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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 detailObservations of the rotational lines of OH in comets with the Herschel Space Observatory
Crovisier, J.; Bockelée-Morvan, D.; Biver, N. et al

in EPSC Abstracts 2011 (2011)

We present here a search for the OH rotational lines in these spectral scans. In comet 103P/Hartley 2, the 2 3/2(5/2)-2 3/2(3/2) lines at 119 μm and 2 1/2(5/2)-2 1/2(3/2) lines at 99 μm are detected ... [more ▼]

We present here a search for the OH rotational lines in these spectral scans. In comet 103P/Hartley 2, the 2 3/2(5/2)-2 3/2(3/2) lines at 119 μm and 2 1/2(5/2)-2 1/2(3/2) lines at 99 μm are detected. Other lines may be marginally present. Two mechanisms concur to the emission of the OH rotational lines: fluorescence due to solar excitation of the electronic states of OH [8] and prompt emission following the photodissociation of water, which produces the OH radical in electronic, vibrational and rotational excited states [9, 10]. We will compare the observed line intensities with those expected from these mechanisms, using the comet water productions determined from Herschel [6, 7], in order to better constrain the excitation of cometary OH. [less ▲]

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See detailBiophysical studies of trigger factors adapted to extreme biological temperatures
Struvay, Caroline; Piette, Florence; Feller, Georges ULg

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See detailLe ciel est bleu comme une horloge...
Nazé, Yaël ULg

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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 detailcompte rendu de : Giuseppe ARICÒ – Massimo RIVOLTELLA (Ed.), La riflessione sul teatro nella cultura romana
Rochette, Bruno ULg

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

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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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See detailOrganisation du territoire de la cité antique de Narbonne : contraintes environnementales et exploitations des ressources
Cavero, Caroline; Sanchez, Corinne; Jézégou, Marie-Pierre et al

in Cavero, Caroline; Sanchez, Corinne; Jézégou, Maries-Pierre (Eds.) et al Fréjus romaine, la ville et son territoire : agglomérations de Narbonnaise, des Alpes-Maritimes et de Cisalpine à travers la recherche archéologique : actes du 8e Colloque historique de Fréjus, 8-10 octobre 2010 (2011)

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See detailSupraorbital transcutaneous neurostimulation has sedative effects in healthy subjects.
Piquet, Maxime; Balestra, Costantino; SAVA, Simona Liliana ULg et al

in BMC Neurology (2011), 11

BACKGROUND: Transcutaneous neurostimulation (TNS) at extracephalic sites is a well known treatment of pain. Thanks to recent technical progress, the Cefaly(R) device now also allows supraorbital TNS ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Transcutaneous neurostimulation (TNS) at extracephalic sites is a well known treatment of pain. Thanks to recent technical progress, the Cefaly(R) device now also allows supraorbital TNS. During observational clinical studies, several patients reported decreased vigilance or even sleepiness during a session of supraorbital TNS. We decided therefore to explore in more detail the potential sedative effect of supraorbital TNS, using standardized psychophysical tests in healthy volunteers. METHODS: We performed a double-blind cross-over sham-controlled study on 30 healthy subjects. They underwent a series of 4 vigilance tests (Psychomotor Vigilance Task, Critical Flicker Fusion Frequency, Fatigue Visual Numeric Scale, d2 test). Each subject was tested under 4 different experimental conditions: without the neurostimulation device, with sham supraorbital TNS, with low frequency supraorbital TNS and with high frequency supraorbital TNS. RESULTS: As judged by the results of three tests (Psychomotor Vigilance Task, Critical Flicker Fusion Frequency, Fatigue Visual Numeric Scale) there was a statistically significant (p < 0.001) decrease in vigilance and attention during high frequency TNS, while there were no changes during the other experimental conditions. Similarly, performance on the d2 test was impaired during high frequency TNS, but this change was not statistically significant. CONCLUSION: Supraorbital high frequency TNS applied with the Cefaly(R) device decreases vigilance in healthy volunteers. Additional studies are needed to determine the duration of this effect, the underlying mechanisms and the possible relation with the stimulation parameters. Meanwhile, this effect opens interesting perspectives for the treatment of hyperarousal states and, possibly, insomnia. [less ▲]

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See detailMaintenance of antifracture efficacy over 10 years with strontium ranelate in postmenopausal osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Kaufman, J. M.; Devogelaer, J. P. et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2011), 63(S10), 436

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See detailHotspot Decorations Map Plasmonic Patterns with the Resolution of Scanning Probe Techniques
Valev, V. K.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg; Jeyaram, Y. et al

in Physical Review Letters (2011), 106(22),

In high definition mapping of the plasmonic patterns on the surfaces of nanostructures, the diffraction limit of light remains an important obstacle. Here we demonstrate that this diffraction limit can be ... [more ▼]

In high definition mapping of the plasmonic patterns on the surfaces of nanostructures, the diffraction limit of light remains an important obstacle. Here we demonstrate that this diffraction limit can be completely circumvented. We show that upon illuminating nanostructures made of nickel and palladium, the resulting surface-plasmon pattern is imprinted on the structures themselves; the hotspots (regions of local field enhancement) are decorated with overgrowths, allowing for their subsequent imaging with scanning-probe techniques. The resulting resolution of plasmon pattern imaging is correspondingly improved. [less ▲]

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See detailThe 5-HT1A agonism potential of substituted-piperazine-ethyl-amide derivatives is conserved in the hexyl homologues: molecular modeling and pharmacological evaluation
Dilly, Sébastien ULg; Scuvée-Moreau, Jacqueline ULg; Wouters, Johan et al

in Journal of Chemical Information & Modeling (2011), 51(11), 2961-2966

In a series of carboxamide and sulphonamide alkyl (ethyl to hexyl) piperazine analogues, although the size of the linker is very different, ethyl and hexyl derivatives possess a high affinity for 5-HT1A ... [more ▼]

In a series of carboxamide and sulphonamide alkyl (ethyl to hexyl) piperazine analogues, although the size of the linker is very different, ethyl and hexyl derivatives possess a high affinity for 5-HT1A receptors. Docking studies clearly show that hexyl and ethyl compounds favourably interact with the binding site of the active conformation of 5-HT1A receptors, thus confirming a possible agonist profile. This activity is effectively detected in electrophysiological experiments in which all four compounds inhibit the activity of rat dorsal raphe serotonergic neurons. [less ▲]

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See detailThyroid dysfunction in sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax): Underlying mechanisms and effects of polychlorinated biphenyls on thyroid hormone physiology and metabolism
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Celis, Niko; Klaren, Peter et al

in Aquatic Toxicology (2011), 105

The current study examines the effect of subchronic exposure to a mixture of Aroclor standards on thyroid hormone physiology and metabolism in juvenile sea bass. The contaminant mixture was formulated to ... [more ▼]

The current study examines the effect of subchronic exposure to a mixture of Aroclor standards on thyroid hormone physiology and metabolism in juvenile sea bass. The contaminant mixture was formulated to reflect the persistent organic pollution to which the European sea bass population could conceivably be exposed (0.3, 0.6 and 1.0 g 7PCBs per g food pellets) and higher (10 g 7PCBs per g food pellets). After 120 days of exposure, histomorphometry of thyroid tissue, muscular thyroid hormone concentration and activity of enzymes involved in metabolism of thyroid hormones were assessed. Mean concentrations of 8, 86, 142, 214 and 2279 ng g−1 ww ( 7 ICES PCB congeners) were determined after 120 days exposure. The results show that the effects of PCB exposures on the thyroid system are dose-dependent. Exposure to environmentally relevant doses of PCB (0.3–1.0 g 7PCBs per g food pellets) induced a larger variability of the follicle diameter and stimulated hepatic T4 outer ring deiodinase. Muscular thyroid hormone levels were preserved thanks to the PCB induced changes in T4 dynamics. At 10 times higher concentrations (10 g 7PCBs per g food pellets) an important depression of T3 and T4 levels could be observed which are apparently caused by degenerative histological changes in the thyroid tissue. [less ▲]

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See detailIntérêt d'une augmentation de dose des analogues de la somatostatine dans l'acromégalie
Vasilev, Vladimir; Beckers, Albert ULg

in Andrologic (2011), 7(4),

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See detailEffect of the activating agent on physico-chemical and electrical properties of activated carbon cloths developed from a novel cellulosic precursor
Ramos, ME; Bonelli, PR; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in Colloids and Surfaces A : Physicochemical and Engineering Aspects (2011), 378(1-3), 87-93

Different chemical reagents (phosphoric acid, boric acid, ammonium citrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, disodium hydrogen phosphate and trisodium phosphate) were employed ... [more ▼]

Different chemical reagents (phosphoric acid, boric acid, ammonium citrate, sodium dihydrogen phosphate, potassium dihydrogen phosphate, disodium hydrogen phosphate and trisodium phosphate) were employed to develop activated carbon cloths (ACC) by chemical activation of a lyocell precursor, in an attempt to explore their effect on main physico-chemical characteristics and electrical behaviour of the resulting ACC. The activating agent markedly influenced yield, elemental composition, and textural properties of the ACC. The ACC obtained with phosphoric and boric acids were essentially microporous, whereas those developed with the other reagents presented mesoporosity development. Phosphoric acid-derived samples showed the highest specific surface area (976 m2/g). The results also highlight the relevance of correcting the external surface adsorption in order to obtain reliable estimates of micropore volume. All the ACC were electrically conductive, their resistivity being also strongly dependent on the nature of the activating agent. The electrical resistivity of the ACC obtained with all the phosphorous compounds was successfully correlated with their C/H ratio and micropore volume [less ▲]

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