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See detailEffects of platelet-rich plasma on the healing of tendons: animal model
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Drion, Pierre ULg; Colige, Alain ULg et al

in Biomedica 2012 (2012, April)

Introduction: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains lot of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of different tissues. We aimed to determine if a single injection of PRP could improve the ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) contains lot of growth factors which could enhance the healing process of different tissues. We aimed to determine if a single injection of PRP could improve the cicatrisation of ruptured Achilles tendons of rats. Material and Methods: A 5mm defect was surgically made in the Achilles tendon of 120 rats. A few hours after surgery, 45 rats received a PRP or PBS injection in situ. After 5, 15 and 30 days, 20 rats of both groups were euthanized and 15 collected tendons were immediately submitted to a biomechanical tensile strength test until rupture using a “cryo-jaw” device. After, theses samples were used for transcriptomic analyses. Histological and biochemical analyses were performed on the five remained tendons in each group. Results: Tendons in the PRP group were more resistant to rupture at 15 and 30 days than those in the control group. The transverse area of tendons in the PRP group was significantly higher at day 5 and 15. The constraint was significantly increased in tendons of the PRP group in the late phase of the healing (day 30). Histological and immunohistological analysis showed an increased staining for fibrillar collagen at day 5 confirmed by a biochemical analysis showing an increased collagen concentration in the callus. The expression of tenomodulin, a tenocyte differentiation marker, was significantly higher in the PRP-treated tendons at day 5. No significant difference in terms of mRNA for type III collagen and matrix metalloproteinase 9 was observed at any time between the 2 groups. Conclusion: A single injection of PRP in sectioned Achilles tendon of rats few hours after surgery influences the early phase of tendons healing, resulting in an ultimate stronger mechanical resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental Results of Flat Fresnel Doublets made of PMMA and PC
Languy, Fabian ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg; Lenaerts, Cedric ULg et al

Conference (2012, April)

To reduce the chromatic aberration lots of imaging systems like cameras and telescopes turn to achromatic doublets. On the other hand, to be cheaper, lighter and thinner, more and more systems like ... [more ▼]

To reduce the chromatic aberration lots of imaging systems like cameras and telescopes turn to achromatic doublets. On the other hand, to be cheaper, lighter and thinner, more and more systems like projectors and headlights use Fresnel lenses. To combine high performances and low cost, the use achromatic Fresnel doublets has been investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailMacroH2A1 regulates the balance between self-renewal and differentiation commitment in embryonic and adult stem cells.
Creppe, Catherine ULg; Janich, Peggy; Cantarino, Neus et al

in Molecular and cellular biology (2012), 32(8), 1442-52

One of the most striking epigenetic alterations that occurs at the level of the nucleosome is the complete exchange of the canonical H2A histones for the macroH2A variant. Here, we provide insight into ... [more ▼]

One of the most striking epigenetic alterations that occurs at the level of the nucleosome is the complete exchange of the canonical H2A histones for the macroH2A variant. Here, we provide insight into the poorly recognized function of macroH2A in transcriptional activation and demonstrate its relevance in embryonic and adult stem cells. Knockdown of macroH2A1 in mouse embryonic stem (mES) cells limited their capacity to differentiate but not their self-renewal. The loss of macroH2A1 interfered with the proper activation of differentiation genes, most of which are direct target genes of macroH2A. Additionally, macroH2A1-deficient mES cells displayed incomplete inactivation of pluripotency genes and formed defective embryoid bodies. In vivo, macroH2A1-deficient teratomas contained a massive expansion of malignant, undifferentiated carcinoma tissue. In the heterogeneous culture of primary human keratinocytes, macroH2A1 levels negatively correlated with the self-renewal capacity of the pluripotent compartment. Together these results establish macroH2A1 as a critical chromatin component that regulates the delicate balance between self-renewal and differentiation of embryonic and adult stem cells. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo distinct origins of long-term learning effects in verbal short-term memory?
Majerus, Steve ULg; Oberauer, K.

Conference (2012, April)

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See detailObserved and simulated time evolution of HCl, ClONO2, and HF total column abundances
Kohlhepp, R; Ruhnke, R; Chipperfield, M P et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2012), 12(7), 3527--3556

Time series of total column abundances of hydrogen chloride (HCl), chlorine nitrate (ClONO2), and hydrogen fluoride (HF) were determined from ground-based Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra ... [more ▼]

Time series of total column abundances of hydrogen chloride (HCl), chlorine nitrate (ClONO2), and hydrogen fluoride (HF) were determined from ground-based Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectra recorded at 17 sites belonging to the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) and located between 80.05°N and 77.82°S. By providing such a near-global overview on ground-based measurements of the two major stratospheric chlorine reservoir species, HCl and ClONO2, the present study is able to confirm the decrease of the atmospheric inorganic chlorine abundance during the last few years. This decrease is expected following the 1987 Montreal Protocol and its amendments and adjustments, where restrictions and a subsequent phase-out of the prominent anthropogenic chlorine source gases (solvents, chlorofluorocarbons) were agreed upon to enable a stabilisation and recovery of the stratospheric ozone layer. The atmospheric fluorine content is expected to be influenced by the Montreal Protocol, too, because most of the banned anthropogenic gases also represent important fluorine sources. But many of the substitutes to the banned gases also contain fluorine so that the HF total column abundance is expected to have continued to increase during the last few years. The measurements are compared with calculations from five different models: the two-dimensional Bremen model, the two chemistry-transport models KASIMA and SLIMCAT, and the two chemistry-climate models EMAC and SOCOL. Thereby, the ability of the models to reproduce the absolute total column amounts, the seasonal cycles, and the temporal evolution found in the FTIR measurements is investigated and inter-compared. This is especially interesting because the models have different architectures. The overall agreement between the measurements and models for the total column abundances and the seasonal cycles is good. Linear trends of HCl, ClONO2, and HF are calculated from both measurement and model time series data, with a focus on the time range 2000–2009. This period is chosen because from most of the measurement sites taking part in this study, data are available during these years. The precision of the trends is estimated with the bootstrap resampling method. The sensitivity of the trend results with respect to the fitting function, the time of year chosen and time series length is investigated, as well as a bias due to the irregular sampling of the measurements. The measurements and model results investigated here agree qualitatively on a decrease of the chlorine species by around 1%yr-1. The models simulate an increase of HF of around 1%yr-1. This also agrees well with most of the measurements, but some of the FTIR series in the Northern Hemisphere show a stabilisation or even a decrease in the last few years. In general, for all three gases, the measured trends vary more strongly with latitude and hemisphere than the modelled trends. Relative to the FTIR measurements, the models tend to underestimate the decreasing chlorine trends and to overestimate the fluorine increase in the Northern Hemisphere. At most sites, the models simulate a stronger decrease of ClONO2 than of HCl. In the FTIR measurements, this difference between the trends of HCl and ClONO2 depends strongly on latitude, especially in the Northern Hemisphere. [less ▲]

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See detailEarly Jezirah 3b Pottery from Tell Beydar. Selected Inventories from latest excavation campaigns
Mas, Juliette ULg; Gavagnin, Katia

Conference (2012, April)

Since 1992, excavations at Tell Beydar have offered the opportunity to explore an urban centre of the Upper Khabur region. The extensive exploration of the EJZ 3b levels gave us access to the urbanism and ... [more ▼]

Since 1992, excavations at Tell Beydar have offered the opportunity to explore an urban centre of the Upper Khabur region. The extensive exploration of the EJZ 3b levels gave us access to the urbanism and the architecture of the city as well as its material culture, especially the pottery. The assemblages presented in this paper were exclusively found directly on the floors of various buildings (of a public, domestic, religious, offi- cial nature) and inside a grave. Most of these inventories consist of complete vessels discovered either intact or smashed but restorable. The aim of this paper is to investigate if, or to what extent, the intra-site distribution of the morphological repertoire of Beydar IIIb ceramic is related to its context of use. [less ▲]

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See detailQuerelles d’écrivains (XIXe-XXIe siècles) : de la dispute à la polémique, dans COnTEXTES, revue de sociologie de la littérature
Stienon, Valérie ULg; Groupe de contact FNRS Contextes en sociologie de la littérature

Book published by Université de Liège (2012)

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See detailPoroelastic Center of Dilation Revisited
Huynen, Alexandre ULg

Master of advanced studies dissertation (2012)

In both elasticity and poroelasticity, the nucleus of strain is usually used to refer to a singular solution such as the point force, the force dipole, the centers of rotation and dilation, etc. These ... [more ▼]

In both elasticity and poroelasticity, the nucleus of strain is usually used to refer to a singular solution such as the point force, the force dipole, the centers of rotation and dilation, etc. These fundamentals solutions constitute the building blocks for various problems of practical importance and are, therefore, relatively well understood. However, a comparison of the original elastic solution for the center of dilation with the classic Lamé solution reveals an unexpected dependence of the center of dilation solution on the Poisson’s ratio. This inconsistency is investigated by means of two alternative representations of the singularity and leads to the identification of a compressed zone inside the singularity. The poroelastic equivalent to this nucleus of strain is shown to be the superposition of the elastic one with drained material parameters and an instantaneous point fluid source associated with a finite volume of fluid that is expelled from the compressed region inside the singularity and is injected in the porous medium. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluating COSMO’s lake module (FLake) for an East-African lake using a comprehensive set of lake temperature profiles
Thiery, Wim; Martynov, Andrey; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

Conference (2012, April)

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See detailL'obésité de l'enfant: Rencontre et parole donnée
Battisti, Oreste ULg

Learning material (2012)

vidéo comprenant les interviews de certaines familles confrontés à l'obésité.

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See detailLong-term magnetic field monitoring of the Sun-like star \xi Bootis A
Morgenthaler, A.; Petit, P.; Saar, S. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2012), 540

Aims: We aim to investigate the long-term temporal evolution of the magnetic field of the solar-type star ξ Bootis A, both from direct magnetic field measurements and from the simultaneous estimate of ... [more ▼]

Aims: We aim to investigate the long-term temporal evolution of the magnetic field of the solar-type star ξ Bootis A, both from direct magnetic field measurements and from the simultaneous estimate of indirect activity indicators. Methods: We obtained seven epochs of high-resolution, circularly-polarized spectra from the NARVAL spectropolarimeter between 2007 and 2011, for a total of 76 spectra. Using approximately 6100 photospheric spectral lines covering the visible domain, we employed a cross-correlation procedure to compute a mean polarized line profile from each spectrum. The large-scale photospheric magnetic field of the star was then modelled by means of Zeeman-Doppler Imaging, allowing us to follow the year-to-year evolution of the reconstructed magnetic topology. Simultaneously, we monitored the width of several magnetically sensitive spectral lines, the radial velocity, the line asymmetry of intensity line profiles, and the chromospheric emission in the cores of the Ca II H and Hα lines. Results: During the highest observed activity states, in 2007 and 2011, the large-scale field of ξ Bootis A is almost completely axisymmetric and is dominated by its toroidal component. The toroidal component persists with a constant polarity, containing a significant fraction of the magnetic energy of the large-scale surface field through all observing epochs. The magnetic topologies reconstructed for these activity maxima are very similar, suggesting a form of short cyclicity in the large-scale field distribution. The mean unsigned large-scale magnetic flux derived from the magnetic maps varies by a factor of about 2 between the lowest and highest observed magnetic states. The chromospheric flux is less affected and varies by a factor of 1.2. Correlated temporal evolution, due to both rotational modulation and seasonal variability, is observed between the Ca II emission, the Hα emission and the width of magnetically sensitive lines. The rotational dependence of polarimetric magnetic measurements displays a weak correlation with other activity proxies, presumably due to the different spatial scales and centre-to-limb darkening associated with polarimetric signatures, as compared to non-polarized activity indicators. Better agreement is observed on the longer term. When measurable, the differential rotation reveals a strong latitudinal shear in excess of 0.2 rad d-1. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalogical reasoning in children with specific language impairment
Leroy, Sandrine ULg; Parisse, Christophe; Maillart, Christelle ULg

in Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics (2012), 26(4),

Usage-based theory considers analogical reasoning as a cognitive process required in language development. We hypothesized that difficulties with analogical reasoning could hinder the abstraction of ... [more ▼]

Usage-based theory considers analogical reasoning as a cognitive process required in language development. We hypothesized that difficulties with analogical reasoning could hinder the abstraction of construction schemas, thus slowing down morphosyntactic development for children with specific language impairment (SLI). We also hypothesized, in accordance with usage-based theory, that the same analogy mechanism is shared by linguistic and non-linguistic processes. The current study investigated the performance of 15 children with SLI in comparison with age-matched peers on a nonlinguistic analogical reasoning task. Our experimental setting targeted two prerequisites of analogical reasoning: structural alignment and the discovery of relational similarity in comparison with perceptual similarity. The results obtained are compatible with our hypotheses according to which children with SLI would encounter problems building more abstract construction schemas, related to difficulties with analogical reasoning. The study also shows that children with SLI have specific cognitive difficulties regardless of their linguistic development. [less ▲]

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See detailExpansion of the main auroral oval at Jupiter : evidence for Io’s control over the Jovian magnetosphere
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Grodent, Denis ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

Poster (2012, April)

In spring 2007, New Horizons' Jupiter fly-by provided a unique opportunity for the largest observation campaign dedicated to the Jovian aurora ever carried out by the Hubble Space Telescope. UV images of ... [more ▼]

In spring 2007, New Horizons' Jupiter fly-by provided a unique opportunity for the largest observation campaign dedicated to the Jovian aurora ever carried out by the Hubble Space Telescope. UV images of the aurora have been acquired on a quasi-daily basis from mid-February to mid-June 2007. Polar projection of the auroral emissions clearly show a continuous long-term expansion of main oval additionally to day by day variations. The main oval moved so much that the Ganymede footprint, which is usually located equatorward of the main emissions, has even been observed inside of it. Simultaneously, the occurrence rate of large equatorward isolated auroral features increased over the season. These emission patches are generally attributed to injections of depleted flux tubes. On 6th June, one of these features exceptionally moved down to the Io footpath. The Io footprint seemed to disappear while the footprint moved through this patch of emission. This disappearance is a unique case among all the UV images of the aurora acquired during the last 12 years. We suggest that all these changes seen in the Jovian aurora are evidence for a major reconfiguration of the magnetosphere induced by increased volcanic activity on Io. Indeed, New Horizons observed particularly intense activity from the Tvashtar volcano in late February 2007. Moreover, sodium cloud brightening caused by volcanic outbursts have also been seen in late May 2007. According to our interpretation, repeated volcanic outbursts beefed up the plasma torus density and its mass outflow rate. This caused the corotation breakdown boundary to migrate closer to Jupiter. Consequently, the main auroral oval moved equatorward. As heavy flux tubes move outward, sparsely filled ones should be injected into the inner magnetosphere in order to conserve the magnetic flux in this region. This phenomenon could explain the large number of injection signatures observed in May-June 2007. Such a cloud of depleted flux tubes probably disrupted the Io-magnetosphere interaction, leading to an abnormally faint Io footprint. [less ▲]

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See detailL'impact de la divulgation d'informations sur la liquidité du marché français
Ajina, Aymen ULg; Sougné, Danielle ULg; Lakhal, Faten

in Finance et Stratégies de Développement (2012)

This paper examines the relationship between the quality of financial disclosure and the French stock-market liquidity. Based on a sample of 196 firms over a period from 2004 to 2007, we find that there ... [more ▼]

This paper examines the relationship between the quality of financial disclosure and the French stock-market liquidity. Based on a sample of 196 firms over a period from 2004 to 2007, we find that there is a positive and statistically significant relationship between the quality of Annual Reports and market liquidity. This result should encourage French authorities to develop the informational environment as an indispensable means to prevent the risk of illiquidity. [less ▲]

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See detailPresentation of the report about degradation inhibitors and metal additives impact on solvent degradation
Léonard, Grégoire ULg

Report (2012)

Literature review about impact of additives on solvent degradation

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See detailBelgium’s political elites and the crisis
Dodeigne, Jérémy ULg; Sinardet, Dave; Reuchamps, Min ULg

Conference (2012, April)

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