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See detailExpression, purification of novel alkaline Staphylococcus xylosus lipase acting at high temperature
Bouaziz, Ahlem ULg; Habib, Horchani; Ben Salem, Nadia et al

in Biochemical Engineering Journal (2011), 54

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See detailCurrent options for the management of postmenopausal osteoporosis.
LECART, Marie-Paule ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Expert Opinion on Pharmacotherapy (2011), 12(16), 2533-52

INTRODUCTION: Osteoporosis is a well-recognized disease with severe consequences if left untreated. The prevention of osteoporosis-associated fractures should include fall prevention, calcium ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Osteoporosis is a well-recognized disease with severe consequences if left untreated. The prevention of osteoporosis-associated fractures should include fall prevention, calcium supplementation and life-style advice, as well as pharmacological therapy using agents with proven antifracture efficacy. AREAS COVERED: This manuscript offers an evidence-based critical assessment of the currently available efficacy data on all new chemical entities that have been granted a marketing authorization for the management of primary osteoporosis in women. EXPERT OPINION: The availability of new therapeutic agents makes clinical decision making in osteoporosis more complex. Therapeutic decisions should be based on a balance between the benefits and risks of treatment, which must be carefully considered in each particular case, both by the physician and the patient. Indeed, no single agent is appropriate for all patients. Therefore, treatment decisions should be made on a tailor-made basis, taking into account all measures of treatment effect and risk, before making informed judgments about the best individual treatment option. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalytical validation of the Liaison Calcitonin_II-Gen (DiaSorin)
Cavalier, Etienne ULg; Carlisi, Ignazia ULg; Bekaert, Anne-Catherine ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2011), 49(2), 271-275

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See detailNew method to combine molecular and pedigree relationships
Bömcke, Elisabeth ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Szydlowski, Maciej et al

in Journal of Animal Science (2011), 89

Relationship coefficients are traditionally based on pedigree data. Today, with the development of molecular techniques, they are often completely replaced by coefficients calculated from molecular data ... [more ▼]

Relationship coefficients are traditionally based on pedigree data. Today, with the development of molecular techniques, they are often completely replaced by coefficients calculated from molecular data. Examples are relationships from microsatellites for biodiversity studies but also genomic relationships from SNP as currently used in genomic prediction of breeding values. There are, however, many situations in which optimal combination of both sources would be the best solutions. Obviously, this is the case for incompletely genotyped populations, but also when pedigree information is sparse. Also, markers, even dense ones, do not reflect the whole genome and therefore give only an incomplete picture of relationships. The main objective of this study was therefore to develop a method to calculate a relationship matrix by the combination of molecular and pedigree data. It will be useful for all situations where pedigree and molecular data are available. In this study, based on simulations of pedigree and marker data, we used partial least squares regression and linear regression to combine total allelic relationship coefficients calculated for each marker with additive relationship coefficients calculated from incomplete pedigree. The results showed that the greatest advantage of this method, compared with the one that replaces a part of the pedigree-based relationship matrix by a genomic relationship matrix, is that adding the partial pedigree data allows for the correction of the molecular coefficient for the ungenotyped part of the genome. [less ▲]

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See detailConvergence of Logic of Cellular Regulation in Different Premalignant Cells by an Information Theoretic Approach
Kravchenko-Balasha, N.; Remacle, Françoise ULg; Gross, A. et al

in BMC Systems Biology (2011), 5

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See detailConstraining statistical-model parameters using fusion and spallation reactions
Mancusi, D.; Charity, R. J.; Cugnon, Joseph ULg

in European Physics Journal: Web of conferences (2011)

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See detailGanglion sentinelle et sentibras: pour un "staging" axillaire sur mesure
Cusumano, P.; BLERET, Valerie ULg; Nos, C. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2011), 66(5-6), 336-40

The status of the axillary lymph nodes is one of the most important prognostic factors in women with early stage breast cancer. Histologic examination of removed lymph nodes is the most accurate method ... [more ▼]

The status of the axillary lymph nodes is one of the most important prognostic factors in women with early stage breast cancer. Histologic examination of removed lymph nodes is the most accurate method for assessing spread of disease to these nodes. Axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) remains the standard approach for women who have clinically palpable axillary nodes. The benefits of ALND include its impact on disease control (axillary recurrence and survival), its prognostic value, and its role in treatment selection. However, the anatomic disruption caused by ALND may result in lymphedema, nerve injury, and shoulder dysfunction, which compromise functionality and quality of life. For patients who have clinically negative axillary lymph nodes, sentinel lymph node (SLN) biopsy offers a less morbid method to determine if there are positive nodes, in which case axillary node dissection would be necessary. Patients who are SLN-positive should undergo complete ALND. Axillary reverse mapping (ARM) is a recent improvement of ALND which, like the biopsy of the GS, would reduce morbidity. [less ▲]

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See detailUnderstanding Crystallization of Anatase into Binary SiO2/TiO2 Sol-Gel Optical Thin Films: An in Situ Thermal Ellipsometry Analysis
Louis, B.; Krins, Natacha ULg; Faustini, M. et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry C: Nanomaterials, Interfaces, and Hard Matter (2011), 115

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See detailHydrogeological study of Somes-Szamos transboundary alluvial aquifer
Drobot, Radu; Szucs, Peter; Brouyère, Serge ULg et al

in Ganoulis, Jacques; Aureli, Alice; Fried, Jean (Eds.) Transboundary Water Resources Management: A Multidisciplinary Approach (2011)

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See detailTrabectedine (ET-743/Yondelis) dans le traitement des sarcomes des tissus mous et du cancer de l'ovaire.
GENNIGENS, Christine ULg; Jerusalem, Guy ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2011), 66(7-8), 452-5

Soft tissue sarcomas account for 1% of all malignant tumours. Until a few years ago, doxorubicine and ifosfamide were the only active chemotherapy drugs in the metastatic setting. Recently, a new drug has ... [more ▼]

Soft tissue sarcomas account for 1% of all malignant tumours. Until a few years ago, doxorubicine and ifosfamide were the only active chemotherapy drugs in the metastatic setting. Recently, a new drug has proven its efficacy after failure of standard treatments: the trabectedin; its activity is based on interference with ADN repair mechanisms. Trabectedin has just been also validated and reimbursed in patients with ovarian cancer, in partially sensitive recurrence. In this paper, we will review the mechanism of action and the clinical results of trabectedin. [less ▲]

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See detailWeighted Banzhaf power and interaction indexes through weighted approximations of games
Marichal, Jean-Luc; Mathonet, Pierre ULg

in European Journal of Operational Research (2011), 211

The Banzhaf power index was introduced in cooperative game theory to measure the real power of players in a game. The Banzhaf interaction index was then proposed to measure the interaction degree inside ... [more ▼]

The Banzhaf power index was introduced in cooperative game theory to measure the real power of players in a game. The Banzhaf interaction index was then proposed to measure the interaction degree inside coalitions of players. It was shown that the power and interaction indexes can be obtained as solutions of a standard least squares approximation problem for pseudo-Boolean functions. Considering certain weighted versions of this approximation problem, we define a class of weighted interaction indexes that generalize the Banzhaf interaction index. We show that these indexes define a subclass of the family of probabilistic interaction indexes and study their most important properties. Finally, we give an interpretation of the Banzhaf and Shapley interaction indexes as centers of mass of this subclass of interaction indexes. [less ▲]

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See detailMicro-CT-based improvement of geometrical and mechanical controllability of selective laser melted Ti6Al4V porous structures
Van Bael, S.; Kerckhofs, Greet ULg; Moesen, M. et al

in MATERIALS SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING A-STRUCTURAL MATERIALS PROPERTIES MICROSTRUCTURE AND PROCESSING (2011), 528(24), 7423-7431

Despite the fact that additive manufacturing (AM) techniques allow to manufacture complex porous parts with a controlled architecture, differences can occur between designed and as-produced morphological ... [more ▼]

Despite the fact that additive manufacturing (AM) techniques allow to manufacture complex porous parts with a controlled architecture, differences can occur between designed and as-produced morphological properties. Therefore this study aimed at optimizing the robustness and controllability of the production of porous Ti6Al4V structures using selective laser melting (SLM) by reducing the mismatch between designed and as-produced morphological and mechanical properties in two runs. In the first run, porous Ti6Al4V structures with different pore sizes were designed, manufactured by SLM, analyzed by microfocus X-ray computed tomography (micro-CT) image analysis and compared to the original design. The comparison was based on the following morphological parameters: pore size, strut thickness, porosity, surface area and structure volume. Integration of the mismatch between designed and measured properties into a second run enabled a decrease of the mismatch. For example, for the average pore size the mismatch decreased from 45% to 5%. The demonstrated protocol is furthermore applicable to other 3D structures, properties and production techniques, powder metallurgy, titanium alloys, porous materials, mechanical characterization, tomography. (C) 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailLe centre, les planètes et la noirceur : Controverses cosmiques et terrestres
Nazé, Yaël ULg

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See detailEffects of sex steroids on aromatase mRNA expression in the male and female quail brain.
Voigt, Cornelia; Ball, Gregory F; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in General and Comparative Endocrinology (2011), 170(1), 180-8

Castrated male quail display intense male-typical copulatory behavior in response to exogenous testosterone but ovariectomized females do not. The behavior of males is largely mediated by the central ... [more ▼]

Castrated male quail display intense male-typical copulatory behavior in response to exogenous testosterone but ovariectomized females do not. The behavior of males is largely mediated by the central aromatization of testosterone into estradiol. The lack of behavioral response in females could result from a lower rate of aromatization. This is probably not the case because although the enzymatic sex difference is clearly present in gonadally intact sexually mature birds, it is not reliably found in gonadectomized birds treated with testosterone, in which the behavioral sex difference is always observed. We previously discovered that the higher aromatase activity in sexually mature males as compared to females is not associated with major differences in aromatase mRNA density. A reverse sex difference (females>males) was even detected in the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. We analyzed here by in situ hybridization histochemistry the density of aromatase mRNA in gonadectomized male and female quail that were or were not exposed to a steroid profile typical of their sex. Testosterone and ovarian steroids (presumably estradiol) increased aromatase mRNA concentration in males and females respectively but mRNA density was similar in both sexes. A reverse sex difference in aromatase mRNA density (females>males) was detected in the bed nucleus of subjects exposed to sex steroids. Together these data suggest that although the induction of aromatase activity by testosterone corresponds to an increased transcription of the enzyme, the sex difference in enzymatic activity results largely from post-transcriptional controls that remain to be identified. [less ▲]

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See detailControl of hydrogen photoproduction by the proton gradient generated by cyclic electron flow in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii.
Tolleter, Dimitri; Ghysels, Bart ULg; Alric, Jean et al

in Plant Cell (2011), 23(7), 2619-30

Hydrogen photoproduction by eukaryotic microalgae results from a connection between the photosynthetic electron transport chain and a plastidial hydrogenase. Algal H(2) production is a transitory ... [more ▼]

Hydrogen photoproduction by eukaryotic microalgae results from a connection between the photosynthetic electron transport chain and a plastidial hydrogenase. Algal H(2) production is a transitory phenomenon under most natural conditions, often viewed as a safety valve protecting the photosynthetic electron transport chain from overreduction. From the colony screening of an insertion mutant library of the unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii based on the analysis of dark-light chlorophyll fluorescence transients, we isolated a mutant impaired in cyclic electron flow around photosystem I (CEF) due to a defect in the Proton Gradient Regulation Like1 (PGRL1) protein. Under aerobiosis, nonphotochemical quenching of fluorescence (NPQ) is strongly decreased in pgrl1. Under anaerobiosis, H(2) photoproduction is strongly enhanced in the pgrl1 mutant, both during short-term and long-term measurements (in conditions of sulfur deprivation). Based on the light dependence of NPQ and hydrogen production, as well as on the enhanced hydrogen production observed in the wild-type strain in the presence of the uncoupling agent carbonyl cyanide p-trifluoromethoxyphenylhydrazone, we conclude that the proton gradient generated by CEF provokes a strong inhibition of electron supply to the hydrogenase in the wild-type strain, which is released in the pgrl1 mutant. Regulation of the trans-thylakoidal proton gradient by monitoring pgrl1 expression opens new perspectives toward reprogramming the cellular metabolism of microalgae for enhanced H(2) production. [less ▲]

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See detailField trip 1: Givetian and Frasnian of Southern Belgium
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Coen-Aubert, Marie; Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg et al

in Kölner Forum für Geologie und Paläontologie (2011), 20

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See detailValdeblore (06) Le Clouté
Pagès, Gaspard ULg

in D.R.A.C., S.R.A. (Ed.) Bilan scientifique de la région Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur 2010 (2011)

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