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See detailThe relationship between working memory for serial order and numerical development: a longitudinal study
Attout, Lucie ULg; Noël, Marie-Pascale; Majerus, Steve ULg

in Developmental Psychology (2014), 50(6), 1667-1679

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See detailNew role for Emerin, a key inner nuclear membrane protein, as an enhancer of the autophagosome formation in the C16-ceramide autophagy pathway.
Deroyer, Céline ULg; Renert, Anne-Françoise; Merville, Marie-Paule ULg et al

in Autophagy (2014)

To date, precise roles of EMD remain poorly described. In this paper, we investigate the role of EMD in the C16-ceramide autophagy pathway. Ceramides are bioactive signalling molecules acting notably in ... [more ▼]

To date, precise roles of EMD remain poorly described. In this paper, we investigate the role of EMD in the C16-ceramide autophagy pathway. Ceramides are bioactive signalling molecules acting notably in the regulation of cell growth, differentiation or cell death. However, the mechanisms by which they mediate these pathways are not fully understood. We found that C16-ceramide induces EMD phosphorylation on its LEM domain through PRKACA. Upon ceramide treatment, phosphorylated EMD binds LC3 leading to an increase of the autophagosomes formation. These data suggest a new role of EMD as an enhancer of autophagosomes formation in the C16-ceramide autophagy pathway in colon cancer cells. [less ▲]

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See detailSubspace-based identification of a nonlinear spacecraft in the time and frequency domains
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Marchesiello, Stefano; Kerschen, Gaëtan ULg

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2014), 43(1-2), 217-236

The objective of the present paper is to address the identification of a strongly nonlinear satellite structure. To this end, two nonlinear subspace identification methods formulated in the time and ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present paper is to address the identification of a strongly nonlinear satellite structure. To this end, two nonlinear subspace identification methods formulated in the time and frequency domains are exploited, referred to as the TNSI and FNSI methods, respectively. The modal parameters of the underlying linear structure and the coefficients of the nonlinearities will be estimated by these two approaches based on periodic random measurements. Their respective merits will also be discussed in terms of both accuracy and computational efficiency and the use of stabilisation diagrams in nonlinear system identification will be introduced. The application of interest is the SmallSat spacecraft developed by EADS-Astrium, which possesses an impact-type nonlinear device consisting of eight mechanical stops limiting the motion of an inertia wheel mounted on an elastomeric interface. This application is challenging for several reasons including the non-smooth nature of the nonlinearities, high modal density and high non-proportional damping. [less ▲]

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See detailUn monde entre accélération et incertitudes
Santander, Sébastian ULg

in Interventions Economiques = Papers in Political Economy (2014)

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

in Biological Conservation (2014), 170

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

in Cahiers du GRM (2014), 5

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

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

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See detailCrystal structure of penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3) from Escherichia coli
Sauvage, Eric; Derouaux, Adeline ULg; Fraipont, Claudine ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2014)

In Escherichia coli, penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3), also known as FtsI, is a central component of the divisome, catalyzing cross-linking of the cell wall peptidoglycan during cell division. PBP3 is ... [more ▼]

In Escherichia coli, penicillin-binding protein 3 (PBP3), also known as FtsI, is a central component of the divisome, catalyzing cross-linking of the cell wall peptidoglycan during cell division. PBP3 is mainly periplasmic, with a 23 residues cytoplasmic tail and a single transmembrane helix. We have solved the crystal structure of a soluble form of PBP3 (PBP357-577) at 2.5 Å revealing the two modules of high molecular weight class B PBPs, a carboxy terminal module exhibiting transpeptidase activity and an amino terminal module with unknown function. To gain additional insight, the PBP3 Val88-Ser165 subdomain (PBP388-165), for which the electron density is poorly defined in the PBP3 crystal, was produced and its structure solved by SAD phasing at 2.1 Å. The structure shows a three dimensional domain swapping with a β-strand of one molecule inserted between two strands of the paired molecule, suggesting a possible role in PBP357-577 dimerization. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailChemical and biological evaluation of the nutritive value of Algerian green seaweed Ulva lactuca using in vitro gas production technique fior ruminant animals
Zitouni, Hind; Arhab, Rabah; Boudry, Christelle ULg et al

in International Journal of Advanced Research (2014), 2(4), 916-925

This study aimed to determine the nutritive value of seaweed Ulva lactuca collected from the Algerian coast by estimation of its chemical composition and fermentation characteristics, comparatively to ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to determine the nutritive value of seaweed Ulva lactuca collected from the Algerian coast by estimation of its chemical composition and fermentation characteristics, comparatively to vetch-oat hay (control), using in vitro gas production technique. Seaweed and control were incubated with rumen liquor taken from fistulated and non lactating cows. Gas production was recorded at: 2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 24, 48 and 72h. The in vitro rumen fermentation parameters were measured after 24h and 72h of fermentation. Proteins degradability was investigated by the enzymatic technique using a protease extracted from Streptomyces griseus. The results showed a wide variation between the chemical components of seaweed and conventional fodder used as control. The main constituents in Ulva lactuca were ashes (39.1% DM), fibers (22.8 % DM) and proteins (15.3% DM). The gas production profile of seaweed during 72h of incubation showed a slow and low gas production. Cumulative gas production obtained after 24h for seaweed (42 ml/g OM) was significantly lower than control (128.4 ml/g OM) (P<0.001). pH, ammonia, volatile fatty acids (VFAs), apparent digestibility of dry matter (DDM), organic matter digestibility (OMD) and metabolizable energy (ME) were significantly different between seaweed and vetch-oat hay (6.86, 290.1 mg/ml, 1.25 mmol/g DM, 38.3%, 29.2%, 3.81MJ/Kg DM respectively for seaweed). Protein degradability measurement indicates the weak hydrolysis of seaweed crude protein which is beneficial for ruminants. This study showed that the use of Ulva lactuca as non conventional feed in ruminant nutrition can be considered under certain conditions. [less ▲]

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See detailEpidemiology of Visceral Leishmaniasis in Algeria: An Update
Adel, A; Boughoufalah, A; Saegerman, Claude ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2014), 9(6), 99207

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See detailSeagrass amphipod assemblages in a Mediterranean marine protected area: a multiscale approach
Sturaro, Nicolas ULg; Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Pérez-Perera, Amanda et al

in Marine Ecology. Progress Series (2014), 506

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a key tool for conservation purposes, but few studies have assessed the responses of small macrozoobenthic assemblages to different protection levels in the Mediterranean ... [more ▼]

Marine protected areas (MPAs) are a key tool for conservation purposes, but few studies have assessed the responses of small macrozoobenthic assemblages to different protection levels in the Mediterranean Sea. In this study, we used a hierarchical sampling design spanning three orders of magnitude (1-10-100 metres) to investigate whether a marine protected area exerts an effect on amphipod assemblages associated with Posidonia oceanica meadows. This study reports spatial and temporal variability patterns of amphipod assemblages in four different protection levels and discusses potential confounding effects, such as habitat features. The structure of amphipod assemblages based on density data was patchy at all spatial scales investigated, but differed markedly among protection levels. Among outstanding points, multiscale analyses showed that lower densities and/or biomasses of several taxa occurred within fully protected and external areas in comparison with partially protected areas (PPAs). Furthermore, Posidonia oceanica meadow features (shoot density, leaf and epiphyte biomasses, coefficient A and litter biomass) accounted for only a low proportion of the total variability. We can consequently infer that the observed patchiness is likely to occur for multiple and interconnected reasons, ranging from the ecological and behavioural traits of amphipod species to protection-dependent processes (e.g. fish predation). Long term multiscale spatial and temporal monitoring, as well as experimental manipulations, are clearly needed to fully understand the effects of protection on macrozoobenthic assemblages. [less ▲]

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See detailmiRNA cargo within exosome-like vesicle transfer influences metastatic bone colonization.
Valencia, Karmele; Luis-Ravelo, Diego; Bovy, Nicolas ULg et al

in Molecular oncology (2014), 8(3), 689-703

Bone metastasis represents one of the most deleterious clinical consequences arising in the context of many solid tumors. Severe osteolysis results from tumor cell colonization of the bone compartment, a ... [more ▼]

Bone metastasis represents one of the most deleterious clinical consequences arising in the context of many solid tumors. Severe osteolysis results from tumor cell colonization of the bone compartment, a process which entails reciprocal exchange of soluble signals between tumor cells and their osseous microenvironment. Recent evidence indicates that tumor-intrinsic miRNAs are pleiotropic regulators of gene expression. But they are also frequently released in exosome-like vesicles (ELV). Yet the functional relevance of the transference of tumor-derived ELV and their miRNA cargo to the extracellular milieu during osseous colonization is unknown. Comparative transcriptomic profiling using an in vivo murine model of bone metastasis identified a repressed miRNA signature associated with high prometastatic activity. Forced expression of single miRNAs identified miR-192 that markedly appeased osseous metastasis in vivo, as shown by X-ray, bioluminescence imaging and microCT scans. Histological examination of metastatic lesions revealed impaired tumor-induced angiogenesis in vivo, an effect that was associated in vitro with decreased hallmarks of angiogenesis. Isolation and characterization of ELV by flow cytometry, Western blot analysis, transmission electron microscopy and nanoparticle tracking analysis revealed the ELV cargo enrichment in miR-192. Consistent with these findings, fluorescent labeled miR-192-enriched-ELV showed the in vitro transfer and release of miR-192 in target endothelial cells and abrogation of the angiogenic program by repression of proangiogenic IL-8, ICAM and CXCL1. Moreover, in vivo infusion of fluorescent labeled ELV efficiently targeted cells of the osseous compartment. Furthermore, treatment with miR-192 enriched ELV in a model of in vivo bone metastasis pre-conditioned osseous milieu and impaired tumor-induced angiogenesis, thereby reducing the metastatic burden and tumor colonization. Changes in the miRNA-cargo content within ELV represent a novel mechanism heavily influencing bone metastatic colonization, which is most likely relevant in other target organs. Mechanistic mimicry of this phenomenon by synthetic nanoparticles could eventually emerge as a novel therapeutic approach. [less ▲]

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See detailAmantadine, Apomorphine and Zolpidem in the Treatment of Disorders of Consciousness
Gosseries, Olivia ULg; Charland-Verville, Vanessa ULg; Thonnard, Marie ULg et al

in Current Pharmaceutical Design (2014), 20

Survivors of severe brain injuries may end up in a state of 'wakeful unresponsiveness' or in a minimally conscious state. Pharmacological treatments of patients with disorders of consciousness aim to ... [more ▼]

Survivors of severe brain injuries may end up in a state of 'wakeful unresponsiveness' or in a minimally conscious state. Pharmacological treatments of patients with disorders of consciousness aim to improve arousal levels and recovery of consciousness. We here provide a systematic overview of the therapeutic effects of amantadine, apomorphine and zolpidem in patients recovering from coma. Evidence from clinical trials using these commonly prescribed pharmacological agents suggests positive changes in the neurological status in patients, leading sometimes to dramatic improvements. These findings are discussed in the context of current hypotheses of these agents' therapeutic mechanisms on cerebral function. In order to enhance our understanding of the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms of these drugs, we suggest combining sensitive and specific behavioral tools with neuroimaging and electrophysiological measures in large randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled experimental designs. We conclude that the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of amantadine, apomorphine and zolpidem need further exploration to determine which treatment would provide a better neurological outcome regarding the patient's etiology, diagnosis, time since injury and overall condition. [less ▲]

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See detailCalcium, phosphorus, magnesium and vitamin D requirements of the preterm infants
Mimouni, F; Mandel, D; Lubetzky, R et al

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

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See detailEuropean multicentre validation study of the accuracy of E/e' ratio in estimating invasive left ventricular filling pressure: EURO-FILLING study.
Galderisi, Maurizio; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Donal, Erwan et al

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2014)

AIMS: The non-invasive estimation of left ventricular filling pressures (LVFPs) represents a main goal in the clinical setting. Current recommendations encourage the use of pulsed-wave Tissue Doppler for ... [more ▼]

AIMS: The non-invasive estimation of left ventricular filling pressures (LVFPs) represents a main goal in the clinical setting. Current recommendations encourage the use of pulsed-wave Tissue Doppler for calculating the ratio between the preload-dependent transmitral E velocity and the average of septal and lateral early diastolic velocities (e') of the mitral annulus. Despite its wide use, real utility of the E/e' ratio has been recently challenged in patients with either very advanced heart failure or preserved left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction. However, only few studies performed the invasive and non-invasive estimation of LVFP simultaneously. The EURO-FILLING Study will validate the E/e' ratio (and additional non-invasive estimates) against simultaneously measured LVFP obtained by left heart catheterization in a multicentre study involving reference European echo laboratories collecting a wide population sample size of cardiac patients with and without heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: The EURO-FILLING study is a large, prospective observational study in which simultaneous assessment of invasive and non-invasive measurements of LVFP will be acquired in eight reference European centres. Centralized reading of the collected parameters will be performed in a core laboratory. Not only standardized echo Doppler measurements but also novel echo parameters such as LV global longitudinal strain and global atrial strain (obtainable by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography) will be tested for predicting invasive measurements of LVFP. CONCLUSIONS: The EURO-FILLING study is expected to provide important information on non-invasive assessment of LVFP and to contribute to the standardization of this assessment in clinical practice. [less ▲]

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See detailLes effets du vieillissement normal et pathologique sur la cognition
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Salmon, Eric ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(5-6), 265-269

Des troubles cognitifs touchant principalement le fonctionnement exécutif et mnésique sont observés lors du vieillissement normal et de la maladie d’Alzheimer, et sont associés à des changements au niveau ... [more ▼]

Des troubles cognitifs touchant principalement le fonctionnement exécutif et mnésique sont observés lors du vieillissement normal et de la maladie d’Alzheimer, et sont associés à des changements au niveau de l’activité cérébrale. Il apparait toutefois que différents facteurs sont susceptibles de retarder la survenue des troubles cognitifs, tels que la stimulation mentale ou la pratique d’une activité physique. De même, les prises en charge cognitives permettent d’améliorer le fonctionnement au quotidien des patients présentant une maladie d’Alzheimer (MA). Identifier les facteurs et techniques qui contribuent à maintenir une vitalité cognitive et/ou à contrer les effets de la MA permettront d’optimiser la qualité de vie des seniors. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic profile of empagliflozin, a sodium glucose co-transporter 2 inhibitor.
Scheen, André ULg

in Clinical pharmacokinetics (2014), 53(3), 213-25

Empagliflozin is an orally active, potent and selective inhibitor of sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2), currently in clinical development to improve glycaemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes ... [more ▼]

Empagliflozin is an orally active, potent and selective inhibitor of sodium glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2), currently in clinical development to improve glycaemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). SGLT2 inhibitors, including empagliflozin, are the first pharmacological class of antidiabetes agents to target the kidney in order to remove excess glucose from the body and, thus, offer new options for T2DM management. SGLT2 inhibitors exert their effects independently of insulin. Following single and multiple oral doses (0.5-800 mg), empagliflozin was rapidly absorbed and reached peak plasma concentrations after approximately 1.33-3.0 h, before showing a biphasic decline. The mean terminal half-life ranged from 5.6 to 13.1 h in single rising-dose studies, and from 10.3 to 18.8 h in multiple-dose studies. Following multiple oral doses, increases in exposure were dose-proportional and trough concentrations remained constant after day 6, indicating a steady state had been reached. Oral clearance at steady state was similar to corresponding single-dose values, suggesting linear pharmacokinetics with respect to time. No clinically relevant alterations in pharmacokinetics were observed in mild to severe hepatic impairment, or in mild to severe renal impairment and end-stage renal disease. Clinical studies did not reveal any relevant drug-drug interactions with several other drugs commonly prescribed to patients with T2DM, including warfarin. Urinary glucose excretion (UGE) rates were higher with empagliflozin versus placebo and increased with dose, but no relevant impact on 24-h urine volume was observed. Increased UGE resulted in proportional reductions in fasting plasma glucose and mean daily glucose concentrations. [less ▲]

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

in Animal (2014)

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

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

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See detailAntioxidant capacity of hydrophilic food matrices: optimization and validation of ORAC assay.
Kevers, Claire ULg; Sipel, Arnaud; PINCEMAIL, Joël ULg et al

in Food Analytical Methods (2014), 7

It is widely accepted that ORAC is a useful method for assessing food extracts that contain various antioxidants. The principal aim of this study was to validate the ORAC assay. We first identified ... [more ▼]

It is widely accepted that ORAC is a useful method for assessing food extracts that contain various antioxidants. The principal aim of this study was to validate the ORAC assay. We first identified parameters that can interfere with the ORAC assay and we optimized it. Then, experiments were conducted to determine the limits of linearity and response function, to determine the accuracy profiles to circumvent some of the drawbacks of traditional validation procedures. Trueness, selectivity and limits of quantification of the method were also determined. Our objective of ORAC method validation is thus to give guarantees that most of the results generated during use of this method will be close enough to unknown true value of antioxidant capacity of food matrices. The validation results indicate that the described method will give accurate and reliable results for Trolox equivalent values ranging from 50 to 200 µmol/L. [less ▲]

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See detailUpdate of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) Core Syllabus for the European Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Certification Exam.
Petersen, Steffen E.; Almeida, Ana G.; Alpendurada, Francisco et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2014), 15(7), 728-729

An updated version of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) Core Syllabus for the European Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Certification Exam is now available online. The ... [more ▼]

An updated version of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) Core Syllabus for the European Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) Certification Exam is now available online. The syllabus lists key elements of knowledge in CMR. It represents a framework for the development of training curricula and provides expected knowledge-based learning outcomes to the CMR trainees, in particular those intending to demonstrate CMR knowledge in the European CMR exam, a core requirement in the CMR certification process. [less ▲]

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

in Oncol. Hematol. (2014), 8

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

Le myélome multiple est le deuxième cancer hématologique en termes de fréquence avec plus de 700 nouveaux cas chaque année en Belgique. Le myélome asymptomatique, ou smoldering mye/omo, est un stade précurseur du myélome multiple. En moyenne, les patients présentant un myélome asymptomatique ont un risque annuel de progression en myélome déclaré de 10%. Différents facteul"s ont été combinés dans des modélisations pronostiques: le rapport des chaînes légères, les anomalies radiologiques, la présence d'une gammapathie évolutive et l'infiltration médullaire > 60% ont récemment été identifiés comme facteurs prédictifs d'une progression précoce pour lesquels certains auteurs évoquent la mise en roùte d'un traitement anti-myélome. Cette stratégie thérapeutique précoce a démontré son efficacité dans une étude randomisée qui comparait un traitement par lénalidornide et dexaméthasone avec une approche attentiste chez des patients à risque. [less ▲]

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See detailPlanting teak, Tectona grandis L.f., in smallholder farming systems in Southern Benin
Aoudji, Augustin K. N.; Adégbidi, Anselme; Ganglo, Jean C. et al

in Bois et Forêts des Tropiques (2014), (1er trimestre 2014/n° 319), 7-17

This article used the farming system framework to characterise smallholder plantings of teak, Tectona grandis L.f., in southern Benin. The intention of this study was to show the policy line best suited ... [more ▼]

This article used the farming system framework to characterise smallholder plantings of teak, Tectona grandis L.f., in southern Benin. The intention of this study was to show the policy line best suited to capturing the potential of smallholder forestry. The specific question addressed was as follows: how do smallholder farmers manage to integrate tree growing on their farms? Empirical assessments were based on a sample of 221 farmers selected through a cluster sampling procedure in five municipalities in the Atlantic district. Data were collected from face-to-face interviews based on a standardised questionnaire. A multivariate approach associating cluster analysis and Principal Component Analysis (PCA) was used to build a typology of teak planting systems. This was based on production objectives, the teak plantation area, overall farm size and the contribution of family labour to timber production. The study enabled to identify three planting systems related to different strategies for integrating teak planting on smallholdings. These planting systems were classified as “small - labour dominant” (33.48% of the sample), “medium - capital dominant” (37.56%), and “large - capital dominant” (28.96%). The farmers specialised in pole-wood production to supply urban demand for cheap construction timber in the region. The first three motivations for growing teak were to earn income, to satisfy household timber needs and to secure title to the land; however, the ranking of the last two motivations was reversed among farmers in the “large - capital dominant” planting system. Secure land tenure and the existence of a domestic market outlet are essential to successful development of on-farm tree growing. [less ▲]

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See detailBook Review: Handbook of research methods on social entrepreneurship
Dufays, Frédéric ULg

in International Small Business Journal (2014), 32(4), 471-475

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See detailLearning from our European imaging colleagues.
Weissman, Neil J.; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg

in JACC. Cardiovascular imaging (2014), 7(6), 639-40

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See detailÉduquer à la démocratie : Protagoras et la question de l’égalité
Gavray, Marc-Antoine ULg

in MethIS : Méthodes et Interdisciplinarité en Sciences Humaines (2014)

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See detaildeltaPlotR: An R package for differential item functioning analysis with Angoff's Delta Plot
Magis, David ULg; Facon, Bruno

in Journal of Statistical Software (2014), 59(1), 1-19

Angoff's delta plot is a straightforward and not computationally intensive method to identify differential item functioning (DIF) among dichotomously scored items. This approach was recently improved by ... [more ▼]

Angoff's delta plot is a straightforward and not computationally intensive method to identify differential item functioning (DIF) among dichotomously scored items. This approach was recently improved by proposing an optimal threshold selection and by considering several item purification processes. Moreover, to support practical DIF analyses with the delta plot and these improvements, the R package deltaPlotR was also developed. The purpose of this paper is twofold: to outline the delta plot by describing the original method and its recent improvements in a user-oriented way, and to illustrate the structure and performances of the deltaPlotR package. A real data set about language skill assessment is being analyzed as an illustrative example. [less ▲]

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See detailHigher Symmetries of the Laplacian via Quantization
Michel, Jean-Philippe ULg

in Annales de l'Institut Fourier (2014), 64

We develop a new approach, based on quantization methods, to study higher symmetries of invariant di erential operators. We focus here on conformally invariant powers of the Laplacian over a conformally ... [more ▼]

We develop a new approach, based on quantization methods, to study higher symmetries of invariant di erential operators. We focus here on conformally invariant powers of the Laplacian over a conformally at manifold and recover results of Eastwood, Leistner, Gover and ilhan. In particular, conformally equivariant quantization establishes a correspondence between the algebra of Hamiltonian symmetries of the null geodesic ow and the algebra of higher symmetries of the conformal Laplacian. Combined with a symplectic reduction, this leads to a quantization of the minimal nilpotent coadjoint orbit of the conformal group. The star-deformation of its algebra of regular functions is isomorphic to the algebra of higher symmetries of the conformal Laplacian. Both identify with the quotient of the universal envelopping algebra by the Joseph ideal. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction aux problèmes inverses
Charles, Catherine ULg

in Notes de Statistique et d'Informatique (2014)

cette note technique est une inititation aux problèmes inverses. Son objectif est d'expliquer au lecteur ses principes généraux, de montrer son large panel d'applications ainsi que de présenter ses ... [more ▼]

cette note technique est une inititation aux problèmes inverses. Son objectif est d'expliquer au lecteur ses principes généraux, de montrer son large panel d'applications ainsi que de présenter ses méthodes de résolution les plus courantes. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

in Quaternary International (2014), 324

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See detailA Review of the Current Status of Laparoscopic and Robot-assisted Sacrocolpopexy for Pelvic Organ Prolapse.
Lee, Richard K.; Mottrie, Alexandre; Payne, Christopher K. et al

in European urology (2014), 65(6), 1128-1137

CONTEXT: Abdominal sacrocolpopexy (ASC) represents the superior treatment for apical pelvic organ prolapse (POP) but is associated with increased length of stay, analgesic requirement, and cost compared ... [more ▼]

CONTEXT: Abdominal sacrocolpopexy (ASC) represents the superior treatment for apical pelvic organ prolapse (POP) but is associated with increased length of stay, analgesic requirement, and cost compared with transvaginal procedures. Laparoscopic sacrocolpopexy (LSC) and robot-assisted sacrocolpopexy (RSC) may offer shorter postoperative recovery while maintaining equivalent rates of cure. OBJECTIVE: This review evaluates the literature on LSC and RSC for clinical outcomes and complications. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: A PubMed search of the available literature from 1966 to 2013 on LSC and RSC with a follow-up of at least 12 mo was performed. A total of 256 articles were screened, 69 articles selected, and outcomes from 26 presented. A review, not meta-analysis, was conducted due to the quality of the articles. EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS: LSC has become a mature technique with results from 11 patient series encompassing 1221 patients with a mean follow-up of 26 mo. Mean operative time was 124min (range: 55-185) with a 3% (range: 0-11%) conversion rate. Objective cure was achieved in 91% of patients, with similar satisfaction rates (92%). Six patient series encompassing 363 patients treated with RSC with a mean follow-up of 28 mo have been reported. Mean operative time was 202min (range: 161-288) with a 1% (range: 0-4%) conversion rate. Objective cure rate was 94%, with a 95% subjective success rate. Overall, early outcomes and complication rates for both LSC and RSC appeared comparable with open ASC. CONCLUSIONS: LSC and RSC provide excellent short- to medium-term reconstructive outcomes for patients with POP. RSC is more expensive than LSC. Further studies are required to better understand the clinical performance of RSC versus LSC and confirm long-term efficacy. PATIENT SUMMARY: Laparoscopic and robot-assisted sacrocolpopexy represent attractive minimally invasive alternatives to abdominal sacrocolpopexy. They may offer reduced patient morbidity but are associated with higher costs. [less ▲]

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See detailUltrathin porous pavement made with high viscosity asphalt rubber binder: A better acoustic absorption?
Luong, Jeanne ULg; Bueno, M.; Vazquez, V.F. et al

in Applied Acoustics (2014), 79

his work presents a non-destructive technique applied to ultrathin porous asphalt pavements that allows us to characterize their internal structure. Comparison between acoustic absorption data from ... [more ▼]

his work presents a non-destructive technique applied to ultrathin porous asphalt pavements that allows us to characterize their internal structure. Comparison between acoustic absorption data from experimental tests with an impedance tube and analytical simulation leads to an optimization of intrinsic parameters, such as tortuosity, airflow resistivity and porosity. The studied ultrathin specimens are of a high air void content porous mixture made with conventional polymer modified bituminous binder and high viscosity rubber binder. It has been found that one of the studied mixtures presents less air void con- tent than specified by the manufacturer, and thus absorbs less noise as foreseen. Finally, in this case it appears that using a high viscosity asphalt rubber binder has no influence on maximum acoustic absorp- tion but on the frequency of appearance of this maximum, tortuosity and airflow resistivity. [less ▲]

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See detailElaboration of Thin Foils in Copper and Zinc by Self-Induced Ion Plating
Giraud, Eliane; Pace, Sergio ULg; Lecomte-Beckers, Jacqueline ULg

in Materials Science (2014), 20(2), 160-164

The aim of this work was to determine the ability to produce thin metallic foils by self-induced ion plating. Foils of pure copper and pure zinc with a thickness of 35 μm have been successfully produced ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to determine the ability to produce thin metallic foils by self-induced ion plating. Foils of pure copper and pure zinc with a thickness of 35 μm have been successfully produced and their characteristics have been compared to foils obtained by conventional techniques (i. e. electroplating and rolling). Results show the following: (i) more or less compact microstructures can be obtained by self-induced ion plating depending on gas pressure and substrate temperature; (ii) microstructures obtained by self-induced ion plating are quite different from those obtained by electroplating and rolling; (iii) Young’s modulus depends on foils roughness; (iv) hardness depends on grain size by exhibiting a Hall-Petch behavior in the case of copper foils and an “inverse” Hall-Petch behavior in the case of zinc foils. [less ▲]

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

in Déviance et Société (2014)

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

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

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See detailA Givetian tintinnid-like palynomorph from Libya.
Steemans, Philippe ULg; Breuer, P.; Ville de Goyet, F. de et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2014), ?

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

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

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

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

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See detailEffects of varying antigens and adjuvant systems on the immunogenicity and safety of investigational tetravalent human oncogenic papillomavirus vaccines: Results from two randomized trials.
Van Damme, Pierre; Leroux-Roels, Geert; Simon, Philippe et al

in Vaccine (2014)

BACKGROUND: A prophylactic human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine targeting oncogenic HPV types in addition to HPV-16 and -18 may broaden protection against cervical cancer. Two Phase I/II, randomized ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: A prophylactic human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine targeting oncogenic HPV types in addition to HPV-16 and -18 may broaden protection against cervical cancer. Two Phase I/II, randomized, controlled studies were conducted to compare the immunogenicity and safety of investigational tetravalent HPV L1 virus-like particle (VLP) vaccines, containing VLPs from two additional oncogenic genotypes, with the licensed HPV-16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine (control) in healthy 18-25 year-old women. METHODS: In one trial (NCT00231413), subjects received control or one of 6 tetravalent HPV-16/18/31/45 AS04 vaccine formulations at months (M) 0,1,6. In a second trial (NCT00478621), subjects received control or one of 5 tetravalent HPV-16/18/33/58 vaccines formulated with different adjuvant systems (AS04, AS01 or AS02), administered on different schedules (M0,1,6 or M0,3 or M0,6). RESULTS: One month after the third injection (Month 7), there was a consistent trend for lower anti-HPV-16 and -18 geometric mean antibody titers (GMTs) for tetravalent AS04-adjuvanted vaccines compared with control. GMTs were statistically significantly lower for an HPV-16/18/31/45 AS04 vaccine containing 20/20/10/10mug VLPs for both anti-HPV-16 and anti-HPV-18 antibodies, and for an HPV-16/18/33/58 AS04 vaccine containing 20/20/20/20mug VLPs for anti-HPV-16 antibodies. There was also a trend for lower HPV-16 and -18-specific memory B-cell responses for tetravalent AS04 vaccines versus control. No such trends were observed for CD4+ T-cell responses. Immune interference could not always be overcome by increasing the dose of HPV-16/18 L1 VLPs or by using a different adjuvant system. All formulations had acceptable reactogenicity and safety profiles. Reactogenicity in the 7-day post-vaccination period tended to increase with the introduction of additional VLPs, especially for formulations containing AS01. CONCLUSIONS: HPV-16 and -18 antibody responses were lower when additional HPV L1 VLPs were added to the HPV-16/18 AS04-adjuvanted vaccine. Immune interference is a complex phenomenon that cannot always be overcome by changing the antigen dose or adjuvant system. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailExternal constraints on optical control strategies in molecular orientation and photofragmentation: role of zero-area fields
Sugny, Dominique; Vranckx, Stéphane; Ndong, Mamadou et al

in Journal of Modern Optics (2014), 61

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See detailPlace de l’agriculture itinérante familiale dans la foresterie communautaire au Gabon
Meunier, Quentin; Boldrini, Sylvie; Moumbogou, Carl et al

in Bois et Forêts des Tropiques (2014), 319(1), 65-69

L’agriculture itinérante reste un système de production partagé par une grande majorité de groupes ethnolinguistiques, et appelé à se maintenir au Gabon. Elle s’exprime généralement dans un rayon de cinq ... [more ▼]

L’agriculture itinérante reste un système de production partagé par une grande majorité de groupes ethnolinguistiques, et appelé à se maintenir au Gabon. Elle s’exprime généralement dans un rayon de cinq kilomètres autour de l’unité de résidence. Au Gabon, cette zone est précisément celle destinée à accueillir depuis fin 2013 les premières forêts communautaires. Les préceptes de durabilité qui sous-tendent la notion de forêt communautaire impliquent le maintien d’un couvert forestier et pourraient entrer en contradiction avec la pratique de cette agriculture itinérante. Celle-ci prélève en effet, à chaque saison, un volume de bois soustrait au potentiel du massif concerné. Les plans simples de gestion des forêts communautaires prévoient une série agricole pour ne pas mettre en concurrence deux activités sur un même espace. Cela permet également de reconnaître la place socio-économique importante de l’agriculture en milieu rural. L’agroforesterie est une des clés pour articuler l’agriculture familiale et l’exploitation de la forêt communautaire. Conserver sur pied des arbres d’intérêts économique, social ou environnemental épargne d’une part de pénibles travaux d’abattage et, d’autre part, limite quantitativement l’impact de la coupe et du brûlis qui n’est plus systématique. L’introduction d’essences utiles, rares, protégées ou encore de bois d’œuvre permet également d’élever la valeur économique et patrimoniale des parcelles agricoles tout en répondant aux exigences en matière de conservation et de durabilité du plan simple de gestion de la forêt communautaire. Par ce biais, l’agriculture familiale coutumière est pérennisée et sécurisée dans l’enceinte d’une portion de forêt légalement reconnue tandis que les techniques culturales y sont optimisées. [less ▲]

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See detailThe anagenetic world of spore-producing land plants.
Patino Llorente, Jairo; Carine, M.A.; Fernández-Palacios, J.M. et al

in New Phytologist (2014), 201

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See detailUnique recurrence patterns of cervical intraepithelial neoplasia following excision of the squamo-columnar junction.
Herfs, Michael ULg; SOMJA, Joan ULg; Howitt, Brooke E. et al

in International journal of cancer. Journal international du cancer (2014)

Recent studies have identified a putative cell of origin for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and cervical cancer at the squamo-columnar junction (SCJ) and suggest that these cells may not ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have identified a putative cell of origin for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia (CIN) and cervical cancer at the squamo-columnar junction (SCJ) and suggest that these cells may not regenerate following excision (LEEP). This study addressed the impact of SCJ excision on the temporal dynamics, histologic and viral (HPV) characteristics of recurrent CIN. One hundred thirty one consecutive patients treated by excision and attending follow-up visits were enrolled. We compared recurrent and initial CIN with attention to excision margins, timing of recurrence, CIN grade, HPV types, p16 immunophenotype, and SCJ immunophenotype. During the follow-up period (up to four years), sixteen (12.2%) recurrences were identified. Four (25%) were identified at the first follow-up visit, closely resembled the initial CIN 2/3 in grade and HPV type, and were typically SCJ marker positive [SCJ(+)], suggesting non-excised (residual) disease. Twelve (75%) manifested after the first postoperative visit and all were in the ectocervix or in mature metaplastic epithelium. All of the 12 delayed recurrences were classified as CIN 1 and were SCJ (-). Nine of 11 SCJ (-) recurrences (82%) followed regressed spontaneously. Taken together, these results show that new lesions developing from any HPV infection are delayed and occur within the ectocervix or metaplastic epithelium. This dramatically lower risk of CIN 2/3 following successful SCJ excision suggests that removal of the SCJ could be a critical variable in reducing the risk of subsequent CIN 2/3 and cervical cancer. (c) 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc. [less ▲]

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

in Breast cancer research and treatment (2014)

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

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

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See detailPharmacokinetic and toxicological considerations for the treatment of diabetes in patients with liver disease.
Scheen, André ULg

in Expert opinion on drug metabolism & toxicology (2014)

Introduction: Patients with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of chronic liver disease (CLD) such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis and about one-third of cirrhotic patients ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Patients with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of chronic liver disease (CLD) such as non-alcoholic fatty liver disease and steatohepatitis and about one-third of cirrhotic patients have diabetes. However, the use of several antidiabetic agents may be a cause for concern in the case of hepatic impairment (HI). Areas covered: An extensive literature search was performed to analyze the influence of HI on the pharmacokinetics (PK) of glucose-lowering agents and the potential consequences for clinical practice as far as the efficacy/safety balance of their use in diabetic patients with CLD is concerned. Expert opinion: Almost no PK studies have been published regarding metformin, sulfonylureas, thiazolidinediones and alpha-glucosidase inhibitors in patients with HI. Only mild changes in PK of glinides, dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitors and sodium glucose cotransporters type 2 inhibitors were observed in dedicated PK studies in patients with various degrees of HI, presumably without major clinical relevance although large clinical experience is lacking. Glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists have a renal excretion rather than liver metabolism. Rare anecdotal case reports of hepatotoxicity have been described with various glucose-lowering agents contrasting with numerous reassuring data. Nevertheless, caution should be recommended, especially in patients with advanced cirrhosis, including with the use of metformin. [less ▲]

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See detailEnergies et minerais.Des ressources sous tension
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in La Documentation Photographique (2014), 8089

Les ressources non renouvelables sont sans conteste une clé de lecture de notre monde contemporain, de ses tensions et de ses défis. Ces ressources sont « sous tension » car leur demande est en forte ... [more ▼]

Les ressources non renouvelables sont sans conteste une clé de lecture de notre monde contemporain, de ses tensions et de ses défis. Ces ressources sont « sous tension » car leur demande est en forte croissance. Leur géopolitique ne cesse d’évoluer. Ainsi, le pétrole et le gaz de schiste américains bouleversent les équilibres mondiaux, alors que le charbon fait un retour en force. L’enjeu est aussi environnemental et sociétal. [less ▲]

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See detailLe rôle de l’entourage au sein de l’hôpital africain : une thématique négligée ?
Schnitzler, Marie ULg

in Sciences Sociales et Santé (2014), 32(1), 39-64

En mobilisant le cadre théorique interactionniste pensé par Strauss (1992), cet article décrit les différentes tâches effectuées par l’entourage du malade dans un hôpital béninois afin de montrer comment ... [more ▼]

En mobilisant le cadre théorique interactionniste pensé par Strauss (1992), cet article décrit les différentes tâches effectuées par l’entourage du malade dans un hôpital béninois afin de montrer comment ce travail réalisé gratuitement par des travailleurs profanes favorise le fonctionnement au jour le jour de la structure. Les concepts d’« intermédiation » et de « dépendance » permettent de saisir les contraintes familiales exercées sur le patient en plus du contrôle médical. En conclusion, cet article prône le développement d’études sur les garde-malades pour renouveler les recherches sur la relation thérapeutique et sur l’organisation hospitalière en Afrique de l’Ouest. [less ▲]

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

in eLife (2014)

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See detailA Statistically adaptive sampling policy to the Hotelling's T2 Control Chart: Markov Chain Approach
Seif, A.; Faraz, Alireza ULg; Heuchenne, Cédric ULg et al

in Communications in Statistics : Theory & Methods (2014)

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See detailIs dolphin morbillivirus virulent for white-beaked dolphins (Lagenorhynchus albirostris)?
van Elk, N.; van de Bildt, M.; Jauniaux, Thierry ULg et al

in Veterinary Pathology (2014)

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See detailEverolimus for women with trastuzumab-resistant, HER2-positive, advanced breast cancer (BOLERO-3): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial.
Andre, Fabrice; O'Regan, Ruth; Ozguroglu, Mustafa et al

in The lancet oncology (2014)

BACKGROUND: Disease progression in patients with HER2-positive breast cancer receiving trastuzumab might be associated with activation of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR intracellular signalling pathway. We aimed to ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Disease progression in patients with HER2-positive breast cancer receiving trastuzumab might be associated with activation of the PI3K/Akt/mTOR intracellular signalling pathway. We aimed to assess whether the addition of the mTOR inhibitor everolimus to trastuzumab might restore sensitivity to trastuzumab. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled, phase 3 trial, we recruited women with HER2-positive, trastuzumab-resistant, advanced breast carcinoma who had previously received taxane therapy. Eligible patients were randomly assigned (1:1) using a central patient screening and randomisation system to daily everolimus (5 mg/day) plus weekly trastuzumab (2 mg/kg) and vinorelbine (25 mg/m2) or to placebo plus trastuzumab plus vinorelbine, in 3-week cycles, stratified by previous lapatinib use. The primary endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS) by local assessment in the intention-to-treat population. We report the final analysis for PFS; overall survival follow-up is still in progress. This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT01007942. FINDINGS: Between Oct 26, 2009, and May 23, 2012, 569 patients were randomly assigned to everolimus (n=284) or placebo (n=285). Median follow-up at the time of analysis was 20.2 months (IQR 15.0-27.1). Median PFS was 7.00 months (95% CI 6.74-8.18) with everolimus and 5.78 months (5.49-6.90) with placebo (hazard ratio 0.78 [95% CI 0.65-0.95]; p=0.0067). The most common grade 3-4 adverse events were neutropenia (204 [73%] of 280 patients in the everolimus group vs 175 [62%] of 282 patients in the placebo group), leucopenia (106 [38%] vs 82 [29%]), anaemia (53 [19%] vs 17 [6%]), febrile neutropenia (44 [16%] vs ten [4%]), stomatitis (37 [13%] vs four [1%]), and fatigue (34 [12%] vs 11 [4%]). Serious adverse events were reported in 117 (42%) patients in the everolimus group and 55 (20%) in the placebo group; two on-treatment deaths due to adverse events occurred in each group. INTERPRETATION: The addition of everolimus to trastuzumab plus vinorelbine significantly prolongs PFS in patients with trastuzumab-resistant and taxane-pretreated, HER2-positive, advanced breast cancer. The clinical benefit should be considered in the context of the adverse event profile in this population. FUNDING: Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation. [less ▲]

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See detailA modified DOI-based method to statistically estimate the depth of investigation of dc resistivity surveys
Deceuster, J.; Etienne, A.; Robert, Tanguy et al

in Journal of Applied Geophysics (2014), 103

Several techniques are available to estimate the depth of investigation or to identify possible artifacts in dc resistivity surveys. Commonly, the depth of investigation (DOI) is mainly estimated by using ... [more ▼]

Several techniques are available to estimate the depth of investigation or to identify possible artifacts in dc resistivity surveys. Commonly, the depth of investigation (DOI) is mainly estimated by using an arbitrarily chosen cut-off value on a selected indicator (resolution, sensitivity or DOI index). Ranges of cut-off values are recommended in the literature for the different indicators. However, small changes in threshold values may induce strong variations in the estimated depths of investigation. To overcome this problem, we developed a new statistical method to estimate the DOI of dc resistivity surveys based on a modified DOI index approach. This method is composed of 5 successive steps. First, two inversions are performed by using different resistivity reference models for the inversion (0.1 and 10 times the arithmetic mean of the logarithm of the observed apparent resistivity values). Inversion models are extended to the edges of the survey line and to a depth range of three times the pseudodepth of investigation of the largest array spacing used. In step 2, we compute the histogram of a newly defined scaled DOI index. Step 3 consists of the fitting of the mixture of two Gaussian distributions (G1 and G2) to the cumulative distribution function of the scaled DOI index values. Based on this fitting, step 4 focuses on the computation of an interpretation index (II) defined for every cell j of the model as the relative probability density that the cell j belongs to G1, which describes the Gaussian distribution of the cells with a scaled DOI index close to 0.0. In step 5, a new inversion is performed by using a third resistivity reference model (the arithmetic mean of the logarithm of the observed apparent resistivity values). The final electrical resistivity image is produced by using II as alpha blending values allowing the visual discrimination between well-constrained areas and poorly-constrained cells. The efficiency of the proposed methodology is assessed on synthetic and field data. By using synthetic benchmark analysis, we demonstrate that the selected well-constrained cells are well-reconstructed in size and shape as well as in resistivity contrasts. Compared to the existing image appraisal tools, the proposed statistical method allows the identification of the statistically well-constrained cells of the model without using any arbitrary cut-off value. Using this statistical method in combination with the resolution, when interpreting dc resistivity surveys, provides the geophysicist valuable information to avoid over- or misinterpretation of ERT images. [less ▲]

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See detailPotentiality of clay raw materials from northern Morocco in ceramic industry: Tetouan and Meknes areas
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Daoudi, Lahcen; De Vleeschouwer, François et al

in Journal of Minerals and Materials Characterization and Engineering (2014)

This study aims at evaluating the potential suitability of Tetouan and Meknes (central Morocco) clay material as raw materials in various ceramic applications by investigating their textural, chemical ... [more ▼]

This study aims at evaluating the potential suitability of Tetouan and Meknes (central Morocco) clay material as raw materials in various ceramic applications by investigating their textural, chemical, thermal and firing characteristics. Textural properties were identified by specific surface area, cation exchange capacity (CEC) and bulk density (ρs). Chemical and thermal properties were assessed using XRF and TG/DTA techniques, respectively. Firing characteristics at temperatures from 800°C to 1100°C were determined by linear firing shrinkage, loss on weight and water absorption capacity. The Meknes clays are characterised by medium cation exchange capacity (CEC) and specific surface area (SSA) values due to their moderate smectite content. The Tetouan clays have medium to low CEC and medium SSA values. The main oxides in the clayey samples are SiO2 (35 – 54.3 wt.%), Al2O3 (20.6 – 43.9 wt.%), and Fe2O3 (9.7 – 22.4 wt.%). The amount of CaO in Meknes clays ranges from 8 to 12 wt.%, whereas CaO is only present in some Tetouan clay (TE4, TE7, TN4 and TN5). A significant densification of ceramic behaviour could be noticed for most of Tetouan clays at firing temperatures above 1000°C. Meknes clays show earlier densification from 800 °C. The chemical, textural and ceramic properties of Tetouan and Meknes clays indicate their suitability as raw materials for the production of structural ceramics. The high amount of Fe2O3 in all clays makes them inappropriate in fine ceramics. [less ▲]

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See detailThe impact of expertise on the capture of sketched intentions: perspectives for remote cooperative design
Sutera, Jennifer; Yang, Maria C.; Elsen, Catherine ULg

in Lecture Notes in Computer Science (2014), 8683

The paper describes the way expertise and field-knowledge can impact the transfer of graphical intentions during architectural cooperative design. The analysis of 28 controlled experiments reveals what ... [more ▼]

The paper describes the way expertise and field-knowledge can impact the transfer of graphical intentions during architectural cooperative design. The analysis of 28 controlled experiments reveals what matters in transmitting architectural intents and more specifically underlines how novices’ intuitive, deductive processes based on previous and embodied experiences interestingly complement experts’ knowledge of the architectural field and its semantics. The results directly inform how we, as researchers, designers and engineers, should take advantage of both novices’ and experts’ strategies to develop tools, methods or interfaces to support next generation cooperative design. [less ▲]

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See detailNutritive value of tropical forage plants fed to pigs in the Western provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Kambashi Mutiaka, Bienvenu ULg; Picron, Pascale ULg; Boudry, Christelle ULg et al

in Animal Feed Science & Technology (2014), 191

The nutritive value of 20 forage plants commonly used for feeding pigs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was studied to determine chemical composition, protein amino acid profiles, mineral content ... [more ▼]

The nutritive value of 20 forage plants commonly used for feeding pigs in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was studied to determine chemical composition, protein amino acid profiles, mineral content, and in vitro digestibility using a two-step method combining an enzymatic pepsin and pancreatin hydrolysis followed by a 72 h gas-test fermentation. The highest protein contents (270–320 g/kg DM) were obtained for Vigna unguiculata, Psophocarpus scandens, Leucaena leucocephala, Manihot esculenta, and Moringa oleifera. Grasses, Acacia mangium, and Eichhornia crassipes, showed the lowest crude protein (CP) and highest NDF contents. Cajanus cajan and Trypsacum andersonii had the most balanced amino acid profile, being deficient in lysine and slightly deficient in histidine, while Megathyrsus maximus displayed the highest number of essential amino acids deficiencies. High mineral contents were obtained from, in ascending order, with M. oleifera, V. unguiculata, E. crassipes, Ipomea batatas and Amaranthus hybridus. In vitro dry matter digestibility ranged from 0.25 to 0.52, in vitro CP digestibility from 0.23 to 0.80, in vitro energy digestibility from 0.23 to 0.52. M. esculenta, M. oleifera, I. batatas, Mucuna pruriens, V. unguiculata, P. scandens and A. hybridus showed high digestibilities for all nutrients. Gas production during fermentation of the pepsin and pancreatin-indigestible fraction of the plants varied from 42 ml/g DM for A. mangium to 202 ml/g DM for I. batatas (P<0.001). Short-chain fatty acid production during fermentation varied from 157 to 405 mg/g of the pepsin and pancreatin indigestible fraction. It is concluded that some of these species are interesting sources of proteins and minerals with a good digestibility that might be used more economically than concentrate, especially in smallholder production systems, to improve pig feeding, mineral intake and intestinal health in pigs reared in the tropics. [less ▲]

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See detailTRAITEMENT CONSERVATEUR DES CANCERS INFILTRANTS DE LA VESSIE
WERENNE, Xavier ULg; COUCKE, Philippe ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(Supp 1), 69-74

Le cancer de la vessie occupe la 9ème place en termes de fréquence, voire la 2 ème chez la personne âgée, et se situe juste après celui de la prostate. La cystectomie est actuelle- ment le traitement ... [more ▼]

Le cancer de la vessie occupe la 9ème place en termes de fréquence, voire la 2 ème chez la personne âgée, et se situe juste après celui de la prostate. La cystectomie est actuelle- ment le traitement «standard» des cancers infiltrants de la vessie. Cependant, elle est liée à un taux élevé de complications et à une altération de la qualité de vie, en particulier, chez les patients âgés présentant de nombreuses comorbidités. Le but de cet article est de déterminer les alternatives conservatrices et de préciser à quels patients elles doivent être réservées, en particulier, l’approche trimodale (résection trans-uréthrale et radio-chimiothérapie) et la cystectomie partielle précédée de radio-chimiothérapie [less ▲]

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See detailVitamin D status and bone mineral density changes during alendronate treatment in postmenopausal osteoporosis.
Roux, Christian; Binkley, Neil; Boonen, Steven et al

in Calcified tissue international (2014), 94(2), 153-7

Vitamin D supplementation is recommended for women with osteoporosis. In the FOCUS-D trial comparing the combination tablet alendronate plus vitamin D3 5,600 IU (ALN/D) with standard care (SC) prescribed ... [more ▼]

Vitamin D supplementation is recommended for women with osteoporosis. In the FOCUS-D trial comparing the combination tablet alendronate plus vitamin D3 5,600 IU (ALN/D) with standard care (SC) prescribed by patients' personal physicians, ALN/D was more effective in improving serum 25(OH)D and bone turnover markers by 6 months and increasing spine and hip bone mineral density (BMD) after 1 year than SC. This post hoc analysis examined the relationship between BMD gain and 25(OH)D in women in SC receiving alendronate (SC/ALN, n = 134, 52% of the SC group) and in the ALN/D group (n = 257). At baseline, participants were of mean age 73 years and 72% were Caucasian, with a mean 25(OH)D of 14.9 ng/mL. In the SC/ALN group, most received vitamin D, although intake of vitamin D varied extensively (51% received <400 mug/day). In this group, end-of-study 25(OH)D correlated positively with mean percent increases from baseline in lumbar spine and femoral neck BMD [Pearson correlation coefficients (95% CI) = 0.23 (0.02-0.41) and 0.24 (0.03-0.41), respectively]. Baseline 25(OH)D correlated with increases in only lumbar spine BMD [Pearson correlation coefficient (95% CI) = 0.22 (0.01-0.40)]. No correlations between mean BMD change and 25(OH)D were seen with ALN/D. In conclusion, in postmenopausal women with osteoporosis and low 25(OH)D receiving alendronate and a wide range of vitamin D doses, the increase in lumbar spine and femoral neck BMD was positively correlated with serum 25(OH)D achieved by the end of the study and, to some extent, with 25(OH)D concentrations at baseline. The degree of success of alendronate therapy for osteoporosis may depend on the vitamin D status of patients. [less ▲]

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

in Percentile (2014)

editorial sur l'hypoxie périnatale et les cellules souches.

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See detailStrontiohurlbutite, SrBe2(PO4)2, a new mineral from Nanping no. 31 pegmatite, Fujian Province, Southeastern China
Rao, C; Wang, R; Hatert, Frédéric ULg et al

in American Mineralogist (2014), 99

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

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

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

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

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See detailDUSP3/VHR is a pro-angiogenic atypical dual-specificity phosphatase
Amand, Mathieu ULg; Erpicum, Charlotte ULg; BAJOU, Khalid ULg et al

in Molecular Cancer (2014)

Background DUSP3 phosphatase, also known as Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) phosphatase, encoded by DUSP3/Dusp3 gene, is a relatively small member of the dual-specificity protein phosphatases. In vitro studies ... [more ▼]

Background DUSP3 phosphatase, also known as Vaccinia-H1 Related (VHR) phosphatase, encoded by DUSP3/Dusp3 gene, is a relatively small member of the dual-specificity protein phosphatases. In vitro studies showed that DUSP3 is a negative regulator of ERK and JNK pathways in several cell lines. On the other hand, DUSP3 is implicated in human cancer. It has been alternatively described as having tumor suppressive and oncogenic properties. Thus, the available data suggest that DUSP3 plays complex and contradictory roles in tumorigenesis that could be cell type-dependent. Since most of these studies were performed using recombinant proteins or in cell-transfection based assays, the physiological function of DUSP3 has remained elusive. Results Using immunohistochemistry on human cervical sections, we observed a strong expression of DUSP3 in endothelial cells (EC) suggesting a contribution for this phosphatase to EC functions. DUSP3 downregulation, using RNA interference, in human EC reduced significantly in vitro tube formation on Matrigel and spheroid angiogenic sprouting. However, this defect was not associated with an altered phosphorylation of the documented in vitro DUSP3 substrates, ERK1/2, JNK1/2 and EGFR but was associated with an increased PKC phosphorylation. To investigate the physiological function of DUSP3, we generated Dusp3-deficient mice by homologous recombination. The obtained DUSP3-/- mice were healthy, fertile, with no spontaneous phenotype and no vascular defect. However, DUSP3 deficiency prevented neo-vascularization of transplanted b-FGF containing Matrigel and LLC xenograft tumors as evidenced by hemoglobin (Hb) and FITC-dextran quantifications. Furthermore, we found that DUSP3 is required for b-FGF-induced microvessel outgrowth in the aortic ring assay. Conclusions All together, our data identify DUSP3 as a new important player in angiogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailHeart Valve Clinic: Rationale and Organization.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Rosenhek, Raphael; Pibarot, Philippe

in The Canadian journal of cardiology (2014)

With an increasing prevalence of patients with valvular heart disease (VHD), a dedicated management approach delivered in a well-defined structure, namely, the heart valve clinic (HVC), is warranted. The ... [more ▼]

With an increasing prevalence of patients with valvular heart disease (VHD), a dedicated management approach delivered in a well-defined structure, namely, the heart valve clinic (HVC), is warranted. The HVC is made up of a multidisciplinary team with high expertise in the diagnosis, management, treatment, and surveillance of patients with VHD. The aim of the HVC is to provide the highest quality of care to patients with VHD to improve the level of adherence to current evidence and guidelines, quality of life, and short- and long-term outcomes. The HVC also provides help in (1) informing and educating patients to motivate them to take their prescribed medications and look out for signs indicating a worsening of their disease, (2) organizing meetings for updates in knowledge for modern management of patients with VHD, and (3) disseminating protocols of contemporary and good practice in VHD. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of purification and fractionation process on the chemical structure and physical properties of locust bean gum
Gillet, Sébastien ULg; Blecker, Christophe ULg; Aguedo, Mario ULg et al

in Carbohydrate Polymers (2014)

Crude locust bean gum (CLBG) was purified and fractionated into two parts : the first was obtained by solubilization in water at 25 °C (GM25) and the second consisted in a further extraction at 80 °C on ... [more ▼]

Crude locust bean gum (CLBG) was purified and fractionated into two parts : the first was obtained by solubilization in water at 25 °C (GM25) and the second consisted in a further extraction at 80 °C on the residual impoverished fraction (GM80). The complete structural characterization has shown that GM80 possessed relatively longer chain lengths than GM25, a slightly lower degree of galactose substitution and a somewhat sharper galactosyl distribution in substituted and unsubstituted regions. A physical behavior analysis was carried out on solubilization kinetics, viscosity, viscoelasticity and formation of associated gels with xanthan or carrageenan. The average structure of GM80 generated larger intra-chain, inter-chain and inter-molecular interactions, resulting in the appearance of a stronger network. Small structural differences therefore generated very different physical behaviors. This study thus allowed to establish, in a precise and complete manner, fractionation-purification-structure-function relationships of galactomannans extracted from carob. [less ▲]

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See detailRating Network Paths for Locality-Aware Overlay Construction and Routing
Du, Wei; Liao, Yongjun ULg; Tao, Narisu et al

in IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking (2014)

This paper investigates the rating of network paths, i.e. acquiring quantized measures of path properties such as round-trip time and available bandwidth. Comparing to finegrained measurements, coarse ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates the rating of network paths, i.e. acquiring quantized measures of path properties such as round-trip time and available bandwidth. Comparing to finegrained measurements, coarse-grained ratings are appealing in that they are not only informative but also cheap to obtain. Motivated by this insight, we firstly address the scalable acquisition of path ratings by statistical inference. By observing similarities to recommender systems, we examine the applicability of solutions to recommender system and show that our inference problem can be solved by a class of matrix factorization techniques. A technical contribution is an active and progressive inference framework that not only improves the accuracy by selectively measuring more informative paths but also speeds up the convergence for available bandwidth by incorporating its measurement methodology. Then, we investigate the usability of rating-based network measurement and inference in applications. A case study is performed on whether locality awareness can be achieved for overlay networks of Pastry and BitTorrent using inferred ratings. We show that such coarse-grained knowledge can improve the performance of peer selection and that finer granularities do not always lead to larger improvements. [less ▲]

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See detailGeometric ferroelectricity in fluoroperovskites
Garcia-Castro, A. C.; Spaldin, Nicola A.; Romero, A. H. et al

in Physical Review B (2014), 89

We used first-principles calculations to investigate the existence and origin of the ferroelectric instability in the ABF3 fluoroperovskites. While the ground states of most ABF3 compounds are ... [more ▼]

We used first-principles calculations to investigate the existence and origin of the ferroelectric instability in the ABF3 fluoroperovskites. While the ground states of most ABF3 compounds are paraelectric (Pnma phase), we find that many fluoroperovskites have a ferroelectric instability in their high-symmetry cubic structure that is of similar amplitude to that commonly found in oxide perovskites. In contrast to the oxides, however, the fluorides have nominal Born effective charges, indicating a different mechanism for the instability.We show that the instability originates from ionic size effects, and is therefore in most cases largely insensitive to pressure and strain, again in contrast to the oxide perovskites. An exception is NaMnF3, where coherent epitaxial strain matching to a substrate with equal in-plane lattice constants destabilizes the bulk Pnma structure, leading to a ferroelectric, and indeed multiferroic, ground state with an unusual polarization/strain response. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailExternal constraints on optical control strategies in molecular orientation and photofragmentation: role of zero-area fields
Sugny, Dominique; Vranckx, Stéphane; Ndong, Mamadou et al

in Journal of Modern Optics (2014), 61

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See detailRelationships between rapid changes in local aromatase activity and estradiol concentrations in male and female quail brain.
Dickens, M. J.; de Bournonville, C.; Balthazart, Jacques ULg et al

in Hormones and behavior (2014), 65(2), 154-164

Estradiol-17beta (E2) synthesized in the brain plays a critical role in the activation of sexual behavior in many vertebrate species. Because E2 concentrations depend on aromatization of testosterone ... [more ▼]

Estradiol-17beta (E2) synthesized in the brain plays a critical role in the activation of sexual behavior in many vertebrate species. Because E2 concentrations depend on aromatization of testosterone, changes in aromatase enzymatic activity (AA) are often utilized as a proxy to describe E2 concentrations. Utilizing two types of stimuli (sexual interactions and acute restraint stress) that have been demonstrated to reliably alter AA within minutes in opposite directions (sexual interactions=decrease, stress=increase), we tested in Japanese quail whether rapid changes in AA are paralleled by changes in E2 concentrations in discrete brain areas. In males, E2 in the pooled medial preoptic nucleus/medial portion of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (POM/BST) positively correlated with AA following sexual interactions. However, following acute stress, E2 decreased significantly (approximately 2-fold) in the male POM/BST despite a significant increase in AA. In females, AA positively correlated with E2 in both the POM/BST and mediobasal hypothalamus supporting a role for local, as opposed to ovarian, production regulating brain E2 concentrations. In addition, correlations of individual E2 in POM/BST and measurements of female sexual behavior suggested a role for local E2 synthesis in female receptivity. These data demonstrate that local E2 in the male brain changes in response to stimuli on a time course suggestive of potential non-genomic effects on brain and behavior. Overall, this study highlights the complex mechanisms regulating local E2 concentrations including rapid stimulus-driven changes in production and stress-induced changes in catabolism. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailField veterinary survey on clinical and economic impact of Schmallenberg virus in Belgium
Martinelle, Ludovic ULg; Dal Pozzo, Fabiana ULg; Gauthier, B et al

in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (2014), 61(3), 285-288

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See detailEmbryonic Protein Undernutrition by Albumen Removal Programs the Hepatic Amino Acid and Glucose Metabolism during the Perinatal Period in an Avian Model.
Willems, Els; Hu, Tjing-Tjing; Soler Vasco, Laura et al

in PloS one (2014), 9(4), 94902

Different animal models have been used to study the effects of prenatal protein undernutrition and the mechanisms by which these occur. In mammals, the maternal diet is manipulated, exerting both direct ... [more ▼]

Different animal models have been used to study the effects of prenatal protein undernutrition and the mechanisms by which these occur. In mammals, the maternal diet is manipulated, exerting both direct nutritional and indirect hormonal effects. Chicken embryos develop independent from the hen in the egg. Therefore, in the chicken, the direct effects of protein deficiency by albumen removal early during incubation can be examined. Prenatal protein undernutrition was established in layer-type eggs by the partial replacement of albumen by saline at embryonic day 1 (albumen-deprived group), compared to a mock-treated sham and a non-treated control group. At hatch, survival of the albumen-deprived group was lower compared to the control and sham group due to increased early mortality by the manipulation. No treatment differences in yolk-free body weight or yolk weight could be detected. The water content of the yolk was reduced, whereas the water content of the carcass was increased in the albumen-deprived group, compared to the control group, indicating less uptake of nutrients from the yolk. At embryonic day 16, 20 and at hatch, plasma triiodothyronine (T3), corticosterone, lactate or glucose concentrations and hepatic glycogen content were not affected by treatment. At embryonic day 20, the plasma thyroxine (T4) concentrations of the albumen-deprived embryos was reduced compared to the control group, indicating a decreased metabolic rate. Screening for differential protein expression in the liver at hatch using two-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis revealed not only changed abundance of proteins important for amino acid metabolism, but also of enzymes related to energy and glucose metabolism. Interestingly, GLUT1, a glucose transporter, and PCK2 and FBP1, two out of three regulatory enzymes of the gluconeogenesis were dysregulated. No parallel differences in gene expressions causing the differences in protein abundance could be detected pointing to post-transcriptional or post-translational regulation of the observed differences. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailInterstitial insulin kinetic parameters for a 2-compartment insulin model with saturable clearance
Pretty, Christopher G.; Le Compte, Aaron; Penning, Sophie ULg et al

in Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine (2014)

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See detailL'inhibition des voies de signalisation est-elle une possibilité thérapeutique pour l'arthrose?
Henrotin, Yves ULg

in Revue du Rhumatisme (2014)

Les voies de signalisation sont des cibles intéressantes pour les traitements de l’arthrose car leur inhibition ou leur activation permet de réguler l’expression d’un ensemble de gènes cibles directement ... [more ▼]

Les voies de signalisation sont des cibles intéressantes pour les traitements de l’arthrose car leur inhibition ou leur activation permet de réguler l’expression d’un ensemble de gènes cibles directement impliqués dans le dysfonctionnement métabolique des tissus articulaires. Cependant, les premiers essais cliniques réalisés dans la PR ont montré que la régulation spécifique de la voie JAK/STAT induit de nombreux effets secondaires. Ce point pourrait être un facteur limitant l’utilisation d’inhibiteurs ou d’activateurs spécifiques des voies de signalisation dans l’arthrose. Dans cette maladie, le rapport risque/bénéfice doit rester le facteur clé de la décision thérapeutique, car il s’agit de traiter une maladie d’évolution lente, de sévérité modérée et associée à de nombreuses comorbidités. [less ▲]

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See detailRisk ranking priority of carcinogenic and/or genotoxic environmental contaminants in food in Belgium
Vromman, V; Maghuin-Rogister, Guy ULg; Vleminckx, C et al

in Food Additives & Contaminants. Part A. Chemistry, Analysis, Control, Exposure & Risk Assessment (2014)

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

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

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See detailUnderstanding the performance of the FLake model over two African Great Lakes
Thiery, Wim; Martynov, Andrey; Darchambeau, François ULg et al

in Geoscientific Model Development [=GMD] (2014), 7

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See detailMary Anning’s legacy to French vertebrate palaeontology
Vincent, Peggy; Taquet, Philippe; Fischer, Valentin ULg et al

in Geological Magazine (2014), 151(1), 7-20

The real nature of marine reptile fossils found in England in between the 1700s to the beginning of the 1900s remained enigmatic, until Mary Anning's incredible fossil discoveries and their subsequent ... [more ▼]

The real nature of marine reptile fossils found in England in between the 1700s to the beginning of the 1900s remained enigmatic, until Mary Anning's incredible fossil discoveries and their subsequent study by eminent English and French scientists. In 1820, Georges Cuvier acquired several ichthyosaur specimens found by Mary Anning, now kept or displayed in the Palaeontology Gallery of the MNHN in Paris. Four years later, Cuvier obtained a plesiosaur specimen from Mary Anning, only the second ever discovered. Cuvier was fascinated by these fossils and their study allowed him to apply his comparative anatomical method and to support his catastrophist theory. We re-examined these important specimens from an historical point of view and herein describe them taxonomically for the first time since Cuvier’s works. The Paris specimens belong to two different ichthyosaur genera (Ichthyosaurus and Leptonectes) and one plesiosaur genus (Plesiosaurus). [less ▲]

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See detailTwo novel mutations of the CLDN16 gene cause familial hypomagnesaemia with hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis
Hanssen, Oriane ULg; CASTERMANS, Emilie ULg; BOVY, Christophe ULg et al

in Clinical Kidney Journal (2014), 7

Familial hypomagnesaemia with hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis is an autosomal-recessive disease caused by mutations in the CLDN16 or CLDN19 genes, which encode tight junction-associated proteins ... [more ▼]

Familial hypomagnesaemia with hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis is an autosomal-recessive disease caused by mutations in the CLDN16 or CLDN19 genes, which encode tight junction-associated proteins, claudin-16 and -19. The resultant tubulopathy leads to urinary loss of Mg2+ and Ca2+, with subsequent nephrocalcinosis and end-stage renal disease (ESRD). An 18-year-old boy presented with chronic kidney disease and proteinuria, as well as hypomagnesaemia, hypercalciuria and nephrocalcinosis. A kidney biopsy revealed tubular atrophy, interstitial fibrosis and segmental sclerosis of some glomeruli. Two novel mutations in the CLDN16 gene were identified: c.340C>T (nonsense) and c.427+5G>A (splice site). The patient reached ESRD at 23 and benefited from kidney transplantation. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailSystème à tous les étages
Badir, Sémir ULg

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

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See detailStrategies for Using the Sheep Ovarian Cortex as a Model in Reproductive Medicine
Fransolet, Maïté ULg; Labied, Soraya ULg; Henry, Laurie ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2014), 9(3), 91073

Objective: To evaluate and compare the distribution and density of primordial follicles within a whole sheep ovary and to gain insight into how to overcome the impact of natural follicular heterogeneity ... [more ▼]

Objective: To evaluate and compare the distribution and density of primordial follicles within a whole sheep ovary and to gain insight into how to overcome the impact of natural follicular heterogeneity on the experimental results. Design: Histological study. Setting: Academic research center. Animals: Five- to nine-month-old ewes. Interventions: Freshly sampled whole sheep ovaries were collected and prepared for histological analysis. Main Outcome Measure(s): The follicular densities and distributions were determined for hematoxylin and eosin sections. A mathematical model was derived based on the follicle counts and Monte-Carlo simulations. Results: Heterogeneous distributions and densities of primordial follicles were identified 1) for distinct areas of the same ovarian cortex, 2) between the ovaries of the same animal and 3) across different ewes. A mathematical model based on the analysis of 37,153 primordial follicles from 8 different ovaries facilitated the estimation of the number of cortical biopsies and sections that had to be analyzed to overcome such heterogeneity. Conclusion: The influence of physiological follicular heterogeneity on experimental and clinical results can be overcome when a definite number of cortical pieces and sections are taken into consideration. [less ▲]

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See detailPlatelet reactivity and cardiovascular events after percutaneous coronary intervention in patients with stable coronary artery disease: the Stent Thrombosis In Belgium (STIB) trial
LEGRAND, Victor ULg; CUISSET, T; CHENU, P et al

in EuroIntervention : Journal of EuroPCR in Collaboration with the Working Group on Interventional Cardiology of the European Society of Cardiology (2014), 10

PR measured before PCI in stable patients undergoing elective PCI who are preloaded with 500 mg of aspirin and 600 mg of clopidogrel is not predictive of periprocedural myocardial injury or adverse ... [more ▼]

PR measured before PCI in stable patients undergoing elective PCI who are preloaded with 500 mg of aspirin and 600 mg of clopidogrel is not predictive of periprocedural myocardial injury or adverse ischaemic complications up to 30 days. [less ▲]

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See detailThe origin of two-dimensional electron gases at oxide interfaces: insights from theory
Bristowe, Nicholas ULg; Ghosez, Philippe ULg; Littlewood, P.B. et al

in Journal of Physics : Condensed Matter (2014), 26

The response of oxide thin films to polar discontinuities at interfaces and surfaces has generated enormous activity due to the variety of interesting effects that it gives rise to. A case in point is the ... [more ▼]

The response of oxide thin films to polar discontinuities at interfaces and surfaces has generated enormous activity due to the variety of interesting effects that it gives rise to. A case in point is the discovery of the electron gas at the interface between LaAlO3 and SrTiO3, which has since been shown to be quasi-two-dimensional, switchable, magnetic and/or superconducting. Despite these findings, the origin of the two-dimensional electron gas is highly debated and several possible mechanisms remain. Here we review the main proposed mechanisms and attempt to model expected effects in a quantitative way with the ambition of better constraining what effects can/cannot explain the observed phenomenology. We do it in the framework of a phenomenological model constructed to provide an understanding of the electronic and/or redox screening of the chemical charge in oxide heterostructures. We also discuss the effect of intermixing, both conserving and not conserving the total stoichiometry. [less ▲]

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See detailLA RADIOTHÉRAPIE MODERNE PRÉ- OU POSTOPERATOIRE POUR LES SARCOMES DES TISSUS MOUS DES MEMBRES
COUCKE, Philippe ULg; JANVARY, Zsolt Levente ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(Supp 1), 53-57

Les sarcomes des tissus mous sont des cancers rares qui nécessitent une approche multidisciplinaire, au niveau diagnostique et en ce qui concerne le traitement et le suivi. La chirurgie (exérèse tumorale ... [more ▼]

Les sarcomes des tissus mous sont des cancers rares qui nécessitent une approche multidisciplinaire, au niveau diagnostique et en ce qui concerne le traitement et le suivi. La chirurgie (exérèse tumorale large en marges saines) est la base du traitement. Le risque de récidive étant élevé pour cer - tains sous-groupes de patients, une radiothérapie adjuvante est le plus souvent préconisée. Classiquement, ce traitement était donné en postopératoire, mais une radiothérapie pré - opératoire, dite «néo-adjuvante», offre un certain nombre d’avantages. Nous discutons également l’adaptation de la radiothérapie à la chirurgie et vice versa, ainsi que le parcours classique d’un patient traité pour un sarcome des tissus mous. Finalement, quelques évolutions techniques futures sont briè - vement présentées. [less ▲]

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See detailDeterminants of exercise-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension in systemic sclerosis.
Voilliot, Damien; Magne, Julien ULg; Dulgheru, Raluca et al

in International journal of cardiology (2014)

BACKGROUND: Exercise-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension (EIPH) in systemic sclerosis (SSc) has already been observed but its determinants remain unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Exercise-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension (EIPH) in systemic sclerosis (SSc) has already been observed but its determinants remain unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the incidence and the determinants of EIPH in SSc. METHODS AND RESULTS: We prospectively enrolled 63 patients with SSc (age 54+/-3years, 76% female) followed in CHU Sart-Tilman in Liege. All patients underwent graded semi-supine exercise echocardiography. Systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (sPAP) was derived from the peak velocity of the tricuspid regurgitation jet and adding the estimation of right atrial pressure, both at rest and during exercise. Resting pulmonary arterial hypertension (PH) was defined as sPAP >35mmHg and EIPH as sPAP >50mmHg during exercise. The following formulas were used: mean PAP (mPAP)=0.61xsPAP+2, left atrial pressure (LAP)=1.9+1.24xleft ventricular (LV) E/e' and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR)=(mPAP-LAP)/LV cardiac output (CO) and slope of mPAP-LVCO relationship=changes in mPAP/changes in LVCO. Resting PH was present in 3 patients (7%) and 21 patients developed EIPH (47%). Patients with EIPH had higher resting LAP (10.3+/-2.2 versus 8.8+/-2.3mmHg; p=0.03), resting PVR (2.6+/-0.8 vs. 1.4+/-1.1Woods units; p=0.004), exercise LAP (13.3+/-2.3 vs. 9+/-1.7mmHg; p<0.0001), exercise PVR (3.6+/-0.7 vs. 2.1+/-0.9 Woods units; p=0.02) and slope of mPAP-LVCO (5.8+/-2.4 vs. 2.9+/-2.1mmHg/L/min; p<0.0001). After adjustment for age and gender, exercise LAP (beta=3.1+/-0.8; p=0.001) and exercise PVR (beta=7.9+/-1.7; p=0.0001) were independent determinants of exercise sPAP. CONCLUSION: EIPH is frequent in SSc patients and is mainly related to both increased exercise LV filling pressure and exercise PVR. [less ▲]

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See detailFocus cardiac ultrasound: the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging viewpoint.
Neskovic, Aleksandar N.; Edvardsen, Thor; Galderisi, Maurizio et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2014)

The concept of point-of-care, problem-oriented focus cardiac ultrasound examination (FoCUS) is increasingly applied in the settings of medical emergencies, including cardiac diseases. The European ... [more ▼]

The concept of point-of-care, problem-oriented focus cardiac ultrasound examination (FoCUS) is increasingly applied in the settings of medical emergencies, including cardiac diseases. The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) recognizes that cardiologists are not the only medical professionals dealing with cardiovascular emergencies. In reality, emergency cardiac diagnostics and treatment are also carried out by a wide range of specialists. For the benefit of the patients, the EACVI encourages any medical professional, sufficiently trained to obtain valuable information from FoCUS, to use it in emergency settings. These medical professionals need to have the necessary knowledge to understand the obtained information entirely, and to use it correctly, thoughtfully and with care. In this document, the EACVI underlines major differences between echocardiography and FoCUS, and underscores the need for specific education and training in order to fully utilize advantages and minimize drawbacks of this type of cardiac ultrasound examination in the critically ill patients. [less ▲]

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See detailExercise testing in asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis.
Magne, Julien ULg; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Pierard, Luc ULg

in JACC. Cardiovascular imaging (2014), 7(2), 188-99

The management and the clinical decision making in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis are challenging. An "aggressive" management, including early aortic valve replacement, is debated in these ... [more ▼]

The management and the clinical decision making in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis are challenging. An "aggressive" management, including early aortic valve replacement, is debated in these patients. However, the optimal timing for surgery remains controversial due to the lack of prospective data on the determinants of aortic stenosis progression, multicenter studies on risk stratification, and randomized studies on patient management. Exercise stress testing with or without imaging is strictly contraindicated in symptomatic patients with severe aortic stenosis. Exercise stress test is now recommended by current guidelines in asymptomatic patients and may provide incremental prognostic value. Indeed, the development of symptoms during exercise or an abnormal blood pressure response are associated with poor outcome and should be considered as an indication for surgery, as suggested by the most recently updated European Society of Cardiology 2012 guidelines. Exercise stress echocardiography may also improve the risk stratification and identify asymptomatic patients at higher risk of a cardiac event. When the test is combined with imaging, echocardiography during exercise should be recommended rather than post-exercise echocardiography. During exercise, an increase >18 to 20 mm Hg in mean pressure gradient, absence of improvement in left ventricular ejection fraction (i.e., absence of contractile reserve), and/or a systolic pulmonary arterial pressure >60 mm Hg (i.e., exercise pulmonary hypertension) are suggestive signs of advanced stages of the disease and impaired prognosis. Hence, exercise stress test may identify resting asymptomatic patients who develop exercise abnormalities and in whom surgery is recommended according to current guidelines. Exercise stress echocardiography may further unmask a subset of asymptomatic patients (i.e., without exercise stress test abnormalities) who are at high risk of reduced cardiac event free survival. In these patients, early surgery could be beneficial, whereas regular follow-up seems more appropriate in patients without echocardiographic abnormalities during exercise. [less ▲]

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See detailLe point de rosée en berne et la couche cornée hivernale.
PIERARD, Gérald ULg; FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(2), 68-71

The frontier between the human body and the environment is largely represented by the stratum corneum. It is obvious that the skin aspect on some body sites appears dry and rough in some predisposed ... [more ▼]

The frontier between the human body and the environment is largely represented by the stratum corneum. It is obvious that the skin aspect on some body sites appears dry and rough in some predisposed individuals during winter season. The reductions in the outdoor temperature, ambient moisture and dew point are the main physical factors involved in this process. We present the aspects seen under ultraviolet light and scanning electron microscopy. Keywords : Stratum corneum - Dew point [less ▲]

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See detailBridging physiological and evolutionary time-scales in a gene regulatory network.
Marchand, Gwenaelle; Huynh-Thu, Vân Anh ULg; Kane, Nolan C. et al

in The New phytologist (2014)

Gene regulatory networks (GRNs) govern phenotypic adaptations and reflect the trade-offs between physiological responses and evolutionary adaptation that act at different time-scales. To identify patterns ... [more ▼]

Gene regulatory networks (GRNs) govern phenotypic adaptations and reflect the trade-offs between physiological responses and evolutionary adaptation that act at different time-scales. To identify patterns of molecular function and genetic diversity in GRNs, we studied the drought response of the common sunflower, Helianthus annuus, and how the underlying GRN is related to its evolution. We examined the responses of 32 423 expressed sequences to drought and to abscisic acid (ABA) and selected 145 co-expressed transcripts. We characterized their regulatory relationships in nine kinetic studies based on different hormones. From this, we inferred a GRN by meta-analyses of a Gaussian graphical model and a random forest algorithm and studied the genetic differentiation among populations (FST ) at nodes. We identified two main hubs in the network that transport nitrate in guard cells. This suggests that nitrate transport is a critical aspect of the sunflower physiological response to drought. We observed that differentiation of the network genes in elite sunflower cultivars is correlated with their position and connectivity. This systems biology approach combined molecular data at different time-scales and identified important physiological processes. At the evolutionary level, we propose that network topology could influence responses to human selection and possibly adaptation to dry environments. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of Sensory Characteristics of Green Tea Produced in Thai Nguyen and Phu Tho Province, Vietnam
Dang, Thi Minh Luyen ULg; Ha Duyen, Tu; Lebailly, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Food Science and Engineering (2014), 4(2/February 2014 (Serial Number 31)), 104-114

Green tea is a popular product with a high consumption in Vietnam. Moreover, green tea produced in Tan Cuong commune, Thai Nguyen province, has long been recognized for its superior quality to those ... [more ▼]

Green tea is a popular product with a high consumption in Vietnam. Moreover, green tea produced in Tan Cuong commune, Thai Nguyen province, has long been recognized for its superior quality to those coming from other regions of the country. This study aims at comparing the tea from Thai Nguyen and Phu Tho and finding out if the difference can be identified through sensory analysis. Two products picked from Tan Cuong, Thai Nguyen province, and two others from Phu Ho district, Phu Tho province were evaluated by a trained panel of 12 judges (11 women and 1 man). The sensory evaluation of the dry tea (11 descriptors) was carried out separately from the brewed tea (21 descriptors) and brewed leaf (five descriptors) using an unstructured intensity scale (10 cm). Statistic analyses have shown differences between regions in all three groups of attributes: dry leaf, liquor and brewed leaf. [less ▲]

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See detailRapid aqueous synthesis of ordered mesoporous carbons: Investigation of synthesis variables and application as anode materials for Li-ion batteries
Léonard, Alexandre ULg; Gommes, Cédric ULg; Piedboeuf, Marie-Laure ULg et al

in Microporous & Mesoporous Materials (2014), 195

Ordered mesoporous carbons (OMC) were synthesized via a direct templating pathway by a synthesis route that features short duration, moderate temperature and aqueous media. Resorcinol was used as carbon ... [more ▼]

Ordered mesoporous carbons (OMC) were synthesized via a direct templating pathway by a synthesis route that features short duration, moderate temperature and aqueous media. Resorcinol was used as carbon precursor and hexamethylenetetramine as a source of formaldehyde and ammonia to respectively cross-link the framework and regulate the pH. The temperature of the heat treatment leading to the formation of the solid polymer was shown to have a strong influence on the structural and textural parameters. In particular, moderate temperatures led to the coexistence of differently-sized entangled hexagonal mesostructures, whereas the higher temperatures led to a sharp decrease in the mesopore volume. The performance of these materials as anode materials for Li-ion batteries has been investigated in detail. Although these OMC show reversible capacities similar to those reported for hard carbons, their long-term cycling remains very stable for over 100 cycles of charge/discharge. The optimization of the reported short preparation pathway offers new possibilities regarding the application of ordered mesoporous carbons in various fields, such as energy storage, sorption and heterogeneous catalysis [less ▲]

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See detailFeruloylbenzotriazole and Weinreb Amide as Bioinspired Building Blocks: A Reactivity Study towards O-, N-, S-, and C-Nucleophiles
Roman, Bart; Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg; De Coen, Laurens et al

in European Journal of Organic Chemistry (2014)

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See detailLa conscience et la mort. Le premier Sartre, Bergson, Freud et Ferenczi
Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Etudes Sartriennes (2014), 17

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

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

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

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

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