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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 detailHow does elicitor and antimicrobial fengycin interact with plasma membranes of sensitive cells ?
Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg; Eeman, Marc; Lins, Laurence ULg et al

Conference (2012, April)

Fengycin is characterized by its strong antifungal and low hemolytic activities. It has also been recently demonstrated that it has plant elicitor properties and is also able to enhance the elicitors’ ... [more ▼]

Fengycin is characterized by its strong antifungal and low hemolytic activities. It has also been recently demonstrated that it has plant elicitor properties and is also able to enhance the elicitors’ activity of surfactin. The cell target of its biological activities is supposed to be plasma membrane. In spite of these interesting biological activities, fengycin has not been extensively investigated probably because of the difficulties related to its production. In a first time; we have characterized the interfacial properties of fengycin by tensiometry measurements and demonstrated that this surface activity was pH-dependent. In a second time; we have investigated the interactions of the lipopeptide with membrane lipids using model membranes such as Langmuir monolayers and multilammelar vesicles (MLVs). Our results indicate that the lipopeptide was able to penetrate into different lipid monolayers showing a preference for sterol-containing monolayers. In order to better understand the mechanism of the interactions of fengycin with membranes at the molecular level, MLVs with or without fengycin have been analyzed by spectroscopic techniques. We have shown that conformational changes of the lipopeptide occurred in the presence of lipids and they were more significant in the presence of sterol. Moreover, tyrosine residues of the lipopeptide seem to play an important role in these interactions. In conclusion, we have determined that the surface-active behavior as well as the conformation of fengycin depends on its environment. We have also showed that the lipopeptide does not interact with all class of lipids in the same way and presents a preference for sterols. The presence of key groups within peptide cycle has also been supposed for the biological activities of the lipopeptide. [less ▲]

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See detailThe optimization of microsatellite genotyping and genetic sexing of non-invasively collected polar bear tissue: Implications for monitoring and census.
Harris, Christopher; Van Coeverden De Groot, Peter; Kamookak, L et al

Conference (2012, April)

The monitoring of Polar Bears in Canada has been completed largely through management unit (MU) wide capture-mark-recapture (CMR) surveys. While this data is very useful at the time of collection, these ... [more ▼]

The monitoring of Polar Bears in Canada has been completed largely through management unit (MU) wide capture-mark-recapture (CMR) surveys. While this data is very useful at the time of collection, these surveys are expensive and take time to plan and execute; cannot be feasibly executed across the polar bear range at intervals that reflect the expected rapid environmental changes in the Arctic; and are disdained by the Inuit as being invasive. As part of recent efforts to explore less expensive and non-invasive methods to monitor polar bears (see Wong et al & Van Coevderden de Groot et al this conference) we are evaluating genetic information obtained from non-invasively collected polar bear tissue. In this work we report on the genetic data obtained from non-invasively collected harisnags recovered from sampling stations erected between May-June 2006-2009 in M’Clintock Channel, Nunavut. Across the 4 years 344 hair snags were collected; following Paetkau (2004) we optimized 6 microsatellite loci to reliably amplify polar bear DNA from this tissue and we modified the procedure of Pages et al (2009) to reliably genetically sex these tissues. Our estimates for two common errors with this type of tissue across all loci – allelic dropout (0.026) and false allele (0.03) - were both less than p =.05. This suggests these errors are not going to significantly affect the accuracy of the consensus genotypes collected from these data. Using consensus genotypes from relevant hairsnags, we posit a minimum of 59 (max 82) unique bears entered our sampling stations. Of these, 24% were female, 64% were male, and 12% could not be sexed. We resampled 2 bears in 2006, 1 in 2007, 0 bears in 2008 and 14 bears in 2009 – the 2009 value reflects significantly increased sampling effort in 2009. Five bears were re-sampled between the non-invasive surveys in 2006-2009. When comparing our data to a subset of cubs and subadults captured during the Taylor et al. (2006) CMR survey of M’Clintock Channel (MU), we found 6 genotype matches. Our sampling stations may have a male bias as the sex ratio from the 1998-2000 CMR study was 42.1% ♂ (Taylor et al 2006) vs. 64% ♂ (this study). We cannot accurately determine the age bias (but see Wong et al this conference). Genetic data from Polar bear faecal samples may provide an unbiased sex and age sample of polar bears in any MU. Any data from these samples will help refine hairsnag derived MKNA estimate of polar bears from any MU. Here we report on our efforts to genotype and genetically sex 95 faecals we have collected from M’Clintock Channel from 2006-2009. Finally, we discuss the implications of these findings, results from other noninvasive work (Wong et al & Van Coevderden de Groot et al this conference) and ongoing/proposed work in the context of i) a non-invasive Inuit-based polar bear activity and health survey, and ii) a more rigorous census method which may allow more precise adjustments of harvest levels than currently possible using infrequently collected CMR data only. [less ▲]

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See detailL'économie sociale et solidaire
Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg

in Blanchet, Vivien; Carimentrand, Aurélie (Eds.) Dictionnaire du commerce équitable (2012)

Définit l'économie sociale et solidaire et positionne le commerce équitable par rapport à cette notion

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See detailRéponses du Martin-pêcheur huppé Alcedo cristata à la perturbation de ses sites de nidification
Kisasa Kafutshi, Robert ULg

in Malimbus (2012), 34(28-38),

From 2004 to 2009, two colonies of Malachite Kingfisher were monitored by ringing the nestlings and adults, counting eggs and observing parental activity at the nests. Results show that 10 % of nests were ... [more ▼]

From 2004 to 2009, two colonies of Malachite Kingfisher were monitored by ringing the nestlings and adults, counting eggs and observing parental activity at the nests. Results show that 10 % of nests were destroyed by people in the Symphonies site as against 78 % in the Monastery site. Consequently, the number of nests available for breeding is lower at Monastery than at Symphonies. The number of fledged chicks per nest at Symphonies was twice that at the Monastery. Site fidelity is higher for the adults in the Symphonies site (26 %) than at the Monastery (11 %). This suggests that the Monastery site is less favourable to the survival of the Malachite Kingfisher than the Symphonies site. The best strategy to protect this species seems to be the maintenance of a good number of nesting sites. [less ▲]

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See detailAn oblique view on the role of spindle orientation in vertebrate neurogenesis
Peyre, Elise ULg; Morin, Xavier

in Development, Growth & Differentiation (2012)

Neurogenesis is a dynamic process that produces a diverse number of glial and neural cell types from a limited number of neural stem cells throughout development and into adulthood. After an initial ... [more ▼]

Neurogenesis is a dynamic process that produces a diverse number of glial and neural cell types from a limited number of neural stem cells throughout development and into adulthood. After an initial period of amplification through symmetric division, neural stem cells rely on asymmetric modes of division to self-renew while producing more committed progeny. Understanding the molecular mechanisms regulating the choice between symmetric and asymmetric modes of division is essential to understand human brain development and pathologies, and to explain the increasing cortical complexity observed in evolution. A popular model states the existence of a causal relationship between the orientation of the axis of division of stem cells and the fate of their progeny in many different tissues, but the validity of the model in neural stem cells is not clear. In this review, we briefly present the diversity of neural stem cells and intermediate progenitors in the developing central nervous system. We then draw a historic overview of the assumed causal relationship between spindle orientation and fate determination. We show how this prompted a search for regulators of spindle orientation, and present the current state of knowledge on the mechanism. Finally, we review data on the effect of defective spindle orientation and try to integrate conflicting observations by presenting alternative mechanisms that may regulate the choice between symmetric and asymmetric outcomes. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganisation du commerce équitable
Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg

in Blanchet, Vivien; Carimentrand, Aurélie (Eds.) Dictionnaire du commerce équitable (2012)

Définition et discussion de la notion d'organisation du commerce équitable

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See detailLa population, émergence d'un concept technologique
Oulc'hen, Hervé ULg

in Kiéfer, Audrey; Risse, David (Eds.) La biopolitique outre-Atlantique après Foucault (2012)

In his writings concerned with biopolitics Foucault gives the concept of population a central place and means to find its arising at the crossroads of several types of discourse : particularly about ... [more ▼]

In his writings concerned with biopolitics Foucault gives the concept of population a central place and means to find its arising at the crossroads of several types of discourse : particularly about species and the public. The genealogy of this bifocal concept is in keeping with some aspects of Canguilhem’s epistemological approach to the regulation of milieus, following his work on scientific ideology. Not only does such a parallel enable us to bring out the critical use of biopolitical concepts, it also leads us to examine the technological sequence which has made it possible for the concept of population to be determined. Such a sequence is articulated in three moments – utopia, practice, theory – which enable us to account for the evolution of the technology of police. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamiques écosystémiques co-évolutives: proposition de typologie fonctionnelle des milieux
Hendrickx, Sébastien ULg; Van Der Kaa, Claire ULg; Dopagne, Claude ULg et al

in Notes de recherche - Conférence Permanente du Développement Territorial Région Wallonne (2012), 34

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See detailUpdate of the Belgian Association for the Study of the Liver Guidelines for the treatment of chronic hepatitis C genotype 1 with protease inhibitors.
Orlent, H; Deltenre, P; Francque, S et al

in Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica (2012), 75(2), 245-259

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See detailAn adaptive thermal comfort model for hot humid South-East Asia
Nguyen, Anh Tuan ULg; Singh, Manoj Kumar ULg; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Building & Environment (2012), 56

The present paper presents a full procedure to develop an adaptive comfort model for South-East Asia. Meta-analysis on large number of observations from field surveys which were conducted in this region ... [more ▼]

The present paper presents a full procedure to develop an adaptive comfort model for South-East Asia. Meta-analysis on large number of observations from field surveys which were conducted in this region was employed. Standardization and bias control of the database were fully reported. Statistical tests of significance and weighted regression method applied in the analyses strengthened the reliability of the findings. This paper found a great influence of ‘Griffiths constant’ on the establishment of adaptive comfort equation and proposed an appropriate value. The adaptive comfort model generated is applicable to naturally ventilated building under hot and humid conditions of South-East Asia. The mean neutral comfort temperature (operative temperature, effective temperature, standard effective temperature) in naturally ventilated and air-conditioned building was compared and the differences have been discussed. The similar neutral standard effective temperature in both naturally ventilated and air-conditioned building proposes a new idea to implement SET* into building simulation tools to assess thermal comfort without the attention of building classification. Through the analysis, the effectiveness of behavioral adaptive actions on occupant’s thermal perception has been argued. The extended PMV-PPD model for hot humid conditions was examined and its applicability was recommended. Other comfort related issues, the differences and similarities between various adaptive comfort models were also addressed. [less ▲]

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See detailPast into Future: Cyprus' Undivided Literature - AydIn Mehmet Ali and Stephanos Stephanides
Pagnoulle, Christine ULg

in Kunapipi : Journal of Postcolonial Writing (2012), 33(1-2), 202-214

The present article examines poems by Stephanides and short stories by Mehmet Ali (of Greek and Turkish origins respectively, as their names indicate), bringing out a common sensibility to loss and ... [more ▼]

The present article examines poems by Stephanides and short stories by Mehmet Ali (of Greek and Turkish origins respectively, as their names indicate), bringing out a common sensibility to loss and yearning for reconciliation. In keeping with what is brought out throughout this remarkable double issue edited by Anne Collett it stresses the underlying unity in hte island's literature. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganizational identification and commitment: The impact of POS and prestige
Marique, Géraldine; Stinglhamber, Florence; Desmette, Donatienne et al

Poster (2012, April)

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See detailPrecision of continuous neonatal ventilator respiratory mechanics is improved with selected optimal respiratory cycles.
RIGO, Vincent ULg; Graas, Estelle; RIGO, Jacques ULg

in European journal of pediatrics (2012), 171(4), 689-96

Given their high apparent variability, bedside continuous respiratory mechanics (RM) parameters (excepting tidal volume (VT)) remain infrequently used for adjustment of neonatal ventilatory settings. RM ... [more ▼]

Given their high apparent variability, bedside continuous respiratory mechanics (RM) parameters (excepting tidal volume (VT)) remain infrequently used for adjustment of neonatal ventilatory settings. RM parameters provided by ventilator (VRC) from 10 recordings of newborns (10 minutes in synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation and Assist/control (A/C)) were compared to those computed from visually selected assisted leak-free optimal respiratory cycles (SRC). Mean values, variability and ability to distinguish patients were compared between VRC and SRC. Dynamic resistances were more correlated (r²=0.95) than compliances (r²=0.42). VT’s were correlated only in A/C (r²=0.78). C20/C was significantly higher in VRC (1.81±0.67) than in SRC (1.23±0.36) and frequently out of neonatal reference range. In A/C ventilation, VT was higher in VRC (5.6 ±1.8 ml/kg) than in SRC (4.8 ±1.0 ml/kg) (p<0.05). Displayed VT’s don’t reflect those found in optimal assisted breaths and therefore have incomplete value in assessing adequacy of ventilator settings. The variability of RM parameters provided by the ventilator is large, and coefficients of variation were significantly lower with optimal respiratory cycles (for Resistance, Compliance, VT and C20/C: 27, 26, 18, 24% in SRC, 36, 35, 40, 33% in VRC). Selecting optimal cycles yields RM with a 2-3 times higher discriminating power between patients. Conclusion: Current ventilator’s RM parameters have limited clinical use. Using optimal breaths to calculate RM parameters improves precision and discriminating power. For integration to ventilatory care, automation of this selection must be implemented first. [less ▲]

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See detailRevealing MPLS Tunnels Obscured from Traceroute
Donnet, Benoît ULg; Luckie, Matthew; Mérindol, Pascal et al

in Computer Communication Review (2012), 42(2), 87-93

Operators have deployed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) in the Internet for over a decade. However, its impact on Internet topology measurements is not well known, and it is possible for some MPLS ... [more ▼]

Operators have deployed Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) in the Internet for over a decade. However, its impact on Internet topology measurements is not well known, and it is possible for some MPLS configurations to lead to false router-level links in maps derived from traceroute data. In this paper, we introduce a measurement-based classification of MPLS tunnels, identifying tunnels where IP hops are revealed but not explicitly tagged as label switching routers, as well as tunnels that obscure the underlying path. Using a large-scale dataset we collected, we show that paths frequently cross MPLS tunnels in today's Internet: in our data, at least 30% of the paths we tested traverse an MPLS tunnel. We also propose and evaluate several methods to reveal MPLS tunnels that are not explicitly flagged as such: we discover that their fraction is significant (up to half the explicit tunnel quantity) but most of them do not obscure IP-level topology discovery. [less ▲]

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See detailA new species of Caprella (Crustacea: Amphipoda) from the Mediterranean Sea
Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Guerra-García, José Manuel

in Helgoland Marine Research (2012)

A new caprellid amphipod, Caprella tavolarensis n. sp., is described based on specimens collected from a Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadow at the Tavolara- Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area ... [more ▼]

A new caprellid amphipod, Caprella tavolarensis n. sp., is described based on specimens collected from a Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadow at the Tavolara- Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (Sardinia, Mediterranean Sea). The species is close to Caprella liparotensis, but can be clearly distinguished by smaller size, presence of a short rostrum, body elongate and dorsally smooth, absence of serrate carina on the basis of gnathopod 2 and pereopods, mouthparts scarcely setose, absence of Wne setae on peduncle of antenna 1 and absence of swimming setae on antenna 2. The number of caprellid species reported from the Mediterranean Sea has increased from 23 (1993) to 41 (2010), consequently, further taxonomical studies should be addressed to properly estimate the total amphipod diversity in the Mediterranean Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of ionic liquids for biocatalytic synthesis of sugar derivatives
Galonde, Nadine ULg; Nott, Katherine ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg et al

in Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology (2012), 87(4), 451-471

Sugar-based compounds are widely used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, detergents and food. They are mainly produced by chemical methods, but the use of enzymes as ‘a greener alternative’ to organic ... [more ▼]

Sugar-based compounds are widely used in pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, detergents and food. They are mainly produced by chemical methods, but the use of enzymes as ‘a greener alternative’ to organic synthesis has been investigated for more than 20 years. Due to the low polar substrate solubility in organic solvents compatible with enzymes, research has focused on the application of substitutes for biocatalysis, especially ionic liquids (ILs). After introducing the main properties of ILs and especially their ability to solubilize sugars, this review focuses on one of their applications, the biocatalytic synthesis of carbohydrate derivatives. In this context, they can be used in pure IL systems, in IL/IL systems or in IL/organic solvent systems. Finally, this review provides an update on the environmental fate of ILs. Their exploitation in ‘green’ processes is still limited due to their low degradability but research is currently under way to design new more ‘eco-friendly’ ILs. [less ▲]

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See detailBase de données sols de REQUASUD - 3ème synthèse
Genot, Valérie ULg; Renneson, Malorie ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg et al

Book published by ASBL REQUASUD - D/2012/8689/1 (2012)

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See detailEditorial
Bullens, Quentin ULg

in Carnet de Notes sur les Maltraitances Infantiles (2012), 1

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