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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 detailAn On-line Glossary as a way to foster the construction of a common culture among urban experts, stakeholders and decision-makers
Teller, Jacques ULg

in Construction Innovation (2001), 1/4

Negotiation and public participation are a key aspect of present urban development projects. Argumentation support tools, based on the Toulmin logic, have often been presented as a way to increase the ... [more ▼]

Negotiation and public participation are a key aspect of present urban development projects. Argumentation support tools, based on the Toulmin logic, have often been presented as a way to increase the accountability of the debates between the different urban actors. It should still be assumed that any collaborative decision making requires some common culture to make the dialogue possible and constructive. Such a common understanding of basic terms, references and methods is often missing in present-day urban disputes, especially when complex issues like cultural heritage are at stake. The present paper discusses the relevancy of Web Glossaries as a way to build up such a common culture among urban experts, stakeholders and decision-makers. [less ▲]

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See detailAutour d'Henri Bles à Liège
Allart, Dominique ULg; Fraiture Pascale; Oger, Cécile ULg et al

in Feuillets de la Cathédrale de Liège (2001), 46-53

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See detailCaractérisation et valorisation du savoir paysan sur les insectes nuisibles du pois cajan (Cajanus cajan (L.) Millsp.) dans le Nord de l'Ouganda
Velay, F.; Baudoin, Jean-Pierre ULg; Mergeai, Guy ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2001), 5(2), 105-114

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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 detailPresence of Oestrogen Receptor Type Beta in Human Retina
Munaut, Carine ULg; Lambert, Vincent ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg et al

in British Journal of Ophthalmology (2001), 85(7), 877-82

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recent studies have demonstrated the existence of two oestrogen receptor subtypes alpha (ORalpha) and beta (ORbeta) with significant differences of expression among organs. Since ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND/AIMS: Recent studies have demonstrated the existence of two oestrogen receptor subtypes alpha (ORalpha) and beta (ORbeta) with significant differences of expression among organs. Since important pathologies of human eye could be linked to hormonal status, the expression of ORbeta in ocular posterior segment was sought. METHODS: Immunohistochemical localisation of ORbeta and ORalpha protein and detection of OR mRNAs by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) were performed in macular and extramacular regions of the retina and in the choroid on male and female donors eyes. RESULTS: ORbeta protein was localised in the ganglion cell layer and in the choroid. At the transcriptional level, mRNA for ORbeta and for ORalpha were both present. Local differences in the expression level were observed, however, suggesting the possibility of variation in the ratio of ORalpha v ORbeta. CONCLUSIONS: The coexistence of two oestrogen receptor subtypes in the human ocular posterior segment raises acute questions about their potential physiological role, but offers a perspective for preferential targeting of a specific receptor subtype. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence du régime d’administration continu ou discontinu d’acétate de nomégestrol sur l’apoptose des cellules mammaires
Van den Brule, F; DESREUX, Joëlle ULg; BELIARD, Aude ULg et al

in Reproduction Humaine et Hormones (2001), 15

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See detailIntroduction à la programmation avec Matlab sous windows
Akossou, A. Y. J.; Fonton, N. H.; Claustriaux, Jean-Jacques ULg

in Notes de Biométrie et d'Informatique (2001), 2

This note aims to introduce Matlab software. Through this presentation we show a few advantages of the software. This presentation is then illustrated by a few examples of program with the software.

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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 detailHorace, lecteur du livre V de Lucrèce (Satires, I, 3, 99-112)
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Latomus : Revue d'Etudes Latines (2001), 60(1), 16-20

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See detailA comparison of blade tip timing data analysis methods
Carrington, Ian B; Wright, Jan Robert; Cooper, Jonathan E et al

in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Part G - Journal of Aerospace Engineering (2001), 215(6), 301-312

The experimental determination of the vibration characteristics of rotating engine blades is very important for fatigue failure considerations. One of the most promising techniques for measuring the ... [more ▼]

The experimental determination of the vibration characteristics of rotating engine blades is very important for fatigue failure considerations. One of the most promising techniques for measuring the frequency of blade vibrations is blade tip timing. In this paper, three vibration analysis methods were specifically formulated and applied to the tip timing problem for the first time, using data obtained from a simple mathematical blade tip timing simulation. The results from the methods were compared statistically in order to determine which of the techniques is more suitable. One of the methods, the global autoregressive instrumental variables approach, produced satisfactory results at realistic noise levels. However, all of the techniques produced biased results under certain circumstances. [less ▲]

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See detailN N scattering phase shifts in a chiral constituent quark model
Bartz, Daniel ULg; Stancu, Floarea ULg

in Nuclear Physics A (2001), A688

We study the nucleon-nucleon interaction within a chiral constituent quark model which reproduces succesfully the baryon spectra. We calculate the $^3S_1$ and $^1S_0$ phase shifts by using the resonating ... [more ▼]

We study the nucleon-nucleon interaction within a chiral constituent quark model which reproduces succesfully the baryon spectra. We calculate the $^3S_1$ and $^1S_0$ phase shifts by using the resonating group method. They clearly indicate the presence of a strong repulsive interaction at short distance, due to the spin-flavour symmetry of the quark-quark interaction and of the quark interchange between the two interacting nucleons. A $\sigma$-meson exchange quark-quark interaction, providing a medium-range attraction, helps to get closer to the experimental phase shifts. [less ▲]

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See detailDes escargots et des champignons à la rescousse du développement durable
Libois, Roland ULg; Codjia, J.T.C.

in Parcs & Réserves (2001), 56(4), 46-49

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See detailLife-cycle modelling of bequests and its implications for annuity valuation
Jousten, Alain ULg

in Journal of Public Economics (2001), 79

In this paper we introduce a linear bequest motive into a standard life-cycle model, both allowing for credit and annuity market imperfections. First, we characterize the consumption and wealth processes ... [more ▼]

In this paper we introduce a linear bequest motive into a standard life-cycle model, both allowing for credit and annuity market imperfections. First, we characterize the consumption and wealth processes.We find that consumption is non-increasing in the linear bequest parameter for the simplest certainty case, but that the same is not true for life-span uncertainty. Second, we study the issue of annuity valuation. For a sufficiently strong bequest motive, the true value of an annuity is equal to the actuarial value. This invalidates a previous claim that, for imperfect annuity markets, it is close to the simple financial value. [less ▲]

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See detailModelling and design of an electrostatically levitated disc for inertial sensing applications
Kraft, Michael ULg; Farooqui, Mateen M.; Evans, Alan G. R.

in Journal of Micromechanics and Microengineering (2001), 11(4), 423--427

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See detailThe effect of risedronate on hip fracture risk in elderly women with osteoporosis
Bensen, W; Eastell, R; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2001), 28(S63), 24

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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 detailIpriflavone in the treatment of postmenopausal osteoporosis: a randomized controlled trial.
Alexandersen, P; Toussaint, André ULg; Christiansen, C et al

in JAMA : Journal of the American Medical Association (2001), 285(11), 1482-8

CONTEXT: Data on the efficacy and safety of ipriflavone for prevention of postmenopausal bone loss are conflicting. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of oral ipriflavone on prevention of ... [more ▼]

CONTEXT: Data on the efficacy and safety of ipriflavone for prevention of postmenopausal bone loss are conflicting. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of oral ipriflavone on prevention of postmenopausal bone loss and to assess the safety profile of long-term treatment with ipriflavone in postmenopausal osteoporotic women. DESIGN AND SETTING: Prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, 4-year study conducted in 4 centers in Belgium, Denmark, and Italy from August 1994 to July 1998. PARTICIPANTS: Four hundred seventy-four postmenopausal white women, aged 45 to 75 years, with bone mineral densities (BMDs) of less than 0.86 g/cm(2). INTERVENTIONS: Patients were randomly assigned to receive ipriflavone, 200 mg 3 times per day (n = 234), or placebo (n = 240); all received 500 mg/d of calcium. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Efficacy measures included spine, hip, and forearm BMD and biochemical markers of bone resorption (urinary hydroxyproline corrected for creatinine and urinary CrossLaps [Osteometer Biotech, Herlev, Denmark] corrected for creatinine), assessed every 6 months. Laboratory safety measures and adverse events were recorded every 3 months. RESULTS: Based on intent-to-treat analysis, after 36 months of treatment, the annual percentage change from baseline in BMD of the lumbar spine for ipriflavone vs placebo (0.1% [95% confidence interval (CI), -7.9% to 8.1%] vs 0.8% [95% CI, -9.1% to 10.7%]; P =.14), or in any of the other sites measured, did not differ significantly between groups. The response in biochemical markers was also similar between groups (eg, for hydroxyproline corrected for creatinine, 20.13 mg/g [95% CI, 18.85-21.41 mg/g] vs 20.67 mg/g [95% CI, 19.41-21.92 mg/g]; P =.96); urinary CrossLaps corrected for creatinine, 268 mg/mol (95% CI, 249-288 mg/mol) vs 268 mg/mol (95% CI, 254-282 mg/mol); P =.81. The number of women with new vertebral fracture was identical or nearly so in the 2 groups at all time points. Lymphocyte concentrations decreased significantly (500/microL (0.5 x 10(9)/L]) in women treated with ipriflavone. Thirty-one women (13.2%) in the ipriflavone group developed subclinical lymphocytopenia, of whom 29 developed it during ipriflavone treatment. Of these, 15 (52%) of 29 had recovered spontaneously by 1 year and 22 (81%) of 29 by 2 years. CONCLUSIONS: Our data indicate that ipriflavone does not prevent bone loss or affect biochemical markers of bone metabolism. Additionally, ipriflavone induces lymphocytopenia in a significant number of women. [less ▲]

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See detailLe pilotage des systèmes d'enseignement
de Landsheere, Gilbert ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (5-6), 115-120

Un peu moins de trois ans après le congrès 'La Wallonie au futur. Le défi de l'éducation' (Namur, octobre 1991), Gilbert de Landsheere reprend la parole lors de l'introduction d'une conférence-consensus ... [more ▼]

Un peu moins de trois ans après le congrès 'La Wallonie au futur. Le défi de l'éducation' (Namur, octobre 1991), Gilbert de Landsheere reprend la parole lors de l'introduction d'une conférence-consensus (Namur, mars 1994) sur le thème 'Où en est et où va le système éducatif en Wallonie? Comment le savoir ?'. Il y est plus inquiet et en colère que jamais... et il le fait savoir ! Il poursuit la réflexion qu'il avait livrée dans deux des textes que nous publions également dans ces Cahiers ('L'avenir de l'enseignement' et 'Propositions relatives à l'enseignement'). Il expose aussi la substance de l'ouvrage qu'il fera publié chez De Boeck la même année. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and optical properties of opal and inverse opal photonic crystals
Johnson, N. P.; McComb, D. W.; Richel, Aurore ULg et al

in Synthetic Metals (2001), 116(1-3), 469-473

We describe the synthesis of two complementary photonic crystals: opal and an inverted opal structure consisting of air spheres in a titania matrix. From optical measurements and comparison with the ... [more ▼]

We describe the synthesis of two complementary photonic crystals: opal and an inverted opal structure consisting of air spheres in a titania matrix. From optical measurements and comparison with the literature, the mechanical strength and effective refractive index are increased by sintering for opal and because of compression for the inverse opal. However, this is at the expense of reducing the PBG in the [1 1 1] direction. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimisation des arcs paraboliques et en chaînette – aide à la conception sur base d'indicateurs morphologiques
Latteur, Pierre ULg; Samyn, Philippe; De Wilde, Patrick

in Revue Française de Génie Civil (2001), 5

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See detailLe portage asymptomatique de Microsporum canis chez le chat
Mignon, Bernard ULg; Brouta, F.; Descamps, F. et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145

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See detailÉtude de l'influence de l'hydrodynamique sur une bactérie filamenteuse par analyse d'images
Groslambert, Sylvie ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Crine, Michel ULg

in Récents Progrès en Génie des Procédés (2001), 78(18), 153-158

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See detailChronic rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysm manifesting as crural neuropathy.
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg; SakalihasanN, Natzi ULg; LAVIGNE, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Annals of Vascular Surgery (2001), 15(3), 405-11

Chronic rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) resulting in unusual clinical manifestations can occur if the resistance of structures surrounding the aorta is sufficient to contain hemorrhage. In this ... [more ▼]

Chronic rupture of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) resulting in unusual clinical manifestations can occur if the resistance of structures surrounding the aorta is sufficient to contain hemorrhage. In this report, we describe five cases of chronic ruptured AAA in which the presenting feature was crural neuropathy. All patients were male with a mean age of 74 +/- 1.8 years. At the time of presentation, crural neuropathy had been ongoing for 3 to 9 weeks. In three cases, AAA was not initially suspected because an inadequate clinical examination was performed (not in the vascular surgery department) and because of the small diameter of the aorta in relation to the patient's morphology. Two patients had one episode of hypotension that was wrongly attributed to vagal attack. Abdominal CT scanning was always diagnostic of chronic rupture. In two cases, rupture was associated with erosion of the body of one or more vertebrae and laboratory evidence of inflammation, i.e., increase in sedimentation rate and fibrinogen level. The mean diameter of the AAA was 7.1 +/- 0.9 cm (range 5-10 cm). All patients underwent midline laparotomy, which was performed under emergency conditions in two cases, under semi-emergency conditions in one case, and electively in two cases. Perforation was consistently located on the posterolateral wall of the aorta and varied from 1 to 3 cm in length. Repair was performed using an aortobifemoral prosthesis in four cases, and a straight tube in one case. The patient who underwent emergency surgery died 4 days after the procedure. The remaining four patients recovered uneventfully and were discharged after 10 days. In the elderly, ruptured AAA should be included in the differential diagnosis of crural neuropathy. An episode of hypotension, regardless of its duration, in an elderly patient should be given serious consideration as a possible sign of ruptured AAA with ongoing retroperitoneal hemorrhage. [less ▲]

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See detailLes devoirs : un canal de communication entre l’école et la famille ?
Poncelet, Débora; Schillings, Patricia ULg; Hindryckx, Geneviève ULg et al

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2001), 20

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See detailMicrowave Corneosurfametry and the Short-Duration Dansyl Chloride Extraction Test for Rating Concentrated Irritant Surfactants
Goffin, Véronique ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 202(1), 46-8

BACKGROUND: There are ethical concerns to conduct in vivo tests in the animal and human to provide evidence that cosmetics and other topical products are safe. OBJECTIVE: To compare two methods, namely ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: There are ethical concerns to conduct in vivo tests in the animal and human to provide evidence that cosmetics and other topical products are safe. OBJECTIVE: To compare two methods, namely the short-duration dansyl chloride extraction test and the microwave corneosurfametry bioassay, to test the irritation potential of concentrated surfactant systems. METHODS: Five surfactants and water were tested using the in vivo test and the bioassay. RESULTS: A significant linear correlation was found between data yielded by the two procedures. CONCLUSION: The short-duration dansyl chloride extraction test and the microwave corneosurfametry bioassay provide similar information. The latter has the advantage of being safe. [less ▲]

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See detailL'activité physique de jeunes adolescents en Communauté française de Belgique
Piéron, Maurice; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Revue de l'Education Physique (2001), 41(1), 42-48

La santé figure dans la plupart des préoccupations des théoriciens et des praticiens de l'éducation physique. Les effets de santé associés à la pratique régulière d'activités physiques suscitent un ... [more ▼]

La santé figure dans la plupart des préoccupations des théoriciens et des praticiens de l'éducation physique. Les effets de santé associés à la pratique régulière d'activités physiques suscitent un intérêt fondamental chez de nombreux chercheurs. En effet, à deux reprises, un groupe de consensus s'est réuni pour établir un bilan des certitudes et des doutes en matière de relations entre l'activité physique et la santé. ... [less ▲]

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See detailLe syndrome de Shone: presentation de quatre cas et revue de la litterature
RADERMECKER, Marc ULg; Massin, M.; GRENADE, Thierry ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2001), 56(7), 506-10

The observation of four clinical cases of Shone's complex, two of them presenting first with predominant coarctation of the aorta, prompted us to review the pertinent literature. Patients with ... [more ▼]

The observation of four clinical cases of Shone's complex, two of them presenting first with predominant coarctation of the aorta, prompted us to review the pertinent literature. Patients with multiobstructive lesions of the left heart, including Shone's complex, represent a surgical challenge where the adequate management of mitral valve anomalies, subaortic stenosis, and coarctation constitutes the key prognostic factor for satisfactory mid-term outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse sociologique de la gestion des services de police, pour une compréhension par le jeu autour des règles
Schoenaers, Frédéric ULg

in Gestion : Revue Internationale de Gestion (2001), 25(4), 45-55

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See detailResidual circulation and thermohaline distribution of the Ria de Vigo: a 3-D hydrodynamical model
Lopez, S. T.; Varela, R. A.; Delhez, Eric ULg

in Scientia Marina (2001), 65(Suppl. 1), 277-289

A three-dimensional, non-linear, baroclinic model is described and tested for the first time to study the residual circulation and the thermohaline distribution of the Ria de Vigo (NW Spain) at short time ... [more ▼]

A three-dimensional, non-linear, baroclinic model is described and tested for the first time to study the residual circulation and the thermohaline distribution of the Ria de Vigo (NW Spain) at short time scales and under different wind stress regimes. Two markedly different realistic scenarios were chosen: northerly upwelling-favourable winds and southerly downwelling-favourable winds. The numerical experiments carried out indicate that the hydrodynamic regime of the Ria de Vigo is mostly a consequence of wind events. As could be expected, moderately strong North winds reinforce the normal (positive) Ria circulation, while winds blowing from the South, when sufficiently strong, reverse the typical circulation pattern and reduce the characteristic outgoing velocities and the flushing time inside the Ria. The temperature and salinity fields generated by the model in both situations were compared with observations and found to be in qualitatively good agreement, supporting the 3D velocity field distribution. [less ▲]

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See detailThe short-range baryon baryon interaction in a chiral constituent quark model
Stancu, Floarea ULg; Glozman, Ya. L.

in Nuclear Physics A (2001), A683

The previous analysis of the short-range $NN$ repulsion originating from the Goldstone boson exchange hyperfine interaction between constituent quarks is revisited. We study in which respects the ... [more ▼]

The previous analysis of the short-range $NN$ repulsion originating from the Goldstone boson exchange hyperfine interaction between constituent quarks is revisited. We study in which respects the repulsion depends on the radial form of the spin-spin quark-quark force. We show that while the radial form affects the structure of the 6Q wave function, the short-range repulsion in the $NN$ system persists in any case. We extend our analysis to other $YN$ and $YY$ (flavor octet-octet) systems and demonstrate that the flavor-spin hyperfine interaction implies a short-range repulsion in these B=2 systems as well. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro effects of aceclofenac and its metabolites on the production by chondrocytes of inflammatory mediators.
Henrotin, Yves ULg; de Leval, X.; Mathy, Marianne ULg et al

in Inflammation Research (2001), 50(8), 391-9

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the mechanisms of action underlying the anti-inflammatory action of aceclofenac in vivo, we studied in vitro the effect of aceclofenac and its main metabolite, 4 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To investigate the mechanisms of action underlying the anti-inflammatory action of aceclofenac in vivo, we studied in vitro the effect of aceclofenac and its main metabolite, 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac, in comparison with diclofenac, another metabolite, on cyclooxygenases activity as well as interleukin-1beta, -6 and -8, nitric oxide, and prostaglandin E2 production by human osteoarthritic and normal articular chondrocytes. METHODS: Enzymatically isolated human chondrocytes were cultured for 72 h in the absence or presence of interleukin-1beta (IL-1beta) or lipopolysacharride (LPS) and with or without increased amounts (1 to 30 microM) of aceclofenac or metabolites. The production of different cytokines was measured by Enzyme Amplified Sensitivity Immunoassays (EASIA). Prostaglandin E2 was quantified by a specific radioimmunoassay. Nitrite and nitrate concentrations in the culture supernatants were determined by spectrophotometric method based upon the Griess reaction. Cyclooxygenase-2, inducible NO synthase and IL-1beta gene expression were quantified by reverse transcription of mRNA followed by real time and quantitative polymerase chain reaction. Finally, cyclooxygenase inhibitory potency of the drugs was also tested in both a cell-free system using purified ovine cyclooxygenase-1 and -2 (COX-1 and COX-2) and at a cellular level using human whole blood assay. RESULTS: We have demonstrated that aceclofenac, 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac and diclofenac significantly decreased interleukin-6 production at concentrations ranged among 1 to 30 microM and fully blocked prostaglandin E2 synthesis by IL-1beta- or LPS-stimulated human chondrocytes. Aceclofenac and diclofenac had no effect on interleukin-8 production while 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac slightly decreased this parameter at the highest dose (30 microM). Aceclofenac was without effect on IL-1beta- or LPS-stimulated nitric oxide production. At 30 microM, 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac inhibited both IL-1beta or LPS-stimulated nitric oxide production while diclofenac inhibited only the LPS-stimulated production. Finally, at 30 microM, the three drugs significantly decreased IL-1beta mRNA. In the whole blood test, aceclofenac and 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac weakly inhibited COX-1 with IC50 values superior to 100 microM, but decreased by 50% COX-2 activity at the concentration of 0.77 and 36 microM, respectively. Diclofenac strongly inhibited both COX-1 and COX-2 with IC50 values of 0.6 and 0.04 microM, respectively. On the other hand, aceclofenac and diclofenac weakly inhibited purified ovine cyclooxygenases with IC50 values superior to 100 microM, whereas 4'-hydroxyaceclofenac was without effect. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that aceclofenac actions are multifactorial and that metabolites could contribute to its anti-inflammatory actions. [less ▲]

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See detailLe transsexualisme et l'anorexie mentale : emprise et tyrannie de la subjectivité : approches méthodologiques
Mormont, Christian ULg; Frankignoul, A.; Michel, Aude

in Pratiques psychologiques (2001), (3), 25-36

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See detailMonitoring biologique des greffes de cellules souches hématopoïétiques
GOTHOT, André ULg

in Focus Diagnostica (2001), 9

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See detailOviposition preferences of Episyrphus balteatus.
Vanhaelen, Nicolas; Haubruge, Eric ULg; Gaspar, Charles ULg et al

in Mededelingen van de Faculteit Landbouwkundige en Toegepaste Biologische Wetenschappen (Rijksuniversiteit te Gent) (2001), 66(2a), 269-75

A crucial aspect of predator oviposition behaviour is host plant choice, especially in hoverflies where the newly hatched offspring are unable to move a great distance to search for the appropriate prey ... [more ▼]

A crucial aspect of predator oviposition behaviour is host plant choice, especially in hoverflies where the newly hatched offspring are unable to move a great distance to search for the appropriate prey. Such offspring must generally feed on the host plant aphids previously selected by the mother. Some factors involved in the selection of the oviposition site of Episyrphus balteatus De Geer include aphids associated to chemical stimuli, aphid colony size and host plant characteristics. Here we tested the hypothesis that there will not only be a rank order hierarchy of preference for aphid prey species reared on the same host plant but that a similar hierarchy of different host plant of one aphid species could be established. Therefore we compared the number of eggs laid on different combinations of host plant and aphid species. Vicia faba L., secondary metabolites free, Brassica napus L. and Sinapis alba L., containing low and high levels of glucosinolates respectively were used. The latter compounds are well known allelochemicals from Brassicaceae having a strong influence on specialist and generalist insects from both phytophagous and entomophagous levels. These experiments enhance the importance of tritrophic interactions in biological control of pests by underlining the host plant influence on aphidophagous predators, either directly or through the odours emitted by the phytophagous prey. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of nonlocal electrodynamics on the anisotropic vortex pinning in YNi2B2C
Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Thompson, J. R.; Civale, L. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2001), 64(1),

We have studied the pinning force density F-p of YNi2B2C superconductors for various field orientations. We observe anisotropies both between the c axis and the basal plane and within the plane that ... [more ▼]

We have studied the pinning force density F-p of YNi2B2C superconductors for various field orientations. We observe anisotropies both between the c axis and the basal plane and within the plane that cannot be explained by the usual mass anisotropy. For magnetic field H parallel toc, the reorientation structural transition in the vortex lattice due to nonlocality, which occurs at a field H(1)similar to1 kOe, manifests itself as a kink in F-p(H). When H perpendicular toc, F-p is much larger and has a quite different H dependence, indicating that other pinning mechanisms are present. In this case the signature of nonlocal effects is the presence of a fourfold periodicity of F-p within the basal plane. [less ▲]

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See detailVers un système d'information régional à caractère territorial
Rondeux, Jacques ULg

in Cahiers de l'Urbanisme (Les) (2001), (34), 73-79

Il n'est pas imaginable de penser, d'agir et de décider en matière de développement du territoire wallon, sans disposer d'informations de qualité sur les différentes facettes de l'occupation de l'espace ... [more ▼]

Il n'est pas imaginable de penser, d'agir et de décider en matière de développement du territoire wallon, sans disposer d'informations de qualité sur les différentes facettes de l'occupation de l'espace et nombre d'activités très diversifiées qui en découlent ou l'influencent. Créer une structure fonctionnelle interactive organisant la cohérence des données pertinentes, disponibles ou à récolter, évaluer leur validité, assurer et contrôler leur diffusion, en un mot gérer celles-ci pour mieux les valoriser justifie la création d'un outil mobilisateur d'aide à la décision dont les principaux objectifs, les concepts, l'organisation et les perspectives sont décrits dans les lignes qui suivent. [less ▲]

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See detailOral vitamin C attenuates acute ischaemia-reperfusion injury in skeletal muscle.
Kearns, S. R.; Moneley, D.; Murray, P. et al

in Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, British Volume (2001), 83(8), 1202-6

Ischaemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is caused by endothelial and subendothelial damage by neutrophil-derived oxidants. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which attenuates endothelial injury after IRI. Our aim was ... [more ▼]

Ischaemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) is caused by endothelial and subendothelial damage by neutrophil-derived oxidants. Vitamin C is an antioxidant which attenuates endothelial injury after IRI. Our aim was to evaluate the effect of oral vitamin C in the prevention of IRI in skeletal muscle. We used a model of cross-clamping (3 hours) and reperfusion (1 hour) of the cremaster muscle in rats. Muscle function was assessed electrophysiologically by electrical field stimulation. Infiltration by neutrophils was determined by the activity of tissue myeloperoxidase (MPO) and tissue oedema by the wet-to-dry ratio. Neutrophil respiratory burst activity was measured in control animals and groups pretreated with vitamin C. IRI significantly decreased muscle function and increased muscle neutrophil MPO activity and muscle oedema. Pretreatment with vitamin C preserved muscle function and reduced tissue oedema and neutrophil infiltration. Neutrophil respiratory burst activity was reduced in the group treated with vitamin C compared with the control group. We conclude that pretreatment with oral vitamin C protects against acute muscle IRI, possibly by attenuating neutrophil respiratory burst activity. [less ▲]

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See detailGenetics of menopause-associated diseases.
Massart, François ULg; REGINSTER, Jean-Yves ULg; Brandi, M L

in Maturitas (2001), 40(2), 103-16

Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstruation resulting from the loss of ovarian follicular activity. It is estimated that perhaps 50 million women worldwide will go into menopause annually ... [more ▼]

Menopause is the permanent cessation of menstruation resulting from the loss of ovarian follicular activity. It is estimated that perhaps 50 million women worldwide will go into menopause annually. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, osteoporotic fractures and Alzheimer's dementia are common chronic disorders after menopause, representing major health problems in most developed countries. Apart from being influenced by environmental factors, these chronic disorders recognize a strong genetic component, and there are now considerable clinic evidences that these disorders are related to low hormonal milieu of postmenopausal women. Here, we review up-to-date available data suggesting that genetic variation may contribute to higher susceptibility to four sporadic chronic syndromes such as osteoporosis (OP), osteoarthritis (OA), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and coronary artery disease (CAD). For these four syndromes candidate genes that today appear as major loci in genetic susceptibility encode for proteins specific of a given system, as the vitamin D receptor (VDR) gene for the skeleton and, therefore, OP or angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) for the cardiovascular system and, therefore, CAD. The investigation of gene polymorphisms in various pathological conditions typical of postmenopause offer an explanation not only of their genetic inheritance but also of their co-segregation in given individuals. In this view, it may be possible to identify a common set of genes whose variants contribute to a common genetic background for these different disorders. Ideal candidates appear genes of the estrogen response cascade [i.e. estrogen receptor (ERs), enzymes involved in estrogen metabolism or co-activators and co-inhibitors]. All together this information may represent the basis both for future recognition of individuals at risk and for the pharmacogenetic driving of drug responsiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailContrebande de cigarettes: un exemple moderne de délinquance d'entreprise
Dantinne, Michaël ULg

in Revue Internationale de Criminologie et de Police Technique et Scientifique [= RICPTS] (2001), (1), 3-25

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See detailFusariose disséminée chez un patient immunodéprimé
QUATRESOOZ, Pascale ULg; Meiers, I.; ARRESE ESTRADA, Jorge ULg et al

in Revue de l’Association Belge des Technologues de Laboratoire = Tijdschrift van de Belgische Vereniging van Laboratoriumtechnologen (2001), 28

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See detailPlante-t-on l'épicéa n'importe où ? L'apport d'une analyse objective de la pessière wallonne.
Claessens, Hugues ULg; Lecomte, Hugues; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2001), (49-50), 45-51

Depuis son introduction dans la sylviculture belge au milieu du XIXe siècle, l'épicéa s'est progressivement imposé principalement grâce à sa bonne adaptation aux difficiles conditions écologiques de l ... [more ▼]

Depuis son introduction dans la sylviculture belge au milieu du XIXe siècle, l'épicéa s'est progressivement imposé principalement grâce à sa bonne adaptation aux difficiles conditions écologiques de l'Ardenne, la facilité de sa culture et sa haute productivité en sols pauvres. Il est devenu la première essence de la forêt wallonne où il représente près de la moitié du volume de bois sur pied. Mais petit à petit, l'impact négatif de sa culture à grande échelle sur l'environnement s'est aussi révélé, notamment lors de son introduction dans des milieux fragiles qu'il a altérés, voire détruits. Ces erreurs ont progressivement amené de plus en plus d'observateurs de notre patrimoine naturel à rejeter globalement l'épicéa et sa culture en Belgique. Ces cas malheureux sur lesquels se sont focalisées l'opinion publique et scientifique sont-ils l'exeption ? Dans quelle mesure l'épicéa a-t-il colonisé à tort certains milieux ? Dans quelles conditions sa culture est-elle acceptable, tolérée ou à exclure ? C'est à ce type de question que la présente étude tente de répondre. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of risedronate on the risk of hip fracture in elderly women. Hip Intervention Program Study Group.
McClung, M R; Geusens, P; Miller, P D et al

in New England Journal of Medicine [=NEJM] (2001), 344(5), 333-40

BACKGROUND: Risedronate increases bone mineral density in elderly women, but whether it prevents hip fracture is not known. METHODS: We studied 5445 women 70 to 79 years old who had osteoporosis ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Risedronate increases bone mineral density in elderly women, but whether it prevents hip fracture is not known. METHODS: We studied 5445 women 70 to 79 years old who had osteoporosis (indicated by a T score for bone mineral density at the femoral neck that was more than 4 SD below the mean peak value in young adults [-4] or lower than -3 plus a nonskeletal risk factor for hip fracture, such as poor gait or a propensity to fall) and 3886 women at least 80 years old who had at least one nonskeletal risk factor for hip fracture or low bone mineral density at the femoral neck (T score, lower than -4 or lower than -3 plus a hip-axis length of 11.1 cm or greater). The women were randomly assigned to receive treatment with oral risedronate (2.5 or 5.0 mg daily) or placebo for three years. The primary end point was the occurrence of hip fracture. RESULTS: Overall, the incidence of hip fracture among all the women assigned to risedronate was 2.8 percent, as compared with 3.9 percent among those assigned to placebo (relative risk, 0.7; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.6 to 0.9; P=0.02). In the group of women with osteoporosis (those 70 to 79 years old), the incidence of hip fracture among those assigned to risedronate was 1.9 percent, as compared with 3.2 percent among those assigned to placebo (relative risk, 0.6; 95 percent confidence interval, 0.4 to 0.9; P=0.009). In the group of women selected primarily on the basis of nonskeletal risk factors (those at least 80 years of age), the incidence of hip fracture was 4.2 percent among those assigned to risedronate and 5.1 percent among those assigned to placebo (P=0.35). CONCLUSIONS: Risedronate significantly reduces the risk of hip fracture among elderly women with confirmed osteoporosis but not among elderly women selected primarily on the basis of risk factors other than low bone mineral density. [less ▲]

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See detailPalladium-silver sol-gel catalysts for selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene III. Kinetics and reaction mechanism
Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Schoebrechts, Jean-Paul; Pirard, Jean-Paul ULg

in Journal of Catalysis (2001), 200(2), 309-320

The kinetics of selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloro-ethane into ethylene over a Pd-Ag/SiO2 catalyst is studied. Kinetic data at 573, 596, and 647 K have been obtained by means of experimental ... [more ▼]

The kinetics of selective hydrodechlorination of 1,2-dichloro-ethane into ethylene over a Pd-Ag/SiO2 catalyst is studied. Kinetic data at 573, 596, and 647 K have been obtained by means of experimental designs in the space of the partial pressures of the four components influencing kinetics, that is, 1,2-dichloroethane, hydrogen, ethylene, and hydrogen chloride. One model among the numerous ones examined allows us to represent correctly the experimental data. Ii: corresponds to the following mechanism: dechlorination of 1,2-dichloroethane into ethylene occurs on silver through dissociative adsorption with successive breaking of the two C-Cl bonds and desorption of C2H4. Thanks to its activation power of hydrogen by dissociative chemisorption, palladium present at the surface of the alloy supplies hydrogen atoms for regeneration of the chlorinated silver surface into metallic silver. The presence of hydrogen adsorbed on Pd also causes the undesired ethylene hydrogenation leading to a loss of olefin selectivity. (C) 2001 Academic Press. [less ▲]

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See detailSubclinical cerebellar impairment in the common types of migraine: a three-dimensional analysis of reaching movements.
Sandor, P. S.; Mascia, A.; Seidel, L. et al

in Annals of Neurology (2001), 49(5), 668-72

Mutations in the CACNA1A gene can cause familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM) and/or cerebellar ataxia CACNA1A codes for the alpha1 subunit of P/Q-Ca2+ channels and is highly expressed in the cerebellum ... [more ▼]

Mutations in the CACNA1A gene can cause familial hemiplegic migraine (FHM) and/or cerebellar ataxia CACNA1A codes for the alpha1 subunit of P/Q-Ca2+ channels and is highly expressed in the cerebellum. Using a pointing paradigm and infrared optoelectronic tracking system, we found subclinical hypermetria and other subtle cerebellar signs in the common forms of migraine. These were more pronounced in migraine with than without aura. Whether this reflects involvement of Ca2+ channel genes in the common types of migraine needs to be investigated by genetic analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailEquilibrium basal-plane magnetization of superconductive YNi(2)B(2)C: The influence of nonlocal electrodynamics
Thompson, J. R.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Civale, L. et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2001), 64(2),

For a single crystal of YNi(2)B(2)C superconductor, the equilibrium magnetization M in the square basal Plane has been studied experimentally as a function of temperature and magnetic field. While the ... [more ▼]

For a single crystal of YNi(2)B(2)C superconductor, the equilibrium magnetization M in the square basal Plane has been studied experimentally as a function of temperature and magnetic field. While the magnetization M(H) deviates from conventional London predictions, a recent extension of London theory (to include effects of nonlocal electrodynamics) describes the experiments accurately. The resulting superconductive parameters are well behaved. These results are compared with corresponding findings for the case with M perpendicular to the basal plane. [less ▲]

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See detailDie endoluminale, kardiovaskuläre Radiotherapie:ein neuer Standard
Coucke, Philippe ULg; Ciernik, I-F

in Praxis (2001), 90

The treatment for cardiovascular disease, especially the treatment of coronary stenosis, has been continously improving during the last decades. Routine use of angioplasty was improved by the use of ... [more ▼]

The treatment for cardiovascular disease, especially the treatment of coronary stenosis, has been continously improving during the last decades. Routine use of angioplasty was improved by the use of coronary stenting further reducing cardiac morbidity. However, the incidence of restenosis after cardiovascular angioplasty remains high. The restenosis process is mainly explained by neo-intimal proliferation. Therefore, the utility of ionizing radiation has been systematically investigated in order to reduce proliferation of the neointimal tissue. Radiation therapy turns out to be a very efficient approach in reducing the rate of both de novo lesions as well as of instant restenosis. Recent clinical data from randomized trials confirm the utility of intracoronary radiation therapy and change the treatment standards in interventional cardiology. [less ▲]

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See detailLe sort des obligations du bailleur en cas de contre-préavis du locataire. Note sous Cass., 22 juin 1998
Kohl, Benoît ULg

in Journal des Juges de Paix = Tijdschrift van de Vrederecters (2001)

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See detailQuelques réflexions à propos de l'incidence des fixations, remises ou redistributions de la cause sur la qualification d'un jugement ou d'un arrêt
Boularbah, Hakim ULg

in Revue de Droit Judiciaire et de la Preuve = Tijdschrift voor Procesrecht en Bewijsrecht (2001)

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

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

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See detailEntre symbolisme et avant-garde : le modernisme de Franz Hellens dans la première série du Disque Vert (1921-1925)
Denis, Benoît ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2001), (20), 66-75

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See detailLes surcoûts de l’étalement urbain en Wallonie
Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

in Etudes Foncières (2001), (94), 18-21

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See detailA STUDY OF VACUUM FREEZE-DRYING OF FROZEN WET PAPERS
Carapelle, Alain ULg; Henrist, Marc; Rabecki, Frédéric ULg

in Drying Technology (2001), 19(6), 1113-1124

Vacuum freeze-drying of frozen wet papers was investigated experimentally. A freeze-drying facility was built to study the process by monitoring the various physical parameters (pressure, sample ... [more ▼]

Vacuum freeze-drying of frozen wet papers was investigated experimentally. A freeze-drying facility was built to study the process by monitoring the various physical parameters (pressure, sample temperature, heater temperature, water content of the sample and cold panel temperature). A simple phenomenological model was developed to explain experimental results. The values of the physical parameters were optimized to make the process cost effective. [less ▲]

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See detailGérer l'hétérogénéité des élèves : Méthodes de regroupement des élèves dans l'enseignement obligatoire
Monseur, Christian ULg; Demeuse, Marc ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (7-8), 25-52

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See detailLa représentation des travailleurs à l’heure de la flexibilité : conséquences, enjeux et perspectives
Agro, Linda ULg; Dieu, Anne-Marie; Schoenaers, Frédéric ULg

in Revue de Gestion des Ressources Humaines (2001), 39

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See detailMons/Maisières : le site de plein air de Maisières-Canal
Miller, Rebecca ULg; Otte, Marcel ULg; Haesaerts, Paul

in Chronique de l'Archéologie Wallonne (2001), 9

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See detailDernier hoquet à Francorchamps
Abu Dalu, Firass ULg

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

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See detailThe Vacuum UV Photoabsorption Spectrum of Methyl Chloride (CH3Cl) and its perdeuterated Isotopomer CD3Cl. I. A Rydberg Series Analysis.
Locht, Robert ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hoxha, A. et al

in Chemical Physics (2001), 272

The vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of CH3Cl has been recorded between 6 and 25 eV. A large number of vibronic bands are observed. These were partly ascribed to vibrationless Rydberg transitions. In ... [more ▼]

The vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of CH3Cl has been recorded between 6 and 25 eV. A large number of vibronic bands are observed. These were partly ascribed to vibrationless Rydberg transitions. In the higher energy range of 12-25 eV very weak diffuse bands are mostly assigned to transitions from the 3a1, 1e and 2a1 to 3s orbitals. In the 6-12 eV photon energy range, numerous weak to strong bands are observed. The sharpness of the features is very variable over the entire spectral region. In a first step, the interpretation of the spectrum and the assignment of the Rydberg transitions is based on the simple Rydberg formula. The observed features are classified in two groups of four series, each converging to one of the two spin-orbit components of the X2E state of CH3Cl+. Rydberg series of nsa1 (delta=1.069 and 1.064), npa1 (delta= 0.68 and 0.66), npe (delta= 0.438 and 0.427) and nd (delta= -0.040 and -0.092) characters are observed. The same measurements have been made for the first time on CD3Cl in the 6-12 eV photon energy range. The same Rydberg transitions are observed. Analogous series are characterized by about the same delta values: nsa1 (delta= 1.038 and 0.968), npa1 (delta= 0.65 and 0.61), npe (delta= 0.458 and 0.462) and nd (delta= -0.004 and -0.082). Ionization energies for CD3Cl X2E3/2 at 11.320 eV and X2E1/2 at 11.346 eV are deduced. In a second step, we fitted the experimental data for the nsa1 and npa1 states to an energy expression taking into account both the exchange interaction and the spin-orbit coupling. This accounts for the progressive switching from Hund's case (a) to Hund's case (c). [less ▲]

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See detailUn exemple de gestion originale de la nature : la restauration de forêts alluviales de l’Elbe
Claessens, Hugues ULg

in Parcs & Réserves (2001), 56(1), 23-25

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See detailChromogenic detection of aminoglycoside phosphotransferases.
Amoroso, Ana Maria ULg; Gutkind, G. O.

in Methods in molecular medicine (2001), 48

Acquired resistance to aminoglycosides is most frequently due to the presence of the so-called aminoglycoside modifying enzymes (AGME) (1) able to catalyze one or more of three general reactions: N ... [more ▼]

Acquired resistance to aminoglycosides is most frequently due to the presence of the so-called aminoglycoside modifying enzymes (AGME) (1) able to catalyze one or more of three general reactions: N-acetylation, O-nucleotidylation and O-phosphorylation (2). Although resistance phenotype (to different (substrate or not for enzymatic modification) may serve as an approach for identifying actual enzymes present in a given isolate (3), results can be obscured or confusing, particularly when several different enzymes (4) (even, isoenzymes with different affinities) are superimposing their action in a single microorganism with potential "permeability" or target alterations. Thus, identification of the AGME content of a given strain also requires screening at the DNA level using probes specific to all the known AGME (5). However, the complete set of probes is available only to a few laboratories around the world, making surveillance for the appearance of novel enzymes, or the unlikely evolution of those already known, a relatively nonfeasible goal, as search for new enzymes may begin only after failing to hybridize to all known probes. [less ▲]

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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 detailLe portfolio : un outil de socio-construction pour scripteur en devenir
Baye, Ariane ULg; Denooz, Régine

in Caractères (2001), 3

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See detailA comparison of the efficacy and tolerability of meloxicam and diclofenac in the treatment of patients with osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine.
Valat, J P; Accardo, S; REGINSTER, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Inflammation Research (2001), 50(Suppl 1), 30-4

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of meloxicam compared with diclofenac in patients with osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine. SUBJECTS: 229 patients with ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of meloxicam compared with diclofenac in patients with osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine. SUBJECTS: 229 patients with radiologically confirmed osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine. TREATMENT AND METHODS: Once-daily meloxicam 7.5 mg tablet or diclofenac 100 mg slow release tablet. Efficacy and tolerability parameters were assessed at baseline and after 3, 7 and 14 days of treatment. RESULTS: The two drugs had equal short-term efficacy, with pain on motion of lumbar spine significantly (p<0.05) decreased at Day 3. Secondary efficacy variables were also significantly improved at Days 3, 7 and 14. There were no statistically significant differences between the two drugs, although the global tolerability of meloxicam was significantly better than for diclofenac, as assessed by the investigators (p = 0.0072) and the patients (p = 0.049). CONCLUSIONS: Meloxicam and diclofenac were equivalent in relieving the acute pain associated with osteoarthritis of the lumbar spine. However, meloxicam was much better tolerated. [less ▲]

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See detailSémiologie cardiaque dans l’espèce équine. 2- L’auscultation.
Amory, Hélène ULg

in Pratique Vétérinaire Equine (2001)

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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 detailRichesse du patrimoine campanaire liégeois : un carillon de Nicolas Chapelle pour la Collégiale Sainte-Croix en 1621
Marganne, Marie-Hélène ULg; Mélard, Marc; Félix, Jean-Pierre

in Bulletin de la Société Royale Le Vieux-Liège (2001), 294

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See detailRole de l'inhibiteur des activateurs de plasminogene de type 1 dans l'angiogenese tumorale
Bajou, Khalid ULg; Devy, L.; Masson, Véronique ULg et al

in Thérapie (2001), 56(5, Sep-Oct), 465-72

The plasminogen/plasmin system plays a key role in cancer progression, presumably via mediating extracellular matrix degradation and tumour cell migration. High levels of components of the plasminogen ... [more ▼]

The plasminogen/plasmin system plays a key role in cancer progression, presumably via mediating extracellular matrix degradation and tumour cell migration. High levels of components of the plasminogen activation system, and paradoxically also its inhibitor, plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1), have been correlated with a poor prognosis for patients with cancers of different types. Recent findings clearly suggest that PAI-1 is essential for capillary sprouting during tumour angiogenesis. Moreover, there is accumulating evidence that both the urokinase receptor and PAI-1 are multifunctional proteins involved not only in extracellular matrix proteolysis but also in cellular adhesion and migration through their binding site for vitronectin. The understanding of whether PAI-1 plays a regulatory role in angiogenesis by tightly controlling proteolytic activity or by influencing cell migration could allow a new anti-angiogenic approach for tumour therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailAnticyclonic eddies in the deep eastern Black Sea in summer-autumn 1999 (satellite and ship-borne observations
Ginzburg, Anna I.; Zatsepin, Andrey; Kostianoy, Andrey G. et al

in Earth Observation and Remote Sensing (2001), 5

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See detailPropofol anesthesia and cerebral blood flow changes elicited by vibrotactile stimulation: a positron emission tomography study.
Bonhomme, Vincent ULg; Fiset, P.; Meuret, P. et al

in Journal of Neurophysiology (2001), 85(3), 1299-308

We investigated the effects of the general anesthetic agent propofol on cerebral structures involved in the processing of vibrotactile information. Using positron emission tomography (PET) and the H(2)(15 ... [more ▼]

We investigated the effects of the general anesthetic agent propofol on cerebral structures involved in the processing of vibrotactile information. Using positron emission tomography (PET) and the H(2)(15)O bolus technique, we measured regional distribution of cerebral blood flow (CBF) in eight healthy human volunteers. They were scanned under five different levels of propofol anesthesia. Using a computer-controlled infusion, the following plasma levels of propofol were targeted: Level W (Waking, 0 microg/ml), Level 1 (0.5 microg/ml), Level 2 (1.5 microg/ml), Level 3 (3.5 microg/ml), and Level R (Recovery). At each level of anesthesia, two 3-min scans were acquired with vibrotactile stimulation of the right forearm either on or off. The level of consciousness was evaluated before each scan by the response of the subject to a verbal command. At Level W, all volunteers were fully awake. They reported being slightly drowsy at Level 1, they had a slurred speech and slow response at Level 2, and they were not responding at all at Level 3. The following variations in regional CBF (rCBF) were observed. During the waking state (Level W), vibrotactile stimulation induced a significant rCBF increase in the left thalamus and in several cortical regions, including the left primary somatosensory cortex and the left and right secondary somatosensory cortex. During anesthesia, propofol reduced in a dose-dependent manner rCBF in the thalamus as well as in a number of visual, parietal, and prefrontal cortical regions. At Level 1 through 3, propofol also suppressed vibration-induced increases in rCBF in the primary and secondary somatosensory cortex, whereas the thalamic rCBF response was abolished only at Level 3, when volunteers lost consciousness. We conclude that propofol interferes with the processing of vibrotactile information first at the level of the cortex before attenuating its transfer through the thalamus. [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 detailUn nouveau projet archéologique de l'Université de Lyon 2.
Morard, Thomas ULg; Wavelet, David

in Mélanges de l'Ecole Française de Rome. Italie et Méditérranée (2001), 113(1), 477-481

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Boutier, Marie-Guy ULg

in Wallonnes : Chronique de la Société de Langue et de Littérature Wallonnes (2001), (1),

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See detailA propos du remplage de la verrière d'Esther.
Morard, Thomas ULg

in Arte Cristiana (2001), 89(802), 23-30

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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 detailInfections virales humaines d'origine alimentaire
Scipioni, Alexandra ULg; Daube, Georges ULg; Thiry, Etienne ULg

in Point Vétérinaire (2001), 218

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See detailLarge pion pole in Z(S)(MOM)/(Z(P)(MOM) from Wilson action data
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Le Yaouanc, A.; Pittori, C.

in Physics Letters B (2001), 516(1-2), 92-102

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de Landsheere, Gilbert ULg

in Cahiers du Service de Pédagogie Expérimentale (SPE) (2001), (5-6), 59-78

La Wallonie est, de longue tradition, pays d'éducation. Cela lui a valu la place de choix qu'elle occupe tant dans le domaine de l'économie que dans celui de la culture. Nous traversons actuellement une ... [more ▼]

La Wallonie est, de longue tradition, pays d'éducation. Cela lui a valu la place de choix qu'elle occupe tant dans le domaine de l'économie que dans celui de la culture. Nous traversons actuellement une période difficile. La restructuration politique de notre pays a absorbé beaucoup d'énergie et le long processus qui y a conduit n'a pas permis de prendre à temps, en particulier pour l'éducation, des décisions scientifiques et administratives urgentes. Le retard pris ainsi est alarmant et, s'il s'accentuait encore, il pourrait entraîner des décrochages et des pertes d'une gravité extrême. La chance veut que les connaissances nécessaires à l'élévation généralisée de la qualité de l'éducation et de sa productivité arrivent à maturité. On dispose ainsi d'éléments solides pour fonder les décisions et mettre en oeuvre une politique éducative qui nous permette d'entrer avec assurance dans le XXI ème siècle. Toute décision en matière d'éducation est indissociable de jugements de valeur et des réalités économiques et sociales. Ne fût-ce que par réalisme, les options humanistes et démocratiques s'imposent, car seuls ces deux idéaux sont garants de progrès et donnent l'espoir d'éviter des mouvements sociaux qui pourraient se solder par un désastre. En revanche, si la raison et la justice triomphent, la civilisation nouvelle qui émerge pourrait dépasser en qualité et en noblesse tout ce que l'humanité a connu jusqu'à présent. [less ▲]

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See detailA self-consistent model of the Jovian auroral thermal structure
Grodent, Denis ULg; Waite, J. Hunter; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2001), 106(A7), 12933-12952

A one-dimensional (1-D) model coupling a two-stream electron transport model of energy deposition with a 1-D thermal conduction model has been developed. It is applied to investigate the links between ... [more ▼]

A one-dimensional (1-D) model coupling a two-stream electron transport model of energy deposition with a 1-D thermal conduction model has been developed. It is applied to investigate the links between auroral heat input and the vertical temperature of Jupiter's upper atmosphere. Two energy distributions meant to reproduce the emissions of a diffuse and a discrete aurora are used to evaluate the importance of the energy spectrum of the incident electrons for the thermal balance of Jupiter's auroral thermosphere. The values of observable quantities such as the altitude of the H-2 emission peak, thermal infrared (LR), ultraviolet (UV) emissions, and temperatures associated with various optical signatures are used to constrain the parameters of these distributions. It is shown that the high-energy component of these energy distributions heats a region of the homosphere between 10(-4) and 10(-6) bar and mainly controls the H-2 temperature and the far-UV (FUV) emission. A 3-keV soft electron component is necessary to heat the region directly above the homopause, between 10(-6) and 10(-9) bar. It has a large influence on the H-2 and H-3(+) temperatures and on the H-3(+) near-IR(NIR) emission. It is used in conjunction with a weak 100 eV component which is responsible for heating the thermosphere, from 10(-9) to 10(-12) bar and exerts a control on the exospheric temperature. The calculated temperatures, UV, and IR emissions suggest that the model probably misses a nonparticle heat source in the 10(-5) bar region, that is expected to balance the strong hydrocarbon cooling. Sensitivity tests are performed to evaluate the importance of the parameters of the energy distributions. They show that the FUV color ratio increases with the characteristic energy (or high-energy cutoff) of the high-energy component, while the H-2 rovibrational temperature varies inversely. A trade-off is therefore necessary for these two parameters to simultaneously meet their observational constraints. Further tests demonstrate the essential thermostatic role played by H-3(+), which regulates the net heating in the thermosphere. An increased eddy diffusion reproduces the effect of a possible auroral upwelling of methane but gives rise to an H-2 temperature smaller than the observed value. [less ▲]

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See detailMechanisms of unconsciousness during general anaesthesia
BONHOMME, Vincent ULg; Hans, Pol

in Current Anaesthesia and Critical Care (2001), (12), 109-113

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See detailDégradation de dalles de tablier de ponts en Belgique. Etude d'une pathologie complexe
Demars, Philippe; Gilles, Pierre; Darimont, Anne ULg

in Bulletin des Laboratoires des Ponts et Chaussées (2001), 232

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See detailQuelques données sur les différentes prises en charge des délinquants sexuels dans les pays de l'Union européenne
Cornet, Jean-Philippe; Mormont, Christian ULg; Michel, Aude

in Annales Médico Psychologiques (2001), 159(9), 639-644

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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 detailLe travailleur adoptant
Kefer, Fabienne ULg; Barth, D.

in Actualités du Droit (2001)

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See detailLes bioindustries fertilisent la valorisation
Thonart, Philippe ULg

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2001), 5(3), 131-134

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See detailWILSON "BOOZOO" CHAVIS - nécrologie
Sacré, Robert ULg

in Soul Bag (2001), (163), 42-43

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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 detailRole of β-Oxidation Enzymes in γ-Decalactone Production by the Yeast Yarrowia lipolytica
Waché, Y.; Aguedo, Mario ULg; Choquet, A. et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2001), 67(12), 5700-5704

Some microorganisms can transform methyl ricinoleate into γ-decalactone, a valuable aroma compound, but yields of the bioconversion are low due to (i) incomplete conversion of ricinoleate (C18) to the C10 ... [more ▼]

Some microorganisms can transform methyl ricinoleate into γ-decalactone, a valuable aroma compound, but yields of the bioconversion are low due to (i) incomplete conversion of ricinoleate (C18) to the C10 precursor of γ-decalactone, (ii) accumulation of other lactones (3-hydroxy-γ-decalactone and 2- and 3-decen-4-olide), and (iii) γ-decalactone reconsumption. We evaluated acyl coenzyme A (acyl-CoA) oxidase activity (encoded by the POX1 through POX5 genes) in Yarrowia lipolytica in lactone accumulation and γ-decalactone reconsumption in POX mutants. Mutants with no acyl-CoA oxidase activity could not reconsume γ-decalactone, and mutants with a disruption of pox3, which encodes the short-chain acyl-CoA oxidase, reconsumed it more slowly. 3-Hydroxy-γ-decalactone accumulation during transformation of methyl ricinoleate suggests that, in wild-type strains, β-oxidation is controlled by 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase. In mutants with low acyl-CoA oxidase activity, however, the acyl-CoA oxidase controls the β-oxidation flux. We also identified mutant strains that produced 26 times more γ-decalactone than the wild-type parents. [less ▲]

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See detailLes souches pathogènes d'Escherichia coli chez les chiens et les chats: III) Données bactériologiques et cliniques sur les souches nécrotoxinogènes et sur celles positives pour des adhésines
Mainil, Jacques ULg; Wilbaux, Myriam; Jacquemin, Etienne et al

in Annales de Médecine Vétérinaire (2001), 145(6), 343-354

The purpose of this study was to characterize 25 necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli type 1 (NTEC1), one necrotoxigenic E coli type 2 (NTEC2) and 16 non-necrotoxigenic E coli isolated, between 1979 and 1993 ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to characterize 25 necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli type 1 (NTEC1), one necrotoxigenic E coli type 2 (NTEC2) and 16 non-necrotoxigenic E coli isolated, between 1979 and 1993, from feces, intestinal content or internal organs of dogs and cats using a uniform and standardized typing scheme, as previously described on NTEC1 and NTEC2 isolates from cattle, humans and pigs (Mainil et al, 1999). The results obtained by colony hybridization and PCR on the NTEC1 isolates were homogeneous: eighteen NTEC1 isolates harboured prs- and sfa/foc-related DNA sequences; five NTEC1 isolates harboured sfa/foc-related DNA sequences; one NTEC1 isolate harboured prs-related DNA sequences; and one was negative. The only NTEC2 isolate was also negative. Only a few NTEC1 isolates were positive for f17-, afa- or cdt-related DNA sequences. All NTEC1 and the NTEC2 isolates were haemolytic on blood agar and were resistant to the bactericidal activity of the serum (one exception). By contrast a very few produced an aerobactin or a colicin. The strains belonged to various serogroups and many could not be identified with the immunsera used. On the other hand all but one NTEC1 isolates belonged to biotype 9. The most typical profile identifed for NTEC1 from dogs and cats was: CNF1+Prs+S+Hly+Bio9+. The results obtained on the non-necrotoxigenic E. coli isolates were more heterogeneous: two of them harboured pap/prs- and sfa/foc-related DNA sequences; ten harboured pap/prs-related DNA sequences; and four, other DNA sequences. The results of the phenotypic assays were more heterogeneous also. NTEC1 strains were isolated from essentially young puppies and kitties (< 3 months for 16 out of 22), with sometimes older animals (up to 12 years). The digestive pathologies were non haemorrhagic diarrhea/enteritis essentially. When haemorrhagic diarrhea/enteritis were observed, other infectious agents were present or strongly suspected (parvovirus, Salmonella). Extraintestinal pathologies were septicaemic or systemic colibacillosis, with one case of necro-haemorrhagic metritis. NTEC1 and non-NTEC were not frequently antibiotic resistant. The most frequent resistant were to ampicillin, trimethoprim/sulfonamides and neomycin. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailNumerical modelling of coupled transient phenomena
Charlier, Robert ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg

in Revue Française de Génie Civil (2001), 5(6), 719-743

The basic phenomena involved in thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in geomaterials have been described in the 1st chapter. The equations describing these phenomena are non-linear differential equations ... [more ▼]

The basic phenomena involved in thermo-hydro-mechanical processes in geomaterials have been described in the 1st chapter. The equations describing these phenomena are non-linear differential equations. Their solution can generally only be approximated thanks to numerical methods. This is the main subject of the present chapter. First the type of problems and the set of equations to be solved will be shortly recalled. Emphasis will be given on the non-linear contributions. In a second section, the mostly developed numerical method, i.e. the finite difference and the finite element methods will be discussed under the light of the problems to be treated. The iterative techniques allowing the solution of non linear equations will be described. A third section will be dedicated to the coupling terms and to their modelling. The question that rises then is How to model efficiently problems, which may differ highly from, the point of view of the time and length scales? [less ▲]

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See detailAll detectable high-molecular-mass penicillin-binding proteins are modified in a high-level beta-lactam-resistant clinical isolate of Streptococcus mitis.
Amoroso, Ana Maria ULg; Demares, D.; Mollerach, M. et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2001), 45(7), 2075-81

All detectable high-molecular-mass penicillin-binding proteins (HMM PBPs) are altered in a clinical isolate of Streptococcus mitis for which the beta-lactam MICs are increased from those previously ... [more ▼]

All detectable high-molecular-mass penicillin-binding proteins (HMM PBPs) are altered in a clinical isolate of Streptococcus mitis for which the beta-lactam MICs are increased from those previously reported in our region (cefotaxime MIC, 64 microg/ml). These proteins were hardly detected at concentrations that saturate all PBPs in clinical isolates and showed, after densitometric analysis, 50-fold-lower radiotracer binding. Resistance was related to mosaic structure in all HMM PBP-coding genes, where critical region replacement was complemented not only by substitutions already reported for the closely related Streptococcus pneumoniae but also by other specific replacements that are presumably close to the active-site serine. Mosaic structure was also presumed in a pbp1a-sensitive strain used for comparison, confirming that these structures do not unambiguously imply, by themselves, detectable critical changes in the kinetic properties of these proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailTeloptosis, a Turning Point in Hair Shedding Biorhythms
Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg; Pierard, Gérald ULg

in Dermatology : International Journal for Clinical & Investigative Dermatology (2001), 203(2), 115-7

The timing regulation of the hair growth phases is quite complex. We name teloptosis the termination of the telogen phase with hair shedding. The initiation of the next anagen I phase is independent from ... [more ▼]

The timing regulation of the hair growth phases is quite complex. We name teloptosis the termination of the telogen phase with hair shedding. The initiation of the next anagen I phase is independent from teloptosis. Both events are triggered by distinct factors. Indeed, teloptosis is the result of the loss of adhesion between cells of the club hair and those of its epithelial envelope. Teloptosis synchronization is perceived as telogen effluvium, related or not to shortening of the anagen phase. Subtle changes leading to early or delayed teloptosis affect hair density. It is possible to distinguish two types of telogen hairs on a trichogram. Those with an epithelial sheath indicate strong binding, suggesting early telogen, whereas the absence of an epithelial sheath indicates loose binding, conveying teloptosis. [less ▲]

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See detailAbout the Photoionization of Methyl Chloride. A Threshold Photoelectron Spectroscopic and Photoionization Mass Spectrometric investigation.
Locht, Robert ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg; Hoxha, A. et al

in Chemical Physics (2001), 272

The threshold photoelectron spectroscopic (TPES) and the photoionization mass spectrometric (PIMS) study of Methyl Chloride (CH3Cl) in the 8-20 eV photon energy is presented. The interpretation and ... [more ▼]

The threshold photoelectron spectroscopic (TPES) and the photoionization mass spectrometric (PIMS) study of Methyl Chloride (CH3Cl) in the 8-20 eV photon energy is presented. The interpretation and assignments are supported by ab initio calculations. The detailed analysis of the TPES shows numerous features in the Jahn-Teller split ground X2E(2A'-2A") state of CH3Cl+ and a new continuus band peaking at 13.4 eV. These were assigned to both direct ionization and autoionizing transitions. The transitions to the A2A1 and to the B2E states undergo a large enhancement ascribed to important autoionizing contributions. Based on the present calculations, the weak to very weak signals in the 19-26 eV photon energy range were mainly assigned to 2a1-1 ionization and to double excitations described essentially by 2e-2, 4a11 and 1e-1, 2e-1, 4a11 configurations. The PIMS study allowed us to investigate in detail the ionization and dissociation of CH3Cl+ into CH2+, CH3+, CHCl+ and CH2Cl+ from threshold up to 20 eV photon energy. At the onset, the CH3+, CHCl+ and CH2Cl+ fragment ion production is correlated to the ground state of CH3Cl+ and all fragment ions have to appear through dissociative autoionization from the 2e->3p Rydberg state. This interpretation is supported by the photoabsorption spectrum (PAS) measured recently in the same photon energy range. At higher energies, beside direct dissociation of the A2A1 and B2E states of CH3Cl+ autoionization also contributes to the fragmentation in all decay channels. For CH3+ the photoion-pair process is analyzed and detailed assignments are proposed on the basis of recent PAS data. [less ▲]

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See detailMélanges Fritz Sturm, compte rendu d’ouvrage
Langenaken, Evelyne ULg

in Actualités du droit (2001)

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