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See detailFast contingency filtering based on linear voltage drop estimates
Otomega, Bogdan; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

(2005, June)

This paper deals with the filtering of harmless contingencies in voltage stability and security analyses. In many systems, a post-contingency load flow allows to identify the contingencies with severe ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with the filtering of harmless contingencies in voltage stability and security analyses. In many systems, a post-contingency load flow allows to identify the contingencies with severe impact on voltage stability, as causing either divergence or large voltage drops. However, for filtering purposes, accurate voltage drops need not be computed; linear estimates obtained from sensitivity formulas are appropriate. For a given contingency, the method used in this paper solves a sparse linear system to update the phase angles, assuming constant voltage magnitudes. Then, assuming constant active power flows in the branches, a second sparse system is solved to update the voltage magnitudes. This yields better accuracy than one full load flow iteration while retaining the sparse structure of a decoupled formulation. For contingency analysis, the incidents are filtered by comparing the voltage drops to a threshold. For secure power margin computations, the same procedure is used after stressing the system in the specified direction. The method has been tested on a real system where it has been found to combine simplicity of implementation, quality of filtering and computational efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailFast controlled radical polymerization of styrene mediated by oligomeric nitroxides formed in situ
Sciannamea, Valérie; Catala, Jean-Marie; Jérôme, Robert ULg et al

in Macromolecular Rapid Communications (2007), 28(2), 147-151

In the presence of an oligomeric hindered secondary amine added with peracetic acid as the oxidant, radical polymerization of styrene is fast and controlled at 110 degrees C. Under these experimental ... [more ▼]

In the presence of an oligomeric hindered secondary amine added with peracetic acid as the oxidant, radical polymerization of styrene is fast and controlled at 110 degrees C. Under these experimental conditions, an oligomeric nitroxide is formed in situ. This polymerization is 2.5 faster than polymerization mediated by the alkoxyamine derivated from TIPNO (2,2,5-trimethyl-4- phenyl-3-azahexane-3-nitroxide), which generates a low molar mass nitroxide. Similarly, substitution of a low molar mass secondary amine, 2,2,6, 6-tetramethylpiperidone (4-oxo-TMP), for the oligomeric secondary amine maintains the control on the polymerization, which is however 4.6 times slower, all the other conditions being the same. The in situ formation of the oligomeric nitroxide has been confirmed by electron spin resonance (ESR). [less ▲]

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See detailFast core rotation in red-giant stars as revealed by gravity-dominated mixed modes
Beck, Paul G; Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULg; Kallinger, Thomas et al

in Nature (2012), 481

When the core hydrogen is exhausted during stellar evolution, the central region of a star contracts and the outer envelope expands and cools, giving rise to a red giant. Convection takes place over much ... [more ▼]

When the core hydrogen is exhausted during stellar evolution, the central region of a star contracts and the outer envelope expands and cools, giving rise to a red giant. Convection takes place over much of the star's radius. Conservation of angular momentum requires that the cores of these stars rotate faster than their envelopes; indirect evidence supports this. Information about the angular-momentum distribution is inaccessible to direct observations, but it can be extracted from the effect of rotation on oscillation modes that probe the stellar interior. Here we report an increasing rotation rate from the surface of the star to the stellar core in the interiors of red giants, obtained using the rotational frequency splitting of recently detected `mixed modes'. By comparison with theoretical stellar models, we conclude that the core must rotate at least ten times faster than the surface. This observational result confirms the theoretical prediction of a steep gradient in the rotation profile towards the deep stellar interior. [less ▲]

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See detailFast determination of myoglobin in serum using a new radial partition immunoassay
Chapelle, Jean-Paul ULg; Lemache, K.; el Allaf, M. et al

in Clinical Biochemistry (1994), 27(5), 423-8

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See detailFast double antibody radioimmunoassay of human granulocyte myeloperoxidase and its application to plasma.
Pincemail, Joël ULg; Deby-Dupont, G.; Deby, Christiane ULg et al

in Journal of Immunological Methods (1991), 137(2), 181-191

The haem enzyme myeloperoxidase (MPO) (EC 1.11.1.7) with a spectral A430/A280 ratio greater than 0.7 and a specific activity of 125 U/mg was purified from isolated human neutrophils. To obtain a ... [more ▼]

The haem enzyme myeloperoxidase (MPO) (EC 1.11.1.7) with a spectral A430/A280 ratio greater than 0.7 and a specific activity of 125 U/mg was purified from isolated human neutrophils. To obtain a radioimmunoassay (RIA) for this enzyme, a specific antiserum against human neutrophil MPO was raised in rabbits and used at an initial dilution of 1/10,000. MPO labelled with 125iodine by a technique of self-labelling in the presence of H2O2, had a specific activity of 24 mCi/mg. After incubation at room temperature (2 h) and separation by double antibody precipitation in the presence of polyethylene glycol, the sensitivity of the RIA was 21 ng/ml. The RIA showed good precision and accuracy with intra- and interassay coefficients of variation of less than 7% for MPO concentrations ranging from 100 to 800 ng/ml, and satisfactory recoveries of known amounts of exogenous MPO in plasma. For the measurement of MPO in blood, the best sampling technique was to collect blood into EDTA. Rapid centrifugation (within 20 min) was necessary for blood collected into heparin. Mean MPO values in normal individuals were 340 +/- 98 ng/ml in EDTA plasma (n = 152) and 332 +/- 82 ng/ml in heparinized plasma (n = 34). When MPO was measured 12-6 h after injury in critically ill patients high values (above 1000 ng/ml) were found in 6/15 patients with multiple injuries. In patients with sepsis (n = 22), MPO values were always above 1000 ng/ml. [less ▲]

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See detailFast F-18 FDG synthesis by alkaline hydrolysis on a low polarity solid phase supports
Lemaire, Christian ULg; Damhaut, P.; Lauricella, Benjamino ULg et al

in Journal of Labelled Compounds & Radiopharmaceuticals (2002), 45(5), 435-447

The synthesis of 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18F]FDG) has been simplified by the use of a tC18 Sep Pak cartridge to effect purification and hydrolysis of the tetraacetylated [18F]fluoro-glucose ... [more ▼]

The synthesis of 2-deoxy-2-[18F]fluoro-D-glucose ([18F]FDG) has been simplified by the use of a tC18 Sep Pak cartridge to effect purification and hydrolysis of the tetraacetylated [18F]fluoro-glucose compound ([18F]TAG). After radiolabelling, this derivative was trapped on a solid phase extraction (SPE) cartridge and the residual reaction solvent (CH3CN), reagents (K222, K2CO3,) and by-products removed by washing the support with water. After this cleaning step, the acetyl groups were cleaved on the same tC18 column using 2N sodium hydroxide. This fast reaction proceeded near quantitatively (>98%) at room temperature in less than 2 min. The [18F]FDG was then recovered with a small amount of water, neutralized with a slight excess of 2N hydrochloric acid, buffered for pH with a citrate solution and finally purified on a neutral alumina oxide and a second tC18 column. After filtration, the radiochemical yield of this [18F]FDG isotonic solution after more than 100 production runs was found to be very reliable and reproducible (70±6% decay corrected). The synthesis time was about 22 min. Quality controls showed that the radiochemical purity was higher than 98% and in any case no [18F]FDM was detected. Only traces of 2-chloro-2-deoxy-glucose (ClDG) were found in the final sample (64±9 g/ batch of 16 ml). [18F]FDG specific activity averaged between 1 and 20 Ci/µmol (EOS). No evaporation and use of ion retardation resin (AG11A8) are required. Moreover, this new approach is suitable for complete remote operation using available single use medical components. Copyright © 2002 John Wiley [less ▲]

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See detailFast freezing of cow embryos in French straws with an automatic program.
Massip, A.; Van der Zwalmen, P.; Hanzen, Christian ULg et al

in Theriogenology (1982), 18(3), 325-332

Cow embryos between day 6.5 and 9 were frozen in 1.5M DMSO in PBS at 2 degrees C/min from seeding to -25 degrees C before being plunged into liquid nitrogen directly or after 10 min at -25 degrees C ... [more ▼]

Cow embryos between day 6.5 and 9 were frozen in 1.5M DMSO in PBS at 2 degrees C/min from seeding to -25 degrees C before being plunged into liquid nitrogen directly or after 10 min at -25 degrees C. Cooling rate from 20 degrees C to -5 degrees C was 9 degrees C/min. Seeding was induced automatically at -5 degrees C by injection of liquid nitrogen vapour. Embryos were subsequently thawed by direct transfer to water at 20 degrees C (group I) or at 37 degrees C (group II). Survival was assessed by culture in vitro and by transfer. In group I, 35.7% were degenerated after thawing (compared to 35.4% in group II). Survival rate after culture in vitro for 24h was not significantly different (48.3% vs 42.8%) and hatching rate after 96h culture was quite similar (33.3% vs 34.4%). In group II, four pregnancies were obtained from 10 embryos transferred. Time at -25 degrees C did not improve the results. Automatic seeding did not impair survival. These results show that the quality of the embryo is the determinant factor for survival after freezing and that the plastic straw is the most suitable vessel for freezing, storage and transfer of embryos. [less ▲]

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See detailA fast gas chromatographic method for the study of semiochemical slow release formulations
Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; Lorge, Stéphanie; Leroy, Pascal ULg et al

Poster (2010, January)

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See detailFast gas-phase hydrogen/deuterium exchange observed for a DNA G-quadruplex
Gabelica, Valérie ULg; Rosu, Frédéric ULg; Witt, Matthias et al

in Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry : RCM (2005), 19(2), 201-208

The gas-phase hydrogen/deuterium (H/D) exchange kinetics of DNA G-quadruplexes has been investigated using Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICRMS). The quadruplex [(TGGGGT)(4 ... [more ▼]

The gas-phase hydrogen/deuterium (H/D) exchange kinetics of DNA G-quadruplexes has been investigated using Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FTICRMS). The quadruplex [(TGGGGT)(4).3NH(4)(+)] undergoes very fast H/D exchange, in both the positive and in the negative ion modes, compared to DNA duplexes and other quadruplexes tested, and compared to the corresponding single-stranded TGGGGT. Substitution of NH4+ for K+ did not alter this fast H/D exchange, indicating that the hydrogens of the ammonium ions are not those exchanged. However, stripping of the interior cations of the quadruplex by source collision-induced dissociation (CID) in the positive ion mode showed that the presence of the inner cations is essential for the fast exchange to be possible. Molecular dynamics simulations show that the G-quadruplex is very rigid in the gas phase with NH4+ ions inside the tetrads. We suggest that the fast H/D exchange is favored by this rigid quadruplex conformation. This example illustrates that the concept that compact DNA structures exchange H for D slower than unfolded ones is a misconception. Copyright (C) 2004 John Wiley Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailFast Homozygosity Mapping and Identification of a Zebrafish ENU-Induced Mutation by Whole-Genome Sequencing.
Voz, Marianne ULg; Coppieters, Wouter ULg; Manfroid, Isabelle ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2012), 7(4), 34671

Forward genetics using zebrafish is a powerful tool for studying vertebrate development through large-scale mutagenesis. Nonetheless, the identification of the molecular lesion is still laborious and ... [more ▼]

Forward genetics using zebrafish is a powerful tool for studying vertebrate development through large-scale mutagenesis. Nonetheless, the identification of the molecular lesion is still laborious and involves time-consuming genetic mapping. Here, we show that high-throughput sequencing of the whole zebrafish genome can directly locate the interval carrying the causative mutation and at the same time pinpoint the molecular lesion. The feasibility of this approach was validated by sequencing the m1045 mutant line that displays a severe hypoplasia of the exocrine pancreas. We generated 13 Gb of sequence, equivalent to an eightfold genomic coverage, from a pool of 50 mutant embryos obtained from a map-cross between the AB mutant carrier and the WIK polymorphic strain. The chromosomal region carrying the causal mutation was localized based on its unique property to display high levels of homozygosity among sequence reads as it derives exclusively from the initial AB mutated allele. We developed an algorithm identifying such a region by calculating a homozygosity score along all chromosomes. This highlighted an 8-Mb window on chromosome 5 with a score close to 1 in the m1045 mutants. The sequence analysis of all genes within this interval revealed a nonsense mutation in the snapc4 gene. Knockdown experiments confirmed the assertion that snapc4 is the gene whose mutation leads to exocrine pancreas hypoplasia. In conclusion, this study constitutes a proof-of-concept that whole-genome sequencing is a fast and effective alternative to the classical positional cloning strategies in zebrafish. [less ▲]

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See detailFast mapping between grammatical constructions and meaning Two experiments in French children aged 3 to 4
Maillart, Christelle ULg; Parisse, Christophe; Dupont, Fanny et al

Poster (2008)

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See detailFast mapping between grammatical constructions and meaning: An experiment in French children aged 3 to 4
Parisse, Christophe; Dupont, Fanny; Bourdoux, Françoise et al

Poster (2008, June)

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See detailFast method for the simultaneous quantification of toxic polyphenols applied to the selection of genotypes of yam bean (Pachyrhizus sp.) seeds.
Lautié, Emmanuelle; Rozet, Eric ULg; Hubert, Philippe ULg et al

in Talanta (2013), 117

The purpose of the research was to develop and validate a rapid quantification method able to screen many samples of yam bean seeds to determine the content of two toxic polyphenols, namely pachyrrhizine ... [more ▼]

The purpose of the research was to develop and validate a rapid quantification method able to screen many samples of yam bean seeds to determine the content of two toxic polyphenols, namely pachyrrhizine and rotenone. The analytical procedure described is based on the use of an internal standard (dihydrorotenone) and is divided in three steps: microwave assisted extraction, purification by solid phase extraction and assay by ultra high performance liquid chromatography (UHPLC). Each step was included in the validation protocol and the accuracy profiles methodology was used to fully validate the method. The method was fully validated between 0.25mg and 5mg pachyrrhizin per gram of seeds and between 0.58mg/g and 4mg/g for rotenone. More than one hundred samples from different accessions, locations of growth and harvest dates were screened. Pachyrrhizine concentrations ranged from 3.29mg/g to lower than 0.25mg/g while rotenone concentrations ranged from 3.53mg/g to lower than 0.58mg/g. This screening along with principal component analysis (PCA) and discriminant analysis (DA) analyses allowed the selection of the more interesting genotypes in terms of low concentrations of these two toxic polyphenols. [less ▲]

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See detailFast method to predict an earing profile based on Lankford coefficients and yield locus
Lelotte, Thomas; Duchene, Laurent ULg; Habraken, Anne ULg

in Mota Soares, C. A. (Ed.) Proceedings of the III European Conference on Computational Mechanics Solids (ECCM III) (2006)

This paper compares three methods to determine the earing profile that appears during the deep-drawing test of a circular steel sheet. Three steel grades will be studied. The first method is an ... [more ▼]

This paper compares three methods to determine the earing profile that appears during the deep-drawing test of a circular steel sheet. Three steel grades will be studied. The first method is an experimental test made by a hydraulic press. The second one is a finite ele-ment method (FEM) deep-drawing simulation using a micro-macro texture based constitutive law. The last one directly determines the general aspect of the earing profile from the yield locus which is computed from the initial texture. The goal of this study is to validate the last approach. So, an earing profile prediction can quickly be obtained just from material’s tex-ture. [less ▲]

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See detailA Fast Method To Predict Protein Interaction Sites From Sequences
Gallet, X.; Charloteaux, Benoît ULg; Thomas, Annick ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Biology (2000), 302(4), 917-26

A simple method for predicting residues involved in protein interaction sites is proposed. In the absence of any structural report, the procedure identifies linear stretches of sequences as "receptor ... [more ▼]

A simple method for predicting residues involved in protein interaction sites is proposed. In the absence of any structural report, the procedure identifies linear stretches of sequences as "receptor-binding domains" (RBDs) by analysing hydrophobicity distribution. The sequences of two databases of non-homologous interaction sites eliciting various biological activities were tested; 59-80 % were detected as RBDs. A statistical analysis of amino acid frequencies was carried out in known interaction sites and in predicted RBDs. RBDs were predicted from the 80,000 sequences of the Swissprot database. In both cases, arginine is the most frequently occurring residue. The RBD procedure can also detect residues involved in specific interaction sites such as the DNA-binding (95 % detected) and Ca-binding domains (83 % detected). We report two recent analyses; from the prediction of RBDs in sequences to the experimental demonstration of the functional activities. The examples concern a retroviral Gag protein and a penicillin-binding protein. We support that this method is a quick way to predict protein interaction sites from sequences and is helpful for guiding experiments such as site-specific mutageneses, two-hybrid systems or the synthesis of inhibitors. [less ▲]

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See detailFast microwave assisted extraction of rotenone for its quantification in seeds of yam bean (Pachyrhizus sp.)
Lautié, E.; Rasse, C.; Rozet, Eric ULg et al

in Journal of Separation Science (2013), 36

The aim of this study was to find if fast microwave assisted extraction could be an alternative to the conventional soxhlet extraction for the quantification of rotenone in yam bean seeds by solid phase ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to find if fast microwave assisted extraction could be an alternative to the conventional soxhlet extraction for the quantification of rotenone in yam bean seeds by solid phase extraction and HPLC-UV. For this purpose, an experimental design was used to determine the optimal conditions of the microwave extraction. Then the values of the quantification on three accessions from two different species of yam bean seeds were compared using the two different kinds of extraction. A microwave extraction of 11 min at 55°C using methanol/dichloromethane (50:50) allowed rotenone extraction either equivalently or more efficiently than the 8h soxhlet extraction method and was less sensitive to moisture content. The selectivity, precision, trueness, accuracy and limit of quantification of themethod with microwave extraction were also demonstrated. [less ▲]

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See detailFast MR arthrography using VIBE sequences to evaluate the rotator cuff
Vandevenne, J. E.; Vanhoenacker, F.; Mahachie John, Jestinah ULg et al

in Skeletal Radiology (2009), 38(7), 669-74

PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper was to evaluate if short volumetric interpolated breath-hold examination (VIBE) sequences can be used as a substitute for T1-weighted with fat saturation (T1-FS ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: The purpose of this paper was to evaluate if short volumetric interpolated breath-hold examination (VIBE) sequences can be used as a substitute for T1-weighted with fat saturation (T1-FS) sequences when performing magnetic resonance (MR) arthrography to diagnose rotator cuff tears. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighty-two patients underwent direct MR arthrography of the shoulder joint using VIBE (acquisition time of 13 s) and T1-FS (acquisition time of 5 min) sequences in the axial and paracoronal plane on a 1.0-T MR unit. Two radiologists scored rotator cuff tendons on VIBE and T1-FS images separately as normal, small/large partial thickness and full thickness tears with or without geyser sign. T1-FS sequences were considered the gold standard. Surgical correlation was available in a small sample. RESULTS: Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of VIBE were greater than 92% for large articular-sided partial thickness and full thickness tears. For detecting fraying and articular-sided small partial thickness tears, these parameters were 55%, 94%, 94%, and 57%, respectively. The simple kappa value was 0.76, and the weighted kappa value was 0.86 for agreement between T1-FS and VIBE scores. All large partial and full thickness tears at surgery were correctly diagnosed using VIBE or T1-FS MR images. CONCLUSION: Fast MR arthrography of the shoulder joint using VIBE sequences showed good concordance with the classically used T1-FS sequences for the appearance of the rotator cuff, in particular for large articular-sided partial thickness tears and for full thickness tears. Due to its very short acquisition time, VIBE may be especially useful when performing MR arthrography in claustrophobic patients or patients with a painful shoulder. [less ▲]

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