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See detailImpact of 6 % hydroxyethyl starch (HES) 130/0.4 on the correlation between standard laboratory tests and thromboelastography (TEG(R)) after cardiopulmonary bypass.
HANS, Grégory ULg; Hartstein, Gary ULg; Roediger, Laurence et al

in Thrombosis research (2015), 135(5), 984-9

BACKGROUND: Hydroxyethyl starches (HES) affect the results of thromboelastography (TEG(R)). We sought to determine whether using HES rather than crystalloids for cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) prime and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Hydroxyethyl starches (HES) affect the results of thromboelastography (TEG(R)). We sought to determine whether using HES rather than crystalloids for cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) prime and intraoperative fluid therapy changes the TEG cutoff values best identifying patients with a low platelet count or a low fibrinogen level after CPB. METHODS: Data from 96 patients who had on-pump cardiac surgery, a TEG(R) (kaolin-heparinase) and standard investigations of blood clotting performed after separation from CPB and protamine administration were retrospectively reviewed. Patients were assigned to the HES or crystalloid group according to whether balanced 6% HES 130/0.4 or balanced crystalloids were used for intraoperative fluid therapy and pump prime. Mutlivariable linear regression models with computation of the standardized regression coefficients were used to identify independent associations between the four main TEG parameters (R time, alpha angle, K time and MA) and the type of fluid used, the INR, the aPTT, the fibrinogen level and the platelet count. Receiver-operating-characteristic curves were used to assess the effect of HES on the ability of TEG parameters to identify patients with a platelet count<80.000mul(-1) or a fibrinogen level<1.5 gr l(-1) and on the cutoff values best identifying these patients. RESULTS: The type of fluid used significantly affected the MA (P<0.001), the K time (P<0.001) and the alpha angle (P<0.001) regardless of the results of the standard clotting tests. According to standardized ss regression coefficients the platelet count and the type of fluid used were stronger predictors of the MA, the alpha angle and the K time than the fibrinogen level. MA better predicted platelets<80.000mul(-1) than K time and alpha angle (P=0.023). The best cutoff value of MA identifying patients with platelets<80.000mul(-1) was 62mm in the crystalloid group and 53mm in the HES group. MA, K time and alpha angle were poor predictors of the postoperative fibrinogen level. CONCLUSION: HES significantly changes the cutoff value of TEG(R) MA best identifying patients<80.000mul(-1) after on-pump cardiac surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of a camera change in ventriculography
Seret, Alain ULg; Blocklet, Didier; Lisart, Jean et al

in European Journal of Nuclear Medicine (2000), 27

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See detailImpact of a communication skills training program on residents' bad news disclosure in a simulated consultation : a randomized study
Damas, A.; Merckaert, I.; Libert, Y. et al

in Psycho-oncology (2009, June), 18 (Suppl. 2)

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See detailImpact of a formic/acetic acid treatment of beech wood on delignification and chemical structure of lignins
Simon, Mathilde ULg; Richel, Aurore ULg; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg et al

Conference (2011)

Lignocellulosic substrates constitute a promising alternative resource for the sustainable production of energy (biofuels), biobased products and organic compounds. In the past, the extraction and the ... [more ▼]

Lignocellulosic substrates constitute a promising alternative resource for the sustainable production of energy (biofuels), biobased products and organic compounds. In the past, the extraction and the valorization of cellulose (into fermentescible glucose) constituted the central axis of lignocellulosic biorefinery processes. Degraded hemicelluloses and lignins were however recovered as side-products with no possibilities of high-added value applications. Within the context of an integrated biorefinery, and for economic reasons, the recovery and the non-energetic transformation of lignins have opened recently new horizons. Lignin is a cross-linked phenolic polymer and is considered as a potential alternative to petrochemical polymers or as a source of antioxidants for cosmetics and food industry, resins, chelating agent... As the final application of lignin is dependent of both extraction process and type of lignocellulosic sources, the development of fast and efficient physicochemical characterization methods is thus a prerequisite to optimize extraction processing conditions. In this study, beech wood particles (Fagus sylvatica L.) collected in the region of Gaume (Belgium) were delignified at atmospheric pressure by a mixture of formic acid/acetic acid/water. The effect of cooking time and temperature was evaluated on delignification and on chemical structure of lignins obtained by precipitation from the black liquor after treatments. To study the delignification, a central composite design and response surface methodology were used for the optimization of two treatments parameters, i.e. time (between 1h30 and 4h30) and temperature (from 87 to 107°C). These two variables were optimized for delignification yield, pulp yield, concentration of degradation products (furfural and hydroxymethylfurfural) and for the amount of residual linkages between lignin constitutive units. On the basis of our results, higher delignification yields were obtained when cooking time and temperature increased. However, for high cooking times and temperatures, pulp yield decreased because hemicelluloses and cellulose were hydrolyzed and the production of furfural and hydroxymethylfurfural was augmented. The structural and physico-chemical features of extracted lignins were investigated with different analytical tools, namely infrared spectrometry, thermogravimetric analysis, size-exclusion chromatography, mono-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR 1H and NMR 13C) and bidimensional NMR (heteronuclear HSQC experiments). The characterization of lignins indicated the occurrence of a repolymerization phenomenon when both cooking time and temperature increased. Indeed, HSQC NMR spectra presented oxidized syringyl units. Otherwise, thermogravimetric analysis and HSQC analysis showed the presence of hemicelluloses in lignin samples from soft treatments (1h30, 87°C). Some linkages between lignin and hemicelluloses were not cleaved under these experimental conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of a Greenland deglaciation on climate during the next millennia
Driesschaert, Emmanuelle; Brovkin, Victor; Fichefet, Thierry et al

Conference (2006, April 04)

A new Earth system model of intermediate complexity, LOVECLIM, has been developed in order to study long-term future climate changes. It includes an interactive Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet model ... [more ▼]

A new Earth system model of intermediate complexity, LOVECLIM, has been developed in order to study long-term future climate changes. It includes an interactive Greenland and Antarctic ice sheet model (AGISM) as well as an oceanic carbon cycle model (LOCH). Those climatic components can have a great impact on future climate. The few studies in recent literature assessing the impact of polar ice sheets on future climate draw very different conclusions, which shows the need for developing such a model. A set of numerical experiments have been performed in order to study the possible perturbations of climate induced by human activities over the next millennia. A particular attention is given to the Greenland ice sheet. In most of the projections, the Greenland ice sheet undergoes a continuous reduction in volume, leading to an almost total disappearance in the most pessimistic scenarios. The impact of the Greenland deglaciation on climate has therefore been assessed through a sensitivity experiment using the scenario SRES A2. The removal of the Greenland ice sheet is responsible for a regional amplification of the global warming inducing a total melt of Arctic sea ice in summer. The freshwater flux from Greenland generates large salinity anomalies in the North Atlantic Ocean that reduce the rate of North Atlantic Deep Water formation, slowing down slightly the oceanic thermohaline circulation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of a minimum pension on old age poverty and its budgetary cost. Evidence from Latin Am
Pestieau, Pierre ULg; Dethier, Jean Jacques; Ali, Rabia

in Revista de Economıa del Rosario (2011), 14(2), 135-163

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See detailThe impact of a minimum pension on old age poverty and its budgetary cost. Evidence from Latin America
Pestieau, Pierre ULg; Dethier, Jean-Jacques; Rabia, Ali

in Revista de Economía del Rosario (2011), 14(2), 37-65

This paper examines the impact on old age poverty and the fiscal cost of universal minimum old age pensions in Latin America using recent household survey data for 18 countries. Alleviating old age ... [more ▼]

This paper examines the impact on old age poverty and the fiscal cost of universal minimum old age pensions in Latin America using recent household survey data for 18 countries. Alleviating old age poverty requires different approach from other age groups and a minimum pension is likely to be the only alternative available. First we measure old age poverty rates for all countries. Second we discuss the design of minimum pensions schemes, means-tested or not, as well as the disincentive effects that they are expected to have on the economic and social behavior of households including labor supply, saving and family solidarity. Third we use the household surveys to simulate the fiscal cost and the impact on poverty rates of alternative minimum pensionschemes in the 18 countries. We show that a universal minimum pension would substantially reduce poverty among the elderly except in Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay where minimum pension systems already exist and poverty rates are low. Such schemes have much to be commended in terms of incentives, spillover effects and administrative simplicity but have a high fiscal cost. The latter is a function of the age at which benefits are awarded, the prevailing longevity, the generosity of benefits, the efficacy ofmeans testing, and naturally the fiscal capacity of the country. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of a mutation in the mitochondrial LSU rRNA gene from Chlamydomonas reinhardtii on the activity and the assembly of respiratory-chain complexes
Remacle, Claire ULg; Gloire, Geoffrey ULg; Cardol, Pierre ULg et al

in Current Genetics (2004), 45(5), 323-330

Two substitutions A1090G and A1098C (together called the m mutation) located in the conserved GTPase domain of the mitochondrial LSU rRNA gene were recently shown to weakly compensate for the phenotypical ... [more ▼]

Two substitutions A1090G and A1098C (together called the m mutation) located in the conserved GTPase domain of the mitochondrial LSU rRNA gene were recently shown to weakly compensate for the phenotypical effect of a -1T frameshift mutation in the mitochondrial cox1 gene of C. reinhardtii. In order to analyze the impact of the m mutation on the mitochondrial translational machinery, a strain carrying the m mutation but wild-type for the cox1 gene was isolated. We found that the growth and the respiratory rate of the m mutant were affected and that the activities of complexes I, III, and IV, all containing mitochondria-encoded subunits, were lowered. In contrast the activities of complex II and of the alternative oxidase, both encoded exclusively by the nuclear genome, were not modified. The steady-state levels of complex I enzyme and of several components of the respiratory complexes I, III, and IV were also reduced in the mutant. We moreover showed that m did not suppress other frameshift or UGA stop mutations which affect mitochondrial genes. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of a natural bluetongue serotype 8 infection on semen quality of Belgian rams in 2007
Kirschvink, N.; Raes, M.; Saegerman, Claude ULg

in Veterinary Journal (2007)

In 2006, bluetongue (BT) virus serotype 8 emerged in northern Europe and numerous ruminants were affected in the following year. Infertility in males is one of the consequences of BT, although its ... [more ▼]

In 2006, bluetongue (BT) virus serotype 8 emerged in northern Europe and numerous ruminants were affected in the following year. Infertility in males is one of the consequences of BT, although its severity and duration after natural infection has not been documented. In this report, the impact of BT-8 on clinical signs and semen quality of naturally infected rams is described through a longitudinal study of two Belgian ram populations (n=12 and n=24) and a cross sectional study in a further ram population (n=43). Macroscopic semen characteristics, semen concentration, motility, percentage of living and dead spermatozoa were assessed in 167 semen samples collected on 1-6 occasions from 79 BT-8 infected rams within 5-138 days after onset of clinical disease. These were compared with healthy control animals. Significant changes in all variables were observed after natural BT-8 infection. Total recovery occurred around 85 days after clinical disease in animals undergoing a close follow-up of semen quality. Good correspondence between the results of the longitudinal and cross sectional studies suggests that semen quality of BT-8 affected rams reached normal references values 63-138 days after clinical diagnosis of BT. In addition, semen concentration seems to be a sound epidemiological indicator of ram semen quality. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of a natural bluetongue serotype 8 infection on semen quality of Belgian rams in 2007.
Kirschvink, Nathalie; Raes, Marianne; Saegerman, Claude ULg

in Veterinary Journal (2009), 182(2), 244-51

In 2006, bluetongue (BT) virus serotype 8 emerged in northern Europe and numerous ruminants were affected in the following year. Infertility in males is one of the consequences of BT, although its ... [more ▼]

In 2006, bluetongue (BT) virus serotype 8 emerged in northern Europe and numerous ruminants were affected in the following year. Infertility in males is one of the consequences of BT, although its severity and duration after natural infection has not been documented. In this report, the impact of BT-8 on clinical signs and semen quality of naturally infected rams is described through a longitudinal study of two Belgian ram populations (n=12 and n=24) and a cross sectional study in a further ram population (n=43). Macroscopic semen characteristics, semen concentration, motility, percentage of living and dead spermatozoa were assessed in 167 semen samples collected on 1-6 occasions from 79 BT-8 infected rams within 5-138 days after onset of clinical disease. These were compared with healthy control animals. Significant changes in all variables were observed after natural BT-8 infection. Total recovery occurred around 85 days after clinical disease in animals undergoing a close follow-up of semen quality. Good correspondence between the results of the longitudinal and cross sectional studies suggests that semen quality of BT-8 affected rams reached normal references values 63-138 days after clinical diagnosis of BT. In addition, semen concentration seems to be a sound epidemiological indicator of ram semen quality. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of abiotic and biotic factors on VOC emissions and protein expression in Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh
Hien, Truong Thi Dieu ULg

Doctoral thesis (2014)

The interaction of Arabidopsis and environmental factors is a model system used to study stress response in plants, in particular the analysis of the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the ... [more ▼]

The interaction of Arabidopsis and environmental factors is a model system used to study stress response in plants, in particular the analysis of the emission of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and the proteomic expression. In the present thesis, VOC emissions and expression of proteins were studied in the response of Arabidopsis thaliana (L.) Heynh to the interaction of abiotic (temperature or water stress) and biotic (adults Myzus persicae (Sulzer) or Plutella xylostella (L.) larvae) factors. To achieve these objectives, the volatile profiles emission of Arabidopsis was previously evaluated by headspace solid phase microextraction (HS-SPME) coupled with gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The experimental conditions were maintained for different periods, and the emission profile for each period was determined. Our main findings were as follows: (1) the combined aphids (M. persicae) and temperature stress treatments induced more complex plant volatile profiles than did single stress. Rising in temperatures (17, 22, and 27 °C) led to significant increases of isothiocyanate (ITC), nitrile, and sulfide proportions in aphid-infested Arabidopsis plants; (2) aphid-infested water-stressed Arabidopsis exhibited significant changes in their VOC emission blends with modification of sulfide, ITC, ketones, aldehyde, and terpenes; and (3) the molecule profiles from P. xylostella-infested plants also varied with infestation time and temperature treatment. The larvae-infested Arabidopsis at 22 °C emitted sulfides and nitrile instead of ITCs as it is the case at 17 and 27 °C. Additionally, a proteomic approach using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) coupled with mass spectrometry was performed to examine the protein changes in Arabidopsis responses to herbivorous insects under controlled conditions. A total of 574 and 454 protein spots were reproducibly detected by bidimensional electrophoresis. After M. persicae and P. xylostella infestations 31 and 18 protein spots were differently expressed in their relative abundance, respectively. Sixteen proteins were successfully identified by MALDI-TOF MS and LC-ESI-MS/MS. Functional analysis of identified proteins showed that they were associated with a large number of biological processes, namely carbohydrate, amino acid, lipid and energy metabolism, photosynthesis, defense and translation process. The expression of such proteins in A. thaliana leaves was either up-regulated or down-regulated according to insect feeding stresses. Taken together, the original reported results provide evidences that the interaction between abiotic and biotic stress factors has great ability to alter the profile of VOCs as well as proteins in A. thaliana plants. It provides valuable new insights to explore the complex response of plants to multiple simultaneous factors. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of abiotic stresses on volatile organic compound production of field crops and grasslands
Digrado, Anthony ULg; Mozaffar, Ahsan ULg; Bachy, Aurélie ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 07)

Abiotic and biotic stresses are known to alter biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emission from plants. With the climate and global change, BVOC emissions are likely to increase. This increase on ... [more ▼]

Abiotic and biotic stresses are known to alter biogenic volatile organic compound (BVOC) emission from plants. With the climate and global change, BVOC emissions are likely to increase. This increase on BVOC emissions could be driven by many environmental parameters like temperature, ozone and light availability for photosynthesis although it is still difficult to predict the impact of some environmental parameters, environmental controls on BVOC emission being species and BVOC-dependent. These BVOC are involved in a wide range of interactions of plants with their environment and these interactions could be affected by the global change. Moreover, BVOC also play a key role in the atmospheric chemistry and may contribute to ozone formation and an increase in methane lifetime, strengthening the global change. Yet, due to technical limitation, there are few studies examining the impact of multiple co-occurring stresses on BVOC emission at the ecosystem level although stress combination is probably more ecologically realistic in field. In the CROSTVOC (for CROp STress VOC) project, the impact of abiotic stresses (e.g. heat, drought, ozone and grazing) on BVOC emission will be investigated for field crops (maize and wheat) and grassland both at the ecosystem and plant scale. [less ▲]

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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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