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See detailCyclic esterketone compounds, processes for the synthesis thereof and process for the preparation of poly (esterketone) polymers
Wautier, Henri; Latere, Jean-Pierre; Lecomte, Philippe ULg et al

Patent (2002)

Unsubstituted oxepane-diones useful as monomers for the production of polymers, process for the synthesis thereof by oxidation of unsubstituted cyclohexanediones, process for the preparation of ... [more ▼]

Unsubstituted oxepane-diones useful as monomers for the production of polymers, process for the synthesis thereof by oxidation of unsubstituted cyclohexanediones, process for the preparation of polyesterketone polymers by polymerization of cyclic esterketones and polyesterketone polymers so obtained. [less ▲]

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See detailSodium nitrite and ascorbic acid: a metal-free combination that controls the free-radical polymerization of tert-butyl methacrylate in water
Detrembleur, Christophe ULg; Mouithys-Mickalad, Ange ULg; Teyssié, Philippe et al

in e-Polymers (2002), (4), 1-16

A mixture of sodium nitrite and ascorbic acid is able to control the radical polymerization of tert-butyl methacrylate (tBMA) in water at 80°C. Indeed, sodium nitrite is reduced by the ascorbic acid, and ... [more ▼]

A mixture of sodium nitrite and ascorbic acid is able to control the radical polymerization of tert-butyl methacrylate (tBMA) in water at 80°C. Indeed, sodium nitrite is reduced by the ascorbic acid, and the nitric oxide (NO) which is formed in situ is nothing but a promoter of nitroxyl radicals. The radical polymerization of tBMA is thus basically controlled by a nitroxide-mediated process. [less ▲]

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See detailLithiation of toluene by organolithium compounds activated by lithium polyether alkoxides
Nugay, Nihan; Nugay, Turgut; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Catalysis A: Chemical (2002), 179(1-2), 59-64

The catalytic effect of polyether alkoxides (PEAs) on the activity of organolithium. compounds as metallating agent has been investigated. Toluene has been lithiated by using different organolithiums ... [more ▼]

The catalytic effect of polyether alkoxides (PEAs) on the activity of organolithium. compounds as metallating agent has been investigated. Toluene has been lithiated by using different organolithiums activated by various PEAs. It has been found that n-BuLi, yields higher conversion with 100% benzylic position metallation, whereas sec-BuLi gives some metallation at ring positions with the most reactive ligand, lithium 2-methoxy ethoxide (LiOEM). Optimum PEA to organolithium molar ratio for both sec- and n-BuLi activated by LiOEM where the amount of toluene being kept constant, was found to be as 3:1 with highest yield and regioselectivity. Substantial increment in yield was observed when the amount of substrate increased whereas regioselectivity stayed almost constant. It was also found that, for a constant reactant molar ratio (3:1:15) for which the optimum results were achieved, reaction began early and then yield values increased with time whereas upon increase in reaction temperature from -78 to 20degreesC, the benzylic metallation yield increased drastically while keeping the same regioselectivity high. [less ▲]

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See detailA study of noncovalent interactions by electrospray mass spectrometry
Gabelica, Valérie ULg

Doctoral thesis (2002)

This work describes a study of noncovalent interactions by electrospray mass spectrometry (ES-MS). In particular, we studied DNA duplexes, DNA complexes with drugs and cyclodextrin complexes with ... [more ▼]

This work describes a study of noncovalent interactions by electrospray mass spectrometry (ES-MS). In particular, we studied DNA duplexes, DNA complexes with drugs and cyclodextrin complexes with aliphatic acids. ES-MS experiments were performed on a hybrid quadrupole-TOF instrument and on an ion trap instrument. Basically two kinds of information can be obtained on the complexes. First, the full scan mass spectra give information on the composition of the solution that is injected, and therefore on the solution-phase stability of the complexes. We compare the ESMS data with the solution-phase data, and discuss the specificity of the observed complexes. The problem of nonspecific aggregation was encountered for the hydrophobic cyclodextrin complexes. We developed a new method for determining simultaneously the equilibrium association constant of [1:1] complexes and the ratio between the electrospray response factors of the complex and the free substrate. A change in the substrate conformation upon ligand binding can be detected by measuring the response factors of the complex and the free host. Second, the collision-induced dissociation of the complexes in the gas phase and the measurement of the amounts of fragments resulting from this dissociation give information on the gas phase kinetic stability of the complexes. It is shown that different collision regimes allow the system to fragment via different pathways, and that fast activation conditions favor the noncovalent dissociation of the complex because this process is entropy favored. The gas-phase kinetic stability measurements on series of homologous complexes suggest that intermolecular interactions like hydrogen bonding, electrostatic interactions, and stacking are conserved in the gas phase. Finally, on the basis of the results obtained on DNA duplexes, we propose a general multistep mechanism for the dissociation of noncovalent complexes. [less ▲]

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See detailM1/E2 transition rates in Fe x through Fe XIII measured at a heavy-ion storage ring
Trabert, E.; Gwinner, G.; Wolf, A. et al

in Journal of Physics B-Atomic Molecular and Optical Physics (2002), 35(3), 671-689

The rates of several electric-dipole forbidden decays of 3p and 3d levels in Cl-, S-, P- and Si-like ions of Fe have been measured optically at a heavy-ion storage ring. In several cases, more than one ... [more ▼]

The rates of several electric-dipole forbidden decays of 3p and 3d levels in Cl-, S-, P- and Si-like ions of Fe have been measured optically at a heavy-ion storage ring. In several cases, more than one decay contributes to a given decay curve, which complicates the analysis. The lifetime results, with a precision range from 0.6 to 20%, compare well with some theoretical predictions, but are more precise. They are also more precise than some experimental data from an electrostatic ion trap. [less ▲]

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See detailPituitary disease in MEN type 1 (MEN1): Data from the France-Belgium MEN1 multicenter study
Vergès, B.; Boureille, F.; Goudet, P. et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (2002), 87(2), 457-465

To date, data on pituitary adenomas in MEN type 1 (MEN1) still have to be evaluated. We analyzed the data of a large series of 324 MEN1 patients from a French and Belgian multicenter study. Data on ... [more ▼]

To date, data on pituitary adenomas in MEN type 1 (MEN1) still have to be evaluated. We analyzed the data of a large series of 324 MEN1 patients from a French and Belgian multicenter study. Data on pituitary disease were compared with those from 110 non-MEN1 patients with pituitary adenomas, matched for age, year of diagnosis, and follow-up period. Genetic analysis of the MEN1 gene was performed in 197 of the MEN1 patients. In our MEN1 series, pituitary disease occurred in 136 of 324 (42%), less frequently than hyperparathyroidism (95%, P < 0.001) and endocrine enteropancreatic tumors (54%, P < 0.01). Mean age of onset of pituitary tumors was 38.0 +/- 15.3 yr (range, 12-83 yr). Pituitary disease was associated with hyperparathyroidism in 90%. of cases, with enteropancreatic tumors in 47%, with adrenal tumors in 16%, and with thoracic neuroendocrine tumors in 4%. Pituitary disease was the initial lesion of MEN1 in 17% of all MEN1 patients. MEN1 pituitary adenomas were significantly more frequent in women than in men (50% vs. 31%,P < 0.001). Among the 136 pituitary adenomas, there were 85 prolactinomas and 12 GH-secreting, 6 ACTH-secreting, 13 cosecreting, and 20 nonsecreting tumors. Eighty-five percent of MEN1-related pituitary lesions were macroadenomas (vs. 42% in non-MEN1 patients, P < 0.001), including 32% of invasive cases. Among secreting adenomas, hormonal hypersecretion was normalized, after treatment, in only 42% (vs. 90% in non-MEN1 patients, P < 0.001), with a median follow-up of 11.4 yr. No correlation was found between the type of MEN1 germ-line mutation and the presence or absence of pituitary adenoma. Our study, based on a large group of MEN1 patients, shows that pituitary adenomas occur in 42% of the cases and are characterized by a larger size and a more aggressive presentation than without MEN1. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of Rational-Based and Rule-Based Optimum Design of Ship Structures
Karr, Dale; Rigo, Philippe ULg; Na, SS et al

in SNAME Transactions (2002)

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See detailCampagne de mesure des odeurs sur le CET de Mont-Saint-Guibert Mise au point d'une méthode d'estimation des nuisances
Nicolas, Jacques ULg

Report (2002)

The study is made in the frame of a follow-up monitoring of all landfill sites in Wallonia, initiated by the Ministry of Environment and managed by ISSeP. The research group applied a field inspection ... [more ▼]

The study is made in the frame of a follow-up monitoring of all landfill sites in Wallonia, initiated by the Ministry of Environment and managed by ISSeP. The research group applied a field inspection technique based on the perception of a panel of experts sniffing the air around the region of interest and trying to delineate the odour plume. In a second step, the recorded meteorological data are entered into an atmospheric dispersion model and the odour emission rate of the facility is adjusted until the predicted odour impact zone fits about exactly the one which is measured in the field. The present report is the first one of a long series of measurement campaigns. It presents in details the used methodology and the results of the study. [less ▲]

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See detailLaisse tomber le C8 ... je pars au Chili! (1)
Nazé, Yaël ULg

Article for general public (2002)

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See detailAn optical time-delay for the lensed BAL quasar HE 2149-2745
Burud, I.; Courbin, F.; Magain, Pierre ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 383(1), 71-81

We present optical V and i-band light curves of the gravitationally lensed BAL quasar HE 2149-2745. The data, obtained with the 1.5 m Danish Telescope (ESO-La Silla) between October 1998 and December 2000 ... [more ▼]

We present optical V and i-band light curves of the gravitationally lensed BAL quasar HE 2149-2745. The data, obtained with the 1.5 m Danish Telescope (ESO-La Silla) between October 1998 and December 2000, are the first from a long-term project aimed at monitoring selected lensed quasars in the Southern Hemisphere. A time delay of 103+/-12 days is determined from the light curves. In addition, VLT/FORS1 spectra of HE 2149 2745 are deconvolved in order to obtain the spectrum of the faint lensing galaxy, free of any contamination by the bright nearby two quasar images. By cross-correlating the spectrum with galaxy-templates we obtain a tentative redshift estimate of z = 0.495+/-0:01. Adopting this redshift, a Omega = 0.3, Lambda = 0.7 cosmology, and a chosen analytical lens model, our time-delay measurement yields a Hubble constant of H-0 = 66+/-8 km s(-1) Mpc(-1) (1sigma error) with an estimated systematic error of +/-3 km s(-1) Mpc(-1). Using non-parametric models yields H-0 = 65+/-8 km s(-1) Mpc(-1) (1sigma error) and confirms that the lens exhibits a very dense/concentrated mass profile. Finally, we note, as in other cases, that the flux ratio between the two quasar components is wavelength dependent. While the flux ratio in the broad emission lines-equal to 3.7-remains constant with wavelength, the continuum of the brighter component is bluer. Although the data do not rule out extinction of one quasar image relative to the other as a possible explanation, the effect could also be produced by differential microlensing by stars in the lensing galaxy. [less ▲]

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See detailFrequency domain approaches for the identification of an experimental beam with a local nonlinearity
Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg; Golinval, Jean-Claude ULg

in 20th International Modal Analysis Conference, Los Angeles, 2002 (2002, February)

Two approaches for the identification of multi-degree-of-freedom non-linear systems in the frequency domain have recently been introduced, i.e., the conditioned reverse path (CRP) method and the non ... [more ▼]

Two approaches for the identification of multi-degree-of-freedom non-linear systems in the frequency domain have recently been introduced, i.e., the conditioned reverse path (CRP) method and the non-linear identification through feedback of the outputs (NIFO) method. The key idea of these methods is to eliminate the distortions caused by the presence of non-linearities in frequency response functions. In this paper, the theoretical background of the CRP and NIFO methods is briefly recalled. Then, the ability of these techniques to identify the behaviour of an experimental cantilever beam with a local geometrical non-linearity is tested. The results obtained with both methods are compared and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailA Framework for Simulation Based Design of Ship Structures
Rigo, Philippe ULg; Karr; N a SS et al

in Journal of Ship Production (2002)

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See detailEffect of block copolymers of various molecular architecture on the phase morphology and tensile properties of LDPE rich (LDPE/PS) blends
Harrats, Charef; Fayt, R.; Jérôme, Robert ULg

in Polymer (2002), 43(3), 863-873

The emulsification efficiency of three different block copolymers consisting of hydrogenated polybutadiene (HPB) and polystyrene (PS), i.e. a pure diblock , a tapered diblock and a triblock copolymer has ... [more ▼]

The emulsification efficiency of three different block copolymers consisting of hydrogenated polybutadiene (HPB) and polystyrene (PS), i.e. a pure diblock , a tapered diblock and a triblock copolymer has been compared in low density polyethylene/polystyrene (LDPE/PS) blends rich in polyethylene. The comparison relies upon the ability of these potential interfacial agents to stabilize fine phase dispersion and to promote good interfacial adhesion. Based on the phase morphology, the ultimate tensile properties and the dynamic viscosity of the modified blends, the tapered diblock copolymer is clearly the most efficient emulsifier. For instance a plateau is observed in the property-copolymer content dependence when 2 wt% tapered diblock are used compared to ca. 5 wt% in case of the pure diblock. In contrast, no plateau is observed when the triblock copolymer is used. This is assumed to result from a less quantitative localization of these two copolymers i.e. the pue diblock or the triblock at the LDPE/PS interface. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude clinique du mois. Radio-chimiotherapie et chimiotherapie adjuvante apres resection a visee curative du cancer du pancreas: resultats de l'etude randomisee ESPAC-1
Polus, Marc ULg; Jerusalem, Guy ULg; Sautois, Brieuc ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2002), 57(2), 119-22

The prognosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma remains poor, with a 5-year survival rate lower than 5%. Resection, the gold standard treatment, can be performed in less than 15% of patients. Following surgery ... [more ▼]

The prognosis of pancreatic adenocarcinoma remains poor, with a 5-year survival rate lower than 5%. Resection, the gold standard treatment, can be performed in less than 15% of patients. Following surgery, the median survival is 12 months for the most favourable cancer patients. Adjuvant treatment have attempted to improve results. However, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and multimodal treatments don't have demonstrated a clear advantage in controlled trials. We will discuss results of the current trials in this topic. The randomised trial of the European Study Group for Pancreatic Cancer (ESPAC) recently published in the Lancet revealed a potential benefit of adjuvant chemotherapy. A critical analysis of the publication showed, however, that definitive conclusions of this trial must be interpreted with caution. [less ▲]

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See detailNormal mere exposure effect with impaired recognition in Alzheimer's disease
Willems, Sylvie ULg; Adam, Stéphane ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg

in Cortex : A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System & Behavior (2002), 38(1), 77-86

We investigated the mere exposure effect and the explicit memory in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and elderly control subjects, using unfamiliar faces. During the exposure phase, the subjects ... [more ▼]

We investigated the mere exposure effect and the explicit memory in Alzheimer's disease (AD) patients and elderly control subjects, using unfamiliar faces. During the exposure phase, the subjects estimated the age of briefly flashed faces. The mere exposure effect was examined by presenting pairs of faces (old and new) and asking participants to select the face they liked. The participants were then presented with a forced-choice explicit recognition task. Controls subjects exhibited above-chance preference and recognition scores for old faces. The AD patients also showed the mere exposure effect but no explicit recognition. These results suggest that the processes involved in the mere exposure effect are preserved in AD patients despite their impaired explicit recognition. The results are discussed in terms of Seamon et al.'s (1995) proposal that processes involved in the mere exposure effect are equivalent to those subserving perceptual priming. These processes would depend on extrastriate areas which are relatively preserved in AD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystal structures of the Bacillus licheniformis BS3 class A beta-lactamase and of the acyl-enzyme adduct formed with cefoxitin
Fonzé, Evelyne; Vanhove, Mac; Dive, Georges ULg et al

in Biochemistry (2002), 41(6), 1877-1885

The Bacillus licheniformis BS3 beta-lactamase catalyzes the hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring of penicillins, cephalosporins, and related compounds. The production of beta-lactamases is the most common ... [more ▼]

The Bacillus licheniformis BS3 beta-lactamase catalyzes the hydrolysis of the beta-lactam ring of penicillins, cephalosporins, and related compounds. The production of beta-lactamases is the most common and thoroughly studied cause of antibiotic resistance. Although they escape the hydrolytic activity of the prototypical Staphylococcus aureus beta-lactamase, many cephems are good substrates for a large number of beta-lactamases. However, the introduction of a 7alpha-methoxy substituent, as in cefoxitin, extends their antibacterial spectrum to many cephalosporin-resistant Gram-negative bacteria. The 7alphamethoxy group selectively reduces the hydrolytic action of many beta-lactamases without having a significant effect on the affinity for the target enzymes, the membrane penicillin-binding proteins. We report here the crystallographic structures of the BS3 enzyme and its acyl-enzyme adduct with cefoxitin at 1.7 Angstrom resolution. The comparison of the two structures reveals a covalent acyl-enzyme adduct with perturbed active site geometry, involving a different conformation of the Omega-loop that bears the essential catalytic Glu166 residue. This deformation is induced by the cefoxitin side chain whose position is constrained by the presence of the alpha-methoxy group. The hydrolytic water molecule is also removed from the active site by the 7beta-carbonyl of the acyl intermediate. In light of the interactions and steric hindrances in the active site of the structure of the BS3-cefoxitin acyl-enzyme adduct, the crucial role of the conserved Asn132 residue is confirmed and a better understanding of the kinetic results emerges. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiology of inflammatory bowel diseases in the elderly in the province of Liege - A three-year prospective study
Piront, Patricia ULg; Louis, Edouard ULg; Latour, Pascale ULg et al

in Gastroentérologie Clinique et Biologique (2002), 26(2), 157-161

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See detailDesign of Load Shedding Schemes against Voltage Instability using Combinatorial Optimization
Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg; Moors, Cedric; Lefebvre, Daniel

(2002, January 31)

This paper proposes a methodology for the design of automatic load shedding against voltage instability. In a first step, we describe a method allowing to find the minimal shedding required in a given ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a methodology for the design of automatic load shedding against voltage instability. In a first step, we describe a method allowing to find the minimal shedding required in a given unstable scenario. In a second step, we describe the structure of various controllers and identify the parameters to be optimized. Next, we present an optimization approach to find the controller parameters which optimize an overall performance objective. Results are presented on the Hydro-Québec system, in which load shedding is presently planned. [less ▲]

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See detailConfrontation entre le Szondi et le Rorschach
Stassart, Martine ULg

Conference (2002, January 30)

The author comments the conclusions of the research of Pr Jean Mélon about the correlations between Szondi- and Rorschachtests of 562 subjects (Doctoral These in Psychology, "Figures du moi. Szondi ... [more ▼]

The author comments the conclusions of the research of Pr Jean Mélon about the correlations between Szondi- and Rorschachtests of 562 subjects (Doctoral These in Psychology, "Figures du moi. Szondi, Rorschach et Freud ", May 1976, University of Liege). [less ▲]

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See detailMatrix and serine protease expression during leukemic cell differentiation induced by aclacinomycin and all-trans-retinoic acid
Devy, L.; Hollender, P.; Munaut, Carine ULg et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2002), 63(2), 179-189

In myeloid leukemia, immature leukemic cells are able to egress into peripheral blood to infiltrate extra-medullary organs. We therefore analyzed the migrating and invasive potential of human HL-60 and ... [more ▼]

In myeloid leukemia, immature leukemic cells are able to egress into peripheral blood to infiltrate extra-medullary organs. We therefore analyzed the migrating and invasive potential of human HL-60 and NB4 cell lines, representative of acute myelogenous leukemia, their ability to express matrix metalloproteases (MMPs), tissue inhibitors of metalloproteases (TIMPs) and urokinase plasminogen activator (uPA) in response to differentiating agents. Granulocytic differentiation by all-trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) and aclacinomycin (ACLA) strongly increased HL-60 and NB4 cell migration and invasion. At mRNA and protein levels, these cell lines produced significant amounts of MMP-9 (HL-60 < NB4). Granulocytic differentiation by ACLA increased both pro and active forms of MMP-9 whereas ATRA decreased them and stimulated uPA mRNAs. TIMP-1, the physiological MMP inhibitor, increased during granulocytic differentiation whereas TIMP-2 did not significantly vary. Use of Batimastat and aprotinin suggests that ATRA was active by modulating the uPA system while ACLA interfered with MMP expression. In conclusion, our data demonstrate that HL-60 and NB4 cells express MMPs and uPA which are differentially regulated by the differentiating agents ATRA and ACLA and suggest the clinical usefulness of MMPs and serine protease inhibitors in the prophylaxis and treatment of the ATRA syndrome. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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