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See detailYield variability linked to climate uncertainty and nitrogen fertilisation
Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Basso, Bruno; Leemans, Vincent ULg et al

in Stafford, John V. (Ed.) Precision agriculture '13 (2013, July)

At the parcel scale, crop models such as STICS are powerful tools to study the effects of variable inputs such as management practices (e.g. nitrogen (N) fertilisation). In combination with a weather ... [more ▼]

At the parcel scale, crop models such as STICS are powerful tools to study the effects of variable inputs such as management practices (e.g. nitrogen (N) fertilisation). In combination with a weather generator, we built up a general methodology that allows studying the yield variability linked to climate uncertainty, in order to assess the best N practice. Our study highlighted that, applying the Belgian farmer current N practice (60 60 60 kgN.ha-1), the yield distribution was found to be very asymmetric with a skewness of -1.02 and a difference of 5% between the mean (10.5 t.ha-1) and the median (11.05 t.ha-1) of the distribution. Which implied that, under such practice, the probability for farmers to achieve decent yields, in comparison of the mean of the distribution, was the highest. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Yin and Yang of cell cycle progression and differentiation in the oligodendroglial lineage
Nguyen, Laurent ULg; Borgs, Laurence ULg; Vandenbosch, Renaud ULg et al

in Mental Retardation & Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews (2006), 12(2), 85-96

In white matter disorders such as leukodystrophies (LD), periventricular leucomalacia (PVL), or multiple sclerosis (MS), the hypomyelination or the remyelination failure by oligodendrocyte progenitor ... [more ▼]

In white matter disorders such as leukodystrophies (LD), periventricular leucomalacia (PVL), or multiple sclerosis (MS), the hypomyelination or the remyelination failure by oligodendrocyte progenitor cells involves errors in the sequence of events that normally occur during development when progenitors proliferate, migrate through the white matter, contact the axon, and differentiate into myelin-forming oligodendrocytes. Multiple mechanisms underlie the eventual progressive deterioration that typifies the natural history of developmental demyelination in LID and PVL and of adult-onset demyelination in MS. Over the past few years, pathophysiological studies have mostly focused on seeking abnormalities that impede oligodendroglial maturation at the level of migration, myelination, and survival. In contrast, there has been a strikingly lower interest for early proliferative and differentiation events that are likely to be equally critical for white matter development and myelin repair. This review highlights the Yin and Yang principles of interactions between intrinsic factors that coordinately regulate progenitor cell division and the onset of differentiation, i.e. the initial steps of oligodendrocyte lineage progression that are obviously crucial in health and diseases. (C) 2006 Wiley-Liss, Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailYin Yang 1 cooperates with activator protein 2 to stimulate ERBB2 gene expression in mammary cancer cells.
Begon, Dominique ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg; Vernimmen, Douglas et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2005), 280(26), 24428-34

Overexpression of the ERBB2 oncogene is observed in about 30% of breast cancers and is generally correlated with a poor prognosis. Previous results from our and other laboratories indicated that elevated ... [more ▼]

Overexpression of the ERBB2 oncogene is observed in about 30% of breast cancers and is generally correlated with a poor prognosis. Previous results from our and other laboratories indicated that elevated transcriptional activity contributes significantly to the overexpression of ERBB2 mRNA in mammary adenocarcinoma cell lines. Activator protein 2 (AP-2) transcription factors account for this overexpression through two recognition sequences located 215 and 500 bp upstream from the transcription start site. Furthermore, AP-2 transcription factors are highly expressed in cancer cell lines overexpressing ERBB2. In this report, we examined the cooperative effect of Yin Yang 1 (YY1) on AP-2-induced activation of ERBB2 promoter activity. We detected high levels of YY1 transcription factor in mammary cancer cell lines. Notably, we showed that YY1 enhances AP-2alpha transcriptional activation of the ERBB2 promoter through an AP-2 site both in HepG2 and in HCT116 cells, whereas a carboxyl-terminal-truncated form of YY1 cannot. Moreover, we demonstrated the interaction between endogenous AP-2 and YY1 factors in the BT-474 mammary adenocarcinoma cell line. In addition, inhibition of endogenous YY1 protein by an antisense decreased the transcription of an AP-2-responsive ERBB2 reporter plasmid in BT-474 breast cancer cells. Finally, we detected in vivo AP-2 and YY1 occupancy of the ERBB2 proximal promoter in chromatin immunoprecipitation assays. Our data thus provide evidence that YY1 cooperates with AP-2 to stimulate ERBB2 promoter activity through the AP-2 binding sites. [less ▲]

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See detailL'Ylang-Ylang (Cananga odorata (Lam.) Hook & Thoms.) : une plante à huile essentielle méconnue dans une filière en danger.
Benini, Céline ULg; Danflous, J.-P.; Wathelet, Jean-Paul ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2010), 14

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See detailYlang-ylang (Cananga odorata (Lam.) Hook. & Thoms. var. genuina) essential oils from Comoros Islands: characterization and variability
Benini, Céline ULg; Wathelet, Jean-Paul ULg; du Jardin, Patrick ULg et al

Poster (2009)

The Union of the Comoros is the world’s biggest producer of ylang-ylang essential oils. Comorian ylang-ylang also provides the most valuable essential oil that can be found on international market. This ... [more ▼]

The Union of the Comoros is the world’s biggest producer of ylang-ylang essential oils. Comorian ylang-ylang also provides the most valuable essential oil that can be found on international market. This product represents a high percentage of Comoros’ annual currency. Ylang-ylang essential oil is obtained by fractionned hydrodistillation or steam distillation of Cananga odorata fresh flowers. This oil is commercialized in five different quality grades (extra S; extra; I; II; III) which possess their own physicochemical properties. [less ▲]

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See detailYohimbine can induce ethanol tolerance in an in vitro preparation of rat locus coeruleus.
Verbanck, P.; Seutin, Vincent ULg; Massotte, Laurent ULg et al

in Alcoholism, Clinical & Experimental Research (1991), 15(6), 1036-9

Noradrenergic neurons have been implicated in the development of ethanol dependence and tolerance. Moreover, the development of an hyposensitivity of alpha 2 adrenoceptors has been postulated during long ... [more ▼]

Noradrenergic neurons have been implicated in the development of ethanol dependence and tolerance. Moreover, the development of an hyposensitivity of alpha 2 adrenoceptors has been postulated during long-term exposition to ethanol. In order to test the putative role of alpha 2 receptors in ethanol intoxication, we have studied the interaction between ethanol and yohimbine, an alpha 2 antagonist, on the spontaneous firing rate of rat locus coeruleus (LC) in an in vitro slice model. The spikes from single neurons were recorded by glass microelectrodes. Ethanol at 100 mM, a concentration that parallels the behavioral effects in the human and in the animals, inhibits the firing activity of some LC cells. This inhibition was quickly reversed after stopping the ethanol perfusion and was observed for each further administration. However, if yohimbine (20 microM) was simultaneously perfused, the ethanol-induced inhibition was rapidly antagonized. This effect is reversible after long time washout of yohimbine. This suggests that alpha 2 adrenoceptors could be implicated in the inhibitory effect of ethanol on LC noradrenergic neurons and perhaps in the development of tolerance. However, other hypotheses are discussed, because yohimbine can also antagonize other types of receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailYoko Ogawa, discrètement bouillonnante
Goto, Kanako ULg

Article for general public (2010)

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See detailThe YOL112w and YNL293w genes encodes activities related to cellular growth polarization in Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Bouchat, Olivier; Bach, Stéphane; Portetelle, Daniel ULg et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1999), 107

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See detailYou are only coming through in waves: wakefulness variability and assessment in patients with impaired consciousness
Bekinschtein, Tristan; Cologan, Victor ULg; Dahmen, Brigitte et al

in Progress in Brain Research (2009), 177

The vegetative state (VS) is defined as a condition of wakefulness without awareness. Being awake and being asleep are two behavioral and physiological manifestations of the daily cycles of vigilance and ... [more ▼]

The vegetative state (VS) is defined as a condition of wakefulness without awareness. Being awake and being asleep are two behavioral and physiological manifestations of the daily cycles of vigilance and metabolism. International guidelines for the diagnosis of VS propose that a patient fulfills criteria for wakefulness if he/she exhibits cycles of eye closure and eye opening giving the impression of a preserved sleep–wake cycle. We argue that these criteria are insufficient and we suggest guidelines to address wakefulness in a more comprehensive manner in this complex and heterogeneous group of patients. Four factors underlying wakefulness, as well as their interactions, are considered: arousal/ responsiveness, circadian rhythms, sleep cycle, and homeostasis. The first refers to the arousability and capacity to, consciously or not, respond to external stimuli. The second deals with the circadian clock as a synchronizer of physiological functions to environmental cyclic changes. The third evaluates general sleep patterns, while homeostasis refers to the capacity of the body to regulate its internal state and maintain a stable condition. We present examples of reflex responses, activity rhythms, and electroencephalographic (EEG) measurements from patients with disorders of consciousness (DOC) to illustrate these factors of wakefulness. If properly assessed, they would help in the evaluation of consciousness by informing when and in which context the patient is likely to exhibit maximal responsiveness. This evaluation has the potential to improve diagnosis and treatment and may also add prognostic value to the multimodal assessment in DOC. [less ▲]

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See detailYou are what you eat, plus a few per mill: apport des isotopes stables en écologie marine. PARTIM 2- Traçage des polluants chez les mammifères et autres vertébrés marins
Das, Krishna ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg

Scientific conference (2011, April 27)

L’utilisation en écologie des isotopes stables d’éléments chimiques légers (H, C, N, O, S) est relativement récente et montre un développement exponentiel ces dernières années. L’évolution rapide des ... [more ▼]

L’utilisation en écologie des isotopes stables d’éléments chimiques légers (H, C, N, O, S) est relativement récente et montre un développement exponentiel ces dernières années. L’évolution rapide des techniques permettant les mesures des abondances relatives naturelles de ces isotopes et leur automatisation est à l’origine de ce développement. D’autre part, la production de molécules marquées (i.e. présentant un rapport isotopique stable non naturel) ouvre de nombreuses perspectives expérimentales. Le premier objectif de ce cours-conférence est de fournir les notions de bases nécessaires à la compréhension des applications des isotopes stables en écologie, et en particulier, en écologie marine. Le second objectif est de donner un large aperçu des utilisations potentielles des abondances isotopiques (naturelles ou expérimentalement modifiées) et de les illustrer par des exemples concrets, tirés de la littérature scientifique récente. La seconde leçon sera focalisée sur des exemples combinant approche isotopique et écotoxicologie appliquée aux vertébrés marins. En effet, l’utilisation combinée du profil en polluants des vertébrés marins et de leur composition isotopique permet d’une part d’appréhender les sources de ces contaminations (i.e. océanique vs terrestre, benthique vs pélagique) et d’autre part d’éclairer la structure de leurs populations et d’éventuelles variations de leurs niches écologiques. [less ▲]

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See detailYou are what you eat, plus a few per mille": apport des isotopes stables en écologie marine PARTIM 1: Introduction et Application générale
Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Das, Krishna ULg

Scientific conference (2011, April 26)

Dans les années 50, les premiers isotopistes découvrirent que les rapports d’abondance des isotopes stables d’éléments légers variaient dans les compartiments de la lithosphère et de l’hydrosphère. Cette ... [more ▼]

Dans les années 50, les premiers isotopistes découvrirent que les rapports d’abondance des isotopes stables d’éléments légers variaient dans les compartiments de la lithosphère et de l’hydrosphère. Cette découverte fut rapidement exploitée dans le domaine des géosciences et de la géophysique. Plus récemment, dans les années 70- 80, il fut démontré que les compositions isotopiques variaient également entre compartiments de la biosphère et que ces variations étaient informatives dans divers champs d’application des sciences biologiques et humaines (y compris archéologie par exemple). Pour cette raison, l’audience pouvant assister à cette leçon est extrêmement large, même si nous proposons de centrer notre propos sur l’application des mesures de rapports isotopiques dans le domaine des sciences de l’environnement. D’autre part, les évolutions technologiques récentes (i.e. automatisation des analyses, mesures en routine des rapports isotopiques du carbone, azote, oxygène et souffre; mesure des rapports isotopiques de composés spécifiques) conduisent à une diversification exponentielle des domaines d’aplication des mesures isotopiques en écologie (par exemple études des réseaux trophiques, flux d’énergie dans les écosystèmes, problème de diversifications trophiques, anthropisation des écosystèmes, biogéographie et phénomène migratoire, etc.). Cette diversification se traduit dans l’élaboration d’outils mathématiques (modèle de mélange, niches isotopiques par exemple) et expérimentaux et par des synergies de plus en plus étroites entre les diverses approches. Pour ces raisons, les techniques isotopiques sont tout-à-fait pertinentes en terme de développement technologique et scientifique actuel, mais également en terme de transdisciplinarité. La leçon-conférence proposée se divise en deux cours de 2 heures chacun : le premier cours introductif permettra d’établir le cadre général de l’utilisation des isotopes stables en écologie (en particulier écologie des réseaux trophiques) , et présentera sommairement quelques cas concrets d’utilisation (et des limites d’utilisation) en écologie terrestre et marine. Le second cours développera les synergies possibles entre études écotoxicologiques et études isotopiques, appliquées à l’études des vertébrés marins. En effet, les concentrations en polluants chez ces espèces dépendent non seulement de la contamination de leur environnement mais également de plusieurs facteurs biotiques, parmi lesquels le régime alimentaire. Des molécules telles que les polychlorobiphényles, les diphényléthers polybromés, les pesticides organochlorés, les composés perfluorinés et les métaux toxiques sont détectés à plus ou moins haute concentration dans les tissus des vertébrés marins. Certains de ces composés sont sujets au phénomène de biomagnification : l’étude des valeurs en δ15N des organismes permet ainsi de situer leur position trophique et d’estimer le potentiel d’accumulation d’une substance dans la chaîne trophique. D’autres types de contaminations, comme certains composés perfluorinés sont liés à la proximité du milieu terrestre et sont associés aux valeurs en δ13C. Les concentrations en polluants combinées aux rapports isotopiques peuvent également fournir des indications tout à fait originales sur la structure des populations des mammifères marins. Partim 1:Le premier cours (Dr. Gilles Lepoint) se divisera comme suit : Qu’est-ce qu’un isotope stable ? Quels sont les isotopes d’intérêt biologique ? Variabilité isotopique dans la biosphère et problématique du fractionnement isotopique. Quelques exemples généraux d’applications (recherche de fraude, migrations animales, …) Intérêt et limites des isotopes stables en tant que traceurs trophiques. Modèles de mélange. Quelques exemples d’application écologiques (réseau trophique associé aux posidonies, diversité et variabilité ontogénique des niches trophiques des poissons coralliens, Complémentarité avec d’autres traceurs trophiques et Rapports isotopiques de composés spécifiques. [less ▲]

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See detailYou do not find your own face faster; you just look at it longer
Devue, Christel ULg; Van der Stigchel, Stefan; Brédart, Serge ULg et al

in Cognition (2009), 111(1), 114-122

Previous studies investigating the ability of high priority stimuli to grab attention reached contradictory outcomes. The present study used eye tracking to examine the effect of the presence of the self ... [more ▼]

Previous studies investigating the ability of high priority stimuli to grab attention reached contradictory outcomes. The present study used eye tracking to examine the effect of the presence of the self-face among other faces in a visual search task in which the face identity was task-irrelevant. We assessed whether the self-face (1) received prioritized selection (2) caused a difficulty to disengage attention, and (3) whether its status as target or distractor had a differential effect. We included another highly familiar face to control whether possible effects were self-face specific or could be explained by high familiarity. We found that the self-face interfered with the search task. This was not due to a prioritized processing but rather to a difficulty to disengage attention. Crucially, this effect seemed due to the self-face’s familiarity, as similar results were obtained with the other familiar face, and was modulated by the status of the face since it was stronger for targets than for distractors. [less ▲]

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See detailYou’re not my dad, you’re my coach! When Paternalism Impairs Agility Performance
Silvestre, Aude ULg; Dardenne, Benoît ULg

Poster (2012, August 21)

Objectives: We were interested in the impacts of coach’s paternalistic motivational speech on young high performance sportsmen and sportswomen. We suggested that their motor performance (agility test ... [more ▼]

Objectives: We were interested in the impacts of coach’s paternalistic motivational speech on young high performance sportsmen and sportswomen. We suggested that their motor performance (agility test) would be diminished. Design: We used a 2 (paternalism: presence vs. absence) X 2 (valence: positive vs. negative) design to create four types of motivational speech. Methods: 60 participants read a description of an invented collective sport, followed by the coach’s motivational speech. After reading those texts, they were asked to do a motor agility test. They also had to complete an emotional measure on a 7-point Likert scale. We used linear regression as well double mediation macros in order to test the impacts of the coach’s paternalistic motivational speech on agility performance. Results: The results revealed direct effects of paternalism and valence on two measures of agility performance. Agility performance was worse when the speech was paternalistic (vs. no paternalistic) as well as when the speech was negative (vs. positive). When we compared negative paternalistic speech with the 3 others, we found that the direct effect of negative paternalism on performance is serially mediated, first by anxiety and, second by feeling of (in)competence. Conclusions: Acting in a fatherlike attitude might look like a good idea to motivate a sport team, using a little bit of father authority. But by doing so, in a negative way, the risk is that the team might perform badly instead. [less ▲]

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See detailYoung [α/Fe]-enhanced stars discovered by CoRoT and APOGEE: What is their origin?
Chiappini, C.; Anders, F.; Rodrigues, T. S. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2015), 576

We report the discovery of a group of apparently young CoRoT red-giant stars exhibiting enhanced [α/Fe] abundance ratios (as determined from APOGEE spectra) with respect to solar values. Their existence ... [more ▼]

We report the discovery of a group of apparently young CoRoT red-giant stars exhibiting enhanced [α/Fe] abundance ratios (as determined from APOGEE spectra) with respect to solar values. Their existence is not explained bystandard chemical evolution models of the Milky Way, and shows that the chemical-enrichment history of the Galactic disc is more complex. We find similar stars in previously published samples for which isochrone-ages could be reliably obtained, although in smaller relative numbers. This might explain why these stars have not previously received attention. The young [α/Fe]-rich stars are much more numerous in the CoRoT-APOGEE (CoRoGEE) inner-field sample than in any other high-resolution sample available at present because only CoRoGEE can explore the inner-disc regions and provide ages for its field stars. The kinematic properties of the young [α/Fe]-rich stars are not clearly thick-disc like, despite their rather large distances from the Galactic mid-plane. Our tentative interpretation of these and previous intriguing observations in the Milky Way is that these stars were formed close to the end of the Galactic bar, near corotation - a region where gas can be kept inert for longer times than in other regions that are more frequently shocked by the passage of spiral arms. Moreover, this is where the mass return from older inner-disc stellar generations is expected to be highest (according to an inside-out disc-formation scenario), which additionally dilutes the in-situ gas. Other possibilities to explain these observations (e.g., a recent gas-accretion event) are also discussed. Appendix A is available in electronic form at <A href="http://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201525865/olm">http://www.aanda.org</A> [less ▲]

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See detailYoung community of EACVI: the transition from EACVI Club 35 to Heart Imagers of Tomorrow: a promising yet challenging step.
Grapsa, Julia; Cameli, Matteo; Granier, Camille et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2015)

The purpose of this review is to summarize the activity and potential of the young community of European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and to highlight the transition from Club 35 to 'Heart ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this review is to summarize the activity and potential of the young community of European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and to highlight the transition from Club 35 to 'Heart Imagers of tomorrow'. [less ▲]

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See detailYoung Investigators Workshop participants (P.A Coucke) and N. Coleman : Radiation Research program, Radiation Oncology Sciences Program, National Cancer Institue, Nih, August 1-2, 2000
Coucke, Philippe ULg

in International Journal of Radiation, Oncology, Biology, Physics (2001), 49(5), 1505-1516

INTRODUCTION The one-and-a-half day Young Investigators Workshop was held in the Holiday Inn, Bethesda, August 1–2, 2000. Using the SCAROP mailing list and recommendations from department chiefs ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION The one-and-a-half day Young Investigators Workshop was held in the Holiday Inn, Bethesda, August 1–2, 2000. Using the SCAROP mailing list and recommendations from department chiefs, approximately 55 “early-career” physicianscientists were invited to attend the workshop. Table 1 includes the participants. The goals of the meeting were: c To bring together radiation oncology physician-scientists who were in the early part of their career to discuss research ideas and opportunities as well as potential barriers to progress for the field and for young-investigator careers. c To help develop camaraderie among and a critical-mass of a new generation of physician-scientists with interests ranging from technology development, to basic and translational research, to outcomes research and analysis. c To help the young investigators gain familiarity with the NIH grant programs. c To prepare a “white paper” with their vision and ideas for potential opportunities for the future. If possible, a shortand long-term agenda were to be proposed. The first morning included presentations from a variety of NCI programs. Three breakout sessions were held in the afternoon. Breakout Group Reports were discussed by the entire group the following morning. A fourth discussion topic on “Barriers To a Successful Research Career” was conducted by the entire group. Drafts of this entire Workshop Report were circulated to the participants. The final document represents the efforts of the entire Young Investigators Workshop and provides the perspective from the point of view of the investigators who have many years to invest in the future of radiation oncology. The Radiation Research Program (RRP) is grateful to all the participants for a lively workshop and to the session co-chairs for the timely preparation of this report. [less ▲]

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See detailThe young open cluster NGC 6231: five years of investigations
Sana, H.; Rauw, Grégor ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg

in Massive Stars and High-Energy Emission in OB Associations (2005, November 01)

In this contribution, we present an overview of the main results obtained by the Liège multiwavelength (in the X-ray and optical domains) campaign on the young open cluster NGC 6231. We probe the ... [more ▼]

In this contribution, we present an overview of the main results obtained by the Liège multiwavelength (in the X-ray and optical domains) campaign on the young open cluster NGC 6231. We probe the distribution of the O star properties, and especially their binary nature. In this regard, we revise the O-type binary fraction and we briefly discuss the distribution of the binary parameters. We then present the latest developments of the canonical L[SUB]X[/SUB]-L[SUB]bol[/SUB] relation. We discuss the causes of the observed deviations from this relation and of the X-ray variability among O-type stars. Probing the population of low mass pre-main sequence stars detected in the X-ray domain, we propose a scenario for the star formation history in NGC 6231. [less ▲]

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See detailYoung patients with sporadic pituitary macroadenomas as target population of AIP mutation screening
Tichomirova, M.; Daly, Adrian ULg; Beckers, Albert ULg

in 12th European Congress of Endocrinology - ICE 2010 (2010)

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