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See detailLearning of interval and general type-2 fuzzy logic systems using simulated annealing: Theory and practice
Almaraashi, Majid; John, Robert; Hopgood, Adrian ULg et al

in Information Sciences (2016), 360

This paper reports the use of simulated annealing to design more efficient fuzzy logic systems to model problems with associated uncertainties. Simulated annealing is used within this work as a method for ... [more ▼]

This paper reports the use of simulated annealing to design more efficient fuzzy logic systems to model problems with associated uncertainties. Simulated annealing is used within this work as a method for learning the best configurations of interval and general type-2 fuzzy logic systems to maximize their modeling ability. The combination of simulated annealing with these models is presented in the modeling of four benchmark problems including real-world problems. The type-2 fuzzy logic system models are compared in their ability to model uncertainties associated with these problems. Issues related to this combination between simulated annealing and fuzzy logic systems, including type-2 fuzzy logic systems, are discussed. The results demonstrate that learning the third dimension in type-2 fuzzy sets with a deterministic defuzzifier can add more capability to modeling than interval type-2 fuzzy logic systems. This finding can be seen as an important advance in type-2 fuzzy logic systems research and should increase the level of interest in the modeling applications of general type-2 fuzzy logic systems, despite their greater computational load. [less ▲]

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See detailLes catégories au seuil de la phénoménologie
Gauvry, Charlotte ULg; Fagniez, Guillaume

in Etudes Philosophiques (Les) (2016)

Le tournant du XXe siècle est marqué par un retour de la problématique catégoriale sur le devant de la scène philosophique, que ce soit chez Franz Brentano et ses élèves, chez Wilhelm Dilthey, chez les ... [more ▼]

Le tournant du XXe siècle est marqué par un retour de la problématique catégoriale sur le devant de la scène philosophique, que ce soit chez Franz Brentano et ses élèves, chez Wilhelm Dilthey, chez les Néokantiens de l’école de Bade, ou chez les premiers pionniers de la phénoménologie. Tant et si bien qu’une certaine philosophie (celle d’Emil Lask par excellence) a pu se présenter comme une doctrine des catégories à part entière. L’enjeu de ce numéro est d’interroger la place historique et le rôle conceptuel qu’ont joué ces questions formelles dans l’émergence de la phénoménologie. Kant avait certes renoué avec la question aristotélicienne des catégories pour postuler l’existence de « purs concepts de l’entendement » ou « catégories », seuls susceptibles de « fournir de l’unité aux diverses représentations dans un jugement et [de] donner aussi à la simple synthèse de diverses représentations dans une intuition une unité » (KRV, §10). L’intérêt proto-phénoménologique pour les catégories se présente-t-il cependant comme un retour, par-delà l’idéalisme allemand, à cette problématique transcendantale kantienne ou bien plutôt comme un retour, par-delà Kant lui-même, à la question aristotélicienne ? Si les philosophes du début XXe se sont ressaisis de la question des catégories, il semble qu’ils aient à tout le moins reformulé, voire abandonné la méthode de la « déduction ». C’est ce travail de reformulation de la déduction transcendantale que le numéro entend également clarifier. Peut-on encore dire que ces catégories sont « déduites » des formes logiques du jugement, des objets logiques ou du mouvement même de la vie ? S’il y a lieu de mettre au jour un processus « génétique » de la catégorie, quelles sont les implications d’un tel déplacement relativement à la validité du catégorial ? Plus généralement, c’est le statut même de ces « catégories » qui sera analysé. Leur domaine d’application redéfini, peut-on les déterminer comme des concepts purs transcendantaux susceptibles d’unifier l’expérience sensible ? Les catégories ne doivent-elles pas plutôt être repensées comme des formes logiques, sémantiques ou même ontologiques ? Ainsi, c’est l’enjeu stratégique de la résurgence de cette problématique catégoriale, et ses répercussions directes sur l’émergence de la phénoménologie naissante (husserlienne et heideggérienne) que ce numéro interrogera. [less ▲]

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See detailPolylactide-based microspheres prepared using solid-state copolymerized chitosan and D,L-lactide
Demina, Tatiana; Akopova, T.A.; Vladimirov, L.V. et al

in Materials Science and Engineering: A (2016), C59

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See detailComparison of Moving Boundary and Finite-Volume Heat Exchanger Models in the Modelica Language
Desideri, Adriano ULg; Dechesne, Bertrand ULg; Wronski, Jorrit et al

in energies (2016)

When modeling low capacity energy systems, such as a small size (5–150kWel) organic Rankine cycle unit, the governing dynamics are mainly concentrated in the heat exchangers. As a consequence, the ... [more ▼]

When modeling low capacity energy systems, such as a small size (5–150kWel) organic Rankine cycle unit, the governing dynamics are mainly concentrated in the heat exchangers. As a consequence, the accuracy and simulation speed of the higher level system model mainly depend on the heat exchanger model formulation. In particular, the modeling of thermo-flow systems characterized by evaporation or condensation requires heat exchanger models capable of handling phase transitions. To this aim, the finite volume (FV) and the moving boundary (MB) approaches are the most widely used. The two models are developed and included in the open-source ThermoCycle Modelica library. In this contribution, a comparison between the two approaches is presented. An integrity and accuracy test is designed to evaluate the performance of the FV and MB models during transient conditions. In order to analyze how the two modeling approaches perform when integrated at a system level, two organic Rankine cycle (ORC) system models are built using the FV and the MB evaporator model, and their responses are compared against experimental data collected on an 11kWel ORC power unit. Additionally, the effect of the void fraction value in the MB evaporator model and of the number of control volumes (CVs) in the FV one is investigated. The results allow drawing general guidelines for the development of heat exchanger dynamic models involving two-phase flows. [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental and Theoretical Study of the Reactivity of Gold Nanoparticles Towards Benzimidazole-2-ylidene Ligands
Rodríguez-Castillo, María; Lugo-Preciado, Gustavo; Laurencin, Danielle et al

in Chem. Eur. J. (2016), 22

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See detailwicking through a confined micropillar array
Darbois-Texier, Baptiste ULg; Laurent, Philippe ULg; Stoukatch, Serguei ULg et al

in Microfluidics and Nanofluidics (2016), 20

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See detailViser le développement de la composante éthique du savoir-agir professionnel des enseignants et formateurs.
Poumay, Marianne ULg; Pirard, Florence ULg

in Les Dossiers du GREE - Éthique en éducation et en formation - Questions d'éthique et de formation en éducation et en santé (2016), 3(2), 79-95

L'article interroge la formation déontologique des enseignants et formateurs en Sciences de l’éducation à partir de la description de dispositifs mis en place depuis 2001 à l’Université de Liège. Cette ... [more ▼]

L'article interroge la formation déontologique des enseignants et formateurs en Sciences de l’éducation à partir de la description de dispositifs mis en place depuis 2001 à l’Université de Liège. Cette description montre l’importance accordée à l’étude et la résolution fictive de cas concrets, vécus par les participants en tant qu’élèves ou dans une activité professionnelle. L’article explicite les fondements de sa méthodologie, propose une réflexion sur les difficultés rencontrées et ouvre sur une discussion présentant des perspectives de régulation. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Robust Economic Statistical Design of the Hotelling’s T^2 Chart
Faraz, Alireza ULg; Chalaki, Kamyar; Saniga, Erwin et al

in Communications in Statistics : Theory & Methods (2016)

Economic statistical designs aim at minimizing the cost of process monitoring when a specific scenario or a set of estimated process and cost parameters is given. However, in practical situations the ... [more ▼]

Economic statistical designs aim at minimizing the cost of process monitoring when a specific scenario or a set of estimated process and cost parameters is given. However, in practical situations the process may be affected by more than one scenario which may lead to severe cost penalties for upsetting the true scenario. This paper presents the robust economic statistical design (RESD) of the T^2 chart to reduce the monetary losses when there are multiple distinct scenarios. The genetic algorithm optimization method is employed here to minimize the total expected monitoring cost across all distinct scenarios. Through two numerical examples the proposed method is illustrated. Simulation studies indicate that the robust economic statistical designs should be encouraged in practice. [less ▲]

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See detailEffet inflammatoire des extraits de Cupressus sempervirens planté dans l’Est de l’Algérie : du modèle murin à la stimulation des cellules BEAS-2B par l’allergène majeur Cup s 1
Bouguenoun, Imene; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg; Bensakhri, Z et al

in Revue Française d'Allergologie (2016), 56

Cupressus sempervirens est l’une des espèces les plus répandues en Algérie ayant une capacité allergénique très élevée. Nous avons étudié,d’abord, comment l’instillation nasale des différentes fractions ... [more ▼]

Cupressus sempervirens est l’une des espèces les plus répandues en Algérie ayant une capacité allergénique très élevée. Nous avons étudié,d’abord, comment l’instillation nasale des différentes fractions de l’extrait pollinique de cette espèce peut moduler la réponse immunitaire chez les souris, et, ensuite, la stimulation des cellules épithéliales bronchiques humaines (BEAS-2B) par l’allergène majeur, identifié par spectrométrie de masse et purifié par chromatographie échangeuse d’ions. La sensibilisation des souris a révélé, d’une part, une diminution du nombre de neutrophiles et une augmentation des éosinophiles, et, d’autre part, une augmentation significative du total cellulaire dans le liquide du lavage bronchoalvéolaire.L’étude histologique des poumons a montré une présence d’infiltrat inflammatoire et d’oedème péri-bronchique. La spectrométrie de masse nous a permis de mettre en évidence la présence de l’allergène majeur Cup s 1 dans toutes les fractions avec une présence spécifique du Cup s 3 et Cupa 1 dans la fraction 4. Cet allergène avait le potentiel pour stimuler la libération de l’IL-8 et l’IL-6 par la ligné cellulaire, BEAS-2B, in vitro d’une manière dose-dépendante [less ▲]

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See detailThe role of active site flexible loops in catalysis and of zinc in conformational stability of Bacillus cereus 569/H/9 beta-lactamase.
Montagner, Caroline ULg; Nigen, Michaël; Jacquin, Olivier et al

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2016)

Metallo-beta-lactamases catalyse the hydrolysis of most beta-lactam antibiotics and hence represent a major clinical concern. The development of inhibitors for these enzymes is complicated by the ... [more ▼]

Metallo-beta-lactamases catalyse the hydrolysis of most beta-lactam antibiotics and hence represent a major clinical concern. The development of inhibitors for these enzymes is complicated by the diversity and flexibility of their substrate binding sites, motivating research into their structure and function. In this study, we examined the conformational properties of the Bacillus cereus beta-lactamase II in the presence of chemical denaturants using a variety of biochemical and biophysical techniques. The apoenzyme was found to unfold cooperatively, with a Gibbs free energy of stabilization (DeltaG degrees ) of 32 +/- 2 kJ.mol11. For holoBcII, a first non-cooperative transition leads to multiple interconverting native-like states, in which both zinc atoms remain bound in an apparently unaltered active site and the protein displays a well-organized compact hydrophobic core with structural changes confined to the enzyme surface, but with no catalytic activity. 2D NMR data revealed that the loss of activity occurs concomitantly with perturbations in two loops that border the enzyme active site. A second cooperative transition, corresponding to global unfolding, is observed at higher denaturant concentrations, with DeltaG degrees value of 65 +/- 1.4 kJ.mol11. These combined data highlight the importance of the two zinc ions in maintaining structure as well as a relatively well-defined conformation for both active site loops in order to maintain enzymatic activity. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la perversion au pervers ; du sexuel à l’adaptatif
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

in Psychosomatique Relationnelle (2016), 6

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See detailEmergent identity formation and the co-operative: Theory building in relation to alternative organizational forms
Nelson, Teresa; Nelson, Dylan; Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg et al

in Entrepreneurship and Regional Development (2016), 28(3-4), 286-309

How are identities of alternative forms of organization constructed and how does this process differ relative to normative forms socially expected? In this research we consider identity formation in co ... [more ▼]

How are identities of alternative forms of organization constructed and how does this process differ relative to normative forms socially expected? In this research we consider identity formation in co-operatives, a population of organizations allied globally through values and practices such as democratic participation, voluntary and open membership, and limited return to capital investment. As an extension of current thinking on identity formation in entrepreneurship and organizational theory, we use co-operatives to explore social expectations and institutional arrangements around form at the societal, population, and organizational levels using a population ecology framework. We develop a research agenda based on propositions that address specific features of identity formation in less typical forms of organization, including tensions with normative business expectations, engagement with identity audiences, embeddedness in networks and alliances, structural factors influencing identity, and identity ambiguity. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de "Plotin, Traité 12 (II, 4), Introduction, traduction, commentaires et notes par Elena Perdikouri"
Gavray, Marc-Antoine ULg

in Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Etranger (2016), (2), 281-282

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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 detailTECHNIQUE, DIFFICULTY, AND ACCURACY OF COMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY-GUIDED TRANSLAMINAR AND TRANSFORAMINAL LUMBOSACRAL EPIDURAL AND INTRAARTICULAR LUMBAR FACET JOINT INJECTIONS IN DOGS.
Liotta, Annalisa Pia ULg; Sandersen, Charlotte ULg; Couvreur, Thierry et al

in Veterinary radiology & ultrasound : the official journal of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the International Veterinary Radiology Association (2016), 57(2), 191-8

In human medicine, spinal pain and radiculopathy are commonly managed by computed tomography (CT)-guided facet joint injections and by transforaminal or translaminar epidural injections. In dogs, CT ... [more ▼]

In human medicine, spinal pain and radiculopathy are commonly managed by computed tomography (CT)-guided facet joint injections and by transforaminal or translaminar epidural injections. In dogs, CT-guided lumbosacral epidural or lumbar facet joint injections have not been described. The aim of this experimental, ex vivo, feasibility study was to develop techniques and to assess their difficulty and accuracy. Two canine cadavers were used to establish the techniques and eight cadavers to assess difficulty and accuracy. Contrast medium was injected and a CT scan was performed after each injection. Accuracy was assessed according to epidural or joint space contrast opacification. Difficulty was classified as easy, moderately difficult, or difficult, based on the number of CT scans needed to guide insertion of the needle. A total of six translaminar and five transforaminal epidural and 53 joint injections were performed. Translaminar injections had a high success rate (100%), were highly accurate (75%), and easy to perform (100%). Transforaminal injections had an moderately high success rate (75%), were accurate (75%), and moderately difficult to perform (100%). Success rate of facet joint injections was 62% and was higher for larger facet joints, such as L7-S1. Accuracy of facet joint injections ranged from accurate (37-62%) to highly accurate (25%) depending on the volume injected. In 77% of cases, injections were moderately difficult to perform. Possible complications of epidural and facet joint injections were subarachnoid and vertebral venous plexus puncture and periarticular spread, respectively. Further studies are suggested to evaluate in vivo feasibility and safety of these techniques. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of feeding and housing on the development ofosteochondrosis in foals—A longitudinal study
Mendoza García, Luis ULg; Lejeune, Jean-Philippe ULg; Caudron, Isabelle ULg et al

in Preventive Veterinary Medicine (2016), 127

Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) is a developmental orthopedic disease caused by a failure of the endochondral ossification in epiphyseal plates and joint cartilage. This trouble may induce the presence of ... [more ▼]

Osteochondrosis dissecans (OCD) is a developmental orthopedic disease caused by a failure of the endochondral ossification in epiphyseal plates and joint cartilage. This trouble may induce the presence of osteochondral fragments in the articulation, fissures or subchondral bone cysts in the growth cartilage. Occurrence of osteochondrosis is influenced by a complex interaction of different factors. Among these, the effect of the housing and the feeding of the foals during their first months of life, have been described as risk factors for the development of osteochondrosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the evolution of OCD lesions with a longitudinal study in 204 young foals from 6 to 18 months in comparison to the type of feeding and the type of housing conditions. These factors and OCD status were obtained by a questionnaire and radiological examination, respectively. This allowed dividing the foals into four groups according to the initial OCD status and the evolution of the condition. As a result, we found that foals fed with concentrates show a higher probability to develop OCD lesions (p = 0.06), while foals not receiving concentrates, had a higher probability to heal from existing OCD lesions (p = 0.001). This study supports the theory that management factors such as feeding or housing may influence the evolution of the osteochondrosis disease. [less ▲]

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See detailAerodynamic benefit for a cyclist by a following motorcycle
Blocken, Bert; Toparlar, Yasin; Andrianne, Thomas ULg

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (2016)

In recent years, many accidents have occurred between cyclists and in-race motorcycles, even yielding fatal injuries. The accidents and the potential aerodynamics issues have impelled the present authors ... [more ▼]

In recent years, many accidents have occurred between cyclists and in-race motorcycles, even yielding fatal injuries. The accidents and the potential aerodynamics issues have impelled the present authors to perform dedicated wind-tunnel measurements and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations to assess cyclist drag reduction when followed by one, two or three motorcycles. The 3D steady-state Reynolds-Averaged Navier-Stokes simulations with the standard k-ε model are validated by the wind-tunnel tests. The cyclist drag reduction goes up to 8.7% for a single trailing motorcycle and to 13.9% for three trailing motorcycles at a distance of 0.25 m behind the cyclist. This distance is not uncommon in elite races, as evidenced by the many recent accidents. The effect by a single following motorcycle at realistic short distances d=0.25 m (8.7%), d = 0.5 m (6.4%) and d=1 m (3.8%) is larger than that by a following car at realistic short distance d=5 m (1.4%). Therefore it could be argued that in-race motorcycles are not only more dangerous but also aerodynamically more influential. This study reinforces the necessity for the International Cycling Union to change the rules concerning in-race motorcycles, not only to avoid accidents but also to avoid unwanted aerodynamic benefits. [less ▲]

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See detailEdaphic niches of metallophytes from southeastern Democratic Republic of Congo: implications for post-mining restoration
Boisson, Sylvain ULg; Monty, Arnaud ULg; Lebrun, Julie et al

in Journal for Nature Conservation (2016)

In southeastern D. R. Congo, about 550 metallophytes grow on soils with high copper and cobalt concentrations, 57 of which are endemics to these metalliferous environments. About 70% of those endemics are ... [more ▼]

In southeastern D. R. Congo, about 550 metallophytes grow on soils with high copper and cobalt concentrations, 57 of which are endemics to these metalliferous environments. About 70% of those endemics are considered threatened by destruction of habitats through mining activities. To provide guidelines for future restoration programs, the edaphic ecological niches of eight copper endemics were studied using a pragmatic sampling method adapted for urgent conservation needs. Niches were modelled using violin plot along Cu, Co and C:N gradients representing the two main independent edaphic gradients among nine edaphic variables (C, N, C:N, K, P, pH, Co, Cu, and Mn). Copper endemics presented distinct edaphic niches along the copper and cobalt gradients, but differentiation was lower along the C:N gradient. In addition, edaphic elements presented covariations among them and metalliferous soils had higher nutrient and element content compared to the non-metalliferous soils of the region dominated by the Miombo woodland. The complexity of the soil composition and the edaphic niches of copper endemics revealed an important challenge in the implementation of the species conservation and the habitat restoration strategies of post-mining sites. [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 detailPredicting Reversibility of Anticancer Drugs-Related Cardiac Dysfunction: A New Piece to the Routine Use of Deformation Imaging.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Moonen, Marie; Jerusalem, Guy ULg

in Echocardiography (Mount Kisco, N.Y.) (2016), 33(4), 504-9

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See detailMolecular detection of six (endo-) symbiotic bacteria in Belgian mosquitoes: first step towards the selection of appropriate paratransgenesis candidates
Raharimalala, Fara Nantenaina; Boukraa, Slimane ULg; Bawin, Thomas ULg et al

in Parasitology Research (2016)

Actually, the use of symbiotic bacteria is one of alternative solution to avoid vector resistance to pesticides. In Belgium, among 31 identified mosquito species, 10 were considered as potential vectors ... [more ▼]

Actually, the use of symbiotic bacteria is one of alternative solution to avoid vector resistance to pesticides. In Belgium, among 31 identified mosquito species, 10 were considered as potential vectors. Given to introduction risks of arbovirosis, the purpose of this study was to investigate the presence of symbiosis bacteria in potential mosquito vectors. Eleven species caught from 12 sites in Belgium were used: Culex pipiens s.l., Culex torrentium, Culex hortensis, Anopheles claviger, Anopheles maculipennis s.l., Anopheles plumbeus, Culiseta annulata, Ochlerotatus geniculatus, Ochlerotatus dorsalis, Aedes albopictus, and Coquillettidia richiardii. Six genera of symbiotic bacteria were screened: Wolbachia sp., Comamonas sp, Delftia sp., Pseudomonas sp., Acinetobacter sp., and Asaia sp.Atotal of 173 mosquito individuals (144 larvae and 29 adults) were used for the polymerase chain reaction screening. Wolbachia was not found in any Anopheles species nor Cx. torrentium. A total absence of Comamonas and Delftia was observed in all species. Acinetobacter, Pseudomonas, and Asaia were found in most of species with a high prevalence for Pseudomonas. These results were discussed to develop potential strategy and exploit the variable occurrence of symbiotic bacteria to focus on them to propose biological ways of mosquito control. [less ▲]

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See detailCheatgrass is favored by warming but not CO2 enrichment in a semi-arid grassland
Blumenthal, Dana; Kray, Julie; Ortmans, William ULg et al

in Global Change Biology (2016), Early view

Elevated CO2 and warming may alter terrestrial ecosystems by promoting invasive plants with strong community and ecosystem impacts. Invasive plant responses to elevated CO2 and warming are difficult to ... [more ▼]

Elevated CO2 and warming may alter terrestrial ecosystems by promoting invasive plants with strong community and ecosystem impacts. Invasive plant responses to elevated CO2 and warming are difficult to predict, however, because of the many mechanisms involved, including modification of phenology, physiology, and cycling of nitrogen and water. Understanding the relative and interactive importance of these processes requires multifactor experiments under realistic field conditions. Here, we test how free-air CO2 enrichment (to 600 ppmv) and infrared warming (+1.5 °C day/3 °C night) influence a functionally and phenologically distinct invasive plant in semi-arid mixed-grass prairie. Bromus tectorum (cheatgrass), a fast-growing Eurasian winter annual grass, increases fire frequency and reduces biological diversity across millions of hectares in western North America. Across 2 years, we found that warming more than tripled B. tectorum biomass and seed production, due to a combination of increased recruitment and increased growth. These results were observed with and without competition from native species, under wet and dry conditions (corresponding with tenfold differences in B. tectorum biomass), and despite the fact that warming reduced soil water. In contrast, elevated CO2 had little effect on B. tectorum invasion or soil water, while reducing soil and plant nitrogen (N). We conclude that (1) warming may expand B. tectorum's phenological niche, allowing it to more successfully colonize the extensive, invasion-resistant northern mixed-grass prairie, and (2) in ecosystems where elevated CO2 decreases N availability, CO2 may have limited effects on B. tectorum and other nitrophilic invasive species. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of Dairy Products Consumption on Health: Benefits and Beliefs-A Commentary from the Belgian Bone Club and the European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases.
Rozenberg, Serge; Body, Jean-Jacques; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in Calcified Tissue International (2016), 98(1), 1-17

Dairy products provide a package of essential nutrients that is difficult to obtain in low-dairy or dairy-free diets, and for many people it is not possible to achieve recommended daily calcium intakes ... [more ▼]

Dairy products provide a package of essential nutrients that is difficult to obtain in low-dairy or dairy-free diets, and for many people it is not possible to achieve recommended daily calcium intakes with a dairy-free diet. Despite the established benefits for bone health, some people avoid dairy in their diet due to beliefs that dairy may be detrimental to health, especially in those with weight management issues, lactose intolerance, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or trying to avoid cardiovascular disease. This review provides information for health professionals to enable them to help their patients make informed decisions about consuming dairy products as part of a balanced diet. There may be a weak association between dairy consumption and a possible small weight reduction, with decreases in fat mass and waist circumference and increases in lean body mass. Lactose intolerant individuals may not need to completely eliminate dairy products from their diet, as both yogurt and hard cheese are well tolerated. Among people with arthritis, there is no evidence for a benefit to avoid dairy consumption. Dairy products do not increase the risk of cardiovascular disease, particularly if low fat. Intake of up to three servings of dairy products per day appears to be safe and may confer a favourable benefit with regard to bone health. [less ▲]

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See detailCan computer vision problems benefit from structured hierarchical classification?
Hoyoux, Thomas ULg; Rodríguez-Sánchez, Antonio J.; Piater, Justus H.

in Machine Vision & Applications (2016)

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See detailHyperuricémie et risque potentiel de pathologie cardiovasculiare et rénale
Schils, Raphaël ULg; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016)

Besides the well accepted need to treat hyperuricemia associated with gout, some large observational studies and small prospective therapeutic trials have suggested that treating asymptomatic ... [more ▼]

Besides the well accepted need to treat hyperuricemia associated with gout, some large observational studies and small prospective therapeutic trials have suggested that treating asymptomatic hyperuricemia, especially by xanthine oxidase inhibition, the enzyme producing uric acid, could be beneficial for cardiovascular and renal risk prevention. This article discusses the literature about this promising approach, which, however, requests prospective validation. [less ▲]

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See detailReview of dietary supplements for the management of osteoarthritis in dogs in studies from 2004 to 2014
Comblain, Fanny ULg; Serisier, Samuel; Barthelemy, Nicolas ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Pharmacology & Therapeutics (2016), 39

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See detailPermanence de l'utilitarisme - évolution des politiques d'immigration et d'intégration en Belgique-
Bousetta, Hassan ULg; Lafleur, Jean-Michel ULg; Martiniello, Marco ULg

in Politique : Revue de Débats (2016), 94(mars-avril2016), 28-31

Depuis 1974, la Belgique ne dispose plus d’une politique d’immigration proactive basée sur l’admission et le recrutement de travailleurs étrangers. Est-ce à dire que la Belgique n’a pas de politique ... [more ▼]

Depuis 1974, la Belgique ne dispose plus d’une politique d’immigration proactive basée sur l’admission et le recrutement de travailleurs étrangers. Est-ce à dire que la Belgique n’a pas de politique d’immigration comme on l’entend parfois ? Pas si vite... [less ▲]

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See detailReal-Time Optimization of Organic Rankine Cycle Systems by Extremum-Seeking Control
Hernandez Naranjo, Jairo Andres ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg; Ionescu, Clara et al

in Energies (2016), 9

In this paper, the optimal operation of a stationary sub-critical 11kWel organic Rankine cycle (ORC) unit for waste heat recovery (WHR) applications is investigated, both in terms of energy production and ... [more ▼]

In this paper, the optimal operation of a stationary sub-critical 11kWel organic Rankine cycle (ORC) unit for waste heat recovery (WHR) applications is investigated, both in terms of energy production and safety conditions. Simulation results of a validated dynamic model of the ORC power unit are used to derive a correlation for the evaporating temperature, which maximizes the power generation for a range of operating conditions. This idea is further extended using a perturbation-based extremum seeking (ES) algorithm to identify online the optimal evaporating temperature. Regarding safety conditions, we propose the use of the extended prediction self-adaptive control (EPSAC) approach to constrained model predictive control (MPC). Since it uses input/output models for prediction, it avoids the need for state estimators, making it a suitable tool for industrial applications. The performance of the proposed control strategy is compared to PID-like schemes. Results show that EPSAC-MPC is a more effective control strategy, as it allows a safer and more efficient operation of the ORC unit, as it can handle constraints in a natural way, operating close to the boundary conditions where power generation is maximized. [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 detailBoosting shape classifiers accuracy by considering the inverse shape
Pierard, Sébastien ULg; Lejeune, Antoine ULg; Van Droogenbroeck, Marc ULg

in Journal of Pattern Recognition Research (2016)

Many techniques exist for describing shapes. These techniques almost exclusively consider the contour or the inside of the shape; the major problem for describing the outside of a shape, or inverse shape ... [more ▼]

Many techniques exist for describing shapes. These techniques almost exclusively consider the contour or the inside of the shape; the major problem for describing the outside of a shape, or inverse shape, being that it has an infinite extension. In this paper, we show how to adapt two shape descriptors , one region based, the Cover By Rectangles, and one transform based, the Zernike moments, to be applicable to the inverse shape. We analyze their properties, and show how to deal with the infinite extension of the inverse shape. Then, we apply these descriptors to shape classification and compare representations that use the shape, its inverse, or both. Our experiments establish that, for shape classification, a representation integrating the inverse shape often outperforms a representation restricted to the shape. This opens the path for better techniques that could use, as a rule of thumb, both the representations of a shape and its inverse for the purpose of classification. [less ▲]

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See detailBarley (Hordeum distichon L.) roots synthesise volatile aldehydes with a strong age-dependent pattern and release (E)- non-2-enal and (E,Z)-nona-2,6-dienal after mechanical injury
Delory, Benjamin M.; Delaplace, Pierre ULg; du Jardin, Patrick ULg et al

in Plant Physiology and Biochemistry (2016), 104

In the context of chemical ecology, the analysis of the temporal production pattern of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in root tissues and the emission rate measurement of root-emitted VOCs are of major ... [more ▼]

In the context of chemical ecology, the analysis of the temporal production pattern of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in root tissues and the emission rate measurement of root-emitted VOCs are of major importance for setting up experiments to study the implication of these compounds in biotic interactions. Such analyses, however, remain challenging because of the belowground location of plant root systems. In this context, this study describes the evolution of the root VOC production pattern of barley (Hordeum distichon L.) at five developmental stages from germination to the end of tillering and evaluates the emission of the identified VOCs in an artificial soil. VOCs produced by crushed root tissues and released by unexcavated root systems were analysed using dynamic sampling devices coupled to a gas chromatography-mass spectrometry methodology (synchronous SCAN/SIM). The results showed that, at each analysed developmental stage, crushed barley roots produced mainly four volatile aldehydes: hexanal; (E)-hex-2-enal; (E)-non-2-enal; and (E,Z)-nona-2,6-dienal. Higher total and individual VOC concentrations were measured in 3-day-old seminal roots compared with older phenological stages. For each developmental stage, the lipoxygenase (LOX) activity was greater for linoleic acid than α-linolenic acid and the greatest LOX activities using linoleic and α- linolenic acids as substrates were measured in 7- and 3-day-old roots, respectively. The analysis of VOCs released by barley roots into the soil showed that (E)-non-2- enal and (E,Z)-nona-2,6-dienal were the only VOCs emitted in quantifiable amounts by mechanically injured roots. [less ▲]

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See detailTropical moss floras: a homogeneous assemblage of highly mobile species? Insights from their spatial patterns of beta diversity
Nik Norhazrina Binti Nik Mohd Kamil, ULg; Jairo, Patiño; Laurens, Geffert et al

in Botanical Journal of the Linnean Society (2016)

The biotic poverty of tropical Africa has been interpreted in terms of massive extinctions caused by historical climate shifts. While recolonisation has been hampered in tropical angiosperms that are ... [more ▼]

The biotic poverty of tropical Africa has been interpreted in terms of massive extinctions caused by historical climate shifts. While recolonisation has been hampered in tropical angiosperms that are characterized by low dispersal capacities, tropical bryophytes exhibit high dispersal syndromes. Using tropical mosses as a model, we test here the hypotheses that (i) species-turnover is higher within than among continents and (ii) in tropical Africa, extant distribution patterns are better explained by variation in environmental conditions (species turnover) than by the ordered loss of species along gradients of recolonisation from putative refugia (species nestedness). Global beta diversity was slightly, but significantly higher among than within tropical regions, suggesting that geographic isolation rather than regional environmental variation shapes macroecological patterns of moss species distributions. Species turnover was, however, systematically higher than nestedness within each tropical region, and nestedness in tropical Africa was not significantly higher than in other tropical regions. The results therefore do not support the hypothesis of an ordered loss of species due to delays in the recolonisation of formerly savanna areas from refugia. Rather, the low species richness in Africa is interpreted in terms of shifts towards specialized, but species-poor communities along sharp ecological gradients. [less ▲]

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See detailDe la grammaire pure logique à la grammaire philosophique. La grammaire des concepts chez Wittgenstein
Gauvry, Charlotte ULg

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2016)

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See detailFluorodeoxyglucose F Positron Emission Tomography Coupled With Computed Tomography in Suspected Acute Renal Allograft Rejection.
Lovinfosse, P.; Weekers, L.; Bonvoisin, C. et al

in American Journal of Transplantation (2016)

Management of kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) with suspected acute rejection (AR) ultimately relies on kidney biopsy; however, noninvasive tests predicting nonrejection would help avoid unnecessary ... [more ▼]

Management of kidney transplant recipients (KTRs) with suspected acute rejection (AR) ultimately relies on kidney biopsy; however, noninvasive tests predicting nonrejection would help avoid unnecessary biopsy. AR involves recruitment of leukocytes avid for fluorodeoxyglucose F18 (18 F-FDG), thus 18 F-FDG positron emission tomography (PET) coupled with computed tomography (CT) may noninvasively distinguish nonrejection from AR. From January 2013 to February 2015, we prospectively performed 32 18 F-FDG PET/CT scans in 31 adult KTRs with suspected AR who underwent transplant biopsy. Biopsies were categorized into four groups: normal (n = 8), borderline (n = 10), AR (n = 8), or other (n = 6, including 3 with polyoma BK nephropathy). Estimated GFR was comparable in all groups. PET/CT was performed 201 +/- 18 minutes after administration of 3.2 +/- 0.2 MBq/kg of 18 F-FDG, before any immunosuppression change. Mean standard uptake values (SUVs) of both upper and lower renal poles were measured. Mean SUVs reached 1.5 +/- 0.2, 1.6 +/- 0.3, 2.9 +/- 0.8, and 2.2 +/- 1.2 for the normal, borderline, AR, and other groups, respectively. One-way analysis of variance demonstrated a significant difference of mean SUVs among groups. A positive correlation between mean SUV and acute composite Banff score was found, with r2 = 0.49. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve was 0.93, with 100% sensitivity and 50% specificity using a mean SUV threshold of 1.6. In conclusion, 18 F-FDG PET/CT may help noninvasively prevent avoidable transplant biopsies in KTRs with suspected AR. [less ▲]

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See detailThe internal consistency of the North Sea carbonate system
Salt, Lesley A.; Thomas, Helmuth; Bozec, Yann et al

in Journal of Marine Systems (2016), 157

Abstract In 2002 (February) and 2005 (August), the full suite of carbonate system parameters (total alkalinity (AT), dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), pH, and partial pressure of \{CO2\} (pCO2) were ... [more ▼]

Abstract In 2002 (February) and 2005 (August), the full suite of carbonate system parameters (total alkalinity (AT), dissolved inorganic carbon (DIC), pH, and partial pressure of \{CO2\} (pCO2) were measured on two re-occupations of the entire North Sea basin, with three parameters (AT, DIC, pCO2) measured on four additional re-occupations, covering all four seasons, allowing an assessment of the internal consistency of the carbonate system. For most of the year, there is a similar level of internal consistency, with \{AT\} being calculated to within ± 6 μmol kg− 1 using \{DIC\} and pH, \{DIC\} to ± 6 μmol kg− 1 using \{AT\} and pH, pH to ± 0.008 using \{AT\} and pCO2, and pCO2 to ± 8 μatm using \{DIC\} and pH, with the dissociation constants of Millero et al. (2006). In spring, however, we observe a significant decline in the ability to accurately calculate the carbonate system. Lower consistency is observed with an increasing fraction of Baltic Sea water, caused by the high contribution of organic alkalinity in this water mass, not accounted for in the carbonate system calculations. Attempts to improve the internal consistency by accounting for the unconventional salinity–borate relationships in freshwater and the Baltic Sea, and through application of the new North Atlantic salinity–boron relationship (Lee et al., 2010), resulted in no significant difference in the internal consistency. [less ▲]

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See detailPhysical, functional and structural characterization of the cell wall fractions from baker's yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae
Borchani, C.; Fonteyn, F.; Jamin, G. et al

in Food Chemistry (2016), 194

The yeast cell wall of Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an important source of β-D-glucan, a glucose homopolymer with many functional, nutritional and human health benefits. In the present study, the yeast ... [more ▼]

The yeast cell wall of Saccharomyces cerevisiae is an important source of β-D-glucan, a glucose homopolymer with many functional, nutritional and human health benefits. In the present study, the yeast cell wall fractionation process involving enzymatic treatments (savinase and lipolase enzymes) affected most of the physical and functional characteristics of extracted fractions. Thus, the fractionation process showed that β-D-glucan fraction F4 had significantly higher swelling power and fat binding capacity compared to other fractions (F1, F2 and F3). It also exhibited a viscosity of 652.12 mPa s and a high degree of brightness of extracted β-D-glucan fraction. Moreover, the fractionation process seemed to have an effect on structural and thermal properties of extracted fractions. Overall, results showed that yeast β-D-glucan had good potential for use as a prebiotic ingredient in food, as well as medicinal and pharmaceutical products. © 2015, Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficient P- and Ag-doped titania for the photocatalytic degradation of waste water organic pollutants
Bodson, Céline ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg; Tasseroul, Ludivine ULg et al

in Journal of Alloys & Compounds (2016), 682

In this work, physico-chemical properties and photocatalytic activity of three types of dried or dried and calcined TiO2 materials, synthesized by the cogelation method, were studied: (i) a pure TiO2 ... [more ▼]

In this work, physico-chemical properties and photocatalytic activity of three types of dried or dried and calcined TiO2 materials, synthesized by the cogelation method, were studied: (i) a pure TiO2 xerogel ; (ii) TiO2 xerogels doped with Ag ; (iii) TiO2 xerogels co-doped with Ag and P. The presence of silver nanoparticles was observed by transmission electron microscopy (TEM) and the oxidation state of silver after calcination was examined by temperature-programmed reduction (TPR) measurements. The physico-chemical properties of xerogels were characterized by X-ray diffraction (XRD), diffuse reflectance UV-Vis spectroscopy (DR UV-Vis) and from nitrogen adsorption-desorption isotherms. The photocatalytic activity of the samples was quantified for the p-nitrophenol degradation under visible light. [less ▲]

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See detailPolytype Attainability in III-V Semiconductor Nanowires
Johansson, J.; Zanolli, Zeila ULg; Dick, K. A.

in Crystal Growth & Design (2016), 16(1), 371-379

We propose a model that explains the phenomenon of polytypism in metal particle-seeded III-V semiconductor nanowires. The model is based on classical nucleation theory, utilizing the axial next-nearest ... [more ▼]

We propose a model that explains the phenomenon of polytypism in metal particle-seeded III-V semiconductor nanowires. The model is based on classical nucleation theory, utilizing the axial next-nearest-neighbor Ising (ANNNI) model to account for interlayer interaction up to the third nearest-neighboring layer. We investigate the limits of polytypism by varying the ANNNI interaction parameters. These calculations lead to attainability diagrams, which show the regions in interaction energy space where certain polytypes can be attained given that the supersaturation is precisely tuned. We calculate the values of the ANNNI interaction parameters for six common III-V materials from first principles by means of the projector-augmented wave method. We discuss our calculated values in view of previous results. Using these calculated values in our nucleation model, our analysis suggests that besides the commonly observed 3C (zinc blende) and 2H (wurtzite) polytypes the higher order polytypes 4H and 6H can also be attained, in agreement with experimental observations. © 2015 American Chemical Society. [less ▲]

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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 detailCompte-rendu de l'ouvrage Cluny. Les moines et la société au premier age féodal
George, Philippe ULg

in Revue d'Histoire Ecclésiastique (2016)

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See detailLinseed oil presents different patterns of oxidation in real-time and accelerated aging assays
Douny, Caroline ULg; Razanakolona, Rina; Ribonnet, Laurence et al

in Food Chemistry (2016), 208

This study aimed at verifying if the hypothesis that one day at 60 °C is equivalent to one month at 20 °C could be confirmed during linseed oil aging for 6 months at 20 °C and 6 days at 60 °C using the ... [more ▼]

This study aimed at verifying if the hypothesis that one day at 60 °C is equivalent to one month at 20 °C could be confirmed during linseed oil aging for 6 months at 20 °C and 6 days at 60 °C using the “Schaal oven stability test”. Tests were conducted with linseed oil supplemented or not with myricetin or butyl-hydroxytoluene as antioxidants. Oxidation was evaluated with the peroxide and p-anisidine values, as well as the content in conjugated dienes and aldehydes. All four indicators of oxidation showed very different kinetic behaviors at 20 and 60 °C. The hypothesis is thus not verified for linseed oil, supplemented or not with antioxidant. In the control oil, the conjugated dienes and the peroxide value observed were respectively of 41.8 ± 0.8 Absorbance Unit (AU)/g oil and 254.3 ± 5.8 meq. O2/kg oil after 6 months at 20 °C. These values were of 18.2 ± 1.3 AU/g oil and 65.2 ± 20.3 meq. O2/kg after 6 days at 60 °C. [less ▲]

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See detailHidden Markov Model-based population synthesis
Saadi, Ismaïl ULg; El Saeid Mustafa, Ahmed Mohamed ULg; Teller, Jacques ULg et al

in Transportation Research. Part B : Methodological (2016), 90

Micro-simulation travel demand and land use models require a synthetic population, which consists of a set of agents characterized by demographic and socio-economic attributes. Two main families of ... [more ▼]

Micro-simulation travel demand and land use models require a synthetic population, which consists of a set of agents characterized by demographic and socio-economic attributes. Two main families of population synthesis techniques can be distinguished: (a) fitting methods (iterative proportional fitting, updating) and (b) combinatorial optimization methods. During the last few years, a third outperforming family of population synthesis procedures has emerged, i.e., Markov process-based methods such as Monte Carlo Markov Chain (MCMC) simulations. In this paper, an extended Hidden Markov Model (HMM)-based approach is presented, which can serve as a better alternative than the existing methods. The approach is characterized by a great flexibility and efficiency in terms of data preparation and model training. The HMM is able to reproduce the structural configuration of a given population from an unlimited number of micro-samples and a marginal distribution. Only one marginal distribution of the considered population can be used as a boundary condition to “guide” the synthesis of the whole population. Model training and testing are performed using the Survey on the Workforce of 2013 and the Belgian National Household Travel Survey of 2010. Results indicate that the HMM method captures the complete heterogeneity of the micro-data contrary to standard fitting approaches. The method provides accurate results as it is able to reproduce the marginal distributions and their corresponding multivariate joint distributions with an acceptable error rate (i.e., SRSME=0.54 for 6 synthesized attributes). Furthermore, the HMM outperforms IPF for small sample sizes, even though the amount of input data is less than that for IPF. Finally, simulations show that the HMM can merge information provided by multiple data sources to allow good population estimates. [less ▲]

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See detailSafety, efficacy and clinical generalization of the STAR protocol: a retrospective analysis
Stewart, K. W.; Pretty, C. G.; Tomlinson, H. et al

in Annals of Intensive Care (2016), 6(1),

Background: The changes in metabolic pathways and metabolites due to critical illness result in a highly complex and dynamic metabolic state, making safe, effective management of hyperglycemia and ... [more ▼]

Background: The changes in metabolic pathways and metabolites due to critical illness result in a highly complex and dynamic metabolic state, making safe, effective management of hyperglycemia and hypoglycemia difficult. In addition, clinical practices can vary significantly, thus making GC protocols difficult to generalize across units.The aim of this study was to provide a retrospective analysis of the safety, performance and workload of the stochastic targeted (STAR) glycemic control (GC) protocol to demonstrate that patient-specific, safe, effective GC is possible with the STAR protocol and that it is also generalizable across/over different units and clinical practices. Methods: Retrospective analysis of STAR GC in the Christchurch Hospital Intensive Care Unit (ICU), New Zealand (267 patients), and the Gyula Hospital, Hungary (47 patients), is analyzed (2011–2015). STAR Christchurch (BG target 4.4–8.0 mmol/L) is also compared to the Specialized Relative Insulin and Nutrition Tables (SPRINT) protocol (BG target 4.4–6.1 mmol/L) implemented in the Christchurch Hospital ICU, New Zealand (292 patients, 2005–2007). Cohort mortality, effectiveness and safety of glycemic control and nutrition delivered are compared using nonparametric statistics. Results: Both STAR implementations and SPRINT resulted in over 86 % of time per episode in the blood glucose (BG) band of 4.4–8.0 mmol/L. Patients treated using STAR in Christchurch ICU spent 36.7 % less time on protocol and were fed significantly more than those treated with SPRINT (73 vs. 86 % of caloric target). The results from STAR in both Christchurch and Gyula were very similar, with the BG distributions being almost identical. STAR provided safe GC with very few patients experiencing severe hypoglycemia (BG < 2.2 mmol/L, <5 patients, 1.5 %). Conclusions: STAR outperformed its predecessor, SPRINT, by providing higher nutrition and equally safe, effective control for all the days of patient stay, while lowering the number of measurements and interventions required. The STAR protocol has the ability to deliver high performance and high safety across patient types, time, clinical practice culture (Christchurch and Gyula) and clinical resources. © 2016, Stewart et al. [less ▲]

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See detailHighlights in migraine electrophysiology: are controversies just reflecting disease heterogeneity?
MAGIS, Delphine ULg; Lisicki Martinez, Marco ULg; Coppola, Gianluca

in Current Opinion in Neurology (2016), 29(3)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In migraine, the brain is 'hyperresponsive', which refers to a deficit of habituation to repeated sensory stimuli between attacks. This deficit normalizes in peri-ictal and ictal phases ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In migraine, the brain is 'hyperresponsive', which refers to a deficit of habituation to repeated sensory stimuli between attacks. This deficit normalizes in peri-ictal and ictal phases. A decreased cortical preactivation of thalamo-cortical origin and an impaired intracortical inhibition are probably involved in its pathophysiology. RECENT FINDINGS: The reality of a habituation deficit of visual evoked potentials, a neurophysiological 'hallmark' of interictal migraine, has been questioned. Blinding may be an issue, but some genetic, environmental, or behavioural differences could also exist between populations. A habituation deficit is found interictally in other sensory modalities, and strongly depends on the time of the recordings within the migraine cycle. An impaired thalamocortical drive is demonstrated in interictal phase, and normalizes in ictal phase as well as in chronic migraine, where a strength enhancement of primary cortical activation is observed. An interictal dysexcitability, of subcortical or primary cortical origin, is suggested by magnetic stimulation. These phenomena could occur in varying degrees depending on patients and on the migraine cycle, and account for the heterogeneity of electrophysiological results. SUMMARY: Finding a reliable electrophysiological biomarker for such a multifaceted and cycling disease as migraine is still a challenge. A better standardization of protocols would be worthwhile. [less ▲]

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See detailPeripheral blood stem cell graft compared to bone marrow after reduced intensity conditioning regimens for acute leukemia–A report from the ALWP of the EBMT
Savani, Bipin N.; Labopin, Myriam; Blaise, Didier et al

in Haematologica (2016)

Increasing numbers of patients are receiving reduced-intensity-conditioning regimen allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. We hypothesized that the use of bone-marrow graft might decrease the ... [more ▼]

Increasing numbers of patients are receiving reduced-intensity-conditioning regimen allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation. We hypothesized that the use of bone-marrow graft might decrease the risk of graft-versus-host-disease compared to peripheral-blood after reduced-intensity-conditioning regimens without compromising graft-versus-leukemia effects. Patients who underwent reduced-intensity-conditioning regimen allogeneic hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation from 2000-2012 for acute leukemia and reported to the acute-leukemia-working-party of the EBMT were included in the study. Eight hundred thirty-seven patients receiving bone-marrow grafts were compared with 9011 peripheral-blood transplant recipients after reduced-intensity conditioning regimen. Median follow-up of surviving patients was 27 months. Cumulative incidence of engraftment (neutrophil≥0.5x109/L at day 60) was lower in bonemarrow recipients, 88 vs. 95% (p<0.0001). Grade II to IV acute graft-versus-hostdisease was lower in bone-marrow recipients, 19% vs. 24% for peripheral-blood (p=0.005). In multivariate analysis, after adjusting for differences between both groups, overall survival (HR 0.90; p=0.05) and leukemia-free-survival (HR 0.88; p=0.01) were higher in patients transplanted with peripheral-blood compared to bone-marrow grafts. Furthermore, peripheral-blood graft was also associated with decreased risk of relapse (HR 0.78; p=0.0001). Non-relapse-mortality was not significantly different between recipients of bone-marrow and peripheral-blood grafts, and chronic graft-versus-host-disease was significantly higher after peripheral blood grafts (HR 1.38; p<0.0001). Despite the limitation of a retrospective registry based study, we found that peripheral-blood grafts after reduced-intensity-conditioning regimens had better overall and leukemia-free survival than bone-marrow grafts. However, there is an increase in chronic graft-versus-host-disease after peripheral-blood grafts. Long-term follow-up is needed to clarify if chronic graft-versus-host-disease related deaths might increase the risk of late morbidity and mortality. [less ▲]

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See detailPolyphasic characterization of 10 selected ecologically relevant filamentous cyanobacterial strains from the South Shetland Islands, Maritime Antarctica
Jancusova, Miroslava; Kovacik, Lubomir; Pereira, Antonio Batista et al

in FEMS Microbiology Ecology (2016), 92(7), 100

The evolutionary relationships of 10 Antarctic cyanobacterial strains of the order Oscillatoriales isolated from King George and Deception Islands, South Shetland Islands were studied by a polyphasic ... [more ▼]

The evolutionary relationships of 10 Antarctic cyanobacterial strains of the order Oscillatoriales isolated from King George and Deception Islands, South Shetland Islands were studied by a polyphasic approach (morphology, 16S rRNA and internal transcribed spacer sequences). The studied taxa are characteristic of coastal Antarctic biotopes, where they form distinct populations and ecologically delimited communities. They were isolated from terrestrial habitats: microbial mats in seepages; crusts on soil, rocks, bones and mosses; mud, sometimes close to bird colonies; and from guano. Based on major phenotypic features, the strains were divided into four distinct morphotypes: Leptolyngbya borchgrevinkii (A), Leptolyngbya frigida (B), Microcoleus sp. (C) and Wilmottia murrayi (D). This morphological identification was in agreement with the phylogenetic relationships. For the first time, the 16S rRNA gene sequence of a strain corresponding to the L. borchgrevinkii morphotype was determined. Morphotype B is most related to sequences assigned to L. frigida isolated from microbial mats of coastal lakes in East Antarctica. Morphotype C belongs to a cluster including strains with morphotypes corresponding to Microcoleus attenuatus, Microcoleus favosus and Microcoleus sp., which are from Antarctica and other continents. Morphotype D is grouped with sequences assigned to W. murrayi mostly isolated from Antarctica. [less ▲]

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See detailCapitalizing in fine milk composition for breeding and management of dairy cows
Gengler, Nicolas ULg; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg; Dehareng, Fréderic et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2016), 99

The challenge of managing and breeding dairy cows is permanently adapting to changing production circumstances under socio-economic constraints. If managing and breeding address different timeframes of ... [more ▼]

The challenge of managing and breeding dairy cows is permanently adapting to changing production circumstances under socio-economic constraints. If managing and breeding address different timeframes of action, both need relevant phenotypes that allow for precise monitoring of the status of the cows, and their health, behavior, and well-being as well as their environmental impact and the quality of their products (i.e., milk and subsequently dairy products). Milk composition has been identified as an important source of information because it could reflect, at least partially, all these elements. Major conventional milk components such as fat, protein, urea, and lactose contents are routinely predicted by mid-infrared (MIR) spectrometry and have been widely used for these purposes. But, milk composition is much more complex and other nonconventional milk components, potentially predicted by MIR, might be informative. Such new milk-based phenotypes should be considered given that they are cheap, rapidly obtained, usable on a large scale, robust, and reliable. In a first approach, new phenotypes can be predicted from MIR spectra using techniques based on classical prediction equations. This method was used successfully for many novel traits (e.g., fatty acids, lactoferrin, minerals, milk technological properties, citrate) that can be then useful for management and breeding purposes. An innovation was to consider the longitudinal nature of the relationship between the trait of interest and the MIR spectra (e.g., to predict methane from MIR). By avoiding intermediate steps, prediction errors can be minimized when traits of interest (e.g., methane, energy balance, ketosis) are predicted directly from MIR spectra. In a second approach, research is ongoing to detect and exploit patterns in an innovative manner, by comparing observed with expected MIR spectra directly (e.g., pregnancy). All of these traits can then be used to define best practices, adjust feeding and health management, improve animal welfare, improve milk quality, and mitigate environmental impact. Under the condition that MIR data are available on a large scale, phenotypes for these traits will allow genetic and genomic evaluations. Introduction of novel traits into the breeding objectives will need additional research to clarify socio-economic weights and genetic correlations with other traits of interest. [less ▲]

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See detailWeakening of Jupiter's main auroral emission during January 2014
Badman, S. V.; Bonfond, Bertrand ULg; Fujimoto, M. et al

in Geophysical Research Letters (2016), 43(3), 988-997

In January 2014 Jupiter's FUV main auroral oval decreased its emitted power by 70% and shifted equatorward by ∼1°. Intense, low-latitude features were also detected. The decrease in emitted power is ... [more ▼]

In January 2014 Jupiter's FUV main auroral oval decreased its emitted power by 70% and shifted equatorward by ∼1°. Intense, low-latitude features were also detected. The decrease in emitted power is attributed to a decrease in auroral current density rather than electron energy. This could be caused by a decrease in the source electron density, an order of magnitude increase in the source electron thermal energy, or a combination of these. Both can be explained either by expansion of the magnetosphere or by an increase in the inward transport of hot plasma through the middle magnetosphere and its interchange with cold flux tubes moving outward. In the latter case the hot plasma could have increased the electron temperature in the source region and produced the intense, low-latitude features, while the increased cold plasma transport rate produced the shift of the main oval. © 2016. The Authors. [less ▲]

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See detailPersistent low levels of serum hCG due to heterophilic mouse antibodies: an unrecognized pitfall in the diagnosis of trophoblastic disease.
Gonzalez Aguilera, B.; Syrios, P.; Gadisseur, R et al

in Gynecological endocrinology : the official journal of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology (2016)

Phantom hCG refers to persistent mild elevations of hCG, leading physicians to unnecessary treatments whereas neither a true hCG nor a trophoblastic disease is present. We report the case of a 23-year-old ... [more ▼]

Phantom hCG refers to persistent mild elevations of hCG, leading physicians to unnecessary treatments whereas neither a true hCG nor a trophoblastic disease is present. We report the case of a 23-year-old woman with persistent low levels of serum hCG detected one month after miscarriage. As choriocarcinoma was suspected, a chemotherapy trial of methotrexate was prescribed, without any hCG reduction. Subsequently, laparoscopy ruled out a trophoblastic residue and the patient was referred to the Endocrine Unit for further investigations. While low levels of hCG were still detected in serum, no hCG was detected in the urine. In addition, when serum was processed in a HBT tube for revealing heterophilic antibodies, hCG was no longer detected. Such finding indicated the presence of phantom hCG due to heterophilic mouse antibodies interaction. This case raises the need of clinico-biological discussion to avoid inappropriate therapeutic decisions. Based on this case experience and after review of the literature, we suggest that current gynecological protocols for the diagnosis and treatment of trophoblastic disease should consider the inclusion of urinary hCG and/or a test for serum heterophilic antibodies when appropriate. [less ▲]

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See detailRecent advances in composite CAD/CAM blocks.
Mainjot, Amélie ULg

in International Journal of Esthetic Dentistry (2016), 11(2), 275-80

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

in ACI Structural Journal (2016)

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

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

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See detailÂgisme et surestimation des difficultés cognitives des personnes âgées: une revue de la question
Marquet, Manon ULg; Missotten, Pierre ULg; Adam, Stéphane ULg

in Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement (2016), 14(2), 177-186

Stigmatization related to age (i.e., ageism) is a widespread phenomenon in the modern industrial societies where older people are perceived as cognitively incompetent. Therefore negative stereotypes about ... [more ▼]

Stigmatization related to age (i.e., ageism) is a widespread phenomenon in the modern industrial societies where older people are perceived as cognitively incompetent. Therefore negative stereotypes about age-related cognitive decline may have a detrimental influence on older adults on their cognitive performance. The aim of the present review is to understand how stereotypes can influence the performance of the elderly on cognitive tests. We first describe the stereotype threat phenomenon by providing an overview of situations likely to produce stereotype threat, as well as contextual and personal characteristics that moderate its effects. Possible mechanisms underlying these influences on cognitive performance are also presented. Secondly, we address self-stereotyping, which explains long-term negative effects of stereotypes and their unconscious influence on older adults’ cognitive performance. However, some age stereotypes have also positive effects on aged people, as shown by some studies describing such beneficial effects of positive stereotypes on cognitive performance. Finally we try to understand why negative age stereotyping has a much stronger influence on important behavioral outcomes among older adults than does positive age stereotyping. Given all these results, we examine how negative age stereotypes may impact older adults’ cognitive performance in real-world settings such as during a cognitive assessment. [less ▲]

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See detailRisques et périls d'opposer "Langue de culture" et "Langue de service"
Defays, Jean-Marc ULg

in Cahiers de l’ASDIFLE (2016), 27

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See detailAggressive tumor growth and clinical evolution in a patient with X-linked acro-gigantism syndrome.
Naves, Luciana A.; Daly, Adrian Francis ULg; Dias, Luiz Augusto et al

in Endocrine (2016)

X-linked acro-gigantism (X-LAG) syndrome is a newly described disease caused by microduplications on chromosome Xq26.3 leading to copy number gain of GPR101. We describe the clinical progress of a ... [more ▼]

X-linked acro-gigantism (X-LAG) syndrome is a newly described disease caused by microduplications on chromosome Xq26.3 leading to copy number gain of GPR101. We describe the clinical progress of a sporadic male X-LAG syndrome patient with an Xq26.3 microduplication, highlighting the aggressive natural history of pituitary tumor growth in the absence of treatment. The patient first presented elsewhere aged 5 years 8 months with a history of excessive growth for >2 years. His height was 163 cm, his weight was 36 kg, and he had markedly elevated GH and IGF-1. MRI showed a non-invasive sellar mass measuring 32.5 x 23.9 x 29.1 mm. Treatment was declined and the family was lost to follow-up. At the age of 10 years and 7 months, he presented again with headaches, seizures, and visual disturbance. His height had increased to 197 cm. MRI showed an invasive mass measuring 56.2 x 58.1 x 45.0 mm, with compression of optic chiasma, bilateral cavernous sinus invasion, and hydrocephalus. His thyrotrope, corticotrope, and gonadotrope axes were deficient. Surgery, somatostatin analogs, and cabergoline did not control vertical growth and pegvisomant was added, although vertical growth continues (currently 207 cm at 11 years 7 months of age). X-LAG syndrome is a new genomic disorder in which early-onset pituitary tumorigenesis can lead to marked overgrowth and gigantism. This case illustrates the aggressive nature of tumor evolution and the challenging clinical management in X-LAG syndrome. [less ▲]

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See detailNew insights into sound production in Carapus mourlani (Carapidae)
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Colleye, Orphal ULg; Lecchini, David

in Bulletin of Marine Science (2016), 92(3),

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See detailMechanoreceptors in the anterior horn of the equine medial meniscus: an immunohistochemical approach
Nemery, Elodie ULg; Gabriel, Annick ULg; Grulke, Sigrid ULg et al

in Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia (2016), 45

Lameness due to stifle and especially meniscal lesions is frequent in equine species. In humans, mechanoreceptors involved in proprioceptive function are well studied. Given the high incidence of meniscal ... [more ▼]

Lameness due to stifle and especially meniscal lesions is frequent in equine species. In humans, mechanoreceptors involved in proprioceptive function are well studied. Given the high incidence of meniscal injuries in horses, and the lack of information concerning them in equine menisci, our objective was to study these corpuscles in six healthy anterior horns of the equine medial meniscus, which is the most common localisation reported for equine meniscal injuries. Immunohistochemical stainings were performed using antibodies against high molecular weight neurofilaments and glial fibrillary acidic proteins. From a purely fundamental point of view, our work highlights for the first time the presence of Ruffini, Pacini and Golgi corpuscles in equine meniscus. They were found, isolated or in clusters and always located at the vicinity of blood vessels, at the level of the anterior horn of the equine medial meniscus. This morphological approach could serve as a basis for clinical studies, to evaluate the impact of these corpuscles on the poor sportive prognosis in equine meniscal tears. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of pre-industrial charcoal kilns on chemical properties of forest soil of Wallonia, Belgium
Hardy, Brieuc; Cornelis, Jean-Thomas ULg; Houben, David et al

in European Journal of Soil Science (2016)

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See detailComposite joints under M-N at elevated temperatures
Haremza, Cécile; Santiago, Aldina; Demonceau, Jean-François ULg et al

in Journal of Constructional Steel Research (2016), 124

The Eurocodes recognise robustness as a way to ensure the structural integrity of a building frame subjected to an unforeseen event and therefore to avoid a so-called “progressive failure” mode in extreme ... [more ▼]

The Eurocodes recognise robustness as a way to ensure the structural integrity of a building frame subjected to an unforeseen event and therefore to avoid a so-called “progressive failure” mode in extreme loading situations. However, few practical guidelines exist nowadays which would allow a designer to design a structure accordingly. Within the European RFCS ROBUSTFIRE project, the behaviour of steel and composite car parks subjected to localised fire leading to a column loss was investigated. Under such a scenario, the beam-to-column joints play a key role in the global structural response. Indeed, these joints, initially loaded in bending, may be subjected to elevated temperatures and to combined axial load “N”, bending moment “M” and shear forces “V”. In this paper, a methodology to predict the mechanical response of bolted composite beam-to-column joints at elevated temperatures under M-N is presented and validated through comparison with detailed numerical results and experimental tests. This methodology is based on an analytical method able to predict M-N resistance interaction curves for steel and composite joints and which is in full agreement with the component model recommended by the Eurocode. [less ▲]

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See detailLoadbearing capacity criteria in fire resistance testing
Dumont, Fabien ULg; Wellens, Eric ULg; Gernay, Thomas ULg et al

in Materials and Structures (2016)

The European system for fire testing and classification of loadbearing building elements lacks consistency because the two standards that have to be applied prescribe different criteria for assessing the ... [more ▼]

The European system for fire testing and classification of loadbearing building elements lacks consistency because the two standards that have to be applied prescribe different criteria for assessing the loadbearing performance. This article analyzes the implications of the present conflict between the standard for testing and the standard for classification. The prescribed criteria for loadbearing performance are related to the exceedance of deflection and rate of deflection thresholds. A database of 46 fire resistance tests performed at the University of Liege is collected that contains the time at which these thresholds are reached in fire tests with different typologies of elements (walls, floors, columns and beams). Then, the loadbearing performance (and hence the fire resistance rating) can be derived according to the two standards. The evolutions of deflection and rate of deflection during the tests are also analyzed to gain a better understanding of the adequacy of the standards. The selection of one or the other standard affects the time at which “failure” is deemed to occur in fire tests. Statistically speaking, the difference in terms of failure time that results from using one or the other standard has a 25% probability to exceed 10%. In certain cases, this results in a difference in fire resistance rating; this was observed for 3 of the analyzed tests. The apparent contradiction in two codes in application has potential practical implications and therefore needs to be solved. The article suggests some guidelines for defining homogenized and consistent criteria. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification of nonlinear normal modes of engineering structures under broadband forcing
Noël, Jean-Philippe ULg; Renson, Ludovic ULg; Grappasonni, Chiara ULg et al

in Mechanical Systems & Signal Processing (2016)

The objective of the present paper is to develop a two-step methodology integrating system identification and numerical continuation for the experimental extraction of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) under ... [more ▼]

The objective of the present paper is to develop a two-step methodology integrating system identification and numerical continuation for the experimental extraction of nonlinear normal modes (NNMs) under broadband forcing. The first step processes acquired input and output data to derive an experimental state-space model of the structure. The second step converts this state-space model into a model in modal space from which NNMs are computed using shooting and pseudo-arclength continuation. The method is demonstrated using noisy synthetic data simulated on a cantilever beam with a hardening-softening nonlinearity at its free end. [less ▲]

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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 detailUse of a multivariate moving window PCA for the untargeted detection of contaminants in agro-food products, as exemplified by the detection of melamine levels in milk using vibrational spectroscopy.
Fernandez Pierna, Juan A; Vincke, Damien; Baeten, Vincent et al

in Chemometrics and Intelligent Laboratory Systems (2016)

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See detailTransient performance evaluation of waste heat recovery Rankine cycle based system for heavy duty trucks
Grelet, Vincent; Reiche, Thomas; Lemort, Vincent ULg et al

in Applied Energy (2016)

The study presented in this paper aims to evaluate the transient performance of a waste heat recovery Rankine cycle based system for a heavy duty truck and compare it to steady state evaluation. Assuming ... [more ▼]

The study presented in this paper aims to evaluate the transient performance of a waste heat recovery Rankine cycle based system for a heavy duty truck and compare it to steady state evaluation. Assuming some conditions to hold, simple thermodynamic simulations are carried out for the comparison of several fluids. Then a detailed rst principle based model is also presented. Last part is focused on the Rankine cycle arrangement choice by means of model based evaluation of fuel economy for each concept where the fuels savings are computed using two methodologies. Fluid choice and concept optimization are conducted taking into account integration constraints (heat rejection, packaging . . . ). This paper shows the importance of the modeling phase when designing WHRS and yields a better understanding when it comes to a vehicle integration of a Rankine cycle in a truck. [less ▲]

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See detailOrigin of dc voltage in type II superconducting flux pumps: field, field rate of change, and current density dependence of resistivity
Geng, J.; Matsuda, K.; Fu, L. et al

in Journal of Physics : D Applied Physics (2016), 49(11), 1101

Superconducting flux pumps are the kind of devices which can generate direct current into superconducting circuit using external magnetic field. The key point is how to induce a dc voltage across the ... [more ▼]

Superconducting flux pumps are the kind of devices which can generate direct current into superconducting circuit using external magnetic field. The key point is how to induce a dc voltage across the superconducting load by ac fields. Giaever (1966 IEEE Spectr . 3 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/MSPEC.1966.5217702] 117 ) pointed out flux motion in superconductors will induce a dc voltage, and demonstrated a rectifier model which depended on breaking superconductivity. van de Klundert et al (1981 Cryogenics 21 [http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/0011-2275(81)90195-8] 195, 267 ) in their review(s) described various configurations for flux pumps all of which relied on inducing the normal state in at least part of the superconductor. In this letter, following their work, we reveal that a variation in the resistivity of type II superconductors is sufficient to induce a dc voltage in flux pumps and it is not necessary to break superconductivity. This variation in resistivity is due to the fact that flux flow is influenced by current density, field intensity, and field rate of change. We propose a general circuit analogy for travelling wave flux pumps, and provide a mathematical analysis to explain the dc voltage. Several existing superconducting flux pumps which rely on the use of a travelling magnetic wave can be explained using the analysis enclosed. This work can also throw light on the design and optimization of flux pumps. [less ▲]

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See detailSmall-Angle Scattering Analysis of Empty or Loaded Hierarchical Porous Materials
Gommes, Cédric ULg; Prieto, Gonzalo; de Jongh, Petra

in Journal of Physical Chemistry C (2016), 120(3), 14881506

Small-angle scattering of x-rays (SAXS) or neutrons (SANS) is one of the few experimental methods that can in principle be used for the in situ study at the mesoscopic scale of physicochemical phenomena ... [more ▼]

Small-angle scattering of x-rays (SAXS) or neutrons (SANS) is one of the few experimental methods that can in principle be used for the in situ study at the mesoscopic scale of physicochemical phenomena occurring inside nanoporous solids. However, the potential of the method is often limited by the lack of suitable data analysis methods to convert scattering data into real-space structural information. This is notably the case for most porous materials of practical interest, which exhibit a hierarchical structure with micro, meso, and macropores, with often a secondary material confined in the pores, such as in supported catalysts, as well as fuel-cell and battery materials. In the present contribution, we propose a general analysis of x-ray scattering by this type of material. Assuming that each structural level is statistically independent from the others and has a distinct characteristic length scale, compact mathematical expressions are derived for the scattering of the entire hierarchical structure. The results are particularised to the SAXS analysis of SBA-15 ordered mesoporous silica loaded with copper nitrate as well as to supported catalysts obtained after heat treatment of that material. The SAXS data analysis shows that the nitrate fills both the micro and mesopores of the material, while the metallic copper obtained after heat treatment is found only in the mesopores. Moreover, the mesoscopic-scale spatial distribution of the metal depends on the heat treatment, in line with earlier electron tomography studies. The main ideas underlying the SAXS data analysis were presented in an recent Communication [Gommes et al., Angew. Chem. Intl. Ed. 54 (2015) 11804-11808]. Here we generalise the approach and we provide a comprehensive discussion of how any level in a hierarchical structure contributes to its overall scattering pattern. The results, as well as the general modelling methodology, will be of interest to anyone interested in the quantitative analysis of small-angle scattering data of empty or loaded porous solids, and more generally of any type of hierarchical material. [less ▲]

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See detailRoyseux: a palaeobiodiversity hotspot in the Late Viséan (Carboniferous) of Belgium
Denayer, Julien ULg; Aretz, Markus; Poty, Edouard et al

in Geologica Belgica (2016), 19(1-2), 7-20

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See detailDSIMA: A testbed for the quantitative analysis of interaction models within distribution networks
Mathieu, Sébastien ULg; Louveaux, Quentin ULg; Ernst, Damien ULg et al

in Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks (2016), 5

This article proposes an open-source testbed to simulate interaction models governing the exchange of flexibility services located within a distribution network. The testbed is an agent-based system in ... [more ▼]

This article proposes an open-source testbed to simulate interaction models governing the exchange of flexibility services located within a distribution network. The testbed is an agent-based system in which the distribution system operator, the transmission system operator, producers and retailers make their decisions based on mixed-integer linear programs. This testbed helps to highlight the characteristics of an interaction model, the benefits for the agents and eases the detection of unwanted or abusive behaviors which decreases the welfare. The testbed is implemented in Python and the optimization problems are encoded in the modeling language ZIMPL. A web interface is coupled with an instance generator using macroscopic parameters of the system such as the total power production. This testbed is, therefore, well suited to test the implemented interaction models on various scenarios and to extend the implementation to other models. Five interaction models developed with industrial partners are simulated over a year on a 75-bus test system. Simulations show that interaction models relying on active network management, as they have been developed, lead to substantial welfare even though they suffer from a lack of coordination between the DSO and the TSO. A conservative interaction model restricting grid users to an access range that is computed ahead of time to prevent any congestion, avoids shedding distributed generation but considerably restrains the amount of distributed production. [less ▲]

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See detailPhenolic profile, antibacterial and cytotoxic properties of second grade date extract from Tunisian cultivars (Phoenix dactylifera L.)
Kchaou, Wissal; Abbès, Fatma; Ben Mansour, Riadh et al

in Food Chemistry (2016), (194), 1048-1055

The present study aimed to investigate the phenolic profile of second grade date extracts and evaluate their antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities with regard to some pathogenic microorganisms. Phenolic ... [more ▼]

The present study aimed to investigate the phenolic profile of second grade date extracts and evaluate their antimicrobial and cytotoxic activities with regard to some pathogenic microorganisms. Phenolic content was analyzed by HPLC. Antimicrobial activity was evaluated by the agar disk diffusion method, and in vitro cytotoxic activity was examined by cell proliferation assay. The results revealed that second grade dates presented three benzoic acids, five cinnamic acids and two flavonoids, with the predominance of q-coumaric acid (1998.80 lg/100 g). The antimicrobial activities showed that the date extracts were active against Gram (+) and Gram (-) bacteria, showing marked activity against Escherichia coli with an inhibition zone of 25 mm. Cytotoxicity assays showed that the date extracts were able to inhibit the proliferation of HeLa cell lines. The results confirmed that the date extracts were rich in biologically active compounds that are highly valued in the functional food and nutraceutical industries. [less ▲]

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See detailImprovement of malignant pleural mesothelioma immunotherapy by epigenetic modulators
Hamaïdia, Malik ULg; Staumont, Bernard ULg; DUYSINX, Bernard ULg et al

in Current Topics in Medicinal Chemistry (2016), 16

In the absence of a satisfactory treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), novel therapeutic strategies are urgently needed. Among these, immunotherapy offers a series of advantages such as tumor ... [more ▼]

In the absence of a satisfactory treatment of malignant pleural mesothelioma (MPM), novel therapeutic strategies are urgently needed. Among these, immunotherapy offers a series of advantages such as tumor specificity and good tolerability. Unfortunately, MPM immunotherapy is frequently limited by incomplete cell differentiation or feedback loop regulatory mechanisms. In this review, we describe different components of the innate immune system and discuss strategies to improve MPM immunotherapy by using epigenetic modulators. [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 detailLe syndrome thyro-gastrique auto-immun : actualités cliniques et thérapeutiques
VALDES SOCIN, Hernan Gonzalo ULg; SID, Sélim ULg; LUTTERI, Laurence ULg et al

in Vaisseaux, Coeur, Poumons (2016), 21(4), 11-15

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See detailLe couplage « Micro-crédit, Micro-assurance santé et Offre des soins » peut améliorer l’accessibilité aux soins de santé de qualité en milieu urbain africain : Résultats d’une expérience menée dans la zone de santé de Bandalungwa à Kinshasa, Congo.
Manzambi Kuwekita, Joseph ULg; Gosset, Christiane ULg; Guillaume, Michèle ULg et al

in Médecine et Santé Tropicales (2015), 25

Summary This study, based on a survey carried out in 2008, examines how coupling «microcredit, micro-insurance and health care» can improve access to quality care in the health zone of Bandalungwa, in ... [more ▼]

Summary This study, based on a survey carried out in 2008, examines how coupling «microcredit, micro-insurance and health care» can improve access to quality care in the health zone of Bandalungwa, in Kinshasa. The bivariate analysis shows a significant association between the increase in purchasing power and realization of benefit (p = 0, 001), achievement of benefit and savings (p = 0, 000) savings and insurance health and improved access to health care: according to the main results, 68.8 %t of borrowers reported an increase in their purchasing power which 81.8% making benefit. Those with savings were 24.7 times more likely to contribute to a health insurance scheme than those without; 71.9% of those who have regularly contributed to health insurance have improved their access to care. Coupling microcredit, health microinsurance and health care can improve access to quality health care at lower cost. This suggests the integration of health insurance in the primary health care system. [less ▲]

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See detailUn moment machiavélien dans la théorie. Sur Althusser
Oulc'hen, Hervé ULg

in Cahiers du GRM (2015), 8

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See detailLe droit constitutionnel de la Principauté de Liège au 18e siècle
Behrendt, Christian ULg; Vandenbosch, Sofia ULg

in Revue Belge de Droit Constitutionnel [= RBDC] (2015), 2015

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See detailFurther insights into the metamorphosis process in a carapid fish
Parmentier, Eric ULg

in Journal of Zoology (2015)

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See detailCirculating microRNA-based screening tool for breast cancer
Freres, Pierre ULg; Wenric, Stéphane ULg; Boukerroucha, Meriem et al

in Oncotarget (2015)

Circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) are increasingly recognized as powerful biomarkers in several pathologies, including breast cancer. Here, their plasmatic levels were measured to be used as an alternative ... [more ▼]

Circulating microRNAs (miRNAs) are increasingly recognized as powerful biomarkers in several pathologies, including breast cancer. Here, their plasmatic levels were measured to be used as an alternative screening procedure to mammography for breast cancer diagnosis. A plasma miRNA profile was determined by RT-qPCR in a cohort of 378 women. A diagnostic model was designed based on the expression of 8 miRNAs measured first in a profiling cohort composed of 41 primary breast cancers and 45 controls, and further validated in diverse cohorts composed of 108 primary breast cancers, 88 controls, 35 breast cancers in remission, 31 metastatic breast cancers and 30 gynecologic tumors. A receiver operating characteristic curve derived from the 8-miRNA random forest based diagnostic tool exhibited an area under the curve of 0.81. The accuracy of the diagnostic tool remained unchanged considering age and tumor stage. The miRNA signature correctly identified patients with metastatic breast cancer. The use of the classification model on cohorts of patients with breast cancers in remission and with gynecologic cancers yielded prediction distributions similar to that of the control group. Using a multivariate supervised learning method and a set of 8 circulating miRNAs, we designed an accurate, minimally invasive screening tool for breast cancer. [less ▲]

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See detailReconstruction of the envelope of non-Gaussian structural responses with principal static wind loads
Blaise, Nicolas ULg; Canor, Thomas; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (2015), 149

In current practice, structural engineers commonly focus on the wind-resistant design by means of static wind loads. In case of non-Gaussianities, there is room for improvement to properly derive these ... [more ▼]

In current practice, structural engineers commonly focus on the wind-resistant design by means of static wind loads. In case of non-Gaussianities, there is room for improvement to properly derive these static loads. First, this paper extends in a non-Gaussian context the concept of the load-response correlation (LRC) method establishing equivalent static wind loads (ESWLs). This is done by a proper recourse to the new concept of conditional expected static wind load and a proposed bicubic model for the joint and conditional distribution functions. Second, this paper investigates the envelope reconstruction problem targeting the efficient reconstruction of the envelope values of a set of non-Gaussian structural responses by means of principal static wind loads (PSWLs). They have been introduced in a Gaussian context and are obtained by a singular value decomposition of ESWLs. This paper addresses the extension of PSWLs to non-Gaussian structural responses, as well. The developments apply to structures with a linear behavior and subjected to an aerodynamic pressure field exhibiting mildly to strongly non-Gaussian features. In this context, the well-known load-response correlation and conditional sampling methods are used for comparisons. This study is undertaken for quasi-static analysis of structures and is illustrated on a low-rise building. [less ▲]

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See detailAnticoherence of spin states with point-group symmetries
Baguette, Dorian ULg; Damanet, François ULg; Giraud, Olivier et al

in Physical Review A (2015), 92

We investigate multiqubit permutation-symmetric states with maximal entropy of entanglement. Such states can be viewed as particular spin states, namely anticoherent spin states. Using the Majorana ... [more ▼]

We investigate multiqubit permutation-symmetric states with maximal entropy of entanglement. Such states can be viewed as particular spin states, namely anticoherent spin states. Using the Majorana representation of spin states in terms of points on the unit sphere, we analyze the consequences of a point-group symmetry in their arrangement on the quantum properties of the corresponding state. We focus on the identification of anticoherent states (for which all reduced density matrices in the symmetric subspace are maximally mixed) associated with point-group-symmetric sets of points. We provide three different characterizations of anticoherence and establish a link between point symmetries, anticoherence, and classes of states equivalent through stochastic local operations with classical communication. We then investigate in detail the case of small numbers of qubits and construct infinite families of anticoherent states with point-group symmetry of their Majorana points, showing that anticoherent states do exist to arbitrary order. [less ▲]

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See detailSkin ultrastructural similarities between fibromyalgia and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome hypermobility type
Hermanns-Lê, Trinh ULg; PIERARD, Gérald ULg

in Journal of osteoarthritis (2015), 1(1),

Fibromyalgia (FM) and hypermobility type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDSH) share a series of common clinical signs. A clinical distinction between both diseases is occasionally difficult to be established ... [more ▼]

Fibromyalgia (FM) and hypermobility type Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDSH) share a series of common clinical signs. A clinical distinction between both diseases is occasionally difficult to be established. The physical changes observed in the mechanical properties of skin and joints do not distinctly distinguish these disorders. In addition, similar ultrastructural dermal changes are observed in both EDSH and some FM cases. The molecular alterations remain largely undisclosed in both diseases. As a result, EDSH remains undiagnosed in some FM patients. This condition deteriorates quality of life and possibly leads to prominent health problems. [less ▲]

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See detailDendroécologie du hêtre en forêt de Soignes : Les cernes des arbres nous renseignent sur les changements récents et futurs
Latte, Nicolas ULg; Kint, Vincent; Drouet, Thomas et al

in FORÊT.NATURE (2015), 137(Octobre-Novembre-Décembre), 24-37

La dendroécologie combine la dendrochronologie et l’écologie forestière. Elle a permis d’analyser les cernes des hêtres de la forêt de Soignes et de comparer les tendances dans le contexte plus large des ... [more ▼]

La dendroécologie combine la dendrochronologie et l’écologie forestière. Elle a permis d’analyser les cernes des hêtres de la forêt de Soignes et de comparer les tendances dans le contexte plus large des hêtraies de Belgique. Depuis la fin des années ‘70, le hêtre devient de plus en plus sensible au climat, surtout en Soignes. L’augmentation de la fréquence et de l’intensité des sécheresses printanières et des canicules ont affecté négativement la croissance annuelle des hêtres. Les prévisions climatiques pour le 21e siècle présage une rapide aggravation. Les risques encourus par l’essence aboutissent à de nouvelles réflexions sur la gestion de la hêtraie de Soignes. Pour les peuplements existants : une sylviculture dynamique avec des éclaircies fortes et fréquentes afin de limiter la concurrence pour les ressources et favoriser la croissance individuelle des arbres. Pour la régénération des vieilles hêtraies : les remplacer par d’autres essences plus tolérantes ou favoriser le mélange et confiner le hêtre aux surfaces limitées des stations les plus fraîches. Un risque mesuré pourrait être pris en regard du rôle patrimonial des hêtraies cathédrales en Soignes. Toutefois, ce faciès peut être obtenu avec d’autres essences. [less ▲]

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See detailAbility of Tuta absoluta (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae) to develop on alternative host plant species
Bawin, Thomas ULg; Dujeu, David; De Backer, Lara ULg et al

in Canadian Entomologist (2015)

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is a widespread devastating pest reported to develop on economically important solanaceous crops. The characterization of its host ... [more ▼]

The tomato leafminer, Tuta absoluta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae), is a widespread devastating pest reported to develop on economically important solanaceous crops. The characterization of its host range could help to understand and prevent the dispersion behavior of the insect in the environment. In this study, the ability of T. absoluta to develop on 12 cultivated or non-cultivated plants including Solanaceae, Chenopodiaceae, Convolvulaceae, Fabaceae and Malvaceae species under laboratory conditions was assessed. For each plant species, we monitored the development times of immature stages, survival, sex ratios and adult fecundity rates. All the 6 tested non-solanaceous plants, including Chenopodium, Convolvulus and Malva species, were not able to sustain (i.e. allow growth and development) T. absoluta larvae. Among Solanaceae, Solanum species were the most suitable host plants for the pest, but others could be opportunistically colonized with fewer incidences. T. absoluta appears to be strongly related to solanaceous plants which would predominantly support self-sustaining field populations. Preventing crop infestation by removing potential host plants in the immediate field vicinity and culture rotations with non-solanaceous crops is of primary importance. [less ▲]

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See detailReal-time measurement of temperature variation during nanosecond pulsed laser induced contamination deposition
Kokkinos, Dimitrios ULg; Gailly, Patrick ULg; Georges, Marc ULg et al

in Applied Optics (2015), 54(36), 10579

In this paper a study of the heat generation during UV Laser Induced Contamination (LIC) and potentially resulting subsequent thermal damage is presented. This becomes increasingly interesting when optics ... [more ▼]

In this paper a study of the heat generation during UV Laser Induced Contamination (LIC) and potentially resulting subsequent thermal damage is presented. This becomes increasingly interesting when optics with delicate coatings are involved. During LIC radiation can interact with outgassing molecules both in the gas phase and at the surface, triggering chemical and photo-fixation reactions. This is a major hazard, in particular for laser units operating under vacuum conditions such as for space applications. The intense photon flux not only affects the contaminant deposition rate but also alters their chemical structure that can increase their absorption coefficient. Over cumulative irradiation shots these molecules formed deposits that increasingly absorb photons and produce heat as a by-product of de-excitation eventually leading to thermal damage. One could better asses the risk of the latter with the knowledge of temperature during the contamination process. For this purpose thermoreflectance technique is used here to estimate the temperature variation from pulse to pulse during contamination deposition through the analysis of a temperature-dependent surface reflectance signal. [less ▲]

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See detailPrediction of the post-dilution hematocrit during cardiopulmonary bypass. Are new formulas needed?
ERPICUM, Marie ULg; Dardenne, Nadia ULg; HANS, Grégory ULg et al

in Perfusion (2015)

Objectives: Predicting the post-dilution hematocrit is an important tool to avoid preventable anemia or unnecessary transfusion. Simplified empirical formulas currently used for such a prediction may lead ... [more ▼]

Objectives: Predicting the post-dilution hematocrit is an important tool to avoid preventable anemia or unnecessary transfusion. Simplified empirical formulas currently used for such a prediction may lead to large errors. We aimed to improve the accuracy of these formulas by a better estimation of the dilution volume and the patient circulatory blood volume. Methods: We compared the estimation accuracy of two formulas, using fixed (formula A) versus estimated (formula D) dilution volume and patient circulatory blood volume for 100 cardiac interventions. The difference between predicted and measured HctT1 was considered as “good” if less than 0.5%, “moderate” between 0.5 and 2% and “poor” if higher than 2%. The influence of the body mass index (BMI) on patient blood volume estimation was explored by categorized groups’ comparison. Results: The mean difference between predicted and measured HctT1 differed significantly between formulas A and D. Formula A didn’t differ from HctT1 (p=0.19, IC95% [-0.89-0.18]), but a significant and higher underestimation was observed in the BMI⩽25 group compared to the other BMI groups (p<0.001). Formula D overestimated HctT1 (p<0.001, IC95% [1.01-1.93]) without a difference between the BMI groups. No difference was observed in their overall proportions of good (11 vs 10%), moderate (44 vs 46%) and poor predictions (47 vs 44%) (p=0.117). Conclusions: Formulas used for post-dilution hematocrit prediction lead to major estimation errors and a risk of inadequate transfusion practices. Estimations performed by experienced clinicians could not minimize these biases in all clinical cases as significant errors remain, with potential clinical impact. No estimation formula should be used as a hard tool for transfusing patients, but rather as a guide to predicting the probability of transfusion requirement. [less ▲]

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See detailMannose-binding lectin protein and its association to clinical outcomes in COPD: a longitudinal study.
Mandal, Jyotshna; Malla, Bijaya; Steffensen, Rudi et al

in Respiratory research (2015), 16

BACKGROUND: Functional deficiency of mannose-binding lectin (MBL) may contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We hypothesized that specific MBL2 gene polymorphisms and ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Functional deficiency of mannose-binding lectin (MBL) may contribute to the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. We hypothesized that specific MBL2 gene polymorphisms and circulating MBL protein levels are associated with clinically relevant outcomes in the Predicting Outcome using systemic Markers In Severe Exacerbations of COPD PROMISE-COPD cohort. METHODS: We followed 277 patients with stable COPD GOLD stage II-IV COPD over a median period of 733 days (IQR 641-767) taking survival as the primary outcome parameter. Patients were dichotomized as frequent (>/= 2 AECOPD/year) or infrequent exacerbators. Serum MBL levels and single nucleotide polymorphisms of the MBL2 gene were assessed at baseline. RESULTS: The MBL2-HYPD haplotype was significantly more prevalent in frequent exacerbators (OR: 3.33; 95% CI, 1.24-7.14, p = 0.01). The median serum MBL concentration was similar in frequent (607 ng/ml, [IQR; 363.0-896.0 ng/ml]) and infrequent exacerbators (615 ng/ml, [IQR; 371.0-942.0 ng/ml]). Serum MBL was not associated with lung function characteristics or bacterial colonization in sputum. However, high serum MBL at stable state was associated with better survival compared to low MBL (p = 0.046, log rank test). CONCLUSIONS: In COPD, the HYPD haplotype of MBL2 gene is associated with frequent exacerbations and high serum MBL is linked to increased survival. The PROMISE-COPD study was registered at www.controlled-trials.com under the identifier ISRCTN99586989. [less ▲]

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See detailWater-Energy Nexus in Shared River Basins: How Hydropower Shapes Cooperation and Coordination
Kouangpalath, Phimthong ULg; Meijer, Karen

in Change and Adaptation in Socio-Ecological Systems (2015), 2(1), 85-87

The construction of hydropower plants on transboundary rivers is seldom done with equal benefits to all riparians, and therefore presents coordination and cooperation challenges. Without a supra-national ... [more ▼]

The construction of hydropower plants on transboundary rivers is seldom done with equal benefits to all riparians, and therefore presents coordination and cooperation challenges. Without a supra-national authority in charge of transboundary river basins, coordination between sectors (water, energy and environment) and cooperation between countries largely depends on willingness of the individual nation states and the power relations between these countries. This paper discusses how the interests and relative power positions of actors in transboundary water management shape the outcomes, and what roles are played by River Basin Organisations and foreign investors (especially in hydropower development). These issues are illustrated with examples from the Mekong river in Southeast Asia (Laos, Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam), the Euphrates-Tigris (Turkey, Syria, Iraq, Iran and Kuwait) and the Çoruh in Turkey and Georgia. [less ▲]

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See detailChirurgie fine
Dawance, Sophie ULg

in A+: revue d'architecture (2015), 257

Le Complexe sportif de l’Université de Liège au Sart Tilman se déploie sur le coteau du ruisseau du Blanc Gravier. La rénovation des deux ensembles bâtis qui le composent – le Centre sportif construit par ... [more ▼]

Le Complexe sportif de l’Université de Liège au Sart Tilman se déploie sur le coteau du ruisseau du Blanc Gravier. La rénovation des deux ensembles bâtis qui le composent – le Centre sportif construit par Charles Vandenhove entre 1961 et 1971 et le Blanc Gravier, œuvre de Bruno Albert édifié entre 1978 et 1981 – est à l’ordre du jour. [less ▲]

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See detailL'Italia e i processi di decolonizzazione : il caso del Congo belga (1957-1960)
Genin, Vincent ULg

in Ventunesimo Secolo (2015), 36(Anno XIV (Giugno 2015)), 105-138

This article, based on unpusblished archives, is devoted to the question : what was the impact of the decolonization of the Belgian Congo on Italian foreign Policy ((1957-1960) ? Facing a shared reality ... [more ▼]

This article, based on unpusblished archives, is devoted to the question : what was the impact of the decolonization of the Belgian Congo on Italian foreign Policy ((1957-1960) ? Facing a shared reality with Belgium, the aim of this research is to study the attitude of Italian foreign policy, forced to maintain a balance between its position in the UN ; its relation with Belgium ; and the need to maintain influence, mainly through Financial penetration, in the newly independent Congo [less ▲]

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See detailPublic health impact and cost-effectiveness of dairy products supplemented with vitamin D in prevention of osteoporotic fractures
Ethgen, Olivier ULg; Hiligsmann, Mickaël; Burlet, Nansa et al

in Archives of Public Health (2015)

Background: Dietary sources of calcium and vitamin D are recommended as a first-line strategy in prevention of osteoporosis-related fractures but their public health and economic impact has never been ... [more ▼]

Background: Dietary sources of calcium and vitamin D are recommended as a first-line strategy in prevention of osteoporosis-related fractures but their public health and economic impact has never been studied. Methods: We designed a population-based model to forecast the potential health outcomes and medical effectiveness of the daily administration of dairy supplements containing 800 IU of vitamin D and 1 g of calcium in cohorts of subjects, from both genders, aged 50, 60, 70 and 80 years. Annual costs of dairy products were tested at €150, €250 and €350. Results: In total, the daily intake of vitamin-D rich dairy products reduces by 30,376 and 16,105 events the number of osteoporotic fractures in women and men respectively and permits to gain 6605 and 6144 life-years, in women and men respectively. This intervention is cost-effective from 70 years on in the general population and from 60 years on in patients at increased risk of osteoporotic fractures. Conclusion: The recommendation to use dairy products as the preferred source of calcium and vitamin D in aging males and females is supported by public health and health economic analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailLe droit de rétrocession, une garantie constitutionnelle pour l'exproprié?
Vrancken, Martin ULg; Pâques, Michel ULg

in Administration Publique: Revue du Droit Public et des Sciences Administratives (2015)

Revue de droit public et des sciences administratives

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See detailImpact of cyclonic and anticyclonic activity on Greenland ice sheet surface mass balance variation during 1980–2013
Chen, L.; Fettweis, Xavier ULg; Knudsen, E. et al

in International Journal of Climatology (2015)

The Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) has experienced dramatic ice loss during recent decades, but the drivers of the surface mass balance (SMB) variation remain unclear. From a dynamical perspective ... [more ▼]

The Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) has experienced dramatic ice loss during recent decades, but the drivers of the surface mass balance (SMB) variation remain unclear. From a dynamical perspective, extratropical cyclones and anticyclones are the major systems influencing Greenland weather conditions. Seasonal cyclonic and anticyclonic activities have been quantified for the area of 50°–90°N, 80°W–10°E during 1980–2013. Based on a singular value decomposition (SVD) analysis, we investigated the role of synoptic scale cyclonic and anticyclonic activities in determining snow accumulation (SA) and surface air temperature (SAT). Thus, the SA-driven and melt-driven SMB variability has been determined. SA-related synoptic patterns identified from the leading and the second SVD modes explain up to 80% of the inter-annual SMB variance, especially in southern and northwestern Greenland, where we found the largest and second largest amount of annual SA. SAT-related patterns account for up to 80% of the inter-annual SMB variation along the west and northwest coast of Greenland, where significant surface mass loss has been observed over the last decades. It should be noted that the negative phase of the SA-related pattern derived from the first SVD mode in June-July-August and the positive phase of the SAT-related (anti)cyclonic patterns have occurred more frequently since 2005, meaning that the phase change of these patterns has made a major contribution to the accelerated GrIS surface ice loss during recent years. [less ▲]

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See detailIntegration Analysis of Three Omics Data Using Penalized Regression Methods: An Application to Bladder Cancer
Pineda San Juan, Silvia ULg; Real, Francisco X; Kogevinas, Manolis et al

in PLoS Genetics (2015)

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See detailSerum calcitriol concentrations measured with a new direct automated assay in a large population of adult healthy subjects and in various clinical situations
Souberbielle, JC; CAVALIER, Etienne ULg; DELANAYE, Pierre ULg et al

in Clinica Chimica Acta (2015), 451 (Pt B)

The measurement of calcitriol [1,25(OH2)D], is important for the differential diagnosis of several disorders of calcium/phosphorus metabolism but is time-consuming and tricky. We measured serum calcitriol ... [more ▼]

The measurement of calcitriol [1,25(OH2)D], is important for the differential diagnosis of several disorders of calcium/phosphorus metabolism but is time-consuming and tricky. We measured serum calcitriol with a new automated direct assay on the Liaison XL platform in 888 healthy French Caucasian subjects aged 18–89 years, 32 patients with a surgically-proven PHPT, 32 pregnant women at the end of the first and at the end of the third trimester, and 24 dialysis patients before and after one year of supplementationwith vitamin D3 or placebo. The mean calcitriol concentration (±SD) in the healthy population was 52.9 ± 14.5 ng/L with a 95% CI interval of 29–83.6 ng/L. In PHPT patients, calcitriol concentration was 81.6±29.0 ng/L, 15 of them (46.9%) having a concentration N83.6 ng/L. In pregnant women, calcitriol was 80.4 ± 26.4 ng/L at the end of the first trimester, and 113.1±33.0 ng/L at the end of the third trimester, 12 (37.5%) and 26 (81.3%) of them having a calcitriol concentration N83.6 ng/L at the first and third trimesters respectively. In 14 dialysis patients, calcitriol was 9.5±7.7 ng/L and rose to 19.3 ng/L after one year of supplementation with 50,000 IU vitamin D3/month. In 10 other dialysis patients, calcitriol was 9.9±2.9 ng/L and remained stable (12.4±3.7 ng/L) after one year of placebo. In conclusion, this new automated calcitriol assay, in addition to presenting excellent analytical performances, gives the expected variations in patients compared to “normal” values obtained in an extensive reference population [less ▲]

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See detailFraming the Concept of Citizenship in a Contested Nation-State: Reflections on Kosovo
Mazur Kumric, Nives ULg

in Pécs Journal of International and European Law (2015), (II), 70-88

Since the inception of the Republic of Kosovo in February 2008, the contouring of its statehood has been predominantly affected by four interwoven factors: the partial recognition of its sovereignty ... [more ▼]

Since the inception of the Republic of Kosovo in February 2008, the contouring of its statehood has been predominantly affected by four interwoven factors: the partial recognition of its sovereignty, perplexed inter-ethnic relations, profound international interference and parallel jurisdictions with the Republic of Serbia. The efforts put forth to conceptualise the meaning and scope of Kosovo citizenship in such a sensitive socio-political environment have proved particularly challenging. This paper aims to provide an analytical framework for determining essential elements of Kosovo citizenship, with particular emphasis on its practical and ideological implications for the multicultural, yet ethnically divided society. This is done through an assessment of the key nation-constituting legal norms as well as the deep-rooted ethnic tensions sparked by conflicting perceptions of Kosovo's statehood by the majority (Kosovo Albanian) and minority (Kosovo Serbian) population. By formal definition, Kosovo is an indivisible state of all citizens, however, polarised majority-minority interests have impinged the constitutionally guaranteed civic spirit of the entity, thereby threatening not only national, but also wider international security and integrity. With the purpose of determining and delineating labyrinthine intersections of a contested nation-state, citizenship, 'communities' and security, the paper offers a comprehensive theoretical analysis of the respective quadrilateral nexus. [less ▲]

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