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See detailThe extension of the INCL model for simulation of shielding in space
Pedoux, Sophie ULg; Cugnon, Joseph ULg; Mancusi, Davide ULg et al

in Advances in Space Research (2011), 48(2), 383-389

Radiation hazard for space missions is mainly due to cosmic ray protons, helium nuclei and light ions, whose energy spectrum is maximum around 1 GeV per nucleon but remains non-negligible for energies up ... [more ▼]

Radiation hazard for space missions is mainly due to cosmic ray protons, helium nuclei and light ions, whose energy spectrum is maximum around 1 GeV per nucleon but remains non-negligible for energies up to 15 GeV per nucleon. Nuclear reactions induced by high energy protons are often described by intranuclear cascade plus evaporation models. The attention is focused here on the Liège Intranuclear Cascade model (INCL), which has been shown to reproduce fairly well a great deal of experimental data for nucleon-induced reactions in the 200 MeV to 2 GeV range, when coupled with the ABLA evaporation-fission code. In order to extend the model to other conditions relevant for space radiation, three improvements of INCL are under development. They are reported on here. First, the reaction model has been extended to nucleon-nucleus reactions at incident energies up to 15 GeV, mainly by the inclusion of additional pion production channels in nucleon-nucleon collisions during the cascade. Second, a coalescence mechanism for the emission of light charged particles has been implemented recently. Finally, the model has been modified in order to accommodate light ions as projectiles. First results are shown and compared with illustrative experimental data. Implications for issues concerning radiation protection in space are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailNucleolar structure across evolution: the transition between bi- and tri-compartmentalized nucleoli lies within the class Reptilia.
Lamaye, Francoise; Galliot, Sonia; Alibardi, Lorenzo et al

in Journal of Structural Biology (2011), 174(2), 352-9

Two types of nucleolus can be distinguished among eukaryotic cells: a tri-compartmentalized nucleolus in amniotes and a bi-compartmentalized nucleolus in all the others. However, though the nucleolus ... [more ▼]

Two types of nucleolus can be distinguished among eukaryotic cells: a tri-compartmentalized nucleolus in amniotes and a bi-compartmentalized nucleolus in all the others. However, though the nucleolus' ultrastructure is well characterized in mammals and birds, it has been so far much less studied in reptiles. In this work, we examined the ultrastructural organization of the nucleolus in various tissues from different reptilian species (three turtles, three lizards, two crocodiles, and three snakes). Using cytochemical and immunocytological methods, we showed that in reptiles both types of nucleolus are present: a bi-compartmentalized nucleolus in turtles and a tri-compartmentalized nucleolus in the other species examined in this study. Furthermore, in a given species, the same type of nucleolus is present in all the tissues, however, the importance and the repartition of those nucleolar components could vary from one tissue to another. We also reveal that, contrary to the mammalian nucleolus, the reptilian fibrillar centers contain small clumps of condensed chromatin and that their surrounding dense fibrillar component is thicker. Finally, we also report that Cajal bodies are detected in reptiles. Altogether, we believe that these results have profound evolutionarily implications since they indicate that the point of transition between bipartite and tripartite nucleoli lies at the emergence of the amniotes within the class Reptilia. [less ▲]

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See detailMuscular forces affecting the outcome of CCL surgery.
Ramirez, L.; Böhme, Béatrice ULg; Vroomen, Carl ULg et al

in Proceedings of the 20th ECVS Congress (2011)

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See detailPopulation history and gene dispersal inferred from spatial genetic structure of a Central African timber tree, Distemonanthus benthamianus (Caesalpinioideae)
Debout, G. D. G.; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Hardy, O. J.

in Heredity (2011), 106

African rainforests have undergone major distribution range shifts during the Quaternary, but few studies have investigated their impact on the genetic diversity of plant species and we lack knowledge on ... [more ▼]

African rainforests have undergone major distribution range shifts during the Quaternary, but few studies have investigated their impact on the genetic diversity of plant species and we lack knowledge on the extent of gene flow to predict how plant species can cope with such environmental changes. Analysis of the spatial genetic structure (SGS) of a species is an effective method to determine major directions of the demographic history of its populations and to estimate the extent of gene dispersal. This study characterises the SGS of an African tropical timber tree species, Distemonanthus benthamianus, at various spatial scales in Cameroon and Gabon. Displaying a large continuous distribution in the Lower Guinea domain, this is a model species to detect signs of past population fragmentation and recolonization, and to estimate the extent of gene dispersal. Ten microsatellite loci were used to genotype 295 adult trees sampled from eight populations. Three clearly differentiated gene pools were resolved at this regional scale and could be linked to the biogeographical history of the region, rather than to physical barriers to gene flow. A comparison with the distribution of gene pools observed for two other tree species living in the same region invalidates the basic assumption that all species share the same Quaternary refuges and recolonization pathways. In four populations, significant and similar patterns of SGS were detected. Indirect estimates of gene dispersal distances (sigma) obtained for three populations ranged from 400 to 1200m, whereas neighbourhood size estimates ranged from 50 to 110. [less ▲]

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See detailDe invloed van een muzikale opleiding op de perceptie van de prosodie van een vreemde taal: een verkennend onderzoek
Degrave, Pauline; Rasier, Laurent ULg; Hiligsmann, Philippe

in Rasier, Laurent; Van Heuven, Vincent; Defrancq, Bart (Eds.) et al Nederlands in het perspectief van uitspraakverwerving en contrastieve taalkunde (2011)

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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 detailL'image du mois. Quand tout va a vau-l'eau: evolution cataclysmique d'un melanome a croissance rapide.
Bourguignon, R.; Lesuisse, M.; PIERARD, Gérald ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2011), 66(3), 117-20

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See detailInfluence of veneer thickness on residual stress profile in veneering ceramic: Measurement by hole-drilling.
MAINJOT, Amélie ULg; Schajer, G. S.; Vanheusden, Alain ULg et al

in Dental Materials (2011)

OBJECTIVES: The veneering process of frameworks induces residual stresses and can initiate cracks when combined with functional stresses. The stress distribution within the veneering ceramic as a function ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: The veneering process of frameworks induces residual stresses and can initiate cracks when combined with functional stresses. The stress distribution within the veneering ceramic as a function of depth is a key factor influencing failure by chipping. This is a well-known problem with Yttria-tetragonal-zirconia-polycrystal based fixed partial dentures. The objective of this study is to investigate the influence of veneer thickness on the stress profile in zirconia- and metal-based structures. METHODS: The hole-drilling method, often used for engineering measurements, was adapted for use with veneering ceramic. The stress profile was measured in bilayered disc samples of 20mm diameter, with a 1mm thick zirconia or metal framework. Different veneering ceramic thicknesses were performed: 1mm, 1.5mm, 2mm, 2.5mm and 3mm. RESULTS: All samples exhibited the same type of stress vs. depth profile, starting with compressive at the ceramic surface, decreasing with depth up to 0.5-1.0mm from the surface, and then becoming compressive again near the framework, except for the 1.5mm-veneered zirconia samples which exhibited interior tensile stresses. Stresses in the surface of metal samples were not influenced by veneer thickness. Variation of interior stresses at 1.2mm from the surface in function of veneer thickness was inverted for metal and zirconia samples. SIGNIFICANCE: Veneer thickness influences in an opposite way the residual stress profile in metal- and in zirconia-based structures. A three-step approach and the hypothesis of the crystalline transformation are discussed to explain the less favorable residual stress development in zirconia samples. [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 detailHet geïntegreerde contrastieve onderzoeksdesign onder de loep
Hiligsmann, Philippe; Rasier, Laurent ULg

in Rasier, Laurent; Van Heuven, Vincent; Defrancq, Bart (Eds.) et al Nederlands in het perspectief van uitspraakverwerving en contrastieve taalkunde (2011)

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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 detailCompte rendu de Hubertus NEUHAUSEN, "Der Zweite Alkibiades. Untersuchungen zu einen pseudoplatonischen Dialog"
Gavray, Marc-Antoine ULg

in Antiquité Classique : Revue Interuniversitaire d'Etudes Classiques (2011), 80

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See detailInsecticidal effect of Jatropha curcas oil on the aphid Aphis fabae (Hemiptera: Aphididae) and on the main insect pests associated with cowpeas (Vigna unguiculata) in Niger
Abdoul Habou, Zakari; Haougui, A.; Mergeai, Guy ULg et al

in Tropicultura (2011), 29(4), 225-229

The insecticidal activity of Jatropha curcas has been evaluated on various crop pests. Oil concentrations of 0.5, 1, 2.5, 5, 10 and 15% were first tested on the black bean aphid (Aphis fabae Scop.) as ... [more ▼]

The insecticidal activity of Jatropha curcas has been evaluated on various crop pests. Oil concentrations of 0.5, 1, 2.5, 5, 10 and 15% were first tested on the black bean aphid (Aphis fabae Scop.) as part of an efficacy test conducted in the laboratory. During a second stage, the insecticidal efficacy of 5 and 7.5% oil concentrations was evaluated on the main pests infesting cowpea crops (Vigna unguiculata L.) as part of a field test conducted at the University of Niamey (Niger). The results obtained in the two tests demonstrate the biocidal effect of the treatments applied, which increases with the concentration. On the black bean aphid, the biocidal effect increases during the hours following the application of oil before reaching a peak after 4 days. On cowpeas, J. curcas oil concentrations of 5% and 7.5% make it possible to reduce the level of attack by aphids (Aphis craccivora) by 10 and 50% respectively compared to the control. A 50% and 75% fall in the number of thrips (Megalurothrips sjöstedti) and bugs (Anoplocnemis curvipes), respectively, can be observed under the same conditions. This treatment made it possible to greatly increase yields compared to the untreated control. [less ▲]

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See detailFinal results of NKTR-102, a topoisomerase I inhibitor-polymer conjugate, in patients (Pts) with pretreated metastatic breast cancer (MBC) demonstrating significant antitumor activity
Garcia, A; Awada, A; Chan, S et al

in Journal of Clinical Oncology (2011), 29(supplement 27),

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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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