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See detailA partial hybrid stress solid-shell element for the analysis of laminated composites
Rah, Kamran; Van Paepegem, Wim; Habraken, Anne ULg et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics and Engineerinrg (2011), 200(49-52), 35263539

In this paper a low order partial hybrid stress solid-shell element based on the composite energy functional for the analysis of laminated composite structures is presented. This solid-shell element has ... [more ▼]

In this paper a low order partial hybrid stress solid-shell element based on the composite energy functional for the analysis of laminated composite structures is presented. This solid-shell element has eight nodes with only displacement degrees of freedoms, and three-dimensional constitutive models can be directly employed in the present formulation without any additional treatment. The assumed interlaminar stress field provides very accurate interlaminar stress calculation through the element thickness. These elements can be stacked on top of each other to model multilayer structures, fulfilling the interlaminar stress continuity at the interlayer surfaces and zero traction conditions on the top and bottom surfaces of the laminate. The present solid-shell does not show the transverse shear, trapezoidal and thickness locking phenomenon. [less ▲]

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See detailSexual differentiation of sexual behavior and its orientation.
Roselli, Charles; Balthazart, Jacques ULg

in Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology (2011), 32(2), 109

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See detailOverview of CO2 dynamics within sea ice
Delille, Bruno ULg; Geilfus, Nicolas-Xavier ULg; Vancoppenolle, M. et al

Conference (2011)

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See detailCoping with Minority Status: Responses to Exclusion and Inclusion
Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Contemporary Sociology: a Journal of Reviews (2011), 40(2), 158-159

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See detailNotched Specimens Fracture Prediction with an Advanced GTN Model
Fansi Tchonko, Joseph ULg; Ben Bettaieb, Mohamed ULg; Balan, Tudor et al

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2011), 488-489

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See detailLa tradizione fiorentina della Supplicatione d’Italia al re di Francia. Con una nuova edizione critica
Moreno, Paola ULg

in Filologia e Critica (2011), XXXV(2), 1-33

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See detailA hybrid bioregulatory model of angiogenesis during bone fracture healing
Peiffer, Veronique; Gerisch, Alf; Vandepitte, Dirk et al

in Biomechanics & Modeling in Mechanobiology (2011), 10(3), 383-395

Bone fracture healing is a complex process in which angiogenesis or the development of a blood vessel net work plays a crucial role. In this paper, a mathematicalmodel is presented that simulates the ... [more ▼]

Bone fracture healing is a complex process in which angiogenesis or the development of a blood vessel net work plays a crucial role. In this paper, a mathematicalmodel is presented that simulates the biological aspects of fracture healing including the formation of individual blood vessels. The model consists of partial differential equations, several of which describe the evolution in density of the most important cell types, growth factors, tissues and nutrients. The other equations determine the growth of blood vessels as a result of themovement of leading endothelial (tip) cells. Branching and anastomoses are accounted for in the model. The model is applied to a normal fracture healing case and subjected to a sensitivity analysis. The spatiotemporal evolution of soft tissues and bone, as well as the development of a blood vessel network are corroborated by comparison with experimental data. Moreover, this study shows that the proposed mathematical framework can be a useful tool in the research of impaired healing and the design of treatment strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailTrouver le quatre. Espace, peinture et images de la scène dans Devant la parole
Dubouclez, Olivier ULg

in Ferry, Marion (Ed.) L’Acte inconnu/Devant la parole (2011)

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See detailNeuroendocrine disruption: the emerging concept.
Trudeau, Vance L; Kah, Olivier; Bourguignon, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health. Part B, Critical Reviews (2011), 14(5-7), 267-9

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See detailBrain functional integration decreases during propofol-induced loss of consciousness.
Schrouff, Jessica ULg; Perlbarg, Vincent; Boly, Mélanie ULg et al

in NeuroImage (2011), 57(1), 198-205

Consciousness has been related to the amount of integrated information that the brain is able to generate. In this paper, we tested the hypothesis that the loss of consciousness caused by propofol ... [more ▼]

Consciousness has been related to the amount of integrated information that the brain is able to generate. In this paper, we tested the hypothesis that the loss of consciousness caused by propofol anesthesia is associated with a significant reduction in the capacity of the brain to integrate information. To assess the functional structure of the whole brain, functional integration and partial correlations were computed from fMRI data acquired from 18 healthy volunteers during resting wakefulness and propofol-induced deep sedation. Total integration was significantly reduced from wakefulness to deep sedation in the whole brain as well as within and between its constituent networks (or systems). Integration was systematically reduced within each system (i.e., brain or networks), as well as between networks. However, the ventral attentional network maintained interactions with most other networks during deep sedation. Partial correlations further suggested that functional connectivity was particularly affected between parietal areas and frontal or temporal regions during deep sedation. Our findings suggest that the breakdown in brain integration is the neural correlate of the loss of consciousness induced by propofol. They stress the important role played by parietal and frontal areas in the generation of consciousness. [less ▲]

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See detailDrospirenone and interference with renin-antiotensin system
VROONEN, Laurent ULg; Cavalier, Etienne ULg; Vranken, Laura ULg et al

in Annales d'Endocrinologie - 28ème congrès de la société Française d'Endocrinologie (2011)

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See detailCharacterization of the response of GFP microbial biosensors sensitive to substrate limitation in scale-down bioreactors
Delvigne, Frank ULg; Brognaux, Alison ULg; Gorret, Nathalie et al

in Biochemical Engineering Journal (2011), 55(2), 131-139

The dynamics of microbial stress response in intensive cultivation conditions remains not completely understood. In this work, two green fluorescent protein (GFP) transcriptional reporters have been used ... [more ▼]

The dynamics of microbial stress response in intensive cultivation conditions remains not completely understood. In this work, two green fluorescent protein (GFP) transcriptional reporters have been used as biosensors of the heterogeneities generated in a two-compartment scale-down reactor. The stress promoters have been chosen for their responsiveness to carbon limitation corresponding to the global substrate profiles encountered in intensive fed-batch cultures. From our results, it can be concluded that the exposure of microbial cells to substrates heterogeneities tends to decrease the GFP expression level in fed-batch mode. Fluorescence intensities have been monitored at the single cell level by using flow cytometry. During the course of the fed-batch culture, a drop at the level of the intracellular GFP content has been observed for the two scale-down operating conditions and for the two promoters sensitive to substrate limitation (rpoS and csiE). The fluorescence drop can be attributed to the repression of these promoters but also to the release of GFP to the extracellular medium according to the increase of the fluorescence level of the supernatant. This leakage has been observed for all the operating conditions, i.e. the scale-down reactors and the culture operating in the normal mode, i.e. in a well-mixed bioreactor. Interestingly, GFP leakage is more pronounced in the case of the cultures operated in the normal mode. Indeed, staining by propidium iodide tends to be more elevated for the microbial cells cultured under the normal mode by comparison with those cultured in scale-down conditions, indicating a higher permeability of the membrane. These results suggest that GFP microbial biosensors could be used to detect simultaneously mixing imperfections and their impact on the viability of microorganisms. [less ▲]

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See detailMathematical modeling of cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesion in tissue engineering using continuum models
Geris, Liesbet ULg; Gerisch, A.

in Geffen, A. (Ed.) Cellular and Biomolecular Mechanics and Mechanobiology (2011)

Key factors in the formation of cell aggregates in tissue engineering and other fields are the cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. Other important factors are culture conditions such as nutrient and ... [more ▼]

Key factors in the formation of cell aggregates in tissue engineering and other fields are the cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions. Other important factors are culture conditions such as nutrient and oxygen supply and the characteristics of the environment (medium versus hydrogel). As mathematical models are increasingly used to investigate biological phenomena, it is important that processes such as cell adhesion are adequately described in the models. Recently a technique was developed to incorporate cell-cell and cell-matrix adhesion in continuum models through the use of non-local terms. In this study we apply this technique to model adhesion in a cell-in-gel culture set-up often found in tissue engineering applications. We briefly describe the biological issues underlying this study and the various modeling techniques used to capture adhesive behaviour. We furthermore elaborate on the numerical techniques that were developed in the course of this study. Finally, we consider a tissue engineering model that describes the spatiotemporal evolution of the concentration of cells, matrix, hydrogel, matrix degrading enzymes and oxygen/nutrients in a cell-in-gel culture system. Sensitivity analyses indicate a clear influence of the different adhesive processes on the final cell and collagen density and distribution, demonstrating the significance of cell adhesion in tissue engineering and the potential of the proposed mathematical technique. [less ▲]

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See detail"Nourrir les dieux ?" Sacrifice et représentation du divin. Actes de la VIe rencontre du Groupe de recherche européen "FIGURA. Représentation du divin dans les sociétés grecque et romaine (Université de Liège, 23-24 octobre 2009)
Pirenne, Vinciane ULg; Prescendi, Francesca

Book published by CIERGA (2011)

Les Grecs et les Romains sacrifiaient aux dieux des produits qui faisaient partie de leur alimentation. Une nourriture tout humaine était dès lors un médium privilégié pour entrer en communication avec ... [more ▼]

Les Grecs et les Romains sacrifiaient aux dieux des produits qui faisaient partie de leur alimentation. Une nourriture tout humaine était dès lors un médium privilégié pour entrer en communication avec eux et les honorer. S’agissait-il pour autant de « Nourrir les dieux ? » Le point d’interrogation du titre ouvre la discussion sur les mécanismes subtils de l’anthropomorphisme à l’œuvre derrière les rites sacrificiels. L’analyse de ces rites informe sur la représentation du divin qu’ils véhiculent et sur la portée symbolique de l’offrande alimentaire. Les contributions de ce volume permettent de reconstituer, par touches successives, une véritable « théologie », à savoir un discours sur le divin induit par la variété des gestes posés, des aliments choisis et de la mise en scène parfois très élaborée qui les encadre. [less ▲]

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See detailEnjeux fonciers, exploitation des ressources naturelles et Forêts des Communautés Locales en périphérie de Kinshasa, RDC
Vermeulen, Cédric ULg; Dubiez, Emilien; Procès, Pierre et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2011), 15(4), 535-544

Peri-urban forests are under strong anthropic pressure. Any activity needs a previous identification of stakeholders, landscape perception, socio-economic trends in local communities and their ... [more ▼]

Peri-urban forests are under strong anthropic pressure. Any activity needs a previous identification of stakeholders, landscape perception, socio-economic trends in local communities and their relationships with land and natural resources. Kinshasa (capital of Democratic Republic of Congo, DRC) is a 10 millions inhabitants city with rapid growth and increasing impacts on surrounding villages linked with forest natural resources. This paper describes the relationship amongst local communities stakeholders and their relations with land areas and wood resources. Two areas surrounding Kinshasa (Bas-Congo and Bateke Plateaux) are considered as major fuel-wood and charcoal supply zones for the city. Those two areas are different in terms of land pressure (very high in Bas-Congo and focused on riparian forests on Bateke Plateaux), but show the same pattern of overuse of the forest and woody natural resources. In both areas, local management of forest resources by the traditional authorities (heads of village or lineage) has failed. Local population willingness for reforestation and forest restoration activities is much more important in Bas-Congo than on Bateke Plateaux. In both areas, shifting cultivation due to slash and burn practices for agricultural and charcoal practices are more and more quick. This has strong negative impact on the potential of regeneration process with local forest species. Sustainability of forest natural resources management by communities is discussed in regard to the on going negotiations on community based forest management regulations. [less ▲]

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See detailCaractérisation des composés volatils des huiles d’olive produites dans des coopératives de la région orientale du Maroc
Tanouti, K.; Serghini-Caid, H.; Sindic, Marianne ULg et al

Poster (2011)

L'objectif principal de cette étude est de faire progresser nos connaissances sur le profil volatil des huiles d’olive produite dans les régions du Maroc oriental. L’identification des composés volatils des ... [more ▼]

L'objectif principal de cette étude est de faire progresser nos connaissances sur le profil volatil des huiles d’olive produite dans les régions du Maroc oriental. L’identification des composés volatils des échantillons d’huiles d’olive provenant des coopératives de la région orientale du Maroc et la comparaison aux profils de volatils d’huiles européennes a été réalisée on utilisant la méthode de la microextraction en phase solide (SPME) couplée à la GC/MS. [less ▲]

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See detailLe mécénat féminin en France et en Bourgogne (XVe-XVIe siècles). Nouvelles perspectives. Actes de la journée d'études internationale tenue à l'Université de Liège, le 10 mai 2010
Fagnart, Laure ULg; L'Estrange, Elizabeth

Book published by De Boeck (2011)

Le rôle joué par les femmes de pouvoir au Moyen Âge et au tout début de la Renaissance dans la commande d’œuvres artistiques et culturelles constitue un champ de recherche de plus en plus prolifique. La ... [more ▼]

Le rôle joué par les femmes de pouvoir au Moyen Âge et au tout début de la Renaissance dans la commande d’œuvres artistiques et culturelles constitue un champ de recherche de plus en plus prolifique. La présente collection d’articles, suscitée par une journée d’études intitulée "Le mécénat féminin en France et en Bourgogne (XVe-XVIe siècles). Nouvelles perspectives", qui a eu lieu à l’Université de Liège en 2010, illustre l’importance des femmes mécènes, en France et en Bourgogne, dans les domaines de l’architecture, de l’orfèvrerie, des manuscrits enluminés, de la peinture et de la sculpture, ainsi que dans la traduction et dans l’organisation des cérémonials. Dans leurs fonctions respectives, celles de reine, reine mère, duchesse, régente, dame d’honneur, les femmes font usage des œuvres d’art et des rites pour promouvoir leurs intérêts personnels et dynastiques, confrontées qu’elles sont aux difficultés liées à leur sexe et à leur statut de femme de pouvoir, ou à des difficultés telles que les rivalités, la guerre, ou la folie. Même s’il est clair que les cours française et bourguignonne constituent l’espace le plus favorable à l’efflorescence du mécénat féminin, cette collection démontre toutefois l’existence d’un même phénomène, important, en dehors des sphères royales. [less ▲]

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See detailEVI1-mediated down regulation of MIR449A is essential for the survival of EVI1 positive leukaemic cells.
De Weer, An; Van der Meulen, Joni; Rondou, Pieter et al

in British Journal of Haematology (2011), 154(3), 337-48

Chromosomal rearrangements involving the MECOM (MDS1 and EVI1 complex) locus are recurrent genetic events in myeloid leukaemia and are associated with poor prognosis. In this study, we assessed the role ... [more ▼]

Chromosomal rearrangements involving the MECOM (MDS1 and EVI1 complex) locus are recurrent genetic events in myeloid leukaemia and are associated with poor prognosis. In this study, we assessed the role of MECOM locus protein EVI1 in the transcriptional regulation of microRNAs (miRNAs) involved in the leukaemic phenotype. For this, we profiled expression of 366 miRNAs in 38 MECOM-rearranged patient samples, normal bone marrow controls and MECOM (EVI1) knock down/re-expression models. Cross-comparison of these miRNA expression profiling data showed that MECOM rearranged leukaemias are characterized by down regulation of MIR449A. Reconstitution of MIR449A expression in MECOM-rearranged cell line models induced apoptosis resulting in a strong decrease in cell viability. These effects might be mediated in part by MIR449A regulation of NOTCH1 and BCL2, which are shown here to be bona fide MIR449A targets. Finally, we confirmed that MIR449A repression is mediated through direct promoter occupation of the EVI1 transcriptional repressor. In conclusion, this study reveals MIR449A as a crucial direct target of the MECOM locus protein EVI1 involved in the pathogenesis of MECOM-rearranged leukaemias and unravels NOTCH1 and BCL2 as important novel targets of MIR449A. This EVI1-MIR449A-NOTCH1/BCL2 regulatory axis might open new possibilities for the development of therapeutic strategies in this poor prognostic leukaemia subgroup. [less ▲]

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