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See detailActeurs, ressources et réseaux sociologiques d'échanges à partir de l'expérience belge
Vrancken, Didier ULg

in Sociologies Pratiques (2014)

Plutôt que de procéder à un bilan de la sociologie en Belgique francophone, l'auteur opte pour une présentation de cette dernière à partir de quelques travaux qui se sont attelés à décrypter les ... [more ▼]

Plutôt que de procéder à un bilan de la sociologie en Belgique francophone, l'auteur opte pour une présentation de cette dernière à partir de quelques travaux qui se sont attelés à décrypter les arrangements, les compromis, les accords au sein d'un pays continuellement confronté à ces mêmes questions. [less ▲]

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See detailTeriparatide Therapy for Denosumab-Induced Osteonecrosis of the Jaw in a Male Osteoporotic Patient.
Neuprez, Audrey; Rompen, Eric ULg; Crielaard, Jean-Michel ULg et al

in Calcified tissue international (2014), 95

We report the first case of teriparatide adjuvant role in the management of a denosumab-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw in a male subject with idiopathic osteoporosis. Clinical benefits and CT healing ... [more ▼]

We report the first case of teriparatide adjuvant role in the management of a denosumab-induced osteonecrosis of the jaw in a male subject with idiopathic osteoporosis. Clinical benefits and CT healing were obtained within 2 months of teriparatide initiation and denosumab withdrawal. Increase in bone turnover previously described, when denosumab treatment is removed, might have a synergistic effect to the stimulating effect of teriparatide on bone remodeling to promptly heal osteonecrosis of the jaw. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctionalization of carbon xerogels for the preparation of palladium supported catalysts applied in sugar transformations
Mager, Nathalie; Meyer, Nathalie; Léonard, Alexandre ULg et al

in Applied Catalysis B : Environmental (2014), 148-149

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See detailThe appropriate and justified use of medical radiation in cardiovascular imaging: a position document of the ESC Associations of Cardiovascular Imaging, Percutaneous Cardiovascular Interventions and Electrophysiology.
Picano, Eugenio; Vano, Eliseo; Rehani, Madan M. et al

in European heart journal (2014), 35(10), 665-72

The benefits of cardiac imaging are immense, and modern medicine requires the extensive and versatile use of a variety of cardiac imaging techniques. Cardiologists are responsible for a large part of the ... [more ▼]

The benefits of cardiac imaging are immense, and modern medicine requires the extensive and versatile use of a variety of cardiac imaging techniques. Cardiologists are responsible for a large part of the radiation exposures every person gets per year from all medical sources. Therefore, they have a particular responsibility to avoid unjustified and non-optimized use of radiation, but sometimes are imperfectly aware of the radiological dose of the examination they prescribe or practice. This position paper aims to summarize the current knowledge on radiation effective doses (and risks) related to cardiac imaging procedures. We have reviewed the literature on radiation doses, which can range from the equivalent of 1-60 milliSievert (mSv) around a reference dose average of 15 mSv (corresponding to 750 chest X-rays) for a percutaneous coronary intervention, a cardiac radiofrequency ablation, a multidetector coronary angiography, or a myocardial perfusion imaging scintigraphy. We provide a European perspective on the best way to play an active role in implementing into clinical practice the key principle of radiation protection that: 'each patient should get the right imaging exam, at the right time, with the right radiation dose'. [less ▲]

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See detailRevisiting the Palaeolithic site of Kulbulak (Uzbekistan): First results from luminescence dating
Vandenberghe, D.A.G.; Flas, Damien ULg; De Dapper, Morgan et al

in Quaternary International (2014), 324

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See detailIdentification of a microRNA landscape targeting the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in inflammation-induced colorectal carcinogenesis
JOSSE, Claire ULg; Bouznad, Nassim ULg; Geurts, Pierre ULg et al

in American Journal of Physiology - Gastrointestinal and Liver Physiology (2014), 306

Inflammation can contribute to tumor formation; however, markers that predict progression are still lacking. In the present study, the well-established azoxymethane (AOM)/dextran sulfate sodium (DSS ... [more ▼]

Inflammation can contribute to tumor formation; however, markers that predict progression are still lacking. In the present study, the well-established azoxymethane (AOM)/dextran sulfate sodium (DSS)-induced mouse model of colitis-associated cancer was used to analyze microRNA (miRNA) modulation accompanying inflammation-induced tumor development and to determine whether inflammation-triggered miRNA alterations affect the expression of genes or pathways involved in cancer. A miRNA microarray experiment was performed to establish miRNA expression profiles in mouse colon at early and late time points during inflammation and/or tumor growth. Chronic inflammation and carcinogenesis were associated with distinct changes in miRNA expression. Nevertheless, prediction algorithms of miRNA-mRNA interactions and computational analyses based on ranked miRNA lists consistently identified putative target genes that play essential roles in tumor growth or that belong to key carcinogenesis-related signaling pathways. We identified PI3K/Akt and the insulin growth factor-1 (IGF-1) as major pathways being affected in the AOM/DSS model. DSS-induced chronic inflammation downregulates miR-133a and miR-143/145, which is reportedly associated with human colorectal cancer and PI3K/Akt activation. Accordingly, conditioned medium from inflammatory cells decreases the expression of these miRNA in colorectal adenocarcinoma Caco-2 cells. Overexpression of miR-223, one of the main miRNA showing strong upregulation during AOM/DSS tumor growth, inhibited Akt phosphorylation and IGF-1R expression in these cells. Cell sorting from mouse colons delineated distinct miRNA expression patterns in epithelial and myeloid cells during the periods preceding and spanning tumor growth. Hence, cell-type-specific miRNA dysregulation and subsequent PI3K/Akt activation may be involved in the transition from intestinal inflammation to cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailA Partial Least Squares Analysis of the self reference effect in Alzheimer's disease: A reply to Irish
Genon, Sarah ULg; Bastin, Christine ULg; Angel, Lucie et al

in Cortex : A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System & Behavior (2014), 54

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See detailEtude de la dynamique des populations d'insectes sur la culture du riz NERICA dans les conditions du Masuku, Sud-Est du Gabon (Franceville)
ONDO OVONO, Paul; GATARASI, Thaddée; OBAME MINKO, Daniel et al

in International Journal of Biological and Chemical Sciences (2014)

La dynamique des populations d’insectes sur la culture du riz a été étudiée durant toutes les phases de croissance. L’essai a été installé sur les parcelles pédagogiques de l’Institut National Supérieur ... [more ▼]

La dynamique des populations d’insectes sur la culture du riz a été étudiée durant toutes les phases de croissance. L’essai a été installé sur les parcelles pédagogiques de l’Institut National Supérieur d’Agronomie et de Biotechnologies à Franceville. Il s’inscrit dans le cadre de la poursuite des travaux d’évaluation de l’adaptabilité de nouvelles variétés de riz de type NERICA, introduites dans la province du Haut –Ogooué au Sud-Est du Gabon. L’objectif de la présente étude est de collecter des informations concernant les insectes susceptibles de s’attaquer au riz et de sélectionner les variétés NERICA qui résistent le mieux aux attaques. Chacune des six variétés de type NERICA (1, 4, 11, 12, 14 et 17) a été semée en utilisant un dispositif en blocs complètement randomisés avec trois répétitions, en 2010 et 2011. La collecte des insectes volants a été effectuée au moyen de pièges aériens et du filet entomologique. Au sol, la capture s’est faite au moyen de pièges. Les larves d’insectes foreurs des tiges, les chenilles et les pucerons des racines ont été capturés à la main. Au total, 46 familles appartenant à 9 ordres ont été recensées donc 29 renferment des espèces nuisibles et définies comme ravageuses du riz. Les 17 autres familles sont classées comme insectes utiles. Les stades de tallage, d’initiation paniculaire et d’épiaison ont été en général les plus visités par les différentes familles d’insectes. Les variétés NERICA 1 et NERICA 11 ont présenté les plus faibles taux d’infestation et de dégâts. Par ailleurs, la perte en biomasse a été considérable chez toutes les variétés. [less ▲]

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See detailMyeloperoxidase and its products in synovial fluid of patients with treated or untreated rheumatoid arthritis.
Nzeusseu Toukap, A.; Delporte, C.; Noyon, C. et al

in Free radical research (2014), 48(4), 461-5

Abstract Objective. Plasma and synovial myeloperoxidase (MPO) and its products were strongly associated with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, it is well known that there is ... [more ▼]

Abstract Objective. Plasma and synovial myeloperoxidase (MPO) and its products were strongly associated with osteoarthritis (OA) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In addition, it is well known that there is a link between oxidative stress and cytokines. The present study aims at investigating the link between synovial MPO (and its products), interleukin (IL)-18, which is involved in the degradation of articular cartilage in RA, and IL-8, which is involved in recruitment and activation of neutrophils during inflammation. Effects of the treatment of RA on the biological parameters were also investigated. Methods. Patients (n = 105) were studied including 39 patients with OA, 33 with RA and 33 with RA receiving a specific treatment. Disease activity score (DAS-28) was calculated whereas MPO antigen/activity, neutrophils, chloro-tyrosine (Cl-Tyr), homocitrulline (Hcit), IL-8, and IL-18 were measured in synovial fluid (SF) and CRP was measured in serum. Results. DAS-28 and CRP levels were not significantly different between groups. MPO activity, and MPO, Cl-Tyr, and Hcit levels were significantly higher in SF of RA patients than OA patients. MPO specific activity (MPO activity/antigen ratio) was significantly lower in treated than in untreated RA patients as was IL-8. MPO activity and concentration were correlated with IL-8 and IL-18 in untreated but not in treated RA patients. Conclusions. MPO level is related to IL-8 and IL-18 levels in untreated RA patients. A link has been shown between treatment and decrease of IL-8, MPO specific activity and Hcit in SF. The causal role of MPO in SF inflammation and how treatment can affect MPO specific activity need further investigations. [less ▲]

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See detailLateral Magnetic Near-Field Imaging of Plasmonic Nanoantennas With Increasing Complexity
Denkova, D.; Verellen, N.; Silhanek, Alejandro ULg et al

in Small : Nano Micro (2014)

The design of many promising, newly emerging classes of photonic metamaterials and subwavelength confinement structures requires detailed knowledge and understanding of the electromagnetic near-field ... [more ▼]

The design of many promising, newly emerging classes of photonic metamaterials and subwavelength confinement structures requires detailed knowledge and understanding of the electromagnetic near-field interactions between their building blocks. While the electric field distributions and, respectively, the electric interactions of different nanostructures can be routinely measured, for example, by scattering near-field microscopy, only recently experimental methods for imaging the magnetic field distributions became available. In this paper, we provide direct experimental maps of the lateral magnetic near-field distributions of variously shaped plasmonic nanoantennas by using hollow-pyramid aperture scanning near-field optical microscopy (SNOM). We study both simple plasmonic nanoresonators, such as bars, disks, rings and more complex antennas. For the studied structures, the magnetic near-field distributions of the complex resonators have been found to be a superposition of the magnetic near-fields of the individual constituting elements. These experimental results, explained and validated by numerical simulations, open new possibilities for engineering and characterization of complex plasmonic antennas with increased functionality. [less ▲]

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See detailPt/C catalyst for PEM fuel cells: Control of Pt nanoparticles characteristics through a novel plasma deposition method
Laurent-Brocq, Mathilde; Job, Nathalie ULg; Eskenazi, David ULg et al

in Applied Catalysis B : Environmental (2014), 147

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See detailRelationship between glucose and pancreatic hormones during the embryonic and postnatal phase in chickens
Franssens, L.; Buyse, J.; Decuypere, E. et al

in Avian Biology Research (2014), 7

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See detailDisorders of consciousness after acquired brain injury: the state of the science
Giacino, Joseph T; Fins, Joseph J; Laureys, Steven ULg et al

in Nature Reviews Neurology (2014)

The concept of consciousness continues to defy definition and elude the grasp of philosophical and scientific efforts to formulate a testable construct that maps to human experience. Severe acquired brain ... [more ▼]

The concept of consciousness continues to defy definition and elude the grasp of philosophical and scientific efforts to formulate a testable construct that maps to human experience. Severe acquired brain injury results in the dissolution of consciousness, providing a natural model from which key insights about consciousness may be drawn. In the clinical setting, neurologists and neurorehabilitation specialists are called on to discern the level of consciousness in patients who are unable to communicate through word or gesture, and to project outcomes and recommend approaches to treatment. Standards of care are not available to guide clinical decision-making for this population, often leading to inconsistent, inaccurate and inappropriate care. In this Review, we describe the state of the science with regard to clinical management of patients with prolonged disorders of consciousness. We review consciousness-altering pathophysiological mechanisms, specific clinical syndromes, and novel diagnostic and prognostic applications of advanced neuroimaging and electrophysiological procedures. We conclude with a provocative discussion of bioethical and medicolegal issues that are unique to this population and have a profound impact on care, as well as raising questions of broad societal interest. [less ▲]

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See detailSpread of hatch and delayed feed access affect post hatch performance of female broiler chicks up to day 5.
Wang, Y.; Li, Yue; Willems, E. et al

in Animal (2014)

It is not rare that newly hatched chicks remain without feed for about 24 to 48 h before they are placed on farms due to a series of logistic operations. Furthermore, the spread in hatching time can also ... [more ▼]

It is not rare that newly hatched chicks remain without feed for about 24 to 48 h before they are placed on farms due to a series of logistic operations. Furthermore, the spread in hatching time can also mount up to 30 to 48 h for late v. early hatchers. In other words, the practice is a complex combination of spread of hatch and delayed feed access. The present study was aimed to investigate the combined effects of hatching time with a delay in feed access of 48 h, starting from their hatch-time (biological age). When chicks had access to feed immediately after hatch, late hatchers had a higher feed intake and relative growth rate up to day 5 compared with their early hatched counterparts. Feed deprivation during the first 48 h resulted in retarded early growth rate, which was further aggravated by an impaired feed intake after refeeding. In addition, the differential effects of hatching time on relative growth rate and feed intake observed in immediately fed chicks were eliminated by the 48 h feed delay. The yolk utilization after hatch was faster for the late hatchers up to biological day 2 regardless of the feeding treatments. Hatching muscle glycogen content was higher in the late hatchers compared with that of their early counterparts at hatch and at biological day 2 independent of feeding treatment. Moreover, the liver glycogen content of the late hatchers was also higher at hatch. For the immediately fed chicks, the proportional breast muscle weight of the late hatchers was higher at biological day 2 and 5. For the starved chicks, on the other hand, this effect was only observed after they had access to feed (biological day 5). The different plasma T3 levels at hatch may have contributed to the different post hatch performance. It is concluded that the spread of hatch influenced post hatch performance, especially appetite and growth at least until day 5. Moreover, the delay in feed access interacted with the hatching time and caused adverse effects on the post hatch performance. [less ▲]

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See detailSnijders’ correction of Infit and Outfit indexes with estimated ability level : an analysis with the Rasch model
Magis, David ULg; Béland, Sébastien; Raîche, Gilles

in Journal of Applied Measurement (2014), 15

The Infit mean square W and the Outfit mean square U are commonly used person fit indexes under Rasch measurement. However, they suffer from two major weaknesses. First, their asymptotic distribution is ... [more ▼]

The Infit mean square W and the Outfit mean square U are commonly used person fit indexes under Rasch measurement. However, they suffer from two major weaknesses. First, their asymptotic distribution is usually derived by assuming that the true ability levels are known. Second, such distributions are even not clearly stated for indexes U and W. Both issues can seriously affect the selection of an appropriate cut-score for person fit identification. Snijders (2001) proposed a general approach to correct some person fit indexes when specific ability estimators are used. The purpose of this paper is to adapt this approach to U and W indexes. First, a brief sketch of the methodology and its application to U and W is proposed. Then, the corrected indexes are compared to their classical versions through a simulation study. The suggested correction yields controlled Type I errors against both conservatism and inflation, while the power to detect specific misfitting response patterns gets significantly increased. [less ▲]

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See detailDioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls contamination in poultry liver related to food safety - A review
Ghimpeteanu, Oana-Margarita; Militaru, Manuella; Scippo, Marie-Louise ULg

in Food Control (2014), 38

The present article reviews the most important scientific literature on dioxins and PCBs found in poultry liver and their relation with food safety and consumers’ health. Dioxins and polychlorinated ... [more ▼]

The present article reviews the most important scientific literature on dioxins and PCBs found in poultry liver and their relation with food safety and consumers’ health. Dioxins and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are persistent organic pollutants with high chemical stability; they are lipophilic compounds and they are not destroyed by microbial, photochemical, chemical or thermal degradation. Dioxins and PCBs are ubiquitous environmental contaminants, which are present in all marine plant and animals, birds, mammals and humans and bioaccumulate through the food chain. In the last years, there has been concern regarding food contamination with different chemical substances and their effect on food safety. More particularly, at the end of the 20th and the beginning of the 21st century, there were a series of incidents related to dioxin and PCBs, which directly affected human or contaminated the soil and accumulated in feed and then in food products, such as poultry liver. It was shown in case of dioxin incident that tetra and penta-chlorinated congeners (the most toxic ones) accumulates selectively in poultry livers. Maximal concentrations have been fixed in the European legislation for dioxins and PCBs in food from animal origin, in order to protect the consumer. Data about background poultry liver contamination are scarce and the few available show levels below the legal limit for dioxins, but data are still lacking for DL-PCBs. [less ▲]

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See detailHead Trauma and Distal Anterior Cerebral Artery Aneurysm: Potential Role of an Adhesion to the Falx
Scholtes, Félix ULg; HENROTEAUX, Adrienne ULg; OTTO, Bernard ULg et al

in Journal of Neurological Surgery. Part A, Central European Neurosurgery (2014), [Epub ahead of print]

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See detailEuroEcho-Imaging 2013: highlights.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Magne, Julien ULg; Cosyns, Bernard et al

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2014), 15(5), 483-488

The annual meeting of the European Association of Echocardiography (EuroEcho-Imaging) was held in Istanbul, Turkey. In the present paper, we present a summary of the 'Highlights' session.

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See detailEffect of N-acetylcysteine combined with infliximab on toxic epidermal necrolysis. A proof-of-concept study.
PAQUET, Philippe ULg; JENNES, Serge; ROUSSEAU, Anne-Françoise ULg et al

in Burns : Journal of the International Society for Burn Injuries (2014)

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See detailInfluence des représentations sociales de l’environnement sur l’adoption des pratiques durables de production. Une contribution à partir du système de production de coton biologique au Bénin
Assogba, Sonagnon Claude-Gervais ULg; Tossou, Cocou Rigobert; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Journal of Oriental and African Studies (2014), 23

Le présent article est une contribution à l’analyse des facteurs qui déterminent le comportement des producteurs dans l’odoption des pratiques durables de production de coton au Bénin. Il s’appuie sur une ... [more ▼]

Le présent article est une contribution à l’analyse des facteurs qui déterminent le comportement des producteurs dans l’odoption des pratiques durables de production de coton au Bénin. Il s’appuie sur une recherche menée auprès des biocotonculteurs de la commune de Kandi dans le bassin cotonnier du Nord-Bénin. L’objectif visé est de caractériser les représentations sociales des producteurs de l’environnement et de mieux cerner en quoi elles déterminent leur comportement dans l’appropriation du système de production de coton biologique. Les données ont été collectées auprès d’un échantillon de 188 producteurs sélectionnés à partir d’une typologie à dires d’acteurs, basée sur les critères endogènes de prospérité. L’approche structurale des représentations sociales et le test d’indépendance de chi 2 ont été utilisés à cet effet. Il ressort des résultats et analyses que les producteurs de coton biologique ont une vision anthropocentrique et utilitariste de l’environnement qu’ils perçoivent comme un réservoir pourvoyeur des ressources nécessaires pour leur survie. L’adhésion des producteurs au programme de production de coton biologique est sous-tendue par des motivations d’abord économiques (40%) puis environnementales (18%) et sociales (11%). Il est apparu que le type de comportement adopté par le producteur dans la mise en œuvre des pratiques de production biologique est davantage lié aux facteurs qui motivent son adhésion. Aussi, avons-nous montré que les producteurs qui respectent mieux les exigences du système de production biologique sont ceux dont l’adhésion est principalement mue par des considérations environnementales. [less ▲]

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See detailAUTOMATISATION DE LA DÉTECTION DES CRATÈRES LUNAIRES SUR DES IMAGES ET MNT PLANÉTAIRES
Renson, Pierre; Poncelet, Nadia; Vandeloise, Yannick et al

in Bulletin de la Société Géographique de Liège (2014), 61

This research is part of the preparation of a lunar mission. Its objective is to implement, test and validate an automated method that detects craters on the lunar surface from planetary products (images ... [more ▼]

This research is part of the preparation of a lunar mission. Its objective is to implement, test and validate an automated method that detects craters on the lunar surface from planetary products (images and DTM). In this context, the automation of the process is essential because the craters represent a landing risk and landmarks for visual navigation. It is also the key challenge because it is difficult to develop high level automatic processing comparable to the thinking carried out in a traditional visual interpretation. Our method automatically establishes a semantic diagnosis based on the combination of crater descriptors computed on the planetary products used. Finally, this application is part of a decision support tool and an assessment system of landing and mission survival risks. It also aims to feed a landmarks database for automatic visual navigation of a lunar landing spacecraft. [less ▲]

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See detailL’INTÉRÊT DE LA RADIOTHÉRAPIE «ABLATIVE» EN PRENANT COMME MODÈLE LA MÉTASTASE D’UN CANCER RÉNAL À CELLULES CLAIRES
COUCKE, Philippe ULg; JANVARY, Zsolt Levente ULg; JANSEN, Nicolas ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(Supp 1), 94-100

La radiothérapie en conditions stéréotaxiques, guidée par l’imagerie embarquée, est une alternative valable aux autres modalités de traitement ablatif, en particulier dans le contexte du cancer rénal ... [more ▼]

La radiothérapie en conditions stéréotaxiques, guidée par l’imagerie embarquée, est une alternative valable aux autres modalités de traitement ablatif, en particulier dans le contexte du cancer rénal métastatique (mRCC). L’efficacité du traitement dépend de la dose totale et la dose par fraction et se traduit en Dose Biologique Efficace (BED). Les tech - niques actuelles permettent d’appliquer des doses par frac - tion élevée (> 8 à 10 Gy), ce qui se traduit en effet biologique fondamentalement différent de celui observé dans le contexte d’une radiothérapie conventionnelle, résultant en un taux de réponse local atteignant 80 à 90%. Ce taux de réponse contre - dit le concept historique de tumeur «radiorésistante». L’effet thérapeutique s’explique en partie par un effet anti-angiogé - nique majeur induit par la réponse apoptotique des cellules endothéliales dans la tumeur. Ceci ouvre de nouvelles perspec - tives, en particulier dans le domaine des traitements combi - nant radiothérapie ablative et substances anti-angiogéniques. [less ▲]

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See detailLa dermatoporose, un "vintage" de l'atrophodermie et de la "peau transparente".
FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; Hermanns, J.F.; Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69

Le vieillissement de la peau se marque à terme par une atrophodermie, parfois sévère. La corticothérapie, qu’elle soit systémique ou topique, exerce un effet atrophiant qui copie l’effet du grand âge. Cet ... [more ▼]

Le vieillissement de la peau se marque à terme par une atrophodermie, parfois sévère. La corticothérapie, qu’elle soit systémique ou topique, exerce un effet atrophiant qui copie l’effet du grand âge. Cet état d’atrophodermie a été décrit comme la «peau transparente» il y a une quarantaine d’années, et il a reçu plus récemment la nouvelle dénomination de dermatoporose. Il est connu de longue date que cet état entraîne des conséquences cliniques parfois majeures qui conduisent à des lésions diverses sous forme de purpura de Bateman, de cicatrices stellaires, et de plaies faisant suite à des traumatismes mineurs. [less ▲]

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See detailBrominated and phosphorus flame retardants in White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla nestlings: Bioaccumulation and associations with dietary proxies (δ13C, δ15N and δ34S)
Eulaers, Igor; Jaspers, Veerle; Halley, Duncan et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2014), 478

Very little is known on the exposure of high trophic level species to current-use brominated (BFRs) and phosphorus flame retardants (PFRs), although observations on their persistence, bioaccumulation ... [more ▼]

Very little is known on the exposure of high trophic level species to current-use brominated (BFRs) and phosphorus flame retardants (PFRs), although observations on their persistence, bioaccumulation potential, and toxicity have been made. We investigated the accumulation of BFRs and PFRs, and their associations with dietary proxies (δ13C, δ15N and δ34S), in plasma and feathers of White-tailed Eagle Haliaeetus albicilla nestlings from Trøndelag, Norway. In addition to accumulation of a wide range of polybrominated diphenyl ether (PBDE) congeners in both plasma and feathers, all non-PBDE BFRs and PFRs could be measured in feathers, while in plasma only two of six PFRs, i.e. tris-(2-chloroisopropyl) phosphate (TCIPP) and tris-(2,3-dichloropropyl) phosphate (TDCPP) were detected. PFR concentrations in feathers (0.95-3,000 ng g-1) were much higher than selected organochlorines (OCs), such as polychlorinated biphenyl 153 (CB 153; 2.3-15 ng g-1) and dichlorodiphenyldichloroethylene (p,p’-DDE; 2.3-21 ng g-1), PBDEs (0.03-2.3 ng g-1) and non-PBDE BFRs (0.03-1.5 ng g-1). Non-significant associations of PFR concentrations in feathers with those in plasma (P≥0.74), and their similarity to reported atmospheric PFR concentrations, may suggest atmospheric PFR deposition on feathers. Most OCs and PBDEs, as well as tris(chloroethyl) phosphate (TCEP), tris(phenyl) phosphate (TPHP) and tri-(2-butoxyethyl) phosphate (TBOEP) were associated to δ15N and/or δ13C (all P≤0.02). Besides δ15N enrichment, δ34S was depleted in nestlings from fjords, inherently close to an urbanised centre. As such, both may have been a spatial proxy for anthropogenic disturbance, possible confounding their use as dietary proxy. [less ▲]

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See detailInflammation as a link between obesity, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes
ESSER, Nathalie ULg; Legrand, Sylvie ULg; Piette, Jacques ULg et al

in Diabetes Research & Clinical Practice (2014)

It is recognized that a chronic low-grade inflammation and an activation of the immune system are involved in the pathogenesis of obesity-related insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Systemic ... [more ▼]

It is recognized that a chronic low-grade inflammation and an activation of the immune system are involved in the pathogenesis of obesity-related insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes. Systemic inflammatory markers are risk factors for the development of type 2 diabetes and its macrovascular complications. Adipose tissue, liver, muscle and pancreas are themselves sites of inflammation in presence of obesity. An infiltration of macrophages and other immune cells is observed in these tissues associated with a cell population shift from an anti-inflammatory to a pro-inflammatory profile. These cells are crucial for the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, which act in an autocrine and paracrine manner to interfere with insulin signaling in peripheral tissues or induce β-cell dysfunction and subsequent insulin deficiency. Particularly, the pro-inflammatory interleukin-1β is implicated in the pathogenesis of type 2 diabetes through the activation of the NLRP3 inflammasome. The objectives of this review are to expose recent data supporting the role of the immune system in the pathogenesis of insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes and to examine various mechanisms underlying this relationship. If type 2 diabetes is an inflammatory disease, anti-inflammarory therapies could have a place in prevention and treatment of type 2 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailN-heterocyclic carbene catalyzed carba-, sulfa-, and phospha-Michael additions with NHC·CO2 adducts as precatalysts
Hans, Morgan ULg; Delaude, Lionel ULg; Rodriguez, Jean et al

in Journal of Organic Chemistry (2014), 79(6), 2758-2764

N-heterocyclic carbene catalyzed Michael additions have been revisited with 1,3-dialkyl- or 1,3-diarylimidazol(in)ium-2-carboxylates, that is, NHC·CO2 adducts, as the source of the free NHC catalysts in ... [more ▼]

N-heterocyclic carbene catalyzed Michael additions have been revisited with 1,3-dialkyl- or 1,3-diarylimidazol(in)ium-2-carboxylates, that is, NHC·CO2 adducts, as the source of the free NHC catalysts in solution. Using these precatalysts, a number of efficient carba-, sulfa-, and phospha-Michael additions were achieved very conveniently, without the need for an external strong base to generate the NHC by deprotonation of an azolium salt. To further expand the scope of the procedure, some NHC-catalyzed sulfa-Michael/aldol organocascades were also investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailIs Dolphin Morbillivirus Virulent for White-Beaked Dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris)?
van Elk, C. E.; van de Bildt, M. W. G.; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Veterinary pathology (2014)

The virulence of morbilliviruses for toothed whales (odontocetes) appears to differ according to host species. In 4 species of odontocetes, morbilliviruses are highly virulent, causing large-scale ... [more ▼]

The virulence of morbilliviruses for toothed whales (odontocetes) appears to differ according to host species. In 4 species of odontocetes, morbilliviruses are highly virulent, causing large-scale epizootics with high mortality. In 8 other species of odontocetes, including white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris), morbilliviruses have been found as an incidental infection. In these species, the virulence of morbilliviruses is not clear. Therefore, the admission of 2 white-beaked dolphins with morbillivirus infection into a rehabilitation center provided a unique opportunity to investigate the virulence of morbillivirus in this species. By phylogenetic analysis, the morbilliviruses in both animals were identified as a dolphin morbillivirus (DMV) most closely related to that detected in a white-beaked dolphin in Germany in 2007. Both animals were examined clinically and pathologically. Case No. 1 had a chronic neural DMV infection, characterized by polioencephalitis in the cerebrum and morbillivirus antigen expression limited to neurons and glial cells. Surprisingly, no nervous signs were observed in this animal during the 6 months before death. Case No. 2 had a subacute systemic DMV infection, characterized by interstitial pneumonia, leucopenia, lymphoid depletion, and DMV antigen expression in mononuclear cells and syncytia in the lung and in mononuclear cells in multiple lymphoid organs. Cause of death was not attributed to DMV infection in either animal. DMV was not detected in 2 contemporaneously stranded white-beaked dolphins. Stranding rate did not increase in the region. These results suggest that DMV is not highly virulent for white-beaked dolphins. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobial heterogeneity affects bioprocess robustness: Dynamic single cell analysis contribute to understanding microbial populations
Delvigne, Frank ULg; Goffin, Philippe

in Biotechnology Journal (2014), 9(1), 61-72

Heterogeneity or segregation of microbial populations has been the subject of much research, but the real impact of this phenomenon on bioprocesses remains not well understood. The main reason behind this ... [more ▼]

Heterogeneity or segregation of microbial populations has been the subject of much research, but the real impact of this phenomenon on bioprocesses remains not well understood. The main reason behind this lack of knowledge is the difficulty for monitoring microbial population heterogeneity in dynamic process conditions. The main concepts leading to microbial population heterogeneity in the context of bioprocesses have been summarized by two distinct hypotheses. The first one involves the individual history of microbial cells or “path” followed during their residence time inside process equipment. The second one involves a coordinated response of the microbial population as a bet-hedging strategy in order to cope with process-related stresses. The respective contribution of each hypothesis to microbial heterogeneity in bioprocesses is still unclear. This statement illustrates the fact that, although microbial phenotypic heterogeneity has been thoroughly investigated at the fundamental level, the implications of this phenomenon in the context of microbial bioprocesses are still subjected to debate. At this time, automated flow cytometry is the best technique for the investigation of microbial heterogeneity in process conditions. However, dedicated software and relevant biomarkers are needed for its proper integration as a bioprocess control tool. [less ▲]

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See detailSpatial patterns and morphology of termite ( Macrotermes falciger ) mounds in the Upper Katanga, D.R. Congo
Mujinjya, Baile Baziraké; Adam, Marielle; Mees, Florias et al

in Catena (2014), 114

This study examines the spatial distribution patterns and morphological characteristics of Macrotermes falciger mounds in the peri-urban zone of Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo. Spatial patterns of mounds were ... [more ▼]

This study examines the spatial distribution patterns and morphological characteristics of Macrotermes falciger mounds in the peri-urban zone of Lubumbashi, D.R. Congo. Spatial patterns of mounds were assessed using high-resolution satellite images for 24 plots of variable size (3 to 27 ha). Soil morphological features were described for five termite-mound profiles of 5 to 9 m depth/height. A mean areal number density of 2.9 ± 0.4 mounds ha−1 is estimated for the degraded miombo woodland of the study area. Spatial statistical analyses document that termite mounds are regularly distributed in all studied plots. The overall mean nearest-neighbour distance between termite mounds is 44.6 ± 0.6 m. The high relative number of inactive mounds in the region, with regular distribution patterns, suggests that current termite mound occurrences are largely relict features.There are no clear indications for an impact of the nature of the parent material on the spatial distribution of the mounds. One aspect of differences in morphology between the studied mounds is that the stone layer occurs at greater depth in topographic low areas than at crest and slope positions. This is interpreted as being mainlyconditionedbyerosion.Mn–Fe oxideconcentrationsoccurringinallstudiedtermite moundprofiles reflect a seasonally high perched water table beneath the mound, which is more pronounced at lower landscape positions. In summary, mound positions in the habitat are consistent with intraspecific competition rather than soil and substrate characteristics as controlling factor, whereas variation in morphological characteristics between termite-mound profiles appears to be a function of the parent material [less ▲]

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See detailPatterns in national policies for support of low achievers in reading across Europe
Motiejunaite, Akvile; Noorani, Sogol; Monseur, Christian ULg

in British Educational Research Journal (2014)

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See detailPatterns of tree species composition across tropical African forests
Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Swaine, Michael D.; Bastin, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Biogeography (2014), online

Aim : In this study we identified large-scale variation in tree species composition across tropical African forests and determined the underlying environmental and historical factors. Location : Tropical ... [more ▼]

Aim : In this study we identified large-scale variation in tree species composition across tropical African forests and determined the underlying environmental and historical factors. Location : Tropical forests from Senegal to Mozambique. Methods : Distribution data were gathered for 1175 tree species in 455 sample sites scattered across tropical Africa, including all types of tropical forests (wet, moist, dry, and lowland to moderate elevation montane forests). The value of elevation and 19 climatic variables extracted from the BIOCLIM data set were assigned to each sample site. We determined the variation in species composition using correspondence analysis and identified the environmental correlates. We defined floristic clusters according to species composition and identified the characteristic species using indicator analysis. Results : We identified a major floristic discontinuity located at the Albertine rift that separated the dry, moist and wet forests of West and Central Africa (the entire Guineo-Congolian Region) from the upland and coastal forests of East Africa. Except for the Albertine Rift, we found no evidence to support the other proposed floristic discontinuities (Dahomey Gap etc.). We detected two main environmental gradients across tropical African forests. The rainfall gradient was strongly correlated with the variation in tree species composition in West and Central Africa. The elevation/temperature gradient highlighted the major floristic differences within East Africa and between East Africa and the Guineo-Congolian Region, the latter being most probably due to the geological disruption and associated climatic history of the East African uplift. Main conclusions : We found floristic evidence for three main biogeographical regions across the tropical African forests, and described six floristic clusters with particular environmental conditions within these regions: Coastal and Upland for East Africa, Dry and Wet-Moist for West Africa, and Moist and Wet for Central Africa. [less ▲]

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See detailSearch for ReCQL4 mutations in 39 patients genotyped for suspected Rothmund-Thomson/Baller-Gerold syndromes.
Piard, J.; Aral, B.; Vabres, P. et al

in Clinical genetics (2014)

Three overlapping conditions, namely Rothmund-Thomson (RTS), Baller-Gerold (BGS) and RAPADILINO syndromes, have been attributed to RECQL4 mutations. Differential diagnoses depend on the clinical ... [more ▼]

Three overlapping conditions, namely Rothmund-Thomson (RTS), Baller-Gerold (BGS) and RAPADILINO syndromes, have been attributed to RECQL4 mutations. Differential diagnoses depend on the clinical presentation, but the numbers of known genes remain low, leading to the widespread prescription of RECQL4 sequencing. The aim of our study was therefore to determine the best clinical indicators for the presence of RECQL4 mutations in a series of 39 patients referred for RECQL4 molecular analysis and belonging to the RTS (27 cases) and BGS (12 cases) spectrum. One or two deleterious RECQL4 mutations were found in 10/27 patients referred for RTS diagnosis. Clinical and molecular reevaluation led to a different diagnosis in 7/17 negative cases, including Clericuzio-type poikiloderma with neutropenia, hereditary sclerosing poikiloderma, and craniosynostosis/anal anomalies/porokeratosis. No RECQL4 mutations were found in the BGS group without poikiloderma, confirming that RECQL4 sequencing was not indicated in this phenotype. One chromosomal abnormality and one TWIST mutation was found in this cohort. This study highlights the search for differential diagnoses before the prescription of RECQL4 sequencing in this clinically heterogeneous group. The combination of clinically defined subgroups and next-generation sequencing will hopefully bring to light new molecular bases of syndromes with poikiloderma, as well as BGS without poikiloderma. [less ▲]

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See detailThe self-report Version of the LSAS-CA: Psychometric Properties of the French Version in a non-clinical adolescent sample
Schmits, Emilie ULg; Heeren, Alexandre; Quertemont, Etienne ULg

in Psychologica Belgica (2014), 54(2), 181-198

The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) is one of the most popular measures of social anxiety in adults. The LSAS has been adapted for clinical assessment of children and adolescents (LSAS-CA). The ... [more ▼]

The Liebowitz Social Anxiety Scale (LSAS) is one of the most popular measures of social anxiety in adults. The LSAS has been adapted for clinical assessment of children and adolescents (LSAS-CA). The psychometric properties of the self-report version of the LSAS-CA (LSAS-CA-SR) have been investigated in a Spanish population. However, no study to date has adapted and validated this scale in French. The purpose of this study was to develop a French version of the LSAS-CA-SR and to assess its score reliability and structural validity in a French-speaking community sample. The sample was made up of 1,343 teenagers from secondary schools, aged between 14 and 18 years. Confirmatory factor analyses established the structural validity of the French version of the LSAS-CA-SR and good psychometric properties, including reliable internal consistency, were observed. [less ▲]

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See detailSustainable intensification in Benin: myth or realiy? Lessons from organic cotton and cotton made in Africa systems of production.
Assogba, Sonagnon Claude-Gervais ULg; Tossou, Cocou Rigobert; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in International Journal of Agriculture Innovations and Research (2014), 2(5), 694-704

In agriculture, the concept of sustainable development emergence and its omnipresence in political discourses suggests that farming systems move toward systems considered as more environment-friendly and ... [more ▼]

In agriculture, the concept of sustainable development emergence and its omnipresence in political discourses suggests that farming systems move toward systems considered as more environment-friendly and human health-friendly. In Benin, cotton is one of the most sectors concerned by this transformation. Indeed, in spite of the importance of cotton in the economy of Benin, its sustainable production is nowadays threatened by conventional production approach. Various alternatives of production are developed and considered as more environment-friendly than the conventional production approach. This article analyses the sustainability of organic and cotton made in Africa (CmiA) production systems from the sustainable agricultural intensification theoretical perspective. Structured and non-structured interviews with individuals and focus groups were used to collect data from 90 organic cotton farmers of the municipality of Kandi, and 100 CmiA farmers of the municipality of Pehunco, one of the largest areas of cotton production in the North of Benin. Data were analyzed with methods of normative and relativist comparison, descriptive statistics and analysis of variance. Kolmogorov-Smirnov (K-S) test was used to verify the normality conditions and in some cases, logarithmic transformation was done to test the variance homogeneity. The comparison of means was done with the test of Least Significant Difference. It appears from the results that in the current condition of implementation, the alternatives system to conventional cotton production approach are not intensively sustainable. Soils fertility and pests’ management face enormous constraints and do not allow improvement of yields, economic performances, and environment protection. So, the sustainability of the alternative systems of cotton production is not guaranteed and can hardly become a reality if additional relevant conditions are not created [less ▲]

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See detailINDICATIONS D’UN TRAITEMENT DE RADIOTHERAPIE LOCALE APRES PROSTATECTOMIE RADICALE
HERMESSE, Johanne ULg; WERENNE, Xavier ULg; PHILIPPI, Sven ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(Supp 1), 29-31

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See detailPeripheral T-cell lymphoma with t(6;14)(p25;q11.2) translocation presenting with massive splenomegaly.
SOMJA, Joan ULg; Bisig, B.; de Leval, L. et al

in Virchows Archiv : An International Journal of Pathology (2014)

Recurrent chromosomal translocations associated to peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL) are rare. Here, we report a case of PTCL, not otherwise specified (NOS) with the karyotype 46,Y,add(X)(p22),t(6;14 ... [more ▼]

Recurrent chromosomal translocations associated to peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL) are rare. Here, we report a case of PTCL, not otherwise specified (NOS) with the karyotype 46,Y,add(X)(p22),t(6;14)(p25;q11) and FISH-proved breakpoints in the IRF4 and TCRAD loci, leading to juxtaposition of both genes. A 64-year-old male patient presented with mild cytopenias and massive splenomegaly. Splenectomy showed diffuse red pulp involvement by a pleomorphic medium- to large-cell T-cell lymphoma with a CD2+ CD3+ CD5− CD7− CD4+ CD8+/− CD30− TCRbeta-F1+ immunophenotype, an activated cytotoxic profile, and strong MUM1 expression. The clinical course was marked by disease progression in the bone marrow under treatment and death at 4 months. In contrast with two t(6;14)(p25;q11.2)-positive lymphomas previously reported to be cytotoxic PTCL, NOS with bone marrow and skin involvement, this case was manifested by massive splenomegaly, expanding the clinical spectrum of PTCLs harboring t(6;14)(p25;q11.2) and supporting consideration of this translocation as a marker of biological aggressiveness. [less ▲]

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See detailWhat factors determine Belgian general practitioners' approaches to detecting and managing substance abuse? A qualitative study based on the I-Change Model.
Ketterer, Frédéric ULg; Symons, Linda; Lambrechts, Marie-Claire et al

in BMC Family Practice (2014), 15(1), 119

BACKGROUND: General practitioners (GPs) are considered to play a major role in detecting and managing substance abuse. However, little is known about how or why they decide to manage it. This study ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: General practitioners (GPs) are considered to play a major role in detecting and managing substance abuse. However, little is known about how or why they decide to manage it. This study investigated the factors that influence GP behaviours with regard to the abuse of alcohol, illegal drugs, hypnotics, and tranquilisers among working Belgians. METHODS: Twenty Belgian GPs were interviewed. De Vries' Integrated Change Model was used to guide the interviews and qualitative data analyses. RESULTS: GPs perceived higher levels of substance abuse in urban locations and among lower socioeconomic groups. Guidelines, if they existed, were primarily used in Flanders. Specific training was unevenly applied but considered useful. GPs who accepted abuse management cited strong interpersonal skills and available multidisciplinary networks as facilitators.GPs relied on their clinical common sense to detect abuse or initiate management. Specific patients' situations and their social, psychological, or professional dysfunctions were cited as cues to action.GPs were strongly influenced by their personal representations of abuse, which included the balance between their professional responsibilities toward their patients and the patients' responsibilities in managing their own health as well the GPs' abilities to cope with unsatisfying patient outcomes without reaching professional exhaustion. GPs perceived substance abuse along a continuum ranging from a chronic disease (whose management was part of their responsibility) to a moral failing of untrustworthy people. Alcohol and cannabis were more socially acceptable than other drugs. Personal experiences of emotional burdens (including those regarding substance abuse) increased feelings of empathy or rejection toward patients.Multidisciplinary practices and professional experiences were cited as important factors with regard to engaging GPs in substance abuse management. Time constraints and personal investments were cited as important barriers.Satisfaction with treatment was rare. CONCLUSIONS: Motivational factors, including subjective beliefs not supported by the literature, were central in deciding whether to manage cases of substance abuse. A lack of theoretical knowledge and training were secondary to personal attitudes and motivation. Personal development, emotional health, self-awareness, and self-care should be taught to and fostered among GPs to help them maintain a patient-centred focus. Health authorities should support collaborative care. [less ▲]

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See detailHost-induced bacterial cell wall decomposition mediates pattern-triggered immunity in Arabidopsis
Liu, X.; Grabherr, H.; Willmann, R. et al

in eLife (2014)

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See detailCarbonate Mounds: from Paradox to World Heritage
Henriet, Jean-Pierre; Hamoumi, N.; Da Silva, Anne-Christine ULg et al

in Marine Geology (2014), 352

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See detailConcepts d’efficience et de productivité de l’eau (synthèse bibliographique)
Kambou, Donkora ULg; Xanthoulis, Dimitri ULg; Ouattara, Korodjouma et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(1),

Water efficiency and productivity indicators are used in many scientific disciplines, usually to account for water losses that occur during its use, or products generated per unit of water consumed. The ... [more ▼]

Water efficiency and productivity indicators are used in many scientific disciplines, usually to account for water losses that occur during its use, or products generated per unit of water consumed. The interpretation of these indicators is very diverse in the literature. However, the majority of definitions consider water efficiency as a measure of the effectiveness of irrigation, and view water productivity as a measure of the effectiveness of the physiological processes of both biomass production and crop yield formation, linked to the actual consumption of water by the crops. Thus, the consensus seems to be for water application efficiency (Ea) to be considered as the ratio of actual evapotranspiration to the water applied and productivity as the ratio of yield to actual evapotranspiration. The point of divergence relates fundamentally to the understanding of the constituent expressions of productivity (PE, product/“water consumed”) and efficiency of water application (Ea, “water consumed”/“applied water”). Indeed, the term “water consumed” is referred to variously by several authors as “actual evapotranspiration”, “gross irrigation plus rainfall”, “evapotranspiration plus water lost at the plot but beneficial to other users”, etc. Furthermore, while providing more details on the concepts of efficiency and water productivity, this review shows that the factors affecting these indicators have not yet been sufficiently elucidated. Thus, one of the axes of investigation could be to model the application efficiency of water firstly, according to water management practices and secondly, in terms of productivity levels in relation to the crop establishment period. [less ▲]

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See detailDifferential cadmium and zinc distribution in relation to their physiological impact in the leaves of the accumulating Zygophyllum fabago L
LEFÈVRE, Isabelle; VOGEL‐MIKUŠ, Katarina; JEROMEL, Luka et al

in Plant, cell & environment (2014), 37(6), 1299-1320

Cadmium and zinc share many similar physiochemical properties, but their compartmentation, complexation and impact on other mineral element distribution in plant tissues may drastically differ. In this ... [more ▼]

Cadmium and zinc share many similar physiochemical properties, but their compartmentation, complexation and impact on other mineral element distribution in plant tissues may drastically differ. In this study, we address the impact of 10-μM Cd or 50-μM Zn treatment on ion distribution in leaves of a metallicolous population of the non-hyperaccumulating species Zygophyllum fabago at tissue and cell level, and the consequences on the plant response through a combined physiological, proteomic and metabolite approach. Micro-proton induced X-ray emission and laser ablation inductively coupled mass spectrometry analyses indicated hot spots of Cd concentrations in the vicinity of vascular bundles in response to Cd treatment, essentially bound to S-containing compounds as revealed by extended X-Ray absorption fine structure and non-protein thiol compounds analyses. A preferential accumulation of Zn occurred in vascular bundle and spongy mesophyll in response to Zn treatment, and was mainly bound to O/N-ligands. Leaf proteomics and physiological status evidenced a protection of photosynthetically active tissues and the maintenance of cell turgor through specific distribution and complexation of toxic ions, reallocation of some essential elements, synthesis of proteins involved in photosynthetic apparatus or C-metabolism, and metabolite synthesis, with some specificities regarding the considered heavy metal treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical and biological controls on DMS,P dynamics in ice-shelf influenced fast ice during a winter-spring and a spring-summer transitions
Carnat, G.; Zhou, Jiayun ULg; Papakyriakou, T. et al

in Journal of Geophysical Research. Oceans (2014), 119

We report the seasonal and vertical variations of dimethylsulphide (DMS) and its precursor dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) in fast ice at Cape Evans, McMurdo Sound (Antarctica) during the spring-summer ... [more ▼]

We report the seasonal and vertical variations of dimethylsulphide (DMS) and its precursor dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) in fast ice at Cape Evans, McMurdo Sound (Antarctica) during the spring-summer transition in 2011 and winter-spring transition in 2012. We compare the variations of DMS,P observed to the seasonal evolution of the ice algal biomass and of the physical properties of the ice cover, with emphasis on the ice texture and brine dynamics. Isolated DMS and DMSP maxima were found during both seasonal episodes in interior ice and corresponded to the occurrence of platelet crystals in the ice texture. We show that platelet crystals formation corresponded in time and depth to the incorporation of dinoflagellates (strong DMSP producers) in the ice cover. We also show that platelet crystals could modify the environmental stresses on algal cells and perturb the vertical redistribution of DMS,P concentrations. We show that during the winter-spring transition in 2012, the DMS,P profiles were strongly influenced by the development and decline of a diatom dominated bloom in the bottom ice, with DMSP variations remarkably following chl a variations. During the spring-summer transition in 2011, the increase in brine volume fraction (influencing ice permeability) on warming was shown to trigger (1) an important release of DMS to the under-ice water through brine convection (2) a vertical redistribution of DMSP across the ice [less ▲]

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See detailDouble Objective Economic Statistical Design of the VPT2 Control Chart: Wald’s identity approach
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg; Saniga, Erwin et al

in Journal of Statistical Computation & Simulation (2014), 84

Recent studies have shown that applying the control chart by using a variable parameters (VP) scheme yields more rapid detection of assignable causes than the classical method of taking fixed sample sizes ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have shown that applying the control chart by using a variable parameters (VP) scheme yields more rapid detection of assignable causes than the classical method of taking fixed sample sizes at fixed intervals of time. In this paper, the problem of economical statistical design of the VP T2 control chart is considered as a double-objective minimization problem with the statistical objective adjusted average time to signal and the economic objective expected cost per hour. Then we strive to find the Pareto-optimal designs in which the two objectives are met simultaneously by using a multi-objective Genetic Algorithm or GA. Through an illustrative example, we show that relatively large benefits accrue to the VP method relative to the classical policy; further another advantage of our approach is to provide a list of alternative solutions that can be explored graphically. This then ensures flexibility and adaptability, an important attribute of contemporary control chart design. [less ▲]

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See detailReprint of: Policy decisions on endocrine disruptors should be based on science across disciplines: A response to Dietrich, et al.
Gore, A. C.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Bikle, D. et al

in Frontiers in neuroendocrinology (2014), 35(1), 2-5

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See detailVibronic Valence and Rydberg Transitions in Geminal Chloro-Fluoro-Ethene (1,1-C2H2FCl). A Spectroscopic and Quantum Chemical Investigation.
Locht, Robert ULg; Dehareng, Dominique ULg; Leyh, Bernard ULg

in Molecular Physics (2014), 112(11), 1520-1539

The vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of 1,1-C2H2FCl has been examined in detail between 5 eV and 15 eV photon energy by using synchrotron radiation dispersed by three different monochromators. Quantum ... [more ▼]

The vacuum UV photoabsorption spectrum of 1,1-C2H2FCl has been examined in detail between 5 eV and 15 eV photon energy by using synchrotron radiation dispersed by three different monochromators. Quantum chemical calculations are performed to help in the analysis of the valence/Rydberg transitions region centered at 7.05 eV including the 3a”(pi)→pi* and the 3a” (pi*)→3s Rydberg transitions. Interactions between states involving transitions to the 3s, 4d and sigma* orbitals are identified. A vibrational analysis is proposed for the structures belonging to these transitions. For the pi(3a”)→pi* transition, one vibrational progression is observed with ω3=1410±50 cm-1 and its lowest excitation energy is determined at about 6.398±0.003 eV. The pi(3a”)→3s Rydberg transition is characterized by a single progression with ω3= 1410±80 cm-1 likely starting at about 6.45 eV. These vibrations are ascribed to the C=C stretching motion. The abundant structure observed in the spectrum between 7.8 eV and 10.5 eV has been analyzed in terms of vibronic transitions to ns (δ= 0.97), np (δ= 0.63 and 0.40) and nd (δ= 0.13 and -0.11) Rydberg states which belong to series converging to the 1,1-C2H2FCl+( 2A”) ionic ground state. The analysis of the vibrational structure of the individual Rydberg states has been attempted leading to average values of the wavenumbers ω3= 1 420±20 cm-1, ω7= 720±50 cm-1 and ω9= 390±50 cm-1. Between 10.5 eV and 12.5 eV nine other Rydberg states converging to the 1,1-C2H2FCl+ ( 2A') first excited state were analyzed by the same way. The vibrational structure of these Rydberg states results from the excitation of one vibrational normal mode ν7 with an average value of ω7= 520±20 cm-1 which is assigned to the C-Cl stretching vibration as inferred from quantum chemical calculations. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing the effects of spatial discretization on large-scale flow model performance and prediction uncertainty
Wildemeersch, Samuel ULg; Goderniaux, Pascal; Orban, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Hydrology (2014), 510

Large-scale physically-based and spatially-distributed models (>100 km2) constitute useful tools for water management since they take explicitly into account the heterogeneity and the physical processes ... [more ▼]

Large-scale physically-based and spatially-distributed models (>100 km2) constitute useful tools for water management since they take explicitly into account the heterogeneity and the physical processes occurring in the subsurface for predicting the evolution of discharge and hydraulic heads for several predictive scenarios. However, such models are characterized by lengthy execution times. Therefore, modelers often coarsen spatial discretization of large-scale physically-based and spatially-distributed models for reducing the number of unknowns and the execution times. This study investigates the influence of such a coarsening of model grid on model performance and prediction uncertainty. The improvement of model performance obtained with an automatic calibration process is also investigated. The results obtained show that coarsening spatial discretization mainly influences the simulation of discharge due to a poor representation of surface water network and a smoothing of surface slopes that prevents from simulating properly surface water-groundwater interactions and runoff processes. Parameter sensitivities are not significantly influenced by grid coarsening and calibration can compensate, to some extent, for model errors induced by grid coarsening. The results also show that coarsening spatial discretization mainly influences the uncertainty on discharge predictions. However, model prediction uncertainties on discharge only increase significantly for very coarse spatial discretizations. [less ▲]

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See detailResidence time vs influence time
Delhez, Eric ULg; de Brye, Bejamin; de Brauwere, Anouk et al

in Journal of Marine Systems (2014), 132

The concepts of age, residence time, exposure time and influence time provide space and time dependent quantitative measures of the rate at which watermasses and pollutants enter and/or leave a control ... [more ▼]

The concepts of age, residence time, exposure time and influence time provide space and time dependent quantitative measures of the rate at which watermasses and pollutants enter and/or leave a control domain. To help avoid confusion between these concepts, this paper provides clear definitions of the residence time and the influence time. The similarities and differences between them are illustrated using both a simplified 1D advection–diffusion model and a realistic two-dimensional model of the Scheldt Estuary (Belgium and the Netherlands). The residence time of a water parcel in a control domain is the time taken by this parcel to leave the control domain for the first time. The influence time is the time required to replace the water in the domain of interest by renewing water. For steady flows, the influence time is numerically identical to the age of the renewing water, but the two timescales differ for unsteady flows. The residence timemeasures the influence of a hypothetical point discharge on a control domain. In environmental studies, it provides a measure of the effectiveness of hydrodynamic processes at helping a semi-enclosed basin to recover froma local pollution event. The influence time quantifies the local influence of a tracer that would be uniformly distributed in the control domain at the initial time. It is therefore a relevant diagnostic tool in impact studies focusing on the local persistence of a pollution problem. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of domestication process on immune response to repeated emersion stressors in Eurasian perch (Perca fluviatilis L.)
Douxfils, Jessica; Lambert, S; Mathieu, Cédric et al

in Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology. A : Comparative Physiology (2014), 173

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See detailLikelihood based inference for semi-competing risks
Heuchenne, Cédric ULg; Laurent, Stéphane ULg; Legrand, Catherine et al

in Communications in Statistics : Simulation & Computation (2014), 43(5), 1112-1132

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See detailConstitutional Aspects of FTAs: a Colombian Perspective
Parra Santamaria, Lusmiriam Andrea ULg; De Lombaerde, Philippe; Lizarazo, Liliana et al

in European Journal of Law (2014)

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See detailHeroin-assisted Tx superior to methadone for heroin addiction
Ansseau, Marc ULg

in Medscape medical news (2014)

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See detailSystème à tous les étages
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Signata. Annales des Sémiotiques = Annals of Semiotics (2014), 4/2013

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See detailPrevalence of Campylobacter among goats and retail goat meat in Congo
Kabwang a Mpalang, Rosette; BOREUX, Raphaël ULg; Melin, Pierrette ULg et al

in Journal of Infection in Developing Countries [=JIDC] (2014), 8

Background: The prevalence of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli was determined in goat and goat meat sold at retail outlets in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Methodology: A ... [more ▼]

Background: The prevalence of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli was determined in goat and goat meat sold at retail outlets in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). Methodology: A total of 644 samples, including 177 goat meat, 86 goat stomachs, 139 ready to eat (RTE) goat skewers, and 242 goat faecal samples were examined for the presence of Campylobacter jejuni and Campylobacter coli using polymerase chain reaction. Results: Overall, Campylobacter spp. were found in 34.6% of the examined samples. C. jejuni was isolated in 10.1% and C. coli in 26.7% of samples. Only 2.2% of all samples were positive for both species. There was a significant association between the prevalence of C. coli and the type of sample (p < 0.05). The overall prevalence of Campylobacter in different sample groups was 41.2%, 37.2%, 23.7%, and 35.1% for goat meat, goat stomachs, RTE goat skewers, and goat faecal samples, respectively. There was no significant difference (p > 0.05) between the prevalence observed in the rainy season (16.7%) and the dry season (20.0%). Moreover, the overall prevalence of Campylobacter in slaughter sites, open-air markets, warehouses, and semi-open-air markets was 28.2%, 34.2%, 35.4%, and 42.9%, respectively. Statistically, there was no influence of the sample collection site on the frequency of isolation of Campylobacter (p > 0.05). Conclusion: This study shows that, considering the relatively high prevalence of this [less ▲]

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See detailChâteau fort d’Ecaussinnes-Lalaing (Hainaut) : de nouveaux matériaux pour une chronologie du bâti
Maggi, Christophe ULg; Blain, Sophie ULg; Bavay, Gérard et al

in Bulletin de la Commission royale des Monuments, Sites et Fouilles (2014), 25

Situé dans le Hainaut, dominant le vallon de la Senette, le château-fort d’Écaussinnes a fait l’objet de diverses monographies. Pourtant, bien des études du bâti restent à faire, dans la foulée de la plus ... [more ▼]

Situé dans le Hainaut, dominant le vallon de la Senette, le château-fort d’Écaussinnes a fait l’objet de diverses monographies. Pourtant, bien des études du bâti restent à faire, dans la foulée de la plus récente que l’on doit à Philippe Sosnowska. En mars 2012, une étude typologique et dendrochronologique des charpentes, à l’occasion de travaux de restauration aux toitures, apporte quelques éléments nouveaux. L’analyse porte sur les charpentes de toiture de la chapelle et des ailes ouest et nord. Elle a été demandée par les architectes Paul Delaisse et Michel Micciche dans le cadre de la restauration des toitures. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-Term Care Insurance and Family
Pestieau, Pierre ULg; Canta, Chiara

in B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy (2014)

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See detailConcomitant manipulation of NMDA- and AMPA-receptors to produce pro-cognitive drug effects
Vignisse, Julie ULg; Steinbusch, Harry W.M.; Grigoriev, Vladimir et al

in European Neuropsychopharmacology (2014), 24

Bifunctional drug therapy targeting distinct receptor signaling systems can generate increased efficacy at lower concentrations compared to monofunctional therapy. Non-competitive blockade of the NMDA ... [more ▼]

Bifunctional drug therapy targeting distinct receptor signaling systems can generate increased efficacy at lower concentrations compared to monofunctional therapy. Non-competitive blockade of the NMDA receptors or the potentiation of AMPA receptors is well documented to result in memory enhancement. Here, we compared the efficacy of the low-affinity NMDA receptor blocker memantine or the positive modulator of AMPA receptor QXX (in C57BL/6J at 1 or 5 mg/kg, ip) with new derivatives of isothiourea (0.5-1 mg/kg, ip) that have bifunctional efficacy. Low-affinity NMDA blockade by these derivatives was achieved by introducing greater flexibility into the molecule, and AMPA receptor stimulation was produced by a sulfamide-containing derivative of isothiourea. Contextual learning was examined in a step-down avoidance task and extinction of contextual memory was studied in a fear-conditioning paradigm. Memantine enhanced contextual learning while QXX facilitated memory extinction; both drugs were effective at 5 mg/kg. The new derivative IPAC-5 elevated memory scores in both tasks at the dose 0.5 mg/Kg and exhibited the lowest IC50 values of NMDA receptor blockade and highest potency of AMPA receptor stimulation. Thus, among the new drugs tested, IPAC-5 plicated the properties of memantine and QXX in one administration with increased potency. Our data suggest that a concomitant manipulation of NMDA- and AMPA-receptors results in pro-cognitive effects and supports the concept bifunctional drug therapy as a promising strategy to replace monofunctional therapies with greater efficacy and improved compliance. [less ▲]

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See detailEXPLORATION ET TRAITEMENT D’UN CARCINOME EPIDERMOIDE GANGLIONNAIRE CERVICAL SANS PRIMITIF DECELE
WERENNE, Xavier ULg; SAUTOIS, Brieuc ULg; DEMEZ, Pierre ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(Supp 1), 58-62

A l’heure actuelle, le bilan à réaliser après décou - verte d’une adénopathie cervicale est bien codifié. Le PET- scan, dans un premier temps controversé, s’affirme étude après étude comme un élément ... [more ▼]

A l’heure actuelle, le bilan à réaliser après décou - verte d’une adénopathie cervicale est bien codifié. Le PET- scan, dans un premier temps controversé, s’affirme étude après étude comme un élément essentiel. La stratégie de traitement pratiquée dans la plupart des centres consiste en un évidemment cervical suivi de radiothérapie portant sur les muqueuses pharyngées ainsi que sur les relais ganglion - naires cervicaux bilatéraux avec éventuelle association à une chimiothérapie. Celle-ci est ajoutée en fonction de facteurs anatomo-pathologiques de mauvais pronostic, mais elle n’a pas fait la preuve de sa supériorité. De multiples études de phase II aboutissent d’ailleurs à des conclusions opposées. En dehors de données issues d’études randomisées, le traitement aujourd’hui se décide par analogie à ceux qui sont appliqués lorsque le site primitif tumoral est identifié dans la sphère ORL. [less ▲]

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See detailSpray-drying synthesis of Na2FePO4F/carbon powders for lithium-ion batteries
Brisbois, Magali ULg; Krins, Natacha ULg; Hermann, Raphael et al

in Materials Letters (2014), 130

Sodium iron fluorophosphate Na2FePO4F is a candidate positive electrode material for both lithium-ion batteries and sodium-ion batteries. We report the synthesis of Na2FePO4F/carbon powders by the simple ... [more ▼]

Sodium iron fluorophosphate Na2FePO4F is a candidate positive electrode material for both lithium-ion batteries and sodium-ion batteries. We report the synthesis of Na2FePO4F/carbon powders by the simple and easily up-scalable technique of spray-drying. An aqueous solution containing citric acid as a carbon source was sprayed in a pilot-scale spray-dryer. Heat treatment at 600°C in argon for 12 hours was found appropriate to obtain single-phase Na2FePO4F; only 1.8% of Fe (III) were detected by iron-57 Mössbauer spectroscopy. When cycled against lithium, the discharge capacity reached 110 mAh g-1 at C/15 rate. (C) 2014 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailAdequate iron chelation therapy for at least six months improves survival in transfusion-dependent patients wih lower risk myelodysplastic syndromes
Delforge, Michel; Selleslag, Dominik; BEGUIN, Yves ULg et al

in Leukemia Research (2014), 38

Background: Most patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) require transfusions at the risk of ironoverload and associated organ damage, and death. Emerging evidence indicates that iron chelation ther ... [more ▼]

Background: Most patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) require transfusions at the risk of ironoverload and associated organ damage, and death. Emerging evidence indicates that iron chelation ther-apy (ICT) could reduce mortality and improve survival in transfusion-dependent MDS patients, especiallythose classified as International Prognostic Scoring System (IPSS) Low or Intermediate-1 (Low/Int-1).Methods: Follow-up of a retrospective study. Sample included 127 Low/Int-1 MDS patients from 28 centersin Belgium. Statistical analysis stratified by duration (≥6 versus <6 months) and quality of chelation (adequate versus weak). Results: Crude chelation rate was 63% but 88% among patients with serum ferritin ≥1000 g/L. Of the 80chelated patients, 70% were chelated adequately mainly with deferasirox (26%) or deferasirox followingdeferoxamine (39%). Mortality was 70% among non-chelated, 40% among chelated, 32% among patientschelated ≥6 m, and 30% among patients chelated adequately; with a trend toward reduced cardiacmortality in chelated patients. Overall, median overall survival (OS) was 10.2 years for chelated and 3.1years for non-chelated patients (p < 0.001). For patients chelated ≥6 m or patients classified as adequatelychelated, median OS was 10.5 years. Mortality increased as a function of average monthly transfusionintensity (HR = 1.08, p = 0.04) but was lower in patients receiving adequate chelation or chelation ≥6 m(HR = 0.24, p < 0.001). Conclusion: Six or more months of adequate ICT is associated with markedly better overall survival. Thissuggests a possible survival benefit of ICT in transfusion-dependent patients with lower-risk MDS. [less ▲]

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See detailPersonalising metformin therapy: a clinician's perspective
SCHEEN, André ULg

in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology (2014)

If lifestyle changes are not effective for maintaining glycaemic control, metformin is recommended as the first glucose-lowering drug to use in a patient with type 2 diabetes, if the patient has no ... [more ▼]

If lifestyle changes are not effective for maintaining glycaemic control, metformin is recommended as the first glucose-lowering drug to use in a patient with type 2 diabetes, if the patient has no contraindications—eg, renal impairment or hypoxic disorders.1 However, the glucose-lowering response to metformin can vary greatly between patients, with some people responding poorly to this biguanide. Because of the well known therapeutic inertia with respect to pharmacological treatment of diabetes, insufficient glucose control might persist for a long time before any treatment adjustment is made in people who respond poorly to metformin monotherapy. [less ▲]

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See detailVaccination against delta-Retroviruses: The Bovine Leukemia Virus Paradigm.
Gutierrez, Geronimo; Rodriguez, Sabrina M.; De Brogniez, Alix ULg et al

in Viruses (2014), 6(6), 2416-2427

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) are closely related d-retroviruses that induce hematological diseases. HTLV-1 infects about 15 million people worldwide, mainly ... [more ▼]

Bovine leukemia virus (BLV) and human T-lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) are closely related d-retroviruses that induce hematological diseases. HTLV-1 infects about 15 million people worldwide, mainly in subtropical areas. HTLV-1 induces a wide spectrum of diseases (e.g., HTLV-associated myelopathy/tropical spastic paraparesis) and leukemia/lymphoma (adult T-cell leukemia). Bovine leukemia virus is a major pathogen of cattle, causing important economic losses due to a reduction in production, export limitations and lymphoma-associated death. In the absence of satisfactory treatment for these diseases and besides the prevention of transmission, the best option to reduce the prevalence of d-retroviruses is vaccination. Here, we provide an overview of the different vaccination strategies in the BLV model and outline key parameters required for vaccine efficacy. [less ▲]

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See detailNeuroimaging, cognition, light and circadian rhythms
Gaggioni, Giulia; Maquet, Pierre ULg; Schmidt, Christina et al

in Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience [=FNSYS] (2014)

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See detailLes modifications du fonctionnement exécutif dans le vieillissement normal
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg

in Psychologie Française (2014), 59(1), 41-58

Il est maintenu bien reconnu que le vieillissement cognitif est associé à une diminution des capacités exécutives. Toutefois, si des déficits sont effectivement observés au sein des différentes fonctions ... [more ▼]

Il est maintenu bien reconnu que le vieillissement cognitif est associé à une diminution des capacités exécutives. Toutefois, si des déficits sont effectivement observés au sein des différentes fonctions, des dissociations entre performances préservées/altérées ont également été observées au sein de chacune. Dans cette revue de question, nous détaillerons les effets du vieillissement dans les fonctions de mise à jour, flexibilité, inhibition et coordination de tâches doubles, ainsi que les modifications au sein des réseaux cérébraux associés à ces processus. Nous discuterons également l'influence des capacités attentionnelles, des ressources en mémoire de travail et de certaines caractéristiques génétiques sur ces modifications. [less ▲]

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See detailIntense pulsed light in infantile hemangiomas.
PAQUET, Philippe ULg; Caucanas, Marie; FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg et al

in Open Access Journal of Science and Technology (2014), 2

For more than 70 years, the watchful-waiting management of infantile strawberry hemangiomas still prevails in a number of clinical settings. This concept appears now outdated since the introduction of ... [more ▼]

For more than 70 years, the watchful-waiting management of infantile strawberry hemangiomas still prevails in a number of clinical settings. This concept appears now outdated since the introduction of well-suited beta-blockers, as well as noncoherent light and laser therapies. The aim of this work was to revisit the effect of intense pulsed light (IPL) therapy on infantile hemangioma. Information was collected from the peer-reviewed literature and illustrated by personal cases. When applied early in the evolution of infantile hemangiomas, IPL treatment stops the growth phase and induces regression with minimal cosmetic adverse effects and psychological damage. Initiating an adequate treatment is important because damage due to hemangiomas can be diminished by a timely and adequate approach. Beta-blockers have revolutionized the therapeutic strategy of infantile hemangiomas. The flash light therapy (IPL) represents an alternative therapy for some patients. [less ▲]

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See detailRecommadantions européennes concernant la thérapie de resynchronisation cardiaque
ROBINET, Sébastien ULg; DELCOUR, Alexandre ULg; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(4), 180-187

La thérapie de resynchronisation cardiaque (CRT) est l'une des plus grandes avancées thérapeutiques depuis ces 25 dernières années dans le domaine de l'insuffisance cardiaque. Elle est applicable chez ... [more ▼]

La thérapie de resynchronisation cardiaque (CRT) est l'une des plus grandes avancées thérapeutiques depuis ces 25 dernières années dans le domaine de l'insuffisance cardiaque. Elle est applicable chez plus de 25-30% des patients décompensés cardiaques symptomatiques. Dans cet article, nous détaillons les recommandations de la Société Européenne de Cardiologie 2013 concernant la thérapie de resynchronisation cardiaque. [less ▲]

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See detailQuel universalisme des droits de l'homme?
Delruelle, Edouard ULg

in Revue Trimestrielle des Droits de l'Homme [= RTDH] (2014), 98

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See detailCognitive and neuroimaging evidence of impaired interaction between Self and memory in Alzheimer’s disease
Genon, Sarah ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg et al

in Cortex : A Journal Devoted to the Study of the Nervous System & Behavior (2014), 51

In human cognition, self and memory processes strongly interact, as evidenced by the memory advantage for self-referential materials (Self Reference Effect (SRE) and Self Reference Recollection Effect ... [more ▼]

In human cognition, self and memory processes strongly interact, as evidenced by the memory advantage for self-referential materials (Self Reference Effect (SRE) and Self Reference Recollection Effect (SRRE)). The current study examined this interaction at the behavioural level and its neural correlates in patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Healthy older controls (HC) and AD patients performed trait-adjectives judgements either for self-relevance or for other-relevance (encoding phase). In a first experiment, the encoding and subsequent yes-no recognition phases were administrated in an MRI scanner. Brain activation as measured by fMRI was examined during self-relevance judgements and anatomical images were used to search for correlation between the memory advantage for self-related items and grey matter density (GMD). In a second experiment, participants described the retrieval experience that had driven their recognition decisions (familiarity vs. recollective experience). The behavioural results revealed that the SRE and SRRE were impaired in AD patients compared to HC participants. Furthermore, verbal reports revealed that the retrieval of self-related information was preferentially associated with the retrieval of contextual details, such as source memory in the HC participants, but less so in the AD patients. Our imaging findings revealed that both groups activated the medial prefrontal cortex (MPFC) at encoding during self-relevance judgments. However, the variable and limited memory advantage for self-related information was associated with GMD in the lateral prefrontal cortex in the AD patients, a region supporting high-order processes linking self and memory. These findings suggest that even if AD patients engage MPFC during self-referential judgments, the retrieval of self-related memories is qualitatively and quantitatively impaired in relation with altered high-order processes in the lateral PFC. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of land use on pollution status and risk of fish endocrine disruption in small farmland ponds
Mandiki; Gillardin; Martens et al

in Hydrobiologia (2014), 723

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See detailIsocinétisme et douleurs musculaires d’apparition retardée
Hody, Stéphanie ULg; ROGISTER, Bernard ULg; Leprince, Pierre ULg et al

in Movement & Sport Sciences - Science & Motricité (2014)

The curative and preventive efficiency of the isokinetic exercise, especially of the eccentric contraction, has been well demonstrated. However, intense or unusual eccentric exercise is known to induce ... [more ▼]

The curative and preventive efficiency of the isokinetic exercise, especially of the eccentric contraction, has been well demonstrated. However, intense or unusual eccentric exercise is known to induce muscle damage associated with delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and prolonged functional deficits. These negative consequences can frequently disturb the progress of re-education or training programmes. Since they can affect athletic performance and increase the risk of musculo-skeletal injuries, the structuro-functional alterations associated with DOMS may also be problematic in athletes. Therefore, to optimize the benefits of the eccentric work while avoiding muscle damage and occurrence of DOMS should represent a major objective for the practitioners. To date, the only systematic intervention that brings muscle protection against DOMS consists of performing repeated eccentric sessions at submaximal intensity. Besides its clinical use, isokinetic constitutes an interesting model to generate and investigate the DOMS phenomenon. The original association of eccentric injuring protocols with new emerging techniques of molecular biology appears to be a promising strategy to better understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying exercise-induced muscle damage. Such data would provide better guidelines for prevention or treatment practice. [less ▲]

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See detailStability of templated and nanoparticles dye-sensitized solar cells : photovoltaic and electrochemical investigation of degradation mechanisms at the photoelectrode interface
Dewalque, Jennifer ULg; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg; Colson, Pierre ULg et al

in Electrochimica Acta (2014), 115(1), 478-486

A key issue in the commercialization of dye-sensitized solar cells is to maintain high efficiency and long lifetime. As reported in the literature, dye-sensitized solar cells are stable under visible ... [more ▼]

A key issue in the commercialization of dye-sensitized solar cells is to maintain high efficiency and long lifetime. As reported in the literature, dye-sensitized solar cells are stable under visible light soaking but thermal stress and UV exposure lead to efficiency degradation. However, all the stability studies published so far have been performed on cells whose TiO2 electrodes were prepared by tape casting or screen printing of nanoparticle pastes/inks. The present study concerns cells based on highly porous templated TiO2 electrodes, whose larger surface area could enhance the negative effects of thermal stress, light soaking and UV exposure. The long-term stability of these cells is compared with a classical nanoparticle-based cell using current-voltage measurements (I-V curves) and electrochemical impedance spectroscopy. Due to their higher active interface, templated cells are more sensitive than nanoparticle cells to UV illumination, although this can be easily solved in both cases by the use of a UV filter. The templated cells are as stable as the nanoparticle cells under visible light soaking (UV filtered). However, we showed that templated cells are more stable under thermal stress. Moreover, as evidenced by electrochemical impedance spectroscopy, templated cells show lower transfer resistance, as well as lower recombination resistance compared to nanoparticle cells. The crystallite connectivity promoted by the templating route seems to favor the electron transfers inside the porous layer. Using templated films in dye-sensitized solar cells is therefore really promising because higher conversion efficiencies are reached without promoting cell degradation. [less ▲]

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See detailInterdisciplinary approaches to the phenomenology of auditory verbal hallucinations
Woods, A; Jones, N; Bernini, M et al

in Schizophrenia Bulletin (2014), 40

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See detailStudy of the energy distribution of the interface trap density in a GeSn MOS structure by numerical simulation of the electrical characteristics
Baert, Bruno ULg; Schmeits, Marcel ULg; Nguyen, Ngoc Duy ULg

in Applied Surface Science (2014), 291

Using a custom-made numerical simulation tool, we performed a systematic study of the energy distribution of the interface trap density in a GeSn MOS structure and of their effect on the electrical ... [more ▼]

Using a custom-made numerical simulation tool, we performed a systematic study of the energy distribution of the interface trap density in a GeSn MOS structure and of their effect on the electrical characteristics such as C–V and impedance spectra. Interface traps with various densities of states and energies in the bandgap have been investigated and the application of the conductance method was assessed. Based on a theoretical analysis, we obtained, as key results, direct connections between microscopic parameters of the structures and experimentally accessible features of the simulated macroscopic quantities. A straightforward relationship between the interface state density and the peaks in the conductance response is also highlighted. The dependence of the peak characteristics on the trap states was identified, as well as the effects of traps extending over large energy ranges in the bandgap. [less ▲]

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See detailThe value of disturbance-tolerant cercopithecine monkeys as seed dispersers in degraded habitats
Albert, Aurélie; McConkey, Kim; Savini, Tommaso ULg et al

in Biological Conservation (2014), 170

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See detailEcosystem services of mixed species forest stands and monocultures: comparing practitioners' and scientists' perceptions with formal scientific knowledge
Carnol, Monique ULg; Baeten, Lander; Branquart, Etienne et al

in Forestry (2014)

Mixed species stands might contribute to important goals of sustainable forest management, such as higher biological diversity, more resistance and resilience to disturbances and higher carbon storage ... [more ▼]

Mixed species stands might contribute to important goals of sustainable forest management, such as higher biological diversity, more resistance and resilience to disturbances and higher carbon storage. Knowledge of stakeholders' perceptions of such ecosystem services in mixed species stands is required for effective policy development. We showed that practitioners' and scientists' perceptions of ecosystem services in mixed species stands in Belgium differed from formal scientific knowledge derived from a synthesis of published studies. The positive perception of supporting, regulating and cultural services in mixed species stands contrasted with less conclusive results from the literature, where positive, negative and neutral effects were reported. Many respondents also signified a lack of information about regulating services. Furthermore, provisioning services were perceived as equal in mixed species stands and monocultures, in contrast to higher productivity demonstrated in mixed species stands in the literature. The regional (Flanders and Wallonia) ecological and socio-economic context influenced both the perception of ecosystem services and of the importance of management objectives. Our results highlighted the need to address the lack of scientific data, to adapt communication to the ecological and socio-economic context, as well as to improve information flow on regulating services and productivity. [less ▲]

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See detailPassive designs and strategies for low-cost housing using simulation-based optimization and different thermal comfort criteria
Nguyen, Anh Tuan ULg; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Journal of Building Performance Simulation [=JBPS] (2014), 7(1), 68-81

An optimum design of low-cost housing offers low-income urban inhabitants great opportunities to obtain a shelter at an affordable price and acceptable indoor thermal conditions. In this paper, the design ... [more ▼]

An optimum design of low-cost housing offers low-income urban inhabitants great opportunities to obtain a shelter at an affordable price and acceptable indoor thermal conditions. In this paper, the design and operation of a low-cost dwelling were numerically optimized using a simulation-based approach. Three multi-objective cost functions including construction cost, thermal comfort performance and 50-year operating cost were applied for naturally ventilated and air-conditioned buildings. Thermal environment inside the house was controlled and assessed by two thermal comfort models. Optimization problems which consist of 18 design parameters and 6 ventilation strategies were examined by two population-based probabilistic optimization algorithms (particle swarm optimization and hybrid algorithm). Optimum designs corresponding to each objective function, differences in optimal solutions, energy saving by the adaptive comfort approach and optimization effectiveness were outlined. The optimization method used in this paper shows a considerable potential of comfort improvement, energy saving and operating cost reduction. [less ▲]

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See detailCan faecal markers detect a short term reduction in forage intake by cattle?
Benvenutti, Marcelo A.; Coates, David B.; Bindelle, Jérôme ULg et al

in Animal Feed Science & Technology (2014), 194

Detection of a reduction in forage intake is particularly relevant in grazing animals due to its negative effect on animal performance. Estimations of intake reduction using faecal markers can be ... [more ▼]

Detection of a reduction in forage intake is particularly relevant in grazing animals due to its negative effect on animal performance. Estimations of intake reduction using faecal markers can be inaccurate due to the time delay between a change in forage intake and the subsequent change in faecal output. This delay may vary depending on forage quality and marker type. A pen study was conducted for 29 days to test the efficacy of liquid (PEG = polyethylene glycol) and solid (alkanes and CrCl3 = chromium chloride) phase faecal markers to detect a reduction in intake by steers of diets that varied in forage quality. Ten Brahman cross steers (296 ± 16 kg) were allocated equally to diets of leafy, high quality buffel grass (Cenchrus ciliaris) hay and stemmy, low quality buffel grass hay. Hay was offered ad libitum from day 1 to 7, at 90% of voluntary intake from day 8 to 14 and then reduced by 8% each day from day 15 to 24. On day 5 each steer was dosed with two slow release alkane capsules; also, steers received a single daily dose of PEG and CrCl3 at 09:00 on days 5 to 24. Actual and marker derived estimates of forage intake over days 10 to 22 were assessed by repeated-measures analysis of variance. Overall marker recovery rates were satisfactory (0.92 to 1.03) and there was a significant (P < 0.001) progressive decrease in daily recovery rate over time for all markers and diets. Actual and marker-determined forage intake declined over the course of the experiment for both leafy and stemmy hay diets (P < 0.001) for all three markers. There was a lag of 3 to 5 days to detect a significant reduction in estimated intake by steers using markers. The lag period was similar for both liquid and solid phase markers. Results of this experiment indicated that decreases in forage intake by cattle could be detected using indigestible faecal markers, albeit in association with (i) progressively larger reductions in actual forage intake, and (ii) a time lag of 3 to 5 days between the decrease in actual intake and its statistical detection using faecal markers. [less ▲]

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See detailMesoporous Lithium Vanadium Oxide as Thin Film Electrode for Lithium-Ion Batteries: Comparison between Direct Synthesis of LiV2O5 and Electrochemical Lithium Intercalation in V2O5
Caes, Sébastien ULg; Arrebola, Jose Carlos; Krins, Natacha ULg et al

in Journal of Materials Chemistry A (2014), 2

Research in the field of lithium-ion batteries favours electrode materials with high surface area. In this context, this paper is dedicated to mesoporous thin films (MTFs) and compares the electrochemical ... [more ▼]

Research in the field of lithium-ion batteries favours electrode materials with high surface area. In this context, this paper is dedicated to mesoporous thin films (MTFs) and compares the electrochemical performance of g-LiV2O5 MTFs with post-synthesis electrochemical lithium intercalation in a-V2O5 MTFs. Formation of vanadium oxide MTFs by soft-chemistry is notoriously difficult. However, it is shown that wormlike vanadium oxide (V–O) and lithium vanadium oxide (Li–V–O) MTFs can be obtained on silicon substrates by a direct sol–gel soft-templating route (evaporation-induced micelle assembly) using a polystyrene-block-poly(ethylene oxide) (PS-b-PEO) structuring agent. Heat treatment for 1 minute at 400 C (Li–V–O system) or 30 minutes at 350 C (V–O system) leads to the crystallization of g-LiV2O5 or a-V2O5, respectively. These calcination conditions ensure the degradation of the structuring agent while preventing the collapse of the mesostructure, yielding MTFs with pore size diameter in the 30–35 nm range. Using the same set of synthesis conditions, films can be deposited on conductive glass substrates for electrochemical investigation: the a-V2O5 films display better specific capacities, while the cyclability is good for both compositions, even at a current density as high as 30 C-rate. [less ▲]

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See detailChanges in the transcriptional profile in response to overexpression of the osteopontin-c splice isoform in ovarian (OvCar-3) and prostate (PC-3) cancer cell lines.
Tilli, Tatiana M.; Bellahcene, Akeila ULg; Castronovo, Vincenzo ULg et al

in BMC cancer (2014), 14

BACKGROUND: Especially in human tumor cells, the osteopontin (OPN) primary transcript is subject to alternative splicing, generating three isoforms termed OPNa, OPNb and OPNc. We previously demonstrated ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Especially in human tumor cells, the osteopontin (OPN) primary transcript is subject to alternative splicing, generating three isoforms termed OPNa, OPNb and OPNc. We previously demonstrated that the OPNc splice variant activates several aspects of the progression of ovarian and prostate cancers. The goal of the present study was to develop cell line models to determine the impact of OPNc overexpression on main cancer signaling pathways and thus obtain insights into the mechanisms of OPNc pro-tumorigenic roles. METHODS: Human ovarian and prostate cancer cell lines, OvCar-3 and PC-3 cells, respectively, were stably transfected to overexpress OPNc. Transcriptomic profiling was performed on these cells and compared to controls, to identify OPNc overexpression-dependent changes in gene expression levels and pathways by qRT-PCR analyses. RESULTS: Among 84 genes tested by using a multiplex real-time PCR Cancer Pathway Array approach, 34 and 16, respectively, were differentially expressed between OvCar-3 and PC-3 OPNc-overexpressing cells in relation to control clones. Differentially expressed genes are included in all main hallmarks of cancer, and several interacting proteins have been identified using an interactome network analysis. Based on marked up-regulation of Vegfa transcript in response to OPNc overexpression, we partially validated the array data by demonstrating that conditioned medium (CM) secreted from OvCar-3 and PC-3 OPNc-overexpressing cells significantly induced endothelial cell adhesion, proliferation and migration, compared to CM secreted from control cells. CONCLUSIONS: Overall, the present study elucidated transcriptional changes of OvCar-3 and PC-3 cancer cell lines in response to OPNc overexpression, which provides an assessment for predicting the molecular mechanisms by which this splice variant promotes tumor progression features. [less ▲]

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See detailLes indicateurs de la pression du cerf élaphe sur la végétation du sous-bois en forêts feuillues tempérées : synthèse bibliographique
Lehaire, François ULg; Ligot, Gauthier ULg; Morelle, Kevin ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2014), 18(2), 262-272

During the last decades, the populations of large herbivores have increased. Consequently, their pressure on forest vegetation has been exacerbated and has reached in some forests levels that reduced the ... [more ▼]

During the last decades, the populations of large herbivores have increased. Consequently, their pressure on forest vegetation has been exacerbated and has reached in some forests levels that reduced the diversity of forest ecosystem services. Assessing the balance between timber production and hunting remains a crucial question for forest users (foresters, hunters) and requires reliable tools such as ecological indicators. This paper reviews the ecological indicators that characterize the pressure of red deer (Cervus elaphus L.) on understory vegetation in temperate deciduous forest. Such indicators monitor the cover, height, stem density, biomass and species diversity of different indicator plant groups. These plant groups embrace species belonging to herbaceous stratum, forest regeneration or particular species such as bilberry (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) and bramble (Rubus fruticosus L.). The choice of indicator plants, as it affects considerably the performance of the ecological indicator of deer pressure on understory vegetation, must be carried out with caution taking into account plant abundance and palatability. The reviewed indicators help to understand the relationships between biodiversity, carrying capacity and deer populations. They are intended to forest managers that would like to monitor red deer pressure in regards to forest management goals and forest sustainability. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la nullité des décisions de l’assemblée générale des sociétés coopératives
Léonard, Laura ULg; Caprasse, Olivier ULg

in Le droit des affaires = Het ondernemingsrecht (2014), 109

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See detailMesenchymal stromal cell therapy in conditions of renal ischaemia/reperfusion.
Erpicum, Pauline; Detry, Olivier; Weekers, Laurent et al

in Nephrology Dialysis Transplantation (2014)

Acute kidney injury (AKI) represents a worldwide public health issue of increasing incidence, with a significant morbi-mortality. AKI treatment mostly relies on supportive manoeuvres in the absence of ... [more ▼]

Acute kidney injury (AKI) represents a worldwide public health issue of increasing incidence, with a significant morbi-mortality. AKI treatment mostly relies on supportive manoeuvres in the absence of specific target-oriented therapy. The pathophysiology of AKI commonly involves ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) events, which cause both immune and metabolic consequences in renal tissue. Similarly, at the time of kidney transplantation (KT), I/R is an unavoidable event which contributes to early graft dysfunction and enhanced graft immunogenicity. Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) represent a heterogeneous population of adult, fibroblast-like multi-potent cells characterized by their ability to differentiate into tissues of mesodermal lineages. Because MSC have demonstrated immunomodulatory, anti-inflammatory and tissue repair properties, MSC administration at the time of I/R and/or at later times has been hypothesized to attenuate AKI severity and to accelerate the regeneration process. Furthermore, MSC in KT could help prevent both I/R injury and acute rejection, thereby increasing graft function and survival. In this review, summarizing the encouraging observations in animal models and in pilot clinical trials, we outline the benefit of MSC therapy in AKI and KT, and envisage their putative role in renal ischaemic conditioning. [less ▲]

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See detailAntioxidant capacity and phenolic composition of red wines from various grape varieties: Specificity of Pinot Noir.
Van Leeuw, Robin; Kevers, Claire ULg; PINCEMAIL, Joël ULg et al

in Journal of Food Composition and Analysis (2014)

Wines produced from various grape varieties present different properties affecting taste and color. The hypothesis was that grape genotype could have a deep impact on wine antioxidant properties and ... [more ▼]

Wines produced from various grape varieties present different properties affecting taste and color. The hypothesis was that grape genotype could have a deep impact on wine antioxidant properties and phenolic composition. But in this study on 38 different wines of 4 main grape varieties, large variability in the levels of individual phenolic compounds as well as in antioxidant capacity was observed in each grape variety. Comparisons of the wine varieties based on their individual phenolic profile (flavonols, anthocyanidins, flavan-3-ols, phenolic acids, resveratrol…) and antioxidant capacities (ORAC, DPPH, hemolysis, ESR, total phenolics) showed limited differences. An exception was the group of wines made from the grape variety Pinot Noir, in which the range of phenolic compounds was different from the other wines: anthocyanidins (87 mg L-1, 119 to 206 mg L-1 in other grape varieties) and flavonols (17 mg L-1, 20 to 57 mg L-1in others except Primitivo) showed lower levels while flavanols (327 mg L-1, 152 to 244 mg L-1 in others) and phenolic acids (161 mg L-1, 103 to 152 mg L-1 in others) showed levels higher than in the other wines. This different profile was associated with a lower antioxidant capacity (i.e. mean ORAC value: 20988 for Pinot Noir, 27820 to 33651 for others). [less ▲]

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See detailModeling the dependence of respiration and photosynthesis upon light, acetate, carbon dioxide, nitrate and ammonium in Chlamydomonas reinhardtii using design of experiments and multiple regression
Gerin, Stéphanie ULg; Mathy, Gregory; Franck, Fabrice ULg

in BMC Systems Biology (2014), 8(96),

Background: In photosynthetic organisms, the influence of light, carbon and inorganic nitrogen sources on the cellular bioenergetics has extensively been studied independently, but little information is ... [more ▼]

Background: In photosynthetic organisms, the influence of light, carbon and inorganic nitrogen sources on the cellular bioenergetics has extensively been studied independently, but little information is available on the cumulative effects of these factors. Here, sequential statistical analyses based on design of experiments (DOE) coupled to standard least squares multiple regression have been undertaken to model the dependence of respiratory and photosynthetic responses (assessed by oxymetric and chlorophyll fluorescence measurements) upon the concomitant modulation of light intensity as well as acetate, CO2, nitrate and ammonium concentrations in the culture medium of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. The main goals of these analyses were to explain response variability (i.e. bioenergetic plasticity) and to characterize quantitatively the influence of the major explanatory factor(s). Results: For each response, 2 successive rounds of multiple regression coupled to one-way ANOVA F-tests have been undertaken to select the major explanatory factor(s) (1st-round) and mathematically simulate their influence (2nd-round). These analyses reveal that a maximal number of 3 environmental factors over 5 is sufficient to explain most of the response variability, and interestingly highlight quadratic effects and second-order interactions in some cases. In parallel, the predictive ability of the 2nd-round models has also been investigated by k-fold cross-validation and experimental validation tests on new random combinations of factors. These validation procedures tend to indicate that the 2nd-round models can also be used to predict the responses with an inherent deviation quantified by the analytical error of the models. Conclusions: Altogether, the results of the 2 rounds of modeling provide an overview of the bioenergetic adaptations of C. reinhardtii to changing environmental conditions and point out promising tracks for future in-depth investigations of the molecular mechanisms underlying the present observations. [less ▲]

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See detailAge-related decline in cognitive control: the role of fluid intelligence and processing speed
Manard, Marine ULg; Carabin, Delphine; Jaspar, Mathieu ULg et al

in BMC Neuroscience (2014), 15(7),

Background Research on cognitive control suggests an age-related decline in proactive control abilities whereas reactive control seems to remain intact. However, the reason of the differential age effect ... [more ▼]

Background Research on cognitive control suggests an age-related decline in proactive control abilities whereas reactive control seems to remain intact. However, the reason of the differential age effect on cognitive control efficiency is still unclear. This study investigated the potential influence of fluid intelligence and processing speed on the selective age-related decline in proactive control. Eighty young and 80 healthy older adults were included in this study. The participants were submitted to a working memory recognition paradigm, assessing proactive and reactive cognitive control by manipulating the interference level across items. Results Repeated measures ANOVAs and hierarchical linear regressions indicated that the ability to appropriately use cognitive control processes during aging seems to be at least partially affected by the amount of available cognitive resources (assessed by fluid intelligence and processing speed abilities). Conclusions This study highlights the potential role of cognitive resources on the selective age-related decline in proactive control, suggesting the importance of a more exhaustive approach considering the confounding variables during cognitive control assessment. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Coexistence Approach--theoretical background and practical considerations of using plant fossils for climate quantification
Utescher, T.; Bruch, A. A.; Erdei, B. et al

in Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology (2014), 410

The Coexistence Approach was established by Mosbrugger and Utescher (1997) as a plant-based method to re- construct palaeoclimate by considering recent climatic distribution ranges of the nearest living ... [more ▼]

The Coexistence Approach was established by Mosbrugger and Utescher (1997) as a plant-based method to re- construct palaeoclimate by considering recent climatic distribution ranges of the nearest living relatives of each fossil taxon. During its existence for over more than 15 years, its basics have been tested and reviewed in comparison with other terrestrial and marine climate reconstruction techniques and climate modelling data. However, some controversies remain about its underlying data or its applicability in general. In view of these controversies this paper discusses the power and limitations of the Coexistence Approach by summarising past results and new developments. We give insights into the details and problems of each step of the application from the assignment of the fossil plant to the most suitable nearest living relative, the crucial consideration of the usefulness of specific taxa towards their climatic values and the correct interpretation of the software-based suggested palaeoclimatic intervals. Furthermore, we reflect on the fundamental data inte- grated in the Coexistence Approach by explaining different concepts and usages of plant distribution information and the advantages and disadvantages of modern climatic maps. Additionally, we elaborate on the importance of continually updating the information incorporated in the database due to new findings in e.g., (palaeo-)botany, meteorology and computer technology. Finally, for a transparent and appropriate use, we give certain guidelines for future applications and emphasize to users how to carefully consider and discuss their results. We show the Coexistence Approach to be an adaptive method capable of yielding palaeoclimatic and palaeoenvironmental information through time and space. [less ▲]

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See detailChoisir des cas exemplaires. La Strategic litigation face aux discriminations
Lejeune, Aude ULg; Orianne, Jean-François ULg

in Déviance et Société (2014), 38(1), 55-76

Strategic litigation is one of the methods used by equal opportunity agencies in Europe to promote rights. Looking at the organizational level, this article aims to show how and under which circumstances ... [more ▼]

Strategic litigation is one of the methods used by equal opportunity agencies in Europe to promote rights. Looking at the organizational level, this article aims to show how and under which circumstances strategic litigation is deemed relevant to fight employment discrimination in Belgium and on which grounds and arguments exemplary cases are chosen. The article also highlights possible changes in the mobilizations of courts and the judicial arena. [less ▲]

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See detailParticle size distribution of limestone fillers: granulometry and specific surface area investigations
Courard, Luc ULg; Michel, Frédéric ULg

in Particulate Science and Technology (2014), 32(4),

Mineral fillers can be defined as “inert materials included in a mix design for some useful purpose”. They can be added to compounds in order to complete a large variety of final properties without ... [more ▼]

Mineral fillers can be defined as “inert materials included in a mix design for some useful purpose”. They can be added to compounds in order to complete a large variety of final properties without increasing costs or to improve specific characteristics like hardness, brittleness, impact strength, compressive strength, softening point, fire resistance, surface texture, electrical conductivity, …etc. In Belgium, locally available limestone fillers are specifically very well-adapted for the optimisation of particle packing and flow behaviour of cementitious pastes in concrete mixes. Limestone fillers may be easily characterized in terms of chemical and mineralogical properties. These properties are fundamental for the study of the behaviour of concrete mixes in fresh state and for understanding interactions existing at the level of the Interfacial Transition Zone between aggregates and cement paste. These properties are however insufficiently discriminant and particle size, as well as shape distribution, seem to have a potential influence on physical phenomena which happen during the setting process. The aim of this paper is to compare five major techniques used to quantify the size and the shape of limestone fillers particles: laser diffraction scattering, wet sieving and image analysis for particle size measurement and BET adsorption and Blaine permeability methods for specific surface area. [less ▲]

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See detailRemarkably low genetic diversity and strong population structure in common bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) from coastal waters of the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean
Fruet, Pedro; Secchi, Eduardo; Daura-Jorge, Fabio et al

in Conservation Genetics (2014)

Knowledge about the ecology of bottlenose dolphins in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean is scarce. Increased by-catch rates over the last decade in coastal waters of southern Brazil have raised concerns ... [more ▼]

Knowledge about the ecology of bottlenose dolphins in the Southwestern Atlantic Ocean is scarce. Increased by-catch rates over the last decade in coastal waters of southern Brazil have raised concerns about the decline in abundance of local dolphin communities. Lack of relevant data, including information on population structure and connectivity, have hampered an assessment of the conservation status of bottlenose dolphin communities in this region. Here we combined analyses of 16 microsatellite loci and mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) control region sequences to investigate genetic diversity, structure and connectivity in 124 biopsy samples collected over six communities of photographically identified coastal bottlenose dolphins in southern Brazil, Uruguay and central Argentina. Levels of nuclear genetic diversity were remarkably low (mean values of allelic diversity and heterozygosity across all loci were 3.6 and 0.21, respectively), a result that possibly reflects the small size of local dolphin communities. On a broad geographical scale, strong and significant genetic differentiation was found between bottlenose dolphins from southern Brazil-Uruguay (SB-U) and Baia San Antonio (BSA), Argentina (AMOVA mtDNA ΦST = 0.43; nuclear FST = 0.46), with negligible contemporary gene flow detected based on Bayesian estimates. On a finer scale, moderate but significant differentiation (AMOVA mtDNA ΦST = 0.29; nuclear FST = 0.13) and asymmetric gene flow was detected between five neighbouring communities in SB-U. Based on the results we propose that BSA and SB-U represent two distinct Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs), and that communities from SB-U comprise five distinct Management Units (MUs). Under this scenario, conservation efforts should prioritize the areas in Southern Brazil where dolphins from three MUs overlap in their home ranges and where by-catch rates are reportedly higher. [less ▲]

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See detailSurgical treatment of bicuspid aortic valve disease: Knowledge gaps and research perspectives.
Della Corte, Alessandro; Body, Simon C.; Booher, Anna M. et al

in The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery (2014)

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