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See detailLe médicament du mois. Nouvelle contraception orale combinée au valerate d'estradiol et au dienogest (Qlaira).
Gaspard, Ulysse ULg; PINTIAUX, Axelle ULg; Kridelka, Frédéric ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2010), 65(12), 706-13

In combined oral contraception (OC), a drastic reduction of both ethinylestradiol and androgenic progestins mostly derived from 19 NOR testosterone, allowed to moderately reduce the adverse impact of ... [more ▼]

In combined oral contraception (OC), a drastic reduction of both ethinylestradiol and androgenic progestins mostly derived from 19 NOR testosterone, allowed to moderately reduce the adverse impact of classical combined pills on metabolism and circulation (both arterial and venous). However, the marked hepatic action of ethinylestradiol, even in small dosages, lessens the expected risk reduction. For the first time, an OC has been developed, which contains estradiol valerate (with reduced hepatic action because of lack of a 17alpha ethinyl group) with dienogest, a 19 NOR testosterone-derived nonandrogenic progestin, which powerfully inhibits endometrial proliferation. Thanks to a dynamic modulation of estrogen and progestin doses (26 active days + 2 placebo days), an adequate contraceptive effectiveness, a good cycle control and drug tolerance are achieved, similar to those obtained with a classical low-dose OC. Recent data indicate that this new combination reduces the usually observed metabolic impact. An adequate cycle control (with 20% amenorrhea) is achieved for the first time with estradiol valerate + progestin,, in opposition with prior catastrophic results with other formulations containing 17beta-estradiol. A second combination containing estradiol + nomegestrol acetate (monophasic, 24 active days + 4 placebo days) is under study and seems also to yield promising results. Of course, in-depth study of metabolic and vascular effects of these new combinations is mandatory - and ongoing. [less ▲]

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See detailLa sociología jurídica en Francia
García Villegas, Mauricio; Lejeune, Aude ULg

in García Villegas, Mauricio (Ed.) Sociología y crítica del derecho (2010)

Critical review of the French socio-legal studies

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See detailDiagenèse osseuse et genèse de nodules phosphatés, associés aux sédiments fluvio-lacustres de sites à hominidés miocène (Kenya)
DERICQUEBOURG, P.; PERSON, A.; SEGALEN, L. et al

Poster (2010)

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See detailNeuregulin-1 modulates the differentiation of neural stem cells in vitro trough an interaction with the Swi/Snf complex.
Pirotte, Dorothée ULg; Wislet, Sabine ULg; cloes, J. M. et al

in Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience (2010)

The neuregulin-1 (Nrg-1) gene is translated into several protein isoforms, which are either secreted or membrane-anchored. In vitro, neural stem cells (NSC) express mainly the cystein-rich-domain NRG (CRD ... [more ▼]

The neuregulin-1 (Nrg-1) gene is translated into several protein isoforms, which are either secreted or membrane-anchored. In vitro, neural stem cells (NSC) express mainly the cystein-rich-domain NRG (CRD-NRG) isoform, a membrane-anchored type III form. This isoform exhibits a cystein-rich-domain, which constitutes a second transmembrane domain and can be cleaved to release both a signaling EGF-containing domain (ECD) at the cell surface and an intracellular domain (ICD). The main goal of this paper was to determine the exact role of ECD and ICD in NSC survival and differentiation. Using an siRNA approach, we demonstrated that CRD-NRG inhibition was followed by a decrease in NSC proliferation and of neuronal or oligodendroglial differentiation. Overexpression of ICD but not ECD was followed by a decrease in NSC proliferation and an increase in neuronal and oligodendroglial differentiation. Moreover, we showed that ICD physically interacted in cultured NSC with BRM and BAF57, two members of the Swi/Snf remodeling complex, and that ICD stimulation of neuronal cell differentiation is dependent on the presence of BAF57. [less ▲]

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See detailIL-4R{alpha}-responsive smooth muscle cells increase intestinal hypercontractility and contribute to resistance during acute Schistosomiasis.
Marillier, Reece G; Brombacher, Tiroyaone M; Dewals, Benjamin G ULg et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (2010), 298(6), 943-51

Interleukin-(IL)-4 and IL-13 signal through heterodimeric receptors containing a common IL-4 receptor-alpha (IL-4Ralpha) subunit, which is important for protection against helminth infections, including ... [more ▼]

Interleukin-(IL)-4 and IL-13 signal through heterodimeric receptors containing a common IL-4 receptor-alpha (IL-4Ralpha) subunit, which is important for protection against helminth infections, including schistosomiasis. Previous studies demonstrated important roles for IL-4Ralpha-responsive hematopoietic cells, including T cells and macrophages in schistosomiasis. In this study, we examined the role of IL-4Ralpha responsiveness by nonhematopoietic smooth muscle cells during experimental acute murine schistosomiasis. Comparative Schistosoma mansoni infection studies with smooth muscle cell-specific IL-4Ralpha-deficient (SM-MHC(cre)IL-4Ralpha(-/flox)) mice, heterozygous control (IL-4Ralpha(-/flox)) mice, and global IL-4Ralpha-deficient (IL-4Ralpha(-/-)) mice were conducted. S. mansoni-infected SM-MHC(cre)IL-4Ralpha(-/flox) mice showed increased weight loss and earlier mortalities compared with IL-4Ralpha(-/flox) mice, despite comparable T(H)2/type 2 immune responses. In contrast to highly susceptible IL-4Ralpha-deficient mice, increased susceptibility in SM-MHC(cre)IL-4Ralpha(-/flox) mice was not accompanied by intestinal tissue damage and subsequent sepsis. However, both susceptible mutant mouse strains failed to efficiently expel eggs, demonstrated by egg reduction in the feces compared with control mice. Reduced egg expulsion was accompanied by impaired IL-4/IL-13-mediated hypercontractile intestinal responses, which was present in the more resistant control mice. Together, we conclude that IL-4Ralpha responsiveness by smooth muscle cells and subsequent IL-4- and IL-13-mediated hypercontractility are required for host protection during acute schistosomiasis to efficiently expel S. mansoni eggs and to prevent premature mortality. [less ▲]

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See detailMathémagie et au-delà
Rigo, Michel ULg

Learning material (2010)

Nous présentons ici 5 tours de magie ne nécessitant aucune habileté particulière de la part de l'apprenti magicien : des tours de cartes, des tours de divination et le célèbre tour du ``barman aveugle ... [more ▼]

Nous présentons ici 5 tours de magie ne nécessitant aucune habileté particulière de la part de l'apprenti magicien : des tours de cartes, des tours de divination et le célèbre tour du ``barman aveugle avec des gants de boxe''. Contrairement au magicien qui ne dévoile jamais ses secrets, ici, nous expliquons que ces tours reposent sur diverses propriétés et constructions mathématiques. Ces dernières débouchent sur de véritables questions de recherche actuelle en théorie des graphes ou en combinatoire des mots et même sur de possibles applications en robotique et automatisation ! Il y en aura donc pour tous les goûts... et tous les niveaux (suivant l'auditoire, l'exposé sera adapté au niveau des élèves de la 4ième à la 6ième secondaire, voire même aux étudiants universitaires). Ce texte présente donc un matériel qui dépassera souvent (et de loin) le ``spectacle''. [less ▲]

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See detailFiche descriptive - Erable jaspé de gris (Acer rufinerve)
Halford, Mathieu ULg; Frisson, Gwenn ULg; Delbart, Emmanuel ULg et al

Learning material (2010)

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See detailFish and chips
DELVENNE, Philippe ULg; Deprez, Manuel ULg; BISIG, Bettina ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2010), 65 Spec no.

Academic hospital laboratories should offer patients the possibility to have the most accurate diagnosis by the development of new analyses, such as molecular biology tests including FISH (Fluorescent In ... [more ▼]

Academic hospital laboratories should offer patients the possibility to have the most accurate diagnosis by the development of new analyses, such as molecular biology tests including FISH (Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization) and chips (microarrays,...). The purpose of this article is to describe the principles and the potential applications of these techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailHeurs et malheurs de la grammaire en didactique des langues étrangères: redéfinitions, restructurations, réorientations
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in GRAMM-R. Etudes de Linguistique Française = GRAMM-R. Studies of French Linguistics (2010), 4

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See detailOntogeny of swimming movements in the catfish Clarias gariepinus
Mauguit, Quentin ULg; Gennotte, Vincent ULg; Becco, Christophe ULg et al

in Open Fish Science Journal (2010), 3

The swimming movements of C. gariepinus larvae were recorded with a high-speed camera (400, 500 and 800 fps) from 0 to 336 hours post-hatching. Movements of adult fish were also recorded to provide ... [more ▼]

The swimming movements of C. gariepinus larvae were recorded with a high-speed camera (400, 500 and 800 fps) from 0 to 336 hours post-hatching. Movements of adult fish were also recorded to provide information on the last developmental stage. Seven landmarks positioned on the fish midline were used during tail beating to determine various parameters during ontogeny and, on the basis of these parameters, to describe the first appearance of swimming movements and their development and efficiency during growth. Larvae were unable to swim at hatching (4 mm total length). Swimming movements were established at 48 hours posthatching when the fish measured between 7 and 8 mm total length and the yolk sac was more than 95% absorbed. At this stage, lateral excursion of the head appeared strongly reduced (from 13% to 6% of the total length). The efficiency of swimming movements increased throughout ontogeny, as did the homogeneity of the speed of the propulsive wave. Spontaneous swimming speed of 1 to 10 TLs-1 were observed in early stage (8-12 hPH). The various speed induced significant variations in parameters such as the amplitude of lateral head movements, swimming efficiency, and body rigidity. No major change was observed at the theoretical flow-regime transition. [less ▲]

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