Browsing
     by title


0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

or enter first few letters:   
OK
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombination of ring-opening polymerization and "click" chemistry for the synthesis of an amphiphilic tadpole-shaped poly(epsilon-caprolactone) grafted by PEO
Li, Haiying; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Macromolecules (2007), 40(4), 824-831

A tadpole shaped poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL; Mn = 24 500) was made amphiphilic by grafting the two PCL tails with PEO. In the first step, a macrocyclic PCL was synthesized by ring-opening ... [more ▼]

A tadpole shaped poly(epsilon-caprolactone) (PCL; Mn = 24 500) was made amphiphilic by grafting the two PCL tails with PEO. In the first step, a macrocyclic PCL was synthesized by ring-opening polymerization of epsilon-caprolactone (epsilon-CL) initiated by a cyclic tin(IV) dialkoxide and stabilized by local intramolecular photo-cross-linking. In the second step, the polymerization of a mixture of epsilon CL and alpha-chloro-epsilon-caprolactone (alpha Cl epsilon CL) was resumed with formation of two activated chloride containing PCL tails. In the third step, the chlorides were converted into azides onto which alkynyl end-capped PEO was grafted by the copper-mediated Huisgen's cycloaddition [3 + 2], thus giving a "click" reaction. The thermal properties of the final copolymer and the precursors were analyzed by differential scanning calorimetry. The amphiphilicity of the final copolymer was confirmed by micellization in water. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 93 (19 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombination of ring-opening polymerization and "click" chemistry towards functionalization of aliphatic polyesters
Riva, Raphaël ULg; Schmeits, Stephanie ULg; Stoffelbach, François et al

in Chemical Communications (2005), (42), 5334-5336

Azide pendent groups of aliphatic polyesters have been derivatized into tertiary amines, ammonium salts and poly(ethylene oxide) grafts. The experimental conditions have been optimized (organic solvent ... [more ▼]

Azide pendent groups of aliphatic polyesters have been derivatized into tertiary amines, ammonium salts and poly(ethylene oxide) grafts. The experimental conditions have been optimized (organic solvent, 35 degrees C), such that the aliphatic polyesters are not degraded, including even poly(lactide) which is very sensitive to attack by weak nucleophiles. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 79 (13 ULg)
Full Text
See detailCombination of temporal phase unwrapping and long-wave infrared digital holographic interferometry for metrology of mosaic detector under space simulated conditions
Vandenrijt, Jean-François ULg; Thizy, Cédric ULg; Beaumont, Florent et al

in Mendoza Santoyo, Fernando (Ed.) SPECKLE 2015: VI International Conference on Speckle Metrology (2015, August)

We present digital holographic interferometry (DHI) in the long-wave infrared for monitoring the deformation under cryogenic conditions of a segmented focal plane array to be used in a space mission. The ... [more ▼]

We present digital holographic interferometry (DHI) in the long-wave infrared for monitoring the deformation under cryogenic conditions of a segmented focal plane array to be used in a space mission. The long wavelength was chosen for its ability to allow measurement of displacements 20 times larger than DHI in the visible and which were foreseen with the test object under such temperature changes. The specimen consists of 4x4 mosaic of detectors assembled on a frame. It was required to assess the global deformation of the ensemble, the deformation of each detector, and piston movements of each of them with respect to their neighbors. For that reason we incorporated the temporal phase unwrapping by capturing a sufficiently high number of holograms between which the phase does not suffer strong variations. At last since the specimen exhibit specular reflectivity at that wavelength, it is illuminated through a reflective diffuser [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 34 (11 ULg)
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombination of trophic biomarkers to distinguish among Antarctic amphipods trophic guilds
Nyssen, Fabienne ULg; Dauby, Patrick ULg; Graeve, Martin

Conference (2004, July)

Peracarid crustaceans and amphipods in particular are an important group in the Southern Ocean and one of the most diverse in the macrozoobenthos. As a part of a multidisciplinary study of the amphipods ... [more ▼]

Peracarid crustaceans and amphipods in particular are an important group in the Southern Ocean and one of the most diverse in the macrozoobenthos. As a part of a multidisciplinary study of the amphipods ecological roles in Antarctic benthic systems, about 150 specimens belonging to 25 species of 10 of the most common amphipod families occurring in the Southern Ocean have been involved in this study of amphipod trophic patterns. Beside “classical” stomach content analysis or field observations, the use of naturally occurring stable isotopes of carbon (δ13C) and nitrogen (δ15N) has recently provided new insights into food web ecology. This method is based on the direct relationship established between the isotopic signature of an organism and that of its preys. Nitrogen-15 typically shows a step-wise increase with trophic level within a food chain. Closer to the value of the diet, carbon-13 is preferentially used to assess the relative proportion of potential primary sources in a trophic web (ex.: pelagic vs benthic contribution to food intake). Furthermore, for several species, the lipid signature – which has already been used successfully to help understand marine trophodynamics – and more particularly the fatty acid composition has been investigated as trophic biomarkers to reveal more precisely to which trophic guild they belong to. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 26 (2 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombination therapy versus monotherapy: a randomised pilot study on the evolution of inflammatory parameters after ventilator associated pneumonia
Damas, Pierre ULg; Garweg, Christophe ULg; Monchi, Mehran et al

in Critical Care (2006), 10(2), 52

Introduction Combination antibiotic therapy for ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is often used to broaden the spectrum of activity of empirical treatment. The relevance of such synergy is commonly ... [more ▼]

Introduction Combination antibiotic therapy for ventilator associated pneumonia (VAP) is often used to broaden the spectrum of activity of empirical treatment. The relevance of such synergy is commonly supposed but poorly supported. The aim of the present study was to compare the clinical outcome and the course of biological variables in patients treated for a VAP, using a monotherapy with a beta-lactam versus a combination therapy. Methods Patients with VAP were prospectively randomised to receive either cefepime alone or cefepime in association with amikacin or levofloxacin. Clinical and inflammatory parameters were measured on the day of inclusion and thereafter. Results Seventy-four mechanically ventilated patients meeting clinical criteria for VAP were enrolled in the study. VAP was microbiologically confirmed in 59 patients (84%). Patients were randomised to receive cefepime (C group, 20 patients), cefepime with amikacin (C-A group, 19 patients) or cefepime with levofloxacin (C-L group, 20 patients). No significant difference was observed regarding the time course of temperature, leukocytosis or C-reactive protein level. There were no differences between length of stay in the intensive care unit after infection, nor in ventilator free days within 28 days after infection. No difference in mortality was observed. Conclusion Antibiotic combination using a fourth generation cephalosporin with either an aminoside or a fluoroquinolone is not associated with a clinical or biological benefit when compared to cephalosporin monotherapy against common susceptible pathogens causing VAP. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 14 (2 ULg)
See detailCombination treatment of cancer
PAYE, Alexandra ULg; Sounni, Nor Eddine ULg; Noël, Agnès ULg

Patent (2015)

The present invention provides MT4-MMP inhibitor and EGFR inhibitor for use in the treatment of cancer, wherein said MT4-MMP inhibitor and EGFR inhibitor are different from each other. MT4-MMP (MMP-17) is ... [more ▼]

The present invention provides MT4-MMP inhibitor and EGFR inhibitor for use in the treatment of cancer, wherein said MT4-MMP inhibitor and EGFR inhibitor are different from each other. MT4-MMP (MMP-17) is a glycosylphosphatidyl inositol (GPI) anchored MMP produced by cancer cells that promotes tumor vascularization and metastases. The present invention found that MT4-MMP expression promotes cancer cell proliferation. These effects involve retinoblastoma protein (Rb) inactivation, cyclin dependent kinase CDK4 activation and Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor (EGFR) signaling. Co-immuno-precipitations indicate the existence of protein complexes harboring MT4-MMP and EGFR. The present invention further found a novel mechanism of MT4-MMP action through an outside-in signaling involving EGFR. An unexpected crosstalk between an MMP and EGFR was identified and recognized as a key driver of cancer cell biology. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 20 (5 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombination/Sequential Therapy in Osteoporosis
Lecart, Marie-Paule; Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Current Osteoporosis Reports (2004), 2(4), 123-30

Combination therapy includes the concomitant or sequential use of compounds sharing the same mode of action (eg, two or more inhibitors of bone resorption) or with distinct pathways of activity (eg, an ... [more ▼]

Combination therapy includes the concomitant or sequential use of compounds sharing the same mode of action (eg, two or more inhibitors of bone resorption) or with distinct pathways of activity (eg, an inhibitor of resorption plus an anabolic agent). Combination use of antiresorptive agents may generate concerns, because of the risk of inducing oversuppression of bone turnover. However, if low doses of estrogen, used for the management of climacteric symptoms, are insufficient to normalize bone turnover, the addition of a bisphosphonate to hormone therapy may prove to be useful to achieve this objective. Patients pretreated with inhibitors of resorption, who have not achieved a full therapeutic response, are good candidates for treatment with anabolic agents. The increase in bone turnover that comes after the introduction of parathyroid hormone (PTH) in patients treated with an antiresorptive agent is similar to that observed in treatment-naive patients and the pattern of bone mineral density (BMD) increase is also identical, with the exception of a 6 month delay in the spine and hip BMD changes observed in prior alendronate-treated subjects. Current data discourage the concomitant use of alendronate and PTH since the bisphosphonate appears to blunt (in men and women) the anabolic action of PTH. Whether this applies to other bisphosphonates or inhibitors of resorption, remains unknown. The use of an inhibitor of bone resorption after completion of PTH treatment seems an appropriate way to maintain the skeletal benefits gained during therapy. Long-term clinical studies, using fractures as an endpoint should be initiated to better understand the clinical and pharmaco-economic interest of combination therapies in the management of osteoporosis. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 25 (2 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombinatorial Analysis of Growth Factors Reveals the Contribution of Bone Morphogenetic Proteins to Chondrogenic Differentiation of Human Periosteal Cells.
Mendes, Luis Filipe; Tam, Wai Long; Chai, Yoke Chin et al

in Tissue Engineering. Part C, Methods (2016), 22(5), 473-86

Successful application of cell-based strategies in cartilage and bone tissue engineering has been hampered by the lack of robust protocols to efficiently differentiate mesenchymal stem cells into the ... [more ▼]

Successful application of cell-based strategies in cartilage and bone tissue engineering has been hampered by the lack of robust protocols to efficiently differentiate mesenchymal stem cells into the chondrogenic lineage. The development of chemically defined culture media supplemented with growth factors (GFs) has been proposed as a way to overcome this limitation. In this work, we applied a fractional design of experiment (DoE) strategy to screen the effect of multiple GFs (BMP2, BMP6, GDF5, TGF-beta1, and FGF2) on chondrogenic differentiation of human periosteum-derived mesenchymal stem cells (hPDCs) in vitro. In a micromass culture (muMass) system, BMP2 had a positive effect on glycosaminoglycan deposition at day 7 (p < 0.001), which in combination with BMP6 synergistically enhanced cartilage-like tissue formation that displayed in vitro mineralization capacity at day 14 (p < 0.001). Gene expression of muMasses cultured for 7 days with a medium formulation supplemented with 100 ng/mL of BMP2 and BMP6 and a low concentration of GDF5, TGF-beta1, and FGF2 showed increased expression of Sox9 (1.7-fold) and the matrix molecules aggrecan (7-fold increase) and COL2A1 (40-fold increase) compared to nonstimulated control muMasses. The DoE analysis indicated that in GF combinations, BMP2 was the strongest effector for chondrogenic differentiation of hPDCs. When transplanted ectopically in nude mice, the in vitro-differentiated muMasses showed maintenance of the cartilaginous phenotype after 4 weeks in vivo. This study indicates the power of using the DoE approach for the creation of new medium formulations for skeletal tissue engineering approaches. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 20 (0 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailA combinatorial branch-and-bound algorithm for box search
Mathieu, Sébastien ULg; Louveaux, Quentin ULg

in Discrete Optimization (2014), 13

Considering a set of points in a multi-dimensional space with an associated real value for each point, we want to find the box with the maximum sum of the values of the included points. This problem has ... [more ▼]

Considering a set of points in a multi-dimensional space with an associated real value for each point, we want to find the box with the maximum sum of the values of the included points. This problem has applications in data mining and can be formulated as a mixed-integer linear program. We propose a branch-and-bound algorithm where the bounding is obtained by combinatorial arguments instead of the traditional linear relaxation. Computational experiments show that this approach competes with current state of the art mixed-integer solvers. The algorithm proposed in this paper may be seen as a simple and dependence-free method to solve the box search problem. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 84 (26 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombinatorial optimization approaches to the design of load shedding schemes against voltage instability
Moors, Cédric; Lefebvre, Daniel; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

(2000, October)

This paper proposes a methodology for the design of automatic load shedding against long-term voltage instability. In a first step, a set of training scenarios is set up, corresponding to various ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a methodology for the design of automatic load shedding against long-term voltage instability. In a first step, a set of training scenarios is set up, corresponding to various operating conditions and disturbances. Each scenario is analyzed to determine the minimal load shedding which stabilizes the system, with due consideration for the shedding location and delay. In a second step, the parameters of a closed-loop undervoltage load shedding scheme are determined so as to: (i) approach as closely as possible the optimal sheddings computed in the first step, over the whole set of scenarios; (ii) stabilize the system in all the unstable scenarios and (iii) shed no load in the stable ones. The corresponding optimization problem is solved using three methods : genetic algorithms, branch and bound approach and the so-called “sequential design”. A detailed example is given on the Hydro-Qu´ebec system in which load shedding is presently planned. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 66 (5 ULg)
Full Text
See detailCombinatorial Optimization Models in Automated Manufacturing
Crama, Yves ULg

Conference (2010, April 01)

Detailed reference viewed: 13 (3 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailA combinatorial proof of S-adicity for sequences with linear complexity
Leroy, Julien ULg; Richomme, Gwenaël

in Integers: Electronic Journal of Combinatorial Number Theory (2013), 13

Detailed reference viewed: 22 (0 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombinatorics, Automata and Number Theory 2006
Berthé, Valérie; Lecomte, Pierre ULg; Rigo, Michel ULg

in Theoretical Computer Science (2008), 391

Detailed reference viewed: 22 (6 ULg)
See detailCombinatorics, Words and Symbolic Dynamics
Berthé, Valérie; Rigo, Michel ULg

Book published by Cambridge University Press (2016)

Internationally recognised researchers look at developing trends in combinatorics with applications in the study of words and in symbolic dynamics. They explain the important concepts, providing a clear ... [more ▼]

Internationally recognised researchers look at developing trends in combinatorics with applications in the study of words and in symbolic dynamics. They explain the important concepts, providing a clear exposition of some recent results, and emphasise the emerging connections between these different fields. Topics include combinatorics on words, pattern avoidance, graph theory, tilings and theory of computation, multidimensional subshifts, discrete dynamical systems, ergodic theory, numeration systems, dynamical arithmetics, automata theory and synchronised words, analytic combinatorics, continued fractions and probabilistic models. Each topic is presented in a way that links it to the main themes, but then they are also extended to repetitions in words, similarity relations, cellular automata, friezes and Dynkin diagrams. The book will appeal to graduate students, research mathematicians and computer scientists working in combinatorics, theory of computation, number theory, symbolic dynamics, tilings and stringology. It will also interest biologists using text algorithms. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 26 (0 ULg)
See detailCombine pedigree and marker information into a single estimator for the calculation of relationships
Bömcke, Elisabeth ULg; Gengler, Nicolas ULg

Poster (2009, May)

Relationship coefficients are particularly useful to improve genetic management of endangered populations. Estimation of relationships was traditionally based on pedigree data but, today, numerous methods ... [more ▼]

Relationship coefficients are particularly useful to improve genetic management of endangered populations. Estimation of relationships was traditionally based on pedigree data but, today, numerous methods already exist to replace pedigrees by molecular data. However, genotyping a complete population for a sufficient number of markers can be impossible, e.g., in case of local and/or rare breeds. The idea was therefore to develop a new method to estimate relationship by combining molecular with pedigree data into a single estimator. Originally developed for the management of an endangered horse population, it will be useful for specific situations, where neither pedigree nor molecular data are complete. Two questions appeared: What and how to combine? Following the principle that things have to be similar to be combined, we compared two coefficients that have the advantage to be similarly defined: the additive relationship coefficient (axy) calculated from pedigrees and the total allelic relationship (taxy) obtained from markers. Wright relationship coefficient (rped,xy) were also compared to taxy, transformed into rmol,xy, to highlight the influence of inbreeding. The results showed the influence of inbreeding, of marker quality and the tendency of molecular coefficients to overestimate the relationship among individuals. The method to combine the selected coefficients was also determined. Various parameters were taken into account in the model: number of markers and quality (e.g. marker informativeness), mutation rate, pedigree quality (e.g. generation-equivalents), … The combined estimator has several advantages. Especially, negative relationship values obtained in literature with molecular-based estimators in case of small inbred populations can be avoided. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 40 (5 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombined (hormonal and microsurgical) therapy in infertile women with endometriosis.
Donnez, J.; Lemaire-Rubbers, M.; Karaman, Y. et al

in Fertility and Sterility (1987), 48(2), 239-42

Fifty patients with moderate or severe endometriosis received 5 mg/day lynestrenol for 6 months prior to microsurgery. A significant regression of the ovarian and peritoneal implants was observed in 72 ... [more ▼]

Fifty patients with moderate or severe endometriosis received 5 mg/day lynestrenol for 6 months prior to microsurgery. A significant regression of the ovarian and peritoneal implants was observed in 72% of the cases after progestative treatment, but the presence of residual epithelium in all cases made surgical resection necessary. After preoperative medical treatment and microsurgery, intrauterine (living births) pregnancy rates of 60 and 47% were obtained in cases of moderate and severe endometriosis, respectively. The following prognostic factors were found in this series: the degree of endometriosis, the concomitant male factors, the decrease of endometriotic lesions after treatment, and the unilaterality of ovarian endometriosis. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 17 (0 ULg)
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombined 10pter-->P11 and 18pter-->Q11 Trisomy in a 7-Year-Old Child
Lapiere, J. C.; Verloes, Alain ULg; Herens, Christian ULg et al

in Genetic Counseling (Geneva, Switzerland) (1992), 3(3), 155-9

We report a severely mentally retarded, dysmorphic girl aged 7 years with a 47,XX, +der(18), t(10;18)(p11.2;q11.2)mat. The phenotype of our patient is compared with 6 cases of trisomy 10p and 10 cases of ... [more ▼]

We report a severely mentally retarded, dysmorphic girl aged 7 years with a 47,XX, +der(18), t(10;18)(p11.2;q11.2)mat. The phenotype of our patient is compared with 6 cases of trisomy 10p and 10 cases of trisomy 18q- from the literature. The short trisomic segment 10pter-10p11 appears to affect more the phenotype than the trisomic segment 18qter-q11. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 17 (0 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombined action of diazepam and d-amphetamine on fixed-interval performance in cats
Richelle, Marc ULg

in Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (1969), 12(6), 989-998

Cats trained under a fixed-interval 5-min schedule of milk presentation were injected with diazepam, amphetamine, and combinations of amphetamine and diazepam. Diazepam increased overall reponse rate as a ... [more ▼]

Cats trained under a fixed-interval 5-min schedule of milk presentation were injected with diazepam, amphetamine, and combinations of amphetamine and diazepam. Diazepam increased overall reponse rate as a function of the dose and disrupted the temporal pattern of responding. Low doses of amphetamine (0.5mg/kg) usually increased the response rate; higher doses (1 to 2 mg/kg) either decreased the response rate or had little effect. Amphetamine always disrupted the temporal pattern of responding, even though it did not affect the overall rate. When doses of amphetamine that increased the response rate or left it unchanged were combined with diazepam, a potential increase in response rate occured. When doses of amphetamine that decreased the response rate were combined with diazepam, the amphetamine-induced rate decreases were reversed at least partially. Less clear potentiation of disruption of the temporal pattern of responding was observed when amphetamine and diazepam were combined. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 7 (1 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombined analysis from eleven linkage studies of bipolar disorder provides strong evidence of susceptibility loci on chromosomes 6q and 8q
McQueen, M. B.; Devlin, B.; Faraone, S. V. et al

in American Journal of Human Genetics (2005), 77(4), 582-95

Several independent studies and meta-analyses aimed at identifying genomic regions linked to bipolar disorder (BP) have failed to find clear and consistent evidence of linkage regions. Our hypothesis is ... [more ▼]

Several independent studies and meta-analyses aimed at identifying genomic regions linked to bipolar disorder (BP) have failed to find clear and consistent evidence of linkage regions. Our hypothesis is that combining the original genotype data provides benefits of increased power and control over sources of heterogeneity that outweigh the difficulty and potential pitfalls of the implementation. We conducted a combined analysis using the original genotype data from 11 BP genomewide linkage scans comprising 5,179 individuals from 1,067 families. Heterogeneity among studies was minimized in our analyses by using uniform methods of analysis and a common, standardized marker map and was assessed using novel methods developed for meta-analysis of genome scans. To date, this collaboration is the largest and most comprehensive analysis of linkage samples involving a psychiatric disorder. We demonstrate that combining original genome-scan data is a powerful approach for the elucidation of linkage regions underlying complex disease. Our results establish genomewide significant linkage to BP on chromosomes 6q and 8q, which provides solid information to guide future gene-finding efforts that rely on fine-mapping and association approaches. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 9 (3 ULg)
Full Text
Peer Reviewed
See detailCombined analysis of fourteen nuclear genes refines the Ursidae phylogeny
Pagès, Marie ULg; Calvignac, Sébastien; Klein, Catherine et al

Poster (2007, August)

To definitively solve the last the ambiguities concerning the evolutionary history of Ursidae, we sequenced ten nuclear genes for all the eight extant bear species. By combining these new sequences with ... [more ▼]

To definitively solve the last the ambiguities concerning the evolutionary history of Ursidae, we sequenced ten nuclear genes for all the eight extant bear species. By combining these new sequences with those of four other recently published nuclear markers, we provide new insights into the phylogenetic relationships of the Ursidae family members. The hypothesis that the giant panda was the first species to diverge among ursids is definitively confirmed and the branching order within the Ursus genus is clarified for the first time. Moreover, these analyses indicate that the American and the Asiatic black bears do not cluster as sister taxa, as had been previously hypothesised. Sun and sloth bears undoubtedly appear as the most basal ursine species but uncertainties about their exact relationships remain. [less ▲]

Detailed reference viewed: 6 (0 ULg)