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See detailImpact of acid containing montmorillonite on the properties of Nafion® membranes
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Caldarella, Giuseppe ULg et al

in Polymer (2005), 46(25), 11389-11395

The counter-ions of montmorillonite have been exchanged for ammonium cations containing either a sulfonic acid or a carboxylic acid in order to improve the performances of sulfonated membranes in direct ... [more ▼]

The counter-ions of montmorillonite have been exchanged for ammonium cations containing either a sulfonic acid or a carboxylic acid in order to improve the performances of sulfonated membranes in direct methanol fuel cell. These layered silicates have been dispersed within Nafion® by solution mixing. Comparison with conventional organo-modified montmorillonite (Cloisite 30B) shows that the incorporation of carboxylic acid in the clay galleries improves the filler dispersion and, consequently, the methanol barrier properties. Moreover, the negative impact of Cloisite 30B on the ionic conductivity is restricted. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of acid containing montmorillonite on the properties of sulfonated fuel cell membranes
Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Pagnoulle, Christophe; Calderalla, G. et al

Poster (2005, May 11)

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See detailImpact of acute cadmium exposure on the trunk lateral line neuromasts and consequences on the "C-start" response behaviour of the sea bass (Dicentrarchus labrax L.; Teleostei, Moronidae).
Faucher, Karine ULg; Fichet, Denis; Miramand, Pierre et al

in Aquatic Toxicology (2006), 76(3-4), 278-94

Behavioural responses of sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax were investigated after exposure to cadmium ions in laboratory-controlled conditions. The aim of this study was to discover whether environmental ... [more ▼]

Behavioural responses of sea bass Dicentrarchus labrax were investigated after exposure to cadmium ions in laboratory-controlled conditions. The aim of this study was to discover whether environmental exposure to cadmium ions inactivates fish lateral line system neuromasts, and to determine the behavioural consequences of such a sensory blockage. For this, fish escape behaviour in response to an artificial water jet was recorded using a 25-frames s(-1) analog video camera before and after cadmium exposure. Experimental set up was tested with fish whose lateral line system was artificially inactivated by antibiotics (gentamicin and streptomycin). Histological analyses with scanning electron microscopy showed antibiotic treatment destroyed lateral line system neuromasts. In addition, these fish did not respond to stimulations provoked by the water jet after antibiotic treatment. Fish escape behaviour was then recorded before and after cadmium exposure at two different concentrations. When fish were exposed to the first concentration of cadmium tested (0.5 microg l(-1), which represents the maximal cadmium concentration encountered in contaminated estuaries), no alteration in neuromast tissue was observed. In addition, before cadmium exposure, fish responded positively in 98.41 +/- 4.95% of lateral line system stimulations (escape behaviour in response to the water jet). After cadmium exposure, no behavioural modification could be detected: the fish responded positively in 95.16 +/- 9.79% of stimulations (chi(2) = 2.464, p = 0.116). In contrast, the high cadmium concentration used (5 microg l(-1), which represents 10 times the concentration occurring in highly polluted estuarine areas) involved severe neuromast tissue damage. Just after such cadmium exposure, fish showed only 41.67 +/- 35.36% of positive responses to their lateral line system stimulations, while they responded positively in 95.93 +/- 9.10% of stimulations under control conditions (chi(2) = 24.562, p < 0.0001). Their lateral line system neuromasts seemed to regenerate about 1 month after cadmium exposure. Associated with this regeneration, from the 21st day after cadmium exposure, their escape behaviour had recovered and was not significantly different from that recorded under control conditions (86.74 +/- 20.82%, chi(2) = 2.876, p = 0.090). This study shows that although 5 microg l(-1) cadmium is able to damage lateral line system neuromasts and causes fish behavioural alterations, fish exposed to 0.5 microg l(-1) cadmium displayed neither tissue neuromast nor behavioural modification. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of AGB stars on the chemical evolution of globular clusters
Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Magain, Pierre ULg; Neuforge, Corinne et al

in Asymptotic Giant Branch Stars (1998)

We have analyzed high resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra of about 20 metal-poor stars. The correlations between the relative abundances of 16 elements have been studied, with a special emphasis ... [more ▼]

We have analyzed high resolution and high signal-to-noise spectra of about 20 metal-poor stars. The correlations between the relative abundances of 16 elements have been studied, with a special emphasis on the neutron-capture ones. This analysis reveals the existence of two sub-populations of field halo stars, namely Pop IIa and Pop IIb. They differ by the behaviour of the s-process elements versus the alpha and r-process elements. We present a scenario for the formation of these stars, which closely relates the origin of field halo stars to the evolution of globular clusters. According to this scenario, the two sub-populations originate from two different stages in the globular cluster's chemical evolution. In the first stage, the massive stars of the globular cluster's first stellar generation evolve, ending their lives as supernovae and ejecting alpha-elements and r-process elements into the interstellar medium. A second generation of stars forms out of this enriched ISM. In the second stage, the intermediate mass stars reach the end of the main sequence and the AGB stage, ejecting s-elements into the ISM through stellar winds or superwinds events. The matter released in the ISM by the AGB stars will be accreted by the lower-mass stars, enriching those stars in s-elements and accounting for PopIIb stars. We calculate the rates of interstellar gas production by stellar winds and the rates of gas accretion to estimate the changes in the globular cluster stars abundances. We compare those results to our observations. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of age and breed on incidence of clinical signs after natural infection with bluetongue virus serotype 8 in sheep
Kirschvink, N.; Leemans, J.; Bolkerts, B. et al

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See detailImpact of ageing and food additives on the physico-chemical properties of partially hydrolyzed and pregelatinized rice flour
Mertens, Cécile ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg

Poster (2010, August 25)

Conservation of the quality of a food product is an essential preoccupation for industrials. Indeed, food acceptability by consummers depends of this quality. However, the latter decreases with time of ... [more ▼]

Conservation of the quality of a food product is an essential preoccupation for industrials. Indeed, food acceptability by consummers depends of this quality. However, the latter decreases with time of storage, due to complex alteration reactions. This study presents a first approach of alteration reactions in a particular range of products: drum-dried pregelatinized cereal products. While this type of product is widely used as thickeners or in infant foods, no study has ever been made on the subject. The cereal studied here is one of the most consumed by mankind: rice. We also investigated the impact of food additives (E170 & E340ii) on the ageing of such a product, because they are often used empirically in industry. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of aging and hearing status on verbal short-term memory
Verhaegen, Clémence ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Majerus, Steve ULg

in Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition (2013)

The aim of this study is to assess the impact of hearing status on age-related decrease in verbal short-term memory (STM) performance. This was done by administering a battery of verbal STM tasks to ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to assess the impact of hearing status on age-related decrease in verbal short-term memory (STM) performance. This was done by administering a battery of verbal STM tasks to elderly and young adult participants matched for hearing thresholds, as well as to young normal-hearing control participants. The matching procedure allowed us to assess the importance of hearing loss as an explanatory factor of age-related STM decline. We observed that elderly participants and hearing-matched young participants showed equal levels of performance in all verbal STM tasks, and performed overall lower than the normal hearing young control participants. This study provides evidence for recent theoretical accounts considering reduced hearing level as an important explanatory factor of poor auditory-verbal STM performance in older adults. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of aging and hearing status on verbal short-term memory
Verhaegen, Clémence ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Majerus, Steve ULg

Conference (2012, May)

We determined the impact of hearing status on age-related effects on verbal short-term memory (STM). Rabbit (1991) observed that elderly participants with hearing loss show impaired STM; he suggested that ... [more ▼]

We determined the impact of hearing status on age-related effects on verbal short-term memory (STM). Rabbit (1991) observed that elderly participants with hearing loss show impaired STM; he suggested that in the case of hearing loss, attentional resources had to be recruited to a larger extent to stimulus perception, reducing the available pool of attentional resources for STM processing. We tested this hypothesis by distinguishing the impact of aging from the impact of hearing status on STM. This was done by administering different verbal STM tasks to elderly and young adult participants matched for hearing threshold, as well as normal-hearing control participants. We observed that elderly participants and hearing-matched young participants showed equal levels of performance in all verbal STM tasks, and performed overall more poorly than the normal-hearing young control participants. These results suggest that mild hearing impairment is a major explanatory factor of reduced STM performance, and importantly, is age-independent. The results are discussed within an interactive framework of STM and attentional processing (Majerus et al., 2009). [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of aging and hearing status on verbal working memory
Verhaegen, Clémence ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg; Majerus, Steve ULg

in Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition (2014), 21(4), 464-482

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See detailImpact of agricultural practices on soil microbial communities in Belgium
Degrune, Florine ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Dufrêne, Marc ULg et al

Poster (2013, December 11)

The use of fertilizers in agricultural soils is becoming a real environmental issue (an obvious example is eutrophication caused by leaching of phosphorus and nitrates). Much research has focused on ... [more ▼]

The use of fertilizers in agricultural soils is becoming a real environmental issue (an obvious example is eutrophication caused by leaching of phosphorus and nitrates). Much research has focused on finding ways to reduce the use of chemicals, and investigating microbial life may lead to solutions. We know that bacteria and fungi are deeply involved in nutrient cycles. Recently the emergence of massive parallel sequencing has enabled us to realize that microbial diversity is huger than we expected. With such a tool it should be possible to study how soil management practices affect the microbial diversity of agricultural soils. A few such studies have been conducted, most of them focusing on bacteria. For Belgium in particular, there is a lack of data on this topic. Here the aim was to see how residue management and tillage practices affect communities of both bacteria and fungi in Belgian agricultural soils. For this we used 454 pyrosequencing of 16S bacterial and 28S fungal rRNA genes. Soil samples came from an experiment in which faba beans were grown with four soil management practices (tillage and no tillage, with and without crop residues), each repeated four times in a Latin square. Several chemical and physical characteristics were measured on each sample. The results show that fungi and bacteria are both impacted by Tillage practices. The main soil drivers are Magnesium and Phosphorus for Fungi communities, and Phosphorus and Potassium for bacteria communities. Finally, the fungi variance observed between plots is explained at 38% by Tillage, Magnesium and phosphorus. And the bacteria variance is explained at 28% by Tillage, Phosphorus and Potassium. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of alemtuzumab versus anti-thymocyte globulin after unrelated allogeneic stem cell transplantation with reduced-intensity conditioning as treatment for AML in CR1: a survey from the Acute Leukaemia Working Party of the EBMT
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Labopin, M.; Mufti, G. et al

Conference (2012)

In vivo T cell depletion of the graft with anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) or with alemtuzumab has been frequently used in the setting of RIC allo-SCT from unrelated donors. This survey compared allo-SCT ... [more ▼]

In vivo T cell depletion of the graft with anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) or with alemtuzumab has been frequently used in the setting of RIC allo-SCT from unrelated donors. This survey compared allo-SCT outcomes between 364 AML patients in first CR given unrelated PBSC after chemotherapy-based RIC and given either ATG (n=213) or alemtuzumab (n=151) in the conditioning regimen. Alemtuzumab patients were more frequently given grafts from HLA-mismatched donors (30% versus 16% having at least 1/10 HLA-mismatch with their donor, P=0.005), and were conditioned more often with melphalan-based RIC (62%), while ATG recipients were more frequently conditioned with busulfan-based RIC (84%). Median time to neutrophil engraftment (>500 ANC) was 16 days in ATG recipients, versus 12 days in alemtuzumab recipients (P<0.001). The incidence of grade II-IV acute GVHD was 28% in ATG recipients (9 patients with grade IV) and 24% (NS) in alemtuzumab recipients (2 patients with grade IV). Two-year incidences of chronic GVHD, relapse and NRM were 45%, 23% and 14%, respectively, in ATG recipients, and 47% (NS), 25% (NS) and 25% (P=0.008), respectively, in alemtuzumab recipients. Two-year OS and LFS were 69% and 63%, respectively, in ATG recipients, versus 55% (P=0.003) and 51% (P=0.02), respectively, in alemtuzumab recipients. Death from infection occurred in 7% of ATG recipients, versus 12% of alemtuzumab recipients. When the analysis was restricted to the 210 patients given grafts from 10/10 HLA-matched unrelated donors, the use of alemtuzumab (n=64) remained signifi cantly associated with higher NRM (22% vs 9%, P=0.007), lower LFS (58% vs 69%, P=0.07), and lower OS (62% vs 74%, P=0.04). In multivariate analyses (performed in patients given grafts from 10/10 HLA-matched donors), in comparison to the use of ATG, the use of alemtuzumab was associated with higher NRM (HR=2.5, P=0.025), a statistically non-signifi cant but higher relapse rate (HR=1.7, P=0.18), and signifi cantly worse LFS (HR=0.5, P=0.013) and OS (HR=0.4, P=0.002). In summary, this homogeneous cohort of AML patients transplanted in fi rst CR and given PBSC grafts from unrelated donors, the use of alemtuzumab in comparison with ATG was associated with worse LFS and OS. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of an anxious social situation on emotional facial expressions (EFE) recognition in children
Dethier, Marie ULg; Taskin, Asliane; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

Poster (2010, June 04)

Socially anxious children have difficulties to interact adequately with others. The core characteristic of social anxiety, the fear of being negatively evaluated by others, may among others, be based on ... [more ▼]

Socially anxious children have difficulties to interact adequately with others. The core characteristic of social anxiety, the fear of being negatively evaluated by others, may among others, be based on problems with the decoding of other persons’ emotional facial expression (EFE). Up to now, the research on EFE recognition in socially anxious children has produced mixed results. Whereas some studies reported differences between anxious and healthy children in EFE recognition (e.g., Simonian, Beidel, Turner, Berkes, & Long, 2001), others didn’t find such differences (Melfsen & Florin, 2002). In this study, we addressed two new issues in the investigation of EFE recognition in socially anxious children. Firstly, we investigated self-esteem. Socially anxious children show low confidence in one’s cognitive and social abilities. Furthermore, high self-esteem is related to high capacities of EFE recognition (Garfield, Rogoff, & Steinberg, 1987), and more generally to high level of social functioning (Serretti et al., 1999 ; Shapira et al., 1999). Indeed, the perception of ourselves depends on the way we think others people perceive us. Secondly, past researches have investigated this issue in low anxious situations and thus, not in situations in which social anxious individuals feel threatened. The originality of the present study is that it addresses the relationship between EFE recognition performance and self-esteem in children placed in an anxious social situation. We predicted a low capacity to decode EFE in socially anxious children. Moreover, we hypothesised a relationship between a low self-esteem and difficulties to decode accurately EFE in an anxious social situation. Seventy children (8 – 12 years) were placed in an anxious social situation of performance in which they were instructed to count aloud backwards, beginning at 200 in increments of 13. Children assessed their emotional feeling state, including their degree of anxiety, before and after the anxious social situation. Furthermore, children were assessed on an EFE decoding test consisting of 16 photographs depicting EFE of happiness, anger, disgust, and sadness. For each photograph, they evaluated the presence of nine types of emotions on a 7-point Likert scale. They also completed the Self-Perception Profile for Children (Harter, 1985). No correlations emerged between the accuracy of EFE recognition and an increase of anxious feelings after the anxious social situation. However, self-esteem was correlated with performance on the EFE recognition test, r (70) = -.33, p < .01. Moreover, the lower the child’s level of self-esteem was, the more he/she perceived negative emotions (fear, anger, disgust, and shame) in EFE of anger. In conclusion, social anxiety doesn’t seem to interfere with EFE recognition performance in an anxious social situation. However, low level of self-esteem in children appears to be associated with deficits and interpretative bias in EFE recognition in an anxious social situation. The recognition of the expression of anger, an emotion socially threatening, seems particularly biased in children with low level of self-esteem. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of an anxious social situation on emotional facial expressions (EFEs) recognition in children
Dethier, Marie ULg; Taskin, Aslihan Serap; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

in Revue Francophone de Clinique Comportementale et Cognitive (2012), 17(2), 2-9

This study addresses the relationship between the capacity of emotional facial expressions (EFEs) recognition and self-esteem in children placed in an anxious social situation. Seventy children (8 – 12 ... [more ▼]

This study addresses the relationship between the capacity of emotional facial expressions (EFEs) recognition and self-esteem in children placed in an anxious social situation. Seventy children (8 – 12 years) were placed in an anxious social situation of performance in which they were instructed to count aloud backwards, beginning at 200 in decrements of 13. After that, children were assessed on a decoding test of 16 photographs depicting EFE. For each photograph, they evaluated the presence of nine types of emotions. They also completed the Self-Perception Profile for Children (Pierrehumbert et al., 1987). No correlations emerged between the accuracy of EFE recognition and an increase of anxious feelings after the anxious social situation. However, self-esteem was correlated with performance on the EFE recognition test. Moreover, the lower the child’s level of self-esteem was, the more he/she perceived negative emotions in EFEs. In conclusion, social anxiety doesn’t seem to interfere with EFEs recognition performance in an anxious social situation. However, low level of self-esteem in children appears to be associated with deficits and interpretative bias in EFEs recognition in an anxious social situation. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of anisotropy and viscosity to model the mechanical behavior of Ti-6Al-4V alloy
Tuninetti Vásquez, Victor ULg; Habraken, Anne ULg

in Materials Science and Engineering: A (2014)

This paper compares the predictions of an isotropic-thermo-elasto-viscoplastic approach and of an anisotropic-thermo-elastoplastic one with experimental results representative of the mechanical behavior ... [more ▼]

This paper compares the predictions of an isotropic-thermo-elasto-viscoplastic approach and of an anisotropic-thermo-elastoplastic one with experimental results representative of the mechanical behavior of Ti-6Al-4V at moderate temperatures and low strain rates. The first model is the well known Norton-Hoff viscoplastic constitutive law with isotropic von Mises yield locus identified by using monotonic tension tests performed at strain rates from 10-3 s-1 to 10-1 s-1 and at temperatures up to 400°C. The second model is a thermo-elasto-plastic one defined by the orthotropic yield criterion CPB06. It takes into account the anisotropy and the strength differential (SD) effect in tension-compression of Ti-6Al-4V at RT, 150°C and 400°C. The identification of the SD effect is done by using tension and compression tests and the anisotropy behavior is identified by using shear, plane strain, tension and compression tests performed in three orthogonal material directions. The accuracy of the load and displacements predictions of the two macroscopic constitutive models are compared to experimental results obtained from tests performed on specimens with multiaxial loadings and large strain at several temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of anthropogenic disturbance on a mangrove forest assessed by a 1-D cellular automaton model using Lotka Volterra type competition.
Obade, P; Koedam, N; Soetaert, K et al

in International Journal of Design and Nature and Ecodynamics (2009), 3(4), 296-320

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See detailImpact of anti-androgenic substances on gametogenesis of the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus
Cruciani, Valentina ULg; Thomé, Jean-Pierre ULg; Joaquim-Justo, Célia ULg

Poster (2013, October 01)

Several studies have shown that pollutants with anti-androgenic activity have an impact on the sexual reproduction of the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus (Joaquim-Justo et al., submit; Preston et al ... [more ▼]

Several studies have shown that pollutants with anti-androgenic activity have an impact on the sexual reproduction of the rotifer Brachionus calyciflorus (Joaquim-Justo et al., submit; Preston et al., 2001). The effects observed are compatible with the phenomenon of endocrine disruption. Fenitrothion, a non-steroidal anti-androgen induces a decrease in fertilization rate following exposure below or equal to 0,5 mg L-1.. The steroidal anti-androgen, cyproterone acetate increases number of cysts in population exposed to concentrations below or equal to 0,5 mg L-1. Cross mating experiments showed that effects of fenitrothion are due to an impact on males exclusively, while effects of cyproterone acetate exposition are due to an impact on females exclusively. In this study, we investigated the impact of fenitrothion on spermatogenesis and observed a decrease in the spermatozoa production and mobility with concentrations down to 0,5 mg L-1. We report a detailed description of the morphology of the male reproductive apparatus in B. calyciflorus based on optic, transmission electron and scanning electron microscopy in controls and exposed individuals. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of anti-androgens on the production of spermatozoa in Brachionus calyciflorus
Joaquim-Justo, Célia ULg; Cruciani, Valentina ULg; BLASZCZYK, Marie ULg et al

Poster (2010, May 23)

Putative endocrine disruptors affect rate of fertilization of sexual females by males. Preston et al. (2000) reported a decrease in fertilization rate following exposition to, notably, flutamide at 10µg/l ... [more ▼]

Putative endocrine disruptors affect rate of fertilization of sexual females by males. Preston et al. (2000) reported a decrease in fertilization rate following exposition to, notably, flutamide at 10µg/l. We observed similar effects with fenitrothion. Cross mating experiments showed that the decrease in fertilization rate is due to an impact on males exclusively. We studied the impact of anti-androgens on spermatogenesis and observed a decrease in the spermatozoa production with concentrations down to 0,5 mg L-1.We also report a detailed description of the morphology of the male reproductive apparatus in B. calyciflorus based on optic and electronic microscopy analysis and we describe the effect of anti-androgens on males and spermatogenesis in males. [less ▲]

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