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See detailHigh-throughput methodology applied to screening of carbohydrate-based surfactant interfacial properties for colloidal system formulations
Razafindralambo, Hary ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Deroanne et al

Poster (2009)

Carbohydrate-based surfactants (CBS) constitute an attractive class of amphiphilic molecules owing to their structural diversity generating a wide range of properties which could be developed in food and ... [more ▼]

Carbohydrate-based surfactants (CBS) constitute an attractive class of amphiphilic molecules owing to their structural diversity generating a wide range of properties which could be developed in food and non-food applications. Based on many functional groups of the carbohydrate part, it is possible to design multiple amphiphilic structures of CBS varying in the hydrophilic head groups (mono-, oligo-, or polysaccharides), hydrophobic tail (mono-, di-, tricatenar) but also in the linker/spacer between them. The main structures of CBS include mono- and bicatenar glycolipids, bolaforms, and gemini. Moreover, CBS compounds can be produced from the most abundant renewable materials allowing large product concept possibilities. Among general properties of surfactants, interfacial properties molecules occupy a fundamental key role for colloidal system formulations since they control most of technological aptitudes required for forming and stabilizing food, cosmetic, agrochemical, detergent, and pharmaceutical products. High-throughput methodology applied to screening of CBS interfacial properties appears crucial for achieving optimum formulations of colloidal systems like foams and emulsions for which small amounts of single or mix surface-active agents are often needed and numerous physical and chemical parameters are involved. This general approach may be applied to any amphiphilic molecules produced from other renewable resources of surface-active compounds like micro-organisms and by direct extraction from vegetable materials. One of the key factors for the development of this methodology is the use of automated instrument systems in laboratory scale which are still lacking in this field compared to those existing in the analytical chemistry and biochemistry areas. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of sex and scrapie resistance genotype in preimplantation ovine embryos.
Guignot, F.; Baril, Gerard; Dupont, Francis et al

in Molecular Reproduction and Development (2009), 76(2), 183-190

The aim of this study was to test the accuracy of genotype diagnosis after pre-amplification of DNA extracted from biopsies obtained by microblade cutting of ovine embryos and to evaluate the viability of ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to test the accuracy of genotype diagnosis after pre-amplification of DNA extracted from biopsies obtained by microblade cutting of ovine embryos and to evaluate the viability of biopsied embryos after vitrification/warming and transfer to recipients. Sex and PrP genotypes were determined. Sex diagnosis was done by PCR amplification of ZFX/ZFY and SRY sequences after PEP-PCR while PrP genotype determination was performed after specific pre-amplification of specific target including codons 136, 154 and 171. Embryos were collected at Day 7 after oestrus. Blastocysts and expanded blastocysts were biopsied immediately after collection whereas compacted morulae were biopsied after 24 hr of in vitro culture. Eighty-nine biopsied embryos were frozen by vitrification. Fresh and vitrified whole embryos were kept as control. DNA of biopsies was extracted and pre-amplified. Sex diagnosis was efficient for 96.6% of biopsies and PrP genotyping was determined in 95.8% of codons. After embryo transfer, no significant difference was observed in lambing rate between biopsied, vitrified control and fresh embryos (54.5%, 60% and 66.6%, respectively). Embryo survival rate was not different between biopsied and whole vitrified embryos (P = 0.38). At birth, 96.7% of diagnosed sex and 95.4% of predetermined codons were correct. Lamb PrP profiles were in agreement with parental genotype. PEP-PCR coupled with sex diagnosis and nested PCR coupled with PrP genotype predetermination are very accurate techniques to genotype ovine embryo before transfer. These original results allow planning of selection of resistant genotype to scrapie and sex of offspring before transfer of cryopreserved embryo [less ▲]

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See detailRedressing the "Narrative Balance": Subjection and Subjectivity in Chika Unigwe's On Black Sisters' Street
Tunca, Daria ULg

in Afroeuropa: Journal of AfroEuropean Studies = Revista de Estudios Afroeuropeos = Journal des Etudes Afroeuropénnes (2009), 3(1),

This article examines On Black Sisters’ Street (2009), the second novel by Nigerian-Belgian writer Chika Unigwe. After briefly outlining the pioneering role played by Unigwe’s “Afro-European” fiction in ... [more ▼]

This article examines On Black Sisters’ Street (2009), the second novel by Nigerian-Belgian writer Chika Unigwe. After briefly outlining the pioneering role played by Unigwe’s “Afro-European” fiction in Belgium, the essay argues that the author’s latest book presents its heroines, four African prostitutes working in Antwerp, as individuals caught between two forces: on the one hand, the social and economic pressures that lead to their subjection and, on the other, their wish to satisfy their own aspirations, which relates to the expression of their subjectivity. The article attempts to demonstrate that Unigwe’s novel explores the tension between these poles in at least four different ways: first of all, by using cultural stereotypes in an original manner; secondly, by developing the themes of renaming, slavery and objectification to point to the characters’ exploitation; thirdly, by hinting at the potential role of storytelling in the restoration of the prostitutes’ identity; and finally, by suggesting that the women’s very quest for subjectivity sometimes inadvertently induces their subjection. The essay concludes that Unigwe’s subtle treatment of these issues emphasises the complexity both of the novel’s protagonists and of their relationship with each other. [less ▲]

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See detailLa retraite anticipée des salariés en Belgique
Lefebvre, Mathieu ULg; Paszukiewicz, Alexis ULg; Orsini, Kristian

in Revue Economique (2009)

Cet article propose une analyse de la cessation anticipée d’activité des salariés du secteur privé en Belgique. Contrairement aux études précédentes (Pestieau et Stijns [1999] et Dellis et al. [2004 ... [more ▼]

Cet article propose une analyse de la cessation anticipée d’activité des salariés du secteur privé en Belgique. Contrairement aux études précédentes (Pestieau et Stijns [1999] et Dellis et al. [2004]), notre étude se base sur un modèle structurel d’offre de travail. Ceci a l’avantage de pouvoir être utilisé afin de tester l’impact de réformes potentielles visant à augmenter l’activité des plus âgés. Nos résultats montrent qu’il y a une réelle préférence pour le loisir aux âges avancés mais que les incitants au départ anticipé contenus dans les systèmes de sécurité social jouent un rôle. En particulier, l’accès libre à différents régimes de revenus de remplacement à des âges relativement jeunes constitue un frein à la continuation de l’activité. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentità definite per contrasto. Immagini del personaggio D’Annunzio e rappresentazioni dell’io in alcuni poeti del Novecento
Benzoni, Pietro ULg

in Curreri, Luciano (Ed.) D’Annunzio come personaggio nell’immaginario italiano ed europeo (1938-2008) (2009)

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See detailLes vers de terre: écologie et gestion des déchets
Zirbes, Lara ULg; Haubruge, Eric ULg

Article for general public (2009)

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See detailInnate lymphocytes in human papillomavirus (HPV)-associated cervical cancers
Renoux, V; Bisig, B; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2009)

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See detailIntentional patina of metal archaeological artefacts; a non-destructive investigation of Egyptian and Roman museum treasures
Mathis, François ULg; Aucouturier, Marc; Robcis, Dominique et al

Conference (2009)

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See detailBibliographie
Robert, Laurent ULg; Parent, Sabrina; Purnelle, Gérald ULg

in Demoulin, Laurent; Purnelle, Gérald (Eds.) Textyles n°35: François Jacqmin (2009)

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See detailThe Surface Ocean CO2 Atlas (SOCAT) - Coastal Regional group
Borges, Alberto ULg; Chen, A. T. C.; The SOCAT Regional group

Poster (2009)

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See detailSpecies Differences in the Relative Densities of D1- and D2-Like Dopamine Receptor Subtypes in the Japanese Quail and Rats: An in vitro Quantitative Receptor Autoradiography Study.
Kleitz, H. K.; Cornil, Charlotte ULg; Balthazart, Jacques ULg et al

in Brain, Behavior & Evolution (2009), 73(2), 81-90

Evidence has accumulated that the regulation of male sexual behavior by dopamine might not be the same in Japanese quail (and perhaps all birds) as it is in mammals. For example, the non-selective ... [more ▼]

Evidence has accumulated that the regulation of male sexual behavior by dopamine might not be the same in Japanese quail (and perhaps all birds) as it is in mammals. For example, the non-selective dopamine receptor agonist, apomorphine (APO), facilitates male sexual behavior in rats but inhibits it in quail. Although the general organization of the dopamine system is similar in birds and mammals, it is possible that the relative distribution and/or density of binding sites are different. We therefore compared the relative densities of D1-like and D2-like receptor subtypes in Japanese quail and rats, with the use of in vitro quantitative receptor autoradiography. Brain sections from 8 male rats and 8 male quail were labeled with [(3)H]SCH-23390 and [(3)H]Spiperone. In general we found a systematic species difference in the relative density of D1- vs. D2-like receptors such that the D2/D1 ratio is higher in quail than in rats in areas, known to be important target sites for dopamine action such as striatal regions or the preoptic area, which is also associated with activation of sexual behavior. This difference might explain the variation in the behavioral effectiveness of APO in rats as compared to quail; with a higher relative density of D2-like receptors in quail, a similar dose of APO would be more likely to activate inhibitory processes in quail than in rats. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural, Magnetic and Mössbauer Spectral Study of the Electronic Spin-state Transition in {Fe[HC(3-Mepz)2(5-Mepz)]2}(BF4)2
Reger, Daniel; Elgin, J.; Foley, E. et al

in Inorganic Chemistry (2009), 48

The complex {Fe[HC(3-Mepz)2(5-Mepz)]2}(BF4)2 (pz = pyrazolyl ring) has been prepared by the reaction of HC(3-Mepz)2(5-Mepz) with Fe(BF4)2·6H2O. The solid state structures obtained at 294 and 150 K show a ... [more ▼]

The complex {Fe[HC(3-Mepz)2(5-Mepz)]2}(BF4)2 (pz = pyrazolyl ring) has been prepared by the reaction of HC(3-Mepz)2(5-Mepz) with Fe(BF4)2·6H2O. The solid state structures obtained at 294 and 150 K show a distorted iron(II) octahedral N6 coordination environment with the largest deviations arising from the restrictions imposed by the chelate rings. At 294 K the complex is predominately high-spin with Fe–N bond distances averaging 2.14 Å, distances that are somewhat shorter than expected for a purely high-spin iron(II) complex because of the presence of an admixture of ca. 70 (I get 80 from both mag and X-ray, 3/15, where 3 is the subtraction of 2.14 and 2.17 and 15 1.99 and 2.14 and from Figure 3b) percent high-spin and 30 (20) percent low-spin iron(II). At 294 K the twisting of the pyrazolyl rings from the ideal C3v symmetry averages only 2.2o, a much smaller twist than has been observed previously in similar complexes. At 150 K the Fe–N bond distances average 1.99 Å, indicative of an almost fully low-spin iron(II) complex; the twist angle is only 1.3o, as expected for a complex with these Fe–N bond distances. The magnetic properties show that the complex undergoes a gradual change from low-spin iron(II) below 85 K to high-spin iron(II) at 400 K. The 4.2 to 60 K Mössbauer spectra correspond to a fully low-spin iron(II) complex but, upon further warming, the iron(II) begins to undergo spin-state relaxation on the Mössbauer time scale such that, at 155 and 315 K, the complex is 7.5 and 65 percent high-spin in the absence of any adjustment for the differing low-spin and high-spin recoil-free fractions. I would replace the previous sentence with the red. I see no reason to give the % from the Mössbauer in the abstract as it is likely a bit low as discussed in detail – neither the mag data nor X-ray data have the recoil issue. The last sentence in the abstract is the key information. OK The 4.2 to 60 K Mössbauer spectra correspond to a fully low-spin-iron(II) complex but, upon further warming above 85 K the iron(II) begins to undergo spin-state relaxation between the low- and high-spin forms on the Mössbauer time scale. At 155 and 315 K the complex exhibits spin-state relaxation rates of 0.36 and 7.38 MHz, respectively, and an Arrhenius plot of the logarithm of the relaxation rate yields an activation energy of 670 ± 40 cm–1 for the spin-state relaxation. [less ▲]

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See detailApproche neuropsychologique du syndrome de Williams : Introduction générale et aspects langagiers.
Majerus, Steve ULg; Poncelet, Martine ULg; Barisnikov, Koviljka et al

in Poncelet, Martine; Majerus, Steve; Van der Linden, Martial (Eds.) Traité de Neuropsychologie de l'Enfant (2009)

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See detailEntraînement excentrique des rotateurs d'épaule
Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Chague, Lucie ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Croisier, Jean-Louis; Codine, Philippe (Eds.) Exercice musculaire excentrique (2009)

In this study, we have investigated the influence of the installation on the dynamometer and of the mode of contraction used during a rotator cuff muscle training. 24 subjects were divided into 3 groups ... [more ▼]

In this study, we have investigated the influence of the installation on the dynamometer and of the mode of contraction used during a rotator cuff muscle training. 24 subjects were divided into 3 groups. Two groups of 8 subjects performed a training of the Internal Rotators (IR) in concentric mode (60°/s and 240°/s) and of the External Rotators in eccentric mode (60°/s). The first group was trained at 45° of abduction; the second was trained at 90° of abduction. The third group did not perform any shoulder training. All patients were assessed thanks to the isokinetic device ((3) x 60°/s concentric – (5) x 240°/s concentric – (4) x 60°/s eccentric) before and after training. Only the group trained at 45° of abduction increased the isokinetic maximal peak torque (+ p) in concentric mode during the second isokinetic assessment. No subject showed improvement through the eccentric exercise. They also improved the throw of the ball (+ 8.5 %). Possible feeling of discomfort and signs of subacromial conflict explained that no progression was recorded after training at 90° of abduction. Likewise, the eccentric mode would major the inhibition limiting the strength increase. Even if 90° of abduction seems more specific for assessment, 45° of abduction is more suitable for training. [less ▲]

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See detailConcept d'équilibre agonistes / antagonistes de l'épaule
Forthomme, Bénédicte ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg

in Croisier, Jean-Louis; Codine, Philippe (Eds.) Exercice musculaire excentrique (2009)

Besides the concentric classical ratios, the eccentric isokinetic assessment of the muscle shoulder allows us to build some specific ratios. The mixed ratio combines the eccentric maximal contraction of ... [more ▼]

Besides the concentric classical ratios, the eccentric isokinetic assessment of the muscle shoulder allows us to build some specific ratios. The mixed ratio combines the eccentric maximal contraction of the external rotators (ER) and the concentric maximal strength of the internal rotators (IR). The mixed ratio is frequently decreased among overhead athletes. This imbalance could rise to shoulder tendinopathy, but seemed to be linked with field performance. The functional ratio corresponds to the balance between the ER in concentric mode and the IR in eccentric contraction. The unstable shoulder shows a trend to lower functional ratios, highlighting the weakness of the eccentric IR in that pathology. [less ▲]

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See detailLa jurisprudence de la Cour au prisme de la science économique
Sibony, Anne-Lise ULg

in Mbongo, Pascal; Vauchez, Antoine (Eds.) Dans la fabrique du droit européen : Scènes, acteurs et publics de la Cour de justice des Communautés européennes (2009)

The European Court of justice has long been aware of economists watching its judgements, particularly in the field of European Competition Law. This article considers first what exactly economists are ... [more ▼]

The European Court of justice has long been aware of economists watching its judgements, particularly in the field of European Competition Law. This article considers first what exactly economists are looking at when they read the case law. Then, the typical content of their observation is analysed. Finally, the analysis turns to how the Court takes into account economist's view point on the case law. [less ▲]

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See detailComment investiguer la contre-performance d’origine médicale : de la clinique au laboratoire
Richard, Eric; Pitel, P. H.; Fortier, G. et al

in 35ème Journée de la Recherche équine (2009)

Clinical affections of the locomotor and respiratory systems are the two main causes of poor performance in sport horses. Nevertheless, each subclinical affection of any system implicated in the oxygen ... [more ▼]

Clinical affections of the locomotor and respiratory systems are the two main causes of poor performance in sport horses. Nevertheless, each subclinical affection of any system implicated in the oxygen system (respiratory, cardiovascular, blood, muscular and metabolic) may also become a limiting factor concerning the athletic capacities of the horse. A systematic medical examination of the horse, combining ail the clinical and laboratory exams, is thus necessary in order to establish a precise and comprehensive diagnosis regarding the different affections. The objectives of this communication are therefore to present the different methods currently available for the practitioner as well as the techniques recently developed for horses. The complementarity of the different clinical and laboratory exams, as well as the ideal moment for performing each test are clarified in order to accurately determine the different causes of poor performance as well as their functional repercussions [less ▲]

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See detailPourquoi examiner le cheval à l’effort ?
Van Erck, Emmanuelle; Lekeux, Pierre ULg

in 35ème Journée de la Recherche équine (2009)

Examination of the horse during daily work is essential to follow-up his athletic préparation, however a good level of expérience is required to judge if he is ready to perform in compétition. Beyond thé ... [more ▼]

Examination of the horse during daily work is essential to follow-up his athletic préparation, however a good level of expérience is required to judge if he is ready to perform in compétition. Beyond thé subjective estimation of his behaviour and progress, objective parameters can be measured to evaluate his athletic capacity, level of fitness and health. Simple exercise tests can be integrated to thé horse's regular work schedule and parameters such as speed, heart rate and cardio-respiratory recovery may be readily monitored and compared during thé course of thé season. More sophisticated tests allow investigating exercise physiology of thé horse during exertion and thé way he tolerates and adapts to physical strain. It also allows early détection of subclinical diseases liable to impair performance. Like in human sports medicine, treadmill tests represent a safe investigation tool that is particularly well adapted to examining horses during exercise and helps diagnose one or several causes of poor performance, as many ancillary examinations may be implemented. [less ▲]

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