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See detailMotivational aspects of future thinking in the ventromedial prefrontal cortex
D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg

in Ebstein, Richard; Shamy-Tsoory, Simone; Hong Chew, Soo (Eds.) From DNA to social cognition (2011)

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See detailX-rays nanotomography in a scanning electron microscope–capabilities and limitations for materials research
Pyka, Grzegorz; Kerckhofs, Greet ULg; Pauwels, Bart et al

in Abstract book SkyScan User Meeting 2011 (2011)

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See detailEffect of pH and water activity on the growth limits of Listeria monocytogenes in a cheese matrix at two contamination levels.
Schvartzman Echenique, Maria Sol ULg; Belessi, C.; Butler, F. et al

in Journal of food protection (2011), 74(11), 1805-13

Listeria monocytogenes can proliferate at the beginning of cheesemaking as the conditions favor growth. The objective of this study was to establish the growth limits of L. monocytogenes in a cheese ... [more ▼]

Listeria monocytogenes can proliferate at the beginning of cheesemaking as the conditions favor growth. The objective of this study was to establish the growth limits of L. monocytogenes in a cheese matrix, in case of potential contamination of the milk prior to cheese manufacture. A semisoft laboratory scale model cheese system was made at different initial pH and water activity (a(w)) levels with a mix of two strains of L. monocytogenes. A factorial design of five pH values (5.6 to 6.5), four a(w) values (0.938 to 0.96), and two L. monocytogenes inoculation levels (1 to 20 CFU/ml and 500 to 1,000 CFU/ml) was carried out. Each combination was evaluated in six independent replicates. In order to determine if there was a dominant strain, isolated colonies from the cheeses were analyzed by pulsed-field gel electrophoresis. The data relating to growth initiation were fitted to a logistic regression model. The a(w) of milk influenced the probability of growth initiation of L. monocytogenes at both low and high contamination levels. The pH, at the concentrations tested, had a lower effect on the probability of growth initiation. At pH 6.5 and a(w) of 0.99 for low contamination levels and pH 6.5 and a(w) of 0.97 for high contamination levels, increases in population of up to 4 and 2 log were observed at low and high contamination levels, respectively. This shows that if conditions are favorable for growth initiation at the early stages of the cheesemaking process, contamination of milk, even with low numbers, could lead to L. monocytogenes populations that exceed the European Union's microbiological limit of 100 CFU/g of cheese. [less ▲]

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See detailSubject-specific cardiovascular system model-based identification and diagnosis of septic shock with a minimally invasive data set: animal experiments and proof of concept.
Chase, J Geoffrey; Lambermont, Bernard ULg; Starfinger, Christina et al

in Physiological Measurement (2011), 32(1), 65-82

A cardiovascular system (CVS) model and parameter identification method have previously been validated for identifying different cardiac and circulatory dysfunctions in simulation and using porcine models ... [more ▼]

A cardiovascular system (CVS) model and parameter identification method have previously been validated for identifying different cardiac and circulatory dysfunctions in simulation and using porcine models of pulmonary embolism, hypovolemia with PEEP titrations and induced endotoxic shock. However, these studies required both left and right heart catheters to collect the data required for subject-specific monitoring and diagnosis-a maximally invasive data set in a critical care setting although it does occur in practice. Hence, use of this model-based diagnostic would require significant additional invasive sensors for some subjects, which is unacceptable in some, if not all, cases. The main goal of this study is to prove the concept of using only measurements from one side of the heart (right) in a 'minimal' data set to identify an effective patient-specific model that can capture key clinical trends in endotoxic shock. This research extends existing methods to a reduced and minimal data set requiring only a single catheter and reducing the risk of infection and other complications-a very common, typical situation in critical care patients, particularly after cardiac surgery. The extended methods and assumptions that found it are developed and presented in a case study for the patient-specific parameter identification of pig-specific parameters in an animal model of induced endotoxic shock. This case study is used to define the impact of this minimal data set on the quality and accuracy of the model application for monitoring, detecting and diagnosing septic shock. Six anesthetized healthy pigs weighing 20-30 kg received a 0.5 mg kg(-1) endotoxin infusion over a period of 30 min from T0 to T30. For this research, only right heart measurements were obtained. Errors for the identified model are within 8% when the model is identified from data, re-simulated and then compared to the experimentally measured data, including measurements not used in the identification process for validation. Importantly, all identified parameter trends match physiologically and clinically and experimentally expected changes, indicating that no diagnostic power is lost. This work represents a further with human subjects validation for this model-based approach to cardiovascular diagnosis and therapy guidance in monitoring endotoxic disease states. The results and methods obtained can be readily extended from this case study to the other animal model results presented previously. Overall, these results provide further support for prospective, proof of concept clinical testing with humans. [less ▲]

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See detailSept notices décrivant des documents d'époque mamlouke conservés aux Archives de l'Etat à Venise
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in dal Pozzolo, Enrico (Ed.) Venezia e l'Egitto (2011)

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See detailObliged permanent pastures : main future of ruminant production in Belgium
Stilmant, Didier; Stassart, Pierre M ULg; Peeters, Pierre et al

in Grassland Science in Europe (2011), 16

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See detailL'origine des hématites oolithiques exploitées durant la Préhistoire récente. Objectifs et méthodes d'un PCR
BILLARD, Cyrille; SAVARY; GOEMAERE, Eric et al

Poster (2011)

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See detailProblèmes du bilinguisme dans l'Antiquité gréco-romaine
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Genet, Jean-Philippe (Ed.) Langues et histoire. Actes du colloque de l'Ecole doctorale d'histoire de Paris 1 INHA, 20 et 21 octobre 2006 (2011)

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See detailDiscovering the lichen diversity of a remote tropical island: working list of species collected on Reunion (Mascarene archipelago, Indian Ocean)
Sérusiaux, Emmanuël ULg; van den Boom, Pieter P. G.; Brand, Maarten et al

in Herzogia (2011), 24(2), 325-349

463 lichen taxa are reported from the island of Reunion (Mascarene archipelago) in the Indian Ocean. This report is based on extensive collections recently made by the authors or hosted in B and LG. A ... [more ▼]

463 lichen taxa are reported from the island of Reunion (Mascarene archipelago) in the Indian Ocean. This report is based on extensive collections recently made by the authors or hosted in B and LG. A total of c. 600 species is estimated for the number of lichenized fungi present on the island; although this is a low figure for a varied tropi- cal area, this is plausible due to its small size and remoteness. The significance of the lichen diversity of the island lays in its endemics, which need further study for a reliable assessment, and in the occurrence of a poorly known southern hemisphere element (“austral” species). The discovery of the following in Reunion is of special interest as it considerably enlarges their distribution range: Anzia corallophora, Caloplaca caesiosorediata, Coccocarpia delicatula, Fuscopannaria praetermissa, Gomphillus morchelloides, G. pedersenii, Gyalideopsis bispora, Heterodermia koyana, Hypotrachyna evansii, Lithogyalideopsis zeylandica, Lobaria asperula, Megaloblastenia marginiflexa var. dimota, Menegazzia capitata, Myeloconis erumpens and Pannaria squamulosa. [less ▲]

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See detailToothed whales in the northwestern Mediterranean: Insight into their feeding ecology using chemical tracers
Praca, Emilie; Laran, Sophie; Lepoint, Gilles ULg et al

in Marine Pollution Bulletin (2011), 62(5), 1058-1065

Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales rarely strand in the northwestern Mediterranean. Thus, their feeding ecology, through the analysis of stomach contents, is poorly known. The aim of this ... [more ▼]

Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales rarely strand in the northwestern Mediterranean. Thus, their feeding ecology, through the analysis of stomach contents, is poorly known. The aim of this study was to gain further insight into the segregation/superposition of the diet and habitat of Risso’s dolphins, pilot whales and sperm whales using chemical tracers, namely, stable isotopes (d13C, d15N) and orga- nochlorines. Significantly different d15N values were obtained in Risso’s dolphins (11.7 ± 0.7‰), sperm whales (10.8 ± 0.3‰) and pilot whales (9.8 ± 0.3‰), revealing different trophic levels. These differences are presumably due to various proportions of Histioteuthidae cephalopods in each toothed whale’s diet. Similar d13C contents between species indicated long-term habitat superposition or corroborated impor- tant seasonal migrations. Lower congener 180 concentrations (8.20 vs. 21.73 lg.g􏰀1 lw) and higher tDDT/ tPCB ratios (0.93 vs. 0.42) were observed in sperm whales compared with Risso’s dolphins and may indi- cate wider migrations for the former. Therefore, competition between these species seems to depend on different trophic levels and migration patterns. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat's new on the horizon in therapy
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Osteoporosis International (2011), 22(S5), 682

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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 detailPattern granulomateux dans les pathologies inflammatoires cutanées
QUATRESOOZ, Pascale ULg

Scientific conference (2011)

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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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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 detailMixing in two magnetic OB stars discovered by the MiMeS collaboration
Morel, Thierry ULg

in IAU Symposium 272: Active OB Stars: Structure, Evolution, Mass Loss and Critical Limits (2011)

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