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See detailSensation-seeking and impulsivity in young and older adults' decision making
Willems, Sylvie ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Marczewski, Philippe

in Brain & Cognition (2003), 51(2), 237-239

The somatic marker hypothesis asserts that decision-making processes involve emotion. Using a gambling task that models real-life decisions, studies showed that old adults perform less efficiently than ... [more ▼]

The somatic marker hypothesis asserts that decision-making processes involve emotion. Using a gambling task that models real-life decisions, studies showed that old adults perform less efficiently than younger adults, by adopting a strategy that is disadvantageous on the long term. This study aimed at re-examining the age effect on decisionmaking with the same paradigm, and to explore whether differences are related to sensation-seeking and impulsivity traits of personality. Young and older adults were compared on the gambling task (Bechara, Damasio, & Damasio, 2000a), and on questionnaires of sensationseeking and impulsivity. Results confirmed an age effect on the gambling task performance. Moreover, performance in both young and older adults on this task was correlated to scores on the sensation-seeking scale, but not to the rating of impulsivity [less ▲]

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See detailStates of awareness associated with memory for emotional and neutral pictures in older and younger adults
D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg; Comblain, Christine; Van der Linden, Martial ULg et al

in Brain & Cognition (2003, March), 51(2), 220-221

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See detailAdéquation entre les formations existantes en éducation physique, les motivations des étudiants et les différents débouchés professionnels.
Carlier, Ghislain; Gaspard, Laurent; Gérard, Philippe et al

in Point sur la Recherche en Education (Le) (2003), 27

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See detailRole of plasminogen activator-plasmin system in tumor angiogenesis
Rakic, Jean-Marie ULg; Maillard, Catherine ULg; Jost, M. et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (2003), 60(3), 463-473

New blood formation or angiogenesis has become a key target in therapeutic strategies aimed at inhibiting tumor growth and other diseases associated with neovascularization. Angiogenesis is associated ... [more ▼]

New blood formation or angiogenesis has become a key target in therapeutic strategies aimed at inhibiting tumor growth and other diseases associated with neovascularization. Angiogenesis is associated with important extracellular remodeling involving different proteolytic systems among which the plasminogen system plays an essential role. It belongs to the large serine proteinase family and can act directly or indirectly by activating matrix metalloproteinases or by liberating growth factors and cytokines sequestered within the extracellular matrix. Migration of endothelial cells is associated with significant upregulation of proteolysis and, conversely, immunoneutralization or chemical inhibition of the system reduces angiogenesis in vitro. On the other hand, genetically altered mice developed normally without overt vascular anomalies indicating the possibility of compensation by other proteases in vivo. Nevertheless, they have in some experimental settings revealed unanticipated roles for previously characterized proteinases or their inhibitors. In this review, the complex mechanisms of action of the serine proteases in pathological angiogenesis are summarized alongside possible therapeutic applications. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling of Electro-Mechanical Coupling Problem using the Finite Element Formulation
Rochus, Véronique ULg; Rixen, Daniel J.; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

Conference given outside the academic context (2003)

A modeling procedure is proposed to handle strong electro-mechanical coupling appearing in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). The finite element method is used to discretize simultaneously the ... [more ▼]

A modeling procedure is proposed to handle strong electro-mechanical coupling appearing in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS). The finite element method is used to discretize simultaneously the electrostatic and mechanical fields. The formulation is consistently derived from variational principles based on the electromechanical free energy. In classical weakly coupled formulations staggered iteration is used between the electrostatic and the mechanical domain. Therefore, in those approaches, linear stiffness is evaluated by finite differences and equilibrium is reached typically by relaxation techniques. The strong coupling formulation presented here allows to derive exact tangent matrices of the electro-mechanical system. Thus it allows to compute non-linear equilibrium positions using Newton-Raphson type of iterations combined with adaptive meshing in case of large displacements. Furthermore, the tangent matrix obtained in the method exposed in this paper greatly simplifies the computation of vibration modes and frequencies of the cou pled system around equilibrium configurations. The non-linear variation of frequencies with respect to voltage and stiffness can be then be investigated until pull-in appears. In order to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed formulation numerical results are shown first for the reference problem of a simple flexible capacitor, then for the model of a micro-bridge. [less ▲]

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See detailIsokinetic evaluation of muscular function in patients with chronic pain and fatigability
Maquet, Didier ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Moutschen, Michel ULg et al

in Isokinetics & Exercise Science (2003, March), 11(1), 73-74

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See detailNear Optimal Closed-Loop Control. Application to Electric Power Systems
Ernst, Damien ULg

Doctoral thesis (2003)

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See detailMexiko: (De-)Konstruktion von Nation und Ethnie im Diskurs der Guerilla
Vanden Berghe, Kristine ULg; Maddens, Bart

in WeltTrends : Zeitschrift für internationale Politik und vergleichende Studien. (2003), 38

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See detailRegulation of the alternative oxidase Aox1 gene in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Role of the nitrogen source on the expression of a reporter gene under the control of the Aox1 promoter
Baurain, Denis ULg; Dinant, Monique; Coosemans, Nadine ULg et al

in Plant Physiology (2003), 131(3), 1418-1430

In higher plants, various developmental and environmental conditions enhance expression of the alternative oxidase (AOX), whereas its induction in fungi is mainly dependent on cytochrome pathway ... [more ▼]

In higher plants, various developmental and environmental conditions enhance expression of the alternative oxidase (AOX), whereas its induction in fungi is mainly dependent on cytochrome pathway restriction and triggering by reactive oxygen species. The AOX of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is encoded by two different genes, the Aox1 gene being much more transcribed than Aox2. To analyze the transcriptional regulation of Aox1, we have fused its 1.4-kb promoter region to the promoterless arylsulfatase (Ars) reporter gene and measured ARS enzyme activities in transformants carrying the chimeric construct. We show that the Aox1 promoter is generally unresponsive to a number of known AOX inducers, including stress agents, respiratory inhibitors, and metabolites, possibly because the AOX activity is constitutively high in the alga. In contrast, the Aox1 expression is strongly dependent on the nitrogen source, being down-regulated by ammonium and stimulated by nitrate. Inactivation of nitrate reductase leads to a further increase of expression. The stimulation by nitrate also occurs at the AOX protein and respiratory levels. A deletion analysis of the Aox1 promoter region demonstrates that a short upstream segment (-253 to +59 with respect to the transcription start site) is sufficient to ensure gene expression and regulation, but that distal elements are required for full gene expression. The observed pattern of AOX regulation points to the possible interaction between chloroplast and mitochondria in relation to a potential increase of photogenerated ATP when nitrate is used as a nitrogen source. [less ▲]

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See detailWork environment changes and stress. The role of work to family conflict
De Zanet, Fabrice ULg; Stinglhamber, Florence; Vandenberghe, Christian et al

Conference (2003, March)

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See detailReconstruire la ville sur la ville - Recyclage des espaces dégradés
Govaerts, P.; Timmermans, A.; Vanloqueren, T. et al

Report (2003)

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See detailProposal for the assessment protocols for different shoulder muscles groups
Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Isokinetics & Exercise Science (2003, March), 11

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See detailThe structure of a cold-adapted family 8 xylanase at 1.3 angstrom resolution - Structural adaptations to cold and investigation of the active site
Van Petegem, F.; Collins, T.; Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(9), 7531-7539

Enzymes from psychrophilic organisms differ from their mesophilic counterparts in having a lower thermo-stability and a higher specific activity at low and moderate temperatures. The current consensus is ... [more ▼]

Enzymes from psychrophilic organisms differ from their mesophilic counterparts in having a lower thermo-stability and a higher specific activity at low and moderate temperatures. The current consensus is that they have an increased flexibility, enhancing accommodation and transformation of the substrates at low energy costs. Here we describe the structure of the xylanase from the Antarctic bacterium Pseudoalteromonas haloplanktis at 1.3 Angstrom resolution. Xylanases are usually grouped into glycosyl hydrolase families 10 and 11, but this enzyme belongs to family 8. The fold differs from that of other known xylanases and can be described as an (alpha/alpha)(6) barrel. Various parameters that may explain the cold-adapted properties were examined and indicated that the protein has a reduced number of salt bridges and an increased exposure of hydrophobic residues. The crystal structures of a complex with xylobiose and of mutant D144N were obtained at 1.2 and 1.5 A resolution, respectively. Analysis of the various substrate binding sites shows that the +3 and -3 subsites are rearranged as compared to those of a family 8 homolog, while the xylobiose complex suggests the existence of a +4 subsite. A decreased acidity of the substrate binding cleft and an increased flexibility of aromatic residues lining the subsites may enhance the rate at which substrate is bound. [less ▲]

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See detailRéforme de la Cour d’arbitrage – Une révolution de velours ?
Rosoux, Géraldine ULg

in Journal du Juriste (2003), 19

Cet article présente les grandes lignes de la réforme, opérée en 2003, de la juridiction constitutionnelle belge.

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See detailFongicides: quelle stratégie adpoter?
Vancutsem, Françoise ULg; Bodson, Bernard ULg

in Fumure et protection phytosanitaire des céréales (2003, February 19)

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See detailLes mesures agri-environnementales
Buyze, Olivier; Doguet, Marie-Paule; Bontemps, Pierre-Yves et al

in Fumure et protection phytosanitaire des céréales (2003, February 19)

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See detailEvolution du fractionnement de la fumure azotée
Bodson, Bernard ULg; Vancutsem, Françoise ULg; Destain, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Fumure et protection phytosanitaire des céréales (2003, February 19)

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See detailObservation of dayside subauroral proton flashes with the IMAGE-FUV imagers
Hubert, Benoît ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg; Fuselier, S. A. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2003), 30(3),

[1] A detailed description of an intense flash of auroral emissions that occurs equatorward of the dayside auroral oval observed with the IMAGE-FUV imagers is presented. The comparison of simultaneous ... [more ▼]

[1] A detailed description of an intense flash of auroral emissions that occurs equatorward of the dayside auroral oval observed with the IMAGE-FUV imagers is presented. The comparison of simultaneous snapshots of this subauroral flash obtained with the three FUV cameras indicates that proton precipitation is dominant. This transient proton aurora is triggered by the sudden increase of a solar wind dynamic pressure pulse. It occurs on closed field lines mapping to the equatorial plane at distances as small as similar to4 RE. A second similar event is presented, and several other cases are mentioned. These shock induced transcient emissions develop with a time scale of a few minutes (typically similar to5 min), and have a relaxation time on the order of similar to10 minutes. [less ▲]

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See detailProduction of a high percentage of male offspring with a natural androgen, 11 beta-hydroxyandrostenedione (11 beta OHA4), in Florida red tilapia
Desprez, D.; Geraz, E.; Hoarea, M. C. et al

in Aquaculture (2003), 216(1-4), 55-65

This paper reports the effects of a natural androgen, 11beta-hydroxyandrostenedione (11betaOHA4), on sex-reversed fry of the Florida red tilapia. In a first approach, the optimal dosage and duration were ... [more ▼]

This paper reports the effects of a natural androgen, 11beta-hydroxyandrostenedione (11betaOHA4), on sex-reversed fry of the Florida red tilapia. In a first approach, the optimal dosage and duration were determined in the laboratory. The sex-reversal treatment was applied on post-yolksac stage fry (10 days after fertilisation at 27degreesC. Dosages of 20, 30, 40 and 50 mg of 11betaOHA4 kg(-1) of food were used during periods ranging from 10 to 35 days. Dosages of 40 or 50 mg of 11betaOHA4 kg(-1) of food during 21-35 days significantly increased the male percentage in sex-reversed groups in comparison to control groups. A lower but still significant deviation of the male percentage was observed when a dosage of 40 mg kg-1 was given during at least 28 days. Lower dosages did not significantly affect the sex ratio of treated groups. Based on the results of these observations, a follow-up study was conducted to evaluate the efficiency of this natural androgen for an intensive production of sex-reversed fry. Optimal dosage (50 mg kg-1) and treatment duration (28 days) were applied to increasing stocking density of fry (8000-11,000 fish m(-2)), producing a mean male percentage of 99.1% on the 510,000 treated fry. This study demonstrates the masculinizing efficiency of 11betaOHA4 in Florida red tilapia. Interest of a natural androgen, used in sex-reversal treatment, is discussed, particularly for the Florida red tilapia strain. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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