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See detailThe origin of unidentified interstellar absorption lines
Swings, Polydore ULg; Öhman, Y.

in Observatory (The) (1939), 62

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See detailOrigin, biodiversity, and extinction of Cretaceous ichthyosaurs
Fischer, Valentin ULg

Doctoral thesis (2013)

Ichthyosauria is a group of reptiles that colonized numerous niches in Mesozoic marine ecosystems. Their Cretaceous representatives were however regarded as undiversified, especially compared to their ... [more ▼]

Ichthyosauria is a group of reptiles that colonized numerous niches in Mesozoic marine ecosystems. Their Cretaceous representatives were however regarded as undiversified, especially compared to their Triassic and Jurassic ancestors, because only a few species are regarded as valid in the Cretaceous. Besides, most of them belong to a single genus, Platypterygius, whose taxonomy and phylogeny are problematic. Therefore, Cretaceous ichthyosaurs have been widely considered as the last members of a group on the decline, although the timing, the cause and the magnitude of their extinction phases greatly vary among authors. Yet, a great part of the Cretaceous ichthyosaur record, the Eurasian material, has been neglected from more than 100 years; theories explaining the evolution of the last ichthyosaurs therefore miss the biggest part of the picture. Notably, how ichthyosaurs diversified and went extinct during the Cretaceous is basically unknown. To tackle these topics, I assess the taxonomy of Cretaceous ichthyosaurs from Eurasia, test their phylogenetic position within a global analysis of post-Triassic ichthyosaurs, evaluate their ecological diversity and analyse their phases of radiation and extinction. Assessment of the Eurasian material led to the discovery of seven new taxa (“Iraq animal”, Acamptonectes densus, “Lenin Form”, Sveltonectes insolitus, Sveltonectes “Ebbo Form”, “Sisteron Form”, “Colossal Form”) and the re-installation of several other taxa as valid (Simbirskiasaurus birjukovi, P. bannovkensis, Cetarthrosaurus walkeri, P. hercynicus). Morphological and phylogenetic evidence suggest Platypterygius hides a very large generic diversity and should be limited to its type species P. platydactylus; however, the interrelationships of the large platypterygiine ichthyosaurs from the Aptian–Cenomanian interval are poorly constrained. Phylogenetic analyses provide robust evidence for disparate origins of Cretaceous ichthyosaurs; these animals actually belonged to three distinct clades that diverged several tens of million years before the Cretaceous. These three clades had contrasted evolutionary histories and colonized disctinct ecological niches during the Cretaceous. Survival and extinction rates demonstrate ichthyosaurs suffered no extinction event at the Jurassic–Cretaceous boundary. They were therefore highly diverse during the Cretaceous, although the sampling of some stages remains inadequate. Notably, up to eight genera were present during the late Albian, a few million years before their final extinction. This extinction appears staggered over four phases that span the entire Cenomanian stage; it also forms one of the facets of a much wider event that affected most levels of marine trophic chains during the Cenomanian. Compilation of published data and collaborations with other specialists show that the radiation of snakes, mosasaurs, and numerous lineages of modern fishes, the severe extinctions among cephalopods and rudist bivalves and the complete extinction of ichthyosaurs likely belong to the same global turnover event. The magnitude, diversity and simultaneity of the biotic responses strongly suggest that global physico-chemical factors triggered this profound reorganization of the marine ecosystems, notably the conjunction of a rather brutal onset of extremely high temperatures and sea level, intense marine volcanism and phases of worldwide ocean anoxia. [less ▲]

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See detailORIGIN: metal creation and evolution from the cosmic dawn
den Herder, Jan-Willem; Piro, Luigi; Ohashi, Takaya et al

in Experimental Astronomy (2012), 34

ORIGIN is a proposal for the M3 mission call of ESA aimed at the study of metal creation from the epoch of cosmic dawn. Using high-spectral resolution in the soft X-ray band, ORIGIN will be able to ... [more ▼]

ORIGIN is a proposal for the M3 mission call of ESA aimed at the study of metal creation from the epoch of cosmic dawn. Using high-spectral resolution in the soft X-ray band, ORIGIN will be able to identify the physical conditions of all abundant elements between C and Ni to red-shifts of z = 10, and beyond. The mission will answer questions such as: When were the first metals created? How does the cosmic metal content evolve? Where do most of the metals reside in the Universe? What is the role of metals in structure formation and evolution? To reach out to the early Universe ORIGIN will use Gamma-Ray Bursts (GRBs) to study their local environments in their host galaxies. This requires the capability to slew the satellite in less than a minute to the GRB location. By studying the chemical composition and properties of clusters of galaxies we can extend the range of exploration to lower redshifts ( z ˜0.2). For this task we need a high-resolution spectral imaging instrument with a large field of view. Using the same instrument, we can also study the so far only partially detected baryons in the Warm-Hot Intergalactic Medium (WHIM). The less dense part of the WHIM will be studied using absorption lines at low redshift in the spectra for GRBs. The ORIGIN mission includes a Transient Event Detector (coded mask with a sensitivity of 0.4 photon/cm[SUP]2[/SUP]/s in 10 s in the 5-150 keV band) to identify and localize 2000 GRBs over a five year mission, of which ˜65 GRBs have a redshift >7. The Cryogenic Imaging Spectrometer, with a spectral resolution of 2.5 eV, a field of view of 30 arcmin and large effective area below 1 keV has the sensitivity to study clusters up to a significant fraction of the virial radius and to map the denser parts of the WHIM (factor 30 higher than achievable with current instruments). The payload is complemented by a Burst InfraRed Telescope to enable onboard red-shift determination of GRBs (hence securing proper follow up of high-z bursts) and also probes the mildly ionized state of the gas. Fast repointing is achieved by a dedicated Controlled Momentum Gyro and a low background is achieved by the selected low Earth orbit. [less ▲]

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See detailOriginal 2-alkylamino-6-halogenoquinazolin-4(3H)-ones and KATP channel activity
Somers, F.; Ouedraogo, R.; Antoine, M.-H. et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2001), 44

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See detailAn original adaptation of photosynthesis in the marine green alga Ostreococcus.
Cardol, Pierre ULg; Bailleul, Benjamin; Rappaport, Fabrice et al

in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2008), 105(22), 7881-6

Adaptation of photosynthesis in marine environment has been examined in two strains of the green, picoeukaryote Ostreococcus: OTH95, a surface/high-light strain, and RCC809, a deep-sea/low-light strain ... [more ▼]

Adaptation of photosynthesis in marine environment has been examined in two strains of the green, picoeukaryote Ostreococcus: OTH95, a surface/high-light strain, and RCC809, a deep-sea/low-light strain. Differences between the two strains include changes in the light-harvesting capacity, which is lower in OTH95, and in the photoprotection capacity, which is enhanced in OTH95. Furthermore, RCC809 has a reduced maximum rate of O(2) evolution, which is limited by its decreased photosystem I (PSI) level, a possible adaptation to Fe limitation in the open oceans. This decrease is, however, accompanied by a substantial rerouting of the electron flow to establish an H(2)O-to-H(2)O cycle, involving PSII and a potential plastid plastoquinol terminal oxidase. This pathway bypasses electron transfer through the cytochrome b(6)f complex and allows the pumping of "extra" protons into the thylakoid lumen. By promoting the generation of a large DeltapH, it facilitates ATP synthesis and nonphotochemical quenching when RCC809 cells are exposed to excess excitation energy. We propose that the diversion of electrons to oxygen downstream of PSII, but before PSI, reflects a common and compulsory strategy in marine phytoplankton to bypass the constraints imposed by light and/or nutrient limitation and allow successful colonization of the open-ocean marine environment. [less ▲]

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See detailOriginal cromakalim analogues as KATP channel openers
Florence, Xavier ULg; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

in Metabolic and Functional Research on Diabetes (2009), 2

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See detailOriginal cromakalim analogues as KATP channel openers
Florence, X.; De Tullio, Pascal ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

Conference (2009, June)

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See detailOriginal findings associated with two cases of bovine papular stomatitis
Dal Pozzo, Fabiana ULg; Martinelle, Ludovic ULg; Gallina, L. et al

in Journal of Clinical Microbiology (2011), 49(12), 4397-4400

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See detailAn Original integration scheme. Application to a simple shear test of anisotropic material
de Montleau, P.; Habraken, Anne ULg

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2000)

Finite element simulations involving large deformations and large displacements imply the setting up of a precise kinematic for the integration scheme. Moreover, anisotropic mechanical behaviors have to ... [more ▼]

Finite element simulations involving large deformations and large displacements imply the setting up of a precise kinematic for the integration scheme. Moreover, anisotropic mechanical behaviors have to be expressed in an appropriate local reference frame. In the present paper, a computational procedure is derived from a particular velocity gradient de¯nition. The implementation in the ¯nite element code Lagamine developed in the M&S department is described. An application to a simple shear test is proposed. A sinusoidal behavior of the shear component stress is emphasized. It is due to the anisotropic yield locus and appears in the case of a saturated isotropic hardening law. [less ▲]

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See detailOriginal lithotomy positioning for transperineal extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy for distal ureteric calculi with Tripter X1.
Andrianne, Robert ULg; Vandeberg, Colette ULg; Bonnet, Pierre ULg et al

in European Urology (1992), 22(2), 134-6

Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) has been initially designed for stones located in the kidney and the upper ureter. Our lithotripter is no exception. Its components (the table and the ... [more ▼]

Extracorporeal shockwave lithotripsy (ESWL) has been initially designed for stones located in the kidney and the upper ureter. Our lithotripter is no exception. Its components (the table and the orientation of the semi-ellipsoid reflector) are adapted for the treatment of kidney or lumbar ureter stones. However, the elements forming the unit of treatment (the table, the C-arm and the Tripter) can be modified in such a way that focalization of stones of the lower ureter becomes possible through a perineal exposure. The aim is to avoid the pelvic bone shield while a good focalization of the stone is realized. From June 1989 to March 1991, 35 patients were treated for distal ureteric stones by ESWL in this original positioning. [less ▲]

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See detailAn original methodology to study the synovial tissue in OA patient
Lambert, Cécile ULg; Dubuc, Jean-Emile; Henrotin, Yves ULg

Poster (2012, April 19)

Purpose: Synovial membrane plays a key role in osteoarthritis (OA) pathophysiology, contributing to both patient symptoms and disease progression. Using an original methodology comparing normal/reactive ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Synovial membrane plays a key role in osteoarthritis (OA) pathophysiology, contributing to both patient symptoms and disease progression. Using an original methodology comparing normal/reactive (N/R) and inflammatory (I) synovial membrane areas from the same OA patient, we investigated the crosstalk between inflammation and angiogenesis. We also analyzed the gene expression pattern of synovial cells from these different areas and identified differentially regulated pathways. Methods: Synovial cells (SC) were isolated from OA synovial specimens obtained from patients undergoing knee replacement. The inflammatory status of the synovial membrane was characterized by the surgeon according the macroscopic criteria including the synovial vascularization, the villi formation and the hypertrophic aspect of the tissue. At the surgery time, the synovial membrane was dissected and the biopsies from N/R and I areas cultured separately for a period of 7 days. Inflammatory and angiogenic mediators were evaluated in the culture supernatant by immunoassays (ELISA) or visualized by immunohistochemistry. Gene expression profiling between N/R and I areas was performed using Illumina’s multi-sample format human HT-12 BeadChip (Illumina Inc.). Results: Immunohistochemistry showed an increase of lymphocyte infiltration, vascular density and VEGF expression in I compared N/R synovial biopsies. Synovial cells from I areas produced more IL-6, IL-8 and VEGF but less TSP-1 than cells isolated from N/R synovial biopsies. By microarray analysis, 896 differentially expressed genes between N/R and I zones were identified. Among them, 576 genes were upregulated (I/NR > 1.5) and 320 downregulated (I/NR  0.75). A significant number of the top ranking differentially expressed genes were identified as inflammatory, cartilage metabolism, Wnt or angiogenic pathways. Conclusion: In this study, we have demonstrated the pro-inflammatory and pro-angiogeneic status of I area of the OA synovial membrane. Using a unique culture system, this study is the first to identify different expression pattern between two areas of the synovial membrane in the same OA patient. This original methodology could be further used to go deeper into the knowledge of the role of synovial membrane in OA. Possibilities for valorization: This analysis provided interesting information regarding new potent intermediates that could be potential new targets for the diagnosis or treatment of OA. [less ▲]

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See detailAn original physically based hydrological approach for extreme flood computations on digitalized watersheds
Pirotton, Michel ULg; Dubois, Jérôme; Schleiss, Anton

in Envirosoft 2000 (2000)

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See detailOriginal real-time observations of aeolian vibrations on power-line conductors
Godard, Bertrand; Guérard, Suzanne ULg; Lilien, Jean-Louis ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2011), 26(4), 2111-2117

Aeolian vibrations of power lines are induced by Von Karman vortex shedding. Vortex shedding is characterized by vibration frequencies in the approximate range of 3-100 Hz (sometimes higher) and by ... [more ▼]

Aeolian vibrations of power lines are induced by Von Karman vortex shedding. Vortex shedding is characterized by vibration frequencies in the approximate range of 3-100 Hz (sometimes higher) and by amplitudes that can reach conductor diameter for the lower range of frequencies, under very slow to medium wind speed (0.5 m/s to about 7 m/s). Conductor vibration causes localized bending, which may cause fatigue failure of the conductor strands. The amplitude of vibration very much depends on conductor self damping, which may be very low. The purpose of this paper to show measurements of these vibrations carried out by a new experimental device (developed by the authors), which is able to perform continuous measurements in the full range of frequencies and amplitudes. A statistical overview of measurements is presented and Lifetime is estimated. [less ▲]

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See detailAn original surface treatment of copper alloy in ancient Roman Empire: chemical patination on a Roman strigil
Mathis, François ULg; Descamps, Sophie; Robcis, Dominique et al

in Surface Engineering (2005), 21(5-6), 346-351

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See detailThe original versus a modified inside-out transobturator procedure: 1-year results of a prospective randomized trial.
De Leval, Jean ULg; Thomas, Alexandre ULg; Waltregny, David ULg

in International Urogynecology Journal & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (2011), 22(2), 145-156

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study is to compare a modified inside-out transobturator procedure with its original counterpart [inside-out transobturator (TVT-O)] for the treatment of ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of this study is to compare a modified inside-out transobturator procedure with its original counterpart [inside-out transobturator (TVT-O)] for the treatment of female stress urinary incontinence (SUI). METHODS: A prospective, randomized trial in women suffering from SUI was used. The modified procedure consisted of a shorter tape whilst the scissors or guide no longer perforated the obturator membrane. The primary outcome was the resolution of subjective and objective SUI at 1 year. Secondary outcome measures included adverse events, quality of life measures, and groin pain. RESULTS: One hundred seventy-five patients were randomized. No intraoperative complications were recorded. The SUI cure rate was 91.7% versus 90.7% (original versus modified, respectively; p = 0.824). Incidence and intensity of groin pain was higher in the original TVT-O group on day 0 and 1 (p < 0.05), requiring more analgesics (p = 0.015) but not thereafter. CONCLUSIONS: At 1 year follow-up, the modified inside-out transobturator tape procedure was as efficient and safe as the original technique but associated with less immediate postoperative groin pain. [less ▲]

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See detailL’« originalité » perceptive d’un sujet pervers au test de Rorschach
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

in Evolution Psychiatrique (2014), 79(3), 429-441

The author starts with a discussion about two notions appearing into the Rorschach test: the perception and the apperception. By this way, it is suggest ways for a phenomenological study of the Rorschach ... [more ▼]

The author starts with a discussion about two notions appearing into the Rorschach test: the perception and the apperception. By this way, it is suggest ways for a phenomenological study of the Rorschach test. These proposals are consistent with those of the Comprehensive System (Proposed by John E. Exner). Then the author proposes a protocol analyzing of a patient with a perverse psychological functioning. In one hand, the result obtained by the Form Quality (FQ) is detailed in particular regarding to the status of unusual perceptions. According to the Comprehensive System proposed by J.E. Exner, a significant proportion of responses "u" (46% for this protocol) indicates that the person is not influenced by any social request or any expectation and some of his behaviors could ignore or avoid any question about social convention. From an other point of view, when analyzing these data, an adaptive dimension for these unusual perceptions is identified. The pervert perceives the stimuli that "really exists" according to him not everyone can perceive it. This advantage allows a better adaptation to the environment and the ability to change this environment. The manipulation (a particular skill that is most of the time attributed to the perverse person) is probably a consequence of having an original perception of reality. It is also discussed the interpretation of the "anatomical content" in connection with this adaptive hypothesis. In addition, the author also discusses a particular answer of the protocol: the answer "shoes" that presents a specific perceptual characteristic. [less ▲]

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See detailOriginalités de la vascularisation cérébrale
RABISCHONG, Pierre; Martin, Didier ULg

Conference (2014, October 22)

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