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See detailExpression of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor alpha (PPARalpha) in somatotropinomas: Relationship with Aryl hydrocarbon receptor Interacting Protein (AIP) and in vitro effects of fenofibrate in GH cells.
Rotondi, Sandra; Modarelli, Alessio; Oliva, Maria-Antonietta et al

in Molecular and cellular endocrinology (2016)

PURPOSE: To search for a possible role of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor alpha (PPARalpha), a molecular partner of the Aryl hydrocarbon receptor Interacting Protein (AIP), in somatotropinomas ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: To search for a possible role of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor alpha (PPARalpha), a molecular partner of the Aryl hydrocarbon receptor Interacting Protein (AIP), in somatotropinomas. METHODS: Tumours from 51 acromegalic patients were characterized for PPARalpha and AIP expression by immunohistochemistry (IHC) and/or Real Time RT-PCR. Data were analysed according to tumour characteristics and pre-operative treatment with somatostatin analogues (SSA). The effects of fenofibrate were studied in GH3 cells in vitro. RESULTS: PPARalpha was expressed in most somatotropinomas. A modest relationship was found between PPARalpha and AIP expression, both being significantly higher in the presence of pre-operative SSA. However, only AIP expression was influenced by the response to treatment. Dual effects of fenofibrate were observed in GH3 cells, consisting of cell growth inhibition and an increase in GH secretion inhibited by octreotide. CONCLUSIONS: PPARalpha is a new player in somatotropinomas. Potential interactions between PPARalpha agonists and SSA may deserve further investigation. [less ▲]

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See detailDes voisins encombrants, l’édition belge entre France et Pays-Bas
Habrand, Tanguy ULg

in Revue des Livres pour Enfants (2016)

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See detailDistributions and Sea-to-air Fluxes of Nitrous Oxide in the South China Sea and the West Philippines Sea
Tseng, Hsiao-Chun; Chen, Chen-Tung Arthur; Borges, Alberto ULg et al

in Deep-Sea Research Part I, Oceanographic Research Papers (2016), 115

Abstract Approximately 600 water samples from the South China Sea (SCS) and 250 water samples from the West Philippines Sea (WPS) were collected during seven cruises from August 2003 to July 2007 to ... [more ▼]

Abstract Approximately 600 water samples from the South China Sea (SCS) and 250 water samples from the West Philippines Sea (WPS) were collected during seven cruises from August 2003 to July 2007 to determine nitrous oxide (N2O) distributions between the surface and a maximum depth of 4250 m. In the SCS, the average surface \{N2O\} concentration exceeded the atmospheric equilibrium concentration (on average 132 ± 23%); however in the WPS, the surface \{N2O\} concentration was lower than the atmospheric equilibrium concentration (on average 90 ± 22%). The \{N2O\} concentration reached a maximum (~23 nmol L−1) in the \{WPS\} at 800–1000 m, and (~28 nmol L−1) at a shallower depth of around 600–800 m in the SCS, owing to vertical mixing and intensive upwelling in the SCS. In the SCS, the surface \{N2O\} concentration was 7.59 ± 1.32 nmol L−1 and the calculated sea-to-air flux was 5.5 ± 3.9 μmol m−2 d−1. The surface \{N2O\} concentration in the WPS, 5.19 ± 1.26 nmol L−1, was lower than that in the SCS. [less ▲]

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See detailA comparison of a tablet version of the Quality of Life Systemic Inventory for Children (QLSI-C) to the standard paper version
Toucheque, Malorie ULg; Etienne, Anne-Marie ULg; Missotten, Pierre ULg et al

in Psychological Assessment (2016), 28(6), 780-785

Integration of e-Health technologies for purposes of both assessment and intervention has recently become an interest area in pediatric psychology. The purpose of this study is to present psychometric ... [more ▼]

Integration of e-Health technologies for purposes of both assessment and intervention has recently become an interest area in pediatric psychology. The purpose of this study is to present psychometric characteristics of a technology-based (i.e., tablet administration) approach for measuring quality of life (QOL) in children. Eighty children (8-12 years) completed the Quality of Life Systemic Inventory for Children (QLSI-C) twice over a two-week delay, in a crossover design that used paper and tablet-based modes of administration. Equivalence of scores across methods was examined using Intraclass correlation coefficients (ICC), augmented by paired t-test and Pearson’s correlations. Test-retest reliability was assessed using paired t-test and Pearson’s correlations while internal consistency was assessed using Cronbach’s coefficient. Results showed a good concordance across methods of administration (ICCs = .72 to .91; r = .56 to .83). Paired t-test showed no significant differences between the tablet and paper version of the QLSI-C. Internal consistency reliability yielded acceptable Cronbach’s alphas for all QLSI-C scores, with all α >.70. Test-retest reliability for the tablet-administered QLSI-C was good (r = .66 to .90). Paired t-test showed no significant difference between time 1 and 2 for the QLSI-C scores, except for the state score. Findings established the reliability of the tablet-administered QLSI-C scores. This technology approach to assessment is more attractive for children, decreases time for administration, and enhances the ease of scoring. These advantages might encourage both clinicians and researchers to consider using e-Health developments in assessment in pediatric psychology. [less ▲]

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See detailScientific Problems Addressed by the Spektr-UV Space Project (World Space Observatory—Ultraviolet)
Boyarchuk, A.A.; others; Gérard, Jean-Claude ULg et al

in Astronomy Reports (2016), 60(1), 1-42

The article presents a review of scientific problems and methods of ultraviolet astronomy, focusing on perspective scientific problems (directions) whose solution requires UV space observatories. These ... [more ▼]

The article presents a review of scientific problems and methods of ultraviolet astronomy, focusing on perspective scientific problems (directions) whose solution requires UV space observatories. These include reionization and the history of star formation in the Universe, searches for dark baryonic matter, physical and chemical processes in the interstellar medium and protoplanetary disks, the physics of accretion and outflows in astrophysical objects, from Active Galactic Nuclei to close binary stars, stellar activity (for both low-mass and high-mass stars), and processes occurring in the atmospheres of both planets in the solar system and exoplanets. Technological progress in UV astronomy achieved in recent years is also considered. The well advanced, international, Russian-led Spektr-UV (World Space Observatory—Ultraviolet) project is described in more detail. This project is directed at creating a major space observatory operational in the ultraviolet (115–310 nm). This observatory will provide an effective, and possibly the only, powerful means of observing in this spectral range over the next ten years, and will be an powerful tool for resolving many topical scientific problems. [less ▲]

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See detailDeletion of Murid Herpesvirus 4 ORF63 Affects the Trafficking of Incoming Capsids toward the Nucleus.
Latif, Muhammad Bilal ULg; Machiels, Bénédicte ULg; Xiao, Xue ULg et al

in Journal of virology (2016), 90(5), 2455-72

Gammaherpesviruses are important human and animal pathogens. Despite the fact that they display the classical architecture of herpesviruses, the function of most of their structural proteins is still ... [more ▼]

Gammaherpesviruses are important human and animal pathogens. Despite the fact that they display the classical architecture of herpesviruses, the function of most of their structural proteins is still poorly defined. This is especially true for tegument proteins. Interestingly, a potential role in immune evasion has recently been proposed for the tegument protein encoded by Kaposi's sarcoma-associated herpesvirus open reading frame 63 (ORF63). To gain insight about the roles of ORF63 in the life cycle of a gammaherpesvirus, we generated null mutations in the ORF63 gene of murid herpesvirus 4 (MuHV-4). We showed that disruption of ORF63 was associated with a severe MuHV-4 growth deficit both in vitro and in vivo. The latter deficit was mainly associated with a defect of replication in the lung but did not affect the establishment of latency in the spleen. From a functional point of view, inhibition of caspase-1 or the inflammasome did not restore the growth of the ORF63-deficient mutant, suggesting that the observed deficit was not associated with the immune evasion mechanism identified previously. Moreover, this growth deficit was also not associated with a defect in virion egress from the infected cells. In contrast, it appeared that MuHV-4 ORF63-deficient mutants failed to address most of their capsids to the nucleus during entry into the host cell, suggesting that ORF63 plays a role in capsid movement. In the future, ORF63 could therefore be considered a target to block gammaherpesvirus infection at a very early stage of the infection. IMPORTANCE: The important diseases caused by gammaherpesviruses in human and animal populations justify a better understanding of their life cycle. In particular, the role of most of their tegument proteins is still largely unknown. In this study, we used murid herpesvirus 4, a gammaherpesvirus infecting mice, to decipher the role of the protein encoded by the viral ORF63 gene. We showed that the absence of this protein is associated with a severe growth deficit both in vitro and in vivo that was mainly due to impaired migration of viral capsids toward the nucleus during entry. Together, our results provide new insights about the life cycle of gammaherpesviruses and could allow the development of new antiviral strategies aimed at blocking gammaherpesvirus infection at the very early stages. [less ▲]

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See detail197 Candidates and 104 Validated Planets in K2\rsquos First Five Fields
Crossfield, I. J. M.; Ciardi, D. R.; Petigura, E. A. et al

in Astrophysical Journal Supplement Series (2016), 226

We present 197 planet candidates discovered using data from the first year of the NASA K2 mission (Campaigns 0-4), along with the results of an intensive program of photometric analyses, stellar ... [more ▼]

We present 197 planet candidates discovered using data from the first year of the NASA K2 mission (Campaigns 0-4), along with the results of an intensive program of photometric analyses, stellar spectroscopy, high-resolution imaging, and statistical validation. We distill these candidates into sets of 104 validated planets (57 in multi-planet systems), 30 false positives, and 63 remaining candidates. Our validated systems span a range of properties, with median values of R P = 2.3 {R}\oplus , P = 8.6 days, {T}{eff} = 5300 K, and Kp = 12.7 mag. Stellar spectroscopy provides precise stellar and planetary parameters for most of these systems. We show that K2 has increased by 30% the number of small planets known to orbit moderately bright stars (1-4 R ⊕, Kp = 9-13 mag). Of particular interest are 76 planets smaller than 2 R ⊕, 15 orbiting stars brighter than Kp = 11.5 mag, 5 receiving Earth-like irradiation levels, and several multi-planet systems—including 4 planets orbiting the M dwarf K2-72 near mean-motion resonances. By quantifying the likelihood that each candidate is a planet we demonstrate that our candidate sample has an overall false positive rate of 15%-30%, with rates substantially lower for small candidates (\lt 2{R}\oplus ) and larger for candidates with radii \gt 8{R}\oplus and/or with P\lt 3 {{days}}. Extrapolation of the current planetary yield suggests that K2 will discover between 500 and 1000 planets in its planned four-year mission, assuming sufficient follow-up resources are available. Efficient observing and analysis, together with an organized and coherent follow-up strategy, are essential for maximizing the efficacy of planet-validation efforts for K2, TESS, and future large-scale surveys. [less ▲]

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See detailAbsence of selenium protection against methylmercury toxicity in harbour seal leucocytes in vitro
Das, Krishna ULg; Dupont, Aurélie; De Pauw-Gillet, Marie-Claire ULg et al

in Marine Pollution Bulletin (2016), 108

Previous studies described high concentrations of mercury (Hg) and selenium (Se) in the blood of harbour seals, Phoca vitulina from the North Sea. In the present study, we evaluated the in vitro potential ... [more ▼]

Previous studies described high concentrations of mercury (Hg) and selenium (Se) in the blood of harbour seals, Phoca vitulina from the North Sea. In the present study, we evaluated the in vitro potential protective effects of sodium selenite (Na2SeO3) and selenomethionine (SeMet) on cell proliferation of harbour seal lymphocytes exposed to MeHgCl 0.75 µM. In vitro exposure of ConA-stimulated T lymphocytes resulted in severe inhibition of DNA synthesis, likely linked to severe loss of mitochondrial membrane potential at 0.75 µM. Neither selenite nor SeMet showed a protective effect against MeHg toxicity expressed at the T lymphocyte proliferation level for harbour seals. Selenite and SeMet did not show negative effects regarding lymphocyte proliferation and mitochondrial membrane potential. To conclude, our results clearly demonstrated that MeHg affected in vitro immune cells exposure with no protective effects of selenium at a molar ratio Hg:Se of 1:10 in harbour seals from the North Sea. [less ▲]

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See detailN-Acetylcysteine: An Old Drug With Variable Anti-Influenza Properties
Casanova, Tomas; Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg

in Journal of Controversies in Biomedical Research (2016)

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See detailThe role of personal goals in autonoetic experience when imagining future events
Lehner, Edith; D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg

in Consciousness & Cognition (2016), 42

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See detailFinancial Impacts of Priority Swine Diseases to Pig Farmers in Red River and Mekong River Delta, Vietnam.
Pham, T. T. Hoa; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Grosbois, V. et al

in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (2016)

A study was conducted between May 2013 and August 2014 in three provinces of Vietnam to investigate financial impacts of swine diseases in pig holdings in 2010-2013. The aim of the study was to quantify ... [more ▼]

A study was conducted between May 2013 and August 2014 in three provinces of Vietnam to investigate financial impacts of swine diseases in pig holdings in 2010-2013. The aim of the study was to quantify the costs of swine diseases at producer level in order to understand swine disease priority for monitoring at local level. Financial impacts of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS), foot and mouth disease (FMD), and epidemic diarrhoea were assessed for 162 pig holders in two Red River Delta provinces and in one Mekong River Delta province, using data on pig production and swine disease outbreaks at farms. Losses incurred by swine diseases were estimated, including direct losses due to mortality (100% market value of pig before disease onset) and morbidity (abortion, delay of finishing stage), and indirect losses due to control costs (treatment, improving biosecurity and emergency vaccination) and revenue foregone (lower price in case of emergency selling). Financial impacts of swine diseases were expressed as percentage of gross margin of pig holding. The gross margin varied between pig farming groups (P < 0.0001) in the following order: large farm (USD 18 846), fattening farm (USD 7014) and smallholder (USD 2350). The losses per pig holding due to PRRS were the highest: 41% of gross margin for large farm, 38% for fattening farm and 63% for smallholder. Cost incurred by FMD was lower with 19%, 25% and 32% of gross margin of pig holding in large farm, fattening farm and smallholder, respectively. The cost of epidemic diarrhoea was the lowest compared to losses due to PRRS and FMD and accounted for around 10% of gross margin of pig holding in the three pig farming groups. These estimates provided critical elements on swine disease priorities to better inform surveillance and control at both national and local level. [less ▲]

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See detailLes soins de santé primaires, plus que des soins de première ligne
Crismer, André ULg; Belche, Jean ULg; van der Vennet, Jean

in Santé Publique : Revue Multidisciplinaire pour la Recherche et l'Action (2016)

Primary health care are often spoken about , but they are rarely defined. This article explores this concept and founds two different understandings of primary health care, both issued from Alma Ata ... [more ▼]

Primary health care are often spoken about , but they are rarely defined. This article explores this concept and founds two different understandings of primary health care, both issued from Alma Ata Declaration. As long as the expression « primary health care » may correspond to two types of contents, or a level of care, or a global approach of the health system, it will be useful to clarify it, when using it. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecifying Concrete Repair Materials
Vaysburd, Alex; Bissonnette, Benoît; Garbacz, Andrzej et al

in Materialy Budowlane (2016), 3(523), 42-45

Specification of materials for concrete repair is a complex task requiring broad knowledge of materials science, engineering and construction practice. In this paper, several issues important for proper ... [more ▼]

Specification of materials for concrete repair is a complex task requiring broad knowledge of materials science, engineering and construction practice. In this paper, several issues important for proper design and implementation of concrete repair are discussed. It is stressed that the specification documentation is not a formality, but rather a critically important engineering step in view of fulfilling the durability and service life requirements. [less ▲]

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See detailCompte rendu de l’ouvrage de VANACKER Daniël (éd.), Journal d’une bourgeoise, 1914-1918 : Marguerite Giron
Bechet, Christophe ULg

in Bulletin d'Information de l'Association Belge d'Histoire Contemporaine = Mededelingenblad van de Belgische Vereniging voor Nieuwste Geschiedenis (2016), XXXVIII(1),

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See detailClinical trials of new drugs for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis: focus on early disease
SMOLEN, J.S.; COLLAUD BASSET, S.; BOERS, M. et al

in Annals of Rheumatic Diseases (2016), 75

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases convened a task force of experts in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and clinical trial ... [more ▼]

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis, Osteoarthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases convened a task force of experts in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and clinical trial methodology to comment on the new draft ‘Guideline on clinical investigation of medicinal products for the treatment of RA’ released by the European Medicines Agency (EMA). Special emphasis was placed by the group on the development of new drugs for the treatment of early RA. In the absence of a clear definition of early RA, it was suggested that clinical investigations in this condition were conducted in disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs naïve patients with no more than 1 year disease duration. The expert group recommended using an appropriate improvement in disease activity (American College of Rheumatology (ACR) or Simplified/Clinical Disease Activity Index (SDAI/CDAI) response criteria) or low disease activity (by any score) as primary endpoints, with ACR/European League Against Rheumatism remission as a secondary endpoint. Finally, as compelling evidence showed that the Disease Acrivity Score using 28-joint counts (DAS28) might not provide a reliable definition of remission, or sometimes even low disease activity, the group suggested replacing DAS28 as a measurement instrument to evaluate disease activity in RA clinical trials. Proposed alternatives included SDAI, CDAI and Boolean criteria. [less ▲]

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See detailA Text Structure Indicator and two Topological Methods: New Ways for Studying Latin Historic Narratives
Longrée, Dominique ULg; Mellet, Sylvie

in DSH: Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (2016)

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See detailAn in vitro and in vivo study of peptide-functionalized nanoparticles for brain targeting: The importance of selective blood-brain barrier uptake.
Bode, G; Coue, G.; Freese et al

in Nanomedicine : Nanotechnology, Biology, and Medicine (2016)

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See detailA Qualitative Model of the Differentiation Network in Chondrocyte Maturation: A Holistic View of Chondrocyte Hypertrophy.
Kerkhofs, Johan; Leijten, Jeroen; Bolander, Johanna et al

in PLoS ONE (2016), 11(8), 0162052

Differentiation of chondrocytes towards hypertrophy is a natural process whose control is essential in endochondral bone formation. It is additionally thought to play a role in several pathophysiological ... [more ▼]

Differentiation of chondrocytes towards hypertrophy is a natural process whose control is essential in endochondral bone formation. It is additionally thought to play a role in several pathophysiological processes, with osteoarthritis being a prominent example. We perform a dynamic analysis of a qualitative mathematical model of the regulatory network that directs this phenotypic switch to investigate the influence of the individual factors holistically. To estimate the stability of a SOX9 positive state (associated with resting/proliferation chondrocytes) versus a RUNX2 positive one (associated with hypertrophy) we employ two measures. The robustness of the state in canalisation (size of the attractor basin) is assessed by a Monte Carlo analysis and the sensitivity to perturbations is assessed by a perturbational analysis of the attractor. Through qualitative predictions, these measures allow for an in silico screening of the effect of the modelled factors on chondrocyte maintenance and hypertrophy. We show how discrepancies between experimental data and the model's results can be resolved by evaluating the dynamic plausibility of alternative network topologies. The findings are further supported by a literature study of proposed therapeutic targets in the case of osteoarthritis. [less ▲]

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See detailALESSANDRO BAUSI (General Editor): Comparative Oriental Manuscript Studies: An Introduction. xxii-677 pp. Hamburg: COMSt, 2015
Bauden, Frédéric ULg

in Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies (2016), 79(1), 171-173

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See detailDetecting urban road network accessibility problems using taxi GPS data
Cui, JianXun; Liu, Feng; Janssens, Davy et al

in Journal of Transport Geography (2016), 51

Urban population growth and economic development have led to the creation of new communities, jobs and services at places where the existing road network might not cover or efficiently handle traffic ... [more ▼]

Urban population growth and economic development have led to the creation of new communities, jobs and services at places where the existing road network might not cover or efficiently handle traffic. This generates isolated pockets of areas which are difficult to reach through the transport system. To address this accessibility problem, we have developed a novel approach to systematically examine the current urban land use and road network conditions as well as to identify poorly connected regions, using GPS data collected from taxis. This method is composed of four major steps. First, city-wide passenger travel demand patterns and travel times are modeled based on GPS trajectories. Upon this model, high density residential regions are then identified, and measures to assess accessibility of each of these places are developed. Next, the regions with the lowest level of accessibility among all the residential areas are detected, and finally the detected regions are further examined and specific transport situations are analyzed. By applying the proposed method to the Chinese city of Harbin, we have identified 20 regions that have the lowest level of accessibility by car among all the identified residential areas. A serious reachability problem to petrol stations has also been discovered, in which drivers from 92.6% of the residential areas have to travel longer than 30 min to refill their cars. Furthermore, the comparison against a baseline model reveals the capacity of the derived measures in accounting for the actual travel routes under divergent traffic conditions. The experimental results demonstrate the potential and effectiveness of the proposed method in detecting car-based accessibility problems, contributing towards the development of urban road networks into a system that has better reachability and more reduced inequity. [less ▲]

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See detailSoil production and hillslope transport in mid-latitudes during the last glacial-interglacial cycle: A combined data and modelling approach in northern Ardennes
Bovy, Benoît ULg; Braun, Jean; Demoulin, Alain ULg

in Earth Surface Processes & Landforms (2016), 41

The relative efficiency of various hillslope processes through Quaternary glacial–interglacial cycles in the midlatitudes is not yet well constrained. Based on a unique set of topographic and soil ... [more ▼]

The relative efficiency of various hillslope processes through Quaternary glacial–interglacial cycles in the midlatitudes is not yet well constrained. Based on a unique set of topographic and soil thickness data in the Ardennes (Belgium), we combine the new CLICHE model of climate-dependent hillslope evolution with an inversion algorithm in order to get deeper insight into the ways and timing of hillslope dynamics under one such climatic cycle. We simulate the evolution of a synthetic hill reproducing the slope, curvature, and contributing area distributions of the hillslopes of a ~ 2500km2 real area under a simple two-stage 120-kyr-long climatic scenario with linear transitions between cold and warm stages. The inversion method samples a misfit function in the model parameter space, based on estimates of the fit of topographic derivative distributions in classes of soil thickness and of the relative frequencies of the predicted soil thickness classes. Though the inversion results show remarkable convergence patterns for most parameters, no unique solution emerges.We obtain five clusters of good fits, whose centroids are taken as acceptable model solutions. Based on the predicted time series of average denudation rate and soil thickness, plus snapshots of the soil distribution at characteristic times, we discuss these solutions and, comparing them with independent data not involved in the misfit function, we identify the most realistic scenario. Beyond providing first-order estimates of several parameters that compare well with published data, our results show that denudation rates increase dramatically for a short time at both warm–cold and cold–warm transitions, when the mean annual temperature passes through the [0, 5 °C] range. We also point to the overwhelming importance of solifluction in shaping hillslopes and transporting soil, and the role of depth-dependent creep (including frost creep) throughout the climatic cycle, whereas the contributions of simple creep and overland flow are minor. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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

in Journal of Biological Chemistry (2016), 291(31), 16124-16137

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

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

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See detailUnexpected LCST-type phase behaviour of a poly(vinyl thiazolium) polymer in acetone
Grygiel, Konrad; Zhang, Weiyi; Detrembleur, Christophe ULg et al

in RSC Advances (2016), 6(62), 57117-57121

We report on an unexpected lower critical solution temperature (LCST)-type phase transition of a poly(vinyl thiazolium) polymer in acetone solution, which was synthesized via radical polymerization of its ... [more ▼]

We report on an unexpected lower critical solution temperature (LCST)-type phase transition of a poly(vinyl thiazolium) polymer in acetone solution, which was synthesized via radical polymerization of its corresponding ionic monomer bearing no thermoresponsiveness in acetone. The phase transition temperature can be conveniently varied by polymer concentration, ionic strength and addition of a cosolvent. [less ▲]

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See detailUnveiling Network and Service Performance Degradation in the Wild with mPlane
Casas, Pedro; Fiadino, Pierdomenico; Wassermann, Sarah ULg et al

in IEEE Communications Magazine - Network Testing Series (2016)

Unveiling network and service performance issues in complex and highly decentralized systems such as the Internet is a major challenge. Indeed, the Internet is based on decentralization and diversity ... [more ▼]

Unveiling network and service performance issues in complex and highly decentralized systems such as the Internet is a major challenge. Indeed, the Internet is based on decentralization and diversity. However, its distributed nature leads to operational brittleness and difficulty in identifying the root causes of performance degradation. In such a context, network measurements are a fundamental pillar to shed light and to unveil design and implementation defects. To tackle this fragmentation and visibility problem, we have recently conceived mPlane, a distributed measurement platform which runs, collects and analyses traffic measurements to study the operation and functioning of the Internet. In this paper, we show the potentiality of the mPlane approach to unveil network and service degradation issues in live, operational networks, involving both fixed-line and cellular networks. In particular, we combine active and passive measurements to troubleshoot problems in end-customer Internet access connections, or to automatically detect and diagnose anomalies in Internet-scale services (e.g., YouTube) which impact a large number of end-users. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailEntre people et newsmagazines : hybridations savantes et populaires dans les représentations médiatiques de l’écrivain
Dakhlia, Jamil; Provenzano, François ULg; Roche, Émilie

in COnTEXTES : Revue de Sociologie de la Littérature (2016), 17

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See detailAdaptation posologique des médicaments et fonction rénale : Quel(s) estimateur(s) faut-il choisir?
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; Flamant, M; CAVALIER, Etienne ULg et al

in Néphrologie & Thérapeutique (2016), 12(1), 18-31

Le choix de la formule d’estimation du de´ bit de filtration glomérulaire (DFG) a` utiliser pour l’adaptation posologique fait encore de´ bat, principalement entre la formule de Cockcroft et les équations ... [more ▼]

Le choix de la formule d’estimation du de´ bit de filtration glomérulaire (DFG) a` utiliser pour l’adaptation posologique fait encore de´ bat, principalement entre la formule de Cockcroft et les équations plus récentes, MDRD (pour Modified Diet in Renal Disease) et CKD-EPI (pour Chronic Kidney Disease Epidemiology). Les arguments mis en avant en faveur de l’utilisation de la formule de Cockcroft sont : qu’elle a été préférentiellement utilisée pour décider des adaptations posologiques avant la mise sur le marché des médicaments, qu’elle permettrait une meilleure prédiction du risque de survenue des effets indésirables a` l’accumulation des médicaments, qu’elle permettrait de limiter le surdosage médicamenteux chez la personne âgée. Dans cet article d’opinion, nous discutons les faiblesses de l’argumentaire des partisans du maintien de l’utilisation de la formule de Cockcroft dans le contexte de l’adaptation posologique, ainsi que les limites et le manque de fiabilité de cette formule. Nous soutenons la recommandation de la Haute Autorité de sante´ (HAS) sur l’utilisation systématique, en 2015, de l’équation CKD-EPI pour l’estimation du DFG. Lorsque le DFG est e´ value´ dans le but d’adapter la posologie d’un médicament, la désindexation de la surface corporelle est préférable. Compte tenu des difficultés d’estimation du DFG chez la personne âgée et chez les individus a` gabarit hors norme, nous recommandons d’utiliser en priorité dans ces populations, des médicaments pour lesquels un suivi pharmacologique est disponible, ou d’avoir recours à une méthode de référence de mesure du DFG. [less ▲]

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See detailEuroEcho-Imaging 2015: highlights.
Magne, Julien; Popescu, Bogdan A.; Cosyns, Bernard et al

in European Heart Journal - Cardiovascular Imaging (2016), 17(6), 596-603

The annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, EuroEcho-Imaging, was held in Seville, Spain, in December 2015. In the present paper, we present a summary of the 'Highlights ... [more ▼]

The annual meeting of the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging, EuroEcho-Imaging, was held in Seville, Spain, in December 2015. In the present paper, we present a summary of the 'Highlights' session. [less ▲]

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See detailEACVI appropriateness criteria for the use of cardiovascular imaging in heart failure derived from European National Imaging Societies voting.
Garbi, Madalina; Edvardsen, Thor; Bax, Jeroen et al

in European heart journal cardiovascular Imaging (2016)

This paper presents the first European appropriateness criteria for the use of cardiovascular imaging in heart failure, derived from voting of the European National Imaging Societies representatives. The ... [more ▼]

This paper presents the first European appropriateness criteria for the use of cardiovascular imaging in heart failure, derived from voting of the European National Imaging Societies representatives. The paper describes the development process and discusses the results. [less ▲]

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See detailLand issue around the lands recovered in the region of Tahoua in Niger
Moussa dit Kalamou, Mahamadou; Lebailly, Philippe ULg; Yamba, Boubacar

in AGROFOR Journal International (2016), 1(1), 195-201

The present reflection analyzes the situation of farmlands and pastoral lands in the region of Tahoua in Niger in connection with the environmental conditions in a context marked by considerable regional ... [more ▼]

The present reflection analyzes the situation of farmlands and pastoral lands in the region of Tahoua in Niger in connection with the environmental conditions in a context marked by considerable regional demographic growth of 4.6% in 2012. These hinder the efforts of the country in the wrestling against food insecurity. It also analyzes the land stakes in this particular case, the intervention of the programs of recoveries of lands and the strategies developed by actors to guarantee their food security. It results from the synthesis of direct observations and from the inquiries on ground. The investigation realized in 2010 concerned 420 households distributed in twenty selected villages following a reasoned sampling and according to demographic weight of eight (8) departments of the region. The objective is to measure the impact of the land dynamics in fighting against the food insecurity and poverty of women in the region of Tahoua. It emerges from this study that 3% of the households without land; in spite of the average of nine (9) individuals by households, or approximately 2.62 hectares by field. The surfaces of fields vary from 0.11 to 17 hectares. Fields are located on trays, in the slum and at the level of dunes in agricultural zone. We attend an emergence of fields beyond the north end of the cultures. Most of the forest lands were transformed into areas of pasture, then into fields of culture after the development interventions. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrofluidic chip with molecular beacons detects miRNAs in Human CSF to reliably characterize CNS-specific disorders
Zadran, S.; Remacle, Françoise ULg; Levine, R. D.

in RNA & Disease (2016), 3

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See detailIs the Nociception Coma Scale-Revised a Useful Clinical Tool for Managing Pain in Patients with Disorders of Consciousness?
Chatelle, Camille ULg; De Val, Marie Daniele; Catano, Antonio et al

in The Clinical journal of pain (2016)

OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to assess the clinical interest of the Nociception Coma Scale Revised (NCS-R) in pain management of patients with disorders of consciousness. METHODS: Thirty-nine patients ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: Our objective was to assess the clinical interest of the Nociception Coma Scale Revised (NCS-R) in pain management of patients with disorders of consciousness. METHODS: Thirty-nine patients with potential painful conditions (e.g., due to fractures, decubitus ulcers or spasticity) were assessed during nursing cares before and after the administration of an analgesic treatment tailored to each patient's clinical status. In addition to the NCS-R, the Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) was used before and during treatment in order to observe fluctuations in consciousness. Twenty-three of them had no analgesic treatment prior to the assessment whereas the analgesic treatment has been adapted in the other 16 patients. We performed non-parametric Wilcoxon tests to investigate the difference in the NCS-R and GCS total scores but also in the NCS-R subscores before versus during treatment. The effect of the level of consciousness and the etiology were assessed using a U Mann Whitney. RESULTS: NCS-R total scores were statistically lower during treatment when compared to the scores obtained before treatment. We also found that the motor, verbal and facial expression subscores were lower during treatment than before treatment. On the other hand, we found no difference between the GCS total scores obtained before versus during treatment. DISCUSSION: Our results suggest that the NCS-R is an interesting clinical tool for pain management. Besides, this tool seems useful when a balance is needed between reduced pain and preserved level of consciousness in patients with disorders of consciousness. [less ▲]

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See detailPlanetary Space Weather: Scientific Aspects and Future Perspectives
Plainaki, C.; Lilensten, J.; Radioti, Aikaterini ULg et al

in Journal of Space Weather and Space Climate (2016)

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See detailInformation behaviour of French-speaking speech–language therapists in Belgium: results of a questionnaire survey
Durieux, Nancy ULg; Pasleau, Françoise ULg; Piazza, Aurélie ULg et al

in Health Information and Libraries Journal (2016), 33

BACKGROUND: Speech–language therapists (SLTs) are encouraged to implement evidence-based practice (EBP). Nevertheless, EBP use by practitioners can be questioned. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Speech–language therapists (SLTs) are encouraged to implement evidence-based practice (EBP). Nevertheless, EBP use by practitioners can be questioned. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to explore Belgian French-speaking SLTs’ information behaviour and their awareness of EBP. The collected data allow one to determine how far they have embraced this approach. METHODS: The two Belgian French-speaking SLT professional associations promoted an online questionnaire survey by email. Additionally, clinical supervisors of students were asked to participate. In March 2012, 2068 emails were sent. RESULTS: The participation rate was at least 20% (n = 415). The reported information needs mainly concerned treatment or diagnosis. Most of the time, to attempt to fulfil their information needs, SLTs relied on their own resources (personal experience and libraries) and on colleagues in the workplace. When they searched on the Internet, they preferred to use a general search engine rather than a specialised bibliographic database. Barriers to obtaining scientific information are highlighted. Only 12% of the respondents had already heard about EBP. CONCLUSION: This study provides the first overview of the information behaviour of SLTs working in the French community of Belgium. Several recommendations are suggested for SLTs and librarians. [less ▲]

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See detailIntestinal Sucrase as a Novel Target Contributing to the Regulation of Glycemia by Prebiotics.
Neyrinck, Audrey M.; Pachikian, Barbara; Taminiau, Bernard ULg et al

in PLoS ONE (2016), 11(8),

Inulin-type fructans (ITF) are known for their capacity to modulate gut microbiota, energy metabolism and to improve glycemia in several animal models of obesity, and in humans. The potential contribution ... [more ▼]

Inulin-type fructans (ITF) are known for their capacity to modulate gut microbiota, energy metabolism and to improve glycemia in several animal models of obesity, and in humans. The potential contribution of ITF as modulators of sugar digestion by host enzymes has not been evaluated yet. A sucrose challenge has been performed on naive mice fed a standard diet supplemented with or without native chicory inulin (Fibruline 5%) for 3 weeks. The area under the curve of glycemia as well as sucrase activity in the small intestine were lowered after inulin treatment. Pyrosequencing of the 16S rRNA gene confirmed important changes in gut microbiota (mostly in favor of Blautia genus) due to inulin extract supplementation. Interestingly, the suppressive effect of inulin extract on postprandial glycemia also occurred when inulin was directly added to the sucrose solution, suggesting that the effect on sucrose digestion did not require chronic inulin administration. In vitro tests confirmed a direct inhibition of sucrase enzyme by the inulin extract, thereby suggesting that native chicory inulin, in addition to its well-known prebiotic effect, is also able to decrease the digestibility of carbohydrates, a phenomenon that can contribute in the control of post prandial glycemia. We may not exclude that the sucrose escaping the digestion could also contribute to the changes in the gut microbiota after a chronic treatment with inulin. [less ▲]

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See detailCOMPUTED TOMOGRAPHY AND MAGNITEC RESONANCE FINDINGS IN ATHLETES AT RISK FOR SUDDEN CARDIAC DEATH
GHEKIERE, olivier; Nchimi Longang, Alain ULg; BIJNENES, Eric et al

in Journal of the Belgian Society of Radiology (2016), 44

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See detailAlcohol intake increases the risk of HCC in hepatitis C virus-related cirrhosis: a prospective study.
Vandenbulcke, H; Moreno, C; Colle, I et al

in Journal of Hepatology (2016), 65

Background & Aims:Whether alcohol intake increases the risk of complications in patients with HCV-related cirrhosis remains unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of alcohol intake and ... [more ▼]

Background & Aims:Whether alcohol intake increases the risk of complications in patients with HCV-related cirrhosis remains unclear. The aim of this study was to determine the impact of alcohol intake and viral eradication on the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), decompensation of cirrhosis and death. Methods: Data on alcohol intake and viral eradication were prospectively collected in 192 patients with compensated HCVrelated cirrhosis. Results: 74 patients consumed alcohol (median alcohol intake: 15 g/day); 68 reached viral eradication. During a median followup of 58 months, 33 patients developed HCC, 53 experienced at least one decompensation event, and 39 died. The 5-year cumulative incidence rate of HCC was 10.6% (95% CI: 4.6–16.6) in abstainers vs. 23.8% (95% CI: 13.5–34.1) in consumers (p = 0.087), and 2.0% (95% CI: 0–5.8) vs. 21.7% (95% CI: 14.2–29.2) in patients with and without viral eradication (p = 0.002), respectively. The lowest risk of HCC was observed for patients without alcohol intake and with viral eradication (0%) followed by patients with alcohol intake and viral eradication (6.2% [95% CI: 0–18.4]), patients without alcohol intake and no viral eradication (15.9% [95% CI: 7.1– 24.7]), and patients with alcohol intake and no viral eradication (29.2% [95% CI: 16.5–41.9]) (p = 0.009). In multivariate analysis, lack of viral eradication and alcohol consumption were associated with the risk of HCC (hazard ratio for alcohol consumption: 3.43, 95% CI: 1.49–7.92, p = 0.004). Alcohol intake did not influence the risk of decompensation or death. Conclusions: Light-to-moderate alcohol intake increases the risk of HCC in patients with HCV-related cirrhosis. Patient care should include measures to ensure abstinence. Lay summary:Whether alcohol intake increases the risk of complications in patients with HCV-related cirrhosis remains unclear. In this prospective study, light-to-moderate alcohol intake was associated with the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma in multivariate analysis. No patients who did not use alcohol and who reached viral eradication developed hepatocellular carcinoma during follow-up. The risk of hepatocellular carcinoma increased with alcohol intake or in patients without viral eradication and was highest when alcohol intake was present in the absence of viral eradication. Patients with HCV-related cirrhosis should be strongly advised against any alcohol intake. Patient care should include measures to ensure abstinence. [less ▲]

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See detailCapturing the wide variety of impaired fracture healing phenotypes in Neurofibromatosis Type 1 with eight key factors: a computational study.
carlier, aurelie; brems, h.; ashbourn, j.m.a. et al

in Scientific Reports (2016), 7

Congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia (CPT) is a rare disease which normally presents itself during early childhood by anterolateral bowing of the tibia and spontaneous tibial fractures. Although the ... [more ▼]

Congenital pseudarthrosis of the tibia (CPT) is a rare disease which normally presents itself during early childhood by anterolateral bowing of the tibia and spontaneous tibial fractures. Although the exact etiology of CPT is highly debated, 40-80% of CPT patients are carriers of a mutation in the Neurofibromatosis Type 1 (NF1) gene, which can potentially result in an altered phenotype of the skeletal cells and impaired bone healing. In this study we use a computational model of bone regeneration to examine the effect of the Nf1 mutation on bone fracture healing by altering the parameter values of eight key factors which describe the aberrant cellular behaviour of Nf1 haploinsufficient and Nf1 bi-allelically inactivated cells. We show that the computational model is able to predict the formation of a hamartoma as well as a wide variety of CPT phenotypes through different combinations of altered parameter values. A sensitivity analysis by "Design of Experiments" identified the impaired endochondral ossification process and increased infiltration of fibroblastic cells as key contributors to the degree of severity of CPT. Hence, the computational model results have added credibility to the experimental hypothesis of a genetic cause (i.e. Nf1 mutation) for CPT. [less ▲]

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See detailVirtual Issue celebrating the 100th volume of the Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
Fascetti, A. J.; Everaert, Nadia ULg

in Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition (2016), 100(1), 1-2

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See detailError in the estimation of emission factors for forest degradation in central Africa
Picard, N.; Henry, M.; Fonton, N.H. et al

in Journal of Forest Research (2016)

The implementation of forest-based projects to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions requires the estimation of emission factors (here the difference in biomass stocks between two forest types). The ... [more ▼]

The implementation of forest-based projects to mitigate greenhouse gas emissions requires the estimation of emission factors (here the difference in biomass stocks between two forest types). The estimation of these quan- tities using forest inventory data and allometric models implies different sources of errors that need to be prioritized to improve the precision of estimation. Using data from permanent sample plots in a tropical moist forest in central Africa and considering four allometric models with equal likelihood, the largest source of error in the estimate of the difference of biomass between intact and logged-over forest was that due to the model choice (40 % of the sum of squares). The error due to the model choice did not cancel out in the difference due to an interaction between the model’s prediction and the diameter structure of the forest. The variability in biomass between plots was the second largest source of error, but was underestimated because of post-stratification. The error due to the model choice could be reduced by weighting the models’predictions. [less ▲]

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See detail18F-FDG PET/CT imaging in rectal cancer: relationship with the RAS mutational status.
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULg; KOOPMANSCH, Benjamin ULg; LAMBERT, Frédéric ULg et al

in British Journal of Radiology (2016)

OBJECTIVE: Treating metastatic colorectal cancer with anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies is recommended only for patients whose tumour does not harbour mutations of KRAS or NRAS. The aim of this study was to ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: Treating metastatic colorectal cancer with anti-EGFR monoclonal antibodies is recommended only for patients whose tumour does not harbour mutations of KRAS or NRAS. The aim of this study was to investigate the biology of rectal cancers and specifically to evaluate the relationship between fluorine-18 fludeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) intensity and heterogeneity parameters and their mutational status. METHODS: 151 patients with newly diagnosed rectal cancer were included in this retrospective study. All patients underwent a baseline 18F-FDG PET/CT within a median time interval of 27 days of tumour tissue sampling, which was performed before any treatment. Standardized uptake values (SUVs), volume-based parameters and texture analysis were studied. We retrospectively performed KRAS genotyping on codons 12, 13, 61, 117 and 146, NRAS genotyping on codons 12, 13 and 61 and BRAF on codon 600. Associations between PET/CT parameters and the mutational status were assessed using univariate and multivariate analysis. RESULTS: 83 (55%) patients had an RAS mutation: 74 KRAS and 9 NRAS, while 68 patients had no mutation (wild-type tumours). No patient had BRAF mutation. First-order features based on intensity histogram analysis were significantly associated with RAS mutations: maximum SUV (SUVmax) (p-value = 0.002), mean SUV (p-value = 0.006), skewness (p-value = 0.049), SUV standard deviation (p-value = 0.001) and SUV coefficient of variation (SUVcov) (p-value = 0.001). Both SUVcov and SUVmax showed an area under the curve of 0.65 with sensitivity of 56% and 69%, respectively, and specificity of 64% and 52%, respectively. None of the volume-based (metabolic tumour volume and total lesion glycolysis), nor local or regional textural features were associated with the presence of RAS mutations. CONCLUSION: Although rectal cancers with KRAS or NRAS mutations display a significantly higher glucose metabolism than wild-type cancers, the accuracy of the currently proposed quantitative metrics extracted from 18F-FDG PET/CT is not sufficiently high for playing a meaningful clinical role. ADVANCES IN KNOWLEDGE: RAS-mutated rectal cancers have a significantly higher glucose metabolism. However, the accuracy of 18F-FDG PET/CT quantitative metrics is not as such as the technique could play a clinical role. [less ▲]

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See detailTransatlantic Editorial: a comparison between European and North American guidelines on myocardial revascularization.
Kolh, Philippe ULg; Kurlansky, Paul; Cremer, Jochen et al

in European journal of cardio-thoracic surgery : official journal of the European Association for Cardio-thoracic Surgery (2016), 49(5), 1307-17

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See detailLes Alarmes de Mars de Jean d'Auton. Édition et commentaire
Dumont, Jonathan ULg

in Annuaire - Bulletin de la Société de l'Histoire de France (2016), 551

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See detailSoil processes drive the biological silicon feedback loop
Cornelis, Jean-Thomas ULg; Delvaux, Bruno

in Functional Ecology (2016)

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See detailProcedural learning, consolidation, and transfer of a new skill in Developmental Coordination Disorder
Lejeune, Caroline ULg; Wansard, Murielle ULg; Geurten, Marie ULg et al

in Child Neuropsychology : A Journal on Normal & Abnormal Development in Childhood & Adolescence (2016), 22(2), 143-154

The aim of this study was to explore the differences in procedural learning abilities between children with DCD and typically developing children by investigating the steps that lead to skill ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to explore the differences in procedural learning abilities between children with DCD and typically developing children by investigating the steps that lead to skill automatization (i.e., the stages of fast learning, consolidation, and slow learning). Transfer of the skill to a new situation was also assessed. We tested 34 children aged 6–12 years with and without DCD on a perceptuomotor adaptation task, a form of procedural learning that is thought to involve the cerebellum and the basal ganglia (regions whose impairment has been associated with DCD) but also other brain areas including frontal regions. The results showed similar rates of learning, consolidation, and transfer in DCD and control children. However, the DCD children's performance remained slower than that of controls throughout the procedural task and they reached a lower asymptotic performance level; the difficulties observed at the outset did not diminish with practice. [less ▲]

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See detailAssessing respiratory mechanics using pressure reconstruction method in mechanically ventilated spontaneous breathing patient.
Damanhuri, Nor Salwa; Chiew, Yeong Shiong; Othman, Nor Azlan et al

in Computer Methods & Programs in Biomedicine (2016), 130

BACKGROUND: Respiratory system modelling can aid clinical decision making during mechanical ventilation (MV) in intensive care. However, spontaneous breathing (SB) efforts can produce entrained "M-wave ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Respiratory system modelling can aid clinical decision making during mechanical ventilation (MV) in intensive care. However, spontaneous breathing (SB) efforts can produce entrained "M-wave" airway pressure waveforms that inhibit identification of accurate values for respiratory system elastance and airway resistance. A pressure wave reconstruction method is proposed to accurately identify respiratory mechanics, assess the level of SB effort, and quantify the incidence of SB effort without uncommon measuring devices or interruption to care. METHODS: Data from 275 breaths aggregated from all mechanically ventilated patients at Christchurch Hospital were used in this study. The breath specific respiratory elastance is calculated using a time-varying elastance model. A pressure reconstruction method is proposed to reconstruct pressure waves identified as being affected by SB effort. The area under the curve of the time-varying respiratory elastance (AUC Edrs) are calculated and compared, where unreconstructed waves yield lower AUC Edrs. The difference between the reconstructed and unreconstructed pressure is denoted as a surrogate measure of SB effort. RESULTS: The pressure reconstruction method yielded a median AUC Edrs of 19.21 [IQR: 16.30-22.47]cmH2Os/l. In contrast, the median AUC Edrs for unreconstructed M-wave data was 20.41 [IQR: 16.68-22.81]cmH2Os/l. The pressure reconstruction method had the least variability in AUC Edrs assessed by the robust coefficient of variation (RCV)=0.04 versus 0.05 for unreconstructed data. Each patient exhibited different levels of SB effort, independent from MV setting, indicating the need for non-invasive, real time assessment of SB effort. CONCLUSION: A simple reconstruction method enables more consistent real-time estimation of the true, underlying respiratory system mechanics of a SB patient and provides the surrogate of SB effort, which may be clinically useful for clinicians in determining optimal ventilator settings to improve patient care. [less ▲]

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See detailSelf-continuity across time in schizophrenia: an exploration of phenomenological and narrative continuity in the past and future
Allé, M. C.; D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg; Schneider, P. et al

in Comprehensive Psychiatry (2016), 69

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See detailPlant evolution and terrestrialization during Palaeozoic times - the phylogenetic context
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Servais, Thomas; Vecoli, Marco

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2016)

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See detailFeline panleukopenia virus in cerebral neurons of young and adult cats.
Garigliany, Mutien-Marie ULg; Gilliaux, Gautier ULg; Jolly, Sandra et al

in BMC veterinary research (2016), 12(1), 28

BACKGROUND: Perinatal infections with feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) have long been known to be associated with cerebellar hypoplasia in kittens due to productive infection of dividing neuroblasts. FPV ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Perinatal infections with feline panleukopenia virus (FPV) have long been known to be associated with cerebellar hypoplasia in kittens due to productive infection of dividing neuroblasts. FPV, like other parvoviruses, requires dividing cells to replicate which explains the usual tropism of the virus for the digestive tract, lymphoid tissues and bone marrow in older animals. RESULTS: In this study, the necropsy and histopathological analyses of a series of 28 cats which died from parvovirus infection in 2013 were performed. Infections were confirmed by real time PCR and immunohistochemistry in several organs. Strikingly, while none of these cats showed cerebellar atrophy or cerebellar positive immunostaining, some of them, including one adult, showed a bright positive immunostaining for viral antigens in cerebral neurons (diencephalon). Furthermore, infected neurons were negative by immunostaining for p27(Kip1), a cell cycle regulatory protein, while neighboring, uninfected, neurons were positive, suggesting a possible re-entry of infected neurons into the mitotic cycle. Next-Generation Sequencing and PCR analyses showed that the virus infecting cat brains was FPV and presented a unique substitution in NS1 protein sequence. Given the role played by this protein in the control of cell cycle and apoptosis in other parvoviral species, it is tempting to hypothesize that a cause-to-effect between this NS1 mutation and the capacity of this FPV strain to infect neurons in adult cats might exist. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides the first evidence of infection of cerebral neurons by feline panleukopenia virus in cats, including an adult. A possible re-entry into the cell cycle by infected neurons has been observed. A mutation in the NS1 protein sequence of the FPV strain involved could be related to its unusual cellular tropism. Further research is needed to clarify this point. [less ▲]

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See detailApoptosis-induced ectodomain shedding of hypoxia-regulated carbonic anhydrase IX from tumor cells: a double-edged response to chemotherapy.
Vidlickova, Ivana; Dequiedt, Franck ULg; Jelenska, Lenka et al

in BMC Cancer (2016), 16(1), 239

BACKGROUND: Carbonic anhydrase IX (CA IX) is a tumor-associated, highly active, transmembrane carbonic anhydrase isoform regulated by hypoxia and implicated in pH control and adhesion-migration-invasion ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Carbonic anhydrase IX (CA IX) is a tumor-associated, highly active, transmembrane carbonic anhydrase isoform regulated by hypoxia and implicated in pH control and adhesion-migration-invasion. CA IX ectodomain (ECD) is shed from the tumor cell surface to serum/plasma of patients, where it can signify cancer prognosis. We previously showed that the CA IX ECD release is mediated by disintegrin and metalloproteinase ADAM17. Here we investigated the CA IX ECD shedding in tumor cells undergoing apoptosis in response to cytotoxic drugs, including cycloheximide and doxorubicin. METHODS: Presence of cell surface CA IX was correlated to the extent of apoptosis by flow cytometry in cell lines with natural or ectopic CA IX expression. CA IX ECD level was assessed by ELISA using CA IX-specific monoclonal antibodies. Effect of recombinant CA IX ECD on the activation of molecular pathways was evaluated using the cell-based dual-luciferase reporter assay. RESULTS: We found a significantly lower occurrence of apoptosis in the CA IX-positive cell subpopulation than in the CA IX-negative one. We also demonstrated that the cell-surface CA IX level dropped during the death progress due to an increased ECD shedding, which required a functional ADAM17. Inhibitors of metalloproteinases reduced CA IX ECD shedding, but not apoptosis. The CA IX ECD release induced by cytotoxic drugs was connected to elevated expression of CA IX in the surviving fraction of cells. Moreover, an externally added recombinant CA IX ECD activated a pathway driven by the Nanog transcription factor implicated in epithelial-mesenchymal transition and stemness. CONCLUSIONS: These findings imply that the increased level of the circulating CA IX ECD might be useful as an indicator of an effective antitumor chemotherapy. Conversely, elevated CA IX ECD might generate unwanted effects through autocrine/paracrine signaling potentially contributing to resistance and tumor progression. [less ▲]

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See detailSex Differences in White Matter Microstructure in the Human Brain Predominantly Reflect Differences in Sex Hormone Exposure.
van Hemmen, J.; Saris, I. M. J.; Cohen-Kettenis, P. T. et al

in Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) (2016)

Sex differences have been described regarding several aspects of human brain morphology; however, the exact biological mechanisms underlying these differences remain unclear in humans. Women with the ... [more ▼]

Sex differences have been described regarding several aspects of human brain morphology; however, the exact biological mechanisms underlying these differences remain unclear in humans. Women with the complete androgen insensitivity syndrome (CAIS), who lack androgen action in the presence of a 46,XY karyotype, offer the unique opportunity to study isolated effects of sex hormones and sex chromosomes on human neural sexual differentiation. In the present study, we used diffusion tensor imaging to investigate white matter (WM) microstructure in 46,XY women with CAIS (n = 20), 46,XY comparison men (n = 30), and 46,XX comparison women (n = 30). Widespread sex differences in fractional anisotropy (FA), with higher FA in comparison men than in comparison women, were observed. Women with CAIS showed female-typical FA throughout extended WM regions, predominantly due to female-typical radial diffusivity. These findings indicate a predominant role of sex hormones in the sexual differentiation of WM microstructure, although sex chromosome genes and/or masculinizing androgen effects not mediated by the androgen receptor might also play a role. [less ▲]

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See detailWalnut husk fly, Rhagoletis completa (Diptera: Tephritidae), invades Europe: invasion potential and control strategies
Verheggen, François ULg; verhaeghe, Agnès; Giordanengo, Philippe et al

in Applied Entomology and Zoology (2016)

Rhagoletis completa Cresson (Diptera: Tephritidae) is native to North America and invaded Western Europe in the late 1980s, causing important damage to its principal host, walnut (Juglans spp.). In this ... [more ▼]

Rhagoletis completa Cresson (Diptera: Tephritidae) is native to North America and invaded Western Europe in the late 1980s, causing important damage to its principal host, walnut (Juglans spp.). In this review, we summarize the important elements of R. completa’s biology, phytosanitary status and methods used in Europe for its control, and then present the main conclusions associated with a completed risk analysis performed in 2014 to evaluate the dispersion and establishment potential of R. completa in Europe. The walnut husk fly was initially identified in Switzerland (1988) and Italy (1991), from where it spread to at least seven additional countries: France, Spain, Germany, Austria, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary. R. completa has not reached the limits of its potential distribution. The main dissemination pathways within Europe include: (1) natural adult dissemination; (2) adult hitchhiker behaviour; and, to a lesser extent, (3) transportation of larvae in fresh fruits. R. completa host plants are widely distributed in Europe, either as isolated wild trees or in orchards, favouring the probability of fly establishment in currently fly-free areas. In addition, the European territories where Juglans species are present share biogeographic similarities. In orchards where R. completa is present and uncontrolled, 100% of walnut trees can be infested, causing losses in walnut yields of up to 80%. The negative effect is low (<10% yield loss) under phytosanitary control, although additional costs must also be considered to support specific monitoring for R. completa. The information presented here underlines a strong need for better walnut husk fly monitoring across European countries, as well as for increasing efforts to develop biological methods to control this emerging pest. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo 3D thermomechanical numerical models of friction stir welding processes with a trigonal pin
Bussetta, Philippe; Feulvarch, Eric; Tongne, Amèvi et al

in Numerical Heat Transfer : Part A. Applications (2016)

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See detailIterative Fragmentation Improves the Detection of ChIP-seq Peaks for Inactive Histone Marks.
Laczik, Miklos ULg; Hendrickx, Jan; Veillard, Anne-Clemence et al

in Bioinformatics and biology insights (2016), 10

As chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) sequencing is becoming the dominant technique for studying chromatin modifications, new protocols surface to improve the method. Bioinformatics is also essential to ... [more ▼]

As chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) sequencing is becoming the dominant technique for studying chromatin modifications, new protocols surface to improve the method. Bioinformatics is also essential to analyze and understand the results, and precise analysis helps us to identify the effects of protocol optimizations. We applied iterative sonication - sending the fragmented DNA after ChIP through additional round(s) of shearing - to a number of samples, testing the effects on different histone marks, aiming to uncover potential benefits of inactive histone marks specifically. We developed an analysis pipeline that utilizes our unique, enrichment-type specific approach to peak calling. With the help of this pipeline, we managed to accurately describe the advantages and disadvantages of the iterative refragmentation technique, and we successfully identified possible fields for its applications, where it enhances the results greatly. In addition to the resonication protocol description, we provide guidelines for peak calling optimization and a freely implementable pipeline for data analysis. [less ▲]

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See detailCorrelation between resting state fMRI total neuronal activity and PET metabolism in healthy controls and patients with disorders of consciousness
Soddu, Andrea ULg; Gomez, Francisco; Heine, Lizette ULg et al

in Brain and Behavior (2016)

Introduction: The mildly invasive 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) is a well-established imaging technique to measure ‘resting state’ cerebral metabolism. This technique made ... [more ▼]

Introduction: The mildly invasive 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) is a well-established imaging technique to measure ‘resting state’ cerebral metabolism. This technique made it possible to assess changes in metabolic activity in clinical applications, such as the study of severe brain injury and disorders of consciousness. Objective: We assessed the possi- bility of creating functional MRI activity maps, which could estimate the rela- tive levels of activity in FDG-PET cerebral metabolic maps. If no metabolic absolute measures can be extracted, our approach may still be of clinical use in centers without access to FDG-PET. It also overcomes the problem of recogniz- ing individual networks of independent component selection in functional mag- netic resonance imaging (fMRI) resting state analysis. Methods: We extracted resting state fMRI functional connectivity maps using independent component analysis and combined only components of neuronal origin. To assess neu- ronality of components a classification based on support vector machine (SVM) was used. We compared the generated maps with the FDG-PET maps in 16 healthy controls, 11 vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness syndrome patients and four locked-in patients. Results: The results show a significant similarity with q = 0.75  0.05 for healthy controls and q = 0.58  0.09 for vegetative state/unresponsive wakefulness syndrome patients between the FDG- PET and the fMRI based maps. FDG-PET, fMRI neuronal maps, and the conjunction analysis show decreases in frontoparietal and medial regions in vegetative patients with respect to controls. Subsequent analysis in locked-in syndrome patients produced also consistent maps with healthy controls. Conclusions: The constructed resting state fMRI functional connectivity map points toward the possibility for fMRI resting state to estimate relative levels of activity in a metabolic map. [less ▲]

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See detailWoody plant cover estimation in drylands from Earth Observation based seasonal metrics
Brandt, Martin; Hiernaux, Pierre; Tagesson, Torbern et al

in Remote Sensing of Environment (2016), 172

From in situ measured woody cover we develop a phenology driven model to estimate the canopy cover of woody species in the Sahelian drylands at 1 km scale. The model estimates the total canopy cover of ... [more ▼]

From in situ measured woody cover we develop a phenology driven model to estimate the canopy cover of woody species in the Sahelian drylands at 1 km scale. The model estimates the total canopy cover of all woody phanerophytes and the concept is based on the significant difference in phenophases of dryland trees, shrubs and bushes as compared to that of the herbaceous plants. Whereas annual herbaceous plants are only green during the rainy season and senescence occurs shortly after flowering towards the last rains, most woody plants remain photosynthetically active over large parts of the year. We use Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) and Satellite pour l'Observation de la Terre (SPOT) — VEGETATION (VGT) Fraction of Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (FAPAR) time series and test 10 metrics representing the annual FAPAR dynamics for their ability to reproduce in situ woody cover at 43 sites (163 observations between 1993 and 2013) in the Sahel. Both multi-year field data and satellite metrics are averaged to produce a steady map. Multiple regression models using the integral of FAPAR from the onset of the dry season to the onset of the rainy season, the start date of the growing season and the rate of decrease of the FAPAR curve achieve a cross validated r2/RMSE (in % woody cover) of 0.73/3.0 (MODIS) and 0.70/3.2 (VGT). The extrapolation to Sahel scale shows agreement between VGT and MODIS at an almost nine times higher woody cover than in the global tree cover product MOD44B which only captures trees of a certain minimum size. The derived woody cover map of the Sahel is made publicly available and represents an improvement of existing products and a contribution for future studies of drylands quantifying carbon stocks, climate change assessment, as well as parametrization of vegetation dynamic models. [less ▲]

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See detailContraintes Socio-économiques de Répartition des Terres et Impacts sur la Conservation des Sols dans les Hauts Plateaux de l’Ouest du Cameroun
Djoukeng, Henri Grisseur ULg; Dogot, Thomas ULg; Tankou, Christopher Mubeteneh et al

in Tropicultura (2016), 34(3), 231-241

This article combines the social survey data on access to land and those of the adoption of tied ridging as soil conservation technique to help better understand the management of erosion and runoff by ... [more ▼]

This article combines the social survey data on access to land and those of the adoption of tied ridging as soil conservation technique to help better understand the management of erosion and runoff by farmers in the Western Highlands of Cameroon, specifically in the hills of Fongo-Tongo villages’ group. The study focused on 230 plots owned by 157 respondents on 158 people inventoried. Five main modes of access to land were listed as: inheritance, purchase, temporary transfers, donations and rental. The owners and operators of the hills of gentle slopes (between11% and 17%) and steepest slopes (between 22% and 29%) were inventoried. Two main social ranks were identified: the dignitaries (Chiefs, Notables, Elites and heirs) and other (non-heirs son and women). The study showed that the agronomic abilities of plots as recognized by farmers are a key factor in the implementation of soil conservation techniques. The peasant approach of soil fertility has been scientifically proven by the physicochemical analysis of soil samples taken under plant species used locally as indicator of soil fertility (Pennisetum spp on fertile soils and Imperata cylindrica and Melinis minutiflora on poor soils). The study showed that access to land, adoption of tied ridging and slope exploitation were significantly influenced by the socio-economic status of farmers (p <0.05). [less ▲]

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

in Archives of cardiovascular diseases (2016)

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See detailProbing the low-frequency vortex dynamics in a nanostructured superconducting strip
de Souza Silva, Clecio C.; Raes, Bart; Brisbois, Jérémy ULg et al

in Physical Review B (2016)

We investigate by scanning susceptibility microscopy the response of a thin Pb strip, with a square array of submicron antidots, to a low-frequency ac magnetic field applied perpendicularly to the film ... [more ▼]

We investigate by scanning susceptibility microscopy the response of a thin Pb strip, with a square array of submicron antidots, to a low-frequency ac magnetic field applied perpendicularly to the film plane. By mapping the local permeability of the sample within the field range where vortices trapped by the antidots and interstitial vortices coexist, we observed two distinct dynamical regimes occurring at different temperatures. At a temperature just below the superconducting transition, T/Tc = 0.96, the sample response is essentially dominated by the motion of highly mobile interstitial vortices. However, at a slightly lower temperature, T/Tc = 0.93, the interstitial vortices freeze up leading to a strong reduction of the ac screening length. We propose a simple model for the vortex response in this system which fits well to the experimental data. Our analysis suggests that the observed switching to the high mobility regime stems from a resonant effect, where the period of the ac excitation is just large enough to allow interstitial vortices to thermally hop through the weak pinning landscape produced by random material defects. This argument is further supported by the observation of a pronounced enhancement of the out-of-phase response at the crossover between both dynamical regimes. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneous bedrock investigation for a closed-loop geothermal system: A case study
Radioti, Georgia ULg; Delvoie, Simon ULg; Charlier, Robert ULg et al

in Geothermics (2016)

This paper investigates bedrock heterogeneity by applying three different geophysical approaches, in order to study the long-term behaviour and the interaction between closed-loop geothermal systems. The ... [more ▼]

This paper investigates bedrock heterogeneity by applying three different geophysical approaches, in order to study the long-term behaviour and the interaction between closed-loop geothermal systems. The investigated site consists of four boreholes equipped with geothermal pipes on the campus of University of Liege, Belgium. The first approach includes acoustic borehole imaging, gamma-ray logging and cuttings observation and results to a detailed fracture characterisation, rock identification and layer dip angle determination. The second approach consists of measuring the thermal conductivity of cuttings at the laboratory. Study of cuttings thermal conductivity measurements can contribute to bedrock heterogeneity knowledge concerning the transition of one formation to another and the layer dipping. The third approach is based on high-resolution temperature profiles, measured during the hardening of the grouting material and the recovery phase of a Distributed Thermal Response Test. Through this approach a correlation of the temperature profiles to the geological characteristics of the surrounding bedrock is identified. The analysis of this correlation can provide information on fractured zones, alternation of different rock types and layering dipping. This latter approach can be easily applied on closed-loop geothermal systems to characterise the bedrock and investigate its heterogeneity as well as contribute to the their long-term behaviour prediction and to the optimisation of their efficiency. [less ▲]

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See detailPost-glacial colonization of Europe by the wood mouse, Apodemus sylvaticus: evidence of a northern refugium and dispersal with humans
Herman, Jeremy; Johannesdottir, Frija; Jones, Eleanor et al

in Biological Journal of the Linnean Society (2016)

The wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus is an opportunistic rodent that is found throughout most of the European mainland. It is present on many islands around the margins of the continent and in northern ... [more ▼]

The wood mouse Apodemus sylvaticus is an opportunistic rodent that is found throughout most of the European mainland. It is present on many islands around the margins of the continent and in northern Africa. The species has been the subject of previous phylogeographical studies, although these have focussed on the more southerly part of its range. A substantial number of new samples, many of them from the periphery of the species’ range, contribute to an exceptional dataset comprising 981 mitochondrial cytochrome b sequences. These new data provide sufficient resolution to transform our understanding of the survival of the species through the last glaciation and its subsequent re-colonization of the continent. The deepest genetic split that we found is in agreement with previous studies and runs from the Alps to central Ukraine, although we further distinguish two separate lineages in wood mice to the north and west of this line. It is likely that this part of Europe was colonized from two refugia, putatively located in the Iberian peninsula and the Dordogne or Carpathian region. The wood mouse therefore joins the growing number of species with extant populations that appear to have survived the Last Glacial Maximum in northern refugia, rather than solely in traditionally recognized refugial locations in the southern European peninsulas. Furthermore, the existence of a northern refugium for the species was predicted in a study of mitochondrial variation in a specific parasite of the wood mouse, demonstrating the potential value of data from parasites to phylogeographical studies. Lastly, the presence of related haplotypes in widely disparate locations, often on islands or separated by substantial bodies of water, demonstrates the propensity of the wood mouse for accidental human-mediated transport [less ▲]

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See detailL'impôt sur les revenus des salariés et l'extranéité (1e partie)
Docclo, Caroline ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux du Travail (2016)

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See detailBovine Staphylococcus aureus: Subtyping, evolution, and zoonotic transfer.
Boss, R.; Cosandey, A.; Luini, M. et al

in Journal of dairy science (2016), 99(1), 515-28

Staphylococcus aureus is globally one of the most important pathogens causing contagious mastitis in cattle. Previous studies using ribosomal spacer (RS)-PCR, however, demonstrated in Swiss cows that ... [more ▼]

Staphylococcus aureus is globally one of the most important pathogens causing contagious mastitis in cattle. Previous studies using ribosomal spacer (RS)-PCR, however, demonstrated in Swiss cows that Staph. aureus isolated from bovine intramammary infections are genetically heterogeneous, with Staph. aureus genotype B (GTB) and GTC being the most prominent genotypes. Furthermore, Staph. aureus GTB was found to be contagious, whereas Staph. aureus GTC and all the remaining genotypes were involved in individual cow disease. In addition to RS-PCR, other methods for subtyping Staph. aureus are known, including spa typing and multilocus sequence typing (MLST). They are based on sequencing the spa and various housekeeping genes, respectively. The aim of the present study was to compare the 3 analytic methods using 456 strains of Staph. aureus isolated from milk of bovine intramammary infections and bulk tanks obtained from 12 European countries. Furthermore, the phylogeny of animal Staph. aureus was inferred and the zoonotic transfer of Staph. aureus between cattle and humans was studied. The analyzed strains could be grouped into 6 genotypic clusters, with CLB, CLC, and CLR being the most prominent ones. Comparing the 3 subtyping methods, RS-PCR showed the highest resolution, followed by spa typing and MLST. We found associations among the methods but in many cases they were unsatisfactory except for CLB and CLC. Cluster CLB was positive for clonal complex (CC)8 in 99% of the cases and typically positive for t2953; it is the cattle-adapted form of CC8. Cluster CLC was always positive for tbl 2645 and typically positive for CC705. For CLR and the remaining subtypes, links among the 3 methods were generally poor. Bovine Staph. aureus is highly clonal and a few clones predominate. Animal Staph. aureus always evolve from human strains, such that every human strain may be the ancestor of a novel animal-adapted strain. The zoonotic transfer of IMI- and milk-associated strains of Staph. aureus between cattle and humans seems to be very limited and different hosts are not considered as a source for mutual, spontaneous infections. Spillover events, however, may happen. [less ▲]

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See detailTranscriptome of the freshwater amphipod Gammarus pulex hepatopancreas
Gismondi, Eric ULg; Thomé, Jean-Pierre ULg

in Genomics Data (2016), 8

So far, ecotoxicological studies used biomarkers of exposure or of effects in order to investigate the impacts of contaminated areas on biota (Peakall, 1994 [6]). However, although these results are ... [more ▼]

So far, ecotoxicological studies used biomarkers of exposure or of effects in order to investigate the impacts of contaminated areas on biota (Peakall, 1994 [6]). However, although these results are important in the ecotoxicological risk assessment, biomarkers are very specific and only provide information on the biological processes or physiological pathways targeted by the biomarkers experimenters choose to test (Monsinjon and Knigge, 2007 [5]). In recent years, proteomics have become a major tool in ecotoxicology, as they provide a global insight into the mechanism of action of pollutants without the need of hypothesis testing or any preconception on the biological processes likely impacted (Gismondi et al., 2015; Trapp et al., 2015 [7]; Truebano, 2016 [8]). However, the analysis of proteomic results is often limited due to the lack of database, especially for non-model organisms, such as Gammarus sp, commonly used as biological model in ecotoxicology (Sornom et al., 2012 [11]; Vellinger et al., 2013 [9]; Gismondi and Thomé, 2014 [1]; Lebrun et al., 2014 [3]). Here, we performed Illumina HiSeq sequencing to total RNA isolated from the hepatopancreas (i.e. detoxification tissue) of Gammarus pulex males and females coming from uncontaminated river and contaminated river (e.g. PCB, benzo(a)pyrene). Approximately 290Mpaired-end readswere assembled, filtered and sorted into 39,801 contigswhose 10.878 were similar of proteins available in databases. The assembled contigs could represent a reference hepatopancreas transcriptome for G. pulex, and constitute an important resource for future investigations on the impacts of pollutants on invertebrate biota, since itwould improve the understanding of the mechanisms of action involved in toxicity. In addition, the hepatopancreas transcriptome will also allow the identification of new potential biomarkers for the ecotoxicological risk assessments. Assembled contigswere deposited in the European Nucleotide Archive under the BioProject number PRJEB13055, with accession numbers FJVI01000001-FJVI01039801. [less ▲]

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See detailThe terrestrialization process: A palaeobotanical and palynological perspective (2).
Meyer-Berthaud, Brigitte; Servais, Thomas; Vecoli, Marco et al

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2016)

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See detailActivity-stability relationships revisited in blue oxidases catalyzing electron transfer at extreme temperatures
Roulling, F.; Godin, Amandine ULg; Cipolla, A. et al

in Extremophiles : Life Under Extreme Conditions (2016), 20

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See detailNew data about anatomy, branching, and inferred growth patterns in the Early Devonian plant Armoricaphyton chateaupannense, Montjean-sur-Loire, France
Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Gensel, PG

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2016), 224(Part 1), 38-53

This study provides detailed information, based on serial peels, on the anatomy of the primary and secondary xylem, lateral branch formation, and proposed growth pattern of Armoricaphyton Strullu-Derrien ... [more ▼]

This study provides detailed information, based on serial peels, on the anatomy of the primary and secondary xylem, lateral branch formation, and proposed growth pattern of Armoricaphyton Strullu-Derrien et al., an Early Devonian (Pragian) basal euphyllophyte. The centrarch primary xylem strand is circular to oval in cross section and includes P-type tracheids. The pattern of lateral branch departure is described in detail based on serial peels. The secondary xylem, illustrated in transverse, radial and tangential longitudinal sections, includes P-type tracheids with similar pitting in radial and tangential walls. The presence of one-walled spaces interpreted as rays is confirmed. This study also documents the earliest occurrence of secondary xylem at bases of next higher order of branches. A model of growth for this unusual Early Devonian plant is presented, with documented epidogenetic, menetogenetic and possible apoxogenetic phases. The difference in proportion of primary tosecondary xylem is postulated to be a result of this mode of growth. The possible implications of xylem size and organization in the lateral organ in Armoricaphyton relative to the early evolution of the megaphyllous leaf are briefly discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailComparison of residual stresses on long rolled profiles measured by X-ray diffraction, ring core and the sectioning methods and simulated by FE method
Bouffioux, Chantal ULg; Pesci, Raphaël; Boman, Romain ULg et al

in Thin-Walled Structures (2016), 104

Sheet piles are produced by hot rolling, a cooling step and, if required, by a straightening operation. Numerical simulations indicate that the stress field is almost homogeneous through the thickness ... [more ▼]

Sheet piles are produced by hot rolling, a cooling step and, if required, by a straightening operation. Numerical simulations indicate that the stress field is almost homogeneous through the thickness, justifying the comparison of X-ray diffraction, ring core and the sectioning methods applied after the cooling step and after the straightening process. The equipment, the steps of the experimental procedures and the results are detailed, showing the limits, the specificities and the advantages of each method. Moreover, the amplitude and the distribution of the stresses along the width of the sections present good agreement with results of numerical simulations. [less ▲]

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

in The Canadian journal of cardiology (2016)

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

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

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See detailConvective drying behavior of sawdust-sludge mixtures in a fixed bed
Li, Jie; Fraikin, Laurent ULg; Salmon, Thierry ULg et al

in Drying Technology (2016), 34(4), 395-402

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See detailInvading or recolonizing? Patterns and drivers of wild boar population expansion into Belgian agroecosystems
Morelle, Kévin; Fattebert, Julien; Mengal, Coralie ULg et al

in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2016), 222

Native species can also exhibit invasive-like spreading patterns, and identifying mechanisms driving spread of native species is a recent but essential challenge in ecology. In Europe, wild boar Sus ... [more ▼]

Native species can also exhibit invasive-like spreading patterns, and identifying mechanisms driving spread of native species is a recent but essential challenge in ecology. In Europe, wild boar Sus scrofa populations and range increased for decades. While patterns of population growth are well studied, those related to range expansion are still poorly understood. In this study, we aimed to understand patterns and mechanisms that promoted wild boar population expansion in agricultural landscapes of Southern Belgium between 1981 and 2010. Using hunting-based knowledge on colonization history and an information-theoretic approach, we evaluated support to four a priori hypotheses explaining mechanisms of wild boar colonisation in an agro-ecosystem: natural forested landscape as recolonization mechanism, and cultivated landscape, propagule pressure and climate change as invasion mechanisms. We found that wild boar population expansion in Belgian agroecosystems was a relatively slow process driven by the natural landscape, propagule pressure, and climatic changes. This suggests a combination of invasive and recolonization mechanisms was in play in the expansion of wild boar over the last three decades. Our study provides insights in the mechanisms that enable the species’ recovery in Europe since the mid-20th century, and underline the need for adapted management strategies taking into account the invasive components of wild boar population expansion. [less ▲]

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See detailMode of Delivery: A Modifiable Risk Factor for Subsequent Stress Urinary Incontinence?
Waltregny, David ULg

in European Urology (2016), 70(1), 159-60

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See detailQuantum Nuclear Dynamics Pumped and Probed by Ultrafast Polarization Controlled Steering of a Coherent Electronic State in LiH
Nikodem, Astrid ULg; Levine, R. D.; Remacle, Françoise ULg

in Journal of Physical Chemistry A (2016), 120(19), 3343-3352

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See detailClosing a gap in tropical forest biomass estimation : taking crown mass variation into account in pantropical allometries
Ploton, Pierre; Barbier, Nicolas; Takoudjou Momo, Stéphane et al

in Biogeosciences (2016), 13

Accurately monitoring tropical forest carbon stocks is a challenge that remains outstanding. Allometric models that consider tree diameter, height and wood density as predictors are currently used in most ... [more ▼]

Accurately monitoring tropical forest carbon stocks is a challenge that remains outstanding. Allometric models that consider tree diameter, height and wood density as predictors are currently used in most tropical forest carbon studies. In particular, a pantropical biomass model has been widely used for approximately a decade, and its most recent version will certainly constitute a reference model in the coming years. However, this reference model shows a systematic bias towards the largest trees. Because large trees are key drivers of forest carbon stocks and dynamics, understanding the origin and the consequences of this bias is of utmost concern. In this study, we compiled a unique tree mass data set of 673 trees destructively sampled in five tropical countries (101 trees > 100 cm in diameter) and an original data set of 130 forest plots (1 ha) from central Africa to quantify the prediction error of biomass allometric models at the individual and plot levels when explicitly taking crown mass variations into account or not doing so. We first showed that the proportion of crown to total tree aboveground biomass is highly variable among trees, ranging from 3 to 88 %. This proportion was constant on average for trees < 10Mg (mean of 34 %) but, above this threshold, increased sharply with tree mass and exceeded 50% on average for trees _45 Mg. This increase coincided with a progressive deviation between the pantropical biomass model estimations and actual tree mass. Taking a crown mass proxy into account in a newly developed model consistently removed the bias observed for large trees (> 1 Mg) and reduced the range of plot-level error (in %) from [-23; 16] to [0; 10]. The disproportionally higher allocation of large trees to crown mass may thus explain the bias observed recently in the reference pantropical model. This bias leads to far-from-negligible, but often overlooked, systematic errors at the plot level and may be easily corrected by taking a crown mass proxy for the largest trees in a stand into account, thus suggesting that the accuracy of forest carbon estimates can be significantly improved at a minimal cost. [less ▲]

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

in NeuroImage (2016), 127

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

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

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

in International Journal of Climatology (2016)

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

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

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See detailElastin density: Link between histological and biomechanical properties of vaginal tissue in women with pelvic organ prolapse?
DE LANDSHEERE, Laurent ULg; Brieu, Mathias; Blacher, Silvia ULg et al

in International Urogynecology Journal & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (2016)

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of the study was to correlate histological and biomechanical characteristics of the vaginal wall in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). METHODS: Tissue samples ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION AND HYPOTHESIS: The aim of the study was to correlate histological and biomechanical characteristics of the vaginal wall in women with pelvic organ prolapse (POP). METHODS: Tissue samples were collected from the anterior [point Ba; POP Questionnaire (POP-Q)] and/or posterior (point Bp; POP-Q) vaginal wall of 15 women who underwent vaginal surgery for POP. Both histological and biomechanical assessments were performed from the same tissue samples in 14 of 15 patients. For histological assessment, the density of collagen and elastin fibers was determined by combining high-resolution virtual imaging and computer-assisted digital image analysis. For biomechanical testing, uniaxial tension tests were performed to evaluate vaginal tissue stiffness at low (C0) and high (C1) deformation rates. RESULTS: Biomechanical testing highlights the hyperelastic behavior of the vaginal wall. At low strains (C0), vaginal tissue appeared stiffer when elastin density was low. We found a statistically significant inverse relationship between C0 and the elastin/collagen ratio (p = 0.048) in the lamina propria. However, at large strain levels (C1), no clear relationship was observed between elastin density or elastin/collagen ratio and stiffness, likely reflecting the large dispersion of the mechanical behavior of the tissue samples. CONCLUSION: Histological and biomechanical properties of the vaginal wall vary from patient to patient. This study suggests that elastin density deserves consideration as a relevant factor of vaginal stiffness in women with POP. [less ▲]

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See detailLumbopelvic motor control and low back pain in elite soccer players: a cross-sectional study
GROSDENT, Stéphanie ULg; Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Rodriguez de la Cruz, Carlos ULg et al

in Journal of Sports Sciences (2016)

This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the history of low back pain and quality of lumbopelvic motor control in soccer players. Forty-three male elite soccer players (mean age, 18.2 ± 1 ... [more ▼]

This study aimed to investigate the relationship between the history of low back pain and quality of lumbopelvic motor control in soccer players. Forty-three male elite soccer players (mean age, 18.2 ± 1.4 years) filled in questionnaires related to low back pain and attended a session to assess lumbopelvic motor control by means of five tests (the bent knee fall out test, the knee lift abdominal test, the sitting knee extension test, the waiter ’ s bow and the transversus abdominis test). A physiotherapist, blinded to the medical history of the participants, scored (0 = failed, 1 = correct) the performance of the players for each of the tests resulting in a lumbopelvic motor control score ranging from 0 to 5. Forty-seven per cent of the soccer players reported a disabling low back pain episode lasting at least two consecutive days in the previous year. These players scored worse lumbopelvic motor control than players without a history of low back pain (lumbopelvic motor control score of 1.8 vs. 3.3, P < 0.01). The between-groups difference was particularly marked for the bent knee fall out test, the knee lift abdominal test and the transversus abdominis test (P < 0.01). In conclusion, most soccer players with a history of low back pain had an altered lumbopelvic motor control. Further research should examine whether lumbopelvic motor control is etiologically involved in low back pain episodes in soccer players. [less ▲]

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See detailRotation of melting ice disks due to melt fluid flow
Dorbolo, Stéphane ULg; adami, nicolas; Dubois, Charles ULg et al

in Physical Review. E : Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (2016)

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See detailDeciphering how LIP2 and POX2 promoters can optimally regulate recombinant protein production in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica.
Sassi, Hosni; Delvigne, Frank ULg; Nicaud, Jean-Marc et al

in Microbial Cell Factories (2016), 15(1), 159

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See detailcompte rendu de : Johannes CHRISTES-Giovanni GARBUGINO (Ed.), Lucilius. Satiren. Lateinisch und deutsch. Eingeleitet, űbersetzt und erlautert von J.C. und G.G.
Rochette, Bruno ULg

in Antiquité Classique : Revue Interuniversitaire d'Etudes Classiques (2016), 85

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See detailThe thyroid gland and thyroid hormones in sheepshead minnow (Cyprinodon variegatus) during early development and metamorphosis
Schnitzler, Joseph ULg; Klaren, Peter; Mariavelle, Emeline ULg et al

in Fish Physiology and Biochemistry (2016), 42(2), 607-616

The sheepshead minnow is widely used in ecotoxicological studies that only recently have begun to focus on disruption of the thyroid axis by xenobiotics and endocrine disrupting compounds. However ... [more ▼]

The sheepshead minnow is widely used in ecotoxicological studies that only recently have begun to focus on disruption of the thyroid axis by xenobiotics and endocrine disrupting compounds. However, reference levels of the thyroid prohormone thyroxine (T4) and biologically active hormone 3,5,30-triiodothyronine (T3) and their developmental patterns are unknown. This study set out to describe the ontogeny and morphology of the thyroid gland in sheepshead minnow, and to correlate these with whole-body concentrations of thyroid hormones during early development and metamorphosis. Eggs were collected by natural spawning in our laboratory. T4 and T3 were extracted from embryos, larvae and juveniles and an enzyme-linked immunoassay was used to measure whole-body hormone levels. Length and body mass, hatching success, gross morphology, thyroid hormone levels and histology were measured. The onset of metamorphosis at 12-day post-hatching coincided with surges in whole-body T4 and T3 concentrations. Thyroid follicles were first observed in pre-metamorphic larvae at hatching and were detected exclusively in the subpharyngeal region, surrounding the ventral aorta. Follicle size and thyrocyte epithelial cell heights varied during development, indicating fluctuations in thyroid hormone synthesis activity. The increase in the whole-body T3/T4 ratio was indicative of an increase in outer ring deiodination activity. This study establishes a baseline for thyroid hormones in sheepshead minnows, which will be useful for the understanding of thyroid hormone functions and in future studies of thyroid toxicants in this species. [less ▲]

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See detailChemical Characterization of Essential Oils of Mints from Senegal
Diop, Serigne Mbacké; Guèye, Momar Talla; Ndiaye, Ibrahima et al

in Natural Product Communications (2016), 11(0), 1-2

Mints from Senegal were extracted separately from fresh (F) and shade-dried (D) plants by steam distillation. Yields were of 0.28 and 0.21% for M. citrata L., 0.21 and 0.18% for M. x piperita L. and 0.10 ... [more ▼]

Mints from Senegal were extracted separately from fresh (F) and shade-dried (D) plants by steam distillation. Yields were of 0.28 and 0.21% for M. citrata L., 0.21 and 0.18% for M. x piperita L. and 0.10 and 0.19% for M. spicata L. in the fresh and dried plants, respectively. GC/FID and GC/MS analysis revealed that many of the major compounds of essential oils decreased with drying. The prominent components of M. citrata oils were linalool that constituted 45.8% (F) and 42.0% (D) and linalyl acetate 42.7 (F) and 38.5% (D). Mentha x piperita was characterized by menthofuran with 30.7% (F) and 28.1% (D), menthol 15.9(F) and 16.4% (D), menthone 13.0 (F) and 14.2% (D), pulegone 17.6%(F) and 13.8%(D) and 1.8-cineole 3.7%(F) and 3.4% (D). Mentha spicata contained mainly carvone 67.8 and 74.7% and limonene 18.1 and 12.5% in the fresh and dried plants respectively. [less ▲]

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See detailTrophic ecology of the seagrass-inhabiting footballer demoiselle Chrysiptera annulata (Peters, 1855); comparison with three other reef-associated damselfishes
Lepoint, Gilles ULg; Michel, Loïc ULg; Parmentier, Eric ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Zoology (2016), 146(1), 21-32

Many damselfishes (Pomacentridae) are herbivorous or omnivorous with an important contribution of different kinds of algae in their diet. They display different levels of territoriality and farming ... [more ▼]

Many damselfishes (Pomacentridae) are herbivorous or omnivorous with an important contribution of different kinds of algae in their diet. They display different levels of territoriality and farming behavior, from almost non territorial to monoculture farmers. In addition, few species inhabit seagrass meadows but, presently, none can be considered as seagrass-eating specialists. The footballer demoiselle, Chrysiptera annulata, is found in the seagrass meadows on the reef flat of the Great Reef of Toliara (Madagascar, Mozambique Channel). Regarding this unusual habitat for pomacentrid, this study aimed to answer 3 questions: 1) What is the diet of C. annulata? 2) Do the resources supporting this diet include seagrass? 3) Does its trophic niche overlap those of other sympatric damselfishes (Pomacentrus trilineatus, Chrysiptera unimaculata and Plectroglyphidodon lacrymatus) living in close association with macrophytes or eating algae? Stomach content examination and stable isotope analysis showed that the footballer demoiselle is not a seagrass consumer but is an omnivorous/herbivorous species heavily relying on algal resources and small invertebrates. SIAR, a stable isotope mixing model, indicated it assimilated large amount of turf algae and various benthic or planktonic invertebrates in lower proportions. SIBER metrics pointed out that isotopic niche of the footballer demoiselle partly overlaps the one of its congeneric C. unimaculata, but not those of P. trilineatus and P. lacrymatus. Trophic strategies of C. annulata differed both from farming species such as P. lacrymatus or from less territorial herbivores such as P. trilineatus. Its seagrass meadow habitat on the Great Reef of Toliara allow the conquest of an unusual habitat for damselfishes and could limit competition with C. unimaculata, a species displaying the same territorial behavior and the same isotopic niche but living on the reef itself. [less ▲]

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See detailIgG4-related disease causing rapid evolution of a severe aortic valvular stenosis
BRULS, Samuel ULg; Courtois, Audrey ULg; DELVENNE, Philippe ULg et al

in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery (2016)

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See detailEnergy and nutrient content of food served and consumed by nursing home residents
Buckinx, Fanny ULg; ALLEPAERTS, Sophie ULg; PAQUOT, Nicolas ULg et al

in the journal of nutrition, health & aging (2016), in press

Objective: The aim of this study was to compare energy and protein content of the served food with the actual intake from the food consumed by nursing home residents. This study also aimed to compare food ... [more ▼]

Objective: The aim of this study was to compare energy and protein content of the served food with the actual intake from the food consumed by nursing home residents. This study also aimed to compare food intake and dietary allowances. Design: This is a cross sectional study. Setting: This study was performed in nursing homes. Participants: Residents of these 2 nursing homes were eligible for the study if they agreed to participate and if they meet the selection criteria (to be older than 65 years and have a regular texture diet). Measurement: Nutrient content of the served food and real food consumption was calculated for all meals during a 5-day period by precise weighting method. Difference between consumed and served dietary content was evaluated by the Chi² test. Results: Seventy-four Belgian nursing home residents (75% of women, 85.8 ± 7.04 years on average) were included in this study. These subjects had a mean body mass index of 24.9 ± 4.83 kg/m². The mean energy content of the served food was 1783.3 ± 125.7 kcal per day. However, residents did not eat the whole of the meals and the actual energy content of the consumed food was significantly less (1552.4 ± 342.1 kcal per day; p<.001). The average protein content of the food served was equal to 0.96 ± 0.20 g/kg/day and the average consumption of protein by the residents was 0.88 ± 0.25 g/kg/day. The difference between protein served and consumed was also significant (p=.04). Moreover, people considered as well nourished, eating significantly more energy than the others (p=.04). Conclusion: Meals served in nursing homes are not entirely consumed by their residents. As expected, the energy consumed are lower in subjects considered as malnourished or at risk of malnutrition. [less ▲]

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See detailProtoporphyrin IX Functionalised AgSiO2 Core-shell Nanoparticle: Plasmonic Enhancement of Fluorescence and Singlet Oxygen Production
Lismont, Marjorie ULg; Dreesen, Laurent ULg; Heinrichs, Benoît ULg et al

in Photochemistry & Photobiology (2016), 92

Metal-enhanced processes arising from the coupling of a dye with metallic nanoparticles (NPs) have been widely reported. However, few studies have simultaneously investigated these mechanisms from the ... [more ▼]

Metal-enhanced processes arising from the coupling of a dye with metallic nanoparticles (NPs) have been widely reported. However, few studies have simultaneously investigated these mechanisms from the viewpoint of dye fluorescence and photoactivity. Herein, protoporphyrin IX (PpIX) is grafted onto the surface of silver core silica shell NPs in order to investigate the effect of silver (Ag) localized surface plasmon resonance (LSPR) on PpIX fluorescence and PpIX singlet oxygen (1O2) production. Using two Ag core sizes, we report a systematic study of these photophysical processes as a function of silica (SiO2) spacer thickness, LSPR band position and excitation wavelength. The excitation of Ag NP LSPR, which overlaps the PpIX absorption band, leads to the concomitant enhancement of PpIX fluorescence and 1O2 production independently of the Ag core size, but in a more pronounced way for larger Ag cores. These enhancements result from the increase in the PpIX excitation rate through the LSPR excitation and decrease when the distance between PpIX and Ag NPs increases. A maximum fluorescence enhancement of up to 14-fold, together with an increase in photogenerated 1O2 production of up to five times are obtained using 100 nm Ag cores coated with a 5 nm thick silica coating. [less ▲]

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See detailMonitoring the freshness of fish: development of a qPCR method applied to MAP chilled whiting
Dehaut, Alexandre; Krzewinski, Frédéric; Grard, Thierry et al

in Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture (2016)

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