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See detailHigh-urgency kidney transplantation in the Eurotransplant Kidney Allocation System: success or waste of organs? The Eurotransplant 15-year all-centre survey.
Assfalg, Volker; Huser, Norbert; van Meel, Marieke et al

in Nephrology, dialysis, transplantation : official publication of the European Dialysis and Transplant Association - European Renal Association (2016)

BACKGROUND: In the Eurotransplant Kidney Allocation System (ETKAS), transplant candidates can be considered for high-urgency (HU) status in case of life-threatening inability to undergo renal replacement ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: In the Eurotransplant Kidney Allocation System (ETKAS), transplant candidates can be considered for high-urgency (HU) status in case of life-threatening inability to undergo renal replacement therapy. Data on the outcomes of HU transplantation are sparse and the benefit is controversial. METHODS: We systematically analysed data from 898 ET HU kidney transplant recipients from 61 transplant centres between 1996 and 2010 and investigated the 5-year patient and graft outcomes and differences between relevant subgroups. RESULTS: Kidney recipients with an HU status were younger (median 43 versus 55 years) and spent less time on the waiting list compared with non-HU recipients (34 versus 54 months). They received grafts with significantly more mismatches (mean 3.79 versus 2.42; P < 0.001) and the percentage of retransplantations was remarkably higher (37.5 versus 16.7%). Patient survival (P = 0.0053) and death with a functioning graft (DwFG; P < 0.0001) after HU transplantation were significantly worse than in non-HU recipients, whereas graft outcome was comparable (P = 0.094). Analysis according to the different HU indications revealed that recipients listed HU because of an imminent lack of access for dialysis had a significantly worse patient survival (P = 0.0053) and DwFG (P = 0.0462) compared with recipients with psychological problems and suicidality because of dialysis. In addition, retransplantation had a negative impact on patient and graft outcome. CONCLUSIONS: Facing organ shortages, increasing wait times and considerable mortality on dialysis, we question the current policy of HU allocation and propose more restrictive criteria with regard to individuals with vascular complications or repeated retransplantations in order to support patients on the non-HU waiting list with a much better long-term prognosis. [less ▲]

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See detailKinetic Study of Laboratory Mutants of NDM-1 Metallo-beta-Lactamase and the Importance of an Isoleucine at Position 35.
Marcoccia, Francesca; Bottoni, Carlo; Sabatini, Alessia et al

in Antimicrobial agents and chemotherapy (2016), 60(4), 2366-72

Two laboratory mutants of NDM-1 were generated by replacing the isoleucine at position 35 with threonine and serine residues: the NDM-1(I35T)and NDM-1(I35S)enzymes. These mutants were well characterized ... [more ▼]

Two laboratory mutants of NDM-1 were generated by replacing the isoleucine at position 35 with threonine and serine residues: the NDM-1(I35T)and NDM-1(I35S)enzymes. These mutants were well characterized, and their kinetic parameters were compared with those of the NDM-1 wild type. Thekcat,Km, andkcat/Kmvalues calculated for the two mutants were slightly different from those of the wild-type enzyme. Interestingly, thekcat/Kmof NDM-1(I35S)for loracarbef was about 14-fold higher than that of NDM-1. Far-UV circular dichroism (CD) spectra of NDM-1 and NDM-1(I35T)and NDM-1(I35S)enzymes suggest local structural rearrangements in the secondary structure with a marked reduction of alpha-helix content in the mutants. [less ▲]

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See detailGrammaire matérielle et erreur de catégorie
Leclercq, Bruno ULg

in Bulletin d'Analyse Phénoménologique (2016), 12(1),

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See detailAn acceleration sensing method based on the mode localization of weakly coupled resonators
Zhang, H.M.; Yuan, W.Z.; Li, B.Y. et al

in Journal of Microelectromechanical Systems (2016), 25(2), 286-296

Abstract—This paper reports an acceleration sensing method based on two weakly coupled resonators (WCRs) using the phenomenon of mode localization. When acceleration acts on the proof masses, differential ... [more ▼]

Abstract—This paper reports an acceleration sensing method based on two weakly coupled resonators (WCRs) using the phenomenon of mode localization. When acceleration acts on the proof masses, differential electrostatic stiffness perturbations will be applied to the WCRs, leading to mode localization, and thus, mode shape changes. Therefore, acceleration can be sensed by measuring the amplitude ratio shift. The proposed mode localization with the differential perturbation method leads to a sensitivity enhancement of a factor of 2 than the common single perturbation method. The theoretical model of the sensitivity, bandwidth, and linearity of the accelerometer is established and verified. The measured relative shift in amplitude ratio (∼312162 ppm/g) is 302 times higher than the shift in resonance frequency (∼1035 ppm/g) within the measurement range of ±1g. The measured resolution based on the amplitude ratio is 0.619 mg and the nonlinearity is ∼3.5% in the open-loop measurement operation. [less ▲]

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

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

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See detailSolidarity economy and its anarchist grammar
Frère, Bruno ULg

in Sociology and anthropology (2016), 5(24),

‘Solidarity economy’, a widely used term for which the most common French equivalent is economie solidaire, is generally thought of as comprising five distinct classes of activity : Micro-finance, Local ... [more ▼]

‘Solidarity economy’, a widely used term for which the most common French equivalent is economie solidaire, is generally thought of as comprising five distinct classes of activity : Micro-finance, Local Exange Trading Systems, proximity services, organic community supported agriculture and fairtrade distributions. Because they try to answer to the Aristotelian theoretical question “what can we do to live harmoniously together?”, these solidarity initiatives are deeply political in the philosophical sense of the term. They galvanize civic commitment at the “micro” level. But today, an important question arises regarding the kind of formal political institution that would speak in the name of all these initiatives. In France, some intellectuals who have an interest in these solidarity initiatives see them as new economic models with the potential to solve the current financial crisis, and they are eager for academic specialists and leaders of the movement to achieve some kind of consensus about the kind of concrete political identity such initiatives may be expected to generate. However this paper studies their way of establishing a basis for moving from micro level initiatives to substantial “macro” polity unity. Using the insights of french pragmatic sociology, and particularly the notion of grammar of justification, it aims to understand what the obstacles to this aim being realised are. [less ▲]

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

in International Urogynecology Journal & Pelvic Floor Dysfunction (2016)

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

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

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See detailExamen de jurisprudence (2010-2013) - Les sociétés commerciales (première partie)
Léonard, Laura ULg; Caprasse, Olivier; Dieux, Xavier et al

in Revue Critique de Jurisprudence Belge [= RCJB] (2016), (1),

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See detailDiscretization of the divergence formulation of the bed slope term in the shallow-water equations and consequences in terms of energy balance
Bruwier, Martin ULg; Archambeau, Pierre ULg; Erpicum, Sébastien ULg et al

in Applied Mathematical Modelling (2016)

In this research, the influence on energy balance of the discretization scheme of the divergence formulation of the bed slope term in the shallow-water equations is analysed theoretically (for a single ... [more ▼]

In this research, the influence on energy balance of the discretization scheme of the divergence formulation of the bed slope term in the shallow-water equations is analysed theoretically (for a single topographic step) and based on two numerical tests. Different values of the main parameter controlling the discretization scheme of the divergence formulation are analysed to identify the formulation which minimizes the energy variation resulting from the discretization. For a wide range of ambient Froude numbers and relative step heights, the theoretical value of the control parameter minimizing the energy variation falls within a very narrow range, which can reasonably be approximated by a single “optimal” value. This is a result of high practical relevance for the design of accurate numerical schemes, as confirmed by the results of the numerical tests. [less ▲]

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See detailInvestigation on the use of foamed plastic waste as natural aggregates replacement in lightweight mortar
Coppola, Bartolomeo ULg; Courard, Luc ULg; Michel, Frédéric et al

in Composites : Part B, Engineering (2016), 99

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See detailMonitoring the laccase reaction of vanillin and poplar hydrolysate
Sòti, Valentin; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg; Apers, Sandra et al

in Journal of Chemical Technology & Biotechnology (2016), 91(6), 1914-1922

BACKGROUND: Laccase is an intensively researched enzyme for industrial use. Except for decolorisation measurements, HPLC analysis is the conventional method for monitoring the phenolic removal during ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: Laccase is an intensively researched enzyme for industrial use. Except for decolorisation measurements, HPLC analysis is the conventional method for monitoring the phenolic removal during laccase enzyme reaction. This paper reports an investigation of the continuous UV absorbance follow-up of the laccase reaction with steam pretreated poplar hydrolysate. RESULTS: Vanillin was used as a model substrate and lignocellulose xylose rich fraction (XRF) as a biologically complex substrate for laccase detoxification. The reaction was followed by HPLC-UV as well as by UV spectrometric measurements. Results suggest that the reaction can be successfully monitored by measuring the change of UV absorbance at 280 nm, without previous compound separation. In case of XRF experiments the spectrophotometric follow-up is especially useful, as HPLC analysis takes a long time and provides less information than in case of single substrates. The method seems to be suitable for optimization and process control. CONCLUSION: The obtained results can help to construct a fast, easy and straightforward monitoring system for laccase-phenolic substrate reactions. [less ▲]

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See detailStrain-Engineered Multiferroicity in Pnma NaMnF3 Fluoroperovskite
Garcia Castro, Andrés Camilo ULg; Bousquet, Eric ULg; Romero, Aldo H.

in Physical Review Letters (2016)

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See detailLa pensée future épisodique : entre simulation et contexte autobiographique
D'Argembeau, Arnaud ULg

in Revue de Neuropsychologie (2016), 8

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

in Journal of Back and Musculoskeletal Rehabilitation (2016), 00

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

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

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See detailHigh resolution characterization of the soil organic carbon depth profile in a soil landscape affected by erosion
Jague, Emilien; Sommer, Michael; Saby, Nicolas et al

in Soil & Tillage Research (2016), 156

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See detailStratigraphy and depositional environments of the Late Famennian (Late Devonian) of Southern Belgium and characterization of the Strud locality
Denayer, Julien ULg; Prestianni, Cyrille; Gueriau, Pierre et al

in Geological Magazine (2016), 153(1), 112-127

The Famennian (Upper Devonian, c. 372 to 359 Ma) strata of Belgium have recently received much attention after the discoveries of early tetrapod remains and outstandingly preserved continental arthropods ... [more ▼]

The Famennian (Upper Devonian, c. 372 to 359 Ma) strata of Belgium have recently received much attention after the discoveries of early tetrapod remains and outstandingly preserved continental arthropods. The Strud locality has yielded a diverse flora and fauna including seed-plants, tetrapods, various placoderm, actinopterygian, acanthodian and sarcopterygian fishes, crustaceans (anostracans, notostracans, conchostracans and decapods) and a putative complete insect. This fossil assemblage is one of the oldest continental – probably fresh-water – ecosystems with a considerable vertebrate and invertebrate diversity. The study of the palaeoenvironment of the Strud locality is crucial because it records one of the earliest and most important phases of tetrapod evolution that took place after their emergence but before their terrestrialization. It raises the question of environmental and ecological conditions for the Devonian aquatic ecosystem and the selection pressures occurring at the onset of tetrapod terrestrialization. The present study characterized the fluvial facies of the Upper Famennian sedimentary rocks of Strud and the surrounding areas. The exceptional preservation of arthropods and plants in the main fossiliferous layers is explained by rapid burial in the fine-grained sediment of the quiet and confined flood plain environment. Newly investigated fossiliferous sections in the Meuse–Samson area led to the description and correlation of key sections (Strud, Wierde and Jausse sections, complemented by the less continuous Haltinne, Huy and Coutisse sections). Moreover, the investigated sections allowed a review of the age of the fossiliferous horizon, which is now definitely considered to be Late Famennian in age. [less ▲]

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See detailGemtuzumab Ozogamicin Versus Best Supportive Care in Older Patients With Newly Diagnosed Acute Myeloid Leukemia Unsuitable for Intensive Chemotherapy: Results of the Randomized Phase III EORTC-GIMEMA AML-19 Trial
Amadori, Sergio; Suciu, Stefan; Selleslag, Dominik et al

in Journal of Clinical Oncology (2016)

Purpose To compare single-agent gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) with best supportive care (BSC) including hydroxyurea as first-line therapy in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia unsuitable for ... [more ▼]

Purpose To compare single-agent gemtuzumab ozogamicin (GO) with best supportive care (BSC) including hydroxyurea as first-line therapy in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia unsuitable for intensive chemotherapy. Patients and Methods In this trial, patients at least 61 years old were centrally randomized (1:1) to receive either a single induction course of GO (6 mg/m2 on day 1 and 3 mg/m2 on day 8) or BSC. Patients who did not progress after GO induction could receive up to eight monthly infusions of the immunoconjugate at 2 mg/m2. Randomization was stratified by age, WHO performance score, CD33 expression status, and center. The primary end point was overall survival (OS) by intention-to-treat analysis. Results A total of 237 patients were randomly assigned (118 to GO and 119 to BSC). The median OS was 4.9 months (95% CI, 4.2 to 6.8 months) in the GO group and 3.6 months (95% CI, 2.6 to 4.2 months) in the BSC group (hazard ratio, 0.69; 95% CI, 0.53 to 0.90; P = .005); the 1-year OS rate was 24.3% with GO and 9.7% with BSC. The OS benefit with GO was consistent across most subgroups, and was especially apparent in patients with high CD33 expression status, in those with favorable/intermediate cytogenetic risk profile, and in women. Overall, complete remission (CR [complete remission] + CRi [CR with incomplete recovery of peripheral blood counts]) occurred in 30 of 111 (27%) GO recipients. The rates of serious adverse events (AEs) were similar in the two groups, and no excess mortality from AEs was observed with GO. Conclusion First-line monotherapy with low-dose GO, as compared with BSC, significantly improved OS in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia who were ineligible for intensive chemotherapy. No unexpected AEs were identified and toxicity was manageable. [less ▲]

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See detailDementia-specific quality of life instruments: a conceptual analysis
Missotten, Pierre ULg; Dupuis, Gilles; Adam, Stéphane ULg

in International Psychogeriatrics (2016)

Background: Over the past 20 years, many researchers have worked in developing various methods for measuring quality of life (QoL) of people with dementia. The aim of this review is to develop the ... [more ▼]

Background: Over the past 20 years, many researchers have worked in developing various methods for measuring quality of life (QoL) of people with dementia. The aim of this review is to develop the conceptual frameworks of the dementia-specific QoL instruments, to identify their evolution over time and to provide elements of reflection on the QoL concept in dementia and its evaluation. Method: An electronic search was conducted on PsycINFO and MEDLINE databases, from January 1985 to June 2015 using a combination of key words that include quality of life, dementia and review. Result: The analysis of the conceptual frameworks of the eighteen selected dementia-specific QoL tools shows a great diversity in: (1) the QoL definitions (e.g. health-related QoL definitions, QoL definitions based on Lawton’s work or similar to this latter); (2) the theoretical QoL models (e.g. Lawton’ work and modified Lawton, adaptation, personhood); (3) the domains and dimensions; (4) the way to construct the instrument (e.g. development based on literature, opinion of the experts) and (5) the items’ formulation (e.g. use of criterion of intensity or frequency). Conclusion: There are different conceptual frameworks in the dementia-specific QoL measures with improvements over time (e.g. inclusion of interesting concepts such as adaptation, taking into account the views of patients themselves). Each of the conceptual parameters (definitions, models, domains and dimensions) is discussed to identify the scales that are conceptually the strongest. Through their review, recommendations for future instrument refinement and development are discussed and a new QoL definition is proposed. [less ▲]

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See detailThere is nothing more pratical than a good theory. Conceptuals tools for the Practioners in Conservation
Verbeeck, Muriel ULg

in Studies in Conservation (2016)

This paper sheds light on the efficiency of philosophical conceptualization to grasp the modalities of contemporary art. The concepts of intentionality, attentionality and aesthetic functionality borrowed ... [more ▼]

This paper sheds light on the efficiency of philosophical conceptualization to grasp the modalities of contemporary art. The concepts of intentionality, attentionality and aesthetic functionality borrowed from Gerard Genette are used to analyze a practical case: Dirty Corner, installation by Anish Kapoor vandalized in the gardens of Versailles. [less ▲]

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See detailMesure des flux de CO2 et séquestration de carbone dans les écosystèmes terrestres ouest-africains (Synthèse Bibliographique)
Ago, Expédit Evariste ULg; Agbossou, Euloge Kossi; Ozer, Pierre ULg et al

in Biotechnologie, Agronomie, Société et Environnement = Biotechnology, Agronomy, Society and Environment [=BASE] (2016), 20(1), 1-15

In West Africa, as elsewhere in other parts of the world, preserving terrestrial ecosystems has proven essential to any emissions mitigation policy for greenhouse gases, notably carbon dioxide. A ... [more ▼]

In West Africa, as elsewhere in other parts of the world, preserving terrestrial ecosystems has proven essential to any emissions mitigation policy for greenhouse gases, notably carbon dioxide. A meaningful assessment of the contribution of a given region to the global carbon cycle implies the need to think in terms of balance, taking into account the totality of the carbon export and import within the ecosystems [less ▲]

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See detailFuel cell electrodes from organometallic platinum precursors: an easy atmospheric plasma approach
Merche, Delphine; Dufour., Thierry; Baneton, Joffrey et al

in Plasma Processes and Polymers (2016), 13

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See detailBrabantophyton, a new genus with stenokolealean affinities from a Middle to earliest Upper Devonian locality from Belgium
Momont, Nicolas ULg; Gerrienne, Philippe ULg; Prestianni, Cyrille

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2016)

A new taxon with stenokolealean affinities, Brabantophyton runcariense gen. et sp. nov., is described from seven pyrite permineralized axes collected from the mid Givetian to earliest Frasnian (late ... [more ▼]

A new taxon with stenokolealean affinities, Brabantophyton runcariense gen. et sp. nov., is described from seven pyrite permineralized axes collected from the mid Givetian to earliest Frasnian (late Middle to earliest Upper Devonian) locality of Ronquières (Belgium). The specimens include stems and lateral organs. The stems are characterized by a protostele dissected into three primary ribs, each of them dividing into two secondary ribs. The protostele shows a central protoxylem strand and numerous strands distributed along the midplanes of the ribs. The vascular supply to lateral organ is composed of two pairs of traces, produced at the same time by the two ribs issued from a single primary rib of the protostele. Within each pair, the shape and the size of the traces are unequal: one is T-shaped and the other is oval to reniform. The T-shaped traces of each pair face each other. The inner cortex of the lateral organs is parenchymatous and the outer cortex is sparganum-like. The specimens of Brabantophyton runcariense show many similarities with the stenokolealean genus Crossia virginiana Beck and Stein, but the vascular supply of lateral organs of the latter consists of a more symmetrical and distinctively simpler pair of traces. Brabantophyton represents the first report of the Stenokoleales in southeastern Laurussia. The characteristics of the Brabantophyton protostele compare better with the anatomy of the radiatopses, and, within the latter, particularly with basal seed plants. [less ▲]

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See detailElectrophoretic deposition of hydroxyapatite and hydroxyapatite– alginate on rapid prototyped 3D Ti6Al4V scaffolds
Ozhukil Kollath, Vinayaraj; Chen, Qiang; Mullens, Steven et al

in Journal of Materials Science (2016), 51

The advantage of using bioceramic particles coated on porous three-dimensional structures is still unexplored in the purpose of improving the osteoinduction of hybrid metallic scaffold implants in vivo ... [more ▼]

The advantage of using bioceramic particles coated on porous three-dimensional structures is still unexplored in the purpose of improving the osteoinduction of hybrid metallic scaffold implants in vivo. In this study, we evaluate electrophoretic deposition (EPD) to coat porous Ti6Al4V scaffolds with hydroxyapatite (HA). Scaffolds were shaped in different open structures with a horizontal shift in fiber stacking. They were produced using three-dimensional fiber deposition method and were coated by EPD with HA powder (d10 = 1.7, d50 = 5.7 and d90 = 18 lm) suspended in ethanol or butanol at different concentration, DC voltage, and time. A composite HA–alginate was also used to coat the scaffolds. Alginate was used as a binder, and the coating properties (homogeneity, thickness, cracks, continuity, etc.) were compared to coatings obtained from pure HA suspensions. Voltage and time of deposition effects were studied between 10 and 140 V and 10 and 120 s, respectively. Coating thickness and density with respect to the depth of the porous structure were studied by observing cross sections using scanning electron microscopy and image processing analysis. HA–alginate combination resulted in a homogeneous and deeper dense layer of HA. This work also points to the characteristics of HA–alginate composite as a superior alternative to pure HA coating which needs an appropriate thermal treatment for adequate substrate adhesion. [less ▲]

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See detailA quadratic contact element passing the patch test
Nguyen, Duc-Tué; Rauchs, Gast; Ponthot, Jean-Philippe ULg

in Key Engineering Materials [=KEM] (2016), 681

For the two dimensional contact modeling, the standard node-to-segment quadratic contact elements are known to exhibit oscillations of the contact pressure. This situation is particularly critical when ... [more ▼]

For the two dimensional contact modeling, the standard node-to-segment quadratic contact elements are known to exhibit oscillations of the contact pressure. This situation is particularly critical when using the penalty method with a high penalty parameter because the amplitude of the oscillations increase with increasing penalty parameter. The aim of this article is to present a method for removing the oscillations of contact pressure observed while using quadratic contact element. For this purpose, the nodal forces at the slave and at the master nodes need to be evaluated appropriately. One possibility is to develop a suitable procedure for computing the nodal forces. In that sake, we selected the approach first proposed in [35] in an appropriate manner. After presenting the improved quadratic contact element, some numerical examples are illustrated in this paper to compare the standard quadratic node-to-segment element with the proposed element. The examples show that the proposed element can strongly reduce the oscillating contact pressure for both plane and curved contact surfaces. [less ▲]

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See detailDulaglutide (LY-2189265) for the treatment of type 2 diabetes.
Scheen, André ULg

in Expert review of clinical pharmacology (2016), 9(3), 385-99

Dulaglutide is a new once-weekly glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist for the management of hyperglycemia in adult patients with type 2 diabetes. It stimulates dose-dependent insulin secretion and ... [more ▼]

Dulaglutide is a new once-weekly glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonist for the management of hyperglycemia in adult patients with type 2 diabetes. It stimulates dose-dependent insulin secretion and reduces glucagon secretion, both in a glucose-dependent manner. Efficacy on blood glucose control and safety were demonstrated in the large AWARD program in type 2 diabetic patients treated with diet, metformin, dual oral therapy or insulin lispro with or without metformin, confirming findings of pilot studies in Caucasian patients and data in Japanese patients. Dulaglutide 1.5 mg once weekly was superior to metformin, sitagliptin, insulin glargine and exenatide twice daily, and non-inferior to liraglutide 1.8 mg once daily regarding the reduction in glycated hemoglobin. A modest but significant weight loss was consistently observed. Most frequent adverse events were transient and generally mild gastrointestinal disturbances. Clinical outcomes of dulaglutide will not be known until the large prospective cardiovascular outcome trial REWIND is complete. [less ▲]

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See detailCOMPARISON OF ULTRASOUND-GUIDED VS. STANDARD LANDMARK TECHNIQUES FOR TRAINING NOVICE OPERATORS IN PLACING NEEDLES INTO THE LUMBAR SUBARACHNOID SPACE OF CANINE CADAVERS
Etienne, Anne-Laure ULg; Delguste, Catherine ULg; Busoni, Valeria ULg

in Veterinary Radiology & Ultrasound (2016)

The standard technique for placing a needle into the canine lumbar subarachnoid space is primarily based on palpation of anatomic landmarks and use of probing movements of the needle, however, this ... [more ▼]

The standard technique for placing a needle into the canine lumbar subarachnoid space is primarily based on palpation of anatomic landmarks and use of probing movements of the needle, however, this technique can be challenging for novice operators. The aim of the current observational, prospective, ex vivo, feasibility study was to compare ultrasound-guided vs. standard anatomic landmark approaches for novices performing needle placement into the lumbar subarachnoid space using dog cadavers. Eight experienced operators validated the canine cadaver model as usable for training landmark and ultrasound-guided needle placement into the lumbar subarachnoid space based on realistic anatomy and tissue consistency. With informed consent, 67 final year veterinary students were prospectively enrolled in the study. Students had no prior experience in needle placement into the lumbar subarachnoid space or use of ultrasound. Each student received a short theoretical training about each technique before the trial and then attempted blind landmark-guided and ultrasound-guided techniques on randomized canine cadavers. After having performed both procedures, the operators completed a self-evaluation questionnaire about their performance and self-confidence. Total success rates for students were 48% and 77% for the landmark- and ultrasound-guided techniques, respectively. Ultrasound guidance significantly increased total success rate when compared to the landmark-guided technique and significantly reduced the number of attempts. With ultrasound guidance self-confidence was improved, without bringing any significant change in duration of the needle placement procedure. Findings indicated that use of ultrasound guidance and cadavers are feasible methods for training novice operators in needle placement into the canine lumbar subarachnoid space. [less ▲]

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See detailInterobserver agreement for the ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT criteria for a UIP pattern on CT.
Walsh, Simon L. F.; Calandriello, Lucio; Sverzellati, Nicola et al

in Thorax (2016), 71(1), 45-51

OBJECTIVES: To establish the level of observer variation for the current ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT criteria for a diagnosis of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) on CT among a large group of thoracic radiologists ... [more ▼]

OBJECTIVES: To establish the level of observer variation for the current ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT criteria for a diagnosis of usual interstitial pneumonia (UIP) on CT among a large group of thoracic radiologists of varying levels of experience. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 112 observers (96 of whom were thoracic radiologists) categorised CTs of 150 consecutive patients with fibrotic lung disease using the ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT CT criteria for a UIP pattern (3 categories--UIP, possibly UIP and inconsistent with UIP). The presence of honeycombing, traction bronchiectasis and emphysema was also scored using a 3-point scale (definitely present, possibly present, absent). Observer agreement for the UIP categorisation and for the 3 CT patterns in the entAUe observer group and in subgroups stratified by observer experience, were evaluated. RESULTS: Interobserver agreement across the diagnosis category scores among the 112 observers was moderate, ranging from 0.48 (IQR 0.18) for general radiologists to 0.52 (IQR 0.20) for thoracic radiologists of 10-20 years' experience. A binary score for UIP versus possible or inconsistent with UIP was examined. Observer agreement for this binary score was only moderate. No significant differences in agreement levels were identified when the CTs were stratified according to multidisciplinary team (MDT) diagnosis or patient age or when observers were categorised according to experience. Observer agreement for each of honeycombing, traction bronchiectasis and emphysema were 0.59+/-0.12, 0.42+/-0.15 and 0.43+/-0.18, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Interobserver agreement for the current ATS/ERS/JRS/ALAT CT criteria for UIP is only moderate among thoracic radiologists, AUrespective of theAU experience, and did not vary with patient age or the MDT diagnosis. [less ▲]

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See detailRevealing the formation of copper nanoparticles from a homogeneous solid precursor by electron microscopy
Van den Berg, Roy; Elkjaer, Christian; Gommes, Cédric ULg et al

in Journal of the American Chemical Society (2016)

The understanding of processes leading to the formation of nanometer-sized particles is important for tailoring of their size, shape and location. The growth mechanisms and kinetics of nanoparticles from ... [more ▼]

The understanding of processes leading to the formation of nanometer-sized particles is important for tailoring of their size, shape and location. The growth mechanisms and kinetics of nanoparticles from solid precursors are, however, often poorly described. Here we employ transmission electron microscopy (TEM) to examine the formation of copper nanoparticles on a silica support during the reduction by H2 of homogeneous copper phyllosilicate plates, as a prototype precursor for a co-precipitated catalyst. Specifically, time-lapsed TEM image series acquired of the material during the reduction provide a direct visualization of the growth dynamics of an ensemble of individual nanoparticles and enable a quantitative evaluation of the nucleation and growth of the nanoparticles. This quantitative information is compared with kinetic models and found to be best described by a nucleation-and-growth scenario involving autocatalytic reduction of the copper phyllosilicate followed by diffusion-limited or reaction-limited growth of the copper nanoparticles. The plate-like structure of the precursor restricted the diffusion of copper and the autocatalytic reduction limited the probability for secondary nucleation. The combination of a uniform size of precursor particles and the autocatalytic reduction thus offers means to synthesize nanoparticles with well-defined sizes in large amounts. In this way, in situ observations made by electron microscopy provide mechanistic and kinetic insights into the formation of metallic nanoparticles, essential for the rational design of nanomaterials. [less ▲]

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See detailSimultaneous multi-scale and multi-instrument observations of Saturn's aurorae during the 2013 observing campaign
Melin, H.; Badman, S.; Stallard, T. et al

in Icarus (2016)

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See detailJack-of-all-trades effects drive biodiversity-ecosystem multifunctionality relationships in European forests.
van der Plas, Fons; Manning, Peter; Allan, Eric et al

in Nature communications (2016), 7

There is considerable evidence that biodiversity promotes multiple ecosystem functions (multifunctionality), thus ensuring the delivery of ecosystem services important for human well-being. However, the ... [more ▼]

There is considerable evidence that biodiversity promotes multiple ecosystem functions (multifunctionality), thus ensuring the delivery of ecosystem services important for human well-being. However, the mechanisms underlying this relationship are poorly understood, especially in natural ecosystems. We develop a novel approach to partition biodiversity effects on multifunctionality into three mechanisms and apply this to European forest data. We show that throughout Europe, tree diversity is positively related with multifunctionality when moderate levels of functioning are required, but negatively when very high function levels are desired. For two well-known mechanisms, 'complementarity' and 'selection', we detect only minor effects on multifunctionality. Instead a third, so far overlooked mechanism, the 'jack-of-all-trades' effect, caused by the averaging of individual species effects on function, drives observed patterns. Simulations demonstrate that jack-of-all-trades effects occur whenever species effects on different functions are not perfectly correlated, meaning they may contribute to diversity-multifunctionality relationships in many of the world's ecosystems. [less ▲]

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See detailCore Outcome Measure Index for low back patients: do we miss anxiety and depression?
Cedraschi, C; Marty, M; Courvoisier, DS et al

in European Spine Journal (2016), 25

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See detailLes croyances délétères des patients lombalgiques : revue narrative de la littérature
Demoulin, Christophe ULg; Roussel, Nathalie; Marty, Marc et al

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71(1), 40-46

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See detailThe Calern Asteroid Polarimetric Survey using the Torino Polarimeter: assessment of instrument performances and first scientific results
Devogele, Maxime ULg; Cellino, Alberto; Bagnulo, Stefano et al

in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society (2016)

A new polarimeter based on the Wedged double Wollaston concept has been built at the Torino Observatory and installed on a 1-meter telescope at the Calern observing station of the ``Observatoire de la C ... [more ▼]

A new polarimeter based on the Wedged double Wollaston concept has been built at the Torino Observatory and installed on a 1-meter telescope at the Calern observing station of the ``Observatoire de la C{\^o}te d'Azur''. Its main purpose is to carry out a polarimetric survey of Solar System objects. This survey is called CAPS (Calern Asteroid Polarimetric Survey). In this paper, the new Torino polarimeter (ToPo) and its preliminary validation campaign is described. The first results of the CAPS survey are also presented. A number of standard stars with known polarization states, as well as a number of asteroids for which the polarimetric properties are known, have been observed in order to assess the instrument accuracy. The instrument response over the field of view and also its stability over single nights and longer periods have also been tested. It has been found that the instrument polarization is stable within a few $10^{-4}$ units. The first polarimetric observations of a still limited number of asteroids show an excellent agreement with previously available data and make already some significant contributions by adding new data to a number of objects that had been poorly observed so far. [less ▲]

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See detailNew Insight on the Performance of Equity Long/short Investment Styles
Fays, Boris ULg; Hübner, Georges ULg; Lambert, Marie ULg

in Bankers, Markets, Investors (2016), 140(January-February), 34-45

Long-short equity strategies have recently generated exceptional performance raising a set of concerns about the strategies’ propensity to deliver alpha or beta. This paper revisits the performance of ... [more ▼]

Long-short equity strategies have recently generated exceptional performance raising a set of concerns about the strategies’ propensity to deliver alpha or beta. This paper revisits the performance of equity long-short hedge funds across investments styles. We first categorize individual hedge funds with regard to their size and/or value factor investing along the generalization of Sharpe (1992) style analysis. Style weights on size and value factors are used to split the equity long-short universe in 5x5 hedge fund style portfolios. To analyze the performance of each style, we consider two sets of innovative factors. First, we apply sequential Fama-French model of Lambert, Fays and Hübner (2015). Besides, to captures downside and extreme risk embedded in hedge fund strategies we augment the model with the co-skewness and co-kurtosis factors developed by Lambert and Hübner (2013). Under this framework, we perform cross-sectional performance analyses of individual hedge funds as well as time-series analysis on the hedge fund style broad category. Our contributions are threefold; first, our alternative framework significantly improves the explanatory power of the multi-factor model in the context of long-short equity funds, second, considering higher-moment factors aim to capture part of the abnormal return of the downside and extreme risk exposures taken by a fund manager, and finally, long-short equity hedge funds are, to some extent, less exposed to small capitalisation stocks than expected and instead rather prefer higher momentum levels in their strategies. [less ▲]

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See detailReal-time remedial action against aperiodic small signal rotor angle instability
Weckesser, Johannes ULg; Jóhannsson, Hjörtur; Østergaard, Jacob

in IEEE Transactions on Power Systems (2016), 31(1), 387-396

This paper presents a method that in real-time determines remedial actions, which restore stable operation with respect to aperiodic small signal rotor angle stability (ASSRAS) when insecure or unstable ... [more ▼]

This paper presents a method that in real-time determines remedial actions, which restore stable operation with respect to aperiodic small signal rotor angle stability (ASSRAS) when insecure or unstable operation has been detected. An ASSRAS assessment method is used to monitor the stability boundary for each generator in real-time. The ASSRAS boundary represents the condition when a generator reaches the maximum steady state active power injection. The proposed control method exploits analytically derived expressions for the ASSRAS boundary and other characteristic curves in the injection impedance plane to determine an active power redispatch among selected generators to restore stable and secure operation. Since the method is purely based on analytically derived expression, the computation of the remedial actions is fast and well suited for real-time operation. The method was tested on the IEEE 14-bus and the Nordic32 test systems where results show that the method can efficiently determine the required active power redispatch to avoid an imminent instability. [less ▲]

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See detailFlow cytometry community fingerprinting and amplicon sequencing for the assessment of landfill leachate cellulolytic bioaugmentation
Kinet, Romain ULg; Dzaomuho, Phidias; Baert, Jonathan ULg et al

in Bioresource Technology (2016)

Flow cytometry (FCM) is a high throughput single cell technology that is actually becoming widely used for studying phenotypic and genotypic diversity among microbial communities. This technology is ... [more ▼]

Flow cytometry (FCM) is a high throughput single cell technology that is actually becoming widely used for studying phenotypic and genotypic diversity among microbial communities. This technology is considered in this work for the assessment of a bioaugmentation treatment in order to enhance cellulolytic potential of landfill leachate. The experimental results reveal the relevant increase of leachate cellulolytic potential due to bioaugmentation. Cytometric monitoring of microbial dynamics along these assays is then realized. The Flow FP package is used to establish microbial samples fingerprint from initial 2D cytometry histograms. This procedure allows highlighting microbial communities' variation along the assays. Cytometric and 16S rRNA gene sequencing fingerprinting methods are then compared. The two approaches give same evidence about microbial dynamics throughout digestion assay. There are however a lack of significant correlation between cytometric and amplicon sequencing fingerprint at genus or species level. Same phenotypical profiles of microbiota during assays matched to several 16S rRNA gene sequencing ones. Flow cytometry fingerprinting can thus be considered as a promising routine on-site method suitable for the detection of stability/variation/disturbance of complex microbial communities involved in bioprocesses. [less ▲]

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See detailLes exercices de contrôle moteur pour le traitement des lombalgies non-spécifiques aiguës
Demoulin, Christophe ULg

in Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (Online) (2016)

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See detailComment je traite ....... Le delirium chez le patient âgé
CHRISTELBACH, Sophie ULg; ALLEPAERTS, Sophie ULg; PETERMANS, Jean ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016)

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See detailBreast cancer in a male to female transsexual patient with a BRCA2 mutation
CORMAN, Vinciane ULg; Potorac, Iulia ULg; Manto, Florence ULg et al

in Endocrine-Related Cancer (2016)

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See detailApparent changes of the Ordovician-Mississippian plant diversity
Cascales-Miñana, Borja ULg

in Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology (2016)

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

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

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

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

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See detailContext-dependent roles for lymphotoxin-beta receptor signaling in cancer development.
Fernandes, Monica T.; Dejardin, Emmanuel ULg; Santos, Nuno R. Dos

in Biochimica et biophysica acta (2016)

The LTalpha1beta2 and LIGHT TNF superfamily cytokines exert pleiotropic physiological functions through the activation of their cognate lymphotoxin-beta receptor (LTbetaR). Interestingly, since the ... [more ▼]

The LTalpha1beta2 and LIGHT TNF superfamily cytokines exert pleiotropic physiological functions through the activation of their cognate lymphotoxin-beta receptor (LTbetaR). Interestingly, since the discovery of these proteins, accumulating evidence has pinpointed a role for LTbetaR signaling in carcinogenesis. Early studies have shown a potential anti-tumoral role in a subset of solid cancers either by triggering apoptosis in malignant cells or by eliciting an anti-tumor immune response. However, more recent studies provided robust evidence that LTbetaR signaling is also involved in diverse cell-intrinsic and microenvironment-dependent pro-oncogenic mechanisms, affecting several solid and hematological malignancies. Consequently, the usefulness of LTbetaR signaling axis blockade has been investigated as a potential therapeutic approach for cancer. Considering the seemingly opposite roles of LTbetaR signaling in diverse cancer types and their key implications for therapy, we here extensively review the different mechanisms by which LTbetaR activation affects carcinogenesis, focusing on the diverse contexts and different models assessed. [less ▲]

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See detailCharacterization of saccharides released during an in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn flour using HPAEC-PAD
Odjo, Djosse Psijus Sylvanus ULg; Bera, François ULg; Jacquet, Nicolas ULg et al

in Stärke = Starch (2016), 68

Saccharides released after an in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn flour were quantified and characterized using high-performance anion-exchange chromatography coupled with a pulsed amperometric ... [more ▼]

Saccharides released after an in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn flour were quantified and characterized using high-performance anion-exchange chromatography coupled with a pulsed amperometric detector (HPAEC-PAD) and two colorimetric approaches (glucose oxidase/ peroxidase assay and the 3,5-dinitrosalicylic acid assay). HPAEC-PAD revealed five major saccharides as the result of in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion of corn grain: glucose, isomaltose, maltose, maltotriose, and glucosyl-maltotriose. Concentrations of glucose released as measured by the three methods assessed are similar when the in vitro pepsin-pancreatin digestion is followed by post incubation with amyloglucosidase. This post incubation unfortunately leads to a loss of information about the degree of polymerization of oligosaccharides that can impact their absorption through intestinal tract. HPAEC-PAD gives both qualitative and quantitative information and then seems more suitable for a nutritional appreciation of the digestion of starchy feedstuffs. [less ▲]

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See detailPatterns of Loving: Erna Brodber, Nothing's Mat
Romdhani, Rebecca ULg

in SX Salon: A Small Axe Literary Platform (2016), 21

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See detailRisk assessment of soil compaction in the Walloon region in Belgium
D'Or, Dimitri; Destain, Marie-France ULg

in Mathematical Geosciences (2016)

It is well known that soil compaction affects root growth and disrupts the activity of soil microfauna and microorganisms, resulting in yield loss. With the more intensive use of heavy machines in ... [more ▼]

It is well known that soil compaction affects root growth and disrupts the activity of soil microfauna and microorganisms, resulting in yield loss. With the more intensive use of heavy machines in agriculture and forestry, the risk of soil compaction is increasing. In this study, precompression stress (Pc) was chosen as an indicator of the susceptibility of soils to compaction and was calculated using pedotransfer functions (PTFs). PTFs involve eight variables related to the hydraulic and mechanical behaviour of soils: organic matter content; bulk density; air capacity; available water capacity; non-plant available water capacity; saturated hydraulic conductivity; cohesion; and angle of internal friction. Combining these PTFs with geostatistics and Monte Carlo simulations, Pc maps were produced at the regional scale for Wallonia in Belgium, accompanied by uncertainty quantification maps. These maps were then used to produce compaction risk maps based on common scenarios. The results showed that the modal Pc map was coherent with the spatial distribution of the main variables, namely soil texture and organic matter content. The risk maps enabled areas with a compaction risk in both agricultural and forestry contexts to be identified. These maps could be useful in drawing up soil protection measures and policies. [less ▲]

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See detailAménagements raisonnables et travailleurs en situation de handicap : pistes de recherche sociologiques
Lejeune, Aude ULg

in Actes du colloques "Situations de Handicap et Aménagements Raisonnables" (2016)

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See detailTuning of AKT-pathway by Nef and its blockade by protease inhibitors results in limited recovery in latently HIV infected T-cell line.
Kumar, Amit; Abbas, Wasim; Colin, Laurence et al

in Scientific reports (2016), 6

Akt signaling plays a central role in many biological processes, which are key players in human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) pathogenesis. We found that Akt interacts with HIV-1 Nef protein. In ... [more ▼]

Akt signaling plays a central role in many biological processes, which are key players in human immunodeficiency virus 1 (HIV-1) pathogenesis. We found that Akt interacts with HIV-1 Nef protein. In primary T cells treated with exogenous Nef or acutely infected with Nef-expressing HIV-1 in vitro, Akt became phosphorylated on serine(473) and threonine(308). In vitro, Akt activation mediated by Nef in T-cells was blocked by HIV protease inhibitors (PI), but not by reverse transcriptase inhibitors (RTI). Ex vivo, we found that the Akt pathway is hyperactivated in peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) from cART naive HIV-1-infected patients. PBLs isolated from PI-treated patients, but not from RTI-treated patients, exhibited decreased Akt activation, T-cell proliferation and IL-2 production. We found that PI but not RTI can block HIV-1 reactivation in latently infected J-Lat lymphoid cells stimulated with various stimuli. Using luciferase measurement, we further confirmed that Nef-mediated reactivation of HIV-1 from latency in 1G5 cells was blocked by PI parallel to decreased Akt activation. Our results indicate that PI-mediated blockade of Akt activation could impact the HIV-1 reservoir and support the need to further assess the therapeutic use of HIV-1 PI in order to curtail latently infected cells in HIV-1-infected patients. [less ▲]

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See detailEffect of rifampin on the disposition of brivaracetam in human subjects: further insights into brivaracetam hydrolysis.
Stockis, Armel; Watanabe, Shikiko; Scheen, André ULg et al

in Drug metabolism and disposition: the biological fate of chemicals (2016), 44(6), 792-799

Brivaracetam (BRV) is a high-affinity synaptic vesicle protein 2A ligand developed for the treatment of uncontrolled partial-onset seizures. The present Phase I open-label two-way crossover study was ... [more ▼]

Brivaracetam (BRV) is a high-affinity synaptic vesicle protein 2A ligand developed for the treatment of uncontrolled partial-onset seizures. The present Phase I open-label two-way crossover study was designed to assess the effect of rifampin on the pharmacokinetics of BRV and its hydroxy (BRV-OH); acid (BRV-AC); and hydroxy acid (BRV OHAC) metabolites. Twenty-six healthy subjects received BRV 150mg single oral dose, either alone or following 5 days of rifampin 600 mg/day. BRV and its metabolites were examined for their plasma profiles and urinary excretion. Pharmacokinetic modeling was developed to estimate the rate constants of the various metabolic routes. Parallel in vitro assays were conducted to characterize the hydrolysis of BRV to BRV-AC as well as to identify any potential effect of rifampin on the hydrolysis reaction. Rifampin did not significantly affect the maximum plasma concentration (Cmax) of BRV but decreased its area under the curve (AUC) by 45%. In addition, rifampin significantly increased the AUC of BRV-OH (+109%), decreased the AUC of BRV-AC (-53%), but had little effect on BRV-OHAC (-10%). In vitro assays showed that the major urinary metabolite BRV-AC (33% of the dose) was likely to be formed by amidase EC 3.5.1.4. In vitro data indicated that the enzyme was not significantly inhibited nor induced by rifampin. Modeling confirmed that all the observed changes in vivo were secondary to the induction of the CYP2C19-mediated hydroxylation of BRV to BRV-OH (3.7-fold increase in the rate constant). [less ▲]

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See detailBacurd1/Kctd13 and Bacurd2/Tnfaip1 are interacting partners to Rnd proteins which influence the long-term positioning and dendritic maturation of cerebral cortical neurons.
Gladwyn-Ng, Ivan ULg; Huang, Lieven; Ngo, Linh et al

in Neural development (2016), 11

BACKGROUND: The development of neural circuits within the embryonic cerebral cortex relies on the timely production of neurons, their positioning within the embryonic cerebral cortex as well as their ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND: The development of neural circuits within the embryonic cerebral cortex relies on the timely production of neurons, their positioning within the embryonic cerebral cortex as well as their terminal differentiation and dendritic spine connectivity. The RhoA GTPases Rnd2 and Rnd3 are important for neurogenesis and cell migration within the embryonic cortex (Nat Commun 4:1635, 2013), and we recently identified the BTB/POZ domain-containing Adaptor for Cul3-mediated RhoA Degradation family member Bacurd2 (also known as Tnfaip1) as an interacting partner to Rnd2 for the migration of embryonic mouse cortical neurons (Neural Dev 10:9, 2015). FINDINGS: We have extended this work and report that Bacurd1/Kctd13 and Bacurd2/Tnfaip1 are interacting partners to Rnd2 and Rnd3 in vitro. Given that these genes are expressed during cortical development, we performed a series of in utero electroporation studies in mice and found that disruptions to Bacurd1/Kctd13 or Bacurd2/Tnfaip1 expression impair the long-term positioning of E14.5-born cortical neurons within the postnatal (P17) mouse cerebral cortex. We also find that forced expression of Bacurd1/Kctd13 and Bacurd2/Tnfaip1 alters the branching and dendritic spine properties of layer II/III projection neurons. CONCLUSIONS: We identify Bacurd1/Kctd13 and Bacurd2/Tnfaip1 as interacting partners to Rnd proteins which influence the development of cortical neurons. Their neurodevelopmental functions are likely to be relevant to human brain development and disease. [less ▲]

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See detailLA PARTICIPATION DES USAGERS COMME LEVIER DE L’INNOVATION DANS LES SERVICES PUBLICS : LE CAS DE LA GÉOMATIQUE WALLONNE
Fallon, Catherine ULg; Calay, Vincent

in Pyramides : Revue du Laboratoire d'Etudes et de Recherches en Administration Publique (2016), 26/27

La numérisation des données géographiques est une de ces techniques récentes qui transforment à la fois la structure politico-administrative et la construction des politiques elles-mêmes en transformant ... [more ▼]

La numérisation des données géographiques est une de ces techniques récentes qui transforment à la fois la structure politico-administrative et la construction des politiques elles-mêmes en transformant le réseau d’action publique. Ces données peuvent être utilisées dans la plupart des politiques, pourvu que les questions de distribution territoriales y soient pertinentes : on parle en ce sens d’une « géomatisation » de l’action publique. Le cadre européen avec la directive INSPIRE a donné l’impulsion et définit le cadre de référence pour une refonte des processus de production et de diffusion des données géographiques numériques. Les états doivent chacun établir une infrastructure de données géographiques numériques pour assurer l’interopérabilité entre bases de données et faciliter la diffusion, la disponibilité, l'utilisation et la réutilisation de l’information géographique au niveau de leur territoire et en Europe. En Belgique, ce sont les régions - et le niveau fédéral pour ses compétences - qui ont hérité de cette responsabilité : leurs données doivent être mises à disposition des utilisateurs, qu’ils soient décideurs ou citoyens dans des formats harmonisés afin d'en faciliter l'utilisation par tous et il faut aussi définir les principes d’échange, de tarification et les conditions d’utilisation propres à faciliter l’accès aux données et aux services en ligne. Les données géographiques numérisées ont ceci de particulier qu’elles sont produites de façon décentralisées par des acteurs publics mais aussi privés, lesquels cherchent à peser sur les choix stratégiques des autorités régionales. Au niveau de la Région wallonne a été mis en place récemment un ensemble de structure de coopération avec les usagers, les entreprises, et les autorités locales. L’administration a créé en son sein des groupes de travail transversaux pour améliorer l’intégration entre les approches thématiques contrôlées par les différentes directions. Le projet d’article trouve son origine dans l’accompagnement assuré par le SPIRAL au Département de la géomatique de la Région wallonne dans le cadre de la rédaction du plan stratégique et du plan opérationnel de la géomatique wallonne (2013-2015). L’article prendra appui sur les principes de la sociologie de la traduction (Callon, 1986) pour proposer une analyse des lieux et des processus qui contribuent à mettre en place une « gouvernance en réseau » mobilisant une logique d’innovation publique (Sørensen et al. 2011), sans suspendre pour autant les formes de coordination hiérarchiques et contractuelles. [less ▲]

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

in Genomics Data (2016), 8

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

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

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See detailComparison of 4 point-of-care blood gas analyzers for arterial blood gas analysis in healthy dogs and dogs with cardiopulmonary disease
Roels, Elodie ULg; Gommeren, Kris ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care (2016), 00(0), 1-8

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See detailMaximum entropy properties of discrete-time first-order stable spline kernel
Chen, Tianshi; Ardeshiri, Tohid; Carli, Francesca Paola ULg et al

in Automatica (2016), 66

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See detailQuantitative assessment of mouse mammary gland morphology using automated digital image processing and TEB detection.
Blacher, Silvia ULg; Gérard, Céline ULg; Gallez, Anne ULg et al

in Endocrinology (2016)

The assessment of rodent mammary gland morphology is largely used to study the molecular mechanisms driving breast development and to analyze the impact of various endocrine disruptors with putative ... [more ▼]

The assessment of rodent mammary gland morphology is largely used to study the molecular mechanisms driving breast development and to analyze the impact of various endocrine disruptors with putative pathological implications. In this work, we propose a methodology relying on fully automated digital image analysis methods including image processing and quantification of the whole ductal tree and of the terminal end buds (TEB) as well. It allows to accurately and objectively measure both growth parameters and fine morphological glandular structures. Mammary gland elongation was characterized by two parameters: the length and the epithelial area of the ductal tree. Ductal tree fine structures were characterized by: 1) branch end-point density, 2) branching density and 3) branch length distribution. The proposed methodology was compared to quantification methods classically used in the literature. This procedure can be transposed to several software and thus largely used by scientists studying rodent mammary gland morphology. [less ▲]

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See detailComment j'explore le malaise du nourrisson
Zambelli, Laura ULg; Battisti, Oreste ULg

in Revue Médicale de Liège (2016), 71

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See detailClarifying the Socio-Economic Dimensions of Agroecology: Between Principles and Practices
Dumont, Antoinette M.; Vanloqueren, Gaëtan; Stassart, Pierre M ULg et al

in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (2016), 1(1), 24-47

AbstractThe concept of agroecology is being mobilized increasingly. However, its socio-economic dimensions receive little attention from academia. This study helps to clarify the socio-economic principles ... [more ▼]

AbstractThe concept of agroecology is being mobilized increasingly. However, its socio-economic dimensions receive little attention from academia. This study helps to clarify the socio-economic principles of agroecology by first identifying a list of principles in popular and scientific literature and, as a second step, by putting the principles to the test of a qualitative study of two Belgian organizations. Agribio is a grain cooperative, and Les Grosses L√©gumes is a network of consumers, farmers, and the members of an association set up to organize the production and distribution of vegetable boxes. Semi-directed interviews of the various actors linked to these organizations were conducted and then analyzed through an approach inspired by the convention theory in order to reveal the principles that the stakeholders have adopted. The main findings are then made explicit by analysis of four strong agreements (which concern the two organizations? marketing schemes, a Participatory Guarantee System set up by Les Grosses L√©gumes and Agribio?s flour mill). The two case studies show the gap that exists between the principles that describe the horizon of agroecology and the principles that are actually put into practice by the parties in the field through various transition pathways. [less ▲]

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See detailLes conséquences de la philosophie
Longo, Giuseppe; Cavazzini, Andrea ULg

in Glass Bead (2016)

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See detail. Mass sensor utilising the mode-localisation effect in an electrostatically-coupled MEMS resonator pair fabricated using an SOI process
Wood, Graham; Chun, Zhao; Pu, Suan et al

in Microelectronic Engineering (2016), 159

The change in the mass, achieved with focused ion beam(FIB) milling, of one of a pair of electrostatically-coupled microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) resonators has been detected utilising the mode ... [more ▼]

The change in the mass, achieved with focused ion beam(FIB) milling, of one of a pair of electrostatically-coupled microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) resonators has been detected utilising the mode-localisation effect. It has been demonstrated that the shift in the amplitude ratio of the coupled-resonators at the in-phase mode frequency, in response to a mass change, is five orders of magnitude greater than the equivalent resonant frequency shift of a single resonator device. The device has been fabricated using a silicon-on-insulator (SOI) based process, which allows for high-yield and stiction-free fabrication. In addition, the design of the resonators has been created to have a larger surface area than previously reported designs, in order to facilitate future biological functionalisation. The mass sensitivity has been compared to current state-of-the-art mode-localised mass sensors and a 5.4 times increase in the amplitude ratio response to a given mass change has been demonstrated for the device in this work. [less ▲]

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See detailLa empresa social en Bélgica: diversidad de fuentes, modelos y campos
Huybrechts, Benjamin ULg

in Revista de la Academia (2016), 21

Este artículo está estructurado como sigue: la primera sección introductoria revisa las principales raíces históricas que han conduci- do a la emergencia de una diversidad de modelos relacionados con la ... [more ▼]

Este artículo está estructurado como sigue: la primera sección introductoria revisa las principales raíces históricas que han conduci- do a la emergencia de una diversidad de modelos relacionados con la empresa social y a la economía social en Bélgica. Enseguida, la segunda sección esboza los principales aspectos de esos modelos en relación a sus formas legales, tipos de misión social a las que se orientan, dinámicas de gobierno y recursos. En la tercera sección, esos modelos son ilustrados in diferentes campos de actividad, tanto establecidos como emergentes. Finalmente, la cuarta sección propone un análisis transversal de los principales tendencias y desafíos que enfrenta el desarrollo y coexisten- cia de los diferentes modelos. [less ▲]

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See detailComparative virucidal efficacy of seven disinfectants against murine norovirus and feline calicivirus, surrogates of human norovirus
Zonta, William ULg; Mauroy, Axel ULg; Farnir, Frédéric ULg et al

in Food and Environmental Virology (2016)

Human noroviruses (HuNoV) are the leading cause of acute nonbacterial gastroenteritis in humans and can be transmitted either by person-to-person contact or by consumption of contaminated food. Knowledge ... [more ▼]

Human noroviruses (HuNoV) are the leading cause of acute nonbacterial gastroenteritis in humans and can be transmitted either by person-to-person contact or by consumption of contaminated food. Knowledge of an efficient disinfection for both hands and food contact surfaces is helpful for the food sector and provides precious information for public health. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of seven disinfectants belonging to different groups of biocides (alcohol, halogen, oxidizing agents, quaternary ammonium compounds, aldehyde and biguanide) on infectious viral titre and on genomic copy number. Due to the absence of a cell culture system for HuNoV, two HuNoV surrogates such as murine norovirus (MNV) and feline calicivirus (FCV), were used and the tests were performed in suspension, on gloves and on stainless steel discs. When, as criteria of efficacy, a log reduction > 3 of the infectious viral titre on both surrogates and in the three tests is used, the most efficacious disinfectants in this study appear to be biocidal products B, C and D, representing the halogens, the oxidizing agents group and a mix of QAC, alcohol and aldehyde, respectively. In addition, these three disinfectants also elicited a significant effect on genomic copy number for both surrogate viruses and in all three tests. The results of this study demonstrate that a halogen compound, oxidizing agents and a mix of QAC, alcohol and aldehyde are advisable for HuNoV disinfection of either potentially contaminated surfaces or materials in contact with foodstuffs. [less ▲]

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See detailIn vitro screening of mare's milk antimicrobial effect and antiproliverative activity.
Guri, Anilda; Paligot, Michèle; Crevecoeur, Sébastien ULg et al

in FEMS Microbiology Letters (2016)

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See detailreview of Frédéric Duval, Les mots de l'édition de textes
Morato, Nicola ULg

in French Studies (2016), 70(2),

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See detailCholesterol deficiency causing calf illthrift and diarrhoea.
Duff, J. P.; Passant, S.; Wessels, M. et al

in The Veterinary record (2016), 178(17), 424-5

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See detailAn age-calibrated definition of chronic kidney disease: Rationale and benefits.
DELANAYE, Pierre ULg; Glassock, Richard; Pottel, H et al

in Clinical Biochemist. Reviews (2016), 37(1),

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See detailProduction, purification and characterization of a novel cold-active superoxide dismutase from the Antarctic strain Aspergillus glaucus 363
Abrashev, R.; Feller, Georges ULg; Kostadinova, N. et al

in Fungal Biology (2016), 120

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See detailMagneto-optical trapping of iron atoms
Crauwels, Justine ULg; Huet, Nicolas ULg; Krins, Stéphanie ULg et al

in Belgian Physical Society Magazine (2016), 1

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See detailNew Hosts of The Lassa Virus.
Olayemi, Ayodeji; Cadar, Daniel; Magassouba, N. Faly et al

in Scientific Reports (2016), 6

Lassa virus (LASV) causes a deadly haemorrhagic fever in humans, killing several thousand people in West Africa annually. For 40 years, the Natal multimammate rat, Mastomys natalensis, has been assumed to ... [more ▼]

Lassa virus (LASV) causes a deadly haemorrhagic fever in humans, killing several thousand people in West Africa annually. For 40 years, the Natal multimammate rat, Mastomys natalensis, has been assumed to be the sole host of LASV. We found evidence that LASV is also hosted by other rodent species: the African wood mouse Hylomyscus pamfi in Nigeria, and the Guinea multimammate mouse Mastomys erythroleucus in both Nigeria and Guinea. Virus strains from these animals were isolated in the BSL-4 laboratory and fully sequenced. Phylogenetic analyses of viral genes coding for glycoprotein, nucleoprotein, polymerase and matrix protein show that Lassa strains detected in M. erythroleucus belong to lineages III and IV. The strain from H. pamfi clusters close to lineage I (for S gene) and between II &III (for L gene). Discovery of new rodent hosts has implications for LASV evolution and its spread into new areas within West Africa. [less ▲]

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See detailTreacher Collins syndrome: a clinical and molecular study based on a large series of patients.
Vincent, Marie; Genevieve, David; Ostertag, Agnes et al

in Genetics in medicine : official journal of the American College of Medical Genetics (2016), 18(1), 49-56

PURPOSE: Treacher Collins/Franceschetti syndrome (TCS; OMIM 154500) is a disorder of craniofacial development belonging to the heterogeneous group of mandibulofacial dysostoses. TCS is classically ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Treacher Collins/Franceschetti syndrome (TCS; OMIM 154500) is a disorder of craniofacial development belonging to the heterogeneous group of mandibulofacial dysostoses. TCS is classically characterized by bilateral mandibular and malar hypoplasia, downward-slanting palpebral fissures, and microtia. To date, three genes have been identified in TCS:,TCOF1, POLR1D, and POLR1C. METHODS: We report a clinical and extensive molecular study, including TCOF1, POLR1D, POLR1C, and EFTUD2 genes, in a series of 146 patients with TCS. Phenotype-genotype correlations were investigated for 19 clinical features, between TCOF1 and POLR1D, and the type of mutation or its localization in the TCOF1 gene. RESULTS: We identified 92/146 patients (63%) with a molecular anomaly within TCOF1, 9/146 (6%) within POLR1D, and none within POLR1C. Among the atypical negative patients (with intellectual disability and/or microcephaly), we identified four patients carrying a mutation in EFTUD2 and two patients with 5q32 deletion encompassing TCOF1 and CAMK2A in particular. Congenital cardiac defects occurred more frequently among patients with TCOF1 mutation (7/92, 8%) than reported in the literature. CONCLUSION: Even though TCOF1 and POLR1D were associated with extreme clinical variability, we found no phenotype-genotype correlation. In cases with a typical phenotype of TCS, 6/146 (4%) remained with an unidentified molecular defect.Genet Med 18 1, 49-56. [less ▲]

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See detailEfficacy and safety of hyaluronic acid in the management of osteoarthritis : Evidence from real-life setting trials and surveys.
Maheu, E.; Rannou, F.; Reginster, Jean-Yves ULg

in Seminars in Arthritis & Rheumatism (2016), 45(4 Suppl), 28-33

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) treatment algorithm recommends intra-articular (IA) hyaluronic acid (HA) for management of knee ... [more ▼]

The European Society for Clinical and Economic Aspects of Osteoporosis and Osteoarthritis (ESCEO) treatment algorithm recommends intra-articular (IA) hyaluronic acid (HA) for management of knee osteoarthritis (OA) as second-line treatment in patients who remain symptomatic despite use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This recommendation is based upon accumulating evidence that IA HA provides a significant benefit in knee OA. There is good evidence that IA HA injections reduce pain and increase function in knee OA, and the benefits are long-lasting as compared with IA corticosteroids. Evidence from real-life studies of repeat courses of IA HA demonstrates an improvement in pain or function lasting up to 40 months (12 months after the last injection cycle), a reduction in use of concomitant analgesia by up to 50%, and suggests that there may be a delay in the need for total knee replacement (TKR) of around 2 years. The clinical benefit of IA HA on knee OA may be 2-fold: (i) mechanical viscosupplementation of the joint (allowing lubrication and shock absorption) and (ii) the re-establishment of joint homeostasis through induction of endogenous HA production, which continues long after the exogenous injection has left the joint.The magnitude of the clinical effect may be different for different HA products, but this has not been proven so far and requires further investigation. IA HA injections are generally considered to be safe,although a slightly higher number of cases of local reactions and post-injection non-septic arthritis has been reported with high molecular weight cross-linked HAs. The use of IA HA in knee OA patients with mild–moderate disease, and for more severe patients wishing to delay TKR surgery,is recommended by the ESCEO taskforce. Further investigation into the OA patient types most likely to benefit from IA HA is warranted. Viscosupplementation with IA HA is a safe and effective component of the multi-modal management of knee OA. [less ▲]

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See detailTypus melancholicus et mélancolie: synthèse théorique à partir d'un cas clinique
Englebert, Jérôme ULg; Stanghellini, Giovanni

in Encéphale (L') (2016), 42(1), 105-111

Objective: The objective of this paper is to propose, starting from the description of a clinical emblematic case, a theoretical synthesis of the work of phenomenological psychopathology dedicated to ... [more ▼]

Objective: The objective of this paper is to propose, starting from the description of a clinical emblematic case, a theoretical synthesis of the work of phenomenological psychopathology dedicated to melancholia and typus melancholicus (TM), a clinical concept that describes the premorbid personality vulnerable to major depression (“melancholia” for the psychopathological tradition). Method: This is phenomenological analysis of a case study of melancolia, of its premorbid personality and pathogenic triggering situation. We adopt two main phenomenological keys to understanding the develpment of melancholia : role-identity theory and desynchronization theory. The former understands melancholia as a disorder of identity triggered by the loss of the social role with which one has previously over-identifed. The latter sees melancholia as the effect of the desynchronisation from the social environment that further develops into an inhibition of the conative–affective dynamics of life. We present the case of Jonas (64 years old), whose mother (94 years old) recently died. Before his mother’s death, Jonas’ life was entirely orchestrated by the caring for his mother and synchronized in time with this (e.g., he used to go to her house every 4 hours, took all his meals with her, etc.). Jonas, in addition to being hyper-synchronized and hyper-syntonic, fulfills all diagnostic criteria for TM, including “orderliness”, “conscientiousness”, “hyper/heteronomia” and “intolerance of ambiguity”. TM’s attach a disproportioned importance to their social roles (or external representations of identity) at the expense of their own ego-identity. Results: The passage from pre-morbid personality to melancholia is triggered by the death of Jonas’ mother that entails a profound depersonalization. Desynchronization and role loss cause Jonas fall into this severe depersonalization, whose core feature is the feeling of the loss of feeling. Conclusions: This original contribution demonstrates a clinical case can contribute to the construction and refinement of theoretical and conceptual frameworks (like princeps Tellenbach's studies). Over-synchronized tempo and over-identification with social role are emblematically in this case the two sides of the same coin. A parallelism can be established between synchronization (with the mother) and respect for the role at the expense of own identity. The clinical case of Jonas highlights a conceptual bridge between the model of melancholia as loss of social role and the model of melancholia as desynchronization. [less ▲]

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See detailHDAC7 inhibition resets STAT3 tumorigenic activity in human glioblastoma independently of EGFR and PTEN: new opportunities for selected targeted therapies
Peixoto, Paul; Blomme, Arnaud; Costanza, Brunella ULg et al

in Oncogene (2016)

To date, the mutational status of EGFR and PTEN has been shown as relevant for favoring pro- or anti-tumor functions of STAT3 in human glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). We have screened genomic data from 154 ... [more ▼]

To date, the mutational status of EGFR and PTEN has been shown as relevant for favoring pro- or anti-tumor functions of STAT3 in human glioblastoma multiforme (GBM). We have screened genomic data from 154 patients and have identified a strong positive correlation between STAT3 and HDAC7 expression. In the current work we show the existence of a subpopulation of patients overexpressing HDAC7 and STAT3 that has particularly poor clinical outcome. Surprisingly, the somatic mutation rate of both STAT3 and HDAC7 was insignificant in GBM comparing with EGFR, PTEN or TP53. Depletion of HDAC7 in a range of GBM cells induced the expression of tyrosine kinase JAK1 and the tumor suppressor AKAP12. Both proteins synergistically sustained the activity of STAT3 by inducing its phosphorylation (JAK1) and protein expression (AKAP12). In absence of HDAC7, activated STAT3 was responsible for significant imbalance of secreted pro-/anti-angiogenic factors. This inhibited the migration and sprouting of endothelial cells in paracrine fashion in vitro as well as angiogenesis in vivo. In a murine model of GBM, induced HDAC7-silencing decreased the tumor burden by threefold. The current data show for the first time that silencing HDAC7 can reset the tumor suppressor activity of STAT3, independently of the EGFR/PTEN/TP53 background of the GBM. This effect could be exploited to overcome tumor heterogeneity and provide a new rationale behind the development of specific HDAC7 inhibitors for clinical use. [less ▲]

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See detailAMPK is involved in the differential neonatal performance of chicks hatching at different time
Wang, Yuan ULg; Buyse, J.; Song, Z. et al

in General and Comparative Endocrinology (2016), 228

We have recently reported that the hatching time may be in relation to the distinct neonatal performance of female chicks. The present study was aimed to investigate the potential involvement of AMPK, an ... [more ▼]

We have recently reported that the hatching time may be in relation to the distinct neonatal performance of female chicks. The present study was aimed to investigate the potential involvement of AMPK, an energy sensor which plays a pivotal role in energy homeostasis, in the distinct performance of the spread of hatching time model. As a result, hypothalamic AMPKα1 isoform gene expression was significantly higher in the late hatcher as compared to that of their early counterparts, whereas the total and phosphorylated levels of AMPKα subunit did not differ between the three hatchers. The hypothalamic orexigenic NPY and AgRP mRNA levels were higher in the late hatchers as compared to the early, and that of the middle hatchers was at an intermediate level. However, the anorexigenic POMC and CRH was also higher expressed in the late hatchers as compared to the early hatchers. In the liver, AMPKα2 mRNA level and the phosphorylation ratio of AMPKα was significantly lower in the late hatchers, as compared to their early counterparts. The hepatic phosphorylated GS levels of the late and middle hatchers were lower than that of their early counterparts. The expression of hepatic FTO gene of the late hatchers was significantly higher than that of their early and middle counterparts. Taken together, AMPK may play a significant role in the different neonatal performance of the spread of hatching time model. The central and peripheral AMPK in late hatchers exhibited a pattern of higher energy intake and lower energy expenditure, which resulted in a faster post-hatch growth. © 2016 Elsevier Inc. [less ▲]

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See detailForced Convective Drying of Wastewater Sludge with Presentation of Exergy Analysis of the Dryer
Bennamoun, Lyes; Fraikin, Laurent ULg; Li, Jie et al

in Chemical Engineering Communications (2016), 203

The main objective is studying the fundamental aspect, by the mean of the drying kinetics, the application of forced convective drying of wastewater sludge with determination of the optimum drying ... [more ▼]

The main objective is studying the fundamental aspect, by the mean of the drying kinetics, the application of forced convective drying of wastewater sludge with determination of the optimum drying conditions. The drying system is composed of two units; small samples of 2.5 g are dried in the first unit and bed of sludge weighting 250 g is dried the second unit. The experiments are performed under air temperatures varying between 80°C and 200°C. The range of the air velocity and its humidity is 1- 2 m/s and 0.005- 0.05 kgwater/kgdry air, respectively. The experiments are performed for two different sludges; activated sludge (AS) and thermalized and digested sludge (TDS). Usually, three main drying phases are observed during drying of bed of sludge. These phases are reduced to only two for small samples. Determination of the influent parameters shows that temperature of the drying air and sludge origin can profoundly influence the drying kinetic of the sludge. The exergy analysis of the two units of the drying system allows selecting 140 °C, 2 m/s, 0.05 kgwater/kgdry air as optimum drying condition with an exergy efficiency reaching 90\%. [less ▲]

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

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

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

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

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See detailSludge dewatering and drying: about the difficulty of making experiments with a non-stabilized material
Pambou, Yvon-Bert ULg; Fraikin, Laurent ULg; Salmon, Thierry ULg et al

in Desalination and Water Treatment (2016), 57(30), 13841-13856

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See detailThe spatiality of local governments in European intermediate urban regions: a methodological approach
Breuer, Christophe ULg; Halleux, Jean-Marie ULg

in Quaestiones Geographicae (2016)

Local authorities are central actors in the governance of European intermediate urban regions. In this paper, we propose a methodology to analyse the fragmentation of local authorities within 119 urban ... [more ▼]

Local authorities are central actors in the governance of European intermediate urban regions. In this paper, we propose a methodology to analyse the fragmentation of local authorities within 119 urban regions. We tested several European databases to create indicators of fragmentation and to develop a typology of fragmentation within cities. Our results show that the Eurostat Cities programme gives a consistent spatial definition of urban regions and that their fragmentation is mainly influenced by national contexts. The developed methodology is a contribution to the debate on territorial reforms and urban governance transformations. [less ▲]

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See detail[18F]FPRGD2 PET/CT imaging of integrin αvβ3 levels in patients with locally advanced rectal carcinoma
WITHOFS, Nadia ULg; Martinive, Philippe ULg; VANDERICK, Jean ULg et al

in European journal of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging (2016)

PURPOSE: Our primary objective was to determine if [18F]FPRGD2 PET/CT performed at baseline and/or after chemoradiotherapy (CRT) could predict tumour regression grade (TRG) in locally advanced rectal ... [more ▼]

PURPOSE: Our primary objective was to determine if [18F]FPRGD2 PET/CT performed at baseline and/or after chemoradiotherapy (CRT) could predict tumour regression grade (TRG) in locally advanced rectal cancer (LARC). Secondary objectives were to compare baseline [18F]FPRGD2 and [18F]FDG uptake, to evaluate the correlation between posttreatment [18F]FPRGD2 uptake and tumour microvessel density (MVD) and to determine if [18F]FPRGD2 and FDG PET/CT could predict disease-free survival. METHODS: Baseline [18F]FPRGD2 and FDG PET/CT were performed in 32 consecutive patients (23 men, 9 women; mean age 63 +/- 8 years) with LARC before starting any therapy. A posttreatment [18F]FPRGD2 PET/CT scan was performed in 24 patients after the end of CRT (median interval 7 weeks, range 3 - 15 weeks) and before surgery (median interval 4 days, range 1 - 15 days). RESULTS: All LARC showed uptake of both [18F]FPRGD2 (SUVmax 5.4 +/- 1.5, range 2.7 - 9) and FDG (SUVmax 16.5 +/- 8, range 7.1 - 36.5). There was a moderate positive correlation between [18F]FPRGD2 and FDG SUVmax (Pearson's r = 0.49, p = 0.0026). There was a moderate negative correlation between baseline [18F]FPRGD2 SUVmax and the TRG (Spearman's r = -0.37, p = 0.037), and a [18F]FPRGD2 SUVmax of >5.6 identified all patients with a complete response (TRG 0; AUC 0.84, 95 % CI 0.68 - 1, p = 0.029). In the 24 patients who underwent a posttreatment [18F]FPRGD2 PET/CT scan the response index, calculated as [(SUVmax1 - SUVmax2)/SUVmax1] x 100 %, was not associated with TRG. Post-treatment [18F]FPRGD2 uptake was not correlated with tumour MVD. Neither [18F]FPRGD2 nor FDG uptake predicted disease-free survival. CONCLUSION: Baseline [18F]FPRGD2 uptake was correlated with the pathological response in patients with LARC treated with CRT. However, the specificity was too low to consider its clinical routine use. [less ▲]

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

in IEEE Communications Magazine - Network Testing Series (2016)

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

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

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See detailEdouard Poty: a bio- and bibliography
Denayer, Julien ULg; Aretz, Markus ULg; Barchy, Laurent et al

in Geologica Belgica (2016), 19(1-2), 3-6

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See detailMetabolic profile of mixed culture acidogenic fermentation of lignocellulosic residues and the effect of upstream substrate fractionation by steam explosion
Perimenis, Anastasios; van Aarle, Ingrid; Nicolay, Thomas et al

in Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery (2016), 6

Lignocellulosic biomass residues have attracted attention for the sustainable production of molecules for material and energetic use through biochemical conversion. Their recalcitrant structure prevents a ... [more ▼]

Lignocellulosic biomass residues have attracted attention for the sustainable production of molecules for material and energetic use through biochemical conversion. Their recalcitrant structure prevents a broader use and asks for the development of sustainable techniques that can efficiently separate, recover and valorize the constituting components. In a cascading concept, residual streams of such processes can be further exploited in an attempt to valorize the largest possible fraction of the initial material. Three lignocellulosic substrates, namely dried sugar beet pulp, wheat bran and miscanthus straw, were upstream fractionated by steam explosion to extract the hemicellulose fraction. This study evaluated the valorization of the residual solid fraction through mixed acidogenic fermentation for the production of volatile fatty acids (VFA) as platform chemicals. Batch experiments have been conducted for the reference material (non-treated) and the solid fraction remaining after steam explosion, with and without the addition of an external mixed inoculum. Steam explosion residues contained less hemicellulose than the initial materials. The difference in the fermentation profile between steam explosion residues and non-treated substrates is dependent on the substrate. Maximum total VFA (tVFA) concentration was 18.8 gCOD/kgmixed_liquor, and maximum yield of chemical oxygen demand (COD) conversion into tVFAwas 33 % for the case of non-treated inoculated beet pulp. [less ▲]

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See detailRecording and Reading Alchemy and Art-Technology in Medieval and Premodern German Recipe Collections
Neven, Sylvie ULg

in Nuncius. Journal of the Material and Visual History of Science (2016)

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See detailSound Production by a Recoiling System in the Pempheridae and Terapontidae
Parmentier, Eric ULg; Fine, Michael; Mok, Hin-Kiu

in Journal of Morphology (2016)

Sound-producing mechanisms in fishes are extraordinarily diversified. We report here original mechanisms of three species from two families: the pempherid Pempheris oualensis, and the terapontids Terapon ... [more ▼]

Sound-producing mechanisms in fishes are extraordinarily diversified. We report here original mechanisms of three species from two families: the pempherid Pempheris oualensis, and the terapontids Terapon jarbua and Pelates quadrilineatus. All sonic mechanisms are built on the same structures. The rostral part of the swimbladder is connected to a pair of large sonic muscles from the head whereas the posterior part is fused with bony widenings of vertebral bodies. Two bladder regions are separated by a stretchable fenestra that allows forward extension of the anterior bladder during muscle contraction. A recoiling apparatus runs between the inner face of the anterior swimbladder and a vertebral body expansion. The elastic nature of the recoiling apparatus supports its role in helping the swimbladder to recover its initial position during sonic muscle relaxation. This system should aid fast contraction (between 100 and 250Hz) of sonic muscles. There are many differences between species in terms of the swimbladder and its attachments to the vertebral column, muscle origins, and morphology of the recoiling apparatus. The recoiling apparatus found in the phylogenetically-related families (Glaucosomatidae, Pempheridae, Terapontidae) could indicate a new character within the Percomorpharia. [less ▲]

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See detailClinical sentinel surveillance of equine West Nile fever, Spain
Saegerman, Claude ULg; Alba-Casals, A; Garcia-Bocanegra, I et al

in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (2016), 63(2), 184-193

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See detailDu meurtre commis pour faciliter le vol : considérations critiques
Jacques, Elodie ULg

in Revue de Droit Pénal et de Criminologie (2016)

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See detailDelayed neuroendocrine sexual maturation in female rats after a very low dose of Bisphenol A through altered GABAergic neurotransmission and opposing effects of a high dose.
Franssen, Delphine ULg; GERARD, Arlette ULg; HENNUY, Benoit ULg et al

in Endocrinology (2016)

Rat sexual maturation is preceded by a reduction of the interpulse interval (IPI) of gonadotropinreleasing hormone (GnRH) neurosecretion. This work aims at studying disruption of that neuroendocrine event ... [more ▼]

Rat sexual maturation is preceded by a reduction of the interpulse interval (IPI) of gonadotropinreleasing hormone (GnRH) neurosecretion. This work aims at studying disruption of that neuroendocrine event in females after early exposure to a very low dose of Bisphenol A (BPA), a ubiquitous endocrine disrupting chemical. Female rats were exposed to vehicle or BPA 25 ng/kg.day, 25 g/kg.day, or 5 mg/kg.day from postnatal day (PND) 1 to 5 or 15. Exposure to 25 ng/kg.day of BPA for 5 or 15 days was followed by a delay in developmental reduction of GnRH IPI studied ex vivo on PND 20. After 15 days of exposure to that low dose of BPA, vaginal opening tended to be delayed. In contrast, exposure to BPA 5 mg/kg.day for 15 days resulted in a premature reduction inGnRHIPI and a trend toward early vaginal opening. RNAseq analysis on PND20 indicated that exposure to BPA resulted in opposing dose effectsonthemRNAexpression of hypothalamic genes involved inGABAA neurotransmission. The study of GnRH secretion in vitro in the presence of GABAA receptor agonist/antagonist confirmed an increased or a reduced GABAergic tone after in vivo exposure to the very low or the high dose of BPA, respectively. Overall, we show for the first time that neonatal exposure to BPA leads to opposing dose-dependent effects on the neuroendocrine control of puberty in the female rat. A very low and environmentally relevant dose of BPA delays neuroendocrine maturation related to puberty through increased inhibitory GABAergic neurotransmission. [less ▲]

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See detailIdentification and frequencies of cystic fibrosis mutations in central Argentina.
Pepermans, Xavier; Mellado, Soledad; Chialina, Sergio et al

in Clinical biochemistry (2016)

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See detailTea production between contract and none contract farmers in Phu Tho Province of Vietnam
Le Thi Kim, Oanh ULg; Bui Thi, Nga; Lebailly, Philippe ULg

in Scholars Journal of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (2016), 3(2), 117-122

Tea is one of key crops which substantially contributes to Vietnam’s annual exports, creates jobs and raises income for farmers. However, tea production farmers are still facing many difficulties such as ... [more ▼]

Tea is one of key crops which substantially contributes to Vietnam’s annual exports, creates jobs and raises income for farmers. However, tea production farmers are still facing many difficulties such as low farm management, disease control, etc. Of which, tea consumption is considered to be the most challenge and the main reasons is the low cooperation between farmers and other stakeholders in the tea value chain. This study aims to look more deeply and find out the linkage and benefit of farmers in the model of cooperation between farmers and tea processing company through contract and none contract tea production in the study site. The results shown that the contract farming in tea production in the study sites was still not tightened and did not reflect clearly its real roles. However, it was gradually reflected it s roles as the fully contract farmers (worker farmers) received the highest productivity, turnover and value added and the most satisfied, the contract farmers (partly contract) achieved not as high benefit but quite satisfied with their results and contract. None contract farmers although received reasonable results recently but they still did not assure the production, they would like to engage in some kinds of cooperation in the future. [less ▲]

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See detailThe transactional process between the relationships with caregivers and children's externalizing behavior
Roskam, Isabelle; Stievenart, Marie ULg; de Mol, Jan

in Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology (2016), 42

Externalizing behavior (EB) has been found to be pervasive in children across different interactional systems. The transactional model is one of the most interesting and plausible mechanisms explaining ... [more ▼]

Externalizing behavior (EB) has been found to be pervasive in children across different interactional systems. The transactional model is one of the most interesting and plausible mechanisms explaining the development of behavioral problems (Sameroff, 2009). The main goal of the study is to test bidirectional and recursive transactional relations between the quality of the caregiver–child relationship and children's externalizing behavior. The transactional model was tested in three-wave longitudinal cross-lagged models involving 117 children (78.5% boys) aged 4 at the beginning of the study and three caregivers, i.e. their mother, father and teacher. All of the children had been clinically referred for externalizing behavior. Themulti-informant three-wave design was an original feature of this research. The results provided no evidence for a transactional process. The results suggest the singularity of each ofthese three interactional systems. They are discussed from the theoretical viewpoint and in terms of their clinical implications. [less ▲]

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See detailWill delayed release metformin provide better management of diabetes type 2?
Scheen, André ULg

in Expert opinion on pharmacotherapy (2016), 17(5), 627-30

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See detailCultural Practices Shaping Zoonotic Diseases Surveillance: The Case of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza and Thailand Native Chicken Farmers.
Delabouglise, Alexis; Antoine-Moussiaux, Nicolas ULg; Tatong, D. et al

in Transboundary and Emerging Diseases (2016)

Effectiveness of current passive zoonotic disease surveillance systems is limited by the under-reporting of disease outbreaks in the domestic animal population. Eval- uating the acceptability of passive ... [more ▼]

Effectiveness of current passive zoonotic disease surveillance systems is limited by the under-reporting of disease outbreaks in the domestic animal population. Eval- uating the acceptability of passive surveillance and its economic, social and cul- tural determinants appears a critical step for improving it. A participatory rural appraisal was implemented in a rural subdistrict of Thailand. Focus group inter- views were used to identify sanitary risks perceived by native chicken farmers and describe the structure of their value chain. Qualitative individual interviews with a large diversity of actors enabled to identify perceived costs and benefits associ- ated with the reporting of HPAI suspicions to sanitary authorities. Besides, flows of information on HPAI suspected cases were assessed using network analysis, based on data collected through individual questionnaires. Results show that the presence of cockfighting activities in the area negatively affected the willingness of all chicken farmers and other actors to report suspected HPAI cases. The high financial and affective value of fighting cocks contradicted the HPAI control pol- icy based on mass culling. However, the importance of product quality in the native chicken meat value chain and the free veterinary services and products delivered by veterinary officers had a positive impact on suspected case reporting. Besides, cockfighting practitioners had a significantly higher centrality than other actors in the information network and they facilitated the spatial diffusion of information. Social ties built in cockfighting activities and the shared purpose of protecting valuable cocks were at the basis of the diffusion of information and the informal collective management of diseases. Building bridges with this informal network would greatly improve the effectiveness of passive surveillance. [less ▲]

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See detailThe effect of insulin on plasma glucose concentrations, expression of hepatic glucose transporters and key gluconeogenic enzymes during the perinatal period in broiler chickens
Franssens, L.; Lesuisse, J.; Wang, Yuan ULg et al

in General and Comparative Endocrinology (2016)

Chickens have blood glucose concentrations that are twofold higher than those observed in mammals. Moreover, the insulin sensitivity seems to decrease with postnatal age in both broiler and layer chickens ... [more ▼]

Chickens have blood glucose concentrations that are twofold higher than those observed in mammals. Moreover, the insulin sensitivity seems to decrease with postnatal age in both broiler and layer chickens. However, little is known about the response of insulin on plasma glucose concentrations and mRNA abundance of hepatic glucose transporters 1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 12 (GLUT1, 2, 3, 8, 9 and 12) and three regulatory enzymes of the gluconeogenesis, phosphoenolpyruvate carboxykinase 1 and 2 (PCK1 and 2) or fructose-1,6-biphosphatase 1 (FBP1) in chicks during the perinatal period. In the present study, broiler embryos on embryonic day (ED)16, ED18 or newly-hatched broiler chicks were injected intravenously with bovine insulin (1. μg/g body weight (BW)) to examine plasma glucose response and changes in hepatic mRNA abundance of the GLUTs, PCK1 and 2 and FBP1. Results were compared with a non-treated control group and a saline-injected sham group. Plasma glucose levels of insulin-treated ED18 embryos recovered faster from their minimum level than those of insulin-treated ED16 embryos or newly-hatched chicks. In addition, at the minimum plasma glucose level seven hours post-injection (PI), hepatic GLUT2, FBP1 and PCK2 mRNA abundance was decreased in insulin-injected embryos, compared to sham and control groups, being most pronounced when insulin injection occurred on ED16. © 2015 Elsevier Inc. [less ▲]

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