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See detailDeletion of the late cornified envelope genes, LCE3C and LCE3B, is associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
Docampo Martinez, Elisa ULg; Rabionet, Raquel; Riveira-Munoz, Eva et al

in Arthritis and rheumatism (2010), 62(5), 1246-51

OBJECTIVE: The risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is increased in the offspring of individuals affected with various autoimmune disorders, including psoriasis. Recently, the deletion of 2 genes from the ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is increased in the offspring of individuals affected with various autoimmune disorders, including psoriasis. Recently, the deletion of 2 genes from the late cornified envelope (LCE) gene cluster, LCE3C and LCE3B, has been associated with psoriasis in several populations. The purpose of this study was to assess whether this polymorphic gene deletion could also be involved in susceptibility to RA. METHODS: We tested for association between the LCE3C_LCE3B copy number variant and a single-nucleotide polymorphism in strong linkage disequilibrium with this variant (rs4112788) and RA in 2 independent case-control data sets (197 and 400 samples from patients with RA, respectively, and 411 and 567 samples from control subjects, respectively), collected at 4 Spanish hospitals. All samples were directly typed for presence of the LCE3C_LCE3B deletion (LCE3C_LCE3B-del) by polymerase chain reaction, and association analysis was performed using the SNPassoc R package. RESULTS: An association of homozygosity for the LCE3C_LCE3B-del and rs4112788 C allele with the risk of RA was observed in the first data set and was replicated in an independent case-control set. A combined analysis showed an overall P value of 0.0012 (odds ratio [OR] 1.45, 95% confidence interval [95% CI] 1.16-1.81) for association of the LCE3C_LCE3B-del. When the analysis was stratified for serologic data, we observed association in anti-cyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP)-positive patients (P = 0.012, OR 1.51 [95% CI 1.09-2.13]) but not in anti-CCP-negative patients. CONCLUSION: We have identified an association between the LCE3C_LCE3B-del and RA, and we have verified a pleiotropic effect of a common genetic risk factor (LCE3C_LCE3B-del) for autoimmune diseases that is involved in both psoriasis and RA. [less ▲]

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See detailMicroRNAs in the tumor endothelium: novel controls on the angioregulatory switchboard
Heusschen, Roy ULg; van Gink, Matthijs; Griffioen, Arjan et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Reviews on Cancer (2010), 1805

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See detailPierre Alechinsky. Récit d’un itinéraire pictural
Bawin, Julie ULg

in Culture, le Magazine Culturel de l'Université de Liège (2010)

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See detailWhich rules shape EU's external governance? The patterns of rule selection in foreign and security policies
Barbé, Esther; Costa, Oriol; Herranz-Surrallés, Anna et al

in Lavenex, Sandra; Schimmelfennig, Frank (Eds.) EU External Governance: Projecting EU Rules beyond Membership (2010)

This article addresses a particular aspect of EU external governance: rule selection. Drawing on institutionalist and power-based explanations we put forward an account for the choice of the specific ... [more ▼]

This article addresses a particular aspect of EU external governance: rule selection. Drawing on institutionalist and power-based explanations we put forward an account for the choice of the specific rules that guide policy convergence between the EU and third countries. The proposed analytical framework broadens the scope of the studies examining the externalization of EU rules beyond its borders, in that we claim that the EU can promote policy convergence using rules other than the EU's. More specifically, the EU also promotes policy convergence on the basis of international and bilaterally developed rules. These analytical claims for explaining rule selection are checked against empirical data. We compare policy convergence between the EU and four neighbouring countries (Morocco, Ukraine, Georgia, and Russia) in three subfields within foreign and security policy: foreign policy dialogue, control of export of dual-use goods in the context of non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and crisis management. [less ▲]

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See detailA survey of honey bee colony losses in Belgium, fall 2008 to spring 2009
Nguyen, Bach Kim ULg; Mignon, Jacques ULg; Laget, D. et al

Conference (2010)

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See detailLow-molecular-weight heparin dosage in newborn foals.
Armengou, L.; Monreal, L.; Delgado, M. A. et al

in Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2010), 24(5), 1190-5

BACKGROUND: Heparin is used in humans as prophylaxis of hypercoagulable states and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). However, babies need a higher heparin dose than do adults. Septic neonate ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Heparin is used in humans as prophylaxis of hypercoagulable states and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC). However, babies need a higher heparin dose than do adults. Septic neonate foals are at high risk of hypercoagulable state and DIC, and there is limited objective information about heparin dose for equine neonates. OBJECTIVE: To assess whether neonate foals require higher dosages of low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) than adults. ANIMALS: Eighteen healthy and 11 septic neonate foals. METHODS: Experimental and clinical studies. Firstly, healthy foals were randomly distributed in 2 groups, 1 receiving 50 IU/kg SC of dalteparin and the 2nd group receiving 100 IU/kg SC of dalteparin, once daily for 3 days. Blood samples were collected before and 3, 6, 27, and 51 hours after the 1st LMWH administration. Plasma antifactor-Xa activity was measured, together with hemostatic and hematologic parameters used to assess the risk of bleeding. Subsequently, septic foals were treated blindly either with placebo (saline) or 100 IU/kg of dalteparin for 3 days. Plasma antifactor-Xa activity and other hemostatic parameters were determined before and after treatment. RESULTS: Plasma antifactor-Xa activity in healthy foals was below prophylactic activity when using the adult dosage (50 IU/kg), whereas prophylactic activities were achieved when using the double dosage (100 IU/kg). No hemorrhagic events and erythrocyte-related complications were observed with either dosage. In the clinical study, only 4/6 septic foals had plasma antifactor-Xa activity adequate for prophylaxis. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL IMPORTANCE: Equine neonates require higher dosages of LMWH compared with adults to reach prophylactic heparinemia. [less ▲]

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See detailPinning effects on the vortex critical velocity in type-II superconducting thin films
Leo, A.; Grimaldi, G.; Nigro, A. et al

in Physica C: Superconductivity (2010), 470(19), 904-906

We study the influence of artificial pinning centers on the vortex critical velocity in Al thin films deposited on top of a periodic array of Permalloy (FeNi) square rings. We demonstrate that the field ... [more ▼]

We study the influence of artificial pinning centers on the vortex critical velocity in Al thin films deposited on top of a periodic array of Permalloy (FeNi) square rings. We demonstrate that the field dependence of the flux flow velocity strongly depends on the particular magnetic state of the rings. In particular, we find that, even when the rings are in a flux closure state, i.e. with little stray field, the vortex critical velocity shows a non-monotonic magnetic field dependence. This behaviour is in sharp contrast with the results obtained in a reference plain film, with no rings underneath. A comparison with the intrinsic strong pinning Nb films previously studied, suggests an interpretation in terms of a channel-like motion of vortices, here induced by the artificial pinning structure. (C) 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction to the Natural Anticipator and the Artificial Anticipator
Dubois, Daniel ULg

in Dubois, Daniel (Ed.) COMPUTING ANTICIPATORY SYSTEMS (2010)

This short communication deals with the introduction of the concept of anticipator, which is one who anticipates, in the framework of computing anticipatory systems. The definition of anticipation deals ... [more ▼]

This short communication deals with the introduction of the concept of anticipator, which is one who anticipates, in the framework of computing anticipatory systems. The definition of anticipation deals with the concept of program. Indeed, the word program, comes from “pro-gram” meaning "to write before" by anticipation, and means a plan for the programming of a mechanism, or a sequence of coded instructions that can be inserted into a mechanism, or a sequence of coded instructions, as genes or behavioural responses, that is part of an organism. Any natural or artificial programs are thus related to anticipatory rewriting systems, as shown in this paper. All the cells in the body, and the neurons in the brain, are programmed by the anticipatory genetic code, DNA, in a low-level language with four signs. The programs in computers are also computing anticipatory systems. It will be shown, at one hand, that the genetic code DNA is a natural anticipator. As demonstrated by Nobel laureate McClintock [8], genomes are programmed. The fundamental program deals with the DNA genetic code. The properties of the DNA consist in self-replication and self-modification. The self-replicating process leads to reproduction of the species, while the self-modifying process leads to new species or evolution and adaptation in existing ones. The genetic code DNA keeps its instructions in memory in the DNA coding molecule. The genetic code DNA is a rewriting system, from DNA coding to DNA template molecule. The DNA template molecule is a rewriting system to the Messenger RNA molecule. The information is not destroyed during the execution of the rewriting program. On the other hand, it will be demonstrated that Turing machine is an artificial anticipator. The Turing machine is a rewriting system. The head reads and writes, modifying the content of the tape. The information is destroyed during the execution of the program. This is an irreversible process. The input data are lost. [less ▲]

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See detailA new type of cubic-stacked layer structure in anthoinite, AlWO3(OH3)
Grey, I.; Madsen, I.; Mills et al

in American Mineralogist (2010), 95

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See detailSignspeak--understanding, recognition, and translation of sign languages
Dreuw, Philippe; Forster, Jens; Gweth, Yannick et al

in 4th Workshop on the Representation and Processing of Sign Languages: Corpora and Sign Language Technologies (2010)

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See detailSIDC Telescience
Warnant, René ULg; Bidaine, Benoît ULg; Brenot, Hugues et al

Report (2010)

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See detailNouveau système d'évaluation génétique des verrats Piétrain en croisement en Wallonie
Dufrasne, Marie ULg; Jaspart, Véronique; Wavreille, José et al

Diverse speeche and writing (2010)

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See detailLe cycle de Guillaume d’Orange ou les Aliscans rajeunis
Henrard, Nadine ULg

in Cazanave, Caroline; Houssais, Yvon (Eds.) Grands textes du Moyen Âge à l'usage des petits (2010)

Examen d'une douzaine de versions de récritures de la geste de Guillaume d'Orange parues entre 1905 et 1995 et destinées à la jeunesse

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See detailcarnet de pédiatrie en Afrique: l'examen neurologique du nouveau-né
Battisti, Oreste ULg

Learning material (2010)

le cours discute des modalité de l'examen neurologique du nouveau-né en revoyant le concept de Dubowitz, le concept de Prechtl, le concept de Brazelton.

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See detailLes défis du droit romain et du droit privé comparé
Gerkens, Jean-François ULg

in Gosselin, Antoinette; Langevin, Caroline; Wautelet, Patrick (Eds.) L'avenir de la recherche: Réflexions à l'occasion des leçons inaugurales 2010 (2010)

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See detailOn a class of micromechanical damage models with initial stresses for geomaterials
Levasseur, Séverine ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in Mechanics Research Communications (2010), 37

In this paper, we extend a class of micromechanical damage models by including initial stresses. The proposed approach is based on the solution of the Eshelby inhomogeneous inclusion problem in the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we extend a class of micromechanical damage models by including initial stresses. The proposed approach is based on the solution of the Eshelby inhomogeneous inclusion problem in the presence of a prestress (in the matrix), adapted for elastic voided media. The closed form expression of the corresponding energy potential is used as the basis of various isotropic damage models corresponding to three standard homogenization schemes. These models are illustrated by considering isotropic tensile loadings with different initial stresses. Finally, still in the isotropic context, we provide an interpretation of the macroscopic damage model formulated by Halm-Dragon (1996) by briefly connecting it to the present study. [less ▲]

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See detailHydro-mechanical modelling of the Excavation Damaged Zone around an underground excavation at Mont Terri Rock Laboratory
Levasseur, Séverine ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg; Frieg, Bernd et al

in International Journal of Rock Mechanics & Mining Sciences (2010), 47(3), 414-425

A zone with significant irreversible deformations and significant changes in flow and transport properties is expected to be formed in indurated clay around underground excavations. The stress ... [more ▼]

A zone with significant irreversible deformations and significant changes in flow and transport properties is expected to be formed in indurated clay around underground excavations. The stress perturbation around the excavation could lead to a significant increase of the permeability, related to diffuse and/or localized crack propagation in the material. The main objective of the study is to model these processes at large scale in order to assess their impacts on the performance of radioactive waste geological repositories. This paper concerns more particularly the hydro-mechanical modelling of a long term dilatometer experiment performed in Mont Terri Rock Laboratory in Switzerland within the Selfrac Project. The proposed model defines the permeability as a function of the aperture of the cracks that are generated during the excavation. With this model, the permeability tensor becomes anisotropic. Advantages and drawbacks of this approach are described thanks to the results of the Selfrac long term dilatometer experiment. [less ▲]

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