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See detailCombination of Partial Least Squares regression and Design of Experiments to model the retention of pharmaceuticals in Supercritical Fluid Chromatography
Andri, Bertyl ULg; Dispas, Amandine ULg; Marini Djang'Eing'A, Roland ULg et al

in Journal of Chromatography. A (2017)

This work presents a first attempt to establish a model of the retention behaviour for pharmaceutical compounds in gradient mode SFC. For this purpose, multivariate statistics were applied on the basis of ... [more ▼]

This work presents a first attempt to establish a model of the retention behaviour for pharmaceutical compounds in gradient mode SFC. For this purpose, multivariate statistics were applied on the basis of data gathered with the Design of Experiment (DoE) methodology. It permitted to build optimally the experiments needed, and served as a basis for providing relevant physicochemical interpretation of the effects observed. Data gathered over a broad experimental domain enabled the establishment of well-fit linear models of the retention of the individual compounds in presence of methanol as co-solvent. These models also allowed the appreciation of the impact of each experimental parameter and their factorial combinations. This approach was carried out with two organic modifiers (i.e. methanol and ethanol) and provided comparable results. Therefore, it demonstrates the feasibility to model retention in gradient mode SFC for individual compounds as a function of the experimental conditions. This approach also permitted to highlight the predominant effect of some parameters (e.g. gradient slope and pressure) on the retention of compounds. Because building of individual models of retention was possible, the next step considered the estab- lishment of a global model of the retention to predict the behaviour of given compounds on the basis of, on the one side, the physicochemical descriptors of the compounds (e.g. Linear Solvation Energy Relationship (LSER) descriptors) and, on the other side, of the experimental conditions. This global model was established by means of partial least squares regression for the selected compounds, in an experimental domain defined by the Design of Experiment (DoE) methodology. Assessment of the model’s predic- tive capabilities revealed satisfactory agreement between predicted and actual retention (i.e. R2 = 0.942, slope = 1.004) of the assessed compounds, which is unprecedented in the field. [less ▲]

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See detailNuclear Medicine techniques in transplantation
LOVINFOSSE, Pierre ULg; HUSTINX, Roland ULg

in Clinical and Translational Imaging (2017)

Organ transplantation has grown over the past decades thanks to major improvements in surgical techniques and immunosuppressive treatment. Nuclear medicine is used for non-invasively improving the ... [more ▼]

Organ transplantation has grown over the past decades thanks to major improvements in surgical techniques and immunosuppressive treatment. Nuclear medicine is used for non-invasively improving the selection of candidates to give or receive a transplant, for monitoring graft recipients and for diagnosing and managing early and late complications. This review describes the clinical role of nuclear medicine in transplantation and discusses some of the possible perspectives. [less ▲]

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See detailRe-entrant inclusions in cellular solids: From defects to reinforcements
Zorzetto, Laura ULg; Ruffoni, Davide ULg

in Composite Structures (2017), 176

Abstract A contrast in Poisson ratio is a possible strategy to enhance the stiffness of composite structures. In solid materials Poisson ratio is hardly tailorable unless cellular architectures are ... [more ▼]

Abstract A contrast in Poisson ratio is a possible strategy to enhance the stiffness of composite structures. In solid materials Poisson ratio is hardly tailorable unless cellular architectures are considered. Here, we first investigated the effect of a single re-entrant inclusion acting as a defect into a regular (non-re-entrant) honeycomb lattice. Building on this, we generated regular patterns of re-entrant inclusions into a regular hexagonal cellular matrix and we characterized the apparent stiffness and Poisson ratio of the obtained structures. We also explored the role of the intrinsic material properties of the inclusion as well as of its closest environment on the interplay between the deformations of different phases in the lattice. Our main finding is that a small fraction of re-entrant inclusions (around 12%) is sufficient to generate a substantial augmentation in stiffness (300%) at constant overall relative density and without inducing strong anisotropy. Eventually, we fabricated by 3D polyjet printing bi-material composite architectures to demonstrate the superior mechanical behavior obtained exploiting the Poisson effect. [less ▲]

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See detailIntentionalisme et phénoménologie de l'intentionnalité
Seron, Denis ULg

in Etudes Phénoménologiques - Phenomenological Studies (2017), 1

This paper presents an argument in favor of a “phenomenological” approach to intentionality. This approach, as I see it, involves the view that intentional facts are better expressed with the help of ... [more ▼]

This paper presents an argument in favor of a “phenomenological” approach to intentionality. This approach, as I see it, involves the view that intentional facts are better expressed with the help of appearance words (“seems”, “appears”, “is similar to”, etc.). By contrast, what I call the “intentionalist approach” assumes that intentional facts are better expressed by intentional verbs. The argument is as follows. First, it is well-known that the use of intentional verbs to express typically intentional facts generates anomalies with respect to existential generalization, substitution of identicals, and the principle of excluded middle. Secondly, I argue that the use of appearance words does not generate the same anomalies, which suggests that appearance words are more appropriate to describe intentional facts. This, I conclude, is an argument for preferring the phenomenological to the intentionalist approach to intentionality. [less ▲]

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See detailCritical issues in parameter calibration of cyclic models for steel members
Francavilla, Antonella Bianca ULg; Chisari, Corrado; Latour, Massimo et al

in Engineering Structures (2017), 132

Accurate response predictions of steel structures subjected to earthquake loading involve the use of models able to simulate properly the cyclic behaviour of the regions where nonlinear phenomena take ... [more ▼]

Accurate response predictions of steel structures subjected to earthquake loading involve the use of models able to simulate properly the cyclic behaviour of the regions where nonlinear phenomena take place. In case of full-strength joints, they are represented by the members connected, which may present softening response due to local buckling. Even though a number of phenomenological models have been developed in the last decades, their calibration seems to have received less attention. Usually, calibration is based on matching the experimental and numerical cyclic responses under loading protocols proposed by standards. Since these were not developed to this aim, the predictive capability of so calibrated models deserves investigation. In this work, a calibration procedure based on the minimisation of response misfit is presented and critically discussed, with reference to an experimental programme carried out at the University of Salerno. Different assumptions about the function to minimise, the ultimate rotation and number of objectives are compared and analysed. The main outcome of this investigation is that a calibration based on cyclic response only is not robust, since its accuracy under different loading conditions may deteriorate. The introduction of the monotonic test in a multi-objective framework may be effective, and its accuracy is confirmed by the results of pseudo-dynamic tests. [less ▲]

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See detailLEF1-mediated MMP13 gene expression is repressed by SIRT1 in human chondrocytes.
Elayyan, Jinan; Lee, Eun-Jin; Gabay, Odile et al

in FASEB journal : official publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (2017)

Reduced SIRT1 activity and levels during osteoarthritis (OA), promotes gradual loss of cartilage. Loss of cartilage matrix is accompanied by an increase in matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) 13, partially ... [more ▼]

Reduced SIRT1 activity and levels during osteoarthritis (OA), promotes gradual loss of cartilage. Loss of cartilage matrix is accompanied by an increase in matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) 13, partially because of enhanced LEF1 transcriptional activity. In this study, we assessed the role of SIRT1 in LEF1-mediated MMP13 gene expression in human OA chondrocytes. Results showed that MMP13 protein levels and enzymatic activity decreased significantly during SIRT1 overexpression or activation by resveratrol. Conversely, MMP13 gene expression was reduced in chondrocytes transfected with SIRT1 siRNA or treated with nicotinamide (NAM), a sirtuin inhibitor. Chondrocytes challenged with IL-1beta, a cytokine involved in OA pathogenesis, enhanced LEF1 protein levels, and gene expression, resulting in increased MMP13 gene expression; however, overexpression of SIRT1 during IL-1beta challenge impeded LEF1 levels and MMP13 gene expression. Previous reports showed that LEF1 binds to the MMP13 promoter and transactivates its expression, but we observed that SIRT1 repressed LEF1 protein and mRNA expression, ultimately reducing LEF1 transcriptional activity, as judged by luciferase assay. Finally, mouse articular cartilage from Sirt1-/- presented increased LEF1 and MMP13 protein levels, similar to human OA cartilage. Thus, demonstrating for the first time that SIRT1 represses MMP13 in human OA chondrocytes, which appears to be mediated, at least in part, through repression of the transcription factor LEF1, a known modulator of MMP13 gene expression.-Elayyan, J. Lee, E.-J., Gabay, O., Smith, C. A., Qiq, O., Reich, E., Mobasheri, A., Henrotin, Y., Kimber, S. J., Dvir-Ginzberg, M. LEF1-mediated MMP13 gene expression is repressed by SIRT1 in human chondrocytes. [less ▲]

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See detailInvited review: Phenotypes to genetically reduce greenhouse gas emissions in dairying
de Haas, Yvette; Pszczola, Marcin; Soyeurt, Hélène ULg et al

in Journal of Dairy Science (2017), 100(2), 855-870

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See detailWhat do people ‘learn by looking’ at direct feedback on their energy consumption? Results of a field study in Southern France
Kendel, Adnane; Lazaric, Nathalie; Maréchal, Kevin ULg

in Energy Policy (2017), 108(September 2017), 593605

The abundant literature on consumer feedback shows that it is an efficient instrument for reducing household energy consumption. However, the reported reductions are strongly dependent on contextual ... [more ▼]

The abundant literature on consumer feedback shows that it is an efficient instrument for reducing household energy consumption. However, the reported reductions are strongly dependent on contextual factors and on the type of feedback provided. Given the importance of learning to this respect, this dimension constitutes the core focus of the present study which reports the findings of the TICELEC (i.e. French acronym for information technologies for responsible electricity consumption) project in France. The experiment included a control group (G1: the self-monitoring group) and one equipped group (G2). All participants reduced their consumption and learnt either directly from feedback or indirectly through self-monitoring. The amount of energy savings, which is larger than in similar experiments, can be explained by two factors. First, the specificity of our sample (i.e. high income, high consumption) which allows for potentially large energy savings. Second, high involvement of participants and the building of trust. The quantitative and qualitative dimensions of learning are then discussed. Additionally, we focus on peak-load shifting in G2 with 2 subgroups (G21 and G22). The higher proportion of shifters in G22 and the higher ‘quality’ of their shifting suggest a higher level of learning enabled by the more sophisticated feedback. Although this translated into only a moderately higher rate of energy savings, the higher degree of absorbed knowledge (i.e. through ‘learning by looking through connecting’) might lead to a qualitatively distinctive type of energy saving. [less ▲]

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See detailA new electron-ion coincidence 3D momentum-imaging method and its application in probing strong field dynamics of 2-phenylethyl-N, N-dimethylamine
fan, lin; Lee, Suk Kyoung; Tu, Yi-Jung et al

in Journal of Chemical Physics (2017)

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See detailOrigine et histoire de la folie : un nouveau Foucault, un nouveau fou
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

in Evolution Psychiatrique (2017), 82(2), 436-437

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See detailEUFOREA Rhinology Research Forum 2016: report of the brainstorming sessions on needs and priorities in rhinitis and rhinosinusitis.
Hellings, P. W.; Akdis, C. A.; Bachert, C. et al

in Rhinology (2017)

The first European Rhinology Research Forum organized by the European Forum for Research and Education in Allergy and Airway Diseases (EUFOREA) was held in the Royal Academy of Medicine in Brussels on ... [more ▼]

The first European Rhinology Research Forum organized by the European Forum for Research and Education in Allergy and Airway Diseases (EUFOREA) was held in the Royal Academy of Medicine in Brussels on 17th and 18th November 2016, in collaboration with the European Rhinologic Society (ERS) and the Global Allergy and Asthma European Network (GA2LEN). One hundred and thirty participants (medical doctors from different specialties, researchers, as well as patients and industry representatives) from 27 countries took part in the multiple perspective discussions including brainstorming sessions on care pathways and research needs in rhinitis and rhinosinusitis. The debates started with an overview of the current state of the art, including weaknesses and strengths of the current practices, followed by the identification of essential research needs, thoroughly integrated in the context of Precision Medicine (PM), with personalized care, prediction of success of treatment, participation of the patient and prevention of disease as key principles for improving current clinical practices. This report provides a concise summary of the outcomes of the brainstorming sessions of the European Rhinology Research Forum 2016. [less ▲]

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See detailObservations of asymmetric turbulent stirring in inner and marginal seas using satellite imagery
Karimova, Svetlana ULg

in International Journal of Remote Sensing (2017), 38(6), 1642-1664

For the open ocean, it was already reported on the cyclonic (anticyclonic) asymmetry of appearance of eddies of a certain spatial scale. In this article, we scrutinize the ratios of mostly mesoscale ... [more ▼]

For the open ocean, it was already reported on the cyclonic (anticyclonic) asymmetry of appearance of eddies of a certain spatial scale. In this article, we scrutinize the ratios of mostly mesoscale cyclonic and anticyclonic eddies in a number of inner and marginal marine basins, namely in the Baltic, Black, North, and Western Mediterranean Seas. As research material, over 9700 eddy manifestations in the thermal infrared, visible-range, and radar satellite imagery were used. The analysis performed showed that in all the seas the typical and average values of the diameter of anticyclonic eddies were greater than those of cyclonic eddies. The main factor that defines the ratio between anticyclonic and cyclonic eddies in the basins under consideration was discovered to be the intensity of their surface currents. Thus, in the presence of a strong jet flow at the scales of about 2–4 baroclinic Rossby radii the cyclonic eddy dominance typical for smaller eddies was replaced by the anticyclonic one. If strong jet streams were missing, as that typical of the Baltic Sea, cyclonic eddies were prevailing over the entire spectrum of eddy diameters. [less ▲]

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See detailDevelopment and evaluation of injectable nanosized drug delivery systems for apigenin
Karim, Reatul ULg; Palazzo, Claudio ULg; Laloy, Julie et al

in International Journal of Pharmaceutics (2017)

The purpose of this study was to develop different injectable nanosized drug delivery systems (NDDSs) i.e. liposome, lipid nanocapsule (LNC) and polymeric nanocapsule (PNC) encapsulating apigenin (AG) and ... [more ▼]

The purpose of this study was to develop different injectable nanosized drug delivery systems (NDDSs) i.e. liposome, lipid nanocapsule (LNC) and polymeric nanocapsule (PNC) encapsulating apigenin (AG) and compare their characteristics to identify the nanovector(s) that can deliver the largest quantity of AG while being biocompatible. Two liposomes with different surface characteristics (cationic and anionic), a LNC and a PNC were prepared. A novel tocopherol modified poly(ethylene glycol)-b-polyphosphate block-copolymer was used for the first time for the PNC preparation. The NDDSs were compared by their physicochemical characteristics, AG release, storage stability, stability in serum, complement consumption and toxicity against a human macrovascular endothelial cell line (EAhy926). The diameter and surface charge of the NDDSs were comparable with previously reported injectable nanocarriers. The NDDSs showed good encapsulation efficiency and drug loading. Moreover, the NDDSs were stable during storage and in fetal bovine serum for extended periods, showed low complement consumption and were non-toxic to EAhy926 cells up to high concentrations. Therefore, they can be considered as potential injectable nanocarriers of AG. Due to less pronounced burst effect and extended release characteristics, the nanocapsules could be favorable approaches for achieving prolonged pharmacological activity of AG using injectable NDDS. [less ▲]

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See detailFuture-oriented mental time travel in individuals with disordered gambling.
Noel, Xavier; Saeremans, Melanie; Kornreich, Charles et al

in Consciousness & Cognition (2017), 49

This study investigated the ability of individuals with disordered gambling to imagine future events. Problem gamblers (n=35) and control participants (n=35) were asked to imagine positive and negative ... [more ▼]

This study investigated the ability of individuals with disordered gambling to imagine future events. Problem gamblers (n=35) and control participants (n=35) were asked to imagine positive and negative future events for three temporal distances (one week, one year, 5-10years). Then, a variety of phenomenological aspects of their future thoughts (e.g., sensory and contextual details, autonoetic consciousness) were rated. Compared to control subjects, problem gamblers generated fewer positive and negative events across all temporal distances, an impairment that was correlated to verbal fluency scores. Furthermore, problem gamblers rated imagined events as containing fewer sensory and contextual details, and lacking autonoetic consciousness. These findings demonstrate that problem gambling is associated with a reduced future-oriented mental time travel ability and, in particular, with diminished autonoetic consciousness when imagining future events. [less ▲]

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See detailMethanol emissions from maize: Ontogenetic dependence to varying light conditions and guttation as an additional factor constraining the flux
Mozaffar, Ahsan ULg; Schoon, N.; Digrado, Anthony ULg et al

in Atmospheric Environment (2017), 152

Because of its high abundance and long lifetime compared to other volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere, methanol (CH3OH) plays an important role in atmospheric chemistry. Even though agricultural ... [more ▼]

Because of its high abundance and long lifetime compared to other volatile organic compounds in the atmosphere, methanol (CH3OH) plays an important role in atmospheric chemistry. Even though agricultural crops are believed to be a large source of methanol, emission inventories from those crop ecosystems are still scarce and little information is available concerning the driving mechanisms for methanol production and emission at different developmental stages of the plants/leaves. This study focuses on methanol emissions from Zea mays L. (maize), which is vastly cultivated throughout the world. Flux measurements have been performed on young plants, almost fully grown leaves and fully grown leaves, enclosed in dynamic flow-through enclosures in a temperature and light-controlled environmental chamber. Strong differences in the response of methanol emissions to variations in PPFD (Photosynthetic Photon Flux Density) were noticed between the young plants, almost fully grown and fully grown leaves. Moreover, young maize plants showed strong emission peaks following light/dark transitions, for which guttation can be put forward as a hypothetical pathway. Young plants’ average daily methanol fluxes exceeded by a factor of 17 those of almost fully grown and fully grown leaves when expressed per leaf area. Absolute flux values were found to be smaller than those reported in the literature, but in fair agreement with recent ecosystem scale flux measurements above a maize field of the same variety as used in this study. [less ▲]

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See detailTwo-Parameter Kinematic Approach for Shear Strength of Deep Concrete Beams with Internal FRP Reinforcement
Mihaylov, Boyan ULg

in Journal of Composites for Construction (2017), DOI: 10.1061/(ASCE)CC.1943-5614 .0000747

Tests of deep concrete beams with internal fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement have shown that such members can exhibit lower shear strength than members with conventional steel reinforcement. To ... [more ▼]

Tests of deep concrete beams with internal fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) reinforcement have shown that such members can exhibit lower shear strength than members with conventional steel reinforcement. To model this effect, the current paper proposes an approach based on a two-parameter kinematic theory (2PKT) for conventional deep beams. The 2PKT is built on a kinematic model with two degrees of freedom that describes the deformation patterns of cracked beams. Using this theory shows that large strains in FRP longitudinal reinforcement result in reduced shear resistance of the critical loading zones (CLZ) of deep beams. The original 2PKT is therefore modified by introducing a reduction factor for the shear carried by the CLZ. The extended 2PKT approach is then applied to a database of 39 tests of FRP-reinforced deep beams from the literature, resulting in an average shear strength experimental-to-predicted ratio of 1.06 and a coefficient of variation of 18.3%. The results show that the 2PKT adequately captures the effects of the stiffness of the reinforcement, section depth, concrete strength, and shear-span-to-depth ratio on the shear strength of FRP-reinforced deep beams. [less ▲]

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See detailAntiplasmodial activity of Mezoneuron benthamianum leaves and identification of its active constituents
Jansen, Olivia ULg; Tchinda, Alembert T.; Loua, Jean et al

in Journal of Ethnopharmacology (2017), 203(March), 20--26

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See detailThe proteolytic system of pineapple stems revisited: Purification and characterization of multiple catalytically active forms.
Matagne, André ULg; Bolle, Laetitia; El Mahyaoui, Rachida et al

in Phytochemistry (2017), (138), 29-51

Crude pineapple proteases extract (aka stem bromelain; EC 3.4.22.4) is an important proteolytic mixture that contains enzymes belonging to the cysteine proteases of the papain family. Numerous studies ... [more ▼]

Crude pineapple proteases extract (aka stem bromelain; EC 3.4.22.4) is an important proteolytic mixture that contains enzymes belonging to the cysteine proteases of the papain family. Numerous studies have been reported aiming at the fractionation and characterization of the many molecular species present in the extract, but more efforts are still required to obtain sufficient quantities of the various purified protease forms for detailed physicochemical, enzymatic and structural characterization. In this work, we describe an efficient strategy towards the purification of at least eight enzymatic forms. Thus, following rapid fractionation on a SP-Sepharose FF column, two sub-populations with proteolytic activity were obtained: the unbound (termed acidic) and bound (termed basic) bromelain fractions. Following reversible modification with monomethoxypolyethylene glycol (mPEG), both fractions were further separated on Q-Sepharose FF and SP-Sepharose FF, respectively. This procedure yielded highly purified molecular species, all titrating ca. 1 mol of thiol group per mole of enzyme, with distinct biochemical properties. N-terminal sequencing allowed identifying at least eight forms with proteolytic activity. The basic fraction contained previously identified species, i.e. basic bromelain forms 1 and 2, ananain forms 1 and 2, and comosain (MEROPS identifier: C01.027). Furthermore, a new proteolytic species, showing similarities with basic bomelain forms 1 and 2, was discovered and termed bromelain form 3. The two remaining species were found in the acidic bromelain fraction and were arbitrarily named acidic bromelain forms 1 and 2. Both, acidic bromelain forms 1, 2 and basic bromelain forms 1, 2 and 3 are glycosylated, while ananain forms 1 and 2, and comosain are not. The eight protease forms display different amidase activities against the various substrates tested, namely small synthetic chromogenic compounds (DL-BAPNA and Boc-Ala-Ala-Gly-pNA), fluorogenic compounds (like Boc-Gln-Ala-Arg-AMC, Z-Arg-Arg-AMC and Z-Phe-Arg-AMC), and proteins (azocasein and azoalbumin), suggesting a specific organization of their catalytic residues. All forms are completely inhibited by specific cysteine and cysteine/serine protease inhibitors, but not by specific serine and aspartic protease inhibitors, with the sole exception of pepstatin A that significantly affects acidic bromelain forms 1 and 2. For all eight protease forms, inhibition is also observed with 1,10-phenanthrolin, a metalloprotease inhibitor. Metal ions (i.e. Mn2+, Mg2+ and Ca2+) showed various effects depending on the protease under consideration, but all of them are totally inhibited in the presence of Zn2+. Mass spectrometry analyses revealed that all forms have a molecular mass of ca. 24 kDa, which is characteristic of enzymes belonging to the papain-like proteases family. Far-UV CD spectra analysis further supported this analysis. Interestingly, secondary structure calculation proves to be highly reproducible for all cysteine proteases of the papain family tested so far (this work; see also Azarkan et al., 2011; Baeyens-Volant et al., 2015) and thus can be used as a test for rapid identification of the classical papain fold. [less ▲]

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

in Journal of Cognitive Psychology (2017), 29(2), 184-201

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

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

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See detailMetabolomic and molecular signatures of Mascarene Aloes using a multidisciplinary approach
Govinden-Soulange, J.; Lobine, D.; Frederich, Michel ULg et al

in South African Journal of Botany (2017), 108

In this research a multidisciplinary approach was used to unveil the genetic, metabolic uniqueness and relationships of endemic Mascarene Aloes (Aloe macra, Aloe purpurea, Aloe tormentorii) with respect ... [more ▼]

In this research a multidisciplinary approach was used to unveil the genetic, metabolic uniqueness and relationships of endemic Mascarene Aloes (Aloe macra, Aloe purpurea, Aloe tormentorii) with respect to Aloe vera. Nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, DNA sequencing and antioxidant profiles of these Aloes were studied. Principal component analysis following 1H NMR revealed the specificity of the Mascarene Aloes relative to Aloe vera. The superior free radical scavenging ability of A. purpurea, A. macra and A. tormentorii as compared to other Aloes was also unveiled. Phylogenetic analyses of chloroplast genes and ITS region sequences of these Mascarene Aloes were done using maximum parsimony and Bayesian analysis. Mascarene Aloes clustered within one clade separate from Aloe vera confirming their relative recent emergence in this genus. Results from this study showed that there is sufficient evidence at the metabolomic and molecular level to distinguish between Aloe ​purpurea from Mauritius and that of Reunion. © 2016 SAAB [less ▲]

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See detailOf Pins and Beads: Note on a Feminine Costume in Mari
Couturaud, Barbara ULg

in Ash Sharq. Bulletin of the Ancient Near East: Archaeological, Historical And Societal Studies (2017), 1

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See detailLoss of Axin2 results in impaired heart valve maturation and subsequent myxomatous valve disease.
Hulin, Alexia ULg; Moore, Vicky; James, Jeanne M. et al

in Cardiovascular Research (2017), 113(1), 40-51

AIMS: Myxomatous valve disease (MVD) is the most common aetiology of primary mitral regurgitation. Recent studies suggest that defects in heart valve development can lead to heart valve disease in adults ... [more ▼]

AIMS: Myxomatous valve disease (MVD) is the most common aetiology of primary mitral regurgitation. Recent studies suggest that defects in heart valve development can lead to heart valve disease in adults. Wnt/beta-catenin signalling is active during heart valve development and has been reported in human MVD. The consequences of increased Wnt/beta-catenin signalling due to Axin2 deficiency in postnatal valve remodelling and pathogenesis of MVD were determined. METHODS AND RESULTS: To investigate the role of Wnt/beta-catenin signalling, we analysed heart valves from mice deficient in Axin2 (KO), a negative regulator of Wnt/beta-catenin signalling. Axin2 KO mice display enlarged mitral and aortic valves (AoV) after birth with increased Wnt/beta-catenin signalling and cell proliferation, whereas Sox9 expression and collagen deposition are decreased. At 2 months in Axin2 KO mice, the valve extracellular matrix (ECM) is stratified but distal AoV leaflets remain thickened and develop aortic insufficiency. Progressive myxomatous degeneration is apparent at 4 months with extensive ECM remodelling and focal aggrecan-rich areas, along with increased BMP signalling. Infiltration of inflammatory cells is also observed in Axin2 KO AoV prior to ECM remodelling. Overall, these features are consistent with the progression of human MVD. Finally, Axin2 expression is decreased and Wnt/beta-catenin signalling is increased in myxomatous mitral valves in a murine model of Marfan syndrome, supporting the importance of Wnt/beta-catenin signalling in the development of MVD. CONCLUSIONS: Altogether, these data indicate that Axin2 limits Wnt/beta-catenin signalling after birth and allows proper heart valve maturation. Moreover, dysregulation of Wnt/beta-catenin signalling resulting from loss of Axin2 leads to progressive MVD. [less ▲]

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See detailPhotoreversibility and biocompatibility of polydimethylsiloxane-coumarin as adjustable intraocular lens material
Jellali, Rachid; Bertrand, Virginie ULg; Alexandre, Michaël et al

in Macromolecular Bioscience (2017)

Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) constitutes an interesting material for a variety of biomed- ical applications, especially as intraocular lenses (IOLs), for its excellent transparency. In this work, a ... [more ▼]

Polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) constitutes an interesting material for a variety of biomed- ical applications, especially as intraocular lenses (IOLs), for its excellent transparency. In this work, a photoreversible PDMS-coumarin network, whose shape and properties can be adjusted postoperatively in a noninvasive manner, is developed. The synthesis of PDMS-cou- marin is achieved by amidation of a coumarin acid chloride derivative with amine-function- alized PDMSs. Under exposure of λ > 300 nm, these polymers can be cured by dimerization of coumarin. The cured polymers can be uncrosslinked via photocleavage of cyclobutane dimers upon illumination at λ < 290 nm. The diffusion of linear PDMSs in a crosslinked network and the controlled shape modification are studied, which demonstrate that these polymers are good candidates for adjustable IOL application. IOL disks prepared from these materials show high hydrophobicity and good transparency. In vitro cytotoxicity, lens epithelial cell adhesion assays, and rabbit host reaction against implanted disks demonstrate the biocompatibility of the polymer. [less ▲]

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See detailLes Partenariats Public-Privé : fondement théorique et analyse économique
Maatala, Nassreddine ULg; Benabdellah, Majid; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Revue Marocaine des Sciences Agronomiques et Vétérinaires (2017), 5(2 (Mai 2017)),

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is globally recognized as a common style of management, especially in the following sectors: transportation, public services and community facilities. The interests of ... [more ▼]

The Public-Private Partnership (PPP) is globally recognized as a common style of management, especially in the following sectors: transportation, public services and community facilities. The interests of this partnership approach reside in the off-budget financing for the public partner, in the private partners’ high rate of return, in the reduced completion deadlines of the projects, and finally in the availability and quality of the public service provided. The economic theory sees in PPPs many advantages and disadvantages related not only to the partnership, but also to the nature of the public-private relationship that is considered as a particular relationship. In this article, we analyze in the first part the main theoretical foundations in which the Public Private Partnership (PPP) is inserted, then, we present the assumptions and the principles of each theory. In the second part, we present an economic analysis of this partnership approach while going through its advantages, disadvantages, and potential paths to address its limitations. [less ▲]

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See detailExercise Testing and Stress Imaging in Mitral Valve Disease.
Voilliot, Damien; Lancellotti, Patrizio ULg

in Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine (2017), 19(3), 17

OPINION STATEMENT: Mitral valve disease represented by mitral stenosis and mitral regurgitation is the second most frequent valvulopathy. Mitral stenosis leads to an increased left atrial pressure whereas ... [more ▼]

OPINION STATEMENT: Mitral valve disease represented by mitral stenosis and mitral regurgitation is the second most frequent valvulopathy. Mitral stenosis leads to an increased left atrial pressure whereas mitral regurgitation leads to an increased left atrial pressure associated with a volume overload. Secondary to an upstream transmission of this overpressure, both mitral stenosis and regurgitation lead to pulmonary hypertension and right heart failure. In addition, mitral regurgitation also leads to left ventricular dilatation and dysfunction with left heart failure. Depending on the anatomy of the valvular and subvalvular apparatus, valve repair (percutaneous mitral commissurotomy for mitral stenosis and valvuloplasty for mitral regurgitation) might be possible. If the anatomy is not favorable, valve replacement by mechanical or biological prosthesis is indicated. Most of the intervention indications are based on clinical symptoms and resting transthoracic echocardiography. Outcomes of patients operated based upon resting echo abnormalities might however not be optimal. Therefore early intervention might be beneficial based upon abnormal exercise testing, which has been demonstrated to more sensitive to identify high-risk patients. In this last decade, especially exercise echocardiography has been found to be a crucial tool in the management of patients with mitral valve disease. [less ▲]

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See detailApplication of a 3D unsteady surface panel method with flow separation model to horizontal axis wind turbines
Prasad, Chandra Shekhar; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (2017), 166

This work describes the development and application of a 3D unsteady surface panel method with a separation model to the problem of simulating the flow around the blades of a horizontal axis wind turbine ... [more ▼]

This work describes the development and application of a 3D unsteady surface panel method with a separation model to the problem of simulating the flow around the blades of a horizontal axis wind turbine. The present method is intended as a design tool to capture the 3D time-dependent characteristics of both attached and separated flow conditions and is an extension of previous 2D approaches. Flow separation is modelled using a loose coupling procedure between the inviscid panel method and a quasi-3D viscous boundary layer solution. A separated wake is shed at the predicted separation points and propagated at the local flow velocity, just like the trailing edge wake. The methodology is demonstrated on the NREL phase-VI wind turbine test case and the model predictions are compared to experimental measurements. [less ▲]

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See detailCounting the number of non-zero coefficients in rows of generalized Pascal triangles
Leroy, Julien ULg; Rigo, Michel ULg; Stipulanti, Manon ULg

in Discrete Mathematics (2017), 340

This paper is about counting the number of distinct (scattered) subwords occurring in a given word. More precisely, we consider the generalization of the Pascal triangle to binomial coefficients of words ... [more ▼]

This paper is about counting the number of distinct (scattered) subwords occurring in a given word. More precisely, we consider the generalization of the Pascal triangle to binomial coefficients of words and the sequence (S(n))n≥0 counting the number of positive entries on each row. By introducing a convenient tree structure, we provide a recurrence relation for (S(n))n≥0. This leads to a connection with the 2-regular Stern–Brocot sequence and the sequence of denominators occurring in the Farey tree. Then we extend our construction to the Zeckendorf numeration system based on the Fibonacci sequence. Again our tree structure permits us to obtain recurrence relations for and the F-regularity of the corresponding sequence. [less ▲]

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See detailPitfalls in supermatrix phylogenomics
Philippe, Hervé; Vienne, Damien M. De; Ranwez, Vincent et al

in European Journal of Taxonomy (2017), 283

In the mid-2000s, molecular phylogenetics turned into phylogenomics, a development that improved the resolution of phylogenetic trees through a dramatic reduction in stochastic error. While some then ... [more ▼]

In the mid-2000s, molecular phylogenetics turned into phylogenomics, a development that improved the resolution of phylogenetic trees through a dramatic reduction in stochastic error. While some then predicted “the end of incongruence”, it soon appeared that analysing large amounts of sequence data without an adequate model of sequence evolution amplifies systematic error and leads to phylogenetic artefacts. With the increasing flood of (sometimes low-quality) genomic data resulting from the rise of high-throughput sequencing, a new type of error has emerged. Termed here “data errors”, it lumps together several kinds of issues affecting the construction of phylogenomic supermatrices (e.g., sequencing and annotation errors, contaminant sequences). While easy to deal with at a single-gene scale, such errors become very difficult to avoid at the genomic scale, both because hand curating thousands of sequences is prohibitively time-consuming and because the suitable automated bioinformatics tools are still in their infancy. In this paper, we first review the pitfalls affecting the construction of supermatrices and the strategies to limit their adverse effects on phylogenomic inference. Then, after discussing the relative non-issue of missing data in supermatrices, we briefly present the approaches commonly used to reduce systematic error. [less ▲]

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See detailPEGylated and Functionalized Aliphatic Polycarbonate Polyplex Nanoparticles for Intravenous Administration of HDAC5 siRNA in Cancer Therapy
Frère, Antoine ULg; Baroni, Alexandra; Hendrick, Elodie ULg et al

in ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces (2017), 25(9(3)), 2181-2195

Guanidine and morpholine functionalized aliphatic polycarbonate polymers are able to efficiently deliver histone deacetylase 5 (HDAC5) siRNA into the cytoplasm of cancer cells in vitro leading to a ... [more ▼]

Guanidine and morpholine functionalized aliphatic polycarbonate polymers are able to efficiently deliver histone deacetylase 5 (HDAC5) siRNA into the cytoplasm of cancer cells in vitro leading to a decrease of cell proliferation were previously developed. To allow these biodegradable and biocompatible polyplex nanoparticles to overcome the extracellular barriers and be effective in vivo after an intravenous injection, polyethylene glycol chains (PEG750 or PEG2000) were grafted on the polymer structure. These nanoparticles, showed an average size of about 150 nm and a slightly positive zeta potential with complete siRNA complexation. Behavior of PEGylated and non-PEGylated polyplexes were investigated in the presence of serum, in terms of siRNA complexation (Fluorescence Correlation Spectroscopy), size (Dynamic Light Scattering and Single-Particle Tracking), interaction with proteins (Isothermal Titration Calorimetry) and cellular uptake. Surprisingly, both PEGylated and non-PEGylated formulations presented relatively good behavior in the presence of fetal bovine serum (FBS). Hemocompatibility tests showed no effect of these polyplexes on hemolysis and coagulation. In vivo biodistribution in mice was performed and showed a better siRNA accumulation at the tumor site for PEGylated polyplexes. However, cellular uptake in protein-rich conditions showed that PEGylated polyplex lost their ability to interact with biological membranes and enter into cells, showing the importance to perform in vitro investigations in physiological conditions closed to in vivo situation. In vitro, the efficiency of PEGylated nanoparticles decreases compared to non-PEGylated particles, leading to the loss of the antiproliferative effect on cancer cells. [less ▲]

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See detailMapping the functional connectome traits of levels of consciousness
Amico, Enrico; Marinazzo, Daniele; Di Perri, Carol ULg et al

in NeuroImage (2017)

Examining task-free functional connectivity (FC) in the human brain offers insights on how spontaneous integration and segregation of information relate to human cognition, and how this organization may ... [more ▼]

Examining task-free functional connectivity (FC) in the human brain offers insights on how spontaneous integration and segregation of information relate to human cognition, and how this organization may be altered in different conditions, and neurological disorders. This is particularly relevant for patients in disorders of consciousness (DOC) following severe acquired brain damage and coma, one of the most devastating conditions in modern medical care. We present a novel data-driven methodology, connICA, which implements Independent Component Analysis (ICA) for the extraction of robust independent FC patterns (FC-traits) from a set of individual functional connectomes, without imposing any a priori data stratification into groups. We here apply connICA to investigate associations between network-traits derived from task-free FC and cognitive features that define levels of consciousness. Three main independent FC-traits were identified and linked to consciousness-related clinical features. The first one represents the functional configuration of an "awake resting" brain, and is associated to the level of arousal. The second FC-trait reflects the disconnection of the visual and sensory-motor connectivity patterns and relates to the ability of communicating with the external environment. The third FC-trait isolates the connectivity pattern encompassing the fronto-parietal and the default-mode network areas as well as the interaction between left and right hemisphere, which are also associated to the awareness of the self and its surroundings. Each FC-trait represents a distinct functional process with a role in the degradation of conscious states in functional brain networks, shedding further light on the functional subcircuits that get disrupted in severe brain-damage. [less ▲]

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See detailDermatophytes and Dermatophytoses: A Thematic Overview of State of the Art, and the Directions for Future Research and Developments
Bouchara, JP; Mignon, Bernard ULg; Chaturvedi, V

in Mycopathologia (2017), 182(1), 1-4

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See detailComparison between sedation and general anesthesia for high resolution computed tomographic characterization of canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in west highland white terriers
Roels, Elodie ULg; Couvreur, Thierry; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2017)

Canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (CIPF) is a progressive interstitial lung disease mainly affecting West Highland white terriers (WHWTs). Thoracic high-resolution computed tomographic (T-HRCT ... [more ▼]

Canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (CIPF) is a progressive interstitial lung disease mainly affecting West Highland white terriers (WHWTs). Thoracic high-resolution computed tomographic (T-HRCT) findings for CIPF acquired under general anesthesia have been described previously. However, the use of general anesthesia may be contraindicated for some affected dogs. Sedation may allow improved speed and safety, but it is unknown whether sedation would yield similar results in identification and grading of CIPF lesions. The aim of this prospective, observational, method-comparison, case-control study was to compare findings from T-HRCT images acquired under sedation versus general anesthesia for WHWTs affected with CIPF (n=11) and age-matched controls (n=9), using the glossary of terms of the Fleischner Society and a scoring system. Ground-glass opacity (GGO) was identified in all affected WHWTs for both sedation and general anesthesia acquisitions, although the GGO extent varied significantly between the two acquisitions (P<0.001). Ground-glass opacity was the sole lesion observed in control dogs (n=6), but was less extensive compared with affected WHWTs. Identification and grading of a mosaic attenuation pattern differed significantly between acquisitions (P<0.001). Identification of lesions such as consolidations, nodules, parenchymal and subpleural bands, bronchial wall thickening, and bronchiectasis did not differ between acquisitions. The present study demonstrated that T-HRCT obtained under sedation may provide different information than T-HRCT obtained under general anesthesia for identification and grading of some CIPF lesions, but not all of them. These differences should be taken into consideration when general anesthesia is contraindicated and sedation is necessary for evaluating WHWTs with CIPF. [less ▲]

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See detailTracking dynamic interactions between structural and functional connectivity: a TMS/EEG-dMRI study
Amico, Enrico; Bodart, Olivier ULg; Rosanova, Mario et al

in Brain connectivity (2017)

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in combination with neuroimaging techniques allows to measure the effects of a direct perturbation of the brain. When coupled to high density electroencephalography ... [more ▼]

Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in combination with neuroimaging techniques allows to measure the effects of a direct perturbation of the brain. When coupled to high density electroencephalography (TMS/hd-EEG), TMS pulses revealed electrophysiological signatures of different cortical modules in health and disease. However, the neural underpinnings of these signatures remain unclear. Here, by applying multimodal analyses of cortical response to TMS recordings and diffusion magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) tractography, we investigated the relationship between functional and structural features of different cortical modules in a cohort of awake healthy volunteers. For each subject we computed directed functional connectivity interactions between cortical areas from the source reconstructed TMS/hd- EEG recordings and correlated them with the correspondent structural connectivity matrix extracted from dMRI tractography, in three different frequency bands (alpha, beta, gamma) and two sites of stimulation (left precuneus and left premotor). Each stimulated area appeared to mainly respond to TMS by being functionally elicited in specific frequency bands, i.e. beta for precuneus and gamma for premotor. We also observed a temporary decrease in the whole-brain correlation between directed functional connectivity and structural connectivity after TMS in all frequency bands. Notably, when focusing on the stimulated areas only, we found that the structurefunction correlation significantly increases over time in the premotor area contralateral to TMS. Our study points out the importance of taking into account the major role played by different cortical oscillations when investigating the mechanisms for integration and segregation of information in the human brain. [less ▲]

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See detailRadiative data for highly excited 3d84d levels in Ni II from laboratory measurements and atomic calculations
Hartman, H.; Engström, L.; Lundberg, H. et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2017), 600

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See detailGlobal approach for the validation of an in-line Raman spectroscopic method to determine the API content in real-time during a hot-melt extrusion process
Netchacovitch, Lauranne ULg; Thiry, Justine ULg; De Bleye, Charlotte ULg et al

in Talanta (2017)

Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a guidance based on the Process Analytical Technology (PAT) approach, real-time analyses during manufacturing processes are in real expansion. In ... [more ▼]

Since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published a guidance based on the Process Analytical Technology (PAT) approach, real-time analyses during manufacturing processes are in real expansion. In this study, in-line Raman spectroscopic analyses were performed during a Hot-Melt Extrusion (HME) process to determine the Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient (API) content in real-time. The method was validated based on a univariate and a multivariate approach and the analytical performances of the obtained models were compared. Moreover, on one hand, in-line data were correlated with the real API concentration present in the sample quantified by a previously validated off-line confocal Raman microspectroscopic method. On the other hand, in-line data were also treated in function of the concentration based on the weighing of the components in the prepared mixture. The importance of developing quantitative methods based on the use of a reference method was thus highlighted. The method was validated according to the total error approach fixing the acceptance limits at ± 15% and the α risk at ± 5%. This method reaches the requirements of the European Pharmacopeia norms for the uniformity of content of single-dose preparations. The validation proves that future results will be in the acceptance limits with a previously defined probability. Finally, the in-line validated method was compared with the off-line one to demonstrate its ability to be used in routine analyses. [less ▲]

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See detailObservational signatures of past mass-exchange episodes in massive binaries: the case of LSS 3074
Raucq, Françoise ULg; Gosset, Eric ULg; Rauw, Grégor ULg et al

in Astronomy and Astrophysics (2017), 601

Context. The role of mass and momentum exchanges in close massive binaries is very important in the subsequent evolution of the components. Such exchanges produce several observational signatures such as ... [more ▼]

Context. The role of mass and momentum exchanges in close massive binaries is very important in the subsequent evolution of the components. Such exchanges 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 close O-star binary LSS 3074 (O4 f + O6-7:(f):), which is a good candidate for a past Roche lobe overflow (RLOF) episode because of its very short orbital period, P = 2.185 days, and the luminosity classes of both components. Methods.We determined a new orbital solution for the system. We studied the photometric light curves to determine the inclination of the orbit and Roche lobe filling factors of both stars. Using phase-resolved spectroscopy, we performed the disentangling of the optical spectra of the two stars.We then analysed the reconstructed primary and secondary spectra 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. Results. We confirm the apparent low stellar masses and radii reported in previous studies. We also find a strong overabundance in nitrogen and a strong carbon and oxygen depletion in both primary and secondary atmospheres, together with a strong enrichment in helium of the primary star. Conclusions. We propose several possible evolutionary pathways through a RLOF process to explain the current parameters of the system. We confirm that the system is apparently in overcontact configuration and has lost a significant portion of its mass to its surroundings. We suggest that some of the discrepancies between the spectroscopic and photometric properties of LSS 3074 could stem from the impact of a strong radiation pressure of the primary. [less ▲]

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See detailSpecies delimitation in the recalcitrant moss genus Rhynchostegiella (Brachytheciaceae)
Patiño, J.; Hedenäs, L.; Dirkse, G. et al

in Taxon (2017), 66

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See detailLe medicament du mois BIPRESSIL(R) : Premiere association fixe bisoprolol et perindopril arginine.
GACH, Olivier ULg; FALQUE, Bertrand ULg; CANIVET, Antoine ULg et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2017), 72(5), 260-265

In patients suffering from systemic arterial hypertension, coronary artery disease, or heart failure, beta-blockers and angiotensin-convertase enzyme inhibitors play a major therapeutic and preventive ... [more ▼]

In patients suffering from systemic arterial hypertension, coronary artery disease, or heart failure, beta-blockers and angiotensin-convertase enzyme inhibitors play a major therapeutic and preventive role. Coronary artery disease remains the leading cause of mortality in industrialized countries. Unless adapted preventive strategy, notably pharmacological interventions, cardiovascular events in these patients remain high. One reason for this relative failure is represented by non-adherence to treatment. A treatment consisting in an association in one pill of several different molecules should confer a higher treatment compliance and thus efficacy. This article describes the characteristics of the first available dual association between a cardioselective beta-blocker agent, bisoprolol, and an angiotensin-convertase enzyme inhibitor, perindopril arginine. [less ▲]

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See detailDo flower mixtures with high functional diversity enhance aphid predators in wildflower strips?
Hatt, Séverin ULg; Uyttenbroeck, Roel ULg; Chevalier Mendes Lopes, Thomas ULg et al

in European Journal of Entomology (2017), 114

Among semi-natural elements in agricultural landscapes, wildflower strips sown at field margins or within fields represent potential habitats for the natural enemies of insect pests. As insects are ... [more ▼]

Among semi-natural elements in agricultural landscapes, wildflower strips sown at field margins or within fields represent potential habitats for the natural enemies of insect pests. As insects are sensitive to a variety of flower traits, we hypothesised that mixtures with high functional diversity attract and support a higher abundance and species richness of aphid flower visiting predators compared to mixtures with low functional diversity. During a field experiment, repeated over two years (2014 and 2015) in Gembloux (Belgium), aphid predators (i.e., lacewings, ladybeetles and hoverflies) were pan-trapped in five sown flower mixtures (including a control mixture, with three replicates of each mixture) of low to high functional diversity based on seven traits (i.e., flower colour, ultra-violet reflectance and pattern, blooming start and duration, height and flower class, primarily based on corolla morphology). In both years, flower species in the sown mixtures (i.e., sown and spontaneous flowers) were listed, and the realised functional diversity of each plot was calculated. Over the two years, an increase in functional diversity did not result in an increase in the abundance and richness of aphid predators. Moreover, ladybeetles, representing the majority of trapped predators, were more abundant in mixtures with very low or intermediary functional diversity at sowing, especially in 2014. We hypothesise that certain flower species, which were abundant in certain mixtures (and not in those exhibiting the highest functional diversity), attracted predators and were sufficiently represented to support them. Our results present novel information that could be used to the development of flower mixtures that provide effective ecosystem services, such as pest control. [less ▲]

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See detailNew directions in hypnosis research: strategies for advancing the cognitive and clinical neuroscience of hypnosis
Jensen, Mark P; Jamieson, Graham A; Lutz, Antoine et al

in Neuroscience of Consciousness (2017), 3(1), 1-14

In August of 2015, the International Society of Hypnosis and Confederation Francophone d’hypnose et Therapies Breves co-sponsored a 1-day meeting among hypnosis researchers, just before the International ... [more ▼]

In August of 2015, the International Society of Hypnosis and Confederation Francophone d’hypnose et Therapies Breves co-sponsored a 1-day meeting among hypnosis researchers, just before the International Congress of Hypnosis in Paris, France. One of the goals of the meeting was to discuss the state-of-the- science of hypnosis research from the purview of clinical and cognitive neuroscience. The purpose of this article is to summarize the key issues that were raised during the discussions, including the points of agreement and disagreement among the participants (all of whom are authors on this article). Here we first briefly summarize what we view as (i) the most important research findings and developments in the field during the past two decades and (ii) the most salient challenges facing contemporary hypnosis research. Next, we summarize our discussion concerning directions for future hypnosis research and collaborative endeavors that could expand upon recent advances, ad- dress emerging challenges, and facilitate a reemergence of hypnosis research as a vital field within cognitive and clinical neuroscience. [less ▲]

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See detailIncreased expression of bacterial amoA during an N2O emission peak in an agricultural field
Theodorakopoulos, Nicolas ULg; Lognoul, Margaux ULg; Degrune, Florine ULg et al

in Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment (2017), 236

Levels of N-cycle gene transcripts (nirK, nirS, nosZ, amoA) were measured during an N2O emission peak in an agricultural soil. Automated dynamic closed chambers were used to monitor an N2O emission peak ... [more ▼]

Levels of N-cycle gene transcripts (nirK, nirS, nosZ, amoA) were measured during an N2O emission peak in an agricultural soil. Automated dynamic closed chambers were used to monitor an N2O emission peak on a maize crop after a natural rainfall. The peak occurred rapidly after the rainfall began. Spatial and temporal variability in N2O emission was observed between chambers. An analysis of N-cycle gene transcript levels revealed an increase in bacterial amoA gene transcripts (but not in archaeal amoA transcripts), correlating strongly with N2O emission. This suggests the involvement of nitrification enzymes, despite a high water-filled pore space (80%). Reverse transcription of bacterial 16S rRNA followed by partial sequencing of the resulting cDNAs revealed few rainfall-induced changes in the potentially active bacterial community, and notably no significant change in the relative abundance of 16S rRNAs from the nitrifier genus Nitrosospira. Expression of the amoA gene appears as a possible proxy for monitoring the N2O emission peak. To our knowledge, this is the first experiment to evaluate the expression of N-cycle genes during an N2O emission peak on an agricultural field. [less ▲]

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See detailAre Th17 Cells Playing a Role in Immunity to Dermatophytosis?
Heinen, Marie-Pierre ULg; Cambier, Ludivine ULg; Fievez, Laurence ULg et al

in Mycopathologia (2017), 182(1), 251-261

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See detailExploring sex differences in the adult zebra finch brain: in vivo diffusion tensor imaging and ex vivo super-resolution track density imaging
Hamaide, J.; De Groof, G.; Van Steenkiste, G. et al

in NeuroImage (2017)

Zebra finches are an excellent model to study the process of vocal learning, a complex socially-learned tool of communication that forms the basis of spoken human language. So far, structural ... [more ▼]

Zebra finches are an excellent model to study the process of vocal learning, a complex socially-learned tool of communication that forms the basis of spoken human language. So far, structural investigation of the zebra finch brain has been performed ex vivo using invasive methods such as histology. These methods are highly specific, however, they strongly interfere with performing whole-brain analyses and exclude longitudinal studies aimed at establishing causal correlations between neuroplastic events and specific behavioral performances. Therefore, the aim of the current study was to implement an in vivo Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI) protocol sensitive enough to detect structural sex differences in the adult zebra finch brain. Voxel-wise comparison of male and female DTI parameter maps shows clear differences in several components of the song control system (i.e. Area X surroundings, the high vocal center (HVC) and the lateral magnocellular nucleus of the anterior nidopallium (LMAN)), which corroborate previous findings and are in line with the clear behavioral difference as only males sing. Furthermore, to obtain additional insights into the 3-dimensional organization of the zebra finch brain and clarify findings obtained by the in vivo study, ex vivo DTI data of the male and female brain were acquired as well, using a recently established super-resolution reconstruction (SRR) imaging strategy. Interestingly, the SRR-DTI approach led to a marked reduction in acquisition time without interfering with the (spatial and angular) resolution and SNR which enabled to acquire a data set characterized by a 78μm isotropic resolution including 90 diffusion gradient directions within 44h of scanning time. Based on the reconstructed SRR-DTI maps, whole brain probabilistic Track Density Imaging (TDI) was performed for the purpose of super resolved track density imaging, further pushing the resolution up to 40μm isotropic. The DTI and TDI maps realized atlas-quality anatomical maps that enable a clear delineation of most components of the song control and auditory systems. In conclusion, this study paves the way for longitudinal in vivo and high-resolution ex vivo experiments aimed at disentangling [less ▲]

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See detailWhen farmers learn through dialog with their practices: A proposal for a theory of action for agricultural trajectories
Brédart, David ULg; Stassart, Pierre M ULg

in Journal of Rural Studies (2017), 53(C), 1-13

Using pragmatic sociology, we studied feed autonomy in mixed livestock-crop farming in the western region of Belgium (Hainaut Province). In this paper we first describe feed autonomy as an innovation ... [more ▼]

Using pragmatic sociology, we studied feed autonomy in mixed livestock-crop farming in the western region of Belgium (Hainaut Province). In this paper we first describe feed autonomy as an innovation structured around the withdrawal of soybeans and corn from cattle rations. In so doing, we approach feed autonomy as an opportunity for farmers to change their relationships with the soil, plants, animals, and other human beings and reconnect harmful situations to their courses of action. We then show (1) how this withdrawal is accompanied by adaptation in breeding practices (through reconfigurations of cognitive processes and practices) and (2) how events that interrupt the farmer's normal course of action require the farmers to develop their attentiveness to, i.e., their abilities to heed various elements to allow for variability and guide their actions. We therefore propose a theory of action in which learning is the result of surprises, of what destabilizes the farmer and raises doubt in her/his mind about her/his practices. To do that, we take inspiration from John Dewey's work and his notion of experience. Our results question the conceptualization of the trajectory that represents the process of change as a series of sequences with the event as a trigger. Indeed, we understand change to be a constant process of adjusting goals and means that is punctuated by events that become events only when attention is given to them. So, the event itself is no longer the trigger, and understanding adaptation in a trajectory's direction hinges more on the attention that is paid to the event. [less ▲]

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See detailSartre, le XXe siècle
Cormann, Grégory ULg

in Médium (2017), 50

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See detailSedation of Patients With Disorders of Consciousness During Neuroimaging: Effects on Resting State Functional Brain Connectivity.
KIRSCH, Murielle ULg; Guldenmund, P; Ali Bahri, Mohamed et al

in Anesthesia and Analgesia (2017), 124(2),

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See detailL’ÉVALUATION DES POLITIQUES PUBLIQUES DANS LE CHAMP DE LA COOPÉRATION AU DÉVELOPPEMENT BELGE : LE CAS DU SERVICE DE L’ÉVALUATION SPÉCIALE
Contor, Justine ULg

in Pyramides : Revue du Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherches en Administration Publique (2017)

Cette contribution s’intéresse à l'évolution institutionnelle de l'évaluation au sein de la coopération belge au développement et plus spécifiquement à notre cas d’étude : le Service de l’Evaluation ... [more ▼]

Cette contribution s’intéresse à l'évolution institutionnelle de l'évaluation au sein de la coopération belge au développement et plus spécifiquement à notre cas d’étude : le Service de l’Evaluation Spéciale de la coopération belge au développement (SES). Nous présenterons dans ce document les raisons de la création de ce service au début des années 2000. En effet, le SES, avec d’autres acteurs, est le résultat d’une grande réforme de la coopération issue d’une lourde crise. Nous reviendrons sur son mandat, sur ses spécificités organisationnelles (ressources financières et humaines) ainsi que son cadre de référence normatif. La question de la culture évaluative sera questionnée, ainsi que son lien avec l’émergence du New Public Management dans la politique de coopération au développement. Enfin, nous questionnerons la légitimité d’une structure telle que le SES au regard d’un cadrage théorique mixte (Scott, 1995 ; Suchmann, 1995) et de la théorie des parties prenantes. [less ▲]

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See detailHeterogeneous incidence and propagation of spreading depolarizations.
Kaufmann, Dan; Theriot, Jeremy; Zyuzin, Jekaterina et al

in Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow & Metabolism (2017)

Spreading depolarizations are implicated in a diverse set of neurologic diseases. They are unusual forms of nervous system activity in that they propagate very slowly and approximately concentrically ... [more ▼]

Spreading depolarizations are implicated in a diverse set of neurologic diseases. They are unusual forms of nervous system activity in that they propagate very slowly and approximately concentrically, apparently not respecting the anatomic, synaptic, functional, or vascular architecture of the brain. However, there is evidence that spreading depolar- izations are not truly concentric, isotropic, or homogeneous, either in space or in time. Here we present evidence from KCl-induced spreading depolarizations, in mouse and rat, in vivo and in vitro, showing the great variability that these depolarizations can exhibit. This variability can help inform the mechanistic understanding of spreading depolarizations, and it has implications for their phenomenology in neurologic disease. [less ▲]

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See detailHyperinsulinemia and elevated systolic blood pressure independently predict white matter hyperintensities with associated cognitive decrement in the middle-aged offspring of dementia patients.
Hawkins, Keith A.; Emadi, Nazli; Pearlson, Godfrey D. et al

in Metabolic Brain Disease (2017)

Cerebrovascular disease is an independent risk factor for dementia that may also be synergistic with Alzheimer's disease. In recent years attention has switched from cerebral infarcts to microvascular ... [more ▼]

Cerebrovascular disease is an independent risk factor for dementia that may also be synergistic with Alzheimer's disease. In recent years attention has switched from cerebral infarcts to microvascular disease as the primary cause of cerebrovascular cognitive decline, with damage to the white matter the primary mechanism. Uncertainties remain regarding the risks posed by different types vascular threat, the extent to which cerebrovascular damage occurs in middle age, and whether relatively "normal" amounts of white matter damage are accompanied by meaningful degrees of cognitive decline. We explored these issues via laboratory, cardiovascular, cognitive, and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data in 67 middle-aged cognitively normal offspring of dementia patients. The sample was enriched for vascular risk. Plasma insulin, 24-h systolic blood pressure, body mass index, age, and % small dense LDL cholesterol were the strongest correlates of MRI white matter hyperintensity (WMH) volume. With shared variance controlled for, 24 h systolic BP, plasma insulin, and age remained as significant predictors of WMH volume. An interaction variable (24 h BP * insulin) did not improve the prediction of WMH. WMH volume correlated negatively with cognition. No evidence for an ApoE epsilon4 effect emerged for either WMH or cognition. Hypertension and hyperinsulinemia appear to pose independent, consequential threats to the cerebral small vessel vasculature in middle age, reflected in the presence of areas of WMH on MRI scans. Our data show that even modest WMH volumes in middle age are associated with cognitive decrement, underscoring the importance of aggressive treatment and lifestyle modifications to address vascular risk throughout adulthood. [less ▲]

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See detailSources and fate of antimicrobials in integrated fish-pig and non-integrated tilapia farms
Li, Kang; Liu, Liping; Zhan et al

in Science of the Total Environment (2017), 595

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See detail3D electrical resistivity tomography of karstified formations using cross-line measurements
Van Hoorde, Maurits; Hermans, Thomas ULg; Dumont, Gaël ULg et al

in Engineering Geology (2017), 220

The acquisition of a full 3D survey on a large area of investigation is difficult, and from a practitioner’s point of view, very costly. In high-resolution 3D surveys, the number of electrodes increases ... [more ▼]

The acquisition of a full 3D survey on a large area of investigation is difficult, and from a practitioner’s point of view, very costly. In high-resolution 3D surveys, the number of electrodes increases rapidly and the total number of electrode combinations becomes very large. In this paper, we propose an innovative 3D acquisition procedure based on the roll-along technique. It makes use of 2D parallel lines with additional cross-line measurements. However, in order to increase the number of directions represented in the data, we propose to use cross-line measurements in several directions. Those cross-line measurements are based on dipole-dipole configurations as commonly used in cross-borehole surveys. We illustrate the method by investigating the subsurface geometry in a karstic environment for a future wind turbine project. We first test our methodology with a numerical benchmark using a synthetic model. Then, we validate it through a field case application to image the 3D geometry of karst features and the top of unaltered bedrock in limestone formations. We analyze the importance of cross-line measuring and analyze their capability for accurate subsurface imaging. The comparison with standard parallel 2D surveys clearly highlighted the added value of the cross-lines measurements to detect those structures. It provides crucial insight in subsurface geometry for the positioning of the future wind turbine foundation. The developed method can provide a useful tool in the design of 3D ERT survey to optimize the amount of information collected within a limited time frame. [less ▲]

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See detailInstitutional pedagogy for an autonomous society: Castoriadis & Lapassade
Wustefeld, Sophie ULg

in Educational Philosophy & Theory (2017)

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See detailCharting ongoing change: the emergent complex subordinators the moment (that) and for fear (that)
Davidse, Kristin; Brems, Lieselotte ULg; Smith, Adam

in e-Varieng: Exploring Recent Diachrony: Corpus Studies of Lexicogrammar and Language Practices in Late Modern English (2017)

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See detailAnalyse de la rentabilité financière de la production de semence du riz au Bénin
Dossouhoui, François Vihôdé ULg; Agossou S.M., Désiré; Adégbidi, Anselme et al

in Journal of Applied Biosciences (2017), (May 2017), 11267-11275

Objectif : Cette étude vise, à travers une analyse de la rentabilité financière, à mettre en exergue l’intérêt que peut susciter la production de semences de qualité dans les divers systèmes de production ... [more ▼]

Objectif : Cette étude vise, à travers une analyse de la rentabilité financière, à mettre en exergue l’intérêt que peut susciter la production de semences de qualité dans les divers systèmes de production et la place du secteur privé dans la gestion du système semencier. Méthodologie et résultats : L’étude a été conduite auprès d’un échantillon de 57 producteurs de semences certifiées et de riz de consommation choisis de façon aléatoire dans trois départements : Mono, Zou et Collines où trois systèmes de production se côtoient. Il a été fait recours à la méthode d’analyse de marges et les résultats ont été comparés chaque fois à la production de riz de consommation par système de production : riz pluvial, riz de bas-fonds et riz irrigué. Il en résulte que la production de semences est plus rentable et l’est davantage dans le système d’irrigation. Conclusion et application des résultats : La présente étude a été conduite dans un contexte où l’État est intervenu pour promouvoir l’accès aux semences améliorées suite à la crise alimentaire de 2008. L’État, à travers son dispositif de vulgarisation organise, la collecte de semences auprès des producteurs multiplicateurs accrédités et subventionne la redistribution aux producteurs de riz de consommation. L’intérêt que porte cette étude sur la rentabilité financière de l’activité de production de semences certifiées réside dans la nécessité de disposer de données fiables pour susciter l’implication des entreprises privées dans le système semencier et faciliter l’accès aux crédits pour les multiplicateurs de semences. Pour un système compétitif et adéquat aux besoins des producteurs, il est impérieux de réfléchir sur un partenariat compagnies privées de distribution et producteurs multiplicateurs de semences certifiées. Ce dispositif facilitera la disponibilité et l’accès à un prix abordable aux semences de qualité pour les producteurs du riz. [less ▲]

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See detailResponse to the discussion on “Reconstruction of the envelope of non-Gaussian structural responses with principal static wind loads by N. Blaise, T. Canor and V. Denoël”
Blaise, Nicolas; Canor, Thomas; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (2017)

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See detailL’indemnité de procédure, l’appel de la partie civile et l’acquittement du prévenu : la croix et la bannière ?
Michiels, Olivier ULg; Falque, Géraldine ULg

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (2017), 2017/1

En ce qu’il ne permet pas au juge répressif d’accorder au prévenu acquitté et au civilement responsable une indemnité de procédure d’appel à charge de la partie civile succombante qui, en l’absence de ... [more ▼]

En ce qu’il ne permet pas au juge répressif d’accorder au prévenu acquitté et au civilement responsable une indemnité de procédure d’appel à charge de la partie civile succombante qui, en l’absence de tout recours du ministère public, a interjeté appel d’un jugement d’acquittement statuant sur une action intentée par le ministère public, l’article 162bis, alinéa 2, du Code d’instruction criminelle viole les articles 10 et 11 de la Constitution. [less ▲]

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See detailExploring the links between community-based governance and sustainable energy use: Quantitative evidence from Flanders
Bauwens, Thomas ULg; Eyre, Nick

in Ecological Economics (2017), 137

Community-based energy organizations have been said to influence their members' energy-related behavior by activating social norms and by providing trustworthy information about sustainable energy ... [more ▼]

Community-based energy organizations have been said to influence their members' energy-related behavior by activating social norms and by providing trustworthy information about sustainable energy investments and behaviors. However, little is known yet about members' actual energy use and how it differs from that of individuals who do not participate in such projects. In particular, selection effects are likely to arise, i.e. community-based energy projects may attract people that are different from the underlying population in terms of energy use. This article empirically addresses the question of the selection into community-based energy projects in terms of energy use, focusing on the case of renewable energy cooperatives. Based on quantitative data from an original survey conducted with one renewable energy cooperative in Flanders and using probit regression analyses, it contrasts a sample of cooperative members with an appropriate comparison group in terms of electricity usage. The results show that electricity consumption is positively related with cooperative membership, suggesting that high use consumers have greater incentives to join a community-based organization which provides assistance and advice on the adoption of green technologies and energy efficiency measures. These findings contribute to an understanding of the relationship between community-based governance and sustainable energy practices. [less ▲]

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See detailPharmacokinetic drug evaluation of saxagliptin plus dapagliflozin for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Scheen, André ULg

in Expert Opinion on Drug Metabolism & Toxicology (2017), 13(5), 583-592

INTRODUCTION: Combining a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor and a sodium-glucose cotransporter type 2 inhibitor is an attractive option to treat hyperglycaemia in type 2 diabetes. Areas covered: The ... [more ▼]

INTRODUCTION: Combining a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor and a sodium-glucose cotransporter type 2 inhibitor is an attractive option to treat hyperglycaemia in type 2 diabetes. Areas covered: The saxagliptin plus dapagliflozin combination is carefully analysed, focusing on: 1) pharmacokinetic properties, 2) pharmacodynamics data, and 3) results of randomised controlled trials (dual combination versus either monotherapy, sequential therapy saxagliptin added to dapagliflozin or dapagliflozin added to saxagliptin). Expert opinion: Pharmacokinetic findings demonstrate the absence of drug-drug interaction and the bioequivalence of the FDC compared with separated tablets. Pharmacodynamic observations confirm a complementary mode of action of the two agents. Dual saxagliptin-dapagliflozin therapy is more potent than either monotherapy. It may be used as an initial combination, although this approach remains debatable and should probably be reserved in case of high glycated hemoglobin, or a stepwise strategy, according to a personalized approach. The developed saxagliptin-dapagliflozin FDC may simplify anti-hyperglycemic therapy and improve drug compliance. [less ▲]

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See detailThe Lys-Asp-Tyr Triad within the Mite Allergen Der p 1 Propeptide Is a Critical Structural Element for the pH-Dependent Initiation of the Protease Maturation.
Chevigne, Andy; Campizi, Vincenzo; Szpakowska, Martyna et al

in International Journal of Molecular Sciences (2017), 18(5),

The major house dust mite allergen, Der p 1, is a papain-like cysteine protease expressed as an inactive precursor, proDer p 1, carrying an N-terminal propeptide with a unique structure. The maturation of ... [more ▼]

The major house dust mite allergen, Der p 1, is a papain-like cysteine protease expressed as an inactive precursor, proDer p 1, carrying an N-terminal propeptide with a unique structure. The maturation of the zymogen into an enzymatically-active form of Der p 1 is a multistep autocatalytic process initiated under acidic conditions through conformational changes of the propeptide, leading to the loss of its inhibitory ability and its subsequent gradual cleavage. The aims of this study were to characterize the residues present in the Der p 1 propeptide involved in the initiation of the zymogen maturation process, but also to assess the impact of acidic pH on the propeptide structure, the activity of Der p 1 and the fate of the propeptide. Using various complementary enzymatic and structural approaches, we demonstrated that a structural triad K17p-D51p-Y19p within the N-terminal domain of the propeptide is essential for its stabilization and the sensing of pH changes. Particularly, the protonation of D51p under acidic conditions unfolds the propeptide through disruption of the K17p-D51p salt bridge, reduces its inhibition capacity and unmasks the buried residues K17p and Y19p constituting the first maturation cleavage site of the zymogen. Our results also evidenced that this triad acts in a cooperative manner with other propeptide pH-responsive elements, including residues E56p and E80p, to promote the propeptide unfolding and/or to facilitate its proteolysis. Furthermore, we showed that acidic conditions modify Der p 1 proteolytic specificity and confirmed that the formation of the first intermediate represents the limiting step of the in vitro Der p 1 maturation process. Altogether, our results provide new insights into the early events of the mechanism of proDer p 1 maturation and identify a unique structural triad acting as a stabilizing and a pH-sensing regulatory element. [less ▲]

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See detailSoil erosion in relation to land use changes in the Amik Lake sediments near the Antioch antique city during the last 4kyr
El Ouahabi, Meriam ULg; Hubert, Aurelia ULg; Lebeau, Héléne et al

in The Holocene (2017)

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region occupied since 6000-7000 BC has sustained a highly variable anthropic pressure culminating during the Late Roman Period when the Antioch city reached its ... [more ▼]

The Amik Basin in the Eastern Mediterranean region occupied since 6000-7000 BC has sustained a highly variable anthropic pressure culminating during the Late Roman Period when the Antioch city reached its golden age. The present 6m long sedimentary record of the Amik Lake occupying the central part of the Basin constrains major paleo-environmental changes over the last 4000 years using a multi-proxy analyses (grain-size, magnetic susceptibility and XRF geochemistry). An age model is provided by combining short-lived radionuclides with radiocarbon dating. A lake/marsh prevailed during the last 4kyrs with a level increase at the beginning of the Roman Period possibly related to optimum climatic condition and water channelling. The Bronze/Iron Ages are characterized by a strong terrigenous input linked to deforestation, exploitation of mineral resources and the beginning of upland cultivation. The Bronze/Iron Age transition marked by the collapse of the Hittite Empire is clearly documented. Erosion continues during the Roman Period and nearly stopped during the Early Islamic Period in conjunction with a decreasing population and soil depletion on the calcareous highland. The soil-stripped limestone outcrops triggered an increase in CaO in the lake water, and a general decrease in ZrO2 released in the landscape that lasts until the present day. During the Islamic Period, pastoralism on the highland sustained continued soil erosion of the ophiolitic Amanus Mountains. The modern Period is characterized by a higher pressure particularly on the Amanus Mountains linked to deforestation, road construction, ore exploitation and the drying of the lake for agriculture practices. [less ▲]

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See detailLes intercommunales et les impôts sur les revenus : une valse fiscale à deux temps
Garroy, Sabine ULg

in ASBL Actualités (2017)

En 2014 et 2015, le régime fiscal des intercommunales a été revu de manière substantielle. Nous nous proposons, après une première section consacrée au cadre légal dans lequel cette réforme s’inscrit (I ... [more ▼]

En 2014 et 2015, le régime fiscal des intercommunales a été revu de manière substantielle. Nous nous proposons, après une première section consacrée au cadre légal dans lequel cette réforme s’inscrit (I), de décrire les grandes lignes de cette réforme suivant le rythme d’une valse à deux temps (II) ainsi que de livrer un bref commentaire de la circulaire administrative 10/2016 à l’occasion duquel nous nous interrogerons sur les éventuelles implications de cette réforme sur des personnes morales relevant du droit privé, les associations sans but lucratif (ci-après : ASBL) notamment (III). [less ▲]

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See detailDepth-speci c Fluctuations of gene expression and protein abundance modulate the photophysiology in the seagrass Posidonia oceanica
Procaccini, Gabriele; Ruocco, Miriam; Marin-Guirao, Lazaro et al

in Scientific Reports (2017), 7(42890), 1-14

We present the results of a multiple organizational level analysis conceived to identify acclimative/ adaptive strategies exhibited by the seagrass Posidonia oceanica to the daily uctuations in the light ... [more ▼]

We present the results of a multiple organizational level analysis conceived to identify acclimative/ adaptive strategies exhibited by the seagrass Posidonia oceanica to the daily uctuations in the light environment, at contrasting depths. We assessed changes in photophysiological parameters, leaf respiration, pigments, and protein and mRNA expression levels. The results show that the diel oscillations of P. oceanica photophysiological and respiratory responses were related to transcripts and proteins expression of the genes involved in those processes and that there was a response asynchrony between shallow and deep plants probably caused by the strong di erences in the light environment. The photochemical pathway of energy use was more e ective in shallow plants due to higher light availability, but these plants needed more investment in photoprotection and photorepair, requiring higher translation and protein synthesis than deep plants. The genetic di erentiation between deep and shallow stands suggests the existence of locally adapted genotypes to contrasting light environments. The depth-speci c diel rhythms of photosynthetic and respiratory processes, from molecular to physiological levels, must be considered in the management and conservation of these key coastal ecosystems. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term consistency of spatial patterns of primate seed dispersal
Heymann, E. W.; Culot, Laurence ULg; Knogge, Christoph et al

in Ecology and Evolution (2017)

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See detailRobust asymptotic tests for the equality of multivariate coefficients of variation
Aerts, Stéphanie ULg; Haesbroeck, Gentiane ULg

in TEST (2017), 26(1), 163-187

In order to easily compare several populations on the basis of more than one feature, multivariate coefficients of variation (MCV) may be used as they allow to summarize relative dispersion in a single ... [more ▼]

In order to easily compare several populations on the basis of more than one feature, multivariate coefficients of variation (MCV) may be used as they allow to summarize relative dispersion in a single index. However, up to date, no test of equality of one or more MCV's has been developed in the literature. In this paper, several classical and robust Wald type tests are proposed and studied. The asymptotic distributions of the test statistics are derived under elliptical symmetry, and the asymptotic efficiency of the robust versions is compared to the classical tests. Robustness of the proposed procedures is examined through partial influence functions of the test statistic, as well as by means of power and level influence functions. A simulation study compares the performance of the classical and robust tests under uncontaminated and contaminated schemes, and the difference with the usual covariance homogeneity test is highlighted. As a by-product, these tests may also be considered in the univariate context where they yield procedures that are both robust and easy-to-use. They provide an interesting alternative to the numerous parametric tests of comparison of univariate coefficients of variation existing in the literature, which are, in most cases, unreliable in presence of outliers. The methods are illustrated on a real data set. [less ▲]

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See detailThe BEVPS: A new test battery to assess visual perceptual and spatial processing abilities in 5–14 year-old children
Schmetz, Emilie ULg; Rousselle, Laurence ULg; Ballaz, Cécile et al

in Applied Neuropsychology: Child (2017)

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See detailUbiquité et situation : Pour une considération topologique de la limite
Englebert, Jérôme ULg

in Le Cercle herméneutique (2017), 28

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See detailTrace metals in PG1159 stars and the first identification of metal line forbidden components in astrophysical sources
Werner, K.; Hoyer, D.; Rauch, T. et al

in Astronomical Society of the Pacific Conference Series (2017), 509

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See detailAnalysis of experimental hydrocarbon localised fires with and without engulfed steel members
Tondini, Nicola; Franssen, Jean-Marc ULg

in Fire Safety Journal (2017), 92

Localised fires can represent an important hazard to structural safety of buildings where a fully generalised fire cannot develop or when it is at its early stage. Plume correlations given in the codes ... [more ▼]

Localised fires can represent an important hazard to structural safety of buildings where a fully generalised fire cannot develop or when it is at its early stage. Plume correlations given in the codes are valid for undisturbed plume and it is not known whether the presence of a structural element engulfed into the localised fire can affect the validity of such correlations. In structural design, this may lead to highly conservative assumptions or, even, to possible misuses of the correlations. In order to provide insight into this issue, a comprehensive experimental programme aimed at providing data on hydrocarbon localised fires with and without engulfed vertical steel members was performed. In detail, a series of 22 tests of circular hydrocarbon pool fires in well-ventilated conditions of diameters ranging from 0.6 m to 2.2 m were performed with diesel and heptane. The particular aspect of these tests is that they were performed by means of a system that controlled the fuel flow and thus the rate of heat release (RHR) of the fire. The flame length and the temperatures of the fire plume measured experimentally were compared with existing plume correlations, data in the literature and the Eurocode correlations. The results show that: the presence of the column contributed to “straighten” the flame; although pool fires with same diameters were characterised by the same RHR, the flame length was different depending on the fuel type; experimental gas temperatures were lower than the temperature correlation given in the Eurocodes. In sum, the correlations included in the Eurocodes provided reasonable predictions in terms of flame length and of fire plume temperature rise around a steel vertical element located along the centreline of the localised fire. [less ▲]

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

in Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991) (2017)

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

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

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See detailDeciphering the factors defining the pH-dependence of a commercial glycoside hydrolase family 8 enzyme
Barroca, M.; Santos, G.; Johansson, B. et al

in Enzyme and Microbial Technology (2017), 96

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See detailVitamin K plasma levels determination in human health
Fusaro, M; Gallieni, M; Rizzo, MA et al

in Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (2017), 55(6), 789-799

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See detailChemical Composition and Acaricidal Activity of Thymus algeriensis Essential Oil against Varroa destructor
Kouache, Benmoussa; Brada, Moussa; Saadi, Abdelkader et al

in Natural Product Communications (2017), 12(0), 1-4

The aim of the present study was to determine the chemical composition and evaluate the acaricidal activity of Thymus algeriensis essential oil (TAEO) against Varroa destructor. This ectoparasitic mite is ... [more ▼]

The aim of the present study was to determine the chemical composition and evaluate the acaricidal activity of Thymus algeriensis essential oil (TAEO) against Varroa destructor. This ectoparasitic mite is a pest of the honey bee Apis mellifera. The essential oil from the aerial parts of T. algeriensis, obtained by hydrodistillation, was obtained in a yield of 2.8± 0.2%, w/w. The TAEO was analyzed by GC and GC/MS. Thirty-four compounds were identified, representing 99.3% of the oil. The main constituents were carvacrol (48.4%), γ-terpinene (14.9%), p-cymene (14.7%), and thymol (5.6%). Four lots were constituted at the level of an apiary in order to study the dynamics of the Varroa destructor and its host, Apis mellifera. After diagnosis by the biological method "install of diapers", the lots were treated at different doses of TAEO (0.1, 0.3 and 0.5%). TAEO was sprayed on top of the hives. The results show that TAEO at 0.5% resulted in a decrease in the rate of infestation of Varroa destructor, causing a mortality rate of 32.6% without negative effect on the nesting of the queen. The essential oil of T. algeriensis could be used as a bioacaricidal agent. [less ▲]

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See detailMultiple myeloma bone disease: from mechanisms to next generation therapy
Heusschen, Roy ULg; Muller, Joséphine ULg; WITHOFS, Nadia ULg et al

in Belgian Journal of Hematology (2017)

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See detailLes « cavaliers budgétaires » sont-ils éphémères ? Une controverse qui perdure (note sous C.C., arrêt n° 58/2016 du 28 avril 2016)
Miny, Xavier ULg

in Revue de Jurisprudence de Liège, Mons et Bruxelles (2017), (3), 110-117

L’affaire relative à la réglementation wallonne du financement du vote électronique a été l’occasion, pour la Cour constitutionnelle, de revenir dans son arrêt n° 58/2016 du 28 avril 2016 sur les notions ... [more ▼]

L’affaire relative à la réglementation wallonne du financement du vote électronique a été l’occasion, pour la Cour constitutionnelle, de revenir dans son arrêt n° 58/2016 du 28 avril 2016 sur les notions de budget et de cavalier budgétaire, ainsi que sur la durée de vie de ce genre controversé de dispositions et sur la compétence d’avis du Conseil d’État en la matière. Confrontée pour la première fois à certaines problématiques qu’engendrent les cavaliers budgétaires, la Cour constitutionnelle s’est néanmoins refusée à trancher l’ensemble des débats. [less ▲]

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See detailLong-term care social insurance: How to avoid big losses?
Klimaviciute, Justina ULg; Pestieau, Pierre ULg

in International Tax and Public Finance (2017)

Long-term care (LTC) needs are expected to rapidly increase in the next decades, and at the same time, the main provider of LTC, namely the family, is stalling. This calls for more involvement of the ... [more ▼]

Long-term care (LTC) needs are expected to rapidly increase in the next decades, and at the same time, the main provider of LTC, namely the family, is stalling. This calls for more involvement of the state that today covers <20% of these needs and most often in an inconsistent way. Besides the need to help the dependent poor, there is a mounting concern in the middle class that a number of dependent people are incurring costs that could force them to sell all their assets. In this paper, we study the design of a social insurance program that meets this concern. Following Arrow (Am Econ Rev 53:941–973, 1963), we suggest a policy that is characterized by complete insurance above a deductible amount. [less ▲]

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See detailRegeneration after fire in campo rupestre: Short- and long-term vegetation dynamics
Le Stradic, Soizig ULg; Hernandez, P.; Fernandes, G. W. et al

in Flora: Morphology, Distribution, Functional Ecology of Plants (2017)

The Cerrado (Brazilian savanna) is the second largest biome in Brazil, covering 22% of the country, and campo rupestre is one of the most biodiverse ecosystem. Campo rupestre are extremely old mountaintop ... [more ▼]

The Cerrado (Brazilian savanna) is the second largest biome in Brazil, covering 22% of the country, and campo rupestre is one of the most biodiverse ecosystem. Campo rupestre are extremely old mountaintop tropical ecosystems, composed of a mosaic of herbaceous, shrubland and savanna vegetation, generally located above 900. m above sea level characterized by shallow, acidic and nutrient-poor soils. In the context of increased land-use changes, effective conservation and management projects appear necessary to guarantee the conservation of these ecosystems. Although fire is a natural disturbance in campo rupestre, the effects of fire on vegetation dynamics remain poorly understood. Our objective was to assess the effects of fire on vegetation recovery and plant composition on both the short- and long-term in the main herbaceous vegetation types: the sandy and stony grasslands. We monitored plant community composition before and after a wildfire in order to assess the short-term vegetation recovery. Diachronic analyses of grasslands burnt at various dates were used to understand the effects of fire on the long-term vegetation dynamics. Our results highlighted a rapid recovery of campo rupestre vegetation after wildfires, suggesting a high adaptation to fire of plant communities. We did not find a significant variation in species richness of sandy grasslands according to time after fire, whereas higher species richness was observed in the recently burnt stony grasslands. No change in plant composition of campo rupestre in response to fire was highlighted, probably due to the high heterogeneity of this ecosystem. After fire, biomass gradually increased over time in both vegetation types. High biomass accumulation could lead to stronger fires. Further studies are necessary to understand the relationship between biomass accumulation and fire intensity in campo rupestre in order to set up adapted fire management strategies to conserve campo rupestre biodiversity. © 2017 Elsevier GmbH. [less ▲]

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See detailInhibition of ethylene synthesis reduces salt-tolerance in tomato wild relative species Solanum chilense
Gharbi, E.; Martínez, J.-P.; Benahmed, H. et al

in Journal of Plant Physiology (2017), 210

Exposure to salinity induces a burst in ethylene synthesis in the wild tomato halophyte plant species Solanum chilense. In order to gain information on the role of ethylene in salt adaptation, plants of ... [more ▼]

Exposure to salinity induces a burst in ethylene synthesis in the wild tomato halophyte plant species Solanum chilense. In order to gain information on the role of ethylene in salt adaptation, plants of Solanum chilense (accession LA4107) and of cultivated glycophyte Solanum lycopersicum (cv. Ailsa Craig) were cultivated for 7 days in nutrient solution containing 0 or 125 mM NaCl in the presence or absence of the inhibitor of ethylene synthesis (aminovinylglycine (AVG) 2 μM). Salt-induced ethylene synthesis in S. chilense occurred concomitantly with an increase in stomatal conductance, an efficient osmotic adjustment and the maintenance of carbon isotope discrimination value (Δ13C). In contrast, in S. lycopersicum, salt stress decreased stomatal conductance and Δ13C values while osmotic potential remained higher than in S. chilense. Inhibition of stress-induced ethylene synthesis by AVG decreased stomatal conductance and Δ13C in S. chilense and compromised osmotic adjustment. Solanum chilense behaved as an includer and accumulated high amounts of Na in the shoot but remained able to maintain K nutrition in the presence of NaCl. This species however did not stimulate the expression of genes coding for high-affinity K transport but genes coding for ethylene responsive factor ERF5 and JREF1 were constitutively more expressed in S. chilense than in S. lycopersicum. It is concluded that ethylene plays a key role in salt tolerance of S. chilense. © 2016 [less ▲]

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See detailLoss of Elp3 Impairs the Acetylation and Distribution of Connexin-43 in the Developing Cerebral Cortex.
Laguesse, Sophie; Close, Pierre ULg; Van Hees, Laura ULg et al

in Frontiers in Cellular Neuroscience (2017), 11

The Elongator complex is required for proper development of the cerebral cortex. Interfering with its activity in vivo delays the migration of postmitotic projection neurons, at least through a defective ... [more ▼]

The Elongator complex is required for proper development of the cerebral cortex. Interfering with its activity in vivo delays the migration of postmitotic projection neurons, at least through a defective alpha-tubulin acetylation. However, this complex is already expressed by cortical progenitors where it may regulate the early steps of migration by targeting additional proteins. Here we report that connexin-43 (Cx43), which is strongly expressed by cortical progenitors and whose depletion impairs projection neuron migration, requires Elongator expression for its proper acetylation. Indeed, we show that Cx43 acetylation is reduced in the cortex of Elp3cKO embryos, as well as in a neuroblastoma cell line depleted of Elp1 expression, suggesting that Cx43 acetylation requires Elongator in different cellular contexts. Moreover, we show that histones deacetylase 6 (HDAC6) is a deacetylase of Cx43. Finally, we report that acetylation of Cx43 regulates its membrane distribution in apical progenitors of the cerebral cortex. [less ▲]

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See detailEmission and oxidation of methane in a meromictic, eutrophic and temperate lake (Dendre, Belgium)
Roland, Fleur ULg; Darchambeau, François ULg; Morana, Cédric ULg et al

in Chemosphere (2017)

We sampled the water column of the Dendre stone pit lake (Belgium) in spring, summer, autumn and winter. Depth profiles of several physico-chemical variables, nutrients, dissolved gases (CO2, CH4, N2O ... [more ▼]

We sampled the water column of the Dendre stone pit lake (Belgium) in spring, summer, autumn and winter. Depth profiles of several physico-chemical variables, nutrients, dissolved gases (CO2, CH4, N2O), sulfate, sulfide, iron and manganese concentrations and d13C-CH4 were determined. We performed incubation experiments to quantify CH4 oxidation rates, with a focus on anaerobic CH4 oxidation (AOM), without and with an inhibitor of sulfate reduction (molybdate). The evolution of nitrate and sulfate concentrations during the incubations was monitored. The water column was anoxic below 20 m throughout the year, and was thermally stratified in summer and autumn. High partial pressure of CO2 and CH4 and high concentrations of ammonium and phosphate were observed in anoxic waters. Important nitrous oxide and nitrate concentration maxima were also observed (up to 440 nmol L- 1 and 80 mmol L -1, respectively). Vertical profiles of d13C-CH4 unambiguously showed the occurrence of AOM. Important AOM rates (up to 14 mmol L -1 d- 1) were observed and often co-occurred with nitrate consumption peaks, suggesting the occurrence of AOM coupled with nitrate reduction. AOM coupled with sulfate reduction also occurred, since AOM rates tended to be lower when molybdate was added. CH4 oxidation was mostly aerobic (~80% of total oxidation) in spring and winter, and almost exclusively anaerobic in summer and autumn. Despite important CH4 oxidation rates, the estimated CH4 fluxes from the water surface to the atmosphere were high (mean of 732 mmol m- 2 d- 1 in spring, summer and autumn, and up to 12,482 mmol m- 2 d- 1 in winter). [less ▲]

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See detailLabor Use and Management in Vietnamese Craft Villages: A Case Study in Tu Son Town, Bac Ninh Province
Nguyen Thi Hai Ninh, ULg; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Asian Research Journal of Business Management (2017), 4(4), 54-63

The findings of the research on 150 laborers in three craft villages show that 41.33 percent of labor are concentrated in the age group of 30-45, of these laborers men is accounted for over 57 percent ... [more ▼]

The findings of the research on 150 laborers in three craft villages show that 41.33 percent of labor are concentrated in the age group of 30-45, of these laborers men is accounted for over 57 percent, and only 26 percent are skilled labor. Most of the laborers are working in noisy and unsafe conditions, and less than 30% of them are equipped with labor protection equipment. Moreover, the prevailing salaries of laborers are from 3 to 5 million VND per month whereas the rate of labor contracted is very low (the highest is about 23% at Da Hoi), that makes labourers are less satisfied with work. In order to determine factors effecting laborer’s satisfaction with work, the authors use Exploratory Factor Analysis and the results show that Cronbach Alfa coefficient of each group is more than 0.6. That indicates the use of 30 observation variations belonging to 5 factors in the study is suitable. Additionally, logistic model reports that working conditions, income, welfare policies and gender have a statistically significant effect on job satisfaction of labourers. When the score of the importance of working condition increases 1 point, the probability of workers satisfy with their works increases 1.307 time. When the score of importance of income increases 1 point, the probability of satisfaction increases 1.494 time. When the score of importance of treatment policy increases 1 point, the probability of satisfaction increases 1.329 time. Therefore craft villages need to improve these factors in order to improve the efficiency of labour. [less ▲]

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See detailOffensive de la Russie contre l'autorité de la jurisprudence européenne relative au droit de vote des détenus: la Cour constitutionnelle russe et le contrôle du caractère "exécutoire" d'un arrêt de la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme
Rosoux, Géraldine ULg

in Revue Trimestrielle des Droits de l'Homme (2017)

L'article met en perspective l'avis de la Commission de Venise du 13 juin 2016, dans lequel est examiné le mécanisme permettant à la Cour constitutionnelle russe de se prononcer sur le caractère ... [more ▼]

L'article met en perspective l'avis de la Commission de Venise du 13 juin 2016, dans lequel est examiné le mécanisme permettant à la Cour constitutionnelle russe de se prononcer sur le caractère exécutoire d'un arrêt de la Cour européenne des droits de l'homme. Cette compétence a été exercée en ce qui concerne l'arrêt Anchugov et Gladkov c. Russie, relatif au droit de vote des détenus. [less ▲]

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See detailEffects of reducing blood pressure on renal outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes: Focus on SGLT2 inhibitors and EMPA-REG OUTCOME.
Scheen, André ULg; Delanaye, P.

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2017), (epub ahead of print),

Empagliflozin, a sodium-glucose cotransporter type 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, has enabled remarkable reductions in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality as well as in renal outcomes in patients with type 2 ... [more ▼]

Empagliflozin, a sodium-glucose cotransporter type 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, has enabled remarkable reductions in cardiovascular and all-cause mortality as well as in renal outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and a history of cardiovascular disease in the EMPA-REG OUTCOME. These results have been attributed to haemodynamic rather than metabolic effects, in part due to the osmotic/diuretic action of empagliflozin and the reduction in arterial blood pressure (BP). The present narrative review includes the results of meta-analyses of trials evaluating the effects on renal outcomes of lowering BP in patients with T2D, with a special focus on the influence of baseline and achieved systolic BP, and compares the renal outcome results of the EMPA-REG OUTCOME with those of other major trials with inhibitors of the renin-angiotensin system in patients with T2D and the preliminary findings with other SGLT2 inhibitors, and also evaluates post hoc analyses from the EMPA-REG OUTCOME of special interest as regards the BP-lowering hypothesis and renal function. While systemic BP reduction associated to empagliflozin therapy may have contributed to the renal benefits reported in EMPA-REG OUTCOME, other local mechanisms related to kidney homoeostasis most probably also played a role in the overall protection observed in the trial. [less ▲]

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See detailInfrared imaging of high density protein arrays.
De Meutter, Joelle; Vandenameele, Julie ULg; Matagne, André ULg et al

in Analyst (2017)

We propose in this paper that protein microarrays could be analysed by infrared imaging in place of enzymatic or fluorescence labelling. This label-free method reports simultaneously a large series of ... [more ▼]

We propose in this paper that protein microarrays could be analysed by infrared imaging in place of enzymatic or fluorescence labelling. This label-free method reports simultaneously a large series of data on the spotted sample (protein secondary structure, phosphorylation, glycosylation, presence of impurities, etc.). In the present work, 100 mum protein spots each containing about 100 pg protein were deposited to form high density regular arrays. Using arrays of infrared detectors, high resolution images could be obtained where each pixel of the image is in fact a full infrared spectrum. With microarrays, hundreds of experimental conditions can be tested easily and quickly, with no further labelling or chemistry of any kind. We describe how the noise present in the infrared spectra can be split into image noise and detector noise. We also detail how both types of noise can be most conveniently dealt with to generate very high quality spectra of less than 100 pg protein. Finally, the results suggest that the protein secondary structure is preserved during microarray building. [less ▲]

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See detailMacroevolution of Specificity in Cyanolichens of the Genus Peltigera Section Polydactylon (Lecanoromycetes, Ascomycota)
Magain, Nicolas ULg; Miadlikoswka, Jolanta; Goffinet, Bernard et al

in Systematic Biology (2017), 66(1), 74-99

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See detailPerformance-Based Financing to Strengthen the Health System in Benin: Challenging the Mainstream Approach
Paul, Elisabeth ULg; Dramé, Mohamed L.; Kashala, Jean-Pierre et al

in International Journal of Health Policy and Management (2017), 6

Background: Performance-based financing (PBF) is often proposed as a way to improve health system performance. In Benin, PBF was launched in 2012 through a World Bank-supported project. The Belgian ... [more ▼]

Background: Performance-based financing (PBF) is often proposed as a way to improve health system performance. In Benin, PBF was launched in 2012 through a World Bank-supported project. The Belgian Development Agency (BTC) followed suit through a health system strengthening (HSS) project. This paper analyses and draws lessons from the experience of BTC-supported PBF alternative approach – especially with regards to institutional aspects, the role of demand-side actors, ownership, and cost-effectiveness – and explores the mechanisms at stake so as to better understand how the “PBF package” functions and produces effects. Methods: An exploratory, theory-driven evaluation approach was adopted. Causal mechanisms through which PBF is hypothesised to impact on results were singled out and explored. This paper stems from the co-authors’ capitalisation of experiences; mixed methods were used to collect, triangulate and analyse information. Results are structured along Witter et al framework. Results: Influence of context is strong over PBF in Benin; the policy is donor-driven. BTC did not adopt the World Bank’s mainstream PBF model, but developed an alternative approach in line with its HSS support programme, which is grounded on existing domestic institutions. The main features of this approach are described (decentralised governance, peer review verification, counter-verification entrusted to health service users’ platforms), as well as its adaptive process. PBF has contributed to strengthen various aspects of the health system and led to modest progress in utilisation of health services, but noticeable improvements in healthcare quality. Three mechanisms explaining observed outcomes within the context are described: comprehensive HSS at district level; acting on health workers’ motivation through a complex package of incentives; and increased accountability by reinforcing dialogue with demand-side actors. Cost-effectiveness and sustainability issues are also discussed. Conclusion: BTC’s alternative PBF approach is both promising in terms of effects, ownership and sustainability, and less resource consuming. This experience testifies that PBF is not a uniform or rigid model, and opens the policy ground for recipient governments to put their own emphasis and priorities and design ad hoc models adapted to their context specificities. However, integrating PBF within the normal functioning of local health systems, in line with other reforms, is a big challenge. [less ▲]

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See detailFace au handicap: action syndicale et cadrages juridiques
Lejeune, Aude ULg; Yazdanpanah, Helena

in Politix (2017)

Workers with disabilities are invisible and discriminated against. This article examines how labor unions representatives, in France, mobilize the law and the labor court to make this public visible among ... [more ▼]

Workers with disabilities are invisible and discriminated against. This article examines how labor unions representatives, in France, mobilize the law and the labor court to make this public visible among employers and members of unions. First, it shows how labor unions started to make the cause of disabled workers visible in their mobilization. Then, it examines their mobilization of the law and the court and how it varies according to the arenas and goals. Through this analysis, it shows the various framings of disability within labor unions, which combine mobilization to protect their members’ rights and claims for equal opportunity. More broadly, this study suggests new ways to analyze labor unions’ mobilization, by examining the role of the law in making a public visible. [less ▲]

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See detailScènes médiatiques et arènes de discours - Formes d'engagement dans un monde perdu
Servais, Christine ULg

in Réseaux : Communication - Technologie - Société (2017), 202-203

Cet article interroge l’efficacité politique de deux dispositifs (Site de « Riposte laïque » et page Facebook de « Français de Souche ») dans le cadre de la distinction entre « conflit agonistique » et « ... [more ▼]

Cet article interroge l’efficacité politique de deux dispositifs (Site de « Riposte laïque » et page Facebook de « Français de Souche ») dans le cadre de la distinction entre « conflit agonistique » et « conflit antagoniste » proposée par Chantal Mouffe : quelle est la nature du collectif auquel ils font appel et qu’ils configurent ? Cette question ne peut être élucidée sans que soit examinée la relation entre ces dispositifs médiatiques et leurs récepteurs. Il s’agit donc d’analyser, par un travail sur les formes énonciatives, la scène sur laquelle apparaissent les collectifs d’extrême-droite, les formes d’engagements que cette scène mobilise et ses manières spécifiques de construire un « nous », caractérisées par la perte d’objets communs. [less ▲]

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See detailFactors associated with reaching or not reaching target HbA1c after initiation of basal or premixed insulin in patients with type 2 diabetes.
Scheen, André ULg; Schmitt, H.; Jiang, H. H. et al

in Diabètes & Métabolism (2017), 43(69-78),

AIMS: To evaluate factors associated with reaching or not reaching target glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels by analysing the respective contributions of fasting hyperglycaemia (FHG), also referred to as ... [more ▼]

AIMS: To evaluate factors associated with reaching or not reaching target glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) levels by analysing the respective contributions of fasting hyperglycaemia (FHG), also referred to as basal hyperglycaemia, vs postprandial hyperglycaemia (PHG) before and after initiation of a basal or premixed insulin regimen in patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: This post-hoc analysis of insulin-naive patients in the DURABLE study randomised to receive either insulin glargine or insulin lispro mix 25 evaluated the percentages of patients achieving a target HbA1c of <7.0% (<53mmol/mol) per baseline HbA1c quartiles, and the effect of each insulin regimen on the relative contributions of PHG and FHG to overall hyperglycaemia. RESULTS: Patients had comparable demographic characteristics and similar HbA1c and FHG values at baseline in each HbA1c quartile regardless of whether they reached the target HbA1c. The higher the HbA1c quartile, the greater was the decrease in HbA1c, but also the smaller the percentage of patients achieving the target HbA1c. HbA1c and FHG decreased more in patients reaching the target, resulting in significantly lower values at endpoint in all baseline HbA1c quartiles with either insulin treatment. Patients not achieving the target HbA1c had slightly higher insulin doses, but lower total hypoglycaemia rates. CONCLUSION: Smaller decreases in FHG were associated with not reaching the target HbA1c, suggesting a need to increase basal or premixed insulin doses to achieve targeted fasting plasma glucose and improve patient response before introducing more intensive prandial insulin regimens. [less ▲]

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See detailMeta-Analysis of Genome-Wide Association Studies for Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Identifies Four New Disease-Specific Risk Loci
Jones, Gregory; Tromp, Gerard; Kuivaniemi, Helena et al

in Circulation Research (2017)

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See detailFrom face processing to face recognition: Comparing three different processing levels
Besson, Gabriel ULg; Barragan-Jason, Gladys; Thorpe, Simon J. et al

in Cognition (2017), 158

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See detailResponsible research and innovation as a travesty of technology assessment?
Delvenne, Pierre ULg

in Journal of Responsible Innovation (2017)

The relation between technology assessment (TA) and responsible research and innovation (RRI) is a very topical (and controversial) issue, as TA is clearly enveloped in broader science, technology and ... [more ▼]

The relation between technology assessment (TA) and responsible research and innovation (RRI) is a very topical (and controversial) issue, as TA is clearly enveloped in broader science, technology and innovation (STI) processes, such as the EU-wide shift towards RRI. In this short response to van Lente et al.’s [Van Lente, Harro, Tsjalling Swierstra, and Pierre-Benoit̂ Joly. 2017. “Responsible Innovation as a Critique of Technology Assessment.” Journal of Responsible Innovation] essay, I first stress that this contribution has several merits; for example, it points to pervasive challenges for TA communities, such as the issue of including normative concerns when assessing innovations, it opens these challenges to debate, without shying away from engaging TA communities. However, I disagree with the authors’ claim that RRI would be ‘a next step of TA’ or even a ‘form of TA’. In my essay, I explain why I believe RRI is different from TA and why, rather than a critique of TA, RRI could instead lead to a travesty of TA, threatening the vitality and the uniqueness of TA institutions in the long-term. Under the spell of RRI, TA risks being reduced to a role of mere provider of ex-ante impact assessments. I conclude that following the money attached to RRI has a price that TA institutions should carefully, critically and reflexively consider before they pay. [less ▲]

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See detailLes nouveautés portées par la loi du 17 juin 2016 relative aux marchés publics, en particulier dans les secteurs spéciaux
Cariat, Nicolas; Vrancken, Martin ULg

in Revue du Droit des Industries de Réseau (2017), 1

La contribution offre un bref compte-rendu du nouveau régime mis en place par la loi du 17 juin 2016 relative aux marchés publics, transposant les directives 2014/24 et 2014/25, singulièrement dans les ... [more ▼]

La contribution offre un bref compte-rendu du nouveau régime mis en place par la loi du 17 juin 2016 relative aux marchés publics, transposant les directives 2014/24 et 2014/25, singulièrement dans les secteurs spéciaux. [less ▲]

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See detailImagination entachée de singularité versus conception immaculée : De l’irréductibilité des objets intentionnels à de simples concepts
Leclercq, Bruno ULg

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2017), 13(2), 170-190

En repartant des analyses de Jacques English sur la triple modalité (perceptive, imaginative et signitive) de l’intentionnalité, je m’attacherai à opposer, parmi les deux modalités qui s’abstraient du ... [more ▼]

En repartant des analyses de Jacques English sur la triple modalité (perceptive, imaginative et signitive) de l’intentionnalité, je m’attacherai à opposer, parmi les deux modalités qui s’abstraient du réel pour envisager des possibles, l’imagination, qui les traite sur le mode de la donation singulière et, relevant de l’intuition, fournit dès lors de véritables objets intentionnels susceptibles de jugements synthétiques, et la conception, qui les traite sur le mode de la visée signitive générale et, pour cette raison, ne fournit que des concepts, qui ne sont susceptibles que de jugements analytiques et ne sont pas encore d’authentiques objets intentionnels. [less ▲]

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