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See detailA clinically novel AIP mutation in a patient with a very large, apparently sporadic somatotrope adenoma.
Salvatori, Roberto; Daly, Adrian ULg; Quinones-Hinojosa, Alfredo et al

in Endocrinology, diabetes & metabolism case reports (2014), 2014

Heterozygous germline inactivating mutations in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) gene lead to pituitary adenomas that most frequently present in the setting of familial isolated ... [more ▼]

Heterozygous germline inactivating mutations in the aryl hydrocarbon receptor-interacting protein (AIP) gene lead to pituitary adenomas that most frequently present in the setting of familial isolated pituitary adenoma syndrome, usually as somatotropinomas and prolactinomas. More recently, they have been found in a significant percentage of young patients presenting with pituitary macroadenoma without any apparent family history. We describe the case of a 19-year-old man who presented with a gigantic somatotropinoma. His family history was negative. His peripheral DNA showed a heterozygous AIP mutation (p.I13N), while tumor tissue only had the mutated allele, showing loss of heterozygosity (LOH) and suggesting that the mutation caused the disease. LEARNING POINTS: AIP mutations may be observed in sporadic somatotrope adenomas occurring in young patients.LOH is a strong indicator that an AIP variant is disease causing.Somatotrope adenomas in carriers of AIP mutations are generally larger and more difficult to cure. [less ▲]

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

in Food Control (2014), 38

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

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

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

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

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

Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is one of the most successful heart failure therapies to emerge in the last 25 years; it is applicable to > 25-30% of patients with symptomatic heart failure. In this article, we summarize the recommendations of the European Society of Cardiology of 2013 on cardiac resynchronization therapy. [less ▲]

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See detailLa Radiothérapie: le parcours du patient, de l’information au traitement
LENNERTS, Eric ULg; COUCKE, Philippe ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(Supp 1), 3-8

La radiothérapie fait partie intégrante de l’arsenal thérapeutique en oncologie et on estime que deux tiers des patients cancéreux vont bénéficier d’une radiothérapie à un moment ou un autre de leur prise ... [more ▼]

La radiothérapie fait partie intégrante de l’arsenal thérapeutique en oncologie et on estime que deux tiers des patients cancéreux vont bénéficier d’une radiothérapie à un moment ou un autre de leur prise en charge. Le parcours d’un patient en radiothérapie est pourtant souvent méconnu du corps médical et le but de cet article est de retracer celui- ci. De la prise de décision de réaliser de la radiothérapie en concertation multidisciplinaire à la délivrance des rayons par les accélérateurs linéaires, il y a la première rencontre avec le radiothérapeute, la simulation, la délimitation des volumes et la planification du traitement. La mise en route d’un trai - tement de radiothérapie demande du temps et beaucoup de précision à chaque étape. Les technologies évoluent constam - ment et la recherche en matière d’amélioration du traitement est une priorité. Le but est d’arriver à adapter individuelle - ment le traitement de radiothérapie. [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 detailFhit regulates EMT targets through an EGFR/Src/ERK/Slug signaling axis in human bronchial cells.
Joannes, Audrey; Grelet, Simon; Duca, Laurent et al

in Molecular Cancer Research (2014), 12(5), 775-83

In many cancers, including lung carcinomas, Fragile histidine triad (Fhit) is frequently decreased or lost. Fhit status has recently been shown to be associated with elevated in vitro and in vivo ... [more ▼]

In many cancers, including lung carcinomas, Fragile histidine triad (Fhit) is frequently decreased or lost. Fhit status has recently been shown to be associated with elevated in vitro and in vivo invasiveness in lung cancer. Tumor cell invasion is facilitated by epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT), a process by which tumor cells lose their epithelial features to acquire a mesenchymal cell-like phenotype. In this study, the mechanism underlying Fhit-regulated EMT was deciphered. Using Slug knockdown, pharmacologic inhibitors PD98059, PP1, and gefitinib as well as an anti-EGFR antibody, it was demonstrated that Fhit silencing in bronchial cells induced overexpression of two primary EMT-associated targets, MMP-9 and vimentin, to regulate cell invasion dependent on an EGFR/Src/ERK/Slug signaling pathway. Moreover, ectopic expression of Fhit in Fhit-deficient lung cancer cells downregulated this pathway. Finally, an inverse correlation was observed between Fhit and phospho-EGFR levels in a cohort of human squamous cell lung carcinoma specimens. These results demonstrate a Fhit-dependent mechanism in the control of EMT-regulated EGFR signaling. IMPLICATIONS: This study adds new insight into the regulatory mechanism of EMT, a process known to increase resistance to conventional and targeted therapies in lung cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailNeuronal and psychological underpinnings of pathological gambling
Singer, Bryan F.; Anselme, Patrick ULg; Robinson, Mike J.F. et al

in Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience (2014), 8, 230

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

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

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

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

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See detailWomen's skin throughout lifetime.
PIERARD, Gérald ULg; CHARLIER, Corinne ULg; Delvenne, Philippe ULg et al

in BioMed Research International (2014), 2014

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See detailRessources naturelles, matières premières et géographie. L'exemple des ressources énergétiques et minières
Deshaies, Michel; Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in BSGLg (2014), 62

Natural resources, including mineral and energy resources are increasingly the subject of geographical works. To understand this renewal, the authors first seek to show how the geography of resources has ... [more ▼]

Natural resources, including mineral and energy resources are increasingly the subject of geographical works. To understand this renewal, the authors first seek to show how the geography of resources has evolved over time and then analyze new research issues that emerge from a decade. Through this brief analysis, everything indicates a real expansion of fields of investigation, undoubtedly related to the new challenges and opportunities posed by resources that go far beyond the traditional field of economic geography. [less ▲]

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See detailThe quantified patient: a patient participatory culture.
Appelboom, Geoff; LoPresti, Melissa; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg et al

in Current medical research and opinion (2014)

Abstract The Quantified Self Movement, which aims to improve various aspects of life and health through recording and reviewing daily activities and biometrics, is a new and upcoming practice of self ... [more ▼]

Abstract The Quantified Self Movement, which aims to improve various aspects of life and health through recording and reviewing daily activities and biometrics, is a new and upcoming practice of self monitoring that holds much promise. Now, the most underutilized resource in ambulatory health care, the patient, can participate like never before, and the patient's Quantified Self can be directly monitored and remotely accessed by health care professionals. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge-scale structure and dynamics of the magnetotails of Mercury, Earth, Jupiter and Saturn.
Jackman; Arridge; Andre et al

in Space Science Reviews (2014)

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

in Current medical research and opinion (2014)

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

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

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See detailNuclear and mitochondrial genetic structure in the Eurasian beaver (Castor fiber) - implications for future reintroductions
Senn, H.; Ogden, R.; Frosch, C. et al

in Evolutionary Applications (2014), 7(6), 645-662

Many reintroduction projects for conservation fail, and there are a large number of factors that may contribute to failure. Genetic analysis can be used to help stack the odds of a reintroduction in ... [more ▼]

Many reintroduction projects for conservation fail, and there are a large number of factors that may contribute to failure. Genetic analysis can be used to help stack the odds of a reintroduction in favour of success, by conducting assessment of source populations to evaluate the possibility of inbreeding and outbreeding depression and by conducting postrelease monitoring. In this study, we use a panel of 306 SNP (single nucleotide polymorphism) markers and 487-489 base pairs of mitochondrial DNA control region sequence data to examine 321 individuals from possible source populations of the Eurasian beaver for a reintroduction to Scotland. We use this information to reassess the phylogenetic history of the Eurasian beavers, to examine the genetic legacy of past reintroductions on the Eurasian landmass and to assess the future power of the genetic markers to conduct ongoing monitoring via parentage analysis and individual identification. We demonstrate the capacity of medium density genetic data (hundreds of SNPs) to provide information suitable for applied conservation and discuss the difficulty of balancing the need for high genetic diversity against phylogenetic best fit when choosing source population(s) for reintroduction. © 2014 The Authors. Evolutionary Applications published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailDrug-Drug Interactions with Sodium-Glucose Cotransporters Type 2 (SGLT2) Inhibitors, New Oral Glucose-Lowering Agents for the Management of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus.
Scheen, André ULg

in Clinical pharmacokinetics (2014)

Inhibitors of sodium-glucose cotransporters type 2 (SGLT2) reduce hyperglycaemia by decreasing renal glucose threshold and thereby increasing urinary glucose excretion. They are proposed as a novel ... [more ▼]

Inhibitors of sodium-glucose cotransporters type 2 (SGLT2) reduce hyperglycaemia by decreasing renal glucose threshold and thereby increasing urinary glucose excretion. They are proposed as a novel approach for the management of type 2 diabetes mellitus. They have proven their efficacy in reducing glycated haemoglobin, without inducing hypoglycaemia, as monotherapy or in combination with various other glucose-lowering agents, with the add-on value of promoting some weight loss and lowering arterial blood pressure. As they may be used concomitantly with many other drugs, we review the potential drug-drug interactions (DDIs) regarding the three leaders in the class (dapagliglozin, canagliflozin and empagliflozin). Most of the available studies were performed in healthy volunteers and have assessed the pharmacokinetic interferences with a single administration of the SGLT2 inhibitor. The exposure [assessed by peak plasma concentrations (C max) and area under the concentration-time curve (AUC)] to each SGLT2 inhibitor tested was not significantly influenced by the concomitant administration of other glucose-lowering agents or cardiovascular agents commonly used in patients with type 2 diabetes. Reciprocally, these medications did not influence the pharmacokinetic parameters of dapagliflozin, canagliflozin or empagliflozin. Some modest changes were not considered as clinically relevant. However, drugs that could specifically interfere with the metabolic pathways of SGLT2 inhibitors [rifampicin, inhibitors or inducers of uridine diphosphate-glucuronosyltransferase (UGT)] may result in significant changes in the exposure of SGLT2 inhibitors, as shown for dapagliflozin and canagliflozin. Potential DDIs in patients with type 2 diabetes receiving chronic treatment with an SGLT2 inhibitor deserve further attention, especially in individuals treated with several medications or in more fragile patients with hepatic and/or renal impairment. [less ▲]

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See detailJustice ans employee reactions during organizational change: The mediating role of overall justice
Marzucco, Laurence ULg; Marique, Géraldine; Stinglhamber, Florence et al

in European Review of Applied Psychology = Revue Européenne de Psychologie Appliquée (2014), 64(6), 289-298

Introduction. Several studies have investigated the mediating role of overall justice (OJ) in the relationships between specific dimensions of justice and employee attitudes. However, prior research has ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Several studies have investigated the mediating role of overall justice (OJ) in the relationships between specific dimensions of justice and employee attitudes. However, prior research has neglected to examine OJ during the process of organizational change, as suggested in Fairness Heuristic Theory (FHT). Objective. This study aims to replicate the results of previous studies and expand them by examining, in two contexts of organizational change implementation, the mediating role of OJ in the relationships between procedural, interpersonal, and informational justice (PJ, ITJ, and IFJ, respectively) and employee attitudes (job satisfaction, turnover intentions, and organizational commitment). Methodology. We surveyed 537 employees experiencing a company reorganization (Study 1) and 188 employees experiencing a merger (Study 2). Results. Each dimension of justice is related to OJ, which in turn is associated to employee attitudes. Furthermore, bootstrap results indicated that OJ mediates the effects of PJ, ITJ, and IFJ on job satisfaction and turnover intentions (in both studies), and on affective, normative, and continuance commitment (in Study 2). Conclusion. Our findings show the importance of fairness during organizational change. Treating employees fairly in times of change is crucial for managers. [less ▲]

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See detailSimulation-based study comparing multiple imputation methods for non-monotone missing ordinal data in longitudinal settings
Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg; Mauer, Murielle; Lambert, Philippe ULg et al

in Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics (2014)

The application of multiple imputation (MI) techniques as a preliminary step to handle missing values in data analysis is well established. The MI method can be classified into two broad classes, the ... [more ▼]

The application of multiple imputation (MI) techniques as a preliminary step to handle missing values in data analysis is well established. The MI method can be classified into two broad classes, the joint modeling and the fully conditional specification approaches. Their relative performance for the longitudinal ordinal data setting under the missing at random (MAR) assumption is not well documented. This paper intends to fill this gap by conducting a large simulation study on the estimation of the parameters of a longitudinal proportional odds model. The two MI methods are also illustrated in quality of life data from a cancer clinical trial. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of anisotropy and viscosity to model the mechanical behavior of Ti-6Al-4V alloy
Tuninetti Vásquez, Victor ULg; Habraken, Anne ULg

in Materials Science and Engineering: A (2014)

This paper compares the predictions of an isotropic-thermo-elasto-viscoplastic approach and of an anisotropic-thermo-elastoplastic one with experimental results representative of the mechanical behavior ... [more ▼]

This paper compares the predictions of an isotropic-thermo-elasto-viscoplastic approach and of an anisotropic-thermo-elastoplastic one with experimental results representative of the mechanical behavior of Ti-6Al-4V at moderate temperatures and low strain rates. The first model is the well known Norton-Hoff viscoplastic constitutive law with isotropic von Mises yield locus identified by using monotonic tension tests performed at strain rates from 10-3 s-1 to 10-1 s-1 and at temperatures up to 400°C. The second model is a thermo-elasto-plastic one defined by the orthotropic yield criterion CPB06. It takes into account the anisotropy and the strength differential (SD) effect in tension-compression of Ti-6Al-4V at RT, 150°C and 400°C. The identification of the SD effect is done by using tension and compression tests and the anisotropy behavior is identified by using shear, plane strain, tension and compression tests performed in three orthogonal material directions. The accuracy of the load and displacements predictions of the two macroscopic constitutive models are compared to experimental results obtained from tests performed on specimens with multiaxial loadings and large strain at several temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailLes sons de contact de l'ombrine côtière - Umbrina cirrosa (Linné, 1758)
Lagardère, Jean-Paul; Parmentier, Eric ULg

in Bulletin de la Société de Borda (2014), 514

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See detailLeptogenesis with a dynamical seesaw scale
Aristizabal Sierra, Diego ULg; Tortola, Maria; Valle, Jose et al

in Journal of Cosmology and Astroparticle Physics [= JCAP] (2014), 2014

In the simplest type-I seesaw leptogenesis scenario right-handed neutrino annihilation processes are absent. However, in the presence of new interactions these processes are possible and can affect the ... [more ▼]

In the simplest type-I seesaw leptogenesis scenario right-handed neutrino annihilation processes are absent. However, in the presence of new interactions these processes are possible and can affect the resulting B-L asymmetry in an important way. A prominent example is provided by models with spontaneous lepton number violation, where the existence of new dynamical degrees of freedom can play a crucial role. In this context, we provide a model-independent discussion of the effects of right-handed neutrino annihilations. We show that in the weak washout regime, as long as the scattering processes remain slow compared with the Hubble expansion rate throughout the relevant temperature range, the efficiency can be largely enhanced, reaching in some cases maximal values. Moreover, the B-L asymmetry yield turns out to be independent upon initial conditions, in contrast to the ''standard'' case. On the other hand, when the annihilation processes are fast, the right-handed neutrino distribution tends to a thermal one down to low temperatures, implying a drastic suppression of the efficiency which in some cases can render the B-L generation mechanism inoperative. [less ▲]

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See detailRecension: "Invloed van het Europese recht op het Belgisch privaatrecht"
Kohl, Benoît ULg

in Droit de la Consommation = Consumentenrecht [= DCCR] (2014), (102), 139-142

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See detailMicro-Computed Tomography Based Computational Fluid Dynamics for the Determination of Shear Stresses in Scaffolds Within a Perfusion Bioreactor
Zermatten, Emilie; Vetsch, Jolanda Rita; Ruffoni, Davide ULg et al

in Annals of Biomedical Engineering (2014), 42(5), 1085-1094

Perfusion bioreactors are known to exert shear stresses on cultured cells, leading to cell differentiation and enhanced extracellular matrix deposition on scaffolds. The influence of the scaffold's porous ... [more ▼]

Perfusion bioreactors are known to exert shear stresses on cultured cells, leading to cell differentiation and enhanced extracellular matrix deposition on scaffolds. The influence of the scaffold's porous microstructure is investigated for a polycaprolactone (PCL) scaffold with a regular microarchitecture and a silk fibroin (SF) scaffold with an irregular network of interconnected pores. Their complex 3D geometries are imaged by micro-computed tomography and used in direct pore-level simulations of the entire scaffold-bioreactor system to numerically solve the governing mass and momentum conservation equations for fluid flow through porous media. The velocity field and wall shear stress distribution are determined for both scaffolds. The PCL scaffold exhibited an asymmetric distribution with peak and plateau, while the SF scaffold exhibited a homogenous distribution and conditioned the flow more efficiently than the PCL scaffold. The methodology guides the design and optimization of the scaffold geometry. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of misalignment on pull-off test results: numerical and experimental assessments
Courard, Luc ULg; Bissonnette, Benoît; Garbacz, Andrzej et al

in ACI Materials Journal (2014), 111(2), 153-162

The successful application of a concrete repair system is often evaluated through pull-off testing. For such in-situ quality control (QC) testing, the inherent risk of misalignment might affect the ... [more ▼]

The successful application of a concrete repair system is often evaluated through pull-off testing. For such in-situ quality control (QC) testing, the inherent risk of misalignment might affect the recorded value and eventually make a difference in the acceptance of the work. So far, the issue of eccentricity in pull-off testing has been ignored in field practice, because it is seen as an academic issue. This paper presents the results of a project intended to quantify the effect of misalignment on pull-off tensile strength evaluation and provide a basis for improving QC specifications if necessary. The test program consisted first in an analytical evaluation of the problem through 2-D FEM simulations and, in a second phase, in laboratory experiments in which the test variables were the misalignment angle (0°, 2° and 4°) and the coring depth (15 mm [1.18 in.], 30 mm [2.36 in.]). It was found that calculations provide a conservative but realistic lower bound limit for evaluation the influence of misalignment upon pull-off test results: a 2° misalignment can be expect to yield a pull-off strength reduction of 7 to 9 % respectively for 15-mm [1.18-in.] and 30-mm [2.36-in.] coring depths, and the corresponding decrease resulting from a 4° misalignment reach between 13 and 16%; From a practical standpoint, the results generated in this study indicate that when specifying a pull-off strength limit in the field, the value should be increased (probable order of magnitude: 15%) to take into account the potential reduction due to testing misalignment. [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 detailSHIP2 signaling in normal and pathological situations: Its impact on cell proliferation.
Elong Edimo, W; Schurmans, Stéphane ULg; Roger, PP et al

in Advances in Biological Regulation (2014), 54

Phosphoinositide 5-phosphatases are critical enzymes in modulating the concentrations of PI(3,4,5)P3, PI(4,5)P2 and PI(3,5)P2. The SH2 domain containing inositol 5-phosphatases SHIP1 and SHIP2 belong to ... [more ▼]

Phosphoinositide 5-phosphatases are critical enzymes in modulating the concentrations of PI(3,4,5)P3, PI(4,5)P2 and PI(3,5)P2. The SH2 domain containing inositol 5-phosphatases SHIP1 and SHIP2 belong to this family of enzymes that dephosphorylate the 5 position of PI(3,4,5)P3 to produce PI(3,4)P2. Data obtained in zebrafish and in mice have shown that SHIP2 is critical in development and growth. Exome sequencing identifies mutations in the coding region of SHIP2 as a cause of opsismodysplasia, a severe but rare chondrodysplasia in human. SHIP2 has been reported to have both protumorigenic and tumor suppressor function in human cancer very much depending on the cell model. This could be linked to the relative importance of PI(3,4)P2 (a product of SHIP2 phosphatase activity) which is also controlled by the PI 4-phosphatase and tumor suppressor INPP4B. In the glioblastoma cell line 1321 N1, that do not express PTEN, lowering SHIP2 expression has an impact on the levels of PI(3,4,5)P3, cell morphology and cell proliferation. It positively stimulates cell proliferation by decreasing the expression of key regulatory proteins of the cell cycle such as p27. Together the data point out to a role of SHIP2 in development in normal cells and at least in cell proliferation in some cancer derived cells. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of exercise pulmonary hypertension on postoperative outcome in primary mitral regurgitation.
Magne, Julien; Donal, Erwan; Mahjoub, Haifa et al

in Heart (British Cardiac Society) (2014)

AIMS: The management of asymptomatic patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) remains controversial. Exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (ExPHT) was recently reported as a strong predictor of rapid ... [more ▼]

AIMS: The management of asymptomatic patients with mitral regurgitation (MR) remains controversial. Exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (ExPHT) was recently reported as a strong predictor of rapid onset of symptoms. We hypothesised that ExPHT is a predictor of postoperative cardiovascular events in patients with primary MR. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred and two patients with primary MR, no or mild symptoms (New York heart association (NYHA) </=2), and no LV dysfunction/dilatation, were prospectively recruited in 3 centres and underwent exercise-stress echocardiography. The presence of ExPHT was defined as an exercise systolic pulmonary arterial pressure >60 mm Hg. All patients were closely followed up and operated on when indication for surgery was reached. Postoperative events were defined as the occurrence of atrial fibrillation (AF), stroke, cardiac-related hospitalisation or death. Among the 102 patients included, 59 developed ExPHT (58%). These patients were significantly older than those without ExPHT (p=0.01). During a mean postoperative follow-up of 50+/-23 months, 28 patients (26%) experienced a predefined cardiovascular event. Patients with ExPHT had significantly higher rate of postoperative events (39% vs 12%, p=0.005); the rate of events was still higher in these patients (32% vs 9%, p=0.013), even when excluding early postoperative AF (ie, within 48 h). Event-free survival was significantly lower in the ExPHT group (all events: 5-year: 60+/-8% vs 88+/-5%, p=0.007, events without early AF: 5-year: 67+/-7% vs 90+/-4%, p=0.02). Using Cox multivariable analysis, ExPHT remained independently associated with higher risk of postoperative events in all models (all p</=0.04). CONCLUSIONS: ExPHT is associated with increased risk of adverse cardiac events following mitral valve surgery in patients with primary MR. [less ▲]

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See detailLes vergetures, leurs couleurs et leur mécanobiologie.
FRANCHIMONT, Claudine ULg; Peters, S.; Hermanns, J.F. et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69

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See detailMineralogical and Physical Changes during Sintering of Plastic Red Clays from Sanaga Swampy Valley, Cameroon.
Nzeukou, Aubin; Traina, K.; Mjedo, E.R. et al

in International ceramique review (2014), 63(4), 186-192

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See detailIsolation and Quantification of Lactic Acid Bacteria from Traditional Fermented Products in Benin
Tchekessi, C.K.C.; Tchekessi, C.K.C.; Bokossa, I.Y et al

in International Journal of Current Microbiology and Applied Sciences (2014), 3(11), 1-8

In Africa, fermented food products are particularly used as weaning foods for young children, pregnant women and the seniors. In Benin, most of these cereals-based foods are manufactured and sold around ... [more ▼]

In Africa, fermented food products are particularly used as weaning foods for young children, pregnant women and the seniors. In Benin, most of these cereals-based foods are manufactured and sold around the streets. These are ablo, dèguè, akpan, abotin, gowé etc ... This study focused on the isolation and enumeration of bacteria and yeast from twenty six (26) samples of traditional African fermented foods. Decimal dilution method allowed us to isolate a total of 42 different strains of microorganisms among which we counted 30 lactic acid bacteria. They confirmed their biological potential by expanding in selective medium MRS. When they were then subjected to screening, the medium of MRS-broth-starch agar, and eight (08) of the isolated strains tested showed their characters of amylolytic strains. The eight strains isolated were tested and finally cultivated at temperatures and pH ranging respectively from 30°C to 60°C and 3.0 to 6.5. These eight (08) amylolytic lactic acid bacteria (ALAB) synthesized enzyme amylase both inside and outside the bacterial cell with a very interesting activity value. The temperature limit between 40 and 45°C is best for the bacteria 26.2, B16 and B18 while the optimum pH for amylase synthesis is between 4.0 and 4.5 for the same microorganisms that have given the largest values of enzyme activity. The best strains 26.2, B16 and B18 secrete more enzymes in extracellular medium than intracellular. [less ▲]

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See detailGlobal comparison of light use efficiency models for simulating terrestrial vegetation gross primary production based on the LaThuile database
Yuan, W.; Cai, W.; Xia, J. et al

in Agricultural and Forest Meteorology (2014), 192-193

Simulating gross primary productivity (GPP) of terrestrial ecosystems has been a major challenge in quantifying the global carbon cycle. Many different light use efficiency (LUE) models have been ... [more ▼]

Simulating gross primary productivity (GPP) of terrestrial ecosystems has been a major challenge in quantifying the global carbon cycle. Many different light use efficiency (LUE) models have been developed recently, but our understanding of the relative merits of different models remains limited. Using CO2 flux measurements from multiple eddy covariance sites, we here compared and assessed major algorithms and performance of seven LUE models (CASA, CFix, CFlux, EC-LUE, MODIS, VPM and VPRM). Comparison between simulated GPP and estimated GPP from flux measurements showed that model performance differed substantially among ecosystem types. In general, most models performed better in capturing the temporal changes and magnitude of GPP in deciduous broadleaf forests and mixed forests than in evergreen broadleaf forests and shrublands. Six of the seven LUE models significantly underestimated GPP during cloudy days because the impacts of diffuse radiation on light use efficiency were ignored in the models. CFlux and EC-LUE exhibited the lowest root mean square error among all models at 80% and 75% of the sites, respectively. Moreover, these two models showed better performance than others in simulating interannual variability of GPP. Two pairwise comparisons revealed that the seven models differed substantially in algorithms describing the environmental regulations, particularly water stress, on GPP. This analysis highlights the need to improve representation of the impacts of diffuse radiation and water stress in the LUE models. © 2014 Elsevier B.V. [less ▲]

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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 detailIncrease in dimethylsulfide (DMS) emissions due to eutrophication of coastal waters offsets their reduction due to ocean acidification
Gypens, N; Borges, Alberto ULg

in Frontiers in Marine Science - Marine Ecosystem Ecology (2014), 1(4),

Available information from manipulative experiments suggested that the emission of dimethylsulfide (DMS) would decrease in response to the accumulation of anthropogenic CO2 in the ocean (ocean ... [more ▼]

Available information from manipulative experiments suggested that the emission of dimethylsulfide (DMS) would decrease in response to the accumulation of anthropogenic CO2 in the ocean (ocean acidification). However, in coastal environments, the carbonate chemistry of surface waters was also strongly modified by eutrophication and related changes in biological activity (increased primary production and change in phytoplankton dominance) during the last 50 years. Here, we tested the hypothesis that DMS emissions in marine coastal environments also strongly responded to eutrophication in addition to ocean acidification at decadal timescales. We used the R-MIRO-BIOGAS model in the eutrophied Southern Bight of the North Sea characterized by intense blooms of Phaeocystis that are high producers of dimethylsulfoniopropionate (DMSP), the precursor of DMS. We showed that, for the period from 1951 to 2007, eutrophication actually led to an increase of DMS emissions much stronger than the response of DMS emissions to ocean acidification. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative genomics to investigate the evolutionary development of the genus Bifidobacterium
Lugli, Gabriele; Milani, Christian; Turroni, Francesca et al

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2014)

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See detailUpdated standards and processes for accreditation of echocardiographic laboratories from The European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.
Popescu, Bogdan A.; Stefanidis, Alexandros; Nihoyannopoulos, Petros et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2014)

Standards for echocardiographic laboratories were proposed by the European Association of Echocardiography (now the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging) 7 years ago in order to raise standards ... [more ▼]

Standards for echocardiographic laboratories were proposed by the European Association of Echocardiography (now the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging) 7 years ago in order to raise standards of practice and improve the quality of care. Criteria and requirements were published at that time for transthoracic, transoesophageal, and stress echocardiography. This paper reassesses and updates the quality standards to take account of experience and the technical developments of modern echocardiographic practice. It also discusses quality control, the incentives for laboratories to apply for accreditation, the reaccreditation criteria, and the current status and future prospects of the laboratory accreditation process. [less ▲]

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See detailAppropriateness criteria for cardiovascular imaging use in clinical practice: a position statement of the ESC/EACVI taskforce.
Garbi, Madalina; Habib, Gilbert; Plein, Sven et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2014), 15(5), 477-182

There is a growing interest from the scientific community in the appropriate use of cardiovascular imaging techniques for diagnosis and decision making in Europe. To develop appropriateness criteria for ... [more ▼]

There is a growing interest from the scientific community in the appropriate use of cardiovascular imaging techniques for diagnosis and decision making in Europe. To develop appropriateness criteria for cardiovascular imaging use in clinical practice in Europe, a dedicated taskforce has been appointed by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) and the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI). The present paper describes the appropriateness criteria development process. [less ▲]

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See detailPostures d’apprenants et images sociotypées du professeur de français langue étrangère dans le contexte de la mobilité Erasmus
Meunier, Deborah ULg

in Langage et l'Homme (Le) : Recherches Pluridisciplinaires sur le Langage (2014), 49.1

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See detailCell invasion in the spheroid sprouting assay: a spatial organisation analysis adaptable to cell behaviour.
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Erpicum, Charlotte ULg; Lenoir, Benedicte et al

in PLoS ONE (2014), 9(5), 97019

The endothelial cell spheroid assay provides a suitable in vitro model to study (lymph) angiogenesis and test pro- and anti-(lymph) angiogenic factors or drugs. Usually, the extent of cell invasion ... [more ▼]

The endothelial cell spheroid assay provides a suitable in vitro model to study (lymph) angiogenesis and test pro- and anti-(lymph) angiogenic factors or drugs. Usually, the extent of cell invasion, observed through optical microscopy, is measured. The present study proposes the spatial distribution of migrated cells as a new descriptor of the (lymph) angiogenic response. The utility of this novel method rests with its capacity to locally characterise spheroid structure, allowing not only the investigation of single and collective cell invasion but also the evolution of the spheroid core itself. Moreover, the proposed method can be applied to 2D-projected spheroid images obtained by optical microscopy, as well as to 3D images acquired by confocal microscopy. To validate the proposed methodology, endothelial cell invasion was evaluated under different experimental conditions. The results were compared with widely used global parameters. The comparison shows that our method prevents local spheroid modifications from being overlooked and leading to the possible misinterpretation of results. [less ▲]

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See detailBulletin bibliographique de la Société Rencesvals 2013-2014
Henrard, Nadine ULg

in Bulletin Bibliographique de la Société Rencesvals (2014), 45

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See detailExtraction by three processes of arabinoxylans from wheat bran and characterization of the fractions obtained
Aguedo, Mario ULg; Fougnies, Christian; DERMIENCE, Michael ULg et al

in Carbohydrate Polymers (2014), 105

Arabinoxylans (AXs) were extracted from destarched wheat bran (DWB) according to different processes, with a view to their production at industrial scale. Two fractions (F3a and F3b, respectively purified ... [more ▼]

Arabinoxylans (AXs) were extracted from destarched wheat bran (DWB) according to different processes, with a view to their production at industrial scale. Two fractions (F3a and F3b, respectively purified on 10 kDa and 100 kDa ultrafiltration membranes) were obtained with low yields by treating DWB with an endoxylanase and this process left a solid residue exhausted in enzyme-extractable AXs (EDWB). F1 and F2 AX fractions were obtained by treatment with sodium hydroxide of respectively DWB and EDWB. The fraction F4 resulted from a hydrothermal treatment of EDWB in a pressure reactor, followed by ethanol precipitation. The different AX fractions were characterized and compared for the composition in monosaccharides, for the contents in fats and in ferulic, phytic and uronic acids, for the molecular mass distribution and the degrees of methylation and acetylation. The alkaline extractions gave one desesterified AX population with molecular mass (MM) higher than 670 kDa and arabinose/xylose ratios (Ara/Xyl) around 1. The enzyme and thermal treatments yielded AXs with two main populations in size-exclusion chromatography (the largest one at 5-12.5 kDa and a second one at 140-160 kDa), having overall Ara/Xyl of respectively 0.7 and 0.5 for both processes. These data bring information about the influence of the process on the characteristics of AX fractions obtained from pretreated wheat bran. Here are also reported processes that enabled to recover enzyme-unextractable AXs from DWB, including an original and up-scalable hydrothermal extraction. Phytate contents of isolated AXs are described for the first time. [less ▲]

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See detailLarge-Scale Clinical Expansion of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in the GMP-Compliant, Closed Automated Quantum® Cell Expansion System: Comparison with Expansion in Traditional T-Flasks
LECHANTEUR, Chantal ULg; Baila, Stefano; Janssen, Michel Etienne et al

in Journal of Stem Cell Research & Therapy (2014), 4(8),

Objectives: Significant advances have been achieved regarding the knowledge of the immunoregulatory properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). We are currently involved in several clinical protocols ... [more ▼]

Objectives: Significant advances have been achieved regarding the knowledge of the immunoregulatory properties of mesenchymal stem cells (MSC). We are currently involved in several clinical protocols evaluating these properties in different settings including hematopoietic cells or solid organ transplantation, and severe or refractory autoimmune disorders. Considering the large number of ex-vivo expanded cells required for these clinical protocols (MSC dose varies from 1 to 4x10-6 MSC/kg patient per infusion), we evaluated the Quantum® device, a GMPcompliant, functionally closed, automated hollow fiber bioreactor system and compared it with our traditional clinical culture system in flasks. Methods: Primary and pre-enriched MSC expansions were simultaneously conducted in both culture systems and evaluated in terms of expansion rates and compliance with quality specifications and ISCT-release criteria. Due to practical considerations, most of the experiments conducted in the bioreactor (P1 and P2 expansions) used thawed MSC. These were compared with both fresh and thawed MSC expansions in flasks. Results: The Quantum® device reproducibly produced therapeutic MSC doses that fulfill ISCT-release criteria, are sterile, devoid of mycoplasma and endotoxin, have normal karyotypes and demonstrate immunosuppressive and differentiation capacities in vitro. Cells also grew faster in the bioreactor than in flasks during passage P1 (doubling time 40 compared to 56 hours in flasks) and P2 expansions but not during the primary expansion phase (P0). Seeding 20x10-6 thawed P2-preselected cells on the device allowed us to harvest 110-276x10-6 MSC after a 7 day expansion; seeding 50x10-6 cells resulted in 291-334x10-6 MSC harvested. Conclusion: In conclusion, the Quantum® device is an excellent system to produce a clinical dose of MSC but cost-effectiveness varies as a function of the manufacturing strategy in place. For our particular situation, the use of the Quantum device didn't result in a cost saving solution. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysicochemical characterization and in vitro assessment of the nutritive value of starch yield from corn dried at different temperatures
Malumba, P.; Odjo, S.; Boudry, Christelle ULg et al

in Stärke = Starch (2014), 66

To assess modifications induced in starch granules during high temperature drying of corn grain and their effect on the nutritive value of corn-starch, physicochemical and structural characteristics of ... [more ▼]

To assess modifications induced in starch granules during high temperature drying of corn grain and their effect on the nutritive value of corn-starch, physicochemical and structural characteristics of starch granules from corn grains dried at different temperatures have been determined. Additionally, their in vitro digestibility and fermentation patterns were investigated, using a two steps in vitro model of the pig digestive tract. High drying temperatures induced a partial gelatinization of starch granules and produced a very favorable substrate for porcine pancreatic amylase and led to an altered physical structure which affected the rate and extent of starch granules digestion by gastric and pancreatic enzymes. Starch micrographs showed that granules extracted from corn dried at 130°C were less angular, bigger, and had smoother surface than granules extracted from corn dried at lower temperature. High-temperature drying increased the digestibility of wet-milled starch granules, while the residues of starch from corn dried at lower temperature produced higher volume of gas during their in vitro fermentation, despite their more pronounced crystalline characteristic. The residues from pepsin–pancreatic digestion of overall samples analyzed showed highly degraded and pitted granules or fragmented external shells, starch from corn dried at 130°C being the most degraded. Aforementioned changes of nutritional attributes of starch granules are discussed according to the restructuration occurring within both their amorphous and crystalline phase, as well as to the changes of the granules size and purity. [less ▲]

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See detailPhosphine- and ammonium-functionalized ordered mesoporous carbons as supports for cluster-derived metal nanoparticles
Vidick, Deborah; Léonard, Alexandre ULg; Poleunis, Claude et al

in Catalysis Today (2014), 235

An ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) was functionalized with ammonium or chelating phosphine ligands. In both cases, the functionalization procedure started by oxidation by nitric acid treatment, followed ... [more ▼]

An ordered mesoporous carbon (OMC) was functionalized with ammonium or chelating phosphine ligands. In both cases, the functionalization procedure started by oxidation by nitric acid treatment, followed by activation of surface carboxylic acid groups with thionyl chloride, then formation of amide bonds with diamines. The pendant amine groups were then either quaternized or further reacted with phosphine. The introduced functions were used as anchors for molecular mixed-metal clusters. These organometallic grafted species could then be thermally transformed into hetero-metallic nanoparticles (NP) embedded within the mesoporous framework. The NP/OMC nanocomposites could find application in hydrogenation, heterogeneous catalysis or as electrodes in fuel cells. [less ▲]

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See detailFragmentation and isomerization due to field heating in traveling wave ion mobility
Morsa, Denis ULg; Gabelica, Valérie ULg; De Pauw, Edwin ULg

in Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (2014), 25(6), 1384-1393

During their travel inside a traveling wave ion mobility cell (TW IMS), ions are susceptible to heating because of the presence of high intensity electric fields. Here, we report effective temperatures T ... [more ▼]

During their travel inside a traveling wave ion mobility cell (TW IMS), ions are susceptible to heating because of the presence of high intensity electric fields. Here, we report effective temperatures T eff,vib obtained at the injection and inside the mobility cell of a SYNAPT G2 HDMS spectrometer for different probe ions: benzylpyridinium ions and leucine enkephalin. Using standard parameter sets, we obtained a temperature of ~800 K at injection and 728 ± 2 K into the IMS cell for p-methoxybenzylpyridinium. We found that T eff,vib inside the cell was dependent on the separation parameters and on the nature of the analyte. While the mean energy of the Boltzmann distributions increases with ion size, the corresponding temperature decreases because of increasing numbers of vibrational normal modes. We also investigated conformational rearrangements of 7+ ions of cytochrome c and reveal isomerization of the most compact structure, therefore highlighting the effects of weak heating on the gas-phase structure of biologically relevant ions. [less ▲]

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

in Physica D: Nonlinear Phenomena (2014), 272

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See detailEvaluating somatic cell scores with a Bayesian Gaussian linear state-space model.
Detilleux, Johann ULg; Theron, Léonard ULg; Reding, E. et al

in Animal : an international journal of animal bioscience (2014), 8(3), 477-83

Because accurate characterization of health state is important for managing dairy herds, we propose to validate the use of a linear state-space model (LSSM) for evaluating monthly somatic cell scores ... [more ▼]

Because accurate characterization of health state is important for managing dairy herds, we propose to validate the use of a linear state-space model (LSSM) for evaluating monthly somatic cell scores (SCSs). To do so, we retrieved SCS from a dairy database and collected reports on clinical mastitis collected in 20 farms, during the period from January 2008 to December 2011 in the Walloon region of Belgium. The dependent variable was the SCS, and the independent variables were the number of days from calving, year of calving and parity. The LSSM also incorporated an error-free underlying variable that described the trend across time as a function of previous clinical and subclinical status. We computed the mean sum of squared differences between observed SCS and median values of the posterior SCS distribution and constructed the receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve for SCS thresholds going from 0 to 6. Our results show SCS estimates are close to observed SCS and area under the ROC curve is higher than 90%. We discuss the meaning of the parameters in light of our current knowledge of the disease and propose methods to incorporate, in LSSM, this knowledge often expressed in the form of ordinary differential equations. [less ▲]

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See detailAvaliação da Qualidade de Vida Infantil: O Inventário Sistémico de Qualidade de Vida para Crianças
Fonseca, Marta; Missotten, Pierre ULg; Etienne, Anne-Marie ULg et al

in Psicologia, Reflexão e Crítica = Psychology, Reflection and Criticism (2014), 27(2),

Introduction: Children’s quality of life evaluation has specific methodological aspects. Objective: To examine the psychometric properties of the Portuguese version of the Child Quality of Life Systemic ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Children’s quality of life evaluation has specific methodological aspects. Objective: To examine the psychometric properties of the Portuguese version of the Child Quality of Life Systemic Inventory (CQLSI), which is based on an innovative conceptual and methodological approach to quality of life self-assessment, namely by being interactive and playful, having a psychometry which operates several scores and allowing an analysis of each domain of life. Methods: 120 Portuguese children, from 8 to 12 years old. Results: Internal consistency of the four scores of the CQLSI (State, Goal, Rank and Gap) is satisfactory; all scores have their own specificity. Data show convergent validity. On the other hand, no satisfactory factorial structure was found. Conclusion: Feasibility and psychometric adequacy of the CQLSI Portuguese version seems demonstrated. [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 detailThe influence of particle size distribution on sunflower tahini rheology and structure
Mureşan, Vlad; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Racolţa, Emil et al

in Journal of Food Process Engineering (2014)

Different particle size sunflower tahini prototypes were obtained by controlling the milling process of roasted sunflower kernels. Not only the physicochemical properties of these samples but also of an ... [more ▼]

Different particle size sunflower tahini prototypes were obtained by controlling the milling process of roasted sunflower kernels. Not only the physicochemical properties of these samples but also of an industrial reference were compared and discussed in order to understand tahini behavior and structure. Granulometry was determined by a laser-scattering analyzer and revealed for all studied samples, trimodal particle size distributions. Histogram modes, as well as cumulative volume percentages (CVPs) of smal l- and middle-class populations, increased with the number of passes through colloidal mill, while for large particle size population, both the modes and CVPs decreased. Pseudoplastic behavior was observed for all sunflower tahini prototypes and reference, irrespective of studied temperature and particle size. However, the value of consistency coefficient ranged from 3,049 to 6.6 Pa·s n being strong dependent on particle size and temperature while flow behavior indexes between 0.53 and 0.87. Time-dependent rheological analysis revealed higher thixotropic degree of coarser sunflower tahini samples. Studied samples had rheological properties characteristic for a viscoelastic mate- rial, the response in the dynamic frequency sweep being typical for weak gels. The finest sunflower tahini prototype showed the lowest Krieger–Dougherty estimated volume fraction (0.48), while the coarsest sample the highest (0.69), sunflower tahini reference being placed in a median position with a volume fraction of 0.56. By combining all those data, a schematic structure of sunflower tahini was pro- posed for the first time [less ▲]

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See detaille mythe de l'infaillibilité médicale menace sérieusement la sécurité du patient !
COUCKE, Philippe ULg

in Healthcare Executive (2014), 77

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See detailPure and Pseudo-pure Fluid Thermophysical Property Evaluation and the Open-Source Thermophysical Property Library CoolProp
Bell, Ian ULg; Wronski, Jorrit; Quoilin, Sylvain ULg et al

in Industrial & Engineering Chemistry Research (2014), 53

Article Pure and Pseudo-pure Fluid Thermophysical Property Evaluation and the Open-Source Thermophysical Property Library CoolProp ACS ActiveView PDFHi-Res Print, Annotate, Reference QuickView PDF [2027 ... [more ▼]

Article Pure and Pseudo-pure Fluid Thermophysical Property Evaluation and the Open-Source Thermophysical Property Library CoolProp ACS ActiveView PDFHi-Res Print, Annotate, Reference QuickView PDF [2027 KB] PDF w/ Links[457 KB] Full Text HTML Abstract Supporting Info -> Figures Reference QuickView Add to ACS ChemWorx Ian H. Bell *†, Jorrit Wronski *‡, Sylvain Quoilin *†, and Vincent Lemort *† † Energy Systems Research Unit, University of Liège, Liège, Belgium ‡ Department of Mechanical Engineering, Technical University of Denmark, Kongens Lyngby, Denmark Ind. Eng. Chem. Res., 2014, 53 (6), pp 2498–2508 DOI: 10.1021/ie4033999 Publication Date (Web): January 13, 2014 Copyright © 2014 American Chemical Society OpenURL UNIV DE LIEGE *E-mail: ian.bell@ulg.ac.be., *E-mail: jowr@mek.dtu.dk., *E-mail: squoilin@ulg.ac.be., *E-mail: vincent.lemort@ulg.ac.be. ACS AuthorChoice Abstract Over the last few decades, researchers have developed a number of empirical and theoretical models for the correlation and prediction of the thermophysical properties of pure fluids and mixtures treated as pseudo-pure fluids. In this paper, a survey of all the state-of-the-art formulations of thermophysical properties is presented. The most-accurate thermodynamic properties are obtained from multiparameter Helmholtz-energy-explicit-type formulations. For the transport properties, a wider range of methods has been employed, including the extended corresponding states method. All of the thermophysical property correlations described here have been implemented into CoolProp, an open-source thermophysical property library. This library is written in C++, with wrappers available for the majority of programming languages and platforms of technical interest. As of publication, 110 pure and pseudo-pure fluids are included in the library, as well as properties of 40 incompressible fluids and humid air. The source code for the CoolProp library is included as an electronic annex. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of vitamin D in the elderly population : current status and perspectives
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; Souberbielle, JC et al

in Archives of Public Health (2014), 72

Besides its well-known effect on bone metabolism, recent researches suggest that vitamin D may also play a role in the muscular, immune, endocrine, and central nervous systems. Double-blind RCTs support ... [more ▼]

Besides its well-known effect on bone metabolism, recent researches suggest that vitamin D may also play a role in the muscular, immune, endocrine, and central nervous systems. Double-blind RCTs support vitamin D supplementation at a dose of 800 IU per day for the prevention of falls and fractures in the senior population. Ecological, case–control and cohort studies have suggested that high vitamin D levels were associated with a reduced risk of autoimmune diseases, type 2 diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases and cancer but large clinical trials are lacking today to provide solid evidence of a vitamin D benefit beyond bone health. At last, the optimal dose, route of administration, dosing interval and duration of vitamin D supplementation at a specific target dose beyond the prevention of vitamin D deficiency need to be further investigated. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailTraining Modifies Innate Immune Responses in Blood Monocytes and in Pulmonary Alveolar Macrophages
Frellstedt, Linda ULg; Waldschmidt, Ingrid; Gosset, Philippe et al

in American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology (2014), 51(1), 135-142

In humans, strenuous exercise causes increased susceptibility to respiratory infections associated with down-regulated expression of Toll-like receptors (TLRs), co-stimulatory and antigen-presenting ... [more ▼]

In humans, strenuous exercise causes increased susceptibility to respiratory infections associated with down-regulated expression of Toll-like receptors (TLRs), co-stimulatory and antigen-presenting molecules. Lower airway diseases are also a common problem in sport and racing horses. Because the innate immunity plays an essential role in lung defense mechanisms, we aimed to assess the effect of acute exercise and training on innate immune responses in two different compartments. Blood monocytes and pulmonary alveolar macrophages (PAM) were collected from horses in an untrained, moderately and intensively trained as well as deconditioned state before and after a strenuous exercise test (SET). The cells were analysed for TLR mRNA expression by real-time PCR in vitro and the cytokine production after in vitro stimulation with TLR ligands was measured by ELISA. Our results showed that training, but not acute exercise, modified the innate immune responses in both compartments. The mRNA expression of TLR3 was down-regulated by training in both cell types, whereas the expression of TLR4 was up-regulated in monocytes. Monocytes treated with lipopolysaccharide (LPS) and a synthetic diacylated lipoprotein (FSL) showed increased cytokine secretion in trained and deconditioned subjects indicating the activation of cells at the systemic level. The production of TNF-alpha and IFN-beta in non-stimulated and stimulated PAM was decreased in trained and deconditioned horses and might therefore explain the increased susceptibility to respiratory infections. Our study reports a dissociation between the systemic and the lung response to training that is probably implicated in the systemic inflammation and in the pulmonary susceptibility to infection. [less ▲]

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

in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports (2014)

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

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

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See detailBiodegradable polyester-based microcarriers with modified surface tailored for tissue engineering
Privalova, A.; Markvicheva, E.; Sevrin, Chantal ULg et al

in Journal of Biomedical Materials Research, Part A (2014)

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See detailEffect of the ratio of dietary n-3 fatty acids eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid on broiler breeder performance, egg quality, and yolk fatty acid composition at different breeder ages.
Koppenol, A.; Delezie, E.; Aerts, J. et al

in Poultry science (2014), 93(3), 564-73

When added to the feed of broiler breeder hens, dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (FA) can be incorporated into the yolk and therefore become available to the progeny during their early development. The ... [more ▼]

When added to the feed of broiler breeder hens, dietary polyunsaturated fatty acids (FA) can be incorporated into the yolk and therefore become available to the progeny during their early development. The mechanism involved in lipid metabolism and deposition in the egg may be influenced by breeder age. Before the effect of an elevated concentration of certain polyunsaturated FA on the embryo can be investigated, the effect at breeder level and egg quality must be further assessed. The aim of the present experiment was to evaluate the effects of dietary n-6/n-3 ratios and dietary eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA, 20:5 n-3) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA, 22:6 n-3) ratios, provided to broiler breeder hens, in terms of their zoo technical performance, egg quality, and yolk FA composition. Starting at 6 wk of age, 640 Ross-308 broiler breeder hens were fed 1 of 4 different diets. The control diet was a basal diet, rich in n-6 FA. The 3 other diets were enriched in n-3 FA, formulated to obtain a different EPA/DHA ratio of 1/1 (EPA = DHA), 1/2 (DHA), or 2/1 (EPA). In fact, after analysis the EPA/DHA ratio was 0.8, 0.4, or 2.1, respectively. Dietary EPA and DHA addition did not affect the performance of the breeder hens, except for egg weight. Egg weight was lower (P < 0.001) for all n-3 treatments. Dietary EPA improved number of eggs laid in the first 2 wk of the production cycle (P = 0.029). The absolute and relative yolk weight of eggs laid by EPA = DHA fed hens was lowest (P = 0.004 and P = 0.025, respectively). The EPA and DHA concentrations in the yolk were highly dependent on dietary EPA and DHA concentrations with a regression coefficient equal to 0.89. It can be concluded that dietary EPA and DHA can be incorporated in the breeder egg yolk to become available for the developing embryo, without compromising the performance and egg quality of the flock. [less ▲]

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See detailKluge, Adorno et l’indomptable Leni Peickert
Hamers, Jérémy ULg; Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Cahiers du GRM (2014), 5

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See detailUpper Silurian miospores from the Precordillera Basin, Argentina: biostratigraphic, palaeonvironmental and palaeogeographic implications
Rubinstein, C.V.; Garcia Muro, V.J.; Steemans, Philippe ULg

in Geological Magazine (2014), 151(3), 472-490

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See detailCompte rendu de James WILBERDING & Christoph HORN (eds.), "Neoplatonism and the Philosophy of Nature"
Gavray, Marc-Antoine ULg

in Revue Philosophique de Louvain (2014), 112(1), 174-176

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See detailcompte rendu de : Eleanor DICKEY, The Colloquia of the Hermeneumata Pseudodositheana. Volume I. Colloquia Monacensia-Einsidlensia, Leidense-Stephani, and Stephani
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Gnomon : Kritische Zeitschrift für die Gesamte Klassische Altertumswissenschaft (2014), 86(7), 596-600

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See detailOrganization of microbeads in Leidenfrost droplet
Maquet, Laurent ULg; Colinet, Pierre; Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg

in Soft Matter (2014), 10

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See detailAn online interactive tool to assess energy consumption in residential buildings and for daily mobility
Marique, Anne-Françoise ULg; de Meester, Tatiana; De Herde, André et al

in Energy and Buildings (2014), 78C

Improving energy efficiency in the building and transportation sectors is a viable approach to mitigate the effects of climate change and has become an important policy target. As a result, in addition to ... [more ▼]

Improving energy efficiency in the building and transportation sectors is a viable approach to mitigate the effects of climate change and has become an important policy target. As a result, in addition to scientific research and public policies addressing energy efficiency, raising public awareness of the impact of the behaviour of citizens to energy efficiency is crucial and could quickly lead to significant reductions in the total energy consumption of a territory. In this context, this paper presents a new online interactive tool that enables not only citizens but also local authorities and private developers to (1) assess the sources of energy consumption related to housing and to daily mobility at both the individual and neighbourhood scales, (2) compare these sources and (3) determine relevant and personalised suggestions to reduce energy consumption. Numerous methods and tools, including a typological classification of buildings, thermal dynamic simulations, life-cycle assessments and statistical treatments of national censuses, were used to produce the two large databases used in this interactive tool. This report represents the primary results of a three-year long scientific research project dedicated to the study of energy efficiency in buildings and for daily mobility that is accessible to a large non-specialised audience. [less ▲]

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See detailReducing the impact of insulin sensitivity variability on glycaemic outcomes using separate stochastic models within the STAR glycaemic protocol.
Thomas, Felicity; Pretty, Christopher G.; Fisk, Liam et al

in Biomedical engineering online (2014), 13

BACKGROUND: The metabolism of critically ill patients evolves dynamically over time. Post critical insult, levels of counter-regulatory hormones are significantly elevated, but decrease rapidly over the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The metabolism of critically ill patients evolves dynamically over time. Post critical insult, levels of counter-regulatory hormones are significantly elevated, but decrease rapidly over the first 12-48 hours in the intensive care unit (ICU). These hormones have a direct physiological impact on insulin sensitivity (SI). Understanding the variability of SI is important for safely managing glycaemic levels and understanding the evolution of patient condition. The objective of this study is to assess the evolution of SI over the first two days of ICU stay, and using this data, propose a separate stochastic model to reduce the impact of SI variability during glycaemic control using the STAR glycaemic control protocol. METHODS: The value of SI was identified hourly for each patient using a validated physiological model. Variability of SI was then calculated as the hour-to-hour percentage change in SI. SI was examined using 6 hour blocks of SI to display trends while mitigating the effects of noise. To reduce the impact of SI variability on achieving glycaemic control a new stochastic model for the most variable period, 0-18 hours, was generated. Virtual simulations were conducted using an existing glycaemic control protocol (STAR) to investigate the clinical impact of using this separate stochastic model during this period of increased metabolic variability. RESULTS: For the first 18 hours, over 80% of all SI values were less than 0.5 x 10(-3) L/mU x min, compared to 65% for >18 hours. Using the new stochastic model for the first 18 hours of ICU stay reduced the number of hypoglycaemic measurements during virtual trials. For time spent below 4.4, 4.0, and 3.0 mmol/L absolute reductions of 1.1%, 0.8% and 0.1% were achieved, respectively. No severe hypoglycaemic events (BG < 2.2 mmol/L) occurred for either case. CONCLUSIONS: SI levels increase significantly, while variability decreases during the first 18 hours of a patients stay in ICU. Virtual trials, using a separate stochastic model for this period, demonstrated a reduction in variability and hypoglycaemia during the first 18 hours without adversely affecting the overall level of control. Thus, use of multiple models can reduce the impact of SI variability during model-based glycaemic control. [less ▲]

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See detailA Monitoring Campaign for Luhman 16AB. I. Detection of Resolved Near-Infrared Spectroscopic Variability
Burgasser, A. J.; Gillon, Michaël ULg; Faherty, J. K. et al

in Astrophysical Journal (2014), 785

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

in Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2014)

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

in Small : Nano Micro (2014)

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

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

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See detailCharacterization of multi-walled carbon nanotube dispersion in resorcinol-formaldehyde aerogel
Haghgoo, Majid; Yousefi, Ali Akbar; Zohouriaan Mehr, Mohammad Jalal et al

in Microporous and Mesoporous Materials (2014), 184

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See detailA methodological evaluation of volumetric measurement techniques including three-dimensional imaging in breast surgery
HOEFFELIN, Harry; JACQUEMIN, Denise ULg; Defaweux, Valérie ULg et al

in BioMed Research International (2014), 2014

Breast surgery currently remains very subjective and each intervention depends on the ability and experience of the operator. To date, no objective measurement of this anatomical region can codify surgery ... [more ▼]

Breast surgery currently remains very subjective and each intervention depends on the ability and experience of the operator. To date, no objective measurement of this anatomical region can codify surgery. In this light, we wanted to compare and validate a new technique for 3D scanning (LifeViz 3D) and its clinical application. Materials and methods. - We tested the use of the 3D LifeViz system (Quantificare) to perform volumetric calculations in various settings ("in situ" in cadaveric dissection, of control prostheses and in clinical patients) and we compared this system to other techniques (CT scanning and Archimedes' principle) under the same conditions. Results. - We were able to identify the benefits (feasibility, safety, portability, low patient stress) and limitations (underestimation of the “in situ” volume, subjectivity of contouring, and patient selection) of the LifeViz 3D system, concluding that the results are comparable with other measurement techniques. Conclusion. - The prospects of this technology seem promising in numerous applications in clinical practice to limit the subjectivity of breast surgery. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Role of Memory Traces Quality in Directed Forgetting: A Comparison of Young and Older Participants
Collette, Fabienne ULg; Grandjean, Julien; Lorant, Caroline ULg et al

in Psychologica Belgica (2014), 54(4), 310-327

The presence of a reduced directed-forgetting (DF) effect in normal aging has been frequently observed with the item method. These results were interpreted as age-related difficulties in inhibiting the ... [more ▼]

The presence of a reduced directed-forgetting (DF) effect in normal aging has been frequently observed with the item method. These results were interpreted as age-related difficulties in inhibiting the processing of irrelevant information. However, since the performance of older adults is usually lower on items to remember, the age effect on DF abilities could also be interpreted as reflecting memory problems. Consequently, the present study aimed at investigating the influence of memory traces quality on the magnitude of the DF effects in normal aging. We predicted that increasing the quality of memory traces (by increasing presentation times at encoding) would be associated with attenuated DF effects in older participants due to the increased difficulty of inhibiting highly activated memory traces. A classical item-method DF paradigm was administered to 48 young and 48 older participants under short and long encoding conditions. Memory performance for information to memorize and to suppress was assessed with recall and recognition procedures, as well as with a Remember/Know/Guess (RKG) paradigm. The results indicated that, when memory traces are equated between groups, DF effects observed with the recall, recognition and RKG procedures are of similar amplitude in both groups (all ps>0.05). This suggests that the decreased DF effect previously observed in older adults might not actually depend on their inhibitory abilities but may rather reflect quantitative and qualitative differences in episodic memory functioning. [less ▲]

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See detailVisible-light photo-activity of alkali metal doped ZnO
Benhebal, Hadj; Chaib, Messaoud; Malengreaux, Charline ULg et al

in Journal of the Taiwan Institute of Chemical Engineers (2014), 45(1), 249-253

In order to utilize visible light more efficiently in the field of photocatalysis, Li, Na and K-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared using a sol–gel method. The obtained samples were characterized by BET ... [more ▼]

In order to utilize visible light more efficiently in the field of photocatalysis, Li, Na and K-doped ZnO nanoparticles were prepared using a sol–gel method. The obtained samples were characterized by BET surface area measurements, X-ray diffraction, scanning electron microscopy and UV–vis analysis. The photocatalytic activity of the photocatalysts was evaluated for the degradation of p-nitrophenol (p-NP) under visible light irradiation. It has been observed that these photocatalysts could be a promising photocatalyst for degradation of organic molecules as compared to transition metal doped ZnO under visible light. Li-doped ZnO is the most active photocatalyst and shows high photocatalytic activity for the degradation of p-nitrophenol (p-NP). The enhanced photocatalytic activity of Li-doped ZnO is mainly due to the electron trapping by lithium metal ions, small particle size, large surface area, and high surface roughness of the photocatalysts. [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 detailChâteau fort d’Ecaussinnes-Lalaing (Hainaut) : de nouveaux matériaux pour une chronologie du bâti
Maggi, Christophe ULg; Blain, Sophie ULg; Bavay, Gérard et al

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

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

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

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See detailGoal-directed treatment of osteoporosis in Europe.
Kanis, J. A.; McCloskey, E.; Branco, J. et al

in Osteoporosis international : a journal established as result of cooperation between the European Foundation for Osteoporosis and the National Osteoporosis Foundation of the USA (2014), 25(11), 2533-2543

Despite the proven predictive ability of bone mineral density, Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX(R)), bone turnover markers, and fracture for osteoporotic fracture, their use as targets for treatment of ... [more ▼]

Despite the proven predictive ability of bone mineral density, Fracture Risk Assessment Tool (FRAX(R)), bone turnover markers, and fracture for osteoporotic fracture, their use as targets for treatment of osteoporosis is limited. INTRODUCTION: Treat-to-target is a strategy applied in several fields of medicine and has recently become an area of interest in the management of osteoporosis. Its role in this setting remains controversial. This article was prepared following a European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) working group meeting convened under the auspices of the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) to discuss the feasibility of applying such a strategy in osteoporosis in Europe. METHODS: Potential targets range from the absence of an incident fracture to fixed levels of bone mineral density (BMD), a desired FRAX(R) score, a specified level of bone turnover markers or indeed changes in any one or a combination of these parameters. RESULTS: Despite the proven predictive ability of all of these variables for fracture (particularly BMD and FRAX), their use as targets remains limited due to low sensitivity, the influence of confounders and current lack of evidence that targets can be consistently reached. CONCLUSION: ESCEO considers that it is not currently feasible to apply a treat-to-target strategy in osteoporosis, though it did identify a need to continue to improve the targeting of treatment to those at higher risk (target-to-treat strategy) and a number of issues for the research agenda. These include international consensus on intervention thresholds and definition of treatment failure, further exploration of the relationship between fracture and BMD, and FRAX and treatment efficacy and investigation of the potential of short-term targets to improve adherence. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailLA RADIOBIOLOGIE POUR LES NÉOPHYTES
COUCKE, Philippe ULg; MARTINIVE, Philippe ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2014), 69(Supp 1), 16-19

La radiothérapie moderne ne se base pas unique - ment sur l’exploitation des améliorations en informatique, imagerie et robotique. La meilleure distribution de la dose au niveau de la cible, avec ... [more ▼]

La radiothérapie moderne ne se base pas unique - ment sur l’exploitation des améliorations en informatique, imagerie et robotique. La meilleure distribution de la dose au niveau de la cible, avec l’épargne des tissus sains avoisinants, rend possible une nouvelle exploitation de concept de radio - biologie. L’exemple type est la redécouverte des traitements hypo-fractionnés. [less ▲]

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See detailEndocrine disruptors: A relevant issue for neuroendocrinology also!
Balthazart, Jacques ULg; Levine, Jon E.

in Frontiers in neuroendocrinology (2014), 35(1), 1

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See detailTraitement de l'osteoporose post-menopausique: quoi de neuf en 2014?
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Neuprez, A.; Lecart, M. P. et al

in Revue medicale de Liege (2014), 69(7-8), 441-53

Management of osteoporosis involves both non pharmacological approaches, including changes in lifestyle and dietary habits combined, in patients at high risk of fracture or presenting with an established ... [more ▼]

Management of osteoporosis involves both non pharmacological approaches, including changes in lifestyle and dietary habits combined, in patients at high risk of fracture or presenting with an established osteoporosis, to the use of drugs. Besides supplementation in calcium and vitamin D (at daily doses of 1 gr and 800 IU) in patients whose dietary intakes do not cover the recommended daily allowances, medications to be used for the management of osteoporosis may include inhibitors of bone resorption (bisphosphonates, denosumab and selective estrogen receptor modulators), stimulators of bone formation (teriparatide) or chemical entities decreasing bone resorption and stimulating bone formation (strontium ranelate). The selection of a particular medication, for a single individual patient, will depend on the severity of the disease as well as on the patient's believes and expectations. Local, skeletal and systemic tolerance of the various drugs should also be taken into account. [less ▲]

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See detailEstetrol is a weak estrogen antagonizing estradiol-dependent mammary gland proliferation.
Gérard, Céline ULg; Blacher, Silvia ULg; Communal, Laudine et al

in The Journal of endocrinology (2014)

Estetrol (E4) is a natural estrogen produced exclusively by the human fetal liver during pregnancy. Its physiological activity remains unknown. In contrast to ethinyl estradiol (EE) and estradiol (E2), E4 ... [more ▼]

Estetrol (E4) is a natural estrogen produced exclusively by the human fetal liver during pregnancy. Its physiological activity remains unknown. In contrast to ethinyl estradiol (EE) and estradiol (E2), E4 has a minimal impact on liver cells activity and could provide a better safety profile in contraception or hormone therapy. The aim of this study was to delineate if E4 exhibits an activity profile distinct from that of E2 on mammary gland. Compared to E2, E4 acted as a low affinity estrogen in both, human in vitro and murine in vivo, models. E4 was 100 times less potent than E2 to stimulate the proliferation of human breast epithelial (HBE) cells and murine mammary gland in vitro and in vivo, respectively. This effect was prevented by fulvestrant and by tamoxifen supporting the notion that ERalpha is the main mediator of the estrogenic effect of E4 on the breast. Interestingly, when E4 was administered along with E2, it significantly antagonized the strong stimulatory effect of E2 on HBE cells proliferation and on the growth of mammary ducts. This study characterizes for the first time the impact of E4 on mammary gland. Our results highlight that E4 is less potent than E2 and exhibits antagonistic properties towards the proliferative effect of E2 on breast epithelial cells. These data support E4 as a potential new estrogen for clinical use with a reduced impact on breast proliferation. [less ▲]

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See detailRecouvrement d'un crédit hypothécaire et accumulation des intérêts
Biquet, Christine ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2014), (5), 205-216

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See detailInteraction of fengycin with stratum corneum mimicking model membranes: a calorimetry study
Eeman, Marc; Oloffson, Gerd; Sparr, Emma et al

in Colloids and Surfaces B : Biointerfaces (2014), In Press

Based on its outstanding antifungal properties, it is reasonable to believe that fengycin might be efficient to topically treat localized dermatomycoses. Since most of the fungi species involved in the ... [more ▼]

Based on its outstanding antifungal properties, it is reasonable to believe that fengycin might be efficient to topically treat localized dermatomycoses. Since most of the fungi species involved in the formation of those mycotic skin diseases colonize primarily the stratum corneum (SC), studying the interaction between fengycin and SC-mimicking lipid membranes is a primary step to determine the potential of fengycin to overcome the physical barrier of the skin. In this respect, multilamellar lipid vesicles (MLVs), with a lipid composition mimicking that of the SC, were prepared and characterized by differential scanning calorimetry (DSC). The critical micelle concentration (CMC) of fengycin was also assessed under skin conditions and found to be 1.2 ± 0.1 μM. The molecular interactions of fengycin with SC-mimicking MLVs were investigated by both DSC and isothermal titration calorimetry (ITC). Results showed that the interactions were considerably affected by changes in lipid phase behaviour. At 40 °C and below, fengycin induced exothermic changes in the lipid structures suggesting that less-ordered lipid domains became more-ordered in presence of fengycin. At 60 °C, clearly endothermic interaction enthalpies were observed, which could arise from the “melting” of remaining solid domains enriched in high melting lipids that without fengycin melt at higher temperatures. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of the surface morphology of smooth platinum electrodes for the sodium borohydride oxidation reaction
Olu, Pierre-Yves; Gilles, Bruno; Job, Nathalie ULg et al

in Electrochemistry Communications (2014), 43

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See detailSPECT/CT workflow and imaging protocols.
Beckers, Catherine; Hustinx, Roland ULg

in European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging (2014), 41

PURPOSE: Introducing a hybrid imaging method such as single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT greatly alters the routine in the nuclear medicine department. It requires designing new workflow ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Introducing a hybrid imaging method such as single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT)/CT greatly alters the routine in the nuclear medicine department. It requires designing new workflow processes and the revision of original scheduling process and imaging protocols. In addition, the imaging protocol should be adapted for each individual patient, so that performing CT is fully justified and the CT procedure is fully tailored to address the clinical issue. Such refinements often occur before the procedure is started but may be required at some intermediate stage of the procedure. Furthermore, SPECT/CT leads in many instances to a new partnership with the radiology department. This article presents practical advice and highlights the key clinical elements which need to be considered to help understand the workflow process of SPECT/CT and optimise imaging protocols. METHODS: The workflow process using SPECT/CT is complex in particular because of its bimodal character, the large spectrum of stakeholders, the multiplicity of their activities at various time points and the need for real-time decision-making. RESULTS: With help from analytical tools developed for quality assessment, the workflow process using SPECT/CT may be separated into related, but independent steps, each with its specific human and material resources to use as inputs or outputs. This helps identify factors that could contribute to failure in routine clinical practice. At each step of the process, practical aspects to optimise imaging procedure and protocols are developed. A decision-making algorithm for justifying each CT indication as well as the appropriateness of each CT protocol is the cornerstone of routine clinical practice using SPECT/CT. CONCLUSION: In conclusion, implementing hybrid SPECT/CT imaging requires new ways of working. It is highly rewarding from a clinical perspective, but it also proves to be a daily challenge in terms of management. [less ▲]

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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 detailLignin extraction from Mediterranean agro-wastes: Impact of pretreatment conditions on lignin chemical structure and thermal degradation behavior
Manara, Panagiota; Zabaniotou, Anastasia; Vanderghem, Caroline ULg et al

in Catalysis Today (2014), 223

Three different types of Mediterranean, agro-industrial wastes (olive kernels, grape pomace/seeds, peach kernels), were subjected to two pretreatment processes, a chemical/organosolv and a physicochemical ... [more ▼]

Three different types of Mediterranean, agro-industrial wastes (olive kernels, grape pomace/seeds, peach kernels), were subjected to two pretreatment processes, a chemical/organosolv and a physicochemical one. The organosolv process included lignocellulosic biomass treatment with formic acid/acetic acid/water (30/50/20, v/v%), for 3 h at 107 °C, while the physicochemical method was conducted by immersing the biomass in a water/ethanol (8/92, v/v%), H2SO4 0.32 M, solvent and further exposing the slurry to microwave irradiation (maximum 250 W) for 1/2 h at 150 °C. Both processes were evaluated regarding the achieved delignification and the purity of the extracted lignins. The effect of the pretreatment processes onto the structure and thermal decomposition behavior of the extracted lignins was investigated via FT-IR and TGA analysis, respectively. The objective of the research work was to investigate potential valorization routes for these biomass agro-residues in the context of a biorefinery, focusing on lignin extraction. The pretreatment results showed that the obtained lignins, derived from both procedures, were of high purity (>82 wt%). Under the organosolv procedure, peach kernel delignification showed the maximum value (∼16 wt%), while under microwave pretreatment, olive kernel delignification showed the maximum value (∼35 wt%). Grape pomace/seeds appeared to be the most resistant in both treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailEuropean Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (EACVI) position paper: multimodality imaging in pericardial disease.
Cosyns, Bernard; Plein, Sven; Nihoyanopoulos, Petros et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2014)

Although pericardial diseases are common in the daily clinical practice and can result in a significant morbidity and mortality, imaging of patients with suspected or known pericardial disorders remain ... [more ▼]

Although pericardial diseases are common in the daily clinical practice and can result in a significant morbidity and mortality, imaging of patients with suspected or known pericardial disorders remain challenging. Multimodality imaging is part of the management of pericardial diseases. Echocardiography, cardiac computed tomography, and cardiovascular magnetic resonance are often used as complementary imaging modalities. The choice of one or multiple imaging modalities is driven by the clinical context or conditions of the patient. The scope of the present document is to highlight the respective role of each technique according to the clinical context in the diagnosis and management of pericardial diseases. [less ▲]

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See detailBiFeO3/La0.7Sr0.3MnO3 heterostructures deposited on spark plasma sintered LaAlO3 substrates
Dhanapal, Pravarthana ULg; Trassin, M.; Haw Chu, J. et al

in Applied Physics Letters (2014), 104

Multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO)/La0.7Sr 0.3MnO3 heterostructured thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on polished spark plasma sintered LaAlO3 (LAO) polycrystalline substrates. Both polycrystalline ... [more ▼]

Multiferroic BiFeO3 (BFO)/La0.7Sr 0.3MnO3 heterostructured thin films were grown by pulsed laser deposition on polished spark plasma sintered LaAlO3 (LAO) polycrystalline substrates. Both polycrystalline LAO substrates and BFO films were locally characterized using electron backscattering diffraction, which confirmed the high-quality local epitaxial growth on each substrate grain. Piezoforce microscopy was used to image and switch the piezo-domains, and the results are consistent with the relative orientation of the ferroelectric variants with the surface normal. This high-throughput synthesis process opens the routes towards wide survey of electronic properties as a function of crystalline orientation in complex oxide thin film synthesis. © 2014 AIP Publishing LLC. [less ▲]

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See detailThe uterine and vascular actions of estetrol delineate a distinctive profile of estrogen receptor alpha modulation, uncoupling nuclear and membrane activation.
Abot, Anne; Fontaine, Coralie; Buscato, Melissa et al

in EMBO molecular medicine (2014), 6(10), 1328-46

Estetrol (E4) is a natural estrogen with a long half-life produced only by the human fetal liver during pregnancy. The crystal structures of the estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha) ligand-binding domain ... [more ▼]

Estetrol (E4) is a natural estrogen with a long half-life produced only by the human fetal liver during pregnancy. The crystal structures of the estrogen receptor alpha (ERalpha) ligand-binding domain bound to 17beta-estradiol (E2) and E4 are very similar, as well as their capacity to activate the two activation functions AF-1 and AF-2 and to recruit the coactivator SRC3. In vivo administration of high doses of E4 stimulated uterine gene expression, epithelial proliferation, and prevented atheroma, three recognized nuclear ERalpha actions. However, E4 failed to promote endothelial NO synthase activation and acceleration of endothelial healing, two processes clearly dependent on membrane-initiated steroid signaling (MISS). Furthermore, E4 antagonized E2 MISS-dependent effects in endothelium but also in MCF-7 breast cancer cell line. This profile of ERalpha activation by E4, uncoupling nuclear and membrane activation, characterizes E4 as a selective ER modulator which could have medical applications that should now be considered further. [less ▲]

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

in European Journal of Law (2014)

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See detailKeping Tabs on Dioxins
Focant, Jean-François ULg

in The Analytical Scientist (2014), 15

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See detailComparison of three 15N methods to correct for microbial contamination when assessing in situ protein degradability of fresh forages
Kamoun, M.; Ammar, H.; Thewis, André ULg et al

in Journal of Animal Science (2014), 92(11), 5053-5062

The use of stable15N as a marker to determine microbial contamination in nylon bag incubation residues to estimate protein degradability was investigated. Three methods using15N were compared:15N-labeled ... [more ▼]

The use of stable15N as a marker to determine microbial contamination in nylon bag incubation residues to estimate protein degradability was investigated. Three methods using15N were compared:15N-labeled forage (dilution method, LF),15N enrichment of rumen solids-associated bacteria (SAB), and 15N enrichment of rumen liquid-associated bacteria (LAB). Herbage from forages differing in protein and fiber contents (early-cut Italian ryegrass, late-cut Italian ryegrass, and red clover) were freeze-dried and ground and then incubated in situ in the rumen of 3 steers for 3, 6, 12, 24, and 48 h using the nylon bag technique. The15N-labeled forages were obtained by fertilizing the plots where herbage was grown with15NH4 15NO3. Unlabeled forages (obtained from plots fertilized with NH4NO3) were incubated at the same time that (15NH4)2SO4 was continuously infused into the rumen of the steers, and then pellets of labeled SAB and LAB were isolated by differential centrifugation of samples of ruminal contents. The proportion of bacterial N in the incubation residues increased from 0.09 and 0.45 g bacterial N/g total N at 3 h of incubation to 0.37 and 0.85 g bacterial N/g total N at 48 h of incubation for early-cut and late-cut ryegrass, respectively. There were differences (P < 0.001) between uncorrected N degradability values and those corrected for microbial contamination with all of the methods. Apparent N degradability of the low-N, high-fiber forage (latecut ryegrass) was 0.51, whereas the corrected values were 0.85, 0.84, and 0.77 for the LF, SAB, and LAB methods, respectively. With early-cut ryegrass and red clover, the differences between uncorrected and corrected values ranged between 6% and 13%, with small differences among the labeling methods. Generally, methods using labeled forage or labeled SAB and LAB provided similar corrected degradability values. The accuracy in estimating the extent of degradation of protein in the rumen from in situ disappearance curves is improved when values are corrected for microbial contamination of the bag residue. [less ▲]

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See detailChromatin redistribution of the DEK oncoprotein represses hTERT transcription in leukemias.
Karam, Maroun; Thenoz, Morgan; CAPRARO, Valérie ULg et al

in Neoplasia (New York, N.Y.) (2014), 16(1), 21-30

Although numerous factors have been found to modulate hTERT transcription, the mechanism of its repression in certain leukemias remains unknown. We show here that DEK represses hTERT transcription through ... [more ▼]

Although numerous factors have been found to modulate hTERT transcription, the mechanism of its repression in certain leukemias remains unknown. We show here that DEK represses hTERT transcription through its enrichment on the hTERT promoter in cells from chronic and acute myeloid leukemias, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, but not acute lymphocytic leukemias where hTERT is overexpressed. We isolated DEK from the hTERT promoter incubated with nuclear extracts derived from fresh acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) cells and from cells expressing Tax, an hTERT repressor encoded by the human T cell leukemia virus type 1. In addition to the recruitment of DEK, the displacement of two potent known hTERT transactivators from the hTERT promoter characterized both AML cells and Tax-expressing cells. Reporter and chromatin immunoprecipitation assays permitted to map the region that supports the repressive effect of DEK on hTERT transcription, which was proportionate to the level of DEK-promoter association but not with the level of DEK expression. Besides hTERT repression, this context of chromatin redistribution of DEK was found to govern about 40% of overall transcriptional modifications, including those of cancer-prone genes. In conclusion, DEK emerges as an hTERT repressor shared by various leukemia subtypes and seems involved in the deregulation of numerous genes associated with leukemogenesis. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction to Mapping Diasporic Subjectivities
Munos, Delphine ULg; Pandurang, Mala

in South Asian Diaspora (2014), 6(1), 1-5

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See detailCarriage and acquisition rates of Clostridium difficile in hospitalized horses, including molecular characterization, multilocus sequence typing and antimicrobial susceptibility of bacterial isolates
Rodriguez Diaz, Cristina ULg; Taminiau, Bernard ULg; Brévers, Bastien et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2014)

lostridium difficile has been identified as a significant agent of diarrhoea and enterocolitis in both foals and adult horses. Hospitalization, antibiotic therapy or changes in diet may contribute to the ... [more ▼]

lostridium difficile has been identified as a significant agent of diarrhoea and enterocolitis in both foals and adult horses. Hospitalization, antibiotic therapy or changes in diet may contribute to the development of C. difficile infection. Horses admitted to a care unit are therefore at greater risk of being colonized. The aim of this study was to investigate the carriage of C. difficile in hospitalized horses and the possible influence of some risk factors in colonization. During a seven-month period, faecal samples and data relating the clinical history of horses admitted to a veterinary teaching hospital were collected. C. difficile isolates were characterized through toxin profiles, cytotoxicity activity, PCR-ribotyping, antimicrobial resistance and multilocus sequence typing (MLST). Ten isolates were obtained with a total of seven different PCR-ribotypes, including PCR-ribotype 014. Five of them were identified as toxinogenic. A high resistance to gentamicin, clindamycin and ceftiofur was found. MLST revealed four different sequencing types (ST), which included ST11, ST26, ST2 and ST15, and phylogenetic analysis showed that most of the isolates clustered in the same lineage. Clinical history suggests that horses frequently harbour toxigenic and non-toxigenic C. difficile and that in most cases they are colonized regardless of the reason for hospitalization; the development of diarrhoea is more unusual. [less ▲]

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