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See detailAsthénie et troubles visuels chez un peintre de 48 ans
Pirenne, Danièle ULiege; Mairiaux, Philippe ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 785-8

Tiredness is a common complaint which may have multiple causes, sometimes difficult to ascertain. As occupational activities can play a major role in the incidence of various diseases, failure to ... [more ▼]

Tiredness is a common complaint which may have multiple causes, sometimes difficult to ascertain. As occupational activities can play a major role in the incidence of various diseases, failure to investigate the patient's work history may hinder an adequate patient care. In the clinical case described hereafter, the patient symptoms could eventually be ascribed to a psycho-organic syndrome (POS) caused by the chronic exposure to organic solvents in the painting material used. This syndrome is non specific, evolves with time in an insidious manner, and, in its last stages, may cause non reversible brain damages. When facing non typical neurological symptoms in a working age adult, one has thus to consider the possibility of this diagnosis since the workers populations exposed to solvents are large in several occupations, and because the recent legal recognition in Belgium of this syndrome as an occupational disease does provide some interesting means for a better follow-up and protection of the patients concerned. [less ▲]

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See detailLaat herstelrecht zich regelen? Wettelijke aanzetten binnen Europa
Lauwaert, Katrien ULiege; Aertsen, Ivo

in Tijdschrift voor Herstelrecht (2002), (4), 17-28

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See detailDo Bovine Lymphocytes Express a Peculiar Prion Protein?
Mélot, France ULiege; Thielen, Caroline ULiege; Labiet, T. et al

in Developmental Immunology (2002), 9(4), 245-52

The cellular prion protein (PrPc) is a glycolipid-anchored cell surface protein that usually exhibits three glycosylation states. Its post-translationally modified isoform, PrPsc, is involved in the ... [more ▼]

The cellular prion protein (PrPc) is a glycolipid-anchored cell surface protein that usually exhibits three glycosylation states. Its post-translationally modified isoform, PrPsc, is involved in the pathogenesis of various transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs). In bovine species, BSE infectivity appears to be restricted to the central nervous system; few or no detectable infectivity is found in lymphoid tissues in contrast to scrapie or variant CJD. Since expression of PrPc is a prerequisite for prion replication, we have investigated PrPc expression by bovine immune cells. Lymphocytes from blood and five different lymph organs were isolated from the same animal to assess intra- and interindividual variability of PrPc expression, considering six individuals. As shown by flow cytometry, this expression is absent or weak on granulocytes but is measurable on monocytes, B and T cells from blood and lymph organs. The activation of the bovine cells produces an upregulation of PrPc. The results of our in vitro study of PrPc biosynthesis are consistent with previous studies in other species. Interestingly, western blotting experiments showed only one form of the protein, the diglycosylated band. We propose that the glycosylation state could explain the lack of infectivity of the bovine immune cells. [less ▲]

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See detailPercutaneous stereotactic en bloc excision of nonpalpable breast carcinoma: a step in the direction of supraconservative surgery
Lifrange, Eric ULiege; Dondelinger, Robert ULiege; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULiege et al

in Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland ) (2002), 11(6), 501-508

Recently, the advanced breast biopsy instrumentation (ABBI) system has been introduced as an alternative to conventional breast biopsy techniques. This study was prospectively conducted to evaluate the ... [more ▼]

Recently, the advanced breast biopsy instrumentation (ABBI) system has been introduced as an alternative to conventional breast biopsy techniques. This study was prospectively conducted to evaluate the potential of the ABBI method in locoregional management of a consecutive series of patients with nonpalpable mammographically detected breast carcinomas. Sixty-one consecutive patients underwent an ABBI procedure as a first step before possible surgery for nonpalpable breast lesions that would in any case require complete excision. For the 27 patients in whom the ABBI biopsy revealed malignancy further surgery was recommended, including re-excision of the biopsy site and axillary dissection in cases of infiltrating carcinoma. We calculated the probabilities that the ABBI specimen would have tumor-free margins and that a definitely complete excision had been achieved as a function of the mammographic or pathological diameter of the cancer. For cancer with a pathological diameter less than 10 mm, measured on the ABBI specimen, the probability (92%) of obtaining complete resection was significantly better than for larger lesions (P = 0.01, Fisher's exact test). Although the therapeutic perspectives for the ABBI method are limited at present, we suggest that this approach is a first step in the direction of a surgical strategy that is better adapted to the pathological characteristics peculiar to these small tumors, whose incidence is increasing. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImages de la nuit. Photographie de l'altérité et altérité de la photographie
Havelange, Carl ULiege

in VOIR (barré) (2002), 24-25

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See detailFun stories about Brucella: the "furtive nasty bug".
Letesson, Jean-Jacques; Lestrate, Pascal; Delrue, Rose-May et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2002), 90(1-4), 317-28

Although Brucella is responsible for one of the major worldwide zoonosis, our understanding of its pathogenesis remains in its infancy. In this paper, we summarize some of the research in progress in our ... [more ▼]

Although Brucella is responsible for one of the major worldwide zoonosis, our understanding of its pathogenesis remains in its infancy. In this paper, we summarize some of the research in progress in our laboratory that we think could contribute to a better understanding of the Brucella molecular virulence mechanisms and their regulation. [less ▲]

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See detailMise au point et traitement des traumatismes pancreatiques chez l'enfant
Devoitille, A.; Dominé, Françoise; De Roover, Arnaud ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 760-4

Pancreatic injury after trauma can occur in the child as an isolated lesion after a minor injury. The consequences can be severe in the absence of prompt diagnosis and treatment. Determination of ... [more ▼]

Pancreatic injury after trauma can occur in the child as an isolated lesion after a minor injury. The consequences can be severe in the absence of prompt diagnosis and treatment. Determination of mechanism of injury, clinical examination, blood amylase levels and abdominal CT-scan are first line steps for the evaluation of the injury. ERCP and MRI can be useful tools to further document injury to the pancreatic duct. In the absence of duct injury, conservative treatment can be applied. For the other cases, the treatment is surgical although newer techniques may be applied in selected cases. [less ▲]

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See detailAlkali cation attachment to derivatized fullerenes studied by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization
Fati, D.; Leeman, V.; Vasil'ev, Y. V. et al

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2002), 13(12), 1448-1458

The complexation of alkali metal ions with amphiphilic fullerene derivatives has been investigated by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. The ... [more ▼]

The complexation of alkali metal ions with amphiphilic fullerene derivatives has been investigated by matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization (MALDI) time-of-flight (TOF) mass spectrometry. The formation of analyte ions occurs via two competing mechanisms including electron transfer from matrix-derived ions and metal ion attachment. The interplay of these processes has been examined by laser fluence dependent sample activation and by variation of the target composition. The attachment of metal ions has been established as the gentler and thus more efficient route towards the formation of intact analyte ions. Investigations into the metal ion complexation have been conducted to reveal the reactivity order of the alkali metals in these reactions and to elucidate the influence of structural differences of the analytes, as well as to unravel effects caused by the anionic counter ion of the metal. The experimental data have been derived by two complementary approaches. Competing reactants were either studied simultaneously, so that the product distribution would provide direct insight into the reactivity pattern, and/or product distributions were obtained in a large variety of separate experiments and normalized for reliable comparison. It has been found that the extent to which complexation is observed follows the charge density order of the alkali metal ions. The structural features of the fullerene-attached ligands were of profound influence on the attachment of the metal ion, inducing enhanced selectivity for the complexation with less reactive metals. The metal ion attachment is reduced with the use of smaller anionic counter ions. Rationalization of these findings is provided within the framework of the mechanisms of ion formation in MALDI. [less ▲]

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See detailComment je traite ... par hormonotherapie des patientes developpant des complications thrombo-emboliques lors du traitement d'un cancer du sein par tamoxifene
Pelerin, D.; Silvestre, R. M.; Jerusalem, Guy ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(12), 755-6

Thromboembolic complications are well known side effects of treatment with tamoxifen in patients with breast cancer. The authors review the pathophysiology and the risk factors that increase the ... [more ▼]

Thromboembolic complications are well known side effects of treatment with tamoxifen in patients with breast cancer. The authors review the pathophysiology and the risk factors that increase the probability to develop these complications. The most appropriate treatment is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Révision avant sa révision : réflexions sur une nouvelle formulation de l'article 195 de la Constitution belge
Behrendt, Christian ULiege

in Actualités du Droit (2002)

This article studies the current debate on whether a change of the amendment procedure of the Belgian Constution ought to be envisaged.

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See detailApplication of Supercritical carbon dioxide for the preparation of drug-cyclodextrin inclusion compounds
Van Hees, Thierry ULiege; Barillaro, Valery; Piel, Géraldine ULiege et al

in Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry (2002), 44(1-4), 271-274

Inclusion complexes of drugs into cyclodextrins (CDs) can be obtained at the solid state by means of supercritical dioxide (SCCO2). A successful inclusion with a yield >98.5% has been achieved with ... [more ▼]

Inclusion complexes of drugs into cyclodextrins (CDs) can be obtained at the solid state by means of supercritical dioxide (SCCO2). A successful inclusion with a yield >98.5% has been achieved with piroxicam and beta-CD. The temperature and the time of exposure to SCCO2 have a significant effect on the inclusion yield while the pressure has a negative effect. However, there is a strong interaction between temperature and pressure and this interaction has a positive influence. The molar ratio piroxicam-beta-CD and the addition of ternary alkaline agents were also found to be significant factors. The dissolution rate of the complexes formed using SCCO2 was found to be significantly higher than that of the physical mixture. Inclusion complexes have also been obtained with miconazole treating mixtures of miconazole, CDs and citric acid by SCCO2. This new technique of inclusion of poorly soluble drugs into CDs allows the preparation of solid complexes without using organic solvents and thus without residues. [less ▲]

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See detailL'Intérêt herpétologique des gares de triage de l'Entre-Sambre-et-Meuse (Belgique)
Graitson, Eric ULiege

in Natura Mosana (2002), 55(4), 63-69

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See detailSite effect analysis around the seismically induced Ananevo, Rockslide, Kyrgyzstan
Havenith, Hans-Balder ULiege; Jongmans, D.; Faccioli, E. et al

in Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America (2002), 92(8), 3190-3209

In 1911, the surface-wave magnitude 8.2 Kemin earthquake hit northeastern Tien Shan (Kyrgyzstan), close to the cities of Bishkek and Almaty, the capitals of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, respectively ... [more ▼]

In 1911, the surface-wave magnitude 8.2 Kemin earthquake hit northeastern Tien Shan (Kyrgyzstan), close to the cities of Bishkek and Almaty, the capitals of Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, respectively. Several hundreds of people were killed by the earthquake, some by indirect effects such as landslides and mudflows. A particular but nonfatal landslide triggered by the Kemin event was a rockslide in the vicinity of Ananevo, north of lake Issyk Kul (Kyrgyzstan) rockslide located above the fault zone activated in 1911. In the summer of 1999, a geophysical-seismological field trip was organized to study geology and to record seismic ground motions on and around the Ananevo rockslide. The work was part of project assessing seismogenic landslide hazard in northern Kyrgyzstan, based on various case studies of slope failures in connection with site-specific ground-motion dynamics. The geophysical investigations consisted of seismic refraction tests processed as 2D seismic tomographies and surface-wave inversion, which were combined to build a 3D geophysical model of the landslide site. Ground motions from small earthquakes were analyzed using several techniques to define site effects over the mountain massif. Both H/V and standard spectral ratios indicated lower dominant frequencies with stronger amplification in the crest region with respect to the mountain slope. These effects could be partially simulated by I D, 2D, and 3D finite-element modeling. By comparing the numerical results with the experimental data, the presence of a surficial low-velocity layer of varying thickness appeared to be the key factor controlling the ground motion around the rockslide. [less ▲]

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See detailEU-MERCOSUR interregionalism: Facing Up to the South American Crisis and the Free Trade Area of the Americas
Santander, Sébastian ULiege

in European Foreign Affairs Review (2002), 7

As part of their plans to diversify and globalize their foreign relations, the EU and MERCOSUR have been working to establish closer links. They have a project to create an interregional Association based ... [more ▼]

As part of their plans to diversify and globalize their foreign relations, the EU and MERCOSUR have been working to establish closer links. They have a project to create an interregional Association based on political dialogue, cooperation and trade issues. To understand the evolution of this interregional relationship, it is also important to take into account the USAs’ project, which seeks to create a hemispheric market for 2005 and in which MERCOSUR is participating. There is competition between Europe and the USA in the Southern Cone. While the EU has often provided support for institution building in MERCOSUR, the latter has frequently been destabilized by US regionalist strategy. The USA has often taken advantage of its special relationship with Argentina. However, the open crises that Argentina has faced since December 2001, and the US attitude towards the crises, appear to have affected the Buenos Aires foreign policy alignment with Washington. What geopolitical consequences could this have for the area? And what is the US position on this development? Has the EU taken advantage of the situation to reinforce its interregional partnership with MERCOSUR and to counteract US influence in the region? [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of the separation of beta-blockers by ion-pair capillary electrophoresis in non-aqueous media using univariate and multivariate approaches
Servais, Anne-Catherine ULiege; Fillet, Marianne ULiege; Chiap, Patrice ULiege et al

in Journal of Separation Science (2002), 25(15-17), 1087-1095

The separation of four beta-blocking drug substances (atenolol, sotalol, betaxolol, and metoprolol) selected as model basic analytes has been investigated in non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis (NACE ... [more ▼]

The separation of four beta-blocking drug substances (atenolol, sotalol, betaxolol, and metoprolol) selected as model basic analytes has been investigated in non-aqueous capillary electrophoresis (NACE) using the principle of ion-pair formation. Camphorsulphonate was selected as the counter-ion in a background electrolyte (BGE) made up of formate buffer in a mixture of acetonitrile/methanol or acetonitrile/ethanol. The influence on resolution of the concentration of the counter-ion, the nature and proportion of the organic solvents, as well as the concentration of the ionic components of the BGE was first studied by a univariate approach. An experimental design was then applied to estimate possible quadratic effects and first-order interactions. To identify the most important factors affecting the separation of the four beta-blockers, a two-level fractional factorial design with 16 experimental points was applied as a screening test. A three factor Box-Behnken design with 12 experimental points was used to predict and optimize the selectivity. Finally the optimal conditions obtained by the univariate and the multivariate, approaches were compared. [less ▲]

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See detailThe in situ formation of a new initiator system for the syndiotactic anionic polymerization of methyl methacrylate in toluene at 0°C
Zundel, Thomas; Teyssié, Philippe; Jérôme, Robert ULiege

in Polymer (2002), 43(25), 7191-7193

This paper reports on an efficient 'in-situ' one pot synthesis of an initiatior/ligand adduct, which can be used to initiate the anionic polymerization of methyl methacrylate in toluene at 0 °C ... [more ▼]

This paper reports on an efficient 'in-situ' one pot synthesis of an initiatior/ligand adduct, which can be used to initiate the anionic polymerization of methyl methacrylate in toluene at 0 °C. Predominantly syndiotactic PMMA is formed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe north-eastern Polish anorthosite massifs: petrological, geochemical and isotopic evidence for a crustal derivation
Wiszniewska, Janina; Claesson, Stefan; Stein, Holly et al

in Terra Nova (2002), 14(6), 451-460

Deeply buried 1.5 Ga Polish anorthosites, accessible only by bore holes, reveal diagnostic features of some massif-type anorthosites (polybarism, jotunitic parent magma), diapirically emplaced in the mid ... [more ▼]

Deeply buried 1.5 Ga Polish anorthosites, accessible only by bore holes, reveal diagnostic features of some massif-type anorthosites (polybarism, jotunitic parent magma), diapirically emplaced in the mid crust together with the rapakivi granites of the EW-trending Mazury complex, intruded along a major crustal discontinuity. Geochemical modelling and isotope data corroborate recent experimental work on the basaltic system in dry conditions: the source rock of the parental magma is a gabbronorite, necessarily lying in the lower crust. Since no Archaean crust is known in the region, high initial Os-188/Os-187 ratios for sulphide-oxide isochrons and negative epsilon(Nd) values are best accounted for by melting a similar to 2.0 Ga mafic crust. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of CMR manganate compounds: the consequences of the choice of a precursor method
Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULiege; Rulmont, André ULiege; Cloots, Rudi ULiege et al

in Materials Letters (2002), 57(3), 598-603

We have studied the electrical transport properties of manganate samples synthesized by different precursor methods. Differences in the synthesis process of the materials can result in samples with ... [more ▼]

We have studied the electrical transport properties of manganate samples synthesized by different precursor methods. Differences in the synthesis process of the materials can result in samples with similar grain size but very different physical properties, contrary to what happens in samples prepared by the same method. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the effect of action familiarity on SPTs recall performance in Alzheimer's disease
Lekeu, Françoise ULiege; Van der Linden, Martial ULiege; Moonen, Gustave ULiege et al

in Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology (2002), 24(8), 1057-1069

This study examined the performance of normal controls (NC) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients on free recall, semantic cued recall and object cued recall of both subject-performed tasks (SPTs) and ... [more ▼]

This study examined the performance of normal controls (NC) and Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients on free recall, semantic cued recall and object cued recall of both subject-performed tasks (SPTs) and verbal descriptions of actions, by controlling familiarity of actions associated to objects. The results showed that both groups performed better after SPT encoding than after verbal encoding. in all three types of recall. In addition, this SPT advantage was greater for AD patients than for NC in the object cued recall test, emphasizing AD patients' sensibility to the congruence of cues between encoding and retrieval conditions. Following verbal encoding. NC showed a better recall for less familiar actions than for highly familiar actions, whereas AD patients exhibited the opposite pattern. These results reflect that AD patients did not benefit from a distinctiveness effect at encoding for improving subsequent retrieval of verbal information, probably due to a reduced level of elaboration during encoding. However, there was no effect of action familiarity on recall performance by both groups following SPT encoding. These results suggest that memory for verbal actions and SPTs is governed by different principles. In addition. they demonstrate the robustness of the SPT effect in AD patients, who were able to improve memory performance in the SPT condition not only with highly familiar actions but also with less familiar actions. [less ▲]

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See detailDual effects of an extra disulfide bond on the activity and stability of a cold-adapted alpha-amylase
D'Amico, Salvino ULiege; Gerday, Charles ULiege; Feller, Georges ULiege

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(48), 46110-46115

Chloride-dependent alpha-amylases constitute a well conserved family of enzymes thereby allowing investigation of the characteristics of each member to understand, for example, relevant properties ... [more ▼]

Chloride-dependent alpha-amylases constitute a well conserved family of enzymes thereby allowing investigation of the characteristics of each member to understand, for example, relevant properties required for environmental adaptation. In this context, we have constructed a double mutant (Q58C/A99C) of the cold-active and heat-labile alpha-amylase from the Antarctic bacterium Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis, defined on the basis of its strong similarity with the mesophilic enzyme from pig pancreas. This mutant was characterized to understand the role of an extra disulfide bond specific to warm-blooded animals and located near the entrance of the catalytic cleft. We show that the catalytic parameters of the mutant are drastically modified and similar to those of the mesophilic enzyme. Calorimetric studies demonstrated that the mutant is globally stabilized (DeltaDeltaG = 1.87 kcal/mol at 20 degrees C) when compared with the wild-type enzyme, although the melting point (T-m) was not increased. Moreover, fluorescence quenching experiments indicate a more compact structure for the mutated a-amylase. However, the strain imposed on the active site architecture induces a 2-fold higher thermal inactivation rate at 45 degreesC as well as the appearance of a less stable calorimetric domain. It is concluded that stabilization by the extra disulfide bond arises from an enthalpy-entropy compensation effect favoring the enthalpic contribution. [less ▲]

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See detailLifetime measurements and calculations in singly ionized ytterbium
Biémont, Emile ULiege; Quinet, Pascal ULiege; Dai, Z. W. et al

in Journal of Physics B-Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (2002), 35(22), 4743-4749

New radiative lifetimes, measured by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy, are reported for five Rydberg states of singly ionized ytterbium. Free Yb+ ions were produced in a laser-induced ... [more ▼]

New radiative lifetimes, measured by time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy, are reported for five Rydberg states of singly ionized ytterbium. Free Yb+ ions were produced in a laser-induced plasma. The experimental results have been compared with HFR calculations, taking core-polarization effects into account, and a good agreement (within 25%) between theory and experiment is observed for four levels. HFR results are also proposed for np (n less than or equal to 7) and nf (n less than or equal to 8) Rydberg states and compared with available data. [less ▲]

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See detailAn X-ray investigation of the NGC 346 field in the Small Magellanic Cloud - I. The luminous blue variable HD 5980 and the NGC 346 cluster
Nazé, Yaël ULiege; Hartwell, J. M.; Stevens, I. R. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2002), 580(Part 1), 225-234

We present results from a Chandra observation of the NGC 346 cluster. This cluster contains numerous massive stars and is responsible for the ionization of N66, the most luminous H II region and the ... [more ▼]

We present results from a Chandra observation of the NGC 346 cluster. This cluster contains numerous massive stars and is responsible for the ionization of N66, the most luminous H II region and the largest star formation region in the SMC. In this first paper we will focus on the characteristics of the main objects of the field. The NGC 346 cluster itself shows only relatively faint X-ray emission (with L-X(unabs) similar to 1.5x10(34) ergs s(-1)), tightly correlated with the core of the cluster. In the field also lies HD 5980, a luminous blue variable star in a binary (or possibly a triple) system that is detected for the first time at X-ray energies. The star is X-ray bright, with an unabsorbed luminosity of L-X(unabs) similar to 1.7x10(34) ergs s(-1), but needs to be monitored further to investigate its X-ray variability over a complete 19 day orbital cycle. The high X-ray luminosity may be associated either with colliding winds in the binary system or with the 1994 eruption. HD 5980 is surrounded by a region of diffuse X-ray emission, which is a supernova remnant. While it may be only a chance alignment with HD 5980, such a spatial coincidence may indicate that the remnant is indeed related to this peculiar massive star. [less ▲]

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See detailAtmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) experiment version 3 data retrievals
Irion, Fredrick W.; Gunson, Michael R.; Toon, Geoff C. et al

in Applied Optics (2002), 41(33), 6968-6979

Version 3 of the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) experiment data set for some 30 trace and minor gas profiles is available. From the IR solar-absorption spectra measured during four Space ... [more ▼]

Version 3 of the Atmospheric Trace Molecule Spectroscopy (ATMOS) experiment data set for some 30 trace and minor gas profiles is available. From the IR solar-absorption spectra measured during four Space Shuttle missions (in 1985, 1992, 1993, and 1994), profiles from more than 350 occultations were retrieved from the upper troposphere to the lower mesosphere. Previous results were unreliable for tropospheric retrievals, but with a new global-fitting algorithm profiles are reliably returned down to altitudes as low as 6.5 km (clouds permitting) and include notably improved retrievals of H2O, CO, and other species. Results for stratospheric water are more consistent across the ATMOS spectral filters and do not indicate a net consumption of H-2 in the upper stratosphere. A new sulfuric-acid aerosol product is described. An overview of ATMOS Version 3 processing is presented with a discussion of estimated uncertainties. Differences between these Version 3 and previously reported Version 2 ATMOS results are discussed. Retrievals are available at http://atmos.jpl.nasa.gov/atmos. (C) 2002 Optical Society of America. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of molecular weight of the reactive precursors in melt reactive blending
Yin, Zhihui; Koulic, Christian; Jeon, H. K. et al

in Macromolecules (2002), 35(24), 8917-8919

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See detailCutting balloon angioplasty for the prevention of restenosis: Results of the cutting balloon global randomized trial
Mauri, L.; Bonan, R.; Weiner, B. H. et al

in American Journal of Cardiology (2002), 90(10), 1079-1083

The cutting balloon (CB) is a specialized device designed to create discrete longitudinal incisions in the atherosclerotic target coronary segment during balloon inflation. Such controlled dilatation ... [more ▼]

The cutting balloon (CB) is a specialized device designed to create discrete longitudinal incisions in the atherosclerotic target coronary segment during balloon inflation. Such controlled dilatation theoretically reduces the force needed to dilate an obstructive lesion compared with standard percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA). We report a multicenter, randomized trial comparing the incidence of restenosis after CB angioplasty versus conventional balloon angioplasty in 1,238 patients. Six hundred seventeen patients were randomized to CB treatment, and 621 to PTCA. The mean reference vessel diameter was 2.86 +/- 0.49 mm, mean lesion length 8.9 +/- 4.3 mm, and prevalence of diabetes mellitus in patients was 13%. The primary end point, the 6-month binary angiographic restenosis rate, was 31.4% for CB and 30.4% for PTCA (p = 0.75). Acute procedural success, defined as the attainment of <50% diameter stenosis without in-hospital major adverse cardiac events, was 92.9% for CB and 94.7% for PTCA (p = 0.24). Freedom from target vessel revascularization was slightly higher in the CB arm (88.5% vs 84.6%, log-rank p = 0.04). Five coronary perforations occurred in the CB arm only (0.8% vs 0%, p = 0.03). At 270 days, rates of myocardial infarction, death, and total major adverse cardiac events for CB and PTCA were 4.7% versus 2.4% (p = 0.03), 1.3% versus 0.3% (p = 0.06), and 13.6% versus 15.1% (p = 0.34), respectively. In summary, the proposed mechanism of controlled dilatation did not reduce the rate of angiographic restenosis for the CB compared with conventional balloon angioplasty. CB angioplasty should be reserved for difficult lesions in which controlled dilatation is believed to provide a better acute result compared with balloon angioplasty alone. (C) 2002 by Excerpta Medica, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailPitx factors are involved in basal and hormone-regulated activity of the human prolactin promoter
Quentien, M. H.; Manfroid, Isabelle ULiege; Moncet, D. et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(46), 44408-44416

The pituitary-specific POU homeodomain factor Pit-1 likely interacts with other factors for cell-specific expression of prolactin. Here we identify the paired-like homeobox transcription factors Pitx1 and ... [more ▼]

The pituitary-specific POU homeodomain factor Pit-1 likely interacts with other factors for cell-specific expression of prolactin. Here we identify the paired-like homeobox transcription factors Pitx1 and Pitx2 as factors functionally activating the proximal human prolactin promoter (hPRL-164luc). Using in vitro binding assays and a series of site-specific mutations of the proximal hPRL promoter, we mapped the 131 and B2 bicoid sites involved in Pitx-mediated transactivation of the hPRL-164luc construct. In somatolactotroph GH4C1 cells, basal proximal hPRL promoter activity was inhibited by a Pitx2 dominant-negative form in a dose-dependent manner, whereas binding disruptive mutations in the Pitx sites significantly reduced basal activity of the promoter. We also show that synergistic activation of hPRL-164luc by Pitx2 and Pit-1 requires the integrity of the B2 Pitx binding site, and at least one of the P1 and P2 Pit-1 response elements. In addition, mutation in the B2 Pitx site results in attenuation of the promoter's responsiveness to forskolin, thyrotropin-releasing hormone, and epidermal growth factor. Conversely, Pitx1 or Pitx2 overexpression in GH4C1 cells leads to an enhancement of the drugs stimulatory effects. Altogether, these results suggest that full responsiveness to several signaling pathways regulating the hPRL promoter requires the B2 Pitx binding site and that Pitx factors may be part of the proteic complex involved in these regulations. Finally, in situ hybridization analysis showing coexpression of the PRL and Pitx2 genes in rat and human lactotroph cells corroborates the physiological relevance of these results. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction planning problems in printed circuit board assembly
Crama, Yves ULiege; van de Klundert, Joris; Spieksma, Frits CR

in Discrete Applied Mathematics (2002), 123(1-3), 339-361

This survey describes some of the main optimization problems arising in the context of production planning for the assembly of printed circuit boards. The discussion is structured around a hierarchical ... [more ▼]

This survey describes some of the main optimization problems arising in the context of production planning for the assembly of printed circuit boards. The discussion is structured around a hierarchical decomposition of the planning process into distinct optimization subproblems, addressing issues such as the assignment of board types to machine groups, the allocation of component feeders to individual machines, the determination of optimal production sequences, etc, The paper reviews the literature on this topic with an emphasis on the most recent developments, on the fundamental structure of the mathematical models and on the relation between these models and some 'environmental' variables such as the layout of the shop or the product mix. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V, All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCore-polarization effects in doubly ionized cerium (Ce III) for transitions of astrophysical interest
Biémont, Emile ULiege; Quinet, Pascal ULiege; Ryabchikova, T. A.

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2002), 336(4), 1155-1160

The importance of core-polarization effects on oscillator strength determination in Ce III is emphasized. The inclusion of these effects in relativistic Hartree-Fock (HFR) calculations leads to ... [more ▼]

The importance of core-polarization effects on oscillator strength determination in Ce III is emphasized. The inclusion of these effects in relativistic Hartree-Fock (HFR) calculations leads to theoretical lifetime values for some 4f6p levels of this ion in close agreement with recent time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence measurements. These new atomic data, the most accurate to date, have allowed the refinement of the stellar abundance determination of cerium in the chemically peculiar star HD 192913, but have not altered in a drastic way the conclusions derived in recent analyses regarding the overabundance of this element. [less ▲]

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See detailOptical spectroscopy of X-Mega targets - IV. CPD-59 degrees 2636: a new O-type multiple system in the Carina Nebula
Albacete Colombo, J. F.; Morrell, N. I.; Rauw, Grégor ULiege et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2002), 336(4), 1099-1108

High-resolution optical spectroscopy of CPD -59degrees2636, one of the O-type stars in the open cluster Trumpler 16 in the Carina Nebula, reveals this object to be a multiple system displaying triple ... [more ▼]

High-resolution optical spectroscopy of CPD -59degrees2636, one of the O-type stars in the open cluster Trumpler 16 in the Carina Nebula, reveals this object to be a multiple system displaying triple lines which we label as components A, B and C of spectral types O7 V, O8 V and O9 V, respectively. From our radial velocity measurements we find that the components A and B form a close binary with a period of 3.6284 d, and we obtain the first circular radial velocity orbit for this system with semi-amplitudes of 184 and 192 km s(-1), leading to minimum masses of 10.1 and 9.7 M-.. We find that the component C is a single lined binary with a period of 5.034 d and semi-amplitude of 48 km s(-1). We also analyse the X-ray radiation from CPD -59degrees2636, finding neither appreciable overluminosity nor phase-related X-ray flux variations. [less ▲]

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See detailBenchmarks for the forward observables at RHIC, the Tevatron-run II, and the LHC
Cudell, Jean-René ULiege; Ezhela, Vladimir V.; Gauron, P. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2002), 89(20), 201801

We present predictions on the total cross sections and on the ratio of the real part to the imaginary part of the elastic amplitude (rho parameter) for present and future pp and pbar p colliders, and on ... [more ▼]

We present predictions on the total cross sections and on the ratio of the real part to the imaginary part of the elastic amplitude (rho parameter) for present and future pp and pbar p colliders, and on total cross sections for gamma p -> hadrons at cosmic-ray energies and for gamma gamma-> hadrons up to sqrt{s}=1 TeV. These predictions are based on an extensive study of possible analytic parametrisations invoking the biggest hadronic dataset available at t=0. The uncertainties on total cross sections, including the systematic errors due to contradictory data points from FNAL, can reach 1.9% at RHIC, 3.1% at the Tevatron, and 4.8% at the LHC, whereas those on the rho parameter are respectively 5.4%, 5.2%, and 5.4%. [less ▲]

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See detailNew pyridobenzodiazepine derivatives: Modifications of the basic side chain differentially modulate binding to dopamine (D-4.2, D-2L) and serotonin (5-HT2A) receptors
Liégeois, Jean-François ULiege; Eyrolles, L.; Ellenbroek, B. A. et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2002), 45(23), 5136-5149

A series of new pyridobenzodiazepines with variation of the basic side chain were synthesized and evaluated for their binding to D-4.2, D-2L, and 5-HT2A receptors in comparison with clozapine, haloperidol ... [more ▼]

A series of new pyridobenzodiazepines with variation of the basic side chain were synthesized and evaluated for their binding to D-4.2, D-2L, and 5-HT2A receptors in comparison with clozapine, haloperidol, and two parent compounds previously described, 8-chloro-6-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-11H-pyrido[2,3-b][1,4]benzodiazepine (8) and 8-methyl-6-(4-methyl-1-piperazinyl)-11H-pyrido[2,3-b][1,4]benzodiazepine (9). In the piperazine series, replacing the N-methyl group by a N-phenyl moiety (15-17, 30-32) provided a dramatic decrease of affinity for all receptors (K-i > 1000 nM). A N-cyclohexyl group (20, 35) restored some affinity. Compounds with a N-benzyl (18, 33) or N-phenethyl side chain (19, 34) had significant affinities at D-4.2 and 5-HT2A receptors. Homologation of the piperazine nucleus (29, 44) led to a significant decrease of the affinity at all receptors investigated. In the 4-aminopiperidine series, N-methyl derivatives (21, 36) possessed less affinity in comparison with the N-metbylpiperazine analogues (8, 9) while the N-benzyl congeners (22, 37) showed similar affinities. The rigidification of piperidine nucleus as obtained in azabicyclo [3.2.1] octane derivatives (23, 38) involved a slight reduction of the affinity at D-4.2 and 5-HT2A receptors while the affinity at D-2L receptors was dramatically increased. The introduction of N-substituted aminoalkylamines to replace N-methylpiperazine generally led to a significant decrease in the affinity for D-4.2 receptors but some of these molecules (24, 25, 41) presented a significant 5-HT2A binding affinity. The presence of a more flexible side chain induced an increased conformational freedom. Consequently, the preferential position of the distal nitrogen or its basicity in piperazine derivatives was greatly modified. 19 with a high D-4.2 and 5-HT2A affinity (K-i = 40 and 103 nM, respectively) did not induce cataleptic phenomenon in the paw test in rats but significantly reduced the immobility time in Porsolt's test in mice suggesting antidepressant properties. [less ▲]

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See detailA model for the pion structure function
Bissey, F.; Cudell, Jean-René ULiege; Cugnon, Joseph ULiege et al

in Physics Letters B (2002), 547(3-4), 210-218

The pion structure function is investigated in a simple model, where pion and constituent quark fields are coupled through the simplest pseudoscalar coupling. The imaginary part of the forward gamma*pi ... [more ▼]

The pion structure function is investigated in a simple model, where pion and constituent quark fields are coupled through the simplest pseudoscalar coupling. The imaginary part of the forward gamma*pi --> gamma*pi evaluated and related to the structure functions. It is shown that the introduction of non-perturbative effects linked to the size of the pion and preserving gauge invariance, allows a connection with the quark distribution. It is predicted that higher-twist terms become negligible for Q(2) larger than similar to 2 GeV2 and that quarks in the pion have a momentum fraction smaller than in the proton case. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCascades of popping bubbles
Vandewalle, Nicolas ULiege; Caps, Hervé ULiege; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULiege

in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (2002), 314(1-4), 320-324

We study the intermittent dynamics of collapsing foams. Avalanches of popping bubbles are observed. Although correlations between successive popping bubbles are emphasized, film raptures at the air/foam ... [more ▼]

We study the intermittent dynamics of collapsing foams. Avalanches of popping bubbles are observed. Although correlations between successive popping bubbles are emphasized, film raptures at the air/foam interface seem to be independent of the bubble size. Possible mechanisms for cascades of bubble pops are proposed and discussed. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailOn-axis spatially resolved spectroscopy of low redshift quasar host galaxies: HE 1503+0228, at z=0.135
Courbin, F.; Letawe, Géraldine ULiege; Magain, Pierre ULiege et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 394

We present the first result of a comprehensive spectroscopic study of quasar host galaxies. On-axis, spatially resolved spectra of low redshift quasars have been obtained with FORS1, mounted on the 8.2 m ... [more ▼]

We present the first result of a comprehensive spectroscopic study of quasar host galaxies. On-axis, spatially resolved spectra of low redshift quasars have been obtained with FORS1, mounted on the 8.2 m ESO Very Large Telescope, Antu. The spectra are spatially deconvolved using a spectroscopic version of the ``MCS deconvolution algorithm''. The algorithm decomposes two dimensional spectra into the individual spectra of the central point-like nucleus and of its host galaxy. Applied to HE 1503+0228 at z=0.135 (M[SUB]B[/SUB]=-23.0), it provides us with the spectrum of the host galaxy between 3600 Å and 8500 Å (rest-frame), at a mean resolving power of 700. The data allow us to measure several of the important Lick indices. The stellar populations and gas ionization state of the host galaxy of HE 1503+0228 are very similar to the ones measured for normal non-AGN galaxies. Dynamical information is also available for the gas and stellar components of the galaxy. Using deconvolution and a deprojection algorithm, velocity curves are derived for emission lines, from the center up to 4\arcsec away from the nucleus of the galaxy. Fitting a simple three-components mass model (point mass, spherical halo of dark matter, disk) to the position-velocity diagram, we infer a mass of M(r<1 kpc) = (2.0 +/- 0.3)x 10[SUP]10[/SUP] M[SUB]sun[/SUB] within the central kiloparsec of the galaxy, and a mass integrated over 10 kpc of M(r<10 kpc) = (1.9 +/- 0.3) x 10[SUP]11[/SUP] M[SUB]sun[/SUB], with an additional 10% error due to the uncertainty on the inclination of the galaxy. This, in combination with the analysis of the stellar populations indicates that the host galaxy of HE 1503+0228, is a normal spiral galaxy. Based on observations made with ANTU/UT1 at ESO-Paranal observatory in Chile (program 65.P-0361(A)), and with the ESO 3.5 m NTT, at La Silla observatory (program 62.P-0643(B)). [less ▲]

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See detailMagnon-polaron and spin-polaron signatures in the specific heat and electrical resistivity of La0.6Y0.1Ca0.3MnO3 in zero magnetic field and the effect of Mn - O - Mn bond environment
Ausloos, Marcel ULiege; Hubert, L.; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULiege et al

in Physical Review B (2002), 66(17),

La0.6Y0.1Ca0.3MnO3, an ABO(3) perovskite manganite oxide, exhibits a nontrivial behavior in the vicinity of the sharp peak found in the resistivity rho as a function of temperature T in zero magnetic ... [more ▼]

La0.6Y0.1Ca0.3MnO3, an ABO(3) perovskite manganite oxide, exhibits a nontrivial behavior in the vicinity of the sharp peak found in the resistivity rho as a function of temperature T in zero magnetic field. The various features seen on drho/dT are discussed in terms of competing phase transitions. They are related to the Mn-O-Mn bond environment depending on the content of the A crystallographic site. A Ginzburg-Landau type theory is presented for incorporating concurrent phase transitions. The specific heat C of such a compound is also examined from 50 to 200 K. A log-log analysis indicates different regimes. In the low temperature conducting ferromagnetic phase, a collective magnon signature (Csimilar or equal toT(3/2)) is found as for what are called magnon-polaron excitations. A Csimilar or equal toT(2/3) law is found at high temperature and discussed in terms of the fractal dimension of the conducting network of the weakly conducting (so-called insulating) phase and an Orbach estimate of the excitation spectral behaviors. The need of considering both independent spin scattering and collective spin scattering is thus emphasized. The report indicates a remarkable agreement for the Fisher-Langer formula, i.e., Csimilar todrho/dT at second order phase transitions. Within the Attfield model, we find an inverse square root relationship between the critical temperature(s) and the total local Mn-O-Mn strain. [less ▲]

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See detailDopamine activates noradrenergic receptors in the preoptic area
Cornil, Charlotte ULiege; Balthazart, Jacques ULiege; Motte, Patrick ULiege et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2002), 22(21), 9320-9330

Dopamine (DA) facilitates male sexual behavior and modulates aromatase activity in the quail preoptic area (POA). Aromatase neurons in the POA receive dopaminergic inputs, but the anatomical substrate ... [more ▼]

Dopamine (DA) facilitates male sexual behavior and modulates aromatase activity in the quail preoptic area (POA). Aromatase neurons in the POA receive dopaminergic inputs, but the anatomical substrate that mediates the behavioral and endocrine effects of DA is poorly understood. Intracellular recordings showed that 100 muM DA hyperpolarizes most neurons in the medial preoptic nucleus (80%) by a direct effect, but depolarizes a few others (10%). DA-induced hyperpolarizations were not blocked by D1 or D2 antagonists (SCH-23390 and sulpiride). Extracellular recordings confirmed that DA inhibits the firing of most cells (52%) but excites a few others (24%). These effects also were not affected by DA antagonists (SCH-23390 and sulpiride) but were blocked by alpha(2)-(yohimbine) and alpha(1)-(prazosin) noradrenergic receptor antagonists, respectively. Two dopamine-beta-hydroxylase (DBH) inhibitors (cysteine and fusaric acid) did not block the DA-induced effects, indicating that DA is not converted into norepinephrine (NE) to produce its effects. The pK(B) of yohimbine for the receptor involved in the DA- and NE-induced inhibitions was similar, indicating that the two monoamines interact with the same receptor. Together, these results demonstrate that the effects of DA in the POA are mediated mostly by the activation of alpha(2) (inhibition) and alpha(1) (excitation) adrenoreceptors. This may explain why DA affects the expression of male sexual behavior through its action in the POA, which contains high densities of alpha(2)-noradrenergic but limited amounts of DA receptors. This study thus clearly demonstrates the existence of a cross talk within CNS catecholaminergic systems between a neurotransmitter and heterologous receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailElectron and proton excitation of the FUV aurora: Simultaneous IMAGE and NOAA observations
Coumans, Valérie ULiege; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Hubert, Benoît ULiege et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2002), 107

The Far Ultraviolet (FUV) imaging system on board the IMAGE satellite provides a global view of the north auroral region in different spectral channels. The Wideband Imaging Camera (WIC) is sensitive to ... [more ▼]

The Far Ultraviolet (FUV) imaging system on board the IMAGE satellite provides a global view of the north auroral region in different spectral channels. The Wideband Imaging Camera (WIC) is sensitive to the N[SUB]2[/SUB] LBH emission and NI emissions produced by both electron and proton precipitations. The SI12 camera images the Lyman-alpha emission due to incident protons only. We compare WIC and SI12 observations with model predictions based on particle measurements from the TED and the MEPED detectors on board NOAA-TIROS spacecraft. Models of the interaction of auroral particles with the atmosphere are used together with the in situ proton and electron flux and characteristic energy data to calculate the auroral brightness at the magnetic footprint of the NOAA-15 and NOAA-16 orbital tracks. The MEPED experiment measures the precipitating particles with energy higher than 30 keV, so that these comparisons include all auroral energies, in contrast to previous comparisons. A satisfactory agreement in morphology and in magnitude is obtained for most satellite overflights. The observed FUV-WIC signal is well modeled if the different spatial resolution of the two sensors is considered and the in situ measurements properly smoothed. The calculated count rate includes contributions from LBH emission, the NI 149.3 nm line, and the OI 135.6 nm line excited by electrons and protons. The proton contribution in WIC can locally dominate the electrons. The comparisons indicate that protons can significantly contribute to the FUV aurora at specific times and places and cannot be systematically neglected. The results confirm the shift of the proton auroral oval equatorward of the electron oval in the dusk sector. We also show that in some regions, especially in the dusk sector, high-energy protons dominate the proton energy flux and account for a large fraction of the Lyman-alpha and other FUV emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailCerium: The lithium substitute in post-AGB stars
Reyniers, M.; Winckel, H. V.; Biémont, Emile ULiege et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 395(2), 35-38

In this letter we present an alternative identification for the line detected in the spectra of s-process enriched low-mass post-AGB stars around 6708 Angstrom and which was interpreted in the literature ... [more ▼]

In this letter we present an alternative identification for the line detected in the spectra of s-process enriched low-mass post-AGB stars around 6708 Angstrom and which was interpreted in the literature as due to Li. Newly released line lists of lanthanide species reveal, however, the likely identification of the line to be due to a Ce II transition. We argue that this identification is consistent with the Ce abundance of all the objects discussed in the literature and conclude that in none of the low-mass s-process enriched post-AGB stars there is indication for Li-production. [less ▲]

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See detailHuman exposure to endocrine disrupters: consequences of gastroplasty on plasma concentration of toxic pollutants
Charlier, Corinne ULiege; Desaive, Claude ULiege; Plomteux, Guy ULiege

in International Journal of Obesity (2002), 26(11), 1465-1468

BACKGROUND: Body weight loss occurring after a hypoenergetic diet or a gastroplasty could be followed by an increase in blood concentration of potentially toxic pollutants that can interfere with the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Body weight loss occurring after a hypoenergetic diet or a gastroplasty could be followed by an increase in blood concentration of potentially toxic pollutants that can interfere with the hormonal system (endocrine disrupters). DESIGN: Thirty obese individuals recruited for gastroplasty were compared before and after treatment with 45 normal-weight people. MEASUREMENTS: Blood samples were analyzed for DDT, DDE, HCB and PCBs no. 28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153 and 180, by gas chromatography-mass spectrometry. RESULTS: The results indicate clearly that body weight loss occurring after gastroplasty increases plasma concentration of lipophilic pollutants. CONCLUSION: Gastroplasty increases plasma concentration of organochlorine pesticides and PCBs, which could be a risk factor of endocrine disruption. Future longitudinal research will have to determine if the advantages of body weight loss are reduced by this potentially harmful effect. [less ▲]

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See detailExcitation of the FUV Io tail on Jupiter: Characterization of the electron precipitation
Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Gustin, Jacques ULiege; Grodent, Denis ULiege et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2002), 107(A11),

[1] Spectral observation of both polar regions of Jupiter in the far ultraviolet (FUV) obtained with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), on board the Hubble Space Telescope from July 1997 to ... [more ▼]

[1] Spectral observation of both polar regions of Jupiter in the far ultraviolet (FUV) obtained with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph (STIS), on board the Hubble Space Telescope from July 1997 to January 2001 have been combined with FUV images to map the FUV color ratio along the STIS slit. Spatially resolved spectra of the aurora carried at similar to12 Angstrom resolution have been used to determine the amount of methane absorption as measured by the FUV color ratio of the Io magnetic footprint and its trailing tail. It is found that the absorption is systematically less than in the main polar aurora, indicating a higher altitude source region. The color ratio of the north tail is shown to slowly decrease downstream from the footprint. The combination of these spectral data with a two-stream model of the interaction of energetic electrons with the Jovian thermosphere indicates that the mean energy of the electrons creating the north FUV emission ranges from similar to55 keV at the Io footprint to similar to40 keV, 20 degrees downstream in the tail. In parallel, the incident electron energy flux drops by a factor similar to6 over the same angular distance. These observations are consistent with the steady state slippage picture where the subcorotating flux tube is accelerated very slowly up to corotation owing to the nonideal coupling. It is argued that small deviations from corotation can supply sufficient energy to fuel the observed auroral emissions. It is suggested that the parallel electric field accelerating electrons out of the flux tube only moderately depends on the time elapsed since the contact with Io, although the mapping between a point in the tail and Io is very uncertain in the presence of magnetic field line slippage. [less ▲]

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See detailConnexin expression and gap junctional intercellular communication in human first trimester trophoblast
Cronier, L.; Defamie, N.; Dupays, L. et al

in Molecular Human Reproduction (2002), 8(11), 1005-1013

Connexin (Cx) expression and gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) are involved in development and differentiation processes, and recently mutation of connexin genes has been implicated in ... [more ▼]

Connexin (Cx) expression and gap junctional intercellular communication (GJIC) are involved in development and differentiation processes, and recently mutation of connexin genes has been implicated in pathologies. In the human placenta, two distinct differentiation pathways of cytotrophoblastic cells coexist and lead to a fusion phenotype (villous trophoblast) and a proliferative/invasive phenotype (extravillous trophoblast). Here we characterized in situ and in vitro the expression of Cx transcripts and proteins in the villous and extravillous trophoblast of first trimester placenta. In addition, the GJIC functionality was investigated using the gap-fluorescence recovery after photobleaching (gap-FRAP) method. We demonstrated in the villous trophoblast the presence of Cx43 mRNA and of Cx43 protein localized between cytotrophoblastic cells and between cytotrophoblastic cells and syncytiotrophoblast. In vitro, a transient functional gap junctional intertrophoblastic communication was demonstrated during the trophoblast fusion leading to the multinucleated syncytiotrophoblast. During the proliferative process of the extravillous trophoblast, Cx40 is expressed in the proximal part of the cell columns. When cytotrophoblastic cells were cultured on Matrigel(R) for 2 days, alpha5beta1 integrin expression was observed concomitant with the presence of Cx40 mRNA and of Cx40 protein between the cells. No evidence for a GJIC was detected in this induced extravillous phenotype. In addition, Cx32 was detected between some aggregated cells after 72 h of culture. Our data show that the presence of Cx43 allows an inter-trophoblastic GJIC and is associated with the fusion process leading to the villous syncytiotrophoblast and that the presence of Cx40 does not allow GJIC and is associated with the extravillous phenotype. [less ▲]

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See detailGround-based infrared spectroscopic measurements of carbonyl sulfide: Free tropospheric trends from a 24-year time series of solar absorption measurements
Rinsland, Curtis P.; Goldman, Aaron; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULiege et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Atmospheres (2002), 107(D22),

[1] Solar absorption spectra recorded over a 24-year time span have been analyzed to retrieve average free tropospheric mixing ratios of carbonyl sulfide (OCS). The measurements were recorded with the ... [more ▼]

[1] Solar absorption spectra recorded over a 24-year time span have been analyzed to retrieve average free tropospheric mixing ratios of carbonyl sulfide (OCS). The measurements were recorded with the Fourier transform spectrometer located in the U. S. National Solar Observatory McMath solar telescope facility on Kitt Peak (altitude 2.09 km, lat. 31.9degreesN, long. 111.6degreesW), southwest of Tucson, Arizona, and were obtained on 167 days between May 1978 and February 2002, typically at 0.01-cm(-1) spectral resolution. A best fit to the time series shows an average mixing ratio of 566 pptv (1 pptv = 10(-12) per unit volume) between 2.09 and 10 km, a small but statistically significant long-term decrease equal to (-0.25 +/- 0.04)% yr(-1), 1 sigma, and a seasonal variation with a summer maximum, a winter minimum, and a peak amplitude of (1.3 +/- 0.4)%, 1 sigma, relative to the mean. Although a statistically significant decline and seasonal variation have been detected, both are exceedingly small. The present results confirm and extend earlier studies showing that the OCS free tropospheric abundance at northern midlatitudes has remained nearly constant over the last decades. [less ▲]

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See detailTranscription of the human prolactin gene in mammary cells
Baudhuin, A.; Manfroid, Isabelle ULiege; Van de Weerdt, Cécile ULiege et al

in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2002), 973

Expression of human prolactin in the Mammary gland, one of the main target organs of this hormone, leads to the formation of an autocrine-paracrine proliferative loop in this tissue. Involvement of ... [more ▼]

Expression of human prolactin in the Mammary gland, one of the main target organs of this hormone, leads to the formation of an autocrine-paracrine proliferative loop in this tissue. Involvement of prolactin in normal and neoplastic mammary development triggered the interest in transcriptional regulation of the human prolactin gene in mammary cells. Analysis of this regulation, and comparison to that in the pituitary, will contribute to a better understanding of mammary gland development and tumor formation. Here we present the first extensive analysis of the transcriptional regulation of the human prolactin gene in human mammary tumor cells. [less ▲]

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See detailLe mélèze en Région wallonne. Etat des lieux et stations potentielles
Claessens, Hugues ULiege; Lecomte, H.; Pauwels, D.

in Forêt Wallonne (2002), (61), 4-9

Le mélèze a été introduit en Belgique dans la deuxième moitié du XVIIIe siècle. Il s’agissait alors du mélèze d’Europe, surtout implanté à des fins esthétiques ou d’enrichissement de forêts feuillues ... [more ▼]

Le mélèze a été introduit en Belgique dans la deuxième moitié du XVIIIe siècle. Il s’agissait alors du mélèze d’Europe, surtout implanté à des fins esthétiques ou d’enrichissement de forêts feuillues. Quant au mélèze du Japon, il a été importé en Europe à la fin du XIXe siècle. Ce n’est qu’à partir des années ’50 que les mélèzes ont eu du succès auprès des sylviculteurs. Ils l’ont planté le plus souvent par parquets purs après d’autres résineux ou en transformation de peuplements feuillus de faible qualité sylvicole. Mais comme le montrera l’inventaire forestier wallon en 1980, ce succès fut de courte durée. [less ▲]

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See detailLe mélèze, un résineux à (re) découvrir
Rondeux, Jacques ULiege

in Forêt Wallonne (2002), (61), 3

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See detailL'evaluation de la qualite de vie dans les essais therapeutiques: un pas vers une approche holistique de la sante
Ethgen, Olivier ULiege; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(11), 695-700

The concept of quality of life has been widely developed over the last two decades. As they provide subjective assessment of health, quality of life measures may be broadly and relevantly applied in many ... [more ▼]

The concept of quality of life has been widely developed over the last two decades. As they provide subjective assessment of health, quality of life measures may be broadly and relevantly applied in many areas. Numerous measures are available today to perform discriminative, evaluative or analytical studies in the epidemiological, the therapeutic or the health economic fields. Such measures are increasingly used and may be added to clinical, biological or radiographical criteria to assess medical benefits and health outcomes in order to strengthen decisional choice in health. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of the interaction formulae for beam columns in Eurocode 3
Boissonnade, N.; Jaspart, Jean-Pierre ULiege; Muzeau, J. P. et al

in Computers & Structures (2002), 80(27-30), 2375-2385

This paper presents a new proposal for beam-column interaction formulae initially based on second-order in-plane elastic theory, as an alternative to those proposed in the Eurocode 3 pre-standard [1]. It ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a new proposal for beam-column interaction formulae initially based on second-order in-plane elastic theory, as an alternative to those proposed in the Eurocode 3 pre-standard [1]. It has been derived according to the following requirements: theoretical background, clear physical meaning, consistency with the other related formulae of Eurocode 3 and accuracy. Besides that, the suggested formulae cover all required continuities: between the cross-section classes, from plasticity to elasticity as slenderness and axial force increase, and continuity between all the individual stability member checks and cross-section verifications. Further to the presentation of the formulae and their background, the good agreement of the proposal is shown through an extensive comparison with more than 15,000 results of finite element numerical simulations. (C) 2002 Civil-Comp Ltd. and Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSynergistic activation of human immunodeficiency virus type 1 promoter activity by NF-kappa B and inhibitors of deacetylases: Potential perspectives for the development of therapeutic strategies
Quivy, Vincent; Adam, Emmanuelle; Collette, Yves et al

in Journal of Virology (2002), 76(21), 11091-11103

The transcription factor NF-kappaB plays a central role in the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) activation pathway. HIV-1 transcription is also regulated by protein acetylation, since treatment ... [more ▼]

The transcription factor NF-kappaB plays a central role in the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) activation pathway. HIV-1 transcription is also regulated by protein acetylation, since treatment with deacetylase inhibitors such as trichostatin A (TSA) or sodium butyrate (NaBut) markedly induces HIV-1 transcriptional activity of the long terminal repeat (LTR) promoter. Here, we demonstrate that TSA (NaBut) synergized with both ectopically expressed p50/p65 and tumor necrosis factor alpha/SF2 (TNF)-induced NF-kappaB to activate the LTR. This was confirmed for LTRs from subtypes A through G of the HIV-1 major group, with a positive correlation between the number Of kappaB sites present in the LTRs and the amplitude of the TNF-TSA synergism. Mechanistically, TSA (NaBut) delayed the cytoplasmic recovery of the inhibitory protein IkappaBalpha. This coincided with a prolonged intranuclear presence and DNA binding activity of NF-kappaB. The physiological relevance of the TNF-TSA (NaBut) synergism was shown on HIV-1 replication in both acutely and latently HIV-infected cell lines. Therefore, our results open new therapeutic strategies aimed at decreasing or eliminating the pool of latently HIV-infected reservoirs by forcing viral expression. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of serracin P, a phage-tail-like bacteriocin, and its activity against Erwinia amylovora, the fire blight pathogen
Jabrane, A.; Sabri, Ahmed ULiege; Compère, Philippe ULiege et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2002), 68(11), 5704-5710

Serratia plymithicum J7 culture supernatant displayed activity against many pathogenic strains of Erwinia amylovora,the causal agent of the most serious bacterial disease of apple and pear trees, fire ... [more ▼]

Serratia plymithicum J7 culture supernatant displayed activity against many pathogenic strains of Erwinia amylovora,the causal agent of the most serious bacterial disease of apple and pear trees, fire blight, and against Klebsiella pneumoniae, Serratia liquefaciens, Serratia marcescens, and Pseudomonas fluorescens. This activity increased significantly upon induction with mitomycin C. A phage-tail-like bacteriocin, named serracin P, was purified from an induced culture supernatant of S. plymithicum J7. It was found to be the only compound involved in the antibacterial activity against sensitive strains. The N-terminal amino acid sequence analysis of the two major subunits (23 and 43 kDa) of serracin P revealed high homology with the Fels-2 prophage of Salmonella enterica, the coliphages P2 and 168, the CTX prophage of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and a prophage of Yersinia pestis. This strongly suggests a common ancestry for serracin P and these bacteriophages. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalyse des opportunités de transport de conteneurs par la voie fluviale entre les ports de Liège, d'Anvers et de Rotterdam
Marchal, Jean ULiege

in Special Lloyd, Annuaire du Port de Liège 2002 (2002)

Le transport est une activité socio-économique fondamentale qui joue un rôle complexe et multiple dans le fonctionnement et dans le mécanisme du développement d’un pays ou d’une région. Une bonne marche ... [more ▼]

Le transport est une activité socio-économique fondamentale qui joue un rôle complexe et multiple dans le fonctionnement et dans le mécanisme du développement d’un pays ou d’une région. Une bonne marche couronnée de succès du système économique et social d’une région est en effet étroitement liée au transport de qualité organisé rationnellement. Sur base de ces considérations, il est clair que l’activité « transport » intègre un grand nombre de composantes et son impact déborde largement les seuls utilisateurs. A cet aspect pluridisciplinaire de l’activité « transport », il faut ajouter son évolution vers des solutions intermodales ; il faut en effet dépasser la simple organisation de la concurrence pour assurer la complémentarité des modes de transport, ce qui naturellement génère l’émergence de la logistique intégrée devenue une activité majeure pour tendre vers un optimum du transfert origine-destination. Dans une perspective de concurrence intermodale équitable, il convient que l’évaluation comparative se fasse sur un plan socio-économique, tenant compte à la fois des coûts internes et externes. Il faut mobiliser les différents niveaux de pouvoir et de compétence et veiller particulièrement à ce que les avancées en matière de libéralisation et de mise en concurrence et les politiques sectorielles s’inscrivent pleinement dans l’objectif d’une mobilité durable. Ces principes de base ont sous-tendus la présente analyse du « Pôle Transport de la région liégeoise » relative à l’opportunité de transférer du conteneur du port de Liège (plate-forme de Renory) vers les ports d’Anvers et de Rotterdam, principalement par la voie d’eau, alors qu’actuellement ce transfert est réalisé par la route. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical Simulation of Viscoplastic and Frictional Heating during Finite Deformation of Metal. Part II: Applications
Adam, Laurent; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULiege

in Journal of Engineering Mechanics (2002), Vol. 128

In this paper we will apply the theoretical framework developed in Part I to various metal forming processes. These numerical simulations are exposed showing the capability of the formulation to simulate ... [more ▼]

In this paper we will apply the theoretical framework developed in Part I to various metal forming processes. These numerical simulations are exposed showing the capability of the formulation to simulate finite anisothermal deformation of solids and thermal field evolution due to viscoplastic and frictional heating. [less ▲]

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See detailLe medicament du mois. L'association budesonide 160 micrograms/formoterol 4.5 micrograms (Symbicort TH)
Louis, Renaud ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(11), 741-4

The combination of budesonide 160 micrograms/formoterol 4.5 micrograms (Symbicort TH) in the same dry powder inhaler (turbohaler) results in a drug that possesses powerful bronchial anti-inflammatory ... [more ▼]

The combination of budesonide 160 micrograms/formoterol 4.5 micrograms (Symbicort TH) in the same dry powder inhaler (turbohaler) results in a drug that possesses powerful bronchial anti-inflammatory, bronchoprotective and bronchodilating activities. Symbicort TH is registered as a maintenance treatment for asthma from the age of 12 years. This drug is indicated in the treatment of moderate and severe persistent asthma as well as in asthma which remains mild persistent despite the regular use of low doses of inhaled corticoids alone. Symbicort TH rapidly improves asthma control by reducing symptoms, relief medication consumption and by improving lung function. Importantly, when taken regularly over a prolonged period, the drug reduces the number of mild and severe exacerbations. The dose of Symbicort TH is adjustable according to the disease severity and generally fluctuates between 2 x 1/24 h and 4 x 2/24 h. Symbicort TH is a simple and a efficient treatment likely to improve the compliance of asthmatics to their treatment in real life. [less ▲]

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See detailCannabis, situation en 2001-2002
Noirfalise, Alfred ULiege; Gosset, Christiane ULiege; Maisse, L.

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(11), 692-4

Even though its use becomes common, cannabis remains a narcotic, the risks of which are nowadays better known. Its therapeutic value still needs to be scientifically demonstrated.

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See detailLocalization of oestrogen receptors in the sensory and motor areas of the spinal cord in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica)
Evrard, H. C.; Balthazart, Jacques ULiege

in Journal of Neuroendocrinology (2002), 14(11), 894-903

In Japanese quail, the presence of aromatase (oestrogen synthase) in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord suggests that spinal sensory processes might be controlled by local actions of oestrogens. This is ... [more ▼]

In Japanese quail, the presence of aromatase (oestrogen synthase) in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord suggests that spinal sensory processes might be controlled by local actions of oestrogens. This is supported by the presence of oestrogen receptors and aromatase in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in rats, and by the alteration of sensitivity by oestrogens in various mammalian species and also in canaries. We investigated whether oestrogens that are locally produced in the quail spinal cord can bind to specific receptors in the vicinity of their site of synthesis. We demonstrate the presence of numerous oestrogen receptor alpha-immunoreactive (ERalpha-ir) cell nuclei, predominantly in laminae II and, to a lesser extent, I and III of the dorsal horn of the spinal cord (i.e. in the area where aromatase was previously identified). ERalpha-ir cells were also seen in various parts of the intermediate zone (laminae V-VII). This presence of ERalpha-ir cells in the dorsal horn and intermediate zone fits in well with the distribution of ERalpha-ir cells in homologous areas in mammals, including rats. Only a few labelled cells were found in the ventral horn in the cervical, brachial, thoracic and first lumbar segments, but a conspicuous dense group of large ERalpha-ir cells was identified in lamina IX of the ventral horn in synsacral segments 8-10, which contain the motoneurones innervating the muscles of the cloacal gland. The presence of ERalpha-ir cells in lamina IX of these synsacral segments in quail contrasts with the finding that motoneurones innervating penile muscles in rats contain androgen, but not oestrogen receptors, and are influenced by androgens rather than by oestrogens. Together, these data suggest that spinal actions of oestrogens may modulate the sensory and motor systems that participate in reproduction, as well as other nonreproductive functions in quail. [less ▲]

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See detailLe point sur l'immunité civile
Michiels, Olivier ULiege

in Lexius Actua (2002), 9

La loi du 10 avril 1971 sur les accidents du travail organise un régime de réparation forfaitaire du préjudice professionnel subi par la victime d’un accident du travail. Comme l’écrit M. JAMOULLE « la ... [more ▼]

La loi du 10 avril 1971 sur les accidents du travail organise un régime de réparation forfaitaire du préjudice professionnel subi par la victime d’un accident du travail. Comme l’écrit M. JAMOULLE « la règle de la responsabilité patronale a disparu ; l’employeur n’est jamais plus le débiteur personnel des indemnités forfaitaire ; en revanche, il devient le titulaire d’une obligation de contracter une assurance accident en faveur de ses salariés, assurance dont il supporte le coût par le payement des primes qui demeurent à sa charge exclusive. » La loi de 1971 n’évince toutefois pas le droit commun si ce n’est en conférant à l’employeur, à ses préposés et à ses mandataires, dans des hypothèses strictement réglementées, une immunité civile. C'est pourquoi la loi sur les accidents du travail organise la coexistence entre la réparation forfaitaire et la réparation selon les règles du droit commun. Si la volonté du législateur fut de permettre à la victime d’un accident du travail d’obtenir une indemnisation du risque professionnel qui se concrétise par l’intervention d’une assurance privée, il n’a jamais été question de libérer le tiers responsable de l’accident de son obligation de réparation. L’exonération de la responsabilité civile telle qu’elle est prévue par l’article 46 de la loi sur les accidents du travail a suscité diverses questions préjudicielles posées à la Cour d’Arbitrage. Nous nous proposons d’en faire le point. [less ▲]

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See detailQuaternary folding in the south piedmont of central segment of Tianshan Mountains
Huafu, Lu; Dong, Jia; Suppe, J. et al

in Chinese Science Bulletin (2002), 47

The Tianshan Mountains are an important active structural belt in the interior of Eurasia. By integrated methods of surface geology survey and interpretation of seismic profiles, we distinguish fold ... [more ▼]

The Tianshan Mountains are an important active structural belt in the interior of Eurasia. By integrated methods of surface geology survey and interpretation of seismic profiles, we distinguish fold scarps located at the south limb of the Kuqatawu anticline and the north limb of the Dongqiulitag anticline in the Kuqa rejuvenation foreland thrust belt, south piedmont of central segment of the Tian- shan Mountains. Fold scarp is a newly found structural phenomenon. Because of the bend of thrust plane and the movement of hanging wall above the thrust plane, the origi- nal horizontal deposits of hanging wall and their surface become a monocline structure, resulting from the separating and migration of the active and fixed axial surfaces. Meas- uring the geometry of fold scarp and using the data of age of the deformed deposits, the crustal shortening rate resulting from the deeply seated subsurface thrust is calculated. The crustal shortening rate reflected by the fold scarp located at the north limb of the Dngqiulitag anticline is (1␣0.1) mm/a. The fold scarps of the Dongqiulitag anticline and the Ku- qatawu anticline identify that the deformation process of the crustal compressive structures in the Kuqa area extends into the Late Quaternary. [less ▲]

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See detailMorphological and hormonal characterisation of strawberry vitroplants raised through axillary or stipular adventitious shooting
Jemmali, Ahmed; Elloumi, Nedra; Kevers, Claire ULiege et al

in Plant Growth Regulation (2002), 38(3), 273-278

Adventitious stipular bud formation occurred in vitro in many strawberry cultivars during the proliferation phase on medium containing Knop macronutrients, MS micronutrients, vitamins, aminoacids, 2.22 ... [more ▼]

Adventitious stipular bud formation occurred in vitro in many strawberry cultivars during the proliferation phase on medium containing Knop macronutrients, MS micronutrients, vitamins, aminoacids, 2.22 muM BAP, 2.46 muM IBA and 0.29 muM GA(3). As described previously for cultivar Gorella, cultivar Elsanta also showed adventitious stipular buds developing on the abaxial median zone between the stipule tips. To compare the shoots produced from both types of buds, clonal propagation was initiated from stipular buds and from axillary buds on the above mentioned medium. Stipular buds were separated from the meristem-tip initiated plantlet and cultivated in the presence of a lower BAP concentration (1.33 muM) to prevent further stipular bud formation. During proliferation cycles, stipular originated propagules were very easily distinguished by their specific leaf phenotype and light green colour in comparison to plantlets cloned for an axillary bud. Their multiplication rate and cytokinin content were also higher than for axillary buds. No significant difference was observed in auxin content. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of endocrine status and cell type in adhesion of human endometrial cells to the peritoneum in nude mice
Beliard, Aude ULiege; Noël, Agnès ULiege; Goffin, Frédéric ULiege et al

in Fertility and Sterility (2002), 78(5), 973-978

Objective: To investigate the role of different cellular types (epithelial and stromal endometrial cells and peritoneal cells) in the ectopic implantation of endometrium and to evaluate the importance of ... [more ▼]

Objective: To investigate the role of different cellular types (epithelial and stromal endometrial cells and peritoneal cells) in the ectopic implantation of endometrium and to evaluate the importance of endocrine environment on the adhesion of endometrial cells to the peritoneum. Design: Experimental prospective study. Setting: University hospital, department of cell biology. Animal(s): One hundred one nude mice. Intervention(s): Monolayer culture of human epithelial and stromal endometrial cells obtained from patients undergoing hysterectomy or laparoscopy for benign disease. Intraperitoneal injection of cells into nude mice. Main Outcome Measure(s): Two weeks after cell injection, adhesion of endometrial cells was evaluated by histological and immunohistochemical examination. Result(s): Mixed cultures of stromal and epithelial cells, but not purified epithelial or stromal cells alone, adhered to the mouse peritoneum and led to endometriotic-like nodules. Pretreatment of cells with estrogen alone or with estrogen and progestin resulted in a higher percentage of animals developing endometriotic-like nodules, whereas treatment with progestin alone did not affect endometriotic implantation. Conclusion(s): Our data indicate that the success of endometrial cell implantation is dependent on the cooperativeness between stromal and epithelial endometrial cells, as well as on the endocrine environment of endometrial cells, but not that of recipient animals. The results emphasize the role of both endometrial cell types for ectopic implantation. (C) 2002 by American Society for Reproductive Medicine. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Constipation et syndrome de masse abdominale chez une patiente de 51 ans
Detrembleur, Nancy ULiege; Delbecque, Katty ULiege; Thiry, Albert ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(11), 688-91

A 51-year old patient consults for abdominal swelling and persistent constipation. Clinical exploration shows the presence of a left iliac fossa tumor corresponding to a papillary serous adenocarcinoma of ... [more ▼]

A 51-year old patient consults for abdominal swelling and persistent constipation. Clinical exploration shows the presence of a left iliac fossa tumor corresponding to a papillary serous adenocarcinoma of the fallopian tube after macroscopic and microscopic examination. The diagnostic and therapeutic problems caused by this rare gynecologic tumor are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailA multi-wavelength investigation of the non-thermal radio emitting O-star 9 Sgr
Rauw, Grégor ULiege; Blomme, R.; Waldron, W. L. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 394(3), 993-1008

We report the results of a multi-wavelength investigation of the O4 V star 9 Sgr (= HD164794). Our data include observations in the X-ray domain with XMM-Newton, in the radio domain with the VLA as well ... [more ▼]

We report the results of a multi-wavelength investigation of the O4 V star 9 Sgr (= HD164794). Our data include observations in the X-ray domain with XMM-Newton, in the radio domain with the VLA as well as optical spectroscopy. 9 Sgr is one of a few presumably single OB stars that display non-thermal radio emission. This phenomenon is attributed to synchrotron emission by relativistic electrons accelerated in strong hydrodynamic shocks in the stellar wind. Given the enormous supply of photospheric UV photons in the wind of 9 Sgr, inverse Compton scattering by these relativistic electrons is a priori expected to generate a non-thermal power law tail in the X-ray spectrum. Our EPIC and RGS spectra of 9 Sgr reveal a more complex situation than expected from this simple theoretical picture. While the bulk of the thermal X-ray emission from 9 Sgr arises most probably in a plasma at temperature similar to3 x 10(6) K distributed throughout the wind, the nature of the hard emission in the X-ray spectrum is less clear. Assuming a non-thermal origin, our best fitting model yields a photon index of greater than or equal to2.9 for the power law component which would imply a low compression ratio of less than or equal to1.79 for the shocks responsible for the electron acceleration. However, the hard emission can also be explained by a thermal plasma at a temperature greater than or equal to2 x 10(7) K. Our VLA data indicate that the radio emission of 9 Sgr was clearly non-thermal at the time of the XMM-Newton observation. Again, we derive a low compression ratio (1.7) for the shocks that accelerate the electrons responsible for the synchrotron radio emission. Finally, our optical spectra reveal long-term radial velocity variations suggesting that 9 Sgr could be a long-period spectroscopic binary. [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix metalloproteinase-9, but not tissue inhibitor of matrix metalloproteinase-1, increases in the sputum from allergic asthmatic patients after allergen challenge
Cataldo, Didier ULiege; Bettiol, J.; Noël, Agnès ULiege et al

in CHEST (2002), 122(5), 1553-1559

Objective: The aim of the study was to determine whether allergen inhalation modulates the levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metallloproteinase (TIMP)-1 in the ... [more ▼]

Objective: The aim of the study was to determine whether allergen inhalation modulates the levels of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9 and tissue inhibitor of matrix metallloproteinase (TIMP)-1 in the induced sputum recovered from patients during a late-phase reaction. Method: Eight allergic asthma patients and five healthy control subjects inhaled a dose of Dermatophagoides pteronyssinus extract corresponding to the provocative concentration of the allergen causing a 20% fall in FEV1 and saline solution. Lung function was carefully monitored for 6 h, and an induced sputum test was performed at 6 h after sham challenge or allergen challenge. The total and differential cell counts were analyzed, and the levels of MMP-9 (by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay [ELISA] and zymography), TIMP-1 (by ELISA), and albumin (by rocket immunoelectrophoresis) were measured. Results: The sputum eosinophil counts (p < 0.01) and MMP-9 levels (p < 0.05) increased significantly in atopic asthma patients after undergoing the allergen challenge but did not in the control subjects. By contrast, TIMP-1 and albumin levels were not significantly increased in any group. MMP-9 levels, measured after the allergen challenge in asthmatic patients, were significantly correlated with FEV1 variations after allergen inhalation (r = 0.51; p < 0.05) and with the sputum neutrophil percentage (r = 0.71; p < 0.01). Conclusion: The levels of MMP-9, but not TIMP-1, increase after inhaled allergen challenge in the sputum of allergic asthmatic patients. This protease increase may lead to a transient imbalance between MMP-9 and TIMP-1 favoring proteolytic extracellular matrix degradation. [less ▲]

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See detailAn XMM-Newton observation of the Lagoon Nebula and the very young open cluster NGC 6530
Rauw, Grégor ULiege; Nazé, Yaël ULiege; Gosset, Eric ULiege et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 395(2), 499-513

We report the results of an XMM-Newton observation of the Lagoon Nebula (M8). Our EPIC images of this region reveal a cluster of point sources, most of which have optical counterparts inside the very ... [more ▼]

We report the results of an XMM-Newton observation of the Lagoon Nebula (M8). Our EPIC images of this region reveal a cluster of point sources, most of which have optical counterparts inside the very young open cluster NGC6530. The bulk of these X-ray sources are probably associated with low and intermediate mass pre-main sequence stars. One of the sources experienced a flare-like increase of its X-ray flux making it the second brightest source in M8 after the O4 star 9 Sgr. The X-ray spectra of most of the brightest sources can be fitted with thermal plasma models with temperatures of kT similar to a few keV. Only a few of the X-ray selected PMS candidates are known to display Halpha emission and were previously classified as classical T Tauri stars. This suggests that most of the X-ray emitting PMS stars in NGC6530 are weak-line T Tauri stars. In addition to 9 Sgr, our EPIC field of view contains also a few early-type stars. The X-ray emission from HD 164816 is found to be typical for an O9.5 III-IV star. At least one of the known Herbig Be stars in NGC6530 ( LkHalpha 115) exhibits a relatively strong X-ray emission, while most of the main sequence stars of spectral type B1 and later are not detected. We also detect ( probably) diffuse X-ray emission from the Hourglass Region that might reveal a hot bubble blown by the stellar wind of Herschel 36, the ionizing star of the Hourglass Region. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical simulation of viscoplastic and frictional heating during finite deformation of metal. Part I: Theory
Adam, Laurent; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULiege

in Journal of Engineering Mechanics (2002), 128(11), 1215-1221

In this paper we will apply the theoretical framework developed in Part I to various metal forming processes. These numerical simulations are exposed showing the capability of the formulation to simulate ... [more ▼]

In this paper we will apply the theoretical framework developed in Part I to various metal forming processes. These numerical simulations are exposed showing the capability of the formulation to simulate finite anisothermal deformation of solids and thermal field evolution due to viscoplastic and frictional heating. [less ▲]

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See detailHistoire et philosophie : un couple plusieurs fois millénaire
Jadoulle, Jean-Louis ULiege

in Cahiers du SERDEP (2002)

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See detailEffect of matrigel on human extravillous trophoblasts differentiation: Modulation of protease pattern gene expression
Tarrade, A.; Goffin, Frédéric ULiege; Munaut, Carine ULiege et al

in Biology of Reproduction (2002), 67(5), 1628-1637

The human placenta is characterized by extensive trophoblast invasion of the uterus. Indeed, extravillous cytotrophoblast cells invade the. decidua and the upper third of uterine spiral arteries in the ... [more ▼]

The human placenta is characterized by extensive trophoblast invasion of the uterus. Indeed, extravillous cytotrophoblast cells invade the. decidua and the upper third of uterine spiral arteries in the myometrium. This invasion is reflected in situ by the expression of specific markers. In order to study this invasion process, we have established an in vitro culture model of human extravillous trophoblast isolated from first trimester chorionic villi. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of a composite matrix, the Matrigel required for the culture of this homogenous population of extravillous trophoblasts (EVCT), on their in vitro differentiation. The effect of Matrigel was studied on different markers characterized by immunocytochemistry and by real-time polymerase chain reaction assay of transcripts. In addition, the expression of 12 different matrix metalloproteases and their inhibitors were investigated. We show that human extravillous cytotrophoblasts acquire an invasive phenotype on Matrigel associated with a specific pattern of protease gene expression. This in vitro model will be of interest to study the cellular mechanisms involved in abnormal trophoblast invasion observed in poor placentation and preeclampsia. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental evidence for N recycling in the leaves of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica
Lepoint, Gilles ULiege; Defawe, Olivier; Gobert, Sylvie ULiege et al

in Journal of Sea Research (2002), 48(3), 173-179

A one-year in situ experiment using N-15 as a tracer was designed to assess the N recycling in the leaves of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile. R oceanica was shown to partly recycle the ... [more ▼]

A one-year in situ experiment using N-15 as a tracer was designed to assess the N recycling in the leaves of the seagrass Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile. R oceanica was shown to partly recycle the internal nitrogen pool of its leaves in order to contribute to new leaf growth. The leaves sampled in June 1999 contained 20% of the quantity of N-15 found in June 1998. N recycling caused a difference between N and biomass turnover rate (0.8 vs 1.3 y(-1)) of Posidonia leaves. This 40% difference should correspond to the contribution of recycled N to the annual N requirement of Posidonia leaves. The N recycling appears to be insufficient to significantly reduce the quantitative impact of N loss due to autumnal leaf fall. However, new leaf growth between June and October is mainly sustained by this recycling because the tracer concentration in new leaves was the same as in the other leaves. By contrast, tracer concentration decreased drastically between October 1998 and June 1999, showing the more important contribution of N uptake during winter and spring. Nevertheless, recycling occurs throughout the year as demonstrated by the presence of tracer in the youngest leaves of shoots sampled one year after the tracer addition. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailContext-dependent effects of castration and testosterone treatment on song in male European starlings
Pinxten, R.; De Ridder, E.; Balthazart, Jacques ULiege et al

in Hormones & Behavior (2002), 42(3), 307-318

Most seasonally breeding songbirds display dramatic seasonal fluctuations in plasma testosterone (T) levels and mate attraction behaviors, including song. However, males of some songbird species, such as ... [more ▼]

Most seasonally breeding songbirds display dramatic seasonal fluctuations in plasma testosterone (T) levels and mate attraction behaviors, including song. However, males of some songbird species, such as the European starling (Stumus vulgaris), continue to sing at high levels after the breeding season, when T levels are basal. In male starlings song during the breeding season functions mainly to attract mates, whereas song during the nonbreeding season appears unrelated to reproduction. This suggests that song produced in a context unrelated to female courtship, unlike song directed toward females, is not regulated by plasma T. In captive males housed in large outdoor aviaries we explored the relationship between plasma T and song produced during the breeding season within and outside a courtship context. This was achieved by determining the effects of castration and subsequent T treatment on song and mate attraction behaviors in both the presence and the absence of a female. Compared to intact males, castrated males did not show reduced song activity in the absence of a female for at least 6 months after the operation, strongly suggesting that the expression of noncourtship song is not regulated by plasma T. Likewise, we found that experimentally elevating T levels in castrated males did not affect noncourtship song rates. However, control castrated males receiving empty implants tended to show reduced noncourtship song rates after implantation. This may have been due to a suppressive effect caused by the presence of the T-implanted castrated males in the same aviary. In contrast, courtship singing was clearly controlled by plasma T: it was abolished by castration and restored by subsequent T replacement when males were housed both individually and in a group situation. High plasma levels of T also appeared necessary for the activation of three other behavioral traits critical for mate attraction, namely, nesthole occupancy, spending time (singing) in a nesthole, and carrying green nesting material into a nesthole. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science (USA). [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of aggregation on bacteriochlorin a triplet-state formation: A laser flash photolysis study
Damoiseau, Xavier; Tfibel, Francis; Hoebeke, Maryse ULiege et al

in Photochemistry & Photobiology (2002), 76(5), 480-485

Bacteriochlorin a (BCA) is a potential photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy of cancer. It has been shown previously that the photoefficiency of the dye is mainly dependent on singlet oxygen (O-1(2 ... [more ▼]

Bacteriochlorin a (BCA) is a potential photosensitizer for photodynamic therapy of cancer. It has been shown previously that the photoefficiency of the dye is mainly dependent on singlet oxygen (O-1(2)) generation. Nanosecond laser flash photolysis was used to produce and to investigate the excited triplet state of the dye in methanol, phosphate buffer and dimiristoyl-L-alpha-phosphatidylcholine (DMPC) liposomes. The transients were characterized in terms of their absorption spectra, decay kinetics, molar absorption coefficients and formation quantum yield of singlet-triplet intercrossing. The lifetime of the BCA triplet state was measured at room temperature. The triplet-state quantum yield is quite high in methanol (0.7) and in DMPC (0.4) but only 0.095 in phosphate buffer. In the last case, BCA is in a monomer-dimer equilibrium, and the low value of the quantum yield observed was ascribed to the fact the triplet state is only formed by the monomers. [less ▲]

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See detailMouse Aortic Ring Assay: A New Approach of the Molecular Genetics of Angiogenesis
Masson, Véronique ULiege; Devy, L.; Grignet-Debrus, Christine ULiege et al

in Biological Procedures Online (2002), 4

Angiogenesis, a key step in many physiological and pathological processes, involves proteolysis of the extracellular matrix. To study the role of two enzymatic families, serine-proteases and matrix ... [more ▼]

Angiogenesis, a key step in many physiological and pathological processes, involves proteolysis of the extracellular matrix. To study the role of two enzymatic families, serine-proteases and matrix metalloproteases in angiogenesis, we have adapted to the mouse, the aortic ring assay initially developed in the rat. The use of deficient mice allowed us to demonstrate that PAI-1 is essential for angiogenesis while the absence of an MMP, MMP-11, did not affect vessel sprouting. We report here that this model is attractive to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of angiogenesis, to identify, characterise or screen "pro- or anti-angiogenic agents that could be used for the treatment of angiogenesis-dependent diseases. Approaches include using recombinant proteins, synthetic molecules and adenovirus-mediated gene transfer. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of a novel cation-exchange restricted-access material for automated sample clean-up prior to the determination of basic drugs in plasma by liquid chromatography
Chiap, Patrice ULiege; Rbeida, O.; Christiaens, B. et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2002), 975(1), 145-155

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See detailp53-dependent downregulation of metastasis-associated laminin receptor
Modugno, Michele; Tagliabue, Elda; Ardini, Elena et al

in Oncogene (2002), 21(49), 7478-7487

Based on observations suggesting a role for the tumor suppressor protein p53 in regulating expression of the 67-kDa laminin receptor precursor, 37LRP, we analysed the 37LRP promoter activity in a wild ... [more ▼]

Based on observations suggesting a role for the tumor suppressor protein p53 in regulating expression of the 67-kDa laminin receptor precursor, 37LRP, we analysed the 37LRP promoter activity in a wild-type p53 (wt p53) ovarian carcinoma cell line and in a cisplatin-resistant subline with mutated p53. We observed an increased promoter activity in wt p53 cells as compared to the mutated-p53 line when the first intron of the 37LRP gene was present in the reporter construct. Cotransfection experiments showed that the promoter is downregulated by both wt and mutated p53. Deletion analysis of the first intron localized an enhancer activity in the first 5' 214 bp that upregulates both 37LRP and SV40 promoter activity and is repressed by both wt and mutant p53. Cotransfection, mutagenesis and gel-shift experiments identified a functional AP-2 cis-acting element in this intron region that is repressed by increased levels of both wt and mutated p53. Coimmunoprecipitation studies revealed AP-2 in physical association in vivo with both wt and mutated p53, indicating for the first time that interaction of p53 with AP-2 is involved in the repression mechanism and in the regulation of genes involved in cancer growth and progression. [less ▲]

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See detailPoly(epsilon-caprolactone)/clay nanocomposites by in-situ intercalative polymerization catalyzed by dibutyltin dimethoxide
Lepoittevin, Bénédicte; Pantoustier, Nadège; Devalckenaere, Myriam et al

in Macromolecules (2002), 35(22), 8385-8390

Poly(epsilon-caprolactone)/clay nanocomposites were prepared by in-situ ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone by using dibutyltin dimethoxide as an initiator/catalyst. A nonmodified Na ... [more ▼]

Poly(epsilon-caprolactone)/clay nanocomposites were prepared by in-situ ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone by using dibutyltin dimethoxide as an initiator/catalyst. A nonmodified Na+-montmorillonite and two montmorillonites surface-modified by dimethyl 2-ethylhexyl (hydrogenated tallow alkyl) and methyl bis(2-hydroxyethyl) (hydrogenated tallow alkyl) ammonium cations, respectively, were used. The evolution of molecular weights was followed in relation to silicate surface modification and clay concentration. The alcohol-bearing organo-modified clay was a co-initiator for the polymerization reaction and thus controlled the molecular weight of the PCL chains. Furthermore, the number-average molecular weight of the growing PCL chains linearly increased with the monomer conversion. Nanocomposites were analyzed by small-angle X-ray diffraction, transmission electron microscopy, and thermogravimetry. The clay dispersion depended on the structure of the alkylammonium used to make the clay more hydrophobic. Exfoliated nanocomposites were formed when hydroxyl-containing alkylammonium. was used; otherwise, intercalated structures were reported. Thermogravimetric analyses showed a higher degradation temperature for the exfoliated structures than for the intercalated ones, both of them exceeding the degradation temperature of unfilled poly(epsilon-caprolactone). [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of Mycoplasma species from the lower respiratory tract of healthy cattle and cattle with respiratory disease in Belgium
Thomas, Anne; Ball, H.; Dizier, Isabelle ULiege et al

in Veterinary Record (2002), 151(16), 472-476

Between 1997 and 2000, a total of 150 healthy cattle and 238 animals with respiratory disease were examined for six Mycoplasma species. Attempts were made to detect Mycoplasma canis, Mycoplasma dispar and ... [more ▼]

Between 1997 and 2000, a total of 150 healthy cattle and 238 animals with respiratory disease were examined for six Mycoplasma species. Attempts were made to detect Mycoplasma canis, Mycoplasma dispar and Ureaplasma diversum in calves with recurrent disease, and all three of these species were identified in calves with recurrent disease and in healthy lungs. In healthy calves, 84 per cent of bronchoalveolar lavage fluids were mycoplasma free; when cultures were positive, Mycoplasma bovirhinis was the only species isolated. Mycoplasmas were isolated from 78 per cent of animals suffering recurrent respiratory disease and from 65 per cent of acute respiratory cases. Mycoplasma bovis was isolated from bronchoalveolar lavages from 35 per cent of calves suffering recurrent respiratory disease, and from 50 per cent of acute cases, and from 20 per cent of pneumonic cases examined postmortem. M bovis was associated with other Mycoplasma species in 44 per cent of cases. M dispar was also isolated from 45.5 per cent of calves suffering recurrent respiratory disease, often in association with M bovis. M canis was identified for the first time in diseased Belgian cattle. Other mycoplasmas, including Mycoplasma arginini, Mycoplasma alkalescens and U diversum, were isolated less frequently. Associations between mycoplasmas and other pathogens were often observed. Among lungs infected with Pasteurella and/or Mannheimia species, more than 50 per cent were mixed infections with M bovis. [less ▲]

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See detailControlled synthesis of anthracene-labeled omega-amine polystyrene to be used as a probe for interfacial reaction with mutually reactive PMMA
Yin, Zhihui; Koulic, Christian; Pagnoulle, Christophe et al

in Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics (2002), 203(14), 2021-2028

Anthracene-labeled polystyrene (PS) end-capped by a primary amine has been synthesized by atom transfer radical copolymerization of styrene with 3-isopropenyl-alpha,alpha-dimethylbenzyl isocyanate (m-TMI ... [more ▼]

Anthracene-labeled polystyrene (PS) end-capped by a primary amine has been synthesized by atom transfer radical copolymerization of styrene with 3-isopropenyl-alpha,alpha-dimethylbenzyl isocyanate (m-TMI). The m-TMI co-monomer (5.7 mol-%) does not perturb the control of the radical polymerization of styrene. The pendant isocyanate groups of the copolymer chains of low polydispersity (M-w/M-n = 1.25) and controlled molecular weight (up to 35 000) have been derivatized into anthracene by a reaction with 9-methyl(aminomethyl)anthracene. The anthracene-labeled PS (ca. 2 mol-% label) has been conveniently analyzed by size-exclusion chromatography with a UV detector (SEC-UV). Moreover, the omega-bromide end-group of the copolymer chains has been derivatized into a primary amine, making the labeled PS chains reactive towards non-miscible poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) chains end-capped by an anhydride. The interfacial coupling of the mutually reactive PS and PMMA chains has been studied under static conditions (i.e., at the interface between thin PS and PMMA films) and successfully analyzed by SEC-UV. [less ▲]

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See detailPatterns in hydraulic ripples with binary granular mixtures
Caps, Hervé ULiege; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULiege

in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (2002), 313(3-4), 357-364

An experimental study of a binary granular mixture submitted to a transient shear flow in a cylindrical container is reported. The formation of ripples with a spiral shape is observed. The appearance of ... [more ▼]

An experimental study of a binary granular mixture submitted to a transient shear flow in a cylindrical container is reported. The formation of ripples with a spiral shape is observed. The appearance of phase segregation in those spiral patterns is shown. The relative grain size between sand species is found to be a relevant parameter leading to phase segregation. However, the relative repose angle is an irrelevant parameter. The formation of sedimentary structures is also presented. They result from a ripple climbing process. The "sub-critical" or "super-critical" character of the lamination patterns is shown to depend on the rotation speed of the container. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe aromatase knock-out mouse provides new evidence that estradiol is required during development in the female for the expression of sociosexual behaviors in adulthood
Bakker, Julie ULiege; Honda, S. I.; Harada, N. et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2002), 22(20), 9104-9112

We used estrogen-deficient aromatase knock-out (ArKO) mice to determine whether estrogens contribute to the development of the brain and behavior in females. Female mice of three different genotypes [i.e ... [more ▼]

We used estrogen-deficient aromatase knock-out (ArKO) mice to determine whether estrogens contribute to the development of the brain and behavior in females. Female mice of three different genotypes [i.e., wild type (WT), heterozygous (HET), and homozygous (ArKO)] were ovariectomized in adulthood and subsequently tested for odor preferences (choice: intact male vs estrous female) in a Y-maze. When treated with testosterone, ArKO females spent significantly less time sniffing odors (both volatile and nonvolatile) from either male or female stimuli compared with WT and HET females. When given direct access to anesthetized stimulus animals or when given a choice between odor and visual cues from both stimulus animals, ArKO females continued to spend less time investigating the stimuli compared with WT and HET females. These defects in olfactory investigation of ArKO females were partially corrected with estradiol treatment in adulthood. Estradiol-treated ArKO females no longer differed from WT and HET females in the time spent investigating either nonvolatile odors or the anogenital region of anesthetized animals. However, ArKO females still investigated volatile odors and/or visual cues less than WT and HET females. Sexual receptivity was severely impaired in ArKO females after treatments with estradiol and progesterone that successfully induced receptivity in WT and HET females. Furthermore, ArKO females showed diminished levels of male sexual behaviors, whereas WT and HET females readily mounted an estrous female. Together, these findings demonstrate that estrogen is required for normal female development. The concept that the female brain develops in the absence of any hormonal stimulation should therefore be reconsidered. [less ▲]

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See detailPersistent negative T waves in the infarct-related leads as an independent predictor of poor long-term prognosis after acute myocardial infarction
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULiege; Gerard, P. L.; Kulbertus, Henri ULiege et al

in American Journal of Cardiology (2002), 90(8), 833-837

This study sought to determine the long-term prognostic significance of persistent or transient, negative T waves in infarct-related leads. After acute myocardial infarction (AMI), QRS and T wave ... [more ▼]

This study sought to determine the long-term prognostic significance of persistent or transient, negative T waves in infarct-related leads. After acute myocardial infarction (AMI), QRS and T wave alterations may resolve. No clinical study has investigated the prognostic importance of persistent versus transient negative T waves. We studied 147 consecutive patients with first AMI and greater than or equal to2 negative T waves in the infarct-related leads on the electrocardiogram. One hundred twenty patients developed Q waves. Patients were followed clinically for 60 +/- 21 months. T-wave normalization was observed early (before hospital discharge) in 34 patients and late (at 4 +/- 1 months) in 65. Thirty patients had Q-wave regression. Adverse outcome occurred in 57 patients. There were 23 hard events (cardiac death in 12 patients and nonfatal AMI in 11). Patients with early or late T-wave normalization had similar event-free survival curves that diverged rapidly from that of patients with persistent negative T waves, who had a worse outcome (p <0.0001). Patients with or without Q-wave regression had similar survival curves. Using multivariate Cox regression analysis, higher end-systolic volume (hazard ratio [HR] 1.01, p = 0.007), the presence of multivessel disease (HR 3.33, p = 0.009), and persistent negative T waves (HR 2.92, p = 0.024) predicted hard events. Persistent negative T waves 4 months after first AMI were independently associated with a worse outcome, whereas Q-wave regression has no long-term prognostic importance. (C) 2002 by Excerpta Medica, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detail2-oxepane-1,5-dione: A precursor of a novel class of versatile semicrystalline biodegradable (Co)polyesters
Latere, Jean-Pierre; Lecomte, Philippe ULiege; Dubois, Philippe ULiege et al

in Macromolecules (2002), 35(21), 7857-7859

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See detailRadiative lifetime measurements and transition probability calculations in lanthanide ions
Quinet, Pascal ULiege; Palmeri, P.; Biémont, Emile ULiege et al

in Journal of Alloys and Compounds (2002), 344(1-2), 255-259

We have undertaken a systematic investigation of spectroscopic properties of lanthanide ions (Z=57-71). Using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence following one- or two-photon excitations, a large ... [more ▼]

We have undertaken a systematic investigation of spectroscopic properties of lanthanide ions (Z=57-71). Using time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence following one- or two-photon excitations, a large number of radiative lifetimes have been measured at the Lund Laser Centre for singly, doubly and trebly ionized atoms. These new measurements have been used for testing theoretical calculations performed within the framework of a relativistic Hartree-Fock approach taking core-polarization effects into account. Using the experimental lifetimes (when available) and the theoretical branching fractions, a large number of transition probabilities, most of them of astrophysical interest, have been deduced and are stored in a new database (DREAM). Up to now, the results obtained concern the following ions: La2+, Ce2+, Ce2+, Pr2+, Ho2+, Er2+, Tm2+, Tm2+, Yb2+, Yb2+, Yb2+, Lu2+ and Lu2+. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLes nouveautés de l'urbanisme wallon après le décret d'optimalisation du CWATUP
Delnoy, Michel ULiege

in Immobilier (2002), n° spécial

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See detailAssociation of the adaptor TANK with the IκB kinase (IKK) regulator NEMO connects IKK complexes with IKKε and TBK1 kinases
Chariot, Alain ULiege; Leonardi, Antonio; Muller, Jean-Noel ULiege et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2002), 277(40), 37029-37036

Canonical activation of NF-kappaB is mediated via phosphorylation of the inhibitory IkappaB proteins by the IkappaB kinase complex (IKK). IKK is composed of a heterodimer of the catalytic IKKalpha and ... [more ▼]

Canonical activation of NF-kappaB is mediated via phosphorylation of the inhibitory IkappaB proteins by the IkappaB kinase complex (IKK). IKK is composed of a heterodimer of the catalytic IKKalpha and IKKbeta subunits and a presumed regulatory protein termed NEMO (NF-kappaB essential modulator) or IKKgamma. NEMO/IKKgamma is indispensable for activation of the IKKs in response to many signals, but its mechanism of action remains unclear. Here we identify TANK (TRAF family member-associated NF-kappaB activator) as a NEMO/IKKgamma-interacting protein via yeast two-hybrid analyses. This interaction is confirmed in mammalian cells, and the domains required are mapped. TANK was previously shown to assist NF-kappaB activation in a complex with TANK-binding kinase 1 (TBK1) or IKKepsilon, two kinases distantly related to IKKalpha/beta, but the underlying mechanisms remained unknown. Here we show that TBK1 and IKKepsilon synergize with TANK to promote interaction with the IKKs. The TANK binding domain within NEMO/IKKgamma is required for proper functioning of this IKK subunit. These results indicate that TANK can synergize with IKKepsilon or TBK1 to link them to IKK complexes, where the two kinases may modulate aspects of NF-kappaB activation. [less ▲]

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See detailSecond Fundamental Model of Resonance with Asymmetric Equilibria
Jancart, Sylvie ULiege; Lemaitre, Anne; Istace, Anne

in Celestial mechanics and Dynamical Astronomy (2002), 84

We study the position and the stability of the equilibria for a generic Hamiltonian function developed up to the second harmonic and depending on two parameters; we describe the topology of the phase ... [more ▼]

We study the position and the stability of the equilibria for a generic Hamiltonian function developed up to the second harmonic and depending on two parameters; we describe the topology of the phase space for fixed values of these parameters. We show that for some values of the parameters asymmetric equilibria (unstable or stable) may appear. We deduce the conditions of capture into first order resonances for slowly drifting systems. We apply this model to the restricted three-body problem. [less ▲]

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See detailLa neuropathie avec hypersensibilite hereditaire a la pression ou neuropathie tomaculaire
Tinant, France ULiege; Zeevaert, Bernard ULiege; Benkirane, H. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(10), 651-4

Hereditary neuropathy liability to pressure palsies is characterized by recurring accesses of painless paralysis at the level of various nerves likely to be compressed. This affection remains ... [more ▼]

Hereditary neuropathy liability to pressure palsies is characterized by recurring accesses of painless paralysis at the level of various nerves likely to be compressed. This affection remains underdiagnosed because of its usually benign course, sometimes without any symptom. The diagnosis is supported by clinical and electrophysiological data associated with, in the majority of patients, a deletion of one of the alleles coding for protein PMP 22 on the level of the locus 17p11.2. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of organohalogenated contaminants in liver of harbour porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) stranded on the Belgian North Sea coast
Covaci, Adrian; Van de Vijver, Kristin Inneke; De Coen, Wim et al

in Marine Pollution Bulletin (2002), 44(10),

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See detailAntiplasmodial activity of alkaloids from various Strychnos species
Frederich, Michel ULiege; Jacquier, M. J.; Thepenier, P. et al

in Journal of Natural Products (2002), 65(10), 1381-1386

The in vitro antiplasmodial activities of 69 alkaloids from various Strychnos species were evaluated against chloroquine-resistant and chloroquine-sensitive lines of Plasmodium falciparum. The compounds ... [more ▼]

The in vitro antiplasmodial activities of 69 alkaloids from various Strychnos species were evaluated against chloroquine-resistant and chloroquine-sensitive lines of Plasmodium falciparum. The compounds, comprising mainly indolomonoterpenoid alkaloids, exhibited a wide range of biological potencies in the antiplasmodial assays. The most active alkaloids were also tested for cytotoxicity against HCT-116 colon cancer cells to determine their antiplasmodial selectivity. As a result of these studies, structure-activity relationships for these alkaloids have begun to emerge. Alkaloids presenting four types of bisindole skeleton exhibited potent and selective activities against Plasmodium. They were sungucine-type (IC(50) values ranging from 80 nM to 10 microM), longicaudatine-type (IC(50) values ranging from 0.5 to 10 microM), matopensine-type (IC(50) values ranging from 150 nM to 10 microM), and usambarine-type alkaloids. Within the last structural type, isostrychnopentamine (49) and ochrolifuanine A (46) were found to be active against chloroquine-sensitive and -resistant strains (IC(50) values of 100-150 and 100-500 nM, respectively), and dihydrousambarensine (51) exhibited a 30-fold higher activity against the chloroquine-resistant strain (IC(50) = 32 nM) than against the chloroquine-sensitive one. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Dissection aortique de type A post-remplacement valvulaire aortique
TCHANA-SATO, Vincent ULiege; RADERMECKER, Marc ULiege; Pierard, Luc ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(10), 637-9

The risk for aortic dissection or further dilation of the ascending aorta exists after aortic valve replacement. We present a case of acute aortic dissection following replacement of the aortic valve. The ... [more ▼]

The risk for aortic dissection or further dilation of the ascending aorta exists after aortic valve replacement. We present a case of acute aortic dissection following replacement of the aortic valve. The management and treatment of dilated ascending aorta associated with aortic valve disease are reviewed and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailTraitement hormonal de la menopause: traitement hormonal substitutif classique ou tibolone?
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULiege

in Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction (2002), 31(6), 541-9

OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to review with critical analysis, data from randomized controlled clinical trials comparing the effects on bone of conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and tibolone ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Our purpose was to review with critical analysis, data from randomized controlled clinical trials comparing the effects on bone of conventional hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and tibolone. Their respective effects on bone were also reviewed and summarized. Materials and methods. Medline via PubMed was searched using a combination of the following key words "tibolone, estrogens and bone" to identify all randomized controlled trials tibolone versus HRT (1960-2001). RESULTS: Six randomized controlled trials that have been carried out to compare effects of tibolone and conventional HRT on prevention of postmenopausal bone loss were identified. Only one of these trials has been performed with a correct methodology (double-blind and with an adequate duration). In this trial over 2 years, the highest significant increase from baseline in bone mineral density (BMD) at all sites was observed with HRT; in addition, HRT showed a significantly greater increase in BMD at lumbar spine than tibolone. Randomized placebo-controlled trials have demonstrated that tibolone produces positive effects on BMD. Nevertheless, no clinical convincing data are available to support its efficacy in the prevention of osteoporotic fractures. The positive impact on BMD of conventional HRT to prevent postmenopausal bone loss and to treat established osteoporosis has been shown by many randomized controlled trials. Regarding fracture risk prevention, some clinical and epidemiological data suggest that HRT initiated in early or late postmenopause may prevent fractures if it is administered at standard doses and continued for a long time. CONCLUSION: HRT is always the reference treatment of postmenopausal symptoms related to estrogen deficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring brain connectivity: a new frontier in systems neuroscience
Ramnani, Narander; Lee, Lucy; Phillips, Christophe ULiege et al

in Trends in Neurosciences (2002), 25(10), 496-497

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See detailEpithelial supporting cells can differentiate into outer hair cells and Deiters' cells in the cultured organ of Corti
Malgrange, Brigitte ULiege; Thiry, Marc ULiege; Van De Water, Thomas R. et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (2002), 59(10), 1744-1757

The organ of Corti is a complex structure containing a single row of inner hair cells (IHCs) and three rows of outer hair cells (OHCs), supported respectively by one row of inner phalangeal cells and ... [more ▼]

The organ of Corti is a complex structure containing a single row of inner hair cells (IHCs) and three rows of outer hair cells (OHCs), supported respectively by one row of inner phalangeal cells and three rows of Deiters' cells. When fetal rat organ of Corti explants are cultured, supernumerary OHCs and supernumerary Deiters' cells are produced, without any additional cell proliferation. Analysis of semi- and ultrathin sections revealed that supernumerary OHCs are produced at the distal edge of the organ of Corti. Quantitative analysis of cell types present in the organ of Corti demonstrates that when the number of OHCs increases: (i) the total number of cells remains constant; (ii) the number of Deiters' cells increases; (iii) the number of tectal cells decreases and of Hensen's cells decreases. Using specific HC markers, i.e. jagged2 (Jag2) and Math1, we showed that in addition to existing OHCs, supernumerary OHCs, tectal cells and Hensen's cells expressed these markers in embryonic day 19 organ of Corti explants after 5 days in vitro. The results of this study suggest that Hensen's cells retain the capacity to differentiate into either tectal cells, which differentiate into OHCs, or into undertectal cells which differentiate into Deiters' cells. [less ▲]

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See detailKarst in granitic rocks, South Cameroon: cave genesis and silica and taranakite speleothems
Willems, Luc ULiege; Compère, Philippe ULiege; Hatert, Frédéric ULiege et al

in Terra Nova (2002), 14(5), 355-362

A cave in granitic rocks was studied in Mezesse, South Cameroon. Coralloid speleothems, draperies and dissolution traces on the cave walls attest to its truly karstic nature. The speleothems consist of ... [more ▼]

A cave in granitic rocks was studied in Mezesse, South Cameroon. Coralloid speleothems, draperies and dissolution traces on the cave walls attest to its truly karstic nature. The speleothems consist of microlayers of opal and taranakite (K,NH4)Al-3(PO4)(3)(OH).9H(2)O. They indicate a significant mobilization of silica, Al and K from granite during the formation of the cave. Identification of silicified bacteria in the speleothems layers suggests a possible role of these micro-organisms in silica deposition. The presence of taranakite and of silicified organic remains within the speleothems lead to a better understanding of the genesis of the cave. [less ▲]

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See detailLa question de l’alignement stratégique dans le cadre des nouvelles formes organisationnelles
Pichault, François ULiege

in Revue de Gestion des Ressources Humaines (2002), (46), 59-75

Discusses the validity of the strategic alignment thesis when considering network organizations

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See detailNeurological complications of acute and persistent Epstein-Barr virus infection in paediatric patients
Häusler, M.; Ramaekers, Vincent ULiege; Doenges, M. et al

in Journal of Medical Virology (2002), 68(2), 253-263

Neurological complications of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) have been reported almost exclusively in the course of acute primary infections. The role of EBV in paediatric neurological disease was investigated ... [more ▼]

Neurological complications of Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) have been reported almost exclusively in the course of acute primary infections. The role of EBV in paediatric neurological disease was investigated prospectively over a 2-year period, searching for acute primary, chronic, and reactivated EBV infections. Active EBV infections were diagnosed in 10/48 patients, including two with acute primary EBV infections (cranial neuritis and cerebellitis), one with chronic active infection (T/NK cell lymphoma with cranial neuritis), and seven with reactivated infections. Among these seven patients, three showed "Alice in Wonderland" syndrome, one facial nerve palsy, one progressive macrocephaly, and two prolonged encephalitic illness. The prognosis was good except for the patient with lethal T/NK cell lymphoma and the two girls with encephalitic illness. Despite steroid treatment, these girls suffered prolonged cognitive impairment and epileptic seizures. Both developed left-sided hippocampal atrophy, and one of them hippocampal sclerosis. Like primary infections, reactivated EBV infections cause neurological complications in a considerable number of paediatric patients, lead to serious long-term complications, and may contribute to the pathogenesis of hippocampal lesions. © 2002 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of a Microsporum canis gene family encoding three subtilisin-like proteases expressed in vivo
Descamps, Frédéric; Brouta, Frédéric; Monod, Michel et al

in Journal of Investigative Dermatology (2002), 119(4), 830-835

Microsporum canis is the main agent of dermatophytosis in dogs and cats and is responsible for frequent zoonosis. The pathogenesis of the disease remains largely unknown, however. Among potential fungal ... [more ▼]

Microsporum canis is the main agent of dermatophytosis in dogs and cats and is responsible for frequent zoonosis. The pathogenesis of the disease remains largely unknown, however. Among potential fungal virulence factors are secreted keratinolytic proteases, whose molecular characterization would be an important step towards the understanding of dermatophytic infection pathogenesis. M. canis secretes a 31.5 kDa keratinolytic subtilisin-like protease as the major component in a culture medium containing cat keratin as the sole nitrogen source. Using a probe corresponding to a gene's internal fragment, which was obtained by polymerase chain reaction, the entire gene encoding this protease named SUB3 was cloned from a M. canis lambdaEMBL3 genomic library. Two closely related genes, termed SUB1 and SUB2, were also cloned from the library using as a probe the gene coding for Aspergillus fumigatus 33 kDa alkaline protease (ALP). Deduced amino acid sequence analysis revealed that SUB1, SUB2, and SUB3 are secreted proteases and show large regions of identity between themselves and with subtilisin-like proteases of other filamentous fungi. Interestingly, mRNA of SUB1, SUB2, and SUBS were detected by reverse transcriptase nested-polymerase chain reaction from hair of experimentally infected guinea pigs. These results show that SUB1, SUB2, and SUB3 encode a family of subtilisin-like proteases and strongly suggest that these proteases are produced by M. canis during the invasion of keratinized structures. This is the first report describing the isolation of a gene family encoding potential virulence-related factors in dermatophytes. [less ▲]

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See detailModerate hypothermia during cardiopulmonary bypass increases intramyocardial synthesis of heat shock protein 72.
Qing, Ma; Vazquez-Jimenez, Jaime F; Schumacher, Kathrin et al

in Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (The) (2002), 124(4), 724-31

OBJECTIVES: This study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that the myocardial protective effect of moderate hypothermia during cardiopulmonary bypass involves upward regulation of heat shock protein 72 ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: This study was undertaken to test the hypothesis that the myocardial protective effect of moderate hypothermia during cardiopulmonary bypass involves upward regulation of heat shock protein 72. METHODS: Sixteen young pigs were randomly assigned to a temperature regimen during standardized cardiopulmonary bypass of normothermia or moderate hypothermia (temperatures 37 degrees C and 28 degrees C, respectively, n = 8 per group). Myocardial probes were sequentially sampled from the right ventricle before and during bypass and 6 hours after bypass. Messenger RNA encoding for heat shock protein 72 was assessed by competitive reverse transcriptase-polymerase chain reaction, and heat shock protein 72 synthesis was assessed by Western blot and immunohistochemical methods. Induction of apoptosis was assessed by gene expression of apoptosis-regulating proteins (Bcl-xL, Bak, and Fas) according to competitive reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction. Apoptotic cells were identified with an in situ apoptosis-detection kit (terminal deoxynucleotidyl transferase-mediated deoxyuridine triphosphate nick-end labeling) in combination with morphologic criteria. Necrotic cells were detected by standard histologic methods. RESULTS: Moderate hypothermia rather than normothermia was associated with earlier and higher gene expression and synthesis of heat shock protein 72 in the myocardium during and after cardiac surgery. In the hypothermia group both heat shock protein 72 and the messenger RNA encoding it were detected as soon as 30 minutes after initiation of bypass and before aortic clamping, whereas in the normothermia group they were not detected before aortic clamping. Immunohistochemical methods showed localization of heat shock protein 72 in the cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells, and macrophages. Although the percentage of necrotic cells in the myocardium was lower in the hypothermic group, the induction of apoptosis regulatory proteins and the percentage of apoptotic cells did not differ between the groups. CONCLUSIONS: These results suggest that the myocardial protective effect of moderate hypothermia during cardiopulmonary bypass involves upward regulation of heat shock protein 72 and inhibition of necrosis but not of apoptosis. [less ▲]

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See detailSputum eosinophil count in a large population of patients with mild to moderate steroid-naive asthma: distribution and relationship with methacholine bronchial hyperresponsiveness
Louis, Renaud ULiege; Sele, Jocelyne ULiege; Henket, Monique ULiege et al

in Allergy (2002), 57(10), 907-912

BACKGROUND: Although airway eosinophilia is seen as a cardinal feature of asthma, data eosinophilia are still lacking on the proportion of the asthma group exhibiting raised airway eosinophilia. This ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Although airway eosinophilia is seen as a cardinal feature of asthma, data eosinophilia are still lacking on the proportion of the asthma group exhibiting raised airway eosinophilia. This study aimed to assess the distribution of sputum eosinophil count and its relationship with methacholine bronchial hyperresponsiveness in mild to moderate steroid-naive asthmatic people. METHODS: Sputum was induced by inhalation of hypertonic saline (NaCl 4.5%) in 118 mild to moderate steroid-naive asthmatic people consecutively recruited from our outpatient clinic, and in 44 healthy people. The asthma group was selected on the basis of an forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV(1)) of > or = 70% predicted, and a provocative methacholine concentration causing a fall of 20% in FEV(1) (PC20 methacholine; PC(20)M) < or = 16 mg/ml. RESULTS: In the asthma group, the median (range) of the percentage and the absolute values of sputum eosinophils were 4.8% (0-75) and 38 10(3)/g (0-14,191), respectively, vs 0% (0-2.3) (P < 0.001) and 0 10(3)/g (0-53) (P < 0.001) in healthy participants. Based on the 95% percentile for normal values calculated from our healthy group, 69% of the asthma group had significantly raised sputum eosinophil count (that is > 2%). In the asthma group, multiple regression analysis followed by a stepwise procedure revealed that sputum eosinophil count was significantly and inversely associated with PC(20)M accounting for 16% of its total variance (P < 0.001) while neutrophil counts positively related to PC(20)M accounting for 4% of total variance (P < 0.05). By contrast, no significant relationship was found between either eosinophil or neutrophil counts and the slope of forced vital capacity (FVC) vs FEV(1) from the methacholine challenge. CONCLUSIONS: We conclude that two-thirds of people in the mild to moderate asthma group had increased sputum eosinophilia, which plays a limited role in determining the degree of methacholine airway hyperresponsiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailSecretion of alpha-amylase from Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis TAB23: Two different pathways in different hosts
Tutino, M. L.; Parrilli, E.; Giaquinto, L. et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (2002), 184(20), 5814-5817

Secretion of cold-adapted alpha-amylase from Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis TAB23 was studied in three Antarctic bacteria. We demonstrated that the enzyme is specifically secreted in the psychrophilic ... [more ▼]

Secretion of cold-adapted alpha-amylase from Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis TAB23 was studied in three Antarctic bacteria. We demonstrated that the enzyme is specifically secreted in the psychrophilic hosts even in the absence of a protein domain that has been previously reported to be necessary for alpha-amylase secretion in Escherichia coli. The occurrence of two different secretion pathways in different hosts is proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailPathologies inflammatoires de l'hypophyse durant la grossesse
Hansen, Isabelle ULiege; Betea, Daniela ULiege; Beckers, Albert ULiege

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2002), 63(5), 464-469

Well-known pituitary inflammatory diseases (sarcoidosis, Wegener granulomatosis, Langerhans and non-Langerhans histiocytosis, inflammatory pseudotumors) may occur during pregnancy or apart from it ... [more ▼]

Well-known pituitary inflammatory diseases (sarcoidosis, Wegener granulomatosis, Langerhans and non-Langerhans histiocytosis, inflammatory pseudotumors) may occur during pregnancy or apart from it. Moreover, some inflammatory diseases, such as lymphocytic hypophysitis occur most of the time during pregnancy. In this chapter, we shall consider these different pathologies as well as the specific treatment of lymphocytic hypophysitis. [less ▲]

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See detailThe lymphotoxin-beta receptor induces different patterns of gene expression via two NF-kappaB pathways.
Dejardin, Emmanuel ULiege; Droin, Nathalie; Delhase, Mireille et al

in Immunity (2002), 17

The lymphotoxin-beta receptor (LTbetaR) plays critical roles in inflammation and lymphoid organogenesis through activation of NF-kappaB. In addition to activation of the classical NF-kappaB, ligation of ... [more ▼]

The lymphotoxin-beta receptor (LTbetaR) plays critical roles in inflammation and lymphoid organogenesis through activation of NF-kappaB. In addition to activation of the classical NF-kappaB, ligation of this receptor induces the processing of the cytosolic NF-kappaB2/p100 precursor to yield the mature p52 subunit, followed by translocation of p52 to the nucleus. This activation of NF-kappaB2 requires NIK and IKKalpha, while NEMO/IKKgamma is dispensable for p100 processing. IKKbeta-dependent activation of canonical NF-kappaB is required for the expression but not processing of p100 and for the expression of proinflammatory molecules including VCAM-1, MIP-1beta, and MIP-2 in response to LTbetaR ligation. In contrast, IKKalpha controls the induction by LTbetaR ligation of chemokines and cytokines involved in lymphoid organogenesis, including SLC, BLC, ELC, SDF1, and BAFF. [less ▲]

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