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See detailMolecular dynamics study of micelle proeprties according to their size
Lebecque, Simon ULg; Crowet, Jean-Marc ULg; Nasir, Mehmet Nail ULg et al

in Journal of Molecular Graphics and Modelling (2017), 72

Surfactants are molecules able to spontaneously self-assemble to form aggregates with well-defined properties, such as spherical micelles, planar bilayers, cylindrical micelles or vesicles. Micelles have ... [more ▼]

Surfactants are molecules able to spontaneously self-assemble to form aggregates with well-defined properties, such as spherical micelles, planar bilayers, cylindrical micelles or vesicles. Micelles have notably several applications in many domains, such as drug delivery or membrane protein solubilization. In this context, the study of micelle formation in relation with the structural and physico-chemical properties of surfactants is of great interest to better control their use in the different application fields. In this work, we use the MD approach developed by Yoshii et al. and extend it to surfactants with different structures. We aim to systematically investigate different micellar properties as a function of the aggregates size by a molecular dynamics approach, to get an insight into the micellar organization and to collect some relevant descriptors about micelle formation. For this, we perform short MD simulations of preformed micelles of various sizes and analyze three parameters for each micelle size, namely the eccentricity of the micelles, the hydrophobic/hydrophilic surface ratio and the hydrophobic tails hydration. If these parameters are known descriptors of micelles, they were not yet studied in this way by MD. We show that eccentricity, used as “validator” parameter, exhibits minimal values when the aggregate size is close to the experimental aggregation number for surfactants that are known to form spherical micelles. This hence indicates that our methodology gives consistent results. The evolution of the two descriptors follows another scheme, with a sharp increase and decrease, respectively, followed by a leveling-off. The aggregate sizes at which this stabilization starts to occur are close to the respective aggregation number of each surfactant. In our approach, we validate the use of these descriptors to follow micelle formation by MD, from “simple” surfactants to more complex structures, like lipopeptides. Our calculations also suggest that some peculiar behavior, like that of TPC, can be highlighted by our approach. In the context of peptidic surfactants, our methodology could further help to improve computer simulations combined to molecular thermodynamic models to predict micellar properties of those more complex amphiphilic molecules. [less ▲]

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See detailIterated local search for the capacitated vehicle routing problem with sequence-based pallet loading and axle weight constraints
Pollaris, Hanne; Braekers, Kris; Caris, An et al

in Networks (2017)

In this article an Iterated Local Search algorithm for the capacitated vehicle routing problem with sequence-based pallet loading and axle weight constraints is presented. Axle weight limits impose a ... [more ▼]

In this article an Iterated Local Search algorithm for the capacitated vehicle routing problem with sequence-based pallet loading and axle weight constraints is presented. Axle weight limits impose a great challenge for transportation companies. Yet, the literature on the incorporation of axle weight constraints in vehicle routing models is very scarce. The effect of introducing axle weight constraints in a CVRP on total routing cost is analyzed. Results show that integrating axle weight constraints does not lead to a large cost increase. However, not including axle weight constraints in the planning process may induce major axle weight violations. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiative data for highly excited 3d84d levels in Ni II from laboratory measurements and atomic calculations
Hartman, H.; Engström, L.; Lundberg, H. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2017), 600

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See detailNovel strategies for improving hematopoietic reconstruction after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation or intensive chemotherapy.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Nagler, Arnon

in Expert Opinion on Biological Therapy (2017)

INTRODUCTION: High-dose conditioning regimens for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) as well as intensive poly-chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) induce prolonged periods ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: High-dose conditioning regimens for allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) as well as intensive poly-chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) induce prolonged periods of neutropenia. The duration of the neutropenia is particularly long following umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT). Areas covered: After briefly reviewing the impact of hematopoietic growth factors administration to hasten hematologic reconstitution after allo-HCT or intensive AML chemotherapy, this article summarizes recent approaches that have been investigated to prompt hematologic reconstruction after UCBT or intensive AML chemotherapy. Expert opinion: In the allo-HCT setting, administration of G-CSF or GM-CSF shortened the duration of the neutropenia but failed to decrease infection-related mortality or to improve survival. Novel approaches to hasten hematological reconstruction after UCBT such as double UCBT with expansion of one of the 2 UCB units with Notch ligand, mesenchymal stromal cells, nicotinamide, or StemRegenin 1, co-transplanting a single UCB unit with HLA-haploidentical CD34+ cells, or increasing UCB HSC homing to marrow niches via direct intra bone UCB administration, pulse treatment with dmPGE2 or enforced fucosylation are promising and deserve further investigations in prospective phase III studies. In the AML setting, G-CSF or GM-CSF administration after intensive chemotherapy decreased the duration of the neutropenia without improving survival. [less ▲]

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See detailQuand la rue kinoise envahit le politique...
Polet, François ULg

in Cahiers Africains (2017), 94

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See detailL’IMAGE DU MOIS.Une tumeur cardiaque indéterminée
RADERMECKER, Régis ULg; RENSON, Virginie ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2017), 72(1), 4-5

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See detailLooking for a Dialogue between Farmers and Scientific Soil Knowledge: Learnings from an Ethno-Geomorphopedological Study in a Philippine’s Upland Village
Richelle, Lola; Visser, Marjolein; Bock, Laurent ULg et al

in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (2017), 0(ja),

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See detailPest and mould infestation of smoked shrimp and preventive measures for storage in cottage industry
Kpoclou; Anihouvi; Azokpota et al

in Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge (2017), 16

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See detailAssessment of extreme value overestimations with equivalent static wind loads
Blaise, Nicolas ULg; Andrianne, Thomas ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (2017)

The wind-resistant design using equivalent static wind loads is convenient for structural engineers. This paper studies the reliability of such an approach in the case of non-Gaussianities in both ... [more ▼]

The wind-resistant design using equivalent static wind loads is convenient for structural engineers. This paper studies the reliability of such an approach in the case of non-Gaussianities in both aerodynamic pressures and responses. These non-Gaussianities are responsible for overestimations of envelope values and may result in uneconomical designs, if not appropriately understood, assessed and addressed. In this study, it is shown that the equivalent static wind loads defined with the Conditional Expected Load method, which extends the physical meaning of the Load-Response Correlation approach in a non-Gaussian framework, improves the issue of overestimations of envelope values. Several envelopes of structural responses are considered: the mean of extremes and the 86% quantiles of extremes, together with two reference periods (10 min and 1 h). Extensive wind tunnel measurements have been collected, which correspond to 371 h full scale. This study is undertaken for quasi-static analysis of structures and is illustrated with a low-rise building. [less ▲]

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See detailDes traces de lithalses sur des replats de la retombée nord de la crête de la Vecquée
Marion, Jean-Marc ULg; Lamberty, Pauline ULg; Ghiette, Pascal et al

in Hautes Fagnes (2017), 83(305 (1° trimestre 2017)), 9-13

Pissart (2009, 2014) produced a map showing the distribution of "fish tanks", traces of lithalses, in Eastern Belgium (Hautes Fagnes) and he insisted on a close relationships with the systematic presence ... [more ▼]

Pissart (2009, 2014) produced a map showing the distribution of "fish tanks", traces of lithalses, in Eastern Belgium (Hautes Fagnes) and he insisted on a close relationships with the systematic presence in the subsoil of the Upper Cambrian rocks (former Revinian), namely: quartzites, quartzophyllades and phyllades. He made of this lithological aspect a fundamental factor, as well as the periglacial climatic conditions, to justify the formation of lithalses in Eastern Belgium. He points out one exception in the Elsenborn military camp, where the Lower Devonian sandstones and silty shales are exposed. The researchs that led to the realization of this map were carried out on the aerial photos made available to researchers and the public, from the 1950s, by the Military Geographical Institute (IGM). In 2015, the Walloon Public Service, through its "WalOnMap" site, has launched digital terrain models generated by LIDAR (Laser Detection and Ranging) images, including the "2013-2014 (Hillshade)" model, which only gives the relief of the ground, irrespective of the vegetation cover, and offers, by this advantage, a potential for prospecting. This one is clearly superior to that of the above-mentioned aerial photos. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo-Parameter Kinematic Approach for Shear Strength of Deep Concrete Beams with Internal FRP Reinforcement
Mihaylov, Boyan ULg

in Journal of Composites for Construction (2017), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614 .0000747

Tests of deep concrete beams with internal fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement have shown that such members can exhibit lower shear strength than members with conventional steel reinforcement. To ... [more ▼]

Tests of deep concrete beams with internal fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement have shown that such members can exhibit lower shear strength than members with conventional steel reinforcement. To model this effect, the current paper proposes an approach based on a two-parameter kinematic theory (2PKT) for conventional deep beams. The 2PKT is built on a kinematic model with two degrees of freedom that describes the deformation patterns of cracked beams. Using this theory shows that large strains in FRP longitudinal reinforcement result in reduced shear resistance of the critical loading zones (CLZ) of deep beams. The original 2PKT is therefore modified by introducing a reduction factor for the shear carried by the CLZ. The extended 2PKT approach is then applied to a database of 39 tests of FRP-reinforced deep beams from the literature, resulting in an average shear strength experimental-to-predicted ratio of 1.06 and a coefficient of variation of 18.3%. The results show that the 2PKT adequately captures the effects of the stiffness of the reinforcement, section depth, concrete strength, and shear-span-to-depth ratio on the shear strength of FRP-reinforced deep beams. [less ▲]

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See detailMethane in the South China Sea and the Western Philippine Sea
Tseng, Hsiao-Chun; Chen, Chen-Tung Arthur; Borges, Alberto ULg et al

in Continental Shelf Research (2017), 135

Approximately 700 water samples from the South China Sea (SCS) and 300 water samples from the western Philippine Sea (wPS) were collected during eight cruises from August 2003 to July 2007 to determine ... [more ▼]

Approximately 700 water samples from the South China Sea (SCS) and 300 water samples from the western Philippine Sea (wPS) were collected during eight cruises from August 2003 to July 2007 to determine methane (CH4) distributions from the surface to a depth of 4250 m. The surface CH4 concentrations exceeded atmospheric equilibrium, both in the SCS and the wPS, and the concentrations were 4.5±3.6 and 3.0±1.2 nmol L−1, respectively. The sea-to-air fluxes were calculated, and the SCS and the wPS were found to emit CH4 to the atmosphere at 8.6±6.4 µmol m−2 d−1 and 4.9±4.9 µmol m−2 d−1, respectively. In the SCS, CH4 emissions were higher over the continental shelf (11.0±7.4 µmol m−2 d−1) than over the deep ocean (6.1±6.0 µmol m−2 d−1), owing to greater biological productivity and closer coupling with the sediments on the continental shelf. The SCS emitted 30.1×106 mol d−1 CH4 to the atmosphere and exported 1.82×106 mol d−1 CH4 to the wPS. The concentrations of both CH4 and chlorophyll a were high in the 150 m surface layer of the wPS, but were not significantly correlated with each other. CH4 concentrations generally declined with increasing depth below the euphotic zone but remained constant below 1,000 m, both in the SCS and the wPS. Some high CH4 concentrations were observed at mid-depths and bottom waters in the SCS, and were most likely caused by the release of CH4 from gas hydrates or gas seepage. [less ▲]

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See detailLandslide risk reduction measures: a review of practices and challenges for the tropics
Maes, Jan; Kervyn, Matthieu; de Hontheim, Astrid et al

in Progress in Physical Geography (2017)

The overall objective of this review is to gain insights into landslide risk reduction measures that are applied or recommended in tropical landslide-prone countries, and the challenges at play. More ... [more ▼]

The overall objective of this review is to gain insights into landslide risk reduction measures that are applied or recommended in tropical landslide-prone countries, and the challenges at play. More specifically, this review aims to (i) presenting an overview of recent studies on landslides and landslide risk reduction in these countries, (ii) exploring the factors controlling the publication output on landslides and landslide risk reduction, (iii) reviewing the various landslide risk reduction measures recommended and implemented, and (iv) identifying the bottlenecks for the implementation of these strategies. A compilation of recommended and implemented landslide risk reduction measures in 99 landslide-prone tropical countries was made, based on an extensive review of scientific literature (382 publications). The documented measures are analysed Corresponding author: Jan Maes, Department of Earth & Environmental Sciences, KU Leuven, Celestijnenlaan 200E 03.256, Heverlee B-3001, Belgium. Email: maes.jan@kuleuven.be Progress in Physical Geography 1–31 ª The Author(s) 2017 Reprints and permission: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav DOI: 10.1177/0309133316689344 journals.sagepub.com/home/ppg using a scheme of risk reduction measures that combines classifications of the Hyogo Framework for Action and the SafeLand project. Our literature review shows that the factors influencing the number of publications on landslides and landslide risk reduction per country are (in order of importance) the absolute physical exposure of people to landslides, the population number and the Human Development Index of a country. The ratio of publications on landslide risk reduction versus publications on landslides for landslide-prone tropical countries does not vary much between these countries (average: 0.28). A significant fraction (0.30) of all known landslide hazard reduction measures are neither implemented nor recommended according to our review. The most recommended landslide risk reduction component is ‘risk management and vulnerability reduction’ (0.38). However, the most implemented component is ‘risk assessment’ (0.57). Overall, the ratio of implemented versus recommended landslide risk reduction measures in the tropics is low (<0.50) for most landslide risk reduction components, except for ‘risk assessment’ (3.01). The most cited bottlenecks for implementing landslide risk reduction measures are scientific (0.30) and political (0.29) in nature. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh-throughput strategies for the discovery and engineering of enzymes for biocatalysis
Jacques, Philippe ULg; Béchet, M.; Bigan, M. et al

in Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering (2017), 40(2),

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See detailOn the evaluation of interface quality in concrete repair system by means of impact-echo signal analysis
Garbacz, Andrzej; Piotrowski, Tomacz; Courard, Luc ULg et al

in Construction and Building Materials (2017), 134

According to Concrete Repair Manual as well as ACI 562-16 and European EN 1504-10 standards, a bond strength as a measure of adhesion is one the main feature of repair system necessary to be assessed. The ... [more ▼]

According to Concrete Repair Manual as well as ACI 562-16 and European EN 1504-10 standards, a bond strength as a measure of adhesion is one the main feature of repair system necessary to be assessed. The most common laboratory and engineering method for bond strength evaluation is pull-off test. This is however a semi-destructive method that needs a repair in a place of measurement. Recently, the great interest in nondestructive techniques (NDT) development is noted. Impact-Echo (IE) is considered as one of the most promising methods for this purpose. In this paper, the study on the usability the IE test based on frequency spectrum analysis for bond strength evaluation is analyzed. Both Finite Element Method (FEM) simulation and experimental tests were performed in order to obtain potential relations between IE frequency spectrum and parameters characterizing concrete substrate quality that may affect the final bond strength and the real value of pull-off bond strength measured on samples as well. It was concluded that the IE method can be a useful tool for interface quality and bond strength evaluations in concrete repair system. However, more complex signal analysis, e.g. wavelet analysis, should be considered in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptation response surfaces for managing wheat under perturbed climate and CO2 in a Mediterranean environment
Ruiz-Ramos, M.; Ferrise, R.; Rodríguez, A. et al

in Agricultural Systems (2017)

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See detailEffects of a giant exercising board game intervention on ambulatory physical activity among nursing home residents: a preliminary study
Mouton, Alexandre ULg; Gillet, Nicolas; Mouton, Flore et al

in Clinical Interventions in Aging (2017), 12

Purpose: This study examined the effects of a giant (4×3 m) exercising board game intervention on ambulatory physical activity (PA) and a broader array of physical and psychological outcomes among nursing ... [more ▼]

Purpose: This study examined the effects of a giant (4×3 m) exercising board game intervention on ambulatory physical activity (PA) and a broader array of physical and psychological outcomes among nursing home residents. Materials and methods: A quasi-experimental longitudinal study was carried out in two comparable nursing homes. Ten participants (aged 82.5±6.3 and comprising 6 women) meeting the inclusion criteria took part in the 1-month intervention in one nursing home, whereas 11 participants (aged 89.9±3.1 with 8 women) were assigned to the control group in the other nursing home. The giant exercising board game required participants to perform strength, flexibility, balance and endurance activities. The assistance provided by an exercising specialist decreased gradually during the intervention in an autonomy-oriented approach based on the self-determination theory. The following were assessed at baseline, after the intervention and after a follow-up period of 3 months: PA (steps/day and energy expenditure/day with ActiGraph), cognitive status (mini mental state examination), quality of life (EuroQol 5-dimensions), motivation for PA (Behavioral Regulation in Exercise Questionnaire-2), gait and balance (Tinetti and Short Physical Performance Battery), functional mobility (timed up and go), and the muscular isometric strength of the lower limb muscles. Results and conclusion: In the intervention group, PA increased from 2,921 steps/day at baseline to 3,358 steps/day after the intervention (+14.9%, P=0.04) and 4,083 steps/day (+39.8%, P=0.03) after 3 months. Energy expenditure/day also increased after the intervention (+110 kcal/day, +6.3%, P=0.01) and after 3 months (+219 kcal/day, +12.3%, P=0.02). Quality of life (P,0.05), balance and gait (P,0.05), and strength of the ankle (P,0.05) were also improved after 3 months. Such improvements were not observed in the control group. The preliminary results are promising but further investigation is required to confirm and evaluate the long-term effectiveness of PA interventions in nursing homes. [less ▲]

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See detailRoad and intermodal transport performance: the impact of operational costs and air pollution external costs
Mostert, Martine ULg; Caris, An; Limbourg, Sabine ULg

in Research in Transportation Business & Management (2017)

The transportation of goods is essential for the economy, but it also contributes to air pollution which, in turn, affects human health. These negative impacts generate additional costs for society that ... [more ▼]

The transportation of goods is essential for the economy, but it also contributes to air pollution which, in turn, affects human health. These negative impacts generate additional costs for society that are not necessarily taken into account in public transportation policies and in private transportation decisions of companies and individuals. This leads to inefficient transportation systems where the social equilibrium is not reached. Intermodal transport is promoted by the European Commission to reduce these negative externalities. The objective of this paper is to analyze at a strategic level the effect on modal split between road, intermodal rail and intermodal inland waterway transport of several economic or environmental policies. An intermodal allocation model is applied to the Belgian case in order to identify the modal split changes between the single minimization of costs (operational or health-related external) and the introduction of additional road taxes. [less ▲]

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See detailVignette therapeutique de l'etudiant. Optimisation d'un traitement par insuline basale chez le patient diabetique de type 2.
Scheen, André ULg; Paquot, Nicolas ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2017), 72(3), 156-161

Because of the natural history of type 2 diabetes and the increasing life expectancy, more and more patients are treated with insulin after failure of oral therapy. International guidelines give the ... [more ▼]

Because of the natural history of type 2 diabetes and the increasing life expectancy, more and more patients are treated with insulin after failure of oral therapy. International guidelines give the preference to basal insulin, most often while maintaining metformin. If this treatment does not allow to reach the glycaemic objectives, optimizing therapy is mandatory. This clinical case offers the opportunity of discussing both advantages and disadvantages of three therapeutic options : the shift from basal insulin to a basal-plus or a basal-bolus insulin regimen, the addition of another oral glucose-lowering agent, either a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (gliptin) or an inhibitor of cotransporters sodium-glucose type 2 cotransporters (gliflozin), or the combination of basal insulin and a glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist. [less ▲]

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See detailVers de nouvelles conceptions intégrées du fonctionnement de la mémoire
Bastin, Christine ULg

in Revue de Neuropsychologie (2017), 9(2), 74-76

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See detailRhubarb extract prevents hepatic inflammation induced by acute alcohol intake, an effect related to the modulation of the gut microbiota.
Neyrinck, Audrey M.; Etxeberria, Usune; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research (2017), 61(1), 1500899

SCOPE: Binge consumption of alcohol is an alarming global health problem. Acute ethanol intoxication is characterized by inflammation and oxidative stress, which could be promoted by gut barrier function ... [more ▼]

SCOPE: Binge consumption of alcohol is an alarming global health problem. Acute ethanol intoxication is characterized by inflammation and oxidative stress, which could be promoted by gut barrier function alterations. In this study, we have tested the hypothesis of the hepatoprotective effect of rhubarb extract in a mouse model of binge drinking and we explored the contribution of the gut microbiota in the related- metabolic effects. METHODS AND RESULTS: Mice were fed a control diet supplemented with or without 0.3% rhubarb extract for 17 days and were necropsied 6 hours after an alcohol challenge. Supplementation with rhubarb extract changed the microbial ecosystem (assessed by 16S rDNA pyrosequencing) in favor of Akkermansia muciniphila and Parabacteroides goldsteinii. Furthermore, it improved alcohol-induced hepatic injury, down-regulated key markers of both inflammatory and oxidative stresses in the liver tissue, without affecting significantly steatosis. In the gut, rhubarb supplementation increased crypt depth, tissue weight, the expression of antimicrobial peptides. CONCLUSIONS: These findings suggest that some bacterial genders involved in gut barrier function, are promoted by phytochemicals present in rhubarb extract, and could therefore be involved in the modulation of the susceptibility to hepatic diseases linked to acute alcohol consumption. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailDonnées nouvelles sur quelques espèces minérales de Vielsalm et Salmchâteau (Province de Luxembourg, Belgique)
Blondieau, M; Puccio, S; Compère, Philippe ULg et al

in Bulletin de la Société Royale des Sciences de Liège (2017), 86

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See detailAssessing cultivar resistance to Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) using a phenotyping method under semi-field conditions
Chavalle, Sandrine ULg; Jacquemin, Guillaume; De Proft, Michel

in Journal of Applied Entomology (2017)

The orange wheat blossom midge, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin), can significantly reduce wheat yield. Growing resistant wheat cultivars is an effective way of managing this pest. The assessment of ... [more ▼]

The orange wheat blossom midge, Sitodiplosis mosellana (Géhin), can significantly reduce wheat yield. Growing resistant wheat cultivars is an effective way of managing this pest. The assessment of cultivar resistance in field trials is difficult because of unequal pressure of S. mosellana caused by differences in cultivar heading dates relative to the flight period of S. mosellana adult females and huge variations of egg laying conditions from 1 day to another. To overcome these hurdles and to expose all cultivars homogeneously to the pest, an assessment method of cultivar resistance was developed under semi-field conditions. In 2015, the resistance of 64 winter wheat cultivars to S. mosellana was assessed. Few or no larvae developed in the ears of resistant cultivars, but in susceptible cultivars, large numbers of larvae developed. Seventeen cultivars proved to be resistant, whereas 47 were susceptible. The identification of new resistant cultivars offers more opportunities to manage S. mosellana. The phenotyping method is easy, cheap, efficient and reliable. It can be used to guide the breeding of new resistant wheat cultivars. Using specific midge populations, this method could also be used in research on new resistance mechanisms in winter wheat or in other cereal species. [less ▲]

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See detailElectronic states and valley-orbit coupling in linear and planar molecules formed by coupled P donors in silicon
Klymenko, M. V.; Rogge, S.; Remacle, Françoise ULg

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2017), 95(20), 205301

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See detailOn the Zero Defect Conjecture
Labbé, Sébastien ULg; Starosta, Stepan; Pelantova, Edita

in European Journal of Combinatorics (2017), 62(May 2017), 132146

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See detailImproved pressure contour analysis for estimating cardiac stroke volume using pulse wave velocity measurement.
Kamoi, Shun; Pretty, Christopher; Balmer, Joel et al

in BioMedical Engineering OnLine (2017), 16(1), 51

BACKGROUND: Pressure contour analysis is commonly used to estimate cardiac performance for patients suffering from cardiovascular dysfunction in the intensive care unit. However, the existing techniques ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Pressure contour analysis is commonly used to estimate cardiac performance for patients suffering from cardiovascular dysfunction in the intensive care unit. However, the existing techniques for continuous estimation of stroke volume (SV) from pressure measurement can be unreliable during hemodynamic instability, which is inevitable for patients requiring significant treatment. For this reason, pressure contour methods must be improved to capture changes in vascular properties and thus provide accurate conversion from pressure to flow. METHODS: This paper presents a novel pressure contour method utilizing pulse wave velocity (PWV) measurement to capture vascular properties. A three-element Windkessel model combined with the reservoir-wave concept are used to decompose the pressure contour into components related to storage and flow. The model parameters are identified beat-to-beat from the water-hammer equation using measured PWV, wave component of the pressure, and an estimate of subject-specific aortic dimension. SV is then calculated by converting pressure to flow using identified model parameters. The accuracy of this novel method is investigated using data from porcine experiments (N = 4 Pietrain pigs, 20-24.5 kg), where hemodynamic properties were significantly altered using dobutamine, fluid administration, and mechanical ventilation. In the experiment, left ventricular volume was measured using admittance catheter, and aortic pressure waveforms were measured at two locations, the aortic arch and abdominal aorta. RESULTS: Bland-Altman analysis comparing gold-standard SV measured by the admittance catheter and estimated SV from the novel method showed average limits of agreement of +/-26% across significant hemodynamic alterations. This result shows the method is capable of estimating clinically acceptable absolute SV values according to Critchely and Critchely. CONCLUSION: The novel pressure contour method presented can accurately estimate and track SV even when hemodynamic properties are significantly altered. Integrating PWV measurements into pressure contour analysis improves identification of beat-to-beat changes in Windkessel model parameters, and thus, provides accurate estimate of blood flow from measured pressure contour. The method has great potential for overcoming weaknesses associated with current pressure contour methods for estimating SV. [less ▲]

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See detailAnti-thymocyte globulin as graft-versus-host disease prevention in the setting of allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation: a review from the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Mohty, Mohamad; Blaise, Didier et al

in Haematologica (2017)

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is increasingly used as treatment for patients with life threatening blood diseases. Their curative potential is largely based on immune-mediated graft ... [more ▼]

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is increasingly used as treatment for patients with life threatening blood diseases. Their curative potential is largely based on immune-mediated graft-versus-leukemia effects caused by donor T cells contained in the graft. Unfortunately, donor T cells are also the cause of graft-versus-host disease. The vast majority of HLA-matched allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantations are nowadays carried out with peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) as stem cell source. In comparison with bone marrows, PBSC contain more hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells but also one log more T cells. Consequently, the use of PBSC instead of bone marrow has been associated with faster hematological recovery and a lower risk of relapse in patients with advanced disease, but also with a higher incidence of chronic graft-versus-host disease. These observations have been the basis for several studies aimed at assessing the impact of immunoregulation with anti-thymocyte globulin (ATG) on transplantation outcomes in patients given HLA-matched PBSC from related or unrelated donors. After a brief introduction on ATG, this article reviews recent studies assessing the impact ATG on transplantation outcomes in patients given PBSC from HLA-matched related or unrelated donors as well as in recipients of grafts from HLA-haploidentical donors. [less ▲]

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See detailDeciding game invariance
Duchêne, Eric; Parreau, Aline; Rigo, Michel ULg

in Information & Computation (2017), 253

In a preivous paper, Duchêne and Rigo introduced the notion of invariance for take-away games on heaps. Roughly speaking, these are games whose rulesets do not depend on the position. Given a sequence S ... [more ▼]

In a preivous paper, Duchêne and Rigo introduced the notion of invariance for take-away games on heaps. Roughly speaking, these are games whose rulesets do not depend on the position. Given a sequence S of positive tuples of integers, the question of whether there exists an invariant game having S as set of P -positions is relevant. In particular, it was recently proved by Larsson et al. that if S is a pair of complementary Beatty sequences, then the answer to this question is always positive. In this paper, we show that for a fairly large set of sequences (expressed by infinite words), the answer to this question is decidable. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of parasite and historic driven selection on the diversity and structure of a MHC-II gene in a small mammal species (Peromyscus leucopus) undergoing range expansion
andré, adrien; millien, Virginie; Galan, Maxime et al

in Evolutionary Ecology (2017), DOI 10.1007/s10682-017-9898-z

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See detailChitosan : a promising polymer for cartilage repair and viscosupplementation
Comblain, Fanny ULg; Rocasalbas, Guillem; Gautier, Sandrine et al

in Bio-medical Materials & Engineering (2017)

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See detailUnraveling microbial ecology of industrial-scale Kombucha fermentations by metabarcoding and culture-based methods.
Coton, Monika; Pawtowski, Audrey; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

in FEMS Microbiology Ecology (2017), 93(5),

Kombucha, historically an Asian tea-based fermented drink, has recently become trendy in Western countries. Producers claim it bears health-enhancing properties that may come from the tea or metabolites ... [more ▼]

Kombucha, historically an Asian tea-based fermented drink, has recently become trendy in Western countries. Producers claim it bears health-enhancing properties that may come from the tea or metabolites produced by its microbiome. Despite its long history of production, microbial richness and dynamics have not been fully unraveled, especially at an industrial scale. Moreover, the impact of tea type (green or black) on microbial ecology was not studied. Here, we compared microbial communities from industrial-scale black and green tea fermentations, still traditionally carried out by a microbial biofilm, using culture-dependent and metabarcoding approaches. Dominant bacterial species belonged to Acetobacteraceae and to a lesser extent Lactobacteriaceae, while the main identified yeasts corresponded to Dekkera, Hanseniaspora and Zygosaccharomyces during all fermentations. Species richness decreased over the 8-day fermentation. Among acetic acid bacteria, Gluconacetobacter europaeus, Gluconobacter oxydans, G. saccharivorans and Acetobacter peroxydans emerged as dominant species. The main lactic acid bacteria, Oenococcus oeni, was strongly associated with green tea fermentations. Tea type did not influence yeast community, with Dekkera bruxellensis, D. anomala, Zygosaccharomyces bailii and Hanseniaspora valbyensis as most dominant. This study unraveled a distinctive core microbial community which is essential for fermentation control and could lead to Kombucha quality standardization. [less ▲]

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See detailCan Fe isotope fractionations trace the pedogenetic mechanisms involved in podzolization?
fekiakova, zuzana; vermeire, marie-liesse; bechon, L et al

in Geoderma (2017), 296

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See detailTopography and Lateralized Effect of Acute Aromatase Inhibition on Auditory Processing in a Seasonal Songbird
de groof, Geert; Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Cornil, Charlotte ULg et al

in Journal of Neuroscience (2017), 37(16), 4243-4254

It is increasingly recognized that brain-derived estrogens (neuroestrogens) can regulate brain physiology and behavior much faster than what was previously known from the transcriptional action of ... [more ▼]

It is increasingly recognized that brain-derived estrogens (neuroestrogens) can regulate brain physiology and behavior much faster than what was previously known from the transcriptional action of estrogens on nuclear receptors. One of the best examples of such neuro- modulation by neuroestrogens concerns the acute regulation of sensory coding by the auditory cortex as demonstrated by electrophys- iological studies of selected neurons in zebra finches. Yet, the spatial extent of such modulation by neuroestrogens is not known. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we demonstrate here that acute estrogen depletion alters within minutes auditory processing in male European starlings. These effects are confined to very specific but large areas of the auditory cortex. They are also specifically lateralized to the left hemisphere. Interestingly, the modulation of auditory responses by estrogens was much larger (both in amplitude and in topography) in March than in December or May/June. This effect was presumably independent from changes in circulating testosterone concentrations since levels of the steroid were controlled by subcutaneous implants, thus suggesting actions related to other aspects of the seasonal cycle or photoperiodic manipulations. Finally, we also show that estrogen production specifically modulates selectivity for behaviorally relevant vocalizations in a specific part of the caudomedial nidopallium. These findings confirm and extend previous conclusions that had been obtained by electrophysiological techniques. This approach provides a new very powerful tool to investigate auditory responsiveness in songbirds and its fast modulation by sex steroids. [less ▲]

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See detailCabergoline for Cushing's disease: a large retrospective multicenter study.
Ferriere, A.; Cortet, C.; Chanson, P. et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2017), 176(3), 305-314

OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of cabergoline in Cushing's disease (CD) is controversial. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of cabergoline in a large contemporary cohort of ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: The efficacy of cabergoline in Cushing's disease (CD) is controversial. The aim of this study was to assess the efficacy and tolerability of cabergoline in a large contemporary cohort of patients with CD. DESIGN: We conducted a retrospective multicenter study from thirteen French and Belgian university hospitals. METHODS: Sixty-two patients with CD received cabergoline monotherapy or add-on therapy. Symptom score, biological markers of hypercortisolism and adverse effects were recorded. RESULTS: Twenty-one (40%) of 53 patients who received cabergoline monotherapy had normal urinary free cortisol (UFC) values within 12 months (complete responders), and five of these patients developed corticotropic insufficiency. The fall in UFC was associated with significant reductions in midnight cortisol and plasma ACTH, and with clinical improvement. Compared to other patients, complete responders had similar median baseline UFC (2.0 vs 2.5xULN) and plasma prolactin concentrations but received lower doses of cabergoline (1.5 vs 3.5 mg/week, P < 0.05). During long-term treatment (>12 months), cabergoline was withdrawn in 28% of complete responders because of treatment escape or intolerance. Overall, sustained control of hypercortisolism was obtained in 23% of patients for 32.5 months (19-105). Nine patients on steroidogenesis inhibitors received cabergoline add-on therapy for 19 months (1-240). Hypercortisolism was controlled in 56% of these patients during the first year of treatment with cabergoline at 1.0 mg/week (0.5-3.5). CONCLUSIONS: About 20-25% of CD patients are good responders to cabergoline therapy allowing long-term control of hypercortisolism at relatively low dosages and with acceptable tolerability. No single parameter, including the baseline UFC and prolactin levels, predicted the response to cabergoline. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of undisturbed ground temperature on the design of closed-loop geothermal systems: A case study in a semi-urban environment
Radioti, Georgia ULg; Sartor, Kevin ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in Applied Energy (2017)

This paper presents temperature measurements in four Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHEs), equipped with fiber optics and located in a semi-urban environment (campus of the University of Liege, Belgium). A 3D ... [more ▼]

This paper presents temperature measurements in four Borehole Heat Exchangers (BHEs), equipped with fiber optics and located in a semi-urban environment (campus of the University of Liege, Belgium). A 3D numerical model is also presented to simulate the heat loss from the surrounding structures into the subsurface. The mean undisturbed ground temperature was estimated from data during the preliminary phase of a thermal response test (water circulation in the pipe loops), as well as from borehole logging measurements. The measurements during water circulation can significantly overestimate the ground temperature (up to 1.7 C in this case study) for high ambient air temperature during the test, resulting in an overestimation of the maximum extracted power and of the heat pump coefficient of performance (COP). To limit the error in the COP and the extracted power to less than 5%, the error in the undisturbed temperature estimation should not exceed ±1.5 °C and ±0.6 °C respectively. In urbanised areas, configurations of short BHEs (length < 40 m) could be economically advantageous (decreased installation and operation costs) compared to long BHEs, especially for temperature gradient lower than 0.05 °C/m. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of pollen resources drift on common bumblebees in NW Europe
Roger, N.; Moerman, R.; Carvalheiro, L. G. et al

in Global Change Biology (2017), 23(1), 68-76

Several bee species are experiencing significant population declines. As bees exclusively rely on pollen for development and survival, such declines could be partly related to changes in their host plant ... [more ▼]

Several bee species are experiencing significant population declines. As bees exclusively rely on pollen for development and survival, such declines could be partly related to changes in their host plant abundance and quality. Here, we investigate whether generalist bumblebee species, with stable population trends over the past years, adapted their diets in response to changes in the distribution and chemical quality of their pollen resources. We selected five common species of bumblebee in NW Europe for which we had a precise description of their pollen diet through two time periods (‘prior to 1950’ and ‘2004–2005’). For each species, we assessed whether the shift in their pollen diet was related with the changes in the suitable area of their pollen resources. Concurrently, we evaluated whether the chemical composition of pollen resources changed over time and experimentally tested the impact of new major pollen species on the development of B. terrestris microcolonies. Only one species (i.e. B. lapidarius) significantly included more pollen from resources whose suitable area expanded. This opportunist pattern could partly explain the expansion of B. lapidarius in Europe. Regarding the temporal variation in the chemical composition of the pollen diet, total and essential amino acid contents did not differ significantly between the two time periods while we found significant differences among plant species. This result is driven by the great diversity of resources used by bumblebee species in both periods. Our bioassay revealed that the shift to new major pollen resources allowed microcolonies to develop, bringing new evidence on the opportunist feature of bumblebee in their diets. Overall, this study shows that the response to pollen resource drift varies among closely related pollinators, and a species-rich plant community ensures generalist species to select a nutrient-rich pollen diet. © 2016 John Wiley & Sons Ltd [less ▲]

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See detailVolumetric absorptive microsampling: Current advances and applications.
Kok, Miranda ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2017)

Recently, volumetric absorptive microsampling (VAMS) has been introduced for the sampling of biological fluids, and more particularly whole blood, on a porous hydrophilic tip. VAMS enables the collection ... [more ▼]

Recently, volumetric absorptive microsampling (VAMS) has been introduced for the sampling of biological fluids, and more particularly whole blood, on a porous hydrophilic tip. VAMS enables the collection of small, accurate and precise blood volumes (10 or 20muL) regardless of the hematocrit. After drying, the samples can be stored or directly analyzed. The stability of various compounds in dried samples supported on VAMS tips varies from one day to a few months at room temperature, and increases at lower temperatures. The complete tip is used during a simple and straightforward sample preparation. Compounds can be extracted with a variety of solvents, and thereafter directly analyzed. A design of experiments is recommended to determine the optimal extraction conditions for a reproducible recovery. The recovery of compounds might be influenced by the hematocrit. In the last two years, various pharmacokinetic and therapeutic drug monitoring studies have been conducted with VAMS. This review covers the general aspects related with the use of VAMS and its applicability is demonstrated through examples. [less ▲]

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See detailDistinction between urine crystals by automated urine analyzer SediMAX conTRUST is specific but lacks of sensitivity.
Castiglione, Vincent ULg; CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; Diop, Coumba Souley ULg et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2017)

Urine crystals are commonly encountered but few papers have been published about it while it is useful for patient’s follow-up, particularly the stone-formers. For the first time to our knowledge, we have ... [more ▼]

Urine crystals are commonly encountered but few papers have been published about it while it is useful for patient’s follow-up, particularly the stone-formers. For the first time to our knowledge, we have assessed the performance of an automated urine analyzer to identify and distinguish several types of crystals in a very large cohort of samples. We share in this report the results of method comparison of the SediMAX conTRUST with the polarized light microscopy which is the gold standard. We showed that the distinction between crystals and other urine elements was accurate. Negative predictive value was very good, but the positive predictive value was poor for most of crystals. The discrimination of different types of crystals between them by the automated urine analyzer still requires improvement to decrease reviewing rate and help clinician. [less ▲]

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See detailFibrillation auriculaire et anticoagulation chez le patient hémodialysé : une décision difficile
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; BOUQUEGNEAU, Antoine ULg; DUBOIS, Bernard ULg et al

in Néphrologie & Thérapeutique (2017)

Cardiovascular mortality of hemodialysis patients remains a major problem. The prevalence and incidence of atrial fibrillation in this population are more important than in the general population. The ... [more ▼]

Cardiovascular mortality of hemodialysis patients remains a major problem. The prevalence and incidence of atrial fibrillation in this population are more important than in the general population. The indication of antivitamin K therapy (AVK) in this context of atrial fibrillation must be weighted against the increased risk of bleeding. Unfortunately, and contrary to the general population, an indication of anticoagulation based on embolic or hemorrhagic risk scores is not as clearly established in the hemodialysis population. No prospective randomized study has investigated the benefit/risk balance of anticoagulant treatment in hemodialysis subjects. This article is a review of the current literature on this topic, showing the prevalence of thromboembolic but also bleeding events in the hemodialysis population. The impact of AVK treatment in this specific population is also reviewed. To the best of our knowledge, the indication of treatment must be individualized. [less ▲]

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See detailJupiter's magnetosphere and aurorae observed by the Juno spacecraft during its first polar orbits
Connerney, J. E. P.; Adriani, A.; Allegrini, F. et al

in Science (2017), 356(6340), 826--832

Jupiter is the largest and most massive planet in our solar system. NASA\textquoterights Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter on 4 July 2016 and made its first close pass on 27 August 2016. Bolton et al ... [more ▼]

Jupiter is the largest and most massive planet in our solar system. NASA\textquoterights Juno spacecraft arrived at Jupiter on 4 July 2016 and made its first close pass on 27 August 2016. Bolton et al. present results from Juno\textquoterights flight just above the cloud tops, including images of weather in the polar regions and measurements of the magnetic and gravitational fields. Juno also used microwaves to peer below the visible surface, spotting gas welling up from the deep interior. Connerney et al. measured Jupiter\textquoterights aurorae and plasma environment, both as Juno approached the planet and during its first close orbit.Science, this issue p. 821, p. 826The Juno spacecraft acquired direct observations of the jovian magnetosphere and auroral emissions from a vantage point above the poles. Juno\textquoterights capture orbit spanned the jovian magnetosphere from bow shock to the planet, providing magnetic field, charged particle, and wave phenomena context for Juno\textquoterights passage over the poles and traverse of Jupiter\textquoterights hazardous inner radiation belts. Juno\textquoterights energetic particle and plasma detectors measured electrons precipitating in the polar regions, exciting intense aurorae, observed simultaneously by the ultraviolet and infrared imaging spectrographs. Juno transited beneath the most intense parts of the radiation belts, passed about 4000 kilometers above the cloud tops at closest approach, well inside the jovian rings, and recorded the electrical signatures of high-velocity impacts with small particles as it traversed the equator. [less ▲]

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See detailRational and design of EuroCRT: an international observational study on multi-modality imaging and cardiac resynchronization therapy
Donal, E; Delgado, V; Magne, J et al

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2017)

Aims: Assessment of left ventricular (LV) volumes and ejection fraction (LVEF) with cardiac imaging is important in the selection of patients for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Several ... [more ▼]

Aims: Assessment of left ventricular (LV) volumes and ejection fraction (LVEF) with cardiac imaging is important in the selection of patients for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Several observational studies have explored the role of imaging-derived LV dyssynchrony parameters to predict the response to CRT, but have yielded inconsistent results, precluding the inclusion of imaging-derived LV dyssynchrony parameters in current guidelines for selection of patients for CRT. METHODS: The EuroCRT is a large European multicentre prospective observational study led by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging. We aim to explore if combing the value of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and echocardiography could be beneficial for selecting heart failure patients for CRT in terms of improvement in long-term survival, clinical symptoms, LV function, and volumes. Speckle tracking echocardiography will be used to assess LV dyssynchrony and wasted cardiac work whereas myocardial scar will be assessed with late gadolinium contrast enhanced CMR. All data will be measured in core laboratories. The study will be conducted in European centres with known expertise in both CRT and multimodality cardiac imaging. [less ▲]

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See detailLoss of Elp3 Impairs the Acetylation and Distribution of Connexin-43 in the Developing Cerebral Cortex.
Laguesse, Sophie; Close, Pierre ULg; Van Hees, Laura ULg et al

in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience (2017), 11

The Elongator complex is required for proper development of the cerebral cortex. Interfering with its activity in vivo delays the migration of postmitotic projection neurons, at least through a defective ... [more ▼]

The Elongator complex is required for proper development of the cerebral cortex. Interfering with its activity in vivo delays the migration of postmitotic projection neurons, at least through a defective alpha-tubulin acetylation. However, this complex is already expressed by cortical progenitors where it may regulate the early steps of migration by targeting additional proteins. Here we report that connexin-43 (Cx43), which is strongly expressed by cortical progenitors and whose depletion impairs projection neuron migration, requires Elongator expression for its proper acetylation. Indeed, we show that Cx43 acetylation is reduced in the cortex of Elp3cKO embryos, as well as in a neuroblastoma cell line depleted of Elp1 expression, suggesting that Cx43 acetylation requires Elongator in different cellular contexts. Moreover, we show that histones deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) is a deacetylase of Cx43. Finally, we report that acetylation of Cx43 regulates its membrane distribution in apical progenitors of the cerebral cortex. [less ▲]

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See detailCardiopulmonary exercise testing is a better outcome predictor than exercise echocardiography in asymptomatic aortic stenosis.
Domanski, Olivia; Richardson, Marjorie; Coisne, Augustin et al

in International Journal of Cardiology (2017), 227

BACKGROUND: Objective assessment of maximal aerobic capacity using peak oxygen consumption (peak VO2) can be helpful in the management of patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS). The relationship ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Objective assessment of maximal aerobic capacity using peak oxygen consumption (peak VO2) can be helpful in the management of patients with asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS). The relationship between peak VO2 and AS severity criteria derived from rest and supine exercise echocardiography (SEE) has never been explored. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to determine whether low peak VO2 (<85% of predicted value) is associated with severity parameters in SEE, and poor clinical outcome. METHODS: Fifty one asymptomatic patients (mean age of 54+/-21years) with moderate to severe aortic stenosis (Vmax>3m/s) and left ventricle ejection fraction>50% prospectively underwent resting and SEE and cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPX). RESULTS: Peak VO2 was lower than expected (21.9+/-7.4mL/kg/min), i.e. <85% of predicted value in 57% patients, secondary to cardiac limitation in most of them (69%). In multiple regression analysis, age, BMI and female gender were the only independent determinants of peak VO2. Interestingly no parameter derived from SEE was associated with peak VO2. After 21+/-7month follow-up, no patient died, 20 underwent cardiac surgery. Peak VO2<85% of predicted value was associated with lower event free survival compared to normal peak VO2 (57%+/-11% vs 93+/-6%, p=0.036) whereas no exercise echocardiographic parameter could predict such events. Peak VO2>/=85% had a negative predictive value of 97%. CONCLUSION: CPX detects a high proportion of false asymptomatic AS patients with poorer outcome that cannot be predicted by SEE markers of AS severity. Assessment of aerobic capacity should be part of current approach within a "watchful waiting" strategy. [less ▲]

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See detailLabor Use and Management in Vietnamese Craft Villages: A Case Study in Tu Son Town, Bac Ninh Province
Nguyen Thi Hai Ninh, ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Asian Research Journal of Business Management (2017), 4(4), 54-63

The findings of the research on 150 laborers in three craft villages show that 41.33 percent of labor are concentrated in the age group of 30-45, of these laborers men is accounted for over 57 percent ... [more ▼]

The findings of the research on 150 laborers in three craft villages show that 41.33 percent of labor are concentrated in the age group of 30-45, of these laborers men is accounted for over 57 percent, and only 26 percent are skilled labor. Most of the laborers are working in noisy and unsafe conditions, and less than 30% of them are equipped with labor protection equipment. Moreover, the prevailing salaries of laborers are from 3 to 5 million VND per month whereas the rate of labor contracted is very low (the highest is about 23% at Da Hoi), that makes labourers are less satisfied with work. In order to determine factors effecting laborer’s satisfaction with work, the authors use Exploratory Factor Analysis and the results show that Cronbach Alfa coefficient of each group is more than 0.6. That indicates the use of 30 observation variations belonging to 5 factors in the study is suitable. Additionally, logistic model reports that working conditions, income, welfare policies and gender have a statistically significant effect on job satisfaction of labourers. When the score of the importance of working condition increases 1 point, the probability of workers satisfy with their works increases 1.307 time. When the score of importance of income increases 1 point, the probability of satisfaction increases 1.494 time. When the score of importance of treatment policy increases 1 point, the probability of satisfaction increases 1.329 time. Therefore craft villages need to improve these factors in order to improve the efficiency of labour. [less ▲]

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See detailRecommendations on the echocardiographic assessment of aortic valve stenosis: a focused update from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the American Society of Echocardiography
Baumgartner, HC; Hung, J Co-Chair; Bermejo, J et al

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2017)

Echocardiography is the key tool for the diagnosis and evaluation of aortic stenosis. Because clinical decision-making is based on the echocardiographic assessment of its severity, it is essential that ... [more ▼]

Echocardiography is the key tool for the diagnosis and evaluation of aortic stenosis. Because clinical decision-making is based on the echocardiographic assessment of its severity, it is essential that standards are adopted to maintain accuracy and consistency across echocardiographic laboratories. Detailed recommendations for the echocardiographic assessment of valve stenosis were published by the European Association of Echocardiography and the American Society of Echocardiography in 2009. In the meantime, numerous new studies on aortic stenosis have been published with particular new insights into the difficult subgroup of low gradient aortic stenosis making an update of recommendations necessary. The document focuses in particular on the optimization of left ventricular outflow tract assessment, low flow, low gradient aortic stenosis with preserved ejection fraction, a new classification of aortic stenosis by gradient, flow and ejection fraction, and a grading algorithm for an integrated and stepwise approach of artic stenosis assessment in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailMind the (treatment) gap: a global perspective on current and future strategies for prevention of fragility fractures.
Harvey, N.C.W.; McCloskey, E.V.; Mitchell, P.J. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2017), 28

This narrative review considers the key challenges facing healthcare professionals and policymakers responsible for providing care to populations in relation to bone health. These challenges broadly fall ... [more ▼]

This narrative review considers the key challenges facing healthcare professionals and policymakers responsible for providing care to populations in relation to bone health. These challenges broadly fall into four distinct themes: (1) case finding and management of individuals at high risk of fracture, (2) public awareness of osteoporosis and fragility fractures, (3) reimbursement and health system policy and (4) epidemiology of fracture in the developing world. Findings from cohort studies, randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, in addition to current clinical guidelines, position papers and national and international audits, are summarised, with the intention of providing a prioritised approach to delivery of optimal bone health for all. Systematic approaches to case-finding individuals who are at high risk of sustaining fragility fractures are described. These include strategies and models of care intended to improve case finding for individuals who have sustained fragility fractures, those undergoing treatment with medicines which have an adverse effect on bone health and people who have diseases, whereby bone loss and, consequently, fragility fractures are a common comorbidity. Approaches to deliver primary fracture prevention in a clinically effective and costeffective manner are also explored. Public awareness of osteoporosis is low worldwide. If older people are to be more proactive in the management of their bone health, that needs to change. Effective disease awareness campaigns have been implemented in some countries but need to be undertaken in many more. A major need exists to improve awareness of the risk that osteoporosis poses to individuals who have initiated treatment, with the intention of improving adherence in the long term. A multisector effort is also required to support patients and their clinicians to have meaningful discussions concerning the risk-benefit ratio of osteoporosis treatment. With regard to prioritisation of fragility fracture prevention in national policy, there is much to be done. In the developing world, robust epidemiological estimates of fracture incidence are required to inform policy development. As the aging of the baby boomer generation is upon us, this review provides a comprehensive analysis of how bone health can be improved worldwide for all. [less ▲]

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See detailDeceased organ donors with central nervous system neoplasm.
DETRY, Olivier ULg

in Clinical Transplantation (2017)

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See detailNew Minerals, Nomenclature and Classification (CNMNC), Newsletter 36. New minerals and nomenclature modifications approved in 2016 and 2017
Halenius, U; Hatert, Frédéric ULg; Pasero, M et al

in European Journal of Mineralogy (2017), 29

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See detailEmbedded solids of any dimension in the X-FEM. Part II - Imposing Dirichlet boundary conditions
Duboeuf, Frédéric ULg; Béchet, Eric ULg

in Finite Elements in Analysis and Design (2017)

This paper focuses on the design of a stable Lagrange multiplier space dedicated to enforce Dirichlet boundary conditions on embedded boundaries of any dimension. It follows a previous paper in a series ... [more ▼]

This paper focuses on the design of a stable Lagrange multiplier space dedicated to enforce Dirichlet boundary conditions on embedded boundaries of any dimension. It follows a previous paper in a series of two, on the topic of embedded solids of any dimension within the context of the extended finite element method. While the first paper is devoted to the design of a dedicated P1 function space to solve elliptic equations defined on manifolds of codimension one or two (curves in 2D and surfaces in 3D, or curves in 3D), the general treatment of Dirichlet boundary conditions, in such a setting, remains to be addressed. This is the aim of this second paper. A new algorithm is introduced to build a stable Lagrange multiplier space from the traces of the shape functions defined on the background mesh. It is general enough to cover: (i) boundary value problems investigated in the first paper (with, for instance, Dirichlet boundary conditions defined along a line in a 3D mismatching mesh); but also (ii) those posed on manifolds of codimension zero (a domain embedded in a mesh of the same dimension) and already considered in Béchet et al. 2009. In both cases, the compatibility between the Lagrange multiplier space and that of the bulk approximation (the dedicated P1 function space used in (i), or classical shape functions used in (ii)) — resulting in the inf–sup condition — is investigate through the numerical Chapelle-Bath test. Numerical validations are performed against analytical and finite element solutions on problems involving 1D or 2D boundaries embedded in a 2D or 3D background mesh. Comparisons with Nitsche’s method and the stable Lagrange multiplier space proposed in Hautefeuille et al. 2012, when they are feasible, highlight good performance of the approach. [less ▲]

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See detailPer- and polyfluoroalkyl substances in plasma and feathers of nestling birds of prey from northern Norway
Gómez-Ramírez, P.; Bustnes, J. O.; Eulaers, I. et al

in Environmental Research (2017), 158

Plasma samples from nestlings of two top predators, White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) and Northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) from northern Norway were analysed for a wide range of per- and ... [more ▼]

Plasma samples from nestlings of two top predators, White-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) and Northern goshawk (Accipiter gentilis) from northern Norway were analysed for a wide range of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFASs). Body feathers from the White-tailed eagles were also analysed and significant associations between specific PFASs in blood plasma and body feathers were found (0.36 < R2 < 0.67; all p < 0.05). This result suggests that analysing body feathers of White-tailed eagle could potentially be a useful non-invasive strategy to monitor PFASs exposure in nestlings of this species. White-tailed eagles showed significantly higher levels of contaminants than Northern goshawks (plasma ∑PFASs Median = 45.83 vs 17.02 ng mL−1, p <0.05). The different exposure between both species seemed to be related to different dietary input, as quantified by stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analysis of body feathers. A priori, the bird of prey populations studied are not at risk for PFASs, since the levels in plasma of both species were hundreds to thousand times lower than the toxic reference values reported for predatory birds. However, further studies on larger sample sizes are needed to confirm this hypothesis since toxic thresholds for nestling birds of prey are not established. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of emergence times and quality between isoflurane and sevoflurane in rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) undergoing neurosurgical procedure
Bertrand, Henri ULg; Springer, Svenja; Burnside, Wesley et al

in Laboratory Animals (2017)

Volatile agents for anaesthesia are widely used for anaesthetizing laboratory primates, and isoflurane is one of the most frequently used agents. Sevoflurane has been shown to offer a more rapid recovery ... [more ▼]

Volatile agents for anaesthesia are widely used for anaesthetizing laboratory primates, and isoflurane is one of the most frequently used agents. Sevoflurane has been shown to offer a more rapid recovery than iso- flurane in a number of species, but no comparisons have been made in non-human primates. This study compared the recovery characteristics of isoflurane and sevoflurane in rhesus macaques undergoing experi- mental neurosurgery. Twelve primates (7 males and 5 females) were randomly allocated to the treatment groups. They were sedated with ketamine (10 mg/kg) and anaesthesia was induced with propofol (usually 8 mg/kg intravenously [IV]). Anaesthesia was maintained with either sevoflurane (SEVO) (2.2 0.4%) or iso- flurane (ISO) (1.2 0.2%) and alfentanil (0.2–0.5 mg/kg/min IV) for 332–592 min. Animals were mechanically ventilated. Meloxicam (0.3mg/kg) and methylprednisolone infusion (5.4mg/kg/h) were also administered. Time to extubation after cessation of anaesthesia was significantly shorter with sevoflurane (ISO: 7.0 1.8 min; SEVO: 3.6 1.5; *P 1⁄4 0.005) as was the time to the animal sitting unaided (ISO: 15.7 8.2 min; SEVO: 7.1 1.7min; *P1⁄40.004). No significant difference in the quality of recovery following isoflurane or sevoflurane anaesthesia was found. In conclusion, isoflurane and sevoflurane are both suitable volatile agents for the maintenance of general anaesthesia in rhesus macaques undergoing experimental neurosur- gical procedures. The two volatile agents presented a similar emergence quality profile, however sevoflurane anaesthesia was associated with a faster recovery, offering the possibility of conducting earlier post-operative neurological assessment. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of parental anxiety sensitivity and learning experiences in children's anxiety sensitivity.
Stassart, Céline ULg; Dardenne, Benoît ULg; Etienne, Anne-Marie ULg

in British Journal of Developmental Psychology (2017)

This study evaluated the impact of the mother’s and father’s anxiety sensitivity (AS) andlearning experiences on children’s AS, and the influence of two moderators: the children’sfemininity orientation and ... [more ▼]

This study evaluated the impact of the mother’s and father’s anxiety sensitivity (AS) andlearning experiences on children’s AS, and the influence of two moderators: the children’sfemininity orientation and the children’s emotional intelligence (EI). The samplecomprised 200 non-clinical children, aged 9–13 years, and their parents (mothers andfathers). Results revealed that the effect of parental AS on children’s AS is moderated bythe children’s EI for maternal AS and by their femininity traits for paternal AS. Learningexperiences following somatic sensations influenced the children’s level of AS. Morespecifically, special attention by parents following a child’s somatic sensations (reinforce-ment and transmission of information) was associated with high AS in children. Parentalreactions of fear following a parent’s somatic sensations (modelling) seem to predicthigher scores for AS when the link is moderated by the child’s femininity orientation. Theimplications of these findings are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailDamage prediction in single point incremental forming using an extended Gurson model
Guzman, Carlos Felipe; Yuan, Sibo ULg; Duchene, Laurent ULg et al

in International Journal of Solids and Structures (2017)

Single point incremental forming (SPIF) has several advantages over traditional forming, such as the high formability attainable by the material. Different hypotheses have been proposed to explain this ... [more ▼]

Single point incremental forming (SPIF) has several advantages over traditional forming, such as the high formability attainable by the material. Different hypotheses have been proposed to explain this behavior, but there is still no straightforward relation between the particular stress and strain state induced by SPIF and the material degradation leading to localization and fracture. A systematic review of the state of the art about formability and damage in SPIF is presented and an extended Gurson–Tvergaard–Needleman (GTN) model was applied to predict damage in SPIF through finite element (FE) simulations. The line test was used to validate the simulations by comparing force and shape predictions with experimental results. To analyze the failure prediction, several simulations of SPIF cones at different wall angles were performed. It is concluded that the GTN model underestimates the failure angle on SPIF due to wrong coalescence modeling. A physically-based Thomason coalescence criterion was then used leading to an improvement on the results by delaying the onset of coalescence. [less ▲]

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See detailGlioblastoma stem cells and the importance of endolysosomes to keep them in the niches
Rogister, Bernard ULg

in Translational Cancer Research (2017), 6(Suppl 1), 87-89

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See detailMolecular mechanisms, current management and next generation therapy in myeloma bone disease.
Heusschen, Roy ULg; Muller, Joséphine ULg; Duray, Elodie ULg et al

in Leukemia & Lymphoma (2017)

Multiple myeloma (MM) bone disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in MM patients and persists even in patients in remission. This bone disease is caused by an uncoupling of bone remodeling ... [more ▼]

Multiple myeloma (MM) bone disease is a major cause of morbidity and mortality in MM patients and persists even in patients in remission. This bone disease is caused by an uncoupling of bone remodeling, with increased osteoclast and decreased osteoblast activity and formation, culminating in lytic bone destruction. Bisphosphonates are the current standard of care but new therapies are needed. As the molecular mechanisms controlling MM bone disease are increasingly well understood, new therapeutic targets are extensively explored in the preclinical setting and initial clinical trials with novel compounds now show promising results. In this review, we will provide a comprehensive overview of the biology of MM bone disease, summarize its current clinical management and discuss preclinical and clinical data on next generation therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailCenozoic vegetation gradients in the mid- and higher latitudes of central Eurasia and climatic implications
Popova, S.; Utescher, T.; Gromyko, D. V. et al

in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2017), 467

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See detailUsing a Structural Root System Model to Evaluate and Improve the Accuracy of Root Image Analysis Pipelines
Lobet, Guillaume; Koevoets, Iko; Noll, Manuel ULg et al

in Frontiers in Plant Science (2017), 8

Root system analysis is a complex task, often performed with fully automated image analysis pipelines. However, the outcome is rarely verified by ground-truth data, which might lead to underestimated ... [more ▼]

Root system analysis is a complex task, often performed with fully automated image analysis pipelines. However, the outcome is rarely verified by ground-truth data, which might lead to underestimated biases. We have used a root model, ArchiSimple, to create a large and diverse library of ground-truth root system images (10,000). For each image, three levels of noise were created. This library was used to evaluate the accuracy and usefulness of several image descriptors classically used in root image analysis softwares. Our analysis highlighted that the accuracy of the different traits is strongly dependent on the quality of the images and the type, size and complexity of the root systems analysed. Our study also demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can be trained on a synthetic library to improve the estimation of several root system traits. Overall, our analysis is a call to caution when using automatic root image analysis tools. If a thorough calibration is not performed on the dataset of interest, unexpected errors might arise, especially for large and complex root images. To facilitate such calibration, both the image library and the different codes used in the study have been made available to the community. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of different hydrocolloids to improve dough rheological properties and bread quality of potato-wheat flour
Liu, Xingli ULg; Mu, Taihua; Yamul, Karim Diego et al

in Journal of Food Science and Technology (2017), 54(6), 15971607

The aim of study was to investigate the effect of hydroxylpropylmethylcellulose (HPMC), arabic gum (AG), konjac glucomannan (KG) and apple pectin (AP) at 2% (w/w, potato-wheat flour basis) on the potato ... [more ▼]

The aim of study was to investigate the effect of hydroxylpropylmethylcellulose (HPMC), arabic gum (AG), konjac glucomannan (KG) and apple pectin (AP) at 2% (w/w, potato-wheat flour basis) on the potato-wheat dough (the mass ratio was 1:1) rheological, fermentation properties and its bread quality. The tan δ of potato-wheat dough was significantly increased by adding HPMC compared to those of without adding hydrocolloids (from 0.337 to 0.425), which was close to wheat dough (0.531). Moreover, the dough height during fermentation process was significantly improved by adding hydrocolloids, with the order of HPMC (23.1mm) > AP (19.3mm) > AG (18.6mm) > KG (13.6mm). In addition, the potato-wheat protein bands of potato-wheat dough turned pale by adding hydrocolloids, suggesting higher molecular weight aggregation formed between proteins-hydrocolloids or proteins-proteins after fermentation process. Furthermore, HPMC significantly increased specific volume (from 1.45 to 2.22 ml/g), and hydrocolloids restrained the starch retrogradation of potato-wheat breads. [less ▲]

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See detailHost DNA released by NETosis promotes rhinovirus-induced type-2 allergic asthma exacerbation.
Toussaint, Marie; Jackson, David J.; Swieboda, Dawid et al

in Nature Medicine (2017), 23

Respiratory viral infections represent the most common cause of allergic asthma exacerbations. Amplification of the type-2 immune response is strongly implicated in asthma exacerbation, but how virus ... [more ▼]

Respiratory viral infections represent the most common cause of allergic asthma exacerbations. Amplification of the type-2 immune response is strongly implicated in asthma exacerbation, but how virus infection boosts type-2 responses is poorly understood. We report a significant correlation between the release of host double-stranded DNA (dsDNA) following rhinovirus infection and the exacerbation of type-2 allergic inflammation in humans. In a mouse model of allergic airway hypersensitivity, we show that rhinovirus infection triggers dsDNA release associated with the formation of neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), known as NETosis. We further demonstrate that inhibiting NETosis by blocking neutrophil elastase or by degrading NETs with DNase protects mice from type-2 immunopathology. Furthermore, the injection of mouse genomic DNA alone is sufficient to recapitulate many features of rhinovirus-induced type-2 immune responses and asthma pathology. Thus, NETosis and its associated extracellular dsDNA contribute to the pathogenesis and may represent potential therapeutic targets of rhinovirus-induced asthma exacerbations. [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary JIRAM results from Juno polar observations: 2. Analysis of the Jupiter southern H3 + emissions and comparison with the north aurora
Adriani, Alberto; Mura, Alessandro; Moriconi, M. L. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2017), 44(10), 4633-4640

The Jupiter InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) aboard Juno observed the Jovian South Pole aurora during the first orbit of the mission. H3 + (trihydrogen cation) and CH4 (methane) emissions have been ... [more ▼]

The Jupiter InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) aboard Juno observed the Jovian South Pole aurora during the first orbit of the mission. H3 + (trihydrogen cation) and CH4 (methane) emissions have been identified and measured. The observations have been carried out in nadir and slant viewing both by a L-filtered imager and a 2–5 μm spectrometer. Results from the spectral analysis of the all observations taken over the South Pole by the instrument are reported. The coverage of the southern aurora during these measurements has been partial, but sufficient to determine different regions of temperature and abundance of the H3 + ion from its emission lines in the 3–4 μm wavelength range. Finally, the results from the southern aurora are also compared with those from the northern ones from the data taken during the same perijove pass and reported by Dinelli et al. (2017). ©2017. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailMars Topography Investigated Through the Wavelet Leaders Method: a Multidimensional Study of its Fractal Structure
Deliège, Adrien ULg; Kleyntssens, Thomas ULg; Nicolay, Samuel ULg

in Planetary and Space Science (2017), 136C

This work examines the scaling properties of Mars topography through a wavelet-based formalism. We conduct exhaustive one-dimensional (both longitudinal and latitudinal) and two-dimensional studies based ... [more ▼]

This work examines the scaling properties of Mars topography through a wavelet-based formalism. We conduct exhaustive one-dimensional (both longitudinal and latitudinal) and two-dimensional studies based on Mars Orbiter Laser Altimeter (MOLA) data using the multifractal formalism called Wavelet Leaders Method (WLM). This approach shows that a scale break occurs at approximately 15 km, giving two scaling regimes in both 1D and 2D cases. At small scales, these topographic profiles mostly display a monofractal behavior while a switch to multifractality is observed in several areas at larger scales. The scaling exponents extracted from this framework tend to be greater at small scales. In the 1D context, these observations are in agreement with previous works and thus suggest that the WLM is well-suited for examining scaling properties of topographic fields. Moreover, the 2D analysis is the first such complete study to our knowledge. It gives both a local and global insight on the scaling regimes of the surface of Mars and allows to exhibit the link between the scaling exponents and several famous features of the Martian topography. These results may be used as a solid basis for further investigations of the scaling laws of the Red planet and show that the WLM could be used to perform systematic analyses of the surface roughness of other celestial bodies. [less ▲]

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See detailThe inventory-routing problem of returnable transport items with time windows and simultaneous pickup and delivery in closed-loop supply chains
Iassinovskaia, Galina; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; RIANE, Fouad

in International Journal of Production Economics (2017), (183), 570-582

Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are the main reasons why companies share their returnable transport items (RTIs) among the different partners of a ... [more ▼]

Reducing environmental impact, related regulations and potential for operational benefits are the main reasons why companies share their returnable transport items (RTIs) among the different partners of a closed-loop supply chain. In this paper, we consider a producer, located at a depot, who has to distribute his products packed in RTIs to a set of customers. Customers define a time window wherein the service can begin. The producer is also in charge of the collection of empty RTIs for reuse in the next production cycle. Each partner has a storage area composed of both empty and loaded RTI stock, as characterized by initial levels and maximum storage capacity. As deliveries and returns are performed by a homogeneous fleet of vehicles that can carry simultaneously empty and loaded RTIs, this research addresses a pickup and delivery inventory-routing problem within time windows (PDIRPTW) over a planning horizon. A mixed-integer linear program is developed and tested on small-scale instances. To handle more realistic large-scale problems, a cluster first-route second matheuristic is proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailHearing “quack” and remembering a duck: Evidence for fluency attribution in young children
Geurten, Marie ULg; Lloyd, Marianne; Willems, Sylvie ULg

in Child Development (2017), 88(2), 514-522

Previous research has suggested that fluency does not influence memory decisions until age 7-8. In two experiments (n=96 and n=64, respectively), children, aged 4, 6, and 8 years (Experiment 1-2), and ... [more ▼]

Previous research has suggested that fluency does not influence memory decisions until age 7-8. In two experiments (n=96 and n=64, respectively), children, aged 4, 6, and 8 years (Experiment 1-2), and adults (Experiment 2) studied a list of pictures. Participants completed a recognition test during which each study item was preceded by a sound providing either a highly predictive or mildly predictive context in order to make some test items more conceptually fluent. Overall, highly predictive items were recognized at a higher rate than mildly predictive items demonstrating an earlier development of the fluency heuristic than previously observed. The study provides insight on how children develop metacognitive expectations and when they start to use them to guide their memory responses. [less ▲]

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See detailCrystallization history of enriched shergottites from Fe and Mg isotope fractionation in olivine megacrysts
Collinet, Max; Charlier, Bernard ULg; Namur, Olivier ULg et al

in Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta (2017), 207

Martian meteorites are the only samples available from the surface of Mars. Among them, olivine-phyric shergottites are basalts containing large zoned olivine crystals with highly magnesian cores (Fo ... [more ▼]

Martian meteorites are the only samples available from the surface of Mars. Among them, olivine-phyric shergottites are basalts containing large zoned olivine crystals with highly magnesian cores (Fo 70–85) and rims richer in Fe (Fo 45–60). The Northwest Africa 1068 meteorite is one of the most primitive “enriched” shergottites (high initial 87Sr/86Sr and low initial ε143Nd). It contains olivine crystals as magnesian as Fo 77 and is a major source of information to constrain the composition of the parental melt, the composition and depth of the mantle source, and the cooling and crystallization history of one of the younger magmatic events on Mars (∼180 Ma). In this study, Fe-Mg isotope profiles analyzed in situ by femtosecond-laser ablation MC-ICP-MS are combined with compositional profiles of major and trace elements in olivine megacrysts. The cores of olivine megacrysts are enriched in light Fe isotopes (δ56FeIRMM-14 = −0.6 to −0.9‰) and heavy Mg isotopes (δ26MgDSM-3 = 0–0.2‰) relative to megacryst rims and to the bulk martian isotopic composition (δ56Fe = 0 ± 0.05‰, δ26Mg = −0.27 ± 0.04‰). The flat forsterite profiles of megacryst cores associated with anti-correlated fractionation of Fe-Mg isotopes indicate that these elements have been rehomogenized by diffusion at high temperature. We present a 1-D model of simultaneous diffusion and crystal growth that reproduces the observed element and isotope profiles. The simulation results suggest that the cooling rate during megacryst core crystallization was slow (43 ± 21 °C/year), and consistent with pooling in a deep crustal magma chamber. The megacryst rims then crystallized 1–2 orders of magnitude faster during magma transport toward the shallower site of final emplacement. Megacryst cores had a forsterite content 3.2 ± 1.5 mol% higher than their current composition and some were in equilibrium with the whole-rock composition of NWA 1068 (Fo 80 ± 1.5). NWA 1068 composition is thus close to a primary melt (i.e. in equilibrium with the mantle) from which other enriched shergottites derived. [less ▲]

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See detailTestosterone-induced neuroendocrine changes in the medial preoptic area precede song activation and plasticity in song control nuclei of female canaries
Shevchouk, Olesya ULg; Ghorbanpoor, Samar; Ball, Gregory F et al

in European Journal of Neuroscience (2017), 45(7), 886-900

Testosterone plays a key role in the control of seasonal changes in singing behavior and its underlying neural circuitry. After administration of exogenous testosterone, song quality and song control ... [more ▼]

Testosterone plays a key role in the control of seasonal changes in singing behavior and its underlying neural circuitry. After administration of exogenous testosterone, song quality and song control nuclei volumes change over the course of weeks, but song rate increases within days. The medial preoptic nucleus (POM) controls sexual motivation and testosterone action in POM increases sexually motivated singing. Here, we investigated the time course of testosterone action in the song control nuclei and POM, at the gross anatomical and cellular level. Photosensitive female canaries were injected with BrdU to label newborn neurons. One day later they were transferred to a long day photoperiod and implanted with testosterone-filled or empty implants. Brains and blood were collected 1, 2, 9 or 21 days later. Testosterone increased POM volume within one day, whereas the volume of song control nuclei increased significantly only on day 21 even if a trend was already observed for HVC on day 9. The density of newborn neurons in HVC, labeled by Bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) and doublecortin, was increased by testosterone on days 9 and 21 although a trend was already detectable on day 2. In POM testosterone increased the number and size of aromatase-immunoreactive neurons already after one day. This rapid action of testosterone in POM supports its proposed role in controlling singing motivation. Although testosterone increased the number of newborn neurons in HVC rapidly (9, possibly 2 days), it is unlikely that these new neurons affect singing behavior before they mature and integrate into functional circuits. [less ▲]

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See detailNo post-no core approach to restore severely damaged posterior teeth: An up to 10-year retrospective study of documented endocrown cases
BELLEFLAMME, Marcia ULg; Geerts, Sabine ULg; LOUWETTE, Marie ULg et al

in Journal of Dentistry (2017)

Objectives The objectives of the present study were to (1) retrospectively evaluate documented cases of ceramic and composite endocrowns performed using immediate dentin sealing (IDS); (2) correlate ... [more ▼]

Objectives The objectives of the present study were to (1) retrospectively evaluate documented cases of ceramic and composite endocrowns performed using immediate dentin sealing (IDS); (2) correlate failures with clinical parameters such as tooth preparation characteristics and occlusal parameters. Methods 99 documented cases of endocrowns were evaluated after a mean observation period of 44.7 ± 34.6 months. A classification of restorations was established in function of the level of damage of residual tooth tissues after preparation, from 1 to 3. Evaluation was performed according to FDI criteria and endodontic outcomes were analyzed. Occlusal risk factors were examined and fractographic analysis was performed in case of fracture. Results 48.4% of patients were shown to present occlusal risk factors. 75.8% of restorations were Class 3 endocrowns. 56.6% were performed on molars, 41.4% on premolars and 2.0% on canines. 84.8% were performed in lithium-disilicate glass-ceramic and 12.1% in Polymer-Infiltrated Ceramic Network (PICN) material. The survival and success rates of endocrowns were 99.0% and 89.9% respectively, while the 10-year Kaplan-Meier estimated survival and success rates were 98.8% and 54.9% respectively. Ten failures were detected: periodontal disease (n = 3), endocrown debonding (n = 2), minor chipping (n = 2), caries recurrence (n = 2) and major fractures (n = 1). Due to the reduced amount of failures, no statistical correlation could be established with clinical parameters. Conclusions Endocrowns were shown to constitute a reliable approach to restore severely damaged molars and premolars, even in the presence of extensive coronal tissue loss or occlusal risk factors, such as bruxism or unfavorable occlusal relationships. Clinical significance Practitioners should consider the endocrown instead of the post and core approach to restore severely damaged non-vital posterior teeth. This minimally invasive solution reduces the risk of catastrophic failures and is easily performed. The use of IDS procedure and lithium-disilicate glass-ceramic as prosthesis material gave very good results. [less ▲]

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See detailThoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) in proximal (type A) aortic dissection: Ready for a broader application?
Nienaber, Christoph A.; Sakalihasan, Natzi ULg; Clough, Rachel E. et al

in Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery (The) (2017)

OBJECTIVE: Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) has demonstrated encouraging results and is gaining increasing acceptance as a treatment option for aortic aneurysms and dissections. Yet, its role ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) has demonstrated encouraging results and is gaining increasing acceptance as a treatment option for aortic aneurysms and dissections. Yet, its role in managing proximal aortic pathologies is unknown-this is important because in proximal (Stanford type A) aortic dissections, 10% to 30% are not accepted for surgery and 30% to 50% are technically amenable for TEVAR. We describe our case series of type A aortic dissections treated by using TEVAR. METHODS: Between year 2009 and 2016, 12 patients with acute, subacute, or chronic type A aortic dissection with the proximal entry tear located between the coronaries and brachiocephalic artery were treated with TEVAR at 3 centers. Various stent-graft configurations were used to seal the proximal entry tear in the ascending aorta under rapid pacing. RESULTS: A total of 12 patients (9 male, 3 female), mean age 81 +/- 7 years, EuroSCORE II 9.1 +/- 4.5, underwent TEVAR for the treatment of type A aortic dissection. Procedural success was achieved in 11 of 12 patients (91.7%). There was 1 minor stroke and 1 intraprocedural death. No additional deaths were reported at 30 days. At 36 months, there were 4 further deaths (all from nonaortic causes). The mean survival of these 4 deceased was 23 months (range 15-36 months). Follow-up computed tomography demonstrated favorable aortic remodeling. CONCLUSIONS: TEVAR is feasible and reveals promising early results in selected patients with type A aortic dissection who are poor candidates for surgical repair. The current iteration of stent-graft technology, however, needs to be adapted to features specific to the ascending aorta. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of reducing blood pressure on renal outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes: Focus on SGLT2 inhibitors and EMPA-REG OUTCOME.
Scheen, André ULg; Delanaye, P.

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2017), (epub ahead of print),

Empagliflozin, a sodium-glucose cotransporter type 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, has enabled remarkable reductions in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality as well as in renal outcomes in patients with type 2 ... [more ▼]

Empagliflozin, a sodium-glucose cotransporter type 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, has enabled remarkable reductions in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality as well as in renal outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and a history of cardiovascular disease in the EMPA-REG OUTCOME. These results have been attributed to haemodynamic rather than metabolic effects, in part due to the osmotic/diuretic action of empagliflozin and the reduction in arterial blood pressure (BP). The present narrative review includes the results of meta-analyses of trials evaluating the effects on renal outcomes of lowering BP in patients with T2D, with a special focus on the influence of baseline and achieved systolic BP, and compares the renal outcome results of the EMPA-REG OUTCOME with those of other major trials with inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system in patients with T2D and the preliminary findings with other SGLT2 inhibitors, and also evaluates post hoc analyses from the EMPA-REG OUTCOME of special interest as regards the BP-lowering hypothesis and renal function. While systemic BP reduction associated to empagliflozin therapy may have contributed to the renal benefits reported in EMPA-REG OUTCOME, other local mechanisms related to kidney homoeostasis most probably also played a role in the overall protection observed in the trial. [less ▲]

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See detailVaginocutaneous fistula and buttock abscess formation 7 years after polypropylene transobturator tape insertion.
ABDALLAH, Alain; NISOLLE, Michelle ULg; DE LANDSHEERE, Laurent ULg

in Journal de Gynécologie, Obstétrique et Biologie de la Reproduction (2017), 46

Surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) using transobturator tape insertion is widely accepted. However several postoperative complications were reported in the literature including ... [more ▼]

Surgical treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) using transobturator tape insertion is widely accepted. However several postoperative complications were reported in the literature including infections, abscess and fistula formation. Here we report a case of 57 year old female who presented with abscess and left vaginocutaneous buttock fistula 7 years after transobturator polypropelene tape insertion. Treatment included abscess drainage with dissection of the fistulous tract and removal of the left arm of the transobturator tape along with antibiotic coverage. Sinus drainage stopped after 3 days. Stress urinary incontinence didn't recur. Suspicion of fistula formation should rise in patients presenting with bothersome vaginal or cutaneous discharge after transobturator tape insertion. This case is particular since it describes a fistula complication with polypropelene tape which is unusual with this type of tapes. Treatment of such complication should always consist of surgical removal of the mesh to allow closure of the fistulous tract. [less ▲]

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See detailSemaglutide: a promising new glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist.
Scheen, André ULg

in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology (2017)

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See detailNon-invasive approaches in the diagnosis of acute rejection in kidney transplant recipients, part II: omics analyses of urine and blood samples
Erpicum, Pauline ULg; HANSSEN, Oriane ULg; WEEKERS, Laurent ULg et al

in Clinical Kidney Journal (2017)

Kidney transplantation (KTx) represents the best available treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease. Still, the full benefits of KTx are undermined by acute rejection (AR). The diagnosis of AR ... [more ▼]

Kidney transplantation (KTx) represents the best available treatment for patients with end-stage renal disease. Still, the full benefits of KTx are undermined by acute rejection (AR). The diagnosis of AR ultimately relies on transplant needle biopsy. However, such an invasive procedure is associated with a significant risk of complications and is limited by sampling error and interobserver variability. In the present review, we summarize the current literature about non-invasive approaches for the diagnosis of AR in kidney transplant recipients (KTRs), including in vivo imaging, gene-expression profiling and omics analyses of blood and urine samples. Most imaging techniques, such as contrast-enhanced ultrasound and magnetic resonance, exploit the fact that blood flow is significantly lowered in case of AR-induced inflammation. In addition, AR-associated recruitment of activated leucocytes may be detectable by 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography. In parallel, urine biomarkers, including CXCL9/CXCL10 or a three-gene signature of CD3ε, CXCL10 and 18S RNA levels, have been identified. None of these approaches has yet been adopted in the clinical follow-up of KTRs, but standardization of analysis procedures may help assess reproducibility and comparative diagnostic yield in large, prospective, multicentre trials. [less ▲]

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See detailMinimally invasive estimation of ventricular dead space volume through use of Frank-Starling curves.
Davidson, Shaun; Pretty, Chris; Pironet, Antoine et al

in PLoS ONE (2017), 12(4), 0176302

This paper develops a means of more easily and less invasively estimating ventricular dead space volume (Vd), an important, but difficult to measure physiological parameter. Vd represents a subject and ... [more ▼]

This paper develops a means of more easily and less invasively estimating ventricular dead space volume (Vd), an important, but difficult to measure physiological parameter. Vd represents a subject and condition dependent portion of measured ventricular volume that is not actively participating in ventricular function. It is employed in models based on the time varying elastance concept, which see widespread use in haemodynamic studies, and may have direct diagnostic use. The proposed method involves linear extrapolation of a Frank-Starling curve (stroke volume vs end-diastolic volume) and its end-systolic equivalent (stroke volume vs end-systolic volume), developed across normal clinical procedures such as recruitment manoeuvres, to their point of intersection with the y-axis (where stroke volume is 0) to determine Vd. To demonstrate the broad applicability of the method, it was validated across a cohort of six sedated and anaesthetised male Pietrain pigs, encompassing a variety of cardiac states from healthy baseline behaviour to circulatory failure due to septic shock induced by endotoxin infusion. Linear extrapolation of the curves was supported by strong linear correlation coefficients of R = 0.78 and R = 0.80 average for pre- and post- endotoxin infusion respectively, as well as good agreement between the two linearly extrapolated y-intercepts (Vd) for each subject (no more than 7.8% variation). Method validity was further supported by the physiologically reasonable Vd values produced, equivalent to 44.3-53.1% and 49.3-82.6% of baseline end-systolic volume before and after endotoxin infusion respectively. This method has the potential to allow Vd to be estimated without a particularly demanding, specialised protocol in an experimental environment. Further, due to the common use of both mechanical ventilation and recruitment manoeuvres in intensive care, this method, subject to the availability of multi-beat echocardiography, has the potential to allow for estimation of Vd in a clinical environment. [less ▲]

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See detailThe global burden of chronic kidney disease: estimates, variability and pitfalls.
Glassock, RJ; Warnock, DG; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg

in Nature Reviews Nephrology (2017), 13(2), 104-114

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See detailA class of valid inequalities for multilinear 0-1 optimization problems
Crama, Yves ULg; Rodriguez Heck, Elisabeth ULg

in Discrete Optimization (2017), 25

This paper investigates the polytope associated with the classical standard linearization technique for the unconstrained optimization of multilinear polynomials in 0-1 variables. A new class of valid ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates the polytope associated with the classical standard linearization technique for the unconstrained optimization of multilinear polynomials in 0-1 variables. A new class of valid inequalities, called 2-links, is introduced to strengthen the LP relaxation of the standard linearization. The addition of the 2-links to the standard linearization inequalities provides a complete description of the convex hull of integer solutions for the case of functions consisting of at most two nonlinear monomials. For the general case, various computational experiments show that the 2- links improve both the standard linearization bound and the computational performance of exact branch & cut methods. The improvements are especially significant for a class of instances inspired from the image restoration problem in computer vision. The magnitude of this effect is rather surprising in that the 2-links are in relatively small number (quadratic in the number of terms of the objective function). [less ▲]

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See detailDiscrimination of three genetically close Aspergillus species by using high resolution melting analysis applied to indoor air as case study.
Libert, Xavier; Packeu, Ann; Bureau, Fabrice ULg et al

in BMC Microbiology (2017), 17(1), 84

BACKGROUND: Indoor air pollution caused by fungal contamination is suspected to have a public health impact. Monitoring of the composition of the indoor airborne fungal contaminants is therefore important ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Indoor air pollution caused by fungal contamination is suspected to have a public health impact. Monitoring of the composition of the indoor airborne fungal contaminants is therefore important. To avoid problems linked to culture-dependent protocols, molecular methods are increasingly being proposed as an alternative. Among these molecular methods, the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and the real-time PCR are the most frequently used tools for indoor fungal detection. However, even if these tools have demonstrated their appropriate performance, some of them are not able to discriminate between species which are genetically close. A solution to this could be the use of a post-qPCR high resolution melting (HRM) analysis, which would allow the discrimination of these species based on the highly accurate determination of the difference in melting temperature of the obtained amplicon. In this study, we provide a proof-of-concept for this approach, using a dye adapted version of our previously developed qPCR SYBR(R)Green method to detect Aspergillus versicolor in indoor air, an important airborne fungus in terms of occurrence and cause of health problems. Despite the good performance observed for that qPCR method, no discrimination could previously be made between A. versicolor, Aspergillus creber and Aspergillus sydowii. METHODS: In this study, we developed and evaluated an HRM assay for the discrimination between A. versicolor, Aspergillus creber and Aspergillus sydowii. RESULTS: Using HRM analysis, the discrimination of the 3 Aspergillus species could be made. No false positive, nor false negatives were observed during the performance assessment including 20 strains of Aspergillus. The limit of detection was determined for each species i.e., 0.5 pg of gDNA for A. creber and A. sydowii, and 0.1 pg of gDNA for A. versicolor. The HRM analysis was also successfully tested on environmental samples. CONCLUSION: We reported the development of HRM tools for the discrimination of A. versicolor, A. creber and A. sydowii. However, this study could be considered as a study case demonstrating that HRM based on existing qPCR assays, allows a more accurate identification of indoor air contaminants. This contributes to an improved insight in the diversity of indoor airborne fungi and hence, eventually in the causal link with health problems. [less ▲]

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See detailStudies of HVC Plasticity in Adult Canaries Reveal Social Effects and Sex Differences as Well as Limitations of Multiple Markers Available to Assess Adult Neurogenesis.
Shevchouk, Olesya ULg; Ball, G.F.; Cornil, Charlotte ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2017), 12(1), 0170938

In songbirds, neurogenesis in the song control nucleus HVC is sensitive to the hormonal and social environment but the dynamics of this process is difficult to assess with a single exogenous marker of new ... [more ▼]

In songbirds, neurogenesis in the song control nucleus HVC is sensitive to the hormonal and social environment but the dynamics of this process is difficult to assess with a single exogenous marker of new neurons. We simultaneously used three independent markers to investigate HVC neurogenesis in male and female canaries. Males were castrated, implanted with testosterone and housed either alone (M), with a female (M-F) or with another male (M-M) while females were implanted with 17β- estradiol and housed with a male (F-M). All subjects received injections of the two thymidine analogues, BrdU and of EdU, respectively 21 and 10 days before brain collection. Cells containing BrdU or EdU or expressing doublecortin (DCX), which labels newborn neurons, were quantified. Social context and sex differentially affected total BrdU+, EdU+, BrdU+EdU- and DCX+ populations. M-M males had a higher density of BrdU+ cells in the ventricular zone adjacent to HVC and of EdU+ in HVC than M-F males. M birds had a higher ratio of BrdU+EdU- to EdU+ cells than M-F subjects suggesting higher survival of newer neurons in the former group. Total number of HVC DCX+ cells was lower in M-F than in M-M males. Sex differences were also dependent of the type of marker used. Several technical limitations associated with the use of these multiple markers were also identified. These results indicate that proliferation, recruitment and survival of new neurons can be independently affected by environmental conditions and effects can only be fully discerned through the use of multiple neurogenesis markers. [less ▲]

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See detailMaternal Nutrition during Pregnancy Affects Testicular and Bone Development, Glucose Metabolism and Response to Overnutrition in Weaned Horses Up to Two Years.
Robles, M; Gauthier, C; Mendoza García, Luis ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2017), 12(e0169295),

INTRODUCTION: Pregnant mares and post-weaning foals are often fed concentrates rich in soluble carbohydrates, together with forage. Recent studies suggest that the use of concentrates is linked to ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Pregnant mares and post-weaning foals are often fed concentrates rich in soluble carbohydrates, together with forage. Recent studies suggest that the use of concentrates is linked to alterations of metabolism and the development of osteochondrosis in foals. The aim of this study was to determine if broodmare diet during gestation affects metabolism, osteoarticular status and growth of yearlings overfed from 20 to 24 months of age and/or sexual maturity in prepubertal colts. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty-four saddlebred mares were fed forage only (n = 12, group F) or cracked barley and forage (n = 12, group B) from mid-gestation until foaling. Colts were gelded at 12 months of age. Between 20 and 24 months of age, all yearlings were overfed (+140% of requirements) using an automatic concentrate feeder. Offspring were monitored for growth between 6 and 24 months of age, glucose homeostasis was evaluated via modified frequently sampled intra veinous glucose tolerance test (FSIGT) at 19 and 24 months of age and osteoarticular status was investigated using radiographic examinations at 24 months of age. The structure and function of testicles from prepubertal colts were analyzed using stereology and RT-qPCR. RESULTS: Post-weaning weight growth was not different between groups. Testicular maturation was delayed in F colts compared to B colts at 12 months of age. From 19 months of age, the cannon bone was wider in B vs F yearlings. F yearlings were more insulin resistant at 19 months compared to B yearlings but B yearlings were affected more severely by overnutrition with reduced insulin sensitivity. The osteoarticular status at 24 months of age was not different between groups. CONCLUSION: In conclusion, nutritional management of the pregnant broodmare and the growing foal may affect sexual maturity of colts and the metabolism of foals until 24 months of age. These effects may be deleterious for reproductive and sportive performances in older horses. [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary JIRAM results from Juno polar observations: 3. Evidence of diffuse methane presence in the Jupiter auroral regions
Moriconi, M. L.; Adriani, A.; Dinelli, B. M. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2017), 44(10), 4641-4648

Throughout the first orbit of the NASA Juno mission around Jupiter, the Jupiter InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) targeted the northern and southern polar regions several times. The analyses of the acquired ... [more ▼]

Throughout the first orbit of the NASA Juno mission around Jupiter, the Jupiter InfraRed Auroral Mapper (JIRAM) targeted the northern and southern polar regions several times. The analyses of the acquired images and spectra confirmed a significant presence of methane (CH4) near both poles through its 3.3 μm emission overlapping the H3 + auroral feature at 3.31 μm. Neither acetylene (C2H2) nor ethane (C2H6) have been observed so far. The analysis method, developed for the retrieval of H3 + temperature and abundances and applied to the JIRAM-measured spectra, has enabled an estimate of the effective temperature for methane peak emission and the distribution of its spectral contribution in the polar regions. The enhanced methane inside the auroral oval regions in the two hemispheres at different longitude suggests an excitation mechanism driven by energized particle precipitation from the magnetosphere. ©2017. American Geophysical Union. All Rights Reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailExtreme intra-clutch egg size dimorphism is not coupled with corresponding differences in antioxidant capacity and stable isotopes between eggs
Poisbleau, Maud; Beaulieu, Michaël; Dehnhard, Nina et al

in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology Part A : Molecular & Integrative Physiology (2017), 205

Oviparous females need to allocate resources optimally to their eggs in order to maximize their fitness. Among these resources, dietary antioxidants, acquired by females and transferred to the eggs during ... [more ▼]

Oviparous females need to allocate resources optimally to their eggs in order to maximize their fitness. Among these resources, dietary antioxidants, acquired by females and transferred to the eggs during egg formation, can greatly affect the development and survival of the embryo and chick. In crested penguins, incubation starts after the second and last egg is laid and, as opposed to many other bird species, this egg hatches first, thereby enhancing the survival of the chick. Here, we assessed whether antioxidant and isotopic composition could underlie these differences between eggs within clutches of southern rockhopper penguins (Eudyptes chrysocome chrysocome). The second-laid egg had higher total antioxidant capacity than the first-laid egg, although this was not due to higher antioxidant concentration but to its higher mass. This suggests that resources are allocated by females at a constant rate in both eggs within clutches. Accordingly, we found a strong correlation for isotopic compositions between eggs suggesting that resources were allocated similarly to each egg within the clutch. Overall, we found little evidence for a significant role of antioxidant and isotopic compositions to explain differences in terms of embryo/chick development between eggs in crested penguins. However, since our results suggest a constant rate of antioxidant transfer from females to eggs, limiting the mass of the first-laid egg might represent a strategy for females to spare antioxidant defences and preserve self-maintenance. [less ▲]

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See detailVariable thickness scroll compressor performance analysis—Part I: Geometric and thermodynamic modeling
Bin, Peng; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Legros, Arnaud et al

in Proc IMechE Part E: J Process Mechanical Engineering (2017)

In order to investigate the performance of variable thickness scroll compressors, a detail mathematical modeling based on energy and mass balances is established in this two-part. In part I, the geometric ... [more ▼]

In order to investigate the performance of variable thickness scroll compressors, a detail mathematical modeling based on energy and mass balances is established in this two-part. In part I, the geometric modeling and thermodynamic modeling are developed. The profile based on circle involute, high order curve, and arc is built up using the base line method. The volume of working chambers from suction to discharge is defined. Thereafter, the evolution and derivative of the working chamber volume with respect to the orbiting angle are discussed. The energy and the mass balance for working chamber are described. Suction gas heating, radial and flank leakage, heat transfer between the working fluid, scroll wraps and plates are considered in the thermodynamic modeling. The established geometric modeling and thermodynamic modeling can provide better understanding of the variable thickness scroll compressor working process. The dynamical modeling and model validation are reported in part II. [less ▲]

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See detailMinimally invasive, patient specific, beat-by-beat estimation of left ventricular time varying elastance.
Davidson, Shaun; Pretty, Chris; Pironet, Antoine et al

in BioMedical Engineering OnLine (2017), 16(1), 42

BACKGROUND: The aim of this paper was to establish a minimally invasive method for deriving the left ventricular time varying elastance (TVE) curve beat-by-beat, the monitoring of which's inter-beat ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The aim of this paper was to establish a minimally invasive method for deriving the left ventricular time varying elastance (TVE) curve beat-by-beat, the monitoring of which's inter-beat evolution could add significant new data and insight to improve diagnosis and treatment. The method developed uses the clinically available inputs of aortic pressure, heart rate and baseline end-systolic volume (via echocardiography) to determine the outputs of left ventricular pressure, volume and dead space volume, and thus the TVE curve. This approach avoids directly assuming the shape of the TVE curve, allowing more effective capture of intra- and inter-patient variability. RESULTS: The resulting TVE curve was experimentally validated against the TVE curve as derived from experimentally measured left ventricular pressure and volume in animal models, a data set encompassing 46,318 heartbeats across 5 Pietrain pigs. This simulated TVE curve was able to effectively approximate the measured TVE curve, with an overall median absolute error of 11.4% and overall median signed error of -2.5%. CONCLUSIONS: The use of clinically available inputs means there is potential for real-time implementation of the method at the patient bedside. Thus the method could be used to provide additional, patient specific information on intra- and inter-beat variation in heart function. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a life of poverty and uncertainty? The livelihood strategies of Gécamines workers after retrenchment in the DRC
Rubbers, Benjamin ULg

in Review of African Political Economy (2017), 44 (152)

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See detailPercutaneous left atrial appendage closure improves left atrial mechanical function through Frank-Starling mechanism.
Coisne, A; Pilato, R; Brigadeau, F et al

in Heart Rhythm : The Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society (2017)

BACKGROUND: Modifications in left atrial (LA) flow velocities after left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion have been shown in animal and ex vivo models. In a substudy of PROTECT AF (Percutaneous Closure of ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Modifications in left atrial (LA) flow velocities after left atrial appendage (LAA) exclusion have been shown in animal and ex vivo models. In a substudy of PROTECT AF (Percutaneous Closure of the Left Atrial Appendage Versus Warfarin Therapy for Prevention of Stroke in Patients With Atrial Fibrillation), an objective improvement in quality of life was observed after LAA closure. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of LAA closure on LA transport function. METHODS: Comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography evaluation (2-dimensional [2D]/3-dimensional [3D], 2D speckle tracking) was prospectively performed before and after LAA closure (at discharge and 45 days after procedure) in 33 patients. RESULTS: LAA closure was associated with a significant improvement in LA reservoir function at discharge and 45 days after the procedure with (1) increased maximum LA volume index, (2) increased 2D-LA reservoir volume and expansion index, and (3) increased 2D speckle tracking-derived peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS) (27.9 ± 14 and 26 ± 12.6 vs 21.7 ± 10.7%, P <.0001). LAA closure was also associated with a significant improvement in LA contractile function with (1) increased LA ejection fraction and (2) increased speckle tracking-derived peak atrial contraction strain (PACS) in sinus rhythm patients (19.1 ± 6.8 and 18.1 ± 5.4 vs 14.4 ± 6.4%, P = .0006). Conversely, the slope of the relation between PACS and PALS remained unchanged (0.5 ± 0.27 and 0.53 ± 0.3 vs 0.5 ± 0.25, P = .99), thus arguing for an improvement in LA contractile function secondary to a Frank-Starling effect rather than a modification in its intrinsic contractility. CONCLUSION: LAA closure was associated with an improvement in LA mechanical function. These changes appeared to be related to a modification in loading conditions, that is, a Frank-Starling effect. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and validation of a fast SFC method for the analysis of flavonoids in plant extracts.
Huang, Yang; Feng, Ying; Tang, Guangyun et al

in Journal of Pharmaceutical & Biomedical Analysis (2017), 140

Flavonoids from plants always show a wide range of biological activities. In the present study, a rapid and highly efficient supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) method was developed for the ... [more ▼]

Flavonoids from plants always show a wide range of biological activities. In the present study, a rapid and highly efficient supercritical fluid chromatography (SFC) method was developed for the separation of 12 flavonoids. After careful optimization, the 12 flavonoids were baseline separated on a ZORBAX RX-SIL column using gradient elution. A 0.1% phosphoric acid solution in methanol was found to be the most suitable polar mobile phase component for the separation of flavonoids. From the viewpoint of retention and resolution, a backpressure of 200bar and a temperature of 40 degrees C were shown to give the best results. Compared with a previously developed reverse phase liquid chromatography method, the SFC method could provide flavonoid separations that were about three times faster, while maintaining good peak shape and comparable peak efficiency. This SFC method was validated and applied to the analysis of five flavonoids (kaempferol, luteolin, quercetin, luteoloside, buddleoside) present in Chrysanthemum morifolium Ramat. from different cultivars (Chuju, Gongju, Hangju, Boju). The results indicated a good repeatability and sensitivity for the quantification of the five analytes with RSDs for overall precision lower than 3%. The limits of detection ranged from 0.73 to 2.34mug/mL, while the limits of quantification were between 2.19 and 5.86mug/mL. The method showed that SFC could be employed as a useful tool for the quality assessment of Traditional Chinese medicines (TCMs) containing flavonoids as active components. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing household energy uses: an online interactive tool dedicated to citizens and local stakeholders
Marique, Anne-Françoise ULg; Cuvellier, Simon; De Herde, André et al

in Energy and Buildings (2017), 151C

This paper presents the SOLEN integrated online tool, dedicated to citizens and local authorities. This methodology, developed to allow precise energy assessment (heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the SOLEN integrated online tool, dedicated to citizens and local authorities. This methodology, developed to allow precise energy assessment (heating, cooling, ventilation, lighting, appliances, and cooking but also local production of renewable energy) of household energy uses, is firstly introduced. SOLEN uses a typological classification of buildings and thermal simulations. Many parameters are defined and taken into account to capture the specificities of numerous types of buildings exhaustively (e.g. type of buildings; number of floors; common ownership; orientation; thermal performances of the walls, floors, roofs, and windows; and ventilation type). These results related to building energy consumption are then crossed, in an integrated approach, with several indicators of urban sustainability, to take into account in the balance of the impact of the location of buildings on transportation energy consumption or the impact of the urban form on the production of solar renewable energy. This tool makes accessible to a large non-specialized audience the results of a three-year scientific research study in Wallonia (Belgium) and was awarded an Energy Globe Award (Belgium) in 2014. The first feedback from users is presented to conclude this contribution. [less ▲]

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See detailScènes médiatiques et arènes de discours - Formes d'engagement dans un monde perdu
Servais, Christine ULg

in Réseaux : Communication - Technologie - Société (2017), 202-203

Cet article interroge l’efficacité politique de deux dispositifs (Site de « Riposte laïque » et page Facebook de « Français de Souche ») dans le cadre de la distinction entre « conflit agonistique » et « ... [more ▼]

Cet article interroge l’efficacité politique de deux dispositifs (Site de « Riposte laïque » et page Facebook de « Français de Souche ») dans le cadre de la distinction entre « conflit agonistique » et « conflit antagoniste » proposée par Chantal Mouffe : quelle est la nature du collectif auquel ils font appel et qu’ils configurent ? Cette question ne peut être élucidée sans que soit examinée la relation entre ces dispositifs médiatiques et leurs récepteurs. Il s’agit donc d’analyser, par un travail sur les formes énonciatives, la scène sur laquelle apparaissent les collectifs d’extrême-droite, les formes d’engagements que cette scène mobilise et ses manières spécifiques de construire un « nous », caractérisées par la perte d’objets communs. [less ▲]

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See detailMid-term results of bicuspid aortic valve repair guided by morphology and function assessment.
Fattouch, K; Moscarelli, M; Castrovinci, S et al

in Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery (2017)

OBJECTIVES: Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is frequently associated with aortic insufficiency (AI) due to cusp disease and/or aortic root dilatation. Based on functional classification and morphology, a ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is frequently associated with aortic insufficiency (AI) due to cusp disease and/or aortic root dilatation. Based on functional classification and morphology, a systematic surgical approach was used for aortic valve repair (AVr). METHODS: : From 2004 to 2014, 152 consecutive patients (mean age 55 ± 7 years) with BAV underwent AVr with or without concomitant aortic root surgery. Cusp pathology was treated with central plication in 60 (39.5%) patients, free edge reinforcement in 45 (29.6%), triangular resection in 28 (18.4%) and pericardial patch in 19 (12.5%). Aortic root dilatation was corrected with valve sparing reimplantation in 65 patients. Mean follow-up was 68 ± 36 months. RESULTS: : In-hospital death was 1.3%. Overall 5-year survival was 88.6 ± 3.6%. Freedom from recurrent ≥ grade 2 AI requiring reoperation at 5-year was 93 ± 3.1%. Five-year freedom from reintervention was 98.4 ± 1.6%, 93.3 ± 6.4% and 82.6 ± 9.6 in the group of patients treated with AVr and reimplantation technique, AVr and subcommissural plasty and AVr repair alone (log-rank P  = 0.005). Commissural orientation <160°, type 2 Siever's BAV and preoperative annulus diameter >29 mm were identified as predictors for recurrent ≥ grade 2 AI. CONCLUSIONS: : BAV repair could be achieved with low incidence of recurrent AI, especially when concomitant annulus stabilization was performed. Systematic preoperative morphological and functional characteristics of the aortic valve should be carried out in order to reduce the risk of repair failure. [less ▲]

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See detailOf Pins and Beads: Note on a Feminine Costume in Mari
Couturaud, Barbara ULg

in Ash Sharq. Bulletin of the Ancient Near East: Archaeological, Historical And Societal Studies (2017), 1

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See detailGenetic variabilitly in Tunisian populations of faba bean (Vicia faba L. var. major) assessed by morphological and SSR markers
Rebaa, Feten; Abid, Ghassen; Aouida, Marwa et al

in Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants (2017)

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See detailThermal comfort and comparison of some parameters coming from hospitals and shopping centers under natural ventilation : The case of Madagascar Island
Nematchoua, Modeste Kameni; Ricciardi, Paola; Reiter, Sigrid ULg et al

in Journal of Building Engineering (2017), 13

Nowadays, in several countries in the tropical islands of the Indian Ocean, including Madagascar island, Comores island, Seychelles island and Mayotte, no adopted and regulated building standards exist ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, in several countries in the tropical islands of the Indian Ocean, including Madagascar island, Comores island, Seychelles island and Mayotte, no adopted and regulated building standards exist. Human health essentially depends on the quality of indoor air, and so several actions should be taken to solve this problem. The purpose of this study is to develop a database of thermal comfort in naturally ventilated buildings inordertoimproveindoorairquality,mainlyinhospitals andshoppingcentersinthelargestislandoftheIndian Ocean.Toachievethisobjective,andduetoalackofdataregardingcomfortinbuiltenvironmentsinthisregion, experimental and subjective studies were carried out in 5 big hospitals and 50 small and large shopping centers, distributed in 25 districts of urban areas in Northern Madagascar. The adaptive approach was used for this purpose. A specific questionnaire based on the ISO7730 and 10551 was designed to collect these data. A total of 400 people participated in this study, and the survey was conducted during rainy and dry seasons. This study discusses the influence of gender, clothing, activities, voters’ mind state and occupants’ control strategies on adaptive comfort assessment. In addition, various comfort parameters were calculated for these buildings. Results show that, in both studied places, the lower and upper acceptable temperatures for 80% of the voters were 23.2 °C and 26.8 °C, while 90% of the customers and patients reported a comfortable temperature range of 24.5–26.2°C. This will help to define proper guidelines to build more comfortable buildings in Madagascar and other countries of the Indian Ocean. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrating production scheduling and vehicle routing decisions at the operational decision level: A review and discussion
Moons, Stef; Ramaekers, Katrien; Caris, An et al

in Computers & Industrial Engineering (2017), 104

Production scheduling and vehicle routing are two well-studied problems in literature. Although these supply chain functions are interrelated, they are often solved sequentially. This uncoordinated ... [more ▼]

Production scheduling and vehicle routing are two well-studied problems in literature. Although these supply chain functions are interrelated, they are often solved sequentially. This uncoordinated approach can lead to suboptimal solutions. In the current competitive business environment, companies are searching for methods to save costs and improve their service level. Integrating production and distribution scheduling operations can be an approach to improve the overall performance. This paper focuses on integrated production-distribution operational level scheduling problems, which explicitly take into account vehicle routing decisions of the delivery process. Existing literature on integrated production scheduling and vehicle routing problems is reviewed and classified. Both the problem characteristics of mathematical models and the accompanying solution approaches are discussed to identify directions for further research. [less ▲]

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See detailPest regulation and support of natural enemies in agriculture: Experimental evidence of within field wildflower strips
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Boeraeve, Fanny ULg et al

in Ecological Engineering (2017), 98

tRestoring ecosystem services in agriculture is vital to reach a sustainable food production. More specif-ically, developing farming practices which enhance biological pest control is a main issue for ... [more ▼]

tRestoring ecosystem services in agriculture is vital to reach a sustainable food production. More specif-ically, developing farming practices which enhance biological pest control is a main issue for today’sagriculture. The aim of this study was to assess whether the two strategies of complicating the search ofhost plants by pests by increasing plant diversity, and of supporting their natural enemies by managinghabitats, could be combined simultaneously at the field scale to restore biological pest control and reducechemical insecticide use. In Gembloux (Belgium), wildflower strips (WFS) were sown within wheat cropsin which pests (i.e., aphids), their predators (i.e. aphidophagous hoverflies, lacewings and ladybeetles)and parasitoid wasps were monitored for 10 weeks in the period of May through July 2015 as indicatorsof the ES of pest control. Aphids were significantly reduced and adult hoverflies favoured in wheat inbetween WFS, compared to monoculture wheat plots. No significant differences were observed for adultlacewings, ladybeetles and parasitoids. In all treatments, very few lacewing and ladybeetle larvae wereobserved on wheat tillers. The abundance of hoverfly larvae was positively correlated with the aphid den-sity on tillers in between WFS, showing that increasing food provisions by multiplying habitats withinfields, and not only along margins, can help supporting aphidophagous hoverflies in crops. By enhancingthe ecosystem services of biological pest control, this study shows that increasing both plant diversityand managing habitats for natural enemies may reduce aphid populations, hence insecticide use. Futureresearch should continue this vein of work by quantifying the link between agricultural practices and thedelivery of ecosystem services in order to guide future measures of agricultural policies. [less ▲]

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See detailPossible survivorship bias rather than reverse causality in EMPA-REG OUTCOME.
Scheen, André ULg

in Diabetes Research & Clinical Practice (2017), (May),

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See detailAn investigation on the use of coarse volcanic scoria as sand in Portland cement mortar
Juimo Tchamdjou, Willy Hermann; Grigoletto, Sophie ULg; Michel, Frédéric ULg et al

in Case studies in Building Materials (2017), 7

In this study, the utilization of coarse volcanic scoria CVS as sand in Portland cement mortar was investigated. The aim of this study is to give some physical properties, mechanical properties and ... [more ▼]

In this study, the utilization of coarse volcanic scoria CVS as sand in Portland cement mortar was investigated. The aim of this study is to give some physical properties, mechanical properties and durability properties of CVS mortars investigated at short term of curing in comparison with a reference mortar. Investigation was carried out on three groups of mortar samples according to the proportion of fine particles on the coarse volcanic scoria, “low” for the first group MCVS1, “average” for the second group MCVS2 and “high” for the third group MCVS3. The reference mortar has been made with standard sand. The water–cement w/c ratio and sand/cement s/c ratio used in the mixtures were 0.5 and 3, respectively according to European Standard EN 196-1- 2005. The particle size of CVS aggregates used to prepare mortar mixtures were between 0.08 mm and 2.00 mm like in the standard sand. Compressive and flexural strengths were tested at mortar age of 28 days. The results revealed improved compressive and flexural strengths, which were maximal for the MCVS3 samples. Unit weight increased with the ratio of fine CVS size between 0.08–1.00 mm. Sorptivity and carbonation depth decrease as the ratio of fine CVS increase. Based on these results, using Cameroonian volcanic scoria in the appropriate particles size ratio composition will improve these mortar characteristics. CVS mortars can be used for more applications for building construction in Cameroon and all over the world, especially in regions where volcanic scoria resources are abundant. [less ▲]

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See detailSequential crystallization of high and low melting waxes to improve oil structuring in wax-based oleogels
Tavernier, Iris; Doan, Chi Diem; Van de Walle, Davy et al

in RSC Advances (2017), 7

Themain objective of this study was to investigate the effect of combining a high-melting wax (sunflower wax or rice bran wax)with a low-melting wax (berrywax or BEW) on the crystallization and gelation ... [more ▼]

Themain objective of this study was to investigate the effect of combining a high-melting wax (sunflower wax or rice bran wax)with a low-melting wax (berrywax or BEW) on the crystallization and gelation behavior of the corresponding wax-based oleogels in rice bran oil (RBO). Sunflower wax (SW) and rice bran wax (RBW) have a similar chemical composition but a very different crystallization behavior. Therefore, SWand RBW were also combined in a wax-based oleogel to examine the occurrence of co-crystallization and/or crystal coexistence. The thermal and gelation behavior of the binary blends in rice bran oil (5% w/w total concentration of wax) were investigated with differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) and rheological measurements, showing sequential crystallization and gelation for the SW/RBW : BEW wax-based oleogels and simultaneous crystallization and gelation for the SW : RBW wax-based oleogels. Oscillatory shear and hardness measurements revealed the reinforcement of the high-melting wax crystal network with the addition of the low-melting berry wax. X-ray diffraction (XRD) measurements in both the long-spacing and the short-spacing region showed the occurrence of crystal co-existence, rather than co-crystallization, which was confirmed with polarized light microscopy (PLM). Two different crystal morphologies could be discerned for all three combinations (RBW : SW, SW : BEW and RBW : BEW). We hypothesized that the improved rheological properties could be attributed to sintering, a process in which the low-melting BEW crystals form solid bonds between the crystals of the high-melting waxes. As such, a cohesive network is formed, resulting in an increased hardness of the bi-wax-based oleogels. This research provides the opportunity to minimize the amount of wax necessary in creating semi-solid materials with a wide variety in rheological and textural properties. [less ▲]

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