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See detailCombining microCT-based characterization with empirical modelling as a robust screening approach for the design of optimized CaP-containing scaffolds for progenitor cell-mediated bone formation.
Kerckhofs, G.; Chai, Y. C.; Luyten, F. P. et al

in Acta Biomaterialia (2016), 35

Biomaterials are a key ingredient to the success of bone tissue engineering (TE), which focuses on the healing of bone defects by combining scaffolds with cells and/or growth factors. Due to the widely ... [more ▼]

Biomaterials are a key ingredient to the success of bone tissue engineering (TE), which focuses on the healing of bone defects by combining scaffolds with cells and/or growth factors. Due to the widely variable material characteristics and patient-specificities, however, current bone TE strategies still suffer from low repeatability and lack of robustness, which hamper clinical translation. Hence, optimal TE construct (i.e. cells and scaffold) characteristics are still under debate. This study aimed to reduce the material-specific variability for cell-based construct design, avoiding trial-and-error, by combining microCT characterization and empirical modelling as an innovative and robust screening approach. Via microCT characterization we have built a quantitative construct library of morphological and compositional properties of six CE approved CaP-based scaffolds (CopiOs(R), BioOss, Integra Mozaik, chronOS Vivify, MBCP and ReproBone), and of their bone forming capacity and in vivo scaffold degradation when combined with human periosteal derived cells (hPDCs). The empirical model, based on the construct library, allowed identification of the construct characteristics driving optimized bone formation, i.e. (a) the percentage of beta-TCP and dibasic calcium phosphate, (b) the concavity of the CaP structure, (c) the average CaP structure thickness and (d) the seeded cell amount (taking into account the seeding efficiency). Additionally, the model allowed to quantitatively predict the bone forming response of different hPDC-CaP scaffold combinations, thus providing input for a more robust design of optimized constructs and avoiding trial-and error. This could improve and facilitate clinical translation. STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE: Biomaterials that support regenerative processes are a key ingredient for successful bone tissue engineering (TE). However, the optimal scaffold structure is still under debate. In this study, we have provided a useful innovative approach for robust screening of potential biomaterials or constructs (i.e. scaffolds seeded with cells and/or growth factors) by combining microCT characterization with empirical modelling. This novel approach leads to a better insight in the scaffold parameters influencing progenitor cell-mediated bone formation. Additionally, it serves as input for more controlled and robust design of optimized CaP-containing bone TE scaffolds. Hence, this novel approach could improve and facilitate clinical translation. [less ▲]

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See detailLe point sur les processus visuo-perceptifs chez les enfants atteints de paralysie cérébrale
Schmetz, Emilie ULg; Rousselle, Laurence ULg

in Revue de Neuropsychologie (2016), 8(2), 137-149

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See detailMonitoring the freshness of fish: development of a qPCR method applied to MAP chilled whiting
Dehaut, Alexandre; Krzewinski, Frédéric; Grard, Thierry et al

in Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (2016)

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See detailProcrastination, consideration of future consequences, and episodic future thinking
Rebetez, Marie My Lien; Barsics, Catherine ULg; Rochat, Lucien et al

in Consciousness & Cognition (2016), 42

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See detailEnergy and nutrient content of food served and consumed by nursing home residents
Buckinx, Fanny ULg; ALLEPAERTS, Sophie ULg; PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg et al

in the journal of nutrition, health & aging (2016), in press

Objective: The aim of this study was to compare energy and protein content of the served food with the actual intake from the food consumed by nursing home residents. This study also aimed to compare food ... [more ▼]

Objective: The aim of this study was to compare energy and protein content of the served food with the actual intake from the food consumed by nursing home residents. This study also aimed to compare food intake and dietary allowances. Design: This is a cross sectional study. Setting: This study was performed in nursing homes. Participants: Residents of these 2 nursing homes were eligible for the study if they agreed to participate and if they meet the selection criteria (to be older than 65 years and have a regular texture diet). Measurement: Nutrient content of the served food and real food consumption was calculated for all meals during a 5-day period by precise weighting method. Difference between consumed and served dietary content was evaluated by the Chi² test. Results: Seventy-four Belgian nursing home residents (75% of women, 85.8 ± 7.04 years on average) were included in this study. These subjects had a mean body mass index of 24.9 ± 4.83 kg/m². The mean energy content of the served food was 1783.3 ± 125.7 kcal per day. However, residents did not eat the whole of the meals and the actual energy content of the consumed food was significantly less (1552.4 ± 342.1 kcal per day; p<.001). The average protein content of the food served was equal to 0.96 ± 0.20 g/kg/day and the average consumption of protein by the residents was 0.88 ± 0.25 g/kg/day. The difference between protein served and consumed was also significant (p=.04). Moreover, people considered as well nourished, eating significantly more energy than the others (p=.04). Conclusion: Meals served in nursing homes are not entirely consumed by their residents. As expected, the energy consumed are lower in subjects considered as malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. [less ▲]

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See detailNeural Activation During Mental Rotation in Complete Androgen Insensitivity Syndrome: the Influence of Sex Hormones and Sex Chromosomes.
van Hemmen, Judy; Veltman, Dick J.; Hoekzema, Elseline et al

in Cerebral Cortex (2016)

Sex hormones, androgens in particular, are hypothesized to play a key role in the sexual differentiation of the human brain. However, possible direct effects of the sex chromosomes, that is, XX or XY ... [more ▼]

Sex hormones, androgens in particular, are hypothesized to play a key role in the sexual differentiation of the human brain. However, possible direct effects of the sex chromosomes, that is, XX or XY, have not been well studied in humans. Individuals with complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS), who have a 46,XY karyotype but a female phenotype due to a complete androgen resistance, enable us to study the separate effects of gonadal hormones versus sex chromosomes on neural sex differences. Therefore, in the present study, we compared 46,XY men (n = 30) and 46,XX women (n = 29) to 46,XY individuals with CAIS (n = 21) on a mental rotation task using functional magnetic resonance imaging. Previously reported sex differences in neural activation during mental rotation were replicated in the control groups, with control men showing more activation in the inferior parietal lobe than control women. Individuals with CAIS showed a female-like neural activation pattern in the parietal lobe, indicating feminization of the brain in CAIS. Furthermore, this first neuroimaging study in individuals with CAIS provides evidence that sex differences in regional brain function during mental rotation are most likely not directly driven by genetic sex, but rather reflect gonadal hormone exposure. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Perceived Value of Passive Animal Health Surveillance: The Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza in Vietnam
Delabouglise, Alexis; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Phan, T.D et al

in Zoonoses and Public Health (2016), 63(2), 112-28

Economic evaluations are critical for the assessment of the efficiency and sustain- ability of animal health surveillance systems and the improvement of their effi- ciency. Methods identifying and ... [more ▼]

Economic evaluations are critical for the assessment of the efficiency and sustain- ability of animal health surveillance systems and the improvement of their effi- ciency. Methods identifying and quantifying costs and benefits incurred by public and private actors of passive surveillance systems (i.e. actors of veterinary author- ities and private actors who may report clinical signs) are needed. This study pre- sents the evaluation of perceived costs and benefits of highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) passive surveillance in Vietnam. Surveys based on participatory epidemiology methods were conducted in three provinces in Vietnam to collect data on costs and benefits resulting from the reporting of HPAI suspicions to vet- erinary authorities. A quantitative tool based on stated preference methods and participatory techniques was developed and applied to assess the non-monetary costs and benefits. The study showed that poultry farmers are facing several options regarding the management of HPAI suspicions, besides reporting the fol- lowing: treatment, sale or destruction of animals. The option of reporting was associated with uncertain outcome and transaction costs. Besides, actors antici- pated the release of health information to cause a drop of markets prices. This cost was relevant at all levels, including farmers, veterinary authorities and private actors of the upstream sector (feed, chicks and medicine supply). One benefit associated with passive surveillance was the intervention of public services to clean farms and the environment to limit the disease spread. Private actors of the poultry sector valued information on HPAI suspicions (perceived as a non-mon- etary benefit) which was mainly obtained from other private actors and media. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of Véronique Maisier’s Violence in Caribbean Literature: Stories of Stones and Blood
Ledent, Bénédicte ULg

in Nieuwe West-Indische Gids = New West Indian Guide (2016), 90(3&4),

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See detailTrophic ecology of the seagrass-inhabiting footballer demoiselle Chrysiptera annulata (Peters, 1855); comparison with three other reef-associated damselfishes
Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Michel, Loïc ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Zoology (2016), 146(1), 21-32

Many damselfishes (Pomacentridae) are herbivorous or omnivorous with an important contribution of different kinds of algae in their diet. They display different levels of territoriality and farming ... [more ▼]

Many damselfishes (Pomacentridae) are herbivorous or omnivorous with an important contribution of different kinds of algae in their diet. They display different levels of territoriality and farming behavior, from almost non territorial to monoculture farmers. In addition, few species inhabit seagrass meadows but, presently, none can be considered as seagrass-eating specialists. The footballer demoiselle, Chrysiptera annulata, is found in the seagrass meadows on the reef flat of the Great Reef of Toliara (Madagascar, Mozambique Channel). Regarding this unusual habitat for pomacentrid, this study aimed to answer 3 questions: 1) What is the diet of C. annulata? 2) Do the resources supporting this diet include seagrass? 3) Does its trophic niche overlap those of other sympatric damselfishes (Pomacentrus trilineatus, Chrysiptera unimaculata and Plectroglyphidodon lacrymatus) living in close association with macrophytes or eating algae? Stomach content examination and stable isotope analysis showed that the footballer demoiselle is not a seagrass consumer but is an omnivorous/herbivorous species heavily relying on algal resources and small invertebrates. SIAR, a stable isotope mixing model, indicated it assimilated large amount of turf algae and various benthic or planktonic invertebrates in lower proportions. SIBER metrics pointed out that isotopic niche of the footballer demoiselle partly overlaps the one of its congeneric C. unimaculata, but not those of P. trilineatus and P. lacrymatus. Trophic strategies of C. annulata differed both from farming species such as P. lacrymatus or from less territorial herbivores such as P. trilineatus. Its seagrass meadow habitat on the Great Reef of Toliara allow the conquest of an unusual habitat for damselfishes and could limit competition with C. unimaculata, a species displaying the same territorial behavior and the same isotopic niche but living on the reef itself. [less ▲]

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See detailStratigraphy and depositional environments of the Late Famennian (Late Devonian) of Southern Belgium and characterization of the Strud locality
Denayer, Julien ULg; Prestianni, Cyrille; Gueriau, Pierre et al

in Geological Magazine (2016), 153(1), 112-127

The Famennian (Upper Devonian, c. 372 to 359 Ma) strata of Belgium have recently received much attention after the discoveries of early tetrapod remains and outstandingly preserved continental arthropods ... [more ▼]

The Famennian (Upper Devonian, c. 372 to 359 Ma) strata of Belgium have recently received much attention after the discoveries of early tetrapod remains and outstandingly preserved continental arthropods. The Strud locality has yielded a diverse flora and fauna including seed-plants, tetrapods, various placoderm, actinopterygian, acanthodian and sarcopterygian fishes, crustaceans (anostracans, notostracans, conchostracans and decapods) and a putative complete insect. This fossil assemblage is one of the oldest continental – probably fresh-water – ecosystems with a considerable vertebrate and invertebrate diversity. The study of the palaeoenvironment of the Strud locality is crucial because it records one of the earliest and most important phases of tetrapod evolution that took place after their emergence but before their terrestrialization. It raises the question of environmental and ecological conditions for the Devonian aquatic ecosystem and the selection pressures occurring at the onset of tetrapod terrestrialization. The present study characterized the fluvial facies of the Upper Famennian sedimentary rocks of Strud and the surrounding areas. The exceptional preservation of arthropods and plants in the main fossiliferous layers is explained by rapid burial in the fine-grained sediment of the quiet and confined flood plain environment. Newly investigated fossiliferous sections in the Meuse–Samson area led to the description and correlation of key sections (Strud, Wierde and Jausse sections, complemented by the less continuous Haltinne, Huy and Coutisse sections). Moreover, the investigated sections allowed a review of the age of the fossiliferous horizon, which is now definitely considered to be Late Famennian in age. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards Generic Image Classification using Tree-based Learning: an Extensive Empirical Study
Marée, Raphaël ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg; Wehenkel, Louis ULg

in Pattern Recognition Letters (2016)

This paper considers the general problem of image classification without using any prior knowledge about image classes. We study variants of a method based on supervised learning whose common steps are ... [more ▼]

This paper considers the general problem of image classification without using any prior knowledge about image classes. We study variants of a method based on supervised learning whose common steps are the extraction of random subwindows described by raw pixel intensity values and the use of ensemble of extremely randomized trees to directly classify images or to learn image features. The influence of method parameters and variants is thoroughly evaluated so as to provide baselines and guidelines for future studies. Detailed results are provided on 80 publicly available datasets that depict very diverse types of images (more than 3800 image classes and over 1.5 million images). [less ▲]

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See detailThe development of the abilities to acquire novel detailed orthographic representations and maintain them in long-term memory
Binamé, Florence ULg; Poncelet, Martine ULg

in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2016), 143

Previous studies have clearly demonstrated that the development of orthographic representations relies on phonological recoding. However, substantial questions persist about the remaining unexplained ... [more ▼]

Previous studies have clearly demonstrated that the development of orthographic representations relies on phonological recoding. However, substantial questions persist about the remaining unexplained variance in the acquisition of word-specific orthographic knowledge that is still underspecified. The main aim of this study was to explore whether two cognitive factors—sensitivity to orthographic regularities and short-term memory (STM) for serial order—make independent contributions to the acquisition of novel orthographic representations beyond that of the phonological core component and the level of preexisting word-specific orthographic knowledge. To this end, we had children from second to sixth grades learn novel written word forms using a repeated spelling practice paradigm. The speed at which children learned the word forms and their long-term retention (1 week and 1 month later) were assessed. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that phonological recoding, preexisting word-specific orthographic knowledge, and order STM explained a portion of the variance in orthographic learning speed, whereas phonological recoding, preexisting word-specific orthographic knowledge, and orthographic sensitivity each explained a portion of variance in the long-term retention of the newly created orthographic representations. A secondary aim of the study was to determine the developmental trajectory of the abilities to acquire novel orthographic word forms over the course of primary schooling. As expected, results showedan effect of age on both learning speed and long-term retention. The specific roles of orthographic sensitivity and order STM as independent factors involved in different steps of orthographic learning are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailExpression of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor alpha (PPARalpha) in somatotropinomas: Relationship with Aryl hydrocarbon receptor Interacting Protein (AIP) and in vitro effects of fenofibrate in GH cells.
Rotondi, Sandra; Modarelli, Alessio; Oliva, Maria-Antonietta et al

in Molecular and cellular endocrinology (2016)

PURPOSE: To search for a possible role of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor alpha (PPARalpha), a molecular partner of the Aryl hydrocarbon receptor Interacting Protein (AIP), in somatotropinomas ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: To search for a possible role of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor alpha (PPARalpha), a molecular partner of the Aryl hydrocarbon receptor Interacting Protein (AIP), in somatotropinomas. METHODS: Tumours from 51 acromegalic patients were characterized for PPARalpha and AIP expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and/or Real Time RT-PCR. Data were analysed according to tumour characteristics and pre-operative treatment with somatostatin analogues (SSA). The effects of fenofibrate were studied in GH3 cells in vitro. RESULTS: PPARalpha was expressed in most somatotropinomas. A modest relationship was found between PPARalpha and AIP expression, both being significantly higher in the presence of pre-operative SSA. However, only AIP expression was influenced by the response to treatment. Dual effects of fenofibrate were observed in GH3 cells, consisting of cell growth inhibition and an increase in GH secretion inhibited by octreotide. CONCLUSIONS: PPARalpha is a new player in somatotropinomas. Potential interactions between PPARalpha agonists and SSA may deserve further investigation. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical analysis of the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition in Pr0.55K0.05Sr0.4MnO3
Thaljaoui, R.; Pękała, M.; Fagnard, Jean-François ULg et al

in Physica B: Condensed Matter (2016), 482

The critical properties of monovalent doped manganite Pr0.55K0.05Sr0.4MnO3 around the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition were investigated through various methods: the modified Arrott plots ... [more ▼]

The critical properties of monovalent doped manganite Pr0.55K0.05Sr0.4MnO3 around the paramagnetic to ferromagnetic phase transition were investigated through various methods: the modified Arrott plots (MAP), the Kouvel-Fisher method and the critical isotherm analysis. Data obtained near Tc were examined in the framework of the mean field theory, the 3D–Heisenberg model, the 3D–Ising model, and tricritical mean field. The deduced critical exponents values obtained using MAP method were found to be β = 0.44(4) with TC ~ 303 K and γ = 1.04(1) with TC ~ 302 K. Kouvel-Fisher method supplies the critical values to be β = 0.41(2) with TC ~ 302 K and γ = 1.09(1) with TC ~ 302 K. The obtained critical parameters show a tendency towards the mean-field behavior, suggesting the existence of long-range ferromagnetic order in the compound studied. The exponent δ deduced separately from isotherm analysis at T= 303 K was found to obey to the Widom scaling relation δ = 1+ γ/ β. The reliability of obtained exponents was confirmed by using the universal scaling hypothesis. The itinerant character of ferromagnetism in the present system was also tested by using Rhodes-Wohlfarth’s criterion. [less ▲]

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See detailCurrent Changes in Pubertal Timing: Revised Vision in Relation with Environmental Factors Including Endocrine Disruptors.
Parent, Anne-Simone ULg; Franssen, Delphine ULg; Fudvoye, Julie ULg et al

in Endocrine development (2016), 29

The aim of this chapter is to revise some common views on changes in pubertal timing. This revision is based on recent epidemiological findings on the clinical indicators of pubertal timing and data on ... [more ▼]

The aim of this chapter is to revise some common views on changes in pubertal timing. This revision is based on recent epidemiological findings on the clinical indicators of pubertal timing and data on environmental factor effects and underlying mechanisms. A current advancement in timing of female puberty is usually emphasized. It appears, however, that timing is also changing in males. Moreover, the changes are towards earliness for initial pubertal stages and towards lateness for final stages in both sexes. Such observations indicate the complexity of environmental influences on pubertal timing. The mechanisms of changes in pubertal timing may involve both the central neuroendocrine control and peripheral effects at tissues targeted by gonadal steroids. While sufficient energy availability is a clue to the mechanism of pubertal development, changes in the control of both energy balance and reproduction may vary under the influence of common determinants such as endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs). These effects can take place right before puberty as well as much earlier, during fetal and neonatal life. Finally, environmental factors can interact with genetic factors in determining changes in pubertal timing. Therefore, the variance in pubertal timing is no longer to be considered under absolutely separate control by environmental and genetic determinants. Some recommendations are provided for evaluation of EDC impact in the management of pubertal disorders and for possible reduction of EDC exposure along the precautionary principle. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent Advances on the Oil-Free Scroll Compressor
Bin, Peng; Legros, Arnaud; Lemort, Vincent ULg et al

in Recent Patents on Mechanical Engineering (2016), 9

Traditionally, scroll compressors are mainly made of metallic parts and oil is used to lubricate the friction surfaces and reduce discharge temperature and leakage. But for the food processing, medical ... [more ▼]

Traditionally, scroll compressors are mainly made of metallic parts and oil is used to lubricate the friction surfaces and reduce discharge temperature and leakage. But for the food processing, medical systems, textile manufacturing, fuel cell system, and other super-clean fields, the oil-less operation is critical. The oil is strictly forbidden in the working chambers of the scroll compressor in order to get the oil-free compressed air. So it is very important to develop the oil-free scroll compressor (OFSC). In this paper, the working principle and structure characteristics of the OFSC are investigated. Some of research works and the recent patents in this area are described and analyzed in detail, especially the water injection and air cooling OFSC. The future development on an OFSC is also presented. The analysis results demonstrated that there is dramatic growth potential in OFSC field. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge predatory marine reptiles from the Albian–Cenomanian of Annopol, Poland
Bardet, Nathalie; Fischer, Valentin ULg; Machalski, Marcin

in Geological Magazine (2016)

During the Early–Late Cretaceous transition, marine ecosystems in Eurasia hosted a diverse set of large predatory reptiles that occupied various niches. However, most of our current knowledge of these ... [more ▼]

During the Early–Late Cretaceous transition, marine ecosystems in Eurasia hosted a diverse set of large predatory reptiles that occupied various niches. However, most of our current knowledge of these animals is restricted to a small number of bonebed-like deposits. Little is known of the geographical and temporal extent of such associations. The middle Albian – middle Cenomanian phosphorite-bearing succession exposed at Annopol, Poland produces numerous ichthyosaurian and plesiosaurian fossils. These are mostly isolated skeletal elements (e.g. teeth, vertebrae), but disarticulated partial skeletons and an articulated, sub vertically embedded ichthyosaur skull are also available. The following taxa are identified: ‘Platypterygius’ sp., cf. Ophthalmosaurinae, Ichthyosauria indet., Polyptychodon interruptus, Pliosauridae indet., Elasmosauridae<indet. and Plesiosauria indet. The large-sized ichthyosaur ‘Platypterygius’ and the pliosaurid Polyptychodon interruptus predominate within the upper Albian – middle Cenomanian deposits. The Annopol record, combined with data from England, France and western Russia, suggests that ‘Platypterygius’ and Polyptychodon interruptus formed a long-term, stable ecological sympatry in marine ecosystems of the European archipelago, at least during the Albian – middle Cenomanian. In addition, the marine reptile assemblage from Annopol is distinct from other Eurasian ecosystems in containing also elasmosaurids in its Albian portion. [less ▲]

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See detailProcesses involving few degrees of freedom in the frame of the Intranuclear Cascade approaches
Cugnon, Joseph ULg; Boudard, Alain; David, Jean-Christophe et al

in Eur. Phys. J. Plus (2016), 131

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See detailRB regulates the production and the survival of newborn neurons in the embryonic and adult dentate gyrus.
Vandenbosch, Renaud ULg; Clark, Alysen; Fong, Bensun et al

in Hippocampus (2016)

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See detailReal-time Recordings of Migrating Cortical Neurons from GFP and Cre Recombinase Expressing Mice.
Tielens, Sylvia ULg; Godin, Juliette D.; Nguyen, Laurent ULg

in Current protocols in neuroscience (2016), 74

The cerebral cortex is one of the most intricate regions of the brain that requires elaborate cell migration patterns for its development. Experimental observations show that projection neurons migrate ... [more ▼]

The cerebral cortex is one of the most intricate regions of the brain that requires elaborate cell migration patterns for its development. Experimental observations show that projection neurons migrate radially within the cortical wall, whereas interneurons migrate along multiple tangential paths to reach the developing cortex. Tight regulation of the cell migration processes ensures proper positioning and functional integration of neurons to specific cerebral cortical circuits. Disruption of neuronal migration often leads to cortical dysfunction and/or malformation associated with neurological disorders. Unveiling the molecular control of neuron migration is thus fundamental to understanding the physiological or pathological development of the cerebral cortex. In this unit, protocols allowing detailed analysis of patterns of migration of both interneurons and projection neurons under different experimental conditions (i.e., loss or gain of function) are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailOsdR of Streptomyces coelicolor and the Dormancy Regulator DevR of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Control Overlapping Regulons
Urem, Mia; van Rossum, Teunke; Bucca, Giselda et al

in mSystems (2016)

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See detailCryogenic zone compression GC-HRTOFMS for the measurement of PCB-153 and DDE in 20 mL serum samples
L'homme, Benjamin; Focant, Jean-François ULg

in Analytical Methods (2016), 8

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See detailDulaglutide (LY-2189265) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Scheen, André ULg

in Expert review of clinical pharmacology (2016), 9(3), 385-99

Dulaglutide is a new once-weekly glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist for the management of hyperglycemia in adult patients with type 2 diabetes. It stimulates dose-dependent insulin secretion and ... [more ▼]

Dulaglutide is a new once-weekly glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist for the management of hyperglycemia in adult patients with type 2 diabetes. It stimulates dose-dependent insulin secretion and reduces glucagon secretion, both in a glucose-dependent manner. Efficacy on blood glucose control and safety were demonstrated in the large AWARD program in type 2 diabetic patients treated with diet, metformin, dual oral therapy or insulin lispro with or without metformin, confirming findings of pilot studies in Caucasian patients and data in Japanese patients. Dulaglutide 1.5 mg once weekly was superior to metformin, sitagliptin, insulin glargine and exenatide twice daily, and non-inferior to liraglutide 1.8 mg once daily regarding the reduction in glycated hemoglobin. A modest but significant weight loss was consistently observed. Most frequent adverse events were transient and generally mild gastrointestinal disturbances. Clinical outcomes of dulaglutide will not be known until the large prospective cardiovascular outcome trial REWIND is complete. [less ▲]

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See detailRegional integration and agricultural trade development in Rwanda: the case of staple foods sector
Musabanganji, Edouard ULg; Karangwa, Antoine; Azadi, Hossein ULg et al

in Poljoprivreda i Sumarstvo = Agriculture and Forestry (2016), 62(2), 153-162

This paper investigated the impact of regional integration on the agricultural trade development. Using a literature review, the study showed that the results of common agricultural initiatives aiming at ... [more ▼]

This paper investigated the impact of regional integration on the agricultural trade development. Using a literature review, the study showed that the results of common agricultural initiatives aiming at agriculture sector and agricultural trade development have not been convincing due to lack of appropriate mechanisms and institutional actions to operationalize regional agricultural policy and strategy at the national level. The paper also revealed that Rwanda benefited from its accession to EAC, especially in terms of the ease of access to regional markets through the establishment of the Common Market, the Customs Union and the alleviation of some of regional trade barriers for basic foodstuffs and consumer goods. This led to an increased value of its agricultural products exports to neighboring countries. The analysis of the Net Export Index and the Grubel-Lloyd measure for maize, potato and bean revealed that Rwanda is a net importer of maize and a net exporter of potato and bean. For these two staple foods, the results revealed that if Rwanda manages, through policy and institutional actions, to remove or alleviate the bottlenecks that prevent farmers from producing enough for export, it can have a competitive advantage on neighboring countries' markets whose access has been facilitated by its accession to the EAC. [less ▲]

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See detailPlant evolution and terrestrialization during Palaeozoic times - the phylogenetic context
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Servais, Thomas; Vecoli, Marco

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2016)

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See detailDe Novo Mutations in DENR Disrupt Neuronal Development and Link Congenital Neurological Disorders to Faulty mRNA Translation Re-initiation.
Haas, Matilda A.; Ngo, Linh; Li, Shan Shan et al

in Cell Reports (2016)

Disruptions to neuronal mRNA translation are hypothesized to underlie human neurodevelopmental syndromes. Notably, the mRNA translation re-initiation factor DENR is a regulator of eukaryotic translation ... [more ▼]

Disruptions to neuronal mRNA translation are hypothesized to underlie human neurodevelopmental syndromes. Notably, the mRNA translation re-initiation factor DENR is a regulator of eukaryotic translation and cell growth, but its mammalian functions are unknown. Here, we report that Denr influences the migration of murine cerebral cortical neurons in vivo with its binding partner Mcts1, whereas perturbations to Denr impair the long-term positioning, dendritic arborization, and dendritic spine characteristics of postnatal projection neurons. We characterized de novo missense mutations in DENR (p.C37Y and p.P121L) detected in two unrelated human subjects diagnosed with brain developmental disorder to find that each variant impairs the function of DENR in mRNA translation re-initiation and disrupts the migration and terminal branching of cortical neurons in different ways. Thus, our findings link human brain disorders to impaired mRNA translation re-initiation through perturbations in DENR (OMIM: 604550) function in neurons. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent developments in the ABINIT software package
Gonze, X.; Jollet, F.; Araujo, F. Abreu et al

in Computer Physics Communications (2016), 205

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See detailContraception hormonale chez l'adolescente avec thrombophilie biologique
Minon, Jean-Marc; Vasbien, Myriam; DRESSE, Marie-Françoise ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Paediatrics (2016), 18(2), 173-176

Venous thromboembolism among pill users is rare but is a serious complication. Women with inherited thrombophilia are at increased risk when taking combined oral contraceptives. It is also truth for the ... [more ▼]

Venous thromboembolism among pill users is rare but is a serious complication. Women with inherited thrombophilia are at increased risk when taking combined oral contraceptives. It is also truth for the contraceptive patch and vaginal ring. Hence, the adolescents with a know biological thrombophilia should not take htis type of hormonal conraception. However, some of these thrombophilia should not preclude use of estrogen containing contraception. Actually, if thrombophilia testing can be justified in asymptomtic patient at high risk, it is sometimes performed as screening in adolescent before estrogen-containnig contraception use ( non recommended). In these situations and considering the venous thrombosis as a multicausal disease, the choice of contraceptive methods is argued on the base of family history and other personnal risk factors of venous thrombosis. [less ▲]

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See detailBiosynthesis, Chemical Structure, and Structure-Activity Relationship of Orfamide Lipopeptides Produced by Pseudomonas protegens and Related Species
Ma, Zongwang; Geudens, Niels; Kieu, Nam P. et al

in Frontiers in Microbiology (2016), 7

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See detailIdentification and frequencies of cystic fibrosis mutations in central Argentina.
Pepermans, Xavier; Mellado, Soledad; Chialina, Sergio et al

in Clinical biochemistry (2016)

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See detailNonlinear system identification in structural dynamics: 10 more years of progress
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2016), 83

Nonlinear system identification is a vast research field, today attracting a great deal of attention in the structural dynamics community. Ten years ago, in an MSSP paper reviewing the progress achieved ... [more ▼]

Nonlinear system identification is a vast research field, today attracting a great deal of attention in the structural dynamics community. Ten years ago, in an MSSP paper reviewing the progress achieved until then, it was concluded that the identification of simple continuous structures with localised nonlinearities was within reach. The past decade witnessed a shift in emphasis, accommodating the growing industrial need for a first generation of tools capable of addressing complex nonlinearities in larger-scale structures. The objective of the present paper is to survey the key developments which arose in the field since 2006, and to illustrate state-of-the-art techniques using a real-world satellite structure. Finally, a broader perspective to nonlinear system identification is provided by discussing the central role played by experimental models in the design cycle of engineering structures. [less ▲]

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See detailIs the Nociception Coma Scale-Revised a Useful Clinical Tool for Managing Pain in Patients with Disorders of Consciousness?
Chatelle, Camille ULg; De Val, Marie Daniele; Catano, Antonio et al

in The Clinical journal of pain (2016)

OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to assess the clinical interest of the Nociception Coma Scale Revised (NCS-R) in pain management of patients with disorders of consciousness. METHODS: Thirty-nine patients ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to assess the clinical interest of the Nociception Coma Scale Revised (NCS-R) in pain management of patients with disorders of consciousness. METHODS: Thirty-nine patients with potential painful conditions (e.g., due to fractures, decubitus ulcers or spasticity) were assessed during nursing cares before and after the administration of an analgesic treatment tailored to each patient's clinical status. In addition to the NCS-R, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) was used before and during treatment in order to observe fluctuations in consciousness. Twenty-three of them had no analgesic treatment prior to the assessment whereas the analgesic treatment has been adapted in the other 16 patients. We performed non-parametric Wilcoxon tests to investigate the difference in the NCS-R and GCS total scores but also in the NCS-R subscores before versus during treatment. The effect of the level of consciousness and the etiology were assessed using a U Mann Whitney. RESULTS: NCS-R total scores were statistically lower during treatment when compared to the scores obtained before treatment. We also found that the motor, verbal and facial expression subscores were lower during treatment than before treatment. On the other hand, we found no difference between the GCS total scores obtained before versus during treatment. DISCUSSION: Our results suggest that the NCS-R is an interesting clinical tool for pain management. Besides, this tool seems useful when a balance is needed between reduced pain and preserved level of consciousness in patients with disorders of consciousness. [less ▲]

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See detailAerobiology over Antarctica – a new initiative for atmospheric ecology
Pearce, David; Alekhina, Irina; Terauds et al

in Frontiers in Microbiology (2016), 7

The role of aerial dispersal in shaping patterns of biodiversity remains poorly understood, mainly due to a lack of coordinated efforts in gathering data at appropriate temporal and spatial scales. It has ... [more ▼]

The role of aerial dispersal in shaping patterns of biodiversity remains poorly understood, mainly due to a lack of coordinated efforts in gathering data at appropriate temporal and spatial scales. It has been long known that the rate of dispersal to an ecosystem can significantly influence ecosystem dynamics, and that aerial transport has been identified as an important source of biological input to remote locations. With the considerable effort devoted in recent decades to understanding atmospheric circulation in the south-polar region, a unique opportunity has emerged to investigate the atmospheric ecology of Antarctica, from regional to continental scales. This concept note identifies key questions in Antarctic microbial biogeography and the need for standardized sampling and analysis protocols to address such questions. A consortium of polar aerobiologists is established to bring together researchers with a common interest in the airborne dispersion of microbes and other propagules in the Antarctic, with opportunities for comparative studies in the Arctic. [less ▲]

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See detailDomain Decomposition Methods for Time-Harmonic Electromagnetic Waves with High Order Whitney Forms
Marsic, Nicolas ULg; Waltz, Caleb; Lee, Jin-Fa et al

in IEEE Transactions on Magnetics (2016), 52(3),

Classically, domain decomposition methods (DDM) for time-harmonic electromagnetic wave propagation problems make use of the standard, low order, Nédélec basis functions. This paper analyzes the ... [more ▼]

Classically, domain decomposition methods (DDM) for time-harmonic electromagnetic wave propagation problems make use of the standard, low order, Nédélec basis functions. This paper analyzes the convergence rate of DDM when higher order finite elements are used for both volume and interface discretizations, in particular when different orders are used in the volume and on the interfaces. [less ▲]

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See detailNon-ovarian aromatization is required to activate female sexual motivation in testosterone-treated ovariectomized quail
de Bournonville, Catherine; Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Ball, Gregory et al

in Hormones and Behavior (2016), 83

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See detailClosing a gap in tropical forest biomass estimation : taking crown mass variation into account in pantropical allometries
Ploton, Pierre; Barbier, Nicolas; Takoudjou Momo, Stéphane et al

in Biogeosciences (2016), 13

Accurately monitoring tropical forest carbon stocks is a challenge that remains outstanding. Allometric models that consider tree diameter, height and wood density as predictors are currently used in most ... [more ▼]

Accurately monitoring tropical forest carbon stocks is a challenge that remains outstanding. Allometric models that consider tree diameter, height and wood density as predictors are currently used in most tropical forest carbon studies. In particular, a pantropical biomass model has been widely used for approximately a decade, and its most recent version will certainly constitute a reference model in the coming years. However, this reference model shows a systematic bias towards the largest trees. Because large trees are key drivers of forest carbon stocks and dynamics, understanding the origin and the consequences of this bias is of utmost concern. In this study, we compiled a unique tree mass data set of 673 trees destructively sampled in five tropical countries (101 trees > 100 cm in diameter) and an original data set of 130 forest plots (1 ha) from central Africa to quantify the prediction error of biomass allometric models at the individual and plot levels when explicitly taking crown mass variations into account or not doing so. We first showed that the proportion of crown to total tree aboveground biomass is highly variable among trees, ranging from 3 to 88 %. This proportion was constant on average for trees < 10Mg (mean of 34 %) but, above this threshold, increased sharply with tree mass and exceeded 50% on average for trees _45 Mg. This increase coincided with a progressive deviation between the pantropical biomass model estimations and actual tree mass. Taking a crown mass proxy into account in a newly developed model consistently removed the bias observed for large trees (> 1 Mg) and reduced the range of plot-level error (in %) from [-23; 16] to [0; 10]. The disproportionally higher allocation of large trees to crown mass may thus explain the bias observed recently in the reference pantropical model. This bias leads to far-from-negligible, but often overlooked, systematic errors at the plot level and may be easily corrected by taking a crown mass proxy for the largest trees in a stand into account, thus suggesting that the accuracy of forest carbon estimates can be significantly improved at a minimal cost. [less ▲]

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See detailMetal binding to the N-terminal cytoplasmic domain of the PIB ATPase HMA4 is required for metal transport in Arabidopsis.
Laurent, Clémentine ULg; Lekeux, Gilles ULg; Ukuwela, Ashwinie A et al

in Plant Molecular Biology (2016), 90

PIB ATPases are metal cation pumps that transport metals across membranes. These proteins possess N- and C-terminal cytoplasmic extensions that contain Cys- and His-rich high affinity metal binding ... [more ▼]

PIB ATPases are metal cation pumps that transport metals across membranes. These proteins possess N- and C-terminal cytoplasmic extensions that contain Cys- and His-rich high affinity metal binding domains, which may be involved in metal sensing, metal ion selectivity and/or in regulation of the pump activity. The PIB ATPase HMA4 (Heavy Metal ATPase 4) plays a central role in metal homeostasis in Arabidopsis thaliana and has a key function in zinc and cadmium hypertolerance and hyperaccumulation in the extremophile plant species Arabidopsis halleri. <br />Here, we examined the function and structure of the N-terminal cytoplasmic metal-binding domain of HMA4. We mutagenized a conserved CCTSE metal-binding motif in the domain and assessed the impact of the mutations on protein function and localization in planta, on metal-binding properties in vitro and on protein structure by Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy. <br />The two Cys residues of the motif are essential for the function, but not for localization, of HMA4 in planta, whereas the Glu residue is important but not essential. These residues also determine zinc coordination and affinity. Zinc binding to the N-terminal domain is thus crucial for HMA4 protein function, whereas it is not required to maintain the protein structure. <br />Altogether, combining in vivo and in vitro approaches in our study provides insights towards the molecular understanding of metal transport and specificity of metal P-type ATPases. [less ▲]

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See detailGuidelines for the use and interpretation of assays for monitoring autophagy (3rd edition).
Klionsky, Daniel J.; Abdelmohsen, Kotb; Abe, Akihisa et al

in Autophagy (2016), 12(1), 1-222

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See detailThe radial artery for coronary artery bypass grafting: a second revival?
Sousa Uva, Miguel; Kolh, Philippe ULg

in European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery (2016), 49(1), 210-1

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See detailIs the Sørensen test valid to assess muscle fatigue of the trunk extensor muscles?
Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Boyer, Mathieu; Duchateau, Jacques et al

in Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (2016), 00

BACKGROUND: Very few studies have quantified the degree of fatigue characterized by the decline in the maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) force of the trunk extensors induced by the widely used Sørensen ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Very few studies have quantified the degree of fatigue characterized by the decline in the maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) force of the trunk extensors induced by the widely used Sørensen test. OBJECTIVE: Measure the degree of fatigue of the trunk extensor muscles induced by the Sørensen test. METHODS: Eighty young healthy subjects were randomly divided into a control group (CG) and an experimental group (EG), each including 50% of the two genders. The EG performed an isometric MVC of the trunk extensors (pre-fatigue test) followed by the Sørensen test, the latter being immediately followed by another MVC (post-fatigue test). The CG performed only the preand post-fatigue tests without any exertion in between. RESULTS: The comparison of the pre- and post-fatigue tests revealed a significant (P <0.05) decrease in MVC force normalized by body mass (−13%) in the EG, whereas a small increase occurred in the CG (+2.7%, P = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that the Sørensen test performed until failure in a young healthy population results in a reduced ability of the trunk extensor muscles to generate maximal force, and indicates that this test is valid for the assessment of fatigue in trunk extensor muscles. [less ▲]

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See detailLa cognitivo-linguistique : pour une tentative de rapprochement de la clinique et de l'actuariel
Courtain, Audrey ULg; Glowacz, Fabienne ULg

in Revue Internationale de Criminologie et de Police Technique et Scientifique [= RICPTS] (2016), 1

Anchored in the actuarial field, risk assessment is a tool clinicians are more and more likely to use (because they can or have to) among delinquents. But, due to epistemological differences, an important ... [more ▼]

Anchored in the actuarial field, risk assessment is a tool clinicians are more and more likely to use (because they can or have to) among delinquents. But, due to epistemological differences, an important debate has been occurring between the clinical evaluation and the actuarial one since the fifties. This paper suggests a media between those perspectives through cognitive linguistics: it allows a complementary articulation, while insisting on what is at stake for both clinical and actuarial developments. Linking language and cognitions, the paper introduces a reflexion that may be useful to actuarial assessment and clinical support, and may facilitate rapprochement between the latter. In this case, our linguistic approach focusses on different matters targeted by actuarial tools and whose clinical understanding may be deepened by studying the link between language and cognition; this clinical understanding bringing singularity to risk assessment. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantum Nuclear Dynamics Pumped and Probed by Ultrafast Polarization Controlled Steering of a Coherent Electronic State in LiH
Nikodem, Astrid ULg; Levine, R. D.; Remacle, Françoise ULg

in Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2016), 120(19), 3343-3352

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See detailThe network model of depression as a basis for new therapeutic strategies for treating major depressive disorder in Parkinson’s disease
D'Ostilio, Kevin ULg; Garraux, Gaëtan ULg

in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience (2016), 10(161),

The high prevalence of major depressive disorder in people with Parkinson's disease, its negative impact on health-related quality of life and the low response rate to conventional pharmacological ... [more ▼]

The high prevalence of major depressive disorder in people with Parkinson's disease, its negative impact on health-related quality of life and the low response rate to conventional pharmacological therapies call to seek innovative treatments. Here, we review the new approaches for treating major depressive disorder in patients with Parkinson's disease within the framework of the network model of depression. According to this model, major depressive disorder reflects maladaptive neuronal plasticity. Non-invasive brain stimulation using high frequency repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation over the prefrontal cortex has been proposed as a feasible and effective strategy with minimal risk. The neurobiological basis of its therapeutic effect may involve neuroplastic modifications in limbic and cognitive networks. However, the way this networks reorganize might be strongly influenced by the environment. To address this issue, we propose a combined strategy that includes non-invasive brain stimulation together with cognitive and behavioral interventions. [less ▲]

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See detailExecutive functions deficits after severe traumatic brain injury: The GREFEX study
Azouvi, Philippe; Vallat-Azouvi, Claire; Joseph, Pierre-Alain et al

in Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation (2016), 31(3), 10-20

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See detailChemical constituents from Erythrina droogmansiana (Fabaceae), radical scavenging and antibacterial potential of some extracts and compounds
Talla, Emmanuel; Yaya Gbaweng, Joël; Mokale, Laurel et al

in Natural Products : An Indian Journal (2016), 12(1), 12-20

A new ceramide, droogmansiamide (1), was isolated from methanolic extract of roots wood of Erythrina droogmansiana, with eight known compounds namely 3-(3’,4’-methylenedioxyphenyl)-2,3-epoxypropanol (2 ... [more ▼]

A new ceramide, droogmansiamide (1), was isolated from methanolic extract of roots wood of Erythrina droogmansiana, with eight known compounds namely 3-(3’,4’-methylenedioxyphenyl)-2,3-epoxypropanol (2), erythrinasinate A (3), erythrinasinate B (4), abyssinone-IV-4'-methylether (5), erythrabyssin (6), phaseollidin (7), 4’-methoxylicoflavanone (8) and abyssinone-V-4'-methylether (9) respectively from methanolic extract of roots wood and EtOAc extract of roots bark of the same plant. Their structures were elucidated using spectroscopic methods (MS, NMR and IR) and by comparison with some data found in literature. Free radical scavenging (DPPH) and antibacterial potentials of extracts and compounds were also evaluated in this work. For radical scavenging, results showed that it is phaseollidin (7) which is responsible of radical scavenging potential in the ethyl acetate extract of roots barks with value of 1.31 mg/ml; for antibacterial, one of the tested compounds abyssinone-IV-4'-methylether (5) exhibited antibacterial activities against two strains: Providencia stuartiiATCC 29916 and Enterobacter aerogenes ATCC 13048 with MIC values of 25μg/ml. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of partial coalescence in whippable oil-in-water food emulsions
Petrut, Raul Flaviu ULg; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg

in Advances in Colloid and Interface Science (2016), (229), 25-33

Partial coalescence influences to a great extent the properties of final food products such as ice cream and whipped toppings. In return, the partial coalescence occurrence and development are conditioned ... [more ▼]

Partial coalescence influences to a great extent the properties of final food products such as ice cream and whipped toppings. In return, the partial coalescence occurrence and development are conditioned, in such systems, by the emulsion's intrinsic properties (e.g. solid fat content, fat crystal shape and size), formulation (e.g. protein content, surfactants presence) and extrinsic factors (e.g. cooling rate, shearing). A set of methods is available for partial coalescence investigation and quantification. These methods are critically reviewed in this paper, balancing the weaknesses of themethods in terms of structure alteration (for turbidity, dye dilution, etc.) and assumptions made for mathematical models (for particle size determination) with their advantages (good repeatability, high sensitivity, etc.).With the methods proposed in literature, the partial coalescence investigations can be conducted quantitatively and/or qualitatively. Good correlation were observed between some of the quantitative methods such as dye dilution, calorimetry, fat particle size;while a poor correlation was found in the case of solvent extraction method with other quantitativemethods. The most suitableway for partial coalescence quantification was implied to be the fat particle size method, which would give results with a high degree of confidence if used in combination with a microscopic technique for the confirmation of partial coalescence as the main destabilization mechanism. [less ▲]

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See detailMaximum entropy properties of discrete-time first-order stable spline kernel
Chen, Tianshi; Ardeshiri, Tohid; Carli, Francesca Paola ULg et al

in Automatica (2016), 66

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See detailTests of a new drowsiness characterization and monitoring system based on ocular parameters
François, Clémentine ULg; Hoyoux, Thomas ULg; Langohr, Thomas ULg et al

in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (2016)

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See detailLymphocytoses B monoclonales : de la revue de la littérature à la pratique de laboratoire.
KEUTGENS, Aurore ULg; Foguenne, Jacques; Gothot, André ULg et al

in Annales de biologie clinique (2016), 74(2), 168-175

Monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL) is defined as an asymptomatic condition characterized by the presence of less than 5,000 monoclonal B-cells per microliter and the absence of clinical signs or ... [more ▼]

Monoclonal B-cell lymphocytosis (MBL) is defined as an asymptomatic condition characterized by the presence of less than 5,000 monoclonal B-cells per microliter and the absence of clinical signs or symptoms of a B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder. Most MBL cases involve B cells presenting an identical phenotype to CLL (CLL-like MBL) with a Catovsky-Matutes score of 3 to 5 and share the same chromosomal abnormalities than CLL. Depending on the absolute B cell count, one may distinguish low-count CLL-like MBL (<500 B cells/muL) which have no evidence of progression, no reduction in overall survival, no increase in infection risk and do not require any specific follow-up. Patients with clinical CLL-like MBL (>500 B cells/muL) have a 1% to 2% per year risk of progression to CLL requiring therapy, a higher risk of infectious complications and mortality implicating an annual follow-up by hematologist. MBL may also express other less common phenotypes and are named atypical MBL in case of CD5 antigen expression (Catovsky-Matutes score: 1-2) and non-CLL-like MBL for CD5 negative cases (Catovsky-Matutes score: 0-2). Their poorer prognosis implicates imaging studies, bone marrow biopsy and cytogenetic analysis in addition to physical examination in order to rule out non-hodgkinien lymphoma, and require a more frequent follow-up. This review focuses on key concepts in the classification, diagnosis, monitoring and biology of MBL in laboratory practice. [less ▲]

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See detailProbing in Space and Time the Nuclear Motion Driven by Nonequilibrium Electronic Dynamics in Ultrafast Pumped N2
Ajay, J.; Šmydke, J.; Remacle, Françoise ULg et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2016), 120(19), 3335-3342

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See detailSources of dissolved silica to the fjords of northern Patagonia (44–48°S): the importance of volcanic ash soil distribution and weathering
Vandekerkhove, Elke; Bertrand, Sébastien; Reid, Brian et al

in Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (2016), 41(4), 499-512

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See detailIdentification of specific bovine blood biomarkers with a non-targeted approach using HPLC ESI tandem mass spectrometry
Lecrenier, Marie-Caroline ULg; Marbaix, Hélène; Dieu, Marc et al

in Food Chemistry (2016), 213

Animal by-products are valuable protein sources in animal nutrition. Among them are blood products and blood meal, which are used as high-quality material for their beneficial effects on growth and health ... [more ▼]

Animal by-products are valuable protein sources in animal nutrition. Among them are blood products and blood meal, which are used as high-quality material for their beneficial effects on growth and health. Within the framework of the feed ban relaxation, the development of complementary methods in order to refine the identification of processed animal proteins remains challenging. The aim of this study was to identify specific biomarkers that would allow the detection of bovine blood products and processed animal proteins using tandem mass spectrometry. Seventeen biomarkers were identified: nine peptides for bovine plasma powder; seven peptides for bovine haemoglobin powder, including six peptides for bovine blood meal; and one peptide for porcine blood. They were not detected in several commercial compound feed or feed materials, such as blood by-products of other animal origins, milk-derived products and fish meal. These biomarkers could be used for developing a species-specific and blood-specific detection method. [less ▲]

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See detailA pilot double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of the efficacy of trace elements in the treatment of endometriosis-related pain: study design and methodology
OBERWEIS, Didier; MANDELENAT, Patrick; Nisolle, Michelle ULg

in Nutrition and Dietary Supplements (2016), 8

Endometriosis is one of the most common benign gynecological disorders, affecting almost 10%–15% of all women of reproductive age and .30% of infertile women. The pathology is associated with various ... [more ▼]

Endometriosis is one of the most common benign gynecological disorders, affecting almost 10%–15% of all women of reproductive age and .30% of infertile women. The pathology is associated with various distressing symptoms, particularly pelvic pain, which adversely affect patients’ quality of life. It is an estrogen-dependent disease. There is evidence both in animals and in humans that metal ions can activate the estrogen receptors. They are defined as a variety of xenoestrogens, called metalloestrogens, which could act as endocrine disruptors. Therefore, it could be considered to act on this gynecological disorder using food supplements containing trace elements (ie, nutripuncture). The assumption is that they could modulate estrogen receptors and thus influence the tropism and the survival of cells involved in endometriosis. By a modulation of the antioxidant system, they might also interact with various parameters influencing tissue biochemistry. The objective of this article is to describe and discuss the design and methodology of an ongoing double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled study aiming to evaluate the efficacy of metal trace elements on the reduction of pain and improvement of quality of life, in patients with a revised American Fertility Society Score Stages II–IV endometriosis, combined or not with adenomyosis, during a treatment period of 4 months. Trace elements or placebo is proposed in the absence of any other treatment or as an add-on to current therapies, such as sexual hormones, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and surgery. A placebo run-in period of one menstrual cycle or 30 days for women in amenorrhea has been scheduled to eliminate the patients who are responding too much to the placebo. After a 1:1 ratio randomization on Day 0, the treatment with trace elements or placebo will last for 4 monts (120 days). [less ▲]

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See detailThe thyroid gland and thyroid hormones in sheepshead minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus) during early development and metamorphosis
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Klaren, Peter; Mariavelle, Emeline ULg et al

in Fish Physiology and Biochemistry (2016), 42(2), 607-616

The sheepshead minnow is widely used in ecotoxicological studies that only recently have begun to focus on disruption of the thyroid axis by xenobiotics and endocrine disrupting compounds. However ... [more ▼]

The sheepshead minnow is widely used in ecotoxicological studies that only recently have begun to focus on disruption of the thyroid axis by xenobiotics and endocrine disrupting compounds. However, reference levels of the thyroid prohormone thyroxine (T4) and biologically active hormone 3,5,30-triiodothyronine (T3) and their developmental patterns are unknown. This study set out to describe the ontogeny and morphology of the thyroid gland in sheepshead minnow, and to correlate these with whole-body concentrations of thyroid hormones during early development and metamorphosis. Eggs were collected by natural spawning in our laboratory. T4 and T3 were extracted from embryos, larvae and juveniles and an enzyme-linked immunoassay was used to measure whole-body hormone levels. Length and body mass, hatching success, gross morphology, thyroid hormone levels and histology were measured. The onset of metamorphosis at 12-day post-hatching coincided with surges in whole-body T4 and T3 concentrations. Thyroid follicles were first observed in pre-metamorphic larvae at hatching and were detected exclusively in the subpharyngeal region, surrounding the ventral aorta. Follicle size and thyrocyte epithelial cell heights varied during development, indicating fluctuations in thyroid hormone synthesis activity. The increase in the whole-body T3/T4 ratio was indicative of an increase in outer ring deiodination activity. This study establishes a baseline for thyroid hormones in sheepshead minnows, which will be useful for the understanding of thyroid hormone functions and in future studies of thyroid toxicants in this species. [less ▲]

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See detailClostridium difficile infection: Early history, diagnosis and molecular strain typing methods.
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg; Van Broeck, Johan; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

in Microbial Pathogenesis (2016), 97

Recognised as the leading cause of nosocomial antibiotic-associated diarrhoea, the incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) remains high despite efforts to improve prevention and reduce the ... [more ▼]

Recognised as the leading cause of nosocomial antibiotic-associated diarrhoea, the incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) remains high despite efforts to improve prevention and reduce the spread of the bacterium in healthcare settings. In the last decade, many studies have focused on the epidemiology and rapid diagnosis of CDI. In addition, different typing methods have been developed for epidemiological studies. This review explores the history of C. difficile and the current scope of the infection. The variety of available laboratory tests for CDI diagnosis and strain typing methods are also examined. [less ▲]

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See detailManagement of pelvic organ prolapse in French-speaking Belgium: the EPILAPSUS study.
DE LANDSHEERE, Laurent ULg; SMAJDA, Stefan; OBERWEIS, Didier et al

in Gynecological Surgery (2016), 13(3), 165-172

Management of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) may be conducted by abdominal (laparotomy or laparoscopy) or vaginal approach, with or without mesh repair, mainly depending on the surgeon’s expertise. The aim ... [more ▼]

Management of pelvic organ prolapse (POP) may be conducted by abdominal (laparotomy or laparoscopy) or vaginal approach, with or without mesh repair, mainly depending on the surgeon’s expertise. The aim of this study was to determine the trends in surgical management of POP in French-speaking Belgium. The GGOLFB Gynecologic surgery working group initiated a registry of the patients surgically treated for POP from eight centers in French-speaking Belgium. In this prospective multicentric study, conducted between June 2010 and January 2013, we analyzed the clinical and surgical data, the postoperative results at 4 months, the intra and postoperative complications, and reoperation rates. A total of 394 patients were registered in the database. Surgical POP repair was performed vaginally in 83.5 % of the patients, with prosthetic material in 70.2 % of the cases. In case of abdominal procedure, surgery was mainly (93.5 %) performed by laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy. The most common intraoperative complications were severe bleeding (2.3 %), bladder (2 %), and bowel (0.2 %) injuries. At 4 months, the total reoperation rate was 11.3 %. The anatomical success rate (POP-Q < 2) was 87.5 % with 2.1 % of reoperation for recurrence. Mesh exposure was observed in 9.8 % of the cases. Surgery for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) was reported in 5.1 % of the patients. The analysis of the current urogynecological practice in French-speaking Belgium shows that vaginal mesh repair is the preferential approach used for management of POP in the participating centers. The creation of a national database will help to evaluate the global trends in prolapse surgery and the potential impact of the FDA notification in the management of POP in Belgium. [less ▲]

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See detailCOMMENT JE TRAITE ... une colique néphrétique.
Lavergne, O.; Bonnet, Quentin; Thomas, Alexandre et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71(5), 220-6

Renal colic (RC) represents nearly 2% of emergency department admissions. RC is defined by the occurrence of back pain which may radiate towards the abdomen and external genitals. In adults, the ... [more ▼]

Renal colic (RC) represents nearly 2% of emergency department admissions. RC is defined by the occurrence of back pain which may radiate towards the abdomen and external genitals. In adults, the obstruction is caused by a urinary stone in 80% of cases. The 20 % of non-stone related RCs are due either to an intrinsic obstruction (pyeloureteral junction stenosis, ureteral tumor, ...) or an extrinsic compression (pelvic tumor, lymphadenopathy ...). In over 90% of cases, an RC does not require hospitalization and is treated with medication. In contrast, complicated renal colic (CRC) requires hospitalization with specialized care. Obstructive pyelonephritis (OPN) is a form of CRC and the diagnosis should be considered in a clinical presentation of "renal colic" with acute pyelonephritis. This is a true emergency requiring surgical drainage of the upper urinary tract upstream of the obstacle, as well as antibiotic therapy. It must be kept in mind that some clinical presentations may be atypical, especially in the elderly, which can delay the diagnosis and, thus, the management. The gold standard for diagnosis is CT urography. [less ▲]

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See detailDialects in Pre-Coptic Egyptian. With a special attention to Late Egyptian
Winand, Jean ULg

in Lingua Aegyptia [= LingAeg] (2016), 23

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See detailLa couverture santé universelle dans les pays à revenus faibles et intermédiaires : analyses économiques
Paul, Elisabeth ULg; Bodson, Oriane ULg; Ridde, Valéry et al

in Reflets et Perspectives de la Vie Economique (2016), 1

Les pays à revenu faible et intermédiaire sont confrontés à des besoins de financement élevés pour assurer une couverture santé universelle (CSU) permettant à chacun d'avoir accès à des services de santé ... [more ▼]

Les pays à revenu faible et intermédiaire sont confrontés à des besoins de financement élevés pour assurer une couverture santé universelle (CSU) permettant à chacun d'avoir accès à des services de santé de qualité sans encourir de difficultés financières. Cet article tente de montrer comment l'analyse économique peut être mobilisée pour identifier des stratégies utiles pour tendre vers la CSU. Trois axes complémentaires où l'analyse économique a une plus-value sont présentés : i) la mobilisation des ressources et l'équité verticale ; ii) l'amélioration de l'efficacité dans l'allocation des ressources et l'équité horizontale ; iii) la gestion opérationnelle des ressources, en particulier à travers le financement basé sur les résultats (efficience). Pour chacun, nous présentons un bref état des lieux de l'état des connaissances et évoquons quelques perspectives de recherche. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Concept of Risk Assessment and Being Unfit for Surgery.
Kolh, Philippe ULg; De Hert, S.; De Rango, P.

in European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (2016), 51(6), 857-66

The concept of risk assessment and the identification of surgical unfitness for vascular intervention is a particularly controversial issue today as the minimally invasive surgical population has ... [more ▼]

The concept of risk assessment and the identification of surgical unfitness for vascular intervention is a particularly controversial issue today as the minimally invasive surgical population has increased not only in volume but also in complexity (comorbidity profile) and age, requiring an improved pre-operative selection and definition of high risk. A practical step by step (three steps, two points for each) approach for surgical risk assessment is suggested in this review. As a general rule, the identification of a "high risk" patient for vascular surgery follows a step by step process where the risk is clearly defined, quantified (when too "high"?), and thereby stratified based on the procedure, the patient, and the hospital, with the aid of predictive risk scores. However, there is no standardized, updated, and objective definition for surgical unfitness today. The major gap in the current literature on the definition of high risk in vascular patients explains the lack of sound validated predictive systems and limited generalizability of risk scores in vascular surgery. In addition, the concept of fitness is an evolving tool and many traditional high risk criteria and definitions are no longer valid. Given the preventive purpose of most vascular procedures performed in elderly asymptomatic patients, the decision to pursue or withhold surgery requires realistic estimates not only regarding individual peri-operative mortality, but also life expectancy, healthcare priorities, and the patient's primary goals, such as prolongation of life versus maintenance of independence or symptom relief. The overall "frailty" and geriatric risk burden, such as cognitive, functional, social, and nutritional status, are variables that should be also included in the analyses for stratification of surgical risk in elderly vascular patients. [less ▲]

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See detailScientific Problems Addressed by the Spektr-UV Space Project (World Space Observatory—Ultraviolet)
Boyarchuk, A.A.; others; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Astronomy Reports (2016), 60(1), 1-42

The article presents a review of scientific problems and methods of ultraviolet astronomy, focusing on perspective scientific problems (directions) whose solution requires UV space observatories. These ... [more ▼]

The article presents a review of scientific problems and methods of ultraviolet astronomy, focusing on perspective scientific problems (directions) whose solution requires UV space observatories. These include reionization and the history of star formation in the Universe, searches for dark baryonic matter, physical and chemical processes in the interstellar medium and protoplanetary disks, the physics of accretion and outflows in astrophysical objects, from Active Galactic Nuclei to close binary stars, stellar activity (for both low-mass and high-mass stars), and processes occurring in the atmospheres of both planets in the solar system and exoplanets. Technological progress in UV astronomy achieved in recent years is also considered. The well advanced, international, Russian-led Spektr-UV (World Space Observatory—Ultraviolet) project is described in more detail. This project is directed at creating a major space observatory operational in the ultraviolet (115–310 nm). This observatory will provide an effective, and possibly the only, powerful means of observing in this spectral range over the next ten years, and will be an powerful tool for resolving many topical scientific problems. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo 3D thermomechanical numerical models of friction stir welding processes with a trigonal pin
Bussetta, Philippe; Feulvarch, Eric; Tongne, Amèvi et al

in Numerical Heat Transfer : Part A. Applications (2016)

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See detailThe Changing Landscape of Smoldering Multiple Myeloma: A European Perspective
CAERS, Jo ULg; de Larrea, Carlos; Leleu, Xavier et al

in Oncologist (2016), 21

Smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) is an asymptomatic clonal plasma cell disorder and bridges monoclonal gammopathyof undeterminedsignificance tomultiplemyeloma(MM), based on higher levels of circulating ... [more ▼]

Smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) is an asymptomatic clonal plasma cell disorder and bridges monoclonal gammopathyof undeterminedsignificance tomultiplemyeloma(MM), based on higher levels of circulating monoclonal immunoglobulin and bone marrow plasmocytosis without end-organ damage. Until a Spanish study reported fewer MM-related events and better overall survival among patients with highrisk SMM treated with lenalidomide and dexamethasone, prior studies had failed to show improved survival with earlier intervention, although a reduction in skeletal-related events (without any impact on disease progression) has been described with bisphosphonate use. Risk factors have now been defined, and a subset of ultra-high-risk patients have been reclassified by the International Myeloma Working Group asMM, and thus will require optimalMMtreatment, based on biomarkers that identify patients with a.80% risk of progression. The number of these redefined patients is small (∼10%), but important to unravel, because their risk of progression to overt MM is substantial ($80% within 2 years). Patients with a high-risk cytogenetic profile are not yet considered for early treatment, because groups are heterogeneous and risk factors other than cytogenetics are deemed to weight higher. Because patients with ultra-highrisk SMM are now considered as MMand may be treated as such, concerns exist that earlier therapy may increase the risk of selecting resistant clones and induce side effects and costs. Therefore, an even more accurate identification of patients who would benefit from interventions needs to be performed, and clinical judgment and careful discussion of pros and cons of treatment initiation needs to be undertaken. For the greater majority ofSMMpatients, the standard of care remains observation until development of symptomatic MM occurs, encouraging participation in ongoing and upcoming SMM/early MM clinical trials, as well as consideration of bisphosphonate use in patients with early bone loss. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrating sediment biogeochemistry into 3D oceanic models: A study of benthic-pelagic coupling in the Black Sea
Capet, Arthur ULg; Meysman, Filip; Akoumianaki, Ioanna et al

in Ocean Modelling (2016), 101

Three-dimensional (3D) ecosystem models of shelf environments should properly account for the biogeochemical cycling within the sea floor. However, a full and explicit representation of sediment ... [more ▼]

Three-dimensional (3D) ecosystem models of shelf environments should properly account for the biogeochemical cycling within the sea floor. However, a full and explicit representation of sediment biogeochemistry into 3D ocean models is computationally demanding. Here, we describe a simplified approach to include benthic processes in 3D ocean models, which includes a parameterization of the different pathways for organic matter mineralization and allows for organic matter remobilization by bottom currents and waves. This efficient approach enables decadal simulations that resolve the inertial contribution of the sea floor to the biogeochemical cycling in shelf environments. The model was implemented to analyze the benthic-pelagic coupling in the northwestern shelf of the Black Sea. Three distinct biogeochemical provinces were identified on the basis of fluxes and rates associated with benthic-pelagic coupling. Our model simulations suitably capture the seasonal variability of in situ flux data as well as their regional variation, which stresses the importance of incorporating temporally varying sediment biogeochemistry and resuspension/redeposition cycles in shelf ecosystem models. [less ▲]

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See detailEstradiol-induced neurogenesis in the female accessory olfactory bulb is required for the learning of the male odor.
Brus, Maina; Trouillet, Anne-Charlotte; Hellier, Vincent ULg et al

in Journal of Neurochemistry (2016)

Odors processed by the main and accessory olfactory bulbs (MOB, AOB) are important for sexual behavior. Interestingly, both structures continue to receive new neurons during adulthood. A role for ... [more ▼]

Odors processed by the main and accessory olfactory bulbs (MOB, AOB) are important for sexual behavior. Interestingly, both structures continue to receive new neurons during adulthood. A role for olfactory neurogenesis in sexual behavior in female mice has recently been shown and gonadal hormones such as estradiol can modulate adult neurogenesis. Therefore, we wanted to determine the role of estradiol in learning the odors of sexual partners and in the adult neurogenesis of female aromatase-knockout mice (ArKO), unable to produce estradiol. Female WT and ArKO mice were exposed to male odors during 7 days and olfactory preferences, cell proliferation, cell survival and functional involvement of newborn neurons were analyzed, using BrdU injections, in combination with a marker of cell activation (Zif268) and neuronal fate (DCX, NeuN). Behavioral tasks indicated that both WT and ArKO females were able to discriminate between the odors of two different males, but ArKO mice failed to learn the familiar male odor. Proliferation of newborn cells was reduced in ArKO mice only in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus. Olfactory exposure decreased cell survival in the AOB in WT females, suggesting a role for estradiol in a structure involved in sexual behavior. Finally, newborn neurons do not seem to be functionally involved in the AOB of ArKO mice compared with WT, when females were exposed to the odor of a familiar male, suggesting that estradiol-induced neurogenesis in the AOB is required for the learning of the male odor in female mice. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailUnveiling Network and Service Performance Degradation in the Wild with mPlane
Casas, Pedro; Fiadino, Pierdomenico; Wassermann, Sarah ULg et al

in IEEE Communications Magazine - Network Testing Series (2016)

Unveiling network and service performance issues in complex and highly decentralized systems such as the Internet is a major challenge. Indeed, the Internet is based on decentralization and diversity ... [more ▼]

Unveiling network and service performance issues in complex and highly decentralized systems such as the Internet is a major challenge. Indeed, the Internet is based on decentralization and diversity. However, its distributed nature leads to operational brittleness and difficulty in identifying the root causes of performance degradation. In such a context, network measurements are a fundamental pillar to shed light and to unveil design and implementation defects. To tackle this fragmentation and visibility problem, we have recently conceived mPlane, a distributed measurement platform which runs, collects and analyses traffic measurements to study the operation and functioning of the Internet. In this paper, we show the potentiality of the mPlane approach to unveil network and service degradation issues in live, operational networks, involving both fixed-line and cellular networks. In particular, we combine active and passive measurements to troubleshoot problems in end-customer Internet access connections, or to automatically detect and diagnose anomalies in Internet-scale services (e.g., YouTube) which impact a large number of end-users. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of almond kernel oils of five almonds varieties cultivated in Eastern Morocco
Houmy, Nadia; Mansouri, F.; Benmoumen, A. et al

in Cahiers Options Méditerranéennes (2016)

This study focuses on characterization of almondkernel oils extrated mechanically from five sweet almond varieties (Marcona, Fournat, Ferragnes, Ferraduel and Beldi), cultivated in eastern Morocco. Oil ... [more ▼]

This study focuses on characterization of almondkernel oils extrated mechanically from five sweet almond varieties (Marcona, Fournat, Ferragnes, Ferraduel and Beldi), cultivated in eastern Morocco. Oil content, physicochemical parameters, triacylglycerol and fatty acid compositions were determined. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptation et neurosciences I : craintes, société, méthodologie, finalité
Desseilles, Martin ULg

in Santé Mentale au Québec (2016), XL(3), 209-221

Cetarticleestlepremierdedeuxarticlesexplorantlesliensbidirection- nels entre le concept d’adaptation et celui de neurosciences. Nous verrons tout d’abord dans cet article que les neurosciences peuvent ... [more ▼]

Cetarticleestlepremierdedeuxarticlesexplorantlesliensbidirection- nels entre le concept d’adaptation et celui de neurosciences. Nous verrons tout d’abord dans cet article que les neurosciences peuvent être perçues comme ambi- tieuses et toutes-puissantes oscillant entre un danger réductionniste et déshuma- nisant ou bien cristallisant certains fantasmes de maîtrise. Nous verrons ensuite que la société s’adapte aux neurosciences en intégrant certaines méthodologies et certaines découvertes dans des domaines très variés, au point que nous pouvons nous questionner sur la neurosociété de demain. Ensuite nous verrons que la méthodologie des neurosciences est elle-même fréquemment remise en question et nécessite que chacun en connaisse les limites sans s’en tenir aux seules pro- messes. Après cela, nous verrons que l’adaptation vue comme une promesse d’un but déterminé et fini peut s’avérer rassurante mais est surtout improbable. [less ▲]

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See detailHow do cumulative live birth rates and cumulative multiple live birth rates over complete courses of assisted reproductive technology treatment per woman compare among registries?
De Neubourg, Diane; Bogaerts, Kris; Blockeel, Christophe et al

in Human Reproduction (2016)

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See detailRelationship between grey matter integrity and executive abilities in aging
Manard, Marine ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg et al

in Brain Research (2016), 1642

This cross-sectional study was designed to investigate grey matter changes that occur in healthy aging and the relationship between grey matter characteristics and executive functioning. Thirty-six young ... [more ▼]

This cross-sectional study was designed to investigate grey matter changes that occur in healthy aging and the relationship between grey matter characteristics and executive functioning. Thirty-six young adults (18 to 30 years old) and 43 seniors (60 to 75 years old) were included. A general executive score was derived from a large battery of neuropsychological tests assessing three major aspects of executive functioning (inhibition, updating and shifting). Age-related grey matter changes were investigated by comparing young and older adults using voxel-based morphometry and voxel-based cortical thickness methods. A widespread difference in grey matter volume was found across many brain regions, whereas cortical thinning was mainly restricted to central areas. Multivariate analyses showed age-related changes in relatively similar brain regions to the respective univariate analyses but appeared more limited. Finally, in the older adult sample, a significant relationship between global executive performance and decreased grey matter volume in anterior (i.e. frontal, insular and cingulate cortex) but also some posterior brain areas (i.e. temporal and parietal cortices) as well as subcortical structures was observed. Results of this study highlight the distribution of age-related effects on grey matter volume and show that cortical atrophy does not appear primarily in “frontal” brain regions. From a cognitive viewpoint, age-related executive functioning seems to be related to grey matter volume but not to cortical thickness. Therefore, our results also highlight the influence of methodological aspects (from preprocessing to statistical analysis) on the pattern of results, which could explain the lack of consensus in literature. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecifying Concrete Repair Materials
Vaysburd, Alex; Bissonnette, Benoît; Garbacz, Andrzej et al

in Materialy Budowlane (2016), 3(523), 42-45

Specification of materials for concrete repair is a complex task requiring broad knowledge of materials science, engineering and construction practice. In this paper, several issues important for proper ... [more ▼]

Specification of materials for concrete repair is a complex task requiring broad knowledge of materials science, engineering and construction practice. In this paper, several issues important for proper design and implementation of concrete repair are discussed. It is stressed that the specification documentation is not a formality, but rather a critically important engineering step in view of fulfilling the durability and service life requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailDoes Embryo Culture Medium Influence the Health and Development of Children Born after In Vitro Fertilization?
Bouillon, Céline; Léandri, Roger; Desch, Laurent et al

in PLoS ONE (2016)

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See detailEffect of Traveler’s Nationality on Daily Travel Time Expenditure Using Zero-Inflated Negative Binomial Regression Models: Results from Belgian National Household Travel Survey
Eftekhar, Hamed ULg; Creemers, Lieve; Cools, Mario ULg

in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board (2016), 2565

In this study, data stemming from the 2010 Belgian National Household Travel Survey were used to assess the effect of a traveler’s nationality on daily travel time expenditure. Negative binomial (zero ... [more ▼]

In this study, data stemming from the 2010 Belgian National Household Travel Survey were used to assess the effect of a traveler’s nationality on daily travel time expenditure. Negative binomial (zero-inflated) models were estimated to isolate the effect of nationality after other contributing factors such as sociodemographics, residential characteristics, transport options, and temporal characteristics were controlled for. The results indicate that even if one controls for a series of other influencing factors, nationality plays a significant role in differences in travel time expenditure. This finding is especially relevant in the development of policy packages that are targeted at social inequalities. From a methodological perspective, methodological options—two weighting schemes and two bootstrap solutions—were presented to provide sufficient support for the conclusions. To generalize the results in further studies, an oversampling of travelers of different nationalities is strongly recommended. Future research should focus more on the underlying psychological constructs of why ethnic and cultural differences persist even if one accounts for other determinants. [less ▲]

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See detailBrentano, la théorie des catégories et la définition de la substance
Boccaccini, Federico ULg

in Etudes Philosophiques (2016)

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See detailTetraxylopteris Beck emend. Hammond and Berry (2005), the first aneurophytalean genus recorded in Australia
Meyer-Berthaud, Brigitte; Decombeix, Laure; Dunstone, Robert et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2016), 224(Part 1), 54-65

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See detailCan multiple previous treatment-requiring rejections affect biventricular myocardial function in heart transplant recipients? A two-dimensional speckle-tracking study.
Romano, Giuseppe; Raffa, Giuseppe Maria; Licata, Pamela et al

in International Journal of Cardiology (2016), 209

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See detailPour une conception deleuzienne de l'interdiscursivité
Franck, Thomas ULg

in Alecsic.org (2016)

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See detailVAN LIMBERGHEN, G. (dir.), Misbruik- en fraudebestrijding in het sociaal recht, Anvers, Intersentia, 2015, 269 p.
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Droit Social = Tijdschrift voor Sociaal Recht (2016)

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See detailLight-sensitive brain pathways and aging
Daneault, Véronique; Dumont, Marie; Massé, Eric et al

in Journal of Physiological Anthropology (2016), 35(9),

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See detailLaissez-nous entrer dans la maison des morts » [A propos du négationnisme du génocide des Tutsis au Rwanda]
Fierens, Jacques ULg; Fierens, Marie

in Témoigner. Entre histoire et mémoire. Revue internationale de la Fondation Auschwitz (2016), 122(avril 20016), 99-111

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See detailPotential cost-effectiveness for using patient decision aids to guide osteoporosis treatment
Penton, H; Hiligsmann, M.; Harrison, M. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016), 27

We use a model to predict whether using a patient decision aid in patients considering bisphosphonate therapy would be a good use of health resources. We found that if the decision aid improved adherence ... [more ▼]

We use a model to predict whether using a patient decision aid in patients considering bisphosphonate therapy would be a good use of health resources. We found that if the decision aid improved adherence, and only marginally increased time physicians needed with their patients, then the decision-aid would be cost-effective. Introduction Oral bisphosphonates have been shown to reduce the risk of osteoporotic fracture. Adherence is crucial but suboptimal. A recent study suggests that a patient decision aid, which facilitates shared decision-making, could be effective in increasing adherence to bisphosphonates. But decision aids come at a cost in terms of additional time spent with physicians. This study considers the emerging evidence on the role of patient decision aids in improving adherence to bisphosphonates and their potential costs to inform future decision-making and research priorities. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of a cheap and residential small-scale production of edible crickets with local by-products as an alternative protein-rich human food source in Ratanakiri Province (Cambodia)
Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg; Nieus, Clément et al

in Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (2016)

Background - Health status of the indigenous people of the Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, is significantly lower compared to the rest of the nation. The domestication and mass production of insects may ... [more ▼]

Background - Health status of the indigenous people of the Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, is significantly lower compared to the rest of the nation. The domestication and mass production of insects may represent a sustainable, cost effective and high quality alternative source of protein to traditional livestock. This study aimed to optimise a cheap and residential cricket breeding system based on unused wild resources. The cricket development, Teleogryllus testaceus (Walker), under seven diets composed of taro aerial parts, young cassava leaves, young cashew leaves and brown rice flour (with or without banana slices), versus a traditionally used broiler feed diet was studied. Results - Cricket mortality was low in all diets, except the two cashew-based diets. Total biomass was significantly higher under the broiler feed, in addition to the two diets containing a combination of cassava leaf powder and brown rice. Yet, crickets fed with the taro diet had the highest percentage of protein. Concerning the breeding system cost, units using cassava leaves were the cheapest ones. Conclusion – Diets based of cassava leaves seems to be the most promising ones. Nevertheless, to produce crickets with a high body mass and a high protein level, a new experiment must be realised in which the cassava leaf maturity will be adapted to fit with the cricket growth stage. Moreover, to reduce the cost of the breeding units, handmade local products should be used instead of purchased components. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of wheel traffic on the physical properties of a Luvisol
Destain, Marie-France ULg; Roisin, Christian; Dalcq, Anne-Catherine ULg et al

in Geoderma (2016), 262

The effects of machine traffic were assessed on a Luvisol in a temperate climate area in Belgium. Soil samples were taken from topsoil (0.07-0.25 m) and subsoil (0.35-0.50 m), on plots under long-term ... [more ▼]

The effects of machine traffic were assessed on a Luvisol in a temperate climate area in Belgium. Soil samples were taken from topsoil (0.07-0.25 m) and subsoil (0.35-0.50 m), on plots under long-term reduced tillage (RT) and conventional tillage (CT). Cone index (CI), bulk density (BD) and precompression stress (Pc) were chosen as indicators of mechanical strength. Mercury intrusion porosimetry was used to characterize the soil microporosity structure. It was presented in two forms: (i) cumulative pore volume vs. equivalent pore radius r, from which four classes of porosity were defined: r < 0.2 μm, 0.2 ≤ r < 9 µm, 9 ≤ r < 73 µm and r ≥ 73 μm; (ii) pore-size distribution (PSDs). In the reference situation where there had been no recent passage of machines, the voids with 0.2 ≤ r < 9 µm were the most important class in RT topsoil. The voids with r ≥ 73 µm represented the main porosity class in the topsoil of CT. In the subsoil, for both tillage systems, the porosity was almost equally distributed between voids with 0.2 ≤ r < 9 µm and voids with r greater than 9 µm. Machine traffic was carried out when the soil water content was close to the optimum Proctor. Although unfavourable, these wet conditions often occur during the beet harvesting period in Belgium. The highest modifications in soil structure (increase in BD and Pc, reduction of macroporosity r ≥ 73 μm) were observed in the topsoil of CT. More limited modifications were noticed in the soil structure of RT topsoil and subsoil layers but these latter are problematic in that the soil would no longer be loosened by subsequent tillage. These modifications could lead to soil consolidation as a result of wheel traffic year after year. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de l’ouvrage de VANACKER Daniël (éd.), Journal d’une bourgeoise, 1914-1918 : Marguerite Giron
Bechet, Christophe ULg

in Bulletin d'Information de l'Association Belge d'Histoire Contemporaine = Mededelingenblad van de Belgische Vereniging voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis (2016), XXXVIII(1),

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See detailWhat drives the development of community energy in Europe? The case of wind power cooperatives
Bauwens, Thomas ULg; Gotchev, Boris; Holstenkamp, Lars

in Energy Research & Social Science (2016), 13

The dominant model of energy infrastructure has historically been conceived in a very centralized fashion, i.e. with hardly any citizen involvement in energy generation. Yet, increasing attention is being ... [more ▼]

The dominant model of energy infrastructure has historically been conceived in a very centralized fashion, i.e. with hardly any citizen involvement in energy generation. Yet, increasing attention is being paid to the transition process towards a more decentralized configuration. This article examines the factors likely to foster citizen and community participation as regards wind power cooperatives in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and the UK. Using Elinor Ostrom’s Social-Ecological System Framework, the analysis highlights a double-edged phenomenon: prevailing and growing hostility towards cooperatives, on the one hand, and, on the other, strategic reactions to this evolution. What comes out indeed is that, throughout most of these countries, the emergence of some coordinated inter-organizational actions among cooperatives enables them to survive in their critical environment. [less ▲]

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See detailMode of Delivery: A Modifiable Risk Factor for Subsequent Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Waltregny, David ULg

in European Urology (2016), 70(1), 159-60

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See detailFacteurs pronostiques du cancer pulmonaire non à petites cellules
GESTER, Fanny; PAULUS, Astrid ULg; SIBILLE, Anne ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71(1), 34-39

Summary : Non small cell lung cancer is the most frequent type of lung cancer and its prognosis is still very poor. Relapse is frequent and can be observed even in early stages of the disease, in spite of ... [more ▼]

Summary : Non small cell lung cancer is the most frequent type of lung cancer and its prognosis is still very poor. Relapse is frequent and can be observed even in early stages of the disease, in spite of a surgical management with curative intent. This paper gives an overview of the main prognostic factors, the two most important of which remain the staging and tumor histology. These also determine the therapeutic strategy. Other factors of poor prognosis might also be useful for clinicians, particularly in their decision to refer patients for adjuvant therapies. Keywords : Non-small cell lung cancer – Prognostic factors – Pulmonary oncology – Surgery [less ▲]

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