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See detailBiogeological Analysis of Desert Varnish Using Portable Raman Spectrometers
Malherbe, Cédric ULg; Ingley, Richard; Hutchinson, Ian et al

in Astrobiology (2015)

Desert varnishes are thin, dark mineral coatings found on some rocks in arid or semi-arid environments on Earth. Microorganisms may play an active role in their formation, which takes many hundreds of ... [more ▼]

Desert varnishes are thin, dark mineral coatings found on some rocks in arid or semi-arid environments on Earth. Microorganisms may play an active role in their formation, which takes many hundreds of years. Their mineral matrix may facilitate the preservation of organic matter and is therefore of great relevance to martian exploration. Miniaturized Raman spectrometers (which allow nondestructive analysis of the molecular composition of a specimen) will equip rovers in forthcoming planetary exploration missions. In that context, and for the first time, portable Raman spectrometers operating in the green visible (532 nm as currently baselined for flight) and in the near-infrared (785 nm) were used in this study to investigate the composition (and substrate) of several samples of desert varnish. Rock samples that were suspected (and later confirmed) to be coated with desert varnish were recovered from two sites in the Mojave Desert, USA. The portable spectrometers were operated in flight-representative acquisition modes to identify the key molecular components of the varnish. The results demonstrate that the coatings typically comprise silicate minerals such as quartz, plagioclase feldspars, clays, ferric oxides, and hydroxides and that successful characterization of the samples can be achieved by using flightlike portable spectrometers for both the 532 and 785 nm excitation sources. In the context of searching for spectral signatures and identifying molecules that indicate the presence of extant and/or extinct life, we also report the detection of β-carotene in some of the samples. Analysis complications caused by the presence of rare earth element photoluminescence (which overlaps with and overwhelms the organic Raman signal when a 785 nm laser is employed) are also discussed. Key Words: Desert varnish-Raman spectroscopy-ExoMars-Portable spectrometers-Planetary science. [less ▲]

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See detailBoosting regulatory T-cell function with the humanized CD4-specific humanized monoclonal antibody Tregalizumab (BT-061)
Humblet-Baron, Stéphanie; Baron, Frédéric ULg

in Immunology & Cell Biology (2015), 1-2

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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 (2015), 25(03), 570-601

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 detailAn analogue of Cobham's theorem for graph directed iterated function systems
Charlier, Emilie ULg; Leroy, Julien ULg; Rigo, Michel ULg

in Advances in Mathematics (2015), 280

Feng and Wang showed that two homogeneous iterated function systems in $\mathbb{R}$ with multiplicatively independent contraction ratios necessarily have different attractors. In this paper, we extend ... [more ▼]

Feng and Wang showed that two homogeneous iterated function systems in $\mathbb{R}$ with multiplicatively independent contraction ratios necessarily have different attractors. In this paper, we extend this result to graph directed iterated function systems in $\mathbb{R}^n$ with contraction ratios that are of the form $\frac{1}{\beta}$, for integers $\beta$. By using a result of Boigelot {\em et al.}, this allows us to give a proof of a conjecture of Adamczewski and Bell. In doing so, we link the graph directed iterated function systems to Büchi automata. In particular, this link extends to real numbers $\beta$. We introduce a logical formalism that permits to characterize sets of $\mathbb{R}^n$ whose representations in base $\beta$ are recognized by some Büchi automata. This result depends on the algebraic properties of the base: $\beta$ being a Pisot or a Parry number. The main motivation of this work is to draw a general picture representing the different frameworks where an analogue of Cobham's theorem is known. [less ▲]

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See detailSingle-Walled Metal–Organic Nanotube Built from a Simple Synthon
Adarsh, Nayarassery; Dirtu, Marinela; Naik, Anil et al

in Chemistry : A European Journal (2015), 21

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See detailBMP Signaling Regulates Bone Morphogenesis in Zebrafish through Promoting Osteoblast Function as Assessed by Their Nitric Oxide Production
Windhausen, Thomas ULg; Squifflet, Steeve; Renn, Jörg ULg et al

in Molecules (2015), 20

Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) control many developmental and physiological processes, including skeleton formation and homeostasis. Previous studies in zebrafish revealed the crucial importance of ... [more ▼]

Bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) control many developmental and physiological processes, including skeleton formation and homeostasis. Previous studies in zebrafish revealed the crucial importance of proper BMP signaling before 48 h post-fertilization (hpf) for cartilage formation in the skull. Here, we focus on the involvement of the BMP pathway between 48 and 96 hpf in bone formation after 96 hpf. Using BMP inhibitors and the expression of a dominant-negative BMP receptor, we analyze whether the loss of BMP signaling affects osteoblastogenesis, osteoblast function and bone mineralization. To this end, we used the transgenic zebrafish line Tg(osterix:mCherry), detection of nitric oxide (NO) production, and alizarin red staining, respectively. We observed that inhibition of BMP signaling between 48 and 72 hpf led to a reduction of NO production and bone mineralization. Osteoblast maturation and chondrogenesis, on the other hand, seemed unchanged. Osteoblast function and bone formation were less affected when BMP signaling was inhibited between 72 and 96 hpf. These results suggest that for the onset of bone formation, proper BMP signaling between 48 and 72 hpf is crucial to ensure osteoblast function and ossification. Furthermore, detection of NO in developing zebrafish larvae appears as an early indicator of bone calcification activity. [less ▲]

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See detailTargeting cholesterol homeostasis to fight hearing loss: a new perspective.
Malgrange, Brigitte ULg; Varela-Nieto, Isabel; de Medina, Philippe et al

in Frontiers in aging neuroscience (2015), 7

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is a major pathology of the inner ear that affects nearly 600 million people worldwide. Despite intensive researches, this major health problem remains without ... [more ▼]

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is a major pathology of the inner ear that affects nearly 600 million people worldwide. Despite intensive researches, this major health problem remains without satisfactory solutions. The pathophysiological mechanisms involved in SNHL include oxidative stress, excitotoxicity, inflammation, and ischemia, resulting in synaptic loss, axonal degeneration, and apoptosis of spiral ganglion neurons. The mechanisms associated with SNHL are shared with other neurodegenerative disorders. Cholesterol homeostasis is central to numerous pathologies including neurodegenerative diseases and cholesterol regulates major processes involved in neurons survival and function. The role of cholesterol homeostasis in the physiopathology of inner ear is largely unexplored. In this review, we discuss the findings concerning cholesterol homeostasis in neurodegenerative diseases and whether it should be translated into potential therapeutic strategies for the treatment of SNHL. [less ▲]

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See detailFonctionnement exécutif et attentionnel consécutif à des lésions cérébrales acquises : une analyse de cas multiples
Hogge, Michael; Salmon, Eric ULg; Collette, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Neuropsychologie, Neurosciences Cognitives et Cliniques (2015), 7(2), 71-99

Le fonctionnement exécutif a été conceptualisé comme un ensemble de processus cognitifs de haut niveau pouvant être clairement distingués, et dont le substrat cérébral se situerait au sein des régions ... [more ▼]

Le fonctionnement exécutif a été conceptualisé comme un ensemble de processus cognitifs de haut niveau pouvant être clairement distingués, et dont le substrat cérébral se situerait au sein des régions frontales. Un certain nombre de données obtenues notamment chez des patients présentant des lésions cérébrales acquises sont toutefois venues remettre en question cette conceptualisation. Dans ce contexte, nous avons administré une large batterie d’épreuves exécutives et attentionnelles à un petit groupe de patients cérébro-lésés (N=9) afin de déterminer, au moyen d’analyses de cas multiples, l’influence de la localisation et de l’étendue des lésions, ainsi que l’influence de difficultés attentionnelles, sur la survenue d’un syndrome dysexécutif. Les analyses de profils individuels semblent indiquer qu’un mauvais transfert d’information entre régions cérébrales antérieures et postérieures serait responsable de la survenue de troubles exécutifs, et que, dans certains cas, ce soient des difficultés attentionnelles qui déterminent ces déficits. Toutefois, il se pourrait également que l’atteinte de certaines régions clés (relativement focalisées) sous-tendant des processus cognitifs impliqués dans un large éventail de tâches exécutives soit responsable de la survenue d’un dysfonctionnement exécutif massif. [less ▲]

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See detailAnxiety at the first radiotherapy session for non-metastatic breast cancer: Key communication and communication-related predictors.
Lewis, Florence; Merckaert, Isabelle; Lienard, Aurore et al

in Radiotherapy and oncology : journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (2015), 114(1), 35-41

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Patients may experience clinically relevant anxiety at their first radiotherapy (RT) sessions. To date, studies have not investigated during/around the RT simulation the key ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Patients may experience clinically relevant anxiety at their first radiotherapy (RT) sessions. To date, studies have not investigated during/around the RT simulation the key communication and communication-related predictors of this clinically relevant anxiety. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Breast cancer patients (n=227) completed visual analog scale (VAS) assessments of anxiety before and after their first RT sessions. Clinically relevant anxiety was defined as having pre- and post-first RT session VAS scores 4cm. Communication during RT simulation was assessed with content analysis software (LaComm), and communication-related variables around the RT simulation were assessed with questionnaires. RESULTS: Clinically relevant anxiety at the first RT session was predicted by lower self-efficacy to communicate with the RT team (OR=0.65; p=0.020), the perception of lower support received from the RT team (OR=0.70; p=0.020), lower knowledge of RT-associated side effects (OR=0.95; p=0.057), and higher use of emotion-focused coping (OR=1.09; p=0.013). CONCLUSIONS: This study provides RT team members with information about potential communication strategies, which may be used to reduce patient anxiety at the first RT session. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation of Chlamydomonas reinhardtii mutants with altered mitochondrial respiration by chlorophyll fluorescence measurement.
Massoz, Simon; Larosa, Véronique ULg; Horrion, Bastien et al

in Journal of biotechnology (2015)

The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a model organism for studying energetic metabolism. Most mitochondrial respiratory-deficient mutants characterized to date have been isolated on the ... [more ▼]

The unicellular green alga Chlamydomonas reinhardtii is a model organism for studying energetic metabolism. Most mitochondrial respiratory-deficient mutants characterized to date have been isolated on the basis of their reduced ability to grow in heterotrophic conditions. Mitochondrial deficiencies are usually partly compensated by adjustment of photosynthetic activity and more particularly by transition to state 2. In this work, we explored the opportunity to select mutants impaired in respiration and/or altered in dark metabolism by measuring maximum photosynthetic efficiency by chlorophyll fluorescence analyses (FV/FM). Out of about 2900 hygromycin-resistant insertional mutants generated from wild type or from a mutant strain deficient in state transitions (stt7 strain), 22 were found to grow slowly in heterotrophic conditions and 8 of them also showed a lower FV/FM value. Several disrupted coding sequences were identified, including genes coding for three different subunits of respiratory-chain complex I (NUO9, NUOA9, NUOP4) or for isocitrate lyase (ICL1). Overall, the comparison of respiratory mutants obtained in wild-type or stt7 genetic backgrounds indicated that the FV/FM value can be used to isolate mutants severely impaired in dark metabolism. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessment of contaminant levels and trophic relations at a World Heritage Site by measurements in a characteristic shorebird species
Schwemmer, Philipp; Covaci, Adrian; Das, Krishna ULg et al

in Environmental Research (2015), 136

The River Elbe is responsible for influxes of contaminants into the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site. We investigated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), oxychlordane (OxC), hexachlorobenzene (HCB ... [more ▼]

The River Elbe is responsible for influxes of contaminants into the Wadden Sea World Heritage Site. We investigated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), oxychlordane (OxC), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), hexachlorocyclohexanes (α-, β-, γ-HCHs), dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) and its metabolites, and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs) in blood and feathers from Eurasian oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus; n=28) at the Elbe and compared it with a non-riverine site about 90 km further north. (1) Mean levels of all contaminants in feathers and serum were significantly higher at the river (ƩPCBs: 27.6 ng/g feather, 37.0 ng/ml serum; ƩDDTs: 5.3 ng/g feather, 4.4 ng/ml serum) compared with the non-riverine site (ƩPCBs: 6.5 ng/g feather, 1.2 ng/ml serum; ƩDDTs: 1.4 ng/g feather, 0.5 ng/ml serum). Mean ƩHCH and HCB levels were <1.8 ng/g in feather and <1.8 ng/ml in serum at both sites. (2) Levels of most detectable compounds in serum and feathers were significantly related, but levels were not consistently higher in either tissue. (3) There was no significant relationship between trophic level in individual oystercatchers (expressed as δ15N) or the degree of terrestrial feeding (expressed as δ13C) and contaminant loads. (4) PBDEs were not detected in significant amounts at either site. The results of this study indicate that the outflow from one of Europe’s largest river systems is associated with significant historical contamination, reflected by the accumulation of contaminants in body tissues in a coastal benthivore predator. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc gluconate, and selenomethionine supplementation on muscle function and oxidative stress biomarkers in patients with facioscapulohumeral dystrophy: a double-blind randomized controlled clinical trial.
Passerieux, Emilie; Hayot, Maurice; Jaussent, Audrey et al

in Free radical biology & medicine (2015), 81

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is an autosomal dominant disease characterized by progressive weakness and atrophy of specific skeletal muscles. As growing evidence suggests that oxidative ... [more ▼]

Facioscapulohumeral muscular dystrophy (FSHD) is an autosomal dominant disease characterized by progressive weakness and atrophy of specific skeletal muscles. As growing evidence suggests that oxidative stress may contribute to FSHD pathology, antioxidants that might modulate or delay oxidative insults could help in maintaining FSHD muscle function. Our primary objective was to test whether oral administration of vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc gluconate, and selenomethionine could improve the physical performance of patients with FSHD. Adult patients with FSHD (n=53) were enrolled at Montpellier University Hospital (France) in a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot clinical trial. Patients were randomly assigned to receive 500 mg vitamin C, 400mg vitamin E, 25mg zinc gluconate and 200 mug selenomethionine (n=26), or matching placebo (n=27) once a day for 17 weeks. Primary outcomes were changes in the two-minute walking test (2-MWT), maximal voluntary contraction, and endurance limit time of the dominant and nondominant quadriceps (MVCQD, MVCQND, TlimQD, and TlimQND, respectively) after 17 weeks of treatment. Secondary outcomes were changes in the antioxidant status and oxidative stress markers. Although 2-MWT, MVCQ, and TlimQ were all significantly improved in the supplemented group at the end of the treatment compared to baseline, only MVCQ and TlimQ variations were significantly different between groups (MVCQD: P=0.011; MVCQND: P=0.004; TlimQD: P=0.028; TlimQND: P=0.011). Similarly, the vitamin C (P<0.001), vitamin E as alpha-tocopherol (P<0.001), vitamin C/vitamin E ratio (P=0.017), vitamin E gamma/alpha ratio (P=0.022) and lipid peroxides (P<0.001) variations were significantly different between groups. In conclusion, vitamin E, vitamin C, zinc, and selenium supplementation has no significant effect on the 2-MWT, but improves MVCQ and TlimQ of both quadriceps by enhancing the antioxidant defenses and reducing oxidative stress. This trial was registered at clinicaltrials.gov (number: NCT01596803). [less ▲]

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See detailChemical composition and functional properties of dietary fibre extracted by Englyst and Prosky methods from the alga Ulva lactuca collected in Tunisia
Yaich, Hela; Garna, Haikel; Bchir, Brahim et al

in Algal Research (2015), 9

Nowadays there is a growing trend to find new sources of dietary fibre (DF), such as marine algae by-products that have traditionally been undervalued. In this respect, the aim of the present ... [more ▼]

Nowadays there is a growing trend to find new sources of dietary fibre (DF), such as marine algae by-products that have traditionally been undervalued. In this respect, the aim of the present investigation was firstly to compare two methods of dietary fibre quantification (Englyst and Prosky) and secondly to determine the chemical composition and some of the functional properties of total and insoluble fibres extracted in accordance with the Englyst method. The dietary fibres of dried Ulva lactuca collected from the Tunisian littoral were determined by the Prosky (gravimetric method) and Englyst (enzymatic-chemical method) methods. The two extraction methods (Englyst–Prosky) provided approximately the same values in total fibres (~54%). However, they had different insoluble and soluble fibre contents. U. lactuca contained 20.53% and 31.55% of soluble fibres and 34.37% and 21.54% of insoluble fibres using the Prosky and Englyst methods, respectively. The fractionation of the insoluble dietary fibre concentrate revealed that hemicellulose was the most abundant fraction (32.49%), followed by cellulose (16.59%) and “lignin-like” compounds (1.53%). For both fibre concentrates, the main neutral sugar was glucose (20.70%–27.59%), which corresponded to hemicellulose and cellulose. The water holding capacity of insoluble fibre concentrate was relatively high. It varied between 9.32 g and 10.3 g of water/g of dry fibre at 25 °C and 80 °C, respectively. Nevertheless, the oil holding capacity of the insoluble fibre concentrate was not affected by temperature. It was about 1.08 and 1.01 g of oil/g of dry fibre at 25 °C and 80 °C. Despite the significant functional properties of fibre concentrate, the presence of lead limits its use as an ingredient in the food industry. [less ▲]

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See detailThe year in cardiology 2014: valvular heart disease.
Pierard, Luc ULg; Vahanian, Alec

in European heart journal (2015)

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See detailThermoelectric properties of the unfilled skutterudite FeSb3 from first-principles and Seebeck local probes
Lemal, Sébastien ULg; Nguyen, Ngoc; de Boor, Johannes et al

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

Using a combination of first-principles calculations and experimental transport measurements, we study the electronic and magnetic structure of the unfilled skutterudite FeSb3. We employ the hybrid ... [more ▼]

Using a combination of first-principles calculations and experimental transport measurements, we study the electronic and magnetic structure of the unfilled skutterudite FeSb3. We employ the hybrid functional approach for exchange-correlation. The ground state is determined to be anti-ferromagnetic with an atomic magnetic moment of 1.6 uB/Fe. The Néel temperature Tn is estimated at 6 K, in agreement with experiments which found a paramagnetic state down to 10 K. The ground state is semiconducting, with a small electronic gap of 33 meV, also consistent with previous experiments on films. Charge carrier concentrations are estimated from Hall resistance measurements. The Seebeck coefficient is measured and mapped using a scanning probe at room temperature that yields an average value of 38.6 uV/K, slightly lower than the theoretical result. The theoretical conductivity is analyzed as a function of temperature and concentration of charge carriers. [less ▲]

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See detailLe mélanome cutané sporadique au-delà de sa classification normative. Plaidoyer prenant en compte son particularisme évolutif
Pierard, Gérald ULg; Pierard-Franchimont, Claudine ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2015), 70(5-6), 277-281

For aeons, cutaneous sporadic melanoma, exhibiting either a slow or rapid growth rate, is identified using a set of well defined histopathological criteria. Such diagnostic step is greatly appreciated ... [more ▼]

For aeons, cutaneous sporadic melanoma, exhibiting either a slow or rapid growth rate, is identified using a set of well defined histopathological criteria. Such diagnostic step is greatly appreciated, and it brings a rough estimate of the probable evolution of the cancer. Some additional assessments try to improve the progressive prognosis of cutaneous melanoma. In this scope, fractals and spectral analyses expect to better perceive the individual progressive characteristics of each tumor. The extent in the tumoral germinative compartment and the peritumoral microvascular network are explored and should in a near future make clear the progressive potential of cutaneous melanoma. The possible tumoral regression and the immune reaction should be better perceived. [less ▲]

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See detailIchthyosaurs from the Jurassic of Skye, Scotland
Brusatte, S. L.; Young, M. T.; Challands, T. J. et al

in Scottish Journal of Geology (2015), 51(1), 4355

Fossils of Mesozoic vertebrates are rare in Scotland, particularly specimens of marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs. We describe a suite of ichthyosaur fossils from the Early to Middle ... [more ▼]

Fossils of Mesozoic vertebrates are rare in Scotland, particularly specimens of marine reptiles such as plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs. We describe a suite of ichthyosaur fossils from the Early to Middle Jurassic of Skye, which to our knowledge are the first ichthyosaurs from Scotland to be described and figured in detail. These fossils span approximately 30 million years, from the Sinemurian to the Bathonian, and indicate that ichthyosaurs were a major component of Scottish marine faunas during this time. The specimens include isolated teeth that could represent the most northerly known occurrences of the widespread Sinemurian species Ichthyosaurus communis, a characteristic component of the famous Lyme Regis faunas of England, suggesting that such faunas were also present in Scotland during the Early Jurassic. An associated humerus and vertebrae from Toarcian–Bajocian-aged deposits are named as a new genus and species of basal neoichthyosaurian, Dearcmhara shawcrossi. The taxonomic affinities of this taxon, which comes from a critical but poorly sampled interval in the fossil record, suggest that non-ophthalmosaurid neoichthyosaurians dominated European assemblages around the Early–Middle Jurassic boundary, and were later replaced by ophthalmosaurids, whose radiation likely took place outside Europe. Many of these specimens were collected by amateurs and donated to museum collections, a co-operative relationship essential to the preservation of Scotland’s fossil heritage. [less ▲]

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See detailAre Children Conservative, Liberal or Metacognitive? Preliminary Evidence for the Involvement of the Distinctiveness Heuristic in Decision Making
Geurten, Marie ULg; Willems, Sylvie ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

in Journal of Experimental Child Psychology (2015), 132

The present experiment investigates whether young children are able to reduce their false recognition rate after distinctive encoding by implementing a strategic metacognitive rule. Seventy-two children ... [more ▼]

The present experiment investigates whether young children are able to reduce their false recognition rate after distinctive encoding by implementing a strategic metacognitive rule. Seventy-two children, aged 4, 6, and 9 years, studied two lists of unrelated items. One of these lists was visually displayed (picture condition) while the other was presented auditorily (word condition). After each study phase, participants completed recognition tests. Finally, they answered questions about their explicit knowledge of the distinctive-encoding effect. The results revealed that even the youngest children in our sample showed a smaller proportion of intrusions in the picture condition than in the word condition. Furthermore, the results of the signal detection analyses were consistent with the hypothesis that the lower rate of false recognitions after picture encoding results from the implementation of a conservative response criterion based on metacognitive expectations (distinctiveness heuristic). Moreover, the absence of correlation between children’s explicit knowledge of the distinctiveness rule and their effective use of this metacognitive heuristic seems to indicate that its involvement in memory decisions could be mediated by implicit mechanisms. [less ▲]

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See detailEnhanced exploratory activity in woodlice exposed to random visuo-tactile patterns
Anselme, Patrick ULg

in Learning & Motivation (2015), 50

In birds and mammals, randomness is known to have excitatory effects on exploratory behavior, but this phenomenon has not extensively been studied in invertebrates. Four experiments examined the ... [more ▼]

In birds and mammals, randomness is known to have excitatory effects on exploratory behavior, but this phenomenon has not extensively been studied in invertebrates. Four experiments examined the propensity of woodlice (Porcellio scaber) to choose between the exploration of an environment composed of random visuo-tactile patterns and the exploration of an environment composed of regular visuo-tactile patterns. Rearing-up behavior and distance traveled were measured to determine (i) woodlice’s reactivity to a forced exposure to random or regular patterns, (ii) the effect of random and regular patterns on exploratory choice, (iii) the effect of random and regular patterns on exploratory choice in preexposed animals, and (iv) the effect of a shelter available in the less explored environment on exploratory choice. The results suggest that random visuo-tactile patterns have an excitatory effect on the exploratory behavior of woodlice and that this effect develops more rapidly if the woodlice were initially preexposed to those patterns. They also suggest that exploration is related to the search for better habitat conditions because the presence of a shelter abolishes that behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailReduced Order Analysis of Aeroelastic Systems with Freeplay using an Augmented Modal Basis
Silva, Gustavo H. C.; Dal Ben Rossetto, Gustavo; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg

in Journal of Aircraft (2015), 52(4), 1312-1325

Freeplay in aircraft control surface actuators is a common source of nonlinearity that can cause undesirable aeroelastic phenomena and, as a consequence, certification authorities place strict limits on ... [more ▼]

Freeplay in aircraft control surface actuators is a common source of nonlinearity that can cause undesirable aeroelastic phenomena and, as a consequence, certification authorities place strict limits on the size of the deadband gaps of actuators. In recent years many authors have worked on determining the effects of freeplay on the dynamic behavior of aeroelastic systems; these efforts have yielded significant improvements in the understanding of the phenomena, but have concentrated on simple models. Investigations of industry-relevant aeroelastic models of complete aircraft with freeplay in the actuators have been much rarer, the main difficulty being the selection of an appropriate modal basis that can represent the full range of possible dynamic phenomena. This work presents a novel implementation of the residual vectors approach to create consistent and numerically stable reduced order models suitable for industrial-standard aeroelastic models of aircraft. The methodology relies on the piecewise linear nature of freeplay to create a single reduction basis that represents the dynamics of the system both inside and outside the freeplay deadband gap. The method is demonstrated on an Embraer generic test bench aircraft, showing that the resulting reduced order model is efficient and effective. Nonlinear analysis is carried out using equivalent linearization as well as time integrations of the full nonlinear system. It is shown that, while equivalent linearization is an indispensable tool for a preliminary mapping of the main aeroelastic instabilities, the time integration-based nonlinear analysis is an essential complementary tool to confirm the characteristics of the system behavior. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of the CMIP5 models in the aim of regional modelling of the Antarctic surface mass balance
Agosta, Cécile ULg; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Datta, Rajashree

in Cryosphere Discussions (The) (2015), 9(3), 3113--3136

The Antarctic surface mass balance (SMB) cannot be reliably deduced from global climate models (GCMs), both because their spatial resolution is insufficient and because their physics are not adapted for ... [more ▼]

The Antarctic surface mass balance (SMB) cannot be reliably deduced from global climate models (GCMs), both because their spatial resolution is insufficient and because their physics are not adapted for cold and snow-covered regions. By contrast, regional climate models (RCMs) adapted for polar regions can physically and dynamically downscale surface mass balance components over the ice-sheet using large scale forcing at their boundaries. Polar-oriented RCMs require appropriate GCM fields for forcing because the response of the cryosphere to a warming climate is dependent on its initial state and is not linear with respect to temperature increase. In this context, we evaluate current climate in 41 climate models from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) dataset over Antarctica by focusing on forcing fields which may have the greatest impact on SMB components simulated by RCMs. Our inter-comparison includes 5 reanalyses, among which ERA-Interim reanalysis is chosen as a reference over 1979–2014. Model efficiency is assessed taking into account the multi-decadal variability of the fields over the 1850–1980 period. We show that less than 10 CMIP5 models show reasonable biases compared to ERA-Interim, among which ACCESS1-3 seems to be the most pertinent choice for regional climate modeling over Antarctica, followed by CMCC-CM, MIROC-ESM/MIROC-ESM-CHEM and NorESM1-M. Finally, climate change over the Southern Ocean is much more dependent on the initial state of winter sea-ice extent and on the local feedback between air temperature increase and winter sea-ice extent decrease than on the global warming signal. [less ▲]

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See detailEndothelial exosomes contribute to the antitumor response during breast cancer neoadjuvant chemotherapy via microRNA transfer.
Bovy, Nicolas ULg; Blomme, Benoît ULg; Freres, Pierre ULg et al

in Oncotarget (2015)

The interaction between tumor cells and their microenvironment is an essential aspect of tumor development. Therefore, understanding how this microenvironment communicates with tumor cells is crucial for ... [more ▼]

The interaction between tumor cells and their microenvironment is an essential aspect of tumor development. Therefore, understanding how this microenvironment communicates with tumor cells is crucial for the development of new anti-cancer therapies. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small non-coding RNAs that inhibit gene expression. They are secreted into the extracellular medium in vesicles called exosomes, which allow communication between cells via the transfer of their cargo. Consequently, we hypothesized that circulating endothelial miRNAs could be transferred to tumor cells and modify their phenotype. Using exogenous miRNA, we demonstrated that endothelial cells can transfer miRNA to tumor cells via exosomes. Using miRNA profiling, we identified miR-503, which exhibited downregulated levels in exosomes released from endothelial cells cultured under tumoral conditions. The modulation of miR-503 in breast cancer cells altered their proliferative and invasive capacities. We then identified two targets of miR-503, CCND2 and CCND3. Moreover, we measured increased plasmatic miR-503 in breast cancer patients after neoadjuvant chemotherapy, which could be partly due to increased miRNA secretion by endothelial cells. Taken together, our data are the first to reveal the involvement of the endothelium in the modulation of tumor development via the secretion of circulating miR-503 in response to chemotherapy treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation of observer effect in botanical surveys of grasslands
Couvreur, Jean-Marc; Fievet, Vincent; Smits, Quentin et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2015)

Description of the subject. A field study has been conducted on 24 grasslands with five different botanical experts in order to assess inter-observer bias when making botanical surveys as well as the ... [more ▼]

Description of the subject. A field study has been conducted on 24 grasslands with five different botanical experts in order to assess inter-observer bias when making botanical surveys as well as the possible consequences in terms of descripting a semi-natural habitat. Objectives. Fieldwork has been conducted to understand the most important factors of variability affecting botanical surveys conducted by several observers. These results were used to suggest practical solutions to enhance the quality of such surveys. Method. Five observers performed a complete botanical survey of 24 grassland plots in the Famenne (Wallonia, Belgium) in June 2009. All surveys were statistically analyzed in order to detect and quantify the sources of variability between observers. The main parameters compared are the habitat diagnosis made on the field by the experts, the rate of detection of the characteristic species as well as their coverage in each plot. Results. Regarding habitat identification, the biggest differences between observers are seen in plots where the composition is intermediate between a habitat in good and in bad status. Overall, there was a slight tendency to undervalue the quality of the habitat. The analysis revealed that the primary cause of variability between observers is the fact that the experts did not always strictly follow the criteria for habitat identification. As regards the comparison between observers, several sources of variability were identified. The main ones are the variability of the estimated coverage of some plants, the variability of the detection rate of characteristic species, as well as the variability of the prospecting effort that can be sub-optimal in each plot. Conclusions. Some of the sources of variability that have been pointed out can be resolved easily, other have to be taken in consideration when comparing the results of surveys in the future. The solutions proposed to reduce the variability between observers are to encourage better self-control of the parameters to be taken into account at each step of the work, the organization of targeted training courses and more standardized prospecting efforts. Keywords. Grassland, detection rate, cover rate, observer effect, bias, prospection, monitoring, habitat, identification. [less ▲]

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See detailReview on greenhouse gas emissions from pig houses: Production of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide by animals and manure
Philippe, François-Xavier ULg; Nicks, Baudouin ULg

in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2015)

The environmental impacts of livestock production are attracting increasing attention, especially the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Currently, pork is the most widely consumed meat product in the ... [more ▼]

The environmental impacts of livestock production are attracting increasing attention, especially the emission of greenhouse gases (GHGs). Currently, pork is the most widely consumed meat product in the world, and its production is expected to grow in the next few decades. This paper deals with the production of carbon dioxide (CO2), methane (CH4) and nitrous oxide (N2O) by animals and by manure from pig buildings, with a focus on the influence of rearing techniques and nutrition. GHG emissions in piggeries originate from animals through CO2 exhalation and CH4 enteric fermentation, and from manure through the release of CO2, CH4 and N2O. The level of the CO2 exhalation (E-CO2, pig) depends on the physiological stage, the body weight (BW), the production level and the feed intake of the animals concerned. Enteric CH4 (E-CH4, pig) is principally related to dietary fibre intake and the fermentative capacity of the pig’s hindgut. Based on a review of the literature, the following equations are proposed in order to estimate E-CO2, pig (in kg day_1) and E-CH4,pig (in g day_1) for fattening pigs: E-CO2, pig = 0.136 _ BW0.573; E-CH4,pig = 0.012 _ dRes; with BW (in kg) and dRes for digestible residues (in g day_1). Numerous pathways are responsible for GHG production in manure. In addition, the microbial, physical and chemical properties of manure interact and modulate the level of emissions. Influencing factors for removal systems for both liquid and solid fractions of manure have been investigated. A large range of parameters showing an impact on the level of GHG production from pig houses has been reported. However, few of these can be considered unquestionably as GHG mitigation techniques because some strategies have shown contradictory effects depending on the gas, the circumstances and the study. Nevertheless, frequent manure removal seems to be an efficient means to reduce concurrently CO2-, CH4- and N2O-emissions from pig buildings for both slatted and bedded floor systems. Manure removal operations may be associated with specific storage conditions and efficient treatment in order to further reduce emissions. Several feeding strategies have been tested to decrease GHG emissions but they seem to be ineffective in reducing emissions both significantly and durably. In general, good management practices that enhance zootechnical performance will have beneficial consequences on GHG emission intensity. Taking into account the results described in the literature regarding CO2-, CH4- and N2O-production from animals and manure in pig houses, we estimate total GHG emissions to 448.3 kg CO2equiv. per slaughter pig produced or 4.87 kg CO2equiv. per kg carcass. The fattening period accounts for more than 70% of total emissions, while the gestation, lactation and weaning periods each contribute to about 10% of total emissions. Emissions of CO2, CH4 and N2O contribute to 81, 17 and 2% of total emissions from pig buildings, representing 3.87, 0.83 and 0.11 kg CO2equiv. per kg carcass, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailInternational assessment of future low flow regimes and their impact on three water related sectors in the Meuse basin – a collaborative approach
Bauwens, Alexandra; Degré, Aurore ULg; Deraedt, Deborah ULg et al

in International Journal of River Basin Management (2015), 13(1), 123-135

There is a wide recognition of the watershed scale as the right scale for global water management, notably in the context of the WFD. Hence, it often refers to international management and therefore to ... [more ▼]

There is a wide recognition of the watershed scale as the right scale for global water management, notably in the context of the WFD. Hence, it often refers to international management and therefore to various pre-existing regional management tools, models or even objectives. In this study we aim at describing the collaborative assessment of climate change’s effect on low flow regime and the consequences on three water related sectors: drinking water production, agriculture and electricity production. The paper highlights the choices that were made during the study that involved scientific teams, managers and stakeholders from the four main countries of the Meuse Basin. It shows that the methodological choices were operational and aimed at preserving existing methods and knowledge within each country. They led to hydrological scenarios comparable to the main available ensemble approaches and to methodologies well accepted within the concerned countries. The results of the project highlight and quantify the water scarcity that the three sectors will have to face by the end of the century mainly regarding the electricity production. They also show that common allocation rules are necessary to manage water demand during future low flow periods. [less ▲]

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See detailA Low-Cost Digital Image Correlation Technique for Characterising the Shear Deformation of Fabrics for Draping Studies
Pierce, R. S.; Falzon, B. G.; Thompson, M. C. et al

in Strain (2015)

A novel digital image correlation (DIC) technique has been developed to track changes in textile yarn orientations during shear characterisation experiments, requiring only low-cost digital imaging ... [more ▼]

A novel digital image correlation (DIC) technique has been developed to track changes in textile yarn orientations during shear characterisation experiments, requiring only low-cost digital imaging equipment. Fabric shear angles and effective yarn strains are calculated and visualised using this new DIC technique for bias extension testing of an aerospace grade, carbon-fibre reinforcement material with a plain weave architecture. The DIC results are validated by direct measurement, and the use of a wide bias extension sample is evaluated against a more commonly used narrow sample. Wide samples exhibit a shear angle range 25% greater than narrow samples and peak loads which are 10 times higher. This is primarily due to excessive yarn slippage in the narrow samples; hence, the wide sample configuration is recommended for characterisation of shear properties which are required for accurate modelling of textile draping [less ▲]

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See detailPhotocatalytic decolorization of Gentian Violet with Na-doped (SnO2 and ZnO)
Benhebal, Hadj; Chaib, Messaoud; Crine, Michel ULg et al

in Chiang Mai Journal of Sciences (2015), 42

Photocatalysis is a technique used for the purification and decolorization of water. In this work, the photocatalytic decolorization of aqueous solutions of Gentian Violet has been investigated. The ... [more ▼]

Photocatalysis is a technique used for the purification and decolorization of water. In this work, the photocatalytic decolorization of aqueous solutions of Gentian Violet has been investigated. The photocatalysts used for the study are tin dioxide (SnO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO) doped with sodium and prepared by sol-gel process. Photocatalysts were synthesised by sol-gel process and characterized by several techniques such as X-ray Diffraction (XRD), Scanning Electron Microscopy (SEM), Brunauer, Emmett and Teller (BET) method and UV-vis Spectroscopy. The results of photocatalytic activity of gentian violet degradation under ultraviolet irradiation, indicated that the synthesised photocatalyst exhibit good photocatalytic performance. [less ▲]

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See detailDrying of alga as a source of bioenergy feedstock and food supplement - A review
Bennamoun, Lyes; Afzal, Muhammad. T.; Léonard, Angélique ULg

in Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (2015), 50

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See detailThe position of Strontium ranelate in today's management of osteoporosis
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Brandi, M.L; Cannata-Andia, J. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2015), 26

Osteoporosis accounts for about 3 % of total European health-care spending. The low proportion of costs for the pharmacological prevention of osteoporotic fracture means that it is highly cost saving ... [more ▼]

Osteoporosis accounts for about 3 % of total European health-care spending. The low proportion of costs for the pharmacological prevention of osteoporotic fracture means that it is highly cost saving, especially in patient with severe osteoporosis or patients who cannot take certain osteoporosis medications due to issues of contraindications or tolerability. Following recent regulatory changes, strontium ranelate is now indicated in patients with severe osteoporosis for whom treatment with other osteoporosis treatments is not possible, and without contraindications including uncontrolled hypertension, established, current or past history of ischaemic heart disease, peripheral arterial disease, and/or cerebrovascular disease. We review here today’s evidence for the safety and efficacy of strontium ranelate. The efficacy of strontium ranelate in patients complying with the new prescribing information (i.e. severe osteoporosis without contraindications) has been explored in a multivariate analysis of clinical trial data, which concluded that the antifracture efficacy of strontiumranelate is maintained in patients with severe osteoporosis without contraindications and also demonstrated how the new target population mitigates risk. Strontium ranelate is therefore an important alternative in today’s management of osteoporosis, with a positive benefit-risk balance, provided that the revised indication and contraindications are followed and cardiovascular risk is monitored. The bone community should be reassured that there remain viable alternatives in patients in whom treatment with other agents is not possible and protection against the debilitating effects of fracture is still feasible in patients with severe osteoporosis. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of collagen fibrils after equine suspensory ligament injury: an ultrastructural and biochemical approach
Shikh Al Sook, Mohamad Khir ULg; Gabriel, Annick ULg; Salouci, Moustafa et al

in Veterinary Journal (2015)

Suspensory ligament (SL) injuries are an important cause of lameness in horses. The mechanical properties of connective tissue in normal and pathological ligaments are mainly related to the fibril ... [more ▼]

Suspensory ligament (SL) injuries are an important cause of lameness in horses. The mechanical properties of connective tissue in normal and pathological ligaments are mainly related to the fibril morphology, as well as the collagen content and types. The purpose of this study was to evaluate, using biochemical and ultrastructural approaches, the alterations in collagen fibrils after injury. Eight Warmblood horses with visible signs of injury in only one forelimb SL were selected and specimens were examined by transmission electron microscope (TEM). Collagen types I, III and V were purified by differential salt precipitation after collagen extraction with acetic acid containing pepsin. TEM revealed abnormal organization as well as alterations in the diameter and shape of fibrils after SL injury. The bands corresponding to types I, III and V collagen were assessed by densitometry after sodium dodecyl sulphate polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis (SDS-PAGE). Densitometric analysis indicated that the proportions of type III and type V collagen were significantly higher (P <0.001) in damaged tissues compared to normal tissues with a mean increase of 20.9 and 17.3% respectively. Concurrently, a significant decrease (P <0.001) in type I collagen within damaged tissues was recorded with a mean decrease of 15.2%. These alterations could be the hallmark of a decrease in the tissue quality and mechanical properties of the ligament. This provides new insight for subsequent research on tissue regeneration that may lead to the development of future treatment strategies for SL injury. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of Fibre Distribution and Grain Size on the Mechanical Behaviour of Friction Stir Processed Mg-C Composites
Mertens, Anne ULg; Simar, Aude; Adrien, Jérôme et al

in Materials Characterization (2015), 107

Short C fibres-Mg matrix composites have been produced by friction stir processing sandwiches made of a layer of C fabric stacked between two sheets of Mg alloy AZ31B or AZ91D. This novel processing ... [more ▼]

Short C fibres-Mg matrix composites have been produced by friction stir processing sandwiches made of a layer of C fabric stacked between two sheets of Mg alloy AZ31B or AZ91D. This novel processing technique can allow the easy production of large-scale metal matrix composites. The paper investigates the microstructure of FSPed C fibre-Mg composites in relation with the fragmentation of the C fibres during FSP and their influence on the tensile properties. 3D X-ray tomography reveals that the fibres orient like onion rings and are more or less fragmented depending on the local shear stress during the process. The fibre volume fraction can be increased from 2.3% to 7.1% by reducing the nugget volume, i.e. by using a higher advancing speed in AZ31B alloy or a stronger matrix alloy, like AZ91D alloy. A higher fibre volume fraction leads to a smaller grain size which brings about an increase of the composite yield strength by 15 to 25%. However, a higher fibre volume fraction also leads to a lower fracture strain. Fracture surface observations reveal that damage occurs by fibre/matrix decohesion along fibres oriented perpendicularly to the loading direction. [less ▲]

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See detailНОВАЯ ЕДИНАЯ ЭКОДОГИЧЕСКАЯ СЕДЬСКОХОЗЯЙСТВЕННАЯ ПОДИТИКА НА 2015-2020 гг. И ЕЕ РЕАДИЗАЦИЯ В ВАДДОНИИ
Burny, Philippe ULg

in Scientific notes of Orel State University (2015), 2(65), 42-44

For realization of the new uniform agricultural policy coordinated in 2013, the government of Wallonia made some decisions left for coordination to EU member states or regions in them as in Belgium. In ... [more ▼]

For realization of the new uniform agricultural policy coordinated in 2013, the government of Wallonia made some decisions left for coordination to EU member states or regions in them as in Belgium. In July 2014, the decision on introduction of the obligatory “green” payment proportional to the main payment, obligatory payment to young farmers (1,8% of the total amount of direct payments), additional payment for the first 30 hectares was made (the size is established by the member state or the region), the connected payment (21,3% of the total amount of direct payments), and obligatory main payment (29,9 % of the total amount of regional direct payments only in Wallonia). [less ▲]

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See detailCyprinid herpesvirus 3 : an archetype of fish alloherpesviruses
Boutier, Maxime ULg; Ronsmans, Maygane ULg; Rakus, Krzysztof ULg et al

in Advances in Virus Research (2015), 93

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See detailEffect of Moxidectin Treatment at Peripartum on Gastrointestinal Parasite Infections in Ewes Raised under Tropical Andes High Altitude Conditions
Vargas-Duarte, JJ; Lozano-Márquez, H; Grajales-Lombana, HA et al

in Veterinary Medicine International (2015)

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See detailOnce-weekly DPP-4 inhibitors: do they meet an unmet need?
Scheen, André ULg

in Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology (2015), 3(3), 162-164

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See detailMicroanatomy of the cervical and anorectal squamocolumnar junctions: a proposed model for anatomical differences in HPV-related cancer risk
Yang, Eric J; Quick, Charles M; Hanamornroongruang, Suchanan et al

in Modern Pathology : An Official Journal of the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology, Inc (2015), 28

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See detailComplementary approaches for the numerical simulation of the Micro- Plasto-Hydrodynamic Lubrication regime
Hubert, Cédric; Dubois, André; Dubar, Laurent et al

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2015), 651-653

This paper presents recent investigations in the field of lubricant escapes from asperities. This phenomenon, named Micro Plasto Hydrodynamic Lubrication (MPHL), induces friction variation during metal ... [more ▼]

This paper presents recent investigations in the field of lubricant escapes from asperities. This phenomenon, named Micro Plasto Hydrodynamic Lubrication (MPHL), induces friction variation during metal forming processes. A better understanding of MPH lubrication would lead to a better management of friction, which is a central element in most sheet metal forming processes. To fulfil that goal, experiments were conducted in plane strip drawing using a transparent upper tool in order to observe lubricant flow around macroscopic pyramidal cavities. These experiments were then numerically reproduced with two complementary Finite Element models. The numerical results are discussed in this paper and show good agreement with experimental measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailDe Jacques Antoine aux Éperonniers : l'édition littéraire en Belgique au passé et au présent. Seconde partie : Création contemporaine et politiques du livre. Lysiane D'Haeyere aux Éperonniers
Durand, Pascal ULg; Habrand, Tanguy ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2015), 47

Le positionnement pionnier des Éditions Jacques Antoine dans la patrimonialisation des lettres belges, à travers la collection « Passé Présent », n’a porté ses fruits que durant une assez brève période ... [more ▼]

Le positionnement pionnier des Éditions Jacques Antoine dans la patrimonialisation des lettres belges, à travers la collection « Passé Présent », n’a porté ses fruits que durant une assez brève période, de la seconde moitié des années 1970 et au début des années 1980. Seconde partie d'un article en deux temps, celle-ci évoque les causes de la faillite du projet initial avant d'examiner les modalités de son évolution ultérieure, sous la conduite de Lysiane D’Haeyere et dans le cadre réaménagé des Éditions Les Éperonniers. L’histoire de cette continuité dans la rupture et de cette transmission de rôle éditorial est restée jusqu’à ce jour très obscure, pour des raisons qui conjoignent affaires privées et contentieux commercial. L'article éclaircit cette histoire et jette, à travers elle, un jour nouveau sur un aspect des Lettres belges de langue française où s’articulent étroitement histoire de l’édition et histoire de la littérature. Les archives confiées par les héritiers de Lysiane D’Haeyere au Centre d’Étude du Livre Contemporain de l’Université de Liège, une journée d’étude organisée le 5 mai 2010 par le CELIC avec l’appoint de témoins directs de son activité d’éditrice, ont représenté à cet égard des ressources de premier plan. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards a New Edition of the 'Répertoire métrique de la poésie des troubadours'
Valenti, Gianluca ULg

in Neophilologus (2015), 99(1), 15-27

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See detailPhosphoinositides Regulate Ciliary Protein Trafficking to Modulate Hedgehog Signaling.
Garcia-Gonzalo, F. R.; Phua, S. C.; Roberson, E. C. et al

in Developmental Cell (2015), 34

Primary cilia interpret vertebrate Hedgehog (Hh) signals. Why cilia are essential for signaling is unclear. One possibility is that some forms of signaling require a distinct membrane lipid composition ... [more ▼]

Primary cilia interpret vertebrate Hedgehog (Hh) signals. Why cilia are essential for signaling is unclear. One possibility is that some forms of signaling require a distinct membrane lipid composition, found at cilia. We found that the ciliary membrane contains a particular phosphoinositide, PI(4)P, whereas a different phosphoinositide, PI(4,5)P2, is restricted to the membrane of the ciliary base. This distribution is created by Inpp5e, a ciliary phosphoinositide 5-phosphatase. Without Inpp5e, ciliary PI(4,5)P2 levels are elevated and Hh signaling is disrupted. Inpp5e limits the ciliary level s of inhibitors of Hh signaling, including Gpr161 and the PI(4,5)2-binding protein Tulp3. Increasing ciliary PI(4,5)P2levels or conferring the ability to bind PI(4)P on Tulp3 increases the ciliary localization of Tulp3. Lowering Tulp3 in cells lacking Inpp5e [less ▲]

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See detailEstimation of degree-days for different climatic zones of North-East India
Borah, Pallavi; Singh, Manoj Kumar ULg; Mahapatra, Sadhan

in Sustainable Cities and Society (2015), 14

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See detailUncertainty in training image-based inversion of hydraulic head data constrained to ERT data: workflow and case study
Hermans, Thomas ULg; Nguyen, Frédéric ULg; Caers, Jef

in Water Resources Research (2015), 51

In inverse problems, investigating uncertainty in the posterior distribution of model parameters is as important as matching data. In recent years, most efforts have focused on techniques to sample the ... [more ▼]

In inverse problems, investigating uncertainty in the posterior distribution of model parameters is as important as matching data. In recent years, most efforts have focused on techniques to sample the posterior distribution with reasonable computational costs. Within a Bayesian context, this posterior depends on the prior distribution. However, most of the studies ignore modeling the prior with realistic geological uncertainty. In this paper, we propose a workflow inspired by a Popper-Bayes philosophy, that data should first be used to falsify models, then only be considered for matching. We propose a workflow consisting of three steps: (1) in defining the prior, we interpret multiple alternative geological scenarios from literature (architecture of facies) and site specific data (proportions of facies). Prior spatial uncertainty is modeled using multiple-point geostatistics, where each scenario is defined using a training image. (2) We validate these prior geological scenarios by simulating electrical resistivity tomography (ERT) data on realizations of each scenario and comparing them to field ERT in a lower dimensional space. In this second step, the idea is to probabilistically falsify scenarios with ERT, meaning that scenarios which are incompatible receive an updated probability of zero while compatible scenarios receive a non-zero updated belief. (3) We constrain the hydrogeological model with hydraulic head and ERT using a stochastic search method. The workflow is applied to a synthetic and a field case studies in an alluvial aquifer. This study highlights the importance of considering and estimate prior uncertainty (without data) through a process of probabilistic falsification. [less ▲]

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See detailA Stereocontrolled Synthesis of the Hydrophobic Moiety of Rhamnolipids
Menhour, Boudjema; Mayon, Patrick; Plé, Karen et al

in Tetrahedron Letters (2015), 56

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See detailStructural Characterization, Technological Functionality and Physiological Aspects of Fungal β-D-Glucans : A Review
Borchani, Chema; Fonteyn, Fabienne; Jamin, Guilhem et al

in Critical Reviews in Food Science & Nutrition (2015)

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See detailCardiovascular imaging practice in Europe: a report from the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Plonska-Gosciniak, Edyta; Garbi, Madalina et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2015), 16(7), 697-702

The need for cardiovascular imaging (CVI) is expected to increase over the coming years due to the changes in CV disease epidemiology and ageing of the population. However, reliable statistics on CVI ... [more ▼]

The need for cardiovascular imaging (CVI) is expected to increase over the coming years due to the changes in CV disease epidemiology and ageing of the population. However, reliable statistics on CVI practice in Europe are lacking. Establishing the current status of the use of CVI across Europe has become the first comprehensive project of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging and the European Society of Cardiology Taskforce on CVI. In 2013, a survey with relevant information regarding CVI was sent to all National Imaging/Echocardiography Societies and Working Groups. Representatives from 41 countries returned the questionnaire. The present report provides key results of the survey, relating to existing education, training, certification and national accreditation programmes, healthcare organizations, and reimbursement systems. [less ▲]

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See detailEtude du phénotype mixte BPCO-asthme dans une série de patients BPCO en état stable
Nguyen, M.-S.; NGUYEN DANG, Delphine ULg; SCHLEICH, FLorence ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2015), 70(1), 37-43

Résumé : Le but de ce travail était d’évaluer la prévalence et de décrire les caractéristiques du phénotype mixte BPCO-asthme parmi les patients BPCO stables de stade II à IV selon la classification de ... [more ▼]

Résumé : Le but de ce travail était d’évaluer la prévalence et de décrire les caractéristiques du phénotype mixte BPCO-asthme parmi les patients BPCO stables de stade II à IV selon la classification de GOLD. Matériel et méthodes : entre mai 2013 et avril 2014, 46 patients consécutifs furent recrutés à partir des consultations de Pneumologie du CHU de Liège. Ils étaient considérés comme présentant un syndrome mixte BPCO-asthme si leur indice de Tiffeneau était < 70% après bronchodilatation et s’accompagnait soit d’un antécédent d’asthme avant l’âge de 40 ans, soit d’au moins deux des trois critères suivants: 1) réversibilité bronchique significative (changement du VEMS après la bronchodilatation ≥ 200 ml et ≥ 12%), 2) inflammation éosinophilique: éosinophiles dans les expecto-rations ≥ 3% ou/et éosinophiles dans le sang ≥ 400/μl ou/et FENO ≥ 45 ppb, 3) histoire d’allergie respiratoire, ou IgE sériques totales ≥ 113 KU/l, ou RAST ≥ 0,35 KU/l à l’égard d’un des principaux aéroallergènes. Le phénotype mixte BPCO-asthme fut observé chez 37% des patients. L’expression symptomatique était plus marquée dans le groupe de phénotype mixte que dans le groupe de BPCO pure (CAT 24,6 ± 8,1 vs 19,4 ± 8, p < 0,05) en dépit d’un déficit spiro-métrique identique. Le coefficient de transfert alvéolo-capillaire (DLCO/VA%) était préservé dans le phénotype mixte (97 ± 24%) et supérieur à celui mesuré chez les patients BPCO pure (80 ± 20%) (p < 0,05). La prévalence du phéno-type mixte est voisine d’un tiers chez les patients BPCO et ces sujets ont une expression symptomatique plus marquée, sans signe d’obstruction bronchique plus sévère. [less ▲]

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See detailBespreking Hof van Justitie 3 oktober 2013
Peeters, Bart ULg

in Rechtskundig Weekblad (2015), 2014-2015

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See detailLa postura del pobre encomiable. Hacia la construcción del mito de la maldición literaria
Mogollon Zapata, Juan Manuel ULg

in Teoria, Historia, Crítica (2015), 17

Las trayectorias de Jean Jacques Rousseau y Nicolas Gilbert inauguran en la escena literaria francesa una estrategia de legitimación inédita: la del escritor que, al renunciar a las recompensas sociales y ... [more ▼]

Las trayectorias de Jean Jacques Rousseau y Nicolas Gilbert inauguran en la escena literaria francesa una estrategia de legitimación inédita: la del escritor que, al renunciar a las recompensas sociales y económicas, exhibe su pobreza, y la desdicha a la que esta conduce, como un signo de su independencia y de su virtud. Un breve análisis de la puesta en discurso de esta postura en la obra de Rousseau y de Gilbert nos permitirá comprender mejor la transformación que esta opera en las prácticas y las representaciones de lo literario, sentando así las bases para la construcción del mito de la maldición literaria. [less ▲]

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See detailTagging with leisure needs
Pestieau, Pierre ULg; Racionero, Maria

in Social Choice and Welfare (2015)

We study optimal redistributive taxes when individuals differ in two characteristics—earning ability and leisure needs—assumed to be imperfectly correlated. Individuals have private information about ... [more ▼]

We study optimal redistributive taxes when individuals differ in two characteristics—earning ability and leisure needs—assumed to be imperfectly correlated. Individuals have private information about their abilities but needs are observable. With different levels of observable needs the population can be separated into groups and needs may be used as a tag.We first assume that the social planner considers individuals should be compensated for their leisure needs and characterize the optimal redistributive policy, and the extent of compensation for needs, with tagging.We also consider an alternative social objective where individuals are deemed responsible for their needs. [less ▲]

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See detailRoughness evolution of sol–gel optical coatings by ion beam sputtering
Gailly, Patrick ULg; Dubreuil, Olivier ULg; Fleury-Frenette, Karl ULg

in Nuclear Instruments and Methods in Physics Research B (2015)

The surface roughness evolution of two silica-based sol–gel materials under 650 eV argon ion beam sputtering has been investigated. The liquid sol–gel solutions were applied on silicon substrates using ... [more ▼]

The surface roughness evolution of two silica-based sol–gel materials under 650 eV argon ion beam sputtering has been investigated. The liquid sol–gel solutions were applied on silicon substrates using the dip coating technique and thermally cured to obtain thin solid films and their thicknesses were then controlled over the samples surface using spectroscopic ellipsometry. The surface roughness of the sol–gel films was measured using both interferometric profilometry and atomic force microscopy depending on the obtained sputtering depths. We observed a significant increase of the roughness according to the sputtering depth, faster in the case of sol–gel layers than with bulk fused silica. Interestingly, the sputtering rates of the sol–gel layers were found much higher than the rate obtained on bulk fused silica. The development of micron scale holes with relatively stable interstices is supposed to rule the surface roughness evolution. AFM measurements revealed a regular submicron scale lateral structure which nanometric amplitude is amplified within sputtering. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic and impact of major insect pests on Jatropha curcas L. in two cropping systems with contrasting characteristics in the province of Kinshasa (DRC)
Minengu, Jean de Dieu; Verheggen, François ULg; Mergeai, Guy ULg

in Tropicultura (2015), 3

The dynamic and impact of the major insect pests on Jatropha curcas L. were studied on two plantations located in the province of Kinshasa, the first in pure stand without irrigation (Mbankana site), the ... [more ▼]

The dynamic and impact of the major insect pests on Jatropha curcas L. were studied on two plantations located in the province of Kinshasa, the first in pure stand without irrigation (Mbankana site), the second under irrigation in combination with other crops (N'sele site). In Mbankana, after being planted during the long rainy season (October - December), the plants suffer significant attacks by crickets Brachytrupes membranaceus Drury (Orthoptera, Gryllidae), which cause a mortality rate of 10 - 40%. The first half of October and second half of December are the best planting periods when it comes to limiting these losses. At N'sele, cricket attacks during planting are controlled by the farmers who eat these insects. After being planted at both sites, the plants are attacked by leaf miner caterpillars Stomphastis thraustica Meyrick (Lepidoptera, Gracillariidae) and flea beetles Aphthona sp. (Coleoptera, Chrysomelidae), which consume the leaf blades and buds. The size of these two pest populations and resulting damage reach a peak during the wettest time of year. On adult plants at N'sele, insect pests observed include flea beetles, leaf miners, and shield-backed bugs Calidea sp. (Heteroptera, Scutelleridae). These bugs cause damage to flowers and capsules. In the absence of insecticide treatments, yield losses reached 90% in Mbankana and 60% in N'sele. The discussion focuses on what causes the different pest impact levels recorded between the cropping systems and methods used to limit the main types of damage caused by insects on J. curcas in the Kinshasa region. [less ▲]

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See detailRestoring testosterone levels by adding dehydroepiandrosterone to a drospirenone containing combined oral contraceptive: II. Clinical effects.
Zimmerman, Y.; Foidart, Jean-Michel ULg; Pintiaux, Axelle ULg et al

in Contraception (2015), 91(2), 134-42

OBJECTIVES: Combined oral contraceptives (COCs) decrease androgen levels, including testosterone (T), which may be associated with sexual dysfunction and mood complaints in some women. We have shown that ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Combined oral contraceptives (COCs) decrease androgen levels, including testosterone (T), which may be associated with sexual dysfunction and mood complaints in some women. We have shown that 'co-administration' of dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) to a drospirenone (DRSP)-containing COC restored total T levels to baseline and free T levels by 47%. Here we describe the effects on sexual function, mood and quality of life of such an intervention. STUDY DESIGN: This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in 99 healthy COC starters. A COC containing 30mcg ethinylestradiol (EE) and 3mg DRSP was used for three cycles, followed by six cycles of the same COC combined with 50mg/day DHEA or placebo. Subjects completed the Moos Menstrual Distress Questionnaire (MDQ), the McCoy Female Sexuality Questionnaire and the short form of the Quality of Life Enjoyment and Satisfaction Questionnaire (Q-LES-Q). Safety and tolerability, including effects on skin, were evaluated. RESULTS: The addition of DHEA induced small but significant improvements compared to placebo in the MDQ score for autonomic reactions during the menstrual (-2.0 vs. 0.71; p=0.05) and the premenstrual phase (-3.1 vs. 2.9; p=0.01) and for behavior during the intermenstrual phase (-1.4 vs. 3.6; p=0.02). A significant difference was found in the MDQ score for arousal during the premenstrual phase in favor of placebo (-5.0 vs. 1.0; p=0.01). There were no statistically significant differences between groups for the MSFQ and Q-LES-Q scores. DHEA 'co-administration' resulted in an acceptable safety profile. DHEA negated the beneficial effect of the COC on acne according to the subjects' self-assessment. CONCLUSIONS: 'Co-administration' with DHEA did not result in consistent improvements in sexual function, mood and quality of life indicators in women taking EE/DRSP. Retrospectively, the 50 mg dose of DHEA may be too low for this COC. IMPLICATIONS: A well-balanced judgment of the clinical consequences of normalizing androgens during COC use may require complete normalization of free T. [less ▲]

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See detailValve Stress Echocardiography: A Practical Guide for Referral, Procedure, Reporting, and Clinical Implementation of Results From the HAVEC Group.
Garbi, Madalina; Chambers, John; Vannan, Mani A. et al

in JACC. Cardiovascular imaging (2015), 8(6), 724-736

Valve stress echocardiography (VSE) is increasingly used both within specialist valve clinics and within dedicated VSE services, mandating practical guidance for referral, procedure, reporting, and ... [more ▼]

Valve stress echocardiography (VSE) is increasingly used both within specialist valve clinics and within dedicated VSE services, mandating practical guidance for referral, procedure, reporting, and clinical implementation of results. Therefore, a didactic VSE guide was compiled based on current European Society of Cardiology and American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association valve disease management guidelines, review of existing evidence, and the authors' extensive experience with VSE. The VSE indications were grouped into 3 categories: symptoms despite nonsevere valve disease, asymptomatic severe valve disease, and valve disease with reduced left ventricular systolic function. The aim of the test, the type of stress to be used, the sequence of image acquisition, the information to be included in the report, and the implication of the VSE results for clinical management were described for every indication and summarized in user-friendly tables. [less ▲]

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See detailGLO-Roots: an imaging platform enabling multidimensional characterization of soil-grown root systems
Rellán-Álvarez, Rubén; Lobet, Guillaume ULg; Lindner, Heike et al

in eLife (2015)

Root systems develop different root types that individually sense cues from their local environment and integrate this information with systemic signals. This complex multi-dimensional amalgam of inputs ... [more ▼]

Root systems develop different root types that individually sense cues from their local environment and integrate this information with systemic signals. This complex multi-dimensional amalgam of inputs enables continuous adjustment of root growth rates, direction and metabolic activity that define a dynamic physical network. Current methods for analyzing root biology balance physiological relevance with imaging capability. To bridge this divide, we developed an integrated imaging system called Growth and Luminescence Observatory for Roots (GLO-Roots) that uses luminescence-based reporters to enable studies of root architecture and gene expression patterns in soil-grown, light-shielded roots. We have developed image analysis algorithms that allow the spatial integration of soil properties, gene expression and root system architecture traits. We propose GLO-Roots as a system that has great utility in presenting environmental stimuli to roots in ways that evoke natural adaptive responses and in providing tools for studying the multi-dimensional nature of such processes.Author keywordsResearch organism [less ▲]

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See detailLes initiatives commerciales de bioraffinage en Région Wallonne: production de biocarburants et voies de valorisation connexes
Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Desquay, Lucas ULg; Jadot, Bastien et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2015), 19(2), 197-203

Introduction Biorefining is progressively gaining interest in Wallonia as a complement to the conventional petrochemical industry. Biorefineries are categorized according to the nature of the raw ... [more ▼]

Introduction Biorefining is progressively gaining interest in Wallonia as a complement to the conventional petrochemical industry. Biorefineries are categorized according to the nature of the raw materials they treat (food or non-food) and the nature of their productions (energy and biofuels or biobased compounds). Literature Production of first-generation and second-generation biofuels (bioethanol and biodiesel) is described, as well as their parallel valorisation pathways. A description of the Belgian biobased industry is also provided. Conclusion Diversification of supply chains, as well as the need to promote a circular economy, becomes a priority for the development of biorefining in Wallonia. [less ▲]

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See detailThe aerodynamic cost of head morphology in bats: maybe not as bad as it seems
Vanderelst, Dieter; Peremans, Herbert; Abdul Razak, Norizham et al

in PLoS ONE (2015), 10(3), 0118545

At first sight, echolocating bats face a difficult trade-off. As flying animals, they would benefit from a streamlined geometric shape to reduce aerodynamic drag and increase flight efficiency. However ... [more ▼]

At first sight, echolocating bats face a difficult trade-off. As flying animals, they would benefit from a streamlined geometric shape to reduce aerodynamic drag and increase flight efficiency. However, as echolocating animals, their pinnae generate the acoustic cues necessary for navigation and foraging. Moreover, species emitting sound through their nostrils often feature elaborate noseleaves that help in focussing the emitted echolocation pulses. Both pinnae and noseleaves reduce the streamlined character of a bat’s morphology. It is generally assumed that by compromising the streamlined charactered of the geometry, the head morphology generates substantial drag, thereby reducing flight efficiency. In contrast, it has also been suggested that the pinnae of bats generate lift forces counteracting the detrimental effect of the increased drag. However, very little data exist on the aerodynamic properties of bat pinnae and noseleaves. In this work, the aerodynamic forces generated by the heads of seven species of bats, including noseleaved bats, are measured by testing detailed 3D models in a wind tunnel. Models of Myotis daubentonii, Macrophyllum macrophyllum, Micronycteris microtis, Eptesicus fuscus, Rhinolophus formosae, Rhinolophus rouxi and Phyllostomus discolor are tested. The results confirm that non-streamlined facial morphologies yield considerable drag forces but also generate substantial lift. The net effect is a slight increase in the lift-to-drag ratio. Therefore, there is no evidence of high aerodynamic costs associated with the morphology of bat heads [less ▲]

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See detailThe Impact of Attentional Allocation Capacities on Nonword Repetition in Children with Specific Language Impairment
Leclercq, Anne-Lise ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg; Lange, Manon et al

in Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics (2015)

This study aimed at directly assessing the hypothesis that attentional allocation capacity influences poor NWR performances in children with SLI, using an attention demanding visual search task given ... [more ▼]

This study aimed at directly assessing the hypothesis that attentional allocation capacity influences poor NWR performances in children with SLI, using an attention demanding visual search task given concurrently with the NWR task. Twenty-one children with SLI, 21 typically-developing children matched on age, and 21 typically-developing children matched on nonword span performed an immediate serial recall task of nonwords. The nonword lists were presented either alone or concurrently with the visual search task. Overall, results revealed a resource-sharing trade-off between the two tasks. Children with SLI were affected to the same extent as their span-matched controls by the necessity to allocate their attentional resources between the two tasks. Interestingly, nonword processing strategies seemed to differ among groups: age-matched controls allocated a larger part of their attentional resources to the encoding stage, while nonword recall was more attention demanding in children with SLI and younger controls. [less ▲]

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See detailChemotherapy options for patients suffering from heavily pretreated metastatic breast cancer.
Jerusalem, Guy ULg; RORIVE, Andrée ULg; COLLIGNON, Joëlle ULg

in Future oncology (London, England) (2015), 11(12), 1775-89

ABSTRACT The identification of additional chemotherapy agents for anthracycline- and taxane-pretreated advanced breast cancer (ABC) is an urgent medical need. Single agent chemotherapy is most times ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT The identification of additional chemotherapy agents for anthracycline- and taxane-pretreated advanced breast cancer (ABC) is an urgent medical need. Single agent chemotherapy is most times administered because combined therapy is only associated with modest, if any, improvement in median progression-free survival. Randomized trials failed to show overall survival benefit compared with single agent chemotherapy. We hope to modify the natural history of ABC by the consecutive use of treatments with documented activity in heavily pretreated patients. Quality of life remains an important end point as cure is in general not possible. We first review the activity of the approved and the most frequently used agents in heavily pretreated ABC. Thereafter, the potential role and safety profile of etirinotecan pegol is discussed given the results recently released of a Phase III trial comparing this agent to Treatment of Physician's Choice. [less ▲]

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See detailPréciser, argumenter et évaluer les objectifs thérapeutiques pour améliorer la prise en charge orthophonique
Martinez Perez, Trecy ULg; dor, Orianne ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg

in Rééducation Orthophonique (2015), 261

L’adage « reculer pour mieux sauter » s’applique parfaitement à l’étape de définition du projet thérapeutique. Prendre le temps de sélectionner les objectifs, définir les résultats attendus, choisir les ... [more ▼]

L’adage « reculer pour mieux sauter » s’applique parfaitement à l’étape de définition du projet thérapeutique. Prendre le temps de sélectionner les objectifs, définir les résultats attendus, choisir les techniques d’intervention, identifier la progression à proposer dans les activités et anticiper l’évaluation de l’intervention, constituent des composantes essentielles de l’action thérapeutique. A travers cet article, nous développons quatre dimensions importantes du projet thérapeutique : l’individualisation sur base d’une l’évaluation langagière statique et dynamique, d’une concertation avec le patient et son entourage et de l’identification des facilitants et obstacles à la prise en charge ; la précision des objectifs à court terme pour assurer la cohérence et la continuité des interventions ; la prise de décisions argumentées à propos des objectifs à long terme prioritaires, de la sélection de la cible, de la stratégie d’intervention à privilégier ; et finalement l’évaluation de l’intervention afin d’en vérifier l’efficacité, le transfert et la spécificité. De cette manière, le projet va guider l’action de l’orthophoniste et servir de repère à son intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailActivity of the alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency registry in Belgium.
Hutsebaut, Jacques; Janssens, Wim; Louis, Renaud ULg et al

in COPD : Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (2015), 12(S1), 10-14

A Belgian alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency registry has been established in 2003. Currently 55 patients are included. At the same time, a working group has been set up for publishing national ... [more ▼]

A Belgian alpha-1-antitrypsin (AAT) deficiency registry has been established in 2003. Currently 55 patients are included. At the same time, a working group has been set up for publishing national guidelines. In 2014, several Belgian patients founded Alpha-1 Global. We hope that the integrated activities of all the stakeholders involved in AAT deficiency will permit a high quality care for all patients suffering from this disabling disease. [less ▲]

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See detailProbing the scotogenic model with lepton flavor violating processes
Vicente, Avelino ULg; Yaguna, Carlos

in Journal of High Energy Physics [=JHEP] (2015), 1502

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See detailNon Digestible Oligosaccharides Modulate the Gut Microbiota to Control the Development of Leukemia and Associated Cachexia in Mice.
Bindels, Laure B.; Neyrinck, Audrey M.; Salazar, Nuria et al

in PloS one (2015), 10(6), 0131009

We tested the hypothesis that changing the gut microbiota using pectic oligosaccharides (POS) or inulin (INU) differently modulates the progression of leukemia and related metabolic disorders. Mice were ... [more ▼]

We tested the hypothesis that changing the gut microbiota using pectic oligosaccharides (POS) or inulin (INU) differently modulates the progression of leukemia and related metabolic disorders. Mice were transplanted with Bcr-Abl-transfected proB lymphocytes mimicking leukemia and received either POS or INU in their diet (5%) for 2 weeks. Combination of pyrosequencing, PCR-DGGE and qPCR analyses of the 16S rRNA gene revealed that POS decreased microbial diversity and richness of caecal microbiota whereas it increased Bifidobacterium spp., Roseburia spp. and Bacteroides spp. (affecting specifically B. dorei) to a higher extent than INU. INU supplementation increased the portal SCFA propionate and butyrate, and decreased cancer cell invasion in the liver. POS treatment did not affect hepatic cancer cell invasion, but was more efficient than INU to decrease the metabolic alterations. Indeed, POS better than INU delayed anorexia linked to cancer progression. In addition, POS treatment increased acetate in the caecal content, changed the fatty acid profile inside adipose tissue and counteracted the induction of markers controlling beta-oxidation, thereby hampering fat mass loss. Non digestible carbohydrates with prebiotic properties may constitute a new nutritional strategy to modulate gut microbiota with positive consequences on cancer progression and associated cachexia. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical characterisation and in vitro assessment of the nutritive value of co-products yield from the corn wet-milling process
Malumba Kamba, Paul ULg; Boudry, Christelle ULg; Roiseux, Olivier et al

in Food Chemistry (2015), 166

The chemical characteristics of co-products recovered during a laboratory-scale wet milling procedure as well as that of whole corn flour were characterised and their digestibility and fermentability ... [more ▼]

The chemical characteristics of co-products recovered during a laboratory-scale wet milling procedure as well as that of whole corn flour were characterised and their digestibility and fermentability value determined using a 2 steps in vitro digestibility and fermentation model of the pig digestive tract. Five co-products differing in their chemical composition were collected and analysed. These co-products differed in their in vitro dry matter Digestibility and in their kinetic of fermentation. High coefficients of digestibility were observed for starchy samples, while low coefficients of digestibility were observed for samples rich in lignocellulosic components. Fermentation patterns of samples analysed were different as well as the profile of volatile fatty acids produced during the fermentation. The production of straight-chain fatty acids produced was significantly correlated with the proportion of starch in the sample, while branched-chain fatty acids were correlated to proteins concentration of samples. [less ▲]

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See detailSFX Miscellaneous Free Ejournals Target: Usage Survey among the SFX Community
Renaville, François ULg; Branse, Yosef; Chen, Xiaotian et al

in Serials Review (2015), 41(2), 58-68

The number of free or open access articles is increasing rapidly, and their retrieval with library indexes and OpenURL link resolvers has been a challenge. In June 2014, the SFX MISCELLANEOUS FREE ... [more ▼]

The number of free or open access articles is increasing rapidly, and their retrieval with library indexes and OpenURL link resolvers has been a challenge. In June 2014, the SFX MISCELLANEOUS FREE EJOURNALS target contained more than 24,000 portfolios of all kinds. The SFX Knowledge Base Advisory Board (KBAB) carried out an international survey to get an overview of the usage of this target by the SFX community and to precisely identify what could be done to improve it. The target is widely used among the community. However, many respondents complained about three major problems: (a) incorrect links, (b) full texts actually not free, and (c) incorrect or missing thresholds (years and volumes information). [less ▲]

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See detailChemotherapy-driven dysbiosis in the intestinal microbiome
Montassier, E.; Gastinne, T.; Vangay, P. et al

in Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2015)

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See detailClosure to “Parapet Wall Effect on Piano Key Weir Efficiency”
Erpicum, Sébastien ULg; Machiels, Olivier; Pirotton, Michel ULg et al

in Journal of Irrigation & Drainage Engineering (2015), 141(1), 07014033

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See detailLa Biodiversité Autrement... Avec les lunettes d’une sociologie modeste
Mougenot, Catherine ULg; Petit, Sandrine

in Revue d'Anthropologie des Connaissances (2015), 9(2), 291-310

Biodiversity is not just a concept, it is also a story, an encounter, a place, a good one is in charge of, a familiar and sensitive reality, “attached” to a multitude of ties. This reality possesses the ... [more ▼]

Biodiversity is not just a concept, it is also a story, an encounter, a place, a good one is in charge of, a familiar and sensitive reality, “attached” to a multitude of ties. This reality possesses the stories of about sixty researchers who accepted an extraordinary experience for them: tell their story and which of their works. In these stories, the making of scientific facts is set in practices, anecdotes, personal or institutional relationships, in choices which become entangled. This experience raises the question of knowing how to encompass the totality or, more modestly how to attest? In this article, our point consists of adopting the glasses of a modest sociology, that is to say: follow the reality in its making (1), experiment stories that account for it and argue about their capacities (2) and feel concerned and responsible of our descriptions of the world (3). These are three proposals which work together and match to the will of producing “situated” knowledge. [less ▲]

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See detailSpore assemblages from Upper Ordovician and Lowermost Silurian sediments recovered from the Qusaiba-1 shallow core hole, Qasim region, central Saudi Arabia
Wellman, Charles H.; Steemans, Philippe ULg; Miller, M.A.

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2015), 212

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See detailThe ciliogenic transcription factor Rfx3 is required for the formation of the thalamocortical tract by regulating patterning of prethalamus and ventral telencephalon.
Magnani, D; Morlé, L; Hasenpusch-Theil, K et al

in Human Molecular Genetics (2015), 24

Primary cilia are complex subcellular structures that play key roles during embryogenesis by controlling the cellular response to several signaling pathways. Defects in the function and/or structure of ... [more ▼]

Primary cilia are complex subcellular structures that play key roles during embryogenesis by controlling the cellular response to several signaling pathways. Defects in the function and/or structure of primary cilia underlie a large number of human syndromes collectively referred to as ciliopathies. Often, ciliopathies are associated with mental retardation (MR) and malformation of the corpus callosum. However, the possibility of defects in other forebrain axon tracts, which could contribute to the cognitive disorders of these patients, has not been explored. Here, we investigate the formation of the corticothalamic/thalamocortical tracts in mice mutant for Rfx3, which regulates the expression of many genes involved in ciliogenesis and cilia function. Using DiI axon tracing and immunohistochemistry experiments, we show that some Rfx3-/- corticothalamic axons abnormally migrate toward the pial surface of the ventral telencephalon (VT). Some thalamocortical axons (TCAs) also fail to leave the diencephalon or abnormally project toward the amygdala. Moreover, the Rfx3-/- VT displays heterotopias containing attractive guidance cues and expressing the guidance molecules Slit1 and Netrin1. Finally, the abnormal projection of TCAs toward the amygdala is also present in mice carrying a mutation in the Inpp5e gene, which is mutated in Joubert Syndrome and which controls cilia signaling and stability. The presence of identical thalamocortical malformations in two independent ciliary mutants indicates a novel role for primary cilia in the formation of the corticothalamic/thalamocortical tracts by establishing the correct cellular environment necessary for its development. [less ▲]

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See detailD'une question patrimoniale à une réflexion sur l'Etat : de l'utilité de la théorie du droit pour comprendre une décision judiciaire
Vandenbulke, Antoine ULg

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

The High Court of Paris was required to rule in its judgment of November 20th 2013 on the quality of public archives of telegrams written by General de Gaulle in London between 1940 and 1942. This issue ... [more ▼]

The High Court of Paris was required to rule in its judgment of November 20th 2013 on the quality of public archives of telegrams written by General de Gaulle in London between 1940 and 1942. This issue leads to a question about the status of Free France as a State, and its coexistence with Vichy France. This paper analyzes the Court's decision through the prism of Legal Theory mobilizing Hart’s reflection in terms of internal and external points of view. [less ▲]

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See detailFocal cerebral ischemia impairs motivation in a progressive FR schedule of reinforcement in mice
Linden, Jérôme ULg; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg; Fassotte, Ludivine et al

in Behavioural Brain Research (2015), 279

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See detailDasR is a pleiotropic regulator required for antibiotic production, pigment biosynthesis, and morphological development in Saccharopolysporaerythrae
Liao, Cheng-Heng; Xu, Ya; Rigali, Sébastien ULg et al

in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology (2015)

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See detailLe secret des plus grands "géants" en partie percé
Beckers, Albert ULg

in Vaisseaux, Coeur, Poumons (2015), 20(4),

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See detailFunctional analysis of the three HMA4 copies of the metal hyperaccumulator Arabidopsis halleri
Nouet, Cécile ULg; Charlier, Jean-Benoit; Carnol, Monique ULg et al

in Journal of Experimental Botany (2015), in press

In Arabidopsis halleri, the AhHMA4 gene has an essential function in Zn/Cd hypertolerance and hyperaccumulation by mediating root to shoot translocation of metals. Constitutive high expression of AhHMA4 ... [more ▼]

In Arabidopsis halleri, the AhHMA4 gene has an essential function in Zn/Cd hypertolerance and hyperaccumulation by mediating root to shoot translocation of metals. Constitutive high expression of AhHMA4 results from a tandem triplication and cis-activation of the promoter of all three copies. The three AhHMA4 copies possess divergent promoter sequences, but highly conserved coding sequences, and display identical expression profiles in the root and shoot vascular system. Here, we expressed an AhHMA4::GFP fusion under the control of each three A. halleri HMA4 promoters in a hma2hma4 double mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana to individually examine the function of each A. halleri AhHMA4 copy. The protein localized non-polarly at the plasma membrane of the root pericycle cells of both A. thaliana and A. halleri. The expression of each AhHMA4::GFP copy complemented the severe Zn deficiency phenotype of the hma2hma4 mutant by restoring root-to-shoot translocation of zinc. However, each copy had different impact on metal homeostasis in the A. thaliana genetic background: AhHMA4 copies 2 and 3 were more highly expressed and provided higher Zn tolerance in roots and accumulation in shoots than copy 1, whereas AhHMA4 copy 3 also increased Cd tolerance in roots. Our data suggest a certain extent of functional differentiation among the three A. halleri HMA4 copies, stemming from differences in expression levels rather than in expression profile. HMA4 is a key node of the Zn homeostasis network and small changes in expression level can have major impact on Zn allocation to root or shoot tissues. [less ▲]

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See detailBiotechnological uses of RNAi in plants: Risk assessment considerations
Casacuberta, J. M.; Devos, Y.; du Jardin, Patrick ULg et al

in Trends in Biotechnology (2015), 33(3), 145-147

RNAi offers opportunities to generate new traits in genetically modified (GM) plants. Instead of expressing novel proteins, RNAi-based GM plants reduce target gene expression. Silencing of off-target ... [more ▼]

RNAi offers opportunities to generate new traits in genetically modified (GM) plants. Instead of expressing novel proteins, RNAi-based GM plants reduce target gene expression. Silencing of off-target genes may trigger unintended effects, and identifying these genes would facilitate risk assessment. However, using bioinformatics alone is not reliable, due to the lack of genomic data and insufficient knowledge of mechanisms governing mRNA-small (s)RNA interactions. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailFreikofel Formation
Pondrelli, Monica; Pas, Damien ULg; Spalletta, Claudia et al

in Abhandlungen der Geologischen Bundesanstalt (2015), 69

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See detailA new ent-clerodane diterpenoid from Crassocephalum bauchiense Huch. (Asteraceae).
Tchinda, Alembert T.; Mouokeu, Simplice R.; Ngono, Rosalie A. N. et al

in Natural product research (2015)

A phytochemical investigation of the whole plant of Crassocephalum bauchiense Huch. resulted in the isolation of a new clerodane diterpenoid, ent-2beta,18,19-trihydroxycleroda-3,13-dien-16,15-olide (1 ... [more ▼]

A phytochemical investigation of the whole plant of Crassocephalum bauchiense Huch. resulted in the isolation of a new clerodane diterpenoid, ent-2beta,18,19-trihydroxycleroda-3,13-dien-16,15-olide (1), together with two known flavonoids 3',5-dihydroxy-4',5',6,7,8-pentamethoxyflavone (2) and 4',5-dihydroxy-3',5',6,7,8-pentamethoxyflavone (3). The compounds were tested against the chloroquine-sensitive 3D7 strain of Plasmodium falciparum. Compound 2 showed weak activity (IC50 = 10.1 g/mL) whilst compounds 1 and 3 were inactive. The structures of the compounds were elucidated by using detailed spectral analyses, especially 1H and 13C NMR, 1H-1H COSY, NOESY, HMBC and HR-ESI-MS. [less ▲]

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See detailChine et matières premières : entre satisfaction des besoins et anticipation sur la raréfaction des ressources
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in GEO (2015), 77

L'article analyse les rapports entre la Chine et les matières premières en s'intéressant à cinq points : l'analyse des besoins, l'origine des matières premières consommées, les stratégies mises en oeuvre ... [more ▼]

L'article analyse les rapports entre la Chine et les matières premières en s'intéressant à cinq points : l'analyse des besoins, l'origine des matières premières consommées, les stratégies mises en oeuvre pour sécuriser son approvisionnement, les problèmes rencontrés à l'interne et les conséquences à l'échelle internationales. [less ▲]

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See detailOleuropein or rutin consumption decreases the spontaneous development of osteoarthritis in the Hartley guinea pig.
Horcajada, M.-N.; Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Membrez Scalfo et al

in Osteoarthritis and cartilage / OARS, Osteoarthritis Research Society (2015), 23(1), 94-102

OBJECTIVE: To assess the potential protective effects of three polyphenols oleuropein, rutin and curcumin, on joint ageing and osteoarthritis (OA) development. DESIGN: Sixty 4-week-old Dunkin-Hartley ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To assess the potential protective effects of three polyphenols oleuropein, rutin and curcumin, on joint ageing and osteoarthritis (OA) development. DESIGN: Sixty 4-week-old Dunkin-Hartley guinea pigs were randomized into four groups and received daily during 31 weeks either standard guinea pig diet (control group) or a standard guinea pig diet enriched with oleuropein (0.025%), rutin (0.5%) or rutin/curcumin (0.5%/0.25%) association. Biomarkers of OA (Coll2-1, Coll2-1NO2, Fib3-1, Fib3-2, ARGS), as well as inflammation (PGE2) were quantified in the serum. Histological assessments of knee cartilage and synovial membrane were performed at week 4 (five young reference guinea pigs) and week 35. RESULTS: At week 35, guinea pigs in the control group spontaneously developed significant cartilage lesions with mild synovial inflammation. The histological scores of cartilage lesions and synovitis were well correlated with the increased level of serum biomarkers. Histologically, all treatments significantly reduced the cartilage degradation score (P < 0.01), but only oleuropein significantly decreased the synovial histological score (P < 0.05) and serum PGE2 levels (P < 0.01) compared to the control group. Coll2-1 was decreased by rutin and the combination of rutin/curcumin, Fib3-1 and Fib3-2 were only decreased by the rutin/curcumin mixture, while Coll2-1NO2 was significantly decreased by all treatments (P < 0.05). CONCLUSION: Oleuropein and rutin +/- curcumin significantly slowed down the progression of spontaneous OA lesions in guinea pigs. While no additive effect was seen in the curcumin + rutin group, the differential effects of oleuropein and rutin on inflammatory and cartilage catabolic markers suggest an interesting combination for future studies in OA protection. [less ▲]

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See detailCommentary
Deprez, Christophe ULg

in Annotated Leading Cases of International Criminal Tribunals (2015), 44

One of the key steps in the procedure before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is the filing of a closing order in relation to one or several suspects. In case 002, Nuon Chea ... [more ▼]

One of the key steps in the procedure before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) is the filing of a closing order in relation to one or several suspects. In case 002, Nuon Chea, Ieng Sary, Ieng Thirith and Khieu Samphan all filed motions of appeal against several aspects of the closing order delivered on 16 September 2010, by which the Co-Investigating Judges ordered their indictment. This commentary attempts to shed some light on three decisions issued by the Pre-Trial Chamber on these appeals. Two procedural matters discussed in the decisions are first outlined, namely the right to appeal against a closing order and the latter’s impact on the regime of provisional detention. The analysis then turns to the core substantive contribution of the decisions, that is, the adjudication of the various jurisdictional challenges on the basis of the nullum crimen principle. In the end, it is submitted that, on the whole, the judges showed strict adherence to the principle of legality, thereby strengthening the ECCC’s legitimacy in the realm of global criminal justice. [less ▲]

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See detailL'environnement entre science et sens commun
Mormont, Marc ULg

in Natures Sciences Sociétés (2015), 23(3), 150-153

John Dewey propose dès 1948 une conception des rapports entre science et sens commun qui permet d'élucider les difficultés permanentes de l'apporche de l'environnement.

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See detailEffects of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid combined to 6-Benzylaminopurine on callus induction, total phenolic and ascorbic acid production, and antioxidant activities in leaf tissue cultures of Crataegus azarolus L. var. aronia
Chaabani, Ghaya; Tabart, Jessica; Kevers, Claire ULg et al

in Acta Physiologiae Plantarum (2015), 37

The present research work describes the effects of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)/6-Benzylamino-purine (BAP) ratio on callus induction, total phenols and ascorbic acid production and antioxidant ... [more ▼]

The present research work describes the effects of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)/6-Benzylamino-purine (BAP) ratio on callus induction, total phenols and ascorbic acid production and antioxidant activities in leaf-derived calli of Crataegus azarolus (hawthorn). The supplementation of 1.0 mg/L 2,4-D and 1.0 mg/L BAP to MS medium was found to be the most efficient for callus induction (as percentage and fresh weigh). The results of biochemical analysis showed that the highest total phenols contents were obtained in callus cultured on MS medium supplemented with 2.0 mg/L 2,4-D and 1.0 mg/L BAP (52 ± 0.56 mg GAE/g DM) and were significantly lower than those of intact leaves (76 ± 1.72 mg GAE/g DM). However, the highest ascorbic acid contents were found in callus cultured on MS supplemented with 1.0 mg/L 2,4-D and 0.5 mg/L BAP (0.96 ± 0.13 mg AAE/g DM) and these amounts were statistically similar to those found in leaves tissues (0.74 ± 0.07 mg AAE/g DM). Antioxidant activities of callus extracts were determined using two TEAC assays and results showed that extract of callus cultured on MS medium supplemented with 2.0 mg/L 2,4-D and 1.0 mg/L BAP have the greatest antiradical activities against DPPH (124 ± 2.92 mg TE/g DM) and ABTS (0.19 ± 0.02 mg TE/g DM) compared to the leaves of field-grown plant. Thus, the use of high level of 2,4-D over BAP can be suitable to enhance the quality more than the quantity of bioactive compounds in leaf callus culture of hawthorn. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluation and Comparison of Anatomical Landmark Detection Methods for Cephalometric X-Ray Images: A Grand Challenge
Ching Wei, Wang; Cheng-Ta, Huang; Meng-Che, Hsieh et al

in IEEE Transactions on Medical Imaging (2015)

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See detailThe course of anaemia in children and adolescents with Crohn's disease included in a prospective registry.
Van Biervliet, Stephanie; Smets, Francoise; Hofmann, Ilse et al

in International journal of colorectal disease (2015), 30(1), 51-6

AIM: The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence and evolution of anaemia in prospectively followed children and adolescents diagnosed with Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: The BELCRO registry ... [more ▼]

AIM: The aim of this study is to determine the prevalence and evolution of anaemia in prospectively followed children and adolescents diagnosed with Crohn's disease (CD). METHODS: The BELCRO registry (inclusion May 2008-April 2010), describing current clinical treatment practice of children diagnosed with CD, provided data on age, height, body mass index (BMI), paediatric Crohn's disease activity index (PCDAI), therapy and haemoglobin (Hb) at diagnosis 12 and 24 months follow-up. Anaemia was defined as Hb < -2 sd, while severe anaemia was defined as Hb < -4 sd. Patients were classified as child </=13 and adolescent >13 years of age. RESULT: Ninety-six were included, 13 dropped out due to insufficient Hb data (37 females/46 males; median age 13.3 years, range 2.2-17.8 years). At diagnosis, the median Hb sd was -2.66 (-8.4; 1.07) and was correlated with the PCDAI (p = 0.013). At diagnosis, 51/83 (61 %) were anaemic and all had active disease. Hb z-score significantly improved (p < 0.0001) but 26/68 (38 %) remained anaemic at 12 months and 29/76 (38 %) at 24 months of follow-up. The correlation to the PCDAI disappeared. At 24 months, children were more likely to be anaemic. There was no difference in iron dose nor duration of iron supplements between children and adolescents. Iron treatment was more readily given to patients presenting with anaemia. Hb did not differ between patients with (n = 28) or without iron supplements. Half of the patients with persisting anaemia were given iron supplements, of which, only three were given intravenously. CONCLUSION: Anaemia remains an important extra-intestinal manifestation of CD in children. Physicians, lacking optimal treatment strategies, undertreat their patients. [less ▲]

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See detailDetermination of muscle mitochondrial respiratory capacity in Standardbred racehorses as an aid to predicting exertional rhabdomyolysis
Houben, Rosa ULg; Leleu, Claire; Fraipont, Audrey ULg et al

in Mitochondrion (2015), 24

This prospective cohort study evaluated the potential of high-resolution respirometry applied to permeabilized muscle fibers for fitness evaluation in French Standardbred racehorses. Fitness evaluation by ... [more ▼]

This prospective cohort study evaluated the potential of high-resolution respirometry applied to permeabilized muscle fibers for fitness evaluation in French Standardbred racehorses. Fitness evaluation by means of respirometric parameters did not correlate with racing performance registered over the following racing season. However, altered mitochondrial energy metabolism was associated with higher risk of developing exertional rhabdomyolysis, a common cause of exercise intolerance in racehorses. These data represent a first step towards establishing reference values for muscle OXPHOS capacity in this breed. [less ▲]

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See detailOptimization of a cheap and residential small-scale production of edible crickets with local by-products as an alternative protein-rich human food source in Ratanakiri Province (Cambodia)
Caparros Megido, Rudy ULg; Alabi, Taofic ULg; Nieus, Clément et al

in Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (2015)

Background - Health status of the indigenous people of the Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, is significantly lower compared to the rest of the nation. The domestication and mass production of insects may ... [more ▼]

Background - Health status of the indigenous people of the Ratanakiri Province, Cambodia, is significantly lower compared to the rest of the nation. The domestication and mass production of insects may represent a sustainable, cost effective and high quality alternative source of protein to traditional livestock. This study aimed to optimise a cheap and residential cricket breeding system based on unused wild resources. The cricket development, Teleogryllus testaceus (Walker), under seven diets composed of taro aerial parts, young cassava leaves, young cashew leaves and brown rice flour (with or without banana slices), versus a traditionally used broiler feed diet was studied. Results - Cricket mortality was low in all diets, except the two cashew-based diets. Total biomass was significantly higher under the broiler feed, in addition to the two diets containing a combination of cassava leaf powder and brown rice. Yet, crickets fed with the taro diet had the highest percentage of protein. Concerning the breeding system cost, units using cassava leaves were the cheapest ones. Conclusion – Diets based of cassava leaves seems to be the most promising ones. Nevertheless, to produce crickets with a high body mass and a high protein level, a new experiment must be realised in which the cassava leaf maturity will be adapted to fit with the cricket growth stage. Moreover, to reduce the cost of the breeding units, handmade local products should be used instead of purchased components. [less ▲]

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See detailError analysis of generalized-alpha Lie group time integration methods for constrained mechanical systems
Arnold, Martin; Bruls, Olivier ULg; Cardona, Alberto

in Numerische Mathematik (2015), 129(1), 149-179

Generalized-alpha methods are very popular in structural dynamics. They are methods of Newmark type and combine favourable stability properties with second order convergence for unconstrained second order ... [more ▼]

Generalized-alpha methods are very popular in structural dynamics. They are methods of Newmark type and combine favourable stability properties with second order convergence for unconstrained second order systems in linear spaces. Recently, they were extended to constrained systems in flexible multibody dynamics that have a configuration space with Lie group structure. In the present paper, the convergence of these Lie group methods is analysed by a coupled one-step error recursion for differential and algebraic solution components. It is shown that spurious oscillations in the transient phase result from order reduction that may be avoided by a perturbation of starting values or by index reduction. Numerical tests for a benchmark problem from the literature illustrate the results of the theoretical investigations. [less ▲]

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See detailInvited review: overview of new traits and phenotyping strategies in dairy cattle with a focus on functional traits
Egger-Danner, C.; Cole, J. B.; Pryce, J. E. et al

in animal (2015), 9

ABSTRACT For several decades, breeding goals in dairy cattle focussed on increased milk production. However, many functional traits have negative genetic correlations with milk yield, and reductions in ... [more ▼]

ABSTRACT For several decades, breeding goals in dairy cattle focussed on increased milk production. However, many functional traits have negative genetic correlations with milk yield, and reductions in genetic merit for health and fitness have been observed. Herd management has been challenged to compensate for these effects and to balance fertility, udder health and metabolic diseases against increased production to maximize profit without compromising welfare. Functional traits, such as direct information on cow health, have also become more important because of growing concern about animal well-being and consumer demands for healthy and natural products. There are major concerns about the impact of drugs used in veterinary medicine on the spread of antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria that can negatively impact human health. Sustainability and efficiency are also increasingly important because of the growing competition for high-quality, plant-based sources of energy and protein. Disruptions to global environments because of climate change may encourage yet more emphasis on these traits. To be successful, it is vital that there be a balance between the effort required for data recording and subsequent benefits. The motivation of farmers and other stakeholders involved in documentation and recording is essential to ensure good data quality. To keep labour costs reasonable, existing data sources should be used as much as possible. Examples include the use of milk composition data to provide additional information about the metabolic status or energy balance of the animals. Recent advances in the use of mid-infrared spectroscopy to measure milk have shown considerable promise, and may provide cost-effective alternative phenotypes for difficult or expensive-to-measure traits, such as feed efficiency. There are other valuable data sources in countries that have compulsory documentation of veterinary treatments and drug use. Additional sources of data outside of the farm include, for example, slaughter houses (meat composition and quality) and veterinary labs (specific pathogens, viral loads). At the farm level, many data are available from automated and semi-automated milking and management systems. Electronic devices measuring physiological status or activity parameters can be used to predict events such as oestrus, and also behavioural traits. Challenges concerning the predictive biology of indicator traits or standardization need to be solved. To develop effective selection programmes for new traits, the development of large databases is necessary so that high-reliability breeding values can be estimated. For expensive-to-record traits, extensive phenotyping in combination with genotyping of females is a possibility. [less ▲]

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See detailCharge Redistribution Effects on the UV-VIS Spectra of Small Ligated Gold Clusters: a Computational Study
Lugo Preciado, Jesus Gustavo ULg; Schwanen, Valérie ULg; Fresch, Barbara ULg et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2015), 119(20), 10969-10980

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See detailValidation of an extended French version of ID MigraineTM as a migraine-screening tool
Streel, Sylvie ULg; Donneau, Anne-Françoise ULg; Dardenne, Nadia ULg et al

in Cephalalgia : An International Journal of Headache (2015), 35(5), 437-442

Introduction: Migraine has a considerable social, economic, physical and emotional burden but remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. A specific migraine screening tool could help remove barriers to ... [more ▼]

Introduction: Migraine has a considerable social, economic, physical and emotional burden but remains underdiagnosed and undertreated. A specific migraine screening tool could help remove barriers to health care and be an attractive instrument for epidemiological studies. The objective of this work was to assess the validity of an extended French version of ID MigraineTM as a migraine-screening tool. Methods: Sixty-seven subjects from the NESCaV study (2010–2012) completed the migraine screen and were diagnosed by a neurologist specializing in headache medicine using the International Classification of Headache Disorders, 2nd edition criteria (gold standard). Agreement between the two diagnoses was evaluated by Cohen kappa coefficient (k). Sensitivity, specificity and predictive values of the migraine screen were calculated. Results: Migraine was diagnosed in 21 (31.3%) of the 67 subjects according to the screening tool and in 24 (35.8%) by the neurologist (k¼0.90). The prevalence of migraine was unrelated to age, gender, education and perception of financial resources. Sensitivity and specificity of the screen were 87.5% and 100%, respectively. The screen prevalence of migraine with aura was 10.4% (sensitivity and specificity: 83.3% and 96.7%, respectively). Conclusion: The extended French version of ID MigraineTM (ef-ID Migraine) is a validated tool to screen migraine in French-speaking countries. [less ▲]

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