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See detailAsteroseismology of the β Cephei star ν Eridani: massive exploration of standard and non-standard stellar models to fit the oscillation data
Ausseloos, M.; Scuflaire, Richard ULg; Thoul, Anne ULg et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2004), 355

We present the results of a detailed seismic modelling of the β Cephei star ν Eridani with the Liège evolution and pulsation codes. We selected four clearly detected, well-identified and independent ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a detailed seismic modelling of the β Cephei star ν Eridani with the Liège evolution and pulsation codes. We selected four clearly detected, well-identified and independent pulsation modes from the frequency spectrum obtained from a recent five-month multisite, multitechnique campaign, while previous modelling work only took into account three frequencies. We show by means of a massive exploration of the parameter space that no standard stellar model both matches and excites these four observed modes, in contrast to the conclusion reached when considering only three frequencies. Therefore, we have considered stellar models with different metal mixtures and different initial hydrogen abundance values. We show that an increase in the relative number fraction of iron throughout the whole star or a large decrease in the initial hydrogen abundance make the stellar models matching the four selected modes satisfy all observational constraints and we provide the general properties of the best such physical models. [less ▲]

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See detailSeismic Diagrams for beta Cephei stars; A database for COROT
Thoul, Anne ULg

Conference (2004, December)

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See detailA Long-Term Slip-Rate Study Along The North Anatolian Fault, Eksik, Turkey Using Cosmogenic 36Cl
Kozaci, O; Dolan, J; Finkel, R et al

in EOS : Transactions, American Geophysical Union (2004, December)

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See detailRelationships between incremental and cumulative fold growth with neotectonic examples from the southern Tianshan, China
Suppe, J; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Wang, Xin

in EOS : Transactions, American Geophysical Union (2004, December)

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See detailInformation et échanges autour de la vaccination : une expérience positive
Miermans, Marie-Christine ULg

in Promouvoir la santé à l'école (2004), (8), 3-4

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See detailLa Bibliothèque royale de Belgique s’enrichit d’un incunable exceptionnel
Adam, Renaud ULg

Article for general public (2004)

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See detailDe Koninklijke Bibliotheek van België koopt uitzonderlijke incunabel aan
Adam, Renaud ULg

Article for general public (2004)

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See detailRisk factors for first-ever low back pain among workers in their first employment
Van Nieuwenhuyse, A.; Fatkhutdinova, L.; Verbeke, G. et al

in Occupational Medicine-Oxford (2004), 54(8), 513-519

Background Low back pain has been estimated to be the most costly ailment of people of working age. Both work characteristics and individual factors have been identified as risk factors. The first ... [more ▼]

Background Low back pain has been estimated to be the most costly ailment of people of working age. Both work characteristics and individual factors have been identified as risk factors. The first interaction between work characteristics and individual factors occurs when workers start in their first job. Aims To investigate work-related risk factors for first-ever low back pain in young workers in their first employment. Methods A cross-sectional analysis was performed on 278 young workers in their first employment and without a history of low back pain prior to working. Work-related physical factors, psychosocial work characteristics, individual variables and first-ever low back pain were queried by means of a questionnaire. Results About half of the workers who developed low back pain after job start did so in the first year of employment. An increased risk was observed for (i) long periods of seated work [relative risk (RR) = 3.2, 95% confidence interval (CI) = 1.6-6.4]; (ii) more than 12 flexion or rotation movements of the trunk per hour (RR = 3.0, 95% CI = 1.4-6.4); and (iii) more than 3 years seniority in a job involving lifting more than 25 kg at least once an hour (RR = 3.7, 95% CI = 1.4-9.4). As to psychosocial work characteristics, first-ever low back pain was associated with a combination of low psychological job demands and low supervisor support. Conclusion Work-related physical factors and psychosocial work characteristics should be considered as risk factors for first-ever low back pain. First-ever episodes of low back pain are common in the first year of employment. This may reflect a lack of work experience or training. [less ▲]

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See detailNew integrative method to generate Bacillus subtilis recombinant strains free of selection markers
Brans, Alain ULg; Filée, Patrice ULg; Chevigné, Andy ULg et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2004), 70(12), 7241-7250

The novel method described in this paper combines the use of blaI, which encodes a repressor involved in Bacillus licheniformis BlaP beta-lactamase regulation, an antibiotic resistance gene, and a B ... [more ▼]

The novel method described in this paper combines the use of blaI, which encodes a repressor involved in Bacillus licheniformis BlaP beta-lactamase regulation, an antibiotic resistance gene, and a B. subtilis strain (BS1541) that is conditionally auxotrophic for lysine. We constructed a BlaI cassette containing blaI and the spectinomycin resistance genes and two short direct repeat DNA sequences, one at each extremity of the cassette. The BS1541 strain was obtained by replacing the B. subtilis P(lysA) promoter with that of the P(blaP) beta-lactamase promoter. In the resulting strain, the cloning of the blaI repressor gene confers lysine auxotrophy to BS1541. After integration of the BlaI cassette into the chromosome of a conditionally lys-auxotrophic (BS1541) strain by homologous recombination and positive selection for spectinomycin resistance, the eviction of the BlaI cassette was achieved by single crossover between the two short direct repeat sequences. This strategy was successfully used to inactivate a single gene and to introduce a gene of interest in the Bacillus chromosome. In both cases the resulting strains are free of selection marker. This allows the use of the BlaI cassette to repeatedly further modify the Bacillus chromosome. [less ▲]

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See detailLa poésie irlandaise aujourd'hui : Michael et Seamus, Medbh et Caitriona
Pagnoulle, Christine ULg

Scientific conference (2004, December)

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See detailLa sexualité du couple vieillissant : quelle distribution des rôles ?
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg

in Patient Care, Neuropsychiatrie (2004), 4

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See detailAn insulin-like growth factor 2-derived self-antigen inducing a regulatory cytokine profile after presentation to peripheral blood mononuclear cells from DQ8(+) type 1 diabetic adolescents - Preliminary design of a thymus-based tolerogenic self-vaccination
Geenen, Vincent ULg; Louis, Céline ULg; Martens, Henri ULg

in Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences (2004), 1037

This work aims to evaluate the potential use of insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF-2) as the dominant thymic self-antigen precursor of the insulin family in designing a tolerogenic approach to type 1 ... [more ▼]

This work aims to evaluate the potential use of insulin-like growth factor 2 (IGF-2) as the dominant thymic self-antigen precursor of the insulin family in designing a tolerogenic approach to type 1 diabetes (T1D) prevention. This evaluation was primarily based on cytokine profile driven by MHC presentation of insulin and IGF-2-derived antigens to PBMC cultures derived from 16 T1D DQ8(+) adolescents. Insulin B9-23, one dominant P-cell autoantigen, and the homologous sequence B11-25 of IGF-2 display the same affinity and fully compete for binding to DQ8, a MHC-II allele conferring major genetic susceptibility to type 1 diabetes (T1D). However, compared to insulin beta 9-23, presentation of IGF-2 B11-25 elicits a suppressive/regulatory cytokine profile with a higher number of IL-10-secreting cells (P < 0.05), a much higher ratio of IL-10/IFN-gamma (P < 0.01), as well as a lower number of IL-4-secreting cells (P < 0.05). Thus, with regard to T1D prevention, administration of IGF-2-derived self-antigen(s) seems to be an efficient approach that combines both antagonism for binding to a major susceptibility MHC-II allele, as well as downstream promotion of an antigen-driven tolerogenic response. [less ▲]

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See detailApplications of C and N stable isotopes to ecological and environmental studies in seagrass ecosystems
Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Dauby, Patrick ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg

in Marine Pollution Bulletin (2004), 49(11-12), 887-891

Stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen are increasingly used in marine ecosystems, for ecological and environmental studies. Here, we examine some applications of stable isotopes as ecological integrators ... [more ▼]

Stable isotopes of carbon and nitrogen are increasingly used in marine ecosystems, for ecological and environmental studies. Here, we examine some applications of stable isotopes as ecological integrators or tracers in seagrass ecosystem studies. We focus on both the use of natural isotope abundance as food web integrators or environmental tracers and on the use of stable isotopes as experimental tools. As ecosystem integrators, stable isotopes have helped to elucidate the general structure of trophic webs in temperate, Mediterranean and tropical seagrass ecosystems. As environmental tracers, stable isotopes have proven their utility in sewage impact measuring and mapping. However, to make such environmental studies more comprehensible, future works on understanding of basic reasons for variations of N and C stable isotopes in seagrasses should be encouraged. At least, as experimental tracers, stable isotopes allow the study of many aspects of N and C cycles at the scale of a plant or at the scale of the seagrass ecosystem. (C) 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a universal microarray based on the ligation detection reaction and 16S rRNA gene polymorphism to target diversity of cyanobacteria
Castiglioni, Bianca; Rizzi, Ermann; Frosini, Andrea et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2004), 70(12), 7161-7172

The cyanobacteria are photosynthetic prokaryotes of significant ecological and biotechnological interest, since they strongly contribute to primary production and are a rich source of bioactive compounds ... [more ▼]

The cyanobacteria are photosynthetic prokaryotes of significant ecological and biotechnological interest, since they strongly contribute to primary production and are a rich source of bioactive compounds. In eutrophic fresh and brackish waters, their mass occurrences (water blooms) are often toxic and constitute a high potential risk for human health. Therefore, rapid and reliable identification of cyanobacterial species in complex environmental samples is important. Here we describe the development and validation of a microarray for the identification of cyanobacteria in aquatic environments. Our approach is based on the use of a ligation detection reaction coupled to a universal array. Probes were designed for detecting 19 cyanobacterial groups including Anabaena/Aphanizomenon, Calothrix, Cylindrospermopsis, Cylindrospermum, Gloeothece, halotolerants, Leptolyngbya, Palau Lyngbya, Microcystis, Nodularia, Nostoc, Planktothrix, Antarctic Phormidium, Prochlorococcus, Spirulina, Synechococcus, Synechocystis, Trichodesmium, and Woronichinia. These groups were identified based on an alignment of over 300 cyanobacterial 16S rRNA sequences. For validation of the microarrays, 95 samples (24 axenic strains from culture collections, 27 isolated strains, and 44 cloned fragments recovered from environmental samples) were tested. The results demonstrated a high discriminative power and sensitivity to 1 fmol of the PCR-amplified 16S rRNA gene. Accurate identification of target strains was also achieved with unbalanced mixes of PCR amplicons from different cyanobacteria and an environmental sample. Our universal array method shows great potential for rapid and reliable identification of cyanobacteria. It can be easily adapted to future development and could thus be applied both in research and environmental monitoring. [less ▲]

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See detailHard X-ray emission clumps in the gamma-Cygni supernova remnant: An INTEGRAL-ISGRI view
Bykov, A. M.; Krassilchtchikov, A. M.; Uvarov, Y. A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2004), 427(3), 21-24

Spatially resolved images of the galactic supernova remnant G78.2+2.1 (gamma-Cygni) in hard X-ray energy bands from 25 keV to 120 keV are obtained with the IBIS-ISGRI imager aboard the International Gamma ... [more ▼]

Spatially resolved images of the galactic supernova remnant G78.2+2.1 (gamma-Cygni) in hard X-ray energy bands from 25 keV to 120 keV are obtained with the IBIS-ISGRI imager aboard the International Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory INTEGRAL. The images are dominated by localized clumps of about ten arcmin in size. The flux of the most prominent North-Western (NW) clump is (1.7+/-0.4)x10(-11) erg cm(-2) s(-1) in the 25-40 keV band. The observed X-ray fluxes are in agreement with extrapolations of soft X-ray imaging observations of gamma-Cyg by ASCA GIS and spatially unresolved RXTE PCA data. The positions of the hard X-ray clumps correlate with bright patches of optical line emission, possibly indicating the presence of radiative shock waves in a shocked cloud. The observed spatial structure and spectra are consistent with model predictions of hard X-ray emission from nonthermal electrons accelerated by a radiative shock in a supernova interacting with an interstellar cloud, but the powerful stellar wind of the O9V star HD 193322 is a plausible candidate for the NW source as well. [less ▲]

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See detailOxytocin- and vasopressin-induced growth of human small-cell lung cancer is mediated by the mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway
Pequeux, Christel ULg; Keegan, B. P.; Hagelstein, M. T. et al

in Endocrine-Related Cancer (2004), 11(4), 871-885

Malignant growth of small-cell lung carcinoma is promoted by various neuroendocrine autocrine/paracrine loops. Therefore, to interfere with this mitogenic process, it is crucial to elucidate the ... [more ▼]

Malignant growth of small-cell lung carcinoma is promoted by various neuroendocrine autocrine/paracrine loops. Therefore, to interfere with this mitogenic process, it is crucial to elucidate the mechanisms involved. It is known that the oxytocin (OT) and vasopressin (VP) genes, normally transcriptionally restricted in their expression, are activated in small-cell lung cancer (SCLC), concomitantly with expression of their receptors (OTR, V1aR, V1bR/V3R and V2R). The aim of the present study was to characterize, in concentrations close to physiological and pharmacological conditions, intracellular signalling events triggered by OT and VP binding to their specific receptors in SCLC cells and to identify factors mediating OT- and VP-induced mitogenic effects on SCLC. Known agonists for OTR ([Thr(4),GlY(7)]OT) and V1aR (F180), in addition to OT and VP, were able to elicit increases in cytosolic Ca2+ levels and this effect could be blocked using an OTR antagonist (OVTA) or a V1aR antagonist (SR49059) respectively. There was no activation of the cAMP pathway detected after VP, dDAVP (a V2R agonist), or OT treatment. Stimulation of SCLC cells with OT and VP led to an increase of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) 1/2 phosphorylation, maximal at 5 min, and the subsequent phosphorylation of its downstream target p90 ribosomal S6 kinase (p90(RSK)). Pre-incubation with OVTA and SR49059, and with inhibitors of phospholipase C (PLC), protein kinase C (PKC), mitogen-activated protein kinase/ERK kinase (MEK) 1/2 and a Ca2+ chelator significantly reduced OT- and VP-induced ERK1/2 phosphorylations. OVTA, SR49059 as well as MEK1/2 and PKC inhibitors also downregulated OT- and VP-induced p90RSK phosphorylation. In [H-3]thymidine-uptake 2, experiments, we subsequently observed that PLC, Ca2+, PKC and ERK1/2 are absolutely required for the OT- and VP-stimulated SCLC cellular growth process. In conclusion, the results presented here indicate that OT- and VP-induced mitogenic effects on SCLC are respectively mediated by OTR and V1aR signalling and that this mitogenic signalling passes through the phosphorylation of ERK1/2 and p90(RSK) in a PLC-, Ca2+-, PKC- and MEK1/2-dependent pathway. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenomenal characteristics associated with projecting oneself back into the past and forward into the future: Influence of valence and temporal distance
D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg

in Consciousness & Cognition (2004), 13(4), 844-858

As humans, we frequently engage in mental time travel, reliving past experiences and imagining possible future events. This study examined whether similar factors affect the subjective experience ... [more ▼]

As humans, we frequently engage in mental time travel, reliving past experiences and imagining possible future events. This study examined whether similar factors affect the subjective experience associated with remembering the past and imagining the future. Participants mentally "re-experienced" or "pre-experienced" positive and negative events that differed in their temporal distance from the present (close versus distant), and then rated the phenomenal characteristics (i.e., sensorial, contextual, and emotional details) associated with their representations. For both past and future, representations of positive events were associated with a greater feeling of re-experiencing (or pre-experiencing) than representations of negative events. In addition, representations of temporally close events (both past and future) contained more sensorial and contextual details, and generated a stronger feeling of re-experiencing (or pre-experiencing) than representations of temporally distant events. It is suggested that the way we both remember our past and imagine our future is constrained by our current goals. (C) 2004 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailProtein phosphorylation as a key mechanism for the regulation of BCL-3 activity
Viatour, Patrick ULg; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg; Bours, Vincent ULg et al

in Cell Cycle (Georgetown, Tex.) (2004), 3(12), 1498-1501

Constitutive NF-kappaB activation, a hallmark of many human cancers, upregulates anti-apoptotic gene expression and therefore disrupts the balance between apoptosis and proliferation. In some lymphomas ... [more ▼]

Constitutive NF-kappaB activation, a hallmark of many human cancers, upregulates anti-apoptotic gene expression and therefore disrupts the balance between apoptosis and proliferation. In some lymphomas, this constitutive NF-kappaB activity is the result of point mutations or translocations of the genes coding for NF-kappaB inhibitors, namely IkappaBalpha or p100. The BCL-3 protein is another member of the IkappaB family and is overexpressed in a subset of human B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemias because of a chromosomal translocation. This oncoprotein is phosphorylated by multiple kinases including GSK3 and this phosphorylation regulates BCL-3 function by modulating its oncogenic potential and by regulating the expression of a subset of its target genes. Therefore, deciphering the NF-kappaB/IkappaB protein phosphorylations is critical in order to better understand the molecular mechanisms of NF-kappaB-mediated oncogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailUnusual thermoelectric behavior of packed crystalline granular metals
Ausloos, Marcel ULg; Pekala, Marek; Latuch, J. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2004), 96(12), 7338-7345

Loosely packed granular materials are intensively studied nowadays. Electrical and thermal transport properties should reflect the granular structure, as well as intrinsic properties. We have compacted ... [more ▼]

Loosely packed granular materials are intensively studied nowadays. Electrical and thermal transport properties should reflect the granular structure, as well as intrinsic properties. We have compacted crystalline CaAl-based metallic grains and studied the electrical resistivity and the thermoelectric power as a function of temperature (T) from 15 to 300 K. Both properties show three regimes as a function of temperature. It should be pointed out: (i) The electrical resistivity continuously decreases between 15 and 235 K, (ii) with various dependencies, e.g., similar ~ T(-3/4) at low T, while (iii) the thermoelectric power (TEP) is positive, (iv) shows a bump near 60 K, and (v) presents a rather unusual square root of temperature dependence at low temperature. It is argued that these three regimes indicate a competition between geometric and thermal processes-for which a theory seems to be missing in the case of TEP. The microchemical analysis results are also reported, indicating a complex microstructure inherent to the phase diagram peritectic intricacies of this binary alloy. (C) 2004 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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