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See detailIdentification of cardiac repercussions after intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise in young sedentary people
LE GOFF, Caroline ULg; Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Couffignal, Vincent et al

in Clinical physiology and functional imaging (2015), 35(5), 368-375

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Cardiopathies are the world's leading cause of mortality and morbidity. Although rare, cardiovascular accidents can occur during intense and infrequent sporting activity, particularly among those who are unaware of their heart condition. The development of cardiospecific biochemical markers has led to a reconsideration of the role of biology in the diagnosis of cardiovascular illnesses. The aim of this study therefore was, through the use of cardiac biomarker assays, to highlight the impact of sustained physical effort in the form of intense and prolonged concentric isokinetic exercise and to research potential cardiovascular risks. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Eighteen subjects participated in a maximal concentric isokinetic exercise involving 30 knee flexion-extensions for each leg. Five blood tests were taken to study the kinetics of the cardiac biomarkers. Haemodynamic parameters were measured continuously using a Portapres, and respiratory parameters were measured using a Sensormedics Vmax 29C. RESULTS: The results showed significant increases in the creatine kinase, myoglobin, homocysteine and haemoglobin cardiac markers. Evolutionary trends were also observed for the following biomarkers: NT-proBNP, myeloperoxydase and C-reactive protein. All the physiological parameters measured presented statistically significant changes. CONCLUSION: Isokinetic effort leads to the release of cardiac markers in the blood, but these do not exceed the reference values in healthy subjects. Maximal concentric isokinetic exercise does not, therefore, lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular pathologies. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Catecholaminergic Inputs to and Outputs from Aromatase-Containing Brain Areas of the Japanese Quail by Tract Tracing Combined with Tyrosine Hydroxylase Immunocytochemistry
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Absil, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Comparative Neurology (The) (1997), 382(3), 401-28

In the quail brain, aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) neurons located in the medial preoptic nucleus (POM) and caudal paleostriatum ventrale/nucleus accumbens/nucleus striae terminalis complex (PVT/nAc ... [more ▼]

In the quail brain, aromatase-immunoreactive (ARO-ir) neurons located in the medial preoptic nucleus (POM) and caudal paleostriatum ventrale/nucleus accumbens/nucleus striae terminalis complex (PVT/nAc/nST) receive catecholaminergic inputs identified by the presence of tyrosine hydroxylase-immunoreactive (TH-ir) fibers and punctate structures. The origin of these inputs was analyzed by retrograde tracing with cholera toxin B subunit (CTB) or red latex fluospheres (RLF) combined with TH immunocytochemistry. CTB and RLF injected in the POM or PVT/nAc/nST were found in cells located in anatomically discrete areas in the telencephalon (hippocampus, septum, archistriatum), hypothalamus (many areas in periventricular position), thalamus, mesencephalon, and pons. In these last two regions, many retrogradely labeled cells were located in dopaminergic areas such as the retroruberal field (RRF), substantia nigra (SN), and area ventralis of Tsai (AVT) but also in noradrenergic cell groups such as the locus ceruleus and subceruleus. CTB tracing showed that most of these connections are bidirectional. Many retrogradely labeled cells contained TH-ir material. As a mean, 10-20% and 40-60% of the RLF-containing cells in the dopaminergic areas were TH-ir when RLF had been injected in the POM or PVT/nAc/nST, respectively. TH-ir cells projecting to the POM appeared to be mostly located in the periventricular hypothalamus and in AVT, whereas projections to the PVT/nAc/nST originated mainly in the SN (with significant contributions from the RRF and AVT). These data support the existence of functional relationships between aromatase and catecholamines. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of charred botanical remains provides more accurate information on past history in Central Africa
Morin, Julie ULg; Biwolé, Achille; Bourland, Nils et al

Poster (2015, January 30)

In palaeoenvironmental studies, charred botanical remains have rarely been identified to the species level before being sent to radiocarbon dating. Moreover, the age of most tropical spp. and thereby the ... [more ▼]

In palaeoenvironmental studies, charred botanical remains have rarely been identified to the species level before being sent to radiocarbon dating. Moreover, the age of most tropical spp. and thereby the age of the carbon sequestered during plant growth is not known. Dating unidentified charred wood in the tropics should be thus treated with caution because the accuracy of the dates is not guaranteed. Here we present 71 dates obtained on charred endocarps and wood charcoals sampled in soil pits in Cameroon and in the Rep. of the Congo. We taxonomically identified 43 samples then selected both identified and unidentified individual fragments for radiocarbon dating. We performed summed probability distributions of the dates calibrated in BP for the 43 identified and the 28 unidentified samples separately then for the whole dates. Results showed that the dates obtained on unidentified samples better fit the established chronology for Central Africa but that they also presented less precise standard deviations than the dates obtained on identified short-lived material, and that the dates on identified samples provide more detailed trends about the phases of human occupation in Central Africa after 2,500 BP. We can assume that dating unidentified material may introduce some blur into chronologies and that the selection of identified charred botanical remains should be systematically applied for palaeoenvironmental reconstructions in tropical contexts to refine the chronologies. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of chemical probes and signaling pathways for the orphan GPCR GPR27
Dupuis, Nadine ULg; Gilissen, Julie ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

Poster (2013, June 06)

The largest family of membrane receptors is represented by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are characterized by 7 transmembrane domains. Even if marketed drugs currently target only 10% of all ... [more ▼]

The largest family of membrane receptors is represented by G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs), which are characterized by 7 transmembrane domains. Even if marketed drugs currently target only 10% of all GPCRs, they represent more than 30% of all small molecules based therapies. The physiological and pathophysiological role of a GPCR is defined by its expression pattern, signaling pathway and specific ligand[1]. GPCRs which have not yet been associated to a physiological ligand are called orphan GPCRs and represent ~100 of the ~370 human non-odorant GPCRs[2]. This project aims at identifying and developing pharmacological tools for GPR27 (SREB1), one of these orphan receptors. GPR27 has recently been shown to have a role in the regulation of insulin promoter activity and insulin secretion[3]. Nevertheless, the pharmacology of GPR27 remains elusive and the lack of appropriate pharmacological tools dramatically restricts the understanding of its function and its validation as a drug target. Thus, we plan to study its signaling pathway and to develop screening methods that will allow us to identify small molecules able to interact with GPR27. These are important steps toward understanding its function and evaluating GPR27 as a potential drug target, for instance in insulin-related metabolic disorders such as type II diabetes or in other pathologies where it might be involved. References 1) Wise, A., et al. (2002). Drug discovery today, 7, 235 2) Fredriksson, R., et al. (2003). Molecular pharmacology, 63, 1256 3) Ku, G. M., et al. (2012). PLoS genetics, 8, e1002449 [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of chromosomal regions associated with segregation distortion of SSR markers and the genes controlling the low-gossypol seed & high-gossypol plant trait of Gossypium sturtianum
Benbouza, H.; Diouf, F.B.; Schefflers, J. et al

Conference (2010)

Distorted segregation of DNA markers is commonly encountered, especially in inter-specific crosses. Our main objective in this study was to identify chromosomal regions consistently associated with ... [more ▼]

Distorted segregation of DNA markers is commonly encountered, especially in inter-specific crosses. Our main objective in this study was to identify chromosomal regions consistently associated with segregation distortion in [(G. hirsutum x G. raimondii) x G. sturtianum] (HRS) hybrid. Segregation distortion skews the genotypic frequencies from their Mendelian expectations. In HRS progeny, chi square analysis (P < 0.01) showed significant skewed in all targeted linkage groups c2-c14, c3-c17, and c6-c25. Chromosomal region was regarded as being associated with skewed segregation, if three or more closely linked markers exhibited significant segregation distortion in one or more population(s). The targeted introgression regions in the tested population seem to be favourable for segregation distortion. Segregation distortion in HRS hybrid progenies differed in male and female gametes. Furthermore, the data indicated that the environment has strongly influenced the transfer of SSR markers through microspores. The consistent location of these chromosomal regions in selfed and backcross of HRS derivatives indicate probably the identification of segregation distortion regions (SDRs) in HRS hybrid. Comparison with results regarding the segregation distortion regions obtained in previous research by other authors and results we obtained regarding the absence of recombinations between BNL3436 and BNL1153 markers mapped on c6-c25 chromosome and spanned by 64 cM on the G. hirsutum map, after several generations of selfing, arise the question of the conservation of the gene order and spacing in G. sturtianum. Results showed that three SSR markers mapped on c6-c25 linkages groups were systematically transmitted in all selected progenies of the HRS tri-specific hybrid. Furthermore, the high percentages of loci with significant segregation distortion observed in this study suppose that a genetic mechanism may exist for preferential transmission of alien chromosomes segments. High heterozygosity frequencies (+/- 80%) were observed for all conserved G. sturtianum SSR markers, after several generations of backcrossing and selfing, which indicate that the cytogenetic and genetic conditions for obtaining homozygotes at high frequency are not met. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of cis-regulatory elements controlling two differentially expressed Pit-1 genes in the duplicated genome of Cyprinus carpio
Kausel, G. M.; Castro, L. A.; Vera, T. S. et al

in FEBS Journal (2005, July), 272(Suppl. 1), 469-470

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See detailIdentification of clinical parameters predictive of one-year survival using two geriatric tools in clinically fit older patients with hematological malignancies: Major impact of cognition
Dubruille, Stéphanie; Libert, Yves; Roos, Myriam et al

in Journal of Geriatric Oncology (2015), 6(5), 362-369

Background Little is known about the reliability of G8 screening tool and the prognostic value of clinical parameters within the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in clinically fit older patients ... [more ▼]

Background Little is known about the reliability of G8 screening tool and the prognostic value of clinical parameters within the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) in clinically fit older patients with hematological malignancies. Materials and Methods This study was performed to assess the reliability of G8 as a screening tool and to determine the predictive value of CGA items in terms of 1-year overall survival (OS). G8 and CGA were proposed to 107 consecutive patients (65–89 years) with hematological malignancies assessed by their physicians as clinically fit, meaning not exhibiting geriatric syndromes and/or irreversible comorbidities significantly impairing their daily function, and thus able to receive chemotherapy. Results Out of 107 patients, 90 patients were evaluable and completed both scales; 72% and 80% were defined as “vulnerable” when evaluated with G8 (≤14.5) or CGA (≥2 impairments) respectively. The area under ROC-curve of G8 compared to CGA was 0.749 ± 0.051. Neither G8 nor CGA total scores were predictive of 1-year OS. However, age (HR = 1.105, 95% CI: 1.016–1.202; p = 0.019), diagnosis (HR = 5.208, 95% CI: 1.895–14.310; p = 0.001) and cognitive status (HR = 3.260, 95% CI: 1.043–10.194; p = 0.042) were predictive of OS. Conclusions We conclude that in our selected hematological patients: 1) the G8 score does not help selecting patients for CGA, 2) the G8 and CGA total scores do not predict OS, and 3) in addition to the age and disease itself, cognitive impairment appears to be a powerful prognostic factor. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Clostridium tyrobutyricum and related species using sugar fermentation, organic acid formation and DNA probes based on 16S rRNA sequences
Klijn, N.; Bovie, C.; Dommes, Jacques ULg et al

in Systematic and Applied Microbiology (1994), 17(2), 249-256

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See detailIdentification of coiled body-like structures in meristematic cells of Pisum sativum cotyledonary buds.
Jennane, A.; Thiry, Marc ULg; Goessens, Guy ULg

in Chromosoma (1999), 108(2), 132-42

This study focused on two types of nuclear bodies visible in plant cells that were previously thought to be similar to the coiled bodies (CBs) of animal cells: the nucleolus-associated body (NAB) and ... [more ▼]

This study focused on two types of nuclear bodies visible in plant cells that were previously thought to be similar to the coiled bodies (CBs) of animal cells: the nucleolus-associated body (NAB) and dense body (DB). We show that both NABs and DBs share common features with animal CBs: they consist of ribonucleoproteins, are silver-stainable, and lack DNA. Immunoelectron microscopy shows that only the NABs are rich in snRNAs and fibrillarin, two markers characteristic of animal CBs. This suggests that NABs rather than DBs are the plant counterparts of the CBs of animal cells. These structures appear most frequently in cells blocked in G0-1, their frequency gradually declining with resumption of the cell cycle and nucleolar activity. During this reactivation period, NABs are released from the nucleolus to the nucleoplasm, suggesting that they may act as nuclear transport or sorting structures. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of complex nonlinearities using cubic splines with automatic discretization
Dossogne, Tilàn ULg; Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Proceedings of the International Modal Analysis Conference (IMAC) XXXV (2017, January)

One of the major challenges in nonlinear system identification is the selection of appropriate mathematical functions to model the observed nonlinearities. In this context, piecewise polynomials, or ... [more ▼]

One of the major challenges in nonlinear system identification is the selection of appropriate mathematical functions to model the observed nonlinearities. In this context, piecewise polynomials, or splines, offer a simple and flexible representation basis requiring limited prior knowledge. The generally-adopted discretization for splines consists in an even distribution of their control points, termed knots. While this may prove successful for simple nonlinearities, a more advanced strategy is needed for nonlinear restoring forces with strong local variations. The present paper specifically introduces a two-step methodology to select automatically the location of the knots. It proposes to derive an initial model, using nonlinear subspace identification, and incorporating cubic spline basis functions with fixed and equally-spaced abscissas. In a second step, the location of the knots is optimized iteratively by minimizing a least-squares cost function. A single-degree-of-freedom system with a discontinuous stiffness characteristic is considered as a case study. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of COX-2 selective inhibitor
Michaux, C.; Julémont, F.; de Leval, X. et al

in Fundamental & Clinical Pharmacology (2004)

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See detailIdentification of cyclooxygenase-2 as a major actor of the transcriptomic adaptation of endothelial and tumor cells to cyclic hypoxia: effect on angiogenesis and metastases.
Daneau; Boidot; MARTINIVE, Philippe ULg et al

in Clinical Cancer Research : An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research (2010), 16(2), 410-419

Purpose: Cyclic hypoxia in tumors originates from heterogeneities in RBC flux and influences not only tumor cells but also endothelial cells lining tumor blood vessels. Whether pO2 fluctuations ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Cyclic hypoxia in tumors originates from heterogeneities in RBC flux and influences not only tumor cells but also endothelial cells lining tumor blood vessels. Whether pO2 fluctuations, particularly transient reoxygenation periods, alter the well-known hypoxia-inducible factor (HIF)–dependent gene program is largely unknown. Experimental Design: We compared the transcriptomic profiles of endothelial and tumor cells exposed to cyclic hypoxia versus continuous hypoxia to uncover a possible differential effect on angiogenesis and metastases. Results: Microarray analyses identified early genes that were selectively induced by cyclic hypoxia in endothelial cells. Among them, we focused on PTGS2 because the observed increase in mRNA expression led to a significant increase in the expression and activity of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2; the protein product of PTGS2). HIF-1α was shown to be stabilized by cyclic hypoxia (despite reoxygenation periods) and to favor COX-2 induction as validated by the use of echinomycin and HIF-1α targeting small interfering RNA. Using a specific COX-2 inhibitor and a dedicated COX-2 targeting small interfering RNA, we documented that COX-2 accounted for the higher endothelial cell survival and angiogenic potential conferred by cyclic hypoxia. Cyclic hypoxia also led to a preferential COX-2 induction in tumor cells and, contrary to continuous hypoxia, fostered a higher metastatic take of prechallenged tumor cells. Conclusions: Our study documents that PTGS2/COX-2 is part of a cyclic hypoxia gene signature and largely accounts for the unique phenotype of endothelial and tumor cells exposed to fluctuations in pO2, thereby offering new perspectives for the clustering of tumors expressing COX-2 together with other cyclic hypoxia-responsive genes. Clin Cancer Res; 16(2); 410–9 [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification Of Cystosolic Mg2+-Dependent Soluble Inorganic Pyrophosphatases In Potato And Phylogenetic Analysis
Rojas-Beltran, Ja.; Dubois, Françoise ULg; Mortiaux, F. et al

in Plant Molecular Biology (1999), 39(3),

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See detailIdentification of Cytotoxic and Antioxidant Compounds from Allium gramineum Flowers
Mskhiladze, Lasha; Chincharadze, David; Tits, Monique ULg et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Drug Research (2015), 7

The present study evaluates the in vitro anticancer, antiplasmodial and antioxidant activity of the ethanolic crude extract from the flowers of Allium gramineum growing in Georgia and of one flavonol and ... [more ▼]

The present study evaluates the in vitro anticancer, antiplasmodial and antioxidant activity of the ethanolic crude extract from the flowers of Allium gramineum growing in Georgia and of one flavonol and two steroidal glycosides which were isolated from this plant. The flowers were extracted with ethanol and this total extract was subjected to successive bioguided fractionations to provide glycosides 1-3. Their structures were elucidated on the basis of NMR and ESI-MS spectrometric data in comparison with the existing literature and have been identified as: isorhamnetin-3-O-β-D-glucopyranoside (1), diosgenin-3-O-α-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-β-D-glucopyranoside (Prosapogenin A of dioscin) (2), diosgenin-3-O-α-rhamnopyranosyl-(1→2)-[β-D-glucopyranosyl-(1→4)-]-β-D-glucopyranoside (Deltonine) (3). The ethanolic extract has been shown to strongly inhibit the growth of breast adenocarcinoma cell lines, with an IC50 of 4.5 ± 0.7μg/mL for MDAMB-231 and 4.8 ± 0.9μg/mL for MCF-7 cells. The cytotoxic activity was related to 2 and 3 which exhibited potent cytotoxicity, with an IC50 of ± 3μM. Concerning antiplasmodial activities, only weak activities were observed using the ethanolic extract and the two saponins. The flavonoid was almost inactive. Finally, the radical-scavenging activity of the ethanolic extract was tested in presence of ABTS·+ solution. A decrease of the absorbance intensity was observed, with an IC50 value of 22.1 ± 0.6μg/mLwhile trolox, used as Standard drug, showed a pronounced activity (IC50 = 12.7±0.5μM). The glycoside 1 showed the lowest IC50 value of 20.1 ± 0.8μM while both 2 and 3 exhibited very weak radical scavenging activity. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of cytotoxic factors in media conditioned by mouse B16 melanoma cells
Siwek, Brigitte; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Sabbioni, Enrico et al

in Anticancer Research (1990), 10(5B), 1390

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See detailIdentification of dangerous contingencies for large scale power system security assessment
Fonteneau-Belmudes, Florence ULg

Doctoral thesis (2012)

This thesis presents an approach for identifying a maximal number of dangerous contingencies in large scale power system security assessment problems with bounded computational resources. The method ... [more ▼]

This thesis presents an approach for identifying a maximal number of dangerous contingencies in large scale power system security assessment problems with bounded computational resources. The method developed in this work relies on the definition of an objective function associating to each contingency a real value that quantifies its severity for the security of the system, this value being greater than or equal to a given threshold only for dangerous contingencies. The value of this function for a given contingency is computed from the result of a security analysis executed on the post-contingency configuration. The framework we propose for identifying dangerous contingencies is derived from an algorithm from the optimization literature so as to find, with a given number of evaluations of the objective function, a maximal number of contingencies whose value of this function exceeds the adopted threshold. This approach performs successive samplings of the space gathering all the contingencies, and exploits the information contained in each of these samples in order to direct the subsequent sampling process towards contingencies with high values of the objective function. Our algorithm is first introduced in the case where the search space is a Euclidean space. Then we propose an extension of this approach to the more common case where the search space is discrete, thanks to a procedure allowing to embed a discrete contingency space in a Euclidean space, over which a metric is defined. The efficiency of the developed method is evaluated on several case studies: an N − 3 analysis of a benchmark test system, the IEEE 118 bus test system, and N − 1 and N − 2 studies of a real system, the Belgian transmission network. Afterwards, we consider the case where several of these iterative sampling algorithms are available. Assuming that these algorithms are executed sequentially, we propose two different strategies for selecting on-line which of them to execute at the next step in order to identify as many dangerous contingencies as possible, while still respecting the given computational budget. We finally provide an adapted version of the developed iterative sampling algorithm allowing to estimate the probability of occurrence of a dangerous contingency and the number of dangerous contingencies in a discrete search space. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of Deep sea Flora on Video Imagery
Carré, Cyril ULg

Scientific conference (2010, May)

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See detailIdentification of Different Target Glycoproteins for Bovine Herpes Virus Type 1-Specific Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes Depending on the Method of in Vitro Stimulation
Denis, M.; Slaoui, M.; Keil, G. et al

in Immunology (1993), 78(1), 7-13

Vaccinia virus recombinants expressing the three major bovine herpes virus-1 (BHV-1) glycoproteins gI, gIII and gIV were used to identify the major target antigens for BHV-1-specific CTL isolated from ... [more ▼]

Vaccinia virus recombinants expressing the three major bovine herpes virus-1 (BHV-1) glycoproteins gI, gIII and gIV were used to identify the major target antigens for BHV-1-specific CTL isolated from immune cattle. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) expanded in vitro in the presence of interleukin-2 (IL-2) and lysed both gIII- and gIV-infected target cells. Secondary in vitro stimulation of PBMC was also performed in the presence of either fixed BHV-1-infected autologous fibroblasts or ultraviolet (UV)-inactivated virus. Both methods of antigen presentation allowed the proliferation of BHV-1-specific CTL but the target glycoprotein for these CTL differed depending on the method of stimulation. Vaccinia-gIV-infected targets were lysed predominantly when PBMC were stimulated by fixed infected fibroblasts, whilst PBMC stimulated by UV-inactivated virus lysed mostly vaccinia-gIII-infected targets. This observation could be explained by a different processing pathway of BHV-1 antigens in each cell type involved. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of differential item functioning by logistic regression: application to intellectual disability data
Magis, David ULg; Facon, Bruno

Conference (2010, October 14)

The purpose of this talk is to briefly present the logistic regression procedure to identify differential itm functioning (DIF) in psychometrics, and to illustrate the method on a practical data set about ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this talk is to briefly present the logistic regression procedure to identify differential itm functioning (DIF) in psychometrics, and to illustrate the method on a practical data set about intellectual disability. DIF is an important research fi eld and many statistical methods have been developed in this framework. Logistic regression has the asset of not being based on item response models, and it can detect both uniform and nonuniform DIF. In addition, it can be applied to the comparison of more than two groups. This method is illustrated by comparing two groups of French pupils, one group of normal ability students and one group with intellectually disabled students. Raven's Colored Progressive Matrices test is assigned and DIF is investigated between the two groups. It is concluded that none of the items can be flagged as functioning differently. [less ▲]

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