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See detailEFFECT OF TRUNK MOTOR CONTROL TRAINING IN ELITE SOCCER PLAYERS WITH LOW BACK PAIN
GROSDENT, Stéphanie ULiege; Demoulin, Christophe ULiege; Rodriguez de la Cruz, Carlos ULiege et al

Poster (2015, September 18)

Background and aims: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a motor control training program on the lumbopelvic motor control (LMC) in elite soccer players with a history of low back pain ... [more ▼]

Background and aims: The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of a motor control training program on the lumbopelvic motor control (LMC) in elite soccer players with a history of low back pain (LBP). Methods: Twenty-four male elite soccer players (mean age of 18.3 years) filled in questionnaires related to LBP and were divided into two groups: 12 players with a history of LBP (LBP group) and 12 players without a history of LBP (no LBP group). Then, they performed five LMC tests [the Bent Knee Fall Out test (BKFO), the Knee Lift Abdominal Test (KLAT), the Sitting Knee Extension Test (SKET), the Waiter’s Bow (WB) and the test of the transversus abdominis (TrA)] which were conducted and scored (0=failed, 1=correct) by a physiotherapist, blinded to the medical history of the participants. The total LMC score (ranging from 0 to 5) was calculated by adding the score at each test. During the following 10 weeks, the no LBP group conducted a soccer training as usual while LBP group performed an additional specific core stability program (1h/week). Results: At baseline, the participants of the LBP group had a worse LMC than the no LBP group (mean LMC score of 1.1 vs 3.1, p<0.01). The between-groups difference was particularly marked for the BKFO (p<0.01), KLAT (p<0.01) and SKET (p<0.05) tests. At the end of the intervention program, the LMC score of the players with a history of LBP increased significantly (p<0.0001) and was similar to the score of the players without a history of LBP (mean LMC score of 3.2 vs 3.3, p=1.00). Conclusions: LMC can be decreased in elite active soccer players with a history of LBP. Specific core stability program is effective to improve LMC in these players. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of tumor-associated protein RCAS1 gene silencing on blood pressure and urinary protein excretion in pregnant mouse: a pilot study.
Tskitishvili, Ekaterine ULiege; Nakamura, Hitomi; Kinugasa-Taniguchi, Yukiko et al

in American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology (2010), 203(4), 3646-36412

OBJECTIVE: The level of tumor-associated receptor-binding cancer antigen that is expressed on SiSo cells (RCAS1) is decreased significantly in preeclamptic pregnancies. We hypothesized that RCAS1 protein ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The level of tumor-associated receptor-binding cancer antigen that is expressed on SiSo cells (RCAS1) is decreased significantly in preeclamptic pregnancies. We hypothesized that RCAS1 protein gene silencing might affect blood pressure and proteinuria in pregnant mice. STUDY DESIGN: On postcoital day 7.5, pregnant imprinting control region mice were subjected to the transfer of small interfering RNA (siRNA) against RCAS1 protein into the uterine cavity with the use of a hemagglutinating virus Japan envelope. Scramble siRNA was used as a negative control. Blood pressure and urine albumin/creatinine measurements were performed. The effect of the transferred siRNA was examined in uterine samples on postcoital day 8.5 with the use of Western blotting and immunohistochemistry analyses. RESULTS: In the RCAS1 siRNA group, blood pressure significantly raised on postcoital days 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, and 15.5, whereas urine albumin/creatinine ratio was significantly increased on postcoital day 9.5 CONCLUSION: Our results suggest the importance of RCAS1 protein in the pathophysiologic condition of preeclampsia. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of turbulent mixing on g-modes spectrum of MS stars
Montalban Iglesias, Josefa ULiege; Miglio, Andrea ULiege; Eggenberger, P. et al

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2008), 329

Understanding transport processes inside stars is one of the main goals of asteroseismology. Chemical turbulent mixing can affect the internal distribution of μ near the energy generating core, having an ... [more ▼]

Understanding transport processes inside stars is one of the main goals of asteroseismology. Chemical turbulent mixing can affect the internal distribution of μ near the energy generating core, having an effect on the evolutionary tracks similar to that of overshooting. This mixing leads to a smoother chemical composition profile near the edge of the convective core, which is reflected in the behavior of the buoyancy frequency and, therefore, in the frequencies of gravity modes. We describe the effects of convective overshooting and turbulent mixing on the frequencies of gravity modes in B-type main sequence stars. In particular, the cases of p-g mixed modes in β Cep stars and high-order modes in SPBs are considered. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of type 2 antiserotonergic agent on altered cardiovascular function of hyperdynamic sepsis in newborn calves
Desmecht, Daniel ULiege; Linden, Annick ULiege; Amory, Hélène ULiege et al

in Proceedings of the 13th Comparative Respiratory Society Meeting (1994)

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See detailEffect of ultrafiltration process on physico-chemical, rheological, microstructure and thermal properties of syrups from male and female date palm saps
Makhlouf, Ines; Baklouti, Samia; Mokni, Abir et al

Conference (2017, April 12)

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See detailEffect of ultrafiltration process on physico-chemical, rheological, microstructure and thermal properties of syrups from male and female date palm saps
Makhlouf-Gafsi, Ines; Baklouti, Samia; Mokni, Abir et al

in Food Chemistry (2016), 203

This study investigates the effect of the ultrafiltration process on physicochemical, rheological, microstructure and thermal properties of syrups from male and female date palm sap. All the studied ... [more ▼]

This study investigates the effect of the ultrafiltration process on physicochemical, rheological, microstructure and thermal properties of syrups from male and female date palm sap. All the studied syrups switched from pseudoplastic rheological behaviour (n = 0.783) to Newtonian behaviour (n〰1) from 10 to 50 s‾1 respectively and present similar thermal profiles. Results revealed that the ultrafiltration process significantly affects the rheological behaviour of the male and female syrups. These differences on rheological properties are attributed to the variation of chemical composition between sap and sap permeate syrups. Furthermore, the effect of temperature on viscosity of the syrups was investigated during heating and cooling processes at the same shear rate (50 s 1). This study provides idea of the stability of the syrup by evaluating the area between heating and cooling curves. Actually, the syrup prepared from male sap permeate is the most stable between the four studied syrups. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of uncertainty in surface mass balance–elevation feedback on projections of the future sea level contribution of the Greenland ice sheet
Edwards, T.; Fettweis, Xavier ULiege; Gagliardini, O. et al

in Cryosphere (The) (2014), 8

We apply a new parameterisation of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) feedback between surface mass balance (SMB: the sum of surface accumulation and surface ablation) and surface elevation in the MAR ... [more ▼]

We apply a new parameterisation of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) feedback between surface mass balance (SMB: the sum of surface accumulation and surface ablation) and surface elevation in the MAR regional climate model (Edwards et al., 2014) to projections of future climate change using five ice sheet models (ISMs). The MAR (Modèle Atmosphérique Régional: Fettweis, 2007) climate projections are for 2000–2199, forced by the ECHAM5 and HadCM3 global climate models (GCMs) under the SRES A1B emissions scenario. The additional sea level contribution due to the SMB–elevation feedback averaged over five ISM projections for ECHAM5 and three for HadCM3 is 4.3% (best estimate; 95% credibility interval 1.8–6.9%) at 2100, and 9.6% (best estimate; 95% credibility interval 3.6–16.0%) at 2200. In all results the elevation feedback is significantly positive, amplifying the GrIS sea level contribution relative to the MAR projections in which the ice sheet topography is fixed: the lower bounds of our 95% credibility intervals (CIs) for sea level contributions are larger than the "no feedback" case for all ISMs and GCMs. Our method is novel in sea level projections because we propagate three types of modelling uncertainty – GCM and ISM structural uncertainties, and elevation feedback parameterisation uncertainty – along the causal chain, from SRES scenario to sea level, within a coherent experimental design and statistical framework. The relative contributions to uncertainty depend on the timescale of interest. At 2100, the GCM uncertainty is largest, but by 2200 both the ISM and parameterisation uncertainties are larger. We also perform a perturbed parameter ensemble with one ISM to estimate the shape of the projected sea level probability distribution; our results indicate that the probability density is slightly skewed towards higher sea level contributions. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of undisturbed ground temperature on the design of closed-loop geothermal systems: A case study in a semi-urban environment
Radioti, Georgia ULiege; Sartor, Kevin ULiege; Charlier, Robert ULiege et al

in Applied Energy (2017)

This paper presents temperature measurements in four Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHEs), equipped with fiber optics and located in a semi-urban environment (campus of the University of Liege, Belgium). A 3D ... [more ▼]

This paper presents temperature measurements in four Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHEs), equipped with fiber optics and located in a semi-urban environment (campus of the University of Liege, Belgium). A 3D numerical model is also presented to simulate the heat loss from the surrounding structures into the subsurface. The mean undisturbed ground temperature was estimated from data during the preliminary phase of a thermal response test (water circulation in the pipe loops), as well as from borehole logging measurements. The measurements during water circulation can significantly overestimate the ground temperature (up to 1.7 C in this case study) for high ambient air temperature during the test, resulting in an overestimation of the maximum extracted power and of the heat pump coefficient of performance (COP). To limit the error in the COP and the extracted power to less than 5%, the error in the undisturbed temperature estimation should not exceed ±1.5 °C and ±0.6 °C respectively. In urbanised areas, configurations of short BHEs (length < 40 m) could be economically advantageous (decreased installation and operation costs) compared to long BHEs, especially for temperature gradient lower than 0.05 °C/m. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of upgrading concrete strength class on fire performance of reinforced concrete columns
Gernay, Thomas ULiege; Peric, Vlado; Mihaylov, Boyan ULiege et al

in Gillie, Martin; Wang, Yong (Eds.) Proceedings of ASFE 2017 Conference (2017, September 07)

High strength concrete (HSC) provides several advantages over normal strength concrete (NSC) and is being used in multi-story buildings for reducing the dimensions of the columns sections and increasing ... [more ▼]

High strength concrete (HSC) provides several advantages over normal strength concrete (NSC) and is being used in multi-story buildings for reducing the dimensions of the columns sections and increasing the net marketable area. However, upgrading of concrete strength class in a building may affect the fire performance, due to higher rates of strength loss with temperature and higher susceptibility to spalling of HSC compared with NSC. Reduction of columns sections also leads to increased member slenderness and faster temperature increase in the section core. These detrimental effects are well known, but their impact on fire performance of structures has not been established in terms of comparative advantage between NSC and HSC. In other words, it is not clear whether the consideration of fire resistance limits the opportunities for use of HSC for reducing the dimensions of columns sections in multi-story buildings. This research aims to address this question by comparing the fire behaviour of reinforced concrete columns made of NSC and HSC using nonlinear finite element modelling. The evolution of load bearing capacity of the columns is established as a function of the fire exposure duration. A 15-story car park structure is adopted as a case study with alternative designs for the columns based on strength classes ranging from C30 to C90. Results show that, although the replacement of NSC by HSC accelerates the reduction rate of columns capacity under fire, the columns generally have significant reserves in resistance leading to sufficient fire resistance. This study gives an insight into the impact of replacing stocky sections in NSC by more slender sections in HSC on fire resistance rating for multi-story structures. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Effect of Urtica dioica Supplements on Egg Quality
Touazi, Leghel; Moula, Nassim ULiege

Poster (2014, October 17)

Eggs are a rich source of lipids and proteins. Because of their low production cost, they represent a cheap source of animal proteins and lipids. recently, in Algeria, consumers’ interest are oriented of ... [more ▼]

Eggs are a rich source of lipids and proteins. Because of their low production cost, they represent a cheap source of animal proteins and lipids. recently, in Algeria, consumers’ interest are oriented of healthiness and dietetic values food. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects a dietary supplement of Urtica dioica on laying hen's performance and egg quality. The study was conducted from may to june 2014 in the area of Chemini (Algeria). Sixty, 25-wk-old Lohmann Brown layers were randomly divided into 3 groups with 20 hens in each group. Group 1 was the control group fed a standard commercial diet based on corn and soybean, whereas the groups 2 and 3 were fed the control diet supplemented with 1% and 1.5% of nettle respectively. The hens were housed in cages in the same local and fed ad libitum. Fifty five eggs were sampled 4 times in each group from 25 to 27 weeks. A total of 220 eggs were examined. A series of measurements were carried out on each egg, namely egg weight, form index (egg shape), yolk to albumen ratio (Y:A), Yolk color, egg shell thickness, Haugh’s units. Egg weight, yolk color and Haugh Units (HU) were affected by age. Significant differences (P<0.05) were recorded between feeding type in total egg weight, yolk color and Haugh Units. The egg from group 2 proved to have a higher egg weight (57.67g; group 1: 55.41g; group 3: 56.70g; P<0.05), (33.4%), intermediate Yolk color (8.53; group 1: 9.03 ; group 3: 9.38; P<0.05) and HU (79.81; group 1: 80.85; group 3: 76.92). The results showed that the use of 1% and 1.5% of Urtica dioica, had positive effects on the color of yolk of laying hens. Using different levels of Urtica dioica could change the characteristics of egg and could meet the preferences of consumers for the intense color of the yolk. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of valsartan on the incidence of diabetes and cardiovascular events.
McMurray, John J; Holman, Rury R; Haffner, Steven M et al

in New England Journal of Medicine [=NEJM] (2010), 362(16), 1477-90

BACKGROUND: It is not known whether drugs that block the renin-angiotensin system reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular events in patients with impaired glucose tolerance. METHODS: In this double ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: It is not known whether drugs that block the renin-angiotensin system reduce the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular events in patients with impaired glucose tolerance. METHODS: In this double-blind, randomized clinical trial with a 2-by-2 factorial design, we assigned 9306 patients with impaired glucose tolerance and established cardiovascular disease or cardiovascular risk factors to receive valsartan (up to 160 mg daily) or placebo (and nateglinide or placebo) in addition to lifestyle modification. We then followed the patients for a median of 5.0 years for the development of diabetes (6.5 years for vital status). We studied the effects of valsartan on the occurrence of three coprimary outcomes: the development of diabetes; an extended composite outcome of death from cardiovascular causes, nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, hospitalization for heart failure, arterial revascularization, or hospitalization for unstable angina; and a core composite outcome that excluded unstable angina and revascularization. RESULTS: The cumulative incidence of diabetes was 33.1% in the valsartan group, as compared with 36.8% in the placebo group (hazard ratio in the valsartan group, 0.86; 95% confidence interval [CI], 0.80 to 0.92; P<0.001). Valsartan, as compared with placebo, did not significantly reduce the incidence of either the extended cardiovascular outcome (14.5% vs. 14.8%; hazard ratio, 0.96; 95% CI, 0.86 to 1.07; P=0.43) or the core cardiovascular outcome (8.1% vs. 8.1%; hazard ratio, 0.99; 95% CI, 0.86 to 1.14; P=0.85). CONCLUSIONS: Among patients with impaired glucose tolerance and cardiovascular disease or risk factors, the use of valsartan for 5 years, along with lifestyle modification, led to a relative reduction of 14% in the incidence of diabetes but did not reduce the rate of cardiovascular events. (ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT00097786.) [less ▲]

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See detailEffect Of Variety And Harvest Date On Pectin Extracted From Chicory Roots (Cichorium Intybus L.)
Robert, Christelle; Happi Emaga, Thomas; Wathelet, Bernard ULiege et al

in Food Chemistry (2008), 108(3),

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See detailEffect of Various 6-Dehydro-Corticosteroids, 9, 11-Dehydro-Doca and 9 Alpha-Fluoro-Doca on the Fluxes of Sodium and Potassium
Genard, P.; Palem-Vliers, M.; Christiaens, J. M. et al

in Archives Internationales de Physiologie et de Biochimie (1989), 97(2), 175-183

The introduction of a double bond at carbons 6 and 7 (6-dehydro-derivatives) of deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA), cortisol-21-acetate, 9 alpha-fluorocortisol-21-acetate (9 alpha-F-C-ac) and aldosterone ... [more ▼]

The introduction of a double bond at carbons 6 and 7 (6-dehydro-derivatives) of deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA), cortisol-21-acetate, 9 alpha-fluorocortisol-21-acetate (9 alpha-F-C-ac) and aldosterone-21-acetate substantially reduces affinity for Type II receptors but not for Type I receptors. Such a modification changes the effect of these steroids on urinary excretion of Na+ and K+. 6-Dehydro-derivatives will thus bind preferentially to receptor Type I inducing the retention of sodium and compete with mineralocorticoids for such receptors. The increase in both natriuresis and kaliuresis when corticosteroids and their 6-dehydro-derivatives are administered together may be interpreted as evidence for a Type II receptor mediation of those ion fluxes. The ionic changes are not mediated by the (Na+ + K+)-ATPase system. The fluoration at 9 and the dehydrogenation at C9C11 of DOCA result in a strong increase of binding to Type I receptor and of sodium retention. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of various level of imbalance between energy ans nitrogen supplies on nitrogen metabolism in growing double-muscled Belgian Blue bulls.
Valkeners, Damien; Beckers, Yves ULiege; Thewis, André ULiege

in Proceeding of the British Society of Animal Science - Annual meeting (2004, April)

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See detailEffect Of Various Levels Of Imbalance Between Energy And Nitrogen Release In The Rumen On Microbial Protein Synthesis And Nitrogen Metabolism In Growing Double-Muscled Belgian Blue Bulls Fed A Corn Silage-Based Diet
Valkeners, Damien; Thewis, André ULiege; Amant, Stéphanie et al

in Journal of Animal Science (2006), 84(4), 877-885

Seven double-muscled Belgian Blue bulls (initial BW: 341 ± 21 kg) with cannulas in the rumen and proximal duodenum were used in an incomplete replicated Latin square. The study examined the effect of ... [more ▼]

Seven double-muscled Belgian Blue bulls (initial BW: 341 ± 21 kg) with cannulas in the rumen and proximal duodenum were used in an incomplete replicated Latin square. The study examined the effect of imbalance between energy and N in the rumen on microbial protein synthesis and N metabolism by giving the same diet according to 3 different feeding patterns. The feed ingredients of the diet were separated into 2 groups supplying the same amount of fermentable OM(FOM) but characterized by different levels of ruminally degradable N (RDN). The first group primarily provided energy for the ruminal microbes (12.5 g of RDN/kg of FOM), whereas the second provided greater N (33.3 g of RDN/kg of FOM). These 2 groups were fed to the bulls in different combinations with the aim of creating 3 levels of imbalance (0, 20, and 40 g/ kg of DM) between energy andN supplies in the rumen. Imbalance was measured by the variation of the degradable protein balance (OEB value in the Dutch system) of the diet between the 2 meals each a day. Diurnal variations in ruminal NH3-N concentrations and plasma urea concentrations were greatly influenced by the feeding patterns of the diet. Introduction of imbalance affected neither microbial N flow at the duodenum (P = 0.97) nor efficiency of growth (P = 0.54). The feeding patterns of the diet had no negative impact on NDF degradation in the rumen (P = 0.33). Nitrogen retention was not affected by imbalance (P = 0.74) and reached 49.7, 52.0, and 51.3 g/d, respectively for 0, 20, and 40 g of OEB/kg of DM imbalance. It seems that introduction of an imbalance between energy and N supplies for the ruminal microbes by altering the feeding pattern of the same diet does not negatively influence the microbial activity in the rumen norNretention of the animal. Nitrogen recycling in the rumen plays a major role in regulating the amount of ruminally available N and allows a continuous synchronization of N and energyyielding substrates for the microorganisms in the rumen. Therefore, imbalance between dietary energy and N created over a 24-h interval was not detrimental to rumen microbial growth for the animal as long as the level of imbalance did not exceed 40 g of OEB/kg of DM. Thus, these feeding patterns of the diet can be used under practical feeding conditions with minimal impact on the performance of ruminant animals for meat production. [less ▲]

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