or end-inspiratory breath-holding, and (2) ventilation to perfusion mismatch, caused by perfusion of collapsed lung units. In the range of IGPs used, standardized arterial pH did not decline below the control value, which suggests that perfusion of peripheral tissues remained sufficient, and that respiratory failure rather than cardiovascular failure may be the principal physiopathological effect of increased gastric pressure [less ▲]

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See detailCD4+ T cells determine the ability of spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and autoimmunity in parental mice
Gonzales, M.; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Ramos, A. et al

in European Journal of Immunology (1995), 25

Spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice injected into newborn parental mice induce a state of cytolytic unresponsiveness to the corresponding alloantigens. However, these mice develop a transient autoimmune ... [more ▼]

Spleen cells from F1 hybrid mice injected into newborn parental mice induce a state of cytolytic unresponsiveness to the corresponding alloantigens. However, these mice develop a transient autoimmune syndrome characterized by the production of multiple autoantibodies and glomerulonephritis. Previous reports indicated that the depletion of F1 donor T cells, shortly prior the injection into parental mice, does not interfere with any of these events. Here, we have explored whether the continuous absence of T cells in F1 mice influences the ability of their spleen cells to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and the associated autoimmune manifestations. Our results revealed that spleen cells from athymic (BALB/c x C57BL/6) F1 hybrid (CB6F1) nu/nu mice or from euthymic CB6F1 mice depleted from birth of CD4+ T cells, but not of CD8+ T cells, are unable to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens and autoimmune manifestations. By contrast, the partial reconstitution of T cells in CB6F1 nu/nu mice, after the neonatal graft of a syngeneic thymus, restored the capacity of spleen cells from these mice to induce tolerance and autoimmunity when injected into newborn BALB/c mice. These results demonstrate that the functional defect of spleen cells from athymic CB6F1 nu/nu mice to induce neonatal tolerance to alloantigens is directly related to the long-term absence of mature CD4+ T cells. Interestingly, a new increase in the titers of anti-DNA Ab was observed when spleen cells from athymic CB6F1 nu/nu mice were injected into adult BALB/c mice that had been tolerized at birth with normal CB6F1 spleen cells. This finding indicates that B cells from CB6F1 nu/nu mice recover their capacity to interact with alloreactive Th2 cells when they are placed into mice having functional CD4+ T cells. These data indicate that the continuous absence of CD4+ T cells causes a reversible functional defect in F1 spleen cells that determines their inability to induce neonatal tolerance and autoimmunity [less ▲]

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See detailPathophysiological response of bovine diaphragm function to gastric distension
Desmecht, Daniel ULg; Linden, Annick ULg; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Applied Physiology (1995), 78

Because of the anatomic association of an exceptionally bulky stomach with a striking compartmentation of the chest wall, leading to the most cranial insertion of the diaphragm among mammals, gastric ... [more ▼]

Because of the anatomic association of an exceptionally bulky stomach with a striking compartmentation of the chest wall, leading to the most cranial insertion of the diaphragm among mammals, gastric overdistension in the bovine species offers a unique pathophysiological condition for the diaphragm. The purpose of the present study was to determine whether increased intragastric pressure (Pga) (1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 kPa) leads to perturbations of respiratory and diaphragm function in calves. Changes in diaphragmatic strength and inspiratory action followed a biphasic pattern: 1) transdiaphragmatic pressure (Pdi) in response to constant bilateral maximal phrenic nerve stimulation at 30 Hz increased with moderate gastric distension and then fell abruptly as Pga continued to rise and 2) the magnitude of the ratio of the fall in pleural pressure to total Pdi was maintained up to a Pga amounting to 2 kPa but declined at higher pressures. We conclude that gastric distension in the bovine species provokes physiologically significant alterations of the diaphragm excitation-to-pressure generation coupling as well as of its capacity to convert Pdi into useful inspiratory pleural pressure. We suggest that these perturbations resulted from the combination of 1) altered tension-generating capacity due to compromised perfusion, 2) altered diaphragm geometry capable of altering tension-to-pressure generation coupling, and 3) modified coupling of the diaphragm with the chest wall that reduced its ability to drive inspiration [less ▲]

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See detailMapping quantitative trait loci controlling milk production by exploiting progeny testing
Georges, Michel ULg; Nielsen, D.; Mackinnon, M. et al

in Genetics (1995), 139

We have exploited "progeny testing" to map quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying the genetic variation of milk production in a selected dairy cattle population. A total of 1,518 sires, with progeny ... [more ▼]

We have exploited "progeny testing" to map quantitative trait loci (QTL) underlying the genetic variation of milk production in a selected dairy cattle population. A total of 1,518 sires, with progeny tests based on the milking performances of > 150,000 daughters jointly, was genotyped for 159 autosomal microsatellites bracketing 1645 centimorgan or approximately two thirds of the bovine genome. Using a maximum likelihood multilocus linkage analysis accounting for variance heterogeneity of the phenotypes, we identified five chromosomes giving very strong evidence (LOD score > or = 3) for the presence of a QTL controlling milk production: chromosomes 1, 6, 9, 10 and 20. These findings demonstrate that loci with considerable effects on milk production are still segregating in highly selected populations and pave the way toward marker-assisted selection in dairy cattle breeding. [less ▲]

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See detailSatellite image maps of Warsaw in the scale 1 :25,000
Kaczynski, Rom; Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg; Muller, Fabrice

in EARSeL Advances in Remote Sensing (1995), 4(2), 100-103

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See detailSpores et pollens, témoins remarquables de la végétation des continents depuis un demi-milliard d'années.
Streel, Maurice ULg

in Bulletin de la Classe des Sciences. Académie Royale de Belgique (1995), 6e Série

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See detailSerological and cutaneous testing of bovine tuberculosis with the A60 antigen complex from Mycobacterium bovis, strain Calmette-Guérin
Saegerman, Claude ULg

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (1995), 23

A60, a major thermostable macromolecular antigen complex of Mycobacterium bovis strain Calmette-Guerin (BCG), is immunodominant in tuberculosis and able to elicit both humoral and cellular immune ... [more ▼]

A60, a major thermostable macromolecular antigen complex of Mycobacterium bovis strain Calmette-Guerin (BCG), is immunodominant in tuberculosis and able to elicit both humoral and cellular immune reactions in infected hosts. A60-based ELISA and cutaneous tests have been used, in conjunction with the PPD-based skin reaction, in a control group of healthy animals, and in a herd including tuberculous animals. Cutaneous testing with A60 yielded results comparable with those with PPD: both were negative with control cattle and positive with infected animals. Moreover, comparative cutaneous testing with avian tuberculin yielded similar results with PPD and A60. When animals from the infected herd were tested with both avian and bovine sensitins, 54% of cattle were diagnosed as fully positive, 26% suspect, and 20% negative. Serological analysis with the A60-ELISA of part of the infected herd yielded 74% positive, 21% suspect and 5% negative results. Thus, positivity was 74% for serological analysis and 54% for cutaneous testing, whereas positive plus suspect results were 95% for serological analysis and 80% for cutaneous testing. It can be concluded that A60 can be used in place of PPD for cutaneous testing in cattle, and that the diagnostic value of the A60-ELISA is superior to that of the PPD-cutaneous test. [less ▲]

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See detailLes activateurs de canaux potassiques: étude structurale comparative du pinacidil, du diazoxide et du cromakalim
Dupont, Léon ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg et al

in Annales Pharmaceutiques Françaises (1995), 53(5), 201-208

A conformational analysis has been performed with SYBYL starting from the energy optimized (Tripos force field) X-ray conformation of (R,S)-pinacidil. The geometry of four selected low energy conformers ... [more ▼]

A conformational analysis has been performed with SYBYL starting from the energy optimized (Tripos force field) X-ray conformation of (R,S)-pinacidil. The geometry of four selected low energy conformers has been reoptimized using the AM1 semiempirical Molecular Orbital method (MOPAC 5.0), and the total energy of the optimized conformers has been compared. In spite of an apparent structural dissimilarity, a good analogy has been found between the calculated isopotential map of diazoxide and that of at least one selected low energy conformer of pinacidil. It has been suggested that, unlike cromakalim, the low but observable activity of pinacidil on pancreatic B-cells could be explained by adoption for this compound of a conformation having a diazoxide-like stereoelectronical imprint which could assume a similar interaction on the same biological receptor. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure and characterization of isopyoverdin from Pseudomonas putida BTP1 and its relation to the biogenetic pathway leading to pyoverdins.
Jacques, Philippe ULg; Ongena, MARC ULg; Gwose, I. et al

in Zeitschrift für Naturforschung. C, Journal of Biosciences (1995), 50(9-10), 622-9

Pyoverdin type siderophores produced by six fluorescent Pseudomonas strains isolated from different rhizospheres were purified and characterized. The purified ferri-pyoverdins were tested for their ... [more ▼]

Pyoverdin type siderophores produced by six fluorescent Pseudomonas strains isolated from different rhizospheres were purified and characterized. The purified ferri-pyoverdins were tested for their ability to promote the growth of other strains grown under iron deficiency conditions. Only the one obtained from Pseudomonas putida BTP1 did not act as a growth promoter. The structure of the BTP1 siderophore was elucidated by spectroscopic methods and degradation studies. It turned out that it contains a chromophore which differs from the one typical for pyoverdins insofar as it carries the carboxyl group in 3- rather than in 1-position ((3S)-5-amino-1,2-dihydro-8,9-dihydroxy-3H-pyrimido[1,2a]quinoline-3- carboxylic acid). The amino group of the chromophore is substituted with the 5-carboxyl group of L-glutamic acid and its carboxyl group with the N-terminus of the peptide L-Asp-L-Ala-L-Asp-D-N5-Ac-N5-OH-Orn-L-Ser-L-c-N5-OH-Orn. This isopyoverdin fits into the biogenetic scheme which postulates ferribactins as the precursors of pyoverdins. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic generalized linear models and repeated measurements
Lindsey, James ULg; Lambert, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Statistical Planning & Inference (1995), 47

The dynamic generalized linear model for non-normal data is extended for use in repeated measurements, when series of observations are available for more than one individual. Examples are given for count ... [more ▼]

The dynamic generalized linear model for non-normal data is extended for use in repeated measurements, when series of observations are available for more than one individual. Examples are given for count and duration data. [less ▲]

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See detailSYNTHESIS OF SIO2-TIO2 XEROGELS BY SOL-GEL PROCESS
Pirson, Anne-Marie ULg; MOHSINE, Abdel; Marchot, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Sol-Gel Science and Technology (1995), 4(3), 179-185

A new method to synthesize SiO2-TiO2 gels by sol-gel process has been developed. This technique uses tetraisopropylorthotitanate [Ti(O'Pr)(4)] and tetraethylorthosilicate [TEOS]: they are mixed in the ... [more ▼]

A new method to synthesize SiO2-TiO2 gels by sol-gel process has been developed. This technique uses tetraisopropylorthotitanate [Ti(O'Pr)(4)] and tetraethylorthosilicate [TEOS]: they are mixed in the same solvent and then directly hydrolysed. This one-step reaction is possible because of the use of 2-methoxyethanol, a protic polar solvent. This alcohol plays two different specific roles: it acts as a solvent as well as a stabilizer of titanium alkoxide towards the hydrolysis-precipitation reaction. So, by an accurate adjustment of the quantity of methoxyethanol in the mixture, we can control the reactivity of the titanium precursor. Monolithic and transparent xerogels were obtained whatever the composition. Three monolithic SiO2-TiO2 gels containing 20, 50 and 75 mol% of TiO2 were prepared and studied in details. By using the TG-DSC analysis, we can follow the evolution of the loss of water and organic residues. The structural evolution of gels during calcination is characterized by IR spectroscopy and X-Ray diffraction. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the open reading frames of the main capsid proteins of actinophage VWB.
Anne, J; Fiten, P; Van Mellaert, L et al

in Archives of Virology (1995), 140(6), 1033-47

The nucleotide sequence of a 6 kb fragment encoding the main late proteins (p14, p38 and p24) of actinophage VWB was obtained. Sequence comparison of the encoded proteins with those filed in databases ... [more ▼]

The nucleotide sequence of a 6 kb fragment encoding the main late proteins (p14, p38 and p24) of actinophage VWB was obtained. Sequence comparison of the encoded proteins with those filed in databases indicated that the phage VWB main late proteins were all novel. A search for special motifs revealed that p14 (13.3 kDa) has a P-loop sequence commonly found in ATP- and GTP-binding proteins. This observation might indicate that p14 is important for ATP-driven DNA translocation during encapsidation of VWB phage DNA into the phage head. Furthermore, the polypeptide ORF2 (26.9 kDa) has an unusual primary structure consisting of 3 stretches of acidic amino acid residues and a glycine/arginine rich C-terminal end. From comparison with other proteins including the bacteriophage T4 prohead core component and from the data of special motif analysis the ORF2 gene product is probably involved in prohead core formation. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle de l'industrie de l'assurance dans le pilotage de la sécurité privée et de la politique de prévention
Lemaître, André ULg

in Déviance et Société (1995), 19(N°2), 159-168

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See detailLa prise en compte des contraintes environnementales en élevage: code de bonnes pratiques et aspects réglementaires
Nicks, Baudouin ULg

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (1995), 139(5), 327-334

As all other activities, livestock production represents a risk of nuisances for the environment. The author describes the risks of causing water pollution from applying livestock wastes to land and the ... [more ▼]

As all other activities, livestock production represents a risk of nuisances for the environment. The author describes the risks of causing water pollution from applying livestock wastes to land and the risks of air pollution from odours and ammonia. The agricultural practices which minimise the nuisances and the Belgian environmental protection laws concerning the building of animal houses and the disposal of farm wastes are presented [less ▲]

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See detailPhospholipid-Binding And Lecithin-Cholesterol Acyltransferase Activation Properties Of Apolipoprotein-A-I Mutants
Holvoet, P.; Zhao, Za.; Vanloo, B. et al

in Biochemistry (1995), 34(41), 13334-42

Recombinant human apolipoprotein A-I (apo A-I) and three deletion mutants: apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243), purified from the periplasmic space ... [more ▼]

Recombinant human apolipoprotein A-I (apo A-I) and three deletion mutants: apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243), purified from the periplasmic space of Escherichia coli, were studied. The rate of turbidity decrease following mixing of apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243) with dimyristoylphosphatidylcholine (DMPC) vesicles at 23 degrees C was 10-fold lower than that of the other apo A-I proteins, confirming that the carboxy-terminal region of apo A-I plays a role in rapid lipid binding. The Stokes radii of reconstituted high-density lipoproteins (rHDL), containing dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine and cholesterol, were larger for the three apo A-I mutants [6.3 nm for apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), 6.1 nm for apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and 6.5 nm for apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243)] than for intact apo A-I (5.0 nm). The mutant rHDL all contained 4 apo A-I molecules per particle as compared to 2 for intact apo A-I. Circular dichroism measurements revealed 8 alpha-helices per apo A-I molecule, 5 per apo A-I(delta Leu44-Leu126), 6 per apo A-I(delta Glu139-Leu170), and 4 per apo A-I(delta Ala190-Gln243) molecule as compared to predicted values of 8, 5, 6, and 6 alpha-helices, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailSurgery for Occlusive Renal Artery Disease: Immediate and Long-Term Results
Van Damme, Hendrik ULg; Lombet, P.; Creemers, Etienne ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (1995), 95(1, Jan-Feb), 1-10

A retrospective study is presented concerning 115 patients submitted to renal artery surgery from 1978 to 1990, and observed during 2 to 15 years. Included are 69 men and 46 women, aged 14 to 84 years ... [more ▼]

A retrospective study is presented concerning 115 patients submitted to renal artery surgery from 1978 to 1990, and observed during 2 to 15 years. Included are 69 men and 46 women, aged 14 to 84 years (mean: 58.8 years). The underlying occlusive arterial disease was atherosclerosis in 87 patients, fibromuscular dysplasia in 21, and miscellaneous causes in 7 cases. One hundred and one patients (88%) were hypertensive. Some degree of impaired renal excretory function (serum creatinine level above 16 mg/l) was present in 30% (n = 42) of the patients, whereas 11 patients had severe renal insufficiency (creatinemia above 30 mg/l). Primary nephrectomy was performed in 11 patients as sole procedure and was associated with contralateral revascularization in another 9 patients. A variety of types of arterial reconstruction was performed, although more than half of the procedures were aortorenal bypass grafts. Bilateral procedures were performed in 19 cases. Simultaneous extrarenal operations included aortic reconstruction (n = 43), mesenteric arterial repair (n = 8), and carotid endarterectomy (n = 5). Operative mortality (9/115, 7.8%) varied considerably between the subgroups: 4% for group I (hypertension alone, n = 73), 15% for group II (renal impairment with or without hypertension, n = 34), and 12.5% for group III (acute renal failure, n = 8). There were 3 late non procedure-related in-hospital deaths. Preoperative renal insufficiency was the only independent predictive risk factor for operative death. The procedure was curative or led to improved blood pressure control in 79% (80/101) of hypertensive patients. The response rate was better for recent onset hypertension, compared to long-standing hypertension. Of the 42 azotemic patients, 78% had a benefit (improvement in 50%, stabilization in 28%) of renal revascularization. Associated longstanding hypertension had a negative prognostic value. Sequential clinical and functional follow-up evaluations are available on 99 of the 103 surviving patients. Cumulative 5-year survival is 87%. Cardiovascular causes account for most (11/15) of the late deaths.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 400 WORDS) [less ▲]

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See detailVariable location of the enterotoxin gene (cpe) in Clostridium perfringens.
Cornillot, Emmanuel; Saint-Joanis, Brigitte; Daube, Georges ULg et al

in Molecular Microbiology (1995), 15

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See detailIsolated Atherosclerotic Aneurysms of the Iliac Arteries
Desiron, Quentin ULg; Detry, Olivier ULg; Sakalihasan, Natzi ULg et al

in Annals of Vascular Surgery (1995), 9(Suppl), 62-6

Atherosclerotic aneurysms limited to the iliac arteries are rare and entail a high risk of rupture. To evaluate the efficacy of prophylactic surgery, we retrospectively studied 15 patients (13 men and two ... [more ▼]

Atherosclerotic aneurysms limited to the iliac arteries are rare and entail a high risk of rupture. To evaluate the efficacy of prophylactic surgery, we retrospectively studied 15 patients (13 men and two women; mean age 69 years) treated for isolated iliac aneurysms in the Department of Cardiovascular Surgery at the University Hospital of Liege over a period of 18 years. They had a total of 25 aneurysms (20 common iliac and five internal iliac). Six patients were treated electively and nine on an emergency basis for rupture. Five of the emergency patients (33%) died in the early postoperative period (< 30 days); in each case the aneurysm had ruptured and an emergency operation was performed (55.5% mortality in the ruptured iliac aneurysm group). On the other hand, all patients treated electively survived. Our study is comparable to other recent series in the literature, which also reported a high incidence of rupture and death in emergency operations. Prophylactic elective surgery is recommended for iliac aneurysms. [less ▲]

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See detailR&D, technological progress and efficiency change in industrial activities
Perelman, Sergio ULg

in Review of Income and Wealth (1995), (41), 349-366

The objective of this paper is to estimate total factor productivity growth (TFP) in an international and sectoral setting using two alternative approaches based on the estimation of parametric stochastic ... [more ▼]

The objective of this paper is to estimate total factor productivity growth (TFP) in an international and sectoral setting using two alternative approaches based on the estimation of parametric stochastic frontiers and non-parametric production frontiers (DEA). The TFP is decomposed into two components, technological progress and efficiency change, that can also be interpreted as the results of the innovation and catching-up process, respectively. Finally their relationship is tested with a set of potential explanatory variables that includes R&D expenditures, international competition, and structural characteristics. It appears that the distinction between technological and efficiency performances does matter and must be taken into account in the design of industrial policy. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical neurophysiology and neurotransmitters
MAERTENS DE NOORDHOUT, Alain ULg; Wang, Wei; Schoenen, Jean ULg

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (1995), 15(4), 301-9

Clinical neurophysiology allows non-invasive assessment of neurotransmitter function in various regions of the central and peripheral nervous system. In this review, we describe examples of functional ... [more ▼]

Clinical neurophysiology allows non-invasive assessment of neurotransmitter function in various regions of the central and peripheral nervous system. In this review, we describe examples of functional evaluation of neurotransmission at the neuromuscular junction, in some spinal interneurons and intracortical circuits as well as evaluation of pharmacological modulation of some electrophysiological tests. These investigations are carried out to help our understanding of the pathophysiology of brain diseases. Finally, we discuss possible relationships between electrophysiological tests (evoked/event-related potentials and exteroceptive suppression of temporalis muscle activity) and neurotransmitter function in headache. [less ▲]

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See detailMethode d’évaluation radiologique du parage et de l’extremité digitée du cheval dans un plan frontal
Serteyn, Didier ULg; Miesen, M.; Caudron, I. et al

in Journal Européen de Maréchalerie (1995), 7

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See detailAvantages environnementaux de l'élevage de porcs sur litière biomaîtrisée
Nicks, Baudouin ULg; Desiron, Alain; Canart, Bernard

in Nouvelles de la Science et des Technologies (1995), 13

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See detailBiological-Activity Of Fenoxycarb Against Sitophilus-Zeamais Motsch (Coleoptera, Curculionidae)
Letellier, C.; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gaspar, Charles ULg

in Journal of Stored Products Research (1995), 31(1),

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See detailLa thrombose veineuse profonde des membres supérieurs. Revue de la littérature. A propos d'un cas de syndrome de Paget-Schrotter
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; Remy, D.; Limet, Raymond ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (1995), 50(8), 336-46

Un cas de thrombose veineuse profonde (TVP) du membre supérieur survenue dans le contexte d'un effort chez un sujet jeune (syndrome de Paget-Schrötter) est présenté. La TVP des membres supérieurs présente ... [more ▼]

Un cas de thrombose veineuse profonde (TVP) du membre supérieur survenue dans le contexte d'un effort chez un sujet jeune (syndrome de Paget-Schrötter) est présenté. La TVP des membres supérieurs présente des caractéristiques étiologiques et physiopathologiques différentes de celles de la TVP des membres inférieurs. On distingue des phlébites primaires et secondaires. La phlébite primaire survient généralement chez des sujets plus jeunes, et une notion d'effort est fréquemment retrouvée. Les phlébites secondaires s'observent dans différentes circonstances: mise en place de cathéters ou de sonde de pacemaker, affections néoplasiques, troubles de l'hémostase... Certaines controverses thérapeutiques existent, et, notamment, sur la nécessité de recourir ou non à la fibrinolyse et, dans les phlébites d'effort qui rentrent dans un contexte de syndrome du défilé costo-claviculaire, sur l'utilité de proposer un traitement chirurgical, en vue de lever la compression extrinsèque et/ou de reperméabiliser la veine. [less ▲]

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See detailA propos des «carnets» d'un pacifiste chrétien : Jean Van Lierde
Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULg

in Revue d'Histoire Religieuse du Brabant-Wallon (1995), t. IX(fasc. 1), 21-36

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See detailInfluence du risque suicidaire et du desespoir sur l'amplitude de l'onde P300 dans la depression majeure.
Urcelay-Zaldua, I.; Hansenne, Michel ULg; Ansseau, Marc ULg

in Neurophysiologie Clinique = Clinical Neurophysiology (1995), 25(5), 291-6

P300 amplitude represents a useful tool to assess information processing in normal and psychopathological subjects. In depressive disorders, many studies have shown a decrease of P300 amplitude and an ... [more ▼]

P300 amplitude represents a useful tool to assess information processing in normal and psychopathological subjects. In depressive disorders, many studies have shown a decrease of P300 amplitude and an increase of its latency. However, functional significance of the P300 modifications remain unclear. The aim of the study was to assess the influence of suicidal risk and hopelessness on P300 amplitude among 40 depressive inpatients. The results showed significant relationships between P300 amplitude and suicidal risk (r = -0.68, p < 0.001) and with hopelessness (r = -0.76, p < 0.001). From a clinical point of view, P300 amplitude should be considered as a psychophysiological index of suicidal risk in major depressive disorder. [less ▲]

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See detailErythropoiesis and erythropoietin in multiple myeloma.
Beguin, Yves ULg

in Leukemia & Lymphoma (1995), 18(5-6), 413-21

In this review, the pathophysiology and treatment of the anemia of multiple myeloma will be examined. While the anemia of cancer has multiple causes, an important component is labeled the "anemia of ... [more ▼]

In this review, the pathophysiology and treatment of the anemia of multiple myeloma will be examined. While the anemia of cancer has multiple causes, an important component is labeled the "anemia of chronic disease" which is characterized by the combination of a shortened erythrocyte survival with failure of the bone marrow to increase red cell production in compensation. Depressed erythropoiesis is itself related to a combination of factors, including impaired availability of storage iron, inadequate erythropoietin response to anemia, and overproduction of cytokines which are capable of inhibiting erythropoiesis. These cytokines are involved in the retention of iron in the reticuloendothelial system, gastrointestinal tract and hepatocytes, may interfere with erythropoietin production by the kidney, and may exert direct inhibitory effects on erythroid precursors. While overproduction of several such cytokines, including IL-6, IL-1 and TNF-alpha, has been definitely demonstrated in multiple myeloma patients, it is still unclear whether they are directly involved in the pathogenesis of the anemia which develops. Although several mechanisms, such as hemodilution, bleeding, and decreased red cell survival operate, the anemia is mostly caused by defective erythropoietic activity. This in turn is partly explained by inadequate erythropoietin (Epo) production even in some patients without renal impairment. Based on measurements of serum erythropoietin and transferrin receptor, the distinction between marrow unresponsiveness to normal Epo stimulation and deficient Epo production is important for the treatment of the anemia of multiple myeloma with recombinant human Epo. Higher doses would probably be necessary if adequate Epo production is present, whereas only replacement therapy with lower doses may be sufficient when Epo production has been shown to be inappropriate. [less ▲]

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See detailHelix Helix Interactions In Reconstituted High-Density-Lipoproteins
Lins, Laurence ULg; Brasseur, Robert ULg; De Pauw, Mc. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Lipids and Lipid Metabolism (1995), 1258(1), 10-8

In this work we calculated the ionic interactions between adjacent amphipathic helices of apo A-I and apo A-IV. The calculation of the electrostatic potential around the helices helps identify the charged ... [more ▼]

In this work we calculated the ionic interactions between adjacent amphipathic helices of apo A-I and apo A-IV. The calculation of the electrostatic potential around the helices helps identify the charged residues susceptible to form salt bridges between adjacent helices. An estimation of the stability of the different pairs of helices is derived from the calculation of the energy of interaction between contiguous helices at a water/lipid interface after energy minimization. The most stable energetic conformation corresponds to the 17-residue helices oriented anti-parallel and separated by a stretch of 5 residues in an extended beta-strand conformation, as calculated through the 'stereo alphabet' calculation procedure. In a pair of helices, the hydrophobic faces are directed towards the lipid core of the discoidal phospholipid-apolipoprotein complex and the hydrophobic lipid-protein interactions are major determinants for the stability of the complex. Interactions between polar residues located on the opposite face of the helix and water molecules can also contribute to the overall energy of the system. Finally, salt bridge formation between residues of opposite charge along the edge of the helical segments contribute to the cooperativity of the phospholipid-apolipoprotein complex formation. The mode of assembly of the amphipathic helical repeats of the apolipoproteins around the edge of a discoidal complex is therefore determined both by the hydrophobic character of the residues and by the charge complementarity along the edge of the helices which increases the structural stability and determines the relative orientation of the helices. [less ▲]

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See detailR-HuEPO hyporesponsiveness - who and why ?
Danielson, B.; Beguin, Yves ULg; Bommer, J. et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (1995), 10

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See detailQuantitative assessment of erythropoiesis in haemodialysis patients demonstrates gradual expansion of erythroblasts during constant treatment with recombinant human erythropoietin.
Beguin, Yves ULg; Loo, Martine; R'Zik, Samir ULg et al

in British Journal of Haematology (1995), 89(1), 17-23

Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has been shown to be effective in correcting the anaemia of chronic renal failure. It has been reported that reticulocytes as well as erythroid progenitors ... [more ▼]

Recombinant human erythropoietin (rHuEpo) has been shown to be effective in correcting the anaemia of chronic renal failure. It has been reported that reticulocytes as well as erythroid progenitors increase within 1-2 weeks, with no further elevation beyond this time interval. However, the erythroblast pool is quantitatively the most important compartment of erythropoiesis, and the rate, extent and duration of the expansion of erythropoietic activity in response to rHuEpo is not known. Treatment with rHuEpo was given to 64 patients i.v. thrice weekly after haemodialysis. The effect of rHuEpo was obvious from the early elevation of reticulocyte counts, but much of this increase was due to a rapid output of shift reticulocytes which levelled off after a few weeks. Serum transferrin receptor (TfR), a quantitative measure of erythropoiesis, increased progressively over 6 weeks to reach a plateau phase at about twice baseline values. The Hct increased progressively and continued to rise steadily after the TfR plateau was reached. The speed and extent of the expansion of erythropoietic activity correlated with the later haematological response to rHuEpo. When rHuEpo was discontinued, erythropoietic activity returned progressively to baseline values, to rise again gradually when treatment was resumed. Part of the Hct increase was also due to haemoconcentration. The results indicate that changes in the various erythroid compartments vary considerably in intensity and speed, and that the erythroblast compartment in particular is slow to respond to modifications in the erythropoietin stimulus. [less ▲]

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See detailThiamine Deficiency--Induced Partial Necrosis and Mitochondrial Uncoupling in Neuroblastoma Cells Are Rapidly Reversed by Addition of Thiamine
Bettendorff, Lucien ULg; Sluse, Francis ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (1995), 65(5), 2178-2184

Culture of neuroblastoma cells in a medium of low-thiamine concentration (6 nM) and in the presence of the transport inhibitor amprolium leads to the appearance of overt signs of necrosis; i.e., the ... [more ▼]

Culture of neuroblastoma cells in a medium of low-thiamine concentration (6 nM) and in the presence of the transport inhibitor amprolium leads to the appearance of overt signs of necrosis; i.e., the chromatin condenses in dark patches, the oxygen consumption decreases, mitochondria are uncoupled, and their cristae are disorganized. Glutamate formed from glutamine is no longer oxidized and accumulates, suggesting that the thiamine diphosphate-dependent alpha-ketoglutarate dehydrogenase activity is impaired. When thiamine (10 microM) is added to the cells, the O2 consumption increases, respiratory control is restored, and normal cell and mitochondrial morphology is recovered within 1 h. Succinate, which is oxidized via the thiamine diphosphate-independent succinate dehydrogenase, is also able to restore a normal O2 consumption (with respiratory control) in digitonin-permeabilized thiamine-deficient cells. Our results therefore suggest that the slowing of the citric acid cycle is the main cause of the biochemical lesion induced by thiamine deficiency as observed in Wernicke's encephalopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailWest Gondwanan aspects of the Middle and Upper Devonian Miospore Zonation in North Africa and Brazil.
Loboziak, S; Streel, Maurice ULg

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (1995), 86

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See detailInfluence de la densité osseuse généralisée en implantologie orale
PTAK, Jean ULg; Legrand, Roman; Albert, Adelin ULg et al

in Actualités Odonto-Stomatologiques (1995), 189

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See detailDeux chansons relatives à des imprimeries liégeoises du XVIIIe siècle
Droixhe, Daniel ULg

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Le Vieux-Liège (1995), 268

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See detailDu grec au latin et du latin au grec. Les problèmes de la traduction dans l'antiquité gréco-latine
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (1995), 54

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See detailLe risque familial de l'anévrisme de l'aorte abdominale et ses conséquences pour l'organisation d'un dépistage sélectif
Limet, Raymond ULg

in Journal des Maladies Vasculaires (1995), 20(4), 285-7

Aneurysm of the abdominal aorta (AAA) is multifactorial disease related to acquired factors (arteriosclerosis) and genetic factors (collagen anomalies) with, in some cases, a familial component. The ... [more ▼]

Aneurysm of the abdominal aorta (AAA) is multifactorial disease related to acquired factors (arteriosclerosis) and genetic factors (collagen anomalies) with, in some cases, a familial component. The incidence of familial AAA was evaluated in 324 patients in 313 families who underwent surgery for AAA. A family survey was used to determine whether members of the operated patients had AAA or had died due to ruptured aneurysms. There were 276 cases (including 12 females) with sporadic AAA and 81 cases (including 5 females) who were members of families with at least one other member having AAA. Comparison between sporadic AAA (SAAA) and familial AAA (FAAA) demonstrated the following differences: 1) diagnosis was made earlier in FAAA (p < 0.05) than in SAAA (64.1 versus 66 years of age respectively), 2) patients with FAAA were younger at the time of rupture (65.4 versus 75.1 years, p < 0.001), 3) the incidence of rupture was greater in FAAA than in SAAA (32.4% versus 8.7% p < 0.001), and finally 4) the relative risk of developing AAA was 18 times greater in members of a family with AAA than in the reference population. Early screening with ultrasonic examinations in at least patient's brother's over 50 years would not be an unjustified expense. The frequency of later examinations would depend on the size of the aorta initially observed. If FAAA is evidenced, under normal conditions, corrective surgery should be proposed earlier than for sporadic AAA. [less ▲]

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