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See detailNew paradigms in chemokine receptor signal transduction: Moving beyond the two-site model.
Kleist, Andrew B.; Getschman, Anthony E.; Ziarek, Joshua J. et al

in Biochemical pharmacology (2016)

Chemokine receptor (CKR) signaling forms the basis of essential immune cellular functions, and dysregulated CKR signaling underpins numerous disease processes of the immune system and beyond. CKRs, which ... [more ▼]

Chemokine receptor (CKR) signaling forms the basis of essential immune cellular functions, and dysregulated CKR signaling underpins numerous disease processes of the immune system and beyond. CKRs, which belong to the seven transmembrane domain receptor (7TMR) superfamily, initiate signaling upon binding of endogenous, secreted chemokine ligands. Chemokine-CKR interactions are traditionally described by a two-step/two-site mechanism, in which the CKR N-terminus recognizes the chemokine globular core (i.e. site 1 interaction), followed by activation when the unstructured chemokine N-terminus is inserted into the receptor TM bundle (i.e. site 2 interaction). Several recent studies challenge the structural independence of sites 1 and 2 by demonstrating physical and allosteric links between these supposedly separate sites. Others contest the functional independence of these sites, identifying nuanced roles for site 1 and other interactions in CKR activation. These developments emerge within a rapidly changing landscape in which CKR signaling is influenced by receptor PTMs, chemokine and CKR dimerization, and endogenous non-chemokine ligands. Simultaneous advances in the structural and functional characterization of 7TMR biased signaling have altered how we understand promiscuous chemokine-CKR interactions. In this review, we explore new paradigms in CKR signal transduction by considering studies that depict a more intricate architecture governing the consequences of chemokine-CKR interactions. [less ▲]

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See detailIn situ analysis of lipid oxidation in oilseedbased food products using near-infrared spectroscopy and chemometrics: The sunflower kernel paste (tahini) example
Mureșan; Danthine, Sabine ULg; Mureșan, Andruța Elena et al

in Talanta (2016), 155

A new near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopic method was developed for the analytical measurement of lipid oxidation in sunflower kernel paste (tahini), which was chosen as an example of a complex oilseed-based ... [more ▼]

A new near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopic method was developed for the analytical measurement of lipid oxidation in sunflower kernel paste (tahini), which was chosen as an example of a complex oilseed-based food product. The NIR spectra of sunflower tahini were acquired for the extracted fat phase (EFP) and for the intact sunflower tahini (IST) samples during controlled storage. The best peroxide value (PV) calibration models were considered suitable for quality control (ratio of performance of deviation [RPD] >5). The best PV partial least squares (PLS) model result for EFP (RPD 6.36) was obtained when using standard normal variate (SNV) and the Savitzky-Golay first derivative in the 1140-1184 nm, 1388-1440 nm and 2026-2194 nm regions. In the case of IST spectra, the best PV models (RPD 5.23) were obtained when either multiple scattering correction (MSC) or SNV were followed by the Savitzky-Golay second derivative for the 1148-1180 nm and 2064-2132 nm regions. There were poor correlations between the NIR-predicted values and the reference data of the panisidine value (pAV) for both EFP and IST. Overall, the results obtained showed that NIR spectroscopy is an appropriate analytical tool for monitoring sunflower paste PV in situ. Due to the nonexistence of the extraction step, it demonstrates a unique and substantial advantage over presently known methods. Based on these results it is strongly recommended that, when using NIR PLS models to assess lipid oxidation in situ in similar oilseedbased food products (e.g., sesame tahini, hazelnut and cocoa liquor used for chocolate production, peanut butter, hazelnut, almond, pistachio spreads), suitable calibration sets containing samples of different particle sizes and stored at different temperatures be selected. [less ▲]

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See detailTowards regenerative and positive impact architecture: A comparison of two net zero energy buildings
Attia, Shady ULg

in Sustainable Cities and Society (2016), 26(2016), 393-406

Abstract Regenerative design holds great promise for a new era of sustainable and positive impact architecture, sparking considerable interest among architects, building professionals and their clients ... [more ▼]

Abstract Regenerative design holds great promise for a new era of sustainable and positive impact architecture, sparking considerable interest among architects, building professionals and their clients. However, the translational arm of regenerative design in practice is in a relatively primitive state. Although a number of theoretical definitions and studies have been initiated, the early returns point to several inherent application problems. In this regard, the professional and scientific potential of regenerative architecture can only be fully realized by the identification of the key barriers to projects design, construction and operation. In this paper, we compare two state of the art buildings to address the critical steps in the transition from the negative impact reduction architecture to the positive impact regenerative architecture, utilizing life cycle analysis. The case studies analysis and comparison can serve as an inspiring eye opener and provide a vision for architects and building professionals in the fields of high performance buildings and regenerative architecture. [less ▲]

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See detailPour une rhétorique sémiotique de l’image en sciences biologiques
Dondero, Maria Giulia ULg

in Argumentation et Analyse du Discours (2016), 16(1), 1-18

This article examines the rhetoric of images in the biological sciences. The epistemological context of our study is found in Bruno Latour’s sociology of science and Françoise Bastide’s semiotics of ... [more ▼]

This article examines the rhetoric of images in the biological sciences. The epistemological context of our study is found in Bruno Latour’s sociology of science and Françoise Bastide’s semiotics of scientific images, in the theory and methodology of post-Greimassian discourse semiotics, and in the rhetorical theories of Groupe µ and Jean-François Bordron. We use these different perspectives in an analysis of rhetorical operations (addition, deletion, selection, superposition, and more) performed by laboratory scientists, as represented in our corpus of images. Our particular focus is on a rhetoric that is “mereological”, so named because it is based on the relation between the whole and the parts. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom Near-Infrared and Raman to Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy: Progress, Limitations, Perspectives in Bioanalysis
Dumont, Elodie ULg; De Bleye, Charlotte ULg; Sacre, Pierre-Yves ULg et al

in Bioanalysis (2016), 8(10), 1077-1103

Over recent decades, spreading environmental concern entailed the expansion of green chemistry analytical tools. Vibrational spectroscopy, belonging to this class of analytical tool, is particularly ... [more ▼]

Over recent decades, spreading environmental concern entailed the expansion of green chemistry analytical tools. Vibrational spectroscopy, belonging to this class of analytical tool, is particularly interesting taking into account its numerous advantages such as fast data acquisition and no sample preparation. In this context, Near-Infrared, Raman and mainly Surface-Enhanced Raman Spectroscopy (SERS) have thus gained interest in many fields including bioanalysis. The two former techniques only ensure the analysis of concentrated compounds in simple matrices, whereas the emergence of SERS improved the performances of vibrational spectroscopy to very sensitive and selective analyses. Complex SERS substrates were also developed enabling biomarker measurements, paving the way for SERS immunoassays. Therefore, in this paper, the strengths and weaknesses of these techniques will be highlighted with a focus on recent progress. [less ▲]

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See detailHighly-active Pd-Cu electrocatalysts for oxidation of ubiquitous oxygenated fuels
Serov, Alexey; Asset, Tristan ULg; Padilla, Monica et al

in Applied Catalysis B : Environmental (2016)

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See detailFire Fragility Curves for Steel Buildings in a Community Context: A Methodology
Gernay, Thomas ULg; Elhami Khorasani, Negar; Garlock, Maria

in Engineering Structures (2016), 113

This paper proposes a novel methodology for developing fire fragility functions for an entire steel building - meaning that the function is not specific to a location within the building. The aim is to ... [more ▼]

This paper proposes a novel methodology for developing fire fragility functions for an entire steel building - meaning that the function is not specific to a location within the building. The aim is to characterize the probabilistic vulnerability of steel buildings to fire in the context of community resilience assessment. In developing the fragility functions, uncertainties in the fire model, the heat transfer model and the thermo-mechanical response are considered. In addition several fire scenarios at different locations in the building are studied. Monte Carlo Simulations and Latin Hypercube Sampling are used to generate the probability distributions of demand placed on the members and structural capacity relative to selected damage thresholds. By assessing demand and capacity in the temperature domain, the thermal and the structural problems can be treated separately to improve the efficiency of the probabilistic analysis. After the probability distributions are obtained for demand and capacity, the fragility functions can be obtained by convolution of the distributions. Finally, event tree analysis is used to combine the functions associated with fire scenarios in different building locations. The developed fire fragility functions yield the probability of exceedance of predefined damage states as a function of the fire load in the building. The methodology is illustrated on an example consisting in a prototype nine-story steel building based on the SAC project. [less ▲]

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See detailNew 2016 MeSH addressing information gap, poverty, violence and danger of medicine set the tone for policy makers in patient care
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in International Journal of Health Policy and Management (2016)

A careful review of the list of newly published Medical subject Heading in 2016 allows to identify 52 new or updated MESH in 2016 relevant to General Practice Family Medicine management (i.e. non-clinical ... [more ▼]

A careful review of the list of newly published Medical subject Heading in 2016 allows to identify 52 new or updated MESH in 2016 relevant to General Practice Family Medicine management (i.e. non-clinical) fields. Information society gap, poverty, violence and quaternary prevention related MeSH are outstandingly frequent. The 52 identified MeSH are proposed in supplementary material. [less ▲]

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See detailDirect one-pot synthesis of poly(ionic liquid) nanogels by cobalt-mediated radical cross-linking copolymerization in organic or aqueous media
Weiss-Maurin, Mathilde ULg; Cordella, Daniela ULg; Jérôme, Christine ULg et al

in Polymer Chemistry (2016), 7(14), 2521-2530

Nanogels of controlled kinetic chain length were synthesized by cobalt-mediated radical cross-linking copolymerization (CMRccP) involving a vinyl monomer and a divinyl cross-linker. This strategy was ... [more ▼]

Nanogels of controlled kinetic chain length were synthesized by cobalt-mediated radical cross-linking copolymerization (CMRccP) involving a vinyl monomer and a divinyl cross-linker. This strategy was first validated to achieve neutral poly(vinyl acetate) nanogels by CMRccP of vinyl acetate and divinyl adipate as cross-linker, at 40 °C, in presence of an alkyl- cobalt(III) serving both as initiator and controlling agent, using ethyl acetate as solvent. Poly(ionic liquid) nanogels were then directly obtained by CMRccP of N-vinyl-3-ethyl imidazolium bromide, in presence of 1,13-divinyl-3-decyl diimidazolium bromide as cross-linker. CMRccP experiments could be conducted either in organic solvent using dimethyl formamide or, more interestingly, in aqueous solution, demonstrating the robustness and the versatility of this one-step process. Chain extensions of PILs nanogels were also carried out in water, forming core-shell structures, thus opening new avenues in the design of functional nanogels. [less ▲]

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See detailLow-rank plus sparse decomposition for exoplanet detection in direct-imaging ADI sequences. The LLSG algorithm
Gómez González, Carlos ULg; Absil, Olivier ULg; Absil, P.-A. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 589

Context. Data processing constitutes a critical component of high-contrast exoplanet imaging. Its role is almost as important as the choice of a coronagraph or a wavefront control system, and it is ... [more ▼]

Context. Data processing constitutes a critical component of high-contrast exoplanet imaging. Its role is almost as important as the choice of a coronagraph or a wavefront control system, and it is intertwined with the chosen observing strategy. Among the data processing techniques for angular differential imaging (ADI), the most recent is the family of principal component analysis (PCA) based algorithms. It is a widely used statistical tool developed during the first half of the past century. PCA serves, in this case, as a subspace projection technique for constructing a reference point spread function (PSF) that can be subtracted from the science data for boosting the detectability of potential companions present in the data. Unfortunately, when building this reference PSF from the science data itself, PCA comes with certain limitations such as the sensitivity of the lower dimensional orthogonal subspace to non-Gaussian noise. <BR /> Aims: Inspired by recent advances in machine learning algorithms such as robust PCA, we aim to propose a localized subspace projection technique that surpasses current PCA-based post-processing algorithms in terms of the detectability of companions at near real-time speed, a quality that will be useful for future direct imaging surveys. <BR /> Methods: We used randomized low-rank approximation methods recently proposed in the machine learning literature, coupled with entry-wise thresholding to decompose an ADI image sequence locally into low-rank, sparse, and Gaussian noise components (LLSG). This local three-term decomposition separates the starlight and the associated speckle noise from the planetary signal, which mostly remains in the sparse term. We tested the performance of our new algorithm on a long ADI sequence obtained on β Pictoris with VLT/NACO. <BR /> Results: Compared to a standard PCA approach, LLSG decomposition reaches a higher signal-to-noise ratio and has an overall better performance in the receiver operating characteristic space. This three-term decomposition brings a detectability boost compared to the full-frame standard PCA approach, especially in the small inner working angle region where complex speckle noise prevents PCA from discerning true companions from noise. [less ▲]

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See detailInventaire et mise en collection d’espèces de pucerons et de parasitoïdes collectés en grandes cultures, et premier enregistrement de Metopolophium frisicum (Hille Ris Lambers 1947) et Acyrthosiphon primulae (Theobald 1913) (Hemiptera: Aphididae) en Belgique
Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Hatt, Séverin ULg; Starý, Petr et al

in Entomologie Faunistique = Faunistic Entomology (2016), 69

The purpose of this study was to identify aphid and parasitoid species that were collected in wheat and pea crops situated in Gembloux (Belgium), and conserve them into collections. To do so, yellow traps ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to identify aphid and parasitoid species that were collected in wheat and pea crops situated in Gembloux (Belgium), and conserve them into collections. To do so, yellow traps (von Moericke) were used during 2012, 2013 and 2014 growing seasons. Fifty-two aphid species were identified and conserved in the entomological Conservatory of Gembloux. Among them, Metopolophium frisicum (Hille Ris Lambers 1947) and Acyrthosiphon primulae (Theobald 1913) were officially referenced for the first time in Belgium. Moreover, a collection composed by 16 parasitoid species was created. Their interest for biological control, as well as the methods that are studied in the laboratory of functional and evolutionary Entomology from Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech (University of Liège) to promote their presence in crops are discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailMANAGEMENT OF ENDOCRINE DISEASE: Pituitary "incidentaloma": Neuroradiological assessment and differential diagnosis.
Vasilev, Vladimir; Rostomyan, Liliya ULg; Daly, Adrian ULg et al

in European Journal of Endocrinology (2016), 175(4), 171184

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See detailAnthropogenic forcing dominates global mean sea-level rise since 1970
Slagen, A.; Church, J.; Agosta, Cécile ULg et al

in Nature Climate Change (2016)

Sea-level change is an important consequence of anthropogenic climate change, as higher sea levels increase the frequency of sea-level extremes and the impact of coastal flooding and erosion on the ... [more ▼]

Sea-level change is an important consequence of anthropogenic climate change, as higher sea levels increase the frequency of sea-level extremes and the impact of coastal flooding and erosion on the coastal environment, infrastructure and coastal communities1, 2. Although individual attribution studies have been done for ocean thermal expansion3, 4 and glacier mass loss5, two of the largest contributors to twentieth-century sea-level rise, this has not been done for the other contributors or total global mean sea-level change (GMSLC). Here, we evaluate the influence of greenhouse gases (GHGs), anthropogenic aerosols, natural radiative forcings and internal climate variability on sea-level contributions of ocean thermal expansion, glaciers, ice-sheet surface mass balance and total GMSLC. For each contribution, dedicated models are forced with results from the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project Phase 5 (CMIP5) climate model archive6. The sum of all included contributions explains 74 ± 22% (±2σ) of the observed GMSLC over the period 1900–2005. The natural radiative forcing makes essentially zero contribution over the twentieth century (2 ± 15% over the period 1900–2005), but combined with the response to past climatic variations explains 67 ± 23% of the observed rise before 1950 and only 9 ± 18% after 1970 (38 ± 12% over the period 1900–2005). In contrast, the anthropogenic forcing (primarily a balance between a positive sea-level contribution from GHGs and a partially offsetting component from anthropogenic aerosols) explains only 15 ± 55% of the observations before 1950, but increases to become the dominant contribution to sea-level rise after 1970 (69 ± 31%), reaching 72 ± 39% in 2000 (37 ± 38% over the period 1900–2005). [less ▲]

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See detailCO2-blown microcellular non-isocyanate polyurethane (NIPU) foams: from bio- and CO2-sourced monomers to potentially thermal insulating materials
Grignard, Bruno ULg; Thomassin, Jean-Michel ULg; Gennen, Sandro ULg et al

in Green Chemistry (2016), 18(7), 2206-2215

Bio- and CO2-sourced non-isocyanate polyurethane (NIPU) microcellular foams were prepared using supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) foaming technology. These low-density foams offer low thermal ... [more ▼]

Bio- and CO2-sourced non-isocyanate polyurethane (NIPU) microcellular foams were prepared using supercritical carbon dioxide (scCO2) foaming technology. These low-density foams offer low thermal conductivity and have an impressive potential for use in insulating materials. They constitute attractive alternatives to conventional polyurethane foams. We investigated CO2’s ability to synthesize the cyclic carbonates that are used in the preparation of NIPU by melt step-growth polymerization with a bio-sourced amino-telechelic oligoamide and for NIPU foaming. Our study shows that CO2 is not only sequestered in the material for long-term application, but is also valorized as a blowing agent in the production of NIPU foams. Such foams will contribute to energy conservation and savings by reducing CO2 emissions. [less ▲]

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See detailEvaluating ethane and methane emissions associated with the development of oil and natural gas extraction in North America
Franco, Bruno ULg; Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Emmons, L. K. et al

in Environmental Research Letters (2016), 11(4), 044010

Sharp rises in the atmospheric abundance of ethane (C2H6) have been detected from 2009 onwards in the Northern Hemisphere as a result of the unprecedented growth in the exploitation of shale gas and tight ... [more ▼]

Sharp rises in the atmospheric abundance of ethane (C2H6) have been detected from 2009 onwards in the Northern Hemisphere as a result of the unprecedented growth in the exploitation of shale gas and tight oil reservoirs in North America. Using time series of C2H6 total columns derived from ground-based FTIR observations made at five selected NDACC sites, we characterize the recent C2H6 evolution and determine growth rates of ~5%/yr at mid-latitudes and of ~3%/yr at remote sites. Results from CAM-chem simulations with the HTAP2 bottom-up inventory for anthropogenic emissions are found to greatly underestimate the current C2H6 abundances. Doubling global emissions is required to reconcile the simulations and the observations prior to 2009. We further estimate that North American anthropogenic C2H6 emissions have increased from 1.6 Tg/yr in 2008 to 2.8 Tg/yr in 2014, i.e. by 75% over these six years. We also completed a second simulation with new top-down emissions of C2H6 from North American oil and gas activities, biofuel consumption and biomass burning, inferred from space-borne observations of methane (CH4) from GOSAT. In this simulation, GEOS-Chem is able to reproduce FTIR measurements at the mid-latitudinal sites, underscoring the impact of the North American oil and gas development on the current C2H6 abundance. Finally we estimate that the North American oil and gas emissions of CH4, a major greenhouse gas, grew from 20 to 35 Tg/yr over the period 2008 to 2014, in association with the recent C2H6 rise. [less ▲]

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See detailReconstruction and analysis of long-term satellite-derived sea surface temperature for the South China Sea
Huynh, Thi Hong Ngu ULg; Alvera Azcarate, Aïda ULg; Barth, Alexander ULg et al

in Journal of Oceanography (2016)

Sea surface temperature (SST) is one of the key variables often used to investigate ocean dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interaction, and climate change. Unfortunately, the SST data sources in the South China ... [more ▼]

Sea surface temperature (SST) is one of the key variables often used to investigate ocean dynamics, ocean-atmosphere interaction, and climate change. Unfortunately, the SST data sources in the South China Sea (SCS) are not abundant due to sparse measurements of in situ SST and a high percentage of missing data in the satellite-derived SST. Therefore, SST data sets with low resolution and/or a short-term period have often been used in previous researches. Here we used Data INterpolating Empirical Orthogonal Functions, a self-consistent and parameter-free method for filling in missing data, to reconstruct the daily nighttime 4-km AVHRR Pathfinder SST for the long-term period spanning from 1989 to 2009. In addition to the reconstructed field, we also estimated the local error map for each reconstructed image. Comparisons between the reconstructed and other data sets (satellite-derived microwave and in situ SSTs) show that the results are reliable for use in many different researches, such as validating numerical models, or identifying and tracking meso-scale oceanic features. Moreover, the Empirical Orthogonal Function (EOF) analysis of the reconstructed SST and the reconstructed SST anomalies clearly shows the subseasonal, seasonal, and interannual variability of SST under the influence of monsoon and El Niño-Southern Oscillation (ENSO), as well as reveals some oceanic features that could not be captured well in previous EOF analyses. The SCS SST often lags ENSO by about half a year. However, in this study, we see that the time lag changes with the frequencies of the SST variability, from 1 to 6 months. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment of solid-supported methodology for the preparation of peptidoglycan fragments containing (2S,6R)-diaminopimelic acid
Simon, Justine ULg; Lamborelle, Nicolas ULg; Zervosen, Astrid et al

in Tetrahedron Letters (2016)

Herein, we describe the development of an efficient solid-supported methodology for the stereoselective synthesis of two peptides containing (2S,6R)-diaminopimelic acid, (S)-Ala-γ-(R)-Glu-(2S,6R)-A2pm-(R ... [more ▼]

Herein, we describe the development of an efficient solid-supported methodology for the stereoselective synthesis of two peptides containing (2S,6R)-diaminopimelic acid, (S)-Ala-γ-(R)-Glu-(2S,6R)-A2pm-(R)-Ala 1 and γ-(R)-Glu-(2S,6R)-A2pm 2. The platform consists of a Wang resin anchored by an amino acid chain including allylglycine. By olefin cross metathesis with vinylglycine, unsaturated protected (2S,6R)-A2pm was fixed on solid support. Peptides were achieved by cleavage of cross metathesis products from resin, followed by reduction of double bonds along removing of protecting groups. Furthermore, this efficient solid phase approach will lead to peptide and muropeptide libraries. [less ▲]

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See detailDetailed analysis of sputum and systemic inflammation in asthma phenotypes: are paucigranulocytic asthmatics really non-inflammatory?
Demarche, Sophie ULg; SCHLEICH, FLorence ULg; HENKET, Monique ULg et al

in BMC Pulmonary Medicine (2016), 16

BACKGROUND: The technique of induced sputum has allowed to subdivide asthma patients into inflammatory phenotypes according to their level of granulocyte airway infiltration. There are very few studies ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The technique of induced sputum has allowed to subdivide asthma patients into inflammatory phenotypes according to their level of granulocyte airway infiltration. There are very few studies which looked at detailed sputum and blood cell counts in a large cohort of asthmatics divided into inflammatory phenotypes. The purpose of this study was to analyze sputum cell counts, blood leukocytes and systemic inflammatory markers in these phenotypes, and investigate how those groups compared with healthy subjects. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study on 833 asthmatics recruited from the University Asthma Clinic of Liege and compared them with 194 healthy subjects. Asthmatics were classified into inflammatory phenotypes. RESULTS: The total non-squamous cell count per gram of sputum was greater in mixed granulocytic and neutrophilic phenotypes as compared to eosinophilic, paucigranulocytic asthma and healthy subjects (p < 0.005). Sputum eosinophils (in absolute values and percentages) were increased in all asthma phenotypes including paucigranulocytic asthma, compared to healthy subjects (p < 0.005). Eosinophilic asthma showed higher absolute sputum neutrophil and lymphocyte counts than healthy subjects (p < 0.005), while neutrophilic asthmatics had a particularly low number of sputum macrophages and epithelial cells. All asthma phenotypes showed an increased blood leukocyte count compared to healthy subjects (p < 0.005), with paucigranulocytic asthmatics having also increased absolute blood eosinophils compared to healthy subjects (p < 0.005). Neutrophilic asthma had raised CRP and fibrinogen while eosinophilic asthma only showed raised fibrinogen compared to healthy subjects (p < 0.005). CONCLUSIONS: This study demonstrates that a significant eosinophilic inflammation is present across all categories of asthma, and that paucigranulocytic asthma may be seen as a low grade inflammatory disease. [less ▲]

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See detailAs above, so below? Narrative Salience and Side Effects of National Innovation Systems
Claisse, Frédéric ULg; Delvenne, Pierre ULg

in Critical Policy Studies (2016)

This article furthers previous attempts at integrating narratology in policy analysis. Embracing an open-ended definition of narrative, it stresses the importance of maintaining distinct narrative levels ... [more ▼]

This article furthers previous attempts at integrating narratology in policy analysis. Embracing an open-ended definition of narrative, it stresses the importance of maintaining distinct narrative levels and, more generally, of taking into account the pragmatic dimension of narration as an activity, including the often-implicit role and focalization of the policy analyst. Developing a conceptual analogy between storytelling and the exercise of power, it argues for a critical use of practical imagination in ‘cold’ situations of ‘narrative salience’, characterized by the absence of controversy or uncertainty, an uneven distribution of the power of scenarization. These propositions for a ‘revisited’ approach to policy narratives, equidistant from the positivist and post-positivist dichotomy, are tested on the case of ‘narrative salience’ where a particular storyline, national innovation systems, is so dominant that there appears to be no ‘counter-story’. [less ▲]

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See detailEnrichment of Central African logged forests with high-value tree species: testing a new approach to regenerating degraded forests
Doucet, Jean-Louis ULg; Daïnou, Kasso ULg; Ligot, Gauthier ULg et al

in International Journal of Biodiversity Science, Ecosystem Services and Management (2016)

In natural forests of Central Africa, several studies indicate a dramatic decrease in commercial trees, including species of concern for conservation. Enrichment planting with these species will favor ... [more ▼]

In natural forests of Central Africa, several studies indicate a dramatic decrease in commercial trees, including species of concern for conservation. Enrichment planting with these species will favor both the long-term recovery of their populations and biodiversity conservation in logged forests. In this study, we analyzed the survival and growth of 23 species in plantations. Fourteen 0.2–1.1 ha mixed species plantations consisting of single-species 15 × 15 m blocks were studied for 5 years in a logging concession of southeastern Cameroon. The plantation design considered both species light requirements and sensitivity to damage by pests. To identify the best species for enrichment planting, we assessed both species performance and plantation costs. We also tested for relationships between species traits and species performance. Mean annual diameter growth increments ranged from 1.67 to 42.9 mm. No significant relationship was found between growth and survival. Herbivory by wild Bovidae was the main cause of mortality and should be carefully considered in rehabilitation efforts. We found a significant negative relationship between wood density and maximum growth rate. The other traits tested were not good predictors of species performance in plantations. The two best-performing species, Triplochiton scleroxylon and Terminalia superba, could reach the minimum cutting diameter during a 30-year cutting cycle. Costs were high and mechanized site preparation is suggested to reduce them. Widespread adoption of such plantations will only occur if financial incentives or national regulations for assuring regeneration are implemented. [less ▲]

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See detailObservational signatures of past mass-exchange episodes in massive binaries: The case of HD 149 404
Raucq, Françoise ULg; Rauw, Gregor ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 588

Context. Mass and momentum exchanges in close massive binaries play an important role in their evolution, and produce several observational signatures such as asynchronous rotation and altered chemical ... [more ▼]

Context. Mass and momentum exchanges in close massive binaries play an important role in their evolution, and produce several observational signatures such as asynchronous rotation and altered chemical compositions, that remain after the stars detach again. Aims: We investigated these effects for the detached massive O-star binary HD 149 404 (O7.5 If + ON9.7 I, P = 9.81 days), which is thought to have experienced a past episode of case A Roche-lobe overflow (RLOF). Methods: Using phase-resolved spectroscopy, we performed the disentangling of the optical spectra of the two stars. The reconstructed primary and secondary spectra were then analysed with the CMFGEN model atmosphere code to determine stellar parameters, such as the effective temperatures and surface gravities, and to constrain the chemical composition of the components. We complemented the optical study with the study of IUE spectra, which we compare to the synthetic binary spectra. The properties of the stars were compared to evolutionary models. Results: We confirmed a strong overabundance in nitrogen ([N/C] ~ 150[N/C][SUB]⊙[/SUB]) for the secondary and a slight nitrogen overabundance ([N/C] ~ 5[N/C][SUB]⊙[/SUB]) for the primary star. Comparing the two stars, we found evidence for asynchronous rotation, with a rotational period ratio of 0.50 ± 0.11. Conclusions: The hypothesis of a past case A RLOF interaction in HD 149 404 is most plausible to explain its chemical abundances and rotational asynchronicity. Some of the observed properties, such as the abundance pattern, are clearly a challenge for current case A binary evolution models, however. [less ▲]

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See detailTesting the theory of colliding winds: the periastron passage of 9 Sagittarii. I. X-ray and optical spectroscopy
Rauw, Grégor ULg; Blomme, R.; Nazé, Yaël ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 589

Context. The long-period, highly eccentric O-star binary 9 Sgr, known for its non-thermal radio emission and its relatively bright X-ray emission, went through its periastron in 2013. <BR /> Aims: Such an ... [more ▼]

Context. The long-period, highly eccentric O-star binary 9 Sgr, known for its non-thermal radio emission and its relatively bright X-ray emission, went through its periastron in 2013. <BR /> Aims: Such an event can be used to observationally test the predictions of the theory of colliding stellar winds over a broad range of wavelengths. <BR /> Methods: We conducted a multi-wavelength monitoring campaign of 9 Sgr around the 2013 periastron. In this paper, we focus on X-ray observations and optical spectroscopy. <BR /> Results: The optical spectra allow us to revisit the orbital solution of 9 Sgr and to refine its orbital period to 9.1 years. The X-ray flux is maximum at periastron over all energy bands, but with clear differences as a function of energy. The largest variations are observed at energies above 2 keV, whilst the spectrum in the soft band (0.5-1.0 keV) remains mostly unchanged, indicating that it arises far from the collision region, in the inner winds of the individual components. The level of the hard emission at periastron clearly deviates from the 1 /r relation expected for an adiabatic wind-interaction zone, whilst this relation seems to hold at the other phases that are covered by our observations. The spectra taken at phase 0.946 reveal a clear Fe xxv line at 6.7 keV, but no such line is detected at periastron (φ = 0.000), although a simple model predicts a strong line that should be easily visible in the data. <BR /> Conclusions: The peculiarities of the X-ray spectrum of 9 Sgr could reflect the effect of radiative inhibition as well as a phase-dependent efficiency of particle acceleration on the shock properties. [less ▲]

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See detailHigh spectral resolution monitoring of Nova V339 Delphini with TIGRE (Corrigendum)
De Gennaro Aquino, I.; Schröder, K.-P.; Mittag, M. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 589

The tags in Table 2, indicating the positions of the most prominent spectral features in Figs. 2a and b, were not corrected during the revision process. We include here the corrected table. The lines ... [more ▼]

The tags in Table 2, indicating the positions of the most prominent spectral features in Figs. 2a and b, were not corrected during the revision process. We include here the corrected table. The lines observed and identified in the spectra and the respective phases remain unchanged. [less ▲]

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See detailSoil apparent conductivity measurements for planning and analysis of agricultural experiments: A case study from Western-Thailand
Rudolph, Sebastian; Wongleecharoen, Chalemchart; Lark, Murray et al

in Geoderma (2016), 267

In experimental trials, the success or failure of agricultural improvements is commonly evaluated on the agronomic response of crops, using proper experimental designs with sufficient statistical power ... [more ▼]

In experimental trials, the success or failure of agricultural improvements is commonly evaluated on the agronomic response of crops, using proper experimental designs with sufficient statistical power. Since fine-scale variability of the experimental site can reduce statistical power, efficiency gains in the experimental design can be achieved if this variation is known and used to design blocking, or some proxy variable is used as a covariate. Near-surface geophysical techniques such as electromagnetic induction (EMI), which describes subsurface properties non-invasively by measuring soil apparent conductivity (ECa), may be one source of this information. The motivation of our study was to investigate the effectiveness of EMI-derived ECa measurements for planning and analysis of agricultural experiments. ECa and plant height measurements (the response variable) were taken from an agroforestry experiment in Western Thailand, and their variability was quantified to simulate multiple realizations of ECa and the residuals of the response variable from treatment means. These were combined to produce simulated data from different experimental designs and treatment effects. The simulated data were then used to evaluate the statistical power by detecting three orthogonal contrasts among the treatments in the original experiment. We considered three experimental designs, a simple random design (SR), a complete randomized block design (CRB), and a complete randomized block design with spatially adjusted blocks on plot means of ECa (CRBECa). Using analysis of variance (ANOVA), the smallest effect sizes could be detected with the CRBECa design, which indicates that ECa measurements could be used in the planning phase of an experiment to achieve efficiencies by improved blocking. In contrast, analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) demonstrated that substantial power improvements could be gained when ECa was considered as a covariate in the analysis. We therefore recommend that ECa measurements should be used to characterize subsurface variability of experimental sites and to support the statistical analysis of agricultural experiments. [less ▲]

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See detailDistant activity of 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014: Ground-based results during the Rosetta pre-landing phase
Snodgrass, Colin; Jehin, Emmanuel ULg; Manfroid, Jean ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 588

Context. As the ESA Rosetta mission approached, orbited, and sent a lander to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014, a large campaign of ground-based observations also followed the comet. <BR /> Aims ... [more ▼]

Context. As the ESA Rosetta mission approached, orbited, and sent a lander to comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko in 2014, a large campaign of ground-based observations also followed the comet. <BR /> Aims: We constrain the total activity level of the comet by photometry and spectroscopy to place Rosetta results in context and to understand the large-scale structure of the comet's coma pre-perihelion. <BR /> Methods: We performed observations using a number of telescopes, but concentrate on results from the 8 m VLT and Gemini South telescopes in Chile. We use R-band imaging to measure the dust coma contribution to the comet's brightness and UV-visible spectroscopy to search for gas emissions, primarily using VLT/FORS. In addition we imaged the comet in near-infrared wavelengths (JHK) in late 2014 with Gemini-S/Flamingos-2. <BR /> Results: We find that the comet was already active in early 2014 at heliocentric distances beyond 4 au. The evolution of the total activity (measured by dust) followed previous predictions. No gas emissions were detected despite sensitive searches. <BR /> Conclusions: The comet maintains a similar level of activity from orbit to orbit, and is in that sense predictable, meaning that Rosetta results correspond to typical behaviour for this comet. The gas production (for CN at least) is highly asymmetric with respect to perihelion, as our upper limits are below the measured production rates for similar distances post-perihelion in previous orbits. Based on observations made with ESO telescopes at the La Silla Paranal Observatory under programme IDs 592.C-0924, 093.C-0593, 094.C-0054, and at Gemini South under GS-2014B-Q-15 and GS-2014B-Q-76. [less ▲]

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See detailDiscovering novel enzymes y functional screening of plurigenomic libraries from alga-associated Flavobacteriia and Gammaproteobacteria
Martin, Marjolaine ULg; Vandermies, Marie ULg; Joyeux, Coline et al

in Microbiological Research (2016), 186

Alga-associated microorganisms, in the context of their numerous interactions with the host and thecomplexity of the marine environment, are known to produce diverse hydrolytic enzymes with ... [more ▼]

Alga-associated microorganisms, in the context of their numerous interactions with the host and thecomplexity of the marine environment, are known to produce diverse hydrolytic enzymes with originalbiochemistry. We recently isolated several macroalgal-polysaccharide-degrading bacteria from the sur-face of the brown alga Ascophyllum nodosum. These active isolates belong to two classes: the Flavobacteriiaand the Gammaproteobacteria. In the present study, we constructed two “plurigenomic” (with multi-ple bacterial genomes) libraries with the 5 most interesting isolates (regarding their phylogeny andtheir enzymatic activities) of each class (Fv and Gm libraries). Both libraries were screened for diversehydrolytic activities. Five activities, out of the 48 previously identified in the natural polysaccharolyticisolates, were recovered by functional screening: a xylanase (GmXyl7), a beta-glucosidase (GmBg1), anesterase (GmEst7) and two iota-carrageenases (Fvi2.5 and Gmi1.3). We discuss here the potential role ofthe used host-cell, the average DNA insert-sizes and the used restriction enzymes on the divergent screen-ing yields obtained for both libraries and get deeper inside the “great screen anomaly”. Interestingly, thediscovered esterase probably stands for a novel family of homoserine o-acetyltransferase-like-esterases,while the two iota-carrageenases represent new members of the poorly known GH82 family (contain-ing only 19 proteins since its description in 2000). These original results demonstrate the efficiencyof our uncommon “plurigenomic” library approach and the underexplored potential of alga-associatedcultivable microbiota for the identification of novel and algal-specific enzymes. [less ▲]

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See detailHerschel observations of the nebula M1-67 around the Wolf-Rayet star WR 124
Vamvatira-Nakou, C.; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg; Royer, P. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016), 588

Infrared Herschel imaging and spectroscopic observations of the nebula M1-67 around the Wolf-Rayet star WR 124 have been obtained along with optical imaging observations. The infrared images reveal a ... [more ▼]

Infrared Herschel imaging and spectroscopic observations of the nebula M1-67 around the Wolf-Rayet star WR 124 have been obtained along with optical imaging observations. The infrared images reveal a clumpy dusty nebula that extends up to 1 pc. The comparison with the optical images shows that the ionized gas nebula coincides with the dust nebula, the dust and the gas being mixed together. A photodissociation region is revealed from the infrared spectroscopic analysis. The analysis of the infrared spectrum of the nebula, where forbidden emission lines of ionized elements were detected, showed that the nebula consists of mildly processed material with the calculated abundance number ratios being N/O = 1.0 ± 0.5 and C/O = 0.46 ± 0.27. Based on a radiative transfer model, the dust mass of the nebula was estimated to be 0.22 M[SUB]⊙[/SUB] with a population of large grains being necessary to reproduce the observations. The comparison of the mass-loss rate and the abundance ratios to theoretical models of stellar evolution led to the conclusion that the nebular ejection took place during a RSG/YSG evolutionary phase of a central star with an initial mass of 32 M[SUB]⊙[/SUB]. Herschel is an ESA space observatory with science instruments provided by European-led Principal Investigator consortia and with important participation from NASA.Based in part on observations collected at the European Southern Observatory, La Silla, Chile. [less ▲]

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See detailLa polykystose rénale autosomique dominante : comment et pourquoi identifier les patients "rapidement progresseurs" vers l'insuffisance rénale terminale?
bodson, aurélie; MEUNIER, Paul ULg; Krzesinski, Jean-Marie ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71(4), 184-192

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a common inherited disease characterised by the progressive development of multiple and bilateral cysts in kidneys and other organs. Most patients ... [more ▼]

Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is a common inherited disease characterised by the progressive development of multiple and bilateral cysts in kidneys and other organs. Most patients with ADPKD will develop, sooner or later, end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The morbidity and mortality associated with ESRD prompt physicians to identify early ADPKD patients considered as «rapid progressors», who have the greatest risk to rapidly develop ESRD. The rate of progression can be assessed by clinical - especially with the «predicting renal outcome in polycystic kidney disease score» (PROPKD-Score) -, biological (a decline of the glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of 4,4 - 5,9 ml/min/year and/or the doubling of serum creatinine within a 36-month period), or radiological criteria (total kidney volume (TKV) adjusted for the size > 600 cc/m and/or TKV annual growth rate > 5 %). Nowadays, there is no curative treatment for ADPKD. However, vasopressin-2 receptor antagonists, such as tolvaptan, appear to slow down the growth of renal cysts and the slope of GFR decline. The current management of ADPKD patients is mostly based on correcting the risk factors for progression, i.e. encouraging (over)-hydration, normalizing blood pressure, stimulating smoking cessation. [less ▲]

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See detailHistopathological effects of Aspergillus clavatus (Ascomycota: Trichocomaceae) on larvae of the southern house mosquito, Culex quinquefasciatus (Diptera: Culicidae)
Bawin, Thomas ULg; Seye, Fawrou; Boukraa, Slimane ULg et al

in Fungal Biology (2016), 120(4), 489-499

Aspergillus clavatus (Ascomycota: Trichocomaceae) was previously found to be an opportunistic pathogen of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae). In the present study, the mechanism leading to its insecticidal ... [more ▼]

Aspergillus clavatus (Ascomycota: Trichocomaceae) was previously found to be an opportunistic pathogen of mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae). In the present study, the mechanism leading to its insecticidal activity was investigated regarding histological damages on Culex quinquefasciatus larvae exposed to A. clavatus spores. Multiple concentration assays using spore suspensions (0.5 x 10^8 to 2.5 x 10^8 spores/ml) revealed 17.0% to 74.3% corrected mortalities after 48 h exposure. Heat-deactivated spores induced a lower mortality compared to non-heated spores suggesting that insecticidal effects are actively exerted. Spore-treated and untreated larvae were prepared for light microscopy as well as for scanning and transmission electron microscopy. Spores failed to adhere to the external body surface (except the mouth parts) of these aquatic immature stages but progressively filled the digestive tract where their metabolism seemed to activate. In parallel, the internal tissues of the larvae, i.e. the midgut wall, the skeletal muscles, and the cuticle-secreting epidermis, were progressively destroyed between 8 and 24 h of exposure. These observations suggest that toxins secreted by active germinating spores of A. clavatus in the digestive tract altered the larval tissues, leading to their necrosis and causing larval death. Fungal proliferation and sporulation then occurred during a saprophytic phase. A. clavatus enzymes or toxins responsible for these pathogenic effects need to be identified in further studies before any use of this fungus in mosquito control. [less ▲]

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See detailMicrowave-assisted extraction of pectin from unutilized pumpkin biomass
Košťálová, Zuzana; Aguedo, Mario ULg; Hromádkováa, Zdenka

in Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification (2016), 102

Microwave-assisted extraction was employed to extract polysaccharides from pumpkin biomass and compared to the usual extraction by conventional heating. The effect of microwave heating time, liquid/solid ... [more ▼]

Microwave-assisted extraction was employed to extract polysaccharides from pumpkin biomass and compared to the usual extraction by conventional heating. The effect of microwave heating time, liquid/solid (L/S) ratio and extraction temperature on the yield and molecular mass of extracted pectin from the seeded oil pumpkin biomass was investigated. Heating times ranged from 2 to 10 min, L/S ratio from 30/1 to 50/1 and temperature from 80 to 120 °C. The response surface methodology was used to optimize the effects of processing parameters to isolate pectin with medium molecular weight and with the highest yield. The retained conditions were as follows: liquid/solid ratio 50/1, microwave heating time of 10 min and a temperature of 102.2 °C. Among the studied factors, the liquid/solid ratio had the greatest influence on yield and molecular mass, respectively. Application of microwave heating in the extraction of pumpkin biomass gave a pectin with medium Mw and dramatically reduced extraction time in comparison to traditional hot acid extraction. Microwave is an excellent tool for extraction and modification of polysaccharides in one step. [less ▲]

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See detailLocalized Piezoelectric Alveolar Decortication for Orthodontic Treatment in Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial
CHARAVET, Carole ULg; LECLOUX, Geoffrey ULg; BRUWIER, Annick ULg et al

in Journal of Dental Research (2016)

AIMS : This randomized controlled trial aimed to evaluate the benefits and clinical outcomes of piezocision, which is a minimally invasive approach to corticotomy that is used in orthodontic treatments ... [more ▼]

AIMS : This randomized controlled trial aimed to evaluate the benefits and clinical outcomes of piezocision, which is a minimally invasive approach to corticotomy that is used in orthodontic treatments. MATERIALS AND METHODS : Twenty-four adult patients presenting with mild overcrowdings were randomly allocated to either a control group that was treated with conventional orthodontics or a test group that received piezo-assisted orthodontics. The piezocisions were performed 1 wk week after the placement of the orthodontic appliances. Neither grafting material nor sutures were used. All patients were followed every 2 wk, and archwires were changed only when they were no longer active. The periods required for the completion of the overall orthodontic treatments were calculated, and the periodontal parameters were evaluated at baseline and at the end of the orthodontic treatment. Patient-centered outcomes were assessed with a visual analog scale; analgesic use following the procedures was also recorded. RESULTS : The patient characteristics were similar between the 2 groups. The overall treatment time was significantly reduced by 43% in the piezocision group as compared with the control group. In both groups, periodontal parameters (i.e., recession depth, pocket depth, plaque index, and papilla bleeding index) remained unchanged between the baseline and treatment completion time points. No increase in root resorption was observed in either group. Scars were observed in 50% of the patients in the piezocision group. Analgesic consumption was similar following orthodontic appliance placement and piezocision surgery. Patient satisfaction was significantly better in the piezocision group than in the control group. CONCLUSION : In these conditions, the piezocision technique seemed to be effective in accelerating orthodontic tooth movement. No gingival recessions were observed. The risk of residual scars might limit the indications for piezocision in patients with a high smile line (ClinicalTrials.gov NCT02590835) [less ▲]

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See detailLes juristes belges et la réhabilitation du droit à la guerre du Traité de Versailles au ‘Mouvement de Monaco’ de 1933-1938
Genin, Vincent ULg

in Revue de la Faculté de Droit de l'Université de Liège (2016), 2016/1(Soixante et unième année), 155-188

Depuis la Charte des Nations Unies de 1945, l'interdiction du "recours à la force" est consacré comme règle de droit international applicable aux Etats. Toutefois, durant l'entre-deux-guerres, surtout de ... [more ▼]

Depuis la Charte des Nations Unies de 1945, l'interdiction du "recours à la force" est consacré comme règle de droit international applicable aux Etats. Toutefois, durant l'entre-deux-guerres, surtout de 1933 à 1938, la réhabilitation d'un droit à la guerre, jugée plus pragmatique par certains juristes que sa mise "hors-la-loi" par le Pacte Briand-Kellogg de 1929, connaît quelque succès. En réaction à ce qu'ils estiment être les "failles" des Pactes de la SDN et de Paris, médecins-militaires et juristes, surtout belges et français, en vue d'"humaniser la guerre" pour, selon eux, la rendre plus rare, forment un éphémère courant, oublié et devenu anachronique : le "Mouvement de Monaco". Tel est l'objet de notre étude. [less ▲]

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See detailContrasted accumulation patterns of persistent organic pollutants and mercury in sympatric tropical dolphins from the south-western Indian Ocean
Dirtu, Alin; Malavannan, Govindan; Das, Krishna ULg et al

in Environmental Research (2016), 146

Due to their high trophic position and long life span, small cetaceans are considered as suitable bioindicators to monitor the presence of contaminants in marine ecosystems. Here, we document the ... [more ▼]

Due to their high trophic position and long life span, small cetaceans are considered as suitable bioindicators to monitor the presence of contaminants in marine ecosystems. Here, we document the contamination with persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and total mercury (T-Hg) of spinner (Stenella longirostris, n=21) and Indo-Pacific bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops aduncus, n=32) sampled from the coastal waters of La Réunion (south-western Indian Ocean). In addition, seven co-occurring teleost fish species were sampled and analyzed as well. Blubber samples from living dolphins and muscle from teleosts were analyzed for polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), DDT and metabolites (DDTs), chlordanes (CHLs), hexachlorocyclohexanes (HCHs), hexachlorobenzene (HCB), and polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs). Methoxylated PBDEs (MeO-PBDEs), reported as having a natural origin, were also analyzed. T-Hg levels were measured in blubber and skin biopsies of the two living dolphin species. δ13C and δ15N values were determined in skin of the dolphins and in the muscle of teleosts. For PCBs, HCHs and T-Hg, concentrations were significantly higher in T. aduncus than in S. longirostris. For other POP levels, intra-species variability was high. MeO-PBDEs were the dominant compounds (55% of the total POPs) in S. longirostris, while PCBs dominated (50% contribution) in T. aduncus. Other contaminants showed similar profiles between the two species. Given the different patterns of POPs and T-Hg contamination and the stable isotope composition observed among analyzed teleosts, dietary and foraging habitat preferences possibly explain the contrasted contaminant profiles observed in the two dolphin species. Levels of each class of contaminants were significantly higher in males than females. Despite their spatial and temporal overlap in the waters of La Réunion, S. longirostris and T. aduncus are differently exposed to contaminant accumulation. [less ▲]

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See detailPeanut-allergic patients in the MIRABEL survey: characteristics, allergists' dietary advice and lessons from real life
Deschildre, A; Elegbédé, CF; Just, J et al

in Clinical & Experimental Allergy : Journal of the British Society for Allergy & Clinical Immunology (2016), 46(4), 610-20

Background The MIRABEL survey is an observational study on peanut allergy in France, Belgium and Luxemburg. The objectives are to provide data on a large population, to analyse the consumer behaviour, to ... [more ▼]

Background The MIRABEL survey is an observational study on peanut allergy in France, Belgium and Luxemburg. The objectives are to provide data on a large population, to analyse the consumer behaviour, to study the presence of peanut traces in pre-packed foods with/without precautionary allergen labelling (PAL), and to combine these data to quantify allergic risk and produce a cost/benefit analysis. This paper reports a real-life observatory of 785 patients (< 16y: 86%): medical characteristics, eliciting doses (ED) in real life and in oral food challenges (OFC), factors associated with severe reactions, allergist dietary advice and patients’ anxiety regarding their allergy. Methods Age and symptoms at diagnosis, route of exposure, comorbidities, allergy tests, ED (OFC/real life; mg peanut protein), dietary advice about PAL, and anxiety score were recorded. Results Median age was 3 years; 85% were declared allergic. Severe/potentially severe reactions were reported in 30% of the allergic patients: serious systemic reaction (15%), laryngeal angioedema (8%), shock (4%) and acute asthma (3%); 66% had atopic dermatitis, 58% asthma. Median ara h 2 sIgE level was 11.5 kUA/L. Of the 278 OFCs, 225 were positive (median ED: 67.3 mg). Real-life ED was < 100 mg in 44.3%. Severe reactions were significantly more frequent in teenagers and adults (P = 0.004), asthmatic patients (P = 0.033), and patients who reacted to inhalation (P < 0.001). No significant association was found for OFC ED or ara h 2 sIgE. Factors associated with strict avoidance advice including PAL were OFC ED < 100 mg (P < 0.001), but not severe reaction history (P = 0.051) or asthma (P = 0.34). Anxiety was significantly associated with strict avoidance (P < 0.001). Conclusion and clinical relevance Severe/potentially severe reactions, allergic comorbidities, and low EDs in real life are frequent in peanut-allergic patients. Asthma, teenage/ adulthood and reaction to inhalation are associated with severe symptoms. PAL and criteria guiding dietary advice need to be improved. [less ▲]

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See detailUne école belge de l’anticipation ?
Stienon, Valérie ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2016), 48

Prolifique dans les littératures de l'imaginaire, la Belgique présente pourtant une inconnue s'agissant du récit d'anticipation. Il suffit pour en prendre la mesure de comparer les situations respectives ... [more ▼]

Prolifique dans les littératures de l'imaginaire, la Belgique présente pourtant une inconnue s'agissant du récit d'anticipation. Il suffit pour en prendre la mesure de comparer les situations respectives de ces deux « genres » réputés voisins que sont la science-fiction et le fantastique. Celui-ci a été érigé en emblème des terres du syncrétisme et de l'étrange, tandis que celle-là a souffert d'expressions isolées et de dénis compliquant sa réception. La situation de l'anticipation est plus complexe encore : souvent rattachée à la science-fiction, dont elle constituerait une étape archaïque ou protohistorique, elle ne se confond pas tout à fait avec elle. Ne se définissant pas exclusivement par les thématiques scientifiques ou extraterrestres, ni même par la seule dimension futuriste, l'anticipation se donne pour objet une exploration imaginaire des mondes possibles. Cette exploration s'est manifestée plus d'une fois avec succès dans l'histoire des lettres belges, des fictions de Rosny aîné (Les Xipéhuz, La Force mystérieuse, Les Navigateurs de l'infini) aux mondes parallèles créés par François Schuiten et Benoît Peeters, des aventures spatiales de Bob Morane aux technosciences de Gilbert Hottois. Mais quel dénominateur commun peut-on trouver à ce corpus disparate ? Et comment faire l'archéologie d'une production qui a trouvé des expressions variées et originales malgré une généricité hybride et l'absence de représentant majeur ? [less ▲]

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See detailExperimental Tests and Numerical Modelling on Slender Steel Columns at High Temperatures
Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg; Zhao, Bin; Gernay, Thomas ULg

in Journal of Structural Fire Engineering (2016), 7(1), 30-40

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to gain from experimental tests an insight into the failure mode of slender steel columns subjected to fire. The tests will also be used to validate a numerical model ... [more ▼]

Purpose The purpose of this paper is to gain from experimental tests an insight into the failure mode of slender steel columns subjected to fire. The tests will also be used to validate a numerical model. Design/methodology/approach A series of experimental fire tests were conducted on eight full-scale steel columns made of slender I-shaped Class 4 sections. Six columns were made of welded sections (some prismatic and some tapered members), and two columns were made of hot rolled sections. The nominal length of the columns was 2.7 meters with the whole length being heated. The load was applied at ambient temperature after which the temperature was increased under constant load. The load was applied concentrically on some tests and with an eccentricity in other tests. Heating was applied by electrical resistances enclosed in ceramic pads. Numerical simulations were performed with the software SAFIR® using shell elements. Findings The tests have allowed determining the appropriate method of application of the electrical heating system for obtaining a uniform temperature distribution in the members. Failure of the columns during the tests occurred by combination of local and global buckling. The numerical model reproduced correctly the failure modes as well as the critical temperatures. Originality/value The numerical model that has been validated has been used in subsequent parametric analyses performed to derive design equations to be used in practice. This series of test results can be used by the scientific community to validate their own numerical or analytical models for the fire resistance of slender steel columns. [less ▲]

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See detailAdaptation transculturelle et validation des questionnaires VISA-P et VISA-A en français
Kaux, Jean-François ULg; Delvaux, François ULg; Oppong-Kyei, Julian et al

in Science & Sports (2016), 31(2), 65-72

Objectives Patellar and calcaneal tendinopathies remain very common musculoskeletal disorders in athletes. The Victorian Institute of Sports Assessment – Patellar and – Achilles (VISA-P and VISA-A ... [more ▼]

Objectives Patellar and calcaneal tendinopathies remain very common musculoskeletal disorders in athletes. The Victorian Institute of Sports Assessment – Patellar and – Achilles (VISA-P and VISA-A), English questionnaires developed respectively to assess the severity of patellar and calcaneal tendinopathies. The purpose of our study was to validate a French version of these questionnaires. Materials and methods The French translation and intercultural adaptation of the VISA-P and the VISA-A are made according to international recommendations. For these adaptations, 92 (VISA-P) and 116 (VISA-A) subjects were recruited and divided into 3 groups (pathological, asymptotic and sporting risk), in order to test these psychometric properties. All these subjects also had to answer to the MOS SF-36 for the validity of construct. Results The mean VISA-PF scores were 99 for the healthy people, 53 for patients with patellar tendinopathy and 86 for the athletes. The VISA-PF shows excellent reliability with an inter-class correlation coefficient of 0.99. The internal consistency was 0.9 (Cronbach's alpha). The VISA-PF shows low correlations with the divergent sub-scales of the SF-36 and moderate correlations with the convergent sub-scales of the SF-36. The mean VISA-AF scores were 99 in the healthy group, 59 in the pathological group, and 94 in the group of athletes. The VISA-AF shows excellent reliability with an inter-class correlation coefficient of 0.99. The internal consistency was 0.92 (Cronbach's alpha). The VISA-AF shows low correlations with the divergent sub-scales of the SF-36 and moderate correlations with the convergent sub-scales of the SF-36. No floor and ceiling effects were detected during the evaluation of the two questionnaires. Conclusion The French versions of the VISA-P and VISA-A questionnaires are therefore French comprehensible adaptation, reliable and adapted to French-speaking patients suffering from patellar or calcaneal tendinopathies. [less ▲]

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See detailEvidence for the alignment of quasar radio polarizations with large quasar group axes
Pelgrims, Vincent ULg; Hutsemekers, Damien ULg

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2016)

Recently, evidence has been presented for the polarization vectors from quasars to preferentially align with the axes of the large quasar groups (LQG) to which they belong. This report was based on ... [more ▼]

Recently, evidence has been presented for the polarization vectors from quasars to preferentially align with the axes of the large quasar groups (LQG) to which they belong. This report was based on observations made at optical wavelengths for two large quasar groups at redshift ~1.3. The correlation suggests that the spin axes of quasars preferentially align with their surrounding large-scale structure that is assumed to be traced by the LQGs. Here, we consider a large sample of LQGs built from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey DR7 quasar catalogue in the redshift range 1.0 -􀀀 1.8. For quasars embedded in this sample, we collected radio polarization measurements with the goal to study possible correlations between quasar polarization vectors and the major axis of their host LQGs. Assuming the radio polarization vector is perpendicular to the quasar spin axis, we found that the quasar spin axis is preferentially parallel to the LQG major axis inside LQGs that have at least 20 members. This result independently supports the observations at optical wavelengths. We additionally found that when the richness of an LQG decreases, the quasar spin axis becomes preferentially perpendicular to the LQG major axis and that no correlation is detected for quasar groups with fewer than 10 members. [less ▲]

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See detailLa multimorbidité : le médecin généraliste et les systèmes de santé mis au défi
Belche, Jean ULg; Crismer, André ULg

in Minerva: Tijdschrift Voor Evidence Based Medicine (2016), 15(3), 55-57

Nous observons une hausse de la prévalence des maladies chroniques et, dans la majorité des situations, la présence concomitante d’au moins deux maladies chroniques, définition minimale de la ... [more ▼]

Nous observons une hausse de la prévalence des maladies chroniques et, dans la majorité des situations, la présence concomitante d’au moins deux maladies chroniques, définition minimale de la multimorbidité, chez un même patient. La manière dont sont structurés la production scientifique et les systèmes de santé, dont le paradigme dominant est la prise en charge de patients avec une seule morbidité, complique la prise en charge adéquate de cette population (1). Søndergaard a dès lors exploré les difficultés que rencontre le médecin généraliste (MG) face aux patients en situation de multimorbidité au travers d’ateliers auxquels ont participé près de 180 MG et chercheurs scandinaves. [less ▲]

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See detailClinically Relevant Optical Properties of Bifocal, Trifocal, and Extended Depth of Focus Intraocular Lenses
Gatinel, Damien; Loicq, Jerôme ULg

in Journal of Refractive Surgery (2016), 32(4), 273-280

PURPOSE: To experimentally compare the optical performance of three types of hydrophobic intraocular lenses (IOLs): extended depth of focus, bifocal, and trifocal. METHODS: The tested IOLs were: TECNIS ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: To experimentally compare the optical performance of three types of hydrophobic intraocular lenses (IOLs): extended depth of focus, bifocal, and trifocal. METHODS: The tested IOLs were: TECNIS ZMB00 (bifocal; Abbott Medical Optics, Abbott Park, IL), TECNIS Symfony ZXR00 (extended depth of focus; Abbott Medical Optics), and FineVision GFree hydrophobic (trifocal; PhysIOL, Liège, Belgium). Their surface topography was analyzed by optical microscopy. Modulation transfer function (MTF) and spherical aberrations were determined on optical bench for variable pupil apertures and with two cornea models (0 μm and +0.28 μm). United States Air Force target imaging was analyzed for different focal points (near, intermediate, and far). Point spread function (PSF) and halos were quantified and compared. RESULTS: The three lenses presented step-like optic topography. For a pupil size of 3 mm or greater, clearly distinctive MTF peaks were observed for all lenses: two peaks for the extended depth of focus and bifocal lenses with +1.75 and +4.00 diopters (D) addition, respectively, and three peaks for the trifocal lens with +1.75 and +3.50 addition for intermediate and near vision, respectively. The extended depth of focus and bifocal lens had slightly higher MTF at best focus with the +0.28 μm cornea model than with the 0 μm model, whereas the trifocal lens was likely to be more independent of the corneal spherical aberrations.CONCLUSIONS: It appears that the three lenses rely on light diffraction for their optical performance, presenting halos with comparable intensities. For small pupil apertures (< 3 mm), the MTF peaks for the far and intermediate focal distances of the trifocal and extended depth of focus lenses overlap, but the trifocal lens presented an additional MTF peak for the near focal points. [less ▲]

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See detailExposition "Magie et raison. Elisa von der Recke et l'affaire Cagliostro"
Leyh, Valérie ULg

in Culture, le Magazine Culturel de l'Université de Liège (2016)

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See detailBrentano or Husserl? Intentionality, Consciousness, and Self-consciousness in Contemporary Phenomenology of Mind
Boccaccini, Federico ULg

in Archivio di Filosofia (2016), LXXXIII(3), 189-202

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See detailSelenium in Cattle: A Review
Mehdi, Youcef ULg; Dufrasne, Isabelle ULg

in Molecules (2016), 21(4), 545

This review article examines the role of selenium (Se) and the effects of Se supplementation especially in the bovine species. Selenium is an important trace element in cattle. Some of its roles include ... [more ▼]

This review article examines the role of selenium (Se) and the effects of Se supplementation especially in the bovine species. Selenium is an important trace element in cattle. Some of its roles include the participation in the antioxidant defense the cattle farms. The nutritional requirements of Se in cattle are estimated at 100 μg/kg DM (dry matter) for beef cattle and at 300 μg/kg DM for dairy cows. The rations high in fermentable carbohydrates, nitrates, sulfates, calcium or hydrogen cyanide negatively influence the organism’s use of the selenium contained in the diet. The Se supplementation may reduce the incidence of metritis and ovarian cysts during the postpartum period. The increase in fertility when adding Se is attributed to the reduction of the embryonic death during the first month of gestation. A use of organic Se in feed would provide a better transfer of Se in calves relative to mineral Se supplementation. The addition of Se yeasts in the foodstuffs of cows significantly increases the Se content and the percentage of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) in milk compared to the addition of sodium selenite. The enzyme 5-iodothyronine deiodinase is a seleno-dependent selenoprotein. It is one of the last proteins to be affected in the event of Se deficiency. This delay in response could explain the fact that several studies did not show the effect of Se supplementation on growth and weight gain of calves. Enrichment of Se in the diet did not significantly affect the slaughter weight and carcass yield of bulls. The impact and results of Se supplementation in cattle depend on physiological stage, Se status of animals, type and content of Se and types of Se administration. Further studies in Se supplementation should investigate the speciation of Se in food and yeasts, as well as understanding their metabolism and absorption. This constitute a path to exploit in order to explain certain different effects of Se. [less ▲]

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See detailLagrangian and arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian simulations of complex roll-forming processes
Crutzen, Yanick ULg; Boman, Romain ULg; Papeleux, Luc ULg et al

in Comptes Rendus Mécanique (2016), 344(4-5), 251-266

The Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) formalism is a breakthrough technique in the numerical simulation of the continuous-type roll-forming process. In contrast to the classical Lagrangian approach, the ... [more ▼]

The Arbitrary Lagrangian Eulerian (ALE) formalism is a breakthrough technique in the numerical simulation of the continuous-type roll-forming process. In contrast to the classical Lagrangian approach, the ALE formalism can compute the hopefully stationary state for the entire mill length with definitely effortless set-up tasks thanks to a nearly-stationary mesh. In this paper, advantages of ALE and Lagrangian formalisms are extensively discussed for simulating such continuous-type processes. Through a highly complex industrial application, the ease of use of ALE modelling is illustrated with the in-house code METAFOR. ALE and Lagrangian results are in good agreement with each other. [less ▲]

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See detailQuelle est l’efficacité de soins collaboratifs et intégrés pour des patients en situation de multimorbidité physique et mentale en ambulatoire ?
Belche, Jean ULg

in Minerva: Tijdschrift Voor Evidence Based Medicine (2016), 15(3), 58-63

Alors que les études cliniques se focalisent principalement sur un problème de santé spécifique avec des patients vierges de comorbidités, il ressort d’une étude épidémiologique publiée en 2012 (1) que la ... [more ▼]

Alors que les études cliniques se focalisent principalement sur un problème de santé spécifique avec des patients vierges de comorbidités, il ressort d’une étude épidémiologique publiée en 2012 (1) que la multimorbidité, définie comme la présence d’au moins 2 maladies chroniques), augmente substantiellement avec l’âge (≥ 65 ans) mais qu’en nombre absolu de patients, elle touche plus de patients plus jeunes (plus de 50% en dessous de 65 ans). Près d’un tiers de ces patients multimorbides souffre de problèmes de santé mentale (dépression, troubles psychotiques, etc.), dont la gravité augmente avec le nombre de comorbidités et le statut socio-économique. L’étude analysée ici fait l’hypothèse d’un bénéfice d’un modèle de soins collaboratif et intégré en première ligne de soins sur la dépression et la gestion de la maladie chronique par le patient, tout en veillant à sélectionner une population représentative du constat démographique actuel de multimorbidité. [less ▲]

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See detailLes kystes ovariens chez le cobaye
Gillet, Aline; Deflers, Hélène ULg; Marlier, Didier ULg

in Revue de Médecine Vétérinaire (2016), 167(3-4), 51-58

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See detailInfluence of a liquid nutritional supplement on water intake in experimental Beagle dogs
Rotat, Christelle; Lhoest, Estelle; Rauw, Anaelle ULg et al

in Open Journal of Veterinary Medicine (2016), 6

The objectives were to evaluate the effects of a liquid nutritional supplement formulated for dogs on water intakes and urine output. A liquid nutritional supplement was tested by way of a cross-over ... [more ▼]

The objectives were to evaluate the effects of a liquid nutritional supplement formulated for dogs on water intakes and urine output. A liquid nutritional supplement was tested by way of a cross-over design in 8 experimental healthy Beagle dogs (4 males and 4 females, aged 9.3 years). The supplement (87 percent water, 2.7 percent protein, 2.6 percent fat, 0.4 percent crude fiber) was added to water and tested at 2 incorporation rates (50 or 70 ml/day/dog—D50 or D70) versus the control placebo (CO-water only). The dogs were kept in a controlled environment; water intakes and urine output were measured. Individual water intakes were characterised by large variations. Mean water intake increased significantly by 28 percent in dogs receiving the liquid nutritional supplement, in both genders, irrespectively of the dosage. Urine output was also increased, by 55 percent. Faeces scores remained unchanged. It was concluded that the liquid supplement increased water intake and urine output in a safe way, without increasing dramatically the daily dietary sodium chloride intake. The recommended dosage of the manufacturer—50 ml/day for dogs weighing 10 - 20 kg BW is efficient. Increasing the dosage had no advantage, nor adverse effects. Increased water intake and urine output is of interest for dogs suffering from urolithiasis. [less ▲]

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See detailInsertion professionnelle et parcours enseignants : mise en perspective
Simons, Germain ULg

in Didactiques en Pratique (2016), (2),

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See detailIntensive enteral nutrition is ineffective for individuals with severe alcoholic hepatitis treated with corticosteroids.
Moreno, C; Deltenre, P; Senterre, C et al

in Gastroenterology (2016), 150

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Severe alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is a lifethreatening disease for which adequate oral nutritional support is recommended. We performed a randomized controlled trial to determine whether ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND & AIMS: Severe alcoholic hepatitis (AH) is a lifethreatening disease for which adequate oral nutritional support is recommended. We performed a randomized controlled trial to determine whether the combination of corticosteroid and intensive enteral nutrition therapy is more effective than corticosteroid therapy alone in patients with severe AH. METHODS: We enrolled 136 heavy consumers of alcohol (age, 18–75 y) with recent onset of jaundice and biopsy-proven severe AH in our study, performed at 18 hospitals in Belgium and 2 in France, from February 2010 through February 2013. Subjects were assigned randomly (1:1) to groups that received either intensive enteral nutrition plus methylprednisolone or conventional nutrition plus methylprednisolone (controls). In the intensive enteral nutrition group, enteral nutrition was given via feeding tube for 14 days. The primary end point was patient survival for 6 months. RESULTS: In an intention-to-treat analysis, we found no significant difference between groups in 6-month cumulative mortality: 44.4% of patients died in the intensive enteral nutrition group (95% confidence interval [CI], 32.2%–55.9%) and 52.1% of controls died (95% CI, 39.4%– 63.4%) (P ¼ .406). The enteral feeding tube was withdrawn prematurely from 48.5% of patients, and serious adverse events considered to be related to enteral nutrition occurred in 5 patients. Regardless of group, a greater proportion of patients with a daily calorie intake less than 21.5 kcal/kg/day died (65.8%; 95% CI, 48.8–78.4) than patients with a higher intake of calories (33.1%; 95% CI, 23.1%–43.4%) (P < .001). CONCLUSIONS: In a randomized trial of patients with severe AH treated with corticosteroids, we found that intensive enteral nutrition was difficult to implement and did not increase survival. However, low daily energy intake was associated with greater mortality, so adequate nutritional intake should be a main goal for treatment. [less ▲]

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See detailPregnancy outcome following frozen embryo transfer after artificial cycle or treatment by clomiphene citrate.
JOUAN, Caroline ULg; EMONARD, Violaine ULg; RUGGERI, Philippe ULg et al

in Gynecological Endocrinology : The Official Journal of the International Society of Gynecological Endocrinology (2016), 29

The optimal method to prepare endometrium before frozen embryo transfer (FET) is not yet established. We retrospectively studied 4496 FET and detailed pregnancy and miscarriage rates in three groups of ... [more ▼]

The optimal method to prepare endometrium before frozen embryo transfer (FET) is not yet established. We retrospectively studied 4496 FET and detailed pregnancy and miscarriage rates in three groups of patients according to the endometrium preparation they have followed before their successive FET: clomifene citrate (CC, group 1), artificial cycle (AC, group 2) or switch between CC and AC (group 3). The overall pregnancy rates per transfer were 24.3, 20.8 and 17.3% while the miscarriage rates reached 23.2, 29.8 and 42.5%, respectively. Group 1 experienced the highest ongoing pregnancy rate (18.6%), the lowest being observed in group 3 (10.0%, p50.001). Here we propose several alternatives to improve our AC protocol (group 2) that seemed less effective than CC (group 1) and we consider the use of a gonadotrophinstimulated treatment for patients with the lowest reproductive outcomes (group 3). [less ▲]

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See detailFibulin-3 fragments are prognostic biomarkers of osteoarthritis incidence in overweight and obese women
Runhaar, Jos; Sanchez, Christelle ULg; Taralla, Sébastien et al

in Osteoarthritis Cartilage (2016), 24(4), 672-678

OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between three fibulin-3 peptides and the incidence of radiographic and clinical knee osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: Women between 50 and 60 years, with a BMI >/=27 kg ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between three fibulin-3 peptides and the incidence of radiographic and clinical knee osteoarthritis (OA). DESIGN: Women between 50 and 60 years, with a BMI >/=27 kg/m2, free of knee OA, were recruited. Using binary logistic regression, the association between baseline concentration of serum fibulin (Fib)3-1, Fib3-2 and Fib3-3 and incidence of clinical and radiographic knee OA after 30 months of follow-up was evaluated. RESULTS: Baseline and follow-up measurements were available for 241 women with a mean age of 55.9 +/- 3.2 years and mean BMI of 31.7 +/- 3.6 kg/m2. None of the concentrations of the three Fib3 epitopes were associated with the incidence of medial or lateral joint space narrowing (JSN) >/=1.0 mm or the incidence of Kellgren & Lawrence (K&L) grade >/=2 after 30 months. All three Fib3 epitopes were associated with the incidence of the clinical and radiographic ACR-criteria and Fib3-1 and Fib3-3 also with chronic pain at follow-up. When adjusted for the other Fib3 peptide concentrations, only Fib3-1 was significantly associated to the incidence of the American College of Rheumatology (ACR)-criteria (OR 3.2 [1.2-8.7]) and chronic pain at follow-up (OR 3.0 [1.2-7.7]). CONCLUSIONS: Baseline fibulin-3 concentrations are associated with the incidence of clinical knee OA among middle-aged overweight and obese women. Therewith, they meet the criteria of a prognostic biomarker according to the BIPED biomarker classification for OA. Further validation of the fibulin-3 epitopes seems warranted in order to better distinguish subgroups of individuals at increased risk for knee OA development. [less ▲]

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See detailExercise-triggered chest pain as an isolated symptom of myocarditis in children
Tshimanga, Prisca; Daron, Benoît; FARHAT, Nesrine ULg et al

in Clinics and Practice (2016)

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See detailFragmented Territories: Incomplete Enclosures and Agrarian Change on the Agricultural Frontier of Samlaut District, North-West Cambodia
Diepart, Jean-Christophe ULg; Sem, Thol

in Journal of Agrarian Change (2016)

In Cambodia, the interactions between large-scale land investment and land titling gathered particular momentum in 2012–13, when the government initiated an unprecedented upland land titling programme in ... [more ▼]

In Cambodia, the interactions between large-scale land investment and land titling gathered particular momentum in 2012–13, when the government initiated an unprecedented upland land titling programme in an attempt to address land tenure insecurity where large-scale land investment overlaps with land appropriated by peasants. This paper is based on a spatially explicit ethnography of land rights conducted in the Samlaut district of north-west Cambodia – a former Khmer Rouge resistance stronghold – in a context where the enclosures are both incomplete and entangled with post-war, socially embedded land tenure systems. We discuss how this new pattern of fragmentation affects the prevailing dynamics of agrarian change. We argue that it has introduced new forms of exclusion and a generalized perception of land tenure uncertainty that is managed by peasants through the actualization of hybrid land tenure arrangements borrowing from state rules and local consensus. In contrast with common expectations about land formalization, the process reinforces the patterns of social differentiation initiated by land rent capture practices of early migrants and pushes more vulnerable peasants into seeking wage labour and resorting to job migration. [less ▲]

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See detailLe travailleur à temps partiel et la présomption de travail à temps plein
Kéfer, Fabienne ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2016), (14), 654-655

L'article oppose la présomption de travail à temps plein énoncée par l’article 171 de la loi-programme du 22 décembre 1989, qui est étrangère aux relations entre l’employeur et le travailleur, à la ... [more ▼]

L'article oppose la présomption de travail à temps plein énoncée par l’article 171 de la loi-programme du 22 décembre 1989, qui est étrangère aux relations entre l’employeur et le travailleur, à la sanction inscrite dans l'article 11bis de la loi relative aux contrats de travail. Le travailleur ne peut alléguer la présomption pour obtenir le paiement d’arriérés de salaire ou d’une indemnité compensatoire de préavis calculés sur la base d’une rémunération à temps plein. [less ▲]

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See detailMass Surveillance Technology: Trading Trojan Horses
Caponetti, Lia ULg

in Strategic Trade Review (2016), (Spring 2016), 53-71

This paper challenges the effectiveness and necessity of “mass surveillance technology”(MST) on two dimensions: (a) states’ internal use of MST and the subsequent issue of violation of fundamental ... [more ▼]

This paper challenges the effectiveness and necessity of “mass surveillance technology”(MST) on two dimensions: (a) states’ internal use of MST and the subsequent issue of violation of fundamental freedoms, and (b) surveillance technology export control, especially to third countries likely to use such technology to violate human rights. Following the Snowden Datagate scandal, many States undertook inquiries and adopted measures that, in some cases, were meant to regulate the use of mass surveillance technology. The paper will: a) assess and evaluate current regulations on mass surveillance technology and its place in democratic societies, including what is at stake in terms of technology, threats, reactions to threats, and geographic extension, b) the risks linked to the use of MST on the national level by questioning the validity of counter-terrorism measures as a justification for MST use c) analyze international trade control regimes and legislation to highlighting their inadequacy in the face of the threats posed by MST, and d) map the evolution of the EU dual-use trade control system towards a human security approach with regard to human rights protection, in order to assess the capability of the system to avoid the misuse of MST. [less ▲]

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See detailAnticipation et mondes parallèles. Entretien avec Benoît Peeters et François Schuiten
Stienon, Valérie ULg

in Textyles : Revue des Lettres Belges de Langue Française (2016), 48

Benoît Peeters et François Schuiten ont aimablement accepté l’invitation de l’entretien, qui a eu lieu le 12 janvier 2015 au café Le Wilson en face du Palais de Chaillot où se tient l’exposition Revoir ... [more ▼]

Benoît Peeters et François Schuiten ont aimablement accepté l’invitation de l’entretien, qui a eu lieu le 12 janvier 2015 au café Le Wilson en face du Palais de Chaillot où se tient l’exposition Revoir Paris. [less ▲]

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See detailTaller trees, denser stands and greater biomass in semi-deciduous than in evergreen lowland central African forests
Fayolle, Adeline ULg; Loubota Panzou, Grâce Jopaul ULg; Drouet, Thomas et al

in Forest Ecology & Management (2016), 374

Accurate height-diameter allometry is crucial for the estimation of forest biomass and carbon stocks. Tree height measurements over a large range of diameters and species are urgently needed in the ... [more ▼]

Accurate height-diameter allometry is crucial for the estimation of forest biomass and carbon stocks. Tree height measurements over a large range of diameters and species are urgently needed in the tropics, specifically in central Africa, for the development of locally derived height-diameter allometric equations and the conversion of forest inventory data into biomass estimates, and for the validation of remotely sensed canopy height that mostly rely on a few specific field sites. In this study, we aimed to identify the variation in height-diameter allometry of tropical trees between forest types and among species in central Africa, and we examined the consequences for biomass estimation. Height and diameter were measured for a total of 521 trees over a large range of diameters in two forest types in southern Cameroon, 10–240 cm in the evergreen forest and 11–182 cm in the semi-deciduous forest. A total of ten allometric models including asymptotic and non-asymptotic models were fitted to the heightdiameter data. Measured tree diameters, grouped into 10 cm wide diameter classes up to 150, from commercial forest inventory data (0.5 ha plots, n = 2101 and n = 5152, respectively in the evergreen and in the semi-deciduous forests) were converted into biomass estimates using general allometric models with and without including our site-specific height-diameter allometry. Though debated in the literature, our results supported a saturation of tree height with tree diameter both at site and species level, with asymptotic models better depicting the height-diameter allometry. Height-diameter allometry significantly differed between forest types and these local height-diameter equations also differed from published equations. For a given diameter, trees tended to be taller in the semi-deciduous forest than in the evergreen forest, as already reported between moist and wet forests in pantropical studies. Similar trends were reported within species for the three species shared by both forest types, suggesting an environmental control of tree allometry. Because of the low performance of the bioclimatic stress variable to predict tree height and of the slight soil differences between the two forest types, the environmental determinants of height-diameter allometry remain to be explored. In addition to tree allometry variation, structural differences (basal area and density) were also identified between the two forest types using commercial forest inventory data at genus level, and both allometry and forest structure (taller trees and denser stands) contributed to the greater biomass per hectare of the semi-deciduous forest. [less ▲]

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See detailLe hate speech et la liberté d'expression dans la jurisprudence américaine sous l'angle de la philosophie du langage
Thirion, Nicolas ULg; Vandenbulke, Antoine ULg

in Auteurs & Media (2016)

Analysis of landmark US Supreme Court cases on hate speech evaluated in terms of philosophy of language, particularly through the works of J.L. Austin and Judith Butler.

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See detailPrevalence and determinants of vitamin D deficiency in healthy French adults: the VARIETE study
Souberbielle; Massart, Catherine; Brailly-Tabard, Sylvie et al

in Endocrine (2016)

The U.S. Institute of Medicine considers that a serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) concentration >20 ng/mL corresponds to optimal vitamin D status in the general population. Old studies of vitamin D status ... [more ▼]

The U.S. Institute of Medicine considers that a serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) concentration >20 ng/mL corresponds to optimal vitamin D status in the general population. Old studies of vitamin D status in the French general population have demonstrated high prevalence of insufficiency. We measured serum 25OHD, 1,25(OH)2D, PTH, calcium, phosphorus, and creatinine levels in 892 French Caucasian healthy subjects (463 men, 429 women) aged from 18 to 89 years. The 25OHD concentration was similar in men (24.1 ± 8.2 ng/mL) and women (23.4 ± 8.0 ng/mL). 25OHD concentrations of <10, <12, <20, and <30 ng/mL were found in respectively 6.3, 9.9, 34.6, and 80.3 % of subjects. Residence in northern France (odds ratio [OR] 1.91), blood sampling between January and March (OR 7.74), BMI ≥24 kg/m2 (OR 1.81), and age 60 years or more (OR 1.99) were significant determinants of hypovitaminosis D (25OHD <20 ng/mL). The serum 25OHD level correlated positively with 1,25(OH)2D and negatively with PTH. 25OHD values below 20 ng/mL were associated with lower 1,25(OH)2D levels, and 25OHD values below 27 ng/mL were associated with higher PTH levels. Many French healthy adults have a 25OHD concentration <20 ng/mL, especially during winter months. Actions to improve the vitamin D status of the French general population are urgently needed. [less ▲]

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See detailVIGNETTE DIAGNOSTIQUE DE L'ETUDIANT. LogBook Numérique : Un carnet de bord réflexif comme outil d'apprentissage en contexte de stage.
Scantamburlo, Gabrielle ULg; Vierset, Viviane; Bonnet, Pierre ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71(4), 210-215

Un LogBook (ou journal de bord) est un outil d’apprentissage et d’accompagnement où sont répertoriées des situations cliniques vécues lors d’un stage. Il joue un rôle essentiel dans la maîtrise des ... [more ▼]

Un LogBook (ou journal de bord) est un outil d’apprentissage et d’accompagnement où sont répertoriées des situations cliniques vécues lors d’un stage. Il joue un rôle essentiel dans la maîtrise des compétences cliniques. Au Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège, nous avons développé un LogBook numérique pour renforcer le guidage des étudiants et favoriser une réflexion vers l’autonomisation. Il apporte des repères utiles aux enseignants cliniciens et aux étudiants. Il est aussi utilisé comme outil de co-évaluation. Ce LogBook a été conçu pour le stage en psychiatrie. Cependant, sa particularité est de pouvoir être adapté à tous les contextes de stage, dans toutes les disciplines, en vue de favoriser une harmonisation cohérente du parcours clinique de l’étudiant, en lien avec les impératifs du cursus donnés par l’Europe. [less ▲]

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See detailRELMs in the Realm of Helminths
Horsnell, William G. C.; Dewals, Benjamin G ULg

in Trends in parasitology (2016)

Resistin-like molecule (RELM) proteins are essential for immunity to helminths. Recently, Chen and collaborators identified a dominant role for RELMalpha over RELMbeta in host immunity to Nippostrongylus ... [more ▼]

Resistin-like molecule (RELM) proteins are essential for immunity to helminths. Recently, Chen and collaborators identified a dominant role for RELMalpha over RELMbeta in host immunity to Nippostrongylus brasiliensis using a double knockout system. The study highlighted how important and yet divergent the contributions of these proteins are in the control of helminth infections. [less ▲]

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See detailDimensioning IRGA gas sampling systems: laboratory and field experiments
Aubinet, Marc ULg; Joly, Lilian; Loustau, Denis et al

in Atmospheric Measurement Techniques (2016), 9

Both laboratory and field experiments were carried out in order to define suitable configuration ranges for the gas sampling systems (GSSs) of infrared gas analyzers (IRGAs) used in eddy covariance ... [more ▼]

Both laboratory and field experiments were carried out in order to define suitable configuration ranges for the gas sampling systems (GSSs) of infrared gas analyzers (IRGAs) used in eddy covariance measurements. In the laboratory, an original dynamic calibration bench was developed in order to test the frequency attenuation and pressure drop generated by filters. In the field, three IRGAs of the same type equipped with different filters or different rain caps were installed and run and the real frequency response of the complete setup was tested. The main results are as follows. – Filters may have a strong impact on the pressure drop in the GSS and this impact increases with flow rate. – Conversely, no impact of the tested filters on cut-off frequency was found, GSSs with and without filters presenting similar cut-off frequencies. – The main limiting factor of cut-off frequency in the field was found to be the rain cap design. In addition, the impact of this design on pressure drop was also found to be noteworthy. [less ▲]

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See detailAbout Quaternary prevention in Public health ; comment on Dr Jong-Myon Bae paper
Jamoulle, Marc ULg

in Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health = Yebang Uihakhoe Chi (2016), 49(2), 139-140

The recent paper of Dr Jong-Myon Bae about Quaternary Prevention and Public Health in your journal has attracted my interest. The spread of this concept is beyond all expectation and I am quite happy it ... [more ▼]

The recent paper of Dr Jong-Myon Bae about Quaternary Prevention and Public Health in your journal has attracted my interest. The spread of this concept is beyond all expectation and I am quite happy it contributes to the analytic thinking of complexity of health care. The particular application of the quaternary prevention (P4) concept is absolutely brilliant. Nevertheless I would propose some slight modifications to the table 1 edited by the author which I have taken the liberty to reproduce here with the due authorization of Dr Bae and after several mail exchanges with him. [less ▲]

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See detailDiurnal cycle and multi-decadal trend of formaldehyde in the remote atmosphere near 46° N
Franco, Bruno ULg; Marais, Eloise A.; Bovy, Benoît ULg et al

in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics (2016), 16

Only very few long-term records of formaldehyde (HCHO) exist that are suitable for trend analysis. Furthermore, many uncertainties remain as to its diurnal cycle, representing a large short-term ... [more ▼]

Only very few long-term records of formaldehyde (HCHO) exist that are suitable for trend analysis. Furthermore, many uncertainties remain as to its diurnal cycle, representing a large short-term variability superimposed on seasonal and inter-annual variations that should be accounted for when comparing ground-based observations to e.g., model results. In this study, we derive a multi-decadal time series (January 1988 – June 2015) of HCHO total columns from ground-based high-resolution Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) solar spectra recorded at the high-altitude station of Jungfraujoch (Swiss Alps, 46.5° N, 8.0° E, 3580 m a.s.l.), allowing for the characterization of the mid-latitudinal atmosphere for background conditions. First we investigate the HCHO diurnal variation, peaking around noontime and mainly driven by the intra-day insolation modulation and methane (CH4) oxidation. We also characterize quantitatively the diurnal cycles by adjusting a parametric model to the observations, which links the daytime to the HCHO columns according to the monthly intra-day regimes. It is then employed to scale all the individual FTIR measurements on a given daytime in order to remove the effect of the intra-day modulation for improving the trend determination and the comparison with HCHO columns simulated by the state-of-the-art chemical transport model GEOS-Chem v9-02. Such a parametric model will be useful to scale the Jungfraujoch HCHO columns on satellite overpass times in the framework of future calibration/validation efforts of space borne sensors. GEOS-Chem sensitivity tests suggest then that the seasonal and inter-annual HCHO column variations above Jungfraujoch are predominantly led by the atmospheric CH4 oxidation, with a maximum contribution of 25 % from the anthropogenic non-methane volatile organic compound precursors during wintertime. Finally, trend analysis of the so-scaled 27-year FTIR time series reveals a long-term evolution of the HCHO columns in the remote troposphere to be related with the atmospheric CH4 fluctuations and the short-term OH variability: +2.9 %/yr between 1988 and 1995, -3.7 %/yr over 1996-2002 and +0.8/% yr from 2003 onwards. [less ▲]

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See detailDer Archäotraduktosaurus blickt zurück
Viehöver, Vera ULg

in ReLü: Rezensionszeitschrift zur Literaturübersetzung (2016)

Der Archäotraduktosaurus blickt zurück Vera Viehöver über Sourcier ou cibliste von Jean-René Ladmiral Jean-René Ladmiral, der sich selbst als „letzten Überlebenden eines längst vergangenen, vordigitalen ... [more ▼]

Der Archäotraduktosaurus blickt zurück Vera Viehöver über Sourcier ou cibliste von Jean-René Ladmiral Jean-René Ladmiral, der sich selbst als „letzten Überlebenden eines längst vergangenen, vordigitalen Erdzeitalters der Übersetzung“ sieht, gehört zu den Gründungsvätern der institutionalisierten Übersetzungswissenschaft in Frankreich. Der Band Sourcier ou cibliste (2014) versammelt Beiträge des Autors aus mehr als drei Jahrzehnten, die bislang zum Teil nur schwer auffindbar waren: die Bilanz eines leidenschaftlichen Kämpfers, der ein Übersetzen für die Leser fordert – scharf im Urteil gegen die Sakralisierung und Fetischisierung von literarischen Texten. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of monovarietal virgin olive oils from introduced cultivars in eastern Morocco
Mansouri, Farid ULg; Benmoumen, A.; Richard, Gaetan ULg et al

in Rivista Italiana Sostanze Grasse (2016), 93

The aim of this study was to characterize monovarietal virgin olive oils (VOOs) of new high-density planting system of three European cultivars (Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki), recently introduced in ... [more ▼]

The aim of this study was to characterize monovarietal virgin olive oils (VOOs) of new high-density planting system of three European cultivars (Arbequina, Arbosana and Koroneiki), recently introduced in eastern Morocco. VOOs’ characterization has been carried out by analyzing several parameters, such as quality indexes, fatty acid contents, minor components, and olive oils’ oxidative stability index (OSI). In this study, we have also conducted a comparison between these monovarietal VOOs and olive oils of autochthones cultivar Picholine marocaine. Significant differences between the analyzed VOOs were highlighted. Koroneiki’s VOO had a high phenols content (493.66 mg/kg) and, consequently, the best oxidative stability (94.83 h); Arbrosana’s VOO was distinguished by its abundance of α-tocopherol (460.07 mg/kg) and by an intermediate OSI (64.83 h). In addition, results showed, firstly, that in all the analyzed oils decarboxymethyl ligstroside aglycone and decarboxymethyl oleuropein aglycone were the main phenolic compounds, and, secondly, that VOOs of Koroneiki and Arbosana seem to have similar profiles, with a high content of natural antioxidants and a high oleic/linoleic ratio, thus boasting a better shelf life. [less ▲]

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See detailImpacts of Ionizing Radiation on the Different Compartments of the Tumor Microenvironment
Leroi, Natacha ULg; LALLEMAND, François ULg; COUCKE, Philippe ULg et al

in Frontiers in Pharmacology (2016), 7

During the last decade, the initial cancer cell-centered view of tumors has greatly evolved to an integrated vision of tumor biology taking into account the key contribution of the TME. Obviously, the ... [more ▼]

During the last decade, the initial cancer cell-centered view of tumors has greatly evolved to an integrated vision of tumor biology taking into account the key contribution of the TME. Obviously, the different compartments of TME are closely related and contribute not only to tumor progression, but also to its response to treatments. Importantly, the TME evolves over time during the different steps of cancer development and is also affected by different therapeutic modalities. Although, improvements have been achieved regarding RT delivery to the primary tumor, ionizing radiation also target nontumor cells that influence tumor growth and metastatic dissemination. Different approaches have been proposed to overcome the radioresistance of cancer cells. The TME-mediated radioresistance is now the object of researches, which has been elegantly reviewed recently by Barker et al. (2015) and severalarticles pointed out the importance of treatments that modify the TME and likely radiosensitize tumor (Ansiaux et al., 2005; Crokart et al., 2005b; Frérart et al., 2008). However, the impact of anti-cancer treatments on the TME and consequently on the tumor phenotype, response to treatment and metastases, is often neglected. Here we pointed out the impact of RT on the TME. Recent findings emphasize the interest to optimize RT (i.e., dose per fraction) and timing of surgery (Leroi et al., 2015; Surace et al., 2015) in order to prevent metastatic spreading. The future challenge in RT will be to define the most appropriate combinations between RT, and other therapeutic modalities with the optimal sequence and timing of treatments. In this context, investigation of the TME-related acquired resistance will be essential and will provide important innovative data. [less ▲]

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See detailInfluence of extraction conditions on characteristics of microbial polysaccharide kefiran isolated from kefir grains biomass
Pop Rodica, Carmen; Salanţă, Liana; M. Rotar, Ancuţa et al

in Journal of Food and Nutrition Research (2016)

Kefiran is a water-soluble polysaccharide, which can be isolated from kefir grains biomass. Rheological behaviour and physico-chemical characteristics of kefiran solutions were influenced by the ... [more ▼]

Kefiran is a water-soluble polysaccharide, which can be isolated from kefir grains biomass. Rheological behaviour and physico-chemical characteristics of kefiran solutions were influenced by the extraction parameters. Degradation of the polymer chain occurred at the highest temperature tested (100 °C). The intrinsic viscosity of kefiran solutions (0.1 g·ml-1) varied between 8.24 mPa at 100 °C to 19.32 mPa at 80 °C. Regarding rheological properties, kefiran solutions had characteristics of a Newtonian behaviour in diluted solutions and pseudoplastic at higher concentrations. High-performance liquid chromatography analysis of monosaccharides revealed that kefiran is composed of glucose and galactose in a relative molar ratio of 0.94–1.1. Infrared spectra of kefiran suggested the structure of α- and β-configurations in pyranose-form carbohydrates, which indicated a purified structure of kefiran. The molecular weight of kefiran polymer was between 2.4 × 106 Da and 1.5 × 107 Da, the values of molecular weight depending on extraction conditions. This polysaccharide was found to have higher intrinsic viscosity and higher apparent viscosity in aqueous solutions, which brings a perspective for its use as thickening or gelling agent in food, or as a matrix in film-forming solutions. [less ▲]

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See detailDurée excessive d'une procédure pénale et mise en cause de la responsabilité civile de l'Etat
Michiels, Olivier ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2016), (2016/12), 569-574

Le jugement commenté présente la principale particularité d'aborder la mise en cause de la responsabilité civile de l'Etat en cas de dépassement du délai raisonnable d'une procédure pénale. Le commentaire ... [more ▼]

Le jugement commenté présente la principale particularité d'aborder la mise en cause de la responsabilité civile de l'Etat en cas de dépassement du délai raisonnable d'une procédure pénale. Le commentaire de cette décision s'attache encore à mettre en perspective cette décision avec l'arrêt Panju c. Belgique prononcé le 28 octobre 2014 par la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme. [less ▲]

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See detailA new method using insert-based systems (IBS) to improve cell behavior study on flexible and rigid biomaterials.
GRENADE, Charlotte ULg; Moniotte, Nicolas; Rompen, Eric ULg et al

in Cytotechnology (2016)

In vitro studies about biomaterials biological properties are essential screening tests. Yet cell cultures encounter difficulties related to cell retention on material surface or to the observation of ... [more ▼]

In vitro studies about biomaterials biological properties are essential screening tests. Yet cell cultures encounter difficulties related to cell retention on material surface or to the observation of both faces of permeable materials. The objective of the present study was to develop a reliable in vitro method to study cell behavior on rigid and flexible/permeable biomaterials elaborating two specific insert-based systems (IBS-R and IBS-F respectively). IBS-R was designed as a specific cylindrical polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) system to evaluate attachment, proliferation and morphology of human gingival fibroblasts (HGFs) on grade V titanium and lithium disilicate glass-ceramic discs characteristics of dental prostheses. The number of cells, their covering on discs and their morphology were determined from MTS assays and microscopic fluorescent images after 24, 48 and 72 h. IBS-F was developed as a two components system to study HGFs behavior on guided bone regeneration polyester membranes. The viability and the membrane barrier effect were evaluated by metabolic MTS assays and by scanning electron microscopy. IBS-R and IBS-F were shown to promote (1) easy and rapid handling; (2) cell retention on biomaterial surface; (3) accurate evaluation of the cellular proliferation, spreading and viability; (4) use of non-toxic material. Moreover IBS-F allowed the study of the cell migration through degradable membranes, with an access to both faces of the biomaterial and to the bottom of culture wells for medium changing. [less ▲]

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See detailStratospheric aerosol - Observations, processes, and impact on climate
Kremser, Stefanie; Thomason, Larry W.; von Hobe, Marc et al

in Reviews of Geophysics (Washington, D.C. : 1985) (2016)

Interest in stratospheric aerosol and its role in climate has increased over the last decade due to the observed increase in stratospheric aerosol since 2000 and the potential for changes in the sulfur ... [more ▼]

Interest in stratospheric aerosol and its role in climate has increased over the last decade due to the observed increase in stratospheric aerosol since 2000 and the potential for changes in the sulfur cycle induced by climate change. This review provides an overview about the advances in stratospheric aerosol research since the last comprehensive assessment of stratospheric aerosol was published in 2006. A crucial development since 2006 is the substantial improvement in the agreement between in situ and space-based inferences of stratospheric aerosol properties during volcanically quiescent periods. Furthermore, new measurement systems and techniques, both in situ and space-based, have been developed for measuring physical aerosol properties with greater accuracy and for characterizing aerosol composition. However, these changes induce challenges to constructing a long-term stratospheric aerosol climatology. Currently, changes in stratospheric aerosol levels less than 20% cannot be confidently quantified. The volcanic signals tend to mask any non-volcanically driven change, making them difficult to understand. While the role of carbonyl sulfide (OCS) as a substantial and relatively constant source of stratospheric sulfur has been confirmed by new observations and model simulations, large uncertainties remain with respect to the contribution from anthropogenic sulfur dioxide (SO2) emissions. New evidence has been provided that stratospheric aerosol can also contain small amounts of non-sulfate matter such as black carbon and organics. Chemistry-climate models have substantially increased in quantity and sophistication. In many models the implementation of stratospheric aerosol processes is coupled to radiation and/or stratospheric chemistry modules to account for relevant feedback processes. [less ▲]

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See detailCartographie de la bande dessinée numérique
Crucifix, Benoît ULg

in Lectures (2016)

Note critique de Pascal Robert (dir.), Bande dessinée et numérique, Paris, CNRS Éditions, coll. « Les essentiels d'Hermès », 2016, 252 p., ISBN : 9782271087591.

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See detailNon-isocyanate polyurethanes from carbonated soybean oil Using monomeric or oligomeric diamines To achieve thermosets or thermoplastics
Poussard, Loïc; Mariage, J.; Grignard, Bruno ULg et al

in Macromolecules (2016), 49(6), 2162-2171

Fully bio- and CO2-sourced non-isocyanate polyurethanes (NIPUs) were synthesized by reaction of carbonated soybean oil (CSBO) either with biobased short diamines or amino-telechelic oligoamides derived ... [more ▼]

Fully bio- and CO2-sourced non-isocyanate polyurethanes (NIPUs) were synthesized by reaction of carbonated soybean oil (CSBO) either with biobased short diamines or amino-telechelic oligoamides derived from fatty acids to achieve respectively thermoset or thermoplastic NIPUs. Biobased carbonated vegetable oils were first obtained by metal-free coupling reactions of CO2 with epoxidized soybean oils under supercritical conditions (120 °C, 100 bar) before complete characterization by FTIR, 1H NMR, and electrospray ionization mass spectroscopy (ESI-MS). In a second step, biobased NIPUs were produced by melt-blending of the so-produced cyclocarbonated oil with the biobased aminated derivatives. The thermal and mechanical properties of resulting polymers were found to be depending on the cyclocarbonated vegetable oil/amine ratio. More precisely, short diamines and CSBO led to the formation of cross-linked NIPUs, and the resulting tensile and thermal properties were poor. In contrast, elastomeric NIPUs derived from oligoamides and CSBO exhibited a better rigidity, an improved elongation at break (εr up to 400%), and a higher thermal stability (T95 wt% > 350 °C) than those of starting oligoamides. These results are impressive and highlight the potentiality of this environmental friendly approach to prepare renewable NIPU materials of high performances. [less ▲]

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See detailEstimating carbon fluxes in a Posidonia oceanica system: Paradox of the bacterial carbon demand
Velimirov, Branko; Lejeune, Pierre; Kirschner, A. et al

in Estuarine Coastal & Shelf Science (2016), 171

A mass balance ecosystemic approach, based on bacterial carbon demands and primary production data, was used to investigate if the bacterial community (freewater bacterioplankton and benthic bacteria of ... [more ▼]

A mass balance ecosystemic approach, based on bacterial carbon demands and primary production data, was used to investigate if the bacterial community (freewater bacterioplankton and benthic bacteria of the oxygenated sediment layer) could be sustained by the main primary producers (Posidonia oceanica and its epiphytes, adjacent macroalgae and phytoplankton communities; hereafter called the P. oceanica system) of a non-eutrophic Mediterranean bay. Unexpectedly, the findings of this study differed from previous works that used benthic incubation chamber and O2 optode methods. In this study, data were grouped in two categories, corresponding to two time periods, according to the seawater temperature regime (<18 °C or >18 °C): from May to October and from November to April. Between May and October, the produced benthic macrophyte tissues could not provide the carbon required by the bacteria of the oxygenated sediment layer, showing that the balance production of the investigated bay was clearly heterotrophic (i.e. negative) during this time period. In contrast, between November and April, benthic bacteria respiration nearly equated to carbon production. When integrating the open water carbon dynamics above the meadow in the model, a negative carbon balance was still observed between May and October, while a slight carbon excess was noticed between November and April. In the light of these findings, the carbon balance being negative on an annual basis, alternative carbon sources are required for the maintenance of the bacterial carbon production. [less ▲]

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See detailChecklist of Aphidiinae (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) and Aphelinus (Hymenoptera: Aphelinidae) species from Belgium with respectively four and three new records
Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg; Libert, Pierre-Nicolas; Starý, Petr et al

in Zootaxa (2016), 4092(4)

Aphid parasitoids have good potential for crop protection. However, they have been poorly studied in Belgium, especially in terms of species diversity. Therefore, the aim of this work was to establish the ... [more ▼]

Aphid parasitoids have good potential for crop protection. However, they have been poorly studied in Belgium, especially in terms of species diversity. Therefore, the aim of this work was to establish the first checklist for the country. To complete the list, aphid parasitoids were sampled in wheat and pea fields near Gembloux (Belgium), in 2013 and 2014. Among the identified species, Aphelinus asychis Walker, Aphelinus daucicola Kurdjumov, Aphelinus fusciscapus (Förster), Aphidius asteris Haliday, Aphidius eadyi Starý, Gonzalez & Hall, Praon barbatum Mackauer, and Trioxys auctus (Haliday) were recorded for the first time in Belgium. Thirty-two Aphidiinae and seven Aphelinus species were included in the checklist. It is hoped this study will stimulate further research, as species diversity is still low compared with neighbouring countries. [less ▲]

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See detailProcedural learning as a measure of functional impairment in a mouse model of ischemic stroke
Linden, Jérôme ULg; Van de Beek, Lise; Plumier, Jean-Christophe ULg et al

in Behavioural Brain Research (2016), 307

Basal ganglia stroke is often associated with functional deficits in patients, including difficulties to learn and execute new motor skills (procedural learning). To measure procedural learning in a ... [more ▼]

Basal ganglia stroke is often associated with functional deficits in patients, including difficulties to learn and execute new motor skills (procedural learning). To measure procedural learning in a murine model of stroke (30min. right MCAO), we submitted C57Bl/6J mice to various sensorimotor tests, then to an operant procedure (Serial Order Learning) specifically assessing the ability to learn a simple motor sequence. Results showed that MCAO affected the performance in some of the sensorimotor tests (accelerated rotating rod and amphetamine rotation test) and the way animals learned a motor sequence. The later finding seems to be caused by difficulties regarding the chunking of operant actions into a coherent motor sequence; the appeal for food rewards and ability to press levers appeared unaffected by MCAO. We conclude that assessment of motor learning in rodent models of stroke might improve the translational value of such models. [less ▲]

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See detailFrom commensalism to parasitism in Carapidae (Ophidiiformes): heterochronic modes of development?
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Lanterbecq, Déborah; Eeckhaut, Igor

in PeerJ (2016), 4

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See detailTransition-Metal Carbodiimides as Molecular Negative Electrode Materials for Lithium- and Sodium-Ion Batteries with Excellent Cycling Properties
sougrati, Moulay Tahar; Darwiche, Ali; Liu, Xiaohiu et al

in Angewandte Chemie International Edition (2016), 55(16), 5090-5095

We report evidence for the electrochemical activity of transition-metal carbodiimides versus lithium and sodium. In particular, iron carbodiimide, FeNCN, can be efficiently used as negative electrode ... [more ▼]

We report evidence for the electrochemical activity of transition-metal carbodiimides versus lithium and sodium. In particular, iron carbodiimide, FeNCN, can be efficiently used as negative electrode material for alkali-metal-ion batteries, similar to its oxide analogue FeO. Based on 57Fe Mossbauer and infrared spectroscopy (IR) data, the electrochemical reaction mechanism can be explained by the reversiblevtransformation of the FeNCN into Li/NaNCN bonds during discharge and charge. These new electrode materials exhibit higher capacity compared to well-established negative electrode references such as graphite or hard carbon. Contrary to its oxide analogue, iron carbodiimide does not require heavy treatments (such as nanoscale tailoring, sophisticated textures, or coating) to obtain long cycle life with current density as high as 9 Ag-1 for hundreds of charge–discharge cycles. Similar to the iron compound, several other transition-metal carbodiimides Mx(NCN)y with M=Mn, Cr, Zn can cycle successfully versus lithium and sodium. Their electrochemical activity and performance open the way to the design of a novel family of anode materials. [less ▲]

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See detailStructural basis for recognition of histone H3K36me3 nucleosome by human de novo DNA methyltransferases 3A and 3B
Rondelet, Grégoire; Dal Maso, Thomas; Willems, Luc ULg et al

in Journal of Structural Biology (2016), 194

DNA methylation is an important epigenetic modification involved in chromatin organization and gene expression. The function of DNA methylation depends on cell context and is correlated with histone ... [more ▼]

DNA methylation is an important epigenetic modification involved in chromatin organization and gene expression. The function of DNA methylation depends on cell context and is correlated with histone modification patterns. In particular, trimethylation of Lys36 on histone H3 tail (H3K36me3) is associated with DNA methylation and elongation phase of transcription. PWWP domains of the de novo DNA methyltransferases DNMT3A and DNMT3B read this epigenetic mark to guide DNA methylation. Here we report the first crystal structure of the DNMT3B PWWP domain–H3K36me3 complex. Based on this structure, we propose a model of the DNMT3A PWWP domain–H3K36me3 complex and build a model of DNMT3A (PWWP-ADD-CD) in a nucleosomal context. The trimethylated side chain of Lys36 (H3K36me3) is inserted into an aromatic cage similar to the ‘‘Royal” superfamily domains known to bind methylated histones. A key interaction between trimethylated Lys36 and a conserved water molecule stabilized by Ser270 explains the lack of affinity of mutated DNMT3B (S270P) for the H3K36me3 epigenetic mark in the ICF (Immunodeficiency, Centromeric instability and Facial abnormalities) syndrome. The model of the DNMT3A-DNMT3L heterotetramer in complex with a dinucleosome highlights the mechanism for recognition of nucleosome by DNMT3s and explains the periodicity of de novo DNA methylation. [less ▲]

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See detailDepressive symptomatology and the influence of the behavioral avoidance and activation: A gender-specific investigation
Wagener, Aurélie ULg; Baeyens, Céline; Blairy, Sylvie ULg

in Journal of Affective Disorders (2016), 193

BACKGROUNG: Depression is a highly prevalent disorder which is usually considered as differentially experienced depending on gender. Behavioral theories of depression pinpoint the importance of the ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUNG: Depression is a highly prevalent disorder which is usually considered as differentially experienced depending on gender. Behavioral theories of depression pinpoint the importance of the behavioral avoidance in the maintenance of depression. However, little is known about the specific impact of the behavioral avoidance and activation on each depressive symptom as well as on gender differences on the behavioral features of depression. METHODS: This study’s aim was two-fold: (1) to assess the presence of gender differences on the BDI-II; (2) to investigate the respective predictive value of behavioral avoidance and of behavioral activation on each depressive symptom assessed by the BDI-II depending on gender. Community adults and adults attending mental healthcare composed the sample. RESULTS: Results showed differences in symptomatology profiles depending on gender (e.g. higher scores of sadness, self-criticalness in women, higher scores of past failure and loss of pleasure in men). Behavioral avoidance positively predicted almost all depressive symptoms in women and in men while behavioral activation negatively predicted almost all symptoms in both gender. Nevertheless, the strengths of these relationships were different for some symptoms (e.g. pessimism). LIMITATIONS: The use of self-report instruments; the lack of assessment of causal or precipitating factors of the depressive symptomatology; the higher number of women in the sample. CONCLUSIONS: Results are discussed with respect to previous findings and present clinical implications: (1) to underline the relevance of the combination of gender-specific assessment tools; (2) to highlight the need of tailored psychological intervention. [less ▲]

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See detailRetrieval of HCFC-142b (CH3CClF2) from ground-based high-resolution infrared solar spectra: Atmospheric increase since 1989 and comparison with surface and satellite measurements
Mahieu, Emmanuel ULg; Lejeune, Bernard ULg; Bovy, Benoît ULg et al

in Journal of Quantitative Spectroscopy & Radiative Transfer (2016)

We have developed an approach for retrieving HCFC-142b (CH3CClF2) from ground-based high-resolution infrared solar spectra, using its ν7 band Q branch in the 900–906 cm-1 interval. Interferences by HNO3 ... [more ▼]

We have developed an approach for retrieving HCFC-142b (CH3CClF2) from ground-based high-resolution infrared solar spectra, using its ν7 band Q branch in the 900–906 cm-1 interval. Interferences by HNO3, CO2 and H2O have to be accounted for. Application of this approach to observations recorded within the framework of long-term monitoring activities carried out at the northern mid-latitude, high-altitude Jungfraujoch station in Switzerland (46.5°N, 8.0°E, 3580 m above sea level) has provided a total column times series spanning the 1989 to mid-2015 time period. A fit to the HCFC-142b daily mean total column time series shows a statistically-significant long-term trend of (1.23±0.08×1013 molec cm-2) per year from 2000 to 2010, at the 2-σ confidence level. This corresponds to a significant atmospheric accumulation of (0.94±0.06) ppt (1 ppt=10-12) per year for the mean tropospheric mixing ratio, at the 2−σ confidence level. Over the subsequent time period (2010–2014), we note a significant slowing down in the HCFC-142b buildup. Our ground-based FTIR (Fourier Transform Infrared) results are compared with relevant data sets derived from surface in situ measurements at the Mace Head and Jungfraujoch sites of the AGAGE (Advanced Global Atmospheric Gases Experiment) network and from occultation measurements by the ACE-FTS (Atmospheric Chemistry Experiment-Fourier Transform Spectrometer) instrument on-board the SCISAT satellite. [less ▲]

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See detailThe transition to conservation agriculture : an insularization process towards sustainability
Vankeerberghen, Audrey ULg; Stassart, Pierre M ULg

in International Journal of Agricultural Sustainability (2016)

Part of the Sustainability Transition Studies, this work addresses the question of the relationship between niches and regimes by examining the transition to conservation agriculture. It seeks to ... [more ▼]

Part of the Sustainability Transition Studies, this work addresses the question of the relationship between niches and regimes by examining the transition to conservation agriculture. It seeks to understand how farmers' transition to conservation agriculture can contribute to a better understanding of the transition of agro-food systems towards sustainability. Based on an analysis of farmers' trajectories in the Walloon region in Belgium, the paper develops the notion of insularization in order to characterize the emergence of conservation agriculture as a niche that is a dynamic process, growing from within and progressively detaching itself from the conventional agricultural regime. The analysis of farmers' transition shows how, after an initial phase of destabilization of the conventional ploughing regime, learning and experiencing processes can lead to a transformation in soil and soil quality management perceptions. Our hypothesis is that this cognitive transformation constitutes a tipping point in the insularization process because of its effects on agricultural practices, which increase the detachment of conservation agriculture from the regime and thus embed the irreversibility and sustainability of the transition. The term insularization is used to describe an ecologization pathway of agricultural practices endogenous to the regime that can not only lead to adaptive changes on the periphery of the system, but might also induce a deep and systemic transformation of conventional agricultural practices. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of DOPA and dopamine coupling on protein loading of hydroxyapatite
Ozhukil Kollath, Vinayaraj ULg; Mullens, Steven; Luyten, Jan et al

in Materials Technology: Advanced Performance Materials (2016)

Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a promising carrier material for oral delivery of biomolecules such as proteins and drugs. Ways to increase the loading of such molecules on HA will lead to better nanomedicine ... [more ▼]

Hydroxyapatite (HA) is a promising carrier material for oral delivery of biomolecules such as proteins and drugs. Ways to increase the loading of such molecules on HA will lead to better nanomedicine. This study reports the surface functionalisation of HA particles using the mussel inspired molecules dopamine (DA) and 3,4-dihydroxy-L-phenylalanine (DOPA), in order to increase protein loading. The adsorption mechanisms are discussed based on the adsorption isotherms, zeta potential, thermal analysis and theoretical models. Results show that DA functionalisation enhanced the loading, while DOPA functionalisation was ineffective. [less ▲]

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See detailA Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones
Belleflamme, Valérie-Anne ULg

in EACLALS Newsletter 2016 (2016)

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See detailTerpenoids from Phaulopsis imbricata (Acanthaceae)
Kengne, A.B.O.; Tene, M.; Tchinda Tiabou, Alembert ULg et al

in Journal of Medicinal Plants Research (2016), 10(10), 122-129

The whole plant of Phaulopsis imbricata (Forssk.) Sweet (Acanthaceae) was collected at Bansoa, Cameroon, shade dried and extracted by maceration in methanol. This study was carried out to isolate ... [more ▼]

The whole plant of Phaulopsis imbricata (Forssk.) Sweet (Acanthaceae) was collected at Bansoa, Cameroon, shade dried and extracted by maceration in methanol. This study was carried out to isolate secondary metabolites from this plant species that has not been investigated so far. Two lupane-type triterpenoids, one β-type carotenoid, one eudesmane-type sesquiterpenoid, and one sterol glycoside were isolated from the dried methanol extract using solvent partitioning, column chromatography and re-crystallization. They were identified as lupeol, betulin, (all-E)-lutein, cryptomeridiol, and sitosterol 3- O-β-D-glucopyranoside, respectively. The structures of the isolated compounds were elucidated on the basis of spectroscopic methods including 1D- and 2D- nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), infrared (IR) and mass spectrometry (MS). This is the first report of these compounds from the genus Phaulopsis. To the best of our knowledge, P. imbricata is also the first species of the genus to be phytochemically studied. [less ▲]

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See detailThree-parameter kinematic theory for shear-dominated reinforced concrete walls
Mihaylov, Boyan ULg; Hannewald, Pia; Beyer, Katrin

in Journal of Structural Engineering (2016)

This paper is aimed at addressing the need for physically accurate and computationally effective models for predicting the response of shear-dominated reinforced concrete walls. The presented theory is ... [more ▼]

This paper is aimed at addressing the need for physically accurate and computationally effective models for predicting the response of shear-dominated reinforced concrete walls. The presented theory is based on a three-degree-of-freedom kinematic model for the deformation patterns in walls with aspect ratios smaller than approximately 3. In the kinematic model, the wall is divided into two parts—a rigid block and a fan of struts—by a diagonal crack. The mechanisms of shear resistance across this crack are modeled with nonlinear springs to capture the prepeak and postpeak shear behavior of the member. The base section of the wall is also modeled to account for yielding of the reinforcement and crushing of the concrete. It is shown that this approach captures well the global and local deformations measured in a test specimen with detailed instrumentation. A more comprehensive validation of the theory is performed with 34 wall tests from the literature. The obtained peak load experimental-to-predicted ratios have an average of 1.03 with a coefficient of variation of 11.6%, while these values for the drift capacity are 0.99 and 16.4%. [less ▲]

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See detailResponse of CO2 fluxes and productivity to water availability in two contrasting ecosystems in northern Benin (West Africa)
Ago, Expédit Evariste ULg; Agbossou, Euloge Kossi; Cohard, Jean-Martial et al

in Annals of Forest Science (2016)

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See detailProduction of two entomopathogenic Aspergillus species and insecticidal activity against the mosquito Culex quinquefasciatus compared to Metarhizium anisopliae
Bawin, Thomas ULg; Seye, Fawrou; Boukraa, Slimane ULg et al

in Biocontrol Science & Technology (2016), 26(5), 617-629

Entomopathogenic micro-organisms including fungi have become increasingly studied for integrated pest management. The spore productivity and insecticidal activity of two opportunistic insect pathogenic ... [more ▼]

Entomopathogenic micro-organisms including fungi have become increasingly studied for integrated pest management. The spore productivity and insecticidal activity of two opportunistic insect pathogenic Aspergillus species (namely: Aspergillus clavatus Desmazieres and Aspergillus flavus Link (Ascomycota: Eurotiales, Trichocomaceae)) were compared to Metarhizium anisopliae sensu lato (Metchnikoff) Sorokin (Ascomycota: Hypocreales, Clavicipitaceae) for mosquito (Diptera: Culicidae) control. The production of aerial spores on wheat bran and white rice was investigated in solid-, semi-solid-, and liquid-state media supplemented with a nutritive solution. Wheat bran-based media were suitable for spore production and increased the spore yield in solid-state from 3 to 7 fold: A. clavatus produced 48.4 ± 5.2 and 15.7 ± 1.6 x 10^8 spores/g, A. flavus produced 22.3 ± 4.1 and 3.1 ± 2.5 x 10^8 spores/g, and M. anisopliae produced 39.6 ± 6.5 and 13.1 ± 2.6 x 10^8 spores/g of wheat bran or white rice, respectively. A. clavatus, A. flavus and M. anisopliae spores harvested from wheat bran-based solid-state media showed lethal concentrations (LC50) of 1.1, 1.8, and 1.3 x 10^8 spores/ml against Culex quinquefasciatus Say larvae in 72 h. Because A. clavatus and M. anisopliae displayed similar features when cultured under these conditions, our results suggest that insect pathogenic Aspergillus species may be as productive and virulent against mosquito larvae as a well-recognized entomopathogenic fungus. Wheat bran could advantageously be used in large-scale fermentation for a possible cost-effective pest control using these fungi. [less ▲]

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See detailExtinction of fish-shaped marine reptiles associated with reduced evolutionary rates and global environmental volatility
Fischer, Valentin ULg; Bardet, Nathalie; Benson, Roger et al

in Nature Communications (2016), 7(10825), 1-11

Despite their profound adaptations to the aquatic realm and their apparent success throughout the Triassic and the Jurassic, ichthyosaurs became extinct roughly 30 million years before the end-Cretaceous ... [more ▼]

Despite their profound adaptations to the aquatic realm and their apparent success throughout the Triassic and the Jurassic, ichthyosaurs became extinct roughly 30 million years before the end-Cretaceous mass extinction. Current hypotheses for this early demise involve relatively minor biotic events, but are at odds with recent understanding of the ichthyosaur fossil record. Here, we show that ichthyosaurs maintained high but diminishing richness and disparity throughout the Early Cretaceous. The last ichthyosaurs are characterized by reduced rates of origination and phenotypic evolution and their elevated extinction rates correlate with increased environmental volatility. In addition, we find that ichthyosaurs suffered from a profound Early Cenomanian extinction that reduced their ecological diversity, likely contributing to their final extinction at the end of the Cenomanian. Our results support a growing body of evidence revealing that global environmental change resulted in a major, temporally staggered turnover event that profoundly reorganized marine ecosytems during the Cenomanian. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance variation of common ragweed (Ambrosia artemisiifolia L.) across invasion levels in Western Europe
Ortmans, William ULg; Mahy, Grégory ULg; Chauvel, Bruno et al

in Flora (2016), 220

The occurrence of an invasive plant across a continent is generally not homogeneous; typically, some areas are highly invaded whereas others show moderate or low invasion levels. This situation might be a ... [more ▼]

The occurrence of an invasive plant across a continent is generally not homogeneous; typically, some areas are highly invaded whereas others show moderate or low invasion levels. This situation might be a snapshot of an ongoing spread, but it could also remain stable under the pressure of factors that constrain the invasion. Among those factors, plant performance variation among invasion levels can explain an invasion slowdown. However, few studies have investigated the large-scale variation of invasive plant performance in the field. Ambrosia artemisiifolia L. in Western Europe represents a good opportunity to address this issue, with areas of high, moderate and low invasion levels being documented across a ca. 1000 km transect. In this study, we compared in situ plant performance-related traits in 12 populations from areas of contrasting invasion levels. We also tested whether performance-related traits were influenced by the intra-and inter-specific competition, by the local climatic conditions or by latitude (a proxy for growing season length). Overall, we did not find differences in performance-related traits across invasion levels, and intra-and inter-specific competition had low effects on plant performance. This study highlights the fact that A. artemisiifolia individuals express similar performance across invasion levels, even beyond what can be considered the present invasion front. Further research has to expand this study northwards, and assess other factors that could constrain the invasion in order to highlight if the species invasion northward is constrained or if it has the potential to invade new areas. [less ▲]

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See detailPerformance of a radial-inflow turbine integrated in an ORC system and designed for a WHR on truck application: An experimental comparison between R245fa and R1233zd
Guillaume, Ludovic ULg; Legros, Arnaud ULg; Desideri, Adriano ULg et al

in Applied Energy (2016)

The goal of this study is to experimentally compare the performance of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system equipped with a radial-inflow turbine for two working fluids: R245fa and R1233zd. The radial ... [more ▼]

The goal of this study is to experimentally compare the performance of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) system equipped with a radial-inflow turbine for two working fluids: R245fa and R1233zd. The radial- inflow turbine is a small-scale prototype designed to convert the waste heat from the exhaust gases of a truck combustion engine and was developed mainly using components of truck turbochargers. It is directly connected to a high-speed synchronous generator. The bearings system of the turbine and the generator have the innovative particularity to be respectively lubricated and cooled down by the working fluid so no additional lubricant or coolant is needed. The experimental comparison is carried out over a test-rig equipped with the radial turbine. The heat wasted by the truck through the exhaust gases is sim- ulated using an electric oil boiler coupled to the ORC loop. The electrical power supplied by the turbine, limited to a maximum of 3.5 kWel by the generator, is then dissipated in a load bank composed of truck fans while the condenser is cooled by a water loop. Measurements in steady-state are performed in order to evaluate the performance of the turbine-generator set when varying the pressure ratio, the rotational speed, the inlet temperature and the mass flow rate of the turbine and the lubrication flow rate of the bearings for various oil temperatures and mass flow rates. In order to identify the most suitable fluid for the Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) application, three comparison methods are proposed and discussed based on the measurements. Finally, because the turbine-generator set is the first oil-free prototype developed by the manufacturer, potential sources of improvements are discovered and discussed. [less ▲]

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See detailDynamic calibration of piezoelectric transducers for ballistic high-pressure measurement
Elkarous, Lamine ULg; Robbe, Cyril; Pirlot, Marc et al

in International Journal of Metrology and Quality Engineering (2016)

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See detailLe casier judiciaire : un instrument mémoriel au passé tourmenté mais à l’avenir empreint de sérénité ?
Seron, Vincent ULg

in Journal des Tribunaux (2016)

Profondément réformé en 1997, le casier judiciaire n’en finit pas de faire l’objet de remaniements et de prêter le flanc à la critique. Des modifications régulièrement opérées s’agissant de la délivrance ... [more ▼]

Profondément réformé en 1997, le casier judiciaire n’en finit pas de faire l’objet de remaniements et de prêter le flanc à la critique. Des modifications régulièrement opérées s’agissant de la délivrance de ses extraits à sa mise à jour lacunaire, nombreux sont les éléments qui témoignent des difficultés récurrentes auxquelles cet instrument séculaire est confronté. En quatre temps, cet article propose de remettre en perspective les principaux éléments explicatifs de l’état transitoire au sein duquel le casier judiciaire est confiné depuis près de deux décennies, d’analyser son fonctionnement actuel, de focaliser l’attention sur les récents changements apportés à son contenu ainsi qu’à la communication des données qu’il contient, et de s’interroger sur la prétendue non fiabilité de ce casier. [less ▲]

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See detailA Readers’ History of Girls’ Comics: A Review of Remembered Reading
Crucifix, Benoît ULg

in The Comics Grid: Journal of Comics Scholarship (2016), 6

In her monograph Remembered Reading (2015), Mel Gibson builds on her field work, interviews and meetings with readers of girls’ comics to recover the history and memory of this forgotten genre. Drawing on ... [more ▼]

In her monograph Remembered Reading (2015), Mel Gibson builds on her field work, interviews and meetings with readers of girls’ comics to recover the history and memory of this forgotten genre. Drawing on these shared memories and recollections, Gibson presents a readers’ history of British girls’ comics that reveals how these readings were part of identity constructions and personal histories, tied up to public factors of gender, age and class. In doing so, Gibson revises many stereotypes that have characterized girls’ comics, sketches a much more nuanced picture of the genre, and highlights the complexity of readers’ engagement with comics. [less ▲]

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See detailThe darkening of the Greenland ice sheet: trends, drivers, and projections (1981–2100)
Tedesco, M.; Doherty, S.; Fettweis, Xavier ULg et al

in Cryosphere (The) (2016), 10

The surface energy balance and meltwater production of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) are modulated by snow and ice albedo through the amount of absorbed solar radiation. Here we show, using space-borne ... [more ▼]

The surface energy balance and meltwater production of the Greenland ice sheet (GrIS) are modulated by snow and ice albedo through the amount of absorbed solar radiation. Here we show, using space-borne multispectral data collected during the 3 decades from 1981 to 2012, that summertime surface albedo over the GrIS decreased at a statistically significant (99 %) rate of 0.02 decade−1 between 1996 and 2012. Over the same period, albedo modelled by the Modèle Atmosphérique Régionale (MAR) also shows a decrease, though at a lower rate ( ∼ −0.01 decade−1) than that obtained from space-borne data. We suggest that the discrepancy between modelled and measured albedo trends can be explained by the absence in the model of processes associated with the presence of light-absorbing impurities. The negative trend in observed albedo is confined to the regions of the GrIS that undergo melting in summer, with the dry-snow zone showing no trend. The period 1981–1996 also showed no statistically significant trend over the whole GrIS. Analysis of MAR outputs indicates that the observed albedo decrease is attributable to the combined effects of increased near-surface air temperatures, which enhanced melt and promoted growth in snow grain size and the expansion of bare ice areas, and to trends in light-absorbing impurities (LAI) on the snow and ice surfaces. Neither aerosol models nor in situ and remote sensing observations indicate increasing trends in LAI in the atmosphere over Greenland. Similarly, an analysis of the number of fires and BC emissions from fires points to the absence of trends for such quantities. This suggests that the apparent increase of LAI in snow and ice might be related to the exposure of a "dark band" of dirty ice and to increased consolidation of LAI at the surface with melt, not to increased aerosol deposition. Albedo projections through to the end of the century under different warming scenarios consistently point to continued darkening, with albedo anomalies averaged over the whole ice sheet lower by 0.08 in 2100 than in 2000, driven solely by a warming climate. Future darkening is likely underestimated because of known underestimates in modelled melting (as seen in hindcasts) and because the model albedo scheme does not currently include the effects of LAI, which have a positive feedback on albedo decline through increased melting, grain growth, and darkening. [less ▲]

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See detailSomatic mosaicism underlies X-linked acrogigantism (XLAG) syndrome in sporadic male subjects
Daly, Adrian ULg; Yuan, Bo; Fina, Frederic et al

in Endocrine-Related Cancer (2016)

Somatic mosaicism has been implicated as a causative mechanism in a number of genetic and genomic disorders. X-linked acrogigantism (XLAG) syndrome is a recently characterized genomic form of pediatric ... [more ▼]

Somatic mosaicism has been implicated as a causative mechanism in a number of genetic and genomic disorders. X-linked acrogigantism (XLAG) syndrome is a recently characterized genomic form of pediatric gigantism due to aggressive pituitary tumors that is caused by submicroscopic chromosome Xq26.3 duplications that include GPR101. We studied XLAG syndrome patients (N=18) to determine if somatic mosaicism contributed to the genomic pathophysiology. Eighteen subjects with XLAG syndrome were identified with Xq26.3 duplications using high definition array comparative genome hybridization (HD-aCGH). We noted males with XLAG had a decreased log2 ratio compared with expected values, suggesting potential mosaicism, while females showed no such decrease. As compared with familial male XLAG cases, sporadic males had more marked evidence for mosaicism, with levels of Xq26.3 duplication between 16.1-53.8%. These characteristics were replicated using a novel, personalized breakpoint-junction specific quantification droplet digital PCR (ddPCR) technique. Using a separate ddPCR technique we studied the feasibility of identifying XLAG syndrome cases in a distinct patient population of 64 unrelated subjects with acromegaly/gigantism and identified one female gigantism patient that had increased copy number variation (CNV) threshold for GPR101 that was subsequently diagnosed as having XLAG syndrome on HD-aCGH. Employing a combination of HD-aCGH and novel ddPCR approaches, we have demonstrated that XLAG syndrome can be caused by variable degrees of somatic mosaicism for duplications at chromosome Xq26.3. Somatic mosaicism was shown to occur in sporadic males but not in females with XLAG syndrome, although the clinical characteristics of the disease were similarly severe in both sexes. [less ▲]

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