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See detailResponse to Dr Bolland's eLetter: Strontium and cardiovascular events.
REGINSTER, Jean-Yves ULg

in Annals of the rheumatic diseases (2014), 73(2), 9

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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 detailDo global warming-induced circulation pattern changes affect temperature and precipitation over Europe during summer?
Belleflamme, Alexandre ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Erpicum, Michel ULg

in International Journal of Climatology (2014)

Future climate change projections are not limited to a simple warming, but changes in precipitation and sea level pressure (SLP) are also projected. The SLP changes and the associated atmospheric ... [more ▼]

Future climate change projections are not limited to a simple warming, but changes in precipitation and sea level pressure (SLP) are also projected. The SLP changes and the associated atmospheric circulation changes could directly mitigate or enhance potential projected changes in temperature and precipitation associated with rising temperatures. With the aim of analysing the projected circulation changes and their possible impacts on temperature and precipitation over Europe in summer [June–July–August (JJA)], we apply an automatic circulation type classification method, based on daily SLP, on general circulation model (GCM) outputs from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 5 (CMIP5) database over the historical period (1951–2005) and for climate under two future scenarios (2006–2100). We focus on summer as it is the season when changes in temperature and precipitation have the highest impact on human health and agriculture. Over the historical observed reference period (1960–1999), our results show that most of the GCMs have significant biases over Europe when compared to reanalysis data sets, both for simulating the observed circulation types and their frequencies, as well as for reproducing the intraclass means of the studied variables. The future projections suggest a decrease of circulation types favouring a low centred over the British Isles for the benefit of more anticyclonic conditions. These circulation changes mitigate the projected precipitation increase over north-western Europe in summer, but they do not significantly affect the projected temperature increase and the precipitation decrease over the Mediterranean region and eastern Europe. However, the circulation changes and the associated precipitation changes are tarnished by a high uncertainty among the GCM projections. [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 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 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 detailCharacterization of Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia L.) heartwood extractives: identification of resveratrol and piceatannol
Sergent, Thérèse; Kohnen, Stéphane; Jourez, Benoît ULg et al

in Wood Science and technology (2014)

Robinia pseudoacacia L. heartwood is characterized by a very high natural durability. However, a significant difference was observed between the mature and juvenile heartwood, the latter presenting less ... [more ▼]

Robinia pseudoacacia L. heartwood is characterized by a very high natural durability. However, a significant difference was observed between the mature and juvenile heartwood, the latter presenting less durability against fungi decay, which could be attributed to lower extractive content. In order to elucidate this idea, extractives from mature and juvenile heartwoods of black locust trees were investigated. Results showed that extractive and phenolic contents were higher in mature than in juvenile heartwoods. The identification of phenolic compounds by UPLC–DAD–MS/MS revealed, for the first time, the presence of resveratrol and piceatannol. These two stilbenes as well as the flavonoid dihydrorobinetin were present at the highest level in mature heartwood, and as they are known antifungals, they could account for the great durability of mature heartwood. The stilbenes were detected in significant amounts particularly in mature heartwood where piceatannol reached a level tenfold higher than that reported for Japanese knotweed roots, the primary natural source of these stilbenes, whereas resveratrol level was comparable with reported values. As resveratrol and piceatannol receive increasing demand for nutraceutical, cosmetic and, possibly, pharmaceutical purposes, due to their beneficial health effects, this study underlines the use of R. pseudoacacia as a promising sustainable and economical source of resveratrol and piceatannol. [less ▲]

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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 detailVisual neglect: Is there a relationship between impaired spatial working memory and re-cancellation?
Wansard, Murielle ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg; Gillet, Sophie ULg et al

in Experimental Brain Research (2014)

In visual search tasks, neglect patients tend to explore and repeatedly re-cancel stimuli on the ipsilesional side, as if they did not realize that they had previously examined the rightward locations ... [more ▼]

In visual search tasks, neglect patients tend to explore and repeatedly re-cancel stimuli on the ipsilesional side, as if they did not realize that they had previously examined the rightward locations favoured by their lateral bias. The aim of this study was to explore the hypothesis that a spatial working memory deficit explains these ipsilesional re-cancellation errors in neglect patients. For the first time, we evaluated spatial working memory and re-cancellation through separate and independent tasks in a group of patients with right hemisphere damage and a diagnosis of left neglect. Results showed impaired spatial working memory in neglect patients. Compared to the control group, neglect patients cancelled fewer targets and made more re-cancellations both on the left side and on the right side. The spatial working memory deficit appears to be related to re-cancellations, but only for some neglect patients. Alternative interpretations of re-exploration of space are discussed. [less ▲]

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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 detailDevice-based controlled local delivery of anastrozol into peritoneal cavity: in vitro and in vivo evaluation
Krier, Fabrice ULg; Riva, Raphaël ULg; Defrère, Sylvie et al

in Journal of Drug Delivery Science and Technology [=JDDST] (2014), 24(2), 198-204

Local treatment using drug loaded implants allows decreasing seric concentrations of the active ingredient with the purpose of limiting side effects and reaching perfect observance. Nowadays, some ... [more ▼]

Local treatment using drug loaded implants allows decreasing seric concentrations of the active ingredient with the purpose of limiting side effects and reaching perfect observance. Nowadays, some diseases are already treated with implants, but generally, by subcutaneous or intra vaginal implantation. In this work, a new implant device dedicated to the intra-peritoneal cavity was developed. For this purpose, a core-membrane polymer implant was selected. We propose an original method to determine the most appropriate membrane to control the release based on the use of Franz cells. The ability of the implant to release a constant quantity of an active ingredient will be assessed by testing implants in vitro. Finally, intra peritoneal cavity and subcutaneous in vivo implantation has been achieved in order to confirm the controlled and local release of the active ingredient. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiological and nonclinical studies investigating effects of iron in carcinogenesis-A critical review
Beguin, Yves ULg; Aapro, M.; Ludwig, H. et al

in Critical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology (2014), 89

The efficacy and tolerability of intravenous (i.v.) iron in managing cancer-related anemia and iron deficiency has been clinically evaluated and reviewed recently. However, long-term data in cancer ... [more ▼]

The efficacy and tolerability of intravenous (i.v.) iron in managing cancer-related anemia and iron deficiency has been clinically evaluated and reviewed recently. However, long-term data in cancer patients are not available; yet, long-term i.v. iron treatment in hemodialysis patients is not associated with increased cancer risk. This review summarizes epidemiological and nonclinical data on the role of iron in carcinogenesis. In humans, epidemiological data suggest correlations between certain cancers and increased iron exposure or iron overload. Nonclinical models that investigated whether iron can enhance carcinogenesis provide only limited evidence relevant for cancer patients since they were typically based on high iron doses as well as injection routes and iron formulations which are not used in the clinical setting. Nevertheless, in the absence of long-term outcome data from prospectively defined trials in i.v. iron-treated cancer patients, iron supplementation should be limited to periods of concomitant anti-tumor treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailAnxiety and its time courses during radiotherapy for non-metastatic breast cancer: A longitudinal study
Lewis, Florence; Merckaert, Isabelle; Liénard, Aurore et al

in Radiotherapy & Oncology (2014), 111(2), 276-280

Purpose: To our knowledge, no study has specifically assessed the time course of anxiety during radiotherapy (RT). The objective of this study was to assess anxiety time courses in patients with ... [more ▼]

Purpose: To our knowledge, no study has specifically assessed the time course of anxiety during radiotherapy (RT). The objective of this study was to assess anxiety time courses in patients with nonmetastatic breast cancer. Material and methods: This multicenter, descriptive longitudinal study included 213 consecutive patients with breast cancer who completed visual analog scales (VASs) assessing state anxiety before and after the RT simulation and the first and last five RT sessions. Results: Pre- and post-session anxiety mean levels were highest at the RT simulation (respectively, 2.9 ± 2.9 and 1.6 ± 2.5) and first RT session (respectively, 3.4 ± 2.9 and 2.0 ± 2.4), then declined rapidly. Clinically relevant mean differences (P1 cm on the VAS) between pre- and post-simulation/session VAS scores were found only for the RT simulation ( 1.3 ± 2.7; p < 0.001) and first RT session ( 1.4 ± 2.4; p < 0.001). Five percent to 16% of patients presented clinically relevant anxiety (pre- and post-simulation/session VAS scoresP4 cm) throughout treatment. Conclusions: To optimize care, RT team members should offer all patients appropriate information about treatment at the simulation, check patients’ understanding, and identify patients with clinically relevant anxiety requiring appropriate support throughout RT. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Dimethylsulfide Cycle in the Eutrophied Southern North Sea: A Model Study Integrating Phytoplankton and Bacterial Processes
Gypens, N; Borges, Alberto ULg; Speeckaert, Gaëlle ULg et al

in Plos One (2014), 9(1)(e85862 DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0085862),

We developed a module describing the dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) and dimethylsulfide (DMS) dynamics, including biological transformations by phytoplankton and bacteria, and physico-chemical ... [more ▼]

We developed a module describing the dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP) and dimethylsulfide (DMS) dynamics, including biological transformations by phytoplankton and bacteria, and physico-chemical processes (including DMS air-sea exchange). This module was integrated in the MIRO ecological model and applied in a 0D frame in the Southern North Sea (SNS). The DMS(P) module is built on parameterizations derived from available knowledge on DMS(P) sources, transformations and sinks, and provides an explicit representation of bacterial activity in contrast to most of existing models that only include phytoplankton process (and abiotic transformations). The model is tested in a highly productive coastal ecosystem (the Belgian coastal zone, BCZ) dominated by diatoms and the Haptophyceae Phaeocystis, respectively low and high DMSP producers. On an annual basis, the particulate DMSP (DMSPp) production simulated in 1989 is mainly related to Phaeocystis colonies (78%) rather than diatoms (13%) and nanoflagellates (9%). Accordingly, sensitivity analysis shows that the model responds more to changes in the sulfur:carbon (S:C) quota and lyase yield of Phaeocystis. DMS originates equally from phytoplankton and bacterial DMSP-lyase activity and only 3% of the DMS is emitted to the atmosphere. Model analysis demonstrates the sensitivity of DMS emission towards the atmosphere to the description and parameterization of biological processes emphasizing the need of adequately representing in models both phytoplankton and bacterial processes affecting DMS(P) dynamics. This is particularly important in eutrophied coastal environments such as the SNS dominated by high non-diatom blooms and where empirical models developed from data-sets biased towards open ocean conditions do not satisfactorily predict the timing and amplitude of the DMS seasonal cycle. In order to predict future feedbacks of DMS emissions on climate, it is needed to account for hotspots of DMS emissions from coastal environments that, if eutrophied, are dominated not only by diatoms. [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 detailSciences de l'information géographique, Méthodes et techniques
Donnay, Jean-Paul ULg; Billen, Roland ULg

in Revue Internationale de Géomatique = International Journal of Geomatics and Spatial Analysis (2014), 24(2/2014), 268

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See detailEffects of adenosine on lymphangiogenesis.
Lenoir, Bénédicte ULg; Wagner, Daniel R.; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in PloS one (2014), 9(3), 92715

BACKGROUND: The lymphatic system controls tissue homeostasis by draining protein-rich lymph to the vascular system. Lymphangiogenesis, the formation of lymphatic vessels, is a normal event in childhood ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The lymphatic system controls tissue homeostasis by draining protein-rich lymph to the vascular system. Lymphangiogenesis, the formation of lymphatic vessels, is a normal event in childhood but promotes tumor spread and metastasis during adulthood. Blocking lymphangiogenesis may therefore be of therapeutic interest. Production of adenosine is enhanced in the tumor environment and contributes to tumor progression through stimulation of angiogenesis. In this study, we determined whether adenosine affects lymphangiogenesis. METHODS: Lymphatic endothelial cells (HMVEC-dLy) were cultured in presence of adenosine and their proliferation, migration and tube formation was assessed. Gelatin sponges embedded with the stable analogue of adenosine 2-chloro adenosine were implanted in mice ear and lymphangiogenesis was quantified. Mice were intravenously injected with adenoviruses containing expression vector for 5'-endonucleotidase, which plays a major role in the formation of adenosine. RESULTS: In vitro, we observed that adenosine decreased the proliferation of lymphatic endothelial cells, their migration and tube formation. However, in vivo, gelatin sponges containing 2-chloro adenosine and implanted in mice ear displayed an elevated level of lymphangiogenesis (2.5-fold, p<0.001). Adenovirus-mediated over-expression of cytosolic 5'-nucleotidase IA stimulated lymphangiogenesis and the recruitment of macrophages in mouse liver. Proliferation of lymphatic endothelial cells was enhanced (2-fold, p<0.001) when incubated in the presence of conditioned medium from murine macrophages. CONCLUSION: We have shown that adenosine stimulates lymphangiogenesis in vivo, presumably through a macrophage-mediated mechanism. This observation suggests that blockade of adenosine receptors may help in anti-cancer therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailEffectiveness of PHARMAceutical care for patients with COPD (PHARMACOP): a randomized controlled trial
Tommelein, Eline; Mehuys, Els; Van Hees, Thierry ULg et al

in British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (2014), 77(5), 756-766

AIM: Few well-designed randomized controlled trials (RCT) regarding the impact of community pharmacist interventions on pharmacotherapeutic monitoring of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary ... [more ▼]

AIM: Few well-designed randomized controlled trials (RCT) regarding the impact of community pharmacist interventions on pharmacotherapeutic monitoring of patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) have been conducted. We assessed the effectiveness of a pharmaceutical care program for patients with COPD. METHODS: The PHARMACOP-trial is a single-blind 3-month RCT, conducted in 170 community pharmacies in Belgium, enrolling patients prescribed daily COPD medication, aged >/=50 years, and with a smoking history >/=10 pack-years. A computer-generated randomization sequence allocated patients to intervention (n=371), receiving protocol-defined pharmacist care, or control group (n=363), receiving usual pharmacist care (1:1 ratio, stratified by center). Interventions, focusing on inhalation technique and adherence to maintenance therapy, were carried out at start of the trial and at one month follow-up. Primary outcomes were inhalation technique and medication adherence. Secondary outcomes were exacerbation rate, dyspnea, COPD specific and generic health status and smoking behavior. RESULTS: From December 2010 to April 2011, 734 patients were enrolled. 42 patients (5.7%) were lost to follow-up. At the end of the trial, inhalation score (Mean estimated difference [Delta],13.5%; 95% Confidence Interval [CI], 10.8-16.1; P<.0001) and medication adherence (Delta, 8.51%; 95%CI, 4.63-12.4; P<.0001) were significantly higher in the intervention group compared to the control group. In the intervention group, a significantly lower hospitalization rate was observed (9 vs 35; Rate Ratio, 0.28; 95%CI, 0.12-0.64; P=.003). No other significant between-group differences were observed. CONCLUSION: Pragmatic pharmacist care programs improve the pharmacotherapeutic regime in patients with COPD and could reduce hospitalization rates. [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 detailPlant selection for nest building by western lowland gorillas in Cameroon
Willie, Jacob; Tagg, Nikki; Petre, Charles-Albert ULg et al

in Primates : Journal of Primatology (2014)

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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 detailRecommandations europeennes concernant la therapie de resynchronisation cardiaque.
ROBINET, Sébastien ULg; DELCOUR, Alexandre ULg; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg

in Revue medicale de Liege (2014), 69(4), 180-7

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is one of the most successful heart failure therapies to emerge in the last 25 years; it is applicable to > 25-30% of patients with symptomatic heart failure. In ... [more ▼]

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is one of the most successful heart failure therapies to emerge in the last 25 years; it is applicable to > 25-30% of patients with symptomatic heart failure. In this article, we summarize the recommendations of the European Society of Cardiology of 2013 on cardiac resynchronization therapy. [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 detailLe « trouble » de l’éjaculation précoce : Le critère d’une minute maximum de pénétration en question
Kempeneers, Philippe ULg; Desseilles, Martin ULg

in Sexologies : Revue Européenne de Santé Sexuelle = European Journal of Sexual Health (2014), 23

The current trend is to reserve the diagnosis of premature ejaculation (PE) for cases where penetration lasts for about one minute or less. The rationale is that the aetiology is primarily bio ... [more ▼]

The current trend is to reserve the diagnosis of premature ejaculation (PE) for cases where penetration lasts for about one minute or less. The rationale is that the aetiology is primarily bio-constitutional, and that long-term pharmacological treatment is the only viable option. However, the literature contains little scientific evidence to support this argument. In fact, a good number of individuals who suffer from overly rapid ejaculation present with penetration duration exceeding one minute, and even severe forms of PE have responded favourably to psycho-sexological treatment. Moreover, although certain biological variables are known to influence ejaculation latency time, nothing indicates that they play an exclusive role of psychosocial etiological factors in severe PE. Therefore, it would be ‘premature’ to base a PE diagnosis on a maximum penetration duration of one minute, which should instead be considered a severity gradient. Given that desired criteria for penetration duration often exceed biological norms, it would be inappropriate to propose that only the most severe forms of PE have constitutional origins. In any case, the constitution is relatively flexible, and can respond to adaptive learning. An adaptive learning approach would undoubtedly be more difficult to apply in severe cases, but not impossible. The issue of whether to use pharmacological versus psycho-sexological treatment could be side-stepped by moving beyond the single criterion of ejaculation latency. [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 detailA new insight in the structure, composition and functioning of central African moist forests
Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Picard, Nicolas; Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg et al

in Forest Ecology & Management (2014), (329), 195-205

The greater part of the semi-deciduous moist forests of the Congo basin has been given to logging companies for exploitation. In the next decades, very few of these forests will remain intact. In this ... [more ▼]

The greater part of the semi-deciduous moist forests of the Congo basin has been given to logging companies for exploitation. In the next decades, very few of these forests will remain intact. In this paper, we aimed to identify large-scale variations in the structure, composition and functioning of African moist forests that could serve as a baseline for both management and conservation purposes. Commercial forest inventory data were assembled for 49,711 0.5-ha plots, covering an area of more than six million hectares, crossing the borders of Cameroon, Central African Republic and Republic of Congo. Floristic composition was analyzed for a subset of 176 genera reliably identified in the field. Three key functional traits of tropical trees: regeneration guild, leaf phenology, and wood specific gravity, were collected at the species level from various sources, and assigned at the genus level. We first investigated the main variations in forest structure and composition, and identified seven forest types based on these variations. Differences in the percentage of pioneer and deciduous stems, and mean wood specific gravity were tested between forest types. Most of the study area was composed of a mosaic of the structural variations of the forests characterized by the occurrence of Celtis (Ulmaceae) species, which are mostly composed of frequent and abundant genera that formed the common floristic pool of the region. Secondary Musanga (Moraceae) forest is located in repeatedly disturbed areas, along roads and around main cities; mixed Manilkara (Sapotaceae) forest covers a huge area in the southern Central African Republic and in the northern Republic of Congo; and monodominant Gilbertiodendron (Fabaceae) forest is sparsely distributed along rivers. The contrasted structure, composition, and functioning of the forest types imply pronounced differences in population and ecosystem processes, and call for adapted management and conservation strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailValorisation des résidus de bois issus de l'exploitation artisanale des forêts communautaires au Cameroun : cas de la forêt communautaire de Mambioko (Gic CRCV)
Malnoury, Gauthier; Zoyiem Ngouanet, Edmond; Julve Larrubia, Cecilia et al

in Tropicultura (2014), 32(2), 90-94

L’exploitation artisanale du bois des forêts communautaires au Cameroun génère une quantité importante de résidus abandonnés au niveau des sites d’exploitation. Ces pièces de bois pourraient être ... [more ▼]

L’exploitation artisanale du bois des forêts communautaires au Cameroun génère une quantité importante de résidus abandonnés au niveau des sites d’exploitation. Ces pièces de bois pourraient être valorisées en produits commercialisables de manière à améliorer les revenus de la communauté. Cette étude a permis une première estimation de ce volume et présente différentes pistes de valorisation adaptées à la communauté de Mambioko. Cette étude de cas s’adresse à tous les acteurs de la foresterie communautaire au Cameroun et vise une valorisation rationnelle de la matière ligneuse dans un but de développement rural. [less ▲]

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See detailCrédits aux PME et clause de résiliation unilatérale au profit de la banque
Biquet, Christine ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2014), (5), 219-220

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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 detailA note on abelian returns in rotation words
Rampersad, Narad; Rigo, Michel ULg; Salimov, Pavel ULg

in Theoretical Computer Science (2014), 528

Pursuing the study started by Rigo, Salimov and Vandomme, we use elementary number-theoretic techniques to characterize rotation words having a finite set of abelian returns to all prefixes. We also make ... [more ▼]

Pursuing the study started by Rigo, Salimov and Vandomme, we use elementary number-theoretic techniques to characterize rotation words having a finite set of abelian returns to all prefixes. We also make the connection between the three gap theorem and the number of semi-abelian returns for Sturmian words, simplifying some arguments developed by Puzynina and Zamboni. [less ▲]

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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 detailBayesian methods for predicting LAI and soil water content
Mansouri, Majdi ULg; Dumont, Benjamin ULg; Leemans, Vincent ULg et al

in Precision Agriculture (2014), 15(2), 184-201

LAI of winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and soil water content of the topsoil (200 mm) and of the subsoil (500 mm) were considered as state variables of a dynamic soil-crop system. This system was ... [more ▼]

LAI of winter wheat (Triticum aestivum L.) and soil water content of the topsoil (200 mm) and of the subsoil (500 mm) were considered as state variables of a dynamic soil-crop system. This system was assumed to progress according to a Bayesian probabilistic state space model, in which real values of LAI and soil water content were daily introduced in order to correct the model trajectory and reach better future evolution. The chosen crop model was mini STICS which can reduce the computing and execution times while ensuring the robustness of data processing and estimation. To predict simultaneously state variables and model parameters in this non-linear environment, three techniques were used: Extended Kalman Filtering (EKF), Particle Filtering (PF), and Variational Filtering (VF). The significantly improved performance of the VF method when compared to EKF and PF is demonstrated. The variational filter has a low computational complexity and the convergence speed of states and parameters estimation can be adjusted independently. Detailed case studies demonstrated that the root mean square error (RMSE) of the three estimated states (LAI and soil water content of two soil layers) was smaller and that the convergence of all considered parameters was ensured when using VF. Assimilating measurements in a crop model allows accurate prediction of LAI and soil water content at a local scale. As these biophysical properties are key parameters in the crop-plant system characterization, the system has the potential to be used in precision farming to aid farmers and decision makers in developing strategies for site-specific management of inputs, such as fertilizers and water irrigation. [less ▲]

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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 detailSerum Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor is Selectively Upregulated in Patients with Biopsy-Proven Giant Cell Arteritis
Morlet, Julien; Mahoney, David; Zarei, Ali et al

in Rheumatology (2014), 53(1), 188-188

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See detailImpact of in vivo T-cell depletion on outcome of AML patients in first CR given peripheral blood stem cells and reduced-intensity conditioning all-SCT from a HLA-identical sibling donor : a report from the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the European group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Baron, Frédéric ULg; Labopin, M.; Blaise, D. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2014)

The impact of in vivo T-cell depletion on transplantation outcomes in patients transplanted with reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) remains controversial. This study assessed the outcome of 1250 adult ... [more ▼]

The impact of in vivo T-cell depletion on transplantation outcomes in patients transplanted with reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) remains controversial. This study assessed the outcome of 1250 adult patients with de novo AML in first CR (CR1) given PBSC from HLA-identical siblings after chemotherapy-based RIC. A total of 554 patients did not receive any form of in vivo T-cell depletion (control group), whereas antithymocyte globulin (ATG) and alemtuzumab were given in 444 and 252 patients, respectively. The incidences of grade II-IV acute GVHD were 21.4, 17.6 and 10.2% in control, ATG and alemtuzumab patients, respectively (Po0.001). In multivariate analysis, the use of ATG and the use of alemtuzumab were each associated with a lower risk of chronic GVHD (Po0.001 each), but a similar risk of relapse, and of nonrelapse mortality, and similar leukemia-free survival and OS. Further, among patients given BU-based RIC, the use of o6 mg/kg ATG did not increase the risk of relapse (hazard ratio, HR¼1.1), whereas there was a suggestion for higher relapse risk in patients given X6 mg/kg ATG (HR¼1.4, P¼0.08). In summary, these data suggest that a certain amount of in vivo T-cell depletion can be safely used in the conditioning of AML patients in CR1 given PBSC after chemotherapy-based RIC. [less ▲]

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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 detailLa Besnoitiose maladie réémergente en Europe
Vanvinckenroye, Caroline ULg; Caron, Yannick ULg; Losson, Bertrand ULg

in Veterinaria (Bruxelles) : Bulletin d’Information de l’Union Syndicale Vétérinaire Belge (2014)

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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 detailClinical variability in neurohepatic syndrome due to combined mitochondrial DNA depletion and Gaucher disease
HARVENGT, Julie ULg; wanty, catherine; De Paepe, Boel et al

in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports (2014)

A one year old girl born to consanguineous parents presented with unexplained liver failure, leading to transplantation at 19 months. Subsequent partial splenectomy for persistent cytopenia showed the ... [more ▼]

A one year old girl born to consanguineous parents presented with unexplained liver failure, leading to transplantation at 19 months. Subsequent partial splenectomy for persistent cytopenia showed the presence of foamy cells, and Gaucher disease was confirmed by homozygosity for the p.Leu483Pro mutation in the GBA gene. She was treated by enzyme replacement therapy (ERT). Clinical follow-up showed mild developmental delay, strabism, nystagmus and oculomotor apraxia. Biochemical studies revealed multiple respiratory chain deficiencies and a mosaic pattern of deficient complex IV immunostaining in liver and fibroblast. Molecular analysis identified a mtDNA depletion syndrome due to the homozygous p.Pro98Leu mutation in MPV17. A younger sister unaffected by mtDNA depletion, presented with pancytopenia and hepatosplenomegaly. ERT for Gaucher disease resulted in visceral normalization, without any neurological symptom. A third sister, affected by both conditions, had marked developmental delay, strabism and ophthalmoplegia but no liver cirrhosis. In conclusion, intrafamilal variability occurs in MPV17 related disease. The combined pathological effect of Gaucher and mitochondrial diseases can negatively impact neurological and liver functions, and influence the outcome in consanguineous families. Immunocytochemical staining of OXPHOS protein in tissues and cultured cells is a powerful tool revealing mosaic pattern of deficiency pointing to mtDNA related mitochondrial disorders. [less ▲]

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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 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 detailWeighing Elephants with Kitchen Scales. The relevance of traditional performance measurement tools for social enterprises
Mouchamps, Hugues ULg

in International Journal of Productivity & Performance Management (2014), 63(6), 727-745

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze whether the use of current performance tools is consistent with the specific features of social enterprises. Design/methodology/approach – In a first ... [more ▼]

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to analyze whether the use of current performance tools is consistent with the specific features of social enterprises. Design/methodology/approach – In a first phase, the main performance tools are divided into strategic planning tools, reporting tools and economic optimization techniques. In a second phase, 15 criteria emerge from a literature review to characterize the specific features of social enterprises. These criteria are brought together into an analytical framework, which makes it possible to analyze the relevance of each performance tool in relation to the specific features of social enterprises. Findings – What comes out of the analysis is that the tools globally fail to account for the specific features of social enterprises. That none of them met more than half of the criteria suggests the need for new performance tools based on strong theoretical bases. [less ▲]

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See detailNormal reference ranges for echocardiography: do we really need more?
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2014), 15(3), 253-4

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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 detailÉvaluation du potentiel de dix accessions de Jatropha curcas L. (Euphorbiaceae) au Niger
Abdoul Habou, Zakari; Katkore, Boubacar; Abasse, Tougiani et al

in Journal of Applied Biosciences (2014), 77

Objective: A trial of the ten accessions for J curcas was carried out at regional Agricultural Research Center of Maradi in Niger, with aim to evaluate the performance of Jatropha curcas accessions ... [more ▼]

Objective: A trial of the ten accessions for J curcas was carried out at regional Agricultural Research Center of Maradi in Niger, with aim to evaluate the performance of Jatropha curcas accessions. Methodology and results: Each accession was represented by two rows and each row has 15 plant trees of J. curcas. Data on the rate of survival and growth parameters of each tree were collected. Results revealed that there is no significant difference between accessions tested for height and diameter. Accessions Katil 13 and GB 14 respectively originated from Mali and Bisseau Guinea were best adapted for the Niger conditions. The yield value of 511 and 445 kg per hectare respectively obtained from Katil 13 and GB 14 in 2012.Conclusion and application of results: The Government of Niger has drawn attention to this crop and has launched a J. curcas plantation for seed production of 150 ha at Guessalbodi. National Research Institution. NGOs are also involved in J. curcas plantation for biofuel use. [less ▲]

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See detailA simplified framework to assess the feasibility of zero-energy at the neighbourhood / community scale
Marique, Anne-Françoise ULg; Reiter, Sigrid ULg

in Energy and Buildings (2014), 82

Zero-energy buildings (ZEBs) are attracting increasing interest internationally in policies aiming at a more sustainably built environment, the scientific literature and practical applications. Although ... [more ▼]

Zero-energy buildings (ZEBs) are attracting increasing interest internationally in policies aiming at a more sustainably built environment, the scientific literature and practical applications. Although “zero energy” can be considered at different scales (e.g., community, city), the most common approach adopts only the perspective of the individual building. Moreover, the feasibility of this objective is not really addressed, especially as far as the retrofitting of the existing building stock is concerned. Therefore, this paper aims first to investigate the opportunity to extend the “zero-energy building” concept to the neighbourhood scale by taking into account two main challenges: (1) the impact of urban form on energy needs and the on-site production of renewable energy and (2) the impact of location on transportation energy consumption. It proposes a simplified framework and a calculation method that is then applied to two representative case studies (one urban neighbourhood and one rural neighbourhood) to investigate the feasibility of zero-energy in existing neighbourhoods. The main parameters that act upon the energy balance are identified. The potential of “energy mutualisation” at the neighbourhood scale is highlighted. This paper thereby shows the potentialities of an integrated approach linking transportation and building energy consumptions. [less ▲]

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See detailGenome encyclopaedia of type strains of the genus Bifidobacterium
Milani, Christian; Lugli, Gabriele; Duranti, Sabrina et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2014)

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See detailUse of Time- and Frequency-Domain Approaches for Damage Detection in Civil Engineering Structures
Nguyen, Viet Ha; Mahowald, Jean; Maas, Stefan et al

in Shock and Vibration (2014), 2014

The aim of this paper is to apply both time- and frequency-domain-based approaches on real-life civil engineering structures and to assess their capability for damage detection. The methodology is based ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to apply both time- and frequency-domain-based approaches on real-life civil engineering structures and to assess their capability for damage detection. The methodology is based on Principal Component Analysis of the Hankel matrix built from output-only measurements and of Frequency Response Functions. Damage detection is performed using the concept of subspace angles between a current (possibly damaged state) and a reference (undamaged) state. The first structure is the Champangshiehl Bridge located in Luxembourg. Several damage levels were intentionally created by cutting a growing number of prestressed tendons and vibration data were acquired by the University of Luxembourg for each damaged state. The second example consists in reinforced and prestressed concrete panels. Successive damages were introduced in the panels by loading heavy weights and by cutting steel wires. The illustrations show different consequences in damage identification by the considered techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of fuel and kiln type on the polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAH) levels in smoked shrimp, a Beninese food condiment
Kpoclou, Euloge; Anihouvi, Victor; Azokpota, Paulin et al

in Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A. Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment (2014), 31(7), 1212-1218

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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 detailLe myélome multiple asymptomatique : le paysage thérapeutique change
CAERS, Jo ULg; BEGUIN, Yves ULg

in Oncol. Hematol. (2014), 8

Le myélome multiple est le deuxième cancer hématologique en termes de fréquence avec plus de 700 nouveaux cas chaque année en Belgique. Le myélome asymptomatique, ou smoldering mye/omo, est un stade ... [more ▼]

Le myélome multiple est le deuxième cancer hématologique en termes de fréquence avec plus de 700 nouveaux cas chaque année en Belgique. Le myélome asymptomatique, ou smoldering mye/omo, est un stade précurseur du myélome multiple. En moyenne, les patients présentant un myélome asymptomatique ont un risque annuel de progression en myélome déclaré de 10%. Différents facteul"s ont été combinés dans des modélisations pronostiques: le rapport des chaînes légères, les anomalies radiologiques, la présence d'une gammapathie évolutive et l'infiltration médullaire > 60% ont récemment été identifiés comme facteurs prédictifs d'une progression précoce pour lesquels certains auteurs évoquent la mise en roùte d'un traitement anti-myélome. Cette stratégie thérapeutique précoce a démontré son efficacité dans une étude randomisée qui comparait un traitement par lénalidornide et dexaméthasone avec une approche attentiste chez des patients à risque. [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 detailTo settle or to move? The interplay between two classes of cyclic lipopeptides in the biocontrol strain Pseudomonas CMR12a
D’aes, J.; Phuong Kieu, N.; Leclère, V. et al

in Environmental Microbiology (2014), In press

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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 detailTraditional plant-based remedies to control gastrointestinal disorders in livestock in the regions of Kamina and Kaniama (Katanga province, Democratic Republic of Congo)
Okombe Embeya, Victor; Lumbu Simbi, Jean-Baptiste; Stévigny, Caroline et al

in Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2014), 153(3), 686-693

Ethnopharmacological relevance: gastrointestinal parasitic diseases present one of the main constraints hindering the productivity of the livestock sector (goat and cattle). Due to the limited ... [more ▼]

Ethnopharmacological relevance: gastrointestinal parasitic diseases present one of the main constraints hindering the productivity of the livestock sector (goat and cattle). Due to the limited availability and affordability of deworming drugs, traditional herbal remedies are still frequently used. The study aims at collecting traditional knowledge on local plants and remedies used to treat gastrointestinal parasitoses in livestock in two adjacent territories (Haut-Lomami district). Material and methods: A field survey was carried out in a part of the Haut-Lomami district (province of Katanga). A semi-structured questionnaire was used to interview 44 people including farmers, traditional healers and livestock specialists (veterinarians and agronomist), identified as using or practicing traditional medicine. To prepare botanically identified herbarium specimens, cited plants were collected with the participation of interviewed people. Results: Although interviewed people cannot precisely identify the etiology of gastrointestinal disorders/parasitoses in domestic animals, they treat the condition with herbals collected in their near environment. Nineteen different traditional remedies were collected and described; 9 plant species were identified as commonly used to treat gastrointestinal parasitic infections. From these, Vitex thomasii De Wild (Verbenaceae) appears as the plant most often used. Conclusion: this survey contributed to the establishment of an inventory of plants used in livestock parasitic treatment in this region of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Future studies are needed to confirm the efficacy and safety of these traditional remedies. [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 detailCalcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin D requirements of the preterm infants
Mimouni, F; Mandel, D; Lubetzky, R et al

in World Review of Nutrition and Dietetics (2014), 110

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See detailFirst Principles Explanation of the Positive Seebeck Coefficient of Lithium
Xu, Bin ULg; Verstraete, Matthieu ULg

in Physical Review Letters (2014), 112

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See detailBone forming agents for the management of osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Neuprez, A.; Beaudart, Charlotte ULg et al

in Panminerva medica (2014), 56(2), 97-114

Osteoporotic fractures are a major cause of morbidity in the population. Anti-resorptive agents have been, for more than 15 years, the mainstay of osteoporosis treatment worldwide. However, these ... [more ▼]

Osteoporotic fractures are a major cause of morbidity in the population. Anti-resorptive agents have been, for more than 15 years, the mainstay of osteoporosis treatment worldwide. However, these medications provide only limited fracture reduction and may be linked to skeletal and non-skeletal long-term safety concerns. Therefore, some patients are considered candidates for bone-forming agents because they remain severely osteoporotic or because they failed antiresorptive therapy. Over the last decade, a particular interest was shown in the developmentofmedicationsabletoincreaseosteoblastsnumber,lifespan or activity, hence stimulating bone formation Peptides from the parathyroid hormone family and strontium ranelate were shown to significantly reduce fracture rates but strontium ranelate is no longer an option for treating osteoporosis because of its safety profile. New therapeutic options, including monoclonal antibodies against sclerostin seem to be promising but their role in the armamentarium of osteoporosis will depend on the results of the current phase 3 studies, assessing antifracture efficacy and long-term safety. [less ▲]

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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 detailCompte-rendu de l'ouvrage de P. Pérez del Solar: Imágenes del desencanto: nueva historieta española
Ceballos Viro, Alvaro ULg

in Iberoamericana America Latina-Espana-Portugal (2014), (53), 220-222

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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 detailPrix prédateurs : La Cour d’appel de Paris saisit l’Autorité de la Concurrence d’une demande d’avis pour apprécier le caractère prédateur d’un prix nul
Sibony, Anne-Lise ULg

in Concurrences : Revue des Droits de la Concurrence (2014), 1

CA Paris, 20 novembre 2013, Google France et Google c/ Bottin Cartographe

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See detailRobot-assisted laparoscopy for deep infiltrating endometriosis: international multicentric retrospective study.
Collinet, Pierre; Leguevaque, Pierre; Neme, Rosa Maria et al

in Surgical Endoscopy (2014), sous presse

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the interest in robot-assisted laparoscopy for deep infiltrating endometriosis and to investigate the perioperative results. METHODS: From November 2008 to April ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the interest in robot-assisted laparoscopy for deep infiltrating endometriosis and to investigate the perioperative results. METHODS: From November 2008 to April 2012, 164 women with stage 4 endometriosis who underwent robot-assisted laparoscopy (da Vinci Intuitive Surgical System) were included by to eight international participating clinical centers. This study evaluated the procedures performed, the duration of the intervention, the complications, the recurrence, and the impact on fertility. RESULTS: The average operative time was 180 min. The main complications were laparotomy (n = 1, 0.6 %), sutured bowel injury (n = 2, 1.2 %), transfusion for a 2,300-ml bleed (n = 1), prolonged urinary catheterization (n = 1, 0.6 %), ureter-bladder anastomotic leak (n = 1, 0.6 %), and ureteral fistula after ureterolysis (n = 2, 1.2 %). The reoperation rate was 1.8 % (n = 3). The mean follow-up period was 10.2 months. A full recovery was experienced by 86.7 % (98/113) of the patients. After surgery, 41.2 % (42/102) of the patients had a desire for pregnancy, and 28.2 % (11/39) of them became pregnant. CONCLUSION: This study analyzed the largest series of robot-assisted laparoscopies for deep infiltrating endometriosis published in the literature. No increase in surgical time, blood loss, or intra- or postoperative complications was observed. The interest in robot-assisted laparoscopy for deep infiltrating endometriosis seems to be promising. [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 detailSix leviers pour améliorer l'apprentissage des étudiants du supérieur
Poumay, Marianne ULg

in Revue Internationale de Pédagogie de l'Enseignement Supérieur (2014), 30(1),

Sur base de rapports rédigés par des centaines d’enseignants de l’ULg mais aussi sous l’influence de quelques auteurs en pédagogie universitaire, cet article présente six leviers de l’innovation ... [more ▼]

Sur base de rapports rédigés par des centaines d’enseignants de l’ULg mais aussi sous l’influence de quelques auteurs en pédagogie universitaire, cet article présente six leviers de l’innovation pédagogique dans le supérieur. Nous analysons ensuite une innovation – l’introduction de l’outil « GIC » dans un programme d’orthophonie de l’ULg – au regard de ces six leviers et mentionnons les régulations d’ordre pédagogique et d’ordre organisationnel envisagées pour l’année académique prochaine, de même que quelques pistes de recherche. Une conclusion rappelle le rôle de ces leviers, dont la prise en compte n’est pas une garantie de succès de l’innovation mais plutôt un moteur de changement au sein d’un cours ou d’un programme, gardant le cap sur l’apprentissage de l’étudiant. [less ▲]

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See detailObituary Ivan Impens (1935-2014). Poor is the disciple who does not surpass his master
Bogaert, Jan ULg; Nijs, I; Ceulemans, R

in Tropicultura (2014), 32(1), 110-111

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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 detailA propos de l'encéphalopathie du nouveau-né
Battisti, Oreste ULg; Beguin, Yves ULg

in Percentile (2014)

editorial sur l'hypoxie périnatale et les cellules souches.

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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 detailForkhead pathway in the control of adult neurogenesis.
Genin, Emmanuelle C.; Caron, Nicolas ULg; Vandenbosch, Renaud ULg et al

in Stem cells (Dayton, Ohio) (2014)

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See detailAntithymocyte globulin before allogeneic stem cell transplantation for progressive myelodysplastic syndrome : a study from the French Society of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cellular Therapy
Duléry, Rémy; Mohty, Mohamad; Duhamel, Alain et al

in Biology of Blood & Marrow Transplantation (2014), 20

We investigated the impact of rabbit antithymocyte globulins (ATG) on patient outcomes after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) for progressive myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Of the 242 ... [more ▼]

We investigated the impact of rabbit antithymocyte globulins (ATG) on patient outcomes after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) for progressive myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Of the 242 consecutive patients who underwent allo-SCT for progressive MDS between October 1999 and December 2009, 93 received ATG (ATG group) at the median dose of 5 mg/kg, whereas 149 patients did not (no-ATG group). Donors were sibling (n ¼ 153) or HLA-matched unrelated (n ¼ 89). Patients received blood (n ¼ 90) or marrow (n ¼ 152) grafts after either myeloablative (n ¼ 109) or reduced-intensity (n ¼ 133) conditioning. Three-year overall and event-free survival, nonrelapse mortality, relapse, and chronic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) development were not significantly different between the 2 groups. In contrast, acute grade II to IV GVHD occurred more often in the no-ATG group (55% of the patients) than in the ATG group (27%, P < .0001). Similar results were observed with acute grade III to IV GVHD (28% and 14% in the no-ATG group and ATG group, respectively; P ¼ .009). In multivariate analysis, after adjustment with propensity score, the absence of ATG was the strongest parameter associated with an increased risk of acute grade II to IV GVHD (hazard ratio, 2.13; 95% confidence interval, 1.35 to 3.37; P ¼.001]. ATG had no impact on overall and event-free survival or cumulative incidence of the relapse. In conclusion, the addition of ATG to allo-SCT conditioning did not increase the incidence of relapse of patients with progressive MDS. The incidence of acute GVHD was decreased without compromising outcomes. [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 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 detailPhysiological and proteomic responses of different willow clones (Salix fragilis x alba) exposed to dredged sediment contaminated by heavy metals
Evlard, Aricia ULg; Sergeant, Kjell; Ferrandis, Salvador et al

in International Journal of Phytoremediation (2014), 16(11), 1148-1169

High biomass producing species are considered as tools for remediation of contaminated soils. Willows (Salix spp.) are prominent study subjects in this regard. In this study, different willow clones ... [more ▼]

High biomass producing species are considered as tools for remediation of contaminated soils. Willows (Salix spp.) are prominent study subjects in this regard. In this study, different willow clones (Salix fragilis x alba) were planted on heavy-metal polluted dredging sludge. A first objective was assessment of the biomass production for these clones. Using a Gupta statistic, four clones were identified as high biomass producers (HBP). For comparison, a group of four clones with lowest biomass production were selected (LBP). A second objective was to compare metal uptake as well as the physiological and proteomic responses of these two groups. All these complementary data's allow us to have a better picture of the health of the clones that would be used in phytoremediation programs. Cd, Zn, and Ni total uptake was higher in the HBPs but Pb total uptake was higher in LBPs. Our proteomic and physiological results showed that the LBPs were able to maintain cellular activity as much as the HBPs although the oxidative stress response was more pronounced in the LBPs. This could be due to the high Pb content found in this group although a combined effect of the other metals cannot be excluded. [less ▲]

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See detailUsing second gradient model to simulatethe behaviour of concrete structural elements
Jouan, Gwendal ULg; Kotronis, Panagiotis; Collin, Frédéric ULg

in Finite Elements in Analysis & Design (2014), 90

Being a quasi-brittle material, concrete under tensile loading exhibits a strain softening behaviour that cannot be accurately reproduced with classical (with-out an internal length parameter) continuum ... [more ▼]

Being a quasi-brittle material, concrete under tensile loading exhibits a strain softening behaviour that cannot be accurately reproduced with classical (with-out an internal length parameter) continuum mechanics models. An internal length parameter must be introduced to regularize the problem, as in the case of the so called second gradient model. In this approach, an enriched kinematic description of the continuum is adopted considering higher (sec-ond) order gradients of the displacements following the work of Cosserat, Toupin, Mindlin and Germain. The model has been developed by Chambon and co-workers and has been mainly used with plasticity constitutive laws to reproduce the non linear behaviour of soils. It is here applied for the rst time to concrete and reinforced concrete specimens considering material laws based on the damage mechanics theory. The advantages and limitations of the approach are discussed, and possible improvements towards more realistic responses are suggested. [less ▲]

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See detailLA PHYSIQUE DES RADIATIONS IONISANTES POUR LES NEOPHYTES
LENAERTS, Eric ULg; COUCKE, Philippe ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(Supp 1), 13-15

Le développement clinique, à visée diagnostique et thérapeutique, des radiations ionisantes a nécessité une com - préhension de la physique. L’exploitation de ces connaissances a mené à des progrès ... [more ▼]

Le développement clinique, à visée diagnostique et thérapeutique, des radiations ionisantes a nécessité une com - préhension de la physique. L’exploitation de ces connaissances a mené à des progrès majeurs en radiothérapie, visant à l’op - timisation de la distribution de la dose sur la cible et à l’exclu - sion, dans la mesure du possible, de l’irradiation des tissus sains avoisinants. Le développement de nouvelles modalités de traitement, telle l’utilisation des hadrons, est le reflet du développement de cette science. Aux confins de cette radio- physique se trouve la radiobiologie, et l’ensemble des connais - sances dans ces deux domaines permet une optimisation de la prescription médicale [less ▲]

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See detailCombating the dual burden: therapeutic targeting of common pathways in obesity and type 2 diabetes
SCHEEN, André ULg; Van Gaal, Luc

in The Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology (2014)

The increasing prevalence of obesity is contributing substantially to the ongoing epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Abdominal adiposity, a feature of ectopic fat syndrome, is associated with silent ... [more ▼]

The increasing prevalence of obesity is contributing substantially to the ongoing epidemic of type 2 diabetes. Abdominal adiposity, a feature of ectopic fat syndrome, is associated with silent inflammation, abnormal hormone secretion, and various metabolic disturbances that contribute to insulin resistance and insulin secretory defects, resulting in type 2 diabetes, and induce a toxic pattern that leads to cardiovascular disease, liver pathologies, and cancer. Despite the importance of weight control strategies in the prevention and management of type 2 diabetes, long-term results from lifestyle or drug interventions are generally disappointing. Furthermore, most of the classic glucose-lowering drugs have a side-effect of weight gain, which renders the management of most overweight or obese people with type 2 diabetes even more challenging. Many anti-obesity pharmacological drugs targeting central control of appetite were withdrawn from the market because of safety concerns. The gastrointestinal lipase inhibitor orlistat was the only anti-obesity drug available until the recent US, but not European, launch of phentermine–controlled-release topiramate and lorcaserin. Improved knowledge about bodyweight regulation opens new prospects for the potential use of peptides derived from the gut or the adipose tissue. Combination therapy will probably be necessary to avoid compensatory mechanisms and potentiate initial weight loss while avoiding weight regain. New glucose-lowering treatments, especially glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists and sodium glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors, offer advantages over traditional antidiabetic drugs by promoting weight loss while improving glucose control. In this Review, we explore the overlapping pathophysiology and also how various treatments can, alone or in combination, combat the dual burden of obesity and type 2 diabetes. [less ▲]

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See detailThe year 2013 in the European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging. Part I.
Edvardsen, Thor; Plein, Sven; Saraste, Antti et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2014), 15(7), 730-735

The new multimodality cardiovascular imaging journal, European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging, was created in 2012. Here, we summarize the most important studies from the journal's second year in ... [more ▼]

The new multimodality cardiovascular imaging journal, European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging, was created in 2012. Here, we summarize the most important studies from the journal's second year in two articles. Part I of the review will focus on studies in myocardial function, myocardial ischaemia, and emerging techniques in cardiovascular imaging, and Part II will focus on valvular heart diseases, heart failure, cardiomyopathies, and congenital heart diseases. [less ▲]

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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 detailVaricella-zoster virus induces the formation of dynamic nuclear capsid aggregates.
Lebrun, Marielle ULg; Thelen, Nicolas ULg; Thiry, Marc ULg et al

in Virology (2014), 454-455

The first step of herpesviruses virion assembly occurs in the nucleus. However, the exact site where nucleocapsids are assembled, where the genome and the inner tegument are acquired, remains ... [more ▼]

The first step of herpesviruses virion assembly occurs in the nucleus. However, the exact site where nucleocapsids are assembled, where the genome and the inner tegument are acquired, remains controversial. We created a recombinant VZV expressing ORF23 (homologous to HSV-1 VP26) fused to the eGFP and dually fluorescent viruses with a tegument protein additionally fused to a red tag (ORF9, ORF21 and ORF22 corresponding to HSV-1 UL49, UL37 and UL36). We identified nuclear dense structures containing the major capsid protein, the scaffold protein and maturing protease, as well as ORF21 and ORF22. Correlative microscopy demonstrated that the structures correspond to capsid aggregates and time-lapse video imaging showed that they appear prior to the accumulation of cytoplasmic capsids, presumably undergoing the secondary egress, and are highly dynamic. Our observations suggest that these structures might represent a nuclear area important for capsid assembly and/or maturation before the budding at the inner nuclear membrane. [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 detailFast and accurate modelling of longitudinal and repeated measures neuroimaging data.
Guillaume, Bryan ULg; Hua, Xue; Thompson, Paul et al

in NeuroImage (2014), 94

Despite the growing importance of longitudinal data in neuroimaging, the standard analysis methods make restrictive or unrealistic assumptions (e.g., assumption of Compound Symmetry--the state of all ... [more ▼]

Despite the growing importance of longitudinal data in neuroimaging, the standard analysis methods make restrictive or unrealistic assumptions (e.g., assumption of Compound Symmetry--the state of all equal variances and equal correlations--or spatially homogeneous longitudinal correlations). While some new methods have been proposed to more accurately account for such data, these methods are based on iterative algorithms that are slow and failure-prone. In this article, we propose the use of the Sandwich Estimator method which first estimates the parameters of interest with a simple Ordinary Least Square model and second estimates variances/covariances with the "so-called" Sandwich Estimator (SwE) which accounts for the within-subject correlation existing in longitudinal data. Here, we introduce the SwE method in its classic form, and we review and propose several adjustments to improve its behaviour, specifically in small samples. We use intensive Monte Carlo simulations to compare all considered adjustments and isolate the best combination for neuroimaging data. We also compare the SwE method to other popular methods and demonstrate its strengths and weaknesses. Finally, we analyse a highly unbalanced longitudinal dataset from the Alzheimer's Disease Neuroimaging Initiative and demonstrate the flexibility of the SwE method to fit within- and between-subject effects in a single model. Software implementing this SwE method has been made freely available at http://warwick.ac.uk/tenichols/SwE. [less ▲]

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See detailA phase IIa, nonrandomized study of radium-223 dichloride in advanced breast cancer patients with bone-dominant disease.
Coleman, Robert; Aksnes, Anne-Kirsti; Naume, Bjorn et al

in Breast cancer research and treatment (2014)

Radium-223 dichloride (radium-223) mimics calcium and emits high-energy, short-range alpha-particles resulting in an antitumor effect on bone metastases. This open-label, phase IIa nonrandomized study ... [more ▼]

Radium-223 dichloride (radium-223) mimics calcium and emits high-energy, short-range alpha-particles resulting in an antitumor effect on bone metastases. This open-label, phase IIa nonrandomized study investigated safety and short-term efficacy of radium-223 in breast cancer patients with bone-dominant disease. Twenty-three advanced breast cancer patients with progressive bone-dominant disease, and no longer candidates for further endocrine therapy, were to receive radium-223 (50 kBq/kg IV) every 4 weeks for 4 cycles. The coprimary end points were change in urinary N-telopeptide of type 1 (uNTX-1) and serum bone alkaline phosphatase (bALP) after 16 weeks of treatment. Exploratory end points included sequential 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography and computed tomography (FDG PET/CT) to assess metabolic changes in osteoblastic bone metastases. Safety data were collected for all patients. Radium-223 significantly reduced uNTX-1 and bALP from baseline to end of treatment. Median uNTX-1 change was -10.1 nmol bone collagen equivalents/mmol creatinine (-32.8 %; P = 0.0124); median bALP change was -16.7 ng/mL (-42.0 %; P = 0.0045). Twenty of twenty-three patients had FDG PET/CT identifying 155 hypermetabolic osteoblastic bone lesions at baseline: 50 lesions showed metabolic decrease (>/=25 % reduction of maximum standardized uptake value from baseline) after 2 radium-223 injections [32.3 % metabolic response rate (mRR) at week 9], persisting after the treatment period (41.5 % mRR at week 17). Radium-223 was safe and well tolerated. Radium-223 targets areas of increased bone metabolism and shows biological activity in advanced breast cancer patients with bone-dominant disease. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrobiota characterization of a protected designation of origin Belgian cheese: Herve cheese, using metagenomic analysis.
Delcenserie, Véronique ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Delhalle, Laurent ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2014), 97

Herve cheese is a Belgian soft cheese with a washed rind, and is made from raw or pasteurized milk. The specific microbiota of this cheese has never previously been fully explored and the use of raw or ... [more ▼]

Herve cheese is a Belgian soft cheese with a washed rind, and is made from raw or pasteurized milk. The specific microbiota of this cheese has never previously been fully explored and the use of raw or pasteurized milk in addition to starters is assumed to affect the microbiota of the rind and the heart. The aim of the study was to analyze the bacterial microbiota of Herve cheese using classical microbiology and a metagenomic approach based on 16S ribosomal DNA pyrosequencing. Using classical microbiology, the total counts of bacteria were comparable for the 11 samples of tested raw and pasteurized milk cheeses, reaching almost 8 log cfu/g. Using the metagenomic approach, 207 different phylotypes were identified. The rind of both the raw and pasteurized milk cheeses was found to be highly diversified. However, 96.3 and 97.9% of the total microbiota of the raw milk and pasteurized cheese rind, respectively, were composed of species present in both types of cheese, such as Corynebacterium casei, Psychrobacter spp., Lactococcus lactis ssp. cremoris, Staphylococcus equorum, Vagococcus salmoninarum, and other species present at levels below 5%. Brevibacterium linens were present at low levels (0.5 and 1.6%, respectively) on the rind of both the raw and the pasteurized milk cheeses, even though this bacterium had been inoculated during the manufacturing process. Interestingly, Psychroflexus casei, also described as giving a red smear to Raclettetype cheese, was identified in small proportions in the composition of the rind of both the raw and pasteurized milk cheeses (0.17 and 0.5%, respectively). In the heart of the cheeses, the common species of bacteria reached more than 99%. The main species identified were Lactococcus lactis ssp. cremoris, Psychrobacter spp., and Staphylococcus equorum ssp. equorum. Interestingly, 93 phylotypes were present only in the raw milk cheeses and 29 only in the pasteurized milk cheeses, showing the high diversity of the microbiota. Corynebacterium casei and Enterococcus faecalis were more prevalent in the raw milk cheeses, whereas Psychrobacter celer was present in the pasteurized milk cheeses. However, this specific microbiota represented a low proportion of the cheese microbiota. This study demonstrated that Herve cheese microbiota is rich and that pasteurized milk cheeses are microbiologically very close to raw milk cheeses, probably due to the similar manufacturing process. The characterization of the microbiota of this particular protected designation of origin cheese was useful in enabling us to gain a better knowledge of the bacteria responsible for the character of this cheese. [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 detailEvaluation of Adherence to a Convulsion management Protocol for Children in Rwanda
kaputu-kalal-malu, Célestin; D'Amour Birindabagabo, Jean; Walker, Timothy David et al

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics (2014), 60(2), 124-128

Inappropriate seizure management may result in high morbidity and mortality. We assessed the adherence of health professionals in southern Rwanda to a national protocol for pharmacological management of ... [more ▼]

Inappropriate seizure management may result in high morbidity and mortality. We assessed the adherence of health professionals in southern Rwanda to a national protocol for pharmacological management of seizures in children. A questionnaire featuring a 5-year-old child with generalized prolonged seizures was administered. The questions focused on the choice of initial treatment and the sequence of management following failure of the initial treatment choice. Benzodiazepine was chosen as initial therapy by 93.7% of physicians and 90.9% of nurses. Only 49.2% of physicians and 41% of nurses would repeat the initial treatment in case of failure of the first dose and 47% of doctors would wait 30 min to intervene. In case of refractory status epilepticus, 34% of physicians would give three doses of benzodiazepine, whereas 19% did not know what to do. These results suggest poor adherence to national protocol. [less ▲]

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See detailHigher-Moment Risk Exposures in Hedge Funds
Lambert, Marie ULg; Hübner, Georges ULg; Papageorgiou, Nicolas

in European Financial Management (2014), forthcoming

This paper singles out the key roles of US equity skewness and kurtosis in the hedge fund return generating process. We propose a conditional higher-moment model with location, trading, and higher-moment ... [more ▼]

This paper singles out the key roles of US equity skewness and kurtosis in the hedge fund return generating process. We propose a conditional higher-moment model with location, trading, and higher-moment factors to describe the dynamics of the equity hedge, event-driven, relative value, and fund of funds styles. If the volatility, skewness, and kurtosis implied in US options are used by fund managers as instruments to anticipate market movements, managers should adjust their market exposure in response to variations in these moments. We indeed show that higher-moment premia improve the conditional asset pricing model across all hedge fund styles. [less ▲]

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See detailA review of the microbiological hazards of raw milk from animal species other than cows
Verraes, Claire; Claeys, Wendy; Cardoen, Sabine et al

in International Dairy Journal (2014), sous presse

This review concentrates on information concerning the microbiological hazards that can be present in raw milk from animal species other than cows. Total bacterial counts of raw milk are described for ... [more ▼]

This review concentrates on information concerning the microbiological hazards that can be present in raw milk from animal species other than cows. Total bacterial counts of raw milk are described for several animal species, indicating the quality of the milk, then frequencies of occurrence of several human pathogenic microorganisms are considered and, finally, human cases of illness and outbreaks due to the consumption of raw milk from non-bovine species are covered. Only raw milk from goats and camels has so far been reported to be associated with outbreaks. Raw milk from horse and donkey may have a higher microbiological quality than raw milk from other animal species, although human pathogenic strains of Streptococcus are considered as a microbiological hazard for such milk. For raw milk from other animal species, the main microbiological hazards seem to be human pathogenic Escherichia coli, Campylobacter spp., tick-borne encephalitis virus and Brucella spp. [less ▲]

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See detailDisease management patterns for postmenopausal women in Europe with hormone-receptor-positive, human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative advanced breast cancer.
Andre, Fabrice; Neven, Patrick; Marinsek, Nina et al

in Current medical research and opinion (2014)

Abstract Background: International guidelines for hormone-receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative (HER2-) advanced breast cancer (BC) recommend sequential lines of ... [more ▼]

Abstract Background: International guidelines for hormone-receptor-positive (HR+), human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 negative (HER2-) advanced breast cancer (BC) recommend sequential lines of hormonal therapy (HT), and only recommend chemotherapy for patients with extensive visceral involvement or rapidly progressive disease. This study evaluated actual physician-reported treatments for advanced BC in Europe. Methods: We conducted a retrospective chart review of 355 postmenopausal women with HR+, HER2- advanced BC who progressed on >/=1 line of HT (adjuvant or advanced) and completed >/=1 line of chemotherapy (advanced). Treatment choice was evaluated for each line of therapy. Results: Of 355 patients, 111 (31%) received first-line chemotherapy, whereas 218 (61%) and 26 (7%) switched from HT to chemotherapy in second and third line, respectively. More patients receiving first-line HT had bone metastases (73% vs 27% chemotherapy). Patients treated with first-line chemotherapy had more brain (12% vs 3% HT) or extensive liver (13% vs 6% HT) metastases. Subgroup analysis of 188 patients who received first-line HT and had de novo advanced BC or relapsed/recurrent disease more than 1 year after adjuvant therapy found that the majority (89%; n = 167) of these patients switched to chemotherapy in second line. However, among these 167 patients, 27% had no significant changes in metastases between first and second line. Among the 73% of patients who had significant changes in metastases, 20% had no brain metastases or extensive visceral disease. Conclusions: Our study suggests that the guideline-recommended use of multiple HT lines is open to interpretation and that optimal treatment for European postmenopausal women with HR+, HER2- advanced BC who responded to HT may not be achieved. [less ▲]

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See detailBouncing dynamics of a spring
Hubert, Maxime ULg; Ludewig, François ULg; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg et al

in Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena (2014), 272

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See detailLa santé bucco-dentaire des personnes âgées
Lamy, Marc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014)

La santé bucco-dentaire est mauvaise chez les personnes âgées, qu’elles vivent à domicile, ou, plus encore, en milieu institutionnalisé. La prévalence des patients édentés totaux est presque toujours ... [more ▼]

La santé bucco-dentaire est mauvaise chez les personnes âgées, qu’elles vivent à domicile, ou, plus encore, en milieu institutionnalisé. La prévalence des patients édentés totaux est presque toujours supérieure à 50 % et le nombre moyen de dents présentes en bouche, chez les patients dentés, est de dix. Cette situation a des conséquences sur la qualité de vie, la nutrition, les maladies cardiovasculaires et les pneumopathies des personnes âgées. Des mesures doivent être mises en place pour changer ce triste constat. [less ▲]

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See detailLe traitement multidisciplinaire du glioblastome
BARTHELEMY, Nicole ULg; GENNIGENS, Christine ULg; Scholtes, Félix ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69

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See detailquelques messages choisis de l'ECCO 17
COUCKE, Philippe ULg

in Onco : Revue Multidisciplinaire d'Oncologie (2014), 8(1), 8-11

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See detailVie et intériorité dans La Vie d'Adèle - le parti pris de l'extériorité
Hagelstein, Maud ULg; Janvier, Antoine ULg

in Cahiers du GRM (2014), 5

(Introduction) Mais pourquoi « la vie » d’Adèle ? À l’évidence, Kechiche ne nous en montre qu’une période limitée. Pourquoi alors La Vie d’Adèle, et pas : L’adolescence d’Adèle, La passion d’Adèle, Adèle ... [more ▼]

(Introduction) Mais pourquoi « la vie » d’Adèle ? À l’évidence, Kechiche ne nous en montre qu’une période limitée. Pourquoi alors La Vie d’Adèle, et pas : L’adolescence d’Adèle, La passion d’Adèle, Adèle et Emma, ou Les amours d’Adèle ? Le spectateur est prévenu depuis longtemps, on le lui a assez dit : le film met en scène l’histoire d’une adolescente qui cherche sa vérité intime. Et quoi de plus intime qu’une passion amoureuse ? Kechiche ne manque pas d’exposer au regards les séquences les plus privées d’une telle passion, dans de longues scènes qui ont tant fait parler d’elles. Le cadre interprétatif est là, tout prêt : Adèle éprouve les aléas de la recherche incertaine de soi ; elle fait l’épreuve de ce rite initiatique des sociétés modernes qui est en même temps le moment privilégié d’expérimentation et de construction du sujet. La Vie d’Adèle, Bildungsroman d’une jeune lilloise du 21ème siècle testant différentes configurations amoureuses avant d’approcher la vérité de son désir : d’abord un garçon, puis une copine de lycée, puis Emma, puis d’autres aventures, et pour finir, peut-être, un jeune homme. Sauf que cette « formation » ne débouche sur aucune forme subjective achevée. Adèle se cherche-t-elle vraiment ? Et surtout : est-ce là le sujet réel du film (au double sens du terme : aussi bien le thème choisi par le cinéaste que la subjectivité autour de laquelle tourne La Vie d’Adèle) ? [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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