References of "2009"
     in
Bookmark and Share    
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailComparison of accuracy of ultrasonography, progesterone and pregnancy-associated 4 glycoprotein tests for pregnancy diagnosis in semi-domesticated reindeer
Savela, Hannele; Vahtiala, S.; Lindeberg, H. et al

in Theriogenology (2009), 72

The aim of the study was to compare transrectal ultrasound with progesterone (P4) and pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAG) as pregnancy detection methods for semi-domesticated reindeer in field ... [more ▼]

The aim of the study was to compare transrectal ultrasound with progesterone (P4) and pregnancy-associated glycoproteins (PAG) as pregnancy detection methods for semi-domesticated reindeer in field conditions. Female reindeer (n=195) were scanned transrectally by a 7.5 MHz linear array transducer and blood sampled either in Dec 2005 (n=33), Dec 2006 (n=92) or Jan 2007 (n=70) during early- or mid-gestation. Plasma levels of P4 and PAG were assessed by RIA. Based on calving records, the sensitivity, specificity, predictive values and the overall accuracy of the three tests were calculated. The overall calving rate calculated from the calving records was 86.2%. The overall accuracy of transrectal ultrasound was 99.5%. The sensitivity and specificity of transrectal ultrasound were 99.4% and 100%, respectively. In the plasma P4 test, the threshold level of 5.5 nmol/L gave the highest overall accuracy (93.3%). The sensitivity of the P4 test decreased from 96.4% to 81.5%, when the threshold level increased from 5.0 nmol/L to 8.0 nmol/L, while the specificity remained at 85.2% over the range of these cut-off values. The overall accuracy of the plasma PAG test decreased from 96.4% to 64.1% when the plasma PAG threshold level increased from 0.5 ng/mL to 3.5 ng/mL, whereas sensitivity decreased from 99.4% to 58.3%. Specificity increased from 77.8% to 100% when the plasma PAG threshold level reached 3.0 ng/mL. Transrectal ultrasound showed higher diagnostic values than plasma P4-RIA and PAG-RIA in diagnosing pregnancy of reindeer, with the advantage that diagnoses can be made in real-time in field conditions [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 65 (6 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCompression induces the expression of a sclerotic phenotype in human subchondral osteoblasts
Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Gabay, Odile; Pesesse, Laurence ULg et al

in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage (2009), 17(suppl 1), 95

Detailed reference viewed: 26 (2 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailA discontinuous Galerkin formulation of non-linear Kirchhoff–Love shells
Noels, Ludovic ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2009), 78(3), 296-323

Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods provide a means of weakly enforcing the continuity of the unknown-field derivatives and have particular appeal in problems involving high-order derivatives. This ... [more ▼]

Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) methods provide a means of weakly enforcing the continuity of the unknown-field derivatives and have particular appeal in problems involving high-order derivatives. This feature has previously been successfully exploited (Comput. Methods Appl. Mech. Eng. 2008; 197:2901-2929) to develop a formulation of linear Kirchhoff-Love shells considering only the membrane and bending responses. In this proposed one-field method - the displacements are the only unknowns, while the displacement field is continuous, the continuity in the displacement derivative between two elements is weakly enforced by recourse to a DG formulation. It is the purpose of the present paper to extend this formulation to finite deformations and non-linear elastic behaviors. While the initial linear formulation was relying on the direct linear computation of the effective membrane stress and effective bending couple-stress from the displacement field at the mid-surface of the shell, the non-linear formulation considered implies the evaluation of the general stress tensor across the shell thickness, leading to a reformulation of the internal forces of the shell. Nevertheless, since the interface terms resulting from the discontinuous Galerkin method involve only the resultant couple-stress at the edges of the shells, the extension to non-linear deformations is straightforward. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 114 (26 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailSubchondral bone in osteoarthritis physiopathology: state-of-the art and perspectives.
Henrotin, Yves ULg; Pesesse, Laurence ULg; Sanchez, Christelle ULg

in Bio-medical Materials & Engineering (2009), 19(4-5), 311-6

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritic disease, and it is a major cause of disability and impaired quality of life in the elderly. A hallmark of the disease is progressive degeneration ... [more ▼]

Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most common form of arthritic disease, and it is a major cause of disability and impaired quality of life in the elderly. A hallmark of the disease is progressive degeneration of articular cartilage and subsequent joint space narrowing. However, OA is a complex disease not limited to cartilage degeneration, but involving also synovial membrane and subchondral bone, thereby presenting alternatives approaches for treatment. In this paper, we propose a short review of the recent advances in the understanding of the role played by subchondral bone in OA. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 63 (8 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailMagnetic and transport properties of HoMnO3 monocrystals
Radulov, Iliya; Lovchinov, Vassil; Dimitrov, Dimitar et al

in Journal of Optoelectronics and Advanced Materials [= JOAM] (2009), 11

This paper presents results from measurements of the magnetization, specific heat and dielectric constant, and their temperature and magnetic field dependence, for HoMnO3 single crystals. The results are ... [more ▼]

This paper presents results from measurements of the magnetization, specific heat and dielectric constant, and their temperature and magnetic field dependence, for HoMnO3 single crystals. The results are discussed in the framework of existing data on magnetic symmetries and the interactions between the Mn-spins, the rare earth moments, and the lattice. From the resulting data, the magnetic phase diagram of HoMnO3 was built. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 86 (10 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailProbability Density Estimation by Perturbing and Combining Tree Structured Markov Networks
Ammar, Sourour; Leray, Philippe; Defourny, Boris ULg et al

in Proc. of ECSQARU '09: 10th European Conference on Symbolic and Quantitative Approaches to Reasoning with Uncertainty (2009)

Detailed reference viewed: 42 (12 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailEvaluations of cognitive, linguistic and mnemonic competencies of people with Down’s syndrome; An integrative conception of mental retardation
Frenkel, Stéphanie ULg

in Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology (2009), 8(2), 214-215

Thesis summary

Detailed reference viewed: 74 (25 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailDysregulation of anti-angiogenic agents (sFlt-1, PLGF, and sEndoglin) in preeclampsia--a step forward but not the definitive answer
Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Schaaps, Jean-Pierre ULg; Chantraine, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Reproductive Immunology (2009), 82(2), 106-11

Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-specific syndrome characterized by hypertension, proteinuria and edema, which resolves on placental delivery. It is thought to be the consequence of impaired placentation ... [more ▼]

Preeclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-specific syndrome characterized by hypertension, proteinuria and edema, which resolves on placental delivery. It is thought to be the consequence of impaired placentation due to inadequate trophoblastic invasion of the maternal spiral arteries. In PE the maternal plasma concentration of free vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and placental growth factor (PlGF) is decreased whereas the concentration of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and of soluble endoglin (sEng) is increased. These soluble receptors may bind VEGF, PLGF and TGFβ1 and TGFβ3 in the maternal circulation, causing endothelial dysfunction in many maternal tissues. Hence there is a view that the pathogenesis is more or less clarified. According to the vascular theory, poor placentation leads to poor uteroplacental perfusion and hypoxia, which stimulates sFlt-1 and sEng production causing the maternal syndrome. This assumption has been recently challenged. The role of hypoxia as the main stimulus for release of sFlt-1 has been questioned and the role of inflammatory mechanisms has been emphasized. According to this inflammatory theory, poor placentation may predispose more to placental oxidative stress than hypoxia and endothelial dysfunction may be part of a broader disorder of systemic inflammation. Finally, the recent demonstration of activating auto-antibodies to the angiotensin 1 receptor that experimentally play a major pathogenic role in PE further suggests a pleiotropism of aetiologies for this condition. The purpose of this review is to critically evaluate the recent hypotheses and their possible insights on early diagnosis, prevention and treatment. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 148 (10 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailA qui l'assureur doit-il payer l'indemnité d'assurance à la suite du vol d'un véhicule en leasing?
Paris, Catherine ULg

in Revue Générale des Assurances et des Responsabilités (2009)

Detailed reference viewed: 41 (4 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailSozialkapital und der Neue Geist des Kapitalismus - Die Ideologie des vernetzten Menschen und neue Wege der Ausbeutung
Frère, Bruno ULg

in Neue Soziale Forschungsjournal Bewegungen (2009), 22/3

Detailed reference viewed: 80 (1 ULg)
See detailLiège
George, Philippe ULg

in Dictionnaire d’Histoire de l’art du Moyen Age occidental (2009)

Detailed reference viewed: 25 (9 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailLocalization of Nopp140 within mammalian cells during interphase and mitosis.
Thiry, Marc ULg; Cheutin, Thierry; Lamaye, Françoise ULg et al

in Histochemistry & Cell Biology (2009), 132(2), 129-40

We investigated distribution of the nucleolar phosphoprotein Nopp140 within mammalian cells, using immunofluorescence confocal microscopy and immunoelectron microscopy. During interphase, three ... [more ▼]

We investigated distribution of the nucleolar phosphoprotein Nopp140 within mammalian cells, using immunofluorescence confocal microscopy and immunoelectron microscopy. During interphase, three-dimensional image reconstructions of confocal sections revealed that nucleolar labelling appeared as several tiny spheres organized in necklaces. Moreover, after an immunogold labelling procedure, gold particles were detected not only over the dense fibrillar component but also over the fibrillar centres of nucleoli in untreated and actinomycin D-treated cells. Labelling was also consistently present in Cajal bodies. After pulse-chase experiments with BrUTP, colocalization was more prominent after a 10- to 15-min chase than after a 5-min chase. During mitosis, confocal analysis indicated that Nopp140 organization was lost. The protein dispersed between and around the chromosomes in prophase. From prometaphase to telophase, it was also detected in numerous cytoplasmic nucleolus-derived foci. During telophase, it reappeared in the reforming nucleoli of daughter nuclei. This strongly suggests that Nopp140 could be a component implicated in the early steps of pre-rRNA processing. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 41 (18 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailDoes implicit memory during anaesthesia persist in children?
Lopez, Ursula; Habre, w; Laurencon, M. et al

in British Journal of Anaesthesia (2009), 102(3), 37984

Background. Recent studies suggest that implicit memory (especially perceptual implicit memory) persists during adequate general anaesthesia in adults. Studies in children, however, have failed to ... [more ▼]

Background. Recent studies suggest that implicit memory (especially perceptual implicit memory) persists during adequate general anaesthesia in adults. Studies in children, however, have failed to demonstrate implicit memory during general anaesthesia, possibly because of differences in methodological design. We therefore designed a prospective study with the aim of evaluating implicit memory in children undergoing general anaesthesia, using a perceptual memory test based on the mere exposure effect, previously tested in a control group. Methods. Twelve infrequent neutral words were played 12 times in a random sequence via headphones to 36 children aged 8–12 yr during elective or emergency surgery. The children were not premedicated, and general anaesthesia was maintained with isoflurane. The word presentation started immediately after the surgical incision. Within 36 h after the stimulus presentation, the memory was assessed by using a forced-choice preference judgement task. Time constraint and word deterioration with a low-pass filter were used to prevent the subjects from utilizing intentional retrieval. The implicit memory score was obtained by calculating the proportion of target words preferred, which was compared with the chance level (0.5). Results. The percentage of correct responses given by the children was comparable with the chance level. The memory score was mean (SD) 0.48 (0.16) (95% CI 0.43–0.53). Conclusions. The use of a perceptual implicit memory test based on the mere exposure procedure in children failed to reveal any evidence of implicit memory under general anaesthesia. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 78 (9 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailIntegrated structure and control design for mechatronic systems with configuration-dependent dynamics
Da Silva, Maíra Martins; Bruls, Olivier ULg; Desmet, Wim et al

in Mechatronics (2009), 44(9), 10161025

This paper considers the optimal design of mechatronic systems with configuration-dependent dynamics. An optimal mechatronic design requires that, among the structural and control parameters, an optimal ... [more ▼]

This paper considers the optimal design of mechatronic systems with configuration-dependent dynamics. An optimal mechatronic design requires that, among the structural and control parameters, an optimal choice has to be made with respect to design specifications in the different domains. Two main challenges are treated in this paper: the non-convex nature of the optimization problem and the difficulty in modeling serial machines with flexible components and their embedded controllers. The optimization problem is treated using the direct design strategy which considers simultaneously structural and control parameters as variables and adopts non-convex optimization algorithms. Linear time-invariant and gain-scheduling PID controllers are addressed. This methodology is exploited for the multi-objective optimization of a pick-and-place assembly robot with a gripper carried by a variable-length flexible beam. The resulting design tradeoffs between system accuracy and control efforts demonstrate the advantage of an integrated design approach for mechatronic systems with configuration-dependent dynamics. 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 165 (2 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailUltrastructural detection of nucleic acids within heat shock-induced perichromatin granules of HeLa cells by cytochemical and immunocytological methods.
Charlier, Christine; Lamaye, Françoise ULg; Thelen, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Structural Biology (2009), 166(3), 329-36

The perichromatin granules (PGs) are enigmatic structures of the cell nucleus. The major drawbacks for a biological study are their rare occurrence and their small size in normal conditions. As heat shock ... [more ▼]

The perichromatin granules (PGs) are enigmatic structures of the cell nucleus. The major drawbacks for a biological study are their rare occurrence and their small size in normal conditions. As heat shock has been shown to increase their number, we applied a hyperthermal shock on HeLa cells to investigate the nucleic acid content of PGs by means of cytochemical and immunocytological approaches. These heat shock-induced PGs (hsiPGs) appeared as clusters organized in the form of honeycomb structures and were always associated with some blocks of condensed chromatin, such as the perinucleolar chromatin shell. A stalk connecting the hsiPG to the chromatin could be observed. For the detection of RNA, we applied an immunocytological method involving two anti-RNA antibodies and quantified the gold labelling obtained. The results clearly revealed that hsiPGs contained RNA. Regarding to the detection of DNA, we used three different methods followed by quantitative analyses. The results seemed to indicate that a small amount of DNA was present in hsiPGs. Together, these findings suggest that hsiPGs might be RNP structures associated with particular regions of DNA. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 43 (5 ULg)
Peer Reviewed
See detailMultivariate analysis of cognitive profiles in Alzheimer's disease
Bastin, Christine ULg; Leclercq, Yves ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 8th bi-annual Meeting of the Belgian Society for Neuroscience (2009)

The neuropsychological profiles of patients with early Alzheimer’s disease (AD) appear to be heterogeneous. In this study, we examined whether this heterogeneity corresponds to the existence of ... [more ▼]

The neuropsychological profiles of patients with early Alzheimer’s disease (AD) appear to be heterogeneous. In this study, we examined whether this heterogeneity corresponds to the existence of cognitively distinct subtypes of AD or rather to impairments along a continuum of performances in different cognitive domains. A large group of 187 AD patients recruited in the European project NEST-DD performed a neuropsychological battery. A factor analysis of cognitive performance identified three factors, which respectively reflected attentional/instrumental function, declarative memory and executive function. Three clustering methods were applied on the factor scores in order to explore the existence of separate groups. The clustering methods indicated that cognitive profiles among the patients were sufficiently variable to identify clusters, but there was continuity between clusters rather than clear-cut subtypes. Moreover, clusters corresponded to various combinations of relatively impaired and preserved functions, suggesting multidimensional distribution within a large population of patients. Finally, clusters of cognitive profiles were characterized by different levels of metabolism in brain regions commonly (but variably) involved or relatively preserved in AD. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 60 (0 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailSaharan Dust Pollution: Implications for the Sahel?
De Longueville, Florence ULg; Henry, Sabine; Ozer, Pierre ULg

in Epidemiology (Cambridge, Mass.) (2009), 20(5), 780

The main source of atmospheric mineral dust is the Sahara desert, which produces about half of the yearly global mineral dust.1 About 12% of the Saharan dust moves northwards to Europe, 28% westwards to ... [more ▼]

The main source of atmospheric mineral dust is the Sahara desert, which produces about half of the yearly global mineral dust.1 About 12% of the Saharan dust moves northwards to Europe, 28% westwards to the Americas, and 60% southwards to the Gulf of Guinea. Saharan dust storms can lead to particulate matter (PM) levels that exceed internationally recommended levels. Recently, special attention has been paid to the mineral PM air pollution of dust storms, which may be a serious health threat. We took a systematic review of the literature to find relevant studies on the effects of Saharan dust on air quality or human health. We searched the ISI web of knowledge database using “PM10,” “PM2.5” or “health” AND “dust storm,” “sand storm,” “African dust,” “Saharan dust,” or “dust events” without restrictions. The search extended from January 1999 to December 2008. We selected 97 articles of which 72 studied PM air pollution in Europe, 13 in the Americas, 7 in the Near East and Asia, and 4 considered international data. Only one specifically addressed air pollution in the Sahel. Four focused on human health effects—2 in the Mediterranean and 2 in the Caribbean. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 208 (22 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailUne nouvelle macle de la pyrrhotite sur un échantillon de la mine El ,Potosi, Santa Eulalia, Chihuahua, Mexique
Philippo, Simon; Hatert, Frédéric ULg

in Le règne minéral (2009), 90

Detailed reference viewed: 25 (2 ULg)