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See detailSurface modification of copper with 2-dodecylpropane-1,3-dithiol: The key effect of the solvent
Denayer, Jessica ULg; Delhalle, J.; Mekhalif, Z.

in Applied Surface Science (2009), 256(5), 1426-1430

Self-assembly of alkanethiol on gold in various solvents (alkane, alcohol, etc) leads to monolayers with similar properties. However when the self-assembly is performed on copper substrates, the nature of ... [more ▼]

Self-assembly of alkanethiol on gold in various solvents (alkane, alcohol, etc) leads to monolayers with similar properties. However when the self-assembly is performed on copper substrates, the nature of the solvent has an effect on the properties of the monolayer. This phenomenon arises from the chemical interaction of copper with the solvent, which is not the case of gold. Ethanol is a solvent widely used for self-assembly, however some studies pointed out its negative effect due to its significant chemical reactivity towards copper and its ability to chemisorb on the surface. The aim of this work consists in a comparative investigation of 2-dodecylpropane-1,3-dithiol (or R(SH)2) in various solvents and its ability to form stable SAMs, densely packed and well ordered. Characterizations of the SAMs are carried out using X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS), polarization modulation infrared reflection-absorption spectroscopy (PM-IRRAS) and cyclic voltammetry (CV). © 2009 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLes troubles spécifiques du développement du langage.
Majerus, Steve ULg; Zesiger, Pascal

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

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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 detailConditional knockout of nucleolin in DT40 cells reveals the functional redundancy of its RNA-binding domains.
Storck, Sebastien; Thiry, Marc ULg; Bouvet, Philippe

in Biology of the Cell (2009), 101(3), 153-67

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Nucleolin is a major nucleolar protein which is highly expressed in rapidly dividing cells and cancer cell lines. This protein is claimed to be multifunctional and could play a ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Nucleolin is a major nucleolar protein which is highly expressed in rapidly dividing cells and cancer cell lines. This protein is claimed to be multifunctional and could play a role in rRNA (ribosomal RNA) synthesis, as well as in cell division or response to cellular stresses. Therefore, how nucleolin influences cell proliferation remained elusive so far. RESULTS: We have generated conditional nucleolin-knockout cells using the chicken B lymphocyte cell line DT40. Our results indicate that nucleolin is absolutely required for the proliferation and for the survival of these cells. Depletion of nucleolin drastically inhibits rDNA (ribosomal DNA) transcription while only slightly affecting pre-rRNA processing. This inhibition is accompanied by modifications of the shape and the structure of the nucleolus. The analysis of mutants of nucleolin, which lack two or three RNA-binding domains, shows that these domains harbour redundant functions and that nucleolin's roles in transcription, rRNA maturation and nucleolar shape can be partially uncoupled. CONCLUSIONS: The function of nucleolin in ribosomal synthesis could account for its effect on cell division and survival, but this vital role does not seem to be linked to sequence-specific RNA binding. [less ▲]

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See detailLes religions orientales dans le monde grec et romain: cent ans après Cumont (1906-2006). Bilan historique et historiographique
Bonnet, Corinne; Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane ULg; Praet, Danny

Book published by Institut historique belge (2009)

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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 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 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)

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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 detailHeat transfer in soils
Hermansson, Ake; Charlier, Robert ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Dawson, Andrew (Ed.) Water in road structures - Movement, Drainage and effects (2009)

Temperature highly affects pavement performance. High and low temperatures not only affects the viscosity of asphalt concrete but also has an impact on the moisture flow within the pavements. At ... [more ▼]

Temperature highly affects pavement performance. High and low temperatures not only affects the viscosity of asphalt concrete but also has an impact on the moisture flow within the pavements. At temperatures below 0°C the freezing of pavements dramatically changes the permeability and frost action might occur forcing water to flow upwards to the freezing front resulting in the frost heave and other pavement distress. [less ▲]

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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

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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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See detailMuscular strength, functional performances and injury risk in professional and junior elite soccer players.
Lehance, Cédric ULg; Binet, J.; Bury, Thierry ULg et al

in Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports (2009), 19(2), 243-51

Muscle strength and anaerobic power of the lower extremities are neuromuscular variables that influence performance in many sports activities, including soccer. Despite frequent contradictions in the ... [more ▼]

Muscle strength and anaerobic power of the lower extremities are neuromuscular variables that influence performance in many sports activities, including soccer. Despite frequent contradictions in the literature, it may be assumed that muscle strength and balance play a key role in targeted acute muscle injuries. The purpose of the present study was to provide and compare pre-season muscular strength and power profiles in professional and junior elite soccer players throughout the developmental years of 15-21. One original aspect of our study was that isokinetic data were considered alongside the past history of injury in these players. Fifty-seven elite and junior elite male soccer players were assigned to three groups: PRO, n=19; U-21, n=20 and U-17, n=18. Players benefited from knee flexor and extensor isokinetic testing consisting of concentric and eccentric exercises. A context of lingering muscle disorder was defined using statistically selected cut-offs. Functional performance was evaluated throughout a squat jump and 10 m sprint. The PRO group ran faster and jumped higher than the U-17 group (P<0.05). No significant difference in isokinetic muscle strength performance was observed between the three groups when considering normalized body mass parameters. Individual isokinetic profiles enabled the identification of 32/57 (56%) subjects presenting lower limb muscular imbalance. Thirty-six out of 57 players were identified as having sustained a previous major lower limb injury. Of these 36 players, 23 still showed significant muscular imbalance (64%). New trends in rational training could focus more on the risk of imbalance and implement antagonist strengthening aimed at injury prevention. Such an intervention would benefit not only athletes recovering from injury, but also uninjured players. An interdisciplinary approach involving trainers, a physical coach, and medical staff would be of interest to consider in implementing a prevention programme. [less ▲]

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See detailSubjective evaluation of the long-term efficacy of speech therapy on dysfunctional dysphonia.
Morsomme, Dominique ULg; Faurichon de la Bardonnie, Marie; Verduyckt, Ingrid et al

in Journal of Voice (2009)

The objective of the study was to measure the subjective long-term effects of vocal therapy (more than 6 months) in 29 patients suffering from dysfunctional dysphonia. Four subjective measurements were ... [more ▼]

The objective of the study was to measure the subjective long-term effects of vocal therapy (more than 6 months) in 29 patients suffering from dysfunctional dysphonia. Four subjective measurements were used: one visual analog scale ranging from 0 (not efficient at all) to 100 (very efficient); one question "Is the speech therapy still efficient?," answered by yes or no; the GRB parameters of the GRBAS scale (evaluated by the patient); and the VHI-10. The results show that 76% of the patients consider that the vocal therapy they received is still efficient. On the vocal quality (G), roughness (R), and breathiness (B) parameters, we observe a high degree of satisfaction on the G parameter (median=77). The scores on the R and B parameters are lower (median R=12, S=5). Roughness is significantly correlated to the Grade (Spearman coefficient r=0.516, P=0.004), whereas breathiness is not (P=0.251, NS). The comparison of the results on the VHI-10 pre and post treatment shows a significant decrease in the grade of perceived handicap (medians 15 vs 11, P=0.017). The correlations between the judgment of the treatment's efficacy and the vocal quality is significant (r=0.623, P<0.001) as well as the correlation between the VHI-10 and the length of the treatment (r=0.416, P=0.035). The conclusion can be made that speech therapy plays an important role in long-term treatment of dysfunctional dysphonias. [less ▲]

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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 ▲]

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