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See detailMagneto-thermal phenomena in bulk high temperature superconductors subjected to applied AC magnetic fields
Vanderbemden, Philippe ULg; Laurent, Philippe ULg; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Superconductor Science and Technology (2010), 23

In the present work we study, both theoretically and experimentally, the temperature increase in a bulk high temperature superconductor subjected to applied AC magnetic fields of large amplitude. We ... [more ▼]

In the present work we study, both theoretically and experimentally, the temperature increase in a bulk high temperature superconductor subjected to applied AC magnetic fields of large amplitude. We calculate analytically the equilibrium temperatures of the bulk sample as a function of the experimental parameters using a simple critical state model for an infinitely long type-II superconducting slab or cylinder. The results show the existence of a limit heat transfer coefficient (AUlim) separating two thermal regimes with different characteristics. The theoretical analysis predicts a ‘forbidden’ temperature window within which the temperature of the superconductor can never stabilize when the heat transfer coefficient is small. In addition, we determine analytical expressions for two threshold fields Htr1 and Htr2 characterizing the importance of magneto-thermal effects and show that a thermal runaway always occurs when the field amplitude is larger than Htr2. The theoretical predictions of the temperature evolution of the bulk sample during a self-heating process agree well with the experimental data. The simple analytical study presented in this paper enables order of magnitude thermal effects to be estimated for simple superconductor geometries under applied AC magnetic fields and can be used to predict the influence of experimental parameters on the self-heating characteristics of bulk type-II superconductors. [less ▲]

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See detailIsotope shifts and hyperfine structure of the Fe I 372-nm resonance line
Oppel, S.; Krins, Stéphanie ULg; Huet, Nicolas ULg et al

Conference (2010)

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See detailIschaemic mitral regurgitation: pathophysiology, outcomes and the conundrum of treatment.
PIERARD, Luc ULg; Carabello, B. A.

in European Heart Journal (2010), 31

Ischaemic mitral regurgitation is a frequent complication of left ventricular global or regional pathological remodelling due to chronic coronary artery disease. It is not a valve disease but represents ... [more ▼]

Ischaemic mitral regurgitation is a frequent complication of left ventricular global or regional pathological remodelling due to chronic coronary artery disease. It is not a valve disease but represents the valvular consequences of increased tethering forces (papillary muscles displacement leading to a more apical position of the leaflets and their coaptation point) and reduced closing forces (reduced contractility, dyssynchrony of the papillary muscles, intra-left ventricular dyssynchrony). Although mitral regurgitation has an unloading effect and reduces impedance, the volume overload begets further left ventricular dilatation, increases ventricular wall stress leading to worsened performance. Ischaemic mitral regurgitation is characteristically dynamic: its severity may vary with haemodynamic conditions. Both the severity of ischaemic mitral regurgitation and its dynamic component worsen prognosis. There are numerous possible treatment modalities, but the management of the individual patient remains difficult. Medical therapy is mandatory; revascularization procedures are frequently not sufficient to reduce mitral regurgitation; the role of combined surgical therapy by mitral valve repair is not yet defined in the absence of large randomized trial. Some patients are good candidates for cardiac resynchronization therapy that may reduce the amount of regurgitation. New therapeutic targets are under investigation. [less ▲]

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See detailMulti-Months Cycles Observed in Climatic Data
Nicolay, Samuel ULg; Mabille, Georges ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg et al

in Simard, Suzanne (Ed.) Climate Change and Variability (2010)

Climatic variations happen at all time scales and since the origins of these variations are usually of very complex nature, climatic signals are indeed chaotic data. The identification of the cycles ... [more ▼]

Climatic variations happen at all time scales and since the origins of these variations are usually of very complex nature, climatic signals are indeed chaotic data. The identification of the cycles induced by the natural climatic variability is therefore a knotty problem, yet the knowing of these cycles is crucial to better understand and explain the climate (with interests for weather forecasting and climate change projections). Due to the non-stationary nature of the climatic time series, the simplest Fourier-based methods are inefficient for such applications (see e.g. Titchmarsh (1948)). This maybe explains why so few systematic spectral studies have been performed on the numerous datasets allowing to describe some aspects of the climate variability (e.g. climatic indices, temperature data). However, some recent studies (e.g. Matyasovszky (2009); Paluš & Novotná (2006)) show the existence of multi-year cycles in some specific climatic data. This shows that the emergence of new tools issued from signal analysis allows to extract sharper information from time series. Here, we use a wavelet-based methodology to detect cycles in air-surface temperatures obtained from worldwide weather stations, NCEP/NCAR reanalysis data, climatic indices and some paleoclimatic data. This technique reveals the existence of universal rhythms associated with the periods of 30 and 43 months. However, these cycles do not affect the temperature of the globe uniformly. The regions under the influence of the AO/NAO indices are influenced by a 30 months period cycle, while the areas related to the ENSO index are affected by a 43 months period cycle; as expected, the corresponding indices display the same cycle. We next show that the observed periods are statistically relevant. Finally, we consider some mechanisms that could induce such cycles. This chapter is based on the results obtained in Mabille & Nicolay (2009); Nicolay et al. (2009; 2010). [less ▲]

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See detailAb initio calculation of the 66 low lying electronic states of HeH+ : adiabatic and diabatic representations
Loreau, J; Liévin, J; Palmeri, P et al

in Journal of Physics : B Atomic Molecular & Optical Physics (2010), 43

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See detailValorisation des déchets et sous-produits industriels en le génie civil
Courard, Luc ULg

Learning material (2010)

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See detailDroit de la responsabilité. Le domaine de la voirie
Durviaux, Ann-Lawrence ULg; Kohl, Benoît ULg; Fisse, Damien ULg

in Glansdroff, F.; Henry, P. (Eds.) Droit de la responsabilité. Domaines choisis (2010)

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See detailMusique et expression politique des minorités ethniques et raciales
Martiniello, Marco ULg

Scientific conference (2010)

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See detailNanobodies as structural probes to investigate the mechanism of fibril formation by the amyloidogenic variants of human lysozyme.
Dumont, Janice ULg; Menzer, Linda ULg; Pardon, Els et al

Poster (2010)

Six variants of human lysozyme (single-point mutations I56T, F57I, W64R, D67H and double mutations F57I/T70N, W112R/T70N) are associated with a hereditary non-neuropathic systemic amyloidose. These ... [more ▼]

Six variants of human lysozyme (single-point mutations I56T, F57I, W64R, D67H and double mutations F57I/T70N, W112R/T70N) are associated with a hereditary non-neuropathic systemic amyloidose. These proteins form extracellular amyloid fibrils that deposit in a wide range of tissues and organs such as liver, spleen and kidneys where they cause damages [1]. It was shown that the D67H and I56T mutations cause a loss in stability and more particularly a loss of global cooperativity of protein [1]. Consequently, under physiologically relevant conditions, these variants can transiently populate a partially unfolded state in which the beta-domain and the C-helix are cooperatively unfolded while the rest of the protein remains native like [1]. The formation of intermolecular interactions between the regions that are unfolded in this intermediate state is likely to be a fundamental trigger of the aggregation process that ultimately leads to the formation and deposition of fibrils in tissues. The binding of three variable domain of camelid antibodies – also named nanobodies - (cAb-HuL 6 [2], cAb-HuL 5 and cAb-HuL 22 [3]) raised against the wild type human lysozyme inhibit in vitro the formation of amyloid fibrils by the lysozyme variants. These three nanobodies bind on different regions of lysozyme and act as Amyloid fibrils inhibitor through different mechanisms. On one hand, cAb-HuL 6 and cAb-HuL 22 stabilize the native state of the lysozyme variants thus restoring the global cooperativity characteristic of the wild-type protein. On the other, cAb-HuL 5 probably acts by binding soluble prefibrillar aggregates. In the present work, sixteen other nanobodies specific of human lysozyme have been generated. Competition experiments have shown that they bind to five non overlapping epitopes. The effects of the binding of these nanobodies on the stability of the D67H variant of human lysozyme and on its aggregation into amyloid fibrils will be discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Streptomyces… Ces bactéries sidérantes!
Craig, Matthias ULg

Scientific conference (2010)

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See detailMatériaux composites
Courard, Luc ULg

Learning material (2010)

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See detailLes nouveaux défis de l'enseignement du français langue étrangère en Europe
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in Dialogues et Cultures (2010), 56

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See detailL'astronomie dans le monde
Manfroid, Jean ULg

Article for general public (2010)

Étoile à neutrons massive; Cinq galaxies lointaines détectées grâce à Hershel; Terres; NGC 7252; Hawk-I

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See detailEndogenous Growth in an OLG Model with a Fixed Factor
Artige, Lionel ULg

E-print/Working paper (2010)

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See detailSpectrométrie de masse MALDI-TOF en bactériologie clinique ou comment identifier une bactérie en une minute
MEEX, Cécile ULg

in Spectrométrie de masse MALDI-TOF en bactériologie clinique ou comment identifier une bactérie en une minute (2010)

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See detailReduction du risque metabolique associe a l'obesite en modulant l'exposition tissulaire au cortisol.
Iovino, Alessandra ULg; Paquot, Nicolas ULg; Scheen, André ULg

in Revue Médicale Suisse (2010), 6(260), 1608-12

The 11-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11HSD1) enzyme promotes the local conversion from cortisone to cortisol, especially in the liver and the adipose tissue. It may play a role in the ... [more ▼]

The 11-beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 1 (11HSD1) enzyme promotes the local conversion from cortisone to cortisol, especially in the liver and the adipose tissue. It may play a role in the pathophysiology of abdominal obesity and the metabolic syndrome, both showing some similarities with the Cushing syndrome. Considering experimental results obtained in rodents, the inhibition of this enzyme could exert favourable metabolic effects, with significant reductions in plasma glucose, insulin resistance and dyslipidaemia. Synthetic inhibitors of 11HSD1 are currently in development with encouraging preliminary results, first in animals, and more recently in humans. Selective inhibitors of 11HSD1 may represent an innovative approach in the pharmacological management of obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes in a near future. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrospray Mass Spectrometry of Telomeric RNA (TERRA) Reveals the Formation of Stable Multimeric G-Quadruplex Structures
Collie, Gavin W.; Parkinson, Gary N.; Neidle, Stephen et al

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (2010), 132(27), 93289334

We report on the self-assembled structures formed by 12-mer, 22-mer, and 45-mer telomeric RNA (telRNA/TERRA) sequences compared to their DNA analogues, as studied by electrospray mass spectrometry ... [more ▼]

We report on the self-assembled structures formed by 12-mer, 22-mer, and 45-mer telomeric RNA (telRNA/TERRA) sequences compared to their DNA analogues, as studied by electrospray mass spectrometry, circular dichroism, and thermal denaturation. The major difference between telomeric RNA and DNA sequences is the ability of telomeric RNA to form higher-order dimeric assemblies, initiated by cation-mediated stacking of two parallel G-quadruplex subunits. The 5′-5′ stacking had been observed recently by NMR for the r(GGGUUAGGGU) 10-mer (Martadinata, H.; Phan, A. T. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2009, 131, 2570); the present work shows that stacking also occurs for the 22-mer containing four G-tracts and for the 45-mer containing eight G-tracts, suggesting a general structural feature of telomeric RNA. The importance of kinetic effects in multimer formation, unfolding, and structural rearrangements is also highlighted. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental investigation of the effect of flip bucket splitters on plunge pool geometry
Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg; Dewals, Benjamin ULg et al

in RWTH - IWW (Ed.) Mitteilungen - 15. Deutsches Talsperrensymposium - Talsperren im Wandel (2010)

Flip buckets are common hydraulic structures aiming at deflecting high velocity flows to a free jet trajectory. Systematic experimental tests have been performed to assess the influence on energy ... [more ▼]

Flip buckets are common hydraulic structures aiming at deflecting high velocity flows to a free jet trajectory. Systematic experimental tests have been performed to assess the influence on energy dissipation and the plunge pool geometry of varied repartitions of splitters along the flip bucket width. In particular, it is shown that some configurations can create more erosion than a continuous channel without flip bucket. [less ▲]

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See detailValidation of a fast gas chromatographic method for the study of semiochemical slow release formulations
Rozet, Eric ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Lorge, Stéphanie et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2010), 53

The validation of a fast GC-FID analytical method for the quantitative determination of semiochemical sesquiterpenes (E-β-farnesene and β-caryophyllene) to be used in an integrated pest management ... [more ▼]

The validation of a fast GC-FID analytical method for the quantitative determination of semiochemical sesquiterpenes (E-β-farnesene and β-caryophyllene) to be used in an integrated pest management approach is described. Accuracy profiles using total error as decision criteria for validation were used to verify the overall accuracy of the method results within a well defined range of concentrations and to determine the lowest limit of quantification for each analyte. Furthermore it allowed to select a very simple and reliable regression model for calibration curve for the quantification of both analytes as well as to provide measurement uncertainty without any additional experiments. Finally, this validated method was used for the quantification of semiochemicals in slow release formulations. The goal was to verify the protection efficiency of alginate gel beads formulations against oxidation and degradation of sesquiterpenes. The results showed that the alginate beads are adequate slow release devices which protect the bio-active molecules during at least twenty days. [less ▲]

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