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See detailElastic scattering of vortex electrons provides direct access to the Coulomb phase
Ivanov, Igor ULg; Seipt, Daniel; Surzhykov, Andrey et al

in Physical Review. D : Particles and Fields (2016), 94(7), 076001

Vortex electron beams are freely propagating electron waves carrying adjustable orbital angular momentum with respect to the propagation direction. Such beams were experimentally realized just a few years ... [more ▼]

Vortex electron beams are freely propagating electron waves carrying adjustable orbital angular momentum with respect to the propagation direction. Such beams were experimentally realized just a few years ago and are now used to probe various electromagnetic processes. So far, these experiments used the single vortex electron beams, either propagating in external fields or impacting a target. Here, we investigate the elastic scattering of two such aligned vortex electron beams and demonstrate that this process allows one to experimentally measure features which are impossible to detect in the usual plane-wave scattering. The scattering amplitude of this process is well approximated by two plane-wave scattering amplitudes with different momentum transfers, which interfere and give direct experimental access to the Coulomb phase. This phase (shift) affects the scattering of all charged particles and has thus received significant theoretical attention but was never probed experimentally. We show that a properly defined azimuthal asymmetry, which has no counterpart in plane-wave scattering, allows one to directly measure the Coulomb phase as function of the scattering angle. [less ▲]

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See detailProspective, long-term study of the effect of cabergoline on valvular status in patients with prolactinoma and idiopathic hyperprolactinemia.
VROONEN, Laurent ULg; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Garcia, Monica Tome et al

in Endocrine (2016)

Since the 1990's cabergoline has been the treatment of choice in prolactinoma, as it permits rapid and effective hormonal and tumor control in most cases. Evidence of cardiac valvulopathy was demonstrated ... [more ▼]

Since the 1990's cabergoline has been the treatment of choice in prolactinoma, as it permits rapid and effective hormonal and tumor control in most cases. Evidence of cardiac valvulopathy was demonstrated in Parkinson's disease patients treated with dopamine agonists. Retrospective studies in prolactinoma patients treated with cabergoline at lower doses did not show such an effect. However, few prospective data with long-term follow-up are available. The aim of this study was to assess the safety of cabergoline regarding cardiac valvular status during prospective follow-up in patients treated for prolactinoma or idiopathic hyperprolactinemia. We report here a series of 100 patients (71F; median age at diagnosis: 41.5 years) treated with cabergoline for endocrine diseases (prolactinoma n = 89, idiopathic hyperprolactinemia n = 11). All patients underwent complete transthoracic echocardiographic studies at baseline and during long-term prospective surveillance using the same equipment and performed by the same technicians. The median interval between baseline and last follow-up echocardiographic studies while on cabergoline was 62.5 months (interquartile range: 34.75-77.0). The median total duration of cabergoline treatment was 124.5 months (interquartile range: 80.75-188.75) and the median cumulative total dose of cabergoline was 277.8 mg (interquartile range : 121.4-437.8 mg) at last follow-up. We found no clinically relevant alterations in cardiac valve function or valvular calcifications with cabergoline treatment. Our data suggest that findings from retrospective analyses are correct and that cabergoline is a safe chronic treatment at the doses used typically in endocrinology. [less ▲]

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See detailMaize plants can enter a standby mode to cope with chilling stress
Riva-Roveda, Laetitia ULg; Escale, Brigitte; Giauffret, Catherine et al

in BMC Plant Biology (2016), 16

Background European Flint maize inbred lines are used as a source of adaptation to cold in most breeding programs in Northern Europe. A deep understanding of their adaptation strategy could thus provide ... [more ▼]

Background European Flint maize inbred lines are used as a source of adaptation to cold in most breeding programs in Northern Europe. A deep understanding of their adaptation strategy could thus provide valuable clues for further improvement, which is required in the current context of climate change. We therefore compared six inbreds and two derived Flint x Dent hybrids for their response to one-week at low temperature (10°C day/7 or 4°C night) during steady-state vegetative growth. Results Leaf growth was arrested during chilling treatment but recovered fast upon return to warm temperature, so that no negative effect on shoot biomass was measured. Gene expression analyses of the emerging leaf in the hybrids suggest that plants maintained a ‘ready-to-grow’ state during chilling since cell cycle genes were not differentially expressed in the division zone and genes coding for expansins were on the opposite up-regulated in the elongation zone. In photosynthetic tissues, a strong reduction in PSII efficiency was measured. Chilling repressed chlorophyll biosynthesis; we detected accumulation of the precursor geranylgeranyl chlorophyll a and down-regulation of GERANYLGERANYL REDUCTASE (GGR) in mature leaf tissues. Excess light energy was mostly dissipated through fluorescence and constitutive thermal dissipation processes, rather than by light-regulated thermal dissipation. Consistently, only weak clues of xanthophyll cycle activation were found. CO2 assimilation was reduced by chilling, as well as the expression levels of genes encoding phosphoenolpyruvate carboxylase (PEPC), pyruvate orthophosphate dikinase (PPDK), and the small subunit of Rubisco. Accumulation of sugars was correlated with a strong decrease of the specific leaf area (SLA). Conclusions Altogether, our study reveals good tolerance of the photosynthetic machinery of Northern European maize to chilling and suggests that growth arrest might be their strategy for fast recovery after a mild stress. [less ▲]

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See detailScreening for the metabolic syndrome in subjects with migraine
Streel, Sylvie ULg; Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg; Dardenne, Nadia ULg et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2016)

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See detailDistributed learning: Developing a predictive model based on data from multiple hospitals without data leaving the hospital – A real life proof of concept
JOCHEMS, Arthur; DEIST, Timo M.; VAN SOEST, Johan et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2016)

Purpose: One of the major hurdles in enabling personalized medicine is obtaining sufficient patient data to feed into predictive models. Combining data originating from multiple hospitals is difficult ... [more ▼]

Purpose: One of the major hurdles in enabling personalized medicine is obtaining sufficient patient data to feed into predictive models. Combining data originating from multiple hospitals is difficult because of ethical, legal, political, and administrative barriers associated with data sharing. In order to avoid these issues, a distributed learning approach can be used. Distributed learning is defined as learning from data without the data leaving the hospital. Patients and methods:Clinical data from 287 lung cancer patients, treated with curative intent with chemoradiation (CRT) or radiotherapy (RT) alone were collected from and stored in 5 different medical institutes (123 patients at MAASTRO (Netherlands, Dutch), 24 at Jessa (Belgium, Dutch), 34 at Liege (Belgium, Dutch and French), 48 at Aachen (Germany, German) and 58 at Eindhoven (Netherlands, Dutch)). A Bayesian network model is adapted for distributed learning (watch the animation: http://youtu.be/nQpqMIuHyOk). The model predicts dyspnea, which is a common side effect after radiotherapy treatment of lung cancer. Results:We show that it is possible to use the distributed learning approach to train a Bayesian network model on patient data originating from multiple hospitals without these data leaving the individual hospital. The AUC of the model is 0.61 (95%CI, 0.51–0.70) on a 5-fold cross-validation and ranges from 0.59 to 0.71 on external validation sets. Conclusion: Distributed learning can allow the learning of predictive models on data originating from multiple hospitals while avoiding many of the data sharing barriers. Furthermore, the distributed learning approach can be used to extract and employ knowledge from routine patient data from multiple hospitals while being compliant to the various national and European privacy laws. [less ▲]

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See detailApsidal motion in the massive binary HD 152218
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Rosu, S.; Noels-Grötsch, Arlette ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 594(A33), 1-12

Massive binary systems are important laboratories in which to probe the properties of massive stars and stellar physics in general. In this context, we analysed optical spectroscopy and photometry of the ... [more ▼]

Massive binary systems are important laboratories in which to probe the properties of massive stars and stellar physics in general. In this context, we analysed optical spectroscopy and photometry of the eccentric short-period early-type binary HD 152218 in the young open cluster NGC 6231. We reconstructed the spectra of the individual stars using a disentangling code. The individual spectra were then compared with synthetic spectra obtained with the CMFGEN model atmosphere code. We furthermore analysed the light curve of the binary and used it to constrain the orbital inclination and to derive absolute masses of (19.8 ± 1.5) and (15.0 ± 1.1) M⊙. Combining radial velocity measurements from over 60 yr, we show that the system displays apsidal motion at a rate of (2.04 ± .24)°/yr. Solving the Clairaut-Radau equation, we used stellar evolution models, obtained with the CLES code, to compute the internal structure constants and to evaluate the theoretically predicted rate of apsidal motion as a function of stellar age and primary mass. In this way, we determine an age of 5.8 ± 0.6 Myr for HD 152218, which is towards the higher end of, but compatible with, the range of ages of the massive star population of NGC 6231 as determined from isochrone fitting. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovery of WASP-113b and WASP-114b, two inflated hot-Jupiters with contrasting densities
Barros, S. C. C.; Brown, D. J. A.; Hébrard, G. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 593

We present the discovery and characterisation of the exoplanets WASP-113b and WASP-114b by the WASP survey, {\it SOPHIE} and {\it CORALIE}. The planetary nature of the systems was established by ... [more ▼]

We present the discovery and characterisation of the exoplanets WASP-113b and WASP-114b by the WASP survey, {\it SOPHIE} and {\it CORALIE}. The planetary nature of the systems was established by performing follow-up photometric and spectroscopic observations. The follow-up data were combined with the WASP-photometry and analysed with an MCMC code to obtain system parameters. The host stars WASP-113 and WASP-114 are very similar. They are both early G-type stars with an effective temperature of $\sim 5900\,$K, [Fe/H]$\sim 0.12$ and $T_{\rm eff}$ $\sim 4.1$dex. However, WASP-113 is older than WASP-114. Although the planetary companions have similar radii, WASP-114b is almost 4 times heavier than WASP-113b. WASP-113b has a mass of $0.48\,$ $\mathrm{M}_{\rm Jup}$ and an orbital period of $\sim 4.5\,$days; WASP-114b has a mass of $1.77\,$ $\mathrm{M}_{\rm Jup}$ and an orbital period of $\sim 1.5\,$days. Both planets have inflated radii, in particular WASP-113 with a radius anomaly of $\Re=0.35$. The high scale height of WASP-113b ($\sim 950$ km ) makes it a good target for follow-up atmospheric observations. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Effect of Nutrients on the Degradation of Hydrocarbons in Mangrove Ecosystems by Microorganisms
Semboung Lang, Firmin ULg; Tarayre, Cédric ULg; Destain, Jacqueline ULg et al

in International Journal of Environmental Research (2016), 10(4), 583-592

Mangrove ecosystems are areas prone to various types of pollution, especially hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons mostly stem from human activities such as spills coming from offshore oil operations, runoff ... [more ▼]

Mangrove ecosystems are areas prone to various types of pollution, especially hydrocarbons. These hydrocarbons mostly stem from human activities such as spills coming from offshore oil operations, runoff from surrounding urban areas or atmospheric deposition. This pollution causes the decline of mangroves, which results in an imbalance in the functioning of this particular ecosystem with damages to the microbiota. Biodegradation allows to restore these ecosystems. This biodegradation can only be effective in specific environmental conditions. The presence of nutrients, which stimulate bacterial growth and promote biodegradation, is a key parameter to be considered. During this experiment, we achieved biodegradation tests to assess the effect of nitrogen and phosphorus on the process. The results showed that the biodegradation rates were strongly bound to the presence of nutrients. The degradation rates depended on the medium. The treatment that reached the best rate of degradation of diesel after 10 days was the one using 20% of a nutrient solution (MSM) containing nitrogen and phosphorus. This treatment led to a maximal degradation of 84.7% ± 4.7% obtained in the flasks containing 20% of a nutrient solution (MSM) containing nitrogen and phosphorus. [less ▲]

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See detailA Stochastic Multi-Scale Approach for the Modeling of Thermo-Elastic Damping in Micro-Resonators
Wu, Ling ULg; Lucas, Vincent ULg; Nguyen, Van Dung ULg et al

in Computer Methods in Applied Mechanics & Engineering (2016), 310

The aim of this work is to study the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q) of micro-resonators with a stochastic multi-scale approach. In the design of high-Q micro-resonators, thermo-elastic damping is one ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work is to study the thermo-elastic quality factor (Q) of micro-resonators with a stochastic multi-scale approach. In the design of high-Q micro-resonators, thermo-elastic damping is one of the major dissipation mechanisms, which may have detrimental effects on the quality factor, and has to be predicted accurately. Since material uncertainties are inherent to and unavoidable in micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), the effects of those variations have to be considered in the modeling in order to ensure the required MEMS performance. To this end, a coupled thermo-mechanical stochastic multi-scale approach is developed in this paper. Thermo-mechanical micro-models of polycrystalline materials are used to represent micro-structure realizations. A computational homogenization procedure is then applied on these statistical volume elements to obtain the stochastic characterizations of the elasticity tensor, thermal expansion, and conductivity tensors at the meso-scale. Spatially correlated meso-scale random fields can thus be generated to represent the stochastic behavior of the homogenized material properties. Finally, the distribution of the thermo-elastic quality factor of MEMS resonators is studied through a stochastic finite element method using as input the generated stochastic random field. [less ▲]

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See detailTracing back the evolution of the candidate LBV HD 168625
Mahy, Laurent ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Royer, P. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 594

Context. The luminous blue variable phase is a crucial transitory phase that is not clearly understood in the massive star evolution. <BR /> Aims: We have obtained far-infrared Herschel/PACS imaging and ... [more ▼]

Context. The luminous blue variable phase is a crucial transitory phase that is not clearly understood in the massive star evolution. <BR /> Aims: We have obtained far-infrared Herschel/PACS imaging and spectroscopic observations of the nebula surrounding the candidate LBV HD 168625. By combining these data with optical spectra of the central star, we want to constrain the abundances in the nebula and in the star and compare them to trace back the evolution of this object. <BR /> Methods: We use the CMFGEN atmosphere code to determine the fundamental parameters and the CNO abundances of the central star whilst the abundances of the nebula are derived from the emission lines present in the Herschel/PACS spectrum. <BR /> Results: The far-infrared images show a nebula composed of an elliptical ring/torus of ejecta with a ESE-WNW axis and of a second perpendicular bipolar structure composed of empty caps/rings. We detect equatorial shells composed of dust and ionized material with different sizes when observed at different wavelengths, and bipolar caps more of less separated from the central star in Hα and mid-IR images. This complex global structure seems to show two different inclinations: ~40° for the equatorial torus and ~ 60° for the bipolar ejections. From the Herschel/PACS spectrum, we determine nebular abundances of N/H = 4.1 ± 0.8 × 10[SUP]-4[/SUP] and , as well as a mass of ionized gas of 0.17 ± 0.04 M[SUB]⊙[/SUB] and a neutral hydrogen mass of about 1.0 ± 0.3 M[SUB]⊙[/SUB] which dominates. Analysis of the central star reveals T[SUB]eff[/SUB] = 14 000 ± 2000 K, log g = 1.74 ± 0.05 and log (L/L[SUB]⊙[/SUB]) = 5.58 ± 0.11. We derive stellar CNO abundances of about N/H = 5.0 ± 1.5 × 10[SUP]-4[/SUP], C/H = 1.4 ± 0.5 × 10[SUP]-4[/SUP] and O/H = 3.5 ± 1.0 × 10[SUP]-4[/SUP], not significantly different from nebular abundances. All these measurements taken together are compatible with the evolutionary tracks of a star with an initial mass between 28 and 33 M[SUB]⊙[/SUB] and with a critical rotational rate between 0.3 and 0.4 that has lost its material during or just after the blue supergiant phase. Based in part on observations taken by Herschel satellite. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.Based in part on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, in Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailA large strain hyperelastic viscoelastic-viscoplastic-damage constitutive model based on a multi-mechanism non-local damage continuum for amorphous glassy polymers
Nguyen, Van Dung ULg; Lani, Frédéric; Pardoen, Thomas et al

in International Journal of Solids and Structures (2016), 96

A large strain hyperelastic phenomenological constitutive model is proposed to model the highly nonlinear, rate-dependent mechanical behavior of amorphous glassy polymers under isothermal conditions. A ... [more ▼]

A large strain hyperelastic phenomenological constitutive model is proposed to model the highly nonlinear, rate-dependent mechanical behavior of amorphous glassy polymers under isothermal conditions. A corotational formulation is used through the total Lagrange formalism. At small strains, the viscoelastic behavior is captured using the generalized Maxwell model. At large strains beyond a viscoelastic limit characterized by a pressure-sensitive yield function, which is extended from the Drucker-Prager one, a viscoplastic region follows. The viscoplastic flow is governed by a non-associated Perzyna-type flow rule incorporating this pressure-sensitive yield function and a quadratic flow potential in order to capture the volumetric deformation during the plastic process. The stress reduction phenomena arising from the post-peak plateau and during the failure stage are considered in the context of a continuum damage mechanics approach. The post-peak softening is modeled by an internal scalar, so-called softening variable, whose evolution is governed by a saturation law. When the softening variable is saturated, the rehardening stage is naturally obtained since the isotropic and kinematic hardening phenomena are still developing. Beyond the onset of failure characterized by a pressure-sensitive failure criterion, the damage process leading to the total failure is controlled by a second internal scalar, so-called failure variable. The final failure occurs when the failure variable reaches its critical value. To avoid the loss of solution uniqueness when dealing with the continuum damage mechanics formalism, a non-local implicit gradient formulation is used for both the softening and failure variables, leading to a multi-mechanism non-local damage continuum. The pressure sensitivity considered in both the yield and failure conditions allows for the distinction under compression and tension loading conditions. It is shown through experimental comparisons that the proposed constitutive model has the ability to capture the complex behavior of amorphous glassy polymers, including their failure. [less ▲]

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See detailAdvancing the integration of corporate sustainability measurement, management and reporting
Maas, Karen; Schaltegger, Stefan; Crutzen, Nathalie ULg

in Journal of Cleaner Production (2016), 133

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See detailTowards a large scale aqueous sol-gel synthesis of doped TiO2: Study of various metallic dopings for the photocatalytic degradation of p-nitrophenol
Mahy, Julien ULg; Lambert, Stéphanie ULg; Léonard, Géraldine ULg et al

in Journal of Photochemistry and Photobiology A : Chemistry (2016), 329

In this paper, an easy aqueous sol-gel synthesis developed previously by Mahy et al. [J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. (2016)] is adapted to produce highly active TiO2 catalysts doped with Fe3+, Ag+, Cu2+, Zn2 ... [more ▼]

In this paper, an easy aqueous sol-gel synthesis developed previously by Mahy et al. [J. Sol-Gel Sci. Technol. (2016)] is adapted to produce highly active TiO2 catalysts doped with Fe3+, Ag+, Cu2+, Zn2+, Cr3+, Al3+, Mn2+, and Co2+ ions and Pt metallic nanoparticles. Samples are characterized by inductively coupled plasma–atomic emission spectroscopy (ICP-AES), X-ray diffraction (XRD), Mössbauer spectroscopy, transmission electron microscopy (TEM), nitrogen adsorption–desorption measurements and diffuse reflectance spectroscopy measurements. Results show that the samples are composed of anatase-brookite TiO2 nanoparticles with a spherical shape and mean diameter of around 5-8 nm and a surface area of between about 150 - 250 m2 g-1. In each doped sample, the dopant is present in the form added during the synthesis, given that the sample has not undergone any particular treatment. Photoactivity tests show improvement in catalyst activity for Fe3+, Ag+, Cu2+, Zn2+, and Al3+ ion and Pt metallic nanoparticle dopants, while a decrease of activity is obtained for Cr3+, Mn2+ and Co2+ ion dopants. For some dopants, the activity of TiO2 doped with metallic ions and synthesized from the aqueous sol-gel process is equal or superior to the activity of the commercial photocatalyst Degussa P25. Some mechanisms are proposed to explain these modifications of activity with doping. Furthermore, cost comparison at laboratory scale showed that Zn and Cu nitrate salt dopings are clearly less expensive for a halogen light (UV/visible) or low energy light enhanced catalyst and may be considered for industrial applications. Using this method, a large scale Zn-doped TiO2 photocatalyst is synthesized with properties homologous to the lab-scale product. Results show that the aqueous sol-gel synthesis developed previously can be easily adapted for doping in order to produce an up-scalable synthesis. [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray and optical spectroscopy of the massive young open cluster IC 1805
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 594(A82), 19

Context. Very young open clusters are ideal places to study the X-ray properties of a homogeneous population of early-type stars. In this respect, the IC 1805 open cluster is very interesting as it hosts ... [more ▼]

Context. Very young open clusters are ideal places to study the X-ray properties of a homogeneous population of early-type stars. In this respect, the IC 1805 open cluster is very interesting as it hosts the O4 If+ star HD 15570 thought to be in an evolutionary stage intermediate between a normal O-star and a Wolf-Rayet star. Aims: Such a star could provide a test for theoretical models aiming at explaining the empirical scaling relation between the X-ray and bolometric luminosities of O-type stars. Methods: We have observed IC 1805 with XMM-Newton and further collected optical spectroscopy of some of the O-star members of the cluster. Results: The optical spectra allow us to revisit the orbital solutions of BD+60° 497 and HD 15558, and provide the first evidence of binarity for BD+60° 498. X-ray emission from colliding winds does not appear to play an important role among the O-stars of IC 1805. Notably, the X-ray fluxes do not vary significantly between archival X-ray observations and our XMM-Newton pointing. The very fast rotator BD+60° 513, and to a lesser extent the O4 If+ star HD 15570 appear somewhat underluminous. Whilst the underluminosity of HD 15570 is only marginally significant, its amplitude is found to be compatible with theoretical expectations based on its stellar and wind properties. A number of other X-ray sources are detected in the field, and the brightest objects, many of which are likely low-mass pre-main sequence stars, are analyzed in detail. [less ▲]

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See detailFacteurs d’ambiance dans l’industrie textile en République Démocratique du Congo: état de lieu
Panda Lukongo, Kitronza ULg; Mairiaux, Philippe ULg

in Pan African Medical Journal (The) (2016), 25(44),

Introduction: This case study aims to make an assessment of environmental health nuisances in textile industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional and analytical ... [more ▼]

Introduction: This case study aims to make an assessment of environmental health nuisances in textile industry in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Methods: We conducted a cross-sectional and analytical study. Out of 257 workers selected using systematic sampling, 229 workers were enrolled in the study. 223 workstations were subjected to measurements in order to determine the level of noise, lighting and heat. Data were collected from company documents, by means of a direct-question interview focusing on socio professional informations and through measurements. Descriptive analysis was used for sociodemographic and professional data and analytical approach was used for themeasurements. Results: In the company studied 88% of employees were workers. Weaving department included almost 68% of workers. The majority of employees worked as part of a three shift (85%). The study population was predominantly male (85%), aging (52%) over 40 years and educated (80%). In the company studied, only 12.1% of workstations met the noise standards and 18% of workstations met the lighting standards. 94% of workstations didn't meet the heat standards for heavy work. Conclusion: Our study highlighted the environmental health nuisances in textile industry, demonstrating the existence of significant gaps related to the prescribed standards for the measured nuisances. These results are a plea for the development of appropriate preventive measures. They should be confronted with other more detailed studies in this work environment. [less ▲]

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See detailActive network management for electrical distribution systems: problem formulation, benchmark, and approximate solution
Gemine, Quentin ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg; Cornélusse, Bertrand ULg

in Optimization and Engineering (2016)

With the increasing share of renewable and distributed generation in electrical distribution systems, active network management (ANM) becomes a valuable option for a distribution system operator to ... [more ▼]

With the increasing share of renewable and distributed generation in electrical distribution systems, active network management (ANM) becomes a valuable option for a distribution system operator to operate his system in a secure and cost-effective way without relying solely on network reinforcement. ANM strategies are short-term policies that control the power injected by generators and/or taken off by loads in order to avoid congestion or voltage issues. While simple ANM strategies consist in curtailing temporary excess generation, more advanced strategies rather attempt to move the consumption of loads to anticipated periods of high renewable generation. However, such advanced strategies imply that the system operator has to solve large-scale optimal sequential decision-making problems under uncertainty. The problems are sequential for several reasons. For example, decisions taken at a given moment constrain the future decisions that can be taken, and decisions should be communicated to the actors of the system sufficiently in advance to grant them enough time for implementation. Uncertainty must be explicitly accounted for because neither demand nor generation can be accurately forecasted. We first formulate the ANM problem, which in addition to be sequential and uncertain, has a nonlinear nature stemming from the power flow equations and a discrete nature arising from the activation of power modulation signals. This ANM problem is then cast as a stochastic mixed-integer nonlinear program, as well as second-order cone and linear counterparts, for which we provide quantitative results using state of the art solvers and perform a sensitivity analysis over the size of the system, the amount of available flexibility, and the number of scenarios considered in the deterministic equivalent of the stochastic program. To foster further research on this problem, we make available at http://www.montefiore.ulg.ac.be/~anm/ three test beds based on distribution networks of 5, 33, and 77 buses. These test beds contain a simulator of the distribution system, with stochastic models for the generation and consumption devices, and callbacks to implement and test various ANM strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailSarcopenia in daily practice: assessment and management
Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; McCloskey, Eugène; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in BMC Geriatrics (2016), 16(170),

Background: Sarcopenia is increasingly recognized as a correlate of ageing and is associated with increased likelihood of adverse outcomes including falls, fractures, frailty and mortality. Several tools ... [more ▼]

Background: Sarcopenia is increasingly recognized as a correlate of ageing and is associated with increased likelihood of adverse outcomes including falls, fractures, frailty and mortality. Several tools have been recommended to assess muscle mass, muscle strength and physical performance in clinical trials. Whilst these tools have proven to be accurate and reliable in investigational settings, many are not easily applied to daily practice. Methods: This paper is based on literature reviews performed by members of the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) working group on frailty and sarcopenia. Face-to-face meetings were afterwards organized for the whole group to make amendments and discuss further recommendations. Results: This paper proposes some user-friendly and inexpensive methods that can be used to assess sarcopenia in real-life settings. Healthcare providers, particularly in primary care, should consider an assessment of sarcopenia in individuals at increased risk; suggested tools for assessing risk include the Red Flag Method, the SARC-F questionnaire, the SMI method or different prediction equations. Management of sarcopenia should primarily be patient centered and involve the combination of both resistance and endurance based activity programmes with or without dietary interventions. Development of a number of pharmacological interventions is also in progress. Conclusions: Assessment of sarcopenia in individuals with risk factors, symptoms and/or conditions exposing them to the risk of disability will become particularly important in the near future. [less ▲]

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See detailJournée mondiale du Diabète: ne jamais baisser les bras
RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

in Revue de l'Association Belge du Diabète (2016), 59

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See detailTerrestrial photogrammetry: a non-destructive method for modelling irregularly shaped tropical tree trunks
Bauwens, Sébastien ULg; Lejeune, Philippe ULg; Fayolle, Adeline ULg

in Methods in Ecology and Evolution (2016)

1. Irregularly shaped trees including trees with buttresses, flutes or stilt roots are frequent in tropical forests. The lack of an international standard tomeasure the diameter of such trees leads to ... [more ▼]

1. Irregularly shaped trees including trees with buttresses, flutes or stilt roots are frequent in tropical forests. The lack of an international standard tomeasure the diameter of such trees leads to high uncertainties in biomass estimation, tree growth and carbon budget monitoring. 2. In this study, we developed a new method based on terrestrial close-range photogrammetry for measuring andmodelling irregular stems. This approach is cheap and easy to implement in the field as it only requires a camera and a graduated rod. We validated the approach with destructive cross-sectionmeasurements along the stem of three buttressed trees. To demonstrate the broader utility of this method, we extended the validated approach to 43 additional trees belonging to two species: Celtis mildbraedii (Ulmaceae) and Entandophragma cylindricum (Meliaceae). Based on the three dimensional models, we computed shape indices for each tree, and we analysed the stem morphology of the two species. Finally, we analysed some standardized predictors for the estimation of above-ground biomass. 3. We found a high concordance between diameters derived from the photogrammetric process and destructive diameter measurements along the stem for the three calibration trees. We found that C. mildbraedii develop much stronger irregularities than E. cylindricum.We also identified a large intraspecific variation in trunk morphology for E. cylindricum. The basal area at 1 3 mheight (Darea130) seems to be amore robust predictor for biomass estimates (lowest Akaike information criterion and relative squared error) than diameter measured above buttresses (DAB) or diameter at breast height estimated from available taper model. Finally, Darea130 might be estimated with a good precision [root mean square error (RMSE) < 5%] with linear model based on the field measurements DABand the perimeter of the convex hull of the buttresses at 1 3 mheight (Dconvhull130). 4. In this study, we showed the high potential of the photogrammetry for measuring and modelling irregular stems. Photogrammetry could then be used as a non-destructivemeasurement tool to produce correction factors for standardizing the diameter of irregular stems at a reference height which is a key issue in tree growthmonitoring and biomass change estimation. [less ▲]

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See detailTempus fugit
RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

in Revue de l'Association Belge du Diabète (2016), 59

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See detailValidation of the SarQoL, a specific health-related quality of life questionnaire for Sarcopenia
Beaudart, Charlotte ULg; Biver, Emmanuel; Reginster, Jean-Yves et al

in Journal of cachexia, sarcopenia and muscle (2016)

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See detailIohexol plasma clearance for measuring glomerular filtration rate in clinical practice and research: a review. Part 1 : How to measure glomerular filtration rate with iohexol?
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; Ebert, Natalie; Melsom, Toralf et al

in Clinical Kidney Journal (2016)

While there is general agreement on the necessity tomeasure glomerular filtration rate (GFR) inmany clinical situations, there is less agreement on the bestmethod to achieve this purpose. As the gold ... [more ▼]

While there is general agreement on the necessity tomeasure glomerular filtration rate (GFR) inmany clinical situations, there is less agreement on the bestmethod to achieve this purpose. As the gold standardmethod for GFR determination, urinary (or renal) clearance of inulin, fades into the background due to inconvenience and high cost, a diversity of filtrationmarkers and protocols compete to replace it. In this review, we suggest that iohexol, a non-ionic contrast agent, is most suited to replace inulin as the marker of choice for GFR determination. Iohexol comes very close to fulfilling all requirements for an ideal GFRmarker in terms of low extra-renal excretion, low protein binding and in being neither secreted nor reabsorbed by the kidney. In addition, iohexol is virtually non-toxic and carries a low cost. As iohexol is stable in plasma, administration and sample analysis can be separated in both space and time, allowing access to GFR determination across different settings. An external proficiency programme operated by Equalis AB, Sweden, exists for iohexol, facilitating interlaboratory comparison of results. Plasma clearance measurement is the protocol of choice as it combines a reliable GFR determination with convenience for the patient. Single-sample protocols dominate, butmultiple-sample protocolsmay bemore accurate in specific situations. In lowGFRs one ormore late samples should be included to improve accuracy. In patients with large oedema or ascites, urinary clearance protocols should be employed. In conclusion, plasma clearance of iohexol may well be the best candidate for a common GFR determination method. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors to Prevent Relapse After Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation for Patients With Philadelphia Chromosome–Positive Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: A Position Statement of the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Giebel, S.; Czyz, A.; Ottmann, O. et al

in Cancer (2016), 122(19), 2941-2951

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) is a standard of care for patients with Philadelphia chromosome (Ph)–positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The introduction of tyrosine ... [more ▼]

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (alloHSCT) is a standard of care for patients with Philadelphia chromosome (Ph)–positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). The introduction of tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) to first-line therapy has improved overall outcomes; however, a significant proportion of patients still relapse after alloHSCT. Posttransplant TKI maintenance was demonstrated to reduce the risk of relapse in a large retrospective study and, therefore, should be considered a valuable option. This consensus paper, written on behalf of the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, presents an overview of clinical studies on the use of TKIs after alloHSCT and proposes practical recommendations regarding the choice of TKI, treatment timing, and dosage. It is hoped that these recommendations will become the state of art in this field and, more importantly, lead to a reduction of Ph-positive ALL relapse after alloHSCT. [less ▲]

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See detailAction and Reaction: Effects of Country-based Trade Sanctions
Colussi, Ilaria Anna ULg

in Strategic Trade Review (2016), 2(3), 103-120

Trade sanctions consist of export restrictions and embargoes, or import or customs restrictions, and boycotts. Such measures, which can be adopted at the international, regional or national level, are ... [more ▼]

Trade sanctions consist of export restrictions and embargoes, or import or customs restrictions, and boycotts. Such measures, which can be adopted at the international, regional or national level, are economic tools for achieving foreign policy objectives. The effects that they produce are several, and they cover the political, economic and social spheres. This article analyzes the possible consequences of trade sanctions, in particular embargoes addressing targeted states, in order to evaluate their effectiveness. Two case studies of sanctions, the Iranian and the Russian case, are presented. [less ▲]

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See detailPrimary Care Physicians’ Action Plans for Answering to Results of Screening Test based on the Concept of Quaternary Prevention
Bae, Jong Myon; Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health = Yebang Uihakhoe Chi (2016), 49(6), 343-348

Since non-communicable disease (NCD) should be controllable rather than curable, more emphasis is placed on prevention, rather than on treatment. For early detection of diseases, a primary care physician ... [more ▼]

Since non-communicable disease (NCD) should be controllable rather than curable, more emphasis is placed on prevention, rather than on treatment. For early detection of diseases, a primary care physician (PCP) as well as general practitioner and family physician should interpret screening results accurately and provide screenees with appropriate information of prevention and treatment including potential harms. The concept of quaternary prevention (QP), which was introduced by Jamoulle and Roland in 1995 was applied to screening results. This article summarizes situations that PCPs encounter during screening tests according to the concept of QP, and suggests measures to face such different situations. Suggestions for screening tests customized to the characteristics of individuals are substituting suggestions for screening based on guidelines. Since there are some circumstances that screening tests should not be done, further studies based on the concept of prevention level proposed by Jamoulle and Roland are required to draw various and useful prevention strategies to prevent NCDs, including cancers. Thus, applying the concept of QP helps PCPs have better insights on screening tests for preventing NCD and also contributes to improve doctor-patient relationship by helping screenees understand medical uncertainties. Key [less ▲]

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See detailConjoint influence of mind-wandering and sleepiness on task performance
Stawarczyk, David ULg; D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg

in Journal of Experimental Psychology. Human Perception & Performance (2016), 42(10), 1587-15600

Recent research suggests that sleepiness and mind-wandering—the experience of thoughts that are both stimulus-independent and task-unrelated—frequently co-occur and are both associated with poorer ... [more ▼]

Recent research suggests that sleepiness and mind-wandering—the experience of thoughts that are both stimulus-independent and task-unrelated—frequently co-occur and are both associated with poorer cognitive functioning. Whether these two phenomena have distinguishable effects on task performance remains unknown, however. To investigate this question, we employed the online experience sampling of mind-wandering episodes and subjective sleepiness during a laboratory task (the Sustained Attention to Response Task; SART), and also assessed mind-wandering frequency and sleep-related disturbances in daily life using self-report questionnaires. The results revealed that the tendency to experience mind-wandering episodes during the SART and daily life was associated with higher levels of daytime sleepiness and sleep-related disturbances. Importantly, however, mind-wandering and sleepiness were independent predictors of SART performance at both the within- and between-individuals levels. These findings demonstrate that, although mind-wandering and sleepiness frequently co-occur, these two phenomena have distinguishable and additive effects on task performance. [less ▲]

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See detailIohexol plasma clearance for measuring glomerular filtration rate in clinical practice and research: a review. Part 2: Why to measure glomerular filtration rate with iohexol?
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; Melson, Toralf; Ebert, Natalie et al

in Clinical Kidney Journal (2016)

2 | P. Delanaye et al. Abstract A reliable assessment of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is of paramount importance in clinical practice as well as epidemiological and clinical research settings. It is ... [more ▼]

2 | P. Delanaye et al. Abstract A reliable assessment of glomerular filtration rate (GFR) is of paramount importance in clinical practice as well as epidemiological and clinical research settings. It is recommended by Kidney Disease: Improving Global Outcomes guidelines in specific populations (anorectic, cirrhotic, obese, renal and non-renal transplant patients) where estimation equations are unreliable. Measured GFR is the only valuable test to confirm or confute the status of chronic kidney disease (CKD), to evaluate the slope of renal function decay over time, to assess the suitability of living kidney donors and for dosing of potentially toxic medication with a narrowtherapeutic index. Abnormally elevatedGFRor hyperfiltration in patients with diabetes or obesity can be correctly diagnosed only by measuring GFR. GFR measurement contributes to assessing the true CKD prevalence rate, avoiding discrepancies duetoGFRestimation with different equations. Usingmeasured GFR, successfullyaccomplished in large epidemiological studies, is the onlyway to study the potential link between decreased renal functionand cardiovascular or total mortality, being sure that this association is not due to confounders, i.e. non-GFR determinants of biomarkers. In clinical research, it has been shown that measured GFR (or measured GFR slope) as a secondary endpoint as compared with estimated GFR detected subtle treatment effects and obtained these results with a comparatively smaller sample size than trials choosing estimated GFR. Measuring GFR by iohexol has several advantages: simplicity, low cost, stability and low interlaboratory variation. Iohexol plasma clearance represents the best chance for implementing a standardized GFR measurement protocol applicable worldwide both in clinical practice and in research. [less ▲]

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See detailUne cause atypique de fistule cutanée
Damiens, Justine; Shimizu, Naomi ULg; Claeys, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Monde Vétérinaire (Le) (2016), 163

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See detailA Great Era Comes to an End: And a New One Begins!
Kolh, Philippe ULg; Dick, F.

in European journal of vascular and endovascular surgery : the official journal of the European Society for Vascular Surgery (2016), 52(4), 423-424

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See detailDirect Imaging of the Onset of Electrical Conduction in Silver Nanowire Networks by Infrared Thermography: Evidence of Geometrical Quantized Percolation
Sannicolo, Thomas; Munoz-Rojas, David; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg et al

in Nano Letters (2016), 16

Advancement in the science and technology of random metallic nanowire (MNW) networks is crucial for their appropriate integration in many applications, including transparent electrodes for optoelectronics ... [more ▼]

Advancement in the science and technology of random metallic nanowire (MNW) networks is crucial for their appropriate integration in many applications, including transparent electrodes for optoelectronics and transparent film heaters. We have recently highlighted the discontinuous activation of efficient percolating pathways (EPPs) for networks having densities slightly above the percolation threshold. Such networks exhibit abrupt drops of electrical resistance when thermal or electrical annealing is performed, giving rise to a “geometrically quantized percolation”. In this letter, Lock-in Thermography (LiT) is used to provide visual evidence of geometrical quantized percolation: when low voltage is applied to the network, individual “illuminated pathways” can be detected and new branches get highlighted as the voltage is incrementally increased. This experimental approach has allowed us to validate our original model and map the electrical and thermal distributions in silver nanowire (AgNW) networks. We also study the effects of electrode morphology and wire dimensions on quantized percolation. Furthermore we demonstrate that the network failure at high temperature can also be governed by a quantized increase of the electrical resistance, corresponding to the discontinuous destruction of individual pathways (anti-percolation). More generally, we demonstrate that LiT is as a promising tool for the detection of conductive sub-clusters, as well as hot spots in AgNW networks. [less ▲]

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See detailTransmission Efficiency of Cucumber Mosaic Virus by Myzus persicae According to Virus Strain and Aphid Clone from China
Bosquée, Emilie ULg; Yin, Ronling; Bragard, Claude et al

in Asian Journal of Plant Pathology (2016)

Background: Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) is one of the most important viruses infecting vegetables in the fields throughout the world. Transmission efficiency of CMV could depend on the variability of ... [more ▼]

Background: Cucumber mosaic virus (CMV) is one of the most important viruses infecting vegetables in the fields throughout the world. Transmission efficiency of CMV could depend on the variability of virus strain but also aphid vector species and/or clones. Materials and Methods: By sequence analysis, the coat protein gene of CMV strains from different regions revealed that the CMV isolates used for this study belong to the same group. Both CMV strains and Myzus persicae (Sulzer) aphid clones were investigated for their role in viral dispersion by reciprocal tests on Nicotiana tabacum (L.) using the same clone of Myzus persicae towards different CMV strains or using one CMV strain on different Myzus persicae clones. Results: Virus transmission efficiency was found to be significantly influenced by selected CMV strains (from 5-30% of transmission rate for identical aphid clone) and also by the selected aphid clones (variation from 15-70% of transmission rate for identical virus strain). Conclusion: The CMV transmission efficiency depends on the variability of virus strain but also aphid vector clones. Combining the variability of CMV transmission rates for both aphid and virus sides, the prediction and modeling of virus spreading seems to be difficult to organize and are closely dependent on the variability of each protagonist-aphid and virus. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude comparative des performances zootechniques d'une souche domestiquée de Clarias gariepinus (Burchell, 1822) et d'une souche sauvage de Clarias anguillaris (Linnaeus, 1758).
Compaore, Inoussa; Toguyeni, Aboubacar; Rougeot, Carole ULg et al

in Int. J. Biol. Chem. Sci. (2016), 10(5), 2138-2150

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See detailAutologous osteoblastic cells (PREOBy) versus concentrated bone marrow implantation in osteonecrosis of the femoral head: A randomized study
HAUZEUR, Jean-Philippe ULg; Tungouz, Michel; LECHANTEUR, Chantal ULg et al

in Revue de Chirurgie Orthopédique et Traumatologique (2016), 102(Issue 7), 73

In non-traumatic osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH), implantation of bone marrow concentrate (BMC) containing mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) could delay ONFH progression and improve symptoms (Hernigou ... [more ▼]

In non-traumatic osteonecrosis of the femoral head (ONFH), implantation of bone marrow concentrate (BMC) containing mesenchymal stem cells (MSC) could delay ONFH progression and improve symptoms (Hernigou 2002, Gangji 2004). The next step was to assess the hypothesis that a population of autologous osteoblastic cells (OB) consisting in a more differentiated cell than MSC, could be more efficacious than BMC in early stages ON. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing a Jiles‐Atherton vector hysteresis model for isotropic magnetic materials with the finite element method, Newton‐Raphson method, and relaxation procedure
Guérin, Christophe; Jacques, Kevin ULg; Vazquez Sabariego, Ruth et al

in International Journal of Numerical Modelling: Electronic Networks, Devices and Fields (2016)

This paper deals with the use of a Jiles‐Ather ton vector hysteresis model included in 2D finite element modeling. The hysteresis model is only valid for isotropic materials. It is implemented with the ... [more ▼]

This paper deals with the use of a Jiles‐Ather ton vector hysteresis model included in 2D finite element modeling. The hysteresis model is only valid for isotropic materials. It is implemented with the vector potential formulation in 2D along with electric circuit equations to account for a possible external circuit. The Newton‐Raphson algorithm is used with a relaxation procedure, whereby at each iteration, th e relaxation coefficient is sought so as to minimize the Euclidean norm of the residual of the finite element nonlinear system of equations. We have simulated several numerical examples with the proposed approach. First, simulation s on a square domain were conducted so as to validate the model. We have further simulated a T‐shaped magnetic circuit (exhibiting rotating flux) and a 3‐phase 3‐limb transformer model. For these 2 cases, the eddy current losses in the laminations are taken into account by a low‐frequency model. We have finally performed simulations on the TEAM workshop problem 32, which consists of a 3‐limb transformer with 2 windings, for which current and local magnetic flux density measurements are available. We obtained a good agreement between computed and measured results. [less ▲]

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See detailOrganizaciones regionales y diversidad cultural: la diplomacia de la Unión Europea con el Mercosur entre la sombra de Hollywood y la acción intergubernamental
Vlassis, Antonios ULg

in Cuadernos de Información y Comunicación (2016), 21

Abstract. The aim of the article is double: on the one hand, to explore the EU’s ability to conduct a foreign audiovisual policy towards the Mercosur region and to promote the norms of the Convention on ... [more ▼]

Abstract. The aim of the article is double: on the one hand, to explore the EU’s ability to conduct a foreign audiovisual policy towards the Mercosur region and to promote the norms of the Convention on diversity of cultural expressions; on the other hand, to analyze the impact of the EU audiovisual policy model on the development of the Mercosur audiovisual cooperation and to focus on the main forces shaping the Mercosur audiovisual landscape. The article seeks to emphasize why and how the EU pursues an audiovisual foreign policy towards the Mercosur region, for which purposes as well as to highlight the resistances. In this sense, it is more concerned with understanding how the EU’s audiovisual diplomacy interplays with other main factors, such as the governmental action, namely the EU and Mercosur members’ audiovisual diplomacy and the practices of private sector (Hollywood and big media conglomerates). [less ▲]

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See detailA case of added value of 123I-mIBG SPECT/CT imaging in the diagnosis of a pheochromocytoma extending into the left adrenal vein
PAQUES, Florence ULg; HAMOIR, Etienne ULg; LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULg et al

in Acta Chirurgica Belgica (2016)

We present the case of a 48-year-old patient with a left adrenal incidentaloma found on computed tomography (CT) for which the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma was confirmed by a 24-hour urinary dosage of ... [more ▼]

We present the case of a 48-year-old patient with a left adrenal incidentaloma found on computed tomography (CT) for which the diagnosis of pheochromocytoma was confirmed by a 24-hour urinary dosage of norepinephrine. The 123I-mIBG scintigraphy showed a high uptake of 123I-mIBG in the left adrenal gland and, additionally, the single photon emission computed tomography combined with a low-dose CT (SPECT/CT) suggested the extension into the adrenal vein. The diagnostic CT and magnetic resonance images agreed with these findings and the subsequent surgery confirmed the vascular invasion. [less ▲]

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See detailDon et dette de vie à l'adolescence
Haxhe, Stéphanie ULg; de Saint Georges, Marie-Christine; Michard, Pierre et al

in Adolescence (2016), 34(3), 597-605

L’adolescent récuse la dette de vie et réclame autonomie et considération. Néanmoins, la société actuelle offre à l’adolescent des parents fragilisés. La réalité de l’adolescent contemporain apparaît ... [more ▼]

L’adolescent récuse la dette de vie et réclame autonomie et considération. Néanmoins, la société actuelle offre à l’adolescent des parents fragilisés. La réalité de l’adolescent contemporain apparaît alors comme une quête en tension entre une nécessaire appropriation de lui-même et des dons discrets à ses parents. Si ces dons ne sont pas reçus et échouent à introduire parents et adolescent à une nouvelle position relationnelle, le risque d’un épuisement de l’adolescent est à prendre en considération. [less ▲]

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See detailL’approche sémiotique de Charles Goodwin : langage visuel, énonciation et diagramme
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULg

in Tracés. Revue de Sciences Humaines (2016), 3(automne),

This text investigates the connexion between the work of Charles Goodwin and contemporary semiotics. I initially address the relations between verbal, visual, and gestural languages in semiotic terms by ... [more ▼]

This text investigates the connexion between the work of Charles Goodwin and contemporary semiotics. I initially address the relations between verbal, visual, and gestural languages in semiotic terms by exploring the Goodwin’s notational system (transcription of exchanges) from the point of view of its constituent units. Secondly, I consider the meeting points between Goodwin’s concept of the substrate and Fontanille’s enunciative praxis in order to examine the dynamic relationship between sedimentation and transformation. Finally, I analyse the concept of diagrammatic reasoning by elaborating on the example of the geologists’ “first inscriptions” studied by Goodwin. The form of diagrammatic reasoning examined here functions as a discovery device that exemplifies the dynamics of sedimentation and novelty, and it can thus be studied in the framework of Goodwin’s transcription practices. [less ▲]

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See detailApparition de la puberté chez les agneaux mâles de race Ouled Djellal
Boussena, Sabrina; Bouaziz, O.; Hireche, S. et al

in Revue de Médecine Vétérinaire (2016), 167(9-10), 274-282

The aim of this study is to evaluate the body and testicular growth performances in Ouled Djellal rams from weaning until twelve months of age. It also contributes to the study of the onset of puberty in ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study is to evaluate the body and testicular growth performances in Ouled Djellal rams from weaning until twelve months of age. It also contributes to the study of the onset of puberty in Ouled Djellal rams and to follow the subsequent evolution of their semen production. Weekly measurements of body weight, chest perimeter, scrotal circumference, testicular length and diameter, as well as the cauda-epididymis diameter of the gonads were conducted in ten rams, from weaning and until the onset of puberty. Semen collection was also performed in the same manner with an electroejaculator in order to define puberty. After the onset of puberty, observations were made fortnightly on body weight, chest perimeter, testis morphometry and the evolution of semen characteristics. Puberty settled at an average age of 228± 7 days with an average weight of 40.4 ± 1.2 kg. Highly significant correlations were observed between testicular measurements and those of the body. Similar significant correlations were also observed between testicular measurements (especially scrotal circumference) and semen characteristics after puberty. [less ▲]

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

in Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies (2016)

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

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

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See detailELP3 links tRNA modification to IRES-dependent translation of LEF-1 to promote metastasis in breast cancer
Delaunay, Sylvain ULg; Rapino, Francesca ULg; Tharun, Lars et al

in The Journal of Experimental Medicine (2016), 213

Quantitative and qualitative changes in mRNA translation occur in tumor cells and support cancer progression and metastasis. Post-transcriptional nucleoside modifications of transfer RNAs (tRNAs) at the ... [more ▼]

Quantitative and qualitative changes in mRNA translation occur in tumor cells and support cancer progression and metastasis. Post-transcriptional nucleoside modifications of transfer RNAs (tRNAs) at the wobble U34 base are highly conserved and contribute to translation fidelity. Here, we show that ELP3 and CTU1/2, partner enzymes in U34 mcm5s2-tRNA modification, are upregulated in human breast cancers and sustain metastasis. Elp3 genetic ablation strongly impaired invasion and metastasis formation in the PyMT model of invasive breast cancer. Mechanistically, ELP3 and CTU1/2 support cellular invasion through the translation of the oncoprotein DEK. As a result, DEK promotes the IRES-dependent translation of the pro-invasive transcription factor LEF1. Consistently, a DEK mutant, whose codon composition is independent of U34 mcm5s2-tRNA modification, escapes the ELP3- and CTU1-dependent regulation and restores the IRES-dependent LEF1 expression. Our results demonstrate the key role of U34 tRNA modification to support specific translation during breast cancer progression and highlight a functional link between tRNA modification- and IRES-dependent translation during tumor cell invasion and metastasis. [less ▲]

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See detailQuantitative Three-Dimensional Color Flow Echocardiography of Chronic Mitral Regurgitation: New Methods, New Perspectives, New Challenges
zhou, x; vannan, m; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg

in Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography (2016), 29(10), 935-937

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See detailInternational Trade Sanctions related to Dual-Use Goods and Technologies
Colussi, Ilaria Anna ULg

in Athens Journal of Law (2016), 2(4), 237-252

One of the basic rules in trade law is the freedom of trade. However, such rule encounters some limitations when the object of trade is constituted by strategic items, such as dual-use items, which may ... [more ▼]

One of the basic rules in trade law is the freedom of trade. However, such rule encounters some limitations when the object of trade is constituted by strategic items, such as dual-use items, which may have peaceful (civilian/commercial) or non peaceful/military applications. Trade of these categories of goods needs to be controlled, as they can provoke security concerns. Such control is pursued through control lists, licenses, authorizations to stakeholders of the supply chain, information- sharing and cooperation mechanisms, reports, records, declarations, screenings and sanctions as well. The paper aims at focusing on the issue of sanctions, in particular the ones established at the international level: these measures are provided for the violation of trade rules in reference to dual-use items, and/or sanctions have as an object this type of goods. The legal provisions established by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and at the United Nations level are analysed thereafter. Brief observations are offered as regards the EU framework of restrictive measures too. [less ▲]

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See detailLes soins en hôpital de jour : du trou de serrure au jeu de clés…
REUTER, Benjamin ULg; TIBERGHIEN, Céline; Triffaux, Jean-Marc ULg

in Revue des Hôpitaux de Jour Psychiatriques et des Thérapies Institutionnelles (2016), 18

During a new period of disruption with the hospital-tradition of psychiatric care, the specificity and originality of the Day Hospital remains to be defined. The metaphoric dimension of the therapeutic ... [more ▼]

During a new period of disruption with the hospital-tradition of psychiatric care, the specificity and originality of the Day Hospital remains to be defined. The metaphoric dimension of the therapeutic “passe-partout”, could be appliqued to hospitals which are to this day, part of institutional therapy story: The care teams have effectively replaced the walls to accommodate the most complex mental diseases. Several therapeutic “keys” are well produced and co-constructed with the fundamental goal of allowing the patient to (re) gain freedom-bridges lost under the weight of his psychopathology. Even though in 40 years the Day Hospital continues to evolve and reinvent, it interestingly gets through crises. This ability to overcome crises is seen in the deinstitutionalization crisis where it was handled with stability due to its originality. Stability does not mean stagnation: the daily questioning of the therapeutic work group leads us… Thanks to this article, we will specifically highlight the therapeutic effect observed across the different support models to the Day Hospital. [less ▲]

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See detailLE MÉDICAMENT DU MOIS Dapagliflozine (Forxiga®) Inhibiteur des cotransporteurs rénaux SGLT2, nouvel agent anti-hyperglycémiant dans le diabète de type 2
SCHEEN, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71(10), 463-469

Résumé : La dapagliflozine, un inhibiteur spécifique des cotransporteurs sodium-glucose de type 2 (SGLT2), inhibe la réabsorption tubulaire rénale du glucose et accroît la gluco¬surie. Il en résulte une ... [more ▼]

Résumé : La dapagliflozine, un inhibiteur spécifique des cotransporteurs sodium-glucose de type 2 (SGLT2), inhibe la réabsorption tubulaire rénale du glucose et accroît la gluco¬surie. Il en résulte une diminution de la glycémie et du taux d’hémoglobine glyquée (HbA1c), avec un risque faible d’hypo¬glycémie, une perte pondérale et une diminution de la pression artérielle. L’efficacité sur la réduction du taux d’HbA1c est d’autant plus importante que l’hyperglycémie est élevée, mais elle diminue en cas d’insuffisance rénale. Les infections géni¬tales mycotiques sont plus fréquentes, surtout chez la femme, alors que l’augmentation des infections urinaires basses n’est que marginale. La dapagliflozine (Forxiga®), commercialisée à la dose de 10 mg une fois par jour, est indiquée pour le trai¬tement du diabète de type 2 et remboursée en Belgique, sous conditions, en ajout à la metformine, un sulfamide ou le répa-glinide, une association metformine-sulfamide/répaglinide ou une insuline basale avec au moins un antidiabétique oral. Des données préliminaires ne démontrent pas d’augmentation du risque cardiovasculaire par rapport au comparateur et suggèrent même une protection cardiovasculaire et rénale, à confirmer dans l’essai DECLARE, une grande étude prospec¬tive contrôlée actuellement en cours chez des patients diabé¬tiques de type 2 à haut risque cardiovasculaire. [less ▲]

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See detailLa revue Poétique
Lorent, Fanny ULg

in La revue des revues (2016), 56

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

in Journal of Applied Phycology (2016), 28(5), 29032914

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

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

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

in Evaluer : Journal International de Recherche en Education et Formation (2016), 2(1), 37-52

L’évaluation de la formation par les participants est une pratique courante aujourd’hui, portée à la fois par des exigences de rentabilité et de qualité. Cependant, cet exercice, qui se présente ... [more ▼]

L’évaluation de la formation par les participants est une pratique courante aujourd’hui, portée à la fois par des exigences de rentabilité et de qualité. Cependant, cet exercice, qui se présente souvent sous la forme de questionnaires individuels remis à la fin de la formation, peut être vécu par ceux qui les remplissent comme un rituel obligé mais présentant peu d’intérêt. C’est dans l’intention de proposer une alternative à cette situation que cet article a été rédigé. Dans un premier temps, nous faisons le point sur les modes les plus habituels d’évaluation de la formation par les participants. Nous identifions les récurrences de ce genre de pratique et les questions qu’elles posent. Ensuite, nous avançons cinq manières de procéder à une évaluation de telle sorte qu’elle soit bénéfique tant aux apprenants qu’au formateur. Les propositions sont réparties en deux familles (centrée sur l’activité de l’apprenant et centrée sur le processus de formation). Elles visent, au contraire de ce qui est pratiqué habituellement, à mettre au travail chacun des acteurs, formateur comme apprenants, afin que le moment de l’évaluation constitue une occasion de continuer à apprendre. Cette approche est aussi potentiellement transférable en contexte scolaire lors de l’évaluation des enseignants (ou des enseignements) par les élèves/étudiants. [less ▲]

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See detailEntreprise sociale et économie sociale en Asie (Partie II)
Bidet, Eric; Defourny, Jacques ULg; Nyssens, Marthe (eds)

in Revue Internationale de l'Economie Sociale : Recma, Revue des Etudes Coopératives, Mutualistes et Associatives (2016), (n° 342),

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See detailCo-simulation of Electromagnetic Transients and Phasor Models: a Relaxation Approach
Plumier, Frédéric ULg; Aristidou, Petros; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg et al

in IEEE Transactions on Power Delivery (2016), 31(5),

Co-simulation opens new opportunities to combine mature ElectroMagnetic Transients (EMT) and Phasor-Mode (PM) solvers, and take advantage of their respective high accuracy and execution speed. In this ... [more ▼]

Co-simulation opens new opportunities to combine mature ElectroMagnetic Transients (EMT) and Phasor-Mode (PM) solvers, and take advantage of their respective high accuracy and execution speed. In this paper, a relaxation approach is presented, iterating between an EMT and a PM solver. This entails interpolating over time the phasors of the PM simulation, extracting phasors from the time evolutions of the EMT simulation, and representing each sub-system by a proper multiport equivalent when simulating the other sub-system. Various equivalents are reviewed and compared in terms of convergence of the PM-EMT iterations. The paper also considers the update with frequency of the Thévenin impedances involved in the EMT simulation, the possibility to compute the EMT solution only once per time step, and the acceleration of convergence through a prediction over time of the boundary variables. Results are presented on a 74-bus, 23-machine test system, split into one EMT and one PM sub-system with several interface buses. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-Term Results of 18 Fat Injections in Unilateral Vocal Fold Paralysis
PAGANO, Rémi ULg; Morsomme, Dominique ULg; CAMBY, Séverine ULg et al

in Journal of Voice (2016)

Summary: Objective. The purposes of this study were to assess the long-term efficacy of medialization laryngo- plasty via injection of autologous fat in patients with unilateral laryngeal paralysis, and ... [more ▼]

Summary: Objective. The purposes of this study were to assess the long-term efficacy of medialization laryngo- plasty via injection of autologous fat in patients with unilateral laryngeal paralysis, and to discuss the results based on the volume of fat injected and the size of the initial glottic gap. Study design. This was a retrospective study with clinical reevaluation of 18 patients treated for unilateral laryn- geal paralysis at Liège University Hospital between April 1, 2011, and December 1, 2014. Method. The voice examination included subjective scales (GRBAS and the Voice Handicap Index), a report on acous- tic and aerodynamic voice parameters, and laryngostroboscopic assessment of glottic closure and mucosal wave (T0: preoperative; T1: immediate postoperative; T2: >1 year). Results. The median follow-up duration was 19 months. We observed a significant improvement in maximum pho- nation time; mean flow rate; jitter; the Voice Handicap Index; the G, R, B, and A subscales of the GRBAS-I; and glottic closure at T1. These parameters remained stable over time, without any significant difference except for shimmer and glottic closure between T1 and T2. Regardless of the volume of fat injected and the magnitude of the initial glottic gap, we did not see any significant difference from one assessment time to another. Conclusion. Medialization laryngoplasty by means of the injection of autologous fat is a safe, effective surgical tech- nique for patients with unilateral laryngeal paralysis regardless of the size of the initial glottic gap. The results are maintained longer than 1 year, and no evidence of significant resorption of the fat was found in our study over a period of 12–58 months. The volume of fat injected does not seem to affect the functional results. Key Words: Glottic insufficiency–Glottic closure–Glottic gap–Laryngeal paralysis–Vocal fold paralysis–Laryngoplasty– Autologous fat–Fat injection. [less ▲]

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See detailUne approche psychocriminologique de la radicalisation : le modèle de «transformation cognitivo-affective de la définition de soi et de la construction du sens dans l’engagement radical violent»
Garcet, Serge ULg

in Revue de la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Liège (2016), 3

La question de la radicalisation violente renvoie à un champ de recherches transdisciplinaire qui nécessite d’articuler les niveaux micro, méso et macro d’analyse. Dans cette perspective, après avoir ... [more ▼]

La question de la radicalisation violente renvoie à un champ de recherches transdisciplinaire qui nécessite d’articuler les niveaux micro, méso et macro d’analyse. Dans cette perspective, après avoir interrogé la place faite aux variables individuelles dans les principaux modèles explicatifs du processus de radicalisation, l’article envisage comment la capacité d’autodétermination du sujet et sa capacité à agir sur lui-même autant que sur son environnement transforment progressivement les cognitions et nourrissent la motivation à s’engager. Les principes de cette interaction complexe entre la personne et son environnement sont synthétisés dans le modèle original de «transformation cognitivo-affective de la définition de soi et de la construction du sens dans l’engagement radical violent ». [less ▲]

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See detailLe bouleau, une essence qui s'impose. Description de la ressource dans son aire de distribution
Dubois, Héloïse ULg; Latte, Nicolas ULg; Lecomte, Hugues et al

in FORÊT.NATURE (2016), 140

L'essentiel de la ressource en bouleau (verruqueux et pubescent) se situe en Russie et en Scandinavie (15 milliards de m³) et cette ressource augmente graduellement depuis plusieurs années. Il y est ... [more ▼]

L'essentiel de la ressource en bouleau (verruqueux et pubescent) se situe en Russie et en Scandinavie (15 milliards de m³) et cette ressource augmente graduellement depuis plusieurs années. Il y est fortement valorisé en sciage, déroulage et trituration. En Europe de l'Ouest, cette croissance s'observe aussi, même si seulement 1 % de la ressource s'y concentre (dû notamment à la plus grande diversité d'essences commerciales présentes). En Wallonie, les évolutions du contexte socio-économique et environnemental jouent en faveur d'une augmentation de la présence du bouleau (parcelles non reboisées, entretien insuffisant, mélanges spontanés...). Le bouleau représente souvent une belle opportunité pour les mélanges, une excellente essence d'accompagnement et une diversification de la production. Mais, sans une sylviculture adaptée, les grumes sont généralement de faible dimension et présentent de nombreux défauts. C'est le cas de l'essentiel de la ressource actuelle en Wallonie. Aujourd'hui, les besoins sont de mieux le connaître, notamment les opportunités de valorisation, et d'aboutir à des recommandations sylvicoles. Il ne s'agit donc pas de vouloir faire du bouleau à tout prix mais plutôt de tirer profit d'une étape transitoire de la succession forestière. [less ▲]

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See detailShift in the chemical composition of dissolved organic matter in the Congo River network
Lambert, Thibault ULg; Bouillon, S.; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

in Biogeosciences (2016), 13(18), 5405-5420

The processing of terrestrially derived dissolved organic matter (DOM) during downstream transport in fluvial networks is poorly understood. Here, we report a dataset of dissolved organic carbon (DOC ... [more ▼]

The processing of terrestrially derived dissolved organic matter (DOM) during downstream transport in fluvial networks is poorly understood. Here, we report a dataset of dissolved organic carbon (DOC) concentrations and DOM composition (stable carbon isotope ratios, absorption and fluorescence properties) acquired along a 1700 km transect in the middle reach of the Congo River Basin. Samples were collected in the mainstem and its tributaries during high water (HW) and falling water (FW) periods. DOC concentrations and DOM composition along the mainstem were found to differ between the two periods, because of a reduced lateral mixing between the central water masses of the Congo River and DOM-rich waters from tributaries and also likely because of a greater photodegradation during FW as water residence time (WRT) increased. Although the Cuvette Centrale wetland (one of the world’s largest flooded forest) continuously releases highly aromatic DOM in streams and rivers of the Congo Basin, the downstream transport of DOM was found to result in an along stream gradient from aromatic to aliphatic compounds. The characterization of DOM through parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) suggests that this transition results from (1) the losses of aromatic compounds by photodegradation and (2) the production of aliphatic compounds by biological reworking of terrestrial DOM. Finally, this study highlights the critical importance of the river-floodplain connectivity in tropical rivers in controlling DOM biogeochemistry at large spatial scale and suggests that the degree of DOM processing during downstream transport is a function of landscape characteristics and WRT [less ▲]

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See detailFirst characterization and validation of FORLI-HNO3 vertical profiles retrieved from IASI/Metop
Ronsmans, G.; Langerock, B.; Wespes, C. et al

in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (2016), 16

Knowing the spatial and seasonal distributions of nitric acid (HNO3) around the globe is of great interest to apprehend the processes regulating stratospheric ozone, especially in the polar regions ... [more ▼]

Knowing the spatial and seasonal distributions of nitric acid (HNO3) around the globe is of great interest to apprehend the processes regulating stratospheric ozone, especially in the polar regions. Thanks to its unprecedented spatial and temporal sampling, the nadir-viewing Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer (IASI) allows sounding the atmosphere twice a day globally, with good spectral resolution and low noise. With the Fast Optimal Retrievals on Layers for IASI (FORLI) algorithm, we are retrieving, in near-real time, columns as well as vertical profiles of several atmospheric species, amongst which is HNO3. We present in this paper the first characterization of the FORLI-HNO3 profile products, in terms of vertical sensitivity and error budgets. We show that the sensitivity of IASI to HNO3 is highest in the lower stratosphere (10–20km), where the largest amounts of HNO3 are found, but that the vertical sensitivity of IASI only allows one level of information on the profile (DOFS 1). The sensitivity near the surface is negligible in most cases, and for this reason, a partial column (5–35km) is used for the analyses. Both vertical profiles and partial columns are compared to FTIR ground-based measurements from the Network for the Detection of Atmospheric Composition Change (NDACC) to characterize the accuracy and precision of the FORLI-HNO3 product. The profile validation is conducted through the smoothing of the raw FTIR profiles by the IASI averaging kernels and gives good results, with a slight overestimation of IASI measurements in the Upper Troposphere-Lower Stratosphere (UTLS) at the 6 chosen stations (Thule, Kiruna, Jungfraujoch, Izaña, Lauder and Arrival Heights). The validation of the partial columns (5–35km) is also conclusive with a mean correlation of 0.93 between IASI and the FTIR measurements. An initial survey of the HNO3 spatial and seasonal variabilities obtained from IASI measurements for a one year (2011) data set shows that the expected latitudinal gradient of concentrations from low to high latitudes and the large seasonal variability in polar regions (cycle amplitude around 30% of the seasonal signal, peak-to-peak) are well represented with IASI data. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreasing the salience of fluency cues does not reduce the recognition memory impairment in Alzheimer’s disease!
Simon, Jessica ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg; SALMON, Eric ULg et al

in Journal of Neuropsychology (2016)

In Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it is now well established that recollection is impaired from the beginning of the disease, whereas findings are less clear concerning familiarity. One of the most important ... [more ▼]

In Alzheimer’s disease (AD), it is now well established that recollection is impaired from the beginning of the disease, whereas findings are less clear concerning familiarity. One of the most important mechanisms underlying familiarity is the sense of familiarity driven by processing fluency. In this study, we attempted to attenuate recognition memory deficits in AD by maximizing the salience of fluency cues in two conditions of a recognition memory task. In one condition, targets and foils have been created from the same pool of letters (Overlap condition). In a second condition, targets and foils have been derived from two separate pools of letters (No-Overlap condition), promoting the use of letter-driven visual and phonetic fluency. Targets and foils were low-frequency words. The memory tasks were performed by 15 patients with AD and 16 healthy controls. Both groups improved their memory performance in the No-Overlap condition compared to the Overlap condition. Patients with AD were able to use fluency cues during recognition memory as older adults did, but this did not allow to compensate for dysfunction of recognition memory processes. [less ▲]

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See detailDouble-slit experiment in momentum space
Ivanov, Igor ULg; Seipt, Daniel; Surzhykov, Andrey et al

in Europhysics Letters (2016), 115(4), 41001

Young's classic double-slit experiment demonstrates the reality of interference when waves and particles travel simultaneously along two different spatial paths. Here, we propose a double-slit experiment ... [more ▼]

Young's classic double-slit experiment demonstrates the reality of interference when waves and particles travel simultaneously along two different spatial paths. Here, we propose a double-slit experiment in momentum space, realized in the free-space elastic scattering of vortex electrons. We show that this process proceeds along two paths in momentum space, which are well localized and well separated from each other. For such vortex beams, the (plane-wave) amplitudes along the two paths acquire adjustable phase shifts and produce interference fringes in the final angular distribution. We argue that this experiment can be realized with the present-day technology. We show that it gives experimental access to the Coulomb phase, a quantity which plays an important role in all charged particle scattering but which usual scattering experiments are insensitive to. [less ▲]

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See detailNuclear Magnetic Resonance Metabolomic Profiling of Mouse Kidney, Urine and Serum Following Renal Ischemia/Reperfusion Injury.
Jouret, François ULg; Leenders, Justine ULg; Defraigne, Jean-Olivier ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2016), 11(9), 1-14

Abstract BACKGROUND: Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is the most common cause of acute kidney injury (AKI). Its pathophysiology remains unclear. Metabolomics is dedicated to identify metabolites involved in ... [more ▼]

Abstract BACKGROUND: Ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) is the most common cause of acute kidney injury (AKI). Its pathophysiology remains unclear. Metabolomics is dedicated to identify metabolites involved in (patho)physiological changes of integrated living systems. Here, we performed 1H-Nuclear Magnetic Resonance metabolomics using urine, serum and kidney samples from a mouse model of renal I/R. METHODS: Renal 30-min ischemia was induced in 12-week-old C57BL/6J male mice by bilaterally clamping vascular pedicles, and was followed by 6, 24 or 48-hour reperfusion (n = 12/group). Sham-operated mice were used as controls. Statistical discriminant analyses, i.e. principal component analysis and orthogonal projections to latent structures (OPLS-DA), were performed on urine, serum and kidney lysates at each time-point. Multivariate receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves were drawn, and sensitivity and specificity were calculated from ROC confusion matrix (with averaged class probabilities across 100 cross-validations). RESULTS: Urine OPLS-DA analysis showed a net separation between I/R and sham groups, with significant variations in levels of taurine, di- and tri-methylamine, creatine and lactate. Such changes were observed as early as 6 hours post reperfusion. Major metabolome modifications occurred at 24h post reperfusion. At this time-point, correlation coefficients between urine spectra and conventional AKI biomarkers, i.e. serum creatinine and urea levels, reached 0.94 and 0.95, respectively. The area under ROC curve at 6h, 24h and 48h post surgery were 0.73, 0.98 and 0.97, respectively. Similar discriminations were found in kidney samples, with changes in levels of lactate, fatty acids, choline and taurine. By contrast, serum OPLS-DA analysis could not discriminate sham-operated from I/R-exposed animals. CONCLUSIONS: Our study demonstrates that renal I/R in mouse causes early and sustained metabolomic changes in urine and kidney composition. The most implicated pathways at 6h and 24h post reperfusion include gluconeogenesis, taurine and hypotaurine metabolism, whereas protein biosynthesis, glycolysis, and galactose and arginine metabolism are key at 48h post reperfusion. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts of ikaite export from sea ice to the underlying seawater in a sea ice-seawater mesocosm
Geilfus, N.-X.; Galley, R. J.; Else, B. G. T. et al

in Cryosphere (The) (2016), 10

Ikaite precipitation within sea ice could act as a significant sink for atmospheric CO2. However, the fate of these ikaite crystals is still poorly understood. We quantify temporal inorganic carbon ... [more ▼]

Ikaite precipitation within sea ice could act as a significant sink for atmospheric CO2. However, the fate of these ikaite crystals is still poorly understood. We quantify temporal inorganic carbon dynamics from initial sea ice formation from open water to its melt during a month-long experiment in a sea ice-seawater mesocosm pool. Within sea ice, ikaite precipitation and CO2 exchange with the atmosphere were the main processes affecting inorganic carbon dynamics, while the dissolution of ikaite was the main process affecting inorganic carbon dynamics in the underlying seawater. Based on the total alkalinity (TA) and total dissolved inorganic carbon (TCO2) within sea ice and seawater, we estimated ikaite precipitated up to 167 ± 3 µmol kg-1 within sea ice; up to 57 % of the ikaite precipitated within sea ice was exported to the underlying seawater where it was dissolved. Ikaite export from the ice to the underlying seawater was associated with brine rejection during sea ice growth, increased sea ice vertical connectivity due to the upward percolation of seawater, and meltwater flushing during sea ice melt. The dissolution of the ikaite crystals in the water column kept the seawater pCO2 undersaturated compared to the atmosphere in spite of increased salinity, TA, and TCO2 associated with sea ice growth. Results indicate that ikaite export from sea ice and its dissolution in the underlying seawater can potentially hamper the effect of oceanic acidification on the aragonite saturation state (Ωaragonite) in fall and winter in ice-covered areas, at the time when Ωaragonite is smallest. [less ▲]

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See detailT2-weighted MRI signal predicts hormone and tumor responses to somatostatin analogs in acromegaly.
Potorac, Iulia ULg; PETROSSIANS, Patrick ULg; Daly, Adrian ULg et al

in Endocrine-Related Cancer (2016), 23(11), 871881

GH-secreting pituitary adenomas can be hypo-, iso- or hyperintense on T2-weighted MRI sequences. We conducted the current multicenter study in a large population of patients with acromegaly to analyze the ... [more ▼]

GH-secreting pituitary adenomas can be hypo-, iso- or hyperintense on T2-weighted MRI sequences. We conducted the current multicenter study in a large population of patients with acromegaly to analyze the relationship between T2-weighted signal intensity on diagnostic MRI and hormonal and tumoral responses to somatostatin analogs (SSA) as primary monotherapy. Acromegaly patients receiving primary SSA for at least 3 months were included in the study. Hormonal, clinical and general MRI assessments were performed and assessed centrally. We included 120 patients with acromegaly. At diagnosis, 84, 17 and 19 tumors were T2-hypo-, iso- and hyperintense, respectively. SSA treatment duration, cumulative and mean monthly doses were similar in the three groups. Patients with T2-hypointense adenoma had median SSA-induced decreases in GH and IGF-1 of 88% and 59% respectively, which were significantly greater than the decreases observed in the T2-iso- and hyperintense groups (p<0.001). Tumor shrinkage on SSA was also significantly greater in the T2-hypointense group (38%) compared with the T2-iso- and hyperintense groups (8% and 3%, respectively; p<0.0001). The response to SSA correlated with the calculated T2-intensity: the lower the T2-weighted intensity, the greater the decrease of random GH (p<0.0001, r=0.22), IGF-1 (p<0.0001, r=0.14) and adenoma volume (p<0.0001, r=0.33). The T2-weighted signal intensity of GH-secreting adenomas at diagnosis correlates with the hormone reduction and tumor shrinkage in response to primary SSA treatment in acromegaly. This study supports its use as a generally available predictive tool at diagnosis that could help to guide subsequent treatment choices in acromegaly. [less ▲]

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See detailLes déclarations non vérifiées de témoins au regard du procès équitable
Michiels, Olivier ULg; Falque, Géraldine ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2016), (6656), 485-490

Dans l’arrêt Schatschaschwili contre Allemagne, la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme s’est particulièrement attachée à préciser les principes qui s’appliquent aux déclarations d’un témoin absent au ... [more ▼]

Dans l’arrêt Schatschaschwili contre Allemagne, la Cour européenne des droits de l’homme s’est particulièrement attachée à préciser les principes qui s’appliquent aux déclarations d’un témoin absent au procès, susceptibles de fonder la culpabilité d’un accusé. Les éclaircissements que l’arrêt de la Grande Chambre ambitionne d’apporter à ce sujet retiendront notre attention dès lors que l’équité du procès pourrait être compromise par la déposition d’un témoin que la défense n’a pas pu, directement ou indirectement, faire interroger. Après avoir rappelé le contexte factuel et procédural dans lequel s’inscrit la cause, nous tenterons de dégager les lignes de force de l’arrêt commenté. Enfin, nous nous efforcerons de mettre ces enseignements en perspective avec la jurisprudence de la cour de Cassation relative à l’article 6, § 3, d) de la Convention qui reconnaît notamment le droit à tout accusé d’interroger ou faire interroger un témoin à charge, pour terminer par une brève conclusion. [less ▲]

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See detailSteady-state and dynamic validation of a small scale waste heat recovery system using the ThermoCycle Modelica library
Desideri, Adriano ULg; Hernandez, Andres; Gusev, Sergei et al

in Energy (2016), 115

The organic Rankine cycle (ORC) power system has been recognized as a promising technology for micro power applications. In this context, physics-based dynamic models can constitute a significant tool for ... [more ▼]

The organic Rankine cycle (ORC) power system has been recognized as a promising technology for micro power applications. In this context, physics-based dynamic models can constitute a significant tool for the further development of the technology, allowing to evaluate and optimize response times during transients, or to implement and test innovative control strategies. In this contribution, the dynamic model of an ORC power unit based on the ThermoCycle Modelica library is validated against steady-state and transient experimental results from an 11 kWel stationary ORC system. The simulation results are in good agreement with the measurements, both in steady-state and in transient conditions. The validated library is readily usable to investigate demanding dynamics-based problems for low capacity power systems. [less ▲]

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See detailDelay Compensation for Real Time Disturbance Estimation at Extremely Large Telescopes
Bohm, Michael; Pott, Jorg-Uwe; Kurster, Martin et al

in IEEE Transactions on Control Systems Technology (2016), PP(99), 10

In ground-based astronomy, aberrations due to structural vibrations, such as piston, limit the achievable resolution and cannot be corrected using adaptive optics (AO) for large telescopes. We present a ... [more ▼]

In ground-based astronomy, aberrations due to structural vibrations, such as piston, limit the achievable resolution and cannot be corrected using adaptive optics (AO) for large telescopes. We present a model-free strategy to estimate and compensate piston aberrations due to the vibrations of optical components using accelerometer disturbance feed forward, eventually allowing the use of fainter guide stars both for the fringe detector and in the AO loop. Because the correction performance is very sensitive to signal delays, we present a strategy to add a delay compensation to the developed disturbance estimator, which can, in principle, be applied to many other applications outside of astronomy that lack observer performance due to a measurement delay or need a prediction to compensate for input delays. The ability to estimate vibration disturbances in the critical frequency range of 8-60 Hz is demonstrated with on sky data from the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT) Interferometer, an interferometer at the LBT. The experimental results are promising, indicating the ability to suppress differential piston induced by telescope vibrations by a factor of about 3 (rms), which is significantly better than any currently commissioned system. [less ▲]

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See detailActivating mutations in genes related to TCR signaling in angioimmunoblastic and other follicular helper T-cell–derived lymphomas
Vallois, David; Dobay, Maria Pamela D.; Morin, Ryan D. et al

in Blood (2016), 128

Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) and other lymphomas derived from follicular T-helper cells (TFH) represent a large proportion of peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCLs) with poorly understood ... [more ▼]

Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) and other lymphomas derived from follicular T-helper cells (TFH) represent a large proportion of peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCLs) with poorly understood pathogenesis and unfavorable treatment results. We investigated a series of 85 patients with AITL (n 5 72) or other TFH-derived PTCL (n 5 13) by targeted deep sequencing of a gene panel enriched in T-cell receptor (TCR) signaling elements. RHOA mutations were identified in 51 of 85 cases (60%) consisting of the highly recurrent dominant negative G17V variant in most cases and a novel K18N in 3 cases, the latter showing activating properties in in vitro assays. Moreover, half of the patients carried virtually mutually exclusive mutations in other TCR-related genes, most frequently in PLCG1 (14.1%), CD28 (9.4%, exclusively in AITL), PI3K elements (7%), CTNNB1 (6%), and GTF2I (6%). Using in vitro assays in transfected cells, we demonstrated that 9 of 10 PLCG1 and 3 of 3 CARD11 variants induced MALT1 protease activity and increased transcription from NFAT or NF-kB response element reporters, respectively. Collectively, the vast majority of variants in TCR-related genes could be classified as gain-of-function. Accordingly, the samples with mutations in TCR-related genes other than RHOA had transcriptomic profiles enriched in signatures reflecting higher T-cell activation. Although no correlationwithpresenting clinical featuresnor significantimpacton survivalwasobserved, thepresenceofTCR-relatedmutations correlated with early disease progression. Thus, targeting of TCR-related eventsmay hold promise for the treatment of TFH-derived lymphomas. [less ▲]

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See detailAcoustic indices provide information on the status of coral reefs: an example from Moorea Island in the South Pacific
Bertucci, Frédéric; Parmentier, Eric ULg; Lecellier, Gaël et al

in Scientific Reports (2016), 6(33326), 1-9

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See detailPredicting the dynamic impact behaviour of spray droplets on flat plant surfaces
Delele, Mulugeta Admasu; Nuyttens, David; Douga, Ashenafitilahun T. et al

in Soft Matter (2016), 12 (34)(7), 195-211

The dynamic impact behaviour of water droplets on plant surfaces was investigated based on a multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. The study was conducted using the Volume Of Fluid (VOF ... [more ▼]

The dynamic impact behaviour of water droplets on plant surfaces was investigated based on a multiphase computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. The study was conducted using the Volume Of Fluid (VOF) approach. The static contact angle of water droplets on leaf surfaces of different plants (apple, pear, leek and cabbage) was measured and found to vary between 54.9 and 138.2°. Impact experiments were conducted by monitoring the flow and impact characteristics of water droplets on leaves in still air with a high speed camera. Droplets were generated by an agricultural flat fan spray nozzle moving across the leaf at constant speed. The nozzle produced droplets with diameters ranging from 20.6 up to 550.8 μm, and droplet velocity values near the impact between 0.03 and 13.2 m s(-1). The CFD model was capable of predicting the observed dynamic impact behaviour of droplets on the plant surfaces. The fate of the droplets after the impact process for adhesion, bouncing or splashing was accurately predicted for Weber numbers (We) in the range of 0.007 to 1096 and droplet Reynolds numbers (Re) between 5 to 8000. The process was highly dependent on the surface and droplet flow characteristics during the impact. Combinations of We, Re and Ohnesorge (Oh) numbers defined the droplet maximum spread factor, the number of secondary droplets generated as a result of the splashing process and the transition between the different impact outcomes. These criteria can then be used in field scale spray deposition and drift models to better understand agricultural spray operations. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect measurement of evapotranspiration from a forest using a superconducting gravimeter
Van Camp, Michel; de Viron, Olivier; Pajot-Métivier, Gwendoline et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2016), 43

Evapotranspiration (ET) controls the flux between the land surface and the atmosphere. Assessing the ET ecosystems remains a key challenge in hydrology. We have found that the ET water mass loss can be ... [more ▼]

Evapotranspiration (ET) controls the flux between the land surface and the atmosphere. Assessing the ET ecosystems remains a key challenge in hydrology. We have found that the ET water mass loss can be directly inferred from continuous gravity measurements: as water evaporates and transpires from terrestrial ecosystems, the mass distribution of water decreases, changing the gravity field. Using continuous superconducting gravity measurements, we were able to identify daily gravity changes at the level of, or smaller than, 10-9 nms-2 (or 10-10 g) per day. This corresponds to 1.7mmof water over an area of 50 ha. The strength of this method is its ability to enable a direct, traceable and continuous monitoring of actual ET for years at the mesoscale with a high accuracy. [less ▲]

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See detailRaised interferon beta, type 3 interferon and interferon stimulated genes - evidence of innate immune activation in neutrophilic asthma.
da Silva, J.; Hilzendeger, Clarissa ULg; Moermans, Catherine et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (2016)

BACKGROUND: Interferons play an important role in innate immunity. Previous studies report deficiency in virus-induction of interferon (IFN)-alpha, -beta and -lambda in bronchial epithelial and bronchial ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Interferons play an important role in innate immunity. Previous studies report deficiency in virus-induction of interferon (IFN)-alpha, -beta and -lambda in bronchial epithelial and bronchial lavage cells in atopic asthmatics. It is now recognized that asthma is a heterogeneous disease comprising different inflammatory phenotypes, some of which may involve innate immune activation in the absence of overt infection. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was investigate if the severity of asthma or a specific cellular sputum pattern may be linked to evidence of innate immune activation. METHODS: Here we investigate the expression of IFN-beta, IFN-lambda1 (IL-29), IFN-lambda2/3 (IL-28A/B) and the interferon-stimulated genes (ISGs) myxovirus resistance 1 (Mx1), oligoadenylate synthetase (OAS) and viperin in unstimulated sputum cells in 57 asthmatics (including 16 mild, 19 moderate and 22 severe asthma patients) and compared them with 19 healthy subjects. RESULTS: We observed increased expression of IFN-beta, IFN-lambda1/IL-29, OAS and viperin in asthmatic compared to healthy subjects while IL-28 was not expressed in any group. The overexpression was restricted to neutrophilic asthmatics (sputum neutrophils >/= 76%) while eosinophilic asthmatics (sputum eosinophils >/= 3%) did not differ from healthy subjects or even showed a lower expression of Mx1. No difference in interferon or ISG expression was seen according to clinical asthma severity. CONCLUSION AND CLINICAL RELEVANCE: Neutrophilic, but not eosinophilic, asthmatics display overexpression of IFN-beta, IFN-lambda1/IL-29 and ISGs in their sputum cells that may reflect ongoing innate immune activation. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of equine chorionic gonadotropin (eCG) on the sexual behaviour and ovulatory characteristics of female african N'Dama cattle.
Okouyi, M.W. Marcel; Hanzen, Christian ULg

in Revue de Médecine Vétérinaire (2016), 167(7-8), 211-215

This paper evaluated the effects of eCG on the characteristics of oestrus and ovulation after heifers and cows had been synchronised following vaginal administration of progesterone for seven days ... [more ▼]

This paper evaluated the effects of eCG on the characteristics of oestrus and ovulation after heifers and cows had been synchronised following vaginal administration of progesterone for seven days (Controlled Internal Drug Released) and a PGF2α injection two days after the end of treatment. The animals were randomly split into a non-treated control group (n=26) and four groups with increasing doses of eCG: 300 IU (n=25), 400 IU (n=24), 500 IU (n=23) and 600 IU (n=23), which were injected on the day of CIDR withdrawal. The animals were then followed (24 hours a day) for six days. Oestrus was confirmed on the basis of identifying 'standing oestrus', i.e., when the cow stood to be mounted. Seven to ten days after the CIDR® was withdrawn, the animals were slaughtered, and their ovaries were examined to identify and count the number of follicular and/or luteal structures. The onset of heat was 48.6 ± 5.3 hours after eCG injection, and the average length of oestrus was 9.9 ± 2 hours. The eCG dosage had no significant effect on these two parameters. In contrast, the observed rate of oestrus was significantly (p<0.05) higher in animals that had been treated (70.8 to 84.0%) in comparison with animals that had not been treated (50%). Similarly, the ovulation rate was significantly (p<0.05) higher in treated animals (88.0 to 100%) than in untreated animals (73.1%). The percentage of animals that presented multiple ovulations increased significantly (p <0.001) with the dosage of eCG administered (4.5% to 36.4%). [less ▲]

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

in International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition (2016)

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

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

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See detailAxIOM: Amphipod crustaceans from insular Posidonia oceanica seagrass meadows
Michel, Loïc ULg; Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Heughebaert, André et al

in Biodiversity Data Journal (2016), 4

Background The Neptune grass, Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile, 1813, is the most widespread seagrass of the Mediterranean Sea. This foundation species forms large meadows that, through habitat and trophic ... [more ▼]

Background The Neptune grass, Posidonia oceanica (L.) Delile, 1813, is the most widespread seagrass of the Mediterranean Sea. This foundation species forms large meadows that, through habitat and trophic services, act as biodiversity hotspots. In Neptune grass meadows, amphipod crustaceans are one of the dominant groups of vagile invertebrates, forming an abundant and diverse taxocenosis. They are key ecological components of the complex, pivotal, yet critically endangered Neptune grass ecosystems. Nevertheless, comprehensive qualitative and quantitative data about amphipod fauna found in Mediterranean Neptune grass meadows remain scarce, especially in insular locations. New information Here, we provide in-depth metadata about AxIOM, a sample-based dataset published on the GBIF portal. AxIOM is based on an extensive and spatially hierarchized sampling design with multiple years, seasons, day periods, and methods. Samples were taken along the coasts of Calvi Bay (Corsica, France) and of the Tavolara-Punta Coda Cavallo Marine Protected Area (Sardinia, Italy). In total, AxIOM contains 187 samples documenting occurrence (1775 records) and abundance (10720 specimens) of amphipod crustaceans belonging to 72 species spanning 29 families. The dataset is available at http://ipt.biodiversity.be/resource?r=axiom. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of GRACE to the assessment of model-based estimates of monthly Greenland Ice Sheet mass balance (2003–2012)
Schlegel, N.; Wiese, D.; Larour, E. et al

in Cryosphere (The) (2016), 10

Quantifying the Greenland Ice Sheet's future contribution to sea level rise is a challenging task that requires accurate estimates of ice sheet sensitivity to climate change. Forward ice sheet models are ... [more ▼]

Quantifying the Greenland Ice Sheet's future contribution to sea level rise is a challenging task that requires accurate estimates of ice sheet sensitivity to climate change. Forward ice sheet models are promising tools for estimating future ice sheet behavior, yet confidence is low because evaluation of historical simulations is challenging due to the scarcity of continental-wide data for model evaluation. Recent advancements in processing of Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) data using Bayesian-constrained mass concentration ("mascon") functions have led to improvements in spatial resolution and noise reduction of monthly global gravity fields. Specifically, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's JPL RL05M GRACE mascon solution (GRACE_JPL) offers an opportunity for the assessment of model-based estimates of ice sheet mass balance (MB) at ∼ 300 km spatial scales. Here, we quantify the differences between Greenland monthly observed MB (GRACE_JPL) and that estimated by state-of-the-art, high-resolution models, with respect to GRACE_JPL and model uncertainties. To simulate the years 2003–2012, we force the Ice Sheet System Model (ISSM) with anomalies from three different surface mass balance (SMB) products derived from regional climate models. Resulting MB is compared against GRACE_JPL within individual mascons. Overall, we find agreement in the northeast and southwest where MB is assumed to be primarily controlled by SMB. In the interior, we find a discrepancy in trend, which we presume to be related to millennial-scale dynamic thickening not considered by our model. In the northwest, seasonal amplitudes agree, but modeled mass trends are muted relative to GRACE_JPL. Here, discrepancies are likely controlled by temporal variability in ice discharge and other related processes not represented by our model simulations, i.e., hydrological processes and ice–ocean interaction. In the southeast, GRACE_JPL exhibits larger seasonal amplitude than predicted by the models while simultaneously having more pronounced trends; thus, discrepancies are likely controlled by a combination of missing processes and errors in both the SMB products and ISSM. At the margins, we find evidence of consistent intra-annual variations in regional MB that deviate distinctively from the SMB annual cycle. Ultimately, these monthly-scale variations, likely associated with hydrology or ice–ocean interaction, contribute to steeper negative mass trends observed by GRACE_JPL. Thus, models should consider such processes at relatively high (monthly-to-seasonal) temporal resolutions to achieve accurate estimates of Greenland MB. [less ▲]

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See detailBiomarkers of inflammation and innate immunity in atrophic nonunion fracture
DE SENY, Dominique ULg; COBRAIVILLE, Gaël ULg; Leprince, Pierre ULg et al

in Journal of Translational Medicine (2016)

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

in Clinical Kidney Journal (2016)

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

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

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See detailThe Envelope Cytoplasmic Tail of HIV-1 Subtype C Contributes to Poor Replication Capacity through Low Viral Infectivity and Cell-to-Cell Transmission.
Santos da Silva, Eveline; Mulinge, Martin; Lemaire, Morgane et al

in PLoS ONE (2016)

The cytoplasmic tail (gp41CT) of the HIV-1 envelope (Env) mediates Env incorporation into virions and regulates Env intracellular trafficking. Little is known about the functional impact of variability in ... [more ▼]

The cytoplasmic tail (gp41CT) of the HIV-1 envelope (Env) mediates Env incorporation into virions and regulates Env intracellular trafficking. Little is known about the functional impact of variability in this domain. To address this issue, we compared the replication of recombinant virus pairs carrying the full Env (Env viruses) or the Env ectodomain fused to the gp41CT of NL4.3 (EnvEC viruses) (12 subtype C and 10 subtype B pairs) in primary CD4+ T-cells and monocyte-derived-macrophages (MDMs). In CD4+ T-cells, replication was as follows: B-EnvEC = B-Env>C-EnvEC>C-Env, indicating that the gp41CT of subtype C contributes to the low replicative capacity of this subtype. In MDMs, in contrast, replication capacity was comparable for all viruses regardless of subtype and of gp41CT. In CD4+ T-cells, viral entry, viral release and viral gene expression were similar. However, infectivity of free virions and cell-to-cell transmission of C-Env viruses released by CD4+ T-cells was lower, suggestive of lower Env incorporation into virions. Subtype C matrix only minimally rescued viral replication and failed to restore infectivity of free viruses and cell-to-cell transmission. Taken together, these results show that polymorphisms in the gp41CT contribute to viral replication capacity and suggest that the number of Env spikes per virion may vary across subtypes. These findings should be taken into consideration in the design of vaccines. [less ▲]

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See detailEnabling efficient PET imaging of Synaptic Vesicle glycoprotein 2A (SV2A) with a robust and one-step radiosynthesis of a highly potent 18F-labelled ligand ([18F]UCB-H)
Warnier, Corentin ULg; Lemaire, Christian ULg; Becker, Guillaume ULg et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2016), 59

We herein describe the straightforward synthesis of a stable pyridyl(4- methoxyphenyl)iodonium salt and its [18F]radiolabelling within a one-step, fully automated and cGMP compliant radiosynthesis of [18F ... [more ▼]

We herein describe the straightforward synthesis of a stable pyridyl(4- methoxyphenyl)iodonium salt and its [18F]radiolabelling within a one-step, fully automated and cGMP compliant radiosynthesis of [18F]UCB-H ([18F]7), a PET tracer for the imaging of Synaptic Vesicle glycoprotein 2A (SV2A). Over the course of one year, 50 automated productions provided 34±2% of injectable [18F]7 from up to 285 GBq (7.7 Ci) of [18F]fluoride in 50 minutes (uncorrected radiochemical yield. Specific Activity = 815±185 GBq/μmol). The successful implementation of our synthetic strategy within routine, high-activity and cGMP productions attests to its practicality and reliability for the production of large doses of [18F]7. In addition to enabling efficient and cost-effective clinical research on a range of neurological pathologies through the imaging of SV2A, this work further demonstrates the real value of iodonium salts for the cGMP 18F-PET tracer manufacturing industry, and their ability to fulfill practical and regulatory requirements in that field. [less ▲]

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See detailSeasonal variability of surface and column carbon monoxide over megacity Paris, high-altitude Jungfraujoch and Southern Hemispheric Wollongong stations
Té, Y; Jeseck, P; Franco, Bruno ULg et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2016), 16

This paper studies the seasonal variation of surface and column CO at three different sites (Paris, Jungfraujoch and Wollongong), with an emphasis on establishing a link between the CO vertical ... [more ▼]

This paper studies the seasonal variation of surface and column CO at three different sites (Paris, Jungfraujoch and Wollongong), with an emphasis on establishing a link between the CO vertical distribution and the nature of CO emission sources. We find the first evidence of a time lag between surface and free tropospheric CO seasonal variations in the Northern Hemisphere. The CO seasonal variability obtained from the total columns and free tropospheric partial columns shows a maximum around March–April and a minimum around September–October in the Northern Hemisphere (Paris and Jungfraujoch). In the Southern Hemisphere (Wollongong) this seasonal variability is shifted by about 6 months. Satellite observations by the IASI–MetOp (Infrared Atmospheric Sounding Interferometer) and MOPITT (Measurements Of Pollution In The Troposphere) instruments confirm this seasonality. Ground-based FTIR (Fourier transform infrared) measurements provide useful complementary information due to good sensitivity in the boundary layer. In situ surface measurements of CO volume mixing ratios at the Paris and Jungfraujoch sites reveal a time lag of the near-surface seasonal variability of about 2 months with respect to the total column variability at the same sites. The chemical transport model GEOS-Chem (Goddard Earth Observing System chemical transport model) is employed to interpret our observations. GEOS-Chem sensitivity runs identify the emission sources influencing the seasonal variation of CO. At both Paris and Jungfraujoch, the surface seasonality is mainly driven by anthropogenic emissions, while the total column seasonality is also controlled by air masses transported from distant sources. At Wollongong, where the CO seasonality is mainly affected by biomass burning, no time shift is observed between surface measurements and total column data. [less ▲]

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See detailConsumption patterns, bacteriological quality and risk factors for Salmonella contamination in meat-based meals consumed outside the home in Kigali, Rwanda
Niyonzima, Eugène; Ongol, Martin Patrick; Brostaux, Yves ULg et al

in Food Control (2016)

Meat-based meals are consumed as a source of animal proteins and constitute one of the leading vehicles for food borne infections in humans. The main objective of this study was to determine the ... [more ▼]

Meat-based meals are consumed as a source of animal proteins and constitute one of the leading vehicles for food borne infections in humans. The main objective of this study was to determine the consumption pattern and the bacteriological quality of meat-based meals consumed outside households in Kigali. A survey on meat consumption patterns was carried out in 400 households by using a questionnaire, whereas different meat-based meals were sampled from 150 snack bars and restaurants. Enumeration of hygiene indicator bacteria (total mesophilic bacteria and Escherichia coli) and the qualitative detection of Salmonella were carried out by using conventional culture methods. The results indicated that goat was the type of meat that was consumed the most outside the home in Kigali and the meat intake varied significantly (p ≤0.05) with the social category of the household. The average levels of total aerobic bacteria and E. coli in meat-based meals were found to be 4.7 and 1.4 log cfu/g, respectively, whereas Salmonella was detected in 11.7% of all meat-based meals. Eight factors mostly linked to the cooking treatments and hygienic handling practices for cooked meals were found to be significantly (p ≤ 0.05) associated with the risk of Salmonella occurrence in meat-based meals consumed outside the home in Kigali. The findings from this study strongly suggest the need for proper cooking and/or improvements in hygiene in the establishments selling ready-to-eat meat-based meals in Kigali, particularly those located in rural localities. [less ▲]

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See detailNON-DERMATOPHYTE DERMATOSES MIMICKING DERMATOPHYTOSES IN HUMANS
Libon, Florence ULg; TASSOUDJI, Nazli ULg; DEZFOULIAN, Bita ULg et al

in Mycopathologia (2016)

Human dermatophytic cutaneous infections usually present as single or multiple slowly progressing annular erythemato-squamous lesions with a tendency to central healing on the hairless skin. In the ... [more ▼]

Human dermatophytic cutaneous infections usually present as single or multiple slowly progressing annular erythemato-squamous lesions with a tendency to central healing on the hairless skin. In the intertriginous regions (feet, inguinal, axillar, submammary), dermatophytic colonisations and infections manifest as whitish, slightly hyperkeratotic, pruritic and sometimes fissurated lesions. On the scalp, dermatophytic infections commonly lead to single or multiple more or less inflammatory and alopecic lesions. On the plantar and palmar aspects of the feet and hand, dermatophytosis presents as an eczema-like chronic dermatosis. Abscess-like lesions may occur due to zoophilic dermatomycosis. Dermatophytic infections of the nails reveal ill-defined whitish-yellowish colorations of the distal end or the lateral aspects of the nails, sometimes combined with partial nail embrittlement or even complete destruction. Despite the ubiquity of dermatophytic skin infections and their usually highly typical clinical features, a differential diagnosis has to be considered, in particular when treatment is not efficient or when treatment resistance occurs. This review presents the differential diagnosis in terms of frequency as well as the diagnostic methods permitting the distinction of annular, intertriginous, alopecic, palmoplantar, abscess-like and onychodystrophic lesions. [less ▲]

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See detailChaotic Bohmian trajectories for stationary states
Cesa, Alexandre ULg; Martin, John ULg; Struyve, Ward

in Journal of Physics A: Mathematical and Theoretical (2016), 49

In Bohmian mechanics, the nodes of the wave function play an important role in the generation of chaos. However, so far, most of the attention has been on moving nodes; little is known about the ... [more ▼]

In Bohmian mechanics, the nodes of the wave function play an important role in the generation of chaos. However, so far, most of the attention has been on moving nodes; little is known about the possibility of chaos in the case of stationary nodes. We address this question by considering stationary states, which provide the simplest examples of wave functions with stationary nodes. We provide examples of stationary wave functions for which there is chaos, as demonstrated by numerical computations, for one particle moving in 3 spatial dimensions and for two and three entangled particles in two dimensions. Our conclusion is that the motion of the nodes is not necessary for the generation of chaos. What is important is the overall complexity of the wave function. That is, if the wave function, or rather its phase, has complex spatial variations, it will lead to complex Bohmian trajectories and hence to chaos. Another aspect of our work concerns the average Lyapunov exponent, which quantifies the overall amount of chaos. Since it is very hard to evaluate the average Lyapunov exponent analytically, which is often computed numerically, it is useful to have simple quantities that agree well with the average Lyapunov exponent. We investigate possible correlations with quantities such as the participation ratio and different measures of entanglement, for different systems and different families of stationary wave functions. We find that these quantities often tend to correlate to the amount of chaos. However, the correlation is not perfect, because, in particular, these measures do not depend on the form of the basis states used to expand the wave function, while the amount of chaos does. [less ▲]

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See detailMacro- and near-mesoporous monoliths by medium internal phase emulsion polymerization: a systematic study
Mathieu, Kevin ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg; Debuigne, Antoine ULg

in Polymer (2016), 99

The synthesis of a series of poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polystyrene copolymers with different block lengths was performed by radical addition fragmentation chain transfer. These amphiphilic copolymers were ... [more ▼]

The synthesis of a series of poly(ethylene oxide)-b-polystyrene copolymers with different block lengths was performed by radical addition fragmentation chain transfer. These amphiphilic copolymers were tested as stabilizers for water-in-oil medium internal phase emulsion (MIPE) templating polymerization and the formation of polyMIPEs with controlled morphology. Aside from the structure of the emulsion stabilizer, several parameters susceptible to influence the size of the cavities and the interconnectivity of the porous monoliths were probed including the choice of the comonomers, treatment of the emulsion by ultrasound, the use of controlled radical polymerization method for the network formation as well as interfacial initiation. Interconnected cellular monoliths were produced. The polymerization of the ultrasonicated water-in-ethylhexylacrylate/divinylbenzene MIPE notably led to near-mesoporous open-cell material. Mechanical properties and specific surface areas of the polyMIPEs were also investigated and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Gaia-ESO Survey: revisiting the Li-rich giant problem
Casey, A. R.; Ruchti, G.; Masseron, T. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016), 461

The discovery of lithium-rich giants contradicts expectations from canonical stellar evolution. Here we report on the serendipitous discovery of 20 Li-rich giants observed during the Gaia-ESO Survey ... [more ▼]

The discovery of lithium-rich giants contradicts expectations from canonical stellar evolution. Here we report on the serendipitous discovery of 20 Li-rich giants observed during the Gaia-ESO Survey, which includes the first nine Li-rich giant stars known towards the CoRoT fields. Most of our Li-rich giants have near-solar metallicities and stellar parameters consistent with being before the luminosity bump. This is difficult to reconcile with deep mixing models proposed to explain lithium enrichment, because these models can only operate at later evolutionary stages: at or past the luminosity bump. In an effort to shed light on the Li-rich phenomenon, we highlight recent evidence of the tidal destruction of close-in hot Jupiters at the sub-giant phase. We note that when coupled with models of planet accretion, the observed destruction of hot Jupiters actually predicts the existence of Li-rich giant stars, and suggests that Li-rich stars should be found early on the giant branch and occur more frequently with increasing metallicity. A comprehensive review of all known Li-rich giant stars reveals that this scenario is consistent with the data. However, more evolved or metal-poor stars are less likely to host close-in giant planets, implying that their Li-rich origin requires an alternative explanation, likely related to mixing scenarios rather than external phenomena. [less ▲]

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See detailLes supports des images : de la photographie à l’image numérique
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULg; Reyes, Everardo

in Revue Française des Sciences de l'Information et de la Communication (2016), 9

In this article we deal with questions related to images (painting, photography, digital image) from a semiotic standpoint, more precisely the form and substance of their expression plane. Classical ... [more ▼]

In this article we deal with questions related to images (painting, photography, digital image) from a semiotic standpoint, more precisely the form and substance of their expression plane. Classical greimasian semiotics –mainly through the works of Jean-Marie Floch (1985, 1986) and Félix Thürlemann (1982) – has concentrated on the relation between form of expression and form of content (thus in a semi-symbolic fashion). Then, in the 1990s, Jacques Fontanille started exploring the substance of expression. Later, within the framework of hierarchical levels of analysis, Fontanille (2005, 2008), introduced concepts such as material and formal support in order to distinguish between image as object and image as text. We take into account these works to study the close relationship between the substance of expression of images and the practices of production-reception. [less ▲]

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See detailMagnetically confined wind shocks in X-rays - A review
ud-Doula, Asif; Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Advances in Space Research (2016), 58

A subset (∼ 10%) of massive stars present strong, globally ordered (mostly dipolar) magnetic fields. The trapping and channeling of their stellar winds in closed magnetic loops leads to magnetically ... [more ▼]

A subset (∼ 10%) of massive stars present strong, globally ordered (mostly dipolar) magnetic fields. The trapping and channeling of their stellar winds in closed magnetic loops leads to magnetically confined wind shocks (MCWS), with pre-shock flow speeds that are some fraction of the wind terminal speed. These shocks generate hot plasma, a source of X-rays. In the last decade, several developments took place, notably the determination of the hot plasma properties for a large sample of objects using XMM and Chandra, as well as fully self-consistent MHD modeling and the identification of shock retreat effects in weak winds. Despite a few exceptions, the combination of magnetic confinement, shock retreat and rotation effects seems to be able to account for X-ray emission in massive OB stars. Here we review these new observational and theoretical aspects of this X-ray emission and envisage some perspectives for the next generation of X-ray observatories. [less ▲]

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See detailX-ray emission from interacting wind massive binaries: A review of 15 years of progress
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Nazé, Yaël ULg

in Advances in Space Research (2016), 58

Previous generations of X-ray observatories revealed a group of massive binaries that were relatively bright X-ray emitters. This was attributed to emission of shock-heated plasma in the wind-wind ... [more ▼]

Previous generations of X-ray observatories revealed a group of massive binaries that were relatively bright X-ray emitters. This was attributed to emission of shock-heated plasma in the wind-wind interaction zone located between the stars. With the advent of the current generation of X-ray observatories, the phenomenon could be studied in much more detail. In this review, we highlight the progress that has been achieved in our understanding of the phenomenon over the last 15 years, both on theoretical and observational grounds. All these studies have paved the way for future investigations using the next generation of X-ray satellites that will provide crucial information on the X-ray emission formed in the innermost part of the wind-wind interaction. [less ▲]

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See detailL’étau et le réseau. Recompositions des contextes de travail des équipes de direction pénitentiaire
Dubois, Christophe ULg

in Justice et Sécurité = Justitie en Veiligheid (2016), 7

Résumé : En parcourant les nombreuses études qui décrivent et analysent, depuis plus de vingt ans, le fonctionnement des organisations et des politiques pénitentiaires, trois questions semblent avoir ... [more ▼]

Résumé : En parcourant les nombreuses études qui décrivent et analysent, depuis plus de vingt ans, le fonctionnement des organisations et des politiques pénitentiaires, trois questions semblent avoir jusqu’ici suscité un moindre intérêt scientifique : qui dirige ces organisations ? En quoi consiste le travail des équipes de direction ? Quelle position les membres de ces équipes occupent-ils dans le système organisationnel et politique pénitentiaire belge ? Cet article apporte quelques éléments de réponse à ces questions tout en éclairant les recompositions des contextes de travail des équipes de direction pénitentiaire. Cet éclairage souligne la nécessité de définir politiquement et avec les principaux intéressés un processus de professionnalisation de la fonction qu’ils exercent. [less ▲]

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See detailOxytocin in survivors of childhood-onset craniopharyngioma
Daubenbüchel, Anna; Hoffmann, Anika; Eveslage, Maria et al

in Endocrine (2016)

Quality of survival of childhood-onset cranio- pharyngioma patients is frequently impaired by hypotha- lamic involvement or surgical lesions sequelae such as obesity and neuropsychological deficits ... [more ▼]

Quality of survival of childhood-onset cranio- pharyngioma patients is frequently impaired by hypotha- lamic involvement or surgical lesions sequelae such as obesity and neuropsychological deficits. Oxytocin, a pep- tide hormone produced in the hypothalamus and secreted by posterior pituitary gland, plays a major role in regula- tion of behavior and body composition. In a cross- sectional study, oxytocin saliva concentrations were ana- lyzed in 34 long-term craniopharyngioma survivors with and without hypothalamic involvement or treatment- related damage, recruited in the German Childhood Cra- niopharyngioma Registry, and in 73 healthy controls, attending the Craniopharyngioma Support Group Meeting 2014. Oxytocin was measured in saliva of craniophar- yngioma patients and controls before and after standar- dized breakfast and associations with gender, body mass index, hypothalamic involvement, diabetes insipidus, and irradiation were analyzed. Patients with preoperative hypothalamic involvement showed similar oxytocin levels compared to patients without hypothalamic involvement and controls. However, patients with surgical hypotha- lamic lesions grade 1 (anterior hypothalamic area) pre- sented with lower levels (p = 0.017) of oxytocin under fasting condition compared to patients with surgical lesion of posterior hypothalamic areas (grade 2) and patients without hypothalamic lesions (grade 0). Craniophar- yngioma patients’ changes in oxytocin levels before and after breakfast correlated (p = 0.02) with their body mass index. Craniopharyngioma patients continue to secrete oxytocin, especially when anterior hypothalamic areas are not involved or damaged, but oxytocin shows less varia- tion due to nutrition. Oxytocin supplementation should be explored as a therapeutic option in craniopharyngioma patients with hypothalamic obesity and/or behavioral pathologies due to lesions of specific anterior hypotha- lamic areas. Clinical trial number: KRANIOPHAR- YNGEOM 2000/2007(NCT00258453; NCT01272622). [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of iohexol and iothalamate in serum and urine by capillary electrophoresis.
Van Houcke, Sofie K.; Seaux, Liesbeth; Cavalier, Etienne ULg et al

in Electrophoresis (2016)

Estimation of glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is essential to assess kidney function. Iodine containing contrast agents detection by HPLC has been proposed as a safe alternative for inulin or ... [more ▼]

Estimation of glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) is essential to assess kidney function. Iodine containing contrast agents detection by HPLC has been proposed as a safe alternative for inulin or radioactive compounds. However, HPLC is a time-consuming and labour-intensive method. The aim of this study was to develop an assay for iohexol and iothalamate using capillary electrophoresis (CE). Iohexol and iothalamate were directly analysed by CE in serum and urine, using photometric detection (246 nm). Serum peak height was proportional to iohexol and iothalamate concentrations. Detection limits for iohexol and iothalamate were 10 mg/L and 5 mg/L. Limits of quantification were 13.0 mg/L and 15.0 mg/L. Within-run CVs were 4.9% and 6.5%; between-run CVs 3.1-9.9% and 3.8-13.7%. A good correlation was observed between CE and HPLC: y = 1.1703 x + 5.017 (iohexol) and y = 0.7807 x + 11.01 (iothalamate) [y = concentration obtained by CE (mg/L), x = concentration obtained by HPLC (mg/L)]. In addition, CE allowed to determine urinary iohexol concentration. Although the detection limit for CE was higher than for HPLC, CE can still be used for eGFR determination. Advantages of this high throughput method are the absence of sample pretreatment and a minimal sample volume requirement. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailContingence et nécessité chez Hegel et Spinoza
Lejeune, Guillaume ULg

in Studia Hegeliana (2016)

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See detailHet net en het netwerk. Werkomgevingen van penitentiaire directieteams
Dubois, Christophe ULg; Winant, Ben

in Justice et Sécurité = Justitie en Veiligheid (2016), 7

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