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See detailSubstitution of egg yolk by a cyclodextrin-cholesterol complex allows a reduction of the glycerol concentration into the freezing medium of equine sperm.
Blommaert, Didier; Franck, Thierry ULg; Donnay, Isabelle et al

in Cryobiology (2016), 72(1), 27-32

The aim of this work was to completely replace the egg yolk a classical diluent for freezing equine semen by a cyclodextrin-cholesterol complex. At the same time, the reduction in the glycerol content ... [more ▼]

The aim of this work was to completely replace the egg yolk a classical diluent for freezing equine semen by a cyclodextrin-cholesterol complex. At the same time, the reduction in the glycerol content used for cryopreservation and the incubation time between sperm and the freezing media were evaluated. Horse ejaculates were frozen with four different freezing extenders: a frozen reference medium (IF) containing egg yolk and 2.5% glycerol and media without egg yolk but supplemented with 1.5 mg 2-hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin cholesterol (HPbetaCD-C) complex and containing either 1% (G1), 2% (G2) or 3% glycerol (G3). Three incubation times (90, 120 and 180 min) at 4 degrees C between the fresh semen and the different media were tested before freezing. Viability and motility analyses were performed with computer assisted semen analysis (CASA). Results showed that the freezing media containing the HPbetaCD-C complex with 1%, 2% and 3% glycerol significantly improve the 3 in vitro parameters of post thawing semen quality (viability, progressive and total mobilities) compared to IF. The best improvement of the parameters was obtained with G1 medium and the longest contact time. The substitution of egg yolk by HPbetaCD-C complex allows the decrease of protein charge of the medium while favouring the cholesterol supply to membrane spermatozoa offering it a better resistance to osmotic imbalance and a better tolerance to the glycerol toxicity. Our results highlight that the egg yolk of an extender for the freezing of horse semen can be completely substituted by HPbetaCD-C complex. [less ▲]

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See detailRéparation des ouvrages en béton armé - Partie 2 : Compatibilité et performances
Courard, Luc ULg; Bissonnette, Benoît

in Techniques de l'Ingénieur. Analyse Chimique et Caractérisation (2016)

La réparation des bétons nécessite non seulement une bonne connaissance du support à réparer, des matériaux de réparation et de l’environnement dans lequel ils vont être mis en œuvre, mais aussi une ... [more ▼]

La réparation des bétons nécessite non seulement une bonne connaissance du support à réparer, des matériaux de réparation et de l’environnement dans lequel ils vont être mis en œuvre, mais aussi une compréhension des mécanismes à la base de l’adhésion. Les compatibilités dimensionnelle, électrochimique, chimique et porosimétrique (perméabilité) sont les clés de la réussite et de la durabilité de la réparation. Sur la base de l’analyse du patrimoine en béton armé et des stratégies d’intervention possible, l’accent a été placé dans la première partie sur l’étude des effets et des causes des principaux défauts de surface observés. Une fois la condition du béton en place adéquatement évaluée (Partie 1), la préparation de la surface avant réparation, sa propreté ou encore sa rugosité sont des conditions essentielles au développement de l’adhérence et de l’accrochage du produit de réparation, garantissant ainsi la durabilité de l’intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailGender effect on the scapular 3D posture and kinematic in healthy subjects
Schwartz, Cédric ULg; Croisier, Jean-Louis ULg; Rigaux, Elise et al

in Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging (2016)

Populations considered for shoulder analysis are often composed of various ratios of men and women. It is consequently hypothesized that gender has no significant effect on the joint kinematic. However ... [more ▼]

Populations considered for shoulder analysis are often composed of various ratios of men and women. It is consequently hypothesized that gender has no significant effect on the joint kinematic. However the literature reports, for the shoulder, differences in the range of motion between genders. The specific influence of gender on the scapula-thoracic kinematics has not been studied yet. The dominant shoulder of two populations of men and women composed of 11 subjects each were evaluated in three dimensions for three distinct motions: flexion in the sagittal plane, abduction in the frontal plane and gleno-humeral internal/external rotation with the arm abducted at 90°. Posture, kinematics and range of motion were studied separately. For flexion and abduction and with regard to the scapular kinematic, external rotation were significantly larger for women than men. The differences were of at least 5° at 120° of humeral elevation. Upward rotations were identical. Women also showed larger average active humero-thoracic range of motion. The mean differences were of 13°, 7°, 12° and 5° for abduction, flexion, internal rotation and external rotation, respectively. No difference was observed between the scapular resting positions of both populations. The observed differences concerning both the scapular and humeral patterns would indicate that the shoulder behavior of men and women should not be expected to be similar. [less ▲]

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See detailA quadratic contact element passing the patch test
Nguyen, Duc-Tué; Rauchs, Gast; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2016), 681

For the two dimensional contact modeling, the standard node-to-segment quadratic contact elements are known to exhibit oscillations of the contact pressure. This situation is particularly critical when ... [more ▼]

For the two dimensional contact modeling, the standard node-to-segment quadratic contact elements are known to exhibit oscillations of the contact pressure. This situation is particularly critical when using the penalty method with a high penalty parameter because the amplitude of the oscillations increase with increasing penalty parameter. The aim of this article is to present a method for removing the oscillations of contact pressure observed while using quadratic contact element. For this purpose, the nodal forces at the slave and at the master nodes need to be evaluated appropriately. One possibility is to develop a suitable procedure for computing the nodal forces. In that sake, we selected the approach first proposed in [35] in an appropriate manner. After presenting the improved quadratic contact element, some numerical examples are illustrated in this paper to compare the standard quadratic node-to-segment element with the proposed element. The examples show that the proposed element can strongly reduce the oscillating contact pressure for both plane and curved contact surfaces. [less ▲]

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See detailDistribution of Injectate and Sensory-Motor Blockade after Adductor Canal Block
Gautier, P. E.; Hadzic, A.; LECOQ, Jean-Pierre ULg et al

in Anesthesia and Analgesia (2016), 122(1), 279-282

BACKGROUND: The analgesic efficacy reported for the adductor canal block may be related to the spread of local anesthetic outside the adductor canal. METHODS: Fifteen patients undergoing knee surgery ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The analgesic efficacy reported for the adductor canal block may be related to the spread of local anesthetic outside the adductor canal. METHODS: Fifteen patients undergoing knee surgery received ultrasound-guided injections of local anesthetic at the level of the adductor hiatus. Sensory-motor block and spread of contrast solution were assessed. RESULTS: Sensation was rated as "markedly diminished" or "absent" in the saphenous nerve distribution and "slightly diminished" in the sciatic nerve territory without motor deficits. Contrast solution was found in the popliteal fossa. CONCLUSIONS: The spread of injectate to the popliteal fossa may contribute to the analgesic efficacy of adductor canal block. © 2015 International Anesthesia Research Society. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards sustainable food systems: the concept of agroecology and how it questions current research practices. A review
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Artru, Sidonie ULg; Brédart, David ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment (2016), 20(Special issue 1), 215-224

Introduction. Multiple environmental and socio-economic indicators show that our current agriculture and the organization of the food system need to be revised. Agroecology has been proposed as a ... [more ▼]

Introduction. Multiple environmental and socio-economic indicators show that our current agriculture and the organization of the food system need to be revised. Agroecology has been proposed as a promising concept for achieving greater sustainability. This paper offers an overview and discussion of the concept based on existing literature and case studies, and explores the way it questions our current research approaches and education paradigms. Literature. In order to improve the sustainability of agriculture, the use of external and chemical inputs needs to be minimized. Agroecological farming practices seek to optimize ecological processes, thus minimizing the need for external inputs by providing an array of ecosystem services. Implementing such practices challenges the current structure of the food system, which has been criticized for its lack of social relevance and economic viability. An agroecological approach includes all stakeholders, from field to fork, in the discussion, design and development of future food systems. This inclusion of various disciplines and stakeholders raises issues about scientists and their research practices, as well as about the education of the next generation of scientists. Conclusions. Agroecology is based on the concept that agricultural practices and food systems cannot be dissociated because they belong to the same natural and socio-economic context. Clearly, agroecology is not a silver-bullet, but its principles can serve as avenues for rethinking the current approaches towards achieving greater sustainability. Adapting research approaches in line with indicators that promote inter- and transdisciplinary research is essential if progress is to be made. [less ▲]

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See detailON THE USE OF HIGH-THROUGHPUT SEQUENCING FOR THE STUDY OF CYANOBACTERIAL DIVERSITY IN ANTARCTIC AQUATIC MATS 1
Stelmach Pessi, Igor ULg; De Carvalho Maalouf, Pedro; Laughinghouse, Haywood Dail et al

in Journal of Phycology (2016), 52

The study of Antarctic cyanobacterial diversity has been mostly limited to morphological identification and traditional molecular techniques. High-throughput sequencing (HTS) allows a much better ... [more ▼]

The study of Antarctic cyanobacterial diversity has been mostly limited to morphological identification and traditional molecular techniques. High-throughput sequencing (HTS) allows a much better understanding of microbial distribution in the environment, but its application is hampered by several methodological and analytical challenges. In this work we explored the use of HTS as a tool for the study of cyanobacterial diversity in Antarctic aquatic mats. Our results highlight the importance of using artificial communities to validate the parameters of the bioinformatics procedure used to analyse natural communities, since pipeline-dependent biases had a strong effect on the observed community structures. Analysis of microbial mats from five Antarctic lakes and an aquatic biofilm from the Sub-Antarctic showed that HTS is a valuable tool for the assessment of cyanobacterial diversity. The majority of the OTUs retrieved were related to filamentous taxa such as Leptolyngbya and Phormidium, which are common genera in Antarctic lacustrine microbial mats. However, other phylotypes related to different taxa such as Geitlerinema, Pseudanabaena, Synechococcus and Chamaesiphon, Calothrix and Coleodesmium were also found. Results revealed a much higher diversity than what had been reported using traditional methods and also highlighted remarkable differences between the cyanobacterial communities of the studied lakes. The aquatic biofilm from the Sub-Antarctic had a distinct cyanobacterial community in comparison to the studied Antarctic lakes, which, in turn, displayed a salinity-dependent community-structure at the phylotype level. [less ▲]

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See detailEarthquake imprints on a lacustrine deltaic system: the Kürk Delta along the East Anatolian Fault (Turkey)
Hubert, Aurelia ULg; El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Garcia-Moreno, David et al

in Sedimentology (2016)

Deltas contain sedimentary records that are not only indicative of water level changes, but also particularly sensitive to earthquake shaking typically resulting in soft-sediment-deformation structures ... [more ▼]

Deltas contain sedimentary records that are not only indicative of water level changes, but also particularly sensitive to earthquake shaking typically resulting in soft-sediment-deformation structures. The Kürk lacustrine delta lies at the south-western extremity of Lake Hazar in eastern Turkey and is adjacent to the seismogenic East Anatolian Fault (EAF), which has generated earthquakes of magnitude 7. In this paper we have reevaluated water level changes and earthquake shaking that have affected the Kürk Delta combining geophysical data (seismic-reflection profiles and side-scan sonar), remote sensing images, historical data, onland outcrops and offshore coring. The history of water level changes provides a temporal framework for the depositional record. In addition to the commonly soft-sediment-deformation documented previously, onland outcrops reveal a record of deformation (fracturing, tilt and clastic dykes) linked to large earthquake-induced liquefactions and lateral spreading. The recurrent liquefaction structures can be used to obtain a paleoseismological record. Five event horizons were identified that could be linked to historical earthquakes occurring in the last 1000 years along the EAF. Sedimentary cores sampling the most recent subaqueous sedimentation revealed the occurrence of another type of earthquake indicator. Based on radionuclide dating (137Cs and 210Pb), two major sedimentary events were attributed to the 1874-1875 EAF earthquake sequence. Their sedimentological characteristics were determined by X-ray imagery, XRD, LOI, grain-size distribution and geophysical measurements. The events are interpreted to be hyperpycnal deposits linked to post-seismic sediment reworking of earthquake-triggered landslides. [less ▲]

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See detailTargeting the tricuspid valve: A new therapeutic challenge.
LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg; Fattouch, Khalil; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ULg

in Archives of cardiovascular diseases (2016)

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See detailClarifying the Socio-Economic Dimensions of Agroecology: Between Principles and Practices
Dumont, Antoinette M.; Vanloqueren, Gaëtan; Stassart, Pierre M ULg et al

in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (2016), 1(1), 24-47

AbstractThe concept of agroecology is being mobilized increasingly. However, its socio-economic dimensions receive little attention from academia. This study helps to clarify the socio-economic principles ... [more ▼]

AbstractThe concept of agroecology is being mobilized increasingly. However, its socio-economic dimensions receive little attention from academia. This study helps to clarify the socio-economic principles of agroecology by first identifying a list of principles in popular and scientific literature and, as a second step, by putting the principles to the test of a qualitative study of two Belgian organizations. Agribio is a grain cooperative, and Les Grosses L√©gumes is a network of consumers, farmers, and the members of an association set up to organize the production and distribution of vegetable boxes. Semi-directed interviews of the various actors linked to these organizations were conducted and then analyzed through an approach inspired by the convention theory in order to reveal the principles that the stakeholders have adopted. The main findings are then made explicit by analysis of four strong agreements (which concern the two organizations? marketing schemes, a Participatory Guarantee System set up by Les Grosses L√©gumes and Agribio?s flour mill). The two case studies show the gap that exists between the principles that describe the horizon of agroecology and the principles that are actually put into practice by the parties in the field through various transition pathways. [less ▲]

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See detailFirst-Principles Study of the Thermoelectric Properties of SrRuO3
Miao, Naihua; Xu, Bin ULg; Bristowe, Nicholas ULg et al

in Journal of Physical Chemistry (2016), 120

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See detailPotential cost-effectiveness for using patient decision aids to guide osteoporosis treatment
Penton, H; Hiligsmann, M.; Harrison, M. et al

in Osteoporosis International (2016), 27

We use a model to predict whether using a patient decision aid in patients considering bisphosphonate therapy would be a good use of health resources. We found that if the decision aid improved adherence ... [more ▼]

We use a model to predict whether using a patient decision aid in patients considering bisphosphonate therapy would be a good use of health resources. We found that if the decision aid improved adherence, and only marginally increased time physicians needed with their patients, then the decision-aid would be cost-effective. Introduction Oral bisphosphonates have been shown to reduce the risk of osteoporotic fracture. Adherence is crucial but suboptimal. A recent study suggests that a patient decision aid, which facilitates shared decision-making, could be effective in increasing adherence to bisphosphonates. But decision aids come at a cost in terms of additional time spent with physicians. This study considers the emerging evidence on the role of patient decision aids in improving adherence to bisphosphonates and their potential costs to inform future decision-making and research priorities. [less ▲]

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See detailPartial ages: diagnosing transport processes by means of multiple clocks.
Mouchet, Anne ULg; Cornaton, Fabien; Deleersnijder, Eric et al

in Ocean Dynamics (2016), 66

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See detailApport du cathétérisme cardiaque dans le diagnostic et le traitement de la maladie coronarienne avant 40 ans
MEURICE, Caroline; LEGRAND, Victor ULg; PIERARD, Luc ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71(3), 129-136

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See detailElectrophoretic deposition of hydroxyapatite and hydroxyapatite– alginate on rapid prototyped 3D Ti6Al4V scaffolds
Ozhukil Kollath, Vinayaraj; Chen, Qiang; Mullens, Steven et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2016), 51

The advantage of using bioceramic particles coated on porous three-dimensional structures is still unexplored in the purpose of improving the osteoinduction of hybrid metallic scaffold implants in vivo ... [more ▼]

The advantage of using bioceramic particles coated on porous three-dimensional structures is still unexplored in the purpose of improving the osteoinduction of hybrid metallic scaffold implants in vivo. In this study, we evaluate electrophoretic deposition (EPD) to coat porous Ti6Al4V scaffolds with hydroxyapatite (HA). Scaffolds were shaped in different open structures with a horizontal shift in fiber stacking. They were produced using three-dimensional fiber deposition method and were coated by EPD with HA powder (d10 = 1.7, d50 = 5.7 and d90 = 18 lm) suspended in ethanol or butanol at different concentration, DC voltage, and time. A composite HA–alginate was also used to coat the scaffolds. Alginate was used as a binder, and the coating properties (homogeneity, thickness, cracks, continuity, etc.) were compared to coatings obtained from pure HA suspensions. Voltage and time of deposition effects were studied between 10 and 140 V and 10 and 120 s, respectively. Coating thickness and density with respect to the depth of the porous structure were studied by observing cross sections using scanning electron microscopy and image processing analysis. HA–alginate combination resulted in a homogeneous and deeper dense layer of HA. This work also points to the characteristics of HA–alginate composite as a superior alternative to pure HA coating which needs an appropriate thermal treatment for adequate substrate adhesion. [less ▲]

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See detailÉtude des potentialités des systèmes d’application contrôlée des gouttes (CDA) pour les traitements phytosanitaires en céréaliculture (synthèse bibliographique)
Ouled Taleb Salah, Sofiene ULg; De Cock, Nicolas ULg; Massinon, Mathieu ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment (2016)

Introduction. L’application contrôlée des gouttes (CDA) présente le double avantage de réduire à la fois l’étendue de la distribution des tailles des gouttes et le volume appliqué par rapport aux buses ... [more ▼]

Introduction. L’application contrôlée des gouttes (CDA) présente le double avantage de réduire à la fois l’étendue de la distribution des tailles des gouttes et le volume appliqué par rapport aux buses hydrauliques conventionnelles. Littérature. Cette revue investigue la potentialité de la CDA par rapport aux buses hydrauliques dans le cadre du désherbage précoce des adventices (2-3 feuilles). En termes de rétention, les études reliant les caractéristiques des gouttes (taille, vitesse et direction) et l’architecture, la densité et la mouillabilité du feuillage, en fonction de la formulation de bouillies, ont été abordées. Ces études montrent que des gouttes de 300 μm avec un adjuvant approprié et des jets émis 60° vers l’avant par rapport à la verticale contribuent à l’augmentation de la rétention sur les cibles problématiques à port dressé. L’effet des réductions des volumes d’application pour ces deux techniques est étudié sur base de la moyenne, du coefficient de variation et du taux de couverture des dépôts. Néanmoins, les résultats de ces études ne peuvent être généralisés du fait des différences de réglages opératoires entre les deux techniques d’application. Quant à la dérive, les atomiseurs CDA orientés horizontalement présentent un potentiel de dérive plus important que les buses hydrauliques pour lesquelles le spray est orienté vers le bas. La dérive augmente avec la vitesse du vent et diminue lorsque le diamètre médian volumétrique (DV50) augmente. Conclusions. De nouveaux réglages des atomiseurs de la CDA en termes de DV50 et de direction du jet peuvent répondre aux défis de l’agriculture de précision. Les pistes d’innovations proposées sont d’une part une amélioration de la résistance à l’usure des dents situées en bordure des disques et, d’autre part, une distribution granulométrique plus étroite. [less ▲]

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See detailFuel cell electrodes from organometallic platinum precursors: an easy atmospheric plasma approach
Merche, Delphine; Dufour., Thierry; Baneton, Joffrey et al

in Plasma Processes and Polymers (2016), 13

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See detailStakeholders’ perceptions, attitudes and practices towards risk prevention in the food chain
Lupo, C; Wilmart, O; Van Huffel, X et al

in Food Control (2016), 66

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See detailMetabolomics as a Challenging Approach for Medicinal Chemistry and Personalized Medicine.
Frederich, Michel ULg; Pirotte, Bernard ULg; Fillet, Marianne ULg et al

in Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2016)

"Omics" sciences have been developed to provide a holistic point of view of biology and to better understand the complexity of an organism as a whole. These systems biology approaches can be examined at ... [more ▼]

"Omics" sciences have been developed to provide a holistic point of view of biology and to better understand the complexity of an organism as a whole. These systems biology approaches can be examined at different levels, starting from the most fundamental, i.e., the genome, and finishing with the most functional, i.e., the metabolome. Similar to how genomics is applied to the exploration of DNA, metabolomics is the qualitative and quantitative study of metabolites. This emerging field is clearly linked to genomics, transcriptomics, and proteomics. In addition, metabolomics provides a unique and direct vision of the functional outcome of an organism's activities that are required for it to survive, grow, and respond to internal and external stimuli or stress, e.g., pathologies and drugs. The links between metabolic changes, patient phenotype, physiological and/or pathological status, and treatment are now well established and have opened a new area for the application of metabolomics in the drug discovery process and in personalized medicine. [less ▲]

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See detailRBOH-mediated ROS production facilitates lateral root emergence in Arabidopsis
Orman-Ligeza, Beata ULg; Parizot, Boris; de Rycke, Riet et al

in Development (2016)

Lateral root (LR) emergence represents a highly coordinated process in which the plant hormone auxin plays a central role. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been proposed to function as important signals ... [more ▼]

Lateral root (LR) emergence represents a highly coordinated process in which the plant hormone auxin plays a central role. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) have been proposed to function as important signals during auxin-regulated LR formation, however their mode of action is poorly understood. Here, we report that Arabidopsis roots exposed to ROS show increased LR numbers due to the activation of LR pre-branch sites and LR primordia (LRP). Strikingly, ROS treatment can also restore LR formation in pCASP1:shy2-2 and aux1 lax3 mutant lines in which auxin-mediated cell wall accommodation and remodeling in cells overlying the sites of LR formation is disrupted. Specifically, ROS are deposited in the apoplast of these cells during LR emergence, following a spatio-temporal pattern that overlaps the combined expression domains of extracellular ROS donors of the RESPIRATORY BURST OXIDASE HOMOLOGS (RBOH). We also show that disrupting (or enhancing) expression of RBOH in LRP and/or overlying root tissues decelerates (or accelerates) the development and emergence of LRs. We conclude that RBOH-mediated ROS production facilitates LR outgrowth by promoting cell wall remodeling of overlying parental tissues. [less ▲]

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See detailFabrication and characterization of polymer membranes with integrated arrays of high performance micro-magnets
Roy, D. L.; Shaw, Gorky ULg; Haettel, R. et al

in Materials Today Communications (2016), 6

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See detailThwarted Expectations of Divine Reciprocity
Peels, Saskia ULg

in Mnemosyne (2016)

The notion of reciprocity in Greek religion has been approached from many angles. One question that has not been treated concerns human discontent at gods’ gifts. Given that, in Greek literature ... [more ▼]

The notion of reciprocity in Greek religion has been approached from many angles. One question that has not been treated concerns human discontent at gods’ gifts. Given that, in Greek literature, characters conceptualised their relationship with gods as a bond of reciprocal χάρις, did these fictive characters use the same conceptual frame in talking about frustrated expectations of divine reciprocity? When gods did not give in return what had been hoped for, was such disappointment ever constructed as a case of dysfunctional reciprocity? In this paper I argue that the answer is ‘no’, but a conscious no. Explicit disappointment in divine reciprocity occurs, but exclusively under ‘special circumstances’. Such criticism is uttered by characters who are not Greek, for example, who are portrayed as having rather strange views anyway, or who have a very special reciprocal relationship with a god based on divine parenthood of a human child. The distribution and nature of complaints shows that reproaching gods about disappointed reciprocity was consciously considered as very un-Greek. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of microgravity simulation on zebrafish transcriptomes and bone physiology; exposure starting at 5 days post-fertilization.
Aceto, Jessica ULg; Nourizadeh-Lillabadi, Rasoul; Bradamante, Silvia et al

in NPJ Microgravity (2016), 2

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See detailWhat Is the Role of Minimally Invasive Mitral Valve Surgery in High-Risk Patients? A Meta-Analysis of Observational Studies.
Moscarelli, Marco; Fattouch, Khalil; Casula, Roberto et al

in The Annals of thoracic surgery (2016)

BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive valve surgery is related to certain better postoperative outcomes. We aimed to assess the role of minimally invasive mitral valve surgery in high-risk patients. METHODS: A ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive valve surgery is related to certain better postoperative outcomes. We aimed to assess the role of minimally invasive mitral valve surgery in high-risk patients. METHODS: A systematic literature review identified eight studies of which seven fulfilled criteria for meta-analysis. Outcomes for a total of 1,254 patients (731 were conventional standard sternotomy and 523 were minimally invasive mitral valve surgery) were submitted to meta-analysis using random effects modeling. Heterogeneity and subgroup analysis with quality scoring were assessed. The primary end point was early mortality. Secondary end points were intraoperative and postoperative outcomes and long-term follow-up. RESULTS: Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery conferred comparable early mortality to standard sternotomy (p = 0.19); it was also associated with a lower number of units of blood transfused (weighted mean difference, -1.93; 95% confidence interval [CI], -3.04 to -0.82; p = 0.0006) and atrial fibrillation rate (odds ratio, 0.49; 95% CI, 0.32 to 0.74; p = 0.0007); however, cardiopulmonary bypass time was longer (weighted mean difference, 20.88; 95% CI, -1.90 to 43.65; p = 0.07). There was no difference in terms of valve repair rate (odds ratio, 1.51; 95% CI, 0.89 to 2.54; p = 0.12), and the incidence of stroke was significantly lower in the high-quality analysis with no heterogeneity (odds ratio, 0.35; 95% CI, 0.15 to 0.82; p = 0.02; chi2, 1.67; I2, 0%; p = 0.43). CONCLUSIONS: Minimally invasive mitral valve surgery is a safe and comparable alternative to standard sternotomy in patients at high risk, with similar early mortality and repair rate and better postoperative outcomes, although a longer cardiopulmonary bypass time is required. [less ▲]

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See detail2015 ESC Guidelines for the management of infective endocarditis.
Habib, Gilbert; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg; Antunes, Manuel J. et al

in Revista espanola de cardiologia (English ed.) (2016), 69(1), 69

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See detailNeural correlates of event clusters in past and future thoughts: How the brain integrates specific episodes with autobiographical knowledge
Demblon, Julie ULg; Bahri, Mohamed Ali ULg; D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg

in NeuroImage (2016), 127

When remembering the past or envisioning the future, events often come to mind in organized sequences or stories rather than in isolation from one another. The aim of the present fMRI study was to ... [more ▼]

When remembering the past or envisioning the future, events often come to mind in organized sequences or stories rather than in isolation from one another. The aim of the present fMRI study was to investigate the neural correlates of such event clusters. Participants were asked to consider pairs of specific past or future events: in one condition, the two events were part of the same event cluster (i.e., they were thematically and/or causally related to each other), whereas in another condition the two events only shared a surface feature (i.e., their location); a third condition was also included, in which the two events were unrelated to each other. The results showed that the processing of past and future events that were part of a same cluster was associated with higher activation in the medial prefrontal cortex (PFC), rostrolateral PFC, and left lateral temporal and parietal regions, compared to the two other conditions. Furthermore, functional connectivity analyses revealed an increased coupling between these cortical regions. These findings suggest that largely similar processes are involved in organizing events in clusters for the past and the future. The medial and rostrolateral PFC might play a pivotal role in mediating the integration of specific events with conceptual autobiographical knowledge ‘stored’ in more posterior regions. Through this integrative process, this set of brain regions might contribute to the attribution of an overarching meaning to representations of specific past and future events, by contextualizing them with respect to personal goals and general knowledge about one's life story. [less ▲]

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See detail. Mass sensor utilising the mode-localisation effect in an electrostatically-coupled MEMS resonator pair fabricated using an SOI process
Wood, Graham; Chun, Zhao; Pu, Suan et al

in Microelectronic Engineering (2016), 159

The change in the mass, achieved with focused ion beam(FIB) milling, of one of a pair of electrostatically-coupled microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) resonators has been detected utilising the mode ... [more ▼]

The change in the mass, achieved with focused ion beam(FIB) milling, of one of a pair of electrostatically-coupled microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) resonators has been detected utilising the mode-localisation effect. It has been demonstrated that the shift in the amplitude ratio of the coupled-resonators at the in-phase mode frequency, in response to a mass change, is five orders of magnitude greater than the equivalent resonant frequency shift of a single resonator device. The device has been fabricated using a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) based process, which allows for high-yield and stiction-free fabrication. In addition, the design of the resonators has been created to have a larger surface area than previously reported designs, in order to facilitate future biological functionalisation. The mass sensitivity has been compared to current state-of-the-art mode-localised mass sensors and a 5.4 times increase in the amplitude ratio response to a given mass change has been demonstrated for the device in this work. [less ▲]

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See detailDiabetes: Time for reconciliation between cardiologists and diabetologists.
Scheen, André ULg

in Nature Reviews. Cardiology (2016)

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See detailSynthesis, characterization and biological evaluation of benzothiazoles and tetrahydrobenzothiazoles bearing urea or thiourea moieties as vasorelaxants and inhibitors of the insulin releasing process
Harrouche, K; Renard, JF; Bouider, N et al

in European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry (2016), 115

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See detailImpact of Serial B-Type Natriuretic Peptide Changes for Predicting Outcome in Asymptomatic Patients With Aortic Stenosis.
Henri, Christine; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ULg; Magne, Julien et al

in The Canadian journal of cardiology (2016)

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the impact on the outcome of serial B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) changes during follow-up in asymptomatic patients with >/= moderate aortic stenosis ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the impact on the outcome of serial B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) changes during follow-up in asymptomatic patients with >/= moderate aortic stenosis (AS) and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction. METHODS: We prospectively screened 69 patients who underwent comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography, BNP level measurement at baseline and after every 6 or 12 months. Annualized BNP changes were calculated as the difference between the last and baseline BNP measurements divided by the duration of follow-up. The primary endpoint was the occurrence of symptoms, aortic valve replacement, or cardiovascular death. RESULTS: During a follow-up of 30 +/- 19 months, 43 patients experienced a cardiac event. These patients were significantly older (73 +/- 9 vs 65 +/- 16 years; P = 0.010), had more often dyslipidemia (79% vs 42%; P = 0.038), more severe AS (peak velocity: 3.9 +/- 0.6 vs 3.5 +/- 0.6 m/s; P = 0.002), larger indexed left atrial area (10.2 +/- 2.5 vs 8.7 +/- 1.9 cm2/m2; P = 0.006), and a higher increase in annualized BNP (+90 +/- 155 vs +7 +/- 49 pg/mL/y; P = 0.010). Patients with higher annualized BNP changes (> 20 pg/mL/y) had a significantly lower cardiac event-free survival (1 year: 63 +/- 8% vs 97 +/- 3%; 3 years: 31 +/- 8% vs 68 +/- 8%; P < 0.001). Using the multivariate Cox proportional hazards model, higher annualized BNP changes were significantly associated with increased risk of cardiac events (hazard ratio: 2.73, 95% confidence interval: 1.27-5.86; P = 0.010) after adjustment for age, dyslipidemia, and echocardiographic parameters. CONCLUSIONS: In asymptomatic patients with AS and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction, the use of serial BNP changes may help to anticipate development of class I indication for aortic valve replacement. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of a Reference Database for Particle-Induced Gamma-ray Emission spectroscopy
Dimitriou, P.; Becker, H.-W.; Bogdanović-Radović, I. et al

in Nuclear Instruments & Methods in Physics Research. Section B, Beam Interactions with Materials and Atoms (2016), 371

Particle-Induced Gamma-ray Emission (PIGE) is a powerful analytical technique that exploits the interactions of rapid charged particles with nuclei located near a sample surface to determine the ... [more ▼]

Particle-Induced Gamma-ray Emission (PIGE) is a powerful analytical technique that exploits the interactions of rapid charged particles with nuclei located near a sample surface to determine the composition and structure of the surface regions of solids by measurement of characteristic prompt γ rays. The potential for depth profiling of this technique has long been recognized, however, the implementation has been limited owing to insufficient knowledge of the physical data and lack of suitable user-friendly computer codes for the applications. Although a considerable body of published data exists in the nuclear physics literature for nuclear reaction cross sections with γ rays in the exit channel, there is no up-to-date, comprehensive compilation specifically dedicated to IBA applications. A number of PIGE cross-section data had already been uploaded to the Ion Beam Analysis Nuclear Data Library (IBANDL) (http://www-nds.iaea.org/ibandl) by members of the IBA community by 2011, however a preliminary survey of this body of unevaluated experimental data has revealed numerous discrepancies beyond the uncertainty limits reported by the authors. Using the resources and coordination provided by the IAEA, a concerted effort to improve the situation was made within the Coordinated Research Project on the Development of a Reference Database for PIGE spectroscopy, from 2011 to 2015. The aim of the CRP was to create a data library for Ion Beam Analysis that contains reliable and usable data on charged particle γ-ray emission cross sections that would be made freely available to the user community. As the CRP has reached its completion, we shall present its main achievements, including the results of nuclear cross-section evaluations and the development of a computer code that will become available to the public allowing for the implementation of a standardless PIGE technique. © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCompact and Integrated Approach for Advanced End-to-end Production, Purification, and Aqueous Formulation of Lidocaine Hydrochloride
Monbaliu, Jean-Christophe ULg; Stelzer, Torsten; Revalor, Eve et al

in Organic Process Research & Development (2016)

A compact, fully integrated, and automated system is developed for end-to-end production, purification, and formulation of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) lidocaine hydrochloride, a widely used ... [more ▼]

A compact, fully integrated, and automated system is developed for end-to-end production, purification, and formulation of the active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) lidocaine hydrochloride, a widely used local anesthetic. The purification strategy includes appropriate combination of extraction, reactive crystallization, and antisolvent cooling crystallization that enables the production of lidocaine hydrochloride formulated solution, for topical application meeting US Pharmacopeia (USP) standards. Based on the optimal yield observed in each step, the system sustains a daily production of 810 doses (dosage strength = 20 mg mL-1 i.e. 2% formulation in commercial denomination). [less ▲]

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See detailProduction, purification and characterization of a novel cold-active superoxide dismutase from the Antarctic strain Aspergillus glaucus 363
Abrashev, R.; Feller, Georges ULg; Kostadinova, N. et al

in Fungal Biology (2016), 120

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See detailModeling in Air Transportation: Cargo Loading and Itinerary Choice
Lurkin, Virginie ULg

in 4OR : Quarterly Journal of the Belgian, French and Italian Operations Research Societies (2016)

This is a summary of the author's PhD thesis supervised by Michael Schyns and defended on April 29, 2016 at the University of Li\`ege, Belgium. We examine two problems as part of this dissertation. The ... [more ▼]

This is a summary of the author's PhD thesis supervised by Michael Schyns and defended on April 29, 2016 at the University of Li\`ege, Belgium. We examine two problems as part of this dissertation. The first is a cargo loading problem. The second problem we examine involves the estimation of itinerary choice models that include price variables and correct for price endogeneity using a control function that uses several types of instrumental variables. [less ▲]

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See detailAn acceleration sensing method based on the mode localization of weakly coupled resonators
Zhang, H.M.; Yuan, W.Z.; Li, B.Y. et al

in Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (2016), 25(2), 286-296

Abstract—This paper reports an acceleration sensing method based on two weakly coupled resonators (WCRs) using the phenomenon of mode localization. When acceleration acts on the proof masses, differential ... [more ▼]

Abstract—This paper reports an acceleration sensing method based on two weakly coupled resonators (WCRs) using the phenomenon of mode localization. When acceleration acts on the proof masses, differential electrostatic stiffness perturbations will be applied to the WCRs, leading to mode localization, and thus, mode shape changes. Therefore, acceleration can be sensed by measuring the amplitude ratio shift. The proposed mode localization with the differential perturbation method leads to a sensitivity enhancement of a factor of 2 than the common single perturbation method. The theoretical model of the sensitivity, bandwidth, and linearity of the accelerometer is established and verified. The measured relative shift in amplitude ratio (∼312162 ppm/g) is 302 times higher than the shift in resonance frequency (∼1035 ppm/g) within the measurement range of ±1g. The measured resolution based on the amplitude ratio is 0.619 mg and the nonlinearity is ∼3.5% in the open-loop measurement operation. [less ▲]

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See detailRecurrent pulsations in Saturn’s high latitude magnetosphere
Mitchell, D.G.; Carbary, J.F.; Bunce, E.J. et al

in Icarus (2016)

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See detailComparative virucidal efficacy of seven disinfectants against murine norovirus and feline calicivirus, surrogates of human norovirus
Zonta, William ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Food and Environmental Virology (2016)

Human noroviruses (HuNoV) are the leading cause of acute nonbacterial gastroenteritis in humans and can be transmitted either by person-to-person contact or by consumption of contaminated food. Knowledge ... [more ▼]

Human noroviruses (HuNoV) are the leading cause of acute nonbacterial gastroenteritis in humans and can be transmitted either by person-to-person contact or by consumption of contaminated food. Knowledge of an efficient disinfection for both hands and food contact surfaces is helpful for the food sector and provides precious information for public health. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of seven disinfectants belonging to different groups of biocides (alcohol, halogen, oxidizing agents, quaternary ammonium compounds, aldehyde and biguanide) on infectious viral titre and on genomic copy number. Due to the absence of a cell culture system for HuNoV, two HuNoV surrogates such as murine norovirus (MNV) and feline calicivirus (FCV), were used and the tests were performed in suspension, on gloves and on stainless steel discs. When, as criteria of efficacy, a log reduction > 3 of the infectious viral titre on both surrogates and in the three tests is used, the most efficacious disinfectants in this study appear to be biocidal products B, C and D, representing the halogens, the oxidizing agents group and a mix of QAC, alcohol and aldehyde, respectively. In addition, these three disinfectants also elicited a significant effect on genomic copy number for both surrogate viruses and in all three tests. The results of this study demonstrate that a halogen compound, oxidizing agents and a mix of QAC, alcohol and aldehyde are advisable for HuNoV disinfection of either potentially contaminated surfaces or materials in contact with foodstuffs. [less ▲]

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See detailExpanding the clinical and mutational spectrum of the Ehlers-Danlos syndrome Dermatosparaxis.
Van Damme, Tim; Colige, Alain ULg; Syx, Delfien et al

in Genetics in Medicine : Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics (2016)

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See detailCore Outcome Measure Index for low back patients: do we miss anxiety and depression?
Cedraschi, C; Marty, M; Courvoisier, DS et al

in European Spine Journal (2016), 25

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See detailEarly BMP, Wnt and Ca(2+)/PKC pathway activation predicts the bone forming capacity of periosteal cells in combination with calcium phosphates.
Bolander, Johanna; Chai, Yoke Chin; Geris, Liesbet ULg et al

in Biomaterials (2016), 86

The development of osteoinductive calcium phosphate- (CaP) based biomaterials has, and continues to be, a major focus in the field of bone tissue engineering. However, limited insight into the ... [more ▼]

The development of osteoinductive calcium phosphate- (CaP) based biomaterials has, and continues to be, a major focus in the field of bone tissue engineering. However, limited insight into the spatiotemporal activation of signalling pathways has hampered the optimisation of in vivo bone formation and subsequent clinical translation. To gain further knowledge regarding the early molecular events governing bone tissue formation, we combined human periosteum derived progenitor cells with three types of clinically used CaP-scaffolds, to obtain constructs with a distinct range of bone forming capacity in vivo. Protein phosphorylation together with gene expression for key ligands and target genes were investigated 24 hours after cell seeding in vitro, and 3 and 12 days post ectopic implantation in nude mice. A computational modelling approach was used to deduce critical factors for bone formation 8 weeks post implantation. The combined Ca(2+)-mediated activation of BMP-, Wnt- and PKC signalling pathways 3 days post implantation were able to discriminate the bone forming from the non-bone forming constructs. Subsequently, a mathematical model able to predict in vivo bone formation with 96% accuracy was developed. This study illustrates the importance of defining and understanding CaP-activated signalling pathways that are required and sufficient for in vivo bone formation. Furthermore, we demonstrate the reliability of mathematical modelling as a tool to analyse and deduce key factors within an empirical data set and highlight its relevance to the translation of regenerative medicine strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte-rendu de l'ouvrage "Wirklichkeit und Wahrnehmung. Neue Perspektiven auf Theodor Storm"
Leyh, Valérie ULg

in Schriften der Theodor-Storm-Gesellschaft (2016), 65

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See detailThe value of a safe, connected social climate for adolescents girls in residential care
Lanctôt, Nadine; Lemieux, Annie; Mathys, Cécile ULg

in Residential Treatment for Children & Youth (2016)

This article described adolescent girls’ (n = 153) perceptions of the social climate that prevailed in their residential care unit and explored to what extent these perceptions related to their ... [more ▼]

This article described adolescent girls’ (n = 153) perceptions of the social climate that prevailed in their residential care unit and explored to what extent these perceptions related to their pretreatment individual characteristics. Social climate was examined with a gender-responsive approach and through empathetic interactions with practitioners, healthy connections with the peer group, and just and collaborative practices within the residential care setting. Results indicated that adolescent girls’ configuration of risks and needs impact how they perceive their program environment. We conclude the article with specific recommendations for enhancing gender-responsive programs in residential care setting in regard to non-programmatic features. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of rifampin on the disposition of brivaracetam in human subjects: further insights into brivaracetam hydrolysis.
Stockis, Armel; Watanabe, Shikiko; Scheen, André ULg et al

in Drug metabolism and disposition: the biological fate of chemicals (2016), 44(6), 792-799

Brivaracetam (BRV) is a high-affinity synaptic vesicle protein 2A ligand developed for the treatment of uncontrolled partial-onset seizures. The present Phase I open-label two-way crossover study was ... [more ▼]

Brivaracetam (BRV) is a high-affinity synaptic vesicle protein 2A ligand developed for the treatment of uncontrolled partial-onset seizures. The present Phase I open-label two-way crossover study was designed to assess the effect of rifampin on the pharmacokinetics of BRV and its hydroxy (BRV-OH); acid (BRV-AC); and hydroxy acid (BRV OHAC) metabolites. Twenty-six healthy subjects received BRV 150mg single oral dose, either alone or following 5 days of rifampin 600 mg/day. BRV and its metabolites were examined for their plasma profiles and urinary excretion. Pharmacokinetic modeling was developed to estimate the rate constants of the various metabolic routes. Parallel in vitro assays were conducted to characterize the hydrolysis of BRV to BRV-AC as well as to identify any potential effect of rifampin on the hydrolysis reaction. Rifampin did not significantly affect the maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) of BRV but decreased its area under the curve (AUC) by 45%. In addition, rifampin significantly increased the AUC of BRV-OH (+109%), decreased the AUC of BRV-AC (-53%), but had little effect on BRV-OHAC (-10%). In vitro assays showed that the major urinary metabolite BRV-AC (33% of the dose) was likely to be formed by amidase EC 3.5.1.4. In vitro data indicated that the enzyme was not significantly inhibited nor induced by rifampin. Modeling confirmed that all the observed changes in vivo were secondary to the induction of the CYP2C19-mediated hydroxylation of BRV to BRV-OH (3.7-fold increase in the rate constant). [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of value chain governance on the development of small scale shrimp farmers in Vietnam
Ho Thi Minh, Hop; Burny, Philippe ULg

in International Journal of Business and Economic Sciences Applied Research (2016), 9(2), 93-98

Purpose of this paper is to identify the tendency of shrimp value chain development and impact of its governance on the small scale shrimp farmers in Vietnam. Design/methodology/approach - Data from the ... [more ▼]

Purpose of this paper is to identify the tendency of shrimp value chain development and impact of its governance on the small scale shrimp farmers in Vietnam. Design/methodology/approach - Data from the shrimp farmers surveys in Mekong delta, Vietnam from 2008-2010 with the update information in 2014 were taken to analyse by the value chain analysis method. Findings – Traditional governance type of the shrimp value chain in the early state (before 2004) showed the different levels of coordination of farmers with collectors, among collectors, and collectors with processing plants. In this type of governance, trust and linkages are inextricably linked. However, they are not strong. The processing plants determine shrimp prices and quality requirement in the market while many collectors do not seem to be highly responsible for the quality of their products. To avoid this limitation, with the governmental support policy to improve farmers’ income, the processing plants set up a direct buying from farmers under contracts. These contracts led to a new governance type with an expectation of improving farmers’ position. However, this model was broken due to several reasons including un-controlled shrimp raw material from small scale and individual farmers. Consequently, processors now tend to establish their own raw material zone to comply shrimp quality assurance, and eject the existence of farmers. This will lead small scale farmers to very difficult problems in finding the market. Poverty and social problems of small scale farmers might appear. The result recommends a greater strengthening and tightening of the value chain. Re-organizing shrimp farmers into legal teams or groups that help farmers to re-participate in the game with others actor in the chain is crucial. Research limitations/implications - The research mainly follows inductive approach in which qualitative methods are dominant due to the difficulties of data collection for the quantitative analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailTuning of AKT-pathway by Nef and its blockade by protease inhibitors results in limited recovery in latently HIV infected T-cell line.
Kumar, Amit; Abbas, Wasim; Colin, Laurence et al

in Scientific reports (2016), 6

Akt signaling plays a central role in many biological processes, which are key players in human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) pathogenesis. We found that Akt interacts with HIV-1 Nef protein. In ... [more ▼]

Akt signaling plays a central role in many biological processes, which are key players in human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) pathogenesis. We found that Akt interacts with HIV-1 Nef protein. In primary T cells treated with exogenous Nef or acutely infected with Nef-expressing HIV-1 in vitro, Akt became phosphorylated on serine(473) and threonine(308). In vitro, Akt activation mediated by Nef in T-cells was blocked by HIV protease inhibitors (PI), but not by reverse transcriptase inhibitors (RTI). Ex vivo, we found that the Akt pathway is hyperactivated in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) from cART naive HIV-1-infected patients. PBLs isolated from PI-treated patients, but not from RTI-treated patients, exhibited decreased Akt activation, T-cell proliferation and IL-2 production. We found that PI but not RTI can block HIV-1 reactivation in latently infected J-Lat lymphoid cells stimulated with various stimuli. Using luciferase measurement, we further confirmed that Nef-mediated reactivation of HIV-1 from latency in 1G5 cells was blocked by PI parallel to decreased Akt activation. Our results indicate that PI-mediated blockade of Akt activation could impact the HIV-1 reservoir and support the need to further assess the therapeutic use of HIV-1 PI in order to curtail latently infected cells in HIV-1-infected patients. [less ▲]

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See detailAlong-stream transport and transformation of dissolved organic matter in a large tropical river
Lambert, Thibault ULg; Teodoru, C. R.; Nyoni, F. C. et al

in Biogeosciences (2016), 13(9), 2727--2741

Large rivers transport considerable amounts of terrestrial dissolved organic matter (DOM) to the ocean. However, downstream gradients and temporal variability in DOM fluxes and characteristics are poorly ... [more ▼]

Large rivers transport considerable amounts of terrestrial dissolved organic matter (DOM) to the ocean. However, downstream gradients and temporal variability in DOM fluxes and characteristics are poorly studied at the scale of large river basins, especially in tropical areas. Here, we report longitudinal patterns in DOM content and composition based on absorbance and fluorescence measurements along the Zambezi River and its main tributary, the Kafue River, during two hydrological seasons. During high-flow periods, a greater proportion of aromatic and humic DOM was mobilized along rivers due to the hydrological connectivity with wetlands, while low-flow periods were characterized by lower DOM content of less aromaticity resulting from loss of connectivity with wetlands, more efficient degradation of terrestrial DOM and enhanced autochthonous productivity. Changes in water residence time due to contrasting water discharge were found to modulate the fate of DOM along the river continuum. Thus, high water discharge promotes the transport of terrestrial DOM downstream relative to its degradation, while low water discharge enhances the degradation of DOM during its transport. The longitudinal evolution of DOM was also strongly impacted by a hydrological buffering effect in large reservoirs in which the seasonal variability of DOM fluxes and composition was strongly reduced. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of climatic factors on the release of E-β-caryophyllene from alginate beads
Daems, Frédéric ULg; Bera, François ULg; Lorge, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2016), 20(2),

Description of the subject. Alginate beads that release semiochemical compounds are interesting biological control devices used to attract the natural enemies of aphids in infested crops. Little ... [more ▼]

Description of the subject. Alginate beads that release semiochemical compounds are interesting biological control devices used to attract the natural enemies of aphids in infested crops. Little information, however, is available about the impact of climatic factors on the release of semiochemicals from this diffusive system. Objectives. The objective of this scoping study was to investigate the impact of temperature, relative humidity and wind speed, on the release of E-β-caryophyllene from alginate beads. Method. The impact of the three climatic factors on the release of E-β-caryophyllene from alginate beads was evaluated using a Box-Behnken experimental design and a laboratory scale volatile collection system. The influence of relative humidity on bead water content and size, with and without this semiochemical, was also investigated using a gravimetric method and an easy-to-use photographic device, respectively. Results. The results showed that an increase in temperature caused a significant increase in the E-β¬-caryophyllene release rate. Neither relative humidity nor airflow, however, had a significant effect on the release of this semiochemical when relative humidity and wind speed ranged from 33% to 75% and from 6.61 x10-4 m.s-1 to 2.05 x10-2 m.s-1, respectively. The isotherm curves obtained were characteristic of food products and biopolymer materials. The isotherm shapes were not modified by the incorporation of the semiochemical into alginate beads, and showed an important increase in water content when relative humidity values exceeded 85%. Fortunately, this water content increase did not affect bead size, which facilitates the calculation of E-β-caryophyllene release. Conclusion. The present study shows for the first time the impact of the three main climatic factors on the release of E-β-caryophyllene from alginate beads. It allows learning more about how these biological control devices operate in order to optimize future field trials. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural insights into 5-HT1A/D4 selectivity of WAY-100635 analogues: molecular modeling, synthesis and in vitro binding
Dilly, Sébastien; Liégeois, Jean-François ULg

in Journal of Chemical Information & Modeling (2016), 56

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See detailInfluence of a long-term storage in anaerobic conditions on Norway spruce (Picea abies, L. Karst.) physical and mechanical wood properties
Riguelle, Simon ULg; Lesire, Cécile ULg; Hebert, Jacques ULg et al

in Wood Material Science & Engineering (2016)

Timber storage is a key aspect of storm damage management. After huge storms, sprinkling storage is usually the most used conservation process but anaerobic storage in sealed silos appears as good ... [more ▼]

Timber storage is a key aspect of storm damage management. After huge storms, sprinkling storage is usually the most used conservation process but anaerobic storage in sealed silos appears as good alternative to preserve wood quality over long periods. This paper investigates the impact of long-term (57 months) storage of Norway spruce logs in anaerobic atmosphere on wood properties. Tests were performed on clear wood specimens and on lumbers to determine the modulus of elasticity (E), the static bending strength (σf) and the dynamic bending strength (K). Storage effects on impregnability and colour variation were also studied. Results show no effect of storage on E, σf and K. The naturally poor impregnability of Norway spruce is not improved by the anaerobic conditions, compared to traditional wet storage. Triangle tests reveal no discernible colour variation between logs that underwent anaerobic storage and the control sample. As a conclusion, despite a mould (Gliocladium solani) frequently observed on logs surface after the storage, the process offers ideal conservation conditions. While overall cost remains the main drawback for using anaerobic storage at large scale, the process can be recommended for high value logs, especially since it has few environmental impacts. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of feedback on children’s metacognitive judgments: a heuristic account
Geurten, Marie ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg

in Journal of Cognitive Psychology (2016)

In three experiments, we investigated whether the feedback effect on the accuracy of children’s metacognitive judgments results from an improvement in monitoring processes or the use of the Anchoring-and ... [more ▼]

In three experiments, we investigated whether the feedback effect on the accuracy of children’s metacognitive judgments results from an improvement in monitoring processes or the use of the Anchoring-and-Adjustment heuristic. Experiment 1 revealed that adding feedback increased the accuracy of young children’s (aged 4, 6, and 8 years) memory prediction. In Experiment 2, the influence of an external anchor on children’s metacognitive judgment was established. Finally, in Experiment 3, two memory tasks that differed in terms of difficulty were administered. Participants were randomly assigned to an anchoring (high/low/no anchor) and a feedback (feedback/no feedback) condition. Results demonstrated that children in the feedback condition adjusted their predictions toward the feedback, regardless of the task’s difficulty. These findings are consistent with the hypothesis that external information provided by feedback is used as an anchor for judgment. This interpretation is strengthened by the correlation found between the two scores computed to assess participants’ susceptibility to anchoring and feedback effects, which indicates that children who are more sensitive to the anchoring effect are also more sensitive to the feedback effect. [less ▲]

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See detailSafety in Long Term Radioactive Waste Management: Insight and Oversight
Schröder, Jantine; Rossignol, Nicolas ULg; Van Oudheusden, Michiel ULg

in Safety Science (2016), 85

High-level, long-lived radioactive waste remains hazardous for periods that go well beyond our human conception of time (many thousands of years). Because active safety measures are considered unreliable ... [more ▼]

High-level, long-lived radioactive waste remains hazardous for periods that go well beyond our human conception of time (many thousands of years). Because active safety measures are considered unreliable, unjustifiable and simply impossible over such long time spans, experts worldwide recommend geological disposal as the preferred strategy for long-term radioactive waste management, to a large extent due to its promise of delivering ‘passive safety’. Passive safety refers to the repository being safe ‘by itself’, i.e. unmediated by human actors and actions. Safety is thus approached technically and delineated as an intrinsic property of the disposal system. As such, the notion of 'passive safety' entails a system simplification that allows for approaching safety in a more calculable and predictable manner than would be the case for 'active safety'. In this article, we describe and analyze the ambiguity of this seemingly straightforward approach to safety. Drawing on constructivist insights from safety science and science and technology studies, we propose a more integrated sociotechnical vision that transcends the active versus passive safety division. The notion of 'oversight', as it is currently starting to surface in international radioactive waste management discourses, will be used as a sensitizing concept, offering potential to elaborate such an integrated vision. [less ▲]

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See detailFood peptides: purification, identification and role in the metabolism.
Arroume, N.; Froidevaux, R.; Kapel, R. et al

in Current opinion in Food science (2016), 7

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See detailLong-term analysis of rainfall and temperature data in Burkina Faso (1950–2013)
De Longueville, Florence; Hountondji, Yvon-Carmen; Kindo, Issa et al

in International Journal of Climatology (2016)

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See detailLinkages in the Chicken Chain of Vietnam: A Case Study in Kim Dong District, Hung Yen Province
Bui Thi, Nga; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in International Review of Research in Emerging Markets and the Global Economy (2016), 2(3), 864-872

Chicken raising in Kim Dong district, Hung Yen province of Vietnam is currently still in the first stage of development with spontaneous, small-scale, and easily vulnerable. These things lead to the ... [more ▼]

Chicken raising in Kim Dong district, Hung Yen province of Vietnam is currently still in the first stage of development with spontaneous, small-scale, and easily vulnerable. These things lead to the inefficiency in the chain activities, and in the long run, all the chain actors will have less benefit. This study aims to analyze and assess the real situation of linkages in the chicken chain and proposed some recommendations to strengthen the linkages and improve the chicken chain in the Kim Dong district based on the questionnaire survey data of chicken chain actors. The findings showed that the chicken chain in the study site was undeveloped. The chain actors included input suppliers, chicken raising farmers, traders, retailers and some restaurants and supermarkets. Farmers accounted for the most important role. The other actors in the chain play a role of a bridge between producers and consumers. Processing agent did not appear in the chain. The linkages in the chain were simple, informal and loose. The actors were discrete and lack of cooperation. To promote the linkage of the chicken chain, farmers should improve their linkages to improve their strength, their voice and their power. Farmers could establish cooperation groups or cooperatives to support each other. Cooperation among chain actors should be enhanced to form a tight and official chain. Local authorities should support in finding markets, creating a bridge and an environment for chain actors. Extension and educational institutions should support farmers and other actors and stakeholders to improve knowledge of the chain, so they could understand the benefit and form effective chain. [less ▲]

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See detailThere is nothing more pratical than a good theory. Conceptuals tools for the Practioners in Conservation
Verbeeck, Muriel ULg

in Studies in Conservation (2016)

This paper sheds light on the efficiency of philosophical conceptualization to grasp the modalities of contemporary art. The concepts of intentionality, attentionality and aesthetic functionality borrowed ... [more ▼]

This paper sheds light on the efficiency of philosophical conceptualization to grasp the modalities of contemporary art. The concepts of intentionality, attentionality and aesthetic functionality borrowed from Gerard Genette are used to analyze a practical case: Dirty Corner, installation by Anish Kapoor vandalized in the gardens of Versailles. [less ▲]

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See detailNormal reference values for echocardiography: a call for comparison between ethnicities.
Cosyns, Bernard; LANCELLOTTI, Patrizio ULg

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2016), 17(5), 523-4

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See detailSupplementation of transport and freezing media with anti-apoptotic drugs improves ovarian cortex survival
HENRY, Laurie ULg; Fransolet, Maïté ULg; LABIED, Soraya ULg et al

in Journal of Ovarian Research (2016)

Background: Ovarian tissue preservation is proposed to patients at risk of premature ovarian failure, but this procedure still needs to be optimized. To limit injury during ovarian tissue cryopreservation ... [more ▼]

Background: Ovarian tissue preservation is proposed to patients at risk of premature ovarian failure, but this procedure still needs to be optimized. To limit injury during ovarian tissue cryopreservation, anti-apoptotic drugs were added to the transport and freezing media of ovarian cortex tissue. Methods: Sheep ovaries were transported, prepared and frozen in solutions containing vehicle or anti-apoptotic drugs (Z-VAD-FMK, a pan-caspase inhibitor, or sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P), a bioactive lipid). After the tissue was thawed, the ovarian cortex was cultured for 2 or 6 days. Follicular quantification and morphological and proliferation analyses were performed on histological sections. Results: After 2 days of culture, S1P improved the quality of primordial follicles; higher densities of morphologically normal and proliferative primordial follicles were found. Z-VAD-FMK displayed similar effects by preserving global primordial follicular density, but this effect was evident after 6 days of culture. This drug also improved cell proliferation after 2 and 6 days of culture. Conclusions: Our results showed that the addition of S1P or Z-VAD-FMK to the transport and freezing media prior to ovarian tissue cryopreservation improves primordial follicular quality and therefore improves global tissue survival. This should ultimately lead to improved fertility restoration after auto-transplantation. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and validation of a morphologic obstructive sleep apnea prediction score: The DES-OSA score
Deflandre, E.; Degey, S.; Brichant, Jean-Francois ULg et al

in Anesthesia and Analgesia (2016), 122(2), 363-372

BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common and underdiagnosed entity that favors perioperative morbidity. Several anatomical characteristics predispose to OSA. We developed a new clinical score ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common and underdiagnosed entity that favors perioperative morbidity. Several anatomical characteristics predispose to OSA. We developed a new clinical score that would detect OSA based on the patient's morphologic characteristics only. METHODS: Patients (n = 149) scheduled for an overnight polysomnography were included. Their morphologic metrics were compared, and combinations of them were tested for their ability to predict at least mild, moderate-to-severe, or severe OSA, as defined by an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) >5, >15, or >30 events/h. This ability was calculated using Cohen κ coefficient and prediction probability. RESULTS: The score with best prediction abilities (DES-OSA score) considered 5 variables: Mallampati score, distance between the thyroid and the chin, body mass index, neck circumference, and sex. Those variables were weighted by 1, 2, or 3 points. DES-OSA score >5, 6, and 7 were associated with increased probability of an AHI >5, >15, or >30 events/h, respectively, and those thresholds had the best Cohen κ coefficient, sensitivities, and specificities. Receiver operating characteristic curve analysis revealed that the area under the curve was 0.832 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.762-0.902), 0.805 (95% CI, 0.734-0.876), and 0.834 (95% CI, 0.757-0.911) for DES-OSA at predicting an AHI >5, >15, and >30 events/h, respectively. With the aforementioned thresholds, corresponding sensitivities (95% CI) were 82.7% (74.5-88.7), 77.1% (66.9-84.9), and 75% (61.0-85.1), and specificities (95% CI) were 72.4% (54.0-85.4), 73.2% (60.3-83.1), and 76.9% (67.2-84.4). Validation of DES-OSA performance in an independent sample yielded highly similar results. CONCLUSIONS: DES-OSA is a simple score for detecting OSA patients. Its originality relies on its morphologic nature. Derived from a European population, it may prove useful in a preoperative setting, but it has still to be compared with other screening tools in a general surgical population and in other ethnic groups. © 2016 International Anesthesia Research Society. [less ▲]

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See detailPower System Dynamic Simulations using a Parallel Two-level Schur-complement Decomposition
Aristidou, Petros; Lebeau, Simon; Van Cutsem, Thierry ULg

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2016), 31

As the need for faster power system dynamic simulations increases, it is essential to develop new algorithms that exploit parallel computing to accelerate those simulations. This paper proposes a parallel ... [more ▼]

As the need for faster power system dynamic simulations increases, it is essential to develop new algorithms that exploit parallel computing to accelerate those simulations. This paper proposes a parallel algorithm based on a two-level, Schur complement-based, domain decomposition method. The two-level partitioning provides high parallelization potential (coarse and fine-grained). In addition, due to the Schur-complement approach used to update the sub-domain interface variables, the algorithm exhibits high global convergence rate. Finally, it provides significant numerical and computational acceleration. The algorithm is implemented using the shared-memory parallel programming model, targeting inexpensive multi-core machines. Its performance is reported on a real system as well as on a large test system combining transmission and distribution networks. [less ▲]

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See detailVolcanic eruptions boost tropical Pacific biological productivity
Chikamoto, Megumi O.; Timmermann, Axel; Yoshimori, Masakazu et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2016), 43

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See detailQuantitative assessment of mouse mammary gland morphology using automated digital image processing and TEB detection.
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Gérard, Céline ULg; Gallez, Anne ULg et al

in Endocrinology (2016)

The assessment of rodent mammary gland morphology is largely used to study the molecular mechanisms driving breast development and to analyze the impact of various endocrine disruptors with putative ... [more ▼]

The assessment of rodent mammary gland morphology is largely used to study the molecular mechanisms driving breast development and to analyze the impact of various endocrine disruptors with putative pathological implications. In this work, we propose a methodology relying on fully automated digital image analysis methods including image processing and quantification of the whole ductal tree and of the terminal end buds (TEB) as well. It allows to accurately and objectively measure both growth parameters and fine morphological glandular structures. Mammary gland elongation was characterized by two parameters: the length and the epithelial area of the ductal tree. Ductal tree fine structures were characterized by: 1) branch end-point density, 2) branching density and 3) branch length distribution. The proposed methodology was compared to quantification methods classically used in the literature. This procedure can be transposed to several software and thus largely used by scientists studying rodent mammary gland morphology. [less ▲]

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See detailPhénoménologie et grammaire
Leclercq, Bruno ULg; Gauvry, Charlotte ULg

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2016), 12(2),

Dans le prolongement des travaux sur l’analyticité formelle de Bernard Bolzano, la phénoménologie naissante se caractérise par une attention à la structuration du sens selon des principes purement formels ... [more ▼]

Dans le prolongement des travaux sur l’analyticité formelle de Bernard Bolzano, la phénoménologie naissante se caractérise par une attention à la structuration du sens selon des principes purement formels qui conditionnent la possibilité même de la signification. Husserl par excellence, dans la quatrième Recherche Logique, dégage l’idée d’une grammaire pure régissant les conditions du sens possible (par opposition au non-sens) avant même qu'intervienne la question logique de la consistance (par opposition au contresens). Ce niveau grammatical s’articule autour de catégories de la signification (matière nominale, matière adjectivale, ...) et des lois de leur combinaison, catégories et lois qui peuvent être dégagées par des tests de substituabilité « salva significatione ». Cette idée d’une structure purement grammaticale des significations est aussi explorée par d’autres disciples de Brentano comme Anton Marty, lequel prend part au débat sur la possibilité des « propositions sans sujets » dès ses articles de 1884-1896. Or cette approche formelle de la grammaire qui a réglé l’émergence de la phénoménologie ne va pas sans poser de questions. L’enjeu du numéro est d’interroger le type de formalisme qui est en jeu à l’origine de la phénoménologie pour en préciser les sens et en tester la longévité. La question se pose tout d’abord de savoir si l’hypothèse d’une légalité purement grammaticale est pertinente et quels rapports elle entretiendrait avec 1) la légalité spécifiquement linguistique liée à l'expression de ces significations dans telle ou telle langue ou même dans le langage en général. Les catégories de signification et les lois de leur combinaison précèdent-elles tout langage ? 2) la légalité ontologique qui est celle des objets pensés à travers ces significations. Les objets imposent-ils leur structure aux significations à travers lesquelles on les pense ou, au contraire, les significations imposent-elles leur structure aux objets pensés à travers elles ? 3) la légalité phénoménale qui régit plus particulièrement l'expérience sensible (synthèses passives, etc.). 4) Par ailleurs, on peut se demander si cette légalité grammaticale dégagée par Husserl est purement syntaxique (c’est-à-dire qu’elle se définirait essentiellement par opposition aux combinaisons de signification insensées parce que syntaxiquement mal formées comme « vert est ou ») ou si elle est également sémantique (c’est-à-dire qu’elle se définirait également par opposition aux combinaisons de signification insensées parce qu’absurdes comme « le nombre 2 est vert »). [less ▲]

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See detailBreast cancer in a male to female transsexual patient with a BRCA2 mutation
CORMAN, Vinciane ULg; Potorac, Iulia ULg; Manto, Florence ULg et al

in Endocrine-Related Cancer (2016), 23(5), 391-397

Breast cancer is rare in male patients. Certain predisposing factors, be they genetic (e.g., BRCA2 gene mutations) or hormonal (imbalance between estrogen and androgen levels), have been implicated in ... [more ▼]

Breast cancer is rare in male patients. Certain predisposing factors, be they genetic (e.g., BRCA2 gene mutations) or hormonal (imbalance between estrogen and androgen levels), have been implicated in male breast cancer pathophysiology. Male-to-female (MtF) transsexualism is a condition that generally involves cross-sex hormone therapy. Anti-androgens and estrogens are used to mimic the female hormonal environment and induce the cross-sex secondary characteristics. In certain situations, the change in the hormonal milieu can be disadvantageous and favor the development of hormonedependent pathologies, such as cancer. We report a case of a MtF transgender patient who developed breast cancer after 7 years of cross-sex hormonal therapy. The patient was found to be BRCA2 positive, and suffered recurrent disease. The patient was unaware of being a member of an established BRCA2 mutation-positive kindred. This represents the first case of a BRCA2 mutation predisposing to breast cancer in a MtF transgender patient. [less ▲]

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See detailLife cycle assessment of hybrid vehicles recycling: Comparison of three business lines of dismantling
Belboom, Sandra ULg; Lewis, Grégory; Bareel, Pierre-François et al

in Waste Management (2016), 50

This paper undertakes an environmental evaluation of hybrid vehicles recycling, using industrial data from Comet Traitement SA in Belgium. Three business lines have been modelled and analysed. The first ... [more ▼]

This paper undertakes an environmental evaluation of hybrid vehicles recycling, using industrial data from Comet Traitement SA in Belgium. Three business lines have been modelled and analysed. The first one is relative to the business as usual with a dismantling to recover batteries and engines followed by shredding and post shredding treatments. The second one considers, in addition, the removal of electronic control units (ECU) before shredding followed by same steps than in the first line and the last one is relative to the additional removal of big plastic parts before shredding and business as usual post shredding treatments. Results show non-significant environmental benefits when ECU or large parts of plastics are recovered before shredding. Improvements in terms of environmental benefits are lower than the uncertainty of the results. Indeed, the performing usual process for end-of-life vehicles (ELV) treatment reaches 97% of the ELV which is valorised in terms of metal and energy recoveries. Post shredding treatment units include metals, plastics and energy recovery of residues. Comet business as usual route for ELV valorisation is in accordance with the requirements of the European directive and recommendations for further improvement with dismantling of other parts (ECU or plastics) before shredding are non-relevant in this case. [less ▲]

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See detailIsolation and characterization of Ts19 Fragment II, a new long-chainpotassium channel toxin from Tityus serrulatus venom
Cerni, Felipe Augusto; Pucca, Manuela Berto; Amorim, Fernanda Gobbi et al

in Peptides (2016), 80

Ts19 Fragment II (Ts19 Frag-II) was first isolated from the venom of the scorpion Tityus serrulatus (Ts). It is aprotein presenting 49 amino acid residues, three disulfide bridges, Mr5534 Da and was ... [more ▼]

Ts19 Fragment II (Ts19 Frag-II) was first isolated from the venom of the scorpion Tityus serrulatus (Ts). It is aprotein presenting 49 amino acid residues, three disulfide bridges, Mr5534 Da and was classified as a newmember of class (subfamily) 2 of the -KTxs, the second one described for Ts scorpion. The -KTx familyis composed by two-domain peptides: N-terminal helical domain (NHD), with cytolytic activity, and aC-terminal CS domain (CCD), with Kv blocking activity. The extensive electrophysiological screening(16 Kv channels and 5 Nav channels) showed that Ts19 Frag-II presents a specific and significant blockingeffect on Kv1.2 (IC50value of 544 ± 32 nM). However, no cytolytic activity was observed with this toxin.We conclude that the absence of 9 amino acid residues from the N-terminal sequence (compared to Ts19Frag-I) is responsible for the absence of cytolytic activity. In order to prove this hypothesis, we synthesizedthe peptide with these 9 amino acid residues, called Ts19 Frag-III. As expected, Ts19 Frag-III showed tobe cytolytic and did not block the Kv1.2 channel. The post-translational modifications of Ts19 and itsfragments (I–III) are also discussed here. A mechanism of post-translational processing (post-splitting) issuggested to explain Ts19 fragments production. In addition to the discovery of this new toxin, this reportprovides further evidence for the existence of several compounds in the scorpion venom contributing tothe diversity of the venom arsenal. [less ▲]

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See detailPleiotropic Control by Testosterone of a Learned Vocal Behavior and Its Underlying Neuroplasticity(1,2,3).
Alward, Beau A.; Madison, Farrah N.; Parker, Shannon E. et al

in eNeuro (2016), 3(1),

Steroid hormones coordinate multiple aspects of behavior and physiology. The same hormone often regulates different aspects of a single behavior and its underlying neuroplasticity. This pleiotropic ... [more ▼]

Steroid hormones coordinate multiple aspects of behavior and physiology. The same hormone often regulates different aspects of a single behavior and its underlying neuroplasticity. This pleiotropic regulation of behavior and physiology is not well understood. Here, we investigated the orchestration by testosterone (T) of birdsong and its neural substrate, the song control system. Male canaries were castrated and received stereotaxic implants filled with T in select brain areas. Implanting T solely in the medial preoptic nucleus (POM) increased the motivation to sing, but did not enhance aspects of song quality such as acoustic structure and stereotypy. In birds implanted with T solely in HVC (proper name), a key sensorimotor region of the song control system, little or no song was observed, similar to castrates that received no T implants of any sort. However, implanting T in HVC and POM simultaneously rescued all measures of song quality. Song amplitude, though, was still lower than what was observed in birds receiving peripheral T treatment. T in POM enhanced HVC volume bilaterally, likely due to activity-dependent changes resulting from an enhanced song rate. T directly in HVC, without increasing song rate, enhanced HVC volume on the ipsilateral side only. T in HVC enhanced the incorporation and recruitment of new neurons into this nucleus, while singing activity can independently influence the incorporation of new neurons into HVC. These results have broad implications for how steroid hormones integrate across different brain regions to coordinate complex social behaviors. [less ▲]

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See detailStructuring effects of lecithins on model fat systems: A comparison between native and hydrolyzed forms
Delacharlerie, S.; Petrut, Raul Flaviu ULg; Deckers, S. et al

in LWT - Food Science and Technology (2016), 72

Lecithin find a wide spread application in the food industry. The purpose of the work reported here was to systematically map the effects of some commercially available lecithins from different sources ... [more ▼]

Lecithin find a wide spread application in the food industry. The purpose of the work reported here was to systematically map the effects of some commercially available lecithins from different sources (soybean, sunflower, rapeseed), in their native state or hydrolysed form, on the crystallization behavior of model fat systems. To this end, systems based on palm oil as hard fat were studied. Next to macroscopic properties such as product hardness, the crystallization behaviour and the microstructure were studied as a function of time and temperature. Addition of the studied lecithin preparations had a significant influence on the hardness (p < 0.05) indicating a structuring effect; this was confirmed by polarised light microscopy and powder X-ray diffraction. The impact of the hydrolysed lecithin was however different from the native one. It was shown that the lecithin hydrophobicity is determinant for the structuring ability. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of injection solvent composition on protein identification incolumn-switching chip-liquid chromatography/mass spectrometry
Houbart, Virginie ULg; COBRAIVILLE, Gaël ULg; Nys, Gwenaël ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2016), 1445

In shotgun proteomics, the gold standard technique is reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupledto mass spectrometry. Many researches have been carried out to study the effects on identification per ... [more ▼]

In shotgun proteomics, the gold standard technique is reversed-phase liquid chromatography coupledto mass spectrometry. Many researches have been carried out to study the effects on identification per-formances of chromatographic parameters such as the stationary phase and column dimensions, mobilephase composition and flow rate, as well as the gradient slope and length. However, little attention isusually paid to the injection solvent composition.In this study, we investigated the effect of the injection solvent on protein identification parameters(number of distinct peptides, amino acid coverage and MS/MS search score) as well as sensitivity. Trypticpeptides from six different proteins, covering a wide range of physicochemical properties, were employedas training set. Design of experiments was employed as a tool to highlight the factors related to thecomposition of the injection solvent that significantly influenced the obtained results. Optimal resultsfor the training set were applied to analysis of more complex samples. The experiments pointed outoptimising the composition of the injection solvent had a strong beneficial effect on all the consideredresponses. On the basis of these results, an approach to determine optimal conditions was proposed tomaximise the protein identification performances and detection sensitivity. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of saccharides released during an in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn flour using HPAEC-PAD
Odjo, Djosse Psijus Sylvanus ULg; Bera, François ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

in Stärke = Starch (2016), 68

Saccharides released after an in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn flour were quantified and characterized using high-performance anion-exchange chromatography coupled with a pulsed amperometric ... [more ▼]

Saccharides released after an in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn flour were quantified and characterized using high-performance anion-exchange chromatography coupled with a pulsed amperometric detector (HPAEC-PAD) and two colorimetric approaches (glucose oxidase/ peroxidase assay and the 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid assay). HPAEC-PAD revealed five major saccharides as the result of in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn grain: glucose, isomaltose, maltose, maltotriose, and glucosyl-maltotriose. Concentrations of glucose released as measured by the three methods assessed are similar when the in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion is followed by post incubation with amyloglucosidase. This post incubation unfortunately leads to a loss of information about the degree of polymerization of oligosaccharides that can impact their absorption through intestinal tract. HPAEC-PAD gives both qualitative and quantitative information and then seems more suitable for a nutritional appreciation of the digestion of starchy feedstuffs. [less ▲]

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See detailEnjeux de la représentation et de la participation politique des émigrés dans leur pays d’origine : Vers une citoyenneté politique externe ?
Lafleur, Jean-Michel ULg

in Social Science Information Studies (2016)

Following years of disinterest or hostility, many sending states are now trying to create or strengthen linkages with citizens residing abroad. To this end, states are adopting new policies and creating ... [more ▼]

Following years of disinterest or hostility, many sending states are now trying to create or strengthen linkages with citizens residing abroad. To this end, states are adopting new policies and creating new institutions dedicated to emigrants. In the past three decades, a majority of states worldwide has adopted external voting legislation that enables citizens abroad to vote (and in certain cases be represented) in the home country without having to return. In this article, I question the emergence of such policies and discuss their impact on immigrant political participation in their country of residence. [less ▲]

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See detailPoliteal vein blood sampling and the post-mortem redistribution of diazepam, methadone and morphine
Lemaire, Eric ULg; Schmidt, C.; DENOOZ, Raphael ULg et al

in Journal of Forensic Sciences (2016)

Postmortem redistribution (PMR) refers to the site- and time-related blood drug concentration variations after death. We compared central blood (cardiac and subclavian) with peripheral blood (femoral and ... [more ▼]

Postmortem redistribution (PMR) refers to the site- and time-related blood drug concentration variations after death. We compared central blood (cardiac and subclavian) with peripheral blood (femoral and popliteal) concentrations of diazepam, methadone, and morphine. To our knowledge, popliteal blood has never been compared with other sites. Intracardiac blood (ICB), subclavian blood (SB), femoral blood (FB), and popliteal blood (PB) were sampled in 30 cases. To assess PMR, mean concentrations and ratios were compared. Influence of postmortem interval on mean ratios was also assessed. Results show that popliteal mean concentrations were lower than those for other sites for all three drugs, even lower than femoral blood; mean ratios suggested that the popliteal site was less subject to PMR, and estimated postmortem interval did not influence ratios except for diazepam and methadone FB/PB. In conclusion, our study is the first to explore the popliteal site and suggests that popliteal blood is less prone to postmortem redistribution. [less ▲]

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See detailLeft ventricular regional function and maximal exercise capacity in aortic stenosis.
DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ULg; Magne, Julien; DAVIN, Laurent ULg et al

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2016)

AIMS: The objective assessment of maximal exercise capacity (MEC) using peak oxygen consumption (VO2) measurement may be helpful in the management of asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) patients. However ... [more ▼]

AIMS: The objective assessment of maximal exercise capacity (MEC) using peak oxygen consumption (VO2) measurement may be helpful in the management of asymptomatic aortic stenosis (AS) patients. However, the relationship between left ventricular (LV) function and MEC has been relatively unexplored. We aimed to identify which echocardiographic parameters of LV systolic function can predict MEC in asymptomatic AS. METHODS AND RESULTS: Asymptomatic patients with moderate to severe AS (n = 44, aortic valve area <1.5 cm2, 66 +/- 13 years, 75% of men) and preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF > 50%) were prospectively referred for resting echocardiography and cardiopulmonary exercise test. LV longitudinal strain (LS) of each myocardial segment was measured by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) from the apical (aLS) 4-, 2-, and 3-chamber views. An average value of the LS of the analysable segments was provided for each myocardial region: basal (bLS), mid (mLS), and aLS. LV circumferential and radial strains were measured from short-axis views. Peak VO2 was 20.1 +/- 5.8 mL/kg/min (median 20.7 mL/kg/min; range 7.2-32.3 mL/kg/min). According to the median of peak VO2, patients with reduced MEC were significantly older (P < 0.001) and more frequently females (P = 0.05). There were significant correlations between peak VO2 and age (r = -0.44), LV end-diastolic volume (r = 0.35), LV stroke volume (r = 0.37), indexed stroke volume (r = 0.32), and E/e' ratio (r = -0.37, all P < 0.04). Parameters of AS severity and LVEF did not correlate with peak VO2 (P = NS for all). Among LV deformation parameters, bLS and mLS were significantly associated with peakVO2 (r = 0.43, P = 0.005, and r = 0.32, P = 0.04, respectively). With multivariable analysis, female gender (beta = 4.9; P = 0.008) and bLS (beta = 0.50; P = 0.03) were the only independent determinants (r2 = 0.423) of peak VO2. CONCLUSION: In asymptomatic AS, impaired LV myocardial longitudinal function determines reduced MEC. Basal LS was the only parameter of LV regional function independently associated with MEC. [less ▲]

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See detailBacterial and eukaryotic biodiversity patterns in terrestrial and aquatic habitats in the 1 Sør Rondane Mountains, Dronning Maud Land, East Antarctica
Obbels, Dagmar; Verleyen, Elie; Mano, Marie-José et al

in FEMS Microbiology Ecology (2016), 92

The bacterial and microeukaryotic biodiversity were studied using pyrosequencing analysis on a 454 GS FLX+ platform of partial SSU rRNA genes in terrestrial and aquatic habitats of the Sør Rondane ... [more ▼]

The bacterial and microeukaryotic biodiversity were studied using pyrosequencing analysis on a 454 GS FLX+ platform of partial SSU rRNA genes in terrestrial and aquatic habitats of the Sør Rondane Mountains, including soils, on mosses, endolithic communities, cryoconite holes and supraglacial and subglacial meltwater lenses. This inventory was complemented with Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis targeting Chlorophyta and Cyanobacteria. OTUs belonging to the Rotifera, Chlorophyta, Tardigrada, Ciliophora, Cercozoa, Fungi, Bryophyta, Bacillariophyta, Collembola and Nematodawere present with a relative abundance of at least 0.1% in the eukaryotic communities. Cyanobacteria, Proteobacteria, Bacteroidetes, Acidobacteria, FBP and Actinobacteria were the most abundant bacterial phyla. Multivariate analyses of the pyrosequencing data revealed a general lack of differentiation of both eukaryotes and prokaryotes according to habitat type. However, the bacterial community structure in the aquatic habitats was dominated by the filamentous cyanobacteria Leptolyngbya and appeared to be significantly different compared with those in dry soils, on mosses, and in endolithic habitats. A striking feature in all datasets was the detection of a relatively large amount of sequences new to science, which underscores the need for additional biodiversity assessments in Antarctic inland locations. [less ▲]

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See detailFrontières, souverainisme et vacuité
Gemenne, François ULg

in La Revue Nouvelle (2016), 4

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See detailEfficacy and safety of hyaluronic acid in the management of osteoarthritis : Evidence from real-life setting trials and surveys.
Maheu, E.; Rannou, F.; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism (2016), 45(4 Suppl), 28-33

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) treatment algorithm recommends intra-articular (IA) hyaluronic acid (HA) for management of knee ... [more ▼]

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) treatment algorithm recommends intra-articular (IA) hyaluronic acid (HA) for management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) as second-line treatment in patients who remain symptomatic despite use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This recommendation is based upon accumulating evidence that IA HA provides a significant benefit in knee OA. There is good evidence that IA HA injections reduce pain and increase function in knee OA, and the benefits are long-lasting as compared with IA corticosteroids. Evidence from real-life studies of repeat courses of IA HA demonstrates an improvement in pain or function lasting up to 40 months (12 months after the last injection cycle), a reduction in use of concomitant analgesia by up to 50%, and suggests that there may be a delay in the need for total knee replacement (TKR) of around 2 years. The clinical benefit of IA HA on knee OA may be 2-fold: (i) mechanical viscosupplementation of the joint (allowing lubrication and shock absorption) and (ii) the re-establishment of joint homeostasis through induction of endogenous HA production, which continues long after the exogenous injection has left the joint.The magnitude of the clinical effect may be different for different HA products, but this has not been proven so far and requires further investigation. IA HA injections are generally considered to be safe,although a slightly higher number of cases of local reactions and post-injection non-septic arthritis has been reported with high molecular weight cross-linked HAs. The use of IA HA in knee OA patients with mild–moderate disease, and for more severe patients wishing to delay TKR surgery,is recommended by the ESCEO taskforce. Further investigation into the OA patient types most likely to benefit from IA HA is warranted. Viscosupplementation with IA HA is a safe and effective component of the multi-modal management of knee OA. [less ▲]

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See detailFunctional traits are more variable at the intra- than inter-population level: a study of four calcareous dry-grassland plant species
Harzé, Mélanie ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg

in Tuexenia (2016), 36

The majority of studies investigating plant functional traits have used species average trait values, and assumed that average values were sufficiently representative of each species considered. Although ... [more ▼]

The majority of studies investigating plant functional traits have used species average trait values, and assumed that average values were sufficiently representative of each species considered. Although this approach has proven valuable in community ecology studies, plant functional traits can significant-ly vary at different scales, i.e. between but also within populations. The study of species functional trait variability can facilitate increasingly accurate studies in community ecology. Nevertheless, the current extent of within-site plant trait variability has been poorly addressed in the literature. Calcareous grass-lands are ecosystems well-suited to study plant trait variation at small spatial scales. Many species are present on heterogeneous calcareous sites, with significant differences in hydric status due to variations in soil depth, soil moisture, aspect, and slope. This study assesses the extent of intra-population func-tional trait variability and tests the hypothesis that this variability can be explained by within-site envi-ronmental heterogeneity. Three functional traits (SLA-specific leaf area, LDMC-leaf dry matter con-tent, and plant vegetative height) were assessed in three populations of four calcareous grassland spe-cies totalling 950 individuals. The heterogeneity in soil depth and potential direct incident radiation was also quantified and related to plant functional trait variability. The intra-population functional trait variability was compared to the inter-population variability of collected data and global inter-population variability data obtained from the worldwide TRY functional traits database. The results showed that SLA, LDMC, and plant height are characterized by considerable intra-population variation (SLA: 72–95%, LDMC: 78–100% and vegetative height: 70–94% of trait variability). The results also indicate higher plant height and larger SLA for individuals located in plots with deeper soils or lower potential direct incident radiation, on gentle slopes or north-facing slopes. Our findings additionally support the concept that higher plant height, higher SLA, and lower LDMC are related to higher availability of soil water. Individuals on shallow soils or in more exposed areas are better equipped to cope with environ-mental stress. Our results indicate plasticity or local adaptation in individuals to environmental hetero-geneity. This study suggests that detailed analyses involving plant functional traits require measure-ments in situ from a large number of individuals, as the degree of individual response strongly depends on an individual’s location and its micro-environmental conditions. Neglecting intra-population trait variability may be critical, as intraspecific variation can be very high at the population scale, and is likely to be driven by local environmental heterogeneity.javascript:$('next-but').click(); [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction. Exercer les rhétoriques du peuple
Goin, Emilie ULg; Provenzano, François ULg

in Exercices de rhétorique (2016), 7

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See detailGlucosinolate profiles by HPLC-DAD, phenolic compositions and antioxidant activity of Eruca vesicaria longirostris: Impact of plant part and origin
Bouacida, Saoussen; Koubaier, Hayet Ben Haj; Snoussi, Ahmed et al

in Mediterranean Journal of Chemistry (2016), 5(5), 528-539

The glucosinolate profiles, phenol and flavonoid contents and the antioxidant activity of Eruca vesicaria longirostris were studied for different organs and origins. Eleven desulpho-glucosinolates (DS ... [more ▼]

The glucosinolate profiles, phenol and flavonoid contents and the antioxidant activity of Eruca vesicaria longirostris were studied for different organs and origins. Eleven desulpho-glucosinolates (DS-GLSs) were isolated and quantified by lipid chromatography- DAD. Similarity between profiles was obtained. Total DS-GLS content, expressed as sinigrin equivalents (SE) revealed a certain variabilily ranging between (76.07-45.61), (27.01-13.53), (4.52 -18.01), (9.39-3.37) and (1.16-13.99) μmol /g DW for seeds, flowers, leaves, roots and stems, respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Hosts of The Lassa Virus.
Olayemi, Ayodeji; Cadar, Daniel; Magassouba, N. Faly et al

in Scientific Reports (2016), 6

Lassa virus (LASV) causes a deadly haemorrhagic fever in humans, killing several thousand people in West Africa annually. For 40 years, the Natal multimammate rat, Mastomys natalensis, has been assumed to ... [more ▼]

Lassa virus (LASV) causes a deadly haemorrhagic fever in humans, killing several thousand people in West Africa annually. For 40 years, the Natal multimammate rat, Mastomys natalensis, has been assumed to be the sole host of LASV. We found evidence that LASV is also hosted by other rodent species: the African wood mouse Hylomyscus pamfi in Nigeria, and the Guinea multimammate mouse Mastomys erythroleucus in both Nigeria and Guinea. Virus strains from these animals were isolated in the BSL-4 laboratory and fully sequenced. Phylogenetic analyses of viral genes coding for glycoprotein, nucleoprotein, polymerase and matrix protein show that Lassa strains detected in M. erythroleucus belong to lineages III and IV. The strain from H. pamfi clusters close to lineage I (for S gene) and between II &III (for L gene). Discovery of new rodent hosts has implications for LASV evolution and its spread into new areas within West Africa. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro and in vivo evaluation of drug-eluting microspheres designed for transarterial chemoembolization therapy
Wang, Y.; Molin, D.; Sevrin, Chantal ULg et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2016), 503

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See detailBovine Herpesvirus 4 Modulates Its beta-1,6-N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferase Activity through Alternative Splicing.
Lété, Céline ULg; Markine-Goriaynoff, Nicolas; Machiels, Bénédicte ULg et al

in Journal of virology (2016), 90(4), 2039-51

Carbohydrates play major roles in host-virus interactions. It is therefore not surprising that, during coevolution with their hosts, viruses have developed sophisticated mechanisms to hijack for their ... [more ▼]

Carbohydrates play major roles in host-virus interactions. It is therefore not surprising that, during coevolution with their hosts, viruses have developed sophisticated mechanisms to hijack for their profit different pathways of glycan synthesis. Thus, the Bo17 gene of Bovine herpesvirus 4 (BoHV-4) encodes a homologue of the cellular core 2 protein beta-1,6-N-acetylglucosaminyltransferase-mucin type (C2GnT-M), which is a key player for the synthesis of complex O-glycans. Surprisingly, we show in this study that, as opposed to what is observed for the cellular enzyme, two different mRNAs are encoded by the Bo17 gene of all available BoHV-4 strains. While the first one corresponds to the entire coding sequence of the Bo17 gene, the second results from the splicing of a 138-bp intron encoding critical residues of the enzyme. Antibodies generated against the Bo17 C terminus showed that the two forms of Bo17 are expressed in BoHV-4 infected cells, but enzymatic assays revealed that the spliced form is not active. In order to reveal the function of these two forms, we then generated recombinant strains expressing only the long or the short form of Bo17. Although we did not highlight replication differences between these strains, glycomic analyses and lectin neutralization assays confirmed that the splicing of the Bo17 gene gives the potential to BoHV-4 to fine-tune the global level of core 2 branching activity in the infected cell. Altogether, these results suggest the existence of new mechanisms to regulate the activity of glycosyltransferases from the Golgi apparatus. IMPORTANCE: Viruses are masters of adaptation that hijack cellular pathways to allow their growth. Glycans play a central role in many biological processes, and several studies have highlighted mechanisms by which viruses can affect glycosylation. Glycan synthesis is a nontemplate process regulated by the availability of key glycosyltransferases. Interestingly, bovine herpesvirus 4 encodes one such enzyme which is a key enzyme for the synthesis of complex O-glycans. In this study, we show that, in contrast to cellular homologues, this virus has evolved to alternatively express two proteins from this gene. While the first one is enzymatically active, the second results from the alternative splicing of the region encoding the catalytic site of the enzyme. We postulate that this regulatory mechanism could allow the virus to modulate the synthesis of some particular glycans for function at the location and/or the moment of infection. [less ▲]

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See detailP.Bour. 1 (P.Sorb. inv. 826 = MP³ 2643) : reconstruction codicologique
Carlig, Nathan ULg

in Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik (2016), 198

Based on the autopsy of the 11 folios of P.Bour. 1, the article identifies the original form of this school book, that is a series of 4 biniones, of which only the 1st and the 3rd are entirely kept. The ... [more ▼]

Based on the autopsy of the 11 folios of P.Bour. 1, the article identifies the original form of this school book, that is a series of 4 biniones, of which only the 1st and the 3rd are entirely kept. The survey was pursued with the study of rests of binding and of the state os preservation of each folio. [less ▲]

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See detailIntroduction : La psychopathologie, la philosophie et le philosophe
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Cercle Herméneutique (Le) (2016), 26-27

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See detailL’adaptation du pervers et du psychopathe : compréhension phénoménologique et éthologique
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

in PSN. Psychiatrie, Sciences Humaines, Neurosciences (2016), 16

Our contribution shows that it is possible to conduct a study about psychopathy and perverse personality from the principle of adaptation. We note a social ‘‘hyperadaptation’’ of the pervert. But we have ... [more ▼]

Our contribution shows that it is possible to conduct a study about psychopathy and perverse personality from the principle of adaptation. We note a social ‘‘hyperadaptation’’ of the pervert. But we have to note that there are moments of mismatch and maladjustment. These ‘‘perverse moments’’ are very important to be observed and regarded as a pathognomonic symptomatology. The specificity of the perverse functioning should be viewed as a continuum of adaptation along which an individual may pass from ‘‘hyperadaptation’’ on the one hand, to moments of failures and mis-adapting on the other hand. Then, we propose a comparison between the binswangerian conception of mania and the psychopathic functioning. The maniac has a fundamental crisis of the ‘‘ego’’, which the psychopath does not have. A second finding of our investigations concerns emotions and the dimension of the adaptive psychopathic disorder. The last point we discuss is about the concepts of empathy and sympathy. Finally, a significant part of this paper is to propose a differentiation concerning adaptive behaviour: one is more social (the pervert); the other is more solitary (the psychopath). [less ▲]

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See detailManaging Chronic Kidney Disease in Older People--Reply
Glassock, rj; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; El-Nahas, M

in JAMA : Journal of the American Medical Association (2016), 315(3),

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See detailAssociation Between Necropsy Evidence of Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation and Hemostatic Variables Before Death in Horses With Colic.
Cesarini Latorre, Carlota ULg; Cotovio, M.; Rios, J. et al

in Journal of veterinary internal medicine / American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine (2016), 30(1), 269-75

BACKGROUND: Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is frequent in horses with severe gastrointestinal disorders. Postmortem studies have found fibrin microthrombi in tissues of these horses, but ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) is frequent in horses with severe gastrointestinal disorders. Postmortem studies have found fibrin microthrombi in tissues of these horses, but studies relating these histopathological findings with antemortem hemostatic data are lacking. HYPOTHESIS: Antemortem classification of coagulopathy is related to the presence and severity of fibrin deposits observed postmortem in horses with severe gastrointestinal disorders. ANIMALS: Antemortem hemostatic profile data and postmortem tissue samples (kidney, lung, liver) from 48 horses with colic. METHODS: Tissue samples were stained with phosphotungstic acid hematoxylin and immunohistochemical methods for histological examination. A fibrin score (grades 0-4) was assigned for each technique, tissue and horse, as well as the presence or absence of DIC at postmortem examination. D-dimer concentration, prothrombin time (PT), activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT), and antithrombin (AT) activity, as well as the clinicopathological evidence of coagulopathy, were determined from plasma samples collected 0-24 hours before death or euthanasia. Histologic and clinicopathologic data from the same horses were compared retrospectively. RESULTS: No association was found between antemortem classification of coagulopathy and postmortem diagnosis of DIC based on tissue fibrin deposition. None of the hemostatic parameters was significantly different between horses with or without postmortem diagnosis of DIC. There was no association between horses with fibrin in tissues or different cut-offs for D-dimer concentration and postmortem evidence of DIC. CONCLUSIONS AND CLINICAL IMPORTANCE: Abnormalities of the routine clotting profile, including D-dimer concentration, were not useful in predicting histologic evidence of DIC at necropsy in horses with severe gastrointestinal disorders. [less ▲]

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See detailUse of donor milk in the neonatal intensive care unit
de halleux, Virginie; Pieltain, Catherine; SENTERRE, Thibault ULg et al

in Seminars in Fetal & Neonatal Medicine (2016)

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See detailManipulation et mobilisation en cas de cervicalgie
Demoulin, Christophe ULg

in Cochrane (2016)

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See detailOptimizing the management of osteoarthritis-Transitioning evidence-based guidelines into practical guidance for real-world clinical practice
Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg; Cooper, C.

in Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism (2016), 45(4 Suppl), 1-2

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See detailUnravelling the mechanisms of a protein refolding process based on the association of detergents and co-solvents.
Michaux, Catherine; Roussel, Guillaume; Lopes-Rogrigues, M. et al

in Journal of peptide science : an official publication of the European Peptide Society (2016)

A new technique associating the detergent Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS) and an alcohol-type co-solvent has been set up, showing an unexpected efficiency to refold several types of soluble or membrane ... [more ▼]

A new technique associating the detergent Sodium Dodecyl Sulphate (SDS) and an alcohol-type co-solvent has been set up, showing an unexpected efficiency to refold several types of soluble or membrane proteins. The present contribution deepens the fundamental knowledge on the phenomena underlying this process, considering the refolding of two model peptides featuring the main protein secondary structures: alpha-helix and beta-sheet. Their refolding was monitored by fluorescence and circular dichroism, and it turns out that: (i) 100% recovery of the folded structure is observed for both peptides, (ii) the highest the SDS concentration, the more co-solvent to be added to recover the peptides' native structures, (iii) a high alcohol concentration is required to alter the SDS denaturing properties, (iv) the co-solvent performance relies on its specific lipophilic-hydrophilic balanced character, (v) the size of the micelle formed by the detergent does not enter the process critical parameters, and (vi) increasing the salt concentration up to 1 M NaCl has a beneficial impact on the process efficiency. These mechanistic aspects will help us to improve the method and extend its application. Copyright (c) 2016 European Peptide Society and John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. [less ▲]

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See detailAn ecophysiological discussion of trace element bioaccumulation in cultured Mytilus galloprovincialis
Richir, Jonathan ULg; Gobert, Sylvie ULg

in Belgian Journal of Zoology (2016), 145(1), 53-61

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See detailA Simple Tiered Methodology for the Determination of Ambient Air Quality Guidelines
PIRARD, Catherine ULg; Brouhon, Jean-Marc; Fourmeaux, Annick et al

in Clean : Soil, Air, Water (2016), 44

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See detailPoplar-root-knot nematode interaction: a model for perennial woody species
Baldacci-Cresp, Fabien; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg; Twyffels, Laure et al

in Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions [=MPMI] (2016), 29(7), 560-572

Plant root-knot nematode interaction studies are performed on several host plant models. However, even though root-knot nematodes interact with trees, no perennial woody model has been explored so far. We ... [more ▼]

Plant root-knot nematode interaction studies are performed on several host plant models. However, even though root-knot nematodes interact with trees, no perennial woody model has been explored so far. We show here that poplar (Populus tremula x Populus alba) grown in vitro is susceptible to Meloidogyne incognita as this nematode is able to penetrate, to induce feeding sites and to reproduce in poplar roots. As analyzed by Raman spectromicroscopy, the cell walls of the giant cells, with typical characteristics of transfer cell walls, were not lignified and were composed mainly of pectin and cellulose. To better depict the poplar-nematode interaction at the molecular level, a quantitative RT-PCR analysis was performed to study changes in poplar gene expression in galls compared to non-infected roots. Three marker genes, reported for other plant hosts, including expansin A, histone 3.1 and asparagine synthase, were conserved for poplar-nematode interaction. In addition, the down-regulation of four genes coding for enzymes of the lignin biosynthesis pathway was evidenced in galls, suggesting a modification in lignin composition within galls developed in poplar roots. Together, this study shows that poplar is a suitable model host for specific traits of tree-nematode interaction. [less ▲]

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