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See detailInfluence of microfabric evolution on the retention behaviour of compacted clayey soils
Dieudonné, Anne-Catherine ULg; Della Vecchia, Gabriele; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in Khalili, Nasser; Russel, Adrian; Khoshghalb, Arman (Eds.) Unsaturated Soils: Research and Applications (2014)

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See detailInfluence of microstructure on the thermal conductivity of magnetoresistive La0.7Ca0.3MnO3/Mn3O4 manganite/insulating oxide polycrystalline bulk composites
Mucha, J.; Vertruyen, Bénédicte ULg; Misiorek, H. et al

in Journal of Applied Physics (2009), 105(6), 063501

We report the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity kappa(T) of bulk polycrystalline composite samples containing a magnetoresistive manganite (La0.7Ca0.3MnO3) and an electrically insulating ... [more ▼]

We report the temperature dependence of the thermal conductivity kappa(T) of bulk polycrystalline composite samples containing a magnetoresistive manganite (La0.7Ca0.3MnO3) and an electrically insulating phase (Mn3O4). The sample porosity is shown to be a significant parameter affecting the experimental data: after porosity correction the curves display the characteristics of an ideal composite. A fit of the kappa(T) curves at low temperature using the Debye model enables the mean free path of phonons scattered on "boundaries" to be determined. The values are on the order of the grain size but are influenced by the grain arrangement and the presence of twins. [less ▲]

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See detailThe influence of mineral and organic long-term fertilization upon the floristic composition of Festuca rubra L.-Agrostis capillaris L. grassland in Apuseni mountains, Romania
Pacurar, Florin; Rotar, Ioan; Bogdan, Anca Dorina et al

in Journal of Food, Agriculture & Environment (2012), 10(1), 866-879

The semi-natural grasslands in Apuseni Mountains are particularly important for the sustainable development of this region. The future development strategies must take into consideration the conservation ... [more ▼]

The semi-natural grasslands in Apuseni Mountains are particularly important for the sustainable development of this region. The future development strategies must take into consideration the conservation of grassland plant diversity. In Apuseni Mountains there are numerous caves and a traditional landscape, these forming the area’s wealth. Their joining with agro-tourism and performing a sustainable agriculture would significantly level up the wellbeing of the local population, who are in need of new income sources considering that the wood resources are more and more reduced. In Gârda de Sus there are considerable areas of semi-natural grasslands which lately have been traditionally used. Nowadays, some of them have been abandoned and others irrationally intensified. Therefore, the objective of this paper was to evaluate the effects of mineral and organic fertilization upon the sward in order to recommend certain versions which have minor repercussions upon the plant diversity. The research was carried out in Apuseni Mountains, in an experimental field with two experiences: one with mineral fertilizers (T1 control, T2 50N25P25K, T3100N50P50K, T4 150N75P75K) and the other with organic fertilizers (T1 control, T2 10 t ha-1 manure, T3 20 t ha-1 manure, T4 30 t ha-1 manure). Administrating mineral fertilizers on the Festuca rubra L.- Agrostis capillaris L. grassland induced the installation of Festuca rubra L. and Trisetum flavescens L. at 50N25P25K treatment, whereas 100N50P50K and 150N75P75K treatments induced the installation of Agrostis capillaris L. and Trisetum flavescens L. grassland subtype. The plant diversity decreased as the system was intensified, especially at the treatment with 100N50P50K and 150N75P75K. Administrating 50N25P25K did not induce any significant changes in plant diversity. Giving organic fertilizers caused installation of Festuca rubra L. and Trisetum flavescens L. at the treatment using 10 t ha-1 manure and Trisetum flavescens L. at using 20 and 30 t ha-1 manure. The treatment with 10 t ha-1 manure induced a growth of the plant diversity and by raising the manure quantity did not cause important changes with respect to the species’ number. For future management actions that are meant to maintain the plant diversity in Apuseni Mountains, the organic fertilization with 10 t ha-1 manure quantities annually administrated or once in two years is recommended first of all, and, secondly, the fertilization with 50N25P25K performed annually or once in two years. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of moderate temperatures on myristoyl-CoA metabolism and acyl-CoA thioesterase activity in the psychrophilic antarctic yeast Rhodotorula aurantiaca.
Sabri, Ahmed ULg; Bare, G.; Jacques, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2001), 276(16), 12691-6

The inability of psychrophilic microorganisms to grow at moderate temperatures (>20 degrees C) presently represents an unresolved thermodynamic paradox. Here we report for the psychrophilic yeast ... [more ▼]

The inability of psychrophilic microorganisms to grow at moderate temperatures (>20 degrees C) presently represents an unresolved thermodynamic paradox. Here we report for the psychrophilic yeast Rhodotorula aurantiaca A19, isolated from Antarctic ice, that the inability to grow at temperatures close to 20 degrees C is associated with profound alterations in cell morphology and integrity. High performance liquid chromatography analysis of the intracellular acyl-CoA esters revealed an abnormal accumulation of myristoyl-CoA (C14-CoA) in cells cultivated close to the nonpermissive temperature. Its concentration (500 microm) was found to be 28-fold higher than in cells cultivated at 0 degrees C. If one considers its ability to disrupt membrane bilayers and to inhibit many cellular enzymes and functions, intracellular myristoyl-CoA accumulation in the psychrophile R. aurantiaca represents one of the principal causes of growth arrest at moderate temperatures. Intracellular acyl-CoA concentrations are believed to be regulated by thioesterase activity. Thus in an attempt to explore the mechanism by which temperature disrupts myristoyl-CoA metabolism, we isolated and characterized a long chain acyl-CoA thioesterase. The monomeric 80-kDa thioesterase from the psychrophilic yeast shows a very strong specificity for myristoyl-CoA. The affinity for substrate and the catalytic efficiency of the thioesterase are optimal below 5 degrees C (temperatures habitually experienced by the strain) and dramatically decrease with increasing temperature. The loss of affinity for substrate is related to the intracellular increase of myristoyl-CoA concentration. Our observations reveal one of the probable mechanisms by which temperature fixes the limit of growth for this psychrophilic yeast. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of monopalmitin on the crystallization behaviour of palm oil
Verstringe, Stefanie; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Depypere, Frederic et al

Conference (2012, May)

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See detailInfluence of monopalmitin on the isothermal crystallization mechanism of palm oil
Verstringe, S.; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg et al

in Food Research International (2013), 51(1), 344-353

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See detailInfluence of month of birth on growth performance and morbidity incidence in Belgian Blue cattle
de Behr, V.; Cabaraux, Jean-François ULg; Hornick, Jean-Luc ULg et al

in Book of absracts of the 52nd Annual Meeting of the European Association for Animal Production (2001)

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See detailInfluence of Morphine on the Rabbit Gastrointestinal Tract
Deflers, Hélène ULg; Bolen, Géraldine ULg; Gandar, Frederic ULg et al

Conference (2014, October 20)

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See detailInfluence of morphological characteristics of heterogeneous moraine formations on their mechanical behaviour using image and statistical analysis
Lebourg, Thomas; Riss, Joelle; Pirard, Eric ULg

in Engineering Geology (2004), 73(1-2), 37-50

The study of landslide stability on mountain slopes becomes more difficult when the sliding materials. are heterogeneous. This is a current problem with the old glacial moraines now under study in the ... [more ▼]

The study of landslide stability on mountain slopes becomes more difficult when the sliding materials. are heterogeneous. This is a current problem with the old glacial moraines now under study in the Aspe Valley, Pyrenees. Analysis of slope stability numerical models necessitates accurate data about mechanical and physical properties. Because moraines are very heterogeneous, a large sample is necessary, but, unfortunately, data acquisition costs a lot of time and money. Therefore, we would like to estimate mechanical properties from correlated variables that are easier to acquire (morphological variables using image analysis). Observations in the field and previous mechanical results in the laboratory have shown that differences between the behaviour of moraines seem to be related not only to their three-dimensional structure but also to the morphological and petrographical characteristics of their components. The moraines are classified based on textural characteristics at the sample scales based on the distributions of size and shape of their constitutive elements (blocks, matrix, etc.). Then, we study the statistical distribution of the variables to highlight the most significant variables. Next, we evaluate the results of the mechanical behaviour of the moraines, with the internal angle of friction and the effective cohesion. On seven specific moraines, we established relations between the effective internal angle of friction, the elongation factor and the roughness factor. (C) 2003 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of mouse strain on ovarian tissue recovery after engraftment with angiogenic factor.
Fransolet, Maïté ULg; Henry, Laurie ULg; Labied, Soraya et al

in Journal of Ovarian Research (2015), 8(1), 14

BACKGROUND: For women facing gonadotoxic treatment, cryopreservation of ovarian tissue with subsequent retransplantation during remission is a promising technique for fertility preservation. However ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: For women facing gonadotoxic treatment, cryopreservation of ovarian tissue with subsequent retransplantation during remission is a promising technique for fertility preservation. However, follicle loss within grafted ovarian tissue can be caused by ischemia and progressive revascularization. Several xenograft models using different immunodeficient rodent lines are suitable for studying ovarian tissue survival and follicular viability after frozen-thawed ovarian cortex transplantation. SCID mice, which are deficient for functional B and T cells, are the most commonly used mice for ovarian xenograft studies. However, due to incomplete immunosuppression, NOD-SCID mice displaying low NK cell function and an absence of circulating complement might be more appropriate. The present study aims to define the most appropriate immunodeficient mouse strain for ovarian tissue xenotransplantation by comparing ovarian graft recovery in SCID and NOD-SCID mice following engraftment in the presence of isoform 111 of vascular endothelial growth factor. METHODS: Sheep ovarian cortex fragments were embedded in a collagen matrix, with or without VEGF111, before being stitched onto the ovaries of SCID and NOD-SCID mice. Transplants were recovered after 3 days to study early revascularization or after 3 weeks to evaluate follicle preservation and tissue fibrosis through histological analyses. RESULTS: At day 3, vessels were largely reorganized in the ovarian grafts of both mouse strains. After 3 weeks, the cortical tissue was clearly identifiable in SCID mice but not in NOD-SCID mice. Upon VEGF111 treatment, vascularization was significantly improved 3 days after transplantation in SCID mice. This increase in vessel density was correlated with better follicular preservation in SCID mice 3 weeks after transplantation. Fibrosis was not decreased by VEGF treatment in either mouse strain. CONCLUSIONS: Tissue architecture and follicular morphology were better preserved in ovarian tissues grafted in SCID mice in comparison with NOD-SCID mice. Moreover, tissue revascularization was improved in SCID mice by VEGF111 graft treatment. Thus, we consider SCID mice to be the best murine model for studying ovarian tissue xenografts. [less ▲]

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See detailINFLUENCE OF MYELOPEROXIDASE ACTIVITY ON EQUINE POST-THAW SEMEN QUALITY
Ponthier, Jérôme ULg; Franck, Thierry ULg; Parrilla Hernandez, Sonia ULg et al

in Edeas, Marvin (Ed.) Proceedings of the 2nd ISANH World congress on Fertility and Antioxidants (2012, December 06)

This study confirms that active MPO is associated with cellular fraction of the ejaculate, as previously suggested for total MPO concentration in thawed semen (2). However, active MPO concentrations were ... [more ▼]

This study confirms that active MPO is associated with cellular fraction of the ejaculate, as previously suggested for total MPO concentration in thawed semen (2). However, active MPO concentrations were dramatically lower than total MPO concentrations observed in equine semen (3), which could be explained by presence of inactive MPO subunits in semen. MPO activity in sperm-rich pellet can be used as a predictive marker of post-thaw semen quality. Moreover, methods to inhibit MPO should be investigated in semen. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of Na doping and sintering temperature on increasing Bi2Sr2CaCu2O8 superconducting phase content in powder-form materials
Rahier, Sébastien ULg; Stassen, S.; Cloots, Rudi ULg et al

in Materials Letters (2006), 60(3), 298-300

This paper proposes a systematic way to explore the effects of Na on Bi-2212 phase formation. The influence of sodium metal is correlated with the 2212 fraction formed in the sample. The effect on the ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a systematic way to explore the effects of Na on Bi-2212 phase formation. The influence of sodium metal is correlated with the 2212 fraction formed in the sample. The effect on the sintering temperature and the importance of the substitution site is studied. Samples are characterized by X-ray diffraction analysis (XRD). Results clearly show that the 2212 phase content is enhanced and sintering temperatures can be lowered with regard to the undoped samples. (c) 2005 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of nanoparticle-polymer interactions on the apparent migration behaviour of carbon nanotubes in an immiscible polymer blend
Tao, Fangfang; Nysten, Bernard; Baudouin, Anne-Christine et al

in Polymer (2011), 52(21), 4798-4805

We investigate the influence of nanoparticle–polymer interactions on the apparent migration behavior of multiwall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in an immiscible polymer blend of ethylene-acrylate copolymer (EA ... [more ▼]

We investigate the influence of nanoparticle–polymer interactions on the apparent migration behavior of multiwall carbon nanotubes (CNTs) in an immiscible polymer blend of ethylene-acrylate copolymer (EA) and polyamide 12 (PA). The polymer-CNTs interaction is tuned by using different surface modification strategies, comprising grafting and coating. Poly(methyl methacrylate) (PMMA) and polystyrene (PS) are chosen as surface modifiers. The nanocomposite materials are prepared by melt-blending polymer-modified-CNTs in EA and PA. Polymer-grafted-CNTs tend to concentrate at the PA/EA interface, even if predispersed in PA, as opposed to pristine CNTs, which stay inside PA under the same circumstances. This new behavior is consistent with the morphology of PA/EA/(PMMA or PS) ternary blends and suggest a dominance of interfacial thermodynamics on CNTs localization. If we use polymer-coated-CNTs instead, the behavior depends on molar mass of the coating polymer. For low molar mass, it is similar to that of pristine CNTs and indicates desorption of the coating, owing to the weak interaction with the CNTs surface. Interestingly, we observe that long PS chains do not desorb and can drive the CNTs to the interface of the PA/EA blend. Moreover, the influence of kinetics is clearly observed through the dependence of CNTs interfacial confinement on dispersed droplet size. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of natural and synthetic peptides on biomimetic membranes
Kouzayha, Achraf; Wattraint Olivier; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg et al

Poster (2008)

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See detailInfluence of natural attenuation and river fluctuations on benzene dispersion in an alluvial aquifer subject to strong interactions with surface water
Batlle-Aguilar, Jordi; Brouyère, Serge ULg; Dassargues, Alain ULg et al

in Schirmer, M.; Hoehn, E.; Vogt, T. (Eds.) Groundwater Quality Management in a Rapidly Changing World (GQ'2010) (2010, June)

A contaminated alluvial aquifer, in a former gasworks factory, discharging to an adjacent river was the object of field and laboratory investigations to assess pollutant attenuation and dispersion ... [more ▼]

A contaminated alluvial aquifer, in a former gasworks factory, discharging to an adjacent river was the object of field and laboratory investigations to assess pollutant attenuation and dispersion. Various organic and inorganic compounds were found in the aquifer in concentrations exceeding regulatory values, among them, benzene, which was presenting the major worry for off-site dispersion, mainly due to its mobility and high concentration, i.e. up to 750 mg L-1 in the source zone. However, benzene could never be detected near the river which is about 160 m downgradient the main source. Due to redox conditions of the aquifer, heavy metals were almost immobile, thus not posing a major risk of dispersion off-site the brownfield. Benzene concentrations together with redox conditions in the aquifer, suggested that benzene degradation was mainly occurring within 100 m distance from the contaminant source under anoxic conditions, and most probably with sulphate as main oxidant. A numerical groundwater flow and transport model, calibrated under transient conditions, was used to simulate benzene attenuation in the alluvial aquifer towards the Meuse River. The mean benzene degradation rate used in the model was quantified in situ along the groundwater flow path using compound-specific carbon isotope analysis (CSIA). The results of the solute transport simulations confirmed that benzene concentrations decreased almost five orders of magnitude 70 m downgradient the source. Simulated benzene concentrations were found to be below the detection limit in the zone adjacent to the river and consistent with the absence of benzene in downgradient piezometers located close to the river. In a transient model scenario including groundwater-surface water dynamics, benzene concentrations were observed to be inversely correlated to the river water levels, leading to the hypothesis that benzene dispersion is mainly controlled by natural attenuation and river fluctuations. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of nest location and infertile eggs on hatching success of leatherback turtle nests in French Guiana
Caut, Stéphane; Guirlet, Elodie ULg; Jouquet, Pascal et al

in Canadian Journal of Zoology (2006), 84

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See detailInfluence of nitrogen fertilizer treatments on soft wheat starch characteristics
Massaux, Carine; Sindic, Marianne ULg; Paridaens, A. M. et al

in Weegels, P. L.; Courtin, C. M.; Arrachid, A. (Eds.) et al Consummer driven cereal innovation: where science meets industry (2008)

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See detailInfluence of nitrogen fertilizer treatments on soft wheat starch characteristics
Massaux, Carine; Sindic, Marianne ULg; Lenartz, Jonathan et al

Poster (2008)

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See detailInfluence of noise correction on intra- and inter-subject variability of quantitative metrics in diffusion kurtosis imaging
André, Elodie ULg; Grinberg, Farida; Farrher, Ezequiel et al

in PLoS ONE (2014)

Diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) is a promising extension of diffusion tensor imaging, giving new insights into the white matter microstructure and providing new biomarkers. Given the rapidly increasing ... [more ▼]

Diffusion kurtosis imaging (DKI) is a promising extension of diffusion tensor imaging, giving new insights into the white matter microstructure and providing new biomarkers. Given the rapidly increasing number of studies, DKI has a potential to establish itself as a valuable tool in brain diagnostics. However, to become a routine procedure, DKI still needs to be improved in terms of robustness, reliability, and reproducibility. As it requires acquisitions at higher diffusion31 weightings, results are more affected by noise than in diffusion tensor imaging. The lack of standard procedures for post-processing, especially for noise correction, might become a significant obstacle for the use of DKI in clinical routine limiting its application. We considered two noise correction schemes accounting for the noise properties of multichannel phased-array coils, in order to improve the data quality at signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) typical for DKI. The SNR dependence of estimated DKI metrics such as mean kurtosis (MK), mean diffusivity (MD) and fractional anisotropy (FA) is investigated for these noise correction approaches in Monte Carlo simulations and in in vivo human studies. The intra-subject reproducibility is investigated in a single subject study by varying the SNR level and SNR spatial distribution. Then the impact of the noise correction on inter-subject variability is evaluated in a homogeneous sample of 25 healthy volunteers. Results show a strong impact of noise correction on the MK estimate, while the estimation of FA and MD was affected to a lesser extent. Both intra- and inter-subject SNR related variability of the MK estimate is considerably reduced after correction for the noise bias, providing more accurate and reproducible measures. In this work, we have proposed a straightforward method that improves accuracy of DKI metrics. This should contribute to standardization of DKI applications in clinical studies and making valuable inferences in group analysis and longitudinal studies. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of non-adiabatic temperature variations on line profile variations of slowly rotating beta Cep stars and SPBs. I. Non-adiabatic eigenfunctions in the atmosphere of a pulsating star
Dupret, Marc-Antoine ULg; De Ridder, J.; Neuforge, C. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2002), 385

In this study, we compute theoretical line profiles of a non-radially pulsating star, taking the non-adiabatic effects into account. These non-adiabatic effects are especially important in the atmosphere ... [more ▼]

In this study, we compute theoretical line profiles of a non-radially pulsating star, taking the non-adiabatic effects into account. These non-adiabatic effects are especially important in the atmosphere, where the spectral lines are formed, and must be accounted for. In this first paper of the series, we present a new treatment of the perturbed thermal and dynamical equations in the atmosphere of a pulsating star. We apply our formalism to the computation of non-adiabatic eigenfunctions in a typical beta Cephei star with low order p-modes and in a typical slowly pulsating B star with high-order g-modes. [less ▲]

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