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See detailHeterogeneity of multitasking abilities in schizophrenia.
Laloyaux, Julien ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Laroi, Frank ULg

in Van Overwalle, Frank; Uzieblo, Kasia; Rossi, Gina (Eds.) et al Abstract book of the Annual meeting of the Belgian Association for Psychological Sciences (2015)

Difficulties in everyday life activities are core features of persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, and in particular for those activities requiring multitasking capacities. Multitasking refers to ... [more ▼]

Difficulties in everyday life activities are core features of persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, and in particular for those activities requiring multitasking capacities. Multitasking refers to activities (e.g. preparing a meal) where the person has to: (a) carry out and alternate between different tasks that vary in terms of priority, difficulty and duration; (b) define the tasks’ targets; (c) and face unexpected problems during the realization of these tasks. Moreover, schizophrenia is characterized by a great heterogeneity in regard to their everyday life difficulties and cognitive functioning. At present, patients’ multitasking capacities have not been adequately examined in the literature due to an absence of suitable assessment strategies. We thus recently developed a computerized real-life activity task designed to take into account the complex and multitasking nature of certain everyday life activities where participants are required to prepare a room for a meeting (i.e. the Computerized Meeting Preparation Task, CMPT). The aim of this study was to examine the multitasking abilities in persons diagnosed with schizophrenia and in particular the existence of subgroups of patients in regard to their performances on cognitive measures and on the CMPT. Sixty-two patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and 39 paired healthy controls completed the CMPT and a cognitive battery. The results reveal that the CMPT possesses good sensitivity and suggest three underlying constructs of multitasking (Memory, Planning and Intent), which were found to be underpinned by several cognitive functions and multitasking aspects. Moreover, cluster analyses revealed subgroups of patients differing in terms of their cognitive and CMPT performances. Taken together, these results show the need for a cognitive model of multitasking abilities in persons diagnosed with schiozphrenia. Taken together, this cognitive model and the CMPT, could be a good basis for cognitive interventions of multitasking abilities in schizophrenia. Finally, the results underline the heterogeneity of schizophrenia. [less ▲]

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Laloyaux, Julien ULg; Van der Linden, Martial ULg; Laroi, Frank ULg

Conference (2015, May 28)

Difficulties in everyday life activities are core features of persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, and in particular for those activities requiring multitasking capacities. Multitasking refers to ... [more ▼]

Difficulties in everyday life activities are core features of persons diagnosed with schizophrenia, and in particular for those activities requiring multitasking capacities. Multitasking refers to activities (e.g. preparing a meal) where the person has to: (a) carry out and alternate between different tasks that vary in terms of priority, difficulty and duration; (b) define the tasks’ targets; (c) and face unexpected problems during the realization of these tasks. Moreover, schizophrenia is characterized by a great heterogeneity in regard to their everyday life difficulties and cognitive functioning. At present, patients’ multitasking capacities have not been adequately examined in the literature due to an absence of suitable assessment strategies. We thus recently developed a computerized real-life activity task designed to take into account the complex and multitasking nature of certain everyday life activities where participants are required to prepare a room for a meeting (i.e. the Computerized Meeting Preparation Task, CMPT). The aim of this study was to examine the multitasking abilities in persons diagnosed with schizophrenia and in particular the existence of subgroups of patients in regard to their performances on cognitive measures and on the CMPT. Sixty-two patients diagnosed with schizophrenia and 39 paired healthy controls completed the CMPT and a cognitive battery. The results reveal that the CMPT possesses good sensitivity and suggest three underlying constructs of multitasking (Memory, Planning and Intent), which were found to be underpinned by several cognitive functions and multitasking aspects. Moreover, cluster analyses revealed subgroups of patients differing in terms of their cognitive and CMPT performances. Taken together, these results show the need for a cognitive model of multitasking abilities in persons diagnosed with schiozphrenia. Taken together, this cognitive model and the CMPT, could be a good basis for cognitive interventions of multitasking abilities in schizophrenia. Finally, the results underline the heterogeneity of schizophrenia. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneity of phenotypes in severe asthmatics. The Belgian Severe Asthma Registry (BSAR).
SCHLEICH, FLorence ULg; Brusselle, G.; Louis, Renaud ULg et al

in Respiratory medicine (2014), 108(12), 1723-32

The Belgian severe asthma registry is a web-based registry encompassing demographic, clinical, functional and inflammatory data of severe asthmatics (SA), aiming at improving awareness, knowledge on its ... [more ▼]

The Belgian severe asthma registry is a web-based registry encompassing demographic, clinical, functional and inflammatory data of severe asthmatics (SA), aiming at improving awareness, knowledge on its natural history and subphenotypes, and offering tools to optimize care of this asthma population. METHODS: The cross-sectional analyses of this registry included 350 SA as defined by the ATS (2000) from 9 Belgian centres, with at least one year follow up. RESULTS: Mean age was 55 +/- 14 yrs. SA were more frequently female (57%) and atopic (70%). Late-onset asthma (>/=40 yr) was observed in 31% of SA. Current smokers represented 12% while 31% were ex-smokers. In addition to high doses ICS + LABA, 65% of patients were receiving LTRA, 27% anti-IgE and 24% maintenance oral corticosteroids (8 mg (Interquartile range-IQR:4-8) methylprednisolone). Despite impaired airflow (median FEV1:67%; IQR: 52-81) only 65% had a post-bronchodilator FEV1/FVC ratio <70%. The median blood eosinophil count was 240/mm(3). The median FENO was 26 ppb (IQR: 15-43) and 22% of SA had FENO >/= 50 ppb. Induced sputum was successful in 86 patients. Eosinophilic asthma (sputum Eos >/= 3%) was the predominant phenotype (55%) while neutrophilic (sputum Neu >/= 76%) and paucigranulocytic asthma accounted for 22% and 17% respectively. Comorbidities included rhinitis and chronic rhinosinusitis (49%), nasal polyposis (19%), oesophageal reflux (36%), overweight and obesity (47%) and depression (19%). In addition, 8% had aspirin-induced asthma and 3% ABPA. Asthma was not well-controlled in 83% according to ACT < 20 and 77% with ACQ > 1.5. CONCLUSION: In this cohort of patients with severe asthma, the majority displayed indices of persistent airflow limitation and eosinophilic inflammation despite high-dose corticosteroids, suggesting potential for eosinophil-targeted biotherapies. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneity of residuals variances of milk fatty acids in dairy cattle
Arnould, Valérie ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Vanderick, Sylvie ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2010, July), 88(E-Suppl. 2), 744

Routine genetic evaluation for milk fatty acids is under development in the Walloon Region of Belgium. The objective of this study was to test the heterogeneity of residual variances and therefore ... [more ▼]

Routine genetic evaluation for milk fatty acids is under development in the Walloon Region of Belgium. The objective of this study was to test the heterogeneity of residual variances and therefore indirectly the potential need to adjust for this heterogeneity if it exists. The residuals were computed as the difference between the observed and the estimated values using a multi-trait random regression test-day model, similar to the Walloon routine model, used for first lactation only milk yield, quantities and percentages of protein (PROT) and fat (FAT), content of saturated fatty acids in milk (g/100g of milk, SAT) and, content of mono-unsaturated fatty acids in milk (g/100g of milk, MONO). Residuals were considered homogeneous inside strata defined, among others, by weeks of lactation, by days in milk and by calendar months of test date. About 6,687,000 records were available for milk yield and for FAT and PROT parameters. For SAT and for MONO, about 184,000 records were available in this database. Means of residuals were stable and close to zero for all traits. Variances were more variable for MONO and SAT than for milk yield, for example. Daily and weekly variances tended to decrease at the end of the lactation (50%). When the variances were computed by month of test date, some variations were observed and some periods of year were more marked. In conclusion, the observed residual variances were less stable for MONO and SAT. We can conclude that introduction for heterogeneous residual variance is more important for the new traits (MONO, SAT) than it was for the old, traditional ones. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneity of residuals variances of milk fatty acids in dairy cattle
Arnould, Valérie ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Vanderick, Sylvie ULg et al

Conference (2010, July)

Routine genetic evaluation for milk fatty acids is under development in the Walloon Region of Belgium. The objective of this study was to test the heterogeneity of residual variances and therefore ... [more ▼]

Routine genetic evaluation for milk fatty acids is under development in the Walloon Region of Belgium. The objective of this study was to test the heterogeneity of residual variances and therefore indirectly the potential need to adjust for this heterogeneity if it exists. The residuals were computed as the difference between the observed and the estimated values using a multi-trait random regression test-day model, similar to the Walloon routine model, used for first lactation only milk yield, quantities and percentages of protein (PROT) and fat (FAT), content of saturated fatty acids in milk (g/100g of milk, SAT) and, content of mono-unsaturated fatty acids in milk (g/100g of milk, MONO). Residuals were considered homogeneous inside strata defined, among others, by weeks of lactation, by days in milk and by calendar months of test date. About 6,687,000 records were available for milk yield and for FAT and PROT parameters. For SAT and for MONO, about 184,000 records were available in this database. Means of residuals were stable and close to zero for all traits. Variances were more variable for MONO and SAT than for milk yield, for example. Daily and weekly variances tended to decrease at the end of the lactation (50%). When the variances were computed by month of test date, some variations were observed and some periods of year were more marked. In conclusion, the observed residual variances were less stable for MONO and SAT. We can conclude that introduction for heterogeneous residual variance is more important for the new traits (MONO, SAT) than it was for the old, traditional ones. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneity of sponastrime dysplasia: Delineation of a variant form with severe mental retardation
Verloes, Alain ULg; Misson, Jean-Paul ULg; Dubru, J. M. et al

in Clinical Dysmorphology (1995), 4(3), 208-215

We report a child with short stature, osteopenia with metaphyseal striations and severe mental retardation. This child shows radiological and clinical features of SPONASTRIME dysplasia. Only three ... [more ▼]

We report a child with short stature, osteopenia with metaphyseal striations and severe mental retardation. This child shows radiological and clinical features of SPONASTRIME dysplasia. Only three sibships with this disorder have been reported. In two families, affected patients were of normal intelligence. In the third one, as well as our case, the dysplasia was complicated by severe mental retardation of unknown origin. The severity of the retardation in our case and a previous report, and some difference in the gestalt and radiological aspects, suggest that SPONASTRIME dysplasia is a heterogeneous disorder. We provisionally propose to split SPONASTRIME dysplasia in two phenotypically distinct subgroups, and to delineate here a 'new' variant with microcephaly and severe mental impairment. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneity of systemic oxidative stress profiles in COPD : a potential role of gender
Maury, Jonathan; Gouzi, Fares; De Rigal, Philippe et al

in Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity (2015)

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See detailHeterogeneity of the eae Genes in Attaching/Effacing Escherichia Coli from Cattle: Comparison with Human Strains
China, B.; Jacquemin, E.; Devrin, A. C. et al

in Research in Microbiology (1999), 150(5), 323-332

Enteropathogenic (EPEC) and enterohaemorrhagic (EHEC) Escherichia coli isolated from cattle were studied by DNA colony hybridization to subtype their intimin-encoding (eae) gene with probes derived from ... [more ▼]

Enteropathogenic (EPEC) and enterohaemorrhagic (EHEC) Escherichia coli isolated from cattle were studied by DNA colony hybridization to subtype their intimin-encoding (eae) gene with probes derived from the variable parts of the eae alpha gene of the human EPEC strain E2348/69, the eae gamma gene of the human O157:H7 EHEC strain ATCC43888, and the eae beta gene of the bovine O26:H- EHEC strain 193, whose eae gene was first cloned and sequenced during this work. The EPEC and EHEC had been isolated from diarrhoeic calves (143 EPEC and 48 EHEC) and from healthy animals at the slaughterhouse (10 EPEC and 34 EHEC). The 191 bovine EPEC and EHEC isolated from diseased calves were positive with the Eae beta probe (55 and 27% respectively) and with the Eae gamma probe (9 and 73% respectively), whereas 52 EPEC (36%) were negative with the Eae alpha, Eae beta, and Eae gamma probes. The results were different for the 44 bovine EPEC and EHEC isolated from healthy cattle at slaughterhouses: most tested positive with the Eae gamma probe (80 and 82% respectively) and the remaining (20 and 18% respectively) with the Eae beta probe. Nine O26 human EHEC tested positive with the Eae beta probe and seven O111 with the Eae gamma probe. The bovine and human EPEC and EHEC belonging to these two serogroups gave identical results: the 18 bovine and human O26 isolates tested positive with the Eae beta probe, whereas the 13 O111 isolates were positive with the Eae gamma probe. In contrast, the isolates belonging to other serogroups (O5, O15, O18, O20, and O118) gave more variable results. The eae beta and eae gamma, but not the eae alpha, variants were thus distributed amongst bovine EPEC and EHEC. The eae beta variant seemed to be more frequently associated with the presence of clinical signs in calves, but one third of EPEC from diarrhoeic calves carried an eae gene variant other than the alpha, beta, or gamma variants. In addition, the use of these gene probes did not enable differentiation between bovine and human EHEC belonging to the same O serogroup. [less ▲]

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See detailHETEROGENEITY OF ZOOXANTHELLAE DENSITY IN THE CORAL ACROPORA GLOBICEPS AROUND MOOREA (FRENCH POLYNESIA)
Ladrière, Ophélie ULg; van Lierde, Elodie; Penin, Lucie et al

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Understanding the natural heterogeneity of coral zooxanthellae density appears as very important to understand variations in coral survival due to bleaching (the loss of these micro-algal symbionts ... [more ▼]

Understanding the natural heterogeneity of coral zooxanthellae density appears as very important to understand variations in coral survival due to bleaching (the loss of these micro-algal symbionts). Heterogeneity of coral bleaching at different observation scales (within a colony, among neighbouring colonies of the same species or on a wider scale) remains largely misunderstood. The present work explores intracolonial, spatial and temporal variations of zooxanthellae density in the coral Acropora globiceps Dana 1846, over a period of three months on the forereef of Moorea, French Polynesia. In our study, intracolonial zooxanthellae densities did not vary significantly. However, zooxanthellae densities differed slightly between inner and outer branches but this trend was not significant at 6, 12 and 18 meters depth. On a wider scale, zooxanthellae densities also vary spatially : a positive correlation was observed between depth and symbiont density (density increases when light intensity decreases, so according to depth). Moreover, the location of colonies exposed to different hydrodynamical conditions was not a parameter controling the concentration of zooxanthellae. Finally, the temporal variation of zooxanthellae densities did not show significant variations even if it decreased slightly over the study period. The results of this study highlight the importance of accounting for variations within and among colonies to determine zooxanthellae densities and to assess the evolution of zooxanthellae populations. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneity of zooxanthellae density in the coral Acropora globiceps around Moorea (French Polynesia)
Ladrière, Ophélie ULg; van Lierde, Elodie; Penin, Lucie et al

Poster (2008)

Understanding the natural heterogeneity of coral zooxanthellae density appears as very important to understand variations in coral survival due to bleaching (the loss of these micro-algal symbionts ... [more ▼]

Understanding the natural heterogeneity of coral zooxanthellae density appears as very important to understand variations in coral survival due to bleaching (the loss of these micro-algal symbionts). Heterogeneity of coral bleaching at different observation scales (within a colony, among neighbouring colonies of the same species or on a wider scale) remains largely misunderstood. The present work explores intracolonial, spatial and temporal variations of zooxanthellae density in the coral Acropora globiceps Dana 1846, over a period of three months on the forereef of Moorea, French Polynesia. In our study, intracolonial zooxanthellae densities did not vary significantly. However, zooxanthellae densities differed slightly between inner and outer branches but this trend was not significant at 6, 12 and 18 meters depth. On a wider scale, zooxanthellae densities also vary spatially : a positive correlation was observed between depth and symbiont density (density increases when light intensity decreases, so according to depth). Moreover, the location of colonies exposed to different hydrodynamical conditions was not a parameter controling the concentration of zooxanthellae. Finally, the temporal variation of zooxanthellae densities did not show significant variations even if it decreased slightly over the study period. The results of this study highlight the importance of accounting for variations within and among colonies to determine zooxanthellae densities and to assess the evolution of zooxanthellae populations. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneity Reduces Sensitivity of Cell Death for TNF-Stimuli
Schliemann, Monica ULg; Bullinger, Eric ULg; Borchers, Steffen et al

in BMC Systems Biology (2011), 5

Background Apoptosis is a form of programmed cell death essential for the maintenance of homeostasis and the removal of potentially damaged cells in multicellular organisms. By binding its cognate ... [more ▼]

Background Apoptosis is a form of programmed cell death essential for the maintenance of homeostasis and the removal of potentially damaged cells in multicellular organisms. By binding its cognate membrane receptor, TNF receptor type 1 (TNF-R1), the proinflammatory cytokine Tumor Necrosis Factor (TNF) activates pro-apoptotic signaling via caspase activation, but at the same time also stimulates nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB)-mediated survival pathways. Differential dose-response relationships of these two major TNF signaling pathways have been described experimentally and using mathematical modeling. However, the quantitative analysis of the complex interplay between pro- and anti-apoptotic signaling pathways is an open question as it is challenging for several reasons: the overall signaling network is complex, various time scales are present, and cells respond quantitatively and qualitatively in a heterogeneous manner. Results This study analyzes the complex interplay of the crosstalk of TNF-R1 induced pro- and anti-apoptotic signaling pathways based on an experimentally validated mathematical model. The mathematical model describes the temporal responses on both the single cell level as well as the level of a heterogeneous cell population, as observed in the respective quantitative experiments using TNF-R1 stimuli of different strengths and durations. Global sensitivity of the heterogeneous population was quantified by measuring the average gradient of time of death versus each population parameter. This global sensitivity analysis uncovers the concentrations of Caspase-8 and Caspase-3, and their respective inhibitors BAR and XIAP, as key elements for deciding the cell's fate. A simulated knockout of the NF-kappaB-mediated anti-apoptotic signaling reveals the importance of this pathway for delaying the time of death, reducing the death rate in the case of pulse stimulation and significantly increasing cell-to-cell variability. Conclusions Cell ensemble modeling of a heterogeneous cell population including a global sensitivity analysis presented here allowed us to illuminate the role of the different elements and parameters on apoptotic signaling. The receptors serve to transmit the external stimulus; procaspases and their inhibitors control the switching from life to death, while NF-kappaB enhances the heterogeneity of the cell population. The global sensitivity analysis of the cell population model further revealed an unexpected impact of heterogeneity, i.e. the reduction of parametric sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneity versus variability in Neuhauser megalocornea-mental retardation (MMR) syndromes: Report of new cases and delineation of 4 probable types
Verloes, Alain ULg; Journel, H.; Elmer, C. et al

in American Journal of Medical Genetics (1993), 46(2), 132-137

Megalocornea (corneal diameter > or = 13 mm) is associated with mental and neurological impairment, and minor anomalies in Neuhauser syndrome (megalocornea-mental retardation syndrome). Here we report 4 ... [more ▼]

Megalocornea (corneal diameter > or = 13 mm) is associated with mental and neurological impairment, and minor anomalies in Neuhauser syndrome (megalocornea-mental retardation syndrome). Here we report 4 new cases of megalocornea and mental retardation. Those unrelated patients have a consistent pattern of anomalies with possible recessive inheritance which clearly differs from that of the original patients of Neuhauser et al. [1975]. We discuss the heterogeneity of the syndromes with megalocornea and mental retardation. Based on these cases and on a review of the literature, we suggest a provisional clinically oriented classification in 5 subtypes: (1) a recessive form type Neuhauser (with iris hypoplasia and minor anomalies), (2) a recessive form type Frank-Temtamy (with camptodactyly, scoliosis and growth retardation), (3) a recessive type 3, including our 4 personal cases (with normal irides, severe hypotonia, relative or absolute macrocephaly and minor anomalies), (4) a possible Frydman type (with normal irides, megalencephaly and obesity), and (5) provisionally unclassifiable cases. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneous alkenylation of aromatics under oxygen
Hajek, Jan; Dams, Mieke; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in Catalysis Communications (2007), 8(7), 1047-1051

A novel heterogeneous Pd/polymer catalyst containing co-catalytic functional groups catalyses the direct alkenylation of anisole with ethyl trans-cinnamate under oxygen. The properties of the polymeric ... [more ▼]

A novel heterogeneous Pd/polymer catalyst containing co-catalytic functional groups catalyses the direct alkenylation of anisole with ethyl trans-cinnamate under oxygen. The properties of the polymeric catalyst were compared to other immobilised catalysts. The activity of the polymeric catalyst typically increased with temperature and oxygen pressure exhibiting the optimal activity up to 100 TON at 383 K under 1.2 MPa of O-2. The most abundant product was 3-(p-methoxyphenyl)-3-phenylpropanoate (approximate to 45%). The reaction selectivity was practically independent of the conditions. Split-tests and AAS measurements confirm heterogeneous character of the catalyst. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneous conversion of N2O5 to HNO3 in the post-Mount Pinatubo eruption stratosphere
Rinsland, Curtis P.; Gunson, Michaël R.; Abrams, M. C. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research (1994), 99(D4), 8213-8219

Simultaneous stratospheric volume mixing ratio (VMR) profiles of dinitrogen pentoxide (N2O5) and nitric acid (HNO3) at sunrise between 25-degrees-N and 15-degrees-S latitude and profiles of HNO3 at sunset ... [more ▼]

Simultaneous stratospheric volume mixing ratio (VMR) profiles of dinitrogen pentoxide (N2O5) and nitric acid (HNO3) at sunrise between 25-degrees-N and 15-degrees-S latitude and profiles of HNO3 at sunset between 42-degrees-S and 53-degrees-S latitude have been derived from 0.01 cm-1 resolution infrared solar occultation spectra recorded 9 1/2 months after the massive eruption of the Mount Pinatubo volcano in the Philippine Islands. The measurements were obtained by the atmospheric trace molecule spectroscopy (ATMOS) Fourier transform spectrometer during the ATLAS 1 shuttle mission (March 24 to April 2, 1992). The measured HNO3 VMRs are higher at all altitudes and latitudes than corresponding values measured by the limb infrared monitor of the stratosphere (LIMS) instrument during the same season in 1979, when the aerosol loading was near background levels. The largest relative increase in the HNO3 VMR occurred near the equator at 30-km altitude, where the ATMOS/ATLAS 1 values are about a factor of 2 higher than the LIMS measurements. Two-dimensional model calculations show that the increase in HNO3 and the ATMOS/ATLAS 1 measurement of a steep decrease in the N2O5 VMR below 30 km can be explained by the enhanced conversion of N2O5 to HNO3 on the surfaces of the Mount Pinatubo sulfate aerosols. Our profile results demonstrate the global impact of the N2O5 + H2O --> 2HNO3 heterogeneous reaction in altering the partitioning of stratospheric odd nitrogen after a major volcanic eruption. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneous Integration and Fabrication of III-V MOS Devices in a 200mm Processing Environment
Waldron, Niamh; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Lin, Dennis et al

in 219th ECS Meeting (2011)

As CMOS continues to scales to more advanced nodes, new higher mobility channel materials will have to be introduced as an alternative to Si in order to meet power and performance requirements [1]. III-V ... [more ▼]

As CMOS continues to scales to more advanced nodes, new higher mobility channel materials will have to be introduced as an alternative to Si in order to meet power and performance requirements [1]. III-V and Ge materials have emerged as an attractive option for nMOS and pMOS respectively. However, from an economical and technological standpoint it must be possible to implement III-V devices in a Si CMOS fabrication environment to leverage the advantages of both large scale wafers and state-of-the-art Si equipment. The integration challenges of introducing III-V into a Si line include safety risk assessments from toxic materials, maintenance of tools after processing III-V, cross-contamination from high- temperature and wet etch steps, and modifying standard recipes where III-V is exposed on the surface. In this work we demonstrate the feasibility of processing III-V virtual substrates in a Si line following a CMOS based approach that seeks to minimize any potential cross- contamination from the III-V. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneous Integration and Fabrication of III-V MOS Devices in a 200mm Processing Environment
Waldron, Niamh; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Lin, Dennis et al

in ECS Transactions (2011), 35

We report on the fabrication of MOS capacitors on 200 mm virtual GaAs substrates using a Si CMOS processing environment. The fabricated capacitors were comparable to those processed on bulk GaAs material ... [more ▼]

We report on the fabrication of MOS capacitors on 200 mm virtual GaAs substrates using a Si CMOS processing environment. The fabricated capacitors were comparable to those processed on bulk GaAs material. Topside contact was made to the GaAs using a novel CMOS compatible self-aligned NiGe contact scheme resulting in a measured contact resistance of 0.26 [ohm sign].cm. Cross-contamination from various III-V substrates was investigated and it was found that by limiting the thermal budget to <= 300C cross-contamination from the outgassing of In, Ga and As could be eliminated. For wet processing the judicious choice of recipe and processing conditions resulted in no significant cross-contamination being detected as determined by TXRF monitoring. This achievement enables III-V device production using state-of-the-art Si processing equipment. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Heterogeneous Mineral Content of Bone-Using Stochastic Arguments and Simulations to Overcome Experimental Limitations
Lukas, C.; Kollmannsberger, P.; Ruffoni, Davide ULg et al

in JOURNAL OF STATISTICAL PHYSICS (2011), 144(2), 316-331

On a sub-millimeter length scale, bone is a very heterogeneous material with varying mineral content. This heterogeneity can be measured by quantitative backscattered electron imaging (qBEI) and ... [more ▼]

On a sub-millimeter length scale, bone is a very heterogeneous material with varying mineral content. This heterogeneity can be measured by quantitative backscattered electron imaging (qBEI) and quantified by a probability distribution called the bone mineralization density distribution (BMDD). The stochastic nature of the backscattering of electrons during the measurement makes the results dependent on the acquisition time. In this work the influence of the measurement conditions was quantified and was corrected for using Tikhonov regularization. Deconvolution reduces the width of the BMDD and allows a more precise definition of a reference BMDD for healthy adults. The corrected information was used as input for a mathematical model that predicts the time evolution of the BMDD. Simulations of osteoporosis treatment reveal a double peak in the BMDD that is not observed in experiments due to limited acquisition time. Our method allows determining the necessary acquisition time to resolve such double peaks. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins as targets of autoantibodies in systemic rheumatic diseases.
Op De Beeck, Katrijn; Maes, Liesbeth; Van den Bergh, Karolien et al

in Arthritis and Rheumatism (2012), 64(1), 213-221

BACKGROUND: Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNP) are abundant nucleoplasmic pre-mRNA-binding proteins. The aim of this study was to unravel the mosaic of autoantibodies to hnRNP's in systemic ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Heterogeneous nuclear ribonucleoproteins (hnRNP) are abundant nucleoplasmic pre-mRNA-binding proteins. The aim of this study was to unravel the mosaic of autoantibodies to hnRNP's in systemic rheumatic diseases. METHODS: Recombinant human hnRNP A1, B1, C1, E1, F, Gi, H1, I, K, and P2 were prepared. Antibodies to these antigens were determined by Western blotting and ELISA (for hnRNP B1, E1, F, and H1) in controls (chronic fatigue syndrome) and in patients with various connective tissue disorders. RESULTS: Western blotting analysis on 106 controls and 298 patients with a connective tissue disorder revealed that antibodies to all tested hnRNP antigens, except hnRNP Gi, were significantly more prevalent in Sjogren's syndrome (SS) than in controls. The highest reactivity was found for hnRNP B1, E1, F, and H1 (reactivity in >45% of patients with SS and in 2.8% of controls). Reactivity to hnRNP B1, E1, F, and H1 was also evaluated by ELISA in controls and in 228 patients with a connective tissue disease. Reactivity to at least 2 of the 4 tested antigens was found in 1.1% of controls, 16% of patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), and 18% of patients with SS. Reactivity to at least 3 of the 4 antigens was found in none of the controls, in 3.2% of patients with SLE, and in 15% of patients with SS. CONCLUSIONS: several hnRNP's are target antigens in SS. The combined presence of antibodies to several hnRNP's was strongly associated with connective tissue disease in general and SS in particular. [less ▲]

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See detailHETEROGENOUS CLINICAL AND LABORATORY PRESENTATIONS IN MAD DEFICIENCY
BOEMER, François ULg; SCHOOS, Roland ULg; ACQUAVIVA, Cécile et al

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