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See detailRéparation des ouvrages en béton armé - Partie 1 : Pathologies et diagnostic
Courard, Luc ULg; Bissonnette, Benoît

in Techniques de l'Ingénieur. Analyse Chimique et Caractérisation (2016)

Repair of concrete not only requires knowledge of the support to repair, the repair materials and the environmental conditions in which they will be implemented, but also an understanding of the ... [more ▼]

Repair of concrete not only requires knowledge of the support to repair, the repair materials and the environmental conditions in which they will be implemented, but also an understanding of the mechanisms underlying adhesion. Dimensional, electrochemical, chemical and porosity (permeability) compatibilities are the key to the success and durability of the repair. In a first part, an analysis of the patrimonial heritage at stake and the possible intervention strategies is proposed. The emphasis is put here on the study of the effects and causes of deterioration affecting reinforced concrete structures: cracking, spalling and disintegration are the main types surface defects observed, most often in connection with corrosion of the underlying steel reinforcement. A proper diagnosis will allow selecting the most suitable repair techniques and materials (Part 2). [less ▲]

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See detailThe clinical challenge of concomitant aortic and mitral valve stenosis.
Unger, Philippe; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; de Canniere, Didier

in Acta Cardiologica (2016), 71(1), 3-6

The coexistence of mitral and aortic stenosis is not exceptional. Whereas rheumatic fever is currently plummeting in the Western countries, the incidence of degenerative disease is inversely increasing ... [more ▼]

The coexistence of mitral and aortic stenosis is not exceptional. Whereas rheumatic fever is currently plummeting in the Western countries, the incidence of degenerative disease is inversely increasing. The haemodynamic interactions which may interfere both with the usual echocardiographic parameters and with the invasive assessment may render the diagnosis difficult. The therapeutic challenges raised by this entity should not be underestimated. The increased morbidity and mortality of multivalvular surgery has to be balanced with the risk of a second operation down the line if one valvular involvement, deemed of a lesser importance, is neglected. This complex situation requires the multidisciplinary approach of a heart team involving surgeons, cardiologists, geriatrists if need be and imaging specialists. [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 detailDecitabine improves progression-free survival in older high-risk MDS patients with multiple autosomal monosomies: results of a subgroup analysis of the randomized phase III study 06011 of the EORTC Leukemia Cooperative Group and German MDS Study Group
Lübbert, Michael; Suciu, Stefan; Hagemeijer, Anne et al

in Annals of Hematology (2016), 95

In a study of elderly AML patients treated with the hypomethylating agent decitabine (DAC), we noted a surprisingly favorable outcome in the (usually very unfavorable) subgroup with two or more autosomal ... [more ▼]

In a study of elderly AML patients treated with the hypomethylating agent decitabine (DAC), we noted a surprisingly favorable outcome in the (usually very unfavorable) subgroup with two or more autosomal monosomies (MK2+) within a complex karyotype (Lübbert et al., Haematologica 97:393-401, 2012). We now analyzed 206 myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients (88 % of 233 patients randomized in the EORTC/GMDSSG phase III trial 06011, 61 of them with RAEBt, i.e. AML by WHO) with cytogenetics informative for MK status.. Endpoints are the following: complete/partial (CR/PR) and overall response rate (ORR) and progression-free (PFS) and overall survival (OS). Cytogenetic subgroups are the following: 63 cytogenetically normal (CN) patients, 143 with cytogenetic abnormalities, 73 of them MKnegative (MK−), and 70 MK-positive (MK+). These MK+ patients could be divided into 17 with a single autosomal monosomy (MK1) and 53 with at least two monosomies (MK2+). ORR with DAC in CN patients: 36.1 %, in MK−patients: 16.7 %, in MK+ patients: 43.6 % (MK1: 44.4 %, MK2+ 43.3 %). PFS was prolonged by DAC compared to best supportive care (BSC) in the CN (hazard ratio (HR) 0.55, 99 % confidence interval (CI), 0.26; 1.15, p=0.03) and MK2+ (HR 0.50; 99%CI, 0.23; 1.06, p=0.016) but not in the MK−, MK+, and MK1 subgroups. OS was not improved by DAC in any subgroup. In conclusion, we demonstrate for the first time in a randomized phase III trial that high-risk MDS patients with complex karyotypes harboring two or more autosomal monosomies attain encouraging responses and have improved PFS with DAC treatment compared to BSC. [less ▲]

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See detailLES CONDITIONS DU COMMUN À L’ÉPREUVE DE SA CONSTRUCTION ; restitution d’une enquête en cours sur la vallée de la Vilaine, Rennes.
Bodart, Céline ULg; Pihet, Valérie

in Lieux Communs (2016), 18(automne),

Dans cette proposition d'article, il sera question de mettre en avant l’originalité et la pertinence de l’approche de Cuesta en tant que lieu de recherche non-institutionnalisé, à partir d’une ... [more ▼]

Dans cette proposition d'article, il sera question de mettre en avant l’originalité et la pertinence de l’approche de Cuesta en tant que lieu de recherche non-institutionnalisé, à partir d’une expérimentation actuellement menée sur le territoire rennais. Cuesta est une structure coopérative récemment formée par une urbaniste et une productrice, et dont l'objectif est de faire intervenir les processus artistiques en amont des projets d'aménagement, pour leur permettre d'impacter sur ceux-ci. Cet article proposera alors une « relecture » des intentions de Cuesta à partir de la théorie politique du philosophe américain, John Dewey, afin de voir comment considérer ce type de travail comme la mise en place de dispositifs d'enquête visant à reconstruire un cadre spécifique d'expérience pour qu'un public puisse s'auto-constituer autour de problématiques situées. De ce croisement entre théorie et pratique, le but sera d'interroger les logiques de constitution du laboratoire au regard de cette approche innovante considérée comme nouveau type de recherche territoriale. [less ▲]

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See detailThermosensitivity of the sex differentiation process in the African catfish, Clarias gariepinus: Determination of the thermosensitive period
Santi, Saïdou ULg; Gennotte, Vincent ULg; Toguyeni, Aboubacar et al

in Aquaculture (2016), 455

Gonadal sex differentiation in gonochoristic fish is generally labile and under the control of two interacting processes: genetic sex determination (GSD) and environmental sex determination (ESD ... [more ▼]

Gonadal sex differentiation in gonochoristic fish is generally labile and under the control of two interacting processes: genetic sex determination (GSD) and environmental sex determination (ESD). Numerous experimental studies deal with temperature induced-sex differentiation in teleosts, but none focused on the African catfish Clarias gariepinus. The aim of this study was to confirm the thermosensitivity of the sex differentiation process and to determine the thermosensitive period during the African catfish development. Fish were exposed to high temperature (36 °C) for 3 days at different periods during ontogenesis. The treatment was applied every 3 days from fertilization until 29 days post-hatching (dph). Before and after the thermal treatment, fish were reared at 28 °C. Gonadal development was histologically characterized on fish sampled at 10, 15, 20, 25, 35, 45, 55 and 70 dph. Our results demonstrated that the African catfish displays a thermosensitivity of the sex differentiation process, with a masculinizing effect of high temperature (36 °C). The most thermosensitive period extended from 6 to 8 dph. Fish batches exposed to 36 °C during this period showed a sex-ratio skewed towards the male phenotype, ranging from 58 to 100% (high inter-familial variability). The African catfish gonads (male and female) stayed histologically undifferentiated until 20 dph. Obvious signs of gonadal differentiation clearly appeared at 25 dph in females and at 45 dph in males. Variability in sex-ratios between progenies and in the response to thermal treatment suggests a role of minor genetic factors and interactions between genomic and environmental determinants in the expression of the sexual phenotype. Statement of relevance: 1. This paper provides novel methods to control African catfish Clarias gariepinus sex differentiation through high temperature exposure and then to produce all-male populations. 2. Our work underlines the possibility to significantly reduce high temperature (masculinizing effect) treatment period to 3 days and consequently increase survival rate of progenies after treatment. 3. This study also shows the inter-family variability of thermosensitivity on the sex differentiation process in Clarias gariepinus. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh Temperature Ferromagnetism in a GdAg2 Monolayer
Ormaza, M.; Fernandez, L.; Ilyn, M. et al

in Nano Letters (2016), 0(0),

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See detailCholesterol deficiency causing calf illthrift and diarrhoea.
Duff, J. P.; Passant, S.; Wessels, M. et al

in The Veterinary record (2016), 178(17), 424-5

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

in Alecsic.org (2016)

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See detailHigh Kellgren-Lawrence Grade and Bone Marrow Lesions Predict Worsening Rates of Radiographic Joint Space Narrowing; The SEKOIA Study
Edwards, M.H.; Parsons, C.; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in Journal of Rheumatology (2016), 43(3), 657-65

Objective. Determinants of radiographic progression in osteoarthritis (OA) are poorly understood. We investigated which features on baseline magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acted as predictors of change ... [more ▼]

Objective. Determinants of radiographic progression in osteoarthritis (OA) are poorly understood. We investigated which features on baseline magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) acted as predictors of change in joint space width (JSW). Methods. A total of 559 men and women over the age of 50 years with clinical knee OA [Kellgren-Lawrence (KL) grade 2-3] were recruited to the placebo arm of the SEKOIA study (98 centers; 18 countries). Minimal tibiofemoral joint space and KL grade on plain radiograph of the knee were assessed at baseline and at yearly followup up to 3 years. In a subset, serial knee MRI examinations were performed. Individuals with a bone marrow lesion (BML) ≥ grade 2 at the tibiofemoral joint at baseline were classified as BML-positive. Relationships between change in JSW and risk factors were assessed using linear regression. Results. The mean age of study participants was 62.8 (SD 7.5) years and 73% were female; 38.6% had BML. Mean baseline JSW was 3.65 mm. This reduced by 0.18 (0.30) mm/year in men and 0.13 (0.23) mm/year in women. Those with BML had a significantly higher rate of annualized change in JSW; this relationship remained robust after adjustment for age, sex, and baseline KL grade [β = –0.10 (95% CI –0.18, –0.02) mm/yr]. Age, sex, baseline KL grade, and other MRI findings did not influence the rate of change in JSW. Conclusion. The rate of change in JSW was similar in men and women. BML on knee MRI predicted the rate of radiographic change in JSW. This relationship was independent of age, sex, and baseline KL grade. (First Release January 15 2016; J Rheumatol 2016;43:657–65; doi:10.3899/jrheum.150053) [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution of Injectate and Sensory-Motor Blockade after Adductor Canal Block
Gautier, P. E.; Hadzic, A.; LECOQ, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Anesthesia and Analgesia (2016), 122(1), 279-282

BACKGROUND: The analgesic efficacy reported for the adductor canal block may be related to the spread of local anesthetic outside the adductor canal. METHODS: Fifteen patients undergoing knee surgery ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The analgesic efficacy reported for the adductor canal block may be related to the spread of local anesthetic outside the adductor canal. METHODS: Fifteen patients undergoing knee surgery received ultrasound-guided injections of local anesthetic at the level of the adductor hiatus. Sensory-motor block and spread of contrast solution were assessed. RESULTS: Sensation was rated as "markedly diminished" or "absent" in the saphenous nerve distribution and "slightly diminished" in the sciatic nerve territory without motor deficits. Contrast solution was found in the popliteal fossa. CONCLUSIONS: The spread of injectate to the popliteal fossa may contribute to the analgesic efficacy of adductor canal block. © 2015 International Anesthesia Research Society. [less ▲]

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See detailGuiana Dolphins (Sotalia guianensis) and DR-CALUX for Screening Coastal Brazilian Environments for Dioxins and Related Compounds
Dorneles, Paulo; Lailson-Brito, Jose; Bisi, Tatiana et al

in Archives of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology (2016)

Guiana dolphin is the top predator of highest toxicological concern in Brazil and many studies on levels of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxicant (PBT) pollutants have been performed on the species ... [more ▼]

Guiana dolphin is the top predator of highest toxicological concern in Brazil and many studies on levels of persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxicant (PBT) pollutants have been performed on the species. However, due to high costs of the analyses, only one investigation comprised the determination of dioxins and related compounds (DRCs) in Guiana dolphin tissues. The dioxin responsive-chemically activated luciferase gene expression (DR-CALUX ) cell bioassay was used in the present study for the analyses of hepatic samples from 28 male Guiana dolphins in order to screen estuarine environments for DRCs, comprising three regions (Northeastern, Southeastern, and Southern) and four states [Parana´ (PR), Rio de Janeiro (RJ), Espı´rito Santo (ES), and Ceara´ (CE)] of Brazil. High bioanalytical equivalent (BEQ) concentrations [dioxins (pg BEQ/g lipid)] were found, varying from 1.94 to 15.6 pg BEQ/g. A significant negative correlation between BEQ concentrations and total length was found in Guiana dolphins from Brazil (all analysed dolphins). This pattern also was verified for RJ state, pointing to (1) chemically induced developmental disruption or to (2) increasing efficiency of the detoxifying activity with the growth of the animal. Comparison was performed with literature data and significantly higher BEQ levels were found in Brazilian Guiana dolphins than in those reported for North Sea harbour porpoises. Higher levels were found in Southeastern (the most PBT-contaminated area of the country) than in Southern region. However, it is not possible to affirm that Guiana dolphins are more contaminated by DRCs in SE than in S region, because individuals were lengthier in S than in SE region. Our results seem to have mirrored dolphin exposure to PCBs in Brazil according to the literature. Further studies are required for investigating the hypotheses 1 and 2 mentioned above. [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 detailDisplacement of an Electrically Charged Drop on a Vibrating Bath
Brandenbourger, Martin ULg; Vandewalle, Nicolas ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

in Physical Review Letters (2016), 116

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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 detailAssessment of the entering stock, migration dynamics and fish pass fidelity of european eel in the belgian meuse river
Nzau Matondo, Billy ULg; Benitez, Jean-Philippe ULg; Dierckx, Arnaud ULg et al

in River Research & Applications (2016)

Migration dynamics of incoming eels in Belgium via Lixhe in the Meuse River were investigated using two fish passes with different configurations— net traps and automatic detection stations—as tools to ... [more ▼]

Migration dynamics of incoming eels in Belgium via Lixhe in the Meuse River were investigated using two fish passes with different configurations— net traps and automatic detection stations—as tools to distinguish resident and migrating eels. From April to September 2013, 435 eels (P50 length, 403 mm; range, 196–836 mm) were caught (daily maxima catch, 90 eels per day), 90% between 13 June and 1 August (50 days) and P50 on 19 July. Eels migrated mostly at 19–26 °C (P50, 24.4 °C), river discharge 65–314m3 s 1 (P50, 84m3 s 1), during the dark at 00:00–05:00 h and during both the waxing and waning phases of moonlight. From 396 eels tagged and released 0.3 km downstream of the Lixhe dam, 6.8% of them were recaptured, and 37.4% were detected. Migration flux was estimated at 7184 eels (0.863 t) using the markrecapture method and decreased to 1156 eels (0.139 t) using automatic transponder detection. Most eels probably migrated through a sluice located downstream of Lixhe to reach the upper Meuse via the Albert Canal. Eels moved almost independently to the configuration of the fish passes and their location, but most eels displayed fidelity to the fish pass where they were captured. Migrant eels showed a wide range of size and life stages, with a higher proportion of eels (80%) belonging to the yellow eel stage. A lower proportion of eels (6%) had a larger size and presented an advanced continental silvering process corresponding to the migrating stage before their transatlantic migration. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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

in Molecular Nutrition & Food Research (2016)

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

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

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See detailInsight into SUCNR1 (GPR91) structure and function
Gilissen, Julie ULg; Jouret, François ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg et al

in Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2016)

SUCNR1 (or GPR91) belongs to the family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR), which represents the largest group of membrane proteins in human genome. The majority of marketed drugs targets GPCRs ... [more ▼]

SUCNR1 (or GPR91) belongs to the family of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR), which represents the largest group of membrane proteins in human genome. The majority of marketed drugs targets GPCRs, directly or indirectly. SUCNR1 has been classified as an orphan receptor until a landmark study paired it with succinate, a citric acid cycle intermediate. According to the current paradigm, succinate triggers SUCNR1 signaling pathways to indicate local stress that may affect cellular metabolism. SUCNR1 implication has been well documented in renin-induced hypertension, ischemia/reperfusion injury, inflammation and immune response, platelet aggregation and retinal angiogenesis. In addition, the SUCNR1-induced increase of blood pressure may contribute to diabetic nephropathy or cardiac hypertrophy. The understanding of SUCNR1 activation, signaling pathways and functions remains largely elusive, which calls for deeper investigations. SUCNR1 shows a high potential as an innovative drug target and is probably an important regulator of basic physiology. In order to achieve the full characterization of this receptor,more specific pharmacological tools such as small-molecules modulators will represent an important asset. In this review, we describe the structural features of SUCNR1, its current ligands and putative binding pocket. We give an exhaustive overview of the known and hypothetical signaling partners of the receptor in different in vitro and in vivo systems. The link between SUCNR1 intracellular pathways and its pathophysiological roles are also extensively discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailUnexpected LCST-type phase behaviour of a poly(vinyl thiazolium) polymer in acetone
Grygiel, Konrad; Zhang, Weiyi; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in RSC Advances (2016), 6(62), 57117-57121

We report on an unexpected lower critical solution temperature (LCST)-type phase transition of a poly(vinyl thiazolium) polymer in acetone solution, which was synthesized via radical polymerization of its ... [more ▼]

We report on an unexpected lower critical solution temperature (LCST)-type phase transition of a poly(vinyl thiazolium) polymer in acetone solution, which was synthesized via radical polymerization of its corresponding ionic monomer bearing no thermoresponsiveness in acetone. The phase transition temperature can be conveniently varied by polymer concentration, ionic strength and addition of a cosolvent. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Hosts of The Lassa Virus.
Olayemi, Ayodeji; Cadar, Daniel; Magassouba, N. Faly et al

in Scientific Reports (2016), 6

Lassa virus (LASV) causes a deadly haemorrhagic fever in humans, killing several thousand people in West Africa annually. For 40 years, the Natal multimammate rat, Mastomys natalensis, has been assumed to ... [more ▼]

Lassa virus (LASV) causes a deadly haemorrhagic fever in humans, killing several thousand people in West Africa annually. For 40 years, the Natal multimammate rat, Mastomys natalensis, has been assumed to be the sole host of LASV. We found evidence that LASV is also hosted by other rodent species: the African wood mouse Hylomyscus pamfi in Nigeria, and the Guinea multimammate mouse Mastomys erythroleucus in both Nigeria and Guinea. Virus strains from these animals were isolated in the BSL-4 laboratory and fully sequenced. Phylogenetic analyses of viral genes coding for glycoprotein, nucleoprotein, polymerase and matrix protein show that Lassa strains detected in M. erythroleucus belong to lineages III and IV. The strain from H. pamfi clusters close to lineage I (for S gene) and between II &III (for L gene). Discovery of new rodent hosts has implications for LASV evolution and its spread into new areas within West Africa. [less ▲]

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See detailClostridium difficile in foods and animals: A comprehensive review
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Van Broeck, Johan et al

in Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology (2016), 27

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See detailDoped sol–gel films vs. powders TiO2: On the positive effect induced by the presence of a substrate
Léonard, Géraldine ULg; Malengreaux, Charline; Melotte, Quentin et al

in Journal of Environmental Chemical Engineering (2016), 4

SiO2 and Ag–SiO2 doped TiO2 films and powders have been produced using a controlled sol–gel process. The dopant has been introduced using an alkoxysilane-functionalized ligand, with or without complexed ... [more ▼]

SiO2 and Ag–SiO2 doped TiO2 films and powders have been produced using a controlled sol–gel process. The dopant has been introduced using an alkoxysilane-functionalized ligand, with or without complexed silver ions. The influence of dopants on physico-chemical properties of the catalysts is studied by XRD, TEM–EDX, DRUV–vis analyses in the case of powders, while GIXRD, XPS, profilometry, UV–vis absorption analyses have been used for thin films. The photocatalytic activity has been evaluated from the degradation of methylene blue under UV-A light in the presence of the different catalysts over a period of 24 h. The detailed comparison between powders and films highlights a surprising positive effect in the case of films due to the presence of the substrate. In the case of photocatalytic powders, the presence of SiO2 or Ag–SiO2 into the TiO2 matrix has a detrimental effect on the photocatalytic activity while the opposite tendency is observed in the case of films, with best activities obtained with Ag–SiO2 doping. Different factors, in particular crystallinity modification between powders and films, have been studied to explain these opposite behaviors. In the case of powders, crystallization is hindered by SiO2 and Ag particles incorporation into the TiO2 matrix, leading to a decrease of the photocatalytic activity. In the case of thin films, probably because of the presence of a substrate, crystallization is not influenced by the presence of SiO2 and Ag particles. Therefore, the latter ones can fully play their role of electron traps leading to an enhanced photocatalytic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of climatic factors on the release of E-β-caryophyllene from alginate beads
Daems, Frédéric ULg; Bera, François ULg; Lorge, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2016), 20(2),

Description of the subject. Alginate beads that release semiochemical compounds are interesting biological control devices used to attract the natural enemies of aphids in infested crops. Little ... [more ▼]

Description of the subject. Alginate beads that release semiochemical compounds are interesting biological control devices used to attract the natural enemies of aphids in infested crops. Little information, however, is available about the impact of climatic factors on the release of semiochemicals from this diffusive system. Objectives. The objective of this scoping study was to investigate the impact of temperature, relative humidity and wind speed, on the release of E-β-caryophyllene from alginate beads. Method. The impact of the three climatic factors on the release of E-β-caryophyllene from alginate beads was evaluated using a Box-Behnken experimental design and a laboratory scale volatile collection system. The influence of relative humidity on bead water content and size, with and without this semiochemical, was also investigated using a gravimetric method and an easy-to-use photographic device, respectively. Results. The results showed that an increase in temperature caused a significant increase in the E-β¬-caryophyllene release rate. Neither relative humidity nor airflow, however, had a significant effect on the release of this semiochemical when relative humidity and wind speed ranged from 33% to 75% and from 6.61 x10-4 m.s-1 to 2.05 x10-2 m.s-1, respectively. The isotherm curves obtained were characteristic of food products and biopolymer materials. The isotherm shapes were not modified by the incorporation of the semiochemical into alginate beads, and showed an important increase in water content when relative humidity values exceeded 85%. Fortunately, this water content increase did not affect bead size, which facilitates the calculation of E-β-caryophyllene release. Conclusion. The present study shows for the first time the impact of the three main climatic factors on the release of E-β-caryophyllene from alginate beads. It allows learning more about how these biological control devices operate in order to optimize future field trials. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of brown streak virus-resistant cassava.
Anjanappa, Ravi B.; Mehta, Devang; Maruthi, M. N. et al

in Molecular plant-microbe interactions : MPMI (2016)

Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) has become a major constraint to cassava production in East and Central Africa. The identification of new sources of CBSD resistance is essential to deploy CBSD ... [more ▼]

Cassava brown streak disease (CBSD) has become a major constraint to cassava production in East and Central Africa. The identification of new sources of CBSD resistance is essential to deploy CBSD mitigation strategies as the disease is progressing westwards to new geographical areas. A stringent infection method based on top cleft grafting combined with precise virus titer quantitation was utilized to screen fourteen cassava cultivars and elite breeding lines. When inoculated with mixed infections of Cassava brown streak virus (CBSV) and Ugandan cassava brown streak virus (UCBSV), the scions of elite breeding lines KBH 2006/18 and KBH 2006/26 remained symptom-free during a 16-week period of virus graft inoculation, while susceptible varieties displayed typical CBSD infection symptoms at 4 weeks after grafting. The identified CBSD resistance was stable under the co-inoculation of CBSV, UCBSV with cassava geminiviruses (CGMs). Double grafting experiments revealed that transmission of CBSV and UCBSV to CBSD susceptible top scions was delayed when using intermediate scions of elite breeding lines KBH 2006/18 and KBH 2006/26. Nonetheless, comparison of virus systemic movement using scions from KBH2006/18 and a transgenic CBSD resistant 60444 line (60444-Hp9 line) showed that both CBSV and UCBSV move at undetectable levels through the stems. Further, protoplast-based assays of virus titers showed that the replication of CBSVs is inhibited in the resistant line KBH2006/18, suggesting that the identified CBSD resistance is at least partially based on inhibition of virus replication. Our molecular characterization of CBSD resistance in cassava offers a robust virus-host system to further investigate the molecular determinants of CBSD resistance. [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of metallothioneins, selenium and transfer to offspring in mercury detoxification in Franciscana dolphins (Pontoporia blainvillei)
Romero, M.B.; Pollizi, P.; Chiodi, L. et al

in Marine Pollution Bulletin (2016)

The concentrations of mercury (Hg), selenium (Se) and metallothioneins (MT) were evaluated in fetuses, calves, juveniles and adults of the endangered coastal Franciscana dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei ... [more ▼]

The concentrations of mercury (Hg), selenium (Se) and metallothioneins (MT) were evaluated in fetuses, calves, juveniles and adults of the endangered coastal Franciscana dolphin (Pontoporia blainvillei) from Argentina. Mercury concentrations varied among analyzed tissues (liver, kidney, muscle and brain), with liver showing the higher concentrations in all specimens. An age-dependent accumulation was found in liver, kidney and brain. No significant relationship between Hg and MT concentrations was found for all tissues analyzed. Hepatic Hg molar concentrations were positively correlated with those of Se, indicating a great affinity between these two elements. Furthermore, dark granules of HgSe were observed in Kupffer cells in the liver by electron microscopy, suggesting the role of this macrophage in the detoxification of Hg. A transfer of Hg through placenta was proved. The presence of Hg in brain in all age classes did not show concentrations associated with neurotoxicity. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluences of the aqueous synthesis way and organosilane nature on the physico-chemical properties of porous alumina
Claude, Vincent ULg; Vilaseca, Miriam; Tatton, Andrew ULg et al

in European Journal of Inorganic Chemistry (2016), 2016(11), 1678-1689

The aqueous sol-gel synthesis of γ-Al2O3 modified with different silicon precursors {trimethoxysilane, triethoxysilane and N-[3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl]ethylene diamine} has been investigated. Two ... [more ▼]

The aqueous sol-gel synthesis of γ-Al2O3 modified with different silicon precursors {trimethoxysilane, triethoxysilane and N-[3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl]ethylene diamine} has been investigated. Two parameters have been studied: the silicon addition step and the type of silicon alkoxide. A first observation was that adding a silicon alkoxide either before or just after the precipitation step influences both the crystallinity and structure, whereas adding the alkoxide after a long agitation time only slightly modifies the support properties. It was also highlighted that due to their higher reactivity, silicon precursors with methoxy groups interact more strongly with the bulk alumina than the silicon precursors with ethoxy groups. This difference of Si location in the alumina structure permitted not only their resistance toward phase transition to be increased at high temperature, but also to stabilize them more efficiently against sintering under normal and steam conditions. Among the different silicon alkoxides tested, samples prepared with N-[3-(trimethoxysilyl)propyl]ethylene diamine showed very unusual properties. The alumina supports modified with this precursor showed grain-shaped nanocrystallites, whereas all other samples were platelet-like. As a result, this sample presented a very narrow pore diameter distribution of around 5 nm and a remarkably high specific surface area (530 m2/g). [less ▲]

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See detailA new numerical framework for simulating the control of weather and climate on the evolution of soil-mantled hillslopes
Bovy, Benoît ULg; Braun, Jean; Demoulin, Alain ULg

in Geomorphology (2016), 263

We present a new numerical framework for simulating short to long-term hillslope evolution. This modeling framework, to which we have given the name CLICHE (CLImate Control on Hillslope Evolution), aims ... [more ▼]

We present a new numerical framework for simulating short to long-term hillslope evolution. This modeling framework, to which we have given the name CLICHE (CLImate Control on Hillslope Evolution), aims to better capture the control of climate on soil dynamics. It allows the use of realistic forcing that involves, through a specific time discretization scheme, the variability of both the temperature and precipitation at time scales ranging from the daily rainfall events to the climatic oscillations of the Quaternary, also including seasonal variability. Two simple models of soil temperature and soil water balance permit the link between the climatic inputs and derived quantities that take part in the computation of the soil flux, such as the surface water discharge and the depth of the non-frozen soil layer. Using this framework together with a multi-process parameterization of soil transport, we apply an original method to calculate hillslope effective diffusivity as a function of climate. This allows us to demonstrate the ability of the model to simulate observed rates of hillslope erosion under different climates (cold and temperate) with a single set of parameter values. Numerical experiments furthermore suggest a potential high peak of sediment transport on hillslopes during the glacialinterglacial transitions of the Quaternary. We finally discuss the need to improve the parameterization of the soil production and transport processes in order to explicitly account for other key controlling factors that are also climate-sensitive, such as biological activity. [less ▲]

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See detailRole of the Retinoblastoma protein, Rb, during adult neurogenesis in the olfactory bulb
Naser, Rayan; Vandenbosch, Renaud ULg; Omais, Saad et al

in Scientific Reports (2016)

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See detailReconstruction of the Evolutionary History and Dispersal of Usutu Virus, a Neglected Emerging Arbovirus in Europe and Africa.
Engel, Dimitri; Jost, Hanna; Wink, Michael et al

in mBio (2016), 7(1),

Usutu virus (USUV), one of the most neglected Old World encephalitic flaviviruses, causes epizootics among wild and captive birds and sporadic infection in humans. The dynamics of USUV spread and ... [more ▼]

Usutu virus (USUV), one of the most neglected Old World encephalitic flaviviruses, causes epizootics among wild and captive birds and sporadic infection in humans. The dynamics of USUV spread and evolution in its natural hosts are unknown. Here, we present the phylogeny and evolutionary history of all available USUV strains, including 77 newly sequenced complete genomes from a variety of host species at a temporal and spatial scaled resolution. The results showed that USUV can be classified into six distinct lineages and that the most recent common ancestor of the recent European epizootics emerged in Africa at least 500 years ago. We demonstrated that USUV was introduced regularly from Africa into Europe in the last 50 years, and the genetic diversity of European lineages is shaped primarily by in situ evolution, while the African lineages have been driven by extensive gene flow. Most of the amino acid changes are deleterious polymorphisms removed by purifying selection, with adaptive evolution restricted to the NS5 gene and several others evolving under episodic directional selection, indicating that the ecological or immunological factors were mostly the key determinants of USUV dispersal and outbreaks. Host-specific mutations have been detected, while the host transition analysis identified mosquitoes as the most likely origin of the common ancestor and birds as the source of the recent European USUV lineages. Our results suggest that the major migratory bird flyways could predict the continental and intercontinental dispersal patterns of USUV and that migratory birds might act as potential long-distance dispersal vehicles. IMPORTANCE: Usutu virus (USUV), a mosquito-borne flavivirus of the Japanese encephalitis virus antigenic group, caused massive bird die-offs, mostly in Europe. There is increasing evidence that USUV appears to be pathogenic for humans, becoming a potential public health problem. The emergence of USUV in Europe allows us to understand how an arbovirus spreads, adapts, and evolves in a naive environment. Thus, understanding the epidemiological and evolutionary processes that contribute to the emergence, maintenance, and further spread of viral diseases is the sine qua non to develop and implement surveillance strategies for their control. In this work, we performed an expansive phylogeographic and evolutionary analysis of USUV using all published sequences and those generated during this study. Subsequently, we described the genetic traits, reconstructed the potential pattern of geographic spread between continents/countries of the identified viral lineages and the drivers of viral migration, and traced the origin of outbreaks and transition events between different hosts. [less ▲]

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See detailPotential contribution of progesterone receptors to the development of sexual behavior in male and female mice.
Desroziers, Elodie; Brock, Olivier; Bakker, Julie ULg

in Hormones and Behavior (2016)

We previously showed that estradiol can have both defeminizing and feminizing effects on the developing mouse brain. Pre- and early postnatal estradiol defeminized the ability to show lordosis in ... [more ▼]

We previously showed that estradiol can have both defeminizing and feminizing effects on the developing mouse brain. Pre- and early postnatal estradiol defeminized the ability to show lordosis in adulthood, whereas prepubertal estradiol feminized this ability. Furthermore, we found that estradiol upregulates progesterone receptors (PR) during development, inducing both a male-and female-typical pattern of PR expression in the mouse hypothalamus. In the present study, we took advantage of a newly developed PR antagonist (ZK 137316) to determine whether PR contributes to either male- or female-typical sexual differentiation. Thus groups of male and female C57Bl/6j mice were treated with ZK 137316 or oil as control: males were treated neonatally (P0-P10), during the critical period for male sexual differentiation, and females were treated prepubertally (P15-P25), during the critical period for female sexual differentiation. In adulthood, mice were tested for sexual behavior. In males, some minor effects of neonatal ZK treatment on sexual behavior were observed: latencies to the first mount, intromission and ejaculation were decreased in neonatally ZK treated males; however, this effect disappeared by the second mating test. By contrast, female mice treated with ZK during the prepubertal period showed significantly less lordosis than OIL-treated females. Mate preferences were not affected in either males or females treated with ZK during development. Taken together, these results suggest a role for PR and thus perhaps progesterone in the development of lordosis behavior in female mice. By contrast, no obvious role for PR can be discerned in the development of male sexual behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrophoretic deposition of hydroxyapatite and hydroxyapatite– alginate on rapid prototyped 3D Ti6Al4V scaffolds
Ozhukil Kollath, Vinayaraj; Chen, Qiang; Mullens, Steven et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2016), 51

The advantage of using bioceramic particles coated on porous three-dimensional structures is still unexplored in the purpose of improving the osteoinduction of hybrid metallic scaffold implants in vivo ... [more ▼]

The advantage of using bioceramic particles coated on porous three-dimensional structures is still unexplored in the purpose of improving the osteoinduction of hybrid metallic scaffold implants in vivo. In this study, we evaluate electrophoretic deposition (EPD) to coat porous Ti6Al4V scaffolds with hydroxyapatite (HA). Scaffolds were shaped in different open structures with a horizontal shift in fiber stacking. They were produced using three-dimensional fiber deposition method and were coated by EPD with HA powder (d10 = 1.7, d50 = 5.7 and d90 = 18 lm) suspended in ethanol or butanol at different concentration, DC voltage, and time. A composite HA–alginate was also used to coat the scaffolds. Alginate was used as a binder, and the coating properties (homogeneity, thickness, cracks, continuity, etc.) were compared to coatings obtained from pure HA suspensions. Voltage and time of deposition effects were studied between 10 and 140 V and 10 and 120 s, respectively. Coating thickness and density with respect to the depth of the porous structure were studied by observing cross sections using scanning electron microscopy and image processing analysis. HA–alginate combination resulted in a homogeneous and deeper dense layer of HA. This work also points to the characteristics of HA–alginate composite as a superior alternative to pure HA coating which needs an appropriate thermal treatment for adequate substrate adhesion. [less ▲]

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See detailBovine noroviruses: A missing component of calf diarrhoea diagnosis
Di Felice, Elisabetta; Mauroy, Axel ULg; Dal Pozzo, Fabiana ULg et al

in Veterinary Journal (2016), 207

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See detailUne présentation rare de craniosténose associée à un crâne lacunaire
Vaessen, françois; Thimmesch, Mathieu; BORN, Jacques et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71(3), 120-123

A rare case of lacunar skull deformity associated with craniosynostosis Summary : The lacunar skull is a radiologic description characterised by the presence of lacunae in the cranial vault. Its ... [more ▼]

A rare case of lacunar skull deformity associated with craniosynostosis Summary : The lacunar skull is a radiologic description characterised by the presence of lacunae in the cranial vault. Its physiopathology remains up to now poorly understood; it is mostly associated with neural tube defects. The association of a lacunar skull with a craniosynostosis has rarely been described in the literature. The case of a 9-month-old patient presenting a multisutural craniosynostosis with a lacunar skull is reported in this article. The surgical treatment allowed to remodel the skull and to hope for a spontaneous regression of the lacunae. [less ▲]

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See detailCore Outcome Measure Index for low back patients: do we miss anxiety and depression?
Cedraschi, C; Marty, M; Courvoisier, DS et al

in European Spine Journal (2016), 25

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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 detailBreast cancer in a male to female transsexual patient with a BRCA2 mutation
CORMAN, Vinciane ULg; Potorac, Iulia ULg; Manto, Florence ULg et al

in Endocrine-Related Cancer (2016), 23(5), 391-397

Breast cancer is rare in male patients. Certain predisposing factors, be they genetic (e.g., BRCA2 gene mutations) or hormonal (imbalance between estrogen and androgen levels), have been implicated in ... [more ▼]

Breast cancer is rare in male patients. Certain predisposing factors, be they genetic (e.g., BRCA2 gene mutations) or hormonal (imbalance between estrogen and androgen levels), have been implicated in male breast cancer pathophysiology. Male-to-female (MtF) transsexualism is a condition that generally involves cross-sex hormone therapy. Anti-androgens and estrogens are used to mimic the female hormonal environment and induce the cross-sex secondary characteristics. In certain situations, the change in the hormonal milieu can be disadvantageous and favor the development of hormonedependent pathologies, such as cancer. We report a case of a MtF transgender patient who developed breast cancer after 7 years of cross-sex hormonal therapy. The patient was found to be BRCA2 positive, and suffered recurrent disease. The patient was unaware of being a member of an established BRCA2 mutation-positive kindred. This represents the first case of a BRCA2 mutation predisposing to breast cancer in a MtF transgender patient. [less ▲]

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See detailL'atlas à l'épreuve de l'image en mouvement (Warburg, Farocki, Didi-Huberman)
Hagelstein, Maud ULg; Hamers, Jérémy ULg

in MethIS : Méthodes et Interdisciplinarité en Sciences Humaines (2016)

Partant des travaux récents de Georges Didi-Huberman sur l’atlas d’images (A. Warburg) comme outil et support d’une nouvelle heuristique du montage, ce texte confronte l’installation Histoires de fantômes ... [more ▼]

Partant des travaux récents de Georges Didi-Huberman sur l’atlas d’images (A. Warburg) comme outil et support d’une nouvelle heuristique du montage, ce texte confronte l’installation Histoires de fantômes pour grandes personnes (G. Didi-Huberman, A. Gisinger, 2012), composée pour partie d’images en mouvement, à la pensée de la table warburgienne comme lieu d’une perpétuelle reconfiguration et d’une nouvelle lisibilité du monde. Se pourrait-il en effet qu’une image en mouvement, prise d’ordinaire dans un continuum clos, se dote, à travers le montage, des mêmes potentialités critiques – c’est-à-dire d’un même pouvoir inquiétant – que l’image fixe offerte au déambulateur de l’atlas ? [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of total phenolic compounds content and antioxidant activity in cherry species and cultivars
Pissard, Audrey; Lateur, Marc; Baeten, V et al

in Journal of Berry Research (2016)

BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown that cherries, especially sour cultivars, contain substantial amounts of phenolic compounds. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to (i) analyze the total phenolic compound ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown that cherries, especially sour cultivars, contain substantial amounts of phenolic compounds. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to (i) analyze the total phenolic compound (TPC) content and the antioxidant capacity (AC) of a large range of cultivars using the same methodology in one laboratory, and (ii) determine the possible relationship between agronomic characteristics and AC. METHODS: A total of 245 samples including sweet, sour and hybrid cultivars from our collections were harvested at their optimum maturity and characterized according to their TPC, DPPH and ORAC values. RESULTS: The TPC content and DPPH and ORAC values varied greatly among the cherries, with the sour cultivars presenting higher levels than the sweet ones. The PCA plot showed a slight grouping by species and confirmed the high TPC content level in sour cultivars. The bi-colored cultivars had lower TPC and antioxidant capacity (AC) values than dark-colored ones, indicating that coloration could give an indication of the AC of fruits. No significant relationship between the agronomic and chemical properties was highlighted. CONCLUSIONS: Cherry fruits, especially from sour cultivars, represent an important source of bioactive compounds and could attract new interest as a ‘functional food’. [less ▲]

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See detailFormulation of a 1D finite element of heat exchanger for accurate modelling of the grouting behaviour: Application to cyclic thermal loading
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Radioti, Georgia ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg et al

in Renewable Energy : An International Journal (2016), 96

This paper presents a comprehensive formulation of a finite element for the modelling of borehole heat exchangers. This work focuses on the accurate modelling of the grouting and the field of temperature ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a comprehensive formulation of a finite element for the modelling of borehole heat exchangers. This work focuses on the accurate modelling of the grouting and the field of temperature near a single borehole. Therefore the grouting of the BHE is explicitly modelled. The purpose of this work is to provide tools necessary to the further modelling of thermo-mechanical couplings. The finite element discretises the classical governing equation of advection-diffusion of heat within a 1D pipe connected to ground nodes. Petrov-Galerkin weighting functions are used to avoid numerical disturbances. The formulation is able to capture highly transient and steady-state phenomena. The proposed finite element is validated with respect to analytical solutions. An example consisting of a 100 m depth U-pipe is finally simulated. A first continuous heating simulation highlights the nonsymmetric distribution of temperature inside and near the borehole. An estimation of the error on the results as a function of the resolution parameters is also carried out. Finally simulations of cyclic thermal loading exhibit the need to take into account all daily variations if the grouting behaviour must be modelled. This is true especially in case of freeze-thaw damaging risk. [less ▲]

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See detailInterfacial activities of milk total proteose-peptone: contribution and miscibility of nonhydrophobic and hydrophobic fractions
Karamoko, Gaoussou; Renaville, Robert ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg

in International Dairy Journal (2016), 62

Surface properties of a nonhydrophobic fraction of proteose-peptone (NHFPP) and a hydrophobic fraction of proteose-peptone (HFPP), obtained by hydrophobic-interaction chromatography, were investigated ... [more ▼]

Surface properties of a nonhydrophobic fraction of proteose-peptone (NHFPP) and a hydrophobic fraction of proteose-peptone (HFPP), obtained by hydrophobic-interaction chromatography, were investigated. Adsorption of NHFPP and HFPP on the surface activity of total proteose-peptone (TPP) followed a competitive mechanism, especially during the penetration phase and molecular rearrangements. Compression of mixed monolayers was used to study the miscibility of NHFPP and HFPP within TPP films. When NHFPP was mixed with HFPP, in a TPP film, both fractions were immiscible at the beginning of adsorption; they only became miscible when the polypeptide chains had moved from the surface to the aqueous phase, thus allowing a better organisation of proteins. The equation of excess free energy of compression was used to determine the interactions of NHFPP-HFPP within the TPP film through the mixed monolayer (thermodynamic properties); interactions between NHFPP and HFPP appeared less important than those that occurred between molecules within each fraction. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of a New Method for the Treatment of Invasive, Diffuse, and Unexcisable Lymphangiomas of the Oral Cavity with Defocus CO2 Laser Beam: A 20-Year Follow-Up
Namour, Samir ULg; VAN HEUSDEN, Alain ULg; Namour, Amaury et al

in Photomedicine and Laser Surgery (2016), 34(2), 82-87

Abstract Objective: The aim of our study is to evaluate the efficiency of a new therapeutic method using CO2 laser to avoid mutilation or total excision for the treatment of invasive, large and ... [more ▼]

Abstract Objective: The aim of our study is to evaluate the efficiency of a new therapeutic method using CO2 laser to avoid mutilation or total excision for the treatment of invasive, large and unexcisable oral lymphangiomas. Background data: Cystic lymphatic malformations, or lymphangiomas, are mature lymphatic malformations, consisting of abnormal lymphatic vessels. Surgical excision is considered by most surgeons to be the treatment of choice for lymphangioma. Laser beam has been used to treat superficial or small lymphatic malformations by excision or by photocoagulation, and to excise or photocoagulate small lymphangiomas. Patients and methods: Seventeen patients with diffuse and unexcisable lymphangiomas were treated using a CO2 laser with specific settings: beam was 2W in noncontact and defocus mode, power density was 0.63W/cm2 for irradiation time in the range of 3– 5min, and the estimated energy density range was 114.65–191.02 J/cm2. The beam diameter at the tissular impact point was –2 cm. The laser beam was defocused to provoke a deep heat generation that would dry up the lymphatic tissues and induce deep tissue necrosis that heals by fibrous tissue process. Results: The results were satisfactory and stable, with localized recurrence in three cases. The recurrent areas were re-treated using the same technique successfully and with no further recurrence. Conclusions: The use of CO2 laser under the suggested irradiation conditions can be considered a useful technique for the treatment of invasive lymphangiomas. [less ▲]

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See detailEmpédocle, ou comment entrer en philosophie. Sartre et la pensée allemande dans les années 1920
Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Etudes Sartriennes (2016), 20

Comment Sartre est-il entré en philosophie ? Au-delà des petits récits légendaires, tels que ceux que Raymond Aron a laissés à propos de la découverte de la phénoménologie ou de la première formulation de ... [more ▼]

Comment Sartre est-il entré en philosophie ? Au-delà des petits récits légendaires, tels que ceux que Raymond Aron a laissés à propos de la découverte de la phénoménologie ou de la première formulation de la théorie de la contingence pendant les années passées à l’ENS, le présent article vise à établir les conditions dans lesquelles Sartre a formulé à son origine le projet de faire œuvre de philosophe. En pistant le réseau de curiosité intellectuelle pour la pensée allemande dont le titre du manuscrit Empédocle atteste, cet article reconstitue d’abord le milieu intellectuel dans lequel Sartre évolue au milieu des années 1920 avec ses camarades Aron et Nizan, autour des activités du Groupe d’Information Internationale de l’École Normale Supérieure. Comme les Carnets et Les Mots le confirment dans l’après-coup, ce milieu intellectuel fortement « alsacien » lui permet tout à la fois de prolonger et de compliquer – jusqu’à la rupture, peut-être – la vocation à la fois pédagogique et critique que charriait son inscription dans une histoire intellectuelle double, française et allemande. Dans cette étude de la « sociabilité alsacienne » du jeune Sartre et de son rapport avec les premières générations de la germanistique française, la figure de Robert Minder (1902-1980) sert de point de comparaison avec Sartre. La suite de l’article précise la nature du projet philosophique de Sartre dans le rapport qu’il entretient avec la vocation littéraire qui l’a attiré vers des études de philosophie. Dans cette partie, c’est la rencontre personnelle et théorique de Sartre avec Bernard Groethuysen (1880-1946) qui sert de guide. La trajectoire du philosophe allemand permet tout à la fois à Sartre d’articuler la littérature et la philosophie (dans un espace de circulation culturelle franco-allemand) et d’amorcer le passage de l’exigence nietzschéenne d’un recommencement de la philosophie (qui vaut aussi pour l’après-Première Guerre mondiale) avec le programme d’une philosophie rigoureuse déjà incarné chez Groethuysen par la phénoménologie de Husserl. En conclusion, l’article revient sur la façon dont Sartre récupère la situation particulière dans laquelle il rédige son Empédocle – son histoire amoureuse avec Simone Jollivet – en direction d’une philosophie qui expose non seulement le philosophe à une enquête permanente sur soi (Victor Hugo prenant alors le relais de Nietzsche), mais qui soit aussi une entreprise philosophique nouvelle qui conteste de l’intérieur, en la poussant dans ses conséquences extrêmes, la généalogie héroïque – et masculiniste – dont elle est issue. En somme, il s’agit ici, par le truchement d’une lecture symbolique d’un texte de jeunesse, de considérer la philosophie sartrienne au point où elle se précède elle-même, avant la découverte de Heidegger et avant la rencontre de Simone de Beauvoir. Dans cette reconstruction des conditions de possibilité de la philosophie de Sartre – et de Beauvoir – se poursuit dès lors l’entreprise, encore très partiellement réalisée, de faire l’archéologie de la philosophie française contemporaine (selon l’expression d’Alain Badiou) dans l’entre-deux-guerres, à savoir de déterminer la portée critique et historiographique de la phénoménologie existentialiste. [less ▲]

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See detailA general parametric Stein characterization
Ley, Christophe; Swan, Yvik ULg

in Statistics & Probability Letters (2016), 111

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See detailChemical composition of essential oils and floral waters of Mentha longifolia (L.) Huds. from Senegal
Diop, Serigne Mbacké; Guèye, Momar Talla; Ndiaye, Ibrahima et al

in American Journal of Essential Oils and Natural Products (2016), 4(1), 46-49

Essential oils of Mentha longifolia from Senegal were extracted from fresh plants and dried plants in the shade for 7 days. The yields were of 0.39 and 0.32% in the fresh and dried plants respectively ... [more ▼]

Essential oils of Mentha longifolia from Senegal were extracted from fresh plants and dried plants in the shade for 7 days. The yields were of 0.39 and 0.32% in the fresh and dried plants respectively. Analysis of the essential oils, floral waters and the assay of pulegone were carried out by GC/FID and GC/MS. The major compounds identified in the oils were pulegone (52.0 and 42.4%), menthone (14.3 and 21.2%), 1, 8-cineole (13.1 and 11.4%) and isomenthone (9.0 and 13.2%) in the fresh and dried plants, respectively. Analyses revealed that floral waters were also characterized by the same major compounds as essential oils but at different rates. In these floral waters, pulegone constituted 60.2 and 47.0%, 1,8- cineole 7.9 and 19.6%, isomenthone 7.2 and 10.7%, menthone 6.4 and 9.2%, chrysanthenone 6.4 and 3.2% and α-terpineol 3.0 and 2.7% in the fresh and dried plants, respectively. The assay results of pulegone, a hepatotoxic compound, have shown very high levels (444.6 and 393.3mg/g) in both fresh and dried plants. [less ▲]

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See detailMelting processes and mantle sources of lavas on Mercury
Namur, Olivier; Collinet, Max; Charlier, Bernard ULg et al

in Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2016), 439

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See detailRisk assessment of soil compaction in the Walloon region in Belgium
D'Or, Dimitri; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Mathematical Geosciences (2016)

It is well known that soil compaction affects root growth and disrupts the activity of soil microfauna and microorganisms, resulting in yield loss. With the more intensive use of heavy machines in ... [more ▼]

It is well known that soil compaction affects root growth and disrupts the activity of soil microfauna and microorganisms, resulting in yield loss. With the more intensive use of heavy machines in agriculture and forestry, the risk of soil compaction is increasing. In this study, precompression stress (Pc) was chosen as an indicator of the susceptibility of soils to compaction and was calculated using pedotransfer functions (PTFs). PTFs involve eight variables related to the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of soils: organic matter content; bulk density; air capacity; available water capacity; non-plant available water capacity; saturated hydraulic conductivity; cohesion; and angle of internal friction. Combining these PTFs with geostatistics and Monte Carlo simulations, Pc maps were produced at the regional scale for Wallonia in Belgium, accompanied by uncertainty quantification maps. These maps were then used to produce compaction risk maps based on common scenarios. The results showed that the modal Pc map was coherent with the spatial distribution of the main variables, namely soil texture and organic matter content. The risk maps enabled areas with a compaction risk in both agricultural and forestry contexts to be identified. These maps could be useful in drawing up soil protection measures and policies. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of Serial B-Type Natriuretic Peptide Changes for Predicting Outcome in Asymptomatic Patients With Aortic Stenosis.
Henri, Christine; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ULg; Magne, Julien et al

in The Canadian journal of cardiology (2016)

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the impact on the outcome of serial B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) changes during follow-up in asymptomatic patients with >/= moderate aortic stenosis ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the impact on the outcome of serial B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) changes during follow-up in asymptomatic patients with >/= moderate aortic stenosis (AS) and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction. METHODS: We prospectively screened 69 patients who underwent comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography, BNP level measurement at baseline and after every 6 or 12 months. Annualized BNP changes were calculated as the difference between the last and baseline BNP measurements divided by the duration of follow-up. The primary endpoint was the occurrence of symptoms, aortic valve replacement, or cardiovascular death. RESULTS: During a follow-up of 30 +/- 19 months, 43 patients experienced a cardiac event. These patients were significantly older (73 +/- 9 vs 65 +/- 16 years; P = 0.010), had more often dyslipidemia (79% vs 42%; P = 0.038), more severe AS (peak velocity: 3.9 +/- 0.6 vs 3.5 +/- 0.6 m/s; P = 0.002), larger indexed left atrial area (10.2 +/- 2.5 vs 8.7 +/- 1.9 cm2/m2; P = 0.006), and a higher increase in annualized BNP (+90 +/- 155 vs +7 +/- 49 pg/mL/y; P = 0.010). Patients with higher annualized BNP changes (> 20 pg/mL/y) had a significantly lower cardiac event-free survival (1 year: 63 +/- 8% vs 97 +/- 3%; 3 years: 31 +/- 8% vs 68 +/- 8%; P < 0.001). Using the multivariate Cox proportional hazards model, higher annualized BNP changes were significantly associated with increased risk of cardiac events (hazard ratio: 2.73, 95% confidence interval: 1.27-5.86; P = 0.010) after adjustment for age, dyslipidemia, and echocardiographic parameters. CONCLUSIONS: In asymptomatic patients with AS and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction, the use of serial BNP changes may help to anticipate development of class I indication for aortic valve replacement. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of total phenolic compounds content and antioxidant activity in cherry species and cultivars
Pissard, Audrey; Lateur, Marc; Baeten, V et al

in Journal of Berry Research (2016)

BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown that cherries, especially sour cultivars, contain substantial amounts of phenolic compounds. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to (i) analyze the total phenolic compound ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Several studies have shown that cherries, especially sour cultivars, contain substantial amounts of phenolic compounds. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to (i) analyze the total phenolic compound (TPC) content and the antioxidant capacity (AC) of a large range of cultivars using the same methodology in one laboratory, and (ii) determine the possible relationship between agronomic characteristics and AC. METHODS: A total of 245 samples including sweet, sour and hybrid cultivars from our collections were harvested at their optimum maturity and characterized according to their TPC, DPPH and ORAC values. RESULTS: The TPC content and DPPH and ORAC values varied greatly among the cherries, with the sour cultivars presenting higher levels than the sweet ones. The PCA plot showed a slight grouping by species and confirmed the high TPC content level in sour cultivars. The bi-colored cultivars had lower TPC and antioxidant capacity (AC) values than dark-colored ones, indicating that coloration could give an indication of the AC of fruits. No significant relationship between the agronomic and chemical properties was highlighted. CONCLUSIONS: Cherry fruits, especially from sour cultivars, represent an important source of bioactive compounds and could attract new interest as a ‘functional food’. [less ▲]

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See detailSearching for consensus among physicians involved in the management of sick-listed workers in the Belgian health care sector: a qualitative study among practitioners and stakeholders
Vanmeerbeek, Marc ULg; Govers, Patrick ULg; Schippers, Nathalie ULg et al

in BMC Public Health (2016), 16

Background In Belgium, the management of sick leave involves general practitioners (GPs), occupational health physicians (OPs) and social insurance physicians (SIPs). A dysfunctional relationship among ... [more ▼]

Background In Belgium, the management of sick leave involves general practitioners (GPs), occupational health physicians (OPs) and social insurance physicians (SIPs). A dysfunctional relationship among these physicians can impede a patient’s ability to return to work. The objective of this study was to identify ways to improve these physicians’ mutual collaboration. Methods Two consensus techniques were successively performed among the three professional groups. Eight nominal groups (NGs) gathered 74 field practitioners, and a two-round Delphi process involved 32 stakeholders. Results From the results, it appears that two areas (reciprocal knowledge and evolution of the legal and regulatory framework) are objects of consensus among the three medical group that were surveyed. Information transfer, particularly electronic transfer, was stressed as an important way to improve. The consensual proposals regarding interdisciplinary collaboration indicate specific and practical changes to be implemented when professionals are managing workers who are on sick leave. The collaboration process appeared to be currently more problematic, but the participants correctly identified the need for common training. Conclusions The three physician groups all agree regarding several inter-physician collaboration proposals. The study also revealed a latent conflict situation among the analysed professionals that can arise from a lack of mutual recognition. Practical changes or improvements must be included in an extended framework that involves the different determinants of interdisciplinary collaboration that are shown by theoretical models. Collaboration is a product of the actions and behaviours of various partners, which requires reciprocal knowledge and trust; collaboration also implies political and economic structures that are led by public health authorities. [less ▲]

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See detailVALIDATION OF THE FRENCH VERSION OF THE PARENTING STRESS INDEX–SHORT FORM (FOURTH EDITION)
Toucheque, Malorie ULg; Etienne, Anne-Marie ULg; Stassart, Céline ULg et al

in Journal of Community Psychology (2016), 44(4), 419-425

Introduction: The Parenting Stress Index (PSI) is widely used to measure stress related to the demands of parenthood. Unfortunately, no French adaptation and validation of the PSI Short Form (Fourth ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The Parenting Stress Index (PSI) is widely used to measure stress related to the demands of parenthood. Unfortunately, no French adaptation and validation of the PSI Short Form (Fourth Edition) had yet been published. This study examine the factor structure and the psychometric properties of the French translation of the PSI-4-SF. Method: Sample consists of 210 parents of children aged 5 to 12 years old. Factor structure of the PSI-4-SF was investigated using confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). Three models were tested, with one, two and three dimensions. Internal consistency reliability and validity were also examined. Results: CFA showed that the original three-factor solution most closely approximated our data despite the imperfection of the model fit indices. Results also indicated a good internal consistency reliability and validity. Conclusion: The French version of the PSI-4-SF shows promise as a valuable instrument for assessing parenting stress in the French-speaking population. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Role of Post-Translational Modifications in Hearing and Deafness
Mateo Sanchez, Susana ULg; Freeman, Stephen ULg; Delacroix, Laurence ULg et al

in Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences : CMLS (2016)

Post-translational modifications (PTMs) are key molecular events that modify proteins after their synthesis and modulate their ultimate functional properties by affecting their stability, localisation ... [more ▼]

Post-translational modifications (PTMs) are key molecular events that modify proteins after their synthesis and modulate their ultimate functional properties by affecting their stability, localisation, interaction potential or activity. These chemical changes expand the size of the proteome adding diversity to the molecular pathways governing the biological outcome of cells. PTMs are thus crucial in regulating a variety of cellular processes such as apoptosis, proliferation and differentiation and have been shown to be instrumental during embryonic development. In addition, alterations in protein PTMs have been implicated in the pathogenesis of many human diseases, including deafness. In this review, we summarize the recent progress made in understanding the roles of PTMs during cochlear development, with particular emphasis on the enzymes driving protein phosphorylation, acetylation, methylation, glycosylation, ubiquitination and SUMOylation. We also discuss how these enzymes may contribute to hearing impairment and deafness. [less ▲]

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See detailFe3+/Iron Oxide/SiO2 Xerogel Catalysts for p-nitrophenol Degradation by Photo-Fenton Effects: Influence of Thermal Treatment on Catalysts Texture
Mahy, Julien ULg; Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Herlitscke, Marcus et al

in Materials Today: Proceedings (2016), 3(2), 464-469

Three iron xerogel catalysts were synthesized by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS) which is able to form a chelate with iron ... [more ▼]

Three iron xerogel catalysts were synthesized by hydrolysis and condensation of tetraethoxysilane (TEOS) and 3-(2-aminoethylamino)propyltrimethoxysilane (EDAS) which is able to form a chelate with iron ions. Four thermal treatments were applied to catalysts: drying, drying-autoclaving, calcination and calcination-autoclaving. Textural characterizations show that the specific surface area is increased by calcination while materials microporosity completely collapse when using autoclaving. Based on Mössbauer spectroscopy and magnetometry measurements, only Fe3+ species were observed in xerogel catalysts. The photo-Fenton effect of these catalysts was evaluated on the degradation of p-nitrophenol in aqueous media. In the presence of H2O2, results show that this effect reachs 99% of degradation after 24 h. Mössbauer and catalytic tests are presented in another paper. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution of heavy and clay minerals in coastal sediment of jijel, East of Algeria: indicators of sediment sources and transport and deposition environments
KERMANI, S.; BOUTIBA, M.; BOUTALEB, A. et al

in Arabian Journal of Geosciences (2016)

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See detailRéparation des ouvrages en béton armé - Partie 2 : Compatibilité et performances
Courard, Luc ULg; Bissonnette, Benoît

in Techniques de l'Ingénieur. Analyse Chimique et Caractérisation (2016)

La réparation des bétons nécessite non seulement une bonne connaissance du support à réparer, des matériaux de réparation et de l’environnement dans lequel ils vont être mis en œuvre, mais aussi une ... [more ▼]

La réparation des bétons nécessite non seulement une bonne connaissance du support à réparer, des matériaux de réparation et de l’environnement dans lequel ils vont être mis en œuvre, mais aussi une compréhension des mécanismes à la base de l’adhésion. Les compatibilités dimensionnelle, électrochimique, chimique et porosimétrique (perméabilité) sont les clés de la réussite et de la durabilité de la réparation. Sur la base de l’analyse du patrimoine en béton armé et des stratégies d’intervention possible, l’accent a été placé dans la première partie sur l’étude des effets et des causes des principaux défauts de surface observés. Une fois la condition du béton en place adéquatement évaluée (Partie 1), la préparation de la surface avant réparation, sa propreté ou encore sa rugosité sont des conditions essentielles au développement de l’adhérence et de l’accrochage du produit de réparation, garantissant ainsi la durabilité de l’intervention. [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 detailParsimonious time series clustering using P-splines
Iorio, Carmela; Frasso, Gianluca ULg; D’Ambrosio, Antonio et al

in Expert Systems with Applications (2016)

Abstract We introduce a parsimonious model-based framework for clustering time course data. In these applications the computational burden becomes often an issue due to the large number of available ... [more ▼]

Abstract We introduce a parsimonious model-based framework for clustering time course data. In these applications the computational burden becomes often an issue due to the large number of available observations. The measured time series can also be very noisy and sparse and an appropriate model describing them can be hard to define. We propose to model the observed measurements by using P-spline smoothers and then to cluster the functional objects as summarized by the optimal spline coefficients. According to the characteristics of the observed measurements, our proposal can be combined with any suitable clustering method. In this paper we provide applications based on non-hierarchical clustering algorithms. We evaluate the accuracy and the efficiency of our proposal by simulations and by analyzing two real data examples. [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 detailA consensus statement on the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) algorithm for the management of knee osteoarthritis - From evidence-based medicine to the real-life setting.
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Cooper, C.; Pelletier, J.P. et al

in Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism (2016), 45(4 Suppl), 3-11

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis(ESCEO) published a treatment algorithm for the management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) in 2014,which provides ... [more ▼]

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis(ESCEO) published a treatment algorithm for the management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) in 2014,which provides practical guidance for the prioritization of interventions. Further analysis of real-world data for OA provides additional evidence in support of pharmacological interventions,in terms of management of OA pain and function, avoidance of adverse events, disease-modifying effects and long-term outcomes, e.g., delay of total joint replacement surgery, and pharmacoeconomic factors such as reduction in healthcare resource utilization. This article provides an updated assessment of the literature for selected interventions in OA, focusing on real-life data, with the aim of providing easy-to-follow advice on how to establish a treatment flow in patients with knee OA in primary care clinical practice, in support of the clinicians’ individualized assessment of the patient. In step 1, background maintenance therapy with symptomatic slow-acting drugs for osteoarthritis (SYSADOAs) is recommended, for which high-quality evidence is provided only for the prescription formulations of patented crystalline glucosamine sulfate and chondroitin sulfate. Paracetamol may be added for rescue analgesia only,due to limited efficacy and increasing safety signals. Topical non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) may provide additional symptomatic treatment with the same degree of efficacy as oral NSAIDs without the systemic safety concerns. Oral NSAIDs maintain a central role in step2 Advanced management of persistent symptoms. However, oral NSAIDs are highly heterogeneous in terms of gastrointestinal and cardiovascular safety profile, and patient stratification with careful treatment selection is advocated to maximize the risk: benefit ratio. Intra-articular hyaluronic acid as a next step provides sustained clinical benefit with effects lasting up to 6 months after a short-course of weekly injections. As a last step before surgery, thes low titration of sustained-release tramadol, aweak opioid, affords sustained analgesia with improved tolerability. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical trials of new drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: focus on early disease
SMOLEN, J.S.; COLLAUD BASSET, S.; BOERS, M. et al

in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases (2016), 75

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases convened a task force of experts in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and clinical trial ... [more ▼]

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases convened a task force of experts in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and clinical trial methodology to comment on the new draft ‘Guideline on clinical investigation of medicinal products for the treatment of RA’ released by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Special emphasis was placed by the group on the development of new drugs for the treatment of early RA. In the absence of a clear definition of early RA, it was suggested that clinical investigations in this condition were conducted in disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs naïve patients with no more than 1 year disease duration. The expert group recommended using an appropriate improvement in disease activity (American College of Rheumatology (ACR) or Simplified/Clinical Disease Activity Index (SDAI/CDAI) response criteria) or low disease activity (by any score) as primary endpoints, with ACR/European League Against Rheumatism remission as a secondary endpoint. Finally, as compelling evidence showed that the Disease Acrivity Score using 28-joint counts (DAS28) might not provide a reliable definition of remission, or sometimes even low disease activity, the group suggested replacing DAS28 as a measurement instrument to evaluate disease activity in RA clinical trials. Proposed alternatives included SDAI, CDAI and Boolean criteria. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotocatalytic decomposition of hydrogen peroxide over nanoparticles of TiO2 and Ni(II)-porphyrin doped TiO2: a relationship between activity and porphyrin anchoring mode
Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg; Pàez Martinez, Carlos ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Applied Catalysis B : Environmental (2016), 182

The nickel tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (TCPPNi) was chimisorbed on Degussa P25 TiO2 at different concentrations. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in the UV/vis region, Fourier transform infrared ... [more ▼]

The nickel tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)porphyrin (TCPPNi) was chimisorbed on Degussa P25 TiO2 at different concentrations. Diffuse reflectance spectroscopy in the UV/vis region, Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and thermal gravimetry combined with differential scanning calorimetry measurements allowed the determination of the TCPPNi anchoring mode. At low TCPPNi concentrations, this anchoring on Degussa P25 TiO2 took place through all four carboxylic groups, while at higher concentrations the anchoring occurred through one or two carboxylic groups. For the firsttime,the effect of UV/vis light irradiation on the H2O2-degradation activity of TiO2 and TCPPNi-doped TiO2 was studied using the method of following the production of O2 by gas pressure monitoring. The activity of seven different catalysts was related to the TCPPNi anchoring mode and the percentage of TiO2 Degussa P25 coverage. An optimum degradation of H2O2 was observed for 0.0115 mol TCPPNi × g−1 P25. In that case, the TCPPNi was anchored through the four carboxylic groups, corresponding to a strong interaction with Degussa P25 TiO2. Moreover, the TCPPNi did not cover the surface completely, therefore allowing the light to reach and activate the TiO2. [less ▲]

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See detailOn the Habitability of Desert Varnish: a Combined Study by Micro-Raman Spectroscopy, X-Ray Diffraction and Methylated Pyrolysis-Gas Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry
Malherbe, Cédric ULg; Hutchinson, Ian; Ingley, Richard et al

in Astrobiology (2016)

In 2020, the ESA ExoMars and NASA Mars 2020 missions will be launched to Mars, searching for evidence of past and present life. In preparation for these missions, terrestrial analogue samples of rock ... [more ▼]

In 2020, the ESA ExoMars and NASA Mars 2020 missions will be launched to Mars, searching for evidence of past and present life. In preparation for these missions, terrestrial analogue samples of rock formations on Mars are studied in detail in order to optimize the scientific information that the analytical instrumentation will return. Desert varnishes are thin mineral coatings found on rocks in arid and semi-arid environments on Earth that are recognized as analogue samples. During the formation of desert varnishes (which takes many hundreds of years) organic matter is incorporated and microorganisms may also play an active role in the formation process. During this study, four complementary analytical techniques proposed for Mars missions (X-rays diffraction, Raman spectroscopy, elemental analysis and pyrolysis-gas chromatography-mass spectrometry) were used to interrogate samples of desert varnish and to describe their capacity to sustain life under extreme scenario. For the first time, both the geochemistry and the organic compounds associated with desert varnish are described using an identical set of samples. XRD and Raman spectroscopy measurements were used to non-destructively interrogate the mineralogy of the samples. In addition, the use of Raman spectroscopy instruments enabled the detection of β-carotene, a highly Raman active biomarker. The content and the nature of the organic material in the samples was further investigated using elemental analysis and methylated Py-GC-MS and a bacterial origin was determined to be likely. In the context of planetary exploration, we describe the habitable nature of desert varnish based on the bio-geochemical composition of the samples. Possible interference of the geological substrate on the detectability of pyrolysis products is also suggested. [less ▲]

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See detailLA PARTICIPATION DES USAGERS COMME LEVIER DE L’INNOVATION DANS LES SERVICES PUBLICS : LE CAS DE LA GÉOMATIQUE WALLONNE
Fallon, Catherine ULg; Calay, Vincent

in Pyramides : Revue du Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherches en Administration Publique (2016), 26/27

La numérisation des données géographiques est une de ces techniques récentes qui transforment à la fois la structure politico-administrative et la construction des politiques elles-mêmes en transformant ... [more ▼]

La numérisation des données géographiques est une de ces techniques récentes qui transforment à la fois la structure politico-administrative et la construction des politiques elles-mêmes en transformant le réseau d’action publique. Ces données peuvent être utilisées dans la plupart des politiques, pourvu que les questions de distribution territoriales y soient pertinentes : on parle en ce sens d’une « géomatisation » de l’action publique. Le cadre européen avec la directive INSPIRE a donné l’impulsion et définit le cadre de référence pour une refonte des processus de production et de diffusion des données géographiques numériques. Les états doivent chacun établir une infrastructure de données géographiques numériques pour assurer l’interopérabilité entre bases de données et faciliter la diffusion, la disponibilité, l'utilisation et la réutilisation de l’information géographique au niveau de leur territoire et en Europe. En Belgique, ce sont les régions - et le niveau fédéral pour ses compétences - qui ont hérité de cette responsabilité : leurs données doivent être mises à disposition des utilisateurs, qu’ils soient décideurs ou citoyens dans des formats harmonisés afin d'en faciliter l'utilisation par tous et il faut aussi définir les principes d’échange, de tarification et les conditions d’utilisation propres à faciliter l’accès aux données et aux services en ligne. Les données géographiques numérisées ont ceci de particulier qu’elles sont produites de façon décentralisées par des acteurs publics mais aussi privés, lesquels cherchent à peser sur les choix stratégiques des autorités régionales. Au niveau de la Région wallonne a été mis en place récemment un ensemble de structure de coopération avec les usagers, les entreprises, et les autorités locales. L’administration a créé en son sein des groupes de travail transversaux pour améliorer l’intégration entre les approches thématiques contrôlées par les différentes directions. Le projet d’article trouve son origine dans l’accompagnement assuré par le SPIRAL au Département de la géomatique de la Région wallonne dans le cadre de la rédaction du plan stratégique et du plan opérationnel de la géomatique wallonne (2013-2015). L’article prendra appui sur les principes de la sociologie de la traduction (Callon, 1986) pour proposer une analyse des lieux et des processus qui contribuent à mettre en place une « gouvernance en réseau » mobilisant une logique d’innovation publique (Sørensen et al. 2011), sans suspendre pour autant les formes de coordination hiérarchiques et contractuelles. [less ▲]

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See detailDeletion of Murid Herpesvirus 4 ORF63 Affects the Trafficking of Incoming Capsids toward the Nucleus.
Latif, Muhammad Bilal ULg; Machiels, Bénédicte ULg; Xiao, Xue ULg et al

in Journal of virology (2016), 90(5), 2455-72

Gammaherpesviruses are important human and animal pathogens. Despite the fact that they display the classical architecture of herpesviruses, the function of most of their structural proteins is still ... [more ▼]

Gammaherpesviruses are important human and animal pathogens. Despite the fact that they display the classical architecture of herpesviruses, the function of most of their structural proteins is still poorly defined. This is especially true for tegument proteins. Interestingly, a potential role in immune evasion has recently been proposed for the tegument protein encoded by Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus open reading frame 63 (ORF63). To gain insight about the roles of ORF63 in the life cycle of a gammaherpesvirus, we generated null mutations in the ORF63 gene of murid herpesvirus 4 (MuHV-4). We showed that disruption of ORF63 was associated with a severe MuHV-4 growth deficit both in vitro and in vivo. The latter deficit was mainly associated with a defect of replication in the lung but did not affect the establishment of latency in the spleen. From a functional point of view, inhibition of caspase-1 or the inflammasome did not restore the growth of the ORF63-deficient mutant, suggesting that the observed deficit was not associated with the immune evasion mechanism identified previously. Moreover, this growth deficit was also not associated with a defect in virion egress from the infected cells. In contrast, it appeared that MuHV-4 ORF63-deficient mutants failed to address most of their capsids to the nucleus during entry into the host cell, suggesting that ORF63 plays a role in capsid movement. In the future, ORF63 could therefore be considered a target to block gammaherpesvirus infection at a very early stage of the infection. IMPORTANCE: The important diseases caused by gammaherpesviruses in human and animal populations justify a better understanding of their life cycle. In particular, the role of most of their tegument proteins is still largely unknown. In this study, we used murid herpesvirus 4, a gammaherpesvirus infecting mice, to decipher the role of the protein encoded by the viral ORF63 gene. We showed that the absence of this protein is associated with a severe growth deficit both in vitro and in vivo that was mainly due to impaired migration of viral capsids toward the nucleus during entry. Together, our results provide new insights about the life cycle of gammaherpesviruses and could allow the development of new antiviral strategies aimed at blocking gammaherpesvirus infection at the very early stages. [less ▲]

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See detailSludge dewatering and drying: about the difficulty of making experiments with a non-stabilized material
Pambou, Yvon-Bert ULg; Fraikin, Laurent ULg; Salmon, Thierry ULg et al

in Desalination and Water Treatment (2016), 57(30), 13841-13856

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See detailCytogenetic Studies of Rwandan Pediatric Patients Presenting with Global Developmental Delay, Intellectual Disability and/or Multiple Congenital Anomalies.
Uwineza, Annette; Hitayezu, Janvier; JAMAR, Mauricette ULg et al

in Journal of tropical pediatrics (2016)

Global developmental delay (GDD) is defined as a significant delay in two or more developmental domains: gross or fine motor, speech/language, cognitive, social/personal and activities of daily living ... [more ▼]

Global developmental delay (GDD) is defined as a significant delay in two or more developmental domains: gross or fine motor, speech/language, cognitive, social/personal and activities of daily living. Many of these children will go on to be diagnosed with intellectual disability (ID), which is most commonly defined as having an IQ <75 in addition to impairment in adaptive functioning. Cytogenetic studies have been performed in 664 Rwandan pediatric patients presenting GDD/ID and/or multiple congenital abnormalities (MCA). Karyotype analysis was performed in all patients and revealed 260 chromosomal abnormalities. The most frequent chromosomal abnormality was Down syndrome and then Edward syndrome and Patau syndrome. Other identified chromosomal abnormalities included 47,XX,+del(9)(q11), 46,XY,del(13)(q34) and 46,XX,der(22)t(10;22)(p10;p10)mat. In conclusion, our results highlight the high frequency of cytogenetically detectable abnormalities in this series, with implications for the burden on the healthcare. This study demonstrates the importance of cytogenetic analysis in patients with GDD/ID and MCA. [less ▲]

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See detailGemtuzumab Ozogamicin Versus Best Supportive Care in Older Patients With Newly Diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia Unsuitable for Intensive Chemotherapy: Results of the Randomized Phase III EORTC-GIMEMA AML-19 Trial
Amadori, Sergio; Suciu, Stefan; Selleslag, Dominik et al

in Journal of Clinical Oncology (2016)

Purpose To compare single-agent gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) with best supportive care (BSC) including hydroxyurea as first-line therapy in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia unsuitable for ... [more ▼]

Purpose To compare single-agent gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) with best supportive care (BSC) including hydroxyurea as first-line therapy in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia unsuitable for intensive chemotherapy. Patients and Methods In this trial, patients at least 61 years old were centrally randomized (1:1) to receive either a single induction course of GO (6 mg/m2 on day 1 and 3 mg/m2 on day 8) or BSC. Patients who did not progress after GO induction could receive up to eight monthly infusions of the immunoconjugate at 2 mg/m2. Randomization was stratified by age, WHO performance score, CD33 expression status, and center. The primary end point was overall survival (OS) by intention-to-treat analysis. Results A total of 237 patients were randomly assigned (118 to GO and 119 to BSC). The median OS was 4.9 months (95% CI, 4.2 to 6.8 months) in the GO group and 3.6 months (95% CI, 2.6 to 4.2 months) in the BSC group (hazard ratio, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.53 to 0.90; P = .005); the 1-year OS rate was 24.3% with GO and 9.7% with BSC. The OS benefit with GO was consistent across most subgroups, and was especially apparent in patients with high CD33 expression status, in those with favorable/intermediate cytogenetic risk profile, and in women. Overall, complete remission (CR [complete remission] + CRi [CR with incomplete recovery of peripheral blood counts]) occurred in 30 of 111 (27%) GO recipients. The rates of serious adverse events (AEs) were similar in the two groups, and no excess mortality from AEs was observed with GO. Conclusion First-line monotherapy with low-dose GO, as compared with BSC, significantly improved OS in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia who were ineligible for intensive chemotherapy. No unexpected AEs were identified and toxicity was manageable. [less ▲]

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See detailON THE USE OF HIGH-THROUGHPUT SEQUENCING FOR THE STUDY OF CYANOBACTERIAL DIVERSITY IN ANTARCTIC AQUATIC MATS 1
Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULg; De Carvalho Maalouf, Pedro; Laughinghouse, Haywood Dail et al

in Journal of Phycology (2016), 52

The study of Antarctic cyanobacterial diversity has been mostly limited to morphological identification and traditional molecular techniques. High-throughput sequencing (HTS) allows a much better ... [more ▼]

The study of Antarctic cyanobacterial diversity has been mostly limited to morphological identification and traditional molecular techniques. High-throughput sequencing (HTS) allows a much better understanding of microbial distribution in the environment, but its application is hampered by several methodological and analytical challenges. In this work we explored the use of HTS as a tool for the study of cyanobacterial diversity in Antarctic aquatic mats. Our results highlight the importance of using artificial communities to validate the parameters of the bioinformatics procedure used to analyse natural communities, since pipeline-dependent biases had a strong effect on the observed community structures. Analysis of microbial mats from five Antarctic lakes and an aquatic biofilm from the Sub-Antarctic showed that HTS is a valuable tool for the assessment of cyanobacterial diversity. The majority of the OTUs retrieved were related to filamentous taxa such as Leptolyngbya and Phormidium, which are common genera in Antarctic lacustrine microbial mats. However, other phylotypes related to different taxa such as Geitlerinema, Pseudanabaena, Synechococcus and Chamaesiphon, Calothrix and Coleodesmium were also found. Results revealed a much higher diversity than what had been reported using traditional methods and also highlighted remarkable differences between the cyanobacterial communities of the studied lakes. The aquatic biofilm from the Sub-Antarctic had a distinct cyanobacterial community in comparison to the studied Antarctic lakes, which, in turn, displayed a salinity-dependent community-structure at the phylotype level. [less ▲]

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See detailBovine Herpesvirus 4 Modulates Its beta-1,6-N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferase Activity through Alternative Splicing.
Lété, Céline ULg; Markine-Goriaynoff, Nicolas; Machiels, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Journal of virology (2016), 90(4), 2039-51

Carbohydrates play major roles in host-virus interactions. It is therefore not surprising that, during coevolution with their hosts, viruses have developed sophisticated mechanisms to hijack for their ... [more ▼]

Carbohydrates play major roles in host-virus interactions. It is therefore not surprising that, during coevolution with their hosts, viruses have developed sophisticated mechanisms to hijack for their profit different pathways of glycan synthesis. Thus, the Bo17 gene of Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) encodes a homologue of the cellular core 2 protein beta-1,6-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase-mucin type (C2GnT-M), which is a key player for the synthesis of complex O-glycans. Surprisingly, we show in this study that, as opposed to what is observed for the cellular enzyme, two different mRNAs are encoded by the Bo17 gene of all available BoHV-4 strains. While the first one corresponds to the entire coding sequence of the Bo17 gene, the second results from the splicing of a 138-bp intron encoding critical residues of the enzyme. Antibodies generated against the Bo17 C terminus showed that the two forms of Bo17 are expressed in BoHV-4 infected cells, but enzymatic assays revealed that the spliced form is not active. In order to reveal the function of these two forms, we then generated recombinant strains expressing only the long or the short form of Bo17. Although we did not highlight replication differences between these strains, glycomic analyses and lectin neutralization assays confirmed that the splicing of the Bo17 gene gives the potential to BoHV-4 to fine-tune the global level of core 2 branching activity in the infected cell. Altogether, these results suggest the existence of new mechanisms to regulate the activity of glycosyltransferases from the Golgi apparatus. IMPORTANCE: Viruses are masters of adaptation that hijack cellular pathways to allow their growth. Glycans play a central role in many biological processes, and several studies have highlighted mechanisms by which viruses can affect glycosylation. Glycan synthesis is a nontemplate process regulated by the availability of key glycosyltransferases. Interestingly, bovine herpesvirus 4 encodes one such enzyme which is a key enzyme for the synthesis of complex O-glycans. In this study, we show that, in contrast to cellular homologues, this virus has evolved to alternatively express two proteins from this gene. While the first one is enzymatically active, the second results from the alternative splicing of the region encoding the catalytic site of the enzyme. We postulate that this regulatory mechanism could allow the virus to modulate the synthesis of some particular glycans for function at the location and/or the moment of infection. [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 detailLong term-cultured and cryopreserved primordial germ cells from various chicken breeds retain high proliferative potential and gonadal colonisation competency
Tonus, Céline ULg; Cloquette, Karine; Ectors, Fabien ULg et al

in Reproduction, Fertility and Development (2016), 28(5), 628-639

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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 detailCan breeder reproductive status, performance and egg quality be enhanced by supplementation and transition of n-3 fatty acids?
Delezie, E.; Koppenol, A.; Buyse, J. et al

in Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition (2016)

Summary: The aim of this experiment was to investigate the effect of n-3 fatty acid (FA) supplemented diets on breeder performance, productivity and egg quality. Breeders (n = 480) were fed the ... [more ▼]

Summary: The aim of this experiment was to investigate the effect of n-3 fatty acid (FA) supplemented diets on breeder performance, productivity and egg quality. Breeders (n = 480) were fed the supplemented diet from 18 weeks onwards; the inclusion level of n-3 FA was increased from 1.5% to 3.0% from 34 weeks of age onwards until 48 weeks of age. Ross-308 broiler breeders (n = 480) were fed one of four different diets: a basal diet rich in n-6 FA (control diet) or one of three diets rich in n-3 FA. For the n-3 FA diets, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 20:5 n-3) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6 n-3) were fed to the broiler breeders at different ratios formulated to obtain EPA/DHA ratios of 1/1, 1/2 or 2/1. Differences in performance, reproduction and egg quality parameters due to n-3 supplementation were noted more for the 1.5% followed by the 3.0% fed broilers than their 1.5% supplemented counterparts. Egg weight (p < 0.001) and egg mass (p = 0.003) were significantly lower and feed conversion (p = 0.008) significantly higher for the n-3 FA (at 3.0% inclusion level) fed broilers compared to the control group. For the EPA- and DHA-fed breeders, a higher proportional abdominal fat percentage (p = 0.025) and proportional albumen weight (%) (p = 0.041) were found respectively. Dietary treatments did not affect reproduction. It can be concluded that the results of the present experiment indicate no significant differences between treatments at 1.5% inclusion levels. However, increasing this level to 3.0% is not recommended due to the rather negative effects on the measured parameters. It should be further investigated whether these adverse effects were obtained due to (i) the higher supplementation level, (ii) combining a supplementation level of 1.5% with 3% or (iii) the duration of supplementation. © 2016 Blackwell Verlag GmbH. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative virucidal efficacy of seven disinfectants against murine norovirus and feline calicivirus, surrogates of human norovirus
Zonta, William ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Food and Environmental Virology (2016)

Human noroviruses (HuNoV) are the leading cause of acute nonbacterial gastroenteritis in humans and can be transmitted either by person-to-person contact or by consumption of contaminated food. Knowledge ... [more ▼]

Human noroviruses (HuNoV) are the leading cause of acute nonbacterial gastroenteritis in humans and can be transmitted either by person-to-person contact or by consumption of contaminated food. Knowledge of an efficient disinfection for both hands and food contact surfaces is helpful for the food sector and provides precious information for public health. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of seven disinfectants belonging to different groups of biocides (alcohol, halogen, oxidizing agents, quaternary ammonium compounds, aldehyde and biguanide) on infectious viral titre and on genomic copy number. Due to the absence of a cell culture system for HuNoV, two HuNoV surrogates such as murine norovirus (MNV) and feline calicivirus (FCV), were used and the tests were performed in suspension, on gloves and on stainless steel discs. When, as criteria of efficacy, a log reduction > 3 of the infectious viral titre on both surrogates and in the three tests is used, the most efficacious disinfectants in this study appear to be biocidal products B, C and D, representing the halogens, the oxidizing agents group and a mix of QAC, alcohol and aldehyde, respectively. In addition, these three disinfectants also elicited a significant effect on genomic copy number for both surrogate viruses and in all three tests. The results of this study demonstrate that a halogen compound, oxidizing agents and a mix of QAC, alcohol and aldehyde are advisable for HuNoV disinfection of either potentially contaminated surfaces or materials in contact with foodstuffs. [less ▲]

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See detailPoplar-root-knot nematode interaction: a model for perennial woody species
Baldacci-Cresp, Fabien; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Twyffels, Laure et al

in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions [=MPMI] (2016), 29(7), 560-572

Plant root-knot nematode interaction studies are performed on several host plant models. However, even though root-knot nematodes interact with trees, no perennial woody model has been explored so far. We ... [more ▼]

Plant root-knot nematode interaction studies are performed on several host plant models. However, even though root-knot nematodes interact with trees, no perennial woody model has been explored so far. We show here that poplar (Populus tremula x Populus alba) grown in vitro is susceptible to Meloidogyne incognita as this nematode is able to penetrate, to induce feeding sites and to reproduce in poplar roots. As analyzed by Raman spectromicroscopy, the cell walls of the giant cells, with typical characteristics of transfer cell walls, were not lignified and were composed mainly of pectin and cellulose. To better depict the poplar-nematode interaction at the molecular level, a quantitative RT-PCR analysis was performed to study changes in poplar gene expression in galls compared to non-infected roots. Three marker genes, reported for other plant hosts, including expansin A, histone 3.1 and asparagine synthase, were conserved for poplar-nematode interaction. In addition, the down-regulation of four genes coding for enzymes of the lignin biosynthesis pathway was evidenced in galls, suggesting a modification in lignin composition within galls developed in poplar roots. Together, this study shows that poplar is a suitable model host for specific traits of tree-nematode interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailFuel cell electrodes from organometallic platinum precursors: an easy atmospheric plasma approach
Merche, Delphine; Dufour., Thierry; Baneton, Joffrey et al

in Plasma Processes and Polymers (2016), 13

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See detailCompte-rendu de L'atelier du médéiviste n°14 Les images dans l'Occident médiéval
George, Philippe ULg

in Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique (2016)

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See detailMises en scènes auctoriales autour de la publication d'Oedipe
Daubercies, Laurence ULg

in Revue Voltaire (2016), 16

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See detailAbelian bordered factors and periodicity
Charlier, Emilie ULg; Harju, Tero; Puzynina, Svetlana et al

in European Journal of Combinatorics (2016), 51

A finite word u is said to be bordered if u has a proper prefix which is also a suffix of u, and unbordered otherwise. Ehrenfeucht and Silberger proved that an infinite word is purely periodic if and only ... [more ▼]

A finite word u is said to be bordered if u has a proper prefix which is also a suffix of u, and unbordered otherwise. Ehrenfeucht and Silberger proved that an infinite word is purely periodic if and only if it contains only finitely many unbordered factors. We are interested in abelian and weak abelian analogues of this result; namely, we investigate the following question(s): Let w be an infinite word such that all sufficiently long factors are (weakly) abelian bordered; is w (weakly) abelian periodic? In the process we answer a question of Avgustinovich et al. concerning the abelian critical factorization theorem. [less ▲]

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See detailFood peptides: purification, identification and role in the metabolism.
Arroume, N.; Froidevaux, R.; Kapel, R. et al

in Current opinion in Food science (2016), 7

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See detailDeux décennies de FLES
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg; Meunier, Deborah ULg

in Les Cahiers de l'ASDIFLE (2016), 27(111),

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See detailA quadratic contact element passing the patch test
Nguyen, Duc-Tué; Rauchs, Gast; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2016), 681

For the two dimensional contact modeling, the standard node-to-segment quadratic contact elements are known to exhibit oscillations of the contact pressure. This situation is particularly critical when ... [more ▼]

For the two dimensional contact modeling, the standard node-to-segment quadratic contact elements are known to exhibit oscillations of the contact pressure. This situation is particularly critical when using the penalty method with a high penalty parameter because the amplitude of the oscillations increase with increasing penalty parameter. The aim of this article is to present a method for removing the oscillations of contact pressure observed while using quadratic contact element. For this purpose, the nodal forces at the slave and at the master nodes need to be evaluated appropriately. One possibility is to develop a suitable procedure for computing the nodal forces. In that sake, we selected the approach first proposed in [35] in an appropriate manner. After presenting the improved quadratic contact element, some numerical examples are illustrated in this paper to compare the standard quadratic node-to-segment element with the proposed element. The examples show that the proposed element can strongly reduce the oscillating contact pressure for both plane and curved contact surfaces. [less ▲]

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See detailInformation behaviour of French-speaking speech–language therapists in Belgium: results of a questionnaire survey
Durieux, Nancy ULg; Pasleau, Françoise ULg; Piazza, Aurélie ULg et al

in Health Information and Libraries Journal (2016), 33

BACKGROUND: Speech–language therapists (SLTs) are encouraged to implement evidence-based practice (EBP). Nevertheless, EBP use by practitioners can be questioned. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Speech–language therapists (SLTs) are encouraged to implement evidence-based practice (EBP). Nevertheless, EBP use by practitioners can be questioned. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to explore Belgian French-speaking SLTs’ information behaviour and their awareness of EBP. The collected data allow one to determine how far they have embraced this approach. METHODS: The two Belgian French-speaking SLT professional associations promoted an online questionnaire survey by email. Additionally, clinical supervisors of students were asked to participate. In March 2012, 2068 emails were sent. RESULTS: The participation rate was at least 20% (n = 415). The reported information needs mainly concerned treatment or diagnosis. Most of the time, to attempt to fulfil their information needs, SLTs relied on their own resources (personal experience and libraries) and on colleagues in the workplace. When they searched on the Internet, they preferred to use a general search engine rather than a specialised bibliographic database. Barriers to obtaining scientific information are highlighted. Only 12% of the respondents had already heard about EBP. CONCLUSION: This study provides the first overview of the information behaviour of SLTs working in the French community of Belgium. Several recommendations are suggested for SLTs and librarians. [less ▲]

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See detailFully automated radiosynthesis of N1-[18F]fluoroethyl-tryptophan and study of its biological activity as a new potential substrate for indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase PET imaging
Henrottin, Jean ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg; Egrise, Dominique et al

in Nuclear Medicine & Biology (2016)

Introduction: Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) catalyzes the initial step in the catabolism of L-tryptophan along the kynurenine pathway and exerts immunosuppressive properties in inflammatory and tumor ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase (IDO) catalyzes the initial step in the catabolism of L-tryptophan along the kynurenine pathway and exerts immunosuppressive properties in inflammatory and tumor tissues by blocking locally T-lymphocyte proliferation. Recently, 1-(2-[19F]fluoroethyl)-DL-tryptophan (1-[19F]FE-DL-Trp) was reported as a good and specific substrate of this enzyme. Herein, the radiosynthesis of its radioactive isotopomer (1-[18F]FE-DL-Trp, DL-[18F]5) is presented along with in vitro enzymatic and cellular uptake studies. Methods: The one-pot n.c.a. radiosynthesis of this novel potential PET imaging tracer, including HPLC purification and formulation, has been fully automated on a FASTlabTM synthesizer. Chiral separation of both isomers and their formulation were implemented on a second cassette. In vitro enzymatic and cellular uptake studies were then conducted with the D-, L- and DL-radiotracers. Results: The radiolabeling of the tosylate precursor was performed in DMF (in 5 min; RCY: 57% (d.c.), n=3). After hydrolysis, HPLC purification and formulation, DL-[18F]5 was obtained with a global radiochemical yield of 18±3% (not decay corrected, n=7, in 80 min) and a specific activity of 600±180 GBq/µmol (n=5). The subsequent separation of L- and D-enantiomers was performed by chiral HPLC and both were obtained after formulation with a RCY (d.c.) of 6.1% and 5.8%, respectively. In vitro enzymatic assays reveal that L-[18F]5 is a better substrate than D-[18F]5 for human IDO. In vitro cellular assays show an IDO-specific uptake of the racemate varying from 30% to 50% of that of L-[18F]5, and a negligible uptake of D-[18F]5. Conclusion: In vitro studies show that L-[18F]5 is a good and specific substrate of hIDO, while presenting a very low efflux. These results confirm that L-[18F]5 could be a very useful PET radiotracer for IDO expressing cells in cancer imaging. [less ▲]

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See detailF-FDG PET/CT imaging in rectal cancer: relationship with the RAS mutational status.
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULg; KOOPMANSCH, Benjamin ULg; LAMBERT, Frédéric ULg et al

in British Journal of Radiology (2016)

OBJECTIVE: Treating metastatic colorectal cancer with anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies is recommended only for patients whose tumour does not harbour mutations of KRAS or NRAS. The aim of this study was to ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Treating metastatic colorectal cancer with anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies is recommended only for patients whose tumour does not harbour mutations of KRAS or NRAS. The aim of this study was to investigate the biology of rectal cancers and specifically to evaluate the relationship between fluorine-18 fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) intensity and heterogeneity parameters and their mutational status. METHODS: 151 patients with newly diagnosed rectal cancer were included in this retrospective study. All patients underwent a baseline 18F-FDG PET/CT within a median time interval of 27 days of tumour tissue sampling, which was performed before any treatment. Standardized uptake values (SUVs), volume-based parameters and texture analysis were studied. We retrospectively performed KRAS genotyping on codons 12, 13, 61, 117 and 146, NRAS genotyping on codons 12, 13 and 61 and BRAF on codon 600. Associations between PET/CT parameters and the mutational status were assessed using univariate and multivariate analysis. RESULTS: 83 (55%) patients had an RAS mutation: 74 KRAS and 9 NRAS, while 68 patients had no mutation (wild-type tumours). No patient had BRAF mutation. First-order features based on intensity histogram analysis were significantly associated with RAS mutations: maximum SUV (SUVmax) (p-value = 0.002), mean SUV (p-value = 0.006), skewness (p-value = 0.049), SUV standard deviation (p-value = 0.001) and SUV coefficient of variation (SUVcov) (p-value = 0.001). Both SUVcov and SUVmax showed an area under the curve of 0.65 with sensitivity of 56% and 69%, respectively, and specificity of 64% and 52%, respectively. None of the volume-based (metabolic tumour volume and total lesion glycolysis), nor local or regional textural features were associated with the presence of RAS mutations. CONCLUSION: Although rectal cancers with KRAS or NRAS mutations display a significantly higher glucose metabolism than wild-type cancers, the accuracy of the currently proposed quantitative metrics extracted from 18F-FDG PET/CT is not sufficiently high for playing a meaningful clinical role. ADVANCES IN KNOWLEDGE: RAS-mutated rectal cancers have a significantly higher glucose metabolism. However, the accuracy of 18F-FDG PET/CT quantitative metrics is not as such as the technique could play a clinical role. [less ▲]

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See detailLes exercices de contrôle moteur pour le traitement des lombalgies non-spécifiques aiguës
Demoulin, Christophe ULg

in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Online) (2016)

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See detailChasing the Dioxin Detection Dragon
Focant, Jean-François ULg

in The Analytical Scientist (2016), 0316-701

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See detailDefining multiplication in some additive expansions of polynomial rings
Point, Françoise; Rigo, Michel ULg; Waxweiler, Laurent

in Communications in Algebra (2016), 44

Adapting a result of R. Villemaire on expansions of Presburger arithmetic, we show how to define multiplication in some expansions of the additive reduct of certain Euclidean rings. In particular, this ... [more ▼]

Adapting a result of R. Villemaire on expansions of Presburger arithmetic, we show how to define multiplication in some expansions of the additive reduct of certain Euclidean rings. In particular, this applies to polynomial rings over a finite field. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegrated multi-sensor system for parallel in-situ monitoring of cell nutrients, metabolites, cell density and pH in biotechnological processes
Mross, Stefan; Zimmermann, Tom; Winkin, N et al

in Sensors and Actuators. B, Chemical (2016)

We report on a multi-sensor system for the parallel in-situ monitoring of cell nutrients, metabolites, cell density and pH in biotechnological processes. The fabrication process of the sensor chip, based ... [more ▼]

We report on a multi-sensor system for the parallel in-situ monitoring of cell nutrients, metabolites, cell density and pH in biotechnological processes. The fabrication process of the sensor chip, based on a CMOS process flow, is suitable for integration into standard processes and mass production of the system. The integration of enzyme sensors for wide concentration ranges, an impedance-based sensor and a pH sensor on one silicon chip for in-situ applications in bioreactors, fabricated in a CMOS-based process flow, is demonstrated for the first time to our best knowledge. Measurements of glucose and lactate concentrations in a wide range are shown with linear ranges up to 600 mMand 900 mM, respectively. Cell density is determined via conductivity changes of a cell suspension and measurements are performed up to 15 g/l dry cell weight. The pH sensor is based on C-V measurements at an electrolyte-insulator semiconductor structure and able to measure pHin a range from pH3 to pH12. All sensors are successfully employed in the monitoring of cultures of Saccharomyces cerevisiae or Lactobacillus acidophilus. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysico-chemical properties and amino acid profiles of sap from Tunisian date palm
Makhouf-Gafsi, Ines; Mokni-Ghribi, Abir; Brahim, Bchir et al

in Scientia Agricola (2016), 73(1), 85-90

Date palm sap (Phoenix dactylifera L.), also known as "legmi", is a fresh juice ex¬tracted from date palm trees. The present study aimed to elucidate the effects of collection time (at the beginning of ... [more ▼]

Date palm sap (Phoenix dactylifera L.), also known as "legmi", is a fresh juice ex¬tracted from date palm trees. The present study aimed to elucidate the effects of collection time (at the beginning of the tapping period and after seven days of collection) on the amino acid profile and physico-chemical properties of date palm sap from both male and female trees. Dry matter, protein, amino acid, and sugar profiles were determined using the Kjeldahl method, High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC), and High-Performance Anion-Exchange Chro¬matography with Pulsed Amperometric Detection (HPAEC-PAD), respectively. Date palm sap from both male and female trees contained high levels of carbohydrates. HPLC analysis showed that this fraction was dominated by sucrose in the sap sample from female trees compared to that from male trees. Male date palm sap was noted to exhibit lower dry matter content than female date palm sap but higher protein, total polyphenol, ash, and amino acid contents. While the major essential amino acids in the sap from male trees consisted of valine and threonine, they were represented by lysine and phenylalanine in sap samples from female trees. Further, Sodium Dodecyl Sulfate Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE) analysis showed the presence of a proteinic band of 30 kDa only for the sap from male trees. Taken together, the sap from both male and female date palm trees had a number of properties that are highly valued by the functional food industry. [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 detailIsolation and characterization of Ts19 Fragment II, a new long-chainpotassium channel toxin from Tityus serrulatus venom
Cerni, Felipe Augusto; Pucca, Manuela Berto; Amorim, Fernanda Gobbi et al

in Peptides (2016), 80

Ts19 Fragment II (Ts19 Frag-II) was first isolated from the venom of the scorpion Tityus serrulatus (Ts). It is aprotein presenting 49 amino acid residues, three disulfide bridges, Mr5534 Da and was ... [more ▼]

Ts19 Fragment II (Ts19 Frag-II) was first isolated from the venom of the scorpion Tityus serrulatus (Ts). It is aprotein presenting 49 amino acid residues, three disulfide bridges, Mr5534 Da and was classified as a newmember of class (subfamily) 2 of the -KTxs, the second one described for Ts scorpion. The -KTx familyis composed by two-domain peptides: N-terminal helical domain (NHD), with cytolytic activity, and aC-terminal CS domain (CCD), with Kv blocking activity. The extensive electrophysiological screening(16 Kv channels and 5 Nav channels) showed that Ts19 Frag-II presents a specific and significant blockingeffect on Kv1.2 (IC50value of 544 ± 32 nM). However, no cytolytic activity was observed with this toxin.We conclude that the absence of 9 amino acid residues from the N-terminal sequence (compared to Ts19Frag-I) is responsible for the absence of cytolytic activity. In order to prove this hypothesis, we synthesizedthe peptide with these 9 amino acid residues, called Ts19 Frag-III. As expected, Ts19 Frag-III showed tobe cytolytic and did not block the Kv1.2 channel. The post-translational modifications of Ts19 and itsfragments (I–III) are also discussed here. A mechanism of post-translational processing (post-splitting) issuggested to explain Ts19 fragments production. In addition to the discovery of this new toxin, this reportprovides further evidence for the existence of several compounds in the scorpion venom contributing tothe diversity of the venom arsenal. [less ▲]

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See detailNumerical and experimental study of the glass flow and heat transfer in the continuous glass fiber drawing process
Chouffart, Quentin ULg; Simon, Philippe; Terrapon, Vincent ULg

in Journal of Materials Processing Technology (2016)

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite materials consistsin drawing a free jet of a molten glass at high temperature into fibers using a winder. This process is ... [more ▼]

The manufacturing process of glass fibers used for the reinforcement of composite materials consistsin drawing a free jet of a molten glass at high temperature into fibers using a winder. This process is sensitive to numerous disturbances that can cause the fiber to break during the drawing process, and thus reduce the process efficiency. The underlying physics of the forming of a single fiber is investigated here through numerical simulations, and results are validated with measurements obtained on a dedicated experimental unit. Both a two-dimensional axisymmetric and a simplified one-dimensional model are used to simulate the high-temperature region before glass transition. The influence of key parameters and physical mechanisms on the internal stress is investigated through a sensitivity analysis. The simplified model is then used to identify the optimal operating window and to assess the impact of temperature inhomogeneities at the bushing plate. Results show that the initial region close to the tip is critical, and that a low cooling rate reduces the stress. Operating at high tip temperature, large drawing velocity and small tip radius is then found to be the best strategy to minimize the stress. Finally, it is shown that the heat pattern of the bushing plate is one of the most important causes for disturbance in the process. [less ▲]

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See detailBi-objective Road and Pipe Network Design for Crude Oil Transport in the Sfax Region in Tunisia
Belaid, Emna ULg; Limbourg, Sabine ULg; Mostert, Martine ULg et al

in Procedia Engineering (2016), 142

In this paper, we examine a bi-objective road and pipe network design for crude oil transport in the Sfax region in Tunisia. In particular, we search for the minimum spanning trees (MST) that connect the ... [more ▼]

In this paper, we examine a bi-objective road and pipe network design for crude oil transport in the Sfax region in Tunisia. In particular, we search for the minimum spanning trees (MST) that connect the different oil fields with the port of La Skhirra. In the determination of the minimum spanning trees, two objectives are taken into account, i.e. accident risk and construction costs. By using an improved ɛ-constraint resolution technique, the Pareto optimal combinations of risk and cost are found. Results indicate that the network solutions by pipe outperform the solutions by road. When the minimum spanning trees for the two extremes on the Pareto curves, i.e. the cost minimum and risk minimum, are compared, one could note considerable differences in the links that form the MST. This implies that policy makers have an important role in deliberating between costs and risks. [less ▲]

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See detailFeline panleukopenia virus in cerebral neurons of young and adult cats.
Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Gilliaux, Gautier ULg; Jolly, Sandra et al

in BMC veterinary research (2016), 12(1), 28

BACKGROUND: Perinatal infections with feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) have long been known to be associated with cerebellar hypoplasia in kittens due to productive infection of dividing neuroblasts. FPV ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Perinatal infections with feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) have long been known to be associated with cerebellar hypoplasia in kittens due to productive infection of dividing neuroblasts. FPV, like other parvoviruses, requires dividing cells to replicate which explains the usual tropism of the virus for the digestive tract, lymphoid tissues and bone marrow in older animals. RESULTS: In this study, the necropsy and histopathological analyses of a series of 28 cats which died from parvovirus infection in 2013 were performed. Infections were confirmed by real time PCR and immunohistochemistry in several organs. Strikingly, while none of these cats showed cerebellar atrophy or cerebellar positive immunostaining, some of them, including one adult, showed a bright positive immunostaining for viral antigens in cerebral neurons (diencephalon). Furthermore, infected neurons were negative by immunostaining for p27(Kip1), a cell cycle regulatory protein, while neighboring, uninfected, neurons were positive, suggesting a possible re-entry of infected neurons into the mitotic cycle. Next-Generation Sequencing and PCR analyses showed that the virus infecting cat brains was FPV and presented a unique substitution in NS1 protein sequence. Given the role played by this protein in the control of cell cycle and apoptosis in other parvoviral species, it is tempting to hypothesize that a cause-to-effect between this NS1 mutation and the capacity of this FPV strain to infect neurons in adult cats might exist. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides the first evidence of infection of cerebral neurons by feline panleukopenia virus in cats, including an adult. A possible re-entry into the cell cycle by infected neurons has been observed. A mutation in the NS1 protein sequence of the FPV strain involved could be related to its unusual cellular tropism. Further research is needed to clarify this point. [less ▲]

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See detailRevealing the formation of copper nanoparticles from a homogeneous solid precursor by electron microscopy
Van den Berg, Roy; Elkjaer, Christian; Gommes, Cédric ULg et al

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (2016)

The understanding of processes leading to the formation of nanometer-sized particles is important for tailoring of their size, shape and location. The growth mechanisms and kinetics of nanoparticles from ... [more ▼]

The understanding of processes leading to the formation of nanometer-sized particles is important for tailoring of their size, shape and location. The growth mechanisms and kinetics of nanoparticles from solid precursors are, however, often poorly described. Here we employ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to examine the formation of copper nanoparticles on a silica support during the reduction by H2 of homogeneous copper phyllosilicate plates, as a prototype precursor for a co-precipitated catalyst. Specifically, time-lapsed TEM image series acquired of the material during the reduction provide a direct visualization of the growth dynamics of an ensemble of individual nanoparticles and enable a quantitative evaluation of the nucleation and growth of the nanoparticles. This quantitative information is compared with kinetic models and found to be best described by a nucleation-and-growth scenario involving autocatalytic reduction of the copper phyllosilicate followed by diffusion-limited or reaction-limited growth of the copper nanoparticles. The plate-like structure of the precursor restricted the diffusion of copper and the autocatalytic reduction limited the probability for secondary nucleation. The combination of a uniform size of precursor particles and the autocatalytic reduction thus offers means to synthesize nanoparticles with well-defined sizes in large amounts. In this way, in situ observations made by electron microscopy provide mechanistic and kinetic insights into the formation of metallic nanoparticles, essential for the rational design of nanomaterials. [less ▲]

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