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See detailEtude de l'activité antifongique des bactéries lactiques isolées de produits alimentaires fermentés et caractérisation de leurs métabolites inhibiteurs
Ndagano, Dora ULg

Doctoral thesis (2011)

Summary: The aim of this present research was to study the antifungal properties of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) isolated from fermented Mill flour and fermented cassava in order to use them for ... [more ▼]

Summary: The aim of this present research was to study the antifungal properties of lactic acid bacteria (LAB) isolated from fermented Mill flour and fermented cassava in order to use them for biopreservation. Antifungal activity of these LAB were assessed in MRS solid medium against food spoilage moulds as Aspergillus niger MUCL 28699, Aspergillus niger CWBIF194, Aspergillus tubingensis MP1 and Penicillium crustosum MY1. Three strains, Lactobacillus plantarum VE56, Weissella cibaria FMF4B16 and Weissella paramesenteroides LC11 were selected among 116 for their strongest inhibitory activity and their broad inhibitory spectrum against food moulds. The 4-fold concentrated supernatant of L. plantarum VE56 and W. paramesenteroides LC11 had the strongest inhibitory activity to compare to W. cibaria FMF4B16. The antifungal activity of the cell-free supernatant was pH dependent and insensitive to proteolytic enzymes action suggesting that the inhibitory activity was due to other compounds than proteins. The identification of antifungal compounds by chromatographic studies highlighted the production of phenyllactic acid by the three strains. In addition, 2-hydroxy-3-methylpentanoic acid and 2-hydroxy-4-methylpentanoic acid were produced by L. plantarum VE56 and W. paramesenteroides LC11. However, the concentration assessed in the supernatant was lower than the minimal inhibitory concentration showing a synergic action of all these produced compounds. The effect of the antifungal supernatant of L. plantarum VE56 and W. paramesenteroides LC11 on Aspergillus flavus NRRL 3357 resulted to an inhibition of conidial development and aflatoxin B1 production which was reflected in decreased gene expression of brlA (conidiophore specific transcription factor) and laeA (global regulator of secondary metabolism). These two bacteria also delayed Penicillium expansum MUCL 14498 conidial development in bread. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobial Diversity and Processes in Lake Kivu (East Africa)
Llirós, M.; Darchambeau, François ULg; Garcia-Armisen, T. et al

Conference (2011)

Lake Kivu is a deep meromictic and oligotrophic tropical African lake with a permanent thermal- and haline stratification with huge accumulations of dissolved CO2 and CH4 (ca. 300 km3 and 60 km3 ... [more ▼]

Lake Kivu is a deep meromictic and oligotrophic tropical African lake with a permanent thermal- and haline stratification with huge accumulations of dissolved CO2 and CH4 (ca. 300 km3 and 60 km3, respectively) in the deep anoxic monimolimnion (from 60 o 480 m depth). Although there are a wealth of information on the ecology of small eukaryotes and their trophic role on Kivu, available information on prokaryotic planktonic assemblages is scarce. Molecular analysis of archaeal and bacterial communities showed a vertical segregation imposed by the permanent redoxcline. In relation to Bacteria, Actinobacteria, Betaproteobacteria, Green Sulfur Bacteria and Bacteroidetes were the most commonly retrieved groups. For Archaea, a marked dominance of Thaumarchaeota and Crenarchaeota (75% of all archaeal OTUs) over Euryarchaeota was observed. In the anoxic hypolimnion, Euryarchaoeta (Methanosarcinales and Methanocellales) lineages together with Miscellaneous Crenarchaeotic Group phylotypes were mainly recovered. In turn, Thaumarchaeota phylotypes were recovered in oxic and suboxic waters. CARDFISH analyses over the first 100 m revealed the dominance of Bacteria (51.4% – 95.7% of DAPI-stained cells), especially Actinobacteria (epilimnion), Betaproteobacteria (oxic-anoxic interface) and Bacteroidetes (upper hypolimnion), over Archaea (1.0% – 4.5%; maximum abundances at the oxic-anoxic interface). In turn, flow cytometry evidenced the dominance of HNA cells in the euphotic layer, whereas the proportion of LNA cells increased with depth. HNA and LNA populations were still observed in the anoxic hypolimnion suggesting facultative or strict anaerobic metabolisms. The detection of distinct depth maxima of nitrate, nitrite, archaeal amoA and Marine Thaumarchaeota 16S gene copy numbers together with regularly detection of deep maxima of 3H-Thymidine uptake, and the presence of low-light adapted GSB species point towards a strong link of N, C, and S cycles in the redoxcline of Lake Kivu. [less ▲]

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See detailOnderneming en recht. Bedrijfsfiscaliteit
Peeters, Bart ULg

Book published by Knops Publishing (2011)

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See detailBespreking HvJ 18 maart 2010
Peeters, Bart ULg

in Rechtskundig Weekblad (2011)

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See detailTraumatologie du golf
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

Learning material (2011)

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See detailLa main de Gilliatt-Sumner ou le syndrome de défilé cervicothoracique neurogène vrai. A propos de sept cas opérés.
DUBUISSON, Annie ULg; NGUYEN KHAC, Minh-Tuan ULg; SCHOLTES, Félix ULg et al

in Neuro-Chirurgie (2011), 57(1), 9-14

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The clinical picture of hand atrophy related to a cervical rib or elongated C7 transverse process was well described in the modern literature by Gilliatt and Sumner; in 1970, they ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The clinical picture of hand atrophy related to a cervical rib or elongated C7 transverse process was well described in the modern literature by Gilliatt and Sumner; in 1970, they reported a series of nine patients whose motor status was stabilized following brachial plexus decompression. We report here seven patients suffering from thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS), who developed hand atrophy, sometimes because of diagnostic delay. METHODS: The patient's charts were analysed retrospectively. RESULTS: The seven patients were all female; the mean age was 43 years. The first complaints were arm pain and paresthesias lasting six months to 5 years. Three patients were treated with C56/C67 discectomy plus disc prosthesis (one patient), ulnar neurolysis at the elbow (the same patient), carpal tunnel release (one patient), and intravenous immunoglobulins (one patient) before TOS diagnosis. Hand atrophy, severe in five patients, was present at presentation. All patients underwent brachial plexus decompression by the anterior (four), posterior (two), or transaxillary (one) approach. This last approach was completed 18 months later by brachial plexus neurolysis via the anterior approach. Postoperatively, motor deficit was improved in two patients and stabilized in five patients. CONCLUSIONS: Physicians' unfamiliarity with TOS diagnosis or their reluctance to accept the diagnosis without electrical confirmation can lead to hand atrophy. Brachial plexus decompression at this stage usually stabilizes the deficit. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk Taking of Executives under Different Incentive Contracts: Experimental Evidence
Lefebvre, Mathieu ULg; Vieider, Ferdinand

E-print/Working paper (2011)

Classic financial agency theory recommends compensation through stock options rather than shares to induce risk neutrality in otherwise risk averse agents. In an experiment, we find that subjects acting ... [more ▼]

Classic financial agency theory recommends compensation through stock options rather than shares to induce risk neutrality in otherwise risk averse agents. In an experiment, we find that subjects acting as executives do also take risks that are excessive from the perspective of shareholders if compensated through options. Compensation through restricted company stock reduces the uptake of excessive risks. Even under stock-ownership, however, experimental executives continue to take excessive risks—a result that cannot be accounted for by classic incentive theory. We develop a basic model in which such risk-taking behavior is explained based on a richer array of risk attitudes derived from Prospect Theory. We use the model to derive hypotheses on what may be driving excessive risk taking in the experiment. Testing those hypotheses, we find that most of them are indeed borne out by the data. We thus conclude that a prospect-theory-based model is more apt at explaining risk attitudes under different compensation regimes than traditional principal-agent models grounded in expected utility theory. [less ▲]

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See detailL'automne de Black Market International (événement + plasticité = performance)
Hagelstein, Maud ULg

in Culture, le magazine culturel de l'Université de Liège (2011)

À l'occasion de ses 25 ans, le collectif de performeurs Black Market International (BMI) proposait cet automne un « anniversary tour » à travers la Pologne et l'Allemagne, qui devait finir au Performance ... [more ▼]

À l'occasion de ses 25 ans, le collectif de performeurs Black Market International (BMI) proposait cet automne un « anniversary tour » à travers la Pologne et l'Allemagne, qui devait finir au Performance Art Festival « Bone 13 » à Berne en Suisse. Dans le cadre de cette tournée créative, BMI présentait à Cologne – en marge des milieux les plus courus par les amateurs d'art – une session de performance art très remarquée à l'Orangerie – Theater im Volksgarten (24 nov. 2010). À ceux qui peinent parfois à saisir l'intérêt du genre de la performance, on ne saurait que conseiller une immersion de plusieurs heures dans l'univers décalé de BMI. Il reste qu'une définition claire du medium n'en découlera pas nécessairement puisque les pratiques du performance art sont extrêmement variées : les performeurs ne cessent de transformer eux-mêmes les modes d'utilisation des langages artistiques. On partira donc d'une description minimale : dans un certain espace-temps, des artistes se mettent en mouvement et présentent des actions (portant soit sur des objets, soit sur l'espace, soit sur leur propre corps). Mais replonger dans cette soirée du 24 novembre permettra d'étoffer quelque peu ce point de départ. [less ▲]

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See detailRepresenting real numbers in a generalized numeration system
Charlier, Emilie ULg; Le Gonidec, Marion; Rigo, Michel ULg

in Journal of Computer & System Sciences (2011), 77

We show how to represent an interval of real numbers in an abstract numeration system built on a language that is not necessarily regular. As an application, we consider representations of real numbers ... [more ▼]

We show how to represent an interval of real numbers in an abstract numeration system built on a language that is not necessarily regular. As an application, we consider representations of real numbers using the Dyck language. We also show that our framework can be applied to the rational base numeration systems. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom shallow water to deep mound - sedimentology and stromatoporoids paleoecology from the Frasnian (Upper Devonian) of Belgium
Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg; Kershaw, Stephen; Boulvain, Frédéric ULg

in Kölner Forum für Geologie und Paläontologie (2011), 19

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See detailChurches and concrete in Liège district: history, architecture and pathologies
Courard, Luc ULg; Paquet, Pierre ULg; Gillard, Anne

in Restoration of Buildings and Monuments = Bauinstandsetzen und Baudenkmalpflege (2011), 17(1), 314

Reinforced concrete is a key element of the architectural evolution and has been specifically involved in the development of religious architecture. Since its discovery in the nineteenth century, this ... [more ▼]

Reinforced concrete is a key element of the architectural evolution and has been specifically involved in the development of religious architecture. Since its discovery in the nineteenth century, this invented material, economic and fire resistant, however showed its limits: cracks, spalling and disintegration are some of the degradations we may observe today. It therefore seems necessary to worry about the current state of churches: these monuments are indeed the testimony of architectural evolution but also landmarks for the neighborhood. In Liege district, Belgium, nine parish churches have been identified as mainly concrete based. For each church, a visual inspection has been realized: this overview let us to make an assessment of the monument, with regard to concrete and reinforced concrete situation. This inspection is the first step for further investigations included into a restoration or renovation process. [less ▲]

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See detailDeforestation in Central and West Africa: landscape dynamics, anthropogenic effects and ecological consequences.
Barima, Y S S; Djibu, J P; Alongo, S et al

in Daniels, J A (Ed.) Advances in Environmental Research - Volume 7 (2011)

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See detailBRYOPHYTES DU PARC NATIONAL DU MERCANTOUR : METHODES ET RESULTATS DE LA CAMPAGNE D'INVENTAIRES 2010 ATBI+M
Saatkamp, Arne; Aleffi, Michele; de Biaggi, Marta et al

in Biocosme Mesogeen (2011), 28(2), 23-50

During the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory + Monitoring programme (ATBI+M) in the Mercantour and Alpi Marittime National Parks, our inventories of bryophytes identified 234 taxa (mosses and liverworts ... [more ▼]

During the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory + Monitoring programme (ATBI+M) in the Mercantour and Alpi Marittime National Parks, our inventories of bryophytes identified 234 taxa (mosses and liverworts). This work completes the previous field campaigns, notably those of Jean-Pierre Hebrard (I MEP, Marseille) since 1965, and the ATBI bryophyte inventories in 2007. This number is based on four days of inventories in the central and peripheric territory of both National Parks, in four days in July and August 2010, together with previous data the 565 taxa known from the area still underestimate the number of species actually present. Our observations in 2010 added several new species for this area, including several rare and remarkable species such as Haplomitrium hookeri or species listed under the Habitats Directive as Buxbaumia viridis and Orthotrichum rogeri. Given the rarity of their habitats species from snow beds, large block boulders and high altitude wetlands are most remarkable. [less ▲]

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See detailTropical forest carbon stocks estimates. Is tree aboveground biomass variability at the landscape scale really non-significant in a REDD+ context?
Bastin, Jean-François ULg; Bogaert, Jan ULg; De Cannière, C

in Research Priorities in Tropical Silviculture: Towards New Paradigms? (2011)

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See detailComparison of the Full Outline of UnResponsiveness and Glasgow Liege Scale/Glasgow Coma Scale in an Intensive Care Unit Population.
Bruno, Marie-Aurélie ULg; LEDOUX, Didier ULg; LAMBERMONT, Bernard ULg et al

in Neurocritical Care (2011), 15(3), 447-53

BACKGROUND: The Full Outline of UnResponsiveness (FOUR) has been proposed as an alternative for the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)/Glasgow Liege Scale (GLS) in the evaluation of consciousness in severely brain ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The Full Outline of UnResponsiveness (FOUR) has been proposed as an alternative for the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS)/Glasgow Liege Scale (GLS) in the evaluation of consciousness in severely brain-damaged patients. We compared the FOUR and GLS/GCS in intensive care unit patients who were admitted in a comatose state. METHODS: FOUR and GLS evaluations were performed in randomized order in 176 acutely (<1 month) brain-damaged patients. GLS scores were transformed in GCS scores by removing the GLS brainstem component. Inter-rater agreement was assessed in 20% of the studied population (N = 35). A logistic regression analysis adjusted for age, and etiology was performed to assess the link between the studied scores and the outcome 3 months after injury (N = 136). RESULTS: GLS/GCS verbal component was scored 1 in 146 patients, among these 131 were intubated. We found that the inter-rater reliability was good for the FOUR score, the GLS/GCS. FOUR, GLS/GCS total scores predicted functional outcome with and without adjustment for age and etiology. 71 patients were considered as being in a vegetative/unresponsive state based on the GLS/GCS. The FOUR score identified 8 of these 71 patients as being minimally conscious given that these patients showed visual pursuit. CONCLUSIONS: The FOUR score is a valid tool with good inter-rater reliability that is comparable to the GLS/GCS in predicting outcome. It offers the advantage to be performable in intubated patients and to identify non-verbal signs of consciousness by assessing visual pursuit, and hence minimal signs of consciousness (11% in this study), not assessed by GLS/GCS scales. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery of English Grain Aphid (Hemiptera: Aphididae) Biotypes in China
Xu, Zhao-Huan; Chen, Julian; Cheng, Deng-Fa et al

in Journal of Economic Entomology (2011), 104(3), 1080-1086

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See detailEffect of imputing markers from a low-density chip on the reliability of genomic breeding values in Holstein populations.
Dassonneville, Romain; Brondum, R. F.; Druet, Tom ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2011), 94(7), 3679-86

The purpose of this study was to investigate the imputation error and loss of reliability of direct genomic values (DGV) or genomically enhanced breeding values (GEBV) when using genotypes imputed from a ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to investigate the imputation error and loss of reliability of direct genomic values (DGV) or genomically enhanced breeding values (GEBV) when using genotypes imputed from a 3,000-marker single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) panel to a 50,000-marker SNP panel. Data consisted of genotypes of 15,966 European Holstein bulls from the combined EuroGenomics reference population. Genotypes with the low-density chip were created by erasing markers from 50,000-marker data. The studies were performed in the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, and Sweden) using a BLUP model for prediction of DGV and in France using a genomic marker-assisted selection approach for prediction of GEBV. Imputation in both studies was done using a combination of the DAGPHASE 1.1 and Beagle 2.1.3 software. Traits considered were protein yield, fertility, somatic cell count, and udder depth. Imputation of missing markers and prediction of breeding values were performed using 2 different reference populations in each country: either a national reference population or a combined EuroGenomics reference population. Validation for accuracy of imputation and genomic prediction was done based on national test data. Mean imputation error rates when using national reference animals was 5.5 and 3.9% in the Nordic countries and France, respectively, whereas imputation based on the EuroGenomics reference data set gave mean error rates of 4.0 and 2.1%, respectively. Prediction of GEBV based on genotypes imputed with a national reference data set gave an absolute loss of 0.05 in mean reliability of GEBV in the French study, whereas a loss of 0.03 was obtained for reliability of DGV in the Nordic study. When genotypes were imputed using the EuroGenomics reference, a loss of 0.02 in mean reliability of GEBV was detected in the French study, and a loss of 0.06 was observed for the mean reliability of DGV in the Nordic study. Consequently, the reliability of DGV using the imputed SNP data was 0.38 based on national reference data, and 0.48 based on EuroGenomics reference data in the Nordic validation, and the reliability of GEBV using the imputed SNP data was 0.41 based on national reference data, and 0.44 based on EuroGenomics reference data in the French validation. [less ▲]

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See detailDioxin2011 Highlights
Focant, Jean-François ULg

Report (2011)

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See detailTravailler moins pour travailler plus longtemps
Cremer, Helmuth; Dedonder, Philippe; Maldonado, Dario et al

in Annales d’Economie et de Statistique = Annals of Economics and Statistics (2011), 2(101/102), 257-270

Nous développons un modèle dans lequel les travailleurs peuvent avoir tendance à trop travailler quand ils sont jeunes, parce qu’ils ne peuvent ou ne veulent pas voir les conséquences que cela peut avoir ... [more ▼]

Nous développons un modèle dans lequel les travailleurs peuvent avoir tendance à trop travailler quand ils sont jeunes, parce qu’ils ne peuvent ou ne veulent pas voir les conséquences que cela peut avoir sur leur santé et sur leur capacité à travailler longtemps. Pour les obliger à mieux répartir leurs efforts sur leur cycle de vie, une taxe sur les revenus du travail en début de vie et une subvention de l’épargne sont souhaitables. Si la subvention de l’épargne n’est pas disponible, la taxe optimale arbitre entre quatre considérations différentes. Nous étudions également la taxe optimale quand les individus diffèrent en productivité. [less ▲]

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