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See detailPost-mortem examination and laboratory-based analysis for the diagnosis of bovine tuberculosis among dairy cattle in Ecuador
Proano-Perez, F.; Benitez-Ortiz, Washington; Desmecht, Daniel ULg et al

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2011), 101(1-2), 65-72

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See detail2D-Vertical Model for Free Surface Incompressible Flows: Validation and Applications
Detrembleur, Sylvain; Dewals, Benjamin ULg; Pirotton, Michel ULg

in Proc. 34th IAHR World Congress - Balance and Uncertainty (2011)

Efficient design of hydraulic structures such as weirs and bottom outlets requires a detailed description of the complex turbulent flows occurring on these structures. Compared to laboratory experiments ... [more ▼]

Efficient design of hydraulic structures such as weirs and bottom outlets requires a detailed description of the complex turbulent flows occurring on these structures. Compared to laboratory experiments, numerical modeling offers more flexibility and cost-effectiveness to test different designs. The non-hydrostatic 2D-vertical model presented here solves the RANS equations for incompressible flows in the vertical plane. It is based on the projection method for pressure-velocity coupling, while free surface tracking is conducted by means of the level set technique and Sussman’s velocity extension algorithm. It enables to predict accurately the flow pattern in the vertical plane and deals with multiple interfaces (jets, drops…). The solver has been validated for both steady and unsteady free surface flows, based on theoretical and experimental data. The paper will detail the application of the model to a pressurized flow and to a sloshing tank. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganochlorine pesticides, polychlorinated biphenyls and trace elements in wild European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) off European estuaries
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Thomé, Jean-Pierre ULg; Lepage, Mario et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2011), 409(19), 3680-3686

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides like dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDTs), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs), aldrin, dieldrin and trace elements (Cd, Cu, Se, Pb, Zn and Hg ... [more ▼]

Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides like dichloro-diphenyl-trichloroethane (DDTs), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs), aldrin, dieldrin and trace elements (Cd, Cu, Se, Pb, Zn and Hg) were analysed in the muscle of European sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax) sampled in Atlantic coastal regions near several important European river mouths (Gironde, Charente, Loire, Seine and Scheldt). High contamination levels were measured in the muscles of European sea bass sampled in the coastal regions near those river mouths (e.g. Σ ICES PCB=133–10,478 μg kg−1 lw and Hg=250–2000 μg kg−1 dw). The Scheldt and the Seine are still among the most contaminated estuaries in Europe. Each region presented their specific contamination patterns reflecting different sources due to the input of the respective rivers. As fish and fishery products are the main contributors of the total dietary intake of organochlorinated pollutants, regular consumption of European sea bass with the reported contamination levels may represent a significant exposure route for the general human population. [less ▲]

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See detailDensity functional theory beyond the linear regime: Validating an adiabatic local density approximation
Helbig, N.; Fuks, J. I.; Casula, M. et al

in Physical Review. A (2011), 83

We present a local density approximation (LDA) for one-dimensional (1D) systems interacting via the soft-Coulomb interaction based on quantum Monte Carlo calculations. Results for the ground-state ... [more ▼]

We present a local density approximation (LDA) for one-dimensional (1D) systems interacting via the soft-Coulomb interaction based on quantum Monte Carlo calculations. Results for the ground-state energies and ionization potentials of finite 1D systems show excellent agreement with exact calculations obtained by exploiting the mapping of an N-electron system in d dimensions onto a single electron in N×d dimensions, properly symmetrized by the Young diagrams. We conclude that 1D LDA is of the same quality as its three-dimensional (3D) counterpart, and we infer conclusions about 3D LDA. The linear and nonlinear time-dependent responses of 1D model systems using LDA, exact exchange, and the exact solution are investigated and show very good agreement in both cases, except for the well-known problem of missing double excitations. Consequently, the 3D LDA is expected to be of good quality beyond the linear response. In addition, the 1D LDA should prove useful in modeling the interaction of atoms with strong laser fields, where this specific 1D model is often used. [less ▲]

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See detailSource parameters of the 2008 Bukavu-Cyangugu earthquake estimated from InSAR and teleseismic data
d'Oreye, Nicolas; Gonzalez, P.; Shuler, A. et al

in Geophysical Journal International (2011)

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See detailEvidence of complex phylogeographic structure for the threatened rodent Leopoldamys neilli, in Southeast Asia
Latinne, Alice ULg; Waengsothorn, Surachit; Herbreteau, Vincent et al

in Conservation Genetics (2011), 12

Leopoldamys neilli is a threatened murine rodent species endemic to limestone karsts of Thailand. We have studied the phylogeography of L. neilli using two mitochondrial markers (cytb, COI) and one ... [more ▼]

Leopoldamys neilli is a threatened murine rodent species endemic to limestone karsts of Thailand. We have studied the phylogeography of L. neilli using two mitochondrial markers (cytb, COI) and one nuclear fragment (bfibr), in order to assess the influence of its endemicity to karst habitat. One hundred fifteen individuals of L. neilli were collected in 20 localities throughout the geographic range of this species in Thailand. Our study revealed strong geographic structure of the mtDNA genetic diversity: six highly differentiated, allopatric genetic lineages were observed in our dataset. They exhibit a very high degree of genetic divergence, low gene flow among lineages and low levels of haplotype and nucleotide diversities within lineages. Our results suggest that L. neilli’s populations are highly fragmented due to the scattered distribution of its karst habitat. The most divergent lineage includes the populations from western Thailand, which have been separated from the other genetic lineages since at least the Early Pleistocene. The other lineages are more closely related and have diverged since the Middle Pleistocene. This study revealed an unexpected high level of genetic differentiation within L. neilli and highlighted the high endemicity of this species to limestone karsts. Our results enhance the importance of protecting limestone habitats to preserve not only the species but also intraspecific diversity. [less ▲]

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See detailDesigning optimal calcium phosphate scaffold-cell combinations using an integrative model-based approach.
Carlier, Aurélie ULg; Chai, Y.C.; Moesen, M. et al

in Acta Biomaterialia (2011), 7(10), 3573-85

Bone formation is a very complex physiological process, involving the participation of many different cell types and regulated by countless biochemical, physical and mechanical factors, including ... [more ▼]

Bone formation is a very complex physiological process, involving the participation of many different cell types and regulated by countless biochemical, physical and mechanical factors, including naturally occurring or synthetic biomaterials. For the latter, calcium phosphate (CaP)-based scaffolds have proven to stimulate bone formation, but at present still result in a wide range of in vivo outcomes, which is partly related to the suboptimal use and combination with osteogenic cells. To optimize CaP scaffold selection and make their use in combination with cells more clinically relevant, this study uses an integrative approach in which mathematical modeling is combined with experimental research. This paper describes the development and implementation of an experimentally informed bioregulatory model of the effect of calcium ions released from CaP-based biomaterials on the activity of osteogenic cells and mesenchymal stem cell driven ectopic bone formation. The amount of bone formation predicted by the mathematical model corresponds to the amount measured experimentally under similar conditions. Moreover, the model is also able to qualitatively predict the experimentally observed impaired bone formation under conditions such as insufficient cell seeding and scaffold decalcification. A strategy was designed in silico to overcome the negative influence of a low initial cell density on the bone formation process. Finally, the model was applied to design optimal combinations of calcium-based biomaterials and cell culture conditions with the aim of maximizing the amount of bone formation. This work illustrates the potential of mathematical models as research tools to design more efficient and cell-customized CaP scaffolds for bone tissue engineering applications. [less ▲]

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See detailCryothérapie et maladies rhumatismales
Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Vanderthommen, Marc ULg

in Revue du Rhumatisme (2011), 78

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See detailLes dermatomycoses de l'estran.
CAUCANAS, Marie ULg; FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; PIERARD, Gérald ULg

in Dermatologie Actualité (2011), 127

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See detailIs there really an Azores diversity enigma? Insights from the phylogeography of the heather Erica scoparia s.l.
Desamore, Aurélie ULg

Poster (2011)

The Azorean flora, in contrast to that of other archipelagos, is characterized by a paucity of evolutionary radiations and the widespread distribution of most endemics. Several hypotheses, including ... [more ▼]

The Azorean flora, in contrast to that of other archipelagos, is characterized by a paucity of evolutionary radiations and the widespread distribution of most endemics. Several hypotheses, including isolation from the continent, recent age, ecological homogeneity, and limited paleoclimatic variations, have been proposed to account for this pattern. These hypotheses are tested here within the context of the molecular phylogeography of the heather Erica scoparia s.l., a Mediterraneo-Atlantic species complex distributed across Macaronesia, North Africa and southwestern Europe. The marked molecular radiation of this species in the Azores, including an array of single-island endemics, suggests that the apparent homogeneity of the Azorean flora might, in fact, conceal undetected patterns of endemism that are similar to those observed in the Canarian flora for morphological data. Haplotype richness was higher in the Azores than in the Canaries and extensive dispersal mediated allopatry is apparent at the molecular level. The Azores were colonized at least twice independently by E. scoparia, whereas the Canarian haplotypes are monophyletic, suggesting that the greater distance between the Azores and the continent does not necessarily hamper the chances of successful colonization. [less ▲]

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See detailModélisation numérique de l'expérience SDZ pour l'Andra
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg; Radu, Jean-Pol ULg

Report (2011)

An in situ ventilation test (SDZ) is performed by the French national radioactive waste management agency (ANDRA) in the Meuse/Haute-Marne underground research laboratory. The aim is to characterise the ... [more ▼]

An in situ ventilation test (SDZ) is performed by the French national radioactive waste management agency (ANDRA) in the Meuse/Haute-Marne underground research laboratory. The aim is to characterise the effect of the desaturation and possible resaturation of the damaged zone located around an experimental gallery due to controlled ventilation imposed in this gallery. Hydro and hydro-mechanical numerical modellings are realised in order to acquire a better understanding of clayey rock behaviour and transfers occurring during the test. [less ▲]

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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 detailTolerability of shortened infliximab infusion times in patients with inflammatory bowel diseases: a single-center cohort study.
Breynaert, Christine; Ferrante, Marc; Fidder, Herma et al

in American Journal of Gastroenterology (2011), 106(4), 778-85

OBJECTIVES: Scheduled maintenance therapy with infliximab decreases the risk of infusion reactions. Many centers have accelerated infusion times to 1 h in selected patients who tolerate 5 mg/kg infliximab ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Scheduled maintenance therapy with infliximab decreases the risk of infusion reactions. Many centers have accelerated infusion times to 1 h in selected patients who tolerate 5 mg/kg infliximab infusions. The aim of this study was to compare the tolerability of 1-h and 2-h infliximab infusions in patients with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) in a large single-center cohort. The primary end point was the incidence of infusion reactions in both groups. METHODS: A retrospective chart analysis of all IBD patients treated with infliximab was performed. Infusions in scheduled maintenance for at least 6 months from December 1994 until March 2009 were included. All patients were treated at the infusion unit or during hospitalization under standard operating procedures. Infusion parameters were prospectively recorded. From 2004, in patients tolerating at least four 2-h infusions, infusions were given over 1 h. RESULTS: As of March 2009, 953 patients with IBD (77.6% Crohn's disease, 22.4% ulcerative colitis) had been treated with infliximab. A total of 474 patients met the criteria of scheduled maintenance therapy. In total, 9,155 maintenance infusions were administered (4,307 over 1 h). No severe infusion reactions were documented. Mild acute reactions occurred in 0.6% (27/4,307) of the 1-h-infusion group and in 1.7% (80/4848) of the 2-h infusion group (P=0.0034). Delayed infusion reactions occurred in 0.2% of 1-h and 0.5% of 2-h infusion group patients (P=0.277). Loss of tolerability due to infusion reactions (1-h group 2.9% versus 2-h group 4.1%) was evenly distributed (P=0.34). None of the prespecified variables were predictive of infusion reactions in a multivariate analysis. CONCLUSIONS: In patients with IBD tolerating 2-h infusions of infliximab scheduled maintenance therapy, the infusion time can be shortened to 1 h with good tolerability. No severe reactions were observed and no predictors of infusion reactions were identified. [less ▲]

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See detailRate of Malignancies and Infections in a Large Single Center Cohort of IBD Patients Treated With Thiopurines and Anti-TNF-Antibodies.
Ochsenkühn, T; Steinborn, A; Beigel, F et al

in Journal of Crohn’s and Colitis (2011)

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See detailIntroduction sur la croissance
Kaux, Jean-François ULg

Learning material (2011)

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See detailEffective Production of the Biodiesel Additive STBE by a Continuous Flow Process
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg; Winter, Marc; Chevalier, Bérengère et al

in Bioresource Technology (2011), 102

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