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See detail“How are you Vulnerable?”: Using Participation for Vulnerability Analysis in Emergency Planning
Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Turcanu, Catrinel; Fallon, Catherine ULg et al

in Journal of Risk Research (in press)

Scientists in many fields of research have developed models, theories and concepts attempting to grasp and manage dangers that are often difficult to imagine. Among the different perspectives, the Science ... [more ▼]

Scientists in many fields of research have developed models, theories and concepts attempting to grasp and manage dangers that are often difficult to imagine. Among the different perspectives, the Science and Technology Studies (STS) Vulnerability Approach seems very promising. Relying on a constructivist paradigm, it is based on an inductive collection and analysis of a wide range of factors, with a particular focus on cultural factors and actual day-to-day practices. In this paper, we present the roots of this approach and we display findings based on three case studies exploring emergency planning in three different contexts (a city near a SEVESO plant, a school near a nuclear plant, and a city confronted to multiple catastrophic scenarios). The cases studies were realized by conducting three Focus Groups with different types of stakeholders (citizens, teachers, firemen, decision makers, etc.). After presenting the results of the case studies, we discuss how stakeholders’ participation can inform such type of vulnerability analysis in the context of emergency planning. We argue that participation fosters a deep understanding of actual safety governance practices which allows innovative results to emerge as well as it initiates a learning process among the participants. It contributes to questioning the relations between decision-makers, experts and citizens. It has the potential of bypassing the positivist and quantitative rationale of safety, and thus, of redefining the vulnerability governance. As a conclusion, we question the role of such STS vulnerability approach within the actual vulnerability governance. [less ▲]

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See detailNécrologie d'Emmanuel Closset
George, Philippe ULg

in Bulletin de l'Institut Archéologique Liégeois (in press)

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See detailOn the equality between two diametral dimensions
Bastin, Françoise ULg; Demeulenaere, Loïc ULg

in Functiones et Approximatio (in press)

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See detailThe persea tree from Alexander to Late Antiquity: A contribution to the cultural and social history of Greco-Roman Egypt
Caneva, Stefano ULg

in Ancient Society (in press), 45

Although a great number of studies has already been devoted to the topic of sacred trees in Greco-Roman Egypt, this paper aims at offering a new contribution to this debate by shifting the focus of ... [more ▼]

Although a great number of studies has already been devoted to the topic of sacred trees in Greco-Roman Egypt, this paper aims at offering a new contribution to this debate by shifting the focus of research from the hitherto dominant interest in ancient and modern botanical classifications to the study of the socio-cultural contexts (and their diachronic changes) in which sacred trees were used in Hellenistic and Roman Egypt. The analysis focuses on the case study of the tree called περσ(ε)ία / persea in Greek and Latin sources. After drawing attention to the non-complete overlap between the denomination adopted by Greek and Latin authors for this Egyptian sacred plant and its “emic” Hieroglyphic / Demotic correspondents, ἰšd and šw3b, the focus will be on patterns of continuity, innovation and re-contextualization of Egyptian religious traditions in Ptolemaic and Roman Egypt and on the social actors and contexts that were involved in the use and protection of sacred plants. When approached from this perspective, the evidence on persea provides a fruitful dossier to investigate some aspects of the dialectic between continuity and transformation in cultural traditions, with particular regard to cases where traditions were adapted beyond cultural and ethnic limits. Moreover, the persea dossier enables us to discuss ancient contexts in which, for religious reasons, nature was seen as worth of being protected and preserved against the risk of extinction. This will allow us to raise some preliminary questions concerning the limits of applicability of modern environmental thinking to ancient cultures, in contexts in which the preservation of vegetal species was seen as an important value for the identity of a community, thus requiring individual and institutional commitment. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of vitamin D status - a changing landscape.
Herrmann, Markus; Farrell, Christopher-John L.; Pusceddu, Irene et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (in press)

In recent years it has been shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased incidence as well as the progression of a broad range of diseases including osteoporosis, rickets ... [more ▼]

In recent years it has been shown that vitamin D deficiency is associated with an increased incidence as well as the progression of a broad range of diseases including osteoporosis, rickets, cardiovascular disease, autoimmune disease, multiple sclerosis and cancer. Consequently, requests for the assessment of vitamin D status have increased dramatically. Despite significant progress in the analysis of vitamin D metabolites and an expansion of our pathophysiological knowledge of vitamin D, the assessment of vitamin D status remains a challenging and partially unresolved issue. Current guidelines from scientific bodies recommend the measurement of 25-hydroxy vitamin D (25-OHD) in blood as the preferred test. However, growing evidence indicates significant limitations of this test, including analytical aspects and interpretation of results. In addition, the relationships between 25-OHD and various clinical indices, such as bone mineral density and fracture risk, are rather weak and not consistent across races. Recent studies have systematically investigated new markers of vitamin D status including the vitamin D metabolite ratio (VMR) (ratio between 25-OHD and 24,25-dihydroxy vitamin D), bioavailable 25-OHD [25-OHD not bound to vitamin D binding protein (DBP)], and free 25-OHD [circulating 25-OHD bound to neither DBP nor albumin (ALB)]. These parameters may potentially change how we will assess vitamin D status in the future. Although these new biomarkers have expanded our knowledge about vitamin D metabolism, a range of unresolved issues regarding their measurement and the interpretation of results prevent their use in daily practice. It can be expected that some of these issues will be overcome in the near future so that they may be considered for routine use (at least in specialized centers). In addition, genetic studies have revealed several polymorphisms in key proteins of vitamin D metabolism that affect the circulating concentrations of vitamin D metabolites. The affected proteins include DBP, 7-dehydrocholesterol synthase and the vitamin D receptor (VDR). Here we aim to review existing knowledge regarding the biochemistry, physiology and measurement of vitamin D. We will also provide an overview of current and emerging biomarkers for the assessment of vitamin D status, with particular attention methodological aspects and their usefulness in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailKilling it Softly: Girdling as an Efficient Eco-friendly Method to Locally Remove the Invasive Acer negundo
Merceron, Nastasia ULg

in Ecological Restoration (in press)

Acer negundo (boxelder maple) is a North American native tree species that currently invades riparian and disturbed areas in Europe, affecting both bank stability and ecosystem biodiversity. As a response ... [more ▼]

Acer negundo (boxelder maple) is a North American native tree species that currently invades riparian and disturbed areas in Europe, affecting both bank stability and ecosystem biodiversity. As a response to managers’ requests, we aimed at finding an eco-friendly method which would locally remove this species and help habitat restoration. Four control methods were tested on A. negundo adults and saplings from stands located in three experimental sites along different watercourses in Southwestern France: girdling, low cutting, high cutting, and cutting followed by the application of juglone (a natural allelopathic substance from walnut tree leaves). Mortality and resprout production on the treated A. negundo individuals were assessed during two years following the application of the control methods. Girdling was the most efficient method as it significantly induced higher mortality rates compared to the others (65 vs 15% of dead A. negundo two years after treatment administration). When healing emerged on trunks, yearly repeated girdling was required to reach full success. None of the control methods significantly reduced resprout production; not even the application of juglone. Girdling is the most recommended method to kill and remove A. negundo at a local scale in invaded natural habitats. Considering that A. negundo benefits from increases in light availability to outcompete native species, we further recommend removing seedlings from understories when applying girdling on adult and sapling individuals in order to optimize restoration conditions in natural stands and improve native species re-establishment. [less ▲]

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See detailHealth relevance of intestinal protein fermentation in young pigs
Pieper, Robert; Villodre Tudela, Carmen; Taciak, Marcin et al

in Animal Health Research Reviews (in press)

The physiological role of the gastrointestinal microbiota has become an important subject of nutrition research in pigs in the past years, and the importance of intestinal microbial activity in the ... [more ▼]

The physiological role of the gastrointestinal microbiota has become an important subject of nutrition research in pigs in the past years, and the importance of intestinal microbial activity in the etiology of disease is doubtless. This review summarizes the recent knowledge related to the microbial ecology of protein fermentation and the appearance of protein-derived metabolites along the pig intestine. The amount of fermentable protein depends on factors such as dietary protein concentration, protein digestibility due to secondary or tertiary structure, the interaction with dietary compounds or anti-nutritional factors, and the secretion of endogenous proteins into the gut lumen. High protein diets increase the luminal concentrations and epithelial exposure to putatively toxic metabolites and increase the risk for post-weaning diarrhea, but the mechanisms are not yet clarified. Although the use of fermentable carbohydrates to reduce harmful protein-derived metabolites in pigs is well-established, recent studies suggest that the inclusion of fermentable carbohydrates into diets with low protein digestibility or high dietary protein level may not ameliorate all negative effects with regard to epithelial response. Based on the current knowledge, the use of diets with low levels of high-quality protein may help to reduce the risk for intestinal disease in young pigs. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenology of farmed seaweed Kappaphycus alvarezii infestation by the parasitic epiphyte Polysiphonia sp. in Madagascar
Tsiresy, Gaëtan; Preux, Jérémy; Lavitra, Thierry et al

in Journal of Applied Phycology (in press)

epiphytic filamentous algae (EFA) disease has appeared in many regions of Madagascar. This infestation has dramatic consequences for local farmers as it alters drastically farmed algal growth and has ... [more ▼]

epiphytic filamentous algae (EFA) disease has appeared in many regions of Madagascar. This infestation has dramatic consequences for local farmers as it alters drastically farmed algal growth and has caused farming activity to collapse in many places. The present study characterizes the structure and ultrastructure of the stages observed in the life cycle of Polysiphonia sp. and gives the results of a monitoring of 18 months made in three Kappaphycus alvarezii farming sites in the southwest of Madagascar. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM) was used to analyze the ultrastructure of the cortex in infested K. alvarezii. Five stages have been observed in the life cycle of Polysiphonia sp.: the infesting stage that is a small dark spot observed at the surface of K. alvarezii, the male gametophyte, the female gametophyte, the tetrasporocysts, and the undifferentiated stage where individuals show normal thalli without sexual differentiation. EFA infestation was never recorded in Sarodrano, but often in the two other monitored villages (Lambohara, Tampolove). Prevalence of infestation varied from 40 to 100 % and the rates of infestation from 42 to 78 epiphytes cm−2. Prevalence of infestation showed significant seasonal variation and a between-sites variation; the rates of infestation were not significantly different between sites and did not vary with the period. The ways of infestation between K. alvarezii individuals in an infested field and from infested to healthy fields are discussed at the light of the present results. [less ▲]

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See detailLes voyages du goût, entre localité et exotisme.
Mescoli, Elsa ULg

in Anthropology of Food (in press)

« Savourer la nourriture et respirer la culture marocaine deviennent une expérience et une émotion unique, à découvrir et à vivre grâce à la combinaison d’arômes, goûts, couleurs, formes et musiques ». Au ... [more ▼]

« Savourer la nourriture et respirer la culture marocaine deviennent une expérience et une émotion unique, à découvrir et à vivre grâce à la combinaison d’arômes, goûts, couleurs, formes et musiques ». Au travers de ce slogan, un renommé restaurant d’inspiration marocaine de la ville de Milan en Italie, invitait ses clients à voyager au travers de leur sensorialité dans une culture alimentaire (et par synecdoque, une culture tout court) autre. Le goût les aurait amenés à expérimenter un exotisme, qui était néanmoins contrôlé, car certaines conditions imposées par les normes locales faisaient en sorte que le déplacement vécu ne fût pas excessivement déstabilisant. Le résultat de ces négociations consistait d’un menu qui accostait les gastronomies marocaine et italienne (ou les procédures de l’une et de l’autre) dans certains plats décrits comme « fusion », qui satisfaisaient (ou non) les exigences des clients. Dans cet article, je vise à mettre en évidence les mécanismes de production discursive et matérielle de ces plats, ainsi comme les opinions des consommateurs. Pour ce faire, j’analyserai le matériel ethnographique collecté auprès du local en question en le comparant avec les pratiques observés dans d’autres restaurants milanais. En ce qui concerne les effets obtenus, j’appuierait mon analyse sur une plateforme de médias sociaux consacrée aux recensions d’endroits et locaux touristiques. La culture alimentaire sera étudiée dans ses aspects symboliques mais aussi matériels, en faisant également recours au matériel visuel récolté. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of architectural representations on conveying design intent.
Cunin, Maxime; Yang, Maria C.; Elsen, Catherine ULg

in AI EDAM: Artificial Intelligence for Engineering Design Analysis and Manufacturing (in press)

Architects express themselves graphically in order to communicate ideas both to clients and to themselves. In practice, they rely on a variety of representations such as free-hand drawings, 3D computer ... [more ▼]

Architects express themselves graphically in order to communicate ideas both to clients and to themselves. In practice, they rely on a variety of representations such as free-hand drawings, 3D computer rendered images, and photomontages to convey their design intent. Research to date has demonstrated differences and commonalities in the ways in which expert designers and laymen perceive visual understanding. It is still unclear how architects themselves use different types of representations to express different intentions, and how accurately their expected audience perceives those intentions. The purpose of this research is to investigate how laymen interpret the initial design intent of an architect’s design, and what role different forms of representations play in this process of understanding a design. This paper describes a five-step process for developing a survey that was used to gather data from 686 laymen respondents. It was found that certain types of simpler representations presented in specific contexts are unexpectedly found to be a more efficient way to faithfully transmit an architectural intent. [less ▲]

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See detailIgnorance et maîtrise de la bête. Lefort critique de l'éducation "humaniste".
Mancuso, Eva ULg

in MethIS : Méthodes et Interdisciplinarité en Sciences Humaines (in press)

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See detailMicrobiological zoonotic emerging risks, transmitted between livestock animals and humans (2007-2015)
Filippitzi, ME; Goumperis, T; Robinson, T et al

in Transboundary and emerging diseases (in press)

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See detailMaqriziana XIV: Al-Maqrīzī’s Last Opus (Al-Ḫabar ʿan al-Bašar) and Its Significance for the History of Islam
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society (in press)

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See detailMirror-drawing skill in children with Specific Language Impairment: Improving generalization by incorporating variability in the practice session
Desmottes, Lise ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

in Child Neuropsychology : A Journal on Normal & Abnormal Development in Childhood & Adolescence (in press)

This study aimed to investigate the procedural deficit hypothesis (PDH) in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) by using a mirror-drawing task, a sensorimotor adaptation paradigm that does not ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to investigate the procedural deficit hypothesis (PDH) in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI) by using a mirror-drawing task, a sensorimotor adaptation paradigm that does not involve sequence learning and has never before been used in SLI. Thirty school-aged children with SLI matched to 30 control children had to trace several figures seen only in mirror-reversed view in two learning sessions separated by a one-week delay. Two practice conditions were compared: a constant condition in which children had to trace the same figure throughout the learning trials, and a variable one in which they had to trace different figures in each trial. Results revealed a similar learning pattern between SLI and TD children in both practice conditions, suggesting that initial learning for a nonsequential procedural task is preserved in SLI. However, children with SLI generalized the mirror-drawing skill in the same way as control children only if there was variability in the way the material was trained (variable practice). No significant schedule effects were observed in the control group. [less ▲]

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See detailLe phénotype d’Akhenaton ; revue critique entre canons artistiques et expression pathologique.
JEDIDI, Zayd ULg; JEDIDI, Haroun ULg; LAVEAUX, Elisabeth ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (in press)

Of all the royal families of ancient or modern fame, few are as iconic as the eighteenth dynasty of pharaohs of the New Kingdom of Egypt, whose opulence and deeds we are still familiar to nearly 3,500 ... [more ▼]

Of all the royal families of ancient or modern fame, few are as iconic as the eighteenth dynasty of pharaohs of the New Kingdom of Egypt, whose opulence and deeds we are still familiar to nearly 3,500 years after their time. Tenth pharaoh of this dynasty and father of Tutankhamun, Akhenaten (Amenhotep/Amenhotep IV) still fascinates Egyptologists and history lovers through the many questions surrounding his atypical rule. One of the most striking aspects of the so-called Amarna period concerns the representations of the pharaoh himself, very confusing compared to the traditional iconography of the New Kingdom. These intriguing portraits of Pharaoh raised a whole lot of medical assumptions, more or less substantiated. We review here the main theories developed throughout history. [less ▲]

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See detailStructure and floristic composition of Kibira rainforest, Burundi
Hakizimana, Dismas; Huynen, Marie-Claude ULg; Hambuckers, Alain ULg

in Tropical Ecology (in press), 59(1),

This paper gives the results of the first census of trees in the 32.15 ha plot in order to provide tree species richness in Kibira rainforest (Burundi). All trees ≥ 10 cm dbh were permanently tagged and ... [more ▼]

This paper gives the results of the first census of trees in the 32.15 ha plot in order to provide tree species richness in Kibira rainforest (Burundi). All trees ≥ 10 cm dbh were permanently tagged and their girth measured. The forest structure pattern analysed were diameter at breast height (dbh), basal area, relative dominance, and relative density, Importance Value Index (IVI) and Family Importance Value (FIV). In total, 6504 trees representing 70 species, 67 genera and 37 families were recorded. Tree density was 202 stems/ha, with a basal area of 21.05m²/ha. Seventeen families were represented by a single species each, eleven families were represented by two species each, five families were represented by three species each, and four families were represented by four species each. The most important families in relation to FIV were Euphorbiaceae, Myrtaceae and Araliaceae. Macaranga kilimandscharica, Syzygium guineense and Polyscias fulva were the most important species in relation to IVI. Two tree species were found to be endemic to the Albertine Rift and one species probably endemic to the Albertine Rift. The Shannon-Weiner index (H') and eveness index (J') were respectively 3.18 and 0.75. This study provides a baseline for the management of Kibira National Park. As local communities still depend on forest resources, conservation awareness-raising and education actions have to focus in nearby villages, and growing some fast-growing native trees in the vicinity of the settlement, would be helpful for local communities, this would reduce their dependence on forest resources. [less ▲]

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See detailThe terrestrialization process: A palaeobotanical and palynological perspective (2).
Meyer-Berthaud, Brigitte; Servais, Thomas; Vecoli, Marco et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (in press)

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See detailThe Childhood Executive Function Inventory (CHEXI): Confirmatory Factor Analyses and Cross-Cultural Clinical Validity in a Sample of 8- to 11-Year-Old Children
Catale, Corinne ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg; Thorell, Lisa B.

in Journal of Attention Disorders (in press)

The Childhood Executive Functioning Inventory (CHEXI) is a new rating instrument for executive functioning developed by Thorell and Nyberg (2008). Through exploratory factor analyses, this inventory has ... [more ▼]

The Childhood Executive Functioning Inventory (CHEXI) is a new rating instrument for executive functioning developed by Thorell and Nyberg (2008). Through exploratory factor analyses, this inventory has been shown to tap into working memory and inhibition-related behaviors in young children. In this study, we present the psychometric characteristics of the French adaptation of the CHEXI in 8- to 11-year-old children. In addition, we explore the cross-cultural validity of the CHEXI in discriminating between children with ADHD and normally developing children in two culturally different samples (Belgian and Swedish). Confirmatory factor analyses replicated the two-factor solution, referred to as inhibition and working memory, that was identified in the original study with Swedish children. Supplementary analyses indicated that both subscales have good psychometric properties. From a clinical point of view, the CHEXI was found to discriminate, with high sensitivity and specificity, between children with ADHD and normally developing controls in both cultural samples. Cross-cultural clinical implications are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailRNA-seq-based genome reannotation of dermatophyte Arthroderma benhamiae, characterization of its secretome and whole gene expression profile during infection
Tran, T; De Coi, N; Feuermann, M et al

in Genome Announcements (in press)

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See detailNégocier une majorité politique et devenir bourgmestre en Belgique. Quelles influences des droits régionaux ?
Grandjean, Geoffrey ULg

in Revue Régionale de Droit (in press)

Depuis 2001, les Régions sont compétentes en matière d’organisation et d’élection des pouvoirs locaux. Elles ont adopté des règles différentes. Dans quelle mesure ces règles influencent-elles la ... [more ▼]

Depuis 2001, les Régions sont compétentes en matière d’organisation et d’élection des pouvoirs locaux. Elles ont adopté des règles différentes. Dans quelle mesure ces règles influencent-elles la négociation d’une majorité politique et la désignation des bourgmestres en Belgique ? Afin de répondre à cette question, des entretiens semi-directifs ont été réalisés avec plusieurs bourgmestres et échevin issus de communes localisées dans les trois Régions. Des différences entre Régions mais également au sein de celles-ci ont été relevées. Les dispositions relatives au mode de désignation du bourgmestre sont primordiales pour comprendre les dynamiques de négociations politiques. Au final, cet article tisse les liens entre les normes juridiques et les jeux des acteurs politiques. [less ▲]

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See detailTransnational Ageing and the ‘Zero Generation’: The Role of Moroccan Migrants’ Parents in Care Circulation
Zickgraf, Caroline ULg

in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (in press)

This article emphasizes the impacts of international migration on ageing processes and norms within transnational families, and, specifically, analyses the roles of the zero generation, defined as the ... [more ▼]

This article emphasizes the impacts of international migration on ageing processes and norms within transnational families, and, specifically, analyses the roles of the zero generation, defined as the parents of first-generation migrants (Nedelcu 2009), both as non-migrant counterparts to their children abroad and as ageing migrants themselves. Transnational caregiving research has demonstrated that for many migrants and their families care arrangements must be negotiated across national borders, yet the agency of transnational older adults has been largely neglected. Based on qualitative fieldwork conducted from 2011 to 2013 in Liège, Belgium and Oujda, Morocco, the present article examines the circulation of care between Moroccan adult migrants and their ageing ascendants. This article exposes the duality of migrants’ ascendants as care givers and recipients, asserting firstly, that receiving care is not synonymous with passivity, and that, secondly, migrants’ ascendants are also the initiators of transnational practices. In both roles, this article underlines mobility as a strategy used by migrants’ parents to maintain family solidarity across national borders, but that this care mobility is limited by macro-level migration policies, here exemplified by the Belgian migration regime. [less ▲]

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See detailGPCRs in immunity: atypical receptors and novel concepts
Hanson, Julien ULg; Chevigné, Andy

in Biochemical Pharmacology (in press)

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See detailLe point sur l’évaluation de la force des muscles respiratoires
Kellens, Isabelle ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (in press)

The strength of respiratory muscles is crucial for quality of life, especially for patients with lung or neurological disorders. Several methods can be used to assess them: i.e direct or indirect ... [more ▼]

The strength of respiratory muscles is crucial for quality of life, especially for patients with lung or neurological disorders. Several methods can be used to assess them: i.e direct or indirect, voluntary or involuntary. The conventional spirometry method assesses indirectly the respiratory function by measuring maximum inspiratory and expiratory pressure, which reflects the coordination of all respiratory muscles. Techniques of magnetic and electrical stimulation can detect a specific muscle dysfunction, independently of the patient's motivation, however they are invasive methods as measurements are made in the esophagus and stomach. The voluntary techniques are generally non-invasive and require patient's cooperation. Measures of respiratory muscle strength, coupled to a conventional spirometry, can predict the development of ventilatory support in patients at risk, and may be useful during weaning from mechanical ventilation in intensive care units. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalgesic Efficacy and Safety of Curcuminoids in Clinical Practice: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials
Sahebkar, A; Henrotin, Yves ULg

in Pain Medicine : The Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine (in press)

Background. Curcuminoids are natural products with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. There have been a number of reports on the analgesic effects of curcuminoids in clinical trials, yet ... [more ▼]

Background. Curcuminoids are natural products with potent anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. There have been a number of reports on the analgesic effects of curcuminoids in clinical trials, yet data have not been fully conclusive. Objectives. To provide the highest level of evidence on the efficacy of curcuminoids in patients with painful conditions through meta-analysis of data from randomized controlled trials (RCTs). Methods. A systematic review and meta-analysis was conducted using data reported by RCTs. The primary efficacy measure was pain intensity or algofunctional status. Treatment effect was summarized with standardized mean difference (SMD) calculated from differences in means of pain measures between treatment and control groups using a random-effects model. Results. A total of eight RCTs met our inclusion criteria that included 606 randomized patients. Curcuminoids were found to significantly reduce pain (SMD: −0.57, 95% CI: −1.11 to −0.03, P = 0.04). This pain-relieving effect was found to be independent of administered dose and duration of treatment with curcuminoids, and was free from publication bias. Curcuminoids were safe and well tolerated in all evaluated RCTs. Conclusion. Curcuminoids supplements may be a safe and effective strategy to improve pain severity, by warranting further rigorously conducted studies to define the long-term efficacy and safety. [less ▲]

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See detailOrder short-term memory capacity predicts nonword reading and spelling in first and second grade
Binamé, Florence ULg; Poncelet, Martine ULg

in Reading and Writing An Interdisciplinary Journal (in press)

Recent theories of short-term memory (STM) distinguish between item information, which reflects the temporary activation of long-term representations stored in the language system, and serial-order ... [more ▼]

Recent theories of short-term memory (STM) distinguish between item information, which reflects the temporary activation of long-term representations stored in the language system, and serial-order information, which is encoded in a specific representational system that is independent of the language network. Some studies examining the relationship between reading acquisition and verbal STM for order and item information separately in beginning readers have found that order STM capacity is independently predictive of nonword decoding abilities in first grade, but item STM is not. In this longitudinal study, we first aimed to explore whether this finding also holds for nonword spelling abilities. We also sought to determine whether order STM capacity remains an independent predictor of nonword decoding and spelling abilities in the second year of reading instruction. For this purpose, 70 typically developing children were followed over 3 years, from kindergarten to second grade. In kindergarten, children were administered order and item STM tasks and phonological awareness tasks, in addition to tasks assessing letter name knowledge, vocabulary knowledge, and nonverbal reasoning. In first and second grades, the children’s word and nonword reading and spelling abilities were assessed. The results revealed that order STM capacity was a robust independent predictor of nonword reading and spelling abilities in first and second grade, but was not related to the abilities to read and spell words. The specific role of order STM in the acquisition of the sublexical reading and spelling routes is discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailHow should proxies of Cognitive Reserve be evaluated in a population of healthy older adults?
Grotz, Catherine ULg; Seron, Xavier; Van Wissen, Marie et al

in International Psychogeriatrics (in press)

Background: While some tools have been developed to estimate an individual’s cognitive reserve (CR), no study has assessed the adequacy of the method used for assessing these CR proxy indicators ... [more ▼]

Background: While some tools have been developed to estimate an individual’s cognitive reserve (CR), no study has assessed the adequacy of the method used for assessing these CR proxy indicators. Therefore, we aimed to determine the most appropriate method to estimate CR by comparing two approaches: 1) the common assessment of CR proxies in the literature (e.g., years of education) and 2) the calculation of a comprehensive index based on most significant parameters used in the estimation of CR. Methods: Data on CR proxies: (i.e., education, occupation and leisure activities) were obtained in a sample of 204 older adults. Regression analyses were used to develop the two indices of CR (i.e., ICR-standard and ICR-detailed) and to determine which index best represented the level of one’s CR. Results: The ICR-standard was calculated using a combination of the three most common measures of reserve in the literature: number of schooling years, complexity of the primary occupation and amount of current participation in stimulating activities. The ICR-detailed was calculated using the most significant parameters (established in initial analyses) of CR: highest level of education combined with the number of training courses, last occupation and amount of current participation in social and intellectual activities. The comparison of both indices showed that higher levels of ICR-standard and ICR-detailed were associated with a greater minimization of the effects of age on cognition. However, the ICR-detailed was more strongly associated to this minimization than the ICR-standard, suggesting that the ICR-detailed best reflect one’s CR. Conclusion: This study is the first to show that it is of great importance to question methods measuring CR proxies in order to develop a clinical tool allowing a comprehensive and accurate estimation of CR. [less ▲]

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See detailLa première interprétation heideggérienne de la Monadologie
Pieron, Julien ULg

in Philosophie (in press)

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See detailA nonlinear state-space approach to hysteresis identification
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Esfahani, Alireza; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg et al

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (in press)

Most studies tackling hysteresis identification in the technical literature follow white-box approaches, i.e. they rely on the assumption that measured data obey a specific hysteretic model. Such an ... [more ▼]

Most studies tackling hysteresis identification in the technical literature follow white-box approaches, i.e. they rely on the assumption that measured data obey a specific hysteretic model. Such an assumption may be a hard requirement to handle in real applications, since hysteresis is a highly individualistic nonlinear behaviour. The present paper adopts a black-box approach based on nonlinear state-space models to identify hysteresis dynamics. This approach is shown to provide a general framework to hysteresis identification, featuring flexibility and parsimony of representation. Nonlinear model terms are constructed as a multivariate polynomial in the state variables, and parameter estimation is performed by minimising weighted least-squares cost functions. Technical issues, including the selection of the model order and the polynomial degree, are discussed, and model validation is achieved in both broadband and sine conditions. The study is carried out numerically by exploiting synthetic data generated via the Bouc-Wen equations. [less ▲]

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See detailOrigine et histoire de la folie : un nouveau Foucault, un nouveau fou
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

in Evolution Psychiatrique (in press)

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See detailDrawing Syntax before Syntactic Trees: Stephen Watkins Clark's Sentence Diagrams (1847)
Mazziotta, Nicolas ULg

in Historiographia Linguistica (in press)

This contribution investigates the syntactic conceptions of, and the diagramming system introduced by, the American grammarian Stephen Watkins Clark (1847), who introduced the first comprehensive ... [more ▼]

This contribution investigates the syntactic conceptions of, and the diagramming system introduced by, the American grammarian Stephen Watkins Clark (1847), who introduced the first comprehensive syntactic diagramming system. The structure of the English sentence is illustrated by agglutinated “bubbles” expressing the relations between words by the means of their relative position. The sentence consists of two or three horizontally aligned bubbles containing words that are called principal elements. These principal elements can be complemented with adjunct elements, that appear in bubbles attached below them. For grammatical words the conventions differ depending on whether the grammatical word is a preposition or a conjunction. Coordination is never named as such, but there is an orthogonal abstract relation that connects elements performing the same role in a “compound” construction. The system allows recursiveness in two different ways: by wrapping bubbles into other bubbles, thus following a mereological logic (part- whole relations) close to IC analysis or by hierarchically aggregating bubbles that resemble dependency trees. Clark's conceptions thus prefigure modern graphical formalizations. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Added-value of Using Participatory Approaches to Assess the Acceptability of Surveillance Systems: The Case of Bovine Tuberculosis in Belgium
Calba, C; Goutard, FL; Vanholme, L et al

in PLoS ONE (in press)

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See detailAn item analysis of the French version of the Test for Reception of Grammar among children and adolescents with Down syndrome or intellectual disability of undifferentiated etiology
Facon, Bruno; Magis, David ULg

in Journal of Speech, Language, and Hearing research (in press)

Purpose: An item analysis of Bishop’s (1983) Test for Reception of Grammar (TROG) in its French version (F-TROG, Lecocq, 1996) was conducted to determine whether the difficulty of items is similar for ... [more ▼]

Purpose: An item analysis of Bishop’s (1983) Test for Reception of Grammar (TROG) in its French version (F-TROG, Lecocq, 1996) was conducted to determine whether the difficulty of items is similar for participants with or without intellectual disability (ID). Method: In Study 1, responses to the 92 F-TROG items by 55 participants with Down syndrome (DS), 55 with ID of undifferentiated etiology (UND) and 55 typical children (TYP) matched on their F-TROG total score were compared using the transformed item difficulties method, a statistical approach designed to detect differential item functioning (DIF) between groups. In Study 2, an additional comparison involving 526 TYP participants and 526 participants with UND was conducted to increase the statistical power of the analysis. Results: The difficulty of items was highly similar whatever the sample size or clinical status of participants. Fewer than 3.5 % of the items were flagged as showing DIF. Conclusions: Tests such as the TROG can be used with confidence in clinical practice as well as in research studies comparing participants with or without ID. Methods designed for investigating potential internal test bias – such as done here – should be more regularly employed in the developmental disability field to affirm the absence of DIF. [less ▲]

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See detailDe l’usage de la photographie dans une enquête ethno-sociologique sur la mémoire de l’exil et de l’immigration espagnols en Belgique
Molina Marmol, Maïté ULg

in RELAIS Revue du laboratoire d'études et de recherches sur l'interculturel (in press)

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See detailThe Science, development, and commercialization of postharvest biocontrol products
Droby, Samir; Wisniewski, Michael; Teixido, Neus et al

in Postharvest Biology & Technology (in press)

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See detailLarge neighborhood search for multi-trip vehicle routing
François, Véronique ULg; Arda, Yasemin ULg; Crama, Yves ULg et al

in European Journal of Operational Research (in press)

We consider the multi-trip vehicle routing problem, in which each vehicle can perform several routes during the same working shift to serve a set of customers. The problem arises when customers are close ... [more ▼]

We consider the multi-trip vehicle routing problem, in which each vehicle can perform several routes during the same working shift to serve a set of customers. The problem arises when customers are close to each other or when their demands are large. A common approach consists of solving this problem by combining vehicle routing heuristics with bin packing routines in order to assign routes to vehicles. We compare this approach with a heuristic that makes use of specific operators designed to tackle the routing and the assignment aspects of the problem simultaneously. Two large neighborhood search heuristics are proposed to perform the comparison. We provide insights into the configuration of the proposed algorithms by analyzing the behavior of several of their components. In particular, we question the impact of the roulette wheel mechanism. We also observe that guiding the search with an objective function designed for the multi-trip case is crucial even when exploring the solution space of the vehicle routing problem. We provide several best known solutions for benchmark instances. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude de nouveaux indices de détection de la réponse au hasard et de l’inattention selon différentes valeurs de l’habileté dans le contexte de la modélisation de Rasch
Béland, Sébastien; Raîche, Gilles; Magis, David ULg et al

in Mesure et Evaluation en Education (in press)

Certains étudiants peuvent répondre au hasard ou être inattentifs dans une situation de testing. Plusieurs approches ont déjà été développées pour détecter ce type de réponse. Parmi celles-ci ... [more ▼]

Certains étudiants peuvent répondre au hasard ou être inattentifs dans une situation de testing. Plusieurs approches ont déjà été développées pour détecter ce type de réponse. Parmi celles-ci, l’utilisation d’indices de détection (person-fit indexes) de patrons de réponses inappropriés est l’approche qui est la plus étudiée et qui semble la plus prometteuse. Dans le cadre de cette étude, nous nous concentrons sur trois indices de détection populaires qui présentent des caractéristiques permettant d’en faciliter l’interprétation: lz, ZU et ZW. Des études antérieures ont montré que ces trois indices sont fortement affectés par le fait que l’habileté d’un étudiant est estimée plutôt que réelle. Snijders (2001) a proposé une version corrigée de l’indice lz (nommée lz*) afin de tenir compte de cette difficulté. Magis, Béland et Raîche (2014) ont déjà corrigé deux autres indices selon l’approche de Snijders: U* et W*. Il reste cependant à analyser plus en détail le comportement des indices corrigés lz*, U* et W* et des indices standardisés lz, ZU et ZW. Pour ce faire, nous effectuons deux études selon différentes valeurs de l’habileté, soit une analyse des erreurs de type I des indices (probabilité de se tromper en identifiant un patron de réponses inapproprié) et une analyse de leur puissance de détection. Ces analyses permettront de démontrer que ce sont généralement les indices corrigés lz* et W* qui sont les plus intéressants à utiliser puisque leurs scores suivent approximativement la loi normale et qu’ils permettent de bien détecter la réponse au hasard et l’inattention. [less ▲]

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See detailPer una edizione integrale e analitica dell'incipit della Storia d'Italia di Francesco Guicciardini
Moreno, Paola ULg

in Laboratoire Italien : Politique et Société (in press)

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See detailRectal cancer treatment in a teaching hospital
Verdin, Vanessa; Weerts, Joseph; Francart, David et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (in press)

Background: Rectal adenocarcinomas surgery morbidity and mortality might be impaired by neoadjuvant therapy. We performed this retropsective study to be compared with the PROCARE study running afterwards ... [more ▼]

Background: Rectal adenocarcinomas surgery morbidity and mortality might be impaired by neoadjuvant therapy. We performed this retropsective study to be compared with the PROCARE study running afterwards. Methods: We performed a retrospective study of 95 patients operated on for rectal denocarcinoma in a single institution during the period 2007-2009. We used logistic regression to estimate the relationship between possible predictive parameters of AL. Results: The laparoscopic approach is favored in 63.1% of the cases with a conversion rate of 11.6%, mainly in man (6 out of 7). For low rectal cancer though, laparotomy was the first choice (92.3%). From a carcinological point of view, laparoscopy allowed a complete tumor resection according to the PME (n=27) and TME (n=26) standards. Multivariate analysis revealed that women, lower BMI, lower rectum tumor, laparoscopic surgery, neoadjuvant treatment and anal suture were associated with higher risk of AL. The mean hospital stay was 15.4 days (3 – 46 days). In-hospital mortality was 3.1%. Adjuvant chemotherapy was completed in 42.1% of the patients. Despite these treatments, we registered a recurrence rate of 26.6%. Of these, 72% were distally localized and 12% exclusively locally. Among the patients operated on by laparoscopy, there was one local recurrence and one local with distant metastases (3.7%). The one- and three-years survival rates were 91.5% and 80.4% respectively. Conclusions: Our study showed a higher rate of AL than expected (18%). In our series recorded in PROCARE-Home, our leak rate has dropped to 10%. It may be indicating a positive effect of PROCARE. [less ▲]

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See detailComputerized adaptive testing with R: Recent updates of the package catR
Magis, David ULg; Barrada, Juan Ramon

in Journal of Statistical Software (in press)

The purpose of this paper is to list the recent updates of the R package catR. This package allows for generating response patterns under a computerized adaptive testing (CAT) framework with underlying ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this paper is to list the recent updates of the R package catR. This package allows for generating response patterns under a computerized adaptive testing (CAT) framework with underlying item response theory (IRT) models. Among the most important updates, well-known polytomous IRT models are now supported by catR; several item selection rules have been added; and it is now possible to perform post-hoc simulations. Some functions were also rewritten or withdrawn to improve the usefulness and performances of the package. [less ▲]

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See detailEnjeux politiques et critiques d'une philosophie des normes
Caeymaex, Florence ULg; Pieron, Julien ULg

in Dissensus (in press)

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See detailA Validation of the French Version of the Attitudes to Aging Questionnaire (AAQ): Factor Structure, Reliability and Validity
Marquet, Manon ULg; Missotten, Pierre ULg; Schroyen, Sarah ULg et al

in Psychologica Belgica (in press)

Introduction: The Attitudes to Aging Questionnaire (AAQ) was developed to measure attitudes toward the aging process as a personal experience from the perspective of older people. The present study aimed ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The Attitudes to Aging Questionnaire (AAQ) was developed to measure attitudes toward the aging process as a personal experience from the perspective of older people. The present study aimed to validate the French version of the AAQ. Participants and methods: This study examined factor structure, acceptability, reliability and validity of the AAQ’s French version in 238 Belgian adults aged 60 years or older. In addition, participants provided information on demographics, self-perception of their mental and physical health (single items), quality of life (WHOQOL-OLD) and social desirability (DS-36). Results: Exploratory Factor Analysis produced a three-factor solution accounting for 36.9% of the variance. No floor or ceiling effects were found. The internal consistency, measured by Cronbach’s alpha coefficients for the AAQ subscales were 0.62 (Physical Change), 0.74 (Psychological Growth), and 0.75 (Psychosocial Loss). A priori expected associations were found between AAQ subscales, self-reported health and quality of life, indicating good convergent validity. The scale also showed a good ability to discriminate between people with lower and higher education levels, supporting adequate known-groups validity. Finally, we confirmed the need to control for social desirability biases when assessing self-reported attitudes toward one’s own aging. Conclusion: The data support the usefulness of the French version of the AAQ for the assessment of attitudes toward their own aging in older people. [less ▲]

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See detailThe use of time series forecasting in zone order picking systems to predict order pickers’ workload
van Gils, Teun; Ramaekers, Katrien; Caris et al

in International Journal of Production Research (in press)

In order to differentiate from competitors in terms of customer service, warehouses accept late orders while providing delivery in a quick and timely way. This trend leads to a reduced time to pick an ... [more ▼]

In order to differentiate from competitors in terms of customer service, warehouses accept late orders while providing delivery in a quick and timely way. This trend leads to a reduced time to pick an order. This paper introduces workload forecasting in a warehouse context, in particular a zone picking warehouse. Improved workforce planning can contribute to an effective and efficient order picking process. Most order picking publications treat demand as known in advance. As warehouses accept late orders, the assumption of a constant given demand is questioned in this paper. The objective of this study is to present time series forecasting models that perform well in a zone picking warehouse. A real-life case study demonstrates the value of applying time series forecasting models to forecast the daily number of order lines. The forecast of order lines, along with order pickers’ productivity, can be used by warehouse supervisors to determine the daily required number of order pickers, as well as the allocation of order pickers across warehouse zones. Time series are applied on an aggregated level, as well as on a disaggregated zone level. Both bottom-up and top-down approaches are evaluated in order to find the best-performing forecasting method. [less ▲]

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See detailImplicit spoken words and motor sequences learning are impaired in children with Specific Language Impairment
Desmottes, Lise ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg

in Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society (in press)

Objective. This study aims to compare verbal and motor implicit sequence learning abilities in children with and without Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Methods. Forty-eight children (24 control and ... [more ▼]

Objective. This study aims to compare verbal and motor implicit sequence learning abilities in children with and without Specific Language Impairment (SLI). Methods. Forty-eight children (24 control and 24 SLI) were administered the Serial Search Task (SST), which enables the simultaneous assessment of implicit spoken words and visuomotor sequences learning. Results. Results showed that control children implicitly learned both the spoken words as well as the motor sequences. In contrast, children with SLI showed deficits in both types of learning. Moreover, correlational analyses revealed that SST performance was linked with grammatical abilities in control children but with lexical abilities in children with SLI. Conclusion. Overall, this pattern of results supports the procedural deficit hypothesis and suggests that domain general implicit sequence learning is impaired in SLI. [less ▲]

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See detailA multifractal formalism for non-concave and non-increasing spectra: the leaders profile method
Esser, Céline ULg; Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

in Applied & Computational Harmonic Analysis (in press)

We present an implementation of a multifractal formalism based on the types of histogram of wavelet leaders. This method yields non-concave spectra and is not limited to their increasing part. We show ... [more ▼]

We present an implementation of a multifractal formalism based on the types of histogram of wavelet leaders. This method yields non-concave spectra and is not limited to their increasing part. We show both from the theoretical and from the applied points of view that this approach is more e cient than the wavelet-based multifractal formalisms previously introduced. [less ▲]

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See detailOne step further : an explicit solution to Robbins' problem when n=4
Dendievel, Remi; Swan, Yvik ULg

in Mathematica applicanda (in press)

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See detailUnilateral contact condition enhanced with squeeze film modelling in automotive differentials
Virlez, Geoffrey; Bruls, Olivier ULg; Duysinx, Pierre ULg et al

in Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers - Part C - Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science (in press)

The dynamic behaviour of automotive drivetrains is significantly influenced by contacts occurring between the various parts. In this paper, a three-dimensional formulation is proposed to model unilateral ... [more ▼]

The dynamic behaviour of automotive drivetrains is significantly influenced by contacts occurring between the various parts. In this paper, a three-dimensional formulation is proposed to model unilateral and frictional contact conditions between two rigid planar rings. The magnitude of the contact force is determined by a penalty method. In a second step, a simple squeeze film model is developed to account for the damping effect produced by the lubricating oil filling the gap between the two contacting bodies. The relevance and the accuracy of these models are illustrated through the global multibody modelling of a TORSEN differential. [less ▲]

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See detailRing opening polymerization of ε-caprolactone in the presence of wet β-cyclodextrin: effect of the operative pressure and of water molecules in the β-cyclodextrin cavity
Galia, Alessandro; Scialdone, Onofrio; Spanò, Tiziana et al

in RSC Advances (in press)

The ring opening polymerization (ROP) of ε-caprolactone (CL) in the presence of β-cyclodextrin (β−CD) was performed in batch reactors both at room pressure and with the reaction system pressurized with ... [more ▼]

The ring opening polymerization (ROP) of ε-caprolactone (CL) in the presence of β-cyclodextrin (β−CD) was performed in batch reactors both at room pressure and with the reaction system pressurized with CO2, N2 or Ar. Significant enhancements of the polymerization rate was observed when the ROP was carried out with wet β−CD under pressure. For example, after 24 hours at 120°C with β−CD/CL molar ratio of about 1/100, the monomer conversion increased from β 4 to 98-99% when the pressure was changed from 0.1 to 12.5-13.0 MPa independently on the nature of the compressing gas. MALDI-TOF analyses indicated that a major fraction of polymer chains obtained in pressurized systems was initiated by water molecules. Collected results suggest that at 12-13 MPa wet β−CD can catalyse both the ring opening of ε-caprolactone and the polymerization of the obtained linear specie and that high energy water molecules located inside the cavity of the cyclic oligosaccharide must play a role in initiating the polymerization. The trend of number average molecular weight and the results of MALDI-TOF analyses obtained in polymerizations performed for long reaction times and in hydrolysis test of commercial poly(ε-caprolactone) indicate that wet β−CD can work as an artificial lipase enzyme under adopted conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of local outliers detection techniques in spatial multivariate data
Ernst, Marie ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in Data Mining & Knowledge Discovery (in press)

Outlier detection techniques in spatial data should allow to identify two types of outliers: global and local ones. Local outliers typically have non-spatial attributes that strongly differ from those ... [more ▼]

Outlier detection techniques in spatial data should allow to identify two types of outliers: global and local ones. Local outliers typically have non-spatial attributes that strongly differ from those observed on their neighbors. Detecting local outliers requires to be able to work locally, on neighborhoods, in order to take into account the spatial dependence between the statistical units under consideration, even though the outlyingness is usually measured on the non-spatial variables. Many procedures have been outlined in the literature, but their number reduces when one wants to deal with multivariate non-spatial attributes. In this paper, focus is on the multivariate context. A review of existing procedures is done. A new approach, based on a two-step improvement of an existing one, is also designed and compared with the benchmarked methods by means of examples and simulations. [less ▲]

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See detailL’évaluation de la formation : comment la rendre utile pour les participants ? Constats et proposition de cinq stratégies d’évaluation partenariale
Faulx, Daniel ULg; Danse, Cédric ULg

in Evaluer : Journal International de Recherche en Education et Formation (in press)

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See detailLes troubles du sommeil chez l'enfant autiste, quel rôle pour le pédopsychiatre?
Abate Ekollo, Joëlle; Malchair, Alain ULg

in Acta Psychiatrica Belgica (in press)

Les troubles du sommeil sont fréquents chez l’enfant et leurs origines sont diverses. Ces troubles ont leur ancrage dans le développement neurophysiologique et psychoaffectif de l’enfant. Les enfants ... [more ▼]

Les troubles du sommeil sont fréquents chez l’enfant et leurs origines sont diverses. Ces troubles ont leur ancrage dans le développement neurophysiologique et psychoaffectif de l’enfant. Les enfants souffrant de troubles du spectre autistique présentent un déficit de sommeil, qui peut durer jusqu’à l’adolescence. Les troubles du spectre autistique comportent des comorbidités multiples, dont des altérations du sommeil. Ils sont importants à caractériser dans cette population, car ils peuvent avoir un impact négatif sur les comportements diurnes. Par ailleurs, ils entrainent souvent des difficultés au sein de la famille. La prise en charge doit avant tout prendre en compte le contexte environnemental afin d’améliorer les habitudes et l’hygiène du sommeil. Des questionnaires ainsi que des agendas de sommeil ont été remplis par des parents afin de démontrer l’importance d’une évaluation et d’une prise en compte des troubles du sommeil chez les enfants souffrant d’autisme en consultation pédopsychiatrique. [less ▲]

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See detailParadoxon ! Perception de la puissance divine et du pouvoir royal dans l’Alexandrie des Ptolémées.
Caneva, Stefano ULg

in Mythos. Rivista di Storia delle Religioni (in press), 8

The paper first distinguishes ritual action for sovereigns, which integrates the honoured rulers at a practical level within the religious life of a community, from other, more discrete configurations of ... [more ▼]

The paper first distinguishes ritual action for sovereigns, which integrates the honoured rulers at a practical level within the religious life of a community, from other, more discrete configurations of the relation between royal and divine power. Among these trends, focus is on the rhetorical and spectacular dimension of wonder. The strategies of wonder-making are first studied in theory through paradoxography, then the categories of grandeur, exoticism and technical excellence are identified in action in Alexandrian religious life and festivals. Master of an empire with universal claims and collector of everything that is beautiful, rare and precious in the world, the king distances himself from his subjects in order to make his superior status explicit. Distance is, however, only the premise for the king to manifest himself to the great public through epiphanies that can be compared with those of divine power. The paper also discusses the way the conformism of court elites not only satisfied their own need to claim for distinguished social status, but also helped royal message spread and caused loyalty to it. [less ▲]

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See detailRobust asymptotic tests for the equality of multivariate coefficients of variation
Aerts, Stéphanie ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in TEST (in press)

In order to easily compare several populations on the basis of more than one feature, multivariate coefficients of variation (MCV) may be used as they allow to summarize relative dispersion in a single ... [more ▼]

In order to easily compare several populations on the basis of more than one feature, multivariate coefficients of variation (MCV) may be used as they allow to summarize relative dispersion in a single index. However, up to date, no test of equality of one or more MCV's has been developed in the literature. In this paper, several classical and robust Wald type tests are proposed and studied. The asymptotic distributions of the test statistics are derived under elliptical symmetry, and the asymptotic efficiency of the robust versions is compared to the classical tests. Robustness of the proposed procedures is examined through partial influence functions of the test statistic, as well as by means of power and level influence functions. A simulation study compares the performance of the classical and robust tests under uncontaminated and contaminated schemes, and the difference with the usual covariance homogeneity test is highlighted. As a by-product, these tests may also be considered in the univariate context where they yield procedures that are both robust and easy-to-use. They provide an interesting alternative to the numerous parametric tests of comparison of univariate coefficients of variation existing in the literature, which are, in most cases, unreliable in presence of outliers. The methods are illustrated on a real data set. [less ▲]

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See detailValidity and reliability of the French translation of the VISA-A questionnaire for Achilles tendinopathy
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Delvaux, François ULg; Oppong-Kyei, Julian et al

in Disability & Rehabilitation (in press)

Purpose The Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment – Achilles tendinopathy questionnaire (VISA-A) evaluates the clinical severity of Achilles tendinopathy. The aim of this study was to translate the VISA ... [more ▼]

Purpose The Victorian Institute of Sport Assessment – Achilles tendinopathy questionnaire (VISA-A) evaluates the clinical severity of Achilles tendinopathy. The aim of this study was to translate the VISA-A into French and to study the reliability and validity of this French version, the VISA-AF. Method The VISA-A was translated into French to produce the VISA-AF using a validated methodology in six steps. Thereafter, several psychometric properties of this French version such as test–retest reliability, internal consistency, construct validity and floor and ceiling effects were evaluated. Therefore, we recruited 116 subjects, distributed into 3 groups: pathological patients (n¼31), at-risk athletes (n¼63) and healthy people (n¼22). Results The final version of the VISAAF was approved by an expert committee. On a scale ranging from 0 to 100, the average scores of the VISA-AF obtained were 59 (± 18) for the pathological group, 99 (± 1) for the healthy group and 94 (± 7) for the at-risk group. The VISA-AF shows excellent reliability, low correlations with the discriminant subscales of the SF-36 and moderate correlations with the convergent subscales of the SF-36. Conclusions The French version of the VISA-A is equivalent to its original version and is a reliable and valid questionnaire for French-speaking patients with Achilles tendinopathy. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-embryonic development of sheepshead minnow Cyprinodon variegatus: a staging tool based on externally visible anatomical traits
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Dussenne, Mélanie ULg; Frederich, Bruno ULg et al

in Ichthyological Research (in press)

The sheepshead minnow Cyprinodon variegatus has become a favoured model for laboratory studies because of their small size, rapid development, and tolerance of laboratory conditions. Here, we analyse ... [more ▼]

The sheepshead minnow Cyprinodon variegatus has become a favoured model for laboratory studies because of their small size, rapid development, and tolerance of laboratory conditions. Here, we analyse sheepshead minnow post-embryonic development with the goal of providing a generally useful method for staging fish after embryogenesis. Groups of three females and two males were placed in breeding chambers designed for this experiment. More than 100 eggs were collected and maintained in seawater. Embryos were selected under a dissection microscope and placed in incubation dishes (50 per dish) at 26 °C. On day six, embryos hatched and larvae were transferred to 1 L beakers. To define a simplified normalization table for sheepshead minnow development, we measured each fish for its standard length and examined the fish for four externally evident traits: pigmentation pattern, caudal fin morphology, anal fin morphology, and dorsal fin morphology. The four traits were chosen, because they are easily visualized with standard laboratory equipment such as the stereomicroscope and camera. We have provided criteria for staging sheepshead minnows in studies of post-embryonic development. Our data suggest that dorsal and anal fin morphology may serve as a useful phenotype for defining metamorphic climax stages throughout post-embryonic development in C. variegatus. The staging systems we propose should facilitate detailed anatomical and developmental analyses in relation to ecotoxicological studies on potential disruption of the thyroid axis by xenobiotics and endocrine-disrupting compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rire du groupe
Saint-Amand, Denis ULg

in Žurnals Letonica (in press)

La période fin de siècle s’accompagne, dans le champ littéraire français, du développement d’une série de groupuscules plus ou moins organisés et volontiers potaches. Au cœur de ces associations liées de ... [more ▼]

La période fin de siècle s’accompagne, dans le champ littéraire français, du développement d’une série de groupuscules plus ou moins organisés et volontiers potaches. Au cœur de ces associations liées de près ou de loin à ce qu’Ernest Raynaud qualifiera de « mêlée symboliste » (1920-1922), le rire fonctionne comme un véritable ciment social, renforçant les liens des membres de la collectivité et redoublant l’exclusion de ceux qui n’en sont pas. Héritiers d’entreprises collectives comme Le Parnassiculet contemporain (1866) et l’Album zutique (composé en 1871 et tenu délibérément à l’écart des circuits de diffusion du livre), les agents engageant les projets des Hydropathes, des Hirsutes, des Jemenfoutistes ou de l’incontournable cabaret du Chat Noir se rassemblent non seulement dans une perspective dérisoire, mais encore se dotent-ils d’un discours qui, plus qu’un simple divertissement, présente cette dérision comme principe régulant l’activité collective. Ce sont, à l’aune des cas susmentionnés, quelques-uns de ces discours du rire collectif fin de siècle que nous explorons ici, en nous penchant sur les mécanismes rhétoriques qui les fondent et sur les grandes logiques (d’opposition à des figures spécifiques ou à des institutions) qui les motivent, en cherchant à mettre en lumière la façon dont cette omniprésence de la dérision est directement provoquée par l’état du champ littéraire de l’époque. [less ▲]

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See detailAberrations chromatiques : de l’émulsion au pixel
Thonon, Jonathan ULg

in Cahiers Louis Lumière (in press)

Dans l’une de ses conversations avec Joachim Gasquet sur le sens de sa peinture (et de la peinture en général), Cézanne aborde de front la conception qu’il se fait de la couleur, dans son rapport à la ... [more ▼]

Dans l’une de ses conversations avec Joachim Gasquet sur le sens de sa peinture (et de la peinture en général), Cézanne aborde de front la conception qu’il se fait de la couleur, dans son rapport à la profondeur picturale et de son articulation à la surface : « La nature n'est pas en surface ; elle est en profondeur. Les couleurs sont l'expression, à cette surface, de cette profondeur. Elles montent des racines du monde ». Cet « organisme de couleurs » que constitue le monde est transcrit dans la peinture de Cézanne par une dynamique symbiotique de la couleur et du dessin, de la ligne et du pan. La couleur restitue, par sa masse, son surgissement, son homogénéité, presque sa viscosité, la véritable chaire perceptive du monde ; une vision qui tient à distance la perspective géométrique, photographique, cinématographique fondée sur la transparence et qui repose, comme le signale Merleau-Ponty, sur la « réversibilité des dimensions » (surface-profondeur) et l’entrelacement des choses. C’est cette épaisseur du visible rendu par la couleur que l’économie de l’image numérique nous permet de redécouvrir, moins dans le registre de la « tactilité » de l’image et la picturalité du pixel, que par l’intégration, entre le support et l’image (parfois indiscernables dans le régime optique), d’un « corps » algorithmique qui règle l’actualisation du visible. Certains défauts techniques du dispositif numérique, aujourd’hui élevés au rang de pratique artistique, permettent de révéler cette matrice qui utilise alors la couleur et la coulure comme mode de visibilité. C’est le cas du Datamoshing, technique de composition numérique qui revisite tout en la radicalisant la pratique de l’incrustation vidéo. Basée sur la perturbation volontaire d’éléments de la matrice, cette technique transforme les couleurs en une forme malléable et fluide révélant ainsi leur double nature spatiale : elles sont à la fois dans l’espace de l’image et l’espace de l’image lui-même. Ces expériences de défigurations d’images s’inscrivent dans le registre des « aberrations chromatiques » dont nous proposons ici une rapide généalogie avant d’interroger la couleur digitale dans ses spécificités. [less ▲]

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See detailWheat (Triticum aestivum L.)-based intercropping systems for biological pest control: a review
Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Hatt, Séverin ULg; Xu, Qinxuan et al

in Pest Management Science (in press)

BACKGROUND: Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is one of the most cultivated crops in temperate climates. As its pests are mainly controlled with insecticides which are harmful to the environment and human ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) is one of the most cultivated crops in temperate climates. As its pests are mainly controlled with insecticides which are harmful to the environment and human health, alternative practices such as intercropping have been studied for their potential to promote biological control. Based on the published literature, this study aimed to review the effect of wheat-based intercropping systems on insect pests and their natural enemies. RESULTS: Fifty original research papers were obtained from a systematic search of the peer-reviewed literature. Results from a vote-counting analysis indicated that, in the majority of studies, pest abundance was significantly reduced in intercropping systems compared with pure stands. However, the occurrence of their natural enemies as well as predation and parasitism rates were not significantly increased. The country where the studies took place, the type of intercropping, and the crop that was studied in the association had significant effects on these results. CONCLUSION: These findings show that intercropping is a viable practice to decrease insecticide use in wheat production systems. Nevertheless, other practices could be combined with intercropping to favour natural enemies and enhance pest control. [less ▲]

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See detailInvectif et logique conflictuelle dans le champ du rap français
Saint-Amand, Denis ULg

in Etudes de Lettres (in press)

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See detailLa traduction dans le domaine hagiographique médiolatin : l’apport de la linguistique quantitative
Philippart de Foy, Caroline ULg

in Rursus [en ligne], 9 (in press)

Au fil des siècles, le corpus latin des vitae sanctorum et des passiones martyrum s’est enrichi par l’introduction de nouveaux textes, par la réécriture et l’adaptation d’anciens remis au goût du jour ... [more ▼]

Au fil des siècles, le corpus latin des vitae sanctorum et des passiones martyrum s’est enrichi par l’introduction de nouveaux textes, par la réécriture et l’adaptation d’anciens remis au goût du jour, ainsi que par la traduction d’oeuvres issues du monde byzantin. Le phénomène de la réécriture hagiographique est bien connu et a fait l’objet de nombreux travaux. Celui de la traduction dans ce domaine reste en revanche peu exploité, tant il existe d’obstacles à son étude (absence de répertoire, manque d’éditions critiques, difficultés à identifier les traductions et les modèles grecs, etc.). Le présent travail propose une approche originale du phénomène, basée sur l’utilisation de la statistique linguistique. Cette approche consiste à étudier le latin utilisé par les traducteurs hagiographes pour rendre leur modèle grec et les techniques qu’ils ont adoptées pour le traduire en considérant les traductions non pas une à une, mais d’une manière comparative au moyen de l’analyse quantitative, dans le but de caractériser et de classer les traductions sur base de critères linguistiques, d’identifier et de qualifier des pratiques, des traditions localisées, des spécificités d’école ou de traducteur. La pratique de la traduction est examinée à travers un corpus de 35 textes représentatif des différentes phases de l’histoire de la traduction hagiographique latine au Moyen Âge et des différents foyers de traduction en Italie. Les analyses sont menées sur divers paramètres lexicaux et syntaxiques, en comparant d’abord le corpus, pris dans son ensemble, à un corpus de textes non traduits, puis en comparant entre eux les différents sous-corpus de traductions. Le premier type de comparaison (externe) a pour objectif de mettre en évidence les caractéristiques des traductions en général, le second (interne) de dégager les spécificités de chaque groupe de traductions. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficient ANOVA for directional data
Ley, Christophe; Swan, Yvik ULg; Verdebout, Thomas

in Annals of the Institute of Statistical Mathematics (in press)

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See detailQuantification of four Isoflavones in Forages with UPLC®-MS/MS, using the Box-Behnken Experimental Design to Optimize Sample Preparation
Daems, Frédéric ULg; Romnee, Jean-Michel; Rasse, Catherine et al

in Chromatographia (in press)

A performant method for the simultaneous quantification of daidzein, genistein, formononetin and biochanin A in forages using an UPLC®-MS/MS was developed and fully validated. The ultrasound-assisted ... [more ▼]

A performant method for the simultaneous quantification of daidzein, genistein, formononetin and biochanin A in forages using an UPLC®-MS/MS was developed and fully validated. The ultrasound-assisted extraction and enzymatic hydrolysis used in the sample preparation step were optimized using the Box-Behnken experimental design. The optimal extraction conditions used for a representative mix of forage plants were 80°C, 10 min and 55% methanol, and for hydrolysis they were 20°C, 18 h and pH=6. The chromatographic separation was achieved using an Acquity® UPLC® HSS T3 column, with a water/methanol linear gradient containing 0.01% of formic acid at a 0.55 mL min-1 flow rate. The four isoflavones were detected by ESI mass spectrometry in positive ion MRM mode. The method allows high throughput analyses of samples and showed an adequate linear regression model for all isoflavones over a range from 5 to 125 ng mL-1. There was good intra- and inter-day precision (≤ 8.2% and ≤ 7.6%) and accuracy (≤ 11.4% and ≤ 7.1%). The recovery rates were in an acceptable range of 70-120%, except for biochanin A, where the rate was about 50%. Good method repeatability was also observed, and there was no matrix effect or carry-over problem. The sample extracts were stable for at least 6 days of storage at -21°C and 6°C. The method proved to be sensitive, precise and accurate for discriminating a wide variety of forages likely to be grazed by ruminants according to their isoflavone content and to observe the impact storage process on isoflavone content in forages. [less ▲]

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See detailCrop residue management in arable cropping systems under a temperate climate. Part 2: Soil physical properties and crop production. A review
Hiel, Marie-Pierre ULg; Chelin, Marie ULg; Parvin, Nargish ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment (in press)

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See detailA robust statistical approach to select adequate error distributions for financial returns
Hambuckers, julien ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg

in Journal of Applied Statistics (in press)

In this article, we propose a robust statistical approach to select an appropriate error distribution, in a classical multiplicative heteroscedastic model. In a first step, unlike to the traditional ... [more ▼]

In this article, we propose a robust statistical approach to select an appropriate error distribution, in a classical multiplicative heteroscedastic model. In a first step, unlike to the traditional approach, we don't use any GARCH-type estimation of the conditional variance. Instead, we propose to use a recently developed nonparametric procedure (Mercurio and Spokoiny, 2004): the Local Adaptive Volatility Estimation (LAVE). The motivation for using this method is to avoid a possible model misspecification for the conditional variance. In a second step, we suggest a set of estimation and model selection procedures (Berk-Jones tests, kernel density-based selection, censored likelihood score, coverage probability) based on the so-obtained residuals. These methods enable to assess the global fit of a set of distributions as well as to focus on their behavior in the tails, giving us the capacity to map the strengths and weaknesses of the candidate distributions. A bootstrap procedure is provided to compute the rejection regions in this semiparametric context. Finally, we illustrate our methodology throughout a small simulation study and an application on three time series of daily returns (UBS stock returns, BOVESPA returns and EUR/USD exchange rates) [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and Numerical Study of Mini-UAV Propeller Performance in Oblique Flow
Theys, Bart; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg; Hendrick, Patrick et al

in Journal of Aircraft (in press)

This paper presents the modelling of the performance of small propellers used for Vertical Take Off and Landing Micro Aerial Vehicles (VTOL MAVs) operating at low Reynolds numbers and in oblique flow ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the modelling of the performance of small propellers used for Vertical Take Off and Landing Micro Aerial Vehicles (VTOL MAVs) operating at low Reynolds numbers and in oblique flow. Blade Element Momentum Theory (BEMT), Vortex Lattice Method (VLM) and momentum theory for oblique flow are used to predict propeller performance. For validation, the predictions for a commonly used propeller for VTOL MAVs are compared to a set of wind tunnel experiments. Both BEMT and VLM succeed in predicting correct trends of the forces and moments acting upon the propeller shaft, although accuracy decreases significantly in oblique flow. For the dataset analysed here, combining the available data of the propeller in purely axial flow with momentum theory for oblique flow and applying a correction factor for the wake skew angle results in more accurate performance estimates at all elevation angles. [less ▲]

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See detailFibroblast growth factor 23 in acute burn patients: Novel insights from an intact-form assay.
ROUSSEAU, Anne-Françoise ULg; Souberbielle; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg et al

in Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries (in press)

INTRODUCTION: Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is a key regulator in phosphate and vitamin D metabolism When measured with c-terminal assay, it has been shown to be increased following burn. Progress ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) is a key regulator in phosphate and vitamin D metabolism When measured with c-terminal assay, it has been shown to be increased following burn. Progress in understanding FGF23 physiology has emphasized the importance of assessing the intact form of FGF23. METHODS: The present cohort study is a complementary analysis of a previously published work. Patients >18 years, admitted within 24h after injury with burn surface area (BSA) >10% were included. C-terminal (c-term) and intact (i) FGF23 assay were performed at admission and every week during 4 weeks of follow-up. Inflammation and iron status were assessed at the same time points. RESULTS: Twenty patients were initially included and 12 were followed until day 28. The c-term FGF23 tended to gradually increase during the 4 weeks of follow-up while iFGF23 was quite stable into normal ranges. Iron status showed a typical inflammatory profile. C-term FGF23 was significantly positively correlated with c-reactive protein (CRP) and negatively correlated with iron levels. iFGF23 was not correlated with CRP or iron. CONCLUSION: FGF23 status following burn is characterized by a dissociation between c-term FGF23 and iFGF23. The hypothesis of an increased cleavage may be raised. Respective role of inflammation and iron levels in such deregulation need to be specified. Both c-term and intact assays should be performed in further studies aiming to increase knowledge on FGF23 regulation and effects in burn patients. [less ▲]

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See detailCryopreservation of chicken primordial germ cells by vitrification and slow-freezing: a comparative study
Tonus, Céline ULg; Connan, Delphine ULg; Waroux, Olivier ULg et al

in Theriogenology (in press)

In the present study, we compare a classical slow freezing method and an aseptic vitrification technique to cryopreserve a stable Primordial Gem Cells (PGCs) line issued from the Ardennaise chicken breed ... [more ▼]

In the present study, we compare a classical slow freezing method and an aseptic vitrification technique to cryopreserve a stable Primordial Gem Cells (PGCs) line issued from the Ardennaise chicken breed. Viability immediately after warming was close to 80% and did not differ between the two cryopreservation methods. Proliferation tended to be slower for both cryopreservation methods compared to controls, but the difference was significant only for vitrification. No difference was found between the two methods after flow cytometry analysis of SSEA-1 expression and RT-PCR on several factors related to PGCs phenotype. After one week in culture, all cryopreserved cells reached controls main morphological and expanding (viability/proliferation) features. However, slow freezing generated more unwanted cells clusters than vitrification. After injection of the PGCs into recipient embryos, vitrified PGCs showed a clear, yet not significant, tendency to colonize the gonad at a higher rate than slow frozen PGCs. Slow freezing in cryovials remains simple, inexpensive and less technically demanding than vitrification. Nevertheless, the intrinsic advantages of our aseptic vitrification method and the present study suggest that this should be considered as safer than classical slow freezing for cryopreserving chicken PGCs. [less ▲]

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See detailLes aspects stratégiques du bioraffinage de seconde génération en Région Wallonne : symbiose industrielle ou autonomie complète ?
Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Istasse, Thibaut ULg; Berchem, Thomas ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (in press)

Introduction. Le bioraffinage s’impose progressivement, à l’échelle commerciale, comme complément ou alternative aux filières de production traditionnelles. Littérature. A ce jour, les principaux sites ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Le bioraffinage s’impose progressivement, à l’échelle commerciale, comme complément ou alternative aux filières de production traditionnelles. Littérature. A ce jour, les principaux sites industriels de bioraffinage s’orientent vers la production de biocarburants (bioéthanol ou biodiésel). Le territoire wallon, de par son accès limité aux ressources végétales renouvelables, semble cependant s’orienter spécifiquement et compétitivement vers la production à plus faibles tonnages de bioproduits. Conclusions. Afin de mener à bien cette initiative, cette étude propose d’argumenter le meilleur choix stratégique devant être ciblé par la Wallonie: développer de nouveaux sites de production autonomes (énergétiquement suffisants et avec des filières d’approvisionnement indépendantes) ou s’ancrer à des systèmes ou des installations de production existants (et bénéficier des facilités déjà opérationnelles d’accès à l’énergie et aux matières premières). Le design de nouvelles unités de bioraffinage intégrées à des unités de production existantes semble être la meilleure option à définir pour le territoire wallon. [less ▲]

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See detailSynthesis of Platinum Nanoparticles on Carbon Powder for Fuel Cell Applications Using an Easy Atmospheric Plasma Approach
Merche, Delphine; Dufour, Thierry; Baneton, Joffrey et al

in Belvac News (in press)

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See detailOptimized approach to retrieve information on atmospheric carbonyl sulfide (OCS) above the Jungfraujoch station and change in its abundance since 1995
Lejeune, Bernard ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Vollmer, M. K. et al

in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (in press)

In this paper, we present an optimized retrieval strategy for carbonyl sulfide (OCS), using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) solar observations made at the high-altitude Jungfraujoch station in the Swiss ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we present an optimized retrieval strategy for carbonyl sulfide (OCS), using Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) solar observations made at the high-altitude Jungfraujoch station in the Swiss Alps. More than 200 lines of the nu3 fundamental band of OCS have been systematically evaluated and we selected 4 microwindows on the basis of objective criteria minimizing the effect of interferences, mainly by solar features, carbon dioxide and water vapor absorption lines, while maximizing the information content. Implementation of this new retrieval strategy provided an extended time series of the OCS abundance spanning the 1995-2015 time period, for the study of the long-term trend and seasonal variation of OCS in the free troposphere and stratosphere. Three distinct periods characterize the evolution of the tropospheric partial columns: a first decreasing period (1995-2002), an intermediate increasing period (2002-2008), and the more recent period (2008-2015) which shows no significant trend. Our FTIR tropospheric and stratospheric time series are compared with new in situ gas chromatography mass spectrometry (GCMS) measurements performed by Empa (Laboratory for Air Pollution/Environmental Technology) at the Jungfraujoch since 2008, and with space-borne solar occultation observations by the ACE-FTS instrument on-board the SCISAT satellite, respectively, and they show good agreement. The OCS signal recorded above Jungfraujoch appears to be closely related to anthropogenic sulfur emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailA Machine Learning-Based Approximation of Strong Branching
Marcos Alvarez, Alejandro ULg; Louveaux, Quentin ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in INFORMS Journal on Computing (in press)

We present in this paper a new generic approach to variable branching in branch-and-bound for mixed- integer linear problems. Our approach consists in imitating the decisions taken by a good branching ... [more ▼]

We present in this paper a new generic approach to variable branching in branch-and-bound for mixed- integer linear problems. Our approach consists in imitating the decisions taken by a good branching strategy, namely strong branching, with a fast approximation. This approximated function is created by a machine learning technique from a set of observed branching decisions taken by strong branching. The philosophy of the approach is similar to reliability branching. However, our approach can catch more complex aspects of observed previous branchings in order to take a branching decision. The experiments performed on randomly generated and MIPLIB problems show promising results. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative study of nutritional quality of potato-wheat steamed and baked breads made with four cultivated potato flour
Liu, Xingli; Mu, Tai-Hua; Sun, Hongnan et al

in International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition (in press)

Bread is traditional staple food in western and oriental countries varying in both the ingredients used, preparation methods, and heating methods applied, which are mainly used as an energy source because ... [more ▼]

Bread is traditional staple food in western and oriental countries varying in both the ingredients used, preparation methods, and heating methods applied, which are mainly used as an energy source because of high carbohydrate. Baked bread is popular in western countries. While steamed bread is a type of fermented and steamed wheat-based food of Chinese origin, and represents ∼40% of the wheat consumption in China. [less ▲]

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See detailWhen obtaining a blood sample from the right arm was not the right thing to do: a case of elevated parathyroid hormone levels 27 years after thyroidectomy.
Wolff, Fleur; Gervy, Christine; Cavalier, Etienne ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (in press)

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See detailCOPPER ADSORPTION FROM WASTEWATER USING BONE CHARCOAL
Ghrab, Sarah; Benzina, Mourad; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg

in American Journal of Applied Sciences (in press)

Bone charcoal (BC) is being developed as a treatment for decontaminating polluted water. In this study, bone charcoal was obtained by pyrolysis of cow bone. Further, for the wastewater depollution with ... [more ▼]

Bone charcoal (BC) is being developed as a treatment for decontaminating polluted water. In this study, bone charcoal was obtained by pyrolysis of cow bone. Further, for the wastewater depollution with these new materials, their performance in the elimination of copper from aqueous solutions has to be determined. The minimum time to reach the removal equilibrium by adsorption was 10 min with a maximum of copper removal equal to 9,615 mg/g. the kinetics models were applied to fit the our experimental data. Actually, they have show excellent correlations with the pseudo-second-order model wich has presented a linear correlation coefficient equal to 0.941. It was verified that the HCl desorption system has the highest efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailPratiques hospitalières et de médecine générale d’éducation thérapeutique –l’exemple du diabète et de l’obésité en Belgique
Pétré, Benoît ULg; Degrange, Sophie ULg; Tittaferante, Séverine et al

in Santé Publique : Revue Multidisciplinaire pour la Recherche et l'Action (in press)

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See detailPolyphosphoesters: new trends in synthesis and drug delivery applications
Ergül, Zeynep ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg

in Macromolecular Bioscience (in press)

Polymers with repeating phosphoester linkages in the backbone are biodegradable materials that emerge as a promising class of novel biomaterials, especially in the field of drug delivery systems. In ... [more ▼]

Polymers with repeating phosphoester linkages in the backbone are biodegradable materials that emerge as a promising class of novel biomaterials, especially in the field of drug delivery systems. In contrast to aliphatic polyesters, the pentavalency of the phosphorus atom offers a large diversity of structures and as a consequence a wide range of properties for these mate- rials. In this paper, it is focused on the synthesis of well-defined polyphosphoesters (PPEs) by organocatalyzed ring-opening polymerization, improving the functionalities by combination with click reactions, degrada- tion of functional PPEs and their cytotoxicity, and inputs for applications in drug delivery. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic single-cell analysis of Saccharomyces cerevisiae under process perturbation: comparison of different methods for monitoring the intensity of population heterogeneity
Delvigne, Frank ULg; Baert, Jonathan ULg; Gofflot, Sébastien et al

in Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology (in press)

BACKGROUND: Single cell biology has attracted a lot of attention these past few years and has led to numerous fundamental results pointing out the heterogeneity of clonal cell populations. In this context ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Single cell biology has attracted a lot of attention these past few years and has led to numerous fundamental results pointing out the heterogeneity of clonal cell populations. In this context, microbial phenotypic heterogeneity under bioprocessing conditions needs to be further investigated. In this study, yeast based processes have been investigated by using on-line flow cytometry in combination with a fluorescent transcriptional reporter (GFP) and viability fluorescence tags (propidium iodide, PI). Methods aiming at expressing the dispersion of these fluorescence tags among the yeast populations have been investigated for different bioreactor operating conditions. RESULTS: Yeast viability was determined on the basis of PI uptake. Segregation between PI negative and positive subpopulations could be efficiently quantified on the basis of the mean-to-median ratio or the amplitude of the interquartile range. On the other hand, the same quantification could not be made for the segregation occurring at the level of GFP synthesis. Indeed, when cells were exposed to sub-lethal or mild stresses (such as in scale-down reactors) two GFP subpopulations could be visualized by real-time FC, but quantification by one of the above-mentioned methods was not possible. CONCLUSIONS: Yeast population heterogeneity was observed in representative bioreactor operating conditions. Difficulties for the determination of segregation at the level of GFP synthesis point out the fact that one needs to understand the segregation mechanisms for the applied fluorescent reporters, to judge whether simple mathematical tools may be applied or if more sophisticated computational tools are needed for the quantification of the microbial population segregation. [less ▲]

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See detailShort-term effects of tillage practices and crop residue exportation on earthworm communities and soil physico-chemical properties in silt loam arable soil (Belgium)
Lemtiri, Aboulkacem ULg; Colinet, Gilles ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg et al

in Soil & Tillage Research (in press)

Earthworms are known to play integral roles in soils, and are often referred to as vital soil and ecosystem engineers. They have the ability to influence a wide range of chemical, physical, and biological ... [more ▼]

Earthworms are known to play integral roles in soils, and are often referred to as vital soil and ecosystem engineers. They have the ability to influence a wide range of chemical, physical, and biological properties of soil environment. In the present study, earthworm and soil samples were collected from wheat cultivated fields in Gembloux, Belgium under four agricultural practices: (1) conventional tillage with crop residues incorporated into the soil (CT/IN); (2) conventional tillage with crop residues exported from the field (CT/OUT); (3) reduced tillage with crop residues incorporated into the soil (RT/IN); and (4) reduced tillage with crop residues exported from the field (RT/OUT). The different agricultural practices were applied on luvisol soil for four consecutive years prior to the initiation of the current study. The purpose of this study was to research the influence of agricultural practices on earthworms with considering species and their interactions with soil properties. Results indicated that agricultural practices affected soil properties and earthworm communities. For each depth, measures of soil physico-chemical properties showed significant differences among treatments. The penetration resistance (PR) measured to a depth of 50 cm increased with increasing soil depth in all treatments. PR was significantly higher in RT compared with CT. Soil moisture was measured before PR determination. Soil samples showed higher P and K concentrations in 0 – 10 cm depth compared with other depths. The main reason for the large K and P accumulation near the soil surface is the incorporation of crop residues. Significant differences were not detected between residue incorporation depth treatments, where results showed mean earthworm abundance was respectively 182 and 180 individuals m-2 in CT and RT. Mean earthworm biomass was similarly not significantly different between CT and RT, where results were respectively 48.5 and 57.3 g.m-2. However, a significant difference was observed between IN and OUT treatments, suggesting the exportation of crop residues will limit earthworm abundance and biomass, and will mask the effect of tillage. The endogeic species Apporectodea caliginosa strongly dominated the earthworm community (64%), whereas epigeic and anecic species remained < 3% and 5% of all earthworms. Findings indicate that endogeic and epi-anecic groups appears to be highly affected by tillage practice and the exportation of crop residues. Consequently, it seems that the effect of residue exportation was stronger than tillage effect. In compacted soils, L. terrestris, L. castaneus and A. caliginosa species showed an increased abundance. The obtained results were attributable to earthworm activity and crop residues, suggesting earthworms contributed to nutrient dynamics and soil structure, particularly at increased soil depths. Overall, the results emphasise the influence of crop residues exportation on earthworm community and also, the important influence of earthworm activity on soil physico-chemical properties change, processes which are closely linked. [less ▲]

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See detailBACTERIA MAY CONTRIBUTE TO DISTANT SPECIES RECOGNITION IN ANT-APHID MUTUALISTIC RELATIONSHIPS
Fischer, Christophe ULg; Detrain, Claire; Thonart, Philippe ULg et al

in Insect Science (in press)

Mutualistic interactions between ant and aphid species have been the subject of considerable historical and contemporary investigations, the primary benefits being cleaning and protection for the aphids ... [more ▼]

Mutualistic interactions between ant and aphid species have been the subject of considerable historical and contemporary investigations, the primary benefits being cleaning and protection for the aphids and carbohydrate-rich honeydew for the ants. Questions remained, however, as to the volatile semiochemical factor influencing this relationship. A recent study highlighted the role of bacterial honeydew volatile compounds in ant attraction. Here, ant’s ability to distantly discriminate two aphid species was investigated based on bacterial honeydew semiochemicals emissions using a two-way olfactometer. Both the mutualistic black bean aphid (Aphis fabae L.) and the non-myrmecophilous pea aphid (Acyrthosiphon pisum Harris) were found to be attractive for the black garden ant (Lasius niger L.). The level of attraction was similar in both assays (control versus one of the aphid species). However, when given a choice between these two aphid species, ants showed a significant preference for Aphis fabae. Honeydew volatiles, mostly from bacterial origins, are known to be a key element in ant attraction. Using the same olfactometry protocol, the relative attractiveness of volatiles emitted by honeydews collected from each aphid species and by bacteria isolated from each honeydew was in investigated. Again, ants significantly preferred volatiles released by Aphis fabae honeydew and bacteria. This information suggests that microbial honeydew volatiles enable ants to distantly discriminate aphid species. These results emphasize the importance of investigating the presence and potential effects of microbes in insect symbioses. [less ▲]

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See detailModeling the strain localization around an underground gallery with a hydro-mechanical double scale model; effect of anisotropy
van den Eijnden, AP; Bésuelle, Pierre; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Computers and Geotechnics (in press)

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See detailSoil processes drive the biological silicon feedback loop
Cornelis, Jean-Thomas ULg; Delvaux, Bruno

in Functional Ecology (in press)

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See detailInfluence of the secondary endosymbiont Serratia Symbiotica on the resistance to the parasitism in the aphid Acyrthosiphon pisum
Attia, Sabrine; Foray, Vincent; Louâpre, Philippe et al

in Journal of Entomology and Zoology Studies (in press)

Aphids have an obligate association with the primary symbiont Buchnera aphidicola and is known to affect aphid fitness. Aphids commonly harbour other facultative bacterial endosymbionts and may benefit ... [more ▼]

Aphids have an obligate association with the primary symbiont Buchnera aphidicola and is known to affect aphid fitness. Aphids commonly harbour other facultative bacterial endosymbionts and may benefit from their presence through increased resistance to parasitoids [1]. Present results suggest that the ability of hosts to defend against natural enemies depend not only on the presence of symbionts but also on the host genotype. Aphids represent a complex micro-environment for the parasitoid larvae and both the aphid physiology and endosymbiont influence their survival until mummification. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the identification of paedomorphic and overwintering larval newts based on cloacal shape: review and guidelines
Denoël, Mathieu ULg

in Current Zoology (in press)

Paedomorphosis is an alternative process to metamorphosis in which adults retain larval traits at the adult stage. It is frequent in newts and salamanders, where larvae reach sexual maturity without ... [more ▼]

Paedomorphosis is an alternative process to metamorphosis in which adults retain larval traits at the adult stage. It is frequent in newts and salamanders, where larvae reach sexual maturity without losing their gills. However, in some populations, larvae overwinter in water, while remaining immature. These alternative ontogenetic processes are of particular interest in various research fields, but have different causes and consequences, as only paedomorphosis allows metamorphosis to be bypassed before maturity. It is thus relevant to efficiently identify paedomorphs versus overwintering larvae. In this context, the aim of this paper was threefold: firstly, to perform a meta-analysis of the identification procedures carried out in the literature; secondly, to determine the effectiveness of body size to make inferences about adulthood by surveying natural newt populations of Lissotriton helveticus and Ichthyosaura alpestris, and thirdly, to propose easy guidelines for an accurate distinction between large larvae and paedomorphs based on an external sexual trait, which is essential for reproduction — the cloaca. More than half of the studies in the literature do not mention the diagnostic criteria used for determining adulthood. The criteria mentioned were the presence of mature gonads (10%), eggs laid (4%), courtship behaviour (10%), and external morphological sexual traits (39%) including the cloaca (24%). Body-size thresholds should not be used as a proxy for paedomorphosis, because overwintering larvae can reach a larger size than paedomorphs within the same populations. In contrast, diagnosis based on cloacal external morphology is recommended, as it can be processed by the rapid visual assessment of all caught specimens, thus providing straightforward data at the individual level for both sexes. [less ▲]

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See detailPilgrimage Certificates from the Mamluk Period: New Data
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (in press)

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See detailRare earth elements dynamics along pedogenesis in a chronosequence of podzolic soils
Vermeire, Marie-Liesse; Cornu, Sophie; Fekiacova, Zuzana et al

in Chemical Geology (in press)

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See detailThe influence of the rotational hardening rule of yield surface for natural clays: review and comparative study
Ahayan, Sanae ULg; Yin, Zhen-Yu; Kotronis, Panagiotis et al

in Computers and Geotechnics (in press)

Induced anisotropy is a constitutive feature of clays that can be numerically introduced through a proper "Rotational Hardening Rule" allowing the rotation of the yield and the potential plastic surfaces ... [more ▼]

Induced anisotropy is a constitutive feature of clays that can be numerically introduced through a proper "Rotational Hardening Rule" allowing the rotation of the yield and the potential plastic surfaces in the stress space. In this paper, rotational hardening rule of yield surface for clays are first reviewed. Then, five typical rotational hardening rules are selected and compared through simulating drained triaxial tests of two Finnish clays. Furthermore, finite element simulations of a strip rigid footing considering different rotational hardening rules together with the case of isotropic yield surface without rotation are carried out in order to study the consequences of the isotropy assumption and the influence of the rotational hardening rule on the behavior of shallow foundation. [less ▲]

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See detailRôle et langue de Tchantchès dans les représentations en castelets des romans de chevalerie : le cas des Quatre fils Aymon
Baiwir, Esther ULg; Impe, Anaëlle

in Enquêtes du Musée de la Vie Wallonne (in press)

Pourquoi et dans quelle mesure les montreurs de marionnettes liégeoises font-ils intervenir Tchantchès aux côtés des grands chevaliers médiévaux, dont les aventures constituent une part importante du ... [more ▼]

Pourquoi et dans quelle mesure les montreurs de marionnettes liégeoises font-ils intervenir Tchantchès aux côtés des grands chevaliers médiévaux, dont les aventures constituent une part importante du répertoire liégeois ? Quels sont ses moyens d'action, mais également ses modes d'expression ? Divers registres de langue apparaissent au fil des spectacles ; quels sont ceux prêtés à notre héros ? Et surtout, ce rôle et cette langue ont-ils évolué au fil du temps ? C’est à ces quelques questions que nous tentons de répondre, en observant les différentes interventions de Tchantchès dans les réécritures des aventures des quatre fils Aymon, l’une des œuvres les plus anciennes et les plus fréquemment jouées dans les théâtres liégeois dévolus aux comédiens de bois. [less ▲]

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See detailNeeds-Supplies Fit and Behavioral Outcomes: The Mediating Role of Organizational Identification
Travaglianti, Fabrice ULg; Babic, Audrey ULg; Pepermans, Roland et al

in Journal of Management & Organization (in press)

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See detailPsychological transition and adjustment processes related to retirement: Influence on cognitive functioning
Grotz, Catherine ULg; Matharan, Fanny; Pérès, Karine et al

in Aging & Mental Health (in press)

Objective: To investigate the relationship between psychological transition and adjustment to retirement and cognitive performances in older adults. Methods: The study’s sample was taken from the Approche ... [more ▼]

Objective: To investigate the relationship between psychological transition and adjustment to retirement and cognitive performances in older adults. Methods: The study’s sample was taken from the Approche Multidisciplinaire Int egr ee cohort, a French prospective study of retirees from agriculture, aged 65 and over, living in rural settings in southwestern France. The cross-sectional analyses were conducted on a sample of 590 elderly people without dementia at baseline and for whom information on perception of the work setting, experience of the retirement transition and adaptation to retirement life (nine variables) as well as neuropsychological measures (global cognitive functioning, episodic memory, verbal fluency, attention and psychomotor speed) were available at first visit. Results: Multivariable linear regression analyses, including nine variables related to retirement and adjusted for potential confounding factors, indicated that three of them positive consideration of former work situation, development of new activities during retirement and good adaptation to free time were associated with better cognitive performances. Conclusions: We found that several factors proved to be determinants of good cognitive functioning at retirement and could serve as a basis for the development of more efficient intervention programs aimed at helping retirees to maintain good cognitive functioning after retirement. [less ▲]

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See detailLe populisme aux Etats-Unis
Jamin, Jérôme ULg

in Revue de la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Liège (in press)

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See detailA framework to identify housing location patterns using profile Hidden Markov Models
Saadi, Ismaïl ULg; Liu, Feng; El Saeid Mustafa, Ahmed Mohamed ULg et al

in Advanced Science Letters (in press)

The determination of comprehensive activity-travel patterns is important in the context of agent-based micro-simulation modelling. This paper presents an improved method based on profile Hidden Markov ... [more ▼]

The determination of comprehensive activity-travel patterns is important in the context of agent-based micro-simulation modelling. This paper presents an improved method based on profile Hidden Markov Models (pHMMs) able to include information related to the agents’ residential locations. As proposed in the framework of Liu et al. (2015), pHMMs only characterize activity-travel patterns from the activity sequences perspective. In this context, information related to the primary activity locations (e.g. home, work) is not available and, as a result, it cannot be extracted from the pHMMs themselves. With respect to this limitation, we propose to apply the framework of Liu et al. (2015) with an extension to include characterization of residential locations. Following the established guidelines, the activity sequences and their related residential locations are extracted from the activity-travel diaries in order to estimate the regularity of the activities as well as their sequential order. Subsequently, within each residential activity, we include a categorization at an aggregate level (provinces). The methodology is powerful as it characterizes any length of sequence, allowing the generation of unlimited agent plans with information about residential location. Regarding data collection, the activity-travel diaries are provided by the Belgian Household Daily Travel Survey (2010). The results obtained after the simulations indicate a good match between the predicted and observed residential locations at both the national and provincial levels. [less ▲]

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See detailArtù italiano e iberico. Appunti in margine ai volumi VII e VIII di ALMA
Morato, Nicola ULg

in Revista de Literatura Medieval (in press), 28

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See detailRelationship between thiamine and subacute ruminal acidosis induced by a high-gran diet in dairy cows
Pan, Xiaohua; Yang, L.; Xue, F.G. et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (in press)

Two experiments were conducted to reveal the effects of grain-induced subacute rumen acidosis (SARA) on thiamine status in blood and rumen fluid in dairy cows. In both experiments, 6 multiparous, rumen ... [more ▼]

Two experiments were conducted to reveal the effects of grain-induced subacute rumen acidosis (SARA) on thiamine status in blood and rumen fluid in dairy cows. In both experiments, 6 multiparous, rumen-fistulated Holstein dairy cows were used in a 2-treatment, 2-period crossover design. Each experimental period consisted of 21 d (total of 42 d). Experiment 1 was to investigate the effects of SARA on thiamine status in blood and rumen fluid. Treatments were either control (20% starch, dry matter basis) or SARA-inducing diet (SAID, 33.2% starch, dry matter basis). In experiment 2, the effects of dietary thiamine supplementation on attenuating SARA and ruminal fermentation characteristics in dairy cows were studied. All cows received the same SAID diet during the whole experimental period; treatments were with or without thiamine (180 mg of thiamine/kg of dry matter intake). In both experiments, rumen fluid samples were collected at 0, 3, 6, 9, and 12 h after morning feeding on d 21 and 42 of the experiments for measurement of pH, thiamine, volatile fatty acid, and lactate contents. Peripheral blood was also collected at 3 h after morning feeding on d 21 and 42 to measure thiamine, carbohydrate metabolites, and enzyme activities. In experiment 1, cows fed the SAID diet had lower ruminal and plasma thiamine concentrations and higher lactate than cows fed the control diet. The ruminal thiamine contents were positively related to pH and the concentrations of acetate in the rumen, and negatively correlated with the lactate contents. Experiment 2 demonstrated that ruminal pH and the concentrations of thiamine, acetate, and total volatile fatty acids in the rumen were increased, whereas ruminal lactate contents were reduced by thiamine supplementation. The concentrations of lactate and the activity of lactate dehydrogenase in blood were reduced in the thiamine supplemented group, and the opposite was true for the nonesterified fatty acids and α-ketoneglutarate dehydrogenase contents. In conclusion, the thiamine status was affected by SARA in dairy cows and ruminal infusion of thiamine could helpattenuate SARA by improving the proportions of ruminal volatile fatty acids and reducing lactate contents in rumen fluid and blood. [less ▲]

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