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See detailNumerical modelling of transient cyclic vertical loading of suction caissons in sand
Cerfontaine, Benjamin ULg; Collin, Frédéric ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg

in Geotechnique (2015), 65(12),

This paper presents numerical investigations of the monotonic and cyclic behaviours of suction caissons upon vertical transient loading. Both drained and partially drained conditions are investigated ... [more ▼]

This paper presents numerical investigations of the monotonic and cyclic behaviours of suction caissons upon vertical transient loading. Both drained and partially drained conditions are investigated. Monotonic compression and traction simulations are carried out to qualitatively compare results with the literature and validate the model. They highlight the different modes of reaction of the caisson to both compression and traction loading. A sensitivity analysis points out the strong influence of some parameters on the resistance of the caisson but also on the failure mechanism. The transient behaviour of the caisson upon different kinds of cyclic load signals is analysed. Results reproduce the settlement and pore water pressure accumulations observed during experiments. The influence of the key design parameters on the settlement accumulation is also assessed. Finally a cyclic diagram is proposed to describe the evolution of the final settlement upon different magnitudes of loading. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall RNA deep sequencing identifies viral microRNAs during malignant catarrhal fever induced by alcelaphine herpesvirus 1
Sorel, Océane ULg; Tuddenham, Lee; Myster, Françoise ULg et al

in Journal of General Virology (The) (2015), 96(11), 3360-3372

Alcelaphine herpesvirus 1 (AlHV-1) is a c-herpesvirus (c-HV) carried asymptomatically by wildebeest. Upon cross-species transmission, AlHV-1 induces a fatal lymphoproliferative disease named malignant ... [more ▼]

Alcelaphine herpesvirus 1 (AlHV-1) is a c-herpesvirus (c-HV) carried asymptomatically by wildebeest. Upon cross-species transmission, AlHV-1 induces a fatal lymphoproliferative disease named malignant catarrhal fever (MCF) in many ruminants, including cattle, and the rabbit model. Latency has been shown to be essential for MCF induction. However, the mechanisms causing the activation and proliferation of infected CD8+T cells are unknown. Many c-HVs express microRNAs (miRNAs). These small non-coding RNAs can regulate expression of host or viral target genes involved in various pathways and are thought to facilitate viral infection and/or mediate activation and proliferation of infected lymphocytes. The AlHV-1 genome has been predicted to encode a large number of miRNAs. However, their precise contribution in viral infection and pathogenesis in vivo remains unknown. Here, using cloning and sequencing of small RNAs we identified 36 potential miRNAs expressed in a lymphoblastoid cell line propagated from a calf infected with AlHV-1 and developing MCF. Among the sequenced candidate miRNAs, 32 were expressed on the reverse strand of the genome in two main clusters. The expression of these 32 viral miRNAs was further validated using Northern blot and quantitative reverse transcription PCR in lymphoid organs of MCF- developing calves or rabbits. To determine the concerted contribution in MCF of 28 viral miRNAs clustered in the non-protein-coding region of the AlHV-1 genome, a recombinant virus was produced. The absence of these 28 miRNAs did not affect viral growth in vitro or MCF induction in rabbits, indicating that the AlHV-1 miRNAs clustered in this non-protein-coding genomic region are dispensable for MCF induction. [less ▲]

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See detailHistoires sur Able Archer
Kluge, Alexander; Leyh, Valérie ULg

in Cahiers d'Etudes Germaniques (2015), 69

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See detailGlobal optimization of the production and the distribution system for typical European HVAC systems
Randaxhe, François ULg; Lemort, Vincent ULg; Lebrun, Jean ULg

in Energy Procedia (2015), 78

European countries have agreed on a new 2030 Framework with a 30% improvement in energy efficiency compared to projection and a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels. With an ... [more ▼]

European countries have agreed on a new 2030 Framework with a 30% improvement in energy efficiency compared to projection and a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 levels. With an estimated 11% of all the electrical energy used in Europe consumed by HVAC systems, the improvement of their efficiency is a key element to reach these targets. When looking at the energy flow in typical European HVAC systems, one can observe important degradation in efficiency associated to heating and cooling energy transportation systems together with a non-optimal use of the production plant. These inefficiencies are direct consequences of the system design with, quite often, a lack of consideration of the system part load or its off-design operation. This research attempts to identify the sensitivity of both cooling and heating HVAC systems to these conditions and to propose an approach to optimize the design and the operation of HVAC systems integrated in buildings considering trade-off between primary systems efficiency, distribution losses and auxiliaries consumption. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiative origin of neutrino masses
Aristizabal Sierra, Diego ULg

in Acta Physica Polonica B (2015), 46

Mechanisms for Majorana neutrino mass generation can be classified according to the level at which the Weinberg operator is generated. The different possibilities can be sorted in “canonical” tree-level ... [more ▼]

Mechanisms for Majorana neutrino mass generation can be classified according to the level at which the Weinberg operator is generated. The different possibilities can be sorted in “canonical” tree-level and loop-induced realizations, the latter being motivated by their potential experimental testability. Here, we discuss the one- and two-loop cases, paying special attention to systematic classification schemes, whose aim is that of constructing a full picture for neutrino mass generation [less ▲]

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See detailLire entre les actes. Le théâtre mis en pièces par le récit d’anticipation
Stienon, Valérie ULg

in Tropics (2015), 2

Si les histoires de la littérature française font généralement peu de cas du roman d’anticipation, rendu invisible aux sélections de la postérité par la variété de ses désignations génériques, l’hybridité ... [more ▼]

Si les histoires de la littérature française font généralement peu de cas du roman d’anticipation, rendu invisible aux sélections de la postérité par la variété de ses désignations génériques, l’hybridité de ses formes et les discontinuités de son, ce dernier, en revanche, semble avoir des choses à dire au sujet de la littérature. Encore faut-il préciser de quel théâtre il est question dans ces anticipations, et dans quelle mesure il est possible de lire l’inscription d’un genre à travers la poétique d’un autre. Les thématisations du théâtre sont passibles d’une caractérisation multiforme impliquant des données d’ordre poétique, contextuel et historique. Plus qu’une définition de cette référence, la lecture transversale et diachronique de 1860 à 1930 qui suit entend formuler une interrogation sur les modalités de son traitement. Le théâtre participe-t-il, comme la poésie et le roman, et au même titre qu’eux, de la décadence anticipée des Lettres, signe d’un déclin général dont il prendrait acte à sa mesure ? Un genre ou un registre (drame, comédie, tragédie, boulevard, music-hall, vaudeville, opérette, etc.) est-il mis en évidence, ou ceux-ci sont-ils plutôt indifférenciés, voire présentés comme équivalents ? Ces considérations révèlent-elles une hybridation ou une remise en question des classements micro- et macro-génériques ? [less ▲]

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See detailL’ETUDE CLINIQUE DU MOIS EMPA-REG OUTCOME : L’empagliflozine réduit la mortalité chez le patient diabétique de type 2 à haut risque cardiovasculaire
SCHEEN, André ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2015), 70

Summary : EMPA-REG OUTCOME is an international, prospective, placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating the cardiovascular outcomes of empagliflozin, an inhibitor of sodium-glucose cotransporters ... [more ▼]

Summary : EMPA-REG OUTCOME is an international, prospective, placebo-controlled clinical trial investigating the cardiovascular outcomes of empagliflozin, an inhibitor of sodium-glucose cotransporters type 2 (SGLT2), in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and known cardiovascular disease. The trial succeeded in reaching the primary objective of non-inferiority and, in addition, showed, after a median follow up of 3.1 years, a superiority of empagliflozin (10 or 25 mg/day) versus placebo as regards the primary composite cardiovascular endpoint (hasard ratio or HR = 0.86; 95% CI 0.74-0.99; P = 0.04), hospitalisations for heart failure (- 35 %), cardiovascular mortality (- 38 %) and all-cause mortality (- 32 %, each p< 0.001). The reduction in mortality appeared early (< 6 months) and concerned all subgroups, without any obvious heterogeneity. This reduction in mortality does not seem to be fully explained by the concomitant slight reductions in HbA1c, body weight, waist circumference, blood pressure and serum uric acid levels in the empagliflozin groups versus the placebo group. Finally, the tolerance and safety profile of empagliflozin was good, with only a moderate increase in benign mycotic genital infections, a well-known adverse event with SGLT2 inhibitors. The remarkable effects of empagliflozin in the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial, especially on mortality, should modify the management of patients with type 2 diabetes and a high cardiovascular risk in a near future. [less ▲]

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See detailModernisation des institutions judiciaires belges: vers un management de type 2.0
Schoenaers, Frédéric ULg

in Cahiers de la Sécurité (2015), 32

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See detailOpportunités pour la valorisation des végétaux riches en anthocyanes comme sources de colorants alimentaires (synthèse bibliographique)
Beye, Cheikh ULg; Tounkara, Lat Souk; Seck, Mamadou Amadou et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2015), 19(4), 392-401

Introduction. Très répandues dans le règne végétal, les anthocyanes sont le sujet d’un grand nombre d’études qui abordent en général les aspects concernant leur instabilité vis-à-vis des conditions dans ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Très répandues dans le règne végétal, les anthocyanes sont le sujet d’un grand nombre d’études qui abordent en général les aspects concernant leur instabilité vis-à-vis des conditions dans lesquelles elles sont employées ou l’effet bénéfique de leur consommation sur la santé. Littérature. Ces aspects sont particulièrement importants lorsqu’on envisage de les extraire en vue de leur utilisation comme colorant alimentaire naturel. Dans cette revue bibliographique, les propriétés des anthocyanes susceptibles d’être altérées lors de leur transformation ont été étudiées. Par la suite, un état des lieux sur les méthodes de fabrication de colorants à base d’anthocyanes a été fait afin de dégager des perspectives pour l’exploitation des matières végétales qui en contiennent de grandes quantités. Conclusions. Les fruits et légumes utilisables pour la fabrication de colorants alimentaires sont nombreux et variés. Les différences au niveau du contenu ont une influence sur la stabilité de la couleur des extraits, mais les progrès récents en matière de formulation ouvrent des perspectives pour la valorisation des végétaux riches en anthocyanes. [less ▲]

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See detailTentative insight into the multiplicity of the persistent dust maker WR 106 from X-ray observations
De Becker, Michaël ULg

in New Astronomy (2015), 41

This paper presents the results of the analysis of the very first dedicated X-ray observation with XMM-Newton of WR 106. This carbon-rich WC9d Wolf–Rayet star belongs to the category of persistent dust ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the results of the analysis of the very first dedicated X-ray observation with XMM-Newton of WR 106. This carbon-rich WC9d Wolf–Rayet star belongs to the category of persistent dust makers (WCd stars). The issue of the multiplicity of these dust makers is pivotal to understand the dust formation process, and in this context X-ray observations may allow to reveal an X-ray emission attributable to colliding-winds in a binary system. The main result of this analysis is the lack of detection of X-rays coming from WR 106. Upper limits on the X-ray flux are estimated, but the derived numbers are not sufficient to provide compelling constraints on the existence or not of a colliding-wind region. Detailed inspection of archive data bases reveals that persistent dust makers have been poorly investigated by the most sensitive X-ray observatories. Certainly, the combination of several approaches to indirectly constrain their multiplicity should be applied to lift a part of the veil on the nature of these persistent dust makers. [less ▲]

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See detailSymptômes neurologiques du bord latéral du pied et de la cheville
WANG, François-Charles ULg

in Médecine et Chirurgie du Pied = Foot Medicine and Surgery (2015), 31

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See detailPosttraumatisches Puppen-Syndrom. Gedanken zu Jean Michel d'Hoops Inszenierung "Borgia. Comédie contemporaine"
Wunsch-Viehöver, Vera ULg

in Das Andere Theater (2015), 88

compte-rendu sur "Borgia. Comédie contemporaine" de Thomas Gunzig, mise en scène par Jean-Michel d'Hoop, cie. Point Zéro

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See detailFE modeling of the cooling and tempering steps of bimetallic rolling mill rolls
Neira Torres, Ingrid; Gilles, Gaëtan ULg; Tchuindjang, Jérôme Tchoufack ULg et al

in International Journal of Material Forming (2015)

Numerical simulations enable the analysis of the stress and strain histories of bimetallic rolling mill rolls. The history of rolling mill rolls is simulated by thermo-mechanical metallurgical finite ... [more ▼]

Numerical simulations enable the analysis of the stress and strain histories of bimetallic rolling mill rolls. The history of rolling mill rolls is simulated by thermo-mechanical metallurgical finite element code while considering two steps: post-casting cooling and subsequent tempering heat treatment. The model requires a notably large set of material parameters. For different phases and temperatures, Young modulus, yield limit and tangent plastic modulus are determined through compression tests. Rupture stresses and strains are obtained by tensile tests. Thermo-physical parameters are measured by such experimental methods as dilatometry, DSC (Differential Scanning Calorimetry) and Laser Flash methods. Such parameters as the transformation plasticity coefiicients for the ferrite, pearlite and martensite phases are identified through an inverse method. From the simulation results, the profile of the stresses evolution at different critical times is presented. An analysis of the potential damage is proposed by comparing the predicted axial stress \vith rupture stresses. The perspective of the Ghosh and McClintock damage criteria is also investigated. [less ▲]

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See detailSI: Binominal Syntagms
Brems, Lieselotte ULg; De Clerck, Bernard; Verveckken, Katrien

in Language Sciences (2015)

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See detailDerivation and Application of Sensitivities to Assess Transient Voltage Sags caused by Rotor Swings
Weckesser, Tilman; Johannsson, Hjortur; Ostergaard, Jacob et al

in International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems (2015), 72

The paper introduces an approach to investigate voltage sags, which are caused by large generator rotor swings following a transient disturbance. Therefore, the method exploits sensitivities derived from ... [more ▼]

The paper introduces an approach to investigate voltage sags, which are caused by large generator rotor swings following a transient disturbance. Therefore, the method exploits sensitivities derived from the algebraic network equations. These provide information on the impact of a generator on the voltage magnitude at a load bus and the e ffect of load variation on the generator's power injection. It is shown that these sensitivities give valuable information to identify critical generator-load pairs and locations for applying preventive control measures. [less ▲]

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See detailThe genome of a tortoise herpesvirus (testudinid herpesvirus 3) has a novel structure and contains a large region that is not required for replication in vitro or virulence in vivo.
Gandar, Frederic ULg; Wilkie, Gavin S.; Gatherer, Derek et al

in Journal of Virology (2015), 89(22), 11438-11456

Testudinid herpesvirus 3 (TeHV-3) is the causative agent of a lethal disease affecting several tortoise species. The threat that this virus poses to endangered animals is focusing efforts on ... [more ▼]

Testudinid herpesvirus 3 (TeHV-3) is the causative agent of a lethal disease affecting several tortoise species. The threat that this virus poses to endangered animals is focusing efforts on characterizing its properties, in order to enable the development of prophylactic methods. We have sequenced the genomes of the two most studied TeHV-3 strains (1976 and 4295). TeHV-3 strain 1976 has a novel genome structure and is most closely related to a turtle herpesvirus, thus supporting its classification into genus Scutavirus, subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae, family Herpesviridae. The sequence of strain 1976 also revealed viral counterparts of cellular interleukin-10 and semaphorin, which have not been described previously in members of subfamily Alphaherpesvirinae. TeHV-3 strain 4295 is a mixture of three forms (m1, m2, and M), in which, in comparison to strain 1976, the genomes exhibit large, partially overlapping deletions of 12.5 to 22.4 kb. Viral subclones representing these forms were isolated by limiting dilution assays, and each replicated in cell culture comparably to strain 1976. With the goal of testing the potential of the three forms as attenuated vaccine candidates, strain 4295 was inoculated intranasally into Hermann's tortoises (Testudo hermanni). All inoculated subjects died, and PCR analyses demonstrated the ability of the m2 and M forms to spread and invade the brain. In contrast, the m1 form was detected in none of the organs tested, suggesting its potential as the basis of an attenuated vaccine candidate. Our findings represent a major step toward characterizing TeHV-3 and developing prophylactic methods against it. [less ▲]

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See detailFinite element modelling of composite structures under crushing load
Chiu, Louis N.S.; Falzon, Brian G.; Boman, Romain ULg et al

in Composite Structures (2015), 131

This paper details the theory and implementation of a composite damage model, addressing damage within a ply (intralaminar) and delamination (interlaminar), developed for the simulation of the crushing of ... [more ▼]

This paper details the theory and implementation of a composite damage model, addressing damage within a ply (intralaminar) and delamination (interlaminar), developed for the simulation of the crushing of laminated composite structures. It includes a more accurate determination of the characteristic length to achieve mesh objectivity in capturing intralaminar damage consisting of matrix cracking and fibre failure, a load-history dependent material response, an isotropic hardening nonlinear matrix response, as well as a more physically-based interactive matrix damage mechanism. The developed damage model requires a set of material parameters obtained from a combination of standard and non-standard material characterisation tests. The fidelity of the model mitigates the need to manipulate, or “calibrate”, the input data to achieve good agreement with experimental results. This intralaminar damage model was implemented as a VUMAT subroutine, and used in conjunction with an existing interlaminar damage model, in Abaqus/Explicit. This approach was validated through the simulation of the crushing of a cross-ply composite tube with a tulip-shaped trigger, loaded in uniaxial compression. Despite the complexity of the chosen geometry, excellent correlation was achieved with experimental results. [less ▲]

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See detailL'image du mois : Le processus thrombotique sous la loupe (microscopie intravitale)
Oury, Cécile ULg; Hego, Alexandre ULg; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2015), 70(11), 537-539

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See detailSéance de renforcement musculaire utilisant des objets du quotidien
Dubru, Gilles ULg; Cloes, Marc ULg

in Revue de l'Education Physique (2015), 55(1), 43-56

Les professeurs d’éducation physique proposent régulièrement des leçons portant sur le renforcement musculaire faisant partie des compétences à acquérir par les élèves (domaine de la condition physique ... [more ▼]

Les professeurs d’éducation physique proposent régulièrement des leçons portant sur le renforcement musculaire faisant partie des compétences à acquérir par les élèves (domaine de la condition physique). En revanche, il n'est pas nécessairement fréquent que ces séances visent à expliquer aux élèves comment ils peuvent exploiter ce qu'ils apprennent à l'école lorsqu'ils sont chez eux. Cet article illustre une approche susceptible de combler ce manque. [less ▲]

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See detailThe N-terminal region of CHD4 is essential for activity and contains a HMG-box-like-domain that can bind poly(ADP-ribose).
Silva, Ana; Ryan, Daniel; Galanty, Y et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2015)

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See detailIncapacité de travail prolongée. Revue des facteurs de risque professionnels et des stratégies d'intervention
Somville, Pierre ULg; Mairiaux, Philippe ULg

in Archives des Maladies Professionnelles et de l'Environnement (2015), 76(5), 458-467

Purpose of the study In the context of the general population aging and the increasing cost of work disability, public authorities pay special attention to the employability of workers with health ... [more ▼]

Purpose of the study In the context of the general population aging and the increasing cost of work disability, public authorities pay special attention to the employability of workers with health problems. In order to consider strategies for reducing the duration of disability and promoting the return-to-work, the Belgian Federal Public Service Work and Employment wished to have an update of the available scientific evidence on this topic. Methods This literature review is based on articles published in English between 2001 and 2011 and extracted from the MEDLINE database. The review first part deals with long term incapacity risk factors while the second one describes evidence as regards prevention measures and intervention strategies. Results Some risk factors significantly associated with long term disability have been identified: being employed in heavy jobs, fear-avoidance reactions and psychosocial occupational factors such as job dissatisfaction, lack of work control, insufficient support, poor relationships with colleagues, but also the worker own perception of his ability to return to work. Early detection of these perceived barriers to return to work is needed. With regard to intervention strategies, the review, limited to low back pain associated work absences, supports the interest of ergonomic changes in the working environment and the importance of participative interventions. The communication between the return to work actors (i.e. clinical physicians, occupational physicians, employers, insurers and the worker himself) is a key factor in the success of the intervention. Finally, in heavier workload occupations, promoting a systematic access to a transitory light duty position appears to be an interesting guideline. [less ▲]

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See detailREGISTRE BELGE ET CENTRES DE RÉFÉRENCE POUR LES MALADIES TROPHOBLASTIQUES GESTATIONNELLES
DELCOMINETTE, Sarah ULg; TIMMERMANS, Marie ULg; DELBECQUE, Katty ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2015), 70(11), 550-556

Gestational trophoblastic diseases include placental pathologies comprising fertilization abnormalities (hydatidiform moles) and malignant lesions (choriocarcinoma, placental site trophoblastic tumor and ... [more ▼]

Gestational trophoblastic diseases include placental pathologies comprising fertilization abnormalities (hydatidiform moles) and malignant lesions (choriocarcinoma, placental site trophoblastic tumor and epithelioid trophoblastic tumor). Due to their low incidence and heterogeneity, their diagnosis, management and treatment are not always optimal. Following the example of other European countries, a national registration system with two reference centers has been set up to guide physicians and patients and to propose individualized management. The centers offer their expertise through a systematic centralised pathology review by a panel of experts. HCG values are plotted in regression curves. In case of gestational trophoblastic neoplasia, an imaging work-up is proposed, from which the FIGO score and stage are derived and will guide the choice of treatment. Belgian centers offer a multidisciplinary approach, in partnership with the referent physician. More information for practitioners and patients is available on a web site: www.mole-chorio-bgog.eu, which also harbours a forum of discussion. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacteristics and typology of sheep herding systems in the suburban area of Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso)
Tindano, Kisito ULg; Moula, Nassim ULg; Traoré, A. et al

in Archiv für Tierzucht = Archives Animal Breeding (2015), 58

Strong increase in demand for animal products could benefit local producers in developing countries. This development opportunity particularly concerns suburban livestock. In Burkina Faso, the suburban ... [more ▼]

Strong increase in demand for animal products could benefit local producers in developing countries. This development opportunity particularly concerns suburban livestock. In Burkina Faso, the suburban area of Ouagadougou is a place for the setting up of an increasing number of breeders. Due to its importance in religious traditions, spurring its consumption in whole West Africa, mutton is a major part of this suburban production. In order to characterize sheep farming in the suburban zone of Ouagadougou, in terms of motives, practices, and economic performance, and to better understand the dynamic at play in the sheep sector, a survey has been conducted among 80 sheep farmers around Ouagadougou. The results show that suburban sheep keeping is a highly dual sector. Nearly half (42.5 %) of farms may be described as traditional livestock, while 50% are evolving towards intensification. These two groups essentially differ in terms of animal genetic and feeding management, farm infrastructure, and farmer education level. Economically, the whole sample tends to indicate a lack of profitability of the activity in terms of monetary income. Several factors contributing to this situation are pinpointed, namely feed and animal health constraints, flock and production management, and the market conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailLégitimité des recommandations sur la viscosupplémentation
Henrotin, Yves ULg

in Rhumatos (2015), 12(111), 280

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See detailA Parallel Processing Approach to Dynamic Simulations of Combined Transmission and Distribution Systems
Aristidou, Petros ULg; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in International Journal of Electrical Power & Energy Systems (2015), 72

Simulating a power system with both transmission and distribution networks modeled in detail is a huge computational challenge. In this paper, a Schur-complement-based domain decomposition algorithm is ... [more ▼]

Simulating a power system with both transmission and distribution networks modeled in detail is a huge computational challenge. In this paper, a Schur-complement-based domain decomposition algorithm is proposed to provide accurate, detailed dynamic simulations of such systems. The simulation procedure is accelerated with the use of parallel programming techniques, taking advantage of the parallelization opportunities inherent to domain decomposition algorithms. The proposed algorithm is general, portable and scalable on inexpensive, shared-memory, multi-core machines. A large-scale test system is used for its performance evaluation. [less ▲]

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See detailBelgian Wildlife as Potential Zoonotic Reservoir of Hepatitis E virus
Thiry, Damien ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (2015)

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See detailAllelic variation contributes to bacterial host specificity
Yue, Min; Han, Xiangan; De Masi, Leon et al

in Nature Communications (2015)

Understanding the molecular parameters that regulate cross-species transmission and host adaptation of potential pathogens is crucial to control emerging infectious disease. Although microbial pathotype ... [more ▼]

Understanding the molecular parameters that regulate cross-species transmission and host adaptation of potential pathogens is crucial to control emerging infectious disease. Although microbial pathotype diversity is conventionally associated with gene gain or loss, the role of pathoadaptive nonsynonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) has not been systematically evaluated. Here, our genome-wide analysis of core genes within Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium genomes reveals a high degree of allelic variation in surface-exposed molecules, including adhesins that promote host colonization. Subsequent multinomial logistic regression, MultiPhen and Random Forest analyses of known/suspected adhesins from 580 independent Typhimurium isolates identifies distinct host-specific nsSNP signatures. Moreover, population and functional analyses of host-associated nsSNPs for FimH, the type 1 fimbrial adhesin, highlights the role of key allelic residues in host-specific adherence in vitro. Together, our data provide the first concrete evidence that functional differences between allelic variants of bacterial proteins likely contribute to pathoadaption to diverse hosts. [less ▲]

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See detailLyot-plane phase masks for improved high-contrast imaging with a vortex coronagraph
Ruane, Garreth J.; Huby, Elsa ULg; Absil, Olivier ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2015), 583

The vortex coronagraph is an optical instrument that precisely removes on-axis starlight allowing for high contrast imaging at small angular separation from the star, thereby providing a crucial ... [more ▼]

The vortex coronagraph is an optical instrument that precisely removes on-axis starlight allowing for high contrast imaging at small angular separation from the star, thereby providing a crucial capability for direct detection and characterization of exoplanets and circumstellar disks. Telescopes with aperture obstructions, such as secondary mirrors and spider support structures, require advanced coronagraph designs to provide adequate starlight suppression. We introduce a phase-only Lyot-plane optic to the vortex coronagraph that offers improved contrast performance on telescopes with complicated apertures. Potential solutions for the European Extremely Large Telescope (E-ELT) are described and compared. Adding a Lyot-plane phase mask relocates residual starlight away from a region of the image plane thereby reducing stellar noise and improving sensitivity to off-axis companions. The phase mask is calculated using an iterative phase retrieval algorithm. Numerically, we achieve a contrast on the order of $10^{-6}$ for a companion with angular displacement as small as $4~\lambda/D$ with an E-ELT type aperture. Even in the presence of aberrations, improved performance is expected compared to either a conventional vortex coronagraph or optimized pupil plane phase element alone. [less ▲]

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See detailA prospective 4 year study of the objective and subjective outcomes of 15 patients after dynamic facial reanimation surgery.
ANDREWS, Peter J; RANDHAWA, Premjit S; JOSEPH, Jonathan et al

in Clinical Otolaryngology (2015)

Facial nerve palsy is a debilitating and life changing event which significantly affects quality of life. This prospective study evaluates outcomes in 15 patients undergoing dynamic facial reanimation ... [more ▼]

Facial nerve palsy is a debilitating and life changing event which significantly affects quality of life. This prospective study evaluates outcomes in 15 patients undergoing dynamic facial reanimation surgery using a modification of the minimally invasive temporalis tendon transposition technique (MIT3) coupled with either static reanimation techniques or synergistic inter-positional/facial-hypoglossal nerve reconstruction techniques. All patients demonstrated significant improvement both objectively and subjectively as measured by the SMILE system and FaCE scale respectively. The MIT3 technique can be used successfully for dynamic reanimation and allows for other techniques to be simultaneously tailored around it. It provides improved functional and quality of life outcomes in patients and affords low morbidity. [less ▲]

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See detailA PHEROMONE TRAP MONITORING SYSTEM FOR THE SADDLE GALL MIDGE, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser) (DIPTERA: CECIDOMYIIDAE)
Censier, Florence ULg; Heuskin, Stéphanie ULg; SAN MARTIN Y GOMEZ, Gilles et al

in Crop Protection (2015), 80

Outbreaks of saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) have been reported in Belgium and other European countries since 2010. Because of the sporadic nature of this ... [more ▼]

Outbreaks of saddle gall midge, Haplodiplosis marginata (von Roser) (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) have been reported in Belgium and other European countries since 2010. Because of the sporadic nature of this pest, which can sometimes be very harmful to cereal crops, an effective monitoring tool is required, both to determine the optimal timing for insecticide applications, and to understand the enigmatic population dynamics of this insect. Following the recent identification of the major sex pheromone component of the saddle gall midge, non-2-yl butanoate, a slow-release dispenser was developed using rubber septa. The release rates of 5 mg and 10 mg-loaded dispensers were initially measured under laboratory conditions, and their effectiveness in terms of pheromone loading and use duration was assessed in the field. The experiments showed that sticky traps baited with 5 mg pheromone-loaded rubber dispensers, renewed every 6 weeks, are suitable for accurately monitoring male H. marginata flights. [less ▲]

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See detailDivergent biophysical controls of aquatic CO2 and CH4 in the World’s two largest rivers
Borges, Alberto ULg; Abril, G; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

in Scientific Reports (2015), 5

Carbon emissions to the atmosphere from inland waters are globally significant and mainly occur at tropical latitudes. However, processes controlling the intensity of CO2 and CH4 emissions from tropical ... [more ▼]

Carbon emissions to the atmosphere from inland waters are globally significant and mainly occur at tropical latitudes. However, processes controlling the intensity of CO2 and CH4 emissions from tropical inland waters remain poorly understood. Here, we report a data-set of concurrent measurements of the partial pressure of CO2 (pCO2) and dissolved CH4 concentrations in the Amazon (n = 136) and the Congo (n = 280) Rivers. The pCO2 values in the Amazon mainstem were significantly higher than in the Congo, contrasting with CH4 concentrations that were higher in the Congo than in the Amazon. Large-scale patterns in pCO2 across different lowland tropical basins can be apprehended with a relatively simple statistical model related to the extent of wetlands within the basin, showing that, in addition to non-flooded vegetation, wetlands also contribute to CO2 in river channels. On the other hand, dynamics of dissolved CH4 in river channels are less straightforward to predict, and are related to the way hydrology modulates the connectivity between wetlands and river channels. [less ▲]

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See detailLe nouveau régime de tax shelter pour la production audiovisuelle
Vandenbulke, Antoine ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2015)

Description of the new tax shelter scheme in Belgium for companies wishing to invest in the production of an audiovisual work (Article 194ter CIR/1992), set up by the Law of May 12, 2014.

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See detailLa Cour constitutionnelle à nouveau au secours des ouvriers
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2015), (35), 1685-1687

L'étude commente l'arrêt 116/2015 de la Cour constitutionnelle annulant l'article 70, §4, de la loi sur le statut unique ainsi que l'alinéa de l’article 97 de la même loi, prévoyant l’exclusion permanente ... [more ▼]

L'étude commente l'arrêt 116/2015 de la Cour constitutionnelle annulant l'article 70, §4, de la loi sur le statut unique ainsi que l'alinéa de l’article 97 de la même loi, prévoyant l’exclusion permanente des ouvriers visés (une bonne partie des ouvriers de la construction) du bénéfice du régime uniforme des délais de préavis et la privation du droit à l’indemnité en compensation du licenciement. Le résultat de l'arrêt est que, jusqu’au 31 décembre 2017, les différences de traitement au détriment de certaines catégories d’ouvriers sont maintenues. Après cette date, l’article 70, paragraphe 4, disparaît de l’ordre juridique. L’article 70 sera, dans sa totalité, sans objet puisque la période transitoire aura pris fin. Tous les travailleurs, qu’ils soient ouvriers ou employés, seront égaux en droit : soit les durées seront identiques, soit la différence sera compensée par une indemnité spécifique à charge de l’ONEm. [less ▲]

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See detailInterpreting canopy development and physiology using a European phenology camera network at flux sites
Wingate, L.; Ogée, J.; Cremonese, E. et al

in Biogeosciences (2015), 12(10), 5995-6015

Plant phenological development is orchestrated through subtle changes in photoperiod, temperature, soil moisture and nutrient availability. Presently, the exact timing of plant development stages and ... [more ▼]

Plant phenological development is orchestrated through subtle changes in photoperiod, temperature, soil moisture and nutrient availability. Presently, the exact timing of plant development stages and their response to climate and management practices are crudely represented in land surface models. As visual observations of phenology are laborious, there is a need to supplement long-term observations with automated techniques such as those provided by digital repeat photography at high temporal and spatial resolution. We present the first synthesis from a growing observational network of digital cameras installed on towers across Europe above deciduous and evergreen forests, grasslands and croplands, where vegetation and atmosphere CO2 fluxes are measured continuously. Using colour indices from digital images and using piecewise regression analysis of time series, we explored whether key changes in canopy phenology could be detected automatically across different land use types in the network. The piecewise regression approach could capture the start and end of the growing season, in addition to identifying striking changes in colour signals caused by flowering and management practices such as mowing. Exploring the dates of green-up and senescence of deciduous forests extracted by the piecewise regression approach against dates estimated from visual observations, we found that these phenological events could be detected adequately (RMSE < 8 and 11 days for leaf out and leaf fall, respectively). We also investigated whether the seasonal patterns of red, green and blue colour fractions derived from digital images could be modelled mechanistically using the PROSAIL model parameterised with information of seasonal changes in canopy leaf area and leaf chlorophyll and carotenoid concentrations. From a model sensitivity analysis we found that variations in colour fractions, and in particular the late spring `green hump' observed repeatedly in deciduous broadleaf canopies across the network, are essentially dominated by changes in the respective pigment concentrations. Using the model we were able to explain why this spring maximum in green signal is often observed out of phase with the maximum period of canopy photosynthesis in ecosystems across Europe. Coupling such quasi-continuous digital records of canopy colours with co-located CO2 flux measurements will improve our understanding of how changes in growing season length are likely to shape the capacity of European ecosystems to sequester CO2 in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailFistula plug in fistulising ano-perineal Crohn's disease: a randomised controlled trial
Senéjoux, A.; Siproudhis, L.; Abramowitz, L. et al

in Journal of Crohn's and Colitis [=JCC] (2015)

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See detailCoupling and electrical control of structural, orbital and magnetic orders in perovskites
Varignon, Julien ULg; Bristowe, Nicholas ULg; Bousquet, Eric ULg et al

in Scientific Reports (2015), 5

Perovskite oxides are already widely used in industry and have huge potential for novel device applications thanks to the rich physical behaviour displayed in these materials. The key to the functional ... [more ▼]

Perovskite oxides are already widely used in industry and have huge potential for novel device applications thanks to the rich physical behaviour displayed in these materials. The key to the functional electronic properties exhibited by perovskites is often the so-called Jahn-Teller distortion. For applications, an electrical control of the Jahn-Teller distortions, which is so far out of reach, would therefore be highly desirable. Based on universal symmetry arguments, we determine new lattice mode couplings that can provide exactly this paradigm, and exemplify the effect from firstprinciples calculations. The proposed mechanism is completely general, however for illustrative purposes, we demonstrate the concept on vanadium based perovskites where we reveal an unprecedented orbital ordering and Jahn-Teller induced ferroelectricity. Thanks to the intimate coupling between Jahn-Teller distortions and electronic degrees of freedom, the electric field control of Jahn-Teller distortions is of general relevance and may find broad interest in various functional devices. [less ▲]

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See detailValproic acid improves second-line regimen of small cell lung carcinoma in preclinical models
Hubaux, Roland; Vandermeers, Fabian; Cosse, Jean-Philippe et al

in European Respiratory Society (2015), 1(2), 00028

With 5-year survival rates below 5%, small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) has very poor prognosis and requires improved therapies. Despite an excellent overall response to first-line therapy, relapses are ... [more ▼]

With 5-year survival rates below 5%, small cell lung carcinoma (SCLC) has very poor prognosis and requires improved therapies. Despite an excellent overall response to first-line therapy, relapses are frequent and further treatments are disappointing. The goal of the study was to improve secondline therapy of SCLC. The effect of chemotherapeutic agents was evaluated in cell lines (apoptosis, reactive oxygen species, and RNA and protein expression) and in mouse models (tumour development). We demonstrate here that valproic acid, a histone deacetylase inhibitor, improves the efficacy of a second-line regimen (vindesine, doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide) in SCLC cells and in mouse models. Transcriptomic profiling integrating microRNA and mRNA data identifies key signalling pathways in the response of SCLC cells to valproic acid, opening new prospects for improved therapies. [less ▲]

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See detailHydroxyethyl Starch 130/0.4 and the Risk of Acute Kidney Injury After Cardiopulmonary Bypass: A Single-Center Retrospective Study.
LAGNY, Marc-Gilbert ULg; ROEDIGER, Laurence ULg; KOCH, Jean-Noël ULg et al

in Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia (2015)

Hydroxyethyl Starches (HES) have been shown to increase the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) in intensive care unit patients suffering sepsis. Whether this risk also applies to patients undergoing ... [more ▼]

Hydroxyethyl Starches (HES) have been shown to increase the risk of acute kidney injury (AKI) in intensive care unit patients suffering sepsis. Whether this risk also applies to patients undergoing elective surgery remains unclear. We investigated whether HES is associated with acute kidney injury after on-pump cardiac surgery. Materials and Methods: Balanced HES 130/0.4 (Volulyte®, Fresenius Kabi AG, Bad Homburg, Germany) was used as a pump prime and for intraoperative fluid therapy until July 2013 and has been entirely replaced by a balanced crystalloid solution (Plasmalyte®, Baxter, Lessines, Belgium) from August 2013. Data from 697 adult patients undergoing cardiac surgery between April 2013 and June 2014 were reviewed. HES patients were propensity-matched on previously published risk factors for AKI after cardiac surgery to patients treated with crystalloids. Postoperative AKI was defined as the primary outcome and assessed using the Acute Kidney Injury Network classification. A conditional logistic regression was used to investigate the association between the use of HES and postoperative AKI. Secondary outcomes included renal function at postoperative day 7, 30-day mortality, lengths of ICU and hospital stays and the incidence of postoperative respiratory complications. Results and Discussion: One hundred and thirty HES patients were successfully matched with 130 crystalloids patients. HES was significantly associated with postoperative AKI (odds ratio=2.4; 95 % CI= 1.2-4.8; P=0.02). No significant association was found between HES and any of the secondary outcomes. Conclusion: This study suggests that using balanced HES 130/0.4 as a pump prime and for intraoperative fluid therapy in adult patients undergoing on-pump cardiac surgery is associated with a higher incidence of AKI during the early postoperative period. [less ▲]

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See detailVAC chemotherapy with valproic acid for refractory/relapsing small cell lung cancer: a phase II study
Berghmans, Thierry; Lafitte, Jean-Jacques; Scherpereel, Arnaud et al

in European Respiratory Society Open Research (2015), 1(2),

Salvage chemotherapy (CT) for relapsing or refractory small cell lung cancer (SCLC) remains disappointing. In vitro experiments showed that valproic acid increases apoptosis of SCLC cell lines exposed to ... [more ▼]

Salvage chemotherapy (CT) for relapsing or refractory small cell lung cancer (SCLC) remains disappointing. In vitro experiments showed that valproic acid increases apoptosis of SCLC cell lines exposed to doxorubicin, vindesine and bis(2-chloroethyl)amine. The primary objective of this phase II study was to determine whether epigenetic modulation with valproic acid in addition to a doxorubicin, vindesine and cyclophosphamide (VAC) regimen improves 6-month progression-free survival (PFS). Patients with pathologically proven SCLC refractory to prior platinum derivatives and etoposide were eligible. After central registration, patients received VAC plus daily oral valproic acid. 64 patients were registered, of whom six were ineligible. Seven patients did not receive any CT, leaving 51 patients assessable for the primary end-point. The objective response rate was 19.6%. Median PFS was 2.8 months (95% CI 2.5–3.6 months) and 6-month PFS was 6%. Median survival time was 5.9 months (95% CI 4.7–7.5 months). Toxicity was mainly haematological, with 88% and 26% grade 3–4 neutropenia and thrombopenia, respectively. Despite an interesting response rate, the addition of valproic acid to VAC did not translate into adequate PFS in relapsing SCLC or SCLC refractory to platinum–etoposide. [less ▲]

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See detailApplying participatory approaches in the evaluation of surveillance systems: A pilot study on African swine fever surveillance in Corsica.
Calba, Clémentine; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Charrier, François et al

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2015)

The implementation of regular and relevant evaluations of surveillance systems is critical in improving their effectiveness and their relevance whilst limiting their cost. The complex nature of these ... [more ▼]

The implementation of regular and relevant evaluations of surveillance systems is critical in improving their effectiveness and their relevance whilst limiting their cost. The complex nature of these systems and the variable contexts in which they are implemented call for the development of flexible evaluation tools. Within this scope, participatory tools have been developed and implemented for the African swine fever (ASF) surveillance system in Corsica (France). The objectives of this pilot study were, firstly, to assess the applicability of participatory approaches within a developed environment involving various stakeholders and, secondly, to define and test methods developed to assess evaluation attributes. Two evaluation attributes were targeted: the acceptability of the surveillance system and its the non-monetary benefits. Individual semi-structured interviews and focus groups were implemented with representatives from every level of the system. Diagramming and scoring tools were used to assess the different elements that compose the definition of acceptability. A contingent valuation method, associated with proportional piling, was used to assess the non-monetary benefits, i.e., the value of sanitary information. Sixteen stakeholders were involved in the process, through 3 focus groups and 8 individual semi-structured interviews. Stakeholders were selected according to their role in the system and to their availability. Results highlighted a moderate acceptability of the system for farmers and hunters and a high acceptability for other representatives (e.g., private veterinarians, local laboratories). Out of the 5 farmers involved in assessing the non-monetary benefits, 3 were interested in sanitary information on ASF. The data collected via participatory approaches enable relevant recommendations to be made, based on the Corsican context, to improve the current surveillance system. [less ▲]

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See detailEctopic Expression of Retrotransposon-Derived PEG11/RTL1 Contributes to the Callipyge Muscular Hypertrophy.
Xu, Xuewen; Ectors, Fabien ULg; Davis, Erica E. et al

in PloS one (2015), 10(10), 0140594

The callipyge phenotype is an ovine muscular hypertrophy characterized by polar overdominance: only heterozygous +Mat/CLPGPat animals receiving the CLPG mutation from their father express the phenotype ... [more ▼]

The callipyge phenotype is an ovine muscular hypertrophy characterized by polar overdominance: only heterozygous +Mat/CLPGPat animals receiving the CLPG mutation from their father express the phenotype. +Mat/CLPGPat animals are characterized by postnatal, ectopic expression of Delta-like 1 homologue (DLK1) and Paternally expressed gene 11/Retrotransposon-like 1 (PEG11/RTL1) proteins in skeletal muscle. We showed previously in transgenic mice that ectopic expression of DLK1 alone induces a muscular hypertrophy, hence demonstrating a role for DLK1 in determining the callipyge hypertrophy. We herein describe newly generated transgenic mice that ectopically express PEG11 in skeletal muscle, and show that they also exhibit a muscular hypertrophy phenotype. Our data suggest that both DLK1 and PEG11 act together in causing the muscular hypertrophy of callipyge sheep. [less ▲]

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See detailA ‘nodeless’ dual superelement formulation for structural and multibody dynamics application to reduction of contact problems
Géradin, Michel ULg; Rixen, Daniel

in International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering (2015)

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See detailComment améliorer la réussite à l’examen d’anatomie en 1re année de bachelier en médecine? Étude de l’impact d’une activité intégrée dans un dispositif hybride de formation
Ernst, Denise ULg; Van de Poël, Jean-François ULg; Verpoorten, Dominique ULg et al

in Revue Internationale des Technologies en Pédagogie Universitaire = International Journal of Technologies in Higher Education (2015), 11(3), 51-67

The course of “Introduction to Human Anatomy” is part of the curriculum delivered to the undergraduated students (Freshman year) at the Faculty of Medecine of the University of Liege. The course is taught ... [more ▼]

The course of “Introduction to Human Anatomy” is part of the curriculum delivered to the undergraduated students (Freshman year) at the Faculty of Medecine of the University of Liege. The course is taught in a blending learning mode combining traditional intructor-led and e-learning activities. The MCQ 2 test is one of the three components of the final written exam (which consists of 3 MCQtests). This test requires students to recognize and identify the organ’s orientation in cross-sections represented in different spatial views. In our study, we tried to evaluate how the online training exercises provided by the instructors team for that particular ability was appreciated by students and if students benefited from this type of online activities to improve their examination results for MCQ 2 test. Further in our research, we asked student about their perceptions of coherence between the aims, methods and evaluation of our entire system. Then this perception has been compared with the overall score of the exam to look for the present of correlation elements. We observed that the MCQ 2 test results are significantly better for students who practiced the new online exercises and for students having seen the value of this activity. The perception of consistency or coherence between the objectives, methods and assessment is not correlated to the overall score of the student. As conclusion, we can declare that the new learning scenario proposed positively enriches the learning environment for students. It can be easily scaled up for important groups and accessed at any time by users. It focusses on specific objectives, is directly linked to the examination system of the course (MCQ 2) and also allows developing a competence expertise related to their future medical profession. [less ▲]

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See detailShear banding modelling in cross-anisotropic rocks
Pardoen, Benoît ULg; Seyedi, D.M.; Collin, Frédéric ULg

in International Journal of Solids and Structures (2015), 72

Sedimentary geomaterials such as rocks frequently exhibit cross-anisotropic properties and their behaviour depends on the direction of loading with respect to their microstructure. As far as material ... [more ▼]

Sedimentary geomaterials such as rocks frequently exhibit cross-anisotropic properties and their behaviour depends on the direction of loading with respect to their microstructure. As far as material rupture is concerned, localised deformation in shear band mode appears generally before cracks and material failure. The influence of cross-anisotropy on the shear strain localisation remains an important issue and is investigated in the present study. To do so, a constitutive elastoplastic cross-anisotropic model that includes anisotropy both on the elastic and plastic characteristics is defined. For the plastic part of the model, the anisotropy of a strength parameter is introduced with a microstructure fabric tensor. Then, the fractures are modelled with finite element methods by considering the development of shear strain localisation bands and an enriched model is used to properly reproduce the shear banding. The cross-anisotropy influence on shear banding is studied through numerical applications of small and large-scale geotechnical problems that engender fractures. The two considered applications are a plane-strain biaxial compression test and an underground gallery excavation. The numerical results provide information about the influence of cross-anisotropy on the appearance and development of shear bands. It has been noticed, among other observations, that the material strength vary with the loading direction and that the development and the shape of the excavation fractured zone that develops around a gallery is strongly influenced by the material anisotropy. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect exoplanet detection and characterization using the ANDROMEDA method: Performance on VLT/NaCo data
Cantalloube, F.; Mouillet, D.; Mugnier, L. M. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2015), 582

Context. The direct detection of exoplanets with high-contrast imaging requires advanced data processing methods to disentangle potential planetary signals from bright quasi-static speckles. Among them ... [more ▼]

Context. The direct detection of exoplanets with high-contrast imaging requires advanced data processing methods to disentangle potential planetary signals from bright quasi-static speckles. Among them, angular differential imaging (ADI) permits potential planetary signals with a known rotation rate to be separated from instrumental speckles that are either statics or slowly variable. The method presented in this paper, called ANDROMEDA for ANgular Differential OptiMal Exoplanet Detection Algorithm is based on a maximum likelihood approach to ADI and is used to estimate the position and the flux of any point source present in the field of view. Aims. In order to optimize and experimentally validate this previously proposed method, we applied ANDROMEDA to real VLT/NaCo data. In addition to its pure detection capability, we investigated the possibility of defining simple and efficient criteria for automatic point source extraction able to support the processing of large surveys. Methods. To assess the performance of the method, we applied ANDROMEDA on VLT/NaCo data of TYC-8979-1683-1 which is surrounded by numerous bright stars and on which we added synthetic planets of known position and flux in the field. In order to accommodate the real data properties, it was necessary to develop additional pre-processing and post-processing steps to the initially proposed algorithm. We then investigated its skill in the challenging case of a well-known target, $\beta$ Pictoris, whose companion is close to the detection limit and we compared our results to those obtained by another method based on principal component analysis (PCA). Results. Application on VLT/NaCo data demonstrates the ability of ANDROMEDA to automatically detect and characterize point sources present in the image field. We end up with a robust method bringing consistent results with a sensitivity similar to the recently published algorithms, with only two parameters to be fine tuned. Moreover, the companion flux estimates are not biased by the algorithm parameters and do not require a posteriori corrections. Conclusions. ANDROMEDA is an attractive alternative to current standard image processing methods that can be readily applied to on-sky data. [less ▲]

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See detailGuided group purchases of energy renovation services and works in deprived urban neighbourhoods
Ruelle, Christine ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg

in Energy Efficiency (2015)

The energy retrofitting of housings is progressing very slowly in Wallonia (Belgium) despite individual fiscal measures and subsidies offered by public authorities to support households engaging in this ... [more ▼]

The energy retrofitting of housings is progressing very slowly in Wallonia (Belgium) despite individual fiscal measures and subsidies offered by public authorities to support households engaging in this process. This paper explores the use of a method called ‘Guided Group Purchases’ (GPPs), i.e. an approach combining support, guidance and group purchasing of energy renovation services and works, as a possible method to accelerate the retrofitting of the existing housing stock. It reports on an action research experiment conducted in the context of the Interreg project ‘SUN’ (Sustainable Urban Neighbourhoods). The results of this experiment are quite promising. Within a few months, some 80 energy retrofitting interventions (energy audits or insulation works) were implemented in one neighbourhood of the city of Liège. Our evaluation of the experiment showed that the prospect of achieving cost reductions was one of the main initial expectations of participants to the GGPs. Still the participants rather insisted on other benefits after taking part to the initiative. These benefits were mostly related to the guidance they received, to the facilitation with contractors and to the social dynamics generated by the initiative. Several weaknesses were also identified by participants, like the lack of follow-up during and after the works. Our evaluation also highlighted that the main landlords did not participate in the initiative and that the influence of GGPs on costs was limited to specific types of interventions. Despite observed limitations and possible improvements, such a neighbourhood-based approach certainly constitutes a promising avenue for public authorities to support and accelerate the energy retrofitting of private residential buildings in urban neighbourhoods. [less ▲]

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See detailA lysine cluster in domain II of Bacillus subtilis PBP4a plays a role in the membrane attachment of this C1-PBP
Vanden Broeck, Arnaud; Van Der Heiden, Edwige ULg; Sauvage, Eric ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2015)

In PBP4a, a Bacillus subtilis class-C1 penicillin-binding protein (PBP), four clustered lysine (K) residues, K86, K114, K119, and K265, protrude from domain II. Replacement of these amino acids with ... [more ▼]

In PBP4a, a Bacillus subtilis class-C1 penicillin-binding protein (PBP), four clustered lysine (K) residues, K86, K114, K119, and K265, protrude from domain II. Replacement of these amino acids with glutamine (Q) residues by site-directed mutagenesis yielded Mut4KQ PBP4a. When produced in Escherichia coli without its predicted Sec-signal peptide, wildtype (WT) PBP4a was found mainly associated with the host cytoplasmic membrane, whereas Mut4KQ PBP4a remained largely unbound. After purification, the capacities of the two proteins to bind to B. subtilis membranes were compared. The results were similar to those obtained in E. coli: in vitro, a much higher percentage of WT PBP4a than of Mut4KQ PBP4a was found to interact with B. subtilis membranes. Immunodetection of PBP4a in B. subtilis membrane extracts revealed that a processed form of this PBP (as indicated by its size) associates with the B. subtilis cytoplasmic membrane. In the absence of any amphiphilic peptide in PBP4a, the crown of positive charges on the surface of domain II is likely responsible for the cellular localization of this PBP and its attachment to the cytoplasmic membrane. [less ▲]

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See detailData Product Specification Proposal for Architectural Heritage Documentation with Photogrammetric Techniques: A Case Study in Brazil
Campos, Mariana; Tommaselli, Antonio; Ivanova, Ivana et al

in Remote Sensing (2015), 7(10), 13337-13363

Photogrammetric documentation can provide a sound database for the needs of architectural heritage preservation. However, the major part of photogrammetric documentation production is not used for ... [more ▼]

Photogrammetric documentation can provide a sound database for the needs of architectural heritage preservation. However, the major part of photogrammetric documentation production is not used for subsequent architectural heritage projects, due to lack of knowledge of photogrammetric documentation accuracy. In addition, there are only a few studies with rigorous analysis of the requirements for photogrammetric documentation of architectural heritage. In particular, requirements focusing on the geometry of the models generated by fully digital photogrammetric processes are missing. Considering these needs, this paper presents a procedure for architectural heritage documentation with photogrammetric techniques based on a previous review of existing standards of architectural heritage documentation. The data product specification proposed was elaborated conforming to ISO 19131 recommendations. We present the procedure with two case studies in the context of Brazilian architectural heritage documentation. Quality analysis of the produced models were performed considering ISO 19157 elements, such as positional accuracy, logical consistency and completeness, meeting the requirements. Our results confirm that the proposed requirements for photogrammetric documentation are viable. [less ▲]

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See detailParameter estimation and inference in dynamic systems described by linear partial differential equations
Frasso, Gianluca ULg; Jeager, Jonathan; Lambert, Philippe ULg

in AStA Advances in Statistical Analysis (2015)

Differential equations (DEs) are commonly used to describe dynamic sys- tems evolving in one (ordinary differential equations or ODEs) or in more than one dimensions (partial differential equations or ... [more ▼]

Differential equations (DEs) are commonly used to describe dynamic sys- tems evolving in one (ordinary differential equations or ODEs) or in more than one dimensions (partial differential equations or PDEs). In real data applications, the para- meters involved in the DE models are usually unknown and need to be estimated from the available measurements together with the state function. In this paper, we present frequentist and Bayesian approaches for the joint estimation of the parameters and of the state functions involved in linear PDEs. We also propose two strategies to include state (initial and/or boundary) conditions in the estimation procedure. We evaluate the performances of the proposed strategy through simulated examples and a real data analysis involving (known and necessary) state conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailWhy is later age at retirement beneficial for cognition? Results from a French population-based study
Grotz, Catherine ULg; Meillon, Céline; Amieva, Hélène et al

in Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging (2015)

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See detailEffect of Metals, Metalloids and Metallic Nanoparticles on Microalgae Growth and Industrial Product Biosynthesis: A Review
Miazek, Krystian ULg; Iwanek, Waldemar; Remacle, Claire ULg et al

in International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2015), 16

Microalgae are a source of numerous compounds that can be used in many branches of industry. Synthesis of such compounds in microalgal cells can be amplified under stress conditions. Exposure to various ... [more ▼]

Microalgae are a source of numerous compounds that can be used in many branches of industry. Synthesis of such compounds in microalgal cells can be amplified under stress conditions. Exposure to various metals can be one of methods applied to induce cell stress and synthesis of target products in microalgae cultures. In this review, the potential of producing diverse biocompounds (pigments, lipids, exopolymers, peptides, phytohormones, arsenoorganics, nanoparticles) from microalgae cultures upon exposure to various metals, is evaluated. Additionally, different methods to alter microalgae response towards metals and metal stress are described. Finally, possibilities to sustain high growth rates and productivity of microalgal cultures in the presence of metals are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailRÉGIME ALIMENTAIRE ET STRATÉGIE TROPHIQUE SAISONNIÈRE DE LA LOUTRE D’EUROPE, LUTRA LUTRA, DANS LE MOYEN ATLAS (MAROC)
Libois, Roland ULg; Fareh, Mostafa; Brahimi, Amina et al

in Revue d'Ecologie (La Terre et la Vie) (2015), 70(4), 314-327

To learn more about the adaptability and predation behaviour of the European Otter (Lutra lutra) in semi-arid regions, its diet has been studied in Wadi Beth, a typical river of Middle Atlas (Morocco ... [more ▼]

To learn more about the adaptability and predation behaviour of the European Otter (Lutra lutra) in semi-arid regions, its diet has been studied in Wadi Beth, a typical river of Middle Atlas (Morocco), from its source areas (Azrou) to El Kansera hill reservoir dam. Fecal samples (spraints) were systematically collected from six locations during two annual cycles, a collection per season campaign. The study reveals that the otter’s diet is classic (dominant fish), very typical and characteristic of aquatic ecosystems in arid Mediterranean climate, which is reflected in particular by the singular presence of prey like reptiles. Prey species richness totals more than 18 species. Moreover, the frequency of occurrence and relative abundance of taxa consumed were calculated from 2444 identified prey. Fish represent more than 75 % of the prey (relative abundance) with a very large predominance of 3 species of barbels. The anuran amphibians constitute 15 % of the prey. The rest is accounted for, according their respective importance, by insects, ophidians, a chelonian (Mauremys leprosa), birds, crustaceans and finally small mammals. Over time, the diet changed: in autumn 2010, cichlids, introduced into the river, appeared in the prey consumed. The proportion of prey types abruptly changed: perciforms, rare in spring and summer 2010 (less than 4 % of the prey) increased sevenfold in autumn 2010 (27 %) and then declined in the spring and more in summer 2011. In summer 2011, the proportion of barbels dropped, drastically offset by salmonids and, even more, by amphibians. In summer, the proportion of amphibians and ophidians becomes more important. Site variations are linked to local conditions: presence of ponds, nature of the bottom, slope, speed and flow of the water, etc. Finally, small-sized fish (salmonids and barbels) dominate the diet: 80 % are less than 10 cm. [less ▲]

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See detailThe onset, evolution and magnetic braking of vortex lattice instabilities in nanostructured superconducting films
Adami, Obaïd-Allah ULg; Jelic, Zeljko ULg; Xue, Cun et al

in Physical Review. B : Condensed Matter (2015), 92

In 1976 Larkin and Ovchinnikov [Sov. Phys. JETP 41, 960 (1976)] predicted that vortex matter in superconductors driven by an electrical current can undergo an abrupt dynamic transition from a flux-flow ... [more ▼]

In 1976 Larkin and Ovchinnikov [Sov. Phys. JETP 41, 960 (1976)] predicted that vortex matter in superconductors driven by an electrical current can undergo an abrupt dynamic transition from a flux-flow regime to a more dissipative state at suficiently high vortex velocities. Typically this transition manifests itself as a large voltage jump at a particular current density, so-called instability current density J, which is smaller than the depairing current. By tuning the effective pinning strength in Al fi lms, using an artifi cial periodic pinning array of triangular holes, we show that a unique and well defi ned instability current density exists if the pinning is strong, whereas a series of multiple voltage transitions appear in the relatively weaker pinning regime. This behavior is consistent with time-dependent Ginzburg-Landau simulations, where the multiple-step transition can be unambiguously attributed to the progressive development of vortex chains and subsequently phase-slip lines. In addition, we explore experimentally the magnetic braking e ffects, caused by a thick Cu layer deposited on top of the superconductor, on the instabilities and the vortex ratchet effect. [less ▲]

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See detailAntioxidant phenolic extracts obtained from secondary Tunisian date varieties (Phoenix dactylifera L.) by hydrothermal treatments
Mrabet, Abdessalem ULg; Jiménez-Araujo, Ana; Fernández-Bolaños, Juan et al

in Food Chemistry (2015), 196(2016), 917-924

Three common non-commercial Tunisian date varieties were treated by two thermal systems, obtaining a liquid fraction which was characterized and its antioxidant capacity determined. The concentration of ... [more ▼]

Three common non-commercial Tunisian date varieties were treated by two thermal systems, obtaining a liquid fraction which was characterized and its antioxidant capacity determined. The concentration of total phenols in the three varieties (Smeti, Garen Gazel, and Eguwa) was increased by steam explosion treatment up to 5311, 4680, and 3832 mg/kg of fresh dates, and their antioxidant activity up to 62.5, 46.5 and 43.1 mmol Trolox®/kg of fresh date, respectively. Both thermal treatments increased the content of phenolic acids. Additionally, a long scale study was carried out in a pilot plant, with steam treatment at 140 °C and 160 °C for 30 min. The liquid phase was extracted and fractionated chromatographically using adsorbent or ionic resins. The phenolic profiles were determined for each fraction, yielding fractions with interesting antioxidant activities with EC50 values of up to 0.08 mg/L or values of TEAC of 0.67 mmol Trolox®/g of extract. [less ▲]

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See detailThe far-ultraviolet main auroral emission at Jupiter – Part 2: Vertical emission profile
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Annales Geophysicae (2015), 33

The aurorae at Jupiter are made up of many different features associated with a variety of generation mechanisms. The main auroral emission, also known as the main oval, is the most prominent of them as ... [more ▼]

The aurorae at Jupiter are made up of many different features associated with a variety of generation mechanisms. The main auroral emission, also known as the main oval, is the most prominent of them as it accounts for approximately half of the total power emitted by the aurorae in the ultraviolet range. The energy of the precipitating electrons is a crucial parameter to characterize the processes at play which give rise to these auroral emissions, and the altitude of the emissions directly depends on this energy. Here we make use of far-UV (FUV) images acquired with the Advanced Camera for Surveys on board the Hubble Space Telescope and spectra acquired with the Space Telescope Imaging Spectrograph to measure the vertical profile of the main emissions. The altitude of the brightness peak as seen above the limb is ~ 400 km, which is significantly higher than the 250 km measured in the post-dusk sector by Galileo in the visible domain. However, a detailed analysis of the effect of hydrocarbon absorption, including both simulations and FUV spectral observations, indicates that FUV apparent vertical profiles should be considered with caution, as these observations are not incompatible with an emission peak located at 250 km. The analysis also calls for spectral observations to be carried out with an optimized geometry in order to remove observational ambiguities. [less ▲]

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See detailTests of the Planetary Hypothesis for PTFO 8-8695b
Yu, Liang; Winn, Joshua N.; Gillon, Michaël ULg et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2015), 812

The T Tauri star PTFO 8-8695 exhibits periodic fading events that have been interpreted as the transits of a giant planet on a precessing orbit. Here we present three tests of the planet hypothesis. First ... [more ▼]

The T Tauri star PTFO 8-8695 exhibits periodic fading events that have been interpreted as the transits of a giant planet on a precessing orbit. Here we present three tests of the planet hypothesis. First, we sought evidence for the secular changes in light-curve morphology that are predicted to be a consequence of orbital precession. We observed 28 fading events spread over several years and did not see the expected changes. Instead, we found that the fading events are not strictly periodic. Second, we attempted to detect the planet's radiation, based on infrared observations spanning the predicted times of occultations. We ruled out a signal of the expected amplitude. Third, we attempted to detect the Rossiter-McLaughlin effect by performing high-resolution spectroscopy throughout a fading event. No effect was seen at the expected level, ruling out most (but not all) possible orientations for the hypothetical planetary orbit. Our spectroscopy also revealed strong, time-variable, high-velocity Hα and Ca H & K emission features. All these observations cast doubt on the planetary hypothesis, and suggest instead that the fading events represent starspots, eclipses by circumstellar dust, or occultations of an accretion hotspot. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for two spatially separated UV continuum emitting regions in the Cloverleaf broad absorption line quasar
Sluse, Dominique ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Anguita, T. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2015), 582

Testing the standard Shakura-Sunyaev model of accretion is a challenging task because the central region of quasars where accretion takes place is unresolved with telescopes. The analysis of microlensing ... [more ▼]

Testing the standard Shakura-Sunyaev model of accretion is a challenging task because the central region of quasars where accretion takes place is unresolved with telescopes. The analysis of microlensing in gravitationally lensed quasars is one of the few techniques that can test this model, yielding to the measurement of the size and of temperature profile of the accretion disc. We present spectroscopic observations of the gravitationally lensed broad absorption line quasar H1413+117, which reveal partial microlensing of the continuum emission that appears to originate from two separated regions: a microlensed region, corresponding the compact accretion disc; and a non-microlensed region, more extended and contributing to at least 30% of the total UV-continuum flux. Because this extended continuum is occulted by the broad absorption line clouds, it is not associated with the host galaxy, but rather with light scattered in the neighbourhood of the central engine. We measure the amplitude of microlensing of the compact continuum over the rest-frame wavelength range 1000-7000 Å. Following a Bayesian scheme, we confront our measurements to microlensing simulations of an accretion disc with a temperature varying as T ∝ R[SUP]-1/ν[/SUP]. We find a most likely source half-light radius of R[SUB]1/2[/SUB] = 0.61 × 10[SUP]16[/SUP]cm (i.e., 0.002 pc) at 0.18 μm, and a most-likely index of ν = 0.4. The standard disc (ν = 4/3) model is not ruled out by our data, and is found within the 95% confidence interval associated with our measurements. We demonstrate that, for H1413+117, the existence of an extended continuum in addition to the disc emission only has a small impact on the inferred disc parameters, and is unlikely to solve the tension between the microlensing source size and standard disc sizes, as previously reported in the literature. Based on observations made with ESO Telescopes at the Paranal Observatory (Chile). ESO program ID: 386.B-0337.Appendices A and B are available in electronic form at <A href="http://www.aanda.org/10.1051/0004-6361/201526832/olm">http://www.aanda.org</A> [less ▲]

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See detailKIC 4768731: a bright long-period roAp star in the Kepler field
Smalley, B.; Niemczura, E.; Murphy, S. J. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015), 452

We report the identification of 61.45 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] (711.2 μHz) oscillations, with amplitudes of 62.6 μmag, in KIC 4768731 (HD 225914) using Kepler photometry. This relatively bright (V = 9.17 ... [more ▼]

We report the identification of 61.45 d[SUP]-1[/SUP] (711.2 μHz) oscillations, with amplitudes of 62.6 μmag, in KIC 4768731 (HD 225914) using Kepler photometry. This relatively bright (V = 9.17) chemically peculiar star with spectral type A5 Vp SrCr(Eu) has previously been found to exhibit rotational modulation with a period of 5.21 d. Fourier analysis reveals a simple dipole pulsator with an amplitude that has remained stable over a 4-yr time span, but with a frequency that is variable. Analysis of high-resolution spectra yields stellar parameters of T[SUB]eff[/SUB] = 8100 ± 200 K, log g = 4.0 ± 0.2, [Fe/H] = +0.31 ± 0.24 and v sin i = 14.8 ± 1.6 km s[SUP]-1[/SUP]. Line profile variations caused by rotation are also evident. Lines of Sr, Cr, Eu, Mg and Si are strongest when the star is brightest, while Y and Ba vary in antiphase with the other elements. The abundances of rare earth elements are only modestly enhanced compared to other roAp stars of similar T[SUB]eff[/SUB] and log g. Radial velocities in the literature suggest a significant change over the past 30 yr, but the radial velocities presented here show no significant change over a period of 4 yr. [less ▲]

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See detailZigzag antiferromagnetic quantum ground state in monoclinic honeycomb lattice antimonates A3Ni2SbO6 (A=Li, Na)
Zvereva, E.A.; Stratan, M.I.; Ovchenkov, Y.A. et al

in Physical Review. B: Condensed Matter and Materials Physics (2015), 92

We present a comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of the electronic and magnetic properties of two quasi-two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb-lattice monoclinic compounds A3Ni2SbO6 (A=Li, Na ... [more ▼]

We present a comprehensive experimental and theoretical study of the electronic and magnetic properties of two quasi-two-dimensional (2D) honeycomb-lattice monoclinic compounds A3Ni2SbO6 (A=Li, Na). Magnetic susceptibility and specific heat data are consistent with the onset of antiferromagnetic (AFM) long range order at low temperatures with Néel temperatures ~ 14 and 16 K for Li3Ni2SbO6 and Na3Ni2SbO6, respectively. The effective magnetic moments of 4.3 Bohr magnetons/f.u. (Li3Ni2SbO6) and 4.4 Bohr magnetons/f.u. (Na3Ni2SbO6) indicate that Ni2+ is in a high-spin configuration (S=1). The temperature dependence of the inverse magnetic susceptibility follows the Curie-Weiss law in the high-temperature region and shows positive values of the Weiss temperature ~ 8 K (Li3Ni2SbO6) and ~12 K (Na3Ni2SbO6) pointing to the presence of non-negligible ferromagnetic interactions, although the system orders AFM at low temperatures. In addition, the magnetization curves reveal a field-induced (spin-flop type) transition below TN that can be related to the magnetocrystalline anisotropy in these systems. These observations are in agreement with density functional theory calculations, which show that both antiferromagnetic and ferromagnetic intralayer spin exchange couplings between Ni2+ ions are present in the honeycomb planes supporting a zigzag antiferromagnetic ground state. Based on our experimental measurements and theoretical calculations we propose magnetic phase diagrams for the two compounds. [less ▲]

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See detailThe far-ultraviolet main auroral emission at Jupiter – Part 1: Dawn–dusk brightness asymmetries
Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Gustin, Jacques ULg; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Annales Geophysicae (2015), 33

The main auroral emission at Jupiter generally appears as a quasi-closed curtain centered around the magnetic pole. This auroral feature, which accounts for approximately half of the total power emitted ... [more ▼]

The main auroral emission at Jupiter generally appears as a quasi-closed curtain centered around the magnetic pole. This auroral feature, which accounts for approximately half of the total power emitted by the aurorae in the ultraviolet range, is related to corotation enforcement currents in the middle magnetosphere. Early models for these currents assumed axisymmetry, but significant local time variability is obvious on any image of the Jovian aurorae. Here we use far-UV images from the Hubble Space Telescope to further characterize these variations on a statistical basis. We show that the dusk side sector is ~ 3 times brighter than the dawn side in the southern hemisphere and ~ 1.1 brighter in the northern hemisphere, where the magnetic anomaly complicates the interpretation of the measurements. We suggest that such an asymmetry between the dawn and the dusk sectors could be the result of a partial ring current in the nightside magnetosphere. [less ▲]

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See detailHalomethyl-cobalt(bis-acetylacetonate) for the controlled synthesis of functional polymers
Demarteau, Jérémy ULg; Kermagoret, Anthony; German, Ian et al

in Chemical Communications (2015), 51(76), 14334-14337

Novel organocobalt complexes featuring weak C–CoL2 bonds (L = acetylacetonate) are prepared and used as sources of halomethyl radicals. They permit the precision synthesis of a-halide functionalized and ... [more ▼]

Novel organocobalt complexes featuring weak C–CoL2 bonds (L = acetylacetonate) are prepared and used as sources of halomethyl radicals. They permit the precision synthesis of a-halide functionalized and telechelic polymers in organic media or in water. Substitution of halide by azide allows derivatization of polymers using the CuAAC click reaction. [less ▲]

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See detailStroboscopic phenomena in superconductors with dynamic pinning landscape
Jelic, Zeljko ULg; Milosevic, Milorad; Van de Vondel, Joris et al

in Scientific Reports (2015), 5

Introducing artificial pinning centers is a well established strategy to trap quantum vortices and increase the maximal magnetic field and applied electric current that a superconductor can sustain ... [more ▼]

Introducing artificial pinning centers is a well established strategy to trap quantum vortices and increase the maximal magnetic field and applied electric current that a superconductor can sustain without dissipation. In case of spatially periodic pinning, a clear enhancement of the superconducting critical current arises when commensurability between the vortex configurations and the pinning landscape occurs. With recent achievements in (ultrafast) optics and nanoengineered plasmonics it has become possible to exploit the interaction of light with superconductivity, and create not only spatially periodic imprints on the superconducting condensate, but also temporally periodic ones. Here we show that in the latter case, temporal matching phenomena develop, caused by stroboscopic commensurability between the characteristic frequency of the vortex motion under applied current and the frequency of the dynamic pinning. The matching resonances persist in a broad parameter space, including magnetic field, driving current, or material purity, giving rise to unusual features such as externally variable resistance/impedance and Shapiro steps in current-voltage characteristics. All features are tunable by the frequency of the dynamic pinning landscape. These findings open further exploration avenues for using flashing, spatially engineered, and/or mobile excitations on superconductors, permitting us to achieve advanced functionalities. [less ▲]

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See detailThe K2-ESPRINT Project I: Discovery of the Disintegrating Rocky Planet K2-22b with a Cometary Head and Leading Tail
Sanchis-Ojeda, R.; Rappaport, S.; Pallé, E. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2015), 812(2), 112

We present the discovery of a transiting exoplanet candidate in the K2 Field-1 with an orbital period of 9.1457 hr: K2-22b. The highly variable transit depths, ranging from ∼0% to 1.3%, are suggestive of ... [more ▼]

We present the discovery of a transiting exoplanet candidate in the K2 Field-1 with an orbital period of 9.1457 hr: K2-22b. The highly variable transit depths, ranging from ∼0% to 1.3%, are suggestive of a planet that is disintegrating via the emission of dusty effluents. We characterize the host star as an M-dwarf with Teff ≃ 3800 K. We have obtained ground-based transit measurements with several 1-m class telescopes and with the GTC. These observations (1) improve the transit ephemeris; (2) confirm the variable nature of the transit depths; (3) indicate variations in the transit shapes; and (4) demonstrate clearly that at least on one occasion the transit depths were significantly wavelength dependent. The latter three effects tend to indicate extinction of starlight by dust rather than by any combination of solid bodies. The K2 observations yield a folded light curve with lower time resolution but with substantially better statistical precision compared with the ground-based observations. We detect a significant “bump” just after the transit egress, and a less significant bump just prior to transit ingress. We interpret these bumps in the context of a planet that is not only likely streaming a dust tail behind it, but also has a more prominent leading dust trail that precedes it. This effect is modeled in terms of dust grains that can escape to beyond the planet's Hill sphere and effectively undergo “Roche lobe overflow,” even though the planet's surface is likely underfilling its Roche lobe by a factor of 2. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem-Cell Transplantation Mortality 100 Days After Transplantation Using a Machine Learning Algorithm: A European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation Acute Leukemia Working Party Retrospective Data Mining Study
SHOUVAL, Roni; LABOPIN, Myriam; BONDI, Ori et al

in Journal of Clinical Oncology (2015), 33(28), 3144-3152

Purpose: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) is potentiallu curative for acute leukemia (AL), but carries considerable risk. Machine learning algorithms, which are part of the data ... [more ▼]

Purpose: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) is potentiallu curative for acute leukemia (AL), but carries considerable risk. Machine learning algorithms, which are part of the data mining (DM) approach, may serve for transplantation-related mortality risk prediction. Patients and Methods: This work is a retrospective DM study on a cohort of 28,236 adult HSCT recipients from the AL registry of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. The primary objective was prediction of overall mortality (OM) at 100 days after HSCT. Secondary objectives were estimation of nonrelapse mortality, leukemia-free survival, and overall survival at 2 years. Donor, recipient, and procedural characteristics were alalyzed. The alternating decision tree machine learning algorithm was applied for model development on 70 % of the data set and validated on the remaining data. [less ▲]

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See detailKepler's first view of O-star variability: K2 data of five O stars in Campaign 0 as a proof of concept for O-star asteroseismology
Buysschaert, B.; Aerts, C.; Bloemen, S. et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015), 453

We present high-precision photometric light curves of five O-type stars observed with the refurbished Kepler satellite during its Campaign 0. For one of the stars, we also assembled high-resolution ground ... [more ▼]

We present high-precision photometric light curves of five O-type stars observed with the refurbished Kepler satellite during its Campaign 0. For one of the stars, we also assembled high-resolution ground-based spectroscopy with the HERMES spectrograph attached to the 1.2 m Mercator telescope. The stars EPIC 202060097 (O9.5V) and EPIC 202060098 (O7V) exhibit monoperiodic variability due to rotational modulation with an amplitude of 5.6 and 9.3 mmag and a rotation period of 2.63 and 5.03 d, respectively. EPIC 202060091 (O9V) and EPIC 202060093 (O9V:pe) reveal variability at low frequency but the cause is unclear. EPIC 202060092 (O9V:p) is discovered to be a spectroscopic binary with at least one multiperiodic β Cep-type pulsator whose detected mode frequencies occur in the range [0.11, 6.99] d[SUP]-1[/SUP] and have amplitudes between 0.8 and 2.0 mmag. Its pulsation spectrum is shown to be fully compatible with the ones predicted by core-hydrogen burning O-star models. Despite the short duration of some 33 d and the limited data quality with a precision near 100 μmag of these first K2 data, the diversity of possible causes for O-star variability already revealed from campaigns of similar duration by the MOST and CoRoT satellites is confirmed with Kepler. We provide an overview of O-star space photometry and give arguments why future K2 monitoring during Campaigns 11 and 13 at short cadence, accompanied by time-resolved high-precision high-resolution spectroscopy, opens up the possibility of in-depth O-star seismology. [less ▲]

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See detailSpectral Variations of Of?p Oblique Magnetic Rotator Candidates in the Magellanic Clouds
Walborn, Nolan R.; Morrell, Nidia I.; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

in Astronomical Journal (The) (2015), 150

Optical spectroscopic monitoring has been conducted of two O stars in the SMC and one in the LMC, the spectral characteristics of which place them in the Of?p category, which has been established in the ... [more ▼]

Optical spectroscopic monitoring has been conducted of two O stars in the SMC and one in the LMC, the spectral characteristics of which place them in the Of?p category, which has been established in the Galaxy to consist of oblique magnetic rotators. All of these Magellanic stars show systematic spectral variations typical of the Of?p class, further strengthening their magnetic candidacy to the point of virtual certainty. The spectral variations are related to photometric variations derived from Optical Gravitational Lensing Experiment data by Nazé et al. in a parallel study, which yields rotational periods for two of them. Now circular spectropolarimetry is required to measure their fields, and ultraviolet spectroscopy to further characterize their low-metallicity, magnetically confined winds, in support of hydrodynamical analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics System: Enabling High-Contrast Imaging on Solar-System Scales
Jovanovic, N.; Martinache, F.; Guyon, O. et al

in Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (2015), 127

The Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics (SCExAO) instrument is a multipurpose high-contrast imaging platform designed for the discovery and detailed characterization of exoplanetary systems and ... [more ▼]

The Subaru Coronagraphic Extreme Adaptive Optics (SCExAO) instrument is a multipurpose high-contrast imaging platform designed for the discovery and detailed characterization of exoplanetary systems and serves as a testbed for high-contrast imaging technologies for ELTs. It is a multiband instrument which makes use of light from 600 to 2500 nm, allowing for coronagraphic direct exoplanet imaging of the inner 3λ/D from the stellar host. Wavefront sensing and control are key to the operation of SCExAO. A partial correction of low-order modes is provided by Subaru's facility adaptive optics system with the final correction, including high-order modes, implemented downstream by a combination of a visible pyramid wavefront sensor and a 2000-element deformable mirror. The well-corrected NIR (y-K bands) wavefronts can then be injected into any of the available coronagraphs, including but not limited to the phase-induced amplitude apodization and the vector vortex coronagraphs, both of which offer an inner working angle as low as 1λ/D. Noncommon path, low-order aberrations are sensed with a coronagraphic low-order wavefront sensor in the infrared (IR). Low noise, high frame rate NIR detectors allow for active speckle nulling and coherent differential imaging, while the HAWAII 2RG detector in the HiCIAO imager and/or the CHARIS integral field spectrograph (from mid-2016) can take deeper exposures and/or perform angular, spectral, and polarimetric differential imaging. Science in the visible is provided by two interferometric modules: VAMPIRES and FIRST, which enable subdiffraction limited imaging in the visible region with polarimetric and spectroscopic capabilities respectively. We describe the instrument in detail and present preliminary results both on-sky and in the laboratory. [less ▲]

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See detailEnzymatic functionalization of a nanobody using protein insertion technology
Crasson, Oscar ULg; Rhazi, Noureddine; Jacquin, Olivier et al

in Protein Engineering, Design & Selection (2015), 28(10), 451-460

Antibody-based products constitute one of the most attractive biological molecules for diagnostic, medical imagery and therapeutic purposes with very few side effects. Their development has be- come a ... [more ▼]

Antibody-based products constitute one of the most attractive biological molecules for diagnostic, medical imagery and therapeutic purposes with very few side effects. Their development has be- come a major priority of biotech and pharmaceutical industries. Recently, a growing number of modified antibody-based products have emerged including fragments, multi-specific and conjugate antibodies. In this study, using protein engineering, we have functionalized the anti-hen egg-white lysozyme (HEWL) camelid VHH antibody fragment (cAb-Lys3), by insertion into a solvent-exposed loop of the Bacillus licheniformis β-lactamase BlaP. We showed that the generated hybrid protein conserved its enzymatic activity while the displayed nanobody retains its ability to inhibit HEWL with a nanomolar affinity range. Then, we successfully implemented the functionalized cAb-Lys3 in enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay, potentiometric biosensor and drug screening assays. The hybrid protein was also expressed on the surface of phage particles and, in this context, was able to interact specifically with HEWL while the β-lactamase activity was used to monitor phage interactions. Finally, using thrombin-cleavage sites surrounding the permissive insertion site in the β-lactamase, we reported an expression system in which the nanobody can be easily separated from its carrier protein. Altogether, our study shows that insertion into the BlaP β-lactamase consti- tutes a suitable technology to functionalize nanobodies and allowsthe creation of versatile tools that can be used in innovative biotechnological assays. [less ▲]

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See detailGeometrical validity of curvilinear pyramidal finite elements
Johnen, Amaury ULg; Geuzaine, Christophe ULg

in Journal of Computational Physics (2015), 299

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See detailA performance indicator for structures under natural fire
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Engineering Structures (2015), 100

Fires in buildings are characterized by a heating phase followed by a cooling phase, yet the effects of the latter on structures are not well covered in the current approaches to structural fire ... [more ▼]

Fires in buildings are characterized by a heating phase followed by a cooling phase, yet the effects of the latter on structures are not well covered in the current approaches to structural fire engineering. Indeed the actual requirement of non-occurrence of structural failure at peak temperature does not guarantee against a delayed failure during or after the cooling phase of a fire, which puts at risk the fire brigades and people proceeding to a building inspection after a fire. Therefore there is an urgent need to better comprehend and characterize the materials and structures behavior under decreasing temperatures. Sensitivity to delayed failure of a structural component depends on its typology and constituting materials. In particular, two structural components with the same Fire Resistance rating (R) under standardized fire may exhibit very distinct behavior under natural fire, one of them being more prone to delayed failure than the other. With the aim of quantifying this effect, a new indicator is proposed that characterizes the performance of structures under natural fire conditions. The paper presents the methodology to derive this new indicator as well as results for different typologies of structural components. Parametric analyses highlight the prime influence of constitutive material and thermal inertia of the element on the post-peak behavior. Used in conjunction with the Fire Resistance rating, it is shown how the new indicator carries additional and significant information for classifying structural systems in terms of their fire performance and propensity to delayed failure. [less ▲]

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See detailPreliminary assessment for the use of VORIS as a tool for rapid lava flow simulation at Goma Volcano Observatory, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Syavulisembo, A. M.; Havenith, Hans-Balder ULg; Smets, B et al

in Natural Hazards & Earth System Sciences (2015)

Assessment and management of volcanic risk are important scientific, economic, and political issues, especially in densely populated areas threatened by volcanoes. The Virunga volcanic province in the ... [more ▼]

Assessment and management of volcanic risk are important scientific, economic, and political issues, especially in densely populated areas threatened by volcanoes. The Virunga volcanic province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with over 1 million inhabitants, has to cope permanently with the threat posed by the active Nyamulagira and Nyiragongo volcanoes. During the past century, Nyamulagira erupted at intervals of 1–4 years – mostly in the form of lava flows – at least 30 times. Its summit and flank eruptions lasted for periods of a few days up to more than 2 years, and produced lava flows sometimes reaching distances of over 20 km from the volcano. Though most of the lava flows did not reach urban areas, only impacting the forests of the endangered Virunga National Park, some of them related to distal flank eruptions affected villages and roads. In order to identify a useful tool for lava flow hazard assessment at Goma Volcano Observatory (GVO), we tested VORIS 2.0.1 (Felpeto et al., 2007), a freely available software (http://www.gvb-csic.es) based on a probabilistic model that considers topography as the main parameter controlling the lava flow propagation. We tested different parameters and digital elevation models (DEM) – SRTM1, SRTM3, and ASTER GDEM – to evaluate the sensitivity of the models to changes in input parameters of VORIS 2.0.1. Simulations were tested against the known lava flows and topography from the 2010 Nyamulagira eruption. The results obtained show that VORIS 2.0.1 is a quick, easy-to-use tool for simulating lava-flow eruptions and replicates to a high degree of accuracy the eruptions tested when input parameters are appropriately chosen. In practice, these results will be used by GVO to calibrate VORIS for lava flow path forecasting during new eruptions, hence contributing to a better volcanic crisis management. [less ▲]

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See detailFalciparum malaria molecular drug resistance in the Democratic Republic of Congo: a systematic review
Mvumbi, Dieudonné; Kayembe, Jean-Marie; Situakibanza, Hippolyte et al

in Malaria Journal (2015), 14

Background: Malaria cases were estimated to 207 million in 2013. One of the problems of malaria control is the emergence and spread of Plasmodium falciparum strains that become resistant to almost all ... [more ▼]

Background: Malaria cases were estimated to 207 million in 2013. One of the problems of malaria control is the emergence and spread of Plasmodium falciparum strains that become resistant to almost all drugs available. Monitoring drug resistance is essential for early detection and subsequent prevention of the spread of drug resistance by timely changes of treatment policy. This review was performed to gather all data available on P. falciparum molecular resistance in DR Congo, as baseline for future assessments. Methods: The search for this review was undertaken using the electronic databases PubMed and Google Scholar using the terms “malaria”, “Congo”, “resistance”, “molecular”, “antimalarial”, “efficacy”. Articles were classified based on year of collecting, year of publication, sample size and characteristics, molecular markers analysed and polymorphisms detected. Results: Thirteen articles were included and five genes have been analysed in these studies: pfcrt, pfdhps, pfdhfr, pfmdr1 and K13-propeller. The majority of studies included were not representative of the whole country. Conclusion: This systematic review demonstrates the lack of molecular resistance studies in DRC. Only 13 studies were identified in almost 15 years. The MOH must implement a national surveillance system for monitoring malaria drug resistance and this surveillance should be conducted frequently and country-representative. [less ▲]

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See detailLe coût de l'énergie verte en Wallonie 2003-2012
Boccard, Nicolas; Gautier, Axel ULg

in Reflets et Perspectives de la Vie Economique (2015), LIV(1-2), 71-85

In 2003, the Walloon region has installed a tradable green certificate mechanism to support the production of ‘green’ electricity. In this paper, we estimate that the total cost of the mechanism amounts ... [more ▼]

In 2003, the Walloon region has installed a tradable green certificate mechanism to support the production of ‘green’ electricity. In this paper, we estimate that the total cost of the mechanism amounts to 1,871 billion € for the period 2003-2012, corresponding to a support of 107 €/MWh produced, with important differences between production technologies, the solar photovoltaic receiving up to 588 €/MWh. International comparisons indicate that the Walloon mechanism is particularly generous. We also show that the induced carbon savings are extremely costly with an implicit price of avoided CO2 of 425 € per ton. [less ▲]

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See detailL’immunisation des normes législatives par le choix du constituant
Bouhon, Frédéric ULg

in Revue de la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Liège (2015), 2015/3

Cet article commente l'arrêt n° 81/2015 de la Cour constitutionnelle et se focalise sur la notion de 'choix du constituant' à laquelle la Cour se réfère dans cet arrêt et dans d'autres qui l'ont précédé.

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See detailPhotorefractive holographic camera for monitoring deformations of MEMS
Georges, Marc ULg; Thizy, Cédric ULg

in Journal of Micro/Nanolithography, MEMS, and MOEMS (2015), 14(4), 041301

We present the development of a holographic interferometer based on dynamic hologram recording with photorefractive crystals of the sillenite family and which is adapted for the observation of MEMS. A ... [more ▼]

We present the development of a holographic interferometer based on dynamic hologram recording with photorefractive crystals of the sillenite family and which is adapted for the observation of MEMS. A compact portable system was already presented in the past and used in various metrology and nondestructive applications on large scattering objects. It was emphasized the great versatility of the instrument which allows high resolution measurements. Here we show the development and achievement of an optical module which can be easily interfaced on the basic instrument, allowing small specular objects observation. Results of deformation of electrically actuated MEMS are shown. [less ▲]

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See detailLe séisme luxembourgeois du 13 avril 1733: nouvelles recherches.
Knuts, Elisabeth ULg

in Ciel et Terre (2015), 131

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See detailA classification of barycentrically associative polynomial functions
Marichal, Jean-Luc; Mathonet, Pierre ULg; Tomaschek, Jörg

in Aequationes Mathematicae (2015), 89(5), 1281-1291

We describe the class of polynomial functions which are barycentrically associative over an infinite commutative integral domain.

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See detailLymphotoxin-beta receptor in microenvironmental cells promotes the development of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia with cortical/mature immunophenotype.
Fernandes, Monica T.; Ghezzo, Marinella N.; Silveira, Andre B. et al

in British journal of haematology (2015)

Lymphotoxin-mediated activation of the lymphotoxin-beta receptor (LTbetaR; LTBR) has been implicated in cancer, but its role in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL) has remained elusive. Here we ... [more ▼]

Lymphotoxin-mediated activation of the lymphotoxin-beta receptor (LTbetaR; LTBR) has been implicated in cancer, but its role in T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (T-ALL) has remained elusive. Here we show that the genes encoding lymphotoxin (LT)-alpha and LTbeta (LTA, LTB) are expressed in T-ALL patient samples, mostly of the TAL/LMO molecular subtype, and in the TEL-JAK2 transgenic mouse model of cortical/mature T-ALL (Lta, Ltb). In these mice, expression of Lta and Ltb is elevated in early stage T-ALL. Surface LTalpha1 beta2 protein is expressed in primary mouse T-ALL cells, but only in the absence of microenvironmental LTbetaR interaction. Indeed, surface LT expression is suppressed in leukaemic cells contacting Ltbr-expressing but not Ltbr-deficient stromal cells, both in vitro and in vivo, thus indicating that dynamic surface LT expression in leukaemic cells depends on interaction with its receptor. Supporting the notion that LT signalling plays a role in T-ALL, inactivation of Ltbr results in a significant delay in TEL-JAK2-induced leukaemia onset. Moreover, young asymptomatic TEL-JAK2;Ltbr-/- mice present markedly less leukaemic thymocytes than age-matched TEL-JAK2;Ltbr+/+ mice and interference with LTbetaR function at this early stage delayed T-ALL development. We conclude that LT expression by T-ALL cells activates LTbetaR signalling in thymic stromal cells, thus promoting leukaemogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de P. Funke, M. Haake, Greek Federal States and Their Sanctuaries
Pirenne-Delforge, Vinciane ULg

in Bryn Mawr Classical Review [=BMCR] (2015)

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See detailStructure and functioning of the Heart Team: primum non nocere.
Stefanini, Giulio G.; Kolh, Philippe ULg

in European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery (2015), 48(4), 529-30

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See detailLa désobéissance au droit: approche sociologique comparée
Garcia Villegas, Mauricio; Lejeune, Aude ULg

in Droit et Société (2015), 91

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See detailShear Response of Prestressed Thin-Webbed Continuous Girders
Collins, Michael; Xie, Liping; Mihaylov, Boyan ULg et al

in ACI Structural Journal (2015)

While different design codes provide similar guidance for the flexural design of prestressed thin: webbed continuous girders, the shear design provisions differ greatly. This paper investigates these ... [more ▼]

While different design codes provide similar guidance for the flexural design of prestressed thin: webbed continuous girders, the shear design provisions differ greatly. This paper investigates these discrepancies with the help of eleven experiments and a number of analytical studies. Together these provide the basis for recommendations for engineers conducting the shear design for new girders or evaluating the shear capacity of existing girders. It is shown that the traditional ACI approach of taking Vc as the smaller of Vci, flexural:shear cracking load, and Vcw, web:shear cracking load, can significantly overestimate the shear strength of such girders particularly if they are highly prestressed and contain relatively small quantities of shear reinforcement. The other codes evaluated provided more conservative predictions. It is shown that the ACI predictions can be improved significantly by taking into account the effect of flexural stresses on web shear cracking. While the ACI code uses different shear strength equations for members subjected to external axial loads versus members subjected to internal prestressing forces, the studies summarized in this paper support the idea that unification of these ACI shear provisions is possible. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom parents to siblings and peers: The wonderful story of social development.
Roskam, Isabelle; Stievenart, Marie ULg; Meunier, Jean-Christophe

in SAGE Open (2015)

The objective of the current research was to test the hypotheses arising from the epigenetic view of social development and from the wider perspective offered by the social network model with three ... [more ▼]

The objective of the current research was to test the hypotheses arising from the epigenetic view of social development and from the wider perspective offered by the social network model with three interactional systems, that is, child–parent, child–sibling, and child–peer. They were tested in two prospective longitudinal studies using a multi-informant and multimethod strategy. Study 1 was conducted among 83 children and their parents and Study 2 among 190 children. Attachment security with parents was assessed when the children were 4 years of age, relationships with siblings at 5 years of age, and relationships with peers at 6 years of age. Attachment to parent was found to explain a limited part of variations in later social relationships with siblings and peers. The sibling interactional system had a consistent and enduring effect on later peer relationships. With regard to the two theoretical backgrounds under consideration, neither was able to account for equivocal findings displayed in the two studies as well as in previous research. The wonderful story of social development seems to be a very complex process for which new models are needed. [less ▲]

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See detailHeritability of milk fat composition is considerably lower for Meuse-Rhine-Yssel compared to Holstein Friesian cattle
Maurice-Van Eijndhoven, Myrthe; Veerkamp, Roel; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

in Livestock Science (2015), 180

The aim of this paper is to identify differences in genetic variation of fatty acid (FA) composition in milk in different breeds. Data used included Meuse-Rhine-Yssel (MRY) and Holstein Friesian (HF ... [more ▼]

The aim of this paper is to identify differences in genetic variation of fatty acid (FA) composition in milk in different breeds. Data used included Meuse-Rhine-Yssel (MRY) and Holstein Friesian (HF) cattle breeds which were raised in the Netherlands. Both populations participated in the same milk recording system, but differed in selection history, where in the MRY there has been relatively very little emphasis on selection for high-input high-output production systems compared to HF. Differences in genetic variation were investigated by estimating breed specific additive genetic variances and heritabilities for FA contents in milk of MRY and HF. Mid Infrared Spectrometry spectra were used to predict total fat percentage and detailed FA contents in milk (14 individual FA and 14 groups of FA in g of fat/dL of milk). The dataset for MRY contained 2916 records from 2049 registered cows having at least 50% genes of MRY origin and the dataset used for HF contained 155,319 records from 96,315 registered cows having at least 50% genes of HF origin. Variance components of individual FA content in milk for the different breeds were estimated using a single trait animal model. Additive genetic variances for FA produced through de novo synthesis (short chain FA, C12:0, C14:0, and partly C16:0), C14:1 c-9 and C16:1 c-9 were significantly higher (. P<0.001) for HF compared to MRY. Heritabilities of the individual FA, C4:0 to C18:0, for HF ranged from 0.28 to 0.52 and for MRY from 0.17 to 0.34. Heritabilities of the individual C18 unsaturated FA for HF ranged from 0.11 to 0.34 and for MRY from 0.10 to 0.26. Although the mean content in milk for the FA C18:2 c-9, t-11 was low in both breeds, the additive genetic variance in our dataset was significantly higher for MRY (P<0.05) compared to HF. Heritabilities of the groups of FA for HF ranged from 0.19 to 0.53 and for MRY from 0.11 to 0.28. For the majority of the FA, the additive genetic variances for HF were significantly higher compared to MRY, except for most of the poly-unsaturated FA. The results for the poly-unsaturated FA, however, may be affected by the lower accuracy of the predictions for these FA. In conclusion, our results show that the HF breed has substantially larger genetic variance for most FA compared to MRY. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelle définition du concept de tangente ? Pour quelles raisons ?
Balhan, Kevin ULg; Krysinska, Marysa; Schneider-Gilot, Marguerite ULg

in Repères : Revue des Instituts de Recherche sur l'Enseignement des Mathématiques (2015), 101(Octobre 2015), 5-32

Dans le présent article, nous présentons un parcours didactique visant à faire évoluer chez les élèves le concept de tangente, de leur connaissance antérieure de tangente à un cercle comme droite ne ... [more ▼]

Dans le présent article, nous présentons un parcours didactique visant à faire évoluer chez les élèves le concept de tangente, de leur connaissance antérieure de tangente à un cercle comme droite ne coupant la courbe qu’en un seul point jusqu’à une définition formalisée au sein d’un cours d’analyse. Nous montrons ainsi qu’une définition d’un objet mathématique n’est ni définitive, ni une simple description de l’objet. Le choix d’une définition au détriment d’une autre doit se faire à la lumière d’un projet plus global relatif à l’institution à laquelle elle appartient. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh reactive oxygen species in fibrotic and non-fibrotic skin of Patients with diffuse cutaneous systemic sclerosis
BOURJI, Khalil; MEYER, Alain; CHATELUS, Emmanuel et al

in Free Radical Biology & Medicine (2015), 87

Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) is a chronic multisystemic connective tissue disease characterized by progressive fibrosis affecting skin and internal organs. Despite serious efforts to unveil the pathogenic ... [more ▼]

Systemic Sclerosis (SSc) is a chronic multisystemic connective tissue disease characterized by progressive fibrosis affecting skin and internal organs. Despite serious efforts to unveil the pathogenic mechanisms of SSc, they are still unclear. High levels of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) in affected patients have been shown, and ROS are suggested to play a role in fibrosis pathogenesis. In this study we evaluate ROS levels in non-fibrotic and fibrotic skin of patients with SSc and we compare them with those obtained from healthy controls. Patients and Methods We enrolled 9 SSc patients fulfilling the EULAR/ACR classification criteria and 7 healthy controls. Patients included were 4 men and 5 women with mean age of 46 ±10 yrs. Controls were matched by sex and age. All patients were affected by diffuse cutaneous form of SSc and the ANA pattern anti-Scl70. Mean disease duration was 7.5±5 yrs. Skin involvement was evaluated by modified Rodnan Skin Score (mRSS). Skin samples (4 mm punch biopsy) were taken from fibrotic skin and non-fibrotic skin of patients and from healthy controls as well. To detect ROS, specimens were analyzed immediately after sampling by electron paramagnetic resonance spectroscopy. Blood samples have been drawn from all patients and controls to assess oxidative stress biomarkers. Results ROS levels (expressed as median and range, unit of measurement was nmol/l/min/mg of dry weight) were 24.7 (10.9– 47.0) in fibrotic skin, 18.7 (7.3–34.0) in non-fibrotic skin and 7.7 (3.5–13.6) in healthy controls skin. ROS levels in Fibrotic and Non-fibrotic skin of SSc patients were significantly higher than in Healthy Controls (p=0.002 and p=0.009, respectively). ROS levels in fibrotic skin were raised in comparison to non-fibrotic skin, when samples related to each patient were compared (p=0.01). ROS levels in fibrotic skin were correlated with forced vital capacity (r= -0.75, p=0.02) and erythrocyte sedimentation rate (r=0.70, p=0.04). All other clinical and lab parameters showed no significant correlation. When compared to controls, blood from SSc patients showed lower ascorbate (vitamin C) levels (8 [3.8-9.8] vs. 10.5 [9-19.1] mg/L, p=0.004) and higher lipid peroxides (873.5 [342-1973] vs. 422 [105-576] μmol/L, p=0.004). Conclusion Our results indicate the presence of high oxidative stress both in non-fibrotic skin and fibrotic skin of SSc patients, but with higher tendency in the latter. Raised ROS levels in non-fibrotic skin of SSc patients might be a hint of early involvement in skin fibrogenesis. However, a longitudinal prospective study is necessary for such proof. [less ▲]

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See detailEyes Open on Sleep and Wake: In Vivo to In Silico Neural Networks
Vanvinckenroye, Amaury ULg; Vandewalle, Gilles ULg; Phillips, Christophe ULg et al

in Neural Plasticity (2015)

Functional and effective connectivity of cortical areas are essential for normal brain function under different behavioral states. Appropriate cortical activity during sleep and wakefulness is ensured by ... [more ▼]

Functional and effective connectivity of cortical areas are essential for normal brain function under different behavioral states. Appropriate cortical activity during sleep and wakefulness is ensured by the balanced activity of excitatory and inhibitory circuits. Ultimately, fast, millisecond cortical rhythmic oscillations shape cortical function in time and space. On a much longer time scale, brain function also depends on prior sleep-wake history and circadian processes. However,much remains to be established on how the brain operates at the neuronal level in humans during sleep and wakefulness. A key limitation of human neuroscience is the difficulty in isolating neuronal excitation/inhibition drive in vivo. Therefore, computational models are noninvasive approaches of choice to indirectly access hidden neuronal states. In this review, we present a physiologically driven in silico approach, Dynamic Causal Modelling (DCM), as a means to comprehend brain function under different experimental paradigms. Importantly, DCM has allowed for the understanding of how brain dynamics underscore brain plasticity, cognition, and different states of consciousness. In a broader perspective, noninvasive computational approaches, such as DCM, may help to puzzle out the spatial and temporal dynamics of human brain function at different behavioural states. [less ▲]

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See detailL’ÉTUDE CLINIQUE DU MOIS TECOS : confirmation de la sécurité cardiovasculaire de la sitagliptine
SCHEEN, André ULg; PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2015), 70

Summary : The cardiovascular safety of sitagliptin has been evaluated in TECOS («Trial Evaluating Cardiovascular Outcomes with Sitagliptin»). TECOS recruited patients with type 2 diabetes and a history of ... [more ▼]

Summary : The cardiovascular safety of sitagliptin has been evaluated in TECOS («Trial Evaluating Cardiovascular Outcomes with Sitagliptin»). TECOS recruited patients with type 2 diabetes and a history of cardiovascular disease who received, as add-on to their usual therapy, either sitagliptin (n = 7.257) or placebo (n = 7.266), with a median follow-up of 3 years. The primary cardiovascular outcome was a composite of cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, or hospitalization for unstable angina. Sitagliptin was noninferior to placebo for the primary composite cardiovascular outcome (hazard ratio, 0.98; 95 % confidence interval, 0.88 to 1.09; P<0.001). Rates of hospitalization for heart failure did not differ between the two groups (hazard ratio, 1.00; 95 % CI, 0.83 to 1.20; P=0.98). The cardiovascular safety of sitagliptin, which was already shown in meta-analyses of phase II-III randomised controlled trials and in observational cohort studies in real life, is now confirmed in the landmark prospective cardiovascular outcome study TECOS. [less ▲]

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See detailAnalytical model for composite joints under sagging moment
Bennacer, M.A.; Berouai, A; Kriker, A et al

in Engineering Structures (2015), 101

Nowadays, modern codes and standards such as the (Eurocode 4, 2004) deal with the characterisation of steel–concrete composite joints in building structures, mainly under hogging bending moments in the ... [more ▼]

Nowadays, modern codes and standards such as the (Eurocode 4, 2004) deal with the characterisation of steel–concrete composite joints in building structures, mainly under hogging bending moments in the beam. However, in sway composite frames or when the composite structure is subjected to an accidental/exceptional event such as earthquake or column loss, the beam-to-column joint may be subjected to sagging bending moment, a loading situation which is not yet covered by the codes. This paper deals with the behaviour of composite beam-to-column external joints under sagging bending moments, mainly focusing on the specific joint component “concrete slab in compression”. Indeed, if reference is made to Eurocodes, the method recommended to characterise structural joints is the component method and the “concrete slab in compression” component has been identified as the missing component to be able to apply this method to composite joints subjected to sagging bending moment. In this article, the finite element method is used to model the slab using VecTor 2 software. Through the performed numerical simulations, the behaviour of the slab is studied in detail and an analytical model is proposed. With the proposed model, it is possible to characterise the concrete slab in compression component and so, to apply the component method to predict the mechanical properties of composite joints subjected to sagging bending moment. [less ▲]

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See detailHighlights of the 13th International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma
BONNET, Christophe ULg; BOSLY, A.

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2015), 6(4), 173-178

A lot of interesting data were presented at the 13th International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma in Lugano, Switzerland. The authors summarise below those presentations/abstracts they found relevant ... [more ▼]

A lot of interesting data were presented at the 13th International Conference on Malignant Lymphoma in Lugano, Switzerland. The authors summarise below those presentations/abstracts they found relevant for daily practice, either now or in the near future. [less ▲]

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See detailPropriété coopérative et acceptabilité sociale de l’éolien terrestre
Bauwens, Thomas ULg

in Reflets et Perspectives de la Vie Economique (2015), LIV(1-2), 59-70

Onshore wind power development in Belgium has provoked considerable opposition at the local level. To cope with this issue, wind power cooperatives seem to present important assets. This article explores ... [more ▼]

Onshore wind power development in Belgium has provoked considerable opposition at the local level. To cope with this issue, wind power cooperatives seem to present important assets. This article explores the reasons why these organizations are likely to enhance social acceptability of this technology. Then it confronts these normative assumptions with empirical data. The results of this analysis confirm the positive effect of cooperative ownership on the social acceptability of onshore wind turbines. [less ▲]

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See detailКомпетентностный подход как основа содержательного обновления образовательных программ высшего профессонального образования в современной России
Duran, Tatyana ULg

in Актуальные проблемы современного образования: опыт и инновации: материалы научно-практической конференции (2015)

L’article justifie que le passage à la troisième génération de normes éducatives de l’Etat a été effectué sur la base des principes du processus de Bologne. Les nouveaux standards éducatifs sont fondés ... [more ▼]

L’article justifie que le passage à la troisième génération de normes éducatives de l’Etat a été effectué sur la base des principes du processus de Bologne. Les nouveaux standards éducatifs sont fondés sur une approche en termes de compétences. Les nouvelles normes éducatives affirment l’approche par compétences comme une approche dominante par rapport à l’organisation du processus de l’éducation et à l’évaluation des résultats. [less ▲]

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See detailRepenser la tarifaction de l'énergie
Gautier, Axel ULg

in Reflets et Perspectives de la Vie Economique (2015), LIV(1-2), 175-184

The distribution tariff is for historical reasons connected to the consumption level. Maintaining a tariff per KWh is in our view problematic for two reasons. First, it induces inefficient consumption or ... [more ▼]

The distribution tariff is for historical reasons connected to the consumption level. Maintaining a tariff per KWh is in our view problematic for two reasons. First, it induces inefficient consumption or production choices by consumers. Second, because of scale economies, a decrease in energy consumption leads to both a cost and a revenue decline with the latter being stronger than the former, thereby necessitating an increase in the tariff to compensate for the revenue losses and reinforcing the first effect. The distribution tariff should therefore be re-designed and de-connected, at least partially, from the consumption level. [less ▲]

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See detailWaldenström's macroglobulinaemia: Belgian Hematology Society guidelines
VAN HENDE, V.; BRON, D.; VAN DEN NESTE, E. et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2015), 6(4), 142-151

Waldenström’s macroglobulinaemia is a B-cell disorder characterised by bone marrow infiltration with lymphoplasmacytic cells, along with demonstration of an IgM monoclonal gammopathy in the blood. This ... [more ▼]

Waldenström’s macroglobulinaemia is a B-cell disorder characterised by bone marrow infiltration with lymphoplasmacytic cells, along with demonstration of an IgM monoclonal gammopathy in the blood. This condition belongs to the lymphoplasmacytic lymphomas as defined by the World Health Organization classification (ICD-0 code 9671/3). Approximately one-fourth of patients are asymptomatic. Clinical features of the symptomatic patients are diverse and may relate to overall disease burden (such as peripheral blood cytopaenias, organomegaly and constitutional symptoms) or may be directly attributable to the IgM paraprotein. The latter include hyperviscosity syndrome, amyloidosis, peripheral neuropathy and cold haemagglutinin. Therapeutic options have traditionally involved alkylating agents, nucleoside analogues, and rituximab, either as single therapy or in combination. However, emerging new data on combination therapy as well as novel agents have shown encouraging results. This report provides the Belgian Hematology Society guidelines according to recent clinical studies. [less ▲]

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See detailA stop-gain in the laminin, alpha 3 gene causes recessive junctional epidermolysis bullosa in Belgian Blue cattle
Sartelet, Arnaud ULg; Harland, Chad ULg; Tamma, Nico ULg et al

in Animal Genetics (2015), 46(5), 566-570

Four newborn purebred Belgian Blue calves presenting a severe form of epidermolysis bullosa were recently referred to our heredo-surveillance platform. SNP array genotyping followed by autozygosity ... [more ▼]

Four newborn purebred Belgian Blue calves presenting a severe form of epidermolysis bullosa were recently referred to our heredo-surveillance platform. SNP array genotyping followed by autozygosity mapping located the causative gene in a 8.3-Mb interval on bovine chromosome 24. Combining information from (i) whole-genome sequencing of an affected calf, (ii) transcriptomic data from a panel of tissues and (iii) a list of functionally ranked positional candidates pinpointed a private G to A nucleotide substitution in the LAMA3 gene that creates a premature stop codon (p.Arg2609*) in exon 60, truncating 22% of the corresponding protein. The LAMA3 gene encodes the alpha 3 subunit of the heterotrimeric laminin-332, a key constituent of the lamina lucida that is part of the skin basement membrane connecting epidermis and dermis layers. Homozygous loss-of-function mutations in this gene are known to cause severe junctional epidermolysis bullosa in human, mice, horse, sheep and dog. Overall, our data strongly support the causality of the identified gene and mutation. [less ▲]

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See detailComme un air de rentrée
RADERMECKER, Régis ULg

in Revue de l'Association Belge du Diabète (2015), 58

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See detailSynthesis of aliphatic polyamide bearing fluorinated groups from ε-caprolactam and modified cyclic lysine
Tunc, Deniz; Bouchekiv, Hassen; Améduri, Bruno et al

in European Polymer Journal (2015), 71

Aliphatic polyamide (PA) bearing fluorinated groups was synthesized in bulk with perfluorobutyryl-substituted α-amino-ε-caprolactam and ε-caprolactam by anionic ring-opening polymerization (AROP). The ... [more ▼]

Aliphatic polyamide (PA) bearing fluorinated groups was synthesized in bulk with perfluorobutyryl-substituted α-amino-ε-caprolactam and ε-caprolactam by anionic ring-opening polymerization (AROP). The fluorinated monomer was obtained by condensation between cyclic lysine (i.e. α-amino-ε-caprolactam) and perfluorobutyrylchloride. The effect of the fluorinated monomer fraction onto the AROP of ε-caprolactam was monitored by the exothermicity of this polymerization versus time. The properties and characteristics of the resulting polymers were studied by with differential scanning calorimetry, thermogravimetry, magic angle spining NMR, FT-IR, and contact angle measurements. Polyamides bearing fluorinated groups exhibited better thermal stability than polyamide 6 (PA6) as well as a higher hydrophobic surface character as evidenced by surface tension measurements. The glass transition temperature of polyamide 6 was 53 °C and rose to 58 °C for a PA bearing fluorinated moieties, while fluorinated monomer insertion induced a decrease of the melting points from 216 to 198 °C. These copolymers displayed a maximum degradation temperature of 390 °C as compared to the 310 °C for PA6, and their surface energies decreased from 49.4 mN.cm-1 (PA6 value) to 44.1 mN.cm-1. [less ▲]

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See detailGreenhouse gas emissions from livestock production in rural area of Algeria, the case of Chemini (Kabylie)
Moula, Nassim ULg; Salhi, A.; Touazi, L. et al

in Livestock Research for Rural Development (2015), 27(10),

The Algerian agricultural sector faces the challenge to meet the food needs of its population despite low agricultural capacity, resulting in increasing pressure on natural resources. This paper aims to ... [more ▼]

The Algerian agricultural sector faces the challenge to meet the food needs of its population despite low agricultural capacity, resulting in increasing pressure on natural resources. This paper aims to inventory the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions related to livestock sector in the rural area of Chemini (province of Bejaia), taking into account the emissions due to enteric fermentation, in the form of methane, and manure management, in the form of methane and nitrous oxide. Emissions intensity, expressed in CO2- equivalents (CO2-eq) per kg of edible protein, was included in the study. Ruminants contribute to 94% of livestock GHG emissions and to 53% of protein production, with a large share due to cattle. The main part of emissions is related to enteric fermentation. High-producing cattle present the lowest emission intensity of the ruminant category with 24 kg CO2-eq per kg protein. Chickens produce 2.7% of livestock related emissions but provide 47% of animal protein. It results in low emission intensities whereas important difference is noticed between backyard and industrialized systems (around 21 versus 1 kg CO2-eq per kg protein, respectively). Improvement of animal performance should contribute to mitigate the environmental impact of livestock production in Algeria. [less ▲]

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