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See detailCharacterization of the primary sonic muscles in Carapus acus (Carapidae): a multidisciplinary approach
Parmentier, Eric ULiege; Gennotte, Vincent ULiege; Focant, Bruno et al

in Proceedings of the Royal Society B : Biological Sciences (2003), 270(1530), 2301-2308

Sound production in carapid fishes results from the action of extrinsic muscles that insert into the swim bladder. Biochemical, histochemical and morphological techniques were used to examine the sonic ... [more ▼]

Sound production in carapid fishes results from the action of extrinsic muscles that insert into the swim bladder. Biochemical, histochemical and morphological techniques were used to examine the sonic muscles and compare them with epaxial muscles in Carapus acus. Sonic fibres are thicker than red and thinner than white epaxial fibres, and sonic fibres and myofibrils exhibit an unusual helicoidal organization: the myofibrils of the centre are in a straight line whereas they are more and more twisted towards the periphery. Sonic muscles have both features of red (numerous mitochondria, high glycogen content) and white (alkali-stable ATPase) fibres. They differ also in the isoforms of the light chain (LC3) and heavy chain (HC), in having T tubules at both the Z-line and the A–I junction and in a unique parvalbumin isoform (PAI) that may aid relaxation. All these features lead to the expression of two assumptions about sound generation: the sonic muscle should be able to perform fast and powerful contractions that provoke the forward movement of the forepart of the swim bladder and the stretching and ‘flapping’ of the swim bladder fenestra; the helicoidal organization allows progressive drawing of the swim bladder fenestra which emits a sound when rapidly released in a spring-like manner. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevalence of Echinococcus multilocularis in the red fox (Vulpes vulpes) in southern Belgium
Losson, Bertrand ULiege; Kervyn, Thierry; Detry, Jacques et al

in Veterinary Parasitology (2003), 117(1-2), 23-28

Between June 1998 and February 2002,709 red foxes killed in Wallonia (south of Belgium) were available for parasitological examination of the gut. The identification of Echinococcus multilocularis was ... [more ▼]

Between June 1998 and February 2002,709 red foxes killed in Wallonia (south of Belgium) were available for parasitological examination of the gut. The identification of Echinococcus multilocularis was based on morphological data. E. multilocularis adults were observed in 20.2% of the animals. The analysis of data revealed marked differences between the geological areas of Wallonia; the highest prevalence (33%) was found in the Ardenne and the lowest (0%) on the Plateau de Herve. Host gender and the collection season had no effect on the prevalence. However, the latter was significantly higher in juveniles (<8 months of age). The geographical distribution of E. multilocularis in Belgium is much wider than originally thought. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacodynamics of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) in postmenopausal women during pulsed estrogen therapy: Evidence that FSH release and synthesis are controlled by distinct pathways
Christin-Maitre, S.; Laveille, C.; Collette, Julien ULiege et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (2003), 88(11), 5405-5413

17beta-Estradiol (E2) exerts negative feedback effects at the hypothalamo-pituitary level on serum FSH. This study investigated the effects of repeated daily administration of intranasal E2 (S21400) on ... [more ▼]

17beta-Estradiol (E2) exerts negative feedback effects at the hypothalamo-pituitary level on serum FSH. This study investigated the effects of repeated daily administration of intranasal E2 (S21400) on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of E2 and estrone (E1) and the pharmacodynamics (PD) of FSH and assessed the PK/PD relationship between E2 and FSH using population model-dependent analysis. Postmenopausal volunteers (n = 24) received according to a balanced cross-over design, two 28-d treatments separated by a 2-month wash-out period: 300 mug E2, either alone or combined with oral dydrogesterone (20 mg/d) during the last 14 d of one of the treatments. Absorption of E2 was rapid, with maximal plasma concentrations at 10-30 min, returning to postmenopausal levels within 12 h. Over the 24-h period, FSH levels showed a U curve, with a minimum around 8 h after E2 administration. Moreover, over the treatment period, FSH basal values decreased by 17% between d 1 and 14 and an additional 5% between d 14 and 28. A PK/PD model described these short- and mid-term effects, possibly reflecting separate regulation mechanisms by E2 on FSH release and biosynthesis, respectively. The administration of progestin had no influence on E1, E2, and FSH model parameters. This study suggests that daily transient tissue exposure to E2 after pulsed estrogen therapy elicits short- and mid-term effects on the gonadotropin axis. [less ▲]

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See detailOverexpression of the soluble vascular endothelial growth factor receptor in preeclamptic patients: Pathophysiological consequences
Tsatsaris, V.; Goffin, Frédéric ULiege; Munaut, Carine ULiege et al

in Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (2003), 88(11), 5555-5563

Several growth factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A and placental growth factor (PlGF) are involved in the placental vascular development. We investigated whether dysregulation in ... [more ▼]

Several growth factors such as vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF)-A and placental growth factor (PlGF) are involved in the placental vascular development. We investigated whether dysregulation in the VEGF family may explain the defective uteroplacental vascularization characterizing preeclampsia. We compared pregnancies complicated by early onset severe preeclampsia or intrauterine growth retardation to normal pregnancies. Maternal plasma, placentas, and placental bed biopsies were collected. The mRNA levels of VEGF-A, PlGF, and their receptors were quantified in placentas and placental beds. Levels of VEGF-A, PlGF, and soluble VEGF receptor (VEGFR) were assessed in maternal plasma. In compromised pregnancies, elevated levels of VEGF-A and VEGFR-1 mRNAs may reflect the hypoxic status of the placenta. On contrast, the membrane-bound VEGFR-1 was decreased in the placental bed of preeclamptic patients. Preeclampsia was associated with low levels of circulating PlGF and increased levels of total VEGF-A and soluble VEGFR-1. Free VEGF-A was undetectable in maternal blood. Immunohistochemical studies revealed that VEGF-A and PlGF were localized in trophoblastic cells. Altogether, our results suggest two different pathophysiological mechanisms associated with preeclampsia. The first one is related to an overproduction of competitive soluble VEGFR-1 that may lead to suppression of VEGF-A and PlGF effects. The second one is the down-regulation of its membrane bound form (VEGFR-1) in the placental bed, which may result in the defective uteroplacental development. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulated annealing for complex portfolio selection problems
Crama, Yves ULiege; Schyns, Michael ULiege

in European Journal of Operational Research (2003), 150(3), 546-571

This paper describes the application of a simulated annealing approach to the solution of a complex portfolio selection model. The model is a mixed integer quadratic programming problem which arises when ... [more ▼]

This paper describes the application of a simulated annealing approach to the solution of a complex portfolio selection model. The model is a mixed integer quadratic programming problem which arises when Markowitz' classical mean-variance model is enriched with additional realistic constraints. Exact optimization algorithms run into difficulties in this framework and this motivates the investigation of heuristic techniques. Computational experiments indicate that the approach is promising for this class of problems. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's main auroral oval observed with HST-STIS
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Clarke, J. T.; Kim, J. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2003), 108(A11),

An extended series of FUV images obtained on 7 days during winter 2000-2001, with fixed pointing, yielded highly accurate tracking of emisson features as Jupiter rotated. They provided newly detailed ... [more ▼]

An extended series of FUV images obtained on 7 days during winter 2000-2001, with fixed pointing, yielded highly accurate tracking of emisson features as Jupiter rotated. They provided newly detailed measurements of the degree of corotation of auroral emissions and their variations with changing central meridian longitude. This 2-month data set provides a statistical average location of the auroral emission and leads to the definition of new "reference ovals.'' The overall auroral morphology pattern is shown to be fixed in System-III longitude and unchanged over a 5-year period. When arranged in central meridian longitude ranges, the images show a significant contraction of the northern main oval as the central meridian longitude increases from 115 to 255degrees. The main auroral oval brightness is globally very stable in comparison with its terrestrial counterpart. It is shown to vary with magnetic local time, increasing from noon to dusk and then decreasing again in the magnetic evening. Hectometric emissions observed simultaneously with Galileo and Cassini reveal interplanetary shocks propagating outward from the Sun which may be related to the contraction of the main auroral oval observed in the HST images taken on 14 December 2000. In addition, we find that a brightening and a significant contraction of the main oval observed on 13 January 2001 corresponded to a time of increased solar wind dynamic pressure. [less ▲]

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See detailGeneva photometry of HD 129929 (Aerts+, 2004)
Aerts, C.; Waelkens, C.; Daszynska-Daszkiewicz, J. et al

in SIMBAD (2003), 341

We have gathered and analysed a timeseries of 1493 high-quality multicolour Geneva photometric data of the B3V {beta} Cep star Hd 129929. The dataset has a time base of 21.2 years. The occurrence of a ... [more ▼]

We have gathered and analysed a timeseries of 1493 high-quality multicolour Geneva photometric data of the B3V {beta} Cep star Hd 129929. The dataset has a time base of 21.2 years. The occurrence of a beating phenomenon is evident from the data. We find evidence for the presence of at least six frequencies, among which we see components of two frequency multiplets with an average spacing of ~0.0121c/d which points towards very slow rotation. This result is in agreement with new spectroscopic data of the star and also with previously taken UV spectra. We provide the amplitudes of the six frequencies in all seven photometric filters. The metal content of the star is Z=0.018+/-0.004. All these observational results will be used to perform detailed seismic modelling of this massive star in a subsequent paper. (1 data file). [less ▲]

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See detailRemote sensing of the proton aurora characteristics from IMAGE-FUV
Bisikalo, D. V.; Shematovich, V. I.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege et al

in Annales Geophysicae (2003), 21

The combination of simultaneous global images of the north polar region obtained with the IMAGE-FUV imaging system makes it possible to globally map the properties of the electron and proton auroral ... [more ▼]

The combination of simultaneous global images of the north polar region obtained with the IMAGE-FUV imaging system makes it possible to globally map the properties of the electron and proton auroral precipitation. The SI12 imager, which observes the Doppler-shifted Lyman-a [less ▲]

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See detailEvolution of the polarization of the optical afterglow of the γ-ray burst GRB030329
Greiner, Jochen; Klose, Sylvio; Reinsch, Klaus et al

in Nature (2003), 426

The association of a supernova with GRB030329 strongly supports the `collapsar' model of γ-ray bursts, where a relativistic jet forms after the progenitor star collapses. Such jets cannot be spatially ... [more ▼]

The association of a supernova with GRB030329 strongly supports the `collapsar' model of γ-ray bursts, where a relativistic jet forms after the progenitor star collapses. Such jets cannot be spatially resolved because γ-ray bursts lie at cosmological distances; their existence is instead inferred from `breaks' in the light curves of the afterglows, and from the theoretical desire to reduce the estimated total energy of the burst by proposing that most of it comes out in narrow beams. Temporal evolution of the polarization of the afterglows may provide independent evidence for the jet structure of the relativistic outflow. Small-level polarization (~1-3 per cent) has been reported for a few bursts, but its temporal evolution has yet to be established. Here we report polarimetric observations of the afterglow of GRB030329. We establish the polarization light curve, detect sustained polarization at the per cent level, and find significant variability. The data imply that the afterglow magnetic field has a small coherence length and is mostly random, probably generated by turbulence, in contrast with the picture arising from the high polarization detected in the prompt γ-rays from GRB021206 (ref. 18). [less ▲]

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See detailAcquired aqueductal stenosis in preterm infants: an indication for neuroendoscopic third ventriculostomy
Scavarda, D; Bednarek, N; Litré, Claude Fabien ULiege et al

in Child's Nervous System (2003), 19(10-11), 756-9

Abstract Object: The object of this study is to demonstrate the delayed occurrence of aqueductal stenosis in preterm infants who have suffered from intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) and to try to explain ... [more ▼]

Abstract Object: The object of this study is to demonstrate the delayed occurrence of aqueductal stenosis in preterm infants who have suffered from intraventricular hemorrhage (IVH) and to try to explain the mechanisms of this stenosis. Method: From January 1996 to June 2002, 1,046 premature infants were admitted to our institution. Thirty-six neonates suffered from grade 3 or 4 intraventricular hemorrhage (Papile grading), of whom 16 died. Twenty patients survived and a ventriculoperitoneal shunt was inserted in 7 infants. Four patients underwent a neuroendoscopic third ventriculostomy. Follow-up was carried out, twice a month during the first 2 months and subsequently twice a year. Conclusion: In 2 children NTV was an effective treatment for hydrocephalus with an average follow-up of 29 months. The specific pattern concerning these patients is the long delay before obstructive hydrocephalus and the visualization of de novo obstruction with MRI. The biological explanation must be investigated. Keywords Premature newborn · Intraventricular hemorrhage · Hydrocephalus · Neuroendoscopy · Aqueductal stenosis · Acquired obstructive hydrocephalus · Transforming growth factor b1 [less ▲]

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See detailDo utility values and willingness to pay suitably reflect health outcome in hip and knee osteoarthritis? A comparative analysis with the WOMAC index
Ethgen, Olivier ULiege; Tancredi, Annalisa ULiege; Lejeune, Emmanuelle ULiege et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2003), 30(11), 2452-2459

Objective. To establish whether health utility (time trade-off, TTO) and willingness to pay (WTP) values reflect clinical health outcome as evaluated by the Western Ontario McMaster Universities ... [more ▼]

Objective. To establish whether health utility (time trade-off, TTO) and willingness to pay (WTP) values reflect clinical health outcome as evaluated by the Western Ontario McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC) in hip and knee osteoarthritis (OA). Methods. One hundred twenty-eight patients with OA attending a specialized arthritis clinic were interviewed about their socioeconomic characteristics and administered the TTO technique and the WOMAC. Their WTP for 2 hypothetical anti-osteoarthritic drugs was also investigated: the first drug was said to provide a significant improvement in WOMAC dimensions and the second a complete cure of the disease. WTP was elicited by both discrete-choice and bidding game methods. Results. Answer rates were 89.1% for TTO, 98.4% for discrete-choice WTP for both scenarios, and 89.8% and 85.2% for bidding game WTP in the relief and the cure scenario, respectively. The mean TTO utility value was 0.84 (standard deviation 0.20). In discrete-choice, those accepting the bid had higher monthly income (euro 1536.5 vs euro 1060. 1, p < 0.001, for the relief scenario and euro 1449.3 vs euro 1071.6, p < 0.001, for the cure scenario). With the bidding game format, WTP was positively correlated with income in both scenarios (r = 0.56, r = 0.55, p < 0.001). WTP measures differed equally between education and socioeconomic groups with those in favored groups consistently reporting higher WTP (Kruskal-Wallis tests statistics ranging from p < 0.01 to p < 0.001). Except for stiffness, WOMAC dimensions were correlated in the expected direction with TTO values (r = -0.27, p < 0.01 for pain and r = -0.36, r = -0.34, p < 0.001 for physical function and total score, respectively). Conclusion. Whereas they showed good feasibility, WTP measures poorly reflected clinical condition and were mainly related to economic status and ability to pay. TTO was correlated with the WOMAC dimensions and may be considered closer to clinical situations than WTP. However, concern arises regarding the homogeneity of the study sample in terms of clinical severity, which may have precluded the identification of a relationship between WTP and clinical status. [less ▲]

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See detailEgr family members regulate nonlymphoid expression of Fas ligand, TRAIL, and tumor necrosis factor during immune responses.
Droin, Nathalie; Pinkoski, Mike; Dejardin, Emmanuel ULiege et al

in Molecular & Cellular Biology (2003), 23(21), 7638-7647

The Fas ligand (FasL)/Fas pathway is crucial for homeostasis of the immune system and peripheral tolerance. Peripheral lymphocyte deletion involves FasL/Fas in at least two ways: coexpression of both Fas ... [more ▼]

The Fas ligand (FasL)/Fas pathway is crucial for homeostasis of the immune system and peripheral tolerance. Peripheral lymphocyte deletion involves FasL/Fas in at least two ways: coexpression of both Fas and its ligand on T cells, leading to activation-induced cell death, and expression of FasL by nonlymphoid cells, such as intestinal epithelial cells (IEC), that kill Fas-positive T cells. We demonstrate here that superantigen Staphylococcus enterotoxin B (SEB) induced a dramatic upregulation of FasL, TRAIL, and TNF mRNA expression and function in IEC from BALB/c and C57BL/6 mice. Using adoptive transfer in which CD4(+) T cells from OT-2 T-cell receptor transgenic mice were transferred into recipients, we observed an induction in IEC of FasL, TRAIL, and TNF mRNA after administration of antigen. Specific Egr-binding sites have been identified in the 5' promoter region of the FasL gene, and Egr-1, Egr-2, and Egr-3 mRNA in IEC from mice treated with SEB and from transgenic OT-2 mice after administration of antigen was upregulated. Overexpression of Egr-2 and Egr-3 induced endogenous ligand upregulation that was inhibited by overexpression of Egr-specific inhibitor Nab1. These results support a role for Egr family members in nonlymphoid expression of FasL, TRAIL, and TNF. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantification of tagitinin C in Tithonia diversifolia by reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatography.
Goffin, Eric ULiege; da Cunha, Antonio Proenca; Ziemons, Eric ULiege et al

in Phytochemical Analysis (2003), 14(6), 378-80

A simple, rapid and reliable reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of tagitinin C, an anti-plasmodial sesquiterpene lactone isolated from the aerial parts of ... [more ▼]

A simple, rapid and reliable reversed-phase high-performance liquid chromatographic method for the determination of tagitinin C, an anti-plasmodial sesquiterpene lactone isolated from the aerial parts of Tithonia diversifolia, has been developed. The assay has been used to quantify tagitinin C in various extracts of the aerial parts of T. diversifolia. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiative lifetime measurements and oscillator strength determination for transitions in singly ionized praseodymium (Pr II)
Biémont, Emile ULiege; Lefèbvre, P.-H.; Quinet, Pascal ULiege et al

in European Physical Journal D -- Atoms, Molecules, Clusters & Optical Physics (2003), 27(1), 33-41

New radiative lifetimes for 20 levels of Pr II have been measured using the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technique. The combination of these experimental values with theoretical ... [more ▼]

New radiative lifetimes for 20 levels of Pr II have been measured using the time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence (LIF) technique. The combination of these experimental values with theoretical branching fractions (BF) obtained with the pseudo-relativistic Hartree-Fock (HFR) approach has allowed us to determine oscillator strengths and transition probabilities for about 150 lines appearing in the spectral region between 369.9 and 741.2 nm. A detailed discussion of our new results and comparisons with previous data are also given in the present paper. [less ▲]

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See detailOMC: An Optical Monitoring Camera for INTEGRAL - Instrument description and performance
Mas-Hesse, J. M.; Gimenez, A.; Culhane, J. L. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 411(1), 261-268

The Optical Monitoring Camera (OMC) will observe the optical emission from the prime targets of the gammaray instruments onboard the ESA mission INTEGRAL, with the support of the JEM-X monitor in the X ... [more ▼]

The Optical Monitoring Camera (OMC) will observe the optical emission from the prime targets of the gammaray instruments onboard the ESA mission INTEGRAL, with the support of the JEM-X monitor in the X-ray domain. This capability will provide invaluable diagnostic information on the nature and the physics of the sources over a broad wavelength range. Its main scientific objectives are: ( 1) to monitor the optical emission from the sources observed by the gamma- and X-ray instruments, measuring the time and intensity structure of the optical emission for comparison with variability at high energies, and ( 2) to provide the brightness and position of the optical counterpart of any gamma- or X-ray transient taking place within its field of view. The OMC is based on a refractive optics with an aperture of 50 mm focused onto a large format CCD (1024 x 2048 pixels) working in frame transfer mode (1024 x 1024 pixels imaging area). With a field of view of 5degrees x 5degrees it will be able to monitor sources down to magnitude V = 18. Typical observations will perform a sequence of different integration times, allowing for photometric uncertainties below 0.1 mag for objects with V less than or equal to 16. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification et tautologie: L'identité chez Husserl et Wittgenstein
Seron, Denis ULiege

in Revue Philosophique de Louvain (2003), 101(4), 593-609

A question common to the sixth Logical Research of Husserl and to Wittgenstein's Tractatus is the question of the status of mathematical equations, and more broadly of judgements of identity. It is that ... [more ▼]

A question common to the sixth Logical Research of Husserl and to Wittgenstein's Tractatus is the question of the status of mathematical equations, and more broadly of judgements of identity. It is that of whether the mathematician expresses propositions, which as such bear a character of possible truth, or, on the contrary, simple rules of substitution useful for calculations. As formulated by Frege, this question can be summarized as follows: does mathematical knowledge exist? In reply to this question Husserl's position may be interpreted as being midway between Kant and Wittgenstein. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of mycophenolate mofetil in liver transplant recipients
Detry, Olivier ULiege; De Roover, Arnaud ULiege; Delwaide, Jean ULiege et al

in Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy (2003), 4(11), 1949-1957

Mycophenolate mofetil is an important drug in the modern immunosuppressive arsenal. Mycophenolate mofetil is the semisynthetic morpholinoethyl ester of mycophenolate acid. Mycophenolate acid prevents T ... [more ▼]

Mycophenolate mofetil is an important drug in the modern immunosuppressive arsenal. Mycophenolate mofetil is the semisynthetic morpholinoethyl ester of mycophenolate acid. Mycophenolate acid prevents T and B cell proliferation by specifically inhibiting a purine pathway required for lymphocyte division. This paper extensively reviews the experience of mycophenolate mofetil use in liver transplant recipients. In randomised trials, mycophenolate mofetil decreased the rate of acute rejection after liver transplantation, without a significant increase of septic complications. However, so far, there are no data indicating that mycophenolate mofetil increases liver transplant patient or graft survivals. Mycophenolate mofetil is interesting because of its particular side effects profile, which is very different from the other immunosuppressants. The absence of mycophenolate mofetil nephrotoxicity is of specific interest in liver recipients with impairment of renal function. The monitoring of mycophenolate acid area under the concentration time curve might be interesting to limit side effects and provide better clinical efficacy but the exact role of mycophenolate acid monitoring in liver recipients has yet to be further evaluated in large series. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois. Une varice duodenale compliquant une hypertension portale
Detry, Olivier ULiege; Delwaide, Jean ULiege; De Roover, Arnaud ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(11), 657-8

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See detailPutative roles of the CNF2 and CDTIII toxins in experimental infections with necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli type 2 (NTEC2) strains in calves
Van Bost, S.; Roels, S.; Oswald, E. et al

in Microbes & Infection (2003), 5(13), 1189-1193

Newborn colostrum-restricted calves were orally inoculated with an Escherichia coli strain, identified originally as non-pathogenic, and into which the plasmid pVir was conjugally transferred. This ... [more ▼]

Newborn colostrum-restricted calves were orally inoculated with an Escherichia coli strain, identified originally as non-pathogenic, and into which the plasmid pVir was conjugally transferred. This resulted in diarrhea, intestinal lesions and extra-intestinal invasion, suggesting that factors affecting these pathogenic properties are located on pVir. In order to analyze the respective roles of the toxins CNF2 and CDTIII in the pathogenesis, colostrum-restricted calves were inoculated with isogenic mutants in the cnf2 and the cdt-III genes. The loss of cnf2 is associated with a reduction in the pathogenicity, since diarrhea does not occur in calves challenged, in spite of successful colonization of the intestine. Nevertheless, the mutant strain remains able to invade the bloodstream and to localize in the internal organs. Conversely, the calves inoculated with mutant in the cdt-III gene evolved in the same way as wild-type strain-inoculated calves with regard to clinical signs and macroscopic or microscopic lesions. (C) 2003 Editions scientifiques et medicales Elsevier SAS. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailPCB residues in a breast cancer patient population
Charlier, Corinne ULiege; Pitance, François ULiege; Plomteux, Guy ULiege

in Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology (2003), 71(5), 887-891

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See detailUn bilan du programme quinquennal 1998-2002
Lonfils, R.; Lebailly, D.; De Bock, C. et al

in Education Santé (2003), (184), 10-16

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See detailDioxin/polychlorinated biphenyl body burden, diabetes and endometriosis: findings in a population-based study in Belgium
Fierens, S.; Mairesse, H.; Heilier, J. F. et al

in Biomarkers : Biochemical Indicators of Exposure, Response, & Susceptibility to Chemicals (2003), 8(6), 529-534

Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent organic pollutants widely distributed in the food chain, which is the main source of human exposure. Their effects on human health at background ... [more ▼]

Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent organic pollutants widely distributed in the food chain, which is the main source of human exposure. Their effects on human health at background exposure levels are still poorly understood. Recent epidemiological evidence suggests a possible association between these pollutants and diabetes. We report here the results of a population-based study in Belgium on 257 (142 women and 115 men) environmentally exposed subjects, including 10 cases of endometriosis and nine cases of diabetes. Seventeen 2,3,7,8-polychlorinated dibenzodioxins/dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs or dioxins), four coplanar PCBs (International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry [IUPAC] nos 77, 81, 126 and 169) and 12 PCB markers ( IUPAC nos 3, 8, 28, 52, 101, 118, 138, 153, 180, 194, 206 and 209) were quantified in serum fat from fasting blood samples in order to estimate the body burden of these pollutants. Whilst no difference was found between women with endometriosis and their controls, diabetic patients had significantly increased serum levels of dioxins, coplanar PCBs and the 12 PCB markers. After adjustment for age and other covariates, serum total toxic equivalent activity (sum of PCDD/Fs and coplanar PCBs) and 12 PCB marker concentrations in diabetics were 62% (p=0.0005) and 39% (p=0.0067) higher, respectively, than in controls. The risk of diabetes was significantly increased in subjects in the top decile for adjusted concentrations of dioxins (odds ratio 5.1, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.18-21.7), coplanar PCBs (odds ratio 13.3, 95% CI 3.31-53.2) or 12 PCB markers (odds ratio 7.6, 95% CI 1.58-36.3). These findings warrant further studies to assess the significance of the associations between diabetes and environmental exposure to polychlorinated pollutants. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Inhibition of Cyclin-Dependent Kinases Induces Differentiation of Supernumerary Hair Cells and Deiters' Cells in the Developing Organ of Corti
Malgrange, Brigitte ULiege; Knockaert, Marie; Belachew, Shibeshih ULiege et al

in FASEB Journal (2003), 17(14), 2136-8

In the embryonic day 19 organs of Corti, we showed that roscovitine, a chemical inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs), significantly increased the number of hair cells (HCs) and corresponding ... [more ▼]

In the embryonic day 19 organs of Corti, we showed that roscovitine, a chemical inhibitor of cyclin-dependent kinases (CDKs), significantly increased the number of hair cells (HCs) and corresponding supporting cells (SCs) by triggering differentiation of precursor cells without interacting with cell proliferation. The effect of roscovitine was mimicked by other CDK1, 2, 5, and 7 inhibitors but not by CDK4/6 and mitogen-activated protein kinase pathway antagonists. Immunohistochemical analysis indicated that roscovitine-specific intracellular targets, CDK1, 2, 5, and 7, were expressed in the organ of Corti and especially in Hensen's cells. Affinity chromatography studies showed a tight correlation between the protein levels of CDK1/2 and 5 and the rate of roscovitine-induced supernumerary cells in the organ of Corti. In addition, we demonstrated that basal CDK activity was higher and more roscovitine-sensitive at developmental stages that are selectively permissive for the emergence of supernumerary cells. These results suggest that CDKs are involved in the normal development of the organ of Corti and that, at least in E19 embryos, inhibition of CDKs is sufficient to trigger the differentiation of HCs and corresponding SCs, presumably from the Hensen's cell progenitors and/or from progenitors located in the greater epithelial ridge area. [less ▲]

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See detailImage analysis of X-ray microtomograms of soft materials during convective drying
Léonard, Angélique ULiege; Blacher, Silvia ULiege; Marchot, Pierre ULiege et al

in Journal of Microscopy (2003), 212(Pt 2), 197-204

X-ray microtomography is used to explore the textural evolution that soft materials undergo during a drying treatment. An original image processing algorithm is applied to vertical projections and ... [more ▼]

X-ray microtomography is used to explore the textural evolution that soft materials undergo during a drying treatment. An original image processing algorithm is applied to vertical projections and reconstructed cross-section images in order to quantify the texture at different stages of drying. Measurements are performed both on grey-level and on binary images. It is shown that X-ray microtomography is a very promising tool in the field of drying investigations. It can be used to determine internal moisture profiles, and to follow crack development and shrinkage in an accurate and non-destructive way. This information is crucial to validate drying models. Waste-water sludges are used as test materials to assess the validity of the proposed methodology. The management of these sludges, often including a drying stage, will become a challenge in the forthcoming years in accordance with environmental regulations. Samples collected in two waste-water treatment plants are investigated. Their analysis by X-ray microtomography brings to the fore two different drying behaviours, illustrating that sludge drying is a complex unit operation very sensitive to the way the material is produced. [less ▲]

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See detailImplementing the Bianco and Yohai estimator for logistic regression
Croux, C.; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULiege

in Computational Statistics & Data Analysis (2003), 44(1-2), 273-295

A fast and stable algorithm to compute a highly robust estimator for the logistic regression model is proposed. A criterium. for the existence of this estimator at finite samples is derived and the ... [more ▼]

A fast and stable algorithm to compute a highly robust estimator for the logistic regression model is proposed. A criterium. for the existence of this estimator at finite samples is derived and the problem of the selection of an appropriate loss function is discussed. It is shown that the loss function can be chosen such that the robust estimator exists if and only if the maximum likelihood estimator exists. The advantages of using a weighted version of this estimator are also considered. Simulations and an example give further support for the good performance of the implemented estimators. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailA regulatory mutation in IGF2 causes a major QTL effect on muscle growth in the pig
Van Laere, Anne-Sophie ULiege; Nguyen, Minh Ngoc ULiege; Braunschweig, M. et al

in Nature (2003), 425(6960), 832-836

Most traits and disorders have a multifactorial background indicating that they are controlled by environmental factors as well as an unknown number of quantitative trait loci (QTLs)(1,2). The ... [more ▼]

Most traits and disorders have a multifactorial background indicating that they are controlled by environmental factors as well as an unknown number of quantitative trait loci (QTLs)(1,2). The identification of mutations underlying QTLs is a challenge because each locus explains only a fraction of the phenotypic variation(3,4). A paternally expressed QTL affecting muscle growth, fat deposition and size of the heart in pigs maps to the IGF2 (insulin-like growth factor 2) region(5,6). Here we show that this QTL is caused by a nucleotide substitution in intron 3 of IGF2. The mutation occurs in an evolutionarily conserved CpG island that is hypomethylated in skeletal muscle. The mutation abrogates in vitro interaction with a nuclear factor, probably a repressor, and pigs inheriting the mutation from their sire have a threefold increase in IGF2 messenger RNA expression in postnatal muscle. Our study establishes a causal relationship between a single-base-pair substitution in a non-coding region and a QTL effect. The result supports the long-held view that regulatory mutations are important for controlling phenotypic variation(7). [less ▲]

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See detailCWATUP : les arrêtés d'exécution du 17 juillet 2003
Delnoy, Michel ULiege

in Immobilier (2003), 19

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See detailThree-body confinement force in a realistic constituent quark model
Papp, Z.; Stancu, Floarea ULiege

in Nuclear Physics A (2003), 726(3-4), 327-338

We show that in realistic constituent quark models based on a two-body confinement interaction color states appear in the middle of the experimentally known spectrum. To avoid this situation we implement ... [more ▼]

We show that in realistic constituent quark models based on a two-body confinement interaction color states appear in the middle of the experimentally known spectrum. To avoid this situation we implement a three-body confinement interaction, introduced on an algebraic basis, into a semi relativistic version of the Goldstone boson exchange constituent quark model and by solving the Faddeev equations we show that this interaction can increase the gap between singlet and color states, such as the latter can be ignored and the known baryons can be described as simple q(3) systems. We analyze the effect of a Delta- and a Y-shape three-body interaction. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of global scale electron and proton precipitation induced by a solar wind pressure pulse
Meurant, M.; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULiege; Hubert, Benoît ULiege et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2003), 30(20),

[1] On April 28 2001, simultaneous global images of electron and proton aurora were obtained by IMAGE- FUV following a sudden increase of solar wind dynamic pressure. The local time and intensity ... [more ▼]

[1] On April 28 2001, simultaneous global images of electron and proton aurora were obtained by IMAGE- FUV following a sudden increase of solar wind dynamic pressure. The local time and intensity distribution of both types of precipitation are examined and compared. It is found that the electron and the proton precipitation both start in the post noon sector and expand concurrently, but the expansion into the nightside starts sooner for the protons than for the electrons. The characteristic rise time in the onset sector is on the order of 6 minutes. A distinct dynamics and morphology of electron and proton precipitation is observed in the nightside sector. DMSP electron measurements in the afternoon sector indicate that the shock has a significant effect on the electron spectral characteristics. It is suggested that the various Alfven frequencies generated by the shock account for the two different speeds of propagation of the disturbance. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's polar auroral emissions
Grodent, Denis ULiege; Clarke, J. T.; Waite, J. H. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Space Physics (2003), 108(A10),

[1] This paper reports a study of Jupiter's polar auroral emissions observed in an extended series of FUV images. They were obtained on seven days, during winter 2000-2001, with the STIS camera on board ... [more ▼]

[1] This paper reports a study of Jupiter's polar auroral emissions observed in an extended series of FUV images. They were obtained on seven days, during winter 2000-2001, with the STIS camera on board the Hubble Space Telescope. The fixed pointing yielded highly accurate and consistent tracking of emisson features as Jupiter rotated, allowing the analysis of the auroral morphology and brightness on timescales ranging from seconds to days. In the Northern Hemisphere, the polar emissions, located poleward of the main oval, usually represent about 30% of the total auroral FUV emitted power. They show emission bursts lasting similar to100 s, while the main oval remains stable. The polar region may be divided into three regions apparently fixed in magnetic local time: the dawnside dark region, the poleward swirl region, and the duskside active region in which flares and arc-like features are observed. Each of these UV emission regions can be identified with its infrared counterpart and probably relates to a different sector of the Dungey cycle or Vasyliunas cycle plasma flows. [less ▲]

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See detailThe magnitude and the extinction duration of the cocaine-induced conditioned locomotion-activated response are related to the number of cocaine injections paired with the testing context in C57BL/6J mice
Michel, Anne; Tambour, Sophie ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege

in Behavioural Brain Research (2003), 145(1-2), 113-123

Behavioural activation repeatedly induced by a stimulant in rodents can persist in the absence of the drug if the animals are tested in the context where the drug was previously given, a phenomenon often ... [more ▼]

Behavioural activation repeatedly induced by a stimulant in rodents can persist in the absence of the drug if the animals are tested in the context where the drug was previously given, a phenomenon often explained in terms of Pavlovian conditioning. The aim of this study was to verify whether the amplitude of the putative CR (the drug-like activity) increases with the number of the US-CS associations (the number of drug-context pairings), one of the most representative rules of Pavlovian conditioning. The effect of the number of trials on the speed of extinction was also considered. C57BL/6J mice received 3, 6 or 12 once-daily injections of either saline or 12 mg/kg (-)-cocaine hydrochloride (s.c.) in the same test context, a photocell activity-box in which they were tested for 60 min after every injection. Other groups received the same treatments outside of the test context (being placed in a novel cage tub after each injection). Twenty-four hours after the last treatment session, all mice were challenged with saline in the test context (test for conditioned activity), extinction sessions taking place on the three subsequent days. Sensitisation to the locomotor-activating effect of cocaine developed only amongst the animals injected 6 or 12 times, the magnitude of the last sensitised response being comparable for these two injections regimen. On saline challenge, only the animals that had received 6 or 12 cocaine injections showed significant conditioned activity (CR), with the greatest response occurring following 12 injections. The 6-trial group reached the level of non-significance after fewer extinction sessions than the 12-trial group; however, the rates of extinction did not differ (comparable regression coefficients and quasi-parallel curves). These results suggest that the amplitude of the CR (cocaine-like stimulation after saline), and perhaps less convincingly the duration of extinction, are functions of the number of the US-CS (cocaine-context) pairings, supporting the Pavlovian nature of post-sensitisation placebo drug-like effects. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLevels and enantiomeric signatures of methyl sulfonyl PCB and DDE metabolites in livers of harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) from the southern North Sea
Chu, Shaogang; Covaci, Adrian; Haraguchi, Koichi et al

in Environmental Science & Technology (2003), 37(20), 4573-4578

The concentration of 26 methyl sulfonyl metabolites of polychlorinated biphenyls (MeSO2-PCBs) and of p,p'-DDE (MeSO2-DDE) were determined in 19 liver samples from harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena ... [more ▼]

The concentration of 26 methyl sulfonyl metabolites of polychlorinated biphenyls (MeSO2-PCBs) and of p,p'-DDE (MeSO2-DDE) were determined in 19 liver samples from harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena) stranded between 1997 and 2000 on the Belgian and French North Sea Coasts. The total concentration of MeSO2-PCBs ranged from 39 to 4221 ng/g lipid weight (lw) and were generally higher in adults (age >2 yr, range 969-4221 ng/g lw) than in juveniles (age <2 yr, range 39-1815 ng/g lw). The concentrations of MeSO2-DDE were generally also higher in adults (2196 ng/g lw) than in juveniles (0.5-60 ng/g lw). Congeners 3- and 4-MeSO2-CB101 were the dominating metabolites in all samples. Due to their preferential retention in the liver, the MeSO2-PCB congeners could be divided into two groups. The first group was dominated by the 3-MeSO2-PCB congeners and consisted of MeSO2-CB31, -CB49, -CB52, -CB87, and -CB101, which all have a 2,5-chlorine substitution in the phenyl ring containing the methyl sulfonyl group. The second group was dominated by the 4-MeSO2-PCB congeners and consisted of MeSO2-CB64, -CB91, -CB110, and -CB132, which all have a 2,3,6-chlorine substitution. The ratios of sum of PCBs/sum of MeSO2-PCBs and p,p-DDE/MeSO2-DDE differed greatly between individual subjects and ranged from 15 to 419 and from 17 to 1088, respectively. The ratio between the precursor PCB congeners and their corresponding metabolites ranged from 0.6 (CB49) to 175 (CB174). Enantiomeric fractions (EFs) for MeSO2-PCB atropisomers, which include 3-MeSO2-CB132, 3-MeSO2-CB149, 4-MeSO2-CB149, 3-MeSO2-CB174, and 4-MeSO2-CB174, were also measured in 8 out of the 19 subjects. High enantiomeric excess (EF > 0.73 or EF < 0.23) for the measured chiral MeSO2-PCB congeners was found in all samples. This result may suggest that one atropisomer may be preferentially formed in harbor porpoises or that the atropisomers are retained in a highly selective manner. [less ▲]

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See detailCell death and growth arrest in response to photodynamic therapy with membrane-bound photosensitizers
Piette, Jacques ULiege; Volanti, Cédric ULiege; Vantieghem, Annelies et al

in Biochemical Pharmacology (2003), 66(8), 1651-1659

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment for cancer and for certain benign conditions that is based on the use of a photosensitizer and light to produce reactive oxygen species in cells. Many of the ... [more ▼]

Photodynamic therapy (PDT) is a treatment for cancer and for certain benign conditions that is based on the use of a photosensitizer and light to produce reactive oxygen species in cells. Many of the photosensitizers currently used in PDT localize in different cell compartments such as mitochondria, lysosomes, endoplasmic reticulum and generate cell death by triggering necrosis and/or apoptosis. Efficient cell death is observed when light, oxygen and the photosensitizer are not limiting ("high dose PDT"). When one of these components is limiting ("low dose PDT"), most of the cells do not immediately undergo apoptosis or necrosis but are growth arrested with several transduction pathways activated. This commentary will review the mechanism of apoptosis and growth arrest mediated by two important PDT agents. i.e. pyropheophorbide and hypericin. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroarray analysis of E2Fa-DPa-overexpressing plants uncovers a cross-talking genetic network between DNA replication and nitrogen assimilation
Vlieghe, Kobe; Vuylsteke, Marnik; Florquin, Kobe et al

in Journal of Cell Science (2003), 116(20), 4249-4259

dPreviously we have shown that overexpression of the heterodimeric E2Fa-DPa transcription factor in Arabidopsis thaliana results in ectopic cell division, increased endoreduplication, and an early arrest ... [more ▼]

dPreviously we have shown that overexpression of the heterodimeric E2Fa-DPa transcription factor in Arabidopsis thaliana results in ectopic cell division, increased endoreduplication, and an early arrest in development. To gain a better insight into the phenotypic behavior of E2Fa-DPa transgenic plants and to identify E2Fa-DPa target genes, a transcriptomic microarray analysis was performed. Out of 4,390 unique genes, a total of 188 had a twofold or more up- (84) or down-regulated (104) expression level in E2Fa-DPa transgenic plants compared to wild-type lines. Detailed promoter analysis allowed the identification of novel E2Fa-DPa target genes, mainly involved in DNA replication. Secondarily induced genes encoded proteins involved in cell wall biosynthesis, transcription and signal transduction or had an unknown function. A large number of metabolic genes were modified as well, among which, surprisingly, many genes were involved in nitrate assimilation. Our data suggest that the growth arrest observed upon E2Fa-DPa overexpression results at least partly from a nitrogen drain to the nucleotide synthesis pathway, causing decreased synthesis of other nitrogen compounds, such as amino acids and storage proteins. [less ▲]

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See detailTomographie a emission de positons: une revolution en cancerologie?
Jerusalem, Guy ULiege; Hustinx, Roland ULiege

in Revue du Praticien (La) (2003), 53(15), 1629-30

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See detailImmobilization of silver in polypyrrole/polyanion composite coatings: Preparation, characterization, and antibacterial activity
Ignatova, Milena; Labaye, David; Lenoir, Sandrine ULiege et al

in Langmuir (2003), 19(21), 8971-8979

Thin films of polypyrrole doped by polyanions have been deposited onto stainless steel and carbon fibers by anodic electropolymerization of pyrrole in the presence of an anionic polyelectrolyte in water ... [more ▼]

Thin films of polypyrrole doped by polyanions have been deposited onto stainless steel and carbon fibers by anodic electropolymerization of pyrrole in the presence of an anionic polyelectrolyte in water. Films with a thickness smaller than 600 nm have been formed, which strongly adhere to the solid supports. The polymeric dopant has been selected for its ability to complex silver ions. Scanning electron microscopy, Rutherford backscattering analyses, and IR spectroscopy have confirmed that silver is actually immobilized in the films and provides them with an antibacterial activity against the Gram-negative bacteria Escherichia coli and Gram-positive bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecific innervation of aromatase neurons by substance P fibers in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord in quail
Evrard, H. C.; Willems, Evelyne ULiege; Harada, N. et al

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (2003), 465(2), 309-318

The enzyme aromatase catalyzes the production of estrogens in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord where most of the nociceptive primary afferent fibers terminate. Numerous estrogen receptors are present in ... [more ▼]

The enzyme aromatase catalyzes the production of estrogens in the dorsal horn of the spinal cord where most of the nociceptive primary afferent fibers terminate. Numerous estrogen receptors are present in this area and the control of spinal aromatase activity is thought to play an important role in the estrogenic control of nociception. The coexistence of aromatase and nociceptive terminals suggests a role for aromatase cells in pain-related processes, but whether terminals releasing nociceptive neuropeptides (e.g., substance P) actually contact aromatase neurons is unknown and the factors that control spinal aromatase activity have not yet been identified. In the present study we analyzed by double-label immunocytochemistry the distribution in the Japanese quail spinal cord, of aromatase and of substance P or its receptor (neurokinin 1 receptor). All antigens were mainly localized in laminae I and II as observed in mammals. Most aromatase neurons were colocalized with neurokinin 1 receptors and were in close apposition with substance P-immunoreactive fibers. These results suggest that aromatase neurons are responsive to noxious stimulation and may participate in the control of nociception. Furthermore, spinal aromatase activity could be controlled by substance P through a regulation of the aromatase gene transcription as reported for the mouse diencephalon and/or through neurokinin 1 receptor-dependent phosphorylation of the aromatase protein. [less ▲]

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See detailGut Mucosal and Plasma Concentrations of Glutamine: A Comparison between Two Enriched Enteral Feeding Solutions in Critically Ill Patients
Preiser, Jean-Charles ULiege; Peres-Bota, D.; Eisendrath, P. et al

in Nutrition Journal (2003), 2

BACKGROUND: Addition of glutamine to enteral nutrition formulas is consistently associated with a significant decrease in septic morbidity in critically ill patients, possibly related to the attenuation ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Addition of glutamine to enteral nutrition formulas is consistently associated with a significant decrease in septic morbidity in critically ill patients, possibly related to the attenuation of gut dysfunction. This pilot study was undertaken to compare the effects of enteral administration of two glutamine-enriched formulas containing either additional free glutamine or glutamine-rich proteins, with a standard solution on plasma and mucosal concentrations of glutamine in patients admitted in the Department of Intensive Care. METHODS: Following randomization, glutamine concentration was determined in endoscopically sampled duodenal biopsies and plasma, before and after a 7-day period of continuous administration of the designated solution. RESULTS: The mucosal concentration of glutamine increased in the duodenal biopsies sampled from patients randomized to the solution containing the glutamine-rich proteins (from 3.6 +/- 2.2 to 6.7 +/- 5.2 micro-mol/g protein), but not from the others. There were no differences between the 3 groups in the plasma concentrations of glutamine, which remained stable over time. CONCLUSION: The source of supplemental glutamine can influence gut mucosal glutamine concentrations, suggesting differences in its availability or utilization. [less ▲]

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See detailThe electronic states of 2-furanmethanol (furfuryl alcohol) studied by photon absorption and electron impact spectroscopies
Giuliani, A.; Walker, I. C.; Delwiche, Jacques ULiege et al

in Journal of Chemical Physics (2003), 119(14), 7282-7288

The photoelectron spectrum of 2-furanmethanol (furfuryl alcohol) has been measured for ionization energies between 8 and 11.2 eV and the first three ionization bands assigned to pi(3), pi(2), and n(o ... [more ▼]

The photoelectron spectrum of 2-furanmethanol (furfuryl alcohol) has been measured for ionization energies between 8 and 11.2 eV and the first three ionization bands assigned to pi(3), pi(2), and n(o) ionizations in order of increasing binding energy. The photoabsorption spectrum has been recorded in the gas phase using both a synchrotron radiation source (5-9.91 eV, 248-125 nm) and electron energy-loss spectroscopy under electric-dipole conditions (5-10.9 eV, 248-90 nm). The (UV) absorption spectrum has also been recorded in solution (4.2-6.36 eV, 292-195 nm). The electronic excitation spectrum appears to be dominated by transitions between pi and pi* orbitals in the aromatic ring, leading to the conclusion that the frontier molecular orbitals of furan are affected only slightly on replacement of a H atom by the -CH2OH group. Additional experiments investigating electron impact at near-threshold energies have revealed two low-lying triplet states and at least one electron/molecule shape resonance. Dissociative electron attachment also shows to be widespread in furfuryl alcohol. (C) 2003 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailPrognostic importance of exercise-induced changes in mitral regurgitation in patients with chronic ischemic left ventricular dysfunction
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULiege; Troisfontaines, P.; Toussaint, A. C. et al

in Circulation (2003), 108(14), 1713-1717

Background-In the post-myocardial infarction phase, mortality risk is related to the severity of mitral regurgitation (MR). Ischemic MR is a dynamic condition that can be studied during exercise. Whether ... [more ▼]

Background-In the post-myocardial infarction phase, mortality risk is related to the severity of mitral regurgitation (MR). Ischemic MR is a dynamic condition that can be studied during exercise. Whether the assessment of exercise-induced changes in the degree of MR provides prognostic information is unknown. Methods and Results-Ninety-eight consecutive patients with chronic ischemic left ventricular dysfunction and at least mild MR who prospectively underwent quantitative measurement of the regurgitant volume and the effective regurgitant orifice (ERO) of MR at rest and during semisupine exercise test were followed up for 19+/-8 months. The 16 patients who underwent surgery were censored at the time of operation. Of the 82 patients who were medically treated, 9 (11%) died. No clinical data demonstrated a distinction between survivors and nonsurvivors. By multivariate Cox regression analysis, independent predictors of cardiac death were an increase in ERO by greater than or equal to13 mm(2) (P=0.0045) during exercise, an ERO >20 mm(2) at rest (P=0.01), and a shorter mitral deceleration time (P=0.044). Half of the patients with exercise-induced significant increases in MR who died had moderate MR at rest. In contrast, none of the 14 patients with a decrease in MR at exercise displayed cardiac death. Conclusions-In patients with ischemic MR and left ventricular dysfunction, quantitative assessment of exercise-induced changes in the degree of MR provides independent prognostic information. Significant exercise-induced increases in MR unmask patients at high risk of poor outcome. [less ▲]

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See detailPreparation of reactive surfaces by electrografting
Jérôme, Christine ULiege; Gabriel, Sabine ULiege; Voccia, Samuel et al

in Chemical Communications (2003), (19), 2500-2501

The electrografting process has been applied to a new monomer in order to induce reactivity to the surface of various conducting substrates which are then appropriate for the anchoring of a large variety ... [more ▼]

The electrografting process has been applied to a new monomer in order to induce reactivity to the surface of various conducting substrates which are then appropriate for the anchoring of a large variety of molecules (catalysts, proteins, amino-polymers etc.). [less ▲]

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See detailAntibiotic susceptibilities of recent isolates of Mycoplasma bovis in Belgium
Thomas, Anne; Nicolas, C.; Dizier, Isabelle ULiege et al

in Veterinary Record (2003), 153(14), 428-431

The susceptibilities of 40 recent Belgian field isolates of Mycoplasma bovis to 10 antimicrobial agents were assessed. Tiamulin was the most active antimicrobial agent against M bovis, with an initial ... [more ▼]

The susceptibilities of 40 recent Belgian field isolates of Mycoplasma bovis to 10 antimicrobial agents were assessed. Tiamulin was the most active antimicrobial agent against M bovis, with an initial inhibitory concentration (IIC50) of 0.06 microg/ml, but it is not licensed for the treatment of cattle. All three fluoroquinolones tested (danofloxacin, enrofloxacin and marbofloxacin) were effective against strains of M bovis, and had a minimum mycoplasmacidal concentration (MMC50) less than or equal to 1 microg/ml. Gentamicin was poorly effective, having an IIC50 of 8 microg/ml. Many strains of M bovis were resistant to tylosin, spectinomycin, lincomycin, tetracycline and oxytetracycline. [less ▲]

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See detailTemperature adaptation of proteins: Engineering mesophilic-like activity and stability in a cold-adapted alpha-amylase
D'Amico, Salvino ULiege; Gerday, Charles ULiege; Feller, Georges ULiege

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2003), 332(5), 981-988

Two multiple mutants of a psychrophilic alpha-amylase were produced, bearing five mutations (each introducing additional weak interactions found in pig pancreatic (alpha-amylase) with or without an extra ... [more ▼]

Two multiple mutants of a psychrophilic alpha-amylase were produced, bearing five mutations (each introducing additional weak interactions found in pig pancreatic (alpha-amylase) with or without an extra disulfide bond specific to warm-blooded animals. Both multiple mutants display large modifications of stability and activity arising from synergic effects in comparison with single mutations. Newly introduced weak interactions and the disulfide bond confer mesophilic-like stability parameters, as shown by increases in the melting point t(m), in the calorimetric enthalpy DeltaH(cal) and in protection against heat inactivation, as well as by decreases in cooperativity and reversibility of unfolding. In addition, both kinetic and thermodynamic activation parameters of the catalyzed reaction are shifted close to the values of the porcine enzyme. This study confirms the central role of weak interactions in regulating the balance between stability and activity of an enzyme in order to adapt to the environmental temperature. (C) 2003 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal Imaging of Proton and Electron Aurorae in the far Ultraviolet
Mende, S. B.; Frey, H. U.; Immel, T. J. et al

in Space Science Reviews (2003), 109

The IMAGE spacecraft carries three FUV photon imagers, the Wideband Imaging Camera (WIC) and two channels, SI-12 and SI-13, of the Spectrographic Imager. These provide simultaneous global images, which ... [more ▼]

The IMAGE spacecraft carries three FUV photon imagers, the Wideband Imaging Camera (WIC) and two channels, SI-12 and SI-13, of the Spectrographic Imager. These provide simultaneous global images, which can be interpreted in terms of the precipitating particle types (protons and electrons) and their energies. IMAGE FUV is the first space-borne global imager that can provide instantaneous global images of the proton precipitation. At times a bright auroral spot, rich in proton precipitation, is observed on the dayside, several degrees poleward of the auroral zone. The spot was identified as the footprint of the merging region of the cusp that is located on lobe field lines when IMF B[SUB]z[/SUB] was northward. This identification was based on compelling statistical evidence showing that the appearance and location of the spot is consistent with the IMF B[SUB]z[/SUB] and B[SUB]y[/SUB] directions. The intensity of the spot is well correlated with the solar wind dynamic pressure and it was found that the direct entry of solar wind particles could account for the intensity of the observed spot without the need for any additional acceleration. Another discovery was the observation of dayside sub-auroral proton arcs. These arcs were observed in the midday to afternoon MLT sector. Conjugate satellite observations showed that these arcs were generated by pure proton precipitation. Nightside auroras and their relationship to substorm phases were studied through single case studies and in a superimposed epoch analysis. It was found that generally there is substantial proton precipitation prior to substorms and the proton intensity only doubles at substorm onset while the electron auroral brightness increases on average by a factor of 5 and sometimes by as much as a factor of 10. Substorm onset occurs in the central region of the pre-existing proton precipitation. Assuming that nightside protons are precipitating from a quasi-stable ring current at its outer regions where the field lines are distorted by neutral sheet currents we can associate the onset location with this region of closed but distorted field lines relatively close to the earth. Our results also show that protons are present in the initial poleward substorm expansion however later they are over taken by the electrons. We also find that the intensity of the substorms as quantified by the intensity of the post onset electron precipitation is correlated with the intensity of the proton precipitation prior to the substorms, highlighting the role of the pre-existing near earth plasma in the production of the next substorm. [less ▲]

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See detailDeletion (6)(p22p25) is a recurrent anomaly of thymoma: report of a second case and review of the literature
Herens, Christian ULiege; Radermecker, Maurice ULiege; Servais, Anne-Marie ULiege et al

in Cancer Genetics & Cytogenetics (2003), 146(1), 66-69

A patient with type AB thymoma and del(6)(p22p25) as the sole cytogenetic anomaly is described. This is the second report of a del(6)(p22p25) in a thymoma. The same deletion was previously found in ... [more ▼]

A patient with type AB thymoma and del(6)(p22p25) as the sole cytogenetic anomaly is described. This is the second report of a del(6)(p22p25) in a thymoma. The same deletion was previously found in association with a type A thymoma. Both patients presented with benign tumors. These data suggest that partial deletion of the short arm of chromosome 6 is a nonrandom change associated with benign thymomas. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSummary of quantitative interpretation of IMAGE far ultraviolet auroral data
Frey, H. U.; Mende, S. B.; Immel, T. J. et al

in Space Science Reviews (2003), 109

Direct imaging of the magnetosphere by instruments on the IMAGE spacecraft is supplemented by simultaneous observations of the global aurora in three far ultraviolet (FUV) wavelength bands. The purpose of ... [more ▼]

Direct imaging of the magnetosphere by instruments on the IMAGE spacecraft is supplemented by simultaneous observations of the global aurora in three far ultraviolet (FUV) wavelength bands. The purpose of the multi-wavelength imaging is to study the global auroral particle and energy input from the magnetosphere into the atmosphere. This paper describes the method for quantitative interpretation of FUV measurements. The Wide-Band Imaging Camera (WIC) provides broad band ultraviolet images of the aurora with maximum spatial resolution by imaging the nitrogen lines and bands between 140 and 180 nm wavelength. The Spectrographic Imager (SI), a dual wavelength monochromatic instrument, images both Doppler-shifted Lyman-alpha emissions produced by precipitating protons, in the SI-12 channel and OI 135.6 nm emissions in the SI-13 channel. From the SI-12 Doppler shifted Lyman-alpha images it is possible to obtain the precipitating proton flux provided assumptions are made regarding the mean energy of the protons. Knowledge of the proton (flux and energy) component allows the calculation of the contribution produced by protons in the WIC and SI-13 instruments. Comparison of the corrected WIC and SI-13 signals provides a measure of the electron mean energy, which can then be used to determine the electron energy flux. To accomplish this, reliable emission modeling and instrument calibrations are required. In-flight calibration using early-type stars was used to validate the pre-flight laboratory calibrations and determine long-term trends in sensitivity. In general, very reasonable agreement is found between in-situ measurements and remote quantitative determinations. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of gastrointestinal helminth infections and plane of nutrition on the health and productivity of F1 (West African Dwarf x Sahelian) goat crosses in The Gambia
Faye, D.; Leak, S.; Nouala, S. et al

in Small Ruminant Research (2003), 50(1-2), 153-161

A two by two factorial design including natural helminth infections (dewormed 'D' or not dewormed 'ND') and different levels of diet (basal 'B' or basal diet plus supplement 'S') was used to assess the ... [more ▼]

A two by two factorial design including natural helminth infections (dewormed 'D' or not dewormed 'ND') and different levels of diet (basal 'B' or basal diet plus supplement 'S') was used to assess the effect of helminth infections and plane of nutrition on health and productivity of F1 (West African Dwarf (WAD) x Sahelian) crosses. The pasture composed the basal diet and supplemented animals received cottonseed and rice bran. Feed composition analysis revealed that the pasture did not provide sufficient nutrients for reproduction requirements. Feed supplementation had a significant effect on weight gain of does during pregnancy and lactation, and milk off-take was significantly higher in supplemented does compared to non-supplemented ones (31.3 +/- 2.5 1 versus 17.7 +/- 2.5 1 respectively, P < 0.01). A peri-parturient rise in strongyle egg output was noted, and diet supplementation tended to reduce faecal egg count and to increase packed cell volume (PCV), mainly during the dry season. Deworming had a significant effect on red blood cell (RBC) count, PCV and haemoglobin (Hb) concentration, mainly during the period of peak strongyle egg output (season x deworming: P < 0.001 for RBC and PCV and P < 0.05 for Hb). Helminth infections combined with a basal diet seriously affected weight gain but the interaction of deworming and diet was not significant. In groups receiving the basal diet, dewormed animals had a significantly higher milk yield than those that were not dewormed (23.5 +/- 3.31 versus 12.0 +/- 3.71, respectively; interaction diet x deworming: P < 0.05). The higher daily weight gains of offspring born from dewormed does might be explained by the fact that, in addition to the effect of deworming on milk yield in animals receiving basal diet, the kids were less exposed to helminth eggs, whereas does that were not dewormed constituted a greater source of helminth infection for their kids. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe timing of normal puberty and the age limits of sexual precocity: Variations around the world, secular trends, and changes after migration
Parent, Anne-Simone ULiege; Teilmann, G.; Juul, A. et al

in Endocrine Reviews (2003), 24(5), 668-693

During the past decade, possible advancement in timing of puberty has been reported in the United States. In addition, early pubertal development and an increased incidence of sexual precocity have been ... [more ▼]

During the past decade, possible advancement in timing of puberty has been reported in the United States. In addition, early pubertal development and an increased incidence of sexual precocity have been noticed in children, primarily girls, migrating for foreign adoption in several Western European countries. These observations are raising the issues of current differences and secular trends in timing of puberty in relation to ethnic, geographical, and socioeconomic background. None of these factors provide an unequivocal explanation for the earlier onset of puberty seen in the United States. In the formerly deprived migrating children, refeeding and catch-up growth may prime maturation. However, precocious puberty is seen also in some nondeprived migrating children. Attention has been paid to the changing milieu after migration, and recently, the possible role of endocrine-disrupting chemicals from the environment has been considered. These observations urge further study of the onset of puberty as a possible sensitive and early marker of the interactions between environmental conditions and genetic susceptibility that can influence physiological and pathological processes. [less ▲]

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See detailReconnaissance des cultes : le projet d’accord de coopération concernant la reconnaissance des cultes, les traitements et pensions des ministres des cultes, les fabriques d'église et les établissements chargés de la gestion du temporel des cultes reconnus
Husson, Jean-François ULiege

in Mouvement communal (2003)

Cet article dans Mouvement communal, périodique de l'Union des Villes et Communes de Wallonie, présente ce qui était alors le projet d'accord de coopération entre l'Etat fédéral et les trois Régions ... [more ▼]

Cet article dans Mouvement communal, périodique de l'Union des Villes et Communes de Wallonie, présente ce qui était alors le projet d'accord de coopération entre l'Etat fédéral et les trois Régions belges en matière de temporel des cultes. Cet accord de coopération, officiellement approuvé en 2004, mettait ainsi en oeuvre -en la clarifiant- la réforme de l'Etat de 2001. [less ▲]

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See detailLiver resection for noncolorectal, nonneuroendocrine metastases
Detry, Olivier ULiege; Warzee, Fabian ULiege; Polus, Marc ULiege et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2003), 103(5), 458-462

In noncolorectal, nonendocrine liver metastases, the role of surgery is less define than in colorectal or neuroendocrine cancer. This role is marginal as liver is not the primary site of metastases of ... [more ▼]

In noncolorectal, nonendocrine liver metastases, the role of surgery is less define than in colorectal or neuroendocrine cancer. This role is marginal as liver is not the primary site of metastases of these cancers. Less than 2 to 5% of the patients with these malignancies might be one day considered as potential candidates for liver resection, as most patients suffer from extra hepatic tumour spread at the time they develop liver involvement. However, in these few cases with liver metastases only, as no other therapeutic option may provide mid- or long-term tumour-free survival, liver resection is indicated in resectable liver metastases. Some prognostic factors have been established in the literature from the few published series : unique versus multiple hepatic metastases, unilobar vs bilobar, metachronous vs synchronous, R0 vs R1 or R2 liver resections. The type of primary tumour is also of great importance, as cutaneous melanoma, pancreatic and gastric adenocarcinoma have a very bad prognosis for liver resection of metastases, even after R0 resection. In these cases, percutaneous or laparoscopic radiofrequency ablation may find its place. In sarcoma, breast carcinoma, uveal melanoma, and genitourinary cancers, liver resection may provide satisfactory long-term results in selected cases, and is the standard of care for isolated, resectable metastasis. However, due to the scarcity of indication of liver resection for noncolorectal, nonneuroendocrine metastases, the decision should be multidisciplinary, and the patients should be informed of the advantages and pitfalls of the surgical procedure. [less ▲]

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See detailExposition hormonale precoce et repercussions comportementales dans l'hyperplasie congenitale des surrenales: a propos d'un cas
Tortolani, Isabelle ULiege; Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULiege; Ansseau, Marc ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(10), 631-4

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a recessive autosomal transmission endocrine pathology that exposes people who suffer from it to an abnormally high concentration of adrenal androgens during the prenatal ... [more ▼]

Congenital adrenal hyperplasia is a recessive autosomal transmission endocrine pathology that exposes people who suffer from it to an abnormally high concentration of adrenal androgens during the prenatal and early postnatal periods. This disease induces female's virilism of variable degree. The case of a 29 year-old patient, who suffers from this affection and also presents a psychiatric disorder, raises questions about the possible consequences of an early exposure to androgens on the adult behaviour. [less ▲]

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See detailA structured strategy for assessing chemical risks, suitable for small and medium-sized enterprises
Balsat, Alain; De Graeve, Jean ULiege; Mairiaux, Philippe ULiege

in Annals of Occupational Hygiene (2003), 47(7), 549-556

BACKGROUND: A previous study carried out in 20 Belgian companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), showed that prevention advisors did not use any structured approaches to assess ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: A previous study carried out in 20 Belgian companies, especially small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), showed that prevention advisors did not use any structured approaches to assess chemical risk. They used their personal judgement and the information contained in manufacturers' Safety Data Sheets to assess the risk. OBJECTIVE AND METHOD: The purpose of the Regetox network is to provide companies with a global approach for assessing chemical health risks. The structured approach proposed consists of two successive steps of increasing complexity. For the first step, we chose a method developed by the INRS (France), the 'ranking of potential risk', which allows the safety officer or staff member to identify hazards and to set priorities among all the supplied products used in the workplace. For the second step, we applied the COSHH method and EASE model established by the UK Health [less ▲]

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See detailLe dosage rapide des peptides natriuretiques cardiaques. Une nouvelle contribution au diagnostic, au suivi therapeutique et au pronostic des affections cardio-vasculaires
Borgoens, Philippe ULiege; Pierard, Luc ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(10), 615-20

Only about half of the diagnoses of heart failure are correct. The limitations of clinical judgment and complementary investigations are described in this article. Recently, BNP was found to be a good ... [more ▼]

Only about half of the diagnoses of heart failure are correct. The limitations of clinical judgment and complementary investigations are described in this article. Recently, BNP was found to be a good biological marker of ventricular dysfunction. Rapid and reliable BNP measurement is now available and the clinical value of this peptide was examined in many studies. The role of BNP in the diagnosis and management of heart failure will be increasing. [less ▲]

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See detailUntangling the functional potential of PSA-NCAM-expressing cells in CNS development and brain repair strategies
Nguyen, Laurent ULiege; Rigo, Jean-Michel; Malgrange, Brigitte ULiege et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2003), 10(20), 2185-2196

Central nervous system (CNS) neural stem cells (NSCs), which are mostly defined by their ability to self-renew and to generate the three main cell lineages of the CNS, were isolated from discrete regions ... [more ▼]

Central nervous system (CNS) neural stem cells (NSCs), which are mostly defined by their ability to self-renew and to generate the three main cell lineages of the CNS, were isolated from discrete regions of the adult mammalian CNS including the subventricular zone (SVZ) of the lateral ventricle and the dentate gyrus in the hippocampus. At early stages of CNS cell fate determination, NSCs give rise to progenitors that express the polysialylated form of the neural cell adhesion molecule (PSA-NCAM). PSA-NCAM(+) cells persist in adult brain regions where neuronal plasticity and sustained formation of new neurons occur. PSA-NCAM, has been shown to be involved in the regulation of CNS myelination as well as in changes of cell morphology that are necessary for motility, axonal guidance, synapse formation, and functional plasticity in the CNS. Although being preferentially committed to a restricted either glial or neuronal fate, cultured PSA-NCAM(+) progenitors do preserve a relative degree of multipotentiality. Considering that PSA-NCAM(+) cells can be neatly used for brain repair purposes, there is much interest for studying signaling factors regulating their development. With this regard, it is noteworthy that neurotransmitters, which belong to the micro-environment of neural cells in vivo, regulate morphogenetic events preceding synaptogenesis such as cell proliferation, migration, differentiation and death. Consistently, several ionotropic but also G-protein-coupled neurotransmitter receptors were found to be expressed in CNS embryonic and postnatal progenitors. In the present review, we outlined the ins and outs of PSA-NCAM(+) cells addressing to what extent our understanding of extrinsic and in particular neurotransmitter-mediated signaling in these CNS precursor cells might represent a new leading track to develop alternative strategies to stimulate brain repair. [less ▲]

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See detailCapital income taxation when inherited wealth is not observable
Cremer, H.; Pestieau, Pierre ULiege; Rochet, J. C.

in Journal of Public Economics (2003), 87(11), 2475-2490

This paper extends the Atkinson-Stiglitz model of direct and indirect taxation to a dynamic setting with two unobservable characteristics: productive ability and inherited wealth. Bequests are motivated ... [more ▼]

This paper extends the Atkinson-Stiglitz model of direct and indirect taxation to a dynamic setting with two unobservable characteristics: productive ability and inherited wealth. Bequests are motivated by the 'joy of giving'. A child's inheritance is a random variable with a probability distribution that depends on his parent's investment in a 'bequest technology'. Public borrowing is assumed and implies the modified golden rule. We study the optimal tax policy when two instruments are available: a non-linear (wage) income tax and a proportional tax on capital income. We show that the second instrument ought, in general, to be used but that the tax rate is not necessarily positive. However, a positive tax rate is more likely when there is a positive correlation between inherited wealth and innate ability. (C) 2002 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical inhibitors of cyclin-dependent kinases control proliferation, apoptosis and differentiation of oligodendroglial cells
Nguyen, Laurent ULiege; Malgrange, Brigitte ULiege; Rocher, Véronique et al

in International Journal of Developmental Neuroscience (2003), 21(6), 321-326

Since cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdks) and their endogenous inhibitors (Cdkis) play an essential role as regulators of cell cycle withdrawal and onset of differentiation within oligodendroglial cells, we ... [more ▼]

Since cyclin-dependent kinases (Cdks) and their endogenous inhibitors (Cdkis) play an essential role as regulators of cell cycle withdrawal and onset of differentiation within oligodendroglial cells, we assessed here the effects of exogenous chemical Cdk inhibitors (CKIs) on cultured rat cortical oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs). We showed that purine derivatives and especially roscovitine strongly inhibited OPCs proliferation. In the presence of mitogenic signals, roscovitine synergized with thyroid hormone to stimulate oligodendrocyte differentiation. Roscovitine also prevented oligodendroglial apoptosis induced by growth factor deprivation. We thus demonstrated that small molecular weight chemical CKIs have important effects on crucial events of oligodendroglial development in vitro. This might open prospects for using these apparently well tolerated agents in remyelination strategies. (C) 2003 ISDN. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLe cas clinique du mois. Precordialgies evoquant un syndrome coronaire instable, un ecueil diagnostique
Gach, Olivier ULiege; Troisfontaines, Pierre; LEGRAND, Victor ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(10), 611-4

Chest pain represents a frequent motivation for consultation in which the differential diagnosis is not always easy. We present a case where a misdiagnosis lead to serious complications. Therefore we ... [more ▼]

Chest pain represents a frequent motivation for consultation in which the differential diagnosis is not always easy. We present a case where a misdiagnosis lead to serious complications. Therefore we review the clinical and electrocardiographic characteristics of the evoked diagnosis. [less ▲]

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See detailRelief in mild-to-moderate pain is not a confounder in joint space narrowing assessment of full extension knee radiographs in recent osteoarthritis structure-modifying drug trials
Pavelka, K.; Bruyère, Olivier ULiege; Rovati, Lucio C et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2003), 11(10), 730-737

Objective: To assess whether improvement in knee pain biased the determination of the structure-modifying effect reported for glucosamine sulfate in two recent 3-year, randomised, placebo-controlled ... [more ▼]

Objective: To assess whether improvement in knee pain biased the determination of the structure-modifying effect reported for glucosamine sulfate in two recent 3-year, randomised, placebo-controlled clinical trials, in which conventional standing antero-posterior full extension knee radiographs were used for the measurement of joint space narrowing, and in which pain relief might have improved knee full extension. Design: Patients completing the 3-year treatment course were selected based on a WOMAC pain decrease at least equal to the mean improvement in the glucosamine sulfate arms in either of the original studies, irrespective of treatment with glucosamine sulfate or placebo (drug responders or placebo responders). In a second approach, 3-year completers were selected if their baseline standing knee pain (item #5 of the WOMAC pain scale) was 'severe' or 'extreme' and improved by any degree at the end of the trials. In both cases, changes in minimum joint space width were compared between treatment groups. Results: Global knee pain was rnild-to-moderate in the two study populations and in all patient subsets identified. There were obviously more pain improvers in the glucosamine sulfate subsets (N=76 in the two studies combined) than in the placebo subsets (N=57), but WOMAC pain scores improved to the same extent, which was as large as over 50% relative to baseline. Nevertheless, the placebo subsets in both studies underwent an evident mean (SD) joint space narrowing, which in the pooled analysis of both studies was -0.22 (0.80) mm, and was not observed with glucosamine sulfate: +0.15 (0.60) mm (P=0.003 vs placebo). Similar results were found in the smaller subsets with greater than or equal to severe baseline standing knee pain that improved after 3 years, with a joint space narrowing nevertheless of -0.28 (0.76) mm with placebo (N=26), not observed with glucosamine sulfate: +0.21 (0.68) mm (N=31; P=0.014 vs placebo). Conclusions: Knee pain relief did not bias the report of a structure-modifying effect of glucosamine sulfate in two recent long-term trials using conventional standing antero-posterior radiographs, possibly due to the mild-to-moderate patient characteristics. (C) 2003 OsteoArthritis Research Society International. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSuccessfull treatment of insulin allergy in a type 1 diabetic patient by means of constant subcutaneous pump infusion of insulin
Sola-Gazagnez, A; Pecquet, C; RADERMECKER, Régis ULiege

in Diabetes Care (2003), 26

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See detailBelgium's Immigration Policy Brings Renewal and Challenges
Martiniello, Marco ULiege; Rea, Andrea

in Migration Information Source (2003)

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See detailRetrograde reactions of Clarke's nucleus neurons after human spinal cord injury
Schmitt, Andreas B.; Breuer, Sebastien; Polat, Leyla et al

in Annals of Neurology (2003), 54(4), 534-539

Successful axon regeneration depends on the expression of regeneration-associated genes by axotomized neurons. Here, we demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, the expression of regeneration ... [more ▼]

Successful axon regeneration depends on the expression of regeneration-associated genes by axotomized neurons. Here, we demonstrate, for the first time to our knowledge, the expression of regeneration-associated genes by axotomized human CNS neurons. In situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry showed a transient induction of GAP-43 and c-jun in Clarke's nucleus neurons caudal to traumatic human spinal cord injury. These results support experimental data that nonregenerating central nervous system neurons can temporarily upregulate regeneration-associated genes, reflecting a transient regenerative capacity that fails over time. [less ▲]

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See detailAlkali-silica reactivity with pessimum content on Devonian aggregates from the Belgian Arden massive
Merriaux, K.; Lecomte, A.; Degeimbre, Robert ULiege et al

in Magazine of Concrete Research (2003), 55(5), 429-437

Tests of alkali-silica reactivity were conducted on Devonian aggregates from the Belgian Arden massive. These are 'Bastogne sandstones' of the metamorphosed Mirwart layer consisting of the silica rich ... [more ▼]

Tests of alkali-silica reactivity were conducted on Devonian aggregates from the Belgian Arden massive. These are 'Bastogne sandstones' of the metamorphosed Mirwart layer consisting of the silica rich psammite rock family Petrography analysis reveals the presence of wavy extinction quartz and small size silica elements known to be potentially reactive to the alkalis in the base medium of concretes. Two accelerated tests were conducted according to the RILEM TC-106 and the French Standard NF P 18-590; they confirmed the strong reactive character of the sands,from these materials. The reaction is strongest in the presence of certain percentage of non-reactive sand. For this reason, the aggregates arc, described as being potentially reactive with pessimum content'. Their use in structures concretes must therefore be considered with the particular precaution of using cements that are low in free alkalis, and if necessary, with the addition of slag, fly ash or silica fume, all of which are known to reduce alkali silica reactivity. Verification of the dimensional stability of tat-get formulae must also be conducted on concrete test pieces. [less ▲]

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See detailSubstance P protects spiral ganglion neurons from apoptosis via PKC-Ca2+-MAPK/ERK pathways
Lallemend, François; Lefèbvre, Philippe ULiege; Hans, Grégory ULiege et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (2003), 87(2), 508-521

In the current study, we have investigated the ability of substance P (SP) to protect 3-day-old (P3) rat spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) from trophic factor deprivation (TFD)-induced cell death. The ... [more ▼]

In the current study, we have investigated the ability of substance P (SP) to protect 3-day-old (P3) rat spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) from trophic factor deprivation (TFD)-induced cell death. The presence of SP high affinity neurokinin-1 receptor (NK1) transcripts was detected in the spiral ganglion and the NK1 protein localized to SGNs both ex vivo and in vitro. Treatment with SP increased cytoplasmic Ca2+ in SGNs, further arguing for the presence of functional NK1 on these neurons. Both SP and the agonist [Sar(9), Met(O-2)(11)]-SP significantly decreased SGN cell death induced by TFD, with no effect on neurite outgrowth. The survival promoting effect of SP was blocked by the NK1 antagonist, WIN51708. Both pan-caspase inhibitor BOC-D-FMK and SP treatments markedly reduced activation of caspases and DNA fragmentation in trophic factor deprived-neurons. The neuroprotective action of SP was antagonised by specific inhibitors of second messengers, including 1.2-bis-(O-aminophenoxy)-ethane-N,N,N',N'-tetraacetic acid (BAPTA-AM) to chelate cytosolic Ca2+, the protein kinase C (PKC) inhibitors bisindolylmaleimide I, Go6976 and LY333531 and the MAPK/ERK inhibitor U0126. In contrast, nifedipine, a specific inhibitor of L-type Ca2+ channel, and LY294002, a phosphatidylinositol-3-OH kinase (PI3K) inhibitor, had no effect on SP trophic support of SGNs. Moreover, activation of endogenous PKC by 4beta-phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) also reduced the loss of trophic factor-deprived SGNs. Thus, NK1 expressed by SGNs transmit a survival-promoting regulatory signal during TFD-induced SGN cell death via pathways involving PKC activation, Ca2+ signalling and MAPK/ERK activation, which can be accounted for by an inhibition of caspase activation. [less ▲]

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See detailStudy of antirestenosis with the BiodivYsio dexamethasone-eluting stent (STRIDE): A first-in-human multicenter pilot trial
Liu, X. S.; Huang, Y. M.; Hanet, C. et al

in Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions : Official Journal of the Society for Cardiac Angiography & Interventions (2003), 60(2), 172-178

The aim of this multicenter pilot study was to evaluate the acute safety and efficacy of the dexamethasone-eluting stent (0.5 mug/mm(2) of stent) implanted in patients with de novo single-vessel disease ... [more ▼]

The aim of this multicenter pilot study was to evaluate the acute safety and efficacy of the dexamethasone-eluting stent (0.5 mug/mm(2) of stent) implanted in patients with de novo single-vessel disease. This study included 71 patients, 42% of whom had unstable angina pectoris. An appropriately sized BiodivYsio Matrix Lo stent loaded with a total dexamethasone dose of 0.5 mug/mm(2) of stent was used. Technical device success rate was 95%. Six-month MACE occurred in two patients (3.3%). Binary restenosis rate was 13.3%. Late loss was 0.45. Late loss and percent diameter stenosis were lower in the unstable angina pectoris patients compared to the stable patients (0.32 +/- 0.39 vs. 0.60 +/- 0.55 mm, P < 0.07, and 26.86 +/- 14 vs. 38.40 +/- 16%, P < 0.02). This study demonstrated the feasibility and safety of the implantation of a dexamethasone-eluting stent and its effect on in-stent neointimal hyperplasia. (C) 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics of adolescent attempts to manage overweight
Grignard, Sophie ULiege; Bourguignon, Jean-Pierre ULiege; Born, Michel ULiege et al

in Patient Education & Counseling (2003), 51(2), 183-189

This study evaluates the actions taken by obese adolescents in an attempt to lose weight in relation to changes in weight. Particular emphasis is put on the context surrounding the management process ... [more ▼]

This study evaluates the actions taken by obese adolescents in an attempt to lose weight in relation to changes in weight. Particular emphasis is put on the context surrounding the management process. Thirty one obese adolescents aged 14-18 participated in this study. The adolescents answered a written questionnaire, took a body-size dissatisfaction test and were interviewed. Their family physicians were interviewed by telephone. Quantitative data concerned changes in weight and body-size dissatisfaction scores. Qualitative analysis included cases analyses and building up of synthesis variables. Loss of weight is linked with continuity of management attempts as well as with medical follow-up. The most frequent management attempt is diet. Self-image is correlated with weight. The exclusive emphasis put on diet is discussed in relation to the importance of more psychosocial factors such as self-image, denial and attraction to discontinuity. Some recommendations for the management of overweight adolescents are then outlined. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailReelin signaling directly affects radial glia morphology and biochemical maturation
Hartfuss, Eva; Forster, Eckart; Bock, Hans H. et al

in Development (2003), 130(19), 4597-4609

Radial glial cells are characterized, besides their astroglial properties, by long radial processes extending from the ventricular zone to the pial surface, a crucial feature for the radial migration of ... [more ▼]

Radial glial cells are characterized, besides their astroglial properties, by long radial processes extending from the ventricular zone to the pial surface, a crucial feature for the radial migration of neurons. The molecular signals that regulate this characteristic morphology, however, are largely unknown. We show an important role of the secreted molecule reelin for the establishment of radial glia processes. We describe a significant reduction in ventricular zone cells with long radial processes in the absence of reelin in the cortex of reeler mutant mice. These defects were correlated to a decrease in the content of brain lipid-binding protein (Blbp) and were detected exclusively in the cerebral cortex, but not in the basal ganglia of reeler mice. Conversely, reelin addition in vitro increased the Blbp content and process extension of radial glia from the cortex, but not the basal ganglia. Isolation of radial glia by fluorescent-activated cell sorting showed that these effects are due to direct signaling of reelin to radial glial cells. We could further demonstrate that this signaling requires Dab1, as the increase in Blbp upon reelin addition failed to occur in Dab1(-/-) mice. Taken together, these results unravel a novel role of reelin signaling to radial glial cells that is crucial for the regulation of their Blbp content and characteristic morphology in a region-specific manner. [less ▲]

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See detailAn investigation of verbal short-term memory and phonological processing in four children with Williams syndrome
Majerus, Steve ULiege; Barisnikov, K.; Vuillemin, I. et al

in Neurocase : Case Studies in Neuropsychology, Neuropsychiatry & Behavioural Neurology (2003), 9(5), 390-401

Although phonological processing is generally considered to be a proficiency in Williams syndrome (WS), there are very few studies which have extensively explored phonological processing abilities in WS ... [more ▼]

Although phonological processing is generally considered to be a proficiency in Williams syndrome (WS), there are very few studies which have extensively explored phonological processing abilities in WS. In this study, we re-assessed phonological processing in WS by exploring verbal STM and phonological awareness abilities in 4 children with WS (CA: 10-12 years) and two control groups, one matched for chronological age (CA) and the other matched for verbal mental age (VA). Our results confirm and extend previous claims of preserved phonological STM in WS by showing specifically preserved STM performance for non-words, compared to both VA and CA control groups. However, we observed that this was the case only for non-words where support of phonological and lexico-semantic knowledge was minimized, with reduced phonological and lexico-semantic effects on STM performance. Furthermore, a more direct assessment of phonological processing abilities through phonological awareness tasks showed impaired performance for the 4 WS children. Our data confirm that STM for non-words represents a real strength in. WS but they do not support previous assumptions of a more general preservation of phonological processing abilities in WS. Implications for impaired and preserved cognitive processes underlying verbal STM and phonological awareness abilities in WS are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Bandes dessinées de Frits Van den Berghe
Dejasse, Erwin ULiege

in 9e Art : Les Cahiers du Musée de la Bande Dessinée (2003), 9

A major figure of painting during the first half of the 20th century, the Flemish artist Frits Van den Berghe (1883-1939) produced comics which, if put end to end, would cover at least 1500 pages ... [more ▼]

A major figure of painting during the first half of the 20th century, the Flemish artist Frits Van den Berghe (1883-1939) produced comics which, if put end to end, would cover at least 1500 pages. Released in "De Amsterdamer" or in "Vooruit", they were often presented as being the work of of young boys. But Van den Berghe also collaborate with the Fantasy writer Jean Ray, executing illustrations for the adventures of the teenage detective Edmind Bell in "Bravo !" [less ▲]

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See detailA preemption-aware on-line routing algorithm for MPLS networks
Blanchy, François; Mélon, Laurent; Leduc, Guy ULiege

in Telecommunication Systems (2003), 24(2-4, OCT-DEC), 187-206

In the context of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), we look at the problem of organizing the mapping of Label Switched Paths (LSPs) in an optimal way throughout the network on the basis of a given ... [more ▼]

In the context of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), we look at the problem of organizing the mapping of Label Switched Paths (LSPs) in an optimal way throughout the network on the basis of a given objective function. This problem is highly combinatorial and makes dynamic and real-time features a difficult issue for any LSP routing scheme. For this reason, we propose a computationally efficient, though approximate, on-line scheme adapted to an incremental optimization of the network state. We also propose an integration of a computationally efficient preemption mechanism into this approximation. The efficiency of this algorithm is obtained through a very rigid but seemingly appropriate policy concerning which LSPs are appropriate for preemption. A feedback from preemption on the routing process is proposed, in order to regulate the rate of the reroutings and to tune the balance between stability and continuous reorganization in a network. [less ▲]

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See detailWhole-body positron emission tomography using fluorodeoxyglucose in patients with metastases of unknown primary tumours (CUP syndrome)
Alberini, J. L.; Belhocine, Tarik; Hustinx, Roland ULiege et al

in Nuclear Medicine Communications (2003), 24(10), 1081-1086

The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical performances of whole body 2-[F-18]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) imaging for the detection of the primary tumour in patients ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical performances of whole body 2-[F-18]fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG PET) imaging for the detection of the primary tumour in patients with metastases of unknown origin. Forty-one patients, without previous history of known cancer (18 women and 23 men; average age 64.1 years) with metastasis confirmed by histopathological analysis were included in a retrospective study. Results of PET were compared with those of techniques used in the current conventional diagnostic procedure. All known metastatic lesions were detected by PET. There were 26 true-positive and two false-negative results. Primary tumour remained undetermined in eight patients after conventional investigations and PET. PET was superior to conventional diagnostic procedure in 11 patients and led to modify treatment in 11 patients. Sensitivity of PET was superior than computed tomography in detecting abdominal primary tumours. FDG PET is useful in patients with unknown primary tumour because its sensitivity is good and it could modify the disease management. Otherwise, PET allows the evaluation of the extent of the disease and could be used to monitor treatment efficiency. Its contribution has to be evaluated particularly in patients with primary tumour with a specific treatment. ((C) 2003 Lippincott Williams Wilkins). [less ▲]

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See detailCinéma fantastique et corps plastiques : premières notes pour une étude de la figurine
Tomasovic, Dick ULiege

in Cinéma & Cie : International Film Studies Journal (2003), 3(Fall), 106-114

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See detailLocalization and photoaffinity labelling of the levetiracetam binding site in rat brain and certain cell lines
Fuks, Bruno; Gillard, Michel; Michel, Philippe et al

in European Journal of Pharmacology (2003), 478(1), 11-19

Levetiracetam (2S-(2-oxo-1-pyrrolidinyl)butanamide, KEPPRA(R)), a novel antiepileptic drug, has been shown to bind to a specific binding site located in the brain (Eur. J. Pharmacol. 286 (1995) 137). To ... [more ▼]

Levetiracetam (2S-(2-oxo-1-pyrrolidinyl)butanamide, KEPPRA(R)), a novel antiepileptic drug, has been shown to bind to a specific binding site located in the brain (Eur. J. Pharmacol. 286 (1995) 137). To identify the protein constituent of the levetiracetam binding site in situ, we synthesized the photoaffinity label [H-3]ucb 30889 ((2S)-2-[4-(3-azidophenyl)-2-oxopyrrolidin-1-yl]butanamide), a levetiracetam analog with higher affinity for the levetiracetam binding site. This radioligand was used to map the levetiracetam binding site within the brain and to study its cellular and subcellular distribution. Autoradiography experiments using [H-3]ucb 30889 in rat brain revealed a unique distribution profile that did not match that of classical receptors known to be involved in the generation of epileptic seizures. There was a high level of binding in the dentate gyrus, the superior colliculus, several thalamic nuclei, the molecular layer of the cerebellum and to a lesser extent in the cerebral cortex, the striatum and the hypothalamus. The levetiracetam binding site was restricted to neuronal cell types, undifferentiated PC 12 cells and was highly enriched in synaptic vesicles. [H-3]ucb 30889 was also used in photoaffinity labelling studies and shown to bind covalently to a membrane protein with a molecular weight of approximately 90 kDa. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe commutative closure of a binary slip-language is context-free: a new proof
Rigo, Michel ULiege

in Discrete Applied Mathematics (2003), 131(3), 665-672

Using original arguments about sets of integers satisfying some first-order formula of the Presburger arithmetic <N, +>, we give a new proof that the commutative closure of a slip-language over a two ... [more ▼]

Using original arguments about sets of integers satisfying some first-order formula of the Presburger arithmetic <N, +>, we give a new proof that the commutative closure of a slip-language over a two letters alphabet is context-free. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural and functional adaptations to extreme temperatures in psychrophilic, mesophilic, and thermophilic DNA ligases
Georlette, D.; Damien, B.; Blaise, Vinciane ULiege et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(39), 37015-37023

Psychrophiles, host of permanently cold habitats, display metabolic fluxes comparable to those exhibited by mesophilic organisms at moderate temperatures. These organisms have evolved by producing, among ... [more ▼]

Psychrophiles, host of permanently cold habitats, display metabolic fluxes comparable to those exhibited by mesophilic organisms at moderate temperatures. These organisms have evolved by producing, among other peculiarities, cold-active enzymes that have the properties to cope with the reduction of chemical reaction rates induced by low temperatures. The emerging picture suggests that these enzymes display a high catalytic efficiency at low temperatures through an improved flexibility of the structural components involved in the catalytic cycle, whereas other protein regions, if not implicated in catalysis, may be even more rigid than their mesophilic counterparts. In return, the increased flexibility leads to a decreased stability of psychrophilic enzymes. In order to gain further advances in the analysis of the activity/flexibility/stability concept, psychrophilic, mesophilic, and thermophilic DNA ligases have been compared by three-dimensional-modeling studies, as well as regards their activity, surface hydrophobicity, structural permeability, conformational stabilities, and irreversible thermal unfolding. These data show that the cold-adapted DNA ligase is characterized by an increased activity at low and moderate temperatures, an overall destabilization of the molecular edifice, especially at the active site, and a high conformational flexibility. The opposite trend is observed in the mesophilic and thermophilic counterparts, the latter being characterized by a reduced low temperature activity, high stability and reduced flexibility. These results strongly suggest a complex relationship between activity, flexibility and stability. In addition, they also indicate that in cold-adapted enzymes, the driving force for denaturation is a large entropy change. [less ▲]

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See detailFully automated method for the liquid chromatographic determination of cyproterone acetate in plasma using restricted access material for sample pre-treatment
Christiaens, B.; Chiap, Patrice ULiege; Rbeida, O. et al

in Journal of Chromatography. B : Analytical Technologies in the Biomedical & Life Sciences (2003), 795(1), 73-82

A new fully automated method for the quantitative analysis of an antiandrogenic substance, cyproterone acetate (CPA), in plasma samples has been developed using on-line solid-phase extraction (SPE) prior ... [more ▼]

A new fully automated method for the quantitative analysis of an antiandrogenic substance, cyproterone acetate (CPA), in plasma samples has been developed using on-line solid-phase extraction (SPE) prior to the determination by reversed-phase liquid chromatography (LC). The automated method was based on the use of a precolumn packed with an internal-surface reversed-phase packing material (LiChrospher RP-4 ADS) for sample clean-up coupled to LC analysis on an octadecyl stationary phase using a column-switching system. A 200-mul volume of plasma sample was injected directly on the precolumn packed with restricted access material using a mixture of water-acetonitrile (90:10, v/v) as washing liquid. The analyte was then eluted in the back-flush mode with the LC mobile phase which consisted of a mixture of phosphate buffer, pH 7.0-acetonitrile (54:46, v/v). The elution profiles of CPA and blank plasma samples on the precolumn and the time needed for analyte transfer from the precolumn to the analytical column were determined. Different compositions of washing liquid and mobile phase were tested to reduce the interference of plasma endogenous components. UV detection was achieved at 280 nm. Finally, the developed method was validated using a new approach, namely the application of the accuracy profile based on the interval confidence at 90% of the total measurement error (bias+standard deviation). The limit of quantification of cyproterone acetate in plasma was determined at 15 ng ml(-1). The validated method should be applicable to the determination of CPA in patients treated by at least 50 mg day(-1). (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh resolution FUV observations of proton aurora
Chua, D. H.; Dymond, K. F.; Budzien, S. A. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2003), 30(18),

We present new FUV observations of Doppler-shifted Lyman-alpha emissions from proton aurora obtained from the High Resolution Ionospheric and Thermospheric Spectrograph ( HITS) aboard the Advanced ... [more ▼]

We present new FUV observations of Doppler-shifted Lyman-alpha emissions from proton aurora obtained from the High Resolution Ionospheric and Thermospheric Spectrograph ( HITS) aboard the Advanced Research and Global Observation Satellite (ARGOS). The HITS instrument observes the Doppler-shifted H Lyman-alpha emissions from proton precipitation with 1.5 Angstrom resolution. The high spectral resolution of these measurements allows the auroral Lyman-alpha emissions to be separated from the intense geocoronal background. The measured proton aurora Doppler spectra are modeled using a Monte Carlo simulation of proton flux transport. The forward modeling performed with this code allows us to infer the characteristic energies of the incident protons from the measured Lyman-alpha Doppler spectra. The inferred characteristics of dayside versus nightside proton precipitation are compared and used to identify the magnetospheric regions from which the particles likely originated. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymerization of epsilon-caprolactone initiated by Y alkoxide grafted onto porous silica
Martin, Eric; Dubois, Philippe ULiege; Jérôme, Robert ULiege

in Macromolecules (2003), 36(19), 7094-7099

Ring-opening polymerization of c-caprolactone has been initiated by Y isopropoxide grafted onto silica, in the presence of 2-propanol, in toluene at 40degreesC. The degree of polymerization is controlled ... [more ▼]

Ring-opening polymerization of c-caprolactone has been initiated by Y isopropoxide grafted onto silica, in the presence of 2-propanol, in toluene at 40degreesC. The degree of polymerization is controlled by the initial monomer/(alcohol + alkoxide) molar ratio. Deactivation of the chains by an alcohol is essential for them to be detached from the support and to be collected totally free of metal and silica residues. The alkoxide is also regenerated at the surface of the support, which allows for recycling the catalyst. [less ▲]

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See detailA field-based crop and land use map over Sanjiang plain in Heilongjiang derived from multi-temporal imagery of Landsat7-ETM+
Eerens, Herman; Dong, Qinghan; Ozer, Pierre ULiege et al

in Cybergeo : Revue Européenne de Géographie = Cybergeo - European Journal of Geography (2003)

Multitemporal Landsat7-ETM+ imagery and supplementary field survey data were used to establish a crop and land use map for an area of ±20 000 km² of Sanjiang Plain in China’s north-eastern province ... [more ▼]

Multitemporal Landsat7-ETM+ imagery and supplementary field survey data were used to establish a crop and land use map for an area of ±20 000 km² of Sanjiang Plain in China’s north-eastern province Heilongjiang. The “field-based” map is based on data of the year 2002 and is created by combining the results of a supervised Maximum Likelihood classification with the estimated field boundaries extracted by an automatic segmentation procedure. No sufficient ground truth was available to perform an independent validation, and some classes are certainly confused. Nevertheless, given the minimal investments and the unexplored potentials for improvement, the approach seems very promising and cost-effective. By superimposing the classification with the map of the administrative counties, regional statistics were derived with the acreage distributions of the concerned crops and land use types. [less ▲]

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See detailnote sous arrêt du 18 septembre 2003, Volkswagen AG c/ Commission
Petit, Nicolas ULiege

in Revue du Droit de l'Union Européenne (2003)

résumé et analyse de l'affaire Volkswagen AG contre Commission, affaire C-338/00

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See detailCrystal structure of extended-spectrum beta-lactamase Toho-1: Insights into the molecular mechanism for catalytic reaction and substrate specificity expansion
Ibuka, A. S.; Ishii, Y.; Galleni, Moreno ULiege et al

in Biochemistry (2003), 42(36), 10634-10643

The crystallographic structure of the class A beta-lactamase Toho-1, an extended-spectrum beta-lactamase with potent activity against expanded-spectrum cephems, has been determined at 1.65 Angstrom ... [more ▼]

The crystallographic structure of the class A beta-lactamase Toho-1, an extended-spectrum beta-lactamase with potent activity against expanded-spectrum cephems, has been determined at 1.65 Angstrom resolution. The result reveals that the Lys73 side chain can adopt two alternative conformations. The predominant conformation of Lys73 is different from that observed in the E166A mutant, indicating that removal of the Glu166 side chain changes the conformation of the Lys73 side chain and thus the interaction between Lys73 and Glu166. The Lys73 side chain would play an important role in proton relay, switching its conformation from one to the other depending on the circumstances. The electron density map also implies possible rotation of Ser237. Comparison of the Toho-1 structure with the structure of other class A beta-lactamases shows that the hydroxyl group of Ser237 is likely to rotate through interaction with the carboxyl group of the substrate. Another peculiarity is the existence of three sulfate ions positioned in or near the substrate-binding cavity. One of these sulfate ions is tightly bound to the active center, while the other two are held by a region of positive charge formed by two arginine residues, Arg274 and Arg276. This positively charged region is speculated to represent a pseudo-binding site of the beta-lactam antibiotics, presumably catching the methoxyimino group of the third-generation cephems prior to proper binding in the substrate-binding cleft for hydrolysis. This high-resolution structure, together with detailed kinetic analysis of Toho-1, provides a new hypothesis for the catalytic mechanism and substrate specificity of Toho-1. [less ▲]

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See detailSystematic characterization of oil-in-water emulsions for formulation design
Roland, Isabelle ULiege; Piel, Géraldine ULiege; Delattre, Luc ULiege et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2003), 263(1-2), 85-94

Oil-in-water emulsions varying in surfactant concentration and manufacturing process were prepared. About 10 experiments were performed to characterize them. The goal of this research was to find Out ... [more ▼]

Oil-in-water emulsions varying in surfactant concentration and manufacturing process were prepared. About 10 experiments were performed to characterize them. The goal of this research was to find Out which tests should systematically be carried Out to assess efficiently the stability and the properties of ail emulsified preparation. Thus, formulation design requires at least the measurement of the droplet size, the determination of the zeta potential, a TurbiScan(R) analysis, the investigation of the stability under centrifugation and freeze/thaw cycles. If the emulsion contains an active substance, stability under storage at 4 degreesC and microscopic analysis are relevant. Quality Control Should be improved by measurements of viscosity and pH. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe structures of bovine herpesvirus 1 virion and concatemeric DNA: implications for cleavage and packaging of herpesvirus genomes
Schynts, F.; McVoy, M. A.; Meurens, F. et al

in Virology (2003), 314(1), 326-335

Herpesvirus genomes are often characterized by the presence of direct and inverted repeats that delineate their grouping into six structural classes. Class D genomes consist of a long (L) segment and a ... [more ▼]

Herpesvirus genomes are often characterized by the presence of direct and inverted repeats that delineate their grouping into six structural classes. Class D genomes consist of a long (L) segment and a short (S) segment. The latter is flanked by large inverted repeats. DNA replication produces concatemers of head-to-tail linked genomes that are cleaved into unit genomes during the process of packaging DNA into capsids. Packaged class D genomes are an equimolar mixture of two isomers in which S is in either of two orientations, presumably a consequence of homologous recombination between the inverted repeats. The L segment remains predominantly fixed in a prototype (P) orientation; however, low levels of genomes having inverted L (I-L) segments have been reported for some class D herpesviruses. Inefficient formation of class D I-L genomes has been attributed to infrequent L segment inversion, but recent detection of frequent inverted L segments in equine herpesvirus 1 concatemers [Virology 229 (1997) 415-420] suggests that the defect may be at the level of cleavage and packaging rather than inversion. In this study, the structures of virion and concatemeric DNA of another class D herpesvirus, bovine herpesvirus 1, were determined. Virion DNA contained low levels of I-L genomes, whereas concatemeric DNA contained significant amounts of L segments in both P and I-L orientations. However, concatemeric termini exhibited a preponderance of L termini derived from P isomers which was comparable to the preponderance of P genomes found in virion DNA. Thus, the defect in formation of I-L genomes appears to lie at the level of concatemer cleavage. These results have important implications for the mechanisms by which herpesvirus DNA cleavage and packaging occur. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of the adaptor protein CIKS in the activation of the IKK complex
Mauro, Claudio; Vito, Pasquale; Mellone, Stefano et al

in Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (2003), 309(1), 84-90

Nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) plays a pivotal role in numerous cellular processes, including stress response, inflammation, and protection from apoptosis. Therefore, the activity of NF-kappaB needs to ... [more ▼]

Nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) plays a pivotal role in numerous cellular processes, including stress response, inflammation, and protection from apoptosis. Therefore, the activity of NF-kappaB needs to be tightly regulated. We have previously identified a novel gene, named CIKS (connection to IkappaB-kinase and SAPK), able to bind the regulatory sub-unit NEMO/IKKgamma and to activate NF-kappaB. Here, we demonstrate that CIKS forms homo-oligomers, interacts with NEMO/IKKgamma, and is recruited to the IKK-complex upon cell stimulation. In addition, we identified the regions of CIKS responsible for these functions. We found that the ability of CIKS to oligomerize, and to be recruited to the IKK-complex is not sufficient to activate the NF-kappaB In fact, a deletion mutant of CIKS able to oligomerize, to interact with NEMO/IKKgamma, and to be recruited to the IKK-complex does not activate NF-kappaB, suggesting that CIKS needs a second level of regulation to efficiently activate NF-kappaB. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLubrication by charged polymers
Raviv, Uri; Giasson, Suzanne; Kampf, Nir et al

in Nature (2003), 425(6954), 163-165

Long-ranged forces between surfaces in a liquid control effects from colloid stability [1] to biolubrication [2], and can be modified either by steric factors due to flexible polymers [3], or by surface ... [more ▼]

Long-ranged forces between surfaces in a liquid control effects from colloid stability [1] to biolubrication [2], and can be modified either by steric factors due to flexible polymers [3], or by surface charge effects [4]. In particular, neutral polymer 'brushes' may lead to a massive reduction in sliding friction between the surfaces to which they are attached [5-7], whereas hydrated ions can act as extremely efficient lubricants between sliding charged surfaces [8]. Here we show that brushes of charged polymers (polyelectrolytes) attached to surfaces rubbing across an aqueous medium result in superior lubrication compared to other polymeric surfactants. Effective friction coefficients with polyelectrolyte brushes in water are lower than about 0.0006-0.001 even at low sliding velocities and at pressures of up to several atmospheres (typical of those in living systems). We attribute this to the exceptional resistance to mutual interpenetration displayed by the compressed, counterion-swollen brushes, together with the fluidity of the hydration layers surrounding the charged, rubbing polymer segments. Our findings may have implications for biolubrication effects, which are important in the design of lubricated surfaces in artificial implants, and in understanding frictional processes in biological systems. [less ▲]

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See detailSelective interaction of ethidium derivatives with quadruplexes: An equilibrium dialysis and electrospray ionization mass spectrometry analysis
Rosu, Frédéric ULiege; De Pauw, Edwin ULiege; Guittat, Lionel et al

in Biochemistry (2003), 42(35), 10361-10371

The telomeric G-rich single-stranded DNA can adopt in vitro an intramolecular quadruplex structure, which has been shown to directly inhibit telomerase activity. The reactivation of this enzyme in ... [more ▼]

The telomeric G-rich single-stranded DNA can adopt in vitro an intramolecular quadruplex structure, which has been shown to directly inhibit telomerase activity. The reactivation of this enzyme in immortalized and most cancer cells suggests that telomerase is a relevant target in oncology, and telomerase inhibitors have been proposed as new potential anticancer agents. In this paper, we have analyzed the selectivity of four ethidium derivatives and ethidium itself toward different G-quadruplex species, with electrospray mass spectrometry and competitive equilibrium dialysis and evaluated their inhibitory properties against telomerase. A selectivity profile may be obtained through electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS), which is in fair agreement with competitive equilibrium dialysis data. It also provides unambiguous data on the number of binding sites per nucleic acid (maximal number of two ethidium derivatives per quadruplex, in agreement with external stacking). Our experiments also demonstrate that one compound (4) is the most active and selective G-quadruplex ligand within this series and the most selective telomerase inhibitor in a modified TRAP-G4 assay. [less ▲]

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See detailCerebrospinal fluid pterins and folates in Aicardi-Goutières syndrome: A new phenotype
Blau, N.; Bonafé, L.; Krägeloh-Mann, I. et al

in Neurology (2003), 61(5), 642-647

Objective: To describe three unrelated children with a distinctive variant of Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) characterized by microcephaly, severe mental and motor retardation, dyskinesia or spasticity ... [more ▼]

Objective: To describe three unrelated children with a distinctive variant of Aicardi-Goutières syndrome (AGS) characterized by microcephaly, severe mental and motor retardation, dyskinesia or spasticity, and occasional seizures. Results: Neuroimaging showed bilateral calcification of basal ganglia and white matter. CSF glucose, protein, cell count, and interferon alpha were normal. Abnormal CSF findings included extremely high neopterin (293 to 814 nmol/L; normal 12 to 30 nmol/L) and biopterin (226 to 416 nmol/L; normal 15 to 40 nmol/L) combined with lowered 5-methyltetrahydrofolate (23 to 48 nmol/L; normal 64 to 182 nmol/L) concentrations in two patients. The absence of pleocytosis and normal CSF interferon alpha was a characteristic finding compared to the classic AGS syndrome. Genetic and enzymatic tests excluded disorders of tetrahydrobiopterin metabolism, including mutation analysis of GTP cyclohydrolase feed-back regulatory protein. CSF investigations in three patients with classic AGS also showed increased pterins and partially lowered folate levels. Conclusions: Intrathecal overproduction of pterins is the first biochemical abnormality identified in patients with AGS variants. Long-term substitution with folinic acid (2-4 mg/kg/day) resulted in substantial clinical recovery with normalization of CSF folates and pterins in one patient and clinical improvement in another. The underlying defect remains unknown. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential involvement of the hMRE11/hRAD50/NBS1 complex, BRCA1 and MLH1 in NF-kappa B activation by camptothecin and X-ray
Habraken, Yvette ULiege; Jolois, Olivier ULiege; Piette, Jacques ULiege

in Oncogene (2003), 22(38), 6090-6099

Camptothecin (CPT) and X-ray (XR) generate double-strand breaks (DSB) that can be processed by homologous or nonhomologous recombination. We studied the participation of proteins involved in recombination ... [more ▼]

Camptothecin (CPT) and X-ray (XR) generate double-strand breaks (DSB) that can be processed by homologous or nonhomologous recombination. We studied the participation of proteins involved in recombination pathways and cell cycle control in the signal transduction between DNA damage and NF-kappaB. Cells harbouring mutated NBS, hMRE11, BRCA1 or MLH1 were analysed. NBS- and hMRE11-deficient cells present a classical kinetic of NF-kappaB induction after camptothecin treatment. When DSB are generated by XR, NBS-deficient cells exhibit a delayed and strongly reduced level of NF-kappaB induction, whereas the hMRE11 mutated cells do not induce NF-kappaB at all. This indicates an important role of the hMRE11/hRAD50/NBS complex in the signal transduction initiated by XR. In HCC1937 cells that express a truncated version of BRCA1, XR induces a very rapid and transient NF-kappaB activation, whereas CPT leads to a delayed activation suggesting that BRCA1 modulates the transduction pathways in different manners after these two stresses. Finally, we found that a proficient MMR pathway is essential to the NF-kappaB activation after both CPT and XR. These results indicate that DSB originating from XR or CPT do not induce NF-kappaB in a unique way. MMR participates in both cascades, whereas the hMRE11/hRAD50/NBS trimer is specifically involved in the response elicited by XR. [less ▲]

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See detailAnomalous Nitrogen Isotope Ratio in Comets
Arpigny, Claude ULiege; Jehin, Emmanuel ULiege; Manfroid, Jean ULiege et al

in Science (2003), 301

High-resolution spectra of the CN B[SUP]2[/SUP] Sigma[SUP]+[/SUP]-X[SUP]2[/SUP] Sigma[SUP]+[/SUP] (0,0) band at 390 nanometers yield isotopic ratios for comets C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) and C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR ... [more ▼]

High-resolution spectra of the CN B[SUP]2[/SUP] Sigma[SUP]+[/SUP]-X[SUP]2[/SUP] Sigma[SUP]+[/SUP] (0,0) band at 390 nanometers yield isotopic ratios for comets C/1995 O1 (Hale-Bopp) and C/2000 WM1 (LINEAR) as follows: 165 +/- 40 and 115 +/- 20 for [SUP]12[/SUP]C/[SUP]13[/SUP]C, 140 +/- 35 and 140 +/- 30 for [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N. Our N isotopic measurements are lower than the terrestrial [SUP]14[/SUP]N/[SUP]15[/SUP]N = 272 and the ratio for Hale-Bopp from measurements of HCN, the presumed parent species of CN. This isotopic anomaly suggests the existence of other parent(s) of CN, with an even lower N isotopic ratio. Organic compounds like those found in interplanetary dust particles are good candidates. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferent mechanisms are implicated in ERBB2 gene overexpression in breast and in other cancers
Vernimmen, D.; Guéders, Maud ULiege; Pisvin, Sonia ULiege et al

in British Journal of Cancer (2003), 89(5), 899-906

The ERBB2 gene is overexpressed in 30% of breast cancers and this has been correlated with poor prognosis. ERBB2 is upregulated in other cancers such as prostate, pancreas, colon and ovary. In breast ... [more ▼]

The ERBB2 gene is overexpressed in 30% of breast cancers and this has been correlated with poor prognosis. ERBB2 is upregulated in other cancers such as prostate, pancreas, colon and ovary. In breast cancer cells, the mechanisms leading to ERBB2 gene overexpression are increased transcription and gene amplification. In these cancers, AP-2 transcription factors are involved in ERBB2 overexpression, and AP-2 levels are correlated with p185(c-erbB-2) levels. In this work, we wanted to know if the same molecular mechanisms are responsible for the ERBB2 upregulation in non-breast cancers. We compared ERBB2 gene copy number, p185(c-erbB-2) and mRNA levels with AP-2 levels in several ovary, prostate, colon and pancreas cancer cells. A moderate expression of erbB-2 mRNA and protein were observed in some cells without gene amplification. In contrast to breast cancer cells, AP-2 factors were absent or low in some non-breast cells which did express ERBB2. It is thus likely that AP-2 is not a major player in the increased levels of erbB-2 transcripts in non-breast cancer cells. The transcriptional activity of the ERBB2 promoter in colon and ovary cancer cells was estimated using reporter vectors. The results showed that the promoter regions involved in ERBB2 gene overexpression in breast cancer cells are different from those that lead to the gene upregulation in colon and ovary cancers. In conclusion, our results indicate that different transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms are responsible for the increased levels of erbB-2 transcript and protein in breast and non-breast cancer cells. [less ▲]

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See detailA complete fuzzy decision tree technique
Olaru, C.; Wehenkel, Louis ULiege

in Fuzzy Sets and Systems (2003), 138(2), 221-254

In this paper, a new method of fuzzy decision trees called soft decision trees (SDT) is presented. This method combines tree growing and pruning, to determine the structure of the soft decision tree, with ... [more ▼]

In this paper, a new method of fuzzy decision trees called soft decision trees (SDT) is presented. This method combines tree growing and pruning, to determine the structure of the soft decision tree, with refitting and backfitting, to improve its generalization capabilities. The method is explained and motivated and its behavior is first analyzed empirically on 3 large databases in terms of classification error rate, model complexity and CPU time. A comparative study on 11 standard UCI Repository databases then shows that the soft decision trees produced by this method are significantly more accurate than standard decision trees. Moreover, a global model variance study shows a much lower variance for soft decision trees than for standard trees as a direct cause of the improved accuracy. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of simulators as training tools
Nyssen, Anne-Sophie ULiege

in Current Medical Anesthesiology (2003)

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See detailComparison of a simple clinical risk index and quantitative bone ultrasound for identifying women at increased risk of osteoporosis
Kung, A. W. C.; Ho, A. Y. Y.; Ben Sedrine, W. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2003), 14(9), 716-721

Osteoporosis is a growing problem in Asia, and early identification of at risk subjects for preventive measures is likely the most cost-effective method for managing this disease in developing countries ... [more ▼]

Osteoporosis is a growing problem in Asia, and early identification of at risk subjects for preventive measures is likely the most cost-effective method for managing this disease in developing countries. Patients with low bone mineral density (BMD) have a high risk of future fracture. However, access to BMD measurements is limited in many areas of Asia, and inexpensive methods of targeting high-risk patients for BMD measurements would be valuable. We compared two methods, a simple clinical risk assessment tool, the Osteoporosis Self-assessment Tool for Asians (OSTA), and quantitative bone ultrasound (QUS) in identifying subjects with low BMD by DXA in 722 southern Chinese postmenopausal women recruited from the community in Hong Kong. Using the published cutoff value of -1 (versus 0 or higher) for OSTA to identify subjects with femoral neck BMD T-score less than or equal to-2.5, basing on our local population peak young mean value, the sensitivity and specificity was 88% and 54% respectively. The optimal cutoff T-score of -2.35 for QUS yielded sensitivity and specificity values of 81% and 65%, respectively. The AUC for QUS was 0.78, which was not significantly different from that of 0.80 for OSTA. Both OSTA and QUS correlated significantly with BMD at the femoral neck (0.62 and 0.36, respectively, P both <0.001). When these cut-off values were used to identify subjects with either lumbar spine or femoral neck BMD T-score less than or equal to-2.5, the sensitivity and specificity was 79% and 60%, respectively, for OSTA, and 69% and 70%, respectively, for QUS. Combining QUS with OSTA improved the sensitivity to 91%, but the specificity was reduced to 44%. We conclude that the simple clinical risk assessment tool OSTA is a free and effective method for identifying subjects at increased risk of osteoporosis, and its use could facilitate the appropriate and more cost-effective use of bone densitometry in developing countries. [less ▲]

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See detailLack of habituation causes high intensity dependence of auditory evoked cortical potentials in migraine
Ambrosini, A.; Rossi, P.; De Pasqua, Victor ULiege et al

in Brain (2003), 126(Part 9), 2009-2015

Migraineurs are characterized interictally by lack of habituation, or even potentiation, of cortical evoked potentials during repetitive stimulation and by a strong intensity dependence of auditory evoked ... [more ▼]

Migraineurs are characterized interictally by lack of habituation, or even potentiation, of cortical evoked potentials during repetitive stimulation and by a strong intensity dependence of auditory evoked potentials (IDAP). To determine whether these two features of sensory processing are interrelated, we have studied them simultaneously on the same recordings of auditory evoked potentials (AEPs). AEPs were obtained at four different stimulation intensities in 14 patients suffering from migraine without aura (MO) and 14 healthy volunteers (HV). For each intensity, 120 trials were averaged off-line globally and over four sequential blocks of 30 trials. IDAP was expressed by the amplitude/stimulus intensity function (ASF slope) for global and block averages. Habituation was calculated as the percentage amplitude variation between the first and fourth blocks for each stimulus intensity. The IDAP slope for global averages was higher in MO (1.05 +/- 0.27 muV/10 dB) than in HV (0.64 +/- 0.45 muV/10 dB) (P = 0.008), but IDAP slopes for block averages were greater in MO only at the fourth block (P = 0.048). First block amplitudes tended to be lower in MO, except at 80 dB. There was a potentiation of AEP amplitudes at every stimulus intensity in MO, contrasting with habituation in HV. IDAP slopes were negatively correlated with mean habituation percentages in pooled data from patients and controls (r = -0.610; P = 0.0006). This study confirms that IDAP is higher in migraineurs than in healthy controls. It also shows that the AEP habituation is replaced by potentiation at all stimulus intensities. The negative correlation found between IDAP and habituation suggests that the latter is able to have a strong influence on the former and perhaps even lead to it. In migraine, the habituation deficit amplifies the IDAP and may thus be the causal functional abnormality. We propose that it is due to a decreased pre-activation level of sensory cortices, a hypothesis also supported in this study by the lower amplitude of first AEP blocks in patients. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of raloxifene combined with monofluorophosphate as compared with monofluorophosphate alone in postmenopausal women with low bone mass: a randomized, controlled trial
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULiege; Felsenberg, D.; Pavo, I. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2003), 14(9), 741-749

Raloxifene effectively reduces the incidence of vertebral fractures in patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis. Recent data suggest that low-dose monofluorophosphate (MFP) plus calcium reduces the ... [more ▼]

Raloxifene effectively reduces the incidence of vertebral fractures in patients with postmenopausal osteoporosis. Recent data suggest that low-dose monofluorophosphate (MFP) plus calcium reduces the vertebral fracture rate in postmenopausal women with moderate osteoporosis. The objective of this study was to evaluate the combination of raloxifene and MFP in the treatment of postmenopausal women with osteopenia, osteoporosis and severe osteoporosis. A total of 596 postmenopausal women with osteopenia, osteoporosis and severe osteoporosis (mean femoral neck T-score of -2.87 SD) were randomized to treatment with 60 mg/day raloxifene HCl and 20 mg/day fluoride ions (as MFP) or 20 mg/day fluoride and placebo for 18 months. All patients received calcium (1000 mg/day) and vitamin D (500 IU/day) supplements. Changes in bone mineral density (BMD), as primary endpoint, and the rate of osteoporotic fractures and biochemical markers, as secondary endpoints, were assessed. As compared with MFP, raloxifene plus MFP was associated with significantly greater mean increases in the BMD of the femoral neck (1.37% versus 0.33%; P=0.004), total hip (0.89% versus -0.42%; P<0.001) and lumbar spine (8.80% versus 5.47% P<0.001). In the raloxifene plus MFP group, 16 patients sustained 17 osteoporotic fractures, as compared with 22 patients sustaining 34 incident osteoporotic fractures in the MFP group (P=0.313). One patient in the raloxifene plus MFP group sustained multiple osteoporotic fractures, as compared with eight patients in the MFP group (P=0.020). MFP alone significantly increased the serum bone alkaline phosphatase (bone ALP) and the urinary C-terminal crosslinking telopeptide of type I collagene (U-CTX). The addition of raloxifene in the combination arm blunted the rise in bone ALP, which remained nevertheless significant, and abolished the increase in U-CTX. The combination of raloxifene with MFP was generally well tolerated. This study demonstrates that, in postmenopausal women with osteopenia, osteoporosis and severe osteoporosis, the combination therapy of raloxifene plus MFP favorably influences the BMD and the bone formation and resorption balance, and may reduce the risk of multiple osteoporotic fractures compared to MFP alone. [less ▲]

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See detailNaturocetic (glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate) compounds as structure-modifying drugs in the treatment of osteoarthritis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULiege; Bruyère, Olivier ULiege; Lecart, Marie-Paule ULiege et al

in Current Opinion in Rheumatology (2003), 15

Purpose of review Several entities have been investigated carefully for the symptomatic and structural management of osteoarthritis. This review reports recent findings suggesting that such compounds may ... [more ▼]

Purpose of review Several entities have been investigated carefully for the symptomatic and structural management of osteoarthritis. This review reports recent findings suggesting that such compounds may delay the structural progression of osteoarthritis. Recent findings The most compelling evidence of a potential for inhibiting the structural progression of osteoarthritis has been obtained with glucosamine sulfate, whereas preliminary results obtained in patients with osteoarthritis of the hands also suggest that chondroitin sulfate could be used in the same indication. At any rate, these two compounds have clearly demonstrated a symptomatic action, mainly in osteoarthritis of the lower limbs. Patients with the less severe radiographic osteoarthritis will experience, in the long run, the most dramatic disease progression in terms of joint space narrowing. Such patients may be particularly responsive to structure-modifying drugs. Summary Glucosamine sulfate has demonstrated its ability to reduce the progression of osteoarthritis in the lower limbs. The preliminary results obtained in the hands suggest that chondroitin sulfate could also be of interest in this indication. An important issue is that all the conclusive studies with such chemical entities resulted from the use of prescription medicines, not over-the-counter pills or food supplements. [less ▲]

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See detailStrategies for the prevention of hip fracture
Gourlay, M.; Richy, F.; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULiege

in American Journal of Medicine (2003), 115(4), 309-317

Hip fractures are associated with 10% to 20% excess mortality in the first year and cause functional disability in most survivors. An estimated 17% of white women in the United States will sustain a hip ... [more ▼]

Hip fractures are associated with 10% to 20% excess mortality in the first year and cause functional disability in most survivors. An estimated 17% of white women in the United States will sustain a hip fracture after the age of 50 years. Despite the availability of evidence-based guidelines for hip fracture prevention, routine screening and preventive measures have not been incorporated into standard primary care practice. Many physicians lack adequate knowledge to initiate bone mineral density testing and treatment with preventive medications to decrease the incidence of osteoporosis and fractures. Furthermore, patients are less likely to request information about bone health than about diseases for which systematic screening and prevention protocols have been established. This review describes preventive measures to decrease hip fracture in postmenopausal women, including screening by bone mineral density testing, risk factor assessment, and chemoprevention. Existing guidelines are summarized, and dilemmas regarding their implementation are discussed. (C) 2003 by Excerpta Medica Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiplex PCRs for Identification of Necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli
Van Bost, S.; Jacquemin, E.; Oswald, E. et al

in Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2003), 41(9), 4480-4482

Two multiplex PCRs were developed for the detection of necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli virulence genes. M1 contained the primers for the toxins and the aerobactin, and M2 contained the primers for the ... [more ▼]

Two multiplex PCRs were developed for the detection of necrotoxigenic Escherichia coli virulence genes. M1 contained the primers for the toxins and the aerobactin, and M2 contained the primers for the adhesins. They were validated by single PCRs performed with reference E. coli strains and by multiplex PCRs with necrotoxigenic E. coli strains isolated from different animal species. [less ▲]

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See detailPredominant ventromedial frontopolar metabolic impairment in frontotemporal dementia
Salmon, Eric ULiege; Garraux, Gaëtan ULiege; Delbeuck, Xavier et al

in NeuroImage (2003), 20(1), 435-440

In a multicenter study, FDG-PET images in a population of 29 patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) were compared to controls with similar age from each center. A conjunction analysis led to ... [more ▼]

In a multicenter study, FDG-PET images in a population of 29 patients with frontotemporal dementia (FTD) were compared to controls with similar age from each center. A conjunction analysis led to identification of the ventromedial frontopolar cortex as the single region affected in each and every FTD patients. This precise regional metabolic impairment should be integrated with recent neuropsychological researches, such as those showing that the ventromedial frontal cortex is critically involved in decision-making processes based on personal experience, feelings of rightness or social knowledge, processes that are characteristically impaired in FTD. (C) 2003 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailGranular spirals on erodible sand bed submitted to a circular fluid motion
Caps, Hervé ULiege; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULiege

in Physical Review E (2003), 68(3, Pt 1), 31303

An experimental study of a granular surface submitted to a circular fluid motion is presented. The appearance of an instability along the sand-water interface is observed beyond a critical radius r(c ... [more ▼]

An experimental study of a granular surface submitted to a circular fluid motion is presented. The appearance of an instability along the sand-water interface is observed beyond a critical radius r(c). This creates ripples with a spiral shape on the granular surface. A phase diagram of such patterns is constructed and discussed as a function of the rotation speed omega of the flow and as a function of the height of water h above the surface. The study of r(c) as a function of h, omega, and r parameters is reported. Thereafter, r(c) is shown to depend on the rotation speed according to a power law. The ripple wavelength is found to decrease when the rotation speed increases and is proportional to the radial distance r. The azimuthal angle epsilon of the spiral arms is studied. It is found that epsilon scales with homegar. This lead to the conclusion that epsilon depends on the fluid momentum. Comparison with experiments performed with fluids allows us to state that the spiral patterns are not the signature of an instability of the boundary layer. [less ▲]

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See detailCyanobacterial diversity in natural and artificial microbial mats of Lake Fryxell (McMurdo dry valleys, Antarctica): A morphological and molecular approach
Taton, A.; Grubisic, Stana ULiege; Brambilla, E. et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2003), 69(9), 5157-5169

Currently, there is no consensus concerning the geographic distribution and extent of endemism in Antarctic cyanobacteria. In this paper we describe the phenotypic and genotypic diversity of cyanobacteria ... [more ▼]

Currently, there is no consensus concerning the geographic distribution and extent of endemism in Antarctic cyanobacteria. In this paper we describe the phenotypic and genotypic diversity of cyanobacteria in a field microbial mat sample from Lake Fryxell and in an artificial cold-adapted sample cultured in a benthic gradient chamber (BGC) by using an inoculum from the same mat. Light microscopy and molecular tools, including 16S rRNA gene clone libraries, denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, and sequencing, were used. For the first time in the study of cyanobacterial diversity of environmental samples, internal transcribed spacer (ITS) sequences were retrieved and analyzed to complement the information obtained from the 16S rRNA gene. Microscopy allowed eight morphotypes to be identified, only one of which is likely to be an Antarctic endemic morphotype. Molecular analysis, however, revealed an entirely different pattern. A much higher number of phylotypes (15 phylotypes) was found, but no sequences from Nodularia and Hydrocoryne, as observed by microscopy, were retrieved. The 16S rRNA gene sequences determined in this study were distributed in 11 phylogenetic lineages, 3 of which were exclusively Antarctic and 2 of which were novel. Collectively, these Antarctic sequences together with all the other polar sequences were distributed in 22 lineages, 9 of which were exclusively Antarctic, including the 2 novel lineages observed in this study. The cultured BGC mat had lower diversity than the field mat. However, the two samples shared three morphotypes and three phylotypes. Moreover, the BGC mat allowed enrichment of one additional phylotype. ITS sequence analysis revealed a complex signal that was difficult to interpret. Finally, this study provided evidence of molecular diversity of cyanobacteria in Antarctica that is much greater than the diversity currently known based on traditional microscopic analysis. Furthermore, Antarctic endemic species were more abundant than was estimated on the basis of morphological features. Decisive arguments concerning the global geographic distribution of cyanobacteria should therefore incorporate data obtained with the molecular tools described here. [less ▲]

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