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See detailAnalysis of high frequency geostationary ocean colour data using DINEOF
Alvera Azcarate, Aïda ULg; Vanhellemont, Quinten; Ruddick, Kevin et al

in Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science (2015), 159

DINEOF (Data Interpolating Empirical Orthogonal Functions), a technique to reconstruct missing data, is applied to turbidity data obtained through the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI ... [more ▼]

DINEOF (Data Interpolating Empirical Orthogonal Functions), a technique to reconstruct missing data, is applied to turbidity data obtained through the Spinning Enhanced Visible and Infrared Imager (SEVIRI) on board Meteosat Second Generation 2. The aim of this work is to assess if the tidal variability of the southern North Sea in 2008 can be accurately reproduced in the reconstructed dataset. Such high frequency data have not previously been analysed with DINEOF and present new challenges, like a strong tidal signal and long night-time gaps. An outlier detection approach that exploits the high temporal resolution (15 min) of the SEVIRI dataset is developed. After removal of outliers, the turbidity dataset is reconstructed with DINEOF. In situ Smartbuoy data are used to assess the accuracy of the reconstruction. Then, a series of tidal cycles are examined at various positions over the southern North Sea. These examples demonstrate the capability of DINEOF to reproduce tidal variability in the reconstructed dataset, and show the high temporal and spatial variability of turbidity in the southern North Sea. An analysis of the main harmonic constituents (annual cycle, daily cycle, M2 and S2 tidal components) is performed, to assess the contribution of each of these modes to the total variability of turbidity. The variability not explained by the harmonic fit, due to the natural processes and satellite processing errors as noise, is also assessed. [less ▲]

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

in Clinical Linguistics & Phonetics (2015)

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

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

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See detailLe regard (peu optimiste) du soignant sur la personne âgée
Schroyen, Sarah ULg; Missotten, Pierre ULg; Marquet, Manon ULg et al

in Medi-Sphere (2015), 469

L’âgisme (c’est-à-dire l’ensemble de nos stéréotypes liés à l’avancée en âge) a de nombreuses conséquences négatives tant pour le patient lui-même qu’au sein de la relation entre le patient et le ... [more ▼]

L’âgisme (c’est-à-dire l’ensemble de nos stéréotypes liés à l’avancée en âge) a de nombreuses conséquences négatives tant pour le patient lui-même qu’au sein de la relation entre le patient et le personnel soignant. Au cours de cet article, nous illustrerons les représentations du vieillissement prévalentes chez les soignants et aborderons brièvement les conséquences de l’âgisme sur leurs attitudes de soins. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

in Osteoporosis International (2015), 26

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

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

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See detailInfluence of the protein context on the polyglutamine length-dependent elongation of amyloid fibrils
Huynen, Céline; Willet, Nicolas; Buell, Alexander K. et al

in Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Proteins and Proteomics (2015), 1854

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

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

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

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

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See detailSome considerations concerning the artificially colored aquarium fish trade
Eşanu, Valentin O.; Gavriloaie, Claudiu; Oroian, Ioan G. et al

in Aquaculture, Aquarium, Conservation & Legislation (2015), 8(1), 116-121

Humans kept ornamental fish in their homes from ancient times. During time, the ornamental fish industry became a profitable enterprise. Color, size and shape are important traits when we describe a fish ... [more ▼]

Humans kept ornamental fish in their homes from ancient times. During time, the ornamental fish industry became a profitable enterprise. Color, size and shape are important traits when we describe a fish as a phenotypically uniform line, strain or breed; a standardized color, shape and size describe better a fish population and thus it is promoted better on the market. Several varieties of fish are being artificially colored to improve marketability. Painted, dyed or tattooed fish are terms for a new variety of pet fish whose scales have been transformed from monochrome silver into vivid pigmentations using artificial colors or lasers. These practices produce many health problems for fish. We should not to put money above the life and welfare of any living thing. Education of the customers is a very important thing, because artificially colored fish continue to exist because of demand. [less ▲]

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See detailCost-effectiveness of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in the treatment of elderly women and men with osteoporosis.
Hiligsmann, Mickaël ULg; Ben Sedrine, Wafa; Bruyère, Olivier ULg et al

in European journal of public health (2015), 1-6(1), 20-25

BACKGROUND: The supplementation with vitamin D and calcium has been recommended for elderly, specifically those with increased risk of fractures older than 65 years. This study aims to assess the cost ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The supplementation with vitamin D and calcium has been recommended for elderly, specifically those with increased risk of fractures older than 65 years. This study aims to assess the cost-effectiveness of vitamin D and calcium supplementation in elderly women and men with osteoporosis and therefore to assess if this recommendation is justified in terms of cost-effectiveness. METHODS: A validated model for economic evaluations in osteoporosis was used to estimate the cost per quality-adjusted life-year (QALY) gained of vitamin D/calcium supplementation compared with no treatment. The model was populated with cost and epidemiological data from a Belgian health-care perspective. Analyses were conducted in women and men with a diagnosis of osteoporosis (i.e. bone mineral density T-score </=-2.5). A literature search was conducted to describe the efficacy of vitamin D and calcium in terms of fracture risk reduction. RESULTS: The cost per QALY gained of vitamin D/calcium supplementation was estimated at euro40 578 and euro23 477 in women and men aged 60 years, respectively. These values decreased to euro7912 and euro10 250 at the age of 70 years and vitamin D and calcium supplementation was cost-saving at the age of 80 years, meaning that treatment cost was less than the costs of treating osteoporotic fractures of the no-treatment group. CONCLUSION: This study suggests that vitamin D and calcium supplementation is cost-effective for women and men with osteoporosis aged over 60 years. From an economic perspective, vitamin D and calcium should therefore be administrated in these populations including those also taking other osteoporotic treatments. [less ▲]

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See detailA Membrane-Type-1 Matrix Metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) - Discoidin Domain Receptor 1 Axis Regulates Collagen-Induced Apoptosis in Breast Cancer Cells.
Assent, Delphine; Bourgot, Isabelle ULg; Hennuy, Benoît ULg et al

in PloS one (2015), 10(3), 0116006

During tumour dissemination, invading breast carcinoma cells become confronted with a reactive stroma, a type I collagen-rich environment endowed with anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic properties. To ... [more ▼]

During tumour dissemination, invading breast carcinoma cells become confronted with a reactive stroma, a type I collagen-rich environment endowed with anti-proliferative and pro-apoptotic properties. To develop metastatic capabilities, tumour cells must acquire the capacity to cope with this novel microenvironment. How cells interact with and respond to their microenvironment during cancer dissemination remains poorly understood. To address the impact of type I collagen on the fate of tumour cells, human breast carcinoma MCF-7 cells were cultured within three-dimensional type I collagen gels (3D COL1). Using this experimental model, we have previously demonstrated that membrane type-1 matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP), a proteinase overexpressed in many aggressive tumours, promotes tumour progression by circumventing the collagen-induced up-regulation of BIK, a pro-apoptotic tumour suppressor, and hence apoptosis. Here we performed a transcriptomic analysis to decipher the molecular mechanisms regulating 3D COL1-induced apoptosis in human breast cancer cells. Control and MT1-MMP expressing MCF-7 cells were cultured on two-dimensional plastic plates or within 3D COL1 and a global transcriptional time-course analysis was performed. Shifting the cells from plastic plates to 3D COL1 activated a complex reprogramming of genes implicated in various biological processes. Bioinformatic analysis revealed a 3D COL1-mediated alteration of key cellular functions including apoptosis, cell proliferation, RNA processing and cytoskeleton remodelling. By using a panel of pharmacological inhibitors, we identified discoidin domain receptor 1 (DDR1), a receptor tyrosine kinase specifically activated by collagen, as the initiator of 3D COL1-induced apoptosis. Our data support the concept that MT1-MMP contributes to the inactivation of the DDR1-BIK signalling axis through the cleavage of collagen fibres and/or the alteration of DDR1 receptor signalling unit, without triggering a drastic remodelling of the transcriptome of MCF-7 cells. [less ▲]

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See detailLes difficultés d'apprentissage procédural chez les enfants dysphasiques
Desmottes, Lise ULg; Meulemans, Thierry ULg; Maillart, Christelle ULg

in ANAE : Approche Neuropsychologique des Apprentissages chez l'Enfant (2015)

Through a review of the literature, this paper shows that linguistic and non-linguistic disorders in children with specific language impairment might be linked to difficulties in procedural learning ... [more ▼]

Through a review of the literature, this paper shows that linguistic and non-linguistic disorders in children with specific language impairment might be linked to difficulties in procedural learning, especially regarding sequential abilities. Indeed, children with specific language impairment encounter difficulties to learn visuo-motor and linguistic sequences. These difficulties are not limited to initial learning but extend to the consolidation stage in long-term memory. Finally, recent studies show that it is possible to improve procedural learning abilities, suggesting new avenues for rehabilitation. [less ▲]

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

in Strain (2015)

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

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

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See detailDoes reward unpredictability reflect risk?
Anselme, Patrick ULg

in Behavioural Brain Research (2015), 280(1), 119-127

Most decisions made in real-life situations are risky because they are associated with possible negative consequences. Current models of decision-making postulate that the occasional, unpredictable ... [more ▼]

Most decisions made in real-life situations are risky because they are associated with possible negative consequences. Current models of decision-making postulate that the occasional, unpredictable absence of reward that may result from free choice is a negative consequence interpreted as risk by organisms in laboratory situations. I argue that such a view is difficult to justify because, in most experimental paradigms, reward omission does not represent a cost for the decision maker. Risk only exists when unpredictability may cause a potential loss of own limited resources, whether energetic, social, financial, and so on. Thus the experimental methodologies used to test humans and non-humans relative to risk-taking seem to be limited to studying the effects of reward uncertainty in the absence of true decision cost. This may have important implications for the conclusions that can be drawn with respect to the neurobehavioural determinants of risk-taking in real-life situations. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of mouse strain on ovarian tissue recovery after engraftment with angiogenic factor.
Fransolet, Maïté ULg; Henry, Laurie ULg; Labied, Soraya et al

in Journal of Ovarian Research (2015), 8(1), 14

BACKGROUND: For women facing gonadotoxic treatment, cryopreservation of ovarian tissue with subsequent retransplantation during remission is a promising technique for fertility preservation. However ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: For women facing gonadotoxic treatment, cryopreservation of ovarian tissue with subsequent retransplantation during remission is a promising technique for fertility preservation. However, follicle loss within grafted ovarian tissue can be caused by ischemia and progressive revascularization. Several xenograft models using different immunodeficient rodent lines are suitable for studying ovarian tissue survival and follicular viability after frozen-thawed ovarian cortex transplantation. SCID mice, which are deficient for functional B and T cells, are the most commonly used mice for ovarian xenograft studies. However, due to incomplete immunosuppression, NOD-SCID mice displaying low NK cell function and an absence of circulating complement might be more appropriate. The present study aims to define the most appropriate immunodeficient mouse strain for ovarian tissue xenotransplantation by comparing ovarian graft recovery in SCID and NOD-SCID mice following engraftment in the presence of isoform 111 of vascular endothelial growth factor. METHODS: Sheep ovarian cortex fragments were embedded in a collagen matrix, with or without VEGF111, before being stitched onto the ovaries of SCID and NOD-SCID mice. Transplants were recovered after 3 days to study early revascularization or after 3 weeks to evaluate follicle preservation and tissue fibrosis through histological analyses. RESULTS: At day 3, vessels were largely reorganized in the ovarian grafts of both mouse strains. After 3 weeks, the cortical tissue was clearly identifiable in SCID mice but not in NOD-SCID mice. Upon VEGF111 treatment, vascularization was significantly improved 3 days after transplantation in SCID mice. This increase in vessel density was correlated with better follicular preservation in SCID mice 3 weeks after transplantation. Fibrosis was not decreased by VEGF treatment in either mouse strain. CONCLUSIONS: Tissue architecture and follicular morphology were better preserved in ovarian tissues grafted in SCID mice in comparison with NOD-SCID mice. Moreover, tissue revascularization was improved in SCID mice by VEGF111 graft treatment. Thus, we consider SCID mice to be the best murine model for studying ovarian tissue xenografts. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical Significance of Exercise Pulmonary Hypertension in Secondary Mitral Regurgitation.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Magne, Julien; DULGHERU, Raluca Elena ULg et al

in The American journal of cardiology (2015)

In patients with heart failure, exercise echocardiography can help in risk stratification and decision making. The prognostic significance of exercise pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with ... [more ▼]

In patients with heart failure, exercise echocardiography can help in risk stratification and decision making. The prognostic significance of exercise pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with secondary mitral regurgitation (MR) remains unknown. The aim of the present study was to assess the prognostic value of exercise PH in patients with secondary MR and narrow QRS intervals. From 2005 to 2012, 159 consecutive patients with secondary MR, narrow QRS intervals, left ventricular dysfunction (mean ejection fraction 36 +/- 7%), and measurable systolic pulmonary arterial pressure (SPAP) during exercise echocardiography were included. Resting and exercise PH were defined as SPAP >50 and >60 mm Hg, respectively. Exercise PH was more frequent than resting PH (40% vs 13%, p <0.0001). On multivariate logistic regression, the independent determinants of exercise PH were resting SPAP (p <0.0001), exercise MR severity (p <0.0001), and e'-wave velocity (p = 0.004). The incidence of cardiac events during follow-up was significantly higher in patients with exercise PH compared with those without exercise PH (4 years: 40 +/- 7% vs 20 +/- 5%, p <0.0001). Patients with exercise PH exhibited higher rates of cardiac events and death than those with resting PH. In a multivariate Cox proportional hazards model, exercise PH was independently associated with the occurrence of cardiac events (p <0.0001). In conclusion, in patients with secondary MR, exercise PH is determined mainly by resting SPAP, left ventricular diastolic burden, and exercise MR severity. Exercise PH is a powerful predictor of poor outcomes, with a 5.3-fold increased risk for cardiac-related death during follow-up. These results highlight the added value of exercise echocardiography in secondary MR. [less ▲]

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See detailTrophodynamics of estuarine intertidal harpacticoid copepods based on stable isotope composition and fatty acid profiles
Cnudde, Clio; Moens, Tom; Werbrouck, Eva et al

in Marine Ecology. Progress Series (2015), 524

Trophic interactions at the basis of food webs, for instance between meiofauna, primary producers and bacteria, are key drivers of benthic energy fluxes. Yet both qualitative and quantitative information ... [more ▼]

Trophic interactions at the basis of food webs, for instance between meiofauna, primary producers and bacteria, are key drivers of benthic energy fluxes. Yet both qualitative and quantitative information about meiofaunal resource utilization under in situ conditions is scant. By means of natural stable isotope ratios of carbon and nitrogen and of fatty acid (FA) profiles, we examined the variability of in situ resource utilization of a range of harpacticoid copepod species from 5 stations in an estuarine intertidal area. These stations, located in different habitats, differed in sediment granulometry, resource availability, presence/absence of vegetation and other environmental variables, as well as in copepod species composition. Our goal was to describe inter-specific differences among harpacticoid species, as well as spatio-temporal variability within species. Despite differences in resource availability between habitats, δ13C data clearly point at microphytobenthos (MPB) as the major carbon source to the harpacticoid assemblages at all 5 stations. Small differences in carbon isotopic ratios between co-occurring species indicate some degree of resource differentiation, whereas both the δ15N and FA composition suggest that several harpacticoid species obtain MPB carbon indirectly, perhaps through feeding on bacteria or ciliates. For a limited number of species, such as Paraleptastacus spinicauda, clear dietary contributions of suspended particulate matter and bacteria were found, and MPB appeared to have only a small or no contribution. Even in vegetated salt-marsh stations, Spartina anglica detritus did not appear to contribute to copepod diets. The δ13C of Cletodidae were highly depleted, reflecting a contribution of methane-derived carbon. [less ▲]

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

in Veterinary Medicine International (2015)

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

in Chemistry : A European Journal (2015), 21

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See detailA new species of Groenlandaspis Heintz, 1932 (Placodermi, Arthrodira) from the Famennian (Late Devonian) of Belgium
Olive, Sébastien ULg; Prestianni, Cyrille; Dupret, Vincent

in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology (2015), 35(4), 935389-1935389-11

A new species of the phlyctaeniid arthrodire genus Groenlandaspis from the upper Famennian of Belgium is described. The remains of Groenlandaspis potyi sp. nov. consist of dissociated thoracic armor ... [more ▼]

A new species of the phlyctaeniid arthrodire genus Groenlandaspis from the upper Famennian of Belgium is described. The remains of Groenlandaspis potyi sp. nov. consist of dissociated thoracic armor elements, but the specimen designed to be the holotype displays the median dorsal, anterior and posterior dorsolateral plates in connection. Though incomplete, the new species is characterized by an equilateral triangle-shaped median dorsal plate, a protruding posterodorsal apron of the posterior dorsolateral plate behind the overlap area for the median dorsal plate, and an overall lack of ornamentation. Groenlandaspis potyi sp. nov. constitutes the second occurrence of a Groenlandaspis species in continental Europe after the description of Groenlandaspis thorezi from upper Famennian quarries of Belgium. Another probable new species of Groenlandaspis is also described, though of unknown locality and horizon; it can however be deduced from the upper Famennian of Belgium without more precision. Together with some unpublished material of groenlandaspidids from the Famennian tetrapod-bearing locality of Strud, this material highlights the richness of the Groenlandaspididae diversity in Belgium. The discovery of Groenlandaspis potyi sp. nov. in Belgium reinforces the Famennian global distribution of this widespread genus during this period. Also, since those organisms have possibly been considered as non-marine indicators, this material is another argument pleading for close relationships between Euramerica and Gondwana around the Frasnian-Famennian boundary. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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See detailTernary DNA computing using 3 x 3 multiplication matrices
Orbach, Ron; Lilienthal, Sivan; Klein, Michael et al

in Chemical Science (2015), 6

Non-Boolean computations implementing operations on multi-valued variables beyond base 2 allow enhanced computational complexity. We introduce DNA as a functional material for ternary computing, and in ... [more ▼]

Non-Boolean computations implementing operations on multi-valued variables beyond base 2 allow enhanced computational complexity. We introduce DNA as a functional material for ternary computing, and in particular demonstrate the use of three-valued oligonucleotide inputs to construct a 3 [times] 3 multiplication table. The system consists of two three-valued inputs of -1; 0; +1 and a fluorophore/quencher functional hairpin acting as computational and reporter module. The interaction of the computational hairpin module with the different values of the inputs yields a 3 [times] 3 multiplication matrix consisting of nine nanostructures that are read out by three distinct fluorescence intensities. By combining three different hairpin computational modules, each modified with a different fluorophore/quencher pair, and using different sets of inputs, the parallel operation of three multiplication tables is demonstrated. [less ▲]

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

in Materials Characterization (2015), 107

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

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

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

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

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See detailOrganocatalytic synthesis of bio-based cyclic carbonates from CO2 and vegetable oils
Alves, Margot ULg; Grignard, Bruno ULg; Gennen, Sandro ULg et al

in RSC Advances (2015), 5

Bio-based cyclic carbonates were synthesized by coupling CO2 with epoxidized linseed oil using a catalytic platform composed of a bicomponent organocatalyst. A screening of the catalytic activity of a ... [more ▼]

Bio-based cyclic carbonates were synthesized by coupling CO2 with epoxidized linseed oil using a catalytic platform composed of a bicomponent organocatalyst. A screening of the catalytic activity of a series of organic salts and ionic liquids used in combination with (multi)phenolic or fluorinated hydrogen bond donors was realized before highlighting the synergistic effect between the organocatalyst and the most efficient cocatalysts. These kinetics studies, followed by IR spectroscopy under pressure, enabled to optimize the reaction conditions and to provide quantitative formation of the cyclocarbonated vegetable oil in short reaction time without using any organic solvent. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and validation of the French version of a tool assessing patient's expectations in lower limb osteoarthritis
NEUPREZ, Audrey ULg; Delcour, JP; Fatemi, F et al

in Journal of Orthopaedics (2015), 12

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

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

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

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

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

in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2015)

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

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

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

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

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See detailEducation et formation en médecine gériatrique en Europe : challenge du futur?
ROLLER, REGINA ELISABETH; PETERMANS, Jean ULg

in Gériatrie et Psychologie Neuropsychiatrie du Vieillissement (2015)

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See detailTowards a framework for assessment and management of cumulative human impacts on marine food webs
Giakoumi, Sylvaine; Halpern, Benjamin S.; Michel, Loïc ULg et al

in Conservation Biology (2015), 29(4), 1228-1234

Effective ecosystem-based management requires understanding ecosystem responses to multiple human threats, rather than focusing on single threats. To understand ecosystem responses to anthropogenic ... [more ▼]

Effective ecosystem-based management requires understanding ecosystem responses to multiple human threats, rather than focusing on single threats. To understand ecosystem responses to anthropogenic threats holistically, it is necessary to know how threats affect different components within ecosystems and ultimately alter ecosystem functioning. We used a case study of a Mediterranean seagrass (Posidonia oceanica) food web and expert knowledge elicitation in an application of the initial steps of a framework for assessment of cumulative human impacts on food webs. We produced a conceptual seagrass food web model, determined the main trophic relationships, identified the main threats to the food web components, and assessed the components’ vulnerability to those threats. Some threats had high (e.g., coastal infrastructure) or low impacts (e.g., agricultural runoff) on all food web components, whereas others (e.g., introduced carnivores) had very different impacts on each component. Partitioning the ecosystem into its components enabled us to identify threats previously overlooked and to reevaluate the importance of threats commonly perceived as major. By incorporating this understanding of system vulnerability with data on changes in the state of each threat (e.g., decreasing domestic pollution and increasing fishing) into a food web model, managers may be better able to estimate and predict cumulative human impacts on ecosystems and to prioritize conservation actions. [less ▲]

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

in Social Choice and Welfare (2015)

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

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

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See detailIs the Sørensen test valid to assess muscle fatigue of the trunk extensor muscles?
Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Boyer, Mathieu; Duchateau, Jacques et al

in Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (2015), 00

BACKGROUND: Very few studies have quantified the degree of fatigue characterized by the decline in the maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) force of the trunk extensors induced by the widely used Sørensen ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Very few studies have quantified the degree of fatigue characterized by the decline in the maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) force of the trunk extensors induced by the widely used Sørensen test. OBJECTIVE: Measure the degree of fatigue of the trunk extensor muscles induced by the Sørensen test. METHODS: Eighty young healthy subjects were randomly divided into a control group (CG) and an experimental group (EG), each including 50% of the two genders. The EG performed an isometric MVC of the trunk extensors (pre-fatigue test) followed by the Sørensen test, the latter being immediately followed by another MVC (post-fatigue test). The CG performed only the preand post-fatigue tests without any exertion in between. RESULTS: The comparison of the pre- and post-fatigue tests revealed a significant (P <0.05) decrease in MVC force normalized by body mass (−13%) in the EG, whereas a small increase occurred in the CG (+2.7%, P = 0.001). CONCLUSIONS: This study shows that the Sørensen test performed until failure in a young healthy population results in a reduced ability of the trunk extensor muscles to generate maximal force, and indicates that this test is valid for the assessment of fatigue in trunk extensor muscles. [less ▲]

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

in Rechtskundig Weekblad (2015), 2014-2015

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See detailDEVELOPING A TECHNIQUE FOR ULTRASOUND-GUIDED INJECTION OF THE ADULT CANINE HIP.
Bergamino, Chiara; Etienne, Anne-Laure ULg; Busoni, Valeria ULg

in Veterinary radiology & ultrasound : the official journal of the American College of Veterinary Radiology and the International Veterinary Radiology Association (2015)

An accurate method for guiding injections into the canine hip would facilitate diagnostic localization of lameness and targeted treatments. Ultrasound-guided hip injections are commonly used in humans and ... [more ▼]

An accurate method for guiding injections into the canine hip would facilitate diagnostic localization of lameness and targeted treatments. Ultrasound-guided hip injections are commonly used in humans and large animals. Aims of this prospective study were to describe ultrasound (US) anatomy of the adult canine hip and determine the feasibility and accuracy of intra-articular placement of injectate using US-guidance. Seven adult dogs were used to describe US anatomy, five dog cadavers were used to assess the feasibility of the injection technique and 11 dog cadavers were used to assess accuracy of injections. For the accuracy test, 22 joints were injected with iodinated contrast medium by three operators with different experience. With dogs in lateral recumbency, the hyperechoic femoral head surface was identified by following the femoral neck from the greater trochanter or the acetabular rim was localized by following caudally the ilium from the iliac wing. An anechoic gap between the femoral head and acetabular surface represented the joint. The capsule was visible as a triangular echoic structure and the femoral head articular cartilage appeared as an anechoic band. The needle was inserted axial to the greater trochanter and directed in a dorsolateral-ventromedial direction toward the joint space and then pushed through the capsule. Based on postinjection radiography, accuracy was 81.8% at first attempt and 100% at second attempt. This study indicated that US-guided injection is a feasible and accurate technique for injecting the adult canine hip. Future studies in live dogs are needed to assess safety and efficacy. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de 'Mutations et déterminisme chez Bourdieu'
Saint-Amand, Denis ULg

in Lectures (2015)

En définitive, il aurait sans doute mieux valu resserrer le propos sous la forme d’un article critique qui aurait pu trouver place dans une revue spécialisée : ne se donnant par les moyens de ses trop ... [more ▼]

En définitive, il aurait sans doute mieux valu resserrer le propos sous la forme d’un article critique qui aurait pu trouver place dans une revue spécialisée : ne se donnant par les moyens de ses trop hautes ambitions, l’ouvrage se révèle trop léger en plus de se distinguer par le manque de soin apporté à sa réalisation [less ▲]

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See detailAgent-based modelling of the spatial pattern of leisure visitation in forests: A case study in Wallonia, south Belgium
Li, Sen; Colson, Vincent; Lejeune, Philippe ULg et al

in Environmental Modelling & Software (2015), 71

The leisure use of forests is a fast growing sector in European tourism. The difficulties in monitoring real usage pattern have hindered communications in tourism, conservation and public health in ... [more ▼]

The leisure use of forests is a fast growing sector in European tourism. The difficulties in monitoring real usage pattern have hindered communications in tourism, conservation and public health in forested areas. In this study, we present an agent-based model to approximate forest visit patterns at the regional level, based on the visitor, residential and forest attributes. The model was then adapted locally for Wallonia, south Belgium, to predict the daily distribution of forest visits and visitor flows. The results suggest high visit rates in urban forests. In highly attractive forests that are distant from major cities, the visit rates may greatly respond to the visitor-level and environmental changes. Future empirical investigations are encouraged to build a cross-contextual understanding on visitors' decision-making mechanisms and to identify how these mechanisms may be influenced by environmental factors operating at different spatio-temporal levels. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailL’innovation et ses territoires
Merenne-Schoumaker, Bernadette ULg

in Cahiers d'Economie et Gestion (2015), Mars-Mai

Analysis of innovation at three spatial scales: the world, countries and regional and local areas. Observation of the predominance of a center-periphery model

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See detailStellar laboratories. V. The Xe VI ultraviolet spectrum and the xenon abundance in the hot DO-type white dwarf RE 0503-289
Rauch, T; Hoyer, D; Quinet, Pascal ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2015), 577(A88),

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See detailCopper fine-structure K-shell electron impact ionization cross sections for fast-electron diagnostic in laser-solid experiments
Palmeri, P; Quinet, Pascal ULg; Batani, D

in Atomic Data & Nuclear Data Tables (2015), 102

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See detailHypothalamic Expression Of Oestrogen Receptor Alpha And Androgen Receptor Is Sex, Age And Region Dependent In Mice.
Brock, Olivier; Mees, Christelle De; Bakker, Julie ULg

in Journal of neuroendocrinology (2015)

Sex steroid hormones act on developing neural circuits regulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and are involved in hormone-sensitive behaviours. These hormones act mainly via nuclear receptors ... [more ▼]

Sex steroid hormones act on developing neural circuits regulating the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and are involved in hormone-sensitive behaviours. These hormones act mainly via nuclear receptors, i.e. oestrogen receptor-alpha (ERalpha) and androgen receptor (AR). By using immunohistochemistry, we analysed the expression level of ERalpha and AR throughout perinatal life [at embryonic (E) day 19 and postnatal (P) days 5-15-25] and in adulthood in several hypothalamic nuclei controlling reproduction in both wild-type (WT) and aromatase knockout (ArKO) (which cannot convert testosterone into oestradiol) mice to determine whether there are sex differences in hypothalamic ERalpha and AR expression and if so, whether these are established by oestradiol action. As early as E19, ERalpha immunoreactivity (-ir) was observed at same expression levels in both sexes in the anteroventral periventricular nucleus (AVPv), the medial preoptic area (MPOA), the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis (BnST), the ventrolateral part of the ventromedial hypothalamic nucleus (VMHvl) and the arcuate nucleus (ARC). Sex differences (female > male) in ERalpha-ir were only observed during the prepubertal period in the BnST (P5 to P25) and the MPOA (P15), but also in adulthood in these two brain regions. Sex differences in AR-ir (male > female) were observed at P5 in the AVPv and ARC, and at P25 in the MPOA and ARC as well as in adulthood in all hypothalamic regions analysed. In adulthood, gonadectomy and hormonal treatment (oestradiol or dihydrotestosterone) also strongly modulated ERalpha-ir and AR, respectively. Taken together, sex differences in ERalpha-ir and AR-ir were observed in all hypothalamic regions analysed, but most likely do not reflect oestradiol actions since ArKO mice of both sexes showed very similar expression levels as WT mice throughout perinatal development. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailCarcinogenic HPV infection in the cervical squamo-columnar junction
Mirkovic, Jelena; Howitt, Brooke; RONCARATI, Patrick ULg et al

in Journal of Pathology (The) (2015), 236

Recent studies have suggested the involvement of a unique population of cells at the cervical squamo-columnar junction (SCJ) in the pathogenesis of early (squamous intraepithelial lesion or SIL) and ... [more ▼]

Recent studies have suggested the involvement of a unique population of cells at the cervical squamo-columnar junction (SCJ) in the pathogenesis of early (squamous intraepithelial lesion or SIL) and advanced (squamous cell and adeno-carcinomas) cervical neoplasia. However, there is little evidence to date showing that SCJ cells harbour carcinogenic HPV or are instrumental in the initial phases of neoplasia. This study was designed to 1) determine if normal-appearing SCJ cells contained evidence of carcinogenic HPV infection and 2) trace their transition to early SIL. Sections of cervix from high-risk reproductive age women were selected and SCJ cells were analyzed by using several techniques which increasingly implicated HPV infection: HPV DNA (genotyping and in situ hybridization)/RNA (PCR), immunostaining for HPV16 E2 (an early marker of HPV infection), p16ink4, Ki67 and HPV L1 protein. In 22 cases with a history of SIL and no evidence of preneoplastic lesion in the excision specimen, HPV DNA was isolated from 8 of 10 with visible SCJ cells, 6 of which were HPV16/18 DNA positive. In 5 of these latter cases, the SCJ cells were positive for p16ink4 and/or HPV E2. Transcriptionally active HPV infection (E6/E7 mRNAs) was also detected in micro-dissected SCJ cells. Early squamous atypia associated with the SCJ cells demonstrated in addition diffuse p16ink4 immunoreactivity, elevated proliferative index and rare L1 antigen positivity. We present for the first time direct evidence that normal-appearing SCJ cells can be infected by carcinogenic HPV. They initially express HPV E2 and their progression to SIL is heralded by an expanding metaplastic progeny with increased proliferation and p16ink4 expression. Whether certain SCJs are more vulnerable than others to carcinogenic HPV genotypes and what variables determine transition to high grade SIL remain unresolved, but the common event appears to be a vulnerable cell at the SCJ. [less ▲]

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See detailReversing song behavior phenotype: Testosterone driven induction of singing and measures of song quality in adult male and female canaries (Serinus canaria)
Madison, Farrah N.; Rouse, Melvin L. Jr; Balthazart, Jacques ULg et al

in General and comparative endocrinology (2015), 215

In songbirds, such as canaries (Serinus canaria), the song control circuit has been shown to undergo a remarkable change in morphology in response to exogenous testosterone (T). It is also well ... [more ▼]

In songbirds, such as canaries (Serinus canaria), the song control circuit has been shown to undergo a remarkable change in morphology in response to exogenous testosterone (T). It is also well established that HVC, a telencephalic nucleus involved in song production, is significantly larger in males than in females. T regulates seasonal changes in HVC volume in males, and exposure to exogenous T in adult females increases HVC volume and singing activity such that their song becomes more male-like in frequency and structure. However, whether there are sex differences in the ability of T to modulate changes in the song system and song behavior has not been investigated in canaries. In this study, we compared the effects of increasing doses of T on singing and song control nuclei volumes in adult male and female American Singer canaries exposed to identical environmental conditions. Males were castrated and all birds were placed on short days (8L:16D) for 8weeks. Males and females were implanted either with a 2, 6 or 12mm long Silastic implant filled with crystalline T or an empty 12mm implant as control. Birds were then housed individually in sound-attenuated chambers. Brains were collected from six birds from each group after 1week or 3weeks of treatment. Testosterone was not equally effective in increasing singing activity in both males and females. Changes in song quality and occurrence rate took place after a shorter latency in males than in females; however, females did undergo marked changes in a number of measures of song behavior if given sufficient time. Males responded with an increase in HVC volume at all three doses. In females, T-induced changes in HVC volume only had limited amplitude and these volumes never reached male-typical levels, suggesting that there are sex differences in the neural substrate that responds to T. [less ▲]

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See detailElevated heart rate at 24-36h after admission and in-hospital mortality in acute in non-arrhythmic heart failure.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; ANCION, Arnaud ULg; Magne, Julien et al

in International journal of cardiology (2015), 182C

BACKGROUND: Elevated resting heart rate is associated with worse outcomes in chronic heart failure (HF) but little is known about its prognostic impact in acute setting. The main aim of the present study ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Elevated resting heart rate is associated with worse outcomes in chronic heart failure (HF) but little is known about its prognostic impact in acute setting. The main aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between resting heart rate obtained 24-36h after admission for acute non-arrhythmic HF and in-hospital mortality. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined the association of heart rate with in-hospital mortality in a cohort of 712 patients admitted for acute HF. None of the patients had significant arrhythmias, required invasive ventilation, or presented with acute coronary syndrome or primary valvular disease. Forty patients (5.6%) died during the hospital stay. Those patients were significantly older (78+/-9 vs. 72+/-12years; p=0.0021), had higher heart rate (92+/-22 vs. 78+/-18bpm; p<0.0001), NT pro-BNP (p=0.0005), creatinine (p=0.023), were often diabetics (p=0.026) and had lower systolic and diastolic blood pressures (p<0.05). There was a significant graded relationship between the increase in mortality rate and tertile of heart rate (p<0.01). With multivariable analysis, age (p=0.037), heart rate (p<0.0001), diastolic blood pressure (p<0.001), prior ischemic heart disease (p=0.02) and creatinine (p=0.019) emerged as independent predictors of in-hospital mortality. After adjusting for predictors of poor prognosis, patients in the highest heart rate tertile had worst outcomes when compared with those in the lowest heart rate group (p=0.007). CONCLUSIONS: Higher heart rate 24-36h after admission for acute non-arrhythmic HF is associated with increased risk of in-hospital mortality. Early targeting of elevated heart rate might represent a complementary therapeutic challenge. [less ▲]

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See detailShort communication: Novel method to predict body weight of primiparous dairy cows throughout the lactation
Vanrobays, Marie-Laure ULg; Vandenplas, Jérémie ULg; Hammami, Hedi ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2015), 98

Body weight (BW) of dairy cows can be estimated using linear conformation traits (calculated BW; CBW), which are generally recorded only once during a lactation. However, predicted BW (PBW) throughout the ... [more ▼]

Body weight (BW) of dairy cows can be estimated using linear conformation traits (calculated BW; CBW), which are generally recorded only once during a lactation. However, predicted BW (PBW) throughout the lactation would be useful, e.g., at milk-recording dates allowing feed-intake prediction for advisory purposes. Therefore, a 2-step approach was developed to obtain PBW for each milk-recording date. In the first step, a random-regression test-day model was used with CBW as observations to predict PBW. The second step consisted in changing means and (co)variances of prior distributions for the additive genetic random effects of the test-day model by using priors derived from results of the first step to predict again PBW. A total of 25,061 CBW from 24,919 primiparous Holstein cows were computed using equations from literature. Using CBW as observations, PBW was then predicted over the whole lactation for 232,436 dates corresponding to 207,375 milk-recording dates and 25,061 classification dates. Results showed that using both steps (the 2-step approach) provided more accurate predictions than using only the first step (the one-step approach). Based on the results of this preliminary study, BW of dairy cows could be predicted throughout the lactation using this procedure. These predictions could be useful in milk-recording systems to compute traits of interest (e.g., feed-intake prediction). The developed novel method is also flexible because actual direct measurements of BW can also be used together with CBW, the prediction model being able to accommodate different levels of accuracies of used BW phenotypes. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiative lifetimes and transition probabilities in Rh I
Malcheva, G; Engström, L; Lundberg, H et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2015), 450

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See detailChemostratigraphy of the late devonian Frasnian-Famennian transition in western Canada and Southern China: implications for carbon and nutrient cycling and mass extinction
Whalen; Sliwinski; Payne et al

in Special Publication - Geological Society of London (2015), 414

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

in Advances in Virus Research (2015), 93

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See detailReply: valvular disease, myocardial mechanics, and valve guidelines.
Donal, Erwan; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Sengupta, Partho P. et al

in JACC. Cardiovascular imaging (2015), 8(3), 383

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See detailImage analysis of X-ray tomograms of sludge during convective drying in a pilot-scale fixed bed
Li, Jie ULg; Plougonven, Erwan ULg; Fraikin, Laurent ULg et al

in Chemical Engineering Science (2015), 134

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See detailEACVI/HFA Cardiac Oncology Toxicity Registry in breast cancer patients: rationale, study design, and methodology (EACVI/HFA COT Registry)-EURObservational Research Program of the European Society of Cardiology.
Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg; Anker, Stefan D.; Donal, Erwan et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2015)

The goal of adjuvant anti-cancer therapies is cure with limited or no side effects, in particular long-term side effects with negative impact on quality of life. In the palliative setting disease control ... [more ▼]

The goal of adjuvant anti-cancer therapies is cure with limited or no side effects, in particular long-term side effects with negative impact on quality of life. In the palliative setting disease control, quality of life and overall survival are important end points. Partly due to improvements in treatment, the population of cancer survivors is large and growing. However, anti-cancer drug-related cardiotoxicity (ADRC) is the leading cause of treatment-associated mortality in cancer survivors. It is one of the most common post-treatment problems among 5- to 10-year survivors of adult cancer. This is particularly true for breast cancer, the most common cancer in women. The EACVI/HFA COT registry is designed for comprehensive data collection and evaluation of the current European practice in terms of diagnosis and management of ADRC in breast cancer patients. The COT registry will be carried out in two continuing phases, the pilot study phase involving 13 countries followed by the long-term registry in which all the 56 ESC countries will be invited to participate. With the COT registry, several critical information will be obtained: on predisposing factors for the development of ADRC, the rate of subclinical LV dysfunction and its transition to overt heart failure, the clinical impact and outcome of ADRC. [less ▲]

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See detailTentativi di avvicinamento a due mots-cible a partire da la zia d’america e il quarantotto : popolo e morale
Curreri, Luciano ULg

in Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics (2015), XVII(1), 76-88

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See detailRole of multimodality cardiac imaging in the management of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: an expert consensus of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging Endorsed by the Saudi Heart Association.
Cardim, Nuno; Galderisi, Maurizio; Edvardsen, Thor et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2015)

Taking into account the complexity and limitations of clinical assessment in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), imaging techniques play an essential role in the evaluation of patients with this disease ... [more ▼]

Taking into account the complexity and limitations of clinical assessment in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), imaging techniques play an essential role in the evaluation of patients with this disease. Thus, in HCM patients, imaging provides solutions for most clinical needs, from diagnosis to prognosis and risk stratification, from anatomical and functional assessment to ischaemia detection, from metabolic evaluation to monitoring of treatment modalities, from staging and clinical profiles to follow-up, and from family screening and preclinical diagnosis to differential diagnosis. Accordingly, a multimodality imaging (MMI) approach (including echocardiography, cardiac magnetic resonance, cardiac computed tomography, and cardiac nuclear imaging) is encouraged in the assessment of these patients. The choice of which technique to use should be based on a broad perspective and expert knowledge of what each technique has to offer, including its specific advantages and disadvantages. Experts in different imaging techniques should collaborate and the different methods should be seen as complementary, not as competitors. Each test must be selected in an integrated and rational way in order to provide clear answers to specific clinical questions and problems, trying to avoid redundant and duplicated information, taking into account its availability, benefits, risks, and cost. [less ▲]

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

in COPD (2015), 12 Suppl 1

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

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

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See detailCombining tree-based and dynamical systems for the inference of gene regulatory networks
Huynh-Thu, Vân Anh ULg; Sanguinetti, Guido

in Bioinformatics (2015), 31(10), 1614-1622

Motivation: Reconstructing the topology of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) from time series of gene expression data remains an important open problem in computational systems biology. Existing GRN ... [more ▼]

Motivation: Reconstructing the topology of gene regulatory networks (GRNs) from time series of gene expression data remains an important open problem in computational systems biology. Existing GRN inference algorithms face one of two limitations: model-free methods are scalable but suffer from a lack of interpretability and cannot in general be used for out of sample predictions. On the other hand, model-based methods focus on identifying a dynamical model of the system. These are clearly interpretable and can be used for predictions; however, they rely on strong assumptions and are typically very demanding computationally. Results: Here, we propose a new hybrid approach for GRN inference, called Jump3, exploiting time series of expression data. Jump3 is based on a formal on/off model of gene expression but uses a non-parametric procedure based on decision trees (called "jump trees") to reconstruct the GRN topology, allowing the inference of networks of hundreds of genes. We show the good performance of Jump3 on in silico and synthetic networks and applied the approach to identify regulatory interactions activated in the presence of interferon gamma. Availability and implementation: Our MATLAB implementation of Jump3 is available at http:// homepages.inf.ed.ac.uk/vhuynht/software.html. [less ▲]

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See detailIsland floras are not necessarily more species-poor than continental ones.
Patiño, J.; Solymos, P.; Carine, M.A. et al

in Journal of Biogeography (2015), 42

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

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

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

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

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See detailDiabètes iatrogènes : importance d’une analyse critique du rapport bénéfices/risques des traitements en cause
SCHEEN, André ULg

in Médecine des Maladies Métaboliques (2015), 9(3), 1-3

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See detailRoasted Sunflower Kernel Paste (Tahini) Stability: Storage Conditions and Particle Size Influence
Muresan, Vlad; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Bolboaca, Sorana D. et al

in Journal of the American Oil Chemists' Society (2015)

Sunflower tahini faces quality problems due to the tendency of oil to exudate, causing accelerated rancidity and low marketability. In this study, the colloidal and oxidative stability of different ... [more ▼]

Sunflower tahini faces quality problems due to the tendency of oil to exudate, causing accelerated rancidity and low marketability. In this study, the colloidal and oxidative stability of different trimodal particle size distributions of sunflower tahini (cumulative volume percentages of small, middle and large class populations of 9.61–16.67, 43.03–55.03 and 47.36–28.3) was evaluated during storage at three different temperatures. Decreasing sample particle size decreased the sunflower tahini colloidal stability. The coarsest prototype, being the most stable tahini in terms of oil separation, was included in the oxidative stability storage test together with a commercial tahini. The peroxide values of the studied sunflower tahini samples increased significantly (p < 0.05) with storage time, irrespective of storage temperature, while the p-anisidine values showed an irregular pattern. Considering 30-meq O2/kg as a PV limit, the commercial tahini showed good oxidative stability as it was under this when stored 3 months at 4 °C, 2 months at room temperature and 1 month a 40 °C. The coarsest tahini sample was under the limit when stored 2 months at 4 °C, 1 month at room temperature and 2 weeks at 40 °C. Particle size was shown to be an essential parameter for controlling sunflower tahini’s overall stability. [less ▲]

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See detailFinite element modelling of composite structures under crushing load
Chiu, Louis N.S.; Falzon, Brian G.; Boman, Romain ULg et al

in Composite Structures (2015)

This paper details the theory and implementation of a composite damage model, addressing damage within a ply (intralaminar) and delamination (interlaminar), developed for the simulation of the crushing of ... [more ▼]

This paper details the theory and implementation of a composite damage model, addressing damage within a ply (intralaminar) and delamination (interlaminar), developed for the simulation of the crushing of laminated composite structures. It includes a more accurate determination of the characteristic length to achieve mesh objectivity in capturing intralaminar damage consisting of matrix cracking and fibre failure, a load-history dependent material response, an isotropic hardening nonlinear matrix response, as well as a more physically-based interactive matrix damage mechanism. The developed damage model requires a set of material parameters obtained from a combination of standard and non-standard material characterisation tests. The fidelity of the model mitigates the need to manipulate, or “calibrate”, the input data to achieve good agreement with experimental results. This intralaminar damage model was implemented as a VUMAT subroutine, and used in conjunction with an existing interlaminar damage model, in Abaqus/Explicit. This approach was validated through the simulation of the crushing of a cross-ply composite tube with a tulip-shaped trigger, loaded in uniaxial compression. Despite the complexity of the chosen geometry, excellent correlation was achieved with experimental results. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailFew remarks regarding some unnatural aquarium fish breeds and improper fish maintenance
Eşanu, Valentin O.; Gavriloaie, Claudiu; Oroian, Ian G. et al

in Aquaculture, Aquarium, Conservation & Legislation (2015), 8(2), 236-243

Ornamental fish were kept in captivity from ancient times. Gradually, the ornamental fish industry became a profitable enterprise. Color, size and shape are important traits when we describe a fish as a ... [more ▼]

Ornamental fish were kept in captivity from ancient times. Gradually, the ornamental fish industry became a profitable enterprise. Color, size and shape are important traits when we describe a fish as a phenotypically uniform line, strain or breed. Numerous varieties of aquarium fish have been artificially modified regarding their body shape or coloration. Several varieties of fish are being artificially colored by painting and tattooing to improve their marketability. All these practices cause many health problems for fish. Education of the customers is a very important thing, because artificially modified fish continue to exist because of demand. [less ▲]

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See detailSemi-empirical studies of atomic transition probabilities, oscillator strengths and radiative lifetimes in Hf II
Bouazza, S; Quinet, Pascal ULg; Palmeri, P

in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (2015), 163

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See detailLectures de La Reine Albemarle ou le dernier touriste. Ontologie, autobiographie, politique
Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2015), 11(1),

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See detailMutations in the voltage-gated potassium channel gene KCNH1 cause Temple-Baraitser syndrome and epilepsy.
Simons, Cas; Rash, Lachlan D.; Crawford, Joanna et al

in Nature genetics (2015), 47(1), 73-7

Temple-Baraitser syndrome (TBS) is a multisystem developmental disorder characterized by intellectual disability, epilepsy, and hypoplasia or aplasia of the nails of the thumb and great toe. Here we ... [more ▼]

Temple-Baraitser syndrome (TBS) is a multisystem developmental disorder characterized by intellectual disability, epilepsy, and hypoplasia or aplasia of the nails of the thumb and great toe. Here we report damaging de novo mutations in KCNH1 (encoding a protein called ether a go-go, EAG1 or KV10.1), a voltage-gated potassium channel that is predominantly expressed in the central nervous system (CNS), in six individuals with TBS. Characterization of the mutant channels in both Xenopus laevis oocytes and human HEK293T cells showed a decreased threshold of activation and delayed deactivation, demonstrating that TBS-associated KCNH1 mutations lead to deleterious gain of function. Consistent with this result, we find that two mothers of children with TBS, who have epilepsy but are otherwise healthy, are low-level (10% and 27%) mosaic carriers of pathogenic KCNH1 mutations. Consistent with recent reports, this finding demonstrates that the etiology of many unresolved CNS disorders, including epilepsies, might be explained by pathogenic mosaic mutations. [less ▲]

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See detailBlood alcohol concentration in drivers of Liege aera (Belgium) : a 5-year analysis
DEVILLE, Marine ULg; Charlier, Corinne ULg

in Acta Clinica Belgica (2015), 00

Objectives: The objective of the present study was to describe the results of the blood alcohol determinations made on drivers from the Liege area between July 2007 and December 2012. Methods: The results ... [more ▼]

Objectives: The objective of the present study was to describe the results of the blood alcohol determinations made on drivers from the Liege area between July 2007 and December 2012. Methods: The results were interpreted according to the sex, to the age, to the circumstances and temporal variation of the blood test. Statistical analysis was performed using R® software. Results: During this 5-years period, 2725 determinations were done, mainly in the context of road crashes. The mean blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was 1.69 g/L, and 2132 drivers were above the legal threshold. A large majority of offenders (77%) were men, but the mean BAC did not differ significantly between men (1.69 g/L) and women (1.67 g/L). A statistically significant correlation between age and mean BAC can be observed, if we only consider the positive cases. Concerning the temporal variation of the results, lowest mean BACs are observed during the daytime while highest mean BACs are measured during the night. In both cases, no statistically significant difference can be observed if we compare the week and the weekend. Finally, no statistically significant difference in BAC was observed over years. [less ▲]

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See detailFramework for the integration of genomics, epigenomics, and transcriptomics in complex diseases
Pineda San Juan, Silvia ULg; Gómez-Rubio, Paulina; Antoni, Picornell et al

in Human Heredity (2015)

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See detailLes supports pour l'étude fournis à l'élève en sciences biologiques sont-ils créateurs d'inégalités? Etude exploratoire de productions de futurs enseignants en Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles (Belgique)
Poffé, Corentin ULg; Laschet, Mélanie ULg; Hindryckx, Marie-Noëlle ULg

in Spirale : Revue de Recherches en Education (2015), 55

Une revue de la littérature permet d’attribuer à de nombreux facteurs les inégalités dans l’apprentissage. Parmi ceux-ci, nous avons choisi d’analyser, avec le regard du formateur d’enseignants, les ... [more ▼]

Une revue de la littérature permet d’attribuer à de nombreux facteurs les inégalités dans l’apprentissage. Parmi ceux-ci, nous avons choisi d’analyser, avec le regard du formateur d’enseignants, les supports pour l’étude proposés par nos étudiants futurs enseignants aux élèves du secondaire (15 à 18 ans) en vue de l’évaluation, lors des cours de sciences biologiques. Cette « photographie instantanée » des supports pour l’étude nous a fourni un état des lieux qui nous permet d’objectiver nos impressions de formateurs quant au rôle des supports pour l’étude dans la problématique des inégalités scolaires. [less ▲]

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See detailMise en perspective de l'après-midi de rencontre avec les maîtres de stages du Cifen
Simons, Germain ULg

in Didactiques en pratique (2015), 1

Ce texte est le discours du Président du Cifen qui a été prononcé à l'occasion de la première journée officielle de rencontre entre le Centre et les maitres de stages (5 novembre 2014). Ce discours ... [more ▼]

Ce texte est le discours du Président du Cifen qui a été prononcé à l'occasion de la première journée officielle de rencontre entre le Centre et les maitres de stages (5 novembre 2014). Ce discours succinct reprend la question qui a servi de fil rouge à cette journée : "Comment collaborer efficacement pour accompagner au mieux nos stagiaires ?" et en détaille chaque composante. [less ▲]

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See detailLes pouvoirs du curateur aux meubles
Moreau, Pierre ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2015), (17), 808-809

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See detailRemote sensing enables high discrimination between organic and non-organic cotton for organic cotton certification in West Africa
Denis, Antoine ULg; Tychon, Bernard ULg

in Agronomy for Sustainable Development (2015)

One of the challenges of organic crop certification is the efficient targeting of the relatively small percentage of risk-sensitive fields that have to be controlled during the regulatory annual in situ ... [more ▼]

One of the challenges of organic crop certification is the efficient targeting of the relatively small percentage of risk-sensitive fields that have to be controlled during the regulatory annual in situ inspection. A previous study carried out on wheat and maize in Germany has shown that organic and non-organic crops can be efficiently distinguished by remote sensing. That study pointed to the possibility that these techniques could be used for helping organic crop certification bodies to better target risk-sensitive fields. This study is a first adaptation of that research on organic cotton in southwestern Burkina Faso, West Africa. This study assumed that organic and non-organic cotton, primarily because of their different approaches to fertilization and pest control, would result in bio-chemico-physical differences measurable by both in situ and remote sensing indicators. This study included 100 cotton fields, of which 50 were organic, 28 conventional, and 22 genetically modified. In situ indicators were derived from chlorophyll content, canopy cover, height, and spatial heterogeneity measurements. Remote sensing spectral and spatial heterogeneity indicators were derived from two SPOT 5 satellite images. Discriminant models were then computed. The results show statistically highly significant differences between organic and non-organic cotton fields for both in situ and satellite indicators, using univariate and multivariate linear models, with up to 86 % discrimination performance. This is the first time that the efficiency of using remote sensing to discriminate between organic and non-organic crops is evaluated in a developing country, particularly for cotton, with good discrimination being achieved. Pending further validation, it therefore seems that remote sensing could be used to enhance organic cotton certification in West Africa by enabling more efficient targeting of suspect fields and consequently could contribute to a better development of this sector. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical composition and antibacterial activitiy of the essential oils of Algerian Myrtus communis L.
Hennia, Aïcha; Brada, Moussa; Nemmiche, Saïd et al

in Journal of Essential Oil Research (2015)

Myrtus communis L. leaf essential oils from Algeria were analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). A total of thirty-four components were identified accounting ... [more ▼]

Myrtus communis L. leaf essential oils from Algeria were analyzed by gas chromatography (GC) and gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC/MS). A total of thirty-four components were identified accounting for 95% of the oil. The main compounds were limonene (23.4%), linalool (15.4%), geranyl acetate (10.9%), α-pinene (10.7%), linalyl acetate (8.2%) and 1,8-cineole (6.6%).The antimicrobial evaluation showed that myrtle oil exhibited good antibacterial activity against Staphylococcus aureus, Proteus mirabilis and Kleibsiella pneumonia, but differed according to the strains. Conversely, it was not active against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. [less ▲]

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

in European heart journal (2015)

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See detailImportance of wavenumber dependence of Biot numbers in one-sided models of evaporative Marangoni instability: horizontal layer and spherical droplet
Machrafi, Hatim ULg; Rednikov, Alexey; Colinet, Pierre et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2015)

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See detailSupport Functionalization To Retard Ostwald Ripening in Copper Methanol Synthesis Catalysts
Van den Berg, Roy; Parmentier, Tanja; Elkjaer, Christian et al

in ACS Catalysis (2015), 5

A main reason for catalyst deactivation in supported catalysts for methanol synthesis is copper particle growth. We have functionalized the support surface in order to suppress the formation and/or ... [more ▼]

A main reason for catalyst deactivation in supported catalysts for methanol synthesis is copper particle growth. We have functionalized the support surface in order to suppress the formation and/or transport of mobile copper species and thereby catalyst deactivation. A Stöber silica support was functionalized by treatment with aminopropyltriethoxysilane, which introduces aminopropyl groups on the surface. Copper was deposited on both unfunctionalized and functionalized Stöber silica via incipient wetness impregnation with aqueous copper nitrate solutions followed by drying and calcination. Similar particle size distributions (1−5 nm) were obtained for both supports by changing the flow of N2 to a flow of 2% NO/N2 during calcination of the unfunctionalized and amine functionalized silica, respectively. The effect of support functionalization with aminopropyl groups was an increased stability in the methanol synthesis reaction (40 bar, 260 °C, 23% CO/7% CO2/60% H2/10% Ar, 3% COx conversion) due to more limited copper particle growth as determined by transmission electron microscopy (TEM). Changing the interparticle distance did not have an influence on the deactivation rate, while the addition of few very large copper particles did, indicating that Ostwald ripening was most probably the dominant particle growth mechanism for these samples. In situ TEM images showed the contact angle between the reduced copper particles and the support. As shape and size was similar on silica as on amine-functionalized silica, the thermodynamic stability of the copper particles was unaltered. The driving force for copper particle growth was thus unchanged upon functionalization. We therefore suggest that Ostwald ripening in methanol synthesis catalysts was retarded by inhibiting the transport of copper species over the support surface. Diffuse reflectance infrared Fourier transform spectroscopy (DRIFTS) revealed a decrease in the number of surface groups (hydroxyl, methoxy, and aminopropyl) upon functionalization because aminopropyltriethoxysilane reacted with multiple hydroxyl groups. Because of that, the distance between neighboring functional groups was increased, suppressing the mobility of Ostwald ripening species from one copper particle to another. [less ▲]

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See detailThe origin and control of mega-gullies in Kinshasa (D.R. Congo)
Makanzu Imwangana, Fils; Vandecasteele, Ine; Trefois, Philippe et al

in Catena (2015), 125

This study aims to investigate the relation between mega-gully (> 5 m width) distribution and urbanization in Kinshasa (D.R. Congo), to establish what governs mega-gully location and plan form and to ... [more ▼]

This study aims to investigate the relation between mega-gully (> 5 m width) distribution and urbanization in Kinshasa (D.R. Congo), to establish what governs mega-gully location and plan form and to illustrate the concepts behind mega-gully treatment. For this purpose, the diachronic distribution of mega-gullies has been mapped in Kinshasa. All mega-gullies have been reported in ArcGis 9.3 on the orthorectified SPOT 2007 image. A newly elaborated DEM enables the mega-gullies to be placed in their natural topographical context. The GIS inventory on the SPOT 2006/2007 anaglyph indicates the mega-gully situation in the high town of Kinshasa 5 years ago: 308 mega-gullies with a cumulated length of 94.7 km, a mean drainage density of 0.4 km km− 2 and an average width and depth of 17 m and 6 m respectively. On the WorldView 1 (WV1) coverage, the number of mega-gullies has more than doubled between 2007 and 2010 from 160 to 334. The study shows that mega-gullies only develop within the urbanized perimeter of the high town of Kinshasa and only 5 to 10 years after incipient urbanization. The study also indicates that neither the location, the plan form or the downslope course of mega-gullies in Kinshasa are controlled by the natural topography. Forty-three point eight percent of the mega-gullies in Kinshasa are ‘axial’, occupying urban structures which function as artificial runoff drainage lines: roads, tarred or not, with or without side-road trenches, gutters in all forms and materials from concrete to sand, also foot paths and further all artificial runoff drainage lines. The study reveals that every mega-gully is directly or indirectly induced by human activities, but that every gully also finally ends to grow after an initial phase of sudden development. Mega-gully treatment follows two principles, often combined. The first is to stop the alimentation of the mega-gully head with water. The second includes a complete stabilization of the channel and walls inside the mega-gully. This study emphasizes that gully prevention can basically be achieved by control of the runoff discharges in the artificial stream network, as well as beside the roads. [less ▲]

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See detailA retrospective study on equine herpesvirus type-1 associated myeloencephalopathy in France (2008-2011)
Van Galen, G; Leblond, A; Tritz, P et al

in Veterinary Microbiology (2015)

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

in Oncotarget (2015)

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

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

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See detailCell based advanced therapeutic medicinal products for bone repair: Keep it simple?
Leijten, J.; Chai, Y. C.; Papantoniou, I. et al

in Advanced drug delivery reviews (2015), 84

The development of cell based advanced therapeutic medicinal products (ATMPs) for bone repair has been expected to revolutionize the health care system for the clinical treatment of bone defects. Despite ... [more ▼]

The development of cell based advanced therapeutic medicinal products (ATMPs) for bone repair has been expected to revolutionize the health care system for the clinical treatment of bone defects. Despite this great promise, the clinical outcomes of the few cell based ATMPs that have been translated into clinical treatments have been far from impressive. In part, the clinical outcomes have been hampered because of the simplicity of the first wave of products. In response the field has set-out and amassed a plethora of complexities to alleviate the simplicity induced limitations. Many of these potential second wave products have remained "stuck" in the development pipeline. This is due to a number of reasons including the lack of a regulatory framework that has been evolving in the last years and the shortage of enabling technologies for industrial manufacturing to deal with these novel complexities. In this review, we reflect on the current ATMPs and give special attention to novel approaches that are able to provide complexity to ATMPs in a straightforward manner. Moreover, we discuss the potential tools able to produce or predict 'goldilocks' ATMPs, which are neither too simple nor too complex. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh numbers of mobilized CD34+ cells collected in AML in first remission are associated with high relapse risk irrespective of treatment with autologous peripheral blood SCT or autologous BMT
Hengeveld, M.; Suciu, S.; Chelgoum, Y. et al

in Bone Marrow Transplantation (2015), 50

The faster hematopoietic recovery after autologous peripheral blood SCT (APBSCT) in patients with AML may be offset by an increased relapse risk as compared with autologous BMT (ABMT). The EORTC and ... [more ▼]

The faster hematopoietic recovery after autologous peripheral blood SCT (APBSCT) in patients with AML may be offset by an increased relapse risk as compared with autologous BMT (ABMT). The EORTC and GIMEMA Leukemia Groups conducted a trial (AML-10) in which they compared, as second randomization, APBSCT and ABMT in first CR patients without an HLA compatible donor. A total of 292 patients were randomized. The 5-year DFS rate was 41% in the APBSCT arm and 46% in the ABMT arm with a hazard ratio (HR) of 1.17; 95% confidence interval = 0.85–1.59; P = 0.34. The 5-year cumulative relapse incidence was 56% vs 49% (P = 0.26), and the 5-year OS 50% and 55% (P = 0.6) in the APBSCT and ABMT groups, respectively. APBSCT was associated with significantly faster recovery of neutrophils and platelets, shorter duration of hospitalization, reduced need of transfusion packed RBC and less days of intravenous antibiotics. In both treatment groups, higher numbers of mobilized CD34+ cells were associated with a significantly higher relapse risk irrespective of the treatment given after the mobilization. Randomization between APBSCT and ABMT did not result in significantly different outcomes in terms of DFS, OS and relapse incidence. [less ▲]

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See detailRedistribution of a mixture of organic vapours inside a activated carbon filter
Berezovka, Inna; Hichem, Fettaka; Salmon, Thierry ULg et al

in Chemical Engineering Journal (2015), 280

X-ray tomography in a combination with gas chromatography was used for quantitative and qualitative analysis of adsorption front of organics distributed inside activated carbon filters during defined ... [more ▼]

X-ray tomography in a combination with gas chromatography was used for quantitative and qualitative analysis of adsorption front of organics distributed inside activated carbon filters during defined period of storage. This approach was tested against filters partly contaminated by CCl4 and n-heptane separately and by their mixture. X-ray tomography was shown to be capable to “recognize” different organic vaporvapours adsorbed on activated carbon and to follow their movement inside filters. Gas Chromatography was used either to monitor all possible losses of adsorbed species spices from the carbon bed, or either for “seeing” the location of each component of the mixture of organics along the filter depth. Such in situ information could be useful for evaluation of lifetime of carbon filters and for a thorough understanding of adsorption process taking place under static conditions. [less ▲]

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

in Tetrahedron Letters (2015), 56

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See detailQu'est-ce qu'un thème?
Badir, Sémir ULg

in Signata. Annales des Sémiotiques = Annals of Semiotics (2015), 5 (2014)

We approach the notion of theme as a problematic one. Particularly, one can observe that the functions of a theme, as they are assigned by the specialists, especially in linguistics and literary studies ... [more ▼]

We approach the notion of theme as a problematic one. Particularly, one can observe that the functions of a theme, as they are assigned by the specialists, especially in linguistics and literary studies, are multiple and mutually incompatible. It is from this variety reluctant to the disciplinarized modes of knowledge that we have in mind to establish the semiological nature of the theme. Its development is a knowledge that does not bend nor to analysis neither to synthesis. In this research, the lectures made by Roland Barthes at the Collège de France serve as a guide and as an example. [less ▲]

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See detailTrebananib (AMG 386) plus weekly paclitaxel with or without bevacizumab as first-line therapy for HER2-negative locally recurrent or metastatic breast cancer: A phase 2 randomized study.
Dieras, Veronique; Wildiers, Hans; Jassem, Jacek et al

in Breast (Edinburgh, Scotland) (2015), 24

INTRODUCTION: This phase 2 randomized study evaluated trebananib (AMG 386), a peptide-Fc fusion protein that inhibits angiogenesis by neutralizing the interaction of angiopoietin-1 and -2 with Tie2, in ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: This phase 2 randomized study evaluated trebananib (AMG 386), a peptide-Fc fusion protein that inhibits angiogenesis by neutralizing the interaction of angiopoietin-1 and -2 with Tie2, in combination with paclitaxel with or without bevacizumab in previously untreated patients with HER2-negative locally recurrent/metastatic breast cancer. METHODS: Patients received paclitaxel 90 mg/m2 once weekly (3-weeks-on/1-week-off) and were randomly assigned 1:1:1:1 to also receive blinded bevacizumab 10 mg/kg once every 2 weeks plus either trebananib 10 mg/kg once weekly (Arm A) or 3 mg/kg once weekly (Arm B), or placebo (Arm C); or open-label trebananib 10 mg/kg once a week (Arm D). Progression-free survival was the primary endpoint. RESULTS: In total, 228 patients were randomized. Median estimated progression-free survival for Arms A, B, C, and D was 11.3, 9.2, 12.2, and 10 months, respectively. Hazard ratios (95% CI) for Arms A, B, and D versus Arm C were 0.98 (0.61-1.59), 1.12 (0.70-1.80), and 1.28 (0.79-2.09), respectively. The objective response rate was 71% in Arm A, 51% in Arm B, 60% in Arm C, and 46% in Arm D. The incidence of grade 3/4/5 adverse events was 71/9/4%, 61/14/5%, 62/16/3%, and 52/4/7% in Arms A/B/C/D. In Arm D, median progression-free survival was 12.8 and 7.4 months for those with high and low trebananib exposure (AUCss >/= 8.4 versus < 8.4 mg.h/mL), respectively. CONCLUSIONS: There was no apparent prolongation of estimated progression-free survival with the addition of trebananib to paclitaxel and bevacizumab at the doses tested. Toxicity was manageable. Exposure-response analyses support evaluation of combinations incorporating trebananib at doses > 10 mg/kg in this setting. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov, NCT00511459. [less ▲]

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See detailAlgebrability and nowhere Gevrey differentiability
Bastin, Françoise ULg; Conejero, J. Alberto; Esser, Céline ULg et al

in Israel Journal of Mathematics (2015), 205

We show that there exist c-generated algebras (and dense in C^infty([0,1])) every nonzero element of which is a nowhere Gevrey diff erentiable function. This leads to results of dense algebrability (and ... [more ▼]

We show that there exist c-generated algebras (and dense in C^infty([0,1])) every nonzero element of which is a nowhere Gevrey diff erentiable function. This leads to results of dense algebrability (and, therefore, lineability) of functions enjoying this property. In the process of proving these results we also provide a new construction of nowhere Gevrey di fferentiable functions. [less ▲]

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See detailBayesian inversions of a dynamic vegetation model at four European grassland sites
Minet, Julien ULg; Laloy, Eric; Tychon, Bernard ULg et al

in Biogeosciences (2015), 12(9), 2809--2829

Eddy covariance data from four European grassland sites are used to probabilistically invert the CARAIB (CARbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) dynamic vegetation model (DVM) with 10 unknown parameters ... [more ▼]

Eddy covariance data from four European grassland sites are used to probabilistically invert the CARAIB (CARbon Assimilation In the Biosphere) dynamic vegetation model (DVM) with 10 unknown parameters, using the DREAM(ZS) (DiffeRential Evolution Adaptive Metropolis) Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC) sampler. We focus on comparing model inversions, considering both homoscedastic and heteroscedastic eddy covariance residual errors, with variances either fixed a priori or jointly inferred together with the model parameters. Agreements between measured and simulated data during calibration are comparable with previous studies, with root mean square errors (RMSEs) of simulated daily gross primary productivity (GPP), ecosystem respiration (RECO) and evapotranspiration (ET) ranging from 1.73 to 2.19, 1.04 to 1.56 g C m−2 day−1 and 0.50 to 1.28 mm day−1, respectively. For the calibration period, using a homoscedastic eddy covariance residual error model resulted in a better agreement between measured and modelled data than using a heteroscedastic residual error model. However, a model validation experiment showed that CARAIB models calibrated considering heteroscedastic residual errors perform better. Posterior parameter distributions derived from using a heteroscedastic model of the residuals thus appear to be more robust. This is the case even though the classical linear heteroscedastic error model assumed herein did not fully remove heteroscedasticity of the GPP residuals. Despite the fact that the calibrated model is generally capable of fitting the data within measurement errors, systematic bias in the model simulations are observed. These are likely due to model inadequacies such as shortcomings in the photosynthesis modelling. Besides the residual error treatment, differences between model parameter posterior distributions among the four grassland sites are also investigated. It is shown that the marginal distributions of the specific leaf area and characteristic mortality time parameters can be explained by site-specific ecophysiological characteristics. [less ▲]

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

in Sustainable Cities and Society (2015), 14

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See detailThe prediction of fund failure through performance diagnostics
Cogneau, Philippe ULg; Hübner, Georges ULg

in Journal of Banking and Finance (2015), 50

Using an international database featuring 1624 mutual funds over 15 years, this paper analyses the joint abilities of performance measures to predict subsequent fund failure. We examine the probability of ... [more ▼]

Using an international database featuring 1624 mutual funds over 15 years, this paper analyses the joint abilities of performance measures to predict subsequent fund failure. We examine the probability of disappearance over a time window, and expected fund survival time, and study the circumstances of a fund’s disappearance, its currency and domicile. By combining relevant measures, fund failure appears to a significant extent predictable, more than with single classical measures. Survivorship predictability has significant economic value. Such evidence suggests that past performance does not only influence investors’ perception of fund quality, but also reflects managers’ ability to sustain performance. [less ▲]

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See detailLe pouvoir par les armes, le pouvoir par les idées
Dumont, Jonathan ULg; Masson, Christophe ULg

in Moyen Age (Le) (2015), CXXI(I),

Ouverte à des questions que seulement quelques décennies auparavant elle peinait à envisager, l'histoire politique ou l'histoire du/des pouvoir(s) n'est plus uniquement aujourd'hui une étude des ... [more ▼]

Ouverte à des questions que seulement quelques décennies auparavant elle peinait à envisager, l'histoire politique ou l'histoire du/des pouvoir(s) n'est plus uniquement aujourd'hui une étude des structures administratives et judiciaires, ou encore des événements dits "politiques". Elle fait, tout au contraire, la part belle à des dynamiques de recherche interdisciplinaire. L'étude croisée du fait militaire et des idées est l'une d'entre elles. Le présent recueil d'articles, "Le pouvoir par les armes. Le pouvoir par les idées", se positionne dans la continuité des recherches récentes en la matière. Il entend, en particulier, se concentrer sur les liens que les hommes et les femmes de la fin du Moyen Âge établirent entre l'action armée et les discours sur le pouvoir. C'est en effet à travers les interconnexions de ces deux champs que l'on peut mieux comprendre le succès ou l'insuccès d'une politique - militaire ou non - ou l'émergence d'une propagande justifiant un pouvoir et, parfois, le recours aux armes. Ce volume entend ainsi contribuer à éclairer la manière dont émerge, se construit et s'affirme les différents pouvoirs au Moyen Âge tardif et au cours de la première Renaissance. [less ▲]

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See detailAn engine for global plant diversity: highest evolutionary turnover and emigration in the American tropics
Antonelli, Alexandre; Zizka, Alexander; Silvestro, Daniele et al

in Frontiers in Genetics (2015), 6

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