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See detailLe role de la chirurgie dans la prevention d'un accident vasculaire cerebral d'origine carotidienne
Limet, Raymond ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(5), 293-6

Early and late results of North American Trial (NASCET) demonstrate the efficacy of surgery to prevent major ipsilateral stroke in symptomatic patients; the benefit is proportional to the degree of ... [more ▼]

Early and late results of North American Trial (NASCET) demonstrate the efficacy of surgery to prevent major ipsilateral stroke in symptomatic patients; the benefit is proportional to the degree of stenosis. In asymptomatic patients, the benefit is real, but quantitavivement less pronounced. [less ▲]

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See detailA spherical metric for the field-oriented analysis of complex urban open spaces
Teller, Jacques ULiege

in Environment & Planning B : Planning & Design (2003), 30(3), 339-356

The author deals with the analysis of urban open spaces, once conceived as part and parcel of our urban heritage. He introduces a mathematical modelling technique that is capable of mapping the variation ... [more ▼]

The author deals with the analysis of urban open spaces, once conceived as part and parcel of our urban heritage. He introduces a mathematical modelling technique that is capable of mapping the variation of the sky visible from points distributed throughout space. The resulting maps overcome the limits of orthographic (plan, section, and elevation) and perspective methods of analysis by considering the dynamic qualities of the Gibsonian 'visual world' that takes account not only of bifocal vision but also of the relatively free movement of the head and shoulders, that is, vision as part of the human ecology. The maps show how-a person might experience those volumes of a void that define a space, not from a fixed point but from moving about inside the entire urban open space. [less ▲]

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See detailDimerization and DNA binding properties of the Bacillus licheniformis 749/I BlaI repressor
Filée, Patrice ULiege; Vreuls, Christelle ULiege; Herman, Raphaël ULiege et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(19), 16482-16487

In the absence of penicillin, the beta-lactamase encoding gene blaP of Bacillus licheniformis 749/I is negatively regulated by the transcriptional repressor BlaI. Three palindromic operator regions are ... [more ▼]

In the absence of penicillin, the beta-lactamase encoding gene blaP of Bacillus licheniformis 749/I is negatively regulated by the transcriptional repressor BlaI. Three palindromic operator regions are recognized by BlaI: two in the blaP promoter (OP1 and OP2) and one (OP3) in the promoter of the blaI-blaR1 operon. In this study, the dissociation constant of the purified BlaI dimer was estimated at 25 muM by equilibrium ultracentrifugation. Quantitative Western blot analysis indicates that the intracellular concentrations of BlaI in B. licheniformis 749/I and Bacillus subtilis transformed by a multicopy plasmid harboring the beta-lactamase locus (blaP-blaI-blaR1) were lower than (1.9 muM) or in the same range as (75 muM) the dissociation constant, respectively. This suggests that BlaI is partially dimeric in the cytoplasm of these strains and interacts in vivo with its operators as a preformed dimer. This hypothesis is supported by band shift assays on an operator containing a randomized half-operator sequence. The global dissociation constants of the operator-BlaI dimer complexes were measured by band shift assays and estimated as K-dOP1=1.7+/-0.5 10(-15) M-2, K-dOP2=3.3+/-0.9 10(-15) M-2, and K-dOP3=10.5+/-2.5 10(-15) M-2. The role of the DNA binding properties of BlaI on the beta-lactamase regulation is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailOral administration of the growth hormone (GH) secretagogue NN703 in adult patients with GH deficiency.
Svensson, J.; Monson, J. P.; Vetter, T. et al

in Clinical Endocrinology (2003), 58(5), 572-580

OBJECTIVE: Little is known of the usefulness of GH secretagogues (GHSs) in GH-deficient (GHD) adults. The objective of this study was to determine the number of responders to treatment with NN703 in GHD ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Little is known of the usefulness of GH secretagogues (GHSs) in GH-deficient (GHD) adults. The objective of this study was to determine the number of responders to treatment with NN703 in GHD adults. DESIGN: A multicentre, randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled study. PATIENTS: Ninety-seven GHD adults were included. MEASUREMENTS: The GH response before and after 1 week of oral treatment with NN703 (n = 83) or placebo (n = 14) was determined. The first and last dose of NN703 was 3 mg/kg, whereas the dose of NN703 was 1.5 mg/kg/day during the 6 days between the first and last doses. Furthermore, all 97 patients received 1 micro g/kg GH-releasing hormone (GHRH) 3 weeks after the last dose of NN703. RESULTS: Serum GH peak and area under curve (AUC) values after the first NN703 administration were greater than those after placebo administration (P < 0.05). However, after correction for the lower body mass index (BMI) in the NN703 group, this difference lost statistical significance. After 1 week of therapy, GH peak and AUC values were similar following the final doses of NN703 and placebo. Serum peak and AUC values of other anterior pituitary hormones were similar between the NN703 and placebo groups both after the first and last administration of study drug. Nine of the 83 patients (11%) responded with a serum peak GH concentration >or= 5 micro g/l after the first and/or last NN703 administration, whereas no patient responded after placebo administration. Serum IGF-I was unaffected by 1-week NN703 treatment, whereas serum IGFBP-3 was increased (P < 0.05 vs. placebo) also after correction for BMI. Mean serum peak GH concentration after GHRH administration was 2.1 micro g/l (+/-0.3, SEM), which was higher than that after the first NN703 administration (1.32 +/- 0.3, P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: NN703 administration was generally well tolerated. Eleven per cent of the GHD adult patients responded with a peak GH response >or= 5 micro g/l after the first and/or last administration of oral NN703. Although a majority of GHD adults will not respond to NN703, the present results suggest that oral NN703 treatment could be useful in some adult patients with moderately severe GHD. These patients may be identified by a test dose of GHS. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevention cardiovasculaire chez la personne agee
Lebois, Florence ULiege; Allepaerts, Sophie ULiege; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(5), 275-8

The aging of the cardiovascular system leads to an increased incidence of hypertension, coronary artery disease and ischemic stroke. Since cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and ... [more ▼]

The aging of the cardiovascular system leads to an increased incidence of hypertension, coronary artery disease and ischemic stroke. Since cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients > or = 70 years old, prevention seems crucial for improving quality of life and reducing medical costs. In this article we present some aspects of cardiovascular prevention in elderly patients. [less ▲]

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See detailLe point sur la maladie du hêtre en Wallonie
Huart, O.; De Proft, M.; Grégoire, J. C. et al

in Forêt Wallonne (2003), (64), 2-20

Le hêtre, troisième essence feuillue (en volume) de Wallonie, est actuellement victime, essentiellement en Ardenne et en Gaume, d’un important problème sanitaire mettant en jeu des attaques d’insectes et ... [more ▼]

Le hêtre, troisième essence feuillue (en volume) de Wallonie, est actuellement victime, essentiellement en Ardenne et en Gaume, d’un important problème sanitaire mettant en jeu des attaques d’insectes et de champignons, communément appelé « maladie du hêtre ». Les premiers symptômes inquiétants du phénomène ont été identifiés à l’automne 1999, puis se sont considérablement amplifiés en 2000 et surtout en 2001, et se sont accompagnés de dégâts très importants et sans précédent connu. La nature et la dynamique d’apparition des symptômes observés suggéraient d’emblée qu’il s’agissait d’un phénomène inhabituel et apparemment distinct des dépérissements « classiques » du hêtre, bien que la possibilité d’interactions entre ces deux problèmes ne puisse être écartée a priori. L’ampleur de la zone géographique au sein de laquelle les symptômes se sont déclarés de manière relativement brusque et simultanée constitue également une caractéristique remarquable du phénomène observé. [less ▲]

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See detailBioresorbable and bioactive composite materials based on polylactide foams filled with and coated by Bioglass (R) particles for tissue engineering applications
Boccaccini, Aldo R.; Notingher, I.; Maquet, Véronique et al

in Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Medicine (2003), 14(5), 443-450

Poly(DL-lactide) (PDLLA) foams and bioactive glass (Bioglass®) particles were used to form bioresorbable and bioactive composite scaffolds for applications in bone tissue engineering. A thermally induced ... [more ▼]

Poly(DL-lactide) (PDLLA) foams and bioactive glass (Bioglass®) particles were used to form bioresorbable and bioactive composite scaffolds for applications in bone tissue engineering. A thermally induced phase separation process was applied to prepare highly porous PDLLA foams filled with 10wt% Bioglass® particles. Stable and homogeneous layers of Bioglass® particles on the surface of the PDLLA/Bioglass® composite foams as well as infiltration of Bioglass® particles throughout the porous network were achieved using a slurry-dipping technique. The quality of the bioactive glass coatings was reproducible in terms of thickness and microstructure. In vitro studies in simulated body fluid (SBF) were performed to study the formation of hydroxyapatite (HA) on the surface of the PDLLA/Bioglass® composites, as an indication of the bioactivity of the materials. Formation of the HA layer after immersion in SBF was confirmed by X-ray diffraction and Raman spectroscopy measurements. The rate of HA formation in Bioglass®-coated samples was higher than that observed in non-coated samples. SEM analysis showed that the HA layer thickness rapidly increased with increasing time in SBF in the Bioglass®-coated samples. The high bioactivity of the developed composites suggests that the materials are attractive for use as bioactive, resorbable scaffolds in bone tissue engineering. [less ▲]

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See detailArrest of apoptosis in auditory neurons: Implications for sensorineural preservation in cochlear implantation
Scarpidis, U.; Madnani, D.; Shoemaker, C. et al

in Otology & Neurotology (2003), 24(3), 409-417

Hypothesis: The JNK/c-Jun cell death pathway is a major pathway responsible for the loss of oxidative stress-damaged auditory neurons. Background: Implantation of patients with residual hearing ... [more ▼]

Hypothesis: The JNK/c-Jun cell death pathway is a major pathway responsible for the loss of oxidative stress-damaged auditory neurons. Background: Implantation of patients with residual hearing accentuates the need to preserve functioning sensorineural elements. Although some auditory function may survive electrode insertion, the probability of initiating an ongoing loss of auditory neurons and hair cells is unknown. Cochlear implantation can potentially generate oxidative stress, which can initiate the cell death of both auditory neurons and hair cells. Methods: Dissociated cell cultures of P4 rat auditory neurons identified the apoptotic pathway initiated by oxidative stress insults (e.g., loss of trophic factor support) and characterized this pathway by arresting translation of pathway-specific mRNA with antisense oligonucleotide treatment and with the use of pathway specific inhibitors. The presence or absence of apoptosis-specific protein and changes in the level of neuronal survival measured the efficacy of these interventional strategies. Results: These in vitro studies identified the JNK/c-Jun cascade as a major initiator of apoptosis of auditory neurons in response to oxidative stress. Neurons pretreated with c-jun antisense oligonucleotide and exposed to high levels of oxidative stress were rescued from apoptosis, whereas neurons in treatment control cultures died. Treatment of oxidative-stressed cultures with either curcumin, a MAPKKK pathway inhibitor, or PD-098059, a MEK1 inhibitor, blocked loss of neurons via the JNK/c-Jun apoptotic pathway. Conclusion: Blocking the JNK/c-Jun cell death pathway is a feasible approach to treating oxidative stress-induced apoptosis within the cochlea and may have application as an otoprotective strategy during cochlear implantation. [less ▲]

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See detailInteret et limites du depistage de masse du cancer du sein par mammographie seule (mammotest)
Lifrange, Eric ULiege; Bleret, Valerie ULiege; Desreux, Joëlle ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(5), 331-7

The literature on screening mammography provides ample opportunity for doubt (the sceptics) and dogma (the screening zealots), and can be interpreted to prove both benefit and harm. The benefit of ... [more ▼]

The literature on screening mammography provides ample opportunity for doubt (the sceptics) and dogma (the screening zealots), and can be interpreted to prove both benefit and harm. The benefit of mammography screening, if any, is modest and the balance between beneficial (potentially, a 20% relative reduction in breast cancer mortality with no significant benefit on all-cause mortality) and harmful (physical and psychological morbidity related to the 15-40% missed cancers and the 80-90% false-positive diagnoses) effects is still delicate. The mammogram alone is a modest weapon. Concurrent clinical breast examination is mandatory. Women that are concerned about breast cancer should be fully informed of the potential benefits and risks of screening mammography. These women should benefit from mammography with concurrent clinical breast examination, and possible whole-breast ultrasound in heterogeneously dense and extremely dense breast patterns. [less ▲]

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See detailReproductibilité de la mesure de la fraction d'éjection ventriculaire gauche par ventriculographie isotopique lors d'un changement de caméra
Seret, Alain ULiege; Lisart, Jean; Blocklet, Didier

in Médecine Nucléaire : Imagerie Fonctionnelle et Métabolique (2003), 27(5), 251-256

The reproducibility of the left ventricular ejection fraction measure by equilibrium radionuclide angiocardiography has been evaluated when a large field of view camera is used instead of the small field ... [more ▼]

The reproducibility of the left ventricular ejection fraction measure by equilibrium radionuclide angiocardiography has been evaluated when a large field of view camera is used instead of the small field of view that has been used for 15 years in the service. The results have been analyzed using correlation curves, the Bland-Altman method and a paired t test. Linear regression between the left ejection fraction is FEVG(large field of view) = 0.961 FEVG(small field of view) + 5.0 (r = 0.935). Intra-operator reproducibility (mean difference = - 0.15 ± 2.02) and inter-operator reproducibility (absolute value of the mean difference smaller than 1.1 and standard deviation smaller that 2.5) have been measured for the 4 nurses that are entitled to practice this examination in the case of the large field of view camera. Finally, the reproducibility between two different acquisitions with the large field of view camera has been investigated and the following result has been obtained: FEVG(2) = 0.955 FEVG(1) + 3.178 (r = 0.948). Therefore, the reproducibility of the left ejection fraction measure was estimated to be within the expected limits and no correction for the camera change is applied to the long-term follow-up of the patients. [less ▲]

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See detailDépistage et détection précoce des cancers : Pourquoi? Comment? Lesquels? Qui et où? A quel prix?
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(5), 310-3

Cancer is fighting with cardiovascular diseases for the first place as the number one killer of humans living in industrialized countries. Several factors contribute to the high incidence of cancers. The ... [more ▼]

Cancer is fighting with cardiovascular diseases for the first place as the number one killer of humans living in industrialized countries. Several factors contribute to the high incidence of cancers. The spectacular increase in life expectancy of individuals living in these areas is certainly one of the major causes that explain the steady rise of the number of patients suffering and dying from cancer. For most cancers, when the issue is fatal, it is usually after a long morbidity period often very difficult for the patient and with heavy public health consequences. Thus, a major challenge that the health professionals are facing is the reduction of malignant disease incidence. Primary prevention would be certainly the most successful strategy. However, its implementation is of extreme difficulty. Secondary prevention, non-exclusive to the primary one, represents probably the best approach to decrease morbidity and mortality linked to these diseases. Screening and early diagnosis are the two axes of such a strategy. The first one concerns the detection of a malignant lesion in an asymptomatic patient. Early diagnosis implies to consider with attention and explore any signs or symptoms that can be easily missed by the patient or the doctor and, hence, could be the first indication of a progressing cancer. The impact of cancer screening on the mortality rate due to cancer is still the subject of intense debates, while the efficacy of early diagnosis is unanimously recognized. Still, it is cancer screening that is the center of most attentions.... [less ▲]

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See detailLe douglas sur substrat calcaire. Etude de ses potentialités forestières en Calestienne
Mouchet, F.; Claessens, Hugues ULiege; Laroche, J.

in Forêt Wallonne (2003), (64), 27-32

Pour la sylviculture, la principale caractéristique de la Calestienne est très certainement la combinaison entre sa haute biodiversité et sa faible aptitude à la production de bois. Ainsi, la difficulté ... [more ▼]

Pour la sylviculture, la principale caractéristique de la Calestienne est très certainement la combinaison entre sa haute biodiversité et sa faible aptitude à la production de bois. Ainsi, la difficulté de trouver une essence économiquement rentable pouvant valoriser des sols souvent très ingrats a poussé plusieurs générations de forestiers à effectuer de nombreux essais sylviculturaux. Parmi ceux-ci, la célèbre introduction du pin noir, et plus récemment et plus discrètement, celle du douglas. [less ▲]

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See detailBreast cancer and serum organochlorine residues
Charlier, Corinne ULiege; Albert, Adelin ULiege; Herman, Philippe ULiege et al

in Occupational and Environmental Medicine (2003), 60(5), 348-351

Background: Controversy still exists about the breast carcinogenic properties in humans of environmental xenoestrogens (organochlorines), justifying new investigations. Aims: To compare the blood levels ... [more ▼]

Background: Controversy still exists about the breast carcinogenic properties in humans of environmental xenoestrogens (organochlorines), justifying new investigations. Aims: To compare the blood levels of total dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and hexachlorobenzene (HCB) in samples collected at the time of breast cancer discovery, in order to avoid the potential consequences of body weight change ( after chemotherapy or radiotherapy) on the pesticide residue levels. Methods: Blood levels of HCB and total DDT (we calculated total DDT concentrations by adding all DDT and DDE isomers) were compared in 159 women with breast cancer and 250 presumably healthy controls. Risk of breast cancer associated with organochlorine concentration was evaluated. Results: Mean levels of total DDT and HCB were significantly higher for breast cancer patients than for controls. No differences in serum levels of total DDT or HCB were found between oestrogen receptor positive and oestrogen receptor negative patients with breast cancer. Conclusions: These results add to the growing evidence that certain persistent pollutants may occur in higher concentrations in blood samples from breast cancer patients than controls. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation des procédures analytiques quantitatives, Harmonisation des démarches
Hubert, Philippe ULiege; Nguyen-Huu, J. J.; Boulanger, Bruno ULiege et al

in STP Pharma Pratiques (2003), 13(3), 101-138

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See detailEarly pregnancy diagnosis in sheep by progesterone and pregnancy-associated glycoprotein tests
Karen, A.; Beckers, Jean-François ULiege; Sulon, Joseph ULiege et al

in Theriogenology (2003), 59(9), 1941-1948

The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of the progesterone (P4) and pregnancy associated glycoprotein (PAG) tests for determination of early pregnancy in sheep. Estrus was synchronized in 182 ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of the progesterone (P4) and pregnancy associated glycoprotein (PAG) tests for determination of early pregnancy in sheep. Estrus was synchronized in 182 Awassi x Merino ewes and blood samples were collected at Days 0 (day of the insemination), 18, 22, 29, 36, and 50 after artificial insemination (AI). Plasma P4 concentrations at Days 0 and 18 were determined by double antibody radioimmunoassay, while PAG concentrations at Days 22, 29, 36 and 50 were determined by a heterologous, double-antibody radioimmunoassay (RIA) using the bovine PAG 67 kDa subunit as tracer and standard and rabbit antiserum raised against a mixture of caprine 55 and 59 kDa PAG subunits as the first antibody. The discriminatory value for diagnosis of pregnancy by the P4 and the PAG-RIA tests was greater than or equal to1 ng/ml. Based on lambing data, the accuracy for diagnosing pregnant (sensitivity) and non-pregnant ewes (specificity) and predictivity of both tests were calculated. The sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values for P4 and PAG tests were 100, 95.4, 81.6, and 100% at Day 18 (P4) and 93.5, 100, 100 and 98.7% at Day 22 (PAG), respectively. For diagnosis of non-pregnant ewes the PAG test had significantly higher specificity than the P4 test (P < 0.05). It is concluded that ovine pregnancy can be reliably diagnosed at Day 22 after AI by using a heterologous radioimmunoassay of PAG. [less ▲]

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See detailNew strategy for comprehensive analysis of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans and polychlorinated biphenyls by gas chromatography coupled with mass spectrometry
Pirard, Catherine ULiege; De Pauw, Edwin ULiege; Focant, Jean-François ULiege

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2003), 998(1-2), 169-181

A strategy for determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans and polychlorinated biphenyls on fatty matrices has been established. After ... [more ▼]

A strategy for determination of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polychlorinated dibenzodioxins, polychlorinated dibenzofurans and polychlorinated biphenyls on fatty matrices has been established. After extraction, the proposed method allows the purification and the fractionation of all target groups of compounds in a simple multi-step automated clean-up. Furthermore, their subsequent analysis is carried out using a single benchtop mass spectrometer, in four separate injections. Required sensitivity considering levels found in the environment is attained using electron impact ionisation followed by tandem in time mass spectrometry. The whole method has been evaluated on standard solution and quality control samples consisting of fortified beef fat. Sensitivity, selectivity, accuracy and repeatability were tested with satisfactory results. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailAn improved radioimmunoassay for measurement of pepsinogen in porcine blood samples
Banga-Mboko, Henri; Sulon, Joseph ULiege; Lange, J. M. et al

in Veterinary Journal (2003), 165(3), 288-295

The study was conducted to develop a sensitive and specific radioimmunoassay (RIA) for the measurement of pepsinogen in porcine serum, and to use this test for the determination of pepsinogen ... [more ▼]

The study was conducted to develop a sensitive and specific radioimmunoassay (RIA) for the measurement of pepsinogen in porcine serum, and to use this test for the determination of pepsinogen concentrations in serum samples from fetuses and pigs of different ages. Compared to a previously described RIA, major improvements were made concerning the use of specific polyclonal antibodies and the use of an appropriate buffer. The assay was able to detect pepsinogen concentrations of >/=0.2 ng/mL. The recovery of pepsinogen was close to 95%. The intra-assay coefficients of variations ranged between 3.9 and 7.5% whereas the interassay ranged between 8.8 and 11.9%. These percentages correspond to a satisfactory accuracy and reproducibility of the assay. No cross-reactions were observed with the main commercially available products of the aspartic proteases family except porcine pepsin cross-reacted over 62.5 microg/mL. Pepsinogen concentrations increased steadily with increasing age of the fetuses and the pigs (P<0.05). Pepsinogen concentrations (+/-SE) in fetuses of 90-100 (n=24) and 100-110 days of pregnancy (n=36) were 0.5+/-0.1 and 5.3+/-1.3 ng/mL, respectively. In pigs of 21, 98, and 213 days of age, the pepsinogen concentrations were 290.6+/-10.8, 343.1+/-17.9 and 383.5+/-15.3 ng/mL, respectively. The results demonstrate that RIA is accurate and can be used easily to assess pepsinogen concentrations in pig sera. The test may constitute a valuable tool in epidemiological surveys and in studies related to gastric diseases in pigs. [less ▲]

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See detailQuasi-asymptotic development of conditioned hyperactivity induced by intermittent injections of cocaine in C57BL/6J mice
Brabant, Christian ULiege; Tambour, Sophie ULiege; Tirelli, Ezio ULiege

in Pharmacology, Biochemistry & Behavior (2003), 75(2), 273-280

The emergence of a conditioned cocaine-induced hyperlocomotion was examined in C57BL/6J mice using a procedure that has not been used previously. Two days after a session of preexposure to the test ... [more ▼]

The emergence of a conditioned cocaine-induced hyperlocomotion was examined in C57BL/6J mice using a procedure that has not been used previously. Two days after a session of preexposure to the test chambers under saline, a first group of mice (cocaine-cued) received five once-daily injections of 10-mg/kg sc cocaine every other day (on the odd days of the chronic treatment period) and a saline injection on the 5 days following each cocaine injection day (on the even days of the treatment period), in all cases before being placed in the test chamber. Another group of mice (saline-cued) received 10 injections of saline on both the even and the odd days in the same context, and a third group of mice (cocaine-uncued) received five injections of saline on the even days in the test context and five injections of cocaine on the odd days in an alternative context. On the odd days sessions, the cocaine-cued group showed significant repeated increases in locomotion without behavioural sensitisation being induced, whereas the saline-cued levels of locomotion remained on baseline levels. On the first even session, the three groups did not differ from each other and showed lower levels of locomotion than on the preexposure session. During the two following even sessions, the cocaine-cued group showed an increase in locomotion that levelled off on the two remaining sessions, whereas the saline-cued and the cocame-uncued groups (which presented comparable values) exhibited significantly lower levels of locomotion. That pattern of successive placebo responses resembles the typical S-shaped development of a Pavlovian conditioned response, albeit the increase described here was quite rapid. The protocol used here may provide an additional method for the experimental analysis of stimulant-induced conditioned placebo activity. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of cisplatin-use, age, performance status and duration of chemotherapy on symptom control in advanced non-small cell lung cancer: detailed symptom analysis of a randomised study comparing cisplatin-vindesine to gemcitabine
Vansteenkiste, J.; Vandebroek, J.; Nackaerts, K. et al

in Lung Cancer (2003), 40(2), 191-199

Background: We previously reported that treatment of patients with symptomatic advanced non-small cell lung cancer with single agent Gemcitabine (GEM) resulted in a superior clinical-benefit response rate ... [more ▼]

Background: We previously reported that treatment of patients with symptomatic advanced non-small cell lung cancer with single agent Gemcitabine (GEM) resulted in a superior clinical-benefit response rate (RR) compared to cisplatin-based combination chemotherapy. We now report the detailed individual symptom control analysis, and the influence of cisplatin-use, age, performance status (PS) and duration of treatment. Patients and methods: Patients received either GEM (1000 mg/m(2), days 1, 8 and 15) or cisplatin (100 mg/m(2), day 1) plus Vindesine (3 mg/m(2), days 1 and 15) (PV), both every 4 weeks. Scores of 9 symptoms were listed weekly by the patient on visual analogue scales. Improvement of a symptom was defined as 2 consecutive cycles of improvement over baseline. Results: Baseline symptoms in the 169 patients were well balanced between the 2 arms (84 GEM, 85 PV). Both patients with objective response and disease stabilisation had clearly better symptom control than those with disease progression. Symptom control in both arms was similar for 'disease-specific' symptoms such as cough, dyspnea, pain or haemoptysis. Compared to PV, a significantly larger number of GEM-patients had better scores for 'constitutional' items such as anorexia (P = 0.007), ability to carry on with daily activities (P = 0.04) and overall impression of quality-of-life (P = 0.008). Symptom control was very similar in younger (< 65 years) versus older (> 65 years) patients, and only slightly better in those with a Karnofsky PS greater than or equal to 80% compared to those < 80%. Most of the symptom improvement occurred in the first 3 cycles, with some further symptom improvement in the following cycles in the GEM-arm only. Conclusions: Both GEM and PV yield a symptom control rate much higher than expected by the objective tumour RR. GEM is equally effective in controlling 'disease-specific' symptoms, but superior in controlling 'constitutional' symptoms. Most of the symptom control was achieved during the first 3 cycles of treatment, with some further improvement thereafter in the GEM-arm only. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailTransactivation of vimentin by beta-catenin in human breast cancer cells
Gilles, Christine ULiege; Polette, M.; Mestdagt, Mélanie ULiege et al

in Cancer Research (2003), 63(10), 2658-2664

The cytoplasmic and nuclear redistribution of beta-catenin and the de novo expression of vimentin are frequently involved in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition associated with increased invasive ... [more ▼]

The cytoplasmic and nuclear redistribution of beta-catenin and the de novo expression of vimentin are frequently involved in the epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition associated with increased invasive/migratory properties of epithelial cells. Because beta-catenin can act as a coactivator of transcription through its binding to the T-cell factor (TCF)/lymphoid enhancer factor 1 transcription factor family, we have explored the possibility that beta-catenin/TCF could directly transactivate vimentin. We first compared vimentin expression in relation with the localization of beta-catenin in eight breast cancer cell lines displaying various degrees of invasiveness and in a model of cell migration using human mammary MCF10A cells. We could thus show a cytoplasmic and/or nuclear distribution of beta-catenin in invasive/migratory cells expressing vimentin, but not in noninvasive/stationary vimentin-negative cell lines. In addition, the human vimentin promoter was found to be up-regulated by beta-catenin and TCF-4 cotransfection. Varying with the cellular background, a diminution of this up-regulation was observed when the putative beta-catenin/TCF binding site of the vimentin promoter was mutated. Our results therefore demonstrate that the vimentin promoter is a target of the beta-catenin/TCF pathway and strongly suggest an implication of this regulation in epithelial cell migration/invasion. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term trends of inorganic chlorine from ground-based infrared solar spectra: Past increases and evidence for stabilization
Rinsland, Curtis P.; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULiege; Zander, Rodolphe ULiege et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (2003), 108(D8), 4252

Long-term time series of hydrogen chloride (HCl) and chlorine nitrate (ClONO2) total column abundances has been retrieved from high spectral resolution ground-based solar absorption spectra recorded with ... [more ▼]

Long-term time series of hydrogen chloride (HCl) and chlorine nitrate (ClONO2) total column abundances has been retrieved from high spectral resolution ground-based solar absorption spectra recorded with infrared Fourier transform spectrometers at nine NDSC (Network for the Detection of Stratospheric Change) sites in both Northern and Southern Hemispheres. The data sets span up to 24 years and most extend until the end of 2001. The time series of Cly (defined here as the sum of the HCl and ClONO2 columns) from the three locations with the longest time-span records show rapid increases until the early 1990s superimposed on marked day-to-day, seasonal and inter-annual variability. Subsequently, the buildup in Cly slows and reaches a broad plateau after 1996, also characterized by variability. A similar time evolution is also found in the total chlorine concentration at 55 km altitude derived from Halogen Occultation Experiment (HALOE) global observations since 1991. The stabilization of inorganic chlorine observed in both the total columns and at 55 km altitude indicates that the near-global 1993 organic chlorine (CCly) peak at the Earth’s surface has now propagated over a broad altitude range in the upper atmosphere, though the time lag is difficult to quantify precisely from the current data sets, due to variability. We compare the three longest measured time series with two-dimensional model calculations extending from 1977 to 2010, based on a halocarbon scenario that assumes past measured trends and a realistic extrapolation into the future. The model predicts broad Cly maxima consistent with the long-term observations, followed by a slow Cly decline reaching 12–14% relative to the peak by 2010. The data reported here confirm the effectiveness of the Montreal Protocol and its Amendments and Adjustments in progressively phasing out the major man-related perturbations of the stratospheric ozone layer, in particular, the anthropogenic chlorine-bearing source gases. [less ▲]

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See detailInterest of biochemical markers of bone turnover for long-term prediction of new vertebral fracture in postmenopausal osteoporotic women
Bruyère, Olivier ULiege; Collette, Julien ULiege; Delmas, Pierre et al

in Maturitas (2003), 44(4), 259-265

Objective: To analyse the interest of baseline levels and short-term (3-months) changes in serum osteocalcin (BGP), serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BALP) and urinary C-telopeptide of type I ... [more ▼]

Objective: To analyse the interest of baseline levels and short-term (3-months) changes in serum osteocalcin (BGP), serum bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (BALP) and urinary C-telopeptide of type I collagen/creatinine ratio (U-TX) to predict 3-years changes in bone mineral density (BMD) and spinal deformity index (SDI) in postmenopausal osteoporotic women. Methods: Data were derived from a cohort of 603 osteoporotic women corresponding to the placebo arm of a 3-years prospective, double-blind study. Results: Baseline values of BALP, BGP and U-CTX were negatively and significantly correlated with baseline spinal BMD. Significant correlations were also observed between the changes in BMD observed after 36 months at the spine and baseline BALP (r = 0.20, P = 0.0001), BGP (r = 0.09, P = 0.05) and U-CTX (r = -0.11, P = 0.02). At 3 years, 71 women (15.9%) showed an increase in their SDI, corresponding to the occurrence of at least one new vertebral deformity. Baseline values of the four bone turnover markers (BTM) were not significantly related to the occurrence of new vertebral deformities. However, when considering the changes in the BTM observed after 3-months of follow-up, BGP (P = 0.003) and U-CTX (P = 0.047) were identified as significant predictors of an increase of SDI. The associated odds ratios (95% confidence interval (CI)) were 10.922 (2.218-53.78) for unit changes of log BGP and 1.369 (1.003-1.867) for unit changes of log U-CTX. The relative risk (RR) (IC 95%) of having a new vertebral fracture over 36 months was 0.31 (0.15-0.65) when being in the lowest quartile of 3-months changes in BGP as compared with the highest. Conclusion: We conclude that two sequential measurements of BGP and U-CTX performed at 3-months intervals could be of interest to identify postmenopausal osteoporotic women with the highest risk to present new vertebral deformities. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailActivity, stability and flexibility in Glycosidases adapted to extreme thermal environments
Collins, T.; Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULiege; Gerday, Charles ULiege et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2003), 328(2), 419-428

To elucidate the strategy of low temperature adaptation for a cold-adapted family 8 xylanase, the thermal and chemical stabilities, thermal inactivation, thermodependence of activity and conformational ... [more ▼]

To elucidate the strategy of low temperature adaptation for a cold-adapted family 8 xylanase, the thermal and chemical stabilities, thermal inactivation, thermodependence of activity and conformational flexibility, as well as the thermodynamic basis of these processes, were compared with those of a thermophilic homolog. Differential scanning calorimetry, fluorescence monitoring of guanidine hydrochloride unfolding and fluorescence quenching were used, among other techniques, to show that the cold-adapted enzyme is characterized by a high activity at low temperatures, a poor stability and a high flexibility. In contrast, the thermophilic enzyme is shown to have a reduced low temperature activity, high stability and a reduced flexibility. These findings agree with the hypothesis that cold-adapted enzymes overcome the quandary imposed by low temperature environments via a global or local increase in the flexibility of their molecular edifice, with this in turn leading to a reduced stability. Analysis of the guanidine hydrochloride unfolding, as well as the thermodynamic parameters of irreversible thermal unfolding and thermal inactivation shows that the driving force for this denaturation and inactivation is a large entropy change while a low enthalpy change is implicated in the low temperature activity. A reduced number of salt-bridges are believed to be responsible for both these effects. Guanidine hydrochloride unfolding studies also indicate that both family 8 enzymes unfold via an intermediate prone to aggregation. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis and characterization of random copolyesters of epsilon-caprolactone and 2-oxepane-1,5-dione
Latere Dwan'Isa, Jean-Pierre; Lecomte, Philippe ULiege; Dubois, Philippe ULiege et al

in Macromolecules (2003), 36(8), 2609-2615

2-Oxepane-1,5-dione (OPD) has been synthesized by the Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of 1,4-cyclohexanedione and copolymerized with epsilon-caprolactone. This random copolymerization has been initiated by ... [more ▼]

2-Oxepane-1,5-dione (OPD) has been synthesized by the Baeyer-Villiger oxidation of 1,4-cyclohexanedione and copolymerized with epsilon-caprolactone. This random copolymerization has been initiated by different metal derivatives, i.e., tin octanoate, dibutyltin dimethoxide, and aluminum isopropoxide. Dibutyltin dimethoxide is the preferred initiator, and the course of polymerization is controlled by the competition of the ketone of OPD and the ester of the lactones for coordination to the initiator. Semicrystalline copolymers are formed, whose the randomness has been confirmed by DSC, H-1 NMR, and C-13 NMR analysis. A single melting temperature (Tm) has been observed, which varies regularly and monotonically with the OPD content as result of a cocrystallization phenomenom. The single glass transition temperature (Tg) obeys the Fox equation. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-organization of water-soluble complexes of a poly(2-vinylpyridinium)-block-poly(ethylene oxide) diblock with fluorinated anionic surfactants
Gohy, Jean-François; Mores, Sandrine; Varshney, Sunil K et al

in Macromolecules (2003), 36(8), 2579-2581

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See detailSF6 ground-based infrared solar absorption measurements: long-term trend, pollution events, and a search for SF5CF3 absorption
Rinsland, Curtis P.; Goldman, Aaron; Stephen, T. M. et al

in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (2003), 78(1), 41-53

Infrared solar spectra recorded with the Fourier transform spectrometer in the McMath solar telescope complex on Kitt Peak (31.9degreesN latitude, 111.6degreesW, 2.09 km altitude), southwest of Tucson ... [more ▼]

Infrared solar spectra recorded with the Fourier transform spectrometer in the McMath solar telescope complex on Kitt Peak (31.9degreesN latitude, 111.6degreesW, 2.09 km altitude), southwest of Tucson, Arizona, have been analyzed to retrieve average SF6 tropospheric mixing ratios over a two-decade time span. The analysis is based primarily on spectral fits to absorption by the intense, unresolved nu(3) band Q branch at 947.9 cm(-1). A best fit to measurements recorded with SF6 near typical background concentrations yields a SF6 increase in the average tropospheric mixing ratio from 1.13 pptv (10(-12) per unit volume) in March 1982 to 3.77 pptv in March 2002. The long-term increase by a factor of 3.34 over the time span is consistent with the rapid growth of surface mixing ratios measured in situ at Northern Hemisphere remote stations, though the infrared measurements show a large scatter. Average tropospheric mixing ratio enhancements above background by 2-3 orders of magnitude have been identified in spectra recorded on 5 days between November 1988 and April 1997. These spectra were individually analyzed in an attempt to detect the strongest 8-12 mum band of SF5CF3, a molecule recently identified with an atmospheric growth that has closely paralleled the rise in SF6 during the past three decades. Absorption by the strongest SF5CF3 band was predicted to be above the noise level in the Kitt Peak spectrum with the highest average mean tropospheric SF6 mixing ratio, assuming the reported atmospheric SF5CF3/SF6 ratio and a room temperature absorption cross sections reported for the SF5CF3 903-cm(-1) band. An upper limit of 8 x 10(15) molecules cm(-2) for the SF5CF3 total column was estimated for this case. We hypothesize that the highly elevated SF6 levels above Kitt Peak resulted from a local release experiment rather than production via electrochemical fluoridation of intermediate products, the proposed source of atmospheric SF5CF3. The absence of the SF5CF3 feature in the spectra with elevated SF6 is consistent with the absence of SF5CF3 reported in a pure SF6 sample. Published by Elsevier Science Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamics of crack opening in a one-dimensional desiccation experiment
Lecocq, N.; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULiege

in Physica A: Statistical Mechanics and its Applications (2003), 321(3-4), 431-441

We used a simple one-dimensional experiment to investigate the dynamical aspects of crack opening that occurs in clay exposed to shrinkage induced by desiccation. The opening rate of single cracks is ... [more ▼]

We used a simple one-dimensional experiment to investigate the dynamical aspects of crack opening that occurs in clay exposed to shrinkage induced by desiccation. The opening rate of single cracks is obtained. A simple model is introduced to account for the observed behavior. Interaction between adjacent cracks is put into evidence and a collective behavior is observed. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailComplexation of uranyl ions by polypyrrole doped by sulfonated and phosphonated polyethyleneimine
Leroy, D.; Martinot, Lucien; Mignonsin, P. et al

in Journal of Applied Polymer Science (2003), 88(2), 352-359

Branched polyethyleneimine (PEI) was sulfonated by reaction with chloropropanesulfonylchloride and phosphonated by reaction with phosphorous acid and formaldehyde. The accordingly formed polyanions were ... [more ▼]

Branched polyethyleneimine (PEI) was sulfonated by reaction with chloropropanesulfonylchloride and phosphonated by reaction with phosphorous acid and formaldehyde. The accordingly formed polyanions were used as doping agents for polypyrrole (PPy). The amount of doping polyanions into thin films of PPy was measured by Rutherford back-scattering. These films were tested for their capacity to extract uranyl ions from liquid wastes of low level activity. The uranium content was determined by neutron activation analysis, autoradiography, and gravimetry of uranium oxide after calcination. The resistance against static and dynamic leachings was also estimated. [less ▲]

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See detail3-Bromophenyl 6-acetoxymethyl-2-oxo-2H-1-benzopyran-3-carboxylate inhibits cancer cell invasion in vitro and tumour growth in vivo
Kempen, I.; Papapostolou, D.; Thierry, N. et al

in British Journal of Cancer (2003), 88(7), 1111-1118

In search for new anticancer agents, we have evaluated the antiinvasive and antimigrative properties of recently developed synthetic coumarin derivatives among which two compounds revealed important ... [more ▼]

In search for new anticancer agents, we have evaluated the antiinvasive and antimigrative properties of recently developed synthetic coumarin derivatives among which two compounds revealed important activity: 3-chlorophenyl 6-acetoxymethyl-2-oxo-2H-1-benzopyran-3-carboxylate and 3-bromophenyl 6-acetoxymethyl-2-oxo-2H-1-benzopyran-3-carboxylate, Both drugs were able to inhibit cell invasion markedly in a Boyden chamber assay, the bromo derivative being more potent than the reference matrix metalloprotease (MMP) inhibitor GI 129471. In vivo, tumour growth was reduced when nude mice grafted with HT 1080 or MDA-MB231 cells were treated i.p. 3 days week(-1) with the bromo coumarin derivative. These effects were not associated with the inhibition of urokinase, plasmin, MMP-2 or MMP-9. The mechanism of action of the drugs remains to be elucidated. However, these two coumarin derivatives may serve as new lead compounds of an original class of antitumour agents. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical thickness for ferroelectricity in perovskite ultrathin films
Junquera, J.; Ghosez, Philippe ULiege

in Nature (2003), 422(6931), 506-509

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See detailDetection and clinical usefulness of a biphasic response during exercise echocardiography early after myocardial infarction
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULiege; Hoffer, E. P.; PIERARD, Luc ULiege

in Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2003), 41(7), 1142-1147

OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy of exercise echocardiography (EE) for detecting infarct-related artery (IRA) stenosis and predicting functional recovery early after acute ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to determine the accuracy of exercise echocardiography (EE) for detecting infarct-related artery (IRA) stenosis and predicting functional recovery early after acute myocardial infarction (AMI). BACKGROUND Dobutamine stress echocardiography is widely used for identifying jeopardized myocardium. The clinical usefulness of a biphasic response detected during EE has never been investigated. METHODS A total of 114 consecutive patients with a first AMI and greater than or equal to2 dyssynergic segments in the infarct-related territory underwent semi-supine continuous EE 6 +/- 2 days after AMI. Quantitative coronary angiography was performed in all patients after EE. A follow-up echocardiogram was obtained one month later. RESULTS Ninety-seven patients had significant (greater than or equal to50%) IRA stenosis, and 26 had multivessel disease. Residual ischemia was identified in 77 patients (biphasic response in 62 and worsening response in 15). The sensitivity and specificity of ischemia during EE for predicting IRA stenosis were 75% and 76%, respectively. The sensitivity of a biphasic response was higher than the sensitivity of a worsening response (61% vs. 14%, p < 0.0001). Wall motion abnormalities induced in other vascular territories were specific (97%) and moderately sensitive (62%) for the detection of multivessel disease. Functional recovery was observed in 75 patients. Two independent variables predicted contractile recovery: contractile reserve during EE (p < 0.0001) and elective angioplasty of the IRA (p = 0.002). A biphasic response, but not sustained improvement, predicted reversible dysfunction (73% vs. 9%, p < 0.0001). CONCLUSIONS A biphasic response can be detected during exercise. Exercise echocardiography is an accurate tool for detecting IRA stenosis and predicting functional improvement early after AMI. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of stocking density on the dynamics of cannibalism in sibling larvae of Perca fluviatilis under controlled conditions
Baras, E.; Kestemont, P.; Mélard, Charles ULiege

in Aquaculture (2003), 219(1-4), 241-255

The effect of stocking density (10, 31.6 and 100 larvae 1(-1); three replicates per treatment) on the day-by-day dynamics of survival, growth and cannibalism was examined in sibling perch larvae reared ... [more ▼]

The effect of stocking density (10, 31.6 and 100 larvae 1(-1); three replicates per treatment) on the day-by-day dynamics of survival, growth and cannibalism was examined in sibling perch larvae reared from eyed-egg stage in 100-1 cages (16L:8D, 20.0 +/- 0.5 degreesC, O-2 greater than or equal to 6.0 mg 1(-1); feeding in excess with live Artemia nauplii during the photophase) during the first 3 weeks of exogenous feeding. Larvae unable to achieve the transition to exogenous feeding died in between 7 and I I days post-hatch. Later, mortality from causes other than cannibalism never exceeded 1% day(-1). Cannibalism did not start before days 10 - 11 and first consisted in the incomplete ingestion of prey attacked tail first, exclusively. This type of cannibalism never caused losses higher than 2.0% of the initial stock, and ceased after days 16-18. From days 12-14 onwards, differential growth was apparent, and cannibals turned to complete cannibalism of small prey ingested head first, which caused greater losses (28-53% of the stock). Increasing the stocking density did not compromise growth and decreased the overall impact of cannibalism through several complementary mechanisms: (i) a postponed emergence of cannibalism, (ii) a lower proportion of cannibals in the population, and (iii) probably a lower rate of cannibalism per capita as predation was complicated and less directed at high stocking density. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailWave packet dynamics along bifurcating reaction paths
Lasorne, Benjamin; Dive, Georges ULiege; Lauvergnat, David et al

in Journal of Chemical Physics (2003), 118(13), 5831-5840

The problem of bifurcating reaction paths is revisited by wave packet (WP) dynamics. The pitchfork model connecting five stationary points-a reactive, two transition structures and two enantiomeric ... [more ▼]

The problem of bifurcating reaction paths is revisited by wave packet (WP) dynamics. The pitchfork model connecting five stationary points-a reactive, two transition structures and two enantiomeric products-is characterized by a Valley Ridge inflection point (VRI) where WP could leave the standard intrinsic reaction path. We question the role of such a VRI point to determine whether the mechanism is sequential or concerted. WP simulations on two-dimensional minimum energy surfaces are carried out in the benchmark case of the methoxy radical isomerization H3CO-->H2COH. The ab initio potential energy surface (PES) is fitted to an analytical model which is bent to analyze the incidence of geometrical parameters on the WP behavior. For each of these generated PES, the WP width in the entrance valley is the main factor which conditions the behavior on the unstable ridge. The WP evolution is also analyzed in terms of nonadiabatic transitions among adiabatic channels along the reaction coordinate. Finally, the location of VRI points according to an invariant definition is discussed. (C) 2003 American Institute of Physics. [less ▲]

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See detailLate Quaternary clay mineral record in Central Lake Baikal (Academician Ridge, Siberia)
Fagel, Nathalie ULiege; Boski, T.; Likhoshway, L. et al

in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2003), 193(1), 159-179

We investigated the mineralogical composition of two cores recovered on the Academician Ridge (Central Lake Baikal, Siberia). Sedimentological features show that the cores are unaffected by turbidity ... [more ▼]

We investigated the mineralogical composition of two cores recovered on the Academician Ridge (Central Lake Baikal, Siberia). Sedimentological features show that the cores are unaffected by turbidity currents. However, hemipelagic deposition is not continuous, but intermittently disturbed by syn- or post-sediment reworking (e.g., bioturbation, slumps, faulting). Such modes of deposition are consistent with the complex uplift history of the ridge. Bulk mineralogy suggests that terrigenous sediment supplies are constant through glacial/interglacial stages, and diluted by diatom-rich intervals related to warmer interglacial stages. The core stratigraphy is based on the correlation of the diatom zonation and opal abundance with the marine oxygen isotope reference curve SPECMAP. The similar to 8-m cores partly recover the last four interglacial/glacial cycles, i.e., since oxygen isotope stage 8. We test the use of clay minerals as a proxy for paleoclimatic reconstruction. The clays are more weathered during the diatom-rich intervals in agreement with warmer climate conditions. However, the mean clay composition does not change significantly through glacial/interglacial stages. This observation implies that, in the Academician Ridge sediments, a simple smectite/illite ratio (S/I) does not alone provide a reliable indicator of climatic variation. It reflects the complex clay assemblages, especially the smectite group, delivered to Central Lake Baikal. Smectites include primarily illite-smectite mixed layers, made of a mixture of montmorillonite and beidellite. According to their behavior after cation saturation, the illite-smectite mixed layers are primarily transformed smectites, with some neoformed smectites intermittently observed. In addition, Al-smectites occur in minor proportions. We conclude that the S/I ratio has a climatic significance only if it evolves in parallel with the weathering stage of the clays and is confirmed by a change in the composition of the smectites. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLifetimes, oscillator strengths and Lande factors in doubly ionized europium (Eu III)
Quinet, Pascal ULiege; Biémont, Emile ULiege

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2003), 340(2), 463-467

A set of transition probabilities has been calculated for Eu iii transitions of astrophysical interest particularly for the study of chemically peculiar stars. They were obtained taking configuration ... [more ▼]

A set of transition probabilities has been calculated for Eu iii transitions of astrophysical interest particularly for the study of chemically peculiar stars. They were obtained taking configuration interaction and core-polarization effects into account. The accuracy of the new scale of oscillator strengths, which differs substantially from previous results, has been assessed through comparisons with recent time-resolved laser-induced fluorescence measurements of radiative lifetimes. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectroscopic mode identification for the slowly pulsating B star HD 147394
Briquet, Maryline ULiege; Aerts, C.; Mathias, P. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 401

We present ground-based high-resolution high S/N spectra of the slowly pulsating B star HD 147394. Two frequencies are clearly found in the moments of the Si II 4128-4130 doublet: f[SUB]1[/SUB]=0.8008 c d ... [more ▼]

We present ground-based high-resolution high S/N spectra of the slowly pulsating B star HD 147394. Two frequencies are clearly found in the moments of the Si II 4128-4130 doublet: f[SUB]1[/SUB]=0.8008 c d[SUP]-1[/SUP] and f[SUB]2[/SUB]=0.7813 c d[SUP]-1[/SUP]. The frequency f[SUB]1[/SUB] is also found in the HIPPARCOS data. A third frequency is also present in our spectroscopic data: f[SUB]3[/SUB]=0.7175 c d[SUP]-1[/SUP] or its aliases due to the time sampling. A mode identification is performed by means of a new version of the moment method optimized for multiperiodic signals. It points towards several equivalent solutions of non-axisymmetric l <=3 for all three modes. We have too limited information to perform seismic modelling at this stage, but we do show that the different possibilities for the mode identifications are compatible with pulsational models for SPBs. Based on observations obtained with the spectrograph Aurélie attached to the 1.52-m telescope of the Observatoire de Haute-Provence, France. [less ▲]

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See detailPregnancy and the immune system: between tolerance and rejection
Thellin, Olivier ULiege; Heinen, Ernst ULiege

in Toxicology (2003), 185(3), 179-184

Interactions between the conceptus and the mother are bi-directional: the feto-placental tissues need nutrition and a suitable environment in homeostatic condition whereas the mother influenced by the ... [more ▼]

Interactions between the conceptus and the mother are bi-directional: the feto-placental tissues need nutrition and a suitable environment in homeostatic condition whereas the mother influenced by the placental factors adapts her metabolism and immune system. Many different mechanisms acting locally or at distance ensure tolerance of the semi-allogeneic graft by the maternal natural and adaptive immune defences. In front of this tolerance, mechanisms exist ensuring rejection of the conceptus by the mother (spontaneous abortion) through rupture of one or more tolerance mechanisms, notably in stress situations endangering the mother. Thus outcome of a pregnancy is dependent on efficiently working tolerance mechanisms, and rupture of such mechanisms can lead to rejection. The balance of influence leading either to tolerance or rejection is under control of internal (maternal and fetal) and external (environmental) factors. Rejection, if triggered, mainly occurs through immune-induced inflammation, tissue degradation and coagulation. (C) 2002 Elsevier Science Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailAn X-ray investigation of the NGC 346 field in the Small Magellanic Cloud. II. The field population
Nazé, Yaël ULiege; Hartwell, J. M.; Stevens, I. R. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2003), 586(2, Part 1), 983-995

We present results from a Chandra observation of the NGC 346 cluster, which is the ionizing source of N66, the most luminous H II region and the largest star formation region in the SMC. In the first part ... [more ▼]

We present results from a Chandra observation of the NGC 346 cluster, which is the ionizing source of N66, the most luminous H II region and the largest star formation region in the SMC. In the first part of this investigation, we have analyzed the X-ray properties of the cluster itself and the remarkable star HD 5980, but the field contains additional objects of interest. In total, 75 X-ray point sources were detected in the Chandra observation: this is 5 times the number of sources detected by previous X-ray surveys. We investigate here their characteristics in detail. Because of high foreground absorption, the sources possess rather high hardness ratios. Their cumulative luminosity function appears generally steeper than that for the rest of the SMC at higher luminosities. Their absorption columns suggest that most of the sources belong to NGC 346. Using Digitized Sky Survey data and new UBVRI imaging with the ESO 2.2 m telescope, we also discovered possible counterparts for 32 of these X-ray sources and estimated a B spectral type for a large number of these counterparts. This tends to suggest that most of the X-ray sources in the field are in fact X-ray binaries. Finally, some objects show X-ray and/or optical variability, with a need for further monitoring. [less ▲]

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See detailA new seismic analysis of Alpha Centauri
Thoul, Anne ULiege; Scuflaire, Richard ULiege; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULiege et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 402(1), 293-297

Models of alpha Cen A & B have been computed using the masses determined by Pourbaix et al. (\cite{Po2002}) and the data derived from the spectroscopic analysis of Neuforge & Magain (\cite{Ne1997}). The ... [more ▼]

Models of alpha Cen A & B have been computed using the masses determined by Pourbaix et al. (\cite{Po2002}) and the data derived from the spectroscopic analysis of Neuforge & Magain (\cite{Ne1997}). The seismological data obtained by Bouchy & Carrier (\cite{Bo2001}, \cite{Bo2002}) do help improve our knowledge of the evolutionary status of the system. All the constraints are satisfied with a model which gives an age of about 6 Gyr for the binary. [less ▲]

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See detailMarrow stromal cell recovery after radiation-induced aplasia in mice
Almohamad, Khaled; Thiry, Albert ULiege; Hubin, Frédérique et al

in International Journal of Radiation Biology (2003), 79(4), 259-67

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See detailHormonosubstitution postmenopausique et risque de cancer mammaire: une mise a jour
van den Brule, F.; Lifrange, Eric ULiege; Pintiaux, Axelle ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(4), 254-60

Numerous studies have examined the risk of breast cancer in patients with postmenopausal hormone substitution. Most of these studies are retrospective, and a few recent studies are prospective. The ... [more ▼]

Numerous studies have examined the risk of breast cancer in patients with postmenopausal hormone substitution. Most of these studies are retrospective, and a few recent studies are prospective. The observed results present with weak variations from baseline and major heterogeneity. Some studies highlight a slightly increased relative risk of breast cancer. A reanalysis of 51 studies demonstrates a relative risk of 1.35 for developing breast cancer during hormone substitution, with a 2.3% increased risk per year of use. Recently, the results of the WHI study have shown a slight increase of some risks of disease, including breast cancer (relative risk, 1.26). These results have induced the interruption of one of the 3 arms of the study (that of the patients treated with an estrogen-progestin combination), and have provoked a new discussion about the benefits and risks associated with hormone substitution. These facts have been largely related and commented in the general press. In this article, we review the important studies concerning this topic. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymerization-filled composites and nanocomposites by coordination catalysis
Dubois, Philippe ULiege; Alexandre, Michaël ULiege; Jérôme, Robert ULiege

in Macromolecular Symposia (2003), 194

Polyolefinic microcomposites and layered silicate nanocomposites were prepared by the in-situ polymerization of ethylene (and alpha-olefin) via the so-called polymerization-filling technique. Various ... [more ▼]

Polyolefinic microcomposites and layered silicate nanocomposites were prepared by the in-situ polymerization of ethylene (and alpha-olefin) via the so-called polymerization-filling technique. Various tillers with either basic, acidic, metallic or carbonaceous surface, as well as non-modified clays such as montmorillonite and hectorite, were first treated by trimethylaluminum-depleted methylaluminoxane before being contacted by a titanium or zirconium-based metallocene catalyst. The (nano)composite was formed by addition and polymerization of ethylene (and alpha-olefin). This technique makes possible the complete encapsulation of every filler particle within the (co)polyolefinic matrix ranging from thermoplastics to elastomers. The so-obtained (nano)composites, often coined as "homogeneous" (nano)composites, exhibit improved mechanical properties; as compared to more conventional melt blends for a same filler content. [less ▲]

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See detailIs laparoscopy still the gold standard in infertility assessment? A comparison of fertiloscopy versus laparoscopy in infertility. Results of an international multicentre prospective trial: the 'FLY' (Fertiloscopy-LaparoscopY) study.
Watrelot, A.; NISOLLE, Michelle ULiege; Chelli, H. et al

in Human Reproduction (2003), 18(4), 834-9

BACKGROUND: The aim of this prospective multicentre study was to compare the two endoscopic techniques of laparoscopy and fertiloscopy in routine evaluation of the pelvis in infertile women. METHODS: A ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The aim of this prospective multicentre study was to compare the two endoscopic techniques of laparoscopy and fertiloscopy in routine evaluation of the pelvis in infertile women. METHODS: A total of 92 women was selected in 14 University Hospitals to undergo fertiloscopy followed by transabdominal laparoscopy by a team of two surgeons in each hospital. RESULTS: A high degree of concordance was observed between these two techniques, in that if fertiloscopy did not detect any abnormalities, this was also confirmed by laparoscopy. Discordance was observed in similar numbers of cases: eight after laparoscopy and nine after fertiloscopy. The diagnostic index for fertiloscopy and laparoscopy was calculated; sensitivity (86 and 87% respectively) and negative predictive value (64 and 67% respectively) were similar. The kappa index was also calculated for each of the six structures/regions (right/left tube; right/left ovary; peritoneum of pouch of Douglas; posterior uterus), and concordance (0.78 to 0.91) was considered almost complete. CONCLUSIONS: These results confirm fertiloscopy as a minimally invasive safe procedure that may be considered as an alternative to diagnostic laparoscopy in the routine assessment of women without clinical or ultrasound evidence of pelvic disease. On the basis of the additional advantages of fertiloscopy, namely salpingoscopy or microsalpingoscopy, it is considered that fertiloscopy could replace laparoscopy as a routine procedure in such women. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced nutritionally induced adipose tissue development in mice with stromelysin-1 gene inactivation.
Maquoi, Erik ULiege; Demeulemeester, Diego; Vörös, Gabor et al

in Thrombosis and Haemostasis (2003), 89(4), 696-704

To investigate a potential role of stromelysin-1 (MMP-3) in development of adipose tissue, 5 week old male MMP-3 deficient mice (MMP-3(-/-)) and wild-type (MMP-3(+/+)) controls were kept on a high fat ... [more ▼]

To investigate a potential role of stromelysin-1 (MMP-3) in development of adipose tissue, 5 week old male MMP-3 deficient mice (MMP-3(-/-)) and wild-type (MMP-3(+/+)) controls were kept on a high fat diet (HFD) for 15 weeks. MMP-3(-/-) mice were hyperphagic and gained more weight than the MMP-3(+/+) mice. At the time of sacrifice, the body weight of the MMP-3(-/-) mice was significantly higher than that of the MMP-3(+/+) mice, as was the weight of the isolated subcutaneous (SC) and gonadal (GON) fat deposits. Significant adipocyte hypertrophy was observed in the GON but not in the SC adipose tissue of MMP-3(-/-) mice. Fasting plasma glucose and cholesterol levels were comparable in both genotypes, whereas triglyceride levels were significantly lower in MMP-3(-/-) mice. Staining with an endothelial cell specific lectin revealed a significantly higher blood vessel density and larger total stained area in the GON adipose tissues of MMP-3(-/-) mice. Thus, in a murine model of nutritionally induced obesity, MMP-3 impairs adipose tissue development, possibly by affecting food intake and/or adipose tissue-related angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of testosterone on Reelin expression in the brain of male European starlings
Absil, Philippe ULiege; Pinxten, R.; Balthazart, Jacques ULiege et al

in Cell & Tissue Research (2003), 312(1), 81-93

Reelin, a large glycoprotein defective in reeler mice, is assumed to determine the final location of migrating neurons in the developing brain. We studied the expression of Reelin in the brain of adult ... [more ▼]

Reelin, a large glycoprotein defective in reeler mice, is assumed to determine the final location of migrating neurons in the developing brain. We studied the expression of Reelin in the brain of adult male European starlings that had been treated or not with exogenous testosterone. Reelin-immunoreactive cells and fibers were widely distributed in the forebrain including areas in and around the song control nucleus, HVC. No labeling was detected in other song control nuclei with the exception of nucleus uvaeformis, which was delineated by a dense cluster of Reelin-immunoreactive perikarya. Reelin is thus expressed in areas incorporating new neurons in adulthood, such as HVC. Reelin expression was sharply decreased by testosterone in HVC, nucleus uvaeformis and dorsal thalamus but not in other brain regions. These results are consistent with the idea that seasonal changes in Reelin expression modulate the incorporation of neurons within HVC. The presence of Reelin in other brain areas that do not incorporate new neurons in adulthood indicates, however, that this protein must play other unrelated roles in the adult brain. Additional studies should now be carried out to determine the specific role played by this protein in the seasonal plasticity of the songbird brain. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiplicités des procédures et faible participation ?,
Hanson, Sophie; Michel, Quentin ULiege

in Cahiers de l'Urbanisme (Les) (2003), (Hors série), 21

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See detailL'hypertension artérielle essentielle peut-elle être prevenue?
Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULiege; Saint-Remy, Annie ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(4), 198-205

Prevalence of arterial hypertension is growing, in particular due to population ageing. Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Prevention is conceivable on a ... [more ▼]

Prevalence of arterial hypertension is growing, in particular due to population ageing. Hypertension is a major risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Prevention is conceivable on a theoretical basis by reduction or, if possible, prevention of excess weight, diet modifications, increased physical activity among other means. To be efficient, prevention should include an early detection of patients at risk and a long term assessment of efficacy requiring many efforts from both patients and physicians. [less ▲]

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See detailAlimentation et cancer
Castronovo, Vincenzo ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(4), 231-9

The role of a qualitatively and quantitatively altered nutrition for the development of cancer in human is largely recognized. While the human life expectancy is continuously expanding and the World ... [more ▼]

The role of a qualitatively and quantitatively altered nutrition for the development of cancer in human is largely recognized. While the human life expectancy is continuously expanding and the World Health Organization is predicting a dramatic rise in the number of patients that will get cancer and die from it in the next decades, it is useful to attempt to understand the real impact of nutrition at the level of the oncogenesis mechanisms. Oxidative stress, methylation deficit and imbalance in the ratio of omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids represents situations directly linked to nutrition and which contribute to an increased risk for cancer development. The understanding of the mechanisms by which nutrition affects these processes should better stimulate health professionals to consider with more attention what their patients are eating. [less ▲]

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See detailPartial Androgen Deficiency of Aging Male (PADAM) might in part be due to excessive organochlonide pesticide (OC) impregnation
Legros, Jean-Jacques ULiege; Charlier, Corinne ULiege; Bouillon, G. et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie (2003), 64(2), 136-136

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See detailDifferential diagnosis of neurologically expressed disorders in Western European cattle
Saegerman, Claude ULiege; Claes, L.; Dewaele, Albert et al

in Revue Scientifique et Technique (International Office of Epizootics) (2003), 22(1), 83-102

A classification of neurological or neurologically expressed disorders that occur in Western European cattle aged 12 month and over has been established on the basis of aetiology, frequency and conditions ... [more ▼]

A classification of neurological or neurologically expressed disorders that occur in Western European cattle aged 12 month and over has been established on the basis of aetiology, frequency and conditions of appearance, age and type of animals concerned and the main clinical signs observed. Neurologically expressed disorders have been classified according to different groups of causes: biological, non-biological and non-specific or unknown. Differential diagnosis of neurologically expressed disorders is an essential element in the clinical epidemiological surveillance of bovine spongiform encephalopathy. A growing number of aetiologies are described in the scientific literature. The identification and centralised management of neurological disorders will make it possible, one the one hand, to take account of the inherent variability in the clinical forms encountered and in the diagnostic approaches of the observers and, on the other hand, to identify new risk factors in order to control them. [less ▲]

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See detailNF-kappa B activating scaffold proteins as signaling molecules and putative therapeutic targets
Chariot, Alain ULiege; Meuwis, Marie-Alice ULiege; Bonif, Marianne et al

in Current Medicinal Chemistry (2003), 10(7), 593-602

Activation of transcription factors such as NF-kappaB occurs through signaling pathways involving sequential phosphorylation of a variety of substrates by distinct kinases. Proper assemby and activation ... [more ▼]

Activation of transcription factors such as NF-kappaB occurs through signaling pathways involving sequential phosphorylation of a variety of substrates by distinct kinases. Proper assemby and activation of these kinases require interaction with non-enzymatic and essential partners named scaffold proteins. Here, we describe how the NF-kappaB activating scaffold proteins involved in the signaling pathways triggered by the proinflammatory cytokines TNFalpha, IL-1beta and by the CD40 ligand play such roles. We also illustrate the human genetic diseases that are linked to mutations affecting genes coding for these proteins. We suggest that these scaffold proteins may be specifically targeted by novel therapeutical agents for the treatment of inflammation or cancers. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly development of stricturing or penetrating pattern in Crohn's disease is influenced by disease location, number of flares, and smoking but not by NOD2/CARD15 genotype
Louis, Edouard ULiege; Michel, V.; Hugot, J. P. et al

in Gut (2003), 52(4), 552-557

Background: Crohn's disease is a heterogeneous entity. Disease behaviour, characterised as structuring, penetrating, or non-stricturing non-penetrating, is a clinically important phenotype as it is ... [more ▼]

Background: Crohn's disease is a heterogeneous entity. Disease behaviour, characterised as structuring, penetrating, or non-stricturing non-penetrating, is a clinically important phenotype as it is associated with complications and need for surgery. It has recently been showed that the behaviour of Crohn's disease changes over the course of the disease. Aim: To assess the association between rapid development of a penetrating or stricturing pattern of Crohn's disease and demographic and clinical characteristics as well as NOD2/CARD15 genotype. Patients and methods: A total of 163 patients with a firm diagnosis of Crohn's disease and who had non-penetrating non-stricturing disease at diagnosis were studied. Various demographic and clinical characteristics as well as anitsaccharomyces cerevisiae antibody status and NOD2/CARD15 genotype were documented in these patients. These characteristics were compared in subgroups of patients according to evolution of disease behaviour five years after diagnosis. Results: Five years after diagnosis there were 110 (67.5%) patients with non-structuring non-penetrating disease, 18 (11%) with stricturing disease, and 35 (21.5%) with penetrating disease. In multivariate analysis, only disease location and number of flares per year were significantly discriminant between the three subgroups (p=0.0009 and 0.0001, respectively). Ileal location of the disease was associated with a stricturing pattern while a high number of flares was associated with a penetrating pattern. Active smoking was also associated with a penetrating pattern compared with a non-stricturing non-penetrating pattern only. Conclusions: Early development of stricturing or penetrating behaviour in Crohn's disease is influenced by disease location, clinical activity of the disease, and smoking habit, but not by NOD2/CARD15 genotype. [less ▲]

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See detailPeut-on prevenir le developpement du cancer prostatique?
Bouffioux, Laurent ULiege; Willems, Evelyne ULiege; Waltregny, David ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(4), 240-6

Prostate cancer is the most frequent cancer in men living in industrialized countries. Numerous epidemiological and laboratory studies suggest that various hereditary, toxic, hormonal, and dietary factors ... [more ▼]

Prostate cancer is the most frequent cancer in men living in industrialized countries. Numerous epidemiological and laboratory studies suggest that various hereditary, toxic, hormonal, and dietary factors may be involved in the development and/or progression of prostate cancer lesions. Several large prospective randomized trials for the chemo-prevention of prostate cancer are currently ongoing. In this review, data regarding the implication of dietary factors have been analyzed under the light of recent literature in order to determine whether proven efficient prevention is available today. [less ▲]

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See detailModernisation de l’interface citoyen - fonction publique: vers une intégration réfléchie des TIC
Lisein, Olivier ULiege

in Pyramides (2003), 7(Printemps), 135-147

Périodique scientifique - Le secteur public connaît, ces dernières années, une profonde et sérieuse remise en question. Nombreux sont ainsi les états où une politique générale de modernisation de la ... [more ▼]

Périodique scientifique - Le secteur public connaît, ces dernières années, une profonde et sérieuse remise en question. Nombreux sont ainsi les états où une politique générale de modernisation de la fonction publique est, ou va être, instaurée. Au centre des préoccupations, le citoyen y bénéficie d’une place de choix: il fait l’objet de nombreuses attentions et peut donc désormais s’attendre à davantage d’égards. Qualité du service et satisfaction de la population deviennent en effet des concepts clés de la fonction publique. Pour atteindre ces objectifs, c’est toute la conception des relations qu’entretiennent citoyen et secteur public qui est revue. Les technologies de l’information et de la communication (TIC) présentent, dans ce cadre, de nombreux atouts. L’interface citoyen - secteur public s’en trouve modernisé avec, comme objectif avoué, une proximité accrue avec la population pour une plus grande satisfaction de celle-ci. Si ce recours aux TIC offre d’indéniables opportunités - tant en termes d’innovation de services que dans la manière dont ceux-ci sont prestés -, il n’en soulève pas moins certaines questions, l’accès aux services étant, pour le citoyen, complètement revu. Sur base d’une analyse critique de la littérature et de l’étude d’un cas concret, notre contribution entend questionner l’implémentation et la gestion des TIC dans l’interface citoyen - fonction publique. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenomenal characteristics of autobiographical memories for positive, negative, and neutral events
D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULiege; Comblain, Christine; Van der Linden, Martial ULiege

in Applied Cognitive Psychology (2003), 17(3), 281-294

We investigated memory qualifies for positive, negative, and neutral autobiographical events. Participants recalled two personal experiences of each type and then rated their memories on several ... [more ▼]

We investigated memory qualifies for positive, negative, and neutral autobiographical events. Participants recalled two personal experiences of each type and then rated their memories on several characteristics (e.g. sensorial and contextual details). They also reported whether they 'see' the events in their memories from their own perspective ('field' memories) or whether they 'see' the self engaged in the event as an observer would ('observer' memories). Positive memories contained more sensorial (visual, smell, taste) and contextual (location, time) details than both negative and neutral events, whereas negative and neutral memories did not differ on most dimensions. Positive and negative events were more often recollected with a field perspective than neutral events. Finally, participants were classified in four groups according to the repressive coping style framework. Emotional memories of repressors were not less detailed than those of the other groups. Copyright (C) 2002 John Wiley Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailA Better Method for Determining SIF (Stress Intensity Factor) of MSD (Multiple Site Damage) Structure
Wu, Ling ULiege; Sun, Qin

in Journal of Northwestern Polytechnical University = Xibei-Gongye-Daxue-xuebao (2003), 21(2), 214-217

Long-strip elements are plentiful in ai rcraft structure; they represent one type of MSD structure. Existing methods are unsatisfactory in one way or another for determining SIFs of long-strip elements ... [more ▼]

Long-strip elements are plentiful in ai rcraft structure; they represent one type of MSD structure. Existing methods are unsatisfactory in one way or another for determining SIFs of long-strip elements. We propose a better method that is semi-analytical and numerical and that by passes to a large extent the shortcomings of existing methods. Sections 1 and 2 describe in detail our method; section 1 explains the principles and construction of a semi-analytical algorithm; one special and quite important part of our method requires full discussion in section 2. Section 3 gives a numerical example in the form of a long-strip of finite width with two cracked holes; numerical results show preliminarily that our method is indeed better than existing ones. We expect that our method is promising for wide use in SIF calculation of MSD structure with complex loading and geometrical boundaries. [less ▲]

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See detailReexamination of the Branly effect
Dorbolo, Stéphane ULiege; Ausloos, Marcel ULiege; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULiege

in Physical Review E (2003), 67(4, Pt 1), 40302

The electrical resistance of a metallic granular packing has been recorded at room temperature. A nearby burster between which sparks are produced, induces a decrease in the resistance of the granular ... [more ▼]

The electrical resistance of a metallic granular packing has been recorded at room temperature. A nearby burster between which sparks are produced, induces a decrease in the resistance of the granular packing as described in the works of Branly. Our measurements emphasize that the decrease is continuous and the resistance variations behave like a stretched exponential law due to the creation of new electrical paths as in nucleation-growth soldering processes. This behavior has been identified to be a diffusionlike process. [less ▲]

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See detailMetabolic enzymes from psychrophilic bacteria: Challenge of adaptation to low temperatures in ornithine carbamoyltransferase from Moritella abyssi
Xu, Y.; Feller, Georges ULiege; Gerday, Charles ULiege et al

in Journal of Bacteriology (2003), 185(7), 2161-2168

The enzyme ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OTCase) of Motitella abyssi (OTCase(Mab)), a new, strictly psychrophilic and piezophilic bacterial species, was purified. OTCase(Mab) displays maximal activity ... [more ▼]

The enzyme ornithine carbamoyltransferase (OTCase) of Motitella abyssi (OTCase(Mab)), a new, strictly psychrophilic and piezophilic bacterial species, was purified. OTCase(Mab) displays maximal activity at rather low temperatures (23 to 25degreesC) compared to other cold-active enzymes and is much less thermoresistant than its homologues from Escherichia coli or thermophilic procaryotes. In vitro the enzyme is in equilibrium between a trimeric state and a dodecameric, more stable state. The melting point and denaturation enthalpy changes for the two forms are considerably lower than the corresponding values for the dodecameric Pyrococcus furiosus OTCase and for a thermolabile trimeric mutant thereof. OTCase(Mab) displays higher K-m values for ornithine and carbamoyl phosphate than mesophilic and thermophilic OTCases and is only weakly inhibited by the bisubstrate analogue delta-N-phosphonoacetyl-L-ornithine (PALO). OTCase(Mab) differs from other, nonpsychrophilic OTCases by substitutions in the most conserved motifs, which probably contribute to the comparatively high K-m values and the lower sensitivity to PALO. The K. for ornithine, however, is substantially lower at low temperatures. A survey of the catalytic efficiencies (k(cat)/K-m) of OTCases adapted to different temperatures showed that OTCase(Mab) activity remains suboptimal at low temperature despite the 4.5-fold decrease in the K-m value for ornithine observed when the temperature is brought from 20 to 5degreesC. OTCase(Mab) adaptation to cold indicates a trade-off between affinity and catalytic velocity, suggesting that optimization of key metabolic enzymes at low temperatures may be constrained by natural limits. [less ▲]

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See detailLe profil de l'usager de méthadone entrant en prison
Lemaître, André ULiege; Simon, Julie

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (2003)

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See detailMalignant solitary fibrous tumor of the pleura: report of a case with cytogenetic analysis
Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULiege; Hermans, Gilberte ULiege; Dome, Florence ULiege et al

in Virchows Archiv (2003), 442(4), 388-392

The majority of solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs) of the pleura are benign, but 10-30% locally recur or metastasize. Pathogenic factors relevant to the determinism of their biological properties are largely ... [more ▼]

The majority of solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs) of the pleura are benign, but 10-30% locally recur or metastasize. Pathogenic factors relevant to the determinism of their biological properties are largely unknown. Cytogenetic data on SFTs of the pleura are sparse. We report herein a case of a malignant SFT of the pleura where successful karyotyping was obtained from the primary and recurrent tumors. The initial karyotype showed two abnormal clones: 48, XY; +8; +8; del(9)(q22; q32) [19] and 46, XY, t(1; 16)(q25;p 12) [7]. Culture of the recurrent tumor yielded one clone identical to the dominant clone of the initial karyotype. Demonstration of a recurrent abnormal karyotype largely supports its relevance to the malignant clone and suggests a role of supernumerary chromosome(s) 8 in the determinism of malignant behavior in SFT. [less ▲]

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See detailGPs working in solo practice : obstacles and motivations for working in a group ? A qualitative study
Feron, Jean-Marc; Cerexhe, F.; Pestiaux, Dominique et al

in BMC Family Practice (2003), 20(2), 167-172

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See detailDossier en souffrance
Frankignoulle, Pierre ULiege; Stevens, Barbara

in A+ : Architecture in Belgium (2003)

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See detailSound-producing mechanisms and recordings in Carapini species (Teleostei, Pisces)
Parmentier, Eric ULiege; Vandewalle, Pierre ULiege; Lagardere, Jean-Pierre

in Journal of Comparative Physiology A-Neuroethology Sensory Neural and Behavioral Physiology (2003), 189(4), 283-292

Carapus boraborensis, C. homei and Encheliophis gracilis are three species of Carapidae that display the ability to penetrate and reside in the holothurian Bohadschia argus. This study describes both the ... [more ▼]

Carapus boraborensis, C. homei and Encheliophis gracilis are three species of Carapidae that display the ability to penetrate and reside in the holothurian Bohadschia argus. This study describes both the particular morphology of the sound-producing structures and, for the first time, the sounds produced by each species. The study of the structures composing the sound-producing system seems to indicate that the action made by the primary sonic muscles (i.e. the pulling and releasing of the front of the swim bladder) might be responsible for the sound emissions of these three species by provoking a vibration of a thinner zone in front of the swim bladder (swimbladder fenestra). The sounds were only emitted and recorded when several individuals of the same species were inside the same sea cucumber. They were composed of serially repeated knocks and were heard as drum beats or drum rolls. Their specific differences were mainly defined as variations in the timing or grouping of the knocking sounds. The recordings of these sound productions demonstrate a vocal ability for the three species, linked with the presence of particular organs associated with sound production. Moreover, the ecological significance of the sounds and of the sound apparatus system is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalysis of the importance of the metallo-beta-lactamase active site loop in substrate binding and catalysis
Moali, C.; Anne, C.; Lamotte-Brasseur, J. et al

in Chemistry & Biology (2003), 10(4), 319-329

The role of the mobile loop comprising residues 60-66 in metallo-beta-lactamases has been studied by site-directed mutagenesis, determination of kinetic parameters for six substrates and two inhibitors ... [more ▼]

The role of the mobile loop comprising residues 60-66 in metallo-beta-lactamases has been studied by site-directed mutagenesis, determination of kinetic parameters for six substrates and two inhibitors, pre-steady-state characterization of the interaction with chromogenic nitrocefin, and molecular modeling. The W64A mutation was performed in IMP-1 and BcII (after replacement of the Bcll 60-66 peptide by that of IMP-1) and always resulted in increased K-i and K. and decreased k(cat)/K-m values, an effect reinforced by complete deletion of the loop. k(cat) values were, by contrast, much more diversely affected, indicating that the loop does not systematically favor the best relative positioning of substrate and enzyme catalytic groups. The hydrophobic nature of the ligand is also crucial to strong interactions with the loop, since imipenem was almost insensitive to loop modifications. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of a progestogen on normal human breast epithelial cell apoptosis in vitro and in vivo
Desreux, Joëlle ULiege; Kebers, F.; Noël, Agnès ULiege et al

in Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland ) (2003), 12(2), 142-149

Many investigators have reported cyclic proliferation of normal human breast epithelial cells. A delicate balance between proliferation and apoptosis (programmed cell death) ensures breast homeostasis ... [more ▼]

Many investigators have reported cyclic proliferation of normal human breast epithelial cells. A delicate balance between proliferation and apoptosis (programmed cell death) ensures breast homeostasis. Both the follicular and luteal phases of the menstrual cycle are characterized by proliferation, whereas apoptosis occurs only at the end of the latter phase. In this study, we observed that the withdrawal of a synthetic progestin (nomegestrol acetate or NOMAC), but not continuous treatment with it, induced apoptosis of normal human breast epithelial cells in vitro and in women who applied NOMAC gel to their breasts. Furthermore, this apoptotic response was specific to normal breast cells, since withdrawal of NOMAC did not induce apoptosis of tumoral T47D cells in vitro or of fibroadenoma cells in women. These observations open up new perspectives in the prevention of hyperplasia and breast cancer. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailTranslocation of ErbB receptors into the nucleus
Villalobo, Antonio; Garcia-Andres, Clara; Molina Ortiz, Patricia ULiege

in Clinical and Translational Oncology (2003), 5(7), 381-389

The ErbB receptors are tyrosine kinases that bind a wide variety of ligands. They are implicated in cell proliferation, generation of anti-apoptotic signals, differentiation, and cell migration. The over ... [more ▼]

The ErbB receptors are tyrosine kinases that bind a wide variety of ligands. They are implicated in cell proliferation, generation of anti-apoptotic signals, differentiation, and cell migration. The over-expression of different Erb B receptors and/or the expression of aberrant mutant forms are responsible for the development of many human cancers. A simplified view of the mechanism of action of these receptors is that they are triggered when located at the cell surface and/or when present in endosomes. In this review we will discuss a newly emergent, and more complex, picture in which ErbB receptors and their ligands translocate to the cell nucleus where they assume additional functions. The possible involvement of calmodulin in the translocation process will be discussed, as well. The development of new therapeutic strategies targeting the nuclear translocation system and/or the nuclear functions of ErbB receptors could help to control the rapid growth of certain types of tumor cells. [less ▲]

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See detailThe wind of the B[e] supergiant Henize S22 viewed through a reflection nebula in DEM L106
Chu, You-Hua; Chen, Chang-Hui Rosie; Danforth, Charles et al

in Astronomical Journal (The) (2003), 125(4), 2098-2107

Narrowband HST WFPC2 images reveal a bow-shock-like halo around the H II region N30B toward the B[e] supergiant Hen S22 located within the larger DEM L106 nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. High ... [more ▼]

Narrowband HST WFPC2 images reveal a bow-shock-like halo around the H II region N30B toward the B[e] supergiant Hen S22 located within the larger DEM L106 nebula in the Large Magellanic Cloud. High-dispersion spectra of N30B show a narrow Halpha emission component from the ionized gas; the velocity variations indicate a gas flow of - 5 to - 10 km s(-1) in the vicinity of the H II regions, which is resultant from interactions with Hen S22's stellar wind and responsible for the bow-shock morphology. Spectra of N30B's halo show broad Halpha profiles extending over more than 1000 km s(-1), similar to that of Hen S22, indicating that the halo is a reflection nebula of Hen S22. Broadband morphologies of N30B's halo are also consistent with the reflection nebula interpretation. We use dust-scattering properties and the observed brightnesses of the reflection nebula and Hen S22 to constrain the reflection geometry. The reflected stellar Halpha emission and absorption vary across the reflection nebula as a result of viewing S22's anisotropic wind from different angles. This reflection nebula, together with the edge-on orientation of Hen S22's disk, provides an invaluable opportunity to study the disk and polar winds of a B[e] supergiant. [less ▲]

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Pâques, Michel ULiege

in Cahiers de l'Urbanisme (Les) (2003), hors série

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See detailMolecular adaptations to cold in psychrophilic enzymes
Feller, Georges ULiege

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (2003), 60(4), 648-662

Psychrophiles or cold-loving organisms successfully colonize cold environments of the Earth's biosphere. To cope with the reduction of chemical reaction rates induced by low temperatures, these organisms ... [more ▼]

Psychrophiles or cold-loving organisms successfully colonize cold environments of the Earth's biosphere. To cope with the reduction of chemical reaction rates induced by low temperatures, these organisms synthesize enzymes characterized by a high catalytic activity at low temperatures associated, however, with low thermal stability. Thanks to recent advances provided by Xray crystallography, protein engineering and biophysical studies, we are beginning to understand the molecular adaptations responsible for these properties which appear to be relatively diverse. The emerging picture suggests that psychrophilic enzymes utilize an improved flexibility of the structures involved in the catalytic cycle, whereas other protein regions if not implicated in catalysis may or may not be subjected to genetic drift. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased nuclear factor kappa B activity in Milk Cells of Mastitis-Affected Cows
Boulanger, D.; Bureau, Fabrice ULiege; Melotte, D. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2003), 86(4), 1259-1267

Bacterial mastitis is accompanied by a drastic increase in milk somatic cell count (SCC), with neutrophils being the predominant cell type found in the infected quarters. Accumulation and activation of ... [more ▼]

Bacterial mastitis is accompanied by a drastic increase in milk somatic cell count (SCC), with neutrophils being the predominant cell type found in the infected quarters. Accumulation and activation of neutrophils at the site of infection require local expression of many inflammatory genes encoding adhesion molecules, chemokines and cytokines. Most of the inflammatory genes contain binding sites for the nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) within their promoter and therefore partly depend on NF-kappaB for their expression. We thus hypothesized that an increase in NF-kappaB activity in the mammary gland could contribute to development of the neutrophilic inflammation that characterizes mastitis. In an attempt to verify this hypothesis, we first assessed milk cells from healthy and acute and chronic mastitis-affected cows for NF-kappaB activity using electrophoretic mobility shift assays. We next studied the relationships between the intensity of NF-kappaB activity in these cells and the degree of udder inflammation. Active NF-kappaB complexes were undetectable in milk cells from healthy cows, whereas high levels of NF-kappaB activity were always found in cells from cows with acute mastitis. In milk cells obtained from chronic mastitis-affected cows, NF-kappaB activity varied from low to high. Finally, the level of NF-kappaB activity measured in milk cells from chronic mastitis-affected cows was not correlated to SCC or to the proportion of neutrophils present in milk samples, but was highly correlated with the expression level of interleukin-8 and granulocyte/macrophage colony-stimulating factor, two NF-kappaB-dependent cytokines crucially involved in initiation and perpetuation of neutrophilic inflammation. These results suggest that NF-kappaB might play a role in mastitis pathogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailWhole-body tumor imaging using PET and 2-18F-fluoro-l-tyrosine: Preliminary evaluation and comparison with 18F-FDG
Hustinx, Roland ULiege; Lemaire, Christian ULiege; Jerusalem, Guy ULiege et al

in Journal of Nuclear Medicine : Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine (2003), 44(4), 533-539

18F-FDG PET imaging is now established as a valuable tool for evaluating cancer patients. However, a limitation of 18F-FDG is its absence of specificity for tumor. Both protein synthesis and amino acid ... [more ▼]

18F-FDG PET imaging is now established as a valuable tool for evaluating cancer patients. However, a limitation of 18F-FDG is its absence of specificity for tumor. Both protein synthesis and amino acid transport are enhanced in most tumor cells, but their metabolism is less affected in inflammation. We therefore decided to evaluate the ability of PET with 2-18F-fluoro-L-tyrosine (18F-TYR) to visualize cancer lesions in patients compared with 18F-FDG PET. Methods: 18F-FDG PET and 18F-TYR PET were performed on 23 patients with histologically proven malignancies (11 non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLCs), 10 lymphomas, and 2 head and neck carcinomas). Fully corrected, whole-body PET studies were obtained on separate days. 18F-FDG studies were performed after routine clinical fashion. 18F-TYR studies were started 36 ± 6 min after tracer injection and a second scan centered over a reference lesion was acquired after completion of the whole-body survey-on average, 87 min after injection. Standardized uptake values (SUVs) were calculated for all abnormal foci and for various normal structures. Results were compared with pathologic or correlative studies. Results: 18F-FDG PET correctly identified 54 malignant lesions, among which 36 were also visualized with 18F-TYR (67%). 18F-TYR did not detect any additional lesion. Tumor SUVs (SUVbw, 5.2 vs. 2.5), tumor-to-muscle (7.4 vs. 2.7), and tumor-to-mediastinum activity ratios (3 vs. 1.4) were higher with 18F-FDG than with 18F-TYR. Two of 11 NSCLCs and 4 of 10 lymphomas were understaged with 18F-TYR compared with 18F-FDG. Although the NSCLC lesions missed by 18F-TYR PET were small, several large lymphoma lesions did not accumulate the tracer. In 4 patients, 18F-TYR-positive lesions coexisted with 18F-TYR-negative lesions. There was a high physiologic 18F-TYR uptake by the pancreas (average SUVbw, 10.3) and the liver (average SUVbw, 6.3). Muscle and bone marrow uptakes were also higher with 18F-TYR than with 18F-FDG: average SUVbw, 1 versus 0.7 and 2.6 versus 1.8, respectively. There was no change over time in the 18F-TYR uptake by the tumors or the normal structures. Conclusion: 18F-TYR PET is not superior to 18F-FDG PET for staging patients with NSCLC and lymphomas. [less ▲]

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See detailLas negociaciones UE-Mercosur: un juego con pocas cartas en la mesa?
Santander, Sébastian ULiege

in Revista de Derecho Internacional y del Mercosur (2003), 2

L'UE et le Mercosur sont engagé depuis de nombreuses années dans des négociations commerciales dans l'objectif de sceller un accord d'association devant intégrer une zone de libre-échange interrégionale ... [more ▼]

L'UE et le Mercosur sont engagé depuis de nombreuses années dans des négociations commerciales dans l'objectif de sceller un accord d'association devant intégrer une zone de libre-échange interrégionale. Plusieurs obstacles affectent les négociations. Pour l'UE l'agriculture reste un domaine très sensible d'autant que les pays d'Amérique du Sud ont d'importants avantages comparatifs dans ce secteur. Pour les économies des pays du Mercosur, l'industrie et les services constituent de véritables sujets sensibles. [less ▲]

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See detailNeural correlates of "hot" and "cold" emotional processing : a multilevel approach to the functional anatomy of emotion
Schaefer, Alexandre; Collette, Fabienne ULiege; Philippot, Pierre et al

in Neuroimage (2003), 18(4), 938-949

The neural correlates of two hypothesized emotional processing modes, i.e., schematic and propositional modes, were investigated with positron emission tomography. Nineteen subjects performed an emotional ... [more ▼]

The neural correlates of two hypothesized emotional processing modes, i.e., schematic and propositional modes, were investigated with positron emission tomography. Nineteen subjects performed an emotional mental imagery task while mentally repeating sentences linked to the meaning of the imagery script. In the schematic conditions, participants repeated metaphoric sentences, whereas in the propositional conditions, the sentences were explicit questions about specific emotional appraisals of the imagery scenario. Five types of emotional scripts were proposed to the subjects (happiness, anger, affection, sadness, and a neutral scenario). The results supported the hypothesized distinction between schematic and propositional emotional processing modes. Specifically, schematic mode was associated with increased activity in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex whereas propositional mode was associated with activation of the anterolateral prefrontal cortex. In addition, interaction analyses showed that schematic versus propositional processing of happiness (compared with the neutral scenario) was associated with increased activity in the ventral striatum whereas "schematic anger" was tentatively associated with activation of the ventral pallidum. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMice without uPA, tPA, or plasminogen genes are resistant to experimental choroidal neovascularization
Rakic, Jean-Marie ULiege; Lambert, Vincent ULiege; Munaut, Carine ULiege et al

in Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science (2003), 44(4), 1732-1739

PURPOSE. To evaluate the presence and potential involvement of members of the plasminogen/plasminogen activator (Plg/PA) system in the exudative form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE. To evaluate the presence and potential involvement of members of the plasminogen/plasminogen activator (Plg/PA) system in the exudative form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). METHODS. The expression of PA members mRNA was evaluated in human and experimental choroidal neovascularization (CNV) by RT-PCR. The presence and activity of PA was studied by immunofluorescence and in situ zymography. The influence of endogenous plasminogen (Plg), urokinase (uPA), tissue type plasminogen activator (tPA), and uPA receptor (uPAR) was explored in single-gene-deficient mice in a model of laser-induced CNV. RESULTS. Members of the Plg/PA system were present both in human and murine CNV. The absence of Pig, uPA, or tPA significantly decreased the development of experimental CNV compared with wild-type or uPAR-deficient mice. This effect could be attributable, partly to a modulation of matrix metalloproteinase activity, but also to an accumulation of fibrinogen-fibrin in the laser-induced wounds. CONCLUSIONS. Together with previous work done by the authors, this study indicates that choroidal neovascularization is extremely sensitive to the modulation of Plg/PA system activity. This may provide a new strategy for the treatment of exudative AMD. [less ▲]

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See detailVLT observations of the highly ionized nebula around Brey2
Nazé, Yaël ULiege; Rauw, Grégor ULiege; Manfroid, Jean ULiege et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2003), 401(2), 13-16

We present the first high resolution He II lambda4686 images of the high excitation nebula around the WR star Brey2 in the LMC. This nebula presents a striking morphology: a small arc-like feature some 3 ... [more ▼]

We present the first high resolution He II lambda4686 images of the high excitation nebula around the WR star Brey2 in the LMC. This nebula presents a striking morphology: a small arc-like feature some 3.6 pc in radius is particularly prominent in the He II lambda4686 line. We further discover a previously unknown faint He II emission that extends over an area of 22 x 17 pc(2). An even fainter He II emission is apparently associated with the interstellar bubble blown by the progenitor of Brey2. The total He II flux corresponds to an ionizing flux of 4 x 10(47) photons s(-1). Halpha, [O III], and He I lambda5876 images and long-slit spectra are also examined in this letter, enabling us to investigate the detailed physical properties at various locations of the nebula. [less ▲]

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See detailPrevention primaire et secondaire du cancer colorectal
Polus, Marc ULiege; Piront, Patricia ULiege; Jerusalem, Guy ULiege et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(4), 247-53

Colorectal cancer is really a public health problem. The authors review the literature about the environmental factors leading to colorectal cancer. Chemoprevention of colorectal cancer is also discussed ... [more ▼]

Colorectal cancer is really a public health problem. The authors review the literature about the environmental factors leading to colorectal cancer. Chemoprevention of colorectal cancer is also discussed, particularly by aspirin and non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Development of specific cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors constitutes a promising research's field. Secondary prevention by coloscopy and polypectomy must lead to a lower rate of colorectal cancer disease and improvement of mortality. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the joint space width measurement method on the design of knee osteoarthritis studies.
Bruyère, Olivier ULiege; Henrotin, Yves ULiege; Honore, Aline et al

in Aging Clinical & Experimental Research (2003), 15(2), 136-41

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent guidelines recommend measurement of articular loss over several years, determined by conventional X-rays, as the principal outcome measure in clinical trials of potential ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent guidelines recommend measurement of articular loss over several years, determined by conventional X-rays, as the principal outcome measure in clinical trials of potential structure-modifying drugs in osteoarthritis (OA). The aim of this study was to assess the impact of the joint space width measurement method on sample size calculation in knee OA studies. METHODS: Standard knee X-rays were taken in 212 patients with knee OA at baseline and after 3 years of follow-up. Mean joint space width (JSW) was measured with an in-house computer-assisted method. Minimum JSW, measured with a graduated magnifying lens, was taken as external standard. After calculation of the intra- and inter-observer reproducibility of the JSW, sensitivity to change was assessed using the standardized response mean (SRM). The number of patients needed to identify a mean significant difference of 0.5 mm in joint space narrowing between the placebo and the treated group, after 3 years of follow-up, was then calculated. RESULTS: JSW measured with the computer-assisted technique showed better intra- and inter-observer reproducibility than when using the magnifying lens. JSW values measured with our computer-assisted method were significantly correlated with JSW values obtained using the magnifying lens (r=0.87, p<0.001). The SRM were 0.44 and 0.40 for the computer-assisted method and magnifying lens, respectively. The number of patients needed was 131 per group using the computer-assisted method, and 104 using the magnifying lens. CONCLUSIONS: Our method of measurement of JSW may be of potential use in longitudinal studies evaluating the effect of structure-modifying drugs in OA, due to its high level of precision and efficiency. However, although sensitivity to change is markedly better with the digitized method compared with the graduated magnifying lens, we recommend the measurement of mean and minimum JSW in structure-modifying OA trials. [less ▲]

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See detailProbabilistic PGA and Arias Intensity maps of Kyrgyzstan (Central Asia)
Abdrakhmatov, K.; Havenith, Hans-Balder ULiege; Delvaux, Delphine ULiege et al

in Journal of Seismology (2003), 7(2), 203-220

New probabilistic seismic hazard and Arias Intensity maps have been developed for the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic and bordering regions. Data were mainly taken from the seismic catalogue of ... [more ▼]

New probabilistic seismic hazard and Arias Intensity maps have been developed for the territory of the Kyrgyz Republic and bordering regions. Data were mainly taken from the seismic catalogue of Kyrgyzstan and partly from the world seismic catalogue. On the base of seismicity and active tectonics, seismic zones were outlined over the area. For these, Gutenberg-Richter laws were defined using mainly instrumental data, but regarding also historical events. Attenuation of acceleration inside the target area could not be determined experimentally since existing strong motion data are insufficient. Therefore, empirical laws defined for other territories, principally Europe and China, were applied to the present hazard computations. Final maps were calculated with the SEISRISKIII program according to EUROCODE8 criteria, i.e. for a period of 50 years with 90% probability of non-exceedance. For long-term prediction, 100 years maps with 90% probability of non-exceedance have been developed. The procedure used for seismic hazard prediction in terms of PGA (Peak Ground Acceleration) was also applied to Arias intensities in order to be able to define regional seismogenic landslide hazard maps. [less ▲]

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See detailCalcium-dependent phosphorylation processes control brain aromatase in quail
Balthazart, Jacques ULiege; Baillien, Michelle; Charlier, Thierry ULiege et al

in European Journal of Neuroscience (2003), 17(8), 1591-1606

Increased gene transcription activated by the binding of sex steroids to their cognate receptors is one important way in which oestrogen synthase (aromatase) activity is regulated in the brain. This ... [more ▼]

Increased gene transcription activated by the binding of sex steroids to their cognate receptors is one important way in which oestrogen synthase (aromatase) activity is regulated in the brain. This control mechanism is relatively slow (hours to days) but recent data indicate that aromatase activity in quail preoptic-hypothalamic homogenates is also rapidly (within minutes) affected by exposure to conditions that enhance Ca2+-dependent protein phosphorylation. We demonstrate here that Ca2+-dependent phosphorylations controlled by the activity of multiple protein kinases including PKC, and possibly also PKA and CAMK, can rapidly down-regulate aromatase activity in brain homogenates. These phosphorylations directly affect the aromatase molecule itself. Western blotting experiments on aromatase purified by immunoprecipitation reveal the presence on the enzyme of phosphorylated serine, threonine and tyrosine residues in concentrations that are increased by phosphorylating conditions. Cloning and sequencing of the quail aromatase identified a 1541-bp open reading frame that encodes a predicted 490-amino-acid protein containing all the functional domains that have been previously described in the mammalian and avian aromatase. Fifteen predicted consensus phosphorylation sites were identified in this sequence, but only two of these (threonine 455 and 486) match the consensus sequences corresponding to the protein kinases that were shown to affect aromatase activity during the pharmacological experiments (i.e. PKC and PKA). This suggests that the phosphorylation of one or both of these residues represents the mechanism underlying, at least in part, the rapid changes in aromatase activity. [less ▲]

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See detailInheritance of sex in two ZZ pseudofemale lines of tilapia Oreochromis aureus
Desprez, D.; Mélard, Charles ULiege; Hoareau, M. C. et al

in Aquaculture (2003), 218(1-4), 131-140

This paper reports a study on the sex determination system of the blue tilapia, Oreochromis aureus. Investigations were carried out using a pseudofemale line in two populations of O. aureus, known as ... [more ▼]

This paper reports a study on the sex determination system of the blue tilapia, Oreochromis aureus. Investigations were carried out using a pseudofemale line in two populations of O. aureus, known as Egyptian Population (EP) and Israel Population (IP). In O. aureus, males are the homogametic sex (ZZ/ZW), and sex reversal of fry with estradiol results in the production of some functional sex-reversed fish with a female phenotype and ZZ male genotype, known as pseudofemales or A-females. Crosses between ZZ pseudofemales and ZZ males theoretically should provide monosex ZZ male progeny only. We have studied the sex ratios of progeny from 43 IP (F-2 to F-3 generations) and 51 EP (F-1 to F-5 generations), pair-matings between normal males and pseudofemales. In IP, the male percentage in progenies ranged between 83% to 100% in F-2 and 66% to 100% in F-3. In EP, male percentage was more constant, varying from 88% to 100% in F-1, from 96% to 100% in F-3 and from 97% to 100% in F-5. In EP, F-2 and F-4 pseudofemales produced only monosex male progeny. This apparent difference in sex ratio frequency distributions between the two O. aureus pseudofemale lines could be due to the selection of males. EP pseudofemales were mated with their siblings for F-2 and F-3 pseudofemales or with closely related males for F-4 and F-5 pseudofemales. Conversely, IP pseudofemales were crossed with nonrelated males originating from research center broodstock, resulting in a higher proportion of females in sex ratio of progenies from successive generations of pseudofemales. The role of inbreeding is discussed in the context of predominantly monofactorial sex chromosome determination system operating in this species, influenced by other factors (genetic and environmental). The present study also shows that it is possible to fix the male sex determining factors (Z sex chromosome and genetic factors) in a line of pseudofemales, producing a high percentage of male progeny in five successive generations. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCatalytic mechanism of the Streptomyces K15 DD-transpeptidase/penicillin-binding protein probed by site-directed mutagenesis and structural analysis
Rhazi, Noureddine ULiege; Charlier, Paulette ULiege; Dehareng, Dominique ULiege et al

in Biochemistry (2003), 42(10), 2895-2906

The Streptomyces K15 penicillin-binding DD-transpeptidase is presumed to be involved in peptide cross-linking during bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan assembly. To gain insight into the catalytic ... [more ▼]

The Streptomyces K15 penicillin-binding DD-transpeptidase is presumed to be involved in peptide cross-linking during bacterial cell wall peptidoglycan assembly. To gain insight into the catalytic mechanism, the roles of residues Lys38, Ser96, and Cys98, belonging to the structural elements defining the active site cleft, have been investigated by site-directed mutagenesis, biochemical studies, and X-ray diffraction analysis. The Lys38His and Ser96Ala mutations almost completely abolished the penicillin binding and severely impaired the transpeptidase activities while the geometry of the active site was essentially the same as in the wild-type enzyme. It is proposed that Lys38 acts as the catalytic base that abstracts a proton from the active serine Ser35 during nucleophilic attack and that Ser96 is a key intermediate in the proton transfer from the Ogamma of Ser35 to the substrate leaving group nitrogen. The role of these two residues should be conserved among penicillin-binding proteins containing the Ser-Xaa-Asn/Cys sequence in motif 2. Conversion of Cys98 into Asn decreased the transpeptidase activity and increased hydrolysis of the thiolester substrate and the acylation rate with most beta-lactam antibiotics. Cys98 is proposed to play the same role as Asn in motif 2 of other penicilloyl serine transferases in properly positioning the substrate for the catalytic process. [less ▲]

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See detailActivity-stability relationships in extremophilic enzymes
D'Amico, Salvino ULiege; Marx, J. C.; Gerday, Charles ULiege et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2003), 278(10), 7891-7896

Psychrophilic, mesophilic, and thermophilic alpha-amylases have been studied as regards their conformational stability, heat inactivation, irreversible unfolding, activation parameters of the reaction ... [more ▼]

Psychrophilic, mesophilic, and thermophilic alpha-amylases have been studied as regards their conformational stability, heat inactivation, irreversible unfolding, activation parameters of the reaction, properties of the enzyme in complex with a transition state analog, and structural permeability. These data allowed us to propose an energy landscape for a family of extremophilic enzymes based on the folding funnel model, integrating the main differences in conformational energy, cooperativity of protein unfolding, and temperature dependence of the activity. In particular, the shape of the funnel bottom, which depicts the stability of the native state ensemble, also accounts for the thermodynamic parameters of activation that characterize these extremophilic enzymes, therefore providing a rational basis for stability-activity relationships in protein adaptation to extreme temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge-scale Wind Structures in OB Supergiants: a Search for Rotationally Modulated Halpha variability
Morel, Thierry ULiege; Marchenko, S. V.; Pati, A. K. et al

in Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of India (2003), 31

We present preliminary results of a long-term spectroscopic monitoring of a sample of bright OB-supergiants aimed at establishing the incidence of co-rotating, large-scale wind structures by detecting ... [more ▼]

We present preliminary results of a long-term spectroscopic monitoring of a sample of bright OB-supergiants aimed at establishing the incidence of co-rotating, large-scale wind structures by detecting rotationally modulated variability in H. Dramatic line-profile variations operating on a daily (and in some cases on a hourly) timescale are observed. A detailed period analysis has been so far carried out for 2 stars, and revealed in both cases the existence of cyclical H variations consistent with rotational modulation. In the case of HD 14134, the same periodicity is found in the contemporaneous light curve. [less ▲]

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See detailIMAGE FUV and in situ FAST particle observations of substorm aurorae
Mende, S. B.; Carlson, C. W.; Frey, H. U. et al

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

Images from the IMAGE Wide-band Imaging Camera (WIC) and Spectrographic Imager (SI) channels SI-12 and SI-13 were compared to in situ data taken by FAST during several substorms. FAST spacecraft ... [more ▼]

Images from the IMAGE Wide-band Imaging Camera (WIC) and Spectrographic Imager (SI) channels SI-12 and SI-13 were compared to in situ data taken by FAST during several substorms. FAST spacecraft observations have shown that the high latitude auroral ionosphere has several distinct regions. Intense auroras are seen in regions of upward directed quasi static electric fields and of Alfven wave accelerated superthermal electrons. In two of the cases presented, the satellite passed through an active poleward propagating substorm surge on its duskward flank. Both show that the superthermal wave accelerated component to be on the polar cap boundary of the surge, and that it could be distinguished from quasi static field ``inverted V'' precipitation which occurred at the more equatorward parts of the auroral oval. In one of these cases, the surge was accompanied by intense ion outflow. Three cases showed the FAST satellite passing through the substorm aurora at midnight or the dawn side outside of the surge and the wave accelerated electrons were less clearly separated from the inverted V type precipitation. The wave accelerated electrons were seen to be part of very short-lived transient events, i.e., bursts. The region of auroral forms, associated with Alfven waves exhibit relatively soft auroral precipitation with very intense electron fluxes. By comparing the intensity of the WIC and SI-13 channels of IMAGE FUV, it is possible sometimes to distinguish optically between the two types of regions. Global imaging of the two regions would allow the separation of quasi-static plasma convection regions containing inverted V-s from regions of Alfven wave driven electrons signifying substorm related magnetic field dynamics. [less ▲]

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See detailMutations in the ganglioside-induced differentiation-associated protein-1 (GDAP1) gene in intermediate type autosomal recessive Charcot-Marie-Tooth neuropathy
Senderek, J.; Bergmann, C.; RAMAEKERS, Vincent ULiege et al

in Brain (2003), 126(3), 642-649

Mutations in the gene for the ganglioside-induced differentiation-associated protein-1 (GDAP1) on 8q21 recently were reported to cause autosomal recessive Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) sensorimotor neuropathy ... [more ▼]

Mutations in the gene for the ganglioside-induced differentiation-associated protein-1 (GDAP1) on 8q21 recently were reported to cause autosomal recessive Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) sensorimotor neuropathy. Neurophysiology and nerve pathology were heterogeneous in these cases: a subset of GDAP1 mutations was associated with peripheral nerve demyelination, whereas others resulted in axonal degeneration. In this study, we identified two novel mutations disrupting the GDAP1 reading frame. Homozygosity for a single base pair insertion in exon 3 (c.349_350insT) was observed in affected children from a Turkish inbred pedigree. The other novel allele detected in a German patient was a homozygous mutation of the intron 4 donor splice site (c.579 + 1G>A). Patients with GDAP1 mutations displayed severe, early childhood-onset CMT neuropathy with prominent pes equinovarus deformity and impairment of hand muscles. Nerve conduction velocities were between 25 and 35 m/s and peripheral nerve pathology showed axonal as well as demyelinating changes. These findings fitted the definition of intermediate type CMT and further support the view that GDAP1 is vital for both, axonal integrity and Schwann cell properties. [less ▲]

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See detailGalectin-1 accumulation in the ovary carcinoma peritumoral stroma is induced by ovary carcinoma cells and affects both cancer cell proliferation and adhesion to laminin-1 and fibronectin
van den Brule, Frédéric; Califice, Stéphane; Garnier, Frédérique et al

in Laboratory Investigation : Journal of Technical Methods & Pathology (2003), 83(3), 377-386

Galectin-1 (gal-1) is a 14-kDa laminin-binding galectin involved in several biologic events including regulation of cancer cell proliferation and adhesion to the matrix. In this study, we examined gal-1 ... [more ▼]

Galectin-1 (gal-1) is a 14-kDa laminin-binding galectin involved in several biologic events including regulation of cancer cell proliferation and adhesion to the matrix. In this study, we examined gal-1 expression in 30 human epithelial ovary carcinoma samples by Western and Northern blotting and by immunohistochemistry. Gal-1 mRNA levels were increased in more than 95% of the examined ovary carcinoma samples, compared with a wedge resection of a normal ovary. Immunohistochemical analysis of the samples demonstrated gal-1 expression in cancer epithelial cells from 17 of 30 samples, with a cytoplasmic pattern. Gal-1 immunostaining was significantly increased in the stroma associated with carcinoma cells compared with the normal, noninvaded stroma (p = 0.003). This pattern of expression was confirmed by examination of 12 other frozen epithelial ovary carcinomas, using in situ hybridization. Immunohistochemical staining of the specimens demonstrated colocalization of gal-1, laminin-1, and fibronectin. In vitro experiments were conducted to elucidate the potential biologic role of gal-1 in ovarian cancer progression. Gal-1 protein expression and release was detected in AZ364, SK-OV-3, and AZ224, but not in OVCAR-3, AZ419, and AZ382, human ovary carcinoma cell lines. Incubation of 84BR fibroblasts with conditioned media harvested from the ovary carcinoma cell lines induced an increased expression of gal-1 in the cultured fibroblasts in all cases except AZ419 and SK-OV-3. High concentrations of gal-1 (100 mug/ml) induced significantly decreased cell proliferation in all cell lines, as defined by bromodeoxyuridine incorporation. Additionally, recombinant gal-1 induced a dose-dependent increase in in vitro adhesion of AZ224, SK-OV-3, and AZ382 cells to laminin-1; adhesion to fibronectin was increased by gal-1 in OVCAR-3, AZ224, and SK-OV-3. No effect was observed in the other cases. Our data contribute to define a role for gal-1 during the interactions between human ovary carcinoma cells and host fibroblasts. [less ▲]

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See detailInflammatory pseudotumors of the central nervous system: Report of 3 cases and a literature review
Häusler, M.; Schaade, L.; Ramaekers, Vincent ULiege et al

in Human Pathology (2003), 34(3), 253-262

Inflammatory pseudotumors (IPs), mostly benign lesions characterized by fibrotic ground tissue and polyclonal mononuclear infiltrate, may affect all organ systems. IPs originating in the central nervous ... [more ▼]

Inflammatory pseudotumors (IPs), mostly benign lesions characterized by fibrotic ground tissue and polyclonal mononuclear infiltrate, may affect all organ systems. IPs originating in the central nervous system (IP-CNS) are very rare, and their distinct histopathologic features are poorly characterized. Three otherwise healthy patients (age 8, 15, and 17 years) presented with focal neurologic symptoms (seizures, n = 2; headaches, n = 1), corresponding to a left temporal, left occipital, and left frontal IP, respectively, extending from meningeal structures into brain tissue. After resection, no recurrence was observed in patient 1 during 5 years of follow-up, whereas patient 2 developed a rapidly progressive local recurrence and a second intracerebral lesion despite antiviral, immunosuppressive, antibiotic, and radiation therapy. In patient 3, who also showed local recurrences, sequential histopathologic investigations revealed transformation to a semimalignant fibrohistiocytic tumor. In this patient, anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) expression was also positive, whereas it was negative in patient 1. A detailed literature analysis confirmed that most IP-CNS arise from dural/meningeal structures (n = 34). Intraparenchymatous (n = 7), mixed intraparenchymatous/meningeal (n = 4), and intraventricular lesions (n = 7) or IP extending per continuitatem from intracerebral to extracerebral sites (n = 5) were rare. The recurrence rate was 40% within 2 years in general. It was increased after incomplete resection and in female patients (multivariate Cox regression model, P < 0.02). Although rare, IP-CNS are important differential diagnoses among tumor-like intracranial lesions. Their potential risk of malignant transformation and high risk of recurrence necessitate close follow-up, especially when resection is incomplete. Prospective multicenter trials are needed to optimize classification and treatment of this rare inflammatory lesion. Copyright 2003, Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInhaled corticosteroids effects on bone in asthmatic and COPD patients: a quantitative systematic review
Richy, Florent; Bousquet, Jean; Ehrlich, George E et al

in Osteoporosis International (2003), 14(3), 179-190

Deleterious effect of oral corticosteroids on bone has been well documented, whereas this remains debated for inhaled ones (ICS). Our objectives were to analyze the effects of ICS on bone mineral density ... [more ▼]

Deleterious effect of oral corticosteroids on bone has been well documented, whereas this remains debated for inhaled ones (ICS). Our objectives were to analyze the effects of ICS on bone mineral density, fracture risk and bone markers. We performed an exhaustive systematic research of all controlled trials potentially containing pertinent data, peer-reviewed by a dedicated WHO expert group, and comprehensive meta-analyses of the data. Inclusion criteria were ICS, and BMD/markers/fractures in asthma/chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD) and healthy patients. Analyses were performed in a conservative fashion using professional dedicated softwares and stratified by outcome, study design and ICS type. Results were expressed as standardized mean difference/effect size (ES), relative risk (RR) or odds ratio (OR), depending on study design and outcome units. Publication bias was investigated. Twenty-three trials were reviewed; 11 papers fit the inclusion criteria and were assessed for the main analysis. Quality scores for the randomized controlled trials (RCTs) were 80%, 71% for the prospective cohort studies, and 78% for the retrospective cohort and cross-sectional studies. We globally assessed ICS effects on BMD and found deleterious effects: ES=0.61 (p=0.001) for healthy subjects, and ES=0.27 (p<0.001) for asthma/COPD patients. For these patients, this effect was 0.21 (p<0.01) at the lumbar spine, and 0.26 (p<0.001) at the hip or femoral neck. A single study evaluated the impact of ICS on hip fracture and reported an increased OR of 1.6 (1.24; 2.03). Lumbar fracture rate differences did not reach the level of statistical significance: 1.87 (0.5; 6.94). Osteocalcin and PICP were decreased and ICTP, pyridinoline and deoxypyridinoline levels were not significantly affected. Budesonide (BUD) appeared to be the ICS inducing the less deleterious effects on bone, followed by beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) and triamcinolone (TRI). Publication bias investigation provided non-significant results. In our meta-analyses, BUD at a mean daily dose (SD) of 686 mug (158 mug), BDP at 703 mug (123 mug) and TRI at 1000 mug (282 mug) were found to affect bone mineral density and markers in patients suffering from the two major respiratory diseases. These findings could have practical implication in the long-term management of asthmatic and COPD patients. [less ▲]

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See detailOccurrence and characteristics of CS31A antigen-producing Escherichia coli in calves with diarrhoea and septicaemia in Argentina.
Mercado, E. C.; Rodriguez, Sabrina ULiege; D'Antuono, A. L. et al

in Journal of Veterinary Medicine. B, Infectious Diseases & Veterinary Public Health (2003), 50(1), 8-13

CS31A is a K88-related non-fimbrial adhesin first described on Escherichia coli strains isolated from diarrhoeic and septicaemic calves. In this report, CS31A antigen was screened by immunological methods ... [more ▼]

CS31A is a K88-related non-fimbrial adhesin first described on Escherichia coli strains isolated from diarrhoeic and septicaemic calves. In this report, CS31A antigen was screened by immunological methods and confirmed by PCR among bovine E. coli isolates. In addition, CS31A-producing strains were characterized with respect to different fimbrial antigens, O-serogroup and other properties related to virulence. Faecal or tissue specimens of 100 diarrhoeic or septicaemic calves and 27 older cattle with different pathologies from 71 outbreaks or individual cases that occurred in Buenos Aires province, Argentina, were examined. CS31A + E. coli strains were isolated from 21 (21.0%) calves from 16 outbreaks or individual cases. No CS31A + E. coli was detected in samples from cattle more than 1 year old. Fimbriae F5, F41, F17a and F17b were not detected among the CS31A-producing strains. Three (14.3%) of the CS31A+ E. coli strains expressed the F17c fimbria. All of the 21 isolates exhibited at least one property of septicaemic strains (resistance to serum, production of aerobactin or colicins) but none of them demonstrated heat-stable enterotoxigenic activity. CS31A + E. coli isolates belonged to 10 serogroups, more commonly O8, O7, O17 and O21. The results obtained here confirm the worldwide distribution of CS31A antigen in bovine E. coli strains. However, CS31A + or CS31A + /F17c + E. coli were less frequently isolated than they were in North hemisphere countries. [less ▲]

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See detailOzone et asthme: un couple dans l'air du temps
Kleis, S.; Louis, Renaud ULiege; Bartsch, Pierre ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(3), 132-8

Ozone is a pollutant the production of which depends on weather conditions and car engine combustion. Numerous epidemiological studies have indicated that high ozone levels correlated with morbidity in ... [more ▼]

Ozone is a pollutant the production of which depends on weather conditions and car engine combustion. Numerous epidemiological studies have indicated that high ozone levels correlated with morbidity in asthma. Experimental studies have shown that exposure of healthy subjects and asthmatics to ozone levels comparable to those measured in ambient air during hot summer days can generate respiratory symptoms, neutrophilic airways inflammation and lung function impairment. Lung function changes following ozone exposure are more pronounced in asthmatics and are dependent on the duration and intensity of exposure, a previous exposure and the nutritional status of the subjects. The airway epithelial cell layer is likely to play a pivotal role in initiating the inflammatory process following ozone exposure. Control of ambient air ozone levels must be a target for public health authorities. [less ▲]

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See detailJoint Mobility in Adult Patients with Groin Hernias
Pans, Alain ULiege; Albert, Adelin ULiege

in Hernia : the Journal of Hernias & Abdominal Wall Surgery (2003), 7(1), 21-4

The basic mechanisms of hernia formation remain mostly unknown, but several studies suggest that a connective-tissue pathology, affecting mainly the collagen metabolism, could play a role in the genesis ... [more ▼]

The basic mechanisms of hernia formation remain mostly unknown, but several studies suggest that a connective-tissue pathology, affecting mainly the collagen metabolism, could play a role in the genesis of groin hernias. It would be interesting to know if this pathology can express some clinical signs other than the hernia. Our study focused on the joint mobility and the diagnostic criteria for benign joint hypermobility syndrome. Sixty male adult patients with inguinal hernias and 62 control subjects without hernias, age-matched, were compared, taking into account anamnestic criteria (family history of groin hernia, joint sprain, joint dislocation, skin striae, major arthralgia) and joint mobility. This was assessed by using Beighton criteria and measuring the range of movement of five joints (extension of the fifth finger, thumb, wrist, elbow, and knee). The frequency of the positive anamnestic criteria was not statistically different between the two groups. Nevertheless, a family history of groin hernia was observed in 25% of the hernia patients, against 16% in the control subjects ( P=0.23). The mean Beighton score was 0.30 in the hernia patients and 0.29 in the control population. The movement range of the five examined joints was similar in the two groups. In conclusion, patients with a groin hernia presented neither joint hypermobility nor clinical evidence of a benign joint hypermobility syndrome. Although abnormal collagen metabolism is likely implicated in hernia formation, this pathology does not seem to have clinical repercussion on joint mobility. [less ▲]

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See detailAdherence of Mycoplasma bovis to bovine bronchial epithelial cells
Thomas, Anne; Sachse, K.; Farnir, Frédéric ULiege et al

in Microbial Pathogenesis (2003), 34(3), 141-148

Mycoplasma bovis is responsible for considerable economic losses in cattle due to pneumonia, arthritis and mastitis. As the agent was shown to be capable of adhering to neutrophils and embryonic bovine ... [more ▼]

Mycoplasma bovis is responsible for considerable economic losses in cattle due to pneumonia, arthritis and mastitis. As the agent was shown to be capable of adhering to neutrophils and embryonic bovine lung (EBL) cells and invading the respiratory epithelium it is highly desirable to improve our understanding of cytadherence processes. Although several surface proteins likely to be directly involved in this initial stage of interaction between pathogen and host cells have been identified, these findings mainly referred to type strain PG45 adhering to the continuous EBL cell line. The present study provides new and complementary data about cytadherence of M. bovis based on adherence of various radiolabeled strains to a primary culture of bovine bronchial epithelial (BBE) cells using a standardized adherence assay. M. bovis was shown to adhere specifically to the primary culture of BBE cells. Inhibition of adherence was observed upon addition of monoclonal antibodies (MAbs), trypsin treatment of mycoplasmas, and competition with non-radiolabeled mycoplasma cells. Interestingly, three MAbs against proteins involved in adherence to EBL cells failed to inhibit significantly the adherence to BBE cells. On the other hand, significant reduction of adherence rates by MAbs 2A8 and 9F1 directed against epitopes of variable surface lipoproteins VspC and VspF, respectively, demonstrated the involvement of these proteins in adherence of M. bovis to primary culture of BBE cells. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailAnomalies du metabolisme osseux chez les patients infectes par le HIV et traites par tritherapie
GIOT, Jean-Baptiste ULiege; Franchimont, N.; Moutschen, Michel ULiege

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2003), 58(3), 155-63

For several years already, a growing number of studies reports modifications in the bone metabolism among HIV-infected patients. Some of these studies, published even before the use of HAART, involved the ... [more ▼]

For several years already, a growing number of studies reports modifications in the bone metabolism among HIV-infected patients. Some of these studies, published even before the use of HAART, involved the infection itself. With the experience already available as concerns HAART, antiretroviral treatments (ART) seem however to be called into question. Data are divergent yet. Some studies tend to invalidate the collected data about the harmful role of HAART and prove the absence of effect or even the beneficial action of ART on bone. Moreover, the three important classes of ART are implied, even if the proteases inhibitors are most commonly charged. Pathogenic mechanism remain hypothetical. While the impact on morbidity seems to be weak for the time being, long-term repercussions are still unknown, in particular when children are concerned. In such conditions, it appears difficult to set up coherent politics of screening, prevention and treatment. Nevertheless beyond the divergences, the multifactorial character of alteration of HIV-infected patient's bone metabolism seems to be undeniable. The identification of the different parameters should in the future clarify the situation and enable the publishing of exact criteria of screening, prevention and treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailPolymer/layered silicate nanocomposites by combined intercalative polymerization and melt intercalation: a masterbatch process
Lepoittevin, Bénédicte; Pantoustier, Nadège; Devalckenaere, Myriam et al

in Polymer (2003), 44(7), 2033-2040

Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) layered silicate nanocomposites were prepared by combination of intercalative polymerization and melt intercalation. In a first step, high clay ... [more ▼]

Poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) and poly(vinyl chloride) (PVC) layered silicate nanocomposites were prepared by combination of intercalative polymerization and melt intercalation. In a first step, high clay content PCL nanocomposites were prepared by in situ polymerization of -caprolactone intercalated between selected organo-modified silicate layers. The polymerization was catalyzed with dibutyltin dimethoxide in the presence of montmorillonites, the surface of which were previously exchanged with (functionalized) long alkyl chains ammonium cations. Then, these highly filled PCL nanocomposites were added as masterbatches in commercial PCL and PVC by melt blending. The intercalation of PCL chains within the silicate layers by in situ polymerization proved to be very efficient, leading to the formation of intercalated and/or exfoliated structures depending on the organo-clay. These masterbatches were readily dispersed into the molten PCL and PVC matrices yielding intercalated/exfoliated layered silicate nanocomposites which could not be obtained by melt blending the matrix directly with the same organo-modified clays. The formation of nanocomposites was assessed both by X-ray diffraction and transmission electronic microscopy. Interestingly, this so-called 'masterbatch' two-step process allowed for preparing PCL nanocomposites even with non-modified natural clay, i.e. sodium montmorillonite, which showed a material stiffness much higher than the corresponding microcomposites recovered by direct melt intercalation. The thermal stability of PCL nanocomposites as a function of clay content was investigated by thermogravimetry (TGA). [less ▲]

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See detailGeneralized (m, k)-Zipf law for fractional Brownian motion-like time series with or without effect of an additional linear trend
Bronlet, Philippe ULiege; Ausloos, Marcel ULiege

in International Journal of Modern Physics C (2003), 14(3), 351-365

We have translated fractional Brownian motion (FBM) signals into a text based on two "letters", as if the signal fluctuations correspond to a constant stepsize random walk. We have applied the Zipf method ... [more ▼]

We have translated fractional Brownian motion (FBM) signals into a text based on two "letters", as if the signal fluctuations correspond to a constant stepsize random walk. We have applied the Zipf method to extract the zeta' exponent relating the word frequency and its rank on a log-log plot. We have studied the variation of the Zipf exponent(s) giving the relationship between the frequency of occurrence of words of length m < 8 made of such two letters: zeta' is varying as a power law in terms of m. We have also searched how the zeta' exponent of the Zipf law is influenced by a linear trend and the resulting effect of its slope. We can distinguish finite size effects, and results depending whether the starting FBM is persistent or not, i.e., depending on the FBM Hurst exponent H. It seems then numerically proven that the Zipf exponent of a persistent signal is more influenced by the trend than that of an antipersistent signal. It appears that the conjectured law zeta' = \2H - 1\ only holds near H = 0.5. We have also introduced considerations based on the notion of a time dependent Zipf law along the signal. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailThe plant Leclercqia (Lycopsida) in Gondwana: implications for reconstructing Middle Devonian palaeogeography
Meyer-Berthaud, B.; Fairon-Demaret, Muriel ULiege; Steemans, Philippe ULiege et al

in Geological Magazine (2003), 140(2), 119-130

Abundant and well-preserved material of the ligulate lycopsid genus Leclercqia is reported from a new Middle Devonian locality in northeastern Queensland (Australia). The plants occur in a chert horizon ... [more ▼]

Abundant and well-preserved material of the ligulate lycopsid genus Leclercqia is reported from a new Middle Devonian locality in northeastern Queensland (Australia). The plants occur in a chert horizon in the Storm Hill Sandstone of the Dosey-Craigie Platform. Lithological data and conodont analyses combined with information from in situ spores provide an age for the plant levels ranging from Eifelian, possibly Middle Eifelian, to Early Givetian. Plant taxonomic identification is based on vegetative and fertile stems that display both external morphology and anatomy. This material represents the best documented occurrence of Leclercqia outside Laurussia and possibly the earliest in Gondwana; it provides evidence that colonization of Gondwana by the species L. complexa was contemporaneous to that of Siberia and Kazakhstan. Analysis of the distribution patterns of L. complexa suggests that it was adapted to a wide range of environments, but within certain limits which we hypothesize to be those of a climatic belt. Such considerations support previous studies using other biological data, such as faunas and palynomorphs, for reconstructing Devonian palaeogeography. They favour a close proximity of Laurussia and Gondwana rather than the occurrence of a wide ocean separating the two palaeocontinents in Middle Devonian times. [less ▲]

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