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See detailLes principales techniques de neuroimagerie fonctionnelle et leur utilité pour l’étude du substrat neuronal du développement cognitif typique et atypique
Majerus, Steve ULg; Metz-Lutz, Marie-Noelle

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

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See detailQuantum Chemistry Lab at Home: A Microsoft Windows Alternative
Olive, Gilles ULg; Riffont, David

in Journal of Chemical Education (2009), 86(5), 567

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See detailTrends in productivity of crops, fallow and rangelands in Southwest Niger: Impact of land use, management and variable rainfall
Hiernaux, Pierre; Ayantunde, Augustine; Kalilou, Adamou et al

in Journal of Hydrology (2009), 375 (1-2)

To document trends in land use and herbaceous production, 71 field sites sampled among cropped fields, fallow fields and rangelands in the Fakara region (Niger) were monitored from 1994 to 2006. The ... [more ▼]

To document trends in land use and herbaceous production, 71 field sites sampled among cropped fields, fallow fields and rangelands in the Fakara region (Niger) were monitored from 1994 to 2006. The overall trend in land use confirmed the historical increase of the cropped areas since mid 20th century, at an annual rate of 2% from 1994 to 2006. This trend is the result of changes in the relative extent of fields permanently cropped and fields under shifting cultivation, and for the latter, the relative proportion of short (3 years) and long (10 years) duration fallows. Type of land use together with topography and soil type determine the herbaceous production and the resulting yield measured towards the end of the wet season. The variation in site yields between years is of the same order of magnitude as the variation in yields between sites within a year. There is an overall decreasing trend in site yields by 5% annually from 1994 to 2006 that is not explained by variations in rainfall. The decreasing trend is observed on fields under shifting cultivation, fallowed fields and rangelands, although not all sites are equally affected. Causes are likely to be multiple which might include changes in land use, decline of soil fertility and increased grazing pressure. Indeed, the remaining rangelands on marginal land and the fallows still accessible to livestock are subject to such a heavy grazing during the rainy season that the herbaceous standing mass measured at the end of the season reflects poorly the actual production. After the two first years of cropping, the herbaceous yield in fields under shifting cultivation with no fertilisation is negatively affected by the number of successive years of cropping. Moreover, clearing fallow after a decreasing number of years affects the mean herbaceous yield of fallowed fields by reducing the contribution of more productive old fallows. Changes in land use, grazing pressure and soil fertility also triggered changes in species composition with a strong reduction in diversity from rangelands to fallows, and again from fallows to cropland weeds. No correlations was found however between productivity and species composition. Cumulative rainfall does not explain between site or between year deviations in herbaceous yield even when sites are sorted by land use type or by soil type in the case of fallow and rangelands. Simulated production calculated with the STEP model does not explain herbaceous yields much better even when sites are grouped by land use and soil type. However, relative changes of herbaceous yields are reasonably predicted on sites that remained fallowed and were not heavily grazed for at least four consecutive years. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge ring 1,3-bridged 2-azetidinones: experimental and theoretical studies
Urbach, Allan; Dive, Georges ULg; Tinant, Bernard et al

in European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2009), 44

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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 detailUltrasonic internal defect detection in cheese
Leemans, Vincent ULg; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Journal of Food Engineering (2009), 90(3), 333-340

Different ultrasonic signals and detection techniques were used and compared to detect internal foreign bodies present in semi-soft cheeses. The signals were a pulse or a chirp and the detection was ... [more ▼]

Different ultrasonic signals and detection techniques were used and compared to detect internal foreign bodies present in semi-soft cheeses. The signals were a pulse or a chirp and the detection was carried out by using either correlation with a reference signal or a wavelet decomposition. The principle of the detection consisted in measuring the time of flight of the transmitted signals and of the echoes, the latter in the absence of foreign body should be the double of the former. The presence of a foreign object affected this pattern in several ways. In order to assess the method, a small plastic cylindrical object of 3 mm in diameter was introduced in one half of the cheese and was tested for detection, the second half being used as reference for the control cheese. The results showed that the two signals and the two detection methods were able to localise the transmitted signals and the echo from the opposite face of the cheese under all circumstances. For the foreign body detection, the correlation method gave superior results, in term of signal to noise ratio as well as in term of error rate, while the two signals gave similar results. The analysis of the mean and standard deviation of the signal to noise ratio of the object echo showed that some samples presented peak values close to those due to the noise. Nevertheless, the object was detected in 90% of the tests. There was no significant effect of temperature on the detection technique. (C) 2008 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailTroubles de la rétention à court terme
Majerus, Steve ULg; Poncelet, Martine ULg

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 detailClinical, virological, and immunological parameters associated with superinfection of latently with FeHV-1 infected cats
Richter, M.; Schudel, L.; Tobler, K. et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2009)

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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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See detailConcentrations of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins in Water buffaloes females (Bubalus bubalis) during pregnancy and postpartum periods
Barbato, O.; Melo de Sousa, Noelita ULg; Malfatti, A. et al

in O’Leary, M.; Arnett, J. (Eds.) Pregnancy Protein Research (2009)

The concentrations of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAG) were determined in buffalo cows (Bubalus bubalis) using three different radioimmunoassay (RIA) systems (RIA-497, RIA-706, and RIA-708 ... [more ▼]

The concentrations of pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAG) were determined in buffalo cows (Bubalus bubalis) using three different radioimmunoassay (RIA) systems (RIA-497, RIA-706, and RIA-708). Samples (10 mL) were collected by jugular venipuncture from Week 0 until Week 28 of pregnancy (9 females), and from parturition until Week 10 postpartum (13 females). During pregnancy, PAG molecules were detectable at Week 6 using the three aforementioned RIA systems (3.9 ± 1.3 ng/mL, 9.7 ± 1.3 ng/mL, and 9.9 ± 0.7 ng/mL for RIA-497, RIA-706, and RIA-708, respectively). These concentrations increased gradually until Week 28, reaching values of 39.6 ± 4.0 ng/mL (RIA-497), 50.5 ± 11.9 ng/mL (RIA-706), and 68.2 ± 20.8 ng/mL (RIA-708). PAG concentrations determined by RIA-497, RIA-706, and RIA-708 were strongly correlated throughout the entire gestation period, RIA-708 giving the higher concentrations. At parturition, the mean concentrations ranged from 34.9 ± 4.0 (RIA-497) to 84.7 ± 10.6 ng/mL (RIA-708). Thereafter, the concentrations decreased steadily, reaching very low levels (< 1.0 ng/mL) at Week 8 postpartum. In conclusion, PAG concentrations measured by the above three RIA systems showed a profile similar to those previously described in bovine species, with higher concentrations being detected by RIA-706 and RIA-708. However, the patterns of PAG concentrations, studied using the three aforementioned PAG-RIA systems, differed around parturition, with very low levels being observed in the female buffaloes [less ▲]

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See detailLa fin de la récréation pour l'opérateur historique? Annotation de la décision du Conseil de la concurrence dans l'affaire Belgacom/Scarlet, 7 novembre 2008
Petit, Nicolas ULg; Daems, Ief

in revue de la concurrence belge (2009), (3),

Le Conseil belge de la concurrence a décidé de subordonner l'autorisation de la concentration entre Belgacom et Scarlet à la mise en oeuvre de diverses mesures correctives structurelles et ... [more ▼]

Le Conseil belge de la concurrence a décidé de subordonner l'autorisation de la concentration entre Belgacom et Scarlet à la mise en oeuvre de diverses mesures correctives structurelles et comportementales. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of membrane permeability on survival of hemodialysis patients
Locatelli, Francesco; Martin-Malo, Alejandro; Hannedouche, Thierry et al

in Journal of the American Society of Nephrology [=JASN] (2009), 20

The effect of high-flux hemodialysis membranes on patient survival has not been unequivocally determined. In this prospective, randomized clinical trial, we enrolled 738 incident hemodialysis patients ... [more ▼]

The effect of high-flux hemodialysis membranes on patient survival has not been unequivocally determined. In this prospective, randomized clinical trial, we enrolled 738 incident hemodialysis patients, stratified them by serum albumin 4 and 4 g/dl, and assigned them to either low-flux or high-flux membranes. We followed patients for 3 to 7.5 yr. Kaplan-Meier survival analysis showed no significant difference between high-flux and low-flux membranes, and a Cox proportional hazards model concurred. Patients with serum albumin 4 g/dl had significantly higher survival rates in the high-flux group compared with the low-flux group (P 0.032). In addition, a secondary analysis revealed that high-flux membranes may significantly improve survival of patients with diabetes. Among those with serum albumin 4 g/dl, slightly different effects among patients with and without diabetes suggested a potential interaction between diabetes status and low serum albumin in the reduction of risk conferred by high-flux membranes. In summary, we did not detect a significant survival benefit with either high-flux or low-flux membranes in the population overall, but the use of high-flux membranes conferred a significant survival benefit among patients with serum albumin 4 g/dl. The apparent survival benefit among patients who have diabetes and are treated with high-flux membranes requires confirmation given the post hoc nature of our analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailEntraînement concentrique ou excentrique : transfert des gains
Maquet, Didier ULg; Delvaux, François; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg

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

The purpose of this study was to compare pure concentric and eccentric isokinetic training with respect to their possible specificity in the progression of strength of the knee flexor and extensor muscles ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to compare pure concentric and eccentric isokinetic training with respect to their possible specificity in the progression of strength of the knee flexor and extensor muscles. Subjects were divided into 2 groups (eccentric or concentric training) and performed a specific training of dominant leg. Before and after the training session, isokinetic performances of trained leg and non-trained leg (cross-education) were evaluated. We observed a greater increase of muscle performances after eccentric training. A cross-education effect was measured exclusively after eccentric training session. We showed an increase of maximal eccentric performances after the pure concentric training. No significant progression of maximal concentric performance was measured after eccentric training. [less ▲]

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