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See detailNew light on the peculiar star HD108
Nazé, Yaël ULg; Barbieri, C.; Segafredo, A. et al

in Information Bulletin on Variable Stars (2006), 5693

HD 108 is a peculiar massive star of type Of?p, which present recurrent line profile variations. Archival data confirm the very long (50-60 yr) period of this star. Recent data show that the minimum state ... [more ▼]

HD 108 is a peculiar massive star of type Of?p, which present recurrent line profile variations. Archival data confirm the very long (50-60 yr) period of this star. Recent data show that the minimum state is not yet reached. [less ▲]

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See detailA new lineage of lichenized basidiomycetes inferred from a two-gene phylogeny: the Lepidostromataceae with three species from the Tropics
Ertz, Damien; Lawrey, J. D.; Sikaroodi, M. et al

in American Journal of Botany (2008), 95

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See detailNew linear lipopeptides produced by pseudomonas cichorii SF1-54 are involved in virulence, swarming motility, and biofilm formation
Pauwelyn, E.; Huang, C. J.; Ongena, Marc ULg et al

in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions [=MPMI] (2013), 26(5), 585-598

Pseudomonas cichorii is the causal agent of lettuce midrib rot, characterized by a dark-brown to green-black discoloration of the midrib. Formation of necrotic lesions by several plant-pathogenic ... [more ▼]

Pseudomonas cichorii is the causal agent of lettuce midrib rot, characterized by a dark-brown to green-black discoloration of the midrib. Formation of necrotic lesions by several plant-pathogenic pseudomonads is associated with production of phytotoxic lipopeptides, which contribute to virulence. Therefore, the ability of P. cichorii SF1-54 to produce lipopeptides was investigated. A cell-free culture filtrate of SF1-54 showed surfactant, antimicrobial, and phytotoxic activities which are typical for lipopeptides. High-performance liquid chromatography analysis of P. cichorii SF1-54 culture filtrate revealed the presence of seven compounds with lipopeptide characteristics. Two related lipopeptides, named cichofactin A and B, were studied in more detail: they are linear lipopeptides with a decanoic and dodecanoic lipid chain, respectively, connected to the N-terminus of an eight-amino-acid peptide moiety. Both cichofactins are new members of the syringafactin lipopeptide family. Furthermore, two nonribosomal peptide synthethase-encoding genes, cifA and cifB, were identified as responsible for cichofactin biosynthesis. A cifAB deletion mutant no longer produced cichofactins and was impaired in swarming motility but showed enhanced biofilm formation. Upon spray inoculation on lettuce, the cichofactindeficient mutant caused significantly less rotten midribs than the wild type, indicating that cichofactins are involved in pathogenicity of P. cichorii SF1-54. Further analysis revealed that P. cichorii isolates vary greatly in swarming motility and cichofactin production. © 2013 The American Phytopathological Society. [less ▲]

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See detailNew lithostratigraphical, sedimentological, mineralogical and palaeontological data on the Mesozoic of Belgian Lorraine: a progress report
Boulvain, Frédéric ULg; Belanger, I.; Delsate, D. et al

in Geologica Belgica (2001), 3(1-2), 3-33

A multidisciplinary study of some extensively cored boreholes together with the new 1/25.000 geological mapping of wallonia lead us to propose a new lithostratigraphic canvas for belgian lorraine. This ... [more ▼]

A multidisciplinary study of some extensively cored boreholes together with the new 1/25.000 geological mapping of wallonia lead us to propose a new lithostratigraphic canvas for belgian lorraine. This area is located on the n-e border of the paris basin, south of the ardennes; the studied stratigraphic interval covers the keuper to the toarcian. Each of the newly defined units is sedimentologicaly interpreted on the basis of macroscopic and microscopic observations. Detailed palynological and claystratigraphical analyses have been performed, providingadditional stratigraphical, palaeoecological and sedimentological data. Moreover, a first sequence stratigraphic interpretation is proposed for this highly transgressive sedimentary body. The habay formation (conglomerates and red mudstones) is a fluvial unit, with immature channel conglomerates and paleosoils; the attert formation (dolomitic marls with gypsum and pseudomorphs) exhibites an evaporitic trend. The Mortinsart formation (sands and marls) corresponds to a restricted marine unit, evolving towards an alluvial plain (levallois member). The second cycle begins with the Jamoigne Formation (bioturbated marls and limestones), a marine subtidal restricted unit, evolving towards a more sandy sedimentary body (Metzert Member). The base of the third cycle corresponds to the rest of the Luxemburg Formation, comprising a succession of sandy waves. The Ethe Formation (laminar mudstones and marls) marks a deepening of the basin and the outset of open marine dysaerobic conditions. The Aubange Formation (bioturbated marls with sandstones and limestones) is characterized by the reappearance of a normal benthic fauna. The Grandcourt Formation (laminar mudstones and marls) marks a return to open marine dysaerobic conditions. The Mont-Saint-Martin Formation (marls, sandy marls and oolitic ironstone) is a highly regressive unit, while the Longwy Formation (limestones) marks the initiation of a carbonate platform. [less ▲]

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See detailA new longirostrine ichthyosaur (Reptilia) from the Toarcian of France broadens the ecological diversity of the genus Temnodontosaurus
Martin, Jeremy; Fischer, Valentin ULg; Vincent, Peggy et al

Poster (2011, September)

The ichthyosaur genus Temnodontosaurus has always been viewed as a top predator of the Early Jurassic marine environments, while other contemporaneous ichthyosaurs such as leptonectids and stenopterygiids ... [more ▼]

The ichthyosaur genus Temnodontosaurus has always been viewed as a top predator of the Early Jurassic marine environments, while other contemporaneous ichthyosaurs such as leptonectids and stenopterygiids were occupying the lower trophic levels. We describe here an almost complete skeleton of this successful genus from the middle Toarcian (Lower Jurassic) of the Beaujolais foothills near Lyon, France, and assign it to a new species of Temnodontosaurus. This specimen exhibits cranial peculiarities such as a thin, elongated, and likely edentulous rostrum, as well as a reduced quadrate. Such morphological combination indicates dietary preferences that markedly differ from other species referred to as Temnodontosaurus. Despite a conservative postcranial skeleton, we propose that Temnodontosaurus is one of the most ecologically diverse genera of ichthyosaurs, including apex predators, small and soft prey longirostrine hunters, and generalized forms. Ammonites collected along the described specimen indicate that the new species is younger (bifrons ammonite zone) than most known Toarcian ichthyosaurs and therefore slightly postdates the severe environmental changes and marine invertebrate extinctions that occur during the Toarcian Oceanic Anoxic Event. The present study hence raises the question whether the speciation of Temnodontosaurus towards a new ecological niche, may have been a consequence of the post-crisis marine ecosystem reorganization. [less ▲]

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See detailA new look at Herrmann's formulation of incompressibility
Debongnie, Jean-François ULg

in Wellford, L.; Carter, Jr. (Eds.) Proceedings of the symposium on applications of computer methods in engineering (vol.2) (1977, August)

An exposition of Herrmann's formulation is given first, and its extension to the anisotropic case is presented following a new way. Using this method, the matrix of material coefficients can be calculated ... [more ▼]

An exposition of Herrmann's formulation is given first, and its extension to the anisotropic case is presented following a new way. Using this method, the matrix of material coefficients can be calculated in a fully automated manner. The existence of the solution is briefly discussed next. A necessary and sufficient condition is obtained which turns to be of unpratical use. Fortunately, this condition is in most practical cases equivalent to another one, which is of fairly simple use. These concepts are illustrated by an example. [less ▲]

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See detailA New Look at Ichthyosaur Long Bone Microanatomy and Histology: Implications for Their Adaptation to an Aquatic Life
Houssaye, Alexandra; Scheyer, Torsten; Kolb, Christian et al

in PLoS ONE (2014), 9(4), 95637

Background Ichthyosaurs are Mesozoic reptiles considered as active swimmers highly adapted to a fully open-marine life. They display a wide range of morphologies illustrating diverse ecological grades ... [more ▼]

Background Ichthyosaurs are Mesozoic reptiles considered as active swimmers highly adapted to a fully open-marine life. They display a wide range of morphologies illustrating diverse ecological grades. Data concerning their bone microanatomical and histological features are rather limited and suggest that ichthyosaurs display a spongious, “osteoporotic-like” bone inner structure, like extant cetaceans. However, some taxa exhibit peculiar features, suggesting that the analysis of the microanatomical and histological characteristics of various ichthyosaur long bones should match the anatomical diversity and provide information about their diverse locomotor abilities and physiology. Methodology/Principal Findings The material analyzed for this study essentially consists of mid-diaphyseal transverse sections from stylopod bones of various ichthyosaurs and of a few microtomographic (both conventional and synchrotron) data. The present contribution discusses the histological and microanatomical variation observed within ichthyosaurs and the peculiarities of some taxa (Mixosaurus, Pessopteryx). Four microanatomical types are described. If Mixosaurus sections differ from those of the other taxa analyzed, the other microanatomical types, characterized by the relative proportion of compact and loose spongiosa of periosteal and endochondral origin respectively, seem to rather especially illustrate variation along the diaphysis in taxa with similar microanatomical features. Our analysis also reveals that primary bone in all the ichthyosaur taxa sampled (to the possible exception of Mixosaurus) is spongy in origin, that cyclical growth is a common pattern among ichthyosaurs, and confirms the previous assumptions of high growth rates in ichthyosaurs. Conclusions/Significance The occurrence of two types of remodelling patterns along the diaphysis, characterized by bone mass decrease and increase respectively is described for the first time. It raises questions about the definition of the osseous microanatomical specializations bone mass increase and osteoporosis, notably based on the processes involved, and reveals the difficulty in determining the true occurrence of these osseous specializations in ichthyosaurs. [less ▲]

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See detailNew look at the (70,1-) baryon multiplet in the 1/N(c) expansion
Matagne, Nicolas; Stancu, Floarea ULg

in Nucl. Phys. (2008), A811

So far, the masses of excited states of mixed orbital symmetry and in particular those of nonstrange $[{\bf 70},1^-]$ baryons derived in the $1/N_c$ expansion were based on the separation of a system of ... [more ▼]

So far, the masses of excited states of mixed orbital symmetry and in particular those of nonstrange $[{\bf 70},1^-]$ baryons derived in the $1/N_c$ expansion were based on the separation of a system of $N_c$ quarks into a symmetric core and an excited quark. Here we avoid this separation and show that an advantage of this new approach is to substantially reduce the number of linearly independent operators entering the mass formula. A novelty is that the isospin-isospin term becomes as dominant in $\Delta$ as the spin-spin term in $N$ resonances. [less ▲]

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See detailNew look at the [70,1-] nonstrange and strange baryons in the 1/Nc expansion
Matagne, Nicolas ULg; Stancu, Floarea ULg

in AIP Conference Proceedings (2011), 1343

The masses of excited nonstrange and strange baryons belonging to the multiplet $[{\bf 70},1^-]$ are calculated in the $1/N_c$ expansion to order $1/N_c$ with a new method which allows to considerably ... [more ▼]

The masses of excited nonstrange and strange baryons belonging to the multiplet $[{\bf 70},1^-]$ are calculated in the $1/N_c$ expansion to order $1/N_c$ with a new method which allows to considerably reduce the number of linearly independent operators entering the mass formula. This study represents an extension to SU(6) of our work on nonstrange baryons, the framework of which was SU(4). [less ▲]

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See detailA new look to an old measurement.
Pierard, Luc ULg; Magne, Julien ULg

in Journal of the American College of Cardiology (2009), 54(21), 1969-70

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See detailA new low-cost and non-intrusive feet tracker
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; PHAN BA, Remy ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg et al

in Workshop on Circuits, Systems and Signal Processing (ProRISC) (2011, November)

Capturing gait is useful for many applications, including video-surveillance and medical purposes. The most common sensors used to capture gait suffer from significant drawbacks. We have therefore ... [more ▼]

Capturing gait is useful for many applications, including video-surveillance and medical purposes. The most common sensors used to capture gait suffer from significant drawbacks. We have therefore designed a new low-cost and nonintrusive system to capture gait. Our system is able to track the feet on the horizontal plane in both the stance and the swing phases by combining measures of several range laser scanners. The number of sensors can be adjusted according to the target application specifications. The first issue addressed in this work is the calibration: we have to know the precise location of the sensors in a plane, and their orientations. The second issue addressed is how to calculate feet coordinates from the distance profiles given by the sensors. Our method has proven to be robust and precise to measure gait abnormalities in various medical conditions, especially neurological diseases (with a focus on multiple sclerosis). [less ▲]

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See detailA new Lower Cretaceous ichthyosaur from Russia reveals skull shape conservatism within Ophthalmosaurinae
Fischer, Valentin ULg; Arkhangelsky, Maxim; Uspensky, Gleb et al

in Geological Magazine (2014), 151(1), 60-70

Ophthalmosaurinae is a recently recognized clade of derived ichthyosaurs (marine reptiles) ranging from the Bajocian (Middle Jurassic) to the late Albian (late Early Cretaceous). Whereas the Middle-Late ... [more ▼]

Ophthalmosaurinae is a recently recognized clade of derived ichthyosaurs (marine reptiles) ranging from the Bajocian (Middle Jurassic) to the late Albian (late Early Cretaceous). Whereas the Middle-Late Jurassic ophthalmosaurine Ophthalmosaurus is often regarded as a hyperspecialized deep diver, very little is known about the anatomy, evolutionary history, and ecology of Cretaceous ophthalmosaurines because of the scarcity of the fossils and the lack of well-preserved skull material. Here, we describe the skull of a new basal ophthalmosaurine ichthyosaur, Leninia stellans gen. et sp. nov., from the lower Aptian of western Russia, and compare the ocular characteristics of ophthalmosaurids. Leninia is recovered as a basal ophthalmosaurine; it possesses unique traits such as star-shaped frontal–parietal sutures as well as features previously thought to be unique to Ophthalmosaurus such as a supratemporal–stapes contact. A large sclerotic aperture – significantly bigger than in platypterygiine ophthalmosaurids and similar to that of the largest-eyed modern animals (giant and colossal squids) – and reduced dentition appear widespread within ophthalmosaurines. This conservatism suggests ophthalmosaurine ophthalmosaurids occupied similar ecological niche(s) throughout their long evolutionary history. [less ▲]

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See detailNew magnetic field measurements of beta Cephei stars and slowly pulsating B stars
Hubrig, Swetlana; Briquet, Maryline ULg; De Cat, P. et al

in IAU Symposium (2009, April 01)

We present the results of the continuation of our magnetic survey with FORS 1 at the VLT of a sample of B-type stars consisting of confirmed or candidate β Cephei stars and Slowly Pulsating B stars ... [more ▼]

We present the results of the continuation of our magnetic survey with FORS 1 at the VLT of a sample of B-type stars consisting of confirmed or candidate β Cephei stars and Slowly Pulsating B stars. Roughly one third of the studied β Cephei stars have detected magnetic fields. The fraction of magnetic Slowly Pulsating B and candidate Slowly Pulsating B stars is found to be higher, up to 50%. We find that the domains of magnetic and non-magnetic pulsating stars in the H-R diagram largely overlap, and no clear picture emerges as to the possible evolution of the magnetic field across the main sequence. [less ▲]

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See detailNew magnetic field measurements of beta Cephei stars and slowly pulsating B stars
Hubrig, S.; Briquet, Maryline ULg; De Cat, P. et al

in Astronomische Nachrichten (2009), 330

We present the results of the continuation of our magnetic survey with FORS 1 at the VLT of a sample of B-type stars consisting of confirmed or candidate β Cephei stars and Slowly Pulsating B (hereafter ... [more ▼]

We present the results of the continuation of our magnetic survey with FORS 1 at the VLT of a sample of B-type stars consisting of confirmed or candidate β Cephei stars and Slowly Pulsating B (hereafter SPB) stars, along with a small number of normal B-type stars. A weak mean longitudinal magnetic field of the order of a few hundred Gauss was detected in three β Cephei stars and two stars suspected to be β Cephei stars, in five SPB stars and eight stars suspected to be SPB stars. Additionally, a longitudinal magnetic field at a level larger than 3Ï has been diagnosed in two normal B-type stars, the nitrogen-rich early B-type star HD 52089 and in the B5 IV star HD 153716. Roughly one third of β Cephei stars have detected magnetic fields: Out of 13 β Cephei stars studied to date with FORS 1, four stars possess weak magnetic fields, and out of the sample of six suspected β Cephei stars two show a weak magnetic field. The fraction of magnetic SPBs and candidate SPBs is found to be higher: Roughly half of the 34 SPB stars have been found to be magnetic and among the 16 candidate SPBs eight stars possess magnetic fields. In an attempt to understand why only a fraction of pulsating stars exhibit magnetic fields, we studied the position of magnetic and non-magnetic pulsating stars in the H-R diagram. We find that their domains in the H-R diagram largely overlap, and no clear picture emerges as to the possible evolution of the magnetic field across the main sequence. It is possible that stronger fields tend to be found in stars with lower pulsating frequencies and smaller pulsating amplitudes. A somewhat similar trend is found if we consider a correlation between the field strength and the v sin i-values, i.e. stronger magnetic fields tend to be found in more slowly rotating stars. Based on observations obtained at the European Southern Observatory, Paranal, Chile (ESO programmes 078.D-0140(A), 078.D-0330(A), 079.D-0241(A), and 080.D-0383(A)). [less ▲]

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See detailNew MALDI-Mass Spectrometry Imaging Procedures to Highlight Potential Proteic And Lipidic Biomarkers in Ovarian Cancer
Mériaux, Céline; Franck, Julien; Longuespée, Rémi ULg et al

Poster (2010, September)

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See detailA new map of the lava flow field of Nyamulagira (D.R. Congo) from satellite imagery
Smets, Benoît; Wauthier, Christelle ULg; d'Oreye, N.

in Journal of African Earth Sciences (2010)

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See detailA new Mars ionosphere/airglow Model between 60 and 500 km altitude
Witasse, Oliver; Blelly, P.; Lilensten, Jean et al

in Proceedings of the Workshop “Mars Atmosphere Modelling and Observations” (2003)

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See detailNew mass spectrometry based methodology to sequence a whole snake venom
Echterbille, Julien ULg; Boulanger, Madeleine; Degueldre, Michel ULg et al

Poster (2014, February 10)

Animal venoms are complex chemical cocktails, comprising wide ranges of biologically active reticulated peptides that target with high selectivity and efficacy varieties of membrane receptors. Assuming ... [more ▼]

Animal venoms are complex chemical cocktails, comprising wide ranges of biologically active reticulated peptides that target with high selectivity and efficacy varieties of membrane receptors. Assuming the fact that each of the 170,000 venomous species reported can produce more than 250 bioactive toxins, at least 40,000,000 bioactive peptides and proteins may be discovered. Among the four described species of mambas, Eastern Jameson’s mamba (Dendroaspis jamesonii kaimosae) venom is the less characterized since only 9 peptides are referenced in database. This work aims at developing a new strategy devoted to the deep analysis of animal venoms. Our approach consists in a first separation of the venom using cation exchange chromatography. Each primary fraction is then purified a second time by classical RP-HPLC. A total of 328 fractions, containing amongst 1 and 4 toxins, are finally collected. MALDI-MS analysis of each fraction is done in order (1) to obtain information about masses and (2) to obtain sequences of toxins thanks to MALDI-In Source Decay (ISD) dissociation coupled with on MALDI target plate reduction of the peptides. ISD has already been demonstrated efficient for toxin sequencing, and especially when using 1,5-DAN as reducing matrix. ISD yields to sequences that cover more than 50% of peptide sequences by series of singly charged c-type ions. Thanks to this methodology, we were able to obtain 85% of satisfactory results i.e. spectra giving quite long tags of amino acids (up to 20 residues). As a way to validate our method, a tag coming from ISD spectrum interpretation has found a match in database for an Eastern Jameson’s mamba toxin. The global sequence has then been obtained by extrapolation on the ISD spectrum. Since ISD spectra are simpler than classical MS/MS spectra, automation of spectra interpretation, difficult with other fragmentation techniques (CID, ETD…), is implementable. In the near future, sequences obtained with this approach will be used to direct tests of biological activity through sequence homologies with already known ligands for different kinds of membrane receptors. [less ▲]

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See detailThe new Mayo clinic equation for estimating glomerular filtration rate
Delanaye, Pierre ULg; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Annals of Internal Medicine (2005), 142(8), 679-680

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See detailNew measures of the quality and of the reliability of fits applied to forward hadronic data at t = 0
Cudell, Jean-René ULg; Kang, Kyungsik; Ezhela, V. V. et al

in H.M. Fried; Gabellini, Y.; Muller, B. (Eds.) NON - PERTURBATIVE QCD (2001)

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